Tomorrow the big announcement will be made on the Short Fiction Writers Guild, but I'm sharing the secret with you today! Recently I entered the SFWG romance contest. The criteria was:
I entered the contest and found out yesterday that A Christmas Accident won third place. I know it didn't win first place, but I'm so excited that it won. Finally my writing is getting recognized.
This story is one that I just had to tell! It was loosely based on a true story. The person did wake up when the family priest died. A Christmas Accident is a part of my Wilder Sisters Series about five daughters who left their hometown of Amherst, Ohio after high school only to return and face some of the toughest events of their lives.
Because of this wonderful recognition, I'm giving away a handmade (by Nerd Accessories) bookmark of A Christmas Accident. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email to enter!
Today I have Liz Crowe on my blog. Liz is one of my favorite people. I've read almost all her books and written reviews of them. Her stories connect with the reader in a way that will make you frustrated, cry and laugh. The characters are "real" with problems that we all face. Her Turkist Delights series has something for everyone. There's two hot men who love each other, a family who will do anything for the people they love, and a sexy setting. I highly recommend that you read this series. They are sure to become one of your favorites too!
Today I've asked Liz to combine her two passions, Fine Michigan Craft Beer and her writing. The question is what would each of her characters from Turkish Delights order if they walked into her bar.
Across the Beer Bar with the Turks
In a hypothetical further blending of my worlds I submit to you:
What the main characters in the Turkish Delights series would order from my beer bar.
I am pretty sure that Emre Deniz (one of the twins, and hero of the original Turkish Delights short story) would be a fan of Wolverine Amber. It is a conservative choice, safe, and that is Emre to a tee—Mr. Responsibility. And he would likely end up the designated driver too….
His twin, Tarkan on the other hand is going straight for the Faustian Stout Baltic Porter. It’s a high alcohol, rich dark lager with a fair bit of hoppy bite. I’m pegging Tarkan as the opposite of a lightweight. He’ll have at least 3 of these 7.5% abv brews while he kicks everyone’s ass at foosball.
Caleb Blessing will go straight for the Barista, my brewer’s brown lager made with locally roasted coffee. It combines 2 of his most favorite vices in one. He will come in second in foosball but is a Very Bad Loser and will have to be coaxed out of his funk later.
Adem Broussard is a “foodie” and will totally groove on the Basement Fire, a smoked and peppered lager that he will pair with a plate of rich cheese and meat and home made bread he brought in to share since my beer is pure: no food is prepared or served herein. You gotta bring in your own. He is on Tarkan’s foosball team.
Andreas Michos is a hop head through and through and will quaff substantial quantities of The Gulo Gulo our India Pale Lager while he loses at foosball with Caleb.
Lale, Emre and Tarkan’s younger sister will go right for the bourbon barrel aged Imperial Dark Lager, and will sip and watch her man Andreas lose at football with her friend Caleb, making fun of the entire time. Her sister-in-law and Emre’s wife Elle will most definitely be in on the Faustian Stout action with Tarkan and will kick everyone’s ass in darts.
The Turkish Delights series is available now in an ebook bundle from Amazon and under one print cover. It is an excellent way to take in this sweeping saga of family dynamics that encompasses continents, decades and transcends the ages.
I hope you get to enjoy them soon and will revisit the beer bar with the gang again soon!
A young American woman comes face to face with her destiny in Istanbul in the 1960's and an epic dynasty is born.
When Vivian Kinkaid turns around in her college classroom and makes eye contact with a man who was once her forbidden childhood friend, her life is changed forever.
A sweeping saga of family, love, loss and recovery—The Turkish Delight series begins with a special sort of magic. Then Madame Eve works her miracles for the Deniz family, but even she can’t overcome the harsh realities that force this Turkish/American family all to deal with tragedy when one of their own is ripped from their close-knit circle.
“The Turks” opens with best-selling classic romance for the ages. Then ends with a thrilling novella that brings all the players back together. Set in Istanbul, Las Vegas, and Southern California, The Turkish Delights series has it all—heat, heart, intrigue and a deep, family connection that transcends all barriers.
