Blog Tour With Daphne Martin by Gayle Trent

Killer Wedding CakeYum! Smell that chocolate pound cake baking! It’s a tier of my wedding cake. The cake is going to be five tiers, and I’m alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla pound cake. You see, my niece and nephew, Leslie and Lucas—they’re twins, you know—absolutely love chocolate. Then again, who doesn’t, right? But that’s why my kitchen smells like chocolate today.

Yesterday, the house smelled like vanilla cake combined with chocolate chip cookies. I made the cookies for the Save-A-Buck. Since the grocery store doesn’t have a bakery, I supply cakes, cookies, brownies, and sometimes pies for the store to sell on consignment.

Given the bakery items I sell at the Save-A-Buck as well as my regular cake orders, you can understand how vital my oven is to my livelihood and what a panic I was in when it stopped working the other day. Fortunately, I was able to use my neighbor Myra’s oven—and later my sister’s oven—to get my required baking done. And I was also lucky that the problem was just the heating element—a relatively inexpensive and simple fix.

Having the oven break down would be a stressor for any baker. But I’m not known for doing anything halfway. Why have simply one stressor when you can pile those things up like falling dominoes and steamroll straight toward a total meltdown?

Prior to the oven quitting on me, my sister and two friends staged a wedding cake intervention to force me into finally choosing a design I felt both Ben—my groom-to-be—and I would enjoy. Granted, he’d left all the wedding plans up to me while he planned the honeymoon, but I wanted him to be happy with everything.

The intervention party and I had chosen the “perfect cake,” and I was eager to get started on it after making some brownies for the Save-A-Buck. That’s when I realized my oven wasn’t working. I took the brownies to Myra’s house, came back home, and found my previously-incarcerated ex-husband standing in my kitchen. I realize that stress and anxiety is common for brides, but this is getting ridiculous!


You can read more about Daphne in Killer Wedding Cake, the fifth book in the “Daphne Martin” mystery series, published by Grace Abraham. The first book in the series is Battered to Death.

About Killer Wedding Cake

Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 21 for the chance to win a kindle version of Killer Wedding Cake. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the GayleTEmbroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. You can visit Gayle at www.gayletrent.com, on Facebook, on Twitter or on Pinterest.

50 responses to “Blog Tour With Daphne Martin by Gayle Trent

  1. Barbara Landrum

    This sounds looks interesting.

  2. Killer Wedding Cake sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  3. This looks like a must read. There must be humor along with excitement. Would love to win a copy.

  4. This looks very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Marilyn Watson

    I sense a little humor with the mystery…sounds great..
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  6. Can’t wait to read this!

  7. Just what you need when things are going wrong – an X who just got out of jail!!!

  8. jane chizmar

    This series sounds like fun.

  9. Yum! This one should be a real tasty treat — and another author I have yet to read.

  10. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds like a fun read

  11. Thanks for thw giveaways. This cozy looks delicious. Nothing like wedding drama.

  12. Looking forward to reading this book in the series. Remembering the hectic time around my wedding will allow me to relive this period of my life. Thanks so much for the review. robeader53@yahoo.com

  13. Barbara Hackel

    I read this within days of the release, and I must say Gayle, it was the best Daphne Martin book yet! Without giving anything away, I was pleased to be done with a certain someone! Great mystery and only makes me wish you would write faster! 🙂 Thanks Dru for sharing this book!

  14. Looking forward to reading the latest Daphne Martin book.

  15. Thank you so very much, Barbara! Your comment has made my day!!! 🙂

  16. elainehroberson

    Always glad to find new-to-me authors. Book sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  17. Sounds like a great read.

  18. I am so ready to read this. From all the reviews I feel like I know all the characters already. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Sounds like a great book, and I would love to win a copy! Thanks Gayle and Dru for the giveaway!

  20. I’d love a copy, sounds like I’d get right into it.

  21. Wedding cake choices can be trying—we ended up with 2 cakes because the hubby and I couldn’t agree. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
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  22. Celest Mattis

    I love the sound of this mystery. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity. Can’t wait to read it.

  23. Thanks so much, Celest!

  24. Killer Wedding Cake sounds like a great book and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  25. Thanks so much, Peggy!

  26. Brenda Tucker

    Killer Wedding Cake sounds like a great read, can’t wait to get it. Super giveaway, thanks.

  27. This is a fun series. Happy to see a one.

  28. Yum. I love a food mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Just reading this made me want to run to the nearest bakery for a cake fix. Can’t wait to read this.

  30. Killer Wedding Cake sounds like a good book. I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Cynthia E. Blain

    This series has a lot of appeal to me. First of all, the writing has been great from this author and my interest in cake decorating which I did for many years for fun got me hooked on this series. Looking forward to ordering Killer Wedding Cake, unless of course, I am lucky enough to win a copy of it. 🙂

    Cynthia

  32. Thanks Gayle for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.