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INTERVIEW with Jennifer Bernard author of Drive You Wild ~ #giveaway

Please help me welcome Jennifer Bernard to the blog today:) Jennifer is answering a few questions about herself and her writing so that we can get to know her a little better. I think you’ll enjoy our chat.

Afterward, don’t forget to enter Jennifer’s giveaway after you check out her latest release DRIVE YOU WILD!

Let’s get started …

  1.      Tell us about yourself.I live in Homer, Alaska, which I’m proud to say is the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. Yay! Right now we have nearly 24 hour daylight so I’m a little wired. (Summer solstice is coming up soon.) I write contemporary romance that has been described as “steamy and irresistible” with “quick wit” and “sizzling love scenes.” My first two series were about firemen and baseball players. I live with my husband and two stepdaughters on the edge of pristine wilderness, fortunately just within reach of cell service and Internet.

    2.      What three things about you might surprise your readers?

    Since I got into social media, I’m not sure I have any secrets left! It might surprise readers that I backpacked around Europe when I was 14, along with my older cousin who was only 19. (Crazy, right?) Number 2: I can split wood like nobody’s business. (A handy skill in Alaska.) Number 3: I was a Hula Hoop champion in third grade and got my picture in the paper!

  2. Is there a genre(s) that you think “I might like to write one of those.”?I’m obsessed with dystopian YA fiction. My step-daughter and I actually came up with an idea the other day and began plotting it out in the car. She gets first dibs, since she actually is a young adult (she’s 12.) But she asked if she could get me to write a few sentences now and then when she gets stuck. I can’t wait to get my hands on the story!

    4.      Tell us about DRIVE YOU WILD.

    DRIVE YOU WILD is a baseball romance about bad boy slugger Trevor Stark, who has a reputation as a troublemaker. He falls hard for the good-girl daughter of the team owner. Paige Taylor is recovering from a humiliating divorce and is starting over as an intern at Catfish stadium. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with one of her father’s players, but Trevor Stark is too fascinating to resist. Falling for Trevor is even more dangerous than she realizes because he’s hiding something big and it’s about to turn his life upside down.

  3. Where did the idea for the storyline come from?Trevor has been a character in the previous Love Between the Bases series, and I have to say he’s acted like a jerk. But he always intrigued me, and I knew there was a reason why he was playing the bad boy. I wanted to dig down and unearth those reasons and work the storyline around that. Crush Taylor, the owner, has also been an important character so I knew bringing in his estranged daughter would really shake things up.

    6.      What do you think readers will like/love about Paige and Trevor?

    I think readers will fall for Trevor once they see what’s driving his behavior. He is a fiercely protective good guy hiding behind an arrogant mask. Everything he does is for a very good reason, and once you understand the reason, you see what an amazing person he is. Paige is kind and compassionate and she really cares about people. She’s a loving person who has been wounded by her ex-husband, but hasn’t lost her faith in people. That’s what I love about her. She always has faith in people’s underlying goodness.

    7.      What was your favorite scene from the book?

Can I pick two? One is the scene in which Trevor storms into Crush Taylor’s office without his uniform pants on. That’s when he finds out that the girl he met the night before is, in fact, the owner’s daughter. The second scene is a showdown between Trevor and Crush, who’s a former Hall of Fame pitcher. And I can’t say any more about that without spoiling it. But it brings together so many delicious threads that I just loved it.

  1. Who are some of your book boyfriends?  What draws you to them?Mr. Darcy is my original book boyfriend. I will also include any member of the Bonner family in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books. I love Alex in Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake. The common thread between all these book boyfriends is that I love a “tortured” hero. Someone who has suffered a blow, who has matured from it and really had to dig deep to overcome it.

    9.      If you had to pick a favorite cocktail of choice, what would it be?  (It can be non-alcoholic too)

    I’m going with the Mojito because it has so many of my favorite flavors. Mint, lime, sugar. Leave out the alcohol and it’s still delicious. Drinking a Mojito is the next best thing to relaxing on a beachside lounge chair. Mojito in a lounge chair? Pure bliss.

  2. What’s next for you?

I have a new series starting in September based around a rough-and-rowdy hotshot wildfire crew that moves into a quiet tourist town called Jupiter Point in coastal California. The hero of the first book left Jupiter Point in disgrace, but now he’s back to set up the crew and prove himself. But first he’ll have to mend fences with the girl he left behind. I’m super-excited about this new series—it’s a combination of hot alpha firemen and hometown romance, with lots of fun chemistry and steamy scenes thrown in. Look for it in September of this year!

 

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DRIVE YOU WILD
Love Between the Bases #3
Jennifer Bernard
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Avon Books
It’s
game on for love in the third novel of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer
Bernard’s sexy, baseball-themed series.
 
Kilby Catfish left-fielder Trevor
Stark is a ballpark legend. With his good looks, hitting records, and
played-for-the-fans arrogance, Trevor makes women lose their minds and men lose
their cool. But every time the major league team comes calling, Trevor purposely
keeps himself in the tiny Texas town. Why is heart-tuggingly top secret. Until
the team owner’s daughter comes to Kilby . . . trying everything up her sexy
sleeve to make Trevor talk.

Divorced and disillusioned at
twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an
intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot
ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what
Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his
face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.

EXCERPT

“Are you afraid of the mighty Crush Taylor?” She took another step closer. “He’s not as bad as he seems, you know.”

“I’m not afraid of him.” He placed his hands on her shoulders to keep her from coming any closer. Her warmth carried into his skin, into his being, as if it was igniting him from within.

“And I’m not afraid of you.” She ducked underneath his hands in a quick move right out of the NBA. He took a step back and his calves hit the bench situated next to the lockers. She reached out in apology and suddenly they were right smack against each other, chest-to-chest.

Fire flashed down his spine, hot and urgent. He hauled her against him—oh, sweet Lord, she felt good. Soft and firm and shapely and alive and fresh and . . . then her mouth was under his, her lips parting, her breath warm, her flesh lush and sweet. It wasn’t a kiss so much as a head rush.

