2016: A Year in Review

I’ve seen a lot of posts today with people sharing 16 things that went well/made them appreciate 2016. My first thought was, Wow, 16 things is a lot, especially when the year has ended with so much negativity. Do I have 16 significant life events to discuss that will make me appreciate this past year? My second thought was, Shit,  I haven’t blogged since sometime in 2015. Do I really want to start back up now? 

The answer to the first question is YES. No matter what challenges I faced in 2016, personal or otherwise, I am, without a doubt, always grateful for another year on this planet. Another year with my kids. Another year getting to write romance. And when I went back through my camera roll on my phone, I found tons of evidence for what made this past year a good one for me. The answer to the second question…about blogging…I’m not so sure. Let’s maybe start with baby steps with more pictures than words. With that, I give you my sometimes writing related/sometimes not look back at the highlights of 2016.

1. The end of 2015 gave us The Force Awakens, and from there the Twitter handle of @VeryLonleyLuke was born. Literally a great start to 2016.vll

2. A fun first! I was part of a self-published anthology of NA stories that took place in the 80s, and for this I wrote my first novella inspired by The Stone Roses’ 1989 song, “She Bangs the Drums.”80s

3. I binged Hart of Dixie on Netflix and regret NOTHING. #teamwade

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4. My good friend and fellow author, Lia Riley, turned me on to Liane Moriarty’s books. Not only are her stories compelling reads, but she writes women so brilliantly. I’m hoping some of this brilliance rubs off on me. bll

5. I published three of four books in my contemporary romance series, the Kingston Ale House series, starting with The One That Got Away. I loved getting to work on these four books with my amazing editor, Karen Grove, at Entangled Publishing.
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6. I got asked to present at Writers Week, an amazing event at the school where I used to work, and was honored to share some program space with some pretty impressive names.
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7. I really felt like I made it when I was asked to sign someone’s arm at another school visit.
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8. This pic of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was saved on my camera roll (originally from Details magazine). Definitely a 2016 highlight.
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9. I got more ink, writing related and personal. I added more birds for more published books, and an infinity symbol with my kids’ initials because I love them infinity. (I’m actually due for two more birds!)
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10. Captain America: Civil War released, and it was everything. Any guesses whose team I’m on?
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11. As librarian me, I attended the School Library Journal Day of Dialog conference in Chicago. One of the keynote speakers was YA author, Laini Taylor. Her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is by far one of my all-time favorite series. Period. And her lyrical, masterful, prose is too gorgeous for words (how ironic). I fangirl hard for her.
laini-taylorI also attended the Anderson’s YA Literature Conference with a couple of my YA Lit loving writers/friends/educators.

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12. I participated in my local RWA Chapter’s (Chicago North) conference, Spring Fling. It was my very first romance-related local signing, and I had so much fun meeting readers…especially one of whom was a sorority sister from college I hadn’t seen in years!
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13.  Spring Fling also meant a weekend with some of my lovely writer friends who I only get to see once or twice a year and fangirling while I was in a Christina Lauren sandwich.
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14. In July I made it to RWA Nationals in San Diego where I got to hang out with MOAR of my talented friends I only see at events like this, including some of the amazing crew from Heroes and Heartbreakers (where I sometimes guest blog) and two of my critique partners, Lia Riley and Jennifer Blackwood. Natalie Blitt and Megan Erickson (not pictured because I have not seen them this year *cries*), I will see YOU at RT in Atalanta. Cannot wait.
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15. The Kingston Ale House series got a sexy new cover makeover (still just as sexy between the pages…as it already was).
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16. And finally, I signed a contract for my first print deal with Forever Romance, a three-book series that will be out in early 2018. AND, I co-authored a book with my talented friend, Lia Riley, that was acquired as a four-book series for Harlequin’s new sexy category line, also releasing in 2018. A great end to the year.
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Okay, so I just learned a couple of important things. First, how the past year looks is all about perspective. Are there things that happened in 2016 that I wish hadn’t? Yes. Of course. But I also learned that there is a lot (big and small) that was positive for me. Second, as a first foray back into blogging after over a year…doing a post based on pics rather than text is NOT faster than just writing a post. I’m just sayin’.

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you had 16 or more highlights this past year and am wishing you many, many more in 2017.

 

ONE NIGHT is here!!!

