Monday, July 15, 2013

Welcome to the HOT SUMMER ROMANCE Giveaway Hop



When I think of summer, I picture myself on the beach, sipping a whiskey sour, and reading a hot book with danger and a handsome,
mysterious hero. For this hop, I’m sharing with you a delicious drink recipe and for your reading pleasure, an excerpt from OUTMANEUVERED, nominated for the 2012 RONE Award for best suspense novel. Enjoy! 


Whiskey Sour with a Ginger Twist Recipe
  (makes one cocktail)



·  1 1/2 ounces whiskey (rye or bourbon)
·  1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
·  1/4 to 1/2 ounce ginger syrup (according to taste)
·  egg white
·  dash of bitters (to taste)


1. Pour ingredients (except for the egg white) into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake for 10 seconds. When using an egg in a drink, shake the ingredients for five seconds before adding the ice to better incorporate the egg, then add the ice and shake like crazy for at least 20 seconds.

3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or fill into an ice-filled glass


                    Now for the hot read!
 OUTMANEUVERED  by J.L. Hammer

A missing influential CEO—a handsome, ambitious FBI agent—and a smart-mouthed blonde bombshell—in the end, who will be outmaneuvered? 

To FBI Special Agent Cruz Romero the assignment seems cut and dry: shadow Amanda Price, the estranged daughter of a missing high-powered CEO, and find evidence linking her to his disappearance. The last thing Romero expects while on surveillance is for her to strut right up to him, insisting they've met before. Once he gets a good look at this familiar sassy blonde, he knows he’s in trouble. He must throw her off track before the entire investigation is jeopardized. As the evidence stacks against Amanda, Romero brings her in for a round of heated questioning and his suspicion of her guilt deepens with every evasive answer. When a sniper makes an attempt on her life, he is forced to protect her. Plunged into a maze of deceit, Romero fears that his blinding attraction for Amanda might be his fatal downfall.



EXCERPT:

Romero brushed his hand against her arm. “Amanda, are you okay?”

She swallowed the lump of emotions. Unable to speak, all she could do was shake her head.

“Come here, sugar. I know this is hard.” He wrapped his arms around her.

Amanda felt her breath hitch.

Romero lowered his head and said, “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you’re worthless.” The warmth of his breath against her ear sent her pulse hammering. He smelled so good—so male.

Before she realized what she was doing, Amanda laced her fingers through his jet-black hair and pulled his lips to hers. There was no delay, no shock. His response to her was instant and hungry. Her tongue glided across his. He tasted like wine and something peppery. The warmth of his hands cupping and tightening on her waist sent sparks of desire shooting across her skin. Amanda arched toward him, pressing herself against his solid body. He trailed his mouth along her jawline.

“How I want you,” Romero whispered.

Once again he returned to her lips. Every inch of her felt on fire. She deepened the kiss. She pulled him closer, wishing she could climb inside of him. Amanda slid her hands across his chest, down his flat stomach. His muscles flexed under her fingers. Slowly, she brushed her fingers lower…

Like a splash of ice water, he shoved her away. Cold swirled around her. Amanda lay half sprawled on the sofa, half on the floor. She realized he was no longer there, but standing, facing the window.

“What? —”

He drew in a labored breath. “This can’t happen. You are under FBI protection. This needs to stop.”

“But we’re two consenting adults.”

“It doesn’t matter. I’m here to protect you—not to mate.” His voice was strained.

Amanda bolted to her feet. Her spine snapped ramrod straight. “Excuse me—mate?”

“You know what I mean.”

“Screw you,” she hollered. All hot and bothered, she stalked out of the room, slamming the bedroom door in her rage.



OUTMANEUVERED is available on ebook and in paperback on Amazon and B&N.



*GIVEAWAY ALERT. One random commenter will win a signed copy of OUTMANEUVERED (US entries only for this contest).  Please be sure to leave your email address. Just to make things sweeter, one random reader will receive a $5 Starbucks' gift card just for becoming a follower of my blog. Winners will be announced July 22nd.  Thanks and good luck!


Be sure to visit all the exciting authors participating in the HOT SUMMER ROMANCE Giveaway Hop. Also, click here to visit the host site where you can enter to win two grand prizes: a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

56 comments:

  1. love that drink :)
    swordlily_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Swordlily,
      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy!