The Diplomat's Daughter
Individual Blurbs for the books:
The Diplomat’s Daughter:
When Vivian Kincaid's eyes meet those of a hunky local at the Turkish university her father forces her to attend, it only takes her a split second to recognize her childhood friend. Levent Deniz was the servant boy who taught her to run the streets of Istanbul years before, giving outlet to her wild streak even as a child.
Now face-to-face once again as adults, the only thing standing between them and happiness is her father. The newly appointed Consul General for the United States has other plans for his only daughter. Ones that do not include a former servant, now successful entrepreneur and businessman. He will do everything in his power to keep them apart.
The Diplomat's Daughter is set in 1960s Istanbul and tells the story of pre-destiny, passion and the rebellious power of true love.
Turkish Delights (1NightStand)
The fifteen year age difference between Elle Kensington, expatriate American executive and Emre Demir, son of Istanbul's most successful businessmen, has not kept them from becoming fast friends as they toured Istanbul together. But the time has come for him to return to the U.S. to finish his master's degree, and she has just been named CEO of the pharmaceutical company that brought her to Turkey in the first place. Elle adores her adopted country, and is alarmed to find herself falling in love with the young man who's been her impromptu guide for the last few months.
She knows they can never be. She will return home to California within a month, leaving behind all she loves about the ancient city. In a rare fit of spontaneity, Elle has contracted with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand dating service, hoping to find a way to forget the dark, handsome young man who has captured her heart. Little does she know what awaits her in the ancient recesses of the Ottoman palace turned luxury hotel under the hands of her one-night stand masseur.
Blue Cruise (1NightStand, m/m)
Caleb and Tarkan were an odd couple—men from two different cultures—so in love, they were determined to overcome any obstacles. But fate had different plans for Tarkan. Shattered and unable to function a full two years after tragedy strikes, Caleb faces the hollow shell that is his life.
Adem Broussard is happy enough, as owner and chef of his restaurant on the Turkish southern coast. But a tall, American Adonis he saw once, years ago on a Turkish Blue Cruise haunts his most erotic dreams, and he hopes contracting Madame Eve's 1NightStand service for an unconventional date will help him forget.
When Caleb caves in to his friend Elle's insistence that he return to Turkey and exorcise some of the demons that haunt him, he reluctantly climbs on board a private yacht for a special 1Night Stand Blue Cruise. There he comes face to face with the man who remembers him well…and helps him heal.
Tulip Princess (1NightStand, BDSM)
Lale Deniz was always prone to wildness. But when her family is ripped apart at the seams, she becomes more reckless than ever. Desperate to stop her self-destructive slide, her parents step in and send her to America to live with her brother, Emre. Just the chance, she thinks, to escape the tragedy suffusing her Istanbul home.
Andreas Michos, Greek former NFL star, the recently divorced athletic director at UNLV, floats through life seeking fulfillment. He has reason to doubt his own abilities as a natural Dom and has given up finding his perfect mate. Until he agrees to a 1Night Stand.
Set against a backdrop of ancient cultural clashes and Mediterranean family dynamics, Lale and Andreas meet in Las Vegas at the Castillo resort for their date. But it seems Madame Eve and destiny will both fail this time, unless Lale and Andreas are willing to relinquish enough control to discover what happiness can be found inside the soul of the other. Will stubbornness keep them from connecting, or can they let go long enough to heal?
Flower Passage (final novella, m/m/m)
What would you do if the lover, brother, son, and friend you thought you'd lost forever was returned to you?
Brutally battered, emotionally and physically for the past two years, Tarkan Deniz has escaped his captors. When the Deniz family discovers the shocking truth they rally and do everything in their power to bring him back safely. But all have been affected by the tragedy of his loss and must come to terms with the new reality, each in their own way.
When Happily Ever After seems like a nightmare...one man can bring healing to all, but will he ever be the same man again?
Flower Passage is a story of love lost and regained, even if it takes a slightly different form than before.
The e-bundle is free for Kindle Prime members now and will be free to ALL starting 2/25 to coincide with this tour.
And here is the link for the print antho (all 5 books under one cover):
About the Author:
Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.
When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.
Her groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)
Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.
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