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U: Unpredictable Love #AtoZChallenge

Today, for ‘U’ in the A to Z Blog Challenge, Jean Joachim joins us with an excerpt from her book, Unpredictable Love.

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Uh oh. Amber signed her sister’s name on a pen pal letter to a Marine. As usual, Jory Walker was stuck fixing her sister’s little white lie.

When letters poured in from SSGT Trent Stevens in Afghanistan, Jory had no choice but to correspond. Sure he’d be drooling over Amber’s bikini photo, thinking it was Jory. Since they’d never meet, what harm could it do if she sent him a few letters?

Would her charade boomerang replacing happiness with pain? What started off as an innocent ruse, morphed into a monstrous web of deceit. Maybe unpredictable love was destined to break her heart.

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Short excerpt:

Anger bubbled up inside her. She made a beeline for the house, only to collide with her sister.

“Amber! What the hell?” She waved the envelope in the young woman’s face.

“I just sent him one letter.”

“This is the fourth you’ve gotten from him. When are you going to write back?”

“It was a mistake…”

“You can say that again. Especially the part where you signed my name!”

“Laura was so convincing. I thought she meant one time. Only one letter.”

“She asked people to sign up to write to guys in the military. Not to write only one letter and include a lewd photo.”

“It wasn’t lewd, whatever that means. Just me in a bikini. I’m not good at writing. Much better at pictures.” Her beautiful, blonde sister, with a Miss America figure, grinned.

“And the reason you signed my name?”

“I always liked yours better. Besides, if he wanted another letter, I knew you’d write it for me. So, it might as well have your name on it.”

“Don’t give me that bullshit smile. I’m on to you. And the answer is ‘no.’” Jory shoved the envelope from T. Stevens into Amber’s hand.

“Please? Pleeeaassseee, Jory. You’re the writer. Not me.”

“That’s right. You’re the pretty sister, and I’m the smart one.”

Amber nodded. “I don’t mean it like that. You’re so much better than me.”

“Than I.”

“See?”

“No.”

 

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M: Matt Jackson – Catcher

Welcome to the 2017 A to Z Blog Challenge. During the month of April, Chrys N. Jay shares snippets from friend’s books, and takes a peek at love.

Today, for ‘M’, Jean Joachim returns with an excerpt from her sports romance, Matt Jackson: Catcher.

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Matt Jackson, clutch hitter, fielder extraordinaire, and team captain, is dynamite on the baseball field, but a loser with women. Or is he? He makes a show of coming on to chicks in bars, but always strikes out. Convinced being dateless is safer, Matt keeps his distance from women. Is he simply an insensitive chauvinist, or a crafty man hiding a secret?

Everything he believes in is challenged the day he walks in on a beautiful woman in the locker room. Dusty, the sharp-tongued spitfire, cuts the all-star pro down to size. Unwilling to accept second-class status, she challenges everything he knows about women.

Does a solo life make living with emotional pain easier? Drawn to the stunning, talented woman, Matt has a long way to go to win her trust. Getting close to Dusty is dangerous. Can he risk his well-protected heart? Matt faces a difficult choice — will he make the right decision?

Excerpt:

Depressed after losing the World Series, Matt needed sunshine, which was in short supply in February in New York. In the weeks before spring training started, he’d agreed to head up a two-week camp for underprivileged kids. Matt wouldn’t be doing it alone, some joker, named Dusty Carmichael, from professional softball would partner with him.

The catcher sniffed. This asshole, Carmichael, was a pitcher. How good could he be playing men’s softball? The guy’s probably a fucking amateur and doesn’t know shit about baseball. It annoyed him to think he’d be running the show with little help from someone who didn’t know crap and was getting paid a bundle. He shook his head. Why did he always get stuck with the losers?

The more he thought about it, the more annoyed he got. He shouldered his equipment bag and headed for the locker room. He stopped at the stadium entrance and flashed his credentials to the security guard.

“That guy Carmichael here yet?”

“Yeah, but—”

Matt waved him away and continued on. At least the sun was shining. It was seventy-three degrees—perfect weather for baseball. Sure beat the twenty degree, cloudy day he’d left in New York the morning before. Arriving an hour ahead of time, he whistled as he strolled along. Matt had a thing about being late and showed up early to most everything.

He waved at the janitor as he pushed open the locker room door.

“You can’t…”

But Matt didn’t hear the rest. He looked up to see beautiful, long auburn locks hanging down from the head of a woman, who was dressed only in panties. She was bending over, brushing her hair, so he couldn’t see her face, and she couldn’t see him. At the click of the door closing, she snapped up straight, whipping her tresses back, so that they fell down her back and revealed the most gorgeous breasts he’d ever seen.

