How Cozy Do You Want It?

How Cozy Do You Want It?

A Look Inside the Mind Behind the Break-Out Cozy Summer Mystery: Baker’s Dozen

Autumn Doerr is the author of the must-read summer mystery novel, Baker’s Dozen: A Lexi Fagan Mystery. The book was inspired by a real fire she witnessed in San Francisco in the 80s. That experience evolved into the first book in the series. It makes for the idea summer book.

The book tells the story of Lexi after she moves to San Francisco and lands a job working at a local bakery. Tragedy strikes when her lover, who is also a firefighter, turns up dead in a devastating fire. Suddenly, she’s caught up in the murder investigation and begins to uncover secrets that could get her killed.

Q: What makes your book a must-read?

A: If you enjoy a good mystery, can appreciate an old-fashioned bakery and get a kick out of San Francisco, or have always wanted to visit, “Baker’s Dozen” is for you.

Q: What is something interesting/cool/unbelievable you discovered while researching your book?

A: For opera buffs, before the 1983 Fall season, there were no English supertitles at the San Francisco Opera. La Traviata, the opera that’s in the book, was the opera that popularized the practice. (Hint: there are supertitles at the La Traviata, in “Baker’s Dozen”.)

And for those of you into more gruesome research: The inciting event in my mystery book is a fire at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. I witnessed this fire in 1983 and, over 20 years later, it sparked the idea for my mystery book. Through research, I discovered that the December 18th fire had taken two people’s lives and prompted Mayor Diane Feinstein to require sprinklers be installed, along with smoke alarms, in all hotels to bring them up to code. At the time, I didn’t even know two people had been killed as a result of the fire.

Q: If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

A: For some reason, Rooney Mara comes to mind for the main character, Lexi Fagan. She has such a range and looks very young. She can play naive and smart, not a combination you see too often. Denzel Washington for Detective Robert Reiger, of course; though he doesn’t have a big part in Book 1, he does play a larger role in the second book that I hope to publish later this year. In case Mr. Washington is busy, hem hem, I also think Donald Faison from Scrubs or Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911 and Speechless) would also be smashing.

Q: Tell us something about you that no one else knows.

A: I can tap dance (barely) and love to cut a rug on the dance floor to early disco.

Q: Recommend a book that is similar to yours. If people like X, then they’ll love your book because…

A: If you like Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series, you’ll like “Baker’s Dozen.” Grafton’s novels are known for their interesting, and often older, characters. Her descriptions of the fictional town of Santa Teresa ground her stories so you feel as if you’re there. I tried to do the same thing with descriptions of my beloved San Francisco. And, finally, Grafton protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, gets caught up in a lot of hairy situations; something that Lexi Fagan has a habit of doing.

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Q: Meat or Veggies?

A: Meat

 

Q: Kanye West or Taylor Swift?

A: Taylor

 

Q: Coachella or Broadway?

A: Broadway

 

Q: Selfie or group photo?

A: Group photo

 

Q: Hardcover book or Kindle?

A: Hardcover

 

Q: Chess or Candy Crush?

A: Chess

 

Q: Cookies or cake?

A: Cake

 

Q: Firefighters or cowboys?

A: Firefighters

 

Q: E.L. James or J.K. Rowling?

A: J.K. Rowling

 

Q: Kittens or puppies?

A: Kittens AND puppies!

Bakers Dozen, Cozy Mystery BookReady to unravel this tasty mystery for yourself? Find the book on Amazon.

 

The Book that Predicts a Battle of Women vs. Men Is Blowing Our Minds

The Book that Predicts a Battle of Women vs. Men Is Blowing Our Minds

A Conversation with the Creators of XX v XY: The Final World War

XX v XY: The Final World War is a dystopian novel that feels like it is coming true. As tensions flare between women and men, women’s voices are being heard louder than ever before thanks to #MeToo, #TimesUp and #BeattheOdds.

