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Bring Your Own Baker
by D.E. Haggerty


Bring Your Own Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 2)
Cozy Mystery
Self Published
Print Length: 166 pages
Publication Date: June 20, 2016


Anna just wants to earn enough money on the side to buy into the bakery, Callie’s Cakes, where she works together with her best nerd pal, Callie. The last thing she expects to see when she walks into Arthur’s apartment to do some moonlighting is a blood bath. Callie’s ready to jump into the investigation of Arthur’s murder, and she’s bringing another bakery worker, Kristie, into their hijinks whether Kristie wants to or not. But things aren’t as they seem. There are gang affiliations, illegal gambling dens, and ladies of the night to wade through. Will Anna and Callie discover who murdered Arthur, or will Callie’s detective boyfriend and Anna’s self-appointed protector put a stop to such aspirations?

Come join us at Callie’s Cakes, where murder investigations are on the menu, but make sure to bring your own baker, because Anna’s a bit preoccupied at the moment.

Warning: This is NOT your mom’s cozy mystery. Bring Your Own Baker may be a ‘clean’ read, but if gangs, illegal gambling, and pimps make you turn your nose up at your e-reader, you might want to skip this one. Although you’ll be missing some sizzling chemistry between Anna and her protector. Not to mention a whole bunch of witty dialogue.




I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.


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Bring Your Own Baker
Book #2 in the Death by Cupcake Series
D.E. Haggerty

