Interview with Author Christina Benjamin

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1.    A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?

To have my books translated into every language. To have them available in audio and braille. To have billions of children read my books world-wide and find joy, hope and inspiration in the pages.

 

2.   Share some resources that help you when you’re writing.

I don’t really use any resources other than spell check. I rely on my tons of notebooks and the notes section of my phone where I’m always jotting down ideas.

 

3.   What are your five favorite words?

No = Because it always motivates me to try harder.

Believe = It’s become a slogan of mine because I do believe anything is possible. I love the word even more because my readers named their fan group the “BeliEVAs.”

Epic = It’s something that means giant to most people, but to me it reminds me to make all the little things count just as much as the big.

Always = It implies hope for a future past what we understand.

Sunshine = It holds a special place in my heart that always makes me think of my son and hoping that he’s smiling down on me.

 

4.   Give an example of a paragraph of your work before and after editing.

Gross, no one wants to see that. ha-ha! Thank god for editors, proofreaders, BETA readers, friends and family ! Spell check is not enough for me! I tend to write short jerky paragraphs and pepper in layers each time through. You would probably notice the absence of the words “had” and “just” and “well.” I’m apparently addicted to using them. Again, thank god for my editor.

 

5.   Describe yourself, your favorite character and your book, each in 5 words or less.

Myself = Fun-loving, fiesty, quirky, music-obsessed, coffee-junkie!

My Character, Geneva = Fun-loving, fiesty, soul-searching, chosen one, with boy trouble!

My Book, The Geneva Project = Epic, Magical ,Adventure with fun, addicting characters!

 

6.   Share 10 people on Twitter you’d recommend following and why.

@thebooktweeters – they always have great new books at good prices.

@egrgry – great book blog and great person

@evilous88 – great book blog and great person

@LCmarie19 – great book blog and great person

@hopetoread – great book blog and great person

@mysticalbooks – super active on twitter and really sweet.

@BensonShantella – super active on social media, great book blog and great person

@Pitchperfquotes – makes me laugh

@Bethj007- great vlog, super musicinan and great person

@BeeJolene – great author and great person

@KathyLynnCross – great author and great person

@WriteJoMichaels – great author and great person

@MMills_writer – great author and great person

 

7.   Describe (in words or photos) your favorite reading space.

The beach under a big shady umbrella, with no one else around!

 

8. Who is your favorite literary character of all-time?

These are so hard! I guess it has to be Harry Potter because without him I wouldn’t have become obsessed with everything magic and YA.

 

9.  What book are you reading? How did you choose it?

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. I met the author at a writers convention in New Orleans. She’s sweet heart and her book intrigued me, especially since it takes place in NOLA. So far it’s awesome!

authorChristina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project. Her debut novel, The Geneva Project – Truth, has won multiple awards, including the Gold Medal for YA fiction at the 2014 Florida Authors & Publishers Awards.

The second book in her series, The Geneva Project – Secrets has just been released and it picks up right where the cliffhanger of Truth leaves off.

The Geneva Project offers fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson a new series to obsess over. Christina paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage, friendship and self-discovery.

Christina now lives in Florida with her husband, and her character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her book series and speaking at schools to inspiring creativity in young writers.

Excerpt: The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas

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The Mark of Noba Coverterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

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The morning announcements were centered on the kid that went missing from our school. He was a sophomore so I didn’t know him, but I still felt horrible. My tablemate Rebel Lee scribbled down an array of unintelligible notes, probably both profound and meaningful. Rebel was someone I knew since junior high, and even though we were pals, he didn’t talk much. Which was odd because he seemed to be understood by everyone. Correction. Everyone except for Grey.

I witnessed a sea of sorrow amongst my classmates. No one was in the state of mind to be here, and the cheerless announcements added to our already despondent moods. Man, I hoped they found this kid.

