Crack Open A Window

 

EXCERPT

From Barstow, we make our way to Flagstaff. I sit in the back seat next to Tyler, entertaining him with the toys I’ve brought along with me. Sometimes I catch Sawyer watching us in the rearview mirror. Sometimes he catches me watching him.

It’s a harmless game between us and I’m grateful for the distraction. I’ve never met any of Sawyer’s girlfriends before but I’ve seen pictures of them, or at least, one of them, a petite woman with a pixie haircut who Drew told me was a massage therapist and yoga instructor. I vaguely remember Drew saying that she was the reason Sawyer spent a lot of time in Sedona although that was a few years ago. The only thing I know about Sawyer’s love life so far these days is that he doesn’t wear a ring.

“You sure you don’t want me to take over driving?” I ask when I catch him looking at me again.

“Nah, I’m good. Take a nap if you want, Al. I got this,” he replies as I lean back in my seat. “You don’t mind country music, do you?”

So far, our playlist has included Phish and the Dave Matthews Band. No country music—yet. “I’d never have figured you for a country music fan, Sawyer.”

“I’m cycling through all the songs on my phone so I think country is next. I don’t think Tyler would appreciate heavy metal.”

I laugh, shaking my head. “I know I won’t, not with him in the car, but country’s fine.”

Sawyer grins. “Country it is then.”

By the time Kip Moore’s Bittersweet Company plays on the radio, Tyler is fast asleep. I prop one of the neck pillows I brought with me against the window and close my eyes. With nothing to look at but barren landscape and cars and trucks zipping past, I might as well join Tyler in his nap.

When I wake up, Tyler is wide awake and kicking happily on one of the stuffed animals by his feet. Sawyer looks at me through the rearview mirror before focusing his attention back on the road ahead.

“Are we there yet?” I stretch my neck, my body starting to get sore from all the sitting.

“Almost. About ten minutes.”

“Oh, good.” I look at Tyler who seems so content in his car seat before I realize why. He’s busy concentrating. “Uh-oh! I think Ty just went number two.”

“Eight minutes,” Sawyer says as he hits the gas. “You may need to crack open a window.”


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Getting Ready for the Weekend: New Releases and Sales

There are quite a few awesome deals going on this weekend and I want to share them with you. First up is Michelle Jo Quinn’s contemporary romance, When He Falls, which is 99¢ for a limited time on all retailers.

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I just snagged me Coming in Hot: Rescue Me, a sizzling hot medical romance box set which is currently 99¢ during release week. I definitely need more gorgeous doctors in my life, even the shifter kind!

You can grab this set of 16 books from the following retailers:

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And then there’s Hot Boy, a sizzling hot fireman in this rom-com by Cassie-Ann L. Miller which just launched this week at 99¢ or free in Kindle Unlimited:

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What are you reading this weekend?

Sunday Pick: Challenge Accepted by Amanda Abram

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WordPress just informed me that this month marks my five year anniversary since I started blogging. That’s when I moved my original blogs from another platform to WordPress and I haven’t looked back. I love the community that WordPress fosters and I enjoy discovering new bloggers every day. What’s even more fun is that if they happen to be writers, I get to learn about their stories and their books!

One author I just discovered is Amanda Abram. I added her latest release, Challenge Accepted, to my Kindle Unlimited library last night and this morning I started reading it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read YA but I love Amanda’s writing style. The story (at 28%, so far) is smart, tight, and well-written, reminding me of Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful, and basically, all John Hughes movies. It definitely is bringing out all the feels… and the smiles.

And when you find yourself yelling at your Kindle for something the hero does that’s just oh-so-irredeemable, you know you just got sucked right into a charming and witty story. So if you’re in the mood to read a smart YA enemies-to-lovers romance (wait, can you use lovers in YA?), then it’s high time to check out Challenge Accepted by Amanda Abrams.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
by Amanda Abram

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When the popular boy-next-door botches book nerd Emma’s chance at finding her perfect match, he’s going to help her find him

But what if they already are perfect for each other?

Emma Dawson thinks her neighbor, Logan Reynolds, is a callous jerk who thinks only of himself. He thinks she’s a stuck-up goody-two-shoes with no life.

But when Logan lies on the school’s Summer Fling Compatibility Test to get out of a casual dating situation, the program concludes that he and Emma are a perfect match.

To make it up to Emma for ruining her chances with the perfect guy, Logan decides to help her win the heart of her lifelong crush, his best friend, Matt.

But as the summer heats up, they’re suddenly faced with the biggest challenge of all—falling for each other.

