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Friday, January 30, 2015

Guest Post: Meet Carmen Delgado of Shannyn Shcroeder's "Just a Taste" / @TastyBookTours @SSchroeder_

I'm very pleased to have Shannyn Schroeder with me today. She's here to talk about Carmen Delgado, the heroine of her latest novel Just a Taste.

Thanks, Miriam!

Carmen Delgado is a Mexican-American woman who has just lost her dad. Her mom died a few years ago, so for the first time in her life, she’s alone. She’s also a bit lost because she’s spent the last few years taking caring of her parents. She finished college and her mom got sick, so she never had much of a chance to live her own life. After her mom passed, she continued to stay at home to care for her dad and help him run his food truck—at least the business end of the truck.

Carmen doesn’t have a good relationship with food. She was overweight until she went away to college and has worked diligently to keep the weight off. For her, that means staying away from anything she might actually enjoy. Food is nothing more than sustenance for her body.

After her dad dies, Carmen has no idea what to do with her life. Liam O’Leary, a guy she barely knew as a teenager, comes back into her life as part owner of the food truck. She finds herself having to work with him to teach him everything, while he teaches her it’s okay to love food.

She has a hard time with Liam’s attraction to her. She’s relatively inexperienced with men and when she and Liam start a relationship, he shows her how much more she has to learn.

In addition to building a relationship with Liam, Carmen struggles to fit in with the O’Learys. While most of Liam’s siblings treat her with open arms, Liam’s youngest sister, Maggie, and his mother both show evidence of not liking her because she’s not white.

She falls hard for Liam, but soon realizes that she hasn’t moved on with her life. She’s still living in her parents’ home, running her parents’ business, taking care of other people. She needs to figure out what she wants, and how or if Liam fits into that picture.

I loved writing Carmen because I think most women can relate to her insecurities. She worries about how she looks naked and what to do once her clothes are gone. She doesn’t dwell on how much she weighs and acknowledges that she doesn’t have a good relationship with food. She carries regret that her poor relationship with food had a negative impact on other relationships in her life. She spends so much time caring for others that she often forgets to take care of herself.

As much as this is a story about two people falling in love while working on a food truck, it’s also about Carmen’s growth as a woman. I think her journey is very relatable.


Thank you, Shannyn, for stopping by and sharing more about Carmen. I wish you lots of sales with this one!

Readers, keep reading if you want to know more about Liam, Carmen, their food truck, and the hurdles they overcome.

Title: The O'Leary's #5: Just a Taste
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, Romance

Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…

Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…

A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?

Other books in this series

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.