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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing

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What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. ...more
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Published September 17th 2014 by Lois Winston (first published September 16th 2014)
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Tricia Douglas
Dec 25, 2014 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing
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This was a fun "present" from GR's First Reads. What a great way to introduce recipes and authors to readers everywhere. Not only did the recipes sound yummy, but the advice on life and love were eye-opening and helpful. You don't want to hurry through this book, but taste a bit here and there. Each morsel tempts you however, and you really can't put the book down for too long. Lois Winston has edited this cookbook in a very ingenious way. The writing advice each contributor has shared also adds ...more
Kara
Jul 31, 2016 Kara rated it really liked it

105 writers were asked to submit a dessert recipe, advice on relationships, and writing advice.

The common threads that pop up are: writers love cake, a sense of humor is important, and just finish already!

My favorite piece of writing advice was on the importance of conflict driven plots: "Stick you main character in a tree and then throw rocks at her!"
Jill Blake
Sep 30, 2014 Jill Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Caution: do NOT read on an empty stomach!

This book is chock-full of delicious recipes. Mostly desserts, though you will find the occasional savory dish as well, such as JJ Cook's Hot Pepper Corn Muffins. As Lois Winston, the editor and driving force behind this book, writes in her introduction: "creative people are known for thinking outside the box, and authors are no exception."

But this isn't your run-of-the-mill cookbook, no sir! This is a collection of heartfelt and often funny advice on lif
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Kay
Jan 27, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a fun cookbook, devoted only to dessert recipes--yum! 105 authors each contributed a recipe plus thoughts on the writing life...and love. Wonderful recipes, thought-provoking essays. A great project. I contributed my Aunt Martha's fabulous oatmeal cake. I took it to Thanksgiving dinner this last fall, and everyone ate the cake instead of the pumpkin pies!
Shiloh Saddler
Dec 06, 2014 Shiloh Saddler rated it it was amazing
This book not only has yummy recipes but also thoughtful advice for writers and relationship advice. Something for everyone, right? I bought this book for a friend. I think it would make a great present for many occasions from birthdays to Christmas.
Jessica Aspen
I'm in this one! Check out my gluten and grain free dessert recipe for Dark Forest Fruitcake. Yum! And then check out all the other fabulous desserts and advice on writing and love. :)
Nancy
Mar 09, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Recipes are nice, but for me, the best part of this book is the advice for writers and being introduced to many new authors. Great book idea.
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USA Today bestselling author and ward-winner Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist
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