Guest Author & Giveaway: Robin Kaye featuring Breakfast in Bed

Thursday, January 21

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Today's guest is a new to me author.  As many of you know I am a big fan of contemporary romances, which is why when I found out about Robin Kaye's new book in her "Domestic Gods" series, BREAKFAST IN BED, I was eager to learn more about the author and her books.  I haven't read ROMEO, ROMEO, TOO HOT TO HANDLE, OR BREAKFAST IN BED, but I'm adding them to my wish list in hopes I learn a thing or two about how to get my own "Domestic God" :)

Welcome to Seductive Musings Robin! I am so glad to have you as my guest today. For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new favorite find?

I love romances that both characters grow and change throughout the book. I’m big into character arcs and symbiotic relationships. I want to see characters who are stronger, better people when they are together. My favorite authors are (in no particular order) Jane Austen, Louis Nizer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Donovan, Maureen Childs, Susan Mallery, Roxanne St. Claire, Rachel Gibson, Wilbur Smith, Robert Ludlum, and a ton more I can’t put my finger on.

I started reading Louisa Edwards’ Can’t Stand the Heat. A person I greatly respect in the business told me that Louisa and I write very similarly, so I picked up her book right away. I haven’t had much time to read lately since I’m on a tight deadline, but what I’ve read so far is really great.

Can you tell us a little bit about your “Domestic Gods” contemporary romances series, of which Breakfast in Bed is the third, and give us some insight into each of the three heroes and how they cook and clean their way into their women’s hearts?

All my heroes are nurturing men—they cook, clean, and take care of the women in their lives. Well, except for Rich who is the hero of my third book, Breakfast in Bed. His girlfriend dumps him because he’s not relationship material. When Rebecca Larsen and he find that, through no fault of their own, they’re stuck being roommates temporarily, Rich asks her to coach him in the domestic arts.

Tell us about your hero in Breakfast in Bed, Rich Ronaldi? What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Becca, fall in love with him despite initially disliking him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story?

Rich is the only son of a very Italian family. Sons tend to be somewhat spoiled in Italian households; only sons are unusually treated like the second coming. Rich grew up being taken care of by his mother and sisters. He’s smart—he has three post-secondary degrees and is a psychology professor at Columbia, but he’s a dud at anything domestic. When he and Becca become roommates, she sees that there’s more to him than meets the eye and he has a way of discovering things about her that no one else ever took the time to see.

I loved the top ten reasons why women love "Domestic Gods".  I think my favorite was #6 :
“A Domestic God knows the way to a woman's heart is to show he's capable of killing bugs, scrubbing toilets, washing windows, keeping her well fed and satisfied in bed.”  
Kind of sums it all up in one sentence :)  On a Domestic God scale of 1 to 10 it seems like Rich begins as a zero.  What would you say was the biggest obstacle he had to overcome?

I think the only thing Rich needed was the incentive. Rich has never had to do anything for himself. Let’s face it, a guy like him could survive on take-out. His mother was more than happy to do his laundry, and if his place got too messy for even him to tolerate, all he had to do is invite his mother over and it was cleaned. He’d never had the incentive to learn even the basics. Being dumped by Gina gave him the incentive, but it was Becca he ended up wanting to impress.

What's your favorite scene or moment from Breakfast in Bed, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

There’s the scene where Rich tries to do something nice for Becca. Since he had successfully done his first load of laundry, he thought he’d wash her bras and panties for her. It turned disastrous when he started a fire in the dryer. He grabbed Becca’s three-legged cat, Tripod, and wrapped him in a towel before leaving the building. After Rich was allowed to go back in, he continued to hold Tripod since the windows were open and Rich was afraid Tripod would try to escape. Becca came in to find Rich holding Tripod. She was upset because for a second, she thought Rich might have been hurt. Rich was totally oblivious to the cause of her angst, and thought she was upset that he almost burned the house down. He was trying to break the news that he’d burned up her unmentionables when a firefighter did it for him.

What are some of your upcoming releases, or new projects readers can look forward to?

Yours For the Taking will be out in January, 2011. It’s Ben and Gina’s story. I’m hoping that it will be a bridge between two series. We’ll see how my editor likes my new secondary characters.

Where can readers connect with you?

My website, I have my Top Ten List on there and the first chapters of all three of my books. There is also a link to my email --I love to hear from my readers.

If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

What is your idea of the ultimate romantic evening?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

For me to open? You will soon be on the New York Times Best-Seller List  :)
For my readers?  You will have faith, love, and happiness in great abundance.

He'd be Mr. Perfect if he wasn't a perfect mess…

Rich, the epitome of "anti-domestic," can't cook to save his life, and his idea of cleaning his apartment is to invite his mother over. But he's ready to settle down, and he can't stop thinking about the ex-girlfriend who got away. When he notices that his soon-to-be-married friends cooked and cleaned their way into their women's hearts, he asks his friend Becca to help transform him into a nurturing man to win back his ex.

