Monday, June 4, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Toxic Torte



Toxic Torte (by Lori Pollard-Johnson) is the subject of today's Teaser Tuesday post. Newspaper reporter Jess Harriet has been assigned to write the obituary for a well-known, widely-hated food critic. Warning: Don't read this book when you're hungry. The food descriptions are scrumptious! It's filled with humor too. I couldn't resist posting two teasers this week.



Before me stood Dream Dude. Mid- to late twenties, thick brown hair, big brown eyes, slightly Latin-looking. He was the kind of man that made me forget I'd sworn off men just last Friday. 
[at 3% on my Kindle]
and
Roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, prime rib off the grill with ginger carrots and baby peas, puttanesca pizza with locally grown capers. How are your salivary glands now? 
[at 15% on my Kindle]

Come back here tomorrow to read our interview with Lori (including giveaways!) and find out about her other books, one of which is The Lie, an edgy YA novel.

Here's the synopsis of Toxic Torte from Amazon:
Jess Harriet slings slop at the Seattle Sun, a weekly newsrag best known for its personal ad selection. When her latest assignment turns out to be yet another obituary, this time for caustic restaurant critic Perry Lowell, she seriously considers leaving the memorial and heading back to her hometown of Ephrata, never to return. But before the buffet is replenished, detectives appear. It seems Perry didn’t die of a heart attack after all. He was murdered…with a toxic torte, most likely served to him at the Space Needle's annual Valentine’s Day Chocoholic Ball. 
Jess seizes the opportunity to scoop the Seattle Tribune, and ends up stirring up trouble, not only with Cherrie, fellow Sun reporter by week, Seattle Seahawks cheerleader by weekend, but with a secret society of chefs, all of whom have been panned by Perry. She’ll also have to outwit Tom, a college dating disaster who has access to the elusive guest list, and team up with her editor, Rod, who has secrets of his own… including an appetite for Jess.



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

93 comments:

  1. Oh, those sound amazing! First guys, then food! Now I'm hungry! :D Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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    1. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      It's hard to say which is more appetizing...men or food. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I've never heard of this one, thanks for the teaser! I'm adding it to my TBR pile :)

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  3. Your just making me hungry now......

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Returning some of the love.

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    1. The descriptions of food in this book are yummy.

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  4. This sounds like a great read. I LOVED the food description.

    Here's My Teaser

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    1. Lori included lots of yummy descriptions in the book.

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      I used all of my favorite dishes from my days as a food and wine writer as inspiration. : )

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  5. The first one made me laugh! My teaser comes from As You Like It by Shakespeare.

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    1. You'll find lots of funny lines in this book. I enjoyed it.

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      What's better than good food and lots of laughter? Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. What a GREAT teaser! I really need to check this one out - thank you for sharing! :)

    Here's mine:

    http://amylunderman.blogspot.com/2012/06/teaser-tuesdays-onyx-lux-2-by-jennifer.html

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  7. Okay, that's it! This one is going on my list! Great (yummy) teasers; and great ingredients for a read I'll love, like journalist, Seattle, and food!

    Thanks for tempting me!

    Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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    1. That's great! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      It's almost like a gourmet dinner. : ) Hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I'm really hungry. Great teaser! :D

    My TT

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  9. Those are great teases! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. Fantastic teasers! Now I am hungry for some, hehe xD

    Here's my teaser(s) for this week: http://www.rulethewaves.net/blog/?p=4798

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  11. Sounds like a scrumptious read.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/06/teaser-tuesday.html

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  12. oh man that's not fair. I'm eating a yogurt and reading that. *sigh* Well great teaser! And thanks for stopping by!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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    1. I know what you mean! While reading this book, I wanted to get in my car and find the nearest restaurant.

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      That's the best endorsement I've heard yet! Thanks, Sandy!

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  13. I can see how some salivary glands might get a workout.

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  14. Great teasers! Now I want cake from seeing that cover. :)

    Here's my TT.

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  15. Hahaha I like the teaser for this one!!! And the title is super funny! Great pick :D

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    1. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Thanks, Anna! The title came first!

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  16. Oh, food. My true love. I'm not sure if the guy in your first teaser can even compare to my love of food haha :D

    My TT Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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    1. There's plenty of good food and fun in Toxic Torte.

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  17. Oh awesome teasers, that food sounds delicous, and so does dream dude :D

    Thanks for stopping by my Teaser

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    1. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Imagine dream dude also being a chef...a girl can always hope...

