Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Announcing the #OneNightwithaHero Blog Tour!

I'm very excited to announce my blog tour for ONE NIGHT WITH A HERO, my newest contemporary romance and the sequel to Her Forbidden Hero! The tour will be filled with guest posts, interviews, reviews, giveaways, and more! Plus, be sure to check out my huge November contest over at Fresh Fiction to win an awesome gift!

Direct links will be added as each post goes up, so check back often!
October 30 ~ READ A BRAND NEW SCENE FROM ONE NIGHT WITH A HERO'S BRADY AND JOSS!!! [Giveaway here ends on 11/4]

November 01 ~ Love to Read for Fun
November 02 ~ Waves of Fiction
November 06 ~ Picked by Poison
Buy at B&N | Amazon
November 07 ~ Book Sniffers Anonymous
November 09 ~ Hesperia Loves Books
November 12 ~ Salacious Reads
November 13 ~ Talk Supe + 5star review
November 14 ~ Novel Reflections
November 14 ~ Books Books & More Books
November 15 ~ Valia Lind Writes
November 16 ~ In Love with Romance + 5star review
November 16 ~ Arianne Cruz Blog
November 19 ~ Shortie Says
November 21 ~ A Diary of a Book Addict
November 26 ~ The Book Cellarx
November 26 ~ Herding Cats & Burning Soup
November 26 ~ Provocative Pages
November 27 ~ Books-n-Kisses
November 27 ~ Savvy Authors
November 28 ~ Ramblings From This Chick
November 29 ~ Ex Libris
November 30 ~ Random JenDSmit
November 30 ~ Feeling Fictional
December 03 ~ The Bookish Babe
December 04 ~ Always YA At Heart (still open as of 12/21  but no end date)
December 05 ~ Literary Cravings
December 06 ~ Book Lovers Inc
December 10 ~ Books to Brighten Your Mood (ends January 4)
December 11 ~ The Readiacs (still open as of 12/21 but no end date)
December 12 ~ Confessions from Romaholics (still open as of 12/21 but no end date)
December 13 ~ Smitten with Reading
December 14 ~ Where's My Muse
December 16 ~ A Writer's Mind (giveaway ends 12/24)
December 17 ~ Reading Between the Wines Book Club (giveaway ends 12/30)
December 18 ~ Book Lovers, Inc. (giveaway ends 12/29)
December 21 ~ Cocktails and Books (giveaway ends 12/30)

I hope you'll join in all the tour fun along the way!

Thanks for visiting!


Laura

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Announcing the #HeartsinDarkness Prizeapalooza Winners!


Thanks to the many many of you who celebrated Hearts in Darkness's half birthday with me! I had a lot of fun hearing about your favorite tattooed heroes and favorite lines from my book! Today, I'm very excited to announce the winners of my prizeapalooza giveaway!

Buy Hearts in Darkness at Amazon | B&N


Winner: Winnie!

Winner: Karin A.

Winner: Viviana I.

Signed Hearts in Darkness Poster
Winner: Heather C.




Winners of Two Full Sets of Hearts in Darkness Trading Cards:
Irene F.
Viki S.

Winners of Four Partial Sets of Hearts in Darkness Trading Cards:
Rachael D.
Julia I.
Courtney L.
Buffy K.

Congratulations everyone! Look for an email from me (if there's a delay in response, it's due to the weather, FYI!) And thanks again to everyone for supporting me and this book! xo!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

This #MandayMonday I'm Featuring #ChanningTatum! #mancandy

I'm celebrating the release of my contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero, which features an Army hero, so I thought I'd turn this Manday Monday into a Chanday Monday, by featuring images of Channing Tatum in uniform!!! Enjoy!






Channing is very good inspiration for Brady Scott, the hero of One Night with a Hero! Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura

Sunday, October 28, 2012

#Sixsunday ~ A hard and possessive first kiss... #OneNightwithaHero

Click here for the Players and Heroes Giveaway, with me and J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout!
Click here for the Hearts in Darkness Half Birthday Prizeapalooza!
Happy Six Sentence Sunday everyone! I'm so excited to share six from my new contemporary release, One Night with a Hero! 
Brady devoured Joss in a way that was too hard and possessive for a first kiss, but he couldn’t stop himself. Aggression still flowed through his blood at the punks who’d nearly knocked her to the ground, and the chemistry between him and this infuriatingly sexy woman was damn near incendiary. If all that wasn’t enough, her pleading words had detonated the last of his self-control, assuming he’d ever had any where she was concerned.

