Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson – Blog Tour

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Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt:

Hayden waved at Lyssa, who’d made it to O’Hare International Airport a full ten minutes earlier than she’d planned. Her partner stood in front of the check-in kiosks with his overnight bag at his feet and his boarding pass in the hand he’d just flagged her down with.

“You didn’t have to wait for me,” she said.

“I know, but this way I’d know sooner if you were late and would be able to call to give you a nudge.”

“How did you know I wasn’t already at the gate?”

He shrugged his non-committal answer. “Did you already print your pass?”

“Yep.”

They walked over to the line for security, and she updated him on the slight changes to their itinerary as they wove their way through the tethered maze. They were flying to New York to interview two contenders to replace Blaze Capital Management in DH’s investment program and then would catch a quick flight to Boston for a meeting the following morning with Bell Funds, the third candidate.

After making their way through the scanner with no incident, they waited for their things to be ferried through their own scan. Lyssa snatched her zip-locked toiletries, purse, and shoes as soon as the conveyor belt brought the tray to her, but her carry-on bag reversed back into the machine just as quickly as it appeared. The security officer studied the screen. “Gonna have to search it,” he murmured, and then started the conveyor belt again, lifting her bag when it emerged and taking it to a side table.

Lyssa fumbled to get her ankle-high boots on and hobbled over to the table mid zip so she could keep an eye on what was happening with her bag. By the time she straightened to stand all the way up, Hayden was right behind her with his shiny black shoes tied and his jacket neatly draped over his arm.

“You can head for the gate if you want,” Lyssa said. “Oh, and coffee’s on me this time, if you don’t mind getting it.” She reached into her purse for her wallet.

“You can buy, but I’ll wait.”

When Lyssa turned toward him, she saw his eyes fixed on the contents of her bag while the airport guy pawed through it. She could only imagine what her partner thought he was learning about her now. Returning her focus to the bag, she squelched a gasp when the guy pulled her makeup bag up from the bottom, unzipping it. His gloved fingertip pushed aside eyeliners and lipsticks to reveal a baggie containing a four-inch-long, white tube. It had a clear, spiky rubber cap on the end, which Lyssa hoped wasn’t obvious through the wrinkled plastic encasing it. The on/off switch along the side would be pretty hard to miss, though.

The man closed the makeup case and returned it to the bottom of her luggage. “You’re good to go,” he said as he zipped up her bag and pushed it toward her.

She refused to look at Hayden even while she told herself he was an adult and a Pocket Rocket in a woman’s overnight bag was no big deal. They’d just walk down the hall to the gate, return to business talk, and that would be it. And then, about halfway down the hall, the silence got to her. Glancing toward him, she blurted, “It’s a flashlight. In case of emergency.”

Synopsis:

Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.

While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.

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Author Bio:
NickiWriting wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group – How much writing do writers do?

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I’m back to posting about my insecurities. Not like my insecurities went away, but I was too busy to write about them last month.

First, big thank you to our awesome co-hosts today, Eva SolarMelanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp! And, as always, huge thanks to Alex. J. Cavanaugh for his leadership.

As I writer, when I am working on a first draft of a WIP, I tend to not like to do anything else. It is my favorite part about this writing job and I allow my brain to be consumed by it, enjoy it, mentally live it until I get the words on the page.

But, as a writer, I don’t get to write as much as I would like to. That is so disappointing and counterproductive. I know …if you want to get better, get recognized, get a royalty check that allows you to do this full time, you have to find time to write.

I am trying. As soon as I finish, plotting, editing, marketing, Facebooking, Tweeting, book related socializing, networking, signing, mailing, filing, editing, editing, editing. Oh, I said that already.

As a writer, how much writing do you get to do? 

Quote for the month:

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*Courtesy of Jennifer Armintrout. Scroll down her feed and check out her video post on May 2nd. It helped.

X – Xavier Neal – Special Tattoo Tuesday Feature

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Oh, I’m sorry. It looks like Xavier got tied up, so Logan will tell his own damn tattoo story. 

