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Hello Readers,

My heart goes out to all who are suffering from the terrible fires and so many other disasters in this country.   I hope you are finding something to look forward to.  Halloween?  The upcoming holidays?  A socially-distanced visit with family or friends?  Whatever it is, I hope it will bring a smile to your face.

I hope my monthly newsletter subscriber giveaway will make at least two of you smile.  See BELOW.

And now . . . I want to announce that I have a new book coming out at the end of the month--October 27.   It is the 3rd in the Aspen Adams novels of suspense series.   I don't have any buy links or website links yet. When they go live, the book will be available in both e-book and paperback on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.  I will definitely share them with you before release day!  

Here's a sneak peak.

What's it about? 

When her parents were murdered fourteen years ago, Aspen Adams coped as best she could as a college freshman and numbly moved on when the case was never solved. Living since then with almost daily reminders of how the tragedy shaped the lives of her and her sister, she’s always known that someday she would launch an investigation of her own. And now, with her sister in crisis, she draws on all her experience as a private investigator to untangle a case that left the police baffled and her family in ruins.

Interviewing the detectives who worked the case, scouring endless pages of their notes, and even tracking down the original suspects, Aspen discovers aspects of the crime and her parents’ lives she never knew about—and ignites a menacing series of events that threaten to engulf everyone near her. Certain she’s on the trail of the killer and unwilling to be deterred, Aspen faces down her own fears about what she’ll find in her search for answers—and justice—before a killer who scarred her life can resurface to wreak havoc on her family once again . . .

Also, if you have not yet read A Sprinkling of Murder, the first Fairy Garden Mystery, follow the links below.  Here are a few reviews:

“Daryl Wood Gerber’s new fantasy cozy series debut is full of fun, whimsy, and a baffling whodunit.” –Mystery Scene

“Enchanting series launch from Agatha Award winner Gerber . . . Cozy fans will wish upon a star for more.” –Publishers Weekly

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What is 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 . . .

What do you know?

I think most of you know by now that I make fairy gardens.   I've shared a few images, but I thought I'd share just the bare bones of my next one.   I found a darling unicorn and decided that would be my focus.   A little girl fairy being gifted a unicorn for her birthday.   Next step, finding the perfect pot.   And then I'll figure out which plants I'll put in it.   I have to admit that my succulent pots are doing quite well, so I'll probably be sticking with those.   California heat is hard to manage.  

What's new?

I'm sharing a little secret.  I've been writing a romance.   A gentle romance.   Set during the holidays.   No sex on the page, although there is a kiss or two.  I've been having such fun.   I have no idea if it'll sell.   I'll be letting my agent in on the secret soon.   I'll keep you in the loop.

And now for the Giveaway

I am giving away to 2 winners their choice of any of my first books in four of my series. 


(These emails are asterisked to provide a tad of anonymity.) 



You have until October 21st to contact me to claim your book.
Email me using your above address
at . 
I look forward to hearing from you.

What are you reading?

I just finished Ellen Byron's delightful cozy mystery, HERE COMES THE BODY, a first in series.  And I'm listening to Meg Gardiner's THE MEMORY COLLECTOR.  It's hard-edged and fast-paced suspense.

What's to eat?

My author friend Marilyn Levinson (aka Allison Brook) shared this blueberry chocolate chip coffee cake recipe on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and I simply had to make it gluten-free.   Which I did and I loved it.   And then I made it a second time adding in chopped bananas.   Yum!   Marilyn likes to add sunflower seeds and such to her coffee cake.   I haven't tried that yet.   Enjoy. 

Blueberry Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon whey powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (optional) (about ¼ cup)
  • 1/2 ripe banana, diced into small bites
  • 1 pint blueberries – 2 cups rinsed

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 9" by 9" pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the softened butter, sugar, eggs, gluten-free flour, baking powder, whey powder, xanthan gum, vanilla, and salt. Add in chocolate chips and bananas.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and add the blueberries on top. Spread evenly.

Bake 38-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

*If you want to make this using regular flour, then omit the whey powder and xanthan gum.

What’s up with Sparky?

I shared this image on Instagram, so I apologize to anyone who is a follower.   If you're not, please do start following me.   I share books and fairy gardens and Sparky and more.   Anyway, he was not happy.   First, he took off bunny's two arms.   And he didn't seem to worry much about that.   But when he took off bunny's leg, he was forlorn.   Doesn't it look like he's begging me to sew  it back on?   But if I do, he'll just gnaw it off again.   Poor bunny has been with us since Christmas without incident.  Until now.   FYI, leg two is still intact, but for how long? 

That's it. That's all that is fit to print.
May your joy come from reading.
May your lives be filled with love.

Until next time…all my best,

Fairy Garden Mysteries
A Sprinkling of Murder

Cookbook Nook Mysteries
Final Sentence // Inherit the Word // Stirring the Plot //  
Fudging the Books // Grilling the Subject   
Pressing the Issue  //  Wreath between the Lines
Sifting Through Clues // Shredding the Evidence

French Bistro Mysteries

A Deadly Éclair // A Soufflé of Suspicion

Aspen Adams Novels of Suspense

Desolate Shores // Fan Mail

Stand-alone Suspense

Girl on the Run // Day of Secrets

Cheese Shop Mysteries

written as Avery Aames
The Long Quiche Goodbye // Lost and Fondue //
Clobbered by Camembert // To Brie or not To Brie
Days of Wine and Roquefort // 
As Gouda as Dead // For Cheddar or Worse

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