Today I’m pleased to share the blog with author Jenna Sutton. Jenna is talking about her love of hypocoristics. If you’re like me who have no clue what that word even means, so check out what she has to say about them and you’ll love what you learn.
Jenna is also sharing her release All The Right Places. I love the cover. Don’t you?
Afterward, please enter her wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post.
Take it away Jenna…
How Do You Feel about Hypocoristics?
By Jenna Sutton, author of ALL THE RIGHT PLACES
I love hypocoristics. Now take a second to read that again. I love hypocoristics. Not hypocrites. I definitely don’t love those.
I’m just guessing, but I doubt you know what a hypocoristic is. I didn’t, not until I typed the word nickname into Google.
The term hypocoristic is used to refer to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond, compared with a term of endearment. So instead of your husband calling you honey or darling, he calls you something that is unique to you.
In my debut novel, ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, my hero, Quinn O’Brien, bestows a nickname on the heroine, Amelia Winger. (No, I’m not going to tell you what that nickname is. Read the book if you’re curious!)
For me, hypocoristics play a huge role in a romance novel. I love it when the hero has a nickname for the heroine. To me, it shows an additional layer of affection and familiarity.
I know a lot of readers aren’t fans of nicknames, though. And many readers absolutely abhor endearments. Baby seems to be the most polarizing one. I recently read a review from a reader who said that she stopped reading a book because the hero called the heroine baby.
How dare he do such a dastardly thing?!
One of the best nicknames I’ve ever come across was in Sophie Jordan’s New Adult romance, WILD. It’s the third in a trilogy about college roommates who find their happily ever after. I loved this book, and the nickname was just a small part of the overall fabulousness of this book. The heroine, Georgia, is great, and the hero, Logan, OMG. He’s so delicious. Beyond delicious.
Part of his hotness, in my opinion, is that he calls Georgia by the nickname “Pearls” because she’s kind of this uptight, princess-y type. At first, she doesn’t like it. But eventually she does because the word comes out of a mouth that does incredibly awesome things to her body.
I adored Logan’s nickname for Georgia. Every time he called her Pearls, I swear my toes curled inside my shoes.
Maybe my love of hypocoristics comes from my husband. Although he’s never called me honey, sweetheart, baby, darling or anything else that could be considered an endearment, he has a lot of nicknames for me. I never know what he’s going to come up with next.
The most creative (and insulting) nickname my husband has ever called me? Mastodon.
Yes, you read that correctly. Mastodon.
I have no idea why he came up with that nickname, and neither does he. But he stopped calling me Mastodon after my dad said, “You know that’s a big, hairy prehistoric elephant, right? I don’t like that much… you calling my daughter a big, hairy prehistoric elephant.”
How do you feel about hypocoristics? Do the people close to you have a nickname for you? Do you call your significant other by a nickname?
All the Right Places
Riley O’Brien & Co. # 1
By: Jenna Sutton
Releasing June 2, 2015
The first in a brand new contemporary romance series starring the men and women who are determined to keep the billion-dollar denim dynasty, Riley O’Brien & Co, on top, but aren’t about to let success stand in the way of love…
Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. And so does the secret project she’s working on behind his back…
Quinn’s not interested in the new accessories, but he is interested in the woman designing them. Amelia is smart, sexy, and talented, and he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since they met. Mixing business and pleasure isn’t wise, but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with excuses to spend time with her. He thinks he understands the risk he’s taking when he gets involved with Amelia. But he doesn’t know he’s risking a lot more than his heart.
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Quinn stared into Amelia’s dark eyes. The phrase “fall in and out of love” echoed in his head, and he felt strangely innervated.
With her encouraging words, she had freed him from the horrible despair that had choked him for the past several hours. His black mood was gone.
But now there was something even more dangerous in its place: desire.
Her hand was still on his, and he swore he could feel the heat of her touch radiating throughout his entire body. He took a deep breath, battling the urge to move closer to her.
He pulled his eyes from hers, and his gaze dropped to the pale skin exposed by the V-neck of her dress. She wore a silver necklace with translucent green and blue beads, and one of them had found its way into her creamy cleavage. As he stared at that lucky bead, his blood grew hotter, running thickly through his veins toward his cock.
His brain and his body disconnected, and he saw his hand move toward her, fingers spread.
Don’t do it! Don’t touch her!
His fingers stroked the warm skin of her throat, her pulse throbbing against his thumb. Her skin was so soft, so warm, he imagined she could heat all the cold places inside him.
Wrapping his hand around the back of her neck, he pulled her closer. She stumbled a little in her high-heeled boots, and he steadied her with a hand on her hip.
When he felt that beautiful curve within his grasp, the blood drained from his head, along with every bit of sense he possessed. With his intellect obliterated, his primal self was in control, and it wanted more.
Jenna Sutton spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.
Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.
Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.
Jenna will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $50.00 eGift Card to Jeans Retailer of Choice