~~

Paige posted the first series of “Baseball’s Hottest Outfield” photos on the team’s Facebook page the next day. A few hours later a thousand people had clicked Like. Not only that, but the viewership of the page soared. It was shared all over the Internet, on Pinterest, on Twitter, on Instagram. It wasn’t just that the three men were criminally gorgeous. A big part of the appeal came from their racial mix and the blend of personalities. Trevor the stone-cold badass, Dwight the dynamic charmer, and Shizuko, the soulful rock star.

Paige knew it was all a crock, of course. Trevor wasn’t stone cold, Dwight wasn’t playful all the time, and Shizuko could outcrude most of the clubhouse, and that was saying something. But once those identities became set, people loved them. They were like cartoon characters instead of real people.

At the next game, the crowd roared when the outfielders took their positions on the field. Fans held up even more signs than they normally did. From the owner’s box, Paige scanned the crowd with her binoculars and read the signs out loud to Crush.

“ ‘Kilby Hearts Baseball’s Hottest Outfield.’ Thank you very much, we heart you too! ‘We make ’em hot in Kilby, Texas.’ That might be taking a little too much credit. None of them are from here.”

 

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Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of
Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she
confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books.
She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her
husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also
writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at
family gatherings.

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INTERVIEW with Belinda Williams author of WISH LIST ~ giveaway

I’m so happy to have author Belinda Williams joining us on the blog today:) I had a great time interviewing her and I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her as well. Afterward, check out her latest release WISH LIST. I love how she got the idea for this story, and I adore the cover:)

Don’t forget to enter her giveaway as well. The link is toward the end of the post!

Let’s get started …

What 5 words would your friends choose to describe you?

Hard working, focused, responsible, sensitive, and neat! I’d hope they’d say I have a good sense of humour too but the fact that I’m obsessively neat and tidy would probably rate a mention first . . .

What time did you get up this morning? Around 8am. I’m not a morning person!

8am is still fairly early in the morning…I think you are pretty much a morning gal! What’s something on your bucket list that you still need to do?

Drive a Lamborghini.

That would be a riot! I hope you get to drive one. I love choosing character names, how did you go about choosing yours for WISH LIST?

Cate’s was chosen so long ago because her book is the last in a four book series. If I recall, I wanted something both practical and feminine. I chose Dave’s name because I needed a name that was perfectly average suited to a practical sort of guy.

Tell us the first thought you had when you saw your book cover for WISH LIST.

It’s absolutely perfect! And shoes can say so much about a person😉

I love your cover:) How do you feel about writing love scenes? I couldn’t not write love scenes. I view them as a natural and inevitable part of my character’s stories and if they weren’t there I’d feel very unsatisfied! I try not to let myself feel uncomfortable when writing them and just focus on the characters and not the fact that other people will be reading it (squirms).

What was your inspiration for WISH LIST? Ha, it started out as a bit of a joke with one of my friends. She’d make us laugh with her very specific list of requirements she’s looking for in a man, so I decided to run with this idea for WISH LIST and give Cate her own list, and then look at the reasons behind why she had created that list in the first place.

I love that! Would you like to share with us what you’re working on next? As Cate’s story is the last in my City Love series, I’m now working on a new series set in Hollywood, called Hollywood Hearts. The first book will be called HEARTTHROB and it focuses on Ally, the best friend of Hollywood starlet, Lena Lyons. Lena prompts Ally to come to Hollywood to make her fashion design dreams a reality. Only problem is Ally can’t stand anything celebrity and that’s a bit of a problem when she starts having feelings for Hollywood’s latest heartthrob!

RANDOM FUN : FINISH THIS SENTENCE
The last book I read was The Callahan Split by Lisa Heidke.
If only I could not worry so much!
Dessert is non-negotiable:)
My favorite game is whatever my son insists we play!
I will never drink milk again (I’m intolerant!)
My kitchen is tidy.

Thank you so much for making our interview fun…and congrats on your release!!!

 

 

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WISH LIST
City Love #4
Belinda Williams
Released May 26th, 2016
Momentum

 

COULD
THE WRONG MAN ON PAPER BE THE PERFECT MAN IN REAL LIFE?
Cate Harmon likes lists. While this
may serve her well as a financial planner, her girlfriends think that creating
a checklist for her ideal man is going a step too far. But she has one, and
she’s sticking to it.
Cate has always dreamed of starting
a family and settling down and yet she’s the only one of her close knit
friendship group still unattached. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to lower
her standards.
Enter Dave, a reformed bad boy with
gorgeous hair and eyes the wrong color. Dave doesn’t tick any of the boxes on
Cate’s list. It’s unthinkable that she would develop feelings for him, and yet
… Cate finds herself being drawn to Dave in a way she’s never felt before.
Will Cate confront the reasons
behind her list? Or will she risk losing a man who could be better than any
list she could ever dream up?
This
romance where opposites attract is perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan
Mallery, Victoria Dahl, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

EXCERPT

I handed him a few of our brochures and outlined the steps and costs involved in preparing a financial plan. I was careful to stress that it would be a long-term relationship. And that we’d be reviewing the plan regularly and reassess things if need be.

When I was finished, I offered him another smile. “Do you have any questions?”

“Why you?”

I hesitated, then forced myself to straighten in my seat. He was a potential client, like any other, I reminded myself. “It’s not just me you’ll be working with,” I explained, “there’s a team of us.”

“I know. But why should you be my main point of contact?”

I gave him an odd look. In the last twelve months, I’d had to sell myself and the firm’s services numerous times. Up until now though, no one had ever been so direct. I straightened in my seat. If he preferred direct, I’d give him direct.

“I’m a qualified tax accountant with a decade of experience working on the accounts of small to medium businesses. Last year I completed my diploma in financial planning. I’m retentive enough to never miss the detail but my experience means I’m good at the bigger picture, which is important when building a solid financial plan.”

“I read your bio on the website.”

