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Hello Readers,

Oh, yeah, I know what you're feeling. . . This new normal is NOT normal. I think we’d all like to spread our wings and fly the coop!  But first and foremost, be safe. Cover your face.  Wash your hands.  And check that your wingspan is at least 6 feet, okay?  

Reading seems to be helping me.  I’ve been reading more than I normally do and reading across genre. That’s been fun.

If you simply want to read a book that will bring you a moment of relief, then try my latest lighthearted mystery, SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE. As I said in the release day blast, it’s about friendships and family, however extended, that might be.

I hope you’ll order it, but if you can’t or don’t want to, I hope you’ll tell a friend. And please know that I thank you for your support, your friendship, and your readership, now more than ever.

We’re all in this together, my friends. Virtual hugs to all!

To that end, I'm offering my monthly book giveaway to four (4) of you, my faithful subscribers. Keep reading.

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You can read more about it on my website, and get into the world of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, watch the book trailer, and more below.

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What's it about?

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.

Jenna knows the ambitious and aggressive reporter, who was strangled at a fitness center with her shredded restaurant reviews scattered around her, left behind a long list of potential suspects. As she begins piecing together the scant clues, she uncovers illicit ties between the victim and a local newspaper owner, a spurned would-be lover, and a host of disgruntled restaurant owners not a bit torn up by the critical reporter’s demise. And with a solution so close she can almost taste it, Jenna turns up the heat on the culprit, realizing too late that she’s the next course on the murderer’s menu . . .

And two months from now, A Sprinkling of Murder, the first Fairy Garden Mystery comes out.

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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?

It's not easy finding jigsaw puzzles right now.  Everyone seems to be buying them.  I bought one with a fairy theme way before the virus hit, so I opened it up and it took a month of 45-minute sessions after lunch to complete it.  I'm quite proud.  I hadn't done one for at least 15 years.   

What's new?

I'm working on the third and last Aspen Adams novel of suspense, working title DEADLY RESOLVE.  I'm about halfway through and had a great breakthrough yesterday.  Yay!   Writers are so appreciative when creative angels bring new ideas that work. 

And now for the Giveaway

Hold onto your hat!  I am giving away a choice of 4 books to 4 of my newsletter subscribers.  Could you all choose the same book?  Yes.  Is it you?  Here are the four names.  Congratulations and tell a friend! 


(cryptically revealed)





You have until MAY 21st to contact me to claim your book.
Email me using your above address
at and receive the book of your choice.
I look forward to hearing from you.

What are you reading?

I just finished Melissa Bourbon's Storybook Charm, a saucy but cozy romance that I felt comfortable reading.  Storie is a witch.  I also just finished listening to Harlan Cobens' In the Woods What a page turner with lots of twists.  Now I'm getting ready to read the next Domestic Diva mystery by Krista Davis, The Diva Spices it Up!  Fun reading ahead.

What's to eat?

I shared these little morsels on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, but they are so easy and tasty, they bear repeating.  The coconut haystacks are a recipe right out of SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE.  You probably have all the ingredients in  your pantry.  I hope so.  Enjoy.  


(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.

What’s up with Sparky?

Sparky has been full of spunk lately.  He wants to do all sorts of chasing and hopping in the driveway.  I'm the playmate.  He is really enjoying longer walks, too.  Last night, the goofball, decided to play "dead" on the bed.   Doesn't he look cute?  He really held the pose.   If only he would follow instructions when I ask him to do these kinds of tricks.  I have to catch him in the act.  Ha-ha. 

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,

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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