***We are so thrilled to be taking part in Mari Carr and Sami Lee’s Go Pink Tour. We, along with Mari and Sami, are giving away to one lucky commenter a Breast Cancer Awareness Gift Bag full of all sorts of goodies including an e-copy of Fix You and a print copy of Erica’s Choice. All you have to do is comment “BREAST CANCER SURVIOR” or “SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS” and include your email address. Want an extra chance to win? Share the link to this blog post and provide the link in the comments section with the word “SHARED” and you will get an extra entry for every place you share. The gift basket is HUGE and grows everyday! This contest runs all month long and a winner (or winners) will be announced on November 2nd***
Sami Lee and I—with the support of our publisher, Samhain—are running a Go Pink blog tour to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. We have both published books that feature heroines dealing with breast cancer in some fashion. During the month, we are talking about those books and how we came to write them with the aim of spotlighting the issue. We’re extremely grateful to the gals at Nice Ladies, Naughty Books for allowing us to visit today!
Samhain Publishing has generously offered to join forces with us and will donate $1 of every copy of Erica’s Choice and Fix You sold on their site during the month of October. The money will be donated to Pelotonia, an Ohio based organization that directs 100% of funds raised toward cancer preventions research.
John Diamond may have said, “Cancer is a word, not a sentence,” but fellow author Kristin Daniels taught me what that really means. Right before I started writing Fix You, I discovered Kristin had been diagnosed with breast cancer. We met up at the RT Convention and I told her about my story. I will admit I’m not sure I would have written the book at all without her encouragement and support. After all, Kristin and I write erotic romance. She assured me it was absolutely possible to write a sexy book with cancer as part of the story.
In addition to answering my questions about chemotherapy and the various treatments, she directed me to www.breastcancer.org
. There’s a discussion board on there where pretty much every question under the sun has been asked and answered.
Then Kristin told me a story about a conversation between her and her husband. We were standing in the middle of the RT Club, surrounded by people and as she recalled the exchange, both of us started crying. Then she looked at me and said, “You HAVE to put that in the book.” So I did. Below is the excerpt from the Fix You, but the words? They belong to Kristin and her hero of a husband.
Every single thing about cancer fucking sucked. He’d gone to all of Zoey’s doctor’s appointments, staying with her as much as he could while she had blood drawn, attending a chemo class with her and receiving instructions regarding her diet.
Through everything, Zoey kept a stiff upper lip, accepting her fate with a positive attitude. She’d only cried once since the night she’d told him about her cancer. During the chemo class, they’d been given a brochure about sex drive during the treatments. The pamphlet warned that it would be difficult for her to achieve an orgasm. He recalled her face as Zoey squeezed her eyes closed to hold back angry tears.
“Goddammit,” she said through gritted teeth. “Does this fucking disease have to take away everything?”
Rob had tugged her close, wrapping her in his embrace. He’d whispered softly, “Don’t worry, Zoey. I’ve got moves you haven’t seen yet.”
So much of Zoey and Robbie’s story came from Kristin’s experiences. I dedicated the book to her and I’m so happy to say that, like Fix You, her real life story has a happy ending too.
About Mari Carr:
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari finds time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet.
and Fix You
are both available at Samhain Publishing in every format including Kindle and Nook.
What if love can’t heal all wounds?
Second Chances, Book 1
After too many years of secretly loving her best friend, Zoey realizes she’s been shortchanging herself. It’s time to take action. This New Year’s Eve heralds the year she’s going to tell Rob the truth. Even if he is on the road, reaching for musical stardom with his band.
Her plan is derailed when she discovers a lump in her breast—and it’s not “nothing to worry about”. How can she ask Rob to take a chance on love when her future is so uncertain?
Rob has spent his entire life chasing his dream, but the moment he hears Zoey’s voice on the phone, he realizes he’s been running the wrong race. Zoey never sounds like she’s been crying. Ever. Without a second thought, he books a flight for home, determined to give her everything she needs. A shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold…and nights of intensely emotional, passionate sex.
His biggest challenge, though, is convincing his best friend that he’s in it for the long haul. Because he finally knows what he wants, and it’s not fame and fortune. It’s her—and her love.
High school teacher Erica Shannon isn’t a one-night stand kind of girl. Pair that with an aversion to relationships, and she’s resigned to no love life at all. Then one horrifying discovery propels her off her take-no-risks path, and into the arms of the stars of her midnight fantasies.
When his friend and fellow firefighter threatens to make a move on Erica, Corey figures he’d better get over the notion that she’s way out of his league—fast—before he has to get in line.
Griff never thought he’d get the chance to introduce Corey to the combustible delights of multi-partner play, until he senses the sheer volume of sexual energy surging beneath Erica’s repressed exterior.
A blazing night of passion has unexpected consequences. Corey is surprised to discover the woman of his dreams, and that he doesn’t mind sharing her—or himself—with Griff. But Griff finds his heart pulled down a romantic path he vowed he’d never venture again.
Erica? She’s got a problem on her hands. Hold two, hardwired-to-rescue firemen at arm’s length—and away from her heart—until she’s fought and won a battle that may well destroy her.