Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Holy Guacamole by Dan & Denise Harmer

Nestled along San Diego's coast, the former romantic getaway of the silver screen's most notorious lovers is now the sizzling hacienda of Bonnie Miller's culinary boot camp. "If you are what you eat, make it hot, spicy and irresistible," is her motto, and this queen of Southwestern cuisine enjoys quite a savory life; success, fame, and a reputation for the finest palate west of Barcelona.

That is, until a pot-rattling bang causes Trace Domingo, a washed-up sports writer, to crash into her life. His arrival turns up the heat at the culinary boot camp as Bonnie discovers in life's recipe book, it is not the spices which add the most flavor, but how truly hungry you are.

How's that for an intro?

I met Dan Harmer years ago at a writer's conference when we sat at the same table for lunch and I casually suggested he buy my first novel for his wife. (I had just taken Chutzpah 101 at the conference ...) Dan did, and then his wife, Denise, read it. When she joined him at the conference the following year, she asked me to sign a couple of books for her. How could we not become friends after that? :-)

Now Dan and Denise have released their own first novel, Holy Guacamole (love the title)! I've read an excerpt and ordered myself a copy from Amazon. You can also find it at Barnes and Noble. Can't wait to receive it!

You can read more about the Harmers here:
Denise, a former stenographer and devourer of books, is the couple’s editor and technician. Dan fine tuned his creative storytelling in high school as a way of explaining why he missed class whenever the surf was up. Their shared passion for the written word has led to a growing collection of awards. The couple enjoys living in Southern California’s “Avocado Capital of the World” where they maintain a laid-back lifestyle as they run a cabinet shop, raise four children, and tend a small ranch. Okay, maybe it does get a little hectic.

Or visit them at their website, JointVentureBooks.

Oh, and you'll love this ... Dan and Denise launched their debut with a Guacamole-making contest. Here you'll find the yummy winning recipes . Happy dip-making :)

1 comment:

Beverly Nault said...

This is perfect for anyone compiling their summer reading list. Thanks, Julie!