HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUNGLE ROCK BY CAROLINE JAMES!
As followers of this blog will know, Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. After reading my first book by this Author, I was hooked and have since read each book as soon as I could from when they were available.
Today, we are celebrating a year since publication of Jungle Rock, a brilliant story with characters that I knew and loved. (Perfectly fine to read as a standalone too though). So, with thanks to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources for organising this celebration, and huge thanks to Caroline for being the amazing Author of this book, lets proceed with the celebrations.
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy.
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company
You can read my review of jungle Rock HERE!
And you can get yourself a copy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Caroline is not only a super Author, a lovely Lady, she is also a very talented baker. I am honoured today to have Caroline on ChocolatePages with a guest post, and a wonderful recipe.
I asked Caroline about the recipes she features in her books, and also if she could share one with us. Of course as a Chocolate Lover, I was hoping it would involve chocolate….
Why I Feature Recipes in my Books Plus Recipe.
It’s great to be back on Chocolate Pages blog and huge thanks to lovely Amanda for hosting me today.
My working life has revolved around food. From the early days of waiting table and washing pots to ultimately running my own hospitality businesses, I’ve always had a passionate interest in food and cooking. For many years, I ran a company that represented celebrity chefs, the cooks that you see on TV, and I sourced work for some very talented clients.
From TV and media work to product endorsement, appearances at festivals and shows to recipe development and research. I had a wonderful time working in an environment that centred around food and I travelled extensively meeting some fascinating folk along the way.
When I began to write seriously, about five years ago, I found that I naturally leaned towards placing my characters in the hospitality industry and as food became their life, if was fun to add in a recipe or two and readers often write to tell me how much they enjoy trying them out.
Here is one of my favourite cake recipes and as we are on Chocolate Pages, it must be something seriously delicious with chocolate!
Happy baking and happy reading, with love, Caroline
Caroline’s Death by Chocolate
This chocolate cake is moist and very fudgy and best of all, easy to make!
200g dark chocolate
200g dark brown sugar
200g caster sugar
25g cocoa powder
85g self-raising flour
85g plain flour
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 large eggs
200g dark chocolate
284ml double cream
Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140C/ 160C/ Gas 3.
Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring gently.
Mix flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa powder in a large bowl.
Beat eggs and milk.
Pour melted chocolate and butter and add egg mixture to the flour until
Spoon cake mix into cake tin and bake for 90 minutes (or until the top
Leave the cake to cool then turn out. When cold, slice the cake across into three layers.
Make the Ganache:
Lightly whip the cream until it just begins to stiffen. Melt the chocolate as before then combine with the cream mix, working quickly. Spread over cake layers and re-assemble, spreading remainder of ganache over the top and sides of the cake.
Decorate with chocolate curls or decoration of your choice. Store the cake in a cool environment, in an airtight container, for up to three days.
Thank you very much Caroline for that delicious sounding recipe, I will certainly be making that some time soon. Plus it does sound very easy to make.
Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…
To stay in touch or contact Caroline, you can find her here:
Twitter – @CarolineJames12
Amazon – Caroline James Author
Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames
Website – carolinejamesauthor.co.uk
Purchase Link – HERE!
And now for the GIVEAWAY!
Caroline is offering a very generous £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. (Will you spend it on books?)
All you have to do is sign up to Caroline’s mailing list, and then Caroline will announce the lucky winner by email. The competition is open internationally, and not only do you get a chance to win, you will also receive great bookish news from this lovely talented Author. Competition closes on November 30th, so join up now.
Sign up here to the mailing list.
Thank you Caroline for the delicious sounding recipe, writing wonderful books, and for the generous giveaway. Thank you to Rachel for organising this birthday celebration. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating Jungle Rock’s birthday.