the competitive edge

Happy Release Day! And two new reviews.

First and foremost!

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Are you ready for a rocking good time? Rocking Hard: Volume One is ready for you! My novella, Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues, is sandwiched in between four other tales of music and love, the rhythms that move the world.

Cannot wait to hear what you all think!

Speaking of feedback, this week has been fruitful for The Competitive Edge, which netted 4.5 pants off over at Pants Off Reviews, and 4 kisses and an avowal to check out the other books in the Appetite series from Top2Bottom reviews.

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At Pants Off Reviews, Darien Moya says, “If you are a cooking afficionado and like m/m romance this is a must read!” Check out the rest of the review here!

Over with Top2Bottom, Susan says, “A quite long read, this series is promising. The writing is captivating, and I was fully immersed into the story.” See what else she says here!

And in case you missed my Tweet, Top2Bottom also gave me a lovely spotlight review. Thanks to all the wonderful peeps at Less Than Three Press, too, for arranging the tour!

Giveaway: Appetite paperback!

Tonight I’m doing two things: making braised beef short ribs, and the lingering aroma permeating our house is utterly divine; and bringing you an exclusive giveaway of the gorgeous, weighty paperback version of Appetite, the compilation volume of A Cut Above the Rest, The Competitive Edge, and Surfeit for the Senses.

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Summary from the first novel:

Alex always had it easy growing up, indulged by loving, but busy parents as he flitted from one interest to another without settling. Then he discovered the world of fine dining and became determined to be a chef capable of producing such magnificent meals. Despite the doubts of a father who limited his funds, and the difficulties of leaving Germany to live in the United States, Alex stuck to his new goal and graduated the Culinary Institute of America.

Fresh out of school, he is eager to begin work at the restaurant owned by a good friend of his father’s, a restaurant well known for the beautiful, innovative meals its chefs create. He is primed to join the ranks of those masterful chefs—until the day he starts, and learns that he is nothing more than kitchen lackey, lower in rank than even the dishwashers.

Worse, his boss is none other than Nik, the beautiful, infuriating, highly talented classmate that Alex could never best—or resist.

You can find summaries and excerpts from all three books from the series page here. It’s also got a nice spread of Goodreads reviews here.

The Appetite series is near and dear to my heart, not only for all the amazing food but because presiding over the journey that Chef Alex and Chef Nik take over the course of the story is tremendously frustrating, certainly difficult, but ultimately satisfying.

The trade paperback is quite thick! And worth its weight.

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The Giveaway:
I am offering this trade paperback to ONE lucky winner, chosen by a random number selected by random.org from the comments of this entry. I’ll autograph it however you like, and I will ship Appetite anywhere that accepts U.S. mail from me to you.

To enter, drop a comment (you MUST include an email or means of contact or I CANNOT count your entry). Comment between now and next Sunday, October 6th. Winners will be chosen Monday morning.

Tell me in your comment about your favorite dish, savory or sweet! I love to hear about what foods everyone regards as their favorite. That’s it–comment (and include your email or a way to contact you) and you are entered!

If you would like additional chances to enter, you may also do the following:

– Promote/share my Facebook post promoting Appetite’s print release.
– Post a comment on my/your Facebook about the novel.
– Reblog my Tumblr post promoting Appetite.
– Retweet my author tweet on Twitter regarding Appetite’s paperback.
– Become a fan on Goodreads.
– Make 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 (for each extra action) to win your own signed trade paperback copy of Appetite!

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Thanks for your support! Good luck, bon Appetite, and have a great week!

Sales! Sales! Sales!

Are you looking for some great books to read? Would you like to score some sweet deals? Then Less Than Three Press has got a Labor Day weekend treat for you!

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I have to get in a plug for my babies. Use code “foodie” to save 40% on my Appetite series, including the ebook bundle, and the print compilation. http://tinyurl.com/lt3Appetite

But that’s not all!

Use code “dragons” to save 30% on Dragon Slayer, The Dragon’s Hoard series, Sword of the King, & The Dragon’s Tamer. http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/ (Note: code will work for the individual Dragon’s Hoard books & the print volume.)

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Use code “Preorder” & save 15% on If Wishes Were Coffee, Piper, Alpha Trine & Goblins: Book 1. http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

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It’s a great weekend for sales, apparently. I myself went to the car dealership yesterday, and ended up driving home a beautiful cobalt blue Prius C.

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She doesn’t have a name yet, but I love her!

