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Hey guys, so today is officially the last #ATO! It’s been a fun ride and I’m happy to be closing it out with my friend C.M. Doporto and her NA series The University Park series! She’s got tons of info on her series including an excerpt and several quotes that I just love!
Take it away C.M.
College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection? (This story will be told in three installments)
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The engagement’s off and with Collin behind her, Lexi has decided that the temptations of Raven Davenport are too strong to be ignored. It doesn’t take long for Lexi and Raven to find themselves wrapped in each other’s affection, but not without the challenges that life poses. But can she withstand the world he’s created or will the forces that are against them rip them apart? Love, faith, betrayal, and heartache ripple through their lives as they fight to be on the same side.
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Lexi’s determined to keep her word and stand by Raven’s side because her love for him is too strong to deny. As Raven learns to deal with the issues that are destined to destroy him and their relationship, their love is taken to a new level. As doors are closed and new ones are opened, Lexi and Raven find themselves in a heavenly bliss, but not without the challenges from Raven’s past. With a true test of love, Lexi and Raven have to decide if they are willing to do whatever it takes to be on the winning side.
Delaney held up a light pink sweater to her chest. “This is hideous. You have to trash this thing.” She flung it behind her.
“Hey, I like that sweater.” I dashed after it and then gave it a once over and agreed with her. It was something my mom had bought for me and it had Betty Homemaker written all over it with pearl buttons and a jacquard trim. I shoved it in the return-home bag. “I think coming back to the dorm will be good for both of us. When Raven’s having a bad day, I can just come back here so he can have some time to himself. Time to process whatever he’s going through.”
And time to fight his demons.
“And you trust that he will be okay.” She threw one of my skirts over her head. “He won’t plunge off the edge and go back to where he was, will he?”
“I’ll check on him. It’s not like I won’t see him. And if needed, you can take me to his apartment, right?”
“Yeah, of course.”
“Who’s apartment?” Raven stood in the doorway carrying my bags.
“Your apartment, silly.” I smiled at him, trying to displace any unnecessary fear or jealously. Although Raven hadn’t seemed liked the jealous type, I wanted to keep it that way. That was one less thing I didn’t have to worry about in our relationship.
“Hey, what’s this?” Delaney held up a pink and silver Victoria Secret’s gift card.
“Where did you get that?” I said taking it from her hand.
“It was buried in your clothes.” She pointed to the mound on my bed.
Raven looked over my shoulder as I opened the flap.
Have fun shopping with Raven. Love, Dad.
“Holy shit. Is he serious?” I looked at Raven and he smiled. Was my dad trying to make up for my mom going bat shit crazy and burning all the lingerie Raven had bought me?
“Damn!” Raven covered his mouth with his fist. “Three hundred bucks. We can buy you a lot of sexy stuff.” Raven cocked a brow. “When are we going?”
“Whenever you want.” I eyed him with a hungry stare. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get enough of him.
Of his taste.
Of his touch.
Of his scent.
I was permanently caught in The Raven’s trap. And I wondered if he was really done with setting out his bait and happy with the catch he’d caught. Time would only tell. I shook my head, trying to calm my ranging hormones.
“Is that it?” I asked, looking at the two bags by the door.
“What do you mean, is that it?” He huffed, gripping his waist. “I brought up like five bags. And there’s still more at my apartment.”
“I’m sorry.” I walked past him and headed for the closet. “I didn’t ask my dad to bring me all of my clothes.”
“I know.” He grabbed my hand and spun me around. I slammed against his body and rested my hands against his broad chest. “If you’d just stay with me, then we wouldn’t have to be hauling all of your stuff back and forth.”
His scent laced around me, making it difficult to stand my ground. “But I am going to stay with you.”
“Yeah, but not every night.” He pressed his lips to the sensitive part of my neck and my mind quickly forgot why I had talked myself in to coming back to the dorm. “I need a little bit of this every night.” He popped me on the butt and I squealed.
“Okay, I’m outta here.” Delaney dropped the clothes in her hand.
“No. I need your advice.” I tried to wiggle out of Raven’s arms, but he only held me tighter. “I need you to help me pick out clothes that will make me look sexy.” I glanced up at Raven and he let out a low growl as he continued to nibble on my neck, not paying any attention to Delaney. I leaned to the side, trying to break free, even though I really didn’t want to. “Raven, stop.” I pleaded with a tone that said yes, more than it said no.
“Looks like you’re about to get undressed so I’ll help you later.” Delaney step aside and headed for the door.
