Saturday, December 30, 2006

Minor Holidays

I am enjoying my last few days of slackiness, and got to pondering... I love holiday books. But then, those usually are thought of as Christmas. Well, I did a Christmas (Cooking Up A Storm) and Thanksgiving (Just One Spark). Maybe that is my thing. Maybe I write holiday books. Hmmm. April Fools? New Years? Halloween? 4th of July? Valentines?

So those are my 5 books this year, but then they aren't. I write for a UK publisher, and they don't do Halloween there, poor souls. Doubt they fancy 4th of July either. Well, ain't that just great.

I'm reading Kimora Lee Simmon's Fabulosity, and she does a great bit on building your brand. Which is so not me, I mean, I don't have that kind of energy to put on a persona. But if I did, I think I would be a Hooray for Holidays girl. The book is actually empowering, too bad her hub decided to announce he had a mistress before his wife's book came out. Classy.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

3 more days of indulgence

Am I the only one eyeing the new year as an opportunity for change? I want to be more organized in the new year, hopefully more productive and profitable as well. I want BabyBoy potty trained (yes, even I am bored of this topic) and BigBoy reading (though I think he may be holding out on me). I want to start dating HubbaBubba againg because he truly is adorable. peas?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Why isn't it snowing?

It should either snow or the sun should shine at the holidays. Either way, we can get outside and play. Rain is not condusive to outside activities, in fact, it is the main cause of cabin fever. Especially in small boys. Enough said.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Elf Yourself!

Watch me DANCE!

Why is it that sometimes the silliest things can make you laugh?

Friday, December 22, 2006

At Home Vacations

I am LOVING this take a vacation bit. Reading up a storm. Doing fun things with the kids. Actually having complete conversations with HubbaBubba...AND sleeping in my own bed! Really, we should do this more often. Not just the me not working bit, but the day trip parts. We're lucky enough to live in the middle of the ocean and the mountains. Time to start taking advantage of it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dreams & Desires

Reviews are starting to come in for the Dreams & Desires charity anthology I participated in. So far, so goo for my story, THE FOREST FOR THE TREES.

Ms. Bayley-Burke shows a flair for drama as the reader wonders what the outcome will be of this situation. - CK2s Kwips & Kritiques

Jenna Bayley-Burke brings us a short but sweet tale of happy ever after, from a misunderstanding gone awry, leaving us with a warm heartfelt smile on our face. - Sensual Reads

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

My website is down

It appears I am over bandwidth, and while I do not know what that means, the web-help says the site should reset the following day. Which it did not. I tell ya, Bravenet is not making me happy. Not one bit.

My kids seem to be in the same holiday spirit as Bravenet. The big one refuses to nap, the little one refuses to use the potty. My oh-so-fun lethargy issues are back, which makes all of this worse. Bring on January!

My mind is starting to swirl, andticipating writing the next book. Which I have decided to plot, and then write out of sequence. Must keep myself on my toes. But not until Jannuary. I am on vacation!

**update...the website is out until January 1. Got to LOVE Bravenet. NOT!**

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My reading binge

Abby Blake is trying to make everyone happy - her two adult daughters, her friends, her clients - until she realizes she isn't. Happy that is. Frustrated and fed up, she decides to go on strike, trying to light a fire under her family to solve things on their own.

Sulking in the spare room is doing nothing for her, so Abby hitches a ride on her daughter's father-in-law's plane, thinking she'll spend the weekend in Chicago...but she ends up in Paris! Out of her element she is forced to concentrate on herself and what makes her happy...which surprisingly enough is the man she thought she couldn't stand!

Nikki Rivers' The Christmas Strike will resonate just as deeply in July as it does at this time of year. Treat yourself to this fast-paced, emotional without being over the top, and tons of fun story of looking for yourself and finding everything you ever wanted.

Jane Demeo has been hiding behind her shapeless clothes and stutter for far too long. Determined to prove to her co-workers at the advertising agency, and herself, she can give a presentation without stuttering, she asks her friend for advice. The elderly actress has the perfect solution...invent a character who does not stutter.

Modeling her character after a cat at the shelter she volunteers at, Jane transforms into sexy Sasha. The character works well in presentations, but Jane is uncomfortable with the attention her sexed-up persona receives, until she catches the eye of her boss.

