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The Great Fruitcake Bake-off

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When a five-time champ teams up with her new neighbor for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.
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Author: Vicki Batman
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Genre  Romantic Comedy

Tags  Christmas, holiday, Fruitcake, The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Bake-off, baking, friends, Vicki Batman, sassy writer, first prize, prize-winning, short fiction, romance, humorous, chicklit

Release  December 6, 2013

Editor  Fiona Young-Brown

Cover Designer  Charlotte Volnek

Words  11555

Pages  51

ISBN  978-1-77127-453-1

Price  $2.50


 

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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, catches her eye and agrees to team up. Only, what they discover is baking a prize-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys abound and are plotting to take over the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.


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." Bethany 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."

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Friday, 31 January 2014
Writing short stories that don't leave you asking, Okay, where's the rest? are the hardest type of stories to write. The author must make the manuscript engaging, entertaining, and complete.

THE GREAT FRUITCAKE BAKE-OFF by multi-published author Vicki Batman does it so well, this is actually the SECOND of her books, almost in as many hours, I have read. To add to the magic of this one, it just took one of the 2013 TOP TEN Preditors and Editors Reader Poll awards in its genre. That's HUGE!

Who knew how hazardous making fruitcakes could be, but when your apartment complex conducts a contest for the best fruitcake every year there might be some so covetous of the winning ribbon they're willing to resort to things that hit way below the belt.

This is a short, fast, delightful story and definitely a Christmas Tale worthy of hanging onto you yearly Christmas Reading Tree.

Five Stars and a big old mug of eggnog.
Lin Holmes

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