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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Underestimating Miss Cecilia BLITZ

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Welcome to the Blitz for Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Underestimating Miss Cecilia 
Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, Book 2  
Author: Carolyn Miller  
Publisher: Kregel Publications 
Release Date: July 23, 2019  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton.

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena's Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc.  

CONNECT WITH CAROLYN: Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hannah R. Conway AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz  for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory...  

The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ's finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

...and our good

We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God's grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Hannah R. Conway is a military wife, mother of two, middle school teacher, best-selling author, and popular speaker. Her novels are a deployment experience of their own, threaded with faith, and filled with twists and turns. Hannah is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My Book Therapy. She and her family live in Tennessee.

CONNECT WITH HANNAH: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pnterest

Cornerstone message from the collection: 
My cornerstone message is about freedom. Freedom from the past, from the messes, the mistakes, regrets, fears, and failures. As a military wife, freedom means so much to me, but as a Christian, I want to be as free on the inside as I am on the outside. This cornerstone message resonates with many believers. We say we’re free, but often we’re in that freedom.


AUTHOR NTERVIEW

1) What’s a local-favorite activity to do during the summer in the area where you live?

We really enjoy visiting our local pool in the summertime, and our church hosts a kids camp where the kids help serve in our community--it’s wonderful!

2) Do you have a scripture that really speaks to you around the latest book you wrote? Did that influence your writing at all?
Matthew 28: 19-20 or the Great Commission really speaks to me regarding the latest book I wrote.
 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This verse definitely influenced my writing, especially for “Christmas on a Mission.” In my own personal life, I’ve struggled with where God wanted me to go, and how He wanted me to serve. It was until I was a young adult that I realized wherever I was--that was where I was supposed to go and make disciples. I wanted to show that in action with “Christmas on a Mission”. The readers get to meet Audria and see how she’s living out the Great Commission in her hometown. I pray they are inspired to do the same.

3) If you could have any creature as a pet (real or fantasy) what would it be? Do any characters in your book have a pet or allergy to a type of animal?

I adore animals. I have a white lab named Albus, andwould love more pets--maybe I should talk with my hubby about that. If I could have any creature as a pet, it would have to be a Unicorn! When I was a little girl, I used to pray for one. 

4) How many books have you written? Which one is most dear to you and why?

I’ve written four books so far, and it’s truly hard to choose which one is most dear. If I had to pick, it would have to be “Christmas on a Mission”. First of all, it’s set in Gatlinburg, TN and there’s a log cabin involved! LOVE IT! 

Audria Rylatt is my character. She works for a school system as a homeless liaison, or advocates for students who are homeless. Not many people realize that there are students who are considered homeless. Our school system has a homeless liaison and over 400 students are served. So, Audria works to make sure their needs are met, and keeps busy to combat the hurt she’s felt since her fiance was killed in combat two years ago. Christmas is coming and it’s time to make it special for the homeless students, but this year the possibility of a new love enters her life. Now, Christmas may stand to deliver a lifetime of magical memories. “Christmas on a Mission” is a delightful story of hope, life, love, and second chances, filled with all the joy and cheer Christmas brings.

I adore this story!

5) What is a go-to dish you take with you to social gatherings (picnic, dinner with friends, holiday, ect)?

Buffalo chicken dip! I cannot get enough of that stuff!

6) One of your favorite lines you’ve written (character saying, quote, scene, ect)?

Goodness that’s so difficult! And for those that haven’t read my books I could be giving away so much! Hmmm...so, in my latest book, “Christmas on a Mission,” there’s this scene where Audria and her sort of love interest--Quinton, are baking in the kitchen. She’s trying to teach him to make macarons, and the scene is just adorable, and sweet, and I seriously grinned the entire time I wrote it!


TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:
  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


 
See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates. 
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Regina Rudd Merrick AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz  for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory...  

The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ's finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

...and our good

We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God's grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Regina Rudd Merrick is a writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Having lived most of her life in Western Kentucky, she dreams of the sound of crashing waves and sandy beaches. Married to her husband of 35+ years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. She is the author of three books: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze Series.

CONNECT WITH REGINA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Cornerstone message from the collection: 
Trust God and do the next right thing.

I want my readers to know that they are not alone, and that what they’re going through is not unique to them. Life isn’t a series of obstacles to overcome, but a series of events that point us to Jesus, who loves us more than we can imagine.


AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1) What’s a local-favorite activity to do during the summer in the area where you live?
In Kentucky, it’s hot and humid, so staying inside in the air conditioning is wonderful! If we must be outside, you may find us sitting on the porch or deck sipping iced tea, playing corn-hole in the evenings, visiting a friend who has a pool, or anything that will keep us cool! We live near the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes area, as well as the Ohio River, so boating, kayaking, and swimming are very popular in our area!

2) Do you have a scripture that really speaks to you around the latest book you wrote? Did that influence your writing at all?
I use different scripture for each book I write, but I always go back to my life-verse, Psalm 37:4. When we truly delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us HIS desires. You can’t get any better instruction than that.

3) If you could have any creature as a pet (real or fantasy) what would it be? Do any characters in your book have a pet or allergy to a type of animal?
I would probably have a dog, a cat, or a cow. I don’t like birds, so that’s out, and reptiles and rodents repel me, so those are out, as well! My characters are pretty normal. They find a mother cat who’s had kittens, so guess what? They get to have cats!! Most of my characters have had dogs, too, at one time or another.

4) How many books have you written? Which one is most dear to you and why?
I’ve written three novels and a novella in the “Southern Breeze” series. Carolina Dream, my first book, is probably the most dear, although they all are special in different ways. Carolina Dream was the result of an actual dream and a bunch of “what if” questions that fleshed out the story. A lot of myself is in that book, which makes it a little more near and dear to me!

5) What is a go-to dish you take with you to social gatherings (picnic, dinner with friends, holiday, ect)?
Iron Skillet Chocolate Pie. Once you’ve had it, you can’t go back to chocolate cream pie. Just sayin’.

6) One of your favorite lines you’ve written (character saying, quote, scene, ect)?
This is the beginning of a scene in my Mosaic book. Nick Woodward is a contractor, working with his best friend’s sister, Lisa, whom he hasn’t seen since college days. 
There were many things he didn’t expect to happen today. A mystery door in the basement was just one of them. Seeing a decidedly grown-up Lisa Reno was another.



TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:
  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


 
See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates. 
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Johnnie Alexander AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz  for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory...  

The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ's finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

...and our good

We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God's grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

CONNECT WITH JOHNNIE: Website | https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr

Cornerstone message from the collection:
One of the first verses I ever claimed as my own was Proverbs 31:25. The translation I love most reads: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
The first part of the verse is almost a mantra, a phrase I repeat to myself when I need courage. Maybe I’m faced with something as simple as a phone call I don’t want to make. Or maybe the situation is much more serious. An ectopic pregnancy. Family tensions. Divorce. A dying parent.
Life takes courage. And at the heart of courage--true courage--is trust. We can smile at the future, no matter what difficult, frightening, horrible situations we face because of God’s steadfast love and His promise of eternal life with Him.



AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1) What’s a local-favorite activity to do during the summer in the area where you live?

I’ve only lived in Oklahoma a little over a year. Last summer is a bit of a blur--except I remember it was very hot--and this summer I’ve been visiting with family in Missouri and Tennessee. 

However! 

My stay with my daughter, son-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters at their home in rural northeastern Missouri coincided with Clarence Homecoming Days, an annual event for their small town (population about 800). 

Homecoming, Clarence-style, has nothing to do with football but everything to do with community and tradition. My son-in-law emceed the Queen Contest, my daughter was the parade announcer, and my granddaughters passed out candy as they followed their church’s float. We attended a live concert by Fairground Saints, an up-and-coming pop-country group who were recently featured on the Today Show.

We had such a great time.

2) Do you have a scripture that really speaks to you around the latest book you wrote? Did that influence your writing at all?

God gave me three verses this year to guide my writing. Each one appears prominently on my Projects Log (an Excel worksheet). 
• "Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge." (Proverbs 23:12 TLV)
• "Plans of the diligent surely lead to gain." (Proverbs 21:5a TLV)
• "You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because [s]he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3 TLV)

Even though these Scriptures aren’t for a specific book, they’re definitely important to my writing career. I have several writing deadlines in the months ahead, and these verses keep me focused. They provide a God-given formula for achieving my goals: Discipline + Diligence = Perfect Peace.

3) If you could have any creature as a pet (real or fantasy) what would it be? Do any characters in your book have a pet or allergy to a type of animal?

I’ll stick with the two dogs I have--Griff, my happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, my grumpy-old-man papillon. We’re already comfortable with each other’s quirks.

