Thursday, February 22, 2018

COZY BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAYS: Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber (Cozy Mystery)

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Greetings Friends!

Today, I am so excited to be a part of the Cozy Blog Tour with some incredible features! The newest book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, PRESSING THE ISSUE by Daryl Wood Gerber, is now available and to celebrate its release, the author has graciously answered a few questions as well as providing two chances for you to win some awesome bookish swag!


SYNOPSIS

The Agatha Award–winning author of GRILLING THE SUBJECT returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder.
As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a wine press, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived lusty wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again? 
You can order your copy on Amazon HERE.


RATING:



Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publication Date:  January 2018


REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I recently had the pleasure of reading the author's previous release A DEADLY ECLAIR and really enjoyed it. You can check out my review HERE. As I had mentioned in that review, I was interested in reading more of her books, so I was so excited to receive the chance to review PRESSING THE ISSUE. While this was my first experience reading the Cookbook Nook series, I'm definitely looking forward to picking up the others to learn more about Crystal Cove and its residents from the very beginning.

Although this is the sixth book in the series, the characters are so well developed and the story flowed so consistently without feeling any loss of continuity. Jenna is another feisty protagonist that truly holds her own within this vast and eclectic cast of characters who are just quirky enough to keep you guessing until the very end. Jenna's investigative skills can come across as overly confident, but this could easily feel that way simply because the actual law enforcement officials appear so aloof. They may in fact be doing much more, but because it obviously happens apart from Jenna, they seem uninterested and uninvolved, yet overly antagonistic towards Jenna's participation.

Given that the Renaissance Fair is the primary setting and focal point for the characters, it was understandable that very little attention is given to the book store and its inner workings; however, it was certainly fun to watch everyone play along and dress up for all the activities. It would be quite entertaining to work and live in a community that becomes that involved in creating such an engaging atmosphere for residents and guests alike. The provided recipes at the end will certainly help bring this quaint place a little closer to your own home!

This delightful read is the perfect addition for fans of bookish or culinary cozies and I look forward to spending some more time with Jenna at her nook!



INTERVIEW


Day 3 of the continuing interview with Daryl Wood Gerber, author of PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery.

Where does your inspiration as a writer come from?

I allow my mind to think “what if” all the time. I read the newspaper and use that as a launching type of question. What if this happened in my book? What if this person existed in my book? What if that food (honestly, yes, from the food section on Sundays) were the theme of my next book? I try never to close my mind down to a new idea. I have pages and pages of ideas written in my computer with ideas. Sometimes I browse through them, although once I’ve written them down, they do seem to stick somewhere in my psyche. My kids gave me an inspirational idea notebook for Christmas so I can write down ideas if I’m on the road and not near my computer. I love observing people. Sometimes I’ll make up scenarios for couples I see at coffee shops or on the street. Who are they? Where are they from? What do they do? When did they meet? I find that kind of story building a great way to keep my mind working creatively at all times.


What was your favorite book growing up? Did that book help in inspiring you to become a writer?

I loved A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, but no, it did not inspire me to become a writer. I loved the fantasy of it, but I don’t typically read fantasy. Although I did read the entire Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and adored them, and I did write a children’s fiction screenplay about dragons because of that. I had no luck selling it, and I’m saddened by that, because it was a real war of the worlds story. It was reading Nancy Drew that got me started writing. I wanted to write mystery. Then I graduated to Agatha Christie and knew that was what I had to write. Then I read a bunch of thrillers and knew that was where my passion lay. You see, I have a lot of interests, which is why I write in multiple genres. My audience, though, is primarily cozy mystery readers, so I will have a tough time finding a broader audience for my other work. Therefore, I write those for “me,” and if others wish to read them, great. PS A Wrinkle in Time is coming out as a movie this year, and I can’t wait to see it. I hope it doesn’t ruin the book for me. LOL


Why did you pick to write about the Renaissance Fair in PRESSING THE ISSUE? Was it based on some event in your life?