I am so thrilled that ONE NIGHT is out in the world. This book is super special to me, and I can’t wait for you to meet Jess, Adam, Zoe, Regan, and Spock. While this book is New Adult Contemporary Romance, it is quite the ensemble cast. This is Jess and Adam’s story at the core, but I hope you fall for Zoe and Spock as much as I did while writing them because their story is next!

 

OneNight_revisedhairWhen she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened…and why he’d never want her for more than one night.

Includes a preview of the upcoming Only You novel, One Life.

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ONE NIGHT deals with some heavy subject matter, but I promise you plenty of laughs and swoons to balance out the tough times. And for Jess, Adam, and anyone else who might be in the middle of one of life’s curve balls–I’ll cross my fingers that none of you give up on hope and that maybe my little book offers that to you.
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Happy Birthday, li’l Book!

 

It’s a birthday celebration, and that calls for Jake Ryan. Because I know if he could, he’d be here today to wish IF ONLY a very happy birthday. OR, this is just a gratuitous Jake Ryan pic. Either way, I’m good with it. sixteencandles

Because holy wow, one year ago today, this story I wrote–this romance not just about the love of love, but about the love of stories themselves–made its way into the world! Happy birthday,
IF ONLY!

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I am so grateful to get to do what I do and to have such wonderful people in my life who supported me (and still do) and this little dream I had to write this book and see what happened next.

So, just some quick thanks  first to Lex, the first ever to read this book and give me the confidence to see where it would go; to Amy for not only helping me write the three-sentence pitch that started this whole publishing ball rolling but for loving the book when I finally had the nerve to show it to you!

To Natalie, Megan, Lia, and Jen–early readers, critiquers,  and fans of Jordan, Noah, Griffin, Duncan, and Elaina– my writing life would be immeasurably more difficult without you, and my heart would be way less full without your friendship. You really do make my dreams come true.

Thank you to my fabulous publisher, Entangled, especially IF ONLY’s editors, Karen and Nicole–GROUP HUG.

There’s no way I could do any of this without readers. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for making it possible for me to keep on keepin’ on.  Sending you all virtual Baymax fist bumps!

What’s next? Well, 2014 closed out with IF ONLY‘s follow-up, WHAT IF. And in four weeks, thanks to my lovely agent, my first book in a new series, ONE NIGHT, releases with Berkley/Intermix (4-21-15), with book two, ONE LIFE, following in the fall (10-20-15).

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Is it me on the page?

“How much of you is in your writing?”

This weekend I took part in a local literary festival, kicking off the festivities by sitting on my first author panel (which was so much fun, btw).  One of the questions we were asked was the one above, which is always a fun question to answer about my debut novel, If OnlyI told our audience, “Well, If Only is about a girl who studies abroad in Scotland her junior year of college and dates one guy but falls in love with another guy who just happens to have traveled to the same school with his girlfriend.” Pause for breath. “When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in Scotland. I dated one guy and crushed on another…who had a girlfriend.”

What are the odds? But as much as there are similarities, If Only is 100 % Jordan’s story. Not mine. The same is true for all the books I’ve written so far. There’s a little bit of me in every hero/heroine I write. Jordan loves British literature. So do I. Noah loves The Great Gatsby and is going to be an English teacher. So do I/So was I. In What If, Griffin likes to deflect with humor rather than wear his heart on his sleeve. Waves from corner of deflection. And Maggie not only loves Gilmore Girls but is emphatically #teamjess. Wonder where she gets that from. But still, these are not my stories. They belong to the characters I create and the readers who follow them on their journey. I might infuse parts of my life that are special or important, traits I want to share with my characters, but they take those traits and make them their own.

Which brings me to One Nighta new book in a new series releasing with Intermix on April 21st. In One Night, my main character, Jess, and her roommate, Zoe, become fangirls of The Vampire Diaries. At the time I started writing the book, I had just started watching the show (erm…binge-watching on Netflix), so I made that a way for Jess and Zoe (and even the hero, Adam) to bond. Throwing fun shout outs to some of my favorite things in my writing lets me indirectly share those things with my readers. Additionally, infusing important issues into my stories also lets me share what I hope are important messages as well.

In One Night, Jess’s personal story arc stems from how she deals with depression. Depression is not a part of my life now, but it was in my 20s. Back then I would have shied away from talking about it. As someone who was (and still is) her own worst critic, for a long time I let myself believe that if I couldn’t kick whatever was wrong with me, then I was a failure.  And right there was the poisonous thinking because nothing was wrong with me. Depression didn’t make me any less of a person than anyone else. I just needed help, needed to realize that no form of self-medicating was going to make me the healthy person I knew I wanted to be.

