Updated Private Policy

If you’re subscribed to a website, you’ve likely received numerous emails with updated Private Policies from wherever you’re a subscriber. As such, I’ve updated mine to stay GDPR compliant. You can view my Private Policy by clicking here.

It mainly explains what type of data/information is collected when you visit my site. If you’re a subscriber who receive emails by subscribing to my site and you feel uncomfortable with the data/information that is collected, you may unsubscribe to my site at any time.

Thank You,

Steph

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GIVEAWAY: Shaded With Love Birthday Fun

As most of you know by now, June 18th is a big day for us here! Not only is it the day I came into the world, but it’s also the day E L James decided Christian Grey would be born, too! Fun, right? I absolutely love sharing a birthday with our favorite, twitchy-palmed book boyfriend, and as such, I’ve put together a fun giveaway to celebrate our birthdays!

One lucky commenter on this post will win a copy of the adult coloring book, Shaded With Love Volume 2, and a set of colored pencils! All you have to do is comment below with a memory from your childhood! Who else colored those color-by-number pages growing? *raises hand* Did anyone else feel like a rebel when coloring with a different color than suggested? *raises hand*

My awesome Love in the City themed page in Shaded With Love Volume 2:

Good Luck!

Thank you so much for following me and my writing career, and subscribing to my website. Your loyalty and support mean the most. Please feel free to share this post with your book friends! I also have some giveaways going on in my Nuss Navy group on Facebook, so be sure to join in on the fun over there, too!

Happy Fun Day Sunday! I’m off to consume ice cream cake for all of my meals today!

xo,

Steph

COVER REVEAL: Shaded With Love Vol 3

 
Title: Shaded with Love ~ Volume 3 ~ A Coloring Book For A Cause
Author: Jessica Hildreth
Release Date: July 1st, 2017
Genre: Adult Coloring Book
 
 
 
  
Join us in the fight against suicide! Shaded with Love ~ Volume 3 is a special multi author, blogger and photographer collaboration. This adult coloring book includes a unique page designed just for each participant! Enjoy pages by your favorite authors, blogs and photographers…or maybe find someone who is new to you! 100% of proceeds from this book will be donated The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help fund the battle against suicide.
Participants include (in alphabetical order):
A.M. Johnson, Amanda Lanclos, Amanda Leigh, Amanda Renee “Anastasia Marie”, Angie M. Brashears, Anna Erishkigal, Anne Mercier, Aurelia Fray, Avery Hart, B.L. Berry, Benton Bitches Book Page, Belinda Boring, Books and Boys Book Blog, Brandy Ayers, C.M. Steele, Charlie Lee, Chelle C. Craze, Christine Hughes, Courtney Shockey, Darlene Tallman, Diana Marie DuBois, Diva Does 4 Good, Drew Elyse, Elizabeth York, Em Frances, Erin Lee, For the Love of Books & Alcohol, For the Love of Books & Author Events, Ginger Ring, Gwyn McNamee, Heather Anne, Heidi McLaughlin, HJ Bellus, Hollis Canon, Hot Books & Sassy Girls Book Blog, Imy Santiago, Isabella Rose Norton, Isabelle Peterson, J. L. Perry, J.C. Valentine, J.L. Drake, Jaci Wheeler, Jacquelyn Ayres, JaM Book Blog, Jamie Garrett, Jasmine Carolina, JC Santo, Jennifers Taking A Break, Jillian Anselmi, K. Renee, Kate Benson, Kate Lynne, Katharina LeBoeuf, Kay Thorn, Kiarra M. Taylor Kirsty-Anne Still, Kristine Dugger, Lauren Firminger, Leigh Ann Lunsford, Little Shop of Readers, LK Collins, Loves Great Reads, Lynnette Brisia, M.C. Webb, M.L. Steinbrunn, M.S. L.R., Maria Vickers, MariaLisa deMora Marie Skye, Mary B Moore, Mia Kayla, Mignon Mykel, ML Preston, ML Rodriguez, Muriel Garcia, Nicki Rae, Nikki Sparxx, PJ Fiala, Reading by the Book, Reading AfteR Dark, Olivia Savage, Roux Cantrell, Ruthie Henrick, S. Van Horne, Sam Destiny, Shane Robert, Skye Turner, Stacey Johnston, Steph Nuss, Stephanie Rose, Susan’s Books I Like, Sweet &
Spicy Reads, T.K. Leigh, Terri E. Laine, The world was hers for the reading, Theresa Hissong, Thia Finn, TJ Penn, Tracy Millosovich, Twinsie Talk Book Reviews, Verlene Landon, Vicki Green, Winter Travers, Zach chopchinski
  

 

   
Jessica is the creative mind behind Potty Mouth, the best
coloring book you will ever get your hands on. She is the visual book cover
genius behind many of the bestselling books on the market today.
When she isn’t creating mind blowing graphic arts, you can
find her at local coffee shops, tattoo parlors or more often than not, at home
being mommy to the 6 kids she shares with her husband Scott.
 
