Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Featured Author: D.E. Haggerty

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D.E. Haggerty!!!

Book title: Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker

Book Series: Death by Cupcake

Genre: Mystery

Content: Clean Read

Published: April 11, 2016

Word count: 45,278

A mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense.

Callie’s life is rather awesome. She owns a successful bakery and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coaster adventure. Cupcakes not included.

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Anna starts to fiddle with the lock, but it’s pretty clear she has no idea what she’s doing. My heart nearly jumps out of my chest when I hear the door behind me open. “What are you doing?”
I turn to stare at the man yelling at us and nearly fall down the stairs in surprise. He’s tall, way taller than Ben, although the kitten heels he’s wearing probably add several inches to his already impressive height. He’s wearing a pink flowered silk robe and his hair is in a hair net. Is that mascara he’s wearing?
I start to apologize for bothering him and take the first step down the stairs, but Anna interrupts my escape attempt.
Oh thank goodness, you’re home.” She smiles up at him and flutters her lashes. “We’re in a bit of a jam.”
The neighbor crosses his arms over his chest causing the robe to drape open. His chest is completely hairless. I look down to see he’s wearing woman’s underwear. And not just some simple underwear from the local department store. This is the good silk and lace stuff. That can’t be cheap.
Richard Wagner reportedly liked to wear women’s underwear made of silk and satin.” I can’t seem to help myself from blurting out random facts when I’m nervous.
He ignores me and demands, “What’s going on?” in a voice that makes it clear that although he may enjoy wearing woman’s clothing, he’s definitely a man who won’t be putting up with silly females.
We’re at our wit’s end,” Anna says as she saunters up to him. Never one to acknowledge another’s personal space, she’s nearly rubbing up against him. With their difference in height, Anna’s chest is nearly aligned with the neighbor’s manly parts. I start to worry about the effect, if any, having Anna’s female attributes in such close quarters will have on the man’s underwear. “We’re trying to notify all of Dolly’s friends about the funeral, but those stupid police took her phone. We have no idea how to find her friends now.”
The man leans away from Anna and relaxes a tiny bit. “You’re friends of Dolly? I haven’t seen you around here before.”
We know her from work,” I pipe up.
He raises an eyebrow at me and then proceeds to very obviously check out my assets. A smile lights up his face. “Yeah, I can see you working at Club Bristol.” He looks down at Anna and smirks. “But this little pink-haired one isn’t exactly the type.”
I nearly swallow my tongue and manage to stop myself from asking what Club Bristol is. He needs to think we work there as he obviously doesn’t know about Dolly’s job as a pole dancing instructor. Anna is much quicker on the uptake than me. “I work behind the scenes,” she says. “You know costume design and that sort of thing.” Does she actually know what Club Bristol is? Or is she guessing?
The neighbor nods as if it makes sense. I can only hope it does. “Sorry, I can’t help you. I don’t have a key to Dolly’s place.” He scoots back into his apartment. “I need to get some sleep. I had a late shift last night.” I wonder what kind of work he does. “Good luck.” And with that, he shuts his door, and I hear the lock click as well.

About D.E. Haggerty

I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.

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D.E. Haggerty
  1. Can you tell us a little about your books?
I started out writing a bit of everything; from military suspense to historical fiction. I’ve pretty much settled into writing (cozy) mysteries – for the moment. My cozies are a bit different than your everyday cozy mystery. I add a lot of laughs and some outrageous situations because laughter really is the best medicine; even when (or should I say especially) when faced with having to solve a murder.
  1. For someone who hasn't read any of you books yet, which one would you suggest they read first?
I’m going to have to go with Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem. It’s my first cozy mystery and the start of the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series. I think it gives readers a good impression of what my mysteries are all about.
  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block? What do you do to overcome it?
Unfortunately, every writer experiences writer’s block. I’ve learned that there’s really only one way to deal with it: Just. Keep. Writing. If you’re stuck on your manuscript, work on a blog post or a guest article. Even outlining new story ideas will oftentimes get the writing wheels turning again.
  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Normally, I work with a plot description and pages and pages of ideas I’ve scribbled into a journal. For my current project, the second book in the Death by Cupcake series, I just started writing. I’m currently at 20,000 words and I’m still not really sure who committed the murder. I have a few ideas, but…
  1. Do you have a favorite spot to write?
I’m really one of those writers who treats writing like a job. I have an office set up in my house and I write there most mornings of the week (I don’t pay attention to weekends as my hubby works shift). I love the view from my office. There are several floor-length windows that look out onto the sea. Nothing better than watching the day slowly dawn across the water.
  1. Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?
COFFEE. Whoops! Did I scream that? Yeah, I really, really need coffee in the morning. I try really hard not to eat at my desk. It’s a bad habit and one I’m trying to rid myself of.
  1. Do you listen to music while you write?
Totally. Except for Sunday mornings (which is weird since Turkey is a Muslim country), it’s not quiet living in Istanbul – one of the largest cities in the world – even though we live on the edge of the city and as far away from the hustle and bustle as possible.
  1. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
You mean I’m not a super-hero now? Darn. I’d want a ton of powers. First of all, strength and stamina because I’m middle-aged now and those things start to go down fast. Flying would be totally cool as well. My hubby’s always posting his ‘office views’ on Facebook and since he’s a pilot the pictures are always awesome panoramas. If I could fly, I could totally make him jealous. Oh, can I have awesome vision as well? I’ve worn bottle-coke glasses since the age of 7 (before that I ran into walls and my mom thought I was the klutziest kid ever). Thank goodness for technology that has invented thin lenses (and no I don’t qualify for laser surgery).
  1. What are writing projects are you currently working on?
I just published Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker, which is the first of three books I have planned in the Death by Cupcake series. I’m working hard on the second book, currently titled Bring Your Own Baker, as well as plotting the third book as I go along.

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