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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Deborah Malone and Her Heroine, Trixie Montgomery of the Cozy Mystery Series. Deborah Will Give Away a Copy of Terror on Tybee Island

It’s great to have Deborah Malone to talk about her fun cozy mystery series and her new book. She’ll give away a copy of Terror on Tybee Island. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address.

1.First, tell us a little about yourself, Debbie.

Well, I’m a Georgia Peach, but my two older brothers were born in Cinn, Ohio. My dad worked for General Electric and was transferred to Georgia. He was originally from Opelika, Ala and my mother was from Cinn. Talking about North meeting South. I often think if they stayed in Ohio I’d be a %^&* Yankee
2. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

I loved to read as a child. I think I came out of the womb reading. I read any mystery I could get my hands on. I think I read all of Nancy Drew’s books and some of Trixie Beldon. My character Trixie is named after Trixie Beldon.

3. I'm a big fan of Nancy Drew also. What do you write? 

Surprise, surprise! I write cozy mysteries.

4. Sounds like a fun read. Are you a plotter or a panster?

I’m a panster.

5. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is about Trixie Montgomery going to Tybee Island for a vacation. Her best friend Dee Dee, her great-aunt Nana and her mother, Betty Jo all tag along. While walking on the beach Trixie  sees a beach cat digging in the sand. She investigates only to discover a body that had been bludgeoned to death with a garden gnome. To find out how Trixie gets out of the mess you’ll have to read the book.     

From Trixie Montgomery, the heroine in Deborah’s Cozy Mystery Series:

Trixie Montgomery here. You may know me from my Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. I’ve just returned from a vacation at Tybee Island with my best friend Dee Dee, my great-aunt Nana, and my mother, Betty Jo. While we were there I found a body in the sand by the ocean. I’d been involved in a couple of murder cases, but I’d never found a body before. I hope I never find one again.
My boyfriend had asked me to marry him before I left, and I told him I’d give him the answer when I returned. Well, I said ‘yes.’ I’m so excited. We’re planning on having a December wedding. Hope y’all can come.

First, Gail has asked me what my favorite bible verse is. Well, I like to pick a special bible verse for each of my books. The bible verse for “Terror on Tybee Island” is “Look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than them?” Matthew 6:26  I hope it brings some comfort to you, also.

It’s about that time again. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a time for family, fun and food. Speaking of food I’d like to share a recipe with you. I made this pork tenderloin with apples last year and everybody raved about it. I know it’s not your usual Christmas fare, but sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit.  Well, here you are, I hope it turns out as good for you as it did for me. Doesn’t it look good? I guess I’d better got off the computer now, Debbie doesn’t know I’m using it and she’s pretty particular about who uses it. I wish you the merriest of Christmases!

Roasted Tenderloin and Apples

• Place a 1 lb. to 1 1/2 lb. tenderloin in a roasting pan. Cover with a tight lid or aluminum foil. Place the pan in a 400 F oven and let cook for 30 minutes. While the roast is cooking, slice two cooking apples into 1/4-inch slices. Add 2 tbsp. of fresh or frozen cranberries or raisens. In a bowl, combine 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Spoon this mixture over the fruit, coating the fruit thoroughly with the sugar and spice. Remove the tenderloin from the oven after 30 minutes and spoon the fruit mixture on and around the roast. Return the roast to the oven and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the roast is golden brown and reaches a 160 F internal temperature.

Yum. I can't wait to try this recipe.

Terror on Tybee Island's available on Amazon

Learn more about Deborah and her books at

Bio: Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in First Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson. She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association as well as Advanced Writer’s and Speakers Association. As a current member of the American Christian Fiction Writer she has established a blog where she reviews Christian Fiction.  


Miss Mae said...

Since I used to live in Savannah, Tybee Island was practically in our back door. Very familiar with the place, and I think it's so cool you chose this Georgia beach for the setting of your mystery. :)

It's great to meet you, Trixie (and yes, as a girl I read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden too!)

Wishing you much success! :)

Janice said...

The book sounds like a fun read, and the cover is great. I love Tybee Island. I went to Georgia Southern for two years in Statesboro and Tybee was the goto beach. I'd love to win this book for sentimental reasons and for the good story.

Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah M said...

Hi Gail. Thanks for having me on your blog today. I hope you readers like my recipe. I'm sure Debbie will be along in a while to tell you "Hi." Well, I'd better go and keep my eye on Nana.

Amy C said...

I love Tybee Island and would love to read Deborah's book. Great interview!
Thanks you!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Larry Hammersley said...

Gail: Thanks for having Deborah on your site. She is such an interesting person. Deborah your genre sounds tough to write. What a vacation turning out to be different than what was hoped for. Tenderloin? When I go to a fast food place or otherwise I have to study the menu but if there is tenderloin on the menu then there is no studying for me. I'll take a breaded tenderloin sandwich with pickle. I wish you well on your writing.

Linda from Georgia said...

The moment I read the opening comments about the book and saw your heroines name I thought about Trixie Belden. A favorite of mine -- along with Nancy in my pre-teen years. I look forward to reading your book. Tybee is a great setting for this Georgia gal.

June Foster said...

Deborah, I can't believe I've never read a cozy mystery before. Your book sounds so intriguing. So glad to see you today on Gail's blog. Wishing you many sales.

Patricia Montgomery said...

I can't wait to read Deborah's newest book and follow the new adventures of Trixie! Pat

Ane Mulligan said...

I can't wait to try the recipe, Deborah!

Jackie said...

I love Tybee Island and Savannah. I loved in Athens, Georgia for ten years and sometimes my (now) husband would get up before light, drive five hours to Tybee, spend the day and then drive back to Athens.

I'd love to read your book Deborah!


Deborah M said...

Hello Y'all. I see Trixie has been using my computer again. That's okay, I don't really mind her using it, but I wouldn't let her know:) I've really enjoyed all the comments and appreciate Gail having me on her blog!
Deborah Malone

Laurean Brooks said...

Oooh, this sounds interesting. A dead body on the beach?

I like your character, Trixie. She could be the next Nancy Drew. I'll bet she gets in a heap of trouble, but knows how to get herself out of it, just as quickly. LOL.

Here's asking God's blessing on your writing.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like another good book. A garden gnome? Interesting...I always thought their faces looked too angelic.