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Happy Birthday, Ryan! (And a giveaway!)

As promised, I'm bringing you a giveaway to celebrate Ryan's birthday. Ryan is the leading lady from You Before Me in case you don't know. Also as promised, this giveaway is open internationally. So my international readers that have been waiting for the chance, this is the time!

Up for grabs: 2 YBM swag packs, and a bunch of my ebooks.

This is the second-to-last chance to win a YBM swag pack, so you better enter! I'm saving the very last one for something big. ;)

The swag pack is shown on the left, which includes: a signed paperback, a signed bookmark, a lip balm, a YBM magnet, a YBM Get Out of Jail Free card (which relates directly to a scene in the book), a bath bomb, and a YBM t-shirt!

Good luck! Be sure to keep scrolling because there's an excerpt as well!


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Here's an excerpt from You Before Me in Gabe's POV on Ryan's birthday! Gabe is on the job with his partner, Fredrick, when they see Ryan and her best friend, Vivian, drunk and walking down the sidewalk.

Woah, hey, Ryan.” She clumsily wraps her arms around me.
Best present ever!” she yells into my ear. Ryan sloppily kisses my neck. “You coming home with us?”
Is that where you're going?”
Yep! Well, we can't find my car, and we know we don't need to drive, so we were going to sleep there. See? Drunk but smart, Gabe!”
Fredrick and I will take you home. Come on. Fredrick, help her please,” I say, referring to Vivian.
Should we be doing this?” he asks skeptically.
Help her,” I snap. He isn't about to question me right now. Ryan's hands start to wander down my chest as she mumbles something about missing me. “Ryan,” I tell her softly, grabbing her hands. “We need to walk.”
Always a downer. Damn goody-good. Let's walk then!”
Once I wrap an arm tightly around her waist, it's like Ryan gives up. She leans into me completely and lets me lead her to the car. We get them both into the back seat, Ryan mumbling to Viv about her birthday. Surely, it's not her birthday. For one, she is drunk on Halloween, so maybe she's just wanting it to be her birthday. Wouldn't she have told me that today is her birthday? I could have tried harder to get off work to do something with her or bought her something had I known before right this second.
As we head to her apartment, the mumbles cease. I glance in my rearview mirror to see that they are leaning on each other, asleep. Great. It's going to be fun getting them up those stairs and into the apartment.
I'm, uh, sorry about what I said,” Fredrick tells me.
Don't worry about it. Just help me get them up to her apartment when we get there, and I'll forget you ever said it.”
When we get to the complex, I wonder what Ryan was talking about. Her car is here, so they didn't drive downtown. She wouldn't have ever found her car because it wasn't there. What trouble would they have gotten into if we hadn't have seen her?
Fredrick helps me wake them up enough to get them out of the car. He walks behind me with Viv as we go up to her place.
So sweet,” Ryan whispers.
You owe me,” I tell her, although she probably won't remember tomorrow. “Is today really your birthday?” I can't help but ask.
Yes. That's what I said, Gabe.” She laughs softly. “Funny, right? I was born on Halloween and I'm my parents' worst nightmare. How fitting.” Ryan starts giggling like it's actually funny.
It kills me when she says things like that, but I know what she means. I've seen it firsthand. I want to ask her why she didn't tell me about her birthday. Instead, I ask where her key is as we reach her door. She reaches into her bra and I remember how she did that when that prick had her up against her door that one night.
Safest place,” she says, handing it to me.
I hold her against me and unlock the door. “Fredrick, we're just going to lay them in her bed and then we're leaving.”
Okay.”
You know,” Ryan starts. “I could have fucked four different guys tonight. Four.”
I clench my jaw as we get the girls into bed. “Oh yeah?”
Yep. But I didn't,” she sings, shaking a finger at me. “I'm supposed to be behaving, and I would have felt bad. Because of you, Gabe. Are you mad?”
We pull the covers over them. They look ridiculous in their costumes while they lay in bed. Viv has already passed out. Fredrick leaves wordlessly.
No, I'm not mad,” I answer.
I didn't tell you about my birthday. Are you mad about that?” Ryan squints her eyes, pulling her brows together as she frowns, looking worried over the possibility that I might be upset with her.
I lean down and kiss her forehead. “No, not mad. I'll see you tomorrow, okay?”
She nods, already drifting to sleep.

YOU BEFORE ME Swag Pack Giveaway!

I created a swag pack for You Before Me, but I only have a limited number. I gave one away to one of my newsletter subscribers who receive my release day emails and now, it's time to give away another one!

So what's included in this swag pack? Well, I'm glad you asked!


