Monday, June 27, 2016

Virtual Tours - DRIVEN TO TEMPTATION (A Driven to Love Story) by Melia Alexander

Driven to Temptation
A Driven to Love Story
by Melia Alexander
Released June 13th 2016
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From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Driven to Temptation (Driven to Love) . . .
Cute, simple, sweet, simmering, and touching romance about two very different engineers both placing commands of their futures as engineers but in different ways.  Aidan the strong silent type and sweet, endearing Delaney.  

Delaney makes a plan to get some respect and more experience under her belt to make a name for herself and to be thought of as serious in a male dominated game. There were doubts from previous life choice. Along the way to this path she did not expect Aidan. Well she was expecting Aidan, but not truly expecting Aidan. The chemistry between the two was not somethig that could be planned for and then when things can change your whole world you may make wrong choices. For now and for always. 

There are a few unexpected surprises and much of what would be expected because its a romance. Hello. I found myself still wanting more. Driven to Temptation was certainly a read to enjoy any day of the week. 
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Blurb
Aidan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore. 

Delaney Harper comes from a family of engineers—male engineers. With several impressive projects under her belt, she’s on a mission to prove she can hang with the big boys, too. But cracking the sexy, closed-off CEO is tougher than she expects…and hotter than she could have imagined.

With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game…
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Her stomach rumbled a reminder she hadn’t eaten today. Much. Fortunately, she’d packed a supply of snacks.
He loaded up the last of the easels and display charts in the bed of his truck. By the time he slammed the custom cover closed and locked it, she’d pulled a bag of corn chips from her handbag and torn it open. She shoved a couple of chips into her mouth and tossed her handbag onto the front seat as she crunched down.
Aidan’s voice cut through her thoughts. “What are you doing?”
“What? Oh. Sorry. How rude of me.” She held the opened bag toward where he sat in the driver’s seat. “I didn’t get a chance to eat anything this morning. Want some?”
“No, thanks.” His voice sounded tight as he fastened his seat belt. “I don’t eat in my truck.”
“Okay.” She took out a chip and crunched on it, corn yumminess exploding in her mouth. It might not be breakfast material, but if Harold could eat sushi, she could definitely justify corn chips.
“I don’t think you get it. No one eats in my truck.”
Great. They were still at the office and she’d already managed to piss him off. While she had to stay on his good side, it wouldn’t make sense if she keeled over from hunger before they even crossed the state line into Washington.
“I’m hungry,” she said firmly, exactly the way her favorite college professor had taught her. “And since I wasn’t able to eat because I was getting ready for this trip, I think I should be allowed to have something. Want to wait a few minutes?
Or maybe we can stop for a quick bite. There’s a Bobby Jo’s a couple of blocks away. They make great chili dogs.”
No mistaking the cringe across Aidan’s face.
          “What? Do you not like chili dogs or something? I’ll buy.”
“No.”
“No, you don’t like chili dogs, or no, you don’t want me to buy?” she asked before quickly shoving more chips in her mouth.
“Both.” His tone was clipped as he continued to stare at her.
“Does this mean you aren’t going to stop?” she asked a moment later.
“Yes.”
Okay. Let’s try this again, shall we? She kept her voice calm. “Yes, you’re going to stop, or yes, you’re not going to stop? Because if you’re not going to stop, I’m telling you right now, there’s no way I’m gonna last six more hours without food.”
And a hungry Delaney wasn’t someone he’d want to deal with. She stared at him intently, tried to telegraph that fact into his ever-so-hot and ever-so-stubborn profile.
“I’m not stopping.”
“Look.” She blew out an exasperated breath. “I’ll eat over the bag so there won’t be any crumbs.”
“There are always crumbs, no matter how careful you are.”
“Okay.” Yeesh. Was he always so anal? Maybe it was a good thing he didn’t hang around the office at all. “What if I vacuum the cab out when we get back to Milestone?”
He blew out a breath even as he nodded. “I suppose that’d work.”
Thank God for small favors.
“Is it okay to drink, too?” She pulled out a bottle of Gatorade and shot him her most charming smile.
“Fine. Just get in the truck,” the man practically growled at her. “We’re behind schedule.”
And he was grumpy, too. Wasn’t this going to be a blast?
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Interview with Melia Alexander
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I have a pretty contemporary voice, and I tend toward writing on a lighter, more humorous note. Once, I even wrote a hero who was an assassin and managed to keep it light. How, I haven’t a clue! But there you have it.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
My routines tend to change, mainly about where I write. (Sometimes La Muse is so picky!) But if I’m in my home office, certain things have to be in place before she agrees to take a swig of her bourbon and a puff off her cigar!
First, there must be music. I’ll pop in my book playlist if I’m writing the first draft, or a “concentration” playlist if I’m in edit mode. Either way, there must be music!
Next, candles. At least one candle has to be burning in my space. Preferably something smelly – in a good way, of course!
Lastly, my head has to be in the game. I like to read a gentle reminder that’s on my office wall, and then take a moment to reflect on it:

·        Time is your most precious resource. When you’re working, be ruthlessly present.
·        This helps me to stay focused so that I can be as productive as possible.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I have to know my book peeps before I start. When I don’t, it becomes quickly apparent because I spin my proverbial wheels as I write. So I do take the time to do character sheets on the hero and heroine, generally with way more information than I need to put on the page, but I find it’s what I have to know before I begin.
Having said that, as the story progresses, if something I’d decided about them doesn’t ring true, the characters will tell me. (Sounds weird, I know!)
And I do love to people watch! Facial expressions, hand gestures, how a couple react to each other – these are all wonderful gifts that feed into my writing. And I’m sure other writers agree as well.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)? Funny that you should ask that! I wrote a book with a really quirky grandma in it, and I so loved her! I think that it’s because the predicaments she put herself in, and consequently put the hero and heroine through, were so much fun, I couldn’t help but bond with her. Loved that character so very much!

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
All. The. Time. Which can be quite annoying when I’m working on another story. I try to solve this need to write that character’s story by keeping a folder of notes for him / her. Thankfully, that seems to help!

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so, what? If no, what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Now there’s a question! Logically, we each should be able to control what’s inside us, right? Including our ability to be creative. But the reality is that we sometimes allow life to interfere. Or, rather, we let our perceptions of life interfere with what we need or want to do. I’m definitely no different!
My Achilles’ heel has always been my family, what they want or need tends to overshadow anything I’ve got going on. Fortunately, I’m better about that these days, and I’m learning that giving myself the time to pursue my writing has positive benefits for everyone in my life.

Author Info
Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she's seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are - the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She's an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies - preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she's busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.
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