Thursday, January 3, 2013

Foodie Friday -- $100 American Express Giveaway!

Welcome to the first Foodie Friday of 2013.
I hope you had a great, food-filled New Year's Eve, and that the coming year will be filled with peace and blessings.
Last week, I was recovering from a bug, yet I managed to cook junk food, think about design boo-boos,
and ponder all-white/neutral decor.  
Thanks to everyone who offered emotional support and great ideas.
Your words meant the world to me.

Last week's Foodie Friday "Showstopper" was
Dungeness Crab Stuffed Avocado with Seafood Remoulade
Cathy at Wives With Knives lives in the Pacific Northwest, and last week she brought
this elegant, classic dish to Foodie Friday
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Would you like a chance to win
a $100 American Express gift card?
I'm giving away a card to celebrate next month's publication of Piper Maitland's new novel, HUNTING DAYLIGHT.

(Here's a little-known fact: I am Piper Maitland, but I also write Southern novels as Michael Lee West,
another little-known fact.)
I felt terrible today when my publicist called and gently reminded me that "Piper" hadn't Tweeted, Facebooked, or blogged in about a year. Yikes. Well, I didn't want to say anything, but it's been a rough 24-months, what with work and family illnesses.

I even forgot that I had two books coming out this winter!
Oh, Piper--you are bad! Bad!

Badness aside, I truly loved writing Hunting Daylight. Every day when I sat down to write, it was as if I'd opened a magical door and stepped into a place without worries (for me, anyway), a place where True Love and True Adventure existed. And vampires. Nice ones, handsome ones, and the kind that give chill bumps and nightmares. Such a change from my Southern, food-loving characters. A fun change.


You don't need to read the previous novel, Acquainted With the Night, to step into this world (though I hope you do). I put my medical background to good use, mixing science and vampirism. Luckily my "in-house" experts happen to be a biochemist and a physician! I don't always have fun when I'm writing, but I really had a blast with Caro, Jude, and Raphael. I hope you will have as much fun reading the book as I had writing it.
If you're a follower of this blog, your name will be automatically added to the drawing. For extra chances to win, you can Tweet this post, "pin" it at Pinterest, "like" the book at Amazon or Facebook.   You can find the links at the bottom of this post.  If you pre-order the book, your name will be entered TWENTY TIMES into the drawing. Just leave a comment and let me know.

The winner will be announced at next week's Foodie Friday. 

From the publisher:

Daylight is coming on February 5th

Piper Maitland returns with the hotly anticipated follow-up to Acquainted With the Night.

Hunting  Daylight

Out of the Shadows...
For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had doubts about the death of her husband, Jude, who disappeared while looking for  tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter Vivi is struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is Raphael Della Rocca, an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro's heart--and to protect her and Vivi from harm. And, with Caro's husband declared legally dead, she feels it's finally time to move on . . . .

A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease that has made him vulnerble to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its power over him--
to feel the sun on his face one last time.
And in Caro's darkest fears, he will be lifted into the light of day.

Early Praise:
"Picking up with events following last year's Acquainted With the Night, Hunting Daylight dives deep into the dangerous world of vampires and the obsession of one dangerous man.
Taut and engaging, this well-written novel is filled with sacrifice, loss and terror."
--Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times, **** Four stars

On Sale: February 5, 2013

Piper's BLOG, Twitter, and Facebook Page

Praise for book one in the series,
Acquainted With the Night

"A roller coaster."
--Publishers Weekly

"A twisted and complex take on vampire lore and legends . . . If you're a fan of unusual vampire stories, this action-packed and fast-paced book will please you immensely."
-- Fresh Fiction

"This book is fantastic. A perfect blend of Dan Brown's religious intrigue, Michael Crichton's scientific thriller, and Anne Rice's vampire novels. The writing is wonderfully done, keeping the reader engaged, not letting go until the last page has turned. . .
--Portland Book Review

"Edge-of-your-seat, otherworldly suspense laced with a wicked sense of humor."
--Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author

"Vampires and non stop sex!"
--Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author
"Maitland puts her more literary spin on the Urban Fantasy genre with this rich, compelling novel. She's a talented storyteller."
--Romantc Times Book Reviews (****)

Berkley Mass Market Paperback
560 pages, $9.99
Available in paperback and an e-book

I can't wait to see what you've cooked up this week. I know you will have a great time visiting the blogs that have contributed recipes. If you'd like to add your recipe to the Foodie Friday linky party, locate the blue Inlinkz frog (below); add your permalink and select an image. It may take a few seconds for the entry to process. The Foodie Friday badge is located on the right-hand sidebar if you wish to add it to your FF post. If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, a tutorial is available.

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  1. Sorry this has been such a stressful year. Here's hoping that 2013 will bring more fun and less stress your way. The house project looks to be progressing nicely, and it's certainly fun to follow along. Thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations on the new book. You know I'm a fan of Michael Lee. ;-) Same goes for Piper Maitland. You are amazing.........Sarah

  2. Congratulations on finishing your book Michael Lee, aka as Piper!! Woo hoo and hooray for all the hard work. Happy 2013 blessings to you!

  3. I was wondering if there was another book from Piper! :) I just pre-ordered, liked on FB, and at Amazon! February is a wonderful month to curl up and read! Looking forward to all 560 pages :)

  4. Thank you so much, Sarah and Kitty!
    Mary, bless you!!!!

  5. You are wonderful! I can't wait to read the book. I don't know how you do it. With everything that even I read about in your life, I can't imagine how you focus.

    Blessings for 2013!

  6. The books sounds great! Good luck! I have a lot of friends who love vampire novels, I will pass the news to them :)
    Thank you for hosting!

