Bidding on the Bachelor Easter Eggs

BotB CoverToday is release day for my latest book! BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR is book 2 in the Saved by the Blog series. This book is about Carissa and Jasper, the hottest couple back in high school. Carissa broke up with Jasper after graduation and hasn’t been heard of since…until she shows up in Bayside ten years later to find Jasper is the most sought after bachelor in town. Will Jasper and Carissa be able to pick up where they left off? Or will the ubiquitous Bayside Blogger put a cramp in their reunion?

To celebrate BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR’s release, I thought it would be fun to share a couple Easter Eggs from the book. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. Buy links are at the end.

Easter Egg #1

There is a chapter in the book when Carissa and Jasper share a meal of pizza and red wine. This just happens to be my absolute favorite meal on the planet. Of course, I do prefer anchovies on my pizza. They also have a peach pie later that night, which is my favorite dessert.

Easter Egg #2

Carissa is staying at her aunt’s house. When she walks in she is overwhelmed with the décor, which reminds her of The Golden Girls. I love The Golden Girls! Love, love, love! I used to watch it with my Nunnie, I still watch the reruns today, and my friends and I often discuss Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia and sing the theme song. “Thank you for being a friend….”

Easter Egg #3

The first time Carissa and Jasper interact with each other after their ten years apart, they are in a dive bar. Carissa is drinking tequila and beer, and seeing her getting tipsy, Jasper orders her mozzarella sticks. Another favorite food of mine. Especially at bars.

Easter Egg #4

Carissa is a caterer. At least, she is trying to be. She ends up catering a ladies’ tea. I adore going to tea. Although, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve gone to tea, but I love it. The tiny sammies, the cookies, the clotted cream. Yum, yum, yum.

Easter Egg #5

When Jasper and Carissa were in high school, they spent a lot of time hanging out at a used bookstore. Back when I was in high school, my BFFs Amber and Danielle and I would go to the movies every Friday. Before cell phones, Fandango and picking seats, we would have to get to the movie theater early to make sure we could get tickets. Then we would head to the mall and camp out at Walden Books or B. Dalton. Usually sit on the floor and peruse the psychic and palm reading books.

Bonus Egg

Saved by the Bell is my ultimate, huge, gigantic, glittery Easter Egg. It is my all-time favorite TV show. And it was a huge part of my adolescence. I’m so thrilled I could include it in this series.

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Do You Believe In Second Chances?

 

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I couldn’t be more thrilled that the Romance Writers of America Anthology, SECOND CHANCES, was published today! This book has 17 stories, spanning different sub-genres of romance. My story is called HOMECOMING and it’s a sweet new adult tale about two best friends who may or may not get a second chance at love.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s my dog, Harry, chatting about SECOND CHANCES….

 

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Cover Reveal for a Bachelor

Rumor has it…The Bayside Blogger will be returning to a bookshelf near you soon. In the meantime, enjoy this exclusive peek at the cover of book 2 in the Saved by the Blog series, BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR.

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Pre-order your copy today! BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR will be available in print September 19 and e-book October 1.

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For those who read book 1, FALLING FOR THE RIGHT BROTHER, and kept asking me about Jasper, guess what? This is Jasper’s story!

Another roll of the dice 

Big news, fair readers! Bayside High’s favorite It Girl is back. Would you have bet Carissa Blackwell would ever return? Ten years ago, she crushed Jasper Dumont’s heart under her Jimmy Choos and left town for a bigger, better life. Her return raises one question: What is she running from (or is it to) now? 

Perhaps Jasper knows? One look at Carissa and he fell in the bay! (Rich, single and devastatingly handsome, Jasper’s our catch of the day.) That icy plunge should have brought him to his senses, yet “Casper” has been spotted together all over town. Does this mean Bayside’s legendary couple may reunite? The stakes are high, but the Bayside Blogger’s money is riding on love!

Virtual Book Tour

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Falling for the Right Brother is Touring the Internet!

From June 5th – 9th, Falling for the Right Brother, Book 1 in my Saved by the Blog series for Harlequin Special Edition, is going on tour. The best part? You could win a $50 Amazon gift card!

That’s right, one lucky winner will receive a gift card and two additional winners will take home copies of Falling for Right Brother. There are also exclusive excerpts from the book, plus fun interviews and blog posts. Rumor has it I even got to chat with the infamous Bayside Blogger….

You don’t want to miss this. Check out all the details for the tour, courtesy of Tasty Book Tours, here.

 

Excerpt – Falling for the Right Brother

FftRB CoverTime for an exclusive excerpt from my next book, Falling for the Right Brother, book 1 in the Saved by the Blog series.

Blurb:

This just in, fair readers! That gorgeous new woman about town is none other than formerly frumpy Elle Owens. Apparently Miss Elle has been spotted with yummy contractor Cam Dumont…but we thought her heart belonged to his little brother. Are Cam and Elle a new couple? If this is love, let’s hope she’s picked the right brother. The Bayside Blogger will keep you posted.

