Wednesday, March 17, 2021




It's wedding week, and as mother of the bride, Glory wants her daughter’s wedding to be a day she’ll never forget. But when her address is found in the pocket of an unidentified body in a car crash, Glory’s biggest nightmare becomes reality. The past has followed her to Sweetwater Springs, and it’s not going away without a fight. Can she solve the mystery and maybe even her husband’s two-year-old cold case murder in the process? 

Book Details
Title: Cake and Corruption
Author’s name: S.C. Merritt

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery series, book 6
Published: March 4, 2021

Print length: 184 pages


A few of your favorite things: flamingos, Chex Mix (homemade).

Things you need to throw out: unused kitchen gadgets.

Things you need in order to write: quiet, solitude, coffee.

Things that hamper your writing: noise, interruptions.

Things you love about writing: creativity, freedom.

Things you hate about writing: plotting, writer’s block.

Easiest thing about being a writer: brainstorming ideas.

Hardest thing about being a writer: turning the ideas into full length stories.

Things you love about where you live: friends, new home.

Things that make you want to move: sense of adventure, meeting new friends.

Things you never want to run out of: toilet paper.

Things you wish you’d never bought: clothes off Facebook sites.

Words that describe you: social, adventurous.

Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: control freak, judgmental.

Favorite foods: pizza, sausage, bacon, most breakfast foods.

Things that make you want to throw up: beef tongue, sushi, poke.

Favorite music: classic 70’s, Rat Pack.

Music that make your ears bleed: Country, Rap.

Favorite beverage: Starbucks Double Shot on Ice (Venti).

Something that gives you a pickle face: unsweet tea.

Favorite smell: plumeria, cocoa butter suntan lotion.

Something that makes you hold your nose: old kitchen garbage/dumpster smells.

Something you’re really good at: singing, planning events.

Something you’re really bad at: delegating (like I said, control freak).

Last best thing you ate: filet prepared by my son-in-law.

Last thing you regret eating: chicken salad (too many WW points).

Things you’d walk a mile for: to help my kids.

Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Seinfeld.

Things you always put in your books: food, classic cars, pets.

Things you never put in your books: profanity.

Things to say to an author: Your book sucked me right into the story.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Your book sucked.

Favorite places you’ve been: Hawaii, London, California.

Places you never want to go to again: New York City.

Favorite things to do: hosting parties, relax by a pool.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: join a gym.

Things that make you happy: family, friends, tropical locales.

Things that drive you crazy: living in limbo with no plan of action.

Proudest moment: seeing both my children happily married and doing what they love.

Most embarrassing moment: getting kicked up onto a beach body surfing in Hawaii with my bathing suit top off.

Best thing you’ve ever done: becoming a Christian.

Biggest mistake: choosing the wrong college major.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: jumped off a bridge into a river.

Something you chickened out from doing: jumping off an Olympic high dive.

The last thing you did for the first time: published a book.

Something you’ll never do again: ride up to Glacier National Park with a driver I don’t trust.



Potluck and Pandemonium (book 1)

Lakefronts and Larceny (book 2)

Reunions and Reckonings (book 3)

Moonshine and Murder (book 4)

Fruitcakes and Fatalities (book 5)

Cake and Corruption (book 6)


S.C. Merritt writes cozy mysteries featuring female sleuths, plots with a twist, lots of humor, and a little sprinkle of romance. Her Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery Series is set in a small, Alabama town full of quirky characters, delicious restaurants, and lots of murder. Recipes are included in each book.

When not writing, she is traveling, watching classic movies and TV shows, or collecting flamingos. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and miniature Schnauzer, Izzy and dreams of living in a tropical locale someday.

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