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The Tour de Foodie continues

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Today brings you Basic Cooking Skills at Babes in Boyland, along with an Anthony Bourdain video along the same lines, and a brand-new excerpt.

Basically, don’t ever do this:

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Also, shockingly, I’ve learned that I can cut onions without weeping when I’m wearing my contact lenses, but when I try to cut them wearing no lenses, only my glasses, I turn into a blubbering mess. I’ve had to step away from the kitchen to wipe my eyes!

Speaking of competitive cooking shows, tomorrow brings with it new Masterchef, and the season is off to a rousing start! Last year, Luca prepared a dish for the judges and two out of three judges thought he wasn’t there yet. I was happy to see him re-apply with a daring broccoli rabe ravioli, and he got through on two out of three votes this year. I can’t wait to see how he does, and hope he makes it into the Masterchef kitchen after the first eliminations.

The Competitive Edge is also available through Amazon now, and if you haven’t picked up a copy, do feel free to enter my giveaway!

Hope you’re enjoying the blog tour, let me know what you think – I’ll have another tour coming out for the conclusion of the Appetite series (for now), Surfeit for the Senses, in July and your feedback is important to me!

The Competitive Edge release day

Today is the day! The Competitive Edge goes live this evening at around 8 pm Eastern time. Until then, you can still snag it at the pre-order price of 15% off directly from the press. After today, it’ll be available from Less Than Three and third-party distributors.

To celebrate the release, join me for the first two stops on the blog tour:

The Allure of Competitive Cooking Shows at the Armchair Reader

Food is Sex at It’s Raining Men

…with more to come!

Thanks, everyone, for your marvelous support and I can’t wait for you to read Course Two of the Appetite series. And please, let me know what you think of the blog hop entries! Have a fabulous day.

The Competitive Edge giveaway

Greetings, happy early Memorial Day, and welcome to my giveaway to celebrate the release for The Competitive Edge! This is the second book in the Appetite series and I’m really excited to see it released.

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It’s been six months since Alex became Sous Chef at Schulze’s, and in that time Alex has been working strenuously to improve and expand his skills, working toward the goal of becoming Nik’s equal. He is kept motivated by the occasional breakfast shared with Nik, flirting and talking and offering tender bites of his culinary creations.

But just as his hard work seems to be paying off, a new challenge is thrust upon him. Selected to be one of five challengers on a new cooking competition, Alex is quick to accept the offer, certain that winning will prove his abilities to Nik and everyone else.

Except that to win, he will have to beat not only a handful of strangers, but also Nik, thrusting them right back to the ruthless competition of their school daysโ€”and quite possibly ruining any hope of a future as lovers.

The Competitive Edge is available for pre-order for a couple days more at Less Than Three Press here. You can read an excerpt of the story, too, to whet your…er…anticipation.

The Appetite series is near and dear to my heart, because it marries my love of food, my love of guys being stupid over each other, and the personal growth they have to get through in order to be together.

The Giveaway:
To celebrate the release, I’m offering an e-book copy of The Competitive Edge to one lucky winner, chosen by random numbers selected by random.org from the comments of this entry. This is the e-book version, and I will send a copy in your preferred format; epub, HTML, mobi, PDF.

To enter, drop a comment (you MUST include an email or means of contact or I CANNOT count your entry). If you enter your email as part of submitting the comment, that counts. Comment between now and next Sunday, June 2nd. Winners will be chosen Monday morning.

To win additional chances to enter, you may do the following:

– Promote/share my Facebook post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Post a comment on my/your Facebook about the novel.
– Promote/share my Tumblr post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Like my Tumblr post regarding the release and get an additional chance!
– Retweet my author tweet on Twitter regarding the release.
– Become a fan on Goodreads.
– Leave a comment or make a post promoting the novel on your own social venue (any and all – WordPress, LJ, DW, blogspot, just link me so I can verify)

Basically, spread the word in any possible fashion and you can get an additional chance to win your own ebook copy of A Cut Above the Rest!

Many thanks, I appreciate your stopping by, and good luck with the giveaway. (And hey, if you’ve already pre-ordered, enter anyhow! You can always give a copy to a friend. ^_~)

Also, the blog tour begins tomorrow at The Armchair Reader, so join me for exclusive sneak peeks and bonus content all week!

