Please help me welcome a very interesting lady and author to the blog today! Peggy Bird has not only written a wonderful guest blog I think you’ll enjoy, but her book Sparked By Love sounds terrific.
And if that weren’t enough she’s also offering up a giveaway.
So, after you read her post and check out her book, don’t forget to enter her giveaway
Take it away Peggy…
The Romance of Food
I write a weekly blog for my local newspaper called “A Loaf of Bread, a Glass of Wine and Candles.” It’s about the sensuous combination of food and romance. It’s fun to do the research because it turns out, there are more books written about aphrodisiacs than I could ever have imagined.
Most of us know about the reputation of oysters. They score high on the A-for-aphrodisiac list because of their resemblance to both male and female reproductive parts and because of their smell and salty taste. And there’s chocolate, with its chemicals that release endorphins, causing sensations of pleasure and mimicking the feeling of falling in love.
They are not the only foods, however, with slightly shady reputations. Tomatoes, or love apples, as they were called when they were first brought to Europe from the New World, were thought to be dangerous. Must have been the passionate red color, which many cultures associated with death. Or maybe because they are a member of the same family as the deadly nightshade. Or because they are so…ah…fruitful.
Then there’s asparagus. Yes, my favorite of all spring veggies was once forbidden to the nuns in medieval Europe because it was thought the shape would be too arousing. Same with bananas in ancient Hawaiian cultures. Women couldn’t just peel and eat them.
Even if I don’t believe that specific foods are arousing, I do believe that cooking and eating with someone you care for is very, very sexy. I love a man who cooks for a woman so my heroes often have skills in the kitchen as well as in other rooms in the house.
But in my latest book, “Sparked By Love,” it’s the heroine, Shannon Morgan, who cooks dinner for the hero, Leo Wilson. She’s invited him to stay the weekend for the first time and is nervous about being so bold. So she throws herself into cooking a meal she and her best friend dream up during a quick lunch hour trip to Victoria’s Secret for the lingerie to go with the romantic dinner.
What did she make? Cioppino, which contains sexy seafood, tangy tomatoes and a few spices to, well, to spice up the evening. A little salad, brownies—chocolate is always part of a romantic dinner in my books—and Shannon was ready for Leo.
Now, your turn. What romantic dinner would you make for Leo if you’d been Shannon? Leave me a menu in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas for my next blog post!
Some fussy artist is making Shannon Morgan’s job with the city of Vancouver, Washington harder than it should be. She’s organizing the huge annual Independence Day celebration and he’s being impossible. But then, he’s like a couple other men she’s known—her mostly absent father and her disappearing ex-boyfriend, for example.
All Leo Wilson wants is an okay for his plans to install glass fireworks at Fort Vancouver on the Fourth of July. With thousands of people there to see his work, it could be his big career break. If the crabby bureaucrat will get him the permits he needs.
When Leo confronts the cause of his trouble in person he’s surprised to find a beautiful young woman. Shannon is equally surprised at meeting a sweet, sexy man. Dinner, a movie and a few torrid kisses take it from spark to flame.
But then the father she’s always wanted as part of her life reappears, accompanied by her ex-boyfriend. Shannon has to decide how far she’s willing to go to have her father around. And find out why he’s with her ex.
If she makes the right decisions, she and Leo will create fireworks that rival the pyrotechnics that light up the sky on July Fourth. Privately.
Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/05/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_6.html
Buy Links Coming on or about June 16th
Peggy Bird lives in the Pacific Northwest where she sets most of her novels. To stay out of trouble—and the rain—she writes stories about smart women and sexy men and creates the occasional piece of glass art.
*Peggy is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a Grand Prize including a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card, Books 1-3 from Second Chance Series and Custom Pendent. Two Runner’s up will win Digital Backlist Romance and $5.00 Amazon Gift Card.*