Friday, June 24, 2016

My Boy with the Dragon Tattoo: Preston Guthrie of A Man of Honor

With: Miranda Liasson

Giveaway Alert!

Preston Guthrie is the most tortured hero I’ve written. Under all that torture, he’s awesome. Here’s why I love him, and hope you will, too:

--He’s upstanding, selfless, and he’d do anything for my heroine, Cat. And oh, he’s super hot! (Check out that chest! And please don’t salivate on the tattoo, gals J.)

--Cat has always been respectfully off limits to him as the sister of his best friend. But last summer, Cat and Preston reconnected. Sparks flew, and Preston finally came to believe that they could have a real chance together. But then he got called up with the Reserves and got deployed to Afghanistan.

--His tattoo. Oh, lordie, that tattoo! That came about because he really does have dragons to slay. He’s father is an ex-vet who was injured in the war, just like Preston, but got addicted to alcohol and pain killers. Preston is afraid there’s a little too much of his father in him. But he’s done everything to not be like that.

--He hates shopping but goes anyway—for a wedding gift, no less, because Cat asks him to. But he manages to put his own unique spin on that, as you’ll see at the end of the book.

--He might possibly have been a little bit based on Channing Tatum. I didn’t actually realize this until I did my Pinterest board about the book, which you can see here: ( No one else came close.

--He completely sucks at fixing Cat up with another man. Here’s an excerpt:

“And speaking of doing my job, I found you a prospect. To date.” He pulled out an iPad from his briefcase. “An investment banker. I’ve known him a long time. I can vouch for the fact that he’s a great guy.”
“Oh, wonderful.” She rubbed her hands together in faux excitement, but deep down, she didn’t have the heart for it.
The man on the screen was white haired. Not gray on the sides or even gray all over but as stark white as a bleached sheet flapping in the breeze.
“I’ve known Carlos since I graduated from college.”
“Is he your grandfather?”
“Ha ha. Very funny.”
“Has he been married?”
“He’s a widower.”
She shut the iPad. “This does not count as a genuine prospect.”
“I can’t help it if you shallowly reject good candidates based solely on their appearance.”
“I am not shallow.”
He shrugged. “I don’t know what else I would call it.”
“I’m not attracted to fifty-three-year-olds. And he doesn’t even look fifty-three. He looks seventy-three.”
“Your problem, not mine.”
“You suck at this!”
“Maybe you can help me narrow my search by telling me what you’re looking for in a guy.”
“Kind, ambitious, cute. Not a grandfather. Someone who loves me just the way I am.”
“Who wouldn’t love you just the way you are?” His eyes sparked with conviction. Emotions flickered across his face that she couldn’t interpret—regret, anger, and something else much darker. Want. She could swear he looked at her the way a man looks at a woman he wants to kiss, long and hard and deep.

Miranda is giving away an e-copy of A MAN OF HONOR to anyone who comments on what you think of the tattoo.

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Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about courageous but flawed characters who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a former Golden Heart winner who writes series romance for Entangled Publishing and lighthearted contemporary romance for Montlake Publishing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

His Heart's Revenge

His Heart’s Revenge is a male/male category romance featuring two CEOs warring over a huge client. The catch is that these guys have a past: one broke the other’s heart at summer camp years ago when they were kids. So for each of them, winning this client isn’t just business, it’s personal—very personal.


Twenty years ago, I was too smart and too poor to be cool. Now I’m laughing my way to the bank—the bank I’m CEO of. Nothing can touch me.

Except maybe him.

We met at summer camp. We made out under the stars. Then he stabbed me in the back.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But I’m gonna go with hot.

Alexander Evangelista is a millionaire with all the trappings: houses all over the world and hot guys lined up whenever he’s in need of some no-strings-attached company. He's on his way to world domination.

A CEO in his own right, Cary Bell is competing for a major client with his boyhood crush. He’s never forgiven himself for betraying Alex. But with his professional reputation on the line, he’s going to have to find his inner cutthroat if he wants his new company to succeed.

