Blog Tour: Forked by Melanie Harlow

Blog Tour: Forked by Melanie HarlowForked by Melanie Harlow
Series: Frenched #2
on October 20th, 2014
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Twenty-eight year old Coco Thomas knows the recipe for disaster:

1) Agree to plan last-minute engagement blowout for spoiled Mafia princess before you realize her choice of caterer is Nick Lupo, a despicably gorgeous young chef with a hot new restaurant in town, a reality TV show victory, and a romantic past with you—one that did not end well.

2) Strike a deal with Nick in which you agree to spend a weekend with him in exchange for his services, under the strict conditions there will be no talking about the past, no second chances, and definitely no sex.

3) Violate all three conditions within 24 hours and spend two glorious days remembering what made you fall for the sexy, egotistical bastard in the first place, and why it hurt so much when he broke your heart.

Add one road trip, plenty of good scotch, and endless spoonfuls of chocolate cake batter drizzled over your body and licked off inch by oh-my-God-yes-right-there inch, then just admit it.

You’re totally FORKED.

If you’ve read a Melanie Harlow book you’ll notice that her books take place in Detroit. I asked Melanie, who is also from Detroit, to give us a list of 5 places in Detroit and tell us what she loves about them. She not only did this, but she also gave us the connections that these places have with her books as well! 😉

Five places you have to check out the next time you’re visiting Detroit

by Melanie Harlow

OK, this is hard but here are 5 places I really love, in no particular order. Since I love a good cocktail, this list has a theme…

 

  1. The Detroit City Distillery: http://detroitcitydistillery.com/

 

This distillery and tasting room is located in Detroit’s Eastern Market, which is one of the coolest places in the city. I love the history and the local produce and the revival that’s taking place there. The guys that opened the Detroit City Distillery were really inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit during Prohibition—and you know I love that!

 

What I sip there: The Brown Derby, made with their Two Faced Bourbon. Yum.

 

Connection to my books: The Speak Easy series mentions Eastern Market, and Joey’s house is located in that area.


 

2.  Two James Spirits: http://twojames.com/

 

Two James was the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition. How cool is that? Plus it’s located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood and home to a lot of Irish immigrants. Corktown is experiencing an incredible renaissance now—tons of great places to eat, drink, and hang out, including the tasting room at Two James.

 

What I sip there: Two James Old Cockney gin is amazing!

 

Connection to my books: In Forked, Coco and Nick share the five-spirit tasting flight at Two James. She’s also a fan of the Grass Widow Bourbon!


 

3. The Sugar House: http://www.sugarhousedetroit.com/

 

Also located in Corktown, this little craft cocktails bar often has a wait to get in, but the bartenders know their stuff. Plus they all look like a young Daniel Day Lewis as Abe Lincoln but with tattoos.

 

What I sip there: The Queen Anne’s Revenge

 

Connection to my books: In Yanked, Mia, Coco, and Erin meet for drinks at The Sugar House. (I deleted the actual scene from the final book, but they do mention meeting there!)


 

4. Cliff Bell’s: http://www.cliffbells.com/

 

Probably my favorite spot in the entire city. This was an old speakeasy, and when the current owners reopened it, they kept the 1930s vibe. From the moment you walk in, you feel transported. They have live jazz on stage (I never miss The Hot Club of Detroit) and serve delicious food too. The French fries are divine! Also, this sounds weird but I love the ladies room there…it’s a lounge with little seats at vanity mirrors. So old-fashioned.

 

What I sip there: champagne sometimes, usually followed by a gin martini.

 

Connection to my books—the decor inspired the club I created for The Speak Easy series.


 

5. Roast: http://www.roastdetroit.com/

 

This fancypants restaurant in the historic Book Cadillac Hotel (now a Westin) is pretty pricey, so I usually sit at the bar and enjoy a couple small plates and a drink or two. Mr. Harlow and I spent our 10th anniversary here this year, and the hotel upgraded us to a suite. I was fancypants for a night!

