FRIDAY FEAST with Karly Lane

Happy Friday and greetings from sunny Brisbane! Once again I’ve ventured north, this time for all the fabulousness that is GenreCon. A weekend of non-stop chatter, laughter and learning is about to ensue and I can’t wait!Karly Lane, Australian Author

Just as I can’t wait to introduce today’s Friday Feast guest, Australian author Karly Lane. Karly has been on my auto-buy list since I devoured her debut novel North Star in record time. I loved it so much that I shot off a gushy fan-girl email the moment I finished, telling Karly how much I loved it and looked forward to the next. Karly’s next two reads, Morgan’s Law and Bridie’s Choice were as un-put-downable as North Star and now she has a new one out, excitingly titled Burnt. Sexy title, gorgeous cover and a completely hooking blurb. You’ll want this book!

 

BURNT

 

Cover of Burnt by Karly LaneSeb Taylor and Rebecca Whiteman were high school sweethearts dreaming of a future together when one terrible night forever changed their destiny.

18 years later, Rebecca has brought her children back to the town she left behind, to start a new life.

Seb, an elite SAS soldier has returned home injured, angry and grieving to face a town that hasn’t forgotten and a father who has never understood him. 

With a failed marriage behind her, two children to support and a heavy breather who won’t stop calling her; the last thing she needed was for her first love to make a sudden reappearance in her life.

From bestselling author of Morgan’s Law and Bridie’s Choice comes a story of love, forgiveness and bravery that will touch your heart.

 

I bet Burnt will touch your heart. You can own a copy right now with just a few clicks. For a paperback copy, try Amazon, where you can also buy the ebook for your Kindle. Other ebook resellers include Barnes and Noble for Nook and iTunes. Instant reading fun!

Now please welcome our globetrotting guest, Karly Lane…

 

So two Australians walk into a bar in Louisiana…

 

The last few weeks for me have been a whirlwind of travelling and experiencing new things—food being one of the best. On a previous visit to America I’d discovered that there were quite a few differences between Australian and US food. McDonalds, for example…now you’d think that an international conglomerate like Macca’s would have a standard menu and be the same whether you were in Aus or the US. They don’t.

You think you’d be pretty safe ordering a coke? You’re not.

‘What KIND of coke would you like?’

Ok, so maybe I’ll just have lemonade. ‘I’ll have lemonade, thanks’.

(Much to my delight, their lemonade is ACTUAL lemonade! Like REAL lemon, lemonade!)  The equivalent of what we call lemonade is Mountain dew ( in case you were wondering.)

Okay, so food…well, let me tell you, when we stopped in New Orleans (Neworlands) with friends, we had the BEST food. We were taken on a gastronomical delight of new food and flavours that we’ve decided we must try and recreate for our family back home.

First stop, we were taken to the French Quarter of New Orleans to experience the Majesty that is a Beignet (French donut). Oh-Em-Geeeeee! This delicious contraption is amazing!

Photo of delicious beignets from New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffeeseafood gumboAt lunch time and we were introduced to such delights as Crawfish Etouffee and Seafood Gumbo in quaint little restaurants that you can find scattered alongside the bayous all over Louisiana.

Sully's restaurantOur host ordered Frogs Legs, which actually were more the size of chicken drum sticks and I was VERY happy not to have seen one of these ginormous frogs on our travels!

frogs legs

Our hosts entertained us with a family meal which consisted of Chicken Gumbo, Boudin (Cajun sausage with pork and rice), Jambalaya and for desert a King cake, which is kind of like a big donut filled with custard-type stuff, and comes with Mardi Gras beads and a plastic baby that gets thrown in and whoever finds it… nope, you aren’t supposed to get pregnant, you’re supposed to host the next party! How cool is that!

king cake

They’re also big on their cocktails. Some, like the Grenade, I decided not to try. However we did have a Hurricane. But my favourite drink of choice was a Margarita…a frozen Margarita.

Frozen margarita

Needless to say we gained a few pounds in the few short days we spent in and around the New Orleans area!

 

Karly, what a ball you must have had! Discovering new tasty delights is one of the best things about travel and you sure did some tasting. Everyone I know who’s been to New Orleans has loved it and I think I’ve just raised it a notch on my bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing some of your trip with us, that was great fun.

So my footloose and fancy-free Feasters, what location ranks highest on your bucket list? Do you long for the rarefied air of Machu Picchu? Perhaps a stroll down a Parisian boulevard or adventure rafting in some far-flung location is more your thing? Me, I really, really want to go to Greece. Think of all that ancient history and fantastic food!

So for where does your heart hanker? Curious minds wish to know.

Speaking of hankering (oh, I am the segue QUEEN!), keep your eye out for Karly’s December release Poppy’s Dilemma which is a book very close to Karly’s heart and one I cannot wait to read. In the meantime, sink your teeth into Burnt!

If you’d like to learn more about Karly and her books please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter.

