Friday, June 13, 2014

The Bride Wore Chocolate Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Shirley Jump to the blog as part of the promotional tour for her adult contemporary romance, The Bride Wore Chocolate. As an enormous chocolate lover myself, I felt immediately drawn to protagonist Candace and have decided her ability to put together gourmet gift baskets would make her my new best friend if she were only real. Shirley was nice enough to answer a few questions for me, so I hope you all enjoy the interview and don't forget to check the bottom of the post for all the details on an epic giveaway!

Main character Candace runs a gourmet gift basket company. To help us get to know her a little bit better, please describe the contents of a basket that would perfectly suit her.

First off, thank you for having me on the blog! I love THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE and am thrilled to share it with readers! For Candace, the perfect gift basket would have all kinds of different chocolates—a few fancy ones with the flowers and designs on top, a few salted caramel chocolates (my new personal favorite), some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (because they are the perfect candy) and some Birthday Cake M&Ms (have you had those? They are AWESOME). Plus maybe a bottle of wine and two glasses—to share with a friend or sexy stranger!

In the gift basket industry, Candace likely comes across some very entertaining messages for the intended recipients. What’s the craziest/funniest gift card message she’s ever included with a basket?

Hmm…that’s a good one! I can share one from my own life—when I turned 16, my mom sent my dad out to get flowers for my birthday. He came back with a dozen roses, and apparently didn’t read the gift card before he chose it. It read: Get Well Soon, The Gang All Misses You. Still one of the funniest cards I’ve ever received!

Let’s say you decide to switch careers and try your hand at planning weddings. What advice would you have for brides who find themselves, as Candace does, a bit out of sorts leading up to the big day?

Call on your friends for advice and hugs, for sure! My best friend Sherri was so great about being there for me in those crazy days before the wedding and she made it all seem like it was all going to be just fine, even when things would go wrong.

Obviously Candace is a huge fan of chocolate (a girl after my own heart!). What is your go-to comfort food when you’re having a bad day?

I LOVE food. And dessert. I mean, I wrote a whole book about chocolate (THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE) and another one about cheese (THE BOSS COURTED TROUBLE). And one about pasta (THE DEVIL SERVED DESIRE). My go-to comfort food is pasta with lots of cheese, followed by some kind of decadent chocolate dessert. So you can kinda see why I wrote those books, LOL. I think it was an excuse to try all those recipes!

Family plays a big role in Candace’s life, with both her mother and grandmother present and accounted for (for better or worse). Who is your all-time favorite fictional motherly or grandmotherly character?

I love Candace’s grandma in THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE. I really love wise and sassy older people who are just there with awesome advice. I created some matchmaking grannies in the Sweetheart Sister series (THE SWEETHEART RULES is out now) and those little old ladies always crack me up. They’re like Grandma Walton—only sassier!

If a sexy suitor like Michael was going to try and get your attention with a small gift or gesture of some kind, what would be the best way for him to make a lasting impression?

I like gifts that show that the guy is paying attention. Anyone can buy a dozen roses and give them to you but the guy who goes out and gets you your favorite candy every Christmas or lines the driveway with balloons to celebrate a milestone—that’s the guy who wins my heart (and in real life he did, so I married him ;-)

If Candace was to beta read your romance novels for you, what piece of advice do you think she’d give you about your leading ladies?

Give them a little chaos to shake them out of their complacent, predictable worlds! Candace is very much a planner, a no-risk-taking, dependable woman who needs chaos to show her when she’s making a horrible mistake. Michael is chaos personified, which is what both draws her to him and terrifies her about choosing the wrong man. Those are the best kind of relationships to explore!

Thanks so much for stopping by Shirley!

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Enter the sinfully delicious universe of New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump's Sweet and Savory Romances with the USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestseller - The Bride Wore Chocolate!

Life couldn't be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she's set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There's just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man's bed. Candace thinks she'll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride.

As the wedding approaches, Candace's life is further complicated by a thrill-seeking grandma and a meddlesome mother whose marriage track record rivals Elizabeth Taylor's. She attempts to drown her sorrows in chocolate, but with a sexy bachelor appearing on her doorstep at every turn - she finds herself wondering if there's enough of the sweet stuff in the world to stop her heart from racing every time he comes near.

*Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside!*

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her new and improved re-released Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon, and her Sweetheart Sisters series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN and continuing in April 2014 with THE SWEETHEART RULES. Visit her website at or read recipes and life adventures at

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We have a fantastic giveaway accompanying this tour! Up for grabs:
  • Two (2) Le Creuset Heart-Shaped Ramekins
  • One (1) Le Creuset Square Covered Casserole
  • $100 Amazon/iTunes/B&NGift Card (your choice) 

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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Don't forget to check out all the stops on this tour for more interviews and giveaways!

