Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Just an update here... a reader from San Antonio found Eggsecutive Orders yesterday at her local Borders. Pretty cool!

Lots of folks have been sending Internet links but the San Antonio spot is the first I've heard of anyone finding the book in stores.

This week before a book's release is always so exciting... or should I say eggciting?


Monday, December 28, 2009

Contest Announcement


Tomorrow I'm announcing the SPOT THE BOOK contest on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Check it out for how to enter.

Basically, I'm hoping to find out where Eggsecutive Orders is being displayed. If you "Spot the Book" at an independent bookstore, or even a large chain, let me know and you could win a $25 bookstore gift certificate.

Details on how to enter on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, tomorrow. The contest runs for a short two weeks, because that's when the book *should* begin to be on display. But I won't know unless you tell me.

You can enter once per location... so if you find Eggsecutive Orders in five locations, you can enter five times. And if you tell me how many books are in stock, I'll add your name in again.

Simple enough. I hope you think it's fun, too.
For those of you who can't get out to a bookstore, you may send a link to the book from your favorite store.

See, easy!

Thanks in advance!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tom & Jerrys

So this year, for the first time, Robyn's boyfriend, Andrew, joined us for Christmas. We're very grateful to his family for alternating holiday time with us. They're amazing people and we just wish we all lived a little closer so we could get together ourselves more often.

Anyway, Andrew shared his family's holiday tradition - that of drinking Tom & Jerry drinks. It's a Christmas beverage... a very potent one. Don't look for the recipe here, because Andrew would like this to remain classified.

I watched him put these together... quite a fascinating process... and I'll tell you, if you would have handed me the recipe, I might have thought we were having eggnog. But once you taste a Tom & Jerry, you know this is no eggnog.

Andrew had told us about this tradition, but before he had we'd never heard of them before. This year, my brother and Mitch found a Tom & Jerry bowl and mug set at an estate sale. According to Andrew, this matches one that his mom has. We were in business.

I have to admit the taste was... interesting. It reminded me of the smells that permeated parties from my childhood where the grown-ups drank. But this time I was a grown-up. Wow. This'll put hair on your chest!

Paul and Mitch *loved* the drink and in fact, Mitch wants to have this served every Christmas. They each had two or three mugs. The rest of us (those of us over 21, that is) barely made it through one.

The conversation turned to "Which came first, the drink or the cartoon characters?"

We didn't know.
Does anyone else out there celebrate the holidays with Tom & Jerrys? Do you know which came first?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Eggsecutive Orders - Pre-order Prime Time

Forewarning: I'm planning to post eggstra (grin) about Eggsecutive Orders this week.

As you may know, pre-orders for books are what help determine which titles make it onto bestseller lists. Mind you, I don't believe I have a shot at the New York Times Bestseller list (tho I can dream...) but pre-orders always help generate buzz. And I would love any help you can offer.

If you know anyone who might be interested in the White House Chef novels, please let them know! You can link to this blog, or my website:

Wouldn't it be great it if this went viral?
(Don't I wish... See, I told you I dream!)

Remember... I'm starting a contest. Details on the MysteryLoversKitchen site on Tuesday.

All you'll have to do is e-mail me with where you've seen Eggsecutive Orders -- either in person or online. And you'll be entered into a contest to win a $25 bookstore gift certificate.

In any case, please let all your reader friends know that "Eggs" is almost here. January 5th is just 10 days away.

This is prime time to order prime crime!

I would be eggceedlingly grateful if you did!

Thank you!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lipstick Chronicles Today

Hey! I'm guest blogging at The Lipstick Chronicles today!

When you were little, did you ever try to predict the future with your Ouija board? Or were you more of a Magic 8 Ball kinda kid?

Do you miss those easy days when we could ask random questions and get real answers?

Well then tune in and let me know what you think about my "Modern Crystal Ball."

Please visit the Lipstick Chronicles and leave a comment!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Eggsecutive Orders

It's getting close... the release date for Eggsecutive Orders.

January 5th is less than 3 weeks away.

Every single time I have a new book about to come out I get jittery. I wonder when the book will first appear in bookstores, I wonder when I'll spot the first review. But most of all, I look forward to hearing what readers think, and I hope they enjoy the story. When readers write to me and tell me they liked something I've written, it just makes the world shine a little brighter.

