Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Tour for PLAY by Piper Lawson (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers who enjoy fun and flirty romances will enjoy the rocky relationship between a brilliant video game creator and the strong-willed woman trying to prove herself in a job where she's surrounded by men.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of PLAY by Piper Lawson, along with my impressions of it, then discover more about this entertaining read by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of the crackling connection between these compelling leads make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Magic 8 Ball (an important part of the storyline) along with the ability to name a secondary character in the follow-up to this book too!

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream.
OK. So it's a big, shiny-ass lie. I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn't mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn't hurt if I'd had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn't count.)
But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call. Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.
None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.
I should ignore him. But I can't, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he'll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.
So what happens when the girl who lives to work goes head-to-head with the guy who was born to PLAY?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a quick read to put a smile on their face will want to add this to their bookshelf for the fun and flirty connection between two very strong-willed people.  Add in trust issues and a bit of espionage and it all adds up to an entertaining read that had me turning the pages at a fast and furious pace. With steamy encounters making their presence known in the latter half of this book readers will soon find themselves on an enjoyable roller coaster ride watching Max and Payton's sensual battle of wills slowly evolve throughout the narrative.

Payton's life has always been a bit rocky.  From her father walking out on her as a child to her mother's cancer diagnosis, she's always tried to be the dutiful daughter to her mother and be successful to help pay the medical bills.  With her snarky friend Charlie by her side she traverses the male-dominated world of finance with fiestiness and aplomb until the day she meets gaming maestro Max.  From their first combustible meeting to interactions that teem with sensual tension, it's clear these two are meant to be together.  Desperate to see his plans come to fruition she burns the midnight oil by his side, helping him every step of the way, all the while trying to protect her heart from the sexy yet bruised man full of doubts and fears. Payton's immensely likable and her interactions with Charlie led to many laugh out loud moments as the two of them bonded in girl-power solidarity against an arrogant male co-worker.  It's clear Payton wants Max, despite the pain it might cause, and she's willing to take whatever he can offer her as long as he's honest and tries to open his heart once they finally commit.  Theirs isn't an easy romance though as he's quick to judge and keeps things hidden from her which all leads to a breaking point that only a Grand Gesture will fix. Payton's a loyal and kindhearted heroine who became very regimented in her life due to all her losses but who shows a carefree side once she starts spending time with Max and in turn he starts to let down the walls he's built over the years in a romance that's sweet and sexy that I rooted for every step of the way.

Max is an engaging hero who caught my eye from the very start.  He's a bit abrasive upon first meeting him and has a rebellious side too with an earring in his eyebrow who's always found escape in video games.  With parents whose marriage fell apart slowly, while ignoring him quite often as a child, Max has come to believe that love is a lie.  His divorce reinforced that belief and has him fighting his attraction to Payton wholeheartedly despite her slowly working her way into his heart.  With Payton he finds escape from the real world that he only found in games before but difficulties opening his heart puts his burgeoning relationship with her in jeopardy which will require him putting his heart on the line.  Max is an entertaining hero whose gruffness was very sexy along with his wild hair and vintage tees and Converse shoes.  He has one friend, Riley, he trusts implicitly but everyone else he sees as an enemy as spies permeate the gaming world.  His relationship with Payton is slow to combust but is full of fun and flirty dialogue to keep readers invested in them until the fireworks start. He's slow to show his softer side but once he does he's utterly charming and easy to fall for despite his inability to open up completely.  It's clear that he's a bit bruised and broken at the start but being with Payton allows his healing to begin and they're a formidable couple worth rooting for.

This was an entertaining read that nicely balanced romance with humor and dialogue teeming with sarcasm.  Max and Payton were a crackling couple whose interactions had me laughing one moment and blushing the next as their romance heated up.  Payton was a strong-willed heroine who stood by Max, helping him reach for his future, and asked for very little in return which had me admiring her loyalty and understanding nature regarding his painful past and fears.  Max is sexy and snarky and I wish we'd gotten more of the story from his perspective.  I wish we'd been able to see into his heart as the random glimpses readers saw captivated me.  Along with this immensely appealing main couple came a few secondary characters that I long to hear more from in the future. Charlie's the quintessential supportive friend who has Payton's back at every turn.  I'm intrigued by the office war she's engaged in with the arrogant playboy Avery which teems with sexual tension that holds all sorts of sexy promises for the future.  Max's lone friend, Riley, also caught my eye as he's opposite in personality to his friend.  He's outgoing, longs to find that perfect woman, and his interactions with Max and Payton were playful and lit up the pages.  Though he appears to have found love here I hope to see more of him as he's the perfect blend of studious and sexy and he deserves to have his story told.  From start to finish this was an enjoyable story with a pleasant pace.  Though Max and Payton were slow to get together the unrelenting sexual tension between them kept me fully immersed in their burgeoning romance.  The delightful cast of secondary characters further engaged me and together it all added up to a charming geeky romance that has me wanting to read more of this author's works in the future!

