Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lose Your Shirt Cover Reveal & Giveaway!!

Guess what? Book two in the Londonaire Brothers Series is out on September 6th, and I wanted to share the cover with YOU! If you loved Kate and Drew in Lingerie on the Floor, you're really going to fall for Kent and Liz in Lose Your Shirt.

I’m a money guy. I have plenty of it and I’m always making more. So when my ex-lover-slash-ex-client sues my father’s company out of spite, Dad threatens to take my job and my future position as CEO of Bonnaire Enterprises. All I have to do is keep a low-profile and pretend to be engaged to my best friend until the lawsuit is settled. And one more thing—I’m not allowed to even think about touching another client.

Keeping my hands tied wasn't going to be easy but it was doable, until her . . .

I have a weakness for gorgeous redheads and American women. Liz McKenna is both and she’s just become my latest client. The woman drives me crazy in good ways and bad. And she knows it. Every second with her is a struggle to keep my hands to myself. With the way things are going . . . I could end up losing my shirt over this woman.

The Londonaire Brothers Series is a contemporary romance stand-alone series about three billionaire brothers from London and the American women that come into their lives and their hearts. If you love sexy romances with heart, I think you'll love this series.

But that's not all . . . You can enter to win The Man Test on Audiobook! Click here to enter.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Book Is Better Than The Movie!!

The Man Test, my first book, was originally written for the silver screen. But I had SO MUCH more fun writing the book. When I decided to write a sexy romance series, I dusted off the first screenplay I ever wrote when I was only 18! It was a sweet romance about Kate (a fashion designer) and Andrew (a London photographer) called If You're Not The One.

But the book is WAY better than the movie. In Lingerie on the Floor, I turned the sweet into sexy, shortened Andrew to "Just Drew," gave him two sexy older brothers and a gorgeous London penthouse.

Living in Drew and Kate's world was so much fun. I think you'll love it too :)

I have a passion for lacy designs. But my lingerie business is in trouble. If I don’t find an investor before I return to L.A., I’ll be forced to close my London boutique. The good news is the top fashion magazine wants to feature Kate Golden Lingerie in a double page spread. The bad news—they want me to model my lacy thong.

How can I say no? I care way more about sexy lingerie than I do about love, until him . . .

Drew, the insanely hot photographer I keep crashing into. I can’t help myself. He drove me wild during our boudoir photo shoot. Those eyes. That delicious mouth. The way he feels between my legs when I’m riding on the back of his motorcycle. I know, he’s a rich, bad boy, who only dates models. Sooo not my type. I’m not his either. But we can’t keep away from each other, even when we try . . .

And you know I've got somethin' fun for you too! I'll be giving away a copy of The Man Test audiobook from Audible and you'll get an advance copy of Lose Your Shirt, book two in the Londonaire Brothers Series.

The giveaway ends on Tuesday, July 4th at Midnight ET and the winner will be announced on July 5th!

I can't wait to hear what you think about Lingerie on the Floor!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Pregnancy Test New Release & Giveaway!

Yes! The Pregnancy Test is finally here! 

I'm so excited to share the next chapter in Marin's life with you. Marin's had some tough challenges, but this is by far the hardest test of all. But you know Marin, she's determined to get what she wants. 

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes . . . fertility treatments?

Marin and James have spent their newlywed year hoping to make a baby. But with her thirty-fifth birthday looming and twelve negative pregnancy tests, Marin & James gear up for their greatest and most emotional challenge yet—Mission: Get Pregnant.

But the battle isn’t easy. Between IUI and TCM treatments, Marin’s counseling practice expands but her belly doesn’t. Will Marin and James get a positive pregnancy test or will they be left behind while everyone around them gets knocked up?

This is book three in The Marin Test Series. All of your favorite characters are back with some new ones that you’ll love!

Plus, I'll be giving away 3 copies of The Man Test audiobook from Audible when you share the new release on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Or all three ;)

So, how do you enter the giveaway? EASY!

Facebook- Share the pinned post from my page and leave a comment that you shared it with your friends!

Twitter- Click here to Tweet!

Instagram- Repost my latest Instagram pic about the release and tag me @amandaaksel

The giveaway ends on Sunday the 30th at Midnight ET and winners will be announced on May 1st!

I can't wait to hear what you think about The Pregnancy Test! Please don't be shy. If you love it, write a review on Amazon!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Pregnancy Test Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

I'm super excited to share the cover for my latest book, The Pregnancy Test

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes . . . fertility treatments? 

Marin and James have spent their newlywed year hoping to make a baby. But with her thirty-fifth birthday looming and twelve negative pregnancy tests, Marin & James gear up for their greatest and most emotional challenge yet--Mission: Get Pregnant.

