Monday, November 3, 2014

Release Blitz #Life Next Door





Life Next Door (Love Not Included #2)
by: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date : November 3, 2014


SYNOPSIS

There is only one thing in life that professional pastry Chef Priscilla Westcott values more than baking and wine, and that’s honesty. A quality she soon learns that her marriage lacks when her husband runs off with their next door neighbor. Divorced and alone, Priscilla is determined to make changes in her life. She decides to approach her new goals like one of her beloved recipes. Surely with a little time, a dash of patience, and measured planning she can whip herself—and her life—back into shape. However, when a new—and utterly delicious—neighbor takes up residence in the house that ruined her marriage, Pricilla fears that her careful world will fold faster than a deflated souffl√©. Trent Walker knows what he wants and his sweet, sassy neighbor is at the top of the list. He’s certain that the chemistry between them would be explosive, but Priscilla fears that an affair with him, however hot, could be a recipe for disaster.

Purchase Links

Life Next Door
Life in a Rut, Love Not Included

EXCERPT

Where my normally Saturday paper awaits me I see it is gone.  What the shit? I look for it, and see it’s jammed in the front bushes that lay again the porch wall.
“Seriously this new paper boy needs a lesson in straight shooting.” I grumble while I bend over digging through the bush to grab the paper.
“Doing some early morning gardening?”  There is this voice that comes from behind me. One that I unfortunately connect with Mr. WTF is he doing out right now!? I am frozen with my head in a bush.  I register all the options I have right now, and all of them consist of me straitening and turning around. In my robe.  Damn you world.
“Um no just looking for something. Thought I saw a cat. No worries here.” I ramble into the bushes.  Please go away. Please go away.
His voice seems a bit closer, which does not sit well for my self-esteem right now. I mean I personally think my robe is dope but to be caught in it by this guy, I’m starting to wish I ditched Pinkie Pie pony when I was fourteen. 
“Want some help?” I hear from behind me.
“Nope. All good!” I sound a bit panicked.  He needs to beat it and like right now. My back is starting to cramp and my legs are about to give in and send me tumbling face first into the greens.  I’m not even sure why he is being so normal with me. I’m pretty sure I was not very nice to him less than twelve hours ago.  That smooth voice steps even closer. “Well why don’t you let me take a look. I’m pretty talented in digging through a good bush to get to the prize.” Oh hell no he did not just innuendo me!   Digging through my bush. Dream on pal, I stand straight and whip around to face him and holy shit.
“Holy shit.” I let spill out of my mouth.  Pretty much around the same time he jumps back and spits out, “Holy Jesus.”
“Jesus is right!  Do you ever wear a shirt?” I ask like seeing his budging biceps is an insult to my drooling eyes. “Yes, I do but when I’m running and sweating it tends to be pointless.” He steps closer to me and I swallow my tongue. Anything else I was going to bark out stops completely and his close proximity shuts it down.  Why is this guy having such a dizzying effect on me?
“So…” He begins with that purr to his tone. Seriously a purr?  Who purrs while they talk?! “Do you always walk around in a kid’s robe and all that green gook covering your face?”
Insert jaw drop and gasp. There is nothing like forgetting, while having a stare down, two feet from your too hot for his own good neighbor, that you are wearing a god damn seaweed mask.  Die cruel world.

Interview Question:

1. What inspired you to write this book? 

My inspiration for the female characters I write come from the theory that deep down every woman has a bad ass side. Love sucks sometimes, but in the end, we seem to always come out on top. Sometimes we just have to go through a little stink before we get to the sweet stuff. I loved writing CeCe’s story because she wasn’t dwelling on her loss. She got it. She accepted loves departure and wanted to move on. And I was proud of her. I wanted to write her story in a way that anyone who read it felt the same. Chin up. We have what it takes to be great.

2. How did you come with the title for this book? 

The title came to me once the storyline came into place. It is funny because I debated on it for some time because I really loved the title Life Next Door, but I didn’t know if it should be a repeat of “life” as with the first book. Luckily enough I got some great advice and while it was decided to keep the title that I felt worked, we also decided on turning this into a series and creating the Love not Included series.

3. What do you want readers to grasp from reading this book? 

I want at least one person to laugh, one to sigh, and if I did something right possibly shed a tear. That’s what books are made of. All the right balance of emotions and to end it in a perfectly happily ever after. Because that’s why we all read right?

4. Will there be a part 2 or is this a stand-alone book? Life Next Door will be a stand-alone book, but you will definitely see more of this series. All stories will be stand alones so keep an eye out for more from the Love not Included series coming next spring!

5. Do You have a favorite character? 

So far it is definitely CeCe. We share a love for wine and a lot of her character I wrote from the heart. Wine just does a body good. I am also a believer in Murphy’s Law. You know that theory that the second you change lanes, the one you were in will move faster. That’s my life. So CeCe and I have a lot to relate to.

6. What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

It will always be balancing my dream life and reality. In a perfect world I would sit in front of my computer day and night, but sometimes it is necessary to come up for air and focus on things like work, life, and family. I spent a lot of times writing through the night just to get what I wanted down on paper without interruptions. That tended to be an interesting day of work.

7. What are your current projects? 

 Currently I am working on A Charmed Life, which is book three in the Love not Included Series. I am sighing a lot so I think you all will enjoy it as much as I am writing it. Expected Spring 2015.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer and first-time author. When she's not cooking, event planning, or playing around with her husband, son and three doxies, she's relaxing with her nose in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her first novel. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on her second book. -------------------------------

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