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The Get Lucky Anthology features:

From USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh – Walking the Line

Finn Ahearn’s Irish luck is about to run out…

Reformed Aussie bad girl Ellie is a decade older than Finn but that doesn’t stop the charming

Irishman from wooing her. Ellie doesn’t believe in the happily-ever-after dream any longer, not

since hers imploded a long time ago. But can a smooth-talking Irishman sway a hard-hearted

cynic to believe in love again?

From reader favorite Kelsey Browning – Amazed by You

Falling again for your first love…this time for keeps.

Author’s assistant Olivia McLaughlin must pull off an extravagant St. Patrick’s Day garden party

to win a coveted promotion, but her success hinges on landscape designer Cody Kavanaugh, her

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#Giveaway [Deadline Extended]-Designed For Love by @KelseyBrowning

Hey, y’all! (I get to say y’all when I blog about Southern Romances, but I think I was made an honorary Southern Girl a few weeks ago by one of my awesome author buddies anyway.)

I’m so glad you’ve popped by to check out the sooper sekrit (okay, not so secret) exclusive Designed For Love excerpt on my blog today. You know I rave about Kelsey Browning’s books ALL. THE. TIME. anyway, but I’m really excited to be part of this blog tour. I received an ARC of this book a while back and I’ve been sitting on my review for what feels like 100 years. I can’t wait to share it with you guys (and now I don’t have to – so look for it later today!).

Let’s get to it, shall we?

DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning

Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

Without further ado, here’s the pretty cover.

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Cute couple kissing, sweet motorcycle. You like? Good.

Guys, this book is out TODAY. Buy a copy. You know what? If you don’t already have it, buy the entire series. How’s this… buy this book, send me a screenshot of your purchase confirmation to needmorebooksblog@gmail.com, and I’ll do a draw to WIN THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!!!!!!!! (All the exclamation points, guys!) I’ll leave the giveaway open until Monday, December 1 at 9pm EST. Winner announced Thursday morning here on the blog, and I’ll slap it on Kelsey’s author page on Facebook. You can find the link later in this post. Become a fan. …do it. You know you want to.

About the Book

Title:                Designed For Love (Texas Nights, #4)

Release:          November 24, 2014

Genre:             Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Format:           e-book

Book Links:      Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple / Goodreads

 

Book Summary:

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

…and here’s what you came here for.

Ashton hit her car’s brights to better light the cratered oil-top road she was bumping down. Within a half mile, the road dead-ended into twin dirt ruts bisected by weeds taller than her convertible’s hood. If those weeds weren’t listing to the left, proving someone had driven this path recently, she would’ve backed out, turned her butt around and taken Napoleon back to the apartment for a bowl of Frosty Paws.

Then again, they’d been out of the pricey frozen dog treats for three weeks now.

After the grocery store fiasco a few days ago, Ashton had been so humiliated and so damned thankful for Mac, she’d darted out of the grocery store before he could finish filling in the check to the Piggly Wiggly. And the name on his check…Michael E. McLaughlin. She hadn’t known his name was Michael. And that E initial was driving her crazy—Ethan, Edward, Earl?

Now that she knew his real name, she felt even more indebted to him.

“He’s not my type,” she told Napoleon. Never in her life had she been with a man who looked as though he could pull up a tree, roots and all, and carry it ten miles on his back. “He’s too big and burly. He probably has to siphon off the excess testosterone every morning. So my heart beats a little faster when he’s around. I probably have a cardiac problem. The man wears flannel shirts. With snaps, for God’s sake.”

She sat at the crossroads, her headlights shining into the woods surrounding Lily Lake, while Napoleon perched his fuzzy paws on the passenger side window and whined. She could normally read his moods easily, but the sound he was making was a cross between “I swear there are bears in those trees,” “I desperately need a pawdicure on these ragged nails,” and “You’re seriously hot for Paul Bunyan boy?”

“I know, sweetie. I’ve been a bad mommy. Maybe if Gigi can offer some advice—”or money, “—we can schedule a spa day.” She probably shouldn’t put that onus on her grandmother. And she’d learned not to make promises she couldn’t keep because Napoleon understood every word she said, and he’d hold her to them. After the filet fiasco and her subsequent scolding, he’d found his way into her makeup drawer. It had taken two baths to wash all the mascara and lipstick out of his fur. If he went at it again, she’d be forced to skulk around the local discount store in a trench coat and dark glasses to buy an all-in-one makeup kit for under twenty bucks. A shudder rippled up her spine. Napoleon even looked over at her as if to say do not go there.

But the way things were, she might not even be able to afford an eye shadow-blusher combo.

She blew out a breath. If only she could blow her troubles away as easily. 

