Tuesday, December 29, 2009

10 Questions with Robin Kaye & Win Breakfast in Bed!

Welcome Author Robin Kaye to Cheeky Reads!

We’re pleased to have Robin here today to answer some questions about her latest romance Breakfast in Bed. She’ll be stopping in throughout the day to answer questions. Don’t forget to comment to win a copy of the book!

Your latest book had me laughing out loud. It revolves around  a hero who wants to go from a domestic dud to a domestic stud and enlists his sister's best friend to teach him how to cook and clean. Hilarity ensues...Would you tell our readers BreakfastinBedCVR_NEWmore about Breakfast in Bed? Hi, Sabrina. I’m so glad you liked Breakfast in Bed. Rich Ronaldi rented an apartment from his sister, Rosalie and unbeknownst to him, his other sister, Annabelle sublet the very same apartment to her best friend Becca. Before they could decide which of them keeps the apartment, Rich’s girlfriend dumps him because he’s not relationship material. Rich decides he needs to become a domestic god to win his girlfriend back, so he tells Becca he’d let her stay until her apartment is remodeled if she becomes his domestic god coach.

Like most readers I'm all about connecting with the hero and heroine in a book. So, I always ask authors to describe their hero in three words.  Domestic Dud turned Stud works for me. But if I had to come up with my own I’d say Rich is smart, sexy and trainable. There is no way we can make a man change, unless he wants to--and Rich wants to.

What about your heroine? What three words would best describe her? Smart, creative and independent all to the nth degree.

Now that we know more about your characters, what was it about them that had you wanting to write that HEA for them? any favorite scenes to write?  What woman wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to train a man as good-looking as Rich? Besides, she got him to do all the cooking and housework. To me, there is nothing sexier than a man doing housework, the humdinger is scrubbing the toilet and bathtub.
My favorite scenes to write were Rich’s disasters. There’s nothing like a fire in the dryer to heat up a romance.

I love your top ten reasons woman love domestic gods list on your website (readers check it out here)! All three of your books feature men who are or become domestic gods. I have to ask, do you have a personal domestic god who inspires you?  
Oh yeah. My husband is a total domestic god. He does all the laundry and cleaning, he’s a passable cook, and remodels our house in his spare time. I figure I’ve got it all--a domestic god with a tool belt. He’s also the best, most supportive husband and father I’ve ever known. Picking him up was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.

You grew up in Brooklyn and it's the featured setting of your books. Do you love making it a character all it's own? It's not your typical romance novel setting and that's what I find so appealing!  I do love Brooklyn and New York. I chose it because I’m comfortable there and I’m in a constant state of homesickness. I know and love the people. Setting my books in Brooklyn gives me a great excuse to visit, and allows me to write off the trip as research.  
Brooklyn is very much like NYC, it has a lot of the same sounds and smells but just at a lower volume. Each of the neighborhoods are so different, they all have their own flavors and cultural accents. I adore exploring the neighborhoods and soaking in the culture.  I lived in Kensington when I was a kid, but always loved the park. The Park Slope section of Brooklyn is my absolute favorite and I would live there in a heartbeat if I could afford to.  
I need a NY fix every few months so I call my friends and go home for a long weekend to absorb the energy and the craziness. I come home refreshed and renewed with my Brooklyn accent in full force. But then I’m told that happens every time I speak to a relative.

Read any good books lately that you would recommend to our readers? Authors always seem to have the inside track on great new authors!   
I’ve been reading My Own Personal Soap Opera by Libby Malin, I’ve read Stephanie Julian’s  Kiss of Moonlight, and someone just recommended Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards. I’m told she has a very similar writing style to mine so I’m looking forward to checking her out.

What's up next for you? Do you have another Brooklyn romance cooking?  As a matter of fact, I do. It’s called As Good as He Gets and I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m thinking either May or June. It’s a bit of a departure, it takes place in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boise, Idaho and a little mining town in the mountains of Idaho called Three Whores Bend. As Good as He Gets is Ben and Gina’s story. We meet a whole new cast of characters as well as a few of the regulars,  and I love them all. I’m having a lot of fun writing it.

Where can readers find you next on your blog tour and is there anything else you'd like to share with us? You can go to my website www.RobinKayeWrites.com and my blog tour schedule is on my calendar. I’ll be giving out copies of Breakfast in Bed to lucky commenters.

If you could train the man in your life to do one thing, what would it be? As for me, I’d teach him to give great back rubs. What about you?

Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye—in stores January 2010

The third funny, sexy, contemporary romance from a fresh new voice in romance fiction…

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.

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?

About the Author

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 headshotpublished, 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 http://www.robinkayewrites.com/

Enter to Win a Copy of Breakfast in Bed! Just leave a comment telling us what one thing would you like to train the man in your life to do! I’ll be randomly drawing a winner on January 1st, so be sure to stop by to see if you won!

Extra entries: Earn an extra entry by tweeting about this interview & contest or by posting about it on your own blog. Make sure to leave a link or your twitter name!

Sorry, this contest is open to US and Canada residents only.


  1. I can't wait to read the new book, Robin. I'm so loving your Domestic Gods!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Maybe you'll win. I won yours and loved it! Can't wait for the next one.

  3. Hi, Robin! It's a little hard for me to think clearly now that I have the term "Domestic Stud" embedded in my brain, but I will try to answer the question : ) I think any woman would appreciate a man who surprises her once in a while with a totally unexpected gesture. It doesn't have to be a gift, although those won't be turned down, it can be a recoginition of who the woman is as a person. He should show why the woman is special and that he would chose her again every time!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  4. I can't wait to read the book. Happy New Year!

