We’re so pleased to welcome author Lorelei Brown to TNA today on the tour for her new novel, Take Me Home. This post is a heart-melter, let me tell you. Just wait until you see the pictures! And there’s also a great giveaway, so be sure to check out the details for that below.
Last January, I went to visit a puppy on my lunch break. She was tiny and adorable, a little ball of black fluff who cuddled up to my shoulder and gave me hugs. She was a yorkie-poo, which meant that she was guaranteed to be approximately the same size as my 10 year old shih-tzu, Gizmo, which was a really important factor. I was looking for a friend to bring life back to my old man, so they needed to be fairly equal. When she laid her muzzle on my shoulder and sighed, I was sunk. I had to have her. On my way home from work that day, I stopped and picked her up even though there was a wicked snow storm because I couldn’t bear the idea that maybe someone else would pick her.
I got stuck in the snow on my block because of that itty bitty puppy with black fur and black eyes. She almost got named Hoth as a result, but we ended up going with Rey.
There’s a little black dog in Take Me Home. It’s a yorkie-poo. Coincidence? Of course not.
Keighley and Brooke first meet their yorkie-poo at Thanksgiving dinner at Keighley’s family home. Technically the puppy belongs to Keighley’s cousin, but dog stealing is totally okay when someone abuses the dog in question. I promise. Keighley names her puppy Bennet, and I had such a great time writing puppy time. Bennet/Rey is so adorable, she deserves all the page time I gave her.
She’s growing into a good dog, too. Sunday mornings, she licks my nose exactly once to tell me it’s time to get up and let her outside. She and my shih-tzu get along really well – they chase each other in laps around the kitchen. It must be nice to be small enough that you can get your daily steps in that easily. They both play fetch, but Gizmo hates it when Bennet/Rey beats him to the toy every. Single. Time. She’s young; he’s slow. They’re lucky they’re cute. That’s how they wiggle their way into your heart.
I regret nothing about writing my puppy into Take Me Home. It was so much fun. You know, I wonder if my accountant will let me write her fees off…
About the Book
Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!
I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both—but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.
About the Author
After a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes her Pacific Blue series of hot surfers in order to channel some warmth.
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter. You can also contact Lorelie on Twitter @LorelieBrown.
To celebrate the release of Take Me Home, one lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to an ebook retailer of your choice! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 12, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!