Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dish The Pie With Monique & guest...Chicki Brown #AfricanAmericanRomance #AuthorInterviews & Death By Chocolate

Dish The Pie With Monique and Chicki Brown

Please help me to welcome my good friend and author of African American Contemporary Romance, Chicki Brown to Dish The Pie. Chicki and I have known each other for a long time, way before either of us was ever published. I'm thrilled to have Chicki here to share her favourite pie recipe with us, and to tell us a little about her Stafford Brothers series. 

Hello and welcome, Chicki. I want to hear about your series, but let’s hold up for a minute cos you know I have to ask...

Do you like desserts? What is your favourite and would you share the recipe with us?

Chicki: I love dessert more than real food. My favourite is Death By Chocolate (or anything chocolate, for that matter.

Monique: I hear you on the loving dessert more than food. I hear you, I hear you, I hear you. Okay, guys, I know this is why you all really stopped by, so here is the recipe.



Photo: Baby Kato


4 eggs
1⁄2 cup oil
1⁄2 cup water
8 ounces sour cream
1 (18 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
12 ounces milk chocolate chips

Created by Crystal Swan for Dish The Pie With Monique

Beat 4 eggs, water, oil, & sour cream until smooth.
Add the box of cake mix and pudding stirring until smooth.
added chocolate chips, mixing just until blended.
Pour into greased bundt pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
Ice with chocolate icying.

Monique: Chicki, have you ever eaten pie for breakfast? If so, what was it?

Chicki:  I have an annual tradition, the day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas I have sweet potato pie, a cup of tea and a slice of whatever cake is left over for breakfast.

Monique: I’ve never had sweet potato pie, but it sounds divine for breakfast! 

Monique: When was the last time you laughed?

Chicki: A few minutes ago while I watched a music mashup of President Obama “singing” Drake’s Hotline Bling. Hilarious! I love to laugh, because as the Bible says, “A merry heart does good like medicine.”

Monique: Amen to that! I must check out the mashup. I can imagine how funny it must be.

Monique: What’s your idea of romance? What do you consider romantic.

Chicki: Romance is doing anything that pleases your partner, and it’s different for everyone. For me it might be going somewhere special with my man (the beach, dinner, a walk in the park) and then coming home and spending undisturbed time together. Whether we’re just talking or making love (or both), that’s my idea for a perfect romantic evening.

Monique: Hubba-Hubba...

Monique: Where would you be more at home? The countryside, suburbia, or the city? 

Chicki: I’m not a city girl or a country girl. Since I was born and raised in the suburbs, stepping out my front door onto concrete or into a cow pasture would both disturb me tremendously.  I like a grassy yard away from the traffic but close enough to the nearest mall that I can be there in ten minutes. 

Monique: I’m a suburbia girl, too, although I did grow up on a plantation...which is probably why I prefer the suburbs!  

Monique: Which type of music do you like? Do you have a favourite artist? Does your music tastes ever change?

Chicki: You’re talking to a music fanatic here! I love almost all music (with the exception of country, opera and heavy metal). My favourite artists from back in the day are Luther Vandross, Prince, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. My current pop faves are John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Jill Scott, Kem. I also have my favourite gospel and jazz artists. 

I write listening to smooth jazz, because I can’t concentrate if there are vocals. 

Monique: Hey...I love country! Jazz is just so wonderful. I can’t work with any noise. I think I might have a non-existent attention span. Thank you so much for spending time with us today, Chicki. Have a great New Year! Oh, and tell us about your Stafford Brothers series.

Chicki: The Stafford Brothers were born into a closely-knit family and raised and educated among Atlanta’s elite. But the six sons of one of Atlanta’s most successful doctors have not always walked in their father’s footsteps. Charles, Jesse and Vic, Jr. followed the medical path. Marc and Greg took different routes. Nick isn’t sure which way he wants to go. The brothers have challenges to face, secrets to keep and stories to tell.

What Amazon readers are saying about the Stafford Brothers series:

Each brother, though handsome (this is romance, after all) is distinct in appearance, demeanor, and character. I have no problem distinguishing the sweetness of Charles (Till You Come Back To Me) from the granola-loving-tree-hugginess of Marc (A Woman's Worth ) from the impulsiveness of Greg (Don't Stop Till You Get Enough) and now the steady soberness of Vic.”

“The Stafford family, richly steeped in the world of medicine, consists of a heap of unique, strong, attractive--did I say hunky?--men.”

