Spotlight! Her Road Home by Laura Drake

Laura Drake dropped by the virtual offices to share an excerpt and the cover for her new Harlequin Superromance, Her Road Home.  Check it out, and if you enjoy the excerpt, you can pre-order by clicking the links below.

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT – HER ROAD HOME by LAURA DRAKE

“I’m full blooded Italian.” His back to her, he added, “My mom taught me. Those are my best memories – she cooked to Verde and while the pasta boiled, we’d dance in the kitchen.” The soft pain in his voice sounded like a bruise – an old, deep bruise.

He turned, and held out a hand. “Will you dance?”

She stood like a scared rabbit. You don’t want to give him mixed messages.

The violin wove through the music, a crying thread of sadness.

He doesn’t want you, he wants a memory. You could give him that.

“Sam.”

She looked up.

His hand hung outstretched. “It’s only a dance.”

His soft smile convinced her. She stepped forward and took his hand.

It was large and warm, the calluses a reminder that this dance partner was also her mechanic. He swept her away, gliding across the kitchen, his steps sure and graceful. He held her classically, giving her space. But his pheromone-loaded working man smell bridged the gap. She took a long breath of him and held it, feeling no guilt – she was doing him a favor, after all. His strong arms supported her but didn’t push; suggesting movement rather than demanding. Relaxed in his surety, her awkward body shifted — to something petite, fragile, almost graceful. She felt like Cinderella, at the ball. When he spun her, a bubble of joy rose in her chest until it burst from her mouth in a laugh.

If this man loves like he dances, any woman would be toast.

Not that she’d ever know. She stiffened, her fairy tale moment popping like a soap bubble.

He danced her back to the stove and pulled her into a brief, fierce hug. Lips beside her ear, he whispered, “Grazie, bella signora.” He released her, and stepped back.

She curtsied low. She had no idea why; surely it was the first curtsy of her life. But something in the formal passion of the old world music and his courtly manners made her feel . . . womanly.

He turned to the oven, missing her blush.

You’re a little old to play princess, Crozier. And a Tiara doesn’t fit under a motorcycle helmet.

About the book:

You can’t outrun nightmares on a motorcycle. Samantha Crozier knows, because she’s tried. Following the death of her father, Sam, an itinerant building contractor,  sold everything and hit the road on her motorcycle, ‘flipping’ houses on her way across the country. One rainy day on the coast of California, she runs out of road – and luck.

When an accident leaves her afoot in Widow’s Grove, the nightmares catch up. But can a derelict Victorian house, a stray dog, and a small town mechanic convince her to stay long enough to face them?

You can find Laura here:

www.LauraDrakeBooks.com Twitter: @PBRWriter 
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Blogging at: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/

Order links:

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-road-home-laura-drake/1114668442

Review: Love, Technically by Lynne Silver

 

Title:  Love, Technically

Author:  Lynne Silver

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Billionaire CEO and computer whiz Noah Frellish is a king among geeks. Women are attracted to his money, but he’d love to meet someone who’s actually interested in him. When he helps the sweet and sexy Michelle Kolson with a printing problem, she confuses him for a help desk technician. Noah knows he should clear up this case of mistaken identity, but would she still like him if she knew he was the boss?
Michelle thinks life in Chicago is perfect, as is the whirlwind romance with her smoking-hot coworker. When she unexpectedly finds her job on the chopping block and the man she fell headfirst into bed with running the company, will she abandon her dreams?
Noah must convince the small-town girl to stay in the big city—and that he really is the man she fell for.


Review:

Some stories just push the right buttons for me, and Love, Technically did exactly that.  There was times when I was highly skeptical that Michelle could as naïve as she was portrayed, but the overall tone of this book was so sweet and so much fun that I just shrugged those moments off.   She didn’t recognize her billionaire boss because he was wearing a different pair of glasses.  Really?  It’s like Lois Lane and her inability to see Clark Kent for who he really is.  If you can get beyond that, I think you’ll find this a great beach read.

Michelle has just moved to Chicago, leaving her small town origins behind her.  Determined to make her big city dreams come true, she’s taken a job at a tech company that was started by nerdy Noah and has hit the big time.  Michelle works in the call center, answering customer service calls.  It’s not glamorous, and her supervisor is a jerk, but it’s a foot in the door and it’s a paycheck.  When she meets Sark, who she thinks works for the IT department, she’s smitten.  What she doesn’t realize is that Sark is Noah, the rich CEO of the company.  With women chasing after him because of his wealth, Noah is charmed both by Michelle’s positive outlook and the fact that she doesn’t seem to know who he is.  She’s always cheerful and ready to give her all to a project or goal.  While he feels guilty that she believes he’s a just a desk tech, he can’t figure out a way to clue her in on the truth without embarrassing both of them.  Oops! You can bet she’s gong to be pissed when she discovers that he’s been misleading her, no matter how unintentionally.

I enjoyed Love, Technically so much because of Michelle.  She’s a go-getter, and she doesn’t allow herself to wallow in self-pity.  She feels a little inadequate next to some of her degreed co-workers, and wishes she could have gone to college. When she’s informed that her department is being moved overseas, and that she’ll soon be without a job, she panics.  I had a problem with this, too.  Why, why, why would they HR department even fill this position when they knew that the new employee would be out of a job soon?  Ugh. Shame on you, Noah, for letting your company ruin someone’s dreams like that.  Noah got a huge demerit for that, especially in this economy, and after Michelle pulled up roots and relocated to Chicago!

