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By mycupoftea press, Mar 14 2018 06:49PM

Scarlett Brodie's 'Missing in Mayfield' is nearly ready for release. It's a cosy crime book featuring psychologist, Liddy Grey. One of her young charges goes missing and the race is on to find her...

Check back here for further details!

By mycupoftea press, Jan 21 2018 01:48PM

It's snowing as I wrte this blog post, freezing and as we're all on diets, comfort eating is out of the question too!

How do we beat the post Christmas blues, when our excesses of Christmas, both food and expenditure, come back to bite us, it's dark in the mornings and freezing.

Here are some pointers from my colleagues.

-Book a hoiiday, somewhere hot!

- Eat healthily, lots of fruit and veg. It's time to dig out the slow cooker and cook some hearty stews.

-Join an exercise class. Exercise is a great mood enhancer! If you can't bear the gym, how about Zumba?

-Challenge yourself. One colleague and her family are doing a 25 mile walk in a few months. She is in training already as she doesn't want to let the side down.

-Get out in the fresh air to get some of that light . It can really help improve your mood. Or get a SAD lamp. You may have seasonal affective disorder due to the lack of sunlight. SAD light boxes can help. These are relatively cheap and effective.

-Take new online class in anything that takes your fancy. Online courses are really popular and some of them are really good and inexpensive. Udemy springs to mind as a good source of inspiration. You can even gain qualifications.

-Plan lots of get togethers and fun times.

-Never fear, lighter nights will soon be here!

By mycupoftea press, Nov 28 2017 07:32PM

Download this FREE book now!

Friends Reunited.

When Lottie finds out that Vere, a house mate from university is writing an autobiography, she and her friends begin to panic. What if he reveals what happened before their finals in Liverpool, thirteen years before? The friends are reunited in their quest to find Vere, now a cult rock star, in an attempt to influence him to keep quiet. But the search reveals more secrets and soon old passions are reignited...

By mycupoftea press, Nov 21 2017 09:11PM

This heartwarming, funny book is FREE on 24/11/17 for one day only.

This is out free gift to you to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Chloe Charlesworth thinks she has her future all worked out. She is going to be a fashion journalist at a well known fashion magazine. But when her aunt breaks her leg, she is asked to go and check up on her, and her businesses. Her aunt runs a trekking centre and cafe in North Yorkshire in a seaside town called Rum Cove. Chloe loahes the country and thinks that she will simply pop in and check that everything is ok. She hopes to dash back and spend Christmas with her boyfriend in London. Little does she know that fate has other plans for her ...

By mycupoftea press, Nov 11 2017 07:19PM

It's nearly Christmas and it is sensible to get some preparations done early. These will freeze very nicely.

Add a splash of scotch to the mincemeat for that Contraband Cafe 'je ne sais quoi!'

Why not read with Christmas at the Contraband Cafe to get you in the spirit for Christmas. Follow link to download:


1 large jar mincemeat (about 600g)

2 satsumas, segmented

1 apple

, finely chopped

zest 1 lemon

little icing sugar, for dusting

For the pastry

375g plain flour

260g unsalted butter, softened

125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

1 large egg

, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing


Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency. Add the sugar and the egg, and mix together. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, be careful not to over mix. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 mins.

Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl and add the satsumas, apple and zest.

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Using a round cutter (about 10cm), cut out 16 bases and place them into muffin trays. Put 11⁄2 tbsp mincemeat mixture into each. Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg. Re-roll out the pastry to cut 7cm lids and press them on top to seal. Glaze with the rest of the egg, sprinkle with caster sugar, then make a small cut in the tops.

Bake mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool before releasing them from the muffin trays and dusting with icing sugar. Serve.

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