Friday, January 23, 2015

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Jewel Quinlan

Who is on your "to be read" shelf?
At the moment I have two books from Gary Vaynerchuk on social media. Oh, and I’m still waiting for The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead to come out. I love her books!
What are you reading now?
I am listening to the audio version of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. And, don’t laugh, I have some children’s books in German from the Kokosnuss series by Ingo Siegner. They help me learn the language and are very entertaining I have to say.
If you could only pick one book from your childhood to preserve for others to read, what would it be?
The Muffin Muncher by Stephen Cosgrove. I still have my copy! Cutest story ever about a muffin-munching dragon.
How do you find your muse?
She is always with me and shows up at the strangest times. I think she finds me best when I am living my life to the fullest and experiencing new things. Then she speaks to me at the most random times, like watching the previews in a movie theater or riding the car with my parents on the way back from dinner. Then she pokes her head out with random inspiration and I have learned to take notes on my iPhone right away so I won’t lose the thought. When my days are blurry copies of each other, she is not amused.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
I write at my kitchen table most of the time. But for me it’s not really a place but more of a time. Early morning or between 8 and 10 in the evening work best for me for some reason. I think it’s because those are times when my dog likes to sleep and I can write in peace. Lol.
What book do you think should be made into a movie?
I would love to see Stealing Cupid’s Bow as a movie. That was the first book I ever wrote and it came from my soul for sure. Every scene in it was made with a film in mind. I think it would be cool to see in a movie what happens when Cupid’s bow gets stolen. Who’s with me?

Man Candy
The Cougar Journals
Book 1
Jewel Quinlan

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Date of Publication: January 9, 2015

Word Count: 13692

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

Book Trailer: N/A

Book Description:

Commercial real estate agent, Ava Baldassari, is done with being a good girl. Recently having revamped her self-image, home and wardrobe she finds there is one thing left that needs updating; her sex life.

She runs into her friend and running partner, Cole, one night when she is out with a friend. A bit drunk she flirts with him and is surprised by the enthusiastic response he gives back.

Things reach a point where she has to make a decision whether or not to cross a line she never has before.

Ava is forty and Cole is twenty-five, is she really ready to become a cougar?

Cole slid through the crowd and right up next to me as he made his rounds again. The width of his torso and shoulders cut me off from Bree and the others. He slid one arm around my waist and hugged me to him again as he continued to flash the light ahead of him. My cheek pressed against his chest this time. His scent was a pleasant mix of warm male skin scented with a woodsy cologne and tinged with the lighter notes of sweat and beer.
“Having fun?” he asked, and gave me a wink.
“Yes!” I said. This time, as he walked away, I dared to slap him on his butt. Making myself grin.
He looked back at me, shooting me a big smile, and I was glad to see that I hadn’t offended him. Friends could flirt couldn’t they? It wouldn’t harm anyone. And he was my friend after all, my very cute friend.
Bree and I moved on to talk with three guys then. Two of them were locals and the third was a buddy of theirs. A Marine, just visiting for the weekend. I ended up talking to the Marine. His name was Mike and he had a good sense of humor. He, too, asked for my number and then went off to get me a drink. I requested water this time, as I had lost count of how many I’d had. My head was feeling pleasantly foggy and it was getting late so I figured I’d better start sobering up. I found myself standing alone next to a tall table while Mike was at the bar and wondered where Bree had gotten to. I had been talking to Mike for so long that I’d lost track of her. Mike was nice and all but I wasn’t into his super short hair or the whole military-machismo thing.
That’s when Cole came back around again and stopped next to me. “That guy hitting on you?” he asked, eyeing Mike at the bar.
Had he been watching me? I smiled and nodded feeling flattered. “Yeah. He’s nice though. He’s getting me some water.”
“Okay, just be careful.” He shifted the cap on his head and I could see the dark strands of his hair poking out the back and behind his ears. It made me want to touch them.
Aw, how cute! He cares. “Always am,” I said. Inspired, I reached out and clasped his biceps as I leaned in closer so he could hear me. “You know what?” I asked.
He reached up with his hand and clasped my elbow in return. “What?” His blue eyes locked with mine, a pleasant, easy-going smile on his face.
“I’ve always thought that you were a tasty piece of man candy.” I must have been drunker than I thought. I wanted to suck the words back down as soon as I said them. I wasn’t the type to perv on my friends! “I just had to tell you. Thought you’d like to know,” I said trying to cover up my boldness by diluting my previous words.
I started to pull myself away so he wouldn’t feel too hit on. I’d just meant to express to him that I admired him, and that’s what had come out. It couldn’t be a bad thing to let him know that he was attractive. But still, it was all in the delivery, and mine had been pretty forward.
But he wasn’t fazed at all. His eyes remained locked with mine, suddenly intense. He pressed a hand to my back and moved in closer until our bodies touched.
“I’ll be your man candy, Ava,” he said.

About the Author:

Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and a strong desire to write novels from a young age. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance but also writes contemporary as well.

An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies.

During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her dog Penny.

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