Cover Reveal: Employee of the Month – Tracey Rogers

Cover Reveal!.

One of my favourite authors Tracey Rogers has just revealed the cover for her next release Employee of the Month  from Beachwalk Press. Can’t wait  to read. 🙂

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 Here’s my reviews for Tracey’s other great books. 🙂

5* Review: Daring to Wish

5* Review: Best Fake Day

 

 

 

 

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What a difference a year makes -Tracey Rogers

TraceyRogerspicToday I welcome my friend and fellow author Tracey Rogers  back to First Steps. 2013  was  special for me and similarly so for Tracey  whose books Daring to Wish and Best Fake Day were released by Beachwalk Press in 2013. Over to you Tracey.Daring to Wish_Medium

A very happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe yet another year has passed us by and how different 2013 was for me!
I’m not terribly superstitious, but I do avoid walking under ladders. There are also numbers I avoid. Last New Year’s Eve I was really wasn’t looking forward to 2013. Three is my least favourite number and the idea of 13 in a year wasn’t particularly appealing. Not that I think it’s an unlucky number, but because saying the number out loud makes it sound so…dull. thirteen. Sounds sad doesn’t it? It made me dread the coming year. How wrong was I?
It was in January 2013 that I clicked send on my manuscript to Beachwalk Press. I hit send and had no nerves or expectations at all. After all, 2013 was destined to be a rubbish year. One month later I got the contract for my first book Daring to Wish. Then I went on to write Best Fake Day and later had that book accepted too.BestFakeDay_Medium
2013 was an amazing year for me. To be published was a dream of mine and if anyone would have told me in January that I would become an author in 2013, I would have laughed. To have begun the year as a writer with dreams and aspirations, then to finish the year with my second release Best Fake Day was a fantastic end to a very wonderful year.
Not only was it a wonderful year as an author, but as a writer. The writing community is so supportive. It’s also amazing that my author friends have had a fab year too with contracts and book releases to celebrate. Also those writer’s who are yet to find their books a home have reason to celebrate their determination and the fact that they have written a book, or two, or three…What an achievement!
I don’t have anything to celebrate in 2014 yet, but I’m working on it! I wonder what 2014 has planned for us? What are you hoping for?

I’m so pleased 2013 was an enjoyable one for you Tracey.

If you haven’t read Tracey’s books yet here’s where you can find them:

Daring to Wish –

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

Best Fake Day

Beachwalk Press

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Here’s a taste of Tracey’s latest release Best Fake Day:

Blurb
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language.

Excerpt
“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”
“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.
“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”
“Then do it,” she demanded.
Author bio
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.
You can find me here:

http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/

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Tracey Rogers – Best Fake Day -Interview

BestFakeDay_Medium As part of her ‘Best Fake Day’ Blog Tour I have Tracey Rogers  on Jane Hunt Writer First Steps today.Here’s what you can expect from Best Fake Day.
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

Hello Tracey It’s lovely to have you back on my blog. Italy is one of my favourite places and as it features in ‘Best Fake Day’ I thought we could start our interview there 🙂

Your second novel ‘Best Fake Day’ features a fake wedding day in Florence Italy. Why did you pick this location?

Thank you for inviting me here Jane. Choosing Italy was pure indulgence! I’ve always wanted to visit there so researching Florence was a treat for me.

From reading ‘Best Fake Day’ you obviously feel Italy is a romantic location why?

I have to admit the courtyard wedding idea came from watching the Twilight movies. The scene in New Moon when Bella races to reach Edward before he steps into the sun. I guess the architecture, hidden courtyards and cobbled streets kind of bring out the romantic in me. All of those things seem perfect for stolen kisses and fake weddings!

I love Izzy the female lead in ‘Best Fake Day’. How much of Tracey Rogers is in this character?

Thank you I love Izzy too. There is a possibility that I also staged weddings with my toys and spent a lot of time drawing my dream wedding dress. Also my brother’s Action Man made a great groom for my Sindy. You could say I’m also a dreamer like Izzy.

Jack is Izzy’s teenage heart-throb do you believe teenage love can survive a lifetime?

I don’t see why not. I can still remember my first date and my first kiss. Even down to the clothes I was wearing and the smell of my date’s Brut aftershave. I remember more of my teen years than I do of last year. I also met my husband when I had just turned seventeen and we are still together.

Izzy and Jack’s pseudo marriage is Izzy’s ‘Best Fake Day’ do think marriage still has a place in today’s society?

I really hope so! Though it took ten years for my husband and I to get married. I guess as long as you reach your happily ever after, then that’s all that matters. A marriage certificate won’t change that.

After two wonderful books what can we expect next from Tracey Rogers?

I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed my books Jane! This year is very much an open book. Pardon the pun 😉 I currently have a WIP near completion and several other ideas floating around. It’ll be interesting to find out where 2014 takes me!

