Friday, September 4, 2015

Because it's a LABOR OF LOVE #LOLHop #Prizes

Okay you guys, it's time! Some of my very favorite authors have banded together to put on a blog hop, and the grand prize is a KINDLE loaded with books from all the authors in the hop. There'll be a couple other Amazon gift cards, so be sure and check out as many posts as possible and enter - enter - enter! You can jump HERE to check out the event's Facebook page, where all the cool kids will be hanging...

My post is featuring a short excerpt from King Stud, which is discounted to $0.99! Only $0.99! (Amazon dropped the price today, ARe & Evernight will have it down starting 9/5.) The sale is on through 9/7!!!

(And someone should really disable my !!! I'm excited! I can't help myself!)

Danielle’s got three months to make her Grandmother’s rundown Craftsman house livable. Her game plan is to get in, get grubby, and get back home to L.A. She needs a carpenter, and her best friend’s younger brother is a good one. It’s hard to ignore the buffed body under Ryan’s paint-splattered sweatshirts, but her friend declares he’s off-limits so Danielle reluctantly agrees.

Ryan doesn’t have the cleanest record, anyway. His recently ex-ed girlfriend wants him back, and he has a reputation for brawling. He’s also had a crush on Danielle since he was a kid. Despite their nine-year age difference, he knows she’s worth pursuing.

Soon the paint under Danielle’s fingernails starts feeling more natural than the L.A. sunshine. She’ll have to navigate plumbing disasters, money problems, and one seriously cranky best friend to find something she hasn’t had before: a real home, and a man who loves her.

(Chosen because it shows Ryan working - hello, Labor Day - and 
Danielle swooning over him, which happens fairly often in the book.) 

“Right.” Ryan flipped the ice pack from one hand to the other. “Why’d your grandmother leave you the house?”

 “Because I’m cute.” She scraped back a stray hank of hair, her smile as blank as she could make it. Danielle suspected her grandmother had left her the house because it had always been her safe place, but Ryan didn’t need a rehash of her poor-little-rich-girl saga.

His eyes still held a question, but after a moment he nodded and stepped farther back. “Let’s get those boards.”


They carried in the two-by-sixes, silence buffering their actions. Over the weekend, Ryan had widened the doorways on either end of the dining room, though the rough edges needed to be enclosed in trim. Once they carried in all the supplies, Ryan stroked the molding she’d sanded. “Nice work with these.” A half grin showed off his dimples. “This place is going to be sweet when we get it done.”

“I’ll take your word for it.” She went over to the kitchen sink, looking out over the old wooden porch to the Puget Sound. A single light moved across the blackness. “Was it hard to open up the doorways?”

“Just had to work around the king studs.”

I bet I could work around your king stud just fine. “The what?” Danielle broke out a super-plastic smile, hoping Ryan couldn’t guess what was on her mind. 

“The extra support beams framing the doors and windows.” He glanced at her, doing a quick double-take. “What?”

She dredged up willpower from some deep internal source, in need of every shred to keep pretending he was just a remodeling buddy. “Nothing.”

“The homeowner’s always right.” He chuckled and headed back into the living room. “If you’re happy with my work, next summer you can hire me to rebuild that nasty old porch out back.”

Danielle’s feet stuck as she got a sudden visual of Ryan, shirtless and sweaty, working in her backyard under the sun. By the time she could move again, he had his jacket on and was headed for the front door. 

“Well, thanks for dropping stuff off,” she said.

“Need more ice on my shoulder.” He paused with his hand on the doorframe, assessing her with that perfectly controlled heat, an expression way too grown up for only twenty-four. “I’ll swing by tomorrow and work on the trim.” 

Her fluttery response demonstrated all the maturity of a teenager.

“Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, Mom said to make sure you know you’re welcome to join us for Thanksgiving dinner,” he said.

Since she couldn’t hug Ryan, Danielle hugged herself. “Really? That’d be awesome.”

“Maeve didn’t mention it, did she?”

“No, but it’s not the night before.” She laughed, because Maeve had always sucked at planning things in advance. Her laugh made Ryan laugh, and then things were better.


(And remember, King Stud is $0.99 till 9/7!)

I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon...and I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats.

I can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night at my website & blog , on Facebook, or on Twitter. Come find me. We’ll have fun!

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And for more chances to win, jump HERE to check out the list of all the participating authors. Some of my very favorite people are on this list...


  1. Happy Labor Day Weekend Liv! King Stud sounds awesome! Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Nobody should wait to get your book and read it. It's awesome. Happy Labor Day Weekend.

    1. Thanks Nana! I'll be checking out your post asap! ;)

    2. Okay. SO. I have to win. It's meant to be. Clearly. *Danielle*

  3. Love the cover, Liv! Enjoy the weekend.

    1. Thanks so much, Danita. You have a good weekend too!

  4. Mr. King Stud is up next on my reading list - Happy Labor Day :)

    1. It's a bit different than the version you read. Hope the changes lead to some pleasant surprises.

  5. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I Love this Cover!!! Just got my copy, Liv!!!

  6. As always you are an awesome writer and all around interesting person.

  7. Liv, I know age is just a number, but I will have to deliberately blot out the NINE-YEAR age difference! And here's an awesome idea - you could pull an E L James and write the same story but make Ryan Maeve's older brother. I'd buy both books just for the comparison. hehe

    1. I've got a book in the works for Maeve's older brother. His name is Niall, and he's going through a bad divorce. By the time I get to his book, he'll be ready for love. :)
      Thanks Empi!

  8. Way to rock the excerpt, Liv. Thanks so much for taking part in this and love, LOVE your cover! Happy Labor Day!

    1. Thanks sweetie! I so appreciate all the work you did to pull this together!

  9. Great excerpt, just bought me a King Stud :)

    emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com

  10. My labor of love is watching my nieces or nephews so their parents can work and know they are in a safe, mostly happy place. Lol. I get my "baby" fix and they can earn money without the worry of who is keeping their children. :)

  11. Nuts! So sorry to have missed the giveaway. I love the cover, too, Liv. Oh and by the way, Ryan can come work on my home anytime. Thanks for this preview. Sounds wonderful! I need to add it to my list of reading. I'm so far behind.