Introduction by Gail Allison
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Milly Johnson has been writing her whole life, whether it’s greeting card copy, poems and jokes, or the (almost) library of novels that she now has under her belt. She’s not afraid to be completely honest and candid with pretty much everyone, and takes life with a giggle as well as with a grain of salt. She lives with her two sons, one dog, and a whole herd of cats in the middle of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She still writes the occasional greeting card, and uses her excellent command of the language to pen an engaging blog, as well as write new novels, and keep up with her fans and friends on twitter. Also, she has really cool hair.
We’re so excited to have Milly here with us today to talk about her new novel "An Autumn Crush," a story about how complicated relationships can really be. Juliet Miller is recently divorced and half-heartedly advertising for a roommate when she meet Floz, a copywriter who is also still raw from a hard breakup. When Guy (Juliet’s twin brother) meets Floz, he’s immediately smitten, while we also learn that Guy’s best friend Steve is harbouring a massive crush on Juliet. Anything this complicated can’t end well for everyone...or can it?
Pick up your copy of “An Autumn Crush” today, or better yet...enter to win below! Not only are there TWO books up for grabs, but also a lovely bag and some bookmarks for each winner. And best of all, the giveaway is open worldwide!
Visit Milly at her website and blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
The recipe is a lovely Delia Smith one which I found ages ago and it's a lovely light cake after all that richness - note it contains raw eggs!
110g of softened unsalted butter
175g golden caster sugar
4 large eggs, separated
grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons
8 trifle sponges
275 ml double cream
3 tablespoons of lemon curd
1.2 litre souffle dish or pudding basin
1 - lightly oil the basin or dish
2 - beat the sugar and butter together until pale and fluffy
3 - beat the yolks of the eggs and add them them to the butter mixture, a little at a time inbetween more beating
4 - add the grated zest of the lemons plus all but a teaspoonful of the juice and blend
5 - whisk the egg whites until they are stiff peaks then fold into the creamed mixture
To assemble the cake
1 - split the sponges in half lengthways, then place a layer of them in the bowl followed by a layer of the mixture. Repeat finishing with a layer of sponge.
2 - Finally, cover the dish with foil, place a small plate on top to weight the cake down and leave in the fridge all night.
1- whisk the cream until thick and fold in 2 tablespoons of the lemon curd.
2 - loosen the cake round the edges with a palette knife, turn it out onto a serving plate and cover it all wih the cream.
3 - Gently heat the lemon curd in a small saucepan along with the reserved teaspoon of lemon juice and drizzle it over the cake just before serving
4 - scoff and enjoy!
Special thanks to Milly for sharing her recipe with us and her gift package with our winners!
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Giveaway ends December 26th at midnight EST.