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Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

Okay, everyone, I think you know the drill by now. I am on a quest to include all the fun things I didn’t keep in my novel Grace Group. Namely, the recipes. Now you may ask…why were there recipes in the book, or perhaps, why didn’t you keep them if you like them so much that you keep blogging about them? Well, read on to find the answers.

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As a writer  I just can’t resist the temptation of a long, juicy description of EVERY detail (much like every three-year -old at bedtime). Alas, descriptions make unexciting novels, so most of foodie stuff didn’t make the cut. But like a few of my characters, the sharing of the recipes idea would just not stay dead. So, I am presenting to you in blog form some of the recipes that the grief group members brought to table, so to speak. Last week I shared Archie’s cinnamon rolls. Today, I am pleased to present Charlotte’s chocolate chip cookies.

Dear churches,

So, this is a little awkward, but I need to tell you something you might not want to hear. Kind of like that friend in high school who really, really, wants to impress the guy with the leather jacket who smokes so she starts smoking and wearing skintight leather pants to fit in, and you can’t help but feel scared for her because even though it seems like she has won, and will be popular and loved from now on, you know deep down she’s living a lie and will probably end up a pregnant high school drop out with lung cancer. So church, when I see you turning into Sandy from Grease, I can’t help but want to say something, because I didn’t speak up to Sandy and have always regretted that.

Next Tuesday, July 25th we will be having a #release party for #GraceGroup, in my hometown of the heart, #YorbaLinda, #California. As much as it saddens me to be having this momentous event away from Dreamy and the #kids, there is some consolation in enjoying TWO two-and-a-half hour plane rides, a bed, and a night’s sleep all to myself while I’m gone. This #trip is on the heels of an unexpectedly enjoyable #family #getaway to the Inland ‘Empire’ of Southern California just last week. Overall, we had a wonderful time with the #twins and #bigsis, but it was not without its #struggles. Here is how I expect the two journeys to compare.

What the heck, one might ask (or did, if one were a book coach) is the relation between my fiction and my blogs, who am I as an author, and WHAT am I trying to do with my writing anyway?

How should I know? I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in five years!

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