What a fun story of love requited. Well thought out characters and well researched. With Her Wildest Dreams Emily McKay shows why she's become so popular with so many Harlequin lines.

Blame Trish!

She tagged me with one of these things. She'll blame Donna, but still. I've done this now I am getting to things I'd rather forget.

Four jobs I've had: bagger
2. contact lens polisher
3. secret shopper
4. make-up merchandiser
Four places I've lived:
1 Los Gatos, California
2 Albany, Oregon
3 Beaverton, Oregon
4 Springfield, Oregon
Four favorite foods:
1 chocolate
2 ice cream
3. cheesecake
4. chocolate cheesecake ice cream
Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. uh
2. have I mentioned
3. the last movie I saw was
4. My Big Fat Greek wedding?
TV shows I enjoy:
1. Survivor (go Yul!)
2. Real World
3. Dirtiest Jobs
4. Deadliest Catch
Four places I've traveled:
1. Mexico
2. Carribean
3. Chicago
4. Oregon Coast
Four places I'd like to visit:
1. Europe
2. Australia
3. Greek Islands
4. Vancouver, BC
Four websites I go to daily:
1. e-harlequin
2 The Pink Heart Society
3. Romance Divas
4. various friends' blogs

Four people tagged:
I am too kind to tag. Yes, I am. I can be kind. Can to. It's been known to happen when I am plied with chocolate.

Monday, December 18, 2006

What does a year add up to?

In terms of books read?
140 Books - 19 classics, 1 fic, 52 non-fic, 68 romance, 39 Harlequin (12 Blaze, 5 NEXT, 12 MX, 2 Temptation, 7 Presents, 1 Romance)

In terms of novel submissions?
42 subs, 28 rejections, 1 sale, 1 agent, 8 pending, 5 contests (2 finals)

In terms of short story subs?
59 submissions, 39 rejections, 1 contest win, 12 pending, 3 published on websites, 5 contracted

I am so glad I get to clear the books for next year :) I'm hoping I contract at least 2 novels next year...and 5 more short stories.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Saturday Surprise - Sexy Men for Hanukkah

I've rounded up the sexiest Jewish men I can find as my Hanukkah gift to the Pink Heart Society. Check it know you want to!

Friday, December 15, 2006

BOOM went the wind and OUT went the light!

Sometimes life gets in the way of your best intentions. I SHOULD be done with the first draft of these re-writes today, but alas, half a scene to go. Last night the power went off during my evening write time, and I had to help comfort the kids instead of draining my battery to get the book done.

Now, my evening write time will be spent amongst kiddos at Chuck E Cheese. I wanted to get it done today, let it sit tomorrow, do a read through on Sunday, and have it in the lovely editors inbox on Monday morning. I'm no longer so hopeful.

I want to get done with it...I want to get back to my reading binge. Leslie Kelly's Asking For Trouble is right here on my desk...mocking me.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

What's The Best Book You Read This Year?

Over on the eHarlequin 100 Book Challenge, they asked us to pick the best three books we read this year. Now that is HARD to do. I narrowed my options by sticking to romance, but it was still difficult. Here are the 3 that came to mind first:

Open Invitation by Karen Kendall - Hysterical...and thought provoking without being pushy.
Wife For A Week by Kelly Hunter - She took me to Hong Kong for New Years! You MUST read this one for that alone!
Can You Keep A Secret by Rose Middleton :: I love the Christmas in July/Secret Santa set-up...and Australia in winter.

What was the best book you read this year?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

5 Stars!

The Cooking Up A Storm review from CataRomance went up today...and it was 5 stars! Quite exciting for me.

This is my first story by Jenna Bayley-Burke. I enjoyed her smooth style of writing and her ability to bring the hero and heroine to life. I know I will be looking for more stories written by this very talented author. --CataRomance

It's the eHQ Open House!

Look at the gifts I've placed under the tree, around the menorah...whatever...

Kate Hardy brought a gift as well...
what are you waiting for? Scoot!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Coming SOMEDAY from Wild Rose Press

I contracted two more stories for The Wild Rose Press!

