Monday, December 9, 2013

Author Spotlight: Mellanie Szereto, Contemporary Romance Author and Giveaway

Good morning. Today I have to opportunity to introduce multipublished author Mellanie Szereto. I found Mellanie on Facebook when I realized her name means "Love" in Hungarian. We started talking about geology and cooking Chicken Paprikas. Which brings me to Mellanie's new release, Love Served Hot. Flynn Hastings is getting back in the kitchen and Lilith Montgomery is just the person to show him what's cookin'. Mellanie has generously offered an excerpt and a giveaway for you to enjoy.

But first, the Blurb for Love Served Hot:

As acting director of her uncle’s retirement village, Lilith Montgomery must hire a chef for the new restaurant. She’s interviewed several candidates, but instantly decides on the sexy Irishman whose culinary creations give her foodgasms. Her rotten luck with relationships makes her determined to resist her attraction to him, even if it means sneaking into the kitchen at night for a taste of his delectable entrées.

Flynn Hastings is finally getting his life back on track after a year of anger and guilt over his sister’s death. He’s returned home to be near his family and has found the perfect job—with one small problem. His boss makes him want to cook in more than the kitchen. Putting aside his hard and fast rule about mixing business with pleasure, he sets his sights on Lilith, hoping their budding friendship turns out to be more than a flash in the pan.

EXCERPT of Love Served Hot:

A glance toward the dark dining room brought him up short as he strolled past. Light filtered onto the carpet from beneath the serving door to the kitchen and through the porthole window.

Had he forgotten to flip off the switch when he left earlier?

He’d been distracted enough.

He backtracked down the hallway to the other entrance. As he lifted his hand to push the door open, a noise came from the other side.

Was that a moan?

Geesh. Please don’t tell me old people are having sex in my kitchen.

And why do I smell tomatoes and basil?

Hesitant about whether or not to enter, he strained to hear another sound.

“More. I want more.”

Was that Lilith’s voice? Did she have a guy in there with her?

Not if I can help it!

He shoved the door open and stepped into the room, shading his eyes against the brightness. A squeak brought his attention straight to the woman in question, her face half hidden behind a tipped-up carryout box. Only her wide green eyes were fully visible. She lowered the container, revealing flushed cheeks and a dab of red sauce on her chin.

He strode into the kitchen, grabbing a towel on his way to the sexiest female he’d ever met. Wiping away the drop of sauce, he bit the inside of his lip to hold in a combination of lust and amusement.

She liked his food.

No, she loves my food.

The week of not showing up for meals in the restaurant had nothing to do with his cooking.

Was she avoiding him because she wanted him as much as he wanted her?

Hope built in his chest—and lower.

Her gaze skittered away from him. “I was hungry. I didn’t have time to eat supper. You said I could help myself whenever…”

He took the licked-clean box from her to set it on the counter. “I did, and you can. Did you enjoy it?”

She nodded slowly, the tip of her pink tongue snaking out to lick the corner of her mouth. “It was delicious.”

The sensual action could’ve been involuntary, but it sent an electrical charge straight to his dick, either way.

Was she delicious too?

The need to know proved too much, and he leaned in closer for his own taste. Sounds like those she’d made deserved to be induced by something a hell of lot more interesting than campanelle and ports.

Soft, full lips met his, stealing his sanity and making his heart race. She raked her fingers through his hair, tugging him against her full breasts as her tongue slipped between his teeth.

Wrapping his arms around her, he held her in place, letting the mixture of spices from the entrée and the sweet flavor of Lilith feed his hunger. He rubbed his tongue over hers, relieved to finally be able to kiss her. Barely keeping a tight rein on his reaction, he rocked his hips forward, rubbing his erection against her hip. Damn, but he wanted to be inside her.

I need to be inside her.

Her hand closed over his butt, guiding him away from her hips and to her center. She arched against him, and a growl escaped him.

Mellanie is graciously offering a $10 Amazon gift card to one luck commenter who answers this question: What is your favorite holiday treat? Please leave a valid email address or twitter handle for us to contact you if you win. The giveaway goes until 11:59 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013 and you must be 18 years or older to win. Please void where prohibited.

If you'd like to read more of Love Served Hot right now, you can find it at:
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Mellanie's newest release is Love Served Hot, the first book in the Love on the Menu series. Look for Red Hot Pepper and Hot Tamale Nights in the coming months, as well as the short erotic novel series, Love on the Menu…With Extra Spice!

For Mellanie Szereto

When her fingers aren't attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies or the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of twenty-seven years, their two children, and two cats. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Indiana Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and PASIC.

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Thank you for stopping by and happy reading! :)


  1. Good morning, Siobhan! Thanks for hosting me today. :)

    I can't wait to hear about everybody's favorite holiday treats. My Hungarian grandmother made Kolache (Hungarian Nut Roll) every year for Christmas. Nut filling rolled up in a yeast-based pastry... Yum!

    1. So happy to have you, Mellanie. Mr. SM's mother makes Bagli (Poppyseed Roll) at Christmas and sends them to us. But my favorite Christmas treat is my grandmother Russian Tea Cakes - shortbread balls filled with walnuts and rolled in powdered sugar. :)

    2. My mom, my sister, and I made Russian Tea Cakes for Christmas every year when I was growing up! And German Doll Cookies and about a dozen other kinds of cookies. :)

  2. Congrats on the new release, Mellanie! Favorite holiday treat? Homemade egg nog!

  3. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I'm glad you liked it. J Bur! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

  4. We always make cornflake cookies. Yummy.

    1. Somewhere in my hundreds of cookie recipes, I have one with cornflakes... World's Best Cookies maybe? They are yummy!

  5. Congratulations on the new release, Mel! Love, love the cover!

  6. Whoa. That is one steamy kitchen. Makes me want to cook something! But, seriously, favorite holiday treat? Hot gingerbread. Hardly ever get it these days.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Valley! Glad you liked the excerpt. :D

      Gingerbread is on my list of Christmas cookies to make!

  7. Congrats on the release, Mellanie!!! ♥ I can't wait to read it!


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