Friday, January 29, 2016

Who Doesn't Love a Surprise?

From Bernadette Bessette, who most call Grandmére

For Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber, author of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, 7th in the Cheese Shop Mysteries

Je suis excitée!  I am, how do you say, excited.

For the first time, my beautiful town of Providence, Ohio will hold a Cheese Festival. It will run a whole week. I have enticed a number of restaurants to offer cooking classes and specialty dinners, and I have encouraged the farms to present creamery tours and wine tastings. C'est merveilleux…marvelous, no?

For the theater event—we must always have theater!—we are shutting down the thoroughfares of our little town and setting portable stages upon which will appear singers, fiddlers, actors, poets and more. I have heard a bit of the poetry. It is fun. Silly. But it makes me smile. We will also have a cheese competition. There will be two rounds of tastings with ten artisanal cheese farmers in each round. Of course I will be one of the judges. I cannot wait to taste the selections.

In addition, there will be a cheese brain trust sponsored by Emerald Pastures Farms. The owner Erin, a darling girl and one of my granddaughter Charlotte’s good friends, came up with the idea.  What is a brain trust? It is where cheese makers, distributors, journalists, Charlotte and her adorable husband Jordan, who is quite adept in the art of affinage, will chat up the art of making cheese. They and many of the participants will stay at the inn on the farm.

By the way, I met one surprise participant at the dress shop moments ago. She is a cheese author that writes about all the farms and cheese shops in America. She was quite bossy. Not to me. To the shop owner. I have a feeling she will make trouble for Charlotte and the others when she shows up at the inn.

It is not right to rule the roost when one is a guest, no? One must not ruffle the feathers. One must pay attention to manners. Alas, it is not for me to say. As long as she does not make any trouble for the Cheese Festival, I am sure the others will keep her in line.



Leave a comment with your email (it can be cryptic, if you would like) and you will be entered to win a copy of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE.  Winner will be picked on the 31st.  

Bonnne chance! 

101 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to read this! Thank you and Merci! ��
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Karen, you are most welcome! Thank you for stopping by! ~ Bernadette for the author Avery Aames

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  2. Who doesn't love cheese? Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Grandma Cootie...may I call you Sally? I would agree. Even I adore cheese! ~ Bernadette

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  3. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Lisa H.
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  4. This book sounds delightful! I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jen, I look forward to your pleasure after you have read it. :) ~ Bernadette

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  5. Cheese author and cheese maker? Now that is going to be one great festival!

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    1. Tonya, it will prove to be a fun time. And there will be poetry and music and a cheese contest. My mind is awhirl with all the activities! Enjoy. ~ Bernadette

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  6. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. Am so looking forward to this book. The blurb was most enticing. Thank you for the chance to win one.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Della, I am so thrilled that you liked the blurb. I hope it will entice lots of readers! Tell a friend. :) ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

    Elaine
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  9. Bernadette: I don't see things ending well for the cheese author. But it will be fun reading about it.

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    1. Mary Louise, I do believe you might be correct. She is a bossy woman. We shall see. ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  10. Thank you for the chance to win!! Love all of Avery Aames books, can't wait to read this one!!! saracarver07@gmail.com

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    1. Sara, it is always good to hear such support for my author. I know she appreciates it. Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  11. I love this series, but I'm behind since I missed its debut. I'm working at catching up though and enjoying it tremendously.

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    1. Janet, I do hope you will catch up soon. I have so enjoyed my journey along with Charlotte and her friends. ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  12. Thanks for the chance to win! I really enjoy this series. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  13. I love your cheese shop mystery series and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win! kimdavishb@gmail.com

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  14. Mmmmm cheese. Lady(dot)Janel@Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Janel, that is what all the customers who come to Fromagerie Bessette say. :) ~Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  15. So looking forward to this! roswita.hildebrandt at gmail.com

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  16. Am very much looking forward to reading this book!
    a.connolley@gmail.com

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    1. Amy, I hope you enjoy it. You have been a lovely fan! ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  17. These cozies are wonderful. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, I'm so glad you enjoy them! Tell ALL your friends. :) ~ Avery aka Daryl

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  18. I have read all of the other series and none of this one . I started on the other one first I guess is why but i am going to have to start as your cozies no matter the subject are so darned good. Thank you for the giveaway. ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. PT, it is time to get cracking. I love Jenna. I have read the stories about her, but the stories of my darling Charlotte are dear to my heart. Please enjoy them. And as Charlotte would say, "Say cheese." Saying fromage makes you frown. :)

      ~Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  19. Just looking at the cover makes me want to read it!

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    1. Sybil, isn't the artist great? I love her! ~ Daryl / Avery

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  20. Just looking at the cover makes me want to read it!

