My guest author this week is Isabella May who is interviewing Annabelle, one of the baking cousins from her delightful novel, The Cake Fairies. Doesn’t the cover look scrumptious! Let’s find out a bit about the book.
1960’s Somerset is no fun for cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams. Mourning their non-existent love lives, and the mundanity of village life, their only pleasure is baking – until a chance encounter has them magically transported to the bright lights of London… in 2019!
Promised a chance of love, first they must teach the people of the future about the simpler pleasures of life by becoming Cake Fairies. Over the course of a year they set off on a delectable tour of the UK, dropping off cakes in the most unexpected of places and replacing the lure of technology with much sweeter temptations.
But will their philanthropical endeavours lead them to everlasting love? Or will they discover you can’t have your cake and eat it?
Buy link: mybook.to/thecakefairies
Now let’s move onto Isabella’s interview with Annabelle:
Annabelle Williams, you and your cousin, Polly live in the sleepy Somerset village of Middle Ham. What’s a typical day like for you?
I get up, I get criticised for my ‘deeply inappropriate’ choice of hippie-dippie clothes, I work a nine hour shift at the bakery I run with Polly (the bakery where I try my best to avoid the lecherous, and thoroughly beady eyes of certain village males), and then woe betide me if I’m not back at my parents’ kitchen table at half-past five sharp!
What’s so exciting about the nearby town of Glastonbury’s annual Tor Fair?
Hello! Eye candy!
Polly would tell you it’s the blessed brandy snaps. She’s lying.
Why do you think neither of you have found Mr. Right yet?
You try living in Middle Ham. Oh, all right. There have been a few contenders, but Polly holds me – us – back every single time. She wants perfection, you see. And everybody knows that doesn’t exist.
Having met Amber Magnolia in her tent at the fair, and having time travelled from 1969 to 2019, what were your first impressions of the (not-so-new) new millenium?
Promise not to tell a soul? I was bewildered there. Totally out of my depth. Yes, even despite that surreal and rather lovely encounter with the dishy Scandi waiter.
Amber Magnolia has you both carry out a number of ‘interesting’ cake drops in various locations across the UK. Which was your favourite? Which was your not-so-favourite?
Cornwall was lush and every corner was like something off a chocolate box. I suppose it helped that I’d chilled out by then, that we visited in the summer and right at the end of our ‘magical mystery tour’. It’s crazy to believe we’d never visited in 1969, what with Somerset being so geographically close… then again, we’d probably never have encountered the lusciousness that is Jelberts clotted cream ice cream in those days. It’s secret would’ve been far closer guarded. So perhaps it was worth the wait.
We both hated Edinburgh. Not the city – well, what little we got to glimpse – but that bloody woman’s hare-brained idea to have us ‘drop’ cake in the blimming underground vaults… the freakishly haunted underground vaults, I hasten to add! I’m still having nightmares to this day.
Why does Alex catch your eye?
You mean to tell me you’ve never been seduced by the lunar pull of a tall, butter-blond Danishman with cerulean eyes?
Many readers have complained about your hot and cold treatment of your cousin. How would you respond to these accusations?
I think it’s all too easy to judge until you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. But they’re partially right; 2019 certainly amplifies my inner bitch, and at times my behaviour toward my cousin has been grossly unfair. Although, while we’re on the subject, cut me some slack, purlease… I may not have walked the distance in my shoes, but I have just undertaken a 365 day cake drop tour of the UK with Polly Williams and her quirks!
Favourite cake baked on tour?
The eight tier Swedish Summer Cake. Mainly because I spent most of that afternoon drooling over Alex, but on a more ethical note; that’s the day the magic started to take shape…
It sounds fun, doesn’t it? And now for a couple of nice reviews 😉
The Cake Fairies is the perfect recipe for foodie fiction:
Two sweet characters (left to mature to develop their sharp flavour)
One cup of rich descriptions.
One block of well seasoned writing.
One large tablespoon of wisdom.
Stir in a fresh plot.
Add a dash of sauce and a pinch of spice.
And there you have it! Nigella in a Novel. Bon appetit!
Isabella May always manages to write novels that completely cheer me up. She takes unique elements and combines them with food and a little magic/wonder and hey presto! You are guaranteed a fun and enjoyable novel to completely escape into.
If, like me, you’re dying to read the book you can grab a copy here:
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Pranic Healer, as well as a Law of Attraction fanatic.
Cake, cocktail, churros, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s rules.
The Cake Fairies is her fifth novel.
You can contact Isabella here:
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Isabella. Wishing you many sales!
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