Tragedy Tarts - Recipe from Danielle Raver

Tragedy Tart Recipe

(Based on a mini chocolate tart recipe)
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Brownie Mix
Three large eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup water
Cherry Pie Filling
Chopped or Sliced Almonds
White Chocolate Bar

Mini cupcake liners
Mini cupcake pan
(available at Michael's!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl mix the brownie mix with the eggs, oil, and water. Dish out brownie mix 1/3 full for each cupcake. Dab a small amount of cherry filling, with no cherries, in the center of the brownie mix. Add a small layer of brownie mix to the top. Dabble a 1/2 a teaspoon of Nutella to the top of each mixture.

Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until a knife inserted to the center comes out clean.
As soon as you take the tarts out of the oven, sprinkle shaved white chocolate and crushed almonds to the top. Push in one sliced almond to the top of the tart (like a sword through the heart).

Makes over 100 mini tarts. Note: you can put the cupcake liners onto a cookie sheet, but they won't be as nicely shaped if you use the mini cupcake pan.

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This recipe is based on the events of Brother Betrayed, a tragic fantasy novel by Danielle Raver. Find out more about it on Amazon.

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Alteration of this recipe by AJ Wheeler:

Instead of Nutella, fresh chocolate ganache frosting and confectioners sugar over the white chocolate shavings

Cover for City of Silver

My fabulous cover artist Walt Barna has agreed to create the cover art for my upcoming novella City of Silver. I met Walt through the forums on Deviant Art.

Unlike the cover for my first novel, Brother Betrayed, I didn't give Walt specific directions for City of Silver. Instead I asked him to draw whatever he was inspired to after he read the story.

Here are is sketches and drawing in sequential order. I saved the best for last :)

Initial Concept Sketch

 Walt chose to depict Benita, the main character of the story, sleeping. Benita doesn't understand why even though most people in the city of Argentar only dream a few times in their lives, she dreams every night.

Pencil Sketch
Excerpt from City of Silver:

Mom gives me a serious look. “I think it’s time you tell me about these dreams.”
I sigh when she sits with me on the bed. Feeling guilty – like I’m telling some secret – I scorn myself, knowing that it’s all made up in my head.
Well, there’s this woman...”

 Complete Black and White Concept Sketch
This version includes two figures on the top corners of the cover. On the left is Raven. Benita first meets Raven in her dreams, then he appears in real life as a guide and messenger. On the right is Jomicolis, the banished queen of Argentar.

Completed Cover
In the final version of the cover several important details come forward. The purity of the city is a core theme of the story. As far as the flowers, the shaded figures, and the floating girl, you'll have to read the story to understand their significance.

Available on Amazon Kindle!

Visit Walt Barna's Deviant Art Page
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