Hello reader friends! Welcome to my Spring Into Reading Event! Every day this month I’m going to feature a new release (or will be released) book for you to add to your TBR. There will be guest posts, giveaways, book excerpts, and more! So make sure you come back daily and see what book is in the spotlight next! And if you’ve missed any, be sure to click on the “Spring Into Reading” tab and look at the other posts!
Today I am super pumped. Giddy in fact. Why you ask? Because I get to share an excerpt from HadBeck. Oh I’m sorry, you don’t know what that is? Well let me just tell you. It stands for Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by the amazingly awesome Bethany Turner. SQUEEEEEEEE
Okay, let me take a breath.
I think I’m ready now. Maybe. I’m just so excited for this book you guys. It is one of my most anticipated releases for this year! And it should be yours too. Just saying. To add to my excitement, Bethany has offered to give away a copy of HadBeck AND a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader. WOOHOO!! So make sure you enter the giveaway. But first…more about the book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanagh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.
When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley.
As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.
Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.
Purchase at Amazon
EXCERPT FROM HADBECK
They both smiled at him and communicated their acknowledgment of the plan and then, as soon as Chef Simons was out of earshot, Hadley turned to face Max.
“Really?” she asked as she placed her hands on her hips. “Is this how it’s gonna go? I get to look clueless while you swoop in with all the answers?”
“I’m sorry. I am.” Don’t laugh. Do. Not. Laugh. “That wasn’t intentional. I didn’t know at first, but then it clicked. Hadley, you and I know this show. I bet if we think back to every single disastrous moment we’ve ever seen on Renowned, it would come down to someone being taken off guard. I bet they count on that. I think you and I need to get together and think this through. Maybe even practice—”
“Practice?” She whispered through clenched teeth and looked around the room cautiously, as if they were conspiring to overthrow a small gourmet nation. “We don’t need to practice. We just need to go back and watch old episodes.”
“That won’t do us any good.”
“It might have done me some good, back there a minute ago!” she exclaimed, before once more looking around for the culinary despots against whom they were, apparently, staging a coup. Her voice was again calm and quiet as she said, “I’ll just study up. It will be fine.”
Burgeoning amusement—at her, primarily—spread across his face. “But you’re forgetting an important detail. There hasn’t been another season like this one. We don’t have anything to study. Not really. At least not anything that will help us.”
“I think what would help most of all is if you didn’t show me up—”
“Good grief, woman!” he shouted. “I said it wasn’t intentional!”
The room, which had been abuzz with the energy and sounds of diligent preparation, grew silent, and all eyes were on them. When neither of them said a word, and just stood there awkwardly—Max with his hands in his pockets, Hadley with eyes and a smile darting apologetically around the room—the buzz resumed. Max looked down and focused on his breathing. Their argument had been good-natured, but he couldn’t afford even the misperception of being out of control.
Hadley, apparently, wasn’t too worried about his reputation. He looked up at the sound of laughter erupting from her. “Sorry,” she coughed out through the coughing fit.
He pulled his hands out of his pockets and crossed his arms across his chest. “It’s not funny.”
She nodded and tried to control her laughter, but she had completely lost it. Finally, she took a deep breath. Then another. The sound ceased but the overly amused look on her face made it clear she was the one out of control. She wiped the tears from the corners of her eyes and placed her hand on his arm. “Really. Sorry.”
A new shade of pink made its way up her neck. He wasn’t sure what that one represented, but he knew he liked it more than all the others combined.
Hadley cleared her throat and pulled her hand away. “Anyway, we’ll be fine. It’s not like this is a competition. It’s not like they’re going to try and use us against each other. Renowned isn’t that kind of show.”
Max wasn’t too sure about that, but he was absolutely positive that he needed a moment alone to collect himself before he stood with her in front of any camera. “Go powder your nose like you were told.”
She smiled and turned away, and once again he couldn’t stop himself from watching her go—which didn’t at all help him in his attempts to make himself cool and collected and ready for television.
“Oh, hey, Max?” she asked, poking her head around the corner he had just watched her disappear behind.
“Um, yeah? What’s up?” he asked with forced nonchalance as he pretended his attention had been anywhere else.
“I like the beard. It makes you look much less like an uppity prep school bully.”
She was gone before he could reply, which was good. Words were failing him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.
Connect with Bethany:
Website — www.seebethanywrite.com
Facebook — www.facebook.com/seebethanywrite
Instagram — @seebethanywrite
Twitter — @seebethanywrite
Bookbub — www.bookbub.com/authors/bethany-turner
Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/seebethanywrite
Newsletter — http://eepurl.com/b1OIuj
GIVEAWAYa Rafflecopter giveaway
Have you read Bethany’s novels yet? Name a favorite spoiler free scene! Don’t forget to stop back every day this month for more great reads, and if you’ve missed any days, go back and check them out!