My rating for this is a B+/A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

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I love reading and writing about sassy, sexy, smart women and the guys who fall hard for them. Schooled is the introduction to my Travesty series about ambitious girls who chase their dreams of a fashion label from California to New York and back again.
My main household expenditures include books, coffee and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and I’ll defend it accordingly). I have two business degrees, neither of which I’ve leveraged into a fashion label.
Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes. Come find me on the tennis court, at the beach, or on the web.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Spotlight on Scottish Werebear: The Complete Collection by Lorelei Moone (GIVEAWAY)


Curvy girls need love too and find it in this collection of shifter romances that has opposites attracting in a deadly battle between humans and shifters.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of these six novellas, and one free short story, found in Scottish Werebear: The Complete Collection that released this morning and fall in lust with these sexy tales of strong-willed couples fighting for their HEA amidst a secret war teeming with danger.  In honor of this paranormal collection make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 2 print copies of this box set too!

In present-day Scotland, not everyone is who they appear to be. Shifters have been hiding in plain sight for generations. It all starts with a single bear who falls for the most unlikely partner: a human. Bears and humans simply can’t pair up, or can they? Fall in love today with the Scottish Werebears and get the complete saga in one handy collection....

Scottish Werebears: An Unexpected Affair...When romance novelist, Clarice Adler, hides herself away in a secluded holiday cottage to finish a book, the last thing she needs is another relationship. Imagine her surprise when she falls head over heels for the man who runs the place. Derek McMillan knows Clarice is his mate, but he's a bear shifter and she's human and the two simply don't mix. They are literally worlds apart; can they find a way to come together?
Scottish Werebears: A Dangerous Business...As part of the Alliance, bear shifter Aidan McMillan is hunting the Sons of Domnall, a secret society of humans sworn to destroy all shifters. Along comes Heidi Blackwood, his fated mate, and it suddenly becomes nearly impossible to focus on the job.
Scottish Werebears: A Forbidden Love...Alison Campbell has been told that shifters are evil and the world would be a better place without them. In her efforts to infiltrate the Alliance to gather intel for The Sons of Domnall, she comes across Jamie Abbott, bear shifter and Alliance leader, who doesn't seem so bad at all. In fact, he seems to be all her heart desires and the feeling is mutual. Where will her loyalties lie when it becomes time to pick a side once and for all?
A New Beginning...Ever since developing delusions about turning into a bear at the most inopportune moments, Matt Argyle has been keeping to himself. When curvaceous beauty Leah Hudson moves in next door, suddenly his carefully orchestrated life becomes unsustainable. He feels compelled to get to know her, and in the process must learn some important truths about himself.
A Painful Dilemma...Henry Weston is a good man, and a good Alliance agent. But when he is ordered to spy on his own people, he knows he must rebel. He finds the perfect partner in Gail McPherson when they connect in a way only true mates can. There's only one problem: Henry already has a mate whom he refuses to abandon.
A Second Chance...Journalist Charlie McAllister watches the New Alliance reveal itself on live TV and can't believe her eyes; one of the shifters looks so familiar...Could that really be her friend James, whom she grew up next door to? The same James she had the biggest crush on, but who disappeared on her after they shared their first and only kiss? The void he left behind in her heart still aches, still she vows to track him down for an exclusive interview.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.

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Book Spotlight on Justice For Boone by Susan Stoker

When it comes to crafting heroes and heroines Ms. Stoker has introduced readers to many admirable characters, ones you look up to and root for against all odds.  With her latest release she's crafted a strong-willed woman who's lost herself in her devotion to her job and the man who helps her rediscover her feminine side.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Justice For Boone by Susan Stoker, the sixth installment in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series, and be kept on the edge of your seat as a burgeoning romance gets put through the wringer from a crazy ex-girlfriend.

