Thursday, May 24, 2018

Getting Out Of Our Comfort Zones


I love vacation. Like probably many of you. What I like most about vacation – other than the warm weather and adult beverages and time to do anything and everything without having to take a break for laundry or cleaning the house – is that vacation is about getting out of your letting go of our inhibitions. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that a vacation has to be high octane adventure 24/7. I’m talking about letting go of what we think  we should be doing. Be that laundry or cooking dinner or mowing the lawn. 

Vacation is all about getting out of our comfort zones while being (at least for me) absolutely comfortable. Taking a hike up ancient Aztec ruins. Swimming with dolphins. Not checking email eleventy million times each day and not feeling obligated to like or comment on every social media post that hits our feed. 

For Nick and Daisy, a working vacation is anything but comfortable. You see, both of them have been ignoring on-going attraction feelings for a long time. Added to that, the vacation is technically a work trip for Daisy. Added to that, Daisy has been dumped – and is now being romanced – by her boss. Added to that, Nick has work problems of his own, prime amongst them that his business is badly in need of cash. Of course, when they’re away from those problems – Daisy’s amorous boss notwithstanding – it’s harder and harder to remember all of their reasons for not being together.

I hope you enjoy reading about Nick and Daisy’s journey to happily ever after as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

Perfect on Paper
Nicholas Vega started ManServants as a way to make extra cash in college; five years later, his business is bigger than he ever imagined. And it's in trouble. An angry ex-client wants to sue because one of his employees didn't sleep with her. To keep things going, Nick takes on a client of his own - his best friend Daisy MacIntosh.

Daisy needs a boyfriend in a bad way. Her current boss - and ex-lover - has planned a retreat and makes no bones about wanting her back in his bed, at least for the weekend. Daisy wants a barrier between them, and an on-paper boyfriend seems like the best idea. 

The problem? Once they're playing at being in love, their fictional relationship might blow their real life friendship out of the water.

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Author Bio:
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

One More Round


Congratulations to "KIM.", the winner in Lauren's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m thrilled to be here at JustContemporaryRomance today! I’m also super excited to share with the world my second Gamer Boy novel, ONE MORE ROUND. OMR is a mix of friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, and its one helluva second-chance romance. My Gamer Boy series is very near and dear to my heart, which features a few sweet and sexy professional video gamers. I really hope you enjoy ONE MORE ROUND as much as I do and really get to know my gamer boys!

Title: One More Round
Author: Lauren Helms
Release Date: May 24, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Gamer Boy #2
Genres: New Adult Romance
Word Count: 65K
Format: Paperback, digital

Can the gamer keep the girl?

Gia is living the dream with an amazing career and wonderful friends. Her life is on the right track, until a tall, broody blast-from-the-past breezes back into her life, sending her into a tailspin. She never forgot about Simon—her first love—or the way she cut him from her life all those years ago. Now, she doesn’t know what to do.

Simon never forgot the girl next door, or how she broke his heart when she left without even a goodbye. Thankfully, life as a professional gamer keeps his mind off his broken heart. That is, until he suddenly finds himself back in her path. Now he’s pushing her boundaries and testing her limits.

Simon and Gia have to find a way to coexist. They started as friends, and maybe it’s time to go back to the beginning. Only, this time around, being ‘just friends’ doesn’t seem to be enough. Simon has doubts, and Gia has secrets. Will they be able to let go of the past that hurt them both or will history repeat itself?

** This book can be read and understood as a standalone, but does contain minor spoilers for Level Me Up, book one in the series. **

Buy Now: Amazon | FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


Giveaway: 
Lauren is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card + LEVEL ME UP, Gamer Boy #1 eBook to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

About Lauren Helms:
Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft. 

Follow Lauren:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub | Instagram


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Fight Twice For Me

With: C.C. Wylde

Congratulations to "Laney4", the winner in C.C.'s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


Greetings Just Contemporary Romance Readers!!!

I’m so excited to be here to share with you an excerpt from my new MMA sports, taboo stepbrother, forbidden love romance! Keep reading for a sneak peek at Ella and her twin lovers!

