Up by Five Release Day with Excerpt and Giveaway

Up by Five by Erin Nicholas

Up by Five by Erin Nicholas
Counting on Love, Book 5

He’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they’re all in love and Conner’s ready to retire– from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.

Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can’t say no. But it’s no problem– Gabby’s just one of the guys.

Gabby’s penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner’s usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner’s crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby’s in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don’t-need-anyone bluster and Conner’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted-a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that’s maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won’t work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.

 

Excerpt:

“It’s usually more difficult for a woman to get me wound up than just saying one word.”
“So, what’s going on here?”

“I’m going to chalk this up to the damsel-in-distress thing.” He was staring resolutely at the road in front of them.

“The damsel-in-distress thing?” she repeated. Then her eyes widened. “Are you referring to me as the damsel?”

He lifted a shoulder. “Yeah. A woman I know and care about is in trouble and I get all protective.”

There was a crazy warm feeling that filled her stomach at that. She frowned. That was a bad idea.

“Protective and turned on aren’t the same thing,” she pointed out. “And I wasn’t in distress the other day when I said—”

“We both know what you said,” he broke in. He gave a disgusted sigh. “If it’s not that, then it’s simply that I finally realized you have boobs. And that does kind of make me an asshole.”

She couldn’t help her grin. “You’re an asshole because you just now realized I have boobs—”

“It would also be great if you didn’t say boobs.”

Her grin grew. “Or you’re an asshole because you’re all worked up simply because I have…those.”

He shifted on his seat again. “Yes.”

She laughed at that. “In all fairness, I’ve been hiding…them…from you. So it’s not totally your fault that you didn’t notice.”

He glanced over. “What do you mean?”

Did she want to get into this? It seemed like they were putting it all out there and maybe that was a good idea. They were going to be living together and she did not need Conner to hit on her now. She did not need any further complications in her life. She was trying to simplify. Nothing about being involved with Conner Dixon would be simple.

“I’ve been downplaying the whole girl thing. I dress down, avoid makeup, wear my hair up.”

His gaze went to her hair. “I do like your hair down.”

“Exactly. I’ve kept you from noticing that.”

“Why?”

“Because I didn’t want you hitting on me.”

“And all it takes to keep me from hitting on a woman is her hair up and no lipstick?”

She smirked at him. “Apparently.”

He narrowed his eyes at her, then looked back to the road. “And you were so turned off by me that the idea of me flirting was disgusting.”

Gabby wondered if any female, anywhere, would find Conner disgusting. “No,” she said honestly. “I knew if you flirted, I’d flirt back and it would be distracting. We work in situations that require our full concentration and dedication. And I definitely didn’t want to deal with working with you after we broke up.”

He looked over again, his eyebrows up. He looked mildly amused. “How do you know it would have gone beyond flirting?”

“It would have.” She couldn’t say exactly how she knew, but she did. She’d been around men all her life. All of her brothers and cousins had friends. She’d been flirted with plenty. And it was very rare to feel a spark like she felt with Conner.

His smile grew. “Then how do you know it would have gone beyond just a one-night thing?”

She gave him a look. “You would have never been able to keep it to one night.”

He chuckled. “You might be right about that. I like you. I don’t always really like the women I take home.”

She didn’t say anything, but she did roll her eyes.

“I know how that sounds,” he said, even with her lack of response. “What I mean is, I don’t really know them. I know you. We probably would have dated for a while. If you were my type.”

“I thought we just established that I do have boobs.”

“Touché,” he said with a tip of his head. “But I’m not into tall brunettes. I like curvy blondes.”

Uh-huh. It did seem that way.

Gabby didn’t analyze her actions. She simply let the blanket fall away from her shoulders as she reached for the Carl-Mart bag.

Conner glanced over and she felt the truck swerve slightly. “What are you doing?”

“I realized you were right,” she said, pulling the candy bar from the bag.

“Right?”

“I’m not your type. So there’s no reason to worry about being modest.”

“Put the sweatpants on.”

She looked at him as she bit into the chocolate. “No. I’m warm now.”

He hit the button to turn the AC on.

 

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Giveaway:

To celebrate another amazing read in the Counting on Love series, I’m giving away a Kindle version of Up by Five. Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Erin Nicholas’ book. If you haven’t read one yet, check out Erin’s books and tell me the one you want to read most. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow night. 

 

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A Killing Touch by Nikki Duncan

A Killing Touch by Nikki Duncan

Journalist Lana Quinn has a way with hard-hitting news. The story she’s uncovered has potential, but she needs the help of her best friend’s FBI team. She’s been rescued by them, worked with them, and partied with them, but convincing the second in command to believe her theory—that a killer’s touch sets off a lethal allergic reaction—is a frustrating challenge.

