Guest Post with Giveaway ~ For Cheddar Or Worse by Avery Aames


16 Random Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

  1. I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
  2. I hitchhiked around Ireland and England by myself.
  3. I love to swim, ski, golf, and walk.
  4. I love to sing.  I sing very loudly when I’m in my car with the radio on.  With the radio off, too.
  5. I’ve been known to sing and dance on stage.  And enjoy it.
  6. I make a mean margarita.  It’s my mother’s recipe.
  7. I love wine and ice cream and dark chocolate, not all mixed together.
  8. I graduated Stanford and still feel pretty stupid because everyone I went to school with was a super-brain.  I’m smart, but there are times… And I can’t tell you how many people have asked me why I didn’t do “more” with my life because of my college pedigree.  Rude, don’t you think?  Note:  I went to college to become a teacher.
  9. I moved to Los Angeles in the spring of my senior year of college to try to be an actress.
  10. I always wanted to write, but I had a seventh grade teacher who told me that my writing stunk.  And then I had a teacher in college who said my writing was average.  Guess I’m on a learning curve.
  11. I fell in love with my husband, but he didn’t want to get married, so I rented my condo to him and I moved across the country to N.Y where I tried my hand (and feet) at making it on Broadway.  I made great strides and got close.  I did well in the television and commercial fields, but I never got my chance on Broadway.  I then returned to Los Angeles because that’s where my husband was, and I knew he was destined to be part of my life.  We married after four years of dating.  I was very patient. He will always be the love of my life.
  12. I went on a survival backpacking trip for three weeks and learned how to not only survive the wilderness but how to survive being with a unique (can you spell WEIRD?) mixture of people.  I learned to rappel on that trip. Rappelling is the controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope.
  13. My first published novel was a work-for-hire, meaning the publisher came up with the theme. I wrote every word and came up with every story. But the publisher owns the rights to the series. Do you know which one?
  14. I love listening to symphony or Latin music when I write.
  15. I love dogs!!!! And cats. And birds. Oh, and children. Love them!
  16. I love reading thrillers and suspense novels and mysteries of all kinds. You probably knew that. But did you know that I read my mother’s set of Nancy Drew Mysteries (37 books) in one week when I was sick with the measles?  


What random thing should I know about you?


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Publisher: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425273326
ISBN-13: 978-0425273326
ASIN: B00X593CK8
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In the new Cheese Shop Mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of As Gouda as Dead, an extra-sharp tongued cheese critic is cut down during a summer cheese festival.

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.

Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.


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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of For Cheddar or Worse to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on February 17th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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averyAvery Aames, author of A Cheese Shop Mystery for Berkley Prime Crime, is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber. Daryl created the format for the popular sitcom, "Out of this World" and has won awards for her screenplays. She also writes short stories and suspense novels. Not one to simply read and cook, she tends to look for adventure. She has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself and she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.



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Cheese Shop Mystery

Cookbook Nook Mystery
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  1. One of my favorite hobbies is photography.   

  2. Linda Kuzminczuk says:

    I helped Dean Koontz win a lawsuit against two sisters for plagarism of his book Phantoms and was featured in a newspaper article about it in the Asbury Park Press and mentioned in the New York Times…my own 15 minutes of fame.

  3. People think I'm outgoing but honestly, it's only with people I know. The big thing to know about me is that I love reading, writing, and I'm finding switching genres intimidating. Not because I don't love it, because I love it so much, I don't want to get it wrong. Lol

  4. Della Williamson says:

    Great post!  Gutsy.  I could never do half that stuff.  I have been assured that skydiving is great fun.  But not for me.  Would really like to get this book so I am hoping.  Have to tell you though.  Every time I see that title it comes out: For Cheddar or Wurst.  

    • Della, really? Where does it come out like that?  That's sort of funny!  Wurst goes with cheddar.  πŸ˜‰


      ~ Avery aka Daryl

      • Della Williamson says:

        Brautwurst and cheddar was a fav of us kids  My Dad served in for Army and was stationed in Germany.  He brought them home with him.  He said they were best cooked with beer and served with a beer sauce.  Which was great actually.  But us kids started using 'wurst' all the time.  We had a habit of mispronouncing things.  Or punning.  Turned anything that came up into a joke.  My Dad said every cloud has it's silver lining.  Humor is an attitude.  One your Mom hasn't developed.  MY Mom was the eternal pessimist.  Where my Dad was the eternal optimist.  They balanced each other out.  But sometimes I wondered why did they ever get married.  Mom would get so irritated with "that Pollyanna" attitude. Dad would just laugh.  No denying their bond.  But still.  I would wonder.  Guess that's why I like cozy titles so.

