The title of this entry really should read, “How To Gain Ten Pounds Writing A Book”. As most authors will confess (except for the extraordinarily healthy ones), we tend to eat when we write. Especially when things go wrong, I head straight for the peanut butter M&Ms. So it shouldn’t be a big revelation that I put on some weight while writing my new release, Let’s Dish. However, this book had another twist when it came to packing on the pounds – it’s all about food.
I love food. I work with a bunch of foodies. Heck, this holiday season our little office saw more goodies go through than Harry and David, like cinnamon crusted pecans, turkey vegetable soup, and peanut butter rolled in chocolate. Seriously. Peanut butter. In chocolate. Does it get better? (Oh yes, it does. Put them in the freezer for an hour. Pure heaven.) So while I was writing the book, the ladies in my office had no problem helping me do my research for the recipes Maggie would concoct. One of our favorite spots to do our “work” was a little café downtown. This place specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches, but not your typical fare. Firstly, this is the only place in the Upper Midwest I can get a decent pastrami on rye, and can get it with champagne mustard. The soups always have a twist, like tomato chipotle and bean with blue cheese. And the salads? Turkey grape is a daily offering, along with pasta salads that could make your taste buds scream with pleasure. We won’t even discuss the desserts.
So right there – researching – I put on five or so pounds. Then there was the actual writing. That was a diet-buster. When I was in high school, I read Scarlett. In the book, a post-war Scarlett O’Hara is obsessed with food. I know what the author was getting at – Scarlett had been starved during the war, and hungered for everything from gourmet dinners to Rhett’s affection. Still, reading it made me hungry. Even younger, I read Anne of Green Gables. Anne had a love of bread with jam. I never liked bread and jam, but ate tons of it while I read that book. So I suppose it is no surprise that while I wrote Let’s Dish, I craved corn bread stuffing with brandy and pumpkin chutney. And the white chocolate mints? Yeah, I made ‘em. They’re excellent, by the way.
So I’ll warn you – read this book with a good lock on the refrigerator. I’m still recovering from it. But if you like good food and great romance, go ahead and give it a shot. Bon appétit!
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She’s got the heat. He’s got the kitchen. Together, they’ve got trouble cookin’.
Maggie Donnely has problems no Food Network star ever had to deal with. Her coffee shop is running in the red, her EPT just turned pink, and keeping her business partners in line is making her blue in the face. A run-in with her old cooking school nemesis is the last thing she needs.
Kevin Best is a blast from the past with more than Maggie’s mouth-watering recipes on his mind. He knows he made one big mistake with her, but she’s got no idea just how far he’ll go to put her heart back on the menu.
When Maggie loses her shop to a fire, and her partners to a stupid mistake, she’s forced to turn to Kevin to help her win a contest that could save her bacon. Friendless, desperate—and with the proverbial bun in the oven—it’s a choice that could change the rest of her life. If she can learn to love again.
What’s the old saying about too many cooks? Maggie’s about to find out…the hard way.
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