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Donna Kauffman-Tara Sheets Interview

Hi Tara!

I’m so happy we get the chance to chat today. First, I wanted to congratulate you on your Golden Heart win and subsequent sale of the book. So exciting! From a fellow Kensington author, welcome to the fam!

Thank you so much! I am thrilled that Don’t Call Me Cupcake found a home with the Kensington family. This book is very close to my heart, and I can’t believe I’m finally at the point where I’ll be able to share it with readers.

Q: I immediately fell in love with The Holloway Girls in your first release in that series, Don’t Call Me Cupcake. I also fell in love with Pine Cove Island. Tell us about how you came to pick Washington state for the location. Any fun research stories to tell?

I lived in Washington state for almost twenty years, and there’s a group of islands off the Pacific Northwest coast called the San Juan Islands. My family and I spent many summers on Friday Harbor, which is the inspiration behind Pine Cove Island. I remember visiting and thinking how the waterfront town, the tourist shops, and the gorgeous ocean views seemed a little bit magical and romantic. Plus, there were many sweet shops selling cupcakes, ice cream, and all sorts of delicious treats. That’s when I began dreaming up the story of the Holloway girls.

Q: Cupcakes! Aren’t they just addictive? I spent a year consumed by all things cupcakes while researching my Cupcake Club books. You’d think I’d be so over them, but no ma’am. Your book was an instant-buy on the title alone. What drew you to writing about baking and cupcakes?

I’ve never been very interested in cooking, but I definitely love to bake. My parents owned a small coffee shop, and my sister and I used to take turns trying out new cupcake and cookie recipes in the kitchen. My grandmother also owned a similar shop in Hawaii, so I think the idea of magical cupcakes evolved from those experiences. And I do have a sweet tooth, so let’s just say, many cupcakes were “tested” during the writing of this book. Research is so important, you know!

Q: If the title hadn’t already hooked me, when I discovered that your heroine, Emma Holloway, bakes wishes into the cupcakes? I love that SO, so much! I also love the name Fairy Cakes for Emma’s bakery. Where did your “little something extra” idea come from?

I’ve always loved fairy tales. There’s something whimsical and fun about sprinkling a little bit of magic into a story. When I thought of Emma and her baking, the magical talent was always a part of that from the very beginning. I knew that I wanted these Holloway women to each have a special ability that helped people. I chose the name Fairy Cakes not just because it refers to cupcakes, but also because it gives a nod to fairy tales and Emma’s past.

Q: Tell us a little about Hunter Kane and the trouble he has in store for Emma. She’s so flustered when she meets him she sells him three of her magical Sweet Success cupcakes. Oh boy!

Yes, the deliciously handsome Hunter Kane visits Emma’s shop and she thinks he’s just a passing tourist. When he mentions he’s there on business, she gives him magical cupcakes to bring him success. Later she finds out that his “business” is the fancy new restaurant and bakery opening up right next to her shop. Emma is furious. The hot guy who charmed her is the new rival who’s going to take away all her profits? Not acceptable! She turns to her cousin Juliette and together they scheme to make him leave town forever. Magic and mayhem ensue . . .

Q: Like Hunter and Emma, I love it when the hero and heroine go from adversaries to a forever-kind-of-love. So much tension! And when a lot of it is sexual? Even better! Is this a favorite of yours as a reader? What other themes might be in store for us? (Childhood friend to lover is another fave of mine. Hint, hint!)

I definitely enjoy reading stories where the characters go from enemies to lovers. That slow-burn kind of romantic tension is the best kind. It makes the final moment where they realize their feelings for each other so much more satisfying. Plus, it’s just so much fun watching them trying—and failing—to resist each other! As for stories where the hero and heroine go from childhood friends to lovers, that’s another one of my favorites. It sparked the idea for the second book in the series.

Q: Okay, okay, so I have to stop talking about Emma’s Fairy Cakes cupcakes and Hunter’s everything hotness for just a moment (wah!) You have such a fascinating story yourself, I want to hear more about that. You were born on Guam and your family is Chamorro. Tell us a little about your cultural background and if that has influenced you in your writing in any way.

I am Chamorro, born on Guam and raised overseas. My family traveled a lot and I grew up in different countries including Dubai and Cairo, Egypt. Even though we had such different experiences, I still feel very connected to my island life. A lot of my family is now in Hawaii. I think it just made sense for me to base my first series on an island, because I’m familiar with that small-town atmosphere and lifestyle. In a way, my fictional town of Pine Cove Island melds that with what I’ve learned about living in the Pacific Northwest. I also created Emma’s mother’s character using my experience of what it was like to move from place to place growing up.

Q: I hear your great-grandfather has a bronze statue in his honor on Guam. How awesome is that? And it has something to do with ice? You definitely need to tell us all about that! Continue reading “Donna Kauffman-Tara Sheets Interview”

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From the kitchen of Brides of Blueberry Cove author Donna Kauffman

Spending time in Maine while researching my Blueberry Cove books, it’s no surprise that I’ve become a big fan of baking with blueberries. One of my all time favorites is this blueberry crumb cake. It’s called a “buckle” because it is more cake like, and heavy on the blueberries. So much so, that as the crumb cake cools, it ‘buckles’ under the weight of all the blueberry goodness. You can use freshly picked or frozen blueberries, so it’s a great all year round, go-to recipe. Enjoy! Continue reading “From the kitchen of Brides of Blueberry Cove author Donna Kauffman”

Repurposed Shutter Project with Donna Kauffman

There are so many things you can do with old, weathered shutters! They make great wall hangings for everything from note boards, to card, or magazine holders. Attach a few clips and make a great organizer. Continue reading “Repurposed Shutter Project with Donna Kauffman”

Seashore Memories In A Jar with Donna Kauffman

I’m always looking for new ways to preserve my memories when I return from the lovely Maine coast. I’m at my crafty happiest when I can combine photos and some of my seashore treasures all in one nifty project. Okay, I should clarify – all in one nifty, easy-to-make project! Continue reading “Seashore Memories In A Jar with Donna Kauffman”

Miniature Garden Centerpiece with Donna Kauffman

In Sea Glass Sunrise, heroine Hannah McCrae’s younger sister, Fiona, creates miniature garden centerpieces for their brother, Logan McCrae’s, wedding reception. The gardens featured wee Maine-themed settings, including one that had the McCrae’s very own Pelican Point lighthouse.

