Wednesday, June 8

ATH: SMUTKETEERS CRYSTAL JORDAN

YAY! Our next Smutketeer is Crystal Jordan and she is giving away the first two books of her Unbelievable series!

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MAKE ME BELIEVE
Book Three in the Unbelievable series

AVAILABLE JULY 19


She has two words for love. “Make me.” Then love changes the rules…

As far as hairstylist Celia Occam is concerned, she’s struck out at marriage twice, and there will be no “third time’s a charm”. So what if one salon employee and the town gossip seem dead set on fixing her up with Prince Charming. She’s nobody’s princess.

She’s all for scratching the occasional itch with the right man, but flirtatious firefighter Mason Delacroix is all wrong. Besides, with three broken engagements on his romantic rap sheet, even a one-night mattress mambo sounds like a bad idea.

From the first moment Mason encounters Celia’s emotional barriers, he’s determined to turn up the heat as high as it takes to melt the ice. If the whole town wants to back him up by playing Cupid, he’s on board. Track record be damned. He wants Celia, and he’s ready for permanent.
When her self-appointed guardian angels conspire to lock them in the basement, their long-denied chemistry explodes. She finds herself relishing every moment—though her subconscious is already on the run.

Funny thing, though. Every time she zigs, Mason’s already zagged. Making her wonder if this time it’s for real, or if Cupid is just up to its old tricks.

Excerpt

How did she get herself into these messes? Oh, right. She had friends with the utter gall to be happy.
Celia Occam rolled her eyes and tried to ignore the fact that she was up to her eyeballs in decorations for her best friend’s surprise wedding reception. Aubrey had eloped with her new husband Price a few weeks before, without any of the frills of a real wedding, so a surprise party to celebrate the occasion was in order. Actually, the owner of the local bed and breakfast inn had insisted on throwing the shindig and had roped Celia into helping put it together. Silver balloons and navy blue streamers hung from every surface of the B&B.
“Give me a hand with this, won’t you, dear?” Mrs. Chambers called. The elderly woman—and certified small town busybody—wobbled on top of a stepladder, the white knot coiled on top of her head wobbling even more precariously.
Celia’s heart tripped when she saw the old lady go up on her tiptoes to string more streamers from a doorway. “Get down, Mrs. Chambers.”
“Oh, I can do it. Just hold—”
“No, ma’am.” She leaped up from where she knelt attaching a table skirt, jogging over to brace the other woman’s legs. “Please, stop. I can take care of it for you. Really. Come away from there.”
“If you insist.” Climbing down with more grace than Celia would have imagined, Mrs. Chambers brushed off her dress. Then she wagged her finger. “I’ve told you to call me Tori.”
“Right. Tori.” Celia sighed in relief at having the older woman on solid ground, grabbed the dangling end of the streamer, and hopped up on the ladder while Tori watched. “I might slip and call you Mrs. C sometimes, Mrs. C.”
“So I see.” Tori laughed, but then her tone turned coy and teasing. “Mason Delacroix is coming to the party tonight.”
Celia’s heart thumped at the mention of his name. She stomped down on the reaction, ignoring it as she had for the year she’d known him. Forcing her voice into nonchalance, she busied herself with hanging more paper doodads. “Well, he’s the groom’s brother, so I assumed you invited him.”
“He’s such a nice young man. Handsome, too.” Tori handed her a piece of tape for the next streamer. “I think he likes you.”
“I think he’d just like to get in my pants,” Celia muttered.
“What was that, dear?”
“Nothing.” She glanced down and smiled as innocently as she could, which wasn’t very, but she gave it a shot.
Tori’s white bun teetered when she tilted her head and narrowed her eyes. Lately, she’d been hell-bent in her mission to fix Celia and Mason up, and she fired a new salvo. “He’d be good for you, and he does like you. You should take him up on it the next time he asks you out. He’s not going to your hair salon just for his looks.”
Of course, everyone knew Mason made appointments at Occam’s Razor to have her shave his head on a regular basis. Each time he’d come in, he’d asked her out. But he hadn’t come in the last few weeks, and his hair had grown into a dark stubble. It did nothing to detract from his good looks. Tori was right about that… Mason was undeniably handsome.
When Celia didn’t respond, Tori heaved a dramatically disappointed sigh. “I’ll just go see if Jerry needs help in the kitchen.”
“You do that.” Celia shook her head as the town gossip bustled away, reluctant affection winding through her. Mrs. Chambers got her hair washed and styled at Celia’s salon at least three times a week, just for an excuse to eavesdrop on any juicy conversations that might be going on. The woman knew everything about everyone—her abilities in that arena never failed to impress Celia. Spending a good portion of her childhood in Cedarville meant everyone knew everything about Celia’s sordid past already, so she didn’t have to worry about what Tori might hear about her. Ah, small town life.

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A NOTE FROM CRYSTAL:
I’m offering a download of the first two books in the Unbelievable series, IF YOU BELIEVE and BELIEVE IN ME. To enter for the giveaway, answer this question: If you’re going to read a naughty book with either angels or demons, which do you prefer? Do you like the idea of celestial beings cutting loose, or do you like it better when the wicked stay wicked and go with demons? This series has naughty angels, and I have another series starting next year with smutty demons, so I’ve been thinking about this probably more than I should--my answer to the question  is obviously “why choose, have both!”
What do you guys think?

42 comments:

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh yeah why choose cant I have and angel and a demon who get together :)

Cathy M said...

