EM Lynley and Shira Anthony share their guilty pleasures

LightingTheWayHomeWelcome, EM and Shira who have a new book release: Lighting the Way Home.

A Delectable NovelWorld-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.

For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.

Buy link: Lighting the Way Home–a world-class chef discovers love closer to home. From Dreamspinner Press

Sounds like a great read! Now onward, as EM and Shira reveals their guilty indulgences!

What is:

Your guilty indulgence?

SHIRA: Yaoi anime and manga!  For those of you not familiar with yaoi, it’s Japanese anime and manga written mostly for women about gay men.  Most of it is entirely unrealistic, but there are a few series that are wonderful (adorable and/or sexy) and worth reading/watching.  My personal favorite, Ayano Yamane’s high fantasy series, “The Crimson Spell,” about a prince who is trying to break a spell that turns him into a demon at times.  The go-to guy?  A very hot sorcerer.

EM: I’m addicted to cookbooks. I probably have 300 of them. I love reading them, even if I don’t end up cooking anything from the book. Of course it means when I do cook I can’t decide what to make! I especially enjoy those from exotic cuisines, and from places I’ve visited around the world. It’s probably not a surprise to any of my readers. I always have scenes with food in them, even before I started the Delectable series!

Your guilty TV pleasure?

SHIRA: I have to be honest here and say that I almost never watch TV anymore!  But my last guilty pleasure was re-watching the remake of “Battlestar Galactica” with my 16 year old son.  It’s so cool when you realize your geek genes haven’t skipped a generation!

EM: I don’t have much time for TV but Netflix Instant Watch gives me too much access to whole seasons of shows. I was home sick for a few weeks during the spring and I got hooked on Pretty Little Liars. It’s so over the top and no high-school girls dress like that—except maybe on Gossip Girl—but it’s such fun and now I can’t wait till the next season starts….

Your food addiction?

SHIRA: I’ll eat just about anything—the more exotic the better.  My addiction, though?  Sushi.  I think I could eat just sushi for every meal of every day and never get tired of it.

EM: I go through phases. Right now one of my favorite things is Greek yogurt. I’ll also try just about anything that has coconut or watermelon in it. I even have watermelon vodka and of course, coconut rum! I’ve never tried mixing them.

Your go-to piece of clothing for seduction?

SHIRA: I have this amazing shirt I ordered from the Pyramid Collection that buttons at the bust, but not below (reveals a little tummy).  It laces up the sides and the sleeves.  I wear it for a night out on the town, and I’ve also worn it to conventions like GayRomLit and Yaoicon.

EM: I have these wonderful black high-heeled boots that lace up. I only wear them at home since they aren’t very comfortable to walk in!

Your beauty addiction?

EM: Like one of my characters, Trent Copeland, I love body wash. I hadn’t realized how much until I wrote him and realized that aspect of his personality was actually me! I also adore scented lotions. Nowadays some offices don’t allow scented beauty items, so I don’t get to wear them all the time.

SHIRA: I’m addicted to anything scented for the bath/shower — soap, shampoo, body wash — you name it!  My favorite scent?  Patchouli.  Adore it.

Hidden in the closet?

SHIRA: I have this really cool hat I bought when I used to sing opera.  It cost a fortune and I found it at a department store in Cologne, Germany.  I wore it everywhere when I traveled and did auditions in Europe.  Now it sits unused in a purple hat box and nobody knows what’s inside.  I really need to take that hat out and wear it again….

EM: I have a gorgeous Japanese wedding kimono I got when I lived in Japan. It’s white silk brocade and the most beautiful thing I own. I wore it once for Halloween but it has a long train and it’s not very practical. In a Japanese wedding the bride pretty much just stands on a stage and then poses for photos, so it doesn’t have to be easy to walk in.

Thank you EM and Shira for sharing with us. Your book sounds like a great read! Here’s an excerpt:


They’d broken into the community pool at midnight, drunk on a bottle of sweet kosher wine Josh had stolen from his parents’ restaurant. They hadn’t planned on the break-in, and once they’d climbed over the fence, they didn’t know how to celebrate their daring feat.

“Jump off the high dive!” Josh had suggested. Micah was strong swimmer and a good diver.

“No. You jump.”

“I suck at diving. No way I’ll go off the top one.”

“I’ll do it if you do.”

“Okay.” That sounded good to Josh. Everything seemed easier with Micah at his side.

They headed for the iron ladder to the top level before Micah stopped dead in his tracks. “Shit. No swimsuits.” Micah started laughing uncontrollably at this point. He couldn’t hold his Manischewitz the way Josh could.

“Who needs ’em?” Josh slipped out of his shirt and pants before his brain caught up. He stood there in his white briefs, waiting. When Micah shimmied out of his own clothes, Josh thought he’d died and gone to heaven. He tried not to stare at his friend’s near-naked body, illuminated by the strong light of the full moon. They’d changed in front of each other for years, in locker rooms, but it was the first time he’d been alone, kind of tipsy, and this close to a much more manly, grown-up Micah. Josh’s pulse raced.


Lighting the Way Home is Book 2 in the Delectable series from Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner Sales link: http://bit.ly/dsp-ltwh1
Amazon link: http://bit.ly/amz-ltwh1
EM Lynley’s website: http://www.emlynley.com
Shira Anthony’s website: http://www.shiraanthony.com

Good luck and happy sales, ladies!

Viki Lyn 

4 Responses to EM Lynley and Shira Anthony share their guilty pleasures

  • Juliana says:

    Thanks for your post! One of my indulgences is nail polish, I just love a beautiful color on my nails! 😉 And of course more books than I feel comfortable counting!

  • Linda says:

    Thanks for letting us get to know you both some more. And what foodies you are.

    I can’t wait to read this book

  • Viki Lyn says:

    Thank you Shira and EM for answering my guilty questions! I’m also a yaoi closet queen and have over 300 stuffed in my shelves. Favorites: Embracing Love, Borders, Kizuna, In the Walnut, Close the Last Door and all the series, and so many I can’t name them all! Em, I’m going to Japan in May – mostly Tokyo and Kyoto so I’d love to hear your must-see list! I hope you have wonderful sales. Your books sounds delicious! 🙂 Viki

    • Shira says:

      Love “Embracing Love!” Manga was so much better than the anime (aren’t they all??). “Close the Last Door” was great, too (or is great, since it’s ongoing, isn’t it?). Definitely a guilty pleasure, isn’t it?

      Thanks for hosting us today, Viki! I’m so jealous you’re going to Japan. -Shira

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