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Life From Scratch

Mary Alice from Ace of Cakes (on Food Network) says, “Life from Scratch and its plucky heroine, Rachel Goldman, is just the right amount of smart and clever with a healthy dose of self-doubt, humor and sass thrown in. This is chick lit for smarter than the average chicks. Melissa Ford has created a clan of characters I can relate to, who make me laugh out loud and hungry for dinner.”

Stephanie Klein, author of Straight Up And Dirty and Moose says, “All journeys worthy of anything begin with wine and end with a meal. Life From Scratch does just that, adding heart and laughter to the recipe.”

And Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me says, “Melissa Ford’s debut is a thoughtful, sensitive examination of the choices that give shape to our lives – and how sometimes, the happiest endings can be found in the most unexpected of places.”

Which is just a long and immodest way of saying that Life From Scratch goes on sale this week.  In fact, you can order it right now and people already have.  The image is currently botched on Amazon, and please don’t believe the incorrect delivery estimation on the paperback entry (it will ship pretty much instantly, and yes, you will have it before Christmas), but who cares because damn it, my book is on sale.

So imagine having box after box come for everyone else in the house, and then one day, a box arrives and you think that it’s for someone else, but then you see your name on it.  And then you see it’s from your publisher.  So you open it and see a big stack of your book.

And you stand there, reading your own words and think about how at one point, the book was just an idea you had back in December 2008 while you were walking across a parking lot.  And now it’s December 2010, and a publisher liked your book enough that they invested in it, and cultivate it and brought it to life.

So, anyone want to read my new book, Life from Scratch?  You can also get it on Kindle.  And on various other sites and e-book options rolling out soon.  If you do read it, please leave your thoughts in a review on the Amazon page.

I cannot thank you all enough for (1) reading it and (2) being with me — start to finish — through the whole journey.  There is a character in the book, Arianna — a single mother by choice whose son came after years of IVF and loss — and the way she’s there for Rachel; that’s the way y’all are there for me.  So consider her an amalgamation of all of you.


1 Another Dreamer { 12.13.10 at 10:03 am }

Oh wow!!! So exciting 😀

2 Sushigirl { 12.13.10 at 10:06 am }

Congratulations! What a massive achievement!

Is it coming out in the UK in hardback/paperback? I had a look on amazon.co.uk and it’s only available in electronic format at the moment.

3 Quiet Dreams { 12.13.10 at 10:12 am }

Congratulations! How exciting! Heading to Amazon right now!

4 Tara { 12.13.10 at 10:46 am }

So exciting! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!!

5 N { 12.13.10 at 10:46 am }

YAY!! Msny many congrats.

6 A.M.S. { 12.13.10 at 10:51 am }

The Moonpie and I are very happy for you!!! I can’t wait to read it.

7 Justine { 12.13.10 at 10:52 am }

How cool! I know a famous fiction author! 🙂 Congrats!!

8 life in eden {amy} { 12.13.10 at 10:53 am }

So very, very happy for you Melissa! Ya HOO!

9 Rachel { 12.13.10 at 10:54 am }

Wow, congratulations!!! I’m totally looking forward to reading it!

10 BigP's Heather { 12.13.10 at 10:59 am }


11 April { 12.13.10 at 11:01 am }

How wonderful! I do believe this is going on my Christmas list.

12 TheIdleMindOfBeth { 12.13.10 at 11:02 am }

Oh Congrats Mel! It’s in my amazon cart, to be purchased with Christmas cash shortly after the holidays. So excited to read it!

13 Megan { 12.13.10 at 11:05 am }

Does Mary Alice know you used to make out with Duff?

14 Sarah { 12.13.10 at 11:12 am }


15 Pie { 12.13.10 at 11:20 am }

It’s on my Kindle, can’t wait to start reading it! Congrats Mel!!

16 jodifur { 12.13.10 at 11:20 am }

Oh Melissa, I’m so excited for you! I normally only read ebooks but I want a hard copy for you to sign so I can say, “I’m friends with her! We went to camp together!” (This can be my claim to fame.)

17 a { 12.13.10 at 11:47 am }

Congratulations! How wonderful!

18 Betty M { 12.13.10 at 11:52 am }

Congratulations! You are welcome to star at my book club if you are ever in London!

19 Rachel { 12.13.10 at 11:53 am }

Yay!!! How awesome for you! Mega-congratulations, Melissa!!!!