Review for A Cut Above the Rest

Hooray, a review site left the most marvelous review for A Cut Above the Rest.

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Click here to see what Andrea posting on Reviews by Jessewave has to say. Andrea rates the story at 4.75, and says it would have been perfect if it hadn’t ended with “to be continued.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, The Competitive Edge comes out May 29th and will be up for pre-order soon, so there’s not much longer to wait!

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can put A Cut Above the Rest in your cart and add the coupon BOM40 when you’re checking out.

In writing news, the pieces for Klaxon at the Core, sequel to Signal to Noise, are really coming together. I’m working on the outline tonight because I figured out the ending. I just need to connect the dots between the beginning, middle, and end.

Besides that, I got an idea lobbed at me for a sexy contemporary story with a Dr. Who fan and a sexy Safe Sex advocate. It already gave me a title and some other lovely details, and I have a feeling I’ll need its lighthearted fun when the horrors in Klaxon at the Core become too much. I’m not even sure I should mention the title yet, but I kind of adore it.

Final piece of good news: Convergence has been accepted for Less Than Three Press’s Proud to be a Vampire anthology! I sent in my (surprisingly specific) wish list for the cover art.

Here’s the summary:

Chris Bryant and his faithful childhood friend Ling Tam travel the world in search of the rarest and exquisite of curiosities, but such treasure-hunting comes at a cost. At times, they tangle with danger in order to seek the most well-guarded artifacts. In order to retrieve a lost treasure deep within a mountain where they tackle the elements and walk the balance between life and death, Chris must hire on a vampire. In this great risk, he has the chance to find an opportunity he never expected–or lose it all, if the predator takes them for his prey.

Exciting things afoot in the writing world! With more to come, I feel sure.

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A “pot-au-feu” is a kind of mixed pot, a beef stew or literally “pot on fire.” I used it as an entry title for something else, because the post had a lot of diverse “ingredients.”

It, and all the food-related trappings on Hannibal, have got me thinking about my own foodie journeys upcoming this month.

The first is my own foodie tour to Chicago. I’ll be sure to take photos and make an extensive report. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a ton of food! The second is one of my upcoming releases for this month:

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A Competitive Edge is coming out at the end of May, and I’ll be having a blog tour to accompany its release. What sort of topics would you like to see? What food-related posts, what sort of details about Alex or Nik, or perhaps what missing moments might you enjoy reading?

On a related tangent, are you looking for great stories to read? Jamie Sullivan has one worth checking out. Imaginary is releasing this coming week! Click here to get details on her giveaway and the upcoming blog tour to accompany her new story. Not only am I a fan, but Megan Derr says the story is amazing, so it shot to the top of my to-buy list.

Have a great week, everyone, and I’ll strive to keep this updated more often! April was a bit of a slump for me but I foresee amazing things for this month, and hopefully the rest of the year.

Sales, glorious sales

So many amazing books are up for sale at Less Than Three Press this month!

Rather than only those two chosen for Book of the Month, Less Than Three is featuring all books that went up on the poll at a generous 40% discount. How cool is that?

This includes my own A Cut Above the Rest… and it’s a great time to announce that From the Inside Out is now available in trade paper as well as ebook format!

Add your desired books from the poll roster to your cart, enter coupon BOM40, and woohoo! 40% off the featured books!

And spread the word, we can always use more love.

In other news, I’ve submitted The More Plausible Evil, and I’m finishing up my impromptu story, now titled Convergence.

Not to mention, it’s finally May and I have two awesome releases I can’t wait for people to read! More to follow.

The Way to Your Heart: Food!

It will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed me for any length of time that food, in particular, is one of my delights and passions.

My entries for “The Way to Your Heart” Blog Hop continue with today’s topic: food!

Tip – don’t forget to check out Less Than Three Press‘s entry, because they have some smashing things to give away!

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I love to cook, to eat, and to watch many shows about cooking! I’m always looking for new recipes to try, from the Living section of the newspaper to the blogs that I frequent, or even recipes reblogged on Tumblr.

