Cover Reveal! (and First Tuesday Recipes for August)

I’m thrilled to share the cover of my next release, Ghouls’ Night Out, Book 4 in the Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series! A quick blurb before you scroll down to see it…

Halloween is just around the corner and the goblins are out in force in Juniper Junction. A crotchety merchant, a malicious next-door neighbor, and some ghoulish trick-or-treaters are causing hair-raising problems for Lilly Carlsen’s boyfriend, Hassan Ashraf, and things are about to get much worse.

When Hassan finds himself at the center of a police investigation following the deaths of two of his tormentors just days apart, Lilly is ready to help in any way she can to bring the real fiends to justice.

But with Lilly’s daughter having trouble adjusting to college, her mother continuing a downward spiral into dementia, and possible romantic strife on the horizon between Lilly’s brother and her best friend, Lilly’s Halloween is beginning to look especially frightful.

You can pre-order the new book here and thank you!!








I hope you like it as much as I do.

And now for the recipes for August!

Chicken Monte Cristo

6 chicken breasts

salt and pepper

3 slices deli ham

3 slices Swiss cheese

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Flatten chicken to uniform thickness of about 1/4″ and sprinkle each breast with salt and pepper. Cut each piece of ham and cheese in half. Place one piece of ham and one piece of cheese on each chicken breast. Roll up the chicken lengthwise, tucking ends under; secure with toothpicks.

Dip chicken rolls in egg whites; dredge in breadcrumbs.

Place rolls on greased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.


Pork Pita Pockets

(with thanks to my former roommate and still-friend, Dr. Jennifer Rea Cahill 🙂 )

1 lb. boneless pork loin

4 T. olive oil

4 T. lemon juice

1 T. prepared mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. oregano

1 c. plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt)

1 c. peeled, chopped cucumber

1/2 t. crushed garlic

1/2 t. dill weed

Pita bread with pockets (this recipe makes at least four servings, depending on how thick you like your pita sandwiches)

red onion, chopped (garnish, optional)


Cut pork into thin strips and place in a glass bowl or a zip-top plastic bag.

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, minced garlic, and oregano. Pour marinade over pork. Cover (if using a bowl) and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.

Stir together yogurt, cucumber, crushed garlic, and dill weed. Cover and refrigerate.

Remove pork from marinade. Discard remaining marinade. Stir-fry pork in non-stick skillet or wok over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

Halve pita pockets and fill with pork. Top with cucumber mixture. Garnish with red onion, if desired.


Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 c. sugar, divided

2 T. packed light brown sugar

1/4 c. butter, melted

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly-ground)

1 T. vanilla

1 1/2 c. chilled whipping cream

hot fudge sauce


Mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 c. sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and stir until well-combined. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of a 9″ pie plate; refrigerate.

Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, and remaining 3/4 c. sugar in a large bowl until smooth.

In another bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form (using a chilled bowl and chilled beaters gives even better results!); gently fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture in four additions. Spoon filling into prepared crust, mounding it in the center. Freeze until firm.

Serve wedges drizzled with warm hot fudge sauce.


Do you have any recipes you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below or by emailing me at amymreadeauthor[at]gmail[dot]com.

Until next time,


29 comments on “Cover Reveal! (and First Tuesday Recipes for August)

  1. CarolCooks2 says:

    Love the new cover, Amy…. the peanut butter pie..sounds yum…I make my own PB will that be ok to use?


    • amreade says:

      Thanks, Carol. The PB pie is really good, and my daughter requested it for her birthday a couple weeks ago. I’m not sure homemade peanut butter would work, since I’ve only tried it with pb from the store. I assume homemade pb would be more like the natural pb that the recipe advises against using. I’m not sure why it says not to use natural pb–I assume it has something to do with the consistency. Natural pb tends to separate, so that may affect how the pie sets up. Let me know if you give it a try. If the pie doesn’t set up, you could use the filling as an ice cream topping, perhaps. Or even a spread for pork or chicken.

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  2. Congrats on the reveal, Amy. A really cute cover. Congrats on the new book!
    And frozen peanut butter pie… that caught my attention too. Lol. Yum.


    • amreade says:

      Thanks, Diana. I do love writing these Juniper Junction books. The characters feel like family…albeit a tad dysfunctional. 🙂

      Let me know if you try that frozen pb pie. I’d like to know what you think!

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  3. FABULOUS cover. Can’t wait to join Juniper Junction in the fall. I feel like I know these characters so well by now. So happy to hear about the series continuation. Now, I better go order some ingredients online! 🤗


  4. Jenny says:

    We just made that pork dish the other night and I had to make it from memory because I had misplaced my copy of the recipe. You have given it back to me — thanks!!! So glad you are still enjoying it.

    And the new cover looks great, btw!


    • amreade says:

      I’m glad you have your own copy now! We love it. I was thinking I might make it next week. Hope all is well with you and that the storms moving through Florida left you unscathed.


  5. What a lovely cover! The little houses with their hopeful lights. I like the book already.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. dgkaye says:

    Huge congrats Amy. I love the cover! You are a machine woman! And yummo on the chicken recipe. Noted. 🙂 x


  7. Christi King says:

    Love the cover!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Fabulous! The new cover is awesome! Huge congrats! I need to catch up on my reading! The recipe sounds so yummy too!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. MomzillaNC says:

    The cover looks great. The Chicken Monte Cristo looks heavenly.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Congratulations Amy and have put a new book promo in the diary for 31st so time to buy on pre-order. Lovely cover and great recipes.. hugsx

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Pat Wahler says:

    The cover looks fabulous! Fall is my favorite time of year, so the cover makes me smile. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Love the cover! 🙂 Haven’t had a Monte Cristo in years; will add to this week’s menu! Your new book looks and sounds great, Amy! Sharing…

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