Preparing for a Wonderland Adventure

May 1997

I was in the thick of my teaching career and very much involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. So, when admin asked for volunteers, I agreed (along with four other teachers) to accompany a bus-load of students to Canada’s Wonderland, the 330-acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Toronto.

It would be my first time visiting the theme park, and I was determined to go on a few roller coaster rides. Having shied away from the experience during my childhood and adolescence, I knew it was now or never. To ensure that I wouldn’t back out, I shared my goal with colleagues and students.

Continue reading on Vicki Batman’s blog.

On a Greek Culinary Journey

Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

Continue reading about ten milestones from Greek culinary history on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.

On Sale for 99¢ – Too Many Women in the Room

Blurb

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

Reviews

“A tale which far exceeds the bare bones of storytelling convention, offering the reader well-rounded characters and a narrative that doesn’t skimp on the details.” InD’Tale Magazine

“Too Many Women in the Room is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. The premise is intriguing and kept me guessing.”
Jane Reads Blog

“The plot moves along at a steady pace with subplots adding to the tension.” Christa Reads and Writes Blog

“Filled with delicious cuisine, complex characters, and a murder mystery, this story will leave you guessing until the very end!” Jacquie Biggar

“Guidoccio masterly pulls the reader in with her finely detailed scenes, a strong and very likable female lead, and an intriguing plot.”
Jo-Ann Carson

“This story is so well written; love the first person narrative and the nicely layered plot. This is cozy mystery writing at its best.” Beth Dale

“What’s not to love? Spicy food and an even spicier mystery. The book is peppered with both intrigue and recipes!” Nancy Fraser

“Once again, Joanne Guidoccio has given her readers a plumb good mystery. I can usually figure out who the killer is in most mysteries, but this one had me guessing and guessing again until the killer was revealed.” Margaret-Mary Jaeger

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#LASR Anniversary Party 2017

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Living Vicariously Through My Protagonist

In the spring of 2001, I enrolled in the Career Development Practitioner Program at Conestoga College in nearby Kitchener, Ontario. After meeting with the course director, I sat down and meticulously planned the next seven years of my life.

I would continue teaching full-time during the day and take one online course each trimester. I even selected the order so that the more demanding courses would be taken during the summer months. Upon completion of the program, I would spend two summers interning in preparation for retirement and the launch of ReCareering, a counseling practice that would cater to boomers.

That was the fantasy.

The reality was very different.

Continue reading on Maggie King’s blog.

10 Interesting Facts About Chef David Korba

David Korba could cook, and he could charm. One meal—that’s all it took to win Gilda Greco’s approval and a six-figure investment in Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. But there’s much more to the charismatic chef.

Here’s his back story:

1. David Korba, the youngest of five children, was born in Nea Makri, a seaside resort town about 25 kilometers away from Athens. His mother, a struggling artist, and paternal grandmother doted upon him. Some would say they spoiled him and filled his head with grandiose dreams.

Continue reading on Jane Reads Blog.