Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The Rites of Spring Blog Hop #RitesofSpring

With it spring in half the globe and autumn in the other half and regardless of whether your weather is turning hot or cold it is a time for renewal. And what better time than to blog about firsts. The book and characters I want to share with you today are a first for myself because they are in my first book with Decadent Publishing. But they also experience many first themselves. For Sally her 1Night Stand is the first time she has even been treated right by a member of the opposite sex and for Dean it is the first time he has truly gone after the type of woman he is attracted to. Both of them enter into their 1Night Stand expecting it is their last chance but instead they find it is only really the beginning. Read the excerpt below of their first meeting.

Sally Austens’ sexual experience is limited and unsatisfactory at best. Now, as she turns thirty, it looks like the relationship train has missed her stop. When a friend tells her about 1Night Stand and suggests it might just change her life, she’s skeptical but shoots for the stars when asking for her perfect date. Go big or go home, right?

Dean Martorino lives in the public eye. Surrounded on a daily basis by society’s idea of stunning beauty, he longs for a woman with curves he can get lost in. At the suggestion of his long-time friend and manager, Dean shares his secret with Madame Eve hoping she can find him a match to fill his arms and satisfy his desires.

Can Sally accept the beauty Dean sees in her long enough to curve his appetite or will they both go home hungry?

For the umpteenth time, Dean checked his phone. Still no text. He sighed in frustration. Thirty minutes after they’d agreed to meet, and no sign of his date.
His misgivings about the 1Night Stand concept weren’t eased by the fact she hadn’t arrived yet. He longed for something different, but one-night stands were not his usual idea of fun. He preferred long-term relationships. Jerry, his best friend had assured him Madame Eve’s services were more love matches than sex.
He’d laughed, at first, finding the whole idea ridiculous. He doubted even the mystical Madame Eve could find his perfect woman. Jerry had laughed, too, but then he got serious and asked, “What do you have to lose?”
Dean’s regular fitness regime kept him in shape and looking good for thirty-five. The women he met were stick-thin, self-obsessed, and semi-plastic, typical of the industry he worked in. Most of them were pretty, and though he’d dated a few, they weren’t what he fantasized about. No, in his dreams, the ladies all had natural and much curvier figures.
Big, curvy women had always fascinated him. Because he lived his life in the public eye, he’d been reluctant to go after what he wanted. At his age, though, with his career on the downhill slide, he realized he didn’t care anymore. He’d had his time in the spotlight. He wanted to settle down and have a family. Hence, he’d decided to find someone who loved him, not his public persona. He’d spent too long denying his true identity.
A knock made his heart skip a beat. She’s here. After a quick check in the mirror, he steeled himself and opened the door.
His mouth went dry and all coherent thought fled. Even if he had the words to express how she blew him away, he didn’t think he could find his voice. He ogled the gorgeous, buxom brunette standing in the doorway. His admiration cut short, as her face paled.
“You’re—” She stopped talking mid-sentence, her eyes rolled back into her skull.
Reacting on instinct, he reached out and wrapped his hands around her waist, trying to catch her before she hit the ground. However, instead of stopping her from falling, he was pulled to the carpet, too, both of them crashing in a heap.
Women fainted around him all the time. It no longer freaked him out. It was, however, the first time he’d fallen to the floor with one. Her pulse thumped strongly under his fingers. Relief washed over him; she was okay. The ridiculousness of it all hit him and a deep belly laugh escaped his lips.
Even with the less than successful start to his date, the feel of her in his arms had parts of him standing to attention. His curiosity dictated he find out more. Madame Eve had made an excellent choice. She might have found the perfect woman after all.

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  1. Thanks for participating, Melissa! :)

  2. Thanks for participating, Melissa! :)

  3. Great excerpt. What a way to start a date.

  4. Drat - Victoria Adams took the words right out of my mouth. Greta excerpt.

  5. That was a great excerpt, talk about making an impression.
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  6. loves the excerpt! Thanks for sharing I can't wait to read it!

  7. Love the excerpt. Thanks for taking part in this hop.

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  8. Thanks for the hop and giveaway!!

  9. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  10. Thanks so much!


  11. What an exciting book! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  12. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

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  13. Great excerpt, thank you.


  14. Funny first meeting.
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  15. She literally fell for him! Haha I love it!

  16. Loved the tease. Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  17. Love your cover!!!

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!

  19. I LOVED the excerpt thank you. A must read for me.


  20. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Very nice excerpt. Thanks for participating.


  23. Now that's a first meeting to remember!

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  24. Thanks for the excerpt.

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  25. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. My sex life is only unsatisfactory, but not limited. :) I feel so bad for her! I hope her one night stand has lots of hot steamy sex!

    Best wishes,

  26. like the excerpt thanks for the hop! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  27. Everyone else is asking what we like about Spring so I'll tell you that I don't like the chill in the air or the rain but I love the baby animals and the tiny green shoots poking up. The first flowers and grass are wonderful!!


  28. Thank you for the chance!

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  29. As a curvy girl myself, and a fan of 1NS, I've got to read this one. Sounds perfect to me.
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  30. Thanks for the giveaway!


  31. Oh.Wow! I love the 1NS books and this sounds another great one!

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  32. thank you for sharing in the hop!
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