Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Release" week #giveaway for GIRL ON THE RUN by @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

I know many of you expect "release week" to be the first Tuesday of the month for mysteries... for Lucy Burdette's

Congrats, Lucy! I love this series!!!

...but for my stand-alone suspense          GIRL ON THE RUN, I'm releasing it on my husband's birthday, April 9th!

This Saturday.

So welcome to an extra-long "release" week!

GIRL ON THE RUN is getting a lot of early praise:

“Spellbound from start to finish. This author grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. A fantastic debut into the suspense genre.” ~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

“All I can say is WOW. This is an action packed riveting thriller.” ~ Deb Forbes Mystery Reading Nook Blog 

I've got a giveaway below to gear you up for fun and hopefully sharing this recipe plus my news! LEAVE A COMMENT!

And don't miss my VIRTUAL release party on Sunday, the 10th, via my Facebook author page.

Also, for any of you who DO purchase and read GIRL ON THE RUN or KILLER TAKEOUT, if you feel the urge, please leave a review. Don't know how?  You'll find a tutorial for How To Review on my website under News and Events.

Click this link:  HOW TO REVIEW TUTORIAL. (scroll down)

For today's recipe, I thought I'd share one of my favorite cakes, a real comfort food that goes well with tea and a good book. During the Christmas season, I saw the recipe in a Williams Sonoma magazine - I LOVE browsing through cookware magazines - and tweaked it to be gluten-free. It's so moist. Perfect for any time of the year.  And, let's face it, any cake made in a bundt pan looks pretty. They're like no-fail cakes, right?

It's spicy. It's dense. It's delicious!

Gingerbread Bundt Cake



2 ½ cups GF flour (equal sweet rice flour and tapioca starch)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
½ cup molasses
1 cup water

Glaze (if desired):

1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4  teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ cup granulated sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-cup Bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, baking powder and xanthan gum.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. 

Add the eggs. Remember to scrape the bottom to incorporate. Add the molasses and stir.

Add the GF flour mixture and the water, alternating between the two, finishing with the GF flours. Mix until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. If necessary, smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake the cake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick come out clean.

THE GLAZE: While the cake is baking, making the glaze by stirring together the water, spices and sugar. Set it aside.

Remove the cake from the oven, cool it in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack. 10 minutes later, set the cake on your desired serving dish.

Brush the glaze (if desired) over the cake and then allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

NOTE: This cake does not rise a lot. It’s dense and delicious.  I made it a second time, when my sister was visiting, and it was delicious without the glaze and served with ice cream.


Win a Savor the Mystery mug and some fun swag! Here's how: share this post via Twitter or Facebook or Pinterest, and then leave a comment with your email information and tell me whether you have ever read a self-published book, in print or as an e-book.

Here's an easy tweet or post: Gingerbread cake GF #recipe + #giveaway @darylwoodgerber

Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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  1. Love the bundt cake recipe; and the book sounds great! I included a link to my tweet about this post, in this comment. I have never read a self-published book before.

  2. Shared on both Facebook and Twitter. I have read self-pubbed books - both in print and ebooks!!

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Looks scrumptious! I am sure I have read a self published eBook, I couldn't tell you which ones though. I shared on FB and twitter. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Looking forward to Girl on the Run!!' Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. I have read self published books in print. I don't have an e-reader. The recipe and book sound great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  6. thanks for the kind words Daryl! can't wait to read this book and taste that cake:) xo

  7. Happy new book week to you both!
    I read all kinds of books. I have friends who have self-published some really good books.
    The trick is the promotion, isn't it?

    Moist, dense gingerbread sounds lovely.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  8. Congratulations on the new release! So good to see you last weekend -- fingers crossed!
    And gingerbread -- wow!

  9. LizNoVeggie, Kelli, Barbara, Dee, and Elaine! So lovely to see you here. Thanks so much for sharing the news. I'm excited to see what you all think of the new book. It'll be an interesting experiment for me, no matter what!


  10. Lucy, so excited for your new release! I just got my copy! Now for a tasty read!



  11. Libby, definitely the trick is the promotion. Krista was just asking on a FB site about that and how much is too much and do you all turn off if an author is promoting "buy this book" - I do hope I'm NOT over promoting, but how else can one get the word out?

    Wish me luck.


  12. Leslie, so great to see you, too! You're doing a great job as SinC prez. Way to go!


  13. I have shared on twitter. Yes, I have read several self-published books, most of them cozies, a couple on kindle, but most print since that is what I prefer.

  14. So glad to see the recipe and since hubby does most of the baking due to me being disabled I love printing it out so we can make when he is home from work. I only have the comp which i am on for limited times most days . Print is the only thing i can read.

  15. I have been craving gingerbread, and I think the bundt cake will be perfect. If I don't want to make it gluten-free, do I just substitute regular flour for the rice & tapioca flours and omit the Xantham gum?

  16. Sue, thanks for sharing! I like print, too!

    PT, I'm a print reader, too. My preference.

    Celia, I'm still craving it and I just ate it! Yes, just sub out the flour for regular flour and omit the Xanthin gum in this recipe. It's so easy and delicious.

    Hugs to all!


  17. That recipe sounds amazing!!! I'm so excited to read your new venture! Yes, I have read self-published books.

  18. Can't wait to read your newest book, "Girl on the Run". It sounds amazing. Great recipe, can't wait to try it.

  19. Can't wait to read your newest book, "Girl on the Run". It sounds amazing. Great recipe, can't wait to try it.

  20. I'm so looking forward to your suspense book! Thanks for the recipe. I think it's a very nice honor to your husband for the release date, Daryl. xo

    lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  21. Oh, forgot to say, my first (and only) self-pubbed book was a real printed cookbook. And yes, I read some e-books on my Kindle for PC (laptop) but really prefer the printed words!

  22. I have read two self published books, as ebooks, one was yours and one another. I would read another again if that helps to get the book published. I do prefer real paper books, though.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  24. And the mug winner random number selection...Barbara Hawk! Congrats, Barbara. I'll be emailing you for your mailing address! Thanks to all for being fans.


  25. Shannon, Diane, Lynn, and Elaine! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I'm so glad you like the recipe, and I'm thrilled to hear you'll take a chance on my new book. Elaine was a first reader and gave it a great review!

    PS It will come out in paperback, it just doesn't show up yet on Amazon! April 9th.


  26. Yes, I've read most of Kathi Daley's books. I understand they are self published. Tweeted giveaway.

  27. Shared post on Facebook (I'm Michelle Fidler). I've read some self-published books, including one slow cooker mystery by Tim Myers. I just read printed books, no e-books. I have some books by Kathi Daley, too. Some Jane Austen sequel books that I read are self published.


  28. I read self published all the time and love ebooks as well as print. Dianne Harmon and Kathi Daley are both very successful at cozies..