Welcome Vicki Essex


Vicki Essex lives on a space colony with her husband, space cat, robot dog butler and a fleet of red spaceships…in her imagination. In reality, she lives in Toronto and is still working on finding a robot butler dog. 

She loves to hear from readers. Visit her at www.vickiessex.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vickiessexauthor and Twitter @VickiEssex.

Note from Maureen: Vicki has no sense of humor. None whatsoever. She really does think she lives in space. ;-) Play along everyone. *wink wink*


Back to the Good Fortune Diner
Harlequin Superromance, January 2013

Everville, New York--it's the town where Tiffany Cheung grew up, and the last place she wants to be. But after losing her job in Manhattan, that's exactly where she finds herself. Worse, she's working at her family's Chinese diner and feeling like the outsider she once was. The only bright side is that Chris Jamieson, the boy she used to tutor, is still around. Her high school crush is hotter than ever, and he needs her help...again.

Tutoring Chris's son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her-and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing Because Tiffany's not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life. But maybe what's real is about to change....

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MAUREEN:  What’s your favorite holiday?
VICKI:  Chinese New Year. It takes place in that January/February slump after the holidays, and involves lots of color, food, shopping, and gifts of money—exactly what I need at that time of the year.

MAUREEN:  What’s your favorite movie of all time?
VICKI:  The original Star Wars trilogy. If I had to pick my favorite of the three, I’d say Return of the Jedi. Because I love Ewoks!

MAUREEN:  Who was your favorite teacher in grade school? Why?
VICKI:  Mrs. Biggs was my teacher for grades 3, 5 and 6. She encouraged me to read a lot, and write as long as I liked. I published my first book, Too Many People in the House, in her class. I still have it! Read it here: http://vickiessex.com/?p=1724

MAUREEN:  Awesome!! Where in the world would you most like to visit?
VICKI:  San Diego Comicon. I’ve always wanted to go to “nerd mecca.”

MAUREEN:  Oh, me too. My dream is to go their as an author... What’s your favorite cartoon character?
VICKI:  Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. He’s one of the most conflicted and well-written characters on a Nickelodeon show ever. I’m a huge fan of the show.

MAUREEN:  What sound or noise do you love?
VICKI:  The sound of a spoon stirring hot chocolate. It clunks rather than clinks in a mug.

MAUREEN:   :) Who’s your favorite villain?
VICKI:  Azula, also from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I cannot say enough good things about this TV show.

MAUREEN:  What’s the most romantic thing anyone ever did for you?
VICKI:  On Valentine’s Day, my husband made me lunch and stuffed Valentine’s Day cards in my sandwich box, lunch bag, and throughout all my purse and coat pockets so I kept find love notes all day. Did I mention they were Avatar: The Last Airbender Valentine’s Day cards?

MAUREEN:  Gosh. I match made in heaven for sure! What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
VICKI:  Blink.

MAUREEN:  Ha! What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?
VICKI:  “Would you like a glass of Scotch?”

MAUREEN:  LOL. You know I’m willing to ask that one, any time!


MAUREEN:  What was your favorite book when you were twelve?
VICKI:  I had a ton of favorites, but I’d probably say The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It was how I got into fantasy.

MAUREEN:  Me too! 


VICKI ASKS:  What kind of heroes do you like reading about? Cowboys? Doctors? Business tycoons? Vampires? Werewolves? Working class single dads? Royalty? Playboys? Athletes?


Vicki will give away one copy of Back to the Good Fortune Diner to one lucky commenter chosen at random!


  1. I like pretty well all heroes; variety is the spice of life. That being said, I don't buy books based on the characters' occupations; I buy because I like to read the romance, and, if an author can write well, she/he can write with ANY occupation (IMHO).

  2. Hi Vicki,

    Love your blogs -so are so funny. I like real heroes - Cowboys, Working class guys, I am not into Paranormal, so no Vampires or Werewolves for me

    yenastone at aol dot com

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  3. Welcome to GLIAS, Vicki ! I like realistic characters put into unusual situations. There's always a soft spot in my heart for single dads. Have you seen WE BOUGHT A ZOO ?


  4. I think I like vampires, werewolves or someone with a bit of danger... :)

  5. I like vampires, werewolves, cowboys.


  6. I like most heroes. I just don't want to read about characters who are too similar too close together.

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