Cupcake of the week: Cookie Dough, S’mores, Chocolate Raspberry, White Chocolate Raspberry, Rainbow, Blueberry Lemon
Baking for Fun: Butterbeer Cupcakes, Firewhiskey Cupcakes (Cinnamon cake and whiskey buttercream), The Slytherin (Dark Chocolate cupcake with Crème de Menthe—or maybe absinthe), The Severus Snape (Dark Chocolate with a Chocolate Scotch Buttercream)
Reviews posted this week:
- Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
- Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
- The House on Blackstone Moor by Carole Gill
- Centuries of June by Keith Donohue
- The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
- The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller
- French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
- Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon
Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?
Hmm. Jane Austen because she is my lady and I love her unabashedly and without reservation. But I wouldn’t likely get much advice from her. I would just be fawning. J.K. Rowling just because I would want to get the “Dude, How? Why?” out of the way. How can you kill your best character off without dignity reducing him to a simpering lovestruck wuss. Snape was a badass and should have gone out like one. I still maintain that he did not, in fact, die. He is currently living in a comfortable locale where no dunderheads can bother him. Last but most definitely, not least is Georgette Heyer. She is the one I would ask for writing advice because as amazing as Jane Austen is, Georgette made regency romances a genre.
What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?
Hmm. I think it’s popular fiction. I hear my friends raving about these best sellers and I try to pick them up but then I remember when I put down a perfectly good romance novel to read The Da Vinci Code and look what happened. Utter travesty. There are some, however, that I would love to read—The Help and Steig Larsson’s series, for example.