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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Hey, everyone!

I wanted to share an awesome promotion for free books that is only available for a limited time starting tomorrow, from March 7th through the 11th! So, be sure to grab these books quick and tell all your book lover friends about the promo as well! When you enter your email at the address below, you’ll be sent an email with all the links to the free books! No trying to hunt them all down on your relator of choice. But like I said, these freebies won’t last forever, so remember to get them while you can! All the information you need is right here:

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#30DayReadingIndie

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to drop in and tell you about an awesome reading challenge Book Enthusiast Promotions is hosting for the month of March called #30DayReadingIndie! From March 1st to March 31st, there will be about 70 books for you to choose to read. What’s great about the challenge is you don’t have to start on March 1st to participate. You can join in on the 17th, and still be able to participate just like everyone else! So if you’re in the middle of reading a book or a series, you can finish and then start up the challenge after you’re done! If you’re interested in participating, see the video below and/or click this link to sign-up: http://30dayreadingindie.com! There will also be a grand prize for those who participate in the challenge!


At the end of the month, there will also be a Facebook party! If you’re interested in joining, click here!

I’m really excited about this reading challenge. It’s a great way for readers to meet new authors and a great way for us authors to interact readers! So, I hope you all consider signing up and have fun with it!

Be on the lookout for more reading promotions coming up next month!

Happy Reading,

Steph

New Year, More Books!

The new year is in full swing, and with the first month in 2016 nearly over, I wanted to share some sales, new releases, and upcoming releases with my readers! It’s so important in the writing community to spread the word about what you read. Not only does it help the authors, but it also helps your fellow readers find new, exciting books to add to their to-be-read list. Some of the books/authors below I’ve read, some I have not. It’s still a great thing to give back and support others in this industry. So, if you know of any other deals or new releases or upcoming releases, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below!

KOBO DEAL

Redeem 50% off of any title published by Kobo using the promo code JAN1650 an unlimited number of times. Promo code is valid for 50% off select eBook purchases from this list!

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Losing Charley (Full Circle Seties #1) by Casey Peeler – FREE
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The Enforcer (NHL Scorpions, #1) by Nikki Worrell – FREE
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Promises, Promises (Alluring Promises, #1) by Josie Bordeaux – FREE
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Finding Obscurity (The Secrets Series, #1) by Emma Shade – FREE
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Songbird Caged (Songbird Triology, #2) by Lisa Edward – $0.99
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PUCKED Over (Pucked Series, #3) by Helena Hunting – $3.99
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Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire – $5.99
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SNACK by Emma Burton – $2.99
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Boiling Point (Crossing the Line, #3) by Tessa Bailey – $3.99
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Saving Cassie (Fairfield Corners, #1) by L.A. Remenicky – $0.99
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Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels – $7.99
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EVENTS

I am so thrilled to announce that I’ll be attending Kinky in Kansas City on March 4th, 2017! I know it’s still a year away, but this signing is so close to home for me, I had to let everyone know about it! So, if you’re in or around the Kansas City area, please check out the reader group we have on Facebook and consider joining! Lots of great individuals involved in this event; I can’t wait! 2017 KIKC Author Event Group

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year has been good to you so far! Like I said, if you have any additional books to add to my lists above, please include them in the comments below so others can check them out, too! I know there have been several great releases with the new year that I’ve missed! Happy Reading!

Xo,

Steph

P.S. – I’ll be giving away signed copies of the Love in the City series on Goodreads soon! Be sure to watch your emails for the post so you can enter for your chance to win!

Seven 11 Blog Hop: Gaining A Vagina

Many of you have been asking about the next book in the Love in the City series. Well, lucky for you, it’s that special time of the month! No, I don’t mean the Aunt Flow kind; I mean, the Seven 11 Blog Hop kind, where a group of authors blog seven-line teasers/snippets from their current work-in-progress or previously published work on the 11th of each month! This month, my snippet is from Cherished By You (Love in the City, #4), brought to you by Justin Jameson and the Love in the City guys! (I love writing the guy scenes!) Enjoy:

            “I almost want to ask Tessa to stop cooking,” I said, resting my hands on my knees. “I think I’ve gained weight since she moved in.”

            “Did you gain a vagina, too?” Cash asked.

            “You know,” Fletcher said, spinning the basketball atop his finger. “You could just work the weight off by having sex with her.”

