The Makeover Release Day Blast #RomanticComedy

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ABOUT THE BOOK

TITLE – The Makeover
SERIES – Nerd Girls Love Hard
AUTHOR – Monica Garry-Allen
GENRE – New Adult – Romantic Comedy
PUBLICATION DATE – September 29th, 2014
WORD COUNT – Approx 60,000 words

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BOOK BLURB

Revenge is a dish best served cold… while wearing heels.

April has just learned the real reason behind her boss’ impromptu dinner invitation. He only invited her to dinner with his colleagues to prove a point: that he can show up at an event with a plain Jane and still be considered ‘the man’. She expected better from him and had secretly hoped that one day their friendship would grow into something deeper.

But her two best friends won’t let her wallow in her pain. They convince her to give Dr. Stewart a dose of his own medicine. The plan: show up at the dinner looking irresistible and prove to her boss that even nerd girls can be sexy. But first, she has to replace her unattractive business suits with something sexier and more revealing. It’s time for a makeover.

Dr. Chad Stewart would never ‘really’ date his secretary. She was too good, to pure for someone as jaded as himself. It didn’t matter that he was half in love with her. But when he needed an ‘average date’ for a dinner party she was the first person he turned to. He thought his secretary was the perfect choice until he arrived to find her looking like his wildest fantasy. But now she knows the real reason for his invite and he can see in her eyes how hurt she is.

Can Chad convince her to forgive him for hurting her or will she walk out of his life… taking his heart with her?

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BOOK EXCERPT


“That’s right. Your plan was to use me to advance yourself.”

“That was my plan. I admit it. I was wrong. What can I do to make you forgive me?”

He sounded sincere. The fact that his eyes seemed to be watering as he stared at her longingly confirmed the sincerity she heard in his voice. But she wouldn’t fall for it. She wouldn’t let him in, only to be hurt by him again in the future.

“There is nothing I want from you. There is nothing I want you to do other than to take me home, right now.” Those blasted tears were threatening to fall again. “Please just take me home.” Her voice broke on the last word. Chad held his hands up, surrendering to her demand.

“If you really want to go home, I will take you home. Just please answer one question for me?”

She didn’t want to answer any questions, but if it would get her home sooner she would.

“What is the question?”

“When I touch you, do you feel anything?”

Where had that question come from?
“Um…”

“I’m not finished. When we sip coffee together each morning, do you ever get the feeling that maybe we’re meant to be together? I know it sounds crazy, but even tonight, with everything that is going on, does a part of you feel the need to hold me and never let me go?”

Yes, yes, yes, that was exactly how she felt.
How did he know? A sob escaped her lips. She put her hands over her face. She didn’t want to look at him. She didn’t want to hope that maybe he really felt those things he’d just said. Hope led to disappointment and she’d had enough disappointment in her life already. She couldn’t risk placing her hope in Chad. He’d already let her down once.

The sound of gravel crunching let her know he was taking a step closer to her. She took a step back, suddenly very aware of his presence. Sobbing into her hands, afraid to look up, she continued to walk backward and he continued to follow her.

Her back connected with something hard. She leaned back and felt the rough touch of tree bark against her exposed shoulders. Chad wrapped one arm around her waist and pulled her forward. His hand settled at the small of her back. He used his other hand to massage her shoulders. The feel of his hands on her bare skin made her tremble. Why did she want him so much?

“I messed up, April. If you give me another chance, I promise to never do anything like this again. Forgive me, please.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Author Monica Garry-Allen is a Clinical Laboratory Technician by day and a Romance writer by night. Since she’s a part of the medical field a lot of her characters have jobs as Doctors, Nurses, Laboratory Scientist and etc.

When she’s not working she enjoys reading, writing, and shopping. Cooking however, is not one of her hobbies. But thankfully her husband enjoys creating tasty meals therefore there’s no chance of her starving.

She enjoys traveling though she’s not much of an outdoors person. Give her an air-conditioned room, a good book, a cup of coffee and she’s in heaven.

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Coming soon from Monica Garry-Allen: Christmas Confusion (A New Adult Romantic Comedy)

~It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.~

Release date: 11/3/14.

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Release Day Blast: Let’s Move On by Deborah Nam-Krane #MustRead

BOOK FOUR

 

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Let’s Move On
By Deborah Nam-Krane

Zainab has spent years keeping Emily from going over the edge, giving Miranda a shoulder to cry on and nursing Jessie back to health. They’ll be the first to agree that she deserves whatever makes her happy, especially after the drama Richard put her through. But did she have to choose the guy who threw everyone’s lives into the shredder?

Richard knows he screwed up and he’d do anything to get Zainab back, but first he needs to make sure his company—and his loyal employees—don’t go under. (Who knew kicking your primary investor to the curb would have consequences?) Good thing his family has such deep pockets; too bad he doesn’t want to take a cent from them. Why should Zainab take him back if he can’t get out of his own way?

Maybe Zainab can eat her cake and have it too—that is, until she’s given an ultimatum. The choice isn’t Lover A or B; it’s protecting her friends or letting them fend for themselves. With that hanging over her head, what’s it going to take to make sure she and everyone else can finally move on?

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EXCERPT

Zainab was laughing a few hours later as she stretched out in bed. “You continue to be full of surprises.”

Robert rested his head on the pillow and took some deep breaths. “Come on, that wasn’t really a surprise, was it?”

“I don’t usually get that dressed up just to go to bed.” She flipped over and smiled. “Or is that sort of a Catch-22? Would we not have ended up in bed if I hadn’t been so dressed up?”

