Friday, 4 April 2014

FOOD FOR LOVE - BLOG HOP

The way I was brought up, food was a really important part of our socialising. It was never about how much food ... but good food and great company. Family meals when I was younger were so often the times when we all re-discovered each other after our wild and hectic days. As an adult, I now realise this is the time when you discover exactly what your children have been up to!

Our house at meal times is never a closed shop. People come – often unexpectedly – and stay to eat and talk. This part definitely comes from my parents. I remember my father’s Royal Air Force days when the boys on camp used to call him “dad”. Christmas Day, when the youngest of the crews – eighteen years old – couldn’t fly home to England, my dad would turn up with four, five, six of them for my mum to feed. It never phased her, she always had enough to go around.

My books often have mealtimes, because it’s a time of discovery.

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Excerpt

Flynn picked up the beer Liberty had brought him and took a long draft, scanning the length and breadth of the table as everyone settled and started to pass food.

Surprised at his nerve, Flynn watched as his nephew squeezed a small stool in between Liberty’s chair and Michael’s, stretched his long skinny legs one at a time, and hopped over it to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with Liberty. Blushing furiously, Jacob gave Flynn a furtive glance from under his eyelashes and a wicked grin. With an unfamiliar stab of possessiveness, Flynn envisaged grabbing the kid by the ear and stuffing him under the table. Then he considered it might be to his advantage to keep him there and save him from having to do any talking. Not that he supposed he needed to do any with Liberty in full chat mode on one side of him and his cousin Sam, quiet and calm, on the other side.

As he took his own seat, his gaze swept around the table and caught Ethan’s steady contemplation. Perhaps the deputy sheriff was right, maybe she could rock his world. Problem was, he wasn’t sure if he was ready to have his world rocked.

Flynn frowned down at his empty plate and squinted over at the kid’s. Five pieces of fried chicken, a mountain of mashed potatoes, a ton of corn bread, and a pile of green shit. He wasn’t bothered about the green shit, but he could smell the chicken and potatoes, and his stomach gave a loud complaining growl.

The sound grabbed Liberty’s attention, her eyes widened as she glanced from his plate to hers to Jacob’s. A bright smile spread across her face once more, showing dimples he hadn’t yet had the time to study. She swapped her filled plate with his empty one, and as he opened his mouth to protest, she gave a small shake of her head and placed her delicate hand on top of his to stop him from swapping them back.


Her cool fingers sent electric pulses straight up his arm to spread like wildfire through his entire body, and he wondered if anyone would notice if he snatched the little woman away and took her back to his lodge. His stomach rumbled again, but he thought he could stave off hunger pangs if only he could get Liberty naked. He raised his head, met Sam’s quietly amused stare, and figured his thoughts might just have been a little too evident.



About the Author



Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger cat, and four chickens.
After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said “follow that dream.”
Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth demanding plot lines of their own and she’s found the more she lets them, the more they’re inclined to run wild.
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Previous Books:                Loving Lydia -Atlantic Divide Book 1
Bad Girl Bill – Atlantic Divide Book 2
Finding Zoe - Atlantic Divide Book 3
Flight of Her Life
                                                          





30 comments:

  1. Hi there! I agree about food. I love it when authors pay attention to meal times - not only for the social aspects but also because what characters eat can be a great way to learn more about who they are and their lifetime perceptions about meal time - like yours!

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    1. Absolutely. If I look back on my books, they all have meal times. Thanks for visiting and good luck

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  2. Agree about meal times, it is a time to reconnect. I find it fun reading books that incorporate food into the story.

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    1. You should have a look at Flight of Her Liffe too. It's amazing how involved food can be.

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  3. I agree about food times! we always reconnect around meal times

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    1. I've always found meal times so wonderful. thank you for commenting and good luck

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  4. I have to agree about food. We all have love affairs from time to time and many times it is with food!.
    I remember growing up and I was being told the way to a man's heart is through his stomach so yes food is a very important part of romance.
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    1. Yes certainly my husband would agree with that! lol Good Luck with the competitions

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  5. I was raised in Louisiana - a southern state and mealtime in our household was held sacred - everyone showed up, no excuses, there was always enough for a friend and no one left the table hungry.

    It is a tradition that is important to me as my own kids grow into adults...

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    1. It's a great tradition and similar to our own. Thank you for commenting and good luck,

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  6. I am not a Southerner but wein the Northern states also have traditional values and follow the tradition of eat at the table or not at all for dinner. I order it and the food arrives about 6pm.

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    1. Lol. I'm not a Southerner either, I'm English and there's nothing better than a take-out (or delivery) mmmm ... in fact ... where's the phone?

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  7. I am agree that meal time is a time for everyone to reconnect with each other.

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    1. It is Samantha - it's a lovely time. Thank you for commenting.

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  8. I think it's weird when there is no meal time in a story. Everyone has to eat! And it is a wonderful time to get to know the people you love.

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    1. As an author, it's also a good time to show the character a little more. Good luck with the Hop

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  9. Now that I have time with my grand kids everyday meal time means a lot to me and I notice when I don't have the Grand kids on the weekends I forget to eat.

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    1. I hope you have your Grand kids a lot. Sounds like you adore them. Don't forget to eat though - it is easy when you're on your own. Good luck :)

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  10. Wow, it was so nice of your family to bring in the young guys that could fly home to family. We had gotten away from family meals but we had a fire last year and since then we have brought back the family meals.

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  11. It is strange the things that happen to bring families closer. Hope all is well with you now JoHanna and thanks for dropping by.

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  12. Food is important in my life... Lol My mom was always cooking huge meals for our family and those who popped by... Married now for almost 11 years I do the same thing.. The rule in my house is if you go hungry it is your own damn fault because Food is there to be ate and enjoyed :)

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  13. Nice excerpt
    Agree about meals
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  14. Loved the excerpt and the picture of you furbaby. So cute!
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    1. Thanks for dropping by - I'm pleased you enjoyed the excerpt - and the dally! Good luck

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  15. My best memories are of holiday meals together!

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    1. Yes, I remember those ones too, when we used to tour in a caravan. Ah you brought back more memories. Thanks for commenting. Good luck

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  16. Jessica Jordan7 April 2014 at 05:44

    Yes, in real life food is very important to me. :) I just get into a bad mood without snacks and comfort food.
    In the books I read, I also like mealtimes to be given consideration. You can learn a lot from the interactions at that time between characters.

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    1. Thank you Jessica - you certainly can learn your characters from mealtimes. Thanks for commenting. Good luck

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