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“This book was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the heck out of it and read it pretty much all in one sitting.” –Goodreads review, Out of Bounds
“I think one of my favorite things is the complexity and multiple layers of the characters.” –Goodreads review, Against the Rules
“Barley’s writing is amazing and the characters she creates are always 100% adorable.” –Goodreads review, Outside the Lines
Mitch Dalton can’t stop fantasizing about his sexy and confident drag queen neighbor. He wants to make a move, but he’s had a lot less experience with men and isn’t sure Chi-Chi would be interested in a guy who’s never gone all the way—let alone a widower and struggling single father. And when Mitch’s child care falls through, he needs Chi-Chi’s help more than he needs a boyfriend.
Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. Mitch’s offer of a nanny position is too good to pass up, even if seeing Mitch every day and not being able to touch him is torture. But when even a simple handshake feels like pure sex, soon touching is all either of them can think about.
A one-night stand, a quick fling—that’s all Chi-Chi can give if he’s going to leave town for New York City. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?
I’ll be honest—I’m the type to play it safe in life, which might be why I like so much risk and angst in my love stories. My new novel, BAD JUDGMENT, is the story of warm-hearted bodyguard Brogan Smith, who falls for his dangerous client’s assistant (and boyfriend!), the cagey Embry Ford. Both Brogan and Embry know it’s smarter to keep their distance, but that’s never as easy as it sounds, is it? Cue the dramatic overture!
However, since I’m the responsible sort, sometimes I needed a little musical help to get me in the mood for gun runners and forbidden love. Here are some songs that helped me get started:
Embry’s a complex guy. He’d like to believe he’s part robot, but under the surface, he’s a cyclone of feelings (so, so many feelings). Chopin’s Nocturne is simultaneously one of the most restrained and most deeply emotional pieces of music I’ve ever heard. Sometimes called the “Reminiscence Nocturne,” the piece is deeply melancholic, surprisingly sweet, and littered with occasional chords and rhythm that are unsettlingly dissonant. Like Embry, Chopin’s Nocturne is torn between clinging to the past and letting it fade.
I think of this song as Brogan’s theme because they’re such a perfect match. The music of “Drop the Game” is both warm and bold, but what really caught me are the unabashedly romantic lyrics. The singer doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to revealing his devotion and neither does Brogan. It can be terrifying to lay it all on the table like that, and this song captures both Brogan’s bravery in sharing his heart, and his desperate need to have Embry return the favor.
This song serves as a sort of overall mood-setter. Sóley’s ability to layer elements into a coherent whole (and then sing in English, which isn’t her first language) always reminds me of the gears inside a clock. In the best novels, that’s how the plot works: a series of interconnected pieces coming together to build something bigger than the sum of its parts. Writing BAD JUDGMENT made me feel like a puppeteer trying to get everything into one place by the end. Only my readers can decide whether or not I managed it, but either way, this song got me excited to try.
And because Nina Simone played a tiny but emotional role in Embry’s backstory, no playlist for BAD JUDGMENT would be complete without a song of hers from Embry’s record collection.
Embry Ford was a quiet, ordinary guy—until tragedy ripped his life apart. Now he’s living under the radar, desperate to hide his identity and determined to learn the truth behind what happened. Even if that means working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.
As a bodyguard to a shadowy arms dealer, Brogan Smith knows distractions can kill as easily as a bullet. But when he sets his eyes on his client’s sexy assistant, he can’t get him out of his mind. Even more unnerving: the closer he gets to Embry, the more Brogan starts to suspect he might be protecting the wrong man.
Embry was sure nothing but vengeance would satisfy him—until Brogan offers him something far more tempting. Now Embry must choose: punish the people who nearly destroyed him or fight for a future with the man who has become his entire world.
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Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.
America’s fascination with Hollywood gossip is hotter than ever. In my debut novel, Hollywood Hot Mess, the tabloids have all but ruined former child star Carly Klein. Most of the stories are lies. The truth hiding in her past is far worse.
Who doesn’t love celebrity gossip? To whet your appetite for the scandals you’ll find in my new releases, I’m counting down my favorite Hollywood hot messes.
You Want Fries with That?
Who could forget a certain silver fox laid out on the floor, making sweet, shirtless love to a double cheeseburger? He was guarding that thing with his life! It was cell phone cinematic (and PR) genius. People were so obsessed with his drunken munchies that he trended on Twitter. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said, “I’m too drunk to eat that cheeseburger.” I didn’t think so.
It’s Raining Divas
She looked like Jon Snow fending off a white walker army that time a certain naughty Catholic schoolgirl battled an SUV with an umbrella. Maybe it was in her way. Maybe she was pissed about gas prices. Or maybe it was singing her breakout single and she felt obligated to indulge it…
What the Fire Crotch?
