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Wren Bay Promotional Video

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Well I am pleased to announce Wren Bay, the story of making a home, is ready for purchase. I have posted the back cover to read (right click and open in a new window to make readable page) and the table of contents listing all the recipes. Some are some from my blog but there are 23 new recipes. You can read the intro and first chapter at my store or here. My store does have a sample of the book. I wanted to say the covers look fuzzy, (grrr, I am not sure I can fix that) but I can assure you the cover is not fuzzy when you get the book. It is just being on-line and blowing up the picture from the file. You can see both front and back cover here.

I know it is impolite to talk about money but I have had several chats with people about the cost of the book. Most people do not realize how expensive self-publishing is. So I am just going to be blunt here. I make $5.00, on all my books. That is it, 5 bucks, my line in the sand. All other costs are printing, shipping, publishing, ect. I wish I could do the book cheaper, really (I am still researching) but at this point, this is the cheapest I can do. I know my baking issue is in PDF form but I do not feel that is the best form for a 296 page novel. So this is what I wanted to share with you about the cost.

I am hoping in one month to have coming out party. If you purchase Wren Bay and like the book, maybe you would consider doing a post at her coming-out party. I have also been asked if I can sign the book. The answer is no because it comes strait from the publisher to you, when you order it. BUT at the coming out party, I am going to have book-plates, I can sign and send to you. Also for anyone in the Seattle area, I will be having a book sighing party on Bainbridge Island. I will share more when I have the info. I will have tea and yummy food from the book (because you know I have to feed you ;-)

I want to thank each and every one of you who come to my blog. This process of writing a book has been amazing, frustrating and my brain is way bigger now :-o  But if it was not for all of you, I never could have, would have done this. So thank you soo much and I hope you love Wren the way I do. I hope she inspires you to follow your bliss with fierce passion, I know she has inspired me to xoxox

