Thursday, July 25, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Next Move by Sabrina Garie

Thanks to the Smexy Fab4 for hosting this blog tour. I have Sabrina Garie, author of Next Move here today talking about fun food. Welcome!


Fun With Food and Drink

Food and drink mix well with romance and sex. Not only are they tools for seduction, they’re also important elements of home and hearth, mood enhancers and indicative of hidden character elements.

In Next Move, I used both to help me navigate the love story. Here, try a sample of caviar and strawberries as a seduction tool.

She took her hand back, dipped a finger in the caviar and licked it off. Her tongue glided across the edge, lapping at the gelatinous black eggs. Putting it in her mouth, she sucked the remaining juices.

Jared’s gaze never strayed from her lips as he leaned toward her and placed one hand on her leg. “Is that my answer?”

Finished, she picked up a strawberry and traced it along his lower lip. “Play with me.”

He swirled his tongue around the end of the berry then nibbled the tip, his fingers teasing the inside of her thigh. “Maybe we should have dessert upstairs.”

This is one of my favorite scenes which uses the scents and textures of food and drink to help set the mood that Jocelyn is very busy resisting.

“Stop pushing me away. You want this every damn bit as much as I do.”

“That was a fluke, a momentary weakness. I don’t do relationships.” Her face, smooth and hard as marble, denied any emotions.

Oh she’s good, but not good enough. “That ice-queen act may scare off the men around here but I know the hellion underneath. And I like her, claws and all.” One hand lifted her face toward him. The red wine on her breath mingled with her rose-lime scent as he licked her lower lip.

Preparing and eating food is central to being human. It is a great way for a couple to just be with each other. When characters relax, personalities emerge in different ways. Here’s a taste.

The oven timer beeped and they sat down to eat. “This is excellent,” Jocelyn said. “What did you do differently, Kylie?”

“Nothing. It was Jared. He added some stuff. And it’s really good.”

“You can cook too?”

Jared gave her a big, toothy smile. “I’m a catch, what can I say?”

The best way I can think to end this post is to share a favorite recipe. Here’s mine for mulled wine (I use a lot of wine in the book). It may be too hot right now, but store the recipe away for a cold, snowy night with a roaring fire. That scene is made for mulled wine.

1 bottle red wine (cheap is fine)
1 wine bottle full of water
1 orange
16 cloves
3 Cinnamon sticks
½ cup of sugar
Cardamom (2 pops)
Optional: orange zest, orange slices, all spice

Put the 16 cloves into the orange. Put the cloved orange, the cinnamon sticks, sugar, cardamom, the wine and then fill the empty wine bottle with water and add the water into a pot. Heat on low for about 20 minutes. Do not let boil. Enjoy. For variations, add the optional ingredient or any of your own ideas.

Thanks for dropping by. Do you have a favorite scene in a book or a movie that uses food in a way that really affected you? How did it do so?


Find the Author

Next Move

Chamber of Commerce CEO and single mother Jocelyn Wade plays to win—in the boardroom, at local politics and for her daughter. With an overloaded life and a heart scarred shut, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. Until Jared Wyatt, the hot out-of-town fling she can’t seem to forget swaggers into her life with a different agenda—making Jocelyn his own.

Surviving a shattered marriage, Jared swore off women until a night of unparalleled passion with Jocelyn reawakens needs he thought long gone. When a new job as high school athletic director lands him in Jocelyn’s town, where sports and business rule, he must stay one move ahead of her in the game to win her body and heart.

After rancorous local politics upend their game board, they both must learn to trust again or lose a second chance at love.


  1. HI Buffy, Thanks for hosting me. So glad to be here.