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“Something’s cooking in more than the kitchen…
Tess Banyon is a ‘Martha Stewart’ type of homemaker-guru-marketing-entrepreneur-extraordinaire. Investigative journalist, Josh Farraday is determined to convince the women of America that Tess is too good to be true.
Tess is a marvelous marketer with tons of ideas, but she can’t really cook and has been known to attach herself to a grapevine wreath with her glue gun. Now she’s doing her own TV show, and Josh has been assigned to do a behind-the-scenes story.”
I have read romance books for more years than I care to count. I remember receiving my first one. My cousin’s 80 year old great-grandmother gave me my first Harlequin Romance. I do not remember anything about the book including the title. I do remember going back each week for more books. This lady lived to be 105 years old. She read Harlequin romance books until about 1 year before she passed. This book by Meg Lacey would be a book I would share with her. I know she would love it.
If you are looking for a strong, quirky, accident prone female then check this book out. The plot and story are fresh. Lacey has a way to carry readers from the chair into the pages with each chapter. Readers are not just seeing everything happening, they are in the action.
I loved the cover, but I does not feel it fits the story. Looking forward to reading more by Lacey.
Thanks for such an interesting and wonderful read.
The bunnies and I give this book 4 carrots.
Josh dragged two dining room chairs over to the fireplace, spreading their clothes over them. He could feel her eyes boring a hole through him and wondered what she was thinking. Was she thinking of the heat between them? Or was she trying to distance herself from him again?
He twisted around to face her and his mouth went dry. Her blanket had slipped to reveal a tantalizing glimpse of smooth creamy skin. His eyes widened and he could swear he was starting to salivate. Before he could stop himself, he reached to touch her. Her skin was soft as a newborn baby. He wanted to see more, to feel more, he wanted…Tess. He inched closer to her. She turned to look at him and he was lost.
He put both arms around her as she tried to keep her blanket in place. He gently pulled her against him, knowing it was insane, a total mistake, but doing it anyway.
“Tess,” he said, quietly. “I’m not sure what to say. I want you, that goes without saying, but it’s more than that. When I’m with you…”
“You feel different?” Tess whispered, her breath sighing against him.
“Yeah, I guess you could say that. All I know is with you I can relax. I don’t have to always have my guard up, try to be something I’m not. I don’t know, I can’t explain it.”
“You don’t have to,” Tess whispered. “I understand. I feel the same. I shouldn’t. I know I shouldn’t. It can make everything too complicated. Sex. Having sex makes it simple, but making love…
Love makes it complicated.”
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Meg Lacey here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Meg Lacey, every time someone new stops by, the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
I would never start two demanding careers at once. When I started writing I was working as a freelance producer, art director and writer in the video and film industry. Then I started my own company with two other partners. We were a creative producers group, working in advertising, marketing, programming for all media. The company ended up taking a lot of my focus away, especially when I left that company after twelve years and started another one. I was writing throughout, but not with the regularity or dedication that I needed to make it my primary career.
What book would you like to read again?
I reread favorite books all the time. They are old friends to me. Sometimes I read them to enjoy the story, and sometimes to study the writer’s technique and way of building a story. After 9/11 I sat down and reread all of one of my favorite authors, James Herriot, a Vet in Yorkshire in the 1930’s-1960’s. The books share his experiences working with the people and the animals in Yorkshire. He is the happiest writer, even when he’s sharing a sad anecdote. He is so positive that it shines through and makes you feel better about yourself and the human race. Come to think of it, it’s time for me to read “All Creatures Great and Small” again.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Bridget Jones Diary. I thought the movie really brought the book to life. As Bridget, Renee Zellweger (SP) was so real and compelling and let’s face it, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy is to die for.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
No, not usually. A cover might get my attention initially, but I read the back cover or the sell copy and usually the first page or so. If all that gets my attention, then I’m likely to buy it.
Yes, I do. I write now as Meg Lacey. My first two novels were under my own name. I was with Silhouette at the time, when they were an independent company. When I sold to Harlequin I was asked to take a pen name as I was writing a different type of book from my Silhouettes. I was also working in another world with my companies so I thought having a pen name would be less awkward. How many CEO’s want to think about the producer/writer they just hired writing about orgasms when they might have hired me to produce a video about Employee Behavior in the Workplace, or a commercial about toothpaste. So at the time the pen name made sense. If I write a different type of book now, I might consider not using Meg Lacey.
Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
I’m not sure this qualifies as a toy, but when I was a child I loved paper dolls. I had a box full of them and I liked to design my own clothes for them. I would sit on the floor in my room and play for hours with them setting up scenarios and scenes, but I never spoke out loud.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
The only time I write in PF’s is by accident. I might sit down to quickly check my email, or take a quick look at what I’d written the day before. Then I get an idea and get caught and have to get it down. Generally though I’m casually dressed in some fashion—yoga pants and a sweatshirt or long-sleeved T. One of my daughters just gave me fuzzy mickey mouse lounging pants. When the weather gets cold, I’m going to put them on because they look very comfortable and make me laugh.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I think I would go back in time to Elizabethan England. I think the time is fascinating. It was robust and physical, and yet very intellectually stimulating. And the men are very appealing to me. I’d love to be part of the theatre, both on stage (which didn’t happen for women until the Restoration with the first on stage actresses) and be part of the audience.—talk about audience reaction! That way I’d find out if Shakespeare really did write his own plays. The downside- no modern bathrooms. And do you want to tell me why books never deal with that? I mean, we read these wonderful novels and I am always wondering- when and where did they go to the bathroom? Does anyone else ever wonder this or am I just strange? J Another possible concern is I’d have to find a way to stay on the good side of Queen Elizabeth. That could be a problem.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
This is a hard one. At first I thought ‘invisibility’ but then I figured I’d probably hear someone say something swful about me, so I changed my mind. Then I thought I’d like to turn anything I touched to gold, but there is a real downside there too. I’d be rich but hungry, nude and alone with all of the people around me having been turned into statues. Finally, I fell back on an old standby – I’d like to fly. That way I could go anywhere at any time and not have to depend on airline schedules.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I have two favorites that I eat at special times of the year. Around Christmas I have to have “peppermint stick” ice cream from United Dairy Farmers. In the summer, I have to have “Peach” ice cream from the same place. Other than that, I don’t eat a lot of ice cream.
One food you would never eat?
Anything that is terribly slimy, like snails or oysters. I have tried and I can’t get them down my throat. I ordered oysters once in a restaurant and had to give them away. So much for looking sophisticated! J
People who don’t work to their potential. I hate to see people wasting the talents they have, especially since many people would probably love to have those talents.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms. I’m not a big chocolate eater, but skittles are too much like eating pure sugar for me. I actually prefer Y&S Red Licorice (strawberry) and Cinnamon Bears.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I have always wanted to visit and live in a while in the British Isles, England, Ireland and Scotland. Life, children, other expenses, etc. have been in the way, but I’ll get there soon.
Plus I love all autumn colors, deep greens, rusts, golds, oranges
What was your first date like?
My first date was to a prom. It was a girl ask boy event. I was a freshman in high school and I asked a junior I liked to go with me. He was very cute, athletic, etc., and we talked a lot on the phone before the date. Then he got ‘mushy’ – at least that’s how I thought of it as a freshman. Next thing I knew he was saying I love you and paying me compliments that I felt were too practiced to be anything other than ‘lines.’ That turned me off so much that by the time of the date, I couldn’t stand the guy. I had this lovely prom dress, shoes, the entire outfit and I didn’t want to go. Naturally I couldn’t tell my mom after she’d bought all of this, so I gritted my teeth and went. At the end of the evening, the poor guy probably thought I’d swallowed a tub of ice. He tried to kiss me and I shook his hand. Not my finest moment. J
Have you ever went to work and realized a piece of clothing was missing?
I have forgotten to wear a bra before, but I was wearing a turtleneck and sweater so it wasn’t so noticeable. I have worn two different shoes to work and two different socks a few times.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
This incident was embarrassing, but in reality was actually very funny. It was at the time and is even funnier years later.
I was working in retail advertising for a department store in downtown Cincinnati. I was the retail fashion copywriter. I had spent all morning writing copy for a sale on lingerie. I’d put the item in front of me and toss it onto a chair after I’d finished writing about it. At the time I had a knit macramé purse, which was also tossed onto the chair. Friends came to get me at lunchtime so I grabbed my purse and headed off with them. We got in the elevator, rode down four flights and hit the outside doors to the street. My friends and I were talking away but one of them noticed people going past and whispering and pointing at us. I didn’t think something of it, when finally one little old lady came up and tapped me on the shoulder.
“Excuse me dear, but your bra is hanging on your bag.”
I lifted my shoulder bag and discovered a bra on a hanger that had gotten caught in one of the strings and was giving everyone on the street a peep show. The funniest thing was, the bra was a 42D, and I was absolutely not that well endowed and still am not.
I thanked the lady, dashed back into the store, went to the jewelry counter and tossed them the hanger. I said, “Here, hold my bra. I’ll be back for it after lunch.”
The poor woman behind the counter looked at me as if I was a lunatic. Luckily I left the store before she could call a manager or the police. J
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Meg Lacey It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Meg has a BFA and MA in theatre, acting and directing, and a minor in Fine Arts and Promotion. Over the years, Meg has been an actress, director, producer, creative director, CEO, copywriter, creative dramatics teacher, mime, mom, college instructor, and a school bus driver. She’s established two creative marketing/media companies, working as a V.P. and as CEO, creating projects in all media: network cable programming to corporate initiatives; to video, games and interactive websites. Meg is published with Harlequin, Imajinn Books, Samhain Publishing and now Entangled Publishing. Learn more about Meg and her books on her website or at any online bookstore. Look for her new books, Something’s Cooking from Entangled Publishing, 8/13; The Sparrow and the Hawk, out now. The Sparrow and the Vixens Three, 11/13, and Million Dollar Mistake, 9/13.