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Well would you just look at that! Officer Off Limits is coming out Monday! Why, yes, I do have it pre-ordered, and yes, I will be reading it as soon as I get in from work.
With all that said, it should come as no shock that I'm pretty tickled to have Tessa here today. And she's kind enough to offer a digital copy of Protecting What's His, the first book in the Line of Duty series, for Kindle or Nook to one lucky commenter.
Melissa: So I'll start off by asking if you can tell the readers a little about yourself, Tessa?
Tessa: Sure! I’m a 29-year-old mother of one. I live in Brooklyn, working for my family’s construction company. I drove to New York from my hometown in California the day after I graduated high school because I wanted adventure. What better place for adventure than New York? I love going to concerts, spending time with my friends and of course, writing about people falling flat-on-their-face in love.
Melissa: Well, I like you writing about people falling flat-on-their-face in love, too! Now how ever did you come up with the Line of Duty Series? Did you wake up one morning after a lively dream and the thought was there?
Tessa: I came up with Protecting What’s His first. I never dreamed it would get published. So when that craziness happened, I began to plot the rest of the series. Derek from PWH was the inspiration that started it all – I saw a gorgeous cop in Queens while crossing the street, looking like he was having a bad day. That’s where it started.
Melissa: Hmm maybe I should move to Queens. So, I loved the covers of Protecting What’s His and His Risk to Take. Did you have some say in your book covers?
Tessa: I have some input, but Heather Howland, my editor and Brazen cover designer, is so amazingly talented, I usually just point and drool when she sends me the mock-up. The cover is so important – it can really make or break you!
Melissa: So I can’t help but ask about your dirty-talking heroes. They wouldn’t happen to be fashioned after a real life person, would they? What’s the story behind these assertive, dirty-talking heroes? Inquiring minds want to know, because I’m in fictional love. :)
Tessa: Hahaha :) No, the dirty-talk comes from the fantasy men in my head. But their banter with each other, such as when they’re out having a beer in Quincy’s, that comes from real life men I’ve encountered. I worked in a lot of bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn during college and I listened to a lot of men banter. Men, especially New York men, communicate through insults. They goad one another. They’ve got colorful vocabularies. And I think I’ve found a way to translate that to the bedroom. :)
Melissa: Ha! Well, you just keep on translating, and I think I really should go to Queens now. Can you share one of your favorite excerpts with us from His Risk to Take? And why is this one a favorite?
Tessa: I like this passage, because Ruby is testing Troy. Prior to this, she’s finally come clean with him about her past. Troy, being the alpha male that he is, feels the need to claim her, to calm his anger/fear over what she’s just revealed. I love that reaction from Troy. Yes, because it’s sexy, but also because their baser nature is on display.
"“Did you tell me that little story just to piss me the hell off?”
Ruby straightened her spine, resenting the excitement that flowed through her over what his intentions were. What he would do when he reached her. “Yeah. Maybe I did.”
He pulled her body against his. “Well, it fucking worked.” His mouth stamped over hers, cutting off her surprised gasp. Ruby couldn’t resist moaning when his hands sunk into her hair, tugging her head to the side so he could slant his mouth over and over across hers. When he pulled a little harder than necessary on the long strands, she bit his bottom lip in reproof, but it only made him deepen the kiss, his tongue licking into her mouth with a possessive growl.
“Do you know why you wanted to make me angry?” He spoke directly against her parted, panting lips. “Because you know it makes me hard. You know it makes me hot to fuck.” He tilted his hips and pushed against her, demonstrating the effect of her words. “That means you’re hot to get fucked. Good. Too bad you’re about to get much more than you bargained for, hustler. Turn around.”"
Melissa: Good Gracious (Or insert a colorful curse here if you prefer)! Yep, I distinctly remember that scene well. Now, what does the future hold for the Line of Duty series? What are you currently working on?
Tessa: I just finished Brent’s book (Line of Duty #4) and I believe I’m about to embark on my first NA novel featuring Willa from Protecting What’s His. I have at least two more Line of Duty books plotted, then we’ll see what happens!
Melissa: I can't wait! :) Out of curiosity, can we expect the Line of Duty Series to release in paperback? Ha, I had to ask since I’m still a devout paperback buyer as well. :)
Tessa: I don’t know! I believe once you start consistently selling a certain amount digitally, they consider you for print. Hopefully someday. :)
Melissa: Right. Well, Entangled, I'm just saying, I would totally buy this series in paperback. Just putting that out there. Alright, Tessa, since this is fiction after all… When approached by an assertive alpha male whispering naughties in your ear, what do you do?
Tessa: Take notes!
Melissa: LOL I can't argue with that answer. Well it's been a pleasure to have you here today, Tessa. Wishing you tons of luck with your upcoming releases. Looking forward to reading more of your naughty treasures. :)
Blurb: She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.
The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...
Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.
And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.
Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.
Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?
Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.
Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel's already forbidden relationship survive?
The Line of Duty series can be found at: Amazon
Author Bio: Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romances, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipe.
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