            Standing straight, I sighed and looked at the four of them. “For the millionth time, we are not having sex! We’re just friends.”

Ooh, I know what you’re thinking: Poor Tessa, no sexy times for her! YET. I promise, sex will be had and it will be phenomenal and totally worth the wait! But for now, there may or may not be a bet going on when Tessa and Justin will do it.

Since I can’t seem to stop sharing, I also want to show off the beautiful cover for Cherished By You done by Michelle at IndieBookCovers as well as the blurb! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads! This cover is my absolute favorite out of all the Love in the City covers!

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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.”

Thank you all for being so excited for more of the Love in the City gang! I’m ready to be working on Justin and Tessa’s book, and your continuous love and support and messages and reviews make me even more eager to write and share their story with you! Click here to listen to a song from the Cherished By You soundtrack!

In the meantime, check out what others are saying about the Love in the City series, please leave your own reviews, and you may see your opinion on a promo picture for the series like the ones listed below! Don’t forget to share the series with your family, friends, neighbors, etc; I’d greatly appreciate it plus the first book is still FREE!

I also have a giveaway going on at Goodreads for a signed copy of Pleasured By You! Click here to enter!

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As always, please head on over to the other authors’ blogs to read their Seven 11 Blog Hop posts by clicking on their names listed below:

YA author, Heather Hildenbrand

YA author, Kayla Smith

NA Fantasy author, Felicia Tatum

NA paranormal author, Justine Winter

Women’s fiction author, Amanda Aksel

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Valentine’s Day Special: Love in the City

With the lovers’ holiday just days away, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s Day specials from the couples of the Love in the City series! First, you’ll get a glimpse into Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1)‘s couple, Carter and Ellyson, and their past: their first Valentine’s Day together as friends in college (2005). Next is a teaser from Harper and Maverick’s Valentine’s Day from Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2). And finally, what would a Valentine’s Day special be without some sexting! Enjoy some texts between my latest couple from Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3), Bayler and Fletcher. Enjoy!

Valentine’s 2005

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It was the Friday night before Valentine’s Day, and Elly and I were hanging out in my dorm working on our Psychology homework. On any other Friday, we’d probably be at a party somewhere, getting drunk and having a good time, but since most of the parties this weekend would be directed towards couples, Elly didn’t feel like going out. And if she wasn’t going out, I wasn’t going out.

That was the way it’d been since I saw her on our first day of college a few months ago. Sure, I noticed other girls around campus flirting for my attention, but the only woman who held mine was lying across my twin bed right now with her long, red hair cascading over her shoulders as she kicked her feet in the air and stared up at the television.

“Gross!” she exclaimed, wrinkling her nose.

“What?” I asked, intrigued by her outburst. Turning my head toward the television, I watched the Russell Stover’s commercial. Smiling, I looked over my shoulder. “You have a thing against chocolate?”

“Assorted chocolates, yes,” she said seriously.

“Everyone loves boxes of chocolate. Flowers and chocolates. Isn’t that what every girl wants on Valentine’s Day?”

Shaking her head, she muttered, “Not this girl.”

Laughing, I closed my Psych book, too distracted by the hot girl in the room to even care about depression. It was already depressing enough that it had been almost six months and I still hadn’t made a move on Ellyson Evans. “Okay then, what’s your ideal Valentine’s Day present?”

“I don’t know, but it’s definitely not a box full of chocolates with suspicious fillings inside of them.”

This is what I love about her. Any other single girl would be whining because she wouldn’t be receiving a box of chocolates this year, but Elly’s complaining about the actual chocolates themselves. “Isn’t that the fun of it though? You never know what you’re going to get.”

“How is that fun?!” she said, furrowing her brows. “I mean, Forrest Gump’s mom was right, life is full of surprises, but when it comes to chocolate, I want to know what I’m getting. I don’t want to bite into a peanut-butter-cup-look-a-like and find out it has coconut inside. That’s just disgusting.”

I laughed again. “Don’t they have them labeled underneath each piece of chocolate?”

“Yes, but who actually takes the time to read those things?” she deadpanned. “And even if they did read them, they still probably wouldn’t know what they were since some of them are called weird names. None of them say, ‘Looks like a Reese’s cup, but it’s not!’”

