Scene from Alex's POV

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today, I hit a milestone. Suddenly Royal slid into the top 100 books on Amazon. The top 100 out of hundreds of thousands of books. That's pretty damn amazing, no matter who you are. I'm utterly floored, shocked, and grateful. My book couldn't have gotten there without the support of my readers and friends. Thank you all so much!!!

To celebrate my big moment, I'm releasing a scene from Prince Yummys point of view. It's one of my favorite scenes from the book, so I hope you enjoy it.

***WARNING***
This scene contains spoilers if you haven't read the book yet. So, read at your own caution. Also, please remember that this scene is a rough draft that hasn't been edited. It was written purely for my needs as an author, but I'm sharing it with you guys for fun.
 
I hope you enjoy!



            “We don’t have much longer if you want to go ahead and change.” I jerked my head toward the back of the plane.

            Her eyes darted toward the curtain and I could see her readying herself as if going to battle instead of changing clothes. I didn’t know whether to laugh or wrap her up and protect her from she was obviously worried about. She disappeared behind the dark fabric and I gathered my own things. I shucked my jacket before going to the bathroom and changing the rest of my clothing. Used to the routine, I was ready quickly, and out looking for my bowtie when the pilots hit a bit of turbulence. There was a loud thump from behind the curtain and I jerked around to see if Samantha needed help. I was just in time to catch a glimpse of lacey black underwear. That’s all it took. I was hard at just the sight of her sweet ass peeking out of the curtain.

“Holy crap!” Her voice filled the cabin.

My feet moved of their own accord, inching me closer to the entry before I realized I was even moving. I ground my teeth and took a deep breath to try to reign in my hormones. She thought she wanted to be friends, even though I knew differently, but I was trying to respect her wishes. It was hard. I snorted. Definitely hard. Trying to not draw attention to myself, I wiggled one leg to try and hide my excitement.

“Samantha?” I asked. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine! What are you paying these pilots?” Her voice made my lips turn up. A few of the people chuckled. Turning my back to the others, I pretended to fix my belt, but really adjusted myself. No reason to broadcast what I was thinking.

            “Sarah?” Samantha’s voice carried through the airplane easily, as did her frustration.

            “I’ve got it.” I saw Sarah start to say something, but Aunt Rose placed a hand on her assistants arm. Leave it to my aunt to play matchmaker. I made a mental note to send her flowers tomorrow.

            I ducked through the curtain and felt like I’d tripped over something. My heart fell into my stomach and I could have sworn the plane had dropped several feet. She was staring at me with large brown eyes while clutching a satin black dress to her chest. It took me a minute to find my voice.

            “Zipper?” The word came out husky. How my brain had fixed on that one little word, I didn’t know. I had meant to tell her to drop the dress.

            “Um, yeah.” Her small hand fisted in the material she clutched, but she turned around so I could see the problem.

            And there was definitely a problem.

            Me.

            Zipping that dress was the last thing I wanted to do. In fact, if I could, I’d rip it the rest of the way off so I could take her right there in the plane. The dress hung open in the back, exposing her bare skin, barely covered by the delicate material of her lingerie.

            Taking a deep breath I moved forward and picked up the little metal clasp. How my willpower managed to overcome my carnal desire, I’ll never know, but I slowly pulled the zipper up her back. I stepped closer once I neared the top and leaned down. I should have kept my distance, but I couldn’t help testing the boundaries. Testing her resolve.

            “Lift your hair.”

            Goosebumps erupted along her neck and I wanted to kiss the tender skin. Instead, I hooked the tiny button at the top before sliding my hands around her waist and working her belt. She leaned back into me, the heat of her body enhancing my need. Once I was finished she turned in my arms to face me. Her eyes ran over me hungrily and I could tell she liked what she saw.

            Gone was the playful, teasing, Samantha. Hot desire pooled in her warm eyes and I had to remind myself that there were others on this plane--that she wanted to be friends. I tilted my head so I could see her better, taking in the way the dress hugged her gentle curves and enhanced her perfect bust. Being friends didn't mean I couldn't enjoy the view.

            “You look gorgeous.” I sounded like a love struck fool, but I didn’t care. Maybe I was one.

            “Thank you.” Her voice had taken on the husky edge I’d first heard after our kiss.

            “This is going to be difficult.” I ran my eyes over her again. “Very difficult.”

            “All good things are worth the work.” The way she chewed on her bottom lip told me she had understood exactly what I had meant. And thinking of her teeth on her lips made me want to remind her why being friends would never be enough. I needed Samantha. It was more than a want. It was a deep, essential need. But I could be patient. If she needed time, I’d give it to her. Not that I was going to make it easy.




