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First Post! (heather’s not-so-private letters)

I’ve missed blogging about life and all the random things, so heather’s not-so-private letters is… well, a thing. It’s less authory and more just-for-fun bloggery. Check it out if you feel so inclined! 😉

First Post!

Tempting Hallie Update & Release Date…

In lieu of a teaser today, I’m giving you an update on Tempting Hallie’s publication and what the coming weeks will look like.

So first thing’s first, release date is December 29th.

Now, I’d originally—and silently, to myself—planned a December 16th release date. But I did not announce that because I could not guarantee it, and I did not want to do that and then have to backtrack it. If you’ve ever self-published, you know that publishing the e-book is as easy as you blink and it’s done. The paperback, however, takes a little more time and effort, and lining up those releases to coincide with one another can be a little more intricate of a process. (And it can be even more so when; one, said author is a procrastinator—me, I’m said author—and two, well… see bullet point one.)

*** If all is ready prior to December 29th, I will release Tempting Hallie early. But if not, you can count on December 29th. ***

Next Monday, December 12th, there will also not be a teaser, as instead, I’m dropping the book cover and full synopsis for you.

The following Mondays, the 19th and 26th, we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming with two teasers leading up to the release on the 29th.

So there you have it! Tempting Hallie will be available for purchase on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats on December 29th. (It will also be available as part of a Kindle Unlimited subscription.)

So if you’ve been looking forward to Ace and Hallie’s story, it’s almost here, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Tempting Hallie Teaser # 11 – (I Did It For You)

Hallie turned back to Ace. “Seriously?”
    He shrugged and said nothing, not an ounce of remorse in him.
    “You didn’t have to be so mean to her.”
    “She wouldn’t fuckin’ listen to you. I’m not going to stand here and watch someone push you around.”
    “Right, and let me guess, you’d have done it for anyone?”
    “Yeah, I would have,” he said, snatching up his water bottle and backing up a step. “But I didn’t do it for anyone. I did it for you.”

Tempting Hallie, coming December 2022!

Tempting Hallie Teaser #9 — (Ace Quote!)

“You cannot define people by one moment in time. By their mistakes alone. People do change. People learn, they grow, they evolve. That’s life. Yeah, some people don’t. And that’s a shame. But some people do, baby, and I’m one of those people. You’ve got to trust me. Cause I want to hold onto you for as long as I’m breathing, Hallie baby.” — Ace O’Hanlon, Tempting Hallie. Coming December 2022!

Tempting Hallie Teaser #7 – (It’s All Fun & Games!)

Gonna give you a little snippet of a playful Hallie and Ace on this beautiful Monday morning!

Enjoy! ❤️

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“Scale of one to ten, how bad do you hate life right now?” Hallie asked, smiling as she stared at Ace’s fine ass backside. It was making hiking with a headache worth it.
    “Twelve.”
    “Really? I’d think it was more like twenty.”
    He turned his head to the side and called over his shoulder, “I took points off cause you’re nice to look at.”
    She laughed. “You can’t even see me back here.”
    “Yeah, well I’d hate to deprive you of that view you’re so fascinated with.”
    “No idea what you’re talking about.”
    “I can feel you objectifying me back there, baby.”
    “You like when I objectify you.”
    “You damn right I do.”

Tempting Hallie Teaser #4 – (An Eavesdropping Ace)

