Thank you for stopping at my spot on the Kissing Kendall Book Tour and Giveaway. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Goddess Fish Promotions. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, interview and bio on Jennifer Shirk. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.
Kendall Grisbaum has been trying to pick up of the pieces of her life since the death of her firefighter husband almost two years ago. The last thing she’s interested in is love and feels the best way to start moving on is to concentrate on opening up her new bakery business. Unfortunately, she’s finding it hard to remember those two points now that her old friend and policeman Brad Mayer is back in her life and giving her a helping hand.
After losing her husband in the line of duty, Kendall doesn’t want to get involved with another man with a dangerous job, and refuses to give in to her attraction to the handsome police officer. But Brad has always loved Kendall from afar and now that he senses she might feel the same, he’s determined to show her the real danger would be to lose another chance at love.
Brad startled her by reaching out and stroking the side of her face with his finger. “Hey, why the frown? I pay you a compliment and you look unhappy. Next time, I’m going to tell you your cupcakes suck if that’s what it takes to get a smile out of you.”
“Oh, stop,” she said with a halfhearted laugh, lightly batting away his hand. “It’s nothing you said. And I am happy.” Mostly. At least she was happier than she’d been a few months ago.
Brad narrowed his eyes. “No, I know you. What’s really going on?”
She should have known better than to think she could hide anything from him, so she gave up the pretense. “I don’t know. I…I guess I feel a little alone sometimes. Grammy never seems to be around when I need her—and she’s all I have now. Even though it’s just you and Georgie, you two are close and share so much. And I…” She flushed, realizing she was babbling and embarrassing herself further. “Never mind. I’m sorry. I’m just being silly.”
“Hey, you’re not being silly.” Brad stepped even closer.
His aftershave tickled her nose, but the fresh scent was a welcome change to her senses. All she wanted to do was lean in farther and just inhale. She hoped he didn’t notice her swaying into him, but he smelled a thousand times better than cupcakes and wet paint.
“You can’t help the way you feel,” he said, placing his warm, broad hands on her shoulders. “But I want you to know that I’ll always be around, so you never have to feel alone.”
She wanted to argue that point, but his kind words were overwhelming. Brad pulled her into him, wrapping his arms around her. She stiffened at first, but the way he positioned himself made it clear that he had no intention of letting her go any time soon.
Her shoulders relaxed and she dropped her chin to his chest with a sigh of pleasure. Somehow Brad instinctively knew she needed this—a good old-fashioned hug—more than she knew she needed it herself. She wound her arms around his waist and sank deeper into his chest. An aching need to be held by him and have all her worries disappear squeezed through her. She felt safe, almost believing his words that he would always be around and she’d never be alone.
It was nice to pretend for a few minutes, anyway.
Brad shifted, gathering her even closer. He brushed a gentle kiss on the side of her forehead and a shudder passed through her. He felt so nice. This felt so nice. Brad inclined his head a few more inches and his breath softly fanned her face.
Without warning, her senses began to spin from the heat of his body and the scent of his skin. That’s when she knew she was in trouble.
Her eyes sprang open. Suddenly their embrace didn’t feel like a friendly hug, but something much more intimate. What were they doing? What was she doing?
Brad is only trying to comfort you, she kept telling herself. Until she looked up into his eyes and saw that he felt what was passing between them as well. His blue eyes were filled with heat. Desire. She swallowed hard.
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet romantic comedies and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her book, The Role of a Lifetime.
She's also a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, and four hermit crabs.
Interview with Jennifer:
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU WROTE YOUR FIRST BOOK? Ooh, later in life. I was about 34. When I had my first child and became a stay-at-home mom I started to read a lot more. Eventually that turned into wanting to write my book.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO WRITE?
I’m actually not picky—as long as it’s QUIET and I’m comfortable, I’m good to go. But in the summer, I do enjoy writing in my screened in porch area. It’s very sunny and whenever I look out, I can see my garden.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR A NEW BOOK?
Actually, I do have a novella coming out around Valentine’s Day. It’s something totally new for me because it has a minor paranormal edge to it. But still very fun!
It’s called A LITTLE BIT CUPID and about a loner who must find true love before midnight on Valentine’s Day or risk having humanity lose love forever, and with the help of Cupid’s son himself, she seeks out Mr. Wrong while Mr. Right is right under her nose.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE?
Actually, I became inspired to write when I wasn’t finding enough of what I wanted to read. There really is a small amount of sweet romance authors out there.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? Wow, it’s been over eight years! I can’t believe it’s been that long.
DO YOU PREFER EBOOKS, PAPERBACKS OR HARDCOVER?
I can honestly say never hardcovers. LOL They’re heavy so they don’t travel well. I probably prefer ebooks slightly more, but I give paperbacks as gifts all the time.
HAVE YOU BASED ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS ON SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR REAL LIFE EVENTS IN YOUR OWN LIFE? Friends actually WANT me to write about them, yet I haven’t. It’s a little more fun to create your characters from scratch. I have taken some work experiences in the pharmacy and a playground incident with my child and--after tweaking them--used them as scenes in books. Sometimes something happens to you and you think, “I HAVE to use this somehow!” LOL
Thanks so much for having me!!