GUEST BLOG: Self-Doubts by Kim Davis Plus Giveaway!

Thanks for hosting me today as I celebrate the release of Framed and Frosted, the third book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series! Even as this book comes out, I’m already looking ahead to drafting the next book in this series. And, as usual, I’m filled with self-doubts. Can I create a story that’s fresh and captures readers’ attention? Can I remember all the long-running threads of my protagonist and core characters’ lives? Can I even remember the eye color of some of the peripheral characters? To be honest, I’m in awe of those authors who not only have a long-running series, but manage to juggle two or even three series at once!

I’m not sure how they do it, but with my fourth book (three cozies and one standalone suspense) I’m hoping that with each subsequent book, I’ll find methods to keep me on track. One of the ways that helped me in this third book is my spreadsheet of characters from the second book, Cake Popped Off, whether they be the protagonist, core characters, or one-time characters. I note names, physical characteristics, and, if the characters are long-running, their birthdates, cars they drive, and any other information I think I might need in the future. I’ll admit that when I get immersed in writing, I don’t stop to fill in the spreadsheet. Sometimes I wait as long as the first rewrite to keep track of new characters, then perform a “find” function on the draft to make sure the characters are consistent. Hopefully! Embarrassingly, my editor has found I’ve spelled a person’s name two different ways… oops!

A binder with photos of random people who I envision my characters to look like, along with brochures and photos of my settings has become necessary. And my favorite research of all is deciding what theme I’ll feature and what types of décor and food fit that theme. My binder is filled with all sorts of recipe ideas and the hardest part is narrowing it down to a manageable number. Then I hit the kitchen and start experimenting, often before I’ve even written a word of the book! But my family doesn’t mind in the least since they are my chief taste testers.

I also keep the Word document from my previous book open while I write, so I can easily go back and search for information that might be necessary for a new book. With Framed and Frosted, I did jot down a few notes that needed to be addressed or remarked upon in the future book, but it’s the first time I’ve done so. See? I’m always experimenting on ways to make the next book a bit easier to write!

Thanks for visiting with me today!

About The Book

Cupcake Catering Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Framed and Frosted, the third book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, finds cupcake caterer, Emory Martinez, working at a Laguna Beach society Fourth of July soiree, with her sister and their new employee, Sal. With a host that seems intent on accosting both catering employees and guests alike, things go from bad to worse when he accuses Sal of murdering his long-dead son.

As the crescendo of exploding fireworks overhead becomes the backdrop for cupcakes and champagne, a deadly murder occurs. Can Sal and Emory explain why the cupcake the host ate, after shoving a trayful of buttercream frosted cupcakes onto Sal, resulted in his death? Or will the guests and detective alike believe that Sal is a murderer? Emory and her octogenarian employer, Tillie, whip into action to find out who framed Sal after being frosted by the victim.

Includes recipes!

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About The AuthorKim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats.  She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, and cozy mystery, SPRINKLES OF SUSPICION and CAKE POPPED OFF. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.


Blog Tour Schedule

June 21 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

June 21 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

June 21 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 22 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

June 22 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

June 23 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

June 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

June 24 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 24 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 24 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 27 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 27 – Diane Reviews Books – SPOTLIGHT

June 28 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 28 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

June 29 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

June 29 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

June 30 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

June 30 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. So happy for you Kim. I haven’t been in touch like before but life has been throwing curveballs but I’m still planning on getting your book in CD format if that is available or the paperback if not! You are amazing with all you do! ❤️Cynthia

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement, Cynthia! I hope life turns around for you soon and good luck in the contest! Unfortunately, I don’t have plans on releasing in audio anytime soon. Just ebook and print are available.

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Framed and Frosted”.

    Really enjoyed learning more about Kim and her writing process. All I know is whatever she’s doing, she needs to keep doing it because I love her books.

  3. Thank you for the chance, the cover is amazing. Can’t wait to read it. It is interesting to read how you keep track of your characters and everything about them! I enjoy having older characters like Tillie

    • Thanks for coming by, Donamae! Tillie has definitely become one of my favorite characters too – she always surprises me with the antics she gets into as I write 🙂


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