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***** Thanks to The Dirty Laundry Review for these teasers! *****

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE:

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FINDING DANDELION:

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Nook: http://bit.ly/1AZHKbz

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1tJ3Wo2

***I am also doing exclusive giveaways in the Dearest Series Fan Group this week, so check it out. Here’s the LINK.

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Grab DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION for 99 cents each this weekend only! The sale ends Monday night.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE:

 

FINDING DANDELION:

 

If you haven’t met the men of the Dearest Series, now is your chance! In book 1, Clementine falls for the hot RA named Gavin, who helps her find a little “inspiration” for her romance writing class. In book 2, Dani hooks up with a hot guy named Jax, only to learn he’s her new roommate’s twin brother. Hope you’ll check them out!

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My second book, FINDING DANDELION, releases today. I want to thank everyone who is posting and RTing my links and, holy crap, actually reading what I write. Thanks for the support, guys! By the way, I’m raffling a Kindle Paperwhite, so be sure to find the giveaway at the bottom.

Here’s a little about the book. First, it’s a stand-alone. So if you haven’t read the first one, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, no worries. (But DEAREST CLEMENTINE is on SALE for FREE on Amazon for another day, so you can still check it out. I’ll post the link at the end of this post.)

In DEAREST CLEMENTINE, you learned Clem has a man-whore of a brother named Jax, who happens to be her twin. FINDING DANDELION is his story. I have a little warning about Jax. He isn’t the gentleman that Gavin is. In fact, I’m almost positive that, at some point, Jax might make you want to chuck your Kindle. But whatever you do, don’t give up on him. He might surprise you.

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GENRE: NA contemporary romance

Synopsis:

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

Here are a few fan-made teasers:

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 Book 1, DEAREST CLEMENTINE (FREE  for one more day. Regular price is $1.99.):

Amazon US: click here   Amazon UK: click here

Book 2, FINDING DANDELION (On SALE for $1.99 for a limited time)

Amazon: click here   Amazon UK: click here

 

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GIVEAWAY:

Okay, so maybe you just came because your e-reader sucks. If so, I hope you win my raffle! Prizes include one signed copy of DEAREST CLEMENTINE and one Kindle Paperwhite.

(Kindle Paperwhite is open to US entrants ONLY. International participants will be awarded the monetary value in the form of an Amazon Gift Card if you win. The signed paperback is open to international participants.)

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One of the best aspects of indie publishing is picking my own covers. Having said that, it’s also incredibly scary because, dear God, what if I pick the wrong one? Then there’s no one to blame but myself.

After encountering one of those situations with my first novel, Dearest Clementine, I turned to two friends, Becca and Krista Ritchie, for help. You might know them as the authors of the Addicted or Calloway Sisters series. I’m a total fangirl of their work, and if you take a peek at their books, you might notice that their covers kick ass. That’s because Krista designs them.

After complaining about how I needed to change the cover for Clementine, Krista offered to help… and then she whipped up the most gorgeous cover ever. Well, until she designed Finding Dandelion.

It feels wrong to gush over my own cover. It probably is, but I don’t care because Krista captured the essence of the Finding Dandelion perfectly. I should add that I was not an easy client. She developed a dozen totally different mock-ups, not to mention variations on several of those. Although each was beautiful and striking, she encouraged me to hold out until we found THE ONE. (Yes, we talk about it like finding the perfect man. Trust me–neither is an easy feat.) And to me, that’s what she created, the perfect cover. The one that makes my fingers itch to touch it. The one that makes me want to dive between the pages.

So, thank you, Krista, for the creating two of the most gorgeous covers ever! I can’t wait to see what you design for my third book!

Below, you’ll find the synopsis and an excerpt for Finding Dandelion, along with a raffle to win arcs and an Amazon gift card. I hope you’ll check it out when it releases on JULY 11. It’s a tad bit steamier than book 1, so be warned. A big thank you also to Love Between the Sheets for coordinating my cover reveal and blog tour.

xo, Lex

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TITLE: FINDING DANDELION (a stand-alone novel in the DEAREST series)

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2014

GENRE: NA contemporary romance

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SYNOPSIS

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

EXCERPT

Reid and Ashley disappear as I get lost in his kiss. We stand there while bodies crash around us to the music, and I’m caught against him like a wave breaking on the beach.

I don’t know what possessed me to kiss this guy out of the blue and pretend that we were somehow together. Right now, I’m blaming the three apple martinis. I just couldn’t stand one more interaction with Reid where I stammered like some kind of loser.

Am I imagining it or did I just tell off my ex? It’s hard to think clearly when I’m pressed up against this beautiful creature. I trail my hands up along his tall frame, dipping the tips of my fingers against the hard ridges and planes of his chest. He looks good in clothes, but the thought of what he looks like without anything on does delicious things to my body. I try to burn the sensation of what he feels like into my memory.