Continue reading “Miniature Garden Centerpiece with Donna Kauffman”

Indoor Water Garden with Donna Kauffman

Even when it’s cold and dreary outside, and spring seems so far away, that doesn’t mean you can’t begin “planting” your garden. Why not try an indoor water garden? Wander your local flea markets, check out an antique shop, or just browse through Grandpa’s old shed to see what kind of fun glass bottles and clear containers you can find. Continue reading “Indoor Water Garden with Donna Kauffman”

BookCon Schedule – Are you going?

Saturday June 2nd

Sarah Price – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 1pm-2pm
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Donna Kauffman – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 2pm-3pm
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Sunday June 3rd

Marie Force – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 10am-11am
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KM Jackson – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 11am-12pm
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1:30pm-2:15pm               
Romance and the Resistance Panel

#1E16
With Authors: Sarah MacLean, K.M. Jackson, Aya de Leon, Roni
Loren, Donna Kauffman
Moderator: Tina Jordan

2:45pm -3:45pm              
Candy Crushes Signing
HarperCollins Meeting Room 2175
Ticketed Group Signing Event
Authors: Zoey Castile, K.M. Jackson, Aya de Leon, Donna Kauffman

4:15pm-5pm
Toxic Masculinity Syndrome Panel
#1E10
With Authors: Jasmine Guillory, Alisha Rai, Sarah Morgan,
Megan Frampton, Claire Legrand, Zoey Castile
Moderator: Eliza Thompson

Island-Themed Blog Post by Tara Sheets

I was born on Guam and lived in Hawaii before moving to the Pacific Northwest, so it seemed only natural for me to base my first series on an island.  After visiting the San Juan Islands off the northwest coast, I fell in love with Friday Harbor and its beautiful landscape and creative, wonderful people.  There was an instant connection I felt to the small-town atmosphere; the quaint coffee house, the bustling tourist shops, restaurants, and summer markets.  There’s something magical about island life, and the more I visited, the more The Holloway Girls series began to take shape.

One of the things I really love about small island towns is the fact that everyone seems to know each other.  Friends and relatives blend so seamlessly that often it just feels like one big, extended family.  My hope for The Holloway Girls series is to give readers the experience and sense of family that island life brings, as well as the drama that often unfolds when you live in such a close-knit community.  And of course, I had to add a dash of magic to bind the series together because magical hijinks just seemed like too much fun to pass up.

If you pay close attention, I mention dragonflies and mermaids in every book.  They hold a special place in my heart, as two of my Golden Heart® groups from Romance Writers of America are the Dragonflies and Mermaids.  These women continue to inspire me on a daily basis, and many of them have become dear friends.  I took this photograph during a summer trip to Friday Harbor, where I often visited to soak up the atmosphere while writing DON’T CALL ME CUPCAKE.  This is how I picture Pine Cove Island. A lovely, magical place! Continue reading “Island-Themed Blog Post by Tara Sheets”

Cover Reveal!

A raging winter storm and a holiday spent pet-sitting reveals there’s more than one kind of animal in the house…

When Emma Lafferty is hired by a billionaire CEO to watch his pets over the holidays, she expects to enjoy a quiet Christmas in opulent surroundings. What she doesn’t expect is to spend the week trapped in the mansion with Trevor Hamilton, the CEO’s sexy great-nephew—and heir—whose motives are as shady as his desire is crystal clear . . .

Praise for Donna Kauffman and her novels

“Kauffman’s stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy; she excels at expressing the struggles and joys of giving in to love.” –Publishers Weekly on Sandpiper Island

“We all know where there’s Donna Kauffman, there’s a rollicking, sexy read chock-full of charm and sparkle. Kauffman’s characters are adorably human and so very magnetic.” –USAToday.com

“Kauffman pens a touching romance . . . a quirky community and secondary characters with enough personality to make readers want to come back. A light romance with a touch of heat, a pinch of intensity and a dash of mysterious small-town magic.” –Kirkus Reviews on Pelican Point

“Sassy, witty, and sexy.” –Library Journal on Snowflake Bay

“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” – Lori Foster

 

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Books and Recipes for Mom!

Looking for a great book for Mom? You’ve come to the right place.

Want to make Mother’s Day even better? Download these fabulous recipes from your favorite authors.

Banana Bread
By Mary Burton

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Breakfast In Bed
By Donna Kauffman

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Maine Blueberry
Stuffed French Toast
By Lee Hollis

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 Mom’s Frittata
By Donna Kauffman

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 Mother’s Day Breakfast
Fit For A Queen
By Barbara Kyle

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 Pecan-Crusted French Toast
By Lutisha Lovely

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 Rainbow Compote
By Nancy Bush

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Easy Eggstacy
By Lois Greiman

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Strawberry And Prosciutto
Crustini With Balsamic Drizzle
By Leslie Meier

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