Snow Flakes and Christmas Cakes Book Tour!

Sunday, 30 October 2016  Inspiration for Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes

Thank you ever so much for having me as a guest on your blog.
The inspiration for Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes came from my love of baking and the long-held ambition to run a cookery school. Whilst we are on the subject of dreams, the school would have to be in the south of France where the lead character, Camille Carter, lives above the brasserie where she works. However, much to her disgust, having agreed to help her sister out, she ends up stranded at Craiglea Manor cookery school in the snow-bound English Lake District.
From the beginning I knew Millie as if she were one of my friends; her quirks, her likes and dislikes, her mood-swings and the reasons behind them. I also had a good idea what the story was going to be about. I suppose this makes me a plotter rather than a pantster and it’s true, I do like to know what path my characters will be treading. However, sometimes they surprise me and refuse to do what I have planned for them. They stand in front of me, their hands on their hips, eyes narrowed, and scream ‘no way, Lindsey!’.
Throughout the story I tried to bring out what I love about the area, and Lake Windermere in particular - how the stunning scenery makes you feel, what the people who live there are like, and of course lots of detail about the local Cumbrian food and drink. I hope you will enjoy your visit there too.
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first in a series of chicklit/murder mysteries. Book six - April Showers and Wedding Flowers - has just been published and is also set in the glorious Lake District, although when I took a research trip there the meteorological gods refused to play ball - it was freezing!

So, thankfully the next in the series will be set in Millie’s home city - Paris. I can’t wait for my research trip there!


When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it - she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals. 
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hypothermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean. 
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles? 
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough. 
Author Bio
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.

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