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Monday, June 25, 2012

Hot Summer Nights with Kristine Grayson (Guest Post/Giveaway)



Good Monday morning lovelies! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Hot Summer Nights continues with author Kristine Grayson and a special post from the star (or so he thinks) of her new release, Thoroughly Kissed



Darnell’s Hot Summer Nights
Kristine Grayson

Author’s Note: Darnell isn’t one of the main characters in Thoroughly Kissed, although he thinks he is. Thoroughly Kissed is the story of Sleeping Beauty, who woke up in our time (as part of Utterly Charming) and ten years after that rude awakening, is now a history professor at the University of Wisconsin. She comes into her magic and discovers that she needs help using it. Because it’s out of control, she needs help traveling to her mentor. Her boss, Michael, helps her make the trip (partly because he finds her very attractive). 
Until Sleeping Beauty, whose real name is Emma by the way, meets Michael, the man in her life is her cat Darnell. Or, as he chooses to believe, the man in her life remains Darnell; he just tolerates this human guy because that guy makes Emma happy.

Hot summer nights. When you have piles of black fur, hot summer nights sound a bit uncomfortable. They’re not, not if your human (slave) has this magic air conditioning thing. Then you can stretch out (comfortably) in your favorite window, and watch other creatures suffer. Dogs, panting in the heat. Birds, wilting in the heat. It’s marvelous. Just marvelous.

The best thing about hot summer nights, however, is—of course!—the food. Grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled fish, grilled chicken and steak—often left unattended on plates while the last of the grilling finishes up, perfect for a cat with quick and accurate technique. I’ve had many a grilled steak—prepared properly (the rarer the better)—and no one seems to bat an eye.

My beautiful human’s friends say I’m out of control.  Humans never see what’s in front of them. I’m in perfect control. I know exactly how to get the meal I want, the corner of the bed I want, the patch of sunlight I want, and the pats I want when I want them.

A few months ago, when my human had to travel to my old home of Oregon (by car!) and I had to tolerate her new friend Michael for the entire trip (I like him better now that he’s saved my life a few times), I briefly gained the ability to talk. It scared me. I don’t like it. I prefer to hunt grilled steak silently, to taunt those panting dogs with my eyes.  I don’t need to talk things to death like humans do.

Which reminds me: gotta go. The moon is rising. My favorite non-human female usually walks by shortly before my normal bed time. She’s a Maine Coon, with the prettiest fur. We’ve communed through the window. Tonight’s a full moon, so I should be able to see her beautiful green eyes. I know we’re meant for each other: she stays out there and meows at me, and I can watch her from in here—without sharing my grilled food and my lovely bed.

What more would you want out of life?
Except, of course, a few more naps.




Kristine Grayson's bestselling fairy tale romances bring the classic stories into the present day, where fairy tale characters must grapple with the complexities of modern life as well as their own destinies. Emma (Sleeping Beauty) fell into a magical coma that lasted for a thousand years when a boy she didn't even liked kissed her. Now that Emma's awake, she's determined to be a normal girl...a normal girl who is deathly afraid of kissing. When she meets history professor Michael Found, Emma has to choose between her fear of kissing and her potential Prince Charming.

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~*GIVEAWAY*~
Sourcebooks is giving away one copy of Thoroughly Kissed to one US or Canadian reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 
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31 comments:

Nadine said...

I've added this to my TBR. It sounds cute.
Thanks,
Nadine
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Joanne said...

I agree with naps and steak. They're great.This sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to read it.

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Unknown said...

I really can't wait to read this book! I've been reading a lot about it on blogs and so forth, and I think the premise is great :).

SdyLion said...

This book sounds really sexy and like something I should be putting on the TBR list!

Susan W. said...

This just went on my TBR list!

erin said...

thanks for the great post and giveaway! Definitely adding to my wishlist ;)

books4me said...

I love the interview from a dog's point of view...sounds just like what my puppies have to think! LOVE the cover on the book and sounds like a great read!!

divavixenqueen said...

Cute post. Book sounds really great

Tore923 said...

I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

kmannrn said...

I love Kristine's books. I am looking forward to reading this one.

Unknown said...

Sounds great! I will be adding to my TBR list! Thanks!

Chrisbails said...

This book looks great. Love the cover, very nice looking chest. Definately adding to my must try list. This is a new author for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
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Chrisbails said...

This book looks great. Love the cover, very nice looking chest. Definately adding to my must try list. This is a new author for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
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Kassandra said...

Love the sound of this read, thank you so much for the chance!

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Julianne said...

Awww, I loved the post today. Gotta love those kitties.
The book sounds awesome, I can't wait to read it. The cover is awesome too.
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June M. said...

I have this book on my wishlist. I love a good book with humor in it and this one definitely sounds like it would be fun to read. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy :)
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wyndwhisper said...

thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway, i love the cover it's beautiful. i think after a 1000 year kiss coma i might have a little PTSD too. LOL!

tammy ramey
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Carol L. said...

Please enter me if it's a Print book. Sounds good and I've added it to my TRL
Carol L.
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LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

This sounds like a good book, thank you for the giveaway:)
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Soft Fuzzy Sweater said...

I love romances based on fairy tales. This one by Ms. Grayson seems to be a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Please enter me. Thank you.

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Soft Fuzzy Sweater said...

I love romances based on fairy tales. This one by Ms. Grayson seems to be a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Please enter me. Thank you.

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Donna said...

Thanks for the great contest

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grayby said...

And the TBR list grows on.

Texas Book Lover said...

I wish I could take naps...they just do't happen for me. Then I stay up half the night reading.

Di said...

This is the year of the Fairy Tales. I love to see how the stories are molded.
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Barbara E. said...

I love the modern retelling of the classic fairy tales, they're a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to reading Thoroughly Kissed.

andieleah said...

Fairy tales retold...love them! Glad to see Sleeping Beauty retold...sounds really good!
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Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds so hot. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.
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Maureen said...

It looks like a fun story.
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Jolene and Family said...

This sounds like a great read, can't wait to get my hands on it

Anonymous said...

I love getting the cat's point of view. My puppy would probably have the same thoughts.

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