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The Test by Tawna Fenske

The Test by Tawna Fenske

The Test by Tawna Fenske is a book adventure in self discovery with the perfect balance of humor, and dialogue that’s honest and real. The scorchin’ hot chemistry readers, it’s absolutely delicious. Do you have the courage to step out of your comfort bubble to discover your true self and your deepest desires?

Just when Lisa Michaels thought her entire world was falling apart, she decided to do the unthinkable. Can Lisa do the complete opposite of what people expect when she meets Dax Kensington. Both will be found guilty of judging by appearances, how will this crime be resolved ;)? One night readers, it will change everything and take them on a journey for thirty days.  

In a world where people make snap judgments, Tawna shows us what happens when those assumptions are not what they appear to be. If you live life the way others expect you to, you’ll never be happy or satisfied. Those bad boys aren’t always what you think.

This book has so many layers, with every turn of the page you find another molten bite. In fact, there is one scene that will surely singe your e-reader. Perhaps we all need our own list? Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had the courage to commit? I wonder how many readers will connect with Lisa and feel the urge to come out of their comfort zone to tackle our fears. Are you ready?  

Tawna writes romance with humor, the romance is hot and sassy, and characters will leave you wanting more! While I prefer scotch on the rocks or a glass of wine, I think I might have to order a Dirty Martini, x-tra dirty sometime ;).

Scorchin – Caution, may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C. I received an ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Author Info:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

 

Tawna’s Links:

Author Website: www.tawnafenske.com

Author Blog: http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/

Author Twitter: @TawnaFenske

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TawnaFenskeBooks

Author Street Team/Facebook Group: Fenske’s Frisky Posse https://www.facebook.com/groups/678271329019151/

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tawnafenskebooks/

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Tawna Fenske

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Romantic Comedy Author Tawna Fenske

Rae: Thank you for hanging out with me.
Tawna: Thank YOU for inviting me! I always love chatting about book stuff.

Rae: First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Spiced Latte with Coconut Milk topped with chocolate drizzle.

What would you order?

Tawna: I’m a serious tea fanatic, so I’d order a big mug of whatever black tea sounds interesting, plus sugar and milk to mix in after it’s steeped for just the right amount of time.

Rae: Let’s talk books – Happy Book Birthday for The Test releasing today. Not only do we have the usual drinks being served up by our barista, we’ve got cake because no birthday is complete without cake!

Tawna: Thank you! I am sadly devoid of a sweet tooth, so you get all the cake, but can we order a big pile of tater tots to share?


Rae: Of course we can order tater tots! That sounds yummy. While we’re waiting for those to cook up, can you please tell us what type of books you write for readers who are not familiar with your books? Are they standalones or part of a series?


Tawna: I write romantic comedies that run the gamut from fluffy beach reads, to longer books that straddle the line between women’s fiction and romance, to holy-cow-I-hope-my-boss-doesn’t-see-this erotic romantic comedy. THE TEST falls into the latter category, with equal parts humor and steamy-sexy fun. Though it’s the second book in a series, I write all my books as standalones, so you can totally nab THE TEST even if you haven’t read THE LIST.


Rae: Tawna, I was unable to put The Test down. An opposites attract story that proves love happens in the least likely of places to people who may never have thought they were compatible. I wonder how many readers will connect with Lisa and feel the urge to come out of their comfort zone to tackle a fear or two. Discover what they truly need to live their best lives with passion and love. Perhaps we’ll see a movement with readers posting their own lists and tests?


Tawna: Awww, thanks so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you liked the book! I had a blast writing buttoned-up Lisa and finding ways for her to step out of her comfort zone, either sexually or by trying other things that made her uncomfortable (volunteering to wash dogs at an animal shelter or trying karaoke). I would love to see readers’ own lists of things they want to try that force them to tackle fears or try something new and scary.


