Killer Cakes – Issue #112

Posted on May 18 2015


Have you ever visited a cupcake ATM machine? If so, please tell us about your experience!

Sew Deadly – Issue #115

Posted on May 13 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Summer is nearly here–hooray!–and you might be looking for some new cross-stitch patterns to brighten up your little corner of the world.

Mermaid 2-653-O-Free-DesignHow gorgeous is this? The best part? It’s one of a set of three from Cross Stitch This link will take you to the pattern shown at right. Here are her sisters: Mermaid One  and Mermaid Three. The next best part? They’re all f*r*e*e*!

Happy Stitching! And Happy Summer! :)

Killer Cakes – Issue #111

Posted on May 04 2015


For any of you fellow cake decorators living in or planning to visit Orlando, FL in September, there’s going to be an incredible event right on your doorstep! The Americas Cake and Sugarcraft Fair will take place from September 18 – 20, 2015 and will feature guests such as Marina Sousa, Buddy Valastro, Ron Ben-Israel, Mich Turner, and Roland Mesnier. There will be more than 75 classes and demonstrations.

Click the link above to find out all about it! And, if you go, be sure and tell us about it. :)

Sew Deadly – Issue #114

Posted on Apr 29 2015

Marcy’s Musings

What’s new in the world of embroidery?

Free Workshops to Teach Stitching

Islamic Embroidery – Handcrafted Art Steeped in History

Amazingly Automated Sewing and Embroidery Machines

ABQ Artist’s Embroidery Chosen for Smithsonian

"The Day the Anemone Raised Her Head" by Mical Aloni Thu Apr 09 10:03:22 -0600 2015 1428595395 FILENAME: 190436.jpg
“The Day the Anemone Raised Her Head” by Mical Aloni Thu Apr 09 10:03:22 -0600 2015 1428595395 FILENAME: 190436.jpg





Killer Cakes – Issue #110

Posted on Apr 20 2015


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Coming August 4, 2015!

Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?

Sew Deadly – Issue #113

Posted on Apr 15 2015

Marcy’s MusingsWicked Stitch

Thank you all so much for the success WICKED STITCH has had its first week out! I hope you’re following along with the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.  Don’t forget, the grand prize in the giveaway is a $50 Amazon gift card.

But, we don’t want the giveaway momentum to slow down yet, so please leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of either WICKED STITCH (paperback or ebook) or any other book in the embroidery series (paperback or ebook). Since I have paperback copies of WICKED STITCH on hand, I’ll be happy to send you a signed copy if that’s your preference. If you prefer another book in the series, I can send you a signed bookplate since the book will be sent to you from an online bookseller. (As always, if you’re an international reader, I’ll have to send you an ebook version of the book you choose.)

I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a number from the comments received one week from today. Good luck!

Killer Cakes – Issue #110

Posted on Apr 06 2015

Special Announcement

I don’t have a cover yet, but I have a date! KILLER WEDDING CAKE, the next installment in the cake decorating mystery series, will be published on August 4, 2015!

I hope you’re as excited by this news as these people and I:



Sew Deadly – Issue #112

Posted on Apr 01 2015

Marcy’s MusingsWicked Stitch

We’re only six days away from the release of WICKED STITCH! So, I have a couple of questions for you: 1) are you ready to party?! and 2) are you ready for some giveaways?!

Everybody Wins!

Gayle Trent, who also writes as Amanda Lee, is offering her standalone mystery The Perfect Woman  for free on April 7 -8 to celebrate the release of WICKED STITCH. THE PERFECT WOMAN is only available on Kindle, but even if you don’t have a Kindle, you may download the free Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet or get Kindle for PC for your computer in order to read the book.

Did you Preorder?

If you preordered WICKED STITCH or plan to order the book when it releases on April 7, please save your receipt. Black out any sensitive information, scan the receipt, and email it to to be entered into a giveaway for one of five $10 Amazon gift cards. You’ll also have the opportunity to request a signed bookplate. Just include a mailing address if you’d like a bookplate.

Let’s Party!

On April 7, join the party on Facebook! Visit the Gayle Trent/Amanda Lee page on Facebook or visit the event page directly to RSVP so you won’t miss out. The party will begin at noon and carry on throughout the day. If you’ve been to one of the launch parties in the past, you know how much fun we’ll have!

Let’s Visit in Person!

If you live in the Southwest Virginia region, I’d love to meet you! I’ll be at Books-A-Million in Bristol, Virginia on April 11 from 12 – 4 p.m., at Mountain Empire Comics in Bristol, Tennessee on May 2 beginning at 10 a.m.; and at the Nickerson Snead House in Glade Spring, Virginia on May 30, beginning at 10 a.m.


Killer Cakes – Issue #109

Posted on Mar 23 2015


Our special guest today is the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro!


Sew Deadly – Issue #111

Posted on Mar 18 2015

Marcy’s Musings

Are you ready to do some embroidery for springtime? How about this beautiful pattern from Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread (bunny not included)? :)spring-flowers-embroidery-pattern

For the free pdf of this pattern, click on this link: