THE SECRET SPICE CAFÉ TRILOGY

by Patricia V. Davis
A magic realism, paranormal mystery women’s fiction series

Book One: Cooking For Ghosts

Do hearts broken long ago forever leave a tangible trace?

A Vegas cocktail waitress. An Indian herbalist. A British chemistry professor. An Italian-American widow. Four unique women with one thing in common: each is haunted by a tragedy from her past.

Cynthia, Rohini, Jane, and Angela meet on a food blogging site and bond over recipes. They decide on impulse to open The Secret Spice, an elegant café on the magnificent ocean liner, the RMS Queen Mary, currently a floating hotel in Long Beach, California. Rich in history and tales of supernatural occurrences, the ship hides her own dark secrets.

The women are surrounded by ghosts long before they step aboard, but once they do, nothing is quite what it seems. Not the people they meet, not their brooding chef\’s mystic recipes, and not the Queen Mary herself. Yet the spirits they encounter help them discover that there\’s always a chance to live, as long as one is alive.

An Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection, and read by Ann Marie Gideon, COOKING FOR GHOSTS is an unforgettable tale of love, redemption, and divine female power.

Book Two: Spells and Oregano

A mother desperate to save her twin sons, a war veteran in torment, a beautiful young psychic with a terrible secret, a powerful magician with a shattered soul, and a Queen steeped in history and glory. These extraordinary beings cross paths and set off a remarkable chain of events in Spells and Oregano: Book II in The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy.

Overcome by despair after a trauma when she was sixteen, Sarita Taylor has spent the past ten years isolated and lonely aboard her beloved RMS Queen Mary. Fearful of outsiders, she dedicates her time to managing The Secret Spice Café, now an award-winning restaurant. Until Luca Miceli, a man with a dark past, steps on board.

Patricia V. Davis deftly spins past and present, mystery and magic, into a potent story of passionate longing and family tragedy all at once. Spells and Oregano is a compelling tale of atonement, devotion, and undying love, set aboard one of the world\’s most magnificent, haunted ships.

Don’t miss Cooking for Ghosts: Book I in The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy. The Secret Spice Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection.

Book Three: Demons: Well Seasoned

Dare to Believe in Your Power… A long-lost grandmother. A stay-at-home mom. A comic book fan. A five-year-old girl with a star-shaped birthmark. And nine more.

The cast is bigger, the stakes are higher. When Sarita\’s grandmother, a Vodou priestess, foresees a terrible evil, Cynthia, Jane, Angela, and Rohini reunite on a heart-rending mission to save all that\’s precious to them, including the iconic ship, the RMS Queen Mary. They cannot do it alone–the priestess tells them there must be thirteen on the night of the thirteenth moon. in this life-or-death pursuit. Yet, can she be trusted?

Spiced with history and the supernatural, Demons, Well-Seasoned takes us from 1930s Glasgow, to New Orleans and Harlem in the 1950s, to present day southern California, and back again, on a metaphysical voyage that is both exhilarating and poignant. But before you embark upon this final sail with the denizens of The Secret Spice, be warned: expect to lose sleep, and keep tissues at hand. These valiant characters might just stay with you long after their story comes to a close.

Don\’t miss Cooking for Ghosts, and Spells & Oregano, Books I and II in The Secret Spice Café Trilogy. The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection.

Excerpt from Cooking for Ghosts

Unconcerned with what her business partners were up to, Rohini was giggling with excitement. Hugging herself, she whirled in circles, then flung her arms up over her head and collapsed back in dizzy elation onto the enormous bed in the glorious stateroom. Everything was glorious. She was here. This was her room. The Secret Spice was, in part, her restaurant.

Hers.

And when she’d first seen the Queen from the back seat of Cynthia’s preposterous little car, she knew she was headed to exactly where she should be. She couldn’t stop smiling, until, abruptly, a lump formed in her throat and her eyes misted with tears.

“I made it, Zahir,” she whispered. “I made it.”

She sobered as she thought of him, of all he’d done for her, and all that she might still need to do on her own.

But that wasn’t for today. Today was for celebration and thankfulness. Getting up from the bed, she opened her case, pulled out all the little plastic sacks of spices and herbs she’d packed, and sighed with relief. Not a one had opened or torn. Even so, she could smell their pungent bouquet right through the protective wrappings. Rauvolfia, Serpentina, Jaiphal, Javitri, Khus Khus, Ashwagandha and more — why did cinnamon always smell the strongest? There were dozens of varieties that she’d stuffed inside shirt sleeves and trouser legs and white cotton gym socks, just like a drug dealer might hide a stash. The TSA had missed them completely. They’d even affixed a sticker to the top of her bag: “Checked by Homeland Security.”


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An Interview with Patricia V. Davis

-What inspired you to become a writer?

I was born wanting to be a writer. Honestly, it was never really a choice. And I was unable to do it until later in life, so, that was hard.


-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

As it happens, I have visited my book’s world, because it is set aboard the RMS Queen Mary, a real ship, which was once a very glamorous ocean liner in its heyday, and is now a floating hotel and museum permanently docked in Long Beach, California. Not only have I been aboard the ship, I’ve visited every single corner of it that’s described in the novel series. The only thing that’s fictious about the setting in the novels is the restaurant itself, The Secret Spice Café, which supposed to be housed aboard the ship. But I have been in the restaurant aboard the Queen Mary that inspired my fictitious restaurant, and that would be Sir Winston’s restaurant.


-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Gosh, this question is so funny. All the characters reveal things about themselves in confidence in the novel. And if I tell you what they reveal, well, that would be a spoiler!


-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

There are four main characters in the novel, Angela, Cynthia, Jane, and Rohini, and I would go out with them all.


-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Well, since I am five-foot-two, weigh 120 pounds, and have actually taking fencing lessons, believe it or not, I might accept. I think we would be evenly matched. Especially if we’d both been drinking.


-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Hmm. Probably not any story that was too gory, or involved a rape, or anything equally repellant to me. I don’t think I’d be very good at writing sci-fi, although I enjoy reading it.

About Patricia V. Davis

PATRICIA V. DAVIS\’s debut novel series, THE SECRET SPICE CAFE, is comprised of three books: COOKING FOR GHOSTS (2016) SPELLS AND OREGANO (2017) and DEMONS, WELL-SEASONED. (2019) The audio books will be released in 2020 by Tantor Media, and narrated by Ann Marie Gideon. Patricia lives with her husband, who is both a poker player and a rice farmer, so she divides her time between southern Nevada and northern California. Say hello to Patricia at her author website: www.TheSecretSpice.com
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  1. Hi, Bernie! I work at home. We divide our time between northern California and southern Nevada, and if I'm on book deadline, I try to get to the place out of the two where I can be alone for a few weeks. I get lots more writing done that way, and I can survive on sandwiches!.

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