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Inspired by K. Bromberg’s Driven series, each author wrote their own story to fit in the world. We hope you’ll fall in love with their new stories and characters while revisiting Colton, Rylee, and the gang from mine.

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Plunge by Kelsey Elise Sparrow https://geni.us/Plunge

The world is full of people with opinions and advice. “Strike while the iron’s hot” or “take a chance”. Those are the most popular. The worst of it was spouted the day I met the man who would eventually break my heart. Yet it was another word that changed both our lives: dare. Jaxson Shaw hasn’t met a dare he wouldn’t take. Known to the world as Daire Deville, he chose life in the fast lane over a slower life with me. All because of a dare. Now he’s back. The advice givers are too. “Take the plunge”. I heard again. The water under this bridge runs red. Some depths don’t need to be explored. Even if they are necessary.

Backspin by Susan Pierce https://geni.us/Backspin

The thought of being a one-woman man used to send me into a backspin. For Scarlett, I’ll fight like hell to try… Jake: She was the one-night stand who turned out to be a whole lot more. Crime journalist. Killer body. Isn’t afraid to call me on my bullshit. The woman who completely bewitched me and inspired me to get my act together. The woman who motivated me to testify against my mom and sister to put them behind bars. A year later and my IndyCar career well-established, I’m ready to try with her again. I’m working hard to become the man I know she deserves. Problem is, my wounds run so deep, my vices ever so taunting, I don’t know that I’ll ever be who she truly needs. Not to mention, the darkness from my family’s past doesn’t seem to want to stay dead and buried. Mom and Ruby’s crimes were many, their list of enemies as massive as their dark, rotten hearts, and it seems Preston and I are going to be the ones that have to pay for it. Even if I can figure out how to be man that Scarlett needs, will we ever have a fighting chance at love? * * * The thought of being with a famous playboy like Jake Mitchell was once on my absolutely-no-way-in-hell list, but he managed to somehow change that…even with all the danger and drama that came along with him. Scarlett: A year after I last saw him, Jake reaches out to rekindle what we had, but I’m still unsure I’m ready to jump back in. Even if he has been working on himself. Because if there’s anything I know well, wounds from the past don’t heal quickly, and our demons have always had a hard time playing together. Besides, being in the limelight isn’t something I’m interested in again, and thanks to his mom and sister’s very public and sensationalized trial, Jake is now at the height of money and fame. But if there’s anything he does well, it’s shatter my defenses. I just hope this time around, we manage to survive. Last time, the monsters from our pasts nearly did us all in… ***Backspin is Book Two of the Endgame series. Haven’t read Book One? Check out Endgame to get started on this sexy and suspenseful romance series.***

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International Bestselling Author Susan Pierce brings a sexy and suspenseful second-chance romance to K. Bromberg’s Driven World in Book Two of the Endgame series.

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417saZIoq-LThe thought of being a one-woman man used to send me into a backspin. For Scarlett, I’ll fight like hell to try…

Jake:

She was the one-night stand who turned out to be a whole lot more.

Crime journalist. Killer body. Isn’t afraid to call me on my bullshit. The woman who completely bewitched me and inspired me to get my act together.

The woman who motivated me to testify against my mom and sister to put them behind bars.

A year later and my IndyCar career well-established, I’m ready to try with her again. I’m working hard to become the man I know she deserves. Problem is, my wounds run so deep, my vices ever so taunting, I don’t know that I’ll ever be who she truly needs.

Not to mention, the darkness from my family’s past doesn’t seem to want to stay dead and buried. Mom and Ruby’s crimes were many, their list of enemies as massive as their dark, rotten hearts, and it seems Preston and I are going to be the ones that have to pay for it.

Even if I can figure out how to be man that Scarlett needs, will we ever have a fighting chance at love?

* * *

The thought of being with a famous playboy like Jake Mitchell was once on my absolutely-no-way-in-hell list, but he managed to somehow change that…even with all the danger and drama that came along with him.

Scarlett:

A year after I last saw him, Jake reaches out to rekindle what we had, but I’m still unsure I’m ready to jump back in.

Even if he has been working on himself.

