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The Abbott Creek Cookbook | Naomi Miller

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Abbott Creek Cookbook by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Katie and her friends in Abbott Creek enjoy cooking . . . and baking, and they would like to share some of their favorite recipes with you.

They have gathered the best and most delicious recipes to be found in Abbott Creek, and added in some fun extras to go along with them. That way, you can enjoy reading about your favorite characters while you enjoy their favorite treats.

If you have read the stories that follow Katie and her friends, you will recognize many of the recipes within. However, we have also added a few you haven’t seen in the books. With any luck, you will find some new favorites to go along with the ones you already have–and love.

Either way . . . whether or not you have read the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series or not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes within this book.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction stories, you’ll enjoy reading The Abbott Creek Cookbook. And if you enjoy baking Amish treats, you’re gonna LOVE The Abbott Creek Cookbook!

Not only does this book share a little of each book from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, but it shares each of the recipes included in the sox books, plus a whole lot more. And the author does a great job of including bits and pieces of the characters in the books to make her cookbook more interesting.

The Abbott Creek Cookbook has released just in time to make a great Christmas gift… so order a copy for yourself — and a friend (or two… or more) and prepare a few of the recipes to share with family and friends during the next few weeks. Check out the links below to purchase this book.

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

 

Amazon link… https://www.amazon.com/Abbott-Creek-Cookbook-Naomi-Miller/dp/1948733080/

Barns & Noble… https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-abbott-creek-cookbook-naomi-miller/1134308906

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

Make time today to read (or re-read)

Chocolate Truffle Mystery

. . . a wonderful, Valentine’s Day story.

 

God bless you!

 

Blogpost © DJ Mynatt 2019

Christmas Cookie Mystery | Naomi Miller

 

 

Today I am promoting Christmas Cookie Mystery… the second book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s Christmas cookies.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Katie Chupp is spending her days catering to the holiday rush. With everyone in town ordering special desserts and treats, will Katie be able to find time to finish making gifts for her family and friends?

With a winter chill settling in and Christmas right around the corner, no one would expect a mystery, but a mystery does indeed appear… when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door.

And this is one mystery that may never be solved…

 

 

NAOMI’S THOUGHTS:

Christmas is my favorite holiday… and I want to share it with my readers.

Not only do I want to share some favorite recipes, but I want to share all the goodness and excitement and hope that Christmas brings to so many people.

I believe that Christmas Cookie Mystery tells a sweet story about the folks in the Abbott Creek community; not only their faith and forgiveness, but their resolve to help one another.

There are more than enough books to read about murder and mayhem, not to mention vampires and zombies. . . but sometimes we need a sweet story that gives us hope and faith.

The Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old alike — who enjoy the stories.

I hope readers will pick up this book (and future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope Christmas Cookie Mystery leaves them with a feeling of peace, love and joy!

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

 

Review © DJ Mynatt 2018

Grand Prize Winner | Naomi Miller Marathon

 

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THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

 

God bless you!

Giveaway © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Week #4 Winner | Naomi Miller Marathon

 

FYI – I’m extending the 25 Days of Christmas . . .

If you enjoy Christmas stories, stay with me . . . I’ll be posting reviews of favorite Christmas stories through December 31st!

Now, for our next winner . . .

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MARTHA

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God bless you!

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Week #3 Winner | Naomi Miller Marathon

 

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SUSAN

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Week #2 Winner | Naomi Miller Marathon

 

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TRIXI

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to let you know what you need to do to collect your prize.

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Naomi Miller . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Naomi…

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This is what Naomi feels like when her deadline approaches… 

As a new author, Naomi keeps not one, but two physical calendars going at all times — current year and following year, plus calendar sheets for the next five years.

If you plan to make a career of writing, you must plan ahead. I had no idea of the timeframes involved, with first drafts, revisions, conferences, events, book signings, blog tours, cover reveals, promoting, … the list goes on and on.

But I’m happier now than I’ve ever been! I love writing! I love interacting with my readers! And yes, I love opening a box and pulling out copies of my book!

Naomi is the author of two Amish books, with a rough draft of the third book just completed. Her latest release, Christmas Cookie Mystery, is the second novel in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series.

Naomi is currently working on a collaboration with speculative/dystopian fiction author JC Morrows, merging their genres in a new series. For updates, be sure to sign up for Naomi’s newsletter.

A Tennessee native, Naomi is a graduate of Bellevue University in Nebraska, completing a bachelor’s degree in Networking, then a master’s degree in Security Management. She has been an employee of the State of Tennessee for almost fifteen years, and plans to retire in the next few years, to write full-time and enjoy a more flexible schedule. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and hopes to become more involved in all ACFW has to offer in the near future.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. In her spare time, she likes to relax, while crocheting or knitting — and always has time to read new releases from her favorite authors.

Readers can learn more about Naomi at naomimillerauthor.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

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And here is my interview:

Have you always wanted to write? Do you use an outline for your stories?

Yes! I’ve always wanted to write, but I didn’t think it was a career I could actually choose to do. I actually began a contemporary novel in 1990, but eventually it ended up in a drawer. I still have it . . . someday I may finish it, but for now, I’m compelled to write Amish fiction.

I don’t use an outline. I write down 5-6 short sentences – each sentence representing an idea of a chapter. Sometimes the chapter follows the idea; sometimes it goes a completely different direction. I’ve learned to let my story guide me. Many times I have no idea how it’s even going to end!

