Hey guys,

Welcome to the new blog for Suzanne Selfors, author of Saving Juliet. We're a group of students from
Pacific Lutheran University who are working with Suzanne to give readers like you an insider look of her upcoming novel, Coffeehouse Angel, a romantic comedy for teens no girl should miss.

We’ve catered this blog specifically for book clubs. If you’re part of a book club, you’re sure to love the activities we provide for the reading of Coffeehouse Angel.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Suzanne's other teen novel: Saving Juliet

Suzanne already has one teen novel out on bookshelves,
and many of you may have heard of it.
Saving Juliet
has been a huge hit among teen girls. Take a
trip back in time to the world of Shakespeare in this romantic comedy.

For more information on this must-read, click here!

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Important Upcoming Events

Suzanne's Summer Blog Tour

June 21: Books by their Cover
June 29: Enchanting Reviews (Canada)
July 1: Juciliciouss Reviews
July 13: Book Worm Book Lovers
July 16: The Story Siren
July 29: Hope's Bookshelf
July 30: Serene Hours (Vietnam)

Coffeehouse Angel Launch Party

Come join Suzanne at Hot Shots Java in Poulsbo, Washington, for the launch party of Coffeehouse Angel!

Where: 18881b Front Street (across from Sluy's Bakery)
Poulsbo, Wa 98370

When: 4pm on September 13th

Garfield Book Company Visit

Join Suzanne at Pacific Lutheran University's bookstore, Garfield Book Company, where she'll discuss her two teen novels, Coffeehouse Angel and Saving Juliet.

Where: 208 Garfield Street,Suite 101

When: 7pm on October 8th

Anna's Scandinavian Egg Coffee Recipe

Anna is famous for her old-style egg coffee. It is a long standing Scandinavian-American tradition; the coffee is known for being light and free of bitterness or acidity. Here's how to make it.


9 C. boiling water

1 1/4 C. cold water

3/4 C. freshly ground coffee, medium-coarse grind

1 large egg

Bring 9 cups of water to a rapid boil in a saucepan or enamel coffee pot.

Meanwhile, stir together ground coffee, 1/4 cup water, and 1 egg (Note: diehard egg coffee lovers use the crushed eggshell as well, but it works fine to leave this out). The mixture will look like wet potting soil.

When water is boiling, carefully pour in the egg-coffee mixture, turning down the heat if necessary to prevent it from boiling over. Boil the coffee for 3 minutes. (Note: You’ll see that the coffee grounds will gradually bind together into a single mass that floats at the top of the pot).

After 3 minutes of boiling, immediately remove pot from heat and pour in 1 cup cold water. Let the coffee settle for 10 minutes; the “lump” of grounds will settle to the bottom of the pot.

Pour through a fine-meshed sieve or strainer into cups and serve. The flavor of the coffee grows stronger, without becoming bitter, the longer that it simmers.

Yield: 10 cups coffee.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Opening Discussion Questions Before You Read the Book

1. Do you believe in signs?

2. Do you believe in angels?

3. If you met an angel, what would you do?

4. Katrina is proud of her Scandinavian Background. What is your cultural background, and how does it affect who you are?

5. What's something about you that makes you unique? Is it a talent? The way you dress? The friends you keep?

6. Who are your best friends and what makes them great friends?

7. How do they make you a better person?

8. If you could make one wish what would it be? Why?

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Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

In the story, Katrina gives Malcolm a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans when she finds him sleeping in the alleyway behind her Grandmother's coffeehouse. Here's a recipe for this delicious treat!

Freshly roasted coffee beans (try to avoid overly acidic roasts)
One bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips in the microwave, but remember to stir it every 15-30 seconds.

2. After it is smooth, let it cool for a minute, then mix in about 1/3 cup of the roasted coffee
beans and stir.

3. With a spoon or fork, lay the coffee beans out on some wax paper on a tray, making sure they are all separated from each other.

4. Let them cool there, or put them in the freezer to speed things up. If you would like more chocolate on them, or just for looks, drizzle some white or other chocolate over them. Let them cool completely.

5. Separate them into a bowl or bag, and then dust them with powdered sugar or cocoa powder if you chose.

Krumkake Recipie

Here are a few of Katrina's grandmother's favorite recipes from her Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse. Simple and fun, they'd be great to throw together for a book club meeting!

Anna's Krumkake Cookies

3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1 dash of nutmeg

Cooking Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 1 minute.
Add sugar; beat about 3 minutes or till sugar is almost dissolved.

Stir butter into egg mixture.Then add flour, vanilla or almond extract, and nutmeg, and stir until smooth.

Heat a krumkake iron on the range-top over medium-low heat. Once hot, spoon about 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the ungreased iron. (These measurements are for a six inch iron. Use more or less depending on the size of your own.) Close gently but firmly.

Cook over medium-low heat about 30 seconds, or until light golden brown. Turn iron and cook about 30 seconds more, then open the iron carefully.

Loosen cookie with a narrow spatula, and move onto a wire rack.

Immediately roll the cookie into a cone or cylinder, using a wooden or metal form. Let cool around the cone or cylinder till the cookie holds its shape.

Reheat the iron and repeat with remaining batter. Cool all rolled cookies on a wire rack.

If desired, before serving, pipe or fill with whipped cream and top with chopped almonds or c

hocolate-flavored sprinkles. These are also yummy served with preserves.


What We're All About

Hey guys,

Welcome to the new blog for Suzanne Selfors, author of Saving Juliet. We're a group of students from Pacific Lutheran University who are working with Suzanne to give readers like you an insider look and preview of her upcoming novel, Coffeehouse Angel, a romantic comedy for teens no girl should miss.

Katrina is your average sophomore in high school with a not-so-average problem: her grandmother's coffeehouse is facing possible closure. As she tries to plot a strategy to try and save everything that is important to her, a messenger angel arrives on her doorstep, eager to grant her hearts desire, but what could that be?

Follow Katrina as she discovers her true heart's desire with our reading guide for book clubs. We'll provide you with updates on the latest activities that follow along with the book.