“Oh, of course,” I said, flustered. He’d researched me beforehand. Completely understandable but disturbing nonetheless. Not to mention the cheesy image of me on the company’s website that I hated. “What else would you like to know?”

“What are you like to work with?”

I thought carefully for a moment. “I’m very pleasant to deal with.”

“Pleasant?” He smirked at me, and for the first time that day, those golden eyes seemed to light up.

Oh God, I had not just said that. Yes, it was the truth, but sometimes the truth sounded lame. “I’m also very responsive,” I said, a tad defensively.

OK, so he was grinning at me now.

“What I mean,” I said slowly, “is that I’m always available to talk. I make a point of making time for my clients.”

Dave nodded and appeared to be trying to swallow his grin.

I’d had enough. Yes, he was a potential client and a particularly attractive man, but he couldn’t just come in here and make fun of me. I was damn good at my job, and the fact was, the relationship between a financial planner and a client worked both ways.

I crossed my arms and narrowed my eyes at him. “What are you like to work with?”

His smile faded at the challenging tone of my voice. “I’m sorry?”

“You, Dave. How am I going to find having a relationship with you?” I bit my lip. Whoops. Professional relationship, I desperately wanted to add, but it was too late now. I felt myself flush. Way to go, Cate.

His lips were twitching again. “I’m pretty easy going.”

“Sometimes that’s another word for lazy,” I shot back. OK, so perhaps that wasn’t quite so professional of me.

His eyebrows shot up, and I think he looked impressed. “No, Cate, I’m not lazy. I just learned a while back there’s only a few things in life that are worth getting really worked up about.”

Was he saying I was worked up? I didn’t care. “That’s it? You’re easy going?”

His smile was accompanied by a soft rumbling laugh. It was one of those smiles. I wasn’t sure if it was the sound of his deep chuckle or that he was offering me a rare glimpse of his happy face, but either way, it was enough to make a girl lose her breath altogether and clench her toes. And possibly other parts of one’s body, but I wasn’t going to think about that right now.

Once Dave was finished laughing at me, he rubbed a hand over his mouth, like he was trying to wipe the smile off his face. He had nice lips. He had quite a wide mouth and his lips weren’t really thick or too thin. They were just nice looking lips.

And I was sitting in my office, opposite a potential new client, assessing the virtues of his lips. Back to earth, Cate, I scolded myself inwardly.

He was still rubbing his lips thoughtfully.

Stop it! I wanted to shout.

To my relief, he dropped his hand. “I won’t lie, Cate. It can take a while to get to know me, but once you do, you’ll find I’m a decent sort of guy. I don’t enter into relationships lightly, so you can be sure if I choose you, I’ll be in it for the long-term.”

I stared at him. I knew, with every logical bone in my body, that he was referring to a professional relationship, but then why didn’t it feel like it?

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Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter
who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her. She
was named a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award
in both 2013 and 2014.
 
Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda’s eclectic
music taste forms the foundation of many of her writing ideas and her healthy
appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini.
For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing
hot male leads with sports cars.
 
Belinda lives in Sydney and blogs regularly about writing and
reading at www.belindawilliamsbooks.com

 

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INTERVIEW with Amanda Weaver author of Common Scandal ~ Giveaway

We’re going to have some fun today! Please help me welcome Amanda Weaver to the blog. She’s here to answer a few questions, have a little fun, and share her release COMMON SCANDAL. This sounds like a great read and I hope after the interview you’ll grab your copy and sit down for some well deserved reading time.

Also, don’t forget to enter Amanda’s giveaway!

Let’s get started …

Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less:)

I live in Brooklyn with my husband and daughter. I work in theatre as a costume designer. For several years I’ve worked for a Broadway musical, overseeing their costumes. Working full-time, raising a daughter, and writing doesn’t leave much time for anything else, so I’m pretty dull on paper.

You sounds busy, and I beet your day job is fun. What’s your favorite pizza topping?

– *whispers* I’m not crazy about pizza. I KNOW, I KNOW. It’s like I’m not even human. I don’t hate it, it’s just not my first choice. If I get it, I prefer white pizza, no red sauce.

lol, don’t feel bad. I used to love pizza now I can take it or leave it. Funny how tastes change:) How did you come up with the idea for your book, A Common Scandal?

It’s the second book of the Grantham Girls series, centering around three girls who attended finishing school together. In the first book, Amelia was the heroine’s scrappy, working-class heiress friend. Now she gets her own story!

I like the sounds of Amelia:) Where do you prefer to write?

I sit at my kitchen table. One, because I’m much more productive sitting in a chair than I am sitting on my couch. And two, my kitchen is the warmest room in my house and I’m always cold.

I love naming characters. How did you come up with the names for the hero and heroine in A Common Scandal?

I’m a research nerd. When I write historical, I work backwards to determine the character’s birth year and then look up census records from that year to find common names (or uncommon, if that’s what I’m looking for). Amelia was a common Victorian name, as was Nathaniel. She calls him Natty when they’re kids. My daughter had a friend in pre-school who went by Natty.

I love that behind the scenes tidbit! Tell us 2 fun facts about your hero and then your heroine in A Common Scandal.

Nate learned to dance from an opium-addicted son of a Marquess, and he’s visited twenty-three countries. Amelia is an excellent street-fighter and her favorite color is yellow.

Love it! What’s the first line in your book?

“Mama was napping. Again.”

And now t he last. 

“Indeed, I do.”

Care to tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m finishing up a contemporary romance set in the world of Formula One racing, which will hopefully be the first of a three-book series. And I’ve started writing another historical series set in the Gilded Age, tentatively titled The Fortune Hunters. In addition, I’ve always got half a dozen stand-alone book ideas fighting for my time and attention.

 

 

RANDOM FACTS…FINISH THIS SENTENCE
The last book I read was Chase Me by Laura Florand. Omg, it was so good.

I will always say yes to that glass of wine.
My kitchen is my favorite room in the house.
When it rains I grumble about having to leave the house. Seriously, I hate it.
My favorite television show is Once Upon a Time. I live-tweet it, if you follow me on twitter. I’m obsessed.
I wish I could clone myself, so I’d have enough time to write all the books in my head.