How About Tomorrow - Sweetheart Rose Rosette
In Silhouette - English Tea Rose Rosette
Dream Ring - Last Rose of Summer Rosette
If We Listened - Last Rose of Summer Rosette

I love short stories! I wonder...if I collect enough Rosette's, maybe they'll let me bundle them together as a collection!

Monday, December 11, 2006


As I lament about my aching neck and shoulders (yes, I am doing my stretches, they STILL hurt.) I'm pondering how a book evolves as you write it. Cinderella, the book I am rewriting, started as my homage to everything I love about category. This is my most alpha hero ever, I created a private island, worked in references to classic literature...wait that's for me...

I made it through chapter 4...all the way to the chapter I need to add. I'm thinking dream sequence. I need some nooky in my books as a reward. As soon as I get a solid chunk of time this book will be revised! Now...where did I put that time? No, not on this shelf...and who put this empty jug of minutes back in the fridge!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Romance Short Story Markets

I love short stories, especially romance. Nothing can put a smile on your face faster than a happy ending. However, there aren't a plethora of places for romantic shorts. Harlequin recognizes how powerful a great short story can be, and so periodically runs contests to search out the best one. but what to do if your story didn't fit their needs? Before you shove it under the bed, try a few other markets like:

Woman's World (US)
The People's Friend (UK)
My Weekly (UK)
Woman's Day (Australia)

The Wild Rose Press

Flash Me Magazine
Romance Central
Espresso Fiction
Wild Child Publishing

The Australian Women's Weekly/Penguin Books short story contest 2007

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Rewriting progress!

I'm through the first few chapters, having redone the first...and I like it better! That has to be a good omen! My marriage of convenience was dubbed to cliche for the line I write for, so I had to lose it...but doing so really spunked up the heroine! She's uber-emotional, so she is tons of fun to write anyway, but that first chapter makes me smile!

First 3 chapters...done! Onwards!

Friday, December 08, 2006


Romance Divas gave Cooking Up A Storm 5 Kisses!

With Cooking Up a Storm, Jenna Bayley Burke brings readers a hot and sensual romance full of the flavor of love – a little spicy, a little sweet, and very fulfilling... Witty dialogue and sizzling love scenes are skillfully woven into the book, each one full of emotion and purpose.
Without a doubt, Cooking Up a Storm is a book to treasure.
I'm in love...What a fantastic review!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

20 things about Christmas?

I've been tagged to do this, and since I don't usually DO Christmas I thought I could bow out...but seeing as we have a tree and all...

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Brandy f-i-l makes them with ice cream. Ohmigawsh. So good.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Oh...I can do that? Good idea! For Hanukkah we wrap.
3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white? Colored. M&M novelty lights.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? I would if I could find any.
5. When do you put your decorations up? First weekend in December
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Fudge.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: The years we did both Christmas & Hannukah. Any excuse for a party or a present, I say
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Yeah...see I have to bow out on this one.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Pajamas, so we'll look cute in the Christmas photos.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? The boys used Hubba Bubba's decorations from when he was a kid. There are way more than fit nicely on the tree, but they don't care. BigBoy even used some of his money to buy a garland for the tree! Too cute!
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? We wish for it every year...unless we have to go somewhere. Snow is great for just-stay-home days.
12. Can you ice skate? No.
13. Do you remember your favourite gift? Um...BigBoy made me a sleigh out of popsicle sticks last year. Poor Hubba. He tries, but is very practical with gifts.
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Trying to make memories for the boys so they'll be more interesting when they fill out these things.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?I told you, Fudge.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Hmmm. We do a Swedish Christmas Eve with part of Hubba's family that I think is a great tradition for the boys. Hubba's Grandma always did it, and so he won't miss it!
17. What tops your tree? The gawdiest star. Seriously. It would win an ugly tree topper contest. But it lights up, which is improtant to the boys.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Giving. As witnessed by all the things my boys are getting. Christmas & Hannukah. It's party central here!
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Hanukkah O Hanukkah...Jingle Bells
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Gross.

