Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Carina Press Launch...SONG OF SEDUCTION by Carrie Lofty

Today, I'd like to welcome Carrie Lofty to my blog. This was the first Carina Press cover I saw and I love it! Thanks for coming to my blog, Carrie :)

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own musical gift to marry, seeking a quiet life to escape the shame surrounding her birth. Sudden widowhood finds her tempted by song once more. An unexpected introduction to her idol, Arie De Voss, renews Mathilda's passion for the violin--and ignites a passion for the man himself.

But when lust and lies reach a crescendo, Arie will be forced to choose: love or truth?


Very few things intrigue me as much as trying a new dessert. I'm not an epicurean by any means, but put an unfamiliar piece of cake in front of me and I won't hesitate. It could be make out of sugared leeches and doubt I'd blink.

Luckily, there are no sugared leeches in Austrian cuisine--not that I know of. Instead there exists a veritable feast of sweet treats.

Linzertorte is a short pastry made with lemon zest, cinnamon, and ground hazelnuts, covered with a filling of red current jam or plum butter. It's covered with lattice strips of dough and decorated with almond slices. A holiday tradition in Germanic countries, the torte originated in the city of Linz, which provides its name.

Kaiserschmarrn is a sweet caramelized pancake with more than the usual number of eggs, which makes the batter incredibly rich. The yolks are separated out and mixed with ingredients such as nuts, cherries, apple jam or chopped apple, and raisins. After frying, the pancake is cut into strips and coated in powdered sugar, then served with preserves. Originated in roughly 1830, Kaiserschmarrn is now mostly served as a dessert but it can be eaten for lunch to provide extra mid-day energy.
Mozartkugel were created by Paul Fürst in Salzburg 1890 and named them after Mozart, the city's most famous citizen. What made Mozartkugel so innovative was that the candies were perfectly round. The process Fürst created was so innovative that he won awards for it. Inside a dark chocolate coating awaits a center of green pistachio marzipan covered in nougat. Fürst's company retains the right to call their product "Original Salzburg Mozartkugel," although Nestlé and other companies make more commercial versions.
However, although Linzertorte has been around for centuries, neither Kaiserschmarrn nor Mozartkugel would've been available to the characters in my latest release, SONG OF SEDUCTION ( Arie and Mathilda's story takes place in 1804. But if I've learned anything about Austrian cuisine in my research, it's that people living in Salzburg never lacked tasty desserts!


Born in California, raised in the Midwest, Carrie Lofty ( met her husband in England--the best souvenir! Since earning her master's degree in history, she’s been devoted to raising their two precocious daughters, wrangling the talented authors of Unusual Historicals (, and writing romance. You can find her on Twitter (, her Facebook fan page (, and her blog (

“Historical romance needs more risk-takers like Lofty.” ~ Wendy the Super Librarian


  1. I think Carina Press is really going to set the standard for epublishing. I loved the cover!

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  3. Thanks, Kelly. I've been in love with this cover from moment one! Glad you stopped by today.

  4. Mmm--now I'm hungry! The Linztorte sounds the best...studying the local cuisine must have been fun.

    Congratulations on your book launch!