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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spicing Things Up Book Tour + Giveaway

Tyne Newsome promised to help Daphne Ferris pick up the pieces if her professor boyfriend dumped her. Tyne is a hottie chef with no intentions of committing to anyone. He has big plans for his future. Daphne owns a stained glass shop and spends most evenings eating dinner with her parents. She prefers safety and solitude, but Tyne keeps bumping her out of her usual routines. He's not someone she can ignore. And soon, they find that they complement each other so well, they're both pushed to places they've never been before. 


Miriam looked Tyne up and down. “So what’s the deal? Why are you pestering Daphne? Because if you’ve tagged her for sloppy seconds, I’ll tar and feather you and drive you out of town.”

A warrior. He grinned. He liked this woman more and more. “What are you, her protector?”

“Yes.” She crossed her arms. “The professor hurt her enough. I’m warning you off.”

“You’ve got it wrong. I don’t have to chase women. They chase me. I’m pestering Daphne because she’s a friend. I think the professor’s a dick, and I don’t want her to retreat back into her shell since he dumped her.”

Miriam’s eyes went wide. He doubted too many people surprised her, but he must have.

“So, you’re playing the Good Samaritan?”

“I don’t make a habit of it. And I’m not all that patient, but I thought I’d give it a shot.”

He watched Miriam’s right eyebrow rise. He knew that look. He was the recipient of it many times. “Are you a teacher?”

“That obvious? High school English. But don’t think I hide behind books. I intend to rattle Daphne’s cage, too. I don’t care if I end up single, living with cats, and talking to myself, but she will. She took a step. I want her to keep going.”

“So do I.”

Miriam nodded. “Good, then I don’t have to threaten you or hire someone to hurt you. You do your thing, and I’ll do mine, and hopefully, we’ll move Daphne in the right direction.”


What inspired you to write this story?
This is my fourth Mill Pond romance.  I wanted the first one to have plenty of humor, so Ian is warm and charming.  In book two, Ian’s brother Brody broods a lot and is pretty darned particular.  He’s a bit of a pain, but a keeper.  In book three, Chase is so easy-going, he’s never gotten serious enough to settle down.  Tyne was in book three, too, and I meant for him to have a small part.  He was going to be a friend, someone Chase and Paula could talk to, but that man walked onto the pages and strutted his stuff.  He’s hot, and he knows it, but he’s not conceited.  He just came to life, so I let him have his own story in SPICING THINGS UP.  

What was your favorite part to write?
I just loved listening to the words that popped out of Tyne’s mouth.  Tyne says things I’d never say.  If I tried to censor him, he’d say something worse.  He came as a well-formed character who was comfortable in his own skin.  Plus, he’s a decent human being.  He was easy to write, even if I didn’t always approve of him.

What was the hardest part to write?
I could hardly stand to see Daphne and Tyne suffer.  Daphne has so little ego, such a smidgeon of self-esteem, that it was a joy to see Tyne pull her out of her shell.  When her parents squash that, it hurt.  

How did you come up with your characters?
Tyne has bits and pieces of my grandson, who’s an Aquarius and loves to challenge just about anything.  If you ask him a question, you’d better want an honest answer.  (Brody, in book two, has bits and pieces from my other grandson, a worrier who always feels responsible and has a big heart).  And Daphne?  I’ve met a few women whom I like and admire who believe in everyone but themselves.  

Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it?
Mill Pond #5, FIRST KISS, ON THE HOUSE, comes out at the end of June.  Miriam is Daphne’s best friend—and talk about opposites.  Miriam is will-power in the flesh--brash, funny, and loyal.  When Joel meets her, he thinks of her as an Amazon.  He married his high school sweetheart to “save” her, but he didn’t realize that she didn’t want saved.  She liked being weak and having to be cared for and protected.  He’d have hung in there, but when they had a daughter with cerebral palsy, who’d never mentally grow older than twelve, she didn’t like it that Joel paid more attention to Adelle than her.  Her jealousy became such an issue, Joel finally had to divorce her.  But when he meets Miriam—a strong, independent woman—he’s smitten.

Thanks so much for inviting me on your blog!

About the Author:

Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, a noisy Chihuahua, and a parakeet. She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need. That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories. She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for inviting me to your blog. I enjoyed the questions you sent. If any of your readers have any coments or questions, yippee! I love answering them.

  3. Really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the book.