Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne

Today we have Lilah Suzanne on the blog to talk about Pivot and Slip and its cover art. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post!




I remember being so nervous about the conference call we had for the book cover, and that afterwards I immediately felt like I hadn’t contributed anything helpful at all! As much as I wish that I had visual art skills, I just really don’t. So I didn’t have a particular image in mind at all.


I can describe things, sure, I do plenty of that. But an actual visual? Not really. So I have to give all the credit for the cover to Interlude Press’ art director, RJ Shepherd and the cover artist, CB Messer. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s as if they reached into my brain and took out an image I didn’t even know was there!


That cover is Felix. It captures him so well. It captures the essence of his story and the overall feel of the book perfectly. The first time I saw it, I was stunned beyond belief. You can see him there—that moment of feeling broken, of “Now what?” There’s a sense of this man who is trying to put the pieces back together and doesn’t know it yet, but soon will meet the person who helps him.

It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I am so lucky to have this cover on my debut book.


Giveaway: Lilah will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Pivot and Slip (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.
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Highland Homecoming
Title: Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne
Genre: Erotic M/M Contemporary Romance
Published August 12, 2014 by Interlude Press

Blurb:
Former Olympic hopeful Jack Douglas traded competitive swimming for professional yoga and never looked back. When handsome pro boxer Felix Montero mistakenly registers for his Yoga for Seniors class, Jack takes an active interest both in Felix’s struggles to manage stress and in his heart, and discovers along the way that he may have healing of his own to do.

Faced with the ghosts of his athletic aspirations, can Jack return to his old dream or carve out a new path, and will their budding romance survive the test of Felix’s next bout in the ring?

Book Links: http://store.interludepress.com/collections/frontpage/products/pivot-and-slip-by-lilah-suzanne
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Excerpt 3: 

Felix settled his hands on Jack’s shoulders, positioning him directly in front of the punching bag. “Now, plant your feet, like that, yeah. And bend your knees.” Felix’s hands slid from Jack’s shoulders and down his arms as he moved in closer, speaking into Jack’s ear from behind. “Keep your arms tucked in. You always want to remember to be defensive and not just go in for the attack. Keep your guard up.”
   
Jack bent his arms in front of his face and tried bouncing on his toes, though he imagined the effect was more Tigger than Tyson. Felix chuckled, his warm breath puffing against Jack’s neck and spreading heat across his skin.

“Focus on using your shoulders and legs for strength.” Felix’s hands trailed back up, from shoulder to shoulder, then fleetingly touched Jack’s thighs. “You have really strong shoulders. I always admired that about swimmers.” He lips brushed Jack’s ear. “Always had a thing for blonds, too.”

Jack shivered with the touch but narrowed his eyes and tried to focus on sending energy to his core, on breathing deeply, on trying not to think about the heat of Felix’s body; the tremors left in the wake of his hands; the heady scent of him, inviting and inebriating; his voice murmuring low in Jack’s ear, breath hot against the shell. “Excellent focus. Now, Jack.”

He hit the bag one-two, one-two, one-two, the blows reverberating through the gloves and his skin and humming in his bones.

“Good, right?”

Jack turned, his eyes finding Felix’s hopeful and searching.

“Yeah,” Jack replied. “That was… pretty intense.”

Felix circled around him and reached out to remove the gloves from Jack’s tingling hands.

“That was power. Strength. The only time I ever felt safe was when I was fighting, as strange as that sounds.” Felix tucked the gloves under one arm, opening and closing one dangling strap with a harsh rip of velcro.

“It makes sense,” Jack shrugged. “Like you said, you have to keep your guard up.”

Felix offered a half-smile. “Maybe I could try letting it down a little.”

Jack’s heart gave a little flutter in his chest. “Well in that case, I solemnly swear that I will not knock you out.”

Felix tipped his head, eyes low, lips softly curved.

“I think it may be a little too late for that, Jack.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she has also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the fan fiction community.
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Giveaway: Lilah will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Pivot and Slip (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity to guest post!

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  2. Oh, wow, what a juicy excerpt! This is going on my TBR.

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  3. Thanks for the great excerpt!

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  4. This sounds like a great book! Love the excerpt!

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  5. I love the cover, it has a sadness to it, a despondent boxer alone and his gloves fallen to the floor, fame and all the bright lights behind him. I hope I win a chance to get a copy of this book :)

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