Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Post with Marquita Valentine + Giveaway (International)

Author Marquita Valentine is here today to share a little bit about her debut book, TWICE TEMPTED. Before she shares, let's welcome her to the blog and get to know her a little bit.


Meet Marquita:
Marquita Valentine writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are among her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tater tots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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Not Another Bad Pick-Up Line
We all have had it happen (and if you haven’t, please email me with the name and location of the bar) at some time or another. Some aren’t that bad. While others make you want to drop to your knees and scream at the sky: Why me?

There are websites devoted to pick-up lines, like , complete with categories. And yes there’s even a Beavis and Butthead category.

Perhaps the saddest thing of all is that even after you find the one, the one can still blurt out eye-twitching lines. Some of my Twitter friends shared these gems with me:

Let’s pretend your pants are France and invade them.

Are you from Tennessee? Cause you’re the only ten I see.

Are your legs tired? Cause you’ve been running through my dreams all night.

Got any (insert nationality) in you? Want some?

Makes you feel all warm inside, doesn’t it? What girl wouldn’t drop everything to get with that? ;)

Not even the heroine of my debut novel, Twice Tempted, is spared from bad pick-up lines from the hero.
“Whatever makes you feel all manly inside.” She gave him a toothy smile and his blood turned to lava.

“I’d like to have my manly parts inside of you.” That did not just come out of his mouth.

But does Christian stop with his cheesy pick-up lines? Oh no.

He hit the button with his elbow and moved to the opposite side of the elevator to lean against the mirrored wall. “You smell delicious, Zoe. Good enough to eat and I haven’t had any dessert… yet.”

Guess the whole talking to her like she was a real person, with goals other than hooking up with him was over.

Swoony worthy, right? Don’t worry, Zoe calls him out on every single line and when he finally stops relying on them…as George Takei says: Oh myyy! But it does make me wonder if women of Historical Times had to put up with lines like we modern women do? Actually they did. Oh Romeo, say it isn’t so!

"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

On second thought, I’d let him use that line on me.

So, what’s your favorite no good, really horrible pick-up line that you ever heard?


Genre: Contemporary
Length: 265 pages
Publisher: Marquita Valentine (July 8, 2012)

Born into wealth and power, Christian Romanov is Hollywood’s favorite bad boy with a golden touch…until the day his agent receives pictures of the movie star celebrating his birthday in a not-so-legal way. Now he’s been ordered to find a small-town girl to be seen with in order to improve his partying image. He agrees, but for an entirely different reason-to protect the reputation of an organization that helps get teen off the street and back into the school. Not only is he the anonymous donor that's been solely supporting the organization since its inception, he's slated to be their newest spokesman.

What happens in Vegas,
Zoe Ambrose is a hopeless romantic masquerading as a realist. But she’s also a successful novelist, trying to fit herself into a staid life when what she craves is the adventure she found one night in the arms of a playboy who never knew her name. When her successful crime series is optioned by a major studio, she travels to Las Vegas to find that the prince of her fantasies and single night of pleasure is the main contender for the male lead. But for four years Zoe has been publicly eviscerating the man who left her stranded that night—he’s the villain in her series! Now the movie star doesn't recognize her, and Zoe is determined to protect her heart this time.

Doesn’t Stay in Vegas.
When Christian braves the small town of Holland Springs and Zoe’s overprotective family to win the girl of his dreams, he finds that his Hollywood skills might not cut it—and learns a shocking truth he never imagined. Can he tempt her again and finally give her the epic love story she has refused to write for herself?
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Other Book in Series:
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Wheee!!! Marquita is offering an ebook copy of TWICE TEMPTED to one(1) lucky reader. The best part? It's international. Yay! Now jump like the guy in the picture above. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Marquita's question: So, what’s your favorite no good, really horrible pick-up line that you ever heard?
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
A huge thank you to Marquita for stopping by and for donating the giveaway book.

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