Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.
While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.
Writing wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire
Excerpt from VIBRIZZIO by Nicki Elson
On the cab ride back to F&K’s office building, they made a game plan. Hayden wasn’t nearly as domineering as Lyssa had expected. He simply laid out what needed to be done and asked her where she felt most comfortable contributing. Because he wasn’t being a jerk about it, she didn’t mind volunteering to do the grunt work of running statistics to narrow the field of potential candidates.
“In the meantime,” Hayden said as they exited the cab and approached their building, “I’ll go through the usual suspects to see if any could be a fit for DH. You up for a trip next week?”
“Project Pineapple is my top priority. Count me in.”
“Cute,” Hayden said, holding out an arm to offer Lyssa first dibs on the revolving door. She flushed as she made the rotation, realizing Hayden hadn’t been in on the pineapple joke. As he joined her in the lobby and their shoes clicked across the shiny tile to the elevator, he asked, “You give all your clients nicknames?”
“Are you collecting more info to add to the cream no sugar data?”
Hayden laughed and pushed the up button. “Maybe.”
“Should we tell the reports team to get working on a new chart, then? Maybe a line graph made of little coffee beans? Or should this be three-dimensional to take into account cream and sugar ratios in addition to nickname giving?”
“Laugh all you want, Bates, my methods work.”
She rolled her eyes as the elevator arrived and they stepped in.
One side of Hayden’s mouth rose in a smirk, and his eyes locked onto hers. “You’re just afraid of what I might’ve already figured out about you.”
There was no way he’d learned anything about her just by the kind of coffee she preferred. And yet … there was something unnerving about the steadiness with which he watched her. Like he knew things. The door opened, and they nodded to the receptionist as they passed, pushing through the glass doors to the main hall.
“So … ” Lyssa started, but he cut her off with the answer before she’d formed her question.
“Strong and black.” He pivoted toward his office. As he moved down the hall in the opposite direction of Lyssa’s cubicle, she was very glad she couldn’t see the smug grin she was certain must’ve graced his features.