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A New Read, and a Favor

A big warm 2018 hello to all of you!

Today, Dial M For Mousse (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery # 3) is out!!!!   It’s available in mass market paperback, digital, and audio (with the large print edition to follow in March)! The story itself is fun as the suspects in Winnie Johnson’s latest mystery are an eclectic bunch, which makes her sleuthing even more of a challenge. All the regulars are back to lend their support; Renee, Mr. Nelson, Bridget, Greg, and Jay. And, of course, there are some brand new emergency dessert names that should make you giggle. 🙂


As for the blurb on the back of the book–voila…

Murder takes the cake in an irresistible Emergency Dessert Squad mystery from the national bestselling author of The Silence of the Flans.

The Emergency Dessert Squad business is booming, with owner and baker Winnie Johnson working overtime to satisfy the emergency cravings of Silver Lake, Ohio. Her latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists’ retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes.

But Winnie’s problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects. Now, this baking detective must uncover the inspiration behind Sally’s murder before another creative genius is iced.


Now, for the favor part of this post.  I’m actually on a trip with the kids this week. We’re taking advantage of the college break for one, a work break for the other, and being within striking range of the other so she can participate for a few days, too.  I have a rather *ahem* momentous birthday coming up next week and so we’re celebrating. 🙂    The *only* tricky part in regards to the timing of this trip is the fact that Dial M for Mousse is out today and I’m not going to be on social media all that much.  DD #1 won’t be joining us until later in the week as per her work schedule, so she may be able to help out on my FB page a little, but any and all additional shout-outs I can get on this book today would be hugely helpful.

If you can say something on FB, feel free to lift the book picture from this post. The correct FB page to reference for me is my AUTHOR page (not my personal page):  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor/

If you’re a Tweeter, my handle is @bradfordauthor and the publisher is @BerkleyMystery and it’s always good to tag them.

Anything  you can do to help spread the word on this release would be hugely helpful!  I’ll be back to my daily posts here on Tuesday, Jan 9th. There might even be a picture or two… 😉

Thank you!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura–which is who I write this particular series under)

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Ringing in the New Year…

This, for all of you…


Happy New Year, my friends!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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NYE Bits

How about a round of New Years’ Eve bits? Ready?

  1. How do you tend to celebrate NYE?
  2. Favorite NYE snack?
  3. Favorite NYE drink?
  4. Tell us something you’re proud of in regards to your 2017…
  5. A goal for 2018?

Have a safe weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Holiday Three

Posts this week will be a bit sporadic with the holiday week and all, but I couldn’t let an opportunity for a “holiday” three things to go by…

Christmas Eve brought cookie making/decorating. Although we should use icing bags, we just use butter knives and go.  Here’s my assortment…


Then it was off to church, to look at lights, and then come home and partake in a Christmas Eve dessert bar…


We played some games, got on our jammies, and off to be to wait for Santa to come.  Angus set up a sting by the tree…


In the morning, we woke to a white Christmas (photo taken through closed/screen window)!


Now it’s your turn (whenever you read this). Tell us three things from your holiday weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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More Holiday Bits

christmasSorry I was AWOL yesterday. I hit the ground running at 6 a.m. (after only 4 hours of sleep) and didn’t sit down until dinner time.

Anyhoo, we’re looking at more holiday talk for today’s bits…

  1. One think you’d really like, gift-wise, this year?
  2. What’s one question you’d like to ask Santa? 😉
  3. Are there matching Christmas pajamas in your house each year?
  4. How do you spend Christmas Eve?

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! And Merry Christmas!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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My mind is kind of all over the place this week with so many things I have to/want to do. Needless to say, my thoughts for today’s post are all over the place to…

*I spent a lovely day in the city yesterday with my aunt. We did an audio tour of Grand Central which was quite interesting. I’ve been in that building dozens and dozens of times and even I saw/learned things I hadn’t known before. And we had a nice, leisurely lunch with lots of talking (which I adored).

When I got home, I finally swapped my summer/winter clothes (I know…I’ve been pretty much wearing the same 5 or 6 things for weeks).

*Today, it’s writing in the morning, followed by a trip to Hershey with DD # 2 for the Christmas event.  We’ve done it the past 4 years in a row and it’s become a bit of a tradition. It was also the catalyst for finally doing the summer/winter clothes swap on a more official basis because I needed to find my Christmas sweater. 🙂

*Still hoping to finish my current work in progress by Saturday night. To do this means pulling a few late night’ers so we’ll see how that goes.

*I still have more shopping to do. I’m essentially down to a few more items for DD # 2, and stocking stuffers across the board at this point.

*I need to get to the grocery store and buy a turkey for Christmas Day dinner.

What’s your have to/want to list looking like for the next few days?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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A (Very Short) Breadcrumb Trail…

Merry early Christmas! 🙂

I’m sharing some very cool news on my Facebook Author page today that you all might want to check out. 🙂  It includes a Christmas gift (for today–Dec. 19th–only)…

While you’re there, if you haven’t officially “liked” that page, maybe hit that little button if you would.


Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

I spent a chunk of yet another weekend writing, but still managed to squeak out some fun, too! 🙂

Friday, we got out the blankets and sat downstairs and watched Frozen.  Such great music and the characters are a lot of fun, especially Olaf!


Saturday, I wrote the spring semester check for DD # 2’s college.  One year down…   We celebrated with Snickerdoodle hot chocolates at Starbucks.


Sunday was a mishmash of writing, a wee bit of shopping, a game, and a stop at B & N to wander the book aisles. I’m kind of in love with the idea of this book by Tom Hanks. It’s a collection of short stories that he’s written–all having a typewriter in common.

tom hanks book

That’s it for me. Now it’s your turn to share three things…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Holiday Season Bits

3-christmas-globes-on-branchBits time!

  1. Is your tree up yet?
  2. Do you have a traditional breakfast on Christmas morning?
  3. Everyone opens all at once or one at a time?
  4. Stockings first or last?

Have a great (and safe) weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Dear Santa,

For today’s “Writing Thursday,” how about writing an intro to a Dear Santa letter. Could be from a kid, an adult, the elderly, a celebrity, whatever. Your choice. I suspect we could see some funny ones…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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