Sex, Lies and Epiphanies

Guest Blog by Miranda Baker, author of Hook Up

In Hook Up, my latest release in the Come Again series, the heroine is an empath. She can feel the emotions of those around her. When her ability first manifested, it was like standing in a hailstorm, waiting to get flattened by a stranger’s hellish ice-ball of fear, fire-ball of lust or blue-ball of frustration. However, once she got a handle on her new ability, she put it to work for her and started a business as a sensual psychic.

Working out of a sex shop called Come Again, Crystal suggests out-of-the box (or sometimes in-the-box…sorry! I try to keep it clean, but I have a dirty mind. Dirty minds are great for writing erotic romance, but problematic when visiting blogs…) solutions for romantic troubles. She helps her clients transcend their inhibitions, admit their true desires and discover the lies they tell themselves. That last one is key. How can you be honest with another person when you are lying to yourself?

Last week, my high school BFF was challenged to write down fifteen lies she tells herself. When she shared her assignment with me, I started thinking about what kinds of lies I tell myself. And it was HARD. It took me a full twenty-four hours to even come up with one.

I must have thought about it all night, because I woke up the next morning, too early, as always. I thought to myself, “I’ll get up now and take a nap later.” LIE! I never have time to take a nap! And I love to work, so I always get up too early.

A few hours later, I came up with a second lie. “I’ll make the kids’ lunches tonight, so tomorrow morning will be a little easier.” LIE! I hate making school lunches, and I always put it off as long as possible.

Now, Crystal the sensual psychic, deals with sexier lies, but you get the picture. Life is complicated. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “I don’t know how I feel about that.” Well, Crystal could tell me, and quicken my epiphanies! Becoming aware of two lies I tell myself has made me want to change for the better. I’m running myself ragged working too much and getting too little sleep. And when I rush to make the lunches in the morning, I yell at the kids. It’s time to tweak my routine a bit—for the good of the household!

In the course of Hook Up, Crystal discovers a few lies she tells herself, and her life changes dramatically. Can you think of any lies you tell yourself? Comment below (or simply say yes, no or maybe, if you don’t want to share the juicy details) and I’ll pick a random winner for a Hook Up Survival Kit! The Hook Up Kit includes:

  • Orchid temporary tattoo (just like Crystal’s!)
  • Mini Magic 8-ball (to check the auspices for a hook up)
  • E-copy of Bottoms Up, the first book in the Come Again series (because I can’t actually hook you up, but I can offer you a few hours of reading pleasure. If you already have it, you can re-gift it!)
  • Two STUDDED condoms (Safety first! In Hook Up, Ryan buys condoms at Come Again and discovers there is more to life than ribbed.)
  • Romance Trading Cards for Bottoms Up and SoloPlay (because I love e-books, but I do miss actual book covers!)

Hook Up Blurb:

A blast from the past can be hell on the heart.

“Spend the night with me, Crystal.”

One college hook-up with Ryan Anderson ripped Crystal LaRusso’s emotions wide open and hot-wired her to the world around her. After gaining control of her new abilities, she rebuilt her life and started a business as a sensual psychic. She’s bold, fearless and, admittedly, a little freaky. Black leather, exotic makeup and a reputation for only dating women keeps the world at a necessary distance—distance she can’t maintain when Ryan reappears in her life.

Ryan has spent the last ten years wondering what went wrong between them, and now that she’s back in his life, Crystal has a lot of explaining to do. The chemistry is just as potent as it was ten years ago, so why does she keep running away? One night won’t be enough to satisfy Ryan’s need for her, but it might take the edge off. At the very least, he can ask her why she broke his heart—and this time he’s not leaving without an answer.

Product Warnings: This book contains an unforgettable one-night stand, a heroine with a taste for beautiful women, a quest that begins in a sex shop and ends in a sex club, and enough mind-blowing psychic sex to change one lucky man’s life forever.

Hook Up is on sale this week at Samhain Publishing, and an excerpt can be found here:

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About Miranda Baker: It makes me chuckle to think about all the romantic short stories I wrote in my rather too literary creative writing classes in college. If only one of my professors had steered me toward popular fiction! On the other hand, if I had discovered my calling back then, I wouldn’t have gone to culinary school, I wouldn’t have met my husband, we wouldn’t have had three children and I wouldn’t have turned to erotic romance to get my mojo back during all this hair-raising kid raising. To learn more about me, please visit:

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5 thoughts on “Sex, Lies and Epiphanies”

  1. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Wonderful post. Great cover.
    Yes, I can think of lies I tell myself everyday just to make them seem better and go faster.

  2. Ah, lies I tell myself, Miranda?? You mean like, “this one little cookie? I’ll be able to work it off later, no problem!… along with the rest of the half dozen…” 😉 Nah, no lies! ;D Congrats on Hook Up! Can’t wait to read Crystal’s story!

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