Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Intoxicated NBtM

Love is intoxicating, but the hangover can be agony...

Conservative, straight-laced Ally Taylor has the perfect life – successful fiancé, beautiful home, great career – until she catches her fiancé and best friend in bed. Desperate to shake off the sting of rejection, Ally heads to Felony, a notorious heavy metal club on the bad side of town. Even more dangerous than the bar is Jack Jameson, the hunky alpha male bartender whose smoldering dark eyes and dimpled smile turns her common sense to mush and her knees to noodles. After eight long years in a failed romance, the last thing Ally wants is to hook up with someone like Jack, but she can’t help wondering if he’s really as good in bed as his reputation suggests.

Jack Jameson has had his eye on Ally for months, drawn to her smart mouth and tightly wound self-control. When Jack finds Ally sitting on a barstool in his club, heartbroken and miserable, he’s more than happy to offer a little heat between the sheets to distract her. Too bad Ally’s not interested in his “hit-it-and-quit-it” philosophy. If only Jack could convince Ally that he’s tired of the endless parade of girls through his bedroom, she might see him in a different light.

When Jack and Ally get together, everything goes wrong and it’s more than either of them bargained for. Ally’s got serious trust issues and a need for control that makes Jack crazy. Jack’s got more baggage than an airline carousel; the constant stream of women from his past stirs up all of Ally’s insecurities. Can Ally overlook Jack’s womanizing past and learn to trust him? Will Jack be able to commit to just one woman or will a secret from his past ruin everything?

She didn’t want to believe him, but one look into his dark eyes and she had no doubt that he spoke the truth. Eyes like that didn’t lie. The clarity of their brown depths spoke volumes about his sincerity. He stared back at her with one eyebrow cocked as if daring her to challenge his answer. She cleared her throat and tried to look away but couldn’t. No, if there was one thing she knew for certain, Jack didn’t lie. He didn’t need to.

She shook her head to break the spell. A few more minutes of his heated chocolate stare and she’d be flat on her back with her legs in the air. Then the office gossips really would have something to talk about. “Thanks for lunch.”

“We aren’t done yet.” He glanced at the brass and mahogany grandfather clock behind her. “I still have another ten minutes of your time.” She stood and he rose with her, a lithe and graceful motion. “You want to know what I think?”

“Does it matter? I’m sure you’re going to tell me anyway.” She took a step backward and he moved with her, herding her backwards in a seductive dance until the backs of her thighs came up against the desk, so close that her skin prickled with a sudden rush of heat.

“I think that if you were really into Brian, you would’ve made the time for him. I think that you’re secretly relieved to be free of him and feeling guilty about it. I think that deep down inside you’re dying to break out of this cage you’ve built for yourself with someone who knows how to give a girl what she needs.” 

Jeana, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey, thanks for having me! I’m excited to be here. So where to begin? I live in a tiny Indiana town without stoplights, where my in-town neighbors own chickens and horses, and no one thinks twice about seeing a tractor parked in front of the local saloon. I have a boring, normal day job but at night I put on my writer’s cap and dream up romantic stories to amuse myself and hopefully my readers as well.

How did you get started writing?
I started writing as a child and have stacks of notebooks in my closet that will never see the light of day, but I didn’t get serious about writing until a few years ago. I was really dissatisfied with my life and the direction it was heading. Since childhood, I had always dreamed of becoming an author and I suddenly realized that life was passing me by, that if I wanted to achieve my dream, I had to go for it. The next day I joined RWA, found a local chapter, and I’ve been hard at it ever since.

What was the inspiration for your book?
I love to travel and some of the most interesting people I’ve met were in clubs and bars along the way. I wanted to bring a little of the flavor from those experiences to my books. I also realized that the books I enjoy the most are about average, every day people facing the challenges of life that we all experience – dealing with exes, blended families, and debts. I wanted to write a book that touched on all of those subjects.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I am dying to write a time travel/fantasy romance. I have a story that I’ve been working on for a few years, and once I’ve wrapped up the Felony Romance series, I plan to publish it. I’d also like to write a gothic horror. This girl loves a good scare!

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
I will read anything as long as it sounds interesting. I don’t think I could ever write a mystery even though I enjoy reading them. It takes a brilliant mind to write a good mystery – all that plotting and threading of clues throughout the book.

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
I’m working on two releases for 2014 – a novella/prequel titled Unexpected (Book 1.5), and a full-length novel (Book 2) of the Felony Romance series. They should be out in late 2014.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Blue like the ocean or the sky on a hot summer’s day.

Favorite movie?
That’s a hard one. I love Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth) and The Notebook. I can watch those movies over and over and never get tired of them.

Book that inspired you to become an author?
Actually, it was Twilight. I went through a “dark” period of about ten years where I didn’t pick up one book. Not one! And for someone who used to read two to three books a week, this was unbelievable. Anyway, I was lonely, depressed, and on vacation by myself, bored stiff. I picked up a used copy of Twilight, turned off my TV, and read that huge book in two days. I was literally starved for literature! I read the whole series in a week. And I knew then what had been missing from my life – books! After I read Stephanie Myer’s story of how she wrote Twilight, I thought, “Why can’t I write a book?” I had all these stories in my head just dying to get out and lots of spare time, so why not?

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Anyone? Wow, that’s an interesting question. My choice would be Jamie Fraser from Outlander, Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind. I don’t know how they would get along with each other, but the conversation would be lively!

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Author Bio and Links:
Jeana Mann is the author of sizzling hot contemporary romance. Her debut release Intoxicated was a First Place Winner of the 2013 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest and a finalist for the 2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award. 

Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the Pantheon in Rome, and explored the ancient city of Pompeii. More important than the places she’s been are the people she has met along the way.

Be sure to connect with Jeana on Facebook or follow along on Twitter for the latest news regarding her upcoming releases.

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