Love how a real man stepped up to the plate and showed how to love the woman who touched his heart.” – Marc in A WOMAN’S WORTH

“Charles shows himself to be as upstanding as he is a gifted surgeon, making Adanna a goner.” – TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME

“Greg is by far the most damaged of the brothers, and that makes him very interesting.” – DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH

Chicki Brown drops us into the moment where we meet both Greg Stafford and conflict. No teasing. Just get ready, because this guy's secret is a complicated one.” – DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH

At times, I thought Vic was clueless, but that's the mark of a nicely-drawn character.” – Vic in I’M LOSING YOU

Contemporary women’s fiction/romance author Chicki Brown has been featured in USAToday. She was the 2014 B.R.A.B. (Building Relationships Around Books) Inspirational Fiction Author and also the 2011 SORMAG (Shades of Romance Magazine) Author of the Year. Chicki was also a contributing author to the Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor (Special Cancer Awareness Edition). 

Nia Forrester, Beverly Jenkins, Eric Jerome Dickey, Lisa Kleypas, J.R. Ward and Suzanne Brockmann are among her favorite authors.

A transplanted New Jersey native who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, Brown still misses the Jersey shore.

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  1. Death by Chocolate sounds delicious....Kill Me LOL!!
    Great interview.

    1. Thanks, Pamela. Yes, this dessert is to die for!

  2. The recipe sounds delicious (anything with chocolate and I'm there!) and the book sounds like something I need to check out!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Maureen. We chocoholics must stand together. :)

  3. Enjoyed your interview, both questions and answers. And yes, I did copy that recipe down! The series sounds very interesting. I like to study how siblings have such diverse personalities when raised in the same family. Great to see what each person brings to our united story as humans. Best wishes for you and the series! Looking forward to more dishing with Monique!

    1. MJ, you're going to love this dish, and I think you'll love the Stafford Brothers too! They're not only handsome and intelligent, they are also successful in their chosen fields. Gotta love a man like that...

  4. I love getting to know more about you and your book, Chicki. Wishing you much success.

    1. I appreciate you visiting today, Diane. If you've never read AA romance before, check out Book One in the series, A WOMAN'S WORTH.

    2. Have you ever seen Smokey Robinson in person/concert? He tears up the stage! Starts w/a 3-piece suit and ends up with pants, if he's lucky! Nice blog post and sweet potato pie is delectable!

    3. Susan, back in the day, Smokey was my idol. He was (and still is at age 74) a real cutie!

  5. Mmmm. Sounds like a great dessert and a great series.

    1. Thanks, Marissa! I'm having a ball writing this series. :)

  6. Hi, Chicki! Really enjoyed the interview, and your "pie" sounds fabulous. So does the story. What part of Jersey are you from? I'm from Monmouth County, the Central Jersey Shore but live in southeastern Virginia. I miss good bread and cheeses...and pizza...a lot.

    1. I was born and raised in Cranford, Leah. My first two books are set at the Jersey Shore (Beach Haven and Atlantic City). We moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, and the only things I really miss are the hot dogs and the pizza. LOL! I used to miss the beach, until I visited the Gulf Shores beaches -- no comparison!

  7. Hello Chicki, so wonderful to meet you! Your Death by Chocolate sounds amazing!! And, pretty simple to make. I will have to try it. Enjoyed the interview. I like pretty much every entertainer you mentioned, if not all. :) I do like country, though, old country, not really fond of the new stuff. The Stafford Brothers sound like some strong, interesting men. Best of luck with the series!

    1. I love music and food, Alicia! I hope you check out the Stafford Brothers.

  8. Hi Chicki, I enjoyed getting to know more about you from your interview. What a recipe... the only thing that will die if I eat it is my waist line! Thanks for sharing. I wish you a happy new year.

    1. I agree, Gemma! Happy New Year to you and yours too.

  9. Hi! What a great interview! And I love sweet potato pie, too. Your series sounds wonderful. The Staffords sound like people you could get comfy with. Good luck to you!

    1. Hi, Kara! My goal is to show readers who've never read any AA fiction to see that our characters and stories are no different from any other romance.

  10. What fun! Enjoyed the entire post and the recipe sounds yummy

    1. I'm so happy you came by, Nightingale. Nice meeting you!

  11. Thank you for stopping by, guys! It's been lovely having you on Dish The Pie, Chicki!

  12. Hi Chicki, loved the recipe and have enjoyed getting to know a bit about you through such a great interview. Happy new year🙂

    1. Thank you, Nicole! Happy New Year to you also.


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