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Mid-Week Tease – FAITH from Girl Code – #MWTease #GirlCode

MWTease151Four weeks in a row! 🙂 Yep, I’m back again for another round of Sandra Bunino’s Mid-Week Tease. You know-the feature where us authors get an opportunity to post a snippet of a work-in-progress (aka WIPs), a new release or a back title. It’s an amazing way to get a peek at different authors and see what’s up with some of your favorites!

For the last three weeks, I’ve let you get a sneak peek into three of the four stories in Girl Code by DC Stone, Lea Bronsen and myself. This week I’m letting you have a glimpse into the last story in Girl Code – FAITH by Cait Jarrod. The four of us are very eager to share these stories with you. Hope you enjoy!

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Setup: the first time Selena and Cullen talked since the night before she went into the Air Force.

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Rescuing Cade

Today, I have the lovely and ever talented Elodie Parkes visiting with her latest Evernight Publishing release – Rescuing Cade. Welcome back, Elodie! Always a pleasure having you here.

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Blurb

Cade’s trying to get over a broken heart when his friend Jack takes him off to a nightclub, named only, The Club. Although at first Cade is shocked by the place he meets Marissa. It’s not long before he and Marissa get together, but under the pressure of expectations from, The Club, and Marissa’s fear of commitment, they’re both running in opposite directions.

Gorgeous Cade has touched Marissa’s heart in ways she doesn’t want to admit.

Lovely Marissa has lifted Cade’s sadness and opened his heart to love again.

The trouble is — someone has to give a little. Who’s it going to be?

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Evernight Publishing’s Book Boyfriend Blog Hop – Meet Firefighter Matt Riley of In Flames

 

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The Book Boyfriend Blog Hop is back and better than ever!

 

The authors of Evernight have a brand new team of swoon-worthy book boyfriend candidates. A sexy assortment of cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, firefighters and shifters are just a click away.

 

Get ready to find your next book boyfriend…

 

Book boyfriends come in all forms, quite literally, that’s the great thing about reading romance. But the ones that seem to get my heart racing and juices flowing the most are the ones that seem the most real to me… with a past, with emotion, with heart! No true hero is perfect! That’s why we love him! Perfection is overrated!

Last year, Matt Riley from my book, In Flames, arrived right around the time of Evernight’s first Book Boyfriend Blog Hop. In fact, he arrived on April 25, 2013 (so it’s also kind of my publishversary for In Flames)! Matt had been on the scene of the fire when his brother was killed on the job. Not being able to save his brother plagued him for quite some time. He and his sister-in-law, Gracelyn, leaned on each other to get through the loss and a love formed between the two of them… a love that marred him with guilt, but a love that he desperately wanted to give in to. Read Matt’s struggle in In Flames to find out exactly how Matt got to his happy ending! 😉

You can find Matt and Gracelyn’s story here:  Evernight  Amazon  ARe Bookstrand

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Aside from being a strong and sexy firefighterMatt’s also a guy with a lot of emotion and a very big heart!

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What makes Matt a great book boyfriend? I could tell you what I think makes him a great book boyfriend. Or we can ask him some questions and you can see for yourself.

My front door creaks open! Damn! I need to get my husband to WD-40 that thing!

Look at that! Speak of the devil! Here he comes, swaggering into my living room in a pair of jeans slung low on his hips and a nicely fitted red t-shirt that hugs his chest in ways that make a girl go weak in the knees. He’s got a little scruff along his jaw line and I must admit, it looks good!

 

Jessica:                Hey Matt!

Matt:                     Jess! It’s been awhile. Do you need me to fix that squeaky door for you?

Jessica:                Nah! But thanks for offering. The hubby likes projects! *winks* Come on over and have a seat! *waves him over to the couch*

Matt:                     Can I give you a hug before I take that seat?

Jessica:                Of course! *smiles big*

He gives me a big squeeze and I enjoy the feel of his strong arms and his woodsy scent…for crying out loud, he’s dreamy! Pulling back, his mouth quirks up on one side as if he knows exactly what I’m thinking. He takes a seat on my new shale colored sectional couch.

Matt:                     Wow! This couch is comfy.

He bounces around on it like a kid and I can’t help but laugh.

Jessica:                Thanks! Just bought it a few weeks ago. We love it. Needed something comfortable but sturdy with the kids.

