Beta Readers Needed: What Skylar Needs

Looking for Beta Readers for an Interracial Romantic Comedy.

beta reader, plus-size, bbw, interracial, romantic comedy, contemporary romanceHello, fellow romance readers! It felt like the time would never come where I’d be looking for beta readers. Alas, it is here!

I’m scared, I’m nervous, really a whole range of emotions. It’s crazy when your spark of an idea starts to turn into an actual product. I won’t say finished product because there’s still a ways to go.

To get to that finished product I need your help! I am looking for avid romance readers to beta read my novel, What Skylar Needs.  It is the first in a series. It features Melanie a plus-size African-American woman and Skylar a Caucasian man.

This is an enemies to lovers tail featuring Melanie’s two best friends, Skylar’s crazy brother, his family, and clingy ex-hookup. The banter between the two main characters will keep you laughing.

If this sounds like your kind of book please e-mail me at laneeslaneblog@gmail.com or leave your e-mail in the comments for more details!

 

 

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Sneak Peek: First Chapter of Brendon’s Story (Book two in series)

I’ve started book two in my series. This is Brendon’s story, Skylar’s brother. I don’t have a name for the book yet. This is also the unedited first draft, but I thought I’d give you all a first look!

“So Mr. Stillman…”

“Please, call me Brendon,”

“Okay, Brendon, what brings you to The Bankroll League?”

Brendon had been asking himself the same question since he’d had his assistant set up the appointment. Why had he thought that this would be a good idea? Oh, that’s right, his sister getting married and his brother getting engaged put all the pressure on him. Every time he called his mother she asked when he was going to follow in his sibling’s footsteps. Never if he could freaking help it.

Alas, there he was sitting in front of a lady with pink hair trying to get a date.

“Um, my mom won’t stop pestering me about settling down since my brother and sister are.”

Pink hair took her glasses off and stared at him. Brendon scanned his eyes around the room not meeting her gaze.

“So, you mean to tell me that you are here because of your mother?

“Yes?” he replied with a cocked eyebrow.

She scribbled something down on the notepad in front of her. He couldn’t figure out what she could possibly have to write down. He’d filled out so many forms and questionnaires about his ideal date, hobbies, and personality she should have known everything there was to possibly know about him.

“I suppose that’s as good a reason as any. Do you think you are ready to settle down, Brendon?”

He wanted to ask her to define ready. Was he ready to have a person to spend an intimate evening with when he’d had a long day at work? Yes. Was he ready to have someone constantly texting him and nagging about not spending enough time with them? That would be a negative.

“I’m open to seeing what’s out there.”

There, that was noncommittal.

“And Mr. Stillman, you’re sure you meet the financial requirements to be apart of The Bankroll League? You seem awfully young.”

The implied “to be a millionaire” was left off, but he knew that was what she’d meant.

Again, didn’t this lady already know all of this? He’d given her everything except his signature in blood.

“Yes ma’ma, I’ve created several successful start up businesses that I sold for a lot of money. I also currently run my own company that is bringing in a nice cash flow.”

That ought to appease her.

Pink hair looked over the stack of papers in her lap. Brendon assumed it was a file with all the answers to their billion questions.

“Mr. Stillman, as far as I can tell you meet all of our requirements. I am slightly afraid that you maybe aren’t ready for this type of service. However, if you are willing to put in the work then I’m willing to help you. I’d like to first set you up with one of our dating coaches before I set you up with any of our matches. I want to be sure you know proper dating etiquette before you start the actual dating process.”

What she really meant to say, Brendon thought, was that since he was willing to pay her the money to do it then she would take him on as a client. He didn’t need any dang dating coach. He knew how to date. He’d been dating since he was a freshman in high school. Officially anyway, he’d really been a ladies man since elementary school when he gave Vera Rago a hand made Valentine’s Day card, but he didn’t like to brag.

“Ok, I’ll do whatever you need me to do.”

“Very well then, stop by Lana’s desk and she will get you all set up for your first session.”