 
 

 

New Release + Signings

I’m so excited to announce that Shaded With Love Volume 2 is now available on Amazon and all proceeds will go to St. Jude’s! The pages that Jessica designed for each of us involved look absolutely amazing, so you do not want to miss out on this coloring book! Spend hours relaxing while you color the day away! And what’s even more exciting: it’s already a #1 best-seller on Amazon!

Be sure to like the Shaded With Love Facebook Page because lots of takeovers have already be going on throughout release day and will continue into this evening, which means lots of giveaways! I wasn’t able to participate as I worked all day and the evening time slots were spoken for already, but don’t let that deter you from participating in the release day party on the page! It’s sure to be a blast!

Next, I promised you signing talk! I recently had back-to-back signings these past two weekends in March, and I had a wonderful time at both! First, I was in Kansas City for Kinky in KC 2017, where I was able to meet the wonderful Laurelin Paige! She’s one of my favorite authors, and just getting to talk shop with her in regards to writing and book covers was a dream come true. If you haven’t read her books yet or had an opportunity to meet her, I highly recommend it! Thia Finn sat near me, and she was so entertaining throughout the day; I hope I get to see her again at another signing in the future! It was also fun being able to actually DRIVE to a book signing! Kansas City is only four hours away from my hometown, so it was nice not having to worry about flying and packing all my books and swag a certain way to make it all fit! I’m definitely looking forward to KIKC in 2018!

My second signing took place in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Authors in the City event! The list of amazing people I met there is endless! I started off by meeting some bloggers and authors, some that were new to me, some that I’ve been friends with for months, and they were so friendly and fun, I’m thankful to have finally met them in person! Stephanie and all her gals at Stephanie’s Book Reports put on an amazingly, well-organized event that I’m so grateful they gave me the opportunity to attend or else I wouldn’t have made the connections with the authors and readers that I did! Isabelle Peterson has the most bubbly personality I’ve ever seen and I absolutely love her for it; she can bring a smile to your face no matter what! Samantha Chase has the best swag (i.e. chiclet gum in the small rectangular boxes with her book covers on the outside so they look like tiny books! GENIUS!) I met a fellow author and ginger, Rachel Lacey, and I’m so excited to read her books; definitely check them out if you haven’t yet. Sidonia Rose and Mr. Sidonia Rose were an absolute joy to sit across from, and it’s been awesome following them to each of the same three signings we’ve all been to this year. And…you guys, I finally got to meet Sawyer Bennett and she even knew who I was when I introduced myself. I could have died right there. She’s one of the women in this industry that I seriously look up to, and it was wonderful to finally meet her in person. She’s been so supportive of my writing career, donating to my release day parties and allowing me to takeover in her Facebook group. I definitely crossed off a bucket list item when I got to hug her! Fingers crossed I get to attend AITC 2018!

But the absolute best part of book signings: meeting all the readers! Your love and passion for reading brings me joy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I love getting to talk books with you and connecting with you over our mutual love of reading. I love watching as you meet your favorite author in person and the elation that comes over you, because I’ve experienced that too (see above comment about Sawyer Bennett and several others)! I love putting faces to names I’ve seen here on my website or on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, and getting to know you on an all new level, even if we’re not discussing books. I love that even if you haven’t read my books, you’re willing to listen to me tell you about them and possibly check them out in the future. I love that you stop at my table just to tell me you love my book covers. I love that you share your book blogger information, because I truly do want to follow you everywhere and include you in everything I do because if it weren’t for book bloggers, I wouldn’t even be attending book signings. So, you, the reader, make these events the true magic that they are, and I thank each and every one of you who attends! If you haven’t been able to attend a book signing, I highly recommend that you do. You will meet people who are just like you, who love to read just as much as you do, and you will love it!

With that all being said, I’m also so happy to be home. I’m done traveling for the year which means my sole focus can be on writing more books! I’m taking a small break to relax and catch up on some reading, and then I’ll be writing my little heart out like crazy for the rest of the year in hopes of getting the last two Love in the City books in your hands, where they deserve to be!

I think that’s all for now! I hope you check out the authors I’ve mentioned above if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to grab the #1 best-selling coloring book on Amazon, Shaded With Love Volume 2!

Happy reading (and coloring)!

xo,

Steph

Cover Reveal: Shaded With Love Vol 2

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Shaded with Love Vol.2 Cover Reveal

Release Date: March 15th, 2017

Cover Designer: Jessica Hildreth at Creative Book Concepts

120 authors, bloggers and photographers are proud to reveal the cover for Shaded with Love Vol. 2! We are so excited for all of you to get your hands on this awesome project, and benefit an amazing organization at the same time! 100% of proceeds from Shaded with Love Vol. 2 will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After the success of Shaded with Love Vol. 1 we decided to carry on the project, with a new coloring book releasing every quarter of the year. Each coloring book volume will benefit a new charity, have new pages and new author, blogger and photographer participants. Volume 1 published in November 0f 2016, Volume 2 will be published March 15th, Volume 3 is due to release in June 2017, and Volume 4 will be in September 2017.

