Saturday, August 15, 2009

Table Manners by Mia King - the latest on Deirdre & Kevin + a book contest

I'd come across Good Things by Mia King in the library a few months ago and loved it! I hid away in my room for a few hours and emerged with that happy feeling from a very satisfying book. I couldn't wait for Mia's sequel, Table Manners.

When we returned from Chicago last weekend, I was so excited to find my own copy of Table Manners waiting for me at home.

Table Manners
Synopsis:

Mia King's Table Manners opens just a few months after the first novel, Good Things, ended.

Deirdre has her television show up and running but her gourmet cookie line is stalled in production. Deirdre's friend William is preparing for his commitment ceremony with his live-in partner. Lindsay is recovering from illness but has lost interest in her diner Wishbone. While Kevin and Deirdre are still very much in love, the sudden appearance of Kevin's ex-fiancee Sabine causes Deirdre anxiety.

Is Deirdre's happy ending starting to unravel?


Review:

I had loved Good Things and was so excited to read the sequel Table Manners. But just as I was about to start, I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy the sequel as much as the first book because Good Things was just so fun. I couldn't see how Mia King could add to Deirdre and Kevin's love story. I was wrong again!

Table Manners does just that! In Table Manners, Deirdre continues to care for her many friends, bond with Kevin's family, and support Kevin with the same humor and spirit that made endeared her to readers in Good Things. Meanwhile, Sabine and Marla Banks add just enough spice to the story for us to worry.

If you enjoy books that incorporate food into the plot, you'll love that food is an important part of the story in Mia King's books. As in Good Things, this book includes recipes of dishes mentioned in the novel. Here are some of the recipes you'll find: Leek and Proscuitto Tart, Summer Beef Bourguignonne Skewers, Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout with Warm Summer Tomato-Olive-Caper Salad, Hunan-Style Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Nicoise Vegetable Ragout, Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Green Tea Tart with Lychees and Raspberries, Macarons Chocolat, Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, Lemongrass Green Tea, Lychee Martini with Crystallized Ginger.

I highly recommend Table Manners to anyone looking for a fun love story. It's a great summer read! If you haven't read Good Things yet, start the love story from the beginning. Here's the link to my review of Good Things.

Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 4, 2009), 336 pages.
Courtesy of the author and publisher.

Thank you so much for the review copy and the opportunity, Mia King, Angela and Penguin Press!

Visit Mia King's blog to sign up for a chance to win ALL THREE of her books at http://www.miaking.com/?page_id=1330

Mia King has generously sponsored a contest for 2 copies of Table Manners.

CONTEST DETAILS

To enter, visit Mia King's website and tell me something that you learned about Mia.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower or become a follower of Mia King's blog. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another extra entry, follow me on Twitter or become a follower of miaking on Twitter. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry.
5. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at 6 pm on September 30, 2009.

61 comments:

  1. Mia was born in St. Louis Missouri.

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  2. I'm a follower.

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  3. Mia once worked as a tax manager!

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  4. follower

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  5. Signed up for Mia's blog/newsletter.

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  6. Please count me in.

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  7. Already a follower of your site.

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  8. Mia has a degree in Political Science.
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  9. I'm a follower
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  10. she once worked as a tax manager..need a good summer read..THX
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  11. Mia and her husband moved to Hawaii in 2000, where they currently live and raise their three children: Maya, Eric and Luke.

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  12. Google reader subscriber!

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  13. Follower!

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  14. Mia is an alum of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in.

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  15. I signed up for Mia's newsletter via Google Reader and email.

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  16. I follow your blog.

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  17. I learned that Mia turned 40 in 2008.

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  18. I learned the Mia moved to Hawaii in 2000 and that she has 3 children

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  19. I am an email subscriber

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  20. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
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  21. I am a follower.
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  22. Mary D
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    I follow :)
    This looks like a fun (and yummy) read :)
    and I learned that Mia King's husband, Darrin Gee, is an author and mental golf expert

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  23. Please count me in
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  24. She has three children.

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  25. I signed up to follow Mia's blog.

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  26. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  27. I read that Mia home schools her three children.

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  28. I'm a follower

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  29. Mia turned 40 in 2008. aitmama {at} gmail{dot} com

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  30. already a follower, aitmama {at} gmail{dot} com

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  31. subscribe via googlereader
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  32. Follow you on twitter (aitmama). aitmama {at} gmail{dot} com

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  33. I learned that Mia & her husband have three children: Maya, Eric & Luke.
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  34. I subscribe via Google Reader
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  35. I subscribed to Mia's blog via Google Reader
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  36. She was born in St. Louis Missouri:)
    thanks

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  37. i follow your blog

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  38. She's 41 years old.

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  39. I subscribe via email.

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  40. She's a mom of three...

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  41. I'm a subscriber :)

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  42. I would like to win this book. Please enter me. I found out that Mia and I both have the same birthday, Sept. 27

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  43. Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. I visited the web site and learned the Mia now resided in Hawaii with her family. Lucky her!

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  44. - Takes a great author photo
    - studied poli sci

    This book sounds lovely.

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  45. Mia and her husband live in Hawaii with their 3 children.

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  46. I learned that she’s an alum of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.

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  47. Would love to read this one Gaby - thanks for the chance : D

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  48. I learned that Mia lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children.
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  49. I just became a follower of your blog.
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  50. Terrific contest! Count me in.

    ~Briana
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  51. Mia King is a national bestselling author of women's fiction

    ~Briana
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  52. I'm a follower through google friend connect

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  53. I learned Mia has three kids. Great giveaway!

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  54. +1 follower through google friend connect

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  55. +1 follow you on twitter @utah91960

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  56. Mia has a degree in Political Science..
    thanks

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  57. i subscribe via google reader
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