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Friday, January 30, 2015

Top Ten with Jill Meengs, Author of "Trigger"

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Published by Booktrope
January 27, 2015
Genre: Spy Thriller
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Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.
Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.


What are 10 weird things about you?

  1. I love to sleep with a hat on, especially in the winter or if I have a cold.  It is something I started doing when backpacking/camping in New Zealand and it just keeps me so warm and cozy I still do it a lot!
  2. I have an uncanny ability to recall absolutely worthless, but often entertaining, movie and celebrity trivia.  On the flip side there are easy things that I should be able to remember, like people’s birthdays, that I get mixed up on.
  3. I like to put dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer and let them get really cold before I eat them.
  4. I love Diet Pepsi and regular Coca Cola but I do not like regular Pepsi or Diet Coke.
  5. As soon as I finish using a dish, utensil or glass I have to put it in the dishwasher…yes I have OCD!
  6. When I eat my favorite ice cream, Tillamook Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor, I dig out and eat all of the peanut butter and will leave just chocolate ice cream for my husband which drives him nuts.
  7. I love to clean my house.  If my husband is away and I have the house to myself for any length of time the first thing I do is clean it from top to bottom, that way I can enjoy how clean it is the whole time I have it to myself.
  8. In my opinion Blue and Red M & M’s taste the best.
  9. When I was writing Trigger I listened to music by Jesse Cook and only Jesse Cook.  I found it inspiring and that it helped me concentrate because there is no singing in his songs.
  10. If I am working out I have to be listening to music or be watching a movie or TV show, otherwise I cannot focus as much on what I am doing.  If I have music or something to watch I can work out all day.

Top Ten Places I have traveled to:
  1. Indonesia: this country is magical on different levels, the culture, the people and the scenery are unbeatable!
  2. New Zealand: One of the most picturesque countries ever, I would move there tomorrow if I could.
  3. Australia: Such a fun place to visit, I spent two months there and could have spent two years!
  4. Egypt: I have always been fascinated with Egypt and the pyramids, to get to be there and to ride a camel around the pyramids was amazing.
  5. Brazil: An unexpected wonder, I thoroughly enjoy Rio de Janeiro and exploring the Amazon.
  6. China: One of my favorite trips because we took my mother who had the best time and watching her have fun made it that much more fun for me.
  7. Peru: We hiked Machu Picchu on our honeymoon and nothing prepared me for how awesome that place is.
  8. India: If you have been there then no explanation is needed.  If you haven’t been there, go!
  9. Ethiopia:  Driving through the Great Rift Valley and seeing the countryside with our friend who is from there was incredible.
  10. Panama: One of the most laidback vacations we have been on.  A great country, very beautiful and so easy to get to from the States.

Top Ten foods I love
  1. Dark Chocolate
  2. Thin crust Pizza
  3. Dark chocolate with peanut butter or caramel
  4. Yellow Curry
  5. Thai peanut satay
  6. Indian food in general (especially chicken tikka masala, dahl, and tandoori chicken)
  7. Vanilla Greek yogurt
  8. Granola
  9. Papaya with fresh lime juice squeezed on it
  10. Mozzarella Cheesesticks

Top ten things I love to do on weekends/days off
  1. Yoga
  2. Cardio (jogging or elliptical)
  3. Writing
  4. Reading
  5. Planning a trip
  6. Going shopping
  7. Meeting friends for lunch/dinner
  8. Going to the spa for a manicure & pedicure
  9. Going to the spa for a facial or a massage
  10. Cleaning my house (I know, crazy right?  But I love having a clean house, it helps me find my zen space!)

Top Ten movies I love
  1. The Matrix
  2. Fight Club
  3. American Beauty
  4. The Hangover
  5. The Interview
  6. Horrible Bosses
  7. Lord of the Rings (the Trilogy)
  8. To Catch a Thief
  9. The Princess Bride
  10. Titanic

Top Ten Songs I love right now
  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  2. Trumpets – Jason Darulo
  3. All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor
  4. Black Widow – Iggy Azalea
  5. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
  6. Counting Stars – One Republic
  7. Turn Down for What – Dj Snake & Lil John
  8. Red Lights – Tiesto
  9. Talk Dirty to Me – Jason Derulo
  10. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

Guest Post by Jill Meengs, Author of "Trigger"

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Published by Booktrope
January 27, 2015
Genre: Spy Thriller
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Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.
Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.


