Spotlight & Giveaway: All the Way by Jennifer Probst

Posted March 12th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Entangled Pub. / 66 comments

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst to HJ! 

It’s All About Voice…by Jennifer Probst

JBI remember so many of the books that left a lasting impression on me – the so called “keepers” on the shelves that I couldn’t stand to let go of. In my journey as a writer, I’ve studied craft and the various pieces that can make a great book. But there is an unconscious, magical element that is seen through an author’s works that brings all the key items together to make a conscious whole; to make a reader sigh and believe it was a great book.

Voice.

I am of the opinion you will either hate a writer’s voice or love it. And that’s ok. When a voice is strong within a book, the author is carving out the story in a very individualized and unique way. It is voice that will show how so many writers can take one plot and create entirely different works. If the voice is weak and overly polished by well meaning craft, the book may fall flat and barely shimmer from the page.

I have certain tendencies and habits, as most authors do, for when I’m creating my story. I favor a book heavy on dialogue, finding that is the way I like to express information and have readers get to know my characters. The back and forth banter is a great way to also include sexual tension between the hero and heroine. I am a huge advocate in making the reader wait before the culmination of sex, and love peppering my scenes with a slow sizzle that eventually steams to the surface.

All the Way 900pxI use humor. A lot. Life is too funny not to in my view, and bringing in various forms of culture and habits and weaknesses in my characters break up the seriousness and allows me to go deeper into a character. For example, when I wrote All the Way, I enjoyed the way Gavin’s family drives him crazy, from the chef’s emotional cooking methods, to his father’s Posse group who discusses Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack like they were critical elements in the world. I love using movies and music readers know because it drags them into real life.

I also incorporate a food critic rivalry between my heroine and a well known competitor. Besides bringing a few laughs to the reader, I’m able to show a different part of the career and a new aspect of my heroine’s character. Even when pushed by unethical methods, she is feisty but fair. She won’t sink to her competitor’s level, which gives the reader confirmation this is a heroine they can root for. Oh, and a good catfight is just plain fun!

Finally, I love to bring in everyday symbols and pepper my book with familiarity. It brings a sense of home to the reader. I mention popular movies, songs, television shows, etc. My readers have come to expect some fun mentions and enjoy seeking them out and bringing them to my attention. A hint for All the Way: think reality cooking shows!

Bringing all these elements into my story guarantees a book filled with the components I love to write and read about, and hopefully, a great book! 

 

Giveaway: 2 copies of ALL THE WAY

To enter giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form below and post a comment to this Q: What is your fav. cuisine and your go to comfort food? Why?

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Book Blurb: 

The food critic…

Miranda Storme never expected to see Gavin Luciano again. Three years ago, they had an intense affair—and then he bolted. Now he’s back, and Miranda has the pleasure of a little payback: a scathing review of his restaurant. Revenge is a dish best served the first chance you get…

And the restaurateur…

With three months to make his family’s struggling Italian restaurant successful, a bad review is Gavin’s worst nightmare. But this isn’t just about the meal. He’s finally realized what he left behind and is determined to spend the next eight weeks proving himself to her in the kitchen…and in the bedroom! This is one dish she won’t be able to refuse…

Price: $2.99

Page count: 204 pages

Buy links:

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About Jennifer Probst:  

Jennifer Probst is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance fiction, both sexy and erotic.

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66 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: All the Way by Jennifer Probst”

  1. joni78

    I have many favorite foods but the one I don’t get often so is most special would be homemade Lasagna. My comfort food is white or milk chocolate or both. I love Hershey Kisses & Hershey Hugs.

  2. P.J. Evans

    I love all food – Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Southern… EVERYTHING basically =) I’m very fortunate to live in NYC where I can sample all the world’s cuisine on pretty much every corner. But my go-to comfort food would have to be pasta. It’s easy to whip up, and very versatile. I like experimenting with different recipes, so each time I make a pasta dish, I try to change it up. Sorry for rambling, I’m a foodie! =D

  3. Becky M

    My fave comfort food is my mom’s corned beef and cabbage, with some of her homemade dinner rolls on the side. My go-to cuisine is Italian–anything with sauce, meat, and cheese 🙂

  4. Evelyn

    My favorite comfort food is baked chicken with mashed potato. I love it because every Thanksgiving this is what we have instead of turkey and it always reminds me of great moments with my family.

  5. Mary Preston

    It would have to be roast lamb with all the fixings. Every time we have it I always say we should have it more often.

  6. Melody May

    I love Mexican food, but I have to wait till I go home to Cali before I can have some. Comfort food is ice cream especially Ben & Jerry. They are my best friends when I need comfort.

  7. orchid7

    I love Mexican cuisine. And my go to comfort food is homemade chocolate chip cookies.
    I really like Jennifer Probst’s work. I just finished The Marriage Bargain, which was excellent. Very sweet.

