Winter Blogfest: Pam Binder

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Welcome Brownies – Or – How to Bridge Story Lines

This is the first entry in my blog series that combines chocolate and the craft of writing. The first topic is how to bridge story lines.

As I celebrate the release of the third book in the Matchmaker Café series, Falling in Love with Emma, about a French baker who wonders if she will ever get out of the friend-zone with the man who owns a fish market, it seemed appropriate to write a food-themed blog that combines chocolate and the craft of writing. Chocolate because it’s mentioned in every book I write, and the craft of writing because I teach writing and am always pushing myself to improve. I also wanted this blog to be about writing tips, so what better place than to talk about the “Welcome Brownies,” and what they mean.

As the story opens, we see both of our characters in their element. Bjorn has just returned from fishing in Alaska, and Emma is up at dawn, baking for a big event in the town where they live. But they are in the friend-zone, with no hope of breaking out of the rut. I also have two story lines. The first involves Emma and Bjorn, and the second is the reoccurring story about three sisters from Scotland who own a matchmaking business. The trick was how to get these two stories together.

I needed to create a bridge between story lines. After an event with Emma’s grandmother that left Emma in charge of the bakery, I opened my cookbook and found the perfect recipe I could use to create the bridge. The recipe page was frayed at the edges, torn and scotched taped together. It was a recipe for brownies and was my family’s favorite. It brought back a wave of warm memories. I’d bake these brownies for all occasions, including when new neighbors arrived in our neighborhood, or to bring to a friend. It was the perfect solution. Emma’s grandmother, and one of the story’s mentors, tells Emma to bring over a batch of “Welcome Brownies” to the Retail Village’s newest tenants, the three sisters, who own The Matchmaker Café. Welcome Brownies was the perfect solution. Naturally, the sisters invited Emma inside…and the story takes off…

Please check out book three in the Matchmaker Café series, Falling in Love with Emma and let me know what you think. I have posted the recipe for Welcome Brownies below.

2 sq. unsweetened chocolate (2 oz)

1/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt (I use 1/4 tsp. salt)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square pan 8x8x2″. Melt chocolate and butter over hot water. (It says this in the recipe, but I never have. I melt in a saucepan and just watch over it). Take the pan off the stove and beat in the sugar and eggs. Blend flour, baking powder and stir in. Spread in pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until slight imprint remains when touched lightly with finger. Cool slightly and cut into squares. Makes 16 2″ squares.

Falling in Love with Emma – A match made in time.
Ever since the sudden death of her mother left Emma in charge of caring for her grandmother and the family’s French bakery, she has survived by rejecting change. The last thing she want is an ex-boyfriend with commitment issues.
Bjorn has made a mess of things. He returned from fishing in Alaska believing his relationship with Emma would go back to the way things were, only to have Emma smash a pie in his face. but when Bjorn learns she is in danger, he leaps at the chance to save the woman he loves, even if she wants nothing to do with him.

About the Author: Pam Binder is an award-winning Amazon and New York Times Best-selling author. Pam believes in smiles, Irish and Scottish myths and like Wonder Woman, the power of love. Pam writes historical fiction, contemporary fiction, young adult and time travel fantasy.

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  1. Sounds like a good book.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hey Pam, I love the idea of blogging about the chocoholics writing life or the write addicted chocolate life! Have fun and Happy New Year!

  3. Diane Sallans says:

    anything that mentions chocolate &/or brownies always catches my eye! perfect for nibbling while reading!

  4. It sounds like a lovely story and a yummy recipe! Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!

  5. nice brownie recipe

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