Thursday, June 4, 2015

Appreciating Our Imperfections

With: Jenna Sutton 

Congratulations to "Tammy Y." and "Taurus", the winners in Jenna's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Yesterday, I wrote a guest post on Just Contemporary Romance about what makes someone sexy. There’s no question that Quinn O’Brien, the hero of my debut novel, All the Right Places, has some serious sex appeal. He also happens to have an abundance of confidence. Some would say he’s a little arrogant, maybe even a bit cocky! 


But he suffers from self-doubt, and that’s something that he and the heroine of All the Right Places, up-and-coming designer Amelia Winger, have in common. Though she has a lot of design talent, she still lacks confidence in her abilities. 

From the book: “She knew she approached the design process differently than other designers, and she blamed it on her lack of formal training. Without question, nearly every other designer she had ever known possessed more training and experience than she did. It made her deeply insecure, and although she recognized she had talent, she wished she had a degree or an apprenticeship to back it up. And though she knew it was pathetic, she always felt inferior to people with fancy degrees from expensive universities.”

But Amelia’s lack of confidence goes beyond her design skills—she’s also insecure about her looks. Here’s a little glimpse of a scene where Quinn surprises Amelia by telling her that he’s going to attend a fancy awards show with her:  

“She was thrilled, and not just because she got to enjoy his company. She couldn’t wait to see his face once she was all dressed up. She had no illusions about her looks, but a fabulous dress could do a lot for a short girl with a big butt. Plus, she’d seen the way women looked at Quinn. He drew the eyes of every female from nine years old to ninety, and she’d like to feel equal to his good looks for one night, at least.”

Like a lot of women, Amelia has a tendency to focus on the things she doesn’t like about herself—her curly red hair, freckles, and the gap between her front teeth. To her, those things are imperfections. And so are her lack of height and her big booty. 

But Quinn doesn’t see those things as imperfections. Amelia’s reflects on this while taking a bubble bath: 

“Quinn never seemed to notice the things she disliked most about her appearance: her big booty, her crazy hair, and the wide gap between her front teeth. He obviously had questionable taste because he seemed to like all her imperfections.”

Quinn doesn’t just like her imperfections, he loves them. Here’s a little snippet from Quinn and Amelia’s first time together:

“I love your ass,” he breathed. “It’s so round and delicious, and I can’t wait to get you out of these pants so I can touch it skin-to-skin.”
A strangled laugh escaped her. “I hate my butt. It’s too big.”
He shook his head. “No,” he countered fiercely. “You can’t hate something that makes me hard every time I see it.”

Are you like Amelia—someone who focuses on your imperfections? What do you see when you look in the mirror? 

Maybe you obsess over the dark circles under your eyes or the size of your thighs. But the people who love us, they see something different… they see perfection in our imperfections. 
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All the Right Places is Jenna Sutton’s debut novel. It is the first book in the Riley O’Brien & Co. series and is available now at:


Visit Jenna’s website at www.jennasutton.com or connect with her at www.facebook.com/jennasuttonauthor or @jsuttonauthor

All the Right Places

The first in a brand new contemporary romance series starring the men and women who are determined to keep the billion-dollar denim dynasty, Riley O’Brien & Co, on top, but aren’t about to let success stand in the way of love… 

Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. And so does the secret project she’s working on behind his back…

Quinn’s not interested in the new accessories, but he is interested in the woman designing them. Amelia is smart, sexy, and talented, and he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since they met. Mixing business and pleasure isn’t wise, but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with excuses to spend time with her. He thinks he understands the risk he’s taking when he gets involved with Amelia. But he doesn’t know he’s risking a lot more than his heart.

Giveaway:
Jenna will be giving away two autographed copies of ALL THE RIGHT PLACES to two lucky commenters or email entrants who can tell what they think is sexy, or what they consider to be their imperfections.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 4th. 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 maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

6 comments:

  1. I can be too sensitive. yenastone at aol dot com

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  2. I also lack confidence in my abilities, I have always been like that and I really hate it. People keep telling me I am good at my job but I just can't seem to truly believe them because of my self doubt.

    emilybaucom at yahoo dot com

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  3. sense of humor

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. To me a sexy man is confident and compassionate but not arrogant.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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  5. To me a sexy man is confident and compassionate but not arrogant.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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  6. I agree that confidence is sexy, but there is such a fine line between confident and arrogant. I think a great smile is sexy! amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

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