Thank you Open Skye for having me on the blog today! Today is my sixth stop on my Runaway Rock Star Road Blog Tour! Join me as I hit the road—I’m going to be visiting some great blogs, sharing background about the book, about Ohio, and there may also be a fun interview with Lucas and Brandon along the way.
The stops are listed below and any posts you comment on during the tour will enter you for a fun prize pack at the end that includes a $20 GC to the eBook retailer of your choice.
Runaway Rock Star is a part of the States of Love series from Dreamspinner Press. A little background on the series for those who may not know what it is, the States of Love series is a series with one book about each state in the United States, all written by different authors.
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So in Runaway Rock Star, food is one necessary and humorous element. I mean, a road trip is nothing without snacks and food right? And Lucas is a bottomless pit with an iron stomach when it comes to food! He has always been on a very strict, healthy diet and now that he is on his own and living it up—for at least a little while—and he eats everything that is bad for him and then some.
I think I mention just about every greasy fast food item available from gas station burritos to chili dogs and nachos to pizza, just to name a few. And when I could I tried to throw in a few specific Ohio food references.
Every restaurant they eat at is a real place. Perkins, where they eat breakfast their first day, is a nationwide chain restaurant that was started in Cincinnati, Ohio by Matt and Ivan Perkins in 1958.
I mention popular farm crops that are grown here, like corn and soybeans, but also other food like Lake Erie Perch.
Amish cooking is mentioned—we have several Amish restaurants in the state and the baked goods they make especially are yummy.
And then there are Buckeyes—sweet, chocolate and peanut buttery-goodness. The Buckeye is Ohio’s state nut and the candy version of them can be found in candy shops everywhere. Homemade ones are easy to make too. In this excerpt, from the book Lucas is introduced to Buckeyes while getting ready for an Ohio State Buckeye football game:
Lucas had on his shades and Cedar Point hat, which got replaced with a bright red hat with the block O Ohio State logo. Then Jordan picked out a red T-shirt that said “Ohio State Buckeyes.” They even made Brandon get a shirt, though he opted for a plain gray tee that simply said “Ohio State” on it. Jordan looked them both over and gave the thumbs-up.
“Now you look like college students.”
Lucas paused to consider himself in the mirror. “Is that because there is a marijuana leaf on my shirt? And what the bloody hell is a buckeye anyway? Is it hallucinogenic, like a mushroom?”
Jordan and Brandon both cracked up laughing.
“That’s not a marijuana leaf, it’s a buckeye tree leaf,” Jordan said.
“And a buckeye is the state nut of Ohio,” Brandon added.
“So the state university adopted it as a nickname as well. Any of the sports teams and anyone—students, alumni, etc.—associated with Ohio State is called a Buckeye,” Jordan said as he placed a string necklace of buckeye nuts around Lucas’s neck.
Lucas rolled one of the buckeyes around in his fingers, considering it carefully. He placed one between his teeth and tried to bite down. “Ow-mmph.”
Brandon turned around and saw what he was doing and tugged on Lucas’s arm, getting the nut out of his mouth. “You can’t eat them that way. You have to take them out of the shell and roast them, like a chestnut.” He reached over to a display of chocolate nearby and handed a small box to Lucas. “Here, this is the chocolate version. Eat these.”
Lucas’s eyes lit up as he scanned the box. “Oooh! Chocolate! And peanut butter!” He ripped open the wrapping and had one in his mouth before they even made it up to the checkout counter. “Owf mahf Gawf!” he said while chewing the delectable candy. “These are so good! Way better than those Reese’s things!”
The checkout girl gave Lucas a strange look while she rang up their purchases. When he darted back to the candy display to grab three more boxes, the girl glanced at Brandon, who just shrugged.
“He’s not from around here,” Brandon offered in explanation.
I’ve never made them before, but here is a very easy recipe from the Nestle website:
• 2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
• 3 3/4 cups (16-oz. box) powdered sugar
• 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
• 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Line baking sheets with wax paper.
Beat peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
Melt morsels and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
Dip peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
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If you enjoyed the excerpt, pick up the book, there are more shenanigans to be had. And the itinerary for my blog trip is listed below; I hope you’ll visit each blog along with me! Don’t forget to leave comments to be entered for the prize giveaway. Also be sure to check out the blurb and info about the book.
May 3 MM Good Book Reviews
May 10 My Fiction Nook
May 11 Love Bytes Reviews
May 15 Open Skye Book Reviews
May 17 The Novel Approach
May 18 Boy Meets Boy Reviews
Just hours before Brandon Harris is supposed to head home to Cincinnati for a Labor Day family picnic, his boss at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forces him into giving a private tour to bratty British pop rock star Lucas Black. Before he knows it, he finds himself swept up in a whirlwind road trip through Ohio with Lucas riding shotgun.
Lucas grabs hold of this wild opportunity to run away—even for a few precious days—from the gilded cage that is his carefully managed life. He’s just looking for a little fun and freedom as a normal person. From roller coasters to a college football game, Brandon begins to see the real Lucas Black buried under the famous persona. But by the time he and Lucas discover their mutual attraction, they only have one night left before both of them have to go back to their real lives. The fun is over…unless Lucas can run away for real this time and keep their adventure going.
C. J. Anthony grew up watching soap operas and reading piles of books. She attributes her love of reading and romance to her mother, who not only taught her to read but also made countless trips to the library lugging piles of books home for her. It wasn’t a far jump to start writing her own stories, early childhood tales about flower families and traveling to the moon with her best friend.
C. J.’s favorite stories to read and write include “opposites attract” pairings—couples who appear to be an odd couple to the rest of the world, but fit together perfectly, finding their own happily-ever-after with a little hard work and a whole lot of love.
Not surprisingly, C. J. is a big lover of rom coms—she’ll gladly take Julia Roberts standing in front of Hugh Grant asking him to love her over car crashes and shoot-em-up movies any day. She also watches way too much TV and every singing reality show there is. She loves music of all genres and attending live concerts.
She spends most of her time juggling a day job and a commute and freelance and falling asleep on her couch, dreaming of a day when she can write all day in her pajamas while living in a house by the beach.