Friday, August 31, 2012

Beth Ciotta Talks Cupcakes (and Giveaway)


I am THRILLED to have Beth Ciotta, Author of Fool for Love, the first in her new Cupcake Lovers Series here today at A Tasty Read. 

Beth is also giving away a copy of Fool for Love to ONE LUCKY WINNER...So make sure to leave a comment answering Beth's giveaway question in order to be entered and a valid email address.  Winner will be chosen on Monday, Sept 3rd.

**Congratulations Jen C....who is the winner of the Fool for Love Giveaway.  I will contact you ASAP, so that I can get your address to Beth.  Thank you to all of you who entered!!

So without further ado...

A Tasty Read: Hey Beth...Thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with A Tasty Read today.

Beth Ciotta: Thank you for having me, Lisa. What a delicious place to be!   

A Tasty Read: You are here today talking about your New Release, Fool for Love, which is the first book in the Cupcake Lovers Series.  This book sounds RIGHT UP MY ALLEY, coming from a Romance Writer, Reader and Serious Baker.  Can you tell my Tasty Readers a little bit about Fool for Love?

Beth: Where to begin? What to share? Let’s start with the Cupcake Lovers series overall. Do you like soap operas or nighttime TV dramadies like Gilmore Girls or Northern Exposure or Men or Trees or… well, hopefully you get my drift. Small town. Quirky characters. Secrets, betrayal, intrigue, comedy, drama. Sexy romance and complicated relationships with friends and family.

As for FOOL FOR LOVE specifically, St. Martin’s Press sums it up in a way I can’t beat. Here’s the pitch!


Call her a fool, but chef-in-training Chloe Madison wants to have her cake and eat it too.  So when her boyfriend dumps her for some French tart, she decides to start over from scratch—with a new life and a job in Sugar Creek, Vermont.  What could be sweeter than cooking for an eccentric lady who’s crazy for desserts?  What could be more tempting than joining a club called the Cupcake Lovers?  Just one thing: local business hunk Devlin Monroe…


Although he’s the grandson of Chloe’s fun-loving boss, Devlin Monroe is all work and no play. Micro-managing the family business, he doesn’t have time to indulge in life’s sweetest pleasures—until he meets Chloe.  How can he resist such a vibrant, beautiful woman who brings so much passion to the table? But when old grudges and secrets threaten to destroy the Cupcake Lovers, Devlin must decide if his feelings for Chloe are a recipe for disaster—or a sinfully delicious ever-after…

A Tasty Read: This sounds like my FAVORITE kind of romance.  Are you allowed to share with us your plans for the Cupcake Lovers Series?

Beth: Hmm. Well, I certainly don’t want to give up any spoilers, but I can tell you this. The characters that you meet in FOOL FOR LOVE will continue throughout the series as will any drama connected with them. Each series centers on a new hero and heroine and their romance, but also revolves around the on-going antics and pursuits of the Cupcake Lovers—a club dedicated to charitable causes.

A Tasty Read: And butting into everyone's love lives I bet!! 
Contemporary, Steampunk, Historical and Paranormal...WOW...out of the four, do you have a favorite genre to write?  One that sparks your creative genius?

Beth: Yikes. I don’t know if I can choose. I adore them all for different reasons. Each sub-genre speaks to me in a different way, sparks my passion with its unique world. I don’t mean to cop out, but I seriously do get a rush writing all the subgenres mentioned.

A Tasty Read: Any other Upcoming/New Releases that your fans need to know about??

Beth: In addition to the small town contemporary Cupcake Lovers series with St. Martin’s Press, I’m also writing a new steampunk romance series—The Glorious Victorious Darcys—for NAL (Penguin). The launch book—HER SKY COWBOY releases November 6th.  Something for everyone. Exciting times for me!  

A Tasty Read: Tell us ONE thing that your fans may not know about you?

Beth: I didn’t go to college. There are probably a lot of things readers don’t know about me and I don’t know why I chose that tidbit, except to maybe emphasize that there are many ways and roads to reach your goals. I have a motto—“My passion is greater than my fear.”  It has served me well.  

A Tasty Read: I love that motto, I hope you don't mind if I borrow it!!
As a guest of A Tasty Read, you have to share with us your favorite Dessert.

Beth: Oh, crud. Really? If I were promo savvy just now I’d share a specific, wondrous and unique cupcake recipe. But, honestly? German Chocolate Cake. I’ve been a sucker for good old fashioned German Chocolate Cake for as long as I can remember. I don’t give a fig if it’s in cupcake or pan cake form. Bring. It. On! 

A Tasty Read: Since you have graciously offered Fool for Love as a giveaway, you get to pick the *Giveaway Question* that must be answered to enter the contest!!

Beth: What fun! *rubbing hands together and waggling brows* Let’s see. Oh, yes. If you could lick icing off of one celebrity’s chest, who would that hunky celebrity be?

A Tasty Read: WHOA...Great question...ok ladies...if you want to enter the giveaway, you must answer Beth's question...this should be interesting!!
Thank you, thank you so much for visiting with me and for letting us get to know you better!!  I can't wait to get my hands on more Beth Ciotta Romances!!

Beth: I can’t thank you enough for having me, Lisa. I had a blast and hope we can do it again!
Don't forget to answer Beth's question if you want to enter to win the copy of Fool for Love, and make sure to keep an eye out tomorrow for my review of Fool for Love!!
For more information on Beth and her upcoming releases, check out her website:





Corinne said...

Hmmmm, just off the top of my head....ahoy matey...pirate Johnny Depp, would always be a good choice to lick any icing from!! =)

Pat L. said...

Sawyer previously from Lost.

Jen C said...

Well, I completely agree with Corinne and Pat. Those two would do just fine. But I'm thinking of the boy toy of the moment...Channing Tatum.

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krg said...
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krg said...

Do models count? *David Gandy* would be my first choice!
Loved, loved, loved the 'Evie' series. I am looking forward to this new book/series. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth Ciotta said...

Oh, these are priceless. Keep 'em coming, ladies! Viva la fantasies!

A Tasty Read said...

I am picking the man who my husband calls "my boyfriend", Mr. Jason Statham..and NO...I am NOT sharing!!

Kerry said...

Loved Evie and am looking forward to this one!!

My first choice is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)!!

Jaye Shields said...

Is it weird that I can't think of anyone??? How about Thor, but with an Irish accent ;)

Elle J Rossi said...

Adam Levine! Absolutely. Didn't even have to think about it!

Beth Ciotta said...

Um, Lisa. I'll arm wrestle ya for Statham. ;)

Although . . . The Rock and Thor with an Irish accent . . . Mmmm.

Beth Ciotta said...

Elle, I had to google Adam Levine. Cupcake-a-licious!

bn100 said...

Bradley Cooper


Lacey Wolfe said...

Hmmm, Matt Boomer. I could totally turn him straight. :)

Lacey Wolfe said...

Oops, I forgot my email
laceywolfe at live dot com

Olga said...

Great interview, Beth! Congrats on your new release! I love your books, so I already ordered FOOL FOR LOVE and cannot wait to read it.

Tore said...

Tim McGraw. I think he is so hot.

Na said...

Such a pretty cover!
I like Henry Cavill :)


A Tasty Read said...

Thank you to ALL of you who entered. Kerry you are the winner of the Fool for Love Giveaway. Please contact me with your mailing address so we can get your copy out to you!!

Jen C said...

Just finished the book. I really enjoyed this story and the cast of characters. I can't wait to read what happens to everyone else! Daisy is a hoot! Loved the recipes in the book, too. Thanks!