Here’s an excerpt from Best Fake Day:

BestFakeDay_Medium“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.

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Buy Links:

Beachwalk Press

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

Meet Tracey Rogers:
TraceyRogerspicA devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

Connect with Tracey:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

5* Review Best Fake Day Tracey Rogers

I’m reviewing ‘Best Fake Day’ today here’s the blurb:Best Fake Day
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

Buy Links:

Beachwalk Press

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

My Review:
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Best Fake Day

Tracey Rogers’ latest release Best Fake Day is another 5* read with humorous dialogue and sizzling sex there is nothing fake about the readability of this tender love story.

Izzy Latham is the lynchpin of her once ‘perfect’ family. She has put aside her own happiness to help her talented but highly strung sister and grieving father. When Jack crashes back into her life she wonders if he has come back for her but he hasn’t.

Talked into a ‘fake’ wedding, despite her inherent honesty, to repay her sister’s debt Izzy finds her chance of a happy ever after drifting away. Izzy is likeable and easy to empathise with as she realises honesty is a grey area when your happiness is at a stake.

Jack Carter’s life appears idyllic a successful model turned entrepreneur he has his pick of beautiful woman but his glitzy life masks the pain and resentment of a difficult childhood. He knows he is bad news for Izzy but she is only one who can help him and he can’t resist the burn of the electricity that sparks between them even if it’s only once. Their fake day reveals deep emotions and unveils secrets that force him to reconsider his life plan.

Best Fake Day is an enjoyable read with a heart rendering twist you don’t expect.

Here’s an Excerpt:

‘ “Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”
“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.
“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”
“Then do it,” she demanded.’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Blitz: Best Fake Day Tracey Rogers

BestFakeDay_MediumTracey Rogers’ latest release ‘Best Fake Day’ is another 5* read.

I loved ‘Daring to Wish’ which I gave a 5* review and Best Fake Day is another fabulous unique story.

Here’s a little about ‘Best Fake Day’

Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

Buy links for Best Fake Day:

Beachwalk Press

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

About Tracey Rogers:
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

Contact Tracey:

Website
Facebook
Twitter

Mail to:traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

 ‘Best Fake Day’ Add to Goodreads.

Read my  5*review and an excerpt of ‘Best Fake Day’  here on Thursday.

Writing Journey Update

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As regular First Steps readers know I have written lots of book reviews this week. There are so many good books out at the moment.  If you would like me to post  a review of your latest book here please let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

Daring to Wish_MediumThis week also saw the first author and character interviews on my blog with debut author Tracey Rogers and ‘Daring to Wish’ heroine Eve Ward. I really enjoyed these and would love to interview other authors and their main characters. If you would like to feature on First Steps leave a message for me here or via any of my social media links featured on my website.

I am continuing with my edits for The Dragon Legacy.I hope to have them finished and sent by the weekend. 🙂Dragon Legacy

Have you checked out the first chapters in So You Think You Can Write yet? There are lots of great ones. I  may still enter a chapter as I have until the 9 October I believe, it depends on my edits.  If not I will enjoy supporting those  who have.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Look out for my review of ‘ The Cowboy Rode a Harley’ by Susan Arden tomorrow.

Interview with Eve Ward from ‘Daring to Wish’ Tracey Rogers

Daring to Wish_MediumI have Eve Ward the  feisty heroine of ‘Daring to Wish’ on First Steps today.

Here the blurb for ‘Daring to Wish’

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Hi Eve thanks for visiting my blog.

Thanks for inviting me Jane. I hope this won’t be too revealing. 🙂

Would you describe yourself as an adventurous person?

If by adventurous you mean wearing skyscraper heels then yes…well maybe a little bit.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Except for coming out dressed like a devil? I did have purple hair once. And between me and you I did write this daring wish list recently.

Describe your ideal man.

I would have said dark and slim, but I’ve just spotted this guy at the bar. Can you see him, the tall muscular one with blond hair? Just look at those shoulders! But really someone I can trust would be nice.

Do believe in love at first sight?

I do but I’m still waiting…

Do you believe in ‘Happy Ever After’?

I used to, but now I’m aiming for the happy right now.

Career or family which is your top priority?

A career. I have more chance of getting a new job than I do of having a family *sigh*.

Who’s your favourite fairytale heroine?

Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She’s brave and takes no-nonsense from that Beast no matter how awful he is to her.

Where in the world would you most like to live?

I’ve never travelled but I really want to visit Switzerland.

Are you a cat or dog person?

If I ever have a family I’ll have both.

What’s your favourite sport?

Well I did put skydiving on my list, so who knows…Oops time to go. Great chatting with you Jane. I’ve just drawn the short straw for the next dare. I’ve got to kiss a stranger. Now who do I choose?