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

 

Designed For Love:

“Had me laughing from page one!  Browning takes all those awkward little details in life that we like to hide, turns them into hilarious gems, and crafts brilliance with them.  I loved the characters, the town, the dog–and the hammock!  What a hoot!” ~ Sharla Lovelace, Award Winning Author of Don’t Let Go

“Hilarious antics, sassy banter, and sizzling chemistry add up to one fantastic story as Mac and Ashton stumble their way toward happily ever after!” ~ Tracy Brogan, International Bestselling Author

 

Personal Assets:

 

“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  ~ Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

 

Problems in Paradise:

 

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” ~ Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

 And here’s the brains of the operation, the super funny and very talented Kelsey Browning. I can’t even begin to explain how lucky I feel to have this lovely person in my life, let alone that she has shared her talent with us all. The first book in her Texas Nights series will always have a special place in my heart, and on my virtual bookshelf.
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About the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

 

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

Facebook Party

Kelsey is hosting a Thankful for Romance Facebook Party from Friday, November 21 – Monday, November 24 and will be featuring several authors each day. If you haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with Kelsey and her super fun friends yet, this is a great opportunity. You’ll get to chat with the authors and get to know them a little, you’ll learn about a TON of new-to-you books, make some friends, and maybe even win a prize.

Here’s a peek at who’s going to be there:

 

Friday, November 21 – Celebrating Romance Series
Awesome Authors include: Angi MorganAdrienne Giordano Author Page,Tamara MorganShauna AllenAlison PackardTerri Osburn, & Tracey Devlyn

Saturday, November 22 – Celebrating Sexy Romance
Awesome Authors include: Avery FlynnRobin CovingtonKimberly KincaidKelsey Browning – Author, and a special Amazon gift card giveaway from Liliana Hart.

Sunday, November 23 – Celebrating Southern Sass Romance
Awesome authors include: Christine Glover AuthorJodi LintonSharla LovelaceNancy Naigle & Cynthia D’Alba.

Monday, November 24 – Celebrating Contemporary Romance & the release of Kelsey Browning‘s Designed for Love.
Awesome authors include: Jamie FarrellDianna Love, Kat LathamKim LawCaro CarsonWendy S. Marcus, & Sonali Dev

 

Link to Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/832158273473413

 


 

Blog Tour Stops

Now I know you’re probably here because you’ve been following along with all of the other exclusive excerpts this week, but just in case you’re here because you’re one of mine, here’s a list of all of the other awesome blogs that have been posting excerpts from Designed For Love.

 

November 16 – Excerpt One

Brain Candy

http://www.kelseybrowning.com/brain-candy/

 

November 17 – Excerpt Two

Just Contemporary Romance

http://www.justcontemporaryromance.com

 

November 18 – Excerpt Three

Brooke Blogs

http://brookeblogs.com

 

November 19 – Excerpt Four

Ramblings From This Chick

http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

 

November 20 – Excerpt Five

Romance Junkies

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com

 

November 21 – Excerpt Six

Herding Cats and Burning Soup

http://herdingcats-burningsoup.blogspot.com

 

November 22 – Excerpt Seven

TBQ’s Book Palace

http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com

 

November 23 – Excerpt Eight

Doing Some Reading

http://doingsomereading.wordpress.com

 

November 24 – Excerpt Nine

Gonna Need More Books (Hey, that’s me! And you’re already here…)

https://gonnaneedmorebooks.wordpress.com

 

Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Problems in Paradise by Kelsey Browning (@KelseyBrowning)

Hey y’all! (I like to “y’all” a little when I blog about southern romance.)

Yesterday was the big release day for the third book in one of my favouritest every contemporary romance series, Kelsey Browning’s Texas Nights series. I have written reviews for both of the other books (Personal Assets  and Running the Red Light) here on my blog, and I was so excited for Beck and Eden’s story! Without further ado, I present to you… Problems in Paradise!

 

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Rating: 5/5 Stars (and 5 chili peppers)

About the Book

Title:                Problems In Paradise (Texas Nights, #3)

Release:          July 14, 2014

Genre:                         Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Format:           e-book

Tags:                Texas, sexy, small-town, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, southern, Kelsey Browning

Book Links:      Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Books-A-Million / Carina Press / Goodreads

 

The blurb:

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

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YOU GUYS!

This is my favourite book in the series so far. It has a different feel than the last two books (which I absolutely loved as well), and I think the little bit of mystery, the load of drama and the extreme heat have a lot to do with it! I’ve always liked Eden’s character, but this installment of the series brought her into a whole new light for me, and I appreciate her so much more. I definitely underestimated Beck in the previous books though… his determination, his passion and his extreme hotness!

Eden goes through hell with her business and personal life in this book. She can’t seem to catch a break in any department, but she also can’t help herself when it comes to Beck Childress. He’s like a decadent dessert that she just can’t resist…

When things start to go south for Eden, she leans on the law… and in Shelbyville, the law is Chief Deputy Beck Childress. Of course Beck would do all he can to help out any of the citizens in need in his town, but when it comes to Eden Durant, he goes above and beyond. That woman drives him crazy in the best and worst way.

And as we all know; it never rains in Shelbyville – it pours. So of course, just as things start to really take off for Beck and Eden, everything else in their lives starts to fall apart. Will it be sugar and spice, and all things nice? Or will things between Beck and Eden sour and lose their appeal?

 

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About the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.