Yes. I went to my first Renaissance Fair back in college, and the event made a huge impression on me. I loved the costume-play or cosplay action. I went with a group and we all dressed up. One of my friends was really into interacting with the players at the fair. Though I loved acting, I was not yet a professional actress, so I was a bit intimidated by his free spirit. Since then, however, I’ve become much more bold. I’ve attended a number of fairs, and I always interact—with a British accent. I thought it would be fun to bring a fair to Crystal Cove, on a small scale. The man who is the king of the fair (he also owns the vineyard where Bailey intends to get married) is loosely based on my gregarious friend, may he rest in peace.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries.  As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop MysteriesA DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

You can connect with her on:

FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  INSTAGRAM  |  WEBSITE  


GIVEAWAY


To one commenter, Daryl is giving away the choice of one of the first five Cookbook Nook Mysteries or any of the Cheese Shop Mysteries PLUS some fun swag, including recipe cards and a utility measuring spoon.  

To enter, please comment below and leave your email address in the safe format using [at] and [dot] such as thatswhatshesreading[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also CLICK THIS LINK to comment and share my Facebook post. The giveaway will run through the end of the tour and closes at midnight PST on February 26. Winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through the email provided. Eligible to US residents only.



GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY


If the commenter visits ALL the blogs on the Cozy Blog Tour (there are 7 in a row), he or she can be entered for the big prize.  This is not a rafflecopter.  Just drop in and visit them all and leave a comment. The links are below. What’s the prize? A Cookbook Nook Mystery, A Cheese Shop Mystery, a darling cat tea towel, a darling plush Tigger, and a Medieval Tapestries coloring book to honor the Renaissance theme in the book.


COZY BLOG TOUR:


February 20 – The Power of Words – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 21 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 22 – That's What She's Reading – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 23 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 24 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 25 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 26 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

GOOD LUCK!




I hope that you enjoyed this post and will be picking up this book and series soon!  Many thanks to Daryl and Great Escapes Book Tours for this unique opportunity! It was an absolute pleasure hosting and providing a review. And be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more author extras and chances to win!

66 comments:

  1. Thank you for your review on "PRESSING THE ISSUE" by Daryl Wood Gerber!

    Really enjoyed the interview learning more about where she gets her inspiration as well as why the use of the Renaissance Fair in the book. It makes the book come alive to me even more so.

    Thanks for the chance to win a great book by a wonderful author!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, nice to see you again. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Always fun to tell fans about my process. ~ Daryl

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  2. I enjoyed this interview as much as the previous two. And A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favorite books as well. One of the first books to feature a strong female protagonist...and a teenager to boot!

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    1. Autumn, not many people I know have read A Wrinkle in Time, but it really influenced me. ~ Daryl

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  3. Thanks for this interesting interview and the feature which I enjoyed greatly. A Wrinkle in Time was captivating and very special and a book I recommend to children and adults. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, I'm so glad to hear more people have read this delightful book. :) ~ Daryl

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  4. this sounds so good can't wait to read!ptclayton2@aol.com

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  5. Great interview! jreitmeyer1811(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. Glad you enjoyed it. ;) ~ Daryl

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  6. Interesting interview. Your book is fantastic!
    a.connolley@gmail.com

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    1. Amy, thanks so much. I appreciate all of my early readers! ~ Daryl

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  7. Great interview! Always interesting to find out how authors get their ideas/inspirations for their books. Great review as well, this series is definitely on my To Read list. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mlduffer(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Mary, I'm glad to hear it. Enjoy when you get to it. ~ Daryl

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  8. My daughter also loved A Wrinkle in Time. One of her favorite books as a kid.
    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Cupcake, how old was she? I was 9 and just getting into reading. ~ Daryl

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    2. We would to read it to her before bed. She was probably about 8. She got a late start reading on her own but once she started, she hasn't stopped. I know she read the book herself more than once.

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  9. I enjoyed the interview. I like learning more about my favorite authors. I am currently reading this series to get to the new one and I am really enjoying them. Thanks for the chance to win!
    jelrobb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Books A Plenty, I'm thrilled you're reading through the series. Enjoy each story. I had a ball writing them. ~ Daryl

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  10. Loving this cozy blog tour! Look forward to it everyday. Can't wait to read Pressing the Issue and I would love to read the Cheese Shop Mysteries and the French Bistro Mysteries. Congratulations on your newest book! tami.norman@gmail.com

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    1. Tami, thanks. I'm glad you're having fun along the way. ~ Daryl

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  11. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern series - I love (and own) those books!! I read ND, too, and tracked down my 3 favorite titles from the series. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Anne, I imagined flying around on those dragons. Very well written series. ~ Daryl

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  12. Can't wait to read the book! mcastor07 (at)Gmail(dot)com.

