Monday, July 6, 2015

Lip Service by Adele Downs Excerpt, Giveaway & Interview

Lip Service
Adele Downs

Print Length: 116 pages

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: April 27, 2015


Genre: Hot contemporary romance

Book Description:

Getting Between Jack…

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

…And His Legs

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment.

But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

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Teaser Excerpt:

"Move in with me, dammit. You’re the most stubborn woman I ever knew.”

Legs topped his coffee cup with fresh brew, easy as you please. “No more stubborn than you, since you keep askin’ the same old question. I have my own place.”

Jack frowned and stabbed his egg yolks, making them run. “Then let me live with you.”

“In my aunt’s house?” Legs asked like he was crazy.

“It’s your house now.”

“I’m trying to fix it up. I have to patch and paint. There’s no room for your things.”

“I’ll help you and then you’ll have plenty of space for me. And my stuff.”

Her ponytail shook with her reply. “Ada won’t like it. She’ll think it’s immoral.”

Jack leaned forward. “You talk about her like she’s still with us. She’s been gone over a year, sweetheart.” His voice dropped an octave and his brow creased. “Don’t you think she’d give in after all this time?”

Legs wrinkled her nose. “No. She thinks you’re a wanderer.”

Jack tossed down his fork. “I own a sporting goods store! I go fishing!”

He touched her hand when she got close enough and drew little circles around her wrist bone with a fingertip. The preschool teachers from Let’s Explore stifled sighs at the next table. “It’s time to let go, darlin’.” His expression turned earnest. “She raised you, I know. But I want to be with you now. It’s time to let me in.”

“Not if it means letting her go. I’m sorry, Jack. I just can’t do that to her.”

Jack sighed and returned to his breakfast. “We’ll talk about this again tomorrow.”

About the Author:

Adele Downs writes Contemporary Romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines in the USA, UK and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), and she has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.


Where are you from?
I was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania. I love it here!
Tell us your latest news?
Lip Service is one of my favorite books and I’m thrilled my publisher did such a fabulous job on the packaging—the title, cover art, and back cover copy. I’m very happy with the look and hope readers also love the story inside.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. I’ve been published since I was nineteen, although I wrote exclusively for newspapers and magazines until twelve years ago, when I made the transition to fiction and completed my first novel. I published erotic romance under another pen name for several years with publishers whose names you’d recognize, before making the switch to mainstream stories as Adele Downs.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Like most authors, my writing style has changed over the years and is, I hope, evolving. American English, slang, and idioms are constantly changing, and writers need to stay in tune with those changes, especially when writing dialogue.
How much of the book is realistic?
LIP SERVICE is 100% fiction and totally from my vivid imagination.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I wrote LIP SERVICE after months of intense stress. A family member had a life-threatening illness that required several surgeries and frequent hospitalizations, including trips to the emergency room after surgical complications. The experience tested us in ways I never would have imagined. When it seemed that a miracle had occurred and my loved one survived, I wrote LIP SERVICE. Writing the book was a release valve. The story is about love and loss, life and death, holding on and letting go, yet doesn’t lose its sense of humor or the ability to recognize our deep need to love and be loved.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I grew up in a household filled with books. My father read science fiction and thrillers exclusively and I believe his influence shaped my own tastes. I’ve never been much of a science fiction fan (sorry!) but I love thrillers and suspense novels. When I’m not reading romance, I’m reading thrillers and mysteries.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I was fortunate to be mentored by the late L.A. Banks. Leslie gave me encouragement, support, and friendship despite her demanding publishing schedule. I feel blessed to have known her and I still miss her.
What are your current projects?
I have more contemporaries in the pipeline with my current publisher, Boroughs Publishing, and am working on other books that are in various stages of completion. For a complete list of my published titles, please visit my Amazon Author Central page.
What would you like my readers to know?
That I appreciate their interest in my books and I hope they enjoy the stories I write. If I’m a new-to-you author, I hope you’ll give my books a try.

Thank you for hosting me to celebrate LIP SERVICE.

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