He sucked and nipped at her full lips, plowed his hands through her pinned-up hair, and stepped into her body until there was no space between them, until he could feel her puckered nipples press against his chest. Christ, she was soft and warm. He couldn’t get enough of those sweet mewling noises working their way up her throat, of her traceable curves squirming against him.
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Don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome Claire Ashgrove & Her Templar Knights! #CoverReveal

Click here for the Players and Heroes Giveaway, with me and J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Click here for the Hearts in Darkness Half Birthday Prizeapalooza!
Welcome Guest Author
Claire Ashgrove
to the blog today!

Claire has an series to share with us, and a brand new novella releasing! Without further ado, here's Claire...


Good morning, everyone! I am thrilled to be here today. Just simply thrilled. Before I get into today’s guest blog, I want to ramble on for a minute. I met our gracious host several years ago, and she’s always been so friendly with me, so willing to help out and so encouraging. This past year she’s flown to incredible heights, and it’s nice to look back and be able to witness what hard work and determination can do for an author. (Not to mention talent!)

Anyway, thank you Laura Kaye for hosting me today. And if you weren’t aware of it already, she kindly offered to read Immortal Surrender for me, and made me misty-eyed with her cover quote.
“Compelling characters, crackling sexual tension, and a fascinating paranormal mythology.” 

~ Laura Kaye, award-winning and bestselling author of West of Want
So… on with the official blog post that I’ve been talking about for most of this month! I told Laura early on I hoped to do a cover reveal and Tor beat me to that punch. Just pretend you haven’t seen that part of things ;)

What’s next for these tortured Templar Knights?

Lucan! We’re going to be traveling to Europe with Lucan and company, meet some more of our European knights under Raphael and Alaric’s command, and stir up a bit of dust.

Lucan’s story is one that is really dear to my heart.  You will also be discovering some new things about our seraphs. And Chloe, his leading lady, is really someone I quite admire.

So with much ado – here’s the cover and the book blurb!  Look for it on shelves, March 26th.
When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover Veronica's Veil.  When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demonic presence stalking her at night.  Azazel wants her, as well as The Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother.  Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight, Lucan.  Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

 For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family.  Now, as Azazel's darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal sitrs suspicion.  He trusts no one.  Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

 With the fate of The Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord's creations.  He must learn to believe his heart.

But wait!!  That’s not all.

Can’t wait until March?  That’s good because in December, we’re releasing a companion novella about a very tortured man you’ve met, and who you know watched his seraph die at Azazel’s hand.  Yup, that’s right—Iain.

I’m working on edits now, and will soon have a cover for that story as well.  We don’t have official back cover copy, but I wanted to get the word out now, so you have something to look forward to for your new e-readers!

Meanwhile – if you haven’t started on the series, you might want to do so before Trust comes out.  Things get a little sticky in the storyline once that happens.  Also, keep paying attention to my blog – I have giveaways to still get through as we move toward the holiday season.

So on that note, here’s Immortal Surrender.
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won't turn him into a fool again--he'd rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.

Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty--but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he's determined that he'll never pledge himself to her.

As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice--his heart.
Excerpt:

“Damnation,” he hissed through clenched teeth.

He stalked back to the bed. No longer concerned for her injuries, he snatched up her fingers and inspected the scar once more. Nay, his eyes did not play tricks. She bore a dagger on her hand. It matched his as if someone had miniaturized the eighteen-inch-long weapon and scalded it into her flesh.

She belonged to him.

The door opened, and Farran’s head snapped up. He returned Louise’s pleasant smile with a glare. “You may undress the wench.” He shouldered past the aging caretaker, ignoring the way she spluttered.

So Gabriel sought to pair him with a maid, did he? ‘Twas no wonder the archangel did not forewarn him of her nature. Gabriel well knew Farran would rather swallow his own sword.

He took the stairs two at a time, in desperate need of fresh air. His fingers twitched with the need to pummel something. A seraph! His seraph! God’s teeth, would he be allowed no mercy? Could he not just leave this world and be done with life?

In the wide front room, Farran braced his hands on the table and squeezed his eyes shut tight. Duty bound him to accept the pairing. With the oaths they were fated to take, the Templar would gain much needed strength. Much as he would like nothing more, he could not walk away from the woman in the bed upstairs.

And yet . . .he did not have to stay either.

“Brother? Is something amiss?” Lucan’s voice drifted down the stairs.

