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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

NBTM, GUEST POST, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - One Night in Minneapolis (City Nights #29) by Margie Church


Contemporary Erotic Romance



Marine Major Skylar Landis doesn’t resemble the demure Catholic high school girl Vince Andersen once knew. They’d dated briefly until she patched things up with his nemesis, Ethan Standfeld. After school, she joined the Marines and they’d lost touch.

Their ten year class reunion in Minneapolis brings Skylar face-to-face with Vince, awakening her memories of the past. She asks him to plan a hot, no-strings-attached hook-up to sustain her sexual fantasies while her intelligence unit is deployed to the Middle East. As their adventure unfolds, and he gives her exactly what she needs, Skylar wonders whether she can forget the man who put her desires first and asked for nothing in return.

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“When are you being deployed?”

“A week from Thursday. I’ll spend the week with my parents up north, then fly out
of Minneapolis Sunday night. I’ve got to be back on the base a week from Monday.”

Vince knew better than to ask her to sacrifice some of her precious time with her
family in order to explore their relationship. Is that what this is? A relationship? The idea startled him. He hadn’t thought about it that way until that second. They’d spent a lot of time exchanging emails and texts, building anticipation for this weekend, but Marine Major Skylar Landis had made it clear that this weekend was intended to be
a send-off party she’d never forget. And that was all.

He merged into southbound traffic. “It’s got to be tough to say goodbye.”

“Yes, especially when I’m going somewhere so notorious for danger. It’s hard to
make civilians understand the job we do.” She drew a deep breath and smiled. “Anyway, let’s make the most of the time we’ve got together. I’m looking forward to
seeing a few classmates and, of course, spending some more quality time with you.”

The last remark boosted his ego. “Having hot sex in one of the premier
department stores in the metro is up there on the quality scale as far as I can tell.”

“It was definitely a naughty way to start.” She caressed his thigh. “I think it would
have been perfect if that young clerk had had the nerve to ask what you were doing
in the dressing room with me.”

“She didn’t quiz you at the cash register?”

“Not exactly. She just reminded me that dressing rooms are for trying on clothes.
Then she gave me a look like she knew what we’d been up to and showed me the

He flashed a smile at her. “I would have told her the truth.”

Feminine laughter filled the car. “Oh you would, huh? And what would your
brand of the truth have been, Vince?”

“I was helping a ravishing redhead with her stuck zipper.”

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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This was a quick, fast-paced cute read. It was a fun read and one I wouldn’t mind reading again. It’s part of a series that I believe likely all tie in together with one another, but that is purely speculation, as I’ve not read any of the other stories in this series. I don’t feel like there was an absolute necessity to read those to understand this story though.

I absolutely adored the love story in this book. What was so unique about this story is that the male character was the one chasing after the female character and was the one expressing his feelings. There are not many stories that have the man chasing and pining after the love interest.  More often than not it’s the female and it’s so cliché. I absolutely applaud the author for the way that she wrote their relationship. Thank you for not writing another story where the female grovels!

Details and descriptions were on par for the length of the story. There wasn’t too much or too little. It painted the picture that needed painting and set the scene. The characters were fun and real. They were honest and their emotions were heart-warming.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. There was drama, there was love, there was romance, and there was humor. The story line was anything but boring and the story flowed very well. I’d definitely recommend reading this story.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Do you agree with the adage “Write what you know”?

Should you "write what you know?"

In a nutshell, not really. The reason I say that is because writing about something familiar (the story setting or the career or traits a character has) makes the going easier when the technical aspects of what you're doing are so darn complicated. I've spent years as a professional writer in advertising and marketing communications. Learning to write fiction was like learning a foreign language.

I've set my newest book, One Night in Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A., and it was fun to sprinkle in some of my favorite places to go and things to do. But that's pretty much where the familiarity ended.

This is an erotic romance, which means there's graphic and frequent sex in the story. Do I really model my romances after my personal sex life?  I think not. Oh sure, when I first got published, friends and family would ask me and my husband if all those love scenes were portrayals of our intimate life together. I know I still have a WTF look on my face when I get asked that. My best-sellers are gay romances. I'm happily married to a man. We're not into threesomes, bondage, vampires, kidnapping, murder, drugs, self-harm or ghosts, yet I've written books about characters in these situations and have hopscotched the world when it comes to story settings. Why did I do this? Because it interested me and I thought it might interest you, too.

Writing what you don't know flexes your creative muscles. It challenges you to grow in the craft. Devising stories in worlds that don't exist, in places and times you can only research, and talking to people who are not like you can be super intimidating but it makes your confidence grow as an author. You can definitely create a series to draw readers more deeply into your leading characters' lives from one book to the next. Readers will look forward to the continuing saga! This is different than writing each standalone book from similar reference points that exist.

Think about this. If you only write about the places, people and things you know, how long will it take before you're bored?

There's a huge world out there. Researching it enriches your life and makes your work more vibrant. Go find it. Don't write only what you know.

For those who have been following me these past seven weeks – thank you so much. I hope it's been fun and interesting.  I look forward to handing one of you an Amazon gift card for a comment or question on the tour. 

Answer this question or ask me something to be in the contest: Do you agree with my position on writing what you know? Why or why not? I'll be back later to chat.

Thank you for hosting me, Archaeolibrarian, on the final day of my blog tour for One Night in Minneapolis. I'm happy to appear at blogs outside the U.S., and I appreciate this opportunity. You provided me an impressive list of topics and questions I could choose from. I think that keeps the content fresh and lively for your fans. I'd love to come back sometime.

Margie Church writes erotic romance novels with a strong suspense element, in keeping with her moniker: Romance with SASS (Suspense Angst Seductive Sizzle). Never expect the same thing twice in one of her books. She tackles subjects and conflicts that aren't typical in romances. Life is complicated. People are, too. Marrying those concepts makes her work fascinating to read. Margie was 2011 GLBT Author of the Year, and her book, Hard as Teak, was named 2011 GLBT Book of the Year at Loves Romances Café. She is well-known for her BDSM erotic romances as well.

Margie lives in Minnesota, is married, and has two children. Some of her passions are music, poetry, walking on moonlit nights, fishing, and making people laugh.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you so much for recognizing and appreciating the POV in One Night in Minneapolis. Thanks also for your thoroughness and most of all, for hosting me today. I'll be back later to chat!

    1. Thank you SO much! I appreciate it and Congratulations on such a great book! :-)

  3. Congratulations on the tour and I look forward to reading!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I hope you'll post a review afterward.

  4. Great review! I've enjoyed following the tour and reading all of the excerpts along the way. I'm looking forward to checking this one out myself. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy about the review, too. Thank you for following along. I really appreciate it and please enjoy the book. I'll look forward to your review.

    2. Thank you Victoria for the compliment. I do hope you've had a chance to read the story, it was such an incredibly great read!