Excerpt 1
I grasp the weapon in my hand and throw it with all my might at him. The weapon makes a ‘tee-hee’ sound as it hits his stomach.
“Did you just throw a Pillsbury dough boy at me?” His voice carries a hint of humor. The Pillsbury dough boy was probably not the best item to grab from the kitchen to use as a weapon. Obviously, I’m totally losing it.
I inch backward into the kitchen searching for a more appropriate weapon. Dag nab it! The knives are way over on the other side. I have no choice. Without taking my eyes of the man, I grab a perfectly formed and probably fricking delicious muffin from the tin and throw it at the intruder. It seems my fastball needs some work as he just catches the muffin as if I merely lobbed it in his direction. He smiles and, not bothering with the paper liner, takes a huge bite.
“Mmmm…,” he groans around a mouthful. “This is really good.”
“Seriously?” I throw my arms in the air before planting my hands on my hips. “If you want my muffins, just come to the bakery. You don’t have to break in.” Uh oh, I nearly forgot that he broke in. I start backing up again, getting ever closer to those knives.
The man’s eyes narrow as he notices me shuffling my way towards the potential weapons. He stalks me and, when he’s only an arm’s length away, reaches around me and grabs the knife block. He keeps his eyes steady on me as he places the block on top of the refrigerator. Somewhere I can only reach if I get out my step ladder.
“Who are you? And what are you doing here?” I may be terrified and my voice may stutter a bit, but I’m not backing down. Not. One. Bit.
“You’re a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”
“Who you calling little?” Apparently, I have no regard for my safety at all as I’m now goading an intruder.
The man chuckles. His smile shows a perfect set of teeth. Huh, not exactly what I expected from Mr. Piercings and Tattoos. “For a pink-haired pixie, you sure aren’t afraid, are you?”
Excerpt 2
I look up to discover a man standing in front of my door with his arms crossed over his chest. His hair, or what’s left of it, is greasy and slicked into a comb-over that clearly indicates how vain the man is. He’s wearing a suit that’s shinier than the silver twinkles Callie insisted I buy for the Christmas cupcakes last year. Sweet honeydew! The man looks like a mobster. His appearance at my place can only be the result of one thing – Arthur. Was Arthur involved with the mob as well? I didn’t even know there was a mob presence in our town.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I mumble as I stand. I shake my head at the man before walking to the kitchen and opening the freezer. This calls for emergency measures. I push the ice cream pints out of my way until my hand lands on gold – a bottle of vodka. I twist the cap off and take a swig. It burns, but I manage not to cough – too hard. I shut the freezer door and turn to the man who followed me into the
kitchen. “Alright, I’m ready now. What do you want?”
The man chuckles. “You are not what I expected.”
“No?” I raise an eyebrow. “You’re not what I expected either. In fact,” I take another swig, “I didn’t expect you at all.”
“Maybe you should slow down with that,” he says and tries to take the bottle from me.
I hug the bottle near. “Don’t. You. Dare.” I sneer at him, and he backs off with his arms raised. He’s still chuckling, though, and I throw him the evil eye. Now he starts to laugh out loud.
“Well shoot, if I had known what fun you would be, I would have visited Arthur to meet you.” I knew it! He’s here about Arthur. Good gracious. What was that man doing with his life?
“Who are you? Some mob boss or something?”
He tilts his head back and barks out a laugh before answering. “No, babe, I’m a facilitator.”
I raise an eyebrow at his deliberately vague response. “What is it exactly that you facilitate?”
He shrugs. “I help people to take risks in their lives.”
I roll my eyes. “You’re a bookie.”
“And you’re just as smart as I thought you’d be.” I don’t like those words. I’m pretty sure I’d shiver or something if my whole body weren’t starting to turn numb from the vodka. Oh yeah, the vodka. I release my death grip on the bottle and put it back in the freezer.
Excerpt 3
“Apparently, I’m smart and could take over Arthur’s ‘position’. Oh, and I’m beautiful.” I snort again because really? The bookie must be in dire need of someone to play poker for him if he’s calling me beautiful.
“You are beautiful,” Logan whispers. Before I can snort again, he places a hand over my nose and mouth. “Baby, how can you not know you’re beautiful?”
My eyes widen at his question. “You’re serious?” At his nod, I continue. “Because I’m a pink-haired pixie. No one thinks a pixie’s beautiful.”
Logan’s grin is wicked. “I always thought Tinker Bell was hot.”
I huff. “Tinker Bell’s a fairy, not a pixie.”
“Pixie, fairy, whatever.” He shrugs. “Hot,” he mumbles as his lips find mine. He wastes no time in sticking his tongue down my throat but then abruptly stops. He licks his lips. “Have you been drinking?”
“Vodka.” I nod.
“Vodka doesn’t taste like coconut.”
“It does if it comes out of my freezer,” I tell him with no uncertainty.
He rolls his eyes at me. “You’re a nut.”
“Technically coconut is a fruit, not a nut,” I clarify.
Excerpt 4
Logan grabs my wrist as I’m about to face-plant on my bed. He pulls and twists, turning my body towards him. Before I have a chance to ask him what in the world he’s doing, his lips are on mine. There’s nothing gentle about this kiss. It’s desperate and possessive all in one. I hang on for the ride. Before I realize what’s happening, I’m lying on the bed with Logan over me. He releases my lips but keeps me trapped by his own body on top of mine.
“I’ve been dying to do that all night,” he whispers as he closes his eyes and buries his head in the joint connecting my neck and shoulder.
“I’m keeping this dress,” I proclaim.
Logan chuckles. “Babe, the dress is hot and you were scorching in it, but you always turn me on, even dressed in your cupcake pajamas.”
I roll my eyes and huff. “Whatever.”
“Now.” He sits back on his heels while pulling me up so that my back is leaning against the headboard. “Fill me in on what happened in the hallway.”
There’s a knock on the door before I have a chance to open my mouth, probably because it’s taking me a while to form thoughts with Logan’s hard muscles on full display. When did he lose his shirt? Logan immediately jumps off the bed and stalks to the bedroom door. “Stay here,” he orders as he leaves. Yeah right, that won’t be happening.
Excerpt 5
Ben obviously doesn’t need any further explanation. “Yeah,” he nods. “I can pick her up. Meet you at a neutral location.”
“I hope you don’t think you’re going to meet with her without me.” I point to myself. “Because that ain’t happening.”
“Pixie girl,” Logan starts, but I cut him off.
“Don’t you dare ‘pixie girl’ me! I’m…” Callie clears her throat – loudly. I roll my eyes. “We’re the ones that found this clue. You can’t shut us out.” My grin turns evil. “Besides, she’s obviously scared of her own shadow. She’s going to be terrified by Giant Bear Detective and Gang Banger Hipster.”
Logan’s mouth twitches. “Did you just call me a hipster?”
I roll my eyes. “I was just trying to soften the whole gang banger thing.”
Ben chuckles. “Well, at least you’re not a Giant Bear.”
Logan shakes his head at Ben. “Dude, a hipster?”


About Kym

Kym is a Homeschooling mom, that loves to travel, read and drink copious amounts of tea.

