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Friday, April 27, 2018

Character Guest Post: CAKE AND PUNISHMENT by Maymee Bell



Good morning, my bookish peeps. As always, it's an honor to welcome guests to the Book Diva's Reads, but this morning instead of a guest author we're welcoming a guest character, Sophia Cummings from the new Southern Cake Baker Mystery series by Maymee Bell. Sit back, relax with your favorite beverage (and might I suggest some cake), and read what Sophia has to say about Sophia.

A Day in the Life of Sophia Cummings

If you were to ask Bitsy, that'd be my mama, why I became a pastry chef, she'd say that it was to make her life all doom and gloom. I'm not going to lie, it was a little satisfying seeing her cringe on the inside when I strategically told her ten years ago in front of her friend at the Rumford Country Club, RCC for short, that I wasn't going to college and heading to pastry school. 

Seriously, you would too if your mama had you call her by her nickname, Bitsy, instead of calling her mom, mama, or mother. Yes. Bitsy is as southern as you can get. 

Now, do you blame me for getting out of our small southern town of Rumford, Kentucky right out of high school? 

Becoming a pastry chef was really a dream of mine. I'd spent the better part of the past ten years going to school and moving up in my industry. Can you imagine my joy and excitement when I hired as the head pastry chef at The Manhattan, the fanciest restaurant in New York City. 

It was all mine. All my creations. Then...he walked in as the head chef. I can't even bring myself to say his name because I swore that after dating him for years and then moving in together and then finding him doing more than cooking food in the kitchen of the Manhattan with the hostess, I'd never let his name cross my lips. 

This was how Bitsy got back into my life. She might be a hard pill to swallow, but she's a southern mama and no matter what, she's loyal to me to the end. With my tail tucked and a couple of weeks off work to get my head on straight, I found myself right back in Rumford where I'd tried to escape ten years ago and in my old bedroom. 

Oh, don't get me wrong, Bitsy definitely dragged me all over Rumford to all her clubs for the first few days. 

"Put on some lipstick and put on some more," she says before we walk out the door. I had to keep up the appearance even though my heart was broken, and I didn't have an ounce of creative baking in me. 

That is until Charlotte, my high school best friend who was getting married over the weekend, cake baker had quit, and she asked me to do her wedding cake. What an honor! I was all over it. 

The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile's body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by and Charlotte was the number one suspect. 

Charlotte can be a bit of a southern pill, but she's not a murderer. I sure hope I can help her figure out who is framing her so her wedding can go off without a hitch and before I head back to my life in New York. 

Besides, I can't wait to get out of Rumford, like I was ten years ago, because Bitsy keeps telling everyone that I'm staying...forever!





Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery


by Maymee Bell

About the Book



Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8


In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend's wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.
Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She's not there a minute before she's charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte's wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile's body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.
With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it's not Emile's. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile's peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

About the Author




Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies - but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the information on "Cake and Punishment" by Maymee Bell and for being part of the book tour. I enjoyed learning about Sophia Cummings and can't wait to read more about her in the book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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