From the Book Jacket to My Parlour, Raymond E Feist

A Raymond E Feist Collection

A Raymond E Feist Collection

I have been fortunate thus far in my life to have met quite a few authors, some starting out, some ending their careers, some good, some not so good, some have been really well known, some have had no ego to speak of and some have had trouble fitting those super-size-me heads through the door. It has only happened once in my entire life though that I have had the fortune to meet an author who changed the genre of books I read and thereby changed my whole life!

I have always believed in faeries at the bottom of the garden, the monster under the bed and that the garden gnomes come to life when you turn your back on them. A world of fantastical beings, filled with magic and wonder is not a stretch of my imagination to perceive. So, it is no small wonder that the first book of fantasy that I ever read, Magician, by Raymond E Feist, changed my life and set my reading on a path all of its own. I have never given up the thrillers, dramas and historical spectaculars but my one true reading love is fantasy and Ray, as he introduced himself to me when he arrived at Indulgence Cafe is the man who brought that spark into my life and introduced me to worlds not bound by the gravity and sense of the one we live in.

Magic, magicians, dragons, royal families, rags to riches, love, betrayal, elves, good and evil, light and dark, Raymond E Feist’s work brings it all alive. He paints pictures with words and weaves worlds that you can picture in your head as you read and become lost in the forests and the mud splattered roads of Midkemia and kelewan. Careful, or you will find you leave your mind behind and end up a little confused about where you are when you close the book and suddenly return, abruptly to the harsh realities of planet Earth.

This man, this Raymond E Feist, has just returned home to San Diego after a whirlwind book tour of SA with his publishers and I was lucky enough, okay, I did have to grovel quite a bit, to get him to come and speak at Indulgence  Cafe on Heritage Day, 24 September 2014, but that’s okay as well because, I know people 🙂  Of all the authors we have hosted at Indulgence Cafe, this is the first one to have had people begging me for seats and places at the event. One family even brought me a box of chocolates to say thank you for making place for them, I was quite humbled and no, I have no intention of sharing. What a remarkable event, with an incredible author.

SA’s own fantasy author, Dave De Burgh spent an hour chatting to Ray about his work, his characters and how he got started. Never before, has one hour passed by in such a flash and we would love to have had them speak for longer but duty and lunch called. Ray is awesome, funny, witty and he was incredibly patient with the fans who brought along entire collections of his work for him to sign. The poor man must have signed 300 books for the 103 people who were at Indulgence Cafe on Wednesday morning, I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with him.

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

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A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

For me, little old me, it was a dream come true and something to cross off my bucket list. I met Raymond E Feist in the flesh, I heard him speak and I have the pictures to prove it.

The link to YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du7BpOT1R_w

So when is the next one coming out Ray?

Bloody, Bloody Book Week

I am always saddened when the Bloody Book Week, brainchild of Jenny Crwys-Williams, ends every year, as it is a week filled non-stop with the magic of books and lots of truly fascinating people.
The Bloody Book Week over the last three years has given this humble coffee shop owner the opportunity, not always afforded to us ordinary mortals, of meeting and more importantly interacting with a host of some of South Africa and the World’s most amazing authors

This year has been no exception and whilst I didn’t get to host Peter James and Deon Meyer this time around I had the immense luxury of spending an incredibly entertaining Thursday evening with Jacques Steenkamp, Amanda Coetzee, and newcomers Penny Lorrimer and CM Eliot, as well an outstanding Saturday afternoon with 702’s Ray White, Dr David Klatzow and Paul O’Sullivan.

It was fascinating hearing about the different writing styles of the lady thriller writers, to plot or not to plot is the question, character development, getting to know the characters and the joy of discovering the various protagonists, from CM Eliot’s Sibanda in the African bush to Amanda Coetzee’s Badger, a hunky sinewy Traveler (Gypsy). It does take a little leap of imagination to see these ladies sitting at their laptops plotting murders most foul, particularly in the case of Amanda Coetzee who is the bouncy, happy, irrepressible creature who talks at twenty to the dozen and writes a fabulous thriller.
Jacques Steenkamp the absolutely charming crime journalist who lead the conversation spent a few minutes chatting to me about his non-fiction book about the Griquastad murders, also the Steenkamp family but luckily no relation. I wouldn’t be lying if I said it was a truly enjoyable evening.

