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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander



Caught Bread Handed
Author: Ellie Alexander

Book Description:
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakeshop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…

Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary… especially when murder is thrown into the mix.

When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start… and risk getting burned?

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EXCERPT
   
The kitchen was practically spotless with the exception of the spices she was organizing and a bag of almonds waiting to be placed back in the cupboard.

“Truce.” She picked up a bottle of cinnamon sticks. “I have important work to finish here.”

“I see that.”

Mom kept her gaze on the spices. “So how are things going with Carlos here?”

I wasn’t prepared for that question. “Uh. Fine. I think.” I picked up the bag of almonds and walked to the far side of the kitchen.

“He seems very committed to making things work. Do you think he’s going to stay?”

“No.” I clutched the bag. “I mean he can’t. He has to be back on the ship on Monday.”

“I know. I wondered if maybe he was reconsidering.” Mom placed the last jar of spice on the rack.

I returned to the island. “What does that mean?”

“Nothing.” She picked up the rack and slid it back into place on the counter. “I had the impression that maybe he was hoping for something more permanent.”

“He is.” I sighed.

Mom joined me at the island. She reached out and touched my arm. “We don’t have to talk about this now if you don’t want to. I didn’t mean to push.”

“No it’s okay. I’m so confused. Having Carlos here is amazing. Everyone loves him—the staff, customers—everyone.”

“And you?” Mom’s voice was soft.

“And me, but it’s complicated. He’s going back to the ship. I’m here.”

“Juliet, you know that I love having you here, more than anything in the world, but I want you to know that it’s okay to go. If that’s what you want or what you need for your marriage, I understand and I fully support you in whatever choice you make.”

“You’re trying to get rid of me, aren’t you?” I hoped that making a joke would lighten the mood a little.

She smiled. “Guilty as charged. Can you blame me? I can’t compete with my daughter’s world-class culinary talent. It’s not fair.”

“Everything I know I learned from you.”

“Ha!” She threw her head back and laughed. “Hardly. I’ve seen how you wield your pastry knife.”

I laughed with her. It felt good. “Mom, can ask you something?”

“Honey, you know that you can ask me anything.”

I sighed. “Sometimes I feel like everything is spinning around me and I’m just trying to hold on.”

“Technically speaking the world is spinning around you.” She stepped closer and squeezed my arm. “A piece of advice, Juliet, stand in the center and let it spin.”

Before we could continue, the door swung open and Carlos came in. Speak of the devil.

Mom brushed her hands together and took off her apron. “We can talk later,” she whispered. On her way out the door she greeted Carlos with a hug and waved goodbye to both us. “See you bright and early tomorrow!”


About the Author
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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***GIVEAWAY***

 Signed copies of all 4 books in the Bakeshop Mysteries, Cupcake tea towel and pot holder, Love cake topper, Bakeshop page flags, Assortment of gourmet lemonade and Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie mix.
US only.
Ends July 20th
Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.



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23 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

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  2. Looks like a great read. I look forward to reading this!

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  3. Thanks for this awesome giveaway

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  4. I love cozy mysteries and this one seems lyrical and intriguing. I like the chewing and blood references.

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  5. This is on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it!

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  6. Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway.

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  7. Love this giveaway thank you my fingers are crossed

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  8. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  9. Thank you for the excerpt and this delicious giveaway!

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  10. I Love Cozy Mysteries and This Giveaway has that and more Thanks so much for the chance to win

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  11. I love cozy mysteries. They make for a very fun read!

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  12. I am a fan of cozy mysteries and I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks so much for offering it!!

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. This book looks awesome! Love the cover!

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  15. I have been reading more lately and this book, the whole series of them, seem like a good read!!! Can't wait! Thanks

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  18. Love mysteries and the excerpt sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  19. Thanks for the chance. Looks good.

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  20. I enjoyed the excerpt and think I would like this book for my upcoming vacation.

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  21. What a fantastic giveaway. Thank you!

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  22. This looks like a fun read! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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