Today we have author Kathleen Duhamel visiting. Welcome!
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* Kathleen Duhamel is the author of Deep Blue, Deeper, and At Home With Andre. She wrote and illustrated her first short story at the age of eight, and has been a writer for most of her life. Her love of the written word continued throughout her varied career as a newspaper journalist and editor, public relations executive, freelance travel writer and owner/operator of two small businesses. A native of Texas, she spent most of her adult life in Colorado before relocating to Virginia in 2014, where she lives with her husband, a standard poodle and geriatric cat. She is a lifelong devotee of rock and soul music, contemporary art and pop culture.
A look into…
~ Blurb ~
* New York public relations consultant and self-proclaimed control freak Katie McDowell may have made the biggest career mistake of her life. She’s agreed to temporarily leave her beloved Manhattan to manage the company’s struggling New Orleans office, knowing her biggest client is television chef Andre Thibodeaux, whose massive masculine presence makes her feel hotter than the onset of menopause.
* Finding her way in a funky new city and earning the trust of her employees is tough enough without annoying hot flashes, night sweats and ugly mood swings, not to mention the lingering memory of one steamy night she shared with the big man she thinks she can’t have.
* Sexy, smart, and successful, Chef Andre has everything a man could want except the right woman, and he’s determined to learn why Katie rejected him. To convince her to stay in Louisiana, he’ll need to find a way to make her fall in love-with him, as well as the vibrant southern city he calls home.
~ Excerpt ~
* A doorbell rings insistently. It takes me a moment to realize it’s my doorbell, since I’ve never heard it chime before now. Looking through the peephole, I feel my stomach drop and my pulse race. Andre is standing on the other side of my front door, his massive arms laden with plastic bags. Stifling a curse, I open the door and let him in.
* “I thought ya might need some things, so I’ve been makin’ groceries,” he says.
* “You did what?”
* His smile beams. “Makin’ groceries is what we call food shoppin’.”
* He makes his way into my tiny kitchen like he owns it and sets the bags on a countertop. Several of them bear the logo of his namesake restaurant.
* “I also brought some take-out, since I have the impression you don’t do much cookin’.”
* “Why do the natives have their own language?” I ask, still trying to sort out why he’s here in the first place. It’s not like he was invited.
* “Because it’s Nawlins,” he says, which doesn’t answer my question.
* “Chawmin’ apartment.” Andre gazes into the living room. “In a great neighborhood.”
* He busies himself putting the groceries away before removing several cartons from the restaurant bags.
* “I got ya some soul food.”
* Andre opens the containers, which are full of things I never allow myself to eat—fried chicken, gooey mac and cheese, and cornbread, along with more deep-fried items and some cooked vegetable I don’t recognize. My mouth waters at the sight of all the off-limits delights.
* “Well, as long as you’re here, you might as well stay so you can explain to me what I’m eating.” As soon as the words leave my mouth, I regret them. I have invited Andre to dinner. Is insanity another side effect of the change?
Buy At Home With Andre here…
Thank you for joining us here today, Kathleen Duhamel! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.
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