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Why Do Writers Write?

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Why do writers write? Like Stephen King said, it’s not for the money, and it’s definitely not for the fame. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t turn down a fat paycheck, but I started writing because it felt like something I was meant to do. I hesitated for years before I finally took the plunge and tried writing a book. There were so many excuses…not enough time…not enough talent…or ooh look, there’s something shiny! 

 

The years passed and every so often, my need to write outweighed my reasons not to. I’ll admit it. I wrote fanfiction. I got my feet wet and I enjoyed the feedback. That still wasn’t enough. I wrote a few pieces of satire and that wasn’t enough either. My biggest obstacle was me. That inner voice that said, “You just aren’t good enough to write something as big as a book.”  

 

I love books and to my credit, I think I’ve read thousands of them. As for romance novels, my addiction to them started when I was thirteen years old and the school librarian wanted to get rid of a bag of Harlequins. It was a treasure trove! I sat on my bunk bed and read the lot of them. As an introverted kid, the stories took me to places and introduced me to people “characters” that were interesting, funny, dramatic, and, of course, sexy. My books were my friends. They still are.

 

One fateful night, my muse kicked my inner doubt’s ass and I woke up wanting/needing to write a book. My hand flew across my spiral bound notebook with story ideas, characters, and dialogue. Some were good, some were bad, some were downright awful, but my new mission in life was to write my own novel.  By the way, let me tell you why I will never give another writer a bad review. Writing a book is hard and if you take the initiative to try it, you have my complete and utter respect. Simple words, but true nonetheless. Holy Hell, how did people do it?

 

Could I do it? Turns out, yes I could, and I did. After many rejections from publishers (those sting no matter how many you get) I finally got a yes. You only need one yes to get your foot in the door. So here I am, a year after wracking my brain, pouring my heart out, and driving my husband crazy with reading revisions to him ad nauseum.

Without the stacks of money and the overnight fame, was it worth it? Damn straight it was! Why? Because I’m a writer! Through feedback, I’ve learned that people have read my stories and enjoyed them. They’ve laughed at the funny parts, got teary eyed over the sappy parts, and fanned themselves over the steamy parts. That’s all I ever wanted.

 

But, hey, don’t get me wrong, buying my books will put a smile on my face too! 🙂

 

 

 

 

New Recipe From My Favorite Cupcake Baker!

The Lady in Red is a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. This is the first cupcake Ben ever sampled from Tracy in More Than Words. After that, he just couldn’t get enough of her…I mean her cupcakes! (Those too)  🙂
I’ll hand the reins over to Tracy so she can explain what makes red velvet cake so unique. After that, click the Madison Falls Recipe section and try some scrumptious cupcakes for yourself. 🙂

If you haven’t read More Than Words or Fall For You, click the Buy Links above and get your very own copy. Happy Reading! -Susan <3

It’s cupcake time again!

One of the biggest mysteries for non bakers (other than the white vs yellow cake question) is what exactly goes into making a red velvet cake.

Traditionally considered a Southern recipe, it gets its name from the dark red, bright red, or red-brown colored cake. While food coloring is used to help achieve the red color, there’s also a little secret science that happens. The reaction between the acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to draw out the natural pigments in the cocoa, and also helps keep the cake light and fluffy.

Add some cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a decadent desert that your friends will love. They’ll want to know what makes it so moist, but light and airy at the same time. Whether you give up the secret is up to you!

Much Love!
Tracy

The Lady in Red

It’s cupcake time again!

One of the biggest mysteries for non bakers (other than the white vs yellow cake question) is what exactly goes into making a red velvet cake.

Traditionally considered a Southern recipe, it gets its name from the dark red, bright red, or red-brown colored cake.  While food coloring is used to help achieve the red color, there’s also a little secret science that happens.  The reaction between the acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to draw out the natural pigments in the cocoa, and also helps keep the cake light and fluffy. 

Add some cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a decadent desert that your friends will love.  They’ll want to know what makes it so moist, but light and airy at the same time. Whether you give up the secret is up to you!

Much Love!
Tracy

The Lady in Red
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This is a traditional Southern recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Add the cream cheese frosting, and these are sure to become a crowd favorite.
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For the cake
  1. 2½ cups cake flour
  2. 1½ cups sugar
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1½ cups vegetable oil
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 tbsp. (1 oz.) liquid red food coloring
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 sticks butter, softened
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 6-8 cups confectioners' sugar
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners.
  7. Bake about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Add sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 5–7 minutes.
Susan Behon http://susanbehon.com/

Book 4 is in the works!

While I’m waiting for the first round of edits for Made For Me, I’ve been outlining ideas for Book #4 (One Last Call.) A new character, Josh Logan, will be introduced as a love interest for Sarah Brandon, (Sophie’s sister from Fall For You.) Sarah is a sweetheart. What I love the most about Josh is his slow southern drawl. So sexy!

In the mean time, check out Fall For You and More Than Words. Things have been heating up in Madison Falls!

Scroll down and enjoy the sample for More Than Words!

Happy Reading!