Hi, I’m romantic comedy author Lucy Woodhull, and I’m here to celebrate the release of the third and final book in my Samantha Lytton contemporary romance series.  Samantha is a wannabe actress who gets accidentally involved with an art thief who ruins her life in the sexiest way possible.  Book three is called The Wrath of Dimple, and it follows The Dimple of Doom and The Dimple Strikes Back.

Dimple all 3 covers

Here’s a blurb for the first book:

"The Dimple of Doom cracked me up. I laughed and laughed and then laughed some more." --
Smexy Books

The Dimple of Doom, book one in the Samantha Lytton series.

It may sound like common sense, but never hump an art thief. Turns out, Samantha Lytton's Common-Sense-O-Meter is super duper broken.

Failed actress Samantha Lytton is getting along just fine in her lonely little life when a charming criminal called Sam or Nate or maybe even Richmond kisses her, square dances most provocatively, opens his not-so-wicked heart, and gets her in trouble with not one, but two international art theft rings as well as the LAPD.

She's either gonna end up in jail or famous.  Maybe both.

Along the way, she fights for her life and falls for this funny, sexy disaster of a man… and learns that finding happily-ever-after with yourself is the first step to real contentment. A cute dimple is just the second.

Buy: The Dimple of Doom

Samantha goes on the adventure of her life through these three books, and travels the world in pursuit of her own dreams (and the hot man, natch).  She’s accompanied many times by her best friend, Ellen, and they enjoy a fabulous female friendship inspired by the hijinks of myself and my oldest friend, K.  So for fun, I asked K to interview me for my blog tour of The Wrath of Dimple (book three).  She said yes like the humoring friend that she is, and so I present:  The interview of Lucy Woodhull by BFF K.

Dearest Lucy, we have been BFFs since long before the popularization of the term, "BFF," much like Samantha and Ellen in your fabulous books. We even, as I recall, created our own secret language, of sorts. If Samantha and Ellen did similar, what would "BFF" stand for in their speak?

BFF in Samantha and Ellen’s language means “bshhhbr frappy froop,” which means “We are the unicorn queens of the universe, and we will, we will rock you (clap clap) rock you (clap clap).”  They’re big Queen fans, and also big unicorn fans.  Children of the eighties always are!  Also, “bshhhbr frappy froop” is really fun to say.  The first word is basically just a raspberry.

What is the square root of 69?

Dammit, Jim, I’m a writer, not a math wizard!  69 needs no square root, as it is the most tempestuous number.  Besides seven hundred and forty-three...that is one racy number.

Xanadu is Samantha's favorite movie. What is Sam the man's favorite?

Sam, Samantha’s unfortunately same-named art thief lover (and he of the infamous dimple), loves Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Indiana Jones is grumpy and runs around the world excavating artifacts.  Sam is also grumpy, and travels the globe, um, “liberating” pieces of art.  That’s kindof the same thing, right?  On a personal note, Harrison Ford UNF, amIright?

Samantha can be pretty badass at times -- have you, Lucy, ever kicked a (deserving) guy in the nuts?

Ha!  No, I have not.  Not physically, anyway.  I have been known to try and ball-bust with my mind, but since I’m not an X-Man, it doesn’t work.  Samantha, however, busts criminals of both genders with shocking regularity, with the help of Ellen and her girlfriend Nicolette (a bona-fide cop).  These three ladies are a force to be reckoned with, even while singing “Xanadu.”  Nope, no kicks to the groin, but Samantha does defeat a bad guy while wearing roller skates, which is totally a Beyoncé thing to do.  I am worthy of neither of them.

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You can read the blurbs for all three of Samantha’s funny adventures here.  My crazy heroine has brought me a lot of joy, and I hope she can do the same for you!

Thanks so much to Love, Romance, Passion for having me.  And thanks to K for putting up with me for more years than I care to admit to on the Internet.