 

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

(I just need to add a little thing of my own here about Kelsey. Not only is she a great – and totally hilarious – author, she’s also a phenomenal person and a wonderful friend. Take the time to reach out to her and let her know if you like her work. She will really appreciate it, and you’ll be doing yourself a massive favour by getting to know her a little.)

Kelsey is going to give away one digital copy of the first book in the Texas Nights series to one lucky commenter at each stop on the Problems in Paradise Blog tour. I’ll keep my giveaway open until next Monday, giving you guys plenty of time to comment for a chance to win, and because I’m also kind of awesome, I’ll give away a copy myself. That’s two copies up for grabs here on my blog, and one at all of the other blogs on the tour.

Here’s a list of the stops:

July 14, 2014

Contemporary Romance Cafe

Brooke Blogs

Reading by the Book

The Reading Café

Amy Manemann

Bookin It Reviews

Night Owl Reviews

So Many Reads

 

July 15, 2014

Carina Press Blog

Love Romance Passion

The Book Cellar

Gonna Need More Books (You’re already here! Yay you!)

Musings From an Addicted Reader

SOS Aloha

 

July 16, 2014

Coffee Time Romance

TBQs Book Palace

Becky on Books…and Quilts

Eileen Dandashi

Herding Cats and Burning Soup

So I Read This Book Today

Blogging by Liza

Storeybook Reviews

Romance Junkies

Romance Cooks

 

July 17, 2014

Forget the Housework, I’m Reading

Renee Entress

Doing Some Reading

Pamela Foreman

Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts

 

July 18, 2014

Dee’s Book Blog

The Book Review

The Romance Reviews

Ariesgrl Book Reviews

Ramblings From This Chick

Stitch Read Cook

 

Because I love the Texas Nights books, and because I love chatting with Kelsey, you’re all in for a little treat… a late morning coffee with Kelsey Browning.

 

Hey Kelsey! How’s it goin’? Thanks for taking the time to hang out here on my little blog. It’s great to have you!

 

Thanks for inviting me! But tell me something, if I’m on your blog, does that mean I’m in Canada today? And if I’m in Canada today, is the weather good? ‘Cause you KNOW I like warm weather. J

 

The weather is practically perfect today. Sunny and warm with no humidity. Maybe after this we’ll head to the beach! 😉

You and I have had a few chats about the stigma that goes along with writing/reading romance, and what a complete load of you-know-what it is. Did you run into any judgment when you decided to really let writing become your career focus? What would you say to wannabe writers who are struggling with where to put their energy?

 

Hmm…I haven’t had much overt blowback on my career choice if we don’t count a few friends and family saying they don’t read “that kind of book” and a few other friends and family simply ignoring what I do for a career. I actually relish telling complete strangers that I write hot romance ;-). As for folks who want to write…just tell everyone—if only in your mind—to piss off. Write what you love. I have had one family member mention the whole “when you write a real book” thing to me. Told her I would stab myself in the eye with a butter knife if forced to write literary fiction. Do. Not. Apologize.

 

(As an aside, I was sitting in Chicago Midway airport when I was drafting these answers. The woman beside me was reading a Nora Roberts book so I rudely interrupted her and asked which one. After answering the crazy gal beside her, she went back to reading but later pulled off her headphones and asked me if I was a writer. I told her yes, and that I write hot romance and cozy mystery. It was a fun conversation, and I honestly have no idea how she figured out I was an author because I wasn’t even carrying my tote with my book cover splashed all over it!)

 

 

You write off-beat, sassy heroines and cheeky, charming heroes who find themselves in some steamy situations. Which comes more naturally to you, the characters or the story line?

 

Definitely the characters. I’m a verrrry character-driven writer. Sometimes I like to tell people I can’t plot my way out of a paper bag. But I’m learning. Contemporary romance, by its very nature, is character-focused. My paranormals (currently sitting on my hard drive because I don’t have time for them) are more plot-driven, but it still starts with the characters for me.

 

 

You know I adore all of your characters. They’re so well written that I can’t believe they aren’t real people. Who inspires their personalities, and where do the back stories come from?

 

Oh, that’s a great question! And when you get the answer, let me know ;-). I think every character has at least something in common with the author. Might be a tiny nugget, but it’s there. Their back stories are sometimes hard fought for me. I may know how they are, but not know why for a while. Sometimes the why doesn’t come until the middle of the first draft. For example, in Problems in Paradise, Eden has a HUGE secret. I thought I knew what it was until I wrote the scene where it’s revealed to the reader. And I was like “Holy $hit, I didn’t know this was the secret!”

 

 

One of the things I love about the Texas Nights series is that we get to meet so many interesting characters, and that each book focuses on a new pairing. I’m also a fan of how we get to hear about what’s new with characters from past books in each instalment. Do you ever find, as you’re writing, that the past couples have more that they want to say? If so, do you ever wish that they would just shut up and stay in their own book? I would imagine that that’s one of the more difficult parts of writing a series.

