Monday, June 18, 2012

Pickin' Tomatoes by JW Bull

Maggie Malone wants a new life. Who aspires to be a single, forty-year-old, jobless new mother? Driven by the need for an income, Maggie decides to enter a writing contest. Cooking and Women Magazine is seeking a columnist who can compare finding “Mister Right” to cooking. To qualify, an entrant must be single and an experienced chef. Maggie is neither – she can’t even cook. But desperation turns white lies into tasty morsels that whet her creative appetite and she whips up an article comparing finding “Mister Right” to picking the right tomato for her homemade salsa. She wins the contest, is dubbed The Chef of Hearts, and her new life, although a bit shaky, is launched.

Women across America write to her about loneliness, infidelity, insomnia – even to complain about a boyfriend’s snoring. Maggie dissects their problems with a single stroke of her pen, all the while struggling with her own issues. She dishes out therapy in recipes and funny stories and becomes an instant celebrity. As she balances learning how to cook, being a mother and writing a column, her dual lives begin to spin out of control. On the back burner, subterfuge sizzles in the skillet, threatening Maggie’s new recipe for success and she finds herself in the same stew as many of her readers – lost and alone. It’s only when Maggie comes clean with all her lies that she realizes pickin’ the right tomato might not be simply about finding “Mister Right” – sometimes it’s about making the right choices.

Pickin Tomatoes serves up a three-course meal of mayhem, motherhood and middle age flavored with dashes of irony, wit, and wisdom. Throw in a liberal sprinkling of recipes geared towards those who don’t cook, and Pickin’ Tomatoes becomes a must read for anyone who has searched for “Mister Right” but, most of all, wants to find herself.

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July 11- Storm Goddess Book Reviews- Guest Post

July 13- Chick Lit Plus – Review

July 14- Lost in Literature- Guest Post & Excerpt

July 17- The Whiney Mommy- Review

July 18- Second Bookshelf on the Right- Excerpt

July 23- Storm Goddess Book Reviews- Review & Excerpt

July 26- Hannah Shelton- Review

July 27- Never Too Fond of Books – Novel Spotlight

July 28- Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

July 28- Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Guest Post

July 30 –Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt 

**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Pickin' Tomatoes before July 30 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Nancy - please email me to confirm your prize!**

Author Bio: 

 J. W. Bull lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons. Although she has worked as a sous chef for Lavande Restaurant, she currently is a private violin teacher and a member of The Georgia Symphony. She is also finishing another novel, Musical Chairs, a mystery involving Maggie’s cousin—Molly Malone, plucky part-time symphony player and fulltime Irish fiddler. It’s a hilarious spoof on symphonies, Irish fiddling, and mysteries that continues the Malone saga. 

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  1. I wish I would not have missed this tour! Looking forward to reading the reviews ect

  2. The tour ends July 30 th , right? Thanks for the giveaway.DebP

  3. This is a great book! I really enjoyed reading it--perfect for summer.

  4. Loving the reviews! This sounds awesome! :)

  5. Meal of mayhem, motherhood and middle age. Right up my alley.

  6. Sounds like loads of fun. Adorable premise and the complications sound so winning. I'll hop right over to Goodreads and add it to my list.

    1. Thanks Gale, it was a lot of fun to write. Hope you like it!

  7. Congratulations Nancy! Enjoy the gift card!


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