Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Perfect Summer Dessert - Pavlova



Time for a sweet treat. I love desserts and this is one my friends who are gluten intolerant can enjoy, too. It’s called a pavlova, in honor of the great ballerina, Anna Pavlova. It makes a delicious sweet base that’s perfect with any kind of summer fruit. The best part is that it looks fancy but the ingredients are all ones you probably have in your kitchen already.

Pavlova

4 egg whites
1 cup sugar (superfine is best but you can use what you have)
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp almond extract
½ tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp cornstarch
Preheat oven to 200 degrees



Use hand mixer to beat egg whites until soft peaks appear

Add sugar and lemon zest until stiff peaks appear
Add almond extract and beat until stiff peaks appear - really stiff. Make sure it clings to the beaters.
Fold in cream of tartar and cornstarch

Spread mixture onto nonstick parchment paper in a 8-9 inch circle. Make a dip in the middle – that’s where your fruit and cream will go when it’s baked.

Bake about 90 minutes then allow to cool in oven. It will be crisp on the outside - a little bit brown at the edges is okay - and soft and marshmallowy inside.


Now the fun part - fill the dip with any fruit and whipped cream you like. Slice and enjoy!
Full disclosure: I used a stunt baker, my daughter Charlotte, who is a baker extraordinaire. She recommends candied lemon peel and blueberries for the fruit topping and I have to agree it's delicious.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cover Reveal!

Once again the artists at St. Martin's have put together a fabulous cover for Allie Larkin and the crew at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. The story's a bit darker than Book One - you'll have to let me know what you think when the book comes out on July 31, 2018.


If you'd like to preorder, please click here.
Thanks for visiting! See you at the Lazy Mermaid!
Praise for Curses, Boiled Again!

"Delightful! A fun whodunit full of New England coastal charm and characters who feel like friends. Warm humor, a delectable plot, and clever sleuthing will keep you turning the pages." - Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

"Randall's first in her brand-new Lobster Shack Mystery series is a delicious cozy with deadly outcomes and plenty of probably culprits....The quaint, fictional Connecticut village and snappy title set the perfect scene, while the good flow and tight Murder She Wrote-type storyline keep the pages turning until the bombshell ending. - RT Reviews

"Suspenseful and entertaining! Left me longing to visit the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack - even though I'm allergic to crustaceans!" - Donna Andrews, author of the Meg Langslow series

"As richly layered as a real Connecticut lobster roll." - Liz Mugavero, author of the Cat About Town series

"Curses, it's over already! Shari Randall introduces a lively cast of characters who had me dancing through this book. Allie Larkin charmed me with her sense of humor when faced with a heartbreaking injury. The climactic scene was like nothing I've ever read or seen and I loved it!" - Sherry Harris, author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Many thanks to everyone who came out to my book signing and launch party and panel. Now I know what it feels like to be a "celebrated" author!

Reviews are rolling in and I'm thrilled - and relieved - that they've been great. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my little book baby and posted an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. It's a small thing, but every time you post a review, tell your friends about a book, or request that your library carry an author's book, it helps keep that book alive.

I'm a people person, so although I love creating my world of Mystic Bay and the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack, feedback is priceless. What am I saying, human contact is priceless, so stop by my Facebook page and say hello!

But now the parties are over and it's time to go back into writer mode. I'll emerge from writer's jail this spring, blinking into the sun, with Book Three winging off to my editor.

And I forgot to mention Book Two of the Lobster Shack Mystery Series, Against the Claw, will be published this summer! Here's a look at the cover - it's a hoot! Click to visit its Amazon page and get a taste of what's next for Allie and the crew at the Lazy Mermaid.

Thank you for making my dreams come true,
xoxo
Shari


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Please join me at my book launch!
 
What a kick it is to see my book - and photo! - on a display at the library where I used to work. Thank you to my partner in crime, Susan D, and all the wonderful library staff at Kingstowne Library in Alexandria, Virginia. You are the best.

You can join me and the Sisters in Crime Donna Andrews and Sherry Harris at the Kingstowne Community Library for a panel discussion and the launch of my first book in the Lobster Shack mystery series CURSES, BOILED AGAIN!

What a kick to see a link to my event on the library's event page!

Library Events - January 29, 2018

Category: Author Event

Debuts and Deadlines

Solving the publishing puzzle with Sisters in Crime authors Donna Andrews, Sherry Harris, and Shari Randall. Join the authors as they discuss their publishing journeys and celebrate the debut of Randall's ...

Date:  Monday, January 29, 2018
Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Kingstowne Meeting Room, Kingstowne Library



Thank you to my friends at Kingstowne for hosting and supporting my book release.  Please come - there will be treats!