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

Slaw, Ya'll

In coastal North Carolina, the weather morphs from winter to summer in barely a breath. Last week, we covered up our gardens for a frost. The next day, we broke out our shorts and started sweating the moment we stepped outside.

As my daughter says, "That's how it be." Strangely, her grammatically sketchy version sounds better than "it is what it is" or at least more fun.

Anyway, meals change with the seasons, too. No more stews, soups, and chilis. Bring on the grill-fare and warm-weather accompaniments.

Hello, slaw. It's nice to see you again.

BBQ Sandwich with Slaw

Slaw's a well-loved, go-to side perfect with fish, burgers, barbecue (here's our homemade BBQ sauce), hot dogs, and brats because it can be a topping as well as a side--double duty. Plus, it's super easy, especially the way I make it.

Here's what I do:

1. In the bottom of a large bowl (preferably one that comes with a lid), mix together:

  • 1 cup mayo--NOTE: Adjust to your desired level of creaminess, but hey, who doesn't like it creamy? Also, I use Olive Oil Mayo.

  • 1 TBSP White Vinegar

  • 2 TBSP Dijon Mustard

  • 3 Tsp Sugar

  • 1/2 Tsp Salt or Salt substitute

  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper--NOTE: I REALLY like pepper, so I go up to one tsp.

2. Add the veg on top of the wet ingredients. I buy the 14-ounce bags of 3-color coleslaw mix from the produce section to make this part easy, but you can also cut your own cabbage if you enjoy more effort. (Don't be down about it; I've cut my own cabbage many times just to make it look more homemade). If you do, shred two carrots and one-half a medium head each of green and red cabbage. Red cabbage is so pretty. *Smirk.

3. To this, add a handful of chopped green onions. Or half a cup, if you're precise.

4. Mix well. If you're a lucky duck with a lidded bowl, then snap the lid, turn it upside down, and shake the hell out of it. It's not only therapeutic but effective.

5. Let your slaw rest in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It's better this way.

Creamy Cole Slaw

Done and done.

Oh, but wait, there's more....

If you're interested in a heartier side, add a head of chopped broccoli to the party. Broccoli slaw, ya'll.

Mix for Broccoli Slaw

This lovely assortment becomes...

Broccoli Slaw


We've loved this upgrade lately, especially with fried fish from our air fryer. It elevates something that's already so simple and easy. Broccoli slaw can go with anything, especially in spring and summer... even snacking meatballs. It's an easy side dish to bring to a party... if we ever get back to having those.

So, that's slaw, ya'll. If you have any slaw tricks, share below!