A Love of Chocolate With Romance Author Melinda Curtis @MelCurtisAuthor

I welcome Melinda Curtis to my blog today. Melinda is one of the authors featured in the new release: Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. Melinda writes both sweet and steamy contemporary romances with a humorous slant, and loves coffee, wine, and chocolate (this is starting to sound like a personals ad).

1. What is the name of the recipe you included in Bake, Love, Write? Could you tell us a little about it, and why did you choose that recipe?

The recipe I chose for Bake, Love, Write is Molten Chocolate Lava Cake. If I’m going to cook from scratch, I want something delicious, decadent, and dangerously high in calories.

2. Could you give a short quote of the advice you included in the book?
My relationship advice was to be honest. If you read romances, you know that heroes and heroines carry around hurts and secrets. As they begin to share these secrets with the love interest, a bond is formed and healing begins. Without honesty, you have nothing on which to base a relationship.

3. Use your writerly powers of description to describe your kitchen.

Out-dated, but fully stocked. I have 3 kids in college, so any make-over is going to wait another 4 years (knock wood). But our house is so large that we’re the place the family gathers. I have everything you need to entertain – hot plates and cooling bowls, double oven, two refrigerators, two full china services (each for 12). Probably the fact that I have a pool also factors into where the family gathers during warmer months.

4. Tell us about your latest release.

The Christmas Date is the third novella in Christmas, Actually – three holiday stories about three siblings living in Christmas Town, where tradition has it that a kiss on Christmas Eve in the town square gazebo will lead to wedding bells in the new year! The other two authors are Anna Adams and Anna J. Stewart.

Here’s an overview of my story: Gina Vernay was in an accident as a child and has a scar down her right cheek. Since then, Gina has always sat on the sidelines, lacking the self-confidence to shine. Wanting what many of her friends have – love, a family – Gina signs up for an online dating account. But her picture doesn’t show her scar. And she’s always too busy running The Tea Cup in Christmas Town to meet anyone, much less a man to share a kiss under the mistletoe in the town’s gazebo. But when one persistent on-line suitor arranges to meet her on Christmas Eve, Gina’s life turns upside down.

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Bake, Love, Write
Here are more details on Bake, Love, Write below:
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 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.

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  1. This desserts sounds SO decadent! I’ll have to try it. I’ll also have to check out your book; I love Christmas stories. And your kitchen sounds SO inviting. Can I come over?

  2. Sounds like a cute book! I wish you all the best!

  3. That sounds a great story, Mel. I love a heartwarming Christmas read. And I’m dying to try out your recipe! Best wishes for your release!

  4. Oh, the Christmas stories sound delightful and the recipe delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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