Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BOOK TOUR


I'm so thrilled to be a stop on the 
blog tour for author
Daryl Wood Gerber
and her book
A DEADLY ÉCLAIR
Book 1 in the French Bistro Mysteries


It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan’s will.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

GIVEAWAY #1
From Daryl:

I’m offering a book giveaway (winner’s choice of 1 from my published paperbacks) every day of this traveling feast. To enter, tell me today–which appetizer do you like to bring to a party? (Lisa's Note: To tell Daryl about your appetizer, use the comments section here on my blog)


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*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!***** (#2)

Winners will be chosen after October 20
at the end of the tour

One (1) lucky reader with win a
Savor The Mystery Prize Package
from Daryl!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


FROM DARYL


Traveling Meal
Appetizer #1

As I get ready to release the first French Bistro Mystery, A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, which is set in Napa Valley, I thought it would be fun for the Escape with Dollycas tour to really escape. Go on a trip. Together. We’ll have what’s known as a traveling meal. We’ll spend a little time with each hostess along the way.

Have you ever enjoyed a traveling meal? You start with an appetizer and beverages and move on to the next house for…

Let’s see. What should the menu include? Appetizers, salad, soup, entreés and dessert. Sound good?

I’m trying to focus on French-themed foods, so…hmm. What should we start with? How about a delicious Brie appetizer?

Here is a quick blurb about A DEADLY ÉCLAIR.

Mimi Rousseau is throwing the bistro’s first wedding—the nuptials of a famous talk show host. She is sure things will go awry when the bride’s father shows up drunk to the out-of-towners’ dinner. By the end of the evening, things look sweet again…until the next morning, when her benefactor is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. All fingers point at Mimi, whose loan is forgiven if he dies. It’s up to her to éclair—er, clear—her name before the killer turns up the heat.

And a delicious appetizer. One of my all time favorites! À votre santé! Cheers!

MANGO CHUTNEY AND BRIE


½ yellow onion, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon cloves
2 slices mango, chopped
½ tomato chopped fine
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
4 ounce wedge of Triple Cream Brie  * brought to room temperature
8-10 crackers or crisp bread

In a saucepan, cook chopped onion in oil until wilted.  Add brown sugar, vinegar, thyme, cloves.  Cook one minute.  Remove from heat. Add in mango, basil and tomatoes and toss until combined. Set on a plate. Adorn wth a wedge of brie and crackers or slices of crisp bread. Use a spoon to put chutney on crackers. Add slice of cheese.  Yum!

GIVEAWAY #1 (reminder)
From Daryl:

I’m offering a book giveaway (winner’s choice of 1 from my published paperbacks) every day of this traveling feast. To enter, tell me today–which appetizer do you like to bring to a party? (Lisa's Note: To tell Daryl about your appetizer, use the comments section here on my blog)

BY THE WAY, don’t miss out on the French Bistro-themed BOX I’m giving away on my Facebook Author page. Link below.

BIO:

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries.  As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

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MY REVIEW


C’est fantastique!

I’m always excited, yet a little apprehensive when I start a new series. Especially if that series is by an author I already love to read. What if I don’t like it? Well, I had no reason at all for concern with author Daryl Wood Gerber’s first book in her French Bistro Mysteries. As with all of her past books, I was quickly drawn in, and totally absorbed it this wonderful tale!

Right from the start I was rooting for protagonist, Mimi Rousseau, and her new bistro. Through author Gerber’s magnificent writing, I felt Mimi’s emotions along with her. Her excitement and nervousness over making the bistro and inn a success, her heartbreak when she discovers her mentor dead, and her angst at being the suspect in his murder. I’ve never felt so many emotions in just a few chapters of a book!

A DEADLY ÉCLAIR got better and better with every word. With a magnificent plot, great characters, and fabulous setting, I didn’t stop turning pages until the story was done. Even then I went back and re-read the exciting reveal. I was as stunned as I was the first time I read it.

Also included in A DEADLY ÉCLAIR are 15 amazing recipes, some of which include the gluten free versions!

If you’re looking for a new series to start, get yourself a copy of A DEADLY ÉCLAIR. It is magnifique!

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Tour Participants
November 1 - Lisa Ks Book Reviews - Review, Recipe
November 2 - Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Review, Recipe
November 3 – Brooke Blogs  Review, Recipe
November 4 – A Holland Reads Review, Recipe
November 5 – Jane Reads Review, Recipe
November 6 – StoreyBook Reviews Review, Recipe
November 7 – Back Porchervations Review, Recipe


GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to leave a comment about the appetizer you bring to a party! You could win your pick of anyone of Daryl's published books! 

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As always, please leave a comment and 
let me know what you think!

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49 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Wednesday blessings, to you.

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  2. Love this review and interview. I like to bring stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer to partirs.

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    1. Lisa, I adore stuffed mushrooms! Topped with cheese. Yum. ~ Daryl

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  3. My favorite appetizer to take to parties would have to be bacon wrapped little smokies that are rolled in brown sugar. It's definitely not the healthiest thing but they always get eaten quickly!

    The new book sounds fantastic! Can't wait to read it.

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    1. Ashley, they sound DELICIOUS! The brown sugar must make them sizzle. ~ Daryl

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  4. Thank you Daryl, for this amazing giveaway and Lisa, for hosting!

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    1. Tari, you're welcome. Isn't Lisa amazing? ~ Daryl

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  5. I would make sweet and soue mini meatballs as an appitizer.

