Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Cover, New Name

Introducing the newly minted cover of the first Magical Bakery Mystery, Brownies and Broomsticks.

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Penguin requested that I use a pseudonym for the series, and I chose the name Bailey Cates.

Soon there will be a dual Cricket/Bailey website with information on both of my mystery series. Bizango Websites for Writers is designing it, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready for viewing (and feedback). In the meantime, here’s a little information about the book from the back cover:

Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

In the Honeybee Bakery – named after Lucy’s orange tabby – Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty – Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

But when a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and the few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy will stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer…

Brownies and Broomsticks will release from Penguin/NAL in May of 2012, and is already available for preorder from Amazon.

Be assured that I’m still writing the Home Crafting Mysteries for Midnight ink/Llewellyn. They have the sixth in that series in hand. As I’ve mentioned on Hearth Cricket before, the working title is Digging Up Darla. When I get cover art and release date information I’ll be sure to pass it along.


  1. I'm addicted to the Home Crafting series and I'm looking forward to the Magical Bakery series. Fun stuff. The problem: you can't possibly write fast enough!

  2. I love the cover and I like the blurb.

  3. So nice to see a writer riding the crest of her own particular wave. Nice Job!! Keep it up. Just finished Wined and Died. Also nice.

  4. I love that cover and can't wait to read the debut novel in the new series. You're awesome!