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What Happened Next, Round 3

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Readers and Libraries 77 Comments


Drawing and comment period is now closed. Winners announced in this comment.


(Apologies to those who received this post in their inbox twice. Something went awry with the interwebs WordPress magicks and it was not pretty!)

Has Kesa finally designed a dress for Jennifer Lamont to wear to the Oscars? Is Helen Baynor still the Queen of Broadway? Do Kip and Tam ever have a chance to get away from the job? Will anyone ever give Lisa the credit she is due for always being right? Does a TikTok world offer celebrity chef Valkyrie Valentine a way to go viral? Do Alice and Pepper really go on an all-science road trip?

I have questions! Do you have questions?

Do you have a lingering question from one of my stories that could be answered by a follow-up? Yes, I’m gathering ideas for Frosting on the Cake Volume 3, and I want to know who you want to read about. I’ve put a handy list of all of the novels and novellas, and their featured couples, at the bottom of this post. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out Volume 1 here.)

I’ll choose FIVE comments to receive a free download of their choice from my digital store (have a look at the choices). Winners chosen on Monday, March 28.

By the Way, is it “Frosting” or “Icing”?

What do you call it in your family? If you feel like sharing, please add where you hail from. I’m very interested in who, how, and why this delectable, delightful addition to cake is called two different things in the English-speaking world. Some say it’s regional, others say they’re not the same thing at all. What say you?

It was always “frosting” on cake at our house. Icing was for cookies. When I decided I wanted to write a bunch of follow-up short stories for my novels, I never considering anything other than “Frosting on the Cake.” But more than one reader has called it “Icing on the Cake” which is fine unless you’re looking alphabetically. As far as the Googles are concerned, “Kallmaker cake book” will get you the right results regardless.

 


Here’s the List!

Click on the title if you need a memory boost about the story.
Above Temptation, Kip and Tam
All the Wrong Places, Brandy and Tess
Because I Said So, Kesa and Shannon
Captain of Industry, Jennifer and Suzanne
Car Pool, Anthea and Shay
Castle Wrath, Brittany and Melanie
Christabel, Dina and Christa
Comfort and Joy, Milla and Tyna
Cowboys and Kisses, Darlin’ and Violet
Embrace in Motion, Sarah and Leslie
Finders Keepers, Marissa and Linda
A Fish Out of Water, Ariel and Erica
In Every Port, Jessica and Cat
Just Like That, Syrah and Toni
The Kiss That Counted, CJ and Karita
Love by the Numbers, Nicole and Lily
Making Up for Lost Time, Jamie and Val
Maybe Next Time, Sabrina and Jorie
My Lady Lipstick, Paris and Diana
Night Vision, Julia and Sirena
One Degree of Separation, Marian and Liddy
Painted Moon, Jackie and Leah
Paperback Romance, Carolyn and Alison
Roller Coaster, Laura and Helen
Simply the Best, Alice and Pepper
Stepping Stone, Selena and Gail
Substitute for Love, Holly and Reyna
Sugar, Sugar and Charlie
Touchwood, Rayann and Louisa
Unbeliever, Hayley and Aurora
Unforgettable, Rett and Angel
Warming Trend, Ani and Eve, plus Lisa and Tan
Watermark, Rayann and Teresa
Wild Things, Faith and Sydney


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    woman making excited winner gesture while looking at cell phone in a coffee shop

    Thank you all for participating in this giveaway! For the record, there were the comments you see here, plus another 7 entries by email and 1 on a different post.

    The winners of their choice of any digital download on my site are:

    Julie Comment begins “I will likely sound wishy washy…”

    Liz Moran “We use icing in Australia…”

    Olivia L “I grew up in Northern California…”

    Lana “In Eastern Europe…”

    Sue Robinson “Warming Trend remains…”

    If you’re a winner, drop an email from the account that commented to StoreSprite(at)kallmaker.com change the (at) to @ – and say which of these items you want.

    Thank you everybody for your comments. One thing we all agree on – frosting or icing by any other name is still about the cake.

    1. Oh! Congratulations to the winners! How lovely. I’d forgotten there was a prize. I just wanted to read what other fans wanted to read and how many I agreed with, plus, what a bonus to be able to say something in Karin’s own space in appreciation and know that she would actually read it. I have enjoyed this and congrats again to the winners!

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  2. Alice and Pepper are my latest big faves, but I’d also love catching up with C.J. and Karita, Nicole and Lily, Kesa and Shannon, and Diana and Paris. I know Sabrina wasn’t feeling too friendly after being put through an emotional wringer, but I’d like to see if she finally got her HEA. Oh, and I agree with those who say frosting is fluffier/creamier, icing more like a glossy ganache. But cake’s the thing.

