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NEWSLETTER from KAREN ROSE SMITH
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It's Almost Here--Available July 28
 
Facebook Launch Party for DRAPE EXPECTATIONS Tuesday, July 28,
from 7 to 10 P.M. EDT. Giveaways, chat and fun!
Click Here To Visit Karen's Facebook Launch Party Tues., July 28

WHAT'S NEW?

The first three Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mysteries are on sale for a limited time.  Grab them while you can.

I am getting ready for the launch of DRAPE EXPECTATIONS on July 28. I will be doing a book signing at THE READERS CAFE in Hanover, PA on August 8, 2015 from 1-3. In addition, I will have a new Harlequin Special Edition release on July 21. THE COWBOY'S SECRET BABY is the third book in my Mommy Club series and is a Romantic Times Top Pick this month. See more about it below. I will be signing both books at the signing.

I have just turned in Caprice Mystery #5--SILENCE OF THE LAMPS--and can't wait to see that cover. I'm hoping it includes a Tiffany lamp which plays a part in the plot. I'm working on Book #6--SHADES OF WRATH. More about these two mysteries in the months to come.
Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick (4 1/2 Stars)

"It takes one unforgettable night to conceive her son, but Marissa Lopez keps him a secret from his bull-riding father, Ty Conroy. That is, until a career-ending injury brings daddy home to turn her world topsy-turvy--again. Smith's decisive, powerful narrative keeps pages turning while deftly drawing in readers. The inclusion of the philanthropic Mommy Club ups the ante for this beautifully staged, close-knit rural California community. But its the birth of this family that's exceptional." Romantic Times Book Reviews
Pre-order THE COWBOY'S SECRET BABY on Amazon
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I have been making this dessert for years because it is a favorite and friends ask for it (particularly their kids) again and again. It is especially good for picnics, but delicious any time of year. With a homemade puff-pastry base, peanut butter, cream cheese pudding and chocolate fudge topping, how can you go wrong? I hope your family enjoys it too.
 

CREAM PUFF CAKE SUNDAE

 

1 cup water

1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)

1 cup flour

4 eggs

Bring the water and margarine to a low boil. Stir in the flour until it forms a ball. Remove from the heat.

 

COOL SLIGHTLY--about 10 minutes. If you don't let this mixture cool, your eggs will scramble in the dough!

 

Stir in the eggs one at a time after the batter mixture is slightly cool.

 

Slightly grease a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and spread the batter over it.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

COOL COMPLETELY.

 

FILLING

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (melted in microwave--I do it 30 seconds at 1100 watts)


After base pastry is baked and COOLED, then dribble melted peanut butter over it and refrigerate while you make the rest of the filling.

 

2 (3.4 oz. boxes) vanilla instant pudding

3 cups whole milk  (If you use whole milk, the dessert shouldn't get watery if you serve it the next day.)

1 (8 oz.) package softened cream cheese

8 oz. Cool Whip

Hot fudge topping--I use Smuckers. (1/4-1/2 cup melted in microwave for 20-30 seconds--1100 watts--so it's easy to dribble.)
 

In a large mixer bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk until thickened.  Add the softened cream cheese until smooth. (If the cream cheese isn't soft enough, you might get little lumps. But it's still good!) Spread this over the COOLED puff pastry with the peanut butter layer. Top it all with 8 oz. of Cool Whip and refrigerate.  Melt hot fudge topping and drizzle it over the Cool Whip before serving! Feeds a bunch. 

AROUND THE HOUSE...
We've had lots of rain in Pennsylvania this summer so far. The flowers are lusher than I've ever seen them at this time of year. Zinnias, snap dragons, phlox and daisies are blooming and filling our patio and yard with color.
And the cats...

The cats are enjoying their summer by playing and lounging. My BFF housesat and cared for them while we took a trip to visit our son. She did a wonderful job and when we returned home, they all acted as if we hadn't been gone.

Until next time...
 
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AVAILABLE JULY 28!!!

Cozy mystery, Book 4 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

Caprice De Luca's former client and now friend Ace Richland--an 80's rock star--asks her for a favor.  Can she quickly stage his girlfriend's house to sell?  Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him!  Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna's southern charm can be turned on and off at will.  Caprice agrees to stage Alanna's Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace's sake.  But she soon learns Alanna doesn't have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace's comeback.  However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.  
 
As Caprice investigates, she learns Alanna had more secrets than pie safes.  With her Cocker Spaniel Lady by her side, she tracks down clues and adopts Alanna's cat.  In the midst of some of her own family upheaval--her uncle has moved in with her parents--she finds herself with a dilemma.  Grant Weatherford, her brother's law partner, advises Ace and reveals more of his past to her.  Seth Randolph, the doctor she dates, wants her to meet his family.  She must choose between them.
 
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.

 
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GILT BY ASSOCIATION,  the third book in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series is now available in bookstores, as well as with on-line booksellers. 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!
GILT BY ASSOCIATION on Amazon
GILT BY ASSOCIATION on Barnes & Noble
Book 2 in Karen Rose Smith's Caprice De Luca cozy 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.  Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She's dating, she's rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she's decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet's most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she's worried about her pregnant sister. Bella's marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she's decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he's 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 Amazon
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 and starts asking questions, she finds herself in danger. On the way to solving the murder, Caprice's large Italian family helps and hinders. She also finds romance with Dr. Seth Randolph. But does her brother's partner, attorney Grant Weatherford, care about her, too? Or is he just worried she'll get herself killed and her family will blame him?

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 family...in STAGED TO DEATH.
STAGED TO DEATH on Amazon
STAGED TO DEATH on Barnes and Noble
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