Have a great weekend, everyone. We’re being supremely lazy today, making flatbread pizza and playing video games, but I hope to get in a few good hours of editing as well. The Fall Guide proceeds apace!

Tour de Foodie: What’s in a Name?

Good evening! Check out It’s Raining Men for my guest post, What’s in a Name? The Restaurants of Appetite for an exclusive peek at the reasons behind the restaurant names in A Cut Above the Rest and The Competitive Edge. I wanted to touch on all the guest judges’ restaurants, too, but didn’t want the entry to run long!

You can also comment on that entry for an additional chance to win Surfeit for the Senses. And don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway here, and The Competitive Edge giveaway that opened this morning!

I got a rec from a friend for what food cart to hit up for my birthday lunch before walking it off at the Oregon Zoo, and the one selling pork belly sandwich and poutine has my heart (and my cash) for sure. Now to lead out with a fond reminder of what I’ll be having for dinner, after the zoo…

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The Competitive Edge giveaway

Good morning! To celebrate the release week for Surfeit for the Senses (and my upcoming birthday!) here’s a giveaway for one of the previous books of the Appetite series, in case you missed it, or you’re new to the series.

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This is Volume 2 of the Appetite series. Read a bit more about it here.

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, July 28th. Winners will be chosen Monday morning.

That’s it!

If you’d like additional chances to enter and increase your chances of winning, you may do the following:

– Promote/share any of my Facebook posts mentioning Surfeit’s release and link me to it in a comment here.
– Post a comment on my/your Facebook about the novel and link me to it in a comment here.
– Promote/share my Tumblr post promoting Appetite’s release and link me to it in a comment here.
– Retweet my author tweet on Twitter regarding the release and link me to it in a comment here.
– Become a fan on Goodreads and let me know in a comment here.
– 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 The Competitive Edge!

Thanks for reading, 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. ^_~)

The blog tour continues later today at It’s Raining Men, so join me for exclusive content, and more chances to win!

It’s Appetite week!

Giveaways! Blog tour! Sales! Upcoming print release! Everything is coming up Appetite!

First and foremost, do not miss this week’s blog tour for Surfeit for the Senses. Every day, you can read more about the story, the characters, what went into the world building or research, and enter a new chance to win an ebook copy of Surfeit at each stop on the blog tour.

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The final Tour de Foodie is the biggest and best yet!

This week’s tour:

Themes of Progression at Cole Riann’s Armchair Reader
Author interview at Romance Lives Forever
What’s in a Name? The Restaurants of Appetite at It’s Raining Men
Five Tricks to Fine Dining’s (Sinfully) Delicious Food at Sean Norris’s World of Diversity Fiction
The Hero’s Journey: Appetite from Beginning to End at Megan Derr’s blog

If you’ve been waiting to sate your Appetite, wait no longer!

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This week is a fantastic deal, with all three volumes at 20% off to celebrate the final course’s release! (I’m also pretending it’s for my birthday. :D) All three books are currently marked at 20% off through Less Than Three Press, so take advantage of the deal that goes through July 28th and make your collection complete. Please note, Surfeit for the Senses will not be available for download until the evening of Tuesday July 23rd.

Have you been waiting for the print compilation of Appetite? Have I got a teaser for you!

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Isn’t it glorious?? Here’s your sneak peek. This is both cover and spine. It’s off to the printer’s soon, and the next you’ll hear of it, you’ll be able to get your hot little hands on a trade paperback copy.

Check back with my blog this evening for giveaways! In honor of Surfeit‘s release, I will be offering chances at each of the ebook copies of Appetite to complete your collection, or get it started.

Appetite series now on sale

It’s my pride and honor to announce not only is Surfeit for the Senses coming out next week, completing the Appetite series to date, but all three novels are on sale!

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Less Than Three Press is celebrating next week’s release of Book 3 (the last in the series) of the Appetite series by Talya Andor (that’s me) by offering all three books for 20% off! (Note that book 3, Surfeit for the Senses is preorder-only at until 07/24.) The sale price is available all this week and next, so get your copies of A Cut Above the Rest, The Competitive Edge, and Surfeit for the Senses by July 28!

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copies now, and save big time.

Also in the works: next week is the final Tour de Foodie to celebrate Surfeit for the Senses‘ release. What do YOU want to hear about Alex and Nik that you haven’t learned already? What cooking secrets would you like to learn, or recipes would you like to see?