“Sexy, sophisticated, humorous fiction for women.”
Very descriptive and comedic dialogue. It is very evident that Banister did her research on French & Italian cuisine as well as how a television show operates. Mixing It Up, a novel filled with food, romance, suspense, family drama, fulfilling characters is an enjoyable read. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.
The three main characters are:
Cecily Sinclair – the main female lead was born into money and instead of assuming the role of a socialite, she turned her passion for food into a career; money is no object to her, she’s used to the finer things but isn’t overly flashy (no driver, no maid, has a job).
Devlin Hayes – the networks new CEO is young, handsome and charming. He has big plans to reinvent the network which causes havoc in Cecily’s world. As the two start spending more time together it’s not clear if it’s to get Cecily in line with the new format or if the chemistry is real.
Dante Marchetti – is a sexy, conceited Italian chef and owner of popular restaurant; Cecily used to work with him and has no desire to do so again but is forced to put up with him invading her show which brings out the tension, drama, and unpredictability. Great for ratings! His contribution to the storyline crack me up and I love his ego.
There are also wonderful supporting characters too, among them are: Dina (her cousin) Paige (friend) Grandmother (the very regal grand dame & social snob) and Jessica (her new producer/nemesis)
Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?
The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.
Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sautééé pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.
As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?
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RELEASE WEEK GIVEAWAY
Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!
This prize pack includes:
Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set
(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)
Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards
The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano
To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
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