Alex isn’t about to let his nemesis steal a client out from under him. It’s time to break Cary’s company—and his heart.

Cary still remembered the surprising softness of Alex’s lips. That single kiss had stayed with him. Sometimes he feared that it had marked him somehow, because although he’d had plenty of great sex, he’d never been able to recapture that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling Alex had given him at summer camp. He would try, and sure, the first rush of a new relationship was always fun, but ultimately, he could never make himself stay interested for very long. Hell, that summer of crushing on Alex had, in some ways, been his longest relationship.

He wondered if Alex’s lips would still be as gentle as they had been back then. Somehow, he thought not.

Cary’s reverie was interrupted by another round of applause and a server bearing the first course. Alex moved slightly closer to Cary as if to make room for her to place a salad in front of the woman seated on his other side, but just as Cary was about to move, too, to keep a consistent amount of distance between them, Alex leaned in even more, his lips so close to Cary’s ear that he could feel the heat of the other man’s breath.

“I’ve been thinking about you,” he whispered.

It was like a jackhammer had taken up residence in Cary’s chest in place of his heart and someone had just flipped the lever to turn it on. “Oh?” he said, raising his eyebrows and praying that Alex, who hadn’t withdrawn even an inch, wouldn’t see the frantic pounding of his pulse in his throat.

“I don’t think you should drop out of the competition for the Liu account.”

Well, this was an unexpected development. But what he had thought? That Alex had been thinking of him in any other way? Of course he hadn’t.

“Because what fun would that be, really?” Alex continued. “Winning by forfeit wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as watching you jump though all those hoops and then destroying you.”

About Jenny Holiday:

Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Later, she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format, picking up a PhD in geography and then working in PR. Eventually, she figured out that happy endings were more fun than alien invasions. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ready to Fall

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Elementary school teacher and part-time librarian Sarah Mayhew has the perfect plan: show off her cycling skills at her school's bike retreat and attract her oblivious coworker in the process. Her end game? Fall in love. Only one problem: she needs to find someone to teach her how to ride a bike pronto. But when she catches sight of Chris Dean's gorgeous physique, her best laid plans are about to go off track . . .

Chris is not looking for a girlfriend. He's getting over his last one by focusing on his bike repair business. So when a feisty, sexy schoolteacher urges him to help improve her cycling skills, he does it strictly for the money. He vows he won't repeat history, even for a blond bombshell like Sarah. But when the two find themselves alone on the road, they can't help taking a detour straight into each other's arms . . .

Ready to Fall Excerpt 
“Why did Helen send you here?” Chris asked.

Sarah fished a folded printout from her huge purse and slapped it on the counter. “Take a look.”

He unfolded the paper and scanned the text. Apparently, the faculty and staff of Spring Ridge Elementary School had been invited to participate in a bike retreat as part of a new fitness initiative. That still didn’t explain what she wanted from him, however.

“It’s hot enough out there to cook us like rotisserie chickens.” Sarah tapped a finger on the flyer. “I’ll be surprised if more than a dozen teachers survive the day. But at least our meat will be juicy and flavorful.”

Stifling another grin, he started making his way to the store entrance. Time to end this conversation and usher her out. “If you need a volunteer to give the bikes a tune-up or someone to sponsor the event, keep looking. I can’t. Like I said, this is a pretty new shop. I have too many things to do and not a lot of extra money.”

Instead of following him to the door, she turned around and leaned her curvy butt against the counter. “That’s not why I’m here. I need you to teach me how to ride a bike before that retreat.”

And there it was. The reason for all this. “You want to learn how to ride in three days?”

“Yes.” She smiled again, clearly pleased that he’d grasped the situation at long last.

“And you want me to teach you? Over the Fourth of July holiday? On top of my normal schedule here at the shop?”

Her smile began to fade. “Yes.”

Jesus, this had to be a joke. In what universe would Helen ever believe he’d give a grown woman riding lessons after work? Him, the man she often called the pissiest human being on the face of the Earth? Unless . . .