Matt:                     I’m going to have to talk to Gracey. We’re in need of a new couch and I really like this. It’s firm where it needs to be but soft and comfortable all the same. Kind of like a good woman. *he winks*

Jessica :                *blushing a little at his statement* Speaking of Gracey, how is she?

Matt:                     She’s fantastic, as usual.

His golden eyes get that glassy look of someone thinking of about the person they are head over heels in love with.

Jessica:                *clears throat*

Matt:                    Sorry. Got lost when you asked about Gracey. We had a great morning.

He gives a naughty smile and I sigh. Lucky girl!

Matt:                     Anyway, she’s busy at work at the court house and Josh and Jenna are both in spring soccer, so we’re both hopping after school and on Saturday mornings with practice and games. Plus, Brian kicked some serious ass in football last fall and has already started the spring training for next season.

Jessica:                So lots of family activities?

Matt:                     Absolutely.

Jessica:                I know your son, Brian, took things a little hard initially. Has he adjusted to things?

Matt:                     He held out hope for several years that his mom and I would get back together. I think a lot of kids of divorce do that, especially if they’re young when it happens. But he’s known Gracelyn his entire life and he already loved her. He’s come around.

Jessica:                 Good to hear. Kids are so resilient. And Josh and Jenna? How are they doing with you as a father figure instead of just Uncle Matt?

Matt:                     It was a little easier adjustment for them because I’ve been around regularly since Chad’s passing.

His voice cracks and he dips his head. Pinching the bridge of his nose, he inhales deeply and looks at me.

Matt:                     I’m sorry. I still sometimes get choked up when I talk about Chad. I’ve come a long way since that day, but it still hurts. I miss my brother every day. I’m trying to help Gracey raise his kids in the best possible way, so they know how much their father loved them. Some day, I hope it all makes sense to them.

Jessica:                 *a little misty-eyed* You never have to apologize to me.

Matt:                     Thanks *smiles softly*

Jessica:                 So are you and Gracey still in the “honeymoon” phase?

Matt:                     I’d like to hope that we’ll always be in the “honeymoon” phase.

Jessica:                 That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?

Matt:                     Definitely. But yes, we’re still in the “can’t keep our hands off each other” stage. And I love it. I love being around her, being with her.

Jessica:                 You know this conversation is about what makes you a great book boyfriend, so we’re going to have to get into some of the nitty-gritty of what makes you tick.

Matt:                     *laughs* Like what? My favorite position during sex?

Jessica:                 That sounds like a great place to start. So, what is it?

Matt:                     *laughs* In all honesty, I do love all positions. I love sex! What can I say? But my favorite position is one where I can look into Gracelyn’s eyes when we’re making love. I love watching her come apart all around. That gets me off more than the act itself sometimes. Doesn’t necessarily have to be missionary though there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll admit, there are times when doggie-style is what you need. Oh, she’s going to kill me when she sees this. *laughs*

Jessica:                 What do you find most physically attractive about a woman?

Matt:                     Eyes and smile, first. You can tell a lot about a person by the expressiveness in their eyes and the depth of their smile. Women particularly. I’ve loved Gracey’s blue eyes from the moment I met her, back when she was dating Chad. I told him the first time he introduced her to me that he’d better hang on to her and it had a lot to do with the warmth in her eyes and her genuine smile.

Jessica:                 Awwww! You’re such a sweetheart!

He smiles at me.

Jessica:                 And once you get past the face?

Matt:                     I’m an ass man. *grins* Don’t get me wrong, I don’t shy away from a woman’s breasts, but I love watching Gracelyn walk around in a tight pair of jeans that hug her backside. God! Or sometimes at night, she’ll wear these little panties and one of my t-shirts. I love curves on a woman. Women aren’t supposed to be skin and bones. Gracey’s got this muscular, curvy body that I just can’t keep my hands off. I can run my hand over the curve of her low back to the rise of her ass and be hard in an instance. Shit! Can we change the subject? I’m getting myself worked up over here.

Jessica:                 *chuckles* Okay! But all the ladies out there like the idea of working you up.

Matt:                     Only one lady I’m worried about, Jess, besides you, of course! *winks*

Jessica:                 Since you’re sweet talking me, I’ll move on. *smiles* Your job as a firefighter is physically challenging. How do you stay in shape for it?

Matt:                     I run about ten to fifteen miles per week and I hit the gym at the station house pretty hard. Plus, we have regular training.

