Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New release! DESOLATE SHORES #Book #Giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

I'm very excited because my new suspense novel is out. This has been a long time in the making. Yes, I will admit that I wrote this book before my first cozy was published, but it was a story that lingered with me, and I really wanted to share it with my audience, so I rewrote it and polished...and polished some more. My publisher is thrilled with the result. I hope you are, too.  If so, please tell a friend.

What is is about?

A chilling murder, an elusive killer, and a family mystery that hits too close to home . . .

After finding the body of her best friend on the icy shores of Lake Tahoe, Aspen Adams refuses to stand by and watch as the local sheriff’s department begins their search for the killer. Launching her own investigation, she’s soon confronted with a growing array of secrets—both about the friend she thought she knew and about many of the people in her own life. As fragmentary clues and escalating dangers threaten to derail her, she must also cope with the disturbing behavior of her deadbeat sister and troubled teenage niece.

Determined to overcome her personal demons over past failures, Aspen is driven to unravel the conflicting evidence and a shifting range of suspects to bring the killer to justice, even as a family trauma unfolds that threatens to upend her life. And as her investigation inexorably leads her to a shocking discovery and taunts her with a solution that is just out of reach, Aspen realizes that the killer wants nothing more than to see her and her niece dead...

This is the first Aspen Adams novel of suspense.

Caveat:  For all my cozy readers, I want you to know that my suspense novels do not have bad language, no overt sex, and very little gruesome details about the murder. They are stories about the people, the problem, and the resolution.  I hope you'll take the chance to read one.



In the meantime, I'd like to share a recipe Aspen might eat.  She is not the typical foodie found in my culinary mysteries.  A protein bar or a tub of Greek yogurt seems to suffice. She's on the run. Working hard. Detecting. Drumming up clues. She doesn't have time to relish food.

Don't get me wrong. Occasionally she eats a full meal. Chicken. Salad. Lasagna. But food is not what is important to her.

So I thought I'd share a delicious protein ball recipe that you can make and freeze and eat right out of the freezer.  Better if they're thawed a tad, but not much. They taste like Reese's Pieces.  Yum! And packed with protein. Kids love them.

Gluten-free or Regular Version
Makes 12-16 balls

1 ½ cups rolled oats (for gluten-free, make sure you use GF brand)
1/2 cup protein powder (I used Biochem Whey isolate)
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter *all natural, no sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Rice Chex, slightly crushed (these are gluten-free) * could substitute chopped nuts

In a food processor, pulse the oats to become flour.  Add protein powder, cacao powder, and salt.  Pulse again. 

Add in peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.  Pulse until mixed.

Add in slightly crushed Rice Chex and pulse briefly.

Roll mixture into balls and store in airtight container in the freezer.


To celebrate my release, I'm giving away a copy of Desolate Shores to one commenter.  Tell me whether you read suspense novels. If so, what is your all-time favorite?  Leave your email so I can contact you should you win. Winner picked Friday.

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  1. I love the fact that your story has stayed with you all this time, and that you have resurrected it to share with us. I quite enjoy suspense novels. One of my favorite reads are any of the novels by Lars Kepler. Perhaps "psychological thriller" describes his work better, but they are definitely suspenseful. Right now I can't wait for my husband to finish reading his latest release. Then it's my turn!

    1. Neena, you share an e-reader. What fun. I like that you have to wait and then he has to wait. ~ Daryl

  2. I like all types of books.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  3. Congratulations on your release which sounds compelling and intriguing. I read suspense novels as they are clever and keep me riveted. Moving Day by Jonathan Stone was captivating. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, I'll have to check out that title. Thanks. ~ Daryl

  4. Taylor R. WilliamsAugust 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    I do read suspense novels, David Baldacci is one of my favorites. I love your books and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the contest. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

    1. I enjoy David's books, too. Good suggestion, Taylor. ~ Daryl

  5. I don't normally read suspense books, but I remember two I read by British authors whose names elude me. They were really good but kept me a bit tense, which isn't always a bad thing. I wish I could remember the titles, but the stories stayed with me.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

    1. Gloria, some of those British suspense, set in such austere places, can really rock your world. ~ Daryl

  6. I read suspense novels frequently as they provide an escape and are thrilling. Saboteur by Andrew Gross was exciting and excellent. Best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, Andrew is a great writer. Good choice. ~ Daryl

  7. I loved your first suspense and have been dying to read this one . Yes I do read suspense and would love to read and review. Thank you for the recipe today. peggy clayton ptclayton2 at

  8. I rarely read suspense books. I prefer cozie

  9. Not sure if you consider lee child suspense but love reading his books

    1. Clemmie, absolutely. Thrilling writing. I read his books. He's a great guy. I've met him at writing conferences. ~ Daryl

  10. I do like reading suspense, but I haven't read one in awhile. "Desolate Shores" sounds like a great read, looking forward to reading it.

  11. Suspense novels are my favorite to read! Especially ones that are not easy to figure out the ending!! Some Choose Darkness was a favorite as well as Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea . I’ve heard wonderful things about Desolate Shores and love the cover too. Would love to read and leave a review

    1. Thanks, Verna. I'll have to check out that title. ~Daryl

  12. I’m going to go waaaay back and say Helen MacInnes!

  13. Those look amazingly yummy!!! Look forward to making them and munching on them when I read your book.

  14. I just finished The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. I love Agatha Christie books. Congratulations on your book, it looks great. Love all your books!

    1. Tami, I have to go back and reread that. It's been years. ~Daryl

  15. I love to read suspense. I loved The Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz. im2early4u(at)gmail(dot)com