I gave Jess a snippet of my experience but made it hers. Why give it to her in the first place? Because, like I said, I was afraid to talk about my depression when I was going through it because I worried what people would think. I thought self-medicating could top professional help. But I missed the mark on both accounts. When I opened up to close friends about what was going on with me, I found tremendous support. When I took my health seriously (first at the insistence of my mom but later by choice) and sought both medical and psychological support, my life changed dramatically. I gave a similar journey to Jess so that through her story others who might be in a like situation would learn with Jess that getting help shows strength, not weakness, and that she (and others going through the same) is worthy of a life full of hope and love.

And that sexy vampires are awesome.

(See what I did there? It got all serious, so I deflected.)

So yes, a bit of me seeps onto the page in every story, but none of these stories are mine. Through my characters I may share something I love or something important to me, but the story always belongs to the people on the page and those who read my words. My only hope is that readers find a way to connect to the people I create through laughter, tears, frustration, fear, and always, ALWAYS–the swoons.

 

WHAT IF Release/Giveaway!

So, here we are, eight months after IF ONLY, my debut novel, released in late March. This whole authoring thing still feels so new–not the writing part of it but the putting-the-book-out-there part of it, giving it to readers and letting go of ownership because that’s what this is all about. A book that for so long was just my little creation is now yours, and that’s pretty freaking amazing. I’m so grateful that I get to do what I do. And even though I’ve done this once before, it feels like the first time all over again–lots of feels.  So, in keeping with what I hope will become release day tradition, here are all those feels in the best way I know how to express them–through gifs.

I am beyond excited for WHAT IF to be out there. All I want to do is this.

WHAT IF has been getting so much love in early reviews, and I wish I could tackle hug you all to say thank you!

And then there are those of you who, like me, fell in love with Griffin in IF ONLY and have waited patiently for his story. This is the story of my heart, and it’s hard to articulate how happy I am to finally share it with you.

Am I scared? Holy hella yes. I made this thing, and now this thing is not just mine. It’s yours. So I might be a little…

But really, I can’t say thank you enough. All the fear, excitement, nervous and happy dancing–it’s all worth it because I get to share my words with you. Thank you for reading.

Let’s celebrate!

WHAT IF

Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a WhatIf_Cover_Finalgirl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

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Make it Last Release Day!!! (and giveaway)

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Title: Make it Right (Bowler University #2)
Author: Megan Erickson
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse

Max Payton lives by two rules:

 

Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

 

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…

 

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

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Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she’s probably listening to the characters in her head who won’t stop talking.


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UPSIDE DOWN by LIA RILEY: RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAYS

I’m crazy thrilled to get to talk about Lia Riley’s debut novel, UPSIDE DOWN. I’m honored to have read this book prepublication and to call Lia my friend. Her words give me all the feels as a reader and all the inspiration as a writer. I’m so happy for you, Lia! UPSIDE DOWN is on of my absolute favs. Happy, happy release day!

Lia and I wanted to do something extra fun for her release today, so you’ve got TWO giveaway opportunities! Enter the rafflecopter after the fabulous UPSIDE EXCERPT for a great Australian themed prize pack. To win an ARC OF BOOK TWO (you heard me), SIDESWIPED,  play along with our little game right here.

Lia is a brave soul who is not afraid to admit when she makes a mistake, especially when it comes to pop culture bloopers. She made
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(and now with you too). So, Lia is sharing her pop culture snafus with you. To enter to win an arc of SIDESWIPED (arc available most likely next month), all you have to do is leave a comment on this post sharing a pop culture mistake you’ve made. Get creative. This can include messing up character names, song lyrics, you name. Lia will show you hers if you show her yours.  Can you tell what’s wrong with both or either of these? Here’s a hint for my favorite one. Thanks for sharing, Lia. Readers, make sure you comment and share yours!
UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley
(August 5, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to Australia. Everything is going to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

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“A few meters more, you’re almost there.”

It’s like we’re at the end of some old-school adventure tale, one where the heroes are stoic even as the blizzard rages, avalanches fall, and death hovers like a benevolent ghost.

Well, Bran is the hero.

