Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton + #Giveaway + #Recipe

Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton
Published in America by Morewellson on the 5th November 2018.

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Anne is excited for the opening of the Brandywine Inn. Kandi and Hope are her partners in the bed-and-breakfast in Carolan Springs, Colorado, where they also provide homesteading and herbal workshops for guests.

As soon as the guests arrive, it’s plain that the five old college chums have bad blood between them. When Anne finds a threatening note, it's clear that someone is out for revenge. Then they find a guest dead. At first, the death appears to be natural, but suspicions begin to grow.

When a blizzard threatens the Inn, will it trap them all with a killer and no way out?

Cordial Killing is a classic who-dun-it with a twist. Set in the fictional small town of Carolan Springs, you will enjoy an armchair getaway into beautiful Colorado.

Marie's Elderberry Cordial Recipe 

Items Needed 
Quart canning jar with lid
Funnel (large mouth)
Wooden spoon
Label or masking tape
Marker pen
Cheesecloth (optional)
Strainer (optional)
Decorative Bottle (optional)

Essential Ingredients
Elderberries, 1.25 cup dried or 2 cups fresh (if fresh, remove from stems)
Brandy , 3 cups (Can also use other alcohol but brandy is most commonly used.)
Honey, ¼ to ½ cup (or to taste), Vegans or those who don’t have access to good local raw honey can substitute maple syrup. Acquiring local honey will provide your cordial with its own unique flavor. 

Optional Ingredients
Cinnamon stick, adds flavour along with Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory properties
Rosehips, ¼ cup, adds Extra Vitamin C
Ginger, 1-2 tbsp grated, adds flavour along with Antioxidants

Place elderberries (and any optional ingredients, if using) into quart jar. 
Cover with brandy. 
Add honey. 
Stir with wooden spoon or put lid on and shake. 
Place in dark, cool space (usually a cabinet will do) for three to four weeks. 
If desired, strain with cheesecloth and using a strainer, put into a decorative bottle. 
Or you can leave ingredients in jar.
In winter take 1-2 tbsp daily for immune-boosting. If ill, take 3-4 tbsp (basically a shot glass) a few times a day until symptoms improve. This cordial can also be used as a base for poor-tasting tinctures such as osha. 
Can last for a year with fresh berries and longer if made with dried berries—if you have it that long!

Elderberry is a wonderful plant to have in your yard or on your property. It has many medicinal benefits and uses. The elderberry plant most commonly associated with immune-boosting and flu-fighting properties is the dark berry plant (Elderberry Sambucus Nigra). Elder flower is also used in elixirs, teas and food.  Elder was the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year in 2013. It’s usually harvested in September. 
This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Meet the Author

Vikki’s first words were “I get it!” This attitude became her life-long mantra to always go after what she wants. It also helped her realize her desire to help others get what they really want out of life.

After spending years as a registered interior designer, Vikki began to write. While writing for periodicals, Vikki found herself on assignment interviewing publishers in Colorado Springs. It wasn’t long before the natural beauty of Colorado captured her heart.

After moving to Colorado, Vikki worked with nonprofits. However, she soon realized she needed more autonomy in her work. Vikki started her own business as a nonprofit consultant and grant writer. She has helped nonprofits across the U.S. to receive millions of dollars for their work. Yet, she realized doing one thing wouldn’t satisfy her for long.

Vikki became a Work Quilter™ combining her many passions to create multiple income streams. She started speaking and teaching adults on myriad and diverse topics around her knowledge, skills and passions. She's taught and spoken on Creative Writing, Design for Heart and Home, Fundraising Fundamentals , Suburban Homesteading, Permaculture, How to Get What You Really Want, and of course, Work Quilting. Two words that continually appear on instructor and speaker feedback forms are "engaging" and "knowledgeable."

Born in Chicago, Vikki lived outside of Paris for a few years as a small child. That may account for her love of travel. She moved to Wichita with her parents before going on to live most of her life around the San Antonio, Texas area. She is the founder of #girlswantago and you can connect through Facebook or

Vikki is also an experienced, professional global house and pet sitter.

Vikki's favorite genre is mystery so it wasn't long before she had begun her first cozy mystery series. Incorporating her love of suburban homesteading, or as some call it, backyard farming, Vikki's first book is Chicken Culprit.

You'll most often find Vikki out hiking with her dog, outside gardening, traveling abroad, house or pet sitting, or writing her next book.

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

One winner will get a $25 Amazon gift card
and Ten winners will get ebook copies of both Backyard Farming Mysteries: Chicken Culprit and Cordial Killing.

Open Internationally until the 10th November.

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