Saturday, April 30, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Character Guest Post feat. Charlie Murder Next Door Great Escapes Book Tours
1.Hello Charlie thank you for visiting the blog today. Have you ever visited a blog before?
Thank you for having me! Yes, I have visited blogs and I’m finding I enjoy them. I don’t use the Internet much (I’m solving mysteries in the 1990s and computers are still pretty new; however, I DID just get an answering machine) but once I got the hang of what a blog was, I’ve been having a blast.
2. Since we're meeting for the first of time can we you tell my blog friends a little too about yourself?
I’m Charlie Kingsley, and I operate a tea and tincture business out of my home in Redemption, Wisconsin. I didn’t mean to get into crime solving but I’ve discovered I have a knack for it. (Which is a good thing because my clients have a knack for getting into trouble and needing those particular talents).
3. I have never been to Wisconsin. Can you tell us a little about your town.
Redemption is a haunted town. Back in 1888, all the adults disappeared, leaving only the children, and no one know what happened to them. Since then, there have been many strange things that have occurred in Redemption—disappearances, hauntings, mysteries and of course, murders.
My author likes to say there is a light and a dark side to Redemption. The dark side is the psychological suspense series called Secrets of Redemption. It’s actually the original series that started it all. The light side is The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, which are cozies. All the books in both series are both clean and twisty.
4. I am from the South and we drink Ice Tea most year round. Unless of course it is super cold we switch to Hot Tea or my favorite Hot Chocolate.
Do ya'll ( that's Southern for You all) just drink hot tea around your parts?
I’ve seen that, especially when I make the rounds on my blog tour, that ice tea is pretty popular. In 1990, everyone I knew drank soda (I myself drink Coke when it’s too hot for tea). I tried once making an ice tea out of my tea, but it didn’t turn out at all. I might have to mess around more with the recipes.
5. I have to ask you how did you become a character in a book?
Well, it all started about 25 years ago, when my author Michele first got the idea for a It Began With a Lie (the first book in the original series). I was the “dead aunt” who had willed her niece my house in Redemption. I definitely had my work cut out for me to get Michele’s attention. (Did I mention these aren’t paranormal books?) After the first three books, Michele realized she needed to write the prologue and tell my story about how I came to Redemption. She thought it was over at that point, so it took a little more work for her to realize there were more stories that needed to be told. But eventually she came around and here we are.
6. Is it hard 'kind if being told what to do'?
I wouldn’t know as I’m the one telling Michele what needs to happen next. It took awhile to get her trained but she’s getting better.
7. I think I would 'liken it's to being an actress. How would you feel about being an actress with fame and fortune?
Oh no. Not for me. The less attention, the better. I don’t even particularly like everyone in Redemption talking about my sleuthing skills. It’s better for everyone if I keep a low profile (even though that never seems to happen). But I have way too many skeletons in my closet to be comfortable with fame.
8. Your book/series is said to be a Cozy Mystery. Most Cozy include a pet of some kind. Do you have a pet?
I do. A black cat called Midnight. He came with the house and he’s definitely not going anywhere.
9. Is solving crimes fun or do you feel like you need a vacation?
Don’t tell anyone but I do like solving crimes.. Plus I have a soft spot for helping people. But I just I just know that one day it’s going to catch up to me.
10. Let's pretend you got the chance to go anywhere in the world for your next book where would you go?
Now that you say it, I think one day I wouldn’t mind going on a cruise. That would be fun. And if I got to solve a crime on a boat, well, what’s not to love?
Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Bestselling, Award-Winning Author
Monday, April 25, 2022
Busy Monday- My Happy Home
Welcome to a new week. I have a busy week planned. Do you?
This is the first 3 sections completed and ready for the next section.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Happy Homemaker in Texas
Spring is my favorite time of the year. Upper 70's daily creeping barely to 80.
As I look outside my window
My view is palm trees and my cute bunting hanging on our porch rail outside our front window.
And outside the window in our media room are baby birds. I don't know how many but at least 2 we can't get close to see. MaMa always flies away when we get close!
Right now I am
Multitasking . . . Writing this post Cleaning kitchen and starting breakfast. Swept the floor.
Thinking and pondering
How happy and excited our daughter is sharing highlights of her life with me.She sent me a picture of the plants she bought for thier new house.
How I am feeling
On the breakfast plate
Attempting Pan Cakes again. I have the skillet warming with oil.
I am going to have to break down and get a non stick skillet.The Cowboy wanted 1 Pancake. The Strawberries today we're really good!
On the t.v.
We have been Binge watching Beach Hunt Bargains we are watching all the episodes in Texas from season 1. It is fun when they are in Galveston.
Waiting on Restoring Galveston to start. I have a spoiler! We happened by the house they just finished. We were driving along and they putting out the sod. Michael was standing outside talking to the crew. We waited a couple days to go back to get a good picture without the crew . . .
On the menu
Air Fryer Chimichurri Skirt Steak, Mexican Rice
Kielbasa, Fried Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Roasted Asparagus, Baked Potatoes
Sea Food Boil w/ Corn and Potatoes
Looking around the house
Messy today. Shopping week always drags out. It takes me a few days to get everything put away. I have bags of Flour and Sugar waiting to be put up in an upper cabinet. Sodas on counter waiting to find a home.
Also did laundry too. Still need to put away shirts I hang to dry.
To do list
Put away sodas and baking supplies
Put away laundry
On my reading pile
In the craft basket
This is the 2019 Crochet Along that I began and had to quit when the Cowboy got sick. I also was not able to get out and buy yarn.
So this year I decided to finish it between the release of patterns. I am using the new stitches from this year's patterns.
This is this year. It is much smaller. I am not sure what the plan is. I will find out as it progresses.
From the camera
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Good Morning Welcome to my Friday feature . . .
. . . The day I share the meals we've had during the week.I baked a Toll House Pie early in the week.
I made Bacon Carbonara. It wasn't as good as I expected. The recipe called for frozen Peas. I used canned.
Lunch on Wednesday after driving to Texas City to get a prescription that wasn't available on the island.
I had 2 Enchiladas with Rice and Beans. I could have licked my plate!
The Cowboy had 1 Enchilada and a Taco. He even ate most of his Rice.
This plate was just o.k. Salmon over Asian Slaw. I am not a huge fan of Salmon but I thought I would give it a try. The Cowboy ate part of it. He had a cup of Lobster Bisque he said it was great.
Leftover Pot Roast from freezer. Mashed Potatoes and frozen Corn. I prefer frozen over canned.
The Gucamole was in the freezer too. I bought the store made. I always put half in thefreezer. It was great on Nachos.
I had Mandarin Chicken. I added the Egg Roll for 1.00
The Cowboy had General Tso Chicken. It was made with Chicken Breasts.