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A Midwinter's Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) by Bethany Blake is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt and a recipe for Moxie Bloom’s Gingerbread Dog Houses. Enjoy!

A Midwinter's Tail

(Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)

by Bethany Blake
About the Book
A Midwinter's Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717333
ISBN-13: 978-1496717337
Digital ASIN: B07B7C8XQY

To bark or not to bark . . .

Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town’s annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year’s special guest—Celeste “CeeCee” French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who’s returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.

But not everyone’s celebrating CeeCee’s homecoming. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek's town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne’s promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend’s innocence before a killer barks again . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

In my new novel, A Midwinter’s Tail, amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton’s best friend, Moxie Bloom, makes a model of their little hometown from gingerbread – a creation that will actually help to solve a murder! You can also make pet-friendly gingerbread for the canines in your life. These treats, featured in the book, are a favorite of character Tiny Tim, a little pug in a “bah, hum-pug” sweater, and my real-life pup, Daisy Dog.

Moxie Bloom’s Gingerbread Dog Houses
  • 3 cups of flour best suited to your dog’s diet—whole wheat, barley rice, sorghum . . . whatever suits your pup best. Feel free to use a mix.  
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • tiny pinch ground cloves
  • ½ cup unsulfured, blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup canola oil
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour(s), ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. In a separate bowl, stir together the molasses, water, and oil. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms. You may need to use a sturdy spoon. This is a pretty stiff dough!

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about a ½ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create shapes. I suggest doghouses and ginger-pups!

Bake for about 20 minutes, watching carefully. The cookies should be getting a tiny bit crunchy on the edges when you take them out. Cool completely before serving.

My dog, Daisy, who is waiting for a snack in this photo!

About the Author
Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.

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November 26 – Reading Is My SuperPower - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 26 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
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November 27 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
November 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
November 28 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 28 – The Power of Words - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 29 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
November 29 – View from the Birdhouse - REVIEW
November 30 – StoreyBook Reviews - GUEST POST
November 30 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE, GIVEAWAY
December 1 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW
December 1 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
December 2 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
December 2 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
December 3 – Carla Loves to Read  - REVIEW
December 3 – A Holland Reads - CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 4 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW
December 4 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST
December 4 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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December 5 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 5 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Moxie Bloom might’ve been caught off guard by the unexpected appearance of an imperious and wealthy, not to mention impeccably dressed and perfectly coiffed, high school bully, who wasn’t supposed to arrive in Sylvan Creek before the Bark the Halls ball, according to Moxie’s rumor mill. Yet I had to give my best friend credit for grace under pressure when CeeCee French rudely brought up cheating with Moxie's old boyfriend - a topic that most people would’ve been ashamed to mention.

“How have you been, Celeste?” Moxie asked politely, her voice level but her chin high. She wisely ignored CeeCee’s reference to Mike Cavanaugh, whom Moxie certainly did remember. She forced a smile, trying hard to be kind. “It’s been a long time.”

CeeCee took a moment to coolly survey the lobby, her angular jaw jutting as she absently stroked her poodle with long, red-tipped fingers. Her toes, encased in sharply pointed, distinctive crimson shoes that contrasted with her black, form-fitting shift, tapped the thick carpet, as if she was already impatient with the whole affair. I supposed that I should’ve been awed by our multi-millionaire classmate, but, to be honest, I couldn’t muster more than mild curiosity and a bit of disappointment to learn that she was still arrogant, and, let’s face it, mean.

“Yes, it has been a while,” CeeCee finally agreed, again looking Moxie and me up and down, her cool gaze taking in Moxie’s vintage outfit and my old barn jacket. “And I find that nothing’s changed.” The corners of her lips twisted upward, and she got a knowing, almost secretive gleam in her dark eyes. “At least, nothing’s changed... yet.”

1 comment

  1. Thank you for all the great information on "A Midwinter's Tail" by Bethany Blake and for being part of the book tour.

    The recipe for Moxie Bloom’s Gingerbread Dog Houses sounds great. I can't wait for the opportunity to try it AND to read the book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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