Guest Cook Kelli Wilkins

Welcome to the After Work Cook. Today I have a guest, Kelli Wilkins. She is sharing with us a Halloween treat, a recipe and a book! 

Taste of Halloween Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cup flour
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. allspice
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift together flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs, water, and spices. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until it’s all just combined (don’t over stir!) Add chopped walnuts if you’re using them.
Pour into well-buttered 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until done in the middle. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.
Options: If you like your pumpkin bread extra spicy, feel add a little bit more of the allspice and nutmeg. (I do!) Or add a ¼ tsp. of pumpkin pie spice to give it an extra boost.
Serving suggestions: I like this bread plain, but you can eat it with butter, or transform it into a dessert by adding whipped cream, or serving it with ice cream. However you eat it, it makes a yummy snack!

Spooky October Spotlight on… Nightmare in the North
The latest horror novella from Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

It’s October, and today I’m sharing a look at my latest horror novella, Nightmare in the North. Think of it as a pre-Halloween treat!

Although I’m primarily a romance novel author, I also write short horror fiction. Sometimes I combine the two into paranormal romances!

Nightmare in the North is a cautionary tale about traveling alone in the winter and trusting strangers. Here’s the summary…

Stranded during a violent blizzard, Mark hikes to the only house nearby. George, a well-mannered University professor, welcomes Mark and gives him shelter from the storm.

By morning, Mark suspects that everything isn’t what it seems. George’s adult daughter, Kate, who also lives in the house, shares a disturbing and unsettling tale. When questioned, George insists that Kate has a psychological issue and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

Mark quickly finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse. Who should he believe? Is Kate’s desperate plea for help sincere? Should he be suspicious of George? Or are both of them plotting something together?

Isolated from everyone, Mark is forced to wait out the storm—and find a way to escape—if he hopes to make it out alive.
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I hope you’ll check it out. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss my other ebooks: Kropsy’s Curse and Dead Til Dawn.
I enjoy hearing from readers and welcome comments and questions about my books. Feel free to contact me via my website or on social media.
Happy Haunting!
Kelli A. Wilkins

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s
also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

In August 2018, Kelli released her first online course through Teachable. Fiction Writing for Beginners is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit the course page:  for more details.

Kelli’s historical romance, Redemption from a Dark Past, was published in 2018. This full-length Gothic novel is set in the kingdom of Hungary in 1723 and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense.

If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: and Twitter:

Visit her website and blog to learn more about all of her writings.


Here’s a full list of where you can find Kelli on the web.

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Thank you Kelli, for sharing! Sounds delicious and spooky!


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