Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Swap: Author Conda V. Douglas is Potato Obsessed, Recipe, Giveaway

Mild West Mysteries, 13 Idaho Tales of Murder and Mayhem
Anthology of entertaining cozy mysteries by Conda V. Douglas
Hi and welcome to another fun blog swap! Author Conda Douglas and I are opening our blogs for each other to entertain readers. Conda brought along an e-book of her new release, MIld West Myteries, for a giveaway too!  Love this cover. 

Being from Idaho, Conda is "potato obsessed." You'll believe it after reading this fun article AND a surprising recipe made with potatoes. After copying down the recipe, hop on over to Conda's blog to giggle a bit about writing cliches.

Ski the Great Potato with Conda! by Conda V. Douglas

J.Q. thanks so much for having me on your blog.

Fifth generation Idaho native, Conda Douglas here, with a little bit about my beloved home state and how we are, well, potato possessed. Most of my writing takes place in Idaho. They say “write about what you know,” and boy do I know Idaho!
There’s also a potato cake recipe plus a way to enter to win a free copy of my newest release Mild West Mysteries, 13 Idaho Tales of Murder and Mayhem.

Yes, we are obsessed with potatoes. This comes out in different ways:
We make everything out of potatoes including desserts. Cake, cookies, donuts, ice cream and more, all of it surprisingly delicious!
We have potato guns that shoot—yes, you guessed it—potato bits.
We use potatoes to carve out temporary stamps for crafts. They really work! And potatoes are easier to carve than lots of other things.
We have “Spuddy Buddy” dolls, odd soft dolls like Raggedy Ann, only with a potato spud body.
We have “Tater Tot” T-shirts. Tater Tots are those uniquely formed hash brown bites. Unfortunately the single Tator Tot on the T-shirts resembles a gunny sack full of rocks and not a food item. We don’t care. We love our Tots!
“Ski the Great Potato” was a tourist campaign slogan, with Mr. Potato Head-like potatoes on skis skiing down mountains.

I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the spud of the idea about Idaho!

Speaking of delicious dessert recipes made with potatoes, here's a great one:

Idaho Potato Carmel Cake


2/3 cup butter (or coconut oil)
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
½ cup milk (or coconut milk, can you tell I’m nutty about coconut?)
1 cup mashed potatoes (from one large Idaho baked or steamed russet potato) Make extra, after all, it’s potatoes.
1 cup (3 ½ ounces) grated chocolate (if you have trouble with dairy there are dairy free choices out there)
1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped nuts (I like pecans and make sure the nuts aren’t salted)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the pan. Mix the flour, baking powder, and spices in a bowl. Place butter and sugar in a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and potatoes. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the batter, and then gently fold in the remaining whites. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

And finally, if you leave a comment on this post you’ll be entered to win a Kindle eBook copy of my newest release, Mild West Mysteries: 13 Idaho Tales of Murder and Mayhem. Let me know what you know/like/hate/love about Idaho!
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 Mild West Mysteries by Conda V. Douglas
Thirteen cozy mystery short stories of the West as never seen before.

Back of the Book:

Mild West Mysteries abounds in thirteen cozy mystery short stories of the West as never seen before. 
Within these pages, you’ll discover award winning tales of weaponized fall vegetables, huckleberry wars with bears, a Sheriff from the 1800s whose biggest problem isn’t that he’s dead, dogs with bad karma, lethal jewelry, plus a bonus story with a recipe and much more. 
Every story is jam-packed full of the unique flavors of the people, land and customs of fifth-generation Idaho native Conda V. Douglas’ home. Bestseller Conda believes in writing about what you know, and boy does she know Idaho! 
For more information and to purchase click the Amazon Link image below.

About Conda

Award winning author Conda grew up in the ski resort of Sun Valley, Idaho. Her childhood was filled with authors and artists and other creative types. She grew up with goats in the kitchen, buffalo bones in the living room and rocks in the bathtub.Now her life is filled with her cat and dog and permanent boyfriend and writing.
Author Conda V. Douglas

She's traveled the world from Singapore to Russia (in winter!) and her own tiny office, writing all the while. She delights in writing her cozy Starke Dead creative woman mystery series with amateur detective jeweler Dora Starke. The more Dora discovers cursed jewelry, her aunt digging graves, and a rampant poisoner, the more fun Conda has--although sometimes Dora complains about her plight! The first in the series, Starke Naked Dead, won Third Place in Mystery in the Idaho Author Awards 2014. Next up, Starke Raving Dead, in which Dora's mad Aunt Maddie proves the aptness of her name.

When she's not writing Dora into her quirky and quixotic mysteries, Conda writes the popular tween fantasy Mall Fairies series. The fairy inspiration for her Mall Fairies came from the sparrows that live in the Boise Towne Square Mall in Boise, Idaho. When not rescuing fairies from humans, cats and themselves, Conda works on the last title in the Mall Fairy trilogy, The Mall Fairies: Destiny. 

To find out more about Conda and her publications visit:

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Readers, you’re invited to enter the Rafflecopter drawing for prizes during the Deadly Undertaking  tour November 12-25. Win your choice of J.Q. Rose's e-books, fiction or non-fiction, a short story, or a 20 minute phone call from J.Q. Enter below.

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J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Conda, thanks for guesting today. That recipe sounds yummy!

Conda Douglas said...

Thank you for having me, JQ and I promise that the recipe is delish! Potatoes rock! And are sometimes rock hard!

J.Q. Rose said...

My hubby is a gardener and we have tons of potatoes from his garden. Sorry, not from Idaho. So good when they're fresh dug.

Kathy McIntosh said...

I used to live in Idaho and met the man who invented the potato gun. Or at least the man who put it on the internet and made big bucks selling the plans. Please.
That recipe sounds good, and I might give it a try. The ice cream potato I had at a state fair--too rich, even for me!
Hugs to you both.

Conda Douglas said...

That's why I didn't post the potato ice cream recipe, Kathy! It looked like diabetes in a bowl.

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