I am having a major #fangirl moment today – the one and only Tessa Bailey (one of my favorite New Adult Contemporary Romance authors) is on a blog tour to promote her new release, Make Me, and THE BOOK BEACON was granted an interview!
Keep reading for more information about and an excerpt from Make Me!
Be sure to add the Broke and Beautiful Series to your TBR! Chase Me (Book 1) was one of my #MustRead #BeachBooks this Summer
- A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?
I would like the ability to pause time. I think all writers share the same gripe, which is we have a million story ideas, but not enough time to work. So that’s one. Two would be having a physical manifestation of my hero sit beside me in my office and answer my questions. And three would be a self-replenishing bottle of wine. Trust me, the wine is always writing related =)
- Share some resources that help you when you’re writing.
There are many! The usual suspects are Tumblr, Pinterest and Google for naughtiness. But a lot of inspiration comes from my friends and their dating lives. My single friend came over this weekend & let me stroll through her Tinder. It’s like a whole new world out there! Just changed in the last couple years, really, and since I write New Adult, it’s important for me to stay current. My friends and their crazy stories help a lot.
- What are your five favorite words?
Plethora, Joie de Vivre, Kerfuffle, Supercilious, Erection
- Give an example of a paragraph of your work before and after editing.
If something isn’t working, I usually just delete the whole thing and start from scratch! So it would be completely different. Or it would be deleted. When I’m writing, I don’t stop to check for mistakes, so sometimes it’s just a matter of making it coherent.
- Describe yourself, your favorite character and your book, each in 5 words or less.
Myself: Caffeinated, motivated, nervous, giggling, people-pleaser.
Favorite Character (of the moment) Russell Hart from MAKE ME: Brash, loyal, protective, driven, dominant.
- Share 10 people on Twitter you’d recommend following and why.
Here are some authors I enjoy on Twitter – you should follow them because they are either funny, have interesting opinions or write great books! Sarah MacLean, Victoria Dahl, Nalini Singh, Sophie Jordan, Brighton Walsh and Megan Erickson. Some of my favorite bloggers/reviewers/book lovers are: Jennifer Porter who tweets spurt counts and Eagle who writes hysterical reviews. In terms of comedians, comedic actors/actresses, I love Anna Kendrick, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Ian Black and Amy Schumer =)
- Describe (in words or photos) your favorite reading space.
I like reading in bed. Before anyone else is awake, I like curling up into my pillow and feeling like I’m the only one reading that particular sentence at the moment, in the entire world.
- Who is your favorite literary character of all-time?
I think I most relate to (and love) MacKayla Lane of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. Her transition throughout the books was so dramatic and we saw every step of it. She went from naïve to a complete badass. She was strong and never relied on anyone to fight her battles. Also never lost her sense of humor.
- 3 Books you’d bring with you to a deserted island.
They would all by Julie Garwood books because she is my ultimate comfort read and I would more definitely be in need of comforting if I was along on an island. The Secret, The Bride and Lion’s Lady, I think!
- What book are you reading? How did you choose it?
I’m not reading anything currently, because I’m on a deadline, but I have Never Loved by Charlotte Stein up next on my TBR. I love her books – they’re lovely pieces of art and I devour them. You can’t go wrong!
Up for Grabs: A $25 gift card to e-book retailer of winner’s choice!
About Make Me:
In the final Broke and Beautiful novel from bestselling author Tessa Bailey, a blue collar construction worker and a quiet uptown girl are about to discover that the friendzone can sometimes be excellent foreplay.
Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.
With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?
As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.
Before I begin this review of Make Me, I should confess that Tessa Bailey is one of my favorites. Her contemporary romances are equal parts funny and steamy, and if you are a fan of the dirty talk, look no further. The Broke and Beautiful Series follows three roommates in NYC. It’s like if Sex in the City was set in 2015 and on available on Showtime. I mean that as a compliment, truly.
Read Chase Me to learn how they come together. Read Need Me to learn how they become close. Then read Make Me to learn how it all comes together. I promise you will be glad you did.
While you are enjoying the first two books, you will find yourself longing for the day that Russell and Abby finally get together. I was half in love with Russell long before this book appeared on my Kindle. They are both trenched deep, deep in the Friend Zone after their best friends couple up. And, it seems as if Mrs. Bailey saved the best for last… their romance ebbs and flows through friendship, flirting, sleepy confusion and misunderstandings… even a bit of sabotage in the mix. My favorite thing about this couple is the seemingly opposite backgrounds. Abby is a wealthy independent woman stuck in a family business and Russell is blue collar construction worker with ambitions of his own. Both bring some pride to the table, and it is a real treat to watch their interactions evolve from platonic nights out with friends to stolen moments to straight up private time.
Like the readers who love them, their friends in the books see this romance coming a mile away and rejoice when things progress. But with this couple, there is a bit of a two steps forward, one step back – personal hang ups, family matters and third parties keep them from keeping the momentum going. It is difficult for stubborn, proud personalities to show any vulnerability; and both Russell and Abby need to knock down some walls before they can let each other in… but when they do… Watch. Out.
If you are anything like me, or other Bailey Babes (Holla, ladies!!), once you read and enjoy one Tessa Bailey book, you will go looking for more… I highly recommend the Crossing the Line series, the Line of Duty series and two of my personal favorites: Off Base and Baiting the Maid of Honor. If I’m being honest, I have re-read many of her books because I knew they would do what many other books cannot – entertain, excite and satisfy.
Day one hundred and forty-two of being friend-zoned. Send rations.
Russell Hart stifled a groan when Abby twisted on his lap to call out a drink order to the passing waiter, adding a smile that would no doubt earn her a martini on the house. Every time their six person “super group” hung out, which was starting to become a nightly affair, Russell advanced into a newer, more vicious circle of hell. Tonight, however, he was pretty sure he’d meet the devil himself.
They were at the Longshoreman, celebrating the Fourth of July, which presented more than one precious little clusterfuck. One, the holiday meant the bar was packed full of tipsy Manhattanites, creating a shortage of chairs, hence Abby parking herself right on top of his dick. Two, it put the usually conservative Abby in ass-hugging shorts and one of those tops that tied at the back of her neck. Six months ago, he would have called it a shirt, but his two best friends had fallen down the relationship rabbit hole, putting him in the vicinity of excessive chick talk. So, now it was a halter-top. What he wouldn’t give to erase that knowledge. Continue reading