Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Adrianne Lee and Kate Meader Visit, Plus Giveaways

Note: The winner of the copy of DELIGHTFUL is Linda L. Congratulations to Linda and thanks to all who entered the contest.

It’s my pleasure to be participating in not one, but two amazing blog events today – the DELIGHTFUL Blog Tour for author Adrianne Lee and author Kate Meader’s HOT AND BOTHERED Release Week Blitz.

Both ladies are joining us today to talk about their tantalizing releases and to offer awesome giveaways. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway details.
Delightful cover 
First, I’d like to welcome Adrianne Lee and tell you a bit about DELIGHTFUL, the latest installment in her fun Big Sky Pie Novel series.


        Ice Erickksen has "one-night stand" written all over him. Once he's finished shooting the Big Sky Pie reality show, this hot-as-hell TV producer is going to hightail it out of Montana and return to his glamorous life in L.A. But Ice gets into hot water when one of the goodies in the pie shop-a delightful blonde with marriage on her mind-burns up the camera lens.
         Andrea Lovette, the manager of the shop, always picks the bad boys. But after her divorce, she's determined to find the good family man that her two young sons deserve. Although Andrea's body sizzles whenever Ice is near, she knows in her heart that he's not marriage material. Then why does the bad boy still seem like such a good idea?

About Adrianne Lee:

Adrianne Lee lives with her husband of many, many years on the
beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in a pole barn building her husband transformed into an upstairs apartment with a shop below for his hot rods. 

Adrianne creates her stories on her laptop, in her recliner with her adopted cat, Spooky, curled between her calves, snoozing. Over thirty years of summer vacationing in the Flat Head Lake area near Kalispell and Glacier Park has given her a love for all things Montana.

For more on Adrianne and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

DELIGHTFUL is available at the following sites:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes


Now I’d like to welcome Kate and tell you a bit about HOT AND BOTHERED, the latest installment in her amusing Hot in the Kitchen series.

Hot and Bothered coverAbout HOT AND BOTHERED:

         Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . .           After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

About Kate Meader:

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass.

Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. 

For more on Kate and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

HOT AND BOTHERED is available at the following sites:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

As an extra bonus, Kate is sharing an excerpt from HOT AND BOTHERED:

     “Tip your chin up—yeah, just like that.” Click. “Now lean forward, lemme see those puppies.”
     “Lili,” came the slightly embarrassed reply. Jules.
     “Come on, don’t be shy. You have an amazing figure and—oh, perfect. Hold that.” Click.
     Tad’s heart thudded insanely fast. He crept a few inches forward until he had cleared the pillar with his gaze. Lili had her back to him, shielding her subject, but he got a very healthy view of shapely legs inadequately covered by something red and soft-looking.
     “You know, if you ever felt comfortable enough to go bare, I’d love to photograph you.”
     Jules snorted. “I can see Jack’s face now.”
     His cousin laughed. “We could insist he put it up in the dining room at Sarriette. He’d be so torn between wanting to encourage my art and being totally skeeved out.”
     Girly giggles ensued.
     My wild days are behind me,” Jules said on the downside of a laugh. “You wouldn’t believe some of the shenanigans I got up to back in London.” He heard her breathy sigh of reminiscence and strained to hear what salacious details might follow. This London version of Jules sounded like a woman he’d like to know.
     “Oh, yeah? Spill, girl.”
     “Well, there was one time I jumped in a fountain and stripped down to my—”
     “Hey, cuz,” Lili said to him, a sly smile quirking one corner of her mouth. “How long have you been there?”
     He patted the pillar he had just been leaning against/hiding behind like they were great pals. “Just got here.”
     Lili’s smile turned slyer. “Didn’t expect you.”
     “Do I need an excuse to come see my favorite cousin?” It came out a touch testy.
     “Not at all. I just thought you’d be busy stroking your Cabs and Pinots.”
     “Only do that on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Should I leave?”
     “No, we’re just finishing up.” Lili sat at her iMac and hooked up the camera with a cable.
     “All right?” Jules asked, almost shyly, as though they barely knew each other and in a way it felt like he was looking at her anew. The dress she wore was one he hadn’t seen before, a cherry-red, draped affair. One of those wrap-around deals that separated her breasts and flared over her waist. Not especially sexy but…
     In that dress, she looked like she should be running the PTA, then going down on her husband in the Subaru in the school parking lot. Thankfully, that was years off because Evan was just an ankle biter… unless she hooked up with some lonely widower who already had school-age kids. Damn, that was a real possibility. He bet those websites were crawling with lonely widower fathers.
     He was having problems catching his breath, a hitch that extended to his cock, which suddenly needed breathing room. To be perfectly honest, if Lili wasn’t there, he would be seriously considering unwrapping that dress and exploring the finely curved gift underneath. Jules stared back, probably wondering why he was ogling her like a just-released convict who hadn’t seen a woman during his fifteen and a third in the clink.
     “Hey,” he said, finally responding to her greeting of about ten minutes back. He diverted his eyes away from her breasts to a good twelve inches north. Women 101. They preferred when you looked at their faces.
     “Getting your photo taken?” he mumbled in a clear case of graduating summa cum laude from the School of the Freaking Obvious. His IQ had just dipped a hundred points.
     “Uh huh. For my profile.” She blushed, and that’s when he noticed that she was wearing a lot of eye make-up. The smoky, sexy eyes that you saw on magazine models. She had done something different with her hair, too. It was tousled, fuck-me hair.
     “My glamour shot, as Lili calls it,” she said with an eye roll. Can you believe what they’re trying to make me do?
     His body clenched and he willed it to relax. Her glamour shot. She may as well have painted a sign: Come All Takers, Get Your Hot Mama Here. Lord knew he was trying to stop staring at her but he couldn’t tear his eyes away from all those damn curves.
     “Is something wrong?” she asked.
     “No,” he snapped, and then softer, “It’s all good.”
     “I’ll just get changed,” she muttered, swaying away to the cover of an ornamental screen in the corner.
     He blinked to get his brain in the groove and made inane chitchat with Lili about the plans for Tony and Frankie’s wedding anniversary party. If his parents had still been here it would have also been their anniversary. The couples had married in a double wedding extravaganza thirty-five years ago. He shoved that to the back of his mind with the rest of the shit he had succeeded in burying.
     He was an absolute expert at it by now.
     Jules walked out from behind the screen, pulling up the zip of her sweatshirt, but not so fast that he missed the sweet swell of her breasts in something thin and stretchy. Come on!
     “Could I see how it came out?” she asked Lili as she set a suit bag over a chair.
     “Sure.” His cousin clickity-clicked her screen.
     Tad stole another glance at Jules. He couldn’t not look at her. A pearly pink glow had washed her cheeks and she looked so damn fine, he wanted to lick every inch of her. He turned back to the screen and what he saw wasn’t much better.
     She looked fucking gorgeous.
     Well, she always looked gorgeous, whether she was in baggy sweats or a frayed tee that had seen better days. Even when she looked like she was falling asleep on her feet, she never failed to look amazing to him.
     Now she looked amazing to the world.



