Friday, August 30, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Linked By Judy Serrano GUEST POST

Linked Series Book One
By Judy Serrano

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: July 18th, 2013
Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 81,403
Cover Artist: Danielle Barnard

Available Here:
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Book Description:
Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.

In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.
“Mr. Cross,” I started, leaning into him so that no one else could hear me. “What are you doing here?”
“It’s nice to see you too, Miss Foster.”
“I think we’re passed the formalities now, don’t you?” I asked.
“Daphne, then.” My name played so softly on his lips that I shuddered, and embarrassingly so. He smiled. “Then you must call me Charlie.” He kissed the backs of my hands. “I see I already have a positive effect on you.”
“Don’t read too much into it,” I told him. “It’s just a chill.”
“Or maybe a warm sensation,” he whispered, putting his finger on my face and tracing it down to my lips. I swallowed hard and I know my face was yet again bright red.
I looked over at Janice who was having a pleasant conversation with his brother. Then I looked back at him. “Does your wife know you frequent schools to pick up teachers?” I asked.
“You mean substitute teachers,” he answered. I stuck my tongue out at him. “I like when you do that.”
“Stop it,” I whispered harshly. “Look. I’m sure I’m not the type of woman that you’re used to. Especially since I know first hand that you’re married, and I think I already mentioned that I don’t date married men.”
The waitress showed up with four shots of tequila. I looked at him in amazement. “Really?” I asked.
“Come on, Daphne, let go a little,” Janice added, shining like a brand new diamond.
We downed the shots and Charlie got a little too close. “I find you irresistible, Daphne.” He leaned in so that he was almost whispering in my ear. “I don’t know what it is about you, but I must have you.” He took my hand and brought it to his cheek.
“What is it that you do, Mr. Cross?” I asked.
“I thought we were past formalities.”
“Charlie,” I corrected. “Sorry. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a businessman,” he answered. “Acquisitions are my specialty.”
“And what exactly do you acquire?” I asked. “And please do not say women.”
“I do not buy and sell women,” he answered, his voice getting suddenly harsh. “But when I see something I want, I go after it until it yields to me.”
I pulled my hand away from his face and looked at him. He was most unsettling. “You think I’m just going to fall right into your arms, don’t you, Charlie.”
“Not into my arms, necessarily,” he answered. “but certainly into my bed.”

An interview between Daphne and the author, Judy Serrano.

Daphne, as you know, you are the main character of my new paranormal romance, Linked. Were you happy in general about the outcome?

Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but you certainly did surround me with some very handsome alpha males. I can’t complain about that.

So true. Did you enjoy being a schoolteacher?

I wasn’t really a schoolteacher. I was more of a substitute teacher for high school, as Charlie was only too happy to continuously point out to me. It was a hard job but very rewarding. Next time make me something really exciting like a werewolf or a cheetah. I want to be something unusual and hard to catch.

I will keep that in mind for the next book. Do you think you made the right choice with the man in your life or do you wish I directed you somewhere else?

I am very happy with the choices I made. I think you made the right decision. Although the love triangle became very painful, in real life that’s how it is.

I suppose so. Did you wish you ended up with Dante, Charlie’s brother?

There is no doubt that Dante will always hold a special place in my heart. He was so sexy and crazy, but certainly I had other places to be. I had other men who needed me more.

One last question, Daphne. What do you think life would have been like if you just didn’t extend the invitation to Charlie Cross? Sometimes I think I should have named this book, The Invitation.

Don’t think it hasn’t occurred to me that I should have just said no. Nothing would have changed and I’d be a teacher by now, teaching high school English. But, that being said, I love my family and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Not many girls can say they have done what I’ve done or been where I’ve been. I am a lucky girl.

Thanks, Daphne, for letting me ask you a few questions.  Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes. Girls… if you meet a guy and you know in your head that this is going to be the most thrilling ride of your life… get on board.
Judy Serrano graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce with a BA in English. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors.

She is a substitute teacher at the local school district and writes for various on-line publications. She is the author of Easter's Lilly, Brother Number Three, Relatively Close and Memoirs of a Mobster, which are romantic thrillers and part of The Easter’s Lilly Series.

Judy currently resides in Texas with her husband, four children (all boys) and five dogs. She is also a singer/songwriter in her spare time.
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