Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Welcome Terri Austin! (And Her Recipe for Peach Butter)

Terri lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo. She’s also the author of the Rose Strickland Mystery series. Kirkus Reviews has some very nice things to say about the first in the series, Diners, Dives and Dead Ends.

“Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through a number of interesting twists.”

Sounds like a fun read! Read on for more details about the book…and that promised recipe. You could win a copy of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends, too.

Welcome Terri!

DINERS cover only

As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she’s hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out.

With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose discovers political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. She’s gone from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.

Warning: This traditional mystery contains quirky humor, off-the-wall characters, and a dash of spicy language. Be prepared for a fun read.
You can buy a copy of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends at Amazon or Barnes&Noble. And you can find me at TerriLAustin.com, Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.

Want to win a copy of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends? Sure you do! Leave a comment on this post with your email address and at the end of my blog tour on August 30th, I’ll enter you to win one of three copies. Continental US only.


It’s peach season here in Missouri, so I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorite recipes—

Peach Butter


3 lbs. of ripe peaches (I use frozen when peaches are out of season.  If you do use frozen, thaw them out first)
2 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
½ t. salt
2 T. fresh lemon juice
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. nutmeg
2 T. butter

Peaches1Place sliced peaches in a heavy bottom pan with about a cup of water.  Cook slowly, letting the peaches soften.  Once tender, let cool and puree in blender or food processor.  Return peach puree to the pan and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the butter.  Simmer gently for 30 minutes.  Stir often so the peach butter won’t scorch on the bottom of the pan.  Turn off the heat and stir in butter.

See?  Easy!  Should last in the fridge for up to a week—around my family, it never lasts that long.  Spread on baked chicken, biscuits, or add ½ cup to your pancake batter.  Also good in oatmeal. 


Thanks, Terri! So glad you stopped by the Hearth . The peach butter looks delish. Guess what I’ll be doing with the next batch of peaches from the farmers market? And what book I’ll be adding to my next book order?


  1. Hey Terri! That peach butter looks amazing! I've had a chance to read Terri's book and it's as funny and fun to read as everyone says. I'm so happy for you!
    Great interview, Cricket!

  2. Thanks so much for having me on today, Cricket! And thank you, Larissa for your kind words. DINERS was a lot of fun to write.

  3. Diners sounds like fun. Question--you don't peel the peaches in the recipe?

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  5. Thanks, Rebecca! Yes, very important step, peel the peaches.

  6. Oh, Terri, that peach butter sounds divine. My mouth is watering just thinking about that on a biscuit.

    I cheated and scored an ARC of Terri's book. Diners, Dives, and Deadends is an awesome read!! Congratulations, Terri!! I can't wait to read Rose Strickland's next adventure!

  7. I'm totally trying this recipe! I LOVE flavored butters, but I've never tried peach. Good luck with your release, Terri. It sounds like a wonderful read! :)

  8. Thank you, Susan for your kind words. And thanks for your well wishes, Misty! And try the peach butter, ladies. It's yum, I say in all humility!

  9. Hey everyone -- thanks for stopping by! And Terri, thanks for telling us about your new mystery and this fab recipe. Can't wait to try them both!

  10. I love peach anything...yum! Sound delicious! Wishing you many sales today! As a member of the same critique group, I'd already read parts of this wonderful story, and then I received a ARC copy from your editor! WOW! Wonderfully written and I just bought my clean up version! :)

  11. Thanks, Diane! So glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Sounds delish! The book sounds fun too! Audiegirly@me.com

  13. Thanks, Audiegirl! And thank you, Cricket, for having me!

  14. I was able to read this book early, and it is a very good read.

  15. Might have to try your recipe with Georgia peaches. GRIN
    Love your book title and cover. I'm betting you will make tons of sales!

  16. Thank you, Dru! Much appreciation! And thanks, Mary! Fingers crossed.

  17. I can't wait to try your peach butter!! wonderful! I like spicy language. :-)

  18. This recipe is perfect timing here in Colorado too. Our peaches from the Western Slope are really good and sweet this year.

    I love quirky humor and off-the-wall characters, Terri. I'm looking forward to a good read with Diners, Dives and Dead Ends.