Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Bottoms Up by Deveaux

Please welcome Kate Deveaux author of Bottoms Up.

Kate Deveaux will be awarding a $10, $25 or $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Bottoms Up

by Kate Deveaux

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GENRE:   Erotic Romance

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INTERVIEW:

What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I know it sounds cliché as many authors say the same thing, but honestly, I wanted to write and was writing from as early as I can remember. It wasn’t any one thing that inspired me. I just felt the need to write. Probably the way some people pick up a paintbrush, I grasped by first pen in grade school and started writing simple little stories with happy cheerful endings. By high school I had discovered “boys” (aka the opposite sex) as well as authors such as the Bronte sisters and I became completely hooked on writing about ‘love.’ I continued writing short stories but with a definite ‘romantic’ theme! By college I stretched my writing wings and began writing erotic short stories and started to dream about penning an entire novel. Best decision I ever made and I’ve never looked back since. J

 

How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

I find my story ideas come mostly from daydreams, where I dream up characters in situations I find intriguing. I keep a book where I jot down themes, types of characters and sometimes specific locations I’d like to write about. The inspiration for BOTTOMS UP came from a blog post I did for “”Naughty Drink Recipes” and I found I really liked the ideas of cocktails with sexy names. I wanted to explore what sort of hero would serve these drinks with dirty names and what sort of heroine would delight in savoring them.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

I think life experience is the real expertise we as authors bring to our writing. That and a limitless imagination! My experiences combined with the fact I was a keen student of comparative English have a BA in English helped immensely too. It’s certainly made the grammar and editing portion a little easier.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

I’m a little bit introverted. I know, that sort of like being a little bit pregnant, but it’s true. I am social and love to spend time with my friends and family but I am quite shy in a crowd, shy to self promote and happiest when crafting a sizzling sexy toe curling romance.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

I plan to keep on writing, the stories in my daydreams are nipping at my heels to be written. Definitely more scorching romance books from me!
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

Oh, I think I’d love to be Lexi in BOTTOMS UP and have a hunk like Justin woo me with scandalous concoctions that not only taste delicious but are even more fun to act out after his bar closes. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a cocktail list the same way since I wrote BOTTOMS UP.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I don’t currently belong to a critique group but I did for many years earlier in my career. It helped me at the time and the positive feedback and support I received from my peers is very much what encouraged me to join RWA and submit my early works for publication.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

Umm, that’s a great question Christine. The best advice was from a writing instructor who once told me “…all good stories start with someone leaving town or someone coming to town…” Simple advice but so true. Think about that next time you watch a good movie or read a good book. The status quo must change and the story evolves from there. And the worst advice I ever got? I can’t think of any one thing but probably the few times I was told that my books were too erotic! Can there be such a thing as “too erotic” in erotic romance? Lol

 

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I almost always have a rough outline and then I just start writing. I can usually see the story, visualize it as it plays out in my head and the words are put down on the page. Somehow it all seems to work okay even if once in a while the plot goes wildly differently than I had first planned. That’s the fun of being a writer I think!
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

Fit to Be Tied is a new series I am working on and I have finished the first book in the series, BIMINI BOUND. It’s a rubenesque erotic romance with a devilishly fun case of mistaken identity when the heroine hops on board her sexy young boss’s yacht headed for the Bahamas as an appreciation trip for his employees. An interracial ménage romp at sea has our heroine ‘Fit To Be Tied.’
What is your favorite reality show? I’m crazy about Tiny Houses on HGTV. I don’t know if it’s because it reminds me of dollhouses and or home or what but I love seeing all the elements of a home in such a compact and sensible structure.
Anything else you might want to add?

 

Thank you so much for having me as your guest Christine. It’s been delightful to stop by and chat. I do hope everyone will enjoy BOTTOMS UP and the risqué drinks Justin serves Lexi night after night.

 

Very best,

Kate

xo

 

BLURB:

 

Bottoms Up:

A bartender with a penchant for naughty drink recipes is well known for crafting the perfect concoction for his clientele. Justin meets his match when down on her luck Lexi walks into his bar and he whips up a cocktail especially for her.

It’s not just the booze talking when Justin and Lexi explore his list of naughty drink recipes in more detail — after hours. Night after night, Lexi is drawn back to Justin’s bar for another deliciously dirty creation and another night of extreme fantasy when he shows her how to let go of her inhibitions — One tantalizing drink recipe at a time— Seems it’s definitely Bottoms Up for these two!

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Standing in the doorway streaks of the fiery Tucson sun blazed into her back. Lexi propped the heavy door open with her hip. Something Arizonians did in July. They knew better than to grab a metal door handle in the heat of summer. Squinting, she poked her head inside. The air conditioning was a welcome blast. And way too tempting to refuse.

 

Stepping inside, the thin scent of sweat and alcohol singed her nose. The door closed behind her. Lexi’s eyes adjusted in the dim light.

 

The bar slowly came into focus.

 

Taking a few steps further she was relieved the place was not as seedy as she’d expected. The bar’s décor surprised her. Not that she frequented bars in the middle of the day. Ever.

