Friday, February 26, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Fandom Hearts

Today we have the blog tour of Cathy Yardley’s Level Up & One True Pairing ! Check out this gorgeous romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: Level Up

Author: Cathy Yardley

About Level Up:

Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.   

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

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Please enjoy the following excerpt:

"Um. Looks like snow, huh?"

He glanced at her, then shrugged, and she wondered if he was really awake enough for this conversation—as she recalled, he wasn't really a morning person. The problem was, if she waited until he was up and running, or God forbid until they drove home that night, then everybody else would have had a crack at him all day long. This was her window.

"Probably no snow for another few days, maybe a week," he finally said, as they pulled out of the driveway.

Success! Conversation! She took heart. Then, without preamble, she said, "I want that engineering position once Mac’s gone."

Unfortunately, at that very moment he was also sipping from a to-go-cup and did a spit-take on the steering wheel. "Whoops. Sorry. Really hot," he apologized, wiping at it with the sleeve of his jacket.

"I think I'm ready," she said. "You know how hard I work. And I think that I could use a promotion. I've been with MPG for four years, since I graduated from U-Dub."

"I know.”

"So why not?"

He took a deep breath. "Listen, I'm not firing on all cylinders. Can't this wait till tonight?"

"No," she said, surprising herself. She put her cup in the holder and turned a little. "This isn't because I'm a woman, is it?"

"God, no," he said.

"Because I know it’s a boys’ club,” she said doggedly. “It’s hard to be respected as a female coder. I don’t expect it to be handed to me, but if I’m being passed over or ignored just because…"

"I swear, it isn't because you're a woman,” Adam interrupted quickly. “Hell, most of us don't even think of you as a woman."

That took her aback. He glanced at her, looking aghast.

"And I totally didn't mean it that way," he said. "I think of you as a woman, trust me."

Now a little, wayward hormonal burst erupted, surprising her. This is Ani’s fault, she thought, scowling.

"And I mean that in as non-sexually-harassing a way as possible," he quickly added. "I just mean I think of you as a programmer. Who happens to be a woman. Whom I totally respect. Who is probably more than capable of handling the job.” He groaned. “Who I also wish would just shoot me and put me out of my misery because eight o'damned clock in the morning is too early to be having this conversation which I seem to be totally butchering."

Title: One True Pairing

Author: Cathy Yardley

About One True Pairing:

They couldn't be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley's One True Pairing.    

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family's bookstore. It's a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?

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Please enjoy the following excerpt:

"Trust me, if I saw a guy that hot, I wouldn't be behind this counter," Hailey said, and her voice all but dripped with authenticity, just the right amount of longing and curiosity. She could tell the exact moment when they believed her. "What would a guy like Jake Reese be doing here, though?"

"He was doing a VIP thing, over at the Flat Iron Grill," a teenage girl said, pushing her glasses up the bridges of her nose, looking pained. "And before he was swarmed and groped..."

"Oh, don't be so stuffy, Amelia," the redhead said, rolling her eyes. “Guys love that sort of thing, believe me.”

"He made a break for it. I wouldn't be surprised if he was running for the cops," Amelia shot back, scowling.

"Well, he is smokin' hot," Hailey commiserated, causing the redhead to grin triumphantly at the girl, Amelia. "And he's around here? Seriously? You're not kidding?"

The redhead nodded. "Not even kidding. Can you imagine?"

"Well, crap. I'm stuck here until the end of my shift. I thought I saw a guy running past here. Thought he was a thief, actually."

Don’t over-sell it, she chastised herself. She was out of practice.

"Which way did he go?" Pocket-grabber said, gripping the edge of the counter.

"That way," Hailey said, pointing to the far end of the strip mall. "But he could probably..."

Before she could finish, sweater-woman was already moving. Redhead let out a hoot, like a baying hunting dog, and sprinted after the crowd. Only Amelia remained behind.

"Um, miss?"

Hailey bit her lip, hoping that the kid would move so she could hustle Jake out of here without incident. "Yes? Did you want some coffee?"

Amelia looked at her searchingly. "If you do happen to see Mr. Reese," she said, her tone serious, "please apologize to him. From me."

Hailey smiled. Amelia was no fool. "I'll do that," she said, nodding. Amelia nodded back, then strolled out.

Hailey waited a beat, then let out a breath, turning to the prone actor. "Well, that was a close one. You okay?"

"I am now," he said, smiling at her. He was wearing a pair of dark blue jeans, a black T-shirt, and a brown leather jacket. His eyes were shockingly blue -- like, Paul Newman blue. He was sex in a pair of Levi's. “Damn. You’re not a bad actress, you know that?”

“I’m a terrible actress,” she corrected. “But I’m a hell of a liar.”

About Cathy Yardley:

Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin's, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right. She likes writing about quirky, crazy adventures, because she's had plenty of her own: she had her own army in the Society of Creative Anachronism; she's spent a New Year's on a 3-day solitary vision quest in the Mojave Desert; she had VIP access to the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Now, she spends her time writing in the wilds of East Seattle, trying to prevent her son from learning the truth of any of said adventures, and riding herd on her two dogs (and one husband.)  

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