Keep your eyes on today’s featured author, reader friends! She is going places and I can’t wait to read what Laurie Tomlinson creates next! Her debut novel and novella are fantabulous in my humble opinion and she has cooked up some bookish fun for us including a giveaway!
About the Author
Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her novella That’s When I Knew was featured in the Love at First Laugh collection, and her debut novel, With No Reservations, is now available from Harlequin Heartwarming. You can connect with Laurie on her website or social media.
Five Favorite Recipes for Summer
Laurie: Since the heroine of my debut novel is a food blogger, I have to give the real food bloggers some love!
You have not lived until you’ve made your own ice cream. I love the Blueberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe from Love & Olive Oil because you can also substitute summer strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries for sweet, creamy deliciousness!
This Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette from Foodie Crush is part pizza, part savory pie and combines juicy summer tomatoes and herbs for a yummy lunch or dinner.
Nothing says summer potlucks like this Strawberry Pretzel Pie from The Pioneer Woman! If you’re not feeling pretzels for a dessert, try her Strawberry Chocolate Layer Cake instead. (Promise not to tell? I use a store-bought chocolate cake mix, and it’s still heavenly!)
I’m part Italian, so of course I have to recommend a pasta dish. Spoon Fork Bacon shows off corn at its peak in this Sweet Corn Pesto Pappardelle. Swoon!
Rainbow Frozen Yogurt Pops from Half Baked Harvest are a must! These creamy pops will be gone faster than they can melt.
Beth: Oh, this post makes me hungry!!! I am drooling. Shout-out to Ree! I adore The Pioneer Woman!
Tell us about your latest release
Laurie: It tells the story of a food blogger who creates recipes like those for a living—only her real life isn’t as colorful as her photos or as vibrant as her flavors. She lives a carefully controlled, solitary existence until her employer forces her to team with a millionaire-bad-boy-turned-chef to promote his new restaurant opening. But food has this magic way of bringing people together and helping them discover they have more in common than they thought, that they aren’t as alone in the burdens they carry as they thought…
Beth: This story is simply delicious!
With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson
There can be more than comfort in food…
Sloane still can’t believe Cooper’s the chef at the restaurant she’s been assigned to promote. But she’s boiling to prove to him that her “little blog” can put his place on the map.
She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing. She can’t get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.
Beth: Y’all NEED this book in your lives! Here’s my review!
Tell us about your next release
Laurie: I’m currently working on my next book for Harlequin Heartwarming. Can I tell you a secret as long as you remember nothing is set in stone? I’m secretly hoping my next book will be Jake (Cooper’s roommate)’s story. In earlier versions of With No Reservations, he originally had more “screen-time,” so he’s very dear to me. I hope to be able to announce more details soon, so stay tuned!
Beth: OH I’d love to read more about Jake! How exciting! Thank you for sharing the yummy summery recipes and your bookish news with us today, Laurie!
Laurie Tomlinson has graciously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader a paperback copy of With No Reservations!!!
Which of Laurie Tomlinson’s favorites recipes would you eat first?
Who is one of your favorite food bloggers?