Excerpt:

He liked being around Elle. Most women wanted to talk about their feelings. Not that there was anything wrong with that when it was needed. But there was a lot to be said for enjoying a quiet moment.

Plus, she could hold her own with him.

And she could cook.

And she was gorgeous.

Sneaking a glance at her, he felt his heart practically stop. She’d let her hair out of its ponytail. Now the wind was moving through it, light brown strands flying around her face. The setting sun cast an aura over her that highlighted her smooth skin. Awash in light, with a dreamy expression on her face, she looked serene, calm. Exquisite.

Exquisite? Ah, hell. He liked her.

“Damn.”

She turned her head at his oath. “What was that?” she asked, an amused expression on her face.

He couldn’t like her. Not if she had any feelings for his brother. That wouldn’t be right.

All he wanted to do was kiss her. With his body tensed and primed at her nearness, he desperately wanted to draw her to him. He wanted those lips on his, those arms around him.

“Cam?”

He met her curious gaze. Why couldn’t she be weird or crazy or just not his type?

“What are you thinking?” she wondered aloud.

“Do you still have feelings for my brother?” he blurted. Idiot. Her face fell and then he cursed himself for that. “Sorry, it’s none of my business.”

“It’s okay,” she said, waving her hand. “Jasper…I never really knew Jasper.”

“You were in the same class.” It sounded like an accusation.

“That doesn’t mean anything.,” she said slowly, taking a step toward him. “Dinner last night was the longest we’ve ever talked.”

It hit Cam then, crystal clear. Jealousy over that dinner was what had been bothering him all day. What had kept him awake the night before.

Feeling irritated even now, he wanted to pace. But she was standing so close. He could smell her perfume, a flowery scent that mixed with the aromas from the kitchen. Shouldn’t go together, but to him, it was intoxicating.

 “Look, Elle, just tell me, once and for all, do you have feelings for my brother?”

“No,” she practically screamed. “And for the record, I would never go after someone who was taken.”

“Great. I don’t want you to do that.”

“Then what do you want, Cam?”

“I want to kiss you.”

“So kiss me.”

I hope you enjoyed that little sneak peek into Falling for the Right Brother, which you can pre-order now.

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New Year, New Book, New Series

You may have noticed that I haven’t had any new books out in 2017. That’s because I’ve been waiting until now to share my newest release. I’m thrilled to introduce a brand new series I’m writing for Harlequin Special Edition called…Saved by the Blog. Initiate glitter toss.

Book 1 is called Falling for the Right Brother and the release date is right around the corner. Print book (that’s right, this one comes out in paperback) is May 23 and the e-book is available June 1. Isn’t this cover gorgeous!

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I describe this first book as a combination of Gossip Girl and Sabrina. But set in Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s fabulous and I hope everyone loves reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Here are the other books in the Saved by the Blog series:

Bidding on the Bachelor, October 2017
Smitten with the Boss, January 2018

Want more details? Check out the blurb and the buy links below. Stay tuned for a sneak peek of Falling for the Right Brother next week. Until then, happy reading….

Saved by the blog! 

This just in, fair readers! Chic and stunning, that gorgeous new woman about town is none other than our very own little Ellie—now Elle—Owens. She’s a far cry from the frumpy, bookish student we used to know, but then, living in Italy will do that to a girl! Still, this blogger can’t forget the infamous video that caused her to leave!

Apparently Miss Elle has been spotted with yummy contractor Cam Dumont…but we thought her heart belonged to his little brother. Are Cam and Elle a new couple? They were seen cooling their passions in the bay…in April! If this is love, let’s hope she’s swimming with the right brother. The Bayside Blogger will keep you posted.

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Tempting Mr. Wrong is Here!

I can’t believe it! It’s release day for my latest book, TEMPTING MR. WRONG, book 2 in the Wrong Man series!!! *GLITTER TOSS* Tempting Mr. Wrong is the follow-up to KISSING MR. WRONG. But you don’t have to read these books in order. Each book in the Wrong Man series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. TMW Cover

Since it’s release day (or my Book Birthday) I thought I would share an Easter Egg from the book. (Easter Eggs are little nuggets of truth hidden in your book.)

There’s an adorable little girl in this book named Mya. In one scene, Mya is playing with her stuffed animals who are named Princess Magnolia, Penny Butt and Moo-Moo the bear. Growing up, I had a stuffed bear that I called Moo-Moo and I slept with him every night. Also, I was a bridesmaid in a wedding a long time ago and did not, ahem, look the best after the makeup and hair people got through with me. So I nicknamed my ugly bridesmaid-self Penny Butt. Years later, I told my friend Caroline about it who thought this was hysterical. To this day, Caroline calls me Penny Butt and I call her Princess Magnolia. I have no idea where the Princess Magnolia came from, but hey, it stuck.

This book has been a labor of love. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it. Here’s some more info about TEMPTING MR. WRONG, along with all the places to buy it.

