Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's #bookclubweek w/PEACH RASPBERRY CAKE #recipe + giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber




It's Book Club Week!  Welcome all readers!

Tweet #bookclubweek @MysteryLovers and ADD the MLK page link in your browser to help your book club and other book clubs find questions, recipes, and more!


Book #giveaway below...even if you aren't in a book club!  See details.

Way back when, when I lived in Charlotte, NC, I belonged to a book club. It only lasted a few months. It was hard to get everyone to want to read the same book, meet on the right day, etc. Now that I'm back in Los Angeles, I have to admit that I've been so busy with life I haven't sought a new club. I love to read! But I'm not always into the latest "women's fiction" books. I like mysteries. I have done a few Skype interviews with book club groups that like mysteries, so if you're interested...contact me via my website.

In the meantime, for those book clubs (or readers) who like mysteries, like I do, I couldn't think of a better book to introduce you to than FUDGING THE BOOKS, the 4th in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series, because, in the story, it's not only Pirate Week, it's National Chocolate Month!! And the Chocolate Cookbook Club -- that's right, a cookbook book club, my type of club -- is celebrating! 

Here's the blurb:

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her culinary bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…


FUDGING THE BOOKS has garnered some terrific reviews.

"I have to say first of all that I love The Cookbook Nook Series. It is among my favorites. Also author Daryl Wood Gerber is one of the finest cozy writers around, regardless of genre’, she rocks! … Plenty of twists and turns, and all of them intelligent and feasible. Jenna isn’t weak nor does she search for answers with abandonment. She is sensible and thorough. And I want to be her friend."

If you and your book club choose FUDGING THE BOOKS as one of your good reads, here are a few questions: 

1.    It’s Pirate Week in Crystal Cove. Have you ever play-acted as a pirate or seen a pirate type show?

2.    It’s also National Chocolate Month, so the shop is sponsoring a Chocolate Cookbook Club where they will share chocolate recipes, dine, and meet authors. Is this a book club you’d be interested in?

3.    When Coco Chastain and her editor, Alison Foodie, get into a fight, did you believe them? When Coco is accused of murder, did you flash back on that mock-fight?

You'll find more book club questions on my website: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST


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Now very important to a book club - at least what I remember - is food! We always had delicious treats. Sweets seemed to be the preference. So I'm sharing a delicious recipe that can serve 9 or 27. How? Weird math!  No, just kidding. You'll see.

We also sipped wine, cocktails, coffee, or tea. Check out the recipe for my "special" tea!


A few weeks ago, on this blog, I shared what might be the perfect "chocoate-y" treat for a book club event. It's called Pirate Booty Fudge, a recipe straight out of the book. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK.


For those of you who prefer something fruity, I made up this easy, delicious peach raspberry coffee cake.

This coffee cake cuts into 9 lovely large squares, or 3 small slices from each square perfect for a dainty bite! (See how the math works? 27 slices) 

Yes, I know peaches are almost at their peak, but they're still good and sweet, and if they're cooked in a coffee cake...perfect.



PEACH RASPBERRY
CREAM CHEESE
COFFEE CAKE
(Gluten-free recipe here - 
*Regular flour option below)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanillin (you may use real vanilla if you have no reaction to it)
2 eggs, large
1 cup cream cheese
1 tsp. cider vinegar
2 cups gluten-free flour *
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon xanthan gum

Filling:

1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 peaches peeled and sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon, if desired

Topping:

¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 x 9 pan or line with parchment paper.

For the batter:  In a large bowl, mix melted butter and sugar and vanillin (or vanilla).  Add eggs and beat on low.  Still beating on low, add cream cheese and vinegar.  Then add the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum and stir until thoroughly mixed.



For the filling:  In a small bowl, mix raspberries and peaches, sugar and cinnamon (if desired).




Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan. Pat down with your fingers. This is the fun part – like working with play dough.  (I wet my fingers to make it easier.)
Layer all of the filling on top of that. 




