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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BOOK TOUR


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author 
Daryl Wood Gerber
and her new book
GRILLING THE SUBJECT
Book 5 in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries


Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
 
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished. 
 
Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals...


INCLUDES RECIPES


*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****
Winner will be chosen after August 3
at the end of the tour
Check out the great prize and enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. 
This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


An Interview With Author
Daryl Wood Gerber

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today!

DWG: I’m thrilled to be here.


LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

DWG: When I was nine, and then again at twelve, but I had a teacher who told me to put that dream on hold. Bad teacher.


LKBR: What was your inspiration for the Cookbook Nook Mystery series?

DWG: I was in a cookbook store in Occaquan, Virginia to promote my Cheese Shop Msytery series (that I write as Avery Aames) and I fell in love with the shop. It was so fabulous, packed with cookbooks, fiction related to food, and darling kitchen items. So much fun.


LKBR: Do you ever get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work through it?

DWG: I put my rear in the chair and write “something.” A poem, a letter. I do research. I rewrite something that needs rewriting. Anything to make me “work” even if my brain is in the off mode.


LKBR: Do you have a favorite place to do your writing?

DWG: I write everywhere, in my kitchen, my office, outside, at Starbuck’s. I just have the hours when I should be writing and so I do it, wherever I might be.


LKBR: What is your writing schedule like? Do you write a certain number of hours a day, or go by word count?

DWG: I write hours because the word count just not might add up on certain days. I start around 8:30 to 9 in the morning (after breakfast, exercise, and walking my dog Sparky). I work until noon. I take a break, read, research, eat. Then I do a bit of PR or social media. And then I get back to work around 2 or 3 until about 5 or 6. Then I walk Sparky again.  J


LKBR: What is the hardest part of writing? What is the easiest part?

DWG: Hardest is coming up with a really “hot” idea. I wrangle with that all the time. Is this the story to write? Will anybody like it? And the muddy middle. When writing, the beginning and end seem “easy.” But that middle, where all the clues and pacing reside? Tough!  I love writing dialogue. That comes easily to me because I was an actress and I “hear” voices.


LKBR: Do you have plans for a new series?

DWG: I do, but it’s a secret. I also have a few stand-alones I intend to publish.


LKBR: What book are you reading?

DWG: Krista Davis’s THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA and a few research books.  (Secret).


LKBR: What are three things you want your readers to know about you?

DWG: I love telling a good story. I do my best to write the most entertaining story I can. I wish I could encourage beginning writers to keep at it – take classes, believe in yourself, don’t give up!


LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

DWG: It is always a pleasure to be here. I love blogs that invite not only fans but other authors to tune in!


MY REVIEW


Be prepared to get your mystery senses fired up over this delicious read!

Ever since read book one, FINAL SENTENCE, the Cookbook Nook Mysteries have been one of my very favorites.

Getting back to Crystal Cover is like going back to visit old friends. The characters in this series are so richly written, it’s hard to believe they’re fictional! The family, and the friend dynamics are something we all should be graced with in our lives.

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read. I read this is one setting, breaking only for food and drink. (These books make me hungry!) Filled with twists, turns, and all around “Whats?”, I didn’t even come close to guessing whodunit.

Author Daryl Wood Gerber certainly knows what it takes to give readers the best time they can have. She sure has a real fan in me!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for some great recipes!

The fun isn't over. 
Daryl has shared a yummy recipe with us!

 “Barbecue” Quiche


Ingredients

 1 unbaked pastry shell (8 inches)
 1 teaspoons chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 4 eggs, lightly beaten
 1 cup half-and-half cream
 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese    
 1 cup chopped zucchini
 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 Salsa and sour cream, if desired

Preheat oven to 400°

Line un-pricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer.


Sprinkle chili powder and cumin over shell; sprinkle with cheddar cheese.



In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, Monterey Jack cheese, zucchini, onions, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over cheddar cheese in the pie shell.




Cover edges of quiche loosely with foil; place on a baking sheet. Set in oven.


Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.


Yum!


How many of you are ready to try this?

More about Daryl


Bio:
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where GIRL ON THE RUN is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

Twitter: @darylwoodgerber
Website: www.darylwoodgerber.com

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49 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa and Daryl. I'm looking forward to reading Grilling the Subject. August is going to be a good month for reading!

