Aug 18, 2015

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.

Description:
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…
Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But then when she hears a rumor—Bryce is telling everyone that he hooked up with her. With Haley’s reputation taking a nosedive, she gives Bryce him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month for a month or face the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up withto show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers.—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.
Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now doesn't know what's more unbelievable, not only is—that he's he being blackmailed, or that he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.
Besides, everyone knows that perfect boys never fall for imperfect girls…Sometimes, giving in is all a boy can do…Can something so fake turn into something real?
EXCERPT

“We need to talk.” Bryce gave an exaggerated sigh.

“Okay.” I opened my bag of chips.

“I’m sorry, but there’s someone else.”

He wanted to break up with me in the cafeteria? Fat chance. I leaned toward him and touched his arm in a girlfriend sort of way. “If you planned to stage a public breakup with me, you can forget it.”

Amusement showed in his hazel eyes. “Think you can stop me?”

“Yes. First, I’m going to appeal to your sense of decency. I’m not a hook-up kind of girl. Thanks to you, the entire school thinks I am.”

He snagged a chip and popped it in his mouth. “Do you even date?”

Ouch. It’s hard to have an active social life when you have two older brothers who chase everyone away, which is why I need you to stick around and stop that cycle.”

“Sucks to be you.” He stole another chip.

“If you don’t go along with Operation Boyfriend Bait, I’ll go with plan B.”

His brows came together. “Ratting me out to Denny?”

“After he pummels you into the ground, people will definitely believe you slept with his Haley and not me, so doesn’t it make more sense to play this my way? We both win.”

Jane came back and took her seat. “What did I miss?”

“He’s trying to break up with me. I gave him two options.”

“You or dismemberment by Denny?” she guessed.

“Exactly.” I crossed my arms over my chest. “What will it be?”

“I pretend to be your boyfriend for a week, and you keep your mouth shut.”

“Two months,” Jane chimed in.

Bryce grabbed another chip. “One week and you can keep the Homecoming tickets.”

“Five weeks and you can have the Homecoming tickets back,” I countered.

“Two weeks,” he said. “And I don’t want the Homecoming tickets.”

“Four weeks.” He reached for another chip and I smacked his hand.

His mouth dropped open, and then he laughed. “That was not good girlfriend behavior.”

I pulled the bag of chips closer. “Landing me in detention was not good boyfriend behavior.”

He grinned all-knowingly. “You didn’t mind at the time.”

My face heated. “Whatever. I want four weeks, the Homecoming tickets, and a double date with Jane and Nathan.”

“Thank you.” Jane bounced in her chair.

“Thought I’d share the wealth.” I smiled at Bryce. “And this should go without saying, but I expect you to play my monogamous boyfriend. When this is over, we’ll do a mutual breakup with no one to blame.”

He sat back and seemed to weigh his options. “Three weeks, keep the tickets, one double date, and a no-fault breakup. Deal?”


Excerpt 2:


“Get away from my boyfriend,” a girl called out from behind us.

I froze. “Is she talking to me?”

Bryce ran his hand down his face. “Welcome to my nightmare.”

Good to know I ranked somewhere above nightmare status. Maybe I was only a mild pain in the ass.

Bryce placed his arm around my shoulders, and we turned in unison.

A tall blonde with giant boobs, bright red nails, and crazy coming off her in waves, walked up to us. “Bryce, what are you doing?”

He pulled me closer, as if to make a point. “Brittney, I broke up with you. Remember?”

“You didn’t mean that.” She twisted a lock of hair around her finger and smiled. “We’re so good together.”

Bryce sighed. “Brittney, we talked about this.”

“Don’t you miss me?” She moved closer and whispered, “Just a little bit?”

And suddenly this was all sorts of awkward.

“I’m sorry, but we’re through. I’m dating Haley.”

Brittney sniffled and blinked her eyes quickly like she was trying to cry. “We were meant to be. You’ll figure that out soon enough.” She turned on her heel and strode off.

“What was that about?” I asked.

He dropped his arm from my shoulders and stepped back. “I broke up with Brittney three times this month.” He held up three fingers as if I might be unfamiliar with the number. “It didn’t take. Every morning she acted like we were still together. She started talking about where we should have our destination wedding and what we should name our kids. I tried being nice. I tried being mean. Nothing worked. Finally, I went for drastic measures. I figured once she heard about my weekend hookup, she’d take the hint and move on.”

This threw a new light on Bryce’s weekend activities. “So you’re not a man-whore?”

“Oh, no. He is,” Nathan answered with a serious face.

