Karen is giving away a grand prize, Winner’s choice of back list books at each stop (digital only, so open internationally). Grand prize for tour–$20 GC to winner’s choice of B&N or Amazon.Winners will be selected by Rafflecopter. Rafflecopter and tour links are at the bottom of the post. Good luck!
Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.
Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.
Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.
James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.
But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.
Karen answers a few questions:
Are you a foodie yourself?
Absolutely. Food has always played a significant part of my life. Growing up in a half Jewish half Italian household it was impossible to avoid it. And who would want to? Food is awesome. Even as a child I was an adventurous eater so I always wanted to taste everything. There are very few things I won’t try (I have a pretty intense insect phobia, so I’m not sure I could get myself to try eating bugs, but other than that…).
In addition to loving to eat, cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. I have cooked and baked as long as I can remember. Some of the earliest childhood photos of me involve a 3-year-old me standing on a chair mixing cake batter or flipping French toast. When I’m stressed out, baking calms me. Feeding people is genetically ingrained in me—I love it when people can sit around together and enjoy food I’ve prepared. It makes me happy.
I even plan vacations around food. When I’m researching a location for a trip one of the first things I do is read about the best local foods, the “hidden gem” restaurants, the “must-have” local treats. It’s my favorite part of traveling. I’ll even refer to past trips as “yeah, that was a great food vacation.”
I just love food.
How much research into food and the business did you have to do?
Almost none. In addition to my lifelong love affair with food, I’ve worked at several restaurants and catering companies and even worked in the start-up crew of an upscale restaurant. I’ve always had strong connections to the food industry and I know a lot about the behind-the-scenes operation of restaurants. It was very easy for me to think of all the obstacles James would encounter while opening his restaurant. And I love menu planning. Love it. Trying new recipes. Thinking about what courses would pair well together. Coming up with new combinations.
*sigh* Now I’m hungry. I think I may have to go cook something…
I write erotic romance (published by Ellora’s Cave) sexy women’s fiction (published by Turquoise Morning Press) and sensual contemporary romances (published by Samhain Publishing). I can also be found on twitter attempting witty banter.