How does it feel being a published author? Have you encountered any surprises along the way to being published?

I love it! Being published feels really great! I love watching a story develop on the page, from beginning to end. Of course, it’s not all fun, but overall it’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve done. And it’s such a blessing to see how my book impacts the lives of others.

Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories or do you just come up with ideas after a suggestion from your editor, agent, or friends?

I don’t keep a physical file or folder, but I have folders on my laptop, where I keep a few word documents with story ideas. Most of the time, I don’t begin a new book, until I’ve prayed about it for awhile. My usual habit is to wake early and spend time with God, asking Him what I should write. And when the ideas come, I write down a few sentences – one for each chapter; and that’s where I start.

Have you attended any writer retreats, conferences, and the like? Do you think they are necessary for your writing?

YES! I was advised by several author friends to make time for retreats, workshops and conferences . . . not only have the workshops and classes been worth every minute spent, but the friendships I’ve made have been invaluable!

How often do you travel? Where do you go? Who do you travel with? What is your favorite vacation spot?

I want to travel, but until I retire, I’m limited to a few workshops and book events each year! My favorite vacation spot is Myrtle Beach, which also happens to be the favorite vacation spot of my grandchildren. I love listening to the sound of the ocean and watching my family playing in the waves.

What are you working on now? Is there another genre you are interested in writing?

I’m currently working on books 3 and 4 in my Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series. Book two was just released this month, so I have a few weeks before book three is due to my publisher for editing while book four is being written.

 

And now for a few favorites:

Favorite color – Purple (although I love all colors)

Favorite food/drink – That’s a tough question. I love cheeseburgers, but my favorite snacks are peaches, blueberries, and watermelon. My favorite drink is sweet tea (hey, I’m from the south).

Favorite time of year – I love fall, winter and spring. I love watching it snow, but I’m not a fan of the cold weather anymore.

Favorite hobbies – Writing, reading, crocheting/knitting, and working puzzles (sudoku, solitaire, freecell).

Favorite holiday – Christmas. I love the Christmas songs, the decorations and the wonderful idea of giving gifts to those you love.

Favorite dessert – Sweet Potato Pie. My daughter makes an awesome homemade sweet potato pie! She makes one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

 

THANK YOU for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Lemon Tart Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Lemon Tart Mystery… the third book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Amelia Simpkins may be a great cook, and have a head for business, but sweet treats are out of her league and the owner of the Irish Blessings Cafe says it’s because she adds the tart to the Sweet Shop’s new dessert that Katie Chupp insists is only filled with lemony goodness.

The two shop owners’ constant bickering sends sparks flying through Abbott Creek’s usual calm… and when Andrew’s cafe suffers from some rather unusual pest problems, the town starts taking sides.

This is one mystery Katie wants no part of. But working for Mrs. Simpkins may put her in the middle – whether she intends to take sides . . . or not.

 

Lemon Tart Mystery… a Sweet Shop Amish Mystery by Naomi Miller – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, I’m allowing Naomi to speak for her book…

After Christmas, with yummy, sweet cookies, I think it’s time to switch to something a bit tart — and that makes me think of Amelia Simpkins.

Amelia has a story to share about her past, but I’m not going to reveal too much about it today. It’s something she’ll be sharing with Katie and the man who has had his eye on her for awhile — Andrew O’Neal.

In the meantime, Katie has a decision to make. What will happen if she gets involved with Travis? Will she be shunned by her family, her friends, and her church?

It’s a difficult task to write a sweet, fun mystery, while skating around all the real-life situations in the community. While I want my stories to hold the reader’s attention, I don’t want to follow the path that so many books take. I’m doing my best to follow a path of family, faith, forgiveness… and grace — without showing too much of the harsh side of the world that readers would like to forget for awhile.

I hope after you read Lemon Tart Mystery, not only will you agree that this story continues to follow the “family, faith, and forgiveness” path, but succeeds in bringing you the sweet, clean story you’ve learned to expect from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series.

If you need something to distract you from the problems we all face, pick up an Amish Sweet Shop Mystery . . . you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Reading!

Naomi

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Christmas Cookie Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Christmas Cookie Mystery… the second book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s Christmas cookies.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Katie Chupp is spending her days catering to the holiday rush. With everyone in town ordering special desserts and treats, will Katie be able to find time to finish making gifts for her family and friends?

With a winter chill settling in and Christmas right around the corner, no one would expect a mystery, but a mystery does indeed appear… when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door.

And this is one mystery that may never be solved…

 

Christmas Cookie Mystery… a Sweet Shop Amish Mystery by Naomi Miller – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, I’m allowing Naomi to speak for her book.

I want Naomi to talk about why Christmas Cookie Mystery is a different sort of book…

Christmas is my favorite holiday… and I want to share it with my readers.

Not only do I want to share some favorite recipes, but I want to share all the goodness and excitement and hope that Christmas brings to so many people.

I believe that Christmas Cookie Mystery tells a sweet story about the folks in the Abbott Creek community; not only their faith and forgiveness, but their resolve to help one another.

There are more than enough books to read about murder and mayhem, not to mention vampires and zombies. . . but sometimes we need a sweet story that gives us hope and faith.

The Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old alike — who enjoy the stories.

I hope readers will pick up this book (and future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope Christmas Cookie Mystery leaves them with a feeling of peace, love and joy!

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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