Wednesday, April 22, 2020

SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE is out! Plus book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

I can't believe it, but SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE, the 9th in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries came out yesterday! Eek!  9 books. I know Cleo and Krista and tons of other authors have hit the 10 or 20+ in a series, but getting to 9 is a big deal to me. 

So I'm giving away a copy today. Not an ARC. A real copy of the book, trade paperback OR e-book. Please leave a comment below and tell a friend. 

What's it about? Well, it still stars Jenna Hart, owner of the Cookbook Nook culinary bookshop.  And it's still set in Crystal Cove, a fictional oceanside community on the coast of California. Jenna's aunt Vera is dating Deputy Appleby. Bailey just had an adorable baby, Brianna, who is now 7 months old. And there's something new in the works for Chief Cinnamon Pritchett.

Plus it's Food Bowl week!
The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.

Thanks to the title, I decided to feature all sorts of "shredded" recipes in the book. Shredded grilled cheese sandwich, bird's nest salad, and these little beauties, Coconut Haystacks. They are so easy and so tasty.  Enjoy!

Coconut haystacks

(Yield: 18-24 cookies)

5 ½ cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2  teaspoons vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and the vanilla extract. Blend well.

Using a cooking scoop or a teaspoon, drop mounds (about 1 tablespoon each) of the coconut mixture onto the parchment paper. Leave about an inch between them.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set the cookies on a rack to cool.

Chocolate Version:

If desired, you can dip the cookies “foot” or base, after baking, in melted chocolate. To do so, melt 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons of butter.  Dip the cookies in and set on parchment paper to cool. 

OR . . . you could drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops of the haystacks.

Have fun.


Today I'm giving away a copy of SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE
e-book or trade paperback. 
Tell me, do you like to read a book when it first comes out, 
or do you even pay attention to release dates?
Leave a comment and your email (cryptically or otherwise) 
so I can contact you if you win.  

You can order
in trade paperback and e-book.

And you can read all about it and
order it on various sites on 
my website, HERE


Also, don't forget to order the first book in my new  
Fairy Garden Mystery series, 
A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, coming June 2020 
in trade paperback and e-book.

You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE
Plus I've posted a few of my fairy gardens.

And here is my latest suspense...

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

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  1. I used to make these for my mom and now I need to make them again.

  2. I normally like to read when it first comes out. Some I wait till later or I read from the library. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

    1. Sue, I hope your library is doing okay. Hopefully they will really embrace e-books at this time, right? ~ Daryl

  3. I would love to read a new book as soon as it comes out, but I am a library patron and am usually way down on the reserve list!!!

  4. Actually, it depends on the book and what I'm reading at the time. If it's part of a series and/or a book I've been waiting for, then yes! Otherwise, if it catches my interest, it gets added to my tbr list and is read when I'm looking for that specific story.

    1. Susan, my TBR pile is growing again. And I'm reading. So many books... LOL ~ Daryl

  5. I usually pay attention to the release date. If my finances are ok I go to the bookstore to get it or order it on line. Love this series.

    1. Lois, what is your bookstore? Is it doing curbside sales? ~ Daryl

  6. It doesn't matter to me when I read them as long as I get to read them. I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to this new book. Thanks for the chance to win one. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Riley, I'm with you. I just want to be able to read it. But I do like getting a book when it's fresh off the presses. :) ~ Daryl

  7. I like to read series books when they first come out so I don’t get behind but I will read a book whenever I can get it.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Sandy, I know some readers like to wait until there are a couple in a series out so they can binge-read. ~ Daryl

  8. If it's a series I'm already a fan of, I pay attention to the release date. If it's a series I've just discovered, then I like to read them all in order, no matter the release date. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Generally. I buy when I can. If it's a series I really like I will often pre-order if I learn of it before hand. And congrats on the release of the book. Looking forward to it. And to trying this recipe. Don't have any chocolate chips on hand. But I wonder how this would be with butterscotch bottoms. bessdeepotter84 at gmail dot com

    1. Dee, I would love these with butterscotch and you inspired me because I DO have butterscotch chips in my cupboard! ~ Daryl

  10. I buy when I'm able so sometimes yes and sometimes no lol.

  11. i usually try to read a book when it first comes out. but it depends on if/when my library has it and how many other people have reserved it. i had several print holds before the libraries closed and now am further down on the e-book hold list. unpatiently waiting. wskwared at yahoo dot com

  12. My mom used to make these cookies. They look easy enough that I could make them! I like to buy a book when it first comes out. Sometimes, even though I buy the book, I’ll wait for a while to read it, because I know it will be a while until the next book in the series comes out. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  13. My mom used to make these cookies. I'd forgotten all about them. Next time hubby goes to the store I will have him get the ingredients and I will make some.
    And I'm intrigued by the 'shredded grilled cheese sandwich.' We do such plain grilled cheese - buttered bread, Kraft singles cheese slices, maybe a slice of ham if we have some.

    I am not always able to purchase a book when it first comes out. If the new book is part of a series I especially like, and I know about a new release, I might pre-order. And when I can I do like to read in order. But generally I will read whenever I get a book, and not worry about release dates.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  14. I try to read books as close to release as possible. Sometimes access is a problem so it may take a bit before I can read them.

  15. I love coconut. Thanks for the recipe! And I would love to read this book!

  16. Sounds very good love the recipe I'll have to try them. I always pay attention to release dates.

  17. As you well know. I usually have new title release dates up to a year before release... My current new title list has books slated for January of 2021. If I have the cash on hand when a book is released AND it's by an author I collect, I jump online and order it.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. This town does not have a book store so I'm thrilled to get a new book to read, regardless of when it came out. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net I would prefer a print copy if I am the lucky winner!

  19. I keep track of release dates -- and make sure my library does as well. I purchase some books and ebooks; others I take out from the library. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  20. I pay attention to publish dates and love to read when books first come out. Love this recipe! Thanks for a chance to win!

  21. I actually keep up with release dates, I have a small notebook in my purse that has a list of authors and books I look for and a list of releases that I look for.

  22. I try to pay attention to release dates. Thanks for the chance. im2early4u(at)Gmail(dot)com

  23. When it comes out if possible. Josteioff@gmailDOTcom

  24. I do keep up with release dates, however I usually get behind. So many great books I want to read come out around the same time. A wonderful problem to have.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  25. I like to read new releases when they are first released. I pre-order books, so I do pay attention to release dates. Looking forward to reading "Shredding the Evidence" and making those coconut haystack.

  26. I try to read books by my favorite authors as soon as they are available.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  27. I usually wait a bit to get a new release as I get most of my books from the library. Love those coconut haystacks, especially with chocolate. Thanks for the chance.

  28. As a librarian, I do pay attention to release dates, even if I personally can't purchase a book right away. Sometimes I use them to place holds on my public library's copies. I try to purchase every book in this series, it's so good. teenlibn(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. LibraryKat, nice to hear. We love our libraries and wish you well during this trying time. ~ Daryl

  29. I love the setting for this book in a small town with family involved and the haystack recipe sounds amazing I'm going to try it