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Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Favorite Things Event with Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Top Five Things Making Me Happy in 2017 (so far)

Sure, it’s only April, but it seems like a good time to sit back and take stock of the bright spots of 2017 (so far), right? Obviously, there are the bigger things, like family and good books to celebrate, but here’s five other items bringing a smile to my face. I hope they’ll do the same for you!

1. Cheese. It’s no secret. I’ve always been a vocal fan of the cheese plate. I’m not handy in the kitchen, but a cheese plate is the one thing I do right. This might not be the world’s best kept secret, but Boursin garlic & herb cheese spread is definitely one of the things making my 2017 a little better. It’s literally how I rewarded myself for hitting a word count this week. Cheese spread.

2. The S Town Podcast. From the producers of Serial and This American Life, there is a new podcast that starts as a murder mystery and becomes something else entirely. I’m a follower of true crime, so I was expecting one thing and ended up going along on this often beautiful, often disturbing ride. A definite must-listen. And if you’re not listening to podcasts, give them a try! There is something for everyone!

3. Big Little Lies. I binge watched this show on HBO—it’s a total must watch. I’ve been telling everyone to give it two episodes, because episode two is where it really takes off. I loved the drama and incredible acting, but what I mostly took away from the show is a reminder not to underestimate or discount other women. We’re complex and mighty.

4. Eyebrow Cosmetics. Seriously, were eyebrows always this important? I have a quick five-minute makeup routine and I’m always looking for products that are easy to use and require little skill. Two of my favorite eyebrow color products are ka-BROW by Benefit and Boy Brow by Glossier.

5. My 5-year-old and I bonding over a mutual love of Rob Gronkowski. Is it love, though? I don’t know or understand my feelings for him, but I can’t look away. Now there is a show called Crashletes on Nickelodeon and she appears to have complicated feelings for him, too. She shakes her head adoringly at his bad jokes and calls him Gronk. We’re prisoners of confusion.

Factory mechanic Duke Crawford just wants to watch SportsCenter in peace. Unfortunately, living with four divorcee sisters doesn’t provide much silence, nor does it change his stance on relationships. But when a fellow commitment-phobe stumbles into his life, getting him good and worked up, he can’t deny his protective instincts.

Samantha Waverly’s brother just put her in an impossible situation. The only way out? Marry huge, gruff, gladiator look-alike Duke—for show, of course. She doesn’t make promises—she knows too well how easily they can be broken—and this is no exception.

As the blistering attraction between them grows, the lines around the no-strings relationship blur. But Duke and Samantha’s marriage is only for show…or is it?

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  1. I can't wait to read this book !

  2. My mom and sister are eyebrow fanatics. Both of them have very light colored eyebrows even though they have dark hair. They've tried everything. My mom finally went and had eyebrows tattooed on so she didn't have to deal with them every morning and hasn't looked back.

  3. this sounds awesome!!! I just picked up the kindle copy and I can't wait to get started! cheeeeese.... i love it too! This is an instant pick me up :) thanks for sharing!

  4. I tried a yummy cheese in Scotland. It was called Wensleydale & it had cranberries mixed in. So yummy! I can't figure out how to get it here in NC.

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  6. I love Tessa Bailey! My favorite sex scenes ever are from Off Base! Do you write these from experience (you lucky lady!) or just use your imagination?? I'm a huge fan! This is awesome! 😍😘

  7. I💜you. I can't wait to read this book!!

  8. I love all of your books. I agree with your love of the cheese plate. I'm going to have to try the Boursin garlic & herb cheese spread. It sounds yummy.

  9. !I've your books. I am cheese crazy as well.
    Thanks for your post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  10. this series is awesome so far

  11. I also have cheese at the top of my list for happy things. Have you tried the merlot soaked brie from trader joes? Amazing.

  12. I love a list of happy things! I'll have to check out the eyebrow makeup too, because my brows can not be ignored,lol. It's hard to find a good product. :)

  13. I LOVE cheese too! I passed my cheese love to my two kids. They are my little mice. They are forever eating cheese sticks or slices of Velveeta.

  14. Tessa Bailey is a Rock Star!Love her books :)

  15. I looove cheese too! I recently went to a fondue restaurant and it was literally heaven :D

  16. Jennifer AndersonApril 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    I love the cover of this book! Not too crazy about cheese though. Gronk is like a car accident. You shouldn't look, but you just need to in case you've missed something. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books!