The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane by Melissa Bourbon – Caramel Corn Recipe + Giveaway

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The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane by Melissa Bourbon
A Book Magic Mini Mystery #1
Lake House Press • November 10, 2020

The Lane women are bibliomancers, but Cassie sees her divination not as a gift, but as a curse–one from which she desperately wants to escape. It turns out, though, that running from her fate isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. When a woman goes missing, and a neighbor turns up dead, Cassie turns to the books she’s always avoided to help her find the truth.

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Hello Readers!

It’s December! Which means it is the perfect time for treats. When I think of the holidays, I definitely think of food. Cookies, sausage bread, soup, tamales, posole, caramel apples, Brad Pitt’s mother’s egg bake (yes, that’s what it’s called… I found the recipe years ago in a magazine. It is, apparently, one of Brad’s favorite dishes—or at least it used to be, and we still use this basic recipe every year), and, wait for it…

Caramel Corn.

Sweet goodness. Crunchy goodness.

There’s just nothing better than this awesome treat, better still because I’ve had the recipe now for, yikes, 30+ years! I first learned to make it when I was in high school home Ec class. Yes, back when there still was high school home Ec.

It was good then, and it’s good now. And we make it every year, give mountains of it away to friends, and basically just gorge.

And we love every minute of it.

The best part is that it’s so super easy to make and the perfect snack for your reading time…especially perfect when you read Book Magic Mysteries and Mini Mysteries. I hope you’ll check out The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane, Murder on Devil’s Cove, and I really hope you try out this Caramel Corn recipe. If you do, email me to let me know. I’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Holidays, and Happy Reading.




Pop about 8 cups of plain old popcorn.

In a pot, melt 1 stick of butter. Add 1 cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of light corn syrup. Next, add ½ tsp vanilla, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp baking powder. Cook, stirring, until mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Pour over the popcorn and mix it well. Bake at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time.

That’s all there is to it! It’s the tastiest treat, and I bet it will become a family favorite!

About the Author

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

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