“Thanks, Delaney.” Raven said as he kicked off his shoes and started to pull off his shirt. His stomach tensed and I caught a nice view of his elegantly chiseled abs.
“Shit, I almost forgot.” Delaney turned around before pulling the door shut. “Whoa! Can you wait until I get out? I don’t need a glimpse of the freak show.”
“Hurry.” Raven tossed his shirt on the chair. “I don’t have all day.”
Delaney’s eyes landed directly on Raven’s midsection for a full count of three before she finally tore them away and looked at me. “Do y’all want to grab a pizza with Luke and me later?”
Raven looked at me, waiting for a response. “I’m game if you are,” I said, feeling the hunger pains bubble up in my stomach.
His lips spread into a full smile. “Sure, but I’m game for something else first.” Raven encircled his arms around me and pressed his lips against my ear as his hands wondered up and down my backside.
“What time Delaney?” I grabbed his arms, trying to restrain him from feeling me up in front of my roommate. He stretched his neck, trying to kiss me. I laughed, unable to resist his tempting offer. After all, I was already in his trap and I was there to stay.
“Is an hour long enough?” Delaney appraised Raven from head to toe and then gave me a wide-eyed warning.
“No, but we’ll make it work.” He said, undressing me with his eyes.
I giggled as Raven picked me up and tossed me on the bed, landing on top of my clothes.
“I warned you, Lexi,” Delaney said, as she pulled the door shut.
“I know. But I can’t resist The Raven’s trap.”
His lips spread into a full smile. “Sure, but I’m game for something else first.” – Raven Davenport
“Damn, Lexi, I could never stop loving you.” His hands roamed freely over my body and I closed my eyes, relishing in every stroke of his touch. I was forever caught in The Raven’s trap. – Lexi Thompson.
“It’s easy to do. Being next to you is so comforting.” I traced a finger along the crease separating his pecs. His muscles twitched beneath my touch and heat consumed me. Raven’s body was made for worshipping. I would make him my king. No questions asked. – Lexi Thompson
Not disagreeing with him, I kissed him greedily. His mouth dragged along my skin and I quickly became the one drugged with his love. I indulged sinfully in his taste, his touch, and desire for me. – Lexi Thompson
Raven leaned forward, resting his forehead to mine. He took, slow deep breaths, drawing me in with every inhalation. – Lexi Thompson
I was willing to do anything to help him. But would he allow me to get close to him? Really let me in? Allow me to see the real Raven? My love for Raven was worth the battle. I refused to give up and I wouldn’t allow him to give up either. – Lexi Thompson
“Don’t ever doubt that your dreams are never worth the fight. It’s worth every struggle, every let down, and every victory until you get where you want to be.” – Lexi Thompson
“The only place I want in is right here.” I placed my hand on his heart. “Because if we can get your heart healed, then I know it can heal this.” I brushed the tips of my fingers through his soft hair. “I’m not asking you to tell me those horrid thoughts, but rather, just open your heart to me and love me.” – Lexi Thompson
About the Author:
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult swexy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.
And that’s it for this very last ATO lovelies! Thank you so much for all the support and to all the great authors that took part! Time to move on the the next project 🙂
Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of the beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright.
When Caleb, his sister’s mate, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect is the last remaining member of the overthrown corrupt Guardian Council.
With the discovery that an old acquaintance has been keeping secrets and the future Ben was so sure of shifting before his eyes, the situation becomes more complicated, the ransom for Caleb too high.
In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the magical old ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.
Emma lifted her arm and pointed, bringing our attention to the water. Her eyebrows arched in astonishment. “We still have company.”
Guinevere’s fingers tightened and her entire body appeared to go ridged to the point of breaking. Her eyes locked mine with a strange little twitch in the corner of the one on the left. She swallowed. I was the only thing blocking her view from the water. I wanted to look, but it seemed like a needless cruelty to tear my eyes away and leave her hanging.
“Guinevere?” The voice was male and unsure. It had to be to Arthur.
The startled gasp that escaped Guinevere’s throat confirmed it. She closed her eyes, breaking our connection, and her cheeks flushed, a smile tugging at her quivering lips.
Her grip intensified when he called her name again. “Is this real?” She whispered, hopefully.
“If real means I can hear him too.”
She smiled and tilted her head sideways to look around me. Guinevere’s hand slipped out of my grasp and she moved away slowly, over the sodden ground.
The man by the water had to be Arthur Pendragon. At first sight, he appeared little older than the rest of us and as though stepped from the pages of a history book…or a renaissance fair. He wore a tunic with the emblem of a red dragon and boots that came up to his knees. Unlike the rest of us, he was clean and dry, as though he had materialized from air. His hands suddenly jerked to his stomach and clutched at the fabric. One swiped through his hair before he examined it, perhaps searching for evidence of his previous injuries.
