Cooking Up Love

**Update: Cooking Up Love is now available as an eBook through All Romance eBooksAmazon. and Barnes and Noble

Cooking Up Love BookcoverWhat happens when a handsome, suave chef meets a cute, sassy food critic who can cook just as well as he can?  Justin and Shelbi find out that their two passions–cooking and love–go hand in hand.

Fresh out of medical school, Shelbi Arrington has decided to forego her residency and accept a position as a food critic for the Memphis Tribune. Using her new job as a scapegoat, she tries to forget her guilt of a patient dying under her care during her internship. Upon meeting executive chef and restaurant owner Justin Richardson, they both feel an immediate connection of cooking together while falling for each other. Justin is leery of doctors, especially the one who couldn’t save his mother when he was twelve. When Shelbi finds out doctors aren’t his favorite people as well as a shocking revelation,  she is faced with a devastating decision and the fear of losing the man she loves.
Cooking Up Love is  the first book in the Arrington Family Series about five sibling doctors who work at the family’s private practice along with their parents.

The idea hit me for Cooking Up Love while my hubsand and I were in his hometown of Memphis, TN for Memphis in May in 2010. We stayed downtown in his cousin’s loft and I just loved the atmosphere and the scenary. Beale Street with blues clubs open all night, delicious barbeque and the trolley. I think I rode the trolley just for fun.  We were driving on Shelby Street the second day and I said “Honey, I think I want a series set here in Memphis.” I took out my iPhone and started typing up ideas. I immediately named my heroine Shelbi because 1) we were on Shelby Street and 2) the county of Memphis is Shelby.

The next day, we walked from the loft to the park where Memphis in May was held and I got the idea that the hero would be a chef. That night, we went to Beale Street (by trolley, of course) to listen to blues at B.B. Kings and I knew that my hero (still unnamed at the time) would own a dinner and blues club. On the seven hour drive back to Atlanta, I had a full outline typed in my iPhone. Yes, hubby drove the entire way. Poor thing, but he was so excited about my idea that he didn’t care. Hubby named my hero, Justin Richardson and helped me work through my brain blockage along with my friend and critique partner Delaney Diamond.

The book is complete and I’ve shopped it around to a few publishers but because of my writing style, it just wasn’t working. My books are contemporary romance, but I’ve never been one to follow a guideline. I strut to the beat of my own drum (its sort of jazzy, down-to-earth and classy with Coltrane and Duke Ellington playing Sentimental Mood and Beyonce  singing whatever she feels like in the background) and my books represent that as well.

So, I’m in limbo. I’m waiting to hear back from the last editor I sent the manuscript to for consideration.  I’ve also been bit by the self-publishing bug as well and I’m almost hoping the editor says no. I know odd right? But I’ll keep you posted.


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6 thoughts on “Cooking Up Love

  1. Hey Candace, glad I have another blog to follow! Can’t wait to read the rest of Shelbi and Justin’s story…no matter (I know – bad English), but no matter how it’s published (traditional or indie). Best of luck in your writing career, and I’m looking forward to following this exciting new journey. Keep us posted!

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