List of participating authors, bloggers and photographers:

A is for Alpha B is for Books, A.K. Layton, Abigail M, AJ Warner, Alexandria Sure, Alice K. Wayne, AM Creations, Amy Marie, Angie M. Brashears, Anna Brooks, Anne Mercier, Aurelia Fray, Author and Reader Services by Lucky 13, Avery Hart, Beantown Bitches Book Page, Belinda Boring, Book Boyfriends Rock, Book Lovers Down Under, Book Teaser Pleaser, Books and Boys Book Blog, Cat Mason, Celia Aaron, Charlie Lee, Chelsea Camaron, Christine Hughes, Courtney Shockey, Crystal Perkins, Danielle Pearl, DD Lorenzo, Delaney Foster, Delilah Frost, Elizabeth York, Ellie Masters, Emersyn Vallis, Faith Andrews, Faith Gibson, FG Adams, Freya Barker, Gia Riley & Marni Mann, Gillian Jones, Ginger Ring, Gwyn McNamee, HJ Bellus, iScream Books Blog, J.A. O’Donoghue, J.L. Baldwin, J.L. Drake, J.M. Walker, Ja low, JaM Book Blog, Jamie Garrett, Jenika Snow, Jennifer Lassalle Edwards, Jennifers Taking A Break, Jessica Gibson, Jillian anselmi, JJ The Book Boss, Kay Renee, Kacey Shea, Kat Mizera, Katharina LeBoeuf, Kayla, Kerri Ann, KL Donn, KL Myers, Kristine Dugger, Little Shop of Readers, Lori Ann Gerlisky, Love Infinity Book Blog, Lucian Bane, M. Dauphin & H.Q. Frost, M. Never, M.A. Stone, M.C. Decker, M.L. Steinbrunn, Magan Vernon, Mandy Bee, MariaLisa deMora, Michelle Rene, Mindy Carter, Molly McLain, Moxie North, Nicola Rendell, Night and Day Book Blog, Nikki Sparxx, Once Upon An Alpha, PJ Fiala, Reading After Dark, Reviews by Reds, Rhonda James, RLS Model Images Photography, Romancing Reads, Rose Silverstone, Rosemary Willhide, Roux Cantrell, RplusMphoto, Ruthie Henrick, Ryan Michele, S. Ferguson, S. Van Horne, S.R. Grey, Shawnté Borris, Southern Belle Book Blog, Stacey Johnston, Steph Nuss, Stephanie Rose, Susan’s Books I Like, Sweet & Spicy Reads, Taryn Steele, TC Matson, Theresa Hissong, Theresa Sederholt, Tiffani Lynn, TL Swan, Tracy Millosovich, Trinity Hanrahan, Twinsie Talk, Verlene Landon, Vicki Green, Xana Jordan

I’m so excited to be part of this amazing group of the writing community, and I cannot wait for you to get this coloring book! Thank you, Jessica, for designing our pages and putting this all together! You’re Super Woman!

Follow us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/shadedwithlove

For more information on Shaded with Love Vol. 1 click here: http://amzn.to/2lQT8XQ

To learn more about St. Jude’s click here: www.stjude.org

To learn more about Free2Luv click here: www.free2luv.org

Be sure to check out my Facebook page later tonight for a special March giveaway including several authors and bloggers and lots of amazing prizes! If you would please, I’d also really appreciate any shares for our coloring book’s cover reveal to help spread the word! I’ve sent the Amazon gift cards to the winners from my previous post on Sunday. Thank you all so much for participating and for all the love and support; it truly means a lot!

Happy Reading!

Xo,

Steph

Challenged By You is LIVE!

Hey everyone,

Happy release day! Paige’s day has finally come, and her story is now available on all platforms, even debuting at #90 on iBooks’ Romance Top Paid 100! So, if you haven’t yet, please check out the links below to get your copy of Challenged By You today! The reviews have been fantastic so far, and I cannot wait to read more of what you all think of Paige and Drake’s story. I put honest to God tears into writing their story, but I can say that it is truly my best work to date; I’m very proud of it. Check out what others are saying about it below, and don’t forget to head on over to my Facebook page to enter the giveaway!

BUY LINKS:
Amazon
iBooks
Kobo
Nook

BLOGGER FEEDBACK:

“Challenged by You is one of those stories that will remain with you for a long time. It is going to burrow into your heart, break it just a little, and make it swell with love. Steph Nuss tackles a difficult topic in this book and she does it beautifully.” – Malissa at Reads All the Books

“It’s an emotional roller coaster, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I experienced a gamut of emotions throughout this book including laughter and tears. I read this book in one sitting, and literally could not put it down even when I had tears streaming down my face.” Kathryn at Ebook Indulgence

“If you are looking for a book that will cause you to cry and I mean UGLY cry this is your book.You can enjoy this book with a cup of coffee in a nice custom wood furniture room. My heart was an emotional mess while reading this book. Was it worth it? 100% yes and I don’t generally enjoy books that gut me.” – Venus at Bedknobs and Book Babes

I’d like to extend a HUGE thanks to Southern Belle Promotions for hosting my release day blitz and all the book bloggers who participated in helping make today such a special occasion by spreading the word about Challenged By You! The blog tour will start September 4th! I’m so grateful for the SBP girls for putting everything together and making sure the book bloggers have everything they need, but if I missed personally thanking one of you, please know your post didn’t go unnoticed and that I greatly appreciate it!

