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Tasty Dish: Free eBook!

Tasty Dish

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Do you like Food Network shows, along the lines of Next Food Network Star or Chopped? Do you like yummy food, a good laugh, and maybe a little–or a lot of–romance mixed in? Then Tasty Dish is for you…


“Teresa stood in front of a large outdoor stone fire pit with Cookie, Karl and Chance. Karl had been right: they were asked to do a cookout. But as with any reality TV competition, it wasn’t that simple. Plank seating surrounded the pit and right behind them, a rock wall curved in a C shape about five feet high. Teresa and her team would have to scavenge wood, start a fire, and cook dinner and dessert for four in the pit. They would be provided with a selection of food and implements, but there was only one of each item: pot, pan, spatula, knife, etc. They were told the reasoning behind this was based on a pop-up often lacking in basic resources.

A nearby walkway paved in dark brick led to the lake; the sun shone through the trees on the western shore, and a long table for the judges faced the pit. They would have front row seating for Team Three’s victory—­or defeat.”


Tasty Dish: Happy Release Day!

Happy release day for Tasty Dish, Book 3 in the That’s Entertainment series! Tasty Dish features Teresa, the best friend from In Concert (That’s Entertainment Book 2) as she faces the fallout of her relationship airing on a reality TV show, and takes a risk on the next step in her life.

Caterer Teresa Steplowski tries to escape her crazy life by entering a reality TV contest to win her own restaurant, but she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. One of the producers seems to hate her, and her reality star ex-boyfriend keeps trying to win her back, but it isn’t until she meets novelist Gabe De Luca that things really begin to heat up.

Tasty Dish is available as an e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords, and in print from Amazon.

Stay tuned for more information on a giveaway to celebrate the release!

Writing Retreat 2016: Day Four

Bad, bad manuscript.

Oh, the run-on sentences; using five words when one will do; the wretched passive voice…

I don’t know who created this list, but guess what stage I’m at right now?

The Creative Process

1. This is awesome

2. This is tricky

3. This is shit

4. I am shit

5. This might be ok

6. This is awesome



Writing Retreat 2016: Day One**

Any day that I can get writing done is a good day, so yesterday–a day dedicated to working on Tasty Dish–was heaven. It always goes slower than I hope (I usually have myself finishing the damn book on the first day of my retreat!), but I made a lot of progress, and not only added new scenes, but plumped up some sparse ones. I also fleshed out a secondary character that I’ve grown to love. She may need to make an appearance in another book.

She speaks her mind, doesn’t care what people think of her, has a blue mohawk, and is married to a guy who looks like Viggo Mortensen’s character in GI Jane. I may or may not have spent a lot of time researching that character’s appearance.

It’s all to improve the book, people. I sacrifice for you…

** I swear I didn’t crop the above picture specifically for that…area. It’s all WordPress’s doing, but I do find it amusing.

Cookie's husband Urgayle


Writing Retreat 2016: The Weekend

I kicked off my annual writing retreat by sharing the weekend with my fellow critique group members, Tracy and Cary, at Tracy’s house. We dubbed it Oasis, a true getaway, and dedicated the entire time to writing. From Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, we wrote; consumed many, many snacks; discussed what a crazy/wonderful business writing is; bonded; and helped each other through some difficult places in our manuscripts where we felt stuck. This included finding the perfect name for one of the characters – a very important endeavor.

After a full day glued to our computers, a little dazed from our single-minded focus, we did go out for Mexican food on Saturday night (yum!), watched part of an exciting bike race with a course that ran through the middle of town, and played “Marrying Mr. Darcy,” the card game (you read that right) for some entertainment.

But then it was back to the editing/creating. My focus right now is the third book in my “That’s Entertainment” series, Tasty Dish. This one follows Teresa Steplowski, who was introduced in In Concert, as she enters a reality TV cooking show contest and tries to make smart decisions in the face of backstabbing fellow contestants, hostile judges, and two very tasty men pursuing her.

At the end of this week, I’ll be doing a cover reveal for Tasty Dish, so stay tuned!

Here’s the current first paragraph, which may or may not end up in the final draft:

“Instead of dreading Sunday dinner with her ultra-conservative family, Teresa Steplowski brought along her pregnant, unmarried, hippie friend to shake things up. Instead of toning down her outfit, Teresa wore blue cowboy boots, a red floral handkerchief dress and denim jacket. Instead of outright bravery, which she’d been trying to incorporate into her life, she chose passive aggressive behavior.”