Today's featured book is HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, a paranormal
romance by Stephanie Rowe,
and I'm giving away a copy, so read on...
I’m calling it the Food Network phenomenon. (Have I mentioned how much I want to bring Michael Symon home with me? Yeah, I thought so.) Anyway, since being a foodie has become such a big deal, we’re starting to see more paranormals involving chefs, cooks, food. This has always been a staple (ha ha no pun intended) of cozy mysteries—Diane Mott Davidson’s long-running Goldy Schultz series comes to mind—Goldy’s a caterer.
Last summer, author Sarah Zettel came out with a new Vampire Chef mystery series, which I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Lynn Viehl’s Kyndred novel Dreamveil features a hero who’s a chef. And now Stephanie Rowe’s new book features Natalie Fleming, a famous chocolatier.
It’s fun to think how a preternatural species would work in the food industry. I can so see a werewolf who runs a steakhouse (specializing in rare meats, of course). In my Sentinels of New Orleans series, many of the water-species in South Louisiana—namely the merpeople and weregators—work in the commercial fishing industry. The mers don’t eat red meat; the gators eat anything. And everything. Since vampires usually don’t eat, it would be interesting to see how a human chef who got turned into a vampire would cope. (Anyone read Sarah Zettel’s first Vampire Chef book?)
Have you read a paranormal book where one of the characters was a chef or in the food industry? What did you think about it? And if you'd like to try Hold Me If You Can, just leave a comment!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Escaping hell was the easy part…Nigel Aquarian has escaped with his life, and with his inner demons. He needs beautiful Natalie Fleming, the woman he’s admired from afar for years, to soothe his turmoil—if only she wasn’t consumed with her own problems…Ever since her brush with death, all Natalie wants is to run her famous chocolate shop and be left alone. But the only way she can kick-start her powers is by giving free rein to her sensual side, which Nigel is more than happy to help her explore…With Nigel making quite a convincing case for losing control, Natalie is finding the temptation darn near irresistible. (Released January 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
One species of commenter will receive a print ARC of Hold Me If You Can, by Stephanie Rowe. You know the drill, foodies: one entry for comment, a second for blog follow, third for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a tweet or retweet.