From Los Angeles to London Love Is Like a Bottle of Lemon Curd

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To get ahead in a man's world, a woman has to fight for what she wants. That fight can change who she is. Trying to balance a demanding work schedule with one's love life is like trying to blend sweetness and tartness as perfectly as in Lemon Curd.

From Los Angeles to London, two high-powered executives battle for romance and the last bottle of Lemon Curd in Homa Pourasgari's "Lemon Curd" (ISBN 9780977978007, Linbrook Press).

Anna Lisa Gibson, an account executive at a prestigious marketing firm, is an independent woman used to having her own way. She is not pleased when one day at the market, a rude Brit grabs the last bottle of Lemon Curd and refuses to part with it. She is even more displeased when she arrives at work to find the Brit, named Neil, is her new co-worker, and worse, will be sharing her office and her client. Anna Lisa's boyfriend, Paul, dismisses her complaints and rather likes Neil, but Anna Lisa finds him rude, disagreeable and not at all attractive.

Anna Lisa's frustration with Neil only encourages him. Finding he cannot control his attraction to her, he eventually wins her over as a friend, but he has more than friendship in mind. As their friendship deepens, he wonders what it would feel like to spend one night with his officemate. Considering that Anna Lisa's boyfriend, Paul, is superficial and always looking to trade up a model, Neil might just have the chance he wants.

Romance in the workplace is not always the best choice. Neil and Anna Lisa have their clients and positions to consider, and as marketing executives, they constantly have to juggle work with their personal lives. Anna Lisa is quite aware that women live in a man's world. Men get paid better and are more likely to become partners in large corporations. A workaholic, multi-tasking lifestyle is required to get ahead in business, leaving little room for romance. And Anna Lisa wonders whether a woman who wants to get ahead can trust a man who wants the same things she does.

Homa Pourasgari chose the title "Lemon Curd" because like chocolate, it reflects the language of romance; lemon curd is a European delight with a tart and sweet flavor, symbolic of Anna Lisa and Neil's relationship. Yet romance is only a part of this story. From the streets of Los Angeles to the streets of London, "Lemon Curd" depicts the millennium lifestyle of multi-tasking, balancing work with personal lives, and the difficulties women face to get ahead. Female readers will find themselves cheering for Anna Lisa, hoping she finds both the romance and personal satisfaction she seeks. "Lemon Curd" will also leave a little tartness in the reader's mouth as it opens up questions of women's roles and how to balance them in the twenty-first century.

About the Author
Homa Pourasgari resides in Los Angeles, California. She received a degree in business from Loyola Marymount University, after which she left to live in Paris for one year and attended the University of Sorbonne, focusing on literature. Multilingual, she has been traveling since the age of five and has experienced many different cultures. Homa has worked in various industries such as marketing, retail, banking, accounting and fitness but has always returned to her true love--writing. She is currently working on a new book. "Lemon Curd" is her first novel.

"Lemon Curd" (ISBN 9780977978007, Linbrook Press, 2006) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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