Please Welcome Guest Author Emily Bryan

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Author Bio: Award-winning author Emily Bryan learned much of what she knows about writing from singing. A classically trained soprano, she gleaned the elements of storytelling while performing operatic roles. She and her husband have lived in nine different states, but she now makes her home in the heart of New England. Emily is available for signings, readings and writing workshops. To schedule events or for more info, please visit www.emilybryan.com

 

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

Thank you, Wild On Books, for letting me guest blog on this auspicious day. I know this blog is primarily about books and I do have a new one coming out, VEXING THE VISCOUNT (February 24, Leisure Books), but since today is Chinese New Year, I thought I’d celebrate the day a bit.

 

As I understand it, one of the first things the Chinese do to celebrate the new year is to clean their houses thoroughly.

 

OK.  We’ll let that thought go.

 

The next way they usher in the new year is to placate the kitchen god with food.

 

Hmmm. I don’t have a kitchen god, but I do have a DH who’s been presented with plenty of burnt offerings over the years. Perhaps that counts.

 

As a romance author, I have to consider the possibilities of using food as seduction. You know, chocolate and strawberries, whipped cream teddies, oysters on the half-shell for stamina and all that sticky, sexy, yummy fun.  In VEXING THE VISCOUNT, my hero and heroine share a late night supper while she’s masquerading as a French courtesan. Eating together can be a very intimate, very sensual experience.   

 

But my DH is the practical sort.

 

If I want to show my husband I love him with food, I make meatloaf. It’s his favorite dish. Even if we go out to eat, no matter what fancy or exotic dishes are available, if there’s meatloaf on the menu, that’s what he’ll choose.

 

When you think about it, making meatloaf really is a type of seduction. By making meatloaf, it shows I’m paying attention to what he likes–the first rule of seduction. Then there’s the labor-intensive thing. Making meatloaf isn’t something I can just toss together at the last minute. I have to plan ahead and take the time to grind up the ingredients. It means I’ve been thinking about him. That’s always seductive. There’s no way to stir up meatloaf with a spoon. You have to smoosh it up with your hands. Very sensual.

 

Now meatloaf may not work for every man, but for my husband, nothing says lovin’ like a fresh meatloaf in the oven. It works every time it’s tried.

 

Hmmm. Wonder if there’s time to whip up a meatloaf tonight?

 

Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef

1 large potato

1 carrot

1 onion (vidalia, if possible)

1 egg

1/2 cup of Heinz 57 sauce (or whatever ketchup type sauce you prefer)

4 ounces of grated cheese

 

Grate the potato, carrot and onion and mix with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl, reserving half the cheese and sauce for later. Shape into a loaf and place in an ungreased baking pan. Spread the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.

 

Serve while wearing a sexy nightie and let the meatloaf work its magic.

 

Think of me while you’re celebrating Chinese New Year!

 

And please think about checking out my newest release VEXING THE VISCOUNT! It’s a tale of deception, trickery, treasure-hunting, mistaken identity and general mischief. NightOwl Romance just named it a Reviewers Top Pick and The Huntress calls it a “wickedly fun read.”

 

Visit http://www.emilybryan.com to read an excerpt, learn more about what’s in a courtesan’s closet, what she might share in her private journal and what love and life was like in Roman Britain. While you’re there, sign up for my newsletter so you’ll know what I’m up to on a semi-regular basis. 

 

Thanks again, Wild On Books, for letting me visit with your readers. I’m giving away a signed copy of VEXING THE VISCOUNT to someone who leaves a comment or question. So drop me a quick note to be entered in my drawing and be sure to check back tomorrow to see if YOU are the winner!

 

VEXING THE VISCOUNT Buy Link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Vexing-the-Viscount/Emily-Bryan/e/9780843961348/?itm=1

 

 

*************************************************************UPDATED CONTEST WINNER******************************************************

Sorry I’m so late at posting the winner today, ladies. My youngest daughter had an MRI this morning and I went to the hospital with her.

Since my DH was at work when it came time to choose the winner, I pressed my oldest daughter into service and had her pick a number between 1-16. #5, MARIE, you are the daily winner. Please send me your mailing info through the Contact page at http://www.emilybryan.com.

Thanks again, WildOnBooks, for having me here! You have a terrific site and I loved the way my cover looked against your chocolate background! I’ve got you bookmarked! But the blogtour marches on. Today I’ll be at http://theromancestudio.blogspot.com talking about Daisy Drake’s use of fashion to gently deceive Lucian Beaumont, our hero in http://www.emilybryan.com  VEXING THE VISCOUNTinto letting her help him find the Roman treasure he seeks. And you’ve guessed it! It’s all about . . . the SHOES!

Come on over and leave a comment or question. You’ll be entered in a daily drawing to win a signed copy of http://www.emilybryan.com VEXING THE VISCOUNT