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Friday, June 14, 2013
Mo's Heart by Edie Ramer ~ Spotlight and Giveaway
The Mafia comes to Miracle, Wisconsin...
Mo Vincent, the owner of Mo’s Place, is in agony because his soon-to-be divorced sous chef is dating – but not him. He has his reasons for not asking her out. He did the right thing back in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle. The village has accepted him, and his new restaurant is doing well. He should be content with what he has...but his heart wants more.
Chef Rosa Fabrini’s divorce is one signature away when her cheating husband returns home and expects her to forgive him. Her lawyer is AWOL, and her youngest son is demanding she take his father back. Desperate to escape the turmoil, she asks Mo to let her move into the empty apartment above the restaurant...right next to his place.
Mo can’t say no. His mind knows she’s forbidden fruit, but his heart dares to hope. Until his past shows up, and he finds out sometimes it takes a village...
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This very short excerpt from Mo’s Heart takes place after Rosa has been forced to leave her home, and she’s temporarily staying in an apartment above Mo’s restaurant – right next to his apartment.
She turned to look at Mo bringing in the suitcases. How odd to think that seven months ago, she hadn’t known him. It felt as if he’d been in her life for...well, forever.
All this ran through her mind in a second as Mo stopped beside her. “It’s not a palace.”
“I wouldn’t know what to do in a palace.”
“You’d be the queen. Anything you wanted.”
She laughed, surprised by his comment. Surprised that she had laughter in her. “I’d rather be a cook.”
“You are that. The best sous-chef in the village.”
There was a quiet moment between them, and a sense of peace sighed inside her as she looked at his serious face and knew he saw her as a strong woman, a woman who was temporarily down but not out. Never out. Not as long as she had breath.
She stood taller.
“The furniture is pretty ugly,” he said.
“I don’t know. The couch is the same color as your eyes.”
“Do me a favor?”
She looked at him. He never asked her for favors. “Of course.”
“Run downstairs and get my chef’s knife and bring it back up here.”
She laughed again and felt a shift inside her. Like she imagined the earth felt when a boulder in a precarious spot moved. “Why?”
“So you can gouge my eyes out.”
In my stories, miracles are interrupted…but sometimes a few sneak through. I like to think miracles happen in life, too. Part of the reason I feel this way is because I was weaned on fairy tales. But when my mother unleashed me into the aisles of my local library, I gravitated to Nancy Drew. I also devoured comic books about Wonder Woman and Super Girl. My penchant for strong heroines who don’t wait for men to save them is reflected in my books.
I started my writing career selling short stories for mystery magazines and anthologies. I’ve published quite a few paranormal romances and I’ve even tiptoed into the sci fi romance genre. Now I write contemporary romance with heart and attitude and magic. I love writing a magical realism series set in the small village of Miracle, Wisconsin. These are stand-alone books, and anything can and does happen. Everyone gets a chance to tell their story, from a cat to a young blogger to a young woman to young seniors.
I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with this series. I hope my readers feel the same way. My goal is to make readers laugh a little, cry a little, and feel happy a lot.
I live in southeastern Wisconsin with my husband, dog and a very special cat. You can follow me on my personal blog, my group blog, Magical Musings, Facebook and Twitter.
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Do you like eating at diners?
Do you have a favorite?
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oki first question.... what really is a diners... i'm not sure we have something equivalent to that in my country because diner looks different than a restaurant...ReplyDelete
the book looks interesting but unfortunately once again the giveaway is US only.. ( which is strange since it's only gift card and ecopy so no reason to be so restrictive) so i won't read it more than probably ( Don't worry brenda i know you are not responsible at all! i won't deserte your blog ^^)
Miki...So sorry! I hadn't even noticed the giveaway said US ONLY. I changed it to reflect ALL...One little slip up, sorry hun! Please enter away!!Delete
Basically diners are just little family owned restaurants not like big chains.Delete
thank you a lot Tasty.Delete
thank you for the precision VampedChik... here more than 90% of restaurant are family one or small one ( i can think only of one chain and it's on teh highway)it's for that we don't have the term i guess for us restaurant mean something small ( rarely large) owned by a chief or more often a familly...
now i can answer: yes i love them and i cane ven say i just came back from one^^ my favourite ( i love one of their meal so much i'm always taking that)
Yes, Miki you know me well. I almost always make the giveaways available to Int. followers. :-) I prefer diners to the chains. I have my favorite dishes as well. lol! I always choose the same dishes over and over.Delete
you would be really happy then if you visit Belgium one dayDelete
Thank you for hosting today!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing with us! :)Delete
Thanks for fixing the giveaway Lisa. :DDelete
LOL! The excerpt is so funny! I think I would enjoy this kind of banter, but I'm not really a fan of Romances in which the hero and heroine both come with heaps of baggage. Some complexity is inevitable, of course, but I think a divorce which hasn't been finalised yet crosses the line for me.