The teachers opened up the floor to talk about it, prolonging any collections of homework assignments that I didn’t do. The more others talked about it, the lower our spirits got. It bothered me that we didn’t have any more information on what had happened. Was it connected to the other boy who disappeared? Did they run away? Were they abducted? Were they going to be all right? Thinking back to what my mom said earlier, I was lucky to be sitting here. I listened, but didn’t contribute. I had so much on my mind.

My attention drifted across the room until I settled on someone I hadn’t noticed at the beginning of class. She wore her hair in a high, messy bun and had on gray sneakers with three blue stripes. She felt familiar. Did I say felt familiar? I meant looked familiar. Looked…familiar. Because how does someone feel familiar?

A Type 5, she had this flawless dark brown skin that made me question how no one else seemed to notice her. If I judged her off her face alone, she was one of the prettier girls at school. She didn’t seem interested in the discussion we were having in class, and she, like me, faded into the background. I’d never given it much thought before but…I always kind of looked for her. There was just something about her that… Y’know what? Never mind.

Christina Benjamin’s Top 3 Books!

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Q: What three books you’d bring with you to a deserted island?

A: This is such a hard question, but here it goes.

#1 – The Bible

#2 – Harry Potter (if there’s a complete set then that! If not, then The Order of the Phoenix)

#3 – Shakespeare (If there’s a best of, then that! If not,  A midsummer’s night dream.)

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christina benjaminChristina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project. Her debut novel, The Geneva Project – Truth, has won multiple awards, including the Gold Medal for YA fiction at the 2014 Florida Authors & Publishers Awards.

The second book in her series, The Geneva Project – Secrets has just been released and it picks up right where the cliffhanger of Truth leaves off.

 The Geneva Project offers fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson a new series to obsess over. Christina paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage, friendship and self-discovery.

 Christina now lives in Florida with her husband, and her character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her book series and speaking at schools to inspiring creativity in young writers.

New Release: Because of Sidney by TA Foster

BECAUSE OF SYDNEY by TA FOSTER

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DPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]etermined to establish a new life far from the ghosts of her past, twenty-two year old Sydney Paige is willing to try anything to launch her reporting career and quiet the painful memories of her family back home.

Money-driven Mason Lachlan knows exactly what he wants in life and how to get it. Nothing stands in the way of the successful millionaire’s next deal, not even the deeply-buried anguish he feels from being abandoned by his father and tucked away as a dark family secret.

When Sydney must report the biggest land deal to hit South Padre in years, Mason becomes the focus of her story. Problems surface when their undeniable attraction for each other compromises everything they both have worked for.

Can love exist when bottom lines and deadlines collide?

This is a standalone Contemporary Romance, there is NO cliffhanger!

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Beyond Fate by Heather Lyons Now in Paperback!

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for the paperback edition of Heather Lyons’ BEYOND FATE! BEYOND FATE is a Fate Series novella and is written in Jonah’s point of view. It is his side of the story from A MATTER OF FATE. Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!

And that’s not all! BEYOND FATE has gotten a cover makeover! This amazing new cover was created by Carly Stevens!

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I remember Joey telling me once that, of all the big waves he’s ever ridden in his life, the one that got his blood pumping most was Mavericks. “It’s sick,” he said as we waxed our boards at one of his favorite breaks near his house in Australia. “Cold as all hell. Gotta be careful of the Boneyard nearby. There’s a reason they call it that, you know. The reef below loves nothing more than to welcome you to stay forever. But,” his easy grin slid out, “when conditions are right, and you can take off in the hollow and traverse the long wall before finishing in white water, your life flashes before your eyes. You’re flying through hell like a slingshot, only to come out in paradise.”

Obviously, it made me want to surf Mavericks so bad I could taste it.

When Kel and I first got to California, we’d wanted to come here together. Ride these waves in Joey’s honor. But that never happened.

He’s with Chloe right now, after yet another attack during which she walled both him and me inside a building and took off toward San Francisco in an effort to lead what we now know as Elders away. I know why she did it. I felt it the moment her resolutions within hardened—she believed she was protecting the people she loved. In a weird way, I was incredibly proud of her for it, even as I tore my hair out, trying to get the hell out of the tomb she sealed us in so I could get out there and protect her myself. Karl and I searched for her for hours . . .

