Guest Blogger Samanthe Beck is here + a Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled to have my wonderful friend Samanthe Beck here with us today. Sam is one of the smartest, wittiest, best people I know and I not only love reading her books, but her blog posts as well. Take it away, Sam…

Hi Robin! Thank you for hosting me today at Magical Musings, to confess my secret, guilty pleasure. No, not the digital treasure-trove of super-hot contemporary romances I keep stored on my Kindle. No, not how I spend hours on Pinterest looking at photos of sexy, nearly naked guys, even when I’m not, technically, doing character research. These pleasures aren’t particularly secret, nor do I feel guilty!

Okay, here it is: I’ m a big sucker for a make-over story. Always have been. Cinderella was my favorite fairytale as a little girl, and my tastes haven’t evolved all that much since then. I loved What Not to Wear, to the point I still fantasize about going shopping with Clinton and Stacy. I love The Biggest Loser too, but, frankly, it doesn’t even have to be a person getting remade to hook me. I have a teensy addiction to HGTV—anything from Property Brothers to Love It or List It.

Superficial of me, right? It’s not that I don’t see the beauty in accepting people, (include one’s self), and places, just the way they are, and sometimes the best make-over stories involve the person attempting to transform ultimately realizing she’s fine just the way she is, but there’s something equally inspiring about watching someone set a goal to change, and then working to achieve it. This little quirk played out all over the place in “Private Practice,” my 2014 RITA® finalist for Best First Book and Best Erotic Romance.

My heroine, Dr. Ellie Swann, wants to shed her nerdy-girl image and turn herself into what she believes is town golden boy Roger Reynold’s perfect woman—someone with lots of experience, sexually speaking, and very few inhibitions. My hero, construction company owner Tyler Longfoot, wants to qualify for a loan so he can rehab an Antebellum horse farm, but the bank thinks his Harley-riding, good-timing, bar-brawling ways make him a risky investment. He needs to reform his bad boy image to qualify for the loan. Two people, two goals, and, wouldn’t you just know…turns out they can help each other. When Tyler shows up on Ellie’s doorstep at two am with a jealous drunk’s bullet in his butt, she commits to bandage him up and keep the unfortunate incident off the local radar, provided he agrees to teach her how to drive a man to his knees.

Do they succeed in turning themselves into the people they want to be, and attain their goals? I can’t tell you that! But I can tell you they had a lot of fun with the effort. ;)

Anybody else share my guilty pleasure? Drop a comment below and be entered for a chance to feed your addiction and win a Nook or Kindle version of “Private Practice!” I’ll randomly select a winner on Sunday night, (May 11th). Good luck! (Robin here – I’ll post the winner’s name on Monday!)

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He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.

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Samanthe_HeadshotWine lover, sleep coveter, and USA Today bestselling author Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California with her husband, their son, Kitty the furry Ninja, and Bebe the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. When not writing fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy contemporary romances, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

Connect with Sam via Facebook, (www.facebook.com/samanthebeckwriter), Twitter, (@SamantheBeck1) or through her website at www.samanthebeck.com

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48 Responses to Guest Blogger Samanthe Beck is here + a Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Samanthe, welcome to Magical Musings! I love the premise of the book. You have me with the sympathetic heroine right away. And the bullet in the butt is great! I’m smiling now just thinking about. I bet you had a great time writing this book!

  2. Ooh, that arrangement sounds like trouble! I have to admit that my guilty pleasure is The Bachelorette (which I prefer to The Bachelor because of all the hot guys). I know it’s all fake and staged, but I still enjoy watching it. :oops:

    • The Bachelor and The Bachelorette definitely qualify as guilty pleasures, but compared to that Naked & Afraid show… ;)

      Thanks for stopping by Carol!

  3. Welcome to MM, Samanthe. It really does sound like Private Practice was a lot of fun to write, and I’m sure to read as well :)

    I’m a big fan of Kim Hudson’s Virgin’s Promise – the feminine-centric version of the hero’s journey. One of the steps in the journey is called Dress the Part, where the heroine begins to actually imagine herself as she would like to be, and dressing the part is the first step to that. So make-over stories are very fundamental to story-telling, I think, and strike a deep chord in us all.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: A Dangerous Madness

  4. Hi Edie, Carol and Michelle! And hi Samanthe! Thanks again for being my guest today! (Edie, I smile every time I think about the bullet in Tyler’s butt, too.) ;-)
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Dean & McCall Sitting in a Tree

  5. Hi Robin and Sam!
    You know I loved that book. :) Such great characters.
    Okay – I love makeovers – the HGTV kind – too. Those property brothers are adorable, and I really believe they like each other. :razz:

    Can’t wait to cheer you on at the RITA ceremony this July.