Guest Post by Lauren Carr, Candidate for Murder Spotlight

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Guest Post by Lauren Carr,  Candidate for Murder SpotlightCandidate for Murder by Lauren Carr
Published by Acorn Book Services on June 16th 2016
Series: Mac Faraday Mystery #12
Pages: 436
Genres: Mystery
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It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

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How to Kill Thy Neighbor Without Getting Arrested…or Sued
By Lauren Carr

I can say with confidence that every time I make a new acquaintance who discovers that I write murder mysteries, they are bound at some point to shoot me a worried expression and ask, “Do you ever kill anyone you know in your books?”

I will reply quite honestly, “Yes.”

That’s why I have no friends.

I don’t always kill people I know. Sometimes I kill absolute strangers. Sometimes I make people who tick me off killers. Or sometimes I’ll make them just plain so nasty that everyone sees them for the evil villain they truly are.

promo3However, as anyone who is not living under a rock will tell you, and me, and any writer, to blatantly write someone you know into a book can be a litigiously dangerous operation. More than once, people have successfully sued authors after successfully proving that a negative character in their work of fiction was based on them.

For this article, I am addressing the use of real people and situation from the artistic, not legal, point of view. What writer is not inspired by the things, people, places, and circumstances around them? If you make all those things off limits for fear of being sued, then you’re turning off the faucet for an abundance of material to draw upon.

Real people and situations in fiction should contribute to making a good read the way ingredients bring together a delightful recipe. Say you’re making a smoothie. You’re halfway through and you spy baloney in the fridge and decide that’ll make a good addition. Your smoothie isn’t going to be very tasty, is it? In fiction, when you decide to use something or someone from your real life, you need to make sure it’s going to be a good fit with the rest of the elements in your book—that it’ll blend in well.

For example, in my first Mac Faraday mystery, It’s Murder, My Son, Mac’s half-brother, David O’Callaghan is an officer with Spencer’s police department. In the original draft, David’s partner and childhood friend gets David fired by betraying him to the police chief. Days later, the supposed friend gets a promotion that David had been up for.

That betrayal happened to me. I was intimate with the pain and fury of being betrayed not just by a co-worker, but someone who I considered a very good friend who less than a week later ended up with a promotion that I had been a candidate for. That was what I wanted to bring across for the character of David.

The character who perpetuated the deed bore only a very slight resemblance to the real-life culprit. I had already created the character of David’s friend before deciding to use the betrayal in my plot as a catalyst for bringing Mac Faraday into the investigation. I incorporated some of the real-life culprit’s traits, which were necessary to make that character capable of such an act, but not the person as a whole. Most of the differences between the real-life incident and the way it went down in the book were necessary in order to make it work within the plot.

In other words, I chopped up the real life incident, used what I needed, and threw away the rest.

As It’s Murder, My Son was revised and rewritten, David’s disloyal partner changed repeatedly until in the final product, Travis Turner was not a police officer, but a best-selling mystery author and the motive for his treachery was not to get a job promotion. The only real-life parts that remained were the act of betrayal and the self-serving nature of the perpetrator.

Vote4GnarlyReaders may notice some slightly recognizable political figures in my latest Mac Faraday mystery, Candidate for Murder, in which Gnarly, Mac’s German shepherd, enters the race for Spencer’s mayor. Since this was a small town campaign, then it was not realistic for me to pluck presidential candidates—name, position, and all—and plop them into my mystery.

One, it would have been legal suicide to make Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton murder suspects in my novel. While I would have gotten a ton of publicity, I would have had my pants sued off and probably ended up in jail when one of them got elected president.

Two, as a writer, the story and plotline came first. As with the back-stabbing friend in It’s Murder, My Son, I had to analyze and mold them to fit in with my plot. That’s one of the things that I love about character development. With Candidate for Murder, I did a lot of armchair psychological analysis.
But don’t make the mistake of identifying and concluding that how these characters turn out in Candidate for Murder is my opinion of the real life candidate who inspired them. Note that these characters and the various issues and circumstances that arise during the plot have only inspired the events in the book.

As I had done with the self-serving frienemy in It’s Murder, My Son, I dissected and tossed out those characteristics that didn’t work for me and kept the rest.
Sigh. If only voters could do that with real-life politicians.


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About Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


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Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick

Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick

Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance ErlickRegina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick
Published by Finlee Augare Books on May 15th 2015
Series: Regina Shen #2
Pages: 240
Genres: Dystopian
Format: Paperback
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After two years of training, outcast Regina Shen prepares to jump the barrier wall into the World Federation to hunt for her sister, but nothing goes according to plan. The Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls.