What inspired me to write Trigger:

My husband Chad has always said that I should write a book. He kept bringing it up and getting very little reaction from me until he decided to offer me a bribe.  For the price of a nice flat screen for the bedroom and a shopping spree, I agreed to give writing a book a solid effort.  
The first step in this process was to sit down and put together an outline. I sat down with several goals, one was to write a book that I actually wanted to read. Second, I wanted the main character be a strong woman that others could look up to, relate to, and who was perfectly capable of turning around and saving the leading man, even if she needed to be saved herself a time or two. Finally, I wanted to use my experiences while traveling in my writing. I have been to every location in Trigger and some of the content is based on things that actually happened to me.
Once I had what I considered a viable story I spent two to three hours writing every night.  This was after a full eight hour day of work and two hours of commuting. My husband was usually sitting right next to me working on his computer as well. More than two years, and over 100,000 words later the rough manuscript was complete. 

While self-editing for the next three years I spent a considerable amount of time sending out queries to literary agents and learning to deal with rejection. I even started the sequel, but progress on it has been slow since my focus was on publishing Trigger. Eventually, my sister-in-law introduced me to published poet and creative writing teacher, Ann Staley.  Ann generously helped me edit Trigger and introduced me to own publisher, Booktrope. In June of 2014, over 5 years after starting to brainstorm ideas for a book, I received an offer from Booktrope to publish Trigger.  Approximately six months later I was holding a hard copy of Trigger in my hand.

Advice for new writers:

My best advice for a new writer is the same advice that I felt was the most valuable when I was writing Trigger: write what you want to read.  Along with that there is also: write what you know.  These two concepts are vital because you will be writing, reading, and editing this manuscript A LOT, so you need to not only enjoy writing, you need to enjoy what it is you are writing, because you are going to be living and breathing it throughout this process.  

Writing what you know and what you want to read also helps you keep your enthusiasm when you are tired, have writer’s block, or are getting rejected by publishers & literary agents.  

Most importantly, if you are passionate and knowledgeable about something that will come through in your writing and it will make it more believable and more interesting.   

Finally, you have to be persistent.  Writing a book, editing it, and getting it published is a process that can take years and you have to commit considerable time and energy to it.  Don’t let yourself get down and don’t ever give up because if you want it bad enough and work hard enough you will get what you want.


The best part about writing a book:  

Is sharing something that I love to read and that I am excited about with other people.  I love to hear what their thoughts are, what they enjoyed about it and how it made them feel.  I also enjoy it when people say that they couldn’t put it down!

I like to talk about the writing process and what it was like putting Trigger together.  How I had to learn how to write, how to edit and then how to submit the book for publication.  A lot of people don’t know or have never thought about how to write a book or what it takes to get a book published so it is interesting to see their reaction to how difficult and time consuming it can be.

It is also fun to see how thrilled people are for me and this accomplishment and how much they want to read the book and to talk to me about it.  Writing and trying to get the book published has been something I have been immersed in for a while now so to get a fresh perspective on it and to see people be so excited about a book being published makes me feel good and helps validate all of the hard work that it took to get Trigger published.

Interview with Jill Meengs, Author of "Trigger"

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Published by Booktrope
January 27, 2015
Genre: Spy Thriller
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Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.
Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.

Author Interview

What is your favorite childhood book? I am not sure I have a favorite because I read so many books as a kid and loved a lot of them. From the time I was very young I was always reading something and I went through several phases, genres and series at different ages. At one point I loved CS Lewis, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Madeline L’Engle’s a Wrinkle in Time. I devoured Nancy Drew mysteries as fast as I could get my mom to buy them. I also went through a period where I read classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina. Sometimes a movie would come out based on a book and then I would read that. Anything that caught my eye or my interest for some reason I would read.

How did you come up with the title of your book? I had a different working title that I used for the longest time that was more sentimental than anything. After I started sending out queries I really started to look at the marketing aspect of publishing a book. One of the things I thought about was the book title and how to make it relevant, interesting, and have impact. Trigger fit the bill for various reasons. It is the initial book in the series, there are a series of events that are triggered that lead Jordan on her journey, and something inside her is triggered and brought to the surface as she learns what she is capable of.  