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  18. Great teasers! That second one definitely made me hungry, and I just ate lunch! :P

    Thanks for stopping by my teaser from Unspoken. Happy Tuesday! :D

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  19. Wow, first time I ever had a teaser make me hungry! Thanks for visiting :)

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    1. The whole book is filled with yummy descriptions.

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  20. The teasers were great and did make me hungry! Thanks for visiting my blog - following you now.

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  21. Ok now I'm hungry. Good teasers.

    Thanks for visiting my teaser.

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    1. I'm hungry too! In fact, I think I'll take a break for lunch.

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Wish I could be there to enjoy a nice Caesar salad with you, Sandy!

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  22. What a fun title! Sounds like a good read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Puttanesca! As fun to say as it is to eat. :)

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    1. You're so right! One of my favorite Italian dishes (if made with fresh ingredients).

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  24. Oh man! That sounds amazing, and that cover! *stomach rumbling* Thanks for sharing! :D

    My TT: http://chocolatecoatedreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/teaser-tuesday-6512-2.html

    New Follower

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    1. Considering the name of your blog, I'm not surprised you like this teaser!

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    2. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Ooh...a fellow foodie! Hope you enjoy it!

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  25. LOLOLLOL! OH my! I laughed at that first teaser and the second one makes me want to stuff my face with food! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!
    Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books

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  26. Yummy teasers! ;D

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  27. Oh man, that second teaser made my mouth water, seriously! Great teasers, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

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  28. You are right. Wouldn't want to read that if I was hungry. Thanks for visiting.

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  29. Yes, hungry now! Love food teasers :) Thanks for dropping by Read@UTS!

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  30. Okay. Need something sweet to eat now! Hehehe!

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  31. Wow, very descriptive and tempting. Leaving to find something to eat now ... LOL, thanks!

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  32. I'm hungry already. And there's no food in the house whatsoever.

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  33. OK, now I'm hungry for more than just Dream Dude! Great Teasers! Thanks for stopping by my TT!

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    1. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      ...aren't we all? Thanks for commenting!

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  34. Great tease! That sounds like my dream dude as well! LOL Thanks for stopping by My TT!

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  35. Chocolate and Dream Dude...oh, my.

    Thanks for my TT, Sandy!

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  36. That's a great teaser! Also thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  37. Definitely had me salivating ... LOL.

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  38. I haven't heard of this one before. Sounds good!!

    I'm new to your blog and I now follow:)

    Here's mine:
    http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/2012/06/teaser-tuesday-june-5th-2012.html

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    2. Thanks for the follow, Natasha. (I had to delete my comment because of a typo!)

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  39. This sounds good. Even the title sounds good. I just went over to Amazon and added it to my wishlist.

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    1. Lori Pollard-JohnsonJune 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      I hope your wish is granted!

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  40. Nice teaser! That sounds like one hot guy.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  41. What a clever title and topic for a cozy - Toxic Torte. Nice write up.

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  42. Wow! A culinary theme book. I always love culinary theme book as I'm a culinary student myself. This book looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for stopping by my teaser

    Ai-Books

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Nash. Lori's knowledge of the culinary world shines through in this book.

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  43. Cool teaser! Thanks for stopping by mine :)

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  44. Lots of description on food? Yummy.

    Thanks for stopping by too!

    Michelle

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  45. That sounds so yummy on both accounts :) I am glad I just ate or I would be starving after reading that teaser. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my teaser!

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  46. umm, yumm! If i wasn't drooling after teaser 1's dream man, i am now that I read about that yummy tasting food, LOL. Thanks for stopping by my TT this week, Book Savvy Babe

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  47. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Yummy teaser! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. I love descriptive teasers, makes it way too easy to visualize the hot guy and the great food. Nice choices!!
    Thanks for visiting my teaser:)

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    1. The cover alone would lure me. The writing looks interesting too. Here's Mine

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  49. The second part made me hungry. Good teaser!

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  50. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. You've officially made me hungry and maybe drool a little LOL cause I just pictured the "dude" ha.

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  51. I find myself doing the same thing - swearing off men, and then seeing someone basically perfect right after!

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  52. Awesome teaser! That cover is making me want chocolate so bad..... Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  53. LOl Whenever you swear off men, one is bound to come along to change it. Great teaser. :)

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  54. Great teasers!

    Thank you for coming by my blog.

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  55. Sounds delicious! Adding to my TBR list!

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  56. Great teasers! My mouth is watering after reading the second one! Thanks for stopping by this week :)

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  57. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I have never heard of this book until now. I hope you enjoy your book and great teaser.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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