We’re “mixing it up” today at THOUGHTS on THIS ‘n THAT, with our very good friend and Chick-Lit writer, TRACIE BANISTER!
Tracie and I discovered we both love the Holidays and enjoy hunting down cute Christmas cards. I mean, we really search. We end up sending each other the ones we think are most darling, usually with little dogs in them. Actually, we both love to buy and send cards year-round and believe the art of letter writing is not dead. It’s alive and well.
Back to her writing novels … Tracie has published four, including, MIXING IT UP and she’s hard at work on her new novel. Readers can’t seem to gobble them up fast enough. She’s here to tell us all about her latest book, MIXING IT UP ! It’s absolutely delish!Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster, Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried – not too much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?
Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry – bright, gorgeous and he knows how to produce hit television shows. He’s the genius behind several generating buzz and sizzling in the ratings. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.
Italian chef, Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce,” makes top-chef, Gordon Ramsey seem like a nice guy. He once was Cecily’s boss and she has the PTSD burns to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s ego knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to bash him on the head with a sauté pan. They’re toxic together, but viewers love their bickering and fighting and most of all, it all attracts huge ratings!
As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?
Readers are just going to have to sit down with a glass of Merlot and find out what’s cooking in and out of the kitchen! It’s all soooo good!
PURCHASE LINK FOR MIXING IT UP (AMAZON)
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the back-burner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. MIXING IT UP is her fourth Chick Lit novel, and in it, Tracie finally gets to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
We’re lucky to have an e-book copy of her new novel, MIXING IT UP! Just tell us what is the best dish YOU can cook – bake, grill or blend! We’ll announce a winner Monday.
You can connect with Tracie and check out her other novels, BLAME IT ON THE FAME, IN NEED OF THERAPY and TWIN PIQUES on the websites listed:
She’s busy writing novel #5 and we can’t wait until it’s published!
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