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TOO MANY REASONS (A Spotlight Series Novel) by Kristen Strassel is here! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

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Title: TOO MANY REASONS (A Spotlight Series Novella)

Author: Kristen Strassel

Age: NA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 9, 2015

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Blurb:

Abby Gauthier is close to getting everything she’s worked so hard for. The band she manages, Sinister Riot, has been offered a major record contract. But it comes with a catch: the band must add Eli Jamison, winner of the talent show The Spotlight, to the lineup.

Devon Sinclair is the singer of Sinister Riot, and he’s Abby’s best friend. She’s in love with him, but fears she’ll lose him if she makes the first move. Devon knows adding Eli to the band is a mistake, and he’s right. Eli’s interested in more than just making an album. He wants to take control of the band, and he wants to get to know Abby better. A lot better. When tensions between Devon and Eli threaten to destroy Sinister Riot, Abby must act on her true feelings or lose everything she’s ever wanted.

 EXCERPT
“What the hell are you doing here? You scared the shit out of me.” He had a key, so it wasn’t like he didn’t have a permanent invite. But tonight? Come on.

“I wanted to make sure you got home safe.” He laid on the futon, one leg thrown over the back cushion. It didn’t appear that he was actually doing anything, but waiting for me. The cat was curled up on his stomach. Thank God Mallory still hadn’t come back. Or maybe not. She would have sent his ass packing.

“You could have just texted.” I took off my jacket and tossed it at him. Ziggy took offense, disappearing into some dark corner. I refused to sit next to him, instead I sank into the bean bag chair to unlace my boots. After dancing for a good part of the night, my feet were begging me to take them off. I hadn’t noticed until now.

“You didn’t answer me earlier.” He watched my fingers free my legs from the ties. Once I was only in my socks, I curled my legs under my body, but sitting practically on the floor made me feel too small and Devon too big. He was acting like an irrational asshole and I didn’t want to give him any more power. I practically jumped to my feet.

“Because I was out. With someone. And I didn’t want to be rude like some people and spend the whole night on the phone texting someone else.” Like Devon did with Lexi when he went out with me. I filled a glass with water and drank it all in one long sip. “Did I need to be concerned? Was I out with a serial killer?”

Devon scoffed. “No.”

“So what you really wanted to do was make sure I didn’t bring him upstairs with me.” I crossed my arms and started pacing in front of him. I wanted to ask him about all the things Eli had told me he’d said, but it just seemed petty. “What would you have done if I had?”

“You can do whatever you want, Abby.” He sat up, raking his fingers through his hair. “Where’d you go?”

“Magdalena’s.”

“Shrimp and grits? Hurricanes?”

I nodded. “Then I took him to—“

“The Apple Barrel.” Devon finished my sentence as he sat up. “All the things we like to do.”

“All the things I like to do, with any good company.” I stopped, arms still crossed. “Would you even be here if I’d gone out with anyone else?” I wondered if Devon had known about my date before he’d texted me tonight.

“I don’t know.” Our eyes locked in fury and frustration. “He didn’t even kiss you.”

“That’s not true.” My whole body shook.

Devon’s lips turned upward, a half-smile. “Your lip gloss is still perfect.”

“Maybe I put more on.”

“To come upstairs?” He shook his head. “No, you didn’t.”

“Why do you even care? Do you want to kiss me?” I couldn’t believe I actually said it. Out loud. A couple of drinks and one date and I was feeling really cocky.

In slow motion, Devon pushed himself up off the futon so he stood just inches from me. I didn’t move, or even uncross my arms. He rested his hands on my elbows, and looked down at me in a way he never had before. Like he was seeing me for the first time. My heart slammed against my ribcage for the second time that night, and I was glad my arms were there to keep everything in place. He ran his teeth against his lip ring, drawing my eyes to the motion. He closed his eyes and leaned forward.

I’d pictured this moment a thousand times, so some of it seemed very familiar to me: the chunk of hair that fell in his eyes as he lowered his face to mine, the way his bottom lip moved against his teeth when he felt unsure of himself.

No. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

I turned my head and his lips brushed against my cheek. “Don’t.” I could barely speak.

“Abby.” His fingers moved against the back of my arm and I shivered. His words were so soft, if we weren’t so close I might not have heard them. “You asked me what I wanted.”

Frozen in place, I stared at my shoes next to the bean bag. “I don’t want you to do this because you’re pissed off that I went out with Eli,” I whispered. Eight years I waited for him to finally make that move, and I think I had the right to lay some ground rules. If I was going to kiss him, it wasn’t going to be cheap and full of regret. “That’s not how I want this to be.”

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Today’s Brew: I am partial to this cinnamon roll coffee

by Kristen

I’ve said many times that I think writing the books is the easy part. I hang out on the couch in my pjs and let the voices in my head tell me what to type. I enjoy spending time with them. We laugh together, cry together, and sometimes I suggest what they should do next. They take my advice if they want to.  I try my damnedest to steer them to a happily ever after. If I’m going to exert my will over my characters, I figure that’s the best way to do it.

