Thursday, December 7, 2017

Release Blitz: Over Us, Over You - Whitney G.


Over Us, Over You
by Whitney G. 
Publication Date: December 7, 2017 
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Subject: Delete this message after you read it... 
Dear Hayley,
I'm assuming you're still hungover, so I'll make this brief. Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home. That's the story. The end. Period. Just in case you've forgotten, you're my best friend's little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can't be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved--or "over" in your terms, so I'd prefer if we worked on becoming 'just friends' again since you're in town.
 Nonetheless, I'm not a man who leaves questions unanswered--even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:
1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do "prefer" rough sex, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin...
This message never happened,
Corey

About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.) Don’t forget to sign up for Whitney’s monthly newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1p9fEYF

A Book a Day with Tracy Ewens: Smooth & Guest Post

Smooth (A Love Story #10)
Coming January 23, 2018
Genre: Romance

If only life came with a guarantee.
 Patrick McNaughton wants more. More people drinking Foghorn’s beer, more money to push their brewery past the competition, and more cooperation from his brothers, who have no sense of urgency. He’s all about conquering one challenge on his way to the next, so long as there’s a remote chance of winning. That’s why Aspen Pane sits in the office down the hall, oblivious to his attraction. Patrick has always wanted more with her, but he never was one to risk it all.

Aspen Pane has more than enough. As business manager for Foghorn, she keeps the brewery in the black and lives up to the nickname the McNaughton brothers gave her—Wonder Woman. She’s worked hard her whole life for the money she now has in the bank, the small house she calls home, and time with her friends. So, even though it seems everyone close to her, including her brother, is inconveniently falling in love, Aspen sticks with her to-do list. Because love risks everything and she doesn’t do that for anyone.

After an unexpected flight and an eccentric venture capitalist thrust them into a battle of wits and lies even they’re not sure they can win, Patrick and Aspen must learn the difference between making a connection and making money. They may need to face their fears and risk it all in the name of finding a new work-love balance.

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Guest Interview Post
What made you interested in writing about a brewery and the men who run it? What research went into writing about the beer process? With Pinterest in mind, how did you come up with each character and find people who resembled what you pictured? 
Confession time. I don’t drink beer. I know it’s wrong, and this would be so much more exciting if I were a beer aficionado, but I’m not. I noticed you are a craft beer lover, Carlene, so you’ll have to carry that torch for me. 

I am, however, fascinated with the beer making process. While on vacation, I took a tour of Lagunitas and decided I wanted to spend some time at a brewery. Honestly, that’s how I choose my locations. 

I tend to write in threes, which takes about a year. I ask myself where I want to spend that time and with whom. The brewery was a fit for me because I am drawn to characters that are passionate about what they do. They don’t come any more passionate than the craft brewery culture. 

Regarding Pinterest, sometimes I will see a picture of a man or woman and decide they need a story. My inspiration for Boyd was the black and white picture with the backward hat. There is so much going on in those eyes, that face. I set out to explore that man and came away with Brew. 

I am not a sports fan, so it wasn’t until later that I learned that picture is Daniel Norris. While only his looks were the inspiration for Boyd, he seems like a pretty cool guy in the real world. Ella evolved from the words, “beauty is a distraction.” Not sure where I saw that, but that was the seed for her character. I set out to find that woman. When I saw the picture of Ella (Amber Valletta) in the white T-shirt, I knew I’d found at least a part of her. Characters naturally grow from the initial inspirations, but Pinterest is a fun jumping board.


I didn’t use to share my boards with readers for fear of ruining their images of the characters, but I suppose it’s fun to see behind my crazy mind. Chris Pine will always be Grady, just putting that out there. ☺ 


Without giving too much away about the book, what can you share about Smooth? Did you know you would be writing about Patrick when you were writing Brew? What is the process when writing novels that have small and sometimes large tie ins to one another? 

I knew Boyd, Patrick and Cade would get their stories back when I wrote Exposure, which opens with West in a very “celebrity” situation. The more I got to know him the more I knew he needed something substantial to balance all that fluff. His great family and especially his brothers came in a scene first. 

The scene in Exposure when West brings Meg home for the first time was the second or third scene I wrote for Exposure. It was one of those rare and incredible moments when I saw all of the McNaughtons and their place in the family. It was never again that simple, but it was an excellent first introduction.  

After that point, I needed to know the McNaughtons in order to write West’s story. They grew as I moved closer to their own stories, but the gist of each man was there in the beginning. Patrick was always my straight brother. Second born and not quite Boyd, so he went in the opposite direction. I love the friction that simmers on the top for these two. When Boyd cuts his hand, I knew Patrick needed to be nearby. It’s interesting now because I know them all so well that when I’m writing, I catch myself saying, “No, that’s something Cade would say.” 

When I wrote about the Jeffries sisters (Vacancy, Playbook, Exposure), I started oldest and ended with the youngest, Meg. This time around I started with Westin, the youngest and then jumped to the oldest. That was fun. I am an only child, so I’m interested in siblings, birth order, etc. The ties come to me as I’m writing, again usually in a scene. 