Rae: The books you write for Entangled are laugh-out-loud funny with the perfect amount of spice, sometimes even more than I thought was possible. Often, your characters like to push boundaries, and defy stereotypes. Have you ever had a character do something that shocked you as the words appeared on the page?


Tawna: Definitely! I’m very much a seat-of-my-pants author, so I’m constantly surprised by my own characters. I just finished writing the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to my holiday rom-com STUDMUFFIN SANTA (which is slated for release in May) and a twist came from out of nowhere about two-thirds of the way through writing the book. I was sitting there at my desk going, “Sean, I had no idea, why didn’t you tell me?!”

Rae: When you set out to write this story what research did you do? Without giving away too much, Dax has a fascinating career, and I love how uninhibited his character is ;).

Tawna: I have to admit, Dax is one of my favorite heroes I’ve written. Researching Dax’s career was a combination of internet searches and some of what I already knew about Hydro Flask (a company based in my town that makes the sort of steel-walled reusable drink containers Dax’s imaginary company makes). As for his secret hobby, I actually wrote a hero in another book with that career (my RITA Award finalist NOW THAT IT’S YOU) and did a lot of research at that time. I was so fascinated by that world that it just made sense to add another dimension to Dax’s character.


Rae: Do you plot your book before you sit down to write? 


While I prefer flying by the seat of my pants, I’ve learned the hard way that I do better when I have at least some sense of where a story is headed. I’m also contractually required to have a synopsis for all my books with Entangled Publishing, so I don’t meander as much with those stories as I tend to with some of my others.

Rae: Do you use tools like a whiteboard or notebook to jot down all the details?

Tawna: I’ve never tried the whiteboard thing, and usually have a Word doc with a bunch of rambling ideas and miscellaneous words that probably read like they’re written by a drunk chimpanzee.

Rae: As a reader who appreciates a book with well crafted covers, your team at Entangled keeps delivering stunning work. How involved are you in the design process?

Tawna: I always fill out a cover worksheet with details like my characters’ hair and eye colors and whether they have tattoos, but I don’t usually contribute much beyond that for the covers. I’m not a super visual person, so I prefer to leave book covers to the experts. Entangled is so great at it that I always know I’m in good hands.

Rae: Writing a book doesn’t happen overnight and you have a day job that keeps you busy. How do you find the time to write all the words and balance between career, family, and writer? Is there a secret formula?

Tawna: I use an old-school paper planner instead of tracking things on my phone, and it’s made a world of difference. My Erin Condren Life Planner is divided into sections for author stuff, day job, and family/personal so I can see where things overlap and if there are certain weeks where I’ll need to dial back commitments in one area to make time for the others.
This is my fourth year using that method, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way now.


Rae: Have your two worlds ever crossed and what happened if it did? Meaning, do your co-workers or clients know you write, and have they ever read your books?


Tawna: I work part-time as the PR and Communications Manager for my city’s tourism bureau, and while I keep the two worlds separate as much as possible, it’s never been a secret what my “real” job is. Social media and marketing are a huge part of my day job, and when I first applied almost eight years ago, the bosses spent quite a bit of time perusing my social media feeds. If I remember right, the day they visited my author blog was a day I’d posted a piece titled, “My hole got plugged and my jugs aren’t full” (an innuendo-laced post about grape stomping as research for a book set at a winery). Suffice it to say, they know exactly what I write, and as long as I never mistakenly post nekkid pictures on the company Facebook page with 185,000 followers, it’s all good.

Rae: I appreciate how much you connect with your readers on social media, what is the most challenging aspect of sharing with your readers? Are you still able to maintain some privacy in your personal life?

Tawna: I’ve always been a pretty open book on social media, so what you see is what you get as far as photos and posts about my social awkwardness and random absurd things that happen to me (which is part of why I write comedy, but I digress). I love connecting with readers on Facebook in particular, though there are times I catch myself spending too much time there and needing to step back for the sake of a book deadline. I suppose that’s the downside of being an author whose day job career is focused on marketing and social media—it’s hard to shut it off!

Rae: What can we expect in 2018?