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The editing and proofreading is done.  The cover designer and formatters have made my stories beautiful.  It’s time for The Trouble with Bree and Too Many Reasons to meet the world.

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People have said that if you write a good book, people will find it. There’s a sliver of truth in there. You have to write a good book. But there will be no blinking arrow on Amazon or the shelves of Barnes and Noble pointing to your book. Nope, you get thrown out there with all the other great books, and the not so great ones, too. A lot of those not so great ones sell really well. Hate all you want, but it comes down to the fact that those books are appealing to something that people want and people can find them.

Now I go from sitting on my couch and writing a book to sitting on my couch and getting my work out there. This is the tough part. Even though I have some repeat customers (Man, I love you guys. So much.), I’m still a new author, and I’m actively trying to find a new audience. It’s not a road map to find those people, I can read one of those. It’s a treasure map.  There are false leads, pitfalls, oases, mirages, and a whole lot of ways to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

You need to get as far out of your circle as possible. It’s great that the writing community knows about and loves your book, but you need to reach readers. People who don’t go anywhere without their kindle, the ones who talk about books and authors like your husband talks about fantasy football.  I work with a publicist, and she does a ton of front line and behind the scenes work. But I’m still out there, too.  I actively ask for reviews, even though it’s the scariest part of writing. There’s a chance that you may ask someone to read your book who isn’t in to it. Not all bad reviews are bad. I still struggle with that.  But you might find someone who loves your book. A lot. And they would have never known about it if you didn’t ask for the review. The bottom line is, you need to get people talking about your book. It takes a person 7-10 times of seeing something before she begins to recognize it.  The more people that are talking about your book, the more likely someone is to want to read it.  They tell two friends, and they tell two friends…you get the picture.

One you get the book in people’s hands….hopefully they love it enough to do a little author stalking. After I read a great book that I can’t stop thinking about, I go straight to the author’s website. I want more!! Right now, I’m working on putting together related content that go with The Trouble with Bree and Too Many Reasons. Even though they’re both in The Spotlight Series, they are very different stories.  All of it will give a little more insight to the characters. So if you loved the book and want more, you get more. If you haven’t checked out the books yet but you find the blog posts cool, maybe you’ll want to check out the books. It works both ways. I have tours, lists, interviews, and videos planned. It’s going to be a fun month over on my website.  I hope you’ll join me!!

Just because a book is out doesn’t mean your job with it is done. You have to tend your garden. Sometimes it’s beautiful, and sometimes it needs to be weeded. And it always has the chance to bloom.

If you are interested in helping out…sign ups for The Trouble with Bree and Too Many Reasons blog tours are open! The Trouble with Bree comes out January 19 and Too Many Reasons comes out February 9. Both are available for preorder.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: TOO MANY REASONS

Today’s Brew: Classic Cinnamon Roll

Break out the confetti cannons!  I’m excited to introduce you to Abby, Devon, Eli, and the rest of Sinister Riot!  Too Many Reasons was one of those books that grabbed me by the throat when I wrote it. Abby spoke to me very clearly the entire time I was telling her story, and the words poured out of me.

Abby’s one of my characters that was influenced by Alice Cooper.  Yes, there’s more than one, and I’m writing the other one now. On Nights With Alice Cooper, Alice was talkin about a girl who worked for his band back in early days, one of those girls who does everything for the band, but isn’t dating anyone in the band. The story stuck with me, because not only do I know I ton of those girls, I’ve been that girl.  The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to write about her. And get her a boyfriend.

I can’t remember the name of the damn song! I need to write to Alice Cooper.

And this cover!  Sigh. My designer, Hang Le, just gets me.  Leopard print is my favorite color. You may be aware I have a leopard print tattoo. So when I saw this design, my heart went pitty-pat. If I didn’t write this book, I would buy it simply because it has a leopard print freakin’ cover.

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So what’s this all about?

Abby Gauthier is close to getting everything she’s worked so hard for.  The band she manages, Sinister Riot, has been offered a major record contract. But it comes with a catch: the band must add Eli Jamison, winner of the talent show The Spotlight, to the lineup.

Devon Sinclair is the singer of Sinister Riot, and he’s Abby’s best friend. She’s in love with him, but fears she’ll lose him if she makes the first move.  Devon thinks adding Eli to the band is dangerous, and he’s right. Eli’s interested in more than just making an album. He wants to take control of the band, and he wants to get to know Abby better. A lot better.

When tensions between Devon and Eli threaten to destroy Sinister Riot, Abby must act on her true feelings or lose everything she’s ever wanted.

Too Many Reasons is the second book in The Spotlight Series.  It builds on the world created in Secondhand Heart, but it can be read as a standalone.  Add it on Goodreads! It comes out February 9, but you can preorder it now, and make sure this bundle of leopard print rock n’ roll goodness is waiting for you on your Kindle when you wake up that morning. Kinda like Christmas in February.

Like Santa, I also enjoy cookies. 🙂

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