Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I'm so excited for ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE to come out. Going home has never been so deadly... 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oreo Pie

I make a lot of Oreo cream pies around here. They're a family favorite, super simple because everything is pre-made, and yummy!

Pre-Cool Whip

What you need:

1 chocolate graham cracker pie crust (Keebler has a good one)
2 3.4 oz boxes Jell-o vanilla pudding
2 3/4 c milk
12 Double Stuft Oreos, smashed (I put mine in a plastic sandwich baggie and beat it with a wooden mallet)
1 small tub Cool Whip

Follow the double batch of pudding pie recipe on the side of the vanilla pudding box (mixing pudding with milk). When set, fold in Oreo bits. Let chill for 1-2 hours. Top with Cool Whip.


Friday, July 25, 2014


I bought a "personal watermelon" last weekend at Kroger. Have you seen them? They're mini watermelons--about the size of a cantaloupe. They're adorable. And absolutely gorgeous when you cut into them. Take a look.

Photo credit: BooksbyHeather

Almost too pretty to eat.


Nom, nom.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Me? Steal the bird seed? Never! What an outrageous accusation. My cheeks always look like this.

Photo credit: Mr. W

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Giveaway! Win one of ten (10) advanced reading copies of ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE, the second book in the Magic Potion mystery series. Ten winners will be chosen.  The giveaway form below does not play nice with mobile devices. Please use a PC if possible.

Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.… 

 When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding. 

 But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thrown Back

Yesterday, I had the radio on, tuned to our local “greatest hits” station, which used to be “Oldies” until some started protesting that Oldies did not (rightly or wrongly) constitute music from the 1980s (personally, I agree).

But I digress.

On Sunday mornings, the station has throwback programming in the form of replaying Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdowns from the 70s. Yesterday, in the top 10 was “Da Do Ron Ron” by Shaun Cassidy, and when I heard it, it threw me straight back to my childhood.

I adored Shaun Cassidy as a little girl and couldn’t wait for Sunday nights when I’d sit on the floor in front of the TV and watch every second of The Hardy Boys. I’m convinced this was also the start of my love for mysteries, the seed taking root.

Because I adored Shaun, I of course loved “Da Do Ron Ron” and sang it loudly (my apologies to my brother and parents), and yesterday in the spirit of my walk down memory lane, I belted it out in the living room.

Fortunately, no one was around to hear it. Me singing loud and proud is not a pleasant experience for anyone but me.

But, even if Mr. W and Son #2 and Baby Girl had been around, I still would have sung it out loud.  Some music is irrepressible that way.

I’m an Oldie, hear me roar. 

Any Oldies you just can’t help but sing out loud?

Friday, July 18, 2014


Here's my latest project. It'll eventually be a baby blanket. I'm almost out of yarn, though, and hope the store still has more. Yikes. Or, maybe I can turn it into a baby towel...

I spy a tiny Baby Girl in the background.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It's one of my favorite times of the year: Cherry season. Cherries makes me ridiculously happy, pits and all.

Do you have a favorite summer fruit?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thank you!

A very big thank you to everyone who has written a review or told a friend about UNDENIABLY YOURS! Word of mouth is priceless, and I appreciate it so much.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Had such a hankering for cookies so I finally decided to whip up a half batch of chocolate chip. Just enough to satisfy the craving. And a couple to share with the rest of the family. Just a couple... :)

Waaaaayyyy back in 11th grade, in a high school cooking class, I learned how to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch. The teacher didn't believe in hand mixers, so she taught us how to cream the butter and sugar by hand. Literally. I don't stick my hands in the dough anymore--I use a spoon--but I still don't use hand mixers when making these cookies. Some habits are hard to break.

Buttery deliciousness

I discovered air-insulated cookie sheets a few years ago and haven't burned a cookie since. I love them. A must-have for cookie bakers.

Going into the oven.

At this point, I may have sampled some cookie dough. Just a smidge. Or a tablespoonful. Or four. Don't judge.

Done! Nom, nom, nom.
I'm one of those strange chocolate chip cookie eaters who don't prefer them hot out of the oven. I actually like them best the next morning, when they've set up a bit. Morning cookies and coffee. Heaven.

Friday, July 11, 2014


Cracking up because (as I write this), UNDENIABLY YOURS, is trending on Amazon's "holiday" list. I had no idea why it would be on the holiday list at all (it takes place in early June), but Mr. W suggested that it might be because of Lucy Valentine's name. Perhaps Amazon's algorithms saw "Valentine" and stuck it in a holiday category. It's really the only thing that makes sense. 

I'm just happy it's trending at all. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


My e-newsletter went out yesterday. If you're not signed up and want to be, just go to any of my websites and fill out the form in the sidebar. Easy!

You can also click here to read yesterday's note: Book news from Heather Webber / Heather Blake

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Lookie! It's a new planner. I LOVE a new planner. I use an academic calender, so the dates run from July to July.

And, you know what this means, right? I WENT TO THE OFFICE SUPPLY STORE.

It's going to be a good week.

Monday, July 7, 2014


Love is...

Sacrificing the cake-batter beaters to the kids.

The beaters didn't know what hit them.

Finished product:

Nom, nom.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The New Book

You may have noticed my absence around here. Nope, not abducted by aliens. Just working. So many books to write... And one of them is now available. The 5th book in the Lucy Valentine series, UNDENIABLY YOURS, is here! Hurrah! I think this calls for cake. Or pie. Or cookies. I'm not picky.

