Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Thinking 'Bout You Cover, Excerpt Reveal & Giveaway


by Claire Hastings

Cover & Excerpt Reveal

Release Date: March 23, 2023

Cover Design: Cover Couture
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second chance, small-town, country star


To the world, he’s Dustin Wild, country star with a megawatt smile and a voice smooth as whiskey. To me, he’ll always be Dustin Wilder, the small-town boy who stole my heart…then broke it.

It’s been seven years since Dustin rolled out of our rural Georgia town, chasing his dream, promising he’d be back. Except that never happened. Instead, he topped the charts, trading in our future plans for a life that didn’t involve me at all.

I thought I’d moved on. Until the town busybodies invite Dustin back to Hickory Hills to perform at the annual Rhythm and Brews Festival.
All I can do is swoon when he says my name or flashes me that smile. And by the way he’s looking at me, my heart can’t help but hope he feels the same.

I’ve got my eyes wide open this time, and I won’t let him hurt me again.

That is, until ghosts from our past have something to say about our second chance.

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“Are you okay to drive home?” he asks, stopping at my car door.

“I am.”

“I was kinda hoping the answer would be no, so I had to drive you.”

“How would I get to work tomorrow if my car were still here?”

“Guess I’d just have to pick you up for breakfast too then.”

I swoon, Dustin’s perfect answer locked and loaded. Of course it is.

“I had a great time tonight, Kenz,” he whispers.

“Me too.”

We stand there for a moment, anticipation hanging in the air. It’s like we’re teenagers again, neither of us wanting to make the first move, desperately waiting for the other to do something. Only difference is, we know how much trouble that will cause. Just how much my heart will hurt when he leaves again.

“Night,” I say, breaking the silence. Unlocking my car, I barely get the driver door open when Dustin spins me around.

His ice-blue eyes darken, his lips upturned into a smirk. Carefully tucking a wisp of hair behind my ear, he cups my jaw, running his thumb along my cheek, butterflies taking flight inside me. My whole body is on fire, desperate for him to act. To do what I don’t have the courage to.

I don’t have to wait long though. Half a breath later his lips lightly graze mine, in a soft, gentle, chaste kiss.

Pulling back just as swiftly as he’d leaned in, Dustin steps back, hands dropping to his sides. My pulse doesn’t know whether to speed up or slow down, my lips tingling from the brief contact. I can barely think—the only thing rushing through my brain is how I want more.


“Shhhh,” he says, pressing his forehead to mine. “I’m going to do that for real, promise. Just not tonight. But, Kenz, when I do, I promise, it’s going to be the best fucking kiss of your entire life.”

Another chaste press of his lips to my forehead, and he turns to go, leaving me pressed up against my open car door, head still dazed.

Because what Dustin Wilder doesn’t know is that right there might have been the best kiss of my life, and it hadn’t lasted but two seconds.

Forget walls. I’m going to need to dig a moat.

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USA Today Best Selling Claire Hastings is a walking, talking awkward moment. She loves Diet Coke, gummi bears, the beach, and books (obvs). When not reading she can usually be found hanging with friends at a soccer match or grabbing food (although she probably still has a book in her purse). She and her husband live in Atlanta.

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by Lisa Suzanne



CURVEBALL & FASTBALL, the first and second book in the VEGAS HEAT: THE EXPANSION TEAM series, by Lisa Suzanne are coming March 2nd!! We are thrilled to share an excerpt with you! 


What to expect from Vegas Heat: The Expansion Team

Forced Proximity 


Baseball Sports Romance

Age Gap

All the steam 

Best Friends Daughter/Coach's Daughter


Secret Relationship


“Dance with me,” I demand, and he chuckles and nods.

He follows me out to the floor, and suddenly our bodies are pressed up against each other as the mass of people out here moves and sways with the beat. His hands find my hips, and I link my arms around his neck. His eyes burn down into mine, and I get the strangest sensation like I already know him. I know I’m safe with him even though I just met him tonight, and my gut instinct about people is usually spot on.

He seems like a good guy, and even though I’m slightly champagne-drunk, I’ve got enough wits about me to know I can trust him.

Our dancing starts playful but quickly turns sexy as he shoves his hips toward mine. I feel his erection against my side, only confirming how much want and desire pulls between the two of us. Someone bumps into him, sending him careening a little closer into me, and then no space separates our bodies as his leg comes between both of mine. I grind down on his leg, a side effect of the champagne that I’d normally be way too reserved to do with a virtual stranger, but tonight all bets are off.

He wants this.

I want this.

Heat consumes the space between us, and tingles light up my spine as my tummy flips. His lips collide with mine again, and this kiss is hot and desperate in the middle of a crowded dance floor. It’s sexy and nearly illicit as his tongue batters mine, his fingertips digging into my hips as we continue to sway to the beat of the song. I feel so much more than just attraction coming through this kiss, like attraction is just the spark that’s going to light this inferno between us…like it’s leading us somewhere bigger than just tonight.

I still know nothing about him. He’s staying here at this hotel, so I don’t have high hopes for more than one night together.

But it still feels like the type of opportunity I can’t let slip by. If my dad has taught me anything over the last three years, it’s that we can’t live life with regrets. We can only take what’s right in front of us.

He drags his lips from mine, across my cheek and toward my ear. “Spend the night with me.” His voice is raspy and filled with some unspoken promise, like he can somehow see into my thoughts and he feels the same way…he doesn’t want to let this chance slip by, either.

I nod, and he grabs my hand. He weaves through the throng of people and leads me back out to the hallway.

“Hey, that’s Cooper Noah!” some guy yells at him, and Cooper simply nods at the guy, tightens his grip on my hand, and leads me through the hotel.

I hear other people say his name, too, and maybe this was happening earlier and I was too tipsy to notice, but all the dancing has sobered me up a little.

We arrive at a bank of elevators, and I think about that name. Cooper Noah. It’s vaguely familiar, like I’ve heard it before, but I have no idea who he is.

“How do all those people know you?” I ask softly.

He twists his lips. “You really don’t know?”

I shake my head, and the doors open in front of us. A couple gets off, and we step on. The doors seal us into isolation, and he walks toward me, backing me up against the mirrored wall. His blue eyes focus down on my green ones. “God, you’re gorgeous,” he murmurs. “And you don’t even know who I am.” His mouth crashes down to mine, and as much as I want to ask more questions, it seems his kiss offers the exact sort of distraction he’s going for.

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Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she’s not chasing or cuddling her kids, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.


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