Pen name or real name? Why did you choose it? My real name; after all that hard work I would like to have my real name out there! Plus, I am proud of what I have accomplished and seeing my book cover with my name on it is part of that.  

When did you know you wanted to be an author? I have always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until my husband first encouraged, and then bribed me to write Trigger that I learned just how much I love to write. Even though I was working full time and commuting two hours a day, I found that the 1-2 hours I spent each night on my book were the happiest times for me. To have that creative outlet for the first time in my life was amazing and very fulfilling. Then to see all that hard work pay off when I held my first copy of Trigger was the icing on the cake.

Are you a full-time author or do you have another job? My “real” job is working as a vice president, commercial loan officer and branch manager at a $180MM community bank in Oregon. My dad is the President and CEO and after graduate school the job market was tough so I went to work for him to get some valuable real world experience. Ten years later, I am still gaining that experience! My two brothers also work at the bank, in the same branch, which keeps things interesting and enjoyable.  

Chocolate or Vanilla? Dark chocolate all day long and multiple times on the weekends and vacation days!    

Summer or Winter? Summer for sure. I love great weather, the ocean and the beach, preferably some place tropical. In fact, as much as I love the Pacific Northwest I believe I could easily live in the tropics and would like to someday. The one stipulation would be that I would like to be able to get home fairly easily in order to visit family.

 Favorite sports team? I love watching college sports much more than professional sports. I am an OSU alumni so l am a Beaver fan, but I grew up watching the Duke Blue Devils basketball team which is a favorite of my mom’s. Some good friends of ours have season tickets for U of O football and I have to say, there aren’t a lot of experiences as amazing as watching the Ducks play at Autzen Stadium.

Favorite vacation/trip? That is a tough one, I have been to so many incredible places and I have gotten to see so many amazing things it is hard to pick just one. I can say that my favorite country that I have been to is Indonesia. That place is just magical. The culture, the people, the scenery, the scuba diving is fantastic and I would go back there in a heartbeat. One of the most unbelievable experiences I had on a trip was visiting the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. We had perfect weather and we went during a time when a lot of people were not traveling there so at one point we were the only people inside the Great Pyramid and I have pictures of us on camels and the Pyramids and then by the Sphinx with no other people in them. Most people think those pictures are photo-shopped! The trip that was the most fun was probably when my husband and I took my mom to China. Before that the only time she had left the country was a trip to Jamaica so to take her some place so exotic and to see how much fun she had was really great.
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About the Author

Jill Postlewait Meengs grew up in a small town on the Oregon Coast. During and after college she spent extended periods of time backpacking in more than 30 countries. She has been to every location she describes in “Trigger” and some of the content is based on her own experiences while traveling. She met her husband, Chad, in the MBA program at Oregon State University. After getting married, they purchased and fully remodeled a house. It was Chad who encouraged, and then bribed her to write her first book, “Trigger.” He says that he very much enjoys watching the flat-screen he purchased as part of their deal. When Jill isn’t reading or writing, she is running, doing yoga or planning her next trip. Jill and Chad live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Release Day Blitz & Blog Tour: "Trigger" by Jill Meengs

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Published by Booktrope
January 27, 2015
Genre: Spy Thriller


Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth. Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.
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jill meengsAbout the Author

Jill Postlewait Meengs grew up in a small town on the Oregon Coast. During and after college she spent extended periods of time backpacking in more than 30 countries. She has been to every location she describes in “Trigger” and some of the content is based on her own experiences while traveling. She met her husband, Chad, in the MBA program at Oregon State University. After getting married, they purchased and fully remodeled a house. It was Chad who encouraged, and then bribed her to write her first book, “Trigger.” He says that he very much enjoys watching the flat-screen he purchased as part of their deal. When Jill isn’t reading or writing, she is running, doing yoga or planning her next trip. Jill and Chad live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Book Tour: "Brody" (The Bang Shift Series) by: Mandy Harbin


Brody(2)Title: Brody (The Bang Shift Series)
Author: Mandy Harbin
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Sexual Level: HOT
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Cover Design by Sarah Hanson, Okay Creations
Organized by Literati Author Services Inc.    

