Some wonderful things have been happening lately with writing projects I’m either working on or have already published. Last week I was kept busy giving thumbs up to the final proof of Taste of Pinecraft for its second printing. It went to press yesterday. There were a few changes made. If you already own a copy, you should know there is no such thing as “coft” in fruit pizza. We added a few new recipes, too. Also, several endorsements are now featured on the covers and inside the book by some spectacular people. Being an independent writer, I took a chance with each e-mail I wrote asking the person to lend a few words (and their name) in the form of an endorsement. It was exhilarating to click “send” on the e-mails. In my mind I estimated I had a 1-percent chance of getting a yes from any of them. But I had nothing to lose by asking and so much to gain by taking advantage of those moments that came over me. I felt brave. And I love that feeling. And every single person I asked said yes!
I already had fun, neat news to share with you before more came my way. I was anxious to share, but only yesterday did I write about Taste of Pinecraft placing second in the Holmes County, Ohio, contest for cookbook of the year. As if that wasn’t fantastic enough — I found out more great news last Friday. New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall has two books coming out soon. The Christmas Singing releases Oct. 4 from Waterbrook Multnomah publishers. But what does this have to do with me? Well, are you sitting down? I was, till the magnitude of what she shared with me sank in. Then I had to grab the sides of my chair to keep from falling off.
In The Christmas Singing, Cindy has included my first book, Taste of Pinecraft.
Here’s a look at what you’ll find inside The Christmas Singing:
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes?
Christmas has always been special to cake decorator Mattie Eash, who was born on the wondrous holiday.
Yet the season has lost its appeal in the three years since then, after her childhood sweetheart abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Mattie has moved on, left Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, and pursued her dreams of a cake shop in Berlin, Ohio, and given her heart to someone new. Someone unlike Gideon Beiler. Someone safe.
Then an unforeseen setback forces her home and into painful proximity to Gideon. Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy —or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
The main character, Mattie, in Cindy’s book uses my recipes for Three-layer Strawberries and Cream Cake and Coconut Orange Cake with Buttercream Frosting.
Not only is Mattie using my recipes, but Waterbrook Multnomah has given me space in the book following the story. This will include not only the recipe titles, but they are featuring the title of every one of my publications listed in my author bio — and my Web address. How great is that? So now you know why I’ve been doing the happy, skippy dance!
Let’s celebrate! You can win a copy of both the second edition of Taste of Pinecraft and a copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s book The Christmas Singing by leaving a comment here after this post. Both books will ship together in October, upon the release of Cindy’s book. In the meantime, check out her website at CindyWoodsmall.com and also WaterbrookMultnomah.com