I met Jenny on Booklikes and when I thought about doing this event she was one of the first authors to spring to mind. She is funny, friendly, and generous, and I want to thank her for being so kind and helpful with this. I asked the authors involved to write something about books, writing, themselves, the holidays, or any combination of these things and this is Jenny’s contribution.
***Giveaway at the end of the post***
I love the holidays! I love that, juggled right, there’s extra time to read—and with yummy food. Food plays a big part in my books. Not on purpose, and not to advance the story, but just because I love food. My critique partner pointed out that reading my books makes her hungry!
(No joke, I had to stop fussing with her post and go grab a muffin and marinade the salmon.)
That said, in my latest science fiction romance, “Beyond Regeneration”, there isn’t too much attention given to food—that is, if you ignore things like the joy of eating fish and chips down at the beach, or enjoying freshly baked cheesecake in a cheerful café, or doing that dinner-dance of preparing food with someone you’re attracted to. Is there anything more guaranteed to test a developing relationship than sharing a kitchen?
[Note: I’m a non-kitchen sharer. If I’m cooking, I prefer to cook alone. This could be because some of the places I’ve lived have had small kitchens. It might also be that I’m a control freak…]
Since it’s the holidays, do you have favourite foods for this time of year? Foods that are for special occasions or mark a change of season?
Here in Australia, it’s heating up. Our summers get HOT. So a lot of foods for this time of year are cold: seafood, salads, ice-cream, sorbets, and all kinds of drinks. But you’re probably reading this somewhere cold, so you need…hot chocolate! Life is always better with chocolate.
My recipe for hot chocolate is simple. A mug of milk goes into a saucepan and I add a heaped teaspoon or two (or more) of cocoa, a dash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, and sugar to taste. Stir as it warms. Marshmallows are a wonderful optional extra. Perfect for curling up with a book and indulging in some me-time.
And if you’re looking for a book, I’m giving away ten copies of “Beyond Regeneration”. Just leave a comment saying you’d like one, which e-format you’d prefer (mobi, epub or pdf) and a way for me to contact you (email or FB message or BookLikes message).
Jenny also has this short story for free on Amazon.
Link to Jenny’s author page on Amazon.com
Link to Jenny’s author page on Amazon.co.uk
thanks for the chance to win beyond regeneration! would love a kindle mobi copy! email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene, could you use the link for the giveaway please? Thanks for dropping by.
Charlene, I’m thrilled you want to read it – knowing someone’s reading my books never ever gets old 🙂 I’ve emailed Beyond Regeneration. Please let me know if it hasn’t arrived
Thanks, Mahala, for inviting me to your blog. It’s so early Monday morning here — too early for hot chocolate! that’s like heresy. So I’m drinking coffee and trying to wake up fast!
Readers, you’d better be fast! Amazon is taking “Guarding Christmas” off free at the end of Monday!
Jenny, did you notice Charlene’s post?
Mahala – yep – I had to dash out for a couple of groceries. Monday morning madness 🙂
Great post 🙂
The envy I feel thinking about you and your beaches.
It’s beach weather today 🙂 I wish I was there – instead, at home, listening to construction on house across the road *sigh*
Glad you enjoyed it! and although I know it’s early, happy holidays!
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Jenny, I already purchased a copy of Beyond Regeneration. Maybe I’ll start it this weekend with a mug of your delicious hot chocolate. We are finally getting some cooler weather here in Louisiana, although, I’m not sure if 49 degrees is considered hot choc weather. In any case, get yourself over to those gorgeous beaches, eat some grilled prawns for me, and sip a nice frozen concoction. (Your choice.) You deserve a beach-break! Great post!!
49 degrees is hot choc weather for me 🙂 Your plan – for both of us – sounds great! It’s going to be 100 degrees here for us today … and we have the Prince of Wales visiting. LOL not me! but our beaches http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/lotterywestcommunityspirit/prince-charles-and-camilla-to-get-a-taste-of-local-culture-during-wa-visit/news-story/100341caff187b92f01cd5822e895ff4 Shame I’m a republican (as in not-a-monarchist … not as in a Trump-voter)
Hee hee. @ first, I was like, WOW! Prince Charles at Jenny’s. How incredibly neat! Still, if I were there I might have to go crash his party to gawk at him for a moment. He’s not as interesting w/out Diana though.