~ Synopsis ~
Brody “Brutus” Jackson isn’t your average small-town mechanic. The shop where he spends his days doubles as the headquarters for the mercenary group he works with. They jokingly call themselves the Bang Shift because the government contracts they take are the less savory ones, and they’re all just shady enough to do what’s necessary to get the jobs done. As far as Brody’s concerned, it’s the perfect arrangement for a man with no memory of his past, and no hope for the future.

Under FBI protection, Alexandria Collins and her son have been in hiding for ten years. When it’s time to move again, her piece of crap car breaks down and the man giving her a tow is the biggest, hottest guy she’s ever seen. She is determined to ignore the need her long-neglected body hungers for. After all, the last man she showed interest in put a gun to her head.

Brody thinks the skittish Xan is sexy as hell, but it’s not her hot body that has him rocked to his core. He knows her from somewhere, and in his line of work, that’s a dangerous thing. Following orders have never been this hard, but when he finds out she’s his next assignment, he will protect her at all costs … even if what she needs protection from most is him.

 

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  They walked up to an opened fence and Xan silently thanked the heavens for small favors. The garage looked as if it was open. They walked through the gate and into the old building with several antique and late-model cars out front. Walking through the front door, she braced herself for the blast of cold air to hit her face, relishing the thrill of the artificial air she was about to gloriously encounter.
She was sorely disappointed. It was hotter in here than it was outside. How was that even possible? Her wet clothes clung to her sweaty body, leaving nothing to the imagination. Didn’t matter. She was past humility at this point. She’d have a teenage moment and flash her boobs, sweat and all if necessary, to get someone to help them out.
“May I help you?” a man with a gravelly voice asked as he walked into the makeshift lobby next to the bays, wiping his hands on a grease rag. He looked to be middle-aged, though she wasn’t sure since he was bald. No gray hair to help her out with that assessment.
She looked at his nametag sewn into his shirt. “Yes, Colonel, is it?” At his smile and nod, she said, “Our car broke down a couple miles down the road.”
A metal crash and very masculine curses mixed with raucous taunting and laughter startled her. Scott snickered at the colorful words coming from the bays. He’d heard them plenty of times, though Xan tried not to talk like that. Really, she did try to deny her sailor-mouth tendencies. She just wasn’t very good at restraining herself all the time.
“Sorry,” Colonel mumbled. “Those are my mechanics, trying to catch up on some work. I took over this garage after I realized being retired was boring, and we stay pretty busy. Seems like I’m constantly hiring more help, but we stay behind.”
The ruckus from the bays was finding its way into the lobby. Several guys walked into the room, and Xan felt a slight panic attack coming on. She not only lacked a love life, but she tended to avoid large groups of men. She didn’t have anything against the male population, but after marrying into the mafia at a young age, dodging copious amounts of testosterone seemed like a good self-preservation tactic to live by. So she did, and when she wasn’t prepared to interact with schools of men, her stomach took a nosedive when thrust into that very situation.
Taking a covert calming breath so she wouldn’t look like some skittish girl, she tried to pay closer attention to each of the men as they came near. If she identified them individually, she could pretend she wasn’t dealing with a mob of men.
A mob of seemingly beautiful, large, masculine men, looking to be around her age.
Oh shit. She so did not need this. Her nerves and sense of self-preservation took on a whole new meaning. She’d rather deal with certain fear than possible attraction.
As she surveyed the crowd, she noticed their looks were as various as the candy selection at the last gas station she’d stopped at. Male sweetness was not better than chocolate. She just had to remind herself of that as she stared at the variety before her. One guy had black hair, another blond, spiked all crazy. The two next to the hot version of Billy Idol had long dark-brown hair and curly light-brown hair. There was another bald guy bringing up the rear, but that one had a goatee with green eyes. Colonel had brown eyes and was definitely older than this group that’d just come in.
“Where’s Brutus?” Colonel asked the guys.
The dude with the spiky blond hair chuckled. “He’s cleaning up his mess.”
“It wasn’t his mess, asshole. You’re the one who knocked the tray over,” Mr. Black Hair said with a snarl. Xan instinctively took a step back.
“Easy, Roc,” Colonel said and looked at her. “This is Roc.” He pointed to the cranky man with black hair. “Blade,” he gestured toward the spiky blond guy. His name made sense. His hair looked sharp enough to hurt if he were to head-butt someone.
“I’m Hunter,” the man with long brown hair said, and then he pointed to the guy with curly brown hair. “That’s Gage. He’s not as mean as Roc, but don’t get too close to him.” He chuckled.
“Fuck off, Hunter,” Gage growled.
“See?” Hunter snickered. “And that guy over there—”
“I’m Bear, and Hunter’s a dick.” He ducked his head and glanced at Scott. “Oh sorry. He’s, er, I mean he’s a punk.”
Scott laughed. “Don’t worry. I’ve heard it all. You should hear my mom talk. She has the biggest potty mouth.”
