Saturday, 19 March 2011

My week ..Chocolate Heaven, Webinars, Cover Design and such like.

Friday night treats don't get much better than this and very welcome after my week!
Jo Edwards of Aballu Truffles finally made it to the finishing post with the opening of her new chocolate-making shop in a lovely old listed building on Station Road Rossett,Wrexham, North Wales. The Cocoa Rooms is the Name and Artisan Chocolatier is the game.
Sensibly Jo had a lovely informal 'drop-in' evening so, along with daughter Joanna  (and Di who was visiting) we 'dropped in'. I had tasted Jo's chocolates before at a Tweet Up at the Lemon Tree Bar, Hotel. Wrexham.  sometime before Christmas when Jo's new venture and planned move from Llay was in progress.
Well what about the chocolates? Cheese with a difference. Not really cheese as we know it but chocolate cheeses ( Spiced; lemon and ginger; praline) which we could sample and spread onto crackers. then there were the truffles - mmm and blocks of chocolate with jelly bean toppings and brazil but topping - more mmm's. All presented nicely wrapped in clear cellophane tied with a ribbon.
Jo does lovely little selection boxes, again tied with a ribbon, which make a nice little token of appreciation ( two in a box) or a present (more in a box). After sampling afters first so to speak, we took a look at the Pizza boxes. I thought they were real pizzas but - no - chocolate pizzas. Upstairs there was a selection of snacks along with orange chocolate and more . . . After this we went to join the men for dinner at The Alyn just down the road on the corner by the river. Rossett is such a lovely village and quite timeless.
Well this was the end to a busy week which included a late night on Wed/Thurs due to time zones where I waited up for the BookBuzzr  Webinar on marketing e-books. This is something close to my heart as it brings reading into the sphere of those who may feel daunted by a paper book ( unhappy shades of school perhaps)  as well as an alternative to carrying heavy books around. ( A bit like mobile phones and landlines.)
My first book Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery (Author House) is now on Kindle. Ahead of print on May 1st, Christal Publishing have put the sequel - Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two on Kindle at a very competetive price for download.They are offering free delivery. (Yes it does cost a few pence to download the file over the airwaves.) No Kindle? The downloadable apps to PC-iphone etc are great and if your reader has colour then the Chasing Rainbows cover and interior photos are in colour. Look at those lovely Gold Wings.
More photos in the Chasing Rainbows photo album on my Facebook page. Facebook Profile.
Last but not least,we had some fun converting the cover of Chasing Rainbows for print but with some new software all was soon sorted.

Have a lovely weekend. The garden is calling. Honeysuckles and Roses need a spring feed!


Rosalie xx