Exclusive Interview with Marcus, Gavin and Simeon from The Barons series + a Giveaway!

AHHH!! I am SO excited to host Santino Hassell today on the blog! Check out part two of Marcus, Gavin and Simeon’s interview—and today Gavin is answering all our burning questions about our favorite sassy quarterback.

INTRO:

With book 2 in The Barons series coming out, the boys from the Barons themselves have agreed to sit down and answer some questions about each other.

If you haven’t met them yet—there’s Gavin Brawley, the tight-end with the short temper who got his happily ever after in Illegal Contact, Simeon Boudreaux, the quarterback who gets his story in Down by Contact, and Marcus Hendricks—the star running back and their level-headed best friend who has a serious weakness for romantic comedies.

He’s also the angel on their shoulders who keeps them honest, so who better than to ask questions? In a series of interviews, Marcus will quiz Simeon and Gavin on how well they know each other before quizzing Simeon on the type of guy he’s looking for. Enjoy!

PART II

Marcus: Alright Gavin, you’re up. It’s your turn to play the newlywed game, but instead of answering questions about your gorgeously nerdy hipster boyfriend, you’ll be answering questions about our horny best friend Simeon, who tends to find trouble like a heat seeking missile.

Simeon: Wow, thanks.

Gavin: Sounds legit to me.

Simeon: You should talk, Mr. Suspended for An Entire Season.

Gavin: Hey, I have no regrets. If I hadn’t been suspended, I wouldn’t have ever met Noah.

Marcus: *clutching his chest* Awwww, buddy.

Simeon: That was sweet, dude. For real.

Gavin: Shut the hell up. Let’s get this thing started.

Marcus: Okay, bud, if Simeon were to meet his untimely demise—who would he ask to delete all his browser history?

Gavin: Definitely you. He knows I’d—

Simeon: Gavin would be too broken up over my death to remember how to use a computer.

Gavin: That is one hundred percent not what I was gonna say.

Simeon: Yeah right, sucker. I’m your platonic life partner who will definitely move into you and Noah’s home when y’all get married. Wingman for life!

Gavin: Why don’t you ask Marcus? He’s the one deleting your browser history.

Marcus: *snickering* What, are you jealous that I’m the more trustworthy friend?

Gavin: I’m mostly upset that the two of you are still talking to me instead of letting me go home so Noah can suck my—

Marcus: Ookay, next question! Gavin, what was Simeon’s favorite thing about playing football as a kid?

Gavin: Seducing seemingly straight jocks.

Simeon: What! No…

Gavin: *flat stare*

Simeon: Okay, fine. But I also liked making my mama proud of me.

Marcus: Too bad your mama likes me better. She even calls me first on holidays. But anyways, Gav, what position would Simeon play if he wasn’t the quarterback?

Gavin: None. He loves being the center of attention.

Simeon: *flips Gavin off*

Marcus: He’s not lying though, is he?

Simeon: Siiigh. No. No, he’s not.

Gavin: See?

Marcus: I see that you two have a serious bromance going on and now I’m feeling jealous. But anyways, next question: Gavin, how would Simeon finish this sentence? “I wish Gavin would…”

Gavin: “I wish Gavin would share his wisdom on how to find a man so I can—”

Simeon: Nahhh, wrong, try again. I have zero desire to be tied down to one guy, no matter how lovely the guy you found is. *pause* Even though I technically flirted with him first….

Gavin: And I almost took your fucking head off.

Marcus: Gavin. Language, man, come on. *shaking his head* Okay, last question since I cut out the sex one—if Simeon had a five-year-plan, what would be the first two items on his list?

Gavin: Hmm… Probably a forty-five-million-dollar contract so he makes more than that assclown Tom Brady, and… a boyfriend.

Simeon: Oh my God, are you even trying to win? You’re obsessed with me getting a boyfriend just because you have a boyfriend. It’s getting annoying. I feel like we’re in high school. Or a bad sitcom.

Gavin: Not my fault you’re blatantly pathetic and lonely.

Simeon: Shut up.

Marcus: Well… alrighty then, Gavin—you lose. Simeon, you win! Yay, be happy.

Simeon: Yeah, I’m thrilled. Now, do we get to ask you questions?

Marcus: No goddamn way. But… we get to ask you questions about potential suitors.

Simeon: Oh my God.

Gavin: Don’t worry, bro. We’ll find you someone good.

The second Barons book, Down by Contact, is out now!
You don’t want to miss Simeon’s story – you can check out my review here!

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For part three of the interview, head over to Smexy Books!