“Okay, so tell me what you’d prefer?”

Resting her chin on her hand, she sighed. “You know the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème?”

“Yeah . . .”

“I’d like a box full of fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème bars, but you can’t get them this time of year. They only come out with the fun-sized ones during Halloween because white chocolate is like the middle child in the chocolate family.”

I’m the middle child in my family. I couldn’t wait to see where she went with this.

“Compared to milk and dark, white chocolate is the most delicious. It’s not the attention whore like milk chocolate or a liar like dark chocolate.”

Amused, I said, “I get how milk chocolate is an attention whore, but how is dark a liar? Isn’t it supposed to be the healthier chocolate?”

“That’s just it though. It is healthier so people end up eating more of it because they think they’re doing something good for themselves, but then they lose all sense of portion control. That’s not healthy. Sure, dark chocolate might statistically be healthier for us, but it still has calories and fat just like all the other chocolates. If I’m going to eat chocolate, I’m going to eat the most delicious, who-cares-how-many-calories-it-has kind.”

Laughing again, I nodded. “Okay, okay, you have a point.”

“What about you?” she asked, smiling proudly. “What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day gift?”

Smiling mischievously, I allowed my eyes to roam over her tight, little body sprawled across my bed. With her shoulders slightly hunched and her elbows pressed into the mattress, her breasts swelled against her sweater. Her jeans hugged her ass just right, and from my seat at my desk, I imagined the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: Ellyson Evans lying on my bed in nothing but sexy, red lingerie to match that beautiful hair of hers. Sure, most guys would want their girl already naked, but as I imagined slowly unwrapping the lacy material from her body, taking my sweet, torturous time, touching her and kissing every inch of her until she was begging me to take her, I thought getting Elly naked myself would be the ultimate gift.

“Earth to Carter,” Elly laughed, waving her hand in the air.

Shaking my head, my smile widened as I let the daydream of her disappear, knowing I wouldn’t tell her what I really wanted for Valentine’s Day. Over the months, we’d become really great friends, and as much as I wanted her, I couldn’t risk ruining our friendship right now. “I guess my ideal gift would be beer. For guys, alcohol is our chocolate.”

She laughed. “But it doesn’t taste nearly as good though.”

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One Day Later

After Ellyson left my room last night, I couldn’t sleep. Her scent lingered for a while, causing all of my thoughts to drift back to her. The way she smiled and laughed, the way her mind worked; she was so unlike any other girl I’d ever met. Like sheets straight from the dyer, she was warm and inviting and completely captivating, it wasn’t a surprise I stayed up all night thinking of a way to give her a Valentine’s Day gift without coming on to her. I wanted to eventually make a move, ask her out on a date, but I knew she wasn’t ready for it. She didn’t notice me the way I noticed her, or if she did, she was great at hiding it.

“What are you doing?” Cash asked, walking back into our room after saying good-bye to the girl he’d brought back last night.

Another reason I couldn’t sleep last night: my roommate hooked up with the loudest chick on the planet. I couldn’t have been happier to see her go.

“Just working on something,” I answered, gluing a piece of cardboard into the inside of an old shoebox. “Glad you finally got Miss Squeals to leave.”

“Man, she was loud, wasn’t she?” he laughed, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Loud is an understatement.”

“What’s with these?” he asked, grabbing the bag of chocolates from my desk.

“Nothing,” I said, snatching them out of his hand.

He laughed, and then walked back to his bed and flopped down on top of it. “Carter, please tell me this has nothing to do with Elly.”

“It has everything to do with her.”

“You are so pathetic. Just ask her out. You have her number. You know where she lives. You have a couple of classes together. Just fucking do it already!”

Looking over my shoulder, I glared at him. “Sorry, but I don’t just want to hookup with her.”

“I know, but−”

“It’s just some chocolate. It’s not a big deal, but if anyone’s to blame it’s you. If you hadn’t brought that chick back last night, I wouldn’t have had to leave to keep my hearing intact.”

“You’re right; I can get pussy without buying it chocolate.”

“That’s not what I meant,” I said, rolling my eyes. “Last night, I went to the store to kill time and I found the chocolate she likes.”

He groaned, covering his face with his hands. “Dude, it’s sad that you even know what kind of chocolate she likes.”

