Blog Tour + Giveaway – House Rules by Liz Crowe

Today we have Liz Crowe in the house! Liz is celebrating the release of her new book House Rules and we have a steamy excerpt, guestpost on Alpha Males, Beta Males but most importantly, Gamma Males 🙂 Oh and let’s not forget the massive giveaway!

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HOUSE RULES SYNOPSIS

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It takes a wealth of collected experiences, emotions, successes and failures to craft the personality of a true Alpha Male

Jack Gordon, real estate broker, licensed builder, Juris Doctorate, has had his fair share of strife. His ability to cope, to fall down and pick himself back up has lead him to a place where he believes he has it all. Friends, money, cars, more women than he can count, and a club in Detroit where he can exorcise his inner demons, fill his days and his nights.

When he walks up to a penthouse door on a hot Ann Arbor summer afternoon, frustrated, exasperated

and ready to call it quits after hours of condo shopping with a wealthy couple, the last thing on his mind is meeting his destiny.

House Rules: The Jack Gordon Story. A prequel novella of the Stewart Realty Series.

EXCERPT

Détente existed once more between Jack and his father, although Jack could hardly look at the man without remembering his words, what he said about Mindy, the woman he’d paid to fuck his own son.

A soft hand on his arm startled him. He turned, smiled, and accepted the cup the blonde girl held out.

“Thanks, gorgeous.” He leaned into her. “What a scene, huh?” He sipped, not looking at her but sensing her gaze on him. He knew he looked great. Between the pure physical labor he put in daily on the job sites, lugging drywall, holding up trusses, hammering, and carrying every manner of tools around, he also ran every morning without fail, and did three hundred sit-ups and push-ups no matter how tired he was. The routine of it soothed him, helped him forget, for a moment, his fucked-up family life and that he had but a few more weeks before he could escape to college.

Worry about leaving his sister behind tickled at his conscience but Mo seemed at ease with her relationship with their father for now.  She was a tough cookie and had a solid set of friends around.

The discipline Jack imposed on himself felt great. The punishing exercise coupled with the long hours of work and determined study so he could achieve beyond what his asshole father expected of him centered him, gave him purpose. Well, that and what he was about to do with the lovely female now under his arm, giggling and running her hand up his thigh.

He tugged her inside, down to the basement, needing a connection so badly his teeth ached. She sighed as he eased her down on the couch, kissing her gently but with purpose, increasing his pressure slowly as his cock sprang to attention under his swim trunks.

“Mmm…this feels promising,” she declared, reaching into his shorts.

He smiled into her mouth. He’d found one with a little experience—a pleasant change of pace. She brushed her thumb across his head, making him shiver. “Hope you’re prepared, big boy,” the girl said with a touch of awe in her voice when she looked down at what she had in her hand.

Jack sighed and leaned over to snag a condom from the supply he kept in the drawer of a rarely-used table in the corner. “Like a Boy Scout, sweetheart,” he said, handing it to her.

She grinned and stood, slipping out of her barely-there bikini and standing in front of him in all her curvy glory. He licked his lips, sat up, and yanked her hips close so he could bury his face between her legs. She gripped his hair then pushed back, forcing him to flop over onto the couch so she could straddle his face.

He groaned and flicked at the tender button of flesh. He loved pussy, loved looking at it, licking it, watching it come to life under his careful attention. The girl was moist, her folds were soft, and she tasted like the sweetest honey.

He sucked her clit, slid a finger inside, and moaned as she gripped him hard. The knee-jerk girls were the best, he had discovered. They came fast and typically had no clue that they were among the rarest of women—the multi-orgasmic—and his favorite.

He looked up, watched her cup her own breasts and tug her nipples. Perfect, just perfect. He reached in at an angle, seeking that bundle of nerves most women possessed, right behind her pubic bone.

“Jesus,” he yelped, nearly coming out of his skin when a soft set of lips encircled his dick and a finger traced down his balls and lower. “Baby, I didn’t know this was gonna be a party,” he whispered.

