Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Congrats to our Photo Contest winners + new #giveaway + Fruit smoothie w/protein #recipe



The photo contest is complete and the tallies are in.  Rah, rah!

Thanks to one and all for participating. Hope you had fun. We did.
We wish we could tell each and every one of you in person much we appreciate you!

The winners for each category of the photo contest are:

  1. with a dog - Nancy S.  - good work trying to match the book cover!
  2. with a cat - Lorraine A. - look at the tongue :)
  3. having summer fun - Erica L. - what a wild ride.
  4. at a library - Jennifer M. - Velma is too cute.
  5. at a bookstore - Jana B. - way to go getting one for each author!


And now for our regularly scheduled program.


To cool you down on a hot summer day, try this easy-peasy fruit smoothie, packed with flavor and protein! Yep, protein. It's a great on-the-go meal for kids or adults.  Enjoy!

All you need...

Protein Smoothie

(serves 1-2)

½ cup milk
1-2 tablespoons protein powder
½ cup orange juice
½ cup Greek yogurt (plain or with fruit)
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ banana

Put the milk and protein powder into a blender. Then add the juice, yogurt, and fruit. Blend for 1 minute.  Pour into 1-2 glasses and serve.

The frozen blueberries act as “ice” so this is thick and creamy!

By the way, I use Aria protein powder. What it says about the contents online at Designer Protein is: 15g of premium natural, GMO-free whey and plant protein, plus Biotin and Vitamin C for healthy, youthful-looking skin, hair and nails. Contains Calcium, Vitamin D and Phosphorus for bone health, and Folate to help support cell and tissue growth.

I enjoy having protein in my smoothie because I feel “full” for quite a long time, like I really had a "meal."

I buy Aria at my local grocery store, so I would imagine you could ask yours for it if you don't see it on the shelves.

One little imbiber loved it!


I (Daryl) am giving away a book today - any of my published titles.  Simply tell me whether you entered a photo in our contest, whether you thought about entering one, whether you looked at the other entries, whether you thought it was too much work to enter a photo...
Or whether you have heard of my new series, the French Bistro Mysteries.
The first, A DEADLY ÉCLAIR comes out in November.

Leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

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  1. Major congratulations to the winners! Love the smoothie recipe. And I didn't get a chance to enter the contest (I apologize!), but it was a wonderful, fun event to host.

    1. Liz, thanks. Hope you enjoyed the photos. ~ Daryl

  2. I entered a picture of my cat, Lexie, with a book. Sad I didn't win, but would love to win one of your books. I enjoy the Cookbook Nook mysteries and am looking forward to the French Bistro mysteries. The smoothie recipe looks good, too.

    1. Melissa, we loved all the pictures and it was hard to choose. Thanks for entering. ~ Daryl

  3. Just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered the contest. All the photos were adorable. Congratulations to the winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes. And, Daryl, those smoothies look delicious--perfect for a summer breakfast. Have a great day, everyone! xoxo ~ Cleo

    1. Thanks, Cleo. I thought all our participants did a great job, as well! ~ Daryl

  4. I entered the contest and would love to win this book.

  5. I didn't enter because I'm not much of a photographer. Yes, I know about the series. Would love to win a book.

  6. I didn't enter because I have most of the books and wanted someone else to get them.
    Love the creativity in the pictures.
    I'm looking forward to your new series.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Libby, glad you could enjoy the photos even if you didn't participate. You are a true-blue MLK fan! We adore you. ~ Daryl

  7. Thanks to everyone who played along -- we all so enjoyed seeing your photos. And I'm glad to know how many dogs and cats are avid mystery readers! xoxox to you all!

  8. I looked at the pictures but didn't enter. I would love to read your books & win one. I have heard of your series & will try the smoothie.

  9. I did enter a photo in the contest! It was great fun and I enjoyed getting just the right picture of my cat. I know about your new series and am eagerly awaiting the first book! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Autumn, thanks for entering. The cat photos are all so good! ~ Daryl

  10. I'm sorry I just didn't get around to entering even though I had thought about it. And yes I've heard of your new series and am anxious for it to come out! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks, Tari, for letting me know. I'm eager, too. ~ Daryl

  11. I didn't enter the contest. I'm not much for taking pictures and I didn't look at them either since I didn't have one entered. I do know about your series. I love smoothies, too and will try that.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. I entered the photo contest. It was fun! I liked looking at the other photos, too. Thanks for all the contests!

  13. I thought about entering the contest but don't have any pets and couldn't think of a summer fun idea I could do around the house.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Next time, Sandy, remember you can go to a bookstore or library and take a picture. And a few people used "stuffed" pets for their photos! LOL ~ Daryl

  14. I did not submit a photo for the recent contest though I enjoyed seeing the winning entries. I am very behind the times and don't do much with photography and have never tried to load a picture onto the computer.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  15. Thanks, Lil. Maybe you'll try in the future! :) ~ Daryl

  16. Paula Jacobson
    I wanted to enter but I'm not very tech savy and didn't know how. I wish I was better at the computer.

    1. Aw, Paula, sorry for that. If you ask for clues how to do it in the future, we'll give you tips, okay? ~ Daryl

  17. I didnt enter since I had read all of the books. Love the all the winner photos. Great recipe, but have to say probably will not try it. I have read all of your books, know about the new release and have it pre-ordered and dont need to enter the contest, lol. Good luck. Whoever wins will have a wonderful selection to choose from

    1. Remember theres always something extra for you, so you could donate the books and win the fun thing. Next time, enter, Kay! ~ Daryl