Monday, October 1, 2012

Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts



A CHAT WITH SHEILA ROBERTS 

Tell us a little about yourself. 
First of all, let me thank you for inviting me to join you. Being both a writer and a reader, it’s always fun to connect with other readers. I love to read and have been hooked on books ever since I discovered The Wind in the Willows. I also am a big movie buff. I love my family and have fabulous girlfriends. I’m big on entertaining and love to host parties. And I like to stay active with tennis, dancing, and golf. And, I must confess, I’m a chocoholic. Chocolate is my favorite indulgence. 

Is that why you decided to write about a family that owns a chocolate factory? 
It seemed like a fun thing to do. I certainly wouldn’t mind owning my own chocolate factory! 

But in your book the chocolate company is in trouble. Can you tell us a little about the book? 
To sum it up, yes, we have a woman whose family business is in trouble. And her hometown isn’t doing so great either. They’re in a slump. So she and her mother and sisters come up with the idea of hosting a chocolate festival. The clock is ticking and they’re about to lose the business to the bank. (Not good for romance when the man you’re attracted to is also the manager of the bank that’s about to take your business!) Everyone pulls together to make this chocolate festival happen but between red tape at city hall and a landslide that closes the highway, well, it’s not looking good. And that’s only the beginning of our heroine’s problems. But all of this struggle is seasoned with lots of laughs and, since I’m a big believer in happy endings, my heroine will get her just desserts eventually. 

Do you have any chocolate recipes in this book? 
Oh, yes, and they’re to die for. 

So, tell us, what’s your favorite kind of chocolate? 
Chocolate mint truffles are my taste buds’ idea of heaven. I’m also terribly fond of white chocolate. Can you tell us anything about your next book? My next book, Merry Ex-mas, will be coming out in November. It’s a holiday tale about wives and their exes and involves a Christmas wedding, a country songwriter and a very naughty dog. I’m hoping readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And the good news is, my publisher has included a coupon for $1.50 off on it in Better Than Chocolate. 

Anything else you’d like to share? 
Only that I appreciate all you readers so very much. You’re what keep us writers writing! 

Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She's happily married and has three children. Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

When she's not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. Her latest book is Better Than Chocolate.

You can visit her website at www.sheilasplace.com.
Visit her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Sheila_Roberts
Like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheila-Roberts/76502579853?ref=ts 
Pick up your copy of Better Than Chocolate at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Better-Than-Chocolate-Icicle-Falls/dp/077831345X 

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?

After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They’ll have a chocolate festival! Time’s running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town’s behind them, so everything’s bound to go smoothly…. Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother’s attempts to help aren’t helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It’s enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake’s also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there’s something even better than chocolate.

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