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Bio:  Lucy Woodhull has always loved le steamy romance. And laughing. And both things at the same time, although that can get awkward. Her motto is "Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you'll short-circuit your Kindle." That's why she writes funny books, because goodness knows we all need to escape the real world once in a while. She believes in red lipstick, equality, and the interrobang. Hailing from Southern California, she daydreams with her husband and a very fat cat who doesn't like you.  

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The Queen’s Heart 453x680Guest post by Jo March, author of The Queen's Heart

Hi there,

I'm so excited to be here today to promote something new. In August, Breathless Press is turning five and in celebration of their birthday, they commissioned a range of Flirts based on the characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It certainly sounded like it could be a lot of fun and so I decided to try my hand at it.  I'm far more comfortable writing longer stories, but sometimes "stretching" yourself actually means limiting yourself.  The challenge, was to craft a story with a range of emotions and a full arc in 2,000 – 10,000 words. For many, this would seem simple enough, but I have a tendency to write long, descriptive passages and I knew that this wouldn't work for a short.

The next challenge was to figure out what I would write about.  After all, we all know the story of Alice, we're familiar with the characters and the basic storyline… what on earth was I going to do with it? Throw it out. Take the cast and re-imagine them in new roles, stripped of their previous costumes and scripts.  It was a liberating experience and once you start to play… well, let's say that a fertile imagination is a dangerous thing.  I found myself with a plethora of ideas and in the unique position of having to limit myself to just one.

The interesting thing is that of the fourteen stories that have been written, none are even close to each other.  We've all been inspired to write fun, different, sweet, hot, sexy stories and as an extra celebration, they're being published in a limited edition hardcover print book!!

Below is a teaser from my story, The Queen's Heart.  I hope that you will be intrigued enough to read more!

Best,

Jo March

Blurb

Clarissa could never have foreseen the magic a simple hatter could bring to her life.

As queen of Wonderland, Clarissa should have been secure in her position, but Alice sought to change all that. A clause in the dead king's will only serves to spur on their childhood rivalry. Alice will stop at nothing to take the throne for herself.  The best laid plans can go awry though and it's only a matter of time until the true queen of Wonderland will be crowned for good.

Excerpt:

"Who are you?"

"I'm just a simple hatter, miss. Newly arrived here to ply my trade at court."

"Interesting. Well, don't let me keep you..."

At her dismissive tone, the hatter raised his eyes and stared at her for a moment. "Did anyone ever tell you that you're awfully bossy? I'm sure the queen herself isn't as bossy as you!"

"Not lately, no, and since you are new here, you may want to wait until you meet the queen to decide what she's like." Stepping to one side on the path, she cocked her head at the exit. "I believe you were just leaving?"

Slowly he walked toward her, closing the distance between them until he towered over her. Realizing that it might not be safe to be alone with this stranger, she was tempted to take a step backward, but one look at the expression on his face showed that he was expecting her to be intimidated. Resolutely she stood her ground. Staring defiantly up at him, she crossed her arms defensively across her chest.

"Am I in your way?"

"Not at all." And with that he dropped his lips to hers. The kiss was gentle at first—their mouths the only point of contact between them—but within moments, his tongue had teased her lips apart and his hands were buried in her hair, drawing her nearer. Of their own volition, her hands explored the planes of his chest through the cotton shirt he wore, and her fingers memorized every detail.

Without warning he pulled away, his breathing ragged. His gaze bore into hers and she felt as if he were reading every thought that flashed across her mind. Her heart fluttered like a trapped butterfly in her chest—the sound so loud that she felt sure he must be able to hear it. With extraordinary gentleness, he ran the back of his hand slowly down her cheek before stepping quietly past her and leaving the garden.

Bio

Jo March lives in her own Wonderland—a place filled with books, animals and plenty of ways to exercise her imagination and creativity. She cannot remember not wanting to be a writer and indulges whenever she can. She lives in Cape Town and considers it the most beautiful place in the world to live.

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