TEMPTING MR. WRONG BLURB:

Lance Townsend craves freedom after years living a structured existence in the Army. But just as he’s about to start on his bucket list, Lance receives an unexpected request: check in on his goddaughter. The problem? The adorable little girl’s aunt is the one woman he’s never been able to forget.

Carly Quigley can’t believe her brother’s best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. Carly knows Lance is counting down the hours to leave, which makes him the wrong man for her. Unfortunately, the wrong man has become oh-so-tempting.

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*International Readers – there are international options for book buying as well. Please visit the Entangled Publishing page below for other options.

To learn more about TEMPTING MR. WRONG, as well as my other Entangled titles, please visit the TEMPTING MR. WRONG Entangled page here.

REVIEWS

“This was a book I could lose myself in, easy to read and it made me feel, something that’s important to me when I read a book.” -Lovinghotbooks

“It’s a beautiful book and shouldn’t be missed.” -Urvashi H., NetGalley review

EXCERPT

“Thank you,” she whispered.

“For what?” He was shocked to hear his breathing sounded so labored.

“For giving me the afternoon off. For making that cake. For helping with Mya when I botched everything. It’s a lot easier with you here.” She blushed. “A couple days ago, I would have never thought I’d say that.”

He kissed the tip of her nose. “Yeah, you didn’t seem too thrilled to see me.”

“No, I was…okay.” She laughed. “I wasn’t. To be honest, I was still thinking about my brother’s wedding. I’d never understood why you’d left me so abruptly back then.”

Warning bells sounded in the back of his mind at the mention of her brother. His best friend. It felt like a broken record was playing on repeat in his brain. And that record was titled Off-Limits, Off-Limits, Off-Limits.

Carly must have picked up on his thoughts. She took a small step back. “I know, you don’t want to kiss me. You don’t see me that way.”

He took her in from her swollen lips to the sexy business suit she still wore, to all of that amazing hair. Her eyes were practically twinkling, lighting up her fair, flawless skin. Did she have any idea how gorgeous she was? How appealing she was?

He shook his head. “That’s the problem, Carly,” he began, his voice coming out in gruff spurts. “I do see you like that. I’ve been fighting it since I got here.” He ran a hand through his short hair. “Hell, probably since Chris and Gretchen said I do.”

Her mouth fell open.

“I tell myself over and over that it’s wrong to think about you the way I do.”

A small smile played over her lips. “How do you think about me?”

He swallowed hard. “In a way that would definitely make your brother sucker-punch me in the face.”

Almost Time for Tempting Mr. Wrong…

It’s almost time for my next book, TEMPTING MR. WRONG, to be published!!! Stay tuned Monday, June 13, to get your copy of Book 2 in the Wrong Man series. Can’t wait? You can pre-order TEMPTING MR. WRONG now. (See the buy links below.) Really can’t wait? Okay, okay, here’s a little excerpt to tide you over…. TMW Cover

EXCERPT

Carly started a pot of coffee. While it brewed, she meandered over to the window again. Thank God she wasn’t holding her coffee cup because it would have most definitely been dropped and splattered into a million pieces on the floor. Lance was working out in the backyard. But not just working out. Half-naked working out. And currently he was doing one-armed pushups as his rippling muscles quivered with the exertion.

Damn. She knew something else that was currently trembling, and she had to cross her legs to keep from losing it completely. Her mouth dropped open, and she knew that drool was soon to drip out of it. She knew Lance was built, but witnessing his naked top half working out really drove that point home.

Holy hell.

As if he felt her presence and knew she was standing there gawking at him, Lance looked up. No time to even pretend to be doing something else, she was totally busted. Taking it in stride, Carly winked and then strolled back to the kitchen and fixed her coffee. As Lance sauntered in the back door a few moments later, she took a long, deep gulp, the hot liquid scalding her throat. Not that she felt it because Lance still remained shirtless and her brain therefore remained inoperable.

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Who wants a free book?

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My publisher, Entangled Publishing, is turning 5 years old this month! *GLITTER TOSS* To celebrate, they have put the entire Lovestruck line (that’s the imprint I write for) on sale for 99 cents!!! What a great time to stock up on books for the long, cold winter months.

Even better? My award-winning novella, FLIRTING WITH THE COMPETITION, is FREE for one week. That’s right, FREE! Click here to download your copy today. Happy reading!

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***Stay tuned. I have a new book, TEMPTING MR. WRONG, the sequel to KISSING MR. WRONG, releasing on March 14. Check back here for details.***

Thank You!

Kissing Mr. Wrong has already been out for one whole week – can you believe it! It’s been doing incredibly well too! It got into Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Nook Books list and has received fabulous reviews everywhere from Amazon to Good Reads! I’m grateful to all of you for buying, reading, and supporting me with all of my books. So please allow me to offer a very heartfelt THANK YOU…

Thank YouKissing Mr. Wrong is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and kobo.