To answer the synopsis question, yes, she will. But, I guess the journey to go there will be no smooth sailing.
Pour Attitude (The Starkford Series) by P.J. DeVere released yesterday in the Contemporary Romance genre.
Madeline Everly wants to climb her muscular bartender like a mountain, but he seems opposed to the idea. After she starts working alongside him behind the bar, will he finally give into her?
When Madeline’s misogynistic boss, overbearing mother, and grudge holding sister become too much to bear, it’s time to let off a little steam. Mads has a wild streak, and she doesn’t apologize for it. She likes men, and she has her sights set on one in particular—Exel Kinley. If she can check him off her to-do list, maybe he won’t take up so much room in her head. As nothing in her life has ever been permanent, Mads has no problems going through men like she goes through gin and tonics at happy hour. Can she have the adventure she wants and the pleasure she craves, all from the same man?
“Got a new boyfriend to add to your collection?” Exel asks as he pours a drink for one of his customers. That’s the first voluntary thing he’s said to me tonight.
“That quota’s not going to fill itself. Why do you ask? Are you jealous?” I ask with a hand on my hip.
“At not being another notch in your bedpost? Nah.”
I don’t dignify that with a response. Instead, I turn and take more customers orders as they flood in. One of the women across the bar is specific as to what brand of vodka she wants in her Cosmo, so I scan our array of bottles on the wall behind me until I find it.
They don’t call it top shelf liquor for nothing, and it looks like I’m about to scale a wall. I get a good foothold on one of the lower shelves so I can swing a knee onto the slender countertop to climb up. I grab the bottle of Grey Goose which is now at eye level, and I’m contemplating my descent when strong hands grab my hips.
“Whoa!” I yell as Exel pulls me backwards off the counter and into his arms. I clutch the bottle of vodka to my chest as I fall into him, worrying about breaking the bottle and myself, but I don’t have to worry. He is in control of my fall as he brings his arms all the way around my waist to catch me. He puts my feet on the ground but holds me to him a moment or two longer than necessary. “I would leave a pretty deep notch,” he whispers before releasing me from his hold and walking away like nothing ever happened.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
P.J. DeVere is the author of The Starkford Series. She was born and raised in Mississippi, where she is still a practicing attorney. A life-long lover of books, P.J. finds it hard to tear herself away from a steamy romance novel. She’s had multiple careers in her life, but writing is by far her favorite. Before earning her law degree from Ole Miss, she was a fifth-grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State.
She is a wonderful wife, a terrible housekeeper, and a devoted mother. Her sons are all grown with lives of their own, and she is making use of this newfound time and freedom to get to know the imaginary friends in her head. She is giving readers a distinctly different view of life in the South as not everyone down here spits tobacco through a missing tooth hole or says “I declare” while lazily fanning herself under a magnolia tree. P.J. has found joy in creating a series of novels that reflects the Mississippi she knows and loves, and she hopes her readers will find the lure of returning to Starkford as irresistible as she does.
2020 is finally over. What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Like the rest of the world, I am certainly looking forward to the end of 2020. My New Year’s resolution for the past decade has been to follow through on my New Year’s resolutions, so I’m hoping 2021 is my year! All kidding aside, I am optimistic that 2021 will be better than the dumpster fire of a year we’ll be looking at in our rear-view mirror.
My year is starting out with a bang with the release of Pour Attitude in January. It’s the third book in the Starkford Series, but it can be read as a standalone. I will have to juggle the marketing aspect along with the writing simultaneously, but I intend to have Pour Baby (the 4th in the series) out soon after.
I think of it like a sport in which you’re essentially playing against yourself. Like in golf, running track, or bowling, your main goal is to do better than you did the last time. You’re trying to beat your last score. In that same vein, I want to keep the quality of my books while ramping up the speed in which I write and release them. I want to out-do and win against myself, so to speak.
Besides publishing goals that border on delusions of grandeur, I have what I imagine are the same hopes for 2021 that everyone has except perhaps the monkey from Outbreak, to go back to some semblance of normal.
Although, as an introvert, there have been some definite upsides. Maybe it’s because I’m female, maybe it’s because I’m 5’2” on a good day with heels, maybe my RBF needs work, but people like to hug me. Random people. People I don’t really know. All my life, I’ve had to deal with unsolicited hugging, and I’ll admit, the break has been nice. That being said, I’d hug everyone twice if we could see an end to this pandemic.
Life is about perspective, and that is something we can all take away from the 2020 we’ve all just endured. For some, priorities may have realigned to where yourself, family, and friends’ wellbeing now sits at the top of the list. For others, maybe life slowed down enough to where you could breathe. To the ones who have experienced unbearable pain, no words can heal your heartache, but with that searing knowledge of how short life can be, I hope you find your footing again and live your life to its fullest. Goodbye 2020. We won’t miss you.
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