Hi everyone. First of all, thank you Mari for having me here. I really appreciate the support for my first attempt at self-publishing. My new release, Lucky in Loveland, comes out on February 13 and if all goes well, it will be available on Amazon, ARE and Smashwords. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
My inspiration for Lucky in Loveland comes from an actual place called Loveland, Colorado. Loveland is also referred to as the Sweetheart City and the City of Love because of a special program they offer every year for Valentine's Day. I won't give away too many details since the story revolves around this special time of year, but I'm hoping the story will be sweet and romantic enough to do Loveland and Valentine's Day proud.
I like Valentine's Day. I like the romance and the sweetness and the red hearts that appear everywhere. I like the idea of true love, and I guess if I didn't, I've been writing in the wrong genre. One of my favorite tropes is opposites attract so in Lucky in Loveland, I've combined my love for sappy romance and men who don't seem to fit together so well. I'm also a big fan of what you see isn't necessarily what you get and big, strong Lucky Roberts suits that role quite well.
To thank you all for stopping by I'm giving away an ebook copy of Lucky in Loveland to one commenter on this post. Leave your name, email address, and tell me about one of your favorite tropes. Good luck and happy Valentine's Day.
Lucky in Loveland (Welcome to Loveland, book 1)
Available February 13, 2016
Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine's Day.
Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been "unlucky" with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.
Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he's finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn't expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn't expect to like it so much.
When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He's clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, "Wow!" Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.
And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?
Available February 13
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Lucky hadn't known what to expect.
And that was a bold-faced lie.
Okay, so he might've asked around about the new teacher in their community, specifically the hot new kindergarten teacher he'd been hearing about, and also might have caught partial glimpses of the guy here and there. But after he'd stomped the excessive snow from his boots, he still hadn't expected an angel with an adorable ponytail to open the door to room one-O-five at Loveland Elementary.
Maybe he hadn't been lying after all.
Wide brown eyes greeted him and Lucky was immediately smitten. "Wow. Um, hey. I'm…yeah, hi. I'm Lucky…Roberts. I'm here for the…uh…" He stammered across consonants and vowels that felt garbled and heavy against his tongue. Then, because he was who he was, he followed the nonsense with a single syllable of amazingly stupid. "Wow."
Embarrassment rocketed through him as he slid his hand over his head, tugging off his knit hat. He rubbed nervously at his short hair while heat tingled from his neck to his cheeks.
The guy came across as cool as a cucumber. His only tell was an almost-contained smirk as he held out his arm.
Lucky shifted all his ridiculous plastic bags to his left hand and shook Jack's right with a little too much force. He was aware that his palm was slick and clammy despite the chill of an early January morning.
Jack didn't appear to notice that either. He really was a goddamn angel in black jeans and a wine-colored dress shirt that brought a shining brilliance to his pale skin and dark hair. Jesus, man. Say something!
"Lucky," he finally managed. A billowing laugh he couldn't stifle in time slipped past his lips.
He quickly shushed himself because, Jesus Murphy, he was in a school during damn school hours. This wasn't his first rodeo. He'd been here before, volunteered all the time, even at this same school. He'd also seen pretty faces before. He could do this.
He cleared his throat, shoving his sweaty hand deep into the front pocket of his jeans, then ducked his chin to his chest. Once he'd also pulled his head out of his ass, he settled his gaze back on the most beautiful man he'd ever seen. "I mean that's my name, not that I'm lucky or whatever…I already told you that, right? Jesus, I'm sorry."
"Hey, no worries—" Full lips curved into an affectionate smile. At least Jack didn't seem inclined to kick Lucky off the premises for breaking the rules of stupid, even the ones mastered by five-year-olds.
"Shit, I swore—and I just did it again. In school. Maybe I should go out and come back in again?"
Jack chuckled, one side of his smile tipping higher than the other. It was adorable.
"It's all good. The kids have been excited all morning."
"I'm not late, am I? I'm usually quite punctual. Or at least, that's what my mom says. She's obviously a little biased on the subject, of course, but…I don't usually talk so much." Keep babbling, Lucky, because that will make everything so much better. :)
"Why don't you just come in instead?"
"That's a lie. I actually never shut up. My mom says that, too."
Once he'd ultimately managed to zip his lips, Lucky let Jack shuffle him inside the cloakroom of the classroom. It smelled like warm cookies and white glue, though he wasn't entirely sure that wasn't just Jack, or even Lucky's own imagination. They were two of his favorite smells, after all, or had been at one time. He was suddenly aware of high-pitched voices drifting from the main part of the classroom.
"Mr. Jack! Mr. Jack! Is Lucky here yet?"
"His mom told my mom he was coming today."
"Your mom doesn't know everything, Daniel."
"Yeah, she does. Your mom doesn't know nothing, Allison."
"Well, your mom is a poopy-head."
"Your mom eats poopies—"
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Lucky Roberts hasn't been too lucky in love, but that changes when he meets the new kindergarten teacher, Jack Canon, when Lucky comes to give Jack's class a chat about Community and turns into a stuttering teenager with a crush. Thankfully, that and the fact that half his class and the rest of the town knows and loves Lucky makes Jack find him adorable. They hit it off and start going out, as Lucky shows Jack just how much he loves Valentine's Day in Loveland.
This book was such a delightful surprise! Sweet, with little to no angst, but not overly mushy. Lucky is simply put: adorable, and he and Jack have good chemistry. I loved their banter and how well they fit together, and I adored the way K-lee Klein included the rest of Loveland into the story, that was a very nice touch. The progression was nice, not too fast, not too slow, the writing flowed quite well and the storyline was interesting and the ending left me with a smile on my face. I'm looking forward to the next books in this series and hopefully reading more of Lucky and Jack's story!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
K-lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember. In an attempt to avoid major writer's block, she keeps the image of muse on her leg so he can't run off too far, unfortunately it doesn't work all the time. K-lee's days consist of planning her next tattoo design for her growing collection, having a lot of baths since her muse loves the water, and fighting off an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small who continually bounce off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories.
Among her favorite sub-genres to read and write are rock stars, cowboys, shifters, friends-to-lovers, and opposites-attract relationships. But to be honest, she’s open to almost anything if it involves messing around in the heads of her characters. She’s also big on series—because she has a hard time letting her characters go—and is usually working on a handful of stories in various stages of completion all at the same time.
Places to find K-lee.
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