Welcome to Refreshingly Riki’s stop on the Blog Tour for Rachel Harris’ latest novel, TASTE THE HEAT! As you all I know, I absolutely adore Entangled Publishing, and this book is one of the latest from their wonderful Bliss line. I’m pleased to share with you today an opportunity to win a special gift basket, as well as an awesome interview with Rachel herself! Sit back and enjoy!
About TASTE THE HEAT:
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…
When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.
Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.
As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?
Interview with Rachel Harris:
Describe yourself in five words.
Enthusiastic, sincere, silly, blessed, tired (what can I say, I’m a homeschool mom/author *grin*)
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your writing career?
Surround yourself with other authors and people in the industry who both understand what you’re going through, and will lift you up when it gets hard. My favorite piece of advice to share is never stop learning.
What was your favorite part of writing TASTE THE HEAT?
Having an excuse to eat all my favorite foods!! Even though I grew up on them, I had to make sure I described them correctly, right? Actually, there’s a scene where my guy feeds my girl a delicious meal, but she’s blindfolded. My husband and I took the kids to one of our favorite local Cajun restaurants and ordered a bunch of yumminess, and proceeded to eat with our eyes closed, taking notes as we did on what things smelled like, and describing textures. My kids thought it was hilarious. The wait staff found us interesting. The other customers looked at us as if we’d completely lost our minds. 😉
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from TASTE THE HEAT?
I actually had my Flirt Squad girls help me with the casting and there were lots of great suggestions and ideas. For Colby, we chose Olivia Wilde
For Jason, we actually chose a yummy model,
but some actors that were discussed included Orlando Bloom and Sam Worthington.
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about TASTE THE HEAT?
That it’s my secret plan to make you gain ten pounds while reading….he he he. No, seriously, I do talk about food in there a lot, but in New Orleans, that’s what life is about. Food, family, and laughter. I hope I’m able to get a little of our culture across on page 😉
E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?
BOTH! Honestly, I buy a lot of e-books these days because it is a) so easy to bring a ton with me when I travel, run errands, get my nails done, etc.; and b) because I have zero patience and want to read what I want to read that very instant lol. BUT there’s something about seeing the books on my shelf, holding them, smiling as I look at the spines all lined up, that make me happy. Especially as a homeschool mom, I love having books everywhere in my house for my kids to see and pull out instead of flipping on the television. So some books I’ll buy e-book, others I’ll buy print, and my absolute favorites, I buy both!
What are you working on now?
I have soooo many books coming out in the next year! I just finished all the proofing on A Tale of Two Centuries, my YA companion novel to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, that’s coming out in August. I also just finished edits on a YA Romance series for Spencer Hill coming out next year, The Fine Art of Pretending.
Drafting, I’m working on book 2 in my adult Love and Games series, Her Fake Fiancé, which is Cane’s book (Colby’s brother). This book will be out later this fall. Book 3 comes out early next year. I also have book 3 in my YA series, My Not So Super Sweet Life, releasing this winter. Whew!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Just a huge thank you for all the support and enthusiasm this last year. My first book baby released last fall, and I’ve been blessed with the most amazing readers and fans who have become my friends during the journey. I read every single tweet, Facebook message, Goodreads message, email, and comment, and I cherish each one. There are so many fabulous books out there—I know, I’m a bookaholic myself—so to know that people are out there reading my books and taking the time to let me know? Yeah, I’m a very blessed girl.
Enter here to win a TASTE THE HEAT gift basket with a signed print copy (exclusive), book swag, a blindfold, a box of New ORleans Cafe du Monde beignet mix, a DVD of No Reservations, and a first edition of Playing With Fires: Firehouse Recipes and their Chefs.
About Rachel Harris:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.
A huge thank you to Rachel for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the amazing interview!