Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Savor the Mystery! FINAL SENTENCE is out!

From Daryl aka Avery

FINAL SENTENCE is out! It hit the shelves yesterday! I'm so excited to share this new adventure with you. I love writing about Jenna and her family and Crystal Cove, California (a fictional seaside town).

Also out this week:
Meg/Peg's new book: Laced with Poison.
And our former MLK'er, Riley Adams's: Rubbed Out.
And our former MLK'er, Julie Hyzy's: Grace Takes Off.

Congrats, ladies!

The launch contest winner for FINAL SENTENCE was announced yesterday in my newsletter. Elena, congrats!  Hope the rest of you are on my newsletter list for future giveaways!

Check my facebook page for the names of the winners for the June Scramble Mystery Contest that I did with Krista Davis, Janet Bolin and Maggie Sefton!

And last week's "swag" winner was Charlotte! Congrats to all.

Also, I'm having a new Facebook contest...just this week...with authors Kate Carlisle and Hannah Dennison. If you're not on FB, you can still enter. Write jenel at jenellooney dot com to find out details for the MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.

Great Good Place, owner Kathleen
At Books Inc. Opera House location
I've been busy preparing for the launch of FINAL SENTENCE and I have to tell you I'm exhausted. In a good way. Here's why.  This past weekend, I went on a pre-release book signing tour to San Francisco with Juliet Blackwell and Kate Carlisle. We had so much fun going to independent bookstores like Books Inc. and Great Good Place for Books. We love indie owners! They are so knowledgeable about books!!!

Janet and Frank and pup!

In addition, we attended a literary salon at Janet Rudolph's home. Janet is a major mystery fan and runs the blog Mystery FanFare. She invites a number of readers/authors to her house and we all sit around discussing books, this time mainly "ours" this time. Her darling husband Frank was a fabulous host. Wine, chocolate, potluck. Fun!

Today I'm giving away my fellow touring authors' books, so leave a comment and you could win either TARNISHED AND TORN by Juliet Blackwell or THE COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY by Kate Carlisle.  PS.  LEAVE YOUR EMAIL after your post, please, so I might contact the winners.


While in the Bay Area I was able to also visit friends and family. Beautiful days. Tiresome traffic.

Prior to going to the Bay Area, I had my step-daughter's son Eli in town. We did lots of fun things like Universal Studios and Disneyland. Fast rides, good chats, not too many long lines.

Eli is a doll, but over the years he has been a picky eater. As are all kids. He's not alone.  LOL.  And he's getting SO MUCH BETTER. He's trying new things all the time.

Say cheese!

He loves to help me cook. So I taught him how to make a super simple cheddar cheese sauce, one he could dip vegetables into. This is also great poured over French fries or a baked potato. My new protagonist in FINAL SENTENCE, Jenna who owns The Cookbook Nook, is slightly challenged in the kitchen. She would love how simple this is! Charlotte, the cheese shop owner in the Cheese Shop Mysteries, would also approve.  LOL

Eli did a super job of preparation!


Cheddar Cheese Sauce


2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Parmessan cheese


Grate the Cheddar cheese.  

In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour, salt, and milk and whisk to remove all lumps.  Stir in the cheese.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Serve warm.

How easy is that!!!


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The first book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series is coming
July 2013!! It's set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California and features Jenna Hart, a "recovering" ad exec who returns home to help her aunt open a culinary bookshop and cafe.

Order the book HERE.

The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series is out
You can order the book HERE. 

Daryl and Avery are the same author.

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  1. A cheese sauce is always to be desired. Your book comes from Amazon next week. I can't wait. I hope to enjoy it just as much as your cheese shop books.

    1. Sue, thanks for your sweet words. I hope you enjoy it, as well!

      Daryl / Avery

  2. YAY! such an exciting time Daryl! You must be exhausted...I went to our local bookstore yesterday and ordered your book--hopefully they will carry it forward!

    1. Lucy, thanks! What's the name of your local store. I'll send them some bookmarks. :) Exhausted? Oh, yeah! And yesterday, rather than write me "Happy release day," my editor sent me edits for the next Cheese Shop book. Yipes!!! Happy, happy. LOL


  3. I'm thinking that the cheese sauce may become a regular in my house. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese in all form and shapes and tastes. Can't wait to try it out, think my hubby may really enjoy it on french fries. :)

    1. Carrie, it's become a regular in mine. So easy and creamy.



  4. That's for the wonderful recipe -can't wait to try it
    and can't wait to get your book and read it

    1. Ofhp, you bet! We love sharing good recipes on MLK. And books, of course. :)


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  6. You sound like you had a really great trip. I'll copy down the sauce recipe but it might be a while till we try it. My better half is on Dr.Fuhrman's Eat to Live diet so I'm actually preparing two separate meals every evening.

    Juliet's book was a great read and I'd love to get my hands on Kate's new book since it appears that both local county libraries are passing it by at this time.


    1. Nora, you're entered (as are all that have written today.) BTW, I totally understand preparing two separate meals a night. My husband is on a strict diet right now. It's working. It makes meals sparse, though. ;) He's a true foodie. :)


      PS to all who are readers. Please let your libraries know that you want your favorite authors in stock! It helps all of us.

  7. This recipe may help me to entice my kids into trying more veggies. :) Thanks for sharing your love of food and books!

  8. That literary salon sounds like fun---of course anything with wine, chocolate, and cozies would have to be excellent fun.

    1. Sue, right? I'm thinking I should do something along those lines. So much fun. It's not just your ordinary book club. :) Though those are fun, too.


  9. I don't cook. Ever! I pass along the recipes to my brother and nephews. They are great cooks! Cooking gene totally missed me and they got a double dose. :)

    1. Betty, the protagonist in my new series, Jenna Hart, loves food, but she doesn't cook. She's learning as the book progresses. I think you would like her. :)


  10. The cheese sauce AND the books sound good. :)

    Ann M

  11. The cheese sauce looks so good, I will have to make that very soon!

  12. I love cheese, and I love the MLK site. My 2 favorite things, books and food. What could be better.

  13. Yea cheese sauce! I'm dreaming of it over French Fries right now! lol

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail . com

  14. My kids eat the cheese sauce in the jar and I just can't make myself eat it. This looks easy enough to make in a hurry after work- I'll have to give it a try. Good Luck on the book release. I am always happy for a new series to read!