Feminists, Friends to Lovers & Fake Engagements!

Two-fer Tuesday!

two thingsI love me a good two-fer Tuesday! Don’t you?

Today I’ve got two new releases to share with you, one by Christine Warner, a fabulously talented contemporary romance author AND one by little old me.

Both are out officially TODAY! Don’t be shy, scroll down to check out our blurbs and excerpts. Whether you’re in the mood for feminist meets Highland warrior or friends faking an engagement, Christine and I have got you covered!

There’s a GIVEAWAY below, too. Don’t leave without entering!

A Friendly Engagement

A-FRIENDLY-ENGAGEMENT-1600x2400jpgOmar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.

Excerpt from A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner

“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

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christine9Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.

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Choosing the Highlander + GIVEAWAY

Choosing the Highlander - EbookAs a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry. But when Mr. Right proposes, she can’t say yes. A head-clearing vacation brings her to the Scottish Highlands, where her free-spirited twin wishes for Connie to find true love. Neither sister expects the wish to send Connie hurtling five hundred years into the past.

Wilhelm Murray, heir to the barony of Dornoch, hopes to one day hold a seat in parliament and bring urgently needed reform to Scotland. But everything changes when a woman slated for execution proclaims her innocence using the most peculiar language. Powerfully attracted to the brave beauty, he rescues her even though it means becoming a fugitive and forfeiting his dream.

As Connie and Wilhelm evade capture, she discovers his passion for justice. Scotland needs his ideas. It needs him. And so does she. But in order to clear Wilhelm’s name, she will have to turn her back on everything she’s worked so hard for and embrace the magic of love.

Take This Quiz, Enter to Win an $25 Gift Card:

In honor of my heroine, Connie, who travels back in time from 1981, I’m hosting a giveaway that will test your knowledge of 1980’s toys. You can enter any time between now and end of day Sunday 6/28. I’ll announce the winners here on Monday 6/29.

What I’m giving away:

  • Amazon gift card $25Choosing the Highlander - Ebook$25 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3 E-copies of my new release CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER

What you have to to to enter:

You can enter in any number of ways. The point of the giveaway is for you to have FUN!

For the maximum amount of entries, do it all, but the bare minimum is to click HERE to visit my official Rafflecopter Giveaway page and click EASY ENTRY.

Show your 1980’s-Toy-Trivia Prowess:

Take my Quiz for another entry in my giveaway.

How many of these toys from the year 1981 can you name off the top of your head? Leave a comment below with your number of correct answers (out of 11) for another entry in my giveaway. You don’t have to be right. Just have fun!

The answers are in the comments, so down’t scroll down if you want to give this your best effort!


Did you get all 11 out of 11? If so, you did WAY better than this child of the 80’s!

I knew 7 of 11 without needing to look them up. For some I got half the name but couldn’t come up with the rest, so I decided not to count those.

For more giveaway entries, visit my Rafflecopter page and jump through all my shameless promo hoops.

Excerpt from Choosing the Highlander by Jessi Gage

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

Her eyes flashed in that way of hers that told him she didn’t make a habit of following orders. Och, her brazen spirit drew him from the moment he first saw her, when she’d been demanding Ruthven let her go despite being nude, bound, gagged, and outnumbered. Such bravery! Such intrepid determination!

“You told me no questions tonight.” Her voice scratched like sun dried wool not yet tamed into softness. The damage to her tender throat and lungs made him lust to slay her abusers all over again. Noticeably absent was her feigned English speech.

He suppressed a grin, wondering if she’d done it intentionally. “Simply telling me your name would have required fewer words than the rebuke, my lady, if your throat pains thee.”

“It wasn’t a rebuke.” A look of affront tugged her eyebrows low over those captivating eyes. How was it her every expression affected his viscera? With each change in her features, his stomach leapt and dove like a hawk in pursuit of prey. “Only a reminder.” The briefest flicker of nervousness belied the stubborn lift of her chin.

The kiss had made her uncertain. Before, she’d approached him as an adversary, though why she should do so, he could not guess. Now, she recognized the connection between them, but, if he guessed correctly, she feared it.

The lass needed time. She needed food and rest. He would ask no more of her tonight. Not even her name. It mattered not. His heart knew her regardless of what she called herself.

“Consider me reminded, sweet lady.”

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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20 Responses to Feminists, Friends to Lovers & Fake Engagements!

  1. Mary Preston says:

    I got just 3. Lost my inner child.

  2. Thank you for the heads up about the releases! These both need to be on my TBR! And, as a child of the 80’s I love pictures of all the toys from my past. LOL. Especially, the Sweet Secrets. My cousin and I had probably all of them put together. 🙂

  3. Mae Clair says:

    Wow, I only got four right. Thought I would have done better than that.

    Happy release day to you and Christine!!

  4. Jessi Gage says:

    Ready for the answers? Here they are:
    Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Teddy Ruxpin, Rainbow Brite Sprite, Lite-Brite, Easy Bake, Spirograph, Sweet Secrets, Speak & Spell, Nintendo Gameboy, Barbie’s horse Dallas

    I got the Simon (my kids have one), Rubik’s cube, Easy Bake, Speak & Spell, Teddy Ruxpin, & Gameboy. Oddly, I actually played with Dallas, but I’d forgotten he had a name!

  5. shutupshabby says:

    8/11. Feeling both proud and old 🙂

  6. Theresa Fischer says:

    I just got five of them! Looking forward to reading your book!!

  7. Laurie says:

    I got 8 out of 11. I was born in the 70s and played with most of these toys!

  8. I only knew the names of 5 of the toys, and only because I either had one or wanted one.

  9. I got 8 out of the 11. The other 3 I could remember PART of the name, lol!

    • Jessi Gage says:

      That’s great, vikingprincess! I can’t help but notice your callname had a 1976 in it. That’s my YOB. Might explain why so many of these toys look familiar to us!

  10. Tina B says:

    I, too, got 7 out of 11. I knew Raibbow-Brite, but forgot the Sprite. Lol. Didn’t count it.
    Congrats on your new release, Jessi! 😀

  11. Jessi Gage says:

    Thanks, Tina! We’re twinsies on the score!

  12. Jana says:

    6. Thanks.

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