Friday, July 3, 2015

Let’s Talk Tropes!

Giveaway Alert!

I’m thrilled to be making my debut appearance on the JCR blog. To celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway!

From secret babies to one-night stand stories, I love tropes. And falling for the best friend’s little sister tops my list of favorite contemporary romance storylines. But when I sat down to write the first book in my Sin City SEAL series, I wanted to offer a twist to this tried and true trope.

I’m a huge fan of one Alpha male demanding that his Alpha male best friend keep his hands off his little sister. But what if the Alpha hero’s best friend is a woman? In To Tempt a SEAL, U.S. Navy SEAL Cade Daniel’s best friend isn’t one of his teammates. His BFF is the petite, fiery bartender at the SEALs’ local watering hole.   

Another twist to the falling for the BBF’s little sister trope? Lucia has no idea Cade is her sister’s best friend.

After years in foster care that ended with Lucia physically and emotionally scarred, Natalie tries to give her younger sister Lucia space to live her life. Still, they keep in touch over email and text. And Natalie is ready and willing to protect her sister when Lucia announces her plan to go to Vegas and have a wild fling with a stranger. Natalie asks Cade for a favor—keep Lucia safe, without touching her.

But when Cade gets to Vegas, he finds there is one thing he can’t resist—his best friend’s bombshell little sister.

Here’s a peek at Cade and Lucia’s first meeting:

“And when you’re not partying in Vegas, what do you do?” she asked. “Prepare for your role as the next James Bond?”

“No, I don’t work alone.”

She cocked her head as if trying to make sense of his words.

“I’m a SEAL in Uncle Sam’s Navy. When I’m working, I have a team of guys who could kick James Bond’s ass watching my back, covering my six at all times.”
The honest answer seemed best. If she really was Natalie’s sister, then the fewer lies he told her the better. But Natalie had made it clear her little sister would run if Lucia suspected he was there out of pity for his best friend’s supposedly shy, overweight sibling.
She lowered the half-eaten berry. “I’m familiar with the SEALs. My sister lives near Coronado. She’s a bartender at Bottoms Up. Have you heard of it?”
“Yes, I have.” And just like that, he had confirmation. This gorgeous woman was his mission, and not in a way that would satisfy the parts of his body begging to get acquainted with her curves.

Do you love falling for the BBF’s little sister stories? Always on the look out for an enemies to lovers romance? Share your favorites tropes for a chance to win an ebook copy of one of Sara Jane Stone’s backlist titles!

To Tempt a Seal

For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.

Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.

But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart. 

Find it online: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

About Sara
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Armed with a firm belief that dreams do come true, Sara Jane sat down at her keyboard to write fun, sexy stories like the ones she loved to read. 
Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local New York City RWA chapter. When she can convince her husband to watch the children, Sara Jane attends Lady Jane’s Salon, New York City’s only romance reading series.

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  1. Oh this one sounds really good! I enjoy so many tropes... some of my favs are fairytale types, mistaken identity, secret baby, boy next door, etc... thanks for sharing!

  2. can be interesting; depends how it's written

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  3. Friends to lovers and I also like brother or sisters of best friends too. yenastone at aol dot com

  4. I like friends to lovers and also second chances. pamelaanndevereux at gmail dot com

  5. I like friends to lovers stories.


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