I’m so glad you visited with us today Amanda and I wish you tons of success with A Common Scandal:)

 

 

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A COMMON SCANDAL
The Grantham Girls #2
Amanda Weaver
Releasing May 30th, 2016
Carina Press
Finishing school taught Amelia
Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and
looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it’s time for Amelia
to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days
behind.
That promise would be much easier to
keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an
impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become
handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can
advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out
Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her
simmering passion is the least of Amelia’s problems—one of her titled suitors
is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents
or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail
her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the
lady she’s promised to become?

EXCERPT

Despite knowing the sort of marriage she was destined for, she’d resisted making a choice for so long because she’d hoped in time she might encounter a suitable man who sparked some kind of fire in her. But not once, in all her forays into Society, had she met a man who raised more than mild curiosity. She’d read about flaming passions and heated kisses in the lurid, forbidden novels she had traded with Vic and Grace, but her blood had never been stirred by a flesh-and-blood male. She’d begun to think those passions were the invention of novelists and no man could ever make her feel that way. And now one had, and he was hopelessly out of her reach. It was wretched, wanting something she couldn’t have.

“What’s the verdict? Does Cheadle love you madly or not?”

She didn’t trust herself to look at Natty, knowing her insides would plunge in an unwelcome, delicious way. When he came near her, it was as if her whole body stretched luxuriously and unfurled. Terribly unhelpful, when she was determined to send him packing and behave.

“I’m sure the answer will always be ‘not’, regardless of the state of the petals and irrespective of whatever he might proclaim. Isn’t Lady Julia waiting for her glass of punch or something?”

“Pardon?”

“The lovely Lady Julia Harrow. I saw you sitting with her. Surely she’s missed you by now.”

“Somehow I doubt it,” he muttered. “And what of Cheadle? Surely he’s climbing the walls pining after you.”

She sighed and turned to face him, tossing the last of the ruined flower to the ground and brushing her gloved fingers together. “You know he’s not, Natty. Men don’t pine after me, only my money. The only reason anyone at these things speaks to me is because of my fortune.”

“I’m speaking to you and I have my own fortune, thank you very much.”

“You only speak to me to tease me.”

“You used to like it when I teased you.”

“I’m not a child anymore.”

“Obviously.”

The word hung between them for a moment, rife with meaning. He might have only meant she was all grown-up and out in Society, except his eyes made a lightning- fast perusal of her body as he said it, so fast, he was likely unaware he’d done it. In a rush, it broke over her that Natty was aware of her in the same way she was aware of him. Not as an old playmate from his childhood. As a woman. He was as affected as she was, even if he was spending his evening paying court to Julia Harrow.

His eyes made their way back to hers and they both held the gaze. This newly discovered knowledge sizzled through her body. Her skin flushed and her breaths grew shallow. Natty’s eyes stared into hers. His lips parted slightly, as if he, too, was baffled by this sudden shift in the air. The atmosphere around them felt charged, the way it did when thunder began rattling the windows and lightning lit the night sky, but still the rain refused to fall. At any minute the clouds could collide and deluge the world, but until then, all the energy of the universe danced on the breeze.

She wanted to tease and flirt with him to see how far things would progress. She wanted to see the skies open up. She wanted to be drenched by the rain.

 
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Amanda Weaver has loved
romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen.
After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found
her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
 
A native
Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now
considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and
nowhere near enough space.

 

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INTERVIEW with Sidney Halston author of Stacked Up ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog today:) I’m excited that Sidney Halston is here for a little chat. She’s answered some questions about herself and her release STACKED UP! I think you’ll have fun getting to know her.

Afterward check out her book and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!

Let’s get started …

What 5 words describe you best?

Disorganized, loyal, workaholic, loving, sympathetic

 

Awesome words:) What’s the first thing we’d see when we walk in your front door? 

Picture frames if my family

 

Love that:) Tell us the last thing you cooked. 

Instant vanilla pudding (does that count?)

 

Definitely counts. lol I love choosing character names, how did you go about choosing the names for your characters in STACKED UP. 

I love the name Penny and wanted to name my daughter Penny, my husband didn’t like it. So I used it for a character instead. I don’t remember how I came up with Travis, since he was around since book 1, and it’s been a long time since I named him. I think I just thought–southern cowboy– he had to be a Travis.

 

How do you feel about writing love scenes?

LOVE IT. They’re fun to write. But sometimes I can’t write them at the exact moment I get to that part. So, I’ll literally put “insert sex scene” into the manuscript and get back to it later. I can’t write a sex scene at my kid’s karate class– it feels weird, ya know.

 

lol I do the same thing. Describe your writing space.

I write at Starbucks. It USED to be great because for years I sat in a comfy sofa by the window every night, with my laptop on my lap. They recently remodeled and replaced my sofa with a hard wooden chair and a table. Now I hate it and I’ve been trying to find another perfect chair/place to write.

 

Using 5 words for each, describe your hero and then your heroine. 

Hero: loyal, funny, carefree, fighter, huge heart /  Heroine: survivor, sweet, honest, independent, naïve.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on next? 

I’m editing Pull Me Close. It’s the 1st book of my new Panic Series. It’s so different from Worth the Fight, and I cannot wait until you all read it. She’s agoraphobic and he’s the owner of the hottest nightclub in Miami Beach.
RANDOM FUN…FINISH THIS SENTENCE:
The last movie I went to the theater to see was : Zootopia
Every morning I : go back to sleep after I drop off the kids at school (shh…don’t tell anyone)
I’ve never : Eaten shrimp. They look gross and my family eats them all the time. YUCK

My toothbrush is : Orange
The last book I read was : Laura Kaye’s Ride Hard (So good!)

