Cover reveal: Karma, by Cynthia Vespia

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I love a new twist on an old theme. So when I saw the summary for Karma, by Cynthia Vespia, I couldn’t stop myself from wanting to know more. It’s now been added to my to-read list, and I’ looking forward to getting my hands on it.

In the meantime, I’ll have to make-do with helping to reveal the book’s cover. Click on through to check it out, then read more about the book itself.

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Wednesday links: Being published in literary magazines

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Where I got my love of food

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Cooking and baking are two of my favourite activities. You’ve probably figured that out by now, if you’re a regular reader of my blog. I’ve shared a fair number of recipes and recipe reviews over the years.

A question I often get asked, once people catch on to my love of food, is where this love came from. The answer, as far as I can tell, is simple: from my mom.

When I think of cooking, I think of my mom. I think of the French Onion Soup she learned to make because it was such a family favourite at restaurants. I think of the spaghetti sauce recipe she perfected by shadowing my great grandpa whenever he came to visit. I think of the Yorkshire puddings that I only ever remember her making, of the perogies that took over the kitchen table as she folded them by hand, and of the countless home-cooked meals we’ve enjoyed throughout my life.

My mom’s kitchen–like many of those you’ll read about in Wayfair’s #MyMothersKitchen stream–was and continues to be a place of delicious, loving memories. It may not have held much of the modern furniture and extra storage you can buy today, but what it did hold was something better: good food, good people, and a whole lot of love.

This post was written as part of Wayfair’s #MyMothersKitchen. More stories will be added as Mothers Day approaches, so sure to to keep checking the hashtag.

Wednesday links: Archetypes, new writers, and conflict

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Recipe: Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf

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Cravings–we all get them. Yet there are some flavour cravings that I rarely get. Salt, for example, or anything sour. Lemons fall into that latter category.

And yet, every once in a while, they happen. A couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a major craving for something lemon-flavoured. Especially a lemon-flavoured baked something. I tried staving the craving off with something a little more healthy, but that attempt didn’t work (mostly because that recipe didn’t work out for me).

So, I went back to an old favourite of mine: lemon loaf. This time, though, I added a little something extra, which led me to a new spin on the old classic. I ended up with this Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf.

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