Kim and I have not met in person, yet. But I still consider her a friend, and I’m excited to have her with us today.
Cake Popped Off by Kim Davis
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Jackie! I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my Halloween-themed book, Cake Popped Off, which is now on sale, with your followers! While I’m not a fan of ghoulish and horror-filled Halloween activities and movies, I do enjoy the cutesier aspect of the holiday. From creative costumes (especially those worn by little kids) to the candies (fun-sized Snickers are my fav) to Halloween-themed food (mummy dogs, anyone?), I’m pulled in and ready to trick-or-treat.
Each of the books I write in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series has several recipes included to fit the theme of the book. In Cake Popped Off, I’ve included recipes that are perfect for Halloween parties or pre-trick-or-treating gatherings. I had a blast researching ideas online and creating dishes to fit the Halloween theme. Included in Cake Popped Off are recipes for Bloodshot Deviled Egg Eyes, Double Dip Jack-O’-Lantern, Graveyard Taco Dip, Chicken Cordon-Boo Casserole, Yummy Mummy Calzones, Poison Apple Cupcakes, Smashed Pumpkin Cupcakes, and more. And, of course, with a title like Cake Popped Off (courtesy of my fellow blogger Lisa Ks Book Reviews) I knew I had to include a recipe for “spirited” adults only cake pops—Poison Apple Cake Pops to be exact—which might have been used as a murder weapon.
If you’d like the recipe for the Poison Apple Cupcakes, hop over to my blog for a printable copy: https://cinnamonsugarandalittlebitofmurder.com/poison-apple-cocktail-cupcakes/
When it came time for my cover designer to go to work on the cover, we found we couldn’t find cake pops on stock photo sites that would readily work. So, I remade the cake pops from my book recipe, photographed them, and my cover designer used those instead. But what I thought really made the cover cute, is my grand-puppy, Piper, with her witch’s hat. Piper also shares a role in the story with my protagonist, Emory, as she tries to find out who killed the Bavarian barmaid.
Happy Halloween, everyone! And as a special treat, Cake Popped Off is on sale through October 31st.
What it’s about:
Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth?
With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in-law’s name. As Emory starts asking questions and tracking down the identity of the costumed guests, she finds reasons to suspect her brother-in-law has been hiding a guilty secret. Her search leads her to a web of blackmail and betrayal amongst the posh setting of the local country club crowd. Can Emory sift through the lies she’s being told and find the killer? She’ll need to step up her investigation before another victim is sent to the great pumpkin patch in the sky.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kim.
Friends, here are the purchase links:
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3UTESMC
Apple Books: https://apple.co/3SNvcBf
Rakuten Kobo: https://bit.ly/3CnKtn8