Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Guest Post: Sweet Nothings by Kim Law

Sweet Nothings
Sugar Springs #2
By: Kim Law
Releasing January 1st, 2014

Joanie Bigbee, cupcake baker extraordinaire, likes to keep her options open--and she's good at it. She's started and sold some 30 businesses in her postage stamp-sized Tennessee town, and at the moment she can be found in a short skirt and go-go boots, selling cupcakes out of the back of a converted Volkswagen van. What she moves on to next is anybody's guess. She knows better than to be tied down. In any way. She's watched every woman in her family fall head-over-heels, only to find themselves wondering how to pick up the pieces when love is lost.
When Nick Dalton shows up at the groovy cupcakery, all Joanie wants is a taste; a fling with no strings suits her just fine. But for Nick, a bite is not enough; he wants the whole cake: a big house, a family, true love. But love only makes you stupid, right? Joanie has to decide whether to follow where her free-spirit leads? or hold on to the sweetest thing she's ever known.

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In the spirit of cupcakes for the release of Sweet Nothings, I’m sharing a cupcake recipe that looks AMAZING to me! I haven’t tried it yet, but I will before the year is over. I’m hoping to tweak it to make it similar to a cupcake I use in the book!
Enjoy J
Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes
1 box orange cake mix
1 3oz box orange jello
1 c boiling water
1 3½ box instant vanilla pudding
1 c milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 t orange extract
1 8oz container Cool Whip

Prepare cake mix according to directions and pour evenly into cupcake pans. After they are done, bring from the over and poke holes in the middle of the cupcakes with a fork. Prepare orange jello with 1 c boiling water and pour over the cake. Allow to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together pudding with 1 c milk. Stir in orange and vanilla extracts. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the cupcakes. Chill for 2-3 hours before serving.

Option: Add a small amount of mint extract for a hint of freshness to the cakes.

Recipe copied from:

Joanie stared through the open door behind him before heading across the porch. “Can we just hang out here a minute? I’m not ready to go home yet.”

“Sure.” He motioned to the door. The switch for the porch light was on the inside wall. “Want some light?”

“No,” she answered quickly. She paced in the shadows. “I prefer the dark.”

“Okay.” He moved to perch on the concrete railing, but stopped halfway down. “Want a beer? Whiskey?”

A ghost of a smile curved her lips. “No, thanks.”

He finished lowering himself but remained quiet, hoping she’d fill him in on the problem. She didn’t. Finally, her melancholy mood getting to him, he decided to start the conversation with something that should lighten her spirit.

“How about you tell me why your hair is now orange?”

“What?” She stopped in front of him and lifted her hands to her hair. “My hair is not orange. It’s blonde.”

He grabbed a curl and slid the end between his fingers. “The tips, blondie. Why are the tips orange?”

“Oh.” She smiled and his pulse informed him it was no longer just about kissing; he wanted her in his bed. “It matches Orange Paparazzi.” At the blank look he gave her, she added, “The cupcake of the week.”

He cleared his throat. “You change your hair color to match your cupcakes?”

“Only the cupcake of the week. And only the tips.” She pulled one of the orange locks in question in front of her face and held it up for him to see. “It’s a temporary wash, so it won’t damage my hair by changing it so often. I have boots to match, too.”

There went all the blood that had been in his brain. “More Go-Go boots?” he croaked out.

“Yep.” Her smile flashed, showing him a hint of the carefree woman he liked so much, and not the sad one who’d shown up at his door. He almost leaned in and kissed her.

He needed to get away from her before he did something stupid, but couldn’t bring himself to move her aside. Or to walk away himself. Instead, he glanced down at the brown boots she wore. “When do you plan to wear these orange boots? Or did I miss them already?”

Please, he silently pleaded, please don’t let me have missed them.

The thought that she might have been prancing around town in the orange boots, and if he was guessing correctly, an orange mini-skirt, had him more than ready to go.

She stepped back from him, and moved to rest her rear on the railing to his side. “I’ve designated Thursdays as the day I take out the van. At least until tourist season starts. I’ll take it out more then and on Saturdays when the local soccer and baseball games kick off.”

“So that’s when you’ll wear your boots?”

“And the matching outfits, yes.”

He gulped. “Do you need any help on those days?” The thought of leaving her alone for all those men to ogle irritated him.

She laughed, a clear sound ringing out in the dark night that made him feel good inside. “Thanks, but I have Destinee for that. I suspect she’ll be far more help than you would be. You’d probably try to eat all the cupcakes.”

“Yeah,” he said. “Cupcakes. That’s what I was thinking about.”

Author Info
Award-winning author Kim Law wrote her first story, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in elementary school. Although it was never published, it was enough to whet her appetite for a career in writing. First, however, she would try her hand at a few other passions: baton twirling, softball, and music, to name a few. Voted “Bookworm” and “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school, she went on to earn a college degree in mathematics.
Law spent years working as a computer programmer and raising her son, and she now devotes her time and energy to writing romance novels (none of which feature talking raisins).
She is a Romance Writers of America’s RITA® finalist, a past winner of the RWA’s Golden Heart® Award, and currently serves as president for her local RWA chapter. Her books can best be described as a light-hearted mix taking her readers on a sexy, fun, and emotional ride. A native of Kentucky, she now lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in her Middle Tennessee home.

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  1. Thank you for hosting today! I am SOOOO going to make those cupcakes!

  2. I'm so going to make those cupcakes too! Right? They sound yummy!!!

    Thanks for hosting me today :)