Please join me in welcoming USA Today bestselling author J. kenner to HJ!
Julie, thank for making HJ your first stop on the blog tour 🙂
BOOKSTORES ARE LIKE A BAD BOY LOVER
Thanks so much to Harlequin Junkies for hosting me on the very first stop for my Release Me blog tour! I had a blast writing Release Me, and it’s been great fun stepping away from the books to share more of my musings on this blog tour!
So what am I musing about right now? Well, it’s the holiday season, and I’ve been doing a lot of shopping lately, which means dropping in and out of a lot of bookstores. Because what’s the point of shopping if you don’t pick up a few books? And it suddenly struck me: Bookstores have a bad boy quality to them.
Don’t believe me? Well, let’s let me prove it to you. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Damien Stark, the super-sexy, darkly dangerous hero in Release Me who claims Nikki for his own. And, for her part, the attraction to Damien is like the pull of a magnet. She longs for him, she finds comfort with him, she’s fascinated by him. And yet she also knows that there’s something dangerous about him.
Desire, comfort, fascination and danger.
Now let’s think about your local brick and mortar bookstore. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing we can tick desire off the list right now; I know I can. I want books. I crave books. I need books. Even if I know that I have no time to read them for weeks and weeks—even if I know that I have no empty shelves—I still have to have them. It’s not just like an obsession. It is an obsession.
I find comfort in books. They soothe. (And, yes, they excite). I want to curl up with them, soak them up, get lost in the language and the story. After all, how many times have you let out a satisfied sigh when you closed a good book? Come on, you know you have … and there you are in a bookstore, surrounded by books. Tempting books, teasing books. Each whispering your name, urging you closer. Oh my…
And, yes, there’s fascination, too. Those beautiful, enticing covers on the new release tables. The tempting topics on the bargain shelves that offer hours of exploration, taking me to places I’ve never been and letting me experience things I never have. How can I not be drawn in, sucked in by the bookstore’s provocative promises?
And yet I know there’s danger. The risk that the allure of each of those titles will be too much to withstand, and I’ll end up struggling under the weight of dozens of books as I hurry to the checkout counter. The danger that my wallet will be sadly yet happily empty after my blatant consumer orgy. The danger that I will abandon all responsibilities once I get home and lose myself within the pages of a good book, succumbing completely to the temptation to give into that bad boy.
But it will be such sweet, sweet surrender …
So there you go. At the very least, bookstores are very much my kind of bad boy. How about you? Are you drawn to the dangerous, delightful allure of a book? (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!)
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About the Author:
J. Kenner is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes as J.K. Beck). RELEASE ME, an erotic romance, will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. on January 1, and in over a dozen other countries later in 2013.
You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website, www.jkenner.com, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliekenner