[Release Blitz] Matzah Ball Surpise

Matzah Ball Surprise

Title: Matzah Ball Surprise

Author: Laura Brown

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Matzah Ball Surprise:

This Passover is starting to feel like the ten plagues might be coming back to haunt them before the weekend is over…one hilarious misstep after the next.

Gaby Fineberg just wants to get through Passover Seder without her “well meaning” family playing matchmaker. She needs a date, just for one simple meal—that includes singing, the history of her forefathers, and not one bit of yeast. The hot guy at her gym would be perfect. He probably hates bread, anyway, with a body like that. But when she finally works up the nerve to ask him…he doesn’t hear a word she said.

Levi Miller is deaf and happily single. Initially, he doesn’t know why this beautiful woman is talking to him, but it’s clear she needs help—and suddenly so does he. In a very complicated situation, Levi finds a simple solution. Gaby will pretend to be his new girlfriend to bail him out, and he’ll return the favor. But he didn’t bargain for a family dinner quite like this one…


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He held up a thumb—no skin off his back—and eyed the new app on his phone. He switched to Gaby’s message thread.

Levi: Can you test something out for me? My friend gave me a new speech-to-text app to try, but I have no clue how well it works yet.

Gaby read, then looked at him and nodded. He opened the app, waited for the program to load, then showed it to Gaby. She bit her lip, eyes flickering upward in thought, and all he could focus on was that plump bottom lip dented by teeth.

He really wanted a taste. Could that be part of the ploy?

She started speaking, and thinking dots appeared on his app. He waited for words to show up, but nothing did.

Gaby had stopped, and he held up the empty screen to her. She frowned, then held the phone closer to her mouth, speaking again, and he got transfixed by those lips again, until words appeared on the blank app screen and forced his attention to shift.

Let’s see…not sure…what food…lucky as fucking.

Levi blinked, then blinked again. What the hell? He stopped paying attention to the app, looking at Gaby, whose lips still moved as if she talked about the sky, not…

He swallowed, the off handed suggestion crawling under his skin. But it couldn’t be right. Could it?

She stopped talking, eyebrows lowered, and he turned the phone for her to see. Her gaze roamed over the screen, then her lips burst open and curved and her shoulders shook. She leaned forward, laughing hard enough her cheeks turned pink.

So, she didn’t say fucking.

Gaby collected her phone, shoulders still bouncing as she typed.

Gaby: Wow, that program is bad, huh? I didn’t know what to say so I mentioned food. I believe that was the “we’ll have turkey not stuffing” line. While turkey can be lucky, I don’t put it on par with fucking. Chocolate, maybe, but not turkey.

He made the mistake of locking eyes with her. Something simmered below the good humor, and thoughts of chocolate and Gaby and very little clothing filled his head.

He closed the app. Time to focus on their mission.


About the Author:

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After spending her childhood coming up with new episodes to her favorite sitcoms instead of sleeping, Laura Brown decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back. A hopeless romantic, she married her high school sweetheart. They live in Massachusetts with their two cats and son. Laura’s been hard of hearing her entire life but didn’t start learning ASL until college, when her disability morphed from an inconvenience to a positive part of her identity. At home the closed captioning is always on, lights flash with the doorbell, and hearing aids are sometimes optional.


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Book Blitz: 2B OR NOT 2B – Author interview

2BorNot2BTitle: 2B Or Not 2B? (Roomies #1)
Author: Stephanie Witter
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AG Publishing
Cover Artist: Cover it Designs
2B or Not 2B? (The Roomies, #1)

London Reed is on the hunt for a place to live before the start of her second year in college. Either she is successful and can enjoy her student life without the pressure of her parents breathing down her neck, or she goes back home and clashes with her parents. Because London doesn’t have a filter.”You’re a weird one, aren’t you?”She basically tells it as she sees it. So when she meets the hunky and scarred guy who lives in apartment 2B, the last apartment on her exhausting list, she’s sure to bring some crazy in his life. But he’s determined to not take a girl for a roommate.“I have nothing against you, but I don’t see this working for me.”