Down by Contact by Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 16th 2018
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Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

Reading Order: The Barons series

 

#1 ~ Illegal Contact: My Review • EbookAudible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Down by Contact: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads


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Blog Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Fatal Threat by Marie Force! We have a writing-themed Q&A with the New York Times & USA TODAY bestselling author!

Author Interview: Marie Force

Q: How did you come up with your characters? How did you choose them? Did they come up even before you started writing them?

MF: Some of them come to me before, others during. I’m not really sure where they come from. I’m just glad they keep showing up, demanding I tell their stories!

Q: Which writing book/course taught you the most about writing?

MF: didn’t read a lot of writing books (I think I’ve read one–Stephen King’s On Writing) and I didn’t take a lot of writing classes. The one thing that really helped me to figure it out was writing more books, perfecting the craft, going back and applying lessons learned to earlier books, etc. There is really no substitute for hands on the keys, butt in the seat and just DOING IT. Over and over and over again until you get it right. And read a lot in the genre you are targeting. That also helps as long as you make sure your books are uniquely your own.

Q: When you start writing a series, do you know how far it will go or do the characters take over and that decides how many books will get written?

A: No, I never know how a series or even a book will unfold. I don’t plan or plot anything. I just make it up as I go along. 🙂 As far as how long a series will go, my feeling is that as long as the readers are still loving it and showing up in droves to get the new book and it’s still fun for me, no end in sight. All my current series meet that criteria, so no end in sight for any of them.

Q: What do you do to relax after meeting your writing goal for the day?

MF: After I finish working for the day, I like to chill with my family and/or read a good book, float in the pool or sit by the fire pit and do nothing.

Fatal Threat by Marie Force
Series: Fatal #11 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
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With a killer on the loose, it’s the worst time to be on lockdown…

It’s just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything—including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

This isn’t the first time the couple’s lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam’s past returns to haunt her, she can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection. With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam works to tie the threat to a murder that can’t possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband’s career is irrevocably damaged…

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Reading Order: Fatal series

  
   
  

#1 ~ Fatal Affair: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Fatal Justice: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Fatal Consequences: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Fatal Flaw: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Fatal Deception: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~ Fatal Mistake: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#7 ~ Fatal Jeopardy: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#8 ~ Fatal Scandal: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#9 ~ Fatal Frenzy: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#10 ~ Fatal Identity: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#11 ~ Fatal Threat: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads (July 25, 2017)

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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Blog Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Making Faces by Amy Harmon! We’re celebrating the release of the new paperback from Spencer Hill Press with bonus content with an interview with the author and a fantastic giveaway!

Author Interview: Amy Harmon

Can you tell us about your book, Making Faces, in 40 words or less?

Girl loves boy. Boy doesn’t feel the same. Boy goes to war. Boy comes back very different. Boy is rescued by the unconditional love of the girl and the courage of an amazing friend with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (38 words)

What was your favorite scene to write?

I always love the scenes where pieces come together or love is realized. I love the scene in the bakery where Bailey Sheen is telling Ambrose that he can have his pride or he can have a life, but he can’t have both.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I don’t ever edit entire scenes because I write very slowly and edit as I go. But the hardest scene to write was Bailey becoming the super hero he’d always wanted to be. (Don’t want to spoil anything).

Is this part of a series or a standalone?

This is a standalone novel.

What theme song would you give to Making Faces?

Carry On by Fun.

Do you have a favorite quote from Making Faces?

There are a few, but the one that is the simplest is Victory is in the Battle.

What else are you currently working on?

I am working on another fantasy book in the vein of The Bird and the Sword as well as a historical novel.

What is the best book that you’ve read recently?

I really enjoyed The Wall of Winnepeg by Mariana Zapata. Slow burn romance with very appealing characters.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

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amy-harmonAmy Harmon is a New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

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Blog Tour + Interview, ARC Review & Giveaway: Everything for Her by Alexa Riley

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Everything for Her by Alexa Riley!
Check out my short interview with the author as well as my review for the book!

Author Interview: Alexa Riley

3 reasons why people should read Everything for Her?
  1. It’s steamy in all the right places.
  2. The hero is the best kind of stalker.
  3. It’s a sugary sweet safe read that has a happily ever after. What’s not to love?

Everything for Her by Alexa Riley
Series: For Her #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: December 27th 2016
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I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn’t ready for me yet. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.  

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn’t fate at all…

I’ve wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves.

The time has come.

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Alexa Riley is my go-to author for all things smutty, alpha heroes, and HEAs. They never fail to deliver on their over-the-top romances and heroes (which I’ll admit, I’m partial to reading occasionally), and Everything for Her didn’t disappoint. It was the perfect fun, sexy, romantic read. If you’re a fan of insta-love and romantic obsession (basically every Alexa Riley book ever) then you’re sure to love this full-length book from AR!

