Author Interview & Giveaway: Tara Sivec Talks Troubles and Treats

Today we are super excited to have Tara Sivec with us, author of the crazy hilarious Chocolate Lovers series—including the latest and last (sad face), Troubles and Treats! A book that will change how you look at Tupperware, honey, and Skittles. And make you worry about peeping ghosts watching you while in the bedroom...

Oh, and you could win an autographed copy of Troubles and Treats!

Don’t forget to check out our review of this fabulously funny book!

Now, let’s give Miz Sivec a round of cyber applause and a warm welcome and get this interview started!

Congratulations on your success! Seduction and Snacks became popular pretty quick. Where did you get your inspiration to write this story?

Thank you! A lot of the events/conversations in the series are taken from real life. Sad, but true!Troubles and Treats Cover

Trouble and Treats is your most recent release and the third book in the Chocolate Lovers series. Tell us a little about it.

This is Drew and Jenny’s book. The crazy, sex-aholic couple you’ve known in the previous two books are having a bit of trouble in the bedroom. You’ll get a look into their early relationship, learn about a lot more disturbing things they’ve done naked together and of course, the rest of the gang is there to help them.

We love the snarky humor in your books. Does the humor come naturally to you?

Um, duh? Ha! My middle name should have been Snarky. I’m not kidding. I can find humor in anything and everything and have no shame in saying it loud and proud. I’m fun to be with in public, FYI.

There are many John Hughes references throughout the series. What is your favorite Hughes film? Favorite movie quote?

Gaaaah, do I have to pick just one?! I think I’m going with “Pretty in Pink”. And the quote I say all the time, for no particular reason, came from the character Duckie: “Blane?! His name is Blane?! That’s a major appliance, not a name!”

What are the five most daring, amazing, interesting things you’ve ever done?

OMG nothing! And I’m totally serious! I’m a wuss. I’m afraid of heights, hate roller coasters and hate to fly. That doesn’t leave me with too many options. Um, I ate sushi once. Does that count? I hated it and spit it out so probably not. I was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when I was 18 for cheerleading. That was kind of cool. But that was a looooooong time ago. Now, it’s amazing and interesting if I change out of my pajamas by 3pm.

What is the most unusual resource you have ever used while writing? That site is a scary place to be when you’ve had a few glasses of wine, everyone in the house is asleep and you learn what the words “blue waffle” means. What has been seen cannot be unseen.

If the Chocolate Lovers series was made into a movie, who would you cast for Carter and Claire? Drew and Jenny?

I LOVE thinking about this! Not that it will ever happen, but a girl can dream!

Carter – Ian Harding from Pretty Little Liars
Claire – Rachel McAdams
Drew – Ashton Kutcher
Jenny – Isla Fisher

We love our sweets at Romantic Book Affairs. Would you please share one of your favorite Christmas dessert recipe?

Cranberry Hootycreeks:

2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries (I just use cranraisins)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Cream butter, then add sugars, eggs and vanilla
Mix in flour mixture, oats, cranberries, chips and nuts.
Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen.


About the Author

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Tara Sivec is a best selling author, wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes to read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

Find Tara Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Many thanks to Tara for stopping by and answering a few of our burning questions!  Although, gotta say, I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not getting her to say ‘vagina’ even once... *wink*


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  1. Tara is awesome! I love her books!!!

  2. I just love her interviews she is so stinking cute and funny!!!!

  3. I love Tara and her books! I have got to read Troubles & Treats soon :)

  4. I just love Tara! She is a comedic genius!

  5. I love the Chocolate lovers series! Tara is such a hilarious writer!

  6. I can not wait to read this book! I LOVED the other 2 in the series..

  7. I cannot wait to read this one!
    my1lulabug at yahoo dot com

  8. Love these books! The interview is great, thanks for sharing!

  9. I love these books and can't wait to read Troubles and Treats! Thanks for some amazing books Tara!

  10. Replies
    1. Completely agree! I don't think a day has gone by since T&T that I haven't thought about peeping ghosts... :P

  11. LOL. What a fun interview. Can't wait!

    1. Thanks Marsha! I just love that funny lady! :)

  12. I know she warned me but i really wanna know what a blue waffle is....maybe i will make my bf look it up lol. Thanks for the stinking awesome!!!!

    1. I'm not brave enough to Google it either! LOL

  13. Tara is hilarious. I hope I win!!!!

  14. I am looking forward to starting this series. I have the first book and have been saving it for when I am in the mood to pee my pants... from laughing of course!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. love this author thank you for the giveaway
    Amy J

  16. i haven't read them yet but i hear it's hilarious! can't wait!


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