I can’t leave the house without : My phone (because it has my Kindle App)

Thank you so much for sitting down and answering some questions, Sidney. I hope you had as good a time as I did:)

 

 

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STACKED UP
Worth the Fight #6
Sidney Halston
Releasing May 31st, 2016
Loveswept

 

Opposites
attract in this seductive novel from the author of Against the Cage (“Funny,
steamy, scorching.”—Toni Aleo), with a chiseled MMA fighter falling for a
single mom who could use a real man in her corner.
 
Working two jobs to support her
infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it
sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who
demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own,
she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight
brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no
responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle
wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid
headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a
kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets.
Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it
before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that
she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.

EXCERPT

Travis loved sex and he loved women. But, once he had sex with them, his mind drifted to his training and the adrenaline rush that came from being in a cage, dodging a fist at his face, or landing a roundhouse kick to his opponent’s side. And it wasn’t the violence of it. Not at all. He’d had to be violent at a point in his life. It was either fight or die. His tattoos and his criminal record didn’t lie. He had never been particularly good at school. But fighting—that he was good at. And the skill that he’d learned, the hours he put into it—that’s what he loved. He was untouchable in the cage. He knew it and his opponents knew it. And when he tired them out enough, that’s when he landed his signature combo and they were done.

Now, his mind didn’t drift on what he was planning on working out tomorrow or how he’d manage to tire out his opponent in a few weeks. No, he was thinking about the woman who was working at a strip club.  He was not at all comfortable with this situation.

 
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“Just Do It”–Nike. And that’s exactly what she did.

After working hard as an
attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to
begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very
exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side
and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in
love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children.
She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s
not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader
first and a writer second. When she’s not writing or reading, her life is
complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing
(and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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INTERVIEW with TJ Kline author of Change of Heart ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome back author TJ Kline to the blog. She’s answering a few questions about herself and then sharing her release CHANGE OF HEART!

If you haven’t met TJ before, you’re in for a treat. She’s fun and funny, so get ready to enjoy. And, please, don’t forget to enter her giveaway at the end of our chat:)

Let’s get started …

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I was reading while other kids were playing outside. I loved falling into a fantasy, a different realm, a new world. When I was young, it was books like Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Nancy Drew and The Wizard of Oz. And then I discovered Tiger Eyes and Sweet Valley High. It opened my eyes to romance and I was hooked. Graduating from there to sweet teen romances, moving on to Harlequins (my grandmother had hundreds!). It was there I discovered so many authors I loved – Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsay. I’ve never looked back. Francine Rivers taught me a new appreciation for inspirational romance. But I’ve been influenced by every genre – from Stephen King to Jodi Picoult, from Tolkien to Harper Lee to Shakespeare to Bradbury. There are far too many greats to ever encompass all of those who have had influence on my writing because every book influences me – teaching, touching, guiding and inspiring.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why? 

I absolutely HATE cleaning bathrooms. Not just toilets but the entire room. It seems like such a waste of time. I mean, it’s a room that literally gets more dirty the more sanitary you are. Take a bath? Dirty tub. Wash your hands? Dirty sink. See?

However, I’m such a stickler for a clean house that I’m usually the only person I trust to do it right (I have two teen boys here.) Unless my husband offers, which he usually does knowing how much I hate it. He hates dirt and germs more than I do, so it’s a win. He also does laundry, cooking and shopping…yeah, that’s right, ladies, be jealous.:)

Share a funny incident in your life. 

Well, I’ve already shared the one about the rodeo clown messing with me (it actually ended up in a book…thank you, Dwayne Hargo!) And I have a ton of stories where I thought I was pretty smart, only to end up looking like an idiot. but there was one day, running sprints at the park with my golden retriever who is sixty pounds of bouncing energy.

Unfortunately, I am not and while I was dying, he thought we were playing. I took off at a dead sprint. I mean, full on, Olympian speed (okay, maybe not quite that fast but it felt that way) and he ran with me, literally circling me and jumping up and down. Until he landed on the back of my feet. Before I realized what happened, I saw the ground coming at me and knew I was going down.

Years of horseback riding came back and the one rule to remember: When going down, tuck and roll! I immediately did as everything slowed. In my mind, I saw myself rolling on the grass, coming back to my feet and leaping up again, ninja-style. What really happened was that I rolled, and rolled again, ending up on my chest, face-down on the grass, dirt in my mouth, with a dog licking at my face and leaping around me with what appeared to be a smile on his. My one consolation? The park was empty so no one saw!

What’s your pet peeve? 

With most things in life, I’m pretty easy going and I don’t get too worked up about things people do in general. However, inside my own house, I’m kind of a fanatic, especially in the kitchen for some odd reason. I don’t like for the paper towel holder to be away from the backsplash. I get irritated when people leave dishes on the counter rather than putting them into the sink. But my absolute biggest pet peeve (okay, maybe I’m more OCD about it) is that the glasses are in the cupboard correctly. By this, I mean, it has to be organized by type of glass. That means, no mixing plastic cups with glass tumblers, or coffee mugs with water bottles. Ugh, what are we, savages?

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist? 

This is a yes/no answer for me. While in “writer” mode during the first draft, no, I can’t listen to music unless it’s new or something I don’t know, because I find myself singing along and then become distracted while I do my best version of Kelly Clarkson. (Yes, I am that good!) Pretty soon, I’m looking at lyrics, finding songs to play on my guitar and no writing gets done. However, when I’m in “editing” mode (which is once the first draft is done, when I add in more details, elaborate on scenes, etc.), yes, I listen to the music that inspires me. When I start singing along at this point, it’s not distracting because I know what’s happening already and where the story is going. For this, I have a playlist for each series, if not one for each book as well. You can follow me on Spotify to see them if you want (but no judging my eclectic genius)! https://open.spotify.com/user/1268560600

 

 

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CHANGE OF HEART
Healing Harts #5
T.J. Kline
Releasing May 10th, 2016
Avon Impulse

 

The
fifth and (for now) final book in TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series. 
 