“Is Helen trying to set us up?” Unable to resist, he scanned Sarah’s lush body one last time. “You can tell her she got my type right. But I’m not ready to date again. Sorry.”

Sarah remained silent for a long moment, taking what appeared to be a confused look down at herself. Then she raised her head and stared directly at him.

“This isn’t a setup. This is—I mean, I am—a woman who needs to learn how to ride a bike in three days for the sake of true love.” As his mouth opened, she clarified, “Don’t worry. True love for another man. Not you.”

“True love?” he repeated.

“True love,” she confirmed.

A bitter smile curved his mouth. “In that case, you’re definitely wasting your time,” he told her. “Love is the absolute last reason I’d do anything for anyone right now.”

 While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn't read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a "manhood"? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero's manhood?

 Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians. 2) His manhood. Also, her womanhood. 3) It's his "hard length," sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. At least in romances. 4) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year's Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet--it didn't matter. I loved them all.

Now I'm writing my own romances with the encouragement of my husband and daughter. I found a kick-ass agent: Jessica Alvarez from Bookends, LLC. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I'd rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

On being Starstruck

What is it about movie stars or professional athletes that make people get that deer-in-the-headlights look and lose all form of verbal communication? I mean, they're just like you or me—except they earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more and are usually ten times better looking. Oh, and they're much more talented.

Other than that, what's the big deal?

I can honestly tell you, I always thought I would never succumb to such a plight as being starstruck. I don't watch any award TV shows and rarely keep up with sports—except the Red Sox. And quite frankly, as much as I admire some people for their talents, I feel, well, people are just that. People.

Until one day several years ago at an RWA conference, I was waiting for an elevator with my roommate and who should come up and wait with us but Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Um, only my all-time favorite author!!!

Well, I can't believe I did this, but I just stared at the poor woman, completely tongue-tied. I said nothing--NOTHING!-- as my friend was talking to her, until my friend nudged me and said, "Do you know who this is?"

Finally, finally, I got my voice back and said, "Of course I do! She's my favorite author of all time." And Ms. Phillips laughed and said, "Well, next time you could show some enthusiasm." I laughed too. My gosh, but she was right.

I was totally starstruck.

I guess you never know how you're going to react to a celebrity or well-known personality. J
In my new Entangled Bliss release, From Fake to Forever, my heroine Sandra is not impressed at all with heartthrob celebrity Ben Capshaw (or at least not to his face) and it becomes quite a blow to his ego. Because of that, Ben becomes more intrigued with her and her attitude toward him. That's when the fun begins!

Hope you get to check out their story!

From Fake to Forever 

Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so when her sister suggests allowing a super-famous actor to research his latest role there, she reluctantly agrees. Except the actor turns out to be Ben Capshaw—a playboy who’s never serious, always joking around, and who knows zero about kids or being a parent. Case in point: his involvement in the untimely death of the preschool’s class pet…

Ben is enjoying teaching more than he thought he would, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking for a permanent position. Sure, he’s ready for more serious movie roles and less goofing off, but the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter are more than he bargained for. Plus, Sandra still won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.

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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Harlequin June Blog Tour

Giveaway Alert!

by: Judy Duarte

You are cordially invited to witness the courtship 

of Graham Fortune Robinson & Sasha-Marie Gibault Smith

Graham has always thought of Sasha as his "little sister." 

Sasha has always considered the rugged rancher out of her league. 

Now that Sasha is all grown up, there is nothing keeping them apart… Except she has a daughter. An ex-husband. And a very noticeable baby bump. And the always proper Graham suddenly finds himself thinking very sexy thoughts about the sweet single mom! 

Perhaps Fortune is finally smiling on Graham—in the form of the true love this rich, unencumbered cowboy has always longed for!


by: Lynn Graham

Ella Palmer has neither the money nor the connections to warrant the interest of Nikolai Drakos's archenemy. Yet the unassuming beauty has done just that—and claiming her will be Nikolai's ultimate satisfaction! 