20 Things About Hanukkah

1. Chanukah or Hanukkah? I'm a fan of Hanukkah, but I have been known to Hannukah.
2. Latkes : applesauce or sour cream? Sour cream.
3. How many menorahs in your house? Just the one, but Big Boy is pushing for his own.
4. How much have you lost at dreidel? An entire bag of peanut m&m's
5. Do you wrap Hanukkah gifts? Of course!
6. How do you decorate for Hanukkah? Window stickers, placemats, towels...if it is gawdy, odds are I have it.
7. What is your favorite Hanukkah treat? sufuganyot (jelly doughnuts)
8. Ever wished you had Christmas instead? Not since learning Santa wasn't bringing the gifts.
9. Favorite Hannukah memory :: BigBoy's first Hanukkah he had a visit from most his unlces on different night sof Hannukah. It was grand.
10. Do you like when Hanukkah falls early or late in December? late, especially if it overlaps with Christmas.
11. Favorite Hanukkah gift? Honestly, I buy them myself now and say look what you got me, honey?
12. Your menorah : oil, candle, or electric? Candles.
13. Favorite Hanukkah song? Hanukkah oh Hanukkah
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Trying to make memories for the boys so they'll be more interesting when they fill out these things.
15. Gelt : cash or chocolate? Sadly, chocolate.
16. What is your favorite Hannukah tradition? Reading the story of Hanukkah to the kids so they can realte the ritual to the history.
17. Hanukkah or Christmukkah? Please. Hanukkah. There is no such thing as a Hanukkah bush.
18. SNL fave: Hanukkah Harry or Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song? The Hanukkah song, original version.
19. Do you cheat at dreidel? Not with kids.
20. Latkes: potato or vegetable? Potato. Anything else is uncivilized.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Married in a Rush by Julie Cohen

When flirtatious Joanna Graham spies sexy Bruno Deluca in an art museum, the spontaneous drama teacher thinks he is more beautiful than the art around them. When the handsome stranger takes her hand and leads her into a broom closet, she thinks he is the perfect answer to her summer of boredom. Until he turns her world upside down.

Jo is all for being impulsive, but when the pregnancy test comes back positive, she realizes a baby is something she should plan for with her partner in crime. Bruno hasn’t called since their marathon night together, but she thinks telling him is the right thing to do, until he proposes marriage!

Bruno keeps Jo racing and twirling until she doesn’t know how she feels, let alone what they should do about it. Smart, sexy, and brilliantly romantic, this is a story sure to lift anyone’s spirits. With every turn of the page, you are drawn to these passionate characters until you want to cheer along with the crowd at the happy ending. All I have to say is…you mean I have to wait until February for her next book?!? Drat.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

Weeds, Seeds & Avocado Salad...aka Cameron's demise


Lauren knew how to tease a man insane. Everything about her tonight seemed to be trying to seduce him, even the promise of getting whatever he wanted in return for tasting her food. Since the flow of air through the dining room felt like her caress on his skin, no doubt the salad, a strange concoction of weeds, seeds, avocado and oranges, was charged with the same sexual energy.

She couldn’t expect him to eat and talk at the same time. He pushed the salad around with his fork, hoping to make it look like he’d eaten as he tried to keep the conversation at the table flowing. But he felt the weight of her narrowed gaze, though he avoided it since he saw the challenge she set in front of him. Avoided her and the golden wrap dress she’d donned. It tied with a sash, making him wonder if he untied it, would the whole thing would fall away?

To keep sane, he focused on work. Far easier to understand the motivations of the attorney, professor, former CEO, and the two men trying to convince them all no better investment existed than using recycled restaurant grease to fuel automobiles.

“We’re turning an environmental burden into a conservation benefit.” Even in a suit, Henry Moss looked like a college senior who’d rolled out of bed and jumped into the only thing clean left.

“But this is currently a niche market. I can’t power my car with cooking oil.” He speared what looked like an orange and hoped for the Moss would delve into the sales pitch long enough for him to take a few bites. Avocado first. It would melt in his mouth.

“With the slightest adjustments, it can. Making those adjustments available to everyone is what we provide.” Moss’ partner, John Pratt barely looked more presentable with his shaggy hair and fuzzy goatee.

“But what kind of traction can you show?” Dean Walters laid his fork across a clean plate and leaned back in his chair. The man had acted as smug as befit a former CEO of the largest vehicle manufacturer in the country.

