Monday, September 4, 2017

Would Your Mama Approve of This Guy?

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

Who doesn’t love a sexy international correspondent with a British accent?

Meet Grant Wilbanks, a man who roams the world and has no intention of ever settling down.

Here’s the blurb for The Baby Project: 

Liz Kingston spends her life delivering babies and longs for one of her own. All she needs is someone with fabulous genetic material. Who better to ask than her sexy ex-fling, who has no interest in ever settling down or being a father.

International correspondent Grant Wilbanks loves danger and travelling the world. But nothing in all this Brit’s experience could have prepared him for the way a torrid affair with Liz makes him feel. When she asks for his assistance, he figures he can help her out with a simple donation. No strings, no emotions, just…test-tube science.

But this simple favor gives them both more than they ever bargained for. Grant agrees to her terms, but stepping away gets harder and harder because the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling…and losing the battle to safeguard his heart.

Each book in the Kingston Family series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Heart and Sole
Book #2 A Man of Honor

Okay, Ladies, so we have a guy here who:

--roams the world, has no real home
--has no intention of ever settling down
--had a fling with Liz and dumped her once before
--his childhood was a trainwreck! (Parents who were never around who he was constantly trying to please.)

If you were my heroine’s mother, what advice would you give your daughter about getting involved with this guy???

On the other hand…
--Grant’s heart turns to mush every time he’s around Liz
--he’s very kind to her
--he gets her
--he prevents her from being a total workaholic
--he knows just what she needs
--he’s there for her at her lowest moment
--he’s hot
--he’s British. Did I mention that already? (That accent!!!)

Grab The Baby Project at a special 99¢ price to find out if Mama was right!!!

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I love this scene because it shows the passion and chemistry between them, and Grant’s vulnerability, which he rarely shows when sober.  
He’s gone out with Liz’s brother and brothers-in-law, and comes back drunk. Or, as they say across the pond, intoxicated  

At two a.m. Liz was awakened by a noise coming from her front porch. One glance to Grant’s side of the bed confirmed he wasn’t there. She heard another sound. A trip, a stumble.
She threw back the covers and ran down the stairs. A flick of the porch light confirmed the worst. Grant stood outside the door, struggling to insert the key. She opened the door and waved off the Uber driver.
“Bloody hell,” he mumbled. “This is worse than threading a damn needle.” His shirt was half untucked, his hair a bit unkempt. He straightened up when he saw her and smiled a silly, lopsided smile. “Hi there, gorgeous,” he said. “You look stunning.”
She was wearing an old gray T-shirt and some pajama boxers. Her hair was sticking up. Gorgeous. Right. “You are so drunk,” she said, shaking her head a little.
“I don’t get drunk, I get intoxicated. And I’m not intoxicated. You’re too sober.”
He snickered. She rolled her eyes. “Did you have a nice time?”
“I had several pints with your brothers. Your brother-in-laws. Brothers. In. Law,” he enunciated. “They’re nice mates. They really like me.” He started up the stairs and she followed, for safety reasons.
“Oh, and why’s that?” she asked, reaching out to push him forward so he’d keep his balance on the stairs. He reeked of alcohol and the scent of fried food. Ugh.
“We played darts and billiards. And I won at billiards, see?” He pulled a wad of cash out of his jeans pockets and turned around.
            “Take it,” he said, pushing it into her hand. “I won it for you. For you honor.”
How could she not be touched by that, even if it was drunk talk? At the top of the stairs, she put an arm around his waist. He slung his arm around her shoulder as she steered him back to the bedroom.
            “I really like you, Liz.”
            She laughed. “I really like you, too. Get on the bed and I’ll help you get your jeans off.”
            He dropped onto the bed, chuckling like that was the funniest thing he’d done all night. “Do you want to fool around now?” he asked.
            She dropped his pants on the floor and raised a brow. “You look really tired. How about tomorrow?”
            “When I’m not intoxicated?”
            “Yes. When you’re not intoxicated.”
            “Good night, Grant,” she said, leaning over and kissing him on the cheek.
            He gave her a sweet, innocent look that just slayed her. “Good night, Elizabeth,” he said, but before she could go, he grabbed her hand, causing her to perch on the edge of the bed.
            He cupped her cheek with his hand. “I have to tell you something,” he whispered.
            “What is it?” she whispered back, pretty amused. But also a little caught off guard.
            “Put your head down so I can tell you.”
            She leaned close to hear. He slid an arm around her back and whispered in her ear, “I more than like you, Elizabeth. I do believe I love you.”
            Liz froze. Blood rushed to her face. Her throat suddenly got a little clotted up, and she had to clear it so she could speak. By the time she sat up to answer, his eyes had drifted shut, his breathing becoming steady and even. Liz pulled the sheet and blanket over him and kissed his forehead. He was already snoring.
As she turned out the light, she held a hand over her heart, which was so full it seemed to squeeze and swell and spill over. She took one last look at the big, gorgeous man in her bed. She hoped he would be there forever. And most important of all, she sure hoped to God he would remember what he’d said in the morning.

Author Bio:
Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people 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 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.


One lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry could win an ecopy.  Would you/did you take a chance on a guy your mama didn’t approve of?

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  1. I would if I truly felt the guy was right for me. I'm the one that would be with him, not my mom.

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi Ada! I love your rugged individualism :) And my heroine Liz would agree with you :) that Grant was worth the risk. Thanks for sharing, happy Labor Day!

  2. I DID take a chance - MANY moons ago. Why didn't she like him? Because he lived in a poor part of town. Didn't matter that he treated me like gold. He was the right person for me - at the time - and was my first long-term boyfriend.
    We broke up after 1.5 years - amicably. I met my husband-to-be 2 weeks later (when I definitely wasn't looking) - and he met his future wife a month after that.
    I sent his father a sympathy card after my ex's mom passed away, and the father gave it to my ex. The ex phoned to thank me, asking if we could get together for a coffee "to catch up" (I had been happily married for over 30 years, he was divorced but back with his wife again). I said no, thank you, that a phone call is the best I can do. It wouldn't be fair to my husband (or his wife) to "have a date" (plus I just didn't want to do it). It was nice learning on the phone, though, that he not only had good jobs during all these years, but they managed to put all three kids through university - and they too had good jobs. That was the extent of my involvement with him - and I'm okay with that. It had nothing to do with my mom's feelings, as, like Ada, he was my (ex) boyfriend and not hers.
    Maureen has my email address....

  3. Hi Laney! I loved the "treated you like gold" part. My hero, Grant, treats Liz like gold, and I think that's the key. (And Liz's parents do come to love Grant, because they see that, too.) I'm glad you found your wonderful guy! Thanks for sharing your story with us :)

  4. depends

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  5. always works out in fiction

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  6. Sounds like my kind of read!!! As for taking a chance... it would depend on the guy...

  7. Kind of ... only because my mom thought I was rushing into marriage at too young of age. Now 12 yrs later I kind of agree with her ... yet I still love my husband. LOL!

    fromjesstoyouservices (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Ah yes, being young makes us bold. But I'm glad you found a good one, and I bet your mama likes him now :)

  9. I would do my best to make my mother change her mind and at least give him a chance. But ultimately, it wouldn't matter what she thought, it would be my life, my relationship.

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  10. Hi Anita. That's an interesting comment! I agree that sometimes it takes family a while to come around. But I also think if all your friends and family are warning you about somebody, that's a big red flag! Thanks for stopping by! ��


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