Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summertime, and Things Couldn't Get Any Hotter!

By Maxie Pierce from Kylie Logan’s Chili Cook-Off Mysteries


So, there’s a give-away every day here on Killer Characters.  Well, that’s hot news and hot is what summer is all about.  In fact, hot figures into my next adventure, and I’m not just talking about Chili Showdown security chief Nick Falcone, either.

For one thing, the Chili Showdown is in Las Vegas and I ask you, what could be hotter than that? Answer: Devil’s Breath chili, that’s what.

In case you’ve never heard of it, Devil’s Breath is the hottest of hot chilies and every chef has his or her own version.  My dad, Texas Jack Pierce,  makes a Devil’s Breath that will make your tastebuds sit up and take notice.  Jack Daniel’s whiskey, blackstrap molasses, tequila . . . oh yeah, Jack’s recipe is second to none.

Which doesn’t mean chili cooks everywhere aren’t still trying to show him up.  In fact, that’s what our visit to Vegas is all about; the Showdown is hosting a Devil’s Breath contest, looking for the spiciest chili in the hottest town in the USA.

Sounds perfect, right?  Well, it actually might have been if one of the contest judges didn’t fall over dead in his bowl of Devil’s Breath, if an evil person from my past didn’t show up and if the Chili Chick hadn’t been kidnaped.  The Chick?  She’s the gigantic chili pepper costume I wear when I dance outside our pepper stand to attract attention and customers.

Hot?  Oh yeah, things in Vegas got plenty hot!

You can help me celebrate the publication of “Death by Devil’s Breath” (Book #2 in the Chili Cook-Off series) this coming August.  Just leave a comment on today’s post and you’ll be entered in the Killer Characters drawing to win a copy of “Chili Con Carnage,” the first book in the series.  Good luck!


72 comments:

  1. I can't imagine a chili that hot!!! whoa...!
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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  2. Chili is one of my favorite winter meals but we don't like our chili as hot as you describe. However, I am looking forward to reading this series which is new to me.

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  3. This book sounds like it will be a spicy good read :) Babs babsnature@gmail.com

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  4. Sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win! Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  6. Sounds like a great book.

    xzjh04 @gmail.com

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read. I bet it's so hot Pepper Martin could make an appearance!

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  8. Had to laugh at some of the spicy chili comments . . . I'm not a fan of spicy chili, either! My husband is the chili cook and sometimes, he makes a chili hot enough to turn through cement! He hears plenty of complaints about that. His recipes are featured in the books and I didn't have the heart to put in a spicy recipe in "Death by Devil's Breath" so the new book features a chicken chili that's mild enough to appeal to chili sissies like me!

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  9. This is a unique book. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. My spice meter is very low. I would enjoy this delightful book. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Looking forward to reading these books :) :)
    Mary, Ladylotion@msn.com

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  12. I like my food hot, but not spicey hot. I do however look forward to reading this series.

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  13. slindlauf@gra.midco.netJune 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I look forward to this series!

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  14. This series sounds great, Chili con Carnage is on my to buy list already and I'll be adding Death by Devil's Breath to it.

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  15. Love Chili and David's was excellent! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks, Kasha! The recipe in "Chili Con Carnage" won him second place in a recent local chili cook-off!

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  16. Would love to read this series! I'll be thrilled if I win! Linda L. kymkane at gmail dot com

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  17. This sounds great. thanks for the chance.

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  18. I am so easily influenced. Now I want a bowl of chili. At 8:00 a.m.

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  19. Sounds like a fun series. I would love to read it!

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  20. Right away I'm singing "Hot! Hot! Hot!"

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  21. Chili cook offs--my husband's guilty pleasure--must read this book!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  22. Sounds like a fun read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Sounds like a great series -- thanks for the giveaway
    Karen

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  24. I love chili--the hotter the better, and it sounds like I would love these books, too! Thanks for a fun giveaway.
    michstjame at gmail dot com

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  25. This is one series that is at the top of my list! Kylie Logan is a wonderful author. We are very fortunate to have many series to read.

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  26. Nothing better than good food with a great mystery as we go into the fall just imagine a rainy afternoon chilli simmering,bread baking wine chilling. A hand knit afghan wrapped around your out stretched legs resting on a needle point footstool snuggled down in a big arm chair ,by a bright fire

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  27. Enjoyed the first book; looking forward to the second one.

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  28. I love chili, but for me, it's definitely a fall/winter dish. As I get older, my recipe gets milder, though.

    tcuevas@iccable.com

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  29. The first in this series is on my wish list...hope I can read it soon! Thank you for a chance to win. Sandy in So. Cali sxygrndma48(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. My husband and son both love chili but, it can be too spicy for me. To them, there is no such thing as "Too spicy" lol! :) Thanks for the chance to win! ford0368@comcast.net

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  31. Sounds like a very very interesting series. Love chili. Thank you so much for the chance to win this..... babearoo@frontiernet.net

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  32. Sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you have recipes included.

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    1. Yes, there is a chili recipe in each book!

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  33. Love this cover. Have to add this series to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. Mmmmmm--I love chili --and the hotter the better. I'll read the book for a good mystery and then hope the chili recipe is as hot as the title suggests. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  35. This sounds good! I hope there are some vegetarian recipes, too!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  36. Ok now I'm hungry! And want to read! geringlisa@gmail.com

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  37. Interesting title

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  38. I like spicy food, but I do like to keep my taste buds, lol. I learned something new, I thought the ghost pepper was the hottest.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  39. I don't really like chili but I might be interested in reading this book. I don't like hot stuff like buffalo chicken but I love Mexican food. I like mild salsa.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. enjoying this series so far!!

    jeosmond@gmail.com

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  41. kittymama@gmail.comJune 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I'm not into spicy food but I love a spicy mystery!! Sign me up!

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  42. Love spicy food and love this series!

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  43. I am so excited about your new series!

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  44. my mouth is watering as I read this!!!!

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  45. Looking forward to reading this series. Just finished A Tale of Two Biddies. ;)

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  46. I love chili. Great cover. Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. I love chilli! kberth98@stu.jjc.edu

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  48. I do not like Chili or spicy hot food. But I do enjoy reading about it.

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  49. I LOVED Chili Con Carnage and can't wait to read Death By Devil's Breath! :)

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  50. Why, i had Chili for breakfast today! ;) seems like i should win a chili mystery.. grin

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  51. ^ i forgot my email woofmew@Aol.com

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  52. I've enjoyed what I've read of Kylie Logan's works and this sounds like a really interesting series. Looking forward to reading it.

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  53. I haven't made chili in many years. Thanks for reminding me to put it on my list of dinners to have soon.

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  54. I like chili but can only eat mild chili (my stomach can't handle anything else any more). My son makes it way too hot for me.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  55. I'm behind the times. I've never heard of devil's breath...I thought ghosts were the hottest! Learn something new...

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  56. Thank you for the opportunity to register to win this book! Sounds like a great series.

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  57. Love this chili cook off series. And the summer long giveaway! Looking forward to reading this one. Can't wait for August.

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  58. So many new series. Yours, being a culinary cozy is doubly intriguing.

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  59. Love chili

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  60. Announcing my winner today. Watch the sidebar on the blog. You'll have 48 hours to claim. Email me your mailing info at: kylie@kylielogan.com

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  61. Who doesn't love chili, and the title for this book is fantastic! Can't wait to read it :)
    kathambre@yahoo.com

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  62. Forgot my email again.

    jluebke @ frontier.com

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  63. Can't wait to read this one....

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  64. I love a good chili!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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