Four Deadly Authors, Their Books…

Four Deadly Authors, Their Books...

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Some of the evening’s picture highlights with Authors, Mtutuzeli Nyoka and Mariyln Cohen De Villiers in the audience

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A magnificent Saturday afternoon event spent with three very interesting characters, Dr David Klatzow, Paul O’Sullivan and Radio 702’s Ray White.
What can I say about Ray White apart from the fact that he is a delightful human being, charming, lovely eyes, softly spoken but with some steal under there I think, and a great sense of humour. There are rumours that he too, has a book coming out at some point. I cannot wait for that to happen! Watch this space about Ray White!!!
Paul O’Sullivan and David Klatzow, couldn’t be more different. Paul’s CV must make for fascinating reading, I honestly cannot remember how many different types of policing or police/security services he has been in both locally and abroad. His accent is an unusual mix of Irish, Afrikaans with a little R rolling. I perceived him as a little uncomfortable to be around, he doesn’t radiate warmth but maybe that has something to do with his choice of career. I did fully expect him to arrive with hunky, chunky Kevin Costner, bodyguards in tow, alas I was disappointed. I am pretty sure he is not at the top of Jackie Selebi’s Christmas card list and I never said a word about Glen Agliotti, having taken center stage at Indulgence Cafe last year, with his charm at volcanic level charm. What is it that makes the bad guys charming and the good guys not quite so?
I realize it isn’t polite to have favourites but David Klatzow could quite possibly get a Valentine’s card from me next year. I think that gruff exterior and furry face hides a supremely sharp mind accompanied by a sharp wit and a very dry sense of humour. He does have a lovely smile when you catch sight of it, but the thing that strikes you the most is the passion with which he speaks. He positively radiates when talking about his chosen career and the work he does. For me it was an absolute privilege having spent the time listening to him talk to Ray White at Indulgence Cafe and Alex Eliseev at Bookdealers, The Colony.

The Books…

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A couple of the pics from Saturday afternoon’s event

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Thank you so much Jenny and Co, for including me and Indulgence Cafe in the 2014 Bloody Book Week events, it was an honour and a privilege
Until next year..

Our 2013 in Pictures…………..

January to December 2013……

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Amiga inspecting the beanies for The Beanie Project

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Sushi Evenings at Indulgence Cafe

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Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber at Indulgence Cafe

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Easter Egg Collection for the Needy

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Naughty Cupcakes

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Hagen Engler at Indulgence Cafe

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Our New Baby

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Auriol Hays at Indulgence Cafe

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Annica at Indulgence Cafe, a taste of next month

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Gareth Crocker at Indulgence Cafe

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20130802_193133The Bloody Book Week with Margie Orford, Stuart MacBride, Alex Eliseev, Barry Bateman, Mike Nicol, Michele Rowe, Mthuthuzeli Nyoka and Julian Rademeyer

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Author’s Cocktail Evening with a whole bunch of great SA authors

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Hamilton Wende Reading from Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut

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A slightly Disorganized Carols By Candlelight

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We Look forward to a fabulous and fun filled 2014 with more events, more authors and a whole bunch more Indulgent Fun, share this journey with us in this coming year
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

The Month That Was…………..

Oneiric Wines for the Wine and Oyster Tasting on the 15th Nov from 5pm

Oneiric Wines for the Wine and Oyster Tasting on the 15th Nov from 5pm

Greetings All
I know I am late getting this news off to you but October was a little on the crazy side and November is fast catching up. Although we don’t have as many events lined up for you this month we still have a few really good evenings planned. Oh my word, October was HUGE. A jam packed month full of really amazing people and events. I should just about have moved my bed in the Indulgence Cafe I spent so much time here
The October events were really wonderful, everything from the Fantasy and Horror Festival to the Pieter Dirk Uys breakfast and all the stuff in between was really entertaining and a whole bunch of fun
I hope that you at least managed to get to one of the events here

15 Minutes of Fame …….

Northcliff Melivlle Times 29 Oct 2013

Northcliff Melivlle Times 29 Oct 2013

The craft Beer Tasting with Jonathan from Three Skulls was interesting, there were some fun characters here which made for a really enjoyable evening with a dash of colour.

