With: Laura Simcox
I’m thrilled to stop by JCR today and introduce you to my Something to Celebrate series from Entangled Edge. If you like to read sweet, sexy stories with a lot of irreverent humor, then you may want to make a visit to Celebration, NY.
The quirky little town is the setting for IVY ENTWINED, which tells the story of a woman who becomes the mayor of Celebration—and falls in love with the guy who’s trying to squish her little hometown like a bug.
When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.
Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.
As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.
Love makes the headlines again in PERMANENT INK, which released August 4 and tells the story of an out-of-work event planner, who lands a job as the town’s community activities director. She doesn’t plan to stay in Celebration—until she finds herself in the arms of the sexy local tattoo artist.
Blair Whitaker has one goal: get the hell out of Celebration, NY. Her ticket out is helping the town take the grand prize in a parade contest, which will ensure she lands her dream job. It's a win-win.
Standing in the way is Ben Lambert, a sexy, local tattoo artist whose smile makes her weak. To win the contest, she'll have to sideline his plans for the tattoo festival the town council allowed on the same weekend. But trying to thwart Ben is more than she bargained for, and before she knows it, she's starting to see Celebration–and Ben–as something more than a temporary distraction.
But Blair's in too deep to change directions now. Celebration is behind the parade contest, the mayor revokes the tattoo festival permit, and Blair is on the cusp of getting everything she'd planned. But coming clean will turn Ben against her for good, and going forward means losing what she really wants and hurting the town she's grown to love.
If you’re thinking about a visit to Celebration, check out this ad from the downtown business owner’s association:
WELCOME TO CELEBRATION, NY: WHERE EVERY DAY IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!
—Celebration is proud to have the youngest female mayor in the state of New York!
—Nestled near the shores of the Finger Lakes, Celebration is under an hour from the bustling city of Syracuse.
—Explore our attractive, walkable downtown and take a rest in our lovely town commons, which features a romantic gazebo.
—We love a parade and live up to our name by celebrating the holidays in style. Highlights include the Christmas festival, the Easter parade and the crowning of the May Day queen.
—Stop by the Lovin’ Cup Diner for a quick cup of coffee, a delicious sandwich and a complimentary dish full of quality gossip.
—Best of all? There’s love in the air in Celebration. Always has been. Stop by and experience it for yourself!
—To learn more, please visit www.laurasimcox.com