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Revisions, a Blackout, and a 9-Book Food Fiction Giveaway!

January has been a big month, not just for me but for the whole country. With regards to the latter, it's probably pretty obvious (a new year, a new president) but for me, it's because I just finished the revisions for Table Manners. I received an email from my editor at Berkley yesterday saying that "it reads beautifully" and that she basically "smiled her way through" the reading.

Revisions were MUCH more difficult with this book, namely because I just had my third child in June, had postpartum hormonal craziness (two words: bioidentical progesterone - see Oprah's show today for more info), and could barely think straight much less keep a continuous thought in my head. Working here and there on the book (a few hours a week was all I could spare) really took a toll on me and it turned out that my best work happened in the eleventh hour. Go figure. I suppose you could say that all the background noise leading up to the last few days prepped me for some serious writing--who knows? And of course, on the day I was due to send the manuscript to New York, two things happened: the US Airways plane crash in NY and a blackout in my town.

So I sat in my quiet house (no kids--my husband took them to the beach to give me space to finish up the manuscript) and finished writing by hand. When the electricity came back right before dark, I made the changes and sent it off. And, incredibly, I had somehow managed to fall back in love with the story that had been dominating my thoughts for the past six months. I'm now looking forward to its release in August with great anticipation, and fans of Good Things won't be disappointed. If you haven't read Good Things, don't worry--you'll love meeting Deidre, Kevin, Marla, William and Lindsey, and the book is packed with amazing recipes that will leave your mouth watering.

And speaking of amazing recipes, I've joined two other fabulous authors to create a give-away you won't want to miss. Fellow authors Michele Scott and Jessica Conant-Park write savvy chick lit mysteries and their books include recipes, too! Here's what you get:

You get all NINE books, signed, plus Valentine's Day treats and other goodies. This amazing book bag includes all of our latest releases: FED UP (Jessica), CORKED BY CABERNET (Michele), and SWEET LIFE (Mia). How awesome is that?! All you have to do is send an email to foodfiction@gmail.com and tell us your favorite meal or send a recipe. You'll be added to our mailing lists unless you request otherwise (we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time). Must be 18 years or older to win; U.S. residents only. Mia King newsletter subscribers will need to qualify for this contest based on the instructions above since this is a joint contest (reminder: Mia King subscribers are automatically entered into all Mia King contests but not joint contests). The winner will be drawn on March 1, 2009 and notified by email within seven days of the contest deadline.

Good luck and have a fabulous weekend!