 

What I sip there: a glass of red wine from their incredible list. Maybe a Chateauneuf du Pape in honor of Lucas and Mia!

 

Connection to my books—none, really. I’ll have to get on that…look for it in Floored!

Erin’s Review

Another great book from Melanie! Coco Thomas is Mia’s (from Frenched) best friend and business partner. Mia is in the middle of finalizing her wedding details so Coco takes over managing their event planning business. Coco is currently living with her parents and is drooling over a house she can’t really afford. In order to make enough money for a down payment on said house, Coco takes on a job planning an engagement party for a Mafia Princess. Little does she know that this job will take her back into the arms of her ex, the man who broke her heart, Nick Lupo.

Nick and Coco got together in college (Go State!) and were together for most of their college career. They made a spontaneous decision that instead bringing them closer together like expected, it instead caused Nick to leave Coco. After reading his reasons, I can understand why, but he could’ve handled it better or at least TALKED TO COCO before he did what he did. They probably both would’ve came out of that whole situation still together if they had.  But it’s alright, because it looks as maybe it was good for both of them that it did happen that way. They went off and grew up, found their places in the world. When Fate was ready she brought them back together and showed them that they belonged together, just 7 years later than either of them thought.

While Coco may have irritated me a bit through out the story, I still enjoyed the book. Though honestly, I always expect the characters to irritate me at some point.
I think what I liked most about the book was Nick Lupo and his connection to Tiny & Joey from Melanie’s other book series, Speak Easy. I really LOVED that series and I was so glad that they got a little part in this story line. It was like having an extended Epilogue for the Speak Easy series that you didn’t expect! It was a wonderful surprise. But back to Nick..honestly..there is nothing hotter than an Italian man that can cook..and bake. YUM, I would love to bake with him! Especially when it got down to licking the cake batter off the spoon, er thigh? Ok! Count me in!

I enjoyed this story and I think you will too. Though I do suggest that you read  Speak Easy first, so you can meet Nick’s ancestors who are mentioned in this story. 😉 Also, don’t forget to check out FRENCHED, the first book in this series, if you haven’t already! 😉

 

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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

Promo Blitz: Interview with Melanie Harlow + Recipes!

Forked, the 2nd book in the FRENCHED series by Melanie Harlow was recently released. We’re celebrating the release with an interview with the author, Melanie Harlow, as well as some recipes for some delicious sounding food that is featured in Forked!

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Describe Coco in one sentence.

Coco is impulsive, feisty, loyal, lovely, and fun—definitely a girl with a healthy appetite.

 

Describe Nick in one sentence.

Nick is gorgeous, talented, confident, charming, and generous—everything you DON’T want your ex-boyfriend to be.

 

Favorite and least favorite scene to write in Forked?

I loved writing the scene where they see each other again for the first time after seven years. Their attraction and chemistry was still there, despite their rocky past. My least favorite scene was probably the gut-wrenching scene in the lake where she finally asks him for the truth about why he left her. Forked is a sexy romantic comedy so the tone is mostly light throughout, but for that scene, I had to get a little angsty.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Drinking wine and eating chocolate in bed while reading sexy novels. I have spilled a lot of red wine doing this because I can’t tear my eyes from my book as I reach for the glass!

 

If you weren’t an author what would you be doing right now?

Working on choreography—I’m also a dance teacher and studio manager.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Managing to publish novels and maintain a pretty full-time job while keeping my kids fed and watered. Some days, it is utterly overwhelming.

 

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Hmm. How about young Gene Kelly? I’d like to dance with him.

 

What is your go to snack food when writing?

COFFEE. That’s it.

 

If you could sit down face to face with any of your characters, who would you choose and why?

Joey from the Speak Easy series. I’d like to sit on his lap.

 

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

Visit Egypt (also Morocco and Greece—is that cheating?)

Take Italian classes.

