Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friends to Lovers


Friends to Lovers

By Ashley Ladd

 

Have you ever had a friend who turned into something more?

 

Or have you had a friendship you wished would turn into something more?

 

I have. I married one of my friends, although our relationship had long before turned into a romance before we decided to marry. We didn’t stay friends very long before we started dating so we weren’t long-time friends turned lovers like many couples.

 

Before I married my hubby, however, I had two other friends whom I wished were more. Much more. And we were very good friends. Sadly, even though I wished for more, we only remained friends.

 

But I’ve never forgotten them and I have to wonder what would happen if we became single at the same time and met again. Would I get up my nerve to tell them how I feel? Would I find out that they cherished romantic feelings for me too? Would we get a second chance?

 

Or would I be embarrassed if I said anything?

 

All these what ifs became the basis for my new story “Her Men”. Unlike me, Julie finds herself single again and in the position to meet up with her former friend. She also meets up with her ex-boyfriend, so she has to make a choice and it isn’t easy.

 

 

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Title: Her Men

Publisher: Totally Bound

Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female-male romance

Book Length: 22,000 words

Pre-release date: Friday August 29, 2014

General release date: Friday September 26, 2014
 

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BLURB:

Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She's fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.

 

Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They're sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won't be disappointed by her older self.

 

It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the other’s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot ménage…or two…for her heart to decide which one she’s in love with.

 

EXCERPT:

Beside herself, she put a pillow over her head. “Why do I still have feelings for him? Why do I want him?”

Connie removed the pillow and brushed the hair off Julie’s brow. “I thought you wanted James?”

She rolled to her side and punched the bed. “I want them both. God is that how Tim felt when we were together? He wanted me but he wanted her too? How can I put him down for that when I’m doing the same thing? I’m not being fair, am I? Or am I just a super slut?”

Connie tugged on her hair. “You’re being human. It took me a long time to discover that my heart lies with Eric. Give them a chance to woo you, to win you. You’re not a slut, just a woman with a choice.”

She shook her head. “Even if I fantasize that they’ll both make love to me at once? That they’ll tie me up and spank me until I scream? I am Super Slut.”

Connie chuckled. “That’s a common woman’s fantasy. I had the same one about Allen and Eric.” She lowered her voice and admitted, “One we lived out last time we were at the reunion.”

Amazement shooting through her, Julie bolted up in bed. “Shut up! You didn’t?”

“We did. It was awesome. I’m so glad we did. I’ll love the memories forever and it clarified who I wanted as my one and only.”

“Really? I hope they’ll give me that chance. I’ve missed them so very, very much. My marriage was miserable because I wanted them.”

“Shush. Stop worrying and take a nap. You’ll feel better.”

“But I’ll miss everything.”

“No one wants to see you throw up. I’ll check on you in a couple hours and if you’re better, we’ll rejoin the party.”

“I’ll miss dinner.”

“There’s a ton of hors d’oeuvres, not to mention room service. You’ll survive. Let’s just hope Tim and James don’t kill each other.”

She grabbed the pillow again and groaned into it. She hoped they wouldn’t too.

 

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Ashley Ladd bio.jpg Ashley Ladd is a disabled Air Force vet that is hard of hearing but still loves language, especially the written word. She loves a sexy man, especially one with a military background and they’ll often pop up in her stories. She also loves cats and has been known to empower a cat with the gift of speech. Unfortunately he wouldn’t shut up. J She loves to plug into Pandora and sip Diet Coke while writing, usually with a cat or kid at her side.
 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Blogger Carrie Pack - Designs On You


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Designs on You

by Carrie Pack

 

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Guest Blog: DESIGNS ON YOU

 

Designs on You is based on my early career as a graphic designer, but parts of my other jobs have made their way into my writing as well. I’m currently an adjunct professor at a small college in Florida, and even though none of my characters is a college student, I still drew some inspiration from that as well. When we meet Scott at the beginning of Designs on You, the project he is working on—a logo for a cupcake shop—was inspired by a conversation I had with a fellow professor. She teaches graphic design and was lamenting how many assignments she received that were some variation of “I designed a logo for a cupcake shop.”