Because if there’s anything I know well, wounds from the past don’t heal quickly, and our demons have always had a hard time playing together. Besides, being in the limelight isn’t something I’m interested in again, and thanks to his mom and sister’s very public and sensationalized trial, Jake is now at the height of money and fame.

But if there’s anything he does well, it’s shatter my defenses.

I just hope this time around, we manage to survive. Last time, the monsters from our pasts nearly did us all in…

***Backspin is Book Two of the Endgame series. Haven’t read Book One? Check out Endgame to get started on this sexy and suspenseful romance series.***

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International Bestselling Author Susan Pierce writes Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense novels, and they all have the same thing in common – the characters’ love defies all odds. Her “unputdownable” stories will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy the ride!

Like your romance with a paranormal bite? Check out her books under pen name S.J. Pierce.

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Plunge by Kelsey Elise Sparrow Release Day Promo

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Plunge coverThe world is full of people with opinions and advice.

“Strike while the iron’s hot” or “take a chance”.

Those are the most popular. The worst of it was spouted the day I met the man who would eventually break my heart.

Yet it was another word that changed both our lives: dare.

Jaxson Shaw hasn’t met a dare he wouldn’t take. Known to the world as Daire Deville, he chose life in the fast lane over a slower life with me. All because of a dare.

Now he’s back. The advice givers are too. “Take the plunge”. I heard again.

The water under this bridge runs red.

Some depths don’t need to be explored. Even if they are necessary.

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Kelsey Elise Sparrow is an author and lover of romance novels. She writes in various genres: rom-com, MC, fantasy, and historical to name a few. As a lover of great movies, music, and books, her characters express interests in each as well as so much more. The worlds she creates are based upon dreams and imaginings that will take the reader on a journey unlike any other.

Kelsey calls Georgia her home. She is mother to a wonderful son, loves playing games, Marvel, and exploring.

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Under a Northern Sky by LL Meyer




Title: Under a Northern Sky
Series: The Barbarian Realms #1
Author: LL Meyer
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Release Date: August 17, 2022


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A hopeful bride . . .
Rina has suffered much in her short life. Being bartered away to a barbarian realm without her consent is just a final injustice at the hands of her cousin, the king of D’heilar. But marrying a man sight unseen – even a barbarian – may not be the end of the world, but the beginning of a new one.

A reluctant groom . . .
Luka has finally put a sword through his father’s cruel heart, and by Northern law, the mantle of leadership is now his. No matter how unwelcome, he won’t shirk his duty . . . even if the people of his realm deserve better, even if it means having a foreign bride forced upon him.

An ill-fated union.
Before they ever meet, disaster strikes. Rina is falsely accused of an unpardonable crime and meets her betrothed as a prisoner. Despite it all, they’re still expected to marry. But with neither of them willing to forgive or forget, they’re enemies, not lovers.
Caught in a political tug of war beyond their control, Luka and Rina come to realize they may have been taken for fools and that not all loves begin in beauty. Some, it seems, are born of the dark.





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His Wife by Bella J

His Wife, Dark Sovereign Book 2 by International Bestseller Author Bella J is available now!

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Series: Dark Sovereign Book 2
Genre: Dark Romance
Trope: Mafia Romance

I am no longer the stray he picked up off the street. I am…His Wife.

Alexius Del Rossa made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

A temporary arrangement. One that would benefit us both.

Be his wife for six months so he can solidify his legacy, and I walk away with the security of having the Del Rossa name.

Now I realize that it’s no longer that simple—not while his every command bends my will and entices me to obey. 

We’ve become each other’s poison—a toxic mix of his wicked touch and my dark desires. 

By day I’m the woman who walks by his side, and by night I’m the toy who kneels at his feet.

He’s given me a taste of how it feels to indulge without limits, a glimpse of what life would be like as the queen of his empire. 

But I can’t ignore the warnings. The subtle stir of whispers that nothing is as it seems. 

Even though Alexius helped me conquer my demons once…I’m afraid my husband might just be the real monster I should fear.

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The Rise of Saint

The Fall of Sin

American Street Kings Series

Royal Mafia Series

She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband, two kids, and a chihuahua who gets treated like royalty. 

Bella J’s writing motto: The darker the road to love, the sweeter the HEA.

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His Wife by Bella J.

