Thursday, November 28, 2013

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Spoonful of Christmas: The Cupcake Diaries by Darlene Panzera

Join author Darlene Panzera on her Virtual Book Tour for Spoonful of Christmas: The Cupcake Diaries, presented by Tasty Book Tours from November 25 – December 13, 2013.  Please leave a comment or question for Darlene to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter Avon’s tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit the better your odds of winning. 

Spoonful of Christmas
By Darlene Panzera
The Cupcake Diaries, Book 4

Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 176 Pages
ISBN: 978-0062305121

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About the book: 

In this special Christmas novella from Darlene Panzera, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas continues the adventures of three cupcake-loving women who work to keep their dream cupcake shop open while balancing love, family, and friendship.

When businessman Preston Pennyworth offers to buy Creative Cupcakes for a million dollars, the women are startled by his offer. Friends Andi, Kim, and Rachel have put everything into the shop and don’t want to give it up. 

Despite refusing the expensive offer, their worries are starting to pile up—just in time for the Christmas season.  
Between Andi’s concerns about a potential cross-country move, Rachel’s wedding-day stress, and Kim’s love life woes, the spirit of the season seems to be lacking! With the added stress of the holiday season, the women can’t help but imaging the possibilities of the offer.

Things change when Andi decides to organize a Christmas party for the foster kids in the area and the whole town gets involved. The women of Creative Cupcakes are reminded of what truly matters, as they realize the best things in life are close to home! But, when the shop is vandalized, the foster kids’ gifts are stolen, and Rachel’s wedding is sabotaged by a real life Grinch, the women can’t help but feel hopeless on Christmas.  Will their Christmases be saved?

In this warm and heartfelt add-on to THE CUPCAKE DIARIES trilogy, Darlene Panzera’s Christmas novella will captivate reader’s hearts and capture the true meaning of Christmas. 

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~Holiday Recipe - Paul Hanson's Carrot Cake~
(from the author's great-uncle)

Sift together:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

In another bowl combine:
1 1/2 cups salad oil
2 cups sugar

Mix well, add 4 beaten eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each egg. Gradually add 2 cups finely grated carrots. Add dry ingredients. Mix well.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes at 350° (Less time for cupcakes)

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese
Beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add while beating:
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
(1 cup chopped pecans - optional) 

About the Author

Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.

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  1. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.


  2. Thank you for hosting today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you for featuring my new release here today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. And why would Preston Pennyworth be willing to pay so much for Creative Cupcakes? Makes me wonder if he's not behind all the rest of the troubles for the girls.
    No matter how much we do 'glamorize' the Christmas season, it really is a stressful time. But if, like Andi, we can find what really matters, then we can face all the rest.
    BTW -- I'm going to have to try the Paul Hanson's Carrot Cake recipe.