Triple Layer Pavlova Recipe

Happy belated birthday to Brigid who is sharing a lovely Pavlova recipe
#christmas #desserts #pavlova

Watching the Daisies

IMG_6057In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination.

The following is my version – perfect for a Christmas dessert.

Preparation

Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan assisted oven.

Prepare 3 sheets of baking parchment, and draw 3 circles around tea plates of different sizes.  Place parchment on baking trays.

Ingredients

6 large eggs,

12 ounces of castor sugar,

Dessert spoon of cornflour,

Dessert spoon of white wine vinegar,

1/2 pint of whipping or double cream (I use non dairy)

Fruit of your choice for filling and embellishment – passion fruit and lemon curd, raspberry and blueberry, mango and raspberry, strawberry…

Method

  • Separate egg whites and add to a clean bowl – any fatty residues will prevent the whites from…

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An interview with author Richard Dee

Awesome interview at Joy Lennock’s blog of the talented author Richard Dee.

Joy Lennick

Richard DeeToday, I have the pleasure of interviewing a writer who you may, or may not, be familiar with; but one, I’m sure you will return to, once you have enjoyed a taste of his excellent, entertaining books and writing style.

Hi Richard, it’s a pleasure to have you here today as my guest. Get comfy and take a deep breath as you’re now under the microscope so to speak! We’re all keen to learn more about you, so fire away.

What’s your earliest memory and your favourite one?

I remember living in Brixham when I was very young. Our house was at the base of what seemed to be a huge cliff, trains ran over the back. The station has long gone, the house was for sale when we were on holiday one year, we almost looked around; in the end, I couldn’t face it. My favourite memory is harder…

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5 Awesome Marketing Sites for Authors

Great post from Brigid about book marketing sites.

Watching the Daisies

All Author 30 Jan.If you are a new author, exploring book marketing sites, can become quite overwhelming.

I did not pay for any marketing for my memoir “Watching the Daisies,” (apart from a couple of short, unsuccessful campaigns which cost not a lot, but put me off paid marketing) for a total of eighteen months.

Meanwhile, I was able to build up book reviews, and form a solid foundation on both my blog and social media links.

I am forever thankful for all the support I received on my journey.

My previous post 20 Marketing Tips for New Authors includes my tried and tested FREE marketing tools for new authors.

Paid Book Marketing Sites

In May 2018, I dipped my toe back into the paid marketing waters once again.

Sticking to a modest monthly budget, I have spread my marketing campaign evenly over each month.

I have continued to build on my…

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Chelsea Buns with a Dutch twist [GBBO Bake Along]

A fabulous recipe for Chelsea buns via Anne at books baking and blogging.

Books Baking and Blogging

bread weekYou guys, I’m so proud of myself! I’ve only gone and baked myself some bread! Now, you might think “well, duh, you’re a baker, right?”, but any baker will be able to tell you that baking bread is something completely different from baking pies and tarts and cakes. And I’d only ever baked something resembling bread once before a couple of years ago. I think it was a pizza type dough.

Anyway, back to this bread! It was Bread Week on The Great British Bake Off – the week everybody always dreads, including me this year. I was going to have to bake along and I knew nothing about bread! Luckily, the Signature Challenge of the episode was to make Chelsea Buns (for the Americans: think cinnamon rolls). Baking something like Chelsea Buns or cinnamon rolls had been on my baking bucket list for a while now, so it…

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Staying in with M.J. Mallon

Thank you to Linda for my feature on her blog staying in with her and bringing along artist Carolina Russo and my strange fantasy characters in The Curse of Time.
Come and meet them.

Linda's Book Bag

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Recently I’ve seen quite a bit about Young Adult (YA) fiction claiming it is a lesser cousin of adult fiction. I couldn’t disagree more. Some of the best books I’ve read have been YA books and I’m delighted to welcome M.J Mallon to Linda’s Book Bag today to tell me about her YA release.

