Gumbo Ya Ya by Connie Vines.
“Marrying off Murphy” – (Light-hearted Romance). Like all Cajun fairy tales, it began harmlessly enough. A match-making columnist promises to turn a stuffy professor into a charming prince. So, why does this confirmed bachelorette suddenly wish she was dressed for the Ball?
“Love Potion #9” – (Contemporary Romance). Watch what happens when you mix a traditional Creole woman with a fun-loving Cajun man and throw in a Voodoo Love Potion—stand back! The Louisiana Bayou ain’t never gonna be the same!
“A Slice of Scandal” – (Mystery/Suspense). A producer finds herself embroiled in a mystery as hot as her Bayou Cooking Show. When an undercover cop, turned chef shows up and dishes up more heat than a bottle of Louisiana hot peppers. Can she prove her innocence before the real killer finds her? Or, will she become the main-course in a murder trial?
“1-800- FORTUNE” – (Paranormal). Garlic hangs for the rafters, but this sexy Loupe Garou isn’t looking for trouble, or a cure for what ails him. What’s a law-abiding werewolf to do when a gypsy woman shows up with mischief on her mind? T.A.R.A., 2nd place Winner, Paranormal Romance.
Review by Badass Lioness: 4.5 Stars! I enjoyed this taste of New Orleans in two short stories and two novellas with HEA endings. There are several recipes included. I enjoyed that each story was different, and that there was a romantic suspense. I liked the heroines and the heroes were hot. From the bachelor auction in the first story, the perfumery and marriage in the second one, the murder mystery in the third, and the paranormal romance in the final story, I felt that the author offered a range of stories, and all worked. One couple is mentioned in a different story in the anthology, and I hoped that would be the case for all of them, but it wasn’t. All of the heroines are in their 30s is implied, I think.
Print Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (April 10, 2021)
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About The Author: Connie Vines lives deep in the quirky suburbs of Southern California with her husband, grown sons and a playful poodle. Raised in a career Naval family, her writing reflects her diverse background, numerous occupations, and her love of animals.
Often giving a nod to an artistic family member (Band member of Louisiana 5/ Hollywood composer, Anton Lada; novelist, Clarence “Clancy” Carlisle; Playwright/ songstress, Jackie Marx) in her books, Connie admits her writing is greatly influenced by the summers she spent with her grandparents in the panhandle of Texas.
Her interests are varied: a kitchen decorated with a ‘gingerbread boy and girl” theme; her paring of a Pioneer Woman teapot and her Royal Albert teal poke-a-dot china cups and saucers. Her cinematic tastes, unique: mashed-together cross-genre 2- and 3-star movies; and her most fav Canadian sleeper-movie,” Powwow Highway” and the “Moose TV” sitcom.
Connie has published over one hundred fiction and nonfiction articles, twelve genre novels, educational student activity books, and has ghost-written two literary novels and one screenplay. Under a pseudonym, Connie published with Kensington/Zebra and is currently contracted with BWL Publishing, Inc.
Tanayia–Whisper upon the Water, is available in the Spanish Tanayia–Un Murmullo Sobre el Agua.
Love, Forever –This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors (Connie’s chapter is there, too) is available for download. (FREE on my author central page).
Watch for: Her Cajun anthology, “Gumbo Ya Ya–for women who like Cajun romance,” The 2nd novella in her Fun & Sassy Supernatural Series: (set in SoCal), titled: “Bell, Book & Gargoyle”.
Coming in 2019: Book 3 of her Rodeo Romance Series and Book 2 of her Native American/First People Series, published by BWL Publishing, Inc.
Awards: Award of Excellence, H.O.L.T. Medallion, The Orange Rose, Independent E-Book Award, Dream Realm Award. T.A.R.A Fool for Love, and Colorado Gold Award for fiction writing.
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