Happy Spooktober, readers and fellow authors! All through October I'm doing blog exchanges with authors featuring their horror tales, spooky stories, and anything that qualifies as creepy!
My guest Sadira Stone's new Halloween romance, SWEET SLOW SIZZLE: BANGERS TAVERN ROMANCE 4 can be read as a standalone.
Award-winning contemporary romance author Sadira Stone spins steamy, smoochy tales set in small businesses—a quirky bookstore, a neighborhood bar, a vintage boutique. Set in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, her stories highlight found family, friendship, and the sizzling chemistry that pulls unlikely partners together. When she emerges from her writing cave in Las Vegas, Nevada (which she seldom does), she can be found in dance class, strumming her ukulele, exploring the Western U.S. with her charming husband, cooking up a storm, and gobbling all the romance books. For a guaranteed HEA (and no cliffhangers!)
About SWEET SLOW SIZZLE
Bangers Tavern’s hunky bouncer Jojo Williams has been flirting with server Lana Lopez for three years, but she dismisses him as a trifling joker. Determined to penetrate her prickly defenses, he plunges into the hot mess that keeps her from dating. If he screws this up, his heart and hers won’t be the only ones broken.
Orphaned by a car wreck at twenty-two, Lana must keep her teen brothers on track and together in the home they grew up in. One more slip-up, and her interfering tías will separate the boys. The last thing Lana needs is a big goof like Jojo meddling with her fragile family.
But when the teens’ shenanigans land them in trouble, Jojo may be the only person who can save them from the wrath of the tías. Lana’s growing attraction to the gentle giant makes it harder and harder to shut him out, but loving him is a gamble that could cost her everything.
Come back to Bangers Tavern for a slow burn, sizzling hot, friends to lovers workplace romance full of laughs, steam, and the glorious chaos of 21 st century family—the ones we’re born into, and the ones we gather to our hearts.
Excerpt, Rated PG
Lana blinked up at him, then spluttered with laughter. Gorgeous Jojo, the guy who melted panties with one flirty glance, jealous of silver-haired Kenny? Breathless, she rested her forehead on his chest. His solid warmth felt way too good. She should step out of the danger zone. Any minute now.
His hands slid around her to cradle her lower back.
She tilted her head up and planted her chin on his breastbone. “I don’t have a boyfriend, Jojo, if that’s what you’re worried about.”
The corners of his mouth crept up. “You in the market for one?”
The million-dollar question. Part of her, the part she kept a tight lid on, jumped up and down shouting, Yes, yes, yes!
“The thing is, I have to put my family first right now.”
He sighed and rubbed slow circles on her back. “I understand.”
“My brothers have been through so much loss—”
He pressed his soft lips to her forehead. “So have you, sweet cheeks.”
“Ugh.” She wrinkled her nose.
“Don’t like that one either, huh?”
“I’m too snarky to be a sweet cheeks.”
His grin sparkled like starlight. “Give me time. I’ll find a nickname you like.” He toyed with the fine hairs at her nape. “Though your name is beautiful, Lana Pilar Lopez.”
How does he know my middle name? And why is that such a turn-on?
With great reluctance, she planted her palms on his chest and pushed away. “Jojo, I’m sure you could find all kinds of things I like. But right now, keeping an eye on those two inside takes all my focus. I can’t give you what you want.”
His wide, rough palm cupped her jaw, his expression so tender she almost took it all back. “I understand. When you’re ready, I’ll be waiting.”
It's on sale for $1.99 (ebook) on all vendors ('Zon, B & N, Apple, Kobo, etc) during October.