If only life were as simple as following a recipe.

In her twenties, Kara Malendar found herself at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, thousands of miles away from the harsh media coverage of her political family. But Paris ended abruptly when she was summoned home to Los Angeles and expected to stand in again as the senator’s perfect daughter.

Now, thirty, Kara has made a different kind of life for herself. As a food critic for the Los Angeles Times, she casts a critical eye on other people. That is, until her past finds his way back into town and opens a new restaurant.

Logan Rye, the youngest son of the Ryeland Farms family, is a chef and knows exactly what he’s doing with his life. After a few years spent getting his head and heart together, he’s opened a new farm-to-table restaurant, The Yard, in Los Angeles. It’s his passion, but according to the LA Times, he’s a trend.

Kara and Logan haven’t seen each other since she left him in the lobby of her Paris apartment building, but when she is asked to write a feature on him, it’s not long before they are rediscovering the delicious parts of each other. As things heat up, all recipes are forgotten, and Kara and Logan realize nothing was what it seemed in Paris.

If Logan can only find a way to trust, he may be exactly what Kara needs . . . if she’s ever going to taste life again.

Quotes

“A hurricane-that’s what you are. Beautiful, out of nowhere, cool rains on a hot day, incredible storm. I want a closer look, I want to close my eyes and soak the whole damn thing in, but I should know better. There’s dust and wind. Shit, people get killed in hurricanes.”

“Who knows why anyone succeeds or fails? I mean shit, Applebee’s still in business. Nothing makes sense.”

Reviews

“…a story that’s equally sensual and smart.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The blend of food, love and family made this a fantastic read.”
125 Pages

“An absolutely heart warming story about learning to love and accept yourself.”
Erin

“Real people, real feelings, flaws included.”
Murphy

“…a delightful romance full of culinary delights.”
Karen

Chapter One

Kara Malendar was a bitch. She hadn’t planned on being one and hadn’t always been one, but as she stopped during her mid-Saturday morning run, it was clear she must be the very worst kind of person. Catching her breath and taking a sip from the little water bottle fastened around her waist, Kara fixed her eyes across the street at Marco Polo. Men in blue jumpsuits were emptying the local Italian restaurant. Boxes, tables, and chairs were being loaded onto a large moving van with a cartoon kangaroo painted on the side. Tony and Pam Forte, the owners, were a husband-and-wife team. He was the business part and she was the chef. Pam was classically trained, or so Kara had read in the About Us portion of their website. She had always hated the term “classically trained” because it was assumed that was synonymous with great chef. Trained and great were two very different things in Kara’s book.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
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    Carlene (Tap)
  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
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  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
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  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
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  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
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Jack vibing with the witches! I love spooky season. Not bloody or scare the crap out of me, just spooky and witchy. ⁣
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And pumpkins, 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 🎃, and candy corn. Fine, I love October and all the festivities. ⁣
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When my kids were younger, their costumes were epic. Each of them, at some point in high school, had to break it to me that they were no longer dressing up for Halloween. ⁣
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Jack loves Halloween. Or maybe he's just grateful I don't dress him up too. 😉⁣
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In my mind, when I’m old and wear red lipstick, I’ll throw a big masquerade party every year. Not sure why I need to be old, but that’s the dream. ⁣
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Do you enjoy Halloween? Favorite candy? Favorite movie? ⁣
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#halloween #spookyseason #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #amreading #amreadingromance #amwriting
Tyler has achieved success by managing his business and personal life in equal measure. ⁣
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He’s fine loving Jules from afar, knowing she’ll never want more or ask him for anything. Until she does. ⁣🙈❤️⁣
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#catchalovestory #newreleasebooks #amreadingromance #amreading #tracyewens #booksaboutlove #bookstagram #romancebooks #dialogue #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #booknerd
This one was a 944 page giant. ⁣
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Probably the longest book I’ve ever read and somehow, I wanted to be there for every page. The magic of Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). 🙌❤️ ⁣
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#amreading #robertgalbraith #jkrowling #booklover #bookrecommendations #lovedthisbook
I have tried keeping only electronic inspiration, but there’s something about the printing and pinning that helps me create a story. ⁣Sorry, 🌳. I keep all the pictures if that helps. 😕
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It’s not always a picture. Sometimes it’s texture (Sistine), food (Logan), or colors (Drake). Physically, characters are usually a mixture of multiple people, but in this one, she’s pretty spot on Carey Mulligan. That’s rare. ⁣
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Although Grady (CANDIDATE) was always Chris Pine, so maybe it’s been that easy a few times. 😉⁣
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Any guesses whose story is on board next? Hint: The title is STAY - A LOVE STORY. ⁣
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First ever loaf of 🍞!
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I’m always a bit behind the curve. My quarantine baking urge has finally kicked in.⁣
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This little golden brown attempt was a white tin loaf (think 80s sandwich bread). It looked pretty, thumped hollow but was a tad underbaked. Back to the board until I get it right. ⁣
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Damn, it is much easier to write about a baker. 🤪⁣
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#starbakerintraining #bread #bakingmyfeelings #firstloaf #ishouldbewriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #bake #amreading
The onions were beautiful this morning. 👩‍🌾 ⁣
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#backatit #farmersmarket #veggies #onions #authorsofinstagram #amreadingromance #amreading #amwriting
CATCH is out now on #audiobook! 🎧⁣
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Jules and Tyler’s story is narrated by the wonderful Xe Sands, and is available wherever audiobooks are sold. 🥰⁣
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#audiobook #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #audiobooklover #amlistening #xesands #amreading #amreadingromance #catchalovestory #tracyewens
“Your enthusiasm for my person is both comprehensive and much appreciated.” 😂⁣
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Loved this one and all the others before it in the Veronica Speedwell series.⁣
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These are fun mysteries with one hell of a romance. A couple who slow burn for multiple books is my kind of couple. ⁣
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Deanna Raybourn’s words are a gift. Her characters, my friends, and every story is a refuge from reality. ❤️

