Ongoing Giveaways!

Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore - Win $50 Amazon/Paypal cash, ends August 8
Tempted by His Touch historical anthology - Win an iPad Mini with surprise bonus books, ends in October
Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent - A $25 egiftcard to Your ebook retailer of choice and a Loveswept mug.
I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe - Win 3 digital copies of I Married the Duke, ends August 26
Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen - Win a paperback copy of the book, ends August 12

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone (Excerpt + Giveaway) - Winner Announced

USA Today Bestselling author Juliana Stone’s third installment in her Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series, The Day He Kissed Her, released on April 1st.
He can’t wait to leave…

Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She’s finally found a place to stay…

For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings…

Buy on Amazon.comBuy for Amazon KindleBuy from Barnes & NobleBuy from iTunes iBooksBuy from Kobo 
Pushing her long, blond hair out of the way, Lily fingered her key fob and let rip another round of swearing as the damn thing slipped out of her hands and landed underneath her car. 
“Oh. My. God.” She took a step back and peered beneath the vehicle. The fob was just out of reach and Lily knew she was going to have to get on her knees to grab it. On her knees. In this dress. Her favorite J. Mendel dress. Quickly she snuck a glance behind her and then got down to business—-no, scratch that, she got down on all fours like a dog and had to lean way over in order to get to the stupid thing. 

By the time her fingers closed around the small black fob, she was out of breath, pissed off, and her knees hurt like hell because they dug into the concrete. She inched her way backward and… 

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to box you in.” His voice came from nowhere. Well, actually that was wrong. He was right behind her and she was on all fours with her ass stuck in the air. Jesus H. Christ.

 Her eyes squeezed shut. She took a moment. “Uh, are you okay?” he asked. And then she took another moment. “Jake said you needed to leave, so I’ll just move my car onto the road and you can back out.” She nodded, lips tight, eyes still squeezed shut. She heard his shoe scuff against the concrete, but then it stopped. 

Why did he stop? Why wasn’t he moving away from her? Everything inside Lily was wound so tight she felt as if she was going to explode. 

“Are you sure you’re—-” 

“Will you just leave already?” 

she snapped. She sank back onto her haunches, shoulders rigid, jaw clenched so tight it was painful. Hair blew across her face, and she yanked it away, tucked it behind her ear, and wished that she could just disappear. 

“Sure thing, sweet cakes.”

 Sweet cakes? Really? She let out a weak breath and waited. And waited some more. “I don’t have all day,” she muttered. “What was that?” He was playing with her. She heard it in his voice. 

“I said I don’t have all day, so if you could please move your car, I’d appreciate it.” 
Mackenzie Draper moved alright—-he moved closer to her instead of toward his vehicle. He was so close that his scent drifted over her. In her. He was all kinds of sexy musk, clean soap, and something that was entirely unique to him. Some intangible secret ingredient that her body picked up on. It was annoying as hell. What the heck was he playing at? 

Flush with anger now, Lily slowly got to her feet, though she was careful not to turn toward him. “Where are you from?” he asked, his voice dangerously low. “Does it matter?” “Not really.” “Then why do you care?” “I don’t.” “Then why are you still here?” She managed to say through gritted teeth. Her Boston accent was more pronounced when she was pissed, so Lily was willing to bet he’d have no problem figuring it out on his own. 

“I’ll go when you turn around so that I can see if the front of you is as hot as the back end. ’Cause the back end is smokin’.”
 “That’s incredibly sexist.”
 “I know,” he said softly. 
For a heartbeat there was nothing but the warm breeze in her hair. And then he spoke. “Boston.” 
She froze and blinked away an image of Mackenzie behind her, inside her, his hands on her hips, his breath at her neck. His strangled whisper, “Boston” as he came. That’s what he had called her that night. Boston. Shit. Slowly, Lily turned around and sucked in a breath at their close proximity. If ever a man was made in the image of a God, it was Mackenzie Draper. 

About Juliana Stone
Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance and will debut a young adult novel in 2014. She spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Find her on her website:

One lucky commenter will win a copy of The Day He Kissed Her. 
Do YOU like bad boy heroes? Why or why not?

And...the winner is: Carol L. !!!! :)


  1. I love bad boy heroes. They are so much more interesting.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Bad boy heroes can be very interesting if there is good in him.

  3. Definitely like bad boy heroes, because they are usually the sweethearts on the inside!

  4. Bad boy heroes are so much better if and only if there is a redeeming quality about them ;)

  5. Love them! They add excitement to a story :)

  6. Bad boy heroes are good because they are a challenge to the heroine.

  7. I love a bad boy hero as long as he has enough good in him to treat other people - especially the heroine -- right.

  8. of course! watching those bad boys meet their match is a lot of fun!

  9. I likemy bad boy hero to have a gentle streak when it comes to his woman. :)

  10. Bad boy jeroes are so cool. All tough on the outside, and such teddy bears on the inside.

  11. we all want to be the one to redeem him

  12. I enjoyed the excerpt-as soon as I read Crystal Lake, it took me back to summers in Michigan-where Crystal Lake provided the perfect scene for teens-I do like bad boys, I married one :) he's a great guy/dad and provider - thanks for a chance to participate

  13. I love bad boy heroes best when it's a cover for the sweetness hiding inside for the right woman.

  14. I do love bad boy heroes, but they must stay where they belong - in books.


  15. Bad boys make the best heroes in the end.

  16. I love the Bad Boy Heroes because underneath it all they are more sensitive and have a lot of honor.
    Thanks for this opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  17. I love bad boy heroes!!
    They are my favorite.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com



Imagination Designs
Blog design by Imagination Designs
All images from the Turning Leaf Apothecary kit by Lorie Davison