24 June 2019

A Cuppa Trouble | Excerpt + Giveaway


Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drinks?

Plans for a Valentine’s Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.

An assortment of suspects–from a pink-haired heir to Tandy’s charming ex–all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.

Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don’t find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: July 1, 2019



“I’m turning on the heat.” Tandy rubbed her hands together while standing behind the brick counter tucked underneath the loft that would soon hold Marissa’s frou-frou tea parties. “And I don’t mean on the espresso machine.”

Marissa flipped the sign from closed to open in the bay window of their new shop, Caffeine Conundrum, on their first day of business. “You may get the early crowd with all the Type A personalities to buy your coffee, but this afternoon, the dignified tea drinkers will come in to try my crumpets.”

Tandy arched her eyebrows. She hadn’t realized she was going into business with an elderly British woman. “You made crumpets? No wonder we don’t have any customers yet.”

Marissa wrinkled her nose at Tandy before staring out at the falling snow. “It’s this weather. Beautiful but dangerous.”

Marissa might as well have been describing herself. Tandy’s business partner had already spilled water and slipped in the spill that morning. Tandy refrained from making any jokes because the large wet spot on Marissa’s rear pretty much said it all.

“Someone’s coming.” Marissa turned and dashed straight into a chair. Thankfully she caught herself against a table and was able to join Tandy at the counter without injury.


Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about.

Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.


(1) winner will receive a “Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes” mug, “Drink Coffee & Do Good” sign (painted with coffee by author’s cover designer), $25 Starbucks Gift Card & “Drink Coffee, and Read Books & Be Happy” tote.

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 24, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 1, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.

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  1. This sounds like a fun book that I would enjoy!

  2. This is a really fun book to read - with coffee!