Her eyes widened. “Get out! Get out!”

Matt froze, his gaze locked on her chest before he realized what he was doing. He covered his eyes with his hand and backed toward the exit. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I didn’t know there was a woman in here.”

“Big fat lie, asshole. Get out!”

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J: Jake Lawrence – Third Base

Welcome to the 2017 A to Z Blog Challenge. During the month of April, Chrys N. Jay shares snippets from friend’s books, and takes a peek at love.

Today, for ‘J’, Jean C. Joachim stops by to share an excerpt from her book, Jake Lawrence: Third Base.

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An off-season adventure, driving his expensive, new car from L.A. to New York, got Jake Lawrence’s motor running. Free from his snooty, Park Avenue girlfriend, the third baseman hit the highway, ready for anything. Or so he thought.

Kate MacKenzie, aspiring musical theater star, sneaked out of her motel room after her mother had gambled away all the young woman’s money. In the middle of nowhere with less than four dollars to her name, the plucky actress planned to waitress her way to New York for a Broadway audition. All she needed was a job that paid enough for bus fare.

Saving the beauty from a beating by the motel manager, Jake offers Kate a ride all the way to Manhattan. Leery of offers from men, Kate had no choice but to accept. She vowed to preserve her dignity and keep the sexy slugger at arm’s length.

Mutual attraction couldn’t derail the pair from their goals. Kate’s dream of making it on Broadway collided with Jake’s of making it to the World Series.

Will their road trip lead to love? Or to a lonely existence of separation, and insecurity?

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Jean shares an excerpt with us here:

Next to driving his new car and sex, food placed high on Jake’s list of pleasurable necessities. When he hit Santa Juana, Jake’s stomach rumbled. He’d hoped he could find a little mom and pop restaurant, like there were in New York City, along his route. But he couldn’t even find a downtown area.

The big sign of a popular steak house franchise caught his eye. A steak sandwich with fries would go down great right about now. He glanced at the clock on the dash. Only eleven. He wondered if they’d be serving lunch yet.

His mouth started to water as the image of a huge Philly Cheese Steak flashed through his mind. Hitting the turn signal, he stepped on the brake and pulled off the highway. His eye was snagged by a pair of perfect legs and a mighty cute butt hightailing it down the service road.

She was running at full speed not jogging, and he couldn’t figure out why. After pulling into the parking lot, he got out of the car and spied a man in hot pursuit of the cute chick. He had to know what was going on. He parked the car and followed the action.

Sure enough, the man caught up to her. He was yelling. It appeared she was crying, but he couldn’t tell, so he moved closer. A damsel in distress, what could be more appealing? His stomach would have to wait because he needed to make sure the girl was okay.

Sure enough, the man hit her. He slapped her across the face, then punched her in the shoulder, knocking her to the ground. Curiosity turned to anger as Jake ran over and grabbed the man’s fist.

“What the hell? What are you doing?” His brows knit as he jerked the man’s arm behind his back and held it there.

“This bitch owes me fifty bucks. She ran out on her bill,” he said, then spat on the ground at her feet.

“Whoa! Wait a minute. You can’t just go hitting people, especially not women. Look what you did. She’s bleeding.”

“Where? My face? Oh my God. My face. It’s swelling. I can’t believe this is happening.”

“Your face, what do you care? You a hooker? Probably,” the desk clerk said.

“No, you idiot. I’m a Broadway actress. My face is everything.” She broke down in tears.

You can buy Jake Lawrence: Third Base here:

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Devon Drake, by Jean Joachim

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TITLE – Devon Drake – Cornerback

SERIES – First & Ten Series

AUTHOR – Jean Joachim

GENRE – Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Devon Drake, star cornerback, has it all: hot super model girlfriend and pro football career, or does he? A childhood friend wanders back into his life, upsetting his ideal existence. Is it finally time to tell her the truth about what happened fifteen years ago?

Stormy Gregory is on the run from an abusive man. Her best friend offers her a safe place at the shelter for abused women and children. Grateful to be out of harm’s way, Stormy helps with a charitable event, not expecting to run into Devon Drake, her friend’s brother. Will she run again rather than face rejection?

Cracks in his perfect world threaten the cornerback’s starting lineup status. An unwelcome surprise short-circuits Stormy’s attempt to build a new life. Can they pull together or will the secret that separates the former friends keep them on a downward spiral?

