I love characters who eat! Guestpost by B.J. Daniels + Giveaway

Filed in B.J. Daniels , Giveaways , Guest Post , The HEA Lover Posted on October 2, 2012 @ 7:00 am 16 comments

Today we’re happy to welcome B.J. Daniels on Book Lovers Inc. Her new novel Justice at Cardwell Ranch is being released today! This is the 4th book in her Montana Mystique series. Congratulations on this new release! Prepare to be hungry because B.J. Daniels will tell us about her love for food in books. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy of the book.

I love characters who eat!

Don’t you hate books where the characters never eat? They don’t even think about food.

That’s one reason I’ve always loved James Lee Burke’s books. His characters eat dirty rice and crawdads and other great Cajun fare.

I remember reading one of Sue Grafton’s mysteries. The bad guys were making enchiladas down by the Salton Sea from some great recipe the bad guy had. (I mean, how bad could he be if he cooked?) Sue escaped before trying his enchiladas. It haunts me to this day. =)

I put a lot of food in my books. My characters cook some of my favorite recipes. My characters also eat – especially my heroines. And my heroes LOVE it that the heroines aren’t picky, dieting eaters. The heroes know that a passion for food equates to a passion for…everything else.
A couple of readers have said they can smell the pot roast cooking or the cookies baking when they read my books.

Recently I was writing a book where the characters were my favorite: oatmeal cake. I actually stopping writing for a moment and reached to take a bite of cake and laughed when I realized the smell of cinnamon was only in my imagination.

Maybe it’s not fair to talk about food in my books, especially my favorite food without sharing at least one of my recipes.

At the Cardwell Ranch, Dana has a favorite chocolate cookie recipe.
Here’s mine. It makes a bunch of cookies. I hope you like them. Have a cookie while you read JUSTICE AT CARDWELL RANCH out Oct. 1. Then let me know what you think at www.bjdaniels.com

1 ½ cups butter
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips (4 cups)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs.
Add flour, baking soda and salt. The dough will be stiff. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop cookies on sheet. Bake 11 to 13 minutes (depending on size). Cookies should be lightly brown with soft centers.
Makes about 6 dozen.

About the book:

Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother’s will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch…and trouble isn’t too far behind.As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn’t the man the town made him out to be.

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About the Author:

B.J. Daniels’ life dream was to be a policewoman. After a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, she wrote and sold 37 short stories before she finally wrote her first book. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award last year for romantic suspense.

She lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, two Springer Spaniels, Jem and Spot, and a temperamental tomcat named Jeff. When she isn’t writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis.

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I will be giving away 1 copy of Justice at Cardwell Ranch  to 1 lucky commenter

All you have to do is answer one of these questions: Do YOU love reading about Characters who eat? Does it make you hungry? Do you like it when there are recipes in the book?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment)

This giveaway is open to anywhere Book Depository ships to!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 13, 2012 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Izz October 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations on your new release!!. I am a food lover, I eat everything and in a big portion, guess I don’t really care about my hip >.<.
    I get excited if I read a book about food or if there's a recipe. Does it make me hungry? certainly!! LOL. Also I like if the characters in my reading eat like normal people, I mean eating beside letucce or salads, that makes the characters more real and believable.
    btw I love the book's cover, it looks delicious 😉

  • Michele H October 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I do love a book that includes food in the story as it’s such a normal part of everyday life. It makes the story more relatable. Of course it can also be very sexy… It’s definitely a bonus if there are recipes included to try out!

  • aurian October 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    O yes, I do enjoy reading about food, cooking and eating in books. One of the things most cozy mystery series are good in. But don’t expect me to start cooking or baking, even though there are recipes in the book. I just believe it adds to the atmosphere in a book.
    Good luck with the new release!

  • erinf1 October 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    thanks for a fun post and congrats to BJ on the new release! It’s fun to read about characters cooking and eating. It does make me hungry though 🙂

  • Estella October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I enjoy reading about characters having a meal. While it doesn’t make me hungry , I love getting the recipes in the book.

  • Shelley Workinger October 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I wholly agree, B.J.! My whole blog (“But What Are They Eating?”) is dedicated to food in books, or FoodFic, as I call it. 🙂

  • bn100 October 3, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Congrats on the book! I don’t mind reading about characters that eat. It doesn’t make me hungry.

  • Mary Preston October 3, 2012 at 4:21 am

    It does not make me hungry, but I do love it when recipes are included.

  • LorettaLybb October 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

    yes i do like to read a good book where they eat. Sometime it makes me want to try what there eatting, but not all the time:) I think it’s cool if a recip is added in there somewhere 😉

    • LorettaLybb October 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

      ment LorettaLynn… lol sorry

  • Diane Sallans October 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    It’s not always so much what they eat, it’s the enjoyment of the food & the people they are with – tho I do like a recipe that I can make.

  • Victoria Zumbrum October 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I like reading about characters and food. It makes the story more believable and real.

  • Filia Oktarina October 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats on the release!!
    It not always make me hungry, but i love if in the stories have a recipes included 🙂

  • Pat L. October 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I love to eat, so love books about food and books that have yummy recipes. The descriptions of the food does make me hungry. LOL.

  • Pat L. October 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I forgot my email: patoct@yahoo.com

  • eli yanti October 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Congrts on the new release, dont mind about character who love eats and sometimes make me think to try to tease the food 🙂

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