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What I Learned While Writing “My Cupcake, My Love”

As I told one of my friends a few weeks ago, I wanted to write a story with a Valentine’s Day theme, but I had no plot and no characters. I had only one clue as to what I was going to include: I wanted my heroine to own a bakery, and I wanted the baked goods to reflect the colors associated with Valentine’s Day.

cupcake-web-copyI decided almost immediately to include red velvet cakes and strawberry cakes because, obviously, red and pink are colors associated with Valentine’s Day. I also wanted to include a cupcake decorating scene, but my knowledge of edible decorations was limited. This led to my doing some extensive Internet research on edible decorations, and in the process, my education was broadened considerably.

You can buy edible Cupids, of course, but did you know you can buy edible lips? And of course there’s the traditional standbys—sprinkles and colored sugar in various colors, shapes, and sizes—but edible eyes? Yep, you can get those too. In fact, there’s very little you can’t find in edible decorations, whether you’re looking for items for baby showers, weddings, or any of the major holidays.

And of course, cupcakes themselves are extremely popular these days, so there were cookbooks devoted to baking and icing cupcakes. And the various examples of extravagantly decorated confections kept me craving cupcakes during most of the time I devoted to research. I even had a slight inclination to try my hand at creating some of those beautiful cupcakes, but I soon remembered my limitations and resisted trying.

I did succeed, however, in writing my Valentine-themed novella, and I called it My Cupcake, My Love. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Christmas with Tiffany is free December 5-6

For a couple of days (December 5 and 6), Christmas with Tiffany will be free on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app. Here’s a little bit about the story:

Tiffany Elwood’s small-town gift shop has become her refuge. The quiet ambiance she created there helps her find peace after losing her father to cancer and her boyfriend to the sophisticated lures of California. Now, with Christmas fast approaching, she has high hopes that the profits from her annual open house will help her support her mom and little sister through the coming year.

But her peace is disrupted when her tiny shop is inundated with ten times the number of ornaments she’d ordered, not to mention the return of that old boyfriend, Bain Lyndhurst. Every time she turns around, the former man of her dreams is in her shop, and there’s no accounting for his sudden affinity for purchasing Christmas decorations.

With the magic of the Christmas season to aid them, can the two star-crossed lovers rediscover the passion of their youth and establish the trust they need to face the future together?

If you’re in the mood for a sweet and short Christmas story, feel free to download Christmas with Tiffany while it’s free. But if you miss the free days, it’s still a good buy at 99 cents. Enjoy!

Carolynn Carey on StoryFinds

Regency novella is free this weekend

Just a quick reminder that The Secret Christmas Ciphers is free this weekend, June 2 and 3. If you enjoy historical romances, you’ll want to download this one. You can’t beat the price. 🙂

And if you’re a Regency lover (or discover you enjoy reading about that period in history), you might enjoy my other Regency romances, My Elusive Countess and Compromising Situations. 

My Elusive Countess recently received a very nice review from the Regency Reader site, in which the reviewer commented:

I like that the heroine is from the merchant class, but shows real class through her forebearance and kindness.  And her actions throughout the novel demonstrate this, its not just delivered through a few punchy monologues.  I also found her descriptions of the young lad endearing rather than annoying, which was a relief.

In any case, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this first weekend in June.