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With the rise of popularity of food shows, it only makes sense that food is an important part of romances. More than the heroine and hero going out to dinner or having a picnic along the riverbank, authors are creating their own Food Network shows. Ones that we are dying to watch!
Author Catherine Peace has created such a place in her latest release, EMBER'S SECRET. Back Road Eats is a wonderful show which features local restaurants and tasty treats. Austin Garten, the hero is the host of this wildly popular show. He travels across the United States to find those unique places to appear on his show. Sometimes, it is a planned trip but as we often know....you find the greatest food when you least expect it.
Ms. Peace winds her paranormal tale of a family of shifters with a Food Network show, and features some authentic Maori foods. You will be captured by the sizzling storyline and compelling romance but the Maori dishes are an extra treat.
Now available in Ebook and Print, EMBER'S SECRET is the first in the Solstice Quartet series and sure to keep you engaged in the story. Be sure to get your copy today!
Ember Ngata only wants two things out of life: to be reunited with her sisters, and to see people return to her café. Catering to people she never sees again, she experiences a loneliness that can’t be filled. As one of the last Whakamanu—a descendant of the Maori bird-god Tane—she holds on to the secrets of her decimated tribe. Family first.
TV personality and host of the popular show Back Road Eats, Austin Garten needs more in his life than Breadbasket America grilling. He’s tired of the safe routes and the easy and dependable foods his network loves to display. When his RV breaks down in Wyoming, and he learns about Kai, a Maori restaurant outside of Casper, his interest is piqued. Once Austin meets the proprietor, he wants more than just her food. He wants her.
The Solstice, the Maori New Year, is fast approaching, and with the heat in her kitchen ratcheting up, Ember realizes she can’t keep her secret for much longer. But will Austin be able to accept her? Or will her secret drive them apart?
Austin took in the empty café. Regardless of the somewhat bland décor, tired beige walls, and dated seating, the food so far was a revelation. Little pieces spoke to Ember’s heritage. Maori masks here and there, some abstract artwork, but the true star had to be the food. “I don’t understand why there aren’t more people in here. I get that it’s out of the way and … well, it’s not the most exciting dining room, but damn. If the rest of what she makes is this good, people are missing out.”
“And you’re not gonna rest until everyone knows, right?” Ray asked.
Austin glanced at his friend over the now-empty plate, the last piece of lamb between his thumb and forefinger. “That’s what we do, isn’t it? We tell people about all these little marvels they might miss out on otherwise?”
Ray made a sound in the back of his throat. Austin knew that sound, and he knew he wouldn’t like what followed. “It is. But if she’s not willing to talk about it, what can we do?”
About the Author:
Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories.
Catherine currently lives on a farm in South Carolina. E-I-E-I-O.