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Excerpt: Cupcake Overload

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Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes #2) by Bethany Lopez
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This is a Romantic Comedy/Suspense title

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One night I was out with my girls enjoying a much needed ladies night while wondering if one more dirty martini would push me over the edge. The next thing I knew, I was in the club’s bathroom listening to a woman screaming, “No,” and a man’s voice growling, “I know you want it.”

That asshole picked the wrong restroom, in the wrong club, at the wrong time.

Little did I know the asshole was Cade’s VP, and although we saved that woman from his clutches that night, she’d be found floating in a motel pool a month later.

Running a PI firm is a lot harder than taking pictures for one, especially when your professional life spills over into your personal one. I’m going through cupcakes like our new puppy goes through piddle pads, and if I’m not careful there’s bound to be a Cupcake Overload.

EXCERPT:

I was caught between full-blown panic and hoping that I’d be able to blend in with the crowd.

That hope was dashed when Cade pulled me toward a large group of men and introduced me.

“This is Lila,” he said, and even in my panic, I could hear pride in his voice. He was happy to be introducing me to his brothers.

That felt amazing.

I tried to pay attention as the guys smiled and introduced themselves. Some stepped forward and shook my hand, some just nodded, and the oldest man pulled me into a big hug. They all told me their names, but seconds after I was having a hard time remembering them.

Jake, Rocky, Smitty, Big Ron, Pretty Boy, and Snape were just a few of the names that were thrown out. It was totally overwhelming. My head was swimming as I turned my head back and forth, taking everyone in. That’s when I realized that their vests had patches on the front with their names on them.

I breathed a sigh of relief and muttered, “That makes it easier.”

“What?” Cade said, leaning down with his ear toward me.

“Oh, nothing,” I replied, my face reddening as I hoped that no one else had heard me talking to myself.

Get it together, Lila, I chided myself. This time, keeping my voice in my head.

Cade pulled me to another group, and began the introductions again. This happened three more times before we were close enough to the keg for him to ask, “Want a beer?”

Yes,” I practically shouted, causing him to grin at me again. Warmth filled me at how happy he was, introducing me to his “family.” I felt tears welling as I realized Bea was right; this was a big step, for him and for me. He was finally letting me fully in to his life. No, I hadn’t met his family in Hawaii yet, but these people had been his family for over twenty years.

My heart pounded and my eye twitched as I took in my man in his element, proud and happy to have me on his arm, and I knew without a doubt that I was a million percent, ass over feet, in love with him.

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


BIO:

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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.
Bethany Lopez is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website:  http://bethanylopez.blogspot.com/

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Cover Reveal: Full Package and Joy Stick

From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK and MISTER O, comes two brand new, hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedies…

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Readers will find witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments in these side-splitting romantic comedies, mixed with the dirty-talking, gifted heroes we’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely! FULL PACKAGE is set to release on January 9, 2017, and JOY STICK is coming your way in May 2017! Check out these fantastic covers designed by Helen Williams with photography by Rob Lang.

 

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From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.

And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 

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Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.

I’m at your service. Come and ride on my Joy Stick…

That’s what I like to say to the ladies. Or I would if I were total pig. It’s far too easy in this world to strut around like a peacock when you’ve got all these other features in your favor. But just like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s how I treat my women.

Don’t worry. I absolutely do my best work dirty…both in the shop, and between the sheets. Work and play — that’s what my life has been, and I f&*king love it. I’m completely, 100% driven. Until one woman comes along and throws a wrench in my plans. The one woman I should absolutely, positively never take for a joy ride.

Now that’s all I want to do with her…she’s so far off-limits, but that’s exactly where I want to go with her.

Get ready for a wild ride…

 

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Don’t Miss All of Lauren’s Romantic Comedies written from the Male POV!

BIG ROCK (Now Available)

MISTER O (Now Available)

WELL HUNG (Releasing September 12, 2016)

 

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Lauren Blakely’s Romantic Comedy Celebration!

August 24-September 1, 2016*

Win a Kindle Fire loaded with Lauren Blakely’s complete collection* of currently released titles, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite romantic comedies!

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About Lauren Blakely:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

Links:

Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/

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Newsletter: http://laurenblakely.com/newsletter/

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Author Interview: Mary Frame

The Imperfect Series

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Imperfect Chemistry: https://amzn.com/B00JTJQRNW (Free on Amazon)

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Summary: 

Are you a fiction writer? Do you ever find yourself slogging through your novel wondering, what am I doing? Why am I doing this? What day is it, anyway? And where the heck is the vodka?!

Well, never fear, dear writer. I am here for you. Within these pages you will discover the highlights of story structure from beginning, middle to end. This book also includes information on writing effective dialogue, crafting scenes that do double duty, creating dimensional characters and much more, delivered in a humorous and (hopefully) entertaining way.

Interview:

What made you want to write?

I went through a quarter-life crisis. No really, I was twenty-eight. Thirty was rapidly approaching and although I had a good job and a great family, I felt like something was missing. I had always had some kind of creative outlet, and after I graduated from college and started a family, there was a hole that I needed to fill. I minored in dance in college, but didn’t have the time or money for dance classes. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so I thought, hey, maybe I could write something. It was an easy way to express myself, since I could do it at home and all I needed was my laptop or a pen and paper and a little bit of time.
How did you get the idea for Imperfect Chemistry?
A combination of things, really. I had spent many years writing mostly paranormal and sci-fi novels with little success, so I decided to write a contemporary romance, which I love to read. I wanted to write a female character who was really smart, almost too smart, too logical. Like a female Spock. And I knew I wanted the love-interest to teach her about emotions. That was the premise I started with, and the story grew from there. I also really wanted to write something that flipped some of the gender stereotypes inherent in so many NA romance novels. The alpha male, the crying female. I wanted to reverse some of those tropes, so I did. And it was so much fun.
What are your top 5 books that you have read?
Just five!? This is terrible. This list probably changes daily. Today, I will say Shogun by James Clavell, Sati by Christopher Pike, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher, and Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.
What other hobbies do you have besides writing?
I minored in dance in college. I still love dancing, although I do it mostly in my kitchen or living room, and I also enjoy cooking (I love food. So much. Probably too much).
Who is your favorite character that you have written?
Lucy for sure, then Sam (her brother). I love how logical she is, she never reacts emotionally. Well, almost never. Sam is such a funny, sweet joker. I loved writing those characters.
What books do you have planned for in the future?
I am currently working on a series about a con artist who moves to a small town, poses as a psychic and gives a fake reading that comes true. I also have a NA novella coming out next Spring, it’s part of a series that I’m working on with a couple of other writers.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I have too many favorites! How to pick just one? I guess I have to go with Christopher Pike, because he’s the reason I really got into reading to begin with. I’ll never forget when I was eleven years old and I picked up a copy of Remember Me. My older sister brought home. I was hooked. I didn’t know stories like that existed! I haven’t stopped reading since.
What do you love most about writing?
I love creating characters and I love making people laugh. My favorite thing is when I get messages from readers that say things like, I laughed out loud, or I smiled the whole time I read your book. That is the absolute pinnacle. The best thing ever.
About Mary:
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Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she manages to write novels, except that it involves copious amounts of wine. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them.

She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella.

She LOVES hearing from readers and will not only respond but likely begin stalking them while tossing out hearts and flowers and rainbows! If that doesn’t creep you out, e-mail her at: maryframeauthor@gmail.com

Places to find Mary:
Follow her on twitter: @marewulf https://twitter.com/Marewulf
Like her Facebook Author page: www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryFrame
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