We celebrated my birthday a day early yesterday just me and my sisters, kiddo, the Frenchman and mom. We splurged on a sushi platter and I turned my newest book into a cake. Design is by Sweet Bake for a Delicious Cake and sushi is by https://www.facebook.com/leoskitchenfarmersmarketsandiego/
I’m holding a candle in one because I didn’t want to ruin my beautiful cake with a candle 📚😘
So technically I reached the end of Don’t Touch yesterday but I’m not going to toot that horn just yet because it needs three more scenes to flesh it out. I am however sharing that I just started a new project I’m super excited about. And I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t won the Cover Designer Directory’s free cover contest.
Through them, I found Stephanie from Alt19 Designs who did a super fun cover for a romcom spin off of the Rogues series. It’s the further adventures of Ransom and Rosamie, the sidekicks from The Mercenary Next Door. I’ve written next to nothing but I can already tell these two are going to be soooo much fun!
Be prepared for laughs, lots of steam, wacky adventures, and murdery hijinks!
Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift card!
Kiddo is selling girl scout cookies! I can’t deliver unless you are local to me (91914) but the scouts deliver to your house now 🍪🍪🍪
Join me and all of these other authors and models for the funnest meet up in a beautiful setting! By law we will be masked, and we’ll be in the big ballroom so they can really space us out. These ladies are a ton of fun and those models are very charming so mark your calendars and order your tickets today!
Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you. One of my awesome author friends has a Christmas in July Sale for her Rone-Nominated romance Christmas Rekindled. If you’re in the need of a little escape from this summer heat pick this up and think Christmasy thoughts 😘
Thanks so much, Lucy, for hosting me today, and hello to Lucy’s readers!
We’re halfway to Christmas, and some of us (waving hand wildly) are already looking forward to the holidays—especially after last year’s sad pandemic holiday season. If you’d like a sweet and steamy hit of Christmas romance, check out Christmas Rekindled: Bangers Tavern One, ebook on sale for 99¢ throughout July on all the major online booksellers. AND—Christmas Rekindled is a finalist for this year’s RONE Award, given to outstanding indie authors. (Squee!) Get your copy of this sexy, snarky, enemies-to-lovers holiday romcom here.
When two Scrooges unite to save a bar in trouble, a kiss under the mistletoe sparks the sexiest Christmas miracle ever.
Bartender River Lundqvist has a damn good reason for hating Christmas. Bangers Tavern is the perfect place to lay low over the holidays—until Charlie walks in. His first encounter with the saucy server nine years ago was utter humiliation. Her reappearance stirs up powerful desires and hopes for a new start. But the timing is all wrong.
Back in Tacoma to care for her estranged dad over the holidays, freelance web designer Charlie Khoury braces herself for the suckiest Christmas ever. A temporary job at Bangers Tavern gives her a chance to escape Dad’s criticism and blow off some steam. But why does the hunky bartender seem to hate her?
A pretend girlfriend is just what River needs to keep his family off his back—until a kiss under the mistletoe flares hot enough to melt the North Pole. When greedy developers threaten Bangers Tavern, River and Charlie must team up to save it. Their sizzling chemistry feels like the real thing—but everyone knows rebound relationships don’t last.
Come to Bangers Tavern for an enemies-to-lovers tale of reconciliation, found family, holiday cocktails, and the steamiest Christmas miracle ever.
Lucy, I’m including two so you can take your pick.
Short Excerpt, rated PG (262 words)
Her low, throaty chuckle made him want to kiss her again. Though he pretty much wanted to kiss her anytime she was within range.
She laid her hand palm-up on the center console. “The thing is, I’m not looking for a relationship.”
Remembering a bit of Dawn’s wisdom, he nestled his hand into hers. “You never find a relationship when you’re looking for one.”
Her gaze softened, open and vulnerable. “Are you looking?”
Warning sirens blared inside his head. This was a question to answer very carefully. “If you’d asked me a month ago, I’d say, ‘No way.’ But then, I kissed this girl under the mistletoe, and…”
She closed her eyes, lifted his hand, and pressed it to her sternum. Beneath his palm, her heart thudded fast. His pulse sped to match hers. He held his breath.
