RNIC is delighted to have Author Lacey Baker stop by and tell us about her novel, Homecoming. Lacey is also giving away an autographed copy of Homecoming to one lucky winner! We’ll tell you more about that shortly, but first, let’s get to know our featured author.
Lacey, what types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
Research books, romances—paranormal, contemporary and erotica.
What type of music do you listen to?
A little of each—Country, Pop, and R&B.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
Old black and white movies—romances, comedies and suspense, pre 1960.
So Lacey, what are some of your pet peeves?
I cannot stand when the microwave is not reset and the leftover cook time keeps blinking on and off.
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?
Calla lilies and white roses
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
I cannot keep up with shows as they come on weekly. I usually catch something in syndication and if I like it then I go back and purchase the DVDs so I can watch the series from the beginning. I did that with Charmed, Angel, The Mentalist and Criminal Minds.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was in high school, which equals a long time. LOL
What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far?
Each time I’m able to write “The End” is an accomplishment for me.
How do you celebrate each book release?
I go to the bookstore and take a picture of the book on the shelves (smile).
Okay Lacey, last question. What writing rituals help to get your mojo flowing so you can write?
Music and movies. Depending on what I’m writing I like to set the mood with an appropriate CD or movie.
Description of Homecoming
Dr. Quinn Cantrell made a life for himself in Seattle when he left behind his picturesque hometown—and the unhappy memories of a relationship that ended tragically. His grandmother’s death is an unexpected blow, but there are even more surprises waiting—including a mischievous puppy, a reunion with his far-flung siblings, and an old acquaintance who’s grown into a gorgeous and capable woman.
Nikki Brockington was proud of the work she’d done at The Silver Spoon, and when the Cantrells leave its management in her care, she’s happy to take on the responsibility. But keeping the inn and its restaurant profitable isn’t her only challenge—not when she can’t stop thinking about Quinn, who reminds her that home is more than a place. It’s who you love…
There wasn’t a damned thing funny, at least Nikki didn’t think so. Hoover King and his band of jolly old men thought it was absolutely hilarious, despite the fact that this was the repast for one of the town’s finest citizens. She’d had some choice words for them in that regard too, but held her tongue. Don’t be rude to the guests. That was one of the first rules to be learned in the hospitality business.
How about when said guest grabs your butt? Is it okay to be rude then?
Heading into the kitchen she could do nothing but shake her head. Hoover King was a sixty something year old man who’d lived in Sweetland forever. He was short, round, bald and jovial which was a complement to his wife, Inez who was tall, rail thin and mean as a rattle snake. She was most likely the reason Hoover stayed drunk more than he was ever sober, a fact that had most of the townsfolk feeling sorry for him instead of declaring him a public menace. With all that said, he probably didn’t even know he’d grabbed her in an inappropriate spot.
No, that’s bull, he knew exactly what he was doing and he’d enjoyed it. As for Nikki, she hadn’t enjoyed anything since receiving the call about Mrs. Cantrell’s passing. Yet she’d agreed to come over and help out tonight. Actually, it had been a no-brainer. She worked here during the day as Ms. Janet’s assistant manager, taking care of a lot of the day-to-day tasks and making sure the B&B ran as smoothly as it possibly could. Michelle took care of the restaurant and they all co-existed in a peaceful harmony. She wondered how that harmony would hold up now that all the Cantrell siblings were back under one roof.
“Hey cutie-pie, you taking a mighty long time with that new pitcher of lemonade.” Hoover’s voice slurred, his portly body wobbling in through the swinging kitchen door.
“I’ll be there in just a minute, Mr. King. Why don’t you go back out and sit with your friends.” Or go home and pass out next to your wife sounded like a better plan.
“I came in here to help you,” he said stumbling towards her.
Nikki could hear his footsteps but her back was facing him. She’d been just about to lift the tray with the two pitchers of lemonade on it when instinct warned her to put it down. The minute she did she felt him pressing against her back.
“I can carry it,” he mumbled then breathed over her shoulder and she thought she would collapse.
Even from behind she could smell the liquor on him. It was disgusting that he drank this way especially since he also acted as the town’s only cab service. The other thing that was basically nauseating was the way his round body was rubbing against her backside. She tried to turn, which really wasn’t a good idea on so many levels. He breathed directly into her face then, hot and funky. And he pushed even closer to her, this time wrapping his arms around her like she’d asked for a hug.
Coming Soon by Lacey Baker
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: An autographed copy of Homecoming
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to our newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment or a question below (you do not have to include your email address).
Deadline to enter: June 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. One winner will be selected
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes open to U.S. entrants only, unless stated otherwise.
Lacey, how can readers contact you?
About the Author
Lacey Baker is one of the luckiest women alive. Why? Because she gets to live out her life’s dream of writing emotionally fulfilling stories about relationships. A Maryland native she lives with her husband and three children in what most would call Suburban America, a townhouse development where everybody knows each other and each other’s kids. Family cook-outs, reunion vacations and growing up in church have all inspired Lacey to work towards her dreams and to write about the endurance of family.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”