Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bookcation Event: Feel the Heat by Kate Meader (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today contemporary romance author, Kate Meader, brings summer vacation to your back door for the next stop on our BOOKCATION!

Bring that Summer Vacay to a Patio Near You
by Kate Meader, author of Feel the Heat

Blameless blue skies, warm ocean breezes, golden sand between
your toes…that’s what pops into my head when I think of summer vacation, but to be honest, I can’t remember the last time my summer vacation turned out that way. I’ve never been a sun, sand, and surf kind of girl. I’m too citified, too pale. Too Irish. Nowthat I live in Chicago, I might get a blue sky if I wait a few minutes. The warm breeze might ruffle my hair but more likely the humidity will mushroom it into something that terrifies small dogs and children. And Lake Michigan, while sparkly gorgeous to look at, ain’t inviting enough for a pleasure dip. That’s just a horror movie waiting to happen.

There are plenty of reasons why you might not be able to get away to the ocean: you’re overworked, overscheduled, over your credit card limit. Or maybe like my vampiric self, that’s just not your thing.So what are your options? For me, summer vacation is a state of mind. I can sit on my back yard patio with a mojito and my Kindle, and my summer vacation comes to me even if it’s just a few hours on week nights or a couple of days at the weekend. Steps away, my husband fires up the grill, and throws on a steak and some corn, giving me the double benefit of a great meal and a hot-man-in-apron. (The view is very, very nice.)The sounds of the city surround me but that’s okay—it’s what I signed on for! I might not be able to get away from it all but I’ve got fictional boyfriends on the e-reader, a good-looking guy on deck, and an adult beverage in my hand.

Hello, summer!

Need a (fictional) man who knows how to satisfy in the kitchen and other rooms in the house? Then spare a thought for Jack Kilroy, the jaded celebrity chef hero of FEEL THE HEAT, the first in my Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sexy, sizzling chefs who love them. Now available at all fine e-tailers for $2.99!

FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster.
Jack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions - and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
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About Kate
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at

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Kate is giving away a fun foodie swag pack of heart-shaped measuring spoons, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, a pizza cutter, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, and a few other tasty items. To enter:
1. Leave a comment about a stay-cation you took (a vacation at home) and if/why it was awesome.
2. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Crystal! Good luck to everyone in this giveaway and I wanted to mention that I'm also hosting another giveaway of ARCS for Roxanne St. Claire, Kelli Maine, and other bestselling authors over at my website:

  2. I'm familiar with staycations. Last year while my cousin took his family upstate for vacation, we went over and relaxed at his big house.

  3. love romance books with gourmet chefs in it ... sounds wonderful. :)

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  4. When my kids were little, we would do themes, this time would be science and then the next year history. We had great staycations that way.
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  5. @Jane A staycation at a big house is often as good as getting away, don't you think?

    @Kyla I love them too :)

    @Debby Themes are a great idea. Sounds like a great way to spend a staycation!

  6. When our teen was younger (at 14 it just isn't as fun), we would put up the tent in the backyard and cook out. I wasn't as keen on sleeping in the backyard as hubby and our daughter was though. We would play games outside and rent movies and play family games inside. Loved that as it was great, close family time!


  7. I've been out of work for the past 2 years so a stay-cation has been all I can afford right now. We are lucky to have a big back yard and we live in a very rural area so pitching a tent in the backyard is always a cheap and easy option plus, it's kinda fun - my sister's place has a fire pit so we can have the whole camping experience complete with smores, campfire songs, and ghost tales!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  8. It's just nice sometimes to go out with friends to the movies or hang out downtown, where there's basically an outside mall, but yeah that's nice at times.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!

  10. I love staycations! The last one I had I devoted to watching cheesy horror movies. :)


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