Winner of the Louisa Edwards giveaway!

Hot Under PressureWow! What a lot of comments we had on my interview with Louisa Edwards!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, and to the lovely Louisa for answering my questions.

The lucky winner of HOT UNDER PRESSURE is…Cindy A!

Cindy, send me an email with your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Everyone, this week you can win Catherine Mann’s latest military romantic suspense – just leave a comment on her guest post about being married to the military for your chance to win.

Interview with Louisa Edwards – & giveaway!

Louisa EdwardsContemporary romance novelist Louisa Edwards is one of the romance community’s rising stars—a status she’s cemented with the release of her latest novel, Hot Under Pressure, which is the last in the Rising Star Chef series.

Louisa’s books are smokin’ hot, but more than just delivering high-quality romance novels, she also gives readers delicious recipes. And, having met her in person and hung out with her online for a long while, I can also tell you she’s a wonderfully warm, funny woman—qualities which shine through her writing.

She’s giving one commenter a copy of Hot Under Pressure (see details below). I’m so happy to welcome her here today. Welcome, Louisa!

Thank you so much for having me! And for the lovely introduction. I’m thrilled to be there!

1. Beck, the hero of your latest release Hot Under Pressure, is a mysterious man throughout the series. How much of his story did you have worked out when you started writing the first in the series, or did he reveal himself slowly to you just as he did to his workmates?

Hot Under PressureActually, I knew almost nothing about Beck when I started the first book, other than that he was going to be the hero of the third book. There was a period where I was just like Win, the curious, gossipy line cook who spends a lot of time speculating about Beck’s background. Was he an ex-con? In witness protection? An exiled prince of some foreign land?

But it didn’t take very long to figure out that Beck, super disciplined, focused, loyal, used to cooking for large crowds—Beck was in the military. Until I introduced Skye in SOME LIKE IT HOT, however, I didn’t know the rest of his history…

2. Your first series—Recipe for Love—has very sweet, slightly suggestive covers. Your current series features drool-inducing abs and chests. What’s your favorite cover?

Honestly, my favorite is HOT UNDER PRESSURE, with TOO HOT TO TOUCH a close second. I just adore those guys, the colors, and the kitchen backgrounds.

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Contemporaries to covet in March – and giveaway!

At the beginning of every month this year, I’m telling you about a couple of upcoming contemporary romance novels worth coveting. These are books I really, really want to read, or have read early copies of and can highly recommend.

And if you tell me about a contemporary romance novel being published in March that you’re looking forward to, you could win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND the author. (Giveaway details at the end of this post.)

This month, I’m highlighting a book I’ve read and one I haven’t yet.

Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards

Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling “Rising Star Chef” trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.

Hot Under PressureHenry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.

Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.

336 pages
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date:
27 March

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Winner of the Louisa Edwards giveaway!

Too Hot to TouchThanks to everyone who commented on my interview with Louisa Edwards! The lucky winner of Too Hot to Touch is…Joyce Zahariades!

You also win a copy of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Joyce, email me your mailing address and phone number (which Amazon needs) at romancingkatrina [at] gmail [dot] com (and, just to warn you, I’m traveling to northern Kenya tomorrow so don’t worry if it takes me a few days to respond to your email).

For those of you who didn’t win, make sure you leave a comment on my interview with Rose Lerner. Her Regency romances are awesome!

Interview with Louisa Edwards – and giveaway!

Louisa EdwardsLouisa Edwards is one of my all-time favorite  contemporary romance novelists. Her debut, Can’t Stand the Heat, was released just two years ago, but her sexy chefs and sassy heroines immediately catapulted her to the top of my auto-buy list.

Louisa joins me today as part of my Hearts and Minds giveaway – where you can win books that appeal to your heart and mind. She’s giving away a signed copy of her latest release, Too Hot to Touch, which has the most YOWZA! cover I’ve seen in a long time! She’s also giving away a set of romance trading cards featuring the Rising Star Chef characters.

Giveaway details are below the interview!

1. Welcome, Louisa! First off, what draws you to contemporary romance?

I love the immediacy and relatability of working in the real world, and I’ve found that my voice as a writer works best with modern language and dialogue. And I enjoy worldbuilding when I can use the building blocks of a world that already exists, like the world of professional restaurant kitchens—if I had to figure out my own rules of magic and the paranormal, it would be a disaster!

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