  8. Marcy Shuler

    My favorite cuisine in Chinese, but I’m an adventurous eater. I love trying new foods/cultures.

    My favorite comfort food would be soup. I love it.

  9. martha lawson

    My comfort food would be homemade chicken and dumplings! Mexican is my favorite food.

  10. Karen Pietrusinski

    My favorite comfort and go to food would be a nice juicy steak with baked potato and nice tossed salad. Gee, now I am hungry with all this food talk..lol.

  11. KYLA WHITLEY

    favorite cuisine would be mexican food. comfort food would be homemade soup. thank you for sharing your work. 🙂

  12. Kai W.

    I love French and Italian cuisine. I usually go out or cook them when I feel like I did something great. My comfort food is tacos and fried chicken.

  13. Aline

    My fave cuisine is Indonesian food since I’m an Indonesian 🙂
    My comfort food is ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Yummy 😀

  14. Sharlene Wegner

    Lasagna is my favorite meal. Maybe it stems from my childhood, since my mother didn’t love to cook & that was the one meal she did well. Plus, the only time we got to have soda (as opposed to milk) was when we had Italian food.

  15. Sarah M.

    My favorite comfort food is homemade soup of nearly any variety as long as the ingredients are fresh.

  16. wendy

    my favorite type of food is chinese. comfort food is noodles or homemade macaroni and cheese.

  17. Sheri

    Italian meatloaf!!! I don’t really have a comfort food… cravings sometimes but those don’t get fed often 😉

  18. Cris

    Favourite is a toss-up between Spanish food or Mediterranean (of the falafel/couscous/pita persuasion)… I think my Southern European roots are showing 🙂

    Comfort food? A really nice, plain, gourmet dark chocolate bar. What, chocolate is absolutely food!

  19. Christine Merritt

    Thai food always…

    Comfort food – Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years, I grew up in Louisiana. My go to comfort food is a big glass of sweet tea and hush puppies, but french fries will do in a pinch…

  20. Alicia Jespersen

    Indian food! Oh yea! Yummmmmmm!

    My all time fav comfort food is my homemade spaghetti! Boy oh boy is it delicious! I really enjoy spaghetti as a comfort food because it is something that I can make without having to follow a recipe. I just know what goes in when and how much needs to be added. It’s just something I love making!

  21. girlfromwva

    Favorite food is Italian. Comfort food would be spaghetti because I can always remember Mom making a big pot of it along with her homemade meatballs; brings back memories of her and all us kids (7) around our table.

  22. Joanne B

    My favorite cuisine is Chinese. My go to comfort food is homemade pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.

  23. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    Honestly…this is soo cliche but very true for me….My comfort food is Kit-Kat ice cream. I have no idea why..it’s just when I feel in the blues I have to have ice cream to calm me down. lol ;p

    As for my fav cuisine…I don’t have one. I’m not very picky as long as there is no turnips or red meat I’m good. (I know I know…I just can’t stand the taste of turnip and red meat. D:)

  24. kim brooks

    Favorite cuisine….mexican food
    Go to comfort food…does chocolate count…if not a big ooey gooey cinnamon roll.

  25. Yazmin Rangel

    Favorite cousine Italian, I love pasta! Comfort food would have to be ice cream, it’s just so smooth and easy to eat without a lot of hassle. 🙂

  26. Kelly Fox

    My comfort food is bottle of coca-cola. Gotta stop that just can’t. My favorite cuisine is anything with red meat (another bad food) but hey, I like it!

  27. Amanda phillips

    Sushi and Italian. They are so different but I eat them at the same meal all the time 🙂

  28. Felicia Roldan

    I loved it so much. Was so sad when I finished it I wanted it to continue on. Going to reread I enjoyed it so much!

  29. Gloria walshver

    I like meatloaf and my comfort food is ice cream. When i eat it I feel good about myself.

  30. Veronica

    I love Italian food, but my go to comfort food is chocolate, especially chocolate ice cream

  31. Diah Didi

    Chocolate … but I’m pretty comfort with any food. Hahahaha….
    Thank you so much for the giveaway. Can’t wait to read the book! ^^

  32. lennifer13

    My comfort food is Cabbage rolls and the reason is that they remind me of my granny and her cooking when she was alive! I miss her!
    Good luck on the success of your book and thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Timitra

    Ice cream and chocolate cake are comfort are my comfort foods because they’re a cure all to me!

  34. amel armeliana

    Since I’m an Indonesian, my favorite cuisine is Indonesian food. My favorite food is fried rice. Hmmmm….it’s so delicious^^

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  35. roslyngroves

    My favourite cuisine is Thai – give me that any day. But for good old fashioned comfort food, nothing can go past my mum’s curried noodles – best eaten the day after – oh, lordy it’s good!

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