Noah clues Michelle in on a temporary position in the firm, and despite her lack of experience, Michelle finds herself working in the Marketing department.  She knows that if she’s going to have any chance of making her job permanent, she will need to hustle, and hustle she does.  She makes a checklist of her weaknesses, and goes out to make them strengths.  She enrolls in school and brushes up on software skills.  I liked Michelle’s drive and attitude, and found her attempts to better herself a highlight of the book.  The romance is cute and sweet, but, darn it, I loved seeing Michelle gain confidence as she learned her new job duties and began to take pride in her new abilities.  Her ambition empowered her, and this made the relationship with Noah more believable.  He is given to flights of fancy when he’s got an idea to code, and Michelle’s down to earth, go get ‘em hustle is exactly what he needed.

Love, Technically is an engaging read, one that’s perfect for whiling away some time by the pool.

Grade:  B/B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Lynne Silver, Author of Love, Technically and Giveaway!

 

Please give a warm welcome to guest Lynne Silver.  Lynne is celebrating the release of her geek romance Love, Technically. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Lynne Silver] My 140 Twitter profile is this: Perpetual tourist, craves designer purses, can kick butt in Go Fish, and author of some hot books for Ellora’s Cave & Entangled.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Love, Technically?

[Lynne Silver] Love, Technically takes place in a hip technology start-up and features the CEO of the company and a newbie employee. Michelle’s a small town girl overwhelmed by the big city of Chicago. She’s so naïve, she doesn’t even realize the cute guy flirting with her is the CEO.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Lynne Silver] I wrote Love, Technically after Entangled put out a call for “geek” stories. Having been married to a computer whiz for 16 years, I knew I needed to write about us. I set the story at a fictionalized version of a technology company we worked for in 2000. The company had just gone public and it was the epitome of the DotCom era with bean bag chairs, foosball tables and adrenaline.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Noah?

[Lynne Silver] vUber-smart, sweet, athletic

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Michelle had a theme song, what would it be?

[Lynne Silver] The theme song from Mary Tyler Moore or Sex & the City

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Michelle is never without.

[Lynne Silver] Make-up in her purse

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Noah’s bathroom?

[Lynne Silver] Hair gel, tampons, Axe body spray

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Lynne Silver] My favorite romance novels, a sunny day.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Lynne Silver] A quiet spot, my snuggie & wristies, and sunlight

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Love, Technically?

[Lynne Silver] I wrote it on vacation using an iPad- so the lack of keyboard, my 2 kids clamoring to come play and the beach were hard to contend with.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Lynne Silver] I loved MacRieve by Kresley Cole, Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, and I just read Moonglow by Kristen Callihan- the world building is amazing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Lynne Silver] I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood, so it would be my childhood series- Little House on the Prairie, The Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace and A Little Princess.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Lynne Silver] Hang out with my kids and husband. I love to travel- I like to be in new places. I hate the airplane ride of getting there. Luckily I live in Washington, DC, a very cool city and there’s always something new to explore.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Lynne Silver] I’m often on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lynnesilverauthor

Twitter: @lynnesilver

Web: www.lynnesilver.com

Email: lynne at Lynnesilver dot com

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

Giveaway!

Enter to win a  Geek Care Package which includes a variety of “geek” accessories, including the t-shirt that the hero wears in the first scene of the book! (This giveaway is open to US residents ONLY!)

The geek care package currently includes:  floppy disk coasters, a box of Nerds candy, A necklace with a glasses charm, a hairband with a robot geek charm and the shirt from Think Geek.

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Book Description:

Billionaire CEO and computer whiz Noah Frellish is a king among geeks. Women are attracted to his money, but he’d love to meet someone who’s actually interested in him. When he helps the sweet and sexy Michelle Kolson with a printing problem, she confuses him for a help desk technician. Noah knows he should clear up this case of mistaken identity, but would she still like him if she knew he was the boss?

Michelle thinks life in Chicago is perfect, as is the whirlwind romance with her smoking-hot coworker. When she unexpectedly finds her job on the chopping block and the man she fell headfirst into bed with running the company, will she abandon her dreams?

Noah must convince the small-town girl to stay in the big city—and that he really is the man she fell for.

About the Author:

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines.

She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.

She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC

Fun Facts about Lynne:

1. She has no sense of direction and could get lost on her way from the kitchen to the bathroom.

2. She grew up in Miami and is a huge Hurricanes fan. (The football team, not the natural disaster.)

3. Speaking of natural disasters…she lived through Hurricane Andrew, though her car and much of her house did not. To this day she is scared of storms and windy days.

4. Lynne eats a lot of sushi and considers herself a bit of a connoisseur. She and her husband considered writing a sushi guide at one time.

Website: http://www.lynnesilver.com/

Blog: http://www.lynnesilver.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnesilver

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynneSilverAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4441166.Lynne_Silver

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lynne-Silver/e/B004FQXSAE