Farran turned around and raised his glower to Lucan’s face. “You will go to her apartment. Fetch her cat. Fetch her things. Deliver them all to Mikhail.”

Lucan’s gaze narrowed with suspicion. “I trust you do not seek to have the maid to yourself?”

“Nay!” God’s teeth, nay. He would no more touch her now than he would touch a snake. He would say his oath, deliver her to the temple, and leave with the first light.

Cocking his head, Lucan studied him. Slow dawning filtered into his expression, and he answered with a thoughtful nod. “You recognize her mark. I shall have her mate sent here.”

Farran exhaled through his teeth. At his thigh, he clenched a hand into a tight fist. “There is no need for such.”

“Farran, you cannot be serious. She must be paired at once. ’Tis written—”

“She is mine, Lucan.” With the vile truth exposed, Farran stormed out the door.


Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance AuthorsMidwest Romance Writers, and North Texas Romance Writers of America.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.claireashgrove.com, or www.toristclaire.com.  You can also connect with her via Facebook, and Twitter.

Thanks so much for visiting today, Claire! Everyone, please leave Claire some comment love - did you have a favorite line from her excerpt?

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Thursday, October 25, 2012

#PlayersandHeroes GiveawayEvent w/L. Kaye & J. Lynn!


I’m thrilled to be playing with J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout's adult romance pen name) as we celebrate our sister October releases under Entangled Publishing’s sexy Brazen line!!! Welcome to all Jen’s awesome readers who stop by to learn more about her book and enter her great giveaway!

I ALSO have a huge giveaway running, but to win my goodies, you have to head over to >> Jen’s blog! << With this much hotness and goodness in the house, it’s best to just cover all your bases and enter both! *grins*

Here’s more about Jen’s book:
Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love. 
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Here’s what you can win:

J. Lynn (also known as USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout) writes steamy adult books that get's the heart racing and the body swooning. Her prize pack includes copies of her bestselling YA Series plus various signed bookmarks and swag from her and other authors.

And here’s more about Jen!:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance.  She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Spring 2014) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn, which includes the bestselling Gamble Brother Series: Tempting the Best Man and Tempting the Player. Visit her Website | Twitter | Facebook

Okay, guys, you know what to do! Both of our contests are open to international, so fill out the Rafflecopter and good luck!


Thanks for playing with us!

Laura

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Cover for #HerForbiddenHero! Whaddya think?

Hey guys! I'm in some serious cover love!

When Her Forbidden Hero released in May, it came out in Entangled's Indulgence line of contemporary romances. Then, in July, Entangled launched the Brazen line of sexy contemporaries, and my second book was bought for that line. Once One Night with a Hero released on Sunday, my publisher decided I needed matching covers for the books...

Soooooo...take a look at my spiffy new covers for The Hero Series...



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Whaddya think????

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Taryn Kincaid! #Lightning #Thunder

Welcome Guest Author
Taryn Kincaid
to the blog!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Taryn! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

LIGHTNING is a 1Night Stand story for Decadent Publishing. Great fun to write. I return to spooky and mystical Sleepy Hollow, the setting for my erotic paranormal for The Wild Rose Press, Sleepy Hollow Dreams.  LIGHTNING is not as dark and demonic. It’s a light-hearted reunion romp, and a lightning-fast read, featuring a sex-shy succubus, Lily Night, and her high school crush (and I mean that literally!), Campbell Jones.

Fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

Arrgh. I hate that question! It’s like asking a mother who her favorite child is. The short answer is: Whatever hero I’m currently writing about because I fall in love with each and every one of them. Campbell Jones was particularly satisfying (ahem) to write because of the interesting super powers he acquired during his disastrous prom night with Lily ten years before the story takes place! And of course I adore Ryck, the dark and trapped hero of Sleepy Hollow Dreams, and still swoon over Adam, the sensual damaged hero of Healing Hearts, my Regency romance for Carina Press.

LOL! Sounds like me! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How quickly it all came together! For me, that can sometimes be a struggle. I’m not only a pantser, but I’m also one of those insane self-editing writers who goes over and over the beginning before moving on. Because LIGHTNING had to be short to fit the 1Night Stand guidelines, and because it already had the framework of the 1Night Stand, it just started flowing and kept flowing. Great fun to write!

