Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cover Reveal for my New Mystery - A Sprinkling of Murder + #book #giveaway by @DarylWoodGerber

Cover reveal + book giveaway!

I have a new series coming in June, the Fairy Garden Mysteries.  
This is the cover for the first in the series, A SPRINKLING OF MURDER.

What's it about? 

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she's starting a book club tea.

But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .

You can pre-order on Amazon HERE.  
And my website has links for all the other venues HERE
Plus you can read a chapter, learn the history of the series, and more HERE.

What is a fairy garden? Well, here are a few I've made. They're sort of like dollhouses for your garden. I've made a video giving a tour of my gardens. I fell in love with this art about a year ago. I couldn't keep doing the big pojects in my garden, due to shoulders and elbows and aches and pains. But petite gardening? Perfect!

You can see more on my Pinterest page and on my Website. ADD LINKS  And I've made a couple of how-to videos, if you're interested. HERE

And now for today's recipe!


(Gluten-free version, serves 4-6)

Blueberry Filling Ingredients:

3 cups blueberries, rinsed
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon gluten-free flour (*I used sweet rice flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Lemon Cake Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup gluten-free flour (*I used sweet rice flour here, too)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons whey flour
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
8 generous tablespoons cream cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
2-4 tablespoons lemon juice (from fresh lemon)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/8 cup granulated sugar to sprinkle on top, if desired + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*vanilla ice cream or whipped topping, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a pastry blender or food processor, whisk together the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, whey powder, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add in the butter and pulse until the mixture looks crumbly.

Add in the cream cheese and pulse, then add milk, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and cinnamon, and mix until the dough has come together but is just combined. It will resemble cooked oatmeal. *It could be thinner if you added more lemon juice or used jumbo eggs instead of large eggs.

Spoon half the dough into the prepared pan and pat, if necessary, to make it even.  Distribute the berry mixture evenly on top of the dough. Top with the rest of the dough and pat to make it even. If desired, sprinkle with granulated sugar mixed with extra cinnamon.

Bake for 30-35 minutes (or more, depending on your oven and whether you added more moisture as noted above), until the coffee cake is a warm brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

*FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE THIS USING REGULAR FLOUR, substitute out the gluten-free flours and omit the xanthan gum.



To celebrate my new series, I'm offering a giveaway of winner's choice of my cozy msyteries. 
Leave a comment and your email to enter.
Winner picked Friday.

And here are a few of my other books...

Order FAN MAIL, the second in series, trade paperback and e-book:

Order SIFTING THROUGH CLUES HERE, trade paperback and e-book

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  1. What lovely news,about your new book series coming out in June.
    I love the cover, it's very magical looking. The perfect time for a Fairy Garden Mystery series to be released! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can picture myself eating this on a beautiful spring day. bakingcookies32(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. The blueberry cobbler looks yummy. I look forward to the new book , I love the fairy petite garden!

    1. Thanks, Templarlady. Petite gardens are so much fun. ~ Daryl

  3. Ooh I love cobblers! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Welcome. This cover is adorable. Cant wait for this series. Thank you for the recipe. Looks so yummy. My husband wants to make a fairy garden with his succulents. I need to show him this. Thanks for sharing.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

    1. Lori, check out more of my gardens on my website. I've posted pictures in the Savor the Mystery club. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  5. Congratulations on your new series! How exciting that you get to write about something you have a passion for. The cobbler looks delightful.

    1. I've been lucky that way, all around, Abby. I love cooking, cookbooks, and now fairy gardening. Hopefully that inspires the story! ~ Daryl

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    1. Hmmm. Don't know what happened here.
      Congratulations on your new series! Love the Fairy Garden theme!

    2. Lisa, it's amazing the internet works at all. LOL ~ Daryl

  7. The cover is so cute. I love it & your fairy gardens. I bet it's fun to shop for & design your gardens.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. Jana, it is fun. Like gardening and doll-housing all at one time. ~ Daryl

  8. This new series sounds captivating and special. What beautiful fairy gardens. The recipe looks delectable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Congratulations! Fairy gardens are so beautiful. The enticing cobbler is perfect as the lemon combined with the blueberry is such a lovely flavor. I once had one made for a celebration and everyone loved it. Your book would be enjoyed. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks, Petite. I love blueberries and lemon together. ~ Daryl

  10. Great cover! I love those photos. I may have to sneak in a fairy garden out by the backyard pond. And another sweet treat, looks really good. I think I need some blueberries! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. What a perfect place for one, Sally. Fairies love water. ~ Daryl

  11. You are enjoying your new hobby waaay too much! The recipe looks delicious. I wonder how it is with dewberries? Got a bunch in the freezer.

    1. Pat, I've never had a dewberry, but I bet it would be delicious. ~ Daryl

  12. Thank you for the

  13. Congratulations on your new series. My neighbor has a fairy garden her front door and it is so cute! Looking forward to starting the new series.

  14. Those fairy gardens are gorgeous! Thank you so much for the recipe and the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. This looks majorly tasty!

    I assume for regular, gluten filled baking we also omit the whey flour.
    The new series sounds like fun.

    A slight typo here: "To celebrate my new series, I'm offering a giveaway of winner's choice of my cozy msyteries."

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  16. Blueberry and Lemon is a great combo! One of my favorites after chocolate and strawberries. So happy you're coming out with another series! Really enjoy your Cookbook Nook and Cheese Shop Mysteries. :)

    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

  17. I love the cover on the new book. I think I'm going to ask one of the kids with a house and backyard to add some fairy goodness to their garden...

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Congrats! I cannot wait to read your newest book, it looks so good!

  19. I love the fairy garden idea! So cute!

  20. I love fairy gardens! I have been trying to make one for years but it has never come out the way I like.