#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.
Kelsey Browning - Headshot

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

 

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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?

 

Kelsey Browning - Headshot

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

 

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:

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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…

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Review: Mr. Good Enough by Jamie Farrell (@TheJamieFarrell) 4.5 stars

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The blurb:
Maddie Mason isn’t desperate. She’s simply tired of waiting for the universe to deliver her Mr. Perfect. So she’s turning to the dating website she created, MisterGoodEnough.com, to finally find her future.

Online matchmaking is perfect for Maddie, because:
A) History has proven she’s a poor judge of decent husband material.
B) The dating pool in her crumbling little hometown is all but dried up.
C) She wants babies.

Trent Sawyer is not Mr. Good Enough material, because:
A) Twelve years ago, he stomped the stuffing out of Maddie’s naïve little teenage heart.
B) The man might look good in a tool belt, but she’s sure he’s up to something nefarious.
C) He doesn’t want kids. Ever.

But if Maddie were to fall for a guy like Trent, it would only be because:
A) When he apologizes, he apologizes big.
B) He’s fixing their little farm town, one dilapidated home at a time.
C) Her world is a brighter place with him in it.

So should Maddie:
A) Go for Mr. Second Best and the family she’s always wanted?
B) Take her Mr. Almost Perfect without the babies she craves?

Either way, there’s nothing simple about settling for Mr. Good Enough.

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Okay, y’all… (Wait. Did I just “y’all”? I totally blame this book. Anyway.) You remember how much I ranted and raved about Jamie Farrell’s first book, Southern Fried Blues? I adored it. I wanted to crawl right inside that book and live there, especially if I got to be Anna Grace. Well, Mr. Good Enough certainly left me feeling the same way. I love Farrell’s work because everything is so real and down-to-earth. I love her strong female leads, and her sexy southern boys. This book definitely warmed up this Canadian girl over a cold weekend! I have to explain my 4.5 star rating – I just want to read more. I want to know what comes next for these characters! It’s hard to say goodbye.

Maddie Mason is a cute and quirky gal who’s recovering from a broken heart and searching for someone to settle down and make a life with. Everything about her is unconventional for her little town. From her purple streaks to her funky paint colours, and her internet business – not to mention her ‘single’ status. The townspeople think her web based matchmaking service is the devil’s work. Maddie and her business partner Gina need a success story to prove to the town that their services are helpful, and Maddie needs a man. Mixing business with pleasure makes complete sense …right? I mean, it’s not like anyone’s ever heard of that being a problem in the past.

Trent Sawyer left this town runnin’ and never looked back. With an abusive father, a neglectful mother, and a dead best friend he sure didn’t have much to stick around for. His parents didn’t want to admit that he’d ditched them for a better life, so when someone with the same name died somewhere else in the country, they told the townspeople it had been their son – the hometown hero, star of the basketball team, “Swish Sawyer”. Needless to say, it’s more than a bit of a surprise when he shows up in town after getting some bad news.

Trent made a damned fool of Maddie in highschool. She’d thought he was the be all and end all, and he had made her feel so insignificant that she’d never really been able to get over it. But Maddie is a lovely and kind person, so of course when Trent shows up feeling sorry for himself and needing some help, she agrees to help him. After all, he’s got no one else. When Trent starts to show a little more than friendly interest in her, Maddie’s old feelings flare to a new fire, but she isn’t sure she can forgive him. Not only do they have to deal with their past, but they will have to have a serious talk or to about the potential for a future.

So you should:
A) click here and buy the book. Read it for yourself and see how it all turns out.
B) the answer is A.

This week, Jamie is offering up Mr. Good Enough for $0.99, save $3.00 off of the regular price. Get it while it’s hot!

Review: Love Me With Lies trilogy by Tarryn Fisher (@Tarryn__Fisher)

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Overall Trilogy Rating: 5/5 Stars

The blurbs:

– The Opportunist –

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

– Dirty Red –

Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever.

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

– Thief –

Note to Self

Love is patient; love is kind.
Love doesn’t boast or brag.
There’s no arrogance in love;
it’s never rude, crude, or indecent-it’s not self absorbed.
Love isn’t easily upset.
Love doesn’t tally wrongs.
Love trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
I’ll fight for her.

Thief

Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

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I told myself I would never write combination reviews, because it isn’t really fair to lump more than one book into the same rating. I’m breaking this rule today because I have the WORST book hangover right now, and I’m hoping that writing a little about it will take the edge off so I can pick up something new, and fast.

I saw The Opportunist on a daily deal and after reading a few spoiler-free reviews (including a warning that I shouldn’t read it unless I was prepared for the worst book hangover) I decided to grab it. After a few chapters I went looking to see if the entire series was released, because I knew that if it wasn’t I had to put it on my DNF shelf until I could binge read it. I read the first book in two short sittings, the second in one sitting (through the wee hours of the morning) and then started the third. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last week because of Tarryn Fisher, and I didn’t get the chance to read over the weekend because I was so busy. I finally finished the third book this morning. I cried – actually, I sobbed at one point in this book.

