The dining room is a theater … the table is a stage.


What a perfect quote to announce the official release of TABLE MANNERS, my third novel published by Berkley Books/Penguin USA! Today is the day, and I’m thrilled to be in sunny northern California for its release.

Table Manners by Mia King image (c) Shannalee T'Koy Food Loves WritingI have a contest going on in celebration: I am giving away a signed copy of each of my books (that’s THREE books, signed to you or a friend), a special edition ceramic GOOD THINGS wall/desk plaque that says “Live Simple,” something delectable to eat and/or drink (TBD—I am going shopping next week!), plus other author goodies. The contest runs today until August 31 11:59 pm HST. No purchase is necessary to win—you just need to leave a comment on this post!

And because is a special day, I’m offering bonus entries: if you leave a review for TABLE MANNERS on and/or during the contest period (leave a comment with your review in the body of the comment and where you posted it so I’ll know to give you the extra entries), you will receive not one but ten entries (twenty if you post at both sites), dramatically increasing your chances to win. Yes, I know this contest favors those who leave reviews (after all, it is my book’s release date!) but it is a random drawing using so it is possible for anyone to win. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere (must be 18 years or older). And to make it more fun, for every increment of ten people who post, I’ll add more great stuff to the winning bounty (iTunes/Starbucks gift cards, foodie gifts, home and bath items, and more). I’ll tuck everything into a lovely book bag and promise it will be a prize worth winning!

I really hope you’ll have a chance to read TABLE MANNERS, which I loved writing and think (of course!) that it’s an all-around wonderful book. It is the follow-up to my debut novel and national bestseller, GOOD THINGS, but you don’t need to have read GOOD THINGS to enjoy this book—in fact, most of the wonderful reviews it’s received have been from brand new readers and reviewers. I am also very proud that TABLE MANNERS is a selection of the Doubleday, Literary Guild, Rhapsody, and Book of the Month Club book clubs.

Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade by Mia King Image (c) Shannalee T'KoyTABLE MANNERS is a book with generous servings of food and friendship, with wonderful recipes from prominent chefs and foodies from Seattle to Paris (this image is the Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade which Shannalee T’Koy at Food Loves Writing prepared and photographed! She also snapped a shot of the book above). You’ll meet the ever-resourceful lifestyle maven Deidre McIntosh, who has a knack for getting back up when life knocks her down. You’ll see how tenacious and creative Deidre can be while making room for the things—and people—that matter most. I know you’ll be cheering for her as much as I do!

I hope you enjoy my latest novel, and if so, please let me know—I’d love to hear from you!



PS UPDATE (8/13/09): Wow, we’ve had a great response so I am off to pick up ten MORE items to add to the giveaway!

PPS UPDATE (8/29/09): Off to get three MORE items to add! Contest ends Monday!

PPS UDPATE (9/2/09): And the winner is .. .#13, L Nichols! She’s going to get a box full of books and goodies, a “Live Simple” plaque, and lots of sweet treats! And, because I love to throw in a last minute surprise, I pulled two bonus names: #120 Theresa Dell and #105 Kathryn Wilkie. They’ll receive a copy of the book along with a $10 gift certificate from or Barnes & Winners need to email their mailing address to me. Thank you to everyone who entered. And the winner of the See’s Candies gift card (a subscriber-only contest) will be announced in the next newsletter!



  1. Sounds like a great read!

  2. these books sound great, please enter me!

  3. Congrats on another great book!!!
    Keep them coming!!

  4. debbi shaw says:

    no more needed keep em comin!!

  5. Mia — the recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to read your books! They sound great!

  6. Kathryn Wilkie says:

    Please enter my name in your contest. I have written reviews for Table Manners for both Amazon and B&N.

  7. Patricia Barraclough says:

    Was able to get both TABLE MANNERS and SWEET LIFE for our library. Since I am currently reading 4 books for work, I put both of your books on our New Book Shelf. I have such a backlog of books to preview, I didn’t want to hold yours up. Figured I’d let everyone else enjoy them and I’ll read them later.
    Good luck with the release!

  8. Good Things was wonderful. I have Sweet Life next in queue. I am looking forward to reading it since I moved from the “fast” pace of Honolulu to the Big Island recently. Can’t wait to read “Table Manners”.

  9. Rhonda Struthers says:

    I am looking forward to reading Table Manners.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. dawnlizabeth says:

    I think it is a great time of year for such ‘summer’ food,it stretches the season a bit!

  11. chris swan says:

    WOW I would love to win.

  12. Oh Mia, How I would love to win the contest.

    I also am a chocolate lover.

    The lemonade sounds divine.

    I am waiting on your next book. Hope it is soon.

    Mary Branham

  13. Mia,
    I just read Sweet Life and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading your other books!!


  14. cheryl c. says:

    Congrats on your latest book! It sounds wonderful…a great story AND recipes! :-)

    It is so nice of you to offer such a lovely prize. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

  15. Sue Brandes says:

    Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the contest.

  16. Wow! You have done it again! Another great contest for another great winner!! Cannot wait to read your new book!

  17. Robin Blankenship says:

    I love Deidre and Good things and Table Manners. I do hope you continue her story.

  18. I can’t wait to read the book! And the punch looks great! =) Thanks for the contest!

  19. Oh what an incredible giveaway – I’d love to win this!

  20. Please enter me in your contest I can’t wait to read your books!

  21. Theresa Dell says:

    I’d love to read your books.

  22. Book looks great!

  23. Susan Tinsley says:

    Can’t wait to read. Congrats!

  24. Lisa Garrett says:
  25. Shelly Ash says:

    Hi Mia, I’m on a quest to find all the authors I’ve been missing! I’ve just found you and I’m anxious to read your books! I work at Borders and I always recommend my favorite reads to our customers. I look forward to reading your books! Thank you!

  26. CherylS22 says:

    Hi Mia, Congratulations on your book launch. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  27. CherylS22 says:

    Please ignore the previous post – it’s a duplicate!

  28. Gayle Oreluk says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I can’t wait to pick up a copy. It sounds great.

    Thank you for putting my name in the drawing.