Until the day I saw her, there was no color. But once my eyes landed on her for the first time, it was like when Dorothy landed in Oz and she opened the door. The world went Technicolor, and she was my very own Glinda the Good Witch.

Everything changed for Oz the second he laid eyes on Mallory, and he changed the course of both their lives so they would entwine and stay together forever. He’s an alpha male through and through – he’s got the looks and the money, both of which he’ll use to win the one woman who means everything to him.

“You’ll soon notice I’m an all or nothing kind of person and I don’t waste my time on things that I don’t think will matter.” He leans in a little more his breath on my face. “You matter.” He says it in a way that almost seems like I’m all that matters.

Mallory can’t believe her good fortune getting a job straight out of college through her internship, but she’ll do what it takes to prove that she was the perfect person chosen for the position. Even better, she meets the perfect guy who treats her like a treasure. The chemistry between her and Oz is crazy hot and connection between them is instant and powerful, but what happens when Oz’s secrets come to light? Will Mallory be able to trust him again and will Oz be able to win back her heart?

Everything for Her was predictable, but it was the good predictable that I wanted and expected from Alexa Riley. I loved that this was a full-length novel – they definitely need to write more of them! I highly enjoyed Mallory and Oz’s whirlwind romance, and I’m so excited for the secondary characters to get their own book!

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Reading Order: For Her series

 

#1 ~ Everything for Her: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads (Dec. 27, 2016)
#2 ~ His Alone: EbookPaperbackGoodreads (March 28, 2017)

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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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  • $75 Amazon Gift Card,
  • eBook of EVERYTHING FOR HER
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Tour Schedule:

Monday, November 28th – BookHounds – Guest Post
Tuesday, November 29th – Literaria – Review
Wednesday, November 30th – The Book Cellar – Guest Post
Thursday, November 31st – Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review
Friday, December 1st – Book Briefs – Guest Post

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Monday, December 5th – Underneath the Covers – Guest Posts
Tuesday, December 6th – Captivated Reading – Guest Posts
Wednesday, December 7th – Obsessed by Books – Review only
Thursday, December 8th – For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Guest Posts
Friday, December 9th – Booklovers For Life – Review with short Interview & Carlene Inspired – Review with short Guest Post

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Monday, December 12th – Penny Dreadful Book Reviews – Review with short Guest Post
Tuesday, December 13th – Polished Bookworm – Review with short Interview
Wednesday, December 14th – The Book Bellas – Review
Thursday, December 15th – True Story Book Blog – Review only & A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Posts
Friday, December 16th – Parajunkee – Guest Posts & Ramblings From This Chick – Review only


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Release Week Blitz + Author Interview & Giveaway: Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey

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Happy release day to Tessa Bailey – the paperback of Too Hot to Handle is now available! Check out MY REVIEW of the book here, as well as a Q&A with Tessa below!

Author Interview: Tessa Bailey

Who is your favorite Clarkson?

Belmont. He’s the final book in the series, but the whole series revolves around him. He’s the epicenter of the family, even if they don’t realize it. They orbit around his strength and he’s just my beautiful, tortured man.

What was your favorite scene to write in Too Hot to Handle?

The campfire scene where the Clarksons perform the “trust exercise” in the middle of the desert. That scene was so clear inside my head going into the project, I raced to get there. It’s packed with humor and sadness and sibling bonding. I loved writing it.

What made you decide on a road trip as the theme of the series?

I took a road trip from San Diego to New York in 2002, the day after I graduated high school—and I never left New York. There’s something romantic about that epic of a journey. Every state is so different and the potential for new, interesting situations really made the choice to write a road trip so compelling.

Can you tell us anything about the upcoming books of the series? (I’m dying for Belmont’s!)

Ahhhh! So much love for Bel. Thank you. Peggy’s book comes out in April (TOO HARD TO FORGET) and it’s a second chance romance that is so honest and sexy, the keyboard singed my fingers as I wrote it. I mean, college football coach meets cheerleader? Hubba hubba. And you’ll see a lot more Belmont, too, and get some more clues about what makes him (and his heroine, Sage) tick.

Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #1 (full reading order below)
Paperback Publication Date: November 29th 2016
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When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.

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Reading Order: Romancing the Clarksons series

  

#1 ~ Too Hot to Handle: My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Too Wild to Tame: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Too Hard to Forget: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (April 25, 2017)
#4 ~ Too Beautiful to Break: Goodreads (Sept. 5, 2017)

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Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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