Jessica:                 Will you show us a little bit of your washboard abs?

Matt:                     Are you trying to get me in trouble?

Jessica:                 I’ve already spoken to Gracey and she’s okayed every question thus far, including this one. She knows you’re hers, so she doesn’t mind showing you off.

He stands up on my plush honey colored rug, his dark brown work boots contrast nicely. His cheeks flush a little as if he’s embarrassed.

Jessica:                Are you embarrassed, Matt?

Matt:                   Maybe a little.

Jessica:                Let’s go in the backyard and make this like a nature shot. A shirtless shot of you in my living room isn’t as sexy as a rugged outdoor shot.

We both start laughing.

Matt:                  Seriously?

Jessica:               Yes!  I mean you did pose for the 2014 Northeast Ohio Firemen’s Calendar. This should be a walk in the park. You do want to win best book boyfriend, right?

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Matt:                  Of course, I do! *winks*

We walk out my back door and into my backyard, which is shrouded by a woody preserve. He lifts his shirt. Good God! He is ripped and sexy as fuck! Gracelyn is a lucky lady! I snap a picture with my phone.

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After I snap the picture, he puts his shirt back down and walks over to hug me.

Matt:                *looking at his photo on my phone* Do you think that picture will win it for me?

Jessica:              It should definitely put you in the running, Matty. Thanks so much!

We walk back into my house. I pour us each a glass of iced tea and we chill out for a bit talking about life and such. Matt Riley, he really is one fucking cool guy!

 

What’s up for grabs?

  • One lucky hopper will win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate sponsored by Evernight Publishing.
  • Plus, each author is giving away their own unique prize! So visit each blog hop stop for a host of fabulous prizes to win
  • I’m giving away a free ecopy of In Flames and a ten dollar ($10) gift card to Evernight Publishing (combined for one winner)
  • How to enter? Answer this question in the comments below…

    Aside from good looks (which we all can agree is important for a book boyfriend), what is the one quality that your book boyfriend must have?

     

    Be sure to leave the answer and your email address to be eligible to win a prize. Each comment gives you an entry for the grand prize (one per blog hop stop).

     

    Keep hopping to the next author or blogger. After you’ve met each hero click here to vote for your favorite book boyfriend. You’ll earn an extra grand prize entry!

     

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Enjoying the “Extreme Heat”

Oooooo! You have to check out this cover! I freaking love it! LOVE IT! Let’s all give a great big welcome to Jewel Quinlan. She visiting the Spicy Butterfly Garden with her latest Evernight Publishing release, Extreme Heat. I’m dying to read to read it. Just bumped it up on my TBR list! Thanks for coming by and sharing, Jewel.

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Blurb:

When photographer Chloe Gaige gets assigned to cover the Pro Kiteboarding finals in Morocco she never expects to run into her childhood crush. Back then, their age difference is what caused her to pull away. Would he resent her for how she treated him back then?

Fully grown, pro kiteboarder Kai Shephard is a tough competitor used to going after what he wants…and getting it. When he catches sight of Chloe in the crowd with her camera, nothing can stop him from trying to be with her again. Except Chloe, that is. Would she see him for the man he is now?

Buy Links:

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Excerpt:

“I’m glad you’re here, Chloe.”

“You are?”

He turned his head toward her and looked into her eyes, his hands pressed into her back, drawing her closer. “Because I’ve thought of that night hundreds of times.” His words were loaded with meaning.

Chloe skimmed her eyes over his handsome face. He was positively smoldering with emotion. She swallowed hard. This was the moment, the one she would never forget. Her eyes locked on his and her mind churned over the different signals and sensations her body was picking up.

“Have you?” he whispered.

They were so close. His lips were right there, and he could kiss her any second. His deep, dark eyes were drawing her in.

She nodded.

He lay still, waiting, but she said nothing more. “You have to give me more than that,” he said. “I still don’t know what happened. I thought you liked it when I kissed you.”

Anxiety filled her. It was time to come clean. What would he think of her reasons? How would he see her after she admitted what a weak person she was? “I did,” she said blurted. “It was just….”

His clasp on her back remained firm and he turned his body to face hers so their fronts were pressed together. “Just what?”

Chloe could feel her face filling with the heat of embarrassment. Did he really want to talk about it? “It was just…school and my friends and….” She stopped and buried her face in his chest, not wanting to say anything more. He smelled so good. The warm scent of athletic male and ocean breeze.