Craft beers Galore

Craft beers Galore

Quiz dinner is always a lot of fun and you get to realize quite how much you don’t know about the stuff around you. One of the most fun and interactive evenings of the lot was the First Annual Horror and Fantasy evening. Great, great fun. I have dedicated an entire blog post to it, see the link below.

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

Pieter Dirk Uys is and always will be the consummate performer and without a doubt he has his audience eating out the palm of his hand. He was here for breakfast and to chat about his book, Panorama which came out in July. My copy is still sitting on my desk but I intend getting to it soon now that I have Gareth Crocker’s Finding Jack, out of the way. If you need to read a delightful book, are an animal lover and need a bit of a cry, that is the book to read!

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Our Lee Marcus event was also superb. What an incredible woman she is. At 92 she was having a smoke and a whiskey at the table whilst signing books. I loved this lady and have asked her to adopt me as a grandchild. She agreed very reluctantly and only after I had lit her cigarette for her! My bad!

Lee Marcus Basha, Baby  October 2013

Lee Marcus
Basha, Baby
October 2013

We rounded off the Halloween Month with a Halloween Dinner evening that was very nicely supported and where the burgers all sported some rather unusual ingredients……………Happy Halloween it was!

Halloween Dinner at Indulgence Cafe

Halloween Dinner at Indulgence Cafe

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The Twisted Market was a great success this time around, the rain held off until the evening which was awesome and we had an event onsite that you wouldn’t normally see in a public forum. Two girls with hooks in their backs pulling against each other. Sorry no pics are available and to see such a thing you really need to pop into the next market which is happening in December.

Other pics from the market tho:

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The Twisted Market

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A few quick reminders about things that happen here at Indulgence Cafe all the time like:
Free WiFi with Telkom Mobile, 60 minutes free, all it costs you is an sms to get going.
We are open Monday to Friday evenings with our burger menu. Monday’s we offer you a free
beer with your burger and Thursdays are Two for One burger nights! Who needs to cook when we are here to feed you
Our rotisserie chickens are available daily from 4pm at R50 a chicken. These delicious chickens are available in the evenings as well with chips and salad.
We are fully licenced and carry a large range of craft beers, our wine list is interesting and unusual
Pensioner’s lunch is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, R30 gives you a main meal and dessert. Incredibly good value for money
We are on twitter
@indulgence_cafe, @AmigaFriedman
Every Friday is Tequila Friday, some even have a little live music attached to them. Join us and start the weekend off properly!

Link to the review of the Fantasy and horror evening evening on WordPress: http://wp.me/pVdYg-fB
YouTube link to a snippet of the First Annual Horror and Fantasy http://t.co/VlnLRMwQLa

November Calendar:
13th Quiz dinner
15th Oysters and Wine tasting with Oneiric Wines
20th Would like an AuthorTalk here but waiting for someone to confirm!

December Calendar:
11th Quiz dinner, last one for the year
12th Author’s Cocktail Evening
13th Twisted Christmas Evening Market
23rd Pensioner’s Christmas Lunch
25th and 26th Closed
30th and 31st Closed
1st Closed

Coming up
13th November Quiz Dinner
Quiz night on the 13th which is always a really fun evening. The cost is R120 per head and includes a light dinner. The winning table will have half the cost of their meal as their prize. Book today for a truly superb evening 011 782 5063

15th November
We have wine tasting with Oneiric Wines from Elgin in the Cape. We are offering you oysters with your wine tasting. R50 gets you 6 oysters and you get to taste all the wines. Pop in from 5pm on Friday evening and come sample the good stuff. I have it on very good authority that the Chardonnay is delicious! You are welcome to order and purchase some of the fab wines you taste and if you are hungry order some food off the menu. We will be here till about 9pm

Oneiric Wines

Oneiric Wines

20th November
I am hoping to line up an author for the evening but I haven’t as yet got anyone booked, watch this space
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I have included the December Calendar but I have yet to give you any details about it. Trust me when I say there are one or two very exciting things happening here during the month of December. Jozi may be a little quiet and a little empty but we have things lined up to keep you entertained!