Guinevere approached him tentatively, mud squelching up around her feet.
“Ben, look,” Amanda leaned into my side a whispered. She inclined her head to the nearby farmhouse where the lights were coming on one by one. “We have to leave, now.”
“It’s been centuries for them, we can spare thirty seconds,” I replied, keeping my voice low too.
Amanda’s lip pressed together in surprise. I couldn’t help it. I remembered when it was me seeing her again for the first time after I’d thought she was lost to me at Tara. They needed a moment to process…but, a moment was all we could spare. The Fáidh were nothing, if not dramatic and their little ground-shaker stunt would probably bring unwanted attention soon.
“I was gone a long time,” Arthur said, taking in the group before him.
Guinevere stopped about a foot away. She nodded.
He shook his head and raked both hands through his hair in anguish. “I confess, I am at a loss to understand much of what has transpired, Guinevere.”
“Guys,” Emma joined us. “This reunion needs a change of location.”
“Guinevere,” I called reluctantly. “We can do this back at the house.”
She raised a hand to hush me and addressed Arthur. “There is much to talk about, but right now we have to leave this place.” The same hand inched toward his chest. She hesitated a beat before touching the red dragon. Her shoulders drooped as though her entire body deflated. Guinevere’s fingers slid up and around his neck. She pulled Arthur forward into a quick, passionate kiss before grabbing his hand and smiling. “You, my love, were made for the 21st century.”
Don’t miss book 1 of the Shades series: SHADES OF ATLANTIS
About the Author
Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge.
She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper.
When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.
Now, I’ve still got my big giveaway going, and the first two books in Carol’s SHADES series are up for grabs along with my books, a $15 gift card and many other cool prizes! That’s it for this one lovelies! We will see you next week for our final #ATO!
<3 always LH
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Today is another very special #ATO for me because the fantastical Colleen Houck is taking over with an interview and more about the novella for her A-maz-ing Tigers Curse series: TIGERS PROMISE. I was so excited to read this story and I loved it, just like this entire series! If you haven’t heard about, or read this series–you so should! I was actually reading TIGERS QUEST (book 2 of the series) as I started pulling together and planning everything for my Legendary Saga. Just another reason I love this series so much. But enough from me, time to hear Colleen’s answers to some of my interview questions and learn more about her wonderful series.
Take it away Colleen!
- As a writer, we have to do a lot of research to make sure our stories are rooted in facts. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever researched?
I had to research a place called The Body Farm. It’s a site, I can’t remember where exactly where they dump bodies that have been donated to science and they place them in various locations such as a swamp, a forest, in a woodshed, etc. Then they study the rate of decay. The reason I was researching it was so that I would understand how zombies would look for a chapter in Tiger’s Destiny called The Cave of Sleep and Death.
- Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Battle scenes are tough for me. My little brother actually acts them out and explains to me how when you swing a sword a certain way there has to be follow though and you can’t have it coming down on the bad guy’s head in the next move.
- Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.
I always light a candle as I write. It reminds me to add the five senses into my book. If the character doesn’t see, smell, taste, touch, or hear something, then neither does my reader.
- If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?
I’ve always wanted to be the Queen of Hearts. The dress is fun and I’ve been ordering people around since I was a kid so I’d be a natural at it.
- What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? And how did you handle it?
The toughest criticism comes from ordinary people leaving reviews. At some point every author needs to learn to turn a blind eye to it. I once got a very detailed email from someone with pages full of bullet points explaining why I was a terrible author. I was crying by the middle and then, when I got to the end, the person said, “By the way, I’m 13.” I wiped my eyes and vowed never to take that stuff seriously again. Ultimately, the person we are writing for is ourselves and all you can do at the end of the day is your best. If you end up with lots of readers who love to read your story then fantastic! But you’ll always have a group who want to cut you up in little pieces and throw you to the wolves. It comes with the territory.
- If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)
- If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Social Media. There’s an aspect about it that I love and it’s great to interact with fans but it takes up so much of my time that I often feel chained to it. The expectations that come with it are very high. There are some people who will poke, prod, and pester you, demanding that you acknowledge them in some way. A fan wrote me a long letter that I actually took the time to read and at the end I responded with a, “Thank you so much!” The next day they cursed at me saying I should have written them back something equally as long. That was one of 200 emails I looked at in one day. Social media draws us closer than ever to the people we admire but I think it also creates pseudo relationships that can be damaging in a way, too. And it definitely shrinks or makes invisible the boundaries of where you have a personal space.