He grasped her chin with his hand and lifted her face. “What else?”

Looked like she wasn’t going to be able to get out of explaining. He had that earnest look in his eyes again, the one she remembered from long ago.

“I need to know,” he said.

She couldn’t deny him. “Our age difference,” she said with a wince.

“Seriously?” His breath whooshed out with his surprise. “I mean, I know you’ve made comments about it before, but that was the reason you wouldn’t talk to me anymore?”

“Yes. No. Sort of,” she said in a rush. “Couldn’t you see how strange it would have been?”

“No.”

She sighed. “Of course not. You are such a male. If you were a teenage girl you would understand.”

“What is there to understand?”

She pulled away from him and lay on her back once again. “All the pressure,” she said. “To fit in, to be cool, to be part of the group.”

“And you and me would have been a problem?” he asked, sounding hurt.

The tone in his voice caused her long-held guilt to well up. “Not a problem, exactly. Just…not usual. I don’t think the guys in the senior class we always hung out with would have accepted you even if some of my friends had,” she explained. “Come on, Kai. I’m sure you remember what it was like being a teenager.”

He ran a hand through his hair and stared up at the stars. “I do but what I don’t remember is ever having problems fitting in.” After a moment he gave a great exhale. “Okay, sure. I guess I can understand. Not that I’ve ever lived my life caring about that stuff, but…I get it. I don’t like it, but I get it.” Using the arm still cushioning her head and shoulders, he turned her to face him again. “But you did like me then?” he asked.

She nodded.

He smiled. “And what about now?”

She felt shy and squirmy under his gaze but admitted with hesitation, “Yes.”

He beamed at her response. “And does our age difference still bother you? I’m twenty-one and you’re twenty-three. We’re always going to be a couple of years apart.”

She looked away from him feeling very shy and hating it. He still liked her? Was it possible after she’d rejected him? A small thrill shot through her stomach. “No. Why should it bother me?” she said, with a small shrug. Chloe was sure she looked braver than she felt.

“Because I want to be with you, Chloe. I want what was lost to us before.” He searched her face with his eyes and then added in a low voice, “And because I’m going to kiss you.”

 

About Jewel:

From a young age, Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny.

 

Where to find Jewel:

For more information about books by Jewel Quinlan visit her website and blog or you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

On The Run With “The Wolf on the Run”

Today, I welcome Jorja Lovett to the Spicy Butterfly Garden. She has allowed me to pick her brain regarding her latest release from Total-E-Bound, The Wolf on the Run, book 2 in The Wild Irish Wolves series, as well as sharing a little bit about herself and her writing. Welcome Jorja! 🙂

Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

The Wolf on the Run is the second book in my paranormal romance series, The Wild Irish Wolves.

Alpha Rory is determined to protect his pack, including feisty Naomi. How can he get close when she’s intent on facing her demons alone?

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This is a gorgeous cover. I love it!

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

I was on a road trip through Southern Ireland when I had the idea for my wolf pack. The rolling hills were perfect inspiration for the Olcan Hills shifter community to roam. Rory was an integral part of the first book and I really thought he deserved to have his own story told. (And I wanted to get him naked!)

I have the same “relationship” with some of my characters. I think one of the best parts of being an erotic romance writer is all the men we can get naked and not really get in trouble with our husbands! 😉

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

The strip scene! As the local policeman and Alpha of his pack, Rory is such a serious character. I wanted him to have fun. So, when Caleb volunteered their services during a hen night at the local pub it was a good excuse to indulge. (See previous answer)

Sounds exciting. Can’t wait to read it!

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

There’s a scene in the book where Naomi and Mia have a run in with a particularly nasty assistant in a bridal shop. It’s based on my experience when I was shopping for my wedding dress, and payback for the woman who told me I’d have to cut out the cookies if I wanted to look good.

Seriously?! Some people have nerve! But it sounds like you got your revenge in the story! 🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

I like my titles to give a clear indication to the reader what the book is about. Although, this book started off with the title, ‘Hidden in the Pack’ lol

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?  The worst?

When I was going through one of my ‘I’m useless’ phases, another author told me if I could give up writing I should. Of course, the characters and stories wouldn’t let me, so I shut up and started writing.

