Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Pen Pals with Jonne Guidoccio and her new book A Season for Killing Blondes


Only 7 More Days
Maggie, thanks for participating in the Countdown to A Season for Killing Blondes.

When Gilda won the $19 million Lotto 649 lottery, she agreed to appear on a local talk show. Expecting to chat about her immediate reaction to the win and her plans for the future, Gilda was taken aback when the “foodie” host fired off the following barrage of questions.

Q.  Did you celebrate your win with a special meal?

A.  Uh...we went out to a restaurant. I think we had ribs.

Q.  What did you have for dessert?

A.  Cheesecake, we had New York cheesecake.

Q.  A bit too ordinary for my taste. Is that your favorite cheesecake?

A.  Actually, no. When I visited Florida, I had the most extraordinary cheesecake - Gran Marnier, chocolate, and amaretto.

Q.  Hmm. I’ll have to look that one up. Do you have a special dessert you like to prepare?

A.  Tiramisù

Q.  That’s one of my favorites as well. We’ll have to exchange recipes. Coffee or tea?

A.  Both. In the morning, I have my espresso. If I decide to have a mid-afternoon snack, I’ll have Echinacea Elderberry tea.

Q.  Any special coffee beans?

Jumping Bean. It’s organic free trade coffee from Planet Bean Coffee in Guelph.

Q.  Favorite guilty pleasure?

A.  Chocolate Truffles

Q.  YUM!! Favorite salty snack?

A.  Popcorn

Now about that recipe...
1 package lady fingers
250 ml Nutriwhip Lite
250 g Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese
2 cups of cold, sweetened espresso coffee
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1 semi-sweet chocolate, grated


·         Beat cream cheese using the electric mixer.
·         In a separate bowl, whip the Nutriwhip Lite.
·         In another bowl, combine the coffee and the amaretto.
·         Combine cheese and Nutriwhip together.
·         Cut the lady fingers in half, lengthwise.
·         Place one layer at the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ rectangular pan.
·         Sprinkle enough of the coffee/amaretto mixture to cover the lady fingers.
·         Spread the cheese/Nutriwhip mixture on the lady fingers.
·         Continue layering. The top layer must be the cheese mixture.
·         Cover with grated chocolate.
·         Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Note: Seven more easy-to-prepare desserts are featured in A Season for Killing Blondes.
Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.
When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.


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In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.
In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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  1. Maggie, thanks for hosting me. Joanne :)

  2. Okay, I'm officially craving sweets now. Good luck with the new book.

    1. I went on a "sweet" binge today! Thanks for dropping by, Catherine :)


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