Sheriff’s Deputy Hayden Yates has worked hard to gain the respect and admiration of her fellow law enforcement officers. She’s succeeded so well, in fact, that she’s become just one of the guys. As her friends slowly begin to meet their soul mates, Hayden longs to be seen as a desirable woman, and not the tomboy she’s always been.
No slouch when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, cowboy Boone Hatcher might want to give it a rest for a while, especially after his last girlfriend accuses him of domestic abuse. Deputy Yates sees right through his ex’s ruse—and Boone sees right through Deputy Yates. Hayden might seem all business, but her need for justice comes from a heart that beats with pure passion.
A few dates turn into something more, and as the couple’s relationship deepens, so do the threats from his ex. It’s up to Hayden to convince Boone the danger is real…before jealous antics escalate to deadly obsession.

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AUTHOR INFO:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Spotlight on In the Flesh by KD Grace (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for a compelling tale that's not easy to categorize as it blends Gothic and dark romance with a bit of the paranormal will find themselves drawn to this series starter.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of In the Flesh by KD Grace, and learn about mashing up genres when crafting a story, then add this unforgettable read to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Medusa's Consortium series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $30 Amazon GC too!

I have to admit, I was very skeptical when my husband rented a copy of Cowboys and Aliens for our evening’s viewing pleasure a couple of years ago. I mean seriously – that’s like mixing clams with chocolate covered cherries isn’t it? And then there was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Is it an acquired taste? Well it certainly wasn’t for me. I have to admit I loved all three. That got me thinking about mash-ups and rules and how they exist to be broken. In the Flesh wasn’t really a mash-up when it started its life ten years ago as a short story. It was just sexy horror. I didn’t even plan the mash-up bit when I began what I thought was In The Flesh, the novella. But as it evolved into a novel, it became a strange mix of demons, vampires, angels and Medusa – that’s right, even Medusa shows up for the funAnd why not? It is the first book of Medusa’s Consortium, after all.
What I discovered as I wrote it is that the characters who joined the cast throughout the novel may have come to the party uninvited, but they were always a welcome addition that made the story better and stronger and juicier as it unfolded. Those new characters and the chemistry they created opened the doors to whole new possibilities and made the novel shine and sizzle in ways I could have never achieved without a little party-crashing mash-up, making ready for one giant twist of a mash-up that absolutely guaranteed Michael, Susan and the Guardian were gonna need a sequelEnjoy the excerpt and don’t forget to comment for a chance to win the giveaway.

When Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help.

EXCERPT:

By the time I finished my breakfast and was ready to go, Annie was already fast asleep, curled in her nest at the foot of the altar. Outside, the smell of burning rubbish stung my eyes and the back of my throat.
I had little enthusiasm for the handbag sale, nor for lingering at the make-up counter. Instead I found myself in a coffee shop, laptop open researching God’s love life, which turned out to be a long history of seducing humans.
Zeus visited Danae in a shower of gold. He seduced Leda in the form of a swan. Eros came to Psyche in the dead of night forbidding her to look upon his face. Hades dragged Persephone down to the Underworld. The Virgin Mary was impregnated by the god of the Bible. In the New Testament, Christ is the bridegroom, and the church his bride. And the list went on and on. Perhaps even the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was just another way for divinity to experience flesh.
I had always loved mythology, and I’d read all these stories before. I’d just never put them together to get the whole picture. And though I was seeing an aspect of divinity that I found rather disturbing, I couldn’t help feeling there was still a piece of the puzzle missing.
I suppose I should have felt relieved. Annie wasn’t as unusual as I’d thought. God was the ultimate stalker, and he didn’t seem to be very faithful to his lovers. Just Annie’s type. I tried not to think about the implications of my experience in the bath last night. After all, it was just mythology, and I’d had a lot of wine. And there’s never any accounting for my vivid imagination. After all, I was a writer. I made my living as a teller of tales.
“What are you reading?"
I jumped at the sound of Annie’s voice and quickly minimized the page. “Didn’t expect to see you here."
“I’m feeling better."
“How did you know where to find me?"
She leaned down and whispered next to my ear. “My lover’s God, remember? You can’t hide from him.” I barely had time to register shock before she reached down and restored the page.
“Trying to learn a little bit more about him, are we?”  She smiled at the monitor and nodded knowingly. “None of this does him justice. He’s the Hound of Heaven. He’s always pursuing those he loves, and there’s no escaping. Once he’s set his eyes on you, he’ll do whatever it takes to make you his own."
I suddenly felt cold.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.
KD has erotica published with Totally Bound, SourceBooksXcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Sweetmeats Press and others.
KD’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms HollyFulfilling the ContractTo Rome with Lust, and The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
KD Grace also writes hot romance as Grace MarshallAn Executive DecisionIdentity CrisisThe ExhibitionInterviewing Wade are all available.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Cover Reveal for Threat by Tia Lewis (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of intensely emotional reads will find themselves drawn to this dark MC-fueled romance that's the start to a compelling new book series.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Threat by Tia Lewis, and its tale of a strong-willed woman drawn into the dangerous web of a sexy biker, then count down the days until its October 3rd release date.  In honor of this first installment in the Blood Riders MC series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC along with a signed print copy of this book too!

