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Blog Tour: Wrong Bed Christmas: Bon Appetit by Liz Talley & Kimberly Van Meter

Posted November 12, 2015 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

A Wrong Bed ChristmasLiz Tally: In “Where There’s Smoke” a novella in the Wrong Bed Christmas book, my two characters Emma and Erik are stuck in an abandoned cabin with only a couple of granola bars, a box of expensive chocolates and a very nice bottle of wine. Not the worst to make a meal on, but if I were planning the perfect meal for being stranded with a sexy firefighter in the middle of Colorado, I’d go with something that would give me more energy for the night ahead 😉 Here’s the perfect rustic yet filling dish would appeal to any red-blooded American man (who wasn’t a vegetarian):

Seduce Me Beef Stew*

1 lb of lean good quality stew meat
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp oil
2 onions (sliced into thin rings)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp tomato paste
2 cups of beef broth
3 cups sliced carrots
2 medium potatoes, sliced
1 cup green beans
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cold water

  1. Coat beef with flour, shaking off excess. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil. Add beef and cook about 5-7 minutes until slightly browned. Remove beef to a separate plate.
  2. Add onions and mushrooms to the pot; saute for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so. Return beef to the pot and stir in tomato paste. Next add broth and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for an hour.
  3. Add carrots, potatoes and green beans. Cover partially and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch. Stir into stew and increase heat to a boil. Turn off and let cool slightly. Serve with cornbread or crusty French bread.

*Derived from Healthy Meals in Minutes

Excerpt from “Where There’s Smoke” by Liz Talley

The crackle of the lit fire drew her attention and instantly made the space cozy and—she licked her lips—intimate.

“Ah,” Erik said, stripping off his gloves and warming his hands in front of the blaze. “Good thing this wood is aged and dry. Instant warmth. Come on over and warm up.”

Emma hesitated for a moment, trying to regain a calm, less amorous demeanor. So they were alone in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a bottle of wine, chocolate and a single double bed? Big deal. She could handle it. After all, she’d never allowed her attraction for him to show through.

She walked over and crouched beside him, sighing at the warmth. Exploring the cabin had kept her moving, but her fingers and feet were numb.

“Here,” he said, grabbing the nearest chair and dragging it close to the dancing flames. “Sit.”
Seconds later they each sat in matching chairs, thawing out.

“I can’t believe we’re stuck here,” she mused aloud, the warmth making her drowsy. She suppressed a yawn. “This is like a movie I once saw.”

“Misery?” he joked.

Emma laughed. “Are you planning on drugging me, incapacitating me and making me write you a romance story?”

He wiggled his eyebrows. “That could be fun. But I could think of better things to do.”

Kimberly Van Meter:

Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe of your choice to enjoy alongside the book.

I like a hot, sweet beverage when I’m reading. Here’s a lovely recipe for crockpot hot chocolate! YUM!


How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.

1) Read lots. Never stop reading. Reading will improve your craft and reading outside of your genre will help expand your vocabulary as well as freshen your writing skills.

2) Take the time to improve your craft. Learn, take classes, attend workshops, talk with other writers. Writing is a solitary profession but it’s important to keep abreast of the trends, new styles or ways to improve because you should constantly be willing to learn.

Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book.

Don’t let someone from your past ruin your chance at happiness today.

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Review: A Wrong Bed Christmas by Liz Talley & Kimberly Van Meter

Posted November 12, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: A Wrong Bed Christmas by Liz Talley & Kimberly Van MeterReviewer: Rowena
A Wrong Bed Christmas: Ignited\Where There's Smoke by Kimberly Van MeterLiz Talley
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 224
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The Wrong Bed—But the Right Guy!

Ignited by Kimberly Van Meter

What do you do when a sexy, naked fireman gets into your bed? If you're Alexis Matheson, you freak out. But now she's snowed in with Layton Davis, and suddenly Alexis's best intentions to behave seem to have disappeared up the chimney. Because a hot 'n' naughty firefighter in her bed might be the best Christmas surprise ever…

Where There's Smoke by Liz Talley

Emma Rose Brent is sure she's dreaming when Erik Matheson, her bestie's überhot older brother—who she's been crushing on for years—mistakenly slips into her bed, all gloriously naked. But Emma must have been a very good girl this year, because she's been given the best gift of all: the chance to be really, really bad…


That’s the one word that would describe both stories in this book. Both stories were cute, fun and perfect to read right before the holidays really kick off.

Ignited by Kimberly Van Meter: This was a short but sweet romance between Alexis and her brother’s friend from work, Layton. They’re thrown together when they wake up in the same bed in very steamy positions. They both think they’re dreaming but when they find out they’re not, Lex freaks the heck out. She starts throwing things at the naked guy in her bed and trips over her luggage and sprains her ankle.

They get stuck together when Lexi can’t go on her girls trip with her best friend Emma because of her swollen ankle. When she tells Emma to go home without her, Emma refuses until Layton says he’ll stay with Lexi and Lexi offers Erik (Lexi’s brother) up to drive with Emma so she’s not driving alone. Once that’s settled, Lexi tells Layton he doesn’t need to stay behind but because he’s a good guy….he does.

The flirty business between Layton and Lexi was adorable. I thought Lex was funny and seeing Layton try to ignore the chemistry brewing between them because of his promise to her brother made the story all the more cute. He didn’t stand a chance. For such a short story, this book was still fun. The romance didn’t feel rushed and I liked their happy for now ending.

Where There’s Smoke by Liz Talley: The second story in this book follows the other two on their road trip to Emma’s family. I really liked that these two stories were written by two different authors but were connected by the characters.

