Tuesday, February 12, 2013

#cblspromotions Presents Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number: Interview, Review and Giveaway



Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number
by June Kramin
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published by Musa Publishing
Released on December 16, 2011
Heat Level: Sensual
Word Count: 79,000





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Blurb
Unable to make it home in a snowstorm, Ellie seeks shelter at an old farmhouse. When the owner’s grandson shows up and happens to be the man she had given the brush off to twice, it takes all they have not to kill each other during the snowed-in days that follow.

The last thing Ellie plans on is the relationship outlasting the storm. Bix’s persistence at a relationship and attempts to help her at her job with his computer skills proves to be more than Ellie can continue to push away. She finds herself where she never wanted to be after losing her fiancé a year ago. In love again.

When Ellie’s twin sister shows up and puts all their lives at risk, they must now weather a different kind of storm together.


Excerpt
Bix was surprised to see Ellie standing in the kitchen when he walked in her house the following Monday. He was hoping to surprise her when she got home from work. She must have left a little early.

“You’re home?” He walked over admiring her hair then gave her a kiss as he ran his fingers through her hair. “What made you go dark?”

“I just felt like a change. You like it?”

“I do.” He kissed her again and weaved his fingers through her hair and to the back of her head.

She wrapped her arms around his neck and began kissing him hard. Getting more aggressive in her kisses, she began pushing him backwards until he was against the wall.

“What got into you, babe?”

“I just missed you.” She kissed his neck then pulled at his shirt, sending buttons flying. Her hands stroked his chest and went down to his belt buckle.

He closed his eyes and leaned his head against the wall as she kissed down his chest. She slid his jeans down, but left his boxers on. Kissing her way back up his chest, she placed her hand at his crotch. He was already getting aroused. “Nice,” she said, giving him a squeeze. Kissing him harder, she began rubbing her hips against him.

“Let’s get down to business, stud.”

His eyes sprang open and he held her by the shoulders, then looked into her eyes. They were the same shade of blue. The same deep blue outline. He looked from one to the other, then saw it. A green fleck that was never there before.

“You’re not Ellie.”

“Dammit.” Her hand still stroked his chest. “You’re quicker than Tony was.”

He pushed her back and quickly pulled his jeans up. “Ellie never mentioned being a twin.”

“It’s no wonder. I’d want to keep you to myself, too.” Again she leaned into him and tried to place her hand on his crotch. He grabbed her hand before she was successful.

“Stop it.”

“Come on. What are you? A choir boy?”

He moved away from the wall so she would stop cornering him. “I don’t know what your game is but—” The sound of a car door closing stopped him.

“Dammit. The party pooper is home. We’ll have to finish later.” She looked to Bix again and ran her tongue over her lips.

Bix tried pulling his shirt together the best he could, but it was a useless attempt with his buttons scattered across the floor.

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About the Author
Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order.

June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai and is currently living “Happily Ever After” on a hobby farm in a small town in Southern Minnesota.

She enjoys riding her Paint horse, Ringo, around the small ghost town they are playfully reestablishing with the neighbors and playing in Photoshop. Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.

Being hopelessly addicted to 80′s music is her super power.



Connect with June Kramin
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Interview Questions:

1.       Where did the idea come from for the book?
The start of the story was actually something my hubby shared with me one day. He pulled over to help a stranded motorcyclist. I stole his tale, changing it to a girl helping a guy & the rest ran from there.
2.       What genre does your book fall under?
It won best romantic suspense in 2011 at LRC café. There is a lot going on to keep you guessing but there is enough romantic element to keep the romance reader pleased.
3.       Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  I never play that game. There is a novel I wrote early on – I picked Heath Ledger as the male role. Now I can’t picture anyone else. I have to leave this to the reader’s imagination.
4.       What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Bix finally won Ellie’s affection. Little did he know, that was the easy part.
5.       Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was released by Musa Publishing in November 2011. I haven’t wanted to go the self-publishing route with any of my novels to date.
6.       How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This one was completed in just over a month. Some stories just write themselves.
7.       What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I read more thrillers than anything but a few readers have compared it to Sandra Brown’s newer suspense books over her older romance novels.
8.       Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Hubby gave me a terrific start with the idea for them meeting. We used to have a cyber café so that gave it a great setting. I used our house & town for visuals. The “evil twin” thing sort of just happened. I have to admit it surprised even me.
9.        What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you like twin stories, this is one with a twist. Ellie was a very stubborn character work with so you’d have to not mind a strong-willed female lead. It’s been quoted as being a great story about forgiveness. If you love strong family ties, this is for you. I dare you not to love her brothers. I’ve been told many times that Nick & Nathan were people’s favorite supporting characters – ever. 


4 Star Review

A sweet fast paced love story, well written and entertaining. The reason I only gave the story four stars is that it lost its momentum in the last few chapters. 
The two Noelle and Bix met when Bix's motorcycle died on the road and she helped him. Her love for fast engines established as the author pointed out her four red Honda vehicles each ready in his own right for any terrain and I really expected some fast action with this knowledge. Like a fast chase in snow while fleeing from the villain, Shawn Teidelman. But at the end the beauties just stood still and was not mention again. But then this was not a action novel but a sweet love story as I already pointed out in the beginning. Smile. ( I am a sucker for fast cars, even the Stingray, Corvette and Comaro that was mentioned later on as part of Bix's inheritance made my own heart race)
Both characters were complementing each other. Although struggling with the death of her fiance she allowed Bix, a computer geek to court her and love her which at the end make the story a winner.
At first sparks flew when these two met and then just a chapter later ended up in a secluded farmhouse which belonged to Gramps, Bix grandfather. A sweet older man with a calm and patient character breaking the walls even further. 
Under his watchful eyes these two got the time to know each other and fell in love. The light banter and caring from Bix during her illness breaking the ice walls Noelle so carefully build around her. 
I was really impressed with this young man with the unusual name. His patience stood out throughout the story as he helped her getting over the death of her fiance and parents accepting him and later on mending the gap between the two sisters. Together with her lively brothers Nick and Nathan they protected her when Shawn mistook Nancy for Noelle/Ellie since they are identical twins coming after Noelle at the end. 
The two sisters consistent feud, living in each others shadows and no love was lost between them. Nancy that tried to break up every relationship Ellie was in, being the mistress of a Duke. 
But at the end she needed Ellie to safe her life, needing a kidney transplant which she agreed upon. Because they are family.
Every character played their part in building the plot to a entertaining novel with their quirky attitudes smoothing the path between the two lovers bringing them together and settling into their lives.
The blossoming romance between Bart and Sue, Bix parents after years of separation and the healing that took place between father and son was also a highlight in the book.
At the end a good book that I can recommend to romance lovers.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining the barrage & for the review. Glad you enjoyed it.
    June

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