Staying in with. M.J. Mallon

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Marjorie. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Thank you so much for inviting me Linda I really appreciate it.

My pleasure. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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I have chosen The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone because it’s my debut novel.

What can we expect from an evening in with The Curse of Time?

We can expect an intriguing evening with The Curse of Time. Take a seat…

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Platform: Self-Publishing

Debby Gies covers all the essentials of self-publishing in this fantastic blog post.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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Prologues – with hindsight

A fascinating post about prologues, from Jessica Norrie. Particularly as there is one in my novel! Apparently some folks don’t like them. I recommend reading this thoughtful article to discover the do’s and don’ts of prologues.

Words and Fictions

Browsing my favourite fiction authors, what do Helen Dunmore, Elena Ferrante, Zadie Smith, Margaret Forster and Kazuo Ishiguro (sometimes) do, that Margaret Atwood, Ian McKewan, Rose Tremain and Kazuo Ishiguro (sometimes) don’t?

1411219Clue: It was good enough for Chaucer and (sometimes) Shakespeare, but has a reputation as a turn-off in submissions to agents and publishers. At the Guardian Masterclass I attended, the invited agent said: “Never send me a submission with a prologue!” And here are two more, quoted on the Writer’s Digest:

“I’m not a fan of prologues, preferring to find myself in the midst of a moving plot on page one rather than being kept outside of it, or eased into it.”

“Damn the prologue, full speed ahead!”

In the Facebook group Book Connectors the thread “Do you read the prologue?” has given me a blog theme for the second week running. (Thanks!) It’s turned…

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All-Around Best of Show

Congratulations to Diana Peach for being awarded All Around Best of Show in the #FFRodeo at Charli Mill’s Carrot Ranch Literary Community.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

From Lead Buckaroo, Charli Mills

The dust has settled, and the bulls are back out to pasture after the first Flash Fiction Rodeo at Carrot Ranch. From idea to event, this was no solo endeavor. It took a community to dream, organize, support, promote and engage.

To all of you who wrangle words at the Ranch, to those of you who quietly read from the other side of your screen to all who dared to make this contest their “first rodeo,” thank you!

Our Flash Fiction Rodeo consisted of eight unique events that differed in length, prompt and form. Each leader devised their own contest and rules for participation. We worked together as a team to shape the Rodeo, and each leader worked with a partnership of judges. We allowed leaders and judges to enter any contest they were not judging. We also allowed writers to participate as challengers if…

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A Perfect 10 with Marjorie Mallon

Thank you so much to Don Massenzio for featuring me on his perfect 10!!

Author Don Massenzio

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Marjorie Mallon on this edition of A Perfect 10.

Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy BellNick DavisKathleen LopezSusan ThatcherCharles YallowitzArmand RosamiliaTracey PaganaAnna DobrittKaren OberlaenderDeby FredericksTeri PolenDarlene FosterRobert Rayner, C.C. NaughtonSherry RentshlerLinda BradleyLuna St. ClairJoan HallStaci TroiloAllan HudsonRobert EggletonPaul Scott BatesP.C. ZickJoy LennickPatrick Roland

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The Author Presentation…for Newbies

Tips for author presentations via Mae Clair.

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Hello, SEers! Mae here, sending out a thank you for hanging with me today as I take a look at author presentations. I’ve done several book signings, all with other authors, but recently did my first speaking presentation. A Federated Women’s Club tracked me down through my local library and invited me to be a guest speaker.

I was flattered.

I was jazzed.

I was gulp nervous.

Actually, the event went extremely well and I managed to gain exposure as a result. Since I’d never done a solo presentation before, it was pretty much a guessing game on how to prepare. I was slated to speak the end of October on the topic of my choice. The woman who contacted me hoped I might slant my speech toward the paranormal given the time of year.

I had little problem with that.  🙂

I’m not an expert, but learned a few…

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