FIGHT TWICE FOR ME

Two Stepbrothers are better than one!

Meet Ella Price . . .

The last place I want to be is at my ex’s MMA club, especially since I’ve sworn off fighters.
But I never anticipated meeting the De La Cruz twins. And damn, is there anyone who could resist a chance at a night of mind-blowing sex with both of them? With their tattoos, muscles, and the fact that there’s two? Besides, I’m getting the hell out of Vegas as soon as I’m done with college in a few weeks, so why not indulge until then?

It felt good to forget the rules...until I woke up to find out they were my new stepbrothers.
It’s about to get complicated.

Fight For Me is the first book in the MMA themed Fight For Me series. It’s available on May 21st here (https://entangledpublishing.com/fight-twice-for-me-two-stepbrothers-are-better-than-one.html)

About C.C. Wylde

CC Wylde believes in wonder, imagination, and fantasies where happily ever afters are real, and finding the one is guarateed . . . even if the one is really one plus one, two, or three.
She’s always been impressed by the influence stories have on people as individuals and society. Sometimes in real life, rules can be strict. Thoughts and situations can limit us. But she knows that between the pages of a good book—just like in between the linens of our own private sheets—we can all have happy endings.

You can find here at her website (https://ccwyldeauthor.wixsite.com/website) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CC-Wylde-1978205062440934/). Make sure to join her newsletter for updates on new releases! (https://mailchi.mp/814688e9119d/ccwyldenewsletter).

Excerpt:

“Wait,” One shouts after me. Or maybe it was Two. My body follows their command before my mind decides to.

“We didn’t catch your name.”

Desire pulses through me when I turn and take in the raw strength and cocky confidence of the twins. Everything about them says they’re interested in me and not afraid to show it. Maybe I shouldn’t be, either.

Screw it. Daisy might maim me, but what I’m about to do will be worth it. Plus, a few more minutes with them won’t end her career. If I don’t do what my mind and body want me to, I’ll regret it. I’m done with regret.

Crossing the distance between me and the twins, I stop only when my chest rubs against One’s. Without asking permission, or thinking too hard about what the hell I’m doing, I wrap a hand around the back of his neck and bring my lips to his. He tastes like smoke, heat, and shattered inhibitions.

Giveaway!
C.C. will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 21st. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

No Cowboy Required

With: JoAnn Sky

Congratulations to "Elley", the winner in JoAnn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi. My name is JoAnn Sky, and I write sweet contemporary adult romance, young adult romance with a magical twist, and children’s books. NO COWBOY REQUIRED is my debut. It’s the first of three books in the Biggest Little Love Story series and takes place in Reno, which is known as the “Biggest Little City in the World”.  NO COWBOY REQUIRED is a sweet, contemporary romance—think: Sweet Home Alabama meets Raising Helen.

Thanks for having me today!


NO COWBOY REQUIRED

Enemies make the best partners…

As a photographer in NYC, Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected—which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch home she ran away from seven years ago…along with a young, autistic stepbrother she’s never met. And because nothing ever goes easy for her, Grace finds her frustrating, sexy ex-flame, Noah, taking care of JJ. But she’s getting out of this nowhere town fast, so she’ll have to find a way to keep from throttling Noah—without kissing him first.

Noah Taylor may be enemy number one to Grace, but she needs his help. He knows the girl he used to love is still there, beneath the heels and fancy clothes, so he’ll help her—and keep his distance like she says she wants. Only the more time they spend together, the closer he wants to get. Grace has no intention of staying, but she belongs in his arms—he just has to prove it to her. 
EXCERPT
Take a quick peek at when my heroine Grace sees hero Noah for the first time in seven years:

She looked around at the bareness, her gaze eventually shifting up to the loft, still filled with hay. And memories. Memories she wanted to forget but couldn’t, like the bittersweet memories of Noah. Her friend, her knight, her once-upon-a-time everything. Goose bumps ran up her spine. This loft had been their kingdom, where they’d dreamed big when they were small. Later, it became a refuge, where they experimented with alcohol. And each other. A place where they planned their escape, where they—
“Hello, Gracie.”
She whirled around at the sound of his voice, as familiar as if she’d heard it hours—not years—ago. But the man standing in front of her wasn’t the boy she’d left behind. Dark stubble had replaced peach fuzz. The lanky, thin frame she remembered had morphed into broad shoulders and hard muscle. Hard-work-earned muscle, not gym-sculpted. His stance was confident, proud. Imposing.
He stared up to the loft and then shifted his focus to her. “Remembering old times?” The mischievous glint in his eyes hadn’t changed, nor had other things. His hair was still thick and black, one random curl hanging over his forehead. His dark blue eyes were still as deep as Lake Tahoe. His lips? Firm, full… Were they still totally kissable? Her mouth dried at the thought, and heat sprawled through her stomach, then lower.
What was wrong with her? She wasn’t a teenager anymore. This was the guy who’d broken her heart, pulverized it. And it wasn’t like she was Celibate Celia in New York, pining over him. Noah Taylor shouldn’t affect her body, shouldn’t affect her anymore.
And he shouldn’t be here.
This trip was supposed to be in and out, nice and easy. Sell the ranch, scoop up JJ, and skedaddle.
Noah’s gaze rolled down her body, lingered on her too-high heels, then climbed back up. “The City’s treated you well,” he said.
Bronzed abs peeked through the rip in his dirty T-shirt. Reno had treated him well. Very well. Not that she’d ever admit it, especially to him.


AUTHOR BIO
JoAnn Sky has written for years as part of her job (business and marketing plans and the like). One day she tried her hand at writing for fun—and liked it. Now she authors adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist as well as children's books. She is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her husband a.k.a. love of her life, three teenage children, and three crazy rescue dogs. No Cowboy Required is her debut novel.
Visit her at www.joannsky.com where you can sign up for her newsletter (and check out www.dogsandbooks.com for information about her children’s stories).  You can also connect on Twitter at @jaskybooks (http://twitter.com/JASkyBooksor on Facebook (www.facebook.com/joannskyauthor).

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Hitting It


Congratulations to "Dee", the winner in Kathy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’ve attached a favorite moment of HITTING IT for everyone today. Rob is the hot new rookie in the Indianapolis Bobcats, Heidi is a struggling young journalist. They can’t be together because Rob’s communication with the press is controlled by team management, and yet they found this moment together by a firepit in his backyard.

I love this excerpt because it shows how I feel about my press, the good and the bad. I see myself in both Rob and Heidi here because I have moments just like this one. Some days I burn the press and all that publicity be damned. Other days, I feel like I exist because of all the words I create or other create about me. It’s weird. And it’s wonderful. And it’s life.

Giveaway:
Here’s the excerpt. Comment below on if you see yourself reflected in this scene. One lucky winner will win a Locker Room Dairies café mug!