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes! THUNDER is tentatively releasing on Friday. That’s still not quite set in stone, but if it’s not Friday, it’ll be very soon after! The hero, Sean Jones, is the brother of LIGHTNING’s hero, Campbell Jones. And THUNDER’s heroine, Veronica Hardwicke, is also mentioned in LIGHTNING, although not by name…just as “Her Royal Highness.” The Veronica I had in my head when I wrote LIGHTNING changed significantly when I actually started typing her for THUNDER. She went from a rich and spoiled rhymes-with-witch to an actual witch. Not even remotely spoiled, but totally hot for Sean, her hunky contractor!

Sounds great! What are you working on right now?

My current WIP, tentatively titled FROST, will be another 1Night Stand story. This one features Lily’s sister, Dagney, also a succubus. She’s the one who turns Lily on to Madame Evangeline’s exclusive 1Night Stand dating service in LIGHTNING!

Awesome! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Aside from those I wrote in elementary school on construction paper, that were carefully preserved by my parents in their dining room breakfront for many years?

It was a looooooooong story about a rock star and a photographer from a Rolling Stone-type magazine. It was written in longhand, beginning when I was 16 and had a boring part-time summer job at the Department of Motor Vehicles, making check marks in a notebook whenever someone signed up for the written driver’s test.  It lies dead and buried in a carton in my den closet, where it shares space with dust bunnies.

*grins* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I could tell you that…but then I’d have to kill you. (Or, you know, put you in a book!)

Right! Got it! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a lawyer.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Dark

Salty or sweet? Both. (And, of course, it would depend on precisely WHAT is salty or sweet! Or, you know, both.)

Bed or kitchen table? Oh, you don’t want to go there! (Have you SEEN my house?)

Beach or mountains? Beach. (Except for that sand particle thing.)

Give or receive? Takes two to, um, tango.

In mystic Sleepy Hollow, succubus Lily Night put her prom date, Campbell Jones, into a coma after a night of wild, unbridled sex. She has steered clear of mortals ever since, afraid of damaging them or worse, not to mention the inconvenience of knocking out the power every time they have sex.

 Successful architect Campbell Jones has lived with strange powers and a sexy secret since that prom night. He’s buried himself in work to forget the woman who’d dumped him at the ER then vanished from his life without a trace.

 Neither Lily nor Campbell have forgotten that night or the love they’d shared. Will a 1Night Stand help them bury their past? 


Excerpt:

“A little higher and more to the left.”

Lily Night narrowed her eyes as the building maintenance man shifted her framed diploma on the freshly-painted wall opposite her desk. She tried not to ogle the firm ass encased in a pair of tight jeans or the way the man’s shoulder muscles rippled beneath his T-shirt.

Maybe if I pop an Altoid, I’ll have an excuse to wipe away the drool.

She refrained from jumping the handsome worker dude’s bones. The last time she’d dallied with a human, the encounter had not gone well. Vivid images of that long ago prom night bombarded her. Campbell Jones had been a young, strapping, hunk-and-a-half football player and they’d started their date full of hope and expectation and lust. When he’d adjusted the fragrant gardenia corsage on her wrist, she’d inhaled his crisp, citrus scent and thought she might swoon at the sight of him in his tux. The black material stretched across broad shoulders that mirrored the promise of the bruising man he’d be in his prime. But she’d all but sucked him dry as flashes of lightning crackled over their heads. By the time dawn painted the sky, she’d turned him into a mere shadow of his former self. Literally.

And briefly knocked out cell phone service in the lower Hudson Valley, as well.

She’d sworn off humans ever since. Instead, she pulled all-nighter after all-nighter to evade the dreams in which men called to her—and to avoid the university dating scene that inevitably led to frequent and addicting sex.

Mortals. Bleh.




Where can we find you on the web?

Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of Sleepy Hollow Dreams and one Lightning and Thunder swag! What to comment: share a favorite line from the excerpt or a favorite line from one of the trailers! Contest ends midnight EST Sunday 10/28! eBook open to international; swag to U.S.! Good luck!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, TARYN! Now, everyone, leave Taryn some new release comment love!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Monday, October 22, 2012

Starting the week with a Manday Hottie! #mancandy #newrelease

Very excited to participate in Felicity Heaton's awesome idea for how to kick off a Monday! With a Manday Hottie!