           
My inspiration of Prince Yummy--er, I mean Prince Alex.




 

Princess for a Day

Monday, April 22, 2013


 


To celebrate the official release of Suddenly Royal, I wanted to do something special. I could have done another giveaway, but that just didn’t seem like enough. This year, I’ve seen a lot of sad things, but I’ve also seen some amazing, spectacular people step forward to help. In a time of uncertainty and confusion, I feel like it’s important to celebrate those that are doing good and making a difference around them. So, this is what I want to do. I want to treat someone like a princess for a day. Really pamper them and make them feel special and loved.
 

But how to choose? Instead of doing a random drawing, I want you—my readers—to nominate someone deserving. Leave a comment on this post describing your deserving nominee and I will choose five people. Then you guys get to vote on who is the most worthy. All five of those people will receive a small package from me—but the one person with the most votes will receive the grand prize!
 

What is the grand prize, you ask? Well, let me tell you. We’re pulling out all the stops!

The grand prize winner will receive:

Signed swag from Suddenly Royal

A signed paperback copy of Suddenly Royal

A $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate

A handmade necklace by moi!

A $100 ULTA gift certificate!

And what princess is complete without a crown and wand? Those will be provided for their special day as well!

Let’s give a deserving woman (or man!) the pampering they deserve! Leave a comment with your nominee’s name, why they deserve to be Princess for a Day, and a way for me to contact you. (I may need more information from you for the next round. If I can’t get in touch with you, I may have to move on to one of the other stories.)
 
Let’s get started! We’ll be accepting entries until 11:59pm on Saturday, April 27th. KP Simmon of InkSlinger PR and I will be choosing the top 5 stories on Sunday and posting the open voting on Tuesday, April 30th. We’ll keep voting open until Friday, May 3rd, at 12:00am and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday, May 5th! I’m a firm believer in passing things forward and I’ve been very lucky this year. Hopefully we can bring a smile to someone that needs it!

Canada and US residents only.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Suddenly Royal Blog Tour

Sunday, April 21, 2013




A massive, massive thank-you to my publicist, KP Simmon for arranging this AWESOME blog tour. It's huge and filled with so many awesome blogs and bloggers. I'm honored that they wanted to be part of the tour!

 
What does this mean for my readers??? It means fun stuff and goodies! We have dream casts, excerpts, a play list, and a GIVEAWAY!

April 21st

I Read Indie-Dream Cast
Globug and Hootie-Excerpt

April 22nd


April 23rd

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH

April 24th


April 25th

Seeing Night Reviews-Guest Post-Sam’s POV
Book Addicted AA-Playlist

April 26th

I Heart Big Books-Character Interview-Cathy
Kate Tilton-Guest Post

April 27th


April 28th


April 29th

Book Bitches Blog-Character Interview-Sam & Alex
Every Free Chance Reader-Review

April 30th

Parajunkee-Guest PostDefiantly Deviant-Guest Post

May 1st

A Good Addiction-Interview
Ladybug Storytime-Guest Post

May 2nd


May 3rd

Indie Ignites-Interview
TarHeel Bibliobabe-Interview

May 4th


May 5th

 
Want to know what you could win?
A Suddenly Royal T-Shirt
A Suddenly Royal Coffee Mug
A Suddenly Royal Keychain
A signed Suddenly Royal bookmark
and
A signed copy of Suddenly Royal!
 

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway






A Sudden... SURPRISE!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

 
 



Suddenly Royal is here!

In an effort to keep from having any issues with the release day, I uploaded Suddenly Royal a little early. And guess what? It's LIVE! Right now! In lots of places. (iTunes and Kobo hopefully, soon!)
 
So, if you don't want to wait until Tuesday, you don't have to!
 
Amazon (eBook and paperback)
 
Amazon UK (eBook, paperback soon!)
 
Barnes and Noble (eBook and paperback)
 
Smashwords (eBook)
 
Books a Million (paperback only)
 
 
In case you aren't sure what Suddenly Royal is all about... here's a quick reminder! ;)
 
 
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
 
 
 
 

 
A massive thank you to everyone that has helped get Suddenly Royal ready for this day! I can't wait for everyone to meet Samantha and Alex. Be sure to stay tuned for the blog tour and all of the goodies that are coming with it!
 
 

The Countdown to Suddenly Royal!

Friday, April 19, 2013

 
 
 
 

Hold onto your tiara!
 
There's only FOUR days until Suddenly Royal (and prince Alex) will be in your hands!
 
 
 
 
 
Here's a quick teaser to remind you of what you're waiting for:
 

“Are you expecting anyone else tonight?” His teeth tugged at my lobe.