That said, I'm planning on running a special contest to celebrate Eggsecutive Orders' debut. You can start preparing for it now by keeping a lookout for Eggsecutive Orders at your local bookstore. If you see it, drop me an e-mail at JulieHyzy(at) and let me know the bookstore name and location, and the date you spotted it (optional: how many they had in stock). Just let me know it's out there and you're entered.

The official contest opening will be announced on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen on January 5, 2010 which is... conveniently ... the day the book debuts. How do you like that? It's almost like I planned it or something.

Also on January 5th - I'll be guest blogging on Lesa's Book Critiques and I'm really excited to be joining her there. Lesa's wonderful! I can't wait.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Lipstick Chronicles

Hey, guess what? I'll be guest blogging on The Lipstick Chronicles on Saturday, December 19th. This fun, eclectic blog gets lots of attention and if you tune in, you'll see why. Visit today, check out their "cast of characters," and please be sure to stop by again on Saturday to read my take on a modern way to predict the future
: )

Hope you're enjoying the holidays....


Friday, December 11, 2009

Organizing Crime

What a fabulous idea for a book!

Austin Lugar and Jim Huang (the Anthony and Macavity Award winning duo behind MYSTERY MUSES) have come up with ORGANIZING CRIME: The Mystery Company's Guide to Crime.

Austin posted it on his blog. Let me let him tell you all about it - HERE. What a fabulous idea! And what a great holiday gift for the mystery lover on your list!

I cannot get the hang of inserting web-based photos on this blog so you really will have to visit Austin's site to get a look at it. Better yet, visit The Mystery Company online and order a copy!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mystery Matters

Last Friday I was interviewed by Fran Stewart of Mystery Matters on the VoiceAmerica network. What a fun conversation! Fran has already read Eggsecutive Orders and we talked the about this new entry into the White House Chef series, as well as the first two books - State of the Onion and Hail to the Chef. Fran also asked me a little bit about the new Manor of Murder series debuting in June.

If you'd like to listen in, it's right here: Interview on Mystery Matters

And guess what! This time I didn't mistakenly offer "green beans" as a substitute for a meat entree suggestion LOL!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Partners In Crime

I was so very fortunate to have been invited to participate in this month's mystery discussion group at the Tinley Park Public Library. Fran runs Partners In Crime, which meets every first Tuesday to discuss an assigned mystery. I was absolutely thrilled to have had my two White House Chef novels chosen as their December read.

Not only did they read the books, Fran arranged for a local restaurant, Caffe de Milan, to cater the event. They cooked up lots of Ollie's favorites, including Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes, Little White Rolls, Sugar-cured Ham with White Wine Honey Mustard, and Brownie Bites from Hail to the Chef and Oven Fried Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Ollie's Green Beans, Apple Tart, and Crisp Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies from State of the Onion. The biggest hit, also from State of the Onion, were the Cucumber Slices Stuffed with Feta and Pine Nuts.

Seeing as how I rely on the talents of a "Ghost Chef" I can say, unequivocally, that these recipes showcased some serious talent ;-) I only wished I could eat like this every night!

The mystery discussion group members were so much fun. They had lots of interesting and lively questions. I just loved talking with them. There were about 30 guests and we talked and laughed almost non-stop. So many of the readers asked if I'd tried to get my books into the hands of our White House residents. I have tried, but alas, that hasn't happened yet. Can you imagine how popular the books would be if Michelle Obama was spotted reading one? That would be so cool. And since I'm dreaming here... let me add that I would love an invitation to the White House to tour the kitchens (and everywhere else) at a nice leisurely pace. Umm... the Secret Service probably wouldn't look too kindly on that, but hey... I'm dreaming ;-)

As I said, I feel extremely fortunate to have been invited to participate. Last year the group's holiday meeting featured one of Diane Mott Davidson's books and her menu. Boy, is that great company to be in? She's often credited with starting the culinary mystery sub-genre. Diane didn't attend the event, of course, but then again, she isn't a local like I am.

I was honored, thrilled, and I just had the best time. Here are a few more pictures:
Eileen and I share writing and editing interests, and we found more common ground that gave us a good laugh!