We all know Laurie Tomlinson is one my (Jaime) favorite people!!! :) :) I call her my "sister" and I am so, so, so, so ridiculously proud of her and her latest release! (Which I've read several times and will continue to read again! :)
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, is now available from Harlequin Heartwarming. You can connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook page, and Instagram.
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.
Here's some about her novel and some more get-to-know-you with my Laurie!
Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog!
You’ve had a new release! Can you share a little bit about it and how you first hatched the idea for this story?
Yay! With No Reservations tells the story of a food blogger, a reformed-bad-boy-millionaire-turned-chef (is there a word in the English language that makes that less complicated???), and a lot of unresolved issues keeping them both stuck in the past. The story started with Sloane, my food blogger heroine. I love food blogs and wanted her to have that unique job!
What special research did you need to do for this novel and did you enjoy it or find it laborious?
As a Hermione Granger type, I love research. I had the privilege of speaking to people who have struggled with some of my characters’ issues I don’t have personal experience with and loved hearing their perspective to try to make the story as authentic as possible.
What is the primary spiritual theme of your book, and if that’s not applicable, what do you hope readers take away from reading your novel?
Even though my story isn’t a Christian novel, there was very much a spiritual thread, and that’s John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The Lord didn’t die and set us free so we could keep living like slaves. There’s also a strong component of healing in the story, too J
How did you determine what names to give your characters?
I’m not sure. It sounds weird, but that’s just who they were?
Which sub-character is your favorite and why?
I love Alicia, the mother of Cooper’s “Little Brother,” because she has also been through some hard things but is fighting to make a better life for her and her son. She’s a whip-smart law student who works hard, is an amazing mother, and isn’t afraid to ask for help. I want to be her when I grow up.
Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why?
Every quiz I’ve ever taken says Emma, but I refuse to acknowledge that as fact and instead pick Hermione Granger. She loves books, will fall out of her seat to tell someone the right answer, and is loyal to who and what she believes is true J
What hobby do you enjoy in your “free” time (‘cause we know you have tons of free time!)
I love cooking and baking and entertaining. Of course, I’d do this a lot more if I had a magical cleaning fairy or self-scrubbing dishes!
Tell us about your pets (if you have some)!
I have one dog, a yellow Lab named Sampson. He’s amazing with my kids, low maintenance, and the perfect companion for late-night writing sessions! Sampson also makes a wonderful foot warmer J
We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?
Oh, faith is the fabric of my writing. I don’t know if I can describe it better than to say it’s the end and the means!
Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were to find yourself stranded in a creepy old house at night, who would you want with you to keep you company?
My five-year-old daughter because she makes me brave and is super fun to explore with!
Anne, Erica, and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing?
Relationships highlight the messiness of human life and also the redemption in my kind of stories J To me, true romance isn’t about chocolates and roses and pretty declarations but about people who see the gross parts of each other, inspire each other to be better, and love each other through it all.
And for some extra fun . . .
If you could pick one superhero to save you from impending doom, who would it be and why?
He doesn’t have any superpowers, but Captain Malcolm Reynolds can save me any day!
If you could guest star in one TV show, what would be and what would your ideal role be?
This is a hard one! I would pick House, MD and be the patient whose mystery they’re trying to solve. My problems would help one of the doctors reach a major realization in his/her own life, and I think I could rock a super stoic death scene.
Name one significant heirloom or keepsake you have and why it’s important to you:
Don’t be mad at me, Anne, but I’m not very sentimental about heirlooms! I have kept my baby blanket, which is a quilt the perfect size for my adult height, but it’s currently folded up in a closet so it doesn’t get any more destroyed :)
We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:
My friend Nike made this meme for the story with one of my favorite quotes. It’s always fun to see which parts resonate with different people!
Sold yet? You should be! :) :) You can purchase a copy of Laurie's novel here!
AND! We're giving away a copy, so be sure to enter below WITH A SPECIAL BONUS!! I'll (Jaime), be giving away a Kindle version e-copy on my FACEBOOK page too! So, be sure to head over there and comment on that pinned post! :) TWO chances to win. That's how much I believe in this novel :)