Flirting with the Fourth

Happy Fourth of July weekend!!!

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The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. That’s why I set the very first book I ever published, FLIRTING WITH THE COMPETITION, around it. Why do I love this holiday so much?

  1. The Food: July 4th cries out for fun summer goodies like hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon, chips, and great drinks. I know I’m not the only one attending a BBQ this weekend.
  2. No Pressure: Unlike other stressful holidays (I’m looking at you Christmas), the Fourth of July is pretty chill in nature, even if the temperature is far from cool. There are no presents to be bought or cards to write out. It’s all about the fun.
  3. Sparkles in the Sky: If you know me, then you know I LOVE sparkles of any kind. Does it get more glittery than fireworks bursting into the sky? I think not.

Plus, I live in the DC-area and I feel like that gives the holiday a little extra sparkle. As long as we don’t go the way of the movie Independence Day, we should be good to go.

So, I wish you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July weekend full of great food, sparkles, and relaxation. For those of you looking for a short, fun, flirty read while you’re next to the pool or on the beach, please check out my award-winning novella, FLIRTING WITH THE COMPETITION, only 99 cents!

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Flirting with the Competition

Under normal circumstances, Whitney March might have appreciated sharing an elevator with a ridiculously attractive and clearly wealthy guy. Even enjoyed it. But when her companion turns out to be the man who almost ran her over in parking garage moments earlier? Nope and nope. Besides, she’s on her way to a job interview at a prestigious law firm, and she needs to stay focused. Not staring at the rich and sexy jerk.

Then the elevator comes to an abrupt stop. They’re stuck.

Jordan Campbell has every intention of acing the interview for his dream job, and he’s not about to let anything stop him. Not even the sexy, capable, and fiery woman who turns out to be his main competitor he’s trapped with. The only thing they have in common is determination to get the job…and an escalating attraction. And it’s only a matter of time before these competitors indulge in a very sexy little connection between floors.

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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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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.

Book Release Eve

You may be wondering what a writer does in the days before her book is released to the world. I know what you’re thinking: champagne, caviar, lazing around a pool while holding a fruity drink with an umbrella in it.

Well…my experience is slightly different. I thought I would share what’s going on in my world before my next book, Kissing Mr. Wrong, comes out.

1. Grocery Store

What author doesn’t love going to the grocery store in the hours before her book launch.  What scrumptious food did I get? No, not that caviar I talked about. It’s Memorial Day weekend so think tri-colored pasta, olives, cheese, Italian salad dressing, some veggies. Gold stars to anyone who can figure out what I’m making.

2. Target

Sure, you’re probably imagining me buying a pre-book release present for myself since I’ve been working so hard. Sorry to disappoint. Actually had to pick up some supplies for my dog, Harry. Mini-Milkbones, rawhides wrapped in chicken, squeaky tennis balls – you know, the norm.

3. Laundry

Goes without saying. All authors must have clean clothes and sheets.

4. Writing

A writer’s job is never done. That’s why I’m taking some of this three day weekend to work on my next book. It’s a follow-up to Kissing Mr. Wrong and I think you’re really going to like it.

5. Sleeping in late

I’m sorry, did I say sleeping in late on Memorial Day, my day off of work? Ha-ha! I meant, waking up earlier than I do during the week when my little ball of fur pounced on me like a lion stalking his prey. (Said little ball of fur is currently curled up sleeping in his bed under my desk as I type this while I am now wide awake.)

Okay, so my list may not be as glamorous as you thought. But maybe one day I’ll live a life of leisure. Only, if I do, I hope I still get woken up by my little ball of fur pouncing on my head. Because that was damn cute. What can I say? Harry is probably just as excited about tomorrow as I am.

Kissing Mr. Wrong comes out tomorrow, May 26. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and kobo. Pre-order your copy today!

Get Wicked in an Elevator!

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Happy (Almost) Halloween!!!

I’m so excited to be part of this Entangled blog hop. And since my first book, Flirting with the Competition, just came out yesterday, I’m super-wickedly excited. In Flirting with the Competition, Whitney and Jordan get stuck in an elevator on their way to a really important job interview. Even worse, they are competing for said dream job. Okay, I had to make things even worse than that…they hated each other before they stepped into the elevator.

Yikes!

So that got me thinking. Who would I NOT want to be stuck in an elevator with? Funny how all of my answers are from TV shows and movies. Without further ado, here’s my top five list…

5. Candyman – yes from the movie Candyman, a slumber party favorite from my adolescent days. My face still breaks out just thinking about that movie.