Xan gasped. “I do not.”
“Wow, he’s your kid?” Blade asked. “Did you have him at twelve?” He laughed but with sincerity twinkling in his eyes.
“Just about,” she murmured.
After a few of the guys laughed, she immediately relaxed. Sure, they were all very handsome. None looked to be shorter than six feet, and each had a body to die for, though each had a unique look all his own. But she didn’t feel any sparks, so she felt relieved. Maybe her libido was broken. If so, she was fine by that. She didn’t need any man drama in her life.
Why did that make her feel a little depressed? She shook off that thought. She couldn’t get caught up with any man, so there really was no need dwelling on the things she couldn’t have, like love, companionship, trust and sex. God, she’d love to have sex again.
Maybe in another life.
Focusing her attention back on the problem at hand, she looked at the assembled group of men. “Look. We need our car towed and a ride to a car rental company. Can you help us?” Xan asked the guys in general so as not to single anyone out.
Blade’s eyebrows shot up. “I’d love to give you a ride, doll.” Even though his tone was clearly teasing, she stiffened. Flirting was definitely not her forte.
Hunter whistled while shaking his head in exasperation. “Back off, Blade.” He looked at Xan. “Sorry about Rico Suave over here. One of us would be glad to help you out. But you’d have to drive up to Conway or back to the Little Rock area for a rental. Best to call around first before making the drive.”
“I’ll call Bill and see if he can drive one out here,” Colonel said to Hunter, then looked at her. “He owns the rental company in Conway. If they have something he’ll bring it out here and save you a trip. You’ll be limited on your options, though.”
“Oh, whatever it is will be a step up from my old hatchback. I’m not choosy.”
Colonel nodded and looked at the guys expectantly. “Which one of you is available to help her out?”
“Bear and I aren’t finished with the tranny that’s supposed to be ready tomorrow,” Roc barked and turned to leave. He obviously wasn’t volunteering. Xan was okay with that. She didn’t like the vibe coming off him, anyway.
“Sorry.” Bear smiled to her as he followed Roc.
“Gage and I have to finish puttin’ tires on Ms. Carson’s minivan, then do Joe’s,” Blade told Colonel before turning to Xan. “I’d be happy to help you if you stick around, doll. It shouldn’t take us more than an hour.”
“Get to work,” Colonel snapped, and Blade winked at her as he and Gage headed back to the bays.
“I have one more oil change to do, so I can do it in fifteen,” Hunter said with a crooked smile, “but Brutus just finished up on Mr. Jackson’s ’56 Chevy. He’s been pickin’ up the tools that Blade knocked over after Blade called him a pussy.”
Oh, right. She’d forgotten there was another one around here. Brutus it seemed. What was with these names? Must be a man thing, not that she’d know. Or could even begin to understand the inner workings of the male brain, ego, or whatever it was that fueled their behavior. Oh, once upon a time, she knew one part of the male anatomy that tended to lead in the decision-making process, but she’d long ago fell out of practice with that too.
Hunter glanced at Scott, remembering there was an impressionable young man in his midst, looking contrite and shaking his head. “Sorry, man.”
“Go,” Colonel told him. “Brutus!”
Hunter left, but his departure barely registered. Just as he was walking toward the bay area, a man with long blonde hair and built like a freaking bodybuilder walked her way. With each step, his muscles rippled and his hair—what wasn’t sticking to his sweaty brow—flowed in waves behind him.
She should not find this man attractive. She didn’t care for bulky men, and she definitely preferred short hair on the opposite sex. Long hair belonged on women, like she used to have, but she wasn’t dredging that memory up now.
So why was her body doing things she hardly recognized. Hardly recognized, not didn’t recognize. She knew what that tingling sensation in her pussy meant. The tightening of her nipples? Yeah, she knew what that meant too. Images filled her mind of this behemoth of a man coming over her in bed and doing very naughty things to her. She stifled a moan. Yeah, she shouldn’t find him attractive because he didn’t fit any description of her ideal type. But there was no mistaking the fact that her body didn’t get that memo.
So much for not being attracted to any of the mechanics here.
As Mister Hold-Me-Down-and-Fuck-Me-Good walked up, his pupils dilated, turning his dark-blue eyes black as his nostrils flared, his gaze zeroing in on the tight buds of her nipples before locking with her own heated eyes. Good thing she was already wet from sweat because her panties just got wetter.
She shut her eyes to break the connection her body was trying to make with this man. She had to be smart and remember all the reasons men were not a part of her life. She could use him as masturbating material. Nothing more, dammit.
She wasn’t going to break her abstinence streak for anyone, especially not a man who could quite possibly fight off every one of the other mechanics singlehandedly. She didn’t know him from Adam, and the last—the only—relationship she’d ever had was abusive. Hell, Marco tried to kill her in the end. She had to find the strength to avoid any and all temptation this sex god presented.
And she would. She was just strong enough to resist a man built like he could break her face.
Because if she didn’t, she knew she was just weak enough to let him break her heart.

