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Saturday, May 30, 2009


In The Food Temptress, Ambrosia serves up several southern dishes. They include cheese grits, red beans and rice, jambalaya, hot sausage po-boy sandwich, dirty rice, fried chicken, peach cobbler, pound cake, pineapple upside-down cake, bread pudding, gumbo, collard greens, catfish, smothered chicken, amberjack fish, and a Hurricane drink. The novel consists of the recipes so that you can try them at home.

What is your favorite recipe? Submit it to The Food Temptress Recipe Contest, see details on the blog.

Monday, May 25, 2009


The African American Literary Award Show will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009, in New York City. The nomination process started on Monday, May 18, 2009 and closes on Monday, June 30, 2009. Please nominate Rekaya Gibson, Author of The Food Temptress for the Fiction Category; Breakout Author of the Year Category; and the Short Stories Category by sending your selection via email to Please include my email address, Thank you for your support!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Out of curiosity, I did a search for “temptress” the other day. Here is what I found. According to Wiktionary, it means an alluring woman who seduces or exploits men; and a woman considered sexually attractive by men. Merriam-Webster (online) describes it as a woman who tempts or entices. Now, The Free Dictionary explains it as a woman who is considered dangerously seductive. The most interesting definition came from my word processor's dictionary. “Temptress” means an offensive term for a woman that deliberately insults her sexuality and public behavior. Wow...glossaries are getting sophisticated and opinionated!

How do you define “temptress”?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


There are many ways to capture the one you've been looking for. But the old saying goes "The way to ones heart is through their stomachs." I myself am a firm believer of the saying. For years, I've cooking for dates and each date has been exciting, fun and entertaining. So today, I'm going to give you a 13 reasons why you should cook for a date.

1.This is a good way to get to know your date better.
2. It's a great way to invite someone over for a date.
3. You can be more intimate in a private setting
4. You can be yourself in your own environment without being nervous about what to eat.
5. Gives you a chance to plan future dates if all is good.
6. You can show off your cooking skills and charm the pants right off of him/her.
7. Gives them a chance to come back for more of your home cooked meals.
8. You can show your date you got more going for you than just your good looks.
9. You can be creative and create the perfect evening with a movie, some good music and great food.
10. Gives you a chance to express your feelings through the meal that you prepared.
11. Timing is everything…So cooking slow will give you plenty of time to talk.
12. Cooking for a date can be fun and exciting.
13. You save a lot more money dining in…then dining out!

Michelle Cunningham, 41, an aspiring writer and entrepreneur, is following the age-old cliché- 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach' literally. Standing on busy street corners, holding a cardboard sign that's seen better days and covered with autographs, with a big smile and gregarious attitude, she brings grins, waves and double-takes from all who see her…but does it work? A man will see her, stop, and ask her if she's serious. If there is any mutual attraction, and they agree to a dinner date, she prefers to chat on the telephone for a week, and if that goes well, she will then meet her hungry suitor at a supermarket, where they pick out all the groceries needed for his favorite meal. He forks out the cash, then they go off to her place where she'll whip up anything from genuine soul food to her award winning lasagna.

To learn more about Michelle, visit

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Sunday, May 17, 2009


The African American on The Move Book Club 2009 Virtual Spring Book Tour came to an end on May 15, 2009. The Food Temptress travelled the virtual highway for 60 days, stopping by some fabulous locations and meeting several people. It exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait to go on tour in the near future.

I appreciate all those who supported me during my excursion. I look forward to you joining me again soon. Thank you!


Thursday, May 14, 2009


13 Reasons to Read The Food Temptress

13 – It is entertaining.

12 – It has a mix of Like Water for Chocolate and Chocolat with a dab of Sex in the City.

11 – It highlights the power of food.

10 – 16 men to choose from – a girl needs options.

9 – 16 southern dishes keep your mouth salivating.

8 – Get a snapshot of New Orleans prior to Katrina.

7 - Someone dies.

6 – For all the rebels out there, it breaks some writing rules deliberately. Shhh, please do not tell.

5 – It is a quick read.

4 – Men are seduced by food.

3 – Recipes are embedded in each short story - two books in one.

2 – Men are converted into the perfect mates. How nice is that?

1 – It promises to read better than Sarah Palin's memoir.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Several weeks ago, I asked that question. Below are the results to the poll. Thank you for participating!

71% Yes
28% No

Are you surprised by the outcome?

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Today is National Train Day! In The Food Temptress, Ambrosia travels to/from Atlanta via train. I could not resist talking about it in my book. I love trains. Why?

10 Reasons Why I Love Trains

1 – I meet interesting people.
2 – I have plenty of time to think.
3 – I can enjoy a full scenic view from the observation car.
4 – The picturesque views
5 – The dining car serves decent food.
6 – The sleeper cars are cozy.
7 – I appreciate the no hassle train boarding.
8 – I do not have to pay extra because of my weight.
9 – It saves on fuel.
10 – I see and hear some fascinating things.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Xpress Yourself Publishing Company released its Top 10 Bestsellers on May 1, 2009. The Food Temptress is ranked eighth. Push it to number one by purchasing your copy on Amazon or today! Thank you for your support!


1. The Hive by Chris Berman
2. Reflections of a Quiet Storm by Patricia A. Bridewell
3. The Reunion by John R. Williams
4. Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles
5. An Extra Ordinary Affair by Baba Evans Moore
6. by S.B. Redd
7. When Love Comes Around by Victoria Wells
8. The Food Temptress by Rekaya Gibson
9. A Special Summer by Victoria Wells
10. Who Said It's As Easy To Be Rich As It Is To Be Poor? by LaVerne Y. Adekunle

Sunday, May 3, 2009



On May 5th, The Food Temptress will be showcased at Sable Lit. Review on the 2009 AAMBC Spring Virtual Book Tour. The Sable Lit Review is a place where multicultural literature in every genre can get the attention it deserves. Visit me at the link below. I look forward to you joining me. Thank you!

Sable Lit. Reviews Showcase
Tuesday, May 5, 2009