So, in celebration of my brand-spanking-new release One Night with a Hero, here's some inspiration for hero Brady Scott!
You guys! That bicep! *thud* There's also something about his expression that totally gets me! Kellan is very Brady here! LOL


Check out more of him in my new release available at Amazon & B&N (

And don't forget to hop to see the other authors' Manday Hotties!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's a New Release/Cover Reveal #SixSunday! #OneNightwithaHero

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm especially excited today because it's release day for my contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero, the sequel to Her Forbidden Hero! I'm totally in love with this story and had so much fun writing it! I hope you'll enjoy this six from my new book:

Brady glanced over and caught her looking. Joss dropped her gaze and hoped the cover of night hid the heat blooming on her face, but when she peeked from under her lashes, he was still watching her.

 A tingle ran through her center that made her catch her breath against the sudden urge to push him back, crawl on top of him, and kiss him until all that tension melted out of his body. Right here, right now. No matter the spectators, or the fact he was nearly a stranger.

 A very hot, damn sexy, purportedly non-serial-killer stranger.

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Don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and following the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meet Brady Scott from my 10/20 release #OneNightWithaHero!

I'm so so excited for the release in just two days of my contemporary romance ONE NIGHT WITH A HERO, the sequel to HER FORBIDDEN HERO, which hit the Top 100 bestseller lists on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Here's an excerpt from Her Forbidden Hero where you get to meet Marco's best friend, Alyssa's brother, and One Night's hero, Brady Scott. Brady has just learned that his best friend is in love with his little sister...: 


“I have to ask you straight up, man, and I know you’re not going to like it.”

Marco braced for one of a dozen possible questions and motioned for him to continue.

“Are you too fucked up with everything that happened to do right by my baby sister?”

For a long moment, Marco gave the question the consideration it deserved. “I’m not a hundred percent, but I’m doing better. And she makes me want to be better. This past year, half my problem has been floundering around without a purpose. With Alyssa, I’ve found a purpose again. Making her happy would be enough. It would be everything. So, no, I’m not too fucked up.”

Brady drilled him with a serious stare for a long moment, then smirked. “Just a little.”

Marco chuffed out half a laugh. “Just a little.”

“You know it wasn’t your fault, right? You’ve wrapped your head around that much, at least?”

“That would be in the part that isn’t right yet.”

“Marco—”

“You telling me it’s so isn’t going to convince me. I appreciate it, don’t get me wrong. But I have to find a way there on my own.”

Brady heaved a breath. “Aw, shit.” He paused a long moment. “My sister? Really?”

Marco saw the teasing in Brady’s eyes and gave in to a small smile. He shrugged.

“You realize if you ever hurt her, I’ll have to kill you.”

Rising to his feet, Marco nodded. “I’d expect nothing less. But there isn’t another man on this planet who knows as well as I do how much your sister deserves happiness.”

Brady stood and held out his hand. “True.” They shook, and Brady playfully smacked Marco’s bruised cheek.

“Gonna have a shiner. Sorry ’bout that.”

Marco prodded his sore cheekbone. “Shit hurts, too, motherfucker.”

I hope you'll love Brady as much as I do! He's hot, funny, intense, and a total smartass! Can't wait to share more of him with you!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome Guest Author S.L. Scott! #NaturallyCharlie

Welcome Guest Author
S.L. Scott
to the Blog!

See below for her giveaway!
Welcome!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you for hosting me. My name is S. L. Scott and I love writing in the contemporary romance and chick-lit genres. I dabble in some YA too, but am not actively working on that.

I’m a mother to two amazing kids and wife to an incredible husband. I’m a writer, a baker, and love to read. My dreams include publishing a book (check - yay), living on the beach one day, and writing a movie script that is actually made into a movie.

Great! And congrats on your new release! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’m quoting the summary for Naturally, Charlie, but it’s so true. This is a tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

Both main characters are Charlies and they are coming together at a unique time in each other’s life. They are trying to navigate through the current obstacles in their lives while remaining true to themselves.

Which character is your favorite and why?

Girl Charlie is my favorite though I know most would choose Charlie boy. I like her because she’s flawed and she realizes it. She’s living a very surface existence at this time in her life – not shallow but on the surface of who she truly is. Her life is off kilter and she’s struggling to find balance like she once had and thought she always would. She’s taking a journey in this book and it’s not always leading her down the expected path, but it does lead her to her destiny.

As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How the two Charlies bonded from the beginning. The relationship wasn’t forced and scenes weren’t written to make it convenient for them to hang out together or run into each other. Writing their scenes together just flowed and came naturally. The dialogue is all them and just works for them and how they communicate together. It’s not a secret language, but it felt like that to me, like something special that only they share. They just got each other, understanding what no else did about them.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

There is a possibility a sequel or series opportunity for two different storylines I’ve thought about, but no plans as of today.

