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Meet Sadira Stone and Experience Christmas in July! 1

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.

Excerpt:

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.”

Grab your sale copy of Christmas Rekindled  HERE.

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. 😉

I’d love to hear from you! Please visit me on all the socials.

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Fishy Tragedy and a Hot Hispanic Hero.

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!

US https://amzn.to/30v0uo4

UK https://amzn.to/30x8Xag

CA https://amzn.to/2Md6o9l

AU https://amzn.to/3fGZXHv

#RIP fishies.

The Roman’s Woman is Wide

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! 

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13977180

find it everywhere else at https://www.authorlucyleroux.com/books/the-romans-woman/


Love and Devotion Live in OC this summer!

#share #PleaseShare #sharetowin #win #wintickets #booksigning #booksigningevent 

Join us July 30-31, 2021 for the Love & Devotion OC Super Party at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum! Tickets are available NOW!

 Friday, July 30 @ 8pm we are having an Un-Birthday Party! You’re invited to dress the part for this Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party hosted by Love & Devotion Model Alex Samson as the Mad Hatter!

 Saturday, July 31, 11am – 12noon: VIP Book Signing Early Access

 Saturday, July 31, 12noon – 1pm: VIP Lunch with the Authors and Models

 Saturday, July 31, 1pm – 4pm: General Admission Book Signing

 Saturday, July 31 @ 7pm we are having a Storybook Pub Party! You’re invited to party at the pub with the authors and pub proprietor himself, Love & Devotion Model Matthew Carothers as Kole O’Shea!

 Authors Scheduled to Attend: A.D. Brazeau, C. J. Corbin, Charlene Johnson, Ember-Raine Winters, Finley Brown, Jas T. Ward, Jenn D. Young, Jenna Galicki, Jessalyn Jameson, Jillian Liota, Kelly Violet, Kenzie Rose, Lane Martin, Lucy Leroux, LB Gilbert, M.C. Solaris, Marie Hall, Mareta L. Miller, Mary Rogers, Michelle Fernandez, Naomi Springthorp, Rachel Lyn Adams, Rayne Elizabeth, Susana Mohel, Taryn Bradley, Teri Kay, Tessa McFionn, and Tonya Clark.

 Register soon because space is limited.

We hope you’re able to join us!

Buy your tickets here: https://lovedevotionoc2021.eventbrite.com

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Updates!

So I think I’m going to be bad and write the Millionaire’s Mechanic (Rainer Torsten) before Burned Deep (Donovan Carter). I’m just feeling this story more and I have to keep the muse happy to make the words flow faster. I will try to write them at the same time, but I think MM will win cause I have things to say there, although I *must* finish To Hell and Back next because that’s a hard deadline with the ‘Zon.

Knight Takes Queen, R&R3 clocked in at 71K for the rough draft which I finished this Sunday. I will ignore it for the rest of the week before picking it back up. Factoring in my editor’s schedule I am guessing that’s going to be a May release now instead of October. Stay tuned—as soon as I get my act together I’m going to have Mercenary Audiobook review codes in my Street Team on Facebook.


Author Spotlight Tia Didmon, New Release!

Cat shifter meet Cat burglar… 

One stolen moment can be the difference between victory and death. Anastatia Petrov has a mission. One final heist and she will be free of the monster that pulls her strings. All she has to do is steal a tiny device from a lair of cougar shifters. She has trained her entire life for this, so it should be easy. But when a cougar shifter meets a cat burglar, one stolen moment can be the difference between victory and death. 
Do you run back to the lion’s den and lose everything you fought for when the sexy man who caught you says you’re his mate, or do you believe in a man who brings fire from the shadows and light to the darkness? 
Their forbidden love may be a series of stolen moments, but it will take one last score to save the ones she loves.

https://books2read.com/FeralAttraction


Scenes I did not have to research.

I know authors sometimes like to talk about how much research they did for a certain scene, but there are a few I’ve written I could almost entirely off the top of my head you might be surprised about…Here’s a short list.

Elynn setting the laminar flow hood on fire in Making Her His, because yes…I’ve done this. More than once. One time I knocked it over and set the entire bench surface on fire.

The gene therapy explanation Jack gives Derrick in the upcoming Tooth and Nail. Most of that was memory. I only had to look up plasmid names.

The scene describing Gia’s home village and what food to mention cause that’s just stuff I wanted to eat at the time. Anytime Hispanic food is mentioned, it’s because I’m hungry and want my mom to make/buy that item.

When Logan explains epigenetics to the werewolves in Air. It’s by no means exhaustive, in fact it barely scratches the surface but I like to throw in biological details to all my books because that’s my background.

What a slime mold looks like in Fire. Really, anything fungal-related in my books. My PhD is in microbiology but my focus was on fungi and genome-level technology.