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Back to the Good Fortune Diner
Back to the Good Fortune Diner

It's always nice to hear good things about your book a year after it's been published. I love Sarah for talking about BTTGFD so much, and selling it to New York Times bestselling author and X-Men and Marvel universe writer Marjorie M. Liu, an author I've admired for a long time.

Marjorie and Sarah talk about some awesome stuff, including what it's like to be a woman of color writer. I fully agree with what she has to say. You can read the transcript here. You can also listen to the podcast here.

An excerpt:

Marjorie: You’re killing me. The description of it, like, the way you describe this book sounds amazing.

Sarah: I thought it was so great.

Marjorie: That is a total must-read.

ENDORSEMENT FROM MARJORIE M. LIU, YOU GUYS. And she hasn't even read it!

And further:

Sarah: ....The thing about Superromance is that often I think they, the writers are encouraged to pack as much as humanly possible into these little tiny books, and so sometimes there’s so many big issues that they can’t reconcile all of them, but the fact that they brought them up in the first place, I’m just like, this is great! Please feel free to rip my heart out and hand it to me –

Marjorie: See, I –

Sarah: - it’s totally fine!

Marjorie: I have to tell you, like, just your base description of this book sounds like it would be, like, if, if it was published outside Harlequin, like in some quote-unquote, like, highbrow, literary press –

Sarah: I know!

Marjorie: - people would be talking about it, like, across the nation.

Just in case...If there are any "highbrow literary presses" out there interested in a new adult fantasy set in the final days of the Wild West, you should contact my agent. 8 )

Back to the Good Fortune Diner selected as a 2014 DABWAHA finalist!

Friends, family, fans, I NEED YOUR HELP!

My 2013 book, BACK TO THE GOOD FORTUNE DINER, was nominated as a finalist for the DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors) tournament and I need your votes to help me get to the next tier of competition!

Basically, it's March Madness for romance books. I'm up against 7 other titles vying for top spot in the category romance division, with 64 titles in all. There are all kinds of prizes up for grabs, including Amazon gift cards and Kindles, so sign up and you could WIN!

DEADLINE to vote is MARCH 17, 11:59 p.m.

Follow the instructions here: http://dabwaha.com/how-to-play-2/

Very simply...

1. Go to THIS PAGE: http://www.mysideline.com/u/18566/custom/tournamententry.htm 

2. Fill out your nickname, first name, last name and email address on the upper right hand corner of the chart.

3. Click on "(12) Back to the Good Fo" (right side, sixth from top in Region 3) until it fills every column up to Round 6 (it should appear in the Round 6 column twice.)

4. Fill in the rest of the chart by clicking on the titles you think will win in each round, making sure Back to the Good Fortune Diner remains in the final spot in Round 6.

5. Click on the Submit Picks button below the chart. Then tell your friends to do this, too. Because I love you all, and you are awesome.

dabwaha screen cap

If I win,

I will shower you all with gifs and smother you with eternal gratitude. It's a huge honor to be selected by these two very well-known blogs, but my goal is to CRUSH THE COMPETITION. (Smack talk is a traditional part of this tourney.)

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, go to the site
and GET ME TO THE FINALS!

Here are a few endorsement/bribes, meanwhile:

Captain Hook encourages you to vote for Back to the Good Fortune Diner and get your friends and family to vote, too!
Stephen Amell of Arrow is pumped to vote for Back to the Good Fortune Diner in DABWAHA.
Jeremy Renner will be disappointed if you don't vote for Back to the Good Fortune Diner at DABWAHA.
Benedict Cumberbatch is on his way to vote for Back tot he Good Fortune Diner on DABWAHA.

 

Loki Hiddleston learned the meaning of love from Back to the Good Fortune Diner. He's voting for it, too.
Idris Elba loved Back to the Good Fortune Diner and will be voting for it. That's not poor phrasing, folks.

 

VOTE FOR BACK TO THE GOOD FORTUNE DINER NOW!

 

 

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Chicken balls, sans sweet and sour sauce.

So, I made a little boo-boo.

I learned during the Smart Bitches Sizzling Book Club chat that chicken balls, featured in Back to the Good Fortune Diner as a uniquely North American-style Chinese food product, are NOT, in fact, available in the U.S.

According to Wikipedia, this is the dish I refer to as sweet and sour chicken balls:

Chicken balls (Chinese: ??; pinyinj? qiúCantonese Yale: gai1kau4) are a type of modern Chinese food served in Canada,[1][2][3] and the United Kingdom[4] as a staple of Chinesetake-out. The dish consists of small chunks of fried chicken breast meat covered in a crispy batter coating. They are often served with sweet and sour sauce or plum sauce. These are largely unheard of in China, depending on the recipe and referred name.[5]

They're so ubiquitous in Canada, I didn't even think for a minute they wouldn't have them in the States. This is why fact checking is important....

Okay, so how to explain away the Good Fortune Diner's specialty menu item? Well...

1) Only available at the Good Fortune Diner in Everville! Exotic Canadian Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce! No need to drive across the border for delicious golden spheres of deep fried goodness!

2) Since the Cheungs are from Hong Kong, which was a part of the British Empire before the handover to the Chinese in 1997, maybe it was something Tony and Rose knew was popular with non-Chinese diners so had them sourced and imported...

3) There is a secret black market in Manhattan where the Cheungs get their illicit supply of Canadian chicken balls. Studies suggest the underground economy for chicken ball smuggling is worth over $10 billion....

4) Magic.