The Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

I’m delighted to say I’ve been tagged again – this time by the lovely, very talented, Lindsay J Pryor, author of the Blackthorn series.

Except the idea of this little blog hop is to discuss the author’s current release and/or their current work in progress. As I don’t have a current release, I’ll be basing my answers on my work in progress, The Gateway, which may or may not leave you intrigued if you’ve read the first three chapters! I also have to include a recipe to tie in with it, too, so I’d best get my chef’s hat on!

My current WIP is: The Gateway – a romance/chick-lit novel set in two different time zones.

The questions

When writing, are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty?

I don’t usually start off snacking, unless I need a little lift, in which case I will head for the top shelf in our cupboard which hides the treats – I need a chair to get to it! I always keep a little stash of sweets in the cupboard – you know, gummy mix, dolly mixtures, milkshake bottles, jazzies – my very own pick-n-mix for when I need a little sugar rush to recharge my brain. In fact, where’s the chocolate…?

Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants? Are they real pants or jammies?

During the first draft of The Gateway, I totally flew by the seat of my pants. I participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo 2012 (The aim? Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during November), and just sat down and started writing it. I had the gem of an idea from a conversation I’d had with a friend a couple of months before – and that was the bare backbone. Halfway through the first draft, I thought ‘Oh my god, how on earth did I get here?’ and had to do some serious planning. But I think any story needs a certain amount of each approach – a lot of the scenes had to be removed simply because my characters have taken on a life of their own, and new scenes are having to be injected. They simply weren’t being coerced into doing what I wanted them to do. In addition to that, they might even be paving the way for further stories…

When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it? 

Wing it! For two reasons – firstly, we all need to use a little artistic licence and to indulge our creative side. It doesn’t always mean it will turn out well, but it’s fun trying! Secondly, I hate reading instructions. Patience never was my strong point.

What is next for you after this book? 

As mentioned above, I have a feeling there may be a further story beyond The Gateway evolving, based on the back story of two of the characters, but we’ll see how this one pans out first. Alternatively, I’ve been searching high and low for a manuscript I wrote in 2006 which is covered in notes and red editing pen – I’d love to see how my writing has changed over the past seven years and whether it’s worth pursuing. I actually found it yesterday so I’ve put it away in a safe place… for now. We’ll see. 😉

Last question… on a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land? 

Well back in November, it started off quite tame, but after a steamy scene I wrote a couple of weeks ago I think I might have to raise the rating!

The summer recipe, inspired by a dinner scene in The Gateway:


A bottle of crisp, cool Sauvignon blanc (or two)

Duck Terrine served with seeded brown bread and a salad garnish

Crab-meat stuffed mushrooms

Baked Ham with roasted minted new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Two-tier lemon pudding



Ensure the attendance of a delectable dinner date.

Light a candle.

Carefully pour wine into glass. Drink.

Serve each course at leisure, to be savoured at length throughout the evening.

Make lots of eye contact.

Ensure measures are taken to prevent unwelcome intruders.




As I need to nominate up to five other authors to participate, I would like to select the following:

Jane Hunt

Tracey Rogers

Lacey Dearie

Shanah Wooldrage

Incy Black


Until next time, enjoy your meal 🙂




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