As V.P. of the Blood Riders MC, Drake is used to calling the shots, getting his way, and sleeping with every biker groupie within reach. When he meets Nicole, her feisty, headstrong beauty pulls him in, even as his instincts warn him she’s hiding something.
Nicole is determined to learn who killed her father, a detective who was investigating the Blood Riders. When the chemistry between her and Drake becomes much more, she’s caught between her desires and her desperate need for answers.
Then her search turns deadly, and Nicole has to put everything on the lineand trust that the man she’s fallen for will forgive her betrayal. Will he come to her defense ... or will his eyes be the last thing she ever sees?

EXCERPT:

I didn’t like the way his eyes traveled over my body. Like I didn’t have clothes on at all. I fought the urge to cover myself with my hands. Don’t let him see how he gets to you. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the image of him shattering a man’s jaw out of my head. I noticed his big hands and wondered at the damage they could do when curled into fists.
“What are you thinking about?” he asked. His voice was just loud enough for me to hear it, but low enough that many of the others didn't.
“Nothing,” I cleared my throat.
“I see you looking aroun“So? I’ve never been here before, have I?"
He shook his head. “I don’t know. It seems like you’re taking notes with your eyes. Something like that."
“I’m not."
“You sure about that?"
“Don’t you have something better do to than to bother me? I didn’t come here for Twenty Questions.” I stood, walking toward the bar—but to the other end of it. A girl was standing there, pouring drinks and uncapping cold beers for the guys. At lunch time. Classy.
“I was stupid and forgot to get something to drink. May I have a glass of ice water?"
The girl smiled. She looked a little rough, like a heavy smoker. Her skin was wrinkled and dry, there were yellow stains on her teeth. But it was a friendly smile, just the same. “Sure thing. I’ll give you a bottle. How about that?” She reached into the cooler and pulled out a semi-frozen icy cold water bottle for me. I thanked her, uncapping it to take a sip right away.
“Who are you, really?” I glanced over to find Drake staring at me just as he had been before. So I was going to be his project. He wanted to know all about me. Damn, he was dangerous.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Tia Lewis is a romance author from the Midwest who writes about smart, sexy, sassy women and hot, possessive alpha males. Her favorite bad boys to write about include sports players, mafia, bikers, billionaires and the bad-ass next door. You can find her cooking, reading, or traveling when she’s not busy working on her next release.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Blitz for Tell Me You Want Me by Kris Embrey (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for a powerful tale set in the music world will find themselves drawn to this story of fame, addiction, and finding oneself while juggling fame and fortune.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Tell Me You Want Me by Kris Embrey then add this unforgettable read to your bookshelf.  In honor of this intensely emotional book make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Louis Vuitton prize pack with a signed print copy of the book, 2 eBooks along with a Starbucks card, as well as 2 Kindle copies of this book too!

