July 19th Week In Review – Books and Bologna

YES, JOSEPH’S FRIED BOLOGNA IS REAL!

Eat BolognaYesterday a reader in Oklahoma reported being stopped in a store and questioned where she got the Joseph’s Fine Foods shirt she was wearing. The women said to her, “Do you know that’s mentioned in a romance novel?”

My reader said, “You don’t say? And I’m sure the author Cat Johnson and the owners of Joseph’s will be very happy you recognized the name.” Which is when the reader exclaimed, “It’s real? We thought it was a fictional restaurant.”

After a good laugh, my reader explained it was very real, and just down the road. She gave them directions, told them to try the bologna sandwich and if they were lucky, there might be some cool swag there too. The women explained they were from Enid, OK and were here in the Stillwater/Drumright area for the night. They had just read my ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY, and loved it, and had every intention of hitting up Joseph’s today before they leave for home.

How freaking cool is that?!? The power of the promo ‘ho is strange. And this truth is stranger than fiction moment wins as my OMG Moment of the Week. On to the next…

Alpha Bad Boy Bundle

Running a close second to highlight number one above is this… This week marked the official release of our ALPHA BAD BOYS bundle and I’m thrilled to announce it hit #1 at All Romance site wide, and though ranks change hourly, I’ve seen it at #5 at Barnes & Noble and #12 at Amazon, both site wide. Very cool!

The price is about to go up so if you want this bundle filled with 7 full stories from 7 authors for the 99 cent intro price, get it now. I’m truly not being coy by not telling you when the price will go up. It is because I’m not exactly sure. Coordinating 7 authors has been a monumental undertaking and I’ve heard everything from Saturday (as in tomorrow) to next Monday for the price hike and I don’t want anyone angry at me if I promise one date and it turns out to be another. All I can tell you is if you want it, get it now.

Amazon for Kindle

Barnes and Noble for Nook

Smashwords (Multiple formats)

All Romance eBooks (Multiple formats)

Kobo

What will next week bring? God only knows, but I can’t wait to find out!!

Cat

The infamous fried bologna scene…

What happens when you take one grill ninja, add one inspired romance author…

and mix with a BBQ smoked bologna sandwich?

You get…

I remember it this way… I had just started writing my 83,000 word contemporary western romance, my first for Kensington Publishing, my first of that daunting length, so of course, I was wasting time networking on Twitter. I’d noticed that one of my new followers had a URL for a restaurant located in Drumright, OK in their Twitter profile bio. So I cruised on over to the website to check it out. My reason being, the book I was working on was set in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I thought it might be fun to have the characters drive to an actual existing establishment for a date. And, the New Yorker in me also needed an example of Oklahoma menu fare, to add realism.

Little did I know what would happen next. I checked out the menu at Joseph’s Fine Foods, and made a comment on Twitter that I wasn’t sure even I could make their signature smoked fried bologna sandwich sexy, even if it was “hickory smoked and deep fried and served topped with cheddar cheese”. That began an exchange between me, my readers, and the owners of Joseph’s regarding bologna, which eventually resulted in a challenge. Could I write a sexy scene based on Joseph’s fried bologna sandwich? Never one to back down from a challenge, I accepted. I wrote the scene that very day, and it’s in ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY (OKLAHOMA NIGHTS, BOOK 1),  released, with much fanfare, on February 26, 2013 in both eBook and trade paperback by Kensington Brava.

Do you have to wait to read this infamous bologna-inspired scene? No, you don’t! I’ve posted the restaurant scene here on the BLOG

Enjoy!

Cat