Today, I ate a clam and asparagus risotto that I made for lunch, and watched Top Chef season 9 while finishing up edits on The Competitive Edge. After work, I made a beef ribeye roast with a merlot-mushroom reduction sauce, broccoli, and oven-roasted potatoes for dinner (and watched more Top Chef).

And tomorrow, we’re going to La Capitale for lunch before I get quite the haircut.

Food was a big part of my life growing up, and it’s become even bigger now that I’m an adult. Sometimes I wonder, if things had been a little different, whether I might have become a chef! I think I have a lot of the qualities that I see in those competitive chefs that I so admire.

My relationship with food has … not exactly changed, but shifted a lot since I joined up with Weight Watchers four years ago. I like to think I’ve entered a permanently healthier relationship with food, and it’s definitely paid off – I’ve lost 55 pounds and counting. I’m still as actively interested in finding new recipes and cooking delicious food. Now, though, it’s important to find a balance within the quantity of food I’m eating in any given day, and making sure to abide by good health guidelines.

The purpose of this entry isn’t to proselytize for any lifestyle or eating habit changes – I’m also a big believer that you have to want to make a change, and be individually responsible for it yourself. Sharing this background is more meant to express how important the shift in my relationship to food has been for me personally.

To sum it up, food is definitely and incontrovertibly one of the ways to my heart!

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To celebrate my love for food, I’m offering an ebook copy of my book, A Cut Above the Rest, or your choice of a book from my back catalogue if you already have that, in the format of your choice – html, pdf, mobi, or epub.

And to sign up, all you have to do this time is comment! With a valid email address, please, so that I can contact you. And let me know what you thought about the entry, if you would! Giveaway closes next Friday, April 12th. Good luck, and may your meals be ever tasty and piping hot!

Giveaway winners, a new review, and Manicure Monday

Good evening on this marvelous Monday!

The winners of the giveaway are Hexen, Arella, and Valarie P. Expect an email from me soon, and thanks everyone for participating. If you didn’t win a copy, I hope you’re still intrigued enough to check out A Cut Above the Rest.

BIG NEWS! It’s Review Monday over at Alessandra Ebulu’s blog, so hop over and see what she says about From the Inside Out. (Hint: great things.)

I’ll lead out with a picture of yesterday’s manicure, which was for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Wishing everyone a great week! I’m going to take a wee break from posting for the next day or two. I’ve got another deadline this month and writing up all those entries for the blog hop on top of finishing another story wiped me out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tour de Foodie conclusion: Food, fun, and…monkeys?

The final stop on the Tour de Foodie: Chaos in the Moonlight over at K-lee Klein’s blog! Thank you, K-lee, for the fun interview! See my answers to questions such as what got me into writing, what I like to cook, the best part of writing, a little bit about A Cut Above the Rest, and whether vampires or werewolves would come out on top.

Today I did a whole lot of cooking: lamb stir-fry for lunch, then I made stuffed sweet potato with sauteed spinach, cranberry, and walnuts for my week’s lunches with a side of mushroom soup. Dinner was corned beef and garlic mash with cabbage, and Guinness draught to go with.

I’m legit half-Irish on my mom’s side, but I didn’t grow up with a whole lot of Irish influences, sadly. Still, I like to enjoy the “traditional” meal every now and then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the tour! Time to settle in with a movie, it’s time to do my nails.

Have a great week, everyone.

The Tour de Foodie continues!

Did you catch yesterday’s Signature Dish post at Armchair Reader?

Today’s entry is Rock stars of the cooking world, over at A.F. Henley’s blog. You may remember A.F. Henley from the author spotlight earlier this month, and the lovely giveaway for a copy of Honour.

Reminder: two days left to sign up for the giveaway for A Cut Above the Rest. Though a lot of you wonderful folks have already purchased a copy, and thank you! ♥

Later this weekend I’m going to have an entry focused on St. Patrick’s Day (it’s inevitable, right?) discussing my Irish roots and, of course, the meal I’ll be cooking.

Let me know what you think of the Tour de Foodie, folks – I spent last week composing the entries, and I want to know if it’s something you enjoy. If so, I’ll be launching a second Tour de Foodie in May, to promote the release of The Competitive Edge!

Your feedback is valued, and desired.