Congratulations to Laurie (comment #4) for winning the $50 Amazon Gift Certificate! To claim your prize, please email your name and address to email@example.com.
Winner #1 – Laurie G
Winner #2 – R Varnum
Winner #3 – Lori
Winner #4 – Alina D
Winner #5 – Sharon
It’s time to remind you I have an upcoming book. Not only an upcoming book, but a LAUNCH title for a BRAND NEW imprint from HCI Books, True Vows, Reality-Based Romance, real life love stories written to read as romance novels. The other two launch books are by fabulous authors Julie Leto and Judith Arnold, and right now, you can start reading free chapters of Judith’s MEET ME IN MANHATTAN at this link.
One of the spring True Vows releases will be written by my buddy, HelenKay Dimon. She’s got a GREAT couple with a very cool story to share. You can read that news at this link. Additional spring / summer titles will be written by Cindi Myers, and Jill Barnett – who will be writing the most AMAZING WW11 era story – and a third author I can’t yet spill the news on.
If you haven’t read the story of my couple, Todd Bracken and Michelle Snow, here is the WaPo write up of their wedding. Eventually there will be more about them at the True Vows website, but you can see their bakeshop’s website at this link and do some drooling while there. One of my Twitter followers said: “I work across the street. The Cupcakes are orgasmic.”
Here’s the cover copy for my book, and you can read an excerpt at this link.
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . . dot.com. An on-line dating service is not Michelle Snow’s idea of how to find love but when the Big 3-0 hits, Michelle decides she has nothing to lose since she hasn’t brought a date home in ten years, she’s professionally burned out, and her climb up the corporate ladder has come at the expense of abandoning her sweet dream: to own a boutique cupcakery.
Todd Bracken, early thirties and a successful technology consultant, isn’t exactly a player after being off the market for ten years, and pours himself into his dual passions of martial arts and home-sweet-home renovations. Only there’s no one to come home to so he decides to give Match.com a try. Todd isn’t so sure the Internet dating scene is his thing – until a message pops up in the wee hours on a weekend night: “I like your smile.” Todd likes – a lot – the whole package that glides into a French bistro in Washington, D.C.
It’s serious mojo-at-first-sight but there’s a glitch: Todd and Michelle live in different cities. Will love find its way in the digital age with a You’ve Got Mail courtship when video cam kisses just aren’t enough? And when Todd challenges Michelle to not only go for her dream but also let him share it, will they be able to make it happen together despite obstacles more plentiful than a shower of rainbow sprinkles?
So . . . since my story is all about cupcakes, I decided to do a contest that’s cupcake driven. To enter, you have to post your favorite cupcake recipe in the comments. (If your favorite cupcake recipe involves a box of Betty Crocker and a can of icing, okay. You can say that. Or if your favorite cupcake recipe is one you buy at a bakery, that’s okay, too, but at least give us the scoop on why you love it and where you buy it. But it will be a LOT more fun if you share a recipe, or at least link to one online.)
Since a Sprinkles recently opened in Houston, No. 1 Daughter and I have sampled about a dozen of their flavors, and have decided that the cupcakes I make are FAR superior. (We found their cake SO dry, though the frosting was gooey and good.) Of course, I only make one kind these days, and it’s not even my recipe. It’s a cake recipe you can find at this link, and the ONLY thing I do differently is to NOT pour the icing on until the cupcakes are cooled. I tried it the other way, and the cake became a gooey thick unpalatable mess. Much better to cool the cake first.
So, post your recipe, and each weekday from 8/16/2010 – 8/20/2010, I will draw a name to win a copy of THE ICING ON THE CAKE. Then on 8/21/2010, I will draw one name to win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon. I will draw the weekday names each morning at 10:00 a.m. CDT starting on the 17th, and the gift certificate drawing will be held at the same time on the 22nd.
Go, go, CUPCAKES!