chef and foodie love

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.

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.” 😉

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.

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: 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!

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. 🙂

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.

Happy Friday, and Signature Dish challenge!

What a great day, it’s one of my favorite days of the week!

Today for the Tour de Foodie, hop over to the Armchair Reader and check out the Signature Dish – what makes one, and what it means when a chef has one.

Have you picked up your copy of A Cut Above the Rest yet? If not, there’s still a few days left in the giveaway!

In other news, that story I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks is drawing to a close and I’m starting to feel good about it. At this rate I’ll finish on time and under the word count deadline. My pre-readers love it, so this is apparently one of those stories where it fights me every step of the way but that doesn’t show for the readers. More info on that to come.

And, signed contract for The Fall Guide today! So excite!