Thursday, May 31, 2018

Then There Was You


Congratulations to "Kim", the winner in Miranda's giveaway. Please contact JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE to claim your prize. Thank you to all who participated!


Hi Everyone! Thanks for having me on JCR, Maureen! I’m Miranda Liasson, and Then There Was You is my brand new enemies-to-lovers/second chance romance. My heroine, Sara, and my hero, Colton, have a long history of animosity between them, dating back to high school. The excerpt below is one of my favorite scenes—it’s their first kiss.

THEN THERE WAS YOU

Angel Falls is the last place Sara Langdon wants to be. Her hometown may be charming, but it's also filled with memories of her "wedding-that-never-was." Yet Sara's grandmother needs her, and joining her dad at his medical practice gives Sara time to figure out what she wants for her future. But when her first patient turns out to be Colton Walker, the man who sabotaged her wedding, Sara starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to escape her past.

As police chief, Colton Walker is devoted to his small town, and he's equally determined to avoid its newest resident. He and Sara have always gotten along like oil and water, and since the bachelor party incident, he's her Enemy #1. But after sharing an unexpected--and unexpectedly hot--kiss, Colton starts to wonder if the woman he's always fighting with is the one he should be fighting for.

EXCERPT
As Colton got out of his car and climbed up to the porch, he saw a solitary birthday candle planted in the middle of a pie sitting on the low table.  Sara sat there in a gray Indians T-shirt and cutoffs, smiling. The candlelight flickered on her hair and her face, casting all her features in a warm glow that nearly stopped him in his tracks.
Rocket was cuddled close to her side, snoring.
 “Nonna believes in recycling candles,” Sara said with a sheepish smile. “This is the only one in the house, and it’s down to a stub. Make a wish fast.”
His brain finally put two and two together. How had she remembered? “You got me a pie for my birthday?” Suddenly the simple act of drawing in air became complicated, like he’d somehow forgotten how to do it. He dragged his gaze from her to the pie so she wouldn’t see what was surely on his face.
How touched he was.
“Nope.” She shook her head. “I didn’t get you a pie. I made you a pie.”
Words clogged up in his throat. Her eyes were dancing in the low light, and he could see the golden highlights in her hair. Forget the damn pie. He wanted to taste her.
Whoa there, Colton. Friends, friends, friends, he repeated to himself. What had happened to all that animosity between them? The desire to tease her, to make her blush? To keep her at a distance, which was what all that bickering had done. Now he found he did want to make her blush. But for a completely different reason.
“Did you celebrate today?” she asked.
“Carmen made cupcakes. I’ll have dinner with Cookie and Hannah this weekend.”
She patted the swing beside her and he took her up on the invitation, staking out a spot on the other side of Rocket, who sniffed him discerningly, then leaned back against Sara. His uniform grazed her leg, and his gun banged awkwardly against the swing.
 “Better hurry and wish before it fizzles,” she said, gesturing to the candle, which really did seem to be on its way to flickering out.
Oh, he wished all right, while she did a speedy rendition of Happy Birthday. She couldn’t hold a tune to save her life but he loved it just the same. Then he blew out the candle.
As it sat there smoldering, a thin wisp of smoke curling elegantly into the wooden slats of the porch ceiling. Sara jumped up. “Do you like warm pie? I’m going to nuke some pieces and put ice cream on them, is that okay? I’ve been waiting for this all ni—”
Before he knew what he was doing he reached up for her arm, tugged her back down beside him and planted his lips on hers. Then he curled his hand around her neck and pulled her in deeper.
Her lips were soft, and she tasted amazing, sweet like the pie, and sure enough, she was kissing him back, parting her lips, resting her hand lightly against his chest. Over his heart, where he was certain she could feel its wild rhythm as his entire body responded to the thunder of that kiss.

GIVEAWAY
Hope you enjoy the excerpt! I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to buy a couple of great books. All you have to do is tell me, what’s your favorite thing about enemies-to-lovers romance? Mine is when each of them discovers who the other person really is underneath all the misconceptions!

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.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.

Miranda loves to hear from readers! Find her at the links below.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 1st. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 


22 comments:

  1. The snarky dialogue between the two and the slow burn as the tension builds with between them.

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    1. Hi Joan! Love the banter between the hero and heroine!

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  2. I love seeing how the relationship changes and how they try to resist admitting they are no longer enemies. Just love seeing the evolution of their feelings!

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    1. Hi Ada! i love everything about enemies to lovers...and yes, how they change their minds over time is so much fun!

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  3. I don't think I've read that troupe for some unknown reason

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    1. Oh, you must try it! A really great one is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. So much fun!

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  4. I love seeing them get past whatever made them enemies and seeing a chance for happiness together... can be some interesting journeys to a HEA!

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    1. Hi Colleen! I love that at the beginning they think there is just NO WAY they would ever date that person, then...surprise! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I'm not the biggest fan of this trope, but I've always loved that moment when characters start to feel bad about doing or telling something bad to each other. It becomes obvious that they are falling in love, and I find that particular moment very endearing and fun to watch.

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    1. I just like watching any couple fall in love. <3

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  6. Love the sparring

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  7. The banter definitely. And when they try to hide the attraction for each other!! So munch fun! :)

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  8. I love how these romances burn hotter because of the enemy factor.

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    1. Hi Anita! Yes, I agree, lots of tension when they start out not liking each other! :)

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  9. Quick-witted retorts and barbs. Keeps them AND me on our toes!

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  10. Oh. I love the sound of this book.

    I like the tension between the h/h and the peeling away of all the layers, to find love.

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