I’d also like to thank my sailors in my Nuss’ Navy group on Facebook! I spent the whole day working at my other job, and you all strived to share my release in places I wouldn’t have even thought about sharing it, so thank you for being the best group of readers a girl can rely on when she’s working to make that money! It means so much to me! If you’re not part of the group and would like to be click here!

Lastly, to you, the readers, thank you so much for taking a chance on Paige’s story. For wanting her story be told so much that you sent me encouraging messages over the past year asking about her. I know it’s a tough one to read, as you can tell from the snippets of the reviews above and from what I’ve already mentioned about it. If you’ve gone through something similar to Paige or know someone who has or simply fear the same fears, just know that I wrote this story for you, so you could have a character you could relate to, to laugh and cry with even when times get tough.

Happy Reading!

Xo,

Steph

P.S. – The rest of the series is still on sale, so please be sure to grab them while they’re so cheap! It won’t last too much longer!

LITC_Now Available

Cherished By You Blog Tour + New Excerpt

 Today kicks off the start of Cherished By You’s blog tour, and I’m so excited to read all the bloggers’ reviews of Cherished By You! As many of you know, one the greatest ways to support an author is by leaving a review for their books wherever you purchased it. I try to make it a point to read every review, whether it’s on a sales platform (Amazon, iBooks, etc.) or Goodreads, because I love growing from the feedback from readers. I feel, as a writer, that’s what we should take away most from reviews, how our audience feels about our work, how we can improve said work and what we should keep doing to entertain our fans. I know not everyone is going to enjoy every book I write. You’re going to have a couple you love more than others, or a storyline that captivated you more so than another’s in the series. And that’s okay. But I want to know how you feel regardless. It will make me a better writer, and that’s what I strive for each time I start writing a new book. So, thank you to those of you who have already left reviews! To those of you who haven’t yet, I encourage you to please consider leaving a review once you’ve finished reading Cherished By You; I’d greatly appreciate it! And a special thanks to all the blogs who participate this week in Cherished By You’s Blog Tour (October 11th-17th)! Thank you for taking the time to create your blog posts, write your reviews, and share my new release with your followers! And thank you to Southern Belle Promotions for hosting my release day blitz and blog tour for Cherished By You! Enjoy the new excerpt below from Chapter Three, and don’t forget to check out Cherished By You’s soundtrack, its awareness page and the clothes/scenes boards!
“I can’t believe you agreed to live with a woman,” Cash said, sitting down on the couch in my living room with a beer in his hand.
It was Saturday afternoon, and most of the gang was over at my place, waiting for Tessa and her brother to arrive so we could help move all of her stuff in. Maverick and Harper were at home with their baby girl, Seghen, and Paige had a work function with a client.
I really couldn’t believe it either. I’d never had a roommate before who wasn’t some sort of family member, but I knew I didn’t want Tessa living in some dilapidated hole in Grand Concourse again. Just hearing her talk about growing up there pissed me off.
“Living with a woman isn’t so bad,” Carter stated proudly, with his arm slung over Elly’s shoulder. “They make the place smell good. They’re nice to look at.”
“They cook,” Fletcher added, rubbing Bayler’s thigh. They weren’t living together yet, but they stayed together enough that he enjoyed the benefits of Bayler’s excellent cooking skills.
“Not all of them cook,” Carter retorted, nodding his head toward his wife.
“Hey!” Elly exclaimed, smacking him in the stomach. “I’m cooking your baby right now.”
The room filled with laughter as I paced over to the window and looked down at the sidewalk. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure whether or not Tessa would like living with me. I’d had the place cleaned twice this week in anticipation of her arrival.