 

I love for the characters to come back and have a little more airtime. My editor, on the other hand, doesn’t always agree. LOL. I use the other characters when it makes sense for the current story’s progression. If they don’t advance the current story, then I have to nix them from the scene. Painful? Sometimes excruciating, but I have to keep my eye on the prize—which is the romance between that book’s hero and heroine. Um…did I answer your question?

 

 

It’s pretty obvious that you’re a gal who likes to laugh; it’s reflected in your writing. I know that I’ve woken my sleeping husband with laughter many times reading the Texas Nights series. Does it come easy to you, the one liners and sarcasm? What do you struggle with when you’re writing?

 

Some days nothing comes easily. Other days, I’m a zinger factory. It can depend on mood, the character I’m writing, all kinds of things. But I’ve taught myself to keep putting words on the page even if they seem flat at the time. I struggle with emotion—hitting the right chord with the relationships, not only between the hero and heroine but the other characters as well. I struggle with setting some. I’m not a patient person, so my characters rarely wander around in a field of daisies, sniffing them and describing them J. In Problems in Paradise, I actually struggled with the humor some. Beck and Eden are both serious people at their core. When my edits came back, my editor told me they weren’t quite three-dimensional yet, that I needed to round them out more. All the redneck jokes Eden cracks at Beck? Those came in the revisions.

 

 

Do you listen to music while you write? Can you share a Texas Nights playlist with me that might give me a soundtrack for a drive around Shelbyville?

 

Yes, I’m pretty much addicted to my playlists. Early on, I needed silence to write. Now, I feel paralyzed without tunes. In total, the playlists for the four Texas Nights books (including Designed for Love out in November 2014) include 51 songs. I won’t list them all here, but if I had to pick a handful, I’d suggest:

 

Storm Warning by Hunter Hayes (Designed for Love, #4)

That’s My Kind of Night by Luke Bryan (DFL)

Whatever She’s Got by David Nail (DFL)

Black Tears by Jason Aldean (Problems in Paradise, #3)

Give a Little More by Maroon 5 (PIP)

Love is a Long Road by Tom Petty (PIP)

Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good by Nickelback (Running the Red Light, #2)

I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight by Toby Keith (RTRL)

Jamie’s Cryin’ by Van Halen (RTRL. Even though the song is actually about a girl J )

You Wreck Me by Tom Petty (Personal Assets, #1)

Fight for All the Wrong Reasons by Nickelback (PA)

Power of a Woman by Lee Brice (PA)

 

Readers can find the Spotify playlist for Problems in Paradise here – http://www.kelseybrowning.com/books/problems-in-paradise/. Just scroll to the bottom and hit play.

 

 

Let’s talk Problems in Paradise. One of the things I like most about Eden is that she’s a transplant to Shelbyville. I love her quirks! What was different in the writing process when it came to developing her character? Was she more of a challenge to get on paper?

 

Oh, dear Jesus, yes! Some days, that woman didn’t even want to talk to ME. Occasionally I had to threaten her with the line my mom often used on us kids: “I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it!” Although Eden has some fears, she also has major backbone. She wasn’t scared of me. But she slowly revealed her true self not only to me but to Beck. And that was a HUGE leap of faith for her.

 

 

I found Problems in Paradise to be a little different than the first two Texas Nights instalments. Probably my favourite so far, actually. I guess the setting change contributes to that, as well as the interesting back story. Was it a different feel during the writing process as well? Did you find it more difficult to colour outside the lines, so to speak?

 

Overall, PIP was more challenging to write. Every book (even so-called “simple” contemporary romances) have multiple plot threads, but with Paradise it was more challenging to keep everything moving in the right direction because of those many threads. It also had a slightly larger suspense-y thread, which isn’t my normal wheelhouse. I learned a great deal about handling more serious characters.

 

 

Can you give us a taste of what to expect from the fourth (and final! *SOB!*) Texas Nights book, and maybe an idea of what we can expect to see from you on our eReaders in the future?

 

Designed for Love is Mac and Ashton’s book. Those who’ve read Running the Red Light may recognize Ashton as the antagonist from that book. Well, she grew on me by the end of Red Light, and that’s when Texas Nights became a four-book series instead of a trilogy. No book is easy to write (don’t want to give people the wrong impression), but Designed for Love was significantly easier than PIP in some ways. The themes just aren’t as dark.

 

Now I want to talk about your reading habits a little bit.

Who are some of your favourite romance authors? Dare I ask you to name your top five titles? (Yep! I went there! I’d ask you to pick a favourite child too, if you had more than one. I’m nice like that.)

 

Oh, yeah, this ain’t fair at all. I’m not making promises these are my top-top-five. They’re simply some really good ones.

 

Sherry Thomas – Not Quite a Husband. (and I’m not even a huge historical reader)

Ruthie Knox – About Last Night and her entire Camelot series.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips – uh…everything, but especially Bobby Tom Denton’s story, Heaven, Texas.

JR Ward – the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I probably loved Wrath and Beth’s story the most.

Tamara Morgan – The Rebound Girl and The Derby Girl.