Emma is the good girl friend to Lexi’s sassy self. She’s had a crush on Lexi’s older brother Erik for a while now but she was never going to act on it until he shows up in her bed for the night, completely naked. He’s embarrassed because she’s sleeping in his bed and he didn’t know it until he was in the bed himself and when they get into an accident and are stranded at a nearby cabin, things get real interesting.

These two were just as fun as Lexi and Layton. I loved seeing them get to know each other as grown ups and not the kids that they remembered. Erik was seeing the grown up Emma and he really liked what he was seeing, I loved seeing them come together because I really liked Emma. Adorable, these two were just too freaking cute.

I need to read more Harlequin Blaze books because it took me no time at all to read this book and the entire time, I was grinning like a happy hippie. These stories were fun, the romances had the perfect amount of steam to keep things interesting and I definitely recommend this book.


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Guest Review: Cold Case Reunion by Kimberley Van Meter

Posted August 1, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Judith’s review of Cold Case Reunion by Kimberley Van Meter.

A passion that’s anything but cold…

Fifteen years ago, Mya Jonson thought her life had ended. Pregnant and alone, she found strength in her people and the beauty of the Pacific Coast reservation. Now her lover has returned, chasing a killer, and she doesn’t dare trust him.
For Angelo Tucker, every memory is proof of his failings. Not strong enough to lead the tribe, not smart enough to catch his brother’s killer… Coming back was the last thing he wanted. Especially when he sees Mya—and feels a passion he’d long since set aside. But when a fellow FBI agent is murdered and Mya’s life is in danger, Angelo knows he must track the killer whatever the cost.or risk losing Mya forever…
Considering the fact that the Native American peoples were present in what is now known as the United States hundreds of years before ever an European foot touched American soil, it is remarkable how little most of us know about the Native peoples and their culture.  Most Americans think of Indians still as living like Hollywood has portrayed them and their lifestyle, and nothing could be farther from the truth.   It has only been in the last couple of decades that the entertainment media have made an effort to portray Native peoples more accurately, but even then the differences between the various nations and their unique lives and traditions have gone unwitnessed.  Few Americans are aware that there are more Indian reservations in the State of California than any other state in the Union.  Few understand the rivalry between the Hopi and the Navajo, the differences between the Nez Pierce and the Mountain Utes.  That being said, the author of this book has given readers a romance that is set in  contemporary times, in an Indian nation that is poor and struggling with unemployment, alcoholism, a poverty-based economy, and few resources to improve the lives of its peoples.   Set in the Pacific Northwest, just a short drive from Seattle, Washington, a small and mostly unnoticed Indian tribe struggles, not only with all the factors already mentioned, but now must deal with the recent murder of an FBI” agent as well as the unsolved murders of two teens over a decade earlier.  
At the core of the story, however, is the unresolved and semi-broken relationship between a woman who has become the tribal doctor and who staffs a medical clinic that struggles to provide good care for the people, and an FBI agent who was born and raised on the reservation, who actually stands in direct line to be their next chieftain, and who has left the tribe to live  and work in a different world than what he knew as a child and a young man.  Nothing has come of their love for one another, a love that produced a child, that was moving them toward a future together.  But Angelo Tucker took off, literally, without notice, with little indication of what he planned by his absence, and over time it became obvious to Mya that he was not coming back.  The lowest point in her life was when she had to deal all alone with the loss of their baby.  How do two people even face each other much less find a way back to one another when there is that kind of betrayal, loss, disappointment, hurt, and nearly two decades of time separating them?  It is this that forms the central crisis in the story.
The strength of this novel is not only in the main characters and their dilemma, but in the range of secondary characters who give this story depth and breadth, who expand the awareness of the reader beyond just the love story or the murders, but help establish the realities of life on the reservation and the kinds of attitudes that separate Indian peoples from non-Native peoples.   This is one of those wonderful novels that teaches as much as it entertains, stimulates the mind as all good mysteries do, and allows the reader to enter into another culture and reality that is just as real for them as our lifestyle is for us.  It is also a story that points out the truth that often the only way to reach one resolution–solving the three murders–is to join forces with the very people who are involved in the other unresolved situation–the failed relationship between Mya and Angelo.  
For Angelo, coming back was the last thing he wanted to do, not only because of his failure toward Mya, but knowing the resentment of his family, friends and neighbors for his abandoning them 15 years earlier.  Mya is his only hope because they look upon her and her work with them as a good thing, accepting her as important to the tribe, and thus worthy of their trust, even though even that trust is sometimes overshadowed by their resentment of Angelo.  It is also through the assistance of Angelo’s FBI partner, largely missing from the immediate action of the story, that the clues and the bits and pieces of information, even clues of the two teen murders that have gone “cold,” that things began to come together so that a trail to the murderer could be traced.  But there is still the unresolved issues between Mya and Angelo.
Readers will find a finely crafted romance with all its ups and downs set in the midst of the tension caused by seeking truth about the three murders.  Ms Van Meter has managed to put the two genres together and come out with a story that keeps the reader’s interest from start to finish.  There is deep friendship here as Mya’s friends and family surround her, seeking to protect her from a renewal of the hurt she had to live through 15 years earlier.  There are strong personalities and a whole host of people who are all different and who are strong, independent, out-spoken, and who demonstrate the scars and attitudes of a people who have borne the brunt of prejudice and distrust, and a long deprivation from an equal share in the best this country has to offer its citizens.  That’s not a political statement so much as an observation of reality.  It plays heavily in this story.  Yet underneath it all there is that deep sense of community, a people who are linked by land and tradition, stories and rituals, and a deeply held belief in their cosmic place in the total scheme of human existence.  It’s not overtly spoken so much as inferred.   But most of these kinds of bonds are not overt anyway.
There is so much to like in this book.  If you are looking for a new novel that combines a good love story with some good cold case solving, then this is for you.  I think it is just a terrific read.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

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