“But Tessa loves cooking,” Elly continued, smiling up at me. “You can finally stop eating out every night.”
I scoffed, glancing over my shoulder at her. “I don’t eat out every night.”
Bayler laughed. “All you have in your fridge are takeout boxes and condiments.”
“And beer!” Carter said, clinking his bottle with Fletcher’s.
“Ladies,” Fletcher stated, shaking his head at the women. “Jameson has the necessities. Lay off him.”
“Tessa is going to freak when she sees the fridge,” Elly said, laughing along with Bayler.
I turned to face the gang as anxiety tumbled in my stomach. “What do you mean? Why would she freak out?”
“Because Tessa enjoys cooking,” Bayler explained.
“Yeah,” Elly said, nodding. “She’s used to having a stocked kitchen, especially since she’s cooked for her and her brother most of her life.”
Now I felt bad about not going grocery shopping. The truth was, I did order takeout often, only because it was easier than attempting to cook a meal. I’d grown up with either a maid cooking for me or my grandma, but no matter how many times Janice Jameson tried to teach me how to cook, the meal never turned out the way she made it.  
“You guys can go grocery shopping later,” Cash said, running through the television channels. “That way she can pick out whatever the hell she wants.”
“Maybe she’ll even teach you how to cook,” Elly teased, nudging my arm.
“Yeah,” Bayler continued, pointing her beer bottle at me. “Every guy should know how to cook. Women love a home-cooked meal they don’t have to make themselves.”
“I’m not trying to find a woman,” I stated, furrowing my brows.
The gang laughed at my candid response, despite the fact that it was true. I’d practically given up on finding a good woman during my college years. The girls I seemed to attract back then only wanted my help passing a class. The only date I’d been on since was a few years ago when my grandma set me up with her neighbor, Elly. The chemistry wasn’t there, so we became friends instead, which was perfectly fine with me. She was still in love with Carter, and I’d been a loner most of my life. When Carter moved back to New York, he and Elly started dating, and I gained another friend. Our group of friends continued to grow after that with the addition of Carter’s sisters, Harper and Bayler, falling for two of our own, Maverick and Fletcher.
“I call bullshit, Justin,” Bayler exclaimed, rolling her eyes. She leaned into Fletcher’s side and rested her feet up on the coffee table.
The laughter quickly died down at her blunt retort.
“Excuse me?” I asked, deflecting my surprise.
“All men are predisposed to think with their penises,” she explained, entertaining everyone with her words. “I don’t care how much of a genius you are; you’re still a man, which means that brain of yours down south is focused on sex just like every other man’s.”
Laughter grew louder around me as I stared her down, the smile spreading wide across my face. We got a kick out of giving each other a hard time, and I enjoyed dishing it out just as much as everyone else. Leaning down next to her ear, I said, “No, Bayler, what I meant was, I don’t have to try to find a woman.”
She nearly spit out her beer as she smacked me on the arm and laughed. “See! Just like every other guy! I knew you had a dick in there somewhere, Jameson.”
“Is this the part where I tell you I know how to use it, too?” I asked sarcastically, laughing along with her.
A knock on the door sounded before she could reply, so I walked over to answer it. Opening the door, I found Tessa and a younger guy standing behind her, with three suitcases resting at their sides and a duffle bag slung across his body. She wore an old pair of ripped jeans and a hoodie. Her long brown hair was knotted on top of her head, but it was her light blue-gray eyes smiling back at me that caught my attention the most.
“Hey,” I said, grabbing one of the rollers. “Come on in.”
“Thanks,” she said, crossing the threshold into my apartment.
The Love in the City series is about a group of friends looking for love in New York City. Each book is about a different couple, so they can be read as standalones. The stories are told from both the female and male point of views, and they all end in happily ever afters, no cliffhangers here! Finally, all the book covers are different colors to represent a certain awareness or cause that is referenced in each book. Grab the first book in the series, Wanted By You, for FREE today!

