Ms. Buonfiglio: My friend, Remarkable Author Whom You’ve Featured (RAWYF), mentioned I should send you a copy of my upcoming release, and that you might kindly receive it. It’s my first, and if you could find some time to take a look at it, that’d be really nice of you.
RAWYF, generally is a RA. It's one of the funnest parts of what I do, getting to write about great new authors. So, when Miranda Neville* wrote and sent me a copy of her, em, delicious, new romance, "Never Resist Temptation," I gave it a gander.
Now, once I read an online -- well, let's call her a 'reviewer,' since that's what she called herself -- reviewer state that she automatically graded down to a "B," any romances that took place aboard ship. It's good to develop some kind of ethics and stick to 'em, I always say. But the reason this chick comes to mind is because I'm not without prejudice when I read. For instance, nothing makes my ocular cavities hemorrhage faster than romance back copy or promo that alludes to cookin' heroines, bakin' heroines, heroines who are "as good in the kitchen as they are in the boudoir," or promises, Gawd forbid, recipes I can try at home.
Why? Because I suck in the kitchen, and feel damned inadequate because of it. Some women resent 'perfectly beautiful" heroines? I feel I can't measure up to the one who tempts a man with her mouthwatering morsels. But I'm adult enough -- and know enough places from which to buy good prepared gourmet -- that I can overlook an author's misguided perception that there are more ways to a hero's heart than through his need for rollicking virgin deflowerment.
Because I'm generous like that, you can understand why I adored "Never Resist Temptation," and hope you'll check it out, too. It's got that fab romance convention, the 'heroine who's virtue is wagered in a card game by her unseemly, scheming uncle," followed by the much-loved-by-this-columnist "tied-in-knots hero who wins a winsome virgin in a card game and plans to use her to wreck revenge but finds himself thwarted at every turn of the author's dab hand at disguising emotions, tempting lovers with forbidden, sometimes crossed-dressed delights and using characters' deepest desires to move them toward giving up dreams and grasping at desires that may lead them toward untold sensual fulfillment."
And it's got some damned fine scenes involving food, the creating of, and how enjoying it can act as a metaphor for, as they say, "eating life."
So, Buy the Book. Then click here to dine on this: the list of randomly selected winners for past RBTB contests.
How do you feel about romances with characters who are chefs, etc., and that have food themes? What are some of your favorites? What are some of your fave movies with the same themes? And, who're your fave celebrity chefs?Congratulazione to our very own Bella Marilyn (aka Playground Monitor) who yesterday typed “The End” of her first full-length novel! We cannot wait to read the published version, Play!
*Visit Miranda today at RomanceVagabonds.com***
(and say hi to Bella Manda & Pals)
(and say hi to Bella Manda & Pals)
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