Bridesmaid Trilogy

#Read a naughty excerpt of Once a Bridesmaid and #win! #loveromance #amreadingromance

Welcome to the Hot & Sinful Nights blog hop. Today, the authors of Hot & Sinful Nights are sharing our steamiest scenes from our books appearing in the Hot & Sinful Nights anthology. Hope you’ll enjoy.

 

 

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Excerpt from Once a Bridesmaid appearing in the Hot & Sinful Nights anthology boxed set as of 26 September 2017

 

This scene occurs late in the book, after the hero, Kyle, has just come home from a business trip to his commitment phobic lover, Lauren. And that’s pretty much all you need to know to enjoy this scene 🙂

 

Lauren grabbed his shirt, pulling him against her for a deep kiss. She twined her arms around his neck and pressed against him, the citrus and vanilla scent of her making his head swim. She traced his lower lip with her tongue before nipping lightly and stepping back. “There. Wanted that all night.”

“Me, too,” Kyle said, as she tugged him toward her bedroom.

They tumbled on to the bed together, both trying to touch each other everywhere at once. The studs from his shirt clattered on the hardwood floor as Lauren pulled his shirt open, kissing her way up his chest, little nipping kisses that made his blood pound through his veins and his breathing stutter. Desire rushed through him, making him dizzy with lust and need and maybe more. They’d only been apart a few days. How could they be this hot together so fast?

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Kiss a Bridesmaid is out now!

Kiss a Bridesmaid, third in the Always a Bridesmaid series, releases today at the super low introductory price of 99 cents. Don’t wait until it goes up to $2.99 next week! Buy now.

Kiss a Bridesmaid is Shortie and Abby’s story. If you’ve read Forever a Bridesmaid, Shortie is introduced in that book as Matthew Westbrook’s friend. He owns The Pie Plate. Now, he’s working with Erin as a wedding caterer and cake baker. When a naughty canine ring bearer dashes through Forsyth Park, Shortie gives chase. Abby catches the dog’s leash and ends up in the mud. And that’s how Shortie and Abby meet.

I had a great time writing Shortie and Abby’s story and I hope you enjoy reading it!

Becoming a Writer, Bridesmaid Trilogy, Cupid's Coffeeshop, Lost Art of Second Chances, Writing

Happy (Book) Birthday to Me!

Eight years ago today, I brought my son home from the hospital. Here’s one of my favorite shots of that day.

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Seven years later (one year ago today), I hit the “publish” button on my first novel, Forever a Bridesmaid, and rushed out the door to take my son to swim class. Later that night, just before midnight, I got to see my listing come up. One of the biggest thrills of my life.

To celebrate my first anniversary, I’ve put three of my books on sale for 99 cents, just for today. So, fill up your e-reader and scoop up some gifts for all your friends. 

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In this first year of publishing, I published a total of 10 books (3 full-length novels and 7 novellas). In addition to that, I’ve got one boxed set, three audiobooks, and, just this week, agreed to have Forever a Bridesmaid translated into Spanish.

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Thanks to the support of my wonderful readers, I won a contract with my second novel, The Lost Art of Second Chances, and officially became a hybrid author. I am the luckiest author in the world.

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In the next year, I’ve got five more Cupid’s Coffeeshop novellas, two novellas in two different anthology boxed sets, the final novel in my Bridesmaid’s trilogy, several more boxed sets, and audiobooks to come. It’s going to be a busy year. Stick around for the ride!

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FREE Books! Celebrate release day with THREE free reads!

So, Cupid’s Kiss, the second in the Cupid’s Coffeeshop series is available today. I hope you’ll love Mac and Val as much as I do. Please go purchase your copy today!

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To celebrate the release of Cupid’s Kiss, I’ve put three of my other novels FREE today, for a limited time (until 15 February 2016).

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The first book in the Cupid’s Coffeeshop series, Java Frost, is FREE!!

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The first book in my Always a Bridesmaid series, Forever a Bridesmaid, is FREE!!

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The second book in my Always a Bridesmaid, Once a Bridesmaid, is free!!

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The next three stories in my Cupid’s Coffeeshop series are available for pre-order. Pick up your copies today!

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Cherry Blossom Cappuccino

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Cafe Au Lait 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! In honor of my Valentine’s promotion, Friday Favorites will return next week (19 February 2016).

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Bridesmaid Trilogy

RELEASE DAY

Today is the release of my third (!) novel, Once a Bridesmaid, the second in the Always a Bridesmaid series. I’m still struggling to wrap my mind around the fact that I published my first novel (Forever a Bridesmaid) on 27 July and here–a mere 4 months and a few days later–I’m publishing my third.

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Once a Bridesmaid is Lauren and Kyle’s story. Lauren is Erin (the heroine of Forever a Bridesmaid)’s best friend. While Erin is in Savannah, Lauren mistakes Kyle for a stripper and indulges in one wild night with him. But Cupid’s not going to let them off the hook that easy, is he?

I hope you’ll enjoy Lauren and Kyle’s love story as much as I enjoyed writing it. You can purchase it here. Please read and review!

