Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's Cookin' Doc? Guest Author Richard Mabry

** CONGRATULATIONS to our giveaway winner, Rebecca Maney! And thank you all for stopping by and making Dr. Mabry feel welcome! *** Weds. April 10th, 8: 37 AM.

Today it's my great pleasure to host Dr. Richard Mabry, a fellow medical fiction author--and the very first man to venture into this foodie-author cyber kitchen. Okay, everyone, all together:

"Welcome! And . . . What's cooking, Doc?"

Candace, it’s a pleasure to tie one on with you—tie on an apron, that is. The problem, though, is that an apron is sort of uncharted territory for me. Frankly, my cooking is generally limited to coffee, eggs done in the microwave (recipe below), soup, and PB & J sandwiches. I, and many of my medical school classmates, subsisted on a diet like that for years. Thank goodness I’m now married to a woman who cooks, and cooks well.

Here’s a scene from my forthcoming novel, Stress Test. In it, attorney Sandra Murray brings Dr. Matt Newman home from the hospital after he’s undergone surgery for a severe head injury. How did I know what she’d find in a bachelor doctor’s kitchen? It’s pretty much the same as in a medical student’s apartment. Been there, done that, got the dirty dishtowel to prove it.

“Are you going to be able to make it on your own?” she asked. “Is there a friend or relative we can call to stay with you until you get your strength back?”

Matt waved away the offer. “I’ll be fine. Thanks, though.”

Sandra made no move to leave. “Why don’t I fix some lunch for you? At least let me do that.”

Over Matt’s protest, Sandra made her way to the kitchen, where she found that Matt’s cupboard was about as full as Old Mother Hubbard’s. The refrigerator held a quart of milk that was out of date and a few bowls that served as Petri dishes for the mold covering their contents. The food in the cabinet would have been sufficient had she wanted to feed Matt dried cereal full of weevils or a can of soup with saltines that had lost their crunch.

She tossed the cereal and crackers into the trash, poured the milk down the sink, and marched back to the living room. “I’m taking you out for lunch...”

Will Matt ever get a decent meal? For that matter, will he find out who’s trying to kill him before they finish the job? Will he be arrested for the murder he’s alleged to have committed? Sorry, but you’ll have to read Stress Test to answer these questions.

If anyone really wants to know the secret to “Eggs McMabry,” here’s my recipe for this quick, on-the-go breakfast: Start an English muffin toasting. Spray a ramekin or small bowl liberally with Pam or other cooking oil. Break one or two eggs into the bowl and whisk with a fork. Cover with waxed paper and microwave until done (about 45 sec. per egg in my microwave).

Salt and pepper the cooked eggs, loosen with fork and slide onto the muffin, wrap in a napkin, pour coffee in a travel mug, and you’re out the door, breakfast in hand.

Thanks for having me here, Candace. I appreciate the opportunity to visit your new blog site, and am delighted to be writing medical fiction alongside a talented professional such as you.
For those who can’t get enough of me, my website is here (where you can read a sample of Stress Test) and my blog here. And, in case anyone is interested, you can purchase my latest novel of medical suspense, Stress Test, by clicking here or shopping at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookseller.
Thank you, Richard. And, friends, I've had the opportunity to read (and heartily endorse!) this exciting new medical suspense story, and have no doubt that you're going to love it.

Now, as an extra treat, Dr. Mabry's publisher has generously offered to provide a copy of Stress Test as a book giveaway. ** This will be limited to US entrants only** And we'd appreciate it if the winner would be willing to offer a review and/or mention the book on social networks--as always, this is so very helpful during the launch of a new book!

Please leave a comment below, including an e-mail contact, and I'll draw a winning name (via Random.Org) on Wednesday, April 10th.

Good luck, happy reading . . . and Bon appetit!


SusanShanks said...

Looks great! Looking forward to reading Stress Test as I eat it.

Winter Austin said...

Ahh, I love making those type of egg sandwiches. In a pinch I'll use homemade bread.

Kelli Jo said...

Sounds like a VERY interesting read!! And I think I'll have to try the egg recipe. ;)

Wilma said...

Think I'll try the eggs and the book.
I like all of his books so far.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to everyone for their comments, and for the nice words. When Candace asked me to do this, I said to myself, "I don't cook." But since this is the kind of thing bachelor medical students learn in a hurry, thought I'd share it.
Candace, appreciate letting me "scrub in," and also your nice endorsement of Stress Test.

Mocha with Linda said...

I'll have to show this recipe to my girl - quicker than scrambling an egg!

Love the book! I started to say don't enter me but I'd love to have a "real" book instead of an ARC!

Nancee said...

What a wonderful blog post and feature. Thanks for sharing and offering a copy of "Stress Test." I love medical fiction. I worked in West Michigan's largest health care system, so I'm looking forward to reading this book!

Mattie Piela said...

As a retired nurse I've been able to enjoy books in the medical genre. I've read all of your so far and have enjoyed them.

Norma Wampler said...

My family has been warned that I will be reading it in one sitting as soon as it is available.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Love mystery and medical together.Connie

karenk said...

I will have to try your egg recipe...thanks for sharing :)

And thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Gram said...

I'm looking forward to finding your other books as well. Dee
grammyd01 (at) comcast (dot) net

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks for all the nice words about my novels. Wish everyone could win. And to whomever does, hope you enjoy Stress Test. As I'm fond of saying, "If you like it, tell others. If you don't, tell me so I can improve the next one." And, by the way, there's another book ready for release this October, and I'm just finishing yet another, scheduled for spring 2014. The fun never stops, does it?

Library Lady said...

We have Richard's books in the church library. I would love to add his newest one to our collection.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so & I'll be glad to spread the word about his book too.
Janet E.

CandaceCalvert said...

I'm so enjoying all of your comments. And Richard, I'm very glad to hear that there are 2 more books in the works. Yay!

Lynne Suggs said...

Thanks for sharing! Love your books and Candace's books! It seems all I can do right now is read and it helps pass the time!
Lynne Suggs

Michelle Prince Morgan said...

Love both of ya'll books. Can't wait to read Stress Test.

Melinda Lancaster said...

This was a very enjoyable post. Love that you both shared from the kitchen. I'm more like Richard, despite being a woman, but working on my cooking skills.

I made chili last night that is edible which proves it is never too late to learn something new. :-)

I, also, enjoy both of your books. They are a pleasure to read and pass on to friends.

Thanks for sharing your gifts with us...including the egg recipe.

Donna said...

I have read other books by Dr. Mabry and enjoyed them. Look forward to a new one!

Rebecca Maney said...

I really enjoy Richard Mabry books and would love to read STRESS TEST sooner rather than later!

CandaceCalvert said...

Congratulations to our book giveaway winner, Rebecca Maney! Thank you all for stopping by.