Saturday, 21 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Robbie Terman + Giveaway

Since we are telling you about some of our favourite reads of 2013, the Let it Snow Books Event 2013 wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention Some Like It Spicy by Robbie Terman. It was one of those books which after months of having read it still gives me goosebumps and happy sighs. Yes it was that good. And thankfully its sequel Some Like It Sinful got released recently, so you know what I'll be reading during the holidays! ;-) So please give a warm welcome to Robbie as she shares with us some of her favourite holiday traditions. :-) 

Hello! Thank you Stella and Anna for inviting me here. I'm so excited to join you for the holiday season.

The holidays are a time of tradition in my family, and do we have lots of them! My parents taught me to never be the first to break a tradition. Consequently, as more are added to the old ones, I end up with a bunch of commitments. Luckily, they are all a lot of fun. The holiday season starts with a trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan's own little Bavaria. It's my favorite place to indulge in chicken dinner (with so many trimmings you don't need to eat again for days), as well as the home of the world's largest Christmas store (seriously, it is worth a trip to Michigan just to go there). Next, my mom and I always do some holiday-related activity, whether it is seeing a production of A Christmas Carol or going to the symphony to hear Christmas music, or a holiday-themed high-tea. And of course, there is the trip to the mall with my dad to buy gifts for my mom and vice versa.

And that's just the start! Even our Christmas Eve meal is a tradition! It wouldn't be the holidays if I didn't make my noodle kugel or didn't have a Honey Baked ham (for those of you scratching your heads, yes, those two items are a contradiction in terms. But, hey, it's tradition!). Actually, a lot of my family's traditions seem to revolve around food. It was one of my inspirations in writing Some Like It Spicy. The story's heroine, Ashton Grey, may not get along with her father, but she's definitely carrying on a family tradition by becoming a chef. Her father is a famous food critic, and she grew up in the industry. But her true love of cooking came from her grandmother, who ran a tea shop out of the lower level of her home. It's her grandmother that makes it possible for Ashton to open up her restaurant, Sweet Home, by leaving Ashton her house. And Ashton will do whatever she has to in order to keep her restaurant - and her grandmother's memory - alive. Even compete on a cooking reality show!

What are some of your most important holiday traditions?

Robbie Terman began her journey as a writer in third grade, when she completed her first (24-page) "novel." Many years later, she is published in contemporary romance. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes Hot (yup, that's with a capital H!). And, when you read her books, if you cry a little and laugh a lot, that's just the reaction she was hoping for.

When she's not writing, Robbie can usually be found doing one of three things: shopping for shoes and handbags at Nordstrom; trying a new restaurant (or attempting a new recipe); or relaxing on the couch and catching up on her favorite television programs (if you're wondering which ones, open up a TV Guide and take your pick. You've probably guessed right!).

Connect with Robbie at her website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads

Book #1 in the Perfect Recipe series

Ashton Grey’s restaurant, Sweet Home, is in trouble. Months of empty tables have left her and her partners near bankruptcy, and her father’s prediction of her failure as a chef seems imminent. But a chance encounter could provide Ashton with the publicity she needs to save her restaurant—if the fiery chef is willing to compete on a reality cooking show. But in order to win, she needs to stay focused. No problem…until she meets the head judge.

Celebrity chef Ty Cates is ready to get away from the camera and back to the kitchen where he belongs. Performing as head judge on a reality show is just one more commitment he’d like to get out of, especially after he meets Ashton. Head judges dating contestants is about as taboo as putting ketchup on filet mignon, but from the moment they meet, there’s a simmering heat between them that neither can ignore.

As the competition heats up, they rely on sneaking around, stealing amazing night after amazing night together when the cameras aren’t rolling. When both realize what’s starting to feel like love could easily be a recipe for disaster, Ashton and Ty need to make a choice—get out of the kitchen or turn up the heat.

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Robbie has generously offered an ebook copy of Some Like it Spicy to a lucky commenter!

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