Table of Contents

Intro……………...……………………………………….9

Part 1 Chapter 1………………………………………...12

Chamomile Tisane………………….……………………..22

Chapter 2………...……………...………..…………..….23

Lavender Vinegar Rinse……...……………………...…….31

Chapter 3………………………..……………………….32

Gâteau Noix au Chocolat……………..…………………...39

Chocolate Ganache Sauce…………………………………39

Chapter 4……………………………..………………….40

Buttermilk Biscuits ………………..…………………….. 47

Fresh Blackberry Vinaigrette………………………...……48

Chapter 5……………………………..………………….49

Red Wine Plum Jam……..…………………….…………..56

Chapter 6………………………….………….………….57

Elderberry Syrup…...……………………………………...64

Chapter 7……………………………………………..….65

Rose Syrup………….……………………………………..72

Salad with Caramelized Peaches…………………………..73

Chapter 8………………………………………..……….74

Caraway Stuffed Pork Chops……………………………...84

Chapter 9……………………………………..………….85

Oven Dried Marinated Tomatoes with Herbs….…..…...…92

Grace's Tea Mix……………...…..………………………..92

Part 2 Chapter 10……...………..…………….………..94

CreamFraiche……………..……………..…………..…...103

Chapter 11…………………………..………………….104

Roasted Vanilla Apple or Pear Sauce…………………....112

Chapter 12……………………………………..…….....113

Overnight Oat Cakes………...…………………………...121

Chapter 13………………………………..…………….122

Cider Syrup.............................................. …………....132

Roasted Apple Sausages and Rosemary Potatoes.………..133

Chapter 14……………………………………………...134

Financier Almond Bundt…………...……..……………...143

Auberne's Mayo Cake…………...……………………….145

Chapter 15………………………………..…………….146

Meunière…….…………………………………………...156

Chapter 16………………………………..………….....157

Jam Hand-Pies ……..…………………………………….164

Pate Brisee…………..………………………………...….164

Chapter 17………...……………………..……………..165

Foot Warmer………..…………………………..…..…....175

Cider Cake………….………………………………….....175

Chapter 18….…………………………….………….....176

Earl Gray Cookies …………..…………………………...185

Lavender Honey Shortbread….…..………………….…..186

Part 3 Chapter 19………………..…………………….188

Légumes Farcis, Rice Stuffed Vegetables...……….…….196

Chapter 20…………………………..……………….....197

Canelle Lapin, Cinnamon Braised Rabbit………….….....209

Orange Honey Ice….…………………………………….210

Chapter 21…………………………………..………….211

Candy-Cane Soaked Chocolate Cake……...………….....220

Candy Cane Syrup…………………..…………………...220

Snow Cream……………….……………...……………...220

Chapter 22…………………………………..………….221

Chocolate Rosemary Bread…...………………………….228

Nettle Cheese Pie……….………………………………..229

Chapter 23………………………………..…………….230

Homemade Vegetable Stock……………………….…….238

Chapter 24………………………………..…………….239

Chapter 25………………………………..………….....248

Petite Plum Gâteau……………...……………………..…257

Onion Tart……………………………..………………....258

Chapter 26……………………..……………………….259

Lobster Melon Salad……………………………………..271

Chapter 27……………………………………………...272

Baked Cream Eggs with Browned Butter Spinach and Sun

Dried Tomatoes…………………..………………………285

Epilogue……………………………...………………....287

Letter from the Writer ……………..…………….….289

Cast of Charters…………………..………………...…292

List of Blessings…..…...………..…..…………….……293

Webography………....…..…………………….………294

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melinda

just wanted to let you know that something lovely happened to me today…I found your blog…delightful

karen hoida

I don't think the price is unreasonable at all. I am so happy to be able to support your efforts, and knowing that I will love the book is the cherry on top. I had never heard of Lulu. I am so excited to maybe one day write that children's book I have always known was in me.

Warm Wishes,
Karen Eileen

The Prudent Homemaker

It sounds lovely! I have a daughter named Wren :)

Jill

Clarice,

I am so very happy for you and proud to call you my friend.
Not because you've published two books, but because you are a great human being with love in your heart.
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy on your new book!
I hope it goes into many prints for years to come, and those $5 will come in every day!
Love ya,

Jill xoo

lisa

Clarice,
I am so happy & proud for you! What an accomplishment. I am planning to bake one of your recipes & post about it. I've been so behind lately. I am also going to your site to purchase the book for myself since I've been gawking at your fabulous posts for ages. Love your fall decor on the previous couple of posts. I'm copying your silhouette pumpkin, it's so YOU Clarice! Great ideas & you may have actually motivated me to spook it up around here! Lisa

Tracey McBride~Frugal Luxuries™

My copy is ordered...am anxiously awaiting its delivery...and the coming out party!!! You can count on me to post allll about it my sweet friend!
Love and good thoughts from Traceyx0x.

P.S. Please save on of those signed book plates for me!

Lena

Hi Clarice,

I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading my copy of Wren Bay. You've created a lovely story, and I enjoyed all of the details, especially. You "see" the lovely world around you, and that's what I liked best about this book.

Take care,
Lena

 Gill

It has arrived today and I curled up in the sunshine to read the first chapter. So sweet! Bay Farmhouse sounds like a dream house. I could move right in! Loving Wren Bay, Gill.xxx

Gilli

Just ordered it, and now can't wait to get my hands on it.

Sherri

Hi Clarice! I haven't been to your blog in quite some time but I'm so glad I stopped in today! Have a great weekend and good luck with the book-you are amazing!!

Tracey McBride~Frugal Luxuries™

You are amazing Clarice! Cannot wait to read it...Good Job!!! I'm so impressed with everything and can't wait for the "party"!
Love and hugs,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. Love your bookplate idea...so clever!

Matty

Never apologize for a fair cost of anything! You did the work and earned every bit of it!

I have been chatting it up at work... :)

Proud of you!

Matty

The Hausfrau

I just ordered and am so looking forward to it!

Sharon Larkin

In my excitement I forgot to add that I will be "plugging" your book on my blog later :-)

Sharon Larkin

Sweetie, my copy of Wren Bay arrived a couple of days back and I finished reading it yesterday ~ it is a wonderful book! You should be so proud of yourself ~ I know that I am proud of you and what you have achieved with this publication :-) Well done (((hugs)))

I am surprised that some people feel that the book is pricey. As you say, it is a little impolite to talk about money but I will come right out and say that my copy cost me £11.62 and I feel that is fantastic value for a publication which is virtually three books rolled into one! There is the lovely story of Wren herself, the ideas for reusing things we might otherwise have tossed out or given away and the yummy recipes, too! What more could anyone ask for?

Heather

This is so wonderful! Congratulations :)

Porch Days

Great job. I read the excerpt and enjoyed it. You should be very proud of yourself!

Selia Renzetti

Clarice,

I am so excited for you!!! I cannnot wait to read it! Should be here today or tomorrow~ I know it will be absolutely beautiful~

Blessings,
Selia

Becky Ramsey

How wonderful! Congratulations. It looks great! I'm so happy for you!

