Monday, December 5, 2022

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Bloodstains and Candy Canes


Discover the new book by author Marla A. White, Bloodstains and Candy Canes today. Make sur to enter the giveaway as well in the post for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or BN Gift Card from the author. The tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and you can find all the tour stops HERE.

Bloodstains and Candy Canes

by Marla A. White

GENRE: Cozy mystery

Attending a swanky cookie exchange is the last thing on veterinarian Dr. Mandy Brown’s holiday to-do list, but she agrees to help a friend out. The party comes to a screeching halt after a body turns up on the kitchen floor, a carving knife jutting out of his back.


As if that wasn’t bad enough, Mandy comes face-to-face with Officer Dylan Shaw, a man she thought she was dating until he ghosted her. Tensions escalate as motives for murder come out of the pantry as fast as guests scarf down the pot-spiked brownies, making everything all the merrier.


Although the case seems open and shut, Mandy doesn’t believe the evidence. Can she and Dylan put their differences aside and find the real killer, or risk one of the bakers getting away with murder?

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 Teaser Excerpt:

“Call him.”


Dolores is right. Shaw once told me 911 calls are automatically routed to the Highway Patrol where they get sorted to the appropriate agency. If you know the local police number, you’ll get a faster response by calling them directly. But I also know the last person I want to see right now is Officer Dylan Shaw.


“Who cares?” I ask. “The dead guy isn’t going anywhere.”


Dee narrows her eyes and gives me an icy gaze. “No, but the killer is. The police need to get this place locked down fast if they’re going to have a shot at finding them.”


Well poop, I hadn’t thought of that. My head is too far up my own butt to think past my broken heart. “Fine, I’ll call him.” 


She nods, pulling the sobbing Bethany under one arm and uses the other to guide, coerce and otherwise wrangle Agnes, the guests, and caterers alike back to the veranda. Very few people have the strength to refuse Dolores’ will of iron.


When everyone is gone, I slip into the den and grab my phone. Stomach lurching with dread, I hit the button for Shaw and wait the tension-filled five seconds as it rings once before he answers. “Hey Mandy, what’s up?”


His cheerful tone surprises me until irritation sweeps away the pleasure his voice brings. Does he not realize I’m mad at him for ghosting me? “This isn’t a social call, Shaw.”



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Author Biography

Marla White is a story analysis instructor at UCLA and writing coach who lives in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she took her first horseback riding lesson. After dabbling in hunters, barrel racing, and weekly trail rides, she fell hopelessly in love with the sport of eventing.  She conquered Novice level before taking a break to pursue novel writing but hopes to return to the saddle some day soon. When she’s not writing, she’s out in the garden, hiking, putting together impossibly difficult puzzles, or (of course!)  baking.  



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Marla White said...

Good morning, all! (West Coaster here, barely had my first cup of coffee :D)

Thanks for hosting. Just for fun, what are your favorite holiday cookies to make and give to friends? I love making candy cane cookies, but as my book MC found out, they do not travel well LOL! Easiest to make and pack - Russian Tea Cakes. Or Mexican Wedding Cakes, depending on the cookbook. Hmmm... maybe a mystery to solve for next year's book. Thoughts?

Be sure to enter to win!

Cali W. said...

Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

Sherry said...

I enjoyed the excerpt the book sounds like a great read.

Linda Fast said...

The title is so perfect, it says it all.

Marla White said...

Thanks to one and all for your comments. Any questions, fire away! Like, is this an insight into how Hollywood works? Pretty much...just with less blood LOL.

The cookie recipe included in the book is more savory than sweet, although I'm playing with dusting them with powdered sugar.

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