London doesn’t give up that easily and makes a deal with him. If she makes it for two months, she’s in for the whole year. If not, then she leaves to never contact him again. Easy, right? Not so much.

“You should have told me that you wanted me to be all over you.”

When a guy and a girl live under the same roof, it’s bound to complicate things. Between banters, heady games of seduction, innuendos and insecurities revealed, the life in apartment 2B isn’t simple, and a few slips in their relationship doesn’t help the matter.

“You’re driving me completely nuts. That’s my fucking problem.”

Ebooks and paperbacks will be available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes and Smashwords late June 2014. Stay tuned!

Banner (2)This month, I was lucky enough to interview Stephanie, the author of 2B Or Not 2B? in celebration of the book release. And btw, she’s like one of the nicest authors I’ve ever met. So without further ado, here we go!

How long did it take you to write 2B Or Not 2B? ?

I started writing 2B Or Not 2B? just after I was finished working on Patch Up, my other NA Contemporary novel. Since that other story was emotionally draining to write, I needed something lighter to change my mind and I never thought anything would come out of it. But these characters won me over very quickly. 😉
I’d say that the first draft took me 3-4 months and then 2 months re-writing/editing it and having a few of my beta readers reading it.

What came first – the title of the book or the plot? I mean obviously, I LOVE the pun!

The plot. The title came only a couple of weeks before sending it to my publisher. The working title was Feisty Roomies and even my beta readers knew this book as Feisty Roomies and not as 2B Or Not 2B?. One of my beta reader pushed me in the right direction and then suddenly it hit me. I immediately fell in love with the title and knew it was the perfect fit. I’m delighted that many people fell in love with the title too. 🙂

How did you come up with all those funny and witty dialogues in 2B Or Not 2B? Really, they are HILARIOUS!

Thank you! I’m not used to writing funny things so it’s a huge relief knowing I’m not the only one laughing at London and Byron’s shenanigans. Their dialogues came to me unexpectedly and at the oddest times. I guess I let out my quirky self speak for a little while instead of silencing it. I had a blast going all out and London was a perfect character for that.

What made you decide to write such a pretty “unorthodox” NA book?

I read a lot, probably less these days because I have many deadlines, but I still read a lot. I’m one of the readers who immediately fell in love with this new category and while I still love NA books, I wanted to write something different, something that could be a good fit as a summer read, something fast to read with addictive banters that would made readers smile or outright laugh. I like writing “unorthodox“ stories and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to write “orthodox“ ones even if you asked me to. I hope I’m not wrong in my choice! 😉

When’s your favorite time to write?

I’m not a full time writer, if only!, so I’m trying to cram as many hours in a day as I possibly can. I can write early in the morning if I’m awake before dawn, sometimes during my lunch break and mostly once I’m back home at night. I’m quite the night owl and I love writing at night.

What’s the hardest thing about being a author?

Marketing. I’m really bad at it and nobody is going to contradict me. I never know what to say about my books to make people want to read them or which type of marketing plan would best fit me and my books. Getting the word out is hard, very, very hard and I’m thankful everyday for the people helping me. These ladies are fabulous, just as much as book bloggers are for giving my stories a chance.

What’s next on your writing schedule?

I have two stories I need to finalize by September. One is FIX UP, the sequel and conclusion to Skye and Duke from PATCH UP. I’m currently working on this book with one of my beta reader. I’m also currently writing the first draft of Kate and Derek’s story, the secondary characters from PATCH UP. I should be finished with this first draft in about 3 weeks. After these two books, I’ll send to my beta readers a standalone NA Contemporary Romance I recently wrote. As you can see, I’m pretty busy. 😉

I should start writing another installment in The Roomies series in November or December.

Congrats on the book release again! I’m currently halfway through the book and I’m LOVING it so far. It’s so much fun to read those hilarious conversations between London and Byron!

Thank you! I really hope the other half won’t disappoint you. And thank you a lot for having me on your blog. 😀

About the Author:

Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, oStephanieWitterAuthorPicr two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She soon started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels filled with angst, love, hope, drama and a touch of fun. PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.

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