See my books in a book store.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love where I live, but I often fantasize about having a cabin in the country all to myself. But it would have to be near a lake, because I love lakes. I’m outgoing in many ways, but I really enjoy solitude as well. I also think a little apartment on the Left Bank would be lovely!

Favorite Word and Least Favorite Word?

I often joke that my favorite word is yes because I have trouble saying no to people. But I word I really love is cathedral. I just think it’s beautiful. Least favorite…honestly, probably cunt when used as a name-calling insult.

 

Biggest fear?

Failing as a parent.

 

Deepest regret?

Waiting so long to start writing seriously.

 

Favorite memory?

Wow, that’s a hard one, but I have really wonderful childhood memories of visiting my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Huron with my family.

 

Worst flaw?

Impatience. But I kick myself for being too trusting/naive a lot too.

 

Most annoying pet peeve?

When I’m trying to write and people stop by unannounced. Or when I’m writing a love scene and I hear “MOMMMMMMMYYYYYYYY!”

 

If you could change one thing about yoursef…what would it be?

Oh dear. Well, I wish I were a better person all the way around, but in terms of being an author, I wish I wrote faster.

 

Either/Or Questions:

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Coco or Nick? Nick

Warm or Cold? Warm

Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird

Pain or Pleasure? Pleasure

Outdoor or Indoor? GAH! If I must choose, indoor.

Blondes or Brunettes? Brunettes

Ketchup or Mustard? Mustard

Coffee or Cocktail? MY BRAIN JUST EXPLODED. CANNOT CHOOSE.

Texting or Calling? Texting

Recipes

Since Nick Lupo is a chef and Coco Thomas is a girl with a healthy appetite, food plays an essential part in FORKED. If you love to eat (and drink) like me, check out these recipes inspired by the story! Huge thanks to my bestie and fellow author Kayti McGee for creating these delicious concoctions!

 

Whiskey Burgers

Nick Lupo runs The Burger Bar, where he serves gourmet burgers. The Whiskey burger is an ode to Coco’s love of bacon and their shared passion for whiskey.

½ lb 80/20 ground beef

4 slices of bacon.

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ cup beer

¼ cup whiskey

1 block white cheddar, grated

Kettle BBQ chips

2 brioche buns

Tomato, lettuce, pickles

 

Preheat a skillet on high, cook bacon. Divide meat in half, form into patties. Coat with salt and pepper. Cook patties in the bacon grease 3 minutes per side for medium.

In the meantime, heat beer, whiskey, and garlic over high heat until boiling. Whisk in cheese a handful at a time.

Serve burgers with bacon, a generous spoonful of whiskey cheese sauce and a handful of BBQ chips on top, veggies optional.

 


 

Coco Cupcakes

Nick makes chocolate cake for his Noni’s birthday, and Coco, um, helps. Since his nickname for her is cupcake, here’s a version for her. The cinnamon and the labne are nods to her Lebanese heritage. Feel free to swap the labne for sour cream. The cherry in the frosting is another nod to Coco…since Nick took hers. If you love frosting, double the recipe.

 

½ c cocoa

½ c hot coffee (cinnamon coffee if you’re overachieving)

½ c butter

1 ¼ c sugar

½ tsp sea salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ c flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ c labne

 

Preheat the oven to 350, and line a tin for12 cupcakes. Dissolve the cocoa in the coffee. Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, and vanilla. Slowly mix the remaining ingredients in, with the cocoa mixture last. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

FROSTING!

1 egg white

¾ c sugar

2 Tb cold water

3 T maraschino cherry syrup

1 tsp corn syrup

½ tsp vanilla

 

Beat all ingredients like hell over a double boiler for exactly 7 minutes. Top each cupcake with a dab of frosting and a cherry.


The Book

ForkedCoverForked  by Melanie Harlow
Series: Frenched #2
Release Date: October 20th, 2014
Pages: 300
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Twenty-eight year old Coco Thomas knows the recipe for disaster:

1) Agree to plan last-minute engagement blowout for spoiled Mafia princess before you realize her choice of caterer is Nick Lupo, a despicably gorgeous young chef with a hot new restaurant in town, a reality TV show victory, and a romantic past with you—one that did not end well.