The girl looked down at him and smiled, angling her hips so he kept going as the other girl sucked his cock like a pro, until he couldn’t hold back another minute. The girl on his face came again too, completing the moment. The other girl still palming his balls moaned and jerked forward again, and again. Girl number one climbed off him, and Jack put his arms under his head and watched girl number two get fucked by his friend from behind. “Nice,” he said, admiring the way her tits bounced.

“Her idea,” Brandis ground out then closed his eyes and pounded harder. Jack reached down to fondle girl number two’s clit, making her eyes fly open at the last minute. Her lips were so full. He had to kiss them. So he did, and all was well for everyone in the room.

GUESTPOST – Wherefore Art Thou…Gamma Male By Liz Crowe  

We all know what “Alpha Male” means, especially those of us in the business of creating them.

It stands to reason then, that a “Beta Male” would be this guy’s counterpart, perhaps at times his wingman. The softer spoken, more in touch with emotions dude who, while just as good looking, gets ignored because Alpha Man sucks up all the energy when he’s in a room.

It is my contention that most actual males fall somewhere in between these lines—neither 100% pussy magnet, over the top, always successful yet emotionally stunted vs. the dreaded “nice guy” who gets shafted time and again because he won’t stand up for himself as a viable candidate to the crowd.

When I decided to write the Jack Gordon prequel (House Rules) I wanted to show that while the “Jack” that you meet in Floor Time (which is book one of this top selling series that will end this fall after 8 books) it was more about showing Jack as a Gamma Male than proving his Alpha bona fides. I prefer my fiction on the real side. I like to read books that incorporate elements of reality that many traditional romance novels simply do not. I’m not dissing those who write or read them. Merely stating my personal preferences.

Because of this tendency to write novels with characters who have been repeatedly referred to by readers and reviewers as “people they could actually imagine themselves working with/dating/hanging out with” as opposed to the elusive, scary, aloof, richer than God uber Alphas of so many books today, I wanted to show that Jack is such a sum total of his early life experiences as to almost negate him as a true Alpha. He has become, to me, through the evolution of this series, the ultimate Gamma Male. Willing to let go, when needed but not after a long process of learning how to be in control of himself. By bracketing the series this way—prequel in June and final long novel in November—you truly do see Jack Gordon’s progression.

There is much hullabaloo about Alpha Males being “that way” as a defense mechanism against early childhood hardships. I think that’s nonsense. I believe that men are the combination of biology and experience but that those experiences serve to round them out, not sharpen their edges. Jack has had some crap in his early years: a suicidal mother, an emotionally abusive and manipulative father, too much responsibility for his younger sister at an early age. He reaches out to find “normalcy and stability” even as he experiments with physical activity that he hopes will calm him. The BDSM element (or Jack as Dom) is less about him showing how much in control he IS than how much control he can ultimately release—when he FINALLY finds the right woman.

I hope that you enjoy this free (or drastically reduced on Amazon/B&N/ARe) prequel novella, be you member of Team Jack already or a newbie to this series that truly is taking on a life of its own.

Cheers and happy reading!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz-Crowe

Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as a successful author.

When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or implementing promotions for her latest publications.  Her groundbreaking literary fiction subgenre, “reality fiction,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)

Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.

For more information on Liz Crowe, please visit her website www.lizcrowe.com or www.brewingpassion.com (her author blog).  She enjoys interacting with her fans on her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/lizcroweauthor. Information for all of her books, including eBook and print formats (where available), can be found on her Amazon author page.

www.lizcrowe.com

www.brewingpasssion.com

www.a2beerwench.com

www.facebook.com/lizcroweauthor

www.twitter.com/beerwencha2

www.facebook.com/groups/romanceforreallife

www.facebook.com/jackgordonrealtor

GIVEAWAY!!!

Liz is having a MASSIVE giveaway of her books! Both E-copies and signed paperbacks up for grabs and all you have to do is go to a Rafflecopter giveaway and enter! Good luck! xx

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5 Responses to Blog Tour + Giveaway – House Rules by Liz Crowe

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    I always love hearing about my favorite series. Jack is certainly complex.

  2. Kim Perry says:

    Loved the excerpt! Sounds like a good series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. thank you for hosting me today

  4. jessiel62 says:

    Thank you for having Liz & her latest book here. After reading this post, I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

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