Paranormal Foodies? Take a Stir and Win Stephanie Rowe’s Hold Me If You Can

Today’s featured book is HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, a paranormal

romance by Stephanie Rowe, 

and I’m giving away a copy, so read on…

I’m calling it the Food Network phenomenon. (Have I mentioned how much I want to bring Michael Symon home with me? Yeah, I thought so.) Anyway, since being a foodie has become such a big deal, we’re starting to see more paranormals involving chefs, cooks, food. This has always been a staple (ha ha no pun intended) of cozy mysteries—Diane Mott Davidson’s long-running Goldy Schultz series comes to mind—Goldy’s a caterer.

Last summer, author Sarah Zettel came out with a new Vampire Chef mystery series, which I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Lynn Viehl’s Kyndred novel Dreamveil features a hero who’s a chef. And now Stephanie Rowe’s new book features Natalie Fleming, a famous chocolatier.

It’s fun to think how a preternatural species would work in the food industry. I can so see a werewolf who runs a steakhouse (specializing in rare meats, of course). In my Sentinels of New Orleans series, many of the water-species in South Louisiana—namely the merpeople and weregators—work in the commercial fishing industry. The mers don’t eat red meat; the gators eat anything. And everything. Since vampires usually don’t eat, it would be interesting to see how a human chef who got turned into a vampire would cope. (Anyone read Sarah Zettel’s first Vampire Chef book?)

Have you read a paranormal book where one of the characters was a chef or in the food industry? What did you think about it? And if you’d like to try Hold Me If You Can, just leave a comment!

ABOUT THE BOOK: Escaping hell was the easy part…Nigel Aquarian has escaped with his life, and with his inner demons. He needs beautiful Natalie Fleming, the woman he’s admired from afar for years, to soothe his turmoil—if only she wasn’t consumed with her own problems…Ever since her brush with death, all Natalie wants is to run her famous chocolate shop and be left alone. But the only way she can kick-start her powers is by giving free rein to her sensual side, which Nigel is more than happy to help her explore…With Nigel making quite a convincing case for losing control, Natalie is finding the temptation darn near irresistible. (Released January 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

One species of commenter will receive a print ARC of Hold Me If You Can, by Stephanie Rowe. You know the drill, foodies: one entry for comment, a second for blog follow, third for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a tweet or retweet.

21 thoughts on “Paranormal Foodies? Take a Stir and Win Stephanie Rowe’s Hold Me If You Can

  1. Gin Blanco of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. Owens a restaurant. The Pork Pit, this restaurant serves up the best barbecue in Ashland – maybe even the whole South. The Pit, as locals call it, is especially known for its delicious barbecue sauce. People buy it by the gallons. Sophia Deveraux does a lot of the cooking. “Gin’s Recipe Box” is a feature on Jennifer’s web site.

  2. I read the first Vampire Chef book but couldn’t really get into it. I do really like Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco series though.

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  3. Sadly I have not…. But I would LOVE too….

    Thank you for a chance to win this book. Love the cover!!!!

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  4. well I have not read any books with chefs in it. They’re always bad in some kind of way, which I like 😉 I have read Touch me if you dare of hers so I’d love a chance to win another book. I’m sure I’d love it and it would be a change. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  5. I’m sure that I have, but of course when asked, I come up empty. I love Stephanie’s books but haven’t had a chance to read this series yet. Thank you for the giveaway and count me in please. +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  6. In the Rachel Morgan serie by Kim Harrison, the vampire have a italian restorant ^^;; ( piscary)
    it was funny ^^;;


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  7. I’m really liking the foodie element in this paranormal story. It sounds so neat!

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  8. I always love reading about chefs, whatever genre. And from the top of my head, I could not remember a paranormal one, until I read the comments.

    And yes, I did read: Jennifer Estep, Lynn Viehl, Kim Harrison. Bad memory! I am sure there most have been others.

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  9. Hungry For You by Lynsay Sands, one of the Willan sisters was a chef at a restaurant and the smexy Argeneau she was bonded to was there pretending he knew what he was doing to get close to her. I think there may have been another book that centered around food but I can’t remember

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  10. mmm, not really. Charlain Harris’ books, where Sookie is a waitress, are the only one coming to my mind right now

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  11. As others have commented, I love The Elemental Assassin series where Gin is both an assassin and a great cook with a barbecue joint.

    The only other paranormal I’ve read featuring food was A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison. The main character is a woman who is a baker and can bake spells into her dishes. It’s PNR light – cute and fun. Oh, and that made me think of another one that isn’t classified as PNR, but has witchy elements – Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, which is just a fantastic book.

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  12. ive read a couple where the main person was a cook or something.. gin blanco from jennifer esteps elemental assassin.. the kitchen witch by annette blair are two that come to mind right now..

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