Leah McCarran has never had anything
but bad luck in her life, with the exception of her dream job, working as a
therapist for at-risk youth at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down
on the side of the road and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows
up to help, seems like the last person she can count on.
Gage Granger has risen above the
circumstances of his youth, enough that people believe he has the Midas touch,
especially in business. But when one costly mistake could send his reputation
and his company into ruin, he needs some time to get his head on straight
before he makes a decision that could affect hundreds of lives and heads to see
his brother, near Heart Fire. The last thing he expected to find was a feisty
therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.
Leah doesn’t want friends. There was
only one person she let close – her high school counselor and the mentor who
not only took her in but changed her life, and then she died. Leah doesn’t want
that kind of hurt again so it’s easier to remain distant. But Gage is making it
difficult. And finding out that he staying next door at Heart Fire Ranch isn’t
making it any easier to avoid the kind man who is worming his way into her
heart.
Gage sees the pain Leah’s trying so
adamantly to hide but neither can help the attraction that begins to develop as
they rescue two abandoned kittens and find they have far more in common than
they believed. Gage helps her to move past her nightmarish past and she helps
him realize that one mistake doesn’t define his worth.

EXCERPT

“We should start over.” Gage held out a hand. “I’m Gage Granger, your neighbor. It’s nice to meet you.”

Leah bit the corner of her lip as the horse nudged her hand. “Don’t do that,” she said quietly. She rubbed her hand over the animal’s face the way Jessie had told her they liked. “We’re both old enough that we don’t need to pretend we get do-overs in life.”

“Ah, another cynic.” He reached out and patted the horse’s neck. The second horse seemed to take notice and ambled slowly in their direction.

“A realist,” she corrected. “Another?”

“Like my brother, or at least, he used to be one.” Gage shrugged but looked back at her, curiosity clear in his dark eyes. “So, you don’t think you can forgive and forget? There’s no starting over?”

“Not really. You can forgive, but it’s a conscious choice. Forgetting something ever happened? That’s impossible. It’s like saying there’s such a thing as love at first sight.”

“Next you’re going to tell me you don’t believe in happily ever after either.” He clucked his tongue and shook his head with a grin tugging at the corners of his full lips. “What kind of therapist are you?”

She didn’t return his smile. “A good one. One who knows what I’m talking about and uses hard facts to get through to people who’ve see far too much reality in their daily lives to believe in fairy tales.”

She leaned one elbow on the railing and faced him. “The people I work with don’t need illusions. They need coping skills because life isn’t some kind of fantasy. Most people you meet aren’t good, and they don’t want to help you.”

Gage narrowed his eyes, trying to see more than what she would allow anyone to see. Leah wondered for a moment if she should have just kept her mouth shut. There was something about this man that made her usual calm, reserved demeanor take a vacation and made her tongue run away without her brain. If she wasn’t careful, she’d end up telling him her life story, and no one deserved to bear the weight of that nightmare.

 

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T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions
since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the
culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the
past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for
RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and
Multnomah.

 

 
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INTERVIEW with Mia Sosa author of One Night with the CEO ~ Giveaway

I’m so glad you’re joining me on the blog today:) Please help me welcome author Mia Sosa. Mia has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing.

Afterward, please check out her book ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO and enter her giveaway!

Let’s get started:)

Describe yourself in 5 words. 

Writer. Mother. Soulmate. Friend. Booklover.

Nicely done:) What’s the last thing you ate? 

A salad—on top of a big ol’ beef burger.

Sounds good! In tweet form tell us about your book ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO. Yep, that’s right you get 140 characters:)

She’s looking for Mr. Right Now. He’s looking for Ms. Forever. Now his most important negotiation will be for the one thing money can’t buy.

Awesome…love the sounds of it from those few words. I love choosing character names. Tell us how you chose yours for ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO.

That period in my life is a deadline-induced blur, so I don’t remember. Gah. Tell me I’m not the only one in this position.

lol, you’re definitely not alone. What was your first thought when you saw the book cover for ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO?

Oh, wow. It’s so sexy.

Tell us 2 interesting facts about your hero. 

Mark’s an avid scuba diver, and he was raised by a single father.

Now your heroine.

Karen’s addicted to romance novels (she’s a wise lady, right?), and she’s afraid of the ocean.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I’m a recovering attorney, so writing is a second career for me. That said, I’ve always loved writing, and when I stopped practicing law in 2014, I realized I’d started half a dozen stories over the years. When I saw what I’d written while working full-time and juggling responsibilities at work and at home, I realized I now had the time to focus on writing in a way I never could have before, so I went for it.

So glad you did. Would you like to share what you’re working on now?

I’m polishing the third book in the Suits Undone series. It’s the love story of Gracie’s outrageous BFF, Mimi Pennington, and Daniel Vargas, an uber-polished architect with layers Mimi never expected to uncover. I’m really excited to share their story; the banter is so yummy.

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My favorite thing to cook is : lasagna.
I will never wear : culottes.
If I could go anywhere in the world I’d head to : Costa Rica.
The last book I read was : CD Reiss’s Hardball.
I always : sing while I’m driving.
My toothbrush is : overworked.

Thank you so much for sitting down with us and answering a few questions, Mia. I had a great time and I hope you did, too.

 

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ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO
Suits Undone Series #2
Mia Sosa
Released May 3rd, 2016
Forever Yours

After some disappointing dates, Karen Ramirez has concluded that great sex is for other people. Especially since medical school won’t leave her much time for romance anyway. Then she runs into tall, dark, charming, and ridiculously wealthy Mark Lansing—and quickly reconsiders celibacy. Adding to temptation? Mark will be the best man at her sister’s wedding and the nuptial destination is sultry Puerto Rico. Now this trip might just be sensory overload—or the perfect chance for Karen to find the groove she’s never had.

For CEO Mark Lansing, his perfect match would be smart, sweet, and funny, with long legs and silky hair the color of dark chocolate. In short, someone a lot like Karen. But Mark’s looking to settle down, while a relationship is the last thing on Karen’s mind. So Mark proposes a plan: he and Karen will use their weekend in paradise to sizzling advantage—before downshifting to friendship. The only problem? Karen is all Mark can think of when he gets home. Now his most challenging negotiation will be for the one thing money can’t buy . . .