 

Cherished By You (LITC, #4) is LIVE + Excerpt!

 Title: Cherished by You (Love in the City #4)
Author: Steph Nuss
Release Date: Oct 7, 2015
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“Move in with me,” he said. 

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

I spent the morning at work searching online for apartments, which caused a ball of anxiety to tighten in my stomach as reality smacked me in the face. I knew living in the city was expensive, but I didn’t think it was that expensive. I’d found studio apartments, where the bathroom and kitchen were practically in the same room, and I still couldn’t afford them. I was one second away from a cry fest when Justin Jameson and Carter Jennings walked into Elly’s psych clinic for lunch. Just the sight of Justin in his professor ensemble brightened my day. He paired brown loafers with khaki pants that hung from his lean hips. The navy blue sweater vest over his light-blue plaid button-down highlighted his wiry frame and made his hazel-blue eyes pop against his tan skin. His long, sandy blond hair was pulled back into a low ponytail, his normal work style. To some, his appearance probably wasn’t sexy in the slightest, but it was one of my favorites.    
Ever since Carter had moved back to the city last year, he and Justin spent most of their lunch breaks at Elly’s clinic. It wasn’t too far away from NYU, where they both taught. Now that Carter and Elly were married and expecting their first child together, not a day went by that he missed having lunch with her.
“Hey, Tessa,” Carter said, placing their bags on the table in the lobby.
“Hey, guys,” I said, smiling politely. I was in no mood to have lunch with anyone, even my friends, so I decided to forgo the sandwich I’d packed and continue apartment hunting. “Elly’s last patient just left, so she should be out in a minute.”
“Okay,” Carter said, taking a seat. He started unpacking the lunch he’d brought, a smile proudly stamped across his face. Justin sat across from him, doctoring his sandwich with dressing.
Elly soon appeared in the lobby, rocking an adorable black dress that slightly hid her baby bump. “Hey, guys!”
“Hey, babe,” Carter said, as Justin offered her a silent nod.
She immediately greeted Carter with a kiss and plopped down in the seat next to him. “What’d you bring us today?” she asked, rubbing her belly.
“A turkey sub without mayo this time,” he replied.
“Oh good, because Baby Jennings is not a fan of mayonnaise,” she said with a cringe as she unwrapped the paper. “Did you get the vinegar and oil and oregano?”
Carter laughed. “Of course.”
“I love you,” she said, offering him another kiss. She turned her attention toward me and smiled. “Tessa, are you going to eat with us?”
I sighed and shook my head. “Nah, I’m not really hungry.”
“How are you not hungry?” Elly asked, before taking a bite of her sub.
Well, I wasn’t eating for two, and the reality check of apartment hunting had completely stolen my appetite.
“What are you looking up on there?” Carter asked, nodding toward my computer.
Leaning back in my chair, I gazed over at my friends and confessed. “Trey wants to move out and get a place with a friend, but I told him they could have my place and I would find something. So, I’m apartment hunting now.”
“Are you having any luck?” Elly asked.
“Not really,” I said gravely. “Even the crappier places I’ve found are on the higher end of my budget. I had no idea how expensive apartments were now. Living under rent control will do that to a person.”
“You know, I could give you a raise,” Elly said, smiling genuinely. “But you’ll probably just say you don’t need one, so why don’t you move in with us for the time being?”
“No, I don’t deserve a raise, and I couldn’t do that to you guys. You just got married a few months ago, and you have a baby on the way. Thanks for the offer, but I just can’t.”
“Okay,” Elly said, rolling her eyes. “But the offer still stands. You’re always welcome.”
“I know,” I said, turning my attention back to my computer screen. I decided to widen my search to other boroughs, so I began looking there while they ate in comfortable silence.
“What about Paige?” Elly asked. “She has a spare bedroom at her place.”
“You lived with Paige back in college,” I stated. “You really think she wants a roommate now? She couldn’t wait to find her own place once you guys graduated.”
“True,” she said.
“Speaking of Paige,” Carter said. “Where is she? She usually has lunch with us.”
Paige had texted me earlier, saying she had a lunch meeting for work. Elly and I shared a glance, and then she turned to Carter and sighed. “She had a work lunch she had to attend today, and she’ll probably have them until the baby arrives. She’s avoiding me now that she knows I’m pregnant.”
“Are you serious?” Carter asked, brows furrowed.
“Carter,” Elly warned, shaking her head.
“Whatever,” he stated, taking a bite of his sub. “She needs to get over whatever issues she has with babies. Everyone loves babies.”
“Some people prefer a child-free lifestyle,” she continued. “We’ve talked about this.”
“I know, but she’s one of our friends,” he argued. “All I’m saying is that she shouldn’t feel the need to avoid us for nine months.”
Elly smiled at him and then playfully took a bite of her sandwich and asked with a mouthful, “Can we please drop this so I can go back to enjoying my lunch?”
“Yes,” he laughed, placing a chaste kiss on her cheek. “Fuel up, babe.”
I laughed as I scrolled through the apartment listings. I’d been spoiled for too long, and now I was paying for it. I worked full-time as Elly’s receptionist, and I still couldn’t afford any of these places. I couldn’t imagine what dump Trey and Josh would’ve ended up finding on their measly part-time paychecks.
“Move in with me.”
Turning my head back toward the table, I looked up in shock and found Justin staring back at me. “W-what?”
“I said, you can move in with me.”
I couldn’t possibly live with Justin Jameson, especially not after the sex dream I had starring him the night before. I had the world’s biggest crush on him, and it’d somehow moved into wet dream territory. How the hell was I supposed to live with him?
“I can’t,” I said shyly, shaking my head. “I-um-I don’t know if I can aff—”
“I have an extra bedroom,” he explained. “I’ve never had a roommate before, but I think we could make it work. Plus, I think I speak for everyone when I say I can’t let one of my friends live in a box just because it’s in her budget.”
Great. Now, I’m his charity case.
“Thanks, but I don’t think I can afford even half your rent.”
Justin lived in a nice condo near Washington Square. The building had a doorman and included amenities like a spa and housecleaners. It also had a five-star restaurant and a lounge in the lobby. I probably couldn’t even afford a third of the rent at a place like his.
“You wouldn’t have to worry about rent,” he stated, his smile widening. “I bought the condo years ago, so it’s mine now.”
