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ORANGE - Penguin Books

A Dash of Salt and Pepper
By (author): Kosoko Jackson
Kosoko Jackson





Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General / adult
Dec 06, 2022
$23.00 CAD


7.95in x 5.1 x 1.04 in | 0.64 lb

Page Count:

384 pages
FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Sometimes two cooks in the kitchen are better than one in this swoony romantic comedy from the author of I’m So (Not) Over You.

Xavier Gorman is doing less than stellar. He just got dumped, was passed over for a prestigious fellowship, and to top it all off he’s right back home in Harpers Cove, Maine (population: 9,000). The last thing he wants to do is to work as a sous-chef in the kitchen of the hip new restaurant in town, The Wharf. Especially since the hot, single-father chef who owns it can’t delegate to save his life.

Logan O’Hare doesn’t understand Xavier or why every word out of his mouth is dipped in sarcasm. Unfortunately, he has no choice but to hire him—he needs more help in the kitchen and his tween daughter, Anne, can only mince so many onions. It might be a recipe for disaster, but Logan doesn’t have many options besides Xavier.

Stuck between a stove and a hot place, Logan and Xavier discover an unexpected connection. But when the heat between them threatens to top the Scoville scale, they’ll have to decide if they can make their relationship work or if life has seasoned them too differently.

Story Locale: Maine

QUEER ROMANTIC COMEDY Kosoko Jackson has written another laugh-out-loud authentic rom-com about a Black man falling in love, following the author’s adult debut, I’m So (Not) Over You

DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS: The romance is between a Black man and a bisexual white man

TROPES GALORE: There’s something for everybody−enemies to lovers, older single dad, and workplace romance

READERS ARE HUNGRY FOR FOODIE ROM-COMS, and we expect this title to be eagerly devoured

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR with a growing social media following—he’s verified on Twitter with 8.6k followers

Kosoko Jackson is a digital-media specialist, who lives in the New York Metro Area and spends too much time listening to Halsey and Taylor Swift.

Author Residence: Jersey City, NJ

Marketing: Pre-publication trade advertising

Online advertising

ARC distribution and giveaways

Pre-publication consumer outreach

Social media campaign

Influencer outreach

Consumer sweepstakes

Library marketing campaign

E-mail marketing campaign

Feature on PRH.com

Publicity: Launch event in Jersey City, NJ

National print publicity

National podcast interview campaign

Online publicity campaign

Blog campaign

Author Website: kosokojackson.com

Author Social Media: Twitter/Instagram: @KosokoJackson

“A Dash of Salt and Pepper serves up a fresh update on the small-town romance with a heaping side of swoon. Hilarious, nuanced and with dazzling voice, Kosoko Jackson’s writing leaves us eager for extra helpings.”—Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft

“Kosoko Jackson cooks up a saucy, sweet, sexy small town romance that made me laugh and swoon in equal measure. Not to be missed.”—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Not Your Average Hot Guy

A Dash of Salt and Pepper is laugh-out-loud hilarious, bursting with charm and heavy on swoons. Kosoko Jackson vividly captures the quirks of a small coastal town as Xavier and Logan cook their way to the sweetest of happily ever afters. Well-stocked with lovable side characters, I smiled at every single page.”—Bridget Morrissey, author of A Thousand Miles

“Sizzling, hilarious, and oh-so-satisfying! A Dash of Salt and Pepper has all the best romance ingredients: a charming small-town setting, a savvy and relatable hero on the precipice of change, and a sexy, gruff love interest who’s good with his hands (and not just in the kitchen). Kosoko Jackson writes delectable rom-coms you can’t help but savor.”—Timothy Janovsky, author of Never Been Kissed

“A wonderful small-town romance with a vibrant voice. You’ll love spending time with Xavier and Logan in Harper’s Cove.”—Jackie Lau, author of Donut Fall in Love

“Jackson’s sexy grumpy/sunshine romantic comedy will grab readers from the first page. Highly recommended for all collections.”—Library Journal

“Sparks fly in and out of the kitchen in this age-gap contemporary romance.”—Kirkus Reviews

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