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Happy New Year! It’s the first day of 2014, and Still So Hot! is officially on bookshelves and etailers’ sites.
Still So Hot! is the story of Elisa Henderson, a dating coach who’s way better at fixing her clients’ love lives than her own. En route to the Caribbean, where she’s headed with her new celebrity client, she runs headlong—literally—into the one man she ever made the mistake of letting herself love. As if that’s not bad enough, the reason Brett Jordan—serial short-term monogamist, ex-best-friend, and all-around hottie—is on Elisa’s flight to begin with is because her client invited him along. And even though a lot of time has passed since Elisa has seen Brett—
Yep. Their chemistry is Still! So! Hot!
Before Still So Hot! got its title—and its exclamation point—it was called Are You With Me? and had a question mark. It is clearly a book that is destined to be surrounded by punctuation. It’s very hard to talk about the book at all without feeling breathless! like! this!
The cover, of course, contributes to the effect:
But aside from Brett and his swim trunks, I am a bit breathless, because it’s a great feeling to send a book out in the world, to share it with people, to watch them fall in love with my hero and heroine, too.
I’m also rather breathless with gratitude, because so many people helped get this book to where it is. An incredibly supportive husband and kiddos. Author friends who saved my sanity. Amazing critique partners who bore with the book through a ridiculous number of drafts (Ruthie Knox holds the record). A terrific agent who believed in it—Emily Sylvan Kim of Prospect Agency. Three different developmental editors, especially Harlequin’s delightful Dana Hopkins. Harlequin’s talented team of artists, designers, photographers, copy & production editors, and marketing and promo geniuses. And readers, reviewers, and bloggers who’ve given the book a chance and put their time into promoting, advance-reading, and reviewing it. I couldn’t have done it without any of you. (There are exclamation points in my heart!)
In addition, I’m feeling lucky to have new partners this time around—Blaze shelf mates. Still So Hot! debuts alongside Unforgettable by Samantha Hunter, Texas Outlaws: Jesse by USA TODAY bestselling author Kimberly Raye, and My Secret Fantasies by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joanne Rock. And it’s in honor of them that I am doing today’s giveaway (in lieu of my usual Tuesday Tidbit giveaway that would have appeared yesterday):
Please comment by January 5, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST on anything that you feel deserves a (positive) exclamation point today (don’t forget the actual exclamation point, please!), and I’ll choose one random commenter to win the entire January Blaze ebook bundle detailed above. (If you win and you don’t read ebooks, you can elect to receive a signed copy of Still So Hot! instead.) You must be over 18 to enter; U.S. and Canada only, please.