And often, my fav child is my dog J.

 

 

What else do you like to read, besides romance? What’s on your summer reading list?

 

I read a good bit of nonfiction, much more now than I did before I began writing. I like a little Dean Koontz, Lee Child, and Harlan Coben on occasion. I read some of my son’s YA—like Divergent and some others—but we normally read those aloud. Summer reading list, what is that? J Seriously, I’m going to try like crazy to read one book a week, mainly contemporary romance. I just need to get a better feel for what’s out there right now.

 

 

What was the last book you read for fun? Do you always have your author hat on, or can you just lose yourself in a book without thinking about how you would do things?

 

Over Memorial Day, I read—gasp!—four whole books. I totally binged. Two of the Not Quite Series by Catherine Bybee, High-heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn, and Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace. I’d would recommend them all. I have to say, I have a girl-crush on Sharla. She’s from Texas and is the nicest gal. I’m so glad I met her when we threw that 8-day Texas Facebook party a few months back.

 

And now… The rapid fire round.

 

Cats or dogs? Dogs, for sure.

Beer or wine? Both.

Sweet or salty? Salty.

Day or night? Depends on what I’m doing ;-).

Bad boy or gentleman? Bad boy for fantasy. Gentleman to marry.

Eat in or take-out? Eat-in mostly. But I do love me some Chipotle and Your Pie (pizza).

Ocean or lake? Lake. But honestly, I’m a little freaky about water varmints.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

And finally….

Bacon or sausage? (You knew I’d do it.) Damn you! LOL. Bacon for breakfast. And sausage for…um…breakfast in bed. 😉

 

 

 

To wrap it up, can you tell me what your favourite thing is about being a writer?

 

The people. I’ve met such cool (and many times sarcastic) people over the past seven years. I’ve made great friends with other writers and readers. The reading/writing community is smart, savvy, and just a helluva lot of fun.

 

Uh…but a close second? Working in my Hatley moose pajamas (or if I’m writing in Sacha-speak, pyjamas).

 

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me and let me pick your writer-gal brain. You popped my author interview cherry, and I’ll never forget you! Seriously though, I always look forward to chatting with you, and I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans wait for us lucky readers in your future work!

 

Thank you! I’m always humbled at the time people put into their interviews. It’s tough to ask questions that fit the interviewee. You did a fab job!

 

 

Before you go, please tell all of the lovely people where they can find you around the web! I’m sure they’ll want to keep tabs on what you’re writing once they get a taste of your sass-kickin’ romance!

Gladly! Your best bet in keeping up with my new releases (and shenanigans) is via my email newsletter. I send the newsletter once a month and promise never to do anything illegal, completely indecent, or overtly immoral. J

I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My website lists my books, tells you what’s coming soon, and features my blog, Brain Candy.

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Praise for Texas Nights Series:

Problems in Paradise:

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” – Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

Personal Assets:

“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  -Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

 

“Sinfully hot, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious—everything a southern romance should be!” -Macy Beckett, author of the Sultry Springs series

 

Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (@authorsara) PreOrder Extravaganza!

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Now that I have your attention…

Remember that really awesome vampire book I read a while back, with the hot, strong female lead? A really fresh take on a vamp-centric PNR? (If not you can find the review for Sara Humphrey’s first Dead in the City book, Tall, Dark and Vampire here.) Well, Sara is back with the second book in this series and I can not wait to get my hands on a copy. I’ve already pre-ordred mine and have RSVP’d to Sara’s Release Day party on Facebook. MUCH EXCITEMENT! There’s a great contest going on for pre-orders, too. You should get in on it. It’s easy! You even get a little gift just for preording. Everybody wins! Check out the cover…

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Vampire Trouble Special Pre-Order Gift!

 Send proof of your pre-order of Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (PUBLICATION DATE: July 1 2014) and Sourcebooks will send you a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I ❤ #NYCVamps” button!

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Sourcebooks will send these gifts to anyone who shows them their pre-order receipt until June 30th, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to casablanca@sourcebooks.com.

Additionally, everyone who sends us their proof of pre-order will also be entered in a random drawing to win a necklace just like the emerald one Maya wears in Vampire Trouble. These necklaces will be given away as the preorders hit the 250, 750, and 1,000 preorder mark!

And if preorders hit the 2,000 mark, then one lucky entrant will receive a $250 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

Be sure to follow Sara Humphreys on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website for more details leading up to the release of Vampire Trouble, including more exclusives, and MUCH MORE of her fabulous paranormal romances!

The winners of the jewelry will be announced on Sara Humphreys Facebook page and website as each threshold is reached!

So spread the word about #NYCVamps!

 

Pre-Order your copy today! (Links below)

Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, Indigo Books.

 

Here’s the book blurb…

 

VAMPIRE TROUBLE….