And then she decided to gut me once more by calling my brother to go and get her.

So here I am, in the back of a boat, tugging the hood of my wetsuit over my head in the pursuit of some kind of nirvana high amidst the hell I’ve found myself in lately. Raul Mesaverde’s questioning my sanity for wanting to go out into the monster waves we’re heading toward, but I do my best to ignore my temporarily assigned Guard. We’re accompanied by one of Joey’s Wave colleagues, who’s come along upon Astrid’s insistence. I tried to assure her I knew what I was doing, but considering she pretty much had an anxiety attack after researching Mavericks and learning people have died here, I figured this was the lesser of two evils.

“You’re loco,” Raul yells at me over the boat’s engine.

I laugh. This? Coming from a Cyclone? Especially one who agreed to chauffeur Chloe on her crazy attempt to lure the Elders away?

The Wave we’re with turns away from the wheel and smiles. He’s crazy, too—because he’s got that same look in his eyes that Joey always had. Like the ocean is his temple. “Nah, bra,” he tells Raul. “Maverick’s all about enlightenment.”

Raul white knuckles the side of the boat. I completely tune him out and let myself slide into that place Joey taught me about so long ago.

“When you let yourself go,” he’d told me as we’d sat out beyond the breaks, “when you put yourself out there and really just let yourself go, knowing any second you could be swallowed whole by the ocean, you’ll realize that all of that shit you worry so much about—girls, school, parents, grades, work, responsibilities—they’re meaningless. Because it’s just you and the waves. They don’t give a rat’s ass what kind of day you’re having. They don’t care if you’ve just bagged the hottest girl in the worlds or if your dad thinks you’ve failed him. They’re gonna rise up and fall no matter what. Let yourself go along that ride, J. There’s worry enough for later.”

This is what I’m thinking as I’m waiting for my set to come.

When it does, I paddle hard. Anticipation and fear is just as strong on my tongue as the salt water surrounding me. I let my worries go.
This one’s for you, Joey.

I gladly fling myself into oblivion.

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BEYOND FATE (Fate Series #1.5) Synopsis:

There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

* Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella for the YA/NA crossover urban fantasy/romance Fate series.

 And don’t miss the first books in the Fate Series!

A Amtter of Fate

A MATTER OF FATE (Fate Series #1)

 

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BEYOND FATE (Fate Series #1.5)

 

A Matter of Heart

A MATTER OF HEART (Fate Series #2)

 

A MAtter of Truth

A MATTER OF TRUTH (Fate Series #3)

 

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A MATTER OF FOREVER (Fate Series #4)

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Author PhotoAbout Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Even Vampires Get the Blues by Sandra Hill

Vikings, Navy SEALs, Viking vampire angels, oh my! All three are featured in Even Vampires Get the Blues, the sixth sizzling entry in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Hill’s Deadly Angels series. The series focuses on the oh-so-sexy Vangels—an elite group of Vikings-turned-vampire/angels as punishment for their vigorous embodiment of the seven deadly sins ages ago.

image001Even Vampires Get the Blues features Harek Sigurdsson, who was a brilliant Viking with an insatiable hunger for wealth and all its trappings. Now a Vangel, his otherworldly mission teams him with a Navy SEAL who’s more than his match— she’s his predestined mate…

The fact that vampire angel Harek was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn’t make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she’s the mate Harek’s been seeking for centuries…

The SEALs call her “Camo” for her ability to blend into a crowd— yet Harek’s intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international terrorists, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda— besides Harek’s bold declaration that she’s his “destiny.” It’s just Camille’s luck that the sexiest man she’s ever met may also be… a vampire! Smart, sexy, and funny, Sandra Hill fans are sure to love the latest Deadly Angels book!

