Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Great Fruitcake Bake-Off by Vicki Batman


Fruitcake lover, Samantha Greene is in a pickle. To defend her five wins in her apartment complex's The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, she has to find a new entry. The to-die for new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, agrees to team up. Only, what they discover is baking an award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take over the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

About the Author:

Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; as a clerk in a variety of stores: hardware, department, book, and antique; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm—the list is endless.

Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long And Short Reviews, And Museitup Publishing. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if?"

Review by Rochelle:

Okay, again, I confess I’m a fan of Vicki Batman’s writing. When I pick up one of her stories or books, I know it will be well-written with engaging characters, romance and wit. I know it won’t be full of distracting grammar glitches, info dumps or head-hops. I know I’ll be able to chuckle my way through the story and put my Kindle down feeling warm and good and wishing for more.

Unlike Ms. Batman, I’m not a particular fan of fruitcake. My family has special cookie recipes and it isn’t a proper holiday meal without my mother-in-law’s pumpkin bread. We never won any awards because we never lived in a place where there were contests. But we get lots of compliments.

I never fell in love over a mixing bowl, either. But then I don’t live in a romance novel. I just write, edit and review them. The Great Fruitcake Bake-Off is typical Batman fare. I devoured it in one sitting, chuckled at Samantha and Dixon’s antics, and felt warm and fuzzy afterward. And had there been a fruitcake around, I might have even given that another try.

But don’t take my word for it. Just because it’s after Christmas it’s not too late to grab The Great Fruitcake Bake-Off and snuggle in for a nice, warm interlude. Maybe you’ll be inspired to bake a heart-shaped one for Valentine’s Day.

Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing, Inc.

Heat Rating:  PG
Length:  56 Pages
Price:  $2.50

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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