Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tegan Wren's sweet tooth...plus a book giveaway

When you hear the word "inconceivable," do you think of The Princess Bride? Well, Tegan Wren is about to change the meaning of that word (like it even means what we think it means?) through her debut novel about a royal couple trying to produce an heir, aptly titled Inconceivable!, which was published yesterday. She even has a signed copy to share with a lucky reader in the US or Canada.

Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theater productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. She spent several years writing online content, which ranged from creating descriptions of toilets for a retail website to composing a blog post about visiting Maui.

Tegan has had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles and life experiences. She and her husband, Patrick, struggled with infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption.

She's here today to tempt our taste buds by talking about all kinds of sweet treats. Visit her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Synopsis of Inconceivable!:
A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”

Go-to candy:
Snickers...caramel, nuts, and chocolate. What more do you want?

Favorite song that mentions dessert/candy?
"I Want Candy" (Kevin Shields Remix from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette)

Favorite dessert to bake: 
Homemade brownies...So much better than anything you can produce using a pre-made mix!

Favorite kind of donut: 
Plain Glazed from Krispy Kreme. It's hard to improve on the simple perfection of the plain glazed donut.

Dark, white, or milk chocolate? 
Though I do enjoy dark chocolate, my favorite is milk chocolate. I like white chocolate only in small portions. The best chocolate I've ever had came from Pierre Marcolini, a specialty shop based in Brussels (with locations in Paris). That's why I just had to mention this favorite shop of mine in INCONCEIVABLE!

If you could invent a new dessert, what are three must-have ingredients and what would it be called? 
Biscoff spread, caramel, and Nutella. As for the name...how about NuttyCaraBiscoff? I'm thinking you could use these ingredients to whip up brownies. Excuse me while I go make this a real thing!

Thanks to Tegan for visiting with us and sharing her book with our readers.

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Janine said...

My mind is drawing a blank when it comes to song mentioning desserts or candy. If I think of one later, I will add it.

Unknown said...

What about the one that refers to 'kisses sweeter than wine???"

rubynreba said...

I think I remember an old song entitled Lollipop.

Anonymous said...

The Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr from way back! Sang it in choir in the 70's Linda W frogz60@hotmail.com

Bonnie K. said...

I think Savoy Truffle by The Beatles is humorous--it's written about ones love of chocolate and the dental effects of sweets.
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Linda Kish said...

Lollipop is the only song I could think of (and then I had to sing it).

jpetroroy said...

I want Candy?

Hillary617 said...

It's a little early, but "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy".

bn100 said...

I Want Candy

traveler said...

Blueberry Hill.

susieqlaw said...

Strawberry fields

Grandma Cootie said...

I Want Candy!

Cindy said...

Cake by the Ocean, it snuck up on me and now I always jam to it in the car whenever it comes on the radio.

Nova said...

Caramel by Suzanne Vega

Jeryl M. said...

I like the Candy Man.