From where Ace stood, he could hear Chris and Hallie talking.
    “You going?” Chris asked.
    “Yeah. Are you?”
    “I’ll be there.” Chris hesitated. “You don’t think Natalie is going to do weird crap, do you? That pink flamingo t-shirt shit was horrifying.”
    Hallie laughed. “No. Doubt it. And her kids will be with their dad this weekend.”
    “Ah, well there’s a silver lining.”
    Hallie sighed. “Are we horrible people?”
    Chris laughed. “Because we don’t get overly-involved in their lives? No. We know what they don’t.”
    “Yeah, give it a couple years…”
    “Exactly. We’ll likely never see them again.”
    “What if she’s the one that sticks?” Hallie asked.
    “Then we get more involved. No need to do that now.”
    Their family dynamic was a weird one, and Ace knew Natalie was just another soon-to-be stepmom in the long line of stepmoms they’d had. It was a small town. Most people knew all about it. But Ace couldn’t pass judgment on strange family dynamics. He’d had his own.
    “Listen, Hal… Anna met a guy—”
    “Oooo, don’t tell me you’re not enough man for her these days,” Hallie said, laughing.
    “Ha. Ha,” Chris deadpanned. “No, she thinks that maybe you and he would hit it off and—”
    Hallie groaned. “Oh, no. Absolutely not. You’re not match-making for me.”
    “Ya never know, Hal. You might like him.”
    She laughed. “Yeah. What’s he like?”
    “Well, he’s a lawyer—”
    “Strike one.”
    Chris laughed. “What’s wrong with a lawyer?”
    “I don’t want one.”
    “They make good money.”
    “I make good money. Try again.”
    Chris laughed harder, and Ace found himself smiling. Atta girl.
    “Well, Anna said he’s blonde, blue-eyed, and gorgeous. Whatever the hell that means,” Chris muttered.
    Hallie laughed. “Jelly, are you?”   
    “No.”
    “Strike two.”
    “You kidding me?” Chris sounded taken aback. “Isn’t that like… everything women dream of?”
    “Not this one.”
    Just what do you dream of, Hallie?
    He sighed, exasperated. “Alright, well, apparently he doesn’t drink, he’s never been married, he’s thirty-one, and he just moved here.”
    “Strikes three, four, five, and six.”
    Ace nearly laughed out loud.
    A pause, and then, “You kidding me?”
    “Any tattoos?”
    Ace thought he heard Chris growl. “Hallie, I told you… stay the hell away from Ace.”

Tempting Hallie Teaser #3 – (A Family Affair)

So this week’s teaser is a little different. I’m giving you a whole family affair. — Before I do, though, I’m dropping a cast of characters for you, just so you’ll know who is who.

·               Hallie — Our Female MC

·               Ace — Our Male MC

·               Gregory — Hallie’s older brother

·               Chris — Hallie’s older brother

·               Mia — Hallie’s stepsister

·               Anna — Chris’s girlfriend

·               Evan — Hallie’s six-year-old nephew; Mia’s son

·               James — Hallie’s stepdad

·               And Hallie’s mom — But she’s only referred to as Hallie’s mom here.

*They’re having some random, off-the-wall conversation about whose job wields the most power in society. (Just so you don’t go in totally confused! 😉 )

