When Gemma Halliday Publishing invited me to participate in a new mystery series, Danger Cove, I was ecstatic. The idea that six of us would create characters in ONE town was very exciting. I was giddy with the possibilities.
I immediately knew I wanted to create a bakery. Well, for a few moments, I considered a used bookstore with lots of charm and quirk, but I love food way too much to pass up this opportunity, so Cinnamon Sugar Bakery was born. It’s weird too, because I’m not a huge baker. I like to decorate and eat the items more than I like measuring flour and sugar, and I won’t even use my oven if it’s not an absolute necessity from June through August because of the temperature. lol But this still appealed to me.
Now that the first book has been written, I’m even happier. Not because it’s over. (Okay, well, maybe just a little.) But now I get to share Cinnamon Sugar Bakery, its new owner, Riley Spencer, and everyone in Riley’s life—from her sexy Grams, BFF Tara, and her cute friend-slash-childhood crush, Jared. And of course, the coastal town of Danger Cove.
Death by Scones is available now.
Someone’s about to get their just desserts.
Riley Spencer is officially the new owner of the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery in the small town of Danger Cove. She’s excited about the grand re-opening, but when she learns a hoax letter went out to the residents of Danger Cove informing them of free baked goods, she panics and does the only thing she can—quickly sets out plates of muffins, cupcakes, and cookie bars. Crisis seems to be averted…until the body of local recluse Nathan Dearborn is found in the bakery bathroom. The cause of death: peanut allergy.
Riley’s certain not a single item made with nuts left her kitchen, but no one believes her, least of all the police. To save her bakery and her reputation, Riley is determined to figure out who brought in the fatal pastry. With support from her best friend, Tara, and her long-time crush, Jared, Riley discovers secrets from Nathan’s past that make her question if his death was truly an accident or something more sinister. With suspects galore, the police breathing down her neck, a love life in turmoil, and a bonanza of baked goods, Riley has her work cut out for her catching a killer…before he strikes again!
Quilt designs are sort of like manuscript ideas. By the time I finish a project, I have ideas for a dozen more with elements from the original one.
Primary WIP(s) for the month
- Finish second draft of Tree of Life and Death (Danger Cove Quilting Mystery #2)
- Work on new Secret Project
Status of other WIP(s)
- A Dozer of Death (Helen Binney #4), stuck in the middle of second draft
- Monkey Wrench in the Works (quilt appraiser short story), first draft done
- Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (Danger Cove Quilting Mystery #3), outlined
- A Dojo of Death (Helen #5), cogitating
- A Display of Death (Helen #6), cogitating
- A Stinkin’ Plot (mystery set on garlic farm), complete
- Rhubarb Pie Before You Die (garlic farm #2), cogitating
- One Cat For The Road (Crazy Cat Lady series, post-apocalyptic setting), done
- Two Cats Are Better Than One (Crazy Cat Lady series), third draft done
- Three’s A Clowder (Crazy Cat Lady series), cogitating
- Four Cat Night (Cat Lady series), cogitating
- Arresting Amelia (vague idea for mystery set at general aviation airport)
- Victoria and the Vapors (homage to Sherlock Holmes), brainstorming