For two years she avoided capture. Now the Federation is desperate to exploit her unique DNA in order to prevent human extinction. She would rather die than help the people who kidnapped her sister. The Federation’s notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past, and pursues Regina for her genome. Now Demarco has a ruthless rival who aims to capture Regina as a means to overthrow Demarco.

Regina has survived by her wits on swampy islands and salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books not available in the Federation. Her photographic (eidetic) memory, access to these books, and an amazing teacher just may help her reach the university town in the Federation where they’re holding her sister. Pursued by Antiquities, Regina jumps the wall into the Federation.

While making new friends and enemies, she must use her wits to avoid letting either of two rival inspectors capture her. Can she rescue her sister from an obvious trap?

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The Second book is just as good as the first and keeps you in the edge of your seat the whole time. I am really enjoying this series a lot and highly recommend it to any one who loved YA Dystopian like I do. You really get more into the characters and the world Regina Shen lives in. Lance Erlick is a fantastic writer and storyteller.


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About Lance Erlick

He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.


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Kym is a Homeschooling mom, that loves to travel, read and drink copious amounts of tea.

Book Release: No Substitute for Motives by Carolyn J. Rose

Book Release: No Substitute for Motives by Carolyn J. Rose

Book Release: No Substitute for Motives by Carolyn J. RoseNo Substitute for Motives by Carolyn J. Rose
Published by Carolyn J. Rose on May 11, 2016
Pages: 237 pages
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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While Barbara Reed’s drug-cop boyfriend is away, her life spins out of control. Dave’s daughter shifts to drama-queen overdrive, Cheese Puff hits new levels of canine entitlement, and Barb’s overbearing sister demands help with a mid-life makeover. To complicate matters, things go missing from the high school, and a plot surfaces to close the city pool.

Then things get worse—Barb’s neighbor is accused of killing a retired mobster known as Big Shiny. When she was Las Vegas showgirl royalty, Muriel Ballantine steered clear of the vicious thug. She insists she didn’t recognize him when she rented the stage at a remote inn to practice her dance routine for a reality show.

Barb is certain someone framed Mrs. B—perhaps Glorree Morning, a high-kicking competitor from back in the day. When the investigation stalls and Mrs. B is placed on house arrest, Barb decides it’s time to color outside the legal lines.

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About Carolyn J. Rose

Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking.


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Kym is a Homeschooling mom, that loves to travel, read and drink copious amounts of tea.

Review: Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann

Review: Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann

Review: Decanting a Murder by Nadine NettmannDecanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann
Published by Midnight Ink on May 8, 2016
Series: A Sommelier Mystery
Pages: 264
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Format: eARC
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ISBN: 978-0738748504

Katie Stillwell focuses on two things in her life: work and practicing for her Sommelier Certification with her blind tasting group. The exam was supposed to be the hardest part of her week, but that was before a body was found at an exclusive Napa Valley winery party.

When all the evidence points to Katie’s best friend, the outspoken and independent Tessa, Katie drops everything to clear Tessa’s name. Using her deductive wine skills, she tries to track down the real killer. But when repeated attempts are made on her life, Katie discovers that everyone’s secrets must be uncorked―including her own.

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I am not much of a drinker but I do enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, nothing as fancy as what’s in the book but then again I really don’t know much about wine. The little tidbits about wine through out the book were informative and fun. I really liked the pairings at the head of the chapters.

The story isn’t particularly fast paced but it’s steady and keeps you engaged from start to finish. The characters are mostly likable, which I know may not sound like a compliment on the face of it, but all too often characters in cozies are too perfect, even their flaws are perfect if that makes any sense. That’s not the case with the characters in this story they do have a bit of that perfect going on but it’s meant to be a false, try too hard perfect that I thought was brought across well. The mystery is good and keeps you guessing. I thought I had it figured out and I did mostly but was surprised. I think anyone who reads a lot of mysteries would appreciate this, since sometimes it can be very easy to tell who the guilty person is.

Overall I enjoyed this story, it’s well written and engaging, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys wine and cozy mysteries or if you don’t like wine, look what I found wine inspired tea by Republic of Tea. I haven’t tried any of it yet, but I will be for sure. I am sure it will pair perfectly with the next installment of the Sommelier Mystery series. If you try any of them please be sure to come back and tell me what you thought, especially if you try the ice tea, since I am not a huge ice tea fan I don’t think I would be such a fair judge.


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About Nadine Nettmann

NADINE NETTMANNNadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.


About Kym

Kym is a Homeschooling mom, that loves to travel, read and drink copious amounts of tea.