Mixing it Up

***WINNER of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy category)***

Chick Lit, Published October 2016
Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

***BRONZE MEDAL WINNER in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards (Chick Lit category)***

***FINALIST in the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards (Romantic Comedy category)***

Praise for MIXING IT UP:

“Banister has written some incredibly clever, likeable, and interesting characters here and I absolutely loved them all. Each one brought something new to the story, another dimension that just added to the depth and direction the plot was going in.
-Readers' Favorite

5 stars to the lovely Tracie Banister for cooking up a perfectly delectable romantic comedy!
-Living Life With Joy

“As usual, Banister's writing is engaging and her characters will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotion--peals of laughter, righteous indignation and a whole lot of swooning. This book does not disappoint!”
-Glynis Astie, author of Gamer Girl

This book was witty, hilarious, and smart which added up to being a highly amusing read. Do not pick this up if you're hungry, I swear the descriptions of the food are droolworthy.

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