Title: His Wife
Series: Dark Sovereign Series #2
Author: Bella J.
Genre: Dark Romance/Mafia Romance
Release Date: August 17, 2022





I am no longer the stray he picked up off the street. I am…His Wife.

Alexius Del Rossa made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
A temporary arrangement. One that would benefit us both.
Be his wife for six months so he can solidify his legacy, and I walk away with the security of having the Del Rossa name.

Now I realize that it’s no longer that simple—not while his every command bends my will and entices me to obey.

We’ve become each other’s poison—a toxic mix of his wicked touch and my dark desires.
By day I’m the woman who walks by his side, and by night I’m the toy who kneels at his feet.
He’s given me a taste of how it feels to indulge without limits, a glimpse of what life would be like as the queen of his empire.

But I can’t ignore the warnings. The subtle stir of whispers that nothing is as it seems.

Even though Alexius helped me conquer my demons once…I’m afraid my husband might just be the real monster I should fear.


Each time he touches me, I feel it deeper, its effect more profound. It digs deep into my soul, penetrating every wall I have ever built. I’m weak against it, unable to fight the descent into oblivion with him, lost forever, and God knows I never want to be found. Not as long as I’m with him.

At night in bed, just the feel of his breath against my skin has my blood instantly rushing to the surface, heat accelerating through my body, causing my head to spin with the promise of pleasure he delivers every single time.

I’ve never been one to play with fire, yet with him, I crave to burn. I pray for my destruction if it means I can find my ruin in his palms, his fingers, his mouth, his body. I never imagined that I’d one day find myself in the arms of a man whose name once sent shivers down my spine. Now, his name ignites a spark—no, a raging inferno that makes my body ache for him.

Alexius.

Alexius Del Rossa.

My husband.

The man I vowed to hate only to fall into the snake pit where my heart now only beats for him. I am his. I want only him. Every second spent with him is one moment closer to my undoing. I know it. I can feel it in my soul. Alexius would be the end of me.







★★★★★ Alexius Review from TDC Book Reviews – “This was a highly entertaining and addicting story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.”

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Fated to Love.
Destined to Choose.

Heavy Crown, an all-new forbidden royal romance from bestselling author W. Million is live now!

Alexander Summerset, future King of Bellerive, doesn’t believe in love. When a coronation clause has him seeking a wife, an arranged marriage suits him. His criteria is simple. She must be tolerable to him, and she must be good for the country.

Aurora Wilson followed her boyfriend to Bellerive after college and joined his family’s business. When she discovers him cheating on her, she flees their apartment, and the life that’s trapped her.

An unlikely and unexpected meeting stuns them both. For a man who doesn’t believe in love, he’s suddenly only got eyes for her.

There’s only one problem. He can only marry royalty or a native Bellerivian, and she is neither.

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W. Million is a Watty Award winner whose contemporary romances about strong women and troubled men have captivated her loyal readers.

Writing as Wendy Million, she is the author of the romantic suspense series The Donaghey Brothers, the NA sports romance Saving Us, and the contemporary second chance romance, When Stars Fall.

When not writing, Wendy enjoys spending time in or around the water. She lives in Ontario, Canada with two beautiful daughters, two cute pooches, and one handsome husband (who is grateful she doesn’t need two of those).

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Finding a Farmer

Finding a Farmer By Jason Wrench

Word Count: 66,905 Book Length: NOVEL Pages: 256

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Sometimes you need a new job to put the important things in life into perspective. And sometimes love finds you when you least expect it…maybe even while picking apples. Dale Devereux is an unemployed, spoiled rich kid on the cusp of turning thirty. His grandfather, Jameson, decides it’s time for Dale to learn the family business, so he sends him to work on one of the corporate farms in Woodstock, New York. Talgat Kudaibergen is the twenty-seven-year-old who is currently running things at Deveraux Farms Upstate. He took over operations after his mother’s and father’s deaths. Along with his younger sister and brother, Ayala and Rasul, the three siblings have kept the farm running. Dale finds out quickly that he has a lot to learn about living life outside the big city. Talgat and his siblings grow to appreciate Dale and what he’s able to bring to the farm. Slowly, Dale and Talgat realize that they may have more in common than either imagined. The two start to have feelings for one another, but their romance is threatened when money goes missing from the farm’s coffers. Reader advisory: This book contains mention of embezzlement, attempted murder, and cancer.