- Your books all take place in many different countries; did you travel to any of these places for your book?
No. I wish I had and have plans to go visit at some point.
- If you could change ONE thing about your Tigers Curse Series, what would it be? Why?
I wish that I’d been able to write Tiger’s Dream immediately following Tiger’s Destiny. It’s hard for me to put that on hold while I write my new Egypt series. Retaining the details of an entire series while adding a new one is not an easy thing for my brain to do.
Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.
Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.
New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Her first four novels, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny were New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers. TWITTER FACEBOOK WEBSITE
I am so happy Colleen was able to stop by and take over today, and I hope you all enjoyed her interview! I’m serious, her Tiger series ROCKS! I am also super excited because next week’s #ATO will be me and the release of CLAIMING EXCALIBUR!!!!! Just wait until you see what I’ve got for the release 😀
<3 always LH
- How much of the book is realistic?
I write YA magical realism, which means I try to keep stories as realistic as possible, except for a single magical element. That one supernatural twist is at the heart of I Wish. Our hero, Grant, is a “genie” who belongs to a league of supernatural beings. They require him to act as real—as human—as possible. So he has supernatural powers, but he’s not supposed to use them, and resisting their use becomes a problem for him.
- What inspired you to write this particular book?
I Wish came about when two ideas intersected.
I knew someone who was paralyzed by mental illness while her children fumbled around, trying to support her. I wanted to write that story—and the idea grew into a major subplot for I Wish. This book is about a depressed woman who wants to be a good parent but just can’t—while her daughter, Lacey, steps into the void to take care of the family.
The intersecting idea was about giving a heroine two guys in her life who were both amazing—but in very different ways. She could pick either guy or decide to say no to both—and all three choices would make sense. The story is not really a love triangle, although too many good options create a huge conflict for Lacey. She has no time for dating—and yet there are two hot guys who might be interested. What does she do with that?
- How did you come up with the title?
This is a genie book. The word “WISH” just had to be in the title. Since the story has a major subplot about a daughter caring for her depressed mom, the title had to be wistful, not cute or fun. I tried several ideas. “I Wished” had too much attitude. “Wishful Thinking” was too light-hearted. I went with “I Wish” because it felt just right.
- If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
My teen says “Drama!” But I’d prefer a mash-up of all of those. LOVE ACTUALLY is one of my favorite films—and it has storylines with love in all of its varied forms. Sad, poignant, sweet, harsh, joyful, unrequited, eternal. I can’t get enough of a movie like that—lots of characters, action, and emotion—all weaving together into a whole. I hope that describes my life.
- Did you see writing as a career?
No, not at all. Both of my kids were in elementary school before the thought ever entered my brain. I’ve always loved math, majored in computer science in college, and worked in the software industry for a long time before I wondered if I could write a book. It’s crazy that I decided I could.
- Does Prince Charming exist?
Thousands of Prince Charmings exist. They sit next to you in class, smile at your ideas in meetings, hold the door for you at the store. They are good and kind and flawed and true—and when they love you and you love them back, there is nothing hotter in the world.
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he’s one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two daughters in college and one husband at home. When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
I Wish, the 1st book in her new YA magical realism series, released in November 2014. Whispers from the Past, the final book in her YA time-travel series Whisper Falls, released in October 2014. Learn more about Elizabeth at BLOGGER FACEBOOK elizabethLangston.net
It’s been a while since we’ve done one, so here is a giveaway supplied by out fab Elizabeth. enter the raffelcopter below between no and next Tuesday for a chance to win an e-book copy of I WISH (open internationally) or a signed copy of I WISH (open to US residents only).
<3 always LH
Hey lovelies! It’s almost thanksgiving, where has the year gone? That aside it’s time again for #ATO Tuesday here on the Legendary Saga blog, and we’ve got New Adult author Amy Patrick! She’s talking to us about her 20 Something series, and I gotta say it sound good Check out my interview with her to learn more 🙂
- You’ve written four books in your New Adult contemporary 20 Something series this year—three have been released with the fourth coming out this month. What’s your writing routine?
I write almost every day, usually about three hours per day, usually at the same spot in my local library where I do NOT log onto the internet. I think the routine helps my productivity because when I get to my spot my brain knows it’s “writing time” and doesn’t wander. I also plot my books out first, down to the scene level, which enables me to write quickly without too many wrong turns. I’m lucky to have a wonderful critique partner who reads everything I write as well as a great editor.
- What are some of the most useful things in your writer’s toolkit?
