Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is overjoyed to welcome fellow Rose, Darlene Fredette to the blog today. Here new book, A Recipe For Forever, is part of the Redford Falls series from The Wild Rose Press. We thought we’d start off with a few very important (okay, maybe nosey) questions.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Is your book based on real-life experience or a figment of your imagination?
All the stories I write are a figment of my imagination. However, I do add some real life. For example, in my book Hershey’s Choice, I wanted to write a book starring a Chocolate Labrador. One of my neighbours has a beautiful chocolate lab named Hershey. Hershey is adorable and I love the name, so I immediately made Hershey my star. As well, in A Recipe For Forever, the story takes place in a bakery. Since my daughter is a pastry chef, I had to write a story with a bakery setting.
If you could trade places with one of the characters from your book, who would it be and why?
In A Recipe For Forever, I would be the hero’s mom, Heather Cooper (again, I think I just aged myself, lol). Heather is a master baker, and she has the ability to read people. She has a gypsy like attire and personality. Heather is fun and quirky.
If you could trade lives with any other writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Not necessarily a particular writer, but an author who has had their book made into a movie. To have one of my books made into a Hallmark movie would be the ultimate dream come true. I already have the cast picked out! Lol!
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
About the Book
She has one last hope – a small, family-run bakery
that might just be baking up second chances.
Dwindling finances has Jess Robinson running out of options. With a past filled with failures, she longs for a new beginning. Applying for a job she isn’t qualified for may be another crazy mistake, but at this point Jess has nothing to lose.
Juggling two jobs, Travis Cooper has absolutely no time for a relationship and isn’t looking for one. But when his mother hires an unqualified baker, he has more to worry about than three-tiered wedding cakes and fighting fires. Will he break his own no-dating-employees rule and make a little room in his life for love?
Enjoy an Excerpt
Silky hair caressed his cheek. Wildflowers teased his nostrils. Warmth invaded his body. He resisted the urge to pull her closer. What have I done? He straightened, forcing temptation aside. He clasped his hands on her tiny waist and stepped backward.
Pink staining her cheeks, she glanced downward and smoothed the front of her skirt with a shaky hand. “You won’t regret hiring me.”
He cleared his throat, swallowing the anxiety her words caused. “When can you—”
“Tomorrow!” Jess pushed a strand of hair behind her ear. “Sorry.”
“Okay.” Travis caught his mother’s grin. “Mom will give you the paperwork. She’s also in charge of training. You two work out the details.” He waved a hand toward the door. “Now, get out of my kitchen. I have a baby shower cake to make.”
He watched Jess follow Mom out of the room. The sway of Jess’ hips spiked his blood pressure. I’m doomed. Travis reached for a mixing bowl, hoping to lose himself in a world of desserts. He had to calm his racing heart and forget the sweetness he just hired.
Meet the Author
Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her Yellow Labrador. Darlene’s favourite pastime is taking summer daytrips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.
As always, it’s been my pleasure hosting a fellow member of the Roses.
Please come back all next week for more authors, books, and even a few giveaways.