In Stirred, Sage gets a call from her mother that her oldest sister, Hollis, has had a meltdown. Hollis retreats to the seaside town where they summered as children, and I knew I wanted Hollis, a corporate powerhouse, to find herself in her past. That past led to Matt and one of the hardest books I have written so far. 

I normally have a goal in mind with each book. Some writing challenge I want to take on. With Vacancy, I wanted to explore two people that didn’t work out the first time around and a heroine that wasn’t particularly likable. I cried with Hollis, wanted to smack her, and by the end of that process had taken a full journey. I always strive to do my characters justice. Hollis made me work for it.

What was the question? Oh, Smooth. Patrick is the responsible sibling. He’s also the charmer, the guy who can talk his way into and out of every situation. Aspen is sarcastic. It was fun being in her head, but she is also hardened by the realities of her upbringing. She has a fantastic grandmother she calls, Grand, and a tender mom who sees love very differently than her daughter. Aspen is self-made, which I loved writing. 

Smooth is the first time I’ve written a story about two people who are so alike. I enjoy opposites-attract, but with Smooth I wanted to see if I could write a story about two people tripping over similar issues on their way to one another.

I really appreciate that you (Tracy) writes about characters who have big goals, have achieved or are working towards their dreams, and are really complete as individuals. None of them are necessarily seeking a relationship, it's more like a welcome (or unwelcome) addition in their lives that makes things better. Is there a reason why you writes such accomplished characters and characters with big goals? 

First of all, thank you. The goal for me above everything else is to create dynamic people. I tend to write low or soft concept stories, meaning there’s not a lot of drama or intricate plot lines. So, if the people in those stories don’t connect with readers, it’s boring for them and a face plant for me. 

I write about people I want to be around. People who are engaged, passionate and finding their way towards something, be it acceptance or promotion. I write big school names because they always eluded me and I’m intrigued by that heady level. I write about women in less than ordinary jobs because that level of commitment provides built-in conflict once her heart gets involved. 

I don’t believe most men and women set out to find the loves of their lives, at least those are not the stories I know how to tell. I write what I call idle-Tuesday romance. Women and men committed to their growth, challenges, and aspirations who find themselves on any given day with a flicker of attraction or feelings they can’t ignore. Love grows on top of everything else already going on in their lives, and the push-pull of that is entertaining. At least I hope it is. ☺

Finally, I know large series tend to be ominous to jump into, especially after they've been out for some time. What is the difference between the A Love Story series and other series that are shorter in length.

The A Love Story series concept goes back to the first book Premiere. I felt like that one word was the perfect title. I didn’t want anything else, but with the curtain and the stage, I wasn’t sure it would be clear that it was a love story. I grappled with other titles and finally when my husband had had more than an earful, he said, “Why don’t you just put ‘a love story’ on the cover? Then people will know.”  I think that’s what is called an ah-ha moment. I loved the idea, and it has allowed for such freedom with my titles and covers. 

The books are technically clusters of related stories loosely strung together, and they all work as standalones. 

Premiere and Candidate - Three friends. Two fall in love and the third friend (Grady) falls for Kate outside the friend group.

Taste, Reserved, and Stirred - Grady’s sister (Kara) links to Logan in Taste. He owns a restaurant which then launches these three. Reserved, is Kenna (Logan’s sister) and Stirred is Sage, the restaurant’s bartender with Garrett, Logan’s oldest brother.

Vacancy, Playbook, and Exposure - The love stories for Sage’s three sisters (Hollis, Annabelle, and Meg).

Brew, Smooth (1/23/18) and Tap (6/2018) - Westin falls for Meg in Exposure. These three books are the love stories for his brothers. They own a brewery in northern CA.

After Tap, which is Cade and Sistine’s story, the series will move to Bodega Bay. 

To answer your question, the structure of the A Love Story series isn’t as restrictive as many long series can be because it’s not really a series, more of a thread. When readers pick up one of my books marked A Love Story, they know what they are getting. If I ever decided to write a different “type” of book, I would have to change that subtitle.

Anything you would like to share that maybe hasn't been shared before would be great. 

The first book after Tap will be about Sistine’s brother. He is briefly mentioned in Brew as a glass-blower who saves the day right before the Tap House opens. He lost his arm from the forearm down in an accident and dropped out of the family fishing business. That left Sistine’s younger sister to take over the fishing boat while their parents run the crab house. Female fishing boat captain? Yes, she definitely gets her own story. 

Great questions, Carlene. Thank you for your beautiful Book-a-Day posts. It has been so much fun revisiting these stories.

About the Author

Tracy Ewens is a recovered theater major and author of the A Love Story Series.

She shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona, where she walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime.


Find Tracy on Twitter at @tracy_ewens and on Pinterest at tracy_ewens. You can also stop by www.tracyewens.com to sign up for updates and news.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cover Reveal: Lake + Manning - Jessica Hawkins

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Lake + Manning
by Jessica Hawkins
Release Date: February 13th, 2018

Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for. A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal. A love story to stand the test of time.