  5. Kathleen Costa says:

    Thank you for a marvelous "Did You Know…" list. I think the one thing I gleaned from your list is you didn't let anyone stop you from doing what makes you happy…including rockin' out in the car! Many can't say that, but you can. I enjoy The Cheese Shop Mystery series looking forward to the new book. Thanks…

  6. Barbara Hawk says:

    Awesome! Such a interesting life. A little known fact about me… I had a poem published in The Register when I was in the sixth grade.

  7. What random thing(s) should you know about me, hmmm……when I get a new book I feel the same euphoria that many women feel when buying a new pair of shoes.  I hate my cable company;  and I can't have my watch and nightgown on at the same time for some reason. 

    Thanks for sharing all of those random facts about yourself. It was very entertaining. ( :

  8. Elaine Klingbeil says:

    I'm glad you are writing books rather than doing "more" with your college degree. You are doing so much more than a lot of people do.

    Something about me? A few years ago I was looking for a geocache. I found it, but it was up in a tree. I was this 59 year old grandmother up in a tree! I was very happy no one was coming along while I was in the tree. Geocaching takes you places you never knew were there!

    • Okay, Elaine, I'm at a loss. What is a geocache? I love that you were up a tree!  πŸ™‚  And thanks for the pat on the back. I'm glad I get to entertain people with my writing.


      ~Avery aka Daryl

      • Elaine Klingbeil says:

        Geocaching is finding hidden containers, using a GPS. People hide them all over the world. There website is The containers can be very tiny and only have room for a tiny piece of paper rolled up in them. Or they can be large, like an old army ammo container. When you find a geocache, you sign the paper in it to show you were there and then put it back right where you found it. The grandkids like the larger containers because then there might be fun things in it that they can trade something for. I think this game really got started around the year 2000. I even found a geocache in Romania when I was there this fall. And I have found them in at least 15 states. Sometimes the geocaches are themed, like one I found was a pencil one so you were supposed to bring a pencil and trade for a different pencil. (I took a Christmas one. I don't remember what the one was that I left.) Another one was a necktie trade one. It's pretty fun, especially if you have someone that will go with you. My husband thinks it is a dumb game. But my Mom has been a very good sport when she goes with me. But mostly I have done them alone. Sorry I made this so long.

  9. Love your random facts, Daryl!  I do know the answer to #13 and could have guessed #15!  πŸ™‚

    Random thing about me?  Hmmm….I'm a very uninteresting person – lol!  Well, I discovered Agatha Christie books during my sophomore year of high school.  A girlfriend and I decided that we were going to choose one book or author from every letter of the alphabet to read that year.  When I got to "C" I picked Crooked House (a mere coincidence that both author and title were"C"s) by Agatha Christie, loved it, and never looked back!  πŸ™‚

  10. Joanne Kocourek says:

    Daryl, I love the random thing idea. I've decided to share  2 very different "things:: First, I love and collect teddy bears. My FAVORITE bear was given to me the Mother's Day after our son was placed in our arms headed to his/our forever family/home. It has a ceramic necklace whih says, "Tied to my heart by adoption and love:! Second, I am a published author. Unrelated to my favorite genre (cozy mysteries). My publications are all related to caring for medically fragile/technology dependent children with severe, rare diseases, service dog and as a co-author on numerous research finding in medical journals.

    • Joanne, I am in AWE.  I think it is so noble to adopt a child. That you have a bear representing that love is simply special!  As for your writing, that, too, has me in awe. What a unique and wonderful gift you have to know how to address these dire medical issues. Thank you for sharing!


      ~Avery aka Daryl

  11. Gloria Walshver says:

    I heard about the book on Facebook would love to read it.

