Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Eclair And Present Danger by Laura Bradford


I Heart Winnie

While Éclair and Present Danger is the debut book in my new Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, it’s also my 24th traditionally published book to date.

I bring that up to illustrate just how many characters (mains and sides) I’ve written over the last ten years or so. All have touched me in one way or the other, and quite a few of them have claimed a lasting place in my heart.

But Winnie Johnson, the main character in this new series, is, perhaps my favorite of all. She’s fun, she’s resourceful, she’s loyal, she’s creative, and she has incredible passion.

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that always comes to mind when I sit down to write Winnie.

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

When we meet Winnie in the opening chapter of Éclair and Present Danger, we find her struggling with the end to her lifelong dream of owning a bakery. She doesn’t want it to end, but her landlord has raised her rent to a level she can’t possibly pay.

Sure, she could move and open a bakery somewhere else, but the passion she has for her elderly neighbors is not something she can turn her back on, either. So by all indications, it’s time to hang up her measuring cups and aprons once and for all.

Or is it?

Well, for someone like Winnie, who believes in herself…no. Not even close. She’s far too driven and scrappy for that.

But that doesn’t mean things come easy. In fact, in the story’s first twenty-four hours, Winnie is named in a will (that nets her a vintage ambulance and a not-so-nice cat rather than the money she needs most), is forced to close her bakery for good, and finds her neighbor smothered to death on his kitchen floor.

Crazy, right?

You have no idea.

Guest post was provided by the publisher.

post-divider righteclairSeries: An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (June 7, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425280896
ISBN-13: 978-0425280898
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.
To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Éclair and Present Danger to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on June 20th





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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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lauraPseudonym for Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand decorated shoe box (complete with sparkly stickers) and moved on to her next idea. Her second book—O’Casey’s Wish—was so utterly brilliant, she sent it off to a well-known New York publishing house at the tender age of ten, confident she was on the verge of becoming the next Don Freeman (Corduroy) or Shel Silverstein (Giving Tree).

Months later, she received her first form letter rejection.

While she wasn’t of the mindset to save that first crushing blow for posterity, Laura did save the original copy of this particular literary masterpiece in the event the letter was a mistake.

Desperate to prove her flexibility as a writer, Laura soon found herself dabbling in jokes (for her Girl Scout troop’s newsletter), stories of angst (a somewhat autobiographical look at her teenage years), movie reviews (for the Xavier University Newswire), and countless news and feature articles (for newspapers in CT, SC, TN, and MO).

It wasn’t until Laura was home raising children of her own though, that she was finally able to dust off that rainy day dream and bring it back to its original form—writing fiction. Today, she is a bestselling mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Publishing), and an award winning romance author with Harlequin American. She lives in New York with her family.

Oh, and if you meet Laura at a book event in the future, ask her about O’Casey’s Wish. It tends to travel with her everywhere she goes.

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