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Robin is here to chat with us today! First, here’s a bit about Robin!

Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of six novels and five novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles in Writer’s Journal and Christian Communicator. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer’s Digest World’s Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband of twenty one years. Robin recently compiled a book of devotionals for writers titled “Words to Write By.”

1. What inspires you mentally?

Describing what inspires me is as difficult as describing where I get story ideas— all different things. Anything and everything. Reading something wonderful, meeting someone new, a cool breeze or the scent of flowers. Oh, and the purchase of a new pen or pretty notebook.

2. What are a few things readers may not know about you?

I once won a trip to Hawaii and a PT Cruiser from Freddie Mac in relation to my day job. Unfortunately, this actually cost me $ 8000 in taxes!

I love to visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I love that time period in history, but can’t imagine living then without running water or air conditioning!

3. What inspires you physically?

I love to burn scented candles and sip a blend of green tea and lemon ginger. If I have the energy, a walk outdoors or on the treadmill is helpful.

4. What do you read for fun?

I read romance of all types (except vampire) and devotionals, Christian non-fiction.

5. What is your greatest asset in regards to your writing?

My greatest asset would have to be my faith– it’s the only thing that will always hold its value.

6. What are you working on now?

I just started a new story, a reunion story. I love the boy-meets-girl-again type of romance, I think because there is so much emotion already between them.

7. What advice would you give new writers?

I would advise them to read all they can in their genre, and once they start writing, find a good critique partner or group before ever submitting anything.

Robin’s Book – Samaritan

Tim Gardner has worked hard to rebuild the family business after his older brother nearly destroyed it. He’s restored the clientele base and the restaurant’s reputation. But if Rachel Martin can’t get her act together, she won’t fulfill his orders for the Gardner’s Gazebo signature dessert, a gold-leaf cheese cake, which also happens to be Rachel’s secret recipe. When Rachel Martin’s partner abandons their bakery and catering business to study with the master chefs in Paris, she’s left with nothing but bills and obligations-and no one in Portlandville seems able or willing to help her. No one except for Timothy Gardner, and she knows the handsome young man is only after one thing—her cheese cake. But as she gets to know him, during her time of need, she wonders if maybe there’s a little bit more in the mix. And as Tim gets to know Rachel, he finds himself wanting to be her Good Samaritan–permanently.

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And Just For Fun! 

Recipe for “All That Glitters” Cheesecake  (from “Samaritan”


— edible gold leaf, edible glitter or “Luster Dust” (from cake store or online)

— pre-made graham cracker crust (freeze while mixing other ingredients)

You will also need:

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar or Splenda
Dash salt
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla and beat just until mixed. Pour into crust and bake at 350º 20-25 minutes, until filling is set.

Cool, apply gold leaf (easiest to tear or cut into flakes as garnish) gold dust or glitter, then chill well before serving.

Makes 8-12 servings
Do not freeze.