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

At the time I was writing Naturally, Charlie my kids weren’t both school age so I had limited daylight hours to write. Most of this story was written around the midnight hour.

Time is always such a challenge! What are you working on right now?

I just published a novelette called Morning Glory on Amazon for Kindle readers.

As for my writing, all I can say is I am working on my next novel. I’m gonna keep this one under wraps for awhile.

What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Oddly enough, I just thought about it the other day. I still have it saved on my computer. I thought I lost it with the hard drive crash of 2010, but I had once emailed it and fortunately found it again. I was so relieved. It’s a story that I still may revisit one day, so I’m glad to still have it.

What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I find heavy emotion easier to write than happy times. Sometimes I feel that the smooth sailing times are masked and the true happy times have to be earned through the journey whether it be through self discovery or overcoming obstacles or pain the characters have to survive. The feeling of heartache is solid and strong so easier to describe to me. Happy can be found in simple things, but that feeling itself isn’t always simple to describe.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I think there is always a bit of yourself in the story somewhere whether it be an event or dialogue or a characteristic. I can think of one of the Charlie-isms in the book that is all me, and still makes me giggle. It’s embarrassing so I think I’ll keep that under wraps for now.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I’m a romantic, but I like realism mixed in as well. Maybe it’s because reading about perfect doesn’t hold my attention, so I try to give my characters real emotions and sometimes those emotions don’t always make sense in that moment – they come from something heated inside of them. In the real world we don’t have a team of script writers feeding us the perfect line and sometimes our emotions rule our thoughts and mouths. Sometimes we make mistakes and I like that in my characters. I also like when they learn from those mistakes.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I can write in the middle of chaos. Well… most of the time. LOL I also have a beautiful desk in our home office and yet I write while lounging on the couch in the center of the house. I’ve not written one word while at that beautiful desk to this day.

And, I’ve been an extra in four movies where I’m easily seen – it’s very obvious and even more embarrassing although I loved working on the sets. I love the movie industry. It’s a fascinating world.

How cool! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Bridget Jones’ Diary. I love the concept of the diary entries, her personal struggles with herself, and that series started my love of all things chick lit and romance.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

This changes with my moods, but right now I’d have to say Veronica from Naturally, Charlie because she’s at a point in her life where she is who she is and she likes who she is. She says what she thinks and she’s a positive person that draws the other characters to her light. She’s also a hopeless romantic and I love that.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark. I’m eating a dark chocolate kiss right now.

Salty or sweet? Hmmm…. sweet.

Bed or kitchen table? LOL. Bed.

Beach or mountains? Beach 100% of the time.

Give or receive? Give.
Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the new one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society of circles of his childhood.

This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
Excerpt:

Fifteen minutes later, we sit down, placing our sodas and order ticket on the table. He bought lunch, claiming it was because he showed up uninvited. I’m thinking he doesn’t see how happy I am to see him again. “So what brings you to this part of town, Charlie?”

He plays with the straw’s wrapper before wadding it between his fingers. When he looks up, he says, “You do.” He shrugs. “I missed you.”

He always makes me smile, but I laugh lightly, too, because I like that he missed me. “You missed me?”

Leaning forward after looking around us, he whispers, “Yeah, I missed you. Is that so strange?”

No. Not strange at all. I’d been thinking about him since we parted after dinner yesterday.

“What?” he asks. “Are you laughing at me because I can admit I missed you?”

“I think it’s great you can admit you missed someone, and I wasn’t laughing.” I giggle.

“That. That right there is laughing.”

“No, that’s giggling.”

“Aren’t we too old to giggle?”

“Speak for yourself, old man,” I tease.

He laughs now, but turns away when our number is called. Tapping the table once with his palm, he says, “I’ll be right back.”

I watch him as he walks toward the back of the small restaurant to claim our order, enjoying the view. Damn it! I look out the window when I’m busted staring at his ass. When I look back, he’s gloating—I mean smiling—all the way back.

I try to tamp the heat I feel that wants to redden my cheeks, giving my guilt away, but I think it’s too late.

“Here.” He sets the food down in front of me. “Eat and maybe that will distract us enough to not talk about the fact that I just caught you ogling my ass.”

“I wasn’t ogling.” I feign annoyance at the accusation, although I totally was ogling.

“You were sooo ogling.”

“I hate you, Charlie.” I laugh, joking with him.

“Yeah, I hate you, too.” He teases with a smug smile set in place.

I seriously love our friendship.


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