When we finally pull back for air, we stop to look at each other. And then we laugh.

“Holy shit.” I put my hand to my mouth, for the first time embarrassed that I’ve been trying to swallow him whole for the last five minutes. “Hi.”

He grins back. “Hi.”

I don’t hear him so much as read his lips, which I can appreciate now that my mouth isn’t sealed against them. His head slants as though he’s pondering some deep thought, like maybe how he spent the last few minutes locking tongues with a crazy girl who doesn’t even know him.

And then my world slows down as I realize who he is.

Holy shit. It’s the sexy guy from the pizza place.

Jax.

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

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One $25 Amazon GIFT CARD & 3 e-book copies of FINDING DANDELION

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I’m the crazy girl in the middle of two different kinds of blog tours today. The first is for my debut novel, Dearest Clementine, which released on Friday. I’ll be posting more about that later today. I got tagged for the second one by my BFF and critique partner, AJ Pine, an Entangled Embrace author. She asked me to participate in My Writing Process Blog Tour, which is an opportunity for authors to share how they write. AJ just released her debut novel, If Only, last month. (You can check out her post here.)

The way the writing tour works is I’ll answer a few questions about my process, and at the end, I’ll tag a couple of writers to continue the tour next week. Here are the questions:

1. What am I working on?DC_FRONT_FINAL_REV

I’ve been busy creating teasers for Dearest Clementine, which released a few days ago on Amazon. It’s the story of a senior in college who accidentally signs up to take a romance writing course, but she knows she’s in for a semester of hell. Not only does she hate romance novels, she swore off men three years ago after her high school boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. Luckily for her, Gavin Murphy, one very sexy and sweet RA, wants to help her find a little inspiration for her writing.

I’m also editing the follow-up, Finding Dandelion, a companion novel, which is Jax’s story. Clementine and her twin brother Jax are polar opposites. While Clem wants a drama-free existence, Jax just wants a good time, which generally means being the center of attention. When his story starts, he’s fully embracing his “boys will be boys” approach to life, which means banging anything with long legs and double Ds. The only girls he won’t touch are his sister’s roommates, which he learned long ago only means trouble. Of course, he hasn’t met Clem’s newest roommate, Dani. Yet.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Sometimes there’s a tendency to depict wounded characters as being weak. And that can work. I’ve read lots of great books that develop those types of story lines well. What irks me, though, are the characters who have tragic backgrounds and then whine about it. I wanted Clementine to be the antithesis of that. I wanted her to be tough and gritty and hardened. But I also thought it would be interesting if that strength was also her flaw. For Clem, she’s so independent and strong-willed that she has to learn to let go, to trust people again, and to open herself up to being vulnerable. I also like a side order of mystery with my romances, so I try to weave in a little.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Honestly, it’s my escape. Four years ago, I received a devastating diagnosis for my twin daughters, who were 9 months at the time. It leveled me, and I needed something to help me off the ledge.

I love to read. I can devour a book in an evening. I had been going through a huge YA kick at the time, which works since I’m an English teacher in my parallel life. I’d been toying with writing a YA paranormal romance, so in between a dozen hospital stays with my girls, I dove in and wrote it. And while I loved the finished story, I knew it I could write something better. Deciding that I needed a break from YA, I started writing Dearest Clementine, a contemporary NA romance.

It’s ironic that something so devastating could push me to do something I’d always wanted to do but was too chicken to try. My girls are doing a little better now, and while I didn’t write some great defining work of art, I’m pretty proud of myself. Of my girls and my family. Of our unwillingness to go down quietly. Because now I’m editing my third book and writing my fourth. Not too shabby. 🙂

4. How does my writing process work?

I started out as a pantser, meaning I didn’t outline, which did not work well for my YA novel. Although I fared better with Dearest Clementine, by the time I wrote Finding Dandelion, I figured I could spare myself a little agony and decided to beat sheet. My critique partner introduced me to a few different types, and I use a combination of them to outline.

Although I construct the bulk of my stories in Scrivener, I love to long-hand scenes. If something comes to me when I’m not in front of my laptop, I’ll grab a pen and go at it. Interestingly, some of the scenes I’ve jotted down in a Moleskine or a plain sheet of paper are my strongest.

Because I typically juggle a couple of projects at the same time, I keep a calendar that’s color-coded by novel, so I can keep track of the how the plots develop. Dearest Clementine and Finding Dandelion start at the same time and completely overlap, and this was the easiest way to keep all of the details straight. Lastly, I have three amazing CPs I rely on in an almost religious way. For me, they’re the holy grail of feedback.