The hero in my Mosaic Collection novel, One Sun-Kissed Summer, is a cowboy who is crazy about Candy, his chestnut quarter horse. The heroine is a wildlife rehabilitation specialist who was adopted by a gray cat with white stockings named Caspian.

Most of my life, I’ve almost always had at least one dog so it’s fun for my characters to have dogs, too. But I’ve never thought to have a character with an allergy. 

4) How many books have you written? Which one is most dear to you and why?

So far, I’ve written seven books, three novellas, and a short story. Happily, there are more to come! 

Most dear to my heart is my debut novel Where Treasure Hides. It’s a complex story with multiple themes set during World War II. The characters experience extremely difficult situations and, because it’s war, tragic events occur. Though I love my other novels, too, this one has a depth that resonates with me. I hope it resonates with readers, too. 

5) What is a go-to dish you take with you to social gatherings (picnic, dinner with friends, holiday, ect)?

I sure wish I had one. Sometimes my sister makes something for me--she loves to cook. Unless I make brownies, I grab something from the grocery store. 

6) One of your favorite lines you’ve written (character saying, quote, scene, etc.)?

I’ve had moments when a line or a bit of dialogue seemed to come from such a deep place inside that I was astounded I’d written it. I wish I could remember one of those moments right now! 

Here’s an excerpt from the opening pages of Where Treasure Hides. The boy is part of the Kindertransport, children sent from Germany and Austria to England before WWII. Alison is a Dutch-American artist and the story’s heroine.

A dark-haired boy, no more than seven or eight, held the violin close to his anemic frame. His jacket, made of a finely woven cloth, hung loosely on his thin shoulders. The matching trousers would have slipped down his hips if not for his hand-tooled leather belt. . . . Alison stared at the cardboard square, secured by a thick length of twine, that the boy wore as a cheap necklace. The penciled writing on the square numbered the boy as 127.
….
Alison mentally sketched the tableau before her, pinning the details into her memory. The officer’s hand resting on the boy’s shoulder; the official restlessly tapping his clipboard with his pencil; the dread and hope in the boy’s eyes as he clutched his prized instrument. The jagged square that tagged his identity.

The scene is loosely based on an actual event. A station official wanted to confiscate a young boy’s violin. But the boy played England’s national anthem and fellow travelers made sure he got to keep his instrument.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:
  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


 
See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates. 
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Spotlight Series Boxed Set

The Spotlight Series


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Author:  Lilah Suzanne
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 742 pages
Publication Date: July 16th, 2019
Publisher: Interlude Press
Genre:  contemporary romance





Synopsis:

Country music superstar Grady Dawson meets celebrity stylist Nico Takahashi: The romance Kirkus Reviews called "witty, touching, nuance—and very sexy" is now is now available in one pitch perfect bundle with a special bonus story starring Grady's musical partner in crime, Clementine Campbell. This set includes: Broken Records, Burning Tracks, and Blended Notes, and two Spotlight “B-Sides,” series short stories written exclusively for this boxed set!

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AUTHOR BIO: 
Lilah Suzanne is a queer author of of bestselling and award-winning romantic fiction. Their 2018 novel Jilted was named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Foreword INDIES Award, and won a Bisexual Book Award for romantic fiction. Their critically acclaimed Spotlight series included the Amazon #1 bestseller Broken Records, along with Burning Tracks and Blended Notes. Lilah also authored the romantic comedy Spice, the novellas Pivot & Slip and After the Sunset, and the short story Halfway Home, from the holiday anthology If the Fates Allow. A writer from a young age, Lilah resides in North Carolina and mostly enjoys staying indoors, though sometimes ventures out for concerts, museum visits, and quiet walks in the woods.

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BROKEN RECORDS: Los Angeles-based stylist Nico Takahashi loves his job—or at least, he used to. Feeling fed up and exhausted from the cutthroat, gossip-fueled business of Hollywood, Nico daydreams about packing it all in and leaving for good. So when Grady Dawson—sexy country music star and rumored playboy—asks Nico to style him, Nico is reluctant. But after styling a career-changing photo shoot, Nico follows Grady to Nashville where he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Grady’s charms. Can Nico make his peace with show business and all its trappings, or will Grady’s public persona get in their way of their private attraction to each other?

BURNING TRACKS: Gwen Pasternak’s got it all. Or so it seems…

In the sequel to RT Book Reviews’ Top Pick Broken Records, Gwen’s life looks perfect: She has a job she loves as stylist to the stars; a beautiful wife, Flora; and a house in the heart of Nashville. But the more she works alongside country music’s dynamic princess Clementine Campbell, the less Gwen is certain of her commitment to a life of domestic bliss.

