Readers tend to love my wolves and supernatural paranormal creatures the best of all my characters. And, personally, I never really envisioned myself writing contemporaries. But two of the favorite stories I've written, HER CAPTAIN and IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, were both contemporaries with new paranormal elements.
Oddly enough, both were written for a now defunct publisher gracious enough to give me back the rights to the stories when the publisher closed its doors, covers and all. Since I am still so computer challenged in just about every way, and couldn't contemplate the time, knowledge, skills and energy to go the self-publishing route, I immediately turned around and offered the books to my longtime publisher, Decadent Publishing.
Decadent wanted new covers and new editing...so in my mind, it's almost as if the books were released for the first time. But I cannot tell a lie, pretty and freshened up as they are, they are re-releases. HER CAPTAIN came out earlier this year. Now it's IF YOU CAN"T STAND THE HEAT's turn.
IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT is a a hot and spicy foodie romance and it'll have you drooling. Not only is the hero, Derek Dunne, a total hunk of a book boyfriend, but the sublime culinary concoctions he cooks up are delicioso. It's not just the food that sizzles!
Releasing from Decadent on September 9!
Derek Dunne is a Cordon Bleu-trained food critic for the prestigious New York Monitor, whose scathing review of a popular Italian bistro has driven away all but the most loyal neighborhood patrons.
Lucrezia Serafina DiCicco is a clumsy business school drop-out, working as a chef and scrambling to keep her family's restaurant afloat, after her father develops diabetes and is banned from his kitchen for his own good.
Now, with The Monitor folding, Derek is searching for his next career path and longing to get back to his first love—cooking—while Lu is desperate for an influx of cash to save the struggling restaurant…even as her father puts his foot down about non-family employees.
Derek and Lu embark on a marriage of inconvenience to save the restaurant. But can Lu ever really trust the man who nearly destroyed her family, once noted her initials spelled “LSD,” and her food was like a “bad trip?”
Or will it be their hearts on the chopping block?