Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Romancing the food beat

With: Stacy Finz

Giveaway Alert!

      Before I started writing contemporary romance I was a journalist. One of my last newspaper assignments was writing about food for the San Francisco Chronicle. Besides inventing hunky heroes and hot heroines, I can’t imagine a better job. I pretty much ate all day.

Food in San Francisco is serious business. People drop the names of restaurants like Hollywood types do movie stars. It’s crazy. And everyone devoured the Chronicle’s food section.

 My assignment was to write about food news (like when California banned the sale of foie gras) food trends (remember when communal tables were all the rage), and anything new and exciting on the food market (hence the eating). This required me to dine at many restaurants, visit tons of wineries and attend tastings of all kinds. I know, it was a tough job but someone had to do it.

I also met and interviewed lots of chefs, hung out with them in their kitchens and occasionally got invited to their homes for barbecues. These are not your “we’ll put a few burgers on the grill” kind of barbecues, they’re pretty much gourmet food orgies.

Obviously, I could not let all this great research go to waste. That’s why Brady Benson, my hero in Borrowing Trouble, is a chef. And all those wonderful dishes he makes are mostly dishes I stole from San Francisco chefs. In the book, Brady has a dangerously obsessed stalker after him. While I exaggerated the extent of this woman’s deranged attraction, chefs in San Francisco are like rock stars. It’s not uncommon for them to have a weird woman or man to come out of the woodwork.  

Just art imitating life here in San Francisco.


In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging…

Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn’t bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn’t going to make it easy to keep to herself…

Brady Benson’s wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over.

Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they’ll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together…

Praise For Stacy Finz
“Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance."--Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor Series

"Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart."--Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author of Summer in Napa

Stacy Finz’s Bio 
Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Lucky you, Stacy, to have a job where you get to eat and meet the chefs that create fabulous food. Your book sounds great. I always enjoy a mystery or suspense with my romance.

    1. Thanks, Joan. It really was a dream job. But so is writing fiction. No complaints on this end.

    2. Thanks, Joan. It really was a dream job. But so is writing fiction. No complaints on this end.


Sign up for the JCR newsletter!