I told myself a story once, about a boy pushing a girl on a swing…or was it about a boy falling off a swing and hitting his head and the girl coming to his rescue? I don’t quite remember the finer details. It was a long time ago and I was very young. A child really, daydreaming as I stared out a school room window when I should have been listening to a math lesson. But I did tell myself the story. that one and about a million others, staring out windows or off into space, people around me wondering what I was doing and where I had gone.
Eventually, I propped a book in front of me and lost myself inside the pages, drifted out of them and into some other variation of what I had just read that fit my world view better. It happened a lot. I wrote fan fiction in my head long before I ever knew it was even a thing. Before the Internet made it popular (although I did it there, too, eventually).
I just had a habit of making things up in my head and liking that world a whole lot. I was a teenager before I thought to write any of those worlds or people down. They were my worlds and my people. Who else could possibly care about them?
In a lot of ways, I think that is the same sort of feeling my little baker from Bluewater Bay feels. He likes to bake things, and he enjoys eating them, but how is it possible that so many other people want a little piece of his sugary joy? How are his humble little bites of bliss so important? But they are, and his near-win on reality television proves it: people, especially to Blaire, who could buy his humble bakery five time over without using up his pocket change, think he has something to offer.
It isn’t the bakery, or the baked goods Blaire wants, though, it’s the baker himself, a thing Frederic didn’t quite believe the first time. Now, safe in Bluewater Bay with his little shop, isn’t sure he can handle it a second time.
Title: How the Cookie Crumbles by Jaime Samms
Bluewater Bay Series Book Twelve
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance, BDSM, Action/Adventure
Length: 345 pages/Word Count: 91,300
After losing a rigged cooking show competition — and a potential lover — to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.
Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. As punishment, he’s been sent to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.
Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.
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Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked, “Why men? What’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love?”, she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all. . .
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