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False MemoryWhile I usually have a format to my book ramblings, the holiday season is upon us and I’m cutting corners.  Not that I can solely blame it on the enormous amount of baking that goes on during the month of December since I read this book a couple months ago.  But here we are in December and I FINALLY figured out the perfect baked good to go with this book.

This “baking something to go with the book” seemed like a good idea when I started, but quickly became a delaying factor to publishing them quickly after finishing the last page.  As with everything, there are pros and cons.  Pros include I get to think about the book again and again when brainstorming the food item to do it justice.  Should I choose a mock up of the main character in cupcake? (Miranda in this case.)  Or do I mimic the cover in royal icing?  (Pretty easy way out since an art director already figured it out for me.)  The need to really think about each character and figure out what food symbolizes the book forces me to look at the book in way I probably never thought of before.  The cons are pretty simple:  It’s hard.  It takes time.  And it requires more baking.

Then there are days like today where I’m so excited about the baked good I can’t wait to publish the post.  So instead of writing my view of the book, which I really wonder if anyone reads, I’m going to get right to the sweet treat.  This way, when you read the book because it was fast-paced and action filled complimented by good writing, you can come back and let me know if you agree with the baked good I created.

What I cooked up to represent False Memory is a collection of four different cakes.  They are housed in the newest thing in the baking world, the push up.  Kinda looks like a test tube if you ask me.  (Hint, hint.)  The four flavors represent the four main characters.  Here are the flavors and you decide who they go with:

  • Chocolate Truffle:  Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and layered with chocolate ganache.
  • Red Velvet:  The classic red cake with the traditional cream cheese frosting.
  • Lemon Delight:  Lemon cake with a tangy lemon curd and topped with whipped cream frosting.
  • Carrot Cake:  Moist carrot cake layered with cream cheese frosting.

False Memory Cake Push Ups

I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but it’s hinted to in the picture.

As I stated above, this is a terrific book.  Mr. Krokos does a nice job of sucking you in right from the beginning.  Even though I didn’t go into detail, I hope he knows how much I enjoyed it because I gruelled over finding the perfect treat for the last two months.  I must say, this is one of the coolest ones yet.  What do you think? 

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It’s been a long time since we’ve had a contest on the little ole blog.  This must be remedied immediately.  To kick off February, the month of L-O-V-E, I’m hoping you will share your passion.  Don’t worry, you’ll get paid for sharing your heart.  You’ll have the chance to get 12 hearts back.  Custom ones.

All you have to do it write a comment about what you are passionate about and you will be entered into a contest to win a dozen cookies or cookie pops.  They are shaped like the candies and customized the way you want.  Remember, there is size to consider so no Declaration of Independence requests please.  Can’t picture it?  This should help:

The #YASAVES was a popular Twitter hash tag.

Kiddos decided to make their own versions of cookies as well.  Son went for “I’m on fire” to set the mood.  For those of you who enjoy the cookie pops instead, here is what they will look like:
 

That one is supposed to read "Love 2 Read."

 
You have until February 7th at 6:00pm to enter.  I’ll draw one random winner.  You get to pick what you’d like your cookies to say.  They will be put into the mail for a pre-Valentine delivery.  I’ll start us off:
 
 
I’m also passionate about writing, baking, my kiddos, and of course Hubs.  Now it’s your turn.  (BTW–if you get a friend to check out the blog and comment, have them drop your name so you both can win.)  Only shipped in the US.

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It’s been a rough couple weeks for writing.  It started with sickness and ended with a visit from my parents.  Ignoring the fact my ears were ringing from the television volume my parents insisted on using, I kept my creative juices flowing with cookie pops.  Here are a couple Fall favorites to keep you occupied while I actually produce some written words for my WIP and this blog.  Enjoy!

Halloween Creepers

Talkin' Turkey

These creations did go home with my mom who is going to be handing them out to her golf buddies.  These ladies have probably never heard of cookie pops and they are around 85 years old.  Very curious to what their reaction will be.  

Any guesses?  Leave them in the comments.

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Kidneys seem to be all the rage right now.  My favorite cake pop site, Bakerella, has even made a dessert treat for the occasion.  (Photos are from her site.)

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She was inspired to make this adorable, edible organ from this stuffie she received from I Heart Guts.  (I have to admit I love the ovary the most.)

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The reason she received such a gift was due to getting an even better present from her mother, a kidney transplant.  I didn’t know this cleansing organ was so popular until I found out a week later my awesome cousin was doing the same for my wonderful aunt.  I think I know who is now at the top of the favorite relative list.  These two occurrences made me realize the latest fade of donating kidneys was really taking off. 