She'll be happy to make him over, but not for another woman…

 Rich is the only guy who's taken the time to know Becca for herself. She decides she'll give him the makeover he's asking for, though she'll be damned if she's going to turn him into a domestic god for another woman. She wants Rich for herself, but how can she convince him that her kitchen and her bedroom are the only domestic locales he desires?

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Award-winning author Robin Kaye is a professional writer and winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her first novel, Romeo, Romeo. Once it was published, Romeo, Romeo won the 2008 Best Contemporary itRom (Italian Romance) Award by Romance B(u)y the Book, the 2009 HOLT Medallion Contest First Place Winner for Best Romantic Comedy and the 2009 NJRW Golden Leaf Award Winner for Best Single Title. Her romantic comedies feature sexy, nurturing heroes and feisty, independent heroines. She lives with her husband and three children in Mt. Airy, Maryland. For more information, please visit

To celebrate the release of Breakfast in Bed I have one entire set, yes that's right all three books in the "Domestic Gods" series (Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle, and Breakfast in Bed) to giveaway to one lucky winner courtesy of Casablanca Romance.  I so wish I could enter to win this one!

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Robin posed to readers in the interview .(hint: it's not the fortune cookie question)  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
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  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
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Wendy January 21, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

Hi Robin! I can't believe I haven't read your books yet! Definitely adding them to my wishlist. :)

To answer your question: A romantic evening in my opinion is staying in and cooking dinner, maybe watching a movie, easy and fun! No having to put up with traffic or nasty people at restaurants. It just sounds really great to me!

I'll definitely be checking out your books! Great interview!

OH! I'm a follower!

ddurance January 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

I'm a follower.

For me, as a married mother of three, I prefer time at home. If the kids were at my parents, so it's quiet and to just snuggle up with some pizza, popcorn, candy and watch some movies, oh and sleep. Sleep is so romantic to me. lol


Mary G January 21, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

Just wanted to say hi to you Robin so don't enter me. I have all your wonderful books & I'm glad there'll be another in this series.
A romantic evening for me is like your books - funny, emotional & sexy LOL.

Louisa Edwards January 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

I had to jump up and down and squeal a little when I saw that you mentioned my book! Don't enter me in the contest, because I already have at least the first in the Domestic Gods series, if not more--although, like you, I have almost no time to read. You're at the top of my pile, though! Hope you enjoy the rest of Can't Stand the Heat, if you ever get to finish it. *grin*

Congrats on the new series!

alexandrea January 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Ahh, that premise in a line of romance novels might be the sexiest thing ever! When my husband does chores unasked I practically swoon.
Nevertheless my idea of the ultimate evening of romance is an evening spent at a hotel, with a long lovely dinner and a bottle of wine, where the conversation revolves around anything but normal everyday concerns. Oh, and sex at the end!

Robin Kaye January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Sorry I've been remiss about visiting today. It's one of those crazy Mommy days. I just got to my office (Starbucks) and opened up my computer for the first time today.

Wendy~ That sounds like a lovely romantic evening. I love cooking with my Domestic God, curling up in front of the TV and just cuddling. Good luck on the giveaway!

Deidre~ I have three kids too! Getting them all out of the house at the same time is difficult, but when it happens, it's blissful!

Mary~ It's always so nice to see you! I'm still waiting to try that recipe for the biscotti, soon, right after my book is finished. That's going to be my treat for finishing the newly titled Book 4. Yours For the Taking. Hugs...Robin :)

Louisa~ Thanks for stopping by, your book is just waiting until I finish my latest. February 1 can't come quickly enough! Oh, I forgot to tell you, Too Hot to Handle, (book 2 of the DG series) was going to be called Can't Stand the Heat until I heard about yours. LOL Great minds and all that!

Alexandrea~ I love how your mind works! The best vacation my DG and I took was a semi-spur-of-the-moment thing. We were supposed to go to a conference together, I had my friend fly in to stay with the kids and the morning after I picked her up, we found that a hurricane was going to hit the conference and it was canceled. I told him that I didn't care where we went, but we were going somewhere - even a Motel 6. He did better. He called me an hour later and said "How does Paris sound?" I told him it sounded lovely. We left 6 hours later. 5 days, 4 nights in Paris just the two of us, gorgeous city, fab. hotel, lots of wine...and of course sex.

Estella January 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM  

A nice dinner at home alone with my husband.

CrystalGB January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

For me, it would be dinner at a nice restaurant and going to the movies.

alba January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

Hello Robin i too am making amends to read your books I so loved the Excerpt and the extra excerpt Love Bella & rich.
A romantic evening for me Has to be a light cool summer evening sitting by our outside Fire roasting Sausage toaster Marshmallows for dessert.
Watching fireflys go from place to place in the garden.
I'm a follower.
Have a good one Ann.