As a part of Adrianne’s tour, she’s offering one print copy of DELIGHTFUL to a lucky visitor to Thoughts. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and no post office box addresses can be accepted.

To enter this giveaway, just answer the question below in the comments. Be sure to include a valid email address with your comment, if one is not available in your profile. “What is your favorite pie?” 

The deadline for entering the contest will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 14. The winner will be selected by Random.Org and I will notify the winner by email with the subject line ‘Thoughts in Progress Delightful.’ The winner will have 72 hours to respond to the email with their mailing information or to notify me they’ve already won the book elsewhere. If there isn’t a response in 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

BTW if you’d like extra entries in the giveaway, tweet about the giveaway (return and share the link), share it on Facebook (return and share the link) and pin it on Pinterest (return and share the link). 

Remember, answer the following question for a chance to win a copy of DELIGHTFUL: “What is your favorite pie?”

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  1. Hi Mason - two intrepid writers, with delicious looking foody novels with a lot of intrigue .. I bet they'll be fun reads ..

    Cheers to all of you - Hilary

    1. Hilary, these are fun reads. With all the food talk in each it's hard not to munch on snacks while reading. :)

      Cheers to you too.

    2. Thanks for commenting, Hilary.

  2. Hot and bothered while slathered in pie?
    Confession, I'm not much of a pie eater. But I'd say apple. Unless cheesecake counts since it's pie shaped.

    1. I don't know if cheesecake counts as a pie, but since they're so yummy and irresistible, cheesecake pie sounds good to me.

    2. Apple is the pie in DELIGHTFUL, Alex. Cheesecake isn't really pie, but maybe a cheesecake pie? hmmm.

  3. Favorite pie is blackberry which we don't get many of here in Texas. The pie on the cover looks delectable.

    1. Ann, blackberry pies are so good. Our blackberries haven't been that good lately here in Georgia, but after all this rain and snow no telling what the season will bring.

    2. Oooh, don't you just love a blackberry pie a la mode? Warm pie, cold ice cream, yummmm. Now I'm craving some.

  4. Adrianne and Kate, thanks for visiting Thoughts in Progress and sharing a look at both of your intriguing stories, plus the fun prizes. Wishing you both much success.

    1. Thanks for hosting us today!

    2. Thanks for hosting us today, Mason.

  5. Wonderful post today. My favorite pie is lemon pie. tart and refreshing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Fascinating and beautiful. A pie that I enjoy and is delectable is strawberry rhubarb pie. For the summer a delight. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. I am not a fan of rhubarb, but my hubby loves strawberry rhubarb pie. He likes it any time of year. I'd be up for some strawberry pie, though.

  7. These sound fun! Thanks for signing up for my cover reveal :)

  8. Best of luck to Adrianna and Kate. The pie question's a hard one but I'm going with banana cream.

    1. Thanks, LD. I haven't had a banana cream pie in ages. My grandmother used to make the best one ever. Wishing I had her recipe.

  9. Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciate it. The blog looks awesome.

  10. Key Lime is my favorite.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

    1. lag123, Nick in DELICIOUS smells like key lime pie. sooooo irresistible. :) Thanks for taking time to post.

  11. Delightful seems delightful :)


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