I’m like one of the minor sidekicks who goes down during some important turning point. My death might even inspire the hero on his journey or teach him a valuable lesson. But at this point in the flick, the minor sidekick should be well and truly dead. Not white-knuckling a column of dolerite rock, thighs gripping the stone like it’s the world’s best lover.

“That’s it, Talia,” Bran’s voice is encouraging. “You’re holding tight, that’s great. Now, I’m going to need you to release your left hand and reach up a few inches to grab the next hold.”

I grit my teeth. The way he talks, you’d think I’m scaling Everest. Or at least Kilimanjaro. Instead—

“’Scuse, us, we’ll be by in a tic. That’s the way, Andy, right around the lady.”

I’m the lady. Andy is a kid who doesn’t look a day over seven who scrambles past me in a flurry of Spider-Man shoes and gap-toothed smiles. His parents bring up the rear, smiling up at their wild monkey child with obvious pride.

And they aren’t the first group to pass me.

Five Swedish women, a couple, and a guy who looked to be in his mid-seventies have also shot past me during the course of the last quarter hour.

The top is so close I can taste it. Bran is being nothing but encouraging, but below me is a twenty-foot drop. Not enough to kill me, unless I fall with some sort of suicidal intent, but enough to make me feel incredibly uneasy about the boulder field.

Bran eases toward me. “Talia, take my hand.”

“Can’t let go.”

“Talia.”

“No.” This is it; this is the reason. Bran isn’t going to admit it here, while I’m bordering on a panic attack on a trail being conquered by elementary school children and senior citizens, but there’s no doubt this is A REASON to lose interest in me. I’m giving him a big capital-lettered reason, but I can’t stop. I physically can’t let go.

“Talia. Take a deep breath.”

“Breath taken.”

“Another.”

“Okay.”

“Give me your hand, no bullshit. I want your fingers in mine. You’ll be safe. I’m going to keep you safe. I need you to trust me.”

Somehow I do it. I give him my fingers. He assists me up. We’re doing this together. My head clears the boulder and I can see the steel marker that identifies the summit ahead. Holy shit, he’s right. I’m going to reach the top.

A few more steps, easy now, and we’re there. The kid in the Spider-Man shoes munches a Vegemite sandwich. I want to scoop him up in a smooshy squeeze. Except his parents would likely object, so I switch gears to give Bran a long and passionate kiss.

“I knew you’d get here,” he says.

“I didn’t.”

He turns me to see the view, his hands tight around my waist. “Your place is here, Captain, in the sun,” he whispers in my ear. “Don’t ever forget that.”

About the author: 

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY Lia Riley_Photo Credit Kitti Hommescoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.
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Accidentally Married On Purpose-Release Day and Giveaway!

 

People, this is one of my favorite books this year written by one of my favorite people. I’m such a huge fangirl of Rachel Harris’s words.  And this whole series, Love and Games, is fantastic. I don’t know how she does it, but I finish one book with a huge, goofy grin on my face and think nothing can top it. Then her next book does. This book, the third in the series, is my absolute favorite. It’s one of my favorite romance books. Period. I know I’m getting all gushy, but I just finished this book today and can’t stop thinking about it. Read my review. READ THE BOOK. You’ll see what I mean.

Congratulations, Rachel! I’m so happy to celebrate with you on your release day for Accidentally Married on Purpose (Love and Games #3)!

 

 

Title: Accidentally Married on Purpose (Love
and Games #3)
Author: Rachel Harris
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: July 14, 2014

 

Synopsis
One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love.

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

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Excerpt (One of my FAVORITE scenes in the book)

Laughing, he threw open the door and tore up the drive, expecting Sherry to be right behind him. But when he reached the front door and turned around, she wasn’t on the porch. Confused, Tyler walked back a few steps and found her instead in the yard, face tilted to the sky, arms stretched to capture the liquid drops.

In his experience, women tended to get all Wicked Witch when it came to the wet stuff—they freaked if it touched them. While Sherry wasn’t overly dramatic about fashion, he’d seen her tackle box filled with makeup and witnessed the application ceremony. If anyone would avoid the risk of messing it up, it’d be Sherry.

But then, as he always seemed to be when it came to this woman, he’d been wrong.

“What the hell are you doing?”

She stuck out her tongue like a kid catching snowflakes and closed her eyes as the rain pelted her once flawless face. Lowering her head with a grin, she said, “It’s not like we’re gonna melt. Haven’t you ever danced in the rain for fun?”