 

EXCERPT

Well, that had escalated quickly.

Mark’s mouth captured hers. She tasted salt and a hint of sweetness on his lips, a heady combination that made her moan in appreciation. She arched into him, wanting—no, needing— to feel his body against hers. He responded by snaking his hand under her hair and caressing her neck. Seconds later, he wrapped his other hand around her middle and stroked her back. Mark’s kiss promised a full-body experience, and she shivered in response to all the points of contact. Finally, he drew back, gulping in air. Oh, right. She needed to breathe. Funny how easily he made her forget a minor inconvenience like breathing.

 She pressed her face against his chest and held on to the lapels of his suit jacket as she took in air. “What’s happening?”

He brushed his fingers against her hair. “I’m sorry for acting like an ass.”

She looked up at him then. “That’s your version of an apology?”

He stepped back and ran a hand through his hair. “No, that’s my version of being selfish. What I should have done was apologize for being a jerk to you. You didn’t deserve it.”

She nodded. “You’ll get no argument from me there.”

He stepped toward her and reached for her hands. “I wanted to kiss you, but I didn’t think it would be a smart move, so I took my frustration out on you.”

“And the kiss?”

He dropped her hands and shoved his own in his pockets. “The kiss is harder to explain.”

“Um, unless I’m missing something, the phenomenon is called attraction. Your pheromones and my pheromones are sending chemo-signals to each other. Totally normal.”

He gave her his trademark half smile. “Totally not a good idea, either.”

She didn’t disagree with him. Doing anything with Mark didn’t figure in her plans, no matter how much he’d nearly owned her with a single kiss. “Again, you’ll get no argument from me. Still, that kiss was pretty freaking hot.”

Mark closed his eyes and raised his head to the night sky. “Stop doing that. I’m relying on you to be the voice of reason in this situation.”

Ha. That was cute. But she’d oblige him anyway, because she needed to put the kiss in its proper place: a momentary lapse in judgment not to be repeated. If she didn’t, he’d consume her thoughts, and she couldn’t afford the distraction. “Mark, look around. We’re in Puerto Rico. You look hot. I look hot. It’s hot, period. And we’re standing in front of a garden. You hear that?”

“What?”

“The coquis.”

“What’s a coqui?”

She resisted the urge to roll her eyes. “Only one of the most important cultural symbols of Puerto Rico.” When he stared at her blankly, she continued. “The tiny frogs, Mark. You must have seen them everywhere at the airport. T-shirts, mugs, hats, you name it. Listen.”

They faced each other in silence. “That’s their mating call,” she told him. “They’re practically begging us to lock lips. You can’t be faulted for wanting to kiss me under these circumstances.”

He bridged the distance between them. “What if I told you I’ve wanted to kiss you every single second I’ve been in your presence? Can you explain that?”

She gulped. “Well, that’s a little harder to explain.”

He pressed his hand against the back of her neck and pulled her flush against him. “And I’ve never wanted to stop at kissing. I want us to do more than that. A lot more.”

 
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award-winning writer and 2015 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart®
Finalist. She writes contemporary romances that are funny, flirty, and a little
dirty. Ahem. Her first book, Unbuttoning the CEO, was published by Grand
Central Publishing in December 2015 and garnered a starred review from Library
Journal, which called it “a sparkling romance debut.”
Although
Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, practical considerations
(read: the need to generate income) led her to take the law school admissions
test instead. She practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation’s
capital for ten years before returning to her creative roots. Now she spends
most of her days writing love stories about smart women and the complicated men
who love them. Okay, let’s be real here: Mia wears PJs all day and watches more
reality television than a network television censor–all in the name of
research, of course. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters
and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.

Mia is
represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

 

 

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INTERVIEW with Julianna Keyes author of Undecided ~ Giveaway

I’m so glad you’re joining me on the blog today:) We have author Julianna Keyes visiting. She’s sharing some info about herself, her writing, and her release UNDECIDED!

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Let’s get started …

What’s your favorite room in your house? My bedroom! Life is busy and crawling into bed and knowing there’s nothing left to do for a few hours is the best kind of wonderful. It’s a rare opportunity to shut off my brain – not that it always gets the message.
When we walk in your front door, what’s the first thing we’d see? Art! I have a beautiful picture a friend of mine made. He used the body of a real dragonfly as a template and filled the wings with origami paper from Japan (where he lived when he got this idea) and I love it. On the other side I have two silk “paintings” I bought in China. They look like paintings but they’re actually tiny silk stitches of scenes of everyday life in China and I adore them.
I love choosing character names. How did you choose yours for Undecided? Sometimes when I’m working on something names will randomly occur to me. Rather than change the names of the characters in my WIP, I save them for later. I actually have a little list, which is where I got Nora’s name. I often find the really “unusual” names in books to be a distraction, so I chose “Nora” because it stood out for quite the opposite reason – it seemed classic and prim, the way she presents herself at the beginning of the story. I settled on “Crosbie” after thinking of Sidney Crosby. I’m actually from the same town as Sidney Crosby, but I don’t watch hockey and his name is really the only one I know. I associate the name with sports and since Crosbie’s an athlete, I went with it. The third main character is Kellan. I deliberately chose a more modern name – I don’t think there were many Kellans born in the 80s, but I imagine there are lots roaming the halls of high schools now. I wanted his name to feel more “popular” since he’s the most popular guy on campus. The last names I just totally made up.
The cover for Undecided is wonderful. What was your reaction when you first saw it? I was thrilled! It’s the first time I’ve ever had this much say in a cover and it’s everything I wanted. I made a hideous mock-up of my ideal cover (essentially legs on a couch), told the designer to imagine D.J. Tanner sitting on a couch with A.C. Slater and Zack Morris (he watched Full House & Saved by the Bell so he knew what I was talking about), gave him a picture that showed the tone I wanted, and he put it all together. It was better than anything I could have hoped for. When I saw the finished product it really felt perfect.
Describe your writing space. Super unexciting! A desk, a lamp, a laptop, and stacks and stacks of random papers I bring home from work to recycle. They’re filled with countless notes, ideas, and checklists. There are a few spiral-bound notebooks where I make editing notes (in absolutely random, unhelpful order), a cup of pens, and some lip gloss. I’m easily distracted – I couldn’t possibly have anything more interesting in my writing space or I’d never actually write!
What was the inspiration for your book UndecidedA while back I was reading a really popular New Adult Romance when I started thinking how much better it would be if the heroine fell for the cocky best friend. The hero was just too pat and perfect – falling for the friend would provide more conflict, more obstacles, and more surprises. I like characters that are flawed and real, and I’m a fan of heroes who are sort of jerks at the beginning so they go through more of a transformation to be worthy of the heroine. I like peeling back those layers to the real people underneath, and since the New Adult genre is about college-age people fumbling through the part of their lives when they really begin to establish their identity, I thought this was the perfect story for this genre.
Are you comfortable writing love scenes? Yes, surprisingly. The awkward part is really just the first time people you know learn that you write them! But since the truth is out there, I’m over it. They’re kind of like any other scene – they need to reveal and/or advance character and/or plot, and finding ways to do that while maintaining the integrity of the story is a fun balancing act. I like reading them, and I like writing them.
Care to tell us what you’re working on now? A darker psychological romance, where everybody’s lying to everybody else…or are they?

