Darby Adams has a full, happy life with a successful Bed and Breakfast Inn called 'The Brass Lamplighter', her teen-age son, Matt, and a menagerie of stray pets she oversees. Then a guest is found dead in one of her rooms, murdered, stabbed to death. Suddenly she becomes Driftwood Shores' number one suspect. With her world spiraling out of control, she desperately needs a friend.
The surviving family wants answers so they hire new-in-town private investigator Sam Golden to unquestionably prove her guilt. Busy with his own rebellious, disobedient teen daughter, Madison, Sam still takes the case. He begins in a dual role; in the guise of a much needed friend for Darby yet still searching for the evidence needed to send her to prison.
Then strange things start happening at the B & B--scary things. Darby leans on Sam's friendship and he has to seriously question her guilt or innocence, Until feelings start to develop between them in the heat of the mysteries. Until the day arrives that Sam has to tell her the truth.
One more threat comes, rocking both Darby and Sam's worlds. Reeling from Sam's confession, Darby knows she has to trust him one more time to survive this latest, biggest challenge. But can she ever trust him with her heart?
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Here's the recipe---easy, easy, easy and oh, so good!
I love my slow cooker. I have two of them and use both constantly. In July 1999, I had tired of canned soup and decided I could make my own in the slow cooker. So after studying the list of ingredients in the canned, condensed versions and some trial and error, I came up with this great slow cooker recipe I still use routinely today.
CROCK POT VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP
1/2 to 3/4 lb. stew meat, chopped into small pieces.
1 can mixed vegetables or 2 cups fresh chopped or frozen mixed vegs
1 1/2 C beef broth (can use 1 15 oz can if preferred)
2 handfuls of uncooked barley
1 cube beef bullion
salt and pepper to taste (opt)
1. Roll beef chunks into flour and brown in skillet with small amount butter or oil
2. Toss all ingredients into slow cooker, stir well, cover and cook on LOW for minimum 6-7 hours.
*The appeal of this recipe is the flexibility. Prep time is less than 15 minutes and I have left it on low for 8-9 hours when I used bigger beef chunks and slightly larger meat chunks and frozen vegetables.
With my soup and Kindle in hand, I'm all set for a great December read!
Here's an excerpt from When Clouds Gather...
“I hadn't noticed Mr. Wilson come downstairs yet so I went to check. I thought he was gone for the day and I had just missed him. The window was open . . . which I thought was unusual . . .” She paused, wrapping the blanket even tighter, burrowing into it. Her eyes swept the porch, normally a familiar, comfortable space but not now. She noticed only the sea birds screaming in the distance and wind blowing the chimes.
“And?” Rollings prompted, pen paused again.
“And I closed the window. I turned around and saw . . . I mean . . . there he was. He was . . . dead.” She gagged, teeth chattering, getting the word out finally, feeling the bile churning in her stomach.
“His hands were curled around the handle of that . . . of that big knife,” she finished, squeezing her eyes closed against the memory. Of the blood, of his eyes.
As if he were cued, Deputy Gilford thumped out to them, slamming the door and skidding to a halt, holding a huge kitchen knife encased in a clear plastic bag labeled 'evidence'.
Darby glanced over as the deputy held it up and out like some trophy prize and felt her stomach revolting violently. She was going to be sick.
“Sheriff, here's the murder weapon,” Gilford announced. “The ME just removed it from the body.”
“Murder?” Darby's eyebrows shot up in alarm. She felt her eyes growing round as new waves of cold fear washed over her. “You think he was murdered?” She turned to Rollings.
The sheriff glanced at the knife then back to Darby, his expression etched in stone. “Is that your knife, Ms. Adams?”
Thanks for joining me today Ryan Jo!
Here's a bit on Ryan Jo---
Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina writer who always had an affection for books. She first took pencil to paper at age ten and wrote her debut children's story, with illustrations. After that came numerous short stories and eventually she found her niche in writing romance novels with a twist, blended with various threads of different sub-genres.
When not writing, Ryan Jo likes to spend time with her host of pets and hang out with friends. She loves going to the national forest near her home and gains much inspiration from her visits there. She enjoys baking, cooking, houseplants and painting. She paints ceramics, canvas and cartoons. She likes to bake challenging recipes and write poetry for the challenge and therapy. When time allows, she likes to read other author's books.
You can connect with her by clicking on the links below.
WHISPERS IN HER HEART--November 2012 Black Lyon Publishing
SHIMMERS OF STARDUST--September 2014 Soul Mate Publishing
WHEN CLOUDS GATHER--November 2014 Soul Mate Publishing