Monday, 7 January 2013

Guest post by Christy McKellen + Giveaway

Today I would like to introduce you to newcomer romance author Christy McKellen, who is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Her New Worst Enemy, released today by Crimson Romance! Christy stops by to tell you about her book and changes, please give her a warm welcome and you could even win a copy of Her New Worst Enemy!


Hi Stella, thanks so much for having me here today.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2013 brings you everything you’ve wished for.

A new year is a great opportunity to make a new start, whether that means a shift in your behavioural patterns or the determination to make a long-held dream come true. For me, it’s the beginning of a new career as a published author. I’m so excited to be able to write that!

My debut novel, Her New Worst Enemy, follows a new beginning for my heroine, Ellie, too as she comes to terms with being dumped by her long-term boyfriend. She feels as though her entire future has been stolen away from her, and she’s now battling with some serious insecurity issues. It takes some *special* attention from her brother’s best friend, Gideon, to force her to re-evaluate how she’s dealing with her life. I think it can be very easy – and dangerous - to get stuck in your ways, and that’s particularly true in Ellie’s case. Luckily for her, Gideon isn’t about to let her get away with it :-)

I have to admit, I’m also one of those people who’s naturally adverse to change, but I’m very lucky that my husband is excellent at challenging my preconceptions. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have done half the exciting and boundary-pushing things I’ve done.

How about you? Have you done something lately that scared you? Or do you have plans this year to step out of your comfort zone?

Whatever your plans are, I wish you all the very best with them.


About the author:

Formerly a Video and Radio Producer, Christy now spends her time as either a slave to her children or her muse. When she’s not writing spicy romance, she can be found stomping around the South West of England, glomming her to-be-read pile or escaping from real life with her rather delicious husband.

Christy loves to hear from readers. You can contact her at 


Six months ago Ellie Holdsworthy’s life was all planned out - kids, wedding, happy ever after - until her boyfriend dumped her for another woman. Now her best friend, Penny - an heiress to a small fortune - looks set to run off with a gold-digger, and Ellie is determined to save her from certain doom . Unfortunately, the only person who can help is the one person she’d rather not ask...

Little does Ellie know, persuading her brother’s best friend - commitment phobic, playboy businessman, Gideon DeLancy - to hold an intervention at his beautiful Georgian manor would be the easy part. Keeping her hands off him is a whole other matter.

Gideon doesn’t intend to fall for his friend's snarky sister, and he sure as hell doesn’t expect their weekend to develop into a full-on sex-fest. When passion takes a strangle-hold, their differences don’t seem to matter. After all, a torrid weekend affair should be the easiest thing in the world to walk away from, so why are they finding it so difficult...?


Excerpt:

Ellie Holdsworthy took another long, shaky sip of wine as she waited for the perfect moment to put her plan into action.

From her vantage point at the restaurant bar she had a perfect view of Gideon and his date as they took turns impressing each other over their untouched food.

He hadn’t changed a bit since she’d last laid eyes on him nearly a year ago. His short, pitch black hair shone in the dim light of the candles flickering on the table, and even from this distance she could make out the sharp contours of his cheekbones and the full curve of his lips.

Her body thrummed with nerves. At least, that’s what she put the unsettling feeling down to.

She continued to watch him charm his date, his athletic, rangy body draped comfortably over the chair. A couple of women on a table to his left were also surveying him surreptitiously, mesmerized by his striking looks and effortless charisma.

Fools.

She snorted with derision as he tipped his head back and gave a deep growling laugh at something his blond companion said. It was sad really, how the poor girl had no idea what she was letting herself in for.

If she hadn’t known him since she was twelve and seen this very same act being performed year after year with a different woman each time, she might have been taken in herself. As her brother’s best friend, Gideon DeLancy had been in and out of her life now for seventeen years. She was well versed in his womanizing ways.

Ellie knew why women fell for him. He was an amazing looking man, confident, funny...rich. In fact there wasn’t a single reason not to fall for him—if you didn’t mind your relationships short-term and emotionless. That was why she’d kept her own childish crush on him so well buried; there was no happy ever after with him. It was men like him who gave women like her false hope.

A flash of scarlet skirt at his table brought her focus back. She watched as his leggy blond companion rose and sashayed off towards the ladies room, finally leaving him alone.

Show time.


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Christy has generously offered an ebook copy of Her New Worst Enemy to a lucky commenter!



To be entered just leave a comment for Christy, answering her question: How about you? Have you done something lately that scared you? Or do you have plans this year to step out of your comfort zone?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 19 January 2013!

Good luck!

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