Sunday, March 5, 2017

**Giveaway** Tapped by Liz Crowe **Review & Author Interview**

***Adult Content. Mature Audiences Only***
by Liz Crowe

GENRE:   Contemporary Erotic Romance


When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.

For Austin, it's a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.

The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection. But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.

“Austin?” Her voice behind him made him stand and stretch, his cock already tingling in anticipation. “Where did you go? Jesus, what time is it? Get your ass back here.”

He grinned. “Think you can just boss me like that, woman?” He leaned on the door frame, drinking her in with his eyes. “Because you can’t.”

“I’m not bossing, dear. Just suggesting.” She let the sheet fall aside, revealing her completely naked body. His smile widened when she bent one knee and reached down to touch herself. “You know, only suggesting that you get your sweet self over here and help a girl out.”

He grinned, yanked off his shirt and shorts, and dove into the warm nest of sheets and Evelyn. The frustration at her most recent rejection was already forgotten in the amazing smell of her skin and the lovely sound of her moans as he did what she suggested, for an hour or two.

Later, when they lay tangled in damp sheets, catching their breath, their fingers clasped together between them, Evelyn sighed. “So, tell me something,” she said. Austin forced himself up to full consciousness as best he could.

“Hmm,” he said, turning to face her, taking in the flushed, well-fucked look on her face with more than a little self-satisfaction.

“How is it…I mean, with two, um, guys and a girl?”

Austin hesitated, then put her knuckles to his lips, buying himself some time.

She pulled her fingers free of his, sat up and wrapped the sheet around herself. One thing about his Evelyn, he mused, watching her. He would never accuse her of being indirect. About anything.

“Don’t baby me, Austin. I mean it. I want to know.”

“I have no doubt that you want to know, my love.” He propped himself on one elbow and ordered his thoughts.

“Don’t think about it, damn you. Just…tell me.” She swept her hair up off her neck, making his mouth water at the sight of her flushed skin. Making him want to grab her, hold her down, lick the sweat droplets and lose himself in her all over again. “Yo, earth to lover boy,” she demanded, snapping her fingers in front of his face. “Spill it. What’s it like? I mean do you… Would you… Oh hell, never mind.” She turned and started to climb out of bed before he reached out and grabbed her arm.

“Hang on a second. I don’t mind telling you. I guess I didn’t expect you to want to know. Most…women…aren’t that into it.”

She let him pull her back into the warm bed and curled into him so he was pressed up against her back, his lips on her bare, delicious shoulder. “Stop it,” she whispered. “Tell me what it’s like to have sex with a woman with another guy in on the act.”

He sighed and held onto her. “It’s…pretty amazing,” he admitted. “I mean, I can’t speak for the women I’ve… We’ve…well, you know what I mean.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

This is my first read by this author. Since I read the 50 Shades of Grey series. That said, I am willing to read mature romantic reads if there is substance aside from bedroom scenes. Meaning, if there is a plot, a story line aside from reading about two people getting intimate and there is an actual point to the bedroom scenes, I am willing to read the book(s). This is why I was open to reading the hit series I mentioned above.  That said...
There was an actual story line aside from the adult content. Although there were some sex scenes I felt were unnecessary and more added in for fun adult reading (I get it, your prerogative).
Watching the relationship between Evelyn Benedict and Austin Fitzgerald was fun to watch blossom and grow. Their fun and spicy banter added a humorous and fun level to the story. Some of her behaviors though, really annoyed me. Mainly because they were immature and she is supposed to be an established adult and business woman.  She had a challenging childhood so I understand she needed a coping mechanism to deal with hard and stressful situations but, tantrums? My only other complaint about this book is the ending felt very impetuous and abrupt.
All in all though, it was a good read that kept me captivated. This is a good start to a series that I look forward to reading. 

Author Interview:
·  What is your writing process like?

Because I don’t write full time, and am not able to support myself selling books since I came to this whole thing a little late in the “make a million selling your own books” game, I do have a day job, and one I truly enjoy so I write when I can. My process is somewhat spastic thought. I don’t write every day (I can’t). So I have certain goals (typically set by a publisher or a promise I’ve made to readers about a release) and meet them by doing a lot of head-writing to set up a story and characters, then I dive in and ignore everything around me until the book is done in first draft form. It’s not the healthiest way to go about it, I’ll admit that, but it’s allowed me to write and release a fair few books.

·  What advice do you have for writers?
Get edited, early and often. Don’t skip editing, ever. Find an editor who will push you to be better, not just stroke your ego. Edit. And get edited AGAIN. The ONLY way you will grow your craft is by working with a serious, professional, kick-butt editor.

·  What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I was a reader from the get-go and learned that well before I tried to join the ranks of “authors.” As an English Lit major in college, that fact was solidified in my mind.

·  How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have 2 fully finished, edited and polished novels (a contemporary romance and a thriller) that I’ve been shopping to agents and publisher. Still holding out hope for one or both of them. I have two novellas I will be developing into full length novels to aid the agent search this year. The long novel that is Book 2 of the Brewing Passion series, LightStruck, got written in the last 2 months and is with the editor now. 

·  What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Honestly, I love writing from a man’s POV. And I’m told I do it a lot more realistically than some. I don’t like to read about men who speak in long, flowery paragraphs about their feelings with their buddies at the bar. That feels too unrealistic to me. So when I go into a man’s head, I think about my experiences with various men and try to apply that. I also get some of it vetted, just to keep ti real.

·  What did you edit out of this book?
This book was more about “adding in” than taking away for this publisher.  They loved the setting and story which was why they optioned it from me but they wanted “more” so I gave it to them!

·  What were you doing when you got the idea for this book?
I helped found and marketed a craft brewery for 6 years. I got a ton of inspiration from that and many of my books are set in this “world.” TAPPED is a storyline I pondered for at least a year before setting it to paper. The interplay of the very strong female character at the 2 men she ends up with (lucky girl), and how each of them becomes better for the relationship was an important part of the story.



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