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Gayle Trent -- Mixing Food and Murder

Gayle Trent is a full-time author. She is currently at work on a new cozy mystery series involving her hobby, cake decorating. The series features Daphne Martin, a 40-year-old divorcee who has begun the second phase of her life with a new home and a new business venture—Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. Gayle lives in Bristol, Virginia with her husband, daughter and son.

Gayle previously worked in the accounting and legal fields, and her last such job was as secretary to a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Though she enjoyed the work, it was a long daily commute and she felt she wasn’t spending enough time with her family. Now she writes while her children are at school; and thanks to a crock pot and a bread machine, can often have dinner ready when everyone gets home.

“I think it’s important to be here for my children…to take part in school functions and to be an active part of their lives,” Gayle says. “I can certainly sympathize with moms who work outside the home—been there, done that—but I would encourage everyone to make time to visit their children’s schools, to have lunch with them [at school] occasionally, to get a feel for who their friends are…little things like that.”

Gayle loves to hear from readers who can contact her via e-mail at gd830@hotmail.com or via one of her Web sites: http://www.gayletrent.com/ or http://gayle24202.tripod.com/ .

If you share an interest in cake decorating, please visit Daphne’s Web site, available via click-through from either of Gayle’s sites or at http://www.gayle24202.tripod.com/id9.html

Isn't this a scrumptious cover?? Murder Takes The Cake tells the story of Daphne Martin, a forty-year-old divorcee who returns to her fictional hometown of Brea Ridge, Virginia to start her life over. She has left behind an ex-husband who is in prison for an attempt on Daphne's life, a dingy apartment and a stale career. She has started fresh in a new home with a new career, Daphne's Delectable Cakes, a cake-decorating company Daphne runs out of her home. She is thrilled to be living closer to her beloved niece and nephew, although being close to other family members brings up lifelong resentments and more than a couple complications. Daphne is also reunited with childhood friend, Ben Jacobs, a full-fledged HAG (hot, available guy). Then Daphne finds her first client dead. But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting--and find Yodel's body. Now Daphne's got to help solve the murder and clear her good name. Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne's whole family is among them.

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Next week, I'll be sharing a wonderful interview with Gayle! I found out we have one major thing in common--but you'll have to come back to find out what that is :-)


Nancy Famolari said...

Love your book cover! It looks good enough to eat.

Gayle said...

Thank you, Nancy. Joyce, I'm wondering what you discovered that we have in common. Is it that furry little beasties tug on our heartstrings? :-)

orcalover said...

Love the idea of the book. My mother was a cake decorater also and I've dabbled in it. This sounds like a fascinating book. I'll look to buy it when I get some money.

Gayle said...

Thank you, Orcalover. Or, you might want to request it from your local library. :-)

You don't happen to live in Oregon, do you? I hear the Orcas are being seen just off the coast and will be there for another few weeks yet.

Karen Cioffi said...

Great post, Nancy.

Gayle, your book sounds wonderful. I love the fact that she moved forward.

My kids were 3 and 7 when I became a single mom. I went to college while I worked and became an accountant.

I love to see female characters that take the bull by the horns when needed!


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

What a great cover, Gayle. How can you miss with food and murder. Ha!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Gayle said...

Thank you, Karen and Carolyn! Karen, I, too, love to see strong female characters. I made sure that at the end of MTTC, no one rides in on a white horse to save Daphne. This woman can take care of herself, tyvm! ;-)

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