Thursday, July 11, 2013

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour: Taste The Heat by Rachel Harris + #Giveaway (US/CA)

Rachel Harris is currently on tour for the release of TASTE THE HEAT, Bliss Entangled Imprint. Today she is answering some questions about her book, her writing and what's next.

WELCOME TO THE BLOG RACHEL!!!

Meet Rachel:
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 at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

Connect with Rachel: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




Jamie and Kati: Hi Rachel! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Rachel Harris: Hey there!! So glad to be here. Thanks for having me

J&K: Share 5 fun facts about yourself
RH: Okay, let’s see.
  1. I can play Mary Had A Little Lamb on the telephone (I have no musical skills other than that, but boredom + childhood + an addiction to the phone = discovery of this amazing talent).
  2. The first full sentence I ever spoke to my grandmother as a little kid was about Guiding Light. It was her favorite soap opera and I guess she thought I wasn’t paying attention or wouldn’t understand. Apparently, she was wrong.
  3. I interned at Entertainment Tonight in NYC when I was in college, and got to meet a ton of celebrities, including Heidi Klum in her underwear. Totally random thing to share but honestly, how many people can say that? For the record, it was a Victoria Secret commercial.
  4. I’m addicted to Dt. Mt. Dew. I cannot imagine writing, editing, or living my day-to-day life without this beautiful, wonderful, gift from above. Is that odd?
  5. I homeschool my girls and have been known to make up completely random, silly songs about whatever we’re learning…and it totally works. Of course, I also make up completely random, silly songs about muffins when the mood strikes.
J&K: What is TASTE THE HEAT about?
RH: Taste the Heat is about two people who say they don’t want love or believe in it, and them finding it together.

It’s about a fire captain (gotta love those men in uniform) who can cook (gotta love a man who knows his way around a kitchen), and a Cajun chef (warning y’all now, this book will make you hungry). It’s set in fictional Magnolia Springs, a fun, crazy, loving community patterned after the very real one I grew up in on the outskirts of New Orleans. I’m proud to be a New Orleanian, and this book is like my love letter to that area.

Colby Robicheaux grew up crushing hard on her older brother’s best friend, Jason Landry. He starred in every one of her childhood fantasies and filled the pages of her diary. And now, she’s all grown up. Jason’s a widowed dad to a preteen daughter who has no time to date, but when he sees the sexy chef judging the cooking competition he’s in, he can’t deny the sparks. Too bad he doesn’t recognize who she is. Flirting, sexiness, and hilarity ensues.

J&K: What is it that makes each hero and heroine perfect for each other?
RH: Jason is perfect for Colby because he’s been burned in the past, just like she was. He understands where she’s coming from. He’s not afraid to fight for what he wants, and thanks to their shared history, he knows how to do it. He’s strong, has a good heart, and is sexy as all get out. And honestly, who wouldn’t want a chance at their first love?

Colby is perfect for Jason because she makes him laugh. As a fire captain, gym owner, ninjitsu instructor, and single dad, he hasn’t done that in far too long. She has an instant connection to his daughter. She stirs up feelings he thought he buried years ago with his wife. I think that’s it in a nutshell—she flat out makes him feel again.

J&K: In one word, describe how you felt when you got “The Call”
RH: EEEEEPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!

J&K: For those not familiar with your books, which would you recommend they start with?
RH: This is my adult contemporary romance debut. My young adult debut, the time-travel fantasy My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, released last year, and the companion novel, A Tale of Two Centuries releases this August. Since it’s a companion novel, it can easily be read without having first read MSSSC.

As for what to start with, I guess it depends on what mood you’re in. If you want a straight up contemporary romance, I’d start with Taste the Heat. If you’re looking for a fun romp through a historical setting but with a modern day lens, I’d suggest My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. And if you’d like the flip of that, experiencing twenty-first century Beverly Hills through the eyes of a sixteenth-century girl, then I’d suggest A Tale of Two Centuries. In my ever so humble opinion (ha!), you can’t go wrong ;)

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals?
RH: I always make a story soundtrack. I listen to it when I’m driving, when I’m taking a shower, and whenever I get stuck and just need a break. I’m a plotter so I know where the story is going, and I choose songs that speak to the character arcs and my plot points, but so many times I’ll listen to that soundtrack and a story or scene idea will come.

I also never sit down to write without a full can of Diet Mt. Dew beside me!

J&K: What’s next for readers? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
RH: Up very next is the companion YA novel, A Tale of Two Centuries (this August). BUT, my current WIP is book 2 in the adult series, and it stars Colby’s sexy, tatted up and misunderstood bad boy big brother. Y’all, I’m so in love with this book! Look for Her Fake FiancĂ© this October

Lighting Round:

Alpha or Beta? Alpha with a beta heart
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow
Titled peer or Working man? Working man
Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer
Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
Past, Present or Future? Present
Writing or Reading? BOTH!! (sorry, cheat I know, but I seriously can’t go a day without reading or writing)
Paperbacks or e-books? E-books (love both but I’m addicted to that one-click lol)
Plotter or Pantser? Plotter
Author’s choice:

What I love about Jason Landry is that he’s kind of a trifecta of awesome: he’s a fire captain (man in uniform), who knows how to cook (yum!), and is awesome with kids (vulnerable side). What traits make up YOUR trifecta of awesome? Does it include any of the ones I listed?

J&K: Thanks Rachel for stopping by!
RH: Thanks for having me!!

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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?

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