Spread the rest of the batter over the filling. Again, pat down with your fingers (wet, if necessary).



Bake for 30-35 minutes, until nicely browned. 


Mix the topping ingredients and sprinkle topping all over the coffee cake.


Let cool for 20 minutes and remove from the pan. Serve warm or room temperature.
















* NOT GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: If you want to make this NOT gluten-free, switch out the gluten-free flour to regular flour and omit the xanthan gum!


And now for that "special" tea. If you want something refreshing to sip, try this tasty SPARKLING PEACH TEA. I served it at my virtual launch party for FUDGING THE BOOKS. It's yummy! 



Sparkling Peach Tea 
(from Food Network Magazine July/August 2015)
Inspired by Geoffrey Zakarian
Makes 6 drinks

1 cup sugar
3 black tea bags
3 herbal peach tea bags
1 large peach, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 ½  cups Prosecco, chilled
lemon slices for garnish

Make the simple syrup: combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. [The recipe said it would make 1 ½ cups, but mine only made ¾ cup. Hmmm.]





Make the tea: Steep all the tea bags in 3 cups hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the bags and add 2 cups cold water.

Now, put the chopped peach, ¾ cup simple syrup [like I said, that’s all mine made] and the lemon juice into a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Press it with a spoon to get all the pulp. 




Stir together the peach-simple syrup mixture and the iced tea. Pour half of the peach tea into ice cube trays and freeze until sold. Refrigerate the remaining peach tea.




To make the cocktails: fill a tall glass with the peach tea ice cubes. Pour ½ cup of peach ice tea ove the ice. Top with Prosecco and a lemon slice!





Giveaway:


Today, I'm giving away a copy of FUDGING THE BOOKS to a commenter. 
Answer me any of the following: 
If you're in a book club, how did you find it? 
What drew you to it? How often do you meet? 
If you're not, are you looking for one? 
Have you checked out your local library? 
Do you have book club "rules"?
What's your favorite book club treat?

Remember to leave your email (full or cryptic) so I can 
track you down if you win! Winner will be picked by Friday at midnight.


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FUDGING THE BOOKS TRAILER


Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!


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87 comments:

  1. I am in a book club. We are the Book Ends. I found this special group of ladies through a friend of mine. We meet once a month for our book club meeting and once a month for game night or another activity. Some of us go to lunch together, see plays together and just go out to have a good time. We are all very special to each other and have the best time together. We have a annual picnic where we let the guys join us. Our Christmas party is where we pick our books and restaurants for the next year. Yes, we love to eat and go to lunch before each meeting and supper before our game nights. When we go to literary events we always stand out because we wear our Book Ends t-shirts.

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    1. Judy, how much fun! A regular club for all events! I love it. You are very lucky. And the name of the group is terrific!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  2. No book club yet, but I've thought of putting one together. Sharing ideas and thoughts about a particular "cozy" book, of course, but sharing the recipes would be essential. These two recipes combining my two favorite fruits, peaches and raspberries, would be perfect! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Kathleen, sounds good. It is fun when you're the ringleader. You get to choose how and what. :)

      Enjoy!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  3. Terrific treats and as usual a great story.

    I was in a book club but guess it was the wrong one because it felt like being in school, and not yummy food like this. I want to belong to the type of book club I've heard about where everyone brings the best book they recently read and tells why they loved it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Sally, that sounds like fun. Where everyone brings a book to share! I love that idea! And yes, pooh, on being "taught" when in a book club. I didn't like that aspect of one I went to. :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  4. I was in a book club 20 years ago...women in our church wanted to start one..so we met once a week in the basement of the church..but...they were all academic women...we lived in a small college town at the time and the books were weird..not mysteries...not my cup of tea, but I remember telling myself to broaden my horizons and give it a shot....one year was enough for me! and no treats!!!! I agree with Grandma Cootie....I think each should read a book and discuss what they like....besides, you get to find different authors that way.
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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    1. SueAnn, isn't that funny how an experience like that can put you off? I love academic women, but sometimes they can get too serious! :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  5. Thank you for all of the recipes! I don't belong to a book club. I think I would view reading the assigned book as a chore instead of a fun activity. I like the freedom of reading whatever book I want. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jen, there is that! Reading when you want to and what you want to. I think that's what went wrong in our book club. We all wanted to read the first book, but then the selections changed, toward the academic, and we felt trapped.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  6. Yes, I am looking for a book club. I like hardback books and mysteries and would love to belong to a book club. Nice recipes :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Lisa, when you say hardback books, what does that include? Thrillers and such?

