Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sweet Deal

Next week my book Sweet Deal comes out. For those of you who know me for my erotic romance (ménage a trois or BDSM) this book will be something different. It’s not an erotic romance – at least in my opinion.

Recently some of my NNN blogmates and I had a lively discussion about what makes a romance “erotic”. I don’t think Sweet Deal is an erotic romance – but others probably would, since there is a lot of steamy hot sex in the book. (If you were worried about that when I said it’s not erotic, have no fear! I would never close the bedroom door on you!) I think Sweet Deal is a sexy contemporary romance featuring a hero and heroine who have to stop letting their pasts influence the decisions they make in their lives. It’s a guy who doesn’t do commitment and a girl who does – too soon, too fast. They make a deal—a sweet deal—that doesn’t involve falling in love or commitment or anything long term. It’s what they both need right then. But of course it wouldn’t be a story if things didn’t go wrong with that sweet deal…right?

I’m trying something new with Pinterest – I’ve created a board for Sweet Deal and posted some pics that I think look like Shelby and Jake, the setting for the book (California beach city), the coffee shop where they meet, Jake’s dog and some *ahem* inspiring images. For those of you who like some visuals, you might want to check it out!

So what do you think? What makes a book an “erotic” romance?

Here’s an excerpt from Sweet Deal, out June 12 from Samhain Publishing:

The relationship is pretend. The chemistry…isn’t.

After her last job ended with a broken heart and a humiliating exit from the company, Shelby Leighton’s project management career is back on track with a new job and a high-profile project. The problem: her new boss is a little too friendly, and the staff is talking. Can you say, “déjà vu?” The solution: casually mention a fictional new boyfriend.

New problem: she’s expected to bring her new man to the upcoming corporate picnic.

Jake Magill doesn’t do relationships. It’s casual or nothing, but the hot blonde he’s been eyeing at the coffee shop sure is something. Especially when she confesses her problem, and he finds himself offering to act as her date.

Sounds simple. Stroll around the party with Shelby’s sexy curves clinging to his arm? He’s all over it. Until he meets her boss—the man who once stole and married the one woman Jake thought he loved.

Now Jake’s the one with a reason to pretend. If only to save his own pride…and Shelby from the predatory gaze of the man who could ruin her, and any chance of finding out if their fake connection is the real thing.

Product Warnings
Contains one desperate lady in need, and a pretend boyfriend who shows impressive dedication to nailing all—and then some—elements of his role. Oh my!

She tried to relax her tight fingers, tried to calm the flock of fluttering birds in her abdomen. She could do it. Truthfully, heading it up was exciting. She did love a challenge. She wanted to take on additional learning opportunities. She wanted to advance in the company. And she desperately, painfully, wanted to keep this job.
She needed to keep that confident façade firmly in place, even though on the inside she couldn’t help but wonder if Andrew’s faith in her was somewhat misplaced. She’d been successful in the other projects she’d been involved in since starting at Gold Shield Insurance a year ago, but even that hadn’t completely rebuilt the confidence that had been eroded at her last job.
And working her way up wasn’t that much fun when she was as popular with her coworkers as a telemarketer at dinner time.
“This weekend is the big company picnic,” Andrew noted, his eyes still fastened on her with disturbing warmth. “You’re coming, of course?”
“Oh yes, of course I am.”
Another opportunity to network and socialize with management. She knew how important those social events were.
“We should go together,” Andrew said.
What the hell? Go to the picnic together? Her stomach bottomed out and her mind raced. That was such a freakin’ bad idea. She had to get out of this! But how?
“With you and your wife?” she asked, heart thudding wildly.
“Oh, Gianna probably won’t come,” he replied, that faint crease appearing between his brows again. “She doesn’t enjoy company functions.”
Yeah, that wasn’t good. All the other spouses would be there. That was how it went at Gold Shield. Even kids would be there. The social committee had been busy organizing events for the younger guests, including volunteers who would supervise the kids so the adults could still have a good time on their own.
Shelby sucked briefly on her bottom lip, her mind still searching for a way to get out of this. There was no possible way she could go to the picnic with Andrew. People were talking about them enough already, and would be even more after the announcement about the new project was made public.
Shit. She lifted a hand and pushed her hair back. “Actually,” she said, trying desperately for light and casual. “I’ve been seeing someone and I was going to bring him to the picnic.”
Andrew’s brows snapped together and his posture tightened. “Oh,” he said. His gaze lasered onto her. “Really? I didn’t know you’d been seeing someone.”
“Oh yeah, for a while now,” she said, waving a hand and smiling. “He’s such a nice guy.”
Now his eyebrows flew up. “Really?”
She nodded and smiled. Damn, damn, damn. This was a total fabrication but she had to get him off her case somehow. Ambitious and driven as she was, she did not want her reputation being ruined yet again by a horny boss who couldn’t keep his pants zipped.
Although that wasn’t entirely fair to Andrew. Despite all the favoritism he’d seemed to show her, she couldn’t say for sure he had anything more than business on his mind. He’d never been overtly inappropriate. He’d always been friendly and encouraging, even though she’d felt an uncomfortable twinge of unfairness at some of the decisions he’d made, and his most recent statement that they’d be travelling together made her want to squirm in her chair.
The temperature in the room dropped by several chilly degrees. “You never mentioned him before,” Andrew said slowly.


PG Forte said...

Great post. Great question. *g* And I'm sooo looking forward to this book--got it all pre-ordered and everything. ;)

Kelly Jamieson said...

Aw thank you PG!

Kelly Jamieson said...

Aw thank you PG!

Kelly Jamieson said...