Of course, he had it paid off already. Justin came from ridiculously smart, rich parents who authored science textbooks now. Apparently, they’d been genius scientists back when he was younger, but they’d since retired to write. He never talked about them and we’d never met them. All I knew was that they passed all of their intelligence on to him, which led to Justin entering college at the age of fourteen. Now, after acquiring several doctorate degrees in various fields, he was 30-years-old and already tenured at NYU.
I didn’t even graduate high school.
“I can’t just live with you for free,” I said, feeling my cheeks heat with embarrassment.
“Why not?” he asked earnestly.
Carter and Elly quietly watched us as if they were watching a tennis match, back and forth, with considerable interest.
“I-I don’t know,” I stuttered, nervously playing with the buttons on my keyboard. “I would feel like I owe you, and I don’t want to be some charity case.”
Justin sat back in his seat and gave me a smirk. “You’re no one’s charity case. You’re my friend.”
My heart sank at the mention of our friendship. Sadly, friends were all we’d ever be.
Get over it already, Tess.
“If it makes you feel better, we can split the utilities or groceries or whatever,” he said, before popping a chip in his mouth.
I watched as he chewed, smiling back at me, and the knot of anxiety that had settled in my stomach quickly crawled up into my throat. His sweetness was one of the things I loved most about him. He would do anything to help anyone. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. But God, it would be impossible to live with him, feeling the way I did about him.
Justin was a man of habit: he wasn’t too keen on change. So, the fact that he even offered me his guest bedroom was a huge step for him, especially since he’d never had a roommate. We were opposites in almost every way. He came from money and intelligence; I came from parents who abused drugs and alcohol. He had several academic degrees; I only had my GED. Where he was the silent observer of our group of friends, I was our social butterfly, always chatting away and eager to go out and have fun.
For years now, I’d believed he deserved a woman more like himself, but my beliefs couldn’t deter my feelings for him. He had no idea how I felt about him, and I chalked it up to his obliviousness to women and the effect he had on us.
“I think this is perfect!” Elly cheered. She gazed over at me excitedly, and I sent daggers her way. She knew how I felt. She knew he favored consistency. Yet, she was encouraging this living arrangement.
“What do you say, Tessa?” Carter asked with a smile.
The three of them stared at me, silently begging for my answer. Justin looked slightly amused, as if he couldn’t figure out why I even had to think about it. Carter appeared as eager as his wife, which made me question what he knew about my feelings toward Justin. Elly’s gaze never waived, pleading with me to agree.
So, I did.
“Okay,” I replied, nodding stiffly.
“Yay!” Elly squealed, clapping her hands. “When can she move in, Justin?”
He laughed, smiling back at me. “As soon as you want. The room is already furnished, but you’re welcome to change anything and make it your own.”
You’re welcome to change anything. Who was this guy and where did Dr. I-Hate-Change go?
“Thanks,” I offered. “I really appreciate it.”
“Maybe we can help you move in this weekend?” Elly suggested.
“No,” Carter rebuked, shaking his head at her. “You will not be helping with anything. You can just sit back and relax with our baby.”
“I’m pregnant, Carter; I’m not debilitated!”
“I know,” he said, sliding his hand over her bump. “I just don’t want anything to happen to either one of you. You can just order us around while we move Tessa in. How does that sound?”
“Perfect!”
“Great,” Justin muttered, unenthusiastically. “Just what we want—a woman ordering us around.”
“Don’t act like you don’t like it, Jameson,” Carter teased, wrapping his arm around Elly’s shoulders and pulling her closer. He placed a kiss on her temple and then stood from his seat. “We should be getting back to work.”
Elly pulled him back down for a longer kiss and then swatted him on the butt. “Okay, I’ll see you later. Love you.”
“Love you,” he said, smiling down at her.
Justin cleaned up the table, discarded their trash, and then came over to my desk and leaned up against it. “So, are we moving you in this weekend then?”
I sighed. “Yeah, I think the sooner, the better. You know teenagers. They want their independence. The sooner I’m out, the quicker Josh can move in.”
“I understand,” he laughed.
Gazing into his beautiful, bright blue eyes, I smiled. “Thanks again for offering me your spare room. I probably would’ve ended up in a box in the Bronx again.”
“You deserve much more than that,” he replied. Then he pushed away from my desk and walked toward the door with Carter. “See you later, roomie!”
Laughing, I waved at them as they exited Elly’s clinic. “Bye, guys!”
Once they were gone, Elly rushed over to my desk and perched on the edge, wearing a huge grin and laughing. “This is probably the best thing that could’ve ever happened to you!”
“No, it’s not,” I muttered, rolling my eyes. “How am I supposed to live with him, Elly? I’ve been in love with him for years, and he doesn’t even know it! He completely ignores any of my advances or flirting.”
“Justin’s introverted,” she explained. “I think once you move in with him, you’ll see a totally different side of each other, and I mean that in a good way. He’s really quiet when we’re all together, but one-on-one, I think he’ll open up to you. He may act like he’s oblivious, but no guy can live with a woman he’s not related to and not think about having sex with her.”
“Oh my God, I never even thought about all the crap he’s going to learn about me. Like my period schedule. Am I supposed to keep my tampons in his bathroom or hide them in my bedroom? See, nothing in his place will be mine! Everything is his because it’s his place that he bought! Do you understand what I’m saying?”
“Yes,” she sighed, rolling her eyes. “And I think you’re freaking out over nothing! Justin is an adult. He knows you have a period. Leave your tampons wherever you want. It’s not like he’s going to have the nerve to tell you to put them somewhere else.”
When I just stared at her, she continued. “I about choked on my food when he said you could move in. This is progress for him, Tessa! He’s never had a roommate before, so he wouldn’t have offered if he didn’t want you there.”
“You know, I’m really starting to hate this positive, no worries side of you,” I mumbled, shaking my head.
“Hakuna matata!” she cheered with a little shake of her hips, causing us both to break out in laughter.
The Love in the City series is about a group of friends looking for love in New York City. Each book is about a different couple, so they can be read as standalones. The stories are told from both the female and male point of views, and they all end in happily ever afters, no cliffhangers here! Finally, all the book covers are different colors to represent a certain awareness or cause that is referenced in each book. Grab the first book in the series, Wanted By You, for FREE today!

