Thursday, May 9, 2013

Guest Author & Giveaway Featuring Plus One by Brighton Walsh

Please help me welcome author Brighton Walsh to BIR today for a guest post and giveaway celebrating the release of Plus One from Carina Press. Settle in and get ready for a heavy dose of romance! ;)

Welcome, Brighton!

I’m a romantic.

I know, you’re probably shocked, what since I’m a romance author and all. Alas, it’s true. I love all of it. The first dates and the first touches and the first kisses. The candlelight dinners for two and the impromptu picnics and the random notes and unexpected gifts. 

And the weddings. Good Lord, do I love the weddings. I’ve never met one I didn’t love. Or that I didn’t cry at.

Big or small, in a church or on a beach, they all make me swoon like a school girl. It’s the promise of new beginnings, the vows (God, the vows!), the first dance and the cake and how pretty everyone looks. And then there’s those looks between the bride and groom. You know the ones. The ones that say, I can’t believe we’re married! Or, more accurately, the one that says, When can we get out of here and to our hotel room?

The idea to have weddings be an integral part of Plus One was a no-brainer for me. What better place to fall in love than at events where two people pledge themselves together for the rest of their lives? The idea of that is so sigh-inducing to me, I can hardly stand it. 

Though, just having people fall in love over the course of a bunch of weddings is too easy. Oh, no, my heroine couldn’t go along for the ride. Nope, she had to be jaded enough that she’d sworn off men and dating after getting way more than her fair share of frogs. But her reluctance just meant Ian had to work a little harder to get her see what was right in front of her eyes. And if there’s one thing I like just about as much as weddings, it’s watching guys woo the girl they’re crazy for.

In the comments, tell me what your favorite part of weddings are, and I’ll pick one winner to receive a free copy of Plus One!

Plus One
Brighton Walsh

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: May 6, 2013
ISBN: 978-14268-9555-5
Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 22,000

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Book Description: 
Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn't want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can't pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn't expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.
When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn't take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia's desire to stay "just friends" becomes clear, Ian's feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

Given how their afternoon had unfolded, the heat that ricocheted between them throughout the evening really shouldn’t have been a shock. Olivia had felt Ian’s want since she’d emerged from the bathroom, dressed in a sleek, fitted, black dress. Through the wedding ceremony, tucked into his side as his arm rested innocently against the pew behind her, she thought she’d burst at the feel of his finger tracing her bare shoulder. It had been a mindless touch, something she hadn’t even been sure he’d been aware of, and yet it had set her entire body aflame.
And now. Now, she was pressed against him as they danced, his hand touching her bare skin thanks to the low, open back of her dress. He held her close, closer than he ever had before, and even though she was two martinis into the night, she still found herself tongue-tied. 
His fingers slowly slid up her back, following the line of her spine, and though she tried to hold it in, a shudder ran over her body. Her nipples hardened, and a tingle grew low in her belly. All from a single caress against her bare back. Jesus, if an innocent touch like that had her wet and ready to go, what would happen if he stroked her not so innocently?  
She looked up into his eyes to find him staring directly at her. His eyes bounced over her face, no doubt taking in her heated cheeks, eyes heavy with desire, and parted lips. He pulled her close, and brought their clasped hands up toward her face. He brushed a single finger down the line of her jaw, and instead of moving away, swept his finger over her lips. It was scarcely a brush of skin on skin, but she moaned. It was low and breathy, and barely loud enough for her to hear, let alone Ian. Yet she knew the exact moment he did. 
His eyes, scorching with a want she knew all too well, bored into hers. 
“Liv.” He managed to convey so much want and need with that single word. 
She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry, and tried to not sound breathless when she answered. “Yes?” 
Ian’s finger was still on her lip, caressing it back and forth, and his focus switched between her mouth and her eyes. When he didn’t say anything more, she couldn’t take it any longer. Her tongue darted out, lightly brushing against his finger. With their eyes locked, she took the tip of his finger into her mouth and sucked gently.
“Jesus Christ.” It was a low rumble, spoken under his breath, but she heard it clearly. With a soft pop, she released his finger, her eyes imploring him. 

About the Author : 
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Whether through words or pictures, she's been weaving tales for as long as she can remember. After decades of cultivating her writing, she finally decided to give life to the voices in her head and set forth to write her first novella. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy. She lives in the Midwest with her swoony husband and two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper. 

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  3. I love it when the bride walks down the aisle. That first glimpse. All beautiful in her gown.


  4. It doesn't happen at every wedding, but I love it when the bride and groom are saying their vows and they are so into each other that it's like they're the only ones there.

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