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The Making of Like a Girl

Like a Girl is now live!

The buy links are at the bottom of this post.

Several factors went into writing Like a Girl. My thoughts started rolling after taking my dog for a walk and seeing a young boy and girl playing in the local schoolyard. They told me they were best friends and I couldn’t help remembering when I was young and had a boy as my best friend. His name was Gordy. We climbed trees, ran wild, and yes, even played football together. I don’t remember thinking I was any different than he was.

Childhood eventually comes to an end and the differences in boys and girls is no longer only biological. We are patterned to behave like a boy or like a girl. Boys are not cheerleaders and girls are not football players.

WAIT RIGHT THERE!

Boys are cheerleaders. So, what about girls?

I took the idea for a story about the first female kicker in pro football to my husband the football fanatic. “No,” he said. “It will never happen.”

I didn’t give up. “But what if she’s a kicker?”

“Hmm. The NFL needs good kickers but I don’t know about a woman.”

Have I ever mentioned how tenacious I am? “They’re the worst team in the NFL and they need a kicker.”

He frowns. “You know kickers aren’t well liked in football.”

“Then she’ll fit right in because the players will hate her.”

“Sounds like you’ve already written the book.”

And… Like a Girl was born. I don’t mind breaking the rules because against all odds, in real life, I graduated from the police academy at the age of 45. I also loved playing football with the boys when I was young. I remember when they no longer wanted to play with me and the heartbreak I felt at realizing I had no chance at a career in football.

Like a Girl is a cross between When Harry Met Sally and Jerry Maguire. It’s humorous, smexy, and a world of fun. I’m not asking you to suspend belief. I’m asking… what if?

PS. My husband has come around in regards to Like a Girl. He says it will be my best-selling book of all time. His suggestions made this book the best it could be. I love this man because he thinks there is nothing I can’t do. 

 

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When Fictional Events Come True

I love writing, imagining story-lines, and taking readers on a mini vacation. Some of the events in my books are based off life experiences and some are 100% imagination. I’m always quite proud of the made up stuff but sometimes I wonder if readers will call me on it and say, “Not gonna happen, too unreal.”

In my book “Kick” (a hot and delicious rugby book) I have a scene where my heroine enters a tavern and asks what types of red wine they have available. The waitress laughs and tells her they have one bottle of red. My heroine asks for a glass and it’s the nastiest wine she’s ever had.

Haha, right?

Last week, my husband and I took a day trip to visit some small mountain communities we’ve wanted to check out for some time. We had lunch at a steakhouse and enjoyed excellent food. An hour after we left, we were in another small town nearby and saw an old western bar with about fifteen cars in the parking lot. They were kicking butt for a Wednesday afternoon.

We decided to check the place out. It was awesome and had a large wooden bar that had exactly two side by side stools available. The place was dark but had lots of character. They had some great signs on the walls and I found myself laughing as I read most of them.

My husband ordered a beer and I ask what type of red wine they had available. All talk in the bar ceased. Every eye turned my way. The bartender walked over to the cash register and grabbed one bottle of wine sitting almost behind the register, wiped the dust off and placed it in front of me.

“This is all the wine we got. You wanna glass?” he asked.

I recognized the brand, I’d passed it in the grocery store plenty of times. It costs about $3.99 a bottle. With everyone watching me, I had to wo-man up.

“Sure,” I said.

The bar tender proceeded to fill my glass to the brim.

“Um, thank you, that’s more wine than I usually get.” (sarcastic understatement)

He nods, turns his back and the guy beside my husband leans in and says, “This ain’t no fancy steakhouse.”

I drank every drop, forced myself not to vomit, and tripped as I walk out the door because I had a glass of wine at lunch and the four additional glasses (combined into one) took me over my limit.

My husband laughed the entire way home. He also said I was the sexiest woman in the joint. Even being the only woman, I took this as a compliment.

