Errin Stevens author of Updrift answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Errin Stevens writes paranormal romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not taming unruly storylines – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to romantic suspense – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year). Visit her web site for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.
What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Here it is folks, the meal people everywhere love: Pesto Meat Loaf with Baked Sweet Potatoes. It’s colorful, it’s comforting, it’s good for you; and everyone from grandma to your most persnickety foodie guest will rhapsodize. I’ve served this dish at casual family gatherings and sit-down dinners galore, always to rave reviews – even got profiled in a cooking magazine once for it! Here’s the recipe for the curious:
Pesto Meat Loaf
1 lb. each lean ground beef and lean ground pork
1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper
1 T. olive oil
2 T. finely chopped garlic
1 c. fine bread crumbs, toasted
1/3 c. toasted pine nuts or walnuts
1 c. finely chopped, loosely packed fresh basil
½ c. finely chopped, loosely packed fresh parsley
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
Combine meats with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a small skillet; add garlic, cook until soft and mix with beef and pork. Add bread crumbs, nuts, herbs, cheese and egg to the meat mixture, mix well, and bake in a loaf pan at 400 degrees for an hour. Serve topped with a fresh marinara sauce and baked sweet potatoes on the side. Yum.
What's your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
#ocean is a hit of peace in the middle of a hectic day. Look at a coupla photos, breathe, meditate for ten seconds and head back into the fray tranquil and unperturbed. Those ocean and mermaid boards on Pinterest also do the trick.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I’m such a dang omnivore with my reading except when it comes to non-fiction, which I only read if I absolutely have to, although I recently enjoyed “Blue Mind” by Wallace Nichols. But. I usually have two novels going, one to make me think and grow (am tackling the Time 100 with my Carpe Librum buddies at the moment), and one commercial fiction work, which I gobble up like candy and troll through for scene and dialogue ideas. Kresley Cole and J.R. Ward are two of my current faves.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
Goodness, I have to hunt down all kinds of information to answer the bizarre questions I end up asking myself when I write. Such as what varieties of tuna fish hang out off the North Atlantic coast? And what sharks other than Great Whites are lethal to humans in the mid-Atlantic? I search online articles, consult maps, re-read old fairy tales and other mythology, and generally indulge any and all curiosities that might lead to fully fleshed-out narrative. Sometimes I troll through cookbooks and travel magazines at the local library… and you’ll just have to peek through my stories to find out why!
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
I’ve had my concerns about Justin Bieber, but his new “What Do You Mean?” would be ideal. In Updrift, Kate and Gabe wrestle with just the kind of confusion Beiber sings about. Also, the melody is dreamy and addictive, which perfectly describes Gabe.
About the Book
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Errin Stevens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13/R
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian/bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
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Publisher: Liquid Silver Books http://www.lsbooks.com/updrift-p1067.php
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