Robert sighed. “I think you’re just trying to get me to admit that I had this planned.”

“I know you’re intrusive, I don’t think you’re manipulative.”

“No, they’re not manipulative either, although at least one of them is intrusive at any given point—”

“I meant, what do they think of me?”

“You know exactly what they think of you, and I’d say it shouldn’t be something that should concern you.”

“It doesn’t, except that I don’t like the idea of you leaving and then going to a house full of people who can’t stop telling you how wrong I am for you.”

“First of all,” she said, playing with his chin, “you’re getting really sloppy. Jessie isn’t living with me—”

“But she’s around enough—and no, I have not been driving by your house.”

“Second of all, they have no idea.”

“Really?” Robert said, smiling as he looked her over. “Because Emily is pretty sharp. Annoying, but sharp. Miranda could maybe use a little more time at school—”

“Miranda isn’t stupid.”

“She just has lousy taste.”

“Don’t we all?”

“If you think that, then why are
you here?”

“Why shouldn’t I be, Robert?”

He smiled. “Because of Jessie. Because of everyone else. Because of Richard. Because to the untrained eye it might look like I broke you up on purpose—”

“I know that’s not what happened.”

“So am I forgiven?”

“It’s not an issue.”

“Why don’t you care?”

“What do you want? You want me to be really mad so you can have an excuse to feel bad? Do you think you should feel bad?”

“Let’s just say I don’t usually conduct my investigations that way.”

Zainab raised her eyebrow. “I know you were here with Jessie.”

“And that doesn’t bother you?”

“How bothered would you like me to
be?”

“I don’t want you to be bothered, but I want you to care.”

“Why? Do you care about Richard?”

“No, but I do think he can’t be nearly as smart as he thinks he is to let you go.”

“He didn’t let me do anything—I left on my own. I was with him by choice.”

He kissed her. “And now you’re with me. By choice.”

“Now you’re getting the hang of it.”

“So why did you choose me?”

“Because I like you, Robert. But why do we need to look at it so closely?”

He rolled on top of her. “True, when there are so many better things we could do with our time.”

 

 

BOOK ONE
The Smartest Girl in
the Room
Nineteen year old Emily wants her college diploma fast, and she’s going to get it. But when the perfect night with perfect Mitch leads her to a broken heart, Emily is blind to her vulnerability. When the person she cares about the most is hurt as a result, Emily’s ambition gives way to more than a little ruthlessness. She’s going to use her smarts to take care of herself and protect the people she loves, and everyone else had better stay out of her way. But shouldn’t the smartest girl everyone knows realize that the ones she’d cross the line for would do the same for her?
 
BOOK TWO
The Family You Choose
Miranda Harel has been in love with her guardian Alex Sheldon since she was five years old, and Michael Abbot has despised them both for just as long. When Miranda finds out why she wants both men out of her life for good and questions everything she believed about where and who she came from. Finding out the truth will break her heart. Without family or true love, will her friends be enough to bring her back?

 
BOOK TWO AND A HALF
An Engagement: A New
Pioneers Short Story
Annabelle Hendrickson always knew Alex Sheldon couldn’t be trusted, but even she couldn’t have guessed how far he was willing to go to get what he wanted.
No one was as decent as her brother Jim, but Stephen Abbot had a kind soul behind his mischief. She could accept his reprobate father- he’d be dead soon anyway- but she would never accept his longtime friendship with Alex, her father Gerald’s ambitious employee. Annabelle knew it was just a matter of time before he stepped on someone she cared about.
What a pity she didn’t realize who that person would be—and who was going to give him the opportunity.
What happened to Michael Abbot and Richard Hendrickson’s parents in 1980 is going to affect everyone three decades later.
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BOOK THREE
The China Doll
Hypocrisy, half truths and lies…
Sick of being treated like she’s going to break, Jessie Bartolome is back to her old ways and calling everyone on their hypocrisy. Sheesh! One little breakdown and even easygoing Martin Shepard thinks she’s too fragile to handle their age difference. Good thing her older and equally yummy teaching assistant Robert Lester thinks otherwise…right?
After spending so long cleaning up after everyone else, Jessie’s cousin Richard has never had the time to start a life of his own. However had he managed to find his girlfriend Zainab? So what is Richard going to do now that everyone else has grown up? Marry Zainab and start a family? Things have never been that easy for a Hendrickson…just ask his cousin Michael.
Richard’s mother, Lucy, is one of the most powerful women in Boston… so when is she going to put a stop to the blackmail ruthless Alex Sheldon has been holding over her for years? And if Richard knows more than he’s letting on, why hasn’t he gone after Alex himself?
The question is, how much does he- or anyone else- really know?
Welcome to the Bartolome/Hendrickson family.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah Nam-Krane is a writer living in Boston proper who has been storytelling since she was a little girl and writing those stories down since she was eight. Any given day will find her reading, writing, reviewing, editing and, just for fun, homeschooling her children.
Let’s Move On is the fourth installment of the New Pioneers series, the sequel to The Smartest Girl in the Room (March 2013), The Family You Choose (September 2013), An Engagement: A New Pioneers Short Story (March 2014) and The China Doll (March 2014).
Deborah is currently editing Book Five, The Golden Boy Returns. That
book will be set in the world of Boston and Massachusetts politics, and her job
will be to tone down the true stories she’s heard so they seem believable. And
because she just can’t stay away from her characters, she’s already started
working on the To Be Titled Book Six, a Romantic Suspense.

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GIVEAWAY
$10 Amazon gift card
5 copies of both The Smartest Girl in
the Room
and The Family You Choose