If you remember this happening in “Kick” I’m excited to announce the sequel which is about bad boy Van Stelson. So many of you hated him and I had a great time giving him a woman who can out-drink him. “Ruck” will be available November 17th as part of the Mischief Under the Mistletoe Anthology. It’s available in the collection for only a limited time at 99 cents so you want to order your copy soon.

Pre-order now

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mischief-under-the-mistletoe-kristin-miller/1122559499?ean=2940152232103

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mischief-under-the-mistletoe/id1032562884?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/mischief-under-the-mistletoe

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0147H31BG

 

Get Ready To Slam!

completion promoI’m always exhausted by release day but it’s such a great feeling. The blog tour is now underway so I’m not slowing the frantic pace. 77 blogs signed up so my typing fingers are staying busy visiting each site. Thank you bloggers, you humble me with your support. I’ll have a daily list of tour stops at the bottom of this post. I’m giving away some books and Amazon gift cards so be sure to click on at least one stop per day and enter.

#slamsecret
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I’m so very excited about the #slamsecret contest too. I had so much fun coming up with the details and implementing them in the book. Nope, no clues here. I guess my only worry is that no one will figure it out. I ran it past my daughter and she wasn’t sure if she would. She thinks someone will get it though. We’ll see and I wish everyone the best of luck. I’ve never given away $100 in a single shot so this is big for me. Get reading, you have until 02/28/2015 to figure it out. Click here for contest details.

Slam is a little different. I wanted humor, intrigue, and romance. No, don’t worry, I didn’t forget the sex. Holly never forgets the sex 🙂

Tennis darling Olivia Stradmore has a stalker who turns up the fear factor in chapter one. This book is not about him, though. I really wanted the bad guy to take a back seat to the romance. I also wanted a strong, kickass female who faces her fears and grows stronger with the help of gorgeous bodyguard Brack Jacobs. And humor! We all need to laugh and I hope these two bring you some smiles.

Here are the buy links for Slam:

Amazon * iBooks * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

Blog Tour Stops (I’ll add more as the links become active):

1/28/2015

G & Co. Book Blog: http://goo.gl/owKhEs
i love lady porn: http://goo.gl/A6wzdM
MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It: http://goo.gl/xGcwYg
Reading by the Book: http://goo.gl/BoJP6d
Sarah & Kirsty’s Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/9UGn7n
StarAngels Reviews: http://goo.gl/YAUwc5
The Fairest of All Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/O85viB
We Love Kink: http://goo.gl/T5Oglq
Whispered Thoughts: http://goo.gl/UO3zDX
Cathy Brockman Romance http://goo.gl/AwTzqh
Jackies Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/2w2G6u

1/27/2015

Books, Chocolate & Lipgloss: http://goo.gl/1rpGv8
Brenda’s Book Beat: http://goo.gl/cbUQAf
Eye Candy Bookstore: http://goo.gl/pyQJVS
Joyfully Reviewed: http://goo.gl/S2MLjb
Love Bites and Silk: http://goo.gl/I2KX8Q
MOMMAS SECRET BOOK OBSESSION: http://goo.gl/MZjajT
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock: http://goo.gl/mGYb3q
Snugglebooks: http://goo.gl/a475Rp
Two Crazy Bookaholics: http://goo.gl/XFtUKz
United Indie Book Blog: http://goo.gl/etCMVh

1/26/2015

Battery Operated Book Blog: http://goo.gl/XthQAY
ByoBook Club: http://goo.gl/lucvxN
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog: http://goo.gl/llSfNN
Karen’s Book Haven: http://goo.gl/LICsZt
Kirstie’s Passionate About Reading: http://goo.gl/ueJWDA
Ramblings From Beneath the Sheets: http://goo.gl/KAIpxE
Sassy Southern Book Blog: http://goo.gl/KdQqVs
Smile Somebody Loves You: http://goo.gl/Kz95fH
Swoon Worthy Books: http://goo.gl/RjjqYD
Those Crazy Book Chicks: http://goo.gl/a86t06

Thank you for stopping by,

Holly/D’Elen