 
It includes a: Signed paperback, signed bookmark, lip balm, YBM magnet, a YBM Get Out of Jail Free card (which relates directly to a scene in the book), a bath bomb, and a YBM t-shirt (size large)!

I want to take a moment to say a special thanks to the Etsy shops where I ordered the lip balms and bath bombs from. The products look great! So thank you to Lakeside Lip Balms and Kiss A Prince Handcrafted Soap and Bath Products. Go check them out sometime. 

This giveaway is open only to residents of the US. (I will have an international one at some point, so don't worry!) Please read the full terms and conditions below before entering for any other stipulations. If you have any questions, please send me an email.


Terms and conditions:
Participants confirm they are 13 years of age or older by entering this giveaway. This giveaway is open to United States residents only. There will be one winner and the winner will receive the You Before Me swag pack as listed above. Winner will be contacted soon after the giveaway ends by Lindsay Paige and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in his/her place. Lindsay Paige has the right to end this giveaway at any time without any notice and has complete discretion to operate this giveaway as she deems fit.

Teaser Tuesday - You Before Me

Who's ready for the fifth You Before Me teaser! Well, you don't have to wait because it's here. Check out the first twothe third, and the fourth if you missed them. Don't forget that you can also read Chapter One. This week's teaser is short and sweet in Ryan's POV. Enjoy!

“Do I get a kiss before I go?”
“Do you want one?” He answers, clutching my hips, curling his fingers into my back.
“Yes.” There's no need for me to say more or anything other than that. Yes is the truth, and I don't see the point in saying otherwise.
Gabe smiles, looking dangerously sexy now as he eliminates the space between us. I've had plenty of kisses before, but none as addicting and consuming as Gabe's. His make me feel unhurried yet overwhelmed from the mere presence of his lips on mine.

You Before Me will release on June 21, 2014. You can pre-order it for the special price of 99 cents on iTunes or B&N. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter and elect to receive the release day email for a chance to win a YBM swag pack! Be sure to add it on Goodreads and follow the Pinterest board for weekly pins.

I'll be back Thursday with a teaser in Gabe's POV.

YOU BEFORE ME Description!

I think it's time for y'all to know this, don't you? In case you've been out of the loop, You Before Me is my New Adult Romance standalone releasing in June featuring Gabe and Ryan. View the book's page, add to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, and follow the board on Pinterest for weekly pins leading up to release!

Without further ado, here is the official book description for You Before Me.

She’s too young for him. 
He’s too good for her. 
She seduces him away from the gentlemen he tries to be. 
He leads her to her own hopes and dreams.

Ryan Kavanaugh isn’t the kind of girl guys bring home to their moms. She’ll have sex on the first date, she’ll drop the f-bomb without a second thought, and she’ll answer the door in jeans and a bra.

Gabe O’Connor is exactly the kind of guy girls want. He’s a police officer and the classic good guy who takes his family’s opinions seriously and strives to be the best person he can be.

Two people in two different places in their lives, both being pulled in directions they don’t want to go. Ryan and Gabe both struggle with what they desire in life and in each other as well as what their families expect of them.

Sometimes, you have to think of yourself first.

EEK! I hope that gets you even more excited about this story because I'm beyond thrilled about it.

This Is a Pinterest Board You Will Want to Follow

I’m here to share that I have a new board on Pinterest! Why does this matter? Because it’s a board for You Before Me. I was going to post last week, but due to my hands, I stayed off the computer as ordered. I still have a few days off, but a few minutes to post this won’t hurt anything.

Anyway, back to the You Before Me Pinterest board. Every week, I’m going to share a pin or two that relates to the book. This will give you a sneak peek of sorts, so you better make sure that you follow it! There are a couple of pins on the board right now that links back to some posts regarding YBM, and I’ve already added this week’s pin.

Go check it out!

Also, make sure you subscribe to my monthly newsletter. When I send it out on the 1st of next month, they will read the description before anyone else!

My Next Release & Teaser Tuesday!

Today is a BIG day and I’m glad you’re here with me. I have some angry butterflies in my stomach right now, and I’m only announcing a few details! I’m so very excited though. You’re probably thinking, “Excited about what?!”

My next book, of course!

I’m about to announce the title and the release date!

But first! I must tell you something.

Do you remember that poll where I wanted you to pick a number and I promised that “you’ll learn why later!” Well, later is now. I picked those numbers as possible release dates for this book. All I knew was the month I wanted it to release and about which week. I put a date range in random.org and then got those four numbers. So I figured I should let y’all in on the action and have YOU choose the actual date.

And y’all chose 21.

Now, let’s get back to this title business. This is for Ryan and Gabe’s book, a New Adult Romance stand-alone. You can learn more about them here in case you missed my birthday post.