“For our size, we have generated significant revenue.” Moss said, leaning forward. “Our profits will be exponential. The more people who take on the responsibility of alternative fuels, the higher the demand, and the easier they are to access.”

“It’s admirable gentlemen.” Professor Volk laid his napkin next to his empty plate. “We all wish consumers would be environmentally accountable for their choices. But Americans go for cheap and easy. The gas station on the corner is simply more convenient than the one alternative fueling station in the metro area. There are many fuel alternatives – ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, fuel cell, electricity, methanol, and the list goes on. You have a double challenge, getting people to choose biodiesel, and choose your method.”

To keep from answering the question himself, Cameron shoved and orange section into his mouth. Except it had to be the most acidic, bitter orange he’d ever tasted. Swallowing it down he realized it wasn’t an orange, but a grapefruit. Leave it to Lauren to find the one fruit he detested to make him look like a finicky eater.

Pratt cleared his throat. “What we are offering is ease and economy, a way to convert a consumer’s existing car into a more efficient model. It’s an investment that pays them back in just over a year for the average person, sometimes as quickly as six months for commuters and sales people who rack up the mileage.”

Lauren stood, collecting the plates. Everyone else was as enthralled by the debate as he should be, if he weren’t so distracted by Lauren. He had two options to get his focus back at dinners. Either end the arrangement now, or sleep with her to take the edge off. Really, he had no choice at all.

1 avocado sliced
1 grapefruit, supremed Reserve the juice (or use the pre-sectioned grapefruit in the deli case)
1 orange, supremed. Reserve the juice (or use a can of mandarins, discard the water)
2 T pine nuts, toasted
1 bag pre-washed Mesclun mix

Toss the sliced avocado in the citrus juices. In a large bowl toss together all ingredients. That's it! There's no dressing to this salad. The ingredients meld so well there is no need!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I'm in Australia!

Well, my book is. Just One Spark is on sale now! Someday I will make it there. This time of year, too. I want a piece of their summertime!

AND...Cooking Up A Storm is sold out on Mills & Boon. Maybe all this promo is paying off!

The Coffee Time Review of Cooking Up A Storm is up. " intense and steamy romance that will have you on the edge of your seat." 4 cups again! I'm on a roll with them!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Cooking Up A Storm excerpt

Cameron Price preferred to sit on the sidelines at parties and watch everyone else show their colors. But tonight, he was the one on show, the one under everyone’s microscope. He’d barely unpacked his suitcases, could hardly make it into the office without getting lost, and he already had to put on a show for the team of people who probably all thought they should have been given his job.

He stood on the landing and leaned over the railing, taking in the view of the downstairs. Come For Dinner catering earned every penny, no matter what they charged him. The house looked better than he’d ever seen it. Sonja Anders had decorated everything in white. Sterile, stark, cold. Now the rooms were washed in warm light, red scarves covering the lampshades and adding to the ambiance.

It was intimate, without being romantic. Classic, without being feminine. Everything he needed it to be. A weight lifted from him as he descended the stairs. He liked that it looked different, not wanting to seem like junior filling in for the old man.

The change in lighting, red pillows and throws on the couches, lush green plants in shiny silver pots, and little vases overflowing with red roses lining the dining room table and scattered on every other open surface made a statement. Saying to all who entered he was here to make his mark on the company. He’d never let on it really meant he’d gotten lucky when he hired a caterer.

At the base of the staircase he checked his watch. Ten minutes until the party started, guests would be arriving any minute. He wiped his damp palms against the gray wool of his slacks and closed his eyes, enjoying the solitude while he could.

A warm force plowed into his chest, opening his eyes with a start. He gripped the whirlwind by her slim shoulders and looked into her large round eyes framed by long blonde eyelashes. He couldn’t help but grin at the startled look in that gold flecked green gaze. Without letting her go, he pulled back taking in the smattering of freckles crossing her button nose, the long strawberry blonde hair pulled tight into a braid, and the milky skin of her shoulders, bare but for the thin spaghetti straps of her gauzy black dress. He blinked hard, bringing himself out of shock and dropped his hands, running one through his hair.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t realize anyone had arrived yet.” Cameron looked about the room for her date, but saw no one. She looked vaguely familiar, but both of the female executives invited were old enough to be this woman’s mother. “Who did you come with?”