The ruthless tycoon will use any means necessary to ensure Ella's compliance, so he buys out her family's debts. Debts he'll forgive if Ella becomes his mistress. But when he discovers the true extent of her innocence, Nikolai is forced to consider something new; it appears the indomitable Greek is about to take a bride! 

Congratulations, Lynne Graham, on OVER 35 MILLION copies sold worldwide with Harlequin®!


by: Brenda Minton

Her Texas Protector 

Bodyguard Boone Wilder isn't keen on his latest mission: watching over a pretty politician's daughter. Boone is from quiet Texas Hill Country, and Kayla is a showy city gal. But once safely settled at the Wilder Ranch, Boone watches Kayla enjoy cooking with his family, caring for his relatives and bottle-feeding calves. There's more to her than he ever knew. Still, the former soldier's wounds are way too deep to let Kayla close. But when he discovers that someone wants to hurt Kayla, Boone must risk his heart to protect what he cares about most.


About Judy Duarte
Judy's unpublished stories won not only the coveted Emily (West Houston RWA Chapter) and Orange Rose (Orange County RWA Chapter) awards, but also earned her the status of a double RWA Golden Heart finalist in 2001. Then Judy's dream became a reality in March 2002 when Silhouette Special Edition released her first book, COWBOY COURAGE. Since then, she has published seventeen books and is contracted to write three more. Her stories have touched the hearts of readers around the world. Her tales of redemption and renewed trust generate many fan letters from readers who tell her of the positive impact reading her stories have had in their lives. A woman who had been shattered by her husband’s recent betrayal and desertion had not been able to read or watch anything that had a romance involved writes: I saw your book in the store, and the title caught my eye. (I have a thing for cowboys.) When I read the back cover, I bought it and couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one day. I still have my doubts about meeting a decent man and trusting again. But maybe in time I will be able to love again. I will be watching for your next book.In July 2005
Judy won the prestigious Reader's Choice Award for THE RICH MAN'S SON.

About Lynn Graham

My first book was published in 1987. Today I am the bestselling Mills and Boon Presents author with sales thirty five million books worldwide.
I’m Irish. I’m a Leo born July 30. I learnt to read at the age of 3, haven’t stopped since then. I hated school, enjoyed university. I first met my husband when I was 14 but we had a rocky path to the altar. I wrote my first romance at 15 but couldn’t find a buyer! I have five children, one natural, four adopted from Sri Lanka and Guatemala. I live in the country and have five acres of wild woodland garden.

About Brenda Minton

Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children and a few too many pets. She's a pastor's wife as well as children's ministry worker. Her hobbies include sitting on the porch drinking coffee and going out to eat with friends. If you enjoy her Love Inspired Cooper Creek series, you can find Brenda most days drinking coffee and hanging out on facebook.

One lucky person leaving a comment or email entry will win a copy of all three books!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Friday, June 17, 2016

We’re All a Little Princess-y

With: Kerri Carpenter

Congratulations to "Amanda F.", the winner in Kerri's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

In my latest novel, Tempting Mr. Wrong, Lance heads to North Carolina to check in on his four-year-old goddaughter, Mya, who happens to live with her Aunt Carly. And Aunt Carly happens to be Lance’s best friend’s sister. Did I mention that Lance jilted Carly years ago? (Psst – but he always regretted it!) At least Lance and Carly have Mya in common, and Mya has a total obsession with everything pink, girly, and princess-y. That got me thinking. Who are my favorite princesses? Without further ado, here’s a list.

Kerri’s Top 5 Favorite Princesses
(Some real, some animated, some from fiction)

   1.     Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
This version of Belle rocks my socks. Why? Because she loves books and totally loses herself in the stories. Plus, she clearly doesn’t care about looks – um, hello, Beast! Also, she’s not afraid to rock a yellow dress. And out of all the Disney princesses, I look the most like her.

   2.      Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
Grace Kelly is fabulous and I probably could just stop there. But I won’t. I also love her because she was friends with Alfred Hitchcock and in a couple of his movies and I adore Hitchcock films. Also, Grace is from Pennsylvania, just like me.