He went right to the business of lighting it and soon we had flames dancing in front of us. It was a lovely night with a nearly full moon and more stars than I’d ever seen, even down in Ft. Lauderdale. He pulled me to a bench and sat down next to me. We were near enough to the fire that I felt the heat of it on my face almost as much as the press of his large body heated my insides. We were thigh to thigh as he grabbed the full wastepaper basket.
“What is that?” I asked.
He pulled a handful of newsprint out and showed it to me. “Press clippings. Mom cuts out everything anybody says about me and leaves it on my dresser.”
I eyed the full wastebasket. “That’s a lot of press.”
“Tell me about it,” he drawled as he tossed a handful into the fire. He didn’t even look at the headlines, much less read all those column inches. He just tossed them all in the fire.
“Your mother spent hours doing that,” I said. “You’re just burning them?”
“Yup. And she knows. It’s been my ritual since I was in high school.”
“To burn the newspapers?”
“To burn whatever is said about megood, bad, or ugly.”
I watched him toss more words onto the fire. I followed a particularly large chunk as it curled on the edges, caught flame, then disintegrated into ash. A black square lifted up into the air and I followed the tiny piece until it fluttered away, caught on the breeze.
“You really hate the press that much?” I asked.
“Nope. But it’s easy to let this shit get into my head. So after a particularly bad game in high school, my dad and I came out here and burned it all. The bad reviews first, but eventually everything. The stuff about me breaking hitting records. The first time someone said I was the new Babe Ruth. The time the story broke that I’d gone into the minors and then later to the Bobcats.” He held up a big article about his jump to the majors. It was the lead sports story in the Indianapolis Sun from a few months ago. With a grin, he tossed it into the fire. “It’s how I keep myself real. This stuff…” He held up another handful of careful clippings. “It’s not who I am.”
Again they went into the fire. Piece by piece until the wastebasket was empty. And I was impressed. I still had a copy of every article I’d written for the newspaper. I had a copy of my award-winning essay tucked in my file cabinet. My SAT scores hadn’t been important for years, but they were still pinned on the corkboard in my bedroom at home. Not to mention all the stuff my mom had put on our Wall of Accomplishments. I couldn’t bring myself to burn any of it. They were proof that I was smart. That I was a good writer. That I had value. And I looked at them when I began to doubt myself. I couldn’t imagine burning any of it.
“So if that isn’t you,” I asked, “what is?”
“Nothing is. I’m me, not this stuff.”
Grounded. The man was so damn grounded in who he was that I couldn’t begin to fathom it. I was my accomplishments. If someone asked me who I was, I’d list my job and what I’d written. Apparently, Rob was just a guy who played baseball really well and that blew my mind.
“You can’t possibly be that free of ego,” I said.
He flashed me that thousand-watt grin. “Well, I do count the pieces of paper.”
“What?”
He pointed at the waste bin. “There were three hundred and twelve articles in there. All about me.”
And there it was. A sparkle in his eye as he laughed at himself. Not only was he grounded, but he could make fun of his own ritual. He could show me that even burning all the press about him, he was still very aware of how big a deal he was in some circles. And somehow that just made him more freaking attractive. Humility, humor, and enough self-awareness to admit that part of him loved every moment of his fame.
“You are so full of shit,” I teased. “Burning the articles while counting every column inch.”
“It’s part of my charm.”

HITTING IT


Making it to the Major Leagues is all rookie ballplayer, Rob Lee, has ever dreamed of. But now, he's a little overwhelmed with his new celebrity status. Everyone wants a piece of the new heavy hitter for the Indianapolis Bobcats. Still, he's worked hard for it, and he doesn't have many regrets. Although there is one...
If journalist Heidi Wong wants to keep her job, she needs to come up with a story—fast! That's why she tells her boss that she knows the Bobcat's reclusive new slugger, Rob Lee. And she does...in the Biblical sense. During Spring Break three years ago, she and Rob shared a torrid night on the beach. And she's wanted him again ever since.
But everyone knows reporters and athletes don't mix. Rob's contract doesn't allow him to talk to the press, and her job depends on it. Which is driving them both just a little crazy…


About the Author:
Kathy Lyons is the fun, contemporary side of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. She loves sassy romance with lots of laughter and sex. Spice is the variety of life, right? Okay, so maybe two kids, two cats, two pennames, and writing over 50 books has messed with her mind, but she still keeps having fun.

Or hang out with her sexy historical half, Jade Lee. Titled heroes with dark secrets are Jade's passion. Especially when they fall for women who add more than just spice to their lives. 


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Five things You Didn’t Know About Marissa Clarke


   1)    I live on an island in the middle of a river in the middle of nowhere! It’s the perfect place to write with peace and quiet and spectacular views.


   2)    You can only get to my house by cable car or boat (red cable car in photo below).


   3)    My island is on the Texas Gulf Coast that has thirteen other homes on it. It’s heaven for me because of the solitude and wildlife.



   4)    My love of animals is what inspired Three Day Fiancée. I love animals. All animals, no matter how many legs. Yep. I’m a fan of even snakes and spiders.


After guarding a momma spider and her egg sack from being removed from over the door of our island-shared pool house, one of the residents on the island put this funny (kinda creepy) pig statue at the pool in honor of my friending the huge spider everyone wanted to smush. The pig’s name is Wilbur, of course, named after my favorite character from Charlotte’s Web.

