We are very happy to welcome Bru Baker to the blog. Bru is closing out our Blog Tour for GRL 2016 and she has provided a Guest blog and we are featuring her newest release, More Than Okay.
First off, I’d like to thank GGR for having me here today! I’ve been following the GRL posts across all the blogs with increasing anticipation as the months passed, and it’s hard to believe October is here and GRL is just around the corner.
Last year was awesome in sunny San Diego, but nothing beats the Midwest in the fall. Though it’s anyone’s guess if I’ll ever make it out of the hotel—I always go with the intention to sightsee and wander, but there’s so much going on at the conference that I don’t usually want to take time away to go off-property. The exception is eating—I’m a foodie who tends to collect meals as souvenirs of my travels. The best thing about that is no matter how busy you are, you always have to eat, so it’s not hard to fit in that kind of sightseeing. Last year Caraway Carter led us on an expedition to the California classic In ‘N Out that I’ll never forget, and this year I’m not leaving Kansas City until I make some good BBQ memories. From what I’ve been reading about Kansas City, that shouldn’t be a challenge!
Food plays such an integral part in our lives that it feels natural to incorporate it into my writing as well. I love to have my characters make a meal together, since there’s an intimacy and vulnerability involved with being that domestic together. Plus, I just love food. Researching the recipes for King of the Kitchen was a ton of fun—so much so that I included recipes I’d developed for it in the back of the book so readers could experiment with them, too.
I almost always have food in my books, though it’s not usually central to the plot like King of the Kitchen. My latest novella More Than Okay, doesn’t have cooking exactly, but it does include an important scene that revolves around food when Connor seduces Jake with a s’more. (Trust me, it sounds goofy, but it’s off-the-charts sexy!)
Rick R. Reed, Brandon Witt and I will be talking about why food is so important—and what motivates us as both foodies and authors—in our spotlight panel at GRL, Books You Can Devour. I’m excited to hear what they have to say about the role of food in romance novels and talk with readers about what they love about books that feature food and characters who cook (or just eat!). If you’re at GRL, I hope we’ll see you there!
Bru Baker spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
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- Book Title: More Than Okay
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Bru Baker
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2016)
- Book Length: 64 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Something in Jake’s relationship with Connor is changing, and not for the better. The only thing that’s been growing between them recently is silence, and when Connor starts lying about where he’s been and slipping out of bed at night, Jake fears the worst. Jake gets the surprise of his life when he finds out what Connor has really been doing. It couldn’t be further from what he’d expected. Instead of ending the relationship, Connor has been building up to taking the next step together with a huge romantic surprise for Jake. The scare shows Jake what’s really important, and the ordeal might make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.