21 October 2010

Guestblogpost + Giveaway: Letters from Sinners

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Letters from Sinners

In my debut novel, Backstage Pass, you meet the members of the rock band Sinners. They’re a little bit bad and whole lot naughty, but they care about each other. Since they’re on the road together for weeks at a time, they’ve grown close. Like a family. They do give each other a hard time (they’re guys!), but behind all the teasing is genuine affection. When Brian, their lead guitarist, falls for a human sexuality professor (Myrna), so quickly he likely suffered from whiplash, the other guys in the band tease him, but ultimately they want his happiness. Myrna made it clear that she just wanted a weekend of non-strings attached sex with Brian, but he’s the romantic type and can’t let go that easily. Yes, a romantic rock star. It’s true. After their weekend together, Brian wrote a set of letters to Myrna, but he misplaced them. Or so he thought.

Found in the inside pocket of bassist Jace Seymour’s leather jacket...
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Dear Myrna,

I know it’s dumb to write this. You won’t ever read it. You were pretty clear that you didn’t want to see me again. It’s only been three days since you left me in Des Moines, but I can’t think of anything but you. Our weekend together was wonderful. Making love to you... amazing. I doubt you realize how inspiring you are. I’ve never heard music in my head while buried inside a woman’s body before. There’s something special between us. I know you don’t see it. Or feel it. But I do. I also know I said I was okay with a no-strings encounter, but...

Let me tell you how stupid I am for you. I saw a woman behind the stadium today. She was wearing one of those skirt suits like you wear and for a moment, I thought it was you. She looked like you from behind. Maybe, I thought, maybe you changed your mind. Maybe you looked up Sinners’ tour schedule and you came looking for me. Maybe I did mean more to you than a good time. Maybe... Maybe I’m an idiot. Okay, no maybe there. I am an idiot. I scared the hell out of that chick when I hugged her from behind. She thought I was attacking her and almost sprayed me with mace. Luckily, Sed calmed her down. She turned out to be some news reporter. Not you. Not even close.

There’s only one you, Myrna. I hope that writing this helps me forget you, because right now, I need a lot of help.

Yours,
Brian

(and written on the back side of the letter)

Hey, Myrna! I just found this letter that Brian wrote. He hid it under his mattress in his bunk. Not a very good hiding place, if you ask me. That’s also where he stores his good magazines. We all know that and borrow them without asking. Anyway, he’s been moping around for days. If he doesn’t knock it off, I’m going to find your address and mail this to you. You either need to break his heart or love him forever. There’s no middle ground with this guy, you know.

Trey

Oh my God. What kind of idiot gets this stupid over a woman he hardly knows? I’ve never been this stupid over a woman. And I never will be. Not ever.

Sed

Whatever, Sed. Remember, Jessica?

Trey

No.

Sed

Certified Grade A, Sex Professor Myrna-

If you did to me what you did to Brian, I’d be equally idiotic. You are a seriously fine woman with some amazing skills. I’m still jealous of whatever it was you did to Brian in the Jacuzzi. Thanks for letting me watch, in any case.

Eric

Don’t worry, Brian. I’ve got your back. I’ll keep your letter safe. One day, when Myrna comes back to you, I’ll return it.

Jace
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Dear Myrna-

It’s been two weeks since I last saw you and I still think of you. Constantly. It usually doesn’t take me this long to forget a woman. It can only mean that you’re the only one for me. Trey gave me your work number today. He looked it up on the internet and said I should call you. I think he’s worried about me. I really am in a funk. I can’t compose anything. You’re my muse. I need you.

I don’t know how many times I’ve read the little slip of paper with your number on it. I have it memorized already. And I know your last name now. Evans. I wish you would have told me yourself and that you would have given me your number voluntarily. Because you didn’t, I’m not sure if I should call you. I want to hear your voice, your laugh, that sexy little sound you make in the back of your throat when I please you. I’m just worried that you might say things I don’t want to hear. Things that will make it perfectly clear that there’s no chance for us. I’m not sure I’m ready for that.

I think I’ll wait for a while. Maybe I’ll be able to forget you if I wait a little longer. Yeah. And maybe Trey will enter into a monogamous relationship. Both are possible, but less likely than Sinners opening for Neil Diamond.

Yours,
Brian

(and written on the back side of the letter)

You got that right. Monogamy is for suckers. Neil Diamond? Where did that come from? Will you just call her, buddy? She likes you. She must. I mean, what’s not to like?

