So, you’ve ordered a sexy super-spy from a TV ad to show up on your doorstep. What food should you serve?
Hey Bookpushers! Thanks so much for having me here.
One of my favorite parts of working on MR. REAL was thinking through how my heroine, Alix, would prepare for a sexy visit from the TV ad super spy, Sir Kendall. What food and drinks she’d serve him. What she would wear.
Ordering Sir Kendall was an impulsive and slightly drunken move Alix made after she realized her computer had this power to bring jpegs to life. She has a day until he arrives (it takes stuff 24 hours to appear) so she has lots of time to freak out (er…plan).
I love to read about what characters eat, and I get into writing about it, too. And having them spend time in restaurants. What characters eat and drink really defines them for me. Like, both Alix and the hero, Paul, favor beer. (Paul is the fighter/actor who played Sir Kendall. He shows up after Sir Kendall does, and he’s NOT amused to discover what Alix has done with her magic computer.)
But Sir Kendall is from a liqueur ad. As the sexy spokes-spy for Denali liqueur, that’s what he drinks. So that’s what Alix plans to serve. From that scene when she’s first deciding:
She’d need to buy some Denali. And food. Did Sir Kendall eat? Of course he did. If he drank, he ate. What did he eat?Her pulse raced. He would probably eat red meat—steaks, but not burgers. She barely ever cooked steak. Would he settle for fish? Italian food?
Would he eat chips? No, he wouldn’t want to get his hands greasy. Paul would eat chips; Sir Kendall wouldn’t. She could see him eating olives, though. Maybe with toothpicks. Yes, he’d definitely like olives.God, this was so crazy! But, maybe he wouldn’t come. And yet, a part of her wanted him to.A shopping list began to form in her mind, because of course she would feed him. In the commercials, he liked to have a drink, but a good hostess offered a guest food. And then what? Would he want to talk? Or go right to the sex-and-romance part? But who says Sir Kendall would be up for sex?Of course he’d be up for it. Sir Kendall was a madly sexual being.
So she serves him olives with colorful toothpicks stuck in them.
When Alix is out of the room, Sir Kendall switches the toothpicks around, because, of course, he thinks Alix is a spy. He thinks that the olives could be drugged, and that the colors of toothpicks signal which are the drugged ones.
Later, the hero, Paul, teases her mercilessly that the man she’s chosen to bring to life drinks a liqueur that tastes like peach schnapps—and that he puts it away “like it’s Jack Daniels or something.”
Of course, it’s not just the drinks. Paul is in love with Alix. It’s never just about the food or drinks.
So, I’m giving away a spiffey ebook of MR REAL!! All you have to do to enter is answer this question: If you brought a sexy super-spy to life with a magic computer, what food would you serve?
Hey, thanks again for having me, Bookpushers!!!
Carolyn Crane is the author of the Disillusionists trilogy, assorted novellas, and the upcoming Mr. Real. She lives in Minneapolis (U.S.) with her husband and two cats.
The woman of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares
Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul Reinhardt, the hot martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class a few years ago.
Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall – in the flesh – with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness – somehow.
But is super spy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?
Available October 30th. More here.