Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tasty Book Tours: The Cupcake Diaries: Spoonful of Christmas

The Cupcake Diaries:
Spoonful of Christmas
By: Darlene Panzera

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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Review: I think books like this...well series like this should have their own genre. Small town cozies! It has to be cozy!

This novella is book 4 in The Cupcake Diaries series and it is cupcake size. (It probably should be book 3.5 but I won't quibble)

It follows the lives of Andi, Kim and Rachel all who are owners of Creative Cupcakes. 

There's a lot going on in this short novella; a rich old man wants to buy their business for his daughter, weddings are being planned, dreams of being married are happening, and careers may or may not be being advanced, a sweet little foster kid, oh and there's a real life Grinch in town that's trying to make sure that no one is going to have a Merry Christmas.

First the Creative Cupcake window is vandalized, then presents for the foster children's Christmas party are stolen..and then Rachel's wedding is...well...I don't want to spoil it...

The Grinch is so Grinchy the roast beef is even stolen and when you think that things aren't going to work out for anyone.

This was a great read and you don't have to read the other books to dive in, but I guarantee that when you finish this one, you'll go back, so you get get a proper introduction to everyone in the stories.

Rating:  5 flowers

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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Darlene Panzera said...

Thank you so much for featuring my new release, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas here today! I really appreciate your time and support!

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