Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!
It’s launch day at Sapphire Star Publishing and today is my publishing sister, Dana Mason’s, second book birthday! Woohoo, I cannot tell you how excited I am for Dana. So… over to you. Let’s hear it for your baby!
Launching PRECIOUS EMBRACE
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog again, Nicky! I love talking about music, which makes your blog one of my favorites! Music is an easy subject because our choices can be so varied, we never run out of things to talk about.
All of my stories have a playlist, and my new release, Precious Embrace, is no different. The beauty of this story is that I was able to incorporate a little Country and Pop in with the Rock and Roll.
Precious Embrace is about two lost people, finding a new love. The hero, Johnny Rhay Bennett is a born and bred country boy. He grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has an accent that will make any girl swoon. He’s a bad boy turned good, with a heart of gold and more sex appeal than most girls can handle in one man. It’s this bad boy attitude and sex appeal that pumps up his determination to get what he wants. . .and Alison Hayes is what he wants. The opening scene in Precious Embrace is Johnny standing on Ali’s porch, surprising her after having just moved to California from Tennessee. Ali opens the door and there he is looking sexy as hell.
Enter Johnny’s theme song: Bad Things by Jace Everett. When most people hear this song they think of show True Blood, but I see Johnny, standing on Ali’s porch, in tight jeans, wearing a country boy smile that will accelerate any girl’s heart.
Here is the song:
Here’s a short excerpt from that scene:
Ali Hayes knew the phrase tall drink of water was cliché, and she never really understood it. But when she opened her front door and came face-to-face with Johnny Rhay Bennett, clad in tight jeans and an even tighter black t-shirt, there was no other way to describe him.
It had been two months since they’d spent the night together and she honestly never thought she’d see him again. It took her several seconds to find her voice and when she did, she had little control over what came out. “Wow. You were the last person I expected to find at my door. What are you doing here?”
“Well it’s good to see you too.” He leaned in close. “I probably should have called first, but I didn’t get your phone number the last time…,” His lips quirked into a little grin and Ali had to wet her lips because her mouth had gone dry.
She took a step back, hoping to regain her senses. Flashes of their previous brief encounters flashed in her head and she had to fight to keep from covering her face in embarrassment. The baby in her arms squirmed and started whining, unceremoniously bringing her back to the present. She shifted and rocked the baby. “Um…sorry, I’m just surprised to see you here. Are you in town to visit Sarah and Mark? They’re in Arizona on vacation. I hope you didn’t make the trip for nothing.”
“I guess they didn’t tell you the latest.” He looked from her to the open door.
“Sorry, come in.” She held the door open further and took a step back. Once she let him inside, she realized she shouldn’t have. Her house looked like a stampede of kindergartners had barged through. “Sorry about the mess. I haven’t had a moment of peace in three days.”
Johnny looked around and said, “You alone? Did Jamie go with Mark and Sarah?”
“Yeah, he went with his dad.” Micah kicked out and started crying. Ali wanted to cry too. She bounced him, which only made him more irritable. “So what’s the latest?” she asked Johnny.
“Oh, ah…I’ve moved out here permanently.”
She drew back. “I’m sorry, what?”
His smile faltered a little and he said, “You’re looking at Santa Rosa’s newest detective.”
“Why would you move…why California? I thought you loved Nashville.”
“No…well, it’s alright I guess, but I was never in love with the place.”
Precious Embrace Synopsis
A new love, a missing child, a family found.
A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.
Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.
To celebrate the release of Precious Embrace, Dana is offering book one of the Embrace Series, Dangerous Embrace, FREE on Amazon from July 11th – July 14th (Nicky says: Go get it ~ it’s an AWESOME READ!!)
Precious Embrace links:
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA |
Barnes & Noble NOOK
Dana Mason Links:
Facebook | Twitter: @danamason06 | Website | Sapphire Star Publishing Author page | Goodreads Author Page
Dangerous Embrace Links:
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, DANA!
