Gail's Book Nook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All about Award-winning, Best-selling Author Nancy Mehl’s New Book, Deadly Echoes, a Favorite Recipe from Nancy and a Wonderful Devotional

A Warm Welcome to Nancy Mehl

Nancy will give away a print copy of Deadly Echoes (U.S. only). To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below

About Deadly Echoes

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

Nancy Shares One of her Favorite Recipes

She says, “I’m sharing one of my very favorite recipes. It’s really easy, but it’s absolutely delicious. Normally, I’m not a “lasagna” person. Most of the time, I find lasagna in restaurants rather disappointing. Too much sauce, tastes too much like tomatoes, not enough cheese… The list goes on and on. When I found this recipe, I decided to try it. My first attempt was good. Better than most of the lasagna I’d had. But then I decided to tweak it. This is the end result. I’ve been told by more than one person that it’s the best lasagna they’ve ever tasted. I’m sharing it with you because hot lasagna on a cold day, along with some garlic bread, is an awesome meal. Your family will love it! (And you!)”
Nancy Mehl’s Crock Pot Lasagna
 1 ½ pounds Ground Beef (or Italian sausage)
 Lasagna noodles
 1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu Roasted Garlic. It seems to work the best.)
 1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese (One half of a large container)
 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (I use a little more than this)
 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I use a little more than this)
 Brown ground beef and drain. Spoon 1 C. spaghetti sauce in bottom of crock pot. Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. (I break each noodle in half so they will cover the layers more evenly.) Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Then sprinkle with dried oregano. Cook on low for 4 hours. If cooked much longer, the noodles can get a little hard around the edges of the crock pot.
Makes 6 servings.

Yum. I can’t wait to try it.

One of Nancy’s Favorite Bible Verses and the Dream She Had about It

To properly share this verse, I’ve got to tell a brief story. One night I had a dream. In the dream a young boy stood on a stage, preaching. I was in the audience. The auditorium was full, and everyone seemed to be enthralled by this child because he was very anointed. Suddenly, he stopped talking and came down off the stage. He walked right up to me, took my hand, and gazed into my eyes. All he said was, “Psalm 37:5.” Then he turned around and walked back up to the stage where he resumed his message. Of course, when I woke up, I ran to grab my Bible so I could look up Psalm 37:5. When I located it, I read: “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” I began to study the scripture and found that the Hebrew word for “commit” actually means to “roll over.” The Young’s literal translation says this: Roll on Jehovah thy way, and trust upon Him, and He worketh.” It was clear that God wanted me to completely roll my life over on Him. My cares, my concerns, my worries, my insecurities…everything. I knew that if I could do that, then God could bring about His will in my life. He could work it all out – if I’d just get out of the way.

I’m embarrassed to say it took me a while to finally do what God had asked me to do. One part of the dream that I understood immediately was the reason for the child. Real trust means you can rest in the arms of your Daddy. As a small child you know without a doubt that your father will protect you. Take care of you. I finally came to the end of myself, growing tired of carrying the weight of my life on my own shoulders. I was ready to become the trusting child God desired me to be. I rolled my life over on Him, and I quit worrying about tomorrow - my career, my life, my future, my needs, and the needs of my family. The release of all those burdens feels wonderful. Now I can enjoy my life because I’m no longer worried. My only job is to love God, trust Him, and love the people He puts in my life. I know that my Daddy is taking care of me. 

If you’ve never rolled everything over on Him, I pray you will find a way to do it. You are loved so much. Remember that your Daddy desires that you cast ALL your cares upon Him – because He cares for you.

Thanks to Gail for allowing me to mention my “favorites” in her awesome blog. God bless you.

Thank you, Nancy, for visiting! It is my pleasure to have you!

Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty books and just finished a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, “Gathering Shadows” was released in May of 2014. The second book, “Deadly Echoes” became available in February.  The third book, “Rising Darkness will release late in 2015. She is also working on an Amish cozy mystery series for Guideposts.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site. She is part of The Suspense Sisters, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.


