Apple Bundt Cake With Mystery Author Lois Winston @anasleuth #Dessert #Recipes

I welcome Lois Winston to my blog today. Lois is both the editor and one of the authors featured in the new release: Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. She’s a USA Today bestselling author who in addition to writing mystery, also writes romance, romantic suspense, humorous women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Lois’ critically acclaimed fiction has won many awards and received quite a few accolades, including starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Definitely Dead
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 to share in the cookbook is for an Apple Bundt Cake. I like my cakes moist. Nothing disappoints me more than to take a bite of what looks like a delicious cake, only to find that it’s dry and doesn’t taste nearly as good as it looks. This cake doesn’t disappoint. It comes out light and moist and practically melts in your mouth.

2. Could you give a short quote of the advice you included in the book?

Every scene in a manuscript must serve a purpose, and there are only two purposes to a scene—either to advance the plot or tell the reader something she needs to know about the character(s) at that moment.

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

My kitchen would be the “before” on an HGTV makeover show. The room is too small, lacking both ample counter space and storage. Scratches cover the faux granite solid surface countertop. The aging beech cabinets, with their worn finish, are covered in chips and dings. The appliances, utilitarian white instead of stainless steel, creep ever closer toward the Great Appliance Graveyard. However, none of this matters because I spend all my time at my computer writing instead of in my kitchen cooking.

4. Tell us about your latest release. Include an Amazon link.

Definitely Dead

Book One in the Empty Nest Mystery series

An homage to Dashell Hammet’s Thin Man movies with a modern day spin on Nick and Nora Charles

When her career is outsourced to Asia, fledgling romance author and empty-nester Gracie Elliott wants a job that will allow her time to write. So she opens Relatively Speaking, becoming a wing woman to the senior set. Since her clients need several hours each morning to find their teeth, lube their creaky joints, and deal with lower GI necessities, and they always turn in after the early bird specials, she has plenty of time to pen her future bestsellers.

Gracie deliberately avoids mentioning her new business venture to husband Blake until after she signs her first client. Blake joins the company as a not-so-silent partner, tagging along to make sure Gracie doesn’t cause a septuagenarian uprising. When Client #13 is found murdered in the parking lot behind the Moose Lodge, Gracie knows, no matter how much Blake protests otherwise, she can’t wait around for the police to find the killer if she wants to save her livelihood.
Buy it on: Amazon


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. Thanks for hosting me today, Stacy!

  2. I love your writing advice about every scene having a purpose. It’s an integral part of the plot that needs to be stress more. And, or course, I also love your recipe for apple bundt cake!

  3. Very cute interview. As someone who’s read Definitely Dead, and is different from Lois’s Anastasia Pollack series, I know readers will love the antics of sometimes scatterbrained Gracie and her always reasonable husband. Lois my bathrooms are still outdated, and when the man came to suggest remodeling, I thought, but I love these! Change is so hard for some of us!

  4. Many thanks to Lois, and all the authors for sharing their great recipes!

  5. Vicki Batman says

    Hi, Lois! I love apple cake and found a quick and easy recipe recently. A big hit in my family. The hardest part was peeling the apples.

  6. Love your recipe, Lois, and I love the title of your new release. I love all your titles. It sounds another great read!

  7. Di Eats the Elephant says

    Definitely dead. Def-Def-definitely. Dead. Definitely sold.

  8. Oh, great interview! The book sounds amazing!

  9. The cake sounds wonderful, Lois. It reminds me of one my mother used to make for special occasions when I was a child. The book sounds like fun, and I wish you much sales success! Thanks also to Stacy for hosting these great blog posts.

    • Thanks, BV! I’m at the point where all baking is only for special occasions due to weight creep, but this cake really is one that you can easily whip up any time. Peeling the apples is the most time-consuming part of the process.

  10. Congrats on both books, Lois! And thank you for including me in your 105 authors. I just bought the Empty Nest book for my nook. I love things that aren’t like anything else out there, and this is definitely new and different! Can’t wait!

Stacy Juba