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Cakes ‘n’ Bakes and Books

Posted on: November 23, 2018

I was invited to do a book reading and signing at a local coffee shop called Cakes ‘n’ Bakes near my home in Spain. It was a huge success. Many cups of coffee, tea, delicious treats and books were sold to happy customers. The children enjoyed the two readings and everyone had a fun time. A great way to spend an afternoon. I was pleased to see Amanda’s travel adventures in the hands of many new readers. There will be some Amanda books under the tree this Christmas as well. One grandmother said she was going to read the books she bought, then send them off to her grandchildren. Here are a few pictures of the day and two short videos of me reading, thanks to Maureen Moss.

Cakes ‘n’ Bakes coffee shop in Los Dolses

Lemon meringue cupcakes

A happy customer

Eager listeners


Christmas shopping

Books and yummy cakes

Christine, the proprietor with her homemade mince tarts. So popular she had to make another batch mid-afternoon.

Salted caramel brownies to die for

A fellow author and supporter


Thank you to everyone who attended in person and in spirit!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family.

I am incredibly thankful for all those who support my writing endeavours!

57 Responses to "Cakes ‘n’ Bakes and Books"

Cakes look good! Are your books in Spanish?

The cakes were so good! My Amanda Travels books are not in Spanish but I do have another one that is bi-lingual, Pig on Trial/Cerdito a juicio. (Spanish and English)

Sounds like a fun and successful event 🙂

What a delightful event, Darlene. I am so glad it went well!

I was so pleased with how many folks turned up for the event.


Glad you enjoyed them. xo

damn! comment went crazy! I loved the videos! xo ❤

LOL Happens to me too. Nice to see you twice.

Looked like it was a wonderful afternoon! Congrats, Darlene. Maybe this should become an annual event?!

I think I will be doing more at this place as it was just perfect!

I love these intimate events and home-made goodies are just the icing on the cake!

And they were so good. I had the lemon drizzle and it just melted in your mouth. There was a steady stream of people all afternoon as well. My favourite kind of event too.

Looks like a wonderful event Darlene! Delicious and some great books too!

Thanks, Sue. It was a great event!

Hi Darlene. That’s a cafe I would hang out in if I lived in that neck of the woods. Very cute and homey.
Good luck with your book! See you.

Neil S.

Thanks, Neil. I think it will become a very popular place.

Congratulations, Darlene.

Thanks a bunch, Coral.

Sounds like it was a fun event – and those brownies look wonderful!

Everyone had an enjoyable time. I didn’t think you could improve on a brownie but they did!!

It looks like it was a successful and enjoyable afternoon, Darlene. After learning more about your home in Spain via the IL piece, it’s fun to see your environment, too. Enjoy the weekend!

Thanks, Tricia! It is such a great community we live in. What was wonderful was seeing people chatting and making new friends as well as people seeing friends they hadn’t seen for a long time! All because of my book event.

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Congratulations Darlene.

Thanks so much. It was a wonderful afternoon.

The culture of Spain is so COLORFUL, and you fit right in. Thanks for the photos and the two videos. Nothing like reading for a live audience! 🙂

I love reading to a live audience, especially children who are so attentive. Moments before they had been running around and noisy. When I started reading, they calmed right down.

This looks like such a lovely event, Darlene.

I thought of you when I was there. You would have loved this place. The owner is creative like you are when it comes to baking. A great event!

What a combination! Sweets and good books (YOUR books). Just can’t get better than that. Congrats on a marvelous author day. xo

Thanks so much. It worked out to be a great combination. xo

Wonderful, Darlene!

It was, thanks!!

You’re welcome, Darlene!

That is one fabulous café and the perfect place to do a book signing. Do most Spanish children speak/read English well? Since you live in Spain, have you ever thought about translating some of the books — especially “Amanda in Spain.”

It was the perfect place. Most Spanish children learn English in school, as in many European countries. The people who came to my book reading were mostly English and many of the books purchased were going back to the UK for grandchildren living there. I sold out of Amanda in Spain as well as my bi-lingual book, Pig on Trial/Cerdito a juicio. I would love to have my books translated one day. Another dream to pursue.

Looks like a fun time, Darlene. Wish I could have been there! 😀

One of these days, I will be at one of your book events or you will be at one of mine, I just know it!!

What a wonderful time, Darlene!!

It was a lot of fun. xo

What a great thing to do for everyone involved!! Perfect venue to share your writing!

It was perfect. The coffeeshop did well and so did my books. A win-win for everyone!

The whole setup looks adorable Darlene ❤

Thanks! I love the decor of the cake shop, so welcoming.

Well done for doing something like this, Darlene. It takes a lot of courage.

I’ve always believed that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. The cake shop was only too happy to have me there and did a brisk business themselves. And, it was fun! (of course I didn’t sleep much the night before)

Sounds like a wonderful day, Darlene. You sold books, made some kids happy – and surrounded by so many goodies! I’m drooling just looking at the pics.

It was a perfect day in so many ways! Thanks.

What a lovely place to have a book signing, Darlene. 🙂 I’d have frosting all over my mouth as I smiled at everyone.

It was a wonderful place. I had a lemon slice so no icing just to be safe!! It was marvellous. xo

In that case, I’d have crumbs on my shirt. 🙂

Fortunately, no one noticed!!

I really enjoyed your reading and those beautiful colors – very Spanish 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The colours in the cakeshop are great!!

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