I'm getting some questions about a promo tweet I sent out two weeks ago. Of course my answers are causing giggles. So I decided to share a bit of an excerpt from the specific scene. Just to lay the background, Brooke has a thing for John Mayer's voice. Enjoy!
Hailey left shortly after. Brooke pivoted to him and shrugged. “I have no clue how she gets away with it, playing that cute little face on me when she wants something. Am I foolish?”
He flashed a grin and followed her out of the dugout. “Not at all. Hailey has a good head on her shoulders. She knows to take it easy and understands she’ll only hurt herself more if she doesn’t.”
Her sigh reached his ears. She turned to him again and stopped walking. “I know, but still, a mother will always worry.” She glanced around, but instead of following her gaze, he kept his on her. Hair matching the color of her daughter’s, the soft light behind her seemed to give it a glow, brightening the golden highlights sparkling over the tendrils. Azure eyes gave a startling contrast against the afternoon sunset. The color and uniqueness grabbed him by the balls and refused to let go.
“What are you doing tonight?” He didn’t realize the words came from his mouth until she turned to him, arching a brow. Why had he asked her that? He knew better than most that Brooke was not someone to mess with. Asking her out would only have her drawing back, especially after her past.
“Probably falling into the tub with John, a bottle of wine, and a good book. Why?”
His brows furrowed. “John?” Who the fuck was John? Moreover, when the hell did this happen? And why did the surge of jealousy in his gut feel more like rage?
Her expression danced with humor. “Yeah, John. As in John Mayer?”
He resisted the urge to roll his eyes. “Ah, got me there.”
She grinned and poked his stomach. “Was that jealousy I heard in your voice, Dwayne?”
“No.” Fuck yes.
“What, you want to be the only man for this town?” She laughed.
“No,” he grumbled. Actually, not for the town, just you. Always you.
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Sometimes things backfire. An author knows this best, as do many world leaders I’m sure. But today this saying took a whole new meaning on Twitter. EL James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, either decided herself, or her publicist decided (it’s not real clear) to do a Q&A session on Twitter. The basis of this was to ask her a question and she’d respond. Hashtag: #AskELJames
Few things to get clear here:
1. We live in a society where bad news is reported before good news. Bad news also sells. You can turn the channel on any news or weather station and see this. It’s human nature that we go looking for the biggest piece of something that will refuse to let us look away. Train wreck anyone? And today on Twitter, this was a prime example.
2. I’ve read the FSOG series. I wasn’t a true fan, could barely get through them, but pushed on. There are several reasons for this, but none of it had to do with the decisions or actions of these fictional characters (okay, that one scene had me gagging, but that’s different). It was the writing. Plain and simple. The writing turned me off. The concept behind the story was the only thing that kept me turning those pages.
3. That said, I will admit that in the beginning of the #AskELJames session, I laughed a few times. While a few tweets were snarky, they were also funny. However, that humor quickly took a turn for the worse and this Twitter session soon turned into a nightmare (let’s call it what it is). The bashing on an author, for whatever reason, got to be a bit much. So much so that I had to shut down Twitter. But of course, that human nature part of me reopened it again an hour later. And I tell you, it had just gotten worse.
Now, none of this is going to change people’s opinions of Ms. James. I’ve heard many of them, some of which are rumors, and some of which come from those who have experienced her actions first hand. This spans a big range of time going back to when she first attended a breakfast with her fans here in NY years ago. I tell you, the writing industry isn’t that big of a place. And word gets around very quickly. So authors behaving badly, or behaving great, or stating their opinion about something controversial, any of it, is going to get around the community quickly.
I’m super excited to bring you all the second book in my romantic suspense series, INTIMATE FEAR. Many met Dwayne, my hero in this story, in book one, INTIMATE DANGER, who is Charlie’s best friend. Dwayne is known for his quirky, yet professional ways, and as the town’s playboy, so I had so much fun bringing him to a level that knocked him on his ass! I hope you all like him, too, and please make sure to let me know your thoughts!
About Intimate Fear: Dwayne Gonzalez has always had a thing for the beautiful Brooke Mason, but she married another man, had his child, and started her life without him. Now, years and a divorce later, he’s still on the sidelines, yet in Brooke’s and her daughter, Hailey’s life, but not in the way he wants.
A drug investigation brings Dwayne on the front step of Brooke’s life. With his attention distracted, Hailey is kidnapped and engulfed in a human trafficking ring. Dwayne marches in and toes the line between the right side of the law, and in it, pursues his heart’s desire.
Giveaway & Contest: Want a chance to get your hands on Intimate Fear? I will be giving away three copies on Goodreads next week, so make sure to mark your calendars and keep watch.
I'm also running a contest with readers who take a picture of them next to her cover of Intimate Fear. This can be done through any ereader or computer shot. As long as you tag me in the picture once you post it, you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card, a HUGE bundle of autographed ARCs from various authors, AND receive a free book from any of my backlist!
I'm super excited to reveal my next cover for book 2 of the Empire Blue suspense series. This book is Dwayne's story, which many met in book 1, INTIMATE DANGER, as Charlie's best friend. It's due to release this Friday, 06/19/15, and I have many exciting things in store for it! So make sure to keep on the lookout for ways to win soon!
Without further adieu, I bring you INTIMATE FEAR. (Hint: Hit 'read more' for an excerpt!)