Meanwhile, her business partner Nico Takahashi is happily settled down with reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson. But when Nico questions the permanence of their relationship, Grady retreats into some dangerous old habits. Will Gwen ruin the life she’s built with Flora for something new and exhilarating? Can Grady be convinced of Nico’s devotion before it’s too late? Burning Tracks is a story of tough choices, taking risks, and the pressures of living life in the spotlight.

BLENDED NOTES: Grady Dawson’s future looks bright. He’s at the top of his country music career, has a close-knit group of friends who have become his Nashville family, and has found solid ground in his personal life as he plans his intimate, private wedding with Nico, his stylist-turned-lover, turned love of his life. It seems Grady has finally left his difficult childhood and tumultuous youth behind. That is, until his past shows up on his doorstep, news of his upcoming nuptials is leaked to the media, and his record company levels demands that challenge his integrity as an artist and as a person. The foundation of Grady’s new life begins to crumble, and fast. Will he be forced to make the ultimate choice between a private life with Nico and the public demands of his career?


Giveaway

(1) winner will win a $10 Interlude Press gift card

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Contest ends on July 25th



Release Day excerpt: 

From Burning Tracks, Book 2: 

“The key to a long-lasting relationship,” Gwen says, hunched over on her knees to crawl beneath the gossamer folds of Clementine’s dress, “Is that you have to think of yourselves as a team.” She grasps Clementine’s ankle to secure the silk ribbon of her peep-toe five-inch cork wedge shoes, just over the delicate protrusion of bone. “You have the same goals. You’re working together, not against each other.”
Gwen sits back on her haunches and hauls more of the dress over her head; the world goes a muted red there with silky gossamer fabric sliding and shimmering and catching with static on her neatly coiffed platinum blonde hair. A garter belt strap dangles loose on Clementine’s long, toned thigh. Gwen read once that Clementine’s legs are insured for three-hundred k per leg, but she’s never gotten more than a dismissive laugh in response to her questioning. 
They are quality legs. Certainly worthy of at least a general liability policy, protecting those at risk from the tight knot of her calves and the lithe power of her thighs. Gwen clips the first strap to her sheer thigh-highs, reaches around behind her to grab blindly for the second one.
“Thank you, oh relationship guru,” Gwen hears clearly from under the dress; no amount of silk is enough to muffle Nico’s sarcasm. 
“Now wait a sec,” Grady drawls in response. “I kinda like that. Sorta like a tandem bike ride?” 
Gwen moves to the other leg, clips one strap, the other. Fights her way out of the dress. “More like... A three legged race, I think.” She quickly combs through her short hair, runs a finger under both eyes to check for any bold black liner smudging. As she stands she adds, “There’s a dirty joke in there somewhere, I just know it.”
“Spare us,” Nico snipes, and next to him on the plush king-sized bed, Grady grins.
They’re gathered in a room in one of the high-rise hotels downtown; hair and makeup people have gone leaving behind a vacuum of sounds and smells and gossip. Just a few final touches left on Clementine’s outfit before her manager bangs down the door. Gwen nods to the mirror for Clementine to see the final product, then helps herself to some pistachios from one of the baskets on the table. 
Clementine spins in front of the mirror; the dress flares out in a trumpet shape; her caramel-colored hair cascades in glossy waves over her exposed shoulders and down her back. When she walks, the folds of fabric part in a slit designed to go high up on her thigh and reveal the garter belt. Just a peek. A tease. An invitation to look, but not for long.
“Perfect.” Gwen decides. “Nico?” She took the lead on Clementine’s look for her new album and the upcoming tour’s launch party concert, but Nico has such a keen instinct for what works. It’s why she wanted to go into business with him in the first place; she may have the knowledge—years and bookshelves full of it—but Nico has vision. That can’t be taught.
Nico doesn’t reply. Clementine makes a face at them. Gwen turns and—
“Should have known better than to let them on the bed.”
Nico and Grady are reclining now, dropped sideways in the center of the bed with their bodies curled and curved together and kissing: soft pecks with smiling lips that would be cute, sweet even, if it weren’t for the location of Grady’s left hand. Gwen exchanges a bemused look with Clementine.
“Hose ‘em down or leave ‘em?” 
“The ice bucket would probably work,” Gwen says. Then a pounding boom comes from the door. Nico and Grady spring apart. 
“Showtime, Ms. Campbell.” 


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