Logan “Unbreakable” Kellar: You want my tattoo story? Huh. Alright. I was 18. Legal. My tatt says Unbreakable across one of my pecs and the top part of the u is a chain length that connects to chains around both my biceps and meet in the middle of my back. I’ve been through a lot of shit in my life, like an old man who used to beat me within inches of my life, and the one thing that stuck with me are the words my best friend, my now wife, said to me around the time we were 18. She told me I wasn’t invincible, just Unbreakable. She wanted to remind me that no matter what the fuck the world threw at me, nothing could ever break me. I would always been strong. I needed those words. I love having that reminder tatted on my body. I love the ability to carry her around when I step into the ring, the place that I wouldn’t have ever ended up if it wasn’t for her.

Read about Mr. Kellar’s journey in The Senses Series Box Set. 

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Blind: Aside from being blind to the fact his best friend, Maxx Hughes, is madly in love with him, Logan ‘Unbreakable’ Kellar has it made. He’s the best amateur fighter at TKO, has a buffet line of women desperate to be taken by him, and three friends that are his family. However, when Maxx crosses over from Logan’s blind spot on the side lines to the dead center of his vision, he realizes that he can’t stay blind to the fact this girl, is the girl.

Deaf: While the pleas of Logan Kellar’s best friends typically fall on deaf ears, there’s one voice he can’t ignore so easily. His own. And when Maxx, his beautiful best friend, says something that shakes his existence, he finds himself suddenly desperate to be heard.

Numb: Just when Logan Kellar was finally ready to make some changes in his life, his entire world was flipped upside down. Now the pain he is used to burying is fighting back. Refusing to let him slip into his old ways, refusing to let him hide from his mistakes, and refusing to let him become numb.

Hush: Logan “Unbreakable” Kellar finally has everything he’s always wanted in life. When a career opportunity, that could jeopardize everything, comes along, he’s put back in the position where he’s spent most of his life. Torn. Now, Logan has a hard hitting choice to make. Tell the only girl he’s ever loved exactly what he’s feeling or fall back on old habits and keep his feelings on the Hush.

Savor: Lately, Logan “Unbreakable” Kellar’s life has been a series of miscommunications with catastrophic consequences. However, this time around, the consequences threaten to not only damage his current relationships but erase a future he only ever dreamed of. Will Logan lose everything he’s ever hoped for or will he finally be able to break the cycle of his mistakes and get the future he is so desperate to Savor?

If you want to be featured on Tattoo Tuesday, please let me know in the comments. 

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W – Wonderful Inking Moment

WMy new wonderful writerly friend shared with me a wonderful inking moment. I have to share with you.

Let me introduce you to Skye Falcon.

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Skye had a fan-girl moment and had one of her favorite artist – Christina Perri, sign her arm and that’s right, she got it tattooed as a permanent reminder of a wonderful inking moment.

I think that is so cool!

So, what artist would you consider getting tattooed on your arm? I have a pretty cool signature if my work speaks to you. hehe!!!

V-Very Cool Quill and Ink Tattoos

VAnother popular tattoo among writers is the Quill & Ink. Here are some of my favorite:

Lori L. Clark – I love watercolor tattoos and wanted a feather pen with the word believe for my writing endeavors.

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Lori has been busy this year. Check out her Come Here, Go Away Box Set

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Angie Richmond – But my most recent tattoo (which was done June 26th) represents a new beginning for me. It’s a quill with the words This is my journey. It’s located on the inside of my right forearm. It’s a reminder for me to stop and enjoy the moment. That everything I do is part of my journey in life. I wanted the quill because it incorporates the writer in me.

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Megan Erickson – My first tattoo is on my ribs (ouch!) and it is a feather quill and ink bottle, with the words, “Carpe diem.” I got that tattoo so that every day, when I looked in the mirror, I was reminded to seize the day, make it count, and WRITE. Two months after I got that tattoo, I wrote my very first book.

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Megan has a few new releases, so she got to show up twice.

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All three of these tattoos are unique and have a unique meaning to each writer. I love how the same image can have so many different interpretations.

If you have ink and you want to show it off, please let me know in the comments. I would love to feature you on a future #TattooTuesday

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