Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Dial M For Mousse by Laura Bradford

Why I’d pick Winnie Johnson

(From my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries)

 As a Road-Trip Buddy


For me, the characters I create in my books grow to be like family. I know their strengths and weaknesses, their quirks, their fears, their annoying habits, and their hopes and dreams. And while I love them all in one way or another, there are only a handful that I could see myself wanting to drive across the country with—just us.

Winnie Johnson from my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries happens to be one of them for several indisputable reasons:

  1. She’d be all in on road trip treats—a necessity in my book. I mean just think about it… Instead of hoping the roadside gas station in Timbuktu has whatever candy bar I’m craving at that moment, Winnie could bring a whole stash of homemade desserts perfect for whatever snafu we might come upon in our journey…
  2. She knows how to optimize cargo space as evidenced by the folding gurney she uses to deliver her rescue desserts and the collapsible IV pole she’s customized to drizzle icing on the top of some of her creations.
  3. Whatever car we opted to take would get the visual once over by her downstairs’ neighbor, Mr. Nelson, who looks out for her much like he would a daughter. And, since his eyesight and mechanic know-how isn’t necessarily top notch (it’s the thought that counts, yes?), it would get a second and more thorough once over from her friend, Greg Stevens (aka Master Sergeant Hottie).
  4. Her friendship with Master Sergeant Hottie would mean he would likely be part of the waving crew as we drove out of town (insert author’s big grin here).
  5. During boring parts of the drive we could ring up her employee-turned-best friend, Renee Ballentine, or her next door neighbor and resident ailment-touting busybody, Bridget O’Keefe, for all the good dirt on anyone and anything, including the aforementioned Master Sergeant Hottie.
  6. She listens to good music. I think. Actually, I need to check that… Then again, if she doesn’t, I can write her so she has a sudden inability to move her fingers, thereby making it impossible for her to change the dial on my radio….
  7. She’s helped solve two crimes (and is knee deep in a third in the newly released DIAL M FOR MOUSSE) so if we should find ourselves needing to play a game of Clue in order to get out of a sticky situation, we’d be golden. Or, at least I think we would…
  8. And lastly, maybe she’d be willing to franchise her business so I, too, could run an Emergency Dessert Squad in my town (trust me, I’ve thought about it a time or two).



If you haven’t met Winnie Johnson of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries yet, you should. But know this now… If you, too, want to road trip along with us one day…I call shot gun!

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (January 2, 2018)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425281256
ISBN-13: 978-0425281253
ASIN: B06Y573L55
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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.
Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Dial M for Mousse to give away.
Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on January 21st

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

Pseudonym 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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  1. Kristin A. says:

    I have really enjoyed this series and agree that Winnie would make a great road trip buddy. Hooray for book number three! I am looking forward to reading it! Loved reading about your early writing endeavors, Laura. So sweet.

  2. Sandy Todd says:

    Loved the first two in this series!  Thank you for the chance in the give-a-way!

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