Four-star recipe: Green tea cupcakes with sesame icing

“Their flavors will send  your taste buds on a trip around the world…the Chinese cake has green tea and sesame seeds…” –All Four Stars, page 268 Classy Cakes–the fictitious “dessert bistro” that Gladys is assigned to review in All Four Stars–is famous for its delicious, internationally-inspired cakes. As for how I decided to write about such cakes…well, if you… Read more »

Coming soon!

All Four Stars will be published in exactly two weeks! #excitement Today I’m over at Emu’s Debuts with a post called “How to Fail For Real.” It’s about overcoming fear of failure, and touches on my long journey to publication. (It’s also my last Emu post as an unpublished author. I’ve been blogging there for more than two years!)… Read more »

Four-Star Recipe: Gajar ka halwa

“What’s gajar ka halwa?”  Gladys was intrigued. “It’s a traditional north Indian pudding made with carrots,” Parm said. “Carrots?” “Trust me, it’s the best dessert on earth.” –All Four Stars, page 208 Parm Singh is right. Move over, carrot cake–gajar ka halwa is the tastiest sweet dish made with carrots you could possibly imagine! The first… Read more »

Awesome YA debuts out today!

Well, friends, my incredible critique partner Lauren Sabel has her debut YA novel, Vivian Divine is Dead, coming out TODAY from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins! Set in Hollywood and Mexico, this book follows teen starlet Vivian Divine as she goes on the run from the people who killed her mother. It’s twisty, turny, action-packed, and beautifully written–just about everything… Read more »