“I like you, River.” Her whisper matched the brush of snowflakes against the windows.
“I like you too.”
She inhaled deeply, then met his gaze. “Enough to be my friend?”
He nodded, mesmerized.
“Because my life is a mess right now, and I have no idea what the fuck I’m doing.”
Her coarse language stirred up a heady swirl of laughter, sympathy, and arousal. He scooted as near as the center console allowed and placed his lips close to her ear. “I’ll tell you a secret. Me neither.”
Fire flickered in her eyes’ inky depths. Her lips parted. A golden thread wound around his heart and tugged him toward her. His thumb stroked the delicate line of her jaw as he closed the distance.
Short Excerpt (rated R—contains the word dick. 293 words)
Passing with a keg of beer on a hand dolly, Eddie grunted and pointed up, grinning. Above the bar’s corner hung a clump of mistletoe, tied with a red ribbon.
River dropped his gaze to Charlie. Should he move in for that kiss he’d been fantasizing about since yesterday? Or wait for her to initiate?
She shrugged. “Can’t break tradition.” She took a step toward him. His heart double-timed in his chest. His vision went all soft and blurry. Nearer still…
She pivoted, grabbed Eddie’s jaw with both hands, and planted a loud smooch on his mouth. “Mwah. Merry Christmas, Eddie.”
The barback stumbled and nearly fell on his bony ass.
River didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Cursing softly under his breath, he trudged toward the bar. I push her father all the way down Sixth Ave, and she kisses Eddie?
A soft hand grasped his bicep. “C’mon, River. Don’t be mad.”
He turned, and she stepped in close. Really close. Her fingertips rested on his chest. Huge dark eyes twinkled with mischief. “I had to pay Eddie back for being a troublemaker.”
He arched an eyebrow. “Kissing me is trouble?”
Her hand slid to his nape. “Probably. But, you know, tradition…”
Her heaven-soft lips brushed his, and the din around them faded away. He wrapped his arms around her waist. Her tongue might be sharp, but every inch of her was warm, soft, luscious. A low, hungry sound deep in her throat called his dick to full attention. She angled her head and kissed him again, long and lingering. But when he touched the corner of her mouth with the tip of his tongue, she sucked in a breath and pulled away. “See, told ya.” She tapped his sternum. “Trouble.”
About the author:
After a teaching career in Germany, I returned to the U.S. (culture shock!) to start my second chapter in life, writing steamy contemporary romance set in this beautiful region.
Confession: I have a small business fetish. My Book Nirvana series centers around a quirky bookshop in Eugene, Oregon, and the Bangers Tavern Romance series is set in a neighborhood bar in Tacoma, Washington, where I live—the town, not the tavern! Each story features a holiday celebration: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween…
I love the found family that develops in close-knit workplaces like these, and the chance to fill my imaginary businesses with quirky characters. Each volume of the Bangers Tavern series includes tasty cocktail recipes I’ve personally tested and tweaked—a tough job, but I do it for my readers. 😉
Yesterday we had a koi tragedy (RIP little fishies)! The man we’ve relied on for the last 8 or so years to maintain out Koi pond has been slacking a lot more now that he has a more time-consuming but less labor intensive job delivering Amazon packages. When the system got too clogged with algae the aerator failed. It was partly our fault. We got too complacent because before this our man was reliable. We’ve lost all nine Koi. Mom is despondent and kiddo is confused.
We are all pretty depressed, but I’m trying not to let it get me down on release day! Knight is Free is live on KindleUnlimited!
After the frenchman lost his job times were very tough. Being able to check books out of the library was a godsend for me and kiddo, so I got a little teary when I saw The Roman’s Woman is on Hoopla. It’s also in a million other places. It will be followed by Trick’s Trap shortly and Peyton’s Price in a month or so…
Check it out today!
find it everywhere else at https://www.authorlucyleroux.com/books/the-romans-woman/
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