Friday, July 18, 2014

Guest Post Lorelie Brown-Riding The Wave

Today on the blog I'm welcoming author Lorelie Brown who is celebrating the release of her new novel Riding The Wave, first in the Pacific Blue series. And her guest post is on, you got it surfing.

Cowabunga!


  • ISBN-13: 9780451468420
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: A Pacific Blue Novel Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
 



Overview


The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life....
With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. 





The fact that my new release, Riding the Wave, is about surfers is getting a whole lot of attention. I was raised in California, so my “thing” for surfers and surfing goes way back. I love the opportunity to talk about my favorite sport so it makes sense that the ASP’s World Championship Tour is the background for Riding the Wave. Tanner’s only returned to his hometown because his world champion title is on the line. There he runs into Avalon, his sister’s best friend and the photographer assigned to follow him for the month he’s home. She’s only supposed to photograph him, but that’s before they realize exactly how much they have in common. Like kissing and sexy times. (Well, like an emotional connection and the same sort of lost-among-people feeling they get sometimes, too.)

But back to the surfing for a sec. It’s such a broad topic but I don’t think anyone here wants a history lesson. Let’s do this Buzzfeed style: 8 reasons why surfing is awesome.

1) You stand on a floating board in the ocean. It’s theoretically simple.




But it’s not. Can you stand on a board in the ocean? Can you make that board do this? I didn’t think so. Competence is sexy.

2) Then they do tricks.

Because it’s not enough to just stand there. Oh, noooo. They have to do cutbacks and turns. Tanner Wright does a lot of these sort of tricks. I modeled him on a particular surfer’s style who I admire, so he’s got more invested in the strength side than the artistry side. Though the art is almost secondary, it’s still there.

3) Surfers are cute.


It’s because they’re out exercising all day and sucking up the sunshine and being active. Or because cuteness is in the water, maybe.

4. No, really. Tricks.


He’s sideways. How is he sideways? I don’t know. Only surfers know.

5) Surfing happens in gorgeous places.

It’s the ocean. It just can’t help its prettiness, like this one girl on my water polo team when I was in high school. Amy couldn’t help being so gorgeous and kind. The ocean can’t help it either.

6) And then sometimes you can get barreled.

This means riding a wave so big that you’re actually in it. Like, it could swallow you. I’d be terrified. Surfers, they’re not scared. They’re stoked, because getting barreled is like the ultimate prize.

7) …except maybe riding a big wave.

Do you see how tiny that surfer is compared to that wave? He’s tiny. It’s huge. He don’t care. He’s gonna ride that sucker coz he can. (And hopefully because he has on an inflatable safety vest and a jet skier safety crew just out of shot of the camera.)

8) And did I mention that surfers were cute?


Like, daaaaammmmn, dude. Not just cute. Hot. So is my hero in my new book. Tanner Wright, he’s hot. Smokin’ hot. He’s blond though, so I guess this picture is a little bit off, but he’s that kind of strong. Trust me, writing about Tanner and Avalon was absolutely zero hardship.

So see? You should be reading about surfers. You just didn’t know it yet. They’ve got it all: the athleticism, the badassery, the coolness. Try out my new book, Riding the Wave. After all, RT Bookreviews gave it a 4 & ½ Star Top Pick and said it “makes the most of every single moment.”

Tanner Wright is determined to win—if he’s not distracted by family secrets and his growing attraction to family friend and photographer Avalon Knox.

The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life....

With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.

The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.

Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?



Book 0.5 digital only
due out 1-15
















MEET THE AUTHOR:
After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s returned home to California, where she currently lives with her three sons and shih-tzu. 
Lorelie Brown has co-written books in two contemporary erotic romance series under the name Katie Porter and has written four historical romance novels. 
Ahead in the Heat is the second in her sexy, new Pacific Blue series, following Riding the Wave.

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6 comments:

  1. Okay those pictures were definitely not hard to look at! ;)

    I have always wanted to try surfing but sadly I am pretty uncoordinated and am pretty sure I would end up drowning myself but I admire those that can do it and do it well.

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    1. I know right, nice way to end a week ;)
      Have a great weekend

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  2. Ok, I want to be on the beach, with wide brim hat, sunglasses, and iced coffee and a book I can pretend to read while watching the HOT surfers! Thanks for sharing Riding the Wave:)

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  3. lol I am SO not a beach girl. The ocean (or rather what's all in it) totally freaks me out. But I do love looking at surfing pictures. They can be so amazing! I started this one last night. Dang I got behind on my review books! But catching up now and so far so good :)

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    1. Thanks Anna, totally agree with your fear of the "water' :)

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