Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How to ignite a new passion!

By: Vera Hart
From: Final Sentence by author Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames)

I’m so excited. My niece Jenna is moving back to Crystal Cove in a few weeks. For the past two years, I’ve been so worried about her. Losing her husband, losing her mother, working those long hours. A young woman in the prime of her life shouldn’t suffer so much. We all do—life happens—but even so, I will try to protect her with every ounce of my breath.

A few weeks ago, I divined something awful happening to her, so I intervened. I invited her to open The Cookbook Nook with me. She’s smart as a whip and so creative. She works as an advertising executive, but I know in her heart of hearts she had hoped to be a renowned artist. She has done some amazing work. I have an oil painting that she did of a dancer twirling on the sandy shore. I imagine it’s the little girl inside her head. From such memories are futures made, no?

I’ve offered her the cottage next to my seaside home. I’ve made it so pretty, with lace curtains and a beautiful brass bed. I think she’ll feel right at home. After she settles in, we’ll set to work on revamping the shop. Well, not revamping. We’ll have to redo the whole thing. Paint, cabinets, the works. Jenna has been emailing me daily with her ideas. I can sense the excitement in her words. She lives in San Francisco, but she belongs in Crystal Cove. She needs to hear the ocean’s roar. She needs to feel the sun on her face. Not too much sun, of course. We’re all sunblock aficionados now.

I’ve got such plans for The Cookbook Nook. We’ll sell cookbooks, of course, by fabulous chefs like Deen, Gartner, and Bourdain. We’ll have a few unique, hard-to-get cookbooks. And I have ordered a number of culinary mysteries. I just learned about them. They’re so delicious. About a food critic, a cheese shop, a coffee shop, a domestic diva that puts Martha Stewart to shame, and so many more. Many include recipes. Jenna suggested that we sell all sorts of kitchen items, as well. She said she saw a culinary bookshop in Virginia that sold adorable salt and pepper shakers, oven mitts, aprons, and children’s ware. What fun.

Ah, yes, there’s a new spring in my step. Nothing like starting a new enterprise at an—ahem—adult age. I feel as young as Jenna right about now.

Have you ever started a new project that ignited your passion?

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Daryl Wood Gerber also writes as Avery Aames, 
author of the Agatha Award-winning,
nationally bestselling CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY SERIES 

The 1st in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series is coming July 2013!!
You can pre-order the book HERE.

The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series is out
You can order the book HERE. 

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  1. Starting a book club certainly did the trick for me. And, I'll be delighted to share your new book with the others. Can't wait until it's out.

  2. Lizzie, what a lovely idea. I'm sure we'll have plenty of book club readers come through our store. They need to eat, right?

    Aunt Vera (for the lovely Ms. Gerber, author)

  3. I'm definitely looking forward to all the new exciting things in Crystal Cove.

  4. Love the name Crystal Cove. Sounds like another great cozy mysteries.

  5. i love reading the 1st book of a new cozy series!!!!
    good luck, Daryl!!!!

  6. I let a friend talk me into setting up my own blog site instead of guesting on other peoples. I might not get a new review up every day but I'm trying for 1 or 2 per week. I love Daryl/Avery's books and just know this one is going to go through the roof.

  7. I am looking forward to reading your story Daryl, the shop does sound like it would be fun to browse it.

  8. I love reading cook books, so this new series will be perfect.