“No.” The word came out on a groan as he ground against me.

“Good.” He slid his hand between me and the counter to undo my jeans. “Because I don’t think we’re going to make it upstairs.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And a new BOOKMARK GIVEAWAY!
The first TEN entries will win a signed bookmark. (Only ONE entry per person.)
 
 

Two Weeks Until Suddenly Royal!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two weeks and Suddenly Royal will finally be out! I'm so excited that I feel the need to do something! SO! The first 5 people to fill out this form will receive a signed Suddenly Royal bookmark!

 




***The bookmarks have all been awarded!***
Kendall McCubbin, Aseel Naji, Allie Fletcher, Jessica Watterson, and Carole Martin--keep an eye on your mail box.
 
For everyone else, keep checking back. I will be doing more giveaways in anticipation of the upcoming release soon. :)
 
 
 
And here's another teaser pic for the book. I can't wait to share Prince Yummy with you guys. ;)





There is also a giveaway for a Suddenly Royal paperback on Goodreads! If you want your own physical copy, be sure to check it out here:

 


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Suddenly Royal

by Nichole Chase

Giveaway ends April 23, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Time for a Tuesday Teaser!

Monday, April 1, 2013

22 Days and counting!


I'm counting down the days to the release of Suddenly Royal and am on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for it to be out there for everyone to read. So, to keep me calm while we ALL wait, here is another teaser!




 

By the time class was over I couldn’t have been more ready. I had twenty minutes before the next lecture and I was considering putting a note on the door and hiding. As the students got up and left, a few of them came down to try to ask me questions. I did my best to shoo them away, but a few were much more dedicated to finding an answer. Becca had come to stand just to the side of me, her friendly smile replaced with a glower that made me rethink my original assessment of her personality.
“C’mon, Sam. It’s the school paper. Just an interview. I’ll let you decide which questions you want to answer.” The editor for the student paper was leaning against my desk and I was resolutely trying to ignore him.
“I told you, Toby, I have too much going on right now. I’m sorry.” Truth be told, I would always have too much going on when it came to having time for interviews. Especially with Toby. He was a pervert to the tenth degree. “If you don’t mind, I have to finish grading some papers.”
“Samantha—”
“This way, sir.” Duvall appeared beside Toby, a friendly hand placed on his shoulder. “Lady Rousseau has asked for some space.”
“But—”
“Another time, maybe.” Duvall maneuvered Toby away from my desk and off the stage, to my relief. Who would have thought I’d be grateful to see Duvall after all?
“You’re an excellent teacher. You handled the class quite well.” Alex’s voice in my ear made me jump, bumping my head into his chin.
“Youch!” I rubbed the top of my head while he looked down at me with amusement. He rubbed his chin but smiled. “Good grief. Don’t sneak up on me. And I would have handled the class much better if you hadn’t shown up.”
“I’d like to think I encouraged them to try a little harder.” His blue eyes sparkled as he looked at me. “And I wanted to make sure they weren’t giving you too hard of a time.”
“Thanks, I think.” I frowned up at him, trying to not get pulled into his eyes. “But I would have managed just fine. You don’t have to take care of me.”
“You’ve been thrown into a new world… I just wanted to help you get your feet.” Instead of being annoyed with my reluctance to accept his help, he seemed entertained. “How many more classes do you have today?”
“Two more.” I rubbed my forehead. “Then I go to the sanctuary.”
“I see. Do you have time for lunch somewhere in there?” He leaned casually against my desk, his perfect rump perched on the edge. I tried to not think about it and just focused on the conversation.
“I usually eat in the office after the last class. Catch up my paperwork before I head over.” I bit my bottom lip, confused by his presence in my class, by his interest in me. His eyes focused on my mouth briefly before moving back to my eyes. Some flashes from the right side of the hall drew my attention and I realized some of the students were using their phones to take pictures of us talking. Becca jumped down from the edge of the stage where she was standing and headed in their direction.
“Would you mind if I join you? Or is that not allowed?” He cocked his head to the side and I found myself studying the way the bright lights of the stage played in his blond hair.
“Um, no, that’s fine.” My eyes traveled over his face, taking in the slight imperfections that only seemed to make him more handsome. “Uh, I usually just grab a sandwich or something. I guess we could order something in, if you’d like.”
“A sandwich is perfect. Why don’t I bring the food? I’ll meet you there, that way you don’t have to waste any of your time.”
“Why?” The question exited my mouth before I could rethink it.
“Why save you time?” His eyebrows drew together.
“Why do you want to have lunch with me? Surely you have more important things to do.”
“Well, I like your company for one thing.” He leaned a little closer. “And you underestimate your importance. I’m starting to think you’re very important.”


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