Friday, October 2, 2015

More Than One Night by Nicole Leiren #Giveaway

More Than One Night 
Heroes of the Night book #1

Nicole Leiren

The Few. The Strong. The Brave. 

Melodie Alexander, a children's librarian, prefers to live life between the pages of a book. But when the death of her best friend prompts her to step out of her comfort zone, she finds herself directly in the path of self-proclaimed bad boy, Daniel Bresland.

Daniel knew how to be a solider. Life after war? Not as easy. He served his country in Afghanistan, both in the military and as a private contractor, but fighting the war came at high personal cost. Now he's determined to keep his relationships "casual" in order to protect his heart and prevent anyone from getting too close.

A chance encounter between Melodie and Daniel on a flight to Dallas proves that opposites really do attract. But when scars from the past threaten their new relationship almost before it starts, Daniel must decide if he can risk opening his heart again to convince Melodie he wants more than one night. 

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If you love men in uniform and believe the night belongs to lovers, then The Heroes of the Night series is perfect for you! Stories of military heroes, sexy and flawed, and the women they love. 

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Excerpt  – First Date

Daniel walked through the doorway promptly at eight. Never early. Never late. Beer, sweat, and women's perfume permeated his senses. My kind of party. He scanned the bar area looking for Melodie. Men in cowboy hats talking up women in high heels occupied most of the seats. Though there were some empty chairs, his date didn't seem to be the "I'll wait for you at the bar" type. Making his way through the hot bodies and large red couches interspersed for the comfort of the patrons who needed a rest from dancing in the lounge area, he searched the faces for a glimpse of her chocolate brown waves. Still no Melodie.

He rolled his neck to ease the growing tension. She didn't strike him as the type to agree to come and then back out. He moved to the center of the lounge area to check out the dancers. Though still early for a Friday night, the dance floor hosted a decent number of people gyrating to the band's rendition of a popular Def Leppard song.

Keen eyes scanned the crowd looking for her dark brown head bobbing in time to the music. Based on what he'd learned about her, it didn't seem likely she'd be hanging out with a bunch of strangers, but he felt compelled to cover all the bases. Still nothing. Where in the hell could she be? His disappointment seemed largely out of place for a woman he'd just met and had only known for a few hours. Time for a drink. Someday soon he'd have to find something besides alcohol and women to mask his pain, but that day was not today.

Moving back to the bar, he ordered a beer and made his way toward the outdoor patio. Maybe he could bum a cigarette off someone. He really didn't smoke, but sometimes he needed to distract himself from his nonstop internal diatribe.

Right before exiting, he caught sight of the brunette beauty, the most beautiful wallflower he'd ever laid eyes on. Melodie. In a denim skirt, white blouse, and red jacket—the picture of patriotism in a curvy, sexy package. He made eye contact and swaggered in her direction. "God bless the USA."

Her innocent look shot arousal through his veins, settling just below his belt. Thirty seconds and already he needed a cold shower. Or a hot time in bed with Miss USA here.

"Do you always make random comments, or do I just bring out the best in you?"

"You definitely bring out the best in me, sweetheart. I was just commenting about how patriotic you look in your red, white, and blue."

"Oh…" her blush matched her jacket.

Wanting to save her from herself, he gulped a few more swigs of his beer before tossing it in the trash can. "Let's dance, eighties girl."

Grabbing her hand, he pulled her away from the wall. His brows creased. She'd looked comfortable essentially fading into the woodwork. His eyes swept over her body. Why wouldn't she be the center of attention no matter what the occasion? Beautiful and smart with a hint of sweetness—a dangerous combination for his heart. Not wanting to delay his body in close proximity with hers one moment longer, he pulled her into the fray of the mosh pit, hoping modesty prompted her to lie about having two left feet. The moment her body started moving in time to the music, he forgot all about her feet as her softer curves begged for attention.

He matched his steps to hers. The crowd of people pressed against them, forcing their bodies closer. This is more like it. Muscles flexed, hips rotating—sharing all his best moves. Her moves were damn good too. Those hips…her breasts…even her legs…moving to Brian Adam's smooth beat. Each subtle sway sky-rocketed his libido to levels for which he couldn't be held responsible for very long.

