I absolutely loved Simply From Scratch.
It’s the sort of book I’d naturally be drawn to in a store, because of the warm, engaging cover, the fun title, and the glowing cover quotes from authors like Marisa de los Santos. So I’m very lucky I got to read an early copy – and the book was, without a doubt, everything I hoped it would be. As I’ve gotten to know Alicia this year, I’ve realized how sweet, compassionate, and good-hearted she is – and yet, there’s a secret side of her that loves rock ’em-sock ’em kung-fu movies. It all makes sense, because her book – so warm-hearted and hopeful! – also packs a powerful emotional punch.
Here are just a few things I adore in Alicia’s book:
* The narrator’s name, Zell – what a cool, creative nickname for Rose-Ellen!
* The pirate-speak. Cracks me up every time Zell assumes the voice of her dog, Captain Ahab, and mimics him calling her a “saucy wench” or “yellow-bellied milksop.”
* The big twist involving a character.
* The present inside Nick’s box. I get teary just thinking about this one.
You’ll love Simply From Scratch, too. I’m not at all surprised that it’s already a bestseller in Germany. Treat yourself and buy a copy by clicking here! And don’t forget to test out Alicia’s own recipe in the back.
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Congrats, Alicia! Here’s to a fabulous debut. I’m proud to be in the 2010 class with you!
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I’m anxious to read this book and will admit that I’m totally drawn to it by its cover.
Yay for Simply from Scratch!
And Sarah, I’m proud to be here with you. Thank you for the kind words!
Congrats, Alicia!! What a wonderful debut. Look forward to many more!!
You’re so right about the present in Nick’s box, I told Alicia the same thing yesterday on Twitter.
When learning Rose Ellen = Zell, I thought how brilliant, lovely, and SO Alicia!
Can’t wait to read it.
a yellow-bellied scurvy dog.
Kathy, you’ll love it!
Greg, you never fail to crack me up, sometimes to the point of snorting.
Happy reading, everyone!
I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds, and looks, so good!
I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!
Thank you so much for the chance to read this book!
This sounds amazing! If I don’t win, I’ll have to go pick up a copy! Thanks for the chance!
I would love the chance to win this one! I agree that the cover is fantastic, and I love books that have the ability to make me “teary”, LOL!
Love finding new authors- Keeping my fingers crossed!!! :-}
I love the cover! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
I was wondering when the winner will be announced?
Hi everyone – the randomly chosen winner is Jonita! (Her name was announced in the newsflash on Sunday). Congrats Jonita!
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