Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Not A Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis

Christmas Wishes

Holly Miller has longed to stay home for Christmas all her adult life. Unfortunately, her parents divorced when she was young, so her holidays have consisted of shopping, packing, and rushing to California and Florida. She spends her holidays on the run. Plus, she usually has to leave her sidekicks behind. Life doesn’t seem right without Trixie, her Jack Russell Terrier, and Twinkletoes, her long-haired calico cat. But this year, she finally gets her Christmas wish—a holiday in Wagtail. Instead of hurrying, she has the time to be a Christmas elf, secretly making the holiday merrier for other people. The elves sneak out at night to bring Christmas cheer to residents in need.

Unfortunately, Holly’s ideal holiday doesn’t go quite as well as she had hoped when the man of her dreams shows up with his fiancé, and then a member of the fiancé’s family is murdered! The holidays are never perfect, are they?

This recipe looks a little long but it’s not difficult to make. I look forward to it every single holiday. Merging pumpkin with cream cheese makes it creamy and just wait until you try it with caramel sauce! Best wishes for a delicious and happy holiday!


Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

 with Caramel Sauce

Use 9.5 or 10-inch pie pan.


Krista’s note: You can speed this up a little bit by buying a ready-made graham cracker crust, whipped cream in a can, and a jar of caramel sauce.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9-10 sheets)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor, pulse together the graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon until fine. Add the butter and pulse. Pat into the pie pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie Filling

16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature or softened
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 cups pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 275. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Add the sugar. Mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl and stir with a fork to mix and eliminate any lumps. Mix into the filling. Add the pumpkin and the vanilla. Beat. Scrape down the sides and beat one more time. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake one and one-half hours until the middle doesn't wobble.

Caramel Sauce

1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

Place ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. (I use a Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup.) Microwave in short bursts from 20-50 seconds, stirring each time until it bubbles up and is hot. Set aside to cool.

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the cream. When it begins to take shape, add the sugar and the vanilla. Beat until it holds a soft peak.


Slice the pie. Place a dollop of whipped cream on each piece. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Paws & Claws Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 1101988584
ISBN-13: 978-1101988589
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Santa Claws is coming to town and checking his list for a murderer—as the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws Mysteries continue…

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia.
Inspired by her German heritage, Holly’s grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly’s mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancée home—and she’ll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn…
A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly’s mind when her Jack Russell Trixie’s nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives—Trixie and Twinkletoes the cat—must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs…

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Not a Creature Was Purring to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 23rd

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

kristaKrista Davis lives and writes in the Blue RidgeMountains of Virginia.  She resided in Northern Virginia for many years and lived for a time in Old Town, Alexandria.

She really does have a gregarious Ocicat named Mochie who can open cabinets and leap to amazing heights.  Her dogs, including a Golden Retriever who isn’t golden and won’t retrieve, consider Krista’s writing career a convenient second job that allows her to be available for her primary job as door opener, canine cuisine chef, and walking assistant.

Krista’s fascination with mysteries was fueled by Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie.  Like her protagonist, Sophie Winston, Krista loves to entertain friends and family, but would just as soon leave cleaning to someone else.

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  1. Linda Hardin says:

    Have read all these books waiting to get mine from amazon today.  If I win I will share to friends.

  2. Book sounds good! I love Christmas time books.

  3. Christi King says:

    I can’t wait to read the book…love the series!  The pie sounds delicious!

  4. Elaine Klingbeil says:

    I want the book just for the cover! No, I want to read it also but I love the cover!

  5. Sounds like a winner of a cozy Christmas read!

  6. kathleen kendler says:

    Can't wait to read this.  The recipe looks good, too.

  7. Abby Fabian says:

    This recipe looks great! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  8. Wendy Leslie says:

    I think I entered.  Idk.  I always have a hard time on these things.   Regardless, thanks for having this.

  9. Alisha Collins says:

    I have read all of these books and look forward to new ones as they are released!!

  10. I love Christmas Books and this one looks wonderful…

  11. The recipe sounds amazing! I really want this book.

  12. Thankyou for the recipe and the book giveaway!  I love this eries, and the cover is adorable.

  13. Penney Wilfort says:

    Great review thank you, the recipe sounds very good, thanks for the chance

    Penney penneyw(AT)

  14. Malka Essock says:

    i love this series!!

  15. Becky Wilhoite says:

    Thank you!

  16. peggy clayton says:

    So glad that i am in the same group with you as I watched this book being born. Thank you for the chance!

  17. Patty Degmetich says:

    Love to read! Thank you for the chance to win. ☺

  18. Kay Garrett says:

    Not a Creature Was Stirring sounds like a great read!  Since I love Christmas stories this doubles my attraction to this book.

    Can't wait to try the recipes.  🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  19. Looking forward to reading this and getting in the Christmas spirit!  Can't wait to try the recipe too!!

  20. Love all of Krista's books!

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