2) Strike a deal with Nick in which you agree to spend a weekend with him in exchange for his services, under the strict conditions there will be no talking about the past, no second chances, and definitely no sex.

3) Violate all three conditions within 24 hours and spend two glorious days remembering what made you fall for the sexy, egotistical bastard in the first place, and why it hurt so much when he broke your heart.

Add one road trip, plenty of good scotch, and endless spoonfuls of chocolate cake batter drizzled over your body and licked off inch by oh-my-God-yes-right-there inch, then just admit it.

You’re totally FORKED.

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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Release Date: March 18th, 2014
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Mia Devine plans over-the-top weddings for a living. So when it comes to her own nuptials, she spares no expense—hand engraved invitations, Vera Wang gown, luxury honeymoon in France. And since her fiancé is Tucker Branch, playboy heir to one of Detroit’s oldest fortunes, local media is obsessed with every little detail.

Which is why it really sucks when he jilts her a week before the wedding.

Mortified, Mia wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity, or maybe blab to the world how fitting it is that Tucker will inherit a bolt and screw company because that’s all he wants to do—screw, and bolt. And he doesn’t do either with much finesse.

When her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, she grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of a week in Paris alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The free-spirited musician’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

Nine Facts about FRENCHED

By Melanie Harlow

  1. The main character in Frenched, Mia Devine, loves to make lists for everything, and I do too! So making this list is totally fun for me.

  1. The bar Mia wanders into in the Latin Quarter (where she meets Lucas) is based on a real Canadian sports bar in Paris called The Moose. In Frenched, I called it…The Beaver. (This gives you a good idea of my sense of humor.)

  1. The restaurant Lucas takes her to is based on a real Italian restaurant in the Latin Quarter called Marco Polo—one of my favorite restaurants in Paris!

  1. There is one photo in the book: it’s a picture I took in the Musee Rodin the last time I was there of a beautiful sculpture called The Cathedral. (In the book it plays a role in a somewhat dirty moment between Mia and Lucas…)

  1. You can stay in Lucas’s Paris apartment! I found the inspiration for Lucas’s St. Germain neighborhood apartment on Vacation Rentals By Owner. Here’s the link: http://www.vrbo.com/270121. (Wish I could put Lucas in there for you!)

  1. You can also stay in the villa Lucas takes her to in Provence. I based it on this one: http://www.onlyprovence.com/villas/saumane. Not bad, huh? I’ll meet you there for drinks on the pool deck…

  1. Lucas and Mia fall for each other pretty fast, and while I’m not sure about love at first sight, I do believe you can love someone within a short amount of time. I believe some people just have a connection that they feel right away.

  1. There is quite a bit of sex in Frenched because it is such an important part of their chemistry, but I think my favorite one is the shower scene—Mia has a pretty big revelation at that point. However, the scene in the bedroom at the villa (the one involving the neck tie, ahem) was ridiculously fun to write…that’s a favorite too.

  1. I’d love to continue their story somehow, either in a novella or another full-length novel, but the next book in the series will focus on Mia’s friend Coco, who falls for a chef/restaurateur who’s strictly off limits. It’s called…Forked.

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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She’s

a 20th century fanatic and gets her kicks from historical fiction and TV series like Boardwalk Empire,

Magic City, Deadwood, Mad Men, and Downtown Abbey (although she wishes it were more HBO and

less PBS). Her debut novel, Speak Easy, was inspired by Detroit’s fascinating Prohibition-era history.

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Fire & Flood: Victoria Scott Reviews Her Own Book!Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire and Flood #1
Published by Scholastic on February 25, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Author
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A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

 

 

 

 

Sometimes authors CANNOT RESIST picking up a copy of their own book at their local bookstore. Yep. They wrote the darn book but they want to experience it again with fresh eyes, and pretend they are reading it for the first time. This psychological phenomenon leads these same authors to want to review their own books as well. The following is what happens when they do:

In Which Victoria Scott Reviews Her Own Book, Fire & Flood

What is this, FIRE & FLOOD? Okay, I’ll take a crack. Nice cover. Actually, I love that cover.

