Sunday, September 26, 2010

JUST ONE TASTE: AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND BONUS ENTRIES

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JUST ONE TASTE
BY LOUISA EDWARDS

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He has a hungry mind.

Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs . . .

She’s got love down to a science.

Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious . . .


MORE FROM THE AUTHOR...AN INTERVIEW:

QUESTION: Where did you get the inspiration or idea for this book?
LOUISA: Just One Taste came about because I’d been reading Harold McGee’s wonderful food chemistry textbook, and it made me want to explore the whole subject. And when I came up with the idea to have the hero and heroine delve into aphrodisiacs, I knew I’d found a story that would give me lots of sparks!
QUESTION: How did the title of your book come about?
LOUISA: I’ve been lucky; my publisher has loved all my titles for the books so far. I chose Just One Taste, because I felt it epitomized the sexy, sensual play on aphrodisiacs that’s so central to the plot.
QUESTION: Do you see yourself in your characters? Which characters are easiest or more difficult to write?
LOUISA: Dr. Rosemary Wilkins, the heroine of Just One Taste, is a total chemistry genius. Which I’m not. She’s also an out-and-proud nerd. Which I am! I loved having the chance to write a character with all the same pop culture references I use. I had so much fun with Rosemary! She’s not always sure what to do in social situations, but she has a big heart, ready to love the right guy . .
QUESTION: What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out? What are you currently reading?
LOUISA: I would never have written a romance without the examples of authors such as Suzanne Brockmann (and her fabulous secondary characters), Jennifer Crusie (and her incredibly witty characters), and of course, my first romantic novels, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The last books I read were Something About You by Julie James and Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain.
QUESTION: What is the next or current book/project you are working on?
LOUISA: I just turned in the first book of my next trilogy, Too Hot to Touch! Scheduled to come out August 2011, Too Hot to Touch is the beginning of a series of books about a team of talented chefs in a high-stakes culinary competition. The next two books will be Some Like it Hot and Hot Under Pressure, and they’ll follow soon after Too Hot to Touch.
QUESTION: What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
LOUISA: My favorite band is My Chemical Romance. Can’t wait for the new album!
QUESTION: What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
LOUISA: Keep at it; perseverance makes all the difference. And write something you feel personally connected to—don’t simply follow a trend.

AUTHOR RECIPE FROM JUST ONE TASTE:

Chocolate Fondue

6 ounces of the best bittersweet chocolate
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cognac
Strawberries, long stems attached

If you have a fondue pot, simply combine the first four ingredients and stir them together over the heat source.

If not, it’s simple—the only trick is not to burn the chocolate as you melt it. The most foolproof way I’ve found is to boil water in a large saucepan.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl small enough to fit inside the saucepan.

Take the saucepan off the heat, then submerge the heatproof bowl partially in the water, stirring to melt the chocolate.

Once the chocolate is liquid, stir in the rest of the ingredients and serve immediately with the strawberries.


GIVEAWAY


THANKS TO JEANNE AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT NANCY BERLAND PUBLIC RELATIONS,
I HAVE ONE GRAND PRIZE OF THIS FUN
READ TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL WIN! Autographed copy of "JUST ONE TASTE" 
A set of "On the Steamy Side" champagne flutes 
from the last book 
A set of "Recipes for Love and Just One Taste" red spatulas 
A "Recipe for Love/Can’t Stand the Heat" from first book apron



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26 comments:

Connie said...

Hi! I like the fact that she gets inspired by other authors like Jane Austen and Jenifer Crusie. :)

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Connie said...

Hi! The recipe looks good but I probably wouldn't make it because I don't have a fondue pot. :)

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Linda Kish said...

I liked her advice to new writers...persevere and write something you feel connected to.

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Linda Kish said...

Chocolate fondue sounds like something my son and DIL would like but not me. I am not much of a chocolate eater.

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Anonymous said...

From the interview, I was interested in the part about the heorine being a chemical genius. That reminds my mother, she could explain all procedures in cooking chemically.


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traveler said...

An interesting interview which gave me insight into this author. Don't write trendy but write quality and keep at it. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The recipe is lovely but I would not be able to make it. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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petite said...

I was interested to learn about her upcoming books which she is working on. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

The recipe looks good but I don't make fondues. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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debbie said...

I found it interesting that she just read anthony bourdain's latest book.
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debbie said...

The recipe sounds good, I would try it.
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holdenj said...

I thought her comments about the food chemistry textbook intersting.
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holdenj said...

I think it looks like a delicious fondue recipe and not too complicated! I would give it a try.
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bison61 said...

My favorite band is My Chemical Romance. Can’t wait for the new album! I have never heard of that one

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hendy said...

I too have read Something About You like the author and thought it was a great book.
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hendy said...

Okay now chocolate fondue is something I can get down with and it doesn't look too difficult to make at all, I will try this receipe.
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rubynreba said...

I think it interesting that her first romantic novels she read were Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. I think they were mine too!
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rubynreba said...

I probably wouldn't try this recipe because we don't do fondues very often.
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