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Even Vampires Get the Blues is the 6th book in Sandra Hill’s Deadly Angels series, but it is the first title in the set that I have read.  I was easily able to catch up on the main characters, their paranormal qualities and long, long history of dangerous adventures.  If you enjoy paranormal romance with a heavy dose of action, humor and suspense, you will like this book.

The series is about seven brothers who were originally 9th Century Viking warriors.  Each brother was found guilty of one of the Deadly Sins.  As punishment, they were turned into immortal beings that are a hybrid of Vikings, Vampires, and Angels called Vangels.  Their mission is to defeat the Satan’s demonic vampires called Lucipires.  Still with me?  =)

If you enjoy Urban Fantasy and can suspend belief for entertainment’s sake, you will enjoy this book.  Main character Harek Sigurdsson was guilty of greed in his brief mortal life, and his immortal one reflects that.  In this book, some of the Vangels team up with the US Navy SEALS and WEALS for a secret mission: seek and destroy a dispicable extremist group guilty of stealing girls from schools.  Harek works with Camille “Camo” Dumaine, and sparks fly from the get-go.  It is fun reading about their mutual attraction and equally mutual aversion to romance.

I liked all the paranormal/ fantasy aspects of the book and the “behind the scenes” glimpses into SEAL and WEAL training and planning/ executing a secret ops mission.  The romance is great, and these two warriors have to fight many battles before they are able to admit they have feelings for each other.

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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

Excerpt & Giveaway: Heart Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves

HSH AmazonWhen Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.

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“Oh, hi,” she said.
“Imagine running into you here.”“This is quite a coincidence.”
“It’s not a coincidence at all. I knew you were following me.”
“You did not.”
“I spotted you hiding behind the plant when I walked into the bank. Plus I could smell your perfume as soon as I stepped out here.”
“Did you”—she used her fingers to make little air quotes—“appropriate money from this bank?” she whispered.
“Of course not. I do all my work from the Batcave. Believe it or not, I actually bank here. I was just signing some papers.”
Kate had never seen a man look so utterly scrumptious while wearing glasses. There was something about the combination of his hair, his scruff, and the semi-rimless designer frames that made him irresistible. “Are the glasses a disguise? Because I totally knew it was you.”
“The glasses are real. I often suffer from eyestrain since I spend so much time on the computer, and I was up late last night, working.”
“They make you look very smart.” She took a moment to imagine how his scruff would feel rubbing against her skin if he were to kiss her.
“I am smart, but I think you mean devastatingly handsome. More so than normal, that is.”
“You’re so humble.”
“Ready?” He walked to the door and held it open for her.
“Yes.”
“Follow me.” He looked at her and laughed. “That shouldn’t be a problem for you.”
They took the elevator to the basement, and when the doors opened to the parking garage, Kate followed Ian to a row of cars. He stopped beside one and pulled a set of keys from his pocket.
She gasped.
Ian smiled. “It’s a—”
“1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.”
“’65. But color me impressed.” Continue reading

New Release: That’s Not My Suitcase by Laina Turner

Sterling Towne decided to take a last minute vacation to a sunny paradise to cheer herself up after a divorce. When the airline misplaces her luggage, she thinks it’s just a typical airline snafu until she gets her luggage back only to find out it’s not hers. Rather the suitcase belongs to someone who thought it a good idea to transport a gold Buddha statue via commercial airlines.

Sterling turns the statue into hotel security for safe keeping but then her room is ransacked, and she’s sure there was someone following her in town. Does the owner of the statue think she still has it? But if so, why not just ask? She’s getting nervous, and even her new friend Steve thinks she might be in danger.

Is she? Or is her imagination just working over time?

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As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

To find our more information about Laina and her books, check out her website at http://www.lainaturner.com/

Q&A with Tessa Bailey (and all about her hot new book, Make Me)!

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

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  1. 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 =)

  1. 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.

  1. What are your five favorite words?

Plethora, Joie de Vivre, Kerfuffle, Supercilious, Erection

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 =)

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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!

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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.

 

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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.

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Chapter One

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