17 November 2020

Take a Right at the Mistletoe | Excerpt + Giveaway


Each and every holiday season at Vienna’s Christmas market, Matilda bakes confections for holiday tourists and quirky locals alike. Looking to escape the market drama, she sets her heart on culinary school.

Dylan has come to Vienna and the market to recover from a career-upending mistake and to unearth new inspiration. But when he nitpicks Matilda’s marzipan, she hears fighting words and perhaps the key to her culinary school application. They strike a deal: he’ll taste test and she’ll show him around Vienna. With each new pastry experiment and Viennese adventure, their relationship sweetens.

But their relationship doesn’t seem written into life’s cookbook. Dylan can’t stay in Vienna, and Matilda has to follow her dreams, so it seems some ingredients just don’t belong together. And yet, their hearts have already committed. Will a Christmas filled with marzipan and mistletoe give them both what they want the most?

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2020


“Hallo! It’s the taste test club!” Tweedle Dum called as the Tweedles arrived with Dylan in tow, just as dusk cast its magical glow across the Christmas market.

Though I was technically done with my experiments, I still had a few recipes and variations I wanted to try. Petra had brought my latest recipe of marzipan pistachio truffles laced with lemon. It was a twist on the Mozartkugel that were everywhere in Vienna.


Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog.


(1) winner will receive a pair of socks “So many books, so little time,” a Vienna Skyline Votive Cutout, a $25 Etsy Giftcard, and a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 16, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you so much for participating in my novella's book blog tour! It's so fun to visit your internet space! <3

  2. Sounds like a great book.

  3. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

  4. I am so excited to read this book. It's on my Christmas Wish List.

    1. Eeeee! That makes my heart sing -- I sure hope you enjoy it! <3

  5. Sounds like a lovely read!

  6. Sounds like a really great book!