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Help yourself to a cupcake and help me welcome Jenn to Cozy Wednesday. Seems her characters got a little out of control.
When I sat down to write Red Velvet Revenge, I knew it was time for my cupcake bakers, Mel and Angie, to face one of life’s greatest challenges – summer in Arizona.
When the mercury creeps up and hovers around 114 day after day, when you lose half your body weight in sweat just walking from the parking lot to the grocery store, when the bottom layers of your flip-flops melt to the sidewalk because you’re not moving fast enough, that is summer in the desert and it is not for the weak.
As I wrote the opening scene, however, my characters ganged up on me. Angie, Mel, Marty, Oz, and Tate would not speak to me if I made them sweat out the summer in Scottsdale. Still, I refused to change the setting. I was the boss, right? Yeah, right.
They clammed up. They were giving me what every author dreads – the silent treatment. I tried to negotiate. They were having none of it if it involved a summer in the city. When I asked them what they expected, they declared they were acquiring a cupcake van and were going to a rodeo. Huh? No way! I refused to write it, but they badgered and they haggled, they wailed and they whined. I won’t tell you who the biggest whiner was, but let’s just say he’s not known for his thick head of hair.
Sometimes an author has no choice but to rise to the challenge presented to them and so finally, after some pouting of my own, I agreed. With a newly tricked out cupcake van, we were off. Having lived in Arizona for the past twenty years, there aren’t many corners of this state that I haven’t visited. The town of JuniperPass mentioned in Red Velvet Revenge is of my own invention but it’s inspired by some of my favorite spots — Prescott, Jerome and Greer to name just a few.
Don’t tell my characters that I said so, because I don’t want them to get too bossy, but they were right. A vacation out of Scottsdale was a great idea and a rodeo, which celebrates the history and lore of the cowboy, was a fun way to escape the heat. Unfortunately, we were just beginning to enjoy ourselves when we had a run in with the “Bubbas”, a pair of barbecue butt-heads, and then our friend Slim Hazard got shot. But the vacation didn’t really take a downward turn until our buddy Oz had a face off with a runaway bull and the star of the rodeo Ty Stokes, that ego-maniacal bull rider, was murdered.
So much for the cupcake crew’s restful respite from the heat. I tried to tell them I had nothing to do with it, especially when Angie blasted me with her most fearsome stink eye. But as I pointed out to them, what’s a vacation without a little murder and mayhem?
Thanks so much for letting me visit today, Lori. It’s always a pleasure. Yee haw!
Thank you Jenn for stopping by! I hope you will come back soon!!
About This Author
Jenn McKinlay is the NYT bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover’s Mysteries. She also writes under the names Lucy Lawrence and Josie Belle. Check out her website. Find Jenn on Facebook and Twitter Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter.
Red Velvet Revenge
(Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Jeff Fitz-Maurice
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Fairy Tale Cupcakes is hitting the road and headed for a rodeo! Off to sell their cupcakes to some cowpokes sounds like fun, but this is not the getaway any of them had in mind. Hang on tight the ride is wild!
I have warned you before and it is still true. You will crave cupcakes while reading this marvelous mystery so be sure to have some handy. That was the case with every book in this series!
Jenn has whipped up another delectable treat for our reading pleasure. The Arizona heat has hit the midwest this summer though we never hit the 114 degrees the characters suffered in this story. My grandma always said that our heat is worse because we have high humidity and Arizona has dry heat 🙂 I enjoyed this story comforted by nonstop air conditioning but I am glad their heat drove them north for the rodeo. All the characters shined in the new setting. You can’t go wrong when you match cowboys and cupcakes with murder and mayhem.
Oz again was my favorite character. You won’t believe what he does with his new cupcake creations. There were also a few unexpected surprises with a couple of other characters. Jenn adds the perfect amount of humor and romance to her mysteries.
I do think this is the best book in this series. I was sad when it ended. The author has included some wonderful recipes to help us bide our time.
Again she gives us just a tasty tidbit of the next book in the series. I can’t wait to take a big bite of Going, Going, Ganache coming April 2, 2013 from Berkley Prime Crime. It is already available to pre-order from Amazon.com.
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