A fledgling vampire ignites a war…

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price…until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

 

And that’s not all that heats up…

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

 

 

Praise for Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City #1):

“Shines with fascinating new characters… from the very talented Humphreys!” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month

“Laughter, action and a steamy love story.” —Long and Short Reviews

“Riveting, outstandingly written… A must read for all vampire lovers.” —Bitten by Love Reviews

“Engaging… Humphreys skillfully blends intrigue and romance.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Review, Spotlight, and Giveaway: The Defender by Adrienne Giordano (@AdrienneGiordano)

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

The blurb:

A TOUGH-AS-NAILS FBI SPECIAL AGENT AND A STUNNING BLONDE ATTORNEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE JOIN FORCES IN THE DEFENDER.

By all accounts Penny Hennings was the sort of woman FBI special agent Russell Voight went for. Smart, sexy and with just enough sass to keep him honest. Then she went sticking her nose in undercover FBI business. He knew her legal reputation would skyrocket if she won this case. But every move she makes undoes all the work Russell’s put into taking down the city’s biggest crooks. And the criminals they’re after will do anything to avoid the witness stand—including kill. So it’s time to pool their resources and collaborate. Even if working together every day takes them late into the night…and into the line of fire.

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It has been way too long since I’ve posted a review, but man – what a come back!

I’ve never met an Adrienne Giordano book that I didn’t like, so when the opportunity came up to get an ARC of The Defender, I couldn’t say no. I loved it, y’all. You will too.

Penny Hennings is a defense lawyer with a high profile client and a big case. This case could take her career and reputation to the next level if she plays her cards right, and the odds certainly seemed to be in her favour …until the shooting.

Enter: Russell Voight (this is where all of the women sigh and bat their eyelashes). Sexy, FBI Special Agent, fills out a suit just right Russell Voight. Russell has been grilled on the stand by Penny, the “Killer Cupcake”, once before. And as much as he should hate her for it, it’s had the opposite effect on him.

As Penny and Russell begin to work together more closely, it’s clear that there’s more than a criminal case drawing them nearer to each other. Both wonder if the emotionally charged situation is to blame, but neither of them can seem to pull back. When Penny decides it’s time to find alternate means of dealing with a tough situation, she puts all of Russell’s hard work on the case in jeopardy. Of course Russell is pissed, but he’s also worried. Worried about Penny, and worried about what this means for his future …their future?

This book is non stop action. I do most of my reading in bed at night, and I was mentally shaking my fist at Adrienne the first time I picked this book up because I knew it would be a much later night than I had anticipated. There’s never really a place where you feel like you can put the book down. You just have to keep turning those pages! If you like action, suspense, and steamy romance, then this book needs to be put at the top of your TBR list. You won’t be disappointed!

Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway contest at the end of this post. As part of the tour-wide giveaway, one lucky person will win a signed print copy of The Prosecutor, a $25.00 Amazon gift card, a bullet charm bracelet and set of bullet earrings.  The giveaway will run from May 30, 2014 – June 11, 2014. (I have a pair of the bullet earrings. They’re pretty awesome!)

 

Title:                                      THE DEFENDER

Author:                                Adrienne Giordano

Publisher:                           Harlequin Intrigue

Release Date:                     June 1, 2014

Genre:                                  Romantic Suspense

Format:                               Mass Market Paperback & Digital

Buy Links:                           Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

Connect with Adrienne:  Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Street Team

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Here it is, as promised… a Rafflecopter giveaway!

Release day review: Sex and the Single Vamp by Robin Covington (@RobinCovington)

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Rating 4.5/5 Stars

The blurb:

Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.

Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— Cici— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.

Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?

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Holy hell, you guys… I have to admit, I’ve read a LOT of PNR in the last 10 years or so, and a lot of it is the same kind of thing. I get vamped out, don’t you? Cue: Sex and the Single Vamp – a breath of fresh air in the PNR world. It’s dark, it’s super sexy, it’s got some great historical elements, and it will make your eyeballs bulge out of your head when you read the sex scenes. Yes, it will.

This is already a really big blog post, and I want you to read it all so I am going to keep my review short and sweet.

The hero is a dead sexy alpha-hole, but you will love him. The heroine is a strong, sassy woman who knows what she wants. (I am SO over the pushover females in some of these books. Gimme more Cici!) There’s history, there’s mystery, there’s backstory, there’s action (of both varieties), there’s dirty words (YAY!) and dirty sex and, of course, a looooooooove story.

You don’t want to miss this one, you guys. AND it’s only $0.99 for a limited time! Yoohoo, release week blow-out!
From the lovely author herself:

Friends –

Sex & the Single Vamp is my first foray into writing paranormal romance and I can admit that it was a terrifying and exciting experience.  I loved writing this book.

The world-building was a blast. When I started it, I had one question: What would the world look like if we knew that “Others”¾vampires, werewolves, shifters, fey, and witches¾really existed and had lived among us for centuries? Would we embrace these people and remember who they were (your neighbor, co-worker, doctor and pastor) or would we be afraid and turn our backs on them?

Weaving Cici and Deacon into world events (the American Revolution, the shootout at OK Corral, for example) was so much fun and I felt a little bit like the writer of Forrest Gump.  LOL.