Nineteen-year-old Gina Kelly is used to working hard for everything in life. Despite her challenges, Gina has dreams and one of them is to become an actor. One day when she sees an ad in Playbill for open auditions, she heads to New York where she surprisingly secures the lead role in a Broadway production. But little does she know that acting on Broadway is just the first step in what is about to become an adventurous new life.
The play is ready to end when Gina’s theatre director introduces her to the manager of one of rock’s biggest bands. He is desperate to find a backup singer before the band goes on tour and Gina is thrilled when he hires her. The chemistry between Gina and lead singer, Sebastian Roland, is instantaneous. Unfortunately, Sebastian is a married, pill-popping addict. As the group sets out on an adventure fueled by sex and drugs, Gina quickly falls in love with Sebastian. But when his drug use escalates, Gina is forced to make a decision with the power to change her future once again.
Tell Me You Want Me shares the tale of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery as she follows her dreams to New York, falls in love, and realizes that she is the only one in charge of her destiny.

EXCERPT:

The Christmas and New Year’s holiday had passed, and the production was winding down. No more Playbills were being printed, and we had four more performances left. It was the second week of January, and the last few performances, the cast have found ways to piss each other off. Crying jags brought on by a tightly wound theater director became more excessive. I called the last week the “showgirl shutdown” phase, and we were in it.
I arrived to rehearsal at my usual time, and Lex was talking to someone when he motioned me over to join him. Lex introduced me to his good friend Stan Altman, the touring manager for a band called Tin Garden.
“Hello,” I said as I extended my hand.
Lex introduced me as his prized pupil, with an incredible range. Stan was looking me over, and I was feeling uncomfortable as he did, which prompted me to tell Lex I needed to get ready for rehearsal. Lex stopped me with an awkward laugh and said rehearsal had been called off for the day, but he wanted me to talk to Stan, who happened to be looking for a new backup singer for his band. I was flattered but told them I wasn’t a Tin Garden fan. Stan was jubilant with that welcome news and stated that was actually perfect for what the band is looking for. Fans they had; a backup singer with a wide range for their lead singer was proving difficult to locate at the ninth hour with a tour starting.
I had been encouraged by Stan to audition for the spot that was taking place in a few hours. I looked at Lex, who had a beaming smile as he nodded for me to say yes. Stan told Lex and I that he was bringing the band over in a few hours, but first he had to wrangle them from their beds and kick out some groupies, stating sarcastically that was his favorite part of his job.
After Stan left and standing there perplexed I asked, “Lex how did this happen?"
“Gina, Stan is an old friend, and he came to see the show the other night and asked about you. I told him we’re done after next week you would be able to do the tour,” Lex said, very excited.
He was excited that I could be touring with one of the biggest bands in music and it was the doorway to a lucrative singing career, but he insisted that I needed get myself ready for them. As Stan put it, “Go put on a slutty little number.” Explaining that I didn’t have such an outfit, Lex insisted we would need Carl’s help. Lex was yelling for Carl, who came running from behind the stage. Lex insisted to Carl that he needed all of magic powers, and that included his inner positive gay, knowing that he had to be in there somewhere, and if he could pull him out for a few minutes to help find me some slut clothes and stat.
Carl, with a confused look on his face, was looking me over and stated to Lex that when he saw me he didn’t see slut. I was thinking to myself, Thanks, Carl. Maybe you’re not as evil as I thought you were. Lex, hearing none of it, told Carl to hit every X-rated store by the theater.
Broadway was loaded with sluts-r-us shops, and Lex wanted Carl to find something that said, “I just fucked the entire band,” but to stay away from the hooker reds and to buy anything in black lace, or something tragic like that.
Carl, with his marching orders, Lex’s credit card, and a very pissed-off demeanor, headed out for the forever slutty stores that lined Broadway.
Lex, shaking his head, said, “God knows what he will bring back for you."
Lex was in a panic to get me ready and wanted the makeup trollop, Gloria, as I typically referred to her, to come out of the gossip session in Hilda’s office and to bring the makeup chest. Gloria, strolling out with her “it’s not eleven-thirty” face on, was informed to make me look like I was either dating or fucking Tin Garden. Gloria, unbeknownst to her, was not given the background story of said comment but did decided to inform me of her sexual desires for the lead singer and things she would do to him given opportunity. (How vivid.)
