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Teaser Tuesday- Chapters 1 & 2 of AGAIN

Hello Lovelies,

I suppose this is a bit more than a teaser. AGAIN will be out in a MONTH! September 22nd to be exact. Review copies should be ready next week & well I’m really, really excited! So I thought I would share the first two chapters. Click on the pic below to read them on WATTPAD- ENJOY!

 

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COVER REVEAL- AGAIN

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ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL! I’m so proud to share the cover of my debut self-published novel AGAIN, coming September 22nd.

Here’s the blurb:

How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she’s nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?

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There is a funny excerpt from Kate’s POV going around a few blogs, I thought I would share a sweet & sexy one from Cater here- ENJOY!

Carter

I sat up and glanced out the window, the snow had stopped. Triple A would be here soon. I’d be able to drive Kate back to the dorm, back into the life we’d been in before last night—before we could lock everything away.

Her eyes opened slowly, “Good morning,” she said, leaning on her arm.

“I have breakfast in bed,” I replied indicating the box of graham crackers on the floor.

“Leftovers already,” she said with an over-exaggerated frown.

“I could make them into sandwiches or crumbs if you’ve looking for something a little different.”

“How gourmet,” she said checking the window. “Did it stop?”

I nodded.

“Does that mean we have to wake up?” She stretched out lazily like a cat. It was so early, even they were still asleep, the dogs too. The only noise I could hear was our breathing, in and out, in and out in the same rhythm, a song our bodies made together in the half-light.

“No,” I replied.

Luckily, it was a weekend no one would be here till eleven. I kissed her forehead. She smelled like cinnamon from the graham crackers and a little like me from having slept in the crook of my arm all night.

Axe body spray and cinnamon were a lot sexier on a girl than you might think.

“Good,” she said laying back and closing her eyes. Her mouth twitched, “you can keep kissing me though.”

“I can, can I?” I laughed.

“I mean if you’re bored or something.”

“I thought you wanted to go back to sleep.”

“Unless something better wakes me,” she explained.

“Okay, Sleeping Beauty,” I said kissing first her top lip, then the bottom, running my tongue against the inside of her mouth.

She started fake-snoring, loud, her nose a buzz-saw.

I laughed. “Are you claiming my kisses don’t have the power to break a spell?”

“So far,” she said, yawning heavily. “I’m not impressed Carter.”

“That wasn’t how it seemed last night,” I shifted, the bed squeaking below us.

“Last night you plied me with water and graham crackers,” she explained. “I would have done anything you wanted.”

“They do say graham crackers are the new oyster. I mean, I could barely control myself when they came out at snack-time as a kid.”

“It’s surprising starting so young didn’t help with your kissing any,” she smirked.

I tickled her and she yelped, which was good because if her outburst didn’t make me stop touching her around her soft, curved abdomen I wouldn’t be able to control myself from making her yelp from something else.

“Close your eyes again,” I said.

She obliged with a calculating smile.

I tasted her temple my lips landing quieter than a sigh. I explored along her hairline, my kisses a crown of daisies on her forehead. My mouth grazed her earlobe. I kissed the bridge of her nose, and her breathing quickened beneath me. I kissed each cheek, one side of her neck and the other, my kisses more hungry, insistent like I was gasping air.

My lips connected with her pulse as I slid down the length of her neck. I sucked on the base of her throat, the skin there as soft as a peach.

I scanned her face; her lips.

Her tongue darted out and she pouted like a flower waiting for my kiss to sting her, to send her reeling.

I would make her wait.

“Still nothing?” I asked.

“Getting warmer.”

“How warm?” I glided my lips back to the nape of her neck.

“Little higher,” she said.

I teased the area below her right jawline.

“Little higher and to the left,” she instructed.

“That’s pretty specific,” I said, my words echoing against her chin.

“Warmer,” she said.

My cheek smoothed against her left jawline.

“Colder, freezing,” she laughed.

I hovered above her lips, not touching them, not touching her, waiting, flooded in her pull, letting her bathe in mine.

