Fan Friday Best Brownie Book Give Away – Guest Author Cynthia Ruchti


Cynthia is a great friend and amazing writer whose stories touch the heart with the whisper of hope and the promise of tomorrow. Leave a comment below to enter the drawing for a free copy of her new book.

Cynthia Ruchti is working on her fifth fiction release, her second non-fiction book, and dreaming of new plots, projects, scarves, and recipes. She served a two-year term as president of American Christian Fiction Writers and currently serves as ACFW’s professional relations liaison.

Whether through her books, speaking for women’s events or at writers’ conferences, or with a grandchild on her lap, Cynthia tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, a couple of hours from the setting of her latest release: Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection from Barbour Publishing. Connect with her at,,, or


Thank you, Michelle, for inviting me in for tea and your famous Asian dumplings. And thanks for making them gluten-free today just for me. Yum, huh?

Speaking of food, can we talk for a minute? Honestly, some of the most fun I had when writing “Maybe Us” for the Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection, which released September 1st, related to the gourmet brownies that Beth Schurmer’s love interest, Derek, made and sold from his shop—Life by Chocolate—in downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Dreaming up fabulous brownies—like the Hot Fudge Brownie or the Covered Bridge Brownie (Cedarburg is known for its last standing original covered bridge in the state) or the S’Mores Brownie…

Sorry. Where was I? Drifted off for a minute. Let’s talk about something other than food while my oven preheats.

Readers may not know I’m a knitter. As soon as I started working on “Maybe Us,” I purchased wool to make the kind of infinity scarves—moebius—that Beth sold in her grandmother’s Yarn Shop. I knit in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains while my husband groaned at the trout stream that produced nothing for his creel or fry pan. (Oh, that’s right, we’re off the subject of food, temporarily.) I knit in the plane on the way home. As I wrapped the moebius around my neck, I thought of Beth and how its shape represented something so significant to her life and her story…and to mine.

Even in a short piece like a novella, those small but heart-tugging or subtle but extra-meaningful elements—a particular kind of brownie or a scarf that does more than keep someone warm when the winds turn chilly—add layers of depth to the story.

The details can be as endearing as Carol Burnett tugging on her earlobe at the end of her weekly show as a silent “Goodnight. I love you,” to her grandmother.  Bonus points for those who watched it the first time around, not reruns.

What’s so special about the mug a character uses? Why were Dorothy’s ruby slippers ruby-red? Why weren’t they sparkly gold or green like the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz? (I have a theory.)

Reader, I’d love to talk about it. What subtle details endeared a character to you in a book, past or present? Is “Maybe Us” in Cedar Creek Seasons about brownies? No. But they play a role.

Oven’s preheated now. But I’ll be back later to see what you think about seemingly small elements that had an impact on your enjoyment of a book you’ve read. If your example is from another book I’ve written (see for those books), please be careful not to give away the plot.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s do that. Let’s give a copy of Cedar Creek Seasons to one of the responders, Michelle. Maybe they can suggest an idea for a new brownie for a Cedar Creek cookbook!


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

9 thoughts on “Fan Friday Best Brownie Book Give Away – Guest Author Cynthia Ruchti

  1. Yum, I love brownies.
    I had a favorite Life is Good mug. It made me happy to use it and remember that life is, well, good. Don’t dwell on the negative and look for the positive. (I’m using this mug in a story.)
    Anyway, last Christmas my son who had been away at college gave me a University of Georgia mug. I love UGA football, and he’s watched many games with me. But the really special thing about this mug is he made it for me himself while on a date.
    So of course that’s my favorite mug now as it reminds me he does love me and wasn’t afraid to “show” it to the girl he was with.
    So I agree, little things can show insight to our characters.
    Thanks for sharing today.
    Jackie Layton

  2. I love this post! And I’ve already downloaded a moebius pattern for our knitting group. We knit chemo caps and scarves for cancer patients. And I’d love to win Cynthia’s book. Great interview.

  3. Readers, you’ll savor far more than the brownies in Cynthia’s delicious multi-generational story! Though I must say, ovens in a thousand households will heat up as she, a master chef, mixes a fun, chocolaty romance with thoughts about eternity.

  4. jeannemt says:

    I love this post and the idea about using something to embody a unique aspect about a character or a story. 🙂 The first thing I thought of was Anne Shirley’s red hair and how it drove her crazy. I always thought it must look beautiful. 🙂

    Brownie flavors–Gluten free for me too, please–how about peanut butter chocolate chip brownies? I have a similar recipe and they are yummy. 🙂

  5. Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh, I love those subtle things that embed characters in my heart. 🙂 Like Jeanne, I was actually going to say Anne Shirley–only I was going to point out all her fun little sayings…kindred spirits, for instance. 🙂

    Brownies…mmm…I wonder if a raspberry-white-chocolate brownie exists? Mmm…

  6. P.T., I’d love to see a picture of your moebius when you’re finished. I have one in lime green and another in a luscious blue/violet.

  7. Jeanne, when the brownie idea hit me, it was love at first sight! 🙂

  8. Melissa, you asked if a raspberry-white chocolate brownie exists. It does now. 🙂

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