EXCERPT

“I’ve been giving it a lot of thought since yesterday and I’ve come up with a few ideas.”

“Like what?”

“Like, for starters, we have got to do something about your wardrobe.”

I glanced down at myself. I was wearing a pair of flare jeans and a gray t-shirt that said, “BOOK NERD”, where every straight vertical line of each letter was the spine of a book. I thought it was clever. “What’s wrong with my wardrobe?”

“Honestly, nothing…if you weren’t trying to attract the attention of Matt Fisher. Which, by the way, is confusing to me. What about him makes you so hot and bothered? It can’t just be his good looks because I’m good-looking too and you hate me.”

Start reading Challenge Accepted by Amanda Abram

 

Falling for Jordan is LIVE!

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FALLING FOR JORDAN, the second book in a Different Kind of Love series that began with Dax and Harlow’s story in Everything She Ever Wanted, is officially live. I’m so grateful for all the people who have helped beta-read, edit, and proofread this book, and to the many ARC readers who had way sharper eyes than I did after I thought everything was said and done.

This is my seventh novel to date since I published my first book in 2014 and it’s a strange feeling. I’ve also published two novellas so the count, as far as published stories are concerned, is nine. Still, every book published is a special event and this one is just as special (although not as nerve-wracking) as the last one.

Anyway, I’ve received emails from some readers asking me what programs I use to make my videos like the one above and the lowdown happens on the next page.

Falling for Jordan #TeaserTuesday

The sidewalks aren’t crowded at this time of the morning and I like it. Piper probably thinks it’s one of our leisurely walks, although this time, there’s no elevator ride up to the High Line where I walk all the way to the end of the line and back. Sometimes I find an empty bench and read a book while she naps in her stroller or peruse the art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Jordan says, breaking the silence between us after we emerge from the subway, coming up the stairs with me carrying the baby carrier and him, the stroller.

“Yep, a beautiful day for a DNA test.” The words come out before I can stop them and he rewards me with an annoyed glare. I don’t know why I’m being snarky other than I’m nervous. “I’m sorry. This is all so new to me.”

“And you think that it isn’t for me?” His frown is replaced with a smile when Piper gurgles at him after I set the carrier back in the stroller.

“I’m sorry.”

“That’s alright. I understand we’re both stressed right now,” he says. “How long before we find out?”

“Three days. And from there, based on the results, either your life will change or it won’t.”

“Addy, my life changed when you told me that Piper’s mine. And honestly, I believe you,” he says. “I do have to tell my family.”

My heart skips a beat. I knew it! He has a family. A girlfriend and maybe kids. Just because he said he wasn’t married or isn’t wearing a ring didn’t mean he didn’t have kids.

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Loving Ashe Is Now on Audio! 😍🎧

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And just how cool is that???

This will be my FIRST audiobook ever that’s made from my books and I’m so thrilled that’s it’s finally available.

For someone who has over 225 audiobooks in her Audible account from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin to Godfather by Mario Puzo (narrated by Joe Mantegna) and last week (even though I’ve already listened to it when it first came out and back then you had to rent it), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (narrated by the one and only Jim Dale), I’m so thrilled that I get to add my own audiobook, Loving Ashe narrated by Tracy Marks, in my collection – and it’s a strangely wonderful and weird feeling.

I might even need to walk my dog again so I can listen to it.

So Hey! I’ve Got A New Book Coming Out!

Life is all about changes and for me, one of them came unexpectedly yesterday. My novella, In His Heart, trimmed from a 50K word novel to fit the requirements of a box set, is out of said box set and is now a free agent. Don’t ask, don’t tell as they say but it’s all good. Just don’t ask me to join another box set. Like, ever.

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What’s really cool is that I get to finally name the series that comprise Finding Sam and the upcoming novella, In His Heart, and what could be more perfect than California Love? No, it’s not on that banner thing because I was busy heating hotdogs for the little guy while trying to be creative #fail

Edited to add: I did get my act together and put the series name on there!

But it’s all about new beginnings and changes and that’s what this post is about. It’s not really a formal announcement or anything. More like the usual thinking-out-loud process I go through when undertaking something I didn’t plan at all while in the midst of writing another story due in September… well, until yesterday afternoon when the decision was made that I could leave the box set freely and finally this morning, when I got my cover all spiffed up and the ebook file ready to go.

If you’ve read Finding Sam, then you’ve read the teaser for In His Heart at the back of the book. If not, you can read the full prologue here.

Preorder links should be live in the next three days and for the introductory price of 99 cents, it’s an awesome deal! Oh, and it’s got some steamy bits… probably two.

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