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Title: All in a Days Work
Author: Shae Connor, Henrietta Clarke, Bru Baker, Therese Woodson, Jenni Michaels, Kay Walker, Holly O. Hale, Amy Jo Cousins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Featuring stories by Shae Connor, Bru Baker, Holly O. Hale, Therese Woodson, Henrietta Clarke, Jenni Michaels, Amy Jo Cousins, and Kay Walker
Blurb: A guy’s got to make a living. He can do it the conventional way—by selling cars, scooping ice cream, or delivering sandwiches—or he can earn his money as a spy, a historical interpreter, or the host of a myth-busting television show. Whether the men in this anthology are working hard to build their own business or performing in drag at a dance hall, every day has the potential for surprises and the chance to satisfy their lust or maybe find something more permanent. For the guys in these stories, what’s all in a day’s work might be anything but what they expected.
“Ice Cream Dreams” by Shae Connor
Blurb: Gage Albert is working at his Uncle Gordon’s ice cream shop when well-regarded young chef Loren Rey stops by, interested in using the shop’s unique flavors for his new restaurant. Gage plies Loren with samples and banter and soon finds ice cream isn’t the only thing on the menu. After the men share a hot night together, Gage approaches his uncle about Loren’s ideas, but he fears Gordon’s religious nature may mean rejection not just for Loren but also for Gage, who isn’t out to his uncle. Torn between the business and the personal, Gage has to decide if a future with Loren is worth revealing all.
Food and Me: A Love Affair:
Anyone who’s read any of my stories—or just met me in person—can probably figure out that I love food. I like eating it, cooking it, reading about it, and writing about it. I collect cool cookbooks, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, and I plan trips around what restaurants I want to visit. Last weekend, when a group of us gathered for a writing retreat in the north Georgia mountains, I cooked two meals, lasagna and a breakfast strata. Both are quick and easy, but they’re also yummy, so it’s no wonder they’re two of my favorite recipes.
My foodie tendencies often spill over into my writing. My characters have run the gamut from amateur chefs to those who just appreciate a good meal, but “Ice Cream Dreams” is the first time I’ve written a character who is actually a professional chef. In the story, Loren Rey visits an ice cream shop in his hometown, looking for dessert ideas that might work with the new restaurant he’s about to open. He ends up finding what he’s looking for in the form of quirky flavors like Avocado Basil and Sweet Potato Souffle. But what he also finds is the man behind the counter: Gage Albert, who’s helping out his uncle over the summer by serving up his creations. For their first date, Loren serves Gage a sampling of the Southern-South American fusion he’s going for, and his cooking helps win over not just Gage’s taste buds but the man himself.
Researching this story was both fun and an exercise in self-control. The fusion idea just popped into my head, but it turns out that South America and southern American work well together, sharing some common ingredients and cooking styles. I looked up lots of information about various South American cuisines, and that yielded dishes like ceviche and empanadas with a Southern flair, as well as a brandy-passionfruit drink, served with dessert, that’s based on a traditional Peruvian cocktail.
The ice cream side of the equation was a different kind of fun. I went all kinds of crazy there, starting with Nutella-Banana Swirl and mentioning all sorts of unusual base ingredients, including potato, cheese, and avocado. I’ve seen recipes for avocado-based sweets before, not just ice creams but things like cake frosting, probably because the fats in avocado make it a good substitute for milkfats. I have a hard time envisioning the taste, though, because as much as I love avocado, I’ve only ever had it with savory flavors. Maybe one day I’ll actually try some of the combinations I wrote about.
To whet your appetite for Loren and Gage’s story, here’s a little taste of their first meeting:
“Perfect.” Loren grinned. “Now, can I get a small cup of Birthday Cake? With sprinkles?”
Gage laughed and moved to fill the order. “I wouldn’t have figured you for the Birthday Cake ice cream type.”
Loren leaned on the glass and peered down into the canister as Gage dipped up his order, which consisted of a rich cake batter ice cream with multicolor sprinkles and a pink frosting swirl. “Some things are perennial favorites. Besides, it’s appropriate.” He grinned a gain. “Wish me a happy birthday.”
Gage laughed. “Happy birthday, Loren.” He finished dipping, dropped the scoop into the wash tray, and closed the case before handing the cup over. “On the house.”
Loren blinked at him as he accepted the ice cream. “I’m at a disadvantage.” He sounded half apologetic, half surprised. “You’re…?”
Gage shook his head. “Sorry. Gage Albert. I was a freshman when you were a senior.” He shrugged. “Plus, you’re pretty well-known around here. One of the favorite sons and all that.”
A pink flush rose high on Loren’s cheeks. “I’ll never get used to that,” he murmured. “I mean, I know it goes with the territory, but I’d rather be in the kitchen.” He winked, eyes sparkling. “Or sampling ice cream served by a hot guy in a little shop in my hometown.”
About the Author:
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.
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