We’re digging into the heads of the creative team who produced the book everyone is reading this summer. Bobby Goldstein is the idea guy. The executive producer and creator of the hit TV show Cheaters, he has an insider’s perspective of what triggers women and men.

Christina Cigala is the author. By day, she’s a TV writer and producer — by night, she’s a must-watch author who bled words into a book that is downright creepy in the way it depicts characters who match many of today’s players. For example, the book features a maniacal President X who, just like our current POTUS Donald Trump, runs a beauty pageant. The correlations between this made-up world and our own has people wondering if we truly are on the edge of an all-out battle between the sexes.

Q: Your book’s genre is popular right now, why is that?

A: Goldstein — The subject matter/genre of XX v XY speaks to a shifting paradigm at this moment.  Humanity is made up of groups and subgroups, all of which are rising up from history and tradition to take a stand against prior poor treatment of yesteryear. The ascent du jour happens to be women now who have been under-appreciated and under-rewarded for centuries by patriarchal societies. If one is not part of the spewing lava, then at least one likes to watch the spewing lava because it is a train wreck, which people like to watch.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing XX v XY: The Final World War?

A: Cigala — Sitting down and writing. I was on set most of the time I was writing this, and it was really hard to find the time.

Q: What was the most rewarding part of writing XX v XY: The Final World War?

A: Cigala — Gaining the confidence that comes from writing a book — no one can take that away from you.

Q: If XX v XY: The Final World War was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

A: Goldstein — Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore — these are my rolling stones; I love them all. Why? Because they give off so much power with their eyes. They all just make me want to say, “Yes ma’am” and “No ma’am”.  But I’d like to kick back and watch it with Jennifer Aniston because she was a big fan of Cheaters.  

Q: What makes XX v XY: The Final World War a must-read?

A: Cigala — I’m a really creative writer and it’s weird and fun and short.

Q: If you could give your book to one world leader, who would it be and why?

A: Goldstein — The crown prince of Saudi Arabia.  He’s just now allowing women to drive. Imagine if he got caught up on the set of 9 to 5.  Where would those women have sent him?  

Q: If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?

A: Cigala — Amy Sedaris because I love her so much.

Rapid Fire Questions

Q: The beach or the mountains?

A: Goldstein — Beach for sure

Q: Cats or dogs?

A: Goldstein — OMG, get them all away from me. They smell and would eat your food without regard.  

Q: Ninja or pirates?

A: Goldstein — Pirates

Q: Alice in Wonderland or Lord of the Flies?

A: Goldstein — Lord of the Flies. It has come true.  

Q: Sponge Bob Square Pants or Bugs Bunny?

A: Goldstein — Bugs Bunny. I was called the rabbit at the courthouse because nobody could catch me.  

Q: Thor or Hulk?

A: Cigala — Alex Mack

Q: Miley or Selena?

A: Cigala — Miley does a great Dolly cover.

Q: Game of Thrones or The Sopranos?

A: Cigala — Mother of Dragons or bust.

Q: Hardcover or Kindle?

A: Cigala — I love an audio book!

Q: Formal attire or yoga pants and a hoodie?

A: Cigala — Girls in tuxes are the best thing.

XX v XY: The Final World War is shocking statement about our times. Find the book on Amazon and from bookstores and retailers everywhere.

 

Fans Worry For Khloé Kardashian’s Health After Skinny Selfie

Fans Worry For Khloé Kardashian’s Health After Skinny Selfie

Khloé Kardashian has fans going crazy after she recently posted a photo of her slim waist with a waist-trainer on. The 32-year-old has been open and public about her change in lifestyle and how she has decided to go from the “fat sister,” to someone who goes to the gym and works out religiously, and changed her diet. After her divorce and split from ex-husband, Lamar Odom in 2013, Khloé had turned over a new leaf and wanted to reinvent herself.

Recently, she has been looking better than ever, showing off her workout routines with sister Kourtney Kardashian on her Snapchat and Instagram profiles, but, after sharing a new photo of her slim waist, fans are worried the reality TV star has gone too far.

