Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kari's Kave: Chrystle Fiedler is in the house!

Hi folks! Kari here :-) While I'm away for some fun in the sun in fabulous Florida, I have a special treat for you. Please give a warm welcome to Chrystle Fiedler. You're going to lover her new book Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery!

*Chrystle is giving away one signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a comment and your email address so we can contact you if you win.*

The floor's all yours, Chrystle....

First of all I’d like to thank Kari Townsend and the rest of the bloggers on the mysteries and margaritas blogspot for allowing me guest blog! I’m here to talk about my new book DEATH DROPS: A NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY which is on sale now and features Willow McQuade, ND, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural cures. When her aunt Claire is murdered, Willow takes over her health food store Nature’s Way Market & Cafe and sets out to solve the crime with a hunky ex-cop. Not only is Death Drops a fun cozy mystery it also has over 2 dozen natural remedies you can try at home. You’ll find everything from yoga to meditation, from vitamins to herbs and homeopathic medicines.

You may be wondering why write about natural remedies? Well, when I was growing up my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies (she even had her own homeopathic kit), arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple. I knew that natural remedies worked and became a believer. This interest became the thread that would run through my entire career as a writer.

So, after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications, I dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production (Designing Women, Evening Shade, Early Edition) in Hollywood, I became a journalist specializing in natural health. I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, The Health Monitor Network and was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.

In 2009 I followed my interest in natural remedies into non-fiction. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies (Alpha, 2009), was followed by Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press, 2010 4th printing), and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook (Fairwinds Press, 2012) both with noted holistic physician Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. and The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds Press, 2011) with herbalist Brigitte Mars.

So it was only “natural” that when it came to fiction, I’d focus on natural remedies too. In 2011, my life-long dream came true when Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster bought my natural remedies series.

Now, I’m looking forward to sharing Willow’s (and my) passion for natural remedies with readers. Since it’s cold and flu season I thought these cures would be most helpful:

1. Vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C stimulates your immune system to fight that cold. Take 1000 mg. (to bowel tolerance) up to three times daily to shorten the duration of a cold. This is confirmed by over 30 studies that were analyzed by the Cochrane Database Systematic Review in 2004. Zinc, especially in the form of lozenges helps prevent viral replication of the cold virus in the throat by stimulating T-cell response. Stay under 50 mg. daily.

2. Elderberry can minimize the duration of flu symptoms including chills, headache and respiratory infection. According to a 2004 study published in The Journal of International Medical Research, when people were given elderberry syrup, (the brand name is Sambucol), 90% felt better after just three days! Elderberry syrup is also delicious! Take a dose every couple of hours you are awake when fighting something off. Decrease as you improve.

3. Drink two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of hot water three times daily to break up mucus congestion. Diluted lemon in hot water or berry juices can help relieve fever.

4. Soothe a sore throat with a nice cup of licorice root tea. It eases irritated mucus membranes and stimulates the immune system.

5. Soaking in a hot bath is good for colds and flu. Draw a bath and add a cup of Epsom salts and 7 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus or ginger to promote sweating release of toxins. You can also sip some diaphoretic herbs in the tub such as elder flower and ginger. Afterwards dress warm and rest. Feel better!

If you have a medical condition check with your doctor before using these natural remedies.

About Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery:

Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old naturopathic doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in idyllic Greenport, Long Island. But the idea of rest and relaxation is quickly forgotten when Willow arrives from a morning meditative walk to discover her Aunt Claire dead in the store, a strange almond-like smell emanating from her mouth and a bottle of flower essences by her side.

Despite her Zen nature and penchant for yoga, Aunt Claire had a knack for getting into confrontations with folks. An activist, she held weekly meetings for different causes every week in the store. The police want to believe the death is accidental—but Willow thinks she may have been poisoned.

Things get worse when Aunt Claire’s valuable recipe for a new natural age-defying formula, Fresh Face, is stolen during a store break-in, and an attempt is made on Willow’s life. Desperate for a way out of the mess, she turns to a handsome young cop Jackson Spade. Together the two set about solving the case the natural way—through a combination of hard work, common sense, and a dose of luck.

Praise for Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery

“With a terrific premise and an interesting topic Fiedler’s debut shows promise.” Library Journal

Death Drops is a gem! Entertaining, informative, and with a mystery that had me completely baffled! – Gayle Trent, author of Killer Sweet Tooth

"Fiedler's absorbing mystery is an entertaining debut, featuring a likeable menagerie of characters, filled with natural remedies, with all of it unfolding on Long Island's idyllic East End." Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, author of the national bestseller Liberating Paris.

“An engaging investigative thriller…an enjoyable whodunit.” The Mystery Gazette

For more information please visit

Chrystle Fiedler
Follow Me on Twitter: @ChrystleFiedler
Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery/Simon & Schuster Feb 21 2012)
The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds Press 2011)
Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press 2010)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies (Alpha 2009)


Kari Lee Townsend said...

So great to have you here today, Chrystle! You series sounds amazing.

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Chrystle. Welcome to M&M. I really enjoyed your post today! You've had some interesting careers and I think it's great that you used your passion when you turned to writing fiction.

I don't know much about homeopathic remedies, but I'm fascinated. I would love to know if there's anything that will help with energy levels and also sinus issues.

And your book sounds great!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks for having me Kari! I hope you are having fun in the sun!

Thanks Anita - writing about natural remedies is my favorite thing to do - it's been an interesting career path to say the least!

Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome, Chrystal. I agree that your post is really interesting. I've always been intrigued by holistic approaches and read the People's Pharmacy in our paper every week. I'm amazed at some of the easy things you can do to help with certain problems.

Your book sounds like it will be added to my huge TBR pile.

Lindsay said...

Hi Chrystle, I love the story line for the book and how you came to writing it. Also the inclusion of natural remedies add an interesting touch.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Hi there! You can find a post about energizing your writing and your life from me on the Femmes Fatales blog on Friday.

For sinus issues a neti pot is very helpful. Either use a pre-packaged mix of salt and baking soda or use a sprinkle of each in the pot with warm water. Keep your neti pot sanitary because germs can collect there. Hope this helps you!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I'll announce the winner on Thursday!

Anita Clenney said...

Thanks, Chrystle! I'll check out the blog on Friday. I need more energy!