Friday, June 12, 2015

The Do It List by Jillian Stone & #Giveaway




The Do It List
Book 1
By: Jillian Stone

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Jillian Stone
Date of Publication: June 19, 2015
Cover Artist: Jillian Stone

Book Tagline: 10 sexual encounters. No strings attached.


SYNOPSIS


Hotshot copywriter Gracie Taylor-Scott
has a reputation—for her artfully edgy ads.
A rising star at Darcy Wexler Dean, New York,
the long hours are perfect cover for Gracie’s fear of intimacy issues. 

Great job. 
Great pay.
No life—including her on again off again sex life.
Then one night, she is plunged into darkness with a handsome stranger.

Bradley Craig is the new head of DWD’s research division,
and this ad-man has secrets of his own.
Much lauded in his field of consumer behavior,
there’s a darker side to the attractive ad man—his erotic, list-maker side.

Gracie and Bradley are assigned to work on the biggest new business pitch
Darcy Wexler Dean will be in all year, and the two tangle immediately,
battling copy concepts and focus group findings along
 with their explosive attraction to each other. 

Bradley has a proposition: they make a list.
Ten erotic sexual encounters, no strings attached.
What’s at stake?
Two Super Bowl spots and two fragile hearts. 


EXCERPT



“Close the door, Gracie.”

I checked the hallway through the floor-to-ceiling glass by the exit. No one was about. Coworkers were in their offices, filling out time sheets, getting ready to call it a day.

I shut the door with a soft click.

“I believe there’s a light switch on the wall.” He used a huskier voice, more like the elevator Bradley.

I pressed the controls, and the conference room dimmed enough not to be seen by passersby, as long as we kept things quiet. Nose to the door, I stared at the smooth, matte-black surface.

“I know things got a little heated––” I stopped myself and cringed. Was I talking about last night or the testy words between us several minutes ago? And since when weren’t things heated between us? I sucked in a calming breath and exhaled silently.

It occurred to me, this attraction to Bradley might well be the hottest, most erotic experience of my life. I pivoted away from the door to face him.

“Sorry I can’t be more enthusiastic about creative testing, it’s just that I’ve been screwed by research in the past, and not in a good way.”

Bradley flopped down on the sofa and raked me over with his gaze. He patted the seat next to him. “You and I need to build some trust.”

I approached slowly. “Have you any idea how many focus groups I’ve sat through where smirking research geeks underlined every word or phrase that didn’t test high enough—some of them the best words and phrases I’ve ever written in my life?”

I dropped my bag on the floor for emphasis. “Just once, I’d like to believe research has my back.”

He clasped my wrist and tugged. “Since we’re going to be working closely together…” He pulled me lower.

I settled a knee to each side of his thighs and straddled him. It was about time I climbed on the man. “How close?”

“Intimate close.” He easily worked through the buttons of my pants.

“You’re staring at my belly button.”

“You have a piercing.” His gaze turned darker, hungrier—as if I were a mocha chocolate truffle and he had a craving for Godiva.



INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


What made you want to write? 

I have always been a storyteller. I started out a visual storyteller in advertising and then worked in film, but I always had either a script or a novel stashed in my laptop. I just never finished anything until a few years ago.

What genre(s) do you write in and why? 

THE DO IT LIST is my first contemporary erotic novel. I also write Historical Romantic Suspense (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard) and Historical Paranormal (Moonstone Investigations)

What was the first book you ever wrote, no matter how young you were? 

When I started out as more of a visual artist. But I have always enjoyed writing as well. I wrote two movie scripts as a freshman in high school, and started several books in college––still works in progress!

What is your favorite out of all of your books, published or not? 

My latest book is always my favorite book. I think it is because the characters stay with me for weeks, even months afterwards.

What makes this your favorite? A certain scene, character, plot? 

THE DO IT LIST comes straight out of my experiences working for large national/global advertising agencies. And the protagonists, Gracie and Bradley­­, are two of the most uniquely damaged characters I’ve ever written. 

What is your daily routine when it comes to your writing? 

I write everyday, even if it’s just a few plot notes or lines of dialogue.

What is something that you struggle with when it comes to writing? 

I’m not a fast writer. So many authors I know can write four to six books a year. I also make up my own grammar and punctuation­­––I drive copy editors and myself crazy.

What is your favorite thing about writing? 

I get to live in all these characters heads. Experience their worlds. It’s really an amazing magical experience to get carried away like that. It’s similar to how you get lost in a story as a reader.

Where do you get your ideas for writing? 

Ideas come from everywhere but photographs that make a strong impression often trigger ideas.

Who is your author inspiration and why?

I am usually most inspired by authors I am currently reading: The Book of Paul by Richard Long (weird, dark and definitely not romance!)

What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout’s voice is so authentic and pure, plus it’s just great storytelling.

Where do you see your writing career in 5 years? 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Gosh, I really should have a better marketing plan than that, although I like the thought of writing a book that millions of people read. I honestly don’t really know where my writing will take me. I love to write contemporary and historical. Right now, my plans are to complete THE DO IT LIST series (book two) and there is a historical spin off to The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, CODENAME: DRAGON, due to release at the end of the year. After that, I will go where my readers and my muse take me.

A list of works:

The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard: An Affair with Mr. Kennedy
A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis
A Private Duel with Agent Gunn
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce

Moonstone Investigations: The Seduction of Phaeton Black
The Moonstone and Miss Jones
The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jillian Stone was born a storyteller. A skill that got her into considerable trouble as a youth until she solved the problem by becoming an advertising creative. And the career did seem to suit her as she won many national ad awards including the Clio and the New York Art Director’s Club Gold. What more could she ask for? Create her own worlds? Become goddess of her own universe? Yes! So, she began to write fiction. Her Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 Golden Heart and sold to Pocket Books. Her sexy, controversial steampunk novel THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently writing a new spin-off novel to the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series as well as book #2 in the DO IT LIST series.


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