(Note from Jess on the 16th of Oct: Haven’t forgotten about the contest. Will select a winner tomorrow: Sunday)

Yep, it’s my birthday today.

I’m 41.

No, there’s no way to escape it, and yes it makes me feel very, very sad. (Well, except maybe for the thought of presents, which makes me feel lots happier.)

So, how should I celebrate?

Well, that’s an easy one. By giving you a present.

I haven’t had a release of a new book in a looooong time. Which is why I am so excited about my December release of Raising The Stakes.

So excited, I thought I’d give away an ARC to one lucky reader. Anyone interested?

All you need to do is leave a comment on one of two blogs. This one, or International Heat. (I’m feeling a little lazy, so I’m posting identical blogs.)

So what should you comment about? Easy. I’m looking for advice on how to feel younger. And buh-lieve me, I am open to any options. Any.

Be as creative as you like, as fun as you like, as honest as you like.

One lucky winner will receive the ARC of Raising The Stakes.

Now there’s one little problem.

I haven’t yet received my cover art for the book (coz I’m fussy and cover artist Scott Carpenter is probably ready to ring my neck around now.) So the prize winner might have to wait a couple weeks before receiving the ARC. Unless you’re happy to take it coverless, then you can have it ASAP.

Not sure if you want to win it?

Well, have a read through the blurb, and you can decide for yourself.

RAISING THE STAKES: The Blurb

Play out the hand her way…or fold?

Three of a Kind, Book 2 (The sequel to Going All In)

After four years, Megan Loxley has given up waiting for her best friend, Desmond Reed, to realize she loves him. It’s time to move on. When Des introduces her to his poker buddy, Alex Truman, the instantaneous sparks that flare between them signal her life is about to change forever.

Des could kick himself. How could he have failed to notice the perfect woman was by his side all this time? Now it’s too damn late. And her innocent prodding about why he’s suddenly so distant is only making his hunger for her worse. Then she gets one step too close—and his self-restraint snaps.

Stunned, bewildered, furious, Meg can’t help but respond to the kisses for which she waited so long. God help her, she loves Des. And Alex, too. Immeasurably. Now what?

It may make her the greediest woman alive, but she’s determined to win the next hand— even if she has to change the game a little. First step: state her wildly sexy proposition in a language both men will understand…and hope they’ll stick around and play by her rules.

Warning: If you’re looking for a cool game of poker, you won’t find it here. This novella is so hot the cards are still smoking. The heroine may be new to the game, but she knows exactly how to play her two kings.

Good luck!

Jess

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