*opens book and begins reading*

So I’m to believe this teen girl is going to enter a dangerous race to save her brother? Her brother?

Siblings must have different relationships now than they did in my day, because when

I was growing up I wouldn’t have rolled over to save my sibling. There. I said it.

*keeps reading*

The Pandoras are cool. I’m down.

*keeps reading*

I’m sorry, am I reading this right? Leeches? Effing leeches? What a cheap trick to try and

entertain readers. Lame. Wait, who’s the new guy? Titus? He seems like a good chap.

*keep reading*

Titus is not a good chap.

*keep reading*

Titus is going to kill everyone.

*keeps reading*

Nope, I guess he’s not.

*closes book*

Well, let’s see. We’ve got a character with an unbelievable motivation, a guy way too hot to

like a chick with a self-imposed hack-job of a haircut, and world building that I don’t buy for a

second. I mean, genetically-engineered animals? Nice explanation. I give this book zero stars.

*looks at cover again*

Then again, I do like that cover. Five stars!

You can check out my review of Fire & Flood here, Erin’s review here, and a short Q&A about Victoria’s thoughts on ARCs here.

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About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016.

Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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WHO IS THE REAL MOLLY McADAMS?

Molly McAdams is pulling a prank on the internet to celebrate the release of her prank-tastic novella, Needing Her, on 12/23! For eight days until Needing Her goes on-sale, the internet will be brimming with New Adult celebs like J. Lynn, Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan, and more—all pretending to be the REAL Molly McAdams. All have filled out the same Q&A, so it’s up to the fans to guess which one is the real Molly! Each day, a new Q&A will go live on a variety of blogs, and if you guess who’s answering the questions in the comments, you could win a fabulous gift basket, including books from all the participating authors, as well as a prank “starter-kit,” for your own practical jokes. Here are the participants:

 

Molly McAdams

J. Lynn

Monica Murphy

Lisa DesRochers

Jay Crownover

Sophie Jordan

Nichole Chase

Blogger Yara Santos of Once Upon A Twilight

 

So see if you can guess who’s who by commenting, and you’ll be entered to win a lavish prize basket. And check all the other participating blogs until 12/23 to see if you can pick out the REAL Molly McAdams. Identities will be revealed, and the winner will be announced on 12/24, on these blogs as well as on the Between the Covers FB page.

 

Favorite food?

Any flavored Cheesecake

 

Favorite color?

At the moment its light green

 

Favorite band and / or favorite song?

New Kids on the Block of course

 

How do you come up with your book ideas?

I can be surfing the internet or chatting on Facebook and Bam! New idea will pop in my head after seeing a sad story mentioned or a sad puppy pictured.

 

What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I egged an ex-boyfriend’s car in high school when I found out he liked someone else.

 

What’s your fascination with cops and detectives?

Hello! Who doesn’t love a man in a uniform.

 

What’s the thing you love most about Needing Her?

The spiritual connection I felt while I wrote the book and hope that readers will feel it too.

Is it her? Or is it one of the impostors listed above? What’s your guess?! Post a reply with your guess!

needing herThe Sound of Us by Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts #1
Pages: 202
Release Date: December 23rd, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
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A fabulous, fun, and sexy New Adult novella from New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams. If you loved Connor in From Ashes, this is the story for you.

 

She’s the girl next door

Maci Price isn’t really into relationships. Having four very protective older brothers has always made having a boyfriend very difficult anyway. But her friend is set on finding her the right guy—and thinks the mysterious Connor Green is the perfect pick.

 

He’s her brother’s best friend

Connor Green is trying to find himself again. He loved, then lost, and it’s time for him to pick up the pieces. His brooding is making his friends crazy, but Maci, who has grown up into a gorgeous and incredibly sexy woman, is about to break the spell.

