Real Hot Chocolate Recipe from Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh

For those who have read my book Perfect Imperfections, you will know that Sarah makes this amazing hot chocolate which she and Edward call ‘Real Hot Chocolate’.

This is actually my own real life way of making hot chocolate and it’s become a favourite amongst my readers.

So with this in mind, I thought it would be fitting to share this recipe even with those who are yet to read the book. Just remember that no one said it’s healthy! But it’s perfect for a winter’s day or to celebrate a special moment or memory with your family and friends.

So I will share the ingredients with you, but for the method, I’ve included an excerpt from my book, because Sarah does it best!


1 x slab of your favourite Chocolate (mine and Sarah’s is Lindt)

250ml of Full Cream Milk

Marshmallows (my version, not Sarah’s, to add on top at the end)



Sarah couldn’t sleep, and after tossing and turning in bed until four in the morning she decided to wake up, shower and make Katy some breakfast. She found her way into the kitchen with her Lindt chocolate in hand, and rummaged through the cupboards for ingredients to whip up some crumpets for breakfast. After using all the crumpet batter to make a pile of crumpets so high that they threatened to tip over, she left them covered on the kitchen counter with golden syrup and honey positioned on either side, ready for Katy when she awoke. For the life of her she couldn’t imagine Katy eating so many crumpets, but the process of mixing and flipping them one by one, was what keep her going; it was her early morning therapy session.

Moving swiftly through the kitchen, she warmed some milk in a pot on the stove and, once hot, poured it into a mug. She broke pieces of chocolate, and let them plop one at a time into the steaming hot milk, allowing them to sink to the bottom of the mug, melting into oozing brown streams as they sank. Leaving the chocolate to melt and mix with the milk, she made her way to a sofa in the lounge and pulled a cream cashmere throw over her legs.

She wrapped her fingers tightly around the warm mug of hot chocolate, and watched through the window as the landscape dawned before the eyes. The beauty of a new day always carried with it a sense of hope. Each day could be so vastly different to the one before. Life could change in an instant, from joy to sorrow and from sorrow back to joy. Nothing in life was guaranteed, no one held the promise of another day. She was determined to try to live each day as best she could. Eventually the darkness had to give way to the light. The rising of the sun each day testified to that.

I hope you enjoy your delightful mug of real hot chocolate, and I hope you think of Sarah and I and Perfect Imperfection whenever you make yourself a mug full.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

Book Review : The Carrero Effect by LT Marshall 


Emma Anderson has everything in her life worked out, the perfect job in a Manhattan empire allowing her to live a quiet organised and safe existence. A necessity to her. That is until a promotion sends her straight into the presence of her young, super hot, playboy billionaire boss, and stuck as his right-hand man every waking moment of every single day. Like chalk and cheese, two people with no longing for love or complication, this unusual pairing may either be just what she needs in her life, or the absolute path to disaster. He’s everything she’s not. Compulsive, confident, laid back, dominant and fun, with an ability to steamroller over her manicured ice maiden exterior. New love, overwhelming emotion and heartbreak. This tale will take you on a rollercoaster begging for more. Love-able sexy characters and deep emotional topics. Contains some mature, adult content and language.

My Review :

What an emotional roller coaster of a book! I didn’t know whether to love or hate Jake. In fact I’m still not sure whether I love or hate him and that is what makes this book so brilliant. It keeps you hooked until the last page and then leaves you wanting more! 

Being part of a Trilogy I didn’t know how LT Marshall would make a love story want to make you reaching for Book two, but she did a phenomenal job! Now all you want to do is reach for the second one in the series, to see if what you want to happen,  will actually happen. 

The dynamics of the relationships are definitely intense and left me wondering about Emma’s state of mind and why she is the way she is. 

For those who love Romance that deals with real issues, then these are definitely the books for you. There is love and lust and heartache and pain. There are friendships and relationships that can give you a check of your own reality. 

So now I’m off to read book two, so I can decide if I’m going to be #TeamJake or #TeamArry 

Let me know what you loved about these books and who’s team you’re on! Join the social media frenzy that is taking us by storm and be a part of The Carrero conversation. 

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Now $0.99 on Kindle Countdown

Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh is now $0.99 on Kindle Countdown. 
What is Kindle Countdown? 

For those of you who might not know. Kindle Countdown is when a book is marked down for a limited time only and the price rises slightly each day until the promotion ends and it reaches its original price.  

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Humorous insight into the TRUTH behind Writers & Authors – Guest Blog by NJ Simmonds

I am a writer. But you already know that as you are reading my words. In fact, if you Google N.J.Simmonds you will find lots of information about my books. You will also find plenty of links to my work if you type in my work name Natali Drake too – all depends if you want to read YA fantasy romance or business blogs and newspaper articles. In fact I have written enough words over the years, in enough of an interesting and unique order, that I can safely call myself a proper writer.

Or can I?

