Why Write about Fruitcake, Vicki?
I've heard it all from the naysayers who think fruitcake is terrible. I (said imperiously) know what you guys/gals are missing.
According to Wikipedia, here's where fruitcake came from: The earliest recipe from ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added.
Fruit cakes soon proliferated all over Europe. Recipes varied greatly in different countries throughout the ages, depending on the available ingredients as well as (in some instances) church regulations forbidding the use of butter, regarding the observance of fast. Pope Innocent VIII (1432–1492) finally granted the use of butter, in a written permission known as the 'Butter Letter' or Butterbrief in 1490, giving permission to Saxony to use milk and butter in the North German Stollen fruit cakes.
Starting in the 16th century, sugar from the American Colonies (and the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits) created an excess of candied fruit, thus making fruit cakes more affordable and popular.
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Why Write about Fruitcake, Vicki?
RomCon® is having a huge sale on admission to RomCon® University and RomCon® 2014, free entries for Reader Ratings and discounts on RomCon®'s web advertising. Don't wait! This sale is only good from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (11/29-12/2/13). Read More
Thank you for hosting me on RomCon® today!
First, a blurb:
Can forgiveness survive lies and the unspoken truth?
Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?
The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets—Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map. Read More
I love just about everything about Christmas. I love decorating, love Christmas songs, love giving gifts, love the shows and the movies. My TiVo fills up with all the Hallmark movies for me to watch while I’m baking, or eating what I’ve baked. Starting Thanksgiving Day, I turn on that channel and make my husband and son run for the hills (since we have only one TV, see).
I particularly like the ones that have bridesmaids or soldiers. Did you see the one called The Christmas Card? Check out the schedule--it’s on quite a bit. I also love the ones with one of the characters traveling home for Christmas, ESPECIALLY if home is a small town and the character thinks he/she is above the town, only to be humbled by the wonderfulness of the traditions.
Then there are the Debbie Macomber ones, with Mrs. Miracle. LOVE! Usually I’m not as drawn to the movies with kids, though I know having kids around makes Christmas more magical. But I love this series. Read More
It's that time of year again! Does it seem to come earlier and earlier each year? I swear I saw an entire Christmas section up in Michael's back in August. The Kohl's down the street had garlands on top of their racks before Halloween. Holiday commercials are already on TV. Even Hanukkah starts right around Thanksgiving (not that the Jewish calendar decided to make it early because of the consumer-driven community we live in).
So I'm joining the flock. I'm promoting my holiday short story, Mischief Under The Mistletoe in November. This book is a 'between the books' short story that has some familiar faces from previous books that are set in Bozeman, Montana. Gnome On The Range introduces us to Goldie, the adult store owner who loves to meddle in everyone's love life. There's no exception in Mischief. Read More
Thanks so much for having me here today!! I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of Accidental Cowgirl, a sweet contemporary romance featuring two seriously-broken people finding their way to true love. Today I thought I’d share a little snippet of the book – a scene where the hero and heroine first meet. Kyla’s alone, has a flat tire, and a pseudo-cop is in the midst of treating her to a battery of sobriety tests. Luckily, a knight in shining … denim … comes along to save the day!
As she got to forty jumping jacks, Kyla heard a low hum in between her labored breaths. Could it be? She strained her ears toward the sound. Oh, thank God! There was another vehicle coming. She kept one eye on the road behind her car, and was elated when a black pickup came into view. When it pulled to a stop on the shoulder and a man slid out of the driver’s seat, she gulped and stopped jumping. Read More
Thank you to the RomCon Contemporary blog for hosting me and Ninety Eight today. Ninety Eight is my second contemporary romance, and I took a real chance on this story knowing that it was not a ‘typical’ romance. I knew that in writing it, I was exploring a theme that was, at best, touchy and readers would either love it or hate it. Let me tell you, it was a nerve wracking thing to put the book out, to take that chance.
Bet you didn’t expect me to say that, did you? Here’s the thing, I’m not the kind of writer who’s going to tell you how great my book is and EVERYONE will love it. I know that isn’t the case, especially when the subject is more controversial than most.
So why would I write a book knowing all that? I think that readers are getting bored of the same old, same old (okay, at least I was getting bored of it) and I wanted to push the envelope, to see if I could break through that boredom for people. (As well as for myself). That is what I hope to do with all my books, to push the envelope and try and show a different side to love stories that maybe hasn’t been done before. (I think. LOL) Read More
Texas Tango – Book 2, Texas Montgomery Mavericks Series
Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. Happy to be back here at the RomCon Contemporary blog to talk about the second book in my Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. TEXAS TANGO is the story of Travis Montgomery (oldest brother of the heroine from Texas Two Step) and Caroline Graham. And, for my Texas Two Step fans, we revisit Olivia Montgomery and Mitch Landry and catch up on their lives. And of course Adam makes a return visit.
I’m not sure where my fascination with cowboys comes from but no matter what traits I give my heroes, I find them in cowboys. Strong, sexy, caring, protective, dedicated…it’s all there. I thought I’d share a short scene from TEXAS TANGO…
“Great. I’m hoping you’ve given some thought to selling the Fitzgerald property.” Read More
Catch That Santa (Novelette)
When widow, Sara Marks, hears her Grams has gone on the lam from Happy Acres Residence on Christmas Eve – on Santa’s arm, no less – she teams up with sexy stranger, Francisco de la Vega, to chase the couple down with one thing in mind. Keep her Grams from becoming Mrs. Claus. Of course, Francisco's grandfather is not really Santa Claus, but Grams did run off to Vegas to marry him and she's obviously not in her right mind.
Will they catch Santa and his crazy Mrs. Claus before it's too late? Or will love stop them in their tracks?
“An octogenarian escaping her retirement home to elope with the visiting Santa? And the grandkids are left to be the responsible ones? How can you resist?” ~ KarmaBites Read More
Series Info: Contemporary Romance
Wait for Me (Montgomery Brothers Series, #1)
Trust in Me (Montgomery Brothers Series, #2)
Stay with Me (Montgomery Brothers Series, #3)
More of Me (Montgomery Brothers Series, Bonus Novella)
Author: Samantha Chase Read More
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