Nine Naughty Novelists Day 4

DAY FOUR

About Meg Benjamin

Meg Benjamin spent twenty-plus years teaching writing and Web design in South Texas before pulling up roots and starting all over again on the Colorado Front Range. Her comic contemporary romances are set in the Texas Hill Country in the mythical town of Konigsburg, which gave her a chance to sample some great Texas wine and some wonderful Texas food (research—it’s all research!). She can be found at her web site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at meg@megbenjamin.com.

Naughty Tip 4: Naughty Eating Out (No, not that way!)

Eating is a rich source of naughtiness, just because food itself is a rich source of sensual pleasure. We all know the really naughty stuff in terms of the inevitable effects on your hips and waistline: cream, butter, cheese, sugar, bacon, and lots and lots of fat. But we each have our own personal sources of food naughtiness as well, those triggers that have us salivating for more. With me it’s salty crispness—popcorn, onion rings, deep fried calamari. Put anything with a fat-laden crust in front of me and I’m gone. I don’t cook that stuff myself, or I don’t often, anyway. But in a restaurant that’s what gets me every time.

In my Konigsburg books, people eat in restaurants constantly. That’s not surprising since the books take place in the Hill Country, which is Tourist Central for Texas. But it gave me a chance to work in food in almost every book in the series. In Venus In Blue Jeans, my hero and heroine, Cal and Docia, eat in the town’s best restaurant, Brenner’s. They sample a variety of tapas, including some fried mussels in rice flour crust with lime-cilantro dipping sauce that I stole from Bobby Flay. In Wedding Bell Blues, there are dueling bachelor and bachelorette parties (the bachelorettes end up at Brenner’s again) with yummy leftovers for nibbling later, which lead to nibbling of another kind. And, of course, there’s a wedding meal, although my hero and heroine, Pete and Janie, don’t eat much of that. Instead Pete finds them a plate of olives, cheese and bread along with a bottle of champagne that they can have in bed. Wowza! Long Time Gone takes place, in part, at a winery so there’s a lot of info about wine making and a scene where the hero and heroine, Erik and Morgan, do some interesting things with mango sherbet. My latest Konigsburg book, Brand New Me, takes place in a honky tonk that’s also a restaurant, so it gave me a chance to do a lot of food—a different kind of food from Brenner’s, though. The cook in Brand New Me, Clemencia, specializes in upscale bar food. She cooks a mean burger, but she also does shrimp nachos that go over well in times of crisis. Clem comes back in my sixth Konigsburg book—look for a chili cheeseburger to die for.

You’ll notice that a lot of this eating is a kind of prelude to more interesting things between my heroes and their heroines. That’s no accident. I’ve always loved that famous Tom Jones eating scene where Tom and his current squeeze consume all that sensuous food and then race each other to bed. In my Konigsburg books, I like to make you hungry for a lot of different things, but food is certainly one of them. And that’s definitely naughty.

Excerpt: Long Time Gone

Here’s a quick sample of that kind of hunger: Erik and Morgan and some mango sherbet in Long Time Gone.

Erik sat cross-legged in Morgan’s bed, eating mango ice cream out of the carton. Morgan lay stretched beside him on her back, her head resting on her folded hands. He tried not to notice how that position raised her breasts and made her nipples look tantalizingly hard. She was watching him, those luminous brown eyes running quickly over his chest.

She looked hungry. He hoped it wasn’t just for food.

“Want a bite?” He extended his spoon, careful not to drip melted ice cream on her belly.

She grinned at him. “You mean ice cream?”

Erik felt a quick jolt of heat, blood running straight to his groin. The woman was pure aphrodisiac. “Unfair. You’re supposed to give me time to recover here.”

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Love’s Savage Whiplash, Chapter Two: Pirate vs. Ninja

Wherein the Duke encounters a Mysterious Opponent in his first pirate attack.

Colin sat on the wooden deck of the Motley Crew gazing out over the undulating turquoise waters of the Caribbean, listening to the pirates sing songs and tell bawdy jokes. The ship sat anchored off a tiny island of white sand and palm trees. The sun beat down on him, warming his body through his loose shirt and breeches, the ship bobbing on the waves in a rhythmic rocking motion that had him pleasantly relaxed and soporific. Which was exceedingly better than the dry heaving and puking he’d done in the first weeks at sea.

“Batten down the hatches!” squawked Pemberley. Colin ignored him. The cork-brained bird. There was nary in cloud in sight and certainly no need for battening of any hatches.

After a month at sea and not a single looting or pillaging under his belt, he was ready for some action. Neither Captain Keelhaul nor his crew wore sashes stuffed with pistols and daggers. Nor did they have lit fuses in their long hair. Although Sam the Rum-Swiller did have braids in his beard, which Colin greatly admired. He stroked the scruff on his chin.

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7 Responses to “Nine Naughty Novelists Day 4”

  1. I live in Texas and have for 41 years and I agree that some of the best food is here. The winery’s are great, too. Nothing beats a bottle of vine, finger foods and your man feeding you said finger foods.

    Great post, Meg. A food can be very naughty…

  2. Mm… Meg, food can be a very sensuous shared experience! Great post 🙂

  3. Nothing like good food, wine, can lead up to some very exciting times.

  4. enjoyed the excerpt.Thanks for sharing

  5. Today’s winner is Marika Weber! Please email me at skylarkade@gmail.com with your preferred e-book format.

  6. Thank you so much! I just got back to civilization from being gone three days! Great surprise! Thank you again. Love the swap of the blogs.

  7. Katherine Says:

    Okay. Food can be so naughty. And restaurants not just for food but for teasing and a bit of exhibitionism. So many ideas, so little time…

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