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    1. Anon ~ sweet and sour anything is always good! :) ~ Daryl

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  6. Thanks for sharing your review and your great post, Lisa.

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  7. I like bringing skewers of cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella, with optional Italian dressing or similar for dipping. Karamarks0463@att.net

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    1. Kara, I enjoy those, too. Skewers appetizers are fun. You don't need a plate! LOL ~ Daryl

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  8. Daryl: BBQ little smokies is a good go to for me.

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    1. Natalie, those sound good. I remember my mother always serving little hotdogs with a very spicy catsup sauce to dip into. Yum. ~ Daryl

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  9. I like to bring a veggie tray and dip.

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  10. I meant to add that I read an arc of this book. I loved it too!

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    1. Karen, love the veggies! And I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book, too. Did you post a review? I'd love to share that with my publisher. ~ Daryl If so, send me the link. Thanks.

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  11. I don't really have a repertoire of appetizers. At home, I buy frozen apps at Costco and bake them. I'm more a dessert person. I bring Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipe (printed on the inside the box) cheesecake and bring thawed sweetened frozen strawberries and chocolate sauce. It's the best tasting with a creamy, dense texture and pretty much fool proof with a store bought graham cracker crust.

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    1. Anne, who says dessert can't be an appetizer? I like backwards dinners! ~ Daryl

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  12. I usually take deviled eggs, if i'm bringing an appetizer. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    1. Autumn, I enjoy deviled eggs, too. I especially like them with a dash of white pepper. ~ Daryl

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  13. I like to make tortilla roll-ups from an old recipe I tweaked a little bit. They are wonderful with Peach Salsa!

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    1. Celia, yum! Is the salsa inside or outside? Share, share. ~ Daryl

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  14. I love your promo pic it is such a good and so pretty pic of yoy. I hadn't seen it before. Love all the recipes that you share! ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. Ah, thanks, PT. That's my "glamour" shot. LOL But I do like to laugh and smile a lot! ~ Daryl

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  15. I like to bring spinach dip with rye bread or queso dip with chips. Really looking forward to reading to reading "A Deadly Eclair", sounds like a great read.

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    1. Dianne, I'm so glad you like the premise for the story. It's been getting other good reviews, like Lisa's. I'm so pleased Mimi is making "new friends." ~ Daryl

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  16. Love your reviews Lisa. You do a great job with all of your blog posts.

    I loved Daryl's previous series' but I think this latest is going to be my favorite food related cozy.

    I like to bring many things to gatherings but most requested are my puff pastry mushroom, inion and cheese tarts, and an old fashioned recipe of Swedish meatballs, plus most recently everyone adores my meat and cheese platters with loads of accompaniments. I really enjoy making these huge trays of smoked meats and gourmet cheeses as I made many things myself to enhance them like my own pate, my balsamic reduction, cranberry chutney, fig jam, spiced/peppered almonds or walnuts etc. Fun to create them..
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    Keep up your great work Lisa.

    Cynthia B
    ceblain (@) tmlponline (.) net

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    1. Cynthia, I remember having a puff pastry type of onion appetizer at one of my favorite French restaurants. I could have eaten them all as "dinner." Back when I could eat "gluten." I do have to admit I just concocted something that will come very close and it is gluten-free. Yay! That recipe will be coming soon. ~ Daryl

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  17. I would bring my vegetable bars. The crust is fluffy. The filling includes cream cheese and sour cream. It is topped with veggies and cheddar cheese. kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  18. I would bring fresh fruit and veggies. Gluten free all the way! Thanks for the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  19. I always bring Deviled Eggs, everyone always asks me to make them.

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  20. In the Fall, seven layer dip with tortilla chips.

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    1. Served: I love seven layer dip. So easy to put together. I hang around it whenever it's served. LOL ~ Daryl

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  21. I'm a big fan of Daryl's work and would love to add this new book to my collection.

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  22. Nora, so lovely to see you here.
    Serve dog - I adore seven layer dip. I hang out by the table whenever it's at a party! LOL
    Kristi, your veggie bars sound good. Anything with cheese, please.
    Taryn, I adore deviled eggs.
    Lori, you and I are good with the gluten-free ideas! Love it.
    Hugs to all ~ Daryl

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  23. amy guillaume lindermanNovember 1, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    i would take spinach-cheese-rice balls...they are even good cold (after they've been cooked)

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  24. I like to bring fruit. My mom's apple salad is really good. Snack mix is also another good option.

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  25. Great review, Lisa. I love getting all of these appetizer ideas from everyone!

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  26. Deviled eggs. My son loves to help make them.

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  27. Amy, those sound great!
    Melissa, fruit is always a pleaser and so healthy.
    Storm, you are most welcome.
    Susan, isn't this fun? Lots of different appetizers to consider!
    Jill, I think it's lovely that you involve your son. I did the same with mine and he's a terrific cook!
    Love to all and thanks, Lisa!
    ~ Daryl

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  28. Pumpernickel bread with the Center cut out and filled with
    crap dip.
    Carol Smth
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. My go to appetizer is pumpernickel bread with the center
    cut out and filled with crab meat.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Our favorite appetizer, (& in the summer, lunch or dinner), is stuffed mushroom caps. Like to use baby shrimp, chopped celery, horseradish, etc. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  31. Can't wait to read "A Deadly Eclair". Sounds like a great start to a new series.

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  32. I like to bring hummus & veggies/crackers/bread for dipping.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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