Dark and Stormy Cocktail

I had my first Dark and Stormy when I was visiting Joanna Campbell Slan and she made drinks for us to enjoy on the back deck. The mix of rum and ginger beer was very tasty! And is there any better drink for two writers (“It was a dark and stormy…”)?

This week has been busy, between work, a day-long retreat for a non-profit board I’m on, and getting ready for vacation – sometimes it feels like it can’t come soon enough, and other times it feels like I’ll blink and be back home.

A Dark and Stormy sounded just what I needed to take the edge off a stressful week. I popped into the ABC liquor store, conveniently located to my bank, and lo! the ginger beer was front and center. The rum aisle was close by, and here I am with a drink by my side.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

2 oz Dark rum

3 oz Ginger beer (NOTE: this is not the same thing as ginger ale, even though both are alcohol free)

Lime juice (Optional)

In a tall glass filled with ice, pour in the rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir. Enjoy.

It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Enjoy summer’s last gasp, and have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella

Tomorrow is the pre-sale date for Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries! What’s it all about? 

The description on Amazon, courtesy of Joanna Campbell Slan, says it best: “It’s a huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.”

Fans of Joanna Campbell Slan‘s Kiki Lowenstein and Cara Mia Delgatto will love the two stories in this anthology. Love dogs? Neil Plakcy‘s golden retriever Rochester makes an appearance and solves the crime in “Dog Forbid.” Joanna and Neil are long-time friends and fellow Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter members.

“Dying for Holiday Tea” is my story.  Sisters Danielle, Chelsea, and Alexandra Powell rejoice when Alex finds their grandmother’s old recipe book—and plan to bake her gingerbread for their upcoming holiday tea. But someone else wants the recipes and is willing to kill for them. Can the Powell sisters cook up a way to catch a murderer?


Let me know if you love cozy mysteries, or prefer murder with a harder edge.