Thursday, May 9, 2013

Get Lost With Kate Meader!

Folks, help me welcome Kate Meader to our lovely little blog. I'm excited for you to get to know her better, so let's get to it!
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and shes there. She has a bachelors in law (useless), a masters in history (not as useless), and another masters in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at
If you can’t stand the heat . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster . . .
Get into the bedroom
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
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ALEXA: How often to you get lost in a story?
KATE: All the time! Both the one Im writing and the one (or two or three) Im reading. True story: Although Ive lived in the U.S. for almost twenty years, I only became a U.S. citizen three years ago. The 2012 Presidential election was my first time exercising my right to vote, so my husband and I were standing in line to vote at a local community center with trapeze students swinging over our heads (long story) and I was reading Kristan Higgins My One and Only on my phone. As we got closer to the voting room, I became so engrossed that I barely noticed my husband asking me whats wrong? I was so lost in the story that I hadnt even realized I had started crying. Feeling a touch foolish, I claimed that the emotion of voting in my first Presidential election had left me all verklempt! Sure, first time voting was meaningful, but probably not enough to make me tear up Kristan Higgins will do that to me, though!
ALEXA: Where do you read and how often?
KATE: On the bus, on the sofa, in bed, at the dinner table, in line to vote if I have a hand free to hold my phone or Kindle, I will be reading!
ALEXA: What sound or noise do you love?
KATE: Hey, Ill never make it to Inside the Actors Studio but I feel like I have with this question. Those famous actor folks always say childrens laughter or water tripping of a unicorns mane but Im not that sweet ;) So yes, James Lipton, I mean Alexa, Im going to go with the clink of glasses in celebration!

ALEXA: Ah yes, clinking glasses is a GREAT sound! Now, Die Hard or Die Harder?
KATE: Shoot the glass! Hans Gruber all the way, baby! (Thats Alan Rickman in Die Hard, in case youre wondering)
ALEXA: What was the first story you remember writing?
KATE: When I was about 11 years old, I wrote a time travel story that won first place in a contest at my local public library. The only thing I remember about it is that my heroine got back to her own time after a nasty fall down the stairs! Yep, traumatic brain injury will do it.

ALEXA: What's your favorite movie of all time?
KATE: Im a big fan of the screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s, such as His Girl Friday, and Hitchcock is a god (Cary Grant in North by Northwest is my favorite movie hero), but the one movie I will watch anytime I come across it on cable is An Affair to Remember, the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr version. Um, Im seeing a pattern here. *Hi, my name is Kate and Im a Cary Grant-aholic* That moment near the end when CG realizes why DK didnt make their date at the Empire State Building turns me to a blubbery mess. Every. Single. Time.
ALEXA: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
KATE: Awful! I mean, theyre hot and all but theyre so needy with their deep-seated problems and their unrelenting sexiness. And they refuse to cooperate with their mistress who really knows whats best for them. Oh, but I love them all the same.
ALEXA: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
KATE: Despite my four years as a Starbucks barista, Ive always been a tea person. I grew up in Ireland where 5-10 cups a day is not unheard of (my mother still lives in the old country and shes a tea fiend). Now I stick to two cups a day, and my preference is for Earl Grey with a splash of skim.

ALEXA: My mom's English. I'm right there with ya on the tea! Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
KATE: Id love to invite Jack Kilroy, my uber confident, sexy celebrity chef to dinner but more than thatId want him to cook for me! Jack knows that the way to the heart of Lili, my heroine is through her stomach, and hes not afraid to pull out all the stops to get there. One of the things I love about Jack is that hes more emotionally well-adjusted than my heroine. Hes what I call a happy alpha an ambitious, driven guy who sees what he wants and goes for it, and isnt afraid to poke and prod to get at the real woman behind the smart mouth.

ALEXA: Whats up next for you, Kate?
KATE: ALL FIRED UP, Book 2 in the Hot in the Kitchen series will be released on August 6.

ALEXA: For those interested, Kate has an extra treat. Go ahead and tell us, Kate!
KATE: I will have a Rafflecopter giveaway during the Feel the Heat release tour. Ill be giving away Feel the Heat foodie swag including kitchen utensils, magnets, recipe cards, and other fun extras!
Kate's grand swag bag of awesome!

Kate's mini-swag packs!

ALEXA: Thanks so much for visiting us today! Do you have a question you'd like to ask your fans?
KATE: FEEL THE HEAT is about a man who cooks and the woman who drools over his lusciousdishes. Has your significant other ever cooked a drool-worthy meal for you, and if, so what was it?

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Alexa!

  2. I've been a US citizen my whole life, and I felt like crying the last time I voted...

    1. Use that emotion for good, Teri (i.e. to write and make money- LOL)

  3. I don't remember the meal so much as the fact that he also baked me a rum cake - which was absolutely yummy!

    1. A rum cake might make you forget a meal for sure, Karen!

  4. I'd say no

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Oh no, sounds like your S.O. needs to read more romance... or cooking books :)

  5. I'd say pasta. It's easy and so Lady and the Trampish. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

    1. Yes, pasta, especially spaghetti strands slurped from both ends can be drool-worthy! Thanks for sharing, Marcy.

  6. My husband would never cook for me. He loves me and doesn't want me to die. Fortunately he has other less life-threatening skills.

    1. Ha, Regina, I hear you! My husband isn't much of a whizz in the kitchen but he does know how to bake. If your hubby's useful with power tools or loading dishwashers, then be thankful for small mercies.

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  8. Thanks for spending the day with us, Kate. Best of luck with your publication career.

    1. Thanks, Angi! I really enjoyed my visit to your site.