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Next Monday, the tour moves on to feature my fabulously talented friends Melanie Harlow and Brandi Leigh Hall.

 

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

Her newest release is Frenched.

 

 

 

 

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Brandi Leigh Hall is a YA and NA author, whose stories lean towards the sweeter side of romance. Her novels combine magical elements with real-life issues, strong female characters, semi-old-fashioned men, and family values, woven together and told from an organic and emotional, first-person perspective.

Growing up in a haunted house in Central PA inspired Brandi’s fascination with the paranormal, so it only made sense she’d write Urban Fantasy for both teens and adults. Book 1 in The BirthRight Series, TETHERED, debuted this past Halloween, while book 2, TEMPTED, is scheduled for release on May 27th.

 

Two of my besties, A.J. Pine & Megan Erickson, fellow writers and critique partners, tagged me in a post to share my page 7 from a work-in-progress. This is from FINDING DANDELION, the companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE.

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Music blares on the stereo behind me, but I’m too tired from this afternoon’s workout to budge. I look across the room and laugh.

“Dude, your sister is drunk.”

Sammy is slouched in the chair with her Magic 8 Ball, staring at it like it has all the answers. Her brother Nick, my roommate, barely spares a glance in her direction before he goes back to his cards.

“Don’t even think about fucking my sister, Jax.”

I punch him in the arm. “You’re an asshole. You know that there are two kinds of girls I never touch—little sisters and roommates.”

Nick’s eyebrow lifts. “I’ve seen your sister’s roommates. You’ve never gotten any of that action?”

Air rushes out of my closed mouth. “Are you kidding? She’d chop up my balls and feed them to me if I ever got close to one of them. She’s a little protective.” If nothing else, my twin is fierce.

I don’t mention that whole fiasco freshman year.

Sammy laughs hysterically at nothing in particular and shakes her Magic 8 Ball. “Is there one guy out there for me who will love me forever?” She peers into the black triangle at the bottom of the ball. Her face lights up as she reads, “It is decidedly so.”

I roll my eyes. Grabbing my beer, I take a drink and scroll through the texts on my phone. Kelly, Jamie, Emma. They’re hot. Katie. Lanie. They’re hotter.

My mind wanders to that girl outside the pizza parlor, the one who held the door open for me. I don’t know why I’m thinking about her. She was beautiful but looked young without any makeup. Kind of innocent and wide-eyed. No, definitely not my type.

I go back to the girls in my contacts list, but the sound of the water sloshing about in that dumb ball distracts me from planning my weekend.

“Sam, I hate to break it to you, but that’s all crap. I hope you know that ‘cause I like you too much to let you think there’s one perfect guy out there.”

Nick’s little sister is a senior in high school, and she’s a pretty little thing, but she needs to wise up or some dick like me will break her heart. Only it won’t be me.

She ignores my comment and shakes the ball. “Is there one perfect girl out there for Jax Avery who will help him get past his man whoring ways?” She narrows her eyes as she reads the message that floats to the top, “It is decidedly so.”

Nick barks out a laugh. “How much did you drink? Dad is going to kick my ass if you go home tomorrow with a hangover.” He goes back to his hand and murmurs, “Cause you’d have to be drunk if you think that’s in the cards for Jax.”

Sammy hiccups and then groans like it hurt. She turns to me. “Doesn’t it feel empty? Don’t you want something with meaning?”

This girl needs to stop watching so many chick flicks.

I take a long drag of my beer. “It has meaning. It means I get laid with no strings. That’s a beautiful thing.”

She makes a face like I just took a crap in her dinner. I don’t have the energy to explain why relationships are such a bad idea, but if she were to take a two-minute look at my parents, she’d be on my side.

I reach over for a slice of pizza and ignore the hollowness in my chest. “What time is our team meeting tomorrow?”

Nick squints at me. “It’s at 3, but you should get there early. I hear Coach Patterson is a hard ass.”

“I can handle it.” I continue scrolling through my phone, contemplating how to spend the next 24 hours before soccer completely consumes my life. I’m thinking Katie tonight and maybe Lanie tomorrow afternoon.

As I’m about to look up Katie’s number, my screen lights up. Natasha. Even better. We’re friends with benefits. Minus the friends part.

“What are you doing tonight?”

Smiling, I write back. “Making you scream my name.”

Not a minute goes by before she responds. “Perfect. I’ll be by in 20.”

Sammy sighs at me from across the table like she knows what I’m planning. “Some day, a girl is going to kick you on your ass, Jax. I hope I’m here to see it.”

Why is a teenager lecturing me about my sex life?

“In your dreams, kid. I don’t get attached.”

I learned that lesson a long time ago. Girls are like beer. Here to bookend the important things.

 

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