BUY & TBR LINKS

AMAZON KINDLE US – http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Drake-Cornerback-First-Book-ebook/dp/B014RGVP4W/

KOBO – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/devon-drake-cornerback-1

BARNES & NOBLES NOOK – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/devon-drake-cornerback-jean-joachim/1122532029;jsessionid=0DBF0E0B8E4C02D4A4C0D7CAE24E212C.prodny_store01-va03?ean=2940152280821

ITUNES – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1037099216

EXCERPT

But the last thing Stormy wanted was to hang around Devon Drake any longer than necessary. He had filled out since high school with pure muscle. Like Chutes and Ladders, Devon Drake had taken the big ladder from handsome to gorgeous. Hanging around might mean the revival of old feelings, leaving her vulnerable to rejection again. It was destined to happen, since he had a hot, high-powered girlfriend. Stormy needed to watch her step. He wasn’t available, but nobody had told her heart that.

He sat up, his gaze glued to her. She hummed the tune “The Stripper” as she unzipped and peeled off her jacket. The man slid his chair closer to the window. She began to dance slowly. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see people on the sidewalk had stopped moving. She took a deep breath and eased her sweater up as slowly as possible.

Now, the man in the headphones was gesturing and talking. The others in the room turned to stare. Stormy kept humming and dancing. She was getting into it. Ignoring the cold, she pulled her sweater over her head, twirled it around, and flung it at a man standing nearby. He caught it and applauded.

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AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE – http://www.amazon.com/Jean-C.-Joachim/e/B001ITRQKY/

WEBSITE – http://jeanjoachimbooks.com

BLOG – http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jean-Joachim-Author/221092234568929

TWITTER – http://www.twitter.com/jeanjoachim

GOOGLE+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/111423777977819826895

PINTEREST – http://www.pinterest.com/jeanjoachim/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/334810.Jean_C_Joachim

Love is in the Air: Jean Joachim, Featured Author

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Love is in the Air

August 27, 2015

Welcome to ‘Love is in the Air’. This week join us as we introduce Jean Joachim, celebrating another new release, Devon Drake – Cornerback. She’s including an excerpt for us from, Griff Montgomery – Quarterback.

Stay tuned for upcoming issues, released every Friday. The following authors are scheduled for the next few weeks: September 4th: Davee Jones, September 18, Vicki Locey, and September 25, Flossie Benton Rogers.

Thanks for joining us, and may your week be filled with love!

Chrys N. Jay

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Hello Jean! Welcome to Love is in the Air! You have so many wonderful books out there, it’s hard to know where to start. I see that you have several different series: Hollywood Hearts, Manhattan Dinner Club, Moonlight Series, Now and Forever and New York Nights. But your latest series, First and Ten, is going strong this year. The fourth book in the series, Devon Drake – Cornerback, just released a few days ago. Can you tell us a little bit about this series?

The series combines football and romance, delving into the off-the-field lives of key players on a pro football team. What I like about it is that you have the sports angle and then you have the human being angle. All pro athletes are people, just like the rest of us with problems, joys and sorrows to deal with.

Of four books in this series, Griff Montgomery – Quarterback, Buddy Carruthers – Wide Receiver, Pete Sebastian – Coach, and now the latest, Devon Drake – Cornerback, which is your favorite and why?

That’s like asking me which child is my favorite! I love them all. Each one is different, so it’s very hard to choose. For sheer sexiness, it would be a tie between Griff Montgomery and Buddy Carruthers. For most real/lovable, it would have to be Pete Sebastian, the coach. And for a walk down memory lane, remembering crushes from your teens it would be Devon Drake.

How were you led to write in the sports romance genre?

I’m not really sure. I love football and kind of fell for a quarterback or two and wondered what their private lives were like. And what’s it like to be head-over-heels for a pro football player? That’s all I needed to do before a story idea landed in my head and I was off and running.

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Many of your books feature an adorable Pug, who I assume is based on your own little sweetheart Homer that we see quite often on your Facebook page. How did you get Homer, and what made you start writing pugs into many of your stories?

I have had a fifteen year love affair with pugs. My family and I first fell in love with pugs when we saw the movie Milo and Otis. After that I got involved in pug rescue and volunteered for five years with a NY based outfit. That’s where we got Homer, our second pug. I’m very big on adopting rescued dogs. I feel they enhance your life tremendously – I guess that’s why I put them in my books.

Of all of your series, which was the most fun to write?

That’s really hard. I think the most fun single book was The Marriage List. The most fun series, maybe the Manhattan Dinner Club because it was so much about both pugs and food –two of my favorite topics. But I’m learning so much doing the research for the football series on the game, injuries and all sorts of things. That’s making it extra interesting to write. Again, I’m hard pressed to have a favorite. I love them all or I couldn’t spend so much time writing them.