 

Goodreads Giveaway & More

Happy Saturday, folks!

I hope spring has finally sprung wherever you are! I just wanted to pop in and share a little news with you!

Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3) is finally available on Barnes and Noble for any of you Nook users. It’s also available in paperback form on Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Createspace. I know I’m biased, but the paperbacks are absolutely gorgeous; the yellow cover will certainly brighten up any bookshelf!

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Speaking of paperbacks, I also have a Goodreads giveaway going on for a chance to win 1 of 3 signed Pleasured By You paperbacks, so be sure to enter:

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Pleasured by You by Steph Nuss

Pleasured by You

by Steph Nuss

Giveaway ends April 24, 2015.

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Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) is still FREE on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo, and discounted at 99 cents on Barnes and Noble.

Last but certainly not least, I’m finally coming to New York City! I’ll be at the Sexy in the City Author Event on May 30th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in Manhattan with tons of amazing authors. I may write about NYC, but I’ve never been there so I’m really excited to visit the city I’ve set my series in as well as meet my fellow authors and readers at the signing! If you’re in the area and want to get tickets to the event, please click here! I look forward to meeting you!

SITCEventHope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Xo,

Steph

Cover Reveal: Love in the City Series

Happy Holidays, everyone! 

I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with your family and friends! I want to thank you for making 2014 a wonderful debut writing year for me! I cannot wait to share all my stories with you! Your support truly means the world to me!

A while back, I had the rest of the covers for the Love in the City series done by the brilliant Michelle at IndieBookCovers, and I can’t keep them a secret anymore; they’re too beautiful not to share!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Love in the City gang and myself! We’re looking forward to sharing more fun and love stories with you in 2015! Check out the rest of the covers and be sure to add the books to your Goodreads to-be-read lists! 

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One night of pleasure turns into a summer full of lust.

Fletcher Haney owns several businesses all over New York City, gaining him access to tons of beautiful women. He has no intentions of stopping his womanizing ways, until he sees her again.

She’s the ultimate heartbreaker he can’t forget.

Pastry chef bombshell, Bayler Jennings knows she can have any guy she wants, but when her only memorable one-night stand confronts her, she breaks all of her rules.

He’s the love ‘em and leave ‘em flavor she craves.

But as the seasons change, this two-of-a-kind pair fights falling in love in the city, and they’ll soon realize that with pleasure always comes pain.

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Book4-front-ebook-amazon“Move in with me,” he said. 

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

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Book5-front-ebook-amazonPaige Abram never faces a problem she can’t solve until her high school sweetheart comes back into her life, and she’s bombarded with memories of their relationship. His presence is almost suffocating, but he’s still just as beautiful as she remembers.

His heart beat differently after its first love.

The moment Drake Wilkins sees her again, the numbness he’s felt since he walked away disappears. But she’s not the same girl he fell in love with back then. She’s colder, not as easy going; she’s a complete stranger now.

Her heart nearly quit after its first loss.

When a funeral has them returning to their hometown, a secret she’s kept from him all these years is revealed. She expects him to push her away but he doesn’t; he tests her just like when they were kids.

Their hearts resuscitate, but in the city, their love will face its biggest challenge of all: survival.

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Book6-front-ebook-amazonFame made him selfish.

Hollywood heartthrob, Maxton Waters, has just been named the World’s Sexiest Man Alive. Women fantasize about him. Men want to be him. The paparazzi continuously follow him. His ego is definitely larger than his heart.

Poverty made her grateful.

Whitley Gonzalez has made a life for herself after growing up in and out of homeless shelters. Now a hardworking nurse, she spends her spare time raising her son alone and giving back to the community that helped raise her.

But when Max is sentenced to hours of community services and placed under the single mom’s thumb, working together proves harder than they ever expected, inspiring an unlikely love in the city.

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Book7-front-ebook-amazonHe’s the bachelor who swore he’d never fall in love.

Cash Donovan interviews musicians on a weekly basis. He’s used to sharing the studio with fame and entertaining his fans. So, when he lands an interview with Grammy Award-winner, Lennox, he doesn’t think anything of it.

She’s the rocker who’s satisfied with being single.

Lennox has made a name for herself, and now she’s traveling the United States to meet her fans. When her manager books her first radio interview, she couldn’t be more excited to meet the notorious radio host, Cash Donovan.

But during their interview, the conversation turns flirtatious, and he’s is urged by fans to ask her out on a date. He obliges and she agrees with one condition: don’t fall for her.

In this heartfelt, hilarious conclusion to the Love in the City series, New York’s favorite, smooth-talking radio host has a change of heart thanks to America’s rock chick, but will he be able to persuade her into forever with him? Tune in to 101.7 WLVE to find out.

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Which is your favorite?! Whose book are you most excited for!? Sound off in the comments below! 

I can’t wait to see them all on a shelf together someday next to these two:

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Xo,

Steph Nuss

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P.S.S. – I’ve seen so many people doing their favorite reads of 2014 (books I read in 2014, not necessary published in 2014), so I’ve decided to share mine! Here are my top 14 reads of 2014 in no particular order: 

1. Beyond the Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances

2. Room for You by Beth Ehemann

3. Indestructible by Angela Graham

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

5. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

6. Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

7. Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

8. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

9. The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

10. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

11. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

12. On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

13. Divergent by Veronica Roth

14. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

If you haven’t read the books listed above, I highly recommend them! What were some of your favorite reads of 2014?! Comment below with your favorites!