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I glanced down at the Rolex watch my granddad had given me when I had finished my MBA a few years earlier. It’s not one of the crazy expensive ones. Of course, I’d had to google the price after he gave it to me. At the time, it was worth around ten grand—so, nothing to sneeze at, but still on the lower end of the Rolex scale. I’ve thought about upgrading it a couple of times but can’t bring myself to do it. Sure, I can afford a more expensive one. Between my day job working on Wall Street and my trust fund, I can afford almost anything I want. I guess I should say my ‘former’ job on Wall Street, since that’s what I was celebrating—my getting fired. I wasn’t fired for cause or anything. My firm had scrolled back its trading arm in the US to focus on overseas markets. Thankfully, Granddad had taught me to squirrel away money. I’d been taking my skills on the trading room floor of the Stock Exchange and turning them into my private nest egg. There was something satisfying about having an account with seven figures that hadn’t been given to me by my family. At least the firm had waited until the Tuesday after Memorial Day to fire my ass. So, there I was on June first, drunk out of my mind. I stared down at my empty glass, which was supposed to be filled with two shots of Belvedere Single Estate Lake Bartężek Vodka. I was about to raise my hand and order another one when I caught sight of my watch. I hadn’t realized it was this late already. “Dudes, it’s ten-thirty,” I said, looking at my two drinking companions. On my left was my best friend in the universe, Grayson Jackson. Grayson and I had met when we were attending The Quad Preparatory School in Manhattan. And with a seventy-five-thousand-dollar-a-year price tag, The Quad opened the doors to go anywhere we wanted. We’d both ended up at Harvard, for the fun of it. After making it through our undergraduate years barely sober, I’d gone off to their MBA program, and Grayson had gone to law school. Now we were both single, hot, wealthy guys in their late twenties getting everything we ever wanted out of life. We’d lived by the ‘work hard, play harder’ motto our entire adult lives. On my right was Avery Addington, my sort of on-again, off-again lover or fuck buddy. He’s a couple of years younger than me. I had met him on a dating app and figured it would be a onetime hookup, but he’d ended up sticking around. I called him my ‘on-again, off-again boyfriend’ because I didn’t know what the hell we are. Hell, I didn’t know if we even were at that point. We weren’t exclusive, that much I knew. God, the idea of being in a long-term relationship gave me heart palpitations—and not the good kind. I liked my freedom. I enjoyed doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. If I found a hot guy at a bar and I wanted to fuck him senseless in the back room, then I took him into the back room, bent him over and showed him the best time of his life. And while I’m an admitted slut, I was on PREP and played safely…most of the time. And despite my use of protection, I got regular checkups to make sure I hadn’t contracted anything. Shit happens. “It’s already ten-thirty?” Avery slurred. “How long have we been drinking?” I found myself with my mouth open, on the verge of responding, but I honestly did not know what time we’d gotten there. I tilted my head to the side and glanced at Grayson, because I knew he’d know. Grayson rolled his eyes. “You texted me about four, and I got here about five-thirty. You said you’d just gotten here, which I figured meant you had at least thirty minutes on me already. Based on this, you’ve been here drinking for six hours,” he said with the emotion of a forensic accountant. Oh, I should have mentioned that Grayson had also gotten a master’s in accounting after law school from NYU. He worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in accounting crimes—or something like that. Honestly, when he talked about numbers, I daydreamed. I enjoyed making money and could tell you all about bulls and bears, but when it came to the day-to-day math part, I tuned out. I liked the game of making money, the strategy of making money—hence, why I have an accountant who handled my books. “I don’t feel drunk,” I heard myself say right before I started touching my forehead. “But I can’t feel my forehead.” “Okay,” Grayson grumbled. “I hate to be the adult in the room, but I have work in the morning, so I’ve gotta get out of here. Can you two make it home?” “Your place or mine?” I asked Avery. “Yours. It’s closer.” “We can call my car service.” No worries. Grayson shook his head and grabbed my phone off the table. “What are you doing?” I asked. “I’m calling your car service.” “But we’re not ready to leave yet,” Avery whined. “Yeah, I think you two are.” “But, Dad,” I complained. “I’ve gotta go,” Grayson said flatly. “And I’m not leaving you two to your own devices. To keep my conscience clean, I’m putting you in a car and sending you on your way. What you do after that is up to you.” I thought about objecting, but I knew Grayson was right. I’d had my pity party and would have to get up and join the world of the unemployed the next morning. Thankfully, between my granddad’s and my contacts, I was sure I wouldn’t be unemployed for too long. Honestly, I didn’t understand why some people stay unemployed. It’s like, why don’t they use their personal and family networks to get a new job? It’s not like it’s that difficult. Grayson got up and put his suit coat back on. “How can you wear a suit in this heat?” I questioned. “Don’t you wear a suit to the office?” Grayson asked. “Oh yeah,” I said, as I tried to stand and realized my eyes were going in and out of focus. Grayson reached out and steadied me until I got my feet firmly planted below me. “Whoa, maybe I’ve had too much to drink.” “You think?” Grayson asked. Once I was fully standing and the lightheadedness had passed, I helped Avery to his feet and the three of us exited the bar and grill after paying our tabs. I didn’t know how much this evening was going to cost me. I’d handed over my American Express Black Card and given my signature. I’d worry about the expense later. Thankfully, my car service arrived right as Grayson’s Uber did. I shuffled into the car, sliding over so Avery could get in. Once Avery closed the door, the driver took off. I put my arm around Avery and rested my head on his shoulder. I felt his arm sneak around and pat the side of my head as he