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Tour de Foodie Course Two wraps up

Hit up Megan’s Livejournal to enjoy A Signature Meal from The Competitive Edge.

Working on The Competitive Edge with Megan was a challenge and a joy. I made some changes I’m really happy with, and even more are yet to come with the final installment, Surfeit for the Senses.

Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway, time is running out! And remember to eat before you read it. 🙂

Tour de Foodie Day Four

Did you check out Masterchef and the Spirit of Rivalry over at World of Diversity Fiction? Of this week’s blog tour entries, I think it’s one of my favorites.

If you haven’t told me what you think of the blog tour yet, I’d be mighty obliged if you took a moment to drop a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what worked, and what I could have improved.

So much has been happening this week, my senses are reeling as I do my best to stay caught up. I’ve got a new cover tease to bring you, signed two contracts, pre-registered for Rainbow Con, and pre-registered for the Gay Romance NW Meet-up in September. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. More to come on all that, and other things yet to come.

Writing for Klaxon at the Core is going really well right now. I’ve caught up with my deficit and I’ve written quite a lot this month, and though I’ll be writing into this summer, I’m really pleased with the outline and my pre-reader’s responses to the story. It’s been wonderful to explore more of Theo and Bastian’s lives.

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 days—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!

Way to Your Heart Giveaways

Congratulations to Chichikao, winner of my giveaway for A Cut Above the Rest! I’ve contacted you via email.

Everyone else, thank you so much for participating, I’m going to go back through that post and answer your lovely comments. Meanwhile if you’re excited about foodie novels, I’m finishing up work on The Competitive Edge, and it’s coming out next month, May 29th.

In the meantime! If you didn’t win my giveaway, there’s still one beautiful blowout over at the Less Than Three Press blog:

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They have some truly amazing prizes, and signups can still be made through Monday April 15th. So drop by and tell them what you love!

The Way to Your Heart: Nail Polish!

First things first: today is the last day to sign up for T.T. Kove’s giveaway for her lovely seasonal romance, Sakura Kiss! She’ll be choosing a winner using the random number selector tomorrow.

Next up for my third post for the Way to Your Heart blog hop:

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Another quick and easy way to my heart is to cater to one of my current serious obsessions: nail polish.

I used to be not much of a fan, actually, because of the smell – and the way it felt on my nails, like a coat of something that smothered them. Then companies started going 3, 4, and 5-free – harmful ingredients toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), formaldehyde resin, and camphor. And, I saw a fantastic shade of gray nail polish on Bill Kaulitz.

Office neutrals had never really interested me, but that edgy gray was like a whole world opening up to me. I found myself at the cosmetics counter getting Chanel Black Pearl and Dior Gris Montaigne. A couple of months later, I made it a workout reward, and wow, it was a full-on slide into its own obsession from there. Nail polish became its own reward! I started maintaining a nail polish tumbler: http://effyeahnailpolish.tumblr.com/

There was so much to do with polish and simple nail art that there hadn’t been when I’d done my nails when I was younger. It was like a fascinating new universe opening up to me, and the brands that didn’t have any harmful chemicals didn’t feel like they smothered my nails at all.

So, a bottle of nail polish in just the right color is a fast path to my heart. From those edgy grays I went to finding just the right hue in every shade across the spectrum, but far and away my favorites tend to be blues, teals, and greens though I have a serious weakness for a good nude, and holographic micro-glitter is one of my favorite things ever.

To show you some of what I love, here are six of my favorite manicures from the past year. It was hard to narrow them down to six, of course.

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Illamasqua Fragile, the color I wore over Easter weekend.

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A-England St. George with a scalloped ribbon of A-England Holy Grail – one of my fun “save a chipped tip” manicures, I featured this not too long ago for Manicure Monday.

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Essie Butler Please – my perfect Tardis blue!

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Chanel Quartz and Pixel Till I’m Blue Over You/China Glaze Snowglobe checkers. My first time doing a checker manicure, and I still need to do this again! So much fun, and so pretty.

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Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper over sponged half-gradient of Brisbane Bronze over Essie Sand Tropez. This one was inspired by something I reblogged on Tumblr, though I used different colors and a bronze under the glitter. I loved the way it turned out.

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Chanel Delight, the most gorgeous finely-milled bronzy coppery gold with a micro-glitter almost holographic spark to it.

And to sign off, don’t forget to check my giveaway post, where I offer a free copy of A Cut Above the Rest (or anything from my back catalogue, if you already have that).

Have a great week, and may your polish dry quickly and smudge-free!