   
About the Author
Mandy Harbin  Mandy Harbin is an award-winning, bestselling author of several books across multiple romance genres ranging from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. She is also the number one bestselling author in teen romance under the pen name M.W. Muse with her popular Goddess Series. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader's Crown and RWA Passionate Plume finalist, and has received Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She studied writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned several degrees, and even pursued an MBA until she realized becoming an author did not have to remain an unfulfilled dream. Mandy is a PAN member of the RWA and lives in a small Arkansas town with her non-traditional family, and although she is a direct descendant of British royalty, they refuse to call her princess. When she's not penning her latest book, you can find her hanging out online where she loves to connect with fellow readers or stalking Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
 
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Beauty and the Armageddon Film Watching Challenge

Most of the time, I am a terrible new movie/television watcher. I have my favorites and I tend to cycle through those over and over again. Because of this, I have set a goal for my self in 2015- I will watch at least one new movie every week for the entire year. In a way, it's a very simple goal, one movie per week. But at the end of 2015 I will have seen at least 52 new movies which will probably be more than I've ever accomplished. I have set a list of movies that I plan to watch this year, but am giving myself a little bit of an out. If there is a movie that I cannot easily get a copy of, then I will allow myself to skip it and watch something else (I have Netflix, so I have no shortage of new movies). As of the writing of this post, I have crossed two movies off my list and watched a third that didn't make it on the list. I hope that this will be an enjoyable experience and will be something that I continue to do next year as well. I'm not the biggest fan of writing reviews of movies, but will try to do so from time to time.  To keep up with which films I have finished, check out my Challenge Page.

American Beauty
Annie Hall
The Big Lebowski
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
The Breakfast Club
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Captain America:  Winter Soldier
Casablanca
Chariots of Fire
Chicago
Citizen Kane
Cop Out
Dark City
Dial M for Murder
Django Unchained
Dr. No
Dr. Strangelove
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Godfather
Guardians of the Galaxy
Heavenly Creatures
Interstellar
Ironman 3
Jaws
King Kong
Les Misérables
Lost in Translation
Memento
No Way Out
Nosferatu
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Pulp Fiction
Raising Arizona
Rosemary’s Baby
Rushmore
Saving Private Ryan
A Scanner Darkly
Schindler’s List
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shining
Sin City
A Streetcar Named Desire
Superman
Terminator
Thor: The Dark World
To Catch a Thief
Tombstone
Twelve Chairs
The Usual Suspects

Happy Reading and Film Watching!
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