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

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce Like a Boss

I’m seriously NOT trying to be a fifties housewife, spending all day in the kitchen and making everything from scratch. Course, IDK… heels, pearls, fire-engine-red lipstick, an A-line dress with a crinoline—I could rock that look. It’d hide my child-bearing hips and, bonus, I might reach things on the top shelves easier. Hmmm.

ANYWAY, when we play around in the kitchen and discover that something’s easier to make than we thought, we try it, at least. And sometimes, it becomes a household staple.

Making our own BBQ sauce came about that way… and probably because we needed it and didn’t have it and didn’t feel like doing a Publix run (When will Amazon have instant delivery, huh? What's the hold up?).

Turns out, we had everything we needed to make it in our pantry. And you probably do, too.

Besides, it's another awesome way to get creative in the kitchen! Channel your inner Swedish Chef (or any chef that makes you happy). Make YOUR BBQ sauce--the way YOU like it. BBQ requires no skill to make (a plus for me, surely) and it's a forgiving condiment for experimenting. That's what we've done. If you’re watching your sugar or salt, adjust as you see fit. We find many of store-bought BBQs to be overly sugary, so we toned down the sugar in ours.

With a little trial and error, here’s the recipe we’ve catered to our likes—though you should know, we have the pallets of rabid raccoons the night before garbage day. Hmm, there's an image you want before trying a recipe...

What You Need (for BBQ sunshine):

BBQ Sunshine
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar. OR 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar and 1/4 Cup Honey. I’ve also substituted the honey for 1/4 a cup of Agave Nectar. This tastes fine, but since we were using the sauce for grilled chicken thighs, honey or brown sugar caramelizes better. So IF grilling, THEN go for Brown Sugar/Honey.

  • 1 1/2 Cups Ketchup

  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar. You could also use red wine vinegar here, but we like the taste of apple cider better.

  • 1/2 Cup Water

  • 2 TBSP. Worcestershire

  • 2 1/2 tsp. Yellow Mustard

  • 2 tsp. Paprika

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke. This is optional, but we like adding the smoky flavor and we always have it on hand.

  • 1 TBSP. Hot Sauce, or to taste.

  • A sprinkle of red pepper flakes will add a little zing, if you're into that kind of thing.

Notice anything missing from this recipe? Yeah, you did. MOST recipes call for 2 teaspoons of salt, but guess what, you crazy salt heads? You don't need it. 1 teaspoon of table salt contains 2,325 mg of sodium. The American Heart Association says we should have absolutely no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, but good, health-conscious grown ups should keep it to 1,500. Sodium's sneaky, too. It's in everything. So while you're not going to guzzle the BBQ sauce, if salt CAN be cut out, then why not?

What You Do:

  1. Um… combine all the ingredients.

  2. Blend. Duh.

  3. Taste. Adjust flavorings, if needed. Maybe you like it sweeter or spicier. That's okay. You do you.

  4. Use for dipping or slather on your meats. Yikes, that sounds... saucy.

That’s it. To blend, use your blender, food processor, or those rippled biceps you’ve been working on. We have an immersion blender now, like bosses, so we mix everything in a plastic container with a lid, zap it a few times, and abraca—pocus! It’s a BBQ party (do a BBQ dance). You can store your sauce in the fridge for… well, a while. At least a week. Ours is usually finito by then because we're BBQ fiends.

We rarely buy BBQ sauce anymore. It’s cheap and tasty enough off the shelf, but it’s more fun making our own and playing around with the ingredients. The older and cooler I get and the more cooking shows I watch, the more comfortable I am being creative in the kitchen. It’s a playground, most days (but not like my scene playground; that's different... and just for me, so back off).

How about you? How do you get creative in the kitchen? Share your ideas below!