 

They’re made for each other

When Maci starts up old pranks to get Connor out of his slump, an all-out war leads to a night that will break all their rules … and a relationship they must keep hidden. Together they’re electric. Apart they’re safe. And soon they’ll each find that they’re exactly what the other needs.

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Thursday, December 19th:

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Saturday, December 21st:

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Sunday, December 22nd:

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Monday, December 23rd:                         

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Guest Post: Behind the Scenes of the ONE WILD NIGHT Cover Shoot

So…you’ve seen this hot cover?

Did you know that the author went to the photo shoot and got to hang out with the cover models?
So what goes on behind the scenes at a shoot for book covers?
First…the author must check the male model’s panty size. FOR RESEARCH.
Then the female and male models are introduced and look at each other seductively…
Then the photographer poses them for the author’s enjoyment…ahem…I mean for the cover. THE COVER.

Even if that includes the male model laying on a cold bar top…

All in a hard day’s work…

Magan Vernon would like to thank Kelsey Keeton from K Keeton Designs for dealing with her craziness and yelling “GRAB HIS PEE PEE” while she tried to pose the models. And a very special thanks to Walter Veale and Suzanne Smith who were the perfect Valerie and Wes!

OneWildNightOne Wild Night by Magan Vernon
Release Date:  December 5th, 2013
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One Wild Night Can Change Everything

Valerie Wilder doesn’t do serious relationships. She also doesn’t usually wake up in Vegas next to a male stripper…

A male stripper who happens to be her new husband.

A quickie divorce seems like the answer, but the Nevada legal system doesn’t think so. When her new husband suggests flying back to Chicago with Valerie she accepts, wondering if one night in Vegas could turn into something much more.

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: 
I get asked a lot, What is a serialized novel? A serialized novel is basically like a TV show. It’s broken up into episodes. Each story is about fifty pages long, perfect to read in one or two sittings. Each installment will come out every three weeks with six of them total in a season. Each episode will have its own story that will add to the big picture. The basis of One Wild Night is that Valerie Wilder wakes up married to a stripper in Vegas. Each episode follows that story with little plot twists and turns in between.

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About The Author

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.

 

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina AdairAutumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #3
Published by Montlake Romance on October 29, 2013
Format: eBook
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Frankie Baudouin has a hundred reasons not to trust Nate DeLuca. First, he’s a DeLuca. Second, he kissed her—in front of the entire town—and then never called. Oh, and he’s after her land. Sorrento Ranch is Frankie’s last chance to prove to her family—and to herself—that she has what it takes to be an award-winning winemaker. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her success—even if it means playing nice with the starched, sophisticated, and oh-so-sexy Italian.

For Nate, Sorrento Ranch is more than just soil and grape vines; it was his father’s dream—a dream Nate is determined to make a reality. So when he finds himself forced to cohabitate with a hot-headed, irrational, and incredibly gorgeous Baudouin, Nate is surprised to discover that chaos could be so much fun—especially when she sleeps in nothing but lace.

My thoughts…

I’ve been waiting for this one to come out for a while now!! I adore this series. It’s on of my favorites. The DeLuca men are hot, hot, hot!!! Autumn in the Vineyard is Nathaniel (Nate) DeLuca & Francesca (Frankie) Baudouin’s book. The story captured my attention from the first page and held it until the very end. I kept turning page after page to see what would happen next. I experienced a lot of different emotions while reading it. I laughed, cried, laughed some more, and squeed!

Frankie. She’s pretty bad ass! She doesn’t take crap from anyone. I enjoyed getting to know her better. She’s always felt as though she wasn’t really a part of her family. She only wanted to be accepted and belong to her family, but unfortunately she never felt she was accepted for who she was. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.

Nathaniel. He’s a strong alpha Italian that’s HOT! *swoon* He’s liked Frankie since high school, but the feud between the DeLuca and Boudouin families has keep him from acting upon his attraction to her. I think was good for Frankie. He accepted her for who she is.

