Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A recipe from STIRRING THE PLOT plus #book #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery


Yay. It's been getting great reviews.

On Gumshoe review
"The characters, the town, everything works together to produce an enjoyable book. It's hard to put down." ~ Gumshoe

I would give this book more than five stars if I could. Jenna is such a wonderful character.” ~ Brooke

“Another classic cozy for you to add to your collection, this one is ♥♥♥♥♥” ~ Kate Eileen Shannon

I hope you'll pick up a copy.

In STIRRING THE PLOT, Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster. Jenna has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

[This is NOT a paranormal. It is a pure cozy, culinary mystery!!]

By the way, did you miss the Facebook contest I threw in September? Alas!

Did you also miss the newsletter launch prize and sets of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries
I gave out yesterday? Hmmm.

Perhaps you need to sign up for my newsletter...

This is a picture of the launch prize I sent off this morning. Look at all the fun Halloween goodies.

Don't despair.

Last week I gave away books and a mug.
Last week's winner was Sandie W.
Congrats, Sandie!

Today, I'm giving away an autographed copy of STIRRING THE PLOT 
plus a Savor the Mystery/Say Cheese mug! Winner picked by midnight!!
[To US entrants only]
[**International fans, I love you. Don't worry! 
If your name is drawn, you'll receive a
copy of STIRRING THE PLOT, unsigned.]

Read on...and leave a comment and your email so I can contact you!

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I'll have another fun giveaway in February for the release of 

And now for today's recipe! Something right out of STIRRING THE PLOT.  Caramel Popcorn Balls, created by Chef Katie in the series.

Per Katie:
These are the easiest but possibly the messiest things in the world to make. They’re a tad time-intensive because you have to cut up the marshmallows and caramel squares. You’ll probably want a hot, wet knife when you’re cutting. Also, be aware that when you are rolling these into balls, the gooey mixture is sticky and hot—not so hot as to burn, but be careful.

Katie’s Caramel Popcorn Balls

3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons cold water
 2 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup marshmallows, cut into tiny pieces
12 caramel squares, cut into tiny pieces
8 cups plain popped popcorn

Safflower oil for molding
Cellophane wrap or plastic wrap

In a pasta-sized saucepan, over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, confectioners’ sugar, and diced marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and add the caramel squares and popcorn, carefully combining the hot mixture until the popcorn is coated on each kernel.

Grease hands with safflower oil and quickly shape the popcorn into tiny balls  before the mixture cools. Wrap the balls in cellophane or plastic wrap, and tie them off with ribbon. Store at room temperature.

Note from Katie: If you want this to be gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free marshmallows.

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  1. I am looking forward to reading your new book (as well as the first two books in the Cookbook Nook series). For some reason, I just adore the Halloween cover. Just too cute! Halloween has always been a fun holiday.

    Thank you for the Katie’s Caramel Popcorn Balls recipe. :)

    Please enter me in the contest. myrifraf @

    1. Thanks, Jen. My cover artist is so clever. She does Krista's covers, as well. By the way, have you seen the "app" that is my cover? It's on my home page on my website and you can play sounds, like the kitty, the pumpkin! Go to

  2. Great blog, I can't wait to read this.

  3. I love reading books that much the current time of year! Now that it is finally October I am ready for Halloween based stories!

    1. Tracey, isn't that fun? I love reading books about holidays/festive times no matter what time of year. If it's Christmas in June, that's okay with me! :)

      Daryl / Avery

  4. I agree Tracey. I love reading Holiday themed books starting this time of year. I'm looking forward to receiving my copy. Ordered on Amazon and waiting for delivery.

  5. I can't wait to read has such a great cover. Kuzlin at

    1. Kuzlin, thanks! I told Jen (first commenter) By the way, have you seen the "app" that is my cover? It's on my home page on my website and you can play sounds, like the kitty, the pumpkin! Go to

      Daryl / Avery

  6. The cover just draws me in. I agree with those above, I love holiday themed books.

    1. Karen, thanks so much! Isn't this great to learn? I like writing about holidays. I know Krista and others of us on MLK do, too.

      Daryl / Avery

  7. I love Halloween themes, and this one sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win. tatt3r at sbcglobal dot net

    1. Thanks, LM. Glad you joined us today!

      Daryl / Avery