Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway - Vanessa Jared's Got a Man: A Novel by LaQuette

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Vanessa Jared's Got a Man: A Novel by LaQuette. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Vanessa Jared's Got a Man: A Novel
Author: LaQuette
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 20th 2022
Print Length: 262 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Vanessa Jared, a 40-something divorcée, decided that the best way to pull herself out of their post-divorce slump was to form The Savvy, Sexy, Singles Club and start the "Do Me" portion of her and her friends' lives.

But on the two-year anniversary, a sexy sheriff shows up on Vanessa's doorstep wanting her to help him keep his little sister from marrying her no-good ex. Vanessa is not down for this at all. She wants nothing to do with her ex...until she spots a photo of her ex's new fiancée wearing her grandmother's ring—which he clearly stole from her. So now it is on. Vanessa is ready to take this trifling (fill-in-the-blank) down. What she does not expect is to fall in love along the way.

“I’m kinda wondering why such a good guy would try to sidestep the advances of a woman he admits is beautiful.”

He didn’t know what came over him, except the fact that his common sense exited and his ego stepped up front and center. He came from around the counter, meeting her on the other side, standing as close to her as he could.

To her credit, she wasn’t the least bit put off by his proximity as she leaned into him.

“The thing that makes me good at my job is that I love putting puzzle pieces together to figure out what makes people tick. Once I put all the parts together, I can figure out what motivates folks to do some of the drastic things they do.”

He lifted his hand, slowly pushing the sleek strands of her hair behind her ear, letting his thumb settle at the edge of her jaw.

“Call me old-fashioned.” His voice was a low rumble he almost didn’t recognize. “But I like to do the chasing when I’m interested in a woman.”

She lifted a skeptical brow as they continued their stare-off. “So, you’re not into strong, independent women who know their own minds? You need a docile woman to make yourself feel like a big man?”

“I want nothing less than a strong, independent woman who knows her own mind.” He paused a moment to let his words settle in. “Only I want to put all the pieces together and figure out what she wants before I make a move. I want her to know her worth and make me chase her like the queen she knows she is. I want her to make me work for it. Where’s the fun in having you if I didn’t have to actually put in any work to get you?”

It didn’t escape him that his pronouns for this imaginary woman had switched from third person to second in the span of a few words. He wasn’t even sorry enough to explain he was speaking in generalities to try to cover it up. They both knew he wasn’t, so what was the point. Fire flashed in her eyes, and as sure as he knew his own name, he recognized it for what it was: desire.

He leaned in, noting how bad an idea this was as he did. Then again, watching her lean in as well, he didn’t give a damn. Her plush mouth was slightly parted, and he could feel the drum of her pulse beat faster and harder at her neck. Bad idea or not, there was no way in hell he was giving up the chance to know how that mouth would feel against his.

“Stop me now if this isn’t what you want?” He was gone, intoxicated by his growing need for her. Still, even at the height of this building lust, he wasn’t so far gone that he would ever do this against her will.

“If it wasn’t what I wanted, I’d tell you.”

That sharp tongue was so sexy, and he’d bet all he had that that would be even more true once he tasted it.
2021 Vivian Award finalist and DEIA activist in the romance industry, LaQuette writes bold stories featuring multicultural characters. She crafts dramatic, emotionally epic tales that are deeply pigmented by reality's paintbrush.

This Brooklyn native's novels are a unique mix of unapologetically sexy, stylish, & sensational characters who are confident in their right to appear on the page.

She is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award winner & the 2016 Write Touch Readers Award winner. Writing—her escape from everyday madness— has always been a friend and source of comfort. At the age of sixteen, she read her first romance novel and realized the genre was missing something: people that looked and lived like her. As a result, her characters and settings are always designed to provide positive representations of people of color and various marginalized communities.

She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble

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(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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  1. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, Vanessa Jared's Got a Man sounds like a must read for me. I do read a lot of YA romance and stories that feature teens and young adults so it is nice every now and then to read a story that features a grown woman as the heroine and I am looking forward to meeting Vanessa.

  2. great cover, congrats on the release, this sounds really good

  3. Looks like such a fun romance. Thank you

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt and Vanessa Jared's Got a Man sounds like a must read romance for me!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a magical holiday season!

  5. congratulations i would love to read this, thanks so much happy holidays

  6. Congratulations on your new release!!

  7. Seeing the new fiancée wearing her grandmother's ring would set anyone off I'm sure

  8. Sounds like a great Contemporary Romance read.

  9. LaQuette has been on my reading wishlist for awhile now.

  10. Gorgeous cover! Thanks for sharing an excerpt!

  11. Sounds like a fun and sexy book!

  12. looks like a fun one

  13. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  14. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  15. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

  16. Do you listen to music when you write?

  17. you are a new author for me - after reading the book excerpt -I would like to read this book-thanks

  18. thanks again for the wonderful giveaway

  19. Happy Friday!

  20. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing.

  21. What's your favorite holiday tradition?

  22. Oooo, that ex is such a dirtbag! I hope she gets the ring back! The cover is gorgeous, thanks for sharing an excerpt!

  23. I enjoyed the excerpt. I'm planning to read this soon.