Monday, June 10, 2013

Spotlight: Coleen Kwan's Real Men Series


I've been a bookworm all my life. At school English was my favorite subject, but for some reason I decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, I wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. I love writing contemporary romance whether it's sweet or sensual.

I live in Sydney with my partner and two children. When I'm not writing I enjoy avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

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Thanks for having me on TBQ's Book Palace, Danielle. Today I’d like to spotlight my latest release, Real Men Don’t Quit, a sweet contemporary romance published by Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line. Bliss books are “uplifting, heartwarming” stories that are low on heat but high on romance. They focus on “family, home, a strong sense of community, and ultimately happiness.”


Real Men Don’t Quit is book two of my Real Men series but can be read standalone.

~Coleen Kwan

Real Men Don't Quit by Coleen Kwan
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (April 8, 2013)
Series: Real Men, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Serial bachelor. Celebrity author. Her perfect forever?

When famous author Luke Maguire decides to write his next novel in the small town of Burronga, Australia, he's sure he can ignore the fiery redhead next door. Not only has he just been burned from a high-profile breakup, but he's never been one to set down roots. No, he'll finish his novel and leave Burronga. And soon.

Tyler Jones just wants to run her business with her best friend, Ally, and take care of her three-year-old daughter, Chloe. She's never needed help from anyone, especially not a man, and the brooding, rugged writer next door can't tempt her. Not in the least.

Only Tyler and Luke can't stay away from each other. So they set rules. No staying overnight, no future plans, no sappy good-byes when Luke inevitably quits town. But the chemistry between them is too strong to contain in a rulebook. Are Luke and Tyler ready to risk their lives of independence for something more?





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Real Men Don't Quit by Coleen Kwan

“You don’t look much like a writer to me,” she said as she threaded several silver bracelets onto her slim wrists.


“What do writers look like to you?”


“As I said, you’re the first writer I’ve met, but I’ve always imagined writers to be older, with beards and leather elbow patches, and either boring everyone in their uppity voices or swearing and getting roaring drunk on whiskey.”


“Sorry to disappoint you,” he said with a chuckle.


“Oh, I didn’t say you’re a disappointment.”


Startled, he glanced at her and caught the tail end of her insouciant smile. Was she flirting with him? The possibility sent a curious vibration through his nerves, as if he liked the idea of Tyler flirting with him. Shoot, he knew he shouldn’t have offered her a lift. “Where to now?” he asked as they reached the center of town.


“It’s just a couple of blocks up ahead.”


He eased off the accelerator as they cruised down the main street. He’d grown up in Goulburn and wasn’t too familiar with Burronga, even though the towns were an hour’s drive apart. Burronga was a more upmarket place than his hometown, with fancier shops and more expensive cars parked on the streets. They passed the Red Possum, a big, oldfashioned pub, before approaching a late Victorian building

where Tyler indicated for him to pull over. The historic facade of the building had been preserved, but the ground floor looked like it had been recently renovated, with new glass doors and a wide, striped awning bearing the name Java & Joolz.


“So this is where you work?” he said as Tyler unstrapped Chloe from her booster seat.


“Yes. It’s an art gallery and coffee shop. As a matter of fact, I’m part owner,” she added, a note of pride edging into her voice.


“Oh.” He couldn’t help lifting his eyebrows, and she didn’t miss the gesture.


“What? Don’t I look competent enough to be part owner of a business?” Resting a hand on her hip, she gave him a razzing grin.


It wasn’t a question of being competent. He’d seen the chaos inside her house and that didn’t easily gel with running a business. “It must be hard work,” he answered diplomatically.


She hauled Chloe out of the car and balanced the child on her hip while she hooked her enormous bag over her free arm. “It’s bloody hard work. Why don’t you come inside and have a look?”


He shouldn’t. He should politely decline and be on his way, his good deed—two of them—done for the day. Deep down, he knew that Tyler, with her brilliant blue eyes and pert smile and purple underwear, plus her impish daughter, was exactly what he didn’t need. Exactly what he’d never need. The debacle with Jennifer had only hardened his resolve. He’d come to Burronga to bury himself in his writing, nothing else. It was his final chance to salvage something out of this disastrous year, and the last thing he needed was a sassy single mother distracting him. Especially considering how he’d reacted to her flirty grin earlier in the car. He should say no.


Instead, he said, “Sure. I’m in desperate need of a decent coffee right now.”

Don't forget the first book.....

Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (December 10, 2012)
Series: Real Men, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man whose wiles she just knows got her jilted at the altar six years ago. Add to it that her ex-fiancĂ© Seth is showing up in her hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. But the kicker? Everybody’s treating Ally as though she’s still heartbroken. She’s just fine, thank you very much, but could The Jilter have the decency not to hire her sister as his florist?

Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?

As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn't count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…






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Kame just reviewed Real Men Don't Quit, and she liked it. I've got both on my list, what about you? :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Coleen!


Until Next Time,


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Kame said...

Hi Coleen! I look forward to book 3 - and I am thinking Book 1 might be perfect for my beach vacation!

Anna@herding cats said...

Aw this was such a great book! I still need to go back and pick up book one. Must do that soon!