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Pop Album is Romance Audiobook of the Year!


Happy July everyone! I know that our world has been pretty darn crazy lately. In the U.S., we’re still trying to get our feet underneath us for the changes happening fast and furious. How are you holding up? I hope that you’re finding something which gives you happiness each day.

For me, I feel especially lucky to be a part of the incredible independent book world, especially the romance world, because the readers, bloggers, and authors are always coming together to help lift each other up in the most beautiful ways.

Like the LOVE OVER HATE auction that is supporting the battle against systematic racism. I don’t have anything in the auction, but I’ve already put a bid in on a couple things including the swoony ROAD TO FIRE by Maria Luis.

ANYTHING YOU SEE THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT TO BID ON?

In this post, I have lots to share, including:

🎶 EXCITING Award-winning News & SALE

🎶 Teaser for Damaged Desires

🎶 Join Me for a Book Discussion & Giveaway

🎶 $260 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Opportunity

🎶 Books I'm Reading & Loving

MY LIFE AS A POP ALBUM WINS ROMANCE AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

One June 12, the Independent Audiobook Awards were held virtually. These awards are chosen by a committee of judges who listen to the audiobooks that have been nominated. The whole ceremony is done Academy Award style, with announcers, review of the nominees, and the winner announcement. Due to COVID, I attended virtually via Zoom with my narrator partner, Sarah Puckett, and dear friends author Dakota Willink, narrator Lacey Laurel, and Pink Flamingo Production folks Krystyn and Brandie!

And guess what? The My Life as a Pop Album was chosen as Romance Audiobook of the Year! Woot, woot! I was literally screaming with excitement. I am incredibly honored to be on this audiobook journey with Sarah Puckett. Her talent brought Mia and Derek’s story to life in the most beautiful way!


In celebration of the audiobook’s award, the eBook of My Life as a Pop Album is on sale in the UK and the US for a limited time! You can get it for 99 pennies.

DAMAGED DESIRES TEASER

I’ve finished the very rough draft of Dani and Nash’s story, Damaged Desires! I cannot tell you how much I love the energy, sass, and resilience of these two characters. Nash is probably my most intense male character that I’ve written since Seth, and Dani has a bite and confidence that makes me smile.

Here’s a little something I put together for you:

Teaser:

Dani’s blue eyes repeated my own slow gaze, taking me in from head to toe and back again, and damn if that didn’t cause my body to go on high alert in a different way, a way that made it difficult to move. As her appraisal stalled on my chest, covered in tattoos and scars, I realized I’d never put a T-shirt back on. My skin was on display, revealing my secrets to her. The marks on my body spoke more than I ever did of my past or my future.

“You always make yourself this comfortable in someone else’s home?” Dani finally spoke, and even her voice cut through my thick skin. Layering itself over my veins and bringing them to life.

I stood and stretched, and she watched me. When I caught her staring, she didn’t look away or duck her eyes in embarrassment like some women would. Not Dani. She just returned the stare.

“You don’t seem to mind,” I said, lifting an eyebrow.

“Don’t let it go to your head, Otter. I’ve had a few drinks. My alcohol goggles would probably take in a Blobfish if it were here.”

© LJ Evans, unedited, subject to change

What’s the book got that you want?

👨‍✈️ Swoony Navy SEAL

🎼 Feisty Music PR Manager

🏋️‍♂️ Exercise Room Shenanigans

🎥 Bodyguard Action

🌺 Flower Farm Romance

🔥 Friends-Enemies-Lovers Heat

I know it doesn’t necessarily seem like these things should go together…but they do!!! Oh, do they. And Nash has alllllll the beautiful words that you’ve come to except from my characters.

They won’t be available until October 26, but you can pre-order DAMAGED DESIRES now at the limited time price of $2.99! Or, you can add them to your Goodreads shelf to keep track on them as I post updates there.


JOIN ME FOR A BOOK DISCUSSION & GIVEAWAY

As part of my ongoing efforts to be a better ally to the Black and LGBTQIA communities, I’m going to hold a book discussion every month or so. The first one will start in August. We’ll be reading WITH YOUR PERMISSION by Stephanie Nicole Norris. I’ve already read it and boy does it have some heat… like breaking the bed kind of heat. But it’s also got a swoony hero trying to forgive himself for things that were outside of his control, and a business owning, smart heroine who’s an empath.

I’ll be hosting the book discussion either on Zoom or FB Rooms, and you’ll be able to join me live as we talk about the book and all things romance. Don’t miss the link to the party-like discussion that will be coming to you in the August 1st blog post.