#bestreads #amreading #veronicaspeedwell #deannaraybourn #booklover #booknerd #bookrecommendations #bookreader #lovedthis
Dialogue is my favorite. I could write it all day. It's the rest of the writing business that's tough like... plot. 😂 ⁣
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But put two people in a room, sit their asses down with a cup of coffee or tea, and I am in my happy place. ⁣
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So much is revealed in what a character says or doesn't say. Much like life, I suppose. ⁣
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Jules from CATCH made me laugh and cry nearly every day while I wrote her kicking and screaming into her own Love Story. ⁣
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She's not an easy character. Also, much like life.⁣ ❤️
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#catchalovestory #newreleasebooks #amreadingromance #amreading #tracyewens #booksaboutlove #bookstagram #romancebooks #dialogue
“Ladies and gentlemen: Her soulmate.” ⁣
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Lured by the cover. Stayed for the insides. ⁣
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This was exactly what I needed last week: well-drawn characters, a fun storyline, and joy. I’m always here for the joy. 🥰⁣
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Thank you, #christinalauren. ⁣ 
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I learned to knit while I was writing TAP. 🧶⁣
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I enjoyed the lessons and was getting the hang of things. Sadly, once Sistine and Cade had their HEA, I abandoned my yarn.⁣
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⁣But knitting is back! A new beautiful bowl for my yarn (thank you, Etsy), and I’m on my way to one hell of a potholder. 🤪⁣
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#knittinglove #authorlife #writinginspiration #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #amknitting #amwriting #amreading #amreadingromance #behindthescenes ⁣
Farmers Market Sunflowers. 👩‍🌾🌻⁣
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I’m not sure if I’ve ever written a farmers market scene. Maybe in TASTE? ⁣
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I’ll have to look because if not, these gorgeous bursts of orange need to be on the page somewhere. 🧡⁣
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#farmersmarket #blooms #sunflowers #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #orange #flowerstagram #flowers #amreading
These books looked so lovely together when I unpacked that I’ve left them just as they are on my shelf. ⁣💛💙💜♥️
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I have this practice of reading books on my Kindle first and then buying the ones I love for my shelves. These are all fantastic stories. ⁣
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Fun fact: In my book CATCH, Jules reads TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN at the suggestion of Millie and Auntie N. 

Dani’s strength and passion give Jules a new perspective and power, as they did for me when I read it during a challenging time. ⁣
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Books are brilliant that way. The gorgeous colors are a bonus. ⁣🥰
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This is one of my favorite pictures- me, Michael, and our son in Kanazawa, Japan. It was a funny night, and I was in such a great mood. ⁣
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I'm a notoriously bad picture taker. Seriously someone pulls out a phone, and I lose my mind. ⁣
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But, I am me in this picture. Happy and unfiltered me. ⁣
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Four months after this trip, I found out I had cancer.  I keep this picture in my office even though it is bittersweet. It reminds me that everything is temporary- the good and the bad. ⁣
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#tuesdaytruth #kanazawa #cancersucks #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #romancewriter #livethelittlethings
Ann Patchett surprises me with the gift of the extraordinarily ordinary every time I read her work. ⁣
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THE DUTCH HOUSE and these words will stay with me forever. ❤️⁣
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#booklove #thedutchhouse #amreading #booklover #mondaywords #annpatchett
Michael racing Newport to Ensenada.❤️ ⁣
Why have I not written a sailor yet? 🤔⁣
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Photo by @katlynewenss, which may or may not piss off her brother @cotter_ewens. Although, I'm guessing he's pretty secure in his abilities. 😘⁣
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#mylove #writersofinstagram #inspiration #olson40 #amwritingromance #amwriting #californiasailing
Finally!  Catch - A Love Story will be everywhere in ebook and print on June 8th. Audiobook soon. 