But the battle isn't easy. Between IUI and TCM treatments, Marin's counseling practice expands but her belly doesn't. Will Marin and James get a positive pregnancy test or will they be left behind while everyone around them gets knocked up? 

This is book three in The Marin Test Series. All of your favorite characters are back with some new ones that you'll love!

And, I've got a great giveaway for you too! 2 signed paperback copies plus a fashion engagement-style ring! Click here to enter!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Yes! Yes! Yes!

My TBR pile is huge! And it grows bigger and bigger. So I was so excited to finally read Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes. If you don't know who Shonda Rhimes is then you don't watch TV on Thursday nights. Or maybe at all. She's the creator of the long-standing Grey's Anatomy, Grey's spinoff--Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. She is Thursday Night Primetime.

I'm not gonna lie, I was pissed after she killed off one of the dreamiest characters of all time. But it didn't stop me from watching the show because . . . she's a boss. A genius boss. I'll never forget the last episode of season ten on Grey's when we find out who Maggie Pierce really is. I screamed. I cried. My heart filled with appreciation. Thank you, writers of this show! Thank you!!

It was in that moment that I realized just how impactful fiction can be. Sometimes I forget and think what I do as a writer doesn't matter. But if it didn't, novels, TV dramas, and science fiction movies wouldn't make millions of dollars.

Anyway, back to Year of Yes. In this fun narrative, Shonda realizes that she "never says yes to anything." So she vows to agree to everything that scares her and steps waaaaaay out of her comfort zone. Shonda shows a side of her that you wouldn't expect from a super successful woman in entertainment. It turns out that we have a lot more in common besides being writers. We even have similar ideas. Back in 1998 when I was 13 years old, I wrote my first legit short story called Raining in Hollywood, about three best friends from Iowa who graduate high school and immediately drive across the country to realize their dreams of stardom in Los Angeles. When I saw Crossroads later in 2003 I was like WHAT? Britney Spears took my idea and Shonda Rhimes wrote it! But obviously, that would be impossible. We must've all been hanging out in the same part of the collective consciousness around the same time. It happens. Needless to say, I LOVED the movie.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about how she deflect a compliment about her success by saying, "I'm just so lucky." And then makes the distinction that by saying she's lucky it implies that she didn't earn it. She says, "I'm not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don't call me lucky. Call me a badass." That you are, Shonda!

Truth be told, I never really noticed how diverse her casts are. And if I did, I didn't think that much about it. The casts of characters in my books are diverse too and I was just thinking what I would say if someone asked me about it. I wouldn't know what to say. Then that night I read about Shonda being asked this exact question. Her answer was that diversity isn't special or rare. It's normal. She said she's normalizing television. "The goal is that everyone should get to turn on the TV and see someone who looks like them and loves like them. And just as important, everyone should turn on the TV and see someone who doesn't look like them and love like them. Because perhaps they will learn from them." And I like that answer.

I just loved this book. It was inspiring and somehow, I adore Shonda even more. So here's to all the writers and the badasses who are smart and talented and take advantage of opportunities, and work really, really hard. You go!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holly Jolly . . . Chick Lit Hop!!

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today's best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here's how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors' Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you'd like to give them a "like" and follow along:













We will also give away several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Songs That Inspired The Commitment Test

Pretty much every story I've written since I was a kid had, what I would call, a soundtrack. You know, the songs that would play in the background if the book ever got made into a movie  . . .  and I was in charge of everything. 

A while ago, I posted a blog with The Man Test soundtrack, so I thought it'd be fun to share what I was listening to when I wrote The Commitment Test.

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce- This is a pretty obvious pick for a book that's about a woman trying to get her boyfriend to propose marriage. Plus it's a classic.

Marry You by Bruno Mars- This originally inspired a wedding scene that actually got cut out of the book. It was called Love and Las Vegas Again . . .

Distance by Emily King

Let's Stay Together by Al Green- There's a scene where a special guy and a special girl are dancing together in their hotel room. It's the kind of romantic scene I fantasize about for myself.

All About Your Heart by Mindy Gledhill- This song could almost be the theme for all the Marin books. I discovered it when I was writing The Commitment Test and I fell in love with it. If this was a movie All About Your Heart would be the theme song.

If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Elliman

I Choose You by Sara Bareilles- Did you all know that Sara Bareilles is my favorite singer?? Next to Michael Jackson of course.

The One That Got Away by Katy Perry- So it's not a spoiler, but Marin's ex resurfaces in this book, causing all kinds of trouble. And I know for many, there's always that one who got away that you wonder, what if . . .

Real Love by Mary J. Blige- This is an anthem, that mostly reminds me of riding my Huffy around the cul-de-sac as a second grader, but it's what we all want. Real Love.

Marry Me by Jason Derulo- Okay, what romantic woman doesn't swoon over this song.

You can check out this soundtrack here on Spotify. I'd love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment  below.