“Danced?” Tyler edged closer to the end of the covered porch, shocked anew. Raising his voice over the torrent, he shook his head. “Can’t say that I have.”

His confession earned him a playful grin, and as she held out a hand toward him, she said, “There’s a first time for everything.”

Right now, he was dry. He was under a roof, warm and adequately dressed to impress the in-laws. But her smile was hypnotic. Placing his hand in hers, unsure why he was even doing it, he let her tug him into the storm.

As expected, it was cold. And wet. If anyone saw them out here—and with their photographic luck, people were definitely watching—they’d think he was nuts. But that didn’t matter because his adorable, silly, crazy-as-hell wife dropped his hand and began dancing. Spinning in a circle, laughing at nothing, scrunching her nose and making a Mick Jagger face as she shimmied her shoulders and swirled those luscious hips.

It was mesmerizing.

“Dancing isn’t a spectator sport,” she called out, eyebrow lifted, twirling again. “Don’t tell me you don’t dance, music man. I ain’t buying it.”

Oh, he had some moves. Not great moves, mind you, but he could carry his own. So, with his sassy brunette watching and waiting, Tyler gave the quiet street a cursory glance, and then bopped his head.

“Niiice,” Sherry teased, throwing her head back in a laugh. “Watch out, Timberlake.”

Shaking his head, a smile twitching his lips, he added his feet. Pleasure filled her eyes as she followed his every step, so he also did a Michael Jackson moonwalk, completely with a crotch grab. That sent her into hysterics. And made him feel like a damn king.

Rachel’s Favorite Quotes

  • Sherry shifted her head to look at him. Fear and vulnerability pooled in her eyes. “If I throw myself at you tonight, or even suggest we push the boundaries of our relationship…” His fingers stopped moving. “I need you to turn me down.”
  • “Tyler Blue,” the reporter replied with a huge smile, glancing back at her cameraman. She gave him some sort of signal and he stepped forward—just as the ground under Sherry’s feet started to shift. “Lead singer of Blue, God’s gift to country music. And your new husband. Am I right?”
  • “You burning, baby?” She nodded as he slid his nose along her jaw, inhaling her scent until he reached the gentle lobe of her ear. He tongued the delicate skin, sucked it into his mouth, and then whispered, “Me too.”
  • She was wearing a wedding veil. A wedding veil was on her head. It was white. It had lace. And it was on her freaking head. She didn’t have a single stich of clothing on her body otherwise, but she did have that.
  • If anyone saw them out here—and with their photographic luck, people were definitely watching—they’d think he was nuts. But that didn’t matter because his adorable, silly, crazy-as-hell wife dropped his hand and began dancing. Spinning in a circle, laughing at nothing, scrunching her nose and making a Mick Jagger face as she shimmied her shoulders and swirled those luscious hips. It was mesmerizing.

 

  

 

Check out the other books in this fun series!
Taste the Heat

 

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Seven Day Fiance

 

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About Rachel Harris

Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel
Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot
guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships
are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each
day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.

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FINDING DANDELION by Lex Martin–Release Day and Giveaway!

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I am so proud to celebrate the release of Lex Martin’s book. She is my amazing friend, my writing partner, my identical hand twin sister. And this book, guys. THIS BOOK! I loved book one in this great series of stand-alone romances, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, but I dare say DANDELION is even better.  You are going to love Jax and Dani’s story, but if you haven’t read CLEM yet, guess what? It’s free on Amazon until tomorrow! Okay, enough of me. Today is about Lex. Congratulations, sweetie! I’m so proud of you! <3

Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2)

Lex Martin

A New Adult Romance

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When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

 

Purchase the Books

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Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

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Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

 

About the Author

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Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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Giveaway!

Kindle Paperwhite * Signed Paperback of copy Dearest Clementine

** Kindle Paperwhite is open to US entrants ONLY. International participants will awarded the monetary value in the form of an Amazon Gift Card if they win. **
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Teaser Blitz + Giveaway: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

Woohoo! Chanel Cleeton’s London Falling, her follow up to I See London, releases July 7th! And for a limited time, you can read book one for only 99 pennies!
LONDON FALLING by Chanel Cleeton
July 7th, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Blurb:

We weren’t a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb…  

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It’s his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

LONDON FALLING PRE-ORDER LINK:
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I SEE LONDON (Book #1)
Book Order Links:
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About the author:

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, traveled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com. Keep up with Chanel’s latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/.

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