Have an awesome November and we cannot wait to see you soon
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

Festival of Fantasy and Horror

Indulgence Cafe's Halloween Tree

Indulgence Cafe’s Halloween Tree

There is something very special about spending an evening chatting to young, vibrant and talented people about genres of books and movies that are very close to your own heart.
I had the total luxury of having such an evening on Wednesday night at Indulgence Cafe with three of Gauteng’s writers, authors and bloggers.
With thunder and lightening as the perfect eerie backdrop to an evening spent discussing the joys of horror and fantasy from writing writing it to books and movies, Joan De La Haye, Monique-Cherie Synman and Dave De Burgh held center stage and captivated the sadly small but very avid audience with their engaging personalities and views on writing today. No writer, no movie and no book was sacred as we worked our way through the different genres and their meanings.
Surrounded by The Little Shop of Halloween Horrors that haunts Indulgence Cafe’s walls and rafters at the moment the subjects of ghouls and zombies was definitely not out of place.

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From left Joan, Dave and Monique

Dave who runs the most amazing fantasy and sci-fi section of Exclusive Books at the Colonade in Pretoria is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and I find myself left wanting to spend a whole bunch more time engaging him on the books we both seem to enjoy so much. He is a fount of amazing info which he appeared to just pull out from under his pumpkin hat with no problem at all. Dave is already a published author and blogger and has signed a deal for a 3 part fantasy series which I really looking forward to reading. It was quite funny that a man so eloquent struggled just a bit to give me a synopsis of his up coming book, maybe he just wanted to keep it under wraps for now! We look forward to hosting him and his lovely other half at again when his book hits the shelves (maybe we will manage a sneak preview before anywhere else gets a look in)

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Dave and Leanna

Monique who though Afrikaans speaking, writes and blogs in English, is also a very fascinating young lady in her very elegant but awesome hat, with her first book out now. I got myself a copy and have added it to the extensive shelf of books in my house that screams out to be read really soon. Monique is not one to hang back in a crowd I am happy to see and has some definite views on books particularly erotica, however I do wonder if she doth protest a little too much. I am happy to report that she is not above watching the odd B grade movie and can sadly report that we have both seen and enjoyed The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes………..watch it at your own peril, I will admit to being 25 years younger when I watched it

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Joan De La Haye, dynamite in a small package and high heels is no stranger to Indulgence Cafe. Apart from coming here previously to chat about her horror novel, Shadows, she has also celebrated her birthday at Indulgence Cafe and spent many an AuthorTalk here in support of other South African and one or two international authors. Joan is charming and funny and her Creulla De Ville wig hides a brain of remarkable scary talent. It is no surprise that one of Joan’s favourite authors is Stephen King although we do have Clive Barker in common as well, an author who manages to have equal footing in both the fantasy and horror genres.

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The Killer High Heels

Thank you to Marcia of Skoobs, Theater of Books for setting up a very enticing table of books, I was hard pressed to not haul out the credit card but did succumb to to a vintage collection of tales by HP Lovecraft which I believe was evening appropriate and look forward to one day reading.

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

From left Monique, Joan, Mandi and Dave

To say it was a delightful evening is an understatement, it was an absolute blast. There was lots of fact exchanged, lots of fiction discussed, copious amounts of happy laughter and some serious wine quaffing took place. This is an evening I would repeat in a heart beat and quite frankly I think we can now refer to this as the First Annual Horror and Fantasy Festival at Indulgence Cafe.

For the YouTube snippet of the fun http://t.co/VlnLRMwQLa

Bloody Book Week Events 2013

Bloody Book Week

Bloody Book Week

Well Hello There 🙂

These are the four Bloody Book Week Events that are taking place at Indulgence Cafe on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August. The line up is fabulous, the talent immense, the venue delightful and the food delicious and of course you get me thrown into the mix at no extra charge! Book your place today!

