Title: Devil’s Food Ripple With a Cherry on Top
Author: Laura Strickland
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Fenady Clark's dream of owning an ice cream parlor has inspired her through some of life's hardest challenges. Just when the grand opening's within reach, that wicked rogue, Sebastian Bane, opens shop and starts serving Fenady's designer flavors, all renamed. She suspects he's using black magic to poach her recipes, and if she weren't a good witch instead of a bad witch, she'd whip up a spell and retaliate.
Sebastian's come all the way from England to establish his family's business near Salem. He can't explain how he and the lovely Fenady keep creating the same ice cream confections, unless it's enchantment, or fate. Is there room in town for both their dreams? And what will it take to convince an angry white witch she needs him in her life?
“Of just exactly what are you accusing me, Miss Fenady?”
She tossed her head. “Haven’t you been listening? You’re stealing my ice cream flavors. And I want it to stop.”
Indignation joined the anger brewing in Seb’s chest. “I may be a lot of things, Miss Fenady.” A creative genius, if he did say so himself. A walker of the old magical path, a died-in-the-wool Wiccan. That meant he believed in putting good out into the world. “I’ve told you, I’m no thief.”
“Then how is it you list, here, flavors I’ve formulated?” She slapped the flier.
“I don’t know.” He treated her to a snarl of his own. “Maybe you’re stealing my ideas, rather than the other way ‘round.”
“How dare you? I started dreaming up those formulas when I was twelve years old.” She began a recitation. “Pistachio Dream. Whipped Almond Cloud. Both of those—or versions of them—you’ve put out, even while they were still just proto types in my kitchen. Vanilla Victory, with—”
“With a touch of licorice?” Seb asked, in dawning horror.
“Yes.” Pure rage glared at him from her eyes. “Do you mean to stand there and tell me that’s coincidence?”
“No, I wouldn’t call it that.” On the contrary, Seb was starting to think some other force must be at work here, one that fairly lit him with curiosity.
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Multi-award-winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between. Her first Scottish Historical hero, Devil Black, battled his way onto the publishing scene in 2013, and the author never looked back. Nor has she tapped the limits of her imagination. Venturing beyond Historical and Contemporary Romance, she created a new world with her ground-breaking Buffalo Steampunk Adventure series set in her native city, in Western New York. Married and the parent of one grown daughter, Laura has also been privileged to mother a number of very special rescue dogs, and is intensely interested in animal welfare. These days while she's writing, you can always find her latest rescue, Lacy, nearby. Her love of dogs, and her lifelong interest in Celtic history, magic and music, are all reflected in her writing. Laura's mantra is Lore, Legend, Love, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
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