The sexual scene are comparable to adult mainstream and not overly explicit in nature. Having said that they are still hot. I think Ms Adair did a great job of building the tension between these two. When they finally came together I *squeed*

Up next is Trey’s book. I am so freaking excited about it. He’s the youngest of the bunch and I cannot wait for him to meet his match. He’s teased his brothers incessantly about being whipped by the women in their lives throughout this series. I can’t wait for him to fall hook, line, and sinker. 🙂

Author Interview:

I absolutely love the St. Helena Vineyard series. Can you tell us what inspired you to write this series?

First off, thanks for having me here today!

As for the series, several years ago my husband invited his cousin to Thanksgiving dinner, who in turn invited her aunt, who invited another aunt, who invited an uncle and in the end I was responsible for roasting turkey for 13 Italians—let me clarify, I put the turkey in the oven and as soon as his family learned I was A) NOT Italian and B) a vegetarian, I was promptly kicked out of the kitchen and given a glass of wine. The dinner was loud and long and we consumed 25lbs of Turkey, 14 bottles of wine and I knew that someday I would have to capture this kind of crazy love on paper.

But the actual development of the DeLuca family came from a babysitter I had when I was in grammar school. She was the only girl in an Italian family of seven and her brothers were 100% alpha, extremely over protective, and, since they beat the crap out of anyone who looked at her twice, made dating virtually impossible for her. I merged the two experiences and came up with a series about a big, loud Italian family who were always in each other’s business and even though they irritated the hell out of one another, they were fiercely loyal.

Is there any message within Autumn in the Vineyard that you want readers to grasp?

To me, this is a story about unconditional love, finding that one person who accepts you for exactly who you are. Frankie has spent her entire life on the outside of her family, looking in, wondering what that elusive quality is she obviously lacks that makes her loveable; what it is it about her that makes it so hard to fit in with the one group of people who should love her unconditionally.

Can you share a little of your current WIP with us and what inspired you to write it?

I just finished Book #4 in the St. Helena Vineyard series, BE MINE FOREVER, which comes out January 21, 2014 and follows the baby of the family, Trey DeLuca. After watching each of his brothers trade in their man-card for a minivan, Trey develops a severe allergic reaction to commitment, compromise, and kids. So of course I paired him up with the sexy single-mom next door who isn’t in the market for a man—so much as a Manny to watch her son. It was fun to witness the commitment-phobe playboy fall hard, especially when the woman he is falling for comes stock-ready with a kid, white picket fence, and a life that screams commitment.

It is always a country song that inspires a book and this time it was no different. Luke Bryan’s song Crash my Party played on repeat while I wrote this book. It got me thinking about how a guy who avoids anything serious gets to the point where he is willing to drop everything just for a moment with the woman he’s falling for. It’s a great song!

Do you find writing sex scenes challenging?

I find writing fresh scenes challenging. I always have to balance a little humor with the sensual or it doesn’t do it for me. So I try to think up new places and find a new motivation behind each sex scene so it doesn’t feel like the same couple book after book.

What is a normal writing day look like for you?

I wait until everyone is off to school or work and the house is quiet. Then it is butt in chair, head down, and I write. Lately, my goal has been a steady 15,000 words a week, so roughly 3000 words a day. If come Friday, I am under then I make up the words on the weekend.

Which of your characters is your favorite and why?

The old biddies from my books. All of them are inspired by my grandmother and her crazy friends. Actually, some of the phrases and antics are based lightly in reality. Like Luella in Tucker’s Crossing putting dish soap in the pie … my grandmother did that once.

Thanks for having me!

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Blog Tour, Guest Post & Review: When You’re Ready by J.L. BergWhen You're Ready by J.L. Berg
Series: The Ready Series #1
Published by Self Published on July 23, 2013
Pages: 231
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Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Logan Matthews is the son of a billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to make his absent father proud. Years of living up to a man who was more ghost than father, and a publicly failed marriage has left Logan cold and emotionless until he walks into an exam room and discovers a woman who can stop his heart, make his body burn with desire and leave his entire world altered.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you never know if you are truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.