4. Any creepy child. I’m talking to you, girl from The Exorcist, weird twins from The Shining, freaky kid in the doll shop on Pretty Little Liars, etc….

3. Caleb from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oh Caleb, how I still have nightmares about what you did to Xander!

2. The Governor from The Walking Dead. True, I probably shouldn’t want to be stuck with zombies either. But at least you can kill zombies. I feel like the Governor would talk me out of killing him so that he could kill me.

And the #1 bad guy I wouldn’t want to be stuck on an elevator with…

1. The evil, terrifying, creepy-as-hell clown from Stephen King’s, It. You know that clown is the reason the majority of the population hates clowns. *shivers*

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

I’d love to give one wicked reader an e-copy of my new novella, Flirting with the Competition. All you have to do to enter is answer the following question in the comments: What TV or movie bad guy (or girl) would you NOT want to get stuck on an elevator with?

(Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 30th. Winner will be revealed right here on Halloween. Trick or Treat!)

Release Day!!!

I am beyond excited to announce that today is (finally!) the release day of my very first book, Flirting with the Competition!!!

I got the idea for this story while taking a writing webinar. Someone mentioned using the different objects in your characters’ environments, and I thought, what if there aren’t any objects? What if they’re stuck in an elevator? For the entire story! 

I started writing Flirting with the Competition the next day.

A huge thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me throughout this journey. I’m the luckiest (and, some might say, most sparkly) girl in the world! Without further ado, please enjoy, Flirting with the Competition, available now!

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The sexiest things happen in confined spaces…

Under normal circumstances, Whitney March might have appreciated sharing an elevator with a ridiculously attractive and clearly wealthy guy. Even enjoyed it. But when her companion turns out to be the man who almost ran her over in parking garage moments earlier? Nope and nope. Besides, she’s on her way to a job interview at a prestigious law firm, and she needs to stay focused. Not staring at the rich and sexy jerk.

Then the elevator comes to an abrupt stop. They’re stuck.

Jordan Campbell has every intention of acing the interview for his dream job, and he’s not about to let anything stop him. Not even the sexy, capable, and fiery woman who turns out to be his main competitor he’s trapped with. The only thing they have in common is determination to get the job…and an escalating attraction. And it’s only a matter of time before these competitors indulge in a very sexy little connection between floors.

Buy Flirting with the Competition here. 

Harry is so excited for release day!!!

Harry is so excited for release day!!!

I’m celebrating my book release all over the web today. If you would like to read more about me or Flirting with the Competition, here are some other interviews I’m doing.

Join me with my Mermaid sisters at the Waterworld Mermaid site here.

Even Harry’s getting in on the action. If you missed his interview last Friday, you can still read it here.

Please stop back tomorrow when I’ll be taking part in the Entangled Blog Hop. It’s going to be a “wicked” good time!

My Own Website!

Welcome to the inaugural blog for my very own website! Can you tell I’m excited? If not, here are some more exclamation points!!!

This website has been a long time in the making. Here’s the story.

I’m a very superstitious person and I’d decided at some point that I did not want to have a writing website until publication was imminent. I felt like if I put one together, it would anger the soon-to-be-published writing gods and I definitely didn’t want to do that.

2013 and 2014 have been whirlwind years for me. I bought my first condo last March – a major dream of mine. In August, I achieved another huge dream – I rescued my dog, Harry.

I thought that maybe after the condo and dog, my luck would run dry. After all, how much good ju-ju can one person have? I didn’t want to become greedy!

But in December, my good luck kept on rolling. I signed with my fabulous agent, Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency. Having someone in my corner made all the difference.

I signed my first contract with Entangled Publishing in January. This is for my contemporary novella, GOING UP, and it will be published later this year. Time to finally get my website up and running.

Once again, I feared I was pushing my luck to hope for more. But in April, one more amazing thing happened. I signed with Soul Mate Publishing, who will be publishing my first full-length contemporary novel, RETURN TO LOVE. Not sure when it will come out yet, but for the moment, it doesn’t matter. I’m on cloud nine.

So good thing I started this website!

On a serious note though, I want everyone to know that dreams do come true. But not without hard work, patience and much perseverance. I look forward to sharing my journey to publication and beyond with all of you and I wish you the very best in achieving your dreams! I hope you’ll share them with me too.

Happy Reading!
Kerri