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  7. I'm in a book club. My local library sponsors it and it is held once a month at the library. We read a little bit of everything. I enjoy getting together with everyone. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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    1. Lisa, I think a library book club can be great. You don't feel the obligation of "having" to be there and can join when you want! Nice.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  8. I am in aneed online book club where we read classic mysteries. We are reading The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh. I do online one because I don't drive and can't get to one during the day. Online is a good alternative for me.
    Thanks for chance I love this series
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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    1. Deb, an online group sounds fun and reading classics would really appeal to Mary Jane (Victoria Abbott), given her series theme! I'd enjoy that, too. How did you find it, if you don't mind me asking?

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  9. I am in aneed online book club where we read classic mysteries. We are reading The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh. I do online one because I don't drive and can't get to one during the day. Online is a good alternative for me.
    Thanks for chance I love this series
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  10. I do not belong to a book club-I will have to start my own!
    karen(dot) Kenyon (at) rogers (dot)com

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  11. Hi guys I have just been invited to join a book club. The book that they are offering to read is not my typical book that I would read, but I am whiling to give it a try. I am kind of excited to interact in person with ladies and discuss the book. It is " Leaving Time". Will let you know how it goes.
    Karolyn.yoakum@gmail.com
    Thanks..

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    1. Karolyn, being open to new things is a great way to live life! I hope the interaction is super!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  12. I don't belong to any book clubs. I work evenings, and it is hard to get together with friends on a set date. On the plus side, I have lots of family and friends that read so we can discuss books anytime. sara k grotz at gmail dot com

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    1. Sara, isn't that fun. Having family and friends to simply share a tidbit - "loved this book!" Enjoy.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  13. I don't belong to any book clubs but I read whenever I get the chance! I love love love this series! I have recommended it to so many people as a must read!

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    1. Rima, I'm so glad you love this series. Thank you for recommending it to others. I'm thrilled to hear that. Hugs and more hugs!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  14. The only local bookclub only meets in the summer and that's when I'm spending lots of time outside and not reading so much. If only they would meet in the winter, I'd love to join. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Sue, isn't that true? Summer reading is great when you're on vacation, but it's an excellent time to ride a bike, take a hike, swim, adventure! on the other hand, I do like a book at the end of a warm day, sitting in the backyard. The winter - without a doubt, the perfect to cuddle into a chair and cozy up with a good book.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  15. I read on my own since I have had health concerns and major ones these past few years. I share my books with friends and enjoy the time spent savoring new novels. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, how lovely to share your books with friends. I'm sorry to hear about your health concerns. It's no fun always fighting the battle. Hang in there.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  16. Fabulous recipes and giveaway, Daryl! Thank you. XO MJ

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    1. Thanks, MJ! :) Did you see the reference to the online classic mystery book club in a comment?

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  17. What a yummy book club meeting! I have to try this Peach Tea. Ahem. Prosecco in "tea?" LOL!

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  18. I am an avid reader but I never have explored the idea of joining a book club. Maybe this is something I need to explore. I loved the coffee cake recipe but I would have to leave out or replace the raspberries...not a fan. kuzlin at aol.com

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    1. Kuzlin, if you want to replace raspberries, use blueberries or strawberries or even more peaches!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  19. I participate in the local library book club when I can and look forward to the monthly meetings. This allows me the freedom to be at the library and browse while the book club is a great source. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, how nice to have a local library who helps its readers!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  20. What a wonderful combination of cake and beverage.
    You could even save a raspberry to top the tea.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  21. I enjoy reading but I'm more of a loner and most of the people I know don't like to read (I know, strange). So, I read my books and pass them on when done.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, harumph on those people. Maybe if you connect at a library, you'd find more readers like you. ;)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  22. I am not a member of a club at the moment. It is so hard to make everyone's schedules, reading choices, etc. coordinate. I would love to be in one that focuses on mysteries though. I do participate in some online things and have a couple of friends with whom I discuss books. Thanks so much for the giveaway! dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Daniele, scheduling seems to be the biggest issue! I'm glad you have some online groups to participate in. Always nice to have someone to share with.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  23. I'm not in a book club, but would love to be. I've checked my local library but their meeting night conflicts with a family obligation (night with a few of my grandchildren).
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Peggy, yes, that's hard when you have a schedule like that. Keep on reading, my friend.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  24. I am not in a book club , but always wanted to be . I tend to like to read alone and at my own pace so I wouldn't be a good fit I don't think anyways :) kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. Kathy, I like reading at my own pace, too. A deadline seems to work for writing but not reading. :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  25. I'm not in a book club, mostly because I think I read too slow and most of my friends don't read the same kind of books I do. It could be interesting and fun though. And I've been thinking of looking for/starting a book club for my daughter (she's 8) to help peak her interest in reading. I was not interested when I was her age either but now that I love it so much I want her to share it with me.

    On another note, those recipes look amazing! I seriously have to try the tea! :) Can't wait to read Fudging too!!!

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    1. Book club for kids. What a great idea. I bet the library has something like that!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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    2. PS I wasn't a reader until I got sick with the measles and spent a week in bed reading Nancy Drew. The entire set!

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  26. I haven't found any book clubs in our area yet! I would like to join one,
    Penney penneyw(AT) sbcglobal.com

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    1. Your library might be able to point you to a few. Also, look in your local newspaper and possibly on something like "meet up" online in your zip code.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  27. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)September 16, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    I was invited to a neighborhood book club meeting years ago when I lived in Minnesota. My debut and my swan song. There were too many people and definitely too many bossy people! I ventured some thoughts on the book we'd read and was promptly shot down. Perhaps if I had known the bossy butts it would have made a difference. I knew only the neighbor who had invited me and was hosting it that month. She was a sweetheart, but I did not join the book club!

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    1. Bossy people? Pat, I can't believe it. LOL Always. There's at least one. LOL

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  28. I am not in a book club. I like to read all kinds of books but mystery is my favorite. There is a book club at the Barnes and noble that I like to buy my books from. They have meetings once a month and post the book for that month. Sometimes I will check out the book to see if that is something I might want to read. crossxjo @hotmail.com

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    1. Barnes and Noble has a book club? How cool is that and smart! Wishing you luck!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  29. Hi Daryl! First of all, another fabulous recipe - thanks so much for sharing! Second, do you know (but you probably do!!!) that Saturday is "National Talk Like a Pirate Day"? And, finally, to answer your questions: No, I'm not a member of an official book club - I can't seem to find one locally and there's nothing at my library. but sometimes a couple of girlfriends and I will all have a very informal book club if there's a book we all want to read. There are never any rules except to read the book - lol! As for my favorite book club treats - since it's just me I'm partial to a cup of cocoa or hot tea and some shortbread cookies while I read. :-)

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    1. nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com :-)

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    2. Nicole, yes I do! Check out my Facebook page on Saturday for some fun and pirate speak. Arr!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  30. I started a book club with my ladies' group at the country club. We meet the last Wednesday of every month (we adjust for the holiday season.) The only rule we have is that you are not required to read the book to attend. Many times someone has listened at the discussion and desired to read the book afterward.

    Our favorite treat to share is Funnel fries!
    I also belong to LibraryThing online where we are always talking and reviewing books.


    cyderryATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Cheli, do you feel some people are upset if they hear spoilers at the club? I found that was a problem for those who hadn't read the book. But c'est la vie!

      ~Daryl /Avery

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  31. All of your recipes look delish! I would love to read your new book, "Fudging the Books"!
    eeyore722@gmail.com

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  32. No book club, just me, myself and I. :-) Thank you for the yummy recipes and the chance to win your book!

    bunkielisa at gmail dot com

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    1. Sometimes, me, myself, and I and have a good discussion!

      ~Daryl /Avery

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  33. Nope, no book club for me (sounds too much like schoolwork), but my local library does have one and my sis-in-law belongs to one. I **love** my local library!! Very friendly staff and it's part of a larger lending system, so I have access to a lot of books (mine is a "small-town" type of library), and they're very good about requests - at least when I've made them. And thanks for the questions! While I may not be a book-club member, I enjoy reading the questions anyway!!

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    1. Anne, how great that you enjoy reading the questions. I like them because they make me relive a book. ;)

      ~Daryl /Avery

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  34. The closest I've ever come to a book club was sharing books with a friend from work. We read together at lunch (different books) but we talked to each other about every book we read. This was twenty some years ago but I still think of her whenever I read anything by one of our favorite authors. I don't really have time for a book club now because I'm back in college. Don't get me wrong, I still read three books a week but going to a book club meeting just wouldn't fit into my schedule right now. I've already read and loved Fudging the Books - arrgggg but thought I'd post anyway cuz I love your gluten free recipes!

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    1. Kim, it's all about the scheduling. Definitely. ; So glad you enjoyed Fudging!!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  35. No book club here and I have already read this amazing book!! I know whoever wins it will love it too. I am just thrilled that my OBS review is posted here, lol. Got a little chill, is that bad, :)

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    1. Kay, so glad that you, too, enjoyed the book! How lovely. I think the "chill" is fine. Eerie, though.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  36. Don't have a local bookclub. But it sounds like fun. Zeta@iwon.com

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  37. Think I did something like this a couple of days ago. But I'm not sure. So just in case. Happened to talk to the librarian this morning about book clubs. We have a couple so I will be making some calls. Like reading most anything. Mysteries, syfy are favs.
    Cant wait to try the recipe. Has all our favorite fruit. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Della, enjoy the dessert and what fun to have just talked to your librarian. :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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    2. Della, you have won the giveaway by random number generator! Congrats! I'll be contacting you via email.

      ~Daryl /Avery

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  38. I'm not in a book club but I'd like to be. I need to check with my local library.
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    1. Julie, I hope your librarian can help you out! Good luck.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  39. I'm not a member of a book club. I read about 4-5 books per week. Many of my books come from the local library. jr_dj_gantt@juno.com

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    1. Donna, wow! 4-5 books a weeks. Wow! You rock.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  40. No, never been part of a book club. I hang out at the library all the time. That's where I use the Internet. I also check out DVD's (the latest ones and British mysteries), books, and magazines, etc.

    A mystery book club would be the best, especially if it discussed classic mysteries or cozies. What fits me best would be reading a cozy mystery about a book group. I have some of Erika Chase's books and at the end it lists the books that the fictional characters have read.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I'm not in a book club. I do like to share my books with other book lovers - especially the mysteries. Bonnie (bmalic610@yahoo.com)

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    1. Bonnie, thanks for sharing! Always a good thing as far as we authors are concerned!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  42. I am part of two book clubs. One is called the Reader Eaters (we actually went to one of your book signings together) which is just a group of friends who try to meet once a month. The other is a Third Thursday Thrillers group that meets at the local library. I love reading all kinds of books but mysteries are definitely my favorite!!

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    1. Jennifer, I love the name Reader Eaters. How cute is that! And Third Thursday Thriller - can't forget that date. What fun!

      ~ Daryl / Avery

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  43. I am not in a traditional book club but I joined one on Facebook recently. The first book we are reading is Sally Hemmings and the book is fascinating. I'm really looking forward to meeting new friends and talking about our impressions of the book and the slavery storyline. dblaser(at)windstream(dot)com

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