Friday, May 16, 2014

Promotional Event: Marry Me For Money by Mia Kayla {Excerpt + Giveaway}

Title: Marry Me For Money
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 5/6/14
Hosted by: Wordsmith Publicity
Purchase Links: Amazon  |  B&N

Book Description:

Bethany Casse’s dream of leaving behind her small town turns into reality when, straight out of college, she lands a job at the nation's biggest baddest bank in Chicago.

Work brings her into contact with two men who are as different as night and day. Brian Burcham, a co-worker, is gorgeous and everything Beth has ever dreamed of. He is respectful, sincere, has a good work ethic, and is definitely husband material. 

Kent Plack, heir to Plack Industries, has no interest in having a relationship with any woman that lasts longer than overnight. He's spoiled, lazy, and a bona fide man-whore, and Beth is surprised that an unlikely friendship forms between them.

When Beth’s small-town problems and deadbeat mother follow her to Chicago, Kent offers a solution that would help him out in return. He asks Beth to marry him for money, but the solution is not as easy as it seems, especially with picture-perfect Brian in the mix.



My head was pounding, and the light was shining too brightly in the room. I flipped over, placed the pillow over my eyes, and inhaled the scent of freshly laundered sheets. The smell of the detergent was one I was not familiar with. I opened one eye and took a peek from under the pillow to take in my surroundings. 
Immediately, I jumped up to a sitting position, causing my head to spin from the abrupt movement. 

Glancing under the thick duvet, I saw I was only wearing my underwear and a man’s T-shirt. My heart pounded in my chest as I remembered the last person I had seen was Luke.
In a king-sized bed, fluffy down pillows surrounded me. In front of me was a massive flat screen TV, and at the foot of the bed was a low white couch. One wall was floor-to-ceiling windows while the other was painted a neutral beige. I deciphered that I was in a hotel room.

I could feel the heat building up behind my eyes, tears threatening to spill over. I placed my hands over my face. I was on the verge of crying. I was not this kind of girl. I never drank myself to the point of oblivion where I couldn’t remember what had happened the night before. I cocked my head up as I heard the door open, and when I peered up from my hands, I gave the look of death.
I was surprised to see Kent. 

He studied me and scanned the room. Raising one eyebrow, he paced around and stopped in front of me. “Is something wrong? Is someone here?” he asked, his face concerned as he peered over the side of the bed.

I could feel the color draining from my face, and I pulled the covers up to my chin. “No,” I snapped, narrowing my eyes at him. “How did I get here? Why am I only in a T-shirt? What happened last night? Why am I here in this hotel room with you?”
His eyes filled with confusion. “I brought you here. I changed you last night because your clothes were covered in vomit. I have no idea what happened. I found you passed out in my car. This is not a hotel room. This is my condo,” he said in one breath.

He walked toward me, his arms cautious and careful at his sides. “Why are you so mad? Actually, I think a thank-you is in order. Also, I’d like to thank you for leaving vomit that has now hardened on the exterior of my brand-new car.”

“Did we sleep together?” I asked, barely audible. I couldn’t even hear my own voice. I was afraid of his answer, but I needed to know. Panic began to rise within me, and I held my breath.


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Favorite Quotes Guest Post:

He brushed his lips against mine, soft as a whisper and just barely touching, as if his lips were asking for permission. I let his lips linger a little longer than what I should have allowed. I wanted to blame it on the alcohol, but every part of me wanted to kiss him back, especially with his hands all over me, causing my insides to heat up to immeasurable temperatures.

 I love first kisses and the lead up to a kiss. This is Beth’s first kiss in this story.

The air shifted around us, and suddenly, my every nerve was aware of his whole body on top of me. His one hand on my arm, his chest was flush against mine, his knees were on either side of my legs, and his lingering touch was on the side of my face. His scent filled my nose, and for once, I felt an undeniable urge to close the gap between us to meet his lips.

Who doesn’t love sexual tension? The heroine moves from her small town into the big city of Chicago. She’s there strictly to work and succeed at her new job. She is not looking for love but lucky for the reader finds herself in between two men. Drama for your mama will keep you reading and wanting to find out more.

I was the girl who always did the right thing, who always walked the straight line, and who always put other’s needs above her own. For once in my life, I hadn’t been thinking. I’d acted on impulse, and I’d wanted the easy way out. The more I couldn’t control my feelings, the more frustrated I felt because in my whole twenty-three years of existence, I’d never felt so out of control.

When anyone asks me what “Marry Me for Money” is about, I say it is a love story at its core but it is also a story about self-discovery, a young lady’s journey. This quote reveals some of the heroine’s struggles. 

Who knew that my whole world could be changed by one unbelievably beautiful girl? You’re the one girl who occupies my dreams, who lives in my heart, and who owns my very soul.

This is my favorite statement from the whole book because just from this one statement alone, it reveals how Beth is the hero’s whole world. Oh swoon. I’m such a cornball, I know. *Sigh*

“I didn’t know what I wanted before, but I do now. I know I want you. Without you, I’m not complete. I’m not whole. There’s this void. It wasn’t there before I met you, but now, it is.”

This quote is the whole basis of every love story. It reminds me of Jerry McGuire. Apart, every heroine and hero is flawed in some way and there is something missing in their lives, but when they finally get together at the end, they complete each other. And that is why I love reading romance. Ha!

About the author:

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.

In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

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