Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sonnet Coupled Review Tour

Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.

Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.

It had grown dark, and the lampposts in the parking lot were lit. She had a little pep in her step as she walked to the ER doors, but she stopped and didn’t go in. He was there, hands on his duty belt as he talked with a patient near the security desk. Griffith emitted shock waves of sex appeal, even from where she stood.
Oh, hell no.

She’d never be able to walk past him after what she’d done the other night. She reddened. Not like he would even know about her stupid fantasies, but she would. She’d half forgotten he would be on graves with her, too wrapped up in the exhilaration of getting into medical school and…other activities.

Evasive maneuvering seemed the best way to go, so she sidestepped and made her way around to the back employee entrance leading into the ER. She smiled to herself over the minor victory, and pushed against the handle to go in, but it didn’t budge.

“You’ve uh, got to pull it.”

She turned around, and there he stood, dangling a black Maglite in his hand. She reigned in the growl that wanted to surface. “I’m sorry?”

“The door. You need to yank the handle toward you, not push it. There’s a sign.”

Sonnet froze, and eyed the PULL sticker she’d been oblivious to, right above said handle.

“Of course,” she murmured. “Figures.” Even though he must think her an imbecile, she raised her chin with defiance and muttered her thanks as she tugged on the door. It didn’t move.

“Use your badge,” he said. “It’s a security measure so no unauthorized personnel get in.” She glanced at him. He crossed his arms, and his lips fought a losing battle to twitch upward.

Sonnet shook her head, flustered, and rooted around her purse for her work badge. “Look, I realize you think I’m a total moron here, but it’s my first night on the floor, my car had trouble starting earlier, and my nerves are all shot to hell. So, I’d appreciate it if you, your ridiculously stacked chest, and all your muscles wouldn’t judge me, okay? I’m nervous enough as it is. We’re not all perfect.” She held her badge to the RFID reader. The second the green light went on, he beat her to the handle and held the door open for her.

She didn’t see a wedding ring on his left hand. Hmm.

He smirked. “Good to know you like my muscles.” He raised his eyebrows as she clipped past him.

“Shut it, Rambo.”

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Author Bio and Links:
Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also writes science fiction and stage plays as Haley Cavanagh. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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  1. Thank you for having me on the blog today! I'm available all day to answer any questions for readers. Thank you! Roxanne

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

  3. Thank you, James! I hope you'll check out my backlist as well. Good luck on the giveaway. I also have another gift card giveaway happening with my upcoming release of Flip the Beat with Boroughs Publishing. You can check it out here: Please let me know if you have any questions on my books or Sonnet Coupled. All the best!

  4. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  5. Thanks, Lisa! I love to hear from readers, and I'm glad you enjoyed the novel. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I hope you get a chance to read it. Check out the booktrailer on Youtube! Love, Roxanne

  7. Best of luck on your release. I hope your book does well. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Thank you, Bernie! I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter. I run giveaways all the time and would love to have some new readers. Thanks for your interest in Sonnet Coupled. :)

  8. Great excerpt, it definitely sounds like my kind of book!

    1. I think you'd love it, Victoria! Let me know how you get on. I love to hear what readers think, especially in reviews. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter; I do giveaways all the time! Best, Roxanne

  9. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  10. Thanks, Cali! If you liked the excerpt, check out the first free sample chapter of the book here: Happy reading! Roxanne

  11. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    1. Thank you, Ally! I hope you'll check out Sonnet Coupled. :)

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    1. Thanks! I have a new release coming out with Boroughs Publishing in July, Flip the Beat. Be sure to check it out! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kim! There's more where that came from. Have a free chapter from Sonnet Coupled, on me: All the best, Roxanne

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    1. Thanks, Gwendolyn! I hope you enjoy it. :)

      All the best,