With the help of Wickedly Innocent Promotions, the second book in the Dandelion Romantic Mystery series was on tour in January. We had a great time and I can’t thank all the participants enough for graciously spotlighting and taking the time to review the book. Here are some links to just a few of them!
Many thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement.
Dandelion Police Sergeant Nina Markov has never been happier since meeting FBI Special Agent Michael Hanson. However, a fairy tale ending for the pair doesn’t seem to be in the cards, as time is running out in her quest to find Russian mobster, Pavel Ivanovich—the man who has stolen a priceless family heirloom.
When Nina’s carefully lain trap for him catches his underling instead, she realizes that her only chance is to make him fall in love with her and then use him to reach Pavel.
For a recipe this convoluted, Nina is going to need the assistance of cupcake baker and misguided matchmaker, Pearl Waterman.
In the second book of the Dandelion Romantic Mystery series, Nina has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her promises, retrieve the last connection to her family, and try not to lose the only man she’s ever loved in the process.
Pearl Waterman, co-owner of the My My Cupcake bakery, believes that if she knows anything, its love and cupcakes. So when her matchmaking ability is challenged, she agrees to an outlandishly risky bet. Equipped with overconfidence and a healthy dose of delusion, she sets out to prove her matchmaking abilities by finding Becky Adams the love of her life.
Using twenty-first century technology with her nineteenth century romantic sensibilities, Pearl lands in the middle of a very real FBI investigation led by Special Agent Michael Hanson. Hanson is so desperate to resurrect his career that he accepts a no-win case with two wayward young agents. As the crime spree gains momentum, his chance of succeeding hinges on enlisting the help of a beautiful and smart police sergeant with an agenda of her own.
Live any length of time and you’ll quickly discover that there are professionals and amateurs. This fact is immediately apparent if you if you attempt to rewire your house; spend a couple hours at your local Pine Knot Elementary Orchestra Christmas Holiday Concert; or try to deal with that nagging toothache.
Baking also falls in this category. As Morris will attest, neither of us are starving; however, when it comes to desserts, I defer to the professionals. Some risks are just not worth taking.
When I started drafting Undercover–the first of the Matchmake Pearl Romantic Mysteries–I was telling my sister that I needed to talk to true professionals. She smiled with that twinkle in her eye that I’ve come to associate with liability insurance and stitches. Yet, this was serious business: a book was on the line, people. So, with my usual disclaimer, “Mom’s going to be mad if you get me hurt,” I got in to the car. Destination: Sequim, Washington.
Located sixty-eight miles northwest of Seattle, Sequim is a tiny town that lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Although it is known as the “Lavender Capital of North America,” more important, for my purposes, it is home to That Takes the Cake bakery. The 2013 winner of Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington’s Best Cake category. That Takes the Cake is something special.
Owners, Paul and Sue Boucher, are not only amazing bakers, but tremendously generous with their time and knowledge. They don’t scare easily–a critical skill for bakers. Sue didn’t blink when two strangers showed up in the doorway asking for the inside scoop on what it was like to run a bakery. My notes were pretty sketchy as we delved into side stories and eating cupcakes. It was a great research trip.
I would encourage everyone to do their own “research” trip to That Takes the Cake. As a seasoned veteran, I can say that there’s no bad cupcake, but there is a reason why Sergeant Nina Markov’s favorite cupcake is the peanut butter cup.