  5. Wash dishes. I hate washing dishes. I don't mind the cooking part, it's the clean up. That would be my wish. I like it that you are writing about men with domestic skills. There are too many men out there that weren't taught to do anything around the house (women's work) AARGH!!! I hate that term.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  6. That is sooo the million dollar question. I wish I could train my man to pick up his dirty clothes. It drives me crazy. He has them scattered around his laundry basket, but not in it. I still adore him. Breakfast in Bed sounds like a great escape.

  7. Virginia~It is wonderful when men are thoughtful. My DH brought my 4-wheel drive car over to my critique meeting at Starbucks and took my Prius back home because it was snowing hard and he wanted to make sure I could get up my driveway. He's so sweet and it's a good thing he is, he even had a hard time getting the Prius up the driveway.

    Linda~ Doing dishes is the pits, almost as bad as laundry if you ask me because they're never really done. Just as soon as you finish, someone throws a glass or plate in the sink, or changes clothes and just like that, there's more dishes and laundry to do.

    Rain~ Maybe putting a basketball hoop over the basket would help. It worked wonders for my son *grin* Now it's a game!

  8. Great interview! And thanks for mentioning my book. Yours are definitely on my must-read list, as soon as I get past my current deadline. ; )

  9. Oh I agree with picking up the dirty clothes! Great interview.

  10. Ciao Robin
    Dropping in to say hi & to tell anyone who hasn't read your books yet(if that's possible)
    that your books are smart, funny & the characters
    are so fleshed out that you feel you know them.
    All the best to you. Can't wait till BIB is finally in stock here. Glad to hear about Ben & Gina's story.

  11. Hi Robin - loved the interview/post- and congratulations on the new release!
    As for what I'd like to dude to learn... if only there was training for this. To pick up the phone [either answering or dialing] - but more importantly, to care. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries... no big deal to him. Boo.

  12. Hi Everyone!

    Huge thanks to Robin for visiting us today! For so many it's still the holiday weekend, so it's great to see some visitors made it by.

    I'd love my husband to learn to really listen. It drives me crazy when we talk and 10 minutes later it's like he never heard a word a said!

    Be sure to spread the word about this contest and you'll get extra entries in the drawing!


  13. This book sounds just as fab as your others are :)
    If I had to choose, I would have a man trained to cook... because if we were to rely solely on me... um, we're in trouble, lol

  14. Nice interview! I have to go check out all these books now.

    I'd want a domestic stud who could do home repair/remodel work...they look so cute on HGTV so of course he would be a stud with a hammer!

  15. Okay, Ladies, let me try to catch up on responses.

    JCP~ Sorry I missed you earlier. I hope you enjoy BiB and have a very Happy New Year. Tis the season to sit down by the fire and enjoy a good book, preferably mine. *grin*

    Lousia~ Thanks for stopping by. Sue Grimshaw (the buyer for Borders) recommended you to me. Apparently we have similar writing styles. She loves both our books. Yay us!

    Caio Mary! Thanks for stopping by, you're the best!

    Limecello- What a great moniker! I'm a lemmoncello fan, I just had some Christmas Eve at my favorite Italian restaurant. It's great when the owner and your favorite waitress bring shots to the table to celebrate the season. Good luck with the training. My DH isn't much for birthdays and anniversaries, but he more than makes up for it by cleaning and remodeling the house. There's nothing better than a Domestic God in a tool belt.

    Hi Sabrina~ Thanks for inviting me to blog. I'm having a great time! I put the link on Facebook so I'm trying....

    Hi Ali~ Thanks so much! I'm glad you like my books. I never get tired of hearing that. Cooking is important, especially if you don't. I'm definitely in favor of symbiotic relationships.

    Mandy~ Thanks for checking out my books. As for a stud with a hammer, I can attest to the fact they're nice to have around. I've even lent him out a time or two. I had one of my children's best friend's mother who was new to the area call me and ask if I knew a good plumber. I, of course didn't. When she asked who fixes my plumbing, I told her that my DH does. It was a Friday evening at 5:00 and I knew she'd be paying through the nose for a plumber, so I called my DH and asked if he would mind helping her out. He came home, grabbed his tools and our daughter, went over and fixed her toilet. He was happy when they gave him a really good beer and she has loved me ever since.

  16. Hi, great interview!! I would love my husband to do ALL the cooking!!! I would even grocery shop and maybe do dishes if he would take over cooking. I would have sooo much more time to read this way!! Your book sounds like a good read!! Thanks, Sue


  17. http://twitter.com/QLady48/status/7176482694 I tweeted this contest @ Twitter.com/QLady48

  18. Hi Sue~ Thanks for tweeting the contest. That was nice of you. I'm for anything that gives people more time to read.

  19. to listen and pick after themselves loll
    congrats on teh book and great reviews

    kim h

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  21. Hi Robin,

    Great interview and I really want to read this series since I've heard of them!

    I would love a man who would cook for me since I hate cooking!

    I posted about your giveaway here: http://razloversbookblog2.blogspot.com/2009/12/robin-kaye-breakfast-in-bed-giveaway.html

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  22. Great interview! I'd like to train a man to really listen :)

  23. would love a man to cook for me....especially after a long day at work.




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