A glass of Malbec with Tule author Kelly Cain

It’s such a pleasure to have Kelly Cain on my blog today. We’ll be drinking Malbec, her favourite wine and talking about her latest Tule Publishing release, An acquired taste. But before we do that, let’s find out more about Kelly!


A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/type/cultivar)

Wine. Fav is cab sauv but I discovered an allergy so now I usually go with malbec.

  • Read or jog?

Read over most anything.

  • Cats or dogs?


  • Heels or flats?


  • Boxers or briefs? 

Boxer briefs 😊

  • Milk, dark or white chocolate


  • Sweet or savoury


  • Sea or mountains


B. Five likes and five dislikes


Spending time with family

Researching ancestors (genealogy)

Tarot and crystals (I’m a total amateur though)

Writing outside



Being cold AND wet

Packed days with no down time

Upgrading to a new phone/computer

Social media (because it’s a time suck and I have no self-control)

Unplanned phone calls

C. Three things on your bucket list

Seeing my books turned into movies/TV shows.

Right before the pandemic, I visited Amsterdam and the Amalfi coast. In Amsterdam, I stayed a few miles from where my great-grandmother grew up. Less than 50 miles from my great-grandfather’s birthplace. It was pretty neat and I’d love to take my adult daughters.

Retire from my day job and write full time.

D. What triggered this specific story?

Well, it was actually an idea from one of my book besties, Amanda Linsmeier. We have a group chat and one day she posted: “I said it before lol. I want you to do a cooking reality tv competition enemies to lovers, competitors who fall in love. Lots of food… and sex. And snark.”

I gave the couple a backstory of attending culinary school together where they first fostered their disdain for each other, but Amanda’s message pretty much sums up An Acquired Taste.  

Blurb: May the best chef win…

After four years at the country’s top culinary school and several years as head chef in her mother’s restaurant, Rowan Townsend has built a notable reputation. Her farm-to-table collard greens have long been bringing everyone to the yard, but limits on the restaurant’s size have led to long waits. Looking to expand the restaurant, she enters a televised chef competition. The problem? Her infuriatingly-talented nemesis from culinary school also enters.

To the culinary world, Knox Everheart is restaurant royalty. As much as Rowan wants to deny it, he’s a gifted chef. Rowan knows her arrogant arch-nemesis is confident he’ll win—he’s certainly given her a run for her money more times than she’d like to admit. But this time, she’s ready to show him who’s boss.

Their rivalry soon sparks fireworks in the kitchen and, as the competition heats up, so does Rowan’s attraction to Knox. And somewhere between pasta and gumbo, they both need to decide what’s worth fighting for.

Social media links: linktr.ee/KellyCainAuthor

Buy links: Books2Read.com/AnAcquiredTaste

Thanks for having tea with me, Kelly – I hope this one flies!

A glass of Malbec with Tule author Kelly Cain
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