On Thursday July 16th a gigantic cake the same size and shape of a small child was delivered to the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library. The reason? The release of Tonya Hurley’s newest book in the ghostgirl series: ghostgirl: Homecoming.
After the events of the first novel, Charlotte Usher discovers that the afterlife really isn’t what she thought it would be. There are no angels, no harps, and to make matters worse- she has a job- answering telephone calls from people on earth in need of some other-worldly advice. Stuck with no phone calls and just an endless wait, Charlotte’s afterlife is looking pretty boring until Petula gets put into a coma from a botched pedicure and her sister Scarlet sneaks into the afterworld to try to save her. Homecoming holds the same humor and charm as the first novel and is sure to meet fans’ expectations.
The evening began with Tonya being presented the cake, based on her character by the crew of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. One can only imagine the shock and awe it was for her to see a life size cake based on her own artistic creation and made by such a talented staff! The cake was approximately six feet long and took fifty-six hours to complete!
Following up was an incredible performance by Vince Clarke (of Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure, shown with Tonya, at left) whose haunting melodies provided an excellent back drop to Hurley’s reading from the new novel. The music was a sneak peek at the soundtrack for the audiobook of the first novel due out this summer and narrated by Parker Posey.
The evening concluded with an author signing, free ghostgirl posters for all in attendance, and of course some of that delicious cake!
Learn more about ghostgirl and Tonya Hurley on www.ghostgirl.com
Look for the Ace of Cakes episode coming to a television near you this October
Photocredit: Maiya A. Kasprzyk