On June 21, 2014, you will meet Ryan and Gabe in You Before Me. I’m crazy excited about this book and I hope you are too. Go ahead and add it to your TBR on Goodreads. I'll share the description with y'all soon.

However, if you are a subscriber of my monthly newsletter, then you’ll be able to read that on April 1st when I send out the next issue. If you haven’t signed up yet, learn more and subscribe here.

Before I go, I'll share two small teasers, one from each POV.

Ryan's POV:
He gives me the vibe of a pure, 100 percent good guy. Maybe it's that stupid girl in me, but it makes me a little wary. There has to be a kink in his shiny exterior. It's so the stupid girl talking, trying to rationalize it because guys can't simply be good.

Gabe's POV:
As our night dies down and we head to back to her place, Ryan becomes a dangerously enticing woman, slowly luring me in. There are the simple touches like her hand high on my thigh as I drive with those fingers of hers trailing a carefree pattern. There's her laugh, which is ridiculously sexy. It's almost as if she knows just the exact laugh that will turn a guy on. And then the tempting, dirty words she seemingly casually throws out about what could come.
By the time we make it up the stairs and stand outside Ryan's apartment door, I've been captured. My mind and body are capable of thinking of only one thing. She's lets go of my hand to unlock her door, but she doesn't push it open. Instead, she turns, leans against her door, and tugs me towards her with a sexy, sly smile. My chest is flush against hers, my hands clutching her hips. A fog officially clouds my mind as my senses zone in on her lips and this killer body. I don't even get the opportunity to be the one to lean into her first because Ryan does it.

That’s all for today, folks! Stay tuned for their Pinterest board to be unveiled later this month.

My Birthday = Awesome Things for You!

Today, I turn 20. I’ve been thinking about it for months now, and it’s finally here. My main thought is that I can’t believe I’m 20 already! I was so excited about turning 18, and now I’m hitting a new milestone. I’m sure you don’t want to hear me go on and on about this, so I’ll just get to the good stuff.

First, I would like to tell you a little more about my characters in one of my WIPs. I just wrapped up two rounds of revisions and soon, it'll go back to my betas. I actually really enjoyed revisions and it's because I love these characters so much.

A few weeks ago, I shared a little about them. I’m going to elaborate today. Well, I’m going to share what my super duper, fantastic, totally wonderful beta readers said about this pair. I asked them to describe Ryan, Gabe, and their story. Here is what they said:

“Ryan is emotionally distraught, independent and yet through it all, she is strong.

Gabe is kind hearted, self confident and goal oriented. He's the guy who will be there to save you... in every way a person can be saved.


Their story is tangled, dramatic and delightful. I feel that together they are strong but their story weaves in and out of their own personal struggles to live up to their families expectations. In the end, they know they can only move forward by working together because together they can do anything.”

And...

“Ryan is broken, brilliant, and bodacious. Gabe is steady, committed, and strong. The story is complex, emotional, and fulfilling.”

How excited are you about this WIP now? Hmm? Because I’m freaking excited! I want to jump up and down, go stand at the top of a mountain, and scream about this WIP. That’s how much I love it. Be sure to keep a watch here for more information. If you want some of that information first, sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will be the first to know!

One more thing...

The date is 2/20 and I’m turning 20. There’s a lot of twos in there. And because of that, this day of celebration, and finishing the first draft of the final book in The Penalty Kill Trilogy, two lucky winners will win a signed copy of these two books!

The Fine Print: Open internationally. Giveaway ends February 28, 2014. There is one mandatory entry, which is to provide your mailing address. All the rest are extra entries.

Each winner will receive one signed paperback of Breakaway and one signed paperback of Off the Ice. By entering, participants are confirming that they are 13 years of age or older. Winners will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway has ended and the winners are picked. I will ship the books to the winners within five weeks of the giveaway ending. Good luck, everyone!

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What is this “WIP” I speak of?

I’ve been talking about my WIP (work in progress) a lot on Facebook lately. I even shared a tiny teaser in December. But who are these characters and what is this WIP about?!

I’ll tell you all about them!

Not really. Sorry.

I’m only going to give you a bit of information. As an awesome perk, my newsletter subscribers already know all this because I told them first in February’s newsletter.

This book is a New Adult Romance standalone featuring female lead, Ryan Kavanaugh, and male lead, Gabe O'Connor. Ryan is a 19 (almost 20) year old college student. Gabe is a 25 year old police officer. This WIP is set in eastern North Carolina and that is all you get to know for now.

Maybe I’ll share more about this pair later this month.

Or maybe I won’t.

You’ll just have to wait and find out.

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