Round & Ravishing

#FiveOnFriday with Me!

My guest author for today wasn’t able to provide a post, but it works out for me because I wanted to share something with you!

I’ve teamed up with 55+ fantastic medium to steamy small town contemporary romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!  You can win my novel, Plump & Pretty, plus books from authors like Marie Force and Carly Phillips! 

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/small-town-rom-2

Good luck, and enjoy!

But it is Five On Friday, so I wanted to share a few things about the Big & Beautiful series that you might not know!

  1. I wrote the first eight books out of order. Plump & Pretty was actually the fourth book I wrote, even though it falls sixth in the series. Shapely & Stunning was eighth. The first book I wrote was Chubby & Charming though.
  2. I had no idea Tara and Olivia knew each other until I wrote the epilogue for Puffy & Precious. On top of that, I didn’t know why they weren’t friends anymore until I wrote about it in Round & Ravishing.
  3. When I first envisioned Abby, she was a skinny woman, and she was not going to end up as one of the friends with a book. By the time I revised Fluffy & Fabulous, I liked Abby enough that I wanted to give her a story of her own.
  4. I didn’t know Olivia’s full story until I started writing Curvaceous & Captivating. I knew she was divorced, but I wasn’t sure why her ex left.
  5. My two favorite couples have been Carrie and Drew, from Husky & Hot, and Olivia and Ethan, from Curvaceous & Captivating. They were the two that extracted the most emotion for me.

If you haven’t checked out the series yet, Chubby & Charming is free everywhere! And don’t forget to enter the contest to win one of two copies of Plump & Pretty, plus over 55 books from other steamy, small town contemporary authors.

I’m still celebrating release week today. Stop by and say hi to me and Ann Everett!

Have a great Friday!

Round & Ravishing, so sweet

It appears all the Amazon issues are behind us. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Again, I do apologize for what happened and will make sure it never happens again. 

Sometimes there’s a guy who’s so sweet you can’t help but adore him. I think Noah is that guy. It’s his job to take care of kids, but he’s just sweet enough to risk a toothache. Oh, but it would be worth it!

Excerpt from Round & Ravishing

“Is she your girlfriend?” a little girl that reminded be of Becca with her blonde pigtails and big blue eyes asked.

Noah winked at me and knelt in front of her. “I’m just friends with her. But see, I’m lonely since you’re still too young for me. In another ten years I’m all yours, Lucy.”

She giggled and hugged him tight. She surprised me when she hugged me then beckoned me down to her level with her little finger.

“Yes, Lucy?”

“You’re pretty. But Noah promised he’d marry me if I got better.”

I nodded solemnly, not willing to laugh at the adorable little girl. “Do you think it’s okay if I spend some time with him until you’re old enough to marry him?”

She nodded. “Yes, but only if you don’t marry him.”

“I promise, Lucy.”

When I stood again, Noah slid his arm around my waist. “You’re good with kids, aren’t you?”

I nodded. “I like kids. They’re a lot of fun.”

“Do you want kids some day?”

“I think I’d like that. Unfortunately I’m not sure that day will ever come.”

“Why not?” Noah asked, stopping me in front of a painting that had red, black, and yellow smears of paint covering a canvas.

I shrugged. “I’m not settled yet, or even close. A lot of my friends are starting to have kids and I feel like I’m so far from where they are. I’m thrilled for them because it’s what they want, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get there.”

“I’m sure you will.” We kept walking and Noah slipped his hand into mine.

“Do you want kids?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know. I love them, obviously, but I’d see the face of my child in every patient I’m afraid. I think I’d be terrified to miss something in my own kid.”

“I’ve always thought of life as a series of events that you can choose how they effect you. If you hide from life because of fear, you’ll regret all the things you missed out on. If you live every day as though it was a chance to share something with another person, even if that person is only in your life for a short time, you’ll be a lot happier.”

Noah stopped and turned me toward him. “Is that how you live your life, Tara?”

His voice dipped low and rumbled down my spine, eliciting a reaction from every inch of my body. I wanted to grab his hand and run out of there, living my life just a little more. But we couldn’t leave until Noah had spoken to everyone, so I had to answer the question.

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Round & Ravishing, release day

As long as you aren’t an Amazon reader, you’ve already gotten your preordered copy of Round & Ravishing. If you are an Amazon reader, I promise, the book is not four pages long. It’s much longer than that, and it’s coming. I honestly don’t know what’s going on.

Here’s what I can tell you…

  • Policies changed and I didn’t realize it. I missed the deadline.
  • I uploaded the final manuscript as soon as possible.
  • Every retailer besides Amazon had the final manuscript sent out to their readers.

But it’s still release day. It’s coming to those of you who have been waiting and haven’t gotten it yet. I’m sorry. I truly am. I understand being frustrated when you’ve been waiting this long. I’m trying to get it to you, but I can’t do anything at this point. It’s all just a waiting game with Amazon.