leaned down and planted a kiss on the top of my head. Why aren’t we dating? I thought to myself, as I was almost on the verge of falling asleep. “We’re here,” the driver said. “Thanks. That was fast,” I muttered as I untangled myself from Avery, who had fallen asleep. “What?” Avery said as I jostled him awake. “We’re at my place.” “I must have fallen asleep.” “Well, duh,” I said, reaching over him to open the door. I nudged him out of the car and followed before gently closing the door. I stared up at my apartment building, noticing all the lights in the windows were turned on. I walked into Twenty Exchange, where I have a two-bedroom apartment. For its location and proximity to Wall Street, Twenty Exchange is an ideal apartment complex for the up-and-coming business type in Manhattan. Not only is it in the heart of Wall Street, but it also caters to an exclusive tenant list. When I decided I wanted to live there, I had my granddad pull a few strings to get me to the top of the list for a new two-bedroom apartment when one opened up, which wasn’t often. But here I was, four years later and I’m still living here, paying my four-thousand-dollar-a-month rent. Maybe one day I’ll break down and buy a condo in the city. But for the time being, I’m okay with renting. I’ve always liked the idea that I could choose to move at the end of my lease if I wanted to. The doorman opened the door for us with a polite bow of his head. “Good evening, Mr. Devereaux.” “Good evening, Jack,” I responded. “How are the kids?” “They enter the first grade this year,” the uniformed man responded. He had the look that all proud fathers get when they realize their kids are growing up much faster than expected. “Wow! Already… I can’t believe it,” I said with a smile. “Well, good night.” “You, too, Mr. Deveraux.” Granddad had taught me early in life to always respect those people in service positions. He was a whiz at remembering names, birthdates, anniversaries and all kinds of other facts. Me? I was happy I could remember someone’s first name and maybe one or two details about their lives, but I tried. Avery and I made our way to the elevator banks. I pushed the button, then leaned against the wall to make the marble around me stop spinning. I haven’t been this wasted since my first year in college. I heard the ding of the door and sort of spun myself into the elevator then hit the button for the fifty-fifth floor. Avery was leaning against me by this point as the elevator doors slid shut. The ride up was smooth and uneventful. When the elevator opened onto my floor, Avery and I stumbled out and made it the few feet to my door. I whipped out my key card and let myself into the apartment. “I’m going to get a bottle of water.” I asked Avery, “You want one?” “Yeah, we should definitely hydrate after all this alcohol. I’m going to take a leak first.” I didn’t watch him make his way to the bathroom, but I heard him as he bumped into one wall and tried to apologize to it. I made my way into the kitchen, opened the fridge door and pulled out a bottle of Glacial Flow, a bottled water company that harvested water from fifteen-thousand-year-old glaciers. Each twenty-four-ounce bottle cost something like sixteen dollars, but I liked it and loved the conversation starter it provided me when I was drinking one at work. I could always talk about saving the planet and our melting icecaps while I was drinking one. Trust me, the irony wasn’t lost on me. I twisted off the top and took a swig, savoring the crisp taste before swallowing. I leaned against the fridge, took a second sip and noticed that my answering machine light was blinking. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Who has an answering machine in the twenty-first century? Well, I do. And it’s connected to my home line. I know, who has one of those in this century? I’d broken down and gotten myself a home line and answering machine when I had to work from home for six months during the pandemic. I could have done everything through my cell phone, but I figured having an actual phone with a headset attached was going to make my life easier while I stared at the four-monitor terminal I’d set up in the spare bedroom. I lived in the one bedroom, and the second one had become my home office. I figured the only people who ever stayed over with me slept in my bed, so I didn’t need a spare room. Besides, a spare room seemed like an utter waste of space. Who needs to have a bedroom that is only used when they have company over? I don’t get that. If someone is coming for a visit, I’ll put them up in a luxurious hotel, not my apartment. Again, I liked my space. I walked over to the flashing red light, put both water bottles on the island separating the kitchen from the dining area and pushed the button. “Dale, it’s your granddad. I heard through the grapevine that you were let go from your firm today. I’m sorry to hear that, but I think it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to you about the family business. Why don’t you show up at my office tomorrow morning at seven a.m. for breakfast?” Well, fuck! “How the hell does he already know?” “Who knows what?” Avery asked, coming into the kitchen. I picked up one of the bottles of water and offered it to him. I turned around, leaned my hip against the island, unscrewed the cap on my bottle again and took another swig. “My granddad. He already knows about my being let go today. I swear he has spies that watch my every move.” “You don’t think he’d actually do that, do you?” Avery questioned, scrunching up his face in an expression I couldn’t read. “No. It’s a figure of speech…or maybe hyperbole. In reality, Granddad knows too many people in this town. I can’t say that I’m too surprised, though, but I wish I’d been the one to tell him. You know?” I glanced over at the clock on the microwave, and it read eleven-twenty p.m. “Dear God, I have to be up in five hours.” “Five hours?” “If I’m going to get to his office by seven a.m., I’m going to have to get up at four-thirty to hit the gym.” “Why not skip tomorrow?” “Because you don’t look this amazing by skipping the gym,” I said. I attempted to wink at Avery, but I’m sure my wink probably appeared more like some kind of facial spasm. “Let’s just crash.” I grabbed Avery’s hand and led him down the hall to my bedroom. I wished I could text my granddad and say I wouldn’t be able to see him in the morning, but I knew that when you’re summoned by my granddad, you show up—whether you like it or not.