But the heart of this story is a passion between Cici and Deacon that 254 years and heartbreak can’t extinguish. These are two people who cannot be together but who just can’t leave each other alone and they always have each other’s back.

So when Cici’s life is threatened, Deacon will forget his own pain and do whatever it takes to save her¾even if it means telling the secret that will lose Cici forever.

Warning: This book contains a sexy, dominating vampire who always gets what he wants and an independent woman who won’t let a simple thing like immortality get in the way of her happiness. The author is not responsible for spontaneous combustion of the reader.

To celebrate my release, I’m giving away a $50 giftcard and 10 SWAG packs! Enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win!

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A few writerly reviews:

“Sex & the Single Vamp is the perfect blend of dark and sexy.” #1 New York Times Bestseller, Jennifer Armentrout

 The world building is engaging, original, and all consuming and if you think you know what’s going to happen next…you don’t. Twists and turns abound. The characters practically walk off the sizzling pages and the romance between Deacon and Cici runs from intoxicatingly erotic to heartbreakingly tender. I was rooting for this supernatural couple from page one! Book boyfriend…thy name is Deacon. Sara Humphreys, Bestselling Author of UNCLAIMED

Still not convinced? Here’s a steamy excerpt! (Warning: contains dirty, sexy words!)

He let the silence fall between them as the tub filled, turning off the water when it hit the right level. He stood; his skin itched for him to get the hell out of there. He needed space. He needed to get some control over his emotions, his body.

“Water’s ready. Towels over in that basket. Stay as long as you want—the heater will maintain the temperature.”

Cici brushed past him, his body tingling where she touched him. He was hyper aware of her movements behind him, jerking slightly at the thump her high heels made when they hit the tile floor, groaning with the hiss of her minidress slithering over her skin and sliding to the floor. The swish of water as she climbed in; her sigh as she settled under the tumbling warmth. Fuck, he should leave. Where was that space he was thinking about earlier? He needed to get there.

Now.

“Come here.”

He froze. His body tensed as he willed it not to move. This was a bad idea.

“Deacon.”

He turned, her blue gaze clashing with his as steam rose around her, fl ushing her skin and making her auburn hair twist into curls that dragged and clung to her damp skin. He wanted to follow their path, licking and tasting, making her burn.

“Come here.”

He groaned. This was the time to leave. She’d want to talk and he couldn’t be trusted to keep the secrets he needed to keep for just a little while longer. One wrong slip to Cici and she’d bolt, vulnerable and too angry at him to pay attention to the danger.

“I’m…I can’t…too jacked up. My nerves are shot.”

“Your nerves are shot?” She huffed out a bitter laugh as she leaned back against the tub, eyes closed, the pale globes of her breasts breaking the surface of the water and putting her hard, pink nipples on display. “I almost got killed tonight and I need you here with me. Calm the beast and get your ass in here.”

Whoa. His cock hardened even more in the painful confines of his jeans. She was pissed and his sick, depraved mind got off on it. A new kink in his extensive arsenal.

“Look at you. You’re a goddess. Everything about you says don’t fuck with me.”

Her eyes opened, snapping to lock with his own. “Don’t make fun of me.”

“I’m not.” And he wasn’t. She was vibrating with rage and he was afraid. Afraid that her demon would reach out and grab his and he wasn’t sure he could contain the chemical reaction. He swallowed hard, loving the small burst of pain that brought him down a little. “I’m not okay tonight, Cici. I’ll hurt you.”

“Tough shit. Get the beast under control.”

“But—”

“You won’t.”

She looked at him then and he could have resisted her if she’d been a demanding shrew, but the goddamn vulnerability in her eyes killed him. On the surface she was a goddess. The huntress. Diana on a rampage, but her eyes gave it away. Not far below the surface was her shimmering, open, hurting core and he had to give in to that.

His guilt, his fear, his rage would have to wait.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Don’t punish me for this later.” He reached over his head, grabbing his shirt and yanking it off and throwing it on the floor. Within a matter of seconds his jeans and boots had joined it and he was naked, his cock jutting out from his body in full arousal.

Cici drank him in, her gaze following every line of his body from the top of his head to his feet and then resettled on his groin with a flash of blue around her pupils. Deacon groaned, wrapping his hand around his dick and stroking from root to tip as she watched him, turning him on more with that look than anyone’s touch had ever done.

You’re ready for the buy links now, huh? Wait no longer!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dhe6oa
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/1okzTwX
iBooks: http://bit.ly/NNw1ta
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1opdsqp
Allromance ebooks: http://bit.ly/1gdzhoy

Here’s a little bit about the author and where you can find her around the web.

Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. You can find Robin at her website (robincovingtonromance.com), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Don’t send chocolate . . . send eye candy!

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.robincovingtonromance.com
Facebook Profile: http://on.fb.me/YSW9n3
Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1fCyWuQ
Twitter: @RobinCovington
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1c1Tm5u
Newsletter sign up: http://eepurl.com/qjFcz

Last but not least, we have a Rafflecopter giveaway! Don’t forget to enter, there are some awesome prizes! 🙂

Cover reveal, teaser and giveaway: Sex and the Single Vamp by Robin Covington (@RobinCovington)

I have something a little different for you on the blog today. Two posts in one week! What?! I know… crazy!

