Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

Hi friends!

Just to shake things up, we're doing something different today. Taking part in a little "Blog Hop" designed to introduce readers to great new summer reads. And a few recipes as well. All YOU have to do is read the post, follow the links and enjoy! 

First, here's a few words about my summer release, Rescue Team:

Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life. 

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director. 

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing persons case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

Available now!

And now, here we go with the questions I was posed (prepare for a giggle at number 5):

1) When writing are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty? I'd like to pretend I'm not a snacker, but I do. Mostly coffee (decaf with almond milk), but sometimes crackers--don't look to closely at my keyboard. 

2) Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants? Are they real pants or jammies? As far as writing goes, I generally have what I like to call a "map" (the word outline--like the word math--gives me hives). I know the story's beginning middle and end, and the rest "flies" as the characters whisper to me. I rarely write in my jammies (except early morning blog posts). And right now I'm actually wearing a skirt--go figure.

3) When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it? (As proved by the content of this blog) I'm a passionate foodie. I'll grab recipes from the internet for ideas, then  make things up as I go along--very much like my writing style.

4) What is next for you after this book? The next book in my Grace Medical series, Life Support, releases next March. And I've just signed a contract for three more medical dramas--woot!

5) Last Question...on a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land? There's nothing lower than a one??  Seriously, I write inspirational medical romance, so the "steam" comes from folks running to the sounds of sirens and saving lives. Or maybe from some great fajitas they're enjoying on the San Antonio Riverwalk. There's some heart-stirring romance, but nothing that readers from teen to senior age can't enjoy equally--and I'm honored to share stories with both. 

Speaking of great Mexican food, here's one of the Calvert family's favorite summer salsas. Simple and yummy: 

Black Bean Salsa

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes, Mexican style (mild)
1 cup corn
1 can black beans/drained/rinsed
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 medium avocado, chunked
Salt, ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

And now, here is a link to another author friend participating in the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop. Head on over to this site and check out her book, answers to the questions, and recipe:

Kristen Ethridge

Until next time, happy reading and . . . Bon Apetit!


Unknown said...

I enjoyed learning more about you and then Krisen on her blog. :)

Between the Pages with Katrina said...

Loved learning more abt you and so looking forward to your upcoming series. :)

Connie Brown said...

Like the info on you and Kristen. Food is always a big part of life, glad you enjoy it like you do. How hard was it to go vegan?