Swept Away Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

0ValentinesBH300x200Welcome to the Swept Away Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! I’m geek girl romance author Angela Quarles. What makes my romances geeky? Oh, in a myriad of ways! Whether it’s fan girling over Ada Lovelace by having her as a secondary character in my time travel romance, Must Love Breechesor outright geek references with geek types in my romantic comedy with paranormal elements, Beer and Groping in Las Vegasor going all Southern steampunk in Steam Me Up, Rawley, I like to have fun with my romances and hope my readers do too.

And I have some fun for you–First, one lucky commenter will win a $5 Amazon gift Card!

Since Valentine’s Day is about romance, I thought I’d include a snippet from my current release BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS that has a romantic setting at a fictional Vegas hotel, plus he seems like he gets a bit swept away at the end, like the theme of our hop!

He glanced at his palm—”Mirjam” inked across in blue. The only information the follow-up note from the bellhop had told him after accepting the invitation, a first name and where and when to meet. Oh, and the cryptic last sentence: “Be in the moment and you will find the answer.” What answer? He didn’t feel like he knew the damn question, though he was questioning his own sanity for agreeing to this weird-ass date. Somehow, he’d felt certain, in his gut, he needed to answer ‘Yes’ to the crazy invitation he’d received from a guy named ‘Jim.’ A night with the ‘woman of his dreams.’ He rubbed the name away. No sense looking like a complete dufus.

“Here’s the gentleman requesting to meet you,” the concierge said, interrupting his thoughts.

Shit, no time to rethink this. Or take a breather. He took a calming breath. Keep your head in the game, Riley. A chance for a date with a decent girl, see what that is like. Nothing more.

“I’m Stefan,” said the man who approached him wearing a pink bow tie. “Your date is waiting for you by the pool. This way, sir.” Stefan escorted him through the lobby and out to a terrace. They wended their way around the glittering pool to a darker section. Torches lit the area every few feet, highlighting potted plants somehow kept alive in the desert heat. Gentle lapping from the pool blended with other guests’ murmurs. He followed Stefan up a short flight of stone steps set against a wall.

At the top, his guide swept back a leafy frond, revealing a granite table surrounded by lush foliage and a high stone wall. More torches blazed in each corner, casting enough light to see but adding a ton of atmosphere. A little hideaway for two, the elevation affording an extra layer of exclusivity.

His date faced the far wall, head tilted to the full moon looming above. Torchlight flickered across the ash-blonde hair tumbling down her back. He swallowed hard. Shit, if he were the romantic type, he’d be in hog heaven with this setting.

She slowly turned and faced him.

His breath caught. Dear God, he was in heaven.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Fore more information you can visit my book page, or view the trailer. It’s also available at these outlets:

Amazon | Amazon CA |  Amazon UK |  Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks | BookStrand

Visit the other participants on the host website to learn about more books and chances to win more prizes !

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28 Comments

  1. laura

     /  February 14, 2013

    Cant wait to read this book. Adding it to my buy list.
    lauratroxelatyahoodotcom

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  2. Sounds like a quirky read I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    chrysrawr@yahoo.com

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  3. Lasha

     /  February 14, 2013

    Sounds like a great read for a geek like me.

    Lasha
    mslasha@gmail.com

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  4. Thanks for sharing the book 🙂
    swordlily_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Gotta love the geeks and dorks and nerds of this world. 🙂 Sounds like a fun book.

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  6. Beth

     /  February 14, 2013

    Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for doing the hop!

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  7. I need to finish the book I’m writing if only to read yours. I tweeted.

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  8. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  9. Natasha

     /  February 14, 2013

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I love romances that have a dash of humour in them.

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  11. You know I’m one of your biggest fans, now and always! I can’t believe I haven’t picked this book up already. Must get on that. 😉 merryfarmer20@yahoo.com

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  12. Best of luck on the hop!

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  13. That book looks really good fun. I will be on the look out for it. Have a great hop.

    p.winmill@hotmail.com

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  14. One of my favorite parts of the book 🙂 Awesome post and Happy Valentine’s day!

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  15. Daniel M

     /  February 15, 2013

    sounds like a fun one thanks for the giveaway and happy valentines day! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  16. Trix

     /  February 15, 2013

    Geekiness rules! (And is Mirjam a tribute to the very cool Miriam Linna of Norton Records?) Please count me in!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    • oh, wow, no, I didn’t know of her–pure coincidence! I was wanting a Finnish name that could still be somewhat pronounceable to English speakers…

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  17. Joy F

     /  February 15, 2013

    Thanks for the chance.

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  18. Meghan Stith

     /  February 16, 2013

    Thanks for the giveaway! Sometimes I wish I was swept away by someone’s love especially on Valentine’s Day. Being young, I have yet to have the opportunity. If I could choose any man in the world to sweep me away, I would certainly choose Alexander Skarsgard. He’s nice, funny, polite and well educated. If I could pick a fictional man, I would choose Jamie Fraser from “Outlander.” With his rough physicality, loving sensibility, and fierce passion, I know I would be happy for the rest of my life. I wish I could be swept away to New Zealand or Scotland, somewhere beautifully green and primitive.
    Enough with my epic daydreams…
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  19. JanD

     /  February 16, 2013

    The book’s title grabs attention.

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  20. The book sounds like Hog Heaven to use his words!
    Z
    Seawitch reviews at yahoo dot com

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  21. Veronica

     /  February 16, 2013

    This sounds really good!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Mimi Smith

     /  February 17, 2013

    Great giveaway and excerpt!

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  24. Sassy Chassy

     /  February 17, 2013

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Sassychassy333 at gmail dot com

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  25. shadowluvs2read

     /  February 17, 2013

    Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. susan platt

     /  February 17, 2013

    This book sounds so good.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  27. bn100

     /  February 17, 2013

    Thanks for participating.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Reply

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