She tipped her head back. My lips grazed hers like a rain just starting, and then thundered against her with the force of a downpour.

“Hot enough?” I whispered, continuing to inhale her one kiss at a time.

“Bull’s-eye,” she sighed.

 

 

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AGAIN COVER REVEAL TIME!!!

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Hey Guys!

You know how I’ve been working on a book I’m self publishing in September, well – NEXT WEDNESDAY is the cover reveal!!!!!

 

Check out the blurb:

 

How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she’s nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?

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The Possibility of Us is OUT NOW!

 

 

Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know my new novella is out NOW for only .99 at ALL RETAILERS

This is the dedication you will find on Page one!

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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old Wilderness Program counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

 

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THE NEXT FOREVER IS FREE!!!

Hi everyone you have a few more days to get The Next Forever for FREE at all retailers!!!

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One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush–where the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

See all the links here

Once you finish The Next Forever  be sure to keep an eye out for My upcoming release,  The Possibility of Us, available July 1 for just $.99.

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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old Wilderness Program counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

 

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EVERYONE Give Your Advice on LIFE to a Grad

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Hey Guys,

So I have a niece graduating from college this month and her grandmother is making a scrap book of sayings, knowledge, memories, tips. I need to write something, but I thought it might be fun to open it up to you guys… considering I know so many awesome authors, bloggers and readers!

What would you say to a college graduate about what you’ve learned about life?

Please add your thoughts in the comments!

 

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THE POSSIBILITY OF US COVER & BLURB and stuff

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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

COMING JULY 1st…
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18499688-the-possibility-of-us

 

What do you guys think??? I thought I might also share the first paragraphs of both POVs- YES it’s from Ben & Cassie’s POV :)

Chapter One
Cassie
“Ben better not be there,” I said, wiping away the
condensation that had built up on the window of Laura’s
black Range Rover. The snowbanks whizzing past us on
the side of the road were so white and flawless from the
storm the night before, it made me shiver. I also could have
been shivering because it was the first time I had been out
of my brother’s apartment in months, other than working
in the kitchen at the Veteran’s Association Medical Center
downtown.
“What am I, your ex-boyfriend’s keeper?” Laura asked.
She seemed more confident than she had been when we met
at Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for Troubled Teens this
past summer—calmer, less afraid—but that could have been
because she was driving a car bigger than a damn elephant
rumbling down the highway like a tank.

Chapter Two

Ben

My brother Drew’s usual crazy rock-star-spiked hair was
matted down in a red winter hat. He had insisted on driving
my car. It was the only way I could get him to agree to come
with me.
Plus, he owed me, even though I tried as much as possible
not to think about that.
“You sure you don’t just want to go to Boston for the
weekend or something instead? I have a box’s worth of
condoms burning a hole in my pocket,” he said, smiling his
Drew smile: a combo of burned-out skater and I could kick
your ass.
I glared at him. My eyes seared, eyes I knew were the
same exact shade of brown as his. I didn’t need to tell him
no. He understood he owed me, too, even though he tried his
hardest not to think about that, either. I’d taken the rap for
his whole car-stealing thing, because I was younger.
The only reason Drew wasn’t in a jail cell right now was
me. The only reason I even ended up at Turning Pines was
him.

 

 

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SEX IN NA? Is it required?

I think a lot of you will be happy to know I’m working on edits for BEN & CASSIE’s Novella right now <3. The Possibility of Us 

COMING IN JUNE!

PAUSE FOR *SQUEEING*!

For those of you who don’t know Ben & Cassie, their story started in Dear Cassie

Dear Cassie tore my heart out when I wrote it. Cassie had an abortion just before that book began and was dealing with the aftermath of it during the whole of the novel. By the end she had found some closure, some forgiveness and a new relationship with Ben. It ts an upper-YA book with very strong language, sex, and sexual situations, but Ben and Cassie did not have sex in the book.

Cassie was not ready to be in a relationship again, let alone be that intimate with someone. Kissing was as far as they went, even though both of them had been sexually active before.