20 Callie { 12.13.10 at 11:55 am }

Congratulations Melissa! I can’t wait to read it! I’m heading over to Amazon right now.

21 Jill { 12.13.10 at 11:58 am }

Very, very exciting! Congratulations!

22 Michelle { 12.13.10 at 11:58 am }

Congrats! I had no idea!!! Here’s to another success!!! Way to go!

23 Astral { 12.13.10 at 12:04 pm }

Congratulations! I’m very happy for you!

24 Trinity { 12.13.10 at 12:08 pm }

Heartfelt congrats, Mel!

25 Annacyclopedia { 12.13.10 at 12:19 pm }

Congratulations, Mel! Look at you, with your multiple books published – we are all so proud! 🙂

26 manymanymoons { 12.13.10 at 12:23 pm }

You must be dying!! Congratulations. I am definitely going to purchase immediately.

27 Kir { 12.13.10 at 12:24 pm }

I can’t wait to hold it in my hands…I literally am going to be stalking my mailbox…and then wrapping the other copies I got for all the “GIRLFRIENDS” in my life.

CONGRATULATIONS….so many times over !

28 Kristin { 12.13.10 at 12:25 pm }

I am so excited for you Mel! Can NOT wait to buy a copy and read it.

29 Denise { 12.13.10 at 12:32 pm }

Congratulations Mel! May all of the ideas running around the back of your lovely head break free and may all of your dreams come true. Salute! Cin, cin! Go, Mel!!

30 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.13.10 at 12:42 pm }

I am so so so so proud of you. I bet Rachel cooks with awesome sauce.

31 myinfertilitywoes { 12.13.10 at 12:46 pm }

Huge Congrats!!! I can’t wait to read it!

32 twangy { 12.13.10 at 12:47 pm }

I am so impressed! Well done, well done.

33 nh { 12.13.10 at 12:51 pm }

Wooo! Congratulations – can’t wait until it’s realised in the UK!

34 Elizabeth { 12.13.10 at 12:51 pm }

GO YOU!!!! Not sure how I’m going to get my hands on a copy here in Albania… but I can’t wait to read it!!!

35 Kristi { 12.13.10 at 1:20 pm }

Mine is on order I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations! It’s fun to know someone famous.

36 Kitty { 12.13.10 at 1:23 pm }

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

37 loribeth { 12.13.10 at 1:36 pm }

Oooh, I was just thinking not too long ago, “Isn’t Mel’s book coming out around now?” Congratulations!! I will be looking for it!

38 HereWeGoAJen { 12.13.10 at 1:49 pm }

Oooh! Exciting! I will go get it as soon as it comes out! (I want to get it from the bookstore so that I can tell everyone there that I know you.)

39 Shelli { 12.13.10 at 2:17 pm }

Is it available for iPad?!?

I didn’t even realize it was out yet. Going to buy right now!

40 Carrie { 12.13.10 at 2:32 pm }

wow so exctiting. Congratulations!!! Looking forward to reading it!!! best of luck with everything.

41 Katie { 12.13.10 at 2:35 pm }

Congratulations, Mel! I can’t wait to read it. (And may I just say that I’m insanely jealous about the fact that you have an endorsement from Mary Alice.)

42 Tireegal { 12.13.10 at 2:40 pm }

Ooh so fun!! Are you going on a big publicity tour around the country like all other big celebrities? Sorry, celebrity is a bit kitschy for an author of chick lit for smart chicks!! So proud!!!

43 Rebecca { 12.13.10 at 2:43 pm }

Oh yay you!!!

44 Searching for Serenity { 12.13.10 at 3:26 pm }

Just added it to my Amazon shopping cart!

45 Alex { 12.13.10 at 3:30 pm }

Congratulations! I just downloaded it on Kindle, and I’m on bedrest – so great timing!

46 Chickenpig { 12.13.10 at 3:58 pm }

Congratulations!!!! You amaze me. I will be picking up my Kindle and ordering post haste 🙂

47 R { 12.13.10 at 3:58 pm }

mazel tov on the book!

48 Ellen K. { 12.13.10 at 4:02 pm }

Well done, Mel. Congrats! Good cover design, too. That should generate a lot of in-store browsing.

49 Ms. C { 12.13.10 at 4:13 pm }

Freakin’ AWESOME. Mazel tov!!
The cover design is gorgeous! Can’t wait to read the words.

50 TasIVFer { 12.13.10 at 5:28 pm }


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