  6. Linda Townsend says:

    Don’t enter me in this as I found out this morning that I’d won this same book at your Rambings from this Chick blog. I’m excited though! It sounds great! I love reading about guilty pleasures…

  7. Thanks, Magical Musings, for hosting me today! Now my secret guilty pleasure is no longer secret!

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    Who doesn’t love a make over story! Love that cover.

  9. Kady Winter says:

    Loved “Private Practice,” Samanthe! Congrats on the Rita Nom, too!

  10. Robena Grant says:

    Hi Sam, Hi Robin. Great post. :smile:
    I love a good make-over story and I especially loved Private Practice. It’s one of those stories that leaves a smile on your face. Really great characters.
    Super-congrats! on the RITA nom. I’ll be in the audience hootin’ and hollerin’ when they call your name.

  11. Tanya Hanson says:

    Awesome blog, Sam. I love the idea of make-over, too, and the idea of gaining the confidence for change. I sometimes just love my rut LOL. I am so excited for your RITA nom and KNOW you’re gonna be carrying that baby home from San Antonio! Here’s wishing you love and tons more success. So gotta grab the time to get Private Practice read…it’s calling out from my kindle. xoxox Promise, promise! ;-)

    • Hi Tanya!

      Thanks so much for the support. I truly appreciate it. You and the other ladies of LARA are a constant source of inspiration, both on the page and off!

  12. Charlene says:

    Hi Sam and Robin

    I loved Private Practice!! Congrats on all the good things coming your way this year. Hmmmm. My guilty pleasure lately are Chris Hemsworth movies for obvious reasons! Will be cheering you and Robin on from California during the Rita’s!!

    • Hi Charlene! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m really going to miss you at RWA.
      Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Dean & McCall Sitting in a Tree

    • Hi Charlene!

      So, I don’t know if anyone realizes this, but replying to these comments involves a math test! (I was told there would be NO math)! Thank you for braving the math and dropping a comment. Oh, and when it comes to Chris Hemsworth…you have nothing to feel guilty about!!

  13. Who doesn’t love a good makeover!

    Best of luck with the Ritas, Samanthe. Your book sounds like fun.

    xo

  14. Oh, I totally share your guilty pleasure. Restaurant Impossible is one of my favorite shows. They often not only makeover the restaurant, but the owners and their families as well. HGTV is a dangerous channel for me because I always have to find out how the project turned out. And I also love the transformed hero in romance – the Beast, if you will, turning into a prince. LOVE THOSE. Your book sounds great. I think I’ll go put it in my shopping cart right now.

    • Restaurant Impossible…yesssss! They absolutely do make over the owners and the venues. HGTV is my downfall as well. They’ve taken hours from me. HOURS!

  15. Janiec says:

    Congrats on the RITA nomination, Samanthe. Love the bargain that Ellie and Tyler make.

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by Linda, Janie, Kady, Tanya, Pamela, Kate, and Janie C!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Dean & McCall Sitting in a Tree

  17. elena k says:

    hi robin and sam, my favorite girls! I love makeover stories too and private practice was a good one! I will share you my story too. when I was a teenager I was the geek, always with athletic clothes and never makeup. then at 17 I went to a party with a skirt, heels and makeup. my friends almost didn’t recognize me, it was so funny to see their faces!

  18. Amy R says:

    Hi Samanthe – It is great to meet you here on MM and I love the sound of your book. When people ask what my favorite type of story is I never know. Make over stories are great. I like to see people have a goal and work to achieve it, so I guess they are sometimes make over stories – as long as they are changing for themselves and not others (I’m a people pleaser so I get this).

    • Hi Amy,

      You bring up an important point about make-over stories. In the end, the person changing has to do it for him or herself. Otherwise, it’s just a misguided attempt at “pleasing.” At the end of the day, you gotta love yourself!

  19. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love reality TV. :shock: I’ve watched all the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows since they started. I’m even watching Ink Master on Spike TV and I don’t have any tattoos. But I draw the line at Honey Boo Boo. LOL

  20. bn100 says:

    sometimes like them

  21. Hey Amy! Hi Marcy and bn! Thanks for commenting!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Dean & McCall Sitting in a Tree

  22. Mary Hughes says:

    Welcome, Samanthe! What a great story! Action, fun, and hot romance, my favorites :) Adding my congrats on the RITA nomination!!

  23. Mia says:

    Hi Robin! Hi Sam!

    Private Practice burned up my Kindle. When I read it, I remember rooting for both Tyler and Ellie equally, and loving all of their dialogue and funny moments on the page. A well-deserved double RITA nomination…hooray!

    My favorite makeover show is still Extreme Makeover Home edition. The hosts are chirpy and spray-tanned, and there’s scads of product placement, but then they move the bus and I’m crying. Like, bawling.

  24. Congratulations to JanieC! You’ve won a copy of Private Practice. Please email me at robinbielman AT gmail DOT com and let me know if you’d like a Nook or Kindle version and I’ll get your info to Samanthe. Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Dean & McCall Sitting in a Tree

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