If you’re still at all interested though, I have an excerpt for you…

From Round & Ravishing

Three snowballs hit me before I saw where they were coming from. I launched one in his direction but it blew apart long before it hit him. The second one stayed together, but it didn’t make it anywhere near close to him. I moved closer to him and heard him laugh as he ran toward me.

“You’ll never get me!” he teased as he ran right past me, dodging the snowballs I threw toward him. He hit me in the leg, in the arm, and on my back before I ran out of snowballs.

“This isn’t fair. I don’t even know how to make a snowball,” I whined, hoping he’d take pity on me.

“I thought you grew up here.”

“I did, but I didn’t have a brother to have a snowball fight with. You need to show me how to make good snowballs.”

He stepped out from behind a tree a few yards away. “Is this a trap?”

I shook my head, my face expressionless and innocent. He moved closer cautiously. When he was standing next to me he bent to get a handful of snow and I smashed the snowballs I had in my hands in his face.

“What the hell?” he sputtered, spitting out snow and laughing. I ran away, cackling that I’d managed to trick him.

He chased me and tackled me to the ground, pinning me beneath his large frame. The snow was cold beneath me, but when he pressed his lips to mine, I forgot all about the snow.

He kissed me deep, his tongue eagerly stroking mine. I felt him harden against my hip and slid my glove-free hand into his hair, needing to feel his skin on mine. He unzipped my jacket and palmed my breast, tugging my shirt up to expose my breast. I hesitated for about a minute, but dismissed my concerns. He lived at the end of a dead-end street and we were in the backyard. No one would see us.

Then he pushed back and flashed me a smile that was pure devil.

And shoved a handful of snow in my bra.

Q&A Sunday: Characters IRL

I shared this secret with those of you on my weekly newsletter, but for everyone else, I wanted to answer Aliana’s question…

You mentioned in another post that the physical description of Graham from “Puffy & Precious” reminded you of Dwayne Johnson.  Do your other characters remind you of other famous people?  Or do you have stock images of all your characters?

The short answer is it depends. Of course!

The long answer is I have pictures of every character. Some are pictures in my head, but for almost all of them, I take the picture in my head and find a person online.

I’ve found stock photos for some people. But most stock photos don’t exactly match my vision for who my characters are.

So I turn to Pinterest!

Yes, Graham was Dwayne Johnson, in my mind. Noah is Scott Eastwood. The other Big & Beautiful guys were stock photos, but Pinterest is a lot more fun.

Tattoos. 

Sexy grins. 

Shirtless men. 

Pinterest has it all!

Thanks so much, Aliana, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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Round & Ravishing, first kiss

In only one week, Round & Ravishing will be available! I am so excited!

Tara and Noah have a steamy, sexy connection off the bat. From their first kiss, it’s clear to Tara that Noah isn’t just some guy. He’s someone different. Someone she wants to spend a little more time with. And she’s happy to do just that!

Excerpt from Round & Ravishing

“Tara,” he said, his eyes sparkling. “It suits you.”

I lifted an eyebrow. “How so?”

He shrugged. “No nonsense. Not frilly. Strong.”

“How do you know if I’m any of those things?”

“I can sense things about people.”

“What kind of things?”

He leaned closer. “Well, first, I know you’re dying to finally sit on this stool we’re both hovering around. Second, I know you’re here tonight because you’re trying to get away from something or someone. Third, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t slap me if I tried to kiss you, but you really don’t want me to in the middle of such a public place.”

I slid on the stool, inching my body closer to his. He laughed and stood so I had room to sit. I turned toward him and my hands went to the front of his Henley and he stopped laughing. His eyes darkened and held mine as my fingers worked their way up to his shoulders and around his neck. He leaned toward me as I pulled him in. He didn’t pause or wait for me to meet him halfway. He just claimed my lips.

Damn could he kiss.

His lips were warm against mine. Soft. His hands fell to my hips and tugged me against his body. He wasn’t much taller than me, but not many men were. At 5’10”, kissing could get awkward, but with Noah it was perfect. He was perfect.

Then his tongue traced the seam of my lips and I stopped thinking.

I opened for him, reaching for his tongue with my own. He tasted like beer but smelled like heaven. His masculine scent filled me as his erection filled the space between us. His tongue swept through my mouth, tasting me, exploring. He wasn’t in a hurry to slow things down and I was more than happy to let him take his time. When he started to ease back, he kissed me again once, then dove right back in for another toe-curling kiss that left me panting, completely oblivious to the scene we were making on a bar stool.

“I might have to take you home with me tonight,” he whispered against my lips when we finally came up for air. “If you kiss like that, I don’t think I can pass up a chance to find out how we would be in bed.”

I grinned. “I thought you were going to buy me a drink.”

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