Hi Crystal,

I haven't had a chance to start reading the Unbelievable series yet, and the warning for your stories was a total kick. Thanks for offering these books as a giveaway.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

RG Alexander said...

I am greedy :)

Eden Bradley said...

I'm not entering, of course, but I like a fallen angel-which is a demon, I suppose, depending on your world. So-a wicked angel-lol!

Crystal Jordan said...

So glad I'm not the only one who likes to take my half out of the middle. Thanks for having me, Mel!

Chele Blades said...

well i like the wicked side of demons myself...but you know fallen angels can be just as wicked

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elaing8 said...

I'm with you and say why choose,have the best of both worlds..But if I had to pick I'd want an angel who lets loose his naughty side :)
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Elizabeth Sogard said...

Any author can make you believe the unbelievable. Even darkness has its bright spots and even goodness has chosen wrong. If they do it together... nummy!

StacieDM said...

Hello Crystal!

I haven't read any sexy angel stories yet so you may make a convert out of me. I have read many naughty demon stories though. I think fallen angels might be a nice change of pace!

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Ivelisse said...

a little of both please lol. I loved If You Believe, still haven't gotten to Believe Me so many books so little time... I love it lol

Chris said...

I think I agree with you, why choose??? I'n an equal opportunity smut reader anyway. If I like the characters, it really doesn't matter "what" they are or who they do, ya know?

Colleen said...

I am leaning more towards demons, but I have a couple of angel stories in my tbr pile...

CrystalGB said...

I would say both. :) If I had to choose I would go with an angel.
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SheriV said...

I can't choose, I want both. I love the idea of angels cutting loose, but I also love when demons are up to the wicked no good that they are so very good at.

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Twisted Haute Mess said...

I say both. It's the best of both worlds, literally and figuratively.

Brandi

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Amy S. said...

I have read both of the books, but will stil answer the question. Naughty demons. lol

flchen1 said...

I'm preferring the demons, but with you writing, I'd be open to both! The more, the merrier ;)

Mai said...

Uhm both please! Seriously i would love if the angels get a little smutty :)

joder said...

I enjoy seeing both kinds of creatures go wild. You don't notice as many angels letting loose as you do demons when looking through new book releases though. I'm curious as to why that is? Perhaps most people still have a problem with sexy angels.

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Janette said...

I'd like a angel. I've had enough devils on earth to last me a lifetime. A devilish angel but with a heart of gold. Doesn't that sound nice?

Janette said...

I'd like a angel. I've had enough devils on earth to last me a lifetime. A devilish angel but with a heart of gold. Doesn't that sound nice?

daydrmzzz said...

I have to choose? Pouting... No I can't choose I want both :) I'm greedy!

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kog said...

Ooooooh. I'd love to read (and win!) these books. I've only read a couple of your novellas. "If you Believe" is on my "buy" list.

My answer? I am not keen on the whole damned soul/going to hell/brimstone thing, so I'd pick angel. But all good seems...boring. So I'd go with a naughty angel, please.

julie c said...

i like angels

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Crystal,
Thank you for the give away!
I absolutely love the series. I have read the 1st two 3x's now....and they get better each time...*S*
I have been waiting for the 3rd, and this reads so good. You make me laugh and cry, and that's why your one of my favorite authors. Regardless I will buy it when it becomes available....is it yet?
I love the demons and the the :naughty" angles...LOL
It would be great if both would come together...it would be an awesome story...*S*

Thank you!

Darcy

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Mindy said...

I like the idea of Celestial being cutting loose or Angels and Demons getting together.
Cool excerpt Crystal!

Mindy :)
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Claudia said...

i'm with you. i don't want to choose. both sounds better to me.

Kim B said...

I like the idea of an angel. I don't know why. Maybe it's the idea that nobody is perfect.

Christina said...

lol I haven't really read any books with angels or demons...but why choose...can I have both?

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Tami said...

I agree with everyone else I choose both! Why not have a demon who tries to convince the angel to show their naughty side!
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Gabrielle Lee said...

I love fallen angels as well as demons. Especially when the bad boy finds his heart and loves that one special woman.

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KittyKelly said...

I would want both :) This series sounds awesome!!!!

KittyKelly

Caffey said...

I Crystal! I am waiting for the 3rd to be out! (Don't put me in contest) but so love the questions here! I so love the variety that I love both when the wicked stays wicked or redeems himself! I am a mood reader so I go with my mood, so its angels right now! I do love those ones that are fallen, that are guardians! I have this thing with so loving to read those heroes who protect!

Tiss said...

I think both. Got to keep the spice going. Thanks for the contest and the book sounds Yummy!

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Bratty said...

How funny! I say, have both at the same time with a nice mint julep and enjoy!

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JaneE2059 said...

Naughty Angels would be interesting.

Ana said...

*Screams* ...Sorry, I had no idea you had the third book in the Unbelievable series coming out! I'm so excited! The first two are amazing, I love them.

As for which I'd prefer I honestly love the thought of angels cutting loose and demons being naughty.

Karen Erickson said...

Since I just wrote a fallen angel I'm going to have to pick angels. :) But my angel is fallen one so...huh. Both? lol

Crystal Jordan said...

Man, so many good answers! And still a bunch who want a bit of both. Soooo my kind of people!

desi said...

wicked smutty demons all the way! or we can do both at the same time and even out the naughty goodness :)
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Jen B. said...

Demons! I have yet to find an angel book that I really like.
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