FINISH THIS SENTENCE FUN:
The last thing I cooked was… Brussels sprouts! My favourite.

 

Right now I’m reading… “Sugar Salt Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. I look at the cereal aisle like Death Row. I already know processed food is bad for me, but learning about the psychology, planning, and manipulation that goes into convincing us we want/need those foods is a real eye-opener. Especially for someone whose favourite food is Coke! I’ve even become that person at work who terrorizes people with these scary new facts. Stay away from Lunchables, folks!

 

I wish I could… sing. I’ve wished that my whole life, and I’ll keep on wishing. I am not talented.
Chocolate is… the best.
I always enjoy… re-reading Robinson Crusoe. Someday I’ll find a desert island of my own.
No way will I ever… eat fish! I said this when I was seven, and I’m still saying it now. Never, mom. Knock it off.
My favorite movie is… Speed. But I tell people it’s 12 Angry Men, which is also great.

 

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UNDECIDED
Julianna Keyes
Releasing April 4th, 2016
Nora Kincaid has one goal for her
second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy
resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up
again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for
invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general
hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.
Crosbie’s reckless reputation and
well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s
quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected
gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past
his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it
all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.
But as Nora starts to fall for
Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier.
Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the
one big secret she’s hiding…

EXCERPT

“Want to see a movie?” Crosbie asks as we drive closer.

I squint at the list of shows. It’s an enormous multiplex and the parking lot is packed. He inches past the front so we can see what’s playing.

“Kill Glory 3 is out? I thought it wasn’t coming until December.”

Crosbie laughs uncomfortably when I name the latest installment of the popular horror franchise. “What else is playing?”

I look at him. “You don’t like scary movies?”
He purses his lips. “I like them fine.”

My jaw drops. “You’re afraid.”

“Am not.”

“Maybe Toy Story 6 is playing.”

“The Toy Story franchise is classic.”

“Okay, fine.” I crane my neck to try to see some more names. “There’s Tanker Race 2, Soda Shoppe Gals, Operation—I think that’s based on the board game—and that documentary about seals. Anything you’re dying to see?”

He finds parking at the end of a row and unbuckles his seatbelt. “Lady’s choice.”

“Kill Glory 3.”

“Never mind, you can’t choose.”

“Have you seen the first two? They’re excellent. It’s about this death angel named Glory who keeps returning to earth to try to get revenge—”

“I saw five minutes of the first one, and that was enough.”

“So…Soda Shoppe Gals?”

He tips his head to peer out the windshield at the start times. We’ve got half an hour until the next showings. “We can see Kill Glory 3,” he says reluctantly, reaching over to tug me in by the collar. “But let’s make out for a bit first.”

“Make out?” I feign offense. “You haven’t even bought me popcorn.”

“Can I just give you the ten dollars?”

We’re laughing when our lips meet, teeth bumping until we get serious. Crosbie displays none of the urgency I’m feeling, kissing me leisurely, exploring, learning. Again, it’s a surprise. He’s got one hand curled against my neck while the other rests against the back of the seat. If I’d ever given any thought to making out in a car with Crosbie Lucas, I’d have pictured him sticking his hand up my shirt—or down my pants—in the first thirty seconds. But that doesn’t appear to be the plan for tonight, and I quash the tiny part of me that’s disappointed and tell myself to just enjoy the moment. I’ve actually never done this before. I had zero boyfriends in high school, and I don’t think any of the guys I kissed last year even had a car. At least, I never bothered to learn enough about them to find out if they did.

Teenagers walk by and holler “Get a room!” breaking us apart. We’re both breathing hard, the windows only starting to steam up, advertising our activities without actually obscuring them.

“Hi,” Crosbie says.

I can’t help but smile. “Hi.”

 
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Julianna
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is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts
and several places in between. She’s been skydiving, bungee jumping and white
water rafting, but nothing thrills—or terrifies—her as much as the blank page.
She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, though not
necessarily in that order, and writes sizzling stories with strong characters,
plenty of conflict, and lots of making up.
 
In addition to Undecided, she is
the author of four contemporary romances: Just Once, the story of a
world weary socialite and a stubborn ranch foreman; Going the Distance,
a love story set in China between a kindergarten ESL teacher and a former army
interrogator; Time Served, the tale of an ambitious young lawyer
whose perfect world is jeopardized when she reunites with her ex-con
ex-boyfriend; and In Her Defense, in which a ruthless young lawyer
realizes there’s more to life than being the best…right?
 
For more details on these and any upcoming books,
visit her online at http://juliannakeyes.com, or sign up for her free
newsletter at http://juliannakeyes.com/newsletter.html.

 

 
 
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