I’ve got Precious Embrace on my Kindle and can’t wait to get reading. Have a fabulous book birthday and sell millions!
Another book to add to my ‘to-read’ list! I will have no shortage on my flight to the States in 2 weeks, that’s for sure. Hello, Nicky! Congrats, Dana! xx
YAY! Thanks so much for stopping by, Karen! I really recommend Dangerous Embrace, the first book, which I loved to bits, and I have a copy of PRECIOUS EMBRACE that’s burning a hole in my Kindle right now. Happy reading, and thanks for your support. Rock on!
Thank you, Karen! Safe travels and happy reading!
CONGRATS DANA – Continued success on your writing endeavors/endeavours. I’m still waitng for my first YA Paranormal romance to get off.
You’ve been here on Nicky’s blog for quite a while and so have I. You know by now my passion to post musical selections which are appropriate for what being discussed here. So here’s a sweet song I feel Johnny Rhay could sing to Alison. Let me know what you think of it,
Hi Robin, thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t see your selection right now ~ just checking in quickly as am poorly on the sofa today, booo ~ but I’m sure it’s ace, as always. Thank you for commenting and for showing Dana your support. Rock on! XX
Thanks, Robin! I love that one! Such a sweet one. I’ll add it to my Precious Embrace playlist.
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HI! Congrats on your release!! YAY!! Sounds so good!!
Thank so much for your comment and for saying ‘hi’, Julia, ROCK ON!
congratulations on the release i look forward to reading both your books this weekend
Angela, hi! Happy reading ~ you’ll be enthralled. Thanks for visiting!
Thank you, Angela! I hope you enjoy the Embrace Series.
Contrats on your new book. I am anxious to read it but need to finish up the book I am reading first. But I just can’t wait. Dangerous Embrace was such a good book and this one looks to just as good from all the reviews.
It certainly does, Susan! I’m with you ~ really enjoyed Dangerous Embrace and can’t wait to get started on Precious. Thanks for commenting today! X
Thank you, Susan. So glad you enjoyed Dangerous Embrace! I hope you like Precious Embrace just as much.
Wow, thanks so much for the excerpt! I already wanted to read Precious Embrace, but now I really want to! Can’t wait…..
Hi Karen, it’s a fab excerpt! Thanks for your lovely comment! 🙂
Thanks, Karen. It’s a bit of a tease. 🙂
Hello, congrats on your new book. I can’t wait to read it.
Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, Christine, and happy reading!
Thank you, Christine! I hope you love it.
Yay! Thanks for commenting, Tori!
Hi Dana and Nicky. Dana I just downloaded Dangerous Embrace and it sounds like a really heart wrenching ride. I am so excited for you with your new release. I have found a great new author…Yay me!!!!
Yay You! Thanks for commenting, Michelle, I’m sure you’ll really enjoy Dangerous Embrace, I know I did ~ and can’t wait to catch up on Precious. Great to see you here today, rock on!
Thank you, Michelle! It’s been fun partying with everyone today.
Hi Dan congrats on Precious Embrace release!!
Hear, hear ~ thanks for your lovely comment, Monica!
Thanks, Monica! I know you’ve been waiting for it for some time. I hope you love it!
Ohhoho – I LOVE that song! Thanks for sharing it and that excerpt. I downloaded Precious Embrace onto my nook this morning. Can’t wait to get started! 🙂
Way to go Brandeeeee! Love it! Thanks so much for stopping by and helping Dana celebrate her big day. You rock! X
Thank you, Brandee, for all your support! I hope you love Precious Embrace!
Nicky! I hope you know how much I love you! All the support you give me is priceless! Thank you again and again for your kindness! I’ve had such a crazy and fun day, I just wish you didn’t feel bad.
And the next stop, Sophie’s Encore in September! I can’t wait!
Woohoo Dana, it’s such fun having you to visit and I am so glad you had a fab party!! Sorry to conk out on you halfway through but I hope the tweets were flying anyhoo and it looks like you had LOADS of visitors and lots of lovely interest. ROCK ON!!!