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

Snacking Meatballs (or Best Idea Ever)

So, meatballs. They’re not exactly the sexiest food, but if being reliable, handy in a crisis, and versatile are qualities you admire, then the humble meatball should earn some attention.

Hello, meatballs. Nice to see you. Come here often? *Wink*

While meatballs are convenient for subs, over egg noodles for Swedish meatballs, over couscous, or for spaghetti (my daughter won’t eat spaghetti sauce with the meat mixed in, but she’ll eat my meatballs; kids are weird, right?), they don’t make anyone race to the dinner table. Still, they’ve won Most Popular & Most Likely to Succeed in my house lately, moving from a ho-hum staple to a must-have treat thanks to my reinvention: Snacking Meatballs.

Okay, okay. I’m sure I’m not the first to think of this brilliant idea. Whatever. I’m still claiming the street cred in my house, whether my gang gives it to me or not. Snacking meatballs are a genius move. Seriously. And an unexpected Thanksgiving with houseguests lifesaver.

I made an extra-large batch of meatballs a few days before Thanksgiving. I had everything I needed on hand, and I wanted to clear out some space in my freezer. Whipping up these hot, saucy babies whenever my guests got the nibbles kept those hungry gremlins out of my kitchen and let me focus on the feast ahead. Snacking meatballs provided alongside chips, veggies, and dips were hearty enough to forego lunch, so I didn’t have to prepare three meals for guests in one day. Meatballs are perfect for prepping in advance and storing in the freezer. Plus, they’re a blank canvas, ready to take on whatever sauce that suits your mood: Italian, BBQ, Asian, Spicy, Sweet, Mustardy, anything. BBQ is our fav, especially with our homemade BBQ sauce, but the meatballs don’t care how you enjoy them. Only that you do.

So, for guests or not, be a baller.

What You Need:

  • 2 lbs. Ground Meat (Beef, turkey, pork, or a mix is fine)

  • 1 cup bread crumbs (If you’re watching your salt intake, use unseasoned bread crumbs; there’s a sneaky amount of salt in the seasoned ones)

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 Onion, diced small OR 1 tsp. Onion Powder (I like using onion because it helps keep the meatballs moist)

  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper or to taste (My brother & I are firm believers in pepper, so we get a little crazy with it.)

  • 1/2 tsp. Salt, if you desire, but we leave it out for the sake of heart health and more pepper.

  • 1 tsp. Garlic & Herb Seasoning (We are also firm believers in Mrs. Dash—why use all that salt if you don’t have to?) or Italian Seasoning if you’d prefer. It’s your meatball, so own it. Work it, like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (I used to love that movie, but it seems kinda terrible now, right?)

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  • Oh. Put love in it. It's essential, and it's how we roll.

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking oil spray.

  2. Place ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well with a strong spoon or your hands. (Use your hands, baby. Become one with the meatballs)

  3. Use a cookie scoop to measure out the mixture and place the balls on the pan. Roll the meatballs with your hands if you want a perfectly round shape, but I kinda prefer them wonky, like my life.

  4. Bake until brown and cooked through, around thirty minutes. The internal temp should be 165 F and the exterior should be crusty.

  5. Serve as you like it or cool and store for yummy deliciousness later. If using as snacking meatballs, heat with desired sauce and serve with toothpicks.

A cookie scoop is a genius buy if you plan to make meatballs (or cookies, duh) often; it makes the process so much quicker, so it’s a worthy investment. Here's how my kids decorate cookies in my house...

Funny Cookies

I wanna shake my head, but I'm a little proud, too.

Anyway, reserve extras in your freezer for future guests/snacking emergencies because now that you’ve introduced snacking meatballs, your guests will show up at your doorstep randomly with ravenous expressions, toothpicks in their hands, and crazy looks in their eyes. Best feed ‘em.

Got any amazing snack ideas? Share below? For more ideas on everything, and you know, if you're one of the cool people, check out