This week, we are hosting the lovely Beth Fantaskey. You've seen her name on the blog before because both Lili and Stéphanie have discussed her books. Keep reading to see what Beth does when she's not busy writing!
As recently as maybe three years ago, I was the World’s Worst Cook. That is no exaggeration. I was TRULY TERRIBLE. The kind of person who couldn’t even boil an egg. (They would always come out strangely gummy on the outside, with rock-hard yolks.)
The problem was, I am also a mother, with three children who insist upon eating, usually several times a day. And they demand decent food. Food that doesn’t taste burnt, or raw, or like somebody accidentally used salt when the recipe called for sugar – which has actually happened in my house.
Clearly, something had to change. And one day, mulling it over, I realized that the problem wasn’t necessarily my skills, but rather my attitude.
I had always told myself that I hated cooking – probably dating back to my horrific days in middle school home economics, where I ruined a vanilla pudding by adding the cornstarch wrong, so it clumped up in disgusting balls. My teacher made me eat it, anyhow. Have you ever chewed cornstarch? It’s not pleasant.
But one day, in my forties, I thought, “What if I decided I LIKE cooking? What if I look at it not as a chore, but as a creative outlet, and a way of showing my family that I love them enough to NOT rely on Lean Cuisine every day?”
I swear, from that moment on, I found my inner Iron Chef. Apparently, years of watching Paula Deen, Emeril and Bobby Flay on Food Network while I ate hideous microwave meals had left me with this incredible body of untapped knowledge, which suddenly came pouring out.
I’d be standing at the stove, cooking chicken, and all of the sudden I’d think, “I should deglaze the pan with white wine.” Or, “Some chanterelle mushrooms would be nice with this.” Sometimes I’d actually look around the kitchen, like, “Who said that?” Only to realize that it was ME. My inner voice.
These days, I consider cooking a hobby. I squealed with delight this Christmas when I unwrapped my new immersion blender. And I really look forward to the moment, at the end of most work days, when I shut down my computer, put on my fuzzy, old slippers, and head to the kitchen to start creating. (Trust me, my kids are happier, too.)
I guess it’s a lesson in not only the power of changing one’s attitude, but that the poor, often maligned TV can sometimes teach us something, too. Thank you, Paula Deen!
Thanks for stopping by, Beth, and sharing a bit of your non-writing life! I'm jealous of your cooking skills because I'm terrible at it. :)
Learn more about Jessica's books:
The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part. Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent meal from her castle’s Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail.
And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals. Desperate to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend Mindy Stankowicz and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves?
Full of romance, mystery, and danger, the highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side shows that sometimes a princess has to earn her “happily ever after” – with a sharpened stake in hand.
Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.
Beth is graciously offering one (1) paperback copy of JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE!
Giveaway ends Monday, March 11, 2013
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