Monday, February 10, 2014

Guest Author: Jane Ainslie

Please welcome Jane Ainslie to the blog!

Hi Leigh, thank you so much for letting me visit your blog. My latest novel, Her Sister’s Wedding, is a fun, sweet, foodie romance, set in Melbourne, Australia and Paris. I had lots of fun writing it, imagining a life where a world renowned chef cooks dinner in your kitchen, and a food journalist is about to change her life, and fulfil her dreams of painting in Paris. Big sigh, because meanwhile, back at the ranch, I work as a nurse when I’m not writing, and I do all the cooking at home. That said, I’m an avid cookbook devotee, and I love experimenting in the kitchen.

Whether you are trying to stay warm in the wild cold storms, or are on the other side of the world, trying to stay cool while it gets so hot you could fry an egg on your car (I’m going to try this over the weekend!!), then Her Sister’s Wedding is a perfect antidote to take you away from it all.


What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time?

Melbourne-based food journalist Mandy Evans has Paris firmly in her sights. She’s got a chance at her life-long dream of studying art in the City of Love, but not before she has to be a ring-in bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding.

After setting up his latest restaurant in Melbourne, renowned American chef Jake Pearson is leaving for his next project in Miami. He’s the hottest ticket in anyone’s town, with a burning ambition to conquer the world, but not before he’s best man at his friend’s wedding.

When Mandy and Jake meet, the attraction is instant. He loves her sassy, natural style, and her appetite for great food. She thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread, or even martinis. Fate gives them a chance at love when they are partners at the same wedding, but can either of them compromise their ambitions to let love grow?


‘You have a bit of sauce on your mouth.’ He reached out with his finger and traced it along her top lip, removing the imaginary sauce. Mandy shuddered as Jake took her face in his hands, turned it towards him, and kissed her. This time, the intensity of the kiss sent every nerve in her body into overdrive as the longing and desire fired throughout her. Jake moved his hand down her back, pulling her closer along the length of his body. She could feel his desire for her pressing against her, and she moaned as his tongue slid between her lips. Reaching up, she grabbed his hair, pulling him closer to her, while the intensity of the kiss stopped time in its tracks, but unfortunately, not the burner on the stove.

‘Oh no, the sauce!’ Jake broke away as they both turned to look at the saucepan. The sauce had black, burnt bits floating in it.

‘That looks like something I would cook.’ Mandy leaned against Jake, laughing. He reached over and switched off the burner.

‘This is where a sieve and a kitchen out of view of your dining public comes in handy. Where were we?’

‘I think you were going to lift me up onto the kitchen bench.’ Mandy hopped up onto the bench top. ‘Then I was going to wrap my arms and legs around you and we were going to…’

Jake didn’t need any further instruction as he pulled Mandy to him once again, this time more gently. His tongue parted her lips, as they slowly, sensually explored each other. Jake’s hand slid to her breast, as she ran her hands down his back.

‘This is giving me an appetite, and I’m not just talking about a semi-burnt sauce.’

‘Maybe we should pace ourselves a little.’ Mandy put her head on his chest. She could hear his heart hammering against his ribs ‘I’m just a little scared I’m going to end up like the sauce otherwise.’

‘What, lumpy?’

‘No, burnt around the edges. We are playing with fire.’


Jane Ainslie adores martinis, is a keen but hopeless gardener, and an avid reader of cookbooks. She currently resides in Adelaide, Australia, with her beloved husband and her four unruly pet ferrets.

Her blog can be found at and she can be found on Facebook at Jane Ainslie Books.


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