“No, it’s not,” I said, proudly admiring the shoebox full of tiny squares. “Women love men who pay attention.”

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Valentine’s Day

Throughout the day, I’d watched couple after couple exchange gifts and affections. Love songs played on the radio. Grand gestures went on here and there. A few guys even proposed. Women carried teddy bears and flowers and boxes of chocolates around campus like they were gold medals from their perfect boyfriends.

But as the day turned into night, I headed over to Elly’s, knowing Paige, Elly’s roommate, was at her Monday night class.

I knocked on the door, and Elly immediately answered.

“Hey,” she said, opening the door further. “What’s up?”

“Not much,” I said, walking into her room. She shut the door behind me, and I turned to face her. “Just thought I’d bring you this.”

I handed her the shoebox wrapped in shiny red paper, and she smiled and shook her head. “Carter, what is this?”

Taking a seat on the edge of her bed, I shrugged. “Open it.”

The smile on her face grew as she lifted the lid and found thirty small squares filled with fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème candy bars.

Laughter fell from her lips as she sat next to me. “Where did you find these?”

“BJ’s in Brooklyn.”

“You went all the way to Brooklyn just to find the most delicious chocolate?” she asked in a sweet surprised voice.

“Cash brought a chick home with him the other night. I had a lot of time to kill.”

She took one of the bars out and immediately ripped it opened, and then tossed it in her mouth and moaned as she bit into the white chocolate bar filled with cookie chunks. “It’s like a tiny brick of heaven.”

I laughed and slid my arm around her shoulders. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Elly.”

“Thank you,” she said, batting those big brown eyes at me. “I really do love it. Best box of chocolates ever!” She moved the box of chocolates off her lap and walked into her closet. I heard her footsteps coming closer again and looked up to find her showing off a thirty-pack of Coors Light. “It’s a good thing one of my neighbors has a fake id.”

Standing, I walked over to her, wanting more than anything to take her face in my hands and kiss the ever-loving fuck out of those perfect pink lips, but instead, I just smiled down at her. “You got me beer?”

“Of course, I did,” she smirked. “It’s your chocolate.”

Grabbing the case from her hands, I set it on the floor and then wrapped her up in a hug, hoping someday we’d share a Valentine’s Day together as a real couple instead of just friends.

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Pleasured By You will release March 20th, 2015! Be sure to add it your Goodreads and join the Facebook party!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Love in the City gang!

Xo,

Steph Nuss

 

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Yes, it’s finally happened. I’ve created a place where you can all go and talk all things Steph Nuss and my books! It’s also a place where you can talk about other books, as long as it’s in a positive manner. I will not tolerate negative posts and/or comments about anything, especially other authors and their books. So, if you want to be part of Nuss’ Navy, come on over to Facebook, take the oath, and become one of Steph’s sailors today!

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I, [your name here], do solemnly swear that I will support and promote Steph Nuss and her books in a positive manner; that I will bear true faith and honor to the Navy by sharing my love for reading with my fellow book lovers and treating them how I want to be treated; that I will obey the orders of keeping all drama outside of the Navy including keeping any and all negative thoughts and/or comments about other authors, books, bloggers, and readers to myself; that I make this obligation freely, without any reservation or purpose of elusion; and that I will well and loyally discharge the duties of the group I am about to enter. So help me God.

FREE Exclusively on iBooks!

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I’m so excited to announce that Wanted By You is part of iBooks’ First in a Series Romance promotion in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland! So, if you haven’t started my Love in the City series or know somebody who hasn’t, let them know about this awesome deal because now is the time to start! There are tons of great books for free, and if you’re a series lover like I am, you don’t want to miss out on these great deals! Wanted By You is usually priced at $3.99! Click the download button below to get your free copy now!

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What’s also so great about this promotion is that it’s happening right before the release of the second book in my Love in the City series, Fantasized By You, so you don’t have to wait long for book two! The books in the series can be read as stand-alones since each story is about a different couple, but the timeline in book two picks up where book one left off so you won’t miss anything! Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2) will release on July 14th, and is now available for pre-order on iBooks! So, you’re getting two books for $4.99! That’s a steal! To pre-order your copy of Fantasized By You, click the download button below!

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Like I said, please let your friends and family and fellow book lovers know about this awesome promotion because it’s too good to pass up! Thank you so much for all of your support, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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