Your question about diners made my mouth water. Yes, I love them! They serve great comfort food! Whenever I visit a diner, I usually order breakfast--waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon--no matter what time of the day it is! =D
I didn't realise the Rafflecopter had a different question! Yes, I have crushed on a colleague, but because I still work with him, I hope that no more details are required. ;-)
I'm the same way! I love diner breakfasts. And I know how you feel. I still talk to alot of the guys I worked with and have crushes on. :DDelete
hum here the restaurant are rarely ( oki nearly never would be more exact)open for breakfast. ity's a meal we take at home so it's for midday or supper but it's true we can find so many food ( there is all kind of restaurant in my country and each city has numerous one) so you can always find a kind of food that is your confort food.Delete
for me it's the meal i took today or more exactly the kind of homemade sauce that come with the piece of meat succulent, wonderful i always feel happy after eating it it gives me hope and when i'm feeling to down to eat that the one thing i still couldn't resist ( reason why my mother took me there today)
Like you enbrethiel i'm not fan of romances where the characthers have a lot of baggages already and infidelity isn't something that i enjoy reading about .. now the mafia part of this one did caught my interest and the banter was funny so i am tempted to give it a try despites my reticences
I'm the same way as both of you but this one does kinda tempt me. I hope your feeling better Miki!Delete
i'm on the good road i hope, Thank you VampedchikDelete
Yes, yes I have! LOL I've worked for 2 bookstores and walmart. There have been lots of VERY cute guys working with me. And we have this restaurant called Grandmas Table in my town thats owned by a greek family. It has awesome food(not all greek either) They always have excellent homemade soup.ReplyDelete
I used to eat at a place which made a soup of the day out of all leftover vegetables from the day before. Sometimes it would have everything: peas, corn, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, and even pumpkin! And it was the best!
That does sound interesting! :) I love that the soup is never the same. They always make chicken noodle but everyday its with different kinds of noodles.Delete
No i never had a crush on someone i worked with, i guess i wasn't looking for that^^ReplyDelete
I guess I have but I never did anything more than that.ReplyDelete
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lol! I've crushed but it never really went anywhere. Then I met my husband and I haven't crushed since. :DReplyDelete
Yes, I like diners. Food is usually really good and cheap. There's one in a small town next to my small town. Best chicken fried steak ever! I have also crushed on someone at work. Turned into a long-term relationship . . . but, it didn't end well and the company was too small for it to go unnoticed. So, if that ever happens again, it would have to be a ginormous company and we'd have to work in different departments. : )ReplyDelete
Never had a serious crush on anyone with whom I worked so farReplyDelete
Did have daydreams and fantasies though, to sail me through the day :)
I love eating at Diners,they have a retro feel,and warmth that restaurants cannot duplicate :)
one of my fav diners is " The Original Falafel's Drive-In" in San Jose,CA
Thank you for Sharing the excerpt and for making the giveaway international and providing a chance to win!!
Appreciate it :)
Thanks for the chance to win!
I just love diners (and I don't like chains at all). But as I don't live in the U.S., I think it would be useless to share my favorites ;-)ReplyDelete
Yes, I have already crushed on someone I worked with... and it didn't workout... lolReplyDelete
nah, I prefer eating at home because my mom's such a great cook lolReplyDelete
Yes, I enjoy eating at diners. The food is as good as homemade and the variety is better than in a chain restaurant. One of my favorites is the Cook Book that serves fantastic breakfasts all day long.ReplyDelete
I never had a crush on someone I work with. I try keeping my personal and work life separate.
I rarely eat at diners. The only one I remember was the Waffle House.ReplyDelete
I've had a crush on someone I've worked with.
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I like diners -- I usually think of them as Mom & Pop type places with just good home-cooked food.ReplyDelete
We've just moved to a new area, so I'm not sure about the places here - do have a little place called 'Half-Dollar' or some such so will have to check it out.
Our former town had a place called [of all things :)] 'Classic Diner', and we really enjoyed eating there. They served breakfast all day, so most often I'd have a Western Omelet, but I did eat other things too. Hubby liked their grilled pork chops and even liver & onions.
A crush on someone I worked with? well, I did want one guy to ask me out years ago - he did & it was a flop. The last person I worked with was more than a crush :), as I got to work the past 2 1/2 yrs with my hubby.
no, not really. i hate being around people. im so shy, being around others sometimes..is not fun for me. lol and im a bit of a germ freak. i hate the thought of what theyve done to my food or if theyve washed there hands, etc.ReplyDelete
oh yeah...more than once. nothing ever came of my crushes.
Thank you so very much!!ReplyDelete
You Rock Edie Ramer and crazy four books!
I do like eating at diners, especially the Denny's by my house. I spend hours there drinking iced coffee and using the internet, and all the waiters know me and what I like, which is nice.ReplyDelete