Bloody Book Week
We are honoured once again to be part of the Bloody Book Week with Jenny Crwys-Williams and Sunday Times. This exciting week has a host of incredible local and international, very talented crime writers at various locations all over Jozi available to you the public to meet and ask questions of. It is really a wonderful week to be a part of and we have asked for and been given four great events to host with nine top class, very interesting writers and authors! There are snacks and meals included in all the booking fees and books will be available for sale at all events. Please take note of the different start times, two are evening events and two are morning events

1 Aug
Julian Rademeyer and Mtutuzeli Nyoka, Killing in the African Bush
Mtutuzeli Nyoka: former president of Cricket SA, ENT surgeon, novelist, served as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA) from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practices as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent, was published in 2004 by UKZN Press to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel A Hill of Fools was published in April 2013 by Picador Africa http://mtutuzelinyoka.com/

Julian Rademeyer: investigative journalist, Alan Paton Award shortlisted author, is an award-winning investigative journalist who, for nearly 20 years, has written and worked for major South African and Australian newspapers and news agencies. Killing for Profit is his Alan Paton shortlisted book for 2013, a searing investigation into one of the most brutal of crimes and ruthless criminal enterprise: rhino poaching.
http://www.randomstruik.co.za/about-the-author.php?authorID=5958

We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance. Bookings please for catering purposes
The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/542142289179490/

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka

2 Aug
Mike Nicol in conversation with Michele Rowe

Michéle Rowe: won the 2011 CWA Debut Dagger Award. Michele is writing South Africa’s second crime trilogy (Mike Nicol wrote the first). The first book in the trilogy What Hidden Lies will be launched at The Bloody Book Week. Michele Rowe is a scriptwriter for television and film. http://www.michelrowe.co.za

Mike Nicol: Journalist, writer and creator of SA’s only krimi page, Crime Beat, a journalist and writer, and convener of online writing courses on creative and non-fiction narrative. His Revenge Trilogy (Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart) is gaining stature abroad. For crime fiction news and interviews go to Crime Beat which is devoted to SA krimis, and more. A writer of stature and a wayward sense of humour, he has contributed, he has Apart from his crime writing, he is a writer of stature and his latest crime novel Cops & Robbers will be launched at the Bloody Book Week. http://mikenicol.bookslive.co.za/bout/

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/356745727787886/
We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance, bookings please for catering purposes.

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Michele Rowe and Mike Nicol

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Michele-Rowe

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3 Aug
Barry Bateman and Alex Eliseev talking Cold Case and true crime in Africa

Barry Bateman: investigative EWN Pretoria-based newsman with fire in his belly. Broke the Oscar Pistorius story on 702, tweeter of superhuman skills. Writing Behind the Door – the Oscar & Reeva Story with Mandy Weiner

Alex Eliseev: Award-winning EWN hard news journalist; on a Taco Kuiper grant for his cold case book: The Murder of Betty Ketani, A Secret Breaks Free (2014) & part of the Barry Bateman/Mandy Weiner Oscar Pistorius bail hearing team http://alexeliseev.co.za/

We are charging R100 per head for this event, breakfast snacks will be served at the tables. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 8.30am
http://www.facebook.com/events/169116873269416/

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Barry Bateman and Alex Eliseev

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4 Aug
Peter James and Stuart MacBride in conversation with Margie Orford

Peter James: an international best-selling crime thriller novelist published in 36 languages, he has written nine Roy Grace novels (sales are astonishing: 13 million for one of these novels, 11 million for another) but there are stand alone novels as well. His most recent novel is Dead Man’s Time, a Roy Grace novel. He has a particular interest in science, medicine and the paranormal. Novels, all set in Brighton. http://www.peterjames.com

Stuart MacBride: award-winning tartan noir crime writer
Having failed abjectly at architecture/IT/graphic designer/undertaker/etcetera, Stuart began writing a wee book set in Aberdeen, Cold Granite. His anti hero cop is Det Sergeant Logan McRae and the book was snapped up by Harper Collins. His latest book is Close to the Bone, “a typically twisted tale of witchcraft, murder and delusion.” Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House, Blind Eye, Dark Blood, Shatter the Bones and his latest book (Close to the Bone). http://www.stuartmacbride.com

Margie Orford: crime novelist, award-winning journalist, film director, children’s fiction and non-fiction, and patron of Rape Crisis
Margie Orford is a crime novelist, who is already an award winning journalist and film director, and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books. Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa.