Your group, Tuesday Tales, shares story snippets every Tuesday. A lot of fascinating books have already been published from this group of writers – much of it romance, but not all. What led you to form this group, and how has it affected your own writing life? (See Tuesday Tales atwww.tuesdaytales1.blogspot.com)

I adore the Tuesday Tales group. We have so many truly talented writers there. I don’t know why I started it. Maybe to keep writing every week. After umpteen million years in the advertising world, maybe I missed deadlines?? The group has been the perfect place for me to start a new book. I have at least five books that started there. And the Hollywood Hearts series was started there. Now I find it a good place to see how far I can take a story and it keeps me writing every week. I so enjoy the support and camaraderie of the group, too.

I see on your web site, (www.jeanjoachimbooks.com) ‘Adora Smutz’ in “Love Talk” has interviewed a few of your earlier characters. Is Adora Smutz still around? How did she end up entering your life?

Adora Smutz is me being a silly ten-year-old, but maybe with a little more salacious attitude! Lol. I have a goofy side I give in to from time to time. And I was looking for something different, something everyone else wasn’t doing. So I came up with this randy, older woman (no similarity to yours truly) who interviews the guys and grills them about their sex lives. It’s fun. It’s silly and it does grab a bit of attention.

 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to Love is in the Air and share some of your writing experiences. Is there anything you’d like to add that I didn’t think to ask?

Great interview. I wouldn’t add a thing. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to strut my stuff.

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes/Apple.

Check my website for the links. Here’s my Amazon author page, which will have all my books: Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jean-C.-Joachim/e/B001ITRQKY/

Where can readers find you?

http://www.jeanjoachimbooks.com and my blog http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com

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Sure. How about this one from Griff Montgomery, Quarterback, the first book in the First & Ten series?

“Don’t, Carla. Please don’t. I’m begging you.” Griff reached for her arm, but she shook him off.

Buddy faced the quarterback. “What the hell did you do?”

“You don’t wanna know.”

“Oh no. You didn’t?” His eyebrows rose.

Griff nodded. “Guilty.”

“Whoa, stand back, Tony. There’s gonna be some fireworks in a minute.” Buddy pushed Hastings to the wall.

“You wouldn’t be lying, now, would ya?” Carla asked, directing her stare at Buddy.

“See for yourself.” He gestured to the brunette at the corner table.

“Lauren!” Carla cupped her hands and yelled.

Lauren stood up, turning to face them.

“You Lauren?”

“Please, please, Carla. I’m sorry, so sorry,” Griff whispered. “Don’t do this.

hands in heartWISE WORDS ABOUT LOVE

For a few wise words about love and relationships, here’s a snippet from TRUE LOVE: How to Make Your Relationship Sweeter, Deeper and More Passionate, by Dapne Rose Kingma.

PLAY WITH ONE ANOTHER:

When we play we feel the carefree joyfulness of our spirits. We are delivered from the bonds of obligation and responsibility to a sense of delight about ourselves. Playing allows us to rekindle the sense of the child in us, to go back to a time when life was new and full of possibility. Because inside we are all still young, we need to play as much as we can.

Playing alone or with others – ar round of golf, an aerobics class, a soccer game, a tennis match – isn’t just frivolous nonsense. Play creates balance. It’s the safety net under the tightrope of modern life; it keeps us sane and functioning.

Playing alone is good. Playing together is better. Playing with the person you love is the premier form of play. Playing combines both the intrinsic joys of plan with the opportunity to have a totally carefree experience (and sometimes mind-altering view) of the person you love. Seeing and being with him at his most spontaneous, at her most innocent and unguarded, can only deepen your appreciation of him, your sense of specialness of her.

For when we do what we love, we are most precisely ourselves.

Shared foolishness deepens bonds.

“Remember when we climbed the 500 steps up the sand dune and then when we got to the water tower it was all fenced in? We climbed up anyway and I ripped my shorts on the barbed wire fence. Wasn’t that view incredible?”

“Remember when we held the croquet tournament over Labor Day and you won?” “Remember when we went to the Macintoshes’ Halloween party and I was a ballerina and you were a cat?” “Remember the summer we played badminton on the back lawn every single night after summer?”

Playing together – whether you play house, play yard, play sports, play dress-up-and-go-out – always doubles the fun because you feel not only the pleasure of your sweetheart’s company, but also the pleasure of the thing you love to do.

Therefore, PLAY PLAY PLAY. Play well. Play hard. Plan on. Play often. Play for keeps.