Title: Beautifully Awake (Beautifully Awake #1)Author: Riley Mackenzie
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+Publication Date: September 26, 2013Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
SynopsisDiagnosis: Sleep-runningTreatment: TruthPrognosis: Beautifully Awake
Lili Porter hates the rain. Bad things happen in the rain. As a small town social worker dedicated to protecting children, she is forced to start over to escape her rural disaster. Determined to follow her father’s advice—head up and chin high—Lili finds herself in a new city, taking on a new system, this time healthcare. In doing so, she gets something she never expected, an intimate behind-the-scenes look at life in the hospital.
Lili learns that a surgeon’s hands have the power to heal more than physical wounds. And a prescription for truth can cure three years of sleep running and leave you beautifully awake
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I washed up and had just enough time to tug on a clean tank and thong and then climbed back into bed. I heard his footsteps. Excitement and relief washed through me. A small part of me feared he might have changed his mind, but my insecurity vanished the second his chiseled face appeared from the darkness.
His shirt hung open. He folded his arms across his chest and casually leaned against the wall, studying me like the MRI images he methodically memorized before each surgery.
“You moved?” His lips parted into a half grin, and he shook his head disapprovingly.
“You took too long.”
“You put clothes on.”
“You might need some new clothes.” I smiled.
“You’re fucking beautiful.”
He was already dressed for the OR in his scrubs, looking ... amazing. The beat beneath my chest started again and my mouth watered, as I not so subtly roamed his body with my hungry eyes. All I wanted was to feel his body against mine, get lost in where I ended and he began. It was all I’d ever want. Forever. I finally got what he meant every time he said mine. He was mine.
“See something you like?” He smirked.
“Baby, if you don’t stop looking at me like that I’m never gonna get out of here.”
“Truth. Sounds perfect to me.” Now I smirked.
“Ahh fuck, you’re killing me. You know scrubs don’t hide a hard-on very well.” I laughed. He had a point there. Leaning down, he kissed my nose. “Text you in a bit, see how your day is going...”
“K.” So was this my life? I sunk back into the fluffy pillows and sighed. I wanted this to be my morning every morning.
Title: Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake #2)Author: Riley MackenzieGenre: Contemporary Romance 18+Publication Date: July 16, 2014
SynopsisDiagnosis: Borrowed timeTreatment: TrustPrognosis: Beautifully Done
Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.
He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride.
He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.
When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done.
***Author's note***Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili's story first. For readers 18+
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Excerpt 1We sat silent while he fetched my bottle. “So what about you?” She sounded a tad more relaxed.“What about me?”Her iPhone whistled with a new text. She tapped the power button, quickly blackening the screen, before she even had a chance to read the message. Clearly, I was not invited to eavesdrop. Thoughts of someone else’s sexting was a definite mood killer anyway. She dropped the phone in her bag and nailed me with her big cinnamon eyes.“Sorry. Work.” Yeah right.“No hidden ink? You all tatted up under this muscley situation you have going on?” She waved her hands up and down the length of my body. Somehow the tension from moments ago vanished and now the conversation was about me. Shit. How a woman could so brilliantly avoid a topic and complete a one-eighty boggled my mind. But I didn’t mind her acknowledging my body. That had to be a good sign, right?“I pegged you for some completely over-the-top ink to your chicks all hot and bothered?”I shook my head for more than one reason. “I don’t need any help from a tat for that.” I loved that she blushed and tried to play it off hiding behind her clear glass.“Whatever.”“Don’t blush, all you have to do is ask and you are more than welcome to check out,” I copied her hand motion down my front, “my situation.” I smirked and took a pull from my beer. Her attempt at a repulsed expression was hilarious. Hey, she started it.“Hate you.”“No you don’t.”“True.” She smiled. It was just like old times.
