by Liz Crowe
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection. But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.
“Austin?” Her voice behind him made him stand and stretch, his cock already tingling in anticipation. “Where did you go? Jesus, what time is it? Get your ass back here.”
He grinned. “Think you can just boss me like that, woman?” He leaned on the door frame, drinking her in with his eyes. “Because you can’t.”
“I’m not bossing, dear. Just suggesting.” She let the sheet fall aside, revealing her completely naked body. His smile widened when she bent one knee and reached down to touch herself. “You know, only suggesting that you get your sweet self over here and help a girl out.”
He grinned, yanked off his shirt and shorts, and dove into the warm nest of sheets and Evelyn. The frustration at her most recent rejection was already forgotten in the amazing smell of her skin and the lovely sound of her moans as he did what she suggested, for an hour or two.
Later, when they lay tangled in damp sheets, catching their breath, their fingers clasped together between them, Evelyn sighed. “So, tell me something,” she said. Austin forced himself up to full consciousness as best he could.
“Hmm,” he said, turning to face her, taking in the flushed, well-fucked look on her face with more than a little self-satisfaction.
“How is it…I mean, with two, um, guys and a girl?”
Austin hesitated, then put her knuckles to his lips, buying himself some time.
She pulled her fingers free of his, sat up and wrapped the sheet around herself. One thing about his Evelyn, he mused, watching her. He would never accuse her of being indirect. About anything.
“Don’t baby me, Austin. I mean it. I want to know.”
“I have no doubt that you want to know, my love.” He propped himself on one elbow and ordered his thoughts.
“Don’t think about it, damn you. Just…tell me.” She swept her hair up off her neck, making his mouth water at the sight of her flushed skin. Making him want to grab her, hold her down, lick the sweat droplets and lose himself in her all over again. “Yo, earth to lover boy,” she demanded, snapping her fingers in front of his face. “Spill it. What’s it like? I mean do you… Would you… Oh hell, never mind.” She turned and started to climb out of bed before he reached out and grabbed her arm.
“Hang on a second. I don’t mind telling you. I guess I didn’t expect you to want to know. Most…women…aren’t that into it.”
She let him pull her back into the warm bed and curled into him so he was pressed up against her back, his lips on her bare, delicious shoulder. “Stop it,” she whispered. “Tell me what it’s like to have sex with a woman with another guy in on the act.”
He sighed and held onto her. “It’s…pretty amazing,” he admitted. “I mean, I can’t speak for the women I’ve… We’ve…well, you know what I mean.”
Interview with the Author:
- How long have you been writing?
Since about 2006, I think, at least for fiction. I’ve been writing for marketing and public relations for over 20 years and blogging since about 2006 as well.
2. How long have you been a published author?
My first novella was published in 2008. It is no longer “out there” for consumption and consider yourself lucky as it was pretty dreadful. However, ever since that year, I have worked hard with small publishers, and on my own to hone my craft, learn from every single editor, and to create a 30+ book backlist that runs the gamut from Women’s fiction, to chick-lit, to NA to contemporary erotic romance (which is what TAPPED is).
3. What titles do you have available?
The Love Brothers series is my most successful project to date and it’s self published. It’s currently 4 full-length novels (one of them, Family Love, is the women’s fiction-style romance mentioned above) plus 2 novellas. I have 3 more novellas coming out as a set for it in August. It’s a family-saga romance series.
I also have a few other series with small publishers.
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
I helped found and market a craft brewery here in Ann Arbor and have been deeply entrenched in the brewing world ever since. Almost every novel or series I have had published is somehow touched by this world which I think makes for something cool and unique for readers to enjoy, world-wise.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
I hope that book 2 of the Brewing Passion series (LightStruck) will release later this year from Totally Bound. I’ve also started book 3 (Conditioned) but it won’t likely release until early 2018. I have a trilogy of novellas planned for my Love Brothers series as I mentioned before plus a full length novel for it called True Love that will release at the end of this year.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I don’t have one. I will read most anything, usually relying on reader friends’ recommendations as well as things like NPR and the Washington Post review of books to help me pick a new read. I typically have one going on my Ipad, one in “real” (paper or hardback) form, and one on audible! But I refuse to read anything that has not been professionally edited. I think that authors cheat us all when they skip that step.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
The satisfaction of a really hard, useful, and constructive edit. I have learned that the only way you improve as a writer is to have professionals guiding you through a well-considered revision/editing process once the book is done and I LOVE making the book I crafted into something even better with the help of great editors.
I’m also a big fan of the initial, head-writing that I do when I come up with a book concept.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Well….I’m actually going to be doing that with one of my personal heroes later this year but I can’t mention any details just yet. However, on a bigger scale, I would absolutely LOVE to write a sexy thriller with Stephen King!
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
I’m always on Facebook and twitter, but also have a website and a fairly active blog. I also write a monthly column for Savvy Authors called the Pro Rookie. All my links are down there somewhere, beneath this interview!
Feel free to include your latest release/promo, and any additional info you might like included! Thanks so much for being my guest.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
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