  12. Thank you for a chance to win the book.

  13. OK, first just let me say: I am absolutely fascinating (just ask my grandchildren), but you leave me in the dust. I adore all the things "I didn't know about you" and envy you most of your experiences.  I have done or would do most of them.  Maybe not the hiking around alone.  I am completely confident in myself and skills.  Can't think of a thing I am really afraid of.  Don't want to be in a room with a poisonous snake, but really, come on, who does?  Just think with the state of the world today, hiking alone, probably not.  Now, back to the question: I have two undergraduate and two graduate degrees. Got the first one in 3 years and took 20 years going to school at night  for the other 3 (no online classes back in the "old days").   Have taught everything from the little dudes to university age students (15 years).  Have lived in IL., IN., MO., AK, and FL. Have traveled to every continent except Antarctica.   For the past 25 years have owned a national Executive Recruiting firm.  That means I've gotten a lot of people jobs.  OK, I've got it.  The most interesting thing is that I have worked straight commission, no base salary, for over 25 years.  Not many people can say that.  Love your work.  Hope I win.  Keep up the great work and realize your 7th grade teacher and the one in college did not know a thing about you!

    • Kay, thank you for sharing. I'm in awe of people who can find other people jobs. Can you help my nephew? He's a manager of a lacrosse store, but I know he would like something that offers a better future!  πŸ™‚  

      Every continent? Again, in awe!  And yes, I don't want to be in a room with a poisonous snake OR ANY SNAKE for that matter. I don't like snakes. Maybe that's why I'm in love with Indiana Jones.  πŸ™‚

      Best, Avery aka Daryl

  14. Amber Kuehn says:

    I absolutely love the cheese shop  and cookbook nook mysteries-I just got a notice from the library that "For Cheddar or Worse" is waiting for me to be picked up!

  15. Carol Brown says:

    I love your books.   I love dogs. I collect teddy bears; I still have my first one, given to me by my grandmother when I was born; he is still in pretty good shape, although I bent his nose to one side when I was very young, and he had to have his original eyes replaced years ago. When my parents retired over 30 years ago, my mother took classes to learn how to make teddy bears, and every year for 15 or 20 years, she made me at least two a year–one for my birthday and one for Christmas. She made a bride and groom pair for her two grandsons and their wives as wedding gifts, as well as having made some for the grandsons (my nephews) when they were young and other people as well. Those weddings were 13 years ago, and they were among the last she made, since arthritis in her hands made her have to stop. Okay, so this turns out to be more about my mother than me, but it's something you didn't know!


  16. I have always wanted to go to Ireland.  I have not wanted to jump out of an airplane.  My husband has done it and loves it.  He wants me to go watch him jump, but I can't even do that.

  17. Vicki Highley says:

    I love reading. Both of my parents were always reading. My dad introduced me to Edgar Rice Burroughs and left me his complete Tarzan series and all of the other series he wrote. My bought me my first Nancy Drew books, which I still have. 


  18. Antonette Nyman says:

    I love doing crafts when I am not reading.  When I was young I used to go to the library and start at A and just randomly pick a book, read then go to next letter.  Not always liked, but still read.   With your life you should write your own story.

  19. Sharon Lovering says:

    I'm an editor and a black belt. And I love mysteries, cats, cheese, and chocolate.


  20. Wow you are even more amazing than I thought. One random thing about me, I came to cozies in a weird way. I used to read everything, especially non-fiction and retained all of it. I have or had a photographic memory. When I was diagnosed with m/s the worst possible thing in the world happened to me. It effected my cognitive abilities. I could not read anything. One of my friends kept telling me about reading food mysteries. I could not understand what she meant. I tried romance but could just never get into them. She finally explained what she meant and I found cozies. They saved me. I now read a book every 2 nights and am even reviewing them. I do not know what I would do without them. Thanks to  you and the other amazing cozy authors my cognitive abilities are always getting a bit better. Well at least with reading, lol. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  21. I wanted to be a nail technician, was really good at it, but I have a thing against feet. I couldn't do it. I fell in love with reading at a very young age, when I first learned to read I never quit. My mom was a big supporter of my love of reading until I quit doing anything else so she would ground me from my books every so often. 

  22. Ruth Nixon says:

    I'm 81 still work part time and I've had a library card since 1941, I read 180 books las year

  23. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    This has been such a fun series and I have had the honor of reading each one of the books by Avery.   i look forward to all of her next series as well.   Would be a big treat to becoome the recipient of this giveaway.

    Thank you so much.


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