Friday, February 14, 2014

Battle Cry Cover Reveal! With Melissa Snark #urbanfantasy #paranormal #coverreveal #romance

Happy Valentine's Day! 


Today we have a cover reveal! Melissa Snark is pulling the sheet off her cover for BATTLE CRY, book 3 of the Loki's Wolves series! So without further ado... Enjoy! 

~Mia 

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BATTLE CRY by Melissa Snark

A Victoria Storm novel
 #3 Loki's Wolves series

Genre:  Paranormal/urban fantasy

Coming in June 2014  * * *  Add to your Goodreads Shelf

"We meet Valkyrie Victoria Storm in the middle of a blood bath, and we did continue on from there. I must say Melissa Snark has all the makings of an awesome story teller."
Gloria Lakritz
Sr. Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild

"A definite must read for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy."
Lisa Lester
Fight For Your Write Blog


Just when you thought it couldn't get any better...



Blurb:

War with human hunters has devastated the werewolf pack of Sierra Pines. Only Valkyrie Victoria Storm and a handful of female wolves still live. With her mate dead, there is no one to protect her or her unborn child. An unwelcome attraction to a hunter complicates her life even further.  She reluctantly agrees to attend peace talks with Jake Barrett, the notorious Hunter King, a man who believes she murdered his son.

Hunter Sawyer Barrett has been trying to kill Victoria Storm for so long, he doesn't know whether he loves her or hates her.  Desperate to end the war he started, he's willing to take chances with everything but his heart, but he harbors a deadly secret he's determined to keep. 

When peace talks fail, Victoria does the only reasonable thing an angry Valkyrie can do: she kidnaps her worst enemy and makes her escape in a fire engine red convertible muscle car. All along an ancient evil plots the destruction of wolves and hunters alike.


THE CHILD THIEF (LOKI'S WOLVES #1) is free on Amazon and Goodreads


Author Bio:
Melissa Snark is a paranormal and romance author with a particular interest in werewolf and Norse mythology. Her Loki's Wolves series combines elements of both in a contemporary fantasy setting. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three children and glaring of cats.




Connect with Melissa
Email:  melissasnark at gmail dot com
Twitter: @MelissaSnark



 Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

An Interview With Renee Luke and Be Mine #eroticromance #Valentine

Today we have Renee Luke in the hot seat! She's a multi-published erotic romance author with lots of hot stories to share, but today she's telling us about her Valentine's Day release, Be Mine. She's also giving away a little something, so enjoy the interview and excerpt from this spicy short story, and stick around to enter! 

~Mia

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Interview questions for Renee Luke… 

Quick round:
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? Both… coffee in the morning. Tea the rest of the day.

Favorite Movie: This changes. I am still a sucker for the original Sound of Music, and I love Finding Nemo. And, all of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Favorite Color: Pink.

Favorite book/author: CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

How do you feel about bacon? I think it’s best left on the pig. I’m a lifelong vegetarian.


The REAL questions… 

Tell us about yourself.
In a microbiology class I took, we played a game called 3 truths and a lie. Mine were, I am a novelist. I breed UKC (United Kennel Club) APBT show quality dogs. I am 28. I have 5 kids. My lie? I’m 28, but I’ll never reveal my real age. I’ve been 28 for a few years now.

In addition to writing, I also love to garden. This past summer, my five year old son and I grew corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sugar peas, our own Halloween pumpkins, peppers, and an array of herbs. Most were eaten fresh, but we’re still pulling frozen veggies from the freezer.

Hmm, what else? Well, my first love is horses, and use to breed and endurance race Arabians. I’ve been living in the suburbs (horseless) for the last of couple of decades, but it is my biggest wish (aside from my children’s success, of course) to get back to a place where I can have Arabians again.

In my writing life, I have no discipline and write when I’m in the mood. That tends to be at night when I’d really like to be cuddled up with my man watching good TV shows, but for some reason, I just don’t get creative by the light of day. And I don’t even write vampires.

I do, however, write a few different genres and sub-genres. I even have a YA out under the name Nyomi Scott. I’m looking forward to doing more of those.

What’s under your bed?
Ha, what is under my bed? Let me check? Oh, ok, two Rubbermaid tubs of old pictures that I really need to have digitalized, and a bunch of shoes. My house lacks storage space and the closets are tiny. I’ve got to put them somewhere.

What comes first, plot or characters?
I guess a spark of an idea comes first. I have a little nugget of a plot, which is only a partial set bones, not even a full skeleton, and definitely lacks substance like organs, muscles, skin…. Once I have the little nugget of an idea for a plot, I need characters. The characters are what drives the plot into completion.

