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Title: Come As You Are
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 16, 2018
From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance!
I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.
For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.
There's no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.
Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)
I've had one goal I've been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.
But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.
And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate— I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.
With an oh-so-delectable hero, a heroine who’s a vivacious force of nature, and a romance that’s both adorkable and scorching hot, Come As You Are had me hooked from page one.
Come as You Are blends the phenom that is Lauren Blakely with the fantasy of a fairytale wish and a dash of cold hard reality. Passion unfolds with a bit of entertainment, a handful of humor and fistful of heart.
I part my lips to speak, to tell her I’m not a VC. But I flash back to the racquetball game, to the face-lift suggestion from my sister. If this angel thinks I’m a VC, that means my face-lift is working. My costume is doing what I want it to do—it’s making it possible for me to be me. To have a conversation as Flynn Parker the guy, not as Flynn Parker the multimillionaire.
She doesn’t know who I am. And I don’t correct her. “It can be.”
She nods thoughtfully then roams her gaze over my black attire. She taps her bottom lip. “Hmm. Let’s see what we have here tonight because I don’t think you’re a ninja.”
I punch the air. “Keep going.”
She studies me more closely. “You’re something mysterious. You’re trying to fly under the radar. Am I getting warmer?”
More like hot. “Yes.”
Her brow knits. “You want to go unnoticed, at least for the moment.”
I tense, hoping she’s not putting two and two together as to my identity. Absently, I raise my hand to my glasses, wondering if they give me away. But then I remember. I’m wearing my contacts tonight, something I rarely do.
She snaps her fingers. “I know! You’re a stealth start-up,” she says, using the term for a new company that’s keeping quiet.
I raise my arms in victory, a thrill racing through me. “Everyone else has guessed code ninja or SEO ninja, but you’re the first person all night to get it right. I am, indeed, a stealth start-up.”
Admittedly, donning black pants, a black shirt, and a black eye-mask might have made it challenging to guess. But then again, the angel figured it out, and all without the missing start-up button.
“Your lips gave you away.”
She recognized me from my lips? I furrow my brow behind my mask. “What do you mean?”
“Your mouth,” she says, raising her fingers dangerously near to my lips. “I could tell you weren’t a ninja because your lips aren’t covered. Ninjas cover you’re their mouths.” I relax again since she was referring to my clothes. “Only their eyes show. But you’ve covered most of your eyes, and you’re showing only your mouth and your chin. That’s how I knew you had to be something other than a ninja.”
“I could kiss you for that,” I blurt out. I take a step back and hold up a hand. “I’m sorry. That was probably terribly inappropriate.”
A smile slowly spreads across her lips. “No, it wasn’t inappropriate. It wasn’t inappropriate at all,” she says. Something in the way she takes her time with each word tells me she wouldn’t mind being kissed. That gives me one mission and one mission only: keep talking to this angel.
The door crawls shut.
Inch by inch.
A slow-mo door.
I have no patience for its theatrics. I kick it shut, eager for the next part of the evening to begin.
Her laughter sounds across the library and echoes off its dark wood shelves bursting with books. A leather couch takes center stage, flanked by a mahogany table.
“Are you in a rush to read something?” she asks coyly.
Her voice turns me on. It’s like bourbon and honey. A little throaty and husky, but with sweet undertones. Funny, how when you can’t see someone’s face—at least not all of it—your other senses heighten. Your ears work harder, homing in on the voice, or you zoom in on the eyes. Hers are warm hazel with flecks of bronze and green.
“Why, yes, I was looking for a particular book.” I stroll to the bookshelf along one wall, running my fingers across the spines, from old hardcovers like Tess of the d’Urbervilles to modern thrillers from the likes of Clive Cussler to non-fiction reads on the habits of highly effective people. “I thought if you wanted to go to the library you’d want to read. Naturally.”
“Of course. Read me a story. A bedtime story.” She leans against the wall next to a writing desk with a green lamp on it, the kind that has one of those chains you pull down to turn it on. She goes with the moment, and this night seems like role-play with her. I half want to understand who she is. But in a way, I’d rather experience everything she seems to want to give. Her body. Her mouth. Her mind. Whoever she is here in the library is as real as whoever she is behind the mask. My mission is to make sure she gets everything she wants.
I grab the nearest book and crack it open. It’s a James Patterson. “Once upon a time, there was a woman at a party who wanted to be kissed,” I say, walking to her, the pages open.
The angel raises her hands to her hair and sweeps off the headband that holds her halo. She tosses it to the desk. “That sounds like a very scintillating tale.”
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About the Author
I'm just realizing that I haven't blogged since my birthday week (oops). So much for blogging every Monday in 2018. To be honest, I haven't had much to report. Once I turned 21, I've been hanging out with friends a lot more and away from my computer more than I ever have been (something my mom is positively loving).