You write Romance? That’s hot…

Whenever someone finds out I’m an author, the first question I always get is, “What kind of books do you write?” I always laugh when I’m asked this, because I know what’s coming when I respond with the answer “romance”. If it’s a woman, she usually gets excited and asks my name so she can write it down for future reference. If it’s a man, he usually chuckles and makes some sort of incoherent awkward noise. It’s like the male species doesn’t know what to do with a romance author. Yep, I write about sex. I think I both intimidate and turn them on in the same breath. I am a superhero.

Whether male or female, the next question always has something to do with sex scenes. They may come right out and ask, or dance around the question for a while, but people always want to know what it’s like to write those pivotal love scenes. People must have visions of a romance author sitting in a silk robe smoking a cigarette, while drinking a glass of wine, as she masterfully dreams up her next erotic moment. And while yes, we do have our sexy moments, I am here to tell you that romance authors are anything but glamorous.

Writing a sex scene can actually be one of the most difficult sections of a book for me to write. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing them, because hey…I’m in the romance business for a reason! But, it is the technicality of it that makes it arduous. You have this perfect vision in your head, and know exactly how you want it to play out. You can see every movement, hear every moan, but translating that onto paper (or computer screen, rather) is another story. Suddenly, you have to worry about logistics…”his hand was here a minute ago, so it can’t be up here yet…and she really needs to be more in this position before..” Making sure it flows, pulls your reader in and has the emotional elements are all incredibly important elements to creating a successful love scene. It can’t be a mechanical to-do list of interactions. It has to have style.

So, the next time you are reading, and you find yourself reaching one of those intriguing scenes we all know and love, take a moment to appreciate them for what they are and thank the author for taking the time and really driving it home (hehe).

My thoughts…

Where to begin. To say that I loved this one would be an understatement. When You’re Ready is the debut novel by J.L. Berg. I have been so excited and patiently waiting for this one to become available. It simply was everything I had hoped it would be. The characters were rich with emotions and I couldn’t put this it down. The issues the characters are dealing with are heart wrenching.

I loved Clare, Maddy & Logan from the beginning. I felt so bad for Clare and Maddy. Losing a love one is always hard. Losing a love one to cancer is even harder. And Logan. Growing up the way he did with a father that was all about image was sad as well. Sure he pretty much had anything he could have wanted with the exception of his fathers love.

Upon meeting Clare and Maddy, Logan finds himself drawn to them. After Logan divorced his wife two years ago he hasn’t really lead a positive lifestyle. He’s used to picking up women in a bar and going home with them for a little bit of fun between the sheets. Then he’s out the door. With Clare there was just something about her that made him want to be with her. To change his ways and be worthy of her love. I loved him for this. I think in a lot of ways Clare was good for him. And Maddy had Logan wrapped around her little finger. To say Logan is swoon worthy is an understatement. *sigh*

While reading this one I kept thinking something has got to happen. Isn’t that the way it is with a romance novel? Things can’t be all roses throughout the entire book. You know something big is going to happen and you keep turning pages to see what it will be. It’s a bombshell when all is revealed. Like I so didn’t see that coming and my heart broke in a million pieces. BUT this being a romance novel my heart was put back together by the time I reached the end. Thank God because I would have been so disappointed. Let’s face it. Romance novels are meant to have a HEA. They just are. (I hope that wasn’t too spoiler’ish)

Now on to the sex. Mmmhmm come on. You really wanna know if the sexual scenes were hot, right? They are. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I fanned myself several times. *sigh*’

Overall, I loved, loved, loved When You’re Ready. There is going to be another book in this series. It’s going to be Leah and Declan’s story. I’m very excited to read it and hope the author doesn’t take too long writing it. *hint hint* 🙂

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance I highly suggest you read When You’re Ready. It’s truly a delightful read.

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