Fast forward six months after Dear Cassie ends to The Possibility of Us. This novella is New Adult because now they are both 18, out of high school and trying to decide what to do about their lives and each other. Their relationship has gotten more serious and toward the end of the book they have sex for the first time. They are finally ready to really commit to each other and finally ready to trust in their love physically.

Because their relationship has been so delicate, so filled with Cassie’s baggage I wrote the sex scene as closed door; meaning you know they are about to have sex, but I don’t put it on the page. It feels right for them, like they almost deserve to have this as something no one else can share, literally. BUT, then there’s the expectations of writing a New Adult book. My last book Sneaking Candy was FILLED with sex and sexual innuendo. It was a romantic comedy, a very different kind of book, but I still wonder if leaving sex out this time will hurt me when it comes to readers.

Will The Possibility of Us be less well received if I don’t give readers a glimpse into Cassie and Ben’s bedroom?

I’m going to admit something and maybe this admission has gone unspoken by other NA writers, but I feel pressure to live up to a certain heat level.

Perhaps it’s a little how teen girls feel when guys pressure them to have sex before they are ready. He won’t like me anymore if I don’t do what he wants. I am feeling the same way about readers. Will they still like me if I keep Cassie and Ben’s sex-life implied and not explained?

Genres have expectations, there is nothing wrong with that. I guess I’m concerned that one expectation of New Adult has become for the most part explicit sex.

My edits are due Friday and I will be going back and forth on what to do until then I’m sure. For right now, I’m sticking with what feels right for my characters, even if the market is pushing me to believe it is wrong.

 

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY from Ben & Cassie

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Happy Valentines Day Everyone- my gift to you is a sneak peek of Cassie and Ben falling in love all over again in their new novella The Possibility of Us coming in April from Entangled Publishing!

If you met them in Dear Cassie you love them already, if you haven’t met them yet The Possibility of Us (which can be read as a stand alone) will make you swoon for the very first time!

The section below is from both their points of view.

Ben

I reached out and took her hand. Put mine around it and attempted to lace our fingers. I didn’t know if she would pull away, tell me to fuck off, or elbow me in the balls, but I had to try.

I had to know one way or the other.

I had to start living with her or dying without her.

Her hand felt warm in mine, as familiar as putting on a favorite sweater after it’s been in your closet all summer.

I wanted to tell her I loved her. I missed her. That now that I had her again I would never let her go, but I had to know if she felt the same way; if she ever could again. Because could was all I needed. I would turn could to would.

Cassie looked at me. Her shockingly blue eyes were wet. I didn’t know if she was crying because we were at a funeral, or for me, or us.

For who we were in California. For who we became after. For who we were now, and for who we could be.

She squeezed my hand, entwined her fingers with mine—a knot of forgiveness. She didn’t say anything after that, she didn’t have to.

At Turning Pines being with Cassie had always been baby steps. It began when she let me hold her hand. Maybe it could start that way again.

 Cassie

When the service was over our hands were still clasped tight— our warm skin and solid bones combined together to make something greater than they were alone.

I looked at them sitting on top of part of each of our legs, linking us. The color of our skin was reminiscent of the petals from the white roses that adorned the coffin, and like a rose our fastened hands were fragile.

What they had the possibility to represent was even more delicate.

“Do you want me to let go now?” Ben asked, rubbing the inside of my palm with his thumb.

It was one of my favorite things about him. It was like he was reminding me he was there.

“Cassie?” he asked, when I didn’t respond. That was Ben. Letting me know if he let go it would be my choice, not his. Letting me know he didn’t want to let go, but wanted to know what I wanted.

I wondered what he saw when he looked at our hands, something breakable like the petals I saw, or perhaps something stronger like a tree taking root.

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SNEAKING CANDY IS ON SALE FOR .99 at all RETAILERS

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A graduate student by day, an erotic romance author by night, a forbidden attraction I can’t deny…

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.

Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and–surprise!–my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

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Eeeeeee! go forth and enjoy!

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