Isn't this cover so pretty???

Thank you, Nausika, at BlackCatDesign.


While still recuperating from injuries sustained in her previous case, the last thing psychic investigator Lucy Valentine wants is to dive into another job. But when Detective Lieutenant Aiden Holliday comes calling for help in finding a missing woman, saying no is not an option.

TV journalist Kira Fitzpatrick has vanished without a trace. There’s little for Lucy to go on except picking up Kira’s current investigation where she left off. The fearless reporter had been close to cracking one of the year’s biggest cases: the disappearance of a two-year-old boy.


Now Lucy must use her abilities to find both of them. As she follows a twisted trail of lies and deceit, she uncovers a shocking twist to Kira’s exposé that someone is desperate to keep secret. It’s a race against the clock as Lucy struggles to discover who’s telling the truth…and who’s willing to kill to keep her from solving the case.


Nook: Coming Soon!

I hope you all enjoy Lucy's latest adventure!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Heads Up

If you have a sec today, please hop over to Kings River Life Magazine and check out the great review of THE GOODBYE WITCH, my guest post about the ups and downs of creating magical worlds, and there's also a chance to win a copy of the book. Giveaway runs till 5/31.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Shhhh

Some of you clever readers realized I revealed who the Elder was in the pages of THE GOODBYE WITCH. Please, please, please do not post who it is online--I don't want the surprise to be ruined for other readers. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Fast Learner

Working on the fifth Lucy Valentine novel, UNDENIABLY YOURS, and now know much more than I ever thought about GPS trackers, social workers, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. Can't wait to share the story with you. Coming in June!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Catch-Up

It's true. I do. I need a crown or a sash or something, because I'm the queen of procrastination. In fact, I'm doing it right now--I should be working. I'm almost at the end of writing the fifth Lucy Valentine novel, Undeniably Yours, but here I am updating my blog. Why today? Why right now? I have no idea. The mood hit, so here I am. Don't judge. ;)

I've been working like a fiend, which is great for my readers, but is crazy-making for me. And possibly my family (don't ask, don't tell?). Son #2 and Baby Girl are home for the summer now, and that makes me a happy mom. Love having them back in the nest, even if it's only for a little while.

In case you missed it, The Goodbye Witch came out last week. I adore this book. It's a little different so I was worried about how readers would like it, but so far so good. Whew. I couldn't be happier with how it's been embraced.

There are a couple of giveaways for the book still going on if you search around a bit. Like this one over at Lily Pond Reads. While you're there, check out the lovely review, too. "With a touch of romance and some magic, this was a very heartwarming and really enjoyable read." How sweet is that?

Okay, have to get back to work, but if you're up for a little procrastination, I have a whole board you might like over on Pinterest: Procrastination Nation. I just can't help myself...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Current Giveaway

Woo-hoo! Giveaway day! So easy to enter. Win (1) audio book of Heather Blake's IT TAKES A WITCH, (1) ARC of Heather Blake's THE GOODBYE WITCH, (1) signed copy of Denise Swanson's DEAD BETWEEN THE LINES, and (1) signed copy of DOG COLLAR CRIME by Adrienne Giordano. U.S. residents only. Good luck!


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Collaboration

Denise Swanson and I have clearly been having too much fun together... We collaborated on a blog to get our characters chatting. Check out the results: 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Reminder

I'll be in the Chicago-area this weekend. If you're nearby, please come say hi!

Friday, March 7 at 5:30 PM:

Book Mouse hosts dinner with authors Denise Swanson, Heather Blake (a.k.a. Heather Webber) and Adrienne Giordano. Hank's Farm Restaurant, 2973 IL-71, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 — reservations required

Join us at Hank's Farm Restaurant on Friday, March 7th, for dinner with authors Denise Swanson, Heather Blake (a.k.a. Heather Webber) and Adrienne Giordano.
Further details to be announced.
Web site: http://www.BookMouse.org/event/author-event-denise-swanson

Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 PM:

Coal City Public Library with authors Denise Swanson, Heather Blake (a.k.a. Heather Webber) and Adrienne Giordano.
85 North Garfield Street, Coal City, Illinois 60416
Web site: http://www.ccpld.org

Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 PM: 

Barnes & Noble Booksellers with authors Denise Swanson, Heather Blake (a.k.a. Heather Webber) and Adrienne Giordano.

The Promenade, 631 East Boughton Road - Suite 100, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440
Web site: http://store-locator.BarnesAndNoble.com/store/2304

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Lemony Reward

So far, this year can pretty much be summed up by two words: Cold & deadline.

It's been so cold, I've been hibernating. And hibernation is good because I've been on deadline.

I've finished one book and have two more to go before I can breathe easy again. But I do think it's important to celebrate milestones, and that includes finishing a book. Hey, I love presents, so this is a system that works for me.

What do I want most?


Must. Get. Them.

It's cold still, so that tells you how much I want them. I'm going a'hunting. I'll let you know how it goes.


Success! Thank you, Target. They're delicious, and oddly remind me of the cookies that used to be in Happy Meals when I was a wee little girl.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Happiness

Happiness is when the mail carrier delivers this to me.

A whole boxful of Breakfast Blend Kcups. Bliss.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Facebook Giveaway

I have 10 ARCs of THE GOODBYE WITCH to give away!

To enter via Facebook, go here: http://tinyurl.com/k9rzmby

This is *mostly* a FB giveaway, but I thought I'd sneak it in here, too, for my loyal blog readers. Good luck!

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