Monday, August 15, 2016

Knocked Out By Love

With: Abby Niles

Congratulations to "Mood Reader", the winner in Abby's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m not a natural born flirt. I’m awkward, easily flustered and sexy retorts come to me about ten hours too late when I’m lying in bed thinking about what a colossal idiot I’d made of myself. So imagine how uncomfortable it was for me to wade back into the dating pool after almost a decade of marriage a few years ago. To say the least, it didn’t go well. In fact, it went very, very bad (until I met the one a couple of years ago). 

My heroine is just starting the newly-single journey herself after an eight-year marriage. Trying to get back into the swing of things can be a little daunting. 

 She wanted to get comfortable with flirting again. She’d blown it bad last night. Really bad, if she was going to have to apologize to Delaney. Brody had already helped her feel more desirable with a few simple words. Maybe he could help with some of the rest. She bit her bottom lip.

“I know that gnawing the lip thing,” Brody said. “What the hell are you thinking?”

Should she even dare? She eyed him. It was a huge favor to ask. “I think I could use a little coaching.”

“On what?”

“Dating, of course.”

If his head had jerked back any farther, it would’ve fallen off. “You don’t need—”

“Think about,” she interrupted. Now that she’d put it out there, she was really warming to the idea. What better way to ease back into singlehood after eight long years than with someone she had always been comfortable around. “Last night, I drank so much because I was trying to loosen myself up. I kept getting tongue-tied when a guy would come up to me. I won’t have to drink if I practice a little. Do you know I haven’t danced with a guy since…damn. My wedding.”

“Are you serious?”

“Dead serious. You’re safe. Didn’t you say I needed to be safe? What better person to help me get out of the rusty and into the polished than a guy that sees me at his best friend’s ex-wife.” 

She smiled. This really could work.

“Right. That’s exactly how I see you, and I’m not the person to do this, Scarlett.”

“Because of Ryan.”

A lengthy pause followed before he said, “Yeah, because of Ryan.”


I want to thank Just Contemporary Romance for having me today and thank all of you for stopping by! 


I’m giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard to one lucky commenter. Tell me: Are you a natural flirt or do you fumble your way through the flirting game?


Brody Minton has loved Scarlett Harris for years. But shes his best friends wife, so hes worked hard to keep his distance. Hearing the marriage is over shouldnt change anything. Only an ass would make a move on a friends ex… Except Scarlett wants help getting back in the dating game, and Brodys torn. If he helps her out, he can keep an eye on her and guard her vulnerable heart. But having the woman hes longed for for years in armsreach is hell on a mans restraint, no matter how iron strong his will.

But loving Scarlett is only half the fight.

All Scarlett Harris wants is to get away for a while and rethink her life after filing for divorce from her lying, cheating bastard of a husband. The gorgeous Bahamas sounds like the perfect escape, except shes booked in very resort Brody “The Iron” Minton is staying at for his sisters wedding. Now her exs best friend is dogging her every move, and is a witness to her first pathetic attempts at flirting in years. If Brody isnt going to leave her alone, then shell just recruit him to help get her reacquainted with her single self.

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Author bio:
Abby Niles is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author to the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.

Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much needed reading in.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug 16th. 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 with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. My flirting ability is sadly non existing. At. All. LOL I'm truly hopeless in flirting or romance matters in real life. I prefer the book! ;-)
    This book sounds really promising, the characters knew each other a long time and one with hidden torch... Excited to read this!
    Thank you for the chance.
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  2. I definitely fumble my way through the flirting game. I'm absolutely horrible at it!

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  3. I am not good at flirting.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  4. I'm terrible! Sometimes I manage to hit the right combination but mostly I just end up awkward. I love the concept of finding someone to practice with. :)

    Gldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

  5. I'm pretty bad at it, I always think of good lines well after the fact. I just tend to say the wrong things at the worst times

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  6. Before marriage (35 years ago), I couldn't flirt to save my life. Today, happily married, I am able to flirt with (married) men and even (married) women, perhaps because we are all "safe". If I were single, I might not be able to do it....

    1. I always forget to mention (until after I hit Publish) that Maureen has my email address....

  7. Oh, I was terrible-TERRIBLE-at flirting! Not only can I not flirt, I apparently cannot recognize when others flirt with me. I'm at a complete loss with all things Flirty. :)

  8. not a natural flirt

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  9. I'm totally a natural flirt! It's as easy and natural as breathing. PS: Great cover!!

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  10. I am a natural flirt

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  11. I am too shy...

  12. I'm very shy person,so the second is :D

  13. neither

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  14. Flirting is a totally alien thing for me *lol*. So yeah, my flirting ability is practically zero.


  15. I'm soooo glad that I am not alone on the inability to flirt thing!! For those natural flirters out there, I bow to you. I wish I could flirt. I think it comes in handy in social gatherings. It seems to make conversation easier. My friend is a natural flirter. I watch her in awe, lol.

  16. ok so I think I'm a natural, however, I'm told that I'm very much a dork when it comes to flirting and such... it's probably bc I've been married for 19 yrs :) I've been so out of the game I probably have no game lol, I crack myself up :D

  17. I DEFINITELY fumble my way through the flirting game. I have been called "adorably awkward" before! LOL :P



  18. Natural flirt
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  19. Natural flirt
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  20. I'm completely awkward. The only decent flirting I ever did was when I met my husband!
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  21. Thank you all for stopping by and helping me feel so not alone in the awkward flirter world :-) Congratulations to Mood Reader!! I'm sending you the GC this morning!


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