Friday, October 9, 2015

When a Crush Turns Into Something Real

With: Miranda Liasson

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

My heroine in This Love of Mine, Meg Halloran, has a busy life without much time for herself. (Sounds familiar, right?) Her mom’s got a chronic medical condition and Meg does a lot for her, plus her partner in their upstart bridal business is out on bed rest, pregnant with twins. Like a lot of us, Meg’s sort of allowed her life to take a backseat to everything else she has going on.

In addition, she’s had a crush on Ben Rushford, an ER doctor and one of the hunky Rushford brothers, for way too long. Ben has his own reasons for avoiding her, but Meg thinks it’s because Ben is a devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky guy who prefers having a different hot girlfriend every weekend rather than date someone like her (who’s a little shy, awkward, and quirky).

They barely speak, and when they do, Meg tends to get tongue-tied. She finally reaches a point where she says Enough! I’m giving up this obsession and I’m going to take my life into my own hands.

When Ben desperately asks Meg to step in for an important date (after his date has dumped him), she tells him NO WAY. (Good girl, Meggie!)

But then fate intervenes when Meg’s current Bridezilla has a panic attack and throws Meg and Ben together in the most unlikely way possible.

We’ve all gone through crushes and infatuations. A crush will only pass a certain point when we discover that our crush is just human after all. Meg is forced to get past that awkward, tongue-tied feeling with Ben because she finally sees him as he really is. It’s not until they are both brutally honest with one another that they can get past the tragedy in their past and can be open to a real relationship.

Sometimes a crush is a one-way train leading to disaster. And sometimes it can lead to something deeper and richer—a real relationship. So for a chance at winning a signed copy of This Love of Mine, what’s your crush experience? Disaster or did it set you off on the road to love?


As he flung her out one final time, she lost balance a little and cast out an arm to compensate. She stumbled, clutching at him to avoid falling. That was when she heard the rip.

The first sensation was relief—she could finally breathe. But that was followed quickly by terror as she realized the entire seam along the backside of her dress had ripped wide open, and the entire restaurant was about to catch a full and unobstructed view of her ass.

She spun and backed up against Ben’s body, plastering herself flat against him.

“Wow, Meggie,” Ben said as she ground into his crotch. “I never realized dancing got you so hot.”

She twisted her neck around far enough to send him the stink eye. Then she clutched at him for dear life.

“Do not move away from me,” she managed.

“Sure, no problem. Are you . . . flirting with me? Because if you are, I’m all in.” As she pushed against him, he wrapped his hands around her upper arms, a move which normally would have caused goose bumps to course up and down their lengths.

She scootched up against his chest and put her mouth near his ear. “Listen to me carefully. I’m only going to say this once. I am not flirting with you. My dress tore and . . .”

He stilled suddenly. “And what?” he asked.

“And I always wear undies. I never go anywhere without them. Except maybe for today.”

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 lighthearted contemporary romance for Montlake Publishing and also writes series romance for Entangled Publishing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.

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  1. Thanks, JustConRom, for having me today! I'd love to hear anyone's comments about their crushes. I had a huge one on a beautiful dark-haired, brown-eyed boy in high school, but it ended badly. Probably because I lost the ability to speak within 50 yards of him! In the book, my heroine Meg reminisces about a time when she and her friends were toilet papering the hero Ben's house and she loses her contact lens. This did really happen to me. Somehow, my best friend managed to find my contact in the dark before we got caught and managed to flee. Good times.

    Well, that huge crush never worked out for me but it taught me a lot. How to be bolder. How to be more confident. How if you don't say anything, guess what? You don't get much in life. In This Love of Mine, Meg learns that she has the power to help Ben understand something from their past--and she finds the courage to go after what she really wants. Thanks for having me today, andhave a great day, everybody!

    1. My last "crush" taught me a great deal - not just about myself but about love in general. About how it "should be." Even though it didn't work out in the long run, it was one of the best times of my life. He's still a great friend, and because of him I met other life long friends.

  2. The childhood crush was just a crush but gave me expectations on how a man should treat me

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  3. I have always been a shy one... so my crushes never knew... except for one time. I told a friend and she went running to tell the guy... talk about humiliating... he brushed it off, but my friendship with the girl was never the same.

    1. Oh, sorry about that, Colleen. Sometimes we learn painful lessons.

  4. can't remember

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  5. I am almost through with the audio book, Miranda. I've loved all your books, but I think this one is your best so far.

    1. Thanks, Barb, for the great compliment. I chatted with Amy McFadden, the voice artist who narrated it, and told her I actually took a wrong turn while driving and listening because of the hysterical way she portrayed Ben's "girlfriend" in the first chapter. She said she based on a real person--and doing the voice was sweet revenge!

  6. Never had a crush on anyone.

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  7. Eh,first crush :D ,it was disaster :D :)

  8. Thanks again, Just Contemporary Romance, for having me!


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