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Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery) [NOOK Book]

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You Readers made Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys the #1 Culinary Mystery in the Nook Store!
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This book can be read as a Stand-Alone. Bonus: Includes real recipes! (Try the apple pie.)
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Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability. She's empathic—can feel other people's lusts and desires in her own body. No biggie if she experiences someone else's cravings for dark...
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Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery)

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Overview

You Readers made Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys the #1 Culinary Mystery in the Nook Store!
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This book can be read as a Stand-Alone. Bonus: Includes real recipes! (Try the apple pie.)
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Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability. She's empathic—can feel other people's lusts and desires in her own body. No biggie if she experiences someone else's cravings for dark chocolate or a foot massage. But Annie's recently acquired a spookier skill—she can see and talk to ghosts. Much to her dismay, they can also talk to her—nagging her incessantly to solve their murders.

Annie's happily dating hunky Detective Raphael Campillio in Los Angeles, when her mom signs her up to be a judge at Wisconsin's first annual Hot Guys Contest. Who cares if it's 4th of July weekend with scorching temperatures? It's a free trip home to Wisconsin. She can visit family and friends on someone else's dime. What could possibly go wrong?

When hometown Hot Guy, Mr. Oconomowoc, is killed and doesn't pass to the Afterlife, he begs Annie to investigate his murder. Now she's not only a pageant judge, but also meddling with suspects that include her former high school rival, an old boyfriend, Hot Guy contestants, a supermodel and a mysterious illegal betting ring. It doesn't help that Detective Jamie Ryan, a boy from Annie's past, is all grown up, sexy as sin, and determined to make her fall for him.

Annie’s about to discover that going back home could be sweet as frosting or a cake wreck. The temperature's rising at the Hot Guys Contest...
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Editorial Reviews

Online - Karen Rontowski
"It doesn't get any funnier" Karen Rontowski, Comdienne (Seen on the David Letterman Show)
ABNA 2013 Contest - Quarterfinalist - Amazon Expert Reviewer
"This was one I was not interested in reading... until I started reading. And then I perked up. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this, and I loved the character development and some of the plot aspects that came into play in this little story. Definitely one I would recommend."
ABNA 2013 Contest - Quarterfinalist - Amazon Expert Reviewer2
"This was a surprisingly engaging story. The character development is great. It was well written, interesting and kept me reading. Annie was relatable, and seemed like someone who I'd enjoy reading about. Very original premise, without being too far-fetched."
ABNA 2013 Competition - Publisher's Weekly
Publishers Weekly Review:
At the relentless urging of her mother, Annie Graceland, a 30-something soon-to-be-divorced baker living in Los Angeles, heads to her hometown of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to help judge the first annual Hot Guys competition in this blithe and funny contemporary cozy mystery.... There's a large cast of characters... which includes a smarmy former boyfriend, and a fussy old teacher, but it's Annie who shines in some laugh-out-loud moments, making this novel a pleasant...
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Meet the Author

Pamela DuMond is the writer who discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'.

She's addicted to The Voice. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon -- not that other actor guy,) make her cry every time she watches them. (Like -- a thousand.)

She likes her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark and she lives for a good giggle.

When she's not writing Pamela's also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, yoga, movies, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her furballs. If she ever gets her act together, she might even blog more often.

Visit her website at www.pameladumond.com for news, reviews and info on upcoming books and whatever else is up there.

Hey! Like her book covers? You can hire her book cover designer - Michael James Canales - www.mjcimageworks.comPamela's the writer who discovered, pitched and sold Erin Brockovich's life story to a production company and Universal Studios. Erin Brockovich the movie was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Besides the comedic mystery Annie Graceland Cupcakes series, Pamela also writes Young Adult romantic time travel novels. The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One), is the first book in the series.

When she’s not writing, Pamela is a chiropractor and cranio-sacral therapist. She loves reading, writing, the beach, yoga, movies, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice Beach, California, with her furballs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    This book reads like one of those choppy 1960's art films that n

    This book reads like one of those choppy 1960's art films that no one really enjoyed or understood, but lauded for the creative genius
    of the director anyway.  

    The story had a lot of potential, but the writing is amateurish.  Characters are under developed and unlikable.  
    The narrative consists of short disconnected scenes without any segue to help the story flow.  And the plot?  I'm not
    quite sure there is one.  This book is over populated with characters, and under written for any kind of motivation or insight
    for much of the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Good book with a disappointing ending

    It was a good, fuuny book from the start. It has humor, sex, romance, light murder-mystery book. I was disappointed in the ending. I want to read the next book, if there's one in print, to see what happens next. I do recommend it, especially if you've moved from a small hometown to a big city.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

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    3.5 stars. Silly & funny. Kept me interested thru the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    Deliciously Funny 3.5 stars. I am not the ideal audience for th

    Deliciously Funny

    3.5 stars. I am not the ideal audience for this book - I'm not a foodie, and I'm still
    not a fan of mysteries (though I keep trying them anyway).

    Set (mostly) in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Annie Graceland and her two best
    friend sidekicks have come out from L.A. as a "celebrity" judge for the first
    annual (yes, we all know it should be inaugural) Hot Guys contest. There's a
    shooting, missing luggage, and a murder, and a ghost who wants Annie to
    solve his murder. There's margarita cupcakes (which made my mouth water
    despite me not being a foodie) and many other delicious-sounding foods and
    drinks described, WITH recipes. There's an angsty grown daughter-mother
    dynamic that many readers could recognize, something of a love triangle, and
    hot guys described parading in evening suits and swimsuits with the names of
    their cities on them: Mr. Wisconsin Dells, Mr. Madison, Mr. Milwaukee, and
    more. That part was especially fun for me, since I'm originally from those parts,
    myself. I cracked up about Mr. Bitterhausen's talent, for that part of the
    competition.

    There was a lot of going back to high school, either literally, to the physical
    building, or in terms of old grudges or old flames, that felt forced for a character
    who's supposed to be twenty years or so past high school. 

    All in all, a fun, quick read that'll make you smile and sometimes laugh out loud.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

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    I wrote it. I slaved over it. I loved it.  I hope you enjoy. 

    I wrote it. I slaved over it. I loved it. 

    I hope you enjoy. 

    xo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Bane

    She jumps. "Ummmmmm sure" she says. (Soooooosorry i fell asleep. Bb atabout 4 west coast time)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Heygirl

    U can choose th book today ok baby love!!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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