Andrea I January 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

I'm so glad I saw this interview and your books. They are going on my reading list.

My idea is a nice quiet evening at home with just the two of us and no TV,

justpeachy36 January 21, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Candlelight dinner, a fire in fireplace and the house to ourselves. That's what I'd call a romantic evening.

I am a follower.

Scorpio M. January 21, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

I've been on a contemporary binge lately, Stephanie Tyler & Victoria Dahl, and loving it! One of my BFF's highly recommended "Romeo, Romeo" so that is on my next up list.

My perfect romantic evening would be a nice stroll on a foreign street (I love to travel) holding hands with my guy and being simply & utterly happy with the company.


I follow via GFC.

Jake Lsewhere January 21, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

My idea of the perfect romantic evening is to spend it having a good time, whatever it may be, with the one I'm crazy for. We could be watching a movie, playing chess, or just sitting and laughing. I don't care if I'm infatuated.

Thanks for hosting the interview and giveaway.

RKCharron January 22, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

Hi :)
Thank you for having Robin Kaye here & thank you to Robin for sharing. It was fun to learn more about her & her writing.
My ideal romantic evening was lots of candles, soft romantic music, roses, champagne & strawberries & somewhere romantic like a honeymoon suite (not at home).
Mandatory: Answer the question Robin posed to readers in the interview .(hint: it's not the fortune cookie question) (good for 1 entry)
I'm a Follower (Tree in Flames is my icon)
I posted on my blog for my 5am EST Fri post.
Thank you for the opportunity to win the whole set!

enyl January 22, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

The perfect Romantic Evening involves a candlelight dinner while riding in a hot air ballon in one of the three following locations: 1) over the Eygptian pyramids, 2) along the Aruban shoreline, or 3)over the Mexican pyramids. The flight would occur at midnight.The beverage of choice would be champagne. The menu would consist of his favorite foods.

chelleyreads January 22, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

a perfect romantic evening for me is a homecooked meal (cooked together), candle light dinner, and some cuddling later.

i'm a seasoned follower :)

bookmakeupreview AT gmail DOT com

misskallie2000 January 22, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

My ultimate romantic evening would begin with a candlelight dinner, ride in a horse drawn carriage through Central Park, take in a broadway show and then home for champane in front of the fire. After that it is private. LOL

I am a google friend follower

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Razlover's Book Blog January 22, 2010 at 1:43 AM  

My ideal romantic evening would be a home cooked meal by candlelight, then a walk on the beach and then have coffee by the fireplace to warm up.

I'm a follower!

I blogged about your giveaway here:


Sue A. January 22, 2010 at 2:06 AM  

I don't believe the ultimate romantic evening is about what you do or where you go, but who you're with so for me the ultimate romantic evening is all about spending quality one on one time with the person you feel deeply romantic about.

I follow - Google Friend Connect

alternate email from blogger
magenta 2 red [at] gmail [dot] com

Maureen January 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

To me a romantic evening is one in which I don't have to cook or clean and we just have some time alone.

I am a follower

mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Mitzi H. January 22, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

A romantic evening for moi....A night with no kids at home, the spa heated and all bubbly, the margarita's blended, the stereo on, no moon with stars aplenty, and me & myy lover enjoying the water (naked).

I'm a follower

I follow on google friends and google reader.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Samantha January 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Hi Robin! Well a long time ago I would say dinner out would be romantic with all the trimmings but now not so much. For me a romantic evening is a quiet night at with food and wine. Just talking or maybe no talking (sometimes silence is good too). Maybe a bath and a massage. From there well you have to use your imagination.

I'll have your book on my wishlist and can't wait to get to them.

Alternate address is kiss417(at)hotmail (dot) com

BUSY BEE January 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

Being a single mom - my most romantic evening would be without my kids and with a "tall dark and handsome"-ly single man! I am not too picky where!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey January 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

I am a follower!

My idea of the ultimate romantic evening is going out to a nice dinner. Then coming home and put on some good music and dance in the moonlight under the stars. Please enter me. Thanks!


Amanda Leigh January 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

My ideal romantic evening would be a candlelight dinner at home, followed by the two of us being curled up with eachother in front of the fireplace with a bottle of wine.

I blogged about this here:


Teresa January 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

my idea would be a night alone with my husband watching a movie and eating junk food. We have a 5yr old and 10 week old so any alone time is nice
I am a google friend connect follower
mstlee2000 @

CherylS22 January 30, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

The ultimate romantic evening would include a nice dinner in a quiet restaurant where we could really talk & reconnect. Then, who knows....

I follow in GFC

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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