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Bring Your Own Baker Blitz

Cozy Mystery / Comedy
Date Published: June 20, 2016
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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 into 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 Ben 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.
EXCERPT
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 backwards 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. Apparently, my fast ball 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 knives. 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 my 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?”

 

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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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE- “ONE IN A MILLION” BY JILL SHALVIS

ONE IN A MILLION BY JILL SHALVISBook Description

October 28, 2014
Fans of Susan Andersen, Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery will fall head over heels for New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis‘ Lucky Harbor series.This is the twelfth and final captivating novel, laced with Jill’s trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles…to the tears. It’s that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she’s sworn off love…

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past – and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he’s still paying for his own mistakes? It’s hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there’s something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she – and his son – deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

Want more sexy, fun romance? Return to spellbinding Lucky Harbor or visit Sunshine, Idaho in Jill’s captivating Animal Magnetism series.

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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.
ONE IN A MILLION is a great addition to the Lucky Harbor series, with well-developed characters and storyline. Tanner and Callie make a great couple. Callie is in town to see whether her grandmother Lucille is still in her right mind, or if she needs to be put in a home. She is a wedding planner who was left at the alter. Tanner helps run a charter business with his two friends and partners. Callie likes donuts like I do, and this book made me want to go out and get some. The scene where Callie almost chokes on her donut when Tanner shows up is funny.  Lucille and her crew are still trying to get pictures of the guys shirtless and trying to match Callie and Tanner. Tanner’s teenage son come to live with him takes to Callie right off. Between the donuts and laughter, this is a great read, and I recommend it to everyone. I give ONE IN A MILLION 5/5 stars.
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE- “Cowboy Boots for Christmas: (Cowboy not included) (Burnt Boot, Texas)” BY CAROLYN BROWN

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Publication Date: October 7, 2014
‘Tis the season for…
Feasting
Frolicking
And…Feuding?

All he wants for Christmas is peace and quiet…
After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.

But that’s going to take a miracle…
Callie Brewster must relocate to protect her young nephew, Martin, and the only person she trusts is her old Army friend, Finn. Burnt Boot seems like the perfect place to be anonymous, but it turns out a small town with big drama is no place to hide…

Praise for The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby:
“Featuring a down-home cast of characters that feel more like family than fiction, this story makes for the perfect escape.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

COWBOY BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS is a heartwarming, sweet read. When Callie’s Nephew witnesses a murder she does not want to go into witness protection. She goes to her Army buddy’s ranch. She knows that they will be safe with Finn O’Donnell. Callie has always loved Finn, but while they were in the service they could not be together. Then Finn fell in love with someone. Now Finn is free and could there actually be a chance for them.  Finn finds out while Callie and her nephew are living with him that he is still in love with her. Plus they have to deal with a feud between two of Burnt Boot’s prominent families, which makes for some fun times. Also they adopt so many animals that show up on their doorstep, and take in three kids whose lives are being disrupted  during the holiday season. This is such an endearing read that will have you laughing with the characters in this book. It is so well written and the characters are very likeable. I give this book 5/5 stars. Carolyn Brown hits it out of the ballpark, and I cannot wait until the next book.

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