Back to the Good Fortune Diner


It's the soft release day for Back to the Good Fortune Diner!

As "gif" is the word of the year, let me express to you how release day makes me feel with my good friend with imaginary benefits, Jeremy Renner.

I wake up in the morning and remember it's release day, and I'm like:

I get up, and it's like the best day ever, and I'm like:

I go online and am a little nervous about pimping my book out. It takes a bit of working up to, so I'm like:

Then I put a tweet up, a Facebook posting. And I stare at it like:

But then, no one says anything for a while and I'm like:

And then I start to doubt myself and I'm like:

And when people finally Like, repost or RT me, it's like:

And people start putting it on their Goodreads To Be Read list and I'm like:

 And then more people RT me and I'm like:

And then people tell me they've bought my book and I'm like:

You can purchase Back to the Good Fortune Diner as an ePub now on the Harlequin website. To read an excerpt, check out my Books page!


Apologies for neglecting my blog. It's been a busy and rather stressful month. I had surgery to remove my gallbladder in October--in the weeks leading up to it, I was in and out of the E.R. and the doctor's office. I've had a stone measuring 1.9 cm inside me for a while, and after 7 attacks over two weeks, the surgeon said it was time for the gallbladder to go.

So here I am now, minus one gallbladder and plus a few abdominal scars. But now I can have all the bacon I want without fear of (serious) repercussions. Though I should probably, you know. Be healthier.

Send me a SASE and I'll send you a bookmark!

I've got bookmarks for Back to the Good Fortune Diner now! If you'd like you, send me a SASE and I'll be happy to forward a couple on to you:

Vicki Essex
c/o Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
225 Duncan Mill Rd., 6th floor
Don Mills, ON
M3B 3K9

In writing news, I'm working on my third book, another MMA story set in the same universe as Her Son's Hero, and starring Kyle Peters, Dom's wrestling coach. No release dates yet, but I'll keep you posted.

Also, I've finally finished my YA Western fantasy! It's been a project I've been working on for almost 3 years, and I'm hoping to get some beta readers and start sending it to agents in January.

TA-DA! Full cover reveal for Back to the Good Fortune Diner! I'm loving Harlequin Superromance's fresh new look.

Here's the back cover copy:

Home, sweet home?

Everville, New York-it's the town where Tiffany Cheung grew up, and the last place she wants to be. But after losing her job in Manhattan, that's exactly where she finds herself. Worse, she's working at her family's Chinese diner and feeling like the outsider she used to be. The one bright side is that Chris Jamieson, the boy she used to tutor, is still around. Her high school crush is hotter than ever, and he needs her help...again.

Tutoring Chris's son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her-and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing! Because Tiffany's not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life. But maybe what's real is about to change...

Intrigued? Put Back to the Good Fortune Diner on your Goodreads to be read shelf!

January is steadily creeping up, and I have exciting news!

I've got a sneak peek at the cover for Back to the Good Fortune Diner and I'll be slowly revealing it over the next week and a half!

Of course, if you're attending Word on the Street in Toronto on Sept. 23 and you find me handing out fortune cookies at the Harlequin booth or the Toronto Romance Writers booth, you'll get to see the cover in its full, magnificent glory...

Here's the first piece you get to see, you lucky people, you. Stay tuned to see the rest!


I was at the Canadian National Exhibition when I came upon this lovely Chinese couple who hand painted custom Chinese characters. I had them do the words "Good Fortune" in honor of the small-town Chinese restaurant featured in my upcoming January 2013 release, Back to the Good Fortune Diner. Pretty swell, huh?

Pronounced "ho wun", this means "good fortune" or "good luck."


Before you ask, no, I do not know how to do this myself. We did a little brushwork in Cantonese concurrent programs in elementary school (which I eventually dropped out of, but that's another story). But I can barely write my name legibly, not to mention my atrocious English handwriting, so I consider myself lucky to have found this couple to do it for me.

FYI, you can contact this artist here:

Calligraphy Arts
Mike and Xin