Tawna: I’m super-excited about the release of THE TEST, and February is such a fun time to have a new book out. After that I have a Kindle in Motion title called GOING UP, which is a fun little rom-com novella about two strangers who meet in an elevator and find each other again thanks to a mischievous packrat. The story itself is a kick, but the added visuals are going to be really cool. That comes out in April, and then the book that follows STUDMUFFIN SANTA will be out in May. It’s a busy first quarter!


Rae: Where can readers find you in 2018?


Tawna: I’m most active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TawnaFenskeBooks, but readers who want to keep up with all my new releases, sales, exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and of course, my famous videos can subscribe to my newsletter at www.tawnafenske.com/subscribe


Rae: Thank you for hanging out in the cafe today.


Tawna: Thanks so much for inviting me! Er, are you going to eat those tots?

Rae: I’ve had way too many, you enjoy the tots. Readers, enjoy these Tasty Tidbits from Tawna!

1. What is a must read book and why?

Mine or someone else’s? 🙂


One of my favorite books of all time is Judy Blume’s SUMMER SISTERS. I love the altering viewpoints, the coming-of-age details, and the way the romance unfolds differently than you might expect.

Of my own books, I’d say THIS TIME AROUND holds a special place in my heart. The single dad hero is a lot like my husband, and his daughter is based on my own stepdaughter.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

I would take you standup paddleboarding on the Deschutes River. My dog usually rides on the front of my board, and I’ve taught lots of friends to SUP over the years.


3. Do you take-in or cook? If so, what is your “go-to” dish?


I looooove to cook, and I’m a total foodie. I make a salmon chowder that’s to-die-for, but I’m always experimenting with new recipes.


4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?


Probably not much, since I’m pretty open on social media. I suppose people are usually surprised to learn I’m an introvert, since I’m very outgoing on Facebook or when you meet me in person.


5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist?


I love all kinds of music, and every book I write has its own musical playlist. I listen to a lot of Ben Folds, War on Drugs, Mumford and Sons, and Lord Huron. I also adore ‘80s butt rock.

6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?

I was lucky enough to spend my 20s and 30s globetrotting all over the world, so I’ve covered a lot of ground already. Asia is one continent I’ve never touched though, so I’d love to spend several months roaming there. I wouldn’t mind going back to Australia or New Zealand, either.


7. What is your guilty pleasure?


I never feel guilty about pleasure of any kind!


8. What are you afraid of?


Needles. I can handle vaccinations, but I will completely lose my mind if you come near me for a blood draw or an IV. I can’t even handle a blood pressure cuff. Pretty sure I died of some sort of weird blood-letting ritual in a past life.


9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?


I have five total. The first was a starfish on my ribcage, and I got it not long after my divorce because I admire the fact that you can rip their limbs off and they’ll regenerate new ones. It’s also because I’ve always loved the Starfish Story: https://starfishproject.com/the-parable/


10. Organized or Free Floating?


Free floating by nature, but forced to be more organized or I could never balance everything between my author life, day job, and family life.


11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?


Not a TV fan at all. I have no idea how to even operate the television in our home.


12. What’s on your playlist?


I listen to a lot of Pandora internet radio, and I’m constantly creating new stations and finding new artists. I mentioned before that all my books have playlists, and the one for THE TEST features The Shins, Radio Citizen, Morrissey, J Minus, The Smiths, and several others.


13. What play or musical do you want to see next?


We have tickets to several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in a few weeks, but I can’t recall what we’re seeing.


14. Are you a crafter?

Nope! I’m creative in lots of other ways. Er, that wasn’t supposed to sound pervy.

15. What’s your favorite TV show and why?

Sorry, I’m always lame at this one. I don’t watch TV.

16. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?

Maybe something by Kristan Higgins? I’m just not a visual person, so TV and movies don’t do much for me.

17. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?


I watch It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas. It’s my dad’s favorite, and it always warms my heart.