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  21. C'est si bon! J'adore fromage! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. J'adore fromage, aussi! ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  22. I love Daryl's books especially when she channels Avery Aames providing me more cheeses to explore. Cheddar? Yeah...I love it and am excited to read the next installment. A cheese festival? I'm in! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Kathleen, I do hope you enjoy it. There is a lot of cheddar in this one. ;) ~ Daryl / Avery

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  23. Bonjour Bernadette! Merci beaucoup for the post, I enjoy reading about your petite-fille's adventures in Providence! I hope that the surprise guest doesn't make tooooooo much trouble, but I'm a little worried! Bisous! Nicole :-) nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. ~ Bernadette for author Avery AamesJanuary 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM

      Nicole, I believe we should be worried. I do not like worry. I gives me wrinkles, but I will do my best to encourage Charlotte to be attentive. ~ ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  24. Isn't it marvelous when the snotty people in a story get their just desserts?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, yes, some people do not deserve the equal time. The bullies of the world should not be able to make those less fortunate submit. I will always stand with the common man. ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  25. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for a chance to win a copy! ksarginson@tampabay.rr.com

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  26. Looking forward to enjoying this delightful and delectable book. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. I can't wait to read it. It sounds like it's cocked full of cheesy goodness. cheesygiraffe @ gmail dot com

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    1. Cheesy Giraffe, I love your email address. ~ Daryl / Avery

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  28. Thanks so much! Happy Friday!!!
    rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com



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  29. I MUST read! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. Sounds like fun. :)
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. Ann, I hope you will try it. The stories are, in my humble opinion, delightful. Especially because they star my sweet granddaughter, Charlotte. ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  31. This was one of the first cozy mystery series I read and I'm so looking forward to reading this latest. Sad that it's the last, but that's not going to stop me from reading it as soon as I can. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    1. Meg, I'm so glad I could be one of your firsts. :) ~ Avery / Daryl

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  32. I love Bernadette! And I am looking forward to next week when I can *finally* get my hands on this book. Hmm, I better make certain I've got bread, butter, & cheese on hand before I start reading it!!

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    1. Anne, it is a thrill to know that I am loved. Bless you. ~ Bernadette for author Avery Aames

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  33. Can't wait to read this. Keeping fingers crossed to win !! kphans08@gmail.com

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  34. Have not read one of your books yet but have you on my to try list.
    rags6152@gmail.com

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    1. Rosie, I hope you will. I also write the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in Crystal Cove California and featuring Jenna Hart, the Cookbook Nook store owner. ~ Daryl / Avery

      The 5th in that series will come out in August.

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  35. Thank you for the chance to win ladies! Looking forward to reading this one!
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  36. my ex used to love the name of a shop in SF - CHEESES! pick me! xx astaras

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    1. Pretty simple name, isn't it, Tara? Says it all! Thanks for sharing. ~ Daryl / Avery

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  37. My favorite cheese is a creamy goat. mbquilts4@aol.com

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  38. I haven't started the Cheese Shop series yet, I have started collecting them. I loved the Cookbook Nook series. Just finished Fudging the Books. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. I hope you will start them, soon, Elaine. There are 7 now. You'll enjoy if you like my other series. Best,

      ~Daryl aka Avery

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  39. I would love to win this book. I love this series! utaker555@gmail.com

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  40. Hi, thanks for the giveaway. I love Avery Aames books, have to catch up here. The cover looks like I could just walk in and enjoy!
    can hardly wait to read. Georgia J
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoy them. Isn't the artwork wonderful? All my best, ~ Daryl / Avery

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  41. "For Cheddar or Worse" sounds delightful! I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  42. Would love to win this book.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  43. sounds like another great book!! I really like the cover of this book too. Thanks for the chance darholley1@aol.com

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  44. No a proper guest does not make waves! seascape life at gmail dot com

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  45. Love your books, Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  46. Love this series! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. Margo, by random number generator, you won the giveaway! I'll be contacting you for your mailing information. ~ Daryl / Avery

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  47. Sounds like a fun read. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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  48. Love this series. Sure wish it was continuing.

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  49. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  50. I really love cheese and this is soooooo cheesy. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  51. Cheese makes anything more palatable. Love this series.
    thanks.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  52. I can't wait to read this book!! chettysmom@yahoo.com

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  53. Sounds like something I would enjoy - thanks.
    catslady5ataoldotcom

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  54. I love cheddar and can't wait to read this! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  55. Love your books and thanks for a chance to win.

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  56. Forgot my email
    babemomara@att.net

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  57. I love cozy mysteries and the ones involving foods - I love cheese. thanks much for the chance to win .
    amhengst AT verizon DOT net

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  58. Nice series that has created a need to try new cheeses. Yum! Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  59. Can't wait to read this! I'll be sure to savor every word! So sad that this is the last of the series!
    jenndian at yahoo dot com

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  60. I love this series. And the recipes

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  61. And the winner is, by random number generator,....Margo B. Congrats! I'll be contacting Margo via email! Thanks to all for chiming in! Say cheese.

    ~Avery aka Daryl

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