Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Author Guest Post : Love, Exes and Ohs by Violet Duke

He may very well be the perfect ex...
Isaac McKnight has had enough loss in his life to know never to take anything for granted. So when the perfectly-imperfect-woman-for-him puts an end to their relationship out of the blue, it's Isaac that makes sure they remain friends. Now a year later, whether it's at his gym or her brewpub, or the dog park they visit every weekend--though neither of them own a dog--he and Xoey are steadily getting sucked deeper into buddy-zone galaxy, with its dangerous proximity to watch-me-settle-down-with-someone-else abyss. It's a reality he's resigned himself to. That is...until one drunken confession changes everything.
But she's looking for the perfect oh...
For Xoey Montenegro, history has taught her that sometimes, it's Prince Charming who vanishes without a trace. And fairytale love? Highly overrated. Heck, give her a real and perfect 'oh' over that fantasy any day. So as far as rock-solid tequila-fueled plans for her love life go, coming up with a match-finding formula based on the qualities of the men responsible for her three most epic ohs seems brilliant. Except for the fact that one-third of her genius little man-quation is all about her friend Isaac. Actually, more than a third if Xoey were being honest with herself--which she's not. Because full honesty would require thinking not just about how perfect Isaac really is, but also about how perfect the fourth epic oh she's kept buried deep in her past once was.
An easy enough thing to keep ignoring...until her past isn't past tense anymore.

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1. Who do you most relate to out of all your Cactus Creek heroines?

Honestly, there’s a little bit of me in each of them. I’m a damaged but hopeless romantic like Dani (Chocolate & Beer); I’m a helicopter mom who enjoys being a ball-busting business woman like Quinn (Diamonds & Spades); and I’ve had my fair share of tragedies while still believing in hope and happiness like Lia (Tussles & Takedowns). I think I’m the most like Lia on the inside (not just because of her ties to MMA) but because of how she views life. But if you ask my friends, hands down, they’d say I’m the most like Xoey (Exes & Ohs). She has predominantly guy friends, she becomes a hilarious 'genius' when she’s drunk, and she believes wholeheartedly that we should all be “unafraid to jump into love ass first.” *grin*


NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers across the major eretailers both in the US and internationally. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days getting into creatively fun trouble in Hawai'i alongside her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

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