   5)    I’m not scared of snakes or spiders, but I’m terrified of pressurized refrigerated biscuit dough. Nothing is going to be “Poppin Fresh” in my kitchen. *shudder*





Wishing everyone a spectacular (Dough Boy-free) week!

Marissa

THREE DAY FIANCE

Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one-hundred and fifty pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything—especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.
The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy, hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.

Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for.



Author Bio:

Marissa Clarke is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

She loves to connect with readers, so shoot her an email or find her on social media.





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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

His Outback Temptation


Freelance photographer Sebastian Richards has put aside travelling the world to show his grandmother he is capable of helping out on the family farm, even though it’s hard to let go of his wanderlust. But when he rescues a beautiful woman from a difficult situation, and Sebastian learns Isabella Romano is going to his hometown, heading back to Prickle Creek holds more appeal.
Isabella has come home to the Outback for a short visit to her father before she heads off to begin her dream job in England. Circumstances throw Isabella and Sebastian together at every turn—so maybe a short summer fling could be fun?
Isabella is determined to leave, even though her heart wants to stay. Sebastian is determined to stay, though his heart wants to go. But the only way for them to be happy is to take a chance on love.
Each book in the Prickle Creek series is STANDALONE:

* Her Outback Cowboy
* Her Outback Surprise
* His Outback Nanny
* His Outback Temptation


Excerpt:

“Haven’t you got that swag up yet?’ Her voice was husky and he fumbled with the strap, tempted to disregard the swag and lie down beside her on the groundsheet. The air hummed with tension as she stood and waited while he undid the clips on the swag. As he leaned over to pull it up, a teasing finger ran down the back of his shirt. He turned; Isabella was close behind him, her breath warm on the back of his neck. It was either that or the fact that she’d now managed to pull his shirt from the waistband of his jeans and her fingers were playing over the bare skin of his lower back that sent a shiver skittering down his arms.

He groaned. “If you want protection from the weather you’d better stand over there where I can’t reach you so I can concentrate on getting this swag up.”

“Get the swag up?” Her grin was cheeky and he shook his head at her double entendre.

 “I don’t think you’re going to have any trouble, um, getting the swag up, are you?” Her voice was low and husky and it was all he could do not to reach out and take her in his arms.

“Bella. Behave.”

This time her eyes were innocent. “Why?”

Sebastian grinned back at her, and tried to steady his hands as he pulled the tent pegs from the small bag. It only took ten minutes to get the swag up and secure the pegs, but it felt like an hour to Sebastian.

He stood back and gestured to the swag. “Madame, your room is ready.”

Isabella smiled, and her tongue peeked through her rosy red lips as her eyes held his.

“May I kiss you first, kind sir, to say thank you for finding me such a lovely place to stay?”

Her eyes were dancing as he held his arms open. “You can.”

Isabella’s breasts were soft against his chest and he closed his eyes as her soft groan matched his as he lowered his mouth to her lips.

“Are you sure?”

“I am.” Her words vibrated against his lips and for a moment he forgot everything else as he lost himself exploring her mouth. She sighed as he moved down to kissing the soft skin of her neck, and his hands explored the soft curves under her T-shirt.

“I’ve just got to go to the car,” he said. “You get in there in case it rains.”

He looked up at the cloudless blue sky. ‘Hurry up. You don’t want to get wet.”

Heat raced up his neck as she raised her eyebrows.

“Don’t I?”

The sexy giggle that followed him made him hurry all the faster to the car to get the packet he’d put into his backpack.


Just in case.

About the Author:
#1 bestselling author in Amazon Romance series.
Winner ...Best Established Author of the Year 2017 AUSROM
Winner ...Best Established Author of the Year 2015 AUSROM
Winner ...Author of the Year 2014 AUSROM

Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the east coast of Australia and is published in print in Australia and New Zealand with the Porter Sisters series, as well as internationally in e-books. 
Her first traditionally published print book Kakadu Sunset was followed by Daintree, and Diamond Sky. She has recently signed a two book contract with Harper Collins in the HQ fiction imprint. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research.

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