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      Funny you mention Sabrina – she wasn’t speaking to me for years. i did kind of put her through a lot. But lately she popped into my head and might have something to tell me.

      Indeed yes, cake’s the thing!

  3. I will likely sound wishy-washy but we actually used both terms growing up. Frosting might have been a bit more frequent. Being from the South, I’m surprised there wasn’t some made up word 😉

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  4. I just finished Captain of Industry and love how Karin writes such strong female characters even though Jennifer had a lot of other women to apologize to towards the end, if you look closely she probably put more men in their place with her ambitious “take no prisoners” approach. Would love a follow up on Toni and Gail in #3 and would love to read more from Paris and Diana. I had to take a 20 year break from lesfic due to life and work pursuits, so I’ve been catching up on what my favorite authors have done since then. What a pleasure it has been! (And, I’m also discovering many of the new ones, too!) So far, with each book I finish, I check out Frosting 1&2 to see if there are follow up stories. BTW, my family has always referred to it as frosting on cake and icing on cookies, too, and I was raised in the Midwest.

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      Jennifer is an epic character – have you read Stepping Stone? She started off as a bad girl foil to Gail’s honesty, but then she got …complicated. In a good way I think.

      1. Yes, I did! I read ALL the books mentioned as having characters in this book. It was a very pleasing experience and Stepping Stone is probably going to be my fav…oh, who am I kidding. I love them all! And, I’m not done yet, either.

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    2. I actually meant Selena and Gail in my previous post. (I said Toni and Gail). I would love to see more of them after Stepping Stone and their appearance in Captain of Industry.

      I also just got done with Love By The Numbers and absolutely loved Lily and Nicole. I would love a follow up for them. I know they were going to get married and were spending 5 months in Geneva, but what has happened to them in the ensuing years? Lily was such a great character as was Nicole. I also loved Nicole’s sister and mother. Kate was a hoot! And thank god Lily had her uncle David.

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  5. I have been reading Karin’s books for the last 30 years. When the first Frosting on the Cake book was published in 2001 by Naiad Press I couldn’t wait to purchase my copy. I loved reading updates about all my favorite characters especially Anthea and Shay from Car Pool.
    When Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings was published I purchased that one as well, but I was rather disappointed because most of the stories were rather depressing. I look forward to reading Frosting on the Cake 3 and I hope it contains stories that have happy endings. 🙂

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      Some of the couples still had some heavy issues to work through, and I always find that when they do so, it’s proof that they’ll last for the long haul. (The short story Making Up for Lost Time where Jamie befriends a lost puppy and then the real owner shows up makes me cry every time, but they’re good/sad kinds of tears.) I can’t promise that there won’t be some harder stuff in this volume, but I can promise everyone will still be together and stronger than ever!

  6. I would love to read more about Jamie/Val and Jackie/Leah. It is frosting for me. Love your books!

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  7. I would love a story devoted to Sugar and Charlie. I also recently read Cowboys and Kisses and would love to see how Darlin’ and Violet are doing. I loved the twist of Violet and Darlin’ ending up together instead of Connor Frosting in Buffalo, NY

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  8. We use icing in Australia. I had never heard of frosting until I started reading books set in America

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  9. Hey – also from Maine, confirming that it is in fact frosting here, although in non-Kallmaker situations, I’m more a fan of pie. Always love to hear more about Jennifer and Suzanne and Angel and Rhett, or Jaime and Val.

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      Pie is most excellent. I don’t know why there aren’t drive-thru hand pie stores. Sweet, savory, yummy… Pie is more proof the universe loves us and wants us to be happy.

  10. I grew up in Northern California and I’ve always called it frosting, but when it comes to using the phrase as an idiom, I’ve always heard/said, “icing on the cake.”

    For me, I’d love more Brandy/Tess, Jennifer/Suzanne, Rayann/Teresa and Selena/Gail. Looking at the long list of couples, I realize how much I’d like to re-read a lot of these books in advance of reading more follow-up stories. Will we see more of your back catalog come out in audiobook format in the future? I’ve re-read each of your books that’s already come out in audio (I prefer to listen for re-reads), but there’s so many still missing 🙂

    1. I like some audiobooks also, but it has to be a good narrator. I really like Angela Dawe, Abby Craden and Brittni Pope, but there are a few that just read rather than narrate. In those cases, I’d rather read the emotion and nuance the author probably meant. I imagine it’s a difficult job if you’re not committed.

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      I am hopeful that this will be the case. At least most of them. I had reason to glance through Sugar recently and had forgotten how funny it is (IMHO) – I think it would make a fun audiobook.