 

Lexi surveyed the handful of customers. A few were couples with their heads bowed together. The rest were singles. Drinking and then looking at their phones for entertainment. Loners. The kind of people who went into a darkened bar in the middle of the afternoon. Their loneliness echoed hers. She fought the urge to turn on her heels and bolt. But then what? Back into the baking heat and back to real life?

 

Several unoccupied tables dotted her pathway when she ventured forth. Her focus narrowing, she took in the deep blue color scheme, from the tufted leather curved booths and club chairs to the intricate Moroccan style light fixtures that hung from the low coved ceiling. Something she’d come accustomed to in her travels overseas but unusual in the southwest.

 

Passing by the clusters of patrons gathered closer to the bar, Lexi passed a waitress serving drinks to a couple.

 

Lexis’s attention quickly turned to the good-looking bartender. Soft lighting and sheers engulfed the impressively lit bar area in a wash of amber and midnight blue almost framing him. He stood behind the shiny blue countertop with his hands braced on the bar. Looking at Lexi as if she were the only person in the room.

 

She eyed the tattoo on his forearm. Letting her gaze linger a little too long before meeting his. Quickly, she glanced back towards the door, as if still debating if she was going to be staying or not.

 

“Hi, can I get you something?” the bartender called out to her.

 

Lexi forced a nod of acknowledgment in his direction, then moved closer. With every step she took, the myriad of liquor bottles labels came into view. That and the bartender’s blue eyes, the same stunning shade of deep midnight blue as the décor. She focused on the scar just above his jaw. An imperfection on his otherwise perfect five o’clock shadow.

 

His lips turned upward when he grinned. Caught red handed staring at him, she blushed self-consciously at his encouraging glance. Damn. Good-looking bartenders, that was the last thing she needed after the day she’d had. After the year she’d had.

 

“Have a seat…” He patted the counter hard enough that it made her jump. “Whoa. Didn’t mean to startle you,” he apologized, reaching behind the bar and plunking a frosted martini glass on the counter.

 

Lexi’s cheeks flushed. She was embarrassed by her skittishness, but also sobered by the fact that a simple action like the stranger plunking the glass on the counter made that her jump. A dead end relationship with Deakin had not only proved to her that rebound lovers were a bad idea, but also the bruises he’d given her. Once. And only once. Before she’d told him they were done. And then she was left to head back to her empty apartment. To ache for the love she really longed for. Scott.

 

Overcome with a sinking feeling, she felt more alone than ever and reached for the bar stool to steady her. Her lip trembled, tears stinging her eyes.

 

The pain was fresh once again. Shit. Why had Scott had gone and died on her?

 

“So what’ll it be?” the bartender asked.

 

Lexi was instantly dragged back to the present.

 

“Uh…I don’t know,” she offered, wondering how a drink could possibly dull the emptiness inside her.

 

He gave a smile and a confident shrug. “Well then, you’re in luck.”

 

“How’s that?” she asked half-heartedly, not really in the mood for banter

but realizing she was in need of a drink but with no clue what drink she wanted. Just something to make her forget the shitty day she’d had. And the even shittier year.

The bartender with the soul-searching eyes and the cute little smile that even Lexi had to admit was a bit of a mood lifter, leaned on the bar so his eyes were level with hers.

 

“You’re in luck because it so happens my drink picking skills are legendary.”

 

“Legendary?” She repeated his claim, aware some would consider her response a flirt, but she felt it was more of a challenge. A challenge to see if he could pick something for her that would make her feel…feel…What the hell did she want to feel anyway?

 

“Legendary,” he repeated.

 

Okay, he was definitely flirting. Lexi couldn’t help but crack a smile.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.

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SOCIAL MEDIA:

 

Author website: http://www.katedeveaux.com

 

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Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/KateDeveaux

 

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Join Kate’s Kitten’s, the official STREET TEAM of Kate Deveaux:

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Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Bottoms-Up-Kate-Deveaux-ebook/dp/B01N9O15UX

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Kate Deveaux will be awarding a $10, $25 or $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2122

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10 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Bottoms Up by Deveaux

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    February 8, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay
    February 8, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Kate Deveaux
    February 8, 2017

    Thanks Christine for having me as your guest today! I enjoyed “chatting” with you. And best of luck to all the entrants in the Giveaway.

    Kate
    xo

  5. Trix
    February 8, 2017

    I remember seeing some bartender interviewed once on TV, confiding that he liked “to make sexy drinks for the girls”…very intriguing!

  6. Rita Wray
    February 8, 2017

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Victoria
    February 8, 2017

    Great cover and thanks for sharing the excerpt! 🙂

  8. Ally Swanson
    February 11, 2017

    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  9. Nikolina84
    February 14, 2017

    Kate writes amazing books, I have no doubt this one will be amazing too!

  10. Kate Deveaux
    February 14, 2017

    Thanks so much to everyone and especially Christine for having me. Happy Valentine’s to all! Hope you have a sexy little V’Day. xo

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