Tracey McBride~Frugal Luxuries™

I'm sooo excited and impressed at your focus and hard work Clarice!!! Cannot wait to get the full, edited version in my hot little hands. More soon my friend!
Love and good thoughts to you.
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

Thea

Hey!

Thank You! Your comment was surprise to me and I love it!
I just love your pages! You have done interesting and beautiful job here!

Thea

Gumbo Lily

Congrats! So happy for you and proud of you too. God bless "Wren Bay" and God bless you.

jody

diXymiss

Adding my warmest congratulations and best wishes. You've worked so hard and must be so gratified to see it through to completion! So proud of you and all you've accomplished.

Jill

Congratulations, Clarice! I'm a huge fan of your blog, so when I saw the book I knew that I had to have it. The table of contents alone is amazing!! I can't wait to get my copy!
Hugs,
Jill
PS: Your daughter's comment was so adorable! Hmmm... who would play the part of Wren? Perhaps Gweneth or Kate Winslet?? :)

Rachel

I never thought the cost was too much :) It's a lot of work to write a book- especially if you self-publish! I can't wait until I can get my own copy (see... *I* just decided to save up until I CAN get it LOL)
Congratulations again!

mmholder

You must order this book, folks! It is wonderful and the receipts are out of this world! Clarice is a born storyteller and you will delight in Wren Bay!


Congratulations, Clarice! I am very proud of you!

Christine

oh my, Clarice, this is so wonderful!!!!
and how beautiful!
I'm very happy for you, you've worked hard and it really is so very nice!

I look forward to holding my own copy and hopefully meeting you one day soon.

xo,Christine

Lena

Hooray for you, Clarice! I'm so pleased for you. What a wonderful accomplishment! I'll be purchasing my copy soon, so save a bookplate for me, please.

Best wishes!
xo
Lena

 Gill

So excited for you dear Clarice. Congratulations, Love Gill.xxx

Dianntha Lessig

Clarice, This is just so wonderful. I am proud of you and what you have done. What a great way to share your knowledge!!! Blessings, Dianntha

Gina

Congrats Clarice!!!
I know I've been away..living life..enjoying the summer..LOL...so glad to come back visiting this community to see one of "Your Dreams" coming true!! I hope to be able to buy your book soon, I love that you took recipes, beauty and infused it into a story. Delightful.

Wilhelmina

Congratulations, Clarice! What a wonderful and exciting accomplishment!! Wishing you much happiness to come from this amazing feat.
Love,
Wilhelmina

Karla Nathan

Congratulations!!

Jorgelina

Congratulations!!!
Wonderful !!Hugs

Brenda@Coffeeteabooksandme

Congratulations!!!

You must feel like you have given birth. :)

The Pleasures of Homemaking

Congratulations! This is such a huge & amazing accomplishment! I wish I lived nearby so I could go to your signing!

I have a few hours carved out this afternoon to begin reading Wren Bay! I can't wait!

I wish you much success with this book!

xo,

Manuela

Sonia

Exciting! I'm looking forward to reading it!
Sonia

Barb

Hi Clarice!

Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to be the proud owner of my own copy...:0) The front cover is beautiful, it has "you" written all over it, it's so beautiful! Sure wish I lived in Seattle!

Warm hugs,
Barb

Thimbleanna

Congratulations Clarice! I know a book is a ton of work -- it looks like it was ALL worth it!

Nadine

How exciting Clarice! I just read the first chapter and loved it! :)
Like Raeann, I too would like to go to the book signing on Bainbridge Island - how fun!
I too am wondering if I should buy the book online or in person?!?

Congratulations!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Raeann

Yes, congratulations, Clarice! I am waiting for the booksigning on Bainbridge! Will you be selling the books there? or do I need to order one?
Excited to meet you in person!
Blessings!

Pearl Maple

Congrats, all so exciting!

Lorrie Orr

Wonderful Clarice, you must be over the moon!

Chloe!

OMG!!!!!! WOW MOM!!!!!!
I’m soooooo proud of you for sticking with it & not giving up!!!!!
The cover is so cool, I just love it!
I know that “Wren Bay” (and you) are going to be a BIG hit!!!
xoxoxoxoxo Your Loving Daughter Chloe!
p.s… soooooo … when’s the “Movie” coming out??? lol (just kidding!;)

Linda

I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy and read it again. Love, Mom

Angie

You go girl!

Love, Angie

Theresa

Congratulations, Clarice! I can't wait to get my own copy (need to wait for another payday, however!). It looks fantastic! I'm SO very proud of you!!! :) I hope Wren Bay is a big hit! xoxo Theresa

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