A lumbar pillow for my squidgy back.
An outline that I print and fill out (in pencil) during my pre-writing stage. It’s from the amazing book, My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. It’s what I follow for my story structure, but I also keep a good eraser on hand in case inspiration strikes and I want to make changes. I’m a plotter, but not rigid about it—things can and do change as the story progresses.
My Kindle Fire—I use its text-to-speech feature to listen to my manuscript being read to me. It’s a great way to proofread and also to identify sentences that are awkward or unclear as well as gauge story flow.
- Have you written anything else? What’s next for you?
I wrote a YA murder mystery last year that my agent is submitting to New York right now, and I’m writing the first draft of the fifth (and likely final) book in my 20 Something series.
I’m also *really* excited to be working on a YA Fantasy series again. My 2013 Golden Heart finalist manuscript, HIDDEN DEEP, is the first book in The Hidden Trilogy. It’s finished and ready to go. The second and third books are plotted and waiting to be written as soon as I get the chance. I plan to release them in 2015.
Thank you so much for having me here for ATO Tuesday. It’s been fun!! And heres more about my series!
CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING (20 Something #1) : 22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the cameras is the real news.
STILL YOURS (20 Something #2): 23-year-old Mara Neely knows who she is and what she wants—she’s an ambitious reporter with a taste for himbos— beautiful dumb guys who don’t even tempt her to get involved past wham-bam-thank you-sir. When she takes a TV news reporting job in Providence, it’s a great step up career wise, but it’s also a little too close to home … and to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and love someone.
To billionaire web entrepreneur Reid Mancini, Mara was like a rare comet– beautiful, exciting, and impossible to hold onto. Now his first love is on his television screen and back in his life, and this time, he’s got a surefire plan to catch a star and make her fall.
STILL ME (20 Something #3)–23 year old Kenley Moran is going through a mid-life crisis… WAY early. Pushed since childhood by a nightmare stage-mom to use her looks to “land a rich man”, she’s reeling from a broken engagement and regretting the day she gave up her career in TV news for a guy.
Now Kenley’s determined to change her life, shunning makeup and fashion and fighting her way back into the highly competitive career she loves, off-camera this time. When she lands a producing job at Worldwide News Network in Atlanta, she plans to keep her head down, work hard, and prove she’s not just another pretty face. And vows NO ONE is EVER going to make her compromise herself again.
WNN anchor Larson Overstreet has it all—old money, good looks, a prestigious job, and more women than he can count throwing themselves at him. Problem is… none of it is real. He’s known his whole life that people are only interested in him for his fortune and his famous family name, in that order. Except for Kenley. The shy news producer isn’t interested in him at all.
Working closely with the anchor of her new show, Kenley’s dismayed to feel an instant spark. Larson’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too good looking, too charming, and worst of all, too rich. She’s not looking for another big money honey. In fact, she’d prefer a nice little guy from the mailroom, maybe a guy who lives at home like she’s been forced to do.
But when they must travel together for a special report, Kenley realizes Larson’s not the spoiled pretty rich boy she pegged him as, and she’s not as immune to him as she’s pretended to be. Now, even at the network level, what happens behind the cameras is the real story.
STILL BEAUTIFUL (20 Something #4)– 20 year old double-engineering major Cinda Moran is the smart one. Her older sister Kenley… is the pretty one. Their nightmare match-making mom has always made their roles pretty clear, and it’s no mystery which daughter she prefers. So while Kenley played the passive dress-up doll, Cinda did the opposite, refusing any attempts to prettify her and make her into “billionaire bait”. Instead, she’s fiercely focused on academics and her internship at an Atlanta TV station.
And as far as romance goes—please—she’s not even sure true love is a “thing”. As she does for everything else in her life, Trekkie-girl Cinda’s got a logical plan: select a sensible mate, come to a mutually satisfactory agreement, and decide to stick it out for better or worse.
Then she meets Blake Branham. He makes no sense for her at all. He’s a reporter at the station, years older, and has ambitions to work at the network someday while she intends to stay put in Atlanta. Even worse—he’s a total alpha. With her own Mr. Spock personality, the last thing she needs in her life is a swaggering Captain Kirk taking stupid risks and tempting her to do the same.
And he is tempting. When she’s forced to work closely with Blake on live shots and gets to know him outside the station as well, Cinda feels things she’s never felt for another guy and starts to wonder… should she boldly go where she’s never gone before? Should she give love a chance… even if it’s not logical?
And there it is lovelies! I hope you all enjoyed it, come back next Tuesday for the next ATO.
<3 always LH