This moment of tabloid infamy started my love affair with Urban Dictionary. That time a handful of reality star WASPs stumbled from an LA club and started explicitly describing a former child star’s…ummm…lady bits. How do they know, you ask? Some starlets cannot exit a vehicle without flashing a money shot.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
This beautiful starlet ended her highly publicized relationship with a big ole “It’s not you, it’s me” when she made out with a married man for the whole world to see. There was pandemonium in the streets. Everyone involved went into hiding. And tabloid publishers lost their Ever. Living. Minds. How awful to have your breakup broadcast on the nightly news. Ahh, young love. *sigh*
Sorry, Not Sorry
Pop princes can be a hot mess, too. Like that time a certain baby-faced crooner loved himself enough to think he did restaurant workers a favor by taking a leak in their yellow mop bucket. He didn’t even say he was sorry. Nothing says “I’m heading for a major crash and burn” quite like assuming your urine is a literal golden shower.
Hollywood’s hottest mess gets a shot at redemption—and a chance to star alongside Tinseltown’s most sought-after silver fox. But when their on-screen acting becomes a scorching-hot, forbidden offscreen romance, she discovers he’s hiding a dark secret behind his carefully crafted public image.
All the dirty details of former child star Carly Klein’s fall from Hollywood grace were tabloid news…and they only knew about half of it. But now she’s sober and grasping at the last chance to revive her flatlined career.
Devon Hayes is Hollywood royalty. Branded the sexiest man alive, granted his first shot at producing, he’s living a life most only dream of. But his offscreen reality is more like a nightmare and makes the twisted tales in his movie plots look tame.
When Carly and Devon are cast opposite each other, Carly is pretty sure Devon is an asshole. Devon is certain Carly is a spoiled brat. But with chemistry that would make a nun lust like a schoolgirl, these two are DTF. Classic.
As their broken parts begin to pull them together, on-screen love turns…could it be? Into the real thing. Faced with the prying paparazzi, vindictive agents and career-ending secrets, Devon and Carly have already sacrificed their souls for fame. Living a lie in public is a small price to pay for ecstasy in private…for now.
In a town where every illusion comes with a price, a girl can have love or fame. Carly Klein wants both. The A-list drama continues in this compulsively readable follow-up to Evie Claire’s Hollywood Hot Mess
Hurricane Carly hits the big leagues and her offscreen drama hits DEFCON-level F*ck
From tabloid trainwreck child star to award-nominated starlet, Carly Klein wants it all. And being silver fox Devon Hayes’s f*ck buddy isn’t cutting it anymore. The gloves are off as she comes out swinging for the man she loves.
Devon Hayes, aka the sexiest man alive, is the toast of Tinseltown as half of a Hollywood power couple HeaVon—but he doesn’t want to be. Yet his A-list showmance lover will stop at nothing to keep their marital sham alive. So when Carly and Devon’s scorching connection off set threatens his soon-to-be ex’s dynasty, a sh*tstorm of trouble is unleashed.
But pussing out isn’t in Carly’s DNA. Through sex tapes, murder and epic Hollywood takedowns, Carly and Devon will be together and HeaVon will burn in Hollywood Hell…
Part Two of Two
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Evie Claire lives in Athens, GA with her husband and two daughters. After graduating from the University of Georgia she worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative before becoming a writer. An avid equestrian, devoted wino, coffee snob and occasional runner, Evie is in a monogamous relationship with her favorite yoga pants.
To celebrate the release of my newest All Saints novel, SAY IT RIGHT, I’m turning this blog post over to one of the book’s heroes, Anthony Romano. Anthony’s family moved to Philadelphia, PA, when he was sixteen and Philly was his home for almost eight years, so he knows a little something about it.
He’s here to tell you about his ten favorite places to go in Philadelphia.
Thanks, A.M., and hello readers. A.M. made me promise not to swear in this post, and I’ll do my best, but I’ve got a dirty mouth. Just ask my best friend Marc. Besides belching contests, sometimes we’d see who could out-cuss the other one best. But that’s a whole other topic.
So Philly. My city. Lots of places to visit and things to do, so I’ll stick to ten spots you should hit the next time you visit. In no particular order….
After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.
Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.
Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child, and scribbling them down nearly as long. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself with her cuisine experiments.
Contact her at email@example.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), on Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur) on Twitter (@AM_Arthur), and on Facebook (http://facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A).
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Camilla can set her watch by her sexy rocket–scientist neighbor’s schedule…but she soon learns that isn’t the only thing Ivan likes to be strict about. He needs to be in charge in the bedroom as well—and Cami discovers there can be more pleasure in submitting than she ever imagined…
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By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist. By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle “The Picky Submissive,” she’s on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too.
Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she’s worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won’t cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.
Hailey Anderson’s deep, dark secret? She’s been madly in lust with her overprotective brother’s two best friends for years. Gorgeous woodworking artist Mark Allen and sexy doctor Tony Adamo have no idea they star in her fantasies every night.