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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guest Post & GIVEAWAY with author Christine Warner

Guest Post & GIVEAWAY 
with author Christine Warner

Welcome back everyone! This post is on time and as scheduled! Yay! We are approaching “caught up” status! I am thrilled! Anyway, Ms. Warner is a new-to-me author. When I read the blurb for this book I knew that I absolutely had to feature it! I mean who doesn't like to read a story that includes food, sex, and cooking? Let me tell you that ever since I started reading this “type” of book, I was hooked immediately. I never knew I would enjoy the food/cooking component so much. Although I loved the movie No Reservations, so I should have known that in a book, it would be that much better. In any case, I have a new love for the cooking and romance genre. Does it have its own genre? If not, it should! I am pretty darn sure you are all going to really enjoy the blurb so the rest of the post will just be icing. And did you ever know what a Sous Chef actually does? Well Ms. Warner is here to tell us all about it! AND … there is more! Ms. Warner has a wonderful GIVEAWAY for all of you to enter at the conclusion of this post, so don't forget to enter before you hop out! Please allow me to introduce to the blog:



Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.

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Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Published by Entangled Publishing - Indulgence Imprint


Saute, simmer, and flambé…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

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In my latest release—Bachelor’s Special—my heroine Jill Adgate is a down on her luck chef. Due to an incident which involved Chet Castle—the hero who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life, or at least put up a large road block—Jill’s career has taken a detour.
She lost a coveted position at Creations restaurant as a Sous Chef—a high ranking position in the kitchen and a definite sign she was on track to reach her goal as Chef de Cuisine and then hopefully top spot as Executive Chef. Do you know exactly what a Sous Chef does?
The job of Sous Chef involves a lot of responsibility and isn’t an easy one. He or she needs to be organized, be able to hold the kitchen staff’s respect, and be driven to make smart decisions in an instant during kitchen hours. They often work long hours with little of the overall credit, but their creativity will be a key element in helping them shine on their way to becoming an Executive Chef.
A Sous Chef is in command after the Chef de Cuisine in a professional kitchen. Although they answer to the Chef de Cuisine or the Executive Chef (who is tops in the kitchen, but not always on site), the Sous Chef does have authority over the other kitchen staff.
If the Chef de Cuisine is unavailable or off for the evening the Sous Chef is in command and the kitchen staff is expected to offer the same respect to him or her as they would the Chef de Cuisine or the Executive Chef.
The Sous Chef is expected to be intimately familiar with all the activities of the kitchen and be prepared to step in and take over in a pinch. Basically the Sous Chef is a “Jack” or “Jill” of all functions. The Sous Chef can prepare and cook foods and should know all the styles of cooking done in the kitchen, including such food skills as French, Italian and more. They are also responsible for overseeing kitchen staff—which can include such chores as scheduling, training, or dealing with personnel conflicts.
Another responsibility of the Sous Chef is to make sure that the food being prepared and served is of top quality, and that staff are mindful of cost standards. As assistant to the Chef de Cuisine and the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef helps in menu planning, inventory, and supply management. He or she may also aid in making sure the kitchen is up to safety standards, and that staff are obeying sanitation rules.
As you can tell from all the functions a Sous Chef handles, they need to possess a strong personality and not be one who backs down.
Jill Adgate has all these qualities and more, but her axis is thrown off kilter on the night she meets Chet and loses her job due to a knee-weakening kiss. Her confidence takes a hit and she struggles to gain her footing, but when she reconnects with Chet about twelve months later during a not so “blind-blind date” her confidence and strength reappears slowly but surely.
I hope you enjoy the blurb and excerpt from Bachelor’s Special and decide to grab a copy of the book to add to your TBR pile!

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Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.
Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed. Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.
Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs. She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak.
Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.
* * * * *
Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things?
No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”
Oh…are you sure?”
Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.
The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far exceeded sexy and alluring.
Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable. He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.

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So what did you think? Pretty fricking great! Yes? I want to know more about Ms. Warner's books because she is a new author for me. If you have had the pleasure of reading any of her work before, please tell me what you thought. If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Warner as I am, no worries. You can comment on any portion of this post that you would like. Tell me what you thought, if you are likely to read, and if you like the whole idea of cooking and romance.

I want to thank Ms. Warner for being here with us today and for taking the time to create the guest post for us to enjoy. I never knew so much about a Sous Chef. If you were intrigued by what you experienced here today, please consider showing your support for this author by purchasing a copy of this book for yourself. And do NOT forget to enter the GIVEAWAY before you hop out. You have nothing to lose except your chance to WIN, so why not give it a go? I wish all who enter the best of luck!

I hope that you all enjoyed getting to know a bit about Ms. Warner and her book. Have a fantastic rest of the day and I will be seeing you all very soon! But until then ...


  1. Happy Wednesday! Thank you so much for featuring Bachelor's Special on your blog. I hope you get the chance to read Jill and Chet's story and that you enjoy their journey.

    And I'm thrilled you like the idea of foody romances...I enjoyed writing this one so much I hope to add more to my menu :)

    1. Thanks so much for being here! It was a pleasure getting to know about you and your book. I too hope to be able to read it soon. Please feel free to come back anytime!


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