Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book review with a giveaway and recipes: Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by Naomi Miller


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About the Book  

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies. Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem. But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers. Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

My Review
This book is a quick, light read.  Even so, it left me wanting to spend more time in a small town with businesses called The Sweet Shop, The Coffee Cup, and Irish Blessings.

Katie, the main character, is industrious, caring, and full of good ideas, and in a cozy mystery fashion, you'll find yourself saying, "Awwww," as the mystery is solved and relationships are formed or strengthened.

It seemed as if the dialog was strained at the beginning, but it improved as the story went on.  Also, the print in the book was large, which may take some readers by surprise.  But the cover is adorable!

If you like Amish fiction and love a happy ending, then this book is for you.  If you need a quick pick-me-up read, you'll enjoy this one!

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the Author

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance! Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually. Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

Guest Post from Naomi Miller

Hello! I’m Naomi Miller — and I’m honored to be featured on Celebrate Lit!

I want to share with you how the title and cover for my debut book, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, was chosen. This is a story I haven’t shared with anyone else — yet. The story behind the blueberry cupcake…

I was actually writing an Amish suspense novel last winter, when God placed it on my heart to write a shorter story — a cozy mystery, with no suspense, no danger, but plenty of faith, family, compassion and community.

While thinking of the best way to begin the story, my daughter made a batch of blueberry cupcakes, which happen to be one of my favorite treats. Of course, the idea to use a favorite treat was too good to resist. Then, during the early days of writing, I began experimenting with the idea of baking cupcakes — but adding blueberries before baking. Two favorite treats in one!

And there you have it . . . once we had a picture of a blueberry cupcake, the designer quickly sent back a cover I fell in love with (although there were a few more tweaks before the final cover was approved).

I actually began writing many years ago — 1990 to be exact. But I had just become a single mom and I didn’t have time to pursue it. I wrote notes, letters, articles, short stories, and I occasionally thought about a career as a novelist, but not once did I consider that dream to ever become a reality.

Several years ago, after my children were grown, my daughter challenged me to write a novel. I began a sweet, Amish fiction story about a young girl—but about halfway into the story, someone was almost murdered! Needless to say, I was surprised, but kept going. Once done, I went back to the beginning to do a major re-write on what was now an Amish suspense novel.

And that’s . . . the rest of the story.

I’m also excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes  

Blueberry Cupcakes:

Ingredients  
1 white or yellow cake mix 
2 cups fresh blueberries 
3 eggs 
1/3 cup oil 
1 1/3 cup water

Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.  

Icing:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar 
2 tbsp. milk 
additional milk as needed  

Directions Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Blog Stops

August 23:  A Baker's Perspective
August 24: cherylbbookblog
August 25: A Greater Yes
August 25: A Holland Reads
August 25: Mary Hake
August 26: Gypsy Road
August 27: Bigreadersite
August 28: Lighthouse Academy
August 28: Book Babble
August 29: Karilyn Putt
August 31: Quiet Quilter
September 1: Just Commonly
September 3: Bukwurmzzz
September 4: Ashley’s Bookshelf
September 4: just the write escape

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a20c

4 comments:

  1. I am very anxious to read this book. Thanks for sharing!
    Connie
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  2. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for being a part of the blog tour & sharing! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  3. This looks like a Great Book Both of them do Thanks for sharing on your blog

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I love that you left comments!

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