I'm very excited to have fellow Entangled Publishing author
Cate's got a fun post, a GIVEAWAY and an admission, read on...
Laura, thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog! I’m delighted to be here.
Did you know I have a weakness? I do. A big weakness, if my bathroom counter, cluttered with lipsticks, blushes, powders, eyeliners, and pots of glittery lip gloss, is any indication.
Yeah, I admit it. I’m a cosmetics junkie.
I’ve always loved makeup. When I was a pre-teen, I’d walk two houses down the road to my friend’s home. We’d head to her bedroom and pull open the top drawer to her dresser which was filled with drugstore brand eye shadow compacts and other makeup treasures. I remember that sense of wonder when I looked upon her collection, all of the bright colors gleaming and winking as though to say “Wear me. I’ll make you as beautiful as a Seventeen magazine model.”
That love of makeup stayed with me, and over the years, I’ve tried an extensive variety of products. I prefer department store or designer brands (those in displays at stores like Sephora and Ulta) over drugstore ones, partly because I have very sensitive skin and some products make my skin turn fire-engine red. Not fun. The mascara that made my eyes water and itch like crazy? Especially not fun.
Knowing what products I love and can’t live without—lipstick is my number one fave—made it easier for me to write the character of Jessica Devlin, the heroine of my fun and flirty comedy Lucky Girl, released in trade paperback and ebook by Entangled Publishing in September.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is the rather plain Jane but dedicated beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine. Catalogs and beauty samples land on her desk every day. Her job includes testing all of those goodies and writing reviews and articles for the magazine as well as her popular beauty blog. Talk about a fun job! Part of me was seriously jealous.
Jess’s life is far from perfect, however. She was recently dumped by her unfaithful fiancé while in the midst of planning their wedding. Her self esteem in shreds, she takes two weeks off and flies to England to be maid-of-honor in her cousin’s wedding—taking a hefty case of makeup must-haves with her.
Jess might have all the tools to transform herself into a sultry vixen, but she’s nervous about the trip. Her cousin is getting the happily-ever-after Jess wanted so badly. There’s also the embarrassing episode that took place two years ago after Jess’s grandfather’s funeral; it involved an English pub, too many drinks, overflowing grief for a grandfather she’d cared greatly about, and a handsome Brit who’d held her in his arms and comforted her while she bawled.
Even though there’s little chance of her running into James Bond gorgeous Nick Mondinello again, guess who is at the wedding? Jess decides to avoid Nick, since he’s a playboy like her dad who left when she was twelve. However, she can’t ignore she’s attracted to him, and fate keeps throwing her and Nick together—whether she’s got her makeup on or not.
Through the book which is essentially Jess’s journey to regaining her confidence in herself, becoming “whole,” and finding true love, I found a way to work in my love of lipstick. I invented quirky shade names that not only helped to add humor, but directly related to Jess’s personal circumstances. Jess calls the woman she believes is Nick’s girlfriend Sex Crazed, after a vampy red lipstick. When Jess goes to Nick’s party, excited about getting to know him better, she wears a glossy shade called Butt Naked Beige. Back at her Orlando office, hoping to smooth over a snafu that happened while she was on vacation, she wears Good Girl Pink, which she later obliterates with a sweep of Vamp. Gosh, but I had fun inventing those lipstick names.
In the end, though, no matter how much lipstick Jess has got tucked up her beauty editor sleeve, it’s the plain Jane her who wins Nick’s heart. That just fine with this cosmetic-loving, makeup junkie author. While it’s great for a woman to know how to transform into a glamorous goddess, it’s even better if she feels beautiful in her own bare skin. Jess becomes one such lucky girl.
Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex‐fiancé, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she’ll be maid‐of‐honor at her cousin’s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.
But when she steps into the church on her cousin’s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan—James‐Bond‐gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She’s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather’s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.
Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.
Cate Lord is the contemporary pen name of multi‐award‐winning historical romance author Catherine Kean. Her novels have garnered numerous accolades, including two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her books also finaled in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards.
Grateful for her wildly active imagination and plenty of story ideas, Cate is busy working on her next book. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, daughter, and a very spoiled cat.
GIVEAWAY!For a chance to win an ebook copy of LUCKY GIRL, comment with your email address! Winner will be chosen by random.org. Giveaway is open internationally. Ends 10/13 at 11:59pm EST.
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