I met Monica Murphy years ago at a writer’s group online, where we were both trying to hone our craft, and we became instant friends and have been in contact ever since! We’ve been through failures and successes, cheering and holding each other’s hand – and even when I took a three year break from trying to write, we continued staying in touch until I came back to write REAL and she encouraged me to release it.
I consider Monica Murphy not only a Â great friend but a super talented, hardworking, amazing author, and I am beyond thrilled today to celebrate the release of her conclusion to her ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series – FOUR YEARS LATER is Owen’s story, and I have loved this little guy from book 1. I am sure you will too!
So to celebrate Monica and her amazing success and this incredible read, I’m giving away a signed paperback of FOUR YEARS LATER – just comment and I will choose a winner by tonight at 8 p.m. Central time.
You can read more about Four Years Later and Monica’s OWG seriesÂ here.
New Adult bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction.
Over.Â That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I canâ€™t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just canâ€™t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptationsâ€”and itâ€™s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right nowâ€”until I get a look at her.
Chelsea is not my type at all. Sheâ€™s smart and totally shy. Iâ€™m pretty sure sheâ€™s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, Iâ€™m really over. But in a different way. I wonâ€™t deny her ass is killer, but itâ€™s her brain and the way she seems to crave loveâ€”like no oneâ€™s ever given her anyâ€”that make me want her more than any girl Iâ€™ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?
So here’s the first little snippet from book #4 of the REAL series – ROGUEÂ (in case you missed this from the awesomestÂ Maryse’s Book Blog!)
This is the story of Melanie, Brooke’s best friend, and Greyson King – a bastard and asshole and a complete and total ROGUE!Â â™Ą
Heâ€™s a ten. Iâ€™ve never, ever, been with a ten. And the way that he looks at me . . . Iâ€™ve seen that look before. The look that Remington Tate gives Brooke. That look. Heâ€™s giving it to me and Iâ€™m dying inside. Can I die from one look? And if one look can kill me, then what would one touch do?
â€śSo,â€ť he says softly, his voice textured. He waits a little before speaking again, and it surprises me that he still only looks at my face, not my wet chest, not my bare legsâ€”heâ€™s looking at nothing but my eyes while absently stroking the circle of my steering wheel.
â€śWant to go somewhere with me?â€ť he asks, then reaches out with his free wet black glove to brush my hair back behind my ear.
What I feel is so far beyond lust, I can hardly answer him.
I tremble. â€śYes,â€ť I say, dizzied with want.
He gives me a smile that sends my pulse racing, his hand lingering on my face for a second longer, then he shifts my car into gear and pulls us into the rainy streets. The air between us crackles in the silence.
The only audible sound outside is the rain and thunder. The inside of the car is dominated by his breathing. His breaths are deep and slow, but mine are fast and nervous.
He smellsâ€¦like a wet forest. With a touch of leather. His eyes are on the road, but Iâ€™m only aware of him. The way his chest expands his wet T-shirt. His shadowed profile and how the city lights flicker across his face as we pass. His wet jeans clinging to his hard thighs. I think we both know weâ€™re going to do it.
ROGUE â€“ Book#4 REAL series preorder links:
Guys, I’ve got an amazing surprise for you!!!
As you know, I think J. A. Redmerski is the master! I fell in love with her prose and characters in THE EDGE OF NEVER, and she continues to be one of my most beloved must-read authors who just grab me from page one and never let me go.
So….have you read her most recent release, SONG OF THE FIREFLIES yet?!
I am so in love with this book! As you know, I’m fiercely passionate about the subject of mental health, and J.A. Redmerski tackles it with realism, depth and sensitivity – I fell really hard for the hero, Elias, but also, very very hard for Bray and how real she was. This book feels so light and so dark, so deep and magical, it gave me all kinds of feels, grabbed me from the start and never once let me go.
So….as we wait for the paperback release, WHO WANTS AN ADVANCE READER COPY?! She and her amazing editor were nice enough to offer three! So comment today and I will pick the winners either here or on my Facebook post by midnight…and then, prepare for an all-night read, guys!
You can also find it live and in ebook on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/MI0fNv
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I haven’t touched base with you in a while, so I wanted to update you on how things were going in the Real-series cave! So far, 2014 has been a very solid, wonderful year for me and I hope it’s treating you just as well.Â â™Ą
1) My exercise routine is back on track, my diet is full of natural green smoothies, and my family time is once again a bright spot in my day.
2) My writing hours have become super efficient, and I’m having the most fun in the writing cave! Which leads me to news about the next release!
As you know, I wanted to really enjoy the process of writing these last two books of the REAL series.
It has a blessing to be able to play around with these characters and enjoy their interactions. Melanie is so fun and sweet, and her man is beyond lust-worthy. Currently I’m finishing up their story, Real book #4, which I’d tentatively titled Raw, but I’m happy to announce that it has now formally been dubbed by me, my agent, and my publisher as ROGUE.
In my first version of this book, I had a love triangle going on, and Greyson King (Melanie’s hero) wouldn’t have it. He was determined to keep Melanie for himself and he wasn’t sharing even a page with another dude. Thank god that Adam, my Gallery editor, is such a patient and great editor, he gave me more time so I could rewrite the story, so now I’ve got their story down perfectly in ROGUE.
ROGUE is not only the perfect title because the actual book went rogue, but also because Melanie’s main man, Greyson King, is a man nobody wants to mess with, not even me.
I cannot wait to share! Their chemistry is explosive and ROGUE may just be my most alpha hero yet.
So allow me to give you the first glimpse of Greyson King, the sexiest ROGUE I know. . .
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Image credit:Â markstout / 123RF Stock Photo
Happy 2014, everyone!
Have you read Mine yet? Brooke and RemyÂ totally slayed me, I really loved loved loved being able to spend more time with them! Hope you enjoy!
Hey guys! Some of you have heard or noticed that the release dates for the next Real series books (RAW and RIPPED) have once again shifted. Rather than answer individual inquiries, I thought it best to write this post.
In addition to the excitement, however, there has been a good deal of stress, and in turn, some real health problems that have delayed my writing, pushed back publishing dates, and, in a vicious cycle, added more stress. My publisher has been graciously understanding, and my family has been incredibly patient, but my body, on the other hand, has not been so amenable to the current timeline.Â As you all know, I’m a firm believer in health and healthy living, as I myself battle with conditions that demand that I do my best to regulate my stress, eat clean, and so on. I’ve really tried to give my all to everyone who has supported and encouraged and depended on me, but my energy tank is running on low, Â and I realize that I desperately need to take a little time for myself, especially since I really want to give you all my best. So now, my publisher has worked with me on new dates for RAW (7/29/14) and RIPPED (12/16/14).
We still plan on publishing both books in 2014, and surprisingly, RAW is once again taking the lead spot. Â Melanie has a very, very determined hero on her hands, and he just won’t let me go. So their story will come first in July, and YES! We will definitely see Brooke and Remy, Pete and Riley, and Melanie’s man – Greyson – who has already firmly grabbed hold of both my heart and hers.
Thank you for your understanding, and I apologize, once again, for the delay, but I truly want to give you all my BEST and cannot wait to share these stories with you!
*I am sorry for those wanting signed paperbacks, I still don’t have some to spare! But I’ll try to get some ready for March or April so we can celebrate Real’s one-year-release anniversary with signed paperbacks available as well. Hugs and much love and gratitude!Â