Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway—A Good Time by Shannyn Schroeder

A Good Time
by Shannyn Schroeder
Publication: July 4th 2013 by Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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A passionate free spirit and a sweet-talking playboy sound like a match made in heaven—until life gets in the way of all the fun and games…

Indy Adams values her freedom above all else. She works hard to support herself, moonlighting as a waitress while she fights for her first big sale in the Chicago real estate market. The last thing she needs is to be tied down, so she doesn’t think twice about declining her philandering boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Besides, she just landed a new client, a wealthy lothario—exactly the kind of guy who would understand her no-strings approach…

Handsome, rich, and charitable, most women jump at the chance to even talk to video game developer Griffin Walker, let alone date him. So he can’t understand why Indy wants nothing more than a few steamy nights together. Despite his romantic track record, Griffin longs for real love—complete with a home and family—and he wants it with Indy. But a blessing in disguise may lead them both to a life they never expected, and give Griffin a chance to show Indy that it’s okay to want more than a good time…

A peek inside A Good Time

“Why are you here?” she asked again.
“I rolled over in bed, expecting to find a warm naked body and found nothing. When you didn’t pop out of the bathroom, I went to look for you and found this.” He tossed her crumpled note on the kitchen table.
She shook her head to clear it. “You’re pissed because I borrowed a sweatshirt?” How petty was this guy? She stripped it off and threw it at him. He dropped it on the chair.
Indy moved to push past him, but he caught her arm.
“I’m pissed because you snuck out of my house. You just left.”
She yanked her arm back. “I didn’t see the point in waking you. What do you want, a big, fat thank you?”
He deserved at least that much. It had been some of the best damn sex she’d ever had. Not that she would admit it right now.
“I want to know why you left.”
She didn’t know how to answer. I don’t belong in your world? He wouldn’t buy it, even though it rang true. She took a deep breath, stared at the floor, and lied. “I can’t sleep in a strange place.”
She’d felt too comfortable in his bed and knew it was a bad thing. Sex was sex, but sleeping together changed things.
His voice softened. “You fell asleep before I did.”
She shrugged, hoping he wouldn’t try to bust her on her lie. He moved closer and ran a hand over her hair. She wanted nothing more than to snuggle her face into his hand, but held back.
“Fine. I thought you might want these back.” From his pocket he produced her panties.
She looked at her panties dangling from his finger. The tense moment passed and she smiled. “No bra?”
His eyes wandered to her chest and her hard nipples. “I didn’t know you left it.”
“I couldn’t find my panties or bra.”
“I’ll look for it.” He took a step closer and she backed into the wall. “Next time, I won’t let you off so easy.”
She tilted her chin up, her heart already racing. “Who says there will be a next time?”
“You,” he whispered against her lips and kissed her.

Shannyn Schroeder

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Shannyn Schroeder is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to professional author. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending because real life can be depressing. She writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.

In her spare time, she loves to bake cookies and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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  1. How do you come up with the names of your characters?

    1. Hi Kim - Names are usually pretty hard for me, and I spend a lot of time thinking about it and researching what might fit. That being said, the heroines for my first 2 books were easy - Quinn and Indy (Independence) because there's a story behind their names. I like some unusual names, but I tend to stick with names that really exist - I don't make things up. I spend a lot of time with a character naming book and baby names web sites.

    2. I love the story behind Quinn and Indy's names. It was pretty funny.

  2. So you like to watch cop shows? So do those cop dramas best. Thanks for the excerpt.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Yes, I will watch almost any law enforcement show, even the ones that aren't very plausible (Like Covert Affairs - not cops, but CIA). Criminal Minds is probably my favorite. Or Justified. Or... shoot, forget it. I can't pick a favorite.

    2. I think Covert Affairs is fun! And I like Castle and NCIS and The Mentalist and White Collar. I find Criminal Minds too disturbing before bed. Their bad guys just seem really scary to me.
      catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today.

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you. I'm looking forward to reading the book.


  5. I'm impressed that you gave up Diet Coke. I am a coffee addict and would DIE if I had to give it up! LOL. My hubby is worse...he's addicted to Diet Coke and coffee!! LOVE the excerpt...what's up next for you?

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

    1. Hi Barrie - I haven't totally given it up. It's my caffeine of choice. If I drink too much aspartame, though, I get migraines. At home, I've switched to Diet with Splenda. It takes some getting used to, but I still get my fix :)

      Up next will be Colin O'Leary's story that will release on Jan 2014

  6. Hi Shannyn! I just wondered if people using incorrectly spelled words and bad sentence construction bug you since you are a former English teacher?

    1. Hi Melinda - I'm pretty good at ignoring most grammar mistakes. We all have our pet peeves, but I don't walk around correcting people. Plus, we all make mistakes (including me, and I should know better)

  7. I loved the characters in your story. I would love to read the whole thing, I especially love a story where the woman is strong and the guy doesn't know what hit him. You did that in this story. So good. Thanks for the story. It's a winner.

    1. Hi Yvonne - Although the book releases tomorrow, if you want another little snippet, I do have an excerpt on my web site and if you look through my blog posts, I do 8 sentences every Sunday. Thanks

  8. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! A Good Time sounds great, so I'll be sure to pick up a copy.

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway! :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  9. This looks great! Love the Chicago setting too:)

    Thanks for the introduction!
    saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

  10. Yea for a man who goes after his lady love! ;-)
    Looking forward to this novel!


  11. I cannot wait to read this book!
    Do you have another book or books in the works?? do you find time to write with 3 children? Thank you for the giveaway!

    JessieL62 AT comcast DOT net