They were great answers Eve. I guess if readers want to know more about you they should check out ‘Daring to Wish‘.
Here’s an excerpt:

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“Wait.”

Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.

“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.

Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.

If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.

Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.

“Hmm…” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”

“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.

Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”

“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.

“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.

“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”

“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.

“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”

“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.

He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”

Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”

“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

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Amazon.co.uk

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 I interviewed  Tracey Rogers on  my blog yesterday .  In case you missed it here’s her author bio:

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 A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

You can find me here: http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/
On twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
Or email me at: traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

Or visit my author page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Rogers-Author/197643867052117

Tracey’s next novel is ‘Best Fake Day’ whose cover release was yesterday isn’t it great.

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Interview with Debut Author: Tracey Rogers

This is a first for me and my blog First Steps; an author interview.

I’m thrilled my friend and debut author Tracey Rogers agreed to this interview.TraceyRogerspic

Daring to Wish_Medium  I gave Tracey’s first book ‘Daring to Wish’ released last week, a 5* review.

  Hi Tracey welcome to First Steps.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! So pleased to be sharing ‘Daring to Wish’ with you.

 What influenced your career choice as a writer?

 I never saw it as a career choice as such, more of a sanity saver. I’d had to quit work and studies because of health problems and I hated doing nothing. I had lots of thinking time so to be productive I saw it as an opportunity to explore my love of writing all over again.

What would you like your potential readers to know about Tracey Rogers?

Ooh is this where I pretend to live in a castle? Well my…ahem… ‘castle’ is in Staffordshire UK where I live with my husband and children. I love writing and I hope my words take readers on a journey.

What inspired you to write your debut novel ‘Daring to Wish’?

The inspiration really was one of those ‘what if’ moments. When I thought how life could have been so different by the smallest decision you make. So then came the idea of someone who has a blank canvas of a life and can make changes because they have nothing to lose. So then I had my heroine and an idea of how she could have some fun.

Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?

Although I have a yearning for a writing tree house, I write at home on my comfy sofa.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I write mostly in the mornings during school hours, but I am very much a night owl. I get most of my inspiration just before bedtime.

Tell us a little about ‘Daring to Wish’.

Daring to Wish is about a ‘before I’m thirty’ wish list penned by shy Eve Ward that soon becomes a daring for her eyes only list. She’s determined to make some much-needed changes in her life and when she meets a sexy stranger, perfect for one of those wishes, she starts to earn some much-needed ticks. But it seems too good to be true…Is it?

As a new author have you any tips for other new writers?

Keep reading and be inspired by other authors. It’s a wonderful motivator. And if you are undecided about sending a query or a sub, imagine the worst thing that could ever happen to you in your life and then click send. The worst thing won’t happen. Rejections sting, but they won’t break you. Keep looking for the right home and put into practise any valuable feedback you have. Keep reading, keep writing and have fun doing it.

Have you written any other books being released soon?

Yes! Best Fake Day releases in December.

Where can your readers connect with you on social media?

I love to chat, so feel free to join me here:

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Where can we buy ‘Daring to Wish’?

Daring to Wish is out now and is available at:

Beachwalk Press

Amazon Uk

Amazon.com

Barnes and Noble

 Thank you for having me on your blog Jane!

It’s a pleasure Tracey. Tomorrow I will have Eve Ward, the heroine from ‘Daring to Wish’ here answering my questions. Until then I will leave you with the blurb and a taster of ‘Daring to Wish’:

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What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

‘Daring to Wish’ Excerpt

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“Wait.”

Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.

“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.

Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.

If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.

Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.

“Hmm…” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”

“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.

Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”

“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.

“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.

“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”

“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.

“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”

“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.

He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”

Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”

“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”

Tracey Rogers BioTraceyRogerspic

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

You can find me here: http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/
On twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
Or email me at: traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

Or visit my author page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Rogers-Author/197643867052117

5* Review of ‘Daring to Wish’ Tracey Rogers

Daring to Wish

‘Daring to Wish’ is a page turner you don’t want to end.

The intricately woven story is an easy read. Full of humour and soul-searching amid sizzling romance it has a notable uniqueness.

Eve and Lucas are beautifully crafted characters. So real I felt I knew them the moment we were introduced.

Eve proves ordinary is extraordinary; intelligent, amusing, emotionally fragile, courageous yet lacking in self-esteem. She is a complex fascinating character I instantly empathised with.

Lucas is superficially an alpha male, undeniably hot but with a considerate, intuitive nature he is likeable and attractive as a person.

The steamy love scenes are well written and make you long to be Eve. The romantic encounters are tinged with memorable poignancy. The numerous plot twists keep the reader guessing until the very end whether the couple will dare to wish for what they truly desire.

The story has a great ending.

I recommend ‘Daring to Wish’ to all readers of romance. This story will stay with you when the others have faded away.

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Daring to Wish by Tracey Rogers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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