Reading, Cake Experiments, & 16th-century Romance

Dratted diss update: Happily (or not so happily) scribbling away on 16th-century romance. Definitely racy reading. Sometimes also giggle-inducing reading. There’s love, monsters, ghosts, evil nechromancers, even eviller enchantresses, mystery, murder, and mayhem.

In the third chapter our worthy hero, St George, kills a pair of lions in a most unusual fashion: he first

rent the curled tresses from hys head, that was the colour of Amber [the hair, one supposes, not the head itself], the which hee wrapped about hys armes against the Assault of the Lyons, for he greatly suspected them to be the ministers of hys Tragedie, which indeede so fell out, for at that same instant they descended the dungeon, being brought thither by the Guards of Ianasaries, onely to make a ful period of the Champions life: But such was the inuincible fortitude of Saint George, and so polliticke hys defence, that when the starued Lyons came running on him with open Iawes, he valiantly thrust hys sinnewed Armes into their throats (being wrapped about with the haire of hys head) whereby they presently choaked, and so he pulled out their bloody harts.

Take that, you bad, bad Lyons, you!

Isn’t it charming? Of course, after you’ve read the whole book, your English will probably be ruined forever. So naturally, I had to take preventive steps. I wouldn’t want my English to be ruined forever, would I? No, of course not. So, ladies and gentlemen (and Lyons), here’s preventive measure No. 1:


Kerry Greenwood’s The Castlemaine Murders is my current fun read and my first Phryne Fisher mystery (bought it because the title and the cover are so intriguing). And so far, I’m loving it! It’s got an unusual setting (1930s Australia), an unusual heroine (upper class, likes sex, has taken a Chinese lover), and an unusual murder (mummified murder victim). Nice!

As far as the romance reading goes, I’m very partial to Wild Rose Press at the moment, which has quite a lot to do with how their website is set up. I like how they have divided their books into different categories according to theme, setting and time. This makes it very easy for the eager reader to find a whole bunch of, say, contemporary westerns. Very nice if you like cowboys. Very, very nice indeed. ’cause cowboys certainly count as preventive measure #2. 🙂

Last week I bought a couple of books by Cindy Spencer Pape, like this one:

The hero of Always a Cowboy isn’t just a cowboy of sorts (well, you probably wouldn’t call him a real cowboy as he doesn’t do much cow-related stuff in the course of the novel) (actually, I don’t think he does any cow-related stuff), but he’s also a really nice guy. And he’s got a bad leg. Poor thing. And the book is a from-friends-to-lovers story. What’s not to like?

And then, I also bought this book:

Crazy for the Cowboy. Who could’ve resisted this sweet cover? Not me. *g*

And now on to preventive measure #3: cake. By now you all know how much I love baking. And how much I love my new Nordic Ware pans. So yesterday I bought this little book:


It’s title translates “1 Dough – 50 Cakes.” It’s a rather neat concept: they give you one basic recipe and then present variants of the same recipe – which basically screams for experimentation. I love baking experiements! So this is what I’ve got planned for the next few weeks:

  1. Cake with egg liqueur (okay, that’s not much of an experiment, but it’s been a long time since I last made egg liqueur cake)
  2. Cake with coconut milk and white chocolate
  3. Cake with orange juice, cocoa powder and molten dark chocolate (the combination of cocoa powder and molten chocolate gives you fantastic results when you’re making ice cream; I hope the results for cake will be just as fantastic)

4 thoughts on “Reading, Cake Experiments, & 16th-century Romance

  1. azteclady

    Now I want the first book.

    You know, I should stop blog hopping, my wish list, it runneth over (and my budget just groans and moans and whimpers in misery)

    (thank you)

  2. Sandra Schwab

    You’re very welcome. 😉

    I’ve just noticed that I should have cropped that first picture before posting it as this is only an abridged version of the book I’m actually talking about. The book in question is Richard Johnson’s “Seven Champions of Christendom”

  3. Marg

    I am working my way through the Phryne Fisher series at the moment and really enjoying them. I like them because they are predominantly set where I live (in Melbourne) but also because as a characters she is very much of her time – a well to do woman with a penchant for beautiful young men, and there are no apologies for that!

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