Title: How to Bake the Perfect Wedding Cake
Author: Gina Henning
Series: Home for the Holidays #4
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Carina UK
A three-tiered cake. A groom to take. Here comes the bride!
After an explosive 4th of July, Lauren Hauser is glad to finally be home with gorgeous fiancé Jack by her side. With only three months to go till their wedding, Lauren needs to get planning. But she can’t even choose a wedding dress, let alone a maid of honour!
And with her job drastically taking a turn for the worse, the wedding quickly approaching and a blast from the past causing problems, Lauren feels like she’s losing the bridal battle.
At least baking their perfect wedding cake together is something she and Jack, as award-winning bakers, are excited about! But when a surprise wedding gift arrives earlier than expected, suddenly Lauren must take back control of her job, her life and her wedding – before she says ‘I do’!
Don't miss the brilliant fourth book in the Home for the Holidays series from Gina Henning.
The Home for the Holidays series:
Book 1 - How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Book 2 - How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
Book 3 - How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie
Book 4 - How to Bake the Perfect Wedding Cake
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B013L2OI1U
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013L2OI1U
Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean’s surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina’s favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.
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Welcome to the Here Comes The Bride Blog Hop
here we are on the first hop of the Here Comes The Bride Blog Hop. Please stop by all of the stops on the hop this week (details at the bottom) and be sure to enter our competition to win copies of ebooks from all five authors on the hop.
Character interview with Cassie Callahan from Hearts Afire.
Let's find out a little bit about Cassie and her wedding day.
Were you nervous on the big day?
Actually I really wasn't nervous at all, I thought I was marrying someone who really got me. I guess that shows what I knew because my fiancé called to say he'd changed his mind on the morning of the wedding and he wasn't coming.
Then I was more mad than nervous.
Did anything go wrong?
You heard what I just said right? I was jilted on the day of my wedding. Still that actually wasn't the worst thing that happened that day, believe it or not. I'm a caterer so I decided to cater my own wedding (okay in hindsight maybe not a great idea) and in all the fuss my sister left the stove on and the kitchen caught fire so the fire brigade turned up. I think the real question should be - did anything go right that day?
Be honest were you a total bridezilla? (Or do you have a Bridezilla story?)
It turned out was not even a little bit bridezilla, in fact my fiancé chose my wedding dress - maybe he was a groomzilla. Is that a thing? It should be. I am a caterer so I have dealt with my fair share of highly string brides so I think that made me extra anxious about not being one.
Bridesmaids, how many is too many?
Well I was only having two, my sister (more about her later) and my best friend Miranda. I think even one bad bridesmaid is one bridesmaid too many. I never wanted to be like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias...so many bridesmaids.
You can’t have a wedding without family – how did yours behave in the lead-up to the wedding or on the day?
I don't have much family. My parents were killed when I was a teenager so it's always been my sister and I...she set the kitchen on fire and then came with me on my solo honeymoon with me (may as well use the tickets). However she abandoned me on the honeymoon so all in all I guess my family didn't exactly have my back.
Are you still a believer in the happily ever after?
You know what a funny thing happened since my botched wedding day. I've started to see that maybe I was with the wrong guy all along and that maybe the right guy isn't too far away at all.
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enter our give-away
Monday - Monique McDonell
Tuesday - Samantha March/ChickLitPlus
Wednesday - Laura Chapman
Thursday - Nikki Mahood
Friday - Kathleen Irene Paterka
So today has been kind of a crazy kind of a day for me but not all that unusual. It made me think about all the aspects of my writing life that don't actually involve writing so I thought I'd step you through some of what I did.
Just as an overview I have one book that is in edits for October release (Any Way You Fight It), one book that my BETA readers are reviewing (Any Way You Plan It) and one book I'm doing the rewrites on for the BETA readers Any Way You Want It.
So here's a look at what my day has looked like in no particular order:
1. I woke up to my pretty new series banner for my series (see it above) so emailed my designer Erin and said thank you.
2. Erin also had a draft paperback cover for me (books 1 and 2 together in a book) so I emailed her about that.
3. Emailed my writing group for feedback on a paper back book cover for a combined Book 1 &2 and to discuss a possible book launch.
4. Did my usual round of the Facebook author groups I belong to or run and commented.
5. Had an email chat with a BETA reader on her thoughts about Any Way You Plan It.
6. Replied to an email from my editor about the edits coming later today.
7. Promoted a book on sale on several FB reader groups.
8. Posted a book cover to Instagram.
9. Lined up paid promo for Alphabet Dating for late October (the book is set during November so that makes sense).
10. Replied to emails from my writing group about paperback cover and launch.
11. Worked out paperback specs for book cover designer - how many pages affects the spine width.
12. Set up a blog tour for Any Way You Fight It myself (running my own this time so emailed bloggers and authors I know).