18. Would you rather see a movie in the theater or at home on DVD and why?


I would rather sit quietly on the couch reading a good book while my husband watches a movie and maybe tells me later what it was about.

19. What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Sex. You’re sorry you asked now, aren’t you?

20. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would be at your table? Where would you eat?

Lucille Ball, Ben Folds, Jane Goodall, Barack Obama, and Betty White. We’d eat at my house so I could cook and also drink lots of wine without needing to drive anywhere.

21. If you could try any career for a day, what would it be?

Shepherd. Or maybe pirate.


22. Person you admire and why?


My parents are pretty much one person, since they’ve been together since sixth grade, so I’m going with them. They’re funny, smart, caring, hard-working, and did I mention the whole been-together-since-sixth-grade thing? #LifeGoals

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Authors Dish

Authors Dish

 

 

Welcome to Authors Dish where your favorite authors share what they are reading. In addition, if you enjoy reading their books they have suggestions for similar book adventures by other authors. It doesn’t get better than that!

 

 

Today in the cafe are Delancey Stewart, Tawna Fenske and Naima Simone

Rae: Who are you reading?

 

Delancey Stewart: Melanie Summers, Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, and Suanne Laqueur

 

 


Tawna Fenske: So many books! I have a couple Jill Shalvis books cued up for Christmas reading. I’m also looking forward to What Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeymi and a new mystery read from debut author Kathleen Valenti called Protocol. Oh! and Kristan Higgins’ latest –she’s tops on my auto-buy list!

 

 

Naima Simone: Right now I’m reading Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai. And I have Hate to Want You in the line-up right after it. Alisha Rai! OMG! Where have I been? I think I’ve found a new author to stalk. LOL!

 

 

 

Rae: If readers are a fan of your books, who should they consider reading?

Delancey Stewart: Tracy Brogan, Terri Osburn and Melanie Summers

Tawna Fenske: If you enjoy my zanier romantic comedies like Making Waves or Frisky Business, you’d probably enjoy books by Jennifer Crusie or Linda Grimes. If you like my meatier rom-coms that straddle the line between women’s fiction and romance (This Time Around, At the Heart of It, About that Fling), you’d probably enjoy Kristan Higgins. If you like small-town romance in a shorter, cozier read (like my newest rom-com, Studmuffin Santa), you’d probably like Kait Nolan. And if you enjoy my super-steamy erotic rom-coms like The List, you’d probably enjoy Lauren Blakely, Victoria Dahl, or Samanthe Beck.

Naima Simone: Samanthe Beck, Lauren Hawkeye, Gina Maxwell, Cathryn Fox, Robin Covington, and Nina Crespo.

Rae: Thank you so much authors! Let me know dear readers if you try any of these books. I’ll see you next week – same time for new authors and more fun!

Author Bios:

Delancey Stewart:  Award-winning author Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

Tawna Fenske: When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

Naima Simone: USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Summer Sizzles with these spicy reads!

Summer Sizzles with these spicy reads!

The Hook Up by Tawna Fenske has characters that charm, make you laugh and have serious sizzlin chemistry to ignite the pages in your e-reader! This book is the third installment in the First Impressions series however, each book can be read as a standalone. 

Tyler Hendrix is on a quest that didn’t include Ellie Sanders,and after their initial encounter, he won’t be able to remember the reasons why he shouldn’t get involved with her ;). The scene they first meet is hilarious and laugh out loud funny. Tawna is a master at one-liners that leave you begging for a screen adaption of her books!

Ellie doesn’t need a man to keep her satisfied thanks to her job and Tyler is desperate to be with her but fights his desires. Is he worthy of a long-term relationship. YES!!! They will both need to overcome a fear of commitment or risk loosing the best thing they have ever found.

Relationships are challenging, and for the majority of people they have ups and downs multiple times a day. It’s nice to read a book that portrays the little things that happen between two people who love each other with a sense of humility and humor.

