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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel



Book Description:

Workaholic Isaac hasn’t been back to his hometown since his father’s funeral two years earlier, pushing his family away because of a painful secret. Hanukkah and a forced vacation lure him back to Atlanta, where he’s reunited with his two lost loves—an old motorcycle and his sister’s best friend Giada. While rediscovering his passion for both the bike and the woman, Isaac rebuilds his heart.

Giada has lost her Christmas spirit since returning home to care for her dying parents. Left alone, she struggles to return to her successful teaching career, choosing instead to stay in her hometown. Only the unexpected return of her high school crush Isaac brings any joy to the season.

The transitive nature of Isaac’s visit and Giada’s fear of abandonment keep them from sharing their whole hearts, but certainly not their bodies. Their desire for each other is hotter than flames on a menorah and they take advantage of their limited time together by burning up the sheets. But once their secrets are revealed, their hearts will do all the thinking.

Excerpt

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Giada saw the light in the small window of the shop door. The last thing she expected to see when she walked in was a sea of motorcycle parts spread from one end of the room to the other. Isaac stood with his back to her and ran his fingers through his dark hair as he stared down at the array.
She should have cleared her throat or something, but she couldn’t help admiring his tall, lean body or the way his shoulders stretched the polo shirt.
“My God, what have you done?”
He turned, looked at her and his faced completely changed. From the intense face of a man with a problem, he transformed in an instant with a smile that had her blushing right down to her panties. Did his face light up that way just for her? No, he probably did it with everyone, or at least all the women he saw. Charm had never been in short supply with Isaac Backman. She was glad to see that hadn’t changed.
“Mark saved my old bike. I’m just fixing it up.” He walked over to where she stood at the door.
“Fixing it up? It looks as if you’ve completely destroyed it.” He stood very close to her. How was it possible that after all of these years, he still made her weak in the knees?
“Looks can be deceiving, Giada.”
“I… Sadie sent me out here to tell you that your mother is here and you should join the party. They’re waiting on you to light the menorahs.”
His eyes narrowed on her. “Will you have dinner with me tomorrow?”
Of all the things she expected him to say, that was not even close to one of them. “Why?”
“Why?”
“I mean, don’t you think you should spend some time with your family? Why would you want to have dinner with me?”
“Really? You don’t know why?”
She shook her head. She knew her eyes must be the size of saucers. I may swoon. Do women still swoon? Some might, but Giada didn’t. She stilled her emotions.
He stepped closer and leaned down until his lips were next to her ear. “I’ve had a crush on you since we were teenagers. I may still have a crush on you. I’d like to get to know you better. Have dinner with me.”
Her heart pounded so hard, she couldn’t believe she’d been able to hear him at all. But she’d heard every softly spoken word and she found herself nodding her acceptance before she could make herself speak. “I get home at six-thirty. Can we make it seven?”
“I’ll pick you up.”
“Not on that, I hope.”
His laughter shot directly from his lips to the already wet space between her thigh


REVVING UP THE HOLIDAYS - Why a Motorcycle?

I’m so happy to be here and be able to tell you a bit about how this lovely story came to be. I don’t know about you, but I just love a good holiday story. I enjoy those short novels that get me in the mood for the miraculous time of the year when people are a bit nicer and love is a bit stronger. So, you may be asking, why would I choose a motorcycle to move my story forward?

It’s a funny thing about inspiration and where it will strike. I wanted to write a Hanukkah/Christmas story. I had the hero in my head from the start. He’d been through a lot of devastation in his life since leaving his childhood home in Atlanta. It was the Hanukkah holiday that was going to push Isaac back home, but how was he going to heal himself?

I started to think about the toughest times of my life and how processes and procedures could take me away from the harsh realities of life. I know it’s that way for everyone. Focusing on one thing can ease us through to better days and even inspire us to happiness. Sharing the final product of our labor with people who love us can be equally cathartic.

Isaac was coming back to a place that reminded him of everything he’d thought he’d lost. He had a lot to deal with and he had a lot of issues to work through. That’s when I realized he would need something to focus on to remind him of the man he used to be. It was important he remember that younger version of himself knew how to have fun. He didn’t lose himself in work and forget everything else that was important. The Harley Davidson was the perfect solution to both of our problems. Isaac needed something to focus on and a way to heal himself. I needed that motorcycle to add a fantastic, sexy element to my story. Hallelujah! Writer and character both find satisfaction in one heart-pounding machine.
I know you are going to love REVVING UP THE HOLIDAYS as much as I do. I can’t wait to hear what you think, so make sure you stop by and leave me a note when you can. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter drawing for a chance to win yourself a copy of the book.



About the Author:

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in both erotic and historical romance, A.S. has 5 books currently available and three more under contract with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

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