I have followed Julia ever since we first met, online, about a year ago. We've met for lunch and coffee several times. We've shared the highs and lows of writing, having our children grow up and get married. We spent a particularly fun afternoon in San Francisco with an editor, who will remain nameless. One would have to say it was a day from hell, right out of one of our books. But that's a story for another time. Julia and I can only laugh today about it. It would be the stuff of a good murder mystery: two writers wanting to kill the same editor...
I love her sense of humor. Her writing style is fluid and compelling. There is always something just around the bend that makes me laugh. Something unexpected. You can tell when a writer really loves their craft. And Julia clearly does.
So, here's the blurb and an excerpt for Beauty and the FEAST. I hope that you will, like me, follow this great writer as she splashes words across the sky. She's traveling today, so may not pop in until Saturday to respond to your kind remarks. But she will. She's dedicated to her readers, and other authors who are lucky enough to know her.
Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who's all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He's not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe's voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?