OFMD Part 5 Baking with Samba, Austin Noir, Summer Fire Review Contest

Our Flag Means Death part 5!

The older posts are here: Part 1, Part 2 (featuring stickers), Part 3, and Part 4 (featuring knitting).

Part 5 features some random photos of a baking class I took part in, hosted by Samba Schutte!

Proceeds of the event were in support of Every Mother Counts.

We made a chocolate tart!
Getting ready...

Baking the crust...

Can I have some? Why not?

Here we go!


Uh oh, chocolate explosion...

The next day: Only one slice left!

Adorable bees by McStuffies

New from Akashic Books!

The Austin Noir collection, featuring a great (sad) story by Gabino Iglesias
“You’ve probably heard of Austin. You may have been here for South by Southwest. Your best friend may have recently relocated here from California. You might have thought about moving here yourself, then decided it wasn’t worth it to live in Texas. You may have moved to Austin decades ago. You may even have been born and raised in Austin, and now you’re on the outskirts of San Antonio or (god forbid) Waco because you can’t afford to buy a house anywhere else. Or you may be living in a shiny new building downtown, watching the final stages of a sleepy town’s transformation into modern metropolis. One thing you’ll hear from almost any Austin resident: it was better when they got here...

“As the city expands, construction never stops, struggling futilely to keep up with new demand. The running joke is that the city bird is the crane. Rents and property values keep climbing. We fear becoming Dallas... The writers contributing to this collection represent a kaleidoscopic view of the city—not just in where they set the stories, but in their different social, economic, and cultural perspectives.”

FEATURING BRAND-NEW STORIES FROM: Gabino Iglesias, Ace Atkins, Amanda Moore, Jeff Abbott, Scott Montgomery, Richard Z. Santos, Alexandra Burt, Lee Thomas, Miriam Kuznets, Jacob Grovey, Chaitali Sen, Molly Odintz, Amy Gentry, and Andrew Hilbert.

And here's me! At an event at the kids' school. Earrings featuring art by smolbus

And now...


is for...

Summer Fire

Submit a review for Summer Fire and win! Let me know in the comments.
Summer Fire by Deniz Bevan
The Dirty Bits from Carina Press "give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two," these "microromances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily-ever-after."

'You know how it is with Canadians. We come alive in the summer.'

Ayse had resigned herself to an interesting—but in the end unromantic—trip visiting family in Istanbul. Great-aunts, touristy sites and endless meals…until she meets fellow doctor Hakan.

All tanned skin and defined muscle under his polo shirt, his kisses cut off her breath, making her dizzy. His every touch is a thrill.

Ayse wants all of Hakan at once. His sweet mouth, the heat of his body against hers, their heartbeats slowing together.

A holiday romance might give her some blazing memories come the lonely winter, but maybe, just maybe, the fire between them doesn’t have to be as fleeting as the summer.

For those times when size does matter. The Dirty Bits from Carina Press: quick and dirty, just the way we like it. One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!"
Do you review all the books you read?
Have you taken part in a baking class recently?


The maple leaf on your cheek stirred my patriotic soul, Deniz, even though I didn't recognize I had one!
Deniz Bevan said…
Same for me! So many years away, but the feelings are still there!