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December 5, 2013

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

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 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:

And at other e-retailers

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May your fruitcake days be
Merry and Bright!


Sylvia said...

Oh my God! Vicki you are the only writer I know who could make fruitcake fun. I can't wait to read this one.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Sylvia! Of course, fruitcake is fun. Thanks for stopping. hugs

Patricia said...

I have this on my Kindle and just started reading "holiday" books the other day. I'm sure I'll love yours.

Patricia said...

I have your book on my Kindle and can't wait to read it.

Pamela Stone said...

Sounds like another fun read, Vicki! Congrats.

Unknown said...

Congrats Vicki!!!!

Unknown said...

You know I am one of those fruitcake naysayers, but I can already tell this is one sweet read!

I LOVE how you can take a little 'slice of life' (pun intended) and make such a fun story out of it.

But what I want to know, is have YOU ever won any bake-offs for your fruitcake? Or do you just confine yourself to dipping it in chocolate?!? :)

Fun, fun read! Cheers, EE

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Patti! Please let me know what you think and thank you for all your support! hugs

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Pam! Thank you. It's fun and funny.

Hi, Amber! and thank you for visiting today.

Hi, Ms. Essex! LOLOL. I've never entered a fruitcake bake-off. I made it up--the beauty of writing, right? BUT, I have dipped many a chunk in chocolate.


Alisha said...

I love the excerpt but I'm still doubtful that ANY fruitcake is good! LOL! I'll have to take your word for it until we get to sample that fruitcake dipped in chocolate! Thanks for writing another fun holiday story! I'll be sure to snag this one and read it over the icy weekend! Happy release day! Hugs!!!!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Alisha! I'll convert you. I promise to the fruitcake naysayer in you. Thank you for hostessing me today at Stuff Worth Talking About. Hugs!

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a fabulous book. I'll try to feature it on my blog next week.

Congratulations on your new release.


Linda Steinberg said...

Congrats Vicki! Reading about fruitcake beats eating fruitcake

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Cheryl! and thank you so much for liking my sweet story. Let me know what you think. happy holidays!

Hi, Linda! Thank you so much. I know you aren't a fruitcake lover, and I appreciate it. hugs

Karilyn Bentley said...

Congrats on your release Vicki!!!! It's another good one! Hugs!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thanks Karilyn, I hope people will like it and laiugh. Ox

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thanks Karilyn, I hope people will like it and laiugh. Ox

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

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

Suzanne de Montigny said...

Oh no! I'm too late!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I'm so sorry, Suzanne! I'LL make it up to you. Hugs