Monday, October 15, 2018

Giveaway!


I'm giving away a copy of Curses, Boiled Again on CD! Just head over to my Facebook page and comment with your favorite thing about fall.  I'll choose a winner on October 18. US and CAN only, please.  Good luck!
https://www.facebook.com/sharirandallauthor/

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Discussion Questions for Curses, Boiled Again!


I love book clubs! It's so much fun to talk books, especially when you can snack on good food and sip wine while doing so. Here are a few questions about Curses, Boiled Again! to get your book discussion off to a good start.


1) Two sets of sisters (Allie and Lorel and Juliet and Contessa) are central to the story, and in both pairs, there was sometimes friction - or worse.  Why do you think the sister bond is so complicated, in the story and in real life? Are you more of an Allie or a Lorel? 

2) Female friendships play an important role in the story. How do the relationships between Allie and Verity, Aunt Gully and Aggie, and others move the story forward?

3) Allie recognizes that “Juliet” is Contessa when she sees her ear, recognizes her dancing, and identifies her as the murderer when she sees the burning Food Festival pass. When did you know whodunnit? Who else did you suspect and why?

4) Kahunas and the Lazy Mermaid serve two very different approaches to a classic New England dish - the lobster roll. Whose lobster roll would you rather try? Do you tend to enjoy tried and true or updated or fusion twists on the culinary specialties of your region?

5) Discuss what we learn about characters from their cars, like Verity’s “Tank” or Ernie’s beloved sports car. Whose vehicle would you like to take for a spin?

6) Were you surprised to learn that Aunt Gully knew Rio long before the food festival? How did that relationship change or increase your understanding of either character?

7) Some reviewers have said the theme of the story is resilience. Which characters do you find most resilient?

8) Which characters do you most hope to see return in the sequels and why?

Feel free to add your own discussion questions in the comments! Happy reading!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Curses, Boiled Again! Is Available on Audio!

Thrilled to share that Curses, Boiled Again, the first of my Lobster Shack Mystery series, is now available on audio! If you check it out, be sure to let me know what you think. Big thanks to the folks at Tantor Media and the wonderful narrator, Tiffany Morgan. The other books will be available on audio soon.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Connecticut Author Trail 2018

I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the Connecticut Author Trail and visiting my "stop" was so much fun.
The wonderful librarians at the Saxton B. Little Library in Columbia, Connecticut invited me to speak a bit about mysteries, my writing journey, and the things that have inspired me. The best part was being able to chat with fellow mystery readers and I had a chance to do that while munching the delicious treats that the library had provided.
The Trail wraps up with a stop at the Mohegan Sun Casino Cabaret Theater on September 20. The event kicks off with a talk by best-selling author Amy Bloom at 6:30 p.m. and signings from all the authors who have been on the trail will follow. Stop by and say hello!



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Event Calendar

Please stop by and say hello! I'll be signing my latest Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw!



Sunday, August 6, 1-3 PM
Bank Square Books Signing
53 W. Main Street
Mystic, CT 
860- 536-3795


Tuesday, August 7, 6:30 PM
Connecticut Author Trail appearance
Saxton B. Little Library
319 Route 87
Columbia, CT 06237


Sunday, August 12, 2-5 PM
Barnes and Noble Signing
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
703-278-0300



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.