0 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Karly Lane

  1. Avatarchristinestinson

    Really enjoyable post, Cathryn and Karly. What a time you had in New Orleans, Karly! Like you, I expected there to be uniformity in things like drinks and hamburgers in the US: ordering a cheeseburger for my other half in a café in the took forever while the girl went through the list of available cheeses, then sauces, then pickles. Needless to say, I ordered mine without cheese, sauce or pickles, to save time. All the sauces were on the tables anyway… Cathryn, Greece is on my list, too, so much so that we’re going next May. Can’t wait.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Oh, Christine, I am so jealous! What a wonderful time you’ll have. I’ll have to organise a brain-pick on your return to get all the good info.

      More nagging is required in the Hein house!

  2. AvatarKarly Lane

    I know! It’s very hard to get used to but you do tend to figure it out and just stick to the same thing after that!

  3. AvatarJoan Kilby

    Karly, your trip sounds just wonderful. And Burnt looks really intriguing.
    I fondly remember beignets when I was in NO way back in 2000 for the RWA conference. Yum! Also loved the crab cakes (drool) but a mint julep turned out to be a big disappointment. Way too sweet for my taste.

    Where do I long to go? I’d have to say the middle east because I love the food but it’s not going to happen with all the unrest there at the moment. Till then I’ll just have to drool over Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe books….

    Cathryn, thanks for another fab Friday feast!

    1. AvatarKarly Lane

      The Middle East sounds interesting!
      I loved setting Burnt in my home town, so it’s pretty special to me.
      🙂

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Another Ottolenghi fan! He’s massively popular at the moment, isn’t he, Joan? I can see I’m going to have to give Jerusalem another peruse.

        Love middle eastern food, and I think it’d be a fascinating place to visit, especially places like Damascus. All that history! Sadly, not the time right now for holidaying there.

        Oh, Barry Vera’s book of his television cooking/travel series Feast Bazaar is a fab one if you’re after more middle eastern recipes. Speaking of which, I might make his chicken salad this week. Perfect weather for it.

  4. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hi Cathryn and Karly. Just back from the US myself, Karly, and so good not to get a hundred questions when all you want is a meal. And the size of the meals!! Our next trip (2014) is Europe and we are already hanging out for the micro-cooking in San Sebastian in Spain. Ole!

    1. AvatarKarly Lane

      How exciting about your next trip! I think it’ll be a while until our next one! Nan and pop need a long break from babysitting and I’m not sure I can be brave enough to leave the kids again.

  5. AvatarPaula Beavan

    I’ve only had one trip out of Aus and it was to the Solomon Islands, the food was -uh, not the main attraction- LOL but it was great. I want to go to France and Italy for the food, might have a look around too, if I get there.

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        I hope you both make it to France and Italy. The food is FANTASTIC!!!! Actually, everything is fantastic….except maybe the dog poo. That’s not so pleasant but you kinda get used to it.

        Thanks for dropping by, Paula.

  6. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Love the post, guys, and I’m another Karly Lane Fan. Looking forward to Burnt. I’m still waiting fro RWAmerica to have another conference in New Orleans ’cause I will be there with bells on. That food sounds amazing. Next place to visit? Um, all of the above, though have a hanker for the standing stones at the top of Scotland on the Orkney’s but not the Haggis. xx Fi

    http://tinyurl.com/mmnx4mr

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Rah! Karly’s books are fabulous, aren’t they, Fiona? Love them.

        Am with you on the haggis! Although I watched a cooking show last week with Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin and they used it in a recipe that looked delicious. I could be tempted!

  7. AvatarJM Bray

    Hi All,

    Great mouth watering reminder! Since I’m from the west coast of US, and still live here, I have to admit…I never think of the US as a foodie place to travel. One benefit we do have is the availability of foods from different cultures. I do love cajun food, thankfully I can get it readily though I’m in California. 🙂

    My fav food, hand’s down is French. We’ve been on several two week+ trips to France and loved every single meal we had. Duck confit or roast lamb probably tops my list.

    Oh, Fiona…We went to Scotland in lat 2011. Don’t fear the haggis! Deeeelish!

    Cheers
    JM

    1. AvatarKarly Lane

      I think anywhere different to your normal, is interesting, including food. It’s all about the experience I guess! 😀

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        That’s so interesting, JM. Australia is the same with how we have a very broad range of cuisine thanks to our migrant heritage, plus bush foods, but I would love to come over and try yours. Especially Mexican. Actually, I’d like to try loads of things but that’s normal for me. When it comes to food my curiosity knows no boundaries!

      1. AvatarJM Bray

        Fi,

        In all honesty…be sure you go to a good restaurant, It is like any food, there are good ones and bad. I had it here: http://www.theladeinn.com and the haggis was like a very rich paté seasoned with Christmas spices.

        Cathryn, In my “humble” opinion. Southern California has the BEST Mexican food north of the border. (in many cases…better than south of it.) Come on over and we’ll go on a culinary tour!

      2. AvatarCathryn Hein

        JM, I am drooling over that pub’s menu! What a great spot and a wonderful looking pub. Thanks for the link. And thanks also for the tip re Southern California. I would love to come over for a culinary tour. We could squeeze in some of those famous wineries too.

        Maybe if I write a blockbuster novel I’ll be invited to writers’ festivals over there and I’ll be able to include it as business. What a life that’d be!

        Have to write that blockbuster novel first, of course. Am a-trying!