Release Date: Challenged By You (LITC, #5)

Hey, all!

Several of you have been asking when Challenged By You (Love in the City, #5) will be releasing, and I can finally give you a date! Paige’s story will be hitting your eReader devices September 1st, 2016! I’m very excited to share her story with you. It’s the most angsty book of the series so far, but I made sure to throw in enough comic relief so that you’re leaving with a smile instead of some bruises. I actually bawled (yes, you read that right, not just a few small tears here and there, but actually ugly cried) while writing her book. I hope you guys enjoy it just as much! Thank you for being so patient with me. Between a new job and writing, it took me longer than I expected. But the story is at its best, and that’s what matters most to me. I could never release a story I didn’t love or just threw together for the sake of putting out more books throughout the year. I wanted Paige’s story to be perfect because it deserves to be. I know it’s one you’ve been waiting for since we first met Paige back in book one. It’s finally her time, and I’m very proud of her story. So, thank you again for being the wonderful fans you are by standing by me, my team of editors and designers, and my characters, no matter how long it takes for us to deliver! You’re simply the best and we all appreciate your continuous support!

If you’re a book blogger and would like to help promote Challenged By You’s release day blitz and/or blog tour, click here to sign up! Southern Belle Promotions is hosting the events, and I’m very excited to work with them again. They’re organization is simply amazing. Your participation would mean the world to me! Plus you’ll have the opportunity to read the book early!

Stay tune for preorder links as well as some teasers! I’ve already posted the soundtrack to Challenged By You here! (I love making the soundtracks!)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Happy reading,

Steph

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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!

 

Book Bloggers Are The Shit

There, I said it. Book bloggers are the shit. But most of us already knew that. They take the time to read and post about our books, and they do it all for the love of reading, for no compensation whatsoever. They have lives of their own. They have families and friends and a lot of other shit they could be doing besides reading our books and spreading the word about them, but that’s exactly what they do because they love books.

I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I was by the participation from the book bloggers who posted during my Love in the City Series Tour last week. I will forever be thankful for each and every one of you who took the time to help me out. Like I said, you have tons of other things you could’ve been doing that are way more important than me, so the fact that you took a chance on my books and you helped spread the word about them by posting reviews and promotional posts on your blogs, your Facebook pages, and/or your Twitter timelines, truly means the world to me. Your honesty in your reviews and feedback continuously molds the writer in me.

With that said, I hope you know that I’m always here for you, too. I really do believe that we should support one another, and that goes beyond just donating to your giveaways whenever you hit a milestone (though I don’t mind donating so please feel free to ask). What I mean is, I know some of you were ill or had family emergencies or other things going on in your lives, and I appreciate you taking the time to message me and let me know why you couldn’t post on the day you signed up and that your post was going to be delayed. Life happens, and I completely understand and want you to know that you can always message me for support. I just hope you know that you could never disappoint me or let me down. You’ve willingly gave me your support, and I’m here to give you mine right back. Some of you messaged me in regards to the subject matter of my books, relating to the same issues my characters go through, and I thank you for sharing your story with me. The whole idea behind my books and my characters’ stories is to raise awareness, and by sharing your own stories and spreading the word about my books, you’re doing just that. So, thank you for being awesome, for raising awareness, for encouraging others to read and sharing your love for books, and for simply being yourself. I look forward to getting to know each of you better in the future! 

Love in the City Series Tour’s Book Bloggers: 

2 Girls A Book & A Glass of Wine
A Closet Full of Books
A girl who loves books
A One-Click Addict’s Book Blog
A Thousand Lives Reviews
About That Story
All my Book finds
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books! 
Author Sandra Love
Babycakes Book Blog
Be My Book Boyfriend
Beautifully Broken Book Blog
Becca the Bibliophile
Between the Bindings
BFDBookBlog
Bitchy Richey’s Booktastic Reviews
BJ’s Reviews
Book Boyfriend Blog
Book Boyfriend Junkies
Book Excursions Book Reviews
Book Happiness
Book Loving Pixies
Book Nook Nuts
Book Talk.
Book-Bosomed book blog
Book-Lover bookblog
Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
Books and Bindings
Books and Friendz
Books Books Books
Books For Fun
Bookshelf Dreaming
Bookworm Betties
Bound in Ink Book Blog
Breezy Book Blog
bujoijoi22
Calling All Bookaholics
CherryRed’s Reads
Coast to Coast Book Divas
Cover to Cover Book Blog
Crafty Momma’s Obsession
Crazy Daisy Book Whore
Discrete Divas 
Diva Discussions Book Blog
Drama Queen Book Blog
Elaine and Tami’s JB3 Blackbirds
Endless Reading
Fairytales Do Come True Just Ask Any Romance Author
Fictional Boyfriends
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog
Fierce and Fabulous Book Diva
For the love of a good book 
Friends till the end book blog
GirlyGirlBooksReviews
Her Juicy Reads
Hooked On Books
Hopelessly Hooked on Books
I Love Story Time
Imaginative Dreams
Indie Authors & Book Blogs
Into the Night Reviews
Jassy Books
Jennifer’s Book Obsession
Just One More Page
K & T Book Reviews
K&S Book Blog
Koala Reading Den
Kristina’s Books & More
KT Book Reviews
Ladies Living in Bookland
LBM Book Blog
Liezel’s Book Blog
Literary Lovers Book Blog
Little Shop of Readers
Mad about books
Making It Happen
Mean Girls Luv Books
MegPie93’s Book Blog
Mia’s Point of View
Miss little bookaddict
Momma’s Secret Book Obsession
Mommy’s Naughty Playground
Naughty Book Eden
Naughty Girls of Romance
Not Another Damn Blog-Blog
Novels in Heels
Obsessed By Books
Once Upon A Book Blog
Once Upon An Alpha
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
Prisoners of Print
Ramblings from Beneath the Sheets
Ramblings From This Chick
Raunchy, Rude Reader’s Blog
Read It Woman
Read-Love-Blog
Reading Drinking and Relaxing
Reads All The Books
Real Talk Book Talk
Reel Ladys Love Smut
Renee Entress’s Blog
Romance Obsessed Book Blog
Romance Rewind Blog
Ruby’s Book Reviews
Sammy’s Book Obsession
Sarah & Kirsty’s Book Reviews 
Sassy Mum Book Blog
Sassy Southern Book Blog
Secret Realm Book Reviews