Unfortunately, I've also been pretty stuck on writing a new Chapter 8 for Unmoored. But I have booked an editor (and now have a hard deadline, so I will be working my butt off to meet it). I've also let go from the flawed idea that this book has to be the same length as the first book. Because everyone knows that, at some point, writing to a length will eventually lead to adding in unnecessary filler. And no one wants to read lazily-written filler content in the middle of a novel.
I'm also low-key doing Camp NaNoWriMo but haven't done much because of the above reasons and not feeling well on more days than I would like to admit. Are you doing Camp NaNo this year? Comment below about how it's going! If you're not doing Camp NaNo, tell me how your April is going instead.
I don't know about you, but I feel like 2018 is speeding by. If I wasn't constantly being reminded that today was my 21st birthday by everyone I know, I might have forgotten about it until this morning. My personal life has taken the majority of my attention since I finished finals and decided to take this semester off, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy.
If you're subscribed to my email list, you'll know that I sent out the first 6 (unedited) chapters of Unmoored, sequel to The Belgrave Legacy and that Book 1 is available for only 99¢ (so if you haven't read it yet, grab it now cheap and please leave an honest review as a birthday gift to me). The buy links are right below. And if you aren't subscribed yet, but want to be among the first to know all my latest news, you can subscribe in the box at the bottom of this (and every other) blog post.
Title: The Belgrave Legacy
Series: The Belgrave Legacy, 1
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9864279-1-6
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9864279-4-7
A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn doesn't believe in magic. But it is very real, and has made her a vulnerable target.
Caleb is sick of Hell. When the Devil offers him a way out, he immediately says yes.
Can this young witch trust the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her? Or will his betrayal tear them apart forever?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance. Filled with magic, witches, angels, and demons, this story will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Buy the book now, and discover a world hiding in our own.
Also, please feel free (read: encouraged) to share a link to this blog post and with this image (right-click on a computer, press and hold on a phone):
I'm curious: what did you do on your 21st birthday? Let me know in the comments below!
If you heard about Nor'easter Riley (ironically, the same name of my dog who hates the rain), you may have guessed that I planned to be super productive this past weekend. And I was, just not in writing: but in cleaning the home in preparation for our Oscar's viewing party with friends.
Friday was a lazy day (the weather sucked and it had me in a very tired mood), Saturday somehow got filled with lots of errands I hadn't even planned, and the same for Sunday (before all my family friends showed up and I stayed up way too late considering I had jury duty today).
Oh, yeah: Jury Duty. I guess you would say my March came "in like a lion," just not the way I had planned. But I am making progress on the new Chapter 8 and if you're a beta reader for Unmoored, I've posted the Prologue and Chapters 1-5 on BetaBooks. Now, I can focus on that (plus figure out what I'm doing for my 21st birthday).
What do you have planned this month?
As you can tell from the title, I am writing a new chapter in the middle of revising Unmoored because I condensed the first 10 chapters into 7 (don’t ask me how—it just happened—I was trying to expand them, but that obviously didn’t happen). The new chapter is Chapter 8 (which you can see below) and I'm excited to delve a little more into Ivy and Alec's individual college lives before their supernatural problems take center stage.
As you can see from the title of this blog post, I have finally learned how to use InDesign. If you're wondering what finally made me bite the bullet, I'll tell you: the new Word update didn't read the main fonts I was using to format The Belgrave Legacy, Unmoored, and all my other books. So, rather than having to outsource all my book formatting in the future, I finally learned InDesign (with the help of this amazing Skillshare course).
And in order for there to be consistency for the whole series, I also had to reformat The Belgrave Legacy (although I have yet to publish this because my cover artist has gotten so booked—which is amazing for her, but a bit tough for me). I learned it in the past 2 days and am now finally getting back to revising Unmoored. And I'm super proud that I learned how to do it quickly and am now able to continue format all my own books.
What's a skill you've been wanting to learn? Comment below!
Title: Kiss Collector
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
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When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.
The cover is finally here! I'm still working on revising Unmoored (my personal life got a little nuts this month but it's settling down). You may remember me saying that I loved it upon first seeing it, and it still makes me grin from ear to ear whenever I look at it.
I hope you're going to love as much as I do. And here it is. Enjoy!
Today's the day! You can finally grab your copy of this amazing New Adult urban fantasy romance featuring college, fae, music, and magic.
Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted, 1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Being kidnapped by the Leader of the Fae really puts a dent in your senior year.
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.
Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.
Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.
Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.
When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.
I have something to confess: since my last blog post, I haven't revised any more of Unmoored. I got a new schedule for my semester off which has been very draining while I've adapted to it. However, I'm hoping this week will be a lot more productive for me on the revising front.
Today also kicks off the first of 4 consecutive days I'll be blogging because today is Monday (so my normal check in), tomorrow is the release of my friend's book Twisted Fate, Wednesday is the cover reveal for Unmoored, and Thursday I'm sharing the cover for one of my favorite author's new book: Kiss Collector.
So, I'm going to leave it at that: short and sweet, and get to revising!
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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