One trait you share with your heroine in this book?
Meg Graham hates confrontations and does everything she can to avoid them. She prefers laying low or running away until the drama blows over. That’s me. Fortunately, we’ve both learned when to face those situations head on and speak our minds.
Oh, and she loves pie as much as I do! I’m in the mood for blueberry pie. I think I’ll go make one for Thanksgiving dinner!
One thing you have learned as a writer this year?
I’ve learned so much about formatting for self-publishing in the past year. The requirements for the different retail platforms have forced me to use elements of Word I’d never used before, like section breaks, bookmarks, and hyperlinks. I’m not an overly techie person, so the learning curve was a bit steep. To see everyone else struggling with formatting for print at IRWA’s writers’ retreat made me feel much better about that weakness! Practice does make the process easier. LOL
(When she says everyone here, she means ME!!)
One writer, you'd LOVE to have lunch with?
Only one??? I guess I’d have to choose Louisa May Alcott. I loved her Little Women series when I was growing up. Her female characters were often strong and outspoken in a time when women faced far more barriers than we do today. She took me into the world she created and gave me the escape every avid reader looks for in a book.
Do you want to join us for tea, Jillian? I’ll even bring some pie to go with it!
Here’s the link from “pie” to the recipe on my blog. It’ll go live the same day as the spotlight. http://mellanieszereto.blogspot.com/2014/11/recipe-time-blueberry-pie.html
Author Bio: When her fingers aren't attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies or the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. She is multi-published with Siren-Bookstrand and is self-publishing her foodie contemporary series, Love on the Menu, in addition to her nonfiction handbooks, Writing Tip Wednesday: The Writing Craft Handbook and Writing Tip Wednesday: The Writing Career Handbook, based on her informational blog series. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of twenty-seven years, their son, and two cats. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Indiana Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and PASIC. Visit her online at http://www.mellanieszereto.com and http://www.mellanieszereto.blogspot.com.
Book Title: Just Desserts (Book 1 of the Love on the Menu...Extra Hot series)
Blurb: After fifteen years, librarian Meg Graham returns to her hometown to appease her family and reopen the local library. First, the neighbor’s dog steals her underwear. Then its owner, the boy who stole her heart in high school, shows up on her doorstep and does his best to woo her with baked delights. She has no intention of falling for the pie-baking Casanova again, no matter how sweet his desserts or how hot the fire raging between them.
Aidan Rourke’s uncle has promised him ownership of the family bakery if Aidan marries before his 34th birthday. When the only woman he ever truly loved—the one who got away—moves back to town, he pulls out all the stops to recapture her heart. He has only three weeks to convince her of his love and march her down the aisle before she discovers the truth about his uncle’s blackmail scheme.
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/Just-Desserts-Love-Menu-Extra/dp/0991147375/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416319850&sr=1-1
Amazon (e-book): http://www.amazon.com/Just-Desserts-Love-Menu-Extra-ebook/dp/B00P8ACPCS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415148587&sr=1-1
B&N (e-book): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-desserts-mellanie-szereto/1120679428?ean=2940150355200&itm=1&usri=2940150355200
ARe (e-book): https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-justdesserts-1680238-149.html
Kobo (e-book): http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/just-desserts-39
CreateSpace (print): https://www.createspace.com/5090662