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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Vicki Batman ~ Launch Day!!! The Great Fruitcake Bake-off is here

Happy Launch Day!!!

Today, I celebrate the launch of my funny holiday romantic comedy:

The Great Fruitcake Bake-off

 I wrote this one for all of you fruitcake naysayers. I love fruitcake, especially when dipped in chocolate.

Here's a blurb:
To defend her five wins, Samantha Greene, has to find a new entry for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off and teams up with new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, only what they discover is baking a award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

Are you teased? Here's more—the excerpt!
"I am not entering this year." I pinned an unbreakable stare on Bethany, my long-time friend. We were piddling over coffee in her cubical like we always did before getting to the nuts and bolts of company business. "Period."
"Why not, Samantha? You should be proud to be the five-time winner of the Great Fruitcake Bake-off. You're a legend."

"Is being a legend in the fruitcake world a good thing? It's exhausting. Finding the perfect recipe, then bake and exhibit it. Besides, shouldn't somebody else win?"
Bethany's fists went to her hips. "Sam, we're talking fruitcake. It's not groundbreaking like, like the Declaration of Independence or...the Pyramids."

"I'm shocked to hear you say that. Fruitcake is the cake of all time. It dates to--"
She bobbed her head. "To the sixteenth century."

I raised my finger. "It gets a bad--"
"Rap." She sighed a soul searching blow of breath. "You always say that. You also always say you love participating; yet, you're not defending your title this year."

"I've used up all of Grammie's recipes."
"You could start over with the first confection you entered five years ago, couldn't you?"

"It seems like cheating...in a weird way. And I don't cheat."
"You are a shining example of excellent values." She drummed her fingers from the littlest to the index and considered. "I've got it! Why not check online and find a recipe?"

"They don't call you brainchild for nothing." I rubbed a finger along the divot below my lower lip. A tiny speck of excitement blossomed within me. "I'll need a brand new fruitcake. I wouldn't want to be like Crazy Wanda who enters the same freakin' lump of dough every freakin' year."
"It never hurts to expand your repertoire, even if it's by collecting fruitcake recipes."

Find "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off" at: http://bit.ly/HXeo7h

And at other e-retailers

Find Vicki at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com

News flash!!! Hear Vicki's interview with Alisha Paige at 10 am today at: http://bit.ly/1bgb5SJ And feel free to call in at: 214/3245365.

Want to be a part of a drawing? There's two giftcards and a hand-crafted item up for grabs.

Leave a comment with your email address and I'll notify the winner.

May your fruitcake days be
Merry and Bright!


Sylvia said...

Vicki my mother use to make homemade fruitcake. What is the fruit in it called? I remember my mother buying the fruit.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Sylvia! I think it is called candied fruit. Cherries, pineapple, and orange peel. My mom used to chop it fine for her cakes. Hugs!

Melissa Keir said...

Your book sounds wonderful Vicki. I can't believe that someone who'd won so many times, was giving up on a short to make it six in a row.

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vicki batman said...

Hi, Melissa! and thank you so much for stopping. The challenge of baking for a contest and not cheating intrigued me. happy holidays

vicki batman said...

I have two winners: Melissa Keir and ccmal. thank you to everyone who stopped by and hung out with me today.

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