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
I’m mostly a hybrid plotter/pantser. In my novellas and novels, I do a quick outline/sketch. Just one sentence on a numbered page to indicate what should happen in that chapter. That’s it. And then I write. Sometimes the numbers get messed up because characters do things before I anticipated them to, and sometimes things I thought would happen never develop. So, it’s really a sketch and guide rather than structured plot sequence.

Oddest thing on your desk?
My husband’s random black dress sock. I couldn’t find it’s mate when I was putting them away, so tossed it on my desk until the other one turns up.

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?
I spin in my chair while I think.

What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
I love the erotic romance genre because it’s real and the characters in them are dealing with real life issues. But in erotic romance we always get a happily ever after.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
The promotion and marketing are the hardest part of being an author, to me. I just want to write, but just writing isn’t enough anymore if you want to have writing as a career. You have to be able to promote yourself and reach out to readers. While I love talking and sharing with readers, I am an author not a saleswoman. I’d love to be able to hand off the marketing and promotion entirely to someone else.

What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
The easiest thing about being an author is creating my own schedule. I can do what I want, when I want, and get to the writing when I feel like it. I really should take a look at my schedule and think of writing more as a job. Put my butt in the chair and work on a more consistence pace, but for now, I work/write when I’m inspired.

What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question? 
Hmmm…. I’m not sure this is my dream question, but it’s one I’m often asked; where have you been for the last 5 years? I was writing for several houses and happily moving forward on a steady clip with my career, and then? And then, I fell off the face of the writing world. So to answer where have I been, I’ll make a list. 1) I got a divorce 2) lost our house to divorce and a crumby market 3) I went back to school to be an RN or RT (Respiratory Therapist) 4) Spent years with my nose in anatomy and physiology books and writing papers on microbiology 5) got a new man 6) had a new baby 7) applied for RN and RT programs but haven’t been selected in the lovely lottery selection process 8) Decided to go back to what makes me happy and where my heart is 9) I’m writing again.

Tell us about your latest release!
BE MINE is an erotic Valentine’s Day romance short story. Adaya owns a flower shop and spent Valentine’s Day making flower arrangements for other women. She doesn’t have a date, but would rather soak in the tub and sip some wine anyway.

Braden goes to the flower shop to get a bouquet for his mama, and though he has a standing Valentine’s Day date with her, the owner of the shop catches his attention and can’t help how attracted to her he is.

He convinces her to give him a shot and tells her that after dinner with his mama, he can make her hotter and wetter than the tub, and be much more intoxicating than any bottle.

Blurb for Be Mine...
Adaya doesn't have a Valentine's Day date, and that's fine with her. She doesn't want one. She'd already worked all day and would rather spend the evening soaking in the tub and sipping some wine.

Braden has a date with another woman—his mother. But once dinner is done, he can’t get sexy and sassy Adaya off his mind.

But can he convince her that he’d be better at getting her hot and wet than the tub, and more intoxicating than any bottle?


Excerpt for Be Mine...
“Damn, she’s fine,” Braden Rice mumbled under his breath as he leaned his forehead of the glass, peering into the florist’s shop. He watched the woman through the glass amble away from the door. The locked door. He needed to draw her attention before she went behind the counter and disappeared out of sight, but he was mesmerized into a stupor watching her walk.

Black leggings clung to her body, showing off a round plump ass and long shapely legs, and she had a sway of her hips that was damn sexy. She wore gray and pink sneakers, but aw shit, that body in some stilettoes… “Damn.”

He shook his head, trying to rid the images invading his thoughts and making his brain swell. He shifted, making room in his boxers for his semi-aroused dick, and then reminded himself what the hell he was doing at there. Lifting a hand, he tapped his knuckles against the glass hard enough for the woman to hear.

She stopped and glanced back over her shoulder at him with an annoyed frown on her face. She turned slowly. And his throat went dry. She was as fine to look at from the front as the rear, with a pink Moore Flowers T-shirt clinging to every curve. The shadow of a flower tattoo peeked out beneath one sleeve. Smooth latte skin, lush lips, dark almond-shaped eyes, all clean of make-up.

“We’re closed,” she yelled. He could tell she was also over- accentuating her lips in an effort for him to read her words, too.

Braden watched her mouth. He knew what she’d said, but he’d have loved to see something else slipping from those delicious lips of hers.


Available on

Find Renee Luke on the Web! 




Contest
Renee would love to have a contest! Leave a comment with how you feel about Valentine's Day and you could be in the running to win some candy! 


Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rolynn Anderson's Lie Catchers And Interview #TWRP #AmazonFreebie #Contest

Today we're featuring fellow The Wild Rose Press author Rolynn Anderson with an interview and some info about LIE CATCHERS, her latest release! LIE CATCHERs is FREE Feb. 11-15, so head on over to Amazon to get your copy. She's also giving away two waterproof Rite In The Rain mini-notebooks (just like one used in her story.) Lots of free stuff going on! I hope you enjoy. 

~Mia

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Quick round for Rolynn Anderson...
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? Grande latte, extra hot non-fat with one pump of mocha.  Whipped cream on Sundays, only.
Favorite Movie: Shakespeare in Love
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite book/author:  Larry McMurtry
How do you feel about bacon? Everything tastes better with bacon



Tell us a little about yourself.  I am less than a speck of sand in relation to the universe, yet I yearn to make my mark, to show proof that I was here and what I was made a difference.  I taught high schoolers for thirty years; I’m publishing stories for the next thirty; I nurture relationships with young and old; I golf and garden with verve.  I am happiest when I have purpose. 

What’s under your bed? Critters I can’t see except with a microscope.  No chance I’ll buy the ‘scope.

What comes first, plot or characters? Plot

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process. I’m a happy pantser, surprised every day by the words bustling across the screen.  At polishing, editing stage, I’m a hybrid.

Oddest thing on your desk?  A tiny gold golf bag with pens shaped like golf clubs.  (I’m an inveterate golfer)

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?  I enjoy defying traditional rules of writing (which may not please my editors).  Labyrinthine sentences, missing subjects or objects, use of white space, unusual punctuation, and made-up words.

What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in? Suspense/romance allows us to double the tension…in the plot and in the relationship.  I’m twice as likely to create a page-turner, especially if the suspense and romance are cleverly intertwined.

What is the hardest thing about being an author? Placing my books in the hands of many readers.

What’s the easiest thing about being an author? Writing the first draft of a new story.

What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question? How old are you inside your head?  My answer: Although my knees failed me (I just got both knees completely replaced), I see the world as a forty-year old.  When I was young, I ‘thought’ older.  As I grow older, I ‘think’ young.  I don’t believe I’ll ever be more than forty years old in my head.

Tell us about your latest release!
Intrepid
My husband and I take summer cruises on our boat Intrepid. Our first adventure up the Inside Passage to Alaska revealed the charming town of Petersburg, Alaska, settled first by Tlingit and Haida tribes and later by Norwegians.  The unique setting inspired LIE CATCHERS.  What’s more, an unsolved 1932 crime peaked my interest.  Why not ‘solve’ that crime and add a recent homicide?

So….

A waterproof Rite in the Rain notebook, found in the back pocket of a dead man sets off the turmoil in this Alaska fishing town.  A Treasury agent from Fresno and a free-lance writer from Petersburg have their careers on the line if they can’t figure out the meaning of what’s in the notebook.

Find LIE CATCHERS on Amazon Free Feb 11-15!

Blurb:
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.

Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.

Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.

Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?

Links to buy: (LIE CATCHERS is FREE from Feb. 11-15!):

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Contest
Leave a comment and be entered in a contest for one of two waterproof Rite in the Rain mini-notebooks. It's just like the one found in the back pocket of a dead man floating in the waters of Puget Sound (from Lie Catchers, of course.) Rolynn would love to know what your mental age is vs. your present age (I feel 99 today but mentally I'm 24 I think. LOL) 

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Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Greg Messel's Fog City Strangler Blog Tour! #giveaway #mystery #suspense


Today we have author Greg Messel  on his blog tour! He's in the hot seat with an insightful interview, some fun info about his latest release, Fog City Strangler, and a tour-wide giveaway of three books and a $25 Amazon gift card. Enjoy! 

~Mia 

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Quick round for Greg Messel: 

Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? Diet Coke
Favorite Movie: “Vertigo” or “Casablanca”
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite book/author: Hard question but this week I’ll choose Michael Connelly
How do you feel about bacon? It’s one of the best things in life 



The REAL questions… 
 “Fog City Strangler” is my seventh book and I’m working on number eight. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now live in the ferry boat town of Edmonds, which is just north of downtown Seattle, with my longtime wife, Carol. I’ve worked in the newspaper business and worked in corporate world for many years before retiring and devoting myself full time to writing. 

What’s under your bed?
 Nothing I hope. When people are afraid they check under their beds. When’s the last time anyone found someone under their bed?

What comes first, plot or characters? 
It’s like the chicken or the egg. Generally it’s characters and the time in which they live that drive the plot. 

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
 Since I write mysteries, I have to figure out the mystery myself sometimes before i start writing. The outline is just a place to start and the book usually turns out very different from the original outline. 