Today’s post is a little teaser from the eARC I’ve got on my kindle right now, and it. is. good. It’s Robin Covington’s next release, a Paranormal Romance (my fave!) titled Sex and the Single Vamp. (Publisher: Covet, An Entangled Publishing Imprint)

Robin and I connected via Facebook during a release party for another author, and I have to say that I really enjoy her posts. Especially on Fridays. Check out her profile for yourself and find out why!

A little bit about this awesome gal – Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. You can find Robin at her website (robincovingtonromance.com), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Don’t send chocolate . . . send eye candy!

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.robincovingtonromance.com

Facebook Profile: http://on.fb.me/YSW9n3

Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1fCyWuQ

Twitter: @RobinCovington

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1c1Tm5u

Newsletter sign up: http://eepurl.com/qjFcz

Alright, let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the steamy cover (and the blurb) for Sex and the Single Vamp!

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Synopsis:

Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.

 Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.

 Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?

Without having known of Robin, I would still have bought this book based on the cover alone. But if that’s not enough for you, here’s a tasty teaser.

He rose from his perch on the desk, straightening to his full height, and pressing as much of it as he could against her body. She stiffened at first contact, but as they stood and stared at each other, her body melted into his, softening and warming with the heat they created by just being in the same room. He moved his hand from her chin, skimming the soft skin of her jaw until he speared his fingers into the silken titian strands of her hair. They were slippery and cool against his skin as he burrowed in and palmed her head, tugging her forward. His movements were fueled by need and less smooth than he normally used in the seduction of women, but this was Cici in front of him with her full breasts pressed against his chest and her lips parting on a sound somewhere between a whimper and a sigh.

 “I think…” She licked her lips, the wetness triggering a response in him that made his knees buckle slightly. “I think you might be exaggerating this attraction between us.”

 “Oh really?” He let his fangs descend, the tension in his body screaming for some release—screaming for her blood. But he never engaged in blood play. It was too intimate for him, a connection with another person that he had no interest in making. Sex was fun. Sex was hot and dirty and very over once the sweat cooled on your skin. But Cici made him want to sink fang and cock into her so deep they were one body. He wouldn’t allow it, but the need was distractingly powerful.

 “Happy.” He murmured his nickname for her against the warm column of her neck, his fangs grazing lightly as he blazed a trail of kisses up to her ear. She shivered, her small hands clutching at his shirt and dragging him closer, her legs parting slightly, skirt riding higher, to allow him to insert his thigh between hers and wedge their bodies together. His dick, hard and aching, pressed against her core as they humped slowly in an ancient rhythm that felt new with her. He whispered in her ear. “You are a woman who has pretended to be other people for your country. You have stolen, betrayed, and killed to protect others. You are brave, smart, and proud.”

 He pulled back slightly to look into her eyes, the flash of blue resembling the purest part of flame. “You’re not a coward or a liar.”

 Deacon kissed her then, his mouth coaxing the truth from her that her pride would not let her admit. She opened to him immediately and he took what she offered. His tongue swept inside her mouth, tangling with hers before he retreated to run a fang along the tender skin on the inside of her lower lip. Cici gasped, her hands traveling from his shirt to tangle in his hair, her tug not so gentle as she dragged his mouth his mouth back to hers. This time she led the possession, taking him with a rough need that contradicted her earlier words.

 He palmed her ass, the skirt riding up high enough for him to feel smooth skin and give him the fantasy-inducing knowledge that she wore a thong. Cici rode his thigh, the kiss becoming messier and more carnal with each passing second. Deacon wanted to reach down, unzip his cargo pants, and free his heavy length from its current place of strangling torture. It would take no time to push aside her flimsy excuse for underwear and slide inside until she covered him with her warmth.

 Now was not the time.

 His entire crew was just outside of her shitty excuse for a security door and he would not be caught with his pants around his ankles by one of his men. He pulled back reluctantly, breaking the physical connection, but unable to do anything to sever the tether of emotion that tied them together.

 Cici stumbled backward on her high heels, catching herself on the small conference table behind her. She looked dazed, aroused, and delicious.

 “You. Wet and willing. In my bed.” He licked his lips, tasting her as he willed his fangs to recede. “Anything less than that and I will go mad. You get me?”

 She nodded. “Yes. I get you.”

 “No more lies about how we don’t have to do this, that we don’t want to do this.” He could hear Andy walking toward the office down the hallway, but this needed to be said once and for all. “No lies between us as long as your life is in danger. Agreed?”

 “Agreed.” Cici looked as if she’d just signed away her soul to the devil. He knew what that felt like; he’d done just that two hundred and thirty-nine years ago.

Well, how are we all feeling? Need a minute? That’s fine. I can wait…

Okay, now that you’ve had a chance to regroup, get clicking! Check out Robin’s site and look her up on Facebook. You won’t be disappointed!

Don’t forget there’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway with several chances to win!