Bake, Love, Write: A Tidbit of Writing Advice from the Best

          Writing advice often comes my way via blogs, newsletters, and articles and books writer friends eagerly share with me. I welcome it if it’s delivered in small dozes. If you’re like me, you don’t always have the time to read through lengthy epistles. I’ve learned to appreciate writers who share words of wisdom by keeping it simple. I love to come away with a few words to jot down on my daily calendar—tidbits of inspiration and motivation.
            A recent addition to my bookshelf does just that and more, and it’s not a book on writing. It’s
a cookbook. In Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Shares Desserts Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing, edited by Lois Winston, the authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and WRITING. Like a good recipe, their advice is short, sweet, and succinct. For instance, Floridian romance writer, Skye Taylor, shares four excellent pieces of writing advice. Here’s a sampling:
*Write what you know, or not.
*Perfect your people-watching skills.
*Grow a thick skin.
*Love what you do.
            Skye elaborates on the above points by keeping to the adage less is more. As the title of the
book indicates, she also adds her secret for a lasting, loving relationship, along with her favorite dessert recipe, Apple Chocolate Chip Cake. When Skye is not writing, she spends her leisurely time beachcombing with her dog McDuff and, to put a bit of pizzazz in her life, by jumping out of airplanes.
            Oh, by the way. Her Apple Chocolate Chip Cake requires only ten ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen, and the directions equal a total of twenty-eight words! How nice and easy is that?
            To read more, check out Bake, Love, Write. Available on Amazon in print and on Kindle.
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            Check out Sky’s latest in The Camerons of Tide’s Way series.
            When Meg Cameron joined the Marines to get an education, she never counted on being deployed to a war zone. Now that she’s home, both she and her husband Ben are struggling with the toll war, separation and regrets have taken on their marriage. Meg is tormented by guilt over the death of a military dog and the kiss she shared with her commanding officer as he comforted her. Her husband, Ben, is the love of her life, how could he possibly forgive her if he knew the truth?
            Ben Cameron is just happy that his brave, beautiful wife is safely home with him and their young sons. Everything seems fine--at first. In bed, he and Meg are perfect together, until the nightmares come and she calls out a name that's not his. She's hurting and he doesn't understand, but he's trying. If only she would talk to him about what's bothering her.
            Then there's Kip, a police K-9 who lost his handler and his spirit to a perp with a gun. Ben has been asked to help rehabilitate the grieving K-9.  Can Ben help these two wounded warriors find peace? Can he convince Meg to trust him with her nightmares? As Meg debates returning to active duty, a move that would surely end in another deployment, Ben's frustrations and fears climb. What if her pain and confusion take her back into harm's way again, and he lost her forever?

            Cookbook authors include: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T. Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D. Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, Karen Rose Smith.
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Now an Amazon bestselling cookbook!

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