Friday, June 10, 2016


I'm so thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for 
author Laura Bradford 
and her new book
Book 1 in the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries 

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.
To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...


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One of the yummy recipes to be found in 

Winnie Johnson’s
Never Give Up-side down chocolate cake

From Éclair and Present Danger
By Laura Bradford
You need:

(For the cake)

*1 cup of white chocolate chips (if desired)
*3/4 cup sugar
*1 cup flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*4 ounces or 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
*2 Tablespoons butter
*1/2 cup milk
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(For the topping)

*1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
*1/2 cup sugar
*1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
*3/4 cup boiling water

To make the cake:

Generously grease and flour an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.  In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt chocolate with butter. 

Add melted chocolate to bowl and add milk and vanilla, beating until smooth.

Add in white chocolate chips (if desired) and mix by hand. Pour into pan.

To make the topping

Mix both sugars and cocoa and sprinkle evenly over batter. Top with boiling water.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Invert chocolate cake onto cake plate. Extra good if served warm and with ice cream!! 


Oh my goodness! 
I could really do with a piece of that cake right now.
How about you? 


A deliciously brilliant start to the yummy new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series by national bestselling author Laura Bradford!

I was beyond thrilled when I first heard author Laura Bradford had a new cozy mystery series coming out. Her Amish Mysteries, and her Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries written under her pen name Elizabeth Lynn Casey, are among my very favorite cozy mystery series. But I was unprepared for just how spectacular this new series would be.

ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER is the freshest idea for a cozy mystery I have read in a long time. Seriously, how perfect is a dessert truck ambulance that sells tasty treats to fit your mood? I mean, come on…”Don’t-Be-Blue Berry Pie”, and “Hot Flash Fudge Sundae”… Marvelous!

Along with the outstanding concept, Ms. Bradford also introduces a cast of characters that are a pure joy! I totally want to work on the dessert ambulance with protagonist, Winnie Johnson, and her best friend, Renee Ballentine. Each character is beautifully written, and adds just the right layers to the overall story. It amazes me that Laura Bradford has written so many vastly unique characters in her different series, yet always delivers folks who are real, multifaceted, and are purely awesome to read and get to know.

Last, but in no way least, ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER is wonderfully well written, with a fast moving, imaginative plot that had me moving from chapter to chapter with growing anticipation, and a hunger for more. Author Bradford filled that hunger with every new page. The action packed reveal was the frosting on the cake of the perfectly penned story.

If you only start one new mystery series this year, make it the Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series by Laura Bradford, because ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER is THE cozy mystery to beat for 2016!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for incredible recipes, and a sneak peek of Book Two in the Emergency Dessert Squad mystery series!

About the author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend's house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer's Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at


Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are also from 
Book 1 in the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries 

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings

"I'm sorry, could you, um, read that one more time, please?" Winnie Johnson rested her elbows on the edge of Charles Woodward's desk and willed herself to concentrate. "I've been a little scattered these last few weeks, and I think my mind might be playing tricks on me."  

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56

"Most people find that weird." 

"It's different, I'll give you that, but it's also kind of telling,"....

You didn't really think I was going to tell you what they're talking about in this scene, did you? ;-)

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Lisa!! And thank you for the review!!!

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I love the idea of Emergency Dessert Squad. sweet Friday, to you, too.

  3. Great idea for a book. I am excited to read it and thank you very much for the recipe!!!

  4. I shared my review of the book this week. Loved it and you can bet I'll follow this series!

    My Friday 56 from Checkered Crime

  5. The cake sounds great. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of a dessert emergency, though. This week I have The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig. Happy reading!

  6. Good looking dessert! Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I am looking forward to readinv this book. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe as well.happy reading.

  8. What a great way to turn disappointment into a fresh approach to desserts. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  9. Hi Laura and Lisa! !! Laura, I'm picking up the book tomorrow, it's my next read and I can't wait! BTW, that cake looks delicious!

  10. Thank you Lisa for the awesome blog with Laura today! That chocolate cake looks so delish...I HAVE TO make this! I'm looking forward to reading her newest cozy.

  11. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe, both look great! :-)

  12. That cake looks so good! I will have to make it soon. Looking forward to reading Eclair and Present Danger. I know I will enjoy the start of a new series by Laura Bradford.

  13. The cake looks as good as the book sounds. I want both!

  14. That cake looks so good! I will have to make it soon. Looking forward to reading Eclair and Present Danger. I know I will enjoy the start of a new series by Laura Bradford.

  15. I have this one waiting for me on my Kindle. It looks good and that cat looks delicious!

  16. I'm not sure what looks better - the cake or the book! And that's saying something because I have a massive sweet tooth but I also love a Laura Bradford book and this new series sounds particularly good.

  17. I'm looking forward to reading this book and making this cake!

  18. This made me hungry! The cake looks delicious! Enjoy!

  19. That's been one of my very favorite recipes!

  20. I enjoyed both teasers and the recipe sounds divine! The picture is good too! Her's my Friday meme

  21. NO NO NO NO!!! Putting a recipe in with a stunning book review is honestly to much to handle. I need cake! I need to read this cozy mystery while eating THAT cake! Well played.....

  22. That cake looks so yummy!! And the book sounds devilishly delicious!! :-)
    Happy weekend!