  7. Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday every week! It can't always be easy, but is sure is appreciated. I so enjoy browsing everyone's recipes. Your new book sounds really good. I'm looking forward to it coming out.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  8. I pinned the giveaway for you.

  9. Hi Michael Lee, thanks for hosting, I love reading novels too.

  10. I follow you in GFC.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  11. Pinned:

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    Thank you!

  12. How exciting for you! Hope 2013 is a great year for you! I love linking up here every week...and now I know what books to read too! Best, Deb

  13. Congratulations on the new book,I can't wait to add it to my collection. Thanks for hosting and sure hope you get to feeling better soon. 2013 will be fabulous!
    Miz Helen

  14. As I've told you a few times before, I don't know how in the world you do all the things you do!! You must have a bit of Samantha's magic!(from Bewitched!)
    I'd lost track of how many books you'd written so recently, too. WOW! You are my hero! (heroine?!)
    I'm a follower and I hope to remember to "Like" it at Amazon and Facebook!
    Congrats on everything, Michael Lee....and do get some good rest....even if it's on the in the picture! :D

  15. Okay...I'm back! I just "Liked" it on Amazon (I was the 2nd one!)and I "Liked" Piper Maitland on facebook.

  16. Congratulations on your new book. I'm sorry this has been a rough year on you. I have no idea how you manage to do all of the things you do and be two people. I agree with Becky's comment. I hope you get some much deserved rest, even if it's on the floor :)

    I'm a follower and I will definitely go like it on Facebook. (No Twitter for me). Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday.

  17. I don't know how you do everything you do. Really!

    Also, on my link, I accidentally put my name instead of "cookies and cream popcorn" is there anyway you can fix it? Or delete it and I'll re-add it?

  18. I like it on Amazon! AND I pre-ordered! Can't wait. Except I haven't had my coffee yet, and I sent it to my daughter's Kindle - so please post some big reminder on February 5th!!!

  19. Thanks for hosting. Good luck with your book! I always enjoying coming over to your party and learning more about you.

  20. Piper couldn't do social media she was too busy dealing with vampires. I forgive her. Good luck with your book and thanks for another lovely party.

  21. What excitement 2013 holds for you!

    Thank you so very much for hosting.

  22. Thank you so much for hosting and congratulations on your new book! Best wishes for 2013.

  23. Thanks so much for the kind, encouraging comments! And an especial thank you to Pam and Mary for pre-ordering the book!

  24. I am so excited to have another "Piper" book! I read AWTN in one long day. I'm a follower of all of your blogs and will be preordering the new one when I get home. Hope 2013 brings you good health, rest, and prosperity .

  25. Your book sounds intriguing. Congratulations!

  26. I just pre-ordered Hunting Daylight,and ordered Aquinted with the Night,also "liked" Piper on FB and following Piper blog.

    I'm enjoying the 2nd adventure of Teeny Templton.

    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

  27. Congratulations and best wishes. Your book sounds fascinating. Wishing you the best of health, happiness and enjoyment in writing and your home. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Congratulations on completing your book. What a wonderful year for you. Always new adventures. The novel sounds compelling and special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  29. I was so sorry to hear you've still been battling illness, ML & not feeling up to par, especially with all that you've got going on. I hope you're now recovered & that things will be easier for you in the coming months.

    Congrats on another new book...I honestly don't know how you do it!! I can barely get a single blog post up these days.

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your musings on the white interiors. You are talking to the *Queen of Cream* here! LOL My whole house is off white/ivory/cream/vanilla/beige etc. I did it that way when we lived in a smaller house in FL as the monochromatic look appeared to expand the rooms & we had a spectacular view of our pool, then golf course, then lake. I didn't want anything to take away from that.
    I just add my seasonal punches of color in the kitchen & with pillows in the great room & dishes in the dining room. I have never tired of the soft, soothing atmosphere & will soon purchase more of the exact same colors if I can find them!

    Get Well Hugs to you, Honey,

  30. Happy New Year, Michael Lee West aka Piper Maitland! How exciting that your readers get to see another side of you. And vampires yet! I love it. Hunting Daylight is going right onto my Kindle when its available. Can't wait to read it. Thank you so much for selecting my recipe to feature this week.

  31. Oh my goodness, I had no idea you also wrote Urban Fantasy! I love it and will definitely be downloading both of the now and one later!!

    You picked the best showstopper! Cathy's recipes are the best!

  32. Thanks for hosting. A new book coming out, that's exciting! Hope you feel better and stay well. :)

  33. Congratulations on finishing your book Michael Lee (and Piper)! Happy 2013 to you!

  34. You are amazing, ML. I couldn't take the pressure! I hope 2013 is good to you, in all ways!
    I have been mia for FF. I keep making the same things! I did make something new to take to a dinner party Thurs., and I forgot to take a pic! I will have to remake it...
    All the best!

  35. I absolutely ADORE your books!! I put all of them on my kindle and read on my trip abroad during the fall....going right now to pre order this one too!!
    You are very talented!! not to mention your photographic skills...

  36. Oh......and I made your baked hot dogs. You are a very bad girl for sharing that with me.....I ate almost the whole pan all by myself!!!!! OMG...I'm such a hot dog "ho" and now I'm a goner. Hello another 2lb weight gain!!

  37. google follower

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  38. pinned post/book

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  39. liked book on amazon (tabathia)

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  40. tweet
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  41. Congrats!

    I'd love to use this giftcard to buy the book.

    hockiemack at

  42. Congrats on your new book. Thanks for hosting this great party.....sorry I am a little late coming to the party!

  43. I tweeted about this post. Thanks again.
    Donnie W

  44. I "liked" your book on Facebook. Sounds like a great, fun book.
    Donnie W

  45. Hi and Happy 2013! It's my first time at your party and it has been great to visit so many beautiful foodie blogs gathered here! Thank You for hosting.