Also, to celebrate the release of the second book in the series, Forever a Bridesmaid is on sale for 99 cents. Hurry! It’s only on sale for a week!

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New Release!

Instead of Friday Favorites, today I bring you my debut novel! Forever a Bridesmaid, the first book in the Always a Bridesmaid series released on Monday. I’m a novelist! Finally!

Several people have asked what they can do to support a fledgling novelist. Other than the obvious purchasing (buy one for you and one for all your friends :-), leaving an honest review is the next best thing. Anything you can do to share on social media is helpful (especially Pinterest). Thanks so much to everyone who helped me get this far!

Here’s the gorgeous cover, designed by the Killion Group. And you can find it on here (print version is being formatted as we speak, if you prefer a paper copy.)

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Here’s the blurb:

Will she fall in love or will she be…Forever a Bridesmaid?

From romance author Courtney Hunt comes the Always a Bridesmaid series, a fun, contemporary romance series about professional bridesmaids who end up finding their own happily ever afters…

Erin Delaney’s struggling professional bridesmaid’s business needs an infusion of cash—quick—so she can support herself and her younger brother. When she gets a last-minute contract for a week of wedding festivities in Savannah, she jumps at the chance to create the perfect wedding. But she didn’t count on the groom’s disapproving brother…

Charming architect Matthew Westbrook will do anything to stop his younger brother’s pell-mell rush to the altar. He just didn’t count on falling for the smart and sexy bridesmaid that his mother hired…

When his matchmaking mama offers to sweeten the deal, Erin will earn the money she needs, if she can manage to keep Matthew from destroying the wedding. But, when her secret deal comes to light, will she lose her chance at love…in Forever a Bridesmaid, first in the Always a Bridesmaid series?

And now I’m off to continue work on the second book in the series…

Bridesmaid Trilogy, Lost Art of Second Chances, Parenting, Writing

And the living is easy…

Happy Summer! Fox is out of school for the summer. Hard to believe he’s not a kindergartener anymore. I borrowed this meme about summer from my friend Mary’s blog, Passionate Perseverance. She started the blog to document her life with her severely disabled daughter, also named Courtney. Her story is amazing (have Kleenex ready if you read it!) and she’s always an inspiration to me.

Here are my Answer Me This answers for Summertime…

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#1 – Any big plans for the summer?
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Mostly, I’m going to be spending summer with my favorite guy, Fox. He is going to camp on and off all summer. In between, we’re going to do crafts, go to the pool, and participate in the local library’s summer reading challenge. To that end, if anyone has any suggestions for keeping an almost 7 year old amused, let me know in the comments. I need all the help I can get.

I’m also in the final stages of two books, Forever a Bridesmaid, and The Lost Art of Second Chances while starting to draft Once a Bridesmaid. I need a time turner.

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And we’re planning to go to the Outer Banks in July and Myrtle Beach in August. Should be a fun, full summer.

#2 – What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I went to 13 years of Catholic school. I totally bought into the Jesus and the saints are watching your every move deal.
#3 – What is you favorite amusement park ride?
Any roller coaster. Anytime, baby! My favorite coaster ever is the Alpengeist in Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

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#4 – What’s on you summer reading list?

My TBR pile is teetering off the nightstand. Here are just a few choices:  I’m really looking forward to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, which is due out in September. I want to read Lauren Willig’s That Summer and The Other Daughter. I’ve heard great things about The Rocks by Peter Nichols.

I’ll also be doing summer reading with Fox. I think Henry Huggins by Beverly Clearly will be our first one.

#5 – Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

No, not since I was three and fell asleep in my stroller at Disney World.

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#6 – What is your favorite smell?
All the lavender. LOVE that one. But I’m a lotions and potions kinda girl so I love lots of different ones. My all time favorite lotion is satsuma from the Body Shop. So bright and clean and happy. And I also love their new green tea line.

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That’s it for this week. Tag, you’re it! Your turn to answer the questions….

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Happy Summertime! 🙂

Bridesmaid Trilogy, Crafts, Writing

Coloring Books

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So, have you heard about the new trend of coloring books for adults? For the past several weeks, Johanna Basford’s coloring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have topped the Amazon bestseller charts. Full of fanciful illustrations, with plenty of room to color, these books are touted as everything from play for adults to creativity boosts to relaxation and meditation aides.

 

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And I say, yes to all of the above 🙂 I’ve been coloring with Fox for about three years. I started out with free mandalas and downloads from Don’t Eat the Paste. (Several of the ones in the photos are from that site). I saw Basford’s books a few months ago and ordered them quickly thereafter. They are wonderful, detailed and rich, with lots of hidden things to find.

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As a recovering type A (my RL friends and family need to stop laughing at that!), I have tried to meditate multiple times. My monkey mind just doesn’t want to cooperate. However, with coloring, I can fall into a meditative sort of trance. I think it’s because the repetitive motion keeps my hands busy and the inner critic quiet.

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I keep a notebook beside me and write down any ideas that pop up. That’s how I’m brainstorming my current WIP, Forever a Bridesmaid. Grab yourself a box of crayons or some colored pencils and give it a try yourself.

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