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Ok, how much fun was that? Sure there was a bit of a tech glitch at the very beginning, but we had the Tech Guy there to fix things right away! Thanks so much to all those who joined to see the Tech Guy make his favorite Oktoberfest pretzels and dip. The recipes for both […]

Livestreams, Recipes, Torte Test Kitchen

September 29, 2021

Oktoberfest Pretzels and Dip with the Tech Guy! 🥨🍻

Oktoberfest pretzel recipe!

I’ve been testing so many fall recipes in my home kitchen the past couple of weeks, but this pumpkin delight isn’t based on a recipe from a book but rather a candle that smells like my books. I give you, That Spice Life cookies. The candle smells as good as the cookies taste and is […]


September 12, 2021

Fall cookie recipe and candle! 🍁🍃

That Spice Life Cookies and Candle, a pumpkin spice lover's dream

Going rogue.⁣ ⁣ When we moved to the Rogue Valley, we were ready for a complete lifestyle shift. My husband, who you know as the Tech Guy, had been working in tech, commuting in soul-crushing traffic over an hour each way, and working 10 to 12 hour days. So we made a choice. Give up […]

New Book Journey

June 26, 2021

New Book – Going Rogue

Sweet Lemon Press

What’s your size? Do you have a preference when it comes to book sizes?   This new project is a completely different experience for me in that I get to pick everything from the size of the final book to the cover design. It’s exciting and overwhelming. So many choices—hard cover, trade, mass market, oversized, […]

New Book Journey

June 26, 2021

New Book – What’s Your Size?

What's your favorite size when it comes to books?

Research Trips Developing a sense of place is one of the best tools a writer can use. When I’m teaching and coaching writing, I always encourage my students to immerse themselves in their fictional worlds. If we want our future readers to feel an attachment to the pages they’re inhabiting, then we have to do […]

New Book Journey

June 8, 2021

New Book – Research Trips

Writing research trip 3

The Sketching Process The first step of writing a new book doesn’t actually involve writing for me. Before I open my laptop or write a single word, I start with sketches. I sketch out the setting, characters and outline key plot points. It always feels a bit like returning to my elementary school art classroom. […]

New Book Journey, Uncategorized

June 1, 2021

New Book – The Sketching Process

Sketching out a new book

Waking Up From a Dream I often get asked whether I sleep well at night and if my dreams are consumed with stories and potential plot lines. Readers want to know if I wake up with a fully developed book idea. My answer is always no. I wish, but no. Story ideas come to me […]

New Book Journey

May 18, 2021

New Book – Waking Up From a Dream

The Journey Begins Around this time last year, the world looked very different. Book events, travel, college tours we were planning to take with our high schooler were all canceled. We had no idea what the future was even going to look like. I remember journaling, taking long walks in the trails near my house […]

New Book Journey

May 10, 2021

New Book – The Journey Begins

Starting a new book - The Journey Begins!

What’s your star sign, and do you connect with its characteristics? I’m a Gemini (bring on the twin personalities). 👯‍♀️ Jules from my Bakeshop Mysteries is a creative and ethereal Pisces. 🐟 Sloan from my Sloan Krause Mysteries is a Cancer who cares deeply about putting down roots and maintaining traditions. 🦀 Are you looking […]


April 9, 2021

Writing Tips: Using Horoscopes to Develop Your Characters

Writing Tips - Using Horoscopes for Character Development

I took a similar book stack picture a couple of years ago and I can’t believe how quickly the books seem to multiply. ⁣ ⁣ 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. There’s been deep heartbreak for so many losses, and yet as the year comes to end I’m filled […]


January 2, 2021

A Wonderful Bookish Start to 2021!

Ellie Alexander Cozy Mystery Author Bookstack