But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .

Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed. Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don't know how to forgive. And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I'm afraid I'll never be able to fill.

Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

But I'll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

Lake + Manning is book four in the Something in the Way series, a love saga. Pre-order Now:

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A Book a Day with Tracy Ewens: Brew

Brew (A Love Story #9)
Published: September 19, 2017
Genre: Romance

If only life came with instructions.
Boyd McNaughton is working on balance. He is a father, a brewmaster, and the oldest brother of four. When he’s not running Foghorn Brewery with two of his brothers, his days are packed with carpools, teenage angst, and well-intentioned school moms determined to send him on the perfect blind date. After a simple argument ends with a visit to the emergency room, Boyd discovers the one thing he’s been neglecting—his life.

Ella Walters is working on connection. Having grown up in a less-than-affectionate family of overachievers, she moved to Petaluma for a slower pace and to escape her past. She has friends now instead of accolades, chooses chocolate croissants over super foods, and cherishes the peace that’s replaced the drama. Sure, she occasionally misses the buzz of the San Francisco General Hospital ER, but Ella is learning that navigating a fuller life can be just as exciting.

When Boyd’s son, Mason, seeks out Dr. Ella for “advice” and Boyd stumbles all over her newly healed heart, she finds herself longing for something she never knew existed. But families are messy, and they’ll both need to let go of the past if they want to find a future that’s more than by the book.

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Review
5 Stars
Dr. Ella Walters has embraced the small town life, the everybody-knows-everybody thing has grown on her, and she's even managed to slowly let go of her past and accept her single status. Boyd McNaughton is a ruggedly handsome man, Ella can't deny that, but beyond his looks the only charming thing about him is his son, Mason. Ella is working on connections though and Mason brings out the best in her and soon even Boyd can't deny that he wants to be her friend or maybe something more. Mason helps break down Ella's walls and when she embraces hugs she embraces Boyd too. They'll both have to let go of their idea of what's best for themselves in order to see that the best is right in front of them.

"It was one of his favorite brews. Her eyes were more of an oatmeal stout, deep brown with a hint of amber, kind of like last year's Golden Polish."

"That was a good year. Great beer. Great eyes. He allowed himself one more look."

I had no idea how much I needed a sweet romance read to fall into until I opened up the pages of Brew. It's a slow burn romance of the best kind, nothing stands in the way of the characters and their love story except for themselves. Alternating between Ella and Boyd's perspectives, we get to see the characters as they battle their pasts, their heads, and their hearts as they recognize that things between them are more than just lust-driven chemistry. I loved that Brew features a small town, that I know well actually, and the drama that drives the story is wholesome and true to reality. Ella and Boyd were dealing with things like broken hearts, raising teenagers, and navigating the bumpy roads of siblings, friendship, and how much monkey bread is considered too much. Brew is all about the relationships that shape you, whether they are good or bad and it's definitely emotional as the good finally wins out. It's obvious from the very beginning that Boyd and Ella are meant to be, that everything just needed to be sorted out with a bit of help from their very own cupid, Mason, and all the citizens of Petaluma.

"every time she said his name, it was like hearing a song he thought he knew but realizing the new version was better."

Tracy Ewens is a new-to-me author, but she's made a fan out of me with Brew. I could easily find happiness as Ella with a man like Boyd and his adorable son by my side. I'll be going back and reading the entire A Love Story standalone romance series. Fans of easy romance and emotional love stories will fall head over heels for Brew, just as I did. Plus, it features beer, and if you know me or have read my blog at all, you know I love my craft beer!


About the Author

Tracy Ewens is a recovered theater major and author of the A Love Story Series.

She shares a beautiful piece of desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona, where she walks her dog Jack, drinks copious amounts of tea, and reads well past her bedtime.


Find Tracy on Twitter at @tracy_ewens and on Pinterest at tracy_ewens. You can also stop by www.tracyewens.com to sign up for updates and news.


Cover Reveal Packet: The Thing About Love - Kim Karr

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The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn’t my cup of tea. I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 
9 - 5 hours. 
And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.) 
Tall, dark, and handsome doesn’t change the fact that he’s arrogant, cocky, and rude. Not that I care, but he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no. Turns out no isn’t an option. I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn’t have a choice. 
He looks at our situation like he’s stuck with me, but in reality I’m stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)
When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I’m in trouble. He isn’t supposed to make my heart pound. I’m not supposed to make him look twice. And we aren’t supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.) 
Falling for him is definitely a mistake. Here’s the thing… Jake is unavailable, and I know it. Just not in the way you might think. I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Vertical photo of young lovers kissing 
About the Author: 
Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing. Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim’s oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn’t need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented–a Kindle. Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart. Link with Kim! Website: http://www.authorkimkarr.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKimKarr Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkimkarr Instagram: https://instagram.com/authorkimkarr/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6644044.Kim_Karr Amazon: http://amzn.to/2k8QjDi Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1RzcHz3
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