Today I am so pleased to welcome Vanessa North to Joyfully Jay. Vanessa has come to talk to us about her latest release, Double Up (which I reviewed yesterday and loved). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Vanessa big welcome!



Hi everyone! I’m Vanessa North, and I’m touring this week to talk about my new release, Double Up: how it got started, a scene that almost happened, and the sport of wakeboarding–how it influenced me, why I love it so much, and how it shaped the characters in the story.

Join me on the tour and leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway for a $15 Riptide Gift Card! Be sure to include your email address in the comment so that I can contact you if you win! I’ll be drawing the winner at the end of the blog tour.

A Deleted Scene/Concept from Double Up

When I started writing Double Up, the idea was to write a piece of pure erotica—yeah, I best laid plans, etc. I had all kinds of sexy ideas, including what I enthusiastically described to my author bestie as “three-way on a boat!” Imagine her disappointment when I decided the three-way on a boat wasn’t going to happen. Not because I didn’t want to write it, but because it didn’t make sense for Ben and Dave.

However, I gave a lot of thought to the characters, to the fantasy, and to who exactly might want this to happen, and I wrote a little snippet of it from Eddie’s point of view. This is strictly Eddie’s fantasy, but we can all enjoy a little more Eddie.

Oh hellfire, I have the best friends ever.

I knew they were planning something when Ben couldn’t get his face out of his phone all day. And every time he got a text from Davis, he’d look up at me and try to hide his smile.

It’s not every day a guy turns forty-four. One day in his whole life—and today just happens to be mine.

I expected a card—maybe Ben to spring for lunch—which by the way, didn’t happen. I ended up calling out for pizza halfway through doing the monthly close at Legend Wakeboards. I even ordered pepperoni, which is Ben’s favorite. Did he say anything? Not a word.

I wasn’t exactly peeved, but I don’t like surprises. And if he wasn’t buying lunch, what the fuck did he have planned? Don’t get me wrong, Ben isn’t dumb. But he’s not exactly an outside of the box kind of guy.

I really didn’t think I liked surprises.

Until Ben and Davis tied their boat up to my dock, walked their sweet athletic asses through my back yard to my horrid monstrosity of a house and knocked on the back door.
If we get arrested, I’m totally telling the cops I was kidnapped. As soon as they remove the ball gag.

Oh, Eddie, you dirty boy. And yes, I have lots more surprises for him—they might not include a three-way on a boat, but they should definitely be fun.


DoubleUp_200x300Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.
Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.
Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.


Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
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Vanessa has brought a $15 Riptide gift card to give away to one lucky reader on her tour. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on at 11:59 pm EST.

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