   3.     Cinderella from most versions of the story
I think we can all agree, she has fabulous shoes. She’s nice and hard-working too. Plus, she’s kind to animals and has a fairy godmother. Also important to note is one of the best cinematic references to her name courtesy of Pretty Woman, “Cinde-f*cking-rella.”

   4.     Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled
You gotta give it up for Rapunzel. She has amazing hair. It’s like one big Pantene commercial. We should all covet it. Also, she’s a loner like me. Of course, her loner-status is forced on her. But I think she makes the best of it. Also, she is voiced by Mandy Moore, who I love.

   5.      Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries movies
I love me some Princess Mia because she’s an ugly duckling and I think we’ve all felt that way at some point. Plus, she’s loyal. And the real kicker – The Princess Diaries movies are based on the YA book series and YA falls under the romance novel umbrella. Who doesn’t look a good romance novel?

Oh, you love romance novels? Then make sure you pick up my new contemporary romance novel, Tempting Mr. Wrong, available now from Entangled Publishing.

Hope you enjoyed my list of favorite princesses. To be honest, I think we’re all awesome princesses. That’s why I’m doing a giveaway. Tell me your favorite princess in the comments and you will be entered to win a copy of Kissing Mr. Wrong, book 1 in the Wrong Man Series. (This giveaway is for an e-copy of the book. Either Kindle or Nook, winner’s choice.)

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Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to her newsletter.

They walked back into the kitchen. Carly faced him. “What time is Mya coming home? Do I need to pick her up?”
            “Caitlin’s mom said she would drop her off.” He looked down at his watch. “In about two hours from now.”
            Carly put her hands in the pockets of her jeans and rolled back on her heels. “Wow, two whole hours, Mya-free. Just me and you.”
            She said it lightly, but as soon as the words were out of her mouth, the implication that they were alone filled the room. No Mya, no interruptions.
            They stood on opposite sides of the table. He could see her chest rising and falling as the silence between them dragged on. His palms were damp and he wiped them on his jeans.
            God, she was so damn beautiful. Taking in her gorgeous body, the usual reminder that he shouldn’t look at his best friend’s sister like this didn’t surface. In fact, he’d stopped thinking about her as Chris’s sister days ago.
            Those green eyes that sparkled as if they were laughing at all times. Her luxurious red hair. All of those womanly curves packed into her petite body. What man would be able to resist her?
            Not me. Not anymore.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ode to Junk Food

With: Melia Alexander

Unlike most Paleo-eaters, I believe that junk food has a place in life. Maybe it’s because I’m also a writer, and I dare say most writers have snacky-thingies handy that help the creative juices flow. Hey, whatever it takes to get the book done, right?!

For me, it’s all about the chocolate. Specifically, Peanut M&Ms. It isn’t necessary to indulge all the time – although, c’mon, I’m only human! – but there’d better be a dish of them at least in sight or La Muse will dig her heels in and stubbornly refuse to participate in that day’s writing session. Witch.

The quirky thing about it is, while there must be Peanut M&Ms around, I can pretty much take it or leave it…well, most times anyway. Which is so unlike the heroine in my new romantic comedy, Driven to Temptation.  

Delaney Harper has a serious attachment to junk food. Corn chips, potato chips, cookies, she loves them all! Her absolute fave is double chocolate chip cookies. Funny thing about that, though, is that she eats those last, claiming that she can then savor each bite. Not sure where that came from, but who am I to question what La Muse spills onto the page?

Now what about you? Are you a junk food eater? What’s your favorite kind?


Aidan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore.
Delaney Harper comes from a family of engineers—male engineers. With several impressive projects under her belt, she’s on a mission to prove she can hang with the big boys, too. But cracking the sexy, closed-off CEO is tougher than she expects…and hotter than she could have imagined.
With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game…

About Melia Alexander: 
Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she's seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are - the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She's an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies - preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she's busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house. 

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