Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Guest Post with Vanessa North + Giveaway!

Vanessa North is stopping by today with some book recs for you -- and really, who can say no to more book recs?! Find out more about her latest release, HARD CHROME (out now), and find a giveaway at the end of the post. Enjoy!

The Fixers

What is it about people who fix things? I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for characters in books who are good at fixing. Doctors who save lives, first responders saving the day, the healing power of love, I am here for all. Of. It. It even carries over into my own life: I married my mechanic! One of my favorite parts of writing the American Heavy Metal series is being able to spend time with characters who believe in the power of mending things that are broken and restoring beloved treasures to their past glory.

Here are a handful of recs, in no particular order, for some of my very favorite “fixers” in romance.

  1. Tom, from Garrett Leigh’s Misfits. So, Tom doesn’t exactly fix things for a job, in fact, he’s a businessman and restaurateur. What Tom is really excellent at fixing is bad situations: he sees the best in people and gives them opportunities to make their lives better. And honestly, helping other people is the best kind of fixing there is.
  2. Victor Bayne from Jordan Castillo Price’s Psycop series. Yes, okay, so he’s a psychic ghost-whisperer of a cop, but he solves crimes and helps spirits move on. He’s smart and out there saving the world. He’s also got a wickedly self-deprecating wit that a hot mess like me finds utterly relatable. 
  3. Kellan Hockley from Vivien Jackson’s Perfect Gravity. Kellan’s more than just a doctor—he’s a genius, a neuroscientist, and a veterinarian. Yes, that’s right, Kellan saves animals and people, including a very special biohacked cat named Yoink.
  4. Dr. Jae Sun Kim from KA Mitchell’s No Souvenirs. Dr Kim is a grumpy, arrogant, uptight prick, and I freaking love him for it. He’s also a trauma surgeon, and when he and his vacation hookup are stranded during a deep water dive, his skills a doctor are suddenly more important than his bedroom skills.

~ Vanessa North

Hard Chrome by Vanessa North
Publisher: Carina Press (October 21, 2019)
Series: American Heavy Metal, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance (M/F)

He’s tough. But she’s tougher.

Tanner Ellis left American Heavy Metal in her rearview mirror. She didn’t see the beauty behind the grease stains and the polished chrome until it was too late. Now she’s back, determined to save her father’s legacy—and bring the South’s premier classic-car shop into the new century. Nothing is going to stop her—especially not the sexy tech who refuses to follow her lead.

American Heavy Metal is the only home Duke Wilson’s ever known, and no high-heeled, sharp-tongued princess is going to take it away. He tolerates Tanner’s advice, and it’s fun to push her buttons, but she doesn’t belong in the shop—never has, never will. The sooner she realizes that, the sooner he can find his new normal.

When Tanner falters, revealing the pain beneath her bravado, Duke comforts her the only way he knows how. And when violence from his past threatens their future, she’ll be there for him, offering him the one thing he’s always wanted—a shot at a real family. He just has to convince himself to take it.

This book is approximately 49,000 words

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Vanessa North is a romance novelist, a short fiction geek, and a knitter of strange and wonderful things. Her works have been shortlisted for both the Lambda Literary Award and the RITA© Award, and have garnered praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Northwest Georgia with her family: a Viking, twin boy-children, and two large dogs. 

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Giveaway: Vanessa North is celebrating the release of HARD CHROME with a big giveaway! Three prizes are up for grabs: (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards and (1) Signed Paperback of Hard Chrome + some serious auto-shop inspired swag!

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Thanks for stopping by, Vanessa! I'm a sucker for a good "fixer" character, too, off to add these to my TBR!


Until Next Time,

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