I laughed and headed into Physics lab to catch Jane up on the latest chapter in my new reality-TV-worthy life. “You came into the room way too early.” I told her about Brittney and my secret hope that Bryce wasn’t strictly a hit-and-run kind of guy.

“I think you might be giving him too much credit,” she said.

Since this was my fake relationship, I chose to believe my smoking-hot pretend boyfriend was not a man-whore. Hey, it was my delusional world. Why not go for broke?

Excerpt 3:

Bryce stood outside of the theatre looking like an Abercrombie model, wearing dark jeans, a pale blue shirt, and a black leather jacket. As we climbed out of the car and strode across the parking lot, I was privy to the Bryce Colton reality show, where two girls, each as tall as he was, engaged in a hair-toss and giggle-flirt fest.

He laughed and talked with both of them, touching eachof them on the arm in a subtle way. As we drew closer, he spotted us, or should I say, me. Do you think he told those girls his date was here and graciously excused himself from the conversation? Nope. He made eye contact with me, nodded in acknowledgement and then...he continued his conversation.

Real date or not, that was rude, and disrespectful, and I was ten seconds away from telling those girls he was a post- op-transsexual and all his parts were not in working order. Or maybe I should post that information on YouTube. It was a satisfying fantasy. In reality, I stood off to the side with Jane and Nathan, and waited for Bryce to wrap up whatever he was doing.

When he joined us, he said, “Hi.” And nothing more. Why did he have so much to say to those girls while I was only worth a one-syllable greeting? Was there any way I could realistically dump a cherry slushie in his lap during the show?
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About the author:

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies.
Bitten by BooksBBB: Which superhero could defeat any other superhero?
CC: Thor
BBB: What drew you to writing YA?

CC: I love that in YA teens are still figuring out who they are, they can make amazing discoveries about themselves and their place in the world. They can also make mistakes and still have time to recover from them.
BBB: Would your main character win on the show Survivor by strength, cheating or not at all?
CC: She’d use her brain to figure out a way to survive.
BBB: If you were a survivor on a deserted island, what one person would you like to have with you?
CC: My shih tzu, Pete. He’s great company, he loves to play, and he always does something to make me smile.
BBB: Please tell us more about Blackmail Boyfriend and the storyline that drives it.
CC: When honor student, Haley Patterson hears that her long time crush, Bryce Colton is telling everyone they hooked up over the weekend she confronts him and learns the girl he actually hooked up with gave him the wrong name in an attempt to hide the fling from her on-again off-again boyfriend who happens to be a cage fighter. Haley blackmails Bryce into being her boyfriend to save her reputation and to show guys that despite her over-protective and intimidating big brothers, she is datable. Bryce can’t believe he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. The only reason he talked about his weekend hookup was to convince his ex he’d moved on. Instead of ending his girl problems he’s created more of them. Haley is cute and smart but she doesn’t smile and nod and agree with everything he says like the other girls he’s dated. He’ll fake date her to convince everyone that she doesn’t sleep around and to prove a guy can date her without being fed feet first through a woodchipper, as her brothers have threatened to do to him if he hurts their sister. Can something that starts out as fake turn into something real?
BBB: Is BBlackmail Boyfriend a stand-alone or part of a series? If it is a series?How many more books will there be?
CC: It’s a stand-alone, but it will be linked to another contemporary YA which takes place in the same setting.
BBB: What sets Blackmail Boyfriend apart from other books in the same genre?
CC: It’s a fast paced, funny read. There’s nothing heavy or dark or depressing. There is a good dose of teen angst, but my goal is to make you smile and laugh.
BBB: What types of characters can readers expect in your world?
CC: Smart, snarky characters who don’t go with the flow or try to blend in with the crowd.
BBB: How would you title your autobiography?
CC: Coffee addict
BBB: Where do you hide out when you get upset?
CC: On my couch with Pete the shih tzu,Tyson the sandwich-stealing German shepherd beagle, and Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab. Dogs have life figured out. Food is good, Napping in the sunshine is good.Playing is good. Affection/cuddling is good. If something annoys you, bark at it for a minute and then move on and focus on the good stuff again.
BBB: If someone asked you to eat three thousand gummy bears over the course of three months for $100.00, would you do it, or worry about the health risks or ask if another type of candy would be acceptable?
CC: If it’s not chocolate, I’m out.
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
CC: Book 3 in my shape-shifting dragon series, should be out toward the end of this year. I’m also working on another contemporary YA and a Sci Fi romance.

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