The worst piece of advice probably came from my husband. He’s forever providing random ‘ideas’ that I wouldn’t go near with a ten foot pole. I’m beginning to wonder if he had anything to do with this recent trend for dinosaur erotica…

What is the deal with dinosaur erotica? It’s been mentioned like four times this week and I’m pretty sure I’m missing something…

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and publishers who didn’t live up to my expectations. Getting that first contract with Total-E-Bound for The Wolf on the Hill was a turnaround for me. I finally began to believe in myself when I signed with them. It helped that I made Are’s Bestseller list with that book too.

 What book (or books) are you reading now?

C.A Szarek’s Collision Force.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

I used to enjoy painting. I sold a few watercolours to local craft shops and even worked as a figurine painter in a factory for a while.

Three words that best describe you: Honest, quirky, dreamer.

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number? 5. There’s no rhyme or reason to this…it just is.

Favorite Food? Chocolate. It’s a food group, right?

God, I hope so! 😉

Favorite Song? Extreme – More than Words. I was with my first boyfriend when this came out and the perfect age to swoon at Nino’s good looks.

Favorite Movie? 10 Things I Hate About You. I love the humour combined with the romance and the soundtrack is pretty awesome too.

Favorite place on Earth? My bed lol I write there, sleep there, and make sexy times with my hubby there. Where else would I rather be? 😀

Favorite memory? We once did a tour of Scotland and England with our kids, and our guinea pigs! We got some strange looks from the hotel owners every time we carried our piggies in. More so from the people in the park we took them to for the day.

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Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book? 

Excerpt:

Naomi came after Rory, pitting her stealthy grace against his sheer power. In his peripheral vision, he could see the wisps of her breath spiralling into the cold air as she forged ahead, determined to catch him. Rory snorted, sending his own white breath curling up into the atmosphere.

He led her over the hills, their claws making short work of carving up the cold, hard terrain. Naomi never lost ground. Even when he made a turn towards the woods on the boundary, she kept pace.

The chase awakened something deep inside him—that animal freedom with no responsibilities except the survival of himself and his pack. The spiky silhouettes of barren trees lined his path, like broad strokes of a black marker pen scratched against the silver sky.

He dodged in and out, never slowing, with Naomi always in pursuit. Occasionally, a pair of woodland eyes blinked at him from the darkness—a rabbit, a fox, observing their bizarre courtship.

Rory had no doubt the exhilaration of their illicit run would end in wild sex between him and Naomi. It was like a very enthusiastic bout of foreplay without actual touching.

They crunched through the leaf-littered forest floor until he tired of being the hunted. He looped back the way they came and stopped in a clearing. In all aspects of life he preferred to be the one doing the chasing, but at this moment in time he wanted nothing more than to be caught.

He shifted back into his naked, horny self. Naomi came to a skidding halt seconds later, scooting a bundle of leaves over his bare feet. “You can run, wolf lady, I’ll give you that. Now can we go back to bed?”

She shifted back to stand beautifully naked before him. “Not until you say it.”

“Say what?” He was hard as hell and ready for round two.

“That I’m as good as you.” She gave him a flirty smile. One which said she was looking forward to the future rather than staring back at the past. The run had obviously done wonders for her too.

“That was probably a fluke. I don’t think you could keep up with me on a normal day. You know, one where you haven’t seduced me on top of a car boot and made me carry you home first.” The play fighting wasn’t limited to their animal personas. Not when it proved such a turn on. Human or wolf, the scent of Naomi’s arousal would always draw him to her.

“I didn’t hear you complaining at the time. But, if you’re tired, just say and we’ll call it a night.” She shrugged her shoulders, making her boobs jiggle enough to bring his erection to full strength once more.

He stepped forward and brushed her wild hair from her face. “I’ll never be too tired for you, Naomi. I’ll race you back. This time the winner stays on top.”

She grinned, eyes twinkling as bright as the stars. “You’re on.”

This was one race he intended to lose.

Available from Total-E-Bound 4th October

On general release from 1st November

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About Jorja Lovett:

Jorja Lovett is a British author with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry sense of humour. Writing since she was old enough to wield a pen, it wasn’t until she joined her crit group, UCW, that she pursued her passion seriously.

Now, with Joe Manganiello as her permanent muse, if she can leave the pause button on her Magic Mike dvd long enough, she hopes to spend the rest of her days writing steamy romances.

 

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