If you want to get a head start on reading the book, just click the picture above to take you to Amazon! It’s also in Kindle Unlimited, so you can read it for free if you’re part of that program, or you could ask for it in your local library. Plus, I'm giving away 8 copies to my newsletter followers. If you aren't signed up for it, you missed your chance at this giveaway, but maybe you should sign up so you don't miss future ones? http://bit.ly/LJEBooksnl

Interested in checking out more authors of color with me? Here's two great resources for you:

Women of Color in Romance Book List

Oprah Magazine Black Romance Author List

$260 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

I've joined together with TWENTY-FIVE other authors to bring you a chance to WIN 𝒂 𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔 and a $260 Amazon eCard. That's right - $260 of book money!

All you have to do to enter is enter on the Rafflecopter site and subscribe to each of our newsletters.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5e7121367/


These are the paperback books and authors in the giveaway:


💋Talk Dirty, Cowboy - Elle Thorpe

💄Wilder Love - Emery Rose

❤️Melted Hearts - Annie Dyer

🏍 Flawed Rider - Jessica Ames

💄Revived - SE Roberts

🎸My Life as a Country Album - LJ Evans

⚽️ The First Score - Amie Knight

💋Foundations - Leigh Lennon

📸 Through the Lens - KK Allen

🏃‍♂️ Running after a Heartbreaker - Jami Albright

🇺🇸 Sightseeing in Manhattan - C Lesbriel

🤠 Cowboy Come Home - Carly Bloom

🏒 Breakaway - AM Johnson

🥵 Rebel Desire - LK Farlow

💖Image Protector - Lily Alexander

☀️ Into the Light - Danielle Keil

❣️Fixing Him - Miranda Elaine

💞 Finding Home - KL Humphreys

👊🏼The Rebel - Kesley Clayton

🖊 Writing Dirty - Alley Ciz

📖 Rewritten - Bronwyn Green

🌒 One Night Only - Lynsey M Stewart

🎈 Reverie - Shain Rose

👄Forbidden Lust - Brooke Summers

💓 The Chance - Autumn Archer

👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨The D in 403B - Jess Bryant

Entries close on July 4. Competition is open internationally. No social media platform is responsible for the prize. Each author will send the paperback individually to the winner but bears no responsibility should the paperback be lost or damaged in transit.

Yes, please! I want in on this giveaway chance!

BOOKS I'M READING & LOVING

Jami Albright’s HOMECOMING KING

Releases July 7th.

Y’all, it’s Jami Albright! Need I say more? Get ready from swoony, sexy, romcom fun!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The king of the gridiron is about to get sacked by a beauty queen with a grudge as big as Texas.

Cash King rolls into Ryder, Texas looking for a little TLC and an ego boost from the townspeople who call him their favorite son. But that ain’t happening. Which is just the cherry on top of the crap sundae that is his life.

His football career is hanging by a thread.

His mom isn’t speaking to him.

His hometown is out for his blood.

And Tiger Lyons, the girl he did wrong in high school, is supervising the renovation of his new home … and living in his pool house.

How’s the league’s premier quarterback supposed to rehab his battered body and regain his starting position, when the woman who still owns a piece of his heart—and now hates his ever-loving guts—is in his face 24/7?

Don’t miss Homecoming King—a hilarious enemies-to-lovers, arrogant football player with a heart of gold, sassy heroine rebuilding her life, small-town sports romcom.

Mia Kayla’s TEACHER I WANT TO DATE: An Opposites Attract Romance

Available Now

A romcom featuring a neurotic finance hottie, a feisty teacher that loves to salsa, a meet-cute gone wrong, unexpected jail time and a happily-forever-after that will leave you smiling and sighing and swooning all in one sitting.

Traci Wooden-Carlisle’ MISSING DESTINY (A Chandler County Novel Book 1)

Available Now

An inspirational, small-town suspense story between a sexy scientist with a killer on her heels and a swoony horse therapist trying to rebuild his life.

Nana Malone’s GAME, SET, MATCH: Sports Romance (Love Match Book 1)

Available Now

I am a cautionary tale...The tennis golden boy who trusted the wrong person and lost the woman I loved.

GOODBYE

Okay, that’s it for me today. I’m going to go back to editing Holiday Album and Damaged Desires, so I can move on to writing sexy country-singer, Brady O’Neil’s story. EEP! Damaged gives you a little sneak peek at things to come for Brady.

Have you checked out the Damaged Desires collaborative playlist where people are giving me songs they think I should include as the chapters in Dani and Nash’s story? Do you have a sassy pop song, or heartfelt rock / alternative rock song you think I should use? Add it to the list!

DAMAGED DESIRES COLLABORATIVE PLAYLIST

EVERYBODY HURTS by REM is one of my latest obsessions on the list! I’ve included the YouTube video for it below.

Until next time, please take care of yourself, and...

HAPPY READING!

LJ

♬ "𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝓂𝓊𝓈𝒾𝒸 & 𝓈𝓉𝑜𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓁𝓁𝒾𝒹𝑒" ♬




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