Brendon stood up and shook her hand. He followed the red wall back out to the front of the building. Lana was sitting behind her desk furiously typing away at her computer. She looked up when his tall shadow fell over her.

“Alright, sir, what would be the best time for you?”

Brendon gave her sometimes that were best for him and they settled on his first coaching session. It would be the following Tuesday. That gave him five days to prepare for the madness. At least now he’d be able to tell his mom that he was actively trying to find “the one”.

As Brendon pulled out of the parking lot of The Bankroll League he brought up his assistant’s number and dialed her over Bluetooth.

“Hey Boss,” her voice chimed over the phone.

“Hey Claudia, I’m all finished up with my appointment and am headed back to the office. I’m stopping to get some lunch. Do you want me to pick you something up too?”

Brendon knew that usually, the assistant did the lunch gathering, but somehow more times than not he ended up being the one getting them food. Claudia wasn’t any regular assistant. She was his future sister in law’s best friend. She’d recently gotten laid off from her job and his brother Skylar had talked him into letting her work for him while she tried to get her photography business off the ground. Seeing as he didn’t really have any openings at the time he hired her as his personal assistant. He hated to admit that he hadn’t known he needed one until he had one. She was a pain in his behind sometimes, but she was actually pretty good at what she did.

“Oh, did you find Mrs. Right yet?”

“No, I didn’t find Mrs. Right. This was an introductory meeting. You don’t just go in and pick someone like you’re Tarzan and the girl is Jane.”

“Ugh, well you better hurry up and find her before you get much older. The clock is ticking.” Claudia made a tick tock sound through the phone line.

“What, I’m only two years older than you!” Brendon rubbed his hand against his forehead. A pain in his head and behind. “Never mind, you can’t argue with crazy. Do you want food or not?”

When Brendon got back to the office he spotted Claudia at her desk with a guy named Taylor leaned over her desk. He was smiling and she was laughing at something he was saying. Brendon bet it wasn’t even anything that funny. Taylor wasn’t funny he was a womanizer.

Brendon approached Claudia’s desk with her lunch in hand.

“You’re lunch,” he said before plopping the bag down in front of her.

She looked up at him still smiling from whatever Taylor had said.

“Hey Brendon,” Taylor said. Even though he was the head of the company Brendon liked to be more laid back with his employees. It made it easier for them to connect with him and come to him with ideas. Plus he never thought of himself as above or better than anyone and making them call him Mr. Stillman seemed too stuck up.

“Hey Taylor,” he replied not giving the other man as much as a glance.

“Thanks for the lunch, boss,” Claudia said.

Brendon just grunted in reply and made his way to his office. He had unwrapped his sandwich and was about to take a bite when his door swung open. He knew who it was before he saw her. Claudia was the only person in the office that busted into his office without knocking. It didn’t matter how many times he told her to knock when the door was closed.

“How many times do I need to tell you to knock when the door is closed?” He took a big bite of his sandwich and chewed while he waited for her reply.

Being the smartass that she was she knocked on the open door.

“I knew you were just having lunch. I didn’t think the rule counted when I knew that you weren’t busy.”

She made her way in with her unwrapped sandwich in hand and sat on the edge of the chair in front of his desk. Decidedly settled in she took the wrapper off of hers and took a bite.

“So how was the queen of matchmaking?”

It was clear that Brendon would not be dining in peace today.

“I think Queen of match-making is a bit of a stretch.”

“She has a ninety-five percent success rate according to her website. I’d say that makes her the queen. It at least makes her the princess.”

Brendon rolled his eyes at her.

“Whatever, it went ok I guess. She asked me a bunch of questions that I already filled out on her thousands of questionnaires. Then she told me I need a dating coach before I could meet any women. I don’t need any dang dating coach but I can’t get this show on the road until I do it.”

Claudia threw her head back and laughed at that.

“What’s so funny?” Brendon narrowed his eyes at his assistant.

“You are so full of yourself, boss. You sign up to have someone help you find love and then you say you don’t need their help, classic man.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t need their help. I said I didn’t need a dating coach. That’s different. I do want them to find me someone that fits all of my criteria without having to go out and search for her myself. I’m saving myself the time and energy.”

