By Jenn McKinlay
It was late at night, I’d been writing all day, so I decided to hit the social media interwebs to distract my brain from plot and character and all that jazz for a while. The plain truth is I’m a sucker for animal videos. I follow all the popular Twitter feeds like Cute Emergency and Fluff Society and when an adorable video comes up that makes me laugh or say “Aw”, it’s like a mini therapy session, or a shot of sunshine on a dark day. I never imagined, however, that it would change the plot of one of my books!
Why am I telling you this? Well, when I wrote the synopsis for WEDDING CAKE CRUMBLE, there was no dog adoption in it. None. But on one of those late night breaks, I watched a video about a Boston terrier, who had gone to town on a feather pillow, ripping it open and leaving a knee deep pile of feathers in the house. OMG! It was madness, delightful, hilarious, unbelievable madness!
Of course the best part was the dog’s sheer joy with the disaster. She raced around the sofa, kicking up feathers and I swear she was smiling when she did it. There was no regret, no remorse, just a zest for life that was impossible to resist. She circled the couch at top speed again and again, only stopping when she wiped out and skidded across the floor, leaving a cloud of feathers in her wake. I laughed so hard, I just knew I had to add her, or a fictional version of her, to the book.
Enter Peanut, a puppy that Mel and Joe find in the apartment of one of the murder victims. Of course, they already have a rescue kitten named Captain Jack, so the merging of the pets adds more chaos that is their best friend’s wedding, a murder investigation, and running the bakery. It is a real test for Mel and Joe to see if they can get the canine and the feline to cohabit without the fur flying. So, does Peanut get to stay? Does Captain Jack warm up to his new roommate? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Here’s brief description to give you more details about this upcoming release! With Angie and Tate’s wedding just around the corner, it’s a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip.
But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realizes she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why–before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after.