The problem is the time it will take me to find someone in need, go through all the testing, and prep for the surgery, the kidney trend will be passé.  Another transferable organ, like cutting off a piece of liver to regenerate in someone else’s body, might be the new big thing.  This same principal goes for writing.  (You were worried I couldn’t connect them, weren’t you?)

Often on the writing blogs, boards, and conversations, wanna-be writers ask what the big thing is.  They are regularly told not to chase after trends because the publishing process is long.  By the time your book on kidneys finally makes it on an agent’s desk, they are buried in tons of organ love triangles where everyone chooses the heart.  The kidney has been tossed aside like they are a dime a dozen. 

What I find troubling is, what if it’s taking me forever to finish my book and the original idea I had two years ago has come and gone?  It will come down to whether my story is unique enough to stand out, but compatible enough to resonate with many.  Like finding a match for an organ donation, it’s a perfect fit when both sides need it the most. 

Get well Aunt Marian and Eileen.  Love you both!

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In 10 days, I will be seeing Mikel Jollet in Portland.  While I wish it was a personal invitation, the reality is I will be elbowing seventeen year olds in the face to get closer to the stage.  I’ve already warned Hubs we won’t be drinking because the beer garden is too far from the stage.  (My sacrifices for The Airborne Toxic Event are endless.)  In preparation for the big event, I’m declaring this the “Ten Days of Mikel” here on Breaking Books.

Everyone knows there is always a week’s worth of planning for a two hour event.  What will I wear?  The big new ring I got for my anniversary to make me look ultra hip even though I secretly question if I can pull it off?  Or a stone necklace because Mikel won’t be close enough to check my hands.  But then there is the fact I’ll be groping after him on stage.  Hmmm….  See?  Decisions, decisions.

This is why I turn to you.  I need your advice.  All week long I will ask for your guidance in putting my best foot forward at my TATE concert.  For the winner(s) of each question there is a cookie prize, a dozen cookies to be more specific.  (A $36.00 value according to some cookie sites.)  The shape is up for discussion, but this is what they look like.  You may recognize the technique from an earlier post.  They ship very well so don’t let distance deter you.

Keep checking to see what the question will be.   After the concert, I will post (with either pictures or text) which answer I chose and we will have our winner. There will be a winner drawn for each question.  If you refer someone to the site (and they mention you in their comment) you will both win.   Enter as many times as you would like.  The cookies can be traded for cookie pops if you like those better. 

I’m so excited.  I can’t wait to see what I will be doing next Thursday night!

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Prize Payout

Twenty-four chick pops were completed for Breaking Books’ first contest.  Jeannie was our winner!  Here is a picture of her adorable red-haired son Austin with some of the winnings. 

Another contest will be coming up next month and I hope you will participate!  Thanks again for all who entered this one.

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…’Cause the contest goes pop!  (How long has it been since you’ve seen a 3rd Bass (rap group from 1991) reference?

Spring time is coming. I can feel it.  Maybe this is wishful thinking since Oregon has been experiencing April showers for the past two months.  But, this isn’t stopping my hope the sun will soon be visiting.  To celebrate, we are going to have a contest! 

How do you enter, you ask?   Leave a comment on the blog (+1), subscribe to the blog (+1), get a friend to read the blog (+1), put it on social media like FB or Twitter (+1), or introduce me to Mikel Jollett (+25,000).  The possibilities are endless of how many times you can enter.  Contest goes through March 28th at 6:00pm PST.  Leave the note in this comment section of what you have done so I know how many times to put your name in the hat.  (Look, you already have one entrance if you do…it’s that easy.)

What’s the prize?  24 Cookie Pops!  They will be sent to you through US mail or hand delivered if you are in the Southern Oregon region.  What kind of Pops?  Chicks, of course…with some variations.

Cool Chick

Drunk Chick…Aka Chick Lit

Chick-kabob

 

Okay, this next one requires Parental Advisory Warning.  (I am worried about what kind of searches brought this up specifically.)  Hubs warns I shouldn’t put it on here.  He’s making gag sounds every time I talk about it.  I can’t resist.  It cracks me up– 

Two Chicks, One Cup

Your 24 can all be normal…well, as normal as non-professional cookie pops can be.  We’ll discuss specifics when a winner is chosen.  Good luck!

P.S.  This is a $40 Starbucks value.  🙂

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