January 17, 2014

'Reforming the Playboy' Blog Tour - Guest Post, Excerpt + GIVEAWAY

January 17, 2014

Welcome to my tour stop on the Reforming the Playboy Blog Tour, hosted by Ink Slinger PR! I am so excited to have author Inara Scott stop by today to share a few words and a mini excerpt from Reforming the Playboy! I also have a sweet giveaway too!

Title: Reforming the Playboy
Author: Inara Scott
Publisher: Entagled
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Genre: Adult Romance
Five years ago, she left without a word… 

Internationally-renowned artist Max Estin is as well known for his million dollar commissions as he is his partying and clubbing. But Max is hiding a secret—for almost a year he’s been completely blocked. Unable to paint. And to unlock his art, and save his career, he’s going to need the one woman he never wanted to see again.

Now, he’s determined to make her pay…

Kira Estin never told Max exactly why she left, or what secrets forced her to return home to Passion Creek so abruptly. So when a chance reunion turns to seduction, Kira is more than a little suspicious. She knows better than to trust Max, but can’t fight the fire that he lights in her body—or her heart. But when everyone is hiding a secret, can even the hottest passion survive?

Visiting Passion Creek—Welcome to All Fired Up! 

When my kids were in kindergarten, I was introduced to the joy of the paint-your-own pottery shop. Have you tried one of these? You take an unfired piece of pottery (anything from a Christmas tree ornament to a vase to a teapot), paint it, and then they fire it so it becomes your own beautiful ceramic artifact. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend the experience. If you want to see some of the work, check out the website for Mimosa Studio, in Portland, Oregon. My daughter and I made a fabulous mug for my husband here one year for a birthday present! 


The heroine of my new release, Reforming the Playboy, runs her own paint it yourself pottery shop—All Fired Up. When I was researching the book, I interviewed a couple of people who ran shops like these, and I was surprised to find that they spend a lot of time helping people heal old wounds. Turns out many people come to these shops to memorialize the passage of loved ones or to engage in some art therapy, whether they are thirty or sixty. 

Here’s the scene where Kira, the heroine of Reforming the Playboy, brings Max, her ex-boyfriend from college, to All Fired Up. Suffice to say that Kira would like nothing better than to take Max right to the city limits of Passion Creek, but for reasons described in the book, is forced to take him around town. 

After dinner, she grudgingly drove him to All Fired Up. Kira didn’t have off-street parking, so they parked a few blocks away and walked there in the filtered gray light of the evening. She tried to avoid touching him, but that was impossible when they were walking side by side, and their hands kept brushing against each other as if the universe wanted them to make contact, no matter how much she needed her distance. Finally she tucked her hands deep into her pockets, but that didn’t help the rest of her body, which only seemed to grow more aware of his with every passing minute.

They stopped in front of the store and she pulled her set of keys from her purse, flicking through the ring to find the right one. She deliberately kept her movements slow and controlled so her fingers wouldn’t tremble. As she pushed the key into the lock, Max peered in the front window.

“So how exactly does this work?” he asked, examining the display of brightly colored vases, plates, and bowls. “Do people make the pottery, or just paint it?”

The door swung open. She motioned for Max to follow her inside, trying to hide her discomfort with an overly nonchalant gesture. Tension built in the pit of her stomach.

He shouldn’t be here. She’d never once imaged that he’d come to her store. Her time at RISD was a different life, a different her, and the force of the two worlds colliding had her head spinning.

“I provide the ceramics, they do the painting,” she said. She ground her hands deeper into her pockets as she watched Max enter and pace around the open space. The room was as she’d left it: six tables of various sizes, each with a kit for painting set up in the middle. A wall of shelving displayed the pieces to be decorated: everything from kitten figurines to dinner plates. On the top row, Kira had displayed a variety of different finished pieces.

Max paused, first picking up the unfinished pieces, then examining the ones on the top shelf. “Did you do these?”

She crossed the room to her desk, avoiding his gaze by picking up a stack of mail that she hadn’t had time to read through earlier. Over her shoulder she called, “Yeah, people always need ideas. And the paint color lightens up a few shades in the firing process, so I like to let them see a finished product.”

He reached up to take down a teapot decorated with Colorado wildflowers. “This is great,” he said.

She stole a look under her lashes, expecting to see him laughing. He wasn’t, but she could imagine his internal voice saying, “And you went to art school for this?”

Yes, she wanted to say. Painting tea sets and teaching kids how to make figures out of their own thumbprints were now her life’s work. You got a problem with that?

To celebrate this stop on the tour of Passion Creek, I’m giving away a Passion Creek mug (maybe it will inspire you to decorate your own at a shop like All Fired Up!) and a copy of Reforming the Playboy! 

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About the author
Inara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her website:www.inarascott.com. 

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