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Archive for September 10th, 2012

He won’t stay put for a woman, and she won’t chase after any man…

Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he’s called home to help with the family lodge, he’s intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn’t need a man. If there’s one thing Mitch can’t resist, it’s a challenge.

After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she’s tempted to indulge.

They’re the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual…

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Thank you so much for having me today! Release days are always fun, but today’s a little extra fun because the Kowalski family is back! When Mitch Kowalski rolls into his hometown of Whitford, Maine on his Harley, he expects to roll on back to his regularly scheduled life in six weeks. But then he meets Paige Sullivan, who owns the local diner, and being a rolling stone doesn’t sound quite so appealing anymore.

Besides the return of the Kowalski family, release days are fun because we go out to dinner. I don’t care how many books I write over the course of my career—we’ll always go out to dinner to celebrate release day. The conversation goes something like this:

Husband: What’s for dinner?

Me:  We’re going out because it’s release day!

Husband: Didn’t we go out to eat when you finished the book?

Me: We celebrate that, too. But we usually only have take-out to celebrate finishing edits.

There’s something of an unofficial tier to our celebratory dinners. When I finish a book or sign a contract or get through the school’s open house without getting any strange looks from the other parents, we go to our regular restaurant. It’s nothing fancy, but we’re comfortable there and the coffee’s good. Though it’s changed owners several times, it’s where my husband and I met, actually. I was behind the counter, serving up coffee like Paige in All He Ever Needed. He was a “regular”. It was not love at first sight (as a matter of fact, I couldn’t stand him) but we’ve been married nineteen and a half years, so he obviously grew on me.

For release day, we usually head to the old-fashioned diner at the busy end of town. The food is good, there’s a very yummy macaroni and cheese dish on the menu, and it’s got an upbeat, party atmosphere. Or we hit Applebee’s and splurge on mozzarella sticks.

When I landed on the New York Times bestseller list, we went to Uno’s. It’s a little pricier than Applebee’s, so my younger son is convinced it’s somehow more special and I made the mistake once of telling him it was for special occasions. I did have a glass of wine with my deep-dish macaroni and cheese that night.

The best part of dining out in celebration? No dishes to wash. It’s like a 2-for-1 party!

So tell me, what’s your idea of a good celebration dinner? A home-cooked meal or a night out a family restaurant? Maybe one of those restaurants where everything’s in French and they don’t list prices? Tell me in the comments and one person will win a $25 gift certificate to the online book retailer of choice!

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To read an excerpt of ALL HE EVER NEEDED, visit shannonstacey.com. The gift certificate winner will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

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