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  2. yummy might have to try that drink thanks for the recipe and the excerpt.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. BLHmistress,
      Happy to share. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Gotta try that drink!
    So many great books being added to my TRB list today!!
    Thanks for being in the hop!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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    1. K. April Holgate,

      You're right. There are so many good reads on this hop. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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  4. That just went on my TBR and the drink sounds much better than my vodka and raspberry tea I'm drinking right now, which actually isn't that bad. :) Thanks! heather1974 at gmail dot com

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  5. Not Everyones Mama,
    First of all, I love your name. I'm sure the story behind it is quite interesting. Thanks so much for adding Outmaneuvered to your TBR pile. Cheers!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway & Im a follower :) carlywood@comcast.net

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    1. Carly,

      Thanks so much and good luck!

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  7. love a Whiskey Sour and an FBI Story!! Thanks for sharing!
    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

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    1. Stacey,

      So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for commenting.

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  8. GFC Cassandra Hicks
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

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  9. GFC Kyla Patton Thanks a bunch for the hop/giveaway! Kyla Patton- kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

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    1. LhasaLuma,

      Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. GFC Jessica Szigethy

    jess820 at gmail.com

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    1. Jessi,

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

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  11. Book sounds really good.
    GFC follower susanmplatt

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

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      Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

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  12. Oh yeah.. I can see it now.. Reading this awesome suspense, crime.. while drinking my favorite mocha latte.. ;)))

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

    Love the site.. very sexy.

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  13. Valerie R,
    I love your enthusiasm. Glad you like my blog design. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your great excerpt and the awesome giveaways. I could see myself reading your book while I enjoyed a nice frozen hurricane. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Eva Millien,

      I'm thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt. Cheers!

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I follow by GFC: Natasha D
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Natasha D,

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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  16. Love your stories, J.L. I'm thinking of opening my individual (single serving, pre-mixed) Kahlua drinks today...delish!

    Can't wait for Vegas! (1st time)

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    1. KJ,

      I'm so glad you enjoy my novels. Kahlua drinks sound so good. See you in Vegas!

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  17. Great excerpt! Added to my TBR list :)

    bhunter30(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. CuriousBelle,

      Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

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  18. Sounds like a good story. I will have to pick this up. kinbaku.gardener@gmail.com

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  19. Kinbaku Gardener,

    I'm thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for commenting.

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  20. Not a drinker, love sweet tea. lol Enjoyed the excerpt.
    thanks for the giveaway
    wandad1961@yahoo.com

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    1. Wanda,

      I love sweet tea too, especially on a hot summer day. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Sound wonderful!
    sugerlady@aol.com

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    1. Tamara Hoffa,

      Thanks! Enjoy the rest of the hop.

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC Marlene Breakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Marlene Breakfield,

    Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  24. Thanks for the chance at these awesome giveaways and for participating in the hop!!
    GFC Christina Torres

    huntress023(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. deasuluna,

      So happy you stopped by and good luck!

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  25. Thanks!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  26. I'm soooo excited to become one of your follower. Thank you for a chance to win.

    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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    1. strawberryrose,

      Thanks so much for following! I love your enthusiasm.

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  27. This book sounds exceptional. I would love to win it. I will be subscribing via email and/or bloglovin. I just have to find the link...Your writing style already had me hooked and I wanted to smack Romero. He was being quite the jerk face. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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    1. Michelle Willms,
      LOL! You are right. Romero was being a jerk face--a very sexy one. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt. Good luck!

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  28. Oh that drink sounds delicious and so does that book!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    dragon5174 at gmail dot com

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    1. Rachel dosSantos,

      I hope you have a chance to enjoy both this summer. Cheers!

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  29. Great sounding book! Love the sound of it! And thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Shadow,

    Thanks for commenting. Enjoy!

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  31. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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    1. Book Attict,

      My pleasure. Enjoy the rest of the hop.

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  32. Thanks for being on the hop. The recipe looks wonderful! I am loving finding all the amazing books for my summer reading.

    Me
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    1. Mel,

      So glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks for stopped by.

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  33. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win! usmcwifey1(at)live(dot)com

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  34. Jessmartin,

    Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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