State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (personal copy obtained through Paperbackswap years ago) - I really enjoyed this. My first thought once I read it was, "What took so long? No wonder it won awards."
Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy (personal copy obtained through Paperbackswap) - I enjoyed this one too. I was glad to find that Ollie was still such a great character.
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy (purchased during Borders closing sale) - Gasp! She wasn't in the kitchen half the book! It's nice getting some more detail on Bucky, I feel so/so about Ollie's mom, and Tom has become annoying. If you can't tell by the title and cover this one takes place around Easter. Overall, I enjoyed the story.
Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy (purchased at B&N with gift card from Christmas) - Go Ollie! You stick to our guns. Really enjoying this series and eager to meet Julie Hyzy.
Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (autographed gift from author with 2010 Halloween giveaway prize) - I actually started this before Buffalo West Wing and finished after he launch Saturday. It took me longer to get into than the White House Chef series, but I still enjoyed it once I did get into it. Grace seems to have a calmer pace than Ollie.
Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy (purchased at B&N with gift card from Christmas) - I liked Grace better once I was out of the Ollie craze. The look into Civil War re-enacting was interesting. I have to say I like Grace's assistant, Frances, even if she can be difficult.
Reading Mania and a Book Launch Party...
Over a week and a half I went on a bit of a Julie Hyzy reading spree. I wanted to go to her book launch/chat this past Saturday, but I had only read her Artistic License before. Fortunately, I already had most of the White House Chef and the first Manor book on hand. So I got busy. The night before the signing I realized I didn't own Buffalo West Wing so I rushed out to B&N and bought that and Grace Interrupted. I managed to have books 1 through 4 of the White House Chef mysteries read and Grace Under Pressure started before the launch. I've only been to one signing/author thing before for Sherrilyn Kenyon, so I didn't know what to expect. It was this little bookstore crowded with people. I brought my mother with me and she was nervous because she knew nothing about this author or her books. It was interesting; I enjoyed hearing the talk, especially the bits about the white house. Plus, without having to ask for myself, I managed to get a couple questions answered . I had my newest book signed and got a picture with Julie Hyzy (which I will post to my Facebook account once I get it off my ma's cell). It was just a fun whirl of a week (and a half). I look forward to reading more of these series.