“Oh man, this is going to be so fun to watch.”

Brendon threw a piece of lettuce from his sandwich at her.

“You won’t be watching anything. You will be working and minding your own business.”

Claudia took a swig from the water bottle she brought in with her.

“Seems to me that you kind of are my business since I’m your assistant and all. I do keep track of your schedule.”

“I can fire you, you know. I didn’t have an assistant before you and I’m sure I’d survive after you.”

Claudia had to laugh at that. “You were a mess before me. You wouldn’t know what to do without me around.”

“If you say so,” Brendon said in an unconvincing voice.

They sat in comfortable silence for a few minutes munching on their sandwiches. It wasn’t very uncommon for Claudia to invite herself to join him for lunch on any given day that he didn’t have meetings or other engagements. At first, it drove him crazy, but he’d grown to expect it. Maybe even enjoy it if he were honest. A lot of people were intimidated to have lunch with the boss no matter how open he was.

“So, what are you looking for in your match?”

Brendon thought for a minute.

“I guess someone I can have fun with. I want someone that is ambitious and has goals. I also want someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously and can laugh at them self. Trust is really important too. Someone who has a sense of adventure in and out of the bedroom.” Brendon winked at her at the last statement.

“You had me convinced that you had some substance for about two seconds boss and then you threw in the bedroom comment.”

“What?” Brendon raised his hands up and shrugged, “I’m a man and men have needs. Of course, I want all the mushy stuff women always talk about, but I also need someone that can keep up with me in the sheets. You can pretend all you want but I know you wouldn’t want a dud in the bedroom either. You’re too feisty on the daily to be tame anywhere else.”

“You don’t worry about me and my sex life.” Or lack there of she thought to herself.

“I’m just saying.” Brendon wiped his mouth on a napkin and leaned back in his chair.

“Whatever the case may be, I for one can’t wait to see this whole show unfold.” Claudia got up from her chair and gathered her lunch trash. She made her way to Brendon’s door.

“You won’t be witnessing anything. You’ll stick to your assistant duties and stay out of my love life.”

With her back to him, she lifted her hand in a wave. “Whatever you say, boss, whatever you say.”

 

That’s it, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the first chapter of book two in the series! This is a complete first draft so it is likely to change some once it is edited, but I wanted to at least let you know who Brendon’s love interest will be.  I hope you enjoyed! 

If you want to keep up to date on what I’m writing and new releases, be sure to sign up for my mailing list. I’ll also be looking for people to be on my ARC team. If you don’t know what that is it is a group of people that get to read my books before they release. Joining my mailing list will ensure that you will find out the details of being apart of it. I’ll also be doing the cover reveal for What Skylar Needs very soon and my mailing list will see it first! 

 

-Lanee

 

 

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Perfect Curves Final Chapter Sneak Peek

Hey everyone here is a tiny peek at the last chapter of Perfect Curves.

wattpad chick lit romance novelMy eyes followed Reed as he made his way to the front. He hadn’t mentioned being a speaker, but maybe it wasn’t a big deal since he was an employee. There was a slight sheen on his forehead. He must have been nervous. I didn’t take him for the type to be afraid to talk in front of people considering he instructed fitness classes.

 
The microphone screeched when Reed adjusted it to his height. I saw him wince a little. His eyes landed on me and he smiled before starting his speech.
 
“Hello everyone, my name’s Reed. I’m a personal trainer here. It’s great to see you all out here to celebrate our ten year anniversary, but also such a great cause. At our gym, we focus on more than weight loss and physiques.  We focus on helping people live healthier lifestyles.”
 
Reed took a slip of the bottle of water that was given to him at the beginning of the speech.
 
“This year I actually had the opportunity to help someone very special. When I met this client I knew that she was different. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all my clients and put my best foot forward when it comes to helping them. It’s that this particular client captivated me from the first time I saw her. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever set eyes on. So much so that for the first time ever I risked my professional integrity and gave her my number.”
 
Reed’s eyes bore into mine. I couldn’t blink, couldn’t think, I wasn’t even sure how I was breathing.