Don’t miss this must read book or any of Tawna’s backlist! All three books in the First Impressions series are available for your immediate pleasure. Just click here:  The Hook Up (First Impressions)

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.4 Jalepenos

Check out my previous review of The Hang Up

Camden by Xio Axelrod is raw, intense and sizzles in this fast paced story of a tragedy that has pushed Camden Skinner to make amends and uncover the truth regarding a terrible mistake.

Yara Bujold was on the brink of success when she was murdered. When she shows up Camden will have a choice to make, hopefully he won’t lose his heart in the process. This is a story of a woman who risks everything when she trusts the one man who helped seal her fate.

Power, control, and fame. Sometimes the people we trust the most are the ones who can destroy us. This story will keep you reading till the very last page. There are plenty of surprises and twist to this must read story.

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle and a lot of action! Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

Don’t miss this one man’s journey to avenge a pop star and make things right. Get your copy here: Camden

I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

Happy Book Birthday Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman. One-click this must read for your summer reading pleasure now!

Are you a fan of a man with a sexy accent? How about a British one? Do you long for a love who will talk dirty, tell you the truth and sweep you off your feet? A weekly radio show is what our heroine listens to every week while brewing coffee and dreaming of her future! It’s about to change your summer!

Bennett knows what women want and every week he’s on the air to tell all to the listeners in Los Angeles about his latest encounters. His escapades will smoosh your heart, make you weep, melt panties and scorch briefs.

Oh, Robin, you are so clever, there is a secret that Bennett carries and when he meets Teague he just might fall hard enough to risk his job at the station, everything he’s worked so hard to achieve, all in the name of love. 

Teague loves her job at the coffee house but is destined to be a writer, it’s only just a matter of time. It’s the friendships she has that will provide entertainment, after all, there is nothing better than a night out with friends for food and drink. When Teague meets a handsome man at the bar and doesn’t fall for his charm, she will soon discover that he just might change the way she views men and relationships forever.

Robin Bielman I adore you and your books. This was the first book I read and I can’t wait to read more! Take Dirty to Me is an absolute must dear readers for your summer reading list! One-click this spicy, flirty, and laugh-out-loud story because it’s packed with adventure, crazy bosses, sexy men and enough heat that you’ll want to cool off in the pool or ocean. Be sure to order a plate of hot wings and a cool beer ;)!

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.  4 Jalepenos

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Get your copy here: Talk British to Me (Wherever You Go)

 

A few one-click reads for the holiday weekend

For many the long holiday weekend means time with family and friends. Perhaps you’re headed to the beach, sitting by the pool or just out on your own adventure.  Wherever you are headed be sure to fill your e-reader with some great reads!

One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Ballance is the perfect book to dive into this long weekend.

A snowstorm, a hook-up and a sexy computer geek. While this is part of a series it can be enjoyed as a standalone and should be added to your e-reader today. At 99 cents it’s the perfect gift!

Be sure to check out the first book in this series – Five Things I Love About You at 99 cents too! Happy Reading!

The List by Tawna Fenske is one-click worthy, funny, spicy and a fast paced story that sizzles.

What do you do when you realize that a list defines how people look at you? Could Cassie Michaels do all those things she bragged and boasted about?

Simon Traxel is quick to help Cassie but leaves one little detail out surrounding who he really is. When he takes a chance and helps her out he will discover that it’s not just Cassie who needed a little adventure!

It’s time to expand your horizons with this laugh-out-loud funny and spicy story of one woman’s quest to fulfill her secret desires. This story makes anything involving a list and a computer sexy!

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.4 Jalepenos


In the latest installment from Marissa Clarke it starts with a one-date fiasco, most of us can relate to that at one time in our lives. If only Jane Dixon could succeed and secure a second date.

A crazy cat, a secret crush and a vow to never fall for a lawyer. If only the heart could follow any rules.

I loved this book! The witty writing, intense tension and the message that one should never let go of a dream! Think big and life might surprise you!

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle and a lot of action! Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

Get your copies here: