Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He's irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.
Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she's perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother's bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.
When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won't accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.
Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.
So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.
Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.
Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner of the Hog’s Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he’s never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named “Smoke” walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but he knows to keep his preferences under wraps around the club.
“Smoke” Callahan has done a couple of rehab stints and is finally clean, thanks to help from the Disciples. He’s on the right path and isn’t about to get sidetracked, no matter how much the guy who manages the bar gets beneath his skin. Besides, his last relationship with a man left him scared, alone, and with a nightmare of an addiction.
When the Hog’s Den becomes shorthanded, and Smoke is ordered to help out the one man he can’t have, his longing for the bartender reaches blistering proportions. Vaughn figures a night together should be enough to satisfy their mutual attraction. But neither banks on just how scorching hot it might be.
As Smoke’s past unravels and the one person he hopes never to lay eyes on again messes with all he holds sacred, it’s time to involve the Disciples. Problem is, he’ll have to risk his membership, his heart, and his own hide to keep everyone he cares about safe.
I want to thank you, Christina, for being my Saturday Spotlight Author today. I’m excited to have you here and can’t wait to find out how you tick.
Thank you. I’m excited to be here!
First, let’s talk about your new release Touch the Sky. You co-authored this book with Nyrae Dawn. Is this book one of a series? I see it says Free Fall book 1 so I’m assuming so.
Yes, we’re excited to get started on book two. We really loved writing TOUCH THE SKY together! The second book will focus on a different couple but Lucas and Gabriel will definitely be in the background.
How does co-authoring work? Did one of you write Gabriel and the other wrote Lucas?
Yes. We each created the backstory and description for our character. I began with Gabriel, and then we alternated chapters. But we definitely were both involved in the entire book. We wrote in each other’s POV and made changes or tweaked dialogue to make it sound more authentic. We were pretty happy with how much our voices melded.
Would you co-author with anyone else, and if yes who would you love to team up with?
Good question. Maybe? I guess it depends on how connected I feel to somebody and whether or not we’d be a good fit. I’ve always wanted to team up with my critique partner, Stina Lindenblatt, on an m/f book. She currently has an on-going rock star and hockey romance series, so our schedules have never matched up.
Now, I’ve heard the story about the cover of your book Touch the Sky and the two men in it. Would you PLEASE tell my devoted readers the story?
OMG, YES! This is the steamy story the photographer told about the photo he gave us permission to use:
So, those two cover models came in for the professional photo shoot (let's call them Lucas and Gabriel since they look like our Touch the Sky guys). They'd both done many sessions before, so it was no big thing. They were introduced to each other and then the photographer began shooting various poses.
Well, apparently these guys could not keep their eyes or hands off each other and after a few minutes, they stopped listening to the photographer's direction completely. They started full on making out, shirts went flying, and they become completely lost in each other.
The photographer decided to just to roll with it and kept clicking, knowing he'd have to discard most of the shots, but also realizing that it was kind of magical too. Our cover photo is one of those completely natural lost in the moment shots he took of them that day. And as soon as we saw it, we knew that we wanted it. We love it so much! So there you go. ;-)
What are you currently reading? (If you have time for it that is)
I’m a person who reads several books at once, which is probably why it takes me more time. But I recently finished some great reads and can’t wait to get back to my TBR list: Finley by Ella Frank, Simple Things by Kade Boehme, Playing to Win by Avery Cockburn, and Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, and A kind of Truth by Lane Hayes.
What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I was writing a weekly shopping column for a local newspaper about eight years ago. While typing up a story about a store owner and her business, which had been in the family for generations, I started daydreaming about writing my own version, along with a happy ending. That’s when I knew.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
I binge watch the Housewives series and Vanderpump Rules. Also I can’t get enough of Chip and Joanna on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. They are the cutest couple!
Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?
Book three in my Roadmap series called The Hardest Fall. For those who’ve read The Deepest Blue, it’s Tate’s book. It’ll release sometime this spring.
How can your readers follow you: Twitter, Facebook, website?
Twitter handle: Christina_Lee04
And something new I’m doing on my interviews. Fast Fire Questions. You get to be my guinea pig for them. And go!
Coffee or tea? Coffee. ALL THE COFFEE.
Night or day? Day. I burn myself out for night.
Music or TV? My musician husband will cringe when I say TV.
Reading or audiobook? Reading. I have to see the way the words are formed.
What’s your favorite color? Green—spring or emerald.
Favorite band or singer? No real favorites, but I do swoon over an amazing voice. Sam Smith, Adele, Thom York (Radiohead), Pink, Adam Lambert…there are many more, but that’s all I can think of right now.
Favorite holiday? No real favorite, I guess. Huh. Can I say seasons instead? Spring and fall.
Okay, that was fun! Thank you for being here today!
THANKS for having me!
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