“What say you, Hallie?” Gregory called. “What you got?”
    She shrugged. “I build houses.”
    “Uh-huh,” Chris said. “Right.”
    “I don’t know what you want me to say,” Hallie said, casual disinterest written all over her face. “I work in construction. I’m just a regular person. No special powers.”
    Ace laughed, and Hallie turned to look at him. “What?”
    He grinned. Lethal and devastating, it was. The kind of smile that makes a grown woman pathetically weak in the knees. — She was glad she was sitting down.
    “You might as well just say it,” he said.
    She fought a grin. “I have nothing to say.”
    “To be fair,” Ace said, “Even you aren’t going to beat me out, but for clarity’s sake, you should just say it.”
    And Hallie loved in that moment that he was willing to play along with the ridiculousness that she and her family were engaging in. He was settled in, comfortable. And she appreciated that more than he would probably ever know.
    Hallie grinned, her smile megawatt. “Yes, we all know the man who serves the public their alcohol is always going to come out on top, even before coffee.” She winked at Mia. “Sorry.”
    Mia laughed. “Fair, Hallie. Fair.”
    “And I’ll give you,” she continued. “That in a world full of people I wield little to no power at all. But in this room?”
    He grinned. “Careful, Hallie baby.”
    Her eyes twinkled and sparks shot off her.
    “And here it comes…” said Gregory down the table.
    “Yep…” This from Chris.
    “I wield it like a magic wand,” she said.
    Chris laughed. “It’s sad how true it is.”
    Anna piped up then. “Maneuvers you boys around like chess pieces, she does.”
    “Shut up, baby,” Chris said. “We know. You ain’t gotta rub it in like that.”
    “It’s a little embarrassing, honestly,” Anna replied.
    “Baby…” Chris shot her an exasperated look. “What’d I say?”
    “Oh, you said something?”
    “Think you’re cute, huh?”
    “Adorable, even.”
    Chris shook his head and muttered, “I’m done with you. Leave me alone.”
    Anna laughed, but she didn’t reply. Instead, Ace piped back up.
    “I don’t know…” he trailed, a playfulness in his eyes Hallie didn’t think she’d ever seen before. “Seems like that may be overstating it a bit, don’t you think?”
    Gregory laughed. “Oh, boy.”
    Chris whistled. “Man’s insane.”
    Her eyes lit up. “You’re here, aren’t you?” His lips twitched. “Even served Chris his cake.”
    She heard Chris laugh but kept her eyes on Ace. “It was ugly. Chick who cut it didn’t know what she was doing. That’s why I gave it to him.”
    Hallie laughed at the reminder of the cake she’d practically mutilated earlier. “Just admit you’re here because I have masterful powers of persuasion.”
    Ace arched a brow. “You really want to talk about that in front of your family?” he said, innuendo heavy in his tone.
    Hallie flushed, her cheeks turning scarlet. She couldn’t believe he’d taken that simple little statement and turned it dirty. It was a power play; she knew one when she saw one. She was kind of in awe of his tactics.
    “Oh, boy,” James said, covering his ears. “I do not need to hear this.”
    “That makes two of us,” Chris said, groaning.
    But Hallie’s mom, she smiled. “And that,” she put in, “is why every woman at this table wields more power than the men.”
    Now Gregory was making faces and looking like he wanted to bolt. “Oh, sweet… good night, hell no.” It was all fun and games when it was his sister’s sex life, but not his mom’s.
    Ace laughed. “I don’t know what they’re talking about. I was just talking about how you torture me with dumba—” He glanced at Evan and then said, “stupid tv shows.”
    Hallie threw her head back and laughed. “You’re such a liar. Nobody here believes that’s what you meant.”
    “Liar?” he scoffed. “You made me watch I Love Lucy last night, until I was willing to agree to anything.”
    Gregory laughed. “Isn’t it terrible? Anytime I stay with her when I visit, she puts that crap on. We legit fight over the remote control like a couple of stubborn kids.”
    “Like a couple of stubborn kids?” Hallie’s mom parroted. “You are a couple of stubborn kids.”
    Ace and Gregory volleyed back and forth.
    “Right?” said Ace. “And the horror that is The Waltons.”
    “Andy Griffith, man. If I never have to see Gomer Pile again, I’d be a happy man.”
    “Aunt Bee.”
    “Dude. Opie. What kid is even like that sitcom kid?”
    Ace shuddered. “Let’s not get started on Fife.”
    Hallie drew the line at insults to Barney Fife, so she jumped back in the ring. “How dare you? How dare you both? Neither one of you would know good television if it bit you in the butt.”
    “Hey, at least Hallie’s only making y’all watch tv,” Chris threw in. “I have to listen to Anna drone on and on about historical romance novels practically twenty-four seven. If I have to hear one more time about how some sexy, square-jawed devil of a Duke ravished some pitifully poor, country bumpkin governess, I’m going to lose my mind.”
    “Hey!” Anna shouted in defense of herself.
    Ace’s face was a mask of horror, and he scooted his chair closer to Hallie, like she could somehow protect him from Anna’s books.
    Laughter bubbled past her lips. “What are you doing?”
    “I don’t know,” he said. “I got a little scared there for a minute.”
    “Right?” Chris said. “I mean, I’m tempted to scoot my chair away too.”
    “You should. That’s terrible,” came Ace’s reply.

If y’all want to spend more time with Ace, Hallie, and her family… keep an out eye here for Tempting Hallie’s release date. It’s coming soon!