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  13. Can't wait to read this - love this series!! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. I can’t wait to read this book! I also loved A Wrinkle in Time. I had all of my children read it when they were young.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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    1. Cecilia, aren't you a good mom! Reading is so important for all of us. ~ Daryl

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  15. Loved the interview. Great to get even more background info on one of my favorite authors. Thanks for everything. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Kay, thanks for saying that. I truly appreciate it. ~ Daryl

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  16. Congratulations on the new book. It sounds like a fun read.. thanks for this chance rosep at bayland dot net

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    1. Rosemary, I hope you will enjoy it! ~ Daryl

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  17. Thanks for an informative post! Congratulations on Pressing the Issue's book tour! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Linda, you are more than welcome. :) ~ Daryl

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  18. Congratulations on your new release. Interesting interview. Love the cover.
    im2early4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Leslie, isn't the cover cute? I adore Tigger looking a little less than happy about his costume. LOL ~ Daryl

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  19. The inspirational ideas notebook was a perfect gift for you. Very sweet.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Awesome interview and review. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  21. I to loved Nancy Drew. I did not read Wrinkle in Time till I was married.I read it aloud to my new husband then to my kids as we travled.Hope the movie is not to far from the book.I enjoy your books and the characters I have met there.

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  22. Forgot my e mail. Candykennrdy45@gmail.com

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  23. I love finding out more about you and your writing style! <3 cocanvaz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. This book looks so fun--I can't wait to start reading it tonight! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  25. This is another new blog to me. And another fine review of the newest Cookbook Nook book.

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    2. Sorry about the format, should be: catwoman-1(at)Comcast(dot)net

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  26. Great interview! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I like the Renaissance Fair storyline. They are so much fun and I'm looking forward to reading "Pressing the Issue", sounds like another great book from Daryl.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I just finished the book & agree with the review! This was a wonderful read! Thanks again for another enthralling story! ma_ward(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. I have never read A Wrinkle in Time, but was just talking to my book club about reading it soon. This sounds like a great book. I have been to the Renaissance Fair a few times and had a lot of fun. ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I’m really digging the different blogs that you are visiting and have book marked them to visit when I have escape time. This is sort of like visiting new friends each day.

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  31. Thanks for another great rebiew of "PRESSING THE ISSUE" by Daryl Wood Gerber! I really need to request it at my library. I especially liked Daryl's comment about finding inspiration everywhere. I do "In the Bag" children's sermons at church and I find myself seeimg, hearing or reading something and trying to imagine how I could use it!
    Thanks for being a part of this giveaway!
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Congratulations Connie! You are the winner for the daily giveaway! I sent you an email with all the info.

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  32. I know I read A Wrinkle in Time but I don't really remember it and with the movie coming out, it makes me want to get it out and read it with my daughter.
    cherryredh2@aol.com

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  33. Read and loved this book! Never been to a Ren fair so it gave me some interesting visuals. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ghsurfhash(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I can’t wait to read Pressing the Issue. I know if Daryl Wood Gerber writes a book, I will love it! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. Amy Vansant had you connected to her links is how I found you.

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  36. Thank you for taking part in the blog tour. dm_richards [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  37. Great interview! I love that the king of the fair is based on your friend.
    πŸ’ž❤πŸ’ž Thank you for sharing and for this awesome giveaway! :-)
    tarafarah7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. This is an awesome way to promote your new book!!! cocanvaz[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. I love learning more about how you come up with ideas and how you write, Daryl! This was another great interview!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  40. Thanks. Great interview!
    rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

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  41. I have not read a Wrinkle in Time but I am going to now. I loved the interview deniseaustin59@yahoo.com

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  42. Need to read A Wrinkle in Time now. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  43. I have not been to this site before. Thanks for pointing me in this direction Daryl Wood Gerber! carters@columbusacademy.org

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