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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post with Author Amanda K. Byrne

When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.

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Five Fun Facts about One Night in Buenos Aires

1) Normally I avoid pictures when I’m trying to think of what my characters look like, but when it came to Joe, it was harder to do…which is why (in my mind) he looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tall, lean, those forearms… sigh.

2) The drag queen Drea meets in La Boca is based on a real person. I met him when I was on vacation in Buenos Aires, and he was easily the most flamboyant person I’d ever met. He claimed his mother was RuPaul. How could you not love a guy like that?

3) I have a mouth like a trucker (much to my mother’s dismay), but Drea rarely says anything worse than the occasional “damn”. It was a challenge keeping the four letter words in my mouth and out of hers.

4) The story’s set in Buenos Aires because I really wanted to write a tango scene. I love dance, and the tango is one of my favorites. Sadly, I’ve so far been unsuccessful at learning the tango myself.

5) One of my favorite movies is Before Sunrise, and I’ve wanted to write a story that takes place all within a matter of hours for a while. I’d originally tried to cram all the action of One Night in Buenos Aires into just that, one night, but after I’d written the sex scene, I realized their story was far from complete. So I gave them a week to figure themselves out instead.

As a reward for a hard-won contract, best friends Drea and Joe head to Buenos Aires for sun, wine, and the tango. But their week of relaxation is off to an ominous start when a reservation mix-up leaves them with only one option: one room…and one bed.

Exhausted from travel, the two friends figure it won’t be a big deal to share a bed for one night—right up until they wake wrapped around each other and seconds away from, well, you know.

When the two decide to follow through on their impulse, they protect their friendship by agreeing that when the vacation’s over, the fling’s over. While Drea’s convinced it’s nothing more than a mutual itch, Joe discovers Drea might be everything he’s ever wanted. Now all he has to do is convince her that what happens in Buenos Aires doesn’t always have to stay in Buenos Aires.

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Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can't resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books.

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Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world's most respected Finance professors, but at the cost of his personal life. When a well-meaning friend gifts him with a dance course, Adam decides to attend one class out of courtesy, but no more than that. He has work to do, after all - or at least, that's what he tells himself.

After being bullied in high school, Julie Stanton took refuge in her studies. But now that her hard work has paid off and Julie has found success in her job, it's time to focus on finding the same happiness in the rest of her life.

When Adam walks into the same tango class that Julie signed up for, she recognizes him immediately as the professor whom she had a crush on in college. Both Adam and Julie have proven themselves to be excellent scholars. But when the attraction between them turns into something more, will they be able to open their hearts and learn a new lesson - how to love.

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