We are charging R280 per head for this event which includes a light brunch to be served after the talk. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Please email me to confirm. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 9am

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/672938522732653/

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Peter James and Stuart MacBride

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To book just pop me an email to lollipops@telkomsa.net or call us on 0117825062
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

Looking back….. Our 2012 in Pictures & a Few Words

A group hug at the Author's Lunch in November with (from left) David Bullard, Bruce Sutherland, Michael Seers, Peter Piegl, Sean Newman, Athele Oosterbroek, Fiona Snyckers and Eric Miyeni

A group hug at the Author’s Lunch in November with (from left) David Bullard, Bruce Sutherland, Michael Seers, Peter Piegl, Sean Newman, Athele Oosterbroek, Fiona Snyckers and Eric Miyeni

It is human nature to put things behind us and move on. We have a tendency to forget the highs and lows of the year and so many of them blend together that eventually you are not sure that some events actually took place in that year. Okay, I am generalizing here or maybe I am just talking about myself so I figured I would take a walk down memory lane before this year ends and show you what has happened in the life of Indulgence Cafe, Lollipops Catering, Amiga and myself to a degree, in the past 12 or so months.
Share this journey with me. Feast your eyes and imagine after seeing these images how fabulous this year will be if the best of 2012is the worst that next year has to offer. Seeing as we so seldom record life’s lows in pictures, unless you’re on the front lines,I will just share with you the highs, events, places, people, books and FOOD!

Sandile Memela doing a book signing after chatting to us at Indulgence

Sandile Memela doing a book signing after chatting to us at Indulgence

Catering the publicity party for Step Up or Step Out

Catering the publicity party for Step Up or Step Out

Thank you for sharing your time with us, for eating with us, celebrating with us and supporting us through lousy weather, slack service, alterations, menu changes, price increases, heat waves, endless rain, food price hikes, petrol increases and staff changes; all the things that happen in the life of a restaurant and catering company; things that we tend to take for granted, deal with in our stride, things that we call LIFE. Thank you for sharing them all with us and coming back for more

This article appeared in the Northcliff Melville Times

This article appeared in the Northcliff Melville Times

Dessert buffet style 80kms outside Jozi

Dessert buffet style 80kms outside Jozi

The Lollipops and Indulgence Crew with ex Bok coach Peter De Villiers

The Lollipops and Indulgence Crew with ex Bok coach Peter De Villiers

feeding Isidingo whilst they were filming the mini series on the road

feeding Isidingo whilst they were filming the mini series on the road

making interesting cakes

making interesting cakes

Helping Mike's Kitchen celebrate 25 years !

Helping Mike’s Kitchen celebrate 25 years !

Playful Dolphins, sold and now living happily  in Orange Grove

Playful Dolphins, sold and now living happily in Orange Grove

One very happy little boy got this pirate ship birthday cake

One very happy little boy got this pirate ship birthday cake

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

Romantic ambience, subdued lighting and lots of heaters

Home comforts and fabulous food

On the set of Laugh out Loud at Sasani Studios

On the set of Laugh out Loud at Sasani Studios

Dali Tambo helping himself to tea on the set of People of the South, the Flash mob scene

Dali Tambo helping himself to tea on the set of People of the South, the Flash mob scene

Sharing #FollowSA's birthday with them

Sharing #FollowSA’s birthday with them

Dancing in the snow

Dancing in the snow

Celebrating Spring

Celebrating Spring

Talking rhino conservation with Dr Kevin Semper, Anne Rimbault and Miss Earth finalist Middah :)

Talking rhino conservation with Dr Kevin Semper, Anne Rimbault and Miss Earth finalist Middah 🙂

Author Andrew Brown with DA councilor Pat Richards at one of the Bloody Book Week events in August

Author Andrew Brown with DA councilor Pat Richards at one of the Bloody Book Week events in August

We celebrated Halloween with loads of little evil goodies for sale

We celebrated Halloween with loads of little evil goodies for sale

We learned all about the SKA from Cecilia Van Der Merwe

We learned all about the SKA from Cecilia Van Der Merwe

Amiga met food critic Spiced Weasel

Amiga met food critic Spiced Weasel

We celebrated out 6th birthday with cupcakes, bubbly and live music

We celebrated out 6th birthday with cupcakes, bubbly and live music

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver

Saying goodbye to the old roof

Saying goodbye to the old roof

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Following the Red Velvet Craze

Following the Red Velvet Craze

Shopping....

Shopping….

We had huge fun last year and we hope you did too!

We had huge fun last year and we hope you did too!

From our kitchen to yours, a very happy, very prosperous, very healthy and safe year and everything of the very best for 2013.