Thursday, December 5, 2013

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:

Also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords.

News flash!!! Hear Vicki's interview with Alisha Paige at 10 am today at: 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!


  1. I failed to leave comments on two sites. I'll try here:

    Goodness, I was just thinking about Fruitcakes and fruits last night. What a wonderful launch day you have today. I'll follow you on other sites. Let's get those fruits in the hands of readers :)

    1. Hi, Florence! I agree--fruitcake is great. When I polled, I got the word "gummy" back. I'm like gummy? What were these people eating? Thank you for all your support.

      And thank you, Marian, for hosting me today. Hugs

  2. Happy launch day Vicki. If anyone can make fruitcake funny, you can. So sorry I missed your radio interview. I would have loved to have been there.

    1. Hi, Sylvia! Missed you too; however, we had some good cake time. Hugs

  3. Happy Launch day my friend. Sorry changed all my passwords yesterday after the hackers got in to all the sites and (LOL) I forgot what I changed them to. I hope the sales fairy is very good to you, Vicki.

    1. Hi, Marian! And thank you so much for being my friend and allowing me to launch here too. I hope the sales fairy comes too. I've already had a great review on Amazon!!! oxox

      Hi, Brenda! Thank you. Are you a fruitcake lover? Happy holidays.

  4. Happy Launch Day, Vicki! I'm not a huge fruitcake fan but wish someone would make me a pecan pie! ;)

    1. Hi, Kim! and thank you so much. I love pecan pie too. Haven't had any in a long, long time. Hmmmm. Hugs

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