Monday, February 3, 2014

First Kiss: Kiss the Girl... if only to make a point. Can't Buy Me Love @AmieLouellen @KMNbooks #firstkiss #giveaway

Contest has ended! And the winners are Stephanie Burkhart, Diane White, and Cathy!

KAREN: Kiss the girl... if only to make a point... In Can't Buy Me Love by Amie Louellen, Paige has made up her mind about Blake and his reasons for not being married. Oh how wrong could a girl be! Enjoy Blake and Paige's first kiss in this humorous snippet.

***GIVEAWAY: Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing to win an eCopy of Can't Buy Me Love. 
Winner will be chosen Monday FEB. 10TH.

FIRST KISS: Can't Buy Me Love 
by Amie Louellen

There was only one reason why any of the many women Blake had ever dated wouldn’t marry Chicago’s most eligible bachelor. “You’re gay.”
“No, I’m not.”
“I understand, and it’s okay. I can keep a secret.” Her entire being had been disillusioned, but she managed to keep her voice calm and level. Maddie was right; of all the good ones were gay.
“Paige, the only secret I need for you to keep is that my aunt is blackmailing me into marriage.”
“Being gay is nothing to be ashamed of.”
“I’m not ashamed!”
“Good. There’s no reason to be. Millions of people are gay.”
“I am not gay!” Blake thrust his fingers through his hair.
“But you just said—”
Before her despondent heart could beat even once more, he came around the chair. Before she could blink, his hands were on her arms pulling her to her feet. Before she could say or do anything his lips met hers, and Paige’s world exploded into a million fragments of light and color. She understood nothing but the feel of his lips on hers, coaxing and probing. She opened her mouth for him. Accepting all he offered. Melting against him. Putty in his hands. Oblivious to their audience.
Noah cleared his throat.
Blake’s lips left hers abruptly as his hands released her arms. Paige collapsed into her chair. His eyes, their hazel intensity almost golden, locked with hers, and she felt herself still twirling in the whirlpool of desire. She had come in awed by his presence, and now...well, now she was more than awed. Did he feel it too? Was that why he stared at her, that peculiar expression on his handsome features?
“A very touching display I must say,” Masters said interrupting the quiet, heart‑pounding moment. “But I do believe the time has come to sign the papers. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is not my only appointment today.”
Blake dragged his gaze from hers, but Paige’s temperature didn’t lessen even a tenth of a degree.
“I’m not gay.” Blake repeated, his eyes meeting her nose once again.
“Definitely,” she whispered.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Can't Buy Me Love:
Thanks to his aunt’s cockamamie will, Blake Caldwell has two choices: get married or forfeit the family fortune. He’s worked too hard to let it all go. He’s got to get married. All he needs now is someone who’s not from his social circle. A woman willing to sign a pre-nup and walk away after the required year of marriage.
Enter Paige Parker: temporary secretary and wallflower extraordinaire. Paige just wants to raise enough money to get back to her father’s missionary work in Africa. Blake’s offer of marriage is the perfect solution. Play wife for one year, then she can return to the remote village where she belongs.
But marriage between strangers is never easy. Blake finds Paige more of a distraction than an asset as she begins to transform before his eyes. Until the sudden and strange accidents that endanger Blake’s life have him suspecting his plain bride wants the entire inheritance for herself.

Amie loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family...and maybe homemade tacos...and shoes. But reading and writing are definitely high on the list. 

Fun and contemporary, whimsical and sexy, Amie's novels are true love stories with a guaranteed happy ending. 

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amie is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, a spoiled cat, and one very hyper beagle.

When she's not creating quirky characters and happy endings, she's chauffeuring her prodigy to school, baseball games, and guitar lessons. She also loves gardening, cross stitching, and generally anything that can get her out of housework.

Amie is a member of RWA and an award winning author. You can reach her at or visit her on the web--
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad you could participate in First Kiss event. I'm loving all the snippets!

Yours made me chuckle. Too cute!

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

Amy, I'm always on the lookout for a good taco myself. hehe. :)

Loved the snippet. Very engaging. I'm convinced Blake is not gay either! hehe. Thanks so much for sharing.

Steph Burkhart

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

"I'm not gay" either but this excerpt left me very happy. What an interesting concept and you have a super good way with words.
Thanks for an enjoyable moment on yet another snowy day.

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats to all the participating authors. Writing and publishing a novel is something to be very proud of!

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

This was one super first kiss! I love the humor and the heat. A winning combo, if you get my drift. If a man can make you laugh and melt at the same time, he's a keeper. :)
Excellent prose!
Diane Davis White

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

This was one super first kiss! I love the humor and the heat. A winning combo, if you get my drift. If a man can make you laugh and melt at the same time, he's a keeper. :)
Excellent prose!
Diane Davis White

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

This was one super first kiss! I love the humor and the heat. A winning combo, if you get my drift. If a man can make you laugh and melt at the same time, he's a keeper. :)
Excellent prose!
Diane Davis White

Liz Flaherty said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this excerpt!

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Karen! Thanks for having me! I've been snowed under with a proposal and 4 inches of snow (that's a lot for a Southern girl) but managed to dig my way out this afternoon. So happy to be here! @Karen Michelle Nutt

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

What a perfectly wonderful story premise. I got a good giggle from the kiss scene. I'm loving this books already.

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

This book was contracted eons ago but never made it to print. That was one of the lines they had me cute. So glad I saved the original! :) Thanks for stopping in!! @Stephanie Burkhart

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL thanks! I have Seinfeld flash backs when I read this now. "Not that there's anything wrong with that." :)@Charmaine Gordon

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Diane. I couldn't keep the humor out even if I tried. (Which I usually don't). :) @Diane D White

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Liz! It's so good to see all these familiar names! Thanks for stopping by!! @Liz Flaherty

Savanna Kougar said... Best Blogger Tips

Fun and intense first kiss. We'll get to see if this is a match made in marriage heaven. ~smiles~

Gwen Mills said... Best Blogger Tips

Can't wait to read this book!!!

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Amie,

I just love marriage of convenience stories! Cute excerpt, too!!

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Me too, Debra! Those are my favorites!@Debra St. John

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Gwen! Good luck! @Gwen Mills

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Savanna! I have a heroine named Savanna too! LOVE that name!@Savanna Kougar

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Too funny. Loved the snippet! :)

cnickol at verizon dot net

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

Definitely not gay. :)

katrina gillian at gmail dot com

Paula Nusbaum said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow FIRST KISS: Can't Buy Me Love sounds like a great read. I look forward to reading it.
PJ/Paula Nusbaum

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice excerpt

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Amie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oops! Somewhere along the way, I lost track of time and forgot to hold my drawing. make up my goof, I drew three names to receive a copy of Can't Buy Me Love. And the winners are...Stephanie Burkhart, Diane White, and Cathy. :) I'll be emailing the winners today. Pinky swear! Thanks everyone for commenting. :)