Let’s head down South for a new installment in the Down South Cafe Series! Gayle Leeson has stopped by to talk to us about her latest book, Honey Baked Homicide. It sounds delightful!
Of course, there is a giveaway with this book so buzz on down and find the Prize Guy!
How did you come up with an idea for your book?
I love honey bees and was saddened by their plight, so I began to research bees and honey. I didn’t realize how crucial bees are to our food supply, nor was I aware of all the benefits of honey. I decided Stu Landon and his honey farm would be a great addition to Amy’s world.
What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?
The dinner party scene. I loved writing the dialogue for all the different characters, particularly, Aunt Bess.
What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?
This is the third book in the Down South Café series, although it can certainly be read as a standalone. The other two books are The Calamity Café and Silence of the Jams. I also have a couple of new series in the works, and readers are still asking for books from my previous series. I have plenty to keep me busy! 😊
If you could write any other genre what would that be?
I enjoy psychological thrillers.
Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?
There are several. Some are included in this blog tour, and some will be on my Facebook page. So keep an eye out!
Where can readers leave reviews of your book?
Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.
About the Book
The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .
It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.
As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation…
About the Author
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.
The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her.
Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is “a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”
Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”
The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.
Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O’Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns.”
Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, “If her debut here is any indication, Lee’s new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character’s personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures.” (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)
I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!
Webpage: http://www.gayleleeson.com http://www.gayletrent.com
Thank you for hosting me today on your lovely blog, Teresa!
Question for Gayle Trent: When you start a new book, do you have all the characters in place and an ending planned, or does it come to you as you write?
Thanks for introducing me to a new series.
I can’t wait to read this book!