February 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest post & Giveaway w/ author Ros Clarke (18+)

Thanks so much for inviting me on to the blog to talk about my new book, Table For One, and my recipe for love. You know, when I'm cooking, I rarely use recipe books. I love reading recipes, but when I cook I like to just throw things in and see how it turns out. That's more or less my approach to writing as well. So when I was thinking about a recipe for love, I did what any sane person would do when asked for a recipe: I googled. And found this:

A little bit of me and a whole lot of you

Add a dash of starlight and a dozen roses, too....

That's Harry Connick Jr's recipe for love. It's ridiculously sentimental, but it's also a bit vague, don't you think? I mean, a dash of starlight? How much is that? What if you live in a city where the light pollution means you can't see the stars? And those roses? Pink? Yellow? Or do they have to be red for the magic to work? It's not exactly a balanced recipe, either. You only get a little bit of me, but I get a whole lot of you. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

So then I asked Twitter, who suggested:
  • Chemistry
  • Patience
  • Chocolate
  • Sauce Bearnaise
  • Diamonds
  • Truth
Which... sounds revolting.

I bet Ward Nicholls, hero of Table for One and the Seventh Sexiest Man in London, has a recipe for love. He has a special talent for knowing exactly what to cook for someone according to their mood. The first meal he cooks for Claudia Thomas seduces her completely, before either of them are really ready for it. The next gives them both a chance to take a rational look at each other in the cold light of day and work out whether they've found something worth fighting for.

For me? Well, I have no idea! Ask me when I've fallen in love with someone and I'll tell you what worked. Better still, why don't you tell me what worked for you?

About the book
Table For One is a short, contemporary romance from Entangled Publishing's exciting new Flirts line.

When food critic Claudia Thomas gets dumped on Valentine's Day, she finds herself occupying a table for one at London's hottest new restaurant. If her job wasn't on the line, she'd skip the whole affair, but her editor's waiting for a review--and with luck, an interview with sexy chef Ward Nicholls.

Ward, intrigued by the single woman in a restaurant full of couples, sets out to tease her palate. Claudia has never tasted anything so luscious as the special meal Ward prepares for her, but when the seduction moves from the restaurant to his bedroom, Claudia discovers the only thing more tempting than his food is the chef himself.

Their connection is instantaneous, sizzling, and spicy--until Claudia comes clean about her job, reopening a wound Ward had thought long-healed. Could one accidental lie of omission end a delicious relationship before it even has a chance to start?

More details and an excerpt are available here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/table-for-one/

Buy it at Amazon (US), B&N, Amazon (UK)

About Ros
Ros is a writer, a student, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She lives in a sixteenth century shed in England and is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life.

Ros has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, never dreaming that other people would be interested in reading them. A few years ago, she discovered a writing forum on the internet, and has never looked back. Her head--and her hard drive--are full of ideas for fresh, fun, contemporary romances that she hopes you'll love as much as she does.

You can also find Ros on twitter, at Goodreads, and at her own blog. Come and say hi!


Ros is giving away an eBook copy of, Table for One.

To enter:
  • Open International
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Leave a comment below answering this questions, What is your recipe for love?
  • Make sure to include your name and e-mail address.
  • Giveaway ends February 29th. 

Good luck! 


  1. Recipe for love.....be honest & have FUN!!

  2. Mutual respect, good communication and unconditional love is a good recipe for love for me :)


  3. Honesty, respect, and to be my husband's girlfriend!


  4. The book sounds really good since I'm a food and romance fan.

    Recipe for love would begin with an honest friendship, then built to trust and mutual goal for the relationship and of course spiced with romance and the unexpected on occasion.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. Recipe for love would be honesty, respect, integrity, romantic, caring and kinds. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

  6. hmm recipe for love would be honesty, laughter, trust, and friendship : )

  7. Spontaneity (among other things) is in my recipe... gotta keep things fresh and never boring so the spark never dies:)


  8. This is such a fun question! Respect, humility, and plenty of sugar since that's what joy is made of.

    Nicole R. nrosario23@yahoo.com



    I have just started a blog called moonShineArtSpot for writers, illustrators, & book reviews & interviews. I was wondering if you can provide me with any free ebooks to review for you on my blog. I am trying to add more content before I advertise it. I also hope to have my own children's book published by the end of the year. Thank you.

    Lisa Chandler

  10. my recipe for love is respect, affection, honesty, and communication, and more :) meghan gale meghangale(at)rogers(dot)com

  11. Great suggestions, everyone! Sounds like you all know what's important. Good luck with winning the book!

  12. Be friends first. Really get to know each other, and don't play games. Communicate!
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Farinrochelle at gmail dot com

  13. As said before: start out as friends, get to know what each other like to do. Then before engaging in romantic activities you know if you have something in common..


  14. Hmm that's a good question. For me it's humor, understanding, friendship, and a warm snuggly bed.

    eckstein 99 (at) comcast dot net


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