First, I’d like to thank you for hosting me and allowing me to guest blog today. Girl Code is a very special project for me for many reasons. It’s the first project I’ve done where I’ve collaborated with fellow authors/friends. Basically, we created four separate romance stories that intertwine because the heroines are all best friends. A lot of time and effort went into making sure the characters were consistent throughout each other’s stories. But my story is also based on one of my most favorite romance trends. In HOPE, Josephine and Talon start out as friends.
I love the friends-to-lovers storyline. Everyone loves friends-to-lovers stories! We all like to watch two people that already know each other realize that their friendship is more. Why is that?!? What is so intriguing about that situation!?!
I think it is because all of us have all had that person in our life! We have had that person that we called a friend—that we trusted with our secrets and fears—that knew our good and bad sides—that made us laugh when nothing else could or held us when we cried—and then one day, that same person walked into a room and caused the butterflies to flutter in our stomach or desire to course through our body.
How, and if, it blossoms is different for each friendship. Sometimes the attraction is always there from the minute the two people meet and become friends but other aspects of life prevent the friendship from moving to more. Sometimes the attraction isn’t immediately apparent but develops over time. Sometimes the two people act on the attraction and end up in their happily ever after. Other times the relationship is an utter failure and it’s a struggle to even hang on to the remaining strands of the friendship. And a lot of times, we don’t act on the attraction at all for whatever reasons and always wonder about what could have been! But in some fashion, we have all had our version of Talon Manness from my story HOPE in the Girl Code anthology. Yes… even me!
It is exciting to explore sex with someone who knows you—someone you trust with your life—someone you know respects and cherishes you because there is a solid friendship at stake. All the sexual fumbles and mistakes are easier to handle when it’s someone that has already seen you at your worst and knows how remarkable you are at your best. It can be incredible to know that you can explore some avenues you maybe never would because the person on that exploration with you already has your trust, so you can let go of some inhibitions and reservations. And, of course, the basis of any good, real relationship is friendship—we all know that! So that’s part of what made me want to write Josephine and Talon’s story. I hope you enjoy it.
Anthology of 4 stories:
FAITH and PERSISTENCE
Jessica Jayne, Lea Brosen,
Cait Jarrod, DC Stone
Genre: erotic romance, contemporary romance,
Date of Publication: July 31, 2015
Word Count: Each story is between 35k-40k words
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/0qF5HnFUKvE
Available at Amazon
All proceeds from sales are being donated to The Wounded Warrior Project
HOPE – Jessica Jayne
Josephine "Joey" Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?
Deep in thought, he hadn’t noticed Joey inching her way toward the garage until it was too late. She stood in front of him holding the hose nozzle like she was about to shoot a pistol, with a shit-eating grin.
“Don’t you fucking dare.” His helmet muffled his warning, but the cocked eyebrow indicated she’d heard him just fine.
He flipped off his helmet and tossed it away from the ATV so the inevitable water fight didn’t ruin it. He turned off the four-wheeler and stashed the key in his pocket. “Do you really want to find out?”
“Maybe I do,” she sassed him, and he chuckled. He liked this playful, ballsy side of her. He’d had a glimpse of it a few times over the months, but she always tried to keep it in check. Today—however, she was balls to the wall.
“Then go for it. I dare you. I triple dog fucking dare you.” He stood with a foot on each platform straddling the ATV with his hands resting on the handlebars. She pushed the trigger. Hot water pelted him in the chest as the hose cleared the water that had been sitting in the line all day. Two seconds later, cold water showered him, hitting him in the face, the chest, and she even had the audacity to aim for his groin.
Hurdling over the ATV, his feet splashed in the mud created by her water escapade. Screaming, she dropped the hose and ran through his back yard. He followed. She had some speed. He’d give her that. All the running she did at the beach paid off, but he was faster.
In ten strides, he wrapped an arm around her middle. Her legs dangled in the air as he swung her around and walked her back to the garage area.
“Stop, Talon! Stop!” She kicked and wriggled attempting to escape, but he tightened his hold.
“I warned you, didn’t I?” Still holding her with one arm, he bent and swiped the hose off the ground.
“Talon Manness! You wouldn’t,” she shrieked.
“You don’t know me too well then, Sweetness.” He held the nozzle as far as his arm could stretch so as not to hurt her from the force of the water. Squeezing the trigger, he sprayed her hair until not a single strand remained dry, and brown rivulets streaked her face and arms from the mud. Then, he targeted her tank top, before releasing his hold on her and aiming the nozzle at her lower body. She dashed in the direction of a tree, but wasn’t quick enough to avoid getting the back of her pants drenched.
“Truce,” she yelled from behind the tree. She peeked around. Her hair hung in matted clumps. Black smudged under her eyes from her mascara. He snickered, and sprayed in her direction again. Her head ducked behind.
“Come on out, Joey. This hose can stretch pretty far. I don’t want to come out and get you, but I will.”
“I’m already soaking wet.” Her voice sounded shrill.
“Then getting wetter should be no big deal.”
“I can’t get any wetter. It’s a waste of your time.” She peeked around the other side of the tree, and he blasted her again. “Arrggh!”
About Jessica Jayne:
Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English because she could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing.
In the journey of life, she obtained her law degree (and bar license) and also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure.
LIVE – Lea Brosen
After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette "Juls" Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother's burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love...and live.
About Lea Brosen
Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.
FAITH – Cait Jarrod
Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?
About Cait Jarrod:
From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.
PERSISTENCE – DC Stone
Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.
About DC Stone:
DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military anda private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has herMaster’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.
When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, RomVets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her at www.authordcstone.com.