Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advent Calendar of Festive Treats - Day Three

Here's another yummy one for those of you craving something sweet and seasonal!

Merry Christmas Muffins
8 muffin cases
2 eggs
8fl oz milk
100ml/3½fl oz vegetable oil
10 ozs plain flour
3oz sugar
3 heaped tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
100 g fresh cranberries
100 g marzipan in ½ cm pieces
Zest of 2 oranges
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground mixed spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. raw cane sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven at 180ÂșC.
Put 8 cases into a muffin tray.
Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl (oil/milk/egg/essence) with a fork
Sift flour, salt and spices in a separate bowl.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients fold in until just combined.
Carefully fold the cranberries, orange peel and marzipan pieces through the mixture.
Fill the cases and sprinkle some raw cane sugar on top of each muffin. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Advent Calendar of Festive Treats - Day Two

Release day is finally here for Sinfully Ever After (The Book Club Belles, Book 2) and to help celebrate today here is a very tasty looking recipe from Lynne Gilkes - former formidable headmistress and now an excellent, much in-demand baker of scrumptious delights!

I chose this one for today as I think the contrasting textures of smooth, rich, naughty chocolate and crunchy popcorn (I am assured it stays thus!) perfectly match with the characters of Luke and Becky in Sinfully Ever After.

Chocolate and Toffee Popcorn Bark
200g milk choc
200g white choc
Small bag of toffee popcorn
Draw a rectangular shape approx. 20x30cm on a sheet of baking parchment.
Turn it over and lay it on a tray.
Spread 200g melted milk chocolate and 200g melted white chocolate within the pencil outline.
Press the popcorn into the chocolate and leave it all to set in the fridge.
Break into chunks and place in cellophane gift  bags or just eat!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Advent Calendar - Day One

Today's festive recipe to start off my advent calendar of easy treats was donated by Rachael Hitchcock. Thanks, Rachael!

The Grinch Cocktail

You need:
2oz Midori
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
candy cane and red sugar for garnish

Pour all ingredients except candy cane and red sugar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well!
Strain into chilled glass with red sugar rim and garnish with candy cane.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabulous Feasts

Coming up on the December 2nd release date for SINFULLY EVER AFTER at last! This is the second installment in the Book Club Belles series and I hope you enjoy it! The heroine, Becky Sherringham, is not easily impressed by men - after all, she has two of the most difficult males in captivity to look after (her father and her brother). But when she meets Colonel Lucius "Lucky Luke" Wainwright, she finds out that it is possible for a man to be useful.
In the kitchen, of all places!
He may not be a professional chef, but Lucky Luke has a way with food and saves her with his skill at making a feast out of a few ingredients.
Do you have a "sinfully" delicious recipe for the season that you'd like to share? If so, please contact me at and you could have a recipe featured in my series of posts in December.

Jayne xx

Monday, August 11, 2014


If you've just found this blog - Welcome! I'd like to take this moment to tell you a bit about myself.

My epitaph will probably include the words, "she should have known better." I shuffle around the house in worn-out woolly socks, don't own a solitary t-shirt that isn’t stained, talk to myself, sing Amy Winehouse in the shower, have a morbid fear of sewing machines and ironing boards, drink too much coffee, would work for coconut cake, and spend five hours a day writing to maintain a relative degree of sanity.
As a child, my desire to entertain manifested itself in weekly performances from a cupboard in my bedroom. The repertoire was extensive and varied, including a one-woman version of “Jaws”, complete with a musical interlude for ice-cream. Sadly my audience of stuffed animals, dolls and bored sisters was mostly unimpressed and only mildly attentive.
The entertainment I provide for my family is now sadly limited to books published and occasional webcam shenanigans, since we're all far apart. My sisters remain unimpressed by this thing called a writing career and only approve of my wicked stories when they can be assured the heroine is based upon them.
They wait patiently for a story in which everyone keeps their clothes on. Mostly they claim to have no clue where I gets these ideas.
But then I really don't know either.
I've been published now since 2011 and it's certainly been a learning experience. I've discovered that while I love the process of writing and editing, I'm pretty bad at promotion and marketing. I can get so absorbed in writing a scene that I will forget the time, but I never forget a prize promised to a reader/fan. I've also learned that not everyone will like what I write. But that's fine - we can't all like the same colours and pizza toppings or life would be very dull. I've met some fabulous, supportive fans and I've also made some wonderful friends within the writing community.
I hope to continue writing for the rest of my life, to keep the readers happy and myself in wooly socks!
I can be found on Twitter @jaynefresina, on Facebook and at almost any bookstore (online and on your street corner).

So that's me for you!

Welcome to my blog,

Calamity Jayne

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Do you want to join the Book Club Belles?

I have decided to create a club for my faithful readers to thank them for their support. If you are interested in joining, please contact me with a private message through my Facebook Author page. All I require from you is your real name and mailing address - just for my own security purposes. I won't ask for reviews or anything else from you. Benefits of joining are: access to ARCs (Advanced Review Copies) of all my new releases, latest news and cover reveals, as well as occasional gifts appropriate for a Book Club Belle!

Sign up here with a private message:

Again, this is not a Street Team. I'm not asking for any help with my promo. Just looking for genuine, "old-fashioned" readers who enjoy my work and would like to be in on the breaking news! :)


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Release Day Party!

Finally the day is here - The Book Club Belles are formally "out" in society with ONCE UPON A KISS. Would you like to win a signed paperback of the new release? If so, please join my Facebook author page and send me a message there. I have a few copies left - not many!

I'll be appearing in various web spots over the next week or so and posting links to the interviews and giveaways on my FB page as they come up, so keep an eye out!

Thanks and Happy Reading!

The couple in my newest novel ONCE UPON A KISS have a bit of a hard time communicating.

You expect life to mimic fiction and when it does not you are disappointed. You wait for a man like one of those you read about. One who spouts poetry and makes an ass of himself on bended knee.”

“Why not? You’re able to make an ass of yourself upright.”

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