Linda Weaver Clarke said...

This sounds like a suspenseful story. I love mystery and romance intertwined in a story. I hope you are successful with this book.

Nancy Mehl said...

Thank you, Linda!

Sonja said...

I have been watching for this book and have read others of Nancy's writings. I know I would love this one.

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Nancy, lovely to see you here! Thanks for sharing about your new book and the great recipe. I've been trying to use my slow cooker more regularly and want to try this.

Deborah M said...

I've been reading Nancy's books for a long time. I would love to win Deadly Echoes!

Deborah Malone
Fiction With a Touch of South

Tim and Connie said...

Not sure I've read any of Nancy Mehl's work. I can see I've been missing out! I would be delighted to read this mystery!

Miss Mae said...

Hi Nancy,

Absolutely love your blurb. I'm intrigued now as to how "similar" these murders are. Lots of questions are flowing! First off, why? (of course) and I'm itching to know those similarities! Hmm, lovely sounding mystery there!

Congrats on your book, and it's fabulous to meet you. :)

Charlyn said...

Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway

Nancy Mehl said...

Thanks for all the comments. Hope whoever wins enjoys Deadly Echoes!

Nancy Mehl said...

Hi, Lisa! Lovely to see you too. :) You'll love this lasagna. And it's my kind of recipe. Easy. LOL!

Nancy Mehl said...

Nice to meet you too, Miss Mae. Sorry I made you itch. LOL!

DanaGirl Spille said...

Love to win a copy of your book .I think you are a awesome author I have loved reading your books .Blessings,DanaGirl
P.s. I love love lasagna I had it for lunch today I'll try yours sometime .

Beth Courtright said...

Love to read suspenseful books!

Judy Shutter said...

I would love to win a copy of Deadly Echoes and the recipe Crock Pot Lasagna sounds delicious.

Elizabeth Dent said...

Nancy , love your I terview . I loved Deadly Echoes , it was awesome . I would live to win your recipe , thank you

Connie said...

Nancy, thank you for sharing your lasagna recipe and the dream that LED you to your complete submission to God's will. Thanks also to Gail for this interview and giveaway.
cps1950 at gmail dot com

CentralEast2 said...

Looks like a great story. I would love to read it. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

Hannah said...

I can't wait to read this book, it looks so good! I'd love to win!

Rhonda's Doings said...

loved the book and that lasagna sounds delicious!

Dawn Nicol said...

Thank you for the recipe and looking forward to reading your books!

dawn dot nicol at gmail dot com

Loraine Nunley said...

I am looking forward to reading this one and I am going to try Nancy's crock pot lasagna recipe... sounds delicious!


Mary Hart said...

Thank you for the recipe-it sounds really good! Looking forward to reading your new book!

Mary Hart said...

OOPS! Forgot e-mail!

Laurean Brooks said...

Beautiful testimony, Nancy. I struggle with the same thing, not giving all my burdens and concerns to the Lord. It's freeing when you finally let them go.

Your book sounds like an intriguing read. And I love the cover. May God continue to bless you with a passion to write for him. landtbeth at yahoo dot com

Donna Kimpel said...

I would love to win this book. I wanted to review her books.Thank You. My email:

Nancy Mehl said...

Thanks for all the comments. It is freeing when we roll our concerns over on Him, isn't it, Loraine? Praying we both get better and better at it! :)

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

I haven't read anything by Nancy yet that I didn't love. I also wanted to keep her characters by me, they really are so real.

Definitely going to give the crock pot lasagna a try. I make lasagna a lot, but I've never tried a crock pot version. Can't wait!

Love the verse too. I have been learning more and more lately how I need to rely fully on the Lord and remember that He's got this.



Brandi Phelps said...

I just finished Gathering Shadows. I really enjoyed it. Suspense books are my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Sounds like a great book filled with twists and turns. Best to you, Nancy!

Gail, your blog is outstanding and uplifting as always. :)