You may be aware that I often go in search of cake ideas, and reasons to make cake (my husband not being much of a cake eater, and me not wanting to eat whole cakes by myself, excuses to give cakes away are always welcome). Thus I’ve been happy to take advantage of the fact that my critique group has given me several excuses this past year or so to make cakes for THEM! Cakes for book launches have be great fun. You can see some of those cakes here, here, here, and here. Well, my friend Nichole Giles decided while she was doing a gorgeous cake for her neices’s wedding this week, that she would do one to celebrate my book launches (because, as she said, I’m always making them for other people, but never for my own books).

Isn’t it pretty? And it was completely tasty too! She said you have to heat the brick of chocolate to just the right temperature if you want it to curl and not crack, and she used four different implements to get the chocolate to curl in different shapes. She also said it took about seven hours to carve the 10lb block she used between my cake and her nieces wedding cake (which was gorgeous, by the way). Thanks Nichole, you’re the bomb!

Now, for the winners of yesterday’s drawing:

Wednesday’s giveaway items included the book A Circle of Souls, and Shattered Silence.

A Circle of Souls goes to : Martha Lawson

And Shattered Silence goes to : Cassandra!

Thanks ladies, and I’ll be contacting you to get your mailing addresses!

Great review for Rebound today from RaShelle Workman, which you can find in it’s entirety here. She said: “From the beginning I was engaged. The characters were easy to connect with. I found myself laughing, enraged, happy, mystified and even crying.”

Thanks RaShelle!