Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Post, Giveaway, Tour: Hotter Than Texas by Tina Leonard

Giveaway: Tina will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Highland Homecoming
Title: Hotter Than Texas by Tina Leonard
Genre: Contemporary Comedy Romance
Published March 19, 2013 Samhain Publishing

Perfection takes time, but desire waits for no man. Or woman…

Pecan Creek, Book 1

With more than one skeleton rattling in her closet, Sugar Cassavechia hopes “The Most Honest Town in Texas” will be the perfect place to start an online business. As soon as her mother remembers the family recipe that’ll get off the ground.

In the meantime, no way is Sugar letting their new landlord get away with renting them a run-down house that’s decorated like a rich widow’s orgasm. Even if he’s the biggest hunk of hot she’s ever laid eyes on.

Jake Bentley would love to do nothing but sit back and be amused as the Cassavechia women unwittingly stir up trouble in his uptight town. But something about them thaws out his frozen rescue complex. Especially Sugar’s long, chestnut hair and sassy mouth.

Right about the time Sugar figures one steamy night in Jake’s bed won’t hurt, another skeleton joins the party in the form of a dead body in the “Belle Watling” room. And Sugar must decide if her family’s reputation—and her own heart—are safe with Jake.

Product Warnings
No sex in this book. Nope. None. Nada. Honest. Now, if you believe that, the author has an iceberg in Texas to sell you. Better hurry before there’s none left to cool the fevered dreams generated by this book.

Book Links: Amazon

I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm not a comedy writer. 

I write what I like, and that's the lighter side of life. Occasionally I venture into the darker, more emotional stories, but since I like to read things that make me laugh (and watch funny movies), it's probably only natural that it shows in my writing.

When I think of funny books, the first one that comes to mind is Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I started reading those books in bed at night. My husband would watch TV, and I'd read Stephanie. I'd start giggling, then move to a full-blown guffaw, which always startled my dozing husband. By the time I was rolling around in the sheets laughing and trying not to do myself a mischief, I was wide awake--and so was my husband.

I've always thought that readers have enough drama and concerns in their lives that maybe they want to read what I do, which is a book that makes me grin ear to ear. I don't intentionally set out to write a ha-ha scene, but my characters are often up to no-good, and that shows up on the page. If they're making me laugh, then chances are good someone else will laugh at their antics, too. My grins and giggles pop out like jack-in-the-boxes, unexpected and surprising, because I let the characters talk. I'm always focused on story, and my people just do their thing, which fortunately for me, turns out to be amusing.

 I guess I just don't do "sad." I tell a story the way I would if you and I were sitting together telling each other about our lives--I'd want you to smile the whole time. They say laughter is the best medicine--and I hope to bring lots of good medicine your way!
Excerpt 1: 

“We want you to be our princess,” Dodie said.

“Princess of what?” Lucy looked around at the group. “We market sexual goodies.”

Minda smiled. “Princess of Pecan Creek.”

Lucy sat down at a worktable. “I’m sorry, have you all made the acquaintance of Vivian Bentley? She hates me, remember? And my family?”

“We know,” Charlotte said. “And while no one has done more for Pecan Creek than Vivian, and we absolutely bow to much of her vision for Pecan Creek, we think that the real way to bring new life to our town is younger people.” She gazed at Lucy’s cut-off shorts, short tank top and ankle tat. “We’re going for hip and happening. We can have all the Christmas parades we want, and all we’re going to lure out here is folks who want to retire. You put a different face on Pecan Creek.”

“I thought you wanted a parade mayor that would give an honest, gentle vibe to Pecan Creek,” Lucy said.

“Yes,” Dodie said, “there’s comfort in that. But as far as a princess, we think we need a girl who makes guys see that we have something sexier out here than what they might expect in a small town.”

“Single men don’t come to parades,” Lucy pointed out. “Families do.”

Charlotte nodded. “We realize that. So we’re going to rent the town billboard for December and put you on it.”

They practically glowed with their idea. Lucy felt their approbation flow over her, and it felt good.But in the back of her mind, she knew Vivian had dug up some secrets that hardly made her an unsullied princess. “My family and I are trying to lie low. Vivian plus Cassavechias equals trouble.”

“Think about it.” Minda smiled beatifically at her. “We’ve already picked out a dress for you and hired a photographer.”

Lucy shook her head. “This is not a good idea. Let me see the dress.”

They took her to a closet in the workroom, opening the double doors with a flourish. A white minidress with fringe hung inside, twinkling with occasional sequins. Sky-high white heels that any model would love made Lucy gasp.

“Like it?” Charlotte asked. “We think it’s very now.”

“Very happening,” Dodie added.

“Sexy,” Minda said, “and we know better than anyone that sex sells.”

Lucy touched the short, fringed dress. “I just think you should know that Vivian put a dick on my family. And he found that we don’t have the most princessy past.”

They looked at her.

“No,” Lucy said, “there are some things Cassavechias don’t stoop to.”

“Then we won’t worry about taking the speck out of your eye,” Charlotte said. “No one in PecanCreek is pure as the driven snow. Vivian’s excitable at times. Ignore it, if you can, dear.”

Lucy smiled, looking at her friends gratefully. “I can’t wait to wear that dress and ride in the parade.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adina Falling
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold over 2.6 million copies of her titles. She has made the USA Today Bestseller, Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted seventy-one books and special projects. Her work has been published by Harlequin, Samhain Publishing, Robinson Scarlet, and most recently Random House Loveswept contracted for a single title trilogy project, Hell’s Outlaws. Leonard was chosen to be among the first authors published for Robinson’s Scarlet line, writing four single title novels for that imprint. Not long after, she sold on proposal to Harlequin American, where she has since written several popular series, most notably the Cowboys By The Dozen, Morgan Men, and Callahan Cowboys series. Her newest single title project, HOTTER THAN TEXAS, was published in March 2013. Leonard is known for her fun sense ofhumor, endearing communities, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters.

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  1. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
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  2. I love humor in the books I read. Witty banter & dark humor included.


  3. Great excerpt.


  4. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. I have enjoyed learning about your book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. I love your product warning . Thanks

  7. Nice post

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  8. Enjoyed the excerpt and your comments today.

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