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Friday Giveaway: Foodie Edition

We have winners! Congratulations to Kim, who won the $10 gift certificate (and made me drool with her talk of grilled peaches), and to Jenni and Kame, who won copies of Naughty & Nice. Thanks for commenting, everyone! Loved hearing about your memorable meals. Come back next week for another round.

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Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing a dinner scene this morning in a manuscript whose hero used to be a chef, and it’s making me so hungry. Time for breakfast, methinks.

There’s a lot happening behind the scenes for me his week — contracts nearly signed, book manuscripts swooping around digitally from one person to another. As of two days ago, I have five books “in production,” meaning that they’re either in or through copyediting and are being readied for sale. Three are novellas, and two are full-length novels (longer than my novels that are already out).

Yesterday, I saw cover concepts for my March release, Along Came Trouble, and all I can say is hot. Looking forward to sharing when I can!

My website has an updated home page and improved Books and Coming Next pages, and you’ll be seeing more updates on those pages as soon as I get a few contracts signed, as well as back-cover copy and cover images finalized for my releases in the first half of next year.

So, yes. It’s exciting around here, but all very secretive. And my stomach is grumbling for a bagel with peanut butter and honey (my breakfast of choice). Let’s get on with it, shall we?

For this week’s giveaway, tell me in the comments about a particularly memorable meal. I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow morning to get a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes. Two runners up will receive a copy of Naughty and Nice, my Christmas anthology with Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane, as soon as it releases.

My memorable meal is a hunk of grocery-store pecorino, a baguette, an apple, and a sleeve of cookies that I shared with my husband in the middle of a hike on our honeymoon in Italy. Great picnic, with cheese and bread of the sort you just can’t buy in Green Bay!

22 thoughts on “Friday Giveaway: Foodie Edition

  1. I have never wanted to be a runner-up so bad! Forget the $10, I want “Naughty and Nice” if I get plucked from the pile.

    My favorite meal? It was some type of fish -picked right out of the water that morning, I’m sure- topped with stewed tomatoes and seasoned with herbs. I had it at a little mom and pop diner in Barcelona, Spain a decade ago and I’ve thought about at least once a week ever since.

  2. First of all I’m so happy to hear you have 5 more books coming out soon :)
    My most memorable meal was this year for my 28th birthday.
    Me and my younger sister want for lunch in a very very expensive sea food restaurant in Israel ( an evening meal there with no wine for 2 people will be around 250$ but lunch is around 110$ ) and the food was amazing!
    My main course was the best, it’s called Popeye’s Shrimp :Seared Shrimp on Turkish spinach, Feta cheese, poached egg in red wine jus & lime-thyme foam.
    We ordered one dessert (Belgian Gofre: The traditional waffle with Vanilla cream, “Amarena” cherries and Maple) but we got another one on the house ( Macadamia Catalan
    Crème Brulée with Hazelnut cream & Pecan Crème Glacée) and they were both so yummy so it was a great way to finish the meal.
    I took pictures of all the dishes so will have memories and maybe one day when I’ll be rich I’ll be able to eat there more often LOL

    1. I could eat Mexican food everyday forever. My hero and heroine were going to have Italian, but I’ve decided they’ll have tacos from a truck instead. It might just be your fault.

  3. Usually my favorite dish at our favorite restaurant (and I don’t use those words lightly) is the Cinnamon Rum Brined Niman Ranch Bone in Pork Chop, succotash of fava beans, sweet corn and apple-wood smoked bacon, finished with pimento cheese brulee. Sigh. But the best meal I’ve had began with the Oysters Rockefeller Ravioli, spinach, bacon and parmesan stuffed ravioli. The main course was blackened sea bass over farra ( really interesting yummy grain similar to quinoa) with lightly sautéed tomatoes, onion, and okra was complemented with a creamy tomato bisque-type sauce and grilled South Carolina peaches. Double sigh.

    1. You got me with “pimento cheese brulee.” I can’t quite even decide what it is, but I have to eat it! Also, the grilled peaches. It might seem I’m only into desserts, here, but really it’s just because I’m a vegetarian. :-)

  4. The most memerable meal I had was actually my first meal at Olive Garden! Ya I know not really exciting but is was sooo good! We had to drive an hour to get there and I was willing to drive it again the next day to eat another meal! I live in a town that offers you a voice if fast food or little diners that serve pb&j sandwiches as an entree! I loved the breadsticks and the chicken was heavenly!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  5. My memorable meal was the weekend I graduated from business school. I took my parents to dinner with my best friends and their families to a japanese steak house that we loved. We had a great time and it was fun to share my friends and that place with my parents. It was such a bittersweet time. :)

    1. I love those moments of sharing friends with parents, or other combinations where you get to introduce people you love to each other. All the better if you get a good meal out of it!

