Show up naked and bring food #mfrwauthor

Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For  week 37, the writing prompt is:

Five Ways to Win my Heart

1. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’m a man. So . . . bake for me. If you don’t know what to bake, I have a slew of favorite recipes. One of them is included at the end of this post.

2. Buy my most recent book, Newborn. What the heck — buy all my books. And of course, leave reviews.

3. Some family time is better than other times. If you can arrange one of those close-knit moments full of love and warmth with Judi and me, my four children, and the two grandchildren, you’ve got my heart. Be aware, though, that this is an expensive route to the old ticker, because one of my children is in Tucson, two are in Toronto, and one is in Amsterdam. Frequent flier miles, anyone?

4. Write a book that I want to read and reread. You folks are good at doing that, so I’m talking to the right crowd.

5. I hope you ladies forgive a bit of ‘unadorned’ honesty. Novelist Chris Redding recently gave a talk to the local RWA that tells the real truth about #1 in this list . . . but it’s only for my wife, so don’t get your hopes up. She says to give the ideal romantic date to a guy, show up naked and bring food.

6. (Bonus) Take me to the cemetery where my parents are buried. My heart always rises to the surface there.

What about you?

What the way to your heart?  Chocolate? Flowers? Five-star book reviews? Share with us in a comment and then check out the many romantic writers taking part in this blog hop.

And here’s one of those recipes I mentioned in #1. It’s one of my mother’s originals:

Mom’s Hot Orange Juice Cake

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1.5 c. sugar
  • .5 c. boiling orange juice
  • 1.5 c. cake flour
  • .25 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs or so grated orange rind
  • 4 egg whites

Beat the egg white until very stiff; gradually add sugar while beating. Add juice. Mix well and add flour sifted with salt and baking powder. Add half the orange rind. Fold in egg whites. Bake in ungreased tube pan at 325 for 60 minutes.

Icing — 2 cups icing sugar, 2 tablespoon Crisco or margarine, orange juice, and the rest of the orange rind.





  1. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    LOL great post. Thanks for the recipe. I love new ones and this sounds good!

    1. The cake is one of my two favorites mom used to make, the other being chocolate chip cake. She started with a recipe and then fiddled over the years until she reached perfection.

  2. Been there, done that☺️

    1. You can’t leave me hanging like that. Been there and done which one?

  3. LOL Ed your #5.

    Yes also on the buying of the books and leaving reviews, just need to say make it a nice one.

    1. Regarding bad reviews . . . I figure a reader has to be really upset to leave a bad review. If they’re mildly upset, I don’t think they’ll bother to review the book and I have enough faith in my writing that I trust I won’t p.o. readers. So . . . I don’t care, readers, do your worst!

  4. If I wasn’t on a diet I’d give that recipe a whirl. Kudos for including it!

    1. Diets — the bane of all people in sedentary occupations.

  5. Ha! #5 has me giggling. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds yummy!

    1. #5 is in lieu of the female equivalent — i.e., the flowers and chocolate you say you like.

  6. […] 11. Ed Hoornaert – Show up naked and bring food […]

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