Ebook up for pre-order. Link in bio. Netgalley coming soon. Happy Reading. ❤️
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The best time to wear a red sweater is all the time. ❤️ 
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#brittanyspaniel #brittanysofinstagram #brittanysofinsta #dogsofinsta #doglife #amediting #authorsofinstagram
This photo was on my vision board while I was writing Brew. Granted, Boyd isn’t quite that grey and Mason is older, but for me this image captured the ease of their relationship. 

I am revisiting all things Brew lately since I just finished listening to the new audiobook (thank you, #sebastianyork), which will be available everywhere in the coming weeks. 

When I know I’m going to love a book or any new release by my favorite authors, I will get the audiobook and the ebook at the same time so I don’t  have to stop the story when Jack needs a walk. 

Where do you listen to #audiobooks? 🎧
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#audiobookstagram #romanceaudiobooks  #readingromance #amreading #amreadingromance #amlisteningtoromance #googleplay #chirp #scribd #kobo
Goodnight sun. ☀️ 
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#sunset #authorsofinstagram #amwriting #present #writerscommunity #nofilter
Fall 🍁 
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Jack! 🎃 👻 
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Anonymous ❤️
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#doglove #authorsofinstagram #bff #brittanysofinstagram #brittanyspaniellove #brittanys #brittanysofinsta
We need the tonic of wildness... ❤️
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#thoreau #authorsofinstagram #romancereadersofinstagram #muirbeach #tennessevalleytrail
Oh, Nature. I needed this today. Thank you. ☺️❤️
#mothernature #arizona #besafe #grateful #28dayjoychallenge
Yeah, I might have a @blackwing problem. 
#sorrynotsorry #blackwingpencil #amwriting #pencils #authorlife #writersofinstagram
Noticed this awesome bit of yellow after lunch today. Why do all of my characters drive trucks or not drive at all? This Bug is practically begging for A Love Story and I’m on it. 🥰
#writinginspiration #vwbug #authorsofinstagram #readersofinstagram #amwriting #romancebooks
It feels so good to be back. #grateful  #fuckcancer #writersofinstagram #amwriting
Bodega Bay is named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra even though he discovered modern day Tomales Bay instead. History is quirky that way. 
The word “bodega” means store room or wine cellar. Bodega y Quadra most likely had ancestors who worked with or owned goods and wine. Names are cool that way. 
#amwriting #amwritingromance #readingromance #bookresearch #authorsofinstagram #booknerd #writinginspiration
BookBub Alert! Blow- A Love Story will be featured on 10/17. Only $0.99 for the ebook on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple. 
#booklove #booklover #amreadingromance #bookstagram #romancereader #romancereads #bookbub #booksale #ebooksale
My characters are often touched by the natural world. Farmers, chefs, beermakers, photographers, doctors, and others who simply appreciate a night sky. Mother Nature inspires me every day, and in turn, my work.

This is my view. I never take it for granted. I am humbled that I’m allowed to stay.  Drenching rain today. Stunning colors ❤️.
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#mothernature #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwritingromance #amwriting #arizona #azdesert #romancereader
I have a thing for wild flowers. Found these yesterday, and they remind me of the bouquet Kenna (Reserved) pulls from the cabinet in the dream that changes everything. Are you a wildflower person?
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Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is considered one of the worst roads in Marin County. ⁣
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Fun Fact: I set Blow in Bodega Bay, named Drake after Sir Francis Drake, and knew his accident happened on a winding backroad BEFORE I ever knew this road existed. 😳 ⁣
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#funnyhowthingsworkout #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #amwriting #writerinspiration #behindthescenes #readersofinstagram #romancereader #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #writerscommunity #writerinspiration #indieauthor
Hard at work on Jules and Tyler’s story. By work I mean Pinterest, of course. 
#shouldbewriting #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #romancenovel
One more week. Seven days. One hundred and six— I'll stop. 🤪⁣
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Super excited to share Blow - A Love Story. ⁣
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Ebook up for pre-order. Print out next week. Audiobook coming early-August. Links in bio. ⁣
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Happy Reading. ❤️
Flowers are as much self-care as they are romance.
Age looks good on all of us.
Why do I always think mailboxes like these hold love letters instead of bills?
Sometimes a place can write a romance all by itself.
Coffee, tea, and walking with you on the docks.