Please welcome Lynda Aicher and
The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.
When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.
Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.
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The Gift of Reading
I love to read and that’s probably not a surprise to anyone. I’ve been an avid reader since I was in grade school when I discovered that the imaginary worlds brought escape and let me dream. The characters were real, their exploits shared and loved. One of the best parts though is that the joy I found through reading is still with me all these years later.
I didn’t intentionally set out to, but I’m happy to say I’ve passed this love for reading onto my kids. I easily have over a hundred age-appropriate kid’s books in the house at any given time since they were born. I scrounge rummage sales, buy used and dig through Goodwill for anything interesting. We grew from picture books, to easy readers, to chapter books. And since I have a boy and a girl, our collection ranges from snakes, cars and fantasy to princesses, fairies and girl clubs.
One of my favorite memories is coming downstairs at six in the morning every Saturday to find my husband and eighteen-month-old son sitting together on the couch with a foot-high stack of books next to them. He’d diligently bring over book after book for dad to read and on Sunday’s it was my turn to take over as the early-morning reader.
As the kids get older, I cycle in new books and give away the ones they’ve outgrown. We’re in one of those phases right now. I have two boxes full of books, every one of them holding a memory of reading it together. Some are pretty worn, others almost brand new.
And now I get to pass them on. I feel a bit like Santa every time I share the joy and give another child a chance to read a new-to-them book. I love to see their faces light up as they rush off to read it or beg me to read it to them. They don’t care if the spine’s a little worn or if the page corners are bent. What they see are colorful pictures, a new story and a chance to learn and maybe laugh.
In other words: escape. Even at that young age, they are learning the joy of imagining. And how great is that?
I believe reading is magical no matter your age, and whenever possible, I give books as gifts. Will you be giving books as gifts this holiday season?
About the author:
I love to read. It's a simple fact about me that has been true since I discovered the worlds of Judy Blume at the age of ten. This love of reading transferred to young romance (the early version of Young Adult when the stories weren't plagued by vampires, werewolves, and death) which hooked me on the romance genre and the fulfillment that comes with a happy-ever-after ending.
Twenty-five years later, I'm still an avid reader of all types of romance. The diversity of writing in the market ensures that there is always something new to read. I'm still a sucker for the happy-ever-after because there are more than enough not-so-happy endings in the real world that I don't need to read about them. I read a book for enjoyment and I want to feel good when the story ends.
I have the luxury of being a full-time writer, that is, a full-time writer around my duties as mom, wife, cleaner, cook, chauffeur, master scheduler, banker, cheerleader, volunteer, and tutor. Writing has to be a priority, or it would never happen.
I live in the Pacific Northwest which provides many months of rain-filled incentive to stay indoors and write. However, I'm a Midwesterner at heart. A perfect day has the snow falling outside, a fire warming the room, a football game on the television, a roast cooking in the oven, my family hanging out around me and a good book to read.
I'm thrilled to be nominated for a 2015 Romance Writers of America RITA® award (that's the Oscars of the romance world) for my Male/Male book Bonds of Denial. This is the first time any M/M books have been nominated and I'm humbled to be a part of such a great event.
To celebrate the release of Champagne Kisses, Lynda Aicher is giving away a $50 gift card to Amazon! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 19, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!
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