She Hearts Books
Shirley’s Bookshelf
Sneaky Reading
Southern Belle Book Blog
Stephanie’s Book Reports
Sweets Books
Taylrbookgirl
The Book Bellas
The Book Quarry
The Chiq Blog
The Jazzy World of E’s Bookshelf
The Lusty Literate
The Never Ending Bookshelf
The Pleasure of Reading Today
This girl loves book
This Redhead Loves Books
those naughty girls book club
Til the last page book blog
Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits
Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews
Two Sassy Chicks
Undercover Book Reviews
United Indie Book Blog
Verna Loves Books
We Love Kink
We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
Who Picked This?
Wild Wordy Women
Word Forward
Words Turn Me On
Worth the Read Blog
Your Favorite Book Corner

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Love in the City Series Tour

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Today kicks off my Love in the City Series Tour! First, I’d like to thank Melanie at Book Empire Promotions for hosting and organizing the event! Secondly, I want to thank all the book bloggers participating in the tour. Book bloggers help get the word out about authors like myself and our books. So, I’m very grateful to all of you who are taking the time to post about my Love in the City series and/or review the books. It truly means the world to me!

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 and their story is told from both the female and male POVs. The books can be read as standalones, but you’ll find out that each book picks up where the previous one left off. I decided to do it that way so that my readers didn’t miss anything in the lives of the Love in the City gang (meet the gang by clicking here). I know as a reader myself, I always wonder, why didn’t the author give us an epilogue? What about this or that? So, that’s why there are no epilogues in my series, because I promise you, what you want in an epilogue will eventually happen in the series. Each book ends in a happily ever after though, so no worries, they are no cliffhangers! I’ve also done something special with the series: all of the book covers are a different color that represents an awareness that’s featured in each book. I think it’s important as a writer to not only tell a great story, but also have an important message behind it. So, I hope that you fall in love with the story and its characters and take away the message behind it all, too.

Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1)

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Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her, but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention.

He wanted her.

Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you, but then she met Carter Jennings.

She wanted him.

Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.

Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.

They want each other.

But love in the city is never quite that easy.

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Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2)

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Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.

She’s given up on her fantasy.

Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick Jones isn’t thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.

He’s ready to turn his fantasy into reality.

But when their fantasies collide, love in the city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.

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If you haven’t checked out the series yet, now is the perfect time as Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) is FREE for a limited time on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo! October is breast cancer awareness month, and the pink cover of Wanted By You represents all of those women who have battled, who are currently battling, and who will battle breast cancer and other women’s cancers. If you’re already a fan of the series, please let your fellow book lovers and friends know about it! Word of mouth is one of the greatest ways to help out your favorite books and authors. 

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Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3)

I’m currently in the middle of writing the third book in the Love in the City series, Pleasured By You, but it is now up for pre-order on iBooks! Here’s an unedited and subject-to-change teaser from Pleasured By You told from Fletcher’s point of view:

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You can find more exclusives for the series and lots of book talk in my Nuss’ Navy group on Facebook!

Thank you again to all the book bloggers taking the time to promote my Love in the City series! I really appreciate it! I’ll be sharing their posts on my Facebook and Twitter pages, and I hope you stop at all their blogs/pages to read their reviews and check out their promotional posts! They work so hard to keep their awesome blogs up and running, to share their love of reading with everyone, so please be sure to pay them all a visit and show your appreciate for all their book recommendations!    

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Blog Tour Kickoff + Giveaway!

Bandit Publishing and I are excited to share with you the RELEASE of Wanted By You! Make sure to check out the preview on iTunes, add to your Goodreads, pick up your copy and enter the GIVEAWAY below for SIGNED PAPERBACKS and Amazon & iTunes GIFT CARDS! Don’t forget to join us at the Release Day and Blog Tour Event starting on February 27th – join by clicking the below link.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her,
but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention.
He wanted her.
Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you,
but then she met Carter Jennings.
She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.
Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other.
But love in the city is never quite that easy.
 
 
 
 
 

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