The guitars strummed while the drums grew louder, feeding off the energy of the crowd. No slow songs from this group. Time to improvise and make his move. Pulling her tighter, he closed his eyes to focus on the warm-blooded woman fate had delivered in the seat next to him. This wallflower possessed curves which, at present, were exactly where he wanted them—pressed against his chest. Lower, the softness led to muscled thighs igniting multiple fantasies about them being wrapped around his hips. Despite his self-proclaimed promise to behave, he lowered his face to the curve of her neck, inhaling softly. Sweet Jesus, not only did she rally every ounce of testosterone in his body to attention, but her sweet smell was capable of bringing any man…this man…to his knees.

Dear God in heaven, he was in trouble.

About the Author:
Nicole is a debut author with her contemporary romance series, Heroes of the Night. She has been an avid reader and lover of books from a very young age. Starting with Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, and The V.I. Warshawski novels, her love for mysteries grew and expanded to include romance and suspense. A Midwest girl, born and raised, her stories capture the love and laughter in her real world heroes and heroines.

Twitter:  @NicoleLeiren

“More Than One Night”
Daniel and Melodie’s Playlist

Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson:  When Daniel and Melodie first meet, he thinks it’s totally crazy that he asks her out on not one, but two dates. She’s not the normal type of woman he hits on, but he knows there’s something about her that makes him want to spend time with her.
“Almost Paradise” Mike Reno and Ann Wilson: Their first date takes them to a bar with a dance floor and an 80’s cover band (they both love 80’s music LOL). All evening the music is fast paced and Daniel is hoping for a slower song so he can hold Melodie close.  Finally, the love theme from Footloose is played and he asks her to dance.
“Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars:  Daniel realizes quickly how special (and different) Melodie is from the women he usually spends time with. He also realizes she has NO idea how beautiful she is and he sets out to show her what he, and others, see.
“Heaven” Bryan Adams: For a brief time, our couple is able to overcome the challenges in their relationship and spend some quality time together. Daniel promises her that he’ll take her so high, she has to look down to see Heaven.
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” Poison: All good things must come to an end, though, and the past along with family challenges catches up to Daniel  and Melodie and they realize that being together is much harder than they expected. They both want it to work, but the “thorns” in their minds and hearts make it difficult to hold on to the growing love between them.
“As Long as You’re There” Charice: Finally, Melodie knows and realizes that she simply doesn’t want to live without Daniel in her life and she’s willing to fight for him. She travels to his home and lets him know that she’s in this, for better or worse, and that they can make it, as long as he’s part of her life.
“Unwritten” Natasha Bedingfeld: The couple decide that, no matter what life may throw their way, they are willing to explore the connection between them. They can’t change the past, but know the rest of their future is still unwritten J

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  1. Hi, thanks for the chance. You list the music that Daniel and Melodies listen to, but what music do you like to listen to?
    diannp (at)neo (dot)rr (dot)com

    1. Hi Diann,

      I have very eclectic tastes and love a little bit from each genre of music to be honest. My husband teases because when my Ipod is on shuffle, we can go from a christian contemporary to rap or heavy metal in just one song! LOL

      I confess, like Daniel and Melodie, my favorite decade of music is 80's. We were walking on sunshine and having the time of our lives :) A good portion of my fave music comes from that decade! :)

      Thanks for the great question!

  2. I liked both the excerpt, and the beautiful book cover. I have added this book to my book wishlist.

    Juana Esparza

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you so much Juana!! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt (I fell in love with the cover from the first moment I saw it :) )

      Hope you enjoy the story!

  3. I Nicole! I loved learning about you here.

  4. Hi Jenny!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the story!!


  5. Hi Nicole. What was the muse behind this work?

    1. Hi Kim, First I apologize I didn't get back to you sooner, I've been traveling alot and my gmail account doesn't auto notify me (bad Gmail LOL) Ironically, a man I met on a plane inspired the character of Daniel. He shared his philosophies about women, life and love with me on the trip from Chicago to New Orleans and I was so fascinated at his tales, I asked him if I could use some of the things he shared to inspire a character.

      Once I had the hero, I had to come up with a heroine who would take him totally by surprise, not his type and have him head over heels in love before he realized what had happened :)

      I hope you enjoy the story!!

      Thanks for stopping by.



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