Today I’m over at the awesome Ramblings From This Chick to celebrate the blog’s 4-year anniversary. And what a celebration it is. It’s a month-long, daily dose of favorite heroes, and today I’m talking about a few of mine. There are daily giveaways and a grand prize giveaway, too, that you don’t want to miss! Come on over and say hello, okay? Just click HERE.
1) The way my younger son’s face lit up when my hubby and I surprised him with something he hadn’t been expecting.
2) The sheer delight on my father-in-law’s face (I swear he turned into a 5-year-old getting the best present ever on Christmas morning) when my hubby told him he’d get him Apple TV so he could get Netflix on his television.
3) Reading the note hubby left for me in the shower. (I’ve got an Aqua Notepad hanging on the wall in case a story idea hits while I’m shampooing.) I’d share what he wrote, but it’s uh, a little dirty.
4) Running into a friend I haven’t seen in forever and smiling and laughing and catching up like it was yesterday that we saw each other.
5) Email from a reader that includes the words “bloody brilliant.” *smiles big*
6) Hugs. I’m so lucky to get them every day from the guys in my life and just thinking about them warms my heart.
Your turn! Tell me about a recent happy moment in your life!
I am so, so thrilled to share that my pal Maggie Kelley’s debut novel from Entangled Publishing, BREAKING THE BACHELOR, is out today! Woot!
Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public
bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest
confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately,
Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail
napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince
the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.
Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little
revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats
compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then
walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because
even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…
You guys, I’ve read this book and it is funny and charming and romantic, and I’m madly in love with Charlie Goodman! And even though Charlie is mine, I’ll share him with you guys. He’s just a click away…
Huge congratulations, Maggie!!
Kissing the Maid of Honor, that is!
I’m so happy to share that my Bliss book, Kissing the Maid of Honor, is now an Audiobook, too!
And to celebrate this wonderful occasion, I’ve got an exclusive Audiobook giveaway for my newsletter subscribers only! The newsletter is hitting email boxes on Monday, so if you haven’t joined yet, just click on the link at the top right hand corner of this page to sign up.
I’m off to listen to my book now…
Today I’m super excited to be part of the cover reveal for Game of Love, a new sports romance from my LARA chapter mate, Ara Grigorian! (I don’t know if you guys know this, but I lived and breathed tennis growing up and played with girls who did make it to the Grand Slam level, so I’m especially looking forward to reading this book!)
Check out all the fun details about Ara’s sexy romance and enter his fantastic giveaway below!! Congratulations, Ara!
Title: Game of Love
Author: Ara Grigorian
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Day: May 4TH
Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point.
Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam. After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning – until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.
Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a whirlwind romance with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. With him, she learns to trust and love… at precisely the worst time in her career. The pressure from her home country, fans, and even the Prime Minister to be the first British woman to win in nearly four decades weighs heavily.
As Wimbledon begins, fabricated and sensationalized news about them spreads, fueling the paparazzi, and hurting her performance. Now, she must reconsider everything, because in the high-stakes game of love, anyone can be the enemy within… even lovers and even friends.
In the Game of Love, winner takes all.
“We are made strong by the difficulties we face, not by those we evade.”
Gemma’s security flanked her, their grip tight on her arms. Bedric, her coach, rushed ahead, slamming open the hotel’s glass doors to the roar of the French paparazzi―a cacophony of questions, comments, and insults.
Gemma moderated her breathing, prepared for another three-second spurt of chaos.
“―What happened in your hotel room?”
They knew. Dozens of cameras from all directions chirped and flashed. She kept her eyes trained on her goal: the awaiting car.
“―Mademoiselle! Gemma! One smile.”
The paparazzi bore in from her right. Only a few more steps. A knee rammed into her thigh. That one would leave a mark. A bruise that the papers would dissect and analyze gratuitously.
“―Why were you hiding for four months? Were you going to quit tennis?”
Don’t react. Say nothing. Bedric forced the car door open, giving Gemma the opening she needed to squeeze in. He followed.
The door slammed behind them, and the sounds of commotion lowered to a gentle hush. Black tinted windows offered a veil of privacy. Bodies, camera lenses, and faces smashed against the glass. Only inches separated her from the paparazzi. There had been a time when she used to move to the center of the car, creating as much separation as possible. But now she knew better. Distance was a mere illusion of safety.
The locks engaged, and the car accelerated away.
She didn’t like surprises―particularly on game day―but in this case, her security lead’s demand to move her to another hotel had been spot- on. It was one thing for the paparazzi to gather outside. It was quite another when one found his way into her hotel suite… while she slept. The French paparazzi were setting a new standard.
“This is not good,” Bedric said in stoic English.
She eyed her superstitious coach, who was always concerned with deviations from routine. But the concern etched on his face wasn’t about superstition. He didn’t want a repeat performance of the Australian Open months earlier.
