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Thursday, July 29, 2010

RWA 2010: Workshop Day!

WOW, the Literacy Signing last night was a madhouse. And I have to say, I loved every loud, crazy, hot minute I spent on my feet talking to readers! It's the biggest thrill in the world to meet people who've actually read my books and are not my mother. I don't see how it could ever get old. Thank you to every single person who stopped by--you made my first Lit Signing a fabulous, unforgettable experience!

And speaking of fabulous, unforgettable experiences...yesterday I had one of the best, most fascinating, and funniest lunches of my life. Through a strange series of circumstances, my friends and I met the General Manager of the Disney Swan & Dolphin yesterday morning, and he introduced us to the Executive Chef of the entire property. Chef Robert Ciborowski, a charming, handsome, and shockingly young man to be in charge of the resort's nineteen kitchens, invited us to eat at the chef's table.

If you don't already know, the chef's table is traditionally a table in (or with a good view of) the kitchen of a professional restaurant. Sometimes the chefs and line cooks do the serving; there's usually at least a little interaction with them, which is what makes chef's table dining so fun. I've been lucky enough to eat at the chef's table in some awesome restaurants, but lunch yesterday blew them all away.

First of all, it was a lot more like a family meal situation, because it wasn't just us girls (me, Lara Santiago, Kresley Cole, Kristen Painter, and Roxanne St. Claire--aka The Blonde Mafia) at the table--we sat down and passed plates around with Chef Robert, the GM, an executive steward (adorable), assistant director of food and beverage (adorabler), and several of the high ranking chefs. It was insane.

The food was glorious (there was a pan-seared tripletail with rock shrimp in saffron cream sauce that I'd like to take a bath in) but even better was the conversation. These guys were a font of research for me, obviously, but even beyond that, they were hysterical! They started out very respectful and polite, but as lunch wore on (and they realized what kind of women they'd fallen in with) they uncensored themselves. And holy cow, I thought I had crushes on chefs before...

Thank you again, if any of you guys are reading this blog--we had a truly fabulous time! And Chef Dan, let me know how your mom likes On the Steamy Side!

More from RWA later...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

RWA 2010: Literacy Signing

If you're in the Orlando area, come down to the Disney Swan & Dolphin today and meet some fun authors! It'll be great--you'll come, you'll chat, you'll get some fabulous books autographed, and all of it will benefit a great cause.

I'll be there, definitely signing On the Steamy Side (and hopefully Can't Stand the Heat) along with giving away excerpt booklets with the first three chapters of the upcoming release, Just One Taste! I'd absolutely love to see you. Even if you don't buy a book. : ) Just come say 'hi!' It's my first Literacy Signing ever, and I'm pretty excited about it.

There are a ton of fabulous authors scheduled to appear, about 500, last I checked. Here's a link to the RWA National Conference site with a map of where to find us all, and a list of who's slated to be there.

I'll be the one in the sparkly top...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just a Taste of JUST ONE TASTE

I'm surfacing from my deadline-imposed seclusion to let you know that I took a quick (miniscule! 5 minutes, at best, if my editor is reading this!) break to post a free read. It's not a continuation of Violet and Jonathan's story (sorry, guys--they're on hold until the new book is turned in.)

Instead, I offer you a tiny prequel scene for Just One Taste. It's a short vignette from the hero, Wes Murphy's past--and I hope it makes you fall for him as hard as I did. He has a lot to overcome, but I bet you know what helps him make it through to his happily ever after, don't you? Yep, lots of hot sex. Kidding! (Sort of.) The answer is true love, of course. The hot sex is just a bonus.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Free Reads for Everyone!

Hi gang,

I'm still deeply immersed in finishing the first draft of LUSCIOUS, book 1 in the Best American Chef Trilogy, which is why my updates have been so few and far between. But I wanted to grab a second to tell you all about the Summer Reading Trail! The new batch of free reads is up for July, and there's tons of great stuff.

A bunch of fabulous authors have contributed everything from original short stories to excerpts from upcoming novels (mine is from JUST ONE TASTE, August 31st) and there are stories to suit every taste and every heat level. Come check it out! You're pretty much guaranteed to be entertained. Go forth and read!

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