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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Release Day! And Blog Tour: MSW

Yay, it's finally here!

Just One Taste hit bookstores everywhere this morning, and I can't wait to hear what you all think of it. I'm celebrating with my good friends over at Murder She Writes all day, talking about food and sex (what else?) and giving away books! Come hang out with us, we're having a blast.

Here's my little infomercial for JOT:

The third Recipe for Love novel, Just One Taste, is now available! Revisit the misfits, outcasts, and renegades of trendy Manhattan eatery, Market--or meet them for the first time.

Just One Taste delves into the scrumptious secrets of aphrodisiacs, and pits ex-con artist Wes against genius (and Nerd Extraordinaire) Rosemary. These two are a clear case of opposites attracting...and striking sparks!

He has a hungry mind.

Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs . . .

She’s got love down to a science.

Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious . . . 

**If you'd like a little taste, click here for an excerpt. To purchase a copy from your favorite bookstore, click here!**

Early reviewers had this to say:

"Readers new to Louisa Edward’s trilogy needn’t read the previous books to enjoy this Just One Taste, but I’d recommend doing it anyway. It’s a solid debut trio, and I’m looking forward to more from this author."--All About Romance (B+)

"Despite plenty of funny dialogue that will make you laugh in
places you probably shouldn’t—like the elevator, doctor’s
office, or waiting to meet with your child’s teacher—Just One
is a romance novel with substance."--Romance Reviews Today (Perfect 10)

"Just One Taste is light and fluffy, much like a tasty soufflé that should be savored and enjoyed."--Babbling About Books

"The plot turns moment to moment from tension to connection, back and forth, before a most luscious ending is served...Four stars!!!"--Crystal Reviews

"The writer not only describes the tastes and scents of the glorious dishes in a way that will make all readers mouths’ water, but the characters are as sinfully delightful as the meals they prepare."--Night Owl Reviews

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blog Tour: Vintage Cookbooks AND Lesa's Book Critiques

Today, I have perfected the art of being in two places at once! Step right this way, folks, and see me chatting about my best food memories. And if you comment on my guest post at the Vintage Cookbooks blog, you could win a gorgeous Recipe for Love prize pack...including a signed copy of the yet-to-be-released Just One Taste!

And over here, you can see me giving Lesa's Book Critiques blog a little overview of the Recipe for Love series, and some dish about the newest installment, just hours before its release. Tell me a tale of something romantic that was done for you, and you'll be in the running for another chance to win that prize package, and a signed copy of Just One Taste.

Yes, it's magical. It must be all the excitement over Just One Taste coming out tomorrow!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blog Tour: The Goddess Blog

I'm very excited and honored to be a guest on Mount Olympus today! That's right, the fabulous authors of the Goddess Blog have welcomed me into their hallowed halls to talk about life, love, food, and the stress of moving.

Come comment with your craziest/funniest/worst/best moving story for a chance to win a fabulous collection of Recipe for Love gear, including my favorite new addition, a pair of adorable signature champagne flutes. I'm mid-interstate move at the moment, and I could use the empathy! (And the champagne, but it's a little early in the day for that. Even for me.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Giveaways! Winners Posted

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my Cute Purse Full 'O Romances Giveaway! I wish I had an adorable bag and ten fabulous romances for each of you. In fact, there were so many entries (almost 100) that I decided to clear out my office a little more and do a second bag of books prize. So we have two winners! Different bags and different books, but all fun. And of course, both of you will get a signed copy of On the Steamy Side to whet your appetite for Just One Taste on August 31st!

And the winners are....

Natasha Moore



Natasha--you won the red bag and the books I mentioned in the original post. Donnas--you'll be getting a black purse filled with the following ten books by some of my favorite authors:

ON THE STEAMY SIDE by Louisa Edwards (signed by me!)
RED FIRE by Deidre Knight
BLOOD BOUND by Patricia Briggs
THE KEPT WOMAN by Susan Donovan
ANGELS FALL by Nora Roberts (in hardcover!)
FLAT-OUT SEXY by Erin McCarthy

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Official News (and a giveaway!)

We're moving to Austin! I've hinted at it, said it on Twitter and Facebook, but now I know for sure it's happening. The movers are coming on August 19th, and we are out of here! There's a lot we'll miss about Ohio, for sure, but we're so excited to settle into our new home in the Live Music (and Romance and Barbecue and Whole Foods) Capital of the World!

I especially can't wait to join the Austin RWA chapter. This will be my first ever experience with belonging to a brick-and-mortar chapter, interacting face to face with other members at meetings and stuff, and I'm thrilled. Online chapters like RWAOL and PASIC are great places to meet authors from all over the world--but for someone moving to a brand new city? I'm very much looking forward to making some connections in my new hometown. Austin RWA looks like a vibrant, active chapter with a good mix of pre-published writers and some of my favorite authors, like Sherry Thomas and Julia London. How cool is that? I'll have to be careful not to fangirl all over them at my first meeting. We'll see how it goes.

To celebrate my move (and to aid in the ongoing Operation: Office Excavation) I'm giving away an adorable red leather purse full of books!  Ten, to be exact.

Books in the giveaway include:

ON THE STEAMY SIDE by Louisa Edwards (signed by me!)
LOUP GAROU by Mandy M. Roth (signed by author)
BLOODY GOOD by Georgia Evans (signed by author)
RED FIRE by Deidre Knight
HUNT HER DOWN by Roxanne St. Claire
MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs
THE HEARTBREAKER by Carly Phillips
BED OF ROSES by Nora Roberts

To enter, simply comment on this post with the title and release date of my next book! (Hint: it's the one with the chocolate-dipped strawberries on the cover. ; ) I know, tricky question, right?) The contest will run through Tuesday, August 17th; I'll randomly select the winner and mail the prize out on Wednesday.**

Good luck! This cute bag has some great stuff in it; you'll be able to finish Summer Beach Read season in style...

**For legal reasons, this contest is open to U.S. residents and U.S. military only, due to the variation in regulations from country to country.**

Monday, August 9, 2010

Twitter Contest: Book Grab Bag

I'm cleaning out my office in preparation for a move (we're moving to Austin! I'm SO EXCITED. But that's a whole other post) and I've got a towering stack of books I've been hoarding for giveaways. Time to finally give some of them away, I think!

So today, all day, I'm hosting a Twitter contest. I'll pose food-related questions in tweets with the hashtag #givemeataste, and the first to respond with the correct answer and hashtag gets to reach into my grab bag for a brand new free book! I've got releases by fabulous authors from J.R. Ward and Christine Feehan, Roxanne St. Claire and Leslie Parrish, to Jennifer Crusie, Nora Roberts, and Susan Mallery.

Follow me for a chance to win! Enter as often as you like.

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