Collecting can be murder–Daryl Wood Gerber–#bookgiveaway

Daryl WG.jpgWe’re celebrating the upcoming release of my third Food Lovers’ Village mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7—save the suspense and pre-order it now!) with a glimpse of some of your favorite authors’ prized collections.

Today, a peek behind the scenes with Daryl Wood Gerber, author of the Cookbook Nook mysteries, aka Avery Aames, author of the Cheese Shop mysteries. Today’s winner will get a signed copy of the 4th Cookbook Nook mystery, FUDGING THE BOOKS, out August 4. You know how some collections come about because your friends and relatives once heard you say you like something? Here’s Daryl’s comment on that:

fudging-3d“How I WISH people would send me cookbooks!!  I have collected cookbooks through the years because I fell for something on the cover. I’m an easy mark. No kidding. My mother really never had cookbooks. She didn’t learn to cook until after college, and all her recipes were on cards from family members. I still have some of those. The first cookbook I bought with my own money was Gourmet, Version I. It’s still a go-to cookbook for me. True for all cookbooks, I love looking at the pictures and dreaming my recipes will turn out as beautiful. I enjoy reading the recipes and the histories and learning the techniques. I have not made nearly one-tenth of the recipes in the books, but a girl can dream. I’m partial to dessert cookbooks. I love sweets. Over the years, I’ve really racked up a collection of gluten-free cookbooks, too. Being gluten-free has been a challenge, but I’ve learned to make most recipes, including the biscuits in the Gourmet cookbook gluten-free. And they’re great!!”

Catch up with Daryl on her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

cat on deskButter Off DeadLeave a comment on my Facebook Author page or blog. Ruff the Cat will choose a winner at random—check back in the morning to find out!

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Collecting can be murder — two weeks of fun — #bookgiveaway

IMGP2894Collections. We’ve all got ’em, whether we realize it or not. When I was writing the third Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7, 2015, available for pre-order now), I realized that one of the book’s themes is collections—and what happens when one becomes an obsession. Collecting can be murder.

So I thought it would be fun to ask other writers to share pictures of their collections and tell you how they came about. Starting soon, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll post a new collection and the cover of the author’s latest book on my blog,; the posts will also appear on FB. Leave a comment on the blog or on FB—tell me about your collections, if you’d like—for a chance to win a copy of the featured author’s latest book, many of them signed. Ruff the Cat will pick a winner the next morning, so check back to claim your prize!

As the shelf shows, you’ll have a chance to win books by Catriona McPherson, Cathy Ace, Connie Archer, Kate Carlisle, Sheila Connolly, Kathy Aarons, Vicki Thompson, Susanna Hardy, Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames, Roberta Islieb, and me—and maybe a few more.

We’ll wrap up with a few pictures of my collections and some special Food Lovers’ Village giveaways.

(Hint: if you subscribe to the blog, you’ll receive the posts by email and you won’t have to hunt for them on FB.)

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More Malicious Photos

We’ll get back to the law next week. Meanwhile, it’s all about me — and Malice Domestic.


Celebrating with my Guppy sisters, Kendel Flaum, Hank Phillipi Ryan, Diane Vallere, and Gigi Pandian.  





Six of the nine Guppies nominated for Agathas: Avery Aames (aka Daryl Wood Gerber), Kaye George, Krista Davis (in front), Janet Bolin, Rochelle Staab, and me.


                                         With Debra Goldstein. 




With Chris Grabenstein, winner of the 2011 Agatha for Best Children’s/Young Adult, who also presented the Best Nonfiction Award.







With Jenny Milchman and Robin Templeton.