Forbidden Heat by J.L. White – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.L. White will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

MediaKit_BookCover_ForbiddenHeatThey call us the Firework Girls.

I’m Isabella. My comfort zone consists of a bank of test tubes and a Bunsen burner. But having to take a philosophy class to graduate from college—well, that’s causing a different kind of burn altogether. I mean, the hottest professor at Hartman is looking right at me.

Can you blame me for looking back?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Feeling dizzy, I back away from the table with heavy limbs. The girls I met don’t notice my departure but Justin Kirby does.

He’s right next to me with his hand on my lower back.

“I need to sit down,” I say.

“Okay sweetheart,” he says.

He steers me away, past an empty chair.

“Wait,” I say, but he leads me to the basement stairs and we start to go up. I’m having trouble managing them.

I mumble something as we wind through the crowd on the main floor, bumping against a shoulder here and an elbow there. The music is pounding. I feel it in my body, but it sounds muffled, along with all the other sounds in the room. He steers me up another flight of stairs. He has to put his arm around me to keep me from tripping on the steps.

What’s the matter with me?

There’s a long, dark hallway at the top, with several rooms breaking off on either side. Justin Kirby is practically dragging me along.

When he opens a door, I see a bed in the room and know I’m in trouble. I’m almost too out of it to panic properly.

All of a sudden, he half lets go of me, half shoves me into the doorjamb.

I hit my forehead on the wood, trying to hang on to something. There’s screaming and yelling—I’m hearing his voice, I think, and someone else’s, a woman’s voice—but it’s all confusion to me and now all I can do is think about the fact that I’m falling and can’t stop.

About the Author: J.L. White writes steamy romances featuring smart, sexy women and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. Her sexy love stories are full of passion but don’t skimp on the tenderness. She’s addicted to trendy coffee houses, poolside lounging, and HEAs. When not tapping blissfully away on her laptop, she takes time to enjoy life with her husband and their children.

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Forbidden Heat will be $0.99 during the tour. Buy Forbidden Heat (Firework Girls, Book 1) and Midnight Heat (Firework Girls, Book 2) at Amazon.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Good Morning and thanks for the great giveaway

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. What books have most influenced your life?

    • Oh man, how much time do you have? Sooo many. Bridge to Terabithia was my favorite as a child and I still think it’s fantastic. (If you really want to go way back, we could talk about The Pokey Little Puppy, but maybe some other time.)

      Something that really influenced me as a writer is the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Hemmingway. It’s the ultimate example of minimalism and subtly in writing. I was fascinated by how he pulled it off, and I think really realized then what a magic trick story telling is. It’s addictive!

      My list of favorite books is pretty eclectic, from Jane Eyre to These Is My Words to The Book Thief to The Name of the Wind to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Somebody stop me! The job of a good story is to capture the reader and not let go until it’s over. Any story that does that well, regardless of genre, wins my heart as both an author and a reader.

      If anyone wants to pipe in their favorite books, I’m always looking for suggestions. 🙂

  4. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Hi Peggy!

      I think you’re the same Peggy who asked that question over on Stormy Day Reading Books. 🙂 (The May 23rd tour stop, for anyone else who wants to go check it out.) I left a way-too-long answer to your question over there, but ask me here what else you’d like to know. Which kind of writer’s block are you wanting to know about?

      It was more of a problem for me when I was younger and still cutting my writing teeth (which, unfortunately, takes freaking YEARS to really do). I struggled with writer’s block a lot. These days, it’s a rarity and I think that’s because I finally figured out how to be disciplined with my schedule. I’d heard how important that was for years, but half didn’t believe it, half just didn’t want to do it. 😉 It’s really true though. Once I mastered that, I crossed a great gulf and haven’t looked back.

  6. Hello everyone! Thanks for hosting, reading, and commenting. 🙂 I’m on the West coast so I’m still bleary-eyed over here. *blink blink* Good luck on the giveaway.

  7. Good luck with the release!

  8. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  9. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the excerpt.

  10. Victoria says:

    Great excerpt!

  11. momjane says:

    Really unique and fascinating excerpt.

  12. Linda Herold says:

    Happy Memorial Day weekend and thanks for offering this!!

  13. Sherry S. says:

    Super hot cover!! Sounds like a very good book.

  14. Dario Z says:

    Sounds like a great read, hope I’ll have a chance to read it soon!

  15. James Robert says:

    Wishing you a great Memorial Day weekend. Be safe and enjoy and would like to salute all those who have given their lives in defense of this country. Thank you for this giveaway as well

  16. James Robert says:

    Stopping by and thanking you for giving us the opportunity to win. Have a great Sunday!

  17. Bea LaRocca says:

    Happy Memorial Day weekend! Thanks so much for the Giveaway! I can’t wait to read your book!

  18. Catherine says:

    That’s an interesting excerpt. Out of context, it sounds like trouble.

    I, too, am a fan of Hemingway’s short stories (his novels–not so much). I love the sparse, concise, effective writing.

  19. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  20. Bea LaRocca says:

    Happy Memorial Day!

  21. Thanks everyone for stopping by! Have a great Memorial Day. 🙂

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