 

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Sneak Peak of What Skylar Needs on Wattpad

What does Skylar have up his sleeve to deal with Candace?

I thought I’d do a little sneak peak of the next chapter for What Skylar Needs. This is just a snippet to get you excited for the next update over on Wattpad. What Skylar Needs is an interracial enemies to lovers romantic comedy that features a plus-size heroine. If you haven’t read the rest of the story you can click here to read the full thing. 

Skylar watched as Melanie’s Uber drove away. He cursed out loud at the whole situation. He’d finally found a girl that he wanted to be better for and Candace had found a way to mess it up. He’d hoped that she had seriously backed off since he hadn’t heard from her, but clearly, she had been scheming.

He turned and made his way into the building. He knew that if he didn’t step in Candace would never stop. She seemed to think that if she couldn’t have him then no one would, especially not Melanie. She appeared to have a personal vendetta against her. Skylar scrolled through his contacts until he got to Brendon’s number.

“What up bro?”

“Nothing, well everything. I need your computer skills. I’ll explain later.”

“Okay, should I be concerned?”

“Nope, once you help me all will be well.”

“Alright then, I’ll be over tonight.”

Back in his apartment Skylar started to brainstorm his plan. He didn’t want to play dirty, but Candace left him no choice. She forgot who she was messing with and how much he knew about her. She had a way of telling all of her deep dark secrets after a romp in the sheets. Her own words were about to come back to bite her in the butt.

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Tied By Carina Cole | Book Review

A broken Princess Rescued by her Unconventional Prince.

Carina Cole, Tied, Romance, #amreading

Sleep, who needs sleep? Is it the best idea to stay up most of the night reading an author’s latest release? Maybe not, but in this case, it was worth every second.

Tied is the second book in Carina Cole’s Devils Wolves Series. It pulls at your heart strings as much, if not more than Torn, the first book in the series.

Tyler, who survived severe burns to his face and body and a damaged vocal cord, lives in seclusion in the woods. He’s long since lost his friends and has limited contact with his family. One day as he was walking through the woods around his home he discovered her.

Holly was abducted when she was eight. Ten years passed before Tyler stumbled upon her and her dog Poppy. From the moment she saw him from the dark hole there was a connection. Her prince had come to save her just like she always knew he would.

Holly goes to live in an inpatient facility to learn how to live as an adult and attend therapy for the terrible things she endured over the last ten years. Her strained relationship with her parents leaves Holly feeling more alone than she did with “the bad man”. All the while she wonders when her prince will come back for her. She knows that he with him she can have a happily ever after.

Holly found both Tyler and her lost dog in the same woods that he found her. Due to his vocal cord injury, Tyler rarely speaks. That doesn’t stop Holly from talking to him. He can’t resist the beautiful blond that looks at him like he’s just like everyone else. Not with pity or disgust like so many people had. From there a beautiful friendship develops.

Seeing Tyler and Holly grow and heal each other is a true treat. Carina Cole writes in a way that has your heart feeling what the characters are feeling. They are both so scarred inside and out, but their scars and their past are what connects them. Both feel like misfits in the real world, but when together it feels like home.

If you enjoy, friends to lovers and a bit of a slow burn then this book is a must. If you have a tender heart you may want to grab the tissues. This was truly one of the most beautiful and unique love stories I’ve ever read. It deserves more than 5/5, but since that’s as high as we go, here 5/5 it is.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unstable By S.E. Hall | Book Review

Unstable is full of Love, Loss, and Self-Discovery.

Unstable, S.E. Hall, Romance novel, romance, love, loss, second chance love, Henley, Keaton,

I read A LOT of books. I set my Goodreads challenge at 70 books. It’s April and I’m at 34 books. That doesn’t include the books I’ve re-read. S.E. Hall’s Unstable was one that left me with a book hangover.

I kept thinking about Henley, Keaton and Gatlin. If you’re a reader you know the feeling that I’m talking about, book hangover.

Henley returned to her hometown fort the first time in eight years after the death of her mother. She hadn’t spoken to or seen her mother in those years. Coming back to the farm brought back a lot of pain and unwelcome memories for Henley.

When she arrived Gatlin, a hired hand, greeted her. He became more than just her friend, but her crutch. He helped her through the many emotions of being back at the farm.

Keaton Cash was the boy next door that she always saw as her enemy. She thought he was a nuisance and was not happy to see him when she got home. Keaton Cash didn’t care how hard Henley tried to push him away. He pushed back refusing to let her continue to shut him out.

It’s so hard to review this story without giving too much away. There are some twist and turns that I did not expect. There’s only one chapter from Keaton’s point of view and it blew my mind. Hall was clever in the execution.

There’s so much to this book. I won’t ruin it by going into great detail. I think that it is worth the read. It isn’t a cookie cutter second chance or enemy to lover romance. It deals with issues of love, loss, mental health, and guilt. The title Unstable goes deeper than you would even guess.

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My Wattpad Stories: Perfect Curves & Loving Gunner

wattpad chick lit romance novel If you enjoy reading you may have heard of a website called Wattpad. It gives writers, both amateurs and experienced, an opportunity to share their stories. It also gives readers a place to read thousands of stories for free.

Recently I decided I wanted to start taking my writing more seriously again, and Wattpad seemed like a good first step. I began publishing a few stories to try to get feedback on my writing.

My most recent story, Perfect Curves (currently #90 in chick lit), is about a plus-size woman named Penelope that is trying to get fit. There happens to be a hunky trainer named Reed that would like to help her with her needs in and out of the gym.

My first story is called Loving Gunner. Gunner and Olivia were childhood best friends. Oliva has always loved Gunner, but she never loving gunner, wattpad, romance, romance novel, chick lit, book worm thought he felt the same. When Olivia went away to college they drifted apart. Now she is back and
Gunner is determined to win her over. The only problem is she is currently taken.

Both books are interracial romances. I’m enjoying getting into the habit of writing on a regular basis. It’s hard to put yourself out there for others, but I suppose it is a necessary step. So far I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on Perfect Curves.  I hope to keep the momentum up.

Feel free to stop by and see what you think of my stories so far! If you enjoy you can vote, comment, and follow!

https://www.wattpad.com/user/laneeslane

 

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Fire & Brimstone By R.L. Mathewson | Book Review

FIre & Brimstone R.L. Mathewson, book review, romance novel, rom com, If you are a bookworm then you probably have those authors that you buy every one of their books as soon as they come out. R.L. Mathewson is one of those authors for me.

Fire & Brimstone is the latest book in her Neighbor from Hell series. This series is based around the Bradford family. A family of men that have bottomless pits for stomachs, and knack for driving women crazy…literally.

The latest installment is Lucifer’s story. Lucifer owns the restaurant Fire & Brimstone, which he has banned his family from due to their insatiable appetites. Lucifer has earned his namesake. He is a gruff man that can have the tendency to send his staff off crying or worse quitting altogether.

Then there is Rebecca his Achilles heel. Where others run and hide she defies him at every turn. He tries to fire her on a regular basis, but she ignores him and continues to push his buttons. Rebecca has a sickness that has been plaguing her since she was a child but after many years of doctors telling her it is all in her head she’s given up hope of finding out what is wrong with her. Lucifer’s brother is a doctor and he insists that Rebecca lets his brother try one last time to figure out what is wrong with her.

Their story is full of hilarious scenes that will make you laugh out loud. Mathewson always has a unique story that doesn’t fall into the typical romance storyline. Seeing the progression of Lucifer with Rebecca is sweet. Nothing like seeing a brute of a man with a soft spot for his lady.

If you like a good romance with a lot of humor this book is for you. Really all of the Neighbor from Hell books are worth a read. I give this book a 5/5 because in my eyes R.L. Mathewson does no wrong when it comes to romance and comedy.

