It's been a while since I've written anything in my blog. Lots of things have happened such as my contemporary romantic comedy, A Total Mismatch - going into print in March. That was really exciting seeing the lovely cover Melody Pond produced for the book actually gracing the front. Now I'm working on my second contemporary romance - The Sweet Touch - a romance with recipes. I'm almost finished with the writing of the book but have lots of recipes to test out before including them. I plan on having one recipe at the end of each chapter, usually having something to do with whatever the heroine - Kate Bromley - is creating in her own kitchen or demonstrating to the public. I've tested some great recipes which I've ended up making several times because they taste so good. One of the recipes is a mock tuna salad that is scrumptious. Another is a no-bake fruit cobbler which I've made several times for dinners. I always think there'll be left-overs but with this dessert there never is anything left for me. Since there'll be 32 chapters in this book I have to come up with the same number of recipes. Right now I have about six that are very tasty and will definitely be included. That leaves another twenty-six to go - which seems daunting at the moment. However, I'll forge ahead and try to accomplish my goals. The next dish I'm going to test is a corn and potato chowder. First I have to simplify the recipe as readers probably will try the easier ones first. For myself, if I see too many ingredients in a dish, it puts me off. I like simple and easy to prepare recipes. To give you an inside idea of what The Sweet Touch is about, the heroine, Kate Bromley, is a nutritionist who believes a mostly raw food diet is the way to go. The hero, Dan Brookhouse, owns a chain of restaurants specializing in steaks. Of course there's more to the story and, once the novel is completed, I'll post the first chapter on my website - www.madelainegrant.com. Meanwhile, back to the kitchen to test more wonderful recipes for my latest WIP.
Writing a blog always seemed like such a mystery to me. But here I am writing my very first blog. The hardest part was finding a name for the blog. Everything I chose was already taken. Finally I found something nobody else seemed to want - so it's mine - Maddy Writes Romance. This is a big step for me the way finding a publisher for my contemporary romantic comedy, "A Total Mismatch" was a major step. Soul Mate Publishing released my full- length novel last week and I'm still excited at the thought of having my e book on Amazon. I put the first chapter of the book on my web site which I think worked out well. From the comments I've heard, readers were intrigued by the characters - Samantha Peabody and Jordan Hart - and wanted to read more about their wild courtship adventures. To help market the book I had postcard size illustrations of the cover printed with information about the book on the other side. I'm also using Facebook to promote sales. We'll see