Tasty Summer Reads blog hop

Welcome to my dark little castle! You’ve fallen upon the Tasty Summer Reads blog hop hosted by Avon Romance. Okay, so here’s how it works. Each author answers five questions about his or her latest release and current WIP, and posts a delectable recipe pertaining thereto. Then each author invites five more authors to participate and links them all together, or in my case I invite as many as I can. Thanks for inviting me to play Vivian Roycroft! :)

Let me introduce my current release THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE.

TAINEW700copyThe balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of an ancient family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

(Genre: supernatural fantasy featuring paranormal goings on, witches and a hint of the romance of history….)

Now to the questions:
1) When writing are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty?

A little, and when I do snack I prefer salty. Right now I’m on a Goldfish kick. They’re not as salty as potato chips (or as greasy, I might add) but just as good.

2) Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of their pants? And are they real pants or jammies?

I do a little of both, meaning I usually have an idea of where I’m going in my head, before I end the first chapter. And yes, I do wear jeans most days!

3) When cooking, do you follow a recipe or do you wing it?

It depends on the dish. If I’ve done it a million times I’ll wing it (for instance with my peach chicken. I didn’t decide to add the cinnamon until the last second. ;))

4) What is next for you after this book?

My first flat-out Paranormal Romance novel, with a swirl of the historical! Entitled Passion’s Sacred Dance,  the release date forthcoming…. though I hear-tell it’s going to be sometime this fall/winter. ;)

5) Last question… on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo-hoo steamy, how would you rate your book?

Um, herm….My current novel, THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE, would definitely fall in the Sweet category. Passion’s Sacred Dance, not so much. >;)

Now for the food. One of the things I’ve found interesting is researching what foods my historical characters might be interested in. During the Civil War, things (money, kitchens, etc) were tight. What would a Union soldier, like Cait’s ancestor, have eaten? PBS did a site on this, believe it or not. By their site, we learn that sometimes, the soldiers had to dine on hard biscuits and raw pork. Eww….though they tried to boil it as much as time allowed, heat of battle not withstanding. So I can see my soldier stationed down here in Fort Pickens having similar victuals.

As for the food in Passion’s Sacred Dance, well, my main characters mostly live in the modern age, so Stacy and Aaron aren’t above Cup o’ Soup and McDonald’s when hungry. I think I could see them spending a summer night out on the terrace grilling hamburgers. Their ancestors likely dined on Irish Stew, potage, and roast boar, duck, and other fowls the further back into their history we go.

To keep an eye out for Passion’s Sacred Dance you can check back to my page at The Wild Rose Press in the future, or my Amazon Author page. As for my five friends… contemporary romance author Linda Joyce, historical romance authors Anna Small,  and YA author Carlyle Labuschagne, author of the Broken Destiny series, and of course Vivian Roycroft. :) Anyone who wishes to participate in  this Q and A may do so.

Book Trailer:

THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE is now available  at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace in paperback (or for a little less via Amazon, who has put it on sale), and for those of you with other e-readers, Smashwords.

Resources:
Eat Like a Geek: A Medieval Feast
Civil War Cooking What the Union Soldiers Ate, via The History Kitchen at PBS