Excerpt and Giveaway: Strollers and Stilettos by Nana Malone

Strollers & Stilettos CoverBook Summary:

What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family.  What she didn’t expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Excerpt:

Jaya blew a strand of hair out of her eyes.  “You’d think it would be easier to find a nanny.  It’s not.  You should have seen the big-boobed husband-stealer that strolled on in here today though.  Low cut top, tight skirt.  Looking around, admiring my ring.” She shook her head. “She’s delusional if she thinks I’m hiring her.”

“I thought you trusted Alec,” Micha teased.

“I do. But I also know some single white female shit when I see it.”

Micha tsked. “Language, Jai. We have an impressionable baby in the room.”

Jaya smirked as she flipped her off.

Ricca asked, “So how is Alec adjusting?”

“If by ‘adjusting’ you mean never actually touching or holding the baby, then really well.”

Micha raised a brow. “So I guess it’s safe to say he’s not changing diapers?”

“Yeah, no.”

Micha slid her a glance. “Okay, real talk?”

Jaya groaned. When Micha said real talk, it usually meant Jaya wasn’t going to like what her friend had to say. “Shoot.”

“Now, remember I’m on your side, and what you believe, I’ll have my fiancé investigate, but you have to admit it’s probably alarming for Alec to find this baby on his doorstep who looks a lot like him. Down to the chin and the eyes.”

“Yeah well, she also looks like Max too,” Jaya said stubbornly.

Ricca nodded. “True. It’s possible.”

“Or,” Jaya added with more confidence, “this is some elaborate scam for money as the extortion note would suggest. She’s not his.”

Micha sighed. “Okay, look, the real question here is if you think he was capable of sleeping with anyone while you guys were apart.  I mean, have you guys talked about it?”

Jaya tried to suppress the shiver of doubt that rolled down her spine. “I—we—look Alec didn’t.”

Micha shook her head. “Wait, he said he didn’t or you inferred he didn’t? Because those are two separate things.”

This was the last conversation Jaya wanted to have right now. “He doesn’t’ remember, okay? And it doesn’t matter to me. We’re together now.  We weren’t then. Anything that may or may not have happened is long over.”

Micha crossed her arms. “Except the evidence of what may or may not have happened is living in your spare room. You need a definitive answer. The Jaya Trudeaux I know doesn’t bury her head in the sand.”

Jaya and Ricca stared at her.

Micha laughed.  “Yeah okay, maybe a little. But I think you guys should at the very least do a paternity test.”

“For your information, we are. But it’s to definitively exclude him. Even if he did sleep with someone, there’s no way he’d do it without a condom. Besides, I believe he didn’t sleep with anyone.”

Ricca took her hand. “Yes, sweetie, but wanting something to be true isn’t the same as making it true. I’m inclined to believe him because I saw him when he came back for you.  That was a man on a mission, determined to have the woman he loved back. But you can’t discount the possibility.”

They had a point.  It could be a possibility, yet every time she thought about the idea of him sleeping with someone else, it made her vaguely ill.  But she also knew him. Even if they had been apart and he had been with someone else, he wouldn’t have been careless. Not after his childhood.

“I hear what you guys are trying to say. And I appreciate the concern. But I know him.”

She only hoped she was right.

NanaMaloneAbout the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of 20 novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

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Giveaway Details

Nana will be giving away a digital copy of Sexy in Stilettos, the first book in her In Stilettos series.

Sexy in Stilettos CoverBook Summary for Sexy in Stilettos: 

What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business?

Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell.

The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots.

Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love?

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Buy: Sexy in Stilettos

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Review: Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda CheeverHeroine: Miranda Cheever has loved Nigel Bevelstoke since she was 10 years old when he kissed her hand. As a young girl, his words of wisdom (that she would be a beautiful as she was smart when she was older) sang in her young heart. She was used to being bullied by her peers for her looks and Nigel’s kind act was like rain in a drought.

Hero: Nigel is Viscount Turner, and goes by his title. He is the older brother of Miranda’s best friend Olivia. As a young man he was kind as he was handsome to his sister’s friend. While Turner is still handsome, life has turned him bitter… (his faithless wife died on her way to meet her lover). When Olivia plays matchmaker to bring their younger brother, Winston, into Miranda’s sphere… Turner doesn’t like it and does something about it.

Review: Prologue-Nigel is the kind of white knight every girl needs. He plays knight again and accompanies Olivia and Miranda on their first London Season. Being around Miranda in a more adult setting opens his eyes to her charms… even if his heart isn’t ready. When passion leads to an unexpected confession, a confused Nigel runs… but finds he can’t run forever and doesn’t want to… but will he be too late to claim Miranda for himself?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Shadow Boxing (Book 2) by Karen Wiesner

by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

In an unfortunate set of circumstances, Justine had the responsibility of taking care of her fatally ill father, and as she had no time for anything else, she thought she might be doomed, and this for a teenager, is a difficult thing for her to come to terms with. In her moments of deep despair, she eventually found someone she was attracted to who could make her life seem bearable in between having to care for her father. Joshua. His love for her was part of the tender moments she shared, but even so, their love became more than just hugs and kisses, as she finds out she is pregnant to him.

This is one big problem after another, and she knows her deeply religious parents will not relish the idea of discovering their daughter has had sex before marriage. After all the heartache, she has to tell them, and she was right, but in order to cover up what they have done, they have her do the one thing she did not expect – she must marry Joshua, and do the right thing by the child they will be bringing up. Once all that is sorted out, and the baby arrives, she has time to think, but her thoughts aren’t of love.

Several years down the line, their child is about to leave their family home, and Justine has time on her hands to come up with several things she wants to do with her life. None of them however, include Joshua, as their relationship changed once he had the responsibility of helping her bring the child up – their love, it seems had started to fade before it had gone never to return. No longer did he show his affection to her, or kiss, or hug, as their marriage was forced, and not one about love.

It is not as though she doesn’t shine in her own way – Justine is an attorney, and earns enough to be able to go alone, and the mere fact she won’t need her husband makes him sad in a way, yet he knows with their daughter leaving, she will want to leave him eventually. Justine wonders if it was a good idea them getting married just out of duty and living several long years in a loveless marriage. Was it worth it? Did Joshua think it was worth it? She wonders if he ever loved her, but him taking the responsibility on should have told her that right from the start.

I found out that both of them have some problems with their married life that can be worked on, yet the fact remains that it is up to them – if they want to make that change. It is a great thing to face up to their fears, but do they want to? Justine has all the male attention at work she can get, and yet as a married woman she refuses it. Now that their child, Vashti is going to be leaving home and attending university, she will have no ties, and the opportunity to go it alone. He could be the same, but he does still have feelings for her he hides, and yet she can’t tell. Their only problem is communication, which they haven’t had for a long time now. If only they each listened to each other, they might be able to give their relationship a chance.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Shadow Boxing [Family Heirlooms Series Book 2], Shadow Boxing (UK)