Especially since he excites her, body and mind. He’s a danger she shouldn’t indulge.

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Release Day . . . She’s the One by Erin Nicholas

I’ve anticipated the release of She’s the One by Erin Nicholas. This book kicks off her new series, Counting on Love. This series is a spinoff of her much loved Bradford series. If you haven’t read the Bradfords then you’ve been missing out. I can’t wait to start reading this new series. It’s up next on my reading list.

Also, check out Erin’s blog for a great read that bridges the Bradford series with the Counting Love series.



She’s the One Blurb from Erin Nicholas’ website:


Counting on Love, Book 1


Sometimes you see love clearly. And sometimes it has to smack you in the face.


When a stranger walks up and punches him, Ryan Kaye assumes there’s a good reason. But he’s stunned to learn it’s over a one-night stand that never happened —with his friend’s sister, straight-laced Amanda Dixon. When Ryan confronts her about the lie, Amanda apologizes, but Ryan realizes he doesn’t want her to be sorry…he wants the night they supposedly spent together.


Amanda’s not looking to add anyone to her long list of commitments, so she was only trying to let a nice guy down easy by telling him a fling with Ryan broke her heart. So what if the fling only happened in her dreams? But when Ryan Kaye tempts her with the chance to go crazy and fulfill a few fantasies, she can’t resist. Thank goodness one night isn’t enough time to fall in love…


Warning: Contains a hot paramedic who knows how to get a girl to let her hair down, a girl who thinks she prefers her hair up, some naughty laser tag, some naughty role-playing and a lot of falling in love.


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Release Day for Hitched by Erin Nicholas

Hitched by Erin Nicholas is book four in the Promise Harbor Wedding series. It is available today. Yay! I’m looking forward to reading this series.





And she thought the bridesmaids dresses were her biggest problem…

The Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 4

Allison Ralston would rather be anywhere other than this wedding. Even if the wedding is hers.Especially since the wedding is hers.

But Allie’s determined to restore her family’s happiness, and if tying the knot with longtime family friend, Josh Brewster, is the way to do it, then she’ll walk down that aisle, toss that bouquet and drink that champagne.

Oh, she’ll definitely drink the champagne.

There’s only one thing that could get Gavin Montgomery back to Promise Harbor. And she’s about to say I do to another man. Now he’s back to claim what’s his—even if he has to do it in the middle of her wedding.

Allie is shocked—and okay, a little turned on—when Gavin literally sweeps her off her feet. Safe in his arms, she succumbs to fatigue, stress, and yes, the champagne, only to wake up in his bed. In Alaska.

Now that he’s put four thousand miles between Allie and all her responsibilities, Gavin’s determined to show her that they can make a life together. If he has his way, the next wedding Allie will be planning will be theirs.

Warning: Contains a guy so in love he’s willing to break up the wedding of the season, a bride who just needs to get to, well,anywhere else, and enough hot sex to take them from New England to Alaska and back again.

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Nikki Duncan’s Handcuffed in Housewares Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Four years ago today, on a day not unlike today, Nikki Duncan signed her first publishing contract with Samhain Publishing.

That story was kicked off by a one sentence story idea tossed out as a challenge. With its inception, the Sensory Ops series was born.

Since that story, Nikki was also challenged, by her first editor, to write contemporary novellas. Now, with 13 books available, she’s revealing the cover of what will be her 14th book. To celebrate the anniversary and the cover reveal, Nikki is also sponsoring a giveaway.

And now, for the awesome cover…

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Worth the Challenge Giveaway

Together, they’re magic. Now to capture it in a bottle…
Worth It, Book 3

For once in his errant life, Rhett Worth is ready to prove to his older brothers he’s more than good looks and a woman-melting smile. Except he’s screwed up. And it’s about to hit the fan as he prepares to tell them he’s failed to deliver the master perfumer, Michel Durand, to create Worth Luxury’s signature scent.

Then salvation walks through the boardroom door, all wrapped up in a petite, seductive package.
Gabriella Durand is prepared to beg the Worths to give her capricious father another chance. Instead, she finds the devastatingly handsome Rhett Worth offering it to her as if he’d planned it all along. And Gabriella, hungry to emerge from her father’s shadow, jumps at it.
Soon they’re in Maui to hunt for the perfect scent…and find it in the tropical breeze that washes across their entwined bodies. Now the pressure is on to capture that passion in a bottle—before they let love complicate the delicate mix. Before a whiff of betrayal threatens to destroy everything.

Worth the Challenge by Karen Erickson will be available tomorrow. This series is amazing. I’ve been waiting for Rhett’s story. It’s everything I hoped for and more. 
I want to share the love so I’m giving away a Kindle copy of Worth the Challenge. Enter below for your chance to win. To find out more info on blog giveaways go here. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Also, Karen Erickson will be guest blogging here on October 21. 

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