Monday, June 10, 2013

Then, Again by Karen Stivali Book Tour

Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need. 

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head. 

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.


Photographer Kay Turner's life has completely turned upside down, finding out her grandmother  has died, then walks into her apartment and finds out her boyfriend, now ex, has been carrying on an affair.  At least she has found a bright spot,  her teenage crush James Margolis.

James can't believe he is lucky enough to spend time with Kay, he remembers her and the moment he realized she was a grown woman.  Coming off a long term relationship, James isn't sure he wants to get mixed into a new one especially while trying to open a new restaurant.  Every instinct tells hi though she is who he wants to be with.  Both find they are falling hard for one another, but the harsh words he ex said repeats itself often and she wonders if there is some truth to it.

I felt for Kay, she is been hit hard and unsure that she can trust again.  James is the perfect match for her though with his ability to read her, his timing is perfect.  I thought the issues they both faced were realistic and added to the genuine emotions they both were struggling with.  Wonderful read.


Why I love to write about food
The three things you're guaranteed to find in my stories are steamy love scenes, happily ever after endings and food. The first two things clearly go together so I'm often asked why I have so much food in my books. The answer is pretty simple. Food, in addition to being delicious and sensual in its own right, can evoke lots of memories.

Taste and smell can carry a lot of emotional weight. The aroma of a favorite childhood meal cooking can transport you back in time. A bite of something that you haven't eaten in a long time can remind you of other times you enjoyed it. In Then, Again food serves as both a source of shared memories---Kay used to eat at James's family's fish market when she was growing up and James used to enjoy the treats Kay's grandmother would bring to his family---and something that brings them together now that they've reconnected.
When Kay's grandmother passes away unexpectedly and Kay inherits her beach house, she spends the summer there trying to decide what to do. While there she spends time with James who is in the process of opening an upscale restaurant. Teaching James how to make some of her grandmother's favorite recipes is not only helping James round out his new menu, it's also helping Kay to grieve and heal from the loss of her grandmother. Remembering her grandmother's special recipes and passing them on to James is a perfect way to keep her grandmother's memories (and traditions) alive.
Food is like that. It can help people bond and heal. It's a way of sharing something personal. Cooking together can be fun and sexy (especially when the hot guy is in an apron, which Kay insists on when she's giving James cooking lessons).
I can't imagine writing a love story and not talking about the food the couple shares. To me, it's as important as the conversations, the sex and every other facet of a relationship.
What about you? Do you have a favorite food memory? A food that transports you back to a certain time or place? If you do, I'd love to hear it!

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