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Death Masks [Book Tour with Excerpt]

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Welcome to one of the December 16th stops on the blog tour for Death Masks by Kim Richards, organized by Bewitching Book Tours. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more features and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)

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About the Book

Death Masks
Author’s New Updated Edition
by Kim Richards

Published 3 June 2020
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
DusktilDawn Designs

Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 150
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Let’s hunt a serial murderer!

Bill Cristo reluctantly takes up an exercise routine. One evening, he takes a jog and comes face-to-face with a killer. His local metro park is no longer safe for anyone. Unsure of why he survived that first encounter, Bill is determined to catch the murderer before anyone else dies. Then it sets its sights on his girlfriend.

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Listen to a Soundcloud 15 minute Excerpt


It took less than a second for the young man to fall. Impact with the hard ground cut off his yelp. He rolled on his back with wide eyes. His fear, thick and tangible, mingled with the stench of rotted leaves and dust as the syringe’s needle pushed into his skin, taking a moment to pierce the earliest layers of flesh.

Standing back, emotionless brown eyes watched him thrash and struggle to scramble to his feet. The poor bastard looked drunk. It waited, breathing steadily as the jogger’s cries faded and his body fell back among loose sticks, pebbles and crumbling leaves. The predator strode a few steps forward to stand over the man’s shuddering form. It bent low, leaning just enough to peer deep into the wide pale blue eyes of its now-paralyzed victim. Then it grasped the man’s ankles and dragged him into the shadows, among the low foliage, and set to work.

Holiday Extravaganza Feature

The pumpkin version of this cheesecake became a favorite of my Mom before she passed. I made it for every fall and winter family gathering. Give it a try!

~Kim Richards

Sweet Potato/Pumpkin Cheesecake

For Crust:
2 Cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies crushed)
6 Tbsp melted butter

Or (for a more keto/carb friendly version) substitute crushed walnuts for cookie crumbs and butter.

For Filling:
3-8 oz packages softened cream cheese
½ Cup butter melted
1 1/3 Cups sugar (or mix half brown sugar and half white if preferred) can substitute stevia
1 Cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes or pumpkin
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
3 Tbsp bourbon (or 1 tsp. almond flavoring)
1 tsp. vanilla
4 Eggs

Note: The recipe says sweet potato or pumpkin.  You can use either or do a mixture of half pumpkin and half sweet potato if you like.

For Topping:
1 ½ Cups sour cream
2 Tbsp sugar (or stevia)
1 ½ tsp. burbon (or vanilla)
Ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the crust ingredients and stir to mix well.  Press crumb crust into the bottom and 1-inch up sides of a buttered 10 ½ spring form pan.  Bake crust in a 350 degree oven 8-10 minutes until just starting to deepen in color.  Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl (or food processor) combine filling ingredients, beat until smooth.

Pour batter into the prepared crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Then turn the oven temperature down to 300 degrees and continue baking for 35 minutes; Then again, turn oven temperature down to 250 degrees and continue baking 20-30 minutes until cheesecake is set around the edges and barely jiggles at the center.  Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Mix topping ingredients and spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Dust with cinnamon if desired. Bake for five minutes to just set the topping. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cover and chill for several hours, remove from pan and serve. 

Makes 16 servings.

About the Author

Kim Richards is an author, editor, and book formatter. She writes horror, fantasy, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and children’s books under her name Kim Richards and two pseudonyms: Sharie Silva and Kim Bundy.

Born and raised in Roswell, NM Kim now lives in Northern California where she is supervised by two cats and a small dog. She enjoys sewing, belly dancing, music, movies, and occasionally gardening.

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One Comment

  • Eva Millien

    I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a thrilling read for me! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful, safe and healthy holiday season!

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