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Here’s Kim Davis and a Halloween Treat

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:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gfWCx0

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3UTESMC

Apple Books: https://apple.co/3SNvcBf

Rakuten Kobo: https://bit.ly/3CnKtn8

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Cozy Mystery Author Kim Davis

I’m delighted to introduce you to another cozy mystery author, Kim Davis.

Kim Davis

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Jackie! I’m celebrating my new release, cozy mystery Framed and Frosted, along with settling into having a new puppy in our home. While we doggie-sit our grand-doggie, Piper, several times a year (note: Piper is the dog model for my Cupcake Catering Mysteries covers) she’s now six years old and has a comfortable routine that works for me being able to sit at my computer and get work done. Now that we have Missy, a four-month-old mini Goldendoodle, I find that I’m chasing her around to keep her out of trouble almost all day long. My fitbit will attest to that fact! When I do find a moment for myself (i.e. she decides to take a nap) too many other chores and responsibilities crowd out my writing and blogging time. I also had a grand vision of Missy curling up next to me each evening while I read (generally to catch up on books to review for my blog) and sip a glass of wine… boy was I delusional, lol! It seems to be her super active time and by the time she crashes for the night, so do I.

That said, Missy is a treasured part of our home and as I was finishing up final edits for Framed and Frosted, I decided I just had to make Missy a part of the story and have her continue on in the series alongside Piper. It was too late to add her to the cover but I’m already dreaming up ways to include both Piper and Missy in the design, along with ways for them to keep my protagonist cupcake caterer Emory out of trouble! Now to only find the time to get those dreams down onto paper 😊

How adorable is Missy? And she’s grown so much.

Framed and Frosted, the third book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, finds cupcake caterer, Emory Martinez, working at a Laguna Beach society Fourth of July soiree, with her sister and their new employee, Sal. With a host who seems intent on accosting both catering employees and guests alike, things go from bad to worse when he accuses Sal of murdering his long-dead son.

As the crescendo of exploding fireworks overhead becomes the backdrop for cupcakes and champagne, a deadly murder occurs. Can Sal and Emory explain why the cupcake the host ate, after shoving a trayful of buttercream-frosted cupcakes onto Sal, resulted in his death? Or will the detective and guests alike believe that Sal is a murderer? Emory and her octogenarian employer, Tillie, whip into action to find out who framed Sal after he was frosted by the victim.

Includes recipes!

Friends, you can find Kim on her website and other forms of social media. https://kimdavisauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kim-Davis-Author-1532277473479031

https://t.co/H79DalpNwk?amp=1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20202599.Kim_Davis

Kim, thanks so much for taking time to visit with us today.