Blog Tour: Author L.A. Rose

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01 AM
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Excerpt from ADRIAN LESSONS:

“Christ,” Adrian finally mutters after a good half minute of staring at my body. He runs his hand through his hair.
I’m not saying my grand plan is to make him so worked up he’ll have to satisfy me. And then I can move on with my life.
I’m not saying that’s my plan, but if it were, I’d be an evil genius.
“You too,” I smirk, trailing my fingers down my bare waist. “That shirt looks expensive. Wouldn’t want to mess it up.”
Not taking his eyes from me, he pulls his shirt off, back over front in that casual way boys have. I gasp. Doves zoom overhead, sprinkling golden confetti. A chorus of angels sing. Okay, not all that actually happens, but it’s the first time I’ve seen him shirtless.
And that chest deserves some fanfare.
His torso is tan, lithe and strong, the hard contours of a six-pack-verging-on-eight-pack begging to be licked. Every ounce of him is sculpted, refined. Just looking at him floods my abdomen with tension. There’s a swirling tattoo on the left side of his ribs, but I’m too busy thinking about how I want to mount his torso on my mantelpiece like a serial killer to dwell on it.
My roommate looks between us, her eyes narrowed. “You two seem to be getting along much better today.”
If by ‘getting along’ she means ‘staring at each other with enough sexual tension to hoist the Titanic from the bottom of the sea’ then yes.
“Remember, guys,” she says. “Last time was more about the romance between the characters. Their first kiss. This is purely sexual.”
At the words ‘purely sexual’, a shiver grips my spine. I think Adrian might be similarly affected, because he hardens all over. And I mean all over.
“Come on, then,” I muster up the courage to say, fingering the lacy edge of my panties. “Inspire me.” 

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Author Interview - RC Matthews

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 12:01 AM
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Hello Everyone!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing R.C. Matthews author of Little White Lies as well as the Wish Come True series (Date Night, Fair Game, Begin Again, and The Mastermind).
Hi R.C. Matthews, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in the metro Detroit area and was raised by deaf parents along with three older sisters and a younger brother. After attending a liberal arts college and obtaining a degree in Accounting and German, I began my career as a public accountant. I’m still working full-time now as a public accountant and I write mostly on the weekends. I lived for four years in Germany and two years in Boston but most of my life has been spent in Michigan. I’m happily married to my second husband and I have two teenage boys of my own and a stepson.
What were you like at school?
I was a goody two shoes and straight A student my whole life. Most of my time was spent either studying or running cross country and track.
Were you good at English?
Yes. I loved my English classes. Writing was always a pleasure for me and grammar came easily to me.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambition is to write interesting, quality books that entertain readers and hopefully make them laugh. Romance should be sexy and fun and ALWAYS include a happily ever after.
So, what have you written?
My published books by R.C. Matthews include Little White Lies, Date Night, Fair Game, Begin Again, and The Mastermind. I recently placed in the top twenty short stories for a contest held by DigiWriting and my short story will be published in their “Romancing the Story Anthology”. I’ve also written a New Year’s Eve short story that I hope will be published in a box set by Crimson Romance. However, if it isn’t picked up by the publisher, I’ll probably self-publish it near the holiday. I’m currently writing an erotica book under the pen name K.M. Matthews entitled, Make Me Whole. It’s a lot darker than my contemporary romances but I’m having a lot of fun writing it. We’ll see how it turns out. Fingers crossed. I’m also currently writing a teen fantasy book, INFINITAS, under the pen name David N. Sebastian.  Wow.  It’s been a busy year. All of this and my debut novel was published March 24, 2014.

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Guest Post - Author Lauren Clark

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014 12:01 AM
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One of the favorite parts of my week is talking to my good friend, Mary, about books. It’s a favorite topic of ours—and we share the same passion for stories that make us laugh, make us cry, and make us think a little longer and harder about life. 

We compare notes about the books we’re reading (this week, The Silkworm…will Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin ever get together?), the audiobook we’re listening to (this week, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and our favorite books of the year (mine – Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes and Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, Mary’s – The Book Thief).

We’re always looking for the next greatest book, which made me think about what makes a novel particularly wonderful, gripping, or un-put-downable. 

It’s by no means comprehensive, but I came up with my own must-have list:

1. A character that I like, care about, or believe in
2. An big upheaval or challenge in that character’s life
3. Lovely writing with smart dialogue
4. A setting that transports me to a different place
5. An interesting story arc that keeps me turning pages
6. A romantic interest
7. A formidable antagonist
8. A few funny or tender moments to break the tension
9. Personal growth by the main character
10. A satisfying, but not necessarily perfect ending

All of the books I’ve mentioned above—and so many more—contain those qualities. It’s an intricate puzzle that a skilled author puts together over weeks, months, and sometimes, years. 

What are your favorite qualities in a really good book? What makes you finish the story and smile? I’d love it if you’d share your must-have list!

xx, Lauren 


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Summary:
Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.


BIO:

Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, including Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, and Stardust Summer. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Follow her on Twitter @Laurenclark_bks and check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.







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