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Hi readers! I'm so pleased to be able to share with you the sale on my first four Caprice De Luca mysteries. DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, the mystery preceding SILENCE OF THE LAMPS, is on special for $1.99. You can take advantage of this office to catch up with Caprice, then enjoy her latest adventure in SILENCE OF THE LAMPS on its April 26th release date. Join my launch party for SILENCE OF THE LAMPS on Facebook on my KarenRoseSmithBooks page from 7-10 p.m. on April 26th. There will be prizes every fifteen minutes, chat and fun.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Also check at the bottom of this newsletter for a special giveaway just for my newsletter subscribers.  And don't miss my weekly giveaways on my Facebook author page (link below next to WHAT'S NEW.)


My new release, SILENCE OF THE LAMPS (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery, Book 5), will be released on April 26th. Our rescued cat Halo is in this book. I even kept her name! Join in on the fun at my launch party on April 26th from 7-10 p.m. on my KarenRoseSmithBooks Facebook page.

I'm finishing two projects. I'm editing LEMON TEA CAKE MURDER, the first book in my Daisy's Tea Garden series. To better picture descriptions, I've made a collage of her barn house and drawn up the floor plans. As release date aproaches next spring, I will share elements of the mystery and pictures of her surroundings with you. At the present time, I am readying the sequel to my Search For Love book HER SISTER for publication. I plan to have THE WEDDING PROMISE, Book 8 in the Search For Love series, available in e-book and print in June. It will also be available in audiobook later in the summer.  

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The dessert recipe I developed for SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is Nikki's version of carrot cake.  I've included the recipe below as a special sneak peek for my newsletter subscribers. I hope you like it. My friends, neighbors and family enjoyed taste-testing this recipe!
Nikki's Carrot Surprise Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour 9 x 13 inch pan
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and orange zest in a large mixer bowl.  To that mixture add sugar, oil and eggs.  Beat on medium speed for about one minute until well-mixed.  Then fold in carrots, pineapple, walnuts and coconut until completely blended. 

Pour into 9 x 13" greased and floured cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.  After the cake is iced, refrigerate until you are ready to serve it.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 box (1 pound) Confectioners Sugar
Beat softened butter with softened cream cheese until smooth.  Add vanilla and orange zest.  Blend in Confectioners Sugar and beat until smooth and spreadable. Frost the cake and refrigerate until you are ready to serve it.
Since I enjoy gardening, I started geraniums, impatiens and heirloom tomatoes in our basement. As you can see the impatiens have really taken off. The tomatoes have sprouted, and I hope to produce enough plants for our garden, as well as our friends and family. We're trying raised beds this year, and I'll let you know how they work out!   
And the cats...

Our inside fur babies are busy watching birds and enjoying the occasional open window on a warmer day. When the temperatures drop (we've had see-sawing weather in PA), they cuddle in the throws with us...or each other. 

Our trail camera catches the parade of night and day visitors, but Bonnie and Clyde are the most frequent visitors. They are attached to each other and don't trust us yet. We usually see them twice a day for hearty Fancy Feast meals. I hope throughout the summer they'll realize they can trust us.

In DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, my Sleuth Caprice adopts a white Persian cat name Mirabelle. In this newsletter, I'm giving away a locket depicting a white Persian cat to one lucky newsletter subscriber.  Click on the button below to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Until next time...
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Cozy mystery, Book 5 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

Business has never been better for Caprice, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possible get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--Before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next.

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DRAPE EXPECTATIONS has been selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2015” books in the Cozy Mystery category. 
Cozy mystery, Book 4 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

As Caprice investigates the murder of Alanna Goodwin, fiance of former client and now friend Ace Richland--an 80's rock star, she discovers the Southern beauty had more secrets than pie safes.   Danger stalks Caprice.  Will her refresher self-defense course save her life?  Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.

DRAPE EXPECTATIONS on Barnes and Noble
GILT BY ASSOCIATION,  Book 3 in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series. GILT BY ASSOCIATION has a Valentine's Day theme. Caprice De Luca's latest house staging is all about hearts, flowers, lace and chintz since Valentine's Day is around the corner. She never expects her client to be murdered in the greenhouse the day of the open house!
Book 2 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series.
Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder.  When Bella's former flame is found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit.
DEADLY DECOR on Barnes and Noble
Cozy mystery, Book 1 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

Caprice DeLuca stages houses for high-end clients. When she discovers a body in the castle-mansion she staged to sell, she starts asking questions to solve the murder. Enjoy solving the mystery with Caprice, cook along with her, see her find homes for the stray animals she protects, be a part of the De Luca STAGED TO DEATH.
STAGED TO DEATH on Barnes and Noble
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