13. Emailed book covers to author for a blog hop I'm helping run next week - Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop.
14. Set up rafflecopter for the Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop.
15. Wrote author questions for Here Comes the Bride Blog Hop.
16. Received edits for Any Way You Fight It and read through the basic feedback, replied to editor via email.
17. Scheduled some social media.
18. Wrote this blog post.
19. Liaised with blog tour operator about scheduling a Facebook party for Any Way You Want It launch for November.
20. Interacting on my various social media platforms with readers.
Now I don't do all this stuff everyday, but it's not typical.
Just have a quick look at that list - no writing has taken place yet, and no editing either.
I have set myself the challenge of writing #1000wordsaday as regular readers know and so I still have to do that.
There are things on my list I never will get to today. (I have had to work today, for my actual job, and it's school holidays/vacation here so there are plenty of other distractions too).
Anyway I thought it was an interesting exercise. I know there are plenty of people who wonder what I do all day and I wonder myself where the time goes. It's true some days I clearly do stuff about, and some days I spend a lot of time writing or hours editing or planning.
So if you wonder what a writer's day looks like in the digital age, here's an example.
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Social media questions you were too embarrassed to ask.
The truth is social media has it's own rules and language and if you're not across them the whole idea of participating in social media is daunting. The language of social media is dominated by terms and language and many, many acronyms and abbreviations that confuse people.
I've met lots of people lately who are new to Facebook, don't "get" Twitter, think Instagram is for young people and have no idea clue what in the known universe Pinterest is. Some of these people want to know but feel silly when they ask and some of them NEED to know but can't get simple answers.
I'm going to do a series of simple blog posts that help answer some of these questions. These are questions that people ask me in real life and I try and explain in simple language.
So let's get started.
What the heck is a #hashtag?
Here is my simple explanation - if the internet is a giant eyclopedia then the #hashtag is a way to look through the index of knowledge and find something.
If you are on Twitter or Facebook for example and you want to look up pandas you search #pandas (see just pop that hashtag in front) and you will find all the posts by people who have used that hastag ie people who want to share their panda info with you.
See what I did just here and what I found (such cute pandas)
And it works the same way on Twitter.
On Twitter people also use #hastags to follow certain things that interest them. Kind of like putting a bookmark in that encyclopedia so you can find new information. Here's a picture of my own Tweetdeck page (Tweetdeck is a platform to look at or sort Twitter information). As you can see each column represents a #hastag.
So that's it...a #hashtag is a way to categorise and look for something on social media.
Set your lineups and pull out the old game tape—football is here. This year, you can experience fantasy football vicariously through (or commiserate with) Harper Duquaine in First & Goal by Laura Chapman.
What begins as a way to make nice with her new co-workers soon becomes an obsession for Harper as she navigates the ups and downs of managing a fantasy football team. Add in a pair of meddling brothers, a crew of quirky colleagues, and a league-mate who makes her toes curl, and Harper’s football season has plenty to keep her interested.
This new romantic comedy is now available from Marching Ink on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Join in the fun and cheer Harper on as she takes on the old boys club.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Then beat them.
About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).
Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.
With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Marching Ink
About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and a forthcoming Christmas anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.
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To be a writer you need to write.
I haven't been much of a blogger lately and my social media engagement had been down as well, I suspect.
Sometimes I really fret about that stuff - you can't sell books without an online presence if your books are sold almost exclusively online. You lose visibility and people forget about you, or so everyone says.
On the other hand you can't sell books if you don't write. Without that stage you have nothing to sell. That's a fact.
For the last couple of weeks I've chosen to focus on the writing and not get quite so distracted by the business and promotion side. Who knows if that's a good strategy or not but I do feel more energetic, more engaged with my characters and more enthusiastic about writing so those are all positives.
Any Way You Fight It, Book 3 in The Upper Crust Series is off at the editor now and will have an October release. Any Way You Plan It, Book 4 in the series is with the BETA readers now and Books 5 and 6 are ready for reading too. And I have a Christmas and a Summer/Valentine's novella ready for readers as well.
I guess that means I need to take a little break from the writing and get back to the promotion and other aspects of the writing business because that's what it is, a business. I already run another small business so I guess this makes me a entrepreneur, with two businesses on the go.
Like any business this one has goals - I want to get those four Upper Crust and two novellas published by January, I want to get better at organising my promos and newsletter, I have sales goals and marketing goals and now all I need to do is maintain momentum. Yeah, that's the hard part.
This song came me into my head yesterday for some inexplicable reason...and it reminded me of Marissa and Mike in
Any Way You Plan It...so here we go an old Australian '80s classic by Jenny Morris for Musical Monday.