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Jason Wrench is a professor in the Department of Communication at SUNY New Paltz and has authored/edited 15+ books and over 35 academic research articles. He is also an avid reader and regularly reviews books for publishers in a wide number of genres. This book marks his first full-length work of fiction. Find out more about Jason at his website.

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Mise en Place

 

Memoir

Date Published: August 16, 2022

Publisher: River Grove Books


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Marisa’s comfort zone is deep inside the restaurant kitchen alongside its dysfunctional characters and the abundance of booze and drugs.

But in the nineteen-seventies, girls baked or made salads. The heat and machismo of the hot line was not a place for a girl with a passion for food and the drive to be the best.

From Hawaii, to Portland and New Orleans, she struggles  with her own shyness and the limited expectations for the only female in the kitchen. She finally becomes Chef, successfully managing high-volume restaurants at three World’s Fairs, but something is missing.

Still searching, as a burnt-out chef, she embarks on another male-dominated career.


Mise en Place —Memoir of a Girl Chef is a story about the determination to succeed in the face of personal handicaps and cultural norms.


“Mangani charts a deep dive through the roots of our modern American food obsession with a highly personal tale of memory, character, flavor, and place.” —Ian McNulty, Food Writer, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate

 

About the Author

MARISA MANGANI was born and raised in Hawaii and cooked her way to Portland, New Orleans Vancouver and Australia. She now resides in Florida where she runs her own commercial kitchen design company, Mise en Place Design. She is one of the eight featured chefs in Thrillist’s “Why 8 Top Chefs Quit the Kitchen.”


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