“You have not rested,” he continued, “and you have yet to get breakfast.”
“We’ll be fine. We are fine,” she said, nearly believing it herself. “As for breakfast, we’ll grab something at the new hotel.”
The car swerved as the driver made a temporary effort to lose their tail. Memories of another car chase months earlier inched its way into her throat.
“There will be people. You don’t need more distractions.”
“More distractions?” She had woken to the sound of an intruder in her suite, and now she was rushing from one hotel to another on the morning of her quarterfinal match. How much worse could it get? “We’ll be discreet. Run in, eat, and we’ll be off.”
The car’s tires screeched as the driver took another quick turn. It was happening again. Another chase just before a critical match. Only this time, the driver wasn’t drunk.
From her bag, Gemma removed a tennis ball and twirled it in her hand. One point at a time. She focused on the soft texture. Familiar. Calming. Poking out from inside her bag, the newspaper article from the day before mocked her. Inch-tall letters above her picture: The Great Hype―Five Years and Still Waiting. She squeezed the tennis ball over and over again until her fingers went numb.
She dropped the ball back inside the bag, then closed her eyes, hoping to salvage some sleep. She crossed her arms and tried to control her shivering. No, she wasn’t cold. She just wanted five minutes alone with the bastard who had violated her space. Gemma almost wished the coward hadn’t bolted when she charged him, tennis racquet in hand.
Armenian by heritage, born in Iran, lived in Barcelona, and escaped New York until he found his home in Los Angeles, Ara’s first eleven years were both busy and confusing. The fruit salad of languages would slow down his genetically encoded need to tell stories. Until then, an alter ego would be required…
He received an engineering degree from California State University Northridge and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Today, he is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later).
But something was amiss until his wife read him the riot act. “Will you stop talking about wanting to be a writer and just do it?” So with her support (and mandate), and their two boys serving as his muse, he wrote stories.
Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.
Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy.
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I’ve got a post up with my Magical Musings gang today talking about the benefits of talking to yourself. :D This idea is a new thing for me. Do you do it? Stop by and let me know here.
This month is also The Romance Review’s 4th Annieversary Party. There are over 350 authors and publishers participating and more than 350 prizes up for grabs. Grand prize is a $100 gift certificate. My giveaway day, with a fun His Million Dollar Risk Q&A is Wednesday, March 11th. I hope you’ll stop by that day, but you probably want to stop by every day for a chance to win! Click HERE to join the party.
Thought I’d share a little something from His Million Dollar Risk today…
He slowed the kiss so it became more about learning and savoring instead of fast and furious. She moved her hand up his chest, snaked it around his neck, and ran her fingers through his hair. She let out a moan and Jesus, combined with her supple lips, he answered with some deep, guttural sound he’d never made before.
Have a great day!!
Happy Book Birthday to His Million Dollar Risk! I’m so thrilled that the next book in my Take A Risk series is out today!
He’s ready to play dirty…
Determined to make his latest preservation project on Route 66 a success, Connor Gibson will take any good press he can get. Even if it means spending a week with a reporter. And even if it’s one from a publication he has good reason to hate. Connor certainly isn’t expecting a spontaneous and undeniably attractive blonde who makes him seriously hot for the press…
Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her publisher dad that she’s a serious journalist, even if she has to pretend she’s someone else. Worse though, is trying to maintain any objectivity with the way too charming Connor. She can’t help but get into all kinds of sexy trouble with him. But by going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her heart on the line…
It’s available FOR ONLY .99 CENTS! Cheapest road trip ever! And if I do say so myself, the most fun, too.
Today is also the official re-release day for Yours At Midnight. I so love my new Red Hot Bliss cover! It’s a doubly happy Monday!!
Huge thanks to the bloggers helping me spread the word about the books this week. I so appreciate it! The book blast schedule is below if you want to stop by and say hello. (I hope you will.) AND don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Things kick off tomorrow.
I’m so honored and happy to be part of True Story Book Blog’s Love Notes event! You guys, there are over 140 authors participating (including sooo many of my favorites!) with notes from their heroes to their heroines in honor of Valentine’s Day. You can see the full schedule HERE.
My contribution is a note from Zane to Sophie and it will be posted on Sunday, February 8th. I hope you’ll stop by there to read it!
In the meantime, I’d love to know: chocolate or flowers? Which gift would you rather receive from your special someone?
I’m super happy to share that my novella, Yours At Midnight, has a new cover and a new imprint! It’s officially rereleasing on February 9th as a Red Hot Bliss, but I so love the new look that I couldn’t wait to share it. Guess what else? It’s now only .99 cents!
One night. One love. One secret that could rip them apart…
Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel’s brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver’s life on New Year’s Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric’s bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.
Now Quinn’s back for another New Year’s Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.
But Lyric has a secret—one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he’s always wanted…or will he claim his New Year’s kiss and make her his at midnight?