Oddest thing on your desk? 
A psychedelic mouse pad from the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

What’s your most interesting writing quirk? 
I’m trying to eliminate as many quirkss as I can. I love chapter titles and for some reason I can’t stand to just put a number at the beginning of a chapter. 

What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
I love my characters and the setting of 1950s San Francisco. It’s fun to write mysteries and try to build suspense before everyone gets it figured out.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
It’s marketing the books and getting noticed in a very hectic world, with millions of books. 

What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
I do this because I love to write. I am serenely happy when I’m sitting at my desk undisturbed and writing.

What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question?
I feel like I’ve been asked darn near everything. What kind of animal I’d like to be or even what kind of plant. I’d like to be asked about some of my childhood memories of San Francisco in the bygone era of my past.

Tell us about your latest release!
The Fog City Strangler is preying on young blonde women in 1958 San Francisco. It so happens that our female protagonist is a beautiful young blonde. The Fog City Strangler talks his way into women’s apartments, murders them and then disappears without a trace. I use elements of the famed Boston Strangler and the Zodiac killer in San Francisco, in imagining the strangler. My private eyes, Sam and Amelia Slater are also hired to try to find a woman who took her dog for a walk on the beach and disappeared. I think it’s my best book. I hope others agree.


About the Book:

As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women.  The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of cloth from the victim’s dresses to the local newspapers.

Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, stewardess Amelia Ryan. Sam’s angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention--the wrong kind of attention.

Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.

As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying--hoping to stop their investigation.

Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series--Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets.

Purchase your copy:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

 

Discuss this book in our PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads by clicking HERE.


About the Author:
Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol.  Fog City Strangler is his seventh novel and is the fourth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.
Follow news about Messel’s writings and books at www.gregmessel.com.
Connect & Socialize with Greg!

TWITTER | FACEBOOK


Greg Messel is giving away a 3 book set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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  • This giveaway begins February 3 and ends on March 28.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Debra St. John and This Feels Like Home #TWRP #contemporaryromance #cowboys

Today we have The Wild Rose Press author Debra St. John and her latest release, This Feels Like Home (Corral series.) She brings with her a bull riding hero and a play-it-safe city girl! She's also giving away some swag at the end if you leave a comment, so stay tuned for details. 

~Mia 


Interview questions with Debra St. John… .

Quick round:
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? It all depends on my mood. Sometimes I like tea with a little bit of sugar. Sometimes I like tea with a little bit of honey and lemon. Sometimes I like coffee with a bit of Bailey's Irish Creme. When I'm out and about my indulgent drink of choice is Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Latte. Any of the above needs to be decaf. Caffeine gives me a major buzz and makes me feel sick...ugh.

Favorite Movie: Um, totally not fair question. You do realize how many movies are out there, right? Right now at this very moment, I have to go with the Despicable Me movies. My hubby and I watch the scene from Two with the Minion saying "Bee doh bee doh bee doh" as flashing lights revolve on his head over and over again. And every time we laugh like it's the first time seeing it.

Favorite Color: Purple - any shade. I have a bathroom upstairs painted a lovely lilac and two accent walls in my kitchen painted eggplant. My nail polish color of choice for February (since it's my birthday month and amethyst is the birthstone) is "Tomorrow Never Dies" purple from the OPI 007 Collection.

Favorite book/author: Seriously?! That's another totally not fair question.  There's no way in the world I can pick. So I guess I'll go with my favorite series romance of all time. Mariah by Sandra Canfield. It's a Harlequin Superromance from 1988. My copy is so worn the pages are falling out and the words are fading. 

How do you feel about bacon? Love it. But it has to be Oscar Meyer turkey bacon.



The REAL questions… 
Tell us a little about yourself.
I 'm a country girl. I'd love to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, but your nearest neighbor is miles away. However, I live in a suburb of Chicago, and because my family and friends are here and I could never leave them, I have to live vicariously through my characters. Most of my stories are set in small towns and/or have a bit of the country in them.

What’s under your bed?
Three plastic bins. One contains bathing suits and cover ups for the summer. One contains lingerie. And the other contains all of the clothes I made for my Cabbage Patch Kids when I was in high school.

What comes first, plot or characters?
I'd have to say usually the plot comes first, followed closely by one of the characters. The other character tends to take a bit more coaxing. Sometimes I know the hero best, sometimes the heroine. There's really no rhyme or reason to it.

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
If you would have asked me this a couple of years ago I would have answered with a firm pantser. These days however, I'd say I'm more of a hybrid. I've written notes for stories and have even *gasp* outlined major plot points.

