The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Non-Dessert Dessert Blog

Welcome to the Secret Cravings Authors Dessert Blog Hop!

I do not have a sweet tooth. Well, to be precise, I lost my sweet tooth when I discovered beer. So my adult life has been relatively bereft of desserts, although now and then I’ll pop a chunk of dark chocolate in and let it melt on my tongue.  My children learned early on not to inquire if there were any dessert, for they were invariably met with a blank look and/or shocked expression. Poor babies. Now, my sister has a sweet tooth. Her idea of a pleasant afternoon is to make two or three cakes—for no particular reason. While I keep toasted soy nuts or beef jerky around as a snack, she’ll have jars of jelly beans strategically placed in various rooms and her car.

Therefore, when I write about food in my books, I’m more apt to describe the perfect salade ni├žoise or a thick, juicy, red steak with Bearnaise sauce. My characters rarely get to dessert before they move on to other, even sweeter, pursuits. Then in an act of folly I signed up for the Secret Cravings Dessert Blog Hop and found I needed a sensual and preferably prolonged scene from one of my books in which the hero feeds the heroine—or vice versa—tidbits of something saccharine. So, starting with my first book, Lost in His Arms, I searched on “dessert," but the two or three times the word came up the heroine was usually waving the dessert cart away. Otherwise, nada, zilch, nothing. Then I tried “chocolate” and got “his chocolate eyes.” And that guy was the villain. And so it went through every single one of my six published books!

Desperate, I checked my current work-in-progress, the Mark of Love and Death. Set in Alexandria, Virginia at the 300-foot high Masonic Memorial, the story’s chock full of international intrigue involving renegade masons, black ops, and rogue professors, plus long-lost papers of George Washington, and of course great romance. And, thank God, the heroine actually eats dessert. Once.

Unfortunately, in the scene I found, our heroine is eating dessert with one man and thinking about another. Here it is:

      Try as she might Claire couldn’t get Ernest to focus on the case. He continually sought her hand, gazed soulfully into her eyes, and spoke softly and poetically about music and art. He ordered oysters with enthusiasm and urged the chocolate molten lava cake on her with arch allusions to her thin figure. In short, the perfect date. For some other time. Or someone else. Someone who didn’t have a pressing need to learn the truth about the man who kept her awake at night, whose voice echoed in her brain at the most inappropriate moments, whose touch raised the tiny hairs on her arms and fizzled her emotions.

That’s it. That’s my sweet story. Pretty pathetic, huh? It’s your fault really. If you had only asked me to blog on blue-veined, buttery Roquefort, or a crisp, rich Puligny-Montrachet, or on sucking the sweet flesh out of a lobster claw, we’d all be happier.

Now for the prize: a gorgeous mouse pad (only shipped to U.S.) and a pdf of Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, or Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine. Winner’s choice. PLEASE remember to put your email address in your comment to be eligible.

After me, hop to the rest of our great participating authors. Here’s a list of their links:

Marie Rose Dufour

Dawne Prochilo

Lindsay Downs

Cindy A. Christiansen

Jean Joachim

Sandy Sullivan

Carol Preflatish

Tracey Steinbach

Flossie Benton Rogers

Melissa Keir

Layla Hunter

Sherry Gloag

Raine Delight

Paloma Beck

Kathleen Ball

Colette Saucier

Sarah Cass

Karen Cino

Davee Jones

Layna Pimentel

Virginnia De Parte

Dilys Carnie

Jeanine McAdam

Kenzie Michaels

Laurie White

Carolyn Wren

Carolyn Gibbs

Tamara Monteau

Jillian Chantal

Lena Hart


Marie Rose Dufour said...

Nothing wrong being a "foodie" instead of into desserts! I also have a tendency to write about food instead of dessert!!!

Tracey Steinbach said...

Your blog post made me smile! You have a way with words! :)

Sarah said...

Hey, my perfect scene would have been in a WIP, not something actually contracted or published...and it involved a totally made up dessert/fruit from a made up world.

So I'm feeling you. It doesn't help that my character can't cook to save her life. LOL!

I do like your excerpt, though...doesn't bother me that she's thinking of another man, especially if that other man makes her feel like that!

Carol Preflatish said...

I'm thinking the next Hop needs to be beverages, right?


Jeanine said...

Your story sounds great!

M. S. Spencer said...

Welcome everyone and thanks for both reading and your kind words! Carol--I LIKE your beverage idea! Wines, right? Sarah, LOL! your heroine sounds great.

Melissa Keir said...

What a great blog post! I think your children are better off without all the sweets.

Jillian said...

super excerpt!!

Lindsay said...

Love the excerpt

Lindsay said...

Great excerpt

Karen Cino said...

There is nothing like an ice cold Corona or Presidente!

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Interesting post! Thanks for sharing.

Tamara Hoffa said...

I'm not a big sweet eater either, but I do love to cook them

M. S. Spencer said...

Thus the moniker "sugar lady" I guess?

Eva's Flowers said...

I could not live without dark chocolate, well any chocolate really, but my favorite is dark. But I guess not everyone has that sweet tooth and that's ok too :) Great excerpt by the way!


Carolyn Gibbs said...

I loved your post, and I'll feast on that lobster claw any day :)!

Crystal Benedict said...

Sounds really good :)

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Tamara Monteau said...

Sometimes I prefer something savory to something sweet. No shame in that! Great article!

Lena Hart said...

I think I have a big enough sweet tooth for the both of us, lol! Nice excerpt!

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Beckey said...

Most of my comfort food is a foodie item, like homemade baked bread or baked mac & Cheese with LOTS of cheese, or even some simple hot wings...

Nothing dessertish...

Thanks for sharing the great post


M. S. Spencer said...

Nice to know I'm not the only one who prefers meat to sweet> but still,I'm open to anything raspberry and chocolate... on the side.