Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Dip and Chip Day!

I decided to have a little fun with this unusual holiday and invite writers to share their favorite dips and chips. I hope you enjoy these delights while you check out their sites or read a copy of their books;-+

Fruit Dip

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1 pkg (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding

1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple VERY well drained
1/3 cup coconut

Combine sour cream, milk and pudding. Blend until smooth. Add pineapple and coconut. Mix throughly. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 cups. Use for dipping with strawberries, apples, kiwi and even carrot sticks.

Martha Cheves (A Book and A Dish)
Party Dip

8 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz. Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
5 oz. green olives, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1-4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
6 green onions, diced
1 cup black olives, sliced (1/2 for mix, 1/2 on top)
2 cups mayo of choice (I use Miracle Whip)
Pepperoni slices to taste

Mix above ingredients except Pepperoni and 1/2 of black olives. Spread in
oven safe dish. Top with Pepperoni and remaining black olives. heat for 6-10
min. until cheese is melted. Serve w/corn chips.

Betty Gordon

Murder in the Third Person
Deceptive Clarity
Short stories for all seasons, The Magic of Christmas.
Short stories in L&L Dreamspell anthologies
Valley of Obsessions Coming Soon

Dessert Dip

1/2 cut any tart fruit juice (key lime, lemon, tart orange, kiwi, etc.)
8 oz. sweetened, condensed milk (may be fat free or even substitute condensed unsweetened milk and sweeten with non-sugar sweetener)

For the healthy choice person, use silken tofu and sweeten with honey.
Tea biscuits, vanilla wafers, sugar free cookies, graham crackers, etc.

Use a wire whip to gently stir the milk into the juice until it thickens. If all ingredients are chilled, it will thicken faster. Cool in the refrigerator.

Center a pretty bowl of the dip, decorated with thin slices of the chosen fruit, in a pretty tray of bite size cookies or sweet crackers (such as graham crackers).

D.K. Christi


Zippy Dip

11 1/4-oz can condensed chili beef soup
3 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1 TBSP water
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce

In a medium saucepan, heat soup and cheese, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Heat thoroughly. Transfer dip to heat-proof serving bowl or small chafing dish. Serve warm with tortilla or corn chips. Yield: 2 cups dip

Jo A. Hiestand
The Taylor & Graham series
The McLaren Case Mysteries


1 8 oz. Softened cream cheese
Small jar of Ragu pizza sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 cups of cheddar cheese grated
1 small package of pepperoni (chopped in food processor)
Black olives (chopped or sliced)—sprinkling

Layer as indicated above with softened cream cheese on the bottom. Fits in x 8 casserole dish.
Bake in 350 degree oven about 20-25 minutes. Serve with Frito scoops.
Can make it day before take it out of refrigerator and bake before you go.

Linda Lovely

DEAR KILLER, Coming June, 2011
Publisher L&L Dreamspell
A mystery set in the South Carolina Lowcountry


Roasted Corn with Black Beans and Mango

1 Tbsp veg oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 c. fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears)(in winter I use thawed frozen corn)
2 c. diced peeled mango (peaches or cantaloupe also work)
1 c. chopped red onion
1 c. chopped red pepper
1/3 c. lime juice
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or equivalent dried
salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 canned chipolte in adobo,chopped and drained (I usually replace this with a few red pepper flakes)
2 15z. cans black beans, rinsed and drained.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Add corn, garlic and onion. Cook and stir until corn is well browned, 8-10 min. Place in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir well. Serve with tortilla chips or over salad greens.

Nikki Andrews

Monday, March 21, 2011

Another great review for Sin Creek!

"Over the course of her investigation into the death of local college student  
Maeve Smoltz, North Carolina SBI Agent Logan Hunter learns that the young

woman used her involvement in the porn industry to pay for her education. Worse

yet: as Hunter questions other co-eds to learn more about Maeve’s gruesome

murder, she soon discovers that her victim wasn’t the only one forced to trade in

filth for funds. Before long, Hunter finds herself struggling to navigate through an

insidious labyrinth of raunchy twists and turns as she strives to learn the real truth

behind Maeve’s untimely demise, take down a nefarious porn ring, and keep her

marriage to Agent Chase Railey from falling apart...all in a day’s work for the

fearless crusader...

A taut, engaging suspense thriller, Sin Creek is quite the eye-opening read.

Anyone even slightly familiar with college life knows of the various traps that

await naïve, unsuspecting students at every turn, but author Susan Whitfield

presents the reader with a brand new world of vice and debauchery throughout

the pages of her riveting new mystery tale. Far from innocent, Maeve Smoltz is

nonetheless the victim of a depraved, twisted culture, and as her investigation

deepens, both Hunter and the reader’s eyes are opened to the startling new reality

of life on the modern college campus. Rife with one page-turning development

after another, Sin Creek is a gripping, well-crafted thrill ride sure to hold your

interest from beginning to end. Equally disturbing and compelling."  Apex Reviews

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Special Thank You to Followers

Wow! It is great to see the numbers of followers growing! Thanks to all of you who drop by to see what's going on at Susan Whitfield's Blog...not a catchy title, for sure, but it seems to work. I am enjoying the interviews with other authors and a few industry experts and readers sprinkled in for different perspectives.

If you have suggestions for the blog, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at I'd love the feedback. If any of you are libarians or bookstore owners, I'd love to get your perspectives on signings and general information authors need to know.

I'm in the process of setting up signings with Barbara Arntsen, author of SOS, who lives near me. We hope to sign at wineries around the state (North Carolina) and call the events "Read Between the Wines", Barbara's idea. I jumped on board and we invited a third mystery writer to join us. This should be fun! For more information and events, check my web site at
or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

I hope your day is outstanding in every way! HUGS!