  11. I’m Canadian and call it icing. My American wife calls it frosting. Fortunately, this is not a source of conflict, because there’s still cake, regardless of what you call it.

    I always like hearing what Jennifer Lamont is up to.

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  12. I always think of the store bought cakes from a bakery as icing and homemade cakes as frosting. I’m in ohio. I would love to see Rett and Angel in a story again.

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  13. In Tennessee we call it Frosting for cakes. But wouldn’t turn down a cake from anyone who calls it Icing!
    Love so very many characters. Recently loved reading Cowboys & Kisses and Would love to see Darlin’ & Violet deal with the future where they are.

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  14. After all these years, (and the rerelease of Touchwood) it’s be interesting to know how Rayann and Louisa are doing and if the bookstore has survived.

  15. In Eastern Europe we don’t frost or ice, we use a lot of sweet condensed milk or chocolate. As for the characters, I read and re-read all the books I don’t know how many times. Faith and Sydney a must; Alice and Pepper on a trip for sure; Brandy and Tess have to make an appearance. I would love to read all your characters happy ever afters 🙂

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  16. Painted Moon is one of my all time favorites. Does Jackie win a Pritzker? Does Leah ever exhibit at the Guggenheim? Do they ever have kids? Is it crazy that after I re-read the book I think about them and wonder how they are doing now?

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  17. I don’t know if everyone here in Oklahoma say Icing or Frosting but my family has always said icing

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      Thanks for commenting! Oklahoma, eh? My father’s people migrated slowly across the US by way of Oklahoma, but my mother’s family had all the cooks and the recipes, so I’ve no idea what his family might have called it.

  18. I like Jamie and Val. For our family it has always been icing on cookies, cakes, or whatever, we never used the word frosting. I am in Indiana.

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  19. In Oregon we say Frosting!!

    As for who to revisit, there are SO many to choose from!! I LOVE all of the couples and after every box I read, I always wonder, what happened next!!!

    If I had to pick, Helen and Laura and I would also like to hear about Faith and Sydney

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  20. Faith and Syndney are my all time favorites with Rayann and Louisa coming in at a close second. I would be thrilled to read more about them!!!

    Btw, it’s frosting in my household. Lol.

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  21. Here in Australia, the saying is Icing on the Cake. We do understand what frosting is here, we just don’t use the term very often.

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  22. I’m from Germany, so neither frosting nor icing, but I like to read more about Ani and Eve and of course Lisa and Tan.

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  23. Icing for cookies, frosting for cakes. 😉
    And I would love to read what Holly and Reyna are up to as well as both couples from Warming Trend.

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      I know for sure the wonderfully vivid Lisa will make an appearance. I know this because she told me so. Holly and Reyna deserve a break from the heavy world, don’t they? Something lighter than the previous follow-up, methinks.

  24. I would love to see what’s up with Nicole and Lily and Laura and Helen.

    Frosting versus icing? I haven’t a clue. I’ve lived on the East Coast, the West Coast and the South and I can’t recall who said what where.

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      It’s possible by now that Lily is running a small country, don’t you think? I’ll have to ask her. Maybe Laura has a recipe up her sleeve to share? Hmmm… thanks for these ideas!

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  25. Icing but they have always held the same meaning for my family in Tennessee.

    I would love a future look at Brandy and Tess!

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  26. Frosting on a cake from the land of Wisconsin. Icing on cookies as in “let’s ice the Christmas cookies now”. I love some of the old books and would really like to visit Carolyn and Alison from Paperback Romance.

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  27. For a cake? Frosting. Frosting is thick and creamy. For cookies or pastries (like coffee cake or cinnamon rolls)? Icing. Icing is thin and drippy. Frosting is spread. Icing is drizzled. 🙂

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      Those definitions completely make sense to me. I think it gets muddled when we use the same stuff for filling that we do for the outside. With some people it’s either “frosting” (one flavor) or “filling and icing” (two flavors).

      When it comes right down to it, just give me the cake, I don’t what you call any of it as long as it’s not kale.

  28. Frosting, for both cakes and cookies. I live in Maryland. In case it matters, both of my parents are from Tennessee, so while I’m not really Southern, a lot of my extended family is and it definitely influences me.

    And I think most of all, I’d like to revisit Rett and Angel.

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      Rett and Angel, they really are unforgettable for me. Of all my couples, I think they are the ones I worried about the most during the pandemic. Rett couldn’t perform and Angel working in public health trying to get people to get vaxxed and stay alive.

      Frosting, eh?

      Hecka, I want some cake.

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