Dolls Behaving Badly

Because every woman deserves a little fun, and a few kolachkes

“First-time novelist Ritchie writes engaging characters and creates a sense of place that brings Alaska to life.”   
Library Journal Review

“Ritchie’s tale of female triumph makes for a fun read.”–
Publishers Weekly

“An out-of-the-ordinary setting and cast of characters are the backbone of Ritchie’s compelling debut novel.


“The author’s narrative style is witty and completely down-to-earth and creates the expectation of a meaningful message that is ultimately delivered.” Kirkus Reviews

“Quirky characters that could only be found in Alaska and the ghost of the heroine’s Polish grandmother keep this novel fresh and innovative.  The often funny story of a woman finding herself and her art shows off Ritchie’s voice and deft touch with difficult subjects.”Romance Times Reviews

Gramma’s Kolachkes

¼ cup yogurt, fruit or regular

1 package yeast

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup shortening (butter works best)

Jelly or canned fruit

Preheat oven to 375º. Mix yogurt and yeast together and let set 10 minutes and then add egg. Cut butter in with dry ingredients and roll out dough. Cut into circular shapes and make a thumbprint in the middle of each one. Fill with jelly or canned fruit. Bake 10–15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar while still hot. Then tuck a napkin across your lap to catch crumbs as you stuff the pastries into your ungrateful mouth.


9 Responses to

  1. elamonster says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive schedule–I’ll ensure these make it into the 49 writers roundup at the appropriate times. How exciting to have so many enthusiastic reviews!
    I love “a slightly naughty book,” especially with the “oops,” as if a book slips out almost unnoticed. Would that it were so! And yet, more often, the painful wrestlings–well, neither you nor I would exchange those for the easy slip.

  2. I’ll look forward to helping you celebrate, Cinthia, at one or the other of the Anchorage events! Woot! Woot!

  3. Linda Ketchum says:

    Chuckling my way through “Dolls…” …have come to love your characters, can’t wait to find out how it ends.

  4. Pam Wilson says:

    March 2013

    Hello from,

    Artists Alaska currently lists over 500 shops/ showrooms/ galleries/ studios where Alaskan art can be found. In addition we have over 1900 artists listed at this time .

    Both artists & shops are listed alphabetically and by area (Central, South Central, South East, West, Arctic & East) for easy reference.

    We have recently up-dated your listing on our site. Please contact us if you find it is in error.

    You’re listed on 3 pages:
    The first page is by-area and has the category your work is grouped within
    Clicking on your category link takes you to:
    The second page – also by-area – includes a description of your work

    The third page is state-wide and has page 2’s description of your work
    it’s link is on the bottom of each page: “Artist’s Specialty/Category”

    Thank You for your interest

    Pam Wilson

    PS: We have 31,000 to 45,000 hits per month year-round, which translates into 8,000 to 10,000 separate visits per month!

  5. Lisa says:

    I loved the book and while it may have been naughty it was also very real– in the sense that the sexual bits were dealt with Ina realistic way. I am just sorry now that I have completed the book and there is no more to read. Hope you write again.

  6. Congrats! The title is already fabulous!

  7. Hi Cinthia,
    A book of Love and the struggle to fulfill ones dreams. So proud of Carla and Jay-Jay. Adored Stephanie and Gramma.. Will there be a follow up book on these wonderful characters?

  8. amandaherps says:

    Wow, I looked up your page so I could see with whom I was connecting on Twitter and Stumbled on this excerpt. I wish I’d had a camera videoing my face as I read it as I think I experienced every emotion. I laughed, tears sprang to my eyes, I was angry, horrified, delighted and moved by the journey of this woman. I am going to Amazon now to purchase it in paperback as I think the paper type of book breathes into your skin and the very essence of the story should be captured via smell. Thank you. @helmiBM :)

  9. Ooh, my mom used to make kolachkes during the holidays as well, although we usually made ours in rectangles, and then pinched two diagonal corners together over the filling to make it look like a little “shoe.” Now I’m hungry for some almond kolachkes!

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