Excerpt 2Pain pierced my shin and I jerked back. “What the hell was that for?” I bitched at the half pint spit-fire, sporting auburn highlights this week. Sierra changed her hair color as often as her shoes. And my luck, tonight she was in some pointy fucking boots.“You have a freakin’ plane? For real? You never told me you had a plane! Lil, did you know Green Giant had his own private plane. And he flies it?”“Hold up, Green Giant?” I questioned, trying to get a word in edgewise. These two women spoke their own estrogen dialect. It could get out of control, especially when Sierra went off on a tangent. And there it was, with both hands in the air, her drink--which I assumed was a margarita--splashed down the front of her light grey sweater dress. She didn’t flinch. Sam, on the other hand, jumped to pat the excess liquid off her c cups.Cant. Make. This. Shit. Up.Chase buried his head in his wife’s shoulder to hide his laughter, Lil bit her fingernail, and Dodd feigned a coughing fit.In her oblivion, Sierra manually removed the red-headed beauty’s hand from her chest. “I’m good, no really. Besides, it’s all padding, babe. Breastfeeding sucks the life from the girls.” If Dodd shook his head one more time he was in serious jeopardy of herniating a neck disc.“What part don’t you get?” Sierra focused back on me. “You’re eyes resemble those crazy contacts models wear and you’re a freaking giant.” Her contorted facial expression screamed, ‘Duh.’“We’re about the same height, sweetheart.” I thumbed toward the two men standing on either side of me.“Yeah, but he’s a quarterback.” She pointed to Chase. “He’s a linebacker.” She air kissed Dodd. “And you’re the sick ass wide receiver. You just look taller. Just cause.”Since when did she follow football? My cell started ringing and luckily I didn’t have to find out. “On that note, excuse me.” I fished it out of my black suit pants and turned my back on the crew. It was her. My balls did a happy dance. Fuck it, I was so screwed.“Hey you.”
About the Authors
It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.
When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school.Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?
Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one.
So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!
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Top 10 Places you think look amazing, have never been and would love to travel to…1. Santorini, Greece2. Australia3. The great blue hole, Belize4. Bora Bora, Tahiti5. Africa on a safari6. Isle of the Skye, Scotland7. Galapagos Islands8. Yosemite National Park9. Thailand10. Patagonia in South AmericaTop 10 things you love about your characters….1. Their loyal friends2. Their favorite foods3. Their verbal diarrhea4. Their all a little bat shit crazy5. Their physique6. Their human and make mistakes7. Chase’s intensity8. Lili’s heart9. Asher’s cockiness10. Talia’s strength10 Things you don’t know about us….1. We are physician assistants by day.2. Our drink of choice is Prosecco or you could always give us a seltzer.3. We are both photographer wannabes –just ask our hubbys and kiddos “come on just one more!”4. We are Aunts to each other kids.5. Our first choice on the menu is always fish.6. One of us is the decorator, one of us is the entertainer……ooo we could be party planners.7. Our favorite beach time is 4 o’clock to sunset.8. Sports…we know nothing, zero, zip.9. One of us has an irrational fear of sharks, the other spiders. Like real fear, heart attack fear.10. Reality TV is a no go for us, we pretty much hate it!How does the dynamic of you both co-writing work?Response: We share a brain, let’s start there. Then we discovered the beauty of a shared Google document. Ingenious- we can both type at the exact same second. Before we start writing we have literally talked out the entire novel- every character, every scene, every nuisance. Then whoever has free time (or needs a little less sleep that night) starts writing, the other jumps in- edits and then continues this viscous cycle --along with 2000 plus texts and phone calls – until we are done. Then the editing process is its own scary beast. And luckily we have an amazing editor.Which one of your characters would you ‘hang out’ with if they were real?Response: Hands down Sierra. She is a combination of all of our friends—their humor, sas, and craziness.If you could be any super hero who would you be and why?Response: Wonder Woman…..is there a question in anyone’s mind? We are women, we are mothers, we are wives, we have medical careers, and we are authors. Wonder Woman. Period.Beautifully Awake Series Playlist-Wide Awake –Katy Perry-Daylight- Maroon 5-Beneath Your Beautiful- Labrinth-Don’t Give Up- Jason Mraz-This Love- Maroon 5-Don’t Want to Miss a Thing- Aerosmith-Ants Go Marching- Dave MatthewsChase Colton’s Top 5 Favorite Things5. Romaji4. Truth3. Sushi2. All things Blue1. LiliAsher Craig’s Top 5 Favorite Things5. Black Diamonds4. Planes3. Drums2. Single Malt Scotch1. Teeps
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