Today I’m delighted to participate in the blog tour for Spring on Rendezvous Lane and present a guest post by Angela Britnell, the author of the book.
Spring on Rendezvous Lane
Can even the most seasoned traveller find a home on Rendezvous Lane?
‘Community spirit’ is not a phrase in travel junkie Taran Rossi’s vocabulary. As a former ‘third culture kid’ and now spicy street food connoisseur and social media influencer, he’s never really stayed in one place long enough to feel part of a community. And that’s just the way he likes it.
But a springtime stint house sitting for his grandmother on Rendezvous Lane in East Nashville could lead to a long overdue wake-up call. With the help of single mum Sandy Warner and her young son Chip, can Taran come to understand that sometimes it’s not about the place – it’s about the people?
BLOG POST FOR READING TONIC
I’ve always considered reading to be the absolute best tonic around – setting aside of course the kind you mix with gin – so it’s lovely to be here and chat about my new book Spring on Rendezvous Lane. I hope readers will finish it with a smile on their faces but they should be warned that according to several reviewers they might also find themselves very hungry!
Food, and in particular spicy food, plays a huge part in the story. I found it amusing when Taran turned out to be an extremely successful food blogger known as the Spice Street Sage, focusing on spicy street food, because I’m something of a wimp when it comes to anything likely to set my mouth on fire. I do enjoy a lot of Indian and Mexican food but only the mild variety, rather like Sandy.
This sums up Taran’s philosophy:
‘Taran discovered his passion for street food as a five-year-old boy when he tasted arancini, delicious Italian fried rice balls, in the back alleys of Palermo. From there he went on to explore everything from Philipino kwek to Australian meat pies and Russian chebureki. Nothing fazed him. He didn’t care what part of the animal or corner of the world his food came from and particularly these days the spicier the better.’
The research into various street foods Taran might’ve come across in his extensive travels was interesting although most of the things he eats and enjoys I wouldn’t go near with the proverbial barge pole! In my research I also picked my daughter-in-law Brita’s brains about the business side of establishing and promoting a successful food blog because she and my oldest son make their living from her awesome Food with Feeling blog, www.foodwithfeeling.com.
One of the funniest food-related scenes to write came when Taran and Sandy go out for dinner at Hattie B’s, the holy grail of Nashville’s famous hot chicken, with her best friend and their boss from the mobile home company where both women work and Harry tries to impress Lashonda by tackling the spiciest level of hot chicken.
‘Are you okay?’ Lashonda patted Harry’s back when he couldn’t stop coughing. If the poor man was a cartoon character, puffs of steam would be escaping from his ears and every pore in his body. She encouraged him to eat some of the plain white bread and dill pickles accompanying the chicken but it clearly didn’t help.
‘I give in.’ Harry pushed the plate away. ‘You’re the spice queen. I’m a rank amateur. The “Damn Hot!!” level’s got nothing on this.’ When he finally caught his breath again he picked at his potato salad and gulped down glass after glass of iced tea. ‘My taste buds aren’t gonna function for days now.’
‘Was it worth it?’ Lashonda’s dark eyes sparkled.
‘To finally get a date with you? Yeah, absolutely.’
So when you dig into this trans-Atlantic romance with a distinct twist it’s completely my fault if you end up breaking your diet and I make no apologies for that!
Author Bio –
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.
Thank to Angela for her mouth-watering post 🙂 Let’s all wish her lovely book lots of success!
Have a wonderful Sunday!