Today Samantha Lowe is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life, the latest novel in the Ooey, Gooey Bakery mystery series written by Katherine H. Brown.
Welcome, Samantha. Tell me about yourself and the Ooey, Gooey Bakery.
Hi! I’m Samantha Lowe and I’m thrilled to be joining you today. My friend Piper, she isn’t so big on the public speaking and asked me if I could take today’s post. I’ve never had a problem with the limelight, probably because my mother has been sticking me in etiquette classes, pageants, and town events for as long as I can remember. My mother, Deidra, loves being the center of attention and really embraced her role as mayor’s wife when my father, Gregory, was elected mayor of our little coastal town.
Seashell Bay is a beautiful place to call home. Mother, of course, has aspirations of the White House from what I can tell but I’m content here. Piper and I co-own and operate the Ooey Gooey Goodness Bakery creating delectable desserts and the occasional breakfast or brunch baked good, too. Deciding to drop out of college and go into business nearly gave my mother a stroke; thankfully, I knew it was the best move for me and I’ve never looked back.
I’m not the only disappointment in the family. My brother Griffin took a regular ho-hum job as well rather than following our father into politics. Mother still has hope she can change his mind.
Enough about me! Let me tell you about the bakery. The Ooey Gooey Goodness Bakery is on a quaint little street of shops in the middle of town, accompanied by Flo’s Flowers, Auntie Em’s Antiques, and the Bait & Tackle Store. Flo, our closest shop neighbor, is a pretty regular customer. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had a reason to go in the Bait & Tackle – not a big fisherwoman – and we work so much at the bakery that I’ve never seen the inside of Auntie Em’s either; now that I think of it, I kind of feel badly about that. Hmm. Anyway, our bakery is small but cozy. A little café in the front with cute round bistro tables makes customers feel welcome to hang out and enjoy their treats. The kitchen in the back is awesome; lots of counter space, huge walk-in fridge, large stainless-steel work island. We do a lot of chatting and taste-testing in that kitchen. Piper and I share in the baking but she bakes a larger portion than me. I keep the books and chip in more often with the decorating for special birthday orders. I love to make things pretty, so piping icing onto cakes or themed and shaped cookies is always a blast. Piper says she doesn’t have the patience for all of the detail work that some of them require which makes us the perfect team.
Look at the time! I’ve really got to get back to work. We have extra baking to do; you see, we won a contest for raising money to increase awareness of human trafficking and it kind of made the news. Now, our bakery is more popular than ever which is great but boy are we busy.
I hope to see you all soon at the Ooey Gooey Goodness Bakery. Thanks for letting me stop by!
Thanks for visiting, Samantha, and I look forward to getting to know the Ooey, Gooey Bakery.
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About Katherine Brown: Katherine is a Texas girl, a lover of books, and a weaver of words. Her first official publication was of two children’s books in 2017, which has now grown into five books of the School is Scary series; however, she likes to think her career as a writer started when she sold her parents newsletters of articles about school and poetry for fifty cents per copy as a pre-teen. Married to a wonderful husband and mom of a smart, spunky stepdaughter, Katherine enjoys spending time with family and reading as many new books as she can get her hands on. Her YA series, the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series, is ramping up in 2019 with book 1 released in March and book 2 was released June 1, 2019.