Trey

WTF, dude? Seriously. It can’t be that good. Can it? I know a hot set of triplets I can set you up with. How about that? Triple your pleasure. Triple your fun.

Sed

Um, yeah. It’s that good, Sed. If you don’t call her, Brian, I will. I still wanna tap that.

Eric

I’ll hide this letter for you, too, Brian. I do think you should call her, though. I like her. She’s... Myrna.

Jace
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Dear Myrna-

I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find the other two letters I wrote you. I hope the guys didn’t find them. Talk about humiliating. I’ve decided I’m going to call you tomorrow. The past four weeks without you have been hell. If you agree to visit me in Oregon, I’ll be in heaven. If not... I don’t even want to think about that. I got you a kinky surprise just in case you agree to visit. I think you’re going to like it.

Yours,

Brian

(and written on the back side of the letter)

Finally!

Trey
Sed
Eric
Jace
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Giveaway: One lucky commenter who will answer Olivia's question will win a signed copy of Backstage Pass. The giveaway is international *thanks Olivia*. I will announce the winner on October 30th 2010.

Question: Have you ever received a love letter? Did it win your heart?

55 comments:

  1. Well, sadly I've never received a love letter. I'm sure if I had it would have won my heart.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  2. I have received a love letter but unfortunately for him it did not win my heart... He was the kind of guy who just wouldn't take no for an answer... and sorry for him the "love letter" made it worse for him lol

    Great post you two I really enjoyed it!

    kristen_babygurl@hotmail.com

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  3. Yes, I have received a love letter from an ex and not it didn't win me over.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  4. I LOVE this post and I LOVED this book. I can't wait for more. (Don't enter me :)

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  5. Cute post. No, I haven't received a love letter. The art of handwritten letters has been overwhelmed by technology.

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  6. Only when I was a little girl....I got a few loveletters back then....it's just hard to get all impressed by them if your 7 years old ;) But nowdays no loveletters just half finished textmessages...
    kimvanaken@live.nl

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  7. I have received a love letter and it was from my now husband. We have been together for 18 years (high school sweethearts).

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  8. Good morning! At least it's morning here. I don't know what time it is on across the ocean, exactly.

    Love letters make me so sappy, I get misty reading these and I wrote them. I mean Brain wrote them. Yeah.

    I count emails as love letters. Half-written text messages? Not so much.

    Love letters from ex's and guys who won't take "no" for an answer are kind of creepy. The only thing worse is when they drunk dial. "I don't like you sober, what makes you think I'll take you back when you call me at 3 am and you're drunk?"

    Jacs, that is truly sweet. The kind of story that I get misty over.

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  9. My hubby has won my heart via his love letters. We got in to contact with each other when I responded to his contact ad in a magazine. We had a letter exchange for about two months before we met, and after a careful assessment and approval from my parent hubby got to take me out on a date, from there on out the letters got hotter and more romantic. We got to date many more times before he asked me to marry him on xmas morning that year. Though we've been together for 14 years now I will never forget and sometimes re-read those 5 months worth of letters :) Of course this was all pre-internet...these days text messages or e-mails can be just as romantic but there's something about receiving a handwritten letter...

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  10. Great post, I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

    Yes, I've gotten love letters from my hubby. Sometimes they aren't even letters, just an "I love you" written on whatever he could find. He is good like that! :) After 25 years married he still sends me little notes!

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  11. I received a love card from my boyfriend/fiance in college. It was sweet at the time but he still had a lot of growing up to do and I was smart and didn't marry him in the end!

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  12. Well, I never received a love letter. I'm not a big romance-turned person (except in books) and it would probably have no effect on me. Only if it was incredibly well written!

    :D

    Mika
    mika.apostrophe@gmail.com

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  13. Linda- Brian would totally write you a love letter.

    Leontine- What a romantic story! And I agree on the handwritten letter. Definitely special.

    Blanche- I say you got yourself a keeper there. You probably already realize that.

    amyt865- I wish I'd have been smarter in my youth. I did marry Mr. Wrong. But he did write great love letters. :-)

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  14. Never so lucky. I do get cards with great personal messages and they do get bundled with ribbon and saved.

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  15. I never received love letters to win me over, received the odd card during a relationship but it didn't help in the end ;-)

    However for me a handwritten card of letter beats the email or digi-flirt every time, it's the time and effort put into it that makes it all the more special methinks.

