Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway - BABY BY DESIGN by Elley Arden

Tell me about your literary hottie and why am I going to love him?
Tony Corcarelli is an enigma. He comes from a traditional, Italian-American family, and he’s anything but traditional. He’s as good with a needle and thread as he is with a hammer and nails. He loves his family, but he isn’t afraid to go against the grain in order to be true to himself. He’s the black sheep with a heart of gold.
Of course, there’s more to Tony than what’s on the inside. Picture Adam Levine on a Harley. See that goofy grin and killer sex appeal? That’s Tony. Now, imagine that same guy in a slim fit, black suit and midnight blue dress shirt—with the smile, always the smile. At one point the heroine of Baby by Design describes him this way:
There wasn’t a wrinkle on or around his lips, just smooth, perfectly puffed skin that circled a mouth decorated with teeth so white they were a sin on a man that dark.
He’s an alpha in the sense that he stakes his claim—maybe even a bit prematurely—and does what he wants to do. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Tony walks into the heroine’s foyer without his shirt on while she’s having an unplanned conversation with her ex-boyfriend, who showed up at the door, interrupting the evening. Here’s a little excerpt of that scene:
A deep voice ripped through his wonderings. He couldn’t make out the words, but he was sure they were being said by a man. Standing, Tony crept into the kitchen and crouched beside the refrigerator, holding his breath for the best chance at sound.
“I’m sorry. It was impulsive. I shouldn’t have come. You’re obviously ill…or something,” the man said.
“No, I…Stu, I’m sorry I didn’t call you back. I was...”
“Sick. I can see that,” the man said. “Why don’t you head back to bed and I’ll call you in the morning.”
Despite the dread rolling in his stomach at the overly familiar words, Tony nearly laughed. The guy was a douche bag. Trish wasn’t sick, but Tony would happily take her back to bed.
“Maybe I can bring you some chicken soup and a bottle of pinot noir. How does that sound?” the man asked.
How did it sound? Awful, Tony thought, and then the dread in his gut ripped through his chest cavity like the bottle rocket he and Vin once put in Angie’s birthday piñata. A teenage Tony lost privileges for a whole month because of that.
He wasn’t coming out the loser tonight.
Tony stepped into the center hall before Trish answered the man. “Hey, babe. Everything okay?”
She spun like a demonic top, eyes wide, face red, hair escaping its band, and then her jaw dropped, probably when she saw Tony hadn’t put on his shirt like she’d asked. He would’ve felt bad for shocking her if he wasn’t blazing non-verbal threats from the center of his eyes at the stuffed suit on her porch.

What’s not to love about a man who goes after what he wants?

Baby By Design
By: Elley Arden
Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered. It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault-not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA. Refusing to grow old bitter, Trish decides a baby will calm the restlessness and lead her to true happiness. Instead, it leads straight to her best friend’s brother.
Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family. The nickname became permanent when he took a buyout from his sister rather than run the family carpentry company after his father’s death. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony, are two things he can’t fathom-a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.
When Trish asks Tony to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby-Tony’s baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer he’s looking for? Thrown together by a carefully constructed yet cockamamie plan, Trish and Tony struggle to define terms they didn’t expect to become so complicated. But what if neither disapproving family members nor Nonna’s rapidly declining health is their biggest complication? What if it’s love?

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Author Info
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

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