My Books

Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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My Vella Story

Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

Epic Weekend Breakfast: Pumpkin Pancakes with Eggs

As soon as fall hits, my mind spins into Thanksgiving mode (which is a little like Sicko Mode, but not exactly, though I do listen to this when I cook). This means planning and prepping for houseguests, a kick-ass Thanksgiving meal, of course, and all the other meals between the time guests arrive and leave. When people come to stay with you, Thanksgiving morphs into a multi-day event—not just one meal. With that in mind, I start thinking about how I can make my life easier than it was the year before. Now, with several years of hosting under my belt, I’ve almost got Thanksgiving down to a science, seriously. Even so, there’s always something I dream of having while I’m penning my meal lists. Oh, second oven… you will be mine, one day. Until I hit the lottery, though, I’ll settle for a griddle.

My wish for a griddle has come up for years, but, you know, when I start listing off all the things I need for Thanksgiving, Joe and I both see dollar signs and try, try, try not to go crazy. But thanks to a Bed, Bath, & Beyond gift card and coupon, my griddle dream has come true.

It won’t be long, second oven. Someday.

Whew, that’s a long premise for pancakes, right? Yikes.

But see? Pancakes are the perfect way to break in a new griddle. My main purpose in buying the griddle is to have a larger cooking surface for making guests breakfast. On the griddle, I can cook six good-sized pancakes at once. Or a dozen silver dollar pancakes. Or I can do a few pancakes and eggs. Or bacon. Or whatever! Ah, crazy possibilities! Yay, griddle!

Anyway, pumpkin pancakes… We had leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge from a pumpkin chicken risotto recipe we tried (yucky), and since I’m a big believer in cleaning out my fridge, I decided to Frankenstein together some pumpkin pancakes.

Then, Joe said, “Let’s fry some eggs to put in between the pancakes.”

Pumpkin Pancakes with Eggs

I gave him my you’re-crazy look. He laughed and said, “No, really. It’ll be good.”

In the interest of experimenting with my new griddle, I said okay.

Check it... Looks pretty good, right?

While I did learn the hard way that I can’t do pancakes and runny eggs at the same temperature—that is, at the same time—on the griddle, it all turned out good enough to share.

What You Need:

  • 2 Cups of Baking Mix. If you don’t have baking mix, that’s okay. Don’t freak out. You can use 2 cups of self-rising flour instead. I only had one cup of baking mix, so I supplemented the second cup with self-rising flour (That’s what I call Frankensteining it). Self-rising flour is just all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt mixed in. So, if you don’t have that either, you can use 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt. See? It all works out.

  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar. I added this to make my pancakes a little sweeter, but it’s optional.

  • 2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice. We had this on hand from last year’s Thanksgiving. A sprinkle of nutmeg or ground cloves in addition to the cinnamon will work, if you don’t have Pumpkin Pie Spice.

  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon.

  • 2 Eggs for the batter; more eggs if you’re making eggs on the side or between the pancakes *eye roll; we'll have to see about this.

  • 1/3 cup of Milk. I eyeball this. If my batter’s too thick I add more.

  • 1/3 cup of Pumpkin Puree.

What You Do:

  1. Preheat skillet to medium-high or griddle to 350-400 F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix into a batter; you can sift these together, if you want, but it's not required. Use a whisk to get out any clumps. Add a splash of milk if the batter’s too thick. It needs to be pourable, but not runny.

  3. Ladle batter into hot pan or onto the griddle to form pancakes. Cook a minute or two. Check the bottom with a spatula and flip when the first side is a nice light brown color.

  4. Butter pancakes as they come off the griddle-it's best to do this when hot. Continue until all the pancakes are done. Mine made 10 pancakes of various sizes.

  5. For fried eggs, lower the skillet temp to medium or the griddle to 275-300 F. Wait a few minutes.

  6. Crack egg into skillet or onto griddle. Let cook for 3-5 minutes or until the egg reaches your desired doneness. We flip our eggs halfway through, creating a nice pocket for that yummy yolk. Flipping can be tricky, so don’t get discouraged if you break the yolk the first couple of times. Practice makes perfect, so keep trying. It’s a good thing eggs are cheap, right? Sprinkle your egg with a little black pepper because, well, YES.

  7. To serve, place one pancake on the plate, put an egg on top, then another pancake, and so on as high as you want your yummy pancake/egg stack to go. Add syrup.

  8. Enjoy your epic weekend breakfast, and have yummy, positive thoughts all day long.

Share your creative pancakes below or just say hello or send a funny GIF. All are appreciated.