Books like these – the ones the whisk us away from our realities only to throw us right back into them when they’re over but leave our minds on the characters for days – are the books that I have a love/hate relationship with. Don’t get me wrong, this is a Five Star review after all. What I hate is this feeling: this blah-ness of the books being over and all of the excitement and turmoil coming to what seems like an abrupt ending, leaving me unsure of where/who to escape with next and making everything else on my shelf feel inferior for a while.

I would assume that this is what every author strives for. Well, congratulations to Tarryn Fisher. You hit the jackpot.

(Single, in-depth reviews to come at a later date)

 

Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane (@laurendane)

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

(Before my review, can we just discuss the beautiful cover artwork? Lauren Dane’s books always have gorgeous covers, but I think this one takes the cake for me!)

The blurb:

Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.

With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.

Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.

But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

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I clearly remember my first time reading one of Lauren Dane’s books. I hadn’t read anything even remotely steamy before I caved and bought into the FSoG craze, and my next pick was the first book in the Brown Siblings series. I remember getting to page 15 and taking a screenshot to send to my sister-in-law with the caption “This is the most deliciously dirty thing I have ever read.” Obviously, she has now read plenty of Dane as well.

Dane’s books have a little of everything that I love to read. The characters are so well written, I feel as if I’ve known some of them all of my life. I have my favourites, and my not-so-favourites. Maybe that isn’t the greatest segue, but now let’s talk about Raven. Raven was on my shit list from book one. Unlike what I’ve seen from others, my feelings for Raven had nothing to do with her promiscuity. Girl is a siren and she owns it, and that is all A-okay with me, I just didn’t like her as a person. Okay, I’m also 100% Team Brody Brown, and she was a nasty wench to him. What can I say? I shook my head at her, I judged her, I rolled my eyes at her, and I hated her like she stole my high school boyfriend right out from underneath me. That feeling never really changed throughout the entire series – until Drawn Together.

I understood that Raven was just ….well, Raven. She made no apologies, and had a gives-no-fucks attitude that I could identify with, but I still didn’t like her. Well as if a few short chapters in this book didn’t start to change my mind. No character I’ve ever read embodies the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” than Raven Smith.

I think that reading this book made me think a little bit more about how we should all get to know someone before we put them into a certain stereotype check-box.

I thoroughly enjoyed Drawn Together. I love to read something that challenges my ideas about a person or subject. I really enjoyed all of the Brown Siblings books, and I had wondered why Raven got a book since she isn’t a Brown. However, I see now that she is part of their family, because they have created a place for her.

If you have read the Brown Siblings books up until this point, and like me, had some harsh feelings about Raven that might be keeping you from reading this book. Don’t set yourself up to miss out on the last book in this great series. It’s another good one from Lauren Dane, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Review: Eversea by Natasha Boyd (@lovefrmlowcntry)

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The blurb:

Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says “Great southern flavor!” and “Jack is an alluring leading man!”

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

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I read this book in a day. ONE DAY. I have a three year old. Do you know what that means? It means sneaking in a page or three while she’s in the bathroom, reading and cooking simultaneously, reading and doing the dishes simultaneously (while trying not to ruin my kobo), and it means completely ignoring the mess in the kitchen (and my husband) for the entire evening and into the night.

Totally worth it.

Eversea grabbed my attention from the get go. I had the butterflies, did the lip biting, grinned dreamily at the screen of my tablet… it was really lovely. I had said I was going to take a break from the heart-squeezing romances after having read Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning, and Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell, so I picked up Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield. A zombie book… so it couldn’t make me have serious feels, right? Wrong! Since I didn’t get a break from feeling, I dove head first into Boyd’s book.

When I was given the recommendation of Eversea by a high school friend yesterday, I read the blurb and bought it right away. I’d read some other New Adult books in the past and was sucked in by them, but nothing like what I felt with Eversea. It was literally impossible for me to put down. Even when my husband went to bed, and I knew it was getting late, I couldn’t stop.

The characters are well written, and so likable (except for the one we aren’t supposed to like). The chemistry between Jack and Keri Anne is intense. The setting is lovely. The story is compelling. And there’s the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. Boyd’s writing provides great escapism, and that has been exactly what I needed lately.

Why didn’t I give it a full five star review? Totally selfish reason: the cliffhanger. It was like the bottom of my heart dropped out! I had a really hard time falling asleep last night. I mean, of course I assume that there will be an HEA for these two eventually, but I was desperate for some re-connection!

Another great read for a mental vacation, just don’t start it if you have something important to do because you WILL lose track of time!