 Monday, June 9th - Cassandra M's Place
Tuesday, June 10th - Curling Up with a Good Book
Wednesday, June 11th - Kindle and Me
Thursday, June 12th - Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance
Friday June 13th - Supernatural Snark 

Monday, June 16th - On a Book Bender
Tuesday, June 17th - Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, June 18th - Laina Turner
Thursday, June 19th - Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
Friday June 20th - Daily Mayo

Monday, June 23rd - Smexy Books
Tuesday, June 24th - Stitch Read Cook
Wednesday, June 25th - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Thursday, June 26th - The Book Swarm
Friday June 27th - What's Beyond Forks?


  1. Okay it's one am and I am thinking about what I have in the pantry downstairs that's chocolate. And I think the only think down there is a granola bar with some chocolate chips in it. Man I could go for some Reese's and the millionaire bachelor!!! (glances at husband with sleep apnea machine on and eye mask over his eyes). Yeah, I'll skip the Reese's for the bachelor!!

    You have such a way with interviews! I'm sticking my tongue out at you. Those were great questions and loved the answers! I love fun series like these. Think I'll read this one and dream of a little chaos! Great interview.

    1. LOL! I love your response too :-) Cracked me up about the Reese's!

  2. This books sounds cute and fun. lol - that's funny about her dad getting 'get well' flowers.

  3. Mmm chocolate, I'd wear it, lol. Sounds cute :D

  4. I'm getting married next Saturday, so as much as I LOVE chocolate, I really hope that I don't end up wearing any that day. LOL This sounds like a super cute read though. Thanks for the chance!

    1. Congratulations! I hope your wedding is awesome! :-)

  5. Sounds like a light-hearted and fun read.

  6. The main character is a girl after m heart! Who doesn't love chocolate? :D
    This sounds like a really fun and cute read, Jenny, although if I were to read it, I would have to forget my feelings about cheating because it seems like that happens in this one.
    Thanks for the fun interview, Jenny! :)

  7. this sounds fantastic! Anything involving chocolate, count me in :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm not that big onto romance, but books that have a lot of food in them and include recipes?? Those are much more my kind of books!!

    1. The entire series has recipes in the books. I'm a food lover myself so it seemed only natural to put that in my books :-)

  9. This sounds so adorable! I'm adding to my tbr pile. :) Thanks for the fun interview, Jenny.

  10. Okay, I love the title of this book, how fun is that?
    Great interview, I love that in real life her dad got her flowers and a card without having read the card first, such a man thing to do. :P

    Loved this Jenny!

    Have a fabulous weekend. :)

  11. Thank you all for the warm welcome!

  12. Shirley will be a new author to me and it sounds like her books are right up my alley.

  13. Mmm...chocolate. It'd be love if someone brought me a basket filled with delectable chocolates (yes, I'm easy). Some flowers wouldn't go amiss, either, though they don't have to be roses.

    1. LOL! I'd love a basket of chocolates too :-)

  14. What an awesome giveaway and fun interview. You had me at chocolate... seriously.... That story about Shirley's 16th birthday card was too funny! Loved that!

  15. Okay, you can make me a basket! LOL Peanut Butter Cups! FTW! Oh and I just love the title of the book. Already I can see fun. Btw, the flower's card is such a dad thing. LOL This was a fun post.

  16. I had to go downstairs and grab a peanut butter blossom cookie. I treated myself and ordered them from a local bakery. Mouth-melty goodness. I would love a basket of these and other cookies. Sugar is my go-to crutch.

  17. Can I have one of those baskets too? She sound like a girl after my own heart! Thanks for the interview. :-)

  18. She'd tell me I need to work on dialogue and a point of view. I can come up with a one sentence idea for a book. If I'm lucky I'll remember the idea. Then I've got to write it which seems to be my problem. :)

  19. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE OUT THERE (imo). I could eat them all day long ^_^

    I think my stomach just growled hearing about all those books about foood... I need to go check them out ASAP (in other words, NOW).

    Fantastic interview, Jenny!! I had SO MUCH FUN reading it! All that talk of food has made me hungry though .-.

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  20. This book had me at chocolate LOL—no but seoruisly this one sounds pretty cute!

  21. I read The Sweetheart Rules and really enjoyed it. At the mention of Chocolate, youre my gal, I'm sure this will be great too.Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed THE SWEETHEART RULES!

  22. Thank you for the giveaway, and I am sure this book is doing well! Sounds like almost every woman!

  23. thank you for the giveaway the book sounds really good denise smith

  24. Those are all good picks and I think it’s a great idea. Keeping the cycle going sharing is caring. Good stuff.
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