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Until Harry by L.A. Casey Book Review | BookWorm Wednesday


Author L.A. Casey, Until Harry, Romance novel, slow burn romance This book came at a perfect tme. I wanted to start implementing “BookWorm Wednesday”, and this book is the perfect first book. I downloaded Until Harry on a whim because there was an audible version I could listen to at work. It just so happens that I bought this book on the day that it released.

I’ve never read anything by L.A. Casey so I had no preconceived expectations. Let’s just say if I had, they would have been blown out of the water. This is the story of Lane and Kale. They are from York and have been best friends since birth.

Harry, the book’s namesake, is Lane’s uncle. He is one of Lane’s biggest confidantes. Due to Lane’s unrequited love for Kale and the loss of a very close friend, she decides to move to New York City. During her time in New York she cuts off all of her family except for her uncle Harry. She goes six years without speaking to them until Harry’s death. In light of his death she travels home for the first time since she left.

There is so much in between and after, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. L.A. Casey does a phenomenal job of going from past to present to explain the depth of Lane and Kale’s relationship. Her details and the story she weaves is that of a seasoned storyteller.

I’m a sucker for a good friends to lover story, and this is one of the absolute best I have read. There were times I felt my throat choaking up  while I tried to fight tears from forming. This story will take you on an emotional roller coaster in many ways. It is 100% wortht the ride.

This book was a 5/5. No question.

 

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Fifty Shades of Grey: the male perspective

So my fiance thought it would be an interesting idea to write about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie from his point of view. I thought it would be fun to get some male perspective on the site so here we have it, my fiance’s thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey.

I’m a simple man who likes simple things…Actually I’m a pretty complicated guy who has no idea how my girl has been with me for this long. I’ve put her through many looks of “what are you talking about”, babe please be quiet I’m watching the fight, and about five Quentin Tarantino movies. So for Valentine’s Day when she said she wanted to see 50 Shades of Grey, I didn’t decline. “You know this is going to be bad don’t you?” I said. She agreed knowing after the previews that the movie wasn’t going to do the books justice. But she just had to see it. I thought maybe it could be so bad that I could laugh about it.

For those who have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, 50 shades of grey is a book about a young woman who, after interviewing a millionaire for her college roommate, ends up dating him. This is not the usual relationship though as they are involved in a Dom/Sub BDSM relationship. The book …series of books took the world by storm, I guess because of the subject matter and made many vanilla singles and couples take an interest into BDSM. Don’t know what any of these terms are? Google it, that’s what Mr. Grey told the girl to do.

With in the first 20 min. of the movie I realized about 10 things wrong with the movie. One, the main girl was plain looking. Two if I had to pick somebody in the movie it would be the receptionists. Three, she’s a horrible journalist. Four, yeah I know she’s not really a journalist but she’s doing an interview for her friend who’s sick…I can’t remember if it were for the school paper or class or whatever but her friend should not get credit for the story. Five, they are horrible at emotion. Six, he already has her hooked. Seven, did I miss something? What does he do, and are his 2/3 receptionist and himself the only ones that work there? Eight, he’s allegedly a very busy man….we’ll get to that later. Nine, Anna just let her flu ridden roommate get close to her and then take her sandwich. Ten her flu ridden roommate seems like she just magically got better in a matter of hours.

These of course were not the only things wrong with this movie. The sex scenes played like soft-core porn, but I’ve seen worse on skinnamax. The chemistry between the two main characters played more like a stalker/victim relationship in some scenes. Like seriously this dude would pop up out of nowhere like the Terminator or a killer in a slasher movie. Maybe this movie could have been better if it was a thriller because the guy would have been more believable.

I had many more issues with this movie. Not trying to body shame anyone, but while some might complain about the nudity in the movie, I’m complaining about seeing the poor girl’s ribs every time she breathed. Her roommate took her sandwich, her man took a bite of her toast, she didn’t eat whatever that soup/salsa crap was that her parents were eating..I almost thought I was watching the Hunger Games for a second.

Long story short, I could continue to rip the movie, but my girl said it was actually pretty true to the book. Which makes me wonder if the rich sadist opens up a young virgin college grad into a sexual awakening maybe is not the best thing to put on the big screen? Or is the book just that badly written.

 

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