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  16. I have never received a love letter and if I did get one from my boyfriend I'm pretty sure someone else would have to of written it because he's just not that romantic.

    DforDarla(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I did receive a bunch of love letters. I was eleven, and completely mortified by all the attention I was getting (both from the guy with a crush on me and my friends and classmates who were totally enjoying the situation and my mortification). I tried throwing the letters into the trash but my friends dug them out and read them out loud so I had to grab them back. Finally, I took them home and very dramatically tore them up and lit the pieces on fire. What can I say? I was eleven!

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  18. VA- I think I need to have a talk with your hubs. You need a sappy love letter to keep with your cards.

    Natasha- Well, at least he tried. :-)

    DforDarla- I'm sure there's a way to tickle his romance bone. Did I really just type that? LOL! On second thought, tickling his romance bone might not result in love letters.

    Ms. Bookjunkie- Why do kids have to be so mean? I'm sure you were mortified and can only imagine what your love-sick admirer went through. At least Brian's friends tease him silently. :-)

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  19. I got a couple love letters from a guy when I was in highschool. They were annoymous at first and very romantic. They turned out they were from this really hot guy who had graduated two years ahead of me. He was going to the communtiy college and lived with Dad a few miles from my house. We had some of the same classes and passed each other in the hall but never talked. We dated for awhile but he wasn't the one! He was older and had different plans than me. BTW he played guitar and was always quoting lyrics from songs! Kinda hot!

    evjochum@aol.com

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  20. Johanna- Do you have his number? *wiggles brows*

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  21. I never did. Now I really feel like I missed out.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  22. I did not receive a love letter ...sadly ..Of course it will win my heart.
    If it counts ..i did reiceive love notes...and those won me over ...100%

    What about you?

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  23. donnas- Maybe he hid them under his mattress and you just never got them.

    pinkstuff28- It's not always the length that matters. ;-)

    Sorry to be naughty. I'm working on one heck of a hot sex scene in Sinners book 4 right now. I'll try to behave. No promises, though!

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  24. My hubby now and then sends me love letters or love poems. I love them. Make my knees go weak, haha!
    Please enter me.

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  25. I've been happily married to my first ever boyfriend for over 30 years, and have never had the pleasure of a love letter.

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  26. Never had a love letter but it would be sweet. Putting pen to paper takes more effort than writing an email so I think it has more weight. Brian's letters are a great touch.

    linze_e at hotmail.com

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  27. I've gotten love letters before... the first one didn't really win my heart. The guy wrote a poem with every letter of my name, the first part of my name is Hazel. Not much you can do with Z, but boy did he try!

    There a few that stick in my mind, that I still read actually!

    I'm not entering in the giveaway, I loved this novel though! Eric is my favorite :)

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  28. Aw, Lucy. That's so sweet. My knees would go weak, too.

    Cathy- I think it's time he wrote you one!

    lindseye- I thought Brian's letters were sweet and so in character for him. I don't think many folks write love letters these days. My most recent ones have been emails and they're a few years old.

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  29. Marie! Thanks for saying such great things about my book. I'm writing Eric's right now. Much hotter than I thought it was going to be. "Z" is a tough one. Zealous, maybe? I hope he didn't go for Zebra-lover or Zoologist.

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  30. @Olivia Ahhhhhh!!! I absolutely LOVE Eric! I have a thing for banging my head on tables and walls too! Or well, I did lol.

    Actually, he did mention zebra for z... lol!

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  31. Marie- LMAO! At least, he didn't use zombie! ...I hope...

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  32. LOL! That was awesome! What a great guest post idea.

    Hi Olivia! *waves* I've read BACKSTAGE PASS (Review in the works) and I'm tellin' you, this post captured the hilarious but strong brotherly dynamic these guys share. Loved it! Can't wait for Sed to be tortured in his upcoming release. *wink*

    No need to enter me for the giveaway.

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  33. Nope!! Never received one, and I know it would capture my heart if I did..

    follow on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  34. VFG- *waves back* Glad you enjoyed it! The guys always crack me up when they're together. They play off each other so well. I'm looking forward to your review of BP. Torture Sed? Who me? *bats eyelashes innocently* Okay, maybe a little. ;-)

    Martha- I'm such a sucker for love letters. Don't tell my stalkers.