Lex interrupted her over-imaginative dramatization and said, “Well you may get your wish. They are coming here today."
Gloria was in a frenzied rush to get my makeup finished upon hearing that exciting news. She told me that she needed to get her own ready-to-fuck face done, mentioning Jesus, dying, and blow-jobs all in the same sentence.
Carl had come back from his shopping excursion and had a look of pride with the outfit he had selected. His picks contained a black pushup bra and a leather miniskirt with a rhinestone skull embedded that was accessorized with rips in the sides to show one’s personal business. If you could actually call this a skirt was stretching it a bit; it looked more like a Halloween cocktail napkin. That was bad enough until he showed us the shoes he had purchased, which were thigh-high pleather boots that only an S&M dominatrix would ever appreciate.
Lex, without hesitation, inquired where the whip was. “Jesus Christ, Carl, I want her looking sexy, not screaming I just came from Paddles.” Lex, looking at the clothes, said, “Fuck it, I didn’t spend my entire life in the theater without having a few tricks to pull out of my ass."
Carl, giggling, said, “That’s not the only thing you have pulled from your ass."
Lex took the tragic outfit and said, “Come, Gina dear, and Carl can go fuck himself like he usually does on a Friday night."
We went to my dressing room, and I took off all of my clothes and was standing there in my bra and panties. Lex took notice of my body and complimented me and asked if I had stopped eating bagels with cream cheese. It was actually stress weight from the play, but thanks for noticing, I thought. Lex took the tragic skirt and had me put it on. No matter which way I stood, it was exposing my personal business. I had no choice; I had to put on some black granny underwear. Looking at myself in the mirror, I looked like a slut ready for some action. Lex took an oversized top and did some draping on me that kind of cleaned up the look and made it doable and less tragic.
After I got into the costume, Lex told Gloria to hang back to wait to meet “whatever the fuck his name is” after I was finished with my audition. Lex had Hilda grab a Tin Garden album for me to study the lyrics printed on the sleeve as I made my way out to the stage. I was reading the lyrics when Lex walked us over to where Stan was waiting.
Stan took me to meet Rick Roland, the guitar player of the band. He was tall, good looking, and had beautiful brown eyes. Rick said, “Hello, Gina, nice to meet you."
I was reading the album sleeve when Stan walked me over to the lead singer, Sebastian Roland, Rick’s brother and Gloria’s fantasy man. When I looked up and saw him, our eyes locked tight, and I was hit by a thunderbolt that vibrated electricity around the room. I couldn’t take my sight off of his deep, penetrating blue eyes. The only sound I could hear was my own inner voice saying, Holy shit this guy is hot. This man was stunningly beautiful, with shoulder-length dark hair, and had the face of a Greek god.
I heard sound again when he said, “Hey, what’s up?"
Looking down at the floor, I said bashfully, “Hello."
Sebastian walked over to me and with a soft whisper that tickled close to my ear said, “What are you doing later?” He was looking through me, and it was excitingly uncomfortable not being able to take my eyes off of him.
Stan was clearing his throat when he took me over to the drummer, Marcus Elliott. “Hello, Gina, nice to meet you. Nice boots. I have to get my girlfriend some of those. Tell me later where you got them."
I was still looking over at Sebastian when Marcus was talking to me. I couldn’t get enough of him. Nervously Lex, who had been standing behind me, interrupted and asked Marcus what size she wore as Marcus was thinking. “Like an eight?"
Lex appeared to be nervous and turned to Carl to go fetch a size eight and pointed toward my feet. Carl gave Lex the, “I’m a personal shopper now” look.
Lex barked, “Don’t start with me today, Carl. Go."
Stan then walked me over to be introduced to the bass player, Chip Margolis. He was cute, with long, light brown hair, and with a smile Chip said, “Hello, Gina. I saw your show the other night with Stan. Your voice is great. I’m the single guy in the group."
I thought, Single? No thanks, guy. I’m ready to mingle with your lead singer.
Tin Garden’s crew had finished the band’s setup while we were making chitchat about the tour. Sebastian kept staring at me, and it was hard to keep my eyes off of him. They were all talking, and Sebastian and I continued looking at each other, saying nothing. Then I remembered that he was married to a model I had seen in my magazines, Vail Varland. After I remembered that, I got bummed out and broke my gaze with him.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Kris Embrey has had a love of music since she can remember. She studied music engineering and worked for Dick Clark as a runner for his music production company. Her professional career has included working for various television productions such as the American Music Awards and the Academy Awards. This is her first book.


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