As it nears Labour Weekend , I thought I would catch up on posts as I haven't been able to get on since Monday which is so unlike me, but the past few weeks especially this week has been so hectic with a lot of changes going on and some of them quite scary as well. So readers with things that are happening and also with only three more assignments to go and I would have completed my study. Life has been pretty full-on, so my site has taken a little seat on the back burner for now.
Have you read any of Sheila Robert's books ? I read her book "The Snow Globe" back in December 2010 and I really enjoyed it . It was a sweet, inspirational christmas tale. The review can be found @ http://thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.co.nz/2010/12/snow-globe-sheila-roberts.html Today's book spotlight is her new release "Better Than Chocolate" - Hmmm , what can be better than Chocolate , well Sheila's latest book can be .
Synopsis: Better Than Chocolate - Sheila Roberts - September 2012
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly .
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHOCAHOLIC
mid-morning. Breakfast is over (a nice, nutritious one), and little Sheila is
sitting at her computer, writing away.Where was I going with this scene? Do I need this scene? This needs to
be better. I can’t think.
I know what I
need: some chocolate to help me think. I’ll just step over to my office closet
where I hide my stash and have a little Lindor chocolate truffle ball. Wait a
minute. The bag is gone. Who ate my last white chocolate truffle ball? Has my
husband discovered my stash? Oooh, if he’s raided my chocolate he’s in big
Oh,wait. I ate
the last one yesterday. Well, never mind. Get back to work.
Okay, back to
that pesky scene. Type, type, type. Yuck. This is pathetic. Who would read
this? I don’t want to read it and I’m the one writing it. I need chocolate!
I know. I’ll
make myself a latte with chocolate syrup in it. Off to the kitchen I go. Wait,
where’s the chocolate syrup? We can’t be out. Oh, yes. I’m on deadline. I
haven’t gotten to the store. There is no chocolate syrup. All right, then, hot
chocolate. Do I have any hot chocolate mix left?
Oh, no. I’m out
of that, too. Cocoa powder. I’ll pull out the cocoa powder and make hot
chocolate the old-fashioned way. Where the heck is the cocoa powder? Gone, all
anyone panic. There must be something in this house.
I’ll have some chocolate chips. And add some raisins to make the treat doubly
healthful. Raisins are good for me – lots of iron. Chocolate is good for me,
too. It’s good for my skin, good for my heart, and it boosts my mood. And right
now my mood definitely needs boosting!
I find six whole
chocolate chips left at the bottom of the glass jar where I keep them. Only
six. What’s with that? Who’s been in the baking supplies? Oh, yeah. Me, the
last time I went on a chocolate rampage.
Well, these will
have to do. I snort the six chips (forget the raisins – we’re out anyway) and
get back to work. The scene still stinks. Well, write it anyway. Type, type,
This is so not
working. I need more inspiration so I call my neighbor. “Can I borrow a cup of
“I’d love to
help you,” she says, “but I ate the last chocolate chips in the house.”
My neighbor and
I decide we need to run to the store.
At the store
it’s time to stock up: M & M’s, more truffles, chocolate chips, cocoa mix,
cocoa powder, baking chocolate, and oh, yes, let’s stop by the Starbucks and
get a nice latte with plenty of chocolate in it. Aaaah. Now, maybe I can go
home and fix that scene.
Back at the
typewriter, popping M & M’s the words begin to flow. Why did I think this
scene was so bad? It’s great now. Life is great! Hmmm. Is the scene really
better or did my chocolate hit fix alter my mood?
writer never knows for sure. One thing I do know for sure though, chocolate
keeps me going!
lives in the Pacific Northwest. She's happily married and has three children.
Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen
for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books.
Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and
appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of
Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.
When she's not making public appearances or playing with
her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to
women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.