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  35. OMG, I loved it Olivia! So typical of the guys. Perfect!

    Love letters? My husband wrote love letters to me and some steamy stuff too, while he was deployed overseas. He was quite good at it. My heart went, Awww. Nothing like getting a letter from a secret area and lots of black mark censoring in the letters (meaning they were read before sent out) but all the mushy, sexy stuff sandwiched in between. Unmarked but certainly not unread, lolol!

    I'm really looking forward to the booksigning this weekend! Yay!

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  36. Aww, I loved that post. I wish I had ever gotten a love letter, but no such luck. My husband is not at all sentimental, so it's pretty unlikely to happen. He does occasionally and randomly send me flowers at work though, so that kind of makes up for it.

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  37. Before we married mu husband and I were in two different countries and communicated via the telex (does anyone remember what that is ?).

    We used to type back and forward for hours and I think that really sealed our romance. We only saw each other every few months for a year or so but I will never forget that time.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  38. I was just thinking....... my husband wrote this poem. Something like " love is like a opossum ". I'm so glad that was not the first love letter he had written me!!! LOL

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  39. My husband writes me love letters with sketches drawn on them and they always touch my heart.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

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  40. Oh I loved this post. Olivia you are awesome!

    I don't think I've ever gotten an actual love letter but my first love used to write me really corny poems. Does that count? It did for me at the time. :)

    Don't enter me, I've got the book.

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  41. I am sad to say that I have never received a love letter. I would love to get one and I am sure that if I ever do it will win my heart although it is already taken by my husband.

    kcychmistruk @ gmail dot com

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  42. I have received love letters. It is probably one of the fastest ways to make me melt. I suppose it is the humor, earnestness, sexiness and vulnerability that do it for me.

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  43. I've never recieved a love letter but I'd love to. Even though it's a little corny, it's a beautiful gesture :)

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  44. my first love letter I got at the age of 13 and it was sooo cute - it was quite innocent, but the boy was really really sweet *dreaming* I got more letters by him and today they all are in a small box.
    Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

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  45. Not entering the giveaway-just wanted to show my Sinner groupie love. I love this book :)

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  46. You know love letters are the best! I have it was a little interesting one back from 6th grade his name was Tyrone White and he wrote me a love letter using those little heart shaped Valentine Candies in place of the words.. You know like "Be Mine" and so forth.. It was cute and I did like the guy but was banned from dating during that time period.. I on the other hand wrote countless love letters to my hubby when we were apart.. I guess they worked he married me right? LOL He still has every single one I ever wrote him.. *side note* Sorry Tyrone I ate your letter back in sixth grade LMAO!

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  47. I love reading about everyone's experiences with love letters. It seems we need more romantic men in the world.

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  48. I have recieved a love letter, and from the guy I am now with and we have a beautiful daughter together.

    He was shy when he gave it to me wich was seriously cute to me, and then he left with my older brother quick because they are best friends and they had something to do.

    When I read the note I teared up at how beautiful it was. He said so many wonderful things ^///^ and said why he wanted to be with me. It just captured my heart so fast.

    We've happily been together for 2 1/2 years now ^__^

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  49. Totally want to read this book ^^

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  50. Sounds like a great book (:

    I have never received a love letter...yet. I keep hoping someday a guy will write me one that blows me off my socks. Maybe that will happen in the near future...

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  51. I've never received a love letter and although I can appreciate a well written love letter romantic men aren't really my type.

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  52. My husband and I dated for 2 years and next month we will have been married for 6 years. And he still writes me love letters. A couple of times a year (or more if something really special happens), I'll go to work and find a letter in my purse...telling me how much he loves me and why...and always telling me how lucky he is to have me. So yes, I have gotten a love letter (more than one) and yes, it always makes me fall in love all over again...

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  53. Backstage Pass book is fun and hot and exciting and heart-warming and all around a fantastic read.

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  54. I LOVE this post! Sadly, my husband has never written me a paper letter, but we used to write emails to each other all the time before we got married. LOL The sweetest letters came from my high school boyfriend when he went to college. We didn't have email then, so he would send me a letter every week detailing what he did that week even though we talked every day. It was so sweet.

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  55. Awww...that made me get a bit choked up. I have to say, that Jace is a doll.

    I've never received a love letter, but I have received some beautiful cards w/amazing notes. Thanks!

    andreat78@yahoo.com

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