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    1. Patricia, so great to see you here. There are lots of good mysteries coming out this month! ~ Daryl

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  2. Enjoyed the interview. Always a good recipe and always a good book - and I love the pictures of Sparky!

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    1. Sally, so good to see you here. I know how you love my little pup! :) ~ Daryl

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  3. Thank you for this opportunity to win a prize package. I love reading your books.

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    1. Yvonne, you are so welcome. I'm thrilled to see fans stopping by. ~ Daryl

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  4. Great thanks for the recipe,
    Penney

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  5. What a wonderful feature and giveaway. Thanks for this review and the books are delightful. Daryl writes such unique books. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, that's cute. Unique. Hm, now how should I take that! LOL You are the best. ~ Daryl

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  6. Great series and great review. Can't wait to read "Grilling the Subject". Definitely on my TBR list.

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    1. Dianne, I'm thrilled to hear that. I love having a TBR list, don't you? ~ Daryl

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  7. I so want to read this!
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  8. I so want to read this!
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  9. Can't wait to read this series. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  10. Looks like a great recipe . My hubby makes quiche all the time, so I will show him this one. Can't wait to read this book.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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    1. Deana, I had doubters, but it really turned out great and fun! A very savory dish. ~ Daryl

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  11. Looking forward to reading this.

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  12. I'm looking forward to reading this series! I have read the first of her cheese shop mysteries and it was great! Thanks for the chance to win too!

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    1. Amanda, I hope you'll read all the Cheese Shop and all of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. There's nothing like getting the full flavor of a series. ~ Daryl

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  13. I love quiche and this recipe looks great for hungry cowboys and girls! Thanks for the chance to win. salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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    1. Amy, it's perfect for cowboys and cowgirls! Definitely. How cute. ~ Daryl

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  14. I am not a writer and today I needed to write a review for a book that I finished last night. I just was having such a writer's block! It was a good book and I enjoyed it but I just could not get excited about writing a review. (We do also have a daughter and some of our grandkids here so maybe that was part of the problem.) I finally sat my butt down in the chair and wrote a review that was better than what I would have done earlier today. By the way, I really liked Grilling the Subject.

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    1. FYI, for others reading this, Elaine was a pre-reader, reviewer for Grilling the Subject. I totally value my readers! Elaine, I'm glad you got your rear in gear. :) It takes incentive sometimes. Hugs ~ Daryl

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  15. Thank you for the recipe and the great interview with the author! Thank you for the awesome giveaways!

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  16. I look forward to reading your books! And the quiche looks yummy! I will have to try it!

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    1. Hi, Becky, I hope you will venture into the world of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. I've had such fun writing them. ~ Daryl

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  17. Lisa and Daryl. A most interesting and enjoyable post. Got to try this recipe it looks 'delish'. Would love to read the book as well. Really appreciate the chance to do so. And a nice giveaway Thank you. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com I really appreciate the heads up on the authors and books you give Lisa. Thank you

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    1. Della, I'm so glad you had the chance to stop in and see the recipe. It is delicious. :) ~ Daryl

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  18. Lisa and Daryl, thanks for the interview, the review and the recipes, they were all great.

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    1. Mary, how lovely to see you here. I'm glad you enjoyed the reading. ~ Daryl

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  19. I would love to read this ty the recipe!!!

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    1. Mary, I hope you will try the recipe and read the book. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

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  20. Can't wait to read "Grilling the Subject". Love the Western theme of the book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    1. Dianne, I had so much fun doing research for this book! ~ Daryl

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  21. Love this series. Thanks for the opportunity to win. pgenest57@aol.com

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  22. A great review as always, Lisa! I am most definitely adding this series to my reading list. Thanks for the recipe too, Darryl!

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    1. Cheryl, I'm thrilled to hear you're adding it to your TBR list. Always fun to connect with a new reader. ~ Daryl

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  23. I am such a fan...thanks for an opportunity to get book 4 to continue my journey.

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  24. Could not enter. Nothing I clicked on opened
    Wish I could enter Hate raffkecopters I don,t tweet or Instagram.

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    1. Sharin, I'm so sorry you're having trouble. I have checked and everything is working fine. What browser are you using? Do you have Google Chrome? If so, please try that.

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  25. I just finished reading Inherit the Word. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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