Oddest thing on your desk?
A Boba Fett pen I got out of a box of Golden Grahams.

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?
I do most of my writing in the summer since I'm not working then. When I write, I tend to migrate. I'll sit on the front porch for a while, moving from the rocker to the chair to the bench. Then I'll move to the back patio. Then I'll move to the table by the pond. If I'm stuck or my laptop runs out of juice, then I know it's time to pick up, move to a new spot, and plug in again.

What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
Since I write contemporary romance, I can use real-life things in my stories. Several of my settings stemmed from places we've actually visited. Wild Wedding Weekend's setting is based on the cruise my hubby and I took on our honeymoon. My hero and heroine visit the same places we did. The Corral series (This Time for Always, This Can't Be Love, This Feels Like Home) is based on the bar where my hubby and I met. The setting for Love is the place we vacation with friends every year.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Finding the time in the midst of real life to write.

What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
Having a rational, logical perfectly normal reason for hearing voices in my head.

What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question? How does it feel to be a New York Times Bestselling Author? (Okay, that's more of a fantasy question, but a girl has to dream, right?)

Tell us about your latest release!

This Feels Like Home is the final full-length in my Corral series. My hero Jake is a bull rider...my favorite kind of cowboy. Jake was the guy always there for his friends, and who often helped them find their way down true love’s path but planned on steering clear of love for himself, so he could focus on his rodeo career. But of course, we all know it takes just the right woman to come along and change a hero’s mind, so I brought Amber into Jake’s life.


Blurb for This Feels Like Home (Corral series)...
Can a danger-addicted cowboy and a safety-conscious urbanite ever see eye-to-eye?

When Chicago native Amber Winfield visits her aunt in Texas,

she's happy to absorb some local color - but dating a bull rider? That's more cowboy than she's prepared to go. As an accessibility consultant, she knows too well the hazards of extreme sports. Just one night with Jake Hawkins, though, and she's captivated by the caring man underneath the cowboy swagger. But she could never fall for a man so intent on chasing danger...could she?

Jake's one goal - earn enough points to ride on the pro circuit - and he won't let anyone stand in his way. Especially not a sophisticated city lady who thinks bull riding is crazy. Women like Amber are the reason he's perfected the art of loving and leaving. So why can't he get her off of his mind...or out of his heart?


Excerpt for This Feels Like Home (Corral series)

(Just as a little background; in this scene Jake's friends try a little matchmaking during the bouquet and garter toss at a wedding.)

Shaking his head in disgust, Jake made his way onto the floor. Unfortunately, there weren’t many bodies to hide behind, and somehow he wound up in the middle of the front row. Why where there so few single men in the room?

Across the expanse of parquet, Zach glanced over his shoulder and caught Jake’s eye.

Jake shook his head. “Don’t you dare,” he warned, but it was too late. The beribboned missile sailed straight into his hands.

Ignoring the whoops and hollers, Jake sought out Amber. A small smile tilted the corners of her mouth, but when she caught him looking, she shrugged, her expression morphing into one he couldn’t interpret.

Jake shoved the garter into his pocket and walked off the floor, but not before shooting a glare in the general direction of the back of Zach’s head.

“Now it’s your turn,” Sharlie was saying to Amber.

A puzzled look crossed Amber’s face. “For what?”

“The bouquet toss of course.”

“Oh no, I couldn’t.” She turned beseeching eyes on Jake.

“Don’t look at me like that. You made me go out there.” He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. “I agree with Sharlie. Now it’s your turn.” Why did a ridiculous, romantic part of him he hadn’t known existed hope Amber caught the bouquet? It wasn’t like a silly superstition would magically make things work for them.

“No, really,” Amber protested. “I don’t—”

“Go on,” Sharlie said. “Jessica’s about to throw it.”

With a flounce of her head, Amber gave in. “Fine.” She stood in back of the bevy of women gathered on the floor.

“Everyone ready?” Jessica asked.

A chorus of yeses, which Amber did not join, answered.

Jessica turned her back to the eagerly waiting women. “Okay then. One, two, three.” But instead of throwing the bouquet, she pivoted on her heel and walked over and handed the flowers to Amber.

Amber’s mouth dropped open.

“That’s not fair,” muttered someone. “She didn’t even throw it.”

For one second, Amber’s wide gaze met Jake’s, before she looked away and hurried from the floor.

“Nice one, Jess,” Zach called from the sidelines.

Jake turned on him. “Was that your idea?”

Zach grinned. “Nope. I had no clue.” Without commenting further, he walked over to claim his bride for another dance.

Jake seriously considered killing him.



Buy links for This Feels Like Home


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