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Friday, May 2, 2014

Company at Vastine's...Welcome, Jean Joachim!


Today I have the honor of sharing the house with one of the classiest women I know who just happens to be ultra talented as well. Her name and her work are well known in romantic fiction. She's romance royalty. Her stories of the dazzling world of New York aren't just imagination and beefing up on Wikipedia. Ms. Joachim IS New Yorker and her knowledge of the Big Apple is first hand. Fascinating woman!

Today she's giving us a peek at an upcoming release, Shine Your Love On Me (#3 in the Manhattan Dinner Club series). 

And---stick around, sugars, because at the end we'll be drawing a lucky commenter's name for a free copy of Shine Your Love On Me when it is released! 

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SHINE YOUR LOVE ON ME (#3 in the Manhattan Dinner Club series – but a stand-alone book)
A bit about the book:
Brooke Felson had a hot career on Madison Avenue, hot boyfriend and a place near Central Park. She lived the good life until, piece-by-piece, her world collapsed. Shattered and rootless, Brooke seeks direction from her past. Will grandmotherly wisdom and a handsome writer help her find real love and rebuild her life? 

Thank you for having me here today, Vastine.

Here’s a little sneak peek of my newest book, up for preorder and due to release on May 9. It’s Called SHINE YOUR LOVE ON ME. In this scene, Preston Carpenter, the hero, is trying to get noticed by Brooke Felson. Pres is friendly with Brooke’s grandmother. They are at her house and he’s doing his best to make a good impression. Do you think it worked? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.

“I’m sure he has other dogs to walk, Nan. We shouldn’t keep him,” Brooke said, spreading cream cheese on half a bagel.

“Actually, Ruth’s are the only dogs I walk…” Pres said.

“Hope your business picks up.”

He shrugged and sighed. She’s not listening. Why do I bother? She’ll never notice me. A heaviness lodged in his legs, but he forced them to move. Ruth accompanied him to the door. He stopped for a second to watch Brooke. She was standing at the window, munching on her food. His gaze roamed over her body. At six two, he preferred taller women, like Brooke. He guessed her to be about five foot seven or eight. Short girls made him feel like he was dating a little kid.

Her dress bunched slightly around her breasts. His fingertips tingled when he looked at them. He gauged they’d be a good fit in his hands. The neckline revealed a little cleavage, making his groin tighten even more. She leaned slightly, raising her hem. Long, lean legs. Perfect. And a rear end that wasn’t too small or too big. He sighed. Making love to her would be a dream come true.

As if she sensed his stare, she turned and shot a small smile his way. He could feel a blush steal into his cheeks. Being caught gawking at her like a teenager with a boner. Smooth, Preston, real smooth. He lifted his hand in a feeble wave before he headed for the elevator with Buddy in tow.

This series, The Manhattan Dinner Club is about four women who meet on Pug Hill in Central Park in Manhattan. They become friends and meet once a week, with their pugs, for dinner. They share their triumphs and tragedies. They support each other, laughing, breaking bread and sharing wine.

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Jean, the excerpt! I love it! And---aha!---so the girls in the series meet once a week and bring their pugs! That explains the cutie pug on the delicious cover!

And you guys out there! C'mon and comment for a chance to win this book when it becomes available. It looks like it's going to be wonderful!

I SO enjoyed your visit, Jean! Congratulations on the upcoming release and for all your fabulous works!

Thank you for hanging out with us!


Jean Joachim said...

Thank you so much for having me here, Vastine. It's an honor and a pleasure. Glad you liked the snippet. Yes, there are pugs in all the books. I have a pug, too. But I'm sure you guessed that.

Cindy Bartolotta said...

I so love this series, Jean. Anything New York and I am hooked. I love how the pugs fit into the plots. I know this will be another sure fire winner.

Heare2Watts said...

I love series books! Congratulations on your book and it has a beautiful cover! I am a cover girl, if it is attractive to me, I will check the book out!

kathleen ball said...

I love Jean's books

Carol L. said...

Congrats to Jean on her newest release. I really enjoyed the excerpt and have it on my TRL and will be adding any other books to the list as well in this series. Glad to meet you here Jean.
Carol L
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