Based on what the general public seem to think writers are like, I wonder if I really am one. I also wonder if the dozens of my published friends, authors and talented scribes are really writers too. Why? Because we aren’t reclusive, unsociable introverts, that’s why. Neither are we frumpy, grumpy tortured artists locked up in a dusty loft frantically scribbling down our genius thoughts and trying to change the world. In fact I have come to the conclusion that everything that everyone thinks about writers is wrong.

To help you out a little, here is a list of all the 6 things us writers are NOT:



For some reason, if you are creative you are not allowed to know about your talents. Yes, great artists of old died drunk and penniless having never sold any of their amazing oil paintings then became famous once dead. But in the past Marketing and PR didn’t exist, so of course they struggled to get word out about their talents. Luckily we are now allowed to SHOUT about our work. How else is anyone going to read it, buy it, like it or be nasty to us on Twitter? And those that are not comfortable, in this day and age, about sharing their masterpieces are missing out. You don’t get the Booker Prize for being modest and telling everyone that the novel you spent ten years writing is probably a load of old rubbish – you get it for talent. Therefore you need to make sure someone actually knows what you have done and that you think it’s actually pretty good.

Oh yes, I work for free. All this tap, tap, tapping on my laptop takes no time at all. All my ideas are totally gratis. I have an ever-flowing deluge of ground-breaking quips and tips at my disposal, and my time, energy and creativity (which, by the way, is completely unique to me) is worth nothing at all.

Unfortunately not!

Standing behind a shop counter or fixing a car is easier to understand in terms of hours equalling fair pay – but creative people can’t charge per hour. Sometimes it takes but a few minutes to write something that will go viral in record time, other times is takes days or even weeks of painstaking research to ensure that that teensy paragraph (that you have no idea whether anyone will even read) is 100% accurate. Not to mention the time it takes to write a book! So if you want a writer to write something for you, then pay them whatever they ask for. Just because you can physically write, doesn’t mean you have the skill, talent and experience to write what you or your business needs… which is what writers are for. I can drive a car, but I’m no F1 driver!

Last time I went out with a bunch of writers we sat in a dark corner of the pub, sipping espressos and whispering about Chaucer in our cable-knit jumpers; stopping every five minutes to lick our worn-down pencil stub and jot down ideas on the back of a napkin. Not really. We drank one Prosecco too many while watching some terrible rock band, playing pool and getting chatted up by the lead singer of said terrible rock band. So no, we aren’t all shy recluses.

If the internet has done anything to change evolution; it’s created a generation of dirty-washing-waving over-sharers. But I think it’s great! I want to know what you had for dinner, what you think about the latest books and how your novel is getting on. The problem is that those who started reading before the worldwide web was spun struggle to appreciate online bloggers, columnists or copywriters, thinking you need to be seen on paper to have made it. Indie authors get slammed for promoting themselves and every writer who isn’t suffering for their art is viewed suspiciously. If you can write well enough for people to read what you do and enjoy it, then write as much as you can and call yourself a writer. Don’t worry – the book deals and agents and awards will follow, but first write and then make sure people read it. Privacy isn’t very helpful with all of that.

Out of Touch
Out of touch with reality? Really?
You think a good writer, someone that creates believable characters, speaks in their voice and walks in their shoes can do that if they don’t switch the telly on or read the newspaper once in a while? No. A writer needs to understand people and the way life is evolving around us. Yes, we live in our heads most of the time. I say ‘mmmm, maybe, darling’ far too many times to my children’s questions because I’m not really listening – I’m creating beautiful, wonderful characters in my head and then plotting what terrible things to do to them. But occasionally we look up from our laptops, make eye contact with other mortals, and even talk about things that aren’t very high-brow. Plus if we didn’t connect with the world, what would we have to write about in our blogs and articles? Exactly.

And lastly…

Well, actually, that bit is true. Because no one pays us the millions we are worth.
So my laptop, glass of wine and I are off back to the sofa to write about the unfairness of it all… and hopefully get paid for my undisputed talents!


N J Simmonds is the author of The Path Keeper, a fantasy romance series for young adults (15+) – although most of her readers are a lot older than that! You can follow her work and read more of her blogs at

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Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

With Christmas around the corner, we all struggle to find the perfect gift for those around us.

So I thought I would put together some idea of what you can buy, or make, for those Book Lovers/Authors/Writers around you.


Here is a list of my favorite ideas:


  1. Personalized cushions with funky book saying on them.



2.  A handmade Book Clock



3. Book related jewelry. Even a charm bracelet with books on it engraved with names of his/her favorite book.



4. Personalized book mugs, either from Authors who have their own mugs or Quotes from their favorite books



5. Scented Candles smelling like old or new books



6. Homemade bookmarks. They can be wooden laser engraved, or knitted or printed



7. A book lovers gift in a jar. This jar can contain an Amazon gift card, a bookmark, a book lamp or anything else book related.



Send me any other ideas you might have!


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