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Khloé posted this photo of her slim waistline sporting a festive waist-trainer that she uses to synch her waist to appear smaller. But, while many women use these devises, they are not always safe. Some fans reached negatively in comments thinking that Khloé has gone “too far” and looks “unhealthy.”

ANGELINA JOLIE IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY POST-DIVORCE

ANGELINA JOLIE IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY POST-DIVORCE

According to a source close to the family, Angelina is having a hard time keeping her children happy after the filing, especially because they’re getting a little “homesick.”

“It’s been weeks since the kids moved out of their home and they are getting homesick,” the source said. “The children are sad, miss the huge house they grew up in, and have been complaining to Angelina that they want to go home. The older children are not happy with the situation while the younger ones are having trouble understanding why they can’t just go home.”

The divorce was based on irreconcilable differences, but news quickly turned to Brad’s questionable parenting skills. The FBI ended up investigating Brad’s parenting style, specifically with his oldest son, Maddox.

The father and son allegedly had a physical altercation on the family’s private jet a while back, which sparked the decision to open up an investigation into child abuse. However, the case came back negative, and Brad was given permission to see the children periodically and with a counselor present.

The whole family underwent counseling, both together and separately, and Brad and Angelina are reportedly being as mature and civil as possible during this transition. Obviously, no divorce is easy for the children—especially when there’s six all under the age of 16—but if the parents are as civil as they claim, maybe they can return to their California home soon.

The Real Reason Blac Chyna and Rob Named Their Baby “Dream”

MZ reported on Thursday morning that Blac Chyna was indeed in the hospital getting ready to give birth to she and Rob Kardashian‘s daughter. That’s right, baby Kardashian is coming early!

The outlet reported that Chyna arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and that Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble had arrived there, as well. According to the source, Chyna was set to give birth in the same suite that Kim Kardashian had delivered her two children. The C-section was apparently scheduled for 8:30 a.m. PT.

TMZ also reported that there was a bit of drama at the hospital due to Chyna and Rob’s decision to film the birth of their daughter. According to several outlets, Rob and Chyna both decided to end their season of Rob & Chyna with the birth of their daughter. However, with some hospitals forbidding media in delivery and surgical units (such as Cedars-Sinai) there were some issues amongst cameramen, the family and the hospital staff.

However, E! News reported that the newest member of the Kardashian family had arrived at 9:18 a.m. – Dream Renee Kardashian. That’s right, Dream Kardashian has officially entered the world.

BRAD PITT MAKES FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE DIVORCE FROM ANGELINA JOLIE

Brad Pitt has made his first public appearance since the news of his divorce from Angelina Jolie made headlines last month. Since the news broke, Pitt has been keeping a low profile in public and in the media as he gets his affairs in order with his ex-wife, Jolie. The two had been in a brutal custody battle that ended in a temporary hearing on Monday, and since then, Pitt has stepped out on the red carpet for the premiere of his new film, Allied. 

Pitt also spoke to E! News on the red carpet and opened up for the first time about how he is doing after the divorce and custody battle. He told the source that he is doing good and that he’s greatly appreciative of his fans who have shown him nothing but support over the last month.

“It’s really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It’s really nice to have all the support.”

On Monday, however, a representative for Jolie reported that an agreement had been reached by the ex-couple in terms of legal custody of their children. According to the agreement, Jolie will have sole custody of her six children, while Pitt is allowed to see them with a therapist or a counselor present during visits.

According to reports, Jolie still does not “trust” Pitt with her children. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith actress had filed for divorce from her husband just days after he had a domestic dispute with their 15-year-old son, Maddox  on an airplane. A source close to Jolie said filing for the divorce was for “the health of her family,” and well-being of her children.

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A representative for Angelina Jolie spoke out in a statement on Monday saying:

‘In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest.’  

‘We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation.’

‘We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time.”