Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Avoiding Mr. Right by C.J. Ellison

Today I welcome C.J. Ellison author of Avoiding Mr. Right, the second book in the Wild Side series.  If you didn't read Vanilla on Top, the first book in the series, run and get it, it's wonderful fun.  While it's not necessary to read them in order, why would you want to miss a good book? For now, please grab your favorite cuppa and sit and enjoy some of C.J.'s favorite kitchen items.  

I'm sure we all have our favorite items that cut down on kitchen drudgery. For me, I have the old standbys and some new ones, too.

1) Coffee maker. Sure, lots of us have this "gadget" but how many of us take it for granted? That trusty appliance breaks down and a lot of us would be lost. Even if you drink de-caf like I do it's still an important device in our kitchen.

2) Microwave. Hey, I can still remember a time when we got our first microwave. Sure, it was the 80s and most kitchens come with them asa  standard item now, but I'd say it's still a gadget we don't want to ever be without.

3) Coffee bean grinder. I used to buy only ground coffee, but hubby started buying beans. Without that grinder I'd be screwed for morning coffee everyday.

4) Tea strainer. Say what? It's this little wire mesh gadget that hangs inside a coffee cup when you pour hot water over loose tea leaves. Some people use a wire ball, but I prefer this simple device for making fresh tea.

5) Kitchen Pro Vegetable Dicer, as seen on TV. And yes, I bought mine on TV years ago when it first came out. Now you can find them at the CVS. I love to make soups and this device is fantastic for chopping large and small sized veggies to cook with. I've found if the veggie is small enough and hidden by thick flavorful broth and pieces of pasta, beans, and/or meat, my kids will eat it without complaint.

6) Crock pot. Since it's not a standard appliance in a kitchen I'm calling it a gadget. Love my crock pot. We even use it in the summer.

7) Electric skillet. My husband uses this one more than me. We'll cook large batches of food for dinner. Freezing one portion and serving the rest. The second portion will make an appearance in a couple of weeks. The electric skillet is great for two to three pounds of ground meat, chicken breasts, sausage and peppers… the list goes on and on.

8) Bootle opener. Uncorking wine without one is tricky, and sometimes messy.

9) An in-sink Garbage Disposal. We've lived in houses without one, and I definitely prefer to have one. Don't shove small bones, raw animal fat, uncooked Quinoa grain, or the white stuff used in some flower vases for hydration down there either. From personal experience I can attest that a plumper is usually needed to correct such slips.

10) Hand-held Can Opener. I grew up with an electric one. It even mounted directly under the cabinet, talk about fancy! ;-) Now I prefer to un-clutter my counter tops so we've had a non-electric one for about two decades.

How about you? What's your favorite kitchen gadget?

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About the book:

Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future, her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways, handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of:

1. Casual Sex
2. Friends with Benefits
3. Avoidance of Intimacy

Carla ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem. Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant from pursuing her.

Andy Shea refuses to become another lover the feisty blonde dumps. It'll take a patient man with a strong hand to unlock Carla's sexual awareness and win her heart. He’s up for the challenge to convince her he’s the one—and eager to prove this number cruncher won’t make a boring bedmate

About the Author:

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body.

She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.

To learn more about C.J. and her other books, please stop by:

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