Do you hear me fangirl clapping??? I’m such a fan of this sweet lady – as a person, as a friend, and as an author!
Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her novella That’s When I Knew was featured in the Love at First Laugh collection, and her debut novel, With No Reservations, releases in May 2017 from Harlequin Heartwarming.
Her debut novel, With No Reservations, released earlier this month and it’s fantastic!!
There can be more than comfort in food…
What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she’s kept firmly out of the public eye? That is, besides a love of food. Sloane still can’t believe Cooper’s the chef at the restaurant she’s been assigned to promote. But she’s boiling to prove to him that her “little blog” can put his place on the map. She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing. She can’t get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.
Hi my friend! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Laurie: Apples, for a good Honeycrisp in the fall or a Pink Lady fresh from the fridge in the summer!
Carrie: Oh my mouth is watering!! I love both of those kinds of apples. And now I want one of each 😉
Laurie: *Cheats and picks fall* I’ll go with summer because I don’t have to wrestle children into coats 🙂
Carrie: Fall is a perfectly acceptable answer! Such a delightful season!
Laurie: Dogs, because there is a yellow Lab curled at my feet right now. Sampson is seven and one of my very best friends.
Carrie: You have now earned Zuzu’s (and my) undying love 🙂
Laurie: Tea! I’m not a huge fan of the taste of coffee but love a warm mug of tea with a squeeze of honey.
Carrie: I’m not a huge fan of either one… maybe honey would help my tea aversion.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Laurie: The power of paradox! I majored in literature but love geometric proofs and cellular biology. My planner is organized to a color-coded science, but my closet is a mess. I have a hyperbolic humor with the drama that doesn’t matter but am calm in a crisis. Color me incongruous 🙂
Carrie: I’m going to go ahead and say that “ability to correctly use five dollar words” is another superpower you have! 😉
Books are kind-of a big deal around here. Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Laurie: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, The Harry Potter series, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac, Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano. (It’s okay—I know he’s #yourJames.)
Carrie: Well, as long as that’s established 😉 #myJames
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Laurie: There is a magical coffee shop by my house that I’ve been going to since I was 15. I love writing there, but especially when it’s raining outside, the fireplace is going, and the doors are open. The inspiration is endless there!
Carrie: Oh that sounds delightful!! Can I join you?
Congratulations on your debut novel!! (EEEEE!!!!) Tell us a little bit about your main characters in With No Reservations.
Laurie: Readers will meet Sloane Bradley, a food blogger who suffers from severe OCD behind her charming online persona, and Graham Cooper II, a millionaire-bad-boy-turned-chef who works for his family’s huge restaurant corporation but is opening his own concept for the first time. They later find they’re both struggling with events from the past.
Carrie: I love Sloane and Cooper!
With the main characters being a food blogger and a restaurant owner, there’s a lot of yumminess in this book! What is one of your favorite recipes to make (or to eat lol)?
Laurie: In the very first scene, Sloane makes toffee-chocolate chip cookies (based on the ones they serve at the above-mentioned coffee shop). I love making cookies with my five-year-old sous chef, but I’m also Italian. If you’re coming to my house for the first time, I will make my pesto linguine, for sure.
Carrie: Let’s just go ahead and mark that down on the calendar, ok? #YUM
What do you most want readers to take away from With No Reservations?
Laurie: My book isn’t explicitly Christian but was inspired by John 10:10: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” So many people believe they are stuck in their circumstances or that they don’t deserve to live a full life, but the Lord intends for us to live in the freedom of being His.
Carrie: All my yeses. He is so sweet.
My sweet friend, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Laurie: Thank YOU, Meez Carrie! I have a few projects in the works that I hope to be able to announce soon!
Carrie: EEEEE!!! **commence more fangirl clapping** Can’t wait to hear about them!
Laurie Tomlinson is giving away a print copy of With No Reservations to one of my readers. (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? If you could open a restaurant, what would it be?