 

Graphic design is a very trend-driven field, and students are not immune to that. Everything they were submitting was pink and white and “whimsical.” As a teacher, it gets old really fast to see the same thing over and over again, and I realized that was no different than when I worked as a graphic designer: everything becomes monotonous and repetitive. So Scott is haunted by cupcake logos because that was the trend when I was writing this.

 

Teaching can also be repetitive, but it is probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I think there’s a special opportunity when you teach young adults that you don’t get when you teach children. You’re not bound by the constraints of what’s “acceptable” to teach. You can open up their minds to new ideas and help them discover their passions.

 

That said, being a teacher who critiques her students’ writing makes me hyper-aware of my own writing in a way that can inhibit my ability to get words out. I second-guess every sentence and cringe at every typo.

 

But I also think it gives me a great connection to a demographic I’m no longer a part of: college students. They are the trendsetters in a lot of ways, so it’s great to be able to know what’s hot in their world. I’ve noticed they are more accepting of LGBT relationships than the generation before them, and that’s part of why I enjoy writing in this genre. Overall though, I’m trying to keep my students out of my writing because there’s a special relationship between and teacher and student that, in my opinion, should have some level of privilege in the same way you would have with a lawyer or therapist.

 

School starts back up next week, though, and I’m excited to meet a new crop of students. I’m sure there will be some characters in there who may one day see parts of themselves in my writing, but I don’t think I’d ever use their lives as basis for a a plot.

 

The stifling Florida humidity, however, well that’s fair game. I plan on exploiting that in at least one novel before my writing career is finished because one thing I’m not looking forward to when classes start next week is sweating my face off during the walk from my car to the classroom.

 

 


 

BLURB:

 

If graphic designer Scott Parker has to design one more cupcake company logo, he might lose it. So when he is tasked with retouching photos for a big fashion client, a stunning, lanky model mesmerizes Scott and occupies his fantasies long after the assignment is finished.

 

When the model is assigned to one of Scott’s projects, Scott discovers that the object of his desire is nothing like what he imagined. Despite Jamie Donovan’s aloof and dismissive behavior, Scott struggles to forge a friendship with him, all the while trying to keep his attraction at bay.

 

Will Jamie follow through on signals that he may be interested, or will he forever be the beautiful man in the photograph, an untouchable fantasy?

 

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Excerpt:

 

“Jamie, just make sure you maintain eye contact with the camera,” Scott says. “Direct it all at the lens.” What he means is, take all that anger, desire, passion, frustration, whatever it is that is holding him back, whatever he’s feeling, and channel it into his work. Let it go. He lowers his voice and leans in so only Jamie can hear him. “Direct it all at me if you have to.”

 

Jamie seems to understand because he nods, his eyes fixed on Scott’s as his breathing picks up, and if it weren’t for the camera and all the lights between them, Scott would swear they’re back outside that bathroom, suspended in the second before Jamie kissed him. Then Jamie locks his gaze on the camera lens three feet from his face, determination apparent in the set of his jaw, and a hushed anticipation settles over them. Jamie blinks twice and relaxes into the posture that Scott instantly recognizes as his model’s stance; he’s ready to go.

 

Scott smiles and ducks behind the camera, using the viewfinder rather than the digital display. There’s an intimacy in it, seeing Jamie through the focused view of the lens, and Scott is awestruck. It’s like seeing Jamie for the first time, all of his emotions raw and his soul laid bare—and it’s nothing like the pictures Scott used to get off to. This is Jamie the person, the one who is Scott’s friend, not Jamie the model or the insane erotic fantasy that Scott had created around him. In that moment of realization, the shock of Jamie’s beauty shoots through Scott like fireworks—a sharp point of light that erupts into a shower of sparks in his chest. He holds his breath and snaps the shutter. Zach had left it on a rapid-fire setting, so he shoots about ten frames at once, catching the subtle changes in Jamie’s expression.

 

He glances down at the display; even at only three inches wide, he can tell the shots are what they’re looking for. Scott lifts the camera back up and smiles. “All right, Jamie, let’s try that again, and this time I want you to really take a risk. Try something new and don’t hold back.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 


 

A former graphic artist, Carrie Pack turned to her early career experience as the backdrop for her first novel. She lives in Florida with her husband, where she teaches advertising writing at a local college.

 

http://www.carriepackchowske.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/mscarriepack

 

https://twitter.com/carriepack

 



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