Monday, December 3, 2012

The Mating Game Blog Hop Round 1 + my last blog tour vlog!


Welcome to the first day of The Mating Game Blog Hop!

Before I share my excerpt, here are the details of how this works:

On December 3, 2012, each of the five judges will be posting on their blogs a small excerpt from one of their newly, or up and coming released new adult books.

At the end of the excerpt, a question inspired by the excerpt will be posted in which your couples will have to answer interview style!  There will be a total five questions, one from each blog.

Then on December 10th, 2012 (Blog Hop Day), your couples will answer all five questions.  Other blog hop participants, readers, and judges will "hop" around your blogs and comment on your fun couples!!!

On December 12th, 2012 the judges will each choose a couple that blew them away with their stellar answers and that person will win a eCopy of that judge's book!!!

Here's my excerpt:

“Because,” I panted as we neared the front door, “this date is going to be hard enough as it is. I’m not going to subject him to your overprotective brother routine.”
“First of all, I don’t have a routine.” Ian slid to the side, propelling me into the door.
“Hey!” I whirled around to catch him, but I needn’t have bothered. He wasn’t going anywhere. Instead, he stepped right before me, blocking my path away from the door. The sudden change in his expression made me go still. It was nothing overt, but there was something… a sharpness in his eyes, a pinch to his mouth, that made my heart stutter and quickened my breath. “Secondly,” he said, “I’m not your brother.”
Swallowing to moisten my suddenly dry throat, I nodded. "I know that."
He stepped closer and his hands slid over my hips. "Do you?"
Time slowed down and my heart sped up. My mouth opened and closed as I failed to come up with a reply.
“Because what I’m feeling around you lately is anything but brotherly.” His eyes dropped to my mouth, lingering for a long moment, before he looked back up again. “And it’s frustrating as hell that you keep pretending things aren’t changing.”
I blinked, stunned by his admission. I’d seen things here and there to indicate he saw me differently than before, but to hear him admit it out loud was mind-blowing. I didn’t know if I wanted to do a happy dance or run away. I shivered, instead. His hands still cupped my hips, and his thumbs kept brushing the sides of my inner hip-bones, causing my nerve endings to spark and snap like firecrackers.
My shuddery exhale made Ian’s eyes sharpen. Their green hue darkened and he stared at without falter, analyzing my reaction.
I felt like a deer in headlights and imagine I looked like one, too. I gulped, trying to command the individual muscles in my face to move, but they felt paralyzed. And he still wasn’t moving.
Do something, dammit!
Ian’s eyes traveled down my face again and stopped on my mouth. His lips pressed together, and it was clear he was debating whether or not to close the gap between us.
He was so close. All I would have to do was lift my head off the door and our mouths would touch. The only thing stopping me from doing just that was the small, niggling voice in my head reminding me of his words from the day before. “What about what you said at the panel?”
“What did I say?” he murmured, keeping his eyes on my lips.
“About mixing friendship and relationships?”
“Hmm.” He nodded and moved in a little closer. “What about what you said?”
“What did I say?”
“About taking risks?”
I had said that. I’d also said the girl had to decide if it was worth it. “Is this one worth it?”
His gaze darted back to my eyes. “You tell me.”
“I really don’t know.”
Ian closed his eyes with a heavy sigh. A moment later, he dropped his head on my shoulder. “Me, either,” he said. “This is so confusing.”
Tell me about it.

So, in this case, it's Ian's and Ivy's friendship that's holding them back from taking that next step.  My question, then, is this:

What is one of the roadblocks standing in the way of you getting together?

 Now, go hop around to posts of the other judges and gather their questions:

Victoria H. Smith |
Jade Hart |
Chelsea Cameron |
Magan Vernon |

You can still sign up:  Linky Sign-up!

Also, while you’re here, be sure to check out my last vlog for the Truths about Dating and Mating blog tour over at Rachel Schieffelbein - Writing on the Wall


  1. I really like that scene from the book! :D

  2. Poor Ivy. And, that question's going to be fuuuun. :D

    1. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  3. The boys in these excerpts are out of control! lol Super excited to take part in the hop Jaycee, though I'm going to have to get creative. :-)

    1. Glad you're participating! :D

      I look forward to seeing how creative you get.

  4. Saw your video! Can't do the blog hop as that's the same day as my blogfest.

  5. I've read this excerpt before ... still love it. ^_^

    I really need to find some spare cash and nab this.

    1. Actually, this is the first time I've posted this one, but I think you read the other one that was sort of similar.

      If you wait a bit, I'll be doing a free day soon. :D