BIG PICKLE IS LIVE!!!! Thank you to author J.J. Knight for sponsoring today’s newsletter, celebrating her latest standalone release!! That title alone, has me giggling!! But there’s a perfectly GOOD explanation for that title, I promise. *snort* 😛
P.S. Her “Five Fun Facts” are a list of 5 pickle products we don’t want to miss. I AM A PICKLE ADDICT!!! I want extras on my hamburger, I love when they’re included on the side of a deli sammich, I love dill pickle chips… and I could totally go on. PICKLE ME!!! 😀
An enemies-to-lovers, secret boss, gut-splittingly hilarious rom com from USA Today bestselling author JJ Knight
He’s kind of a big dill.
They call me Big Pickle.
It’s not what you think.
(Although that’s true too.)
I happen to be the oldest Pickle in the family deli business. And we have the best salami.
Take that one however you like.
But when my father announces the franchise will go to the most profitable of the three brothers, I learn that even though I’m the eldest Pickle, I’m dead last.
I hightail it to Texas to see what’s happened to my restaurant, only to find a sassy little spitfire named Nova Strong in charge.
She’s amazing. She’s sexy. She runs our deli like she owns it.
But despite the way we nearly melt the permafrost in the industrial freezer, I have to control myself. Nova thinks I’m a new employee. She has no idea I’m only there to spy.
Or that I’m her boss.
As I get to the bottom of why my franchise is failing, I desperately need to know one thing:
Is Nova Strong everything wrong with my deli, or everything right for me?
Big Pickle is a full-length, 300-page standalone romantic comedy full of pickle jokes, giggle-worthy references to male anatomy, and more salty language than a jar of baby dills.
Now… The five craziest pickle products you don’t want to miss!
This sounds like a match made in heaven! Salty tangy popcorn with a hint of pickle!
Pickle Cotton Candy
Like a little sour with your sweet? Then this air-spun sugar concoction is the perfect treat for you!
Pickle Lip Balm
Pucker up! This tasty lip balm is the equivalent of kissing a kosher dill. Just make sure your date is a pickle lover, too.
Dill Pickle Flavored Sprinkles
They’re called Flinkles, and you can add perfect pickle deliciousness to any dish!
Pickle Air Freshener
Why not let the whole world revel in the tangy tart scent of pickle juice!
Hrmmm… I’d definitely try the lip balm, and that cotton candy has me curious too. The popcorn for me is a SURE THING!! YES PLEASE!!!!!!
And here are two fun excerpts to give you a… “taste-test” 😉
PICKLE SLICE 1: PICKLE BREAD
Nova lifts the bag of flour, revealing a recipe. “You’ll need to chop two kosher dills.”
“Dill pickles in bread?” I ask. Gross.
“That’s what it says.”
“And people eat it?”
She grins. “I think it’s going to be hugely popular. But it might be the name.”
“It has a name?”
Nova spins around to stare at me. “You never eat at any of the Pickle delis? Specialty breads are part of the chain’s appeal.”
I shrug. It’s true I avoid our own delis. I got sick of it growing up. “There’s lots of restaurants around town.”
She shakes her head. “I think people are going to order this one just to say the name out loud.”
Now she has me curious. “So what’s it called?”
“It’s dill pickles and bread.” She laughs. “What do you think?”
“I think I have no idea.”
She leans in. “It’s called the Dill Dough.”
PICKLE SLICE 2: PICKLE HANDLER
Jason and I are busy prepping pickles when Lamonte wanders through the kitchen. “Look at the two of you stuffing pickles like you were born to do it.”
A hot bolt of mischief flashes through me. “I’ve been meaning to teach him the perfect way to handle a pickle.”
A strangled sound comes from Jason’s throat.
Lamonte pauses with his vat of cheese. “You haven’t taught him how to do it before now?”
“Nope,” I say, “I was waiting until the right moment, when I knew his pickle work was worthy.”
Jason’s shoulders shake slightly. He’s trying to hold it together.
Lamonte surveys the line of pickles on the counter. “His skills look good,” Lamonte says and heads to the fridge.
When he’s gone, I ask Jason, “You ready to show off your pickle stuffing?”
“Are we talking about these?” he asks, waving his plastic-gloved hand at the pile I’ve made. “Or mine?”
I think we both know.
Now for the giveaway:
See the Rafflecopter below (2 $25 gift cards!!), and also, just for the fun of it (not needed to enter the giveaway), comment below and let me know what your favorite condiment is – mine is mustard… and pickles (even together sometimes 😉 ) . And/or tell me your favorite “Foodie romance” book. I love chefs, bakers & restauranteurs and especially comedy romances about them.
JJ Knight is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She’s never met a pickle she didn’t want to eat.
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