An impish grin played on her pouty pink lips. She held out her hand. “I’m Lauren Brody, with Come For Dinner catering.”

“Oh. I apologize for assuming.” Stupid ass. Caterers could be pretty and well dressed. “I just never expected…wait, have we met?”

Her head jerked back and she gasped, her hand pressing against her stomach. Then just as quickly as she reacted, she calmed. “No we haven’t been introduced. But I’ve catered parties for the Anders’.” Her voice was breathy, almost to the point of a whisper.

“Have you decorated this way before?” His stomach sank. He’d look like a Bob Anders clone, the king of suck-ups.

“No.” She shook her head. “Mrs. Anders had her own sense of style. But I assumed since you had so little time to organize the dinner, you wouldn’t have time to decorate as well. It’s a service we provide for many of our single male clients.”

He quirked an eyebrow. “How did you know I was single?” And did she care?

“I asked your assistant. I needed to know if you would have a date for the evening, for the seating arrangements.”

He nodded furiously. Right, seating arrangements. Couldn’t just tell people to plop down wherever at a formal dinner. Thank goodness Lauren had him covered on that end. For two years Sonja Anders had been gently reminding him he should have a wife, but lately her approach grew more direct. As in blatantly telling him he couldn’t handle his new position without a wife. As if he had the time or energy to devote to a relationship.

Sonja Anders was obviously wrong. He didn’t need a wife, just Come For Dinner catering.

“If you’d like,” Lauren began, “I could give you a run through of how the night will go.” She crossed the room, turning on the stereo and picking up butane lighter from an end table. Cameron had to smile as the sounds of Pink Martini filled the large room.

“Isn’t that a little loud?”

“You want it just a smidge to loud at the beginning. Nothing is worse than stepping into a silent house. Gets the social swirl moving. Do you like it? I have six CDs in the rotation if it’s not your style.”

“No, I’m a fan. The founder went to Harvard, so they’re pretty big back there.”

“You went to Harvard?” Cameron nodded. “Impressive. And a relief. I started with Sympathique, but Hang On Little Tomato is disc five.”

Cameron liked her before, but with eclectic tastes in music mirroring his own, she was dancing in dangerous territory. If he had time, or cared to risk his reputation with trying a relationship, she’d be an option. But showing his vulnerability to the world was not.

“I’ll turn it down as we start serving cocktails. Raspberry Martinis, and of course, Chivas for Mr. Anders. We’ll be serving potato crisps with a caviar dip.” She slid about the room lighting candles. Did she know he needed to romance the team into trusting him?

“For dinner I’ll lower the volume more. Anita Baker should get us through the salad, and beef filet. I’ll crank it when it comes round to Pink Martini again and serve a flourless chocolate cake with raspberries for dessert.”

He watched as she walked around the room like she owned the place, far more comfortable there than he was. But then, she knew how to throw a party. He was in uncharted territory.

“Thank you for putting all of this together tonight. It’s exactly what I needed.”

A gleaming smile lit her face, lifting her rosy cheeks. “I’m glad to hear that. I hope –”

The shrill peal of the phone interrupted her. Cameron held up a finger so she would hold that thought and stepped to the side table lifting the receiver. Before he got out so much as a hello, the doorbell chimed.

Friday, December 01, 2006


COOKING UP A STORM, the latest Modern Extra release from Jenna Bayley-Burke is on sale this December!

Available from Mills & Boon and AmazonUK.

When it comes to relationships, sexy venture capitalist Cameron Price sticks firmly to casual flings. But when relocation takes him to Seattle, his boss insists that finding a girlfriend will be a smart career move.

Still content with snacks rather than a full banquet, Cameron makes a deal with caterer Lauren Brody. To keep the husband hunters at bay, she will pretend to be his girlfriend, and in return he'll hire her to cook at all his corporate events!

But their first kiss is incredibly tasty! Soon, the chemistry between Cameron and Lauren is electric, and their shared passion is threatening to boil over - which isn't part of Cameron's plan!