Today I am so pleased to welcome the fabulous Kris T. Bethke back to Joyfully Jay. Kris has come to talk to us about her upcoming release, Enchanted Love. She has also brought along an exclusive excerpt and a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Kris a big welcome!
There’s just something about fairy tales that speaks to my inner romantic. Maybe it was growing up hearing all those tales, and spending long hours fantasizing about my prince or princess. That was my focus when I sat down to write Enchanted Love.
A tiny bit of inspiration from Cinderella, and Eli and Chase took over, making the story all their own. I love a good “sweep you off your feet, right place at the right time” kind of story, and I let all my indulgences surface when writing their story. Full of fun, food, and lots of love, these guys will show you that when you find the right one, you go together like foot and slipper.
What fairy tales inspire you?
Enchanted Love releases April 15th from JMS Books.
“Weeknights are my favorite times to come here,” Chase explained as he pulled out my chair for me. I was strangely touched by the gesture, and skimmed my fingers along his arm before I sat. He squeezed my shoulder, then walked around the table to take his own seat. “Weekends, this place is packed from open to close with a line waiting to be seated. But late evening during the week? All but empty. I love it.”
“It’s a great place,” I agreed, once again looking around.
Michelle strolled to the table with a menu and two small glasses of water. She set them down, then gave her attention to Chase. “Going to introduce me to your friend?”
Chase grinned—God, did I love his smile or what?—and nodded. “Michelle, this is Eli. He lives in my building. Or really, I live in his. Anyway, Eli, meet Michelle. As you may have guessed, she owns the place.”
I took the hand she offered, and noted the warm, firm shake suited her perfectly. I also didn’t fail to notice the assessing once-over she gave me. But I wasn’t concerned about it, and took the menu she handed me with a “thank you.” She did not give one to Chase. I lifted my brow at him.
“I know what he wants since he’s here on a Tuesday,” Michelle said, answering my unspoken question. “I’ll give you a few minutes to look over the menu, though. In the meantime, what can I get you to drink?”
I decided to stick with water, but Chase ordered an iced tea. When Michelle walked away, I immediately lifted my gaze from the menu and fixed my attention on Chase. He was staring back, and I couldn’t quite decipher his expression. Wonder and awe and a little bit of lust maybe? All good things to see on a date. I was sure my expression looked much the same. I wanted to take his hand, which was ridiculous, because I never moved that fast. I was especially cautious these days, having had several men try to use me over the past couple of years. With Chase, things seemed different, though, and I had no idea why.
I cleared my throat and dropped my gaze to the menu, though I didn’t really see it. “What’s good on Tuesdays?”
Chase’s chuckle was warm and deep. “Meatloaf.”
Startled, I jerked up my gaze. But Chase, of course, just grinned. “Really?”
“Mmm. With mashed potatoes and gravy.” He moaned a little, then sighed wistfully. “So good. There’s, like, mozzarella cheese or something in the meatloaf, and I have no idea what she does to it, but it’s so good.”
The blissful look on his face made me hot. I could imagine a different situation that would put the same expression on his face, and I had to shift position to make a little more room between my thighs. Seriously, what was wrong with me tonight? I did not behave like this.
Eli Brennan’s only joy comes from helping out the less fortunate. The rest of his life is less than satisfactory, and he certainly doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Until he meets Chase Prinsen, whose winning smile and gorgeous muscles embody Eli’s idea of Prince Charming.
Chase sweeps Eli off his feet after an enchanting meeting on the stairs. Eli isn’t used to being special to anyone, but Chase makes him feel it.
With a little persuading, can Chase convince Eli they go together like foot and slipper?
Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.
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