  6. MY MOST ENDEARING & MEMORABLE MEAL HAPPEN THIS SUMMER ON A WARM EVENING. I SETTLED N CUDDLING A YUMMEE READ BUT 2 MY SURPRISE I WAS HAPPILY N FORM BY MY YOUNGEST 2 PREPARED myself 2 B Dazzled(SHE PROUDLY WORKED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL..just recently got paid) SHE WANTED 2 TAKE ME OUT 2 THIS WELL KNOW Jazzy SEA FOOD RESTAURANT N MY AREA.. I felt like a million bucks.
    I WAS TRULY HAPPBEEE WITH GLEE !! I DIDN’T EXPECT BEING TREATED BY MY BABY GIRL (17yrs.) WE WINDOW SHOP ,EVEN SAMPLED a LITTLE VICTORIA SECRETS ,Here & there..We then proceeded 2L@@K AT THE LASTEST FASHION ,also FOLLOWED BY SOME EVENING of STAR WATCHING ,& FINALLY WE GOT DOWN 2 SOME BUSINESS OF FOOD..YUM, yUMM.. DELICIOUSLY ON POINT..I Truly FELT APPRECIATED ,the free flow of the spirit ..UN conditional LOVE bubbling over in2 sheer un Speakable JOY !
    I beamed with pride as I listen 2 her talks of her Hopes,dreams& the Miracle of witnessing the coming of age is truly Amazing N it self..By the way my daughter((JALANA)) name is similar 2 the old beauty Hollywood siren LANA TURNER ..:D! thanQ
    redz041@yahoo.com

  7. The most memorable meal I’ve had, food wise, was in a tiny Scottish town a decade ago. I can’t remember where on the map, and this was before we had digital pix with GPS built in, and I doubt I actually took a picture with my film camera….

    It was a turkey, dressing, and cranberry sandwich on this crusty, yeasty roll. I know, you say, this is absurd, I eat this every year at Thanksgiving. Well, I didn’t know such delight existed until that moment in Scotland with my BFF post-graduation.

    We’re both stuffing lovers (although we call it dressing in my family) and it was the first time, believe it or not, I tried cranberries. (I know.) it was the beginning of my love affair with the humble cranberry.

    For months after, when I was all alone in my grad school apartment, and didn’t really know anybody, I’d make a sad version of that sandwich (sad deli turkey not glorious roasted, stouffers stove top not baked fabulousness, and canned jellied cranberry sauce not that delightful housemade) and remember.

    Dang. I want one right now. And although I love my BFF, I wouldn’t mind sharing the next with someone named Ian or Jamie or Angus.

  8. Five new books? You are making me a very happy reader here! :)
    I think my most memorable meal was the one I cooked with vegetables from my own garden! Heaven! And I was so proud of myself. lol

  9. I’m a serious foodie living in the SF Bay Area so I’ve had some amazing meals over the years, but probably the most memorable one I ever had was when I was 15 years old, living in Key West, and went to my first ever Cuban pig roast. I’d had roast pork before, but this was a whole pig roasted in a pit at the back of a paint and body shop where a birthday celebration was being held. It was the most delicious thing I ever tasted.

  10. Jenni, my husband cooks massive amounts of Thanksgiving food every year so he can live on turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches for a week afterwards… if you ask him what his favorite meal is, he says “thanksgiving.”

    I can’t think of a meal especially memorable for the food. What comes to mind is the day I found out I was pregnant. After infertility/miscarriage, I was very superstitious. That night we went out for Chinese food and my fortune cookie said “your dearest wish will come true.” I don’t remember what we ordered, but I still have that fortune. :-)

  11. One of my favorite meals is sweddish meatballs and my Aunt Dot made the BEST, one year my Mom asked her to make them for my birthday dinner and then drove th 45minutes (one way) to my Aunt’s to pick them up – and then surprised me when I came home from college with them. I have Aunt Dot’s cookbooks but mine never taste the same – gonna ask her to make me them in heaven!

  12. My most memorable me is the dinner for my husbands prom. We went to my prom together too but his was way more memorable. The dinner was just the two of us and was at Lawry’s in Dallas and was fabulous but what made it so memorable was the storms that moved in trapping us there for hours. The storms flooded out the city and actually collapsed a few roofs that night. But Lawry’s just kept us served. Buy the time we finally made it to the prom my hair was flat and my dyed shoes no longer matched my dress from the leaking limo. But all the other girls were the same way.

  13. I think one of my most memorable meals would have to be helping my grandfather make homemade pizza when I was a kid. He could always get to me to try new foods because he said I couldn’t not like something if I wasn’t willing to try it. Now, every time I make pizza, I still think about & miss him (but I do all the time anyway).

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