Yay! It’s my girl Beth Ciotta book birthday! I love! love! love Beth. She’s my darlin’ dear and my friend. I read The Trouble With Love here in the Caribbean on my work trip. It was a delicious escape and I highly recommend this contemporary romance.
Oh! Oh! I filmed a vlog review for The Trouble With Love on the patio as the sun was setting one night last week here in the Turks. Click HERE to see it.
The Queen of Tarts
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Me: Beth! Beth! Beth! *big hugs* Come on in hon and get comfy on my virtual couch. I was trying to think what to serve and…. well, honestly? Cupcakes are my fav dessert so I had to stick with cupcakes. *waves at plate* help me eat them!
Beth: Help you? Why I’ll be happy to take the lead. Hey, you don’t want that red velvet one, do you? What about that chocolate one with the marshmellow center? *Beth swipes two cupcakes and eyes a third.* Don’t mind me. Carry on!
Me: *bounces on couch* I absolutely positively LOVE The Trouble With Love! *sigh* I adore how relatable your characters are. I loved the underlying message of hope and overcoming your past. I fell even more in love with Jayce during this story *daydreams* And I want to hang out with Rocky! And the rest of the Cupcake Lovers Club… I’m even warming up to She Who Shall Not Be Named. 😛
Beth: Yes, let’s not name “her”. You know how much she adores the attention. Can you believe how she . . . Never mind. Spoiler. That person aside, I wouldn’t mind hanging with the Cupcake Lovers myself. As for Jayce . . . *swoon*
I actually wailed a bit at the last page because I’m nowhere near done with Sugar Creek and I’m in love with the people and *bops Beth with a pillow* aack! I NEED more! You didn’t leave me hanging with Rocky and Jayce…. But But But lol Now I sound like a motor boat. Give me a crumb here… How long till the sequel/s? And please say Luke is next! *puppy dog eyes*
Beth: *Beth finger combs her hair, recovering from the pillow bash* Thank God you didn’t smoosh my red velvet. Speaking of cupcakes, could you pass me that one with the sprinkles? Thank you. Where were we? Ah. The sequels! Yes, yes! There is absolutely more Cupcake Lovers on the way. Two more at least. Hopefully more. And yes, you guessed it, Luke is next! *Beth sets aside one cupcake to fan herself* Just picturing Luke, standing behind the bar, looking all sexy in . . . But I digress. *Grins at Kat and licks sprinkle from the chocolate buttercream icing* Luke’s story—ANYTHING BUT LOVE—debuts in September!
Anything But Love
LOVE IS SWEET…For Reagan Deveraux, Sugar Creek, Vermont, and the Cupcake Lovers are a dream come true: A cozy little town where family and friends come before everything else. She’s never experienced anything like it—especially not growing up with her mother, a fickle, fame-hungry heiress. But Rae’s plan to hide out in anonymity for a year until she can claim her inheritance—and her independence—changes with one kiss from gorgeous pub owner Luke Monroe.UNTIL YOU SPICE IT UP…
Luke’s charm is legendary, but he’s never been a one-woman man. Until Rae captures his attention, that is, and then disappears. With a little help from a friend, Luke tracks her down—and unearths secrets almost too wild to be true, as well as the fact that Rae lied to him, and to all of Sugar Creek. Luke’s not sure if he can forgive her, but he definitely can’t forget her, and when she returns to save the Cupcake Lovers from disaster, he knows it’s his chance to get the truth—and get the girl, this time for good…
Me: *Kermit flail* I CAN’T Wait!
You have your cupcake apron and also steampunk gear sides of your storytelling right now… Side note, how do you switch gears *snicker* When you write your different series? Where was I? Oh! What is churning around in that head of yours? What are you working on now?
Beth: Switching gears *ka-ching!* isn’t easy. My contemporary cupcake world and my paranormal Victorian steampunk world are two completely different, um, kettles of fish. That didn’t make sense did it? But you know what I mean. I tend to concentrate on one or the other, not both. Although sometimes I don’t have a choice since the production schedules overlap. On those occasions I wear my cupcake apron and my steampunk goggles and try not to look as frazzled as I feel. Presently I’m writing the third Cupcake Lovers book so I’ve been spending a lot of time with Luke. Don’t be jealous.
Me: *grabs another chocolate cupcake* humph! Jealous? Luke…. *sigh*
Ok, it’s time to get serious here…
*checks to see if Beth believes me and collapses back on the couch giggling*
ok! Ok! I’m rarely serious. It’s time for silliness 😀
Beth: Thank God. You had me worried.
How could you compare writing to exploring New York City (like Rocky did!) ?
Beth: Well, I’ve actually been to New York City quite a few times, so quite a bit of firsthand experience came into play as I wrote Rocky’s adventures in the Big Apple. Except I’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty. Can you believe that? And I’ve never been . . . Ooh. Spoiler. Never mind. Let’s just say I’ve never ended up in a NYC hospital *g*
Me: lol Ix-nay on the ospital-hay 😀
I just made up a word cupcakeization please make up a definition and use the word in a sentence.
Beth: Cupcakeization: a state of semi-euphoria and sugar overload by eating numerous cupcakes in a very brief period.
Beth palmed her forehead, feeling a little lightheaded as she reached for her fourth cupcake in less than ten minutes. “Oh, dear. I think I’m experiencing cupcakeization. Maybe I should lay off the cupcakes. Not.”
Me: *raises cupcake in salute* Never lay off the cupcakes!
Hmmm lol We’ve had our Book Tart Quickie…. So let’s do a longy 😀
How about 8 random things about Beth?
1. At a movie theater which arm rest is yours?
2. What’s your birthday?
A day I usually skate through like any other day. I’m not big on birthdays, but I adore you so, I’ll share. 🙂 October 15
oooo *makes a note*
3. Do you have a cherished childhood teddybear or other soft fluffy critter?
A Bo-Bo clown. I don’t know why it’s called “Bo-Bo”, but my grandma made him for me out of a sock. He’s actually a little scary looking. But my grandma made him so he’s special. I can’t believe he’s survived all these years!
4. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I have no idea. Two closets full. But I seem to wear the same four pair all the time. Is that weird or what?
lol me too!
5. How many pillows do you sleep with?
One. And it’s really soft.
6. How long could you go without talking?
Believe it or not, all day.
7. What color socks are you wearing?
Ugh. I feel so boring now. Grey. No! Wait, you’re not looking. Uh, purple with yellow stripes. Yeah, that’s it.
lol purple with yellow stripes!
8. Have you ever been in a band?
Lots of them. Before I was a writer, I made my living as a singer for over twenty-five years. Let’s just say I’ve lived a colorful life.
Me: Beth darlin’ I am so happy you were able to hang out with me again. You rock the Casbah and I can’t wait to hug you and squeeze at the Romantic Times Book Convention!
Beth: Thank you so much for having me, Kat. As always there’s never a dull moment with you. Should I be worried about what trouble we might get into at the RT Convention? Nah!!
Me: *snicker* Trouble? Nahhhh!
Beth: (((hugs back atcha)))
PS: Don’t forget to enter the contest! *points down* TWO chances to win The Trouble With Love!