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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

COOKING WITH CLORIS--CUPCAKES WITH AUTHOR GINA GORDON



When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream of becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. Learn more about her and her books at her website.—AP

There’s nothing a cupcake can’t fix.

At least that’s what my heroine, Liv Crawford, believes in my contemporary single title, A Taste of Trouble. It just so happens, I completely agree.

My borderline obsession with cupcakes began when they exploded onto the culinary scene a few years back. Yes, I was a bandwagon jumper. But can you blame me? They are so cute and delicious and versatile. They are perfect little treats to celebrate happy news but more importantly, they are the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling down.  I’ve cried many a tear into my cupcake icing.

In A Taste of Trouble, Liv has spent years testing out different recipes.  As the new owner of a cupcake bakery, she spends her days crafting delicious and visually stunning works of art. It’s her passion. Her purpose. I can relate to that because that’s how I feel about being a writer. But when it comes to cupcakes, the only thing I’m passionate about is eating them.

Early on in the book, Liv describes a Guinness Chocolate Cupcake. Now, I’m not going to pretend that I can bake or even come up with a recipe that’s all my own. Instead, I direct you to the My Baking Addiction blog for the recipe that was the inspiration for the cupcakes in the book.

So if you like cupcakes and things that are sugary sweet, try A Taste of Trouble. Oh, and there may even be a mention of French Macaroons.

A Taste of Trouble
When Liv Crawford decided to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery, it was no surprise that she forgot to add “maintaining a serious relationship” to her business plan. Not when she believes a cupcake can fix anything, even loneliness.

Jake Miller isn’t concerned about being lonely. He’s cast aside his playboy lifestyle to pursue something more meaningful, his passion for photography. So, when his boss asks him to pursue a beautiful woman and coerce her to his office for a disguised meeting—no matter what it takes—in exchange for the opportunity to turn his hobby into a career, he jumps at the chance. At first sight, Liv awakens his long-buried desire for commitment, but his secret mission could ruin his hopes of keeping her.

Despite Liv’s commitment to swear off relationships to run her bakery, Jake quickly becomes her number one distraction. Yet, even her misgivings can’t tame the heat as they straddle the line between love and ambition.

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