Pumpkin Pies & Potions (Melting Pot Cafe) by Polly Holmes ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Pumpkin Pies & Potions

by Polly Holmes
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE: Oct. 28th, 2020


Witches, cats, pumpkin pies and murder!

I’m Evelyn Grayson and if you’d told me by the time I was 23, I’d have lost both my parents in a mysterious accident, moved in with the coolest Aunt ever, lived in a magical town, and I was a witch, I would have said you were crazy. Funny thing is, you’d be right.

Camille Stenson, the grumpiest woman in Saltwater Cove is set on making this year’s Halloween celebrations difficult for everyone, but when she turns up dead and my best friend is on the suspect list, I have no choice but to find out whodunit and clear her name.

Amongst the pumpkin carving, abandoned houses, and apple bobbing, it soon becomes apparent dark magic is at play and I must use all my newfound witches’ abilities to find the killer before another spell is cast.

Step into Evelyn Grayson’s magical world in the first book of the Melting Pot Café series, a fun and flirty romantic paranormal cozy mystery where the spells are flowing, and the adventure is just beginning.

If you like witty witches, cheeky talking cats, and magical murder mysteries, then you’ll love Polly Holmes’ light-hearted Melting Pot Café series.

NOTE: The Book is on sale for $0.99.

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Tyler offered to drive back to Saltwater Cove and the way my insides were jumping around like nobody’s business, I was glad to hand the keys over. I glanced at Tyler and his hands were clenched so tight around the wheel I could see every muscle in his forearm and hands pop. His eyes were focussed on the road ahead and he barely blinked. I sat with my phone to my ear, the dial tone drumming my eardrum.

Come on, Harriet, pick up…pick up…PICK UP. Why are you not answering your phone? Oh God, please don’t have let anything happen to her. I’ll never forgive myself if she’s hurt or worse killed because I let her talk me into leaving her alone.

“Hello, this is Harriet.”

Her chirpy voice was a vast contrast to the raging storm fighting it out inside my stomach.

“Harriet, where have you been? I’ve tried to call four times now. You had me worried sick. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine, Evelyn.” Harriet paused and tutted down the line. “I was blow drying my hair. A woman is allowed to have a shower and freshen up, you know.”

I ran my hand through my hair and pressed the base of my neck. “Of course, you are. Listen, I need you to do me a really big favour.”

“Sure, what’s going on?”

“I don’t have time to explain now, but Tyler and I are on our way back into town―”

“What do you mean, on your way back into town? Where did you go? I thought you were having drinks at The Four Brothers.” Harriet’s voice lost its chirpiness and was now replaced with a wavering uncertainty.


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Polly Holmes will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Polly Holmes is the cheeky alter ego of Amazon best-selling author, P.L. Harris. When she’s not writing her next romantic suspense novel as P.L. Harris, she’s planning the next murder in one of Polly’s mysteries. 

Polly’s award-winning Cupcake Capers Series is rich in storyline and location with characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. She publishes her cozy mystery books with Gumnut Press. Pumpkin Pies and Potions is the first in her new paranormal cozy series.

Cupcakes and Corpses was a finalist in the Oklahoma RWA’s 2019 IDA International Digital Awards, short suspense category. Cupcakes and Curses claimed second place and Cupcakes and Cyanide gained third place making it a clean sweep in the category.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

41 comments on “Pumpkin Pies & Potions (Melting Pot Cafe) by Polly Holmes ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sounds like a magical good time.

  3. It looks like a fun read.

  4. Sounds like a good read!
    Thank you for sharing this giveaway!

  5. The book sounds great. I like the cover!

  6. That cover is so fun!

    • Thanks Azraa, I have a great cover designer who does a fabulous job.

  7. “I’m Evelyn Grayson and if you’d told me by the time I was 23, I’d have lost both my parents in a mysterious accident, moved in with the coolest Aunt ever, lived in a magical town, and I was a witch, I would have said you were crazy.”

    Sounds like a great premise for a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Thanks Christina, I hope so. I certainly had fun writing it.

  8. I love this cover. This sounds like a book I must read

    • Thanks Robin. I people enjoy Evelyn’s story.

    • I like the cover. It’s the first thing that captured my attention.

  9. This is a cute cover.

    • Thanks Shelly.

  10. What a perfect book for Halloween! Cute cover too.

    • Thank you. My cover designer did a wonderful job especially the colour for Halloween.

  11. I do live cozy mysteries, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Kimberly. I love reading and writing cozy mysteries. I think I was hooked when I started watching Murder, She Wrote in mu teens.

  12. Very cute cover. I love a good mystery. Paranormal is one of my favorite genres. Thanks for the chance. It sounds good.

    • Thanks Lynn. I do love my covers. I have a wonderful cover design who manages to talk the image straight out of my head and out in on the cover.

  13. I love paranormal cozy mysteries. Thanks for sharing. I definitely want to know what’s happening with the above scene.

    • Thanks Kim. I’m in love with writing paranormal books now. I loved writing the above scene and it has a great ending.

  14. Sounds like a good read

    • Thank you Shelly. I do love writing a good mystery, especially when I can keep the murderer a secret for as long as I can.

  15. great title and it looks like a lot of fun
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    • Thanks Sherry. It was certainly one of my favourite books to write.

  16. I love Halloween cozies and this sounds so fun!
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    • Thanks Laura. I loved writing a Halloween themed book, it was my first and won’t be the last.

  17. hanks for the intro to a new to me author. Both cozy series sounds appealing to me.

  18. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    • Hi Eva, thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt, hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

  19. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the excerpt.

    • Thanks Viki, it was such a fun book to write as was the Christmas Novella.

  20. Sounds like a good book!

    • Thank you, Victoria. It’s been exciting creating a whole new magical world in Saltwater Cove.

  21. The book sounds great.

    • Thanks Rita. I have to say, I am loving writing book 2 in the series.

  22. Thanks for hosting!

    • You are welcome!

  23. Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

    • Thanks James. This is my first ever blog tour and I’m loving it. I’m getting to meet so many new readers.