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RELEASE BLITZ (Excerpt + Giveaway!): Hard Chrome by Vanessa North

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Series (name + # in series): American Heavy Metal, Book 1
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): Ebook Oct. 21, Print Oct. 29
Length (Print & Ebook): 49k words

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: Hard Chrome deals with subjects some readers may find difficult, including domestic violence, animal cruelty, drug use, and teen pregnancy.

46038657._SY475_He’s tough. But she’s tougher.

Tanner Ellis left American Heavy Metal in her rearview mirror. She didn’t see the beauty behind the grease stains and the polished chrome until it was too late. Now she’s back, determined to save her father’s legacy—and bring the South’s premier classic-car shop into the new century. Nothing is going to stop her—especially not the sexy tech who refuses to follow her lead.

American Heavy Metal is the only home Duke Wilson’s ever known, and no high-heeled, sharp-tongued princess is going to take it away. He tolerates Tanner’s advice, and it’s fun to push her buttons, but she doesn’t belong in the shop—never has, never will. The sooner she realizes that, the sooner he can find his new normal.

When Tanner falters, revealing the pain beneath her bravado, Duke comforts her the only way he knows how. And when violence from his past threatens their future, she’ll be there for him, offering him the one thing he’s always wanted—a shot at a real family. He just has to convince himself to take it.

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Excerpt

And that’s how I find myself howling along to, of all things, a Bon Jovi cover band, the feel of his stubble still tingling along my jaw, the last of the coconut and chocolate beer dancing on my tongue. Duke and Mac stand behind me, bouncing shoulder to shoulder in that camaraderie that still doesn’t make sense to me, until the music changes and Duke spins me into his arms.

I settle against him, hip to hip, as the strains of “I’ll Be There For You” swell through the bowl.

“You remember this song? My ma used to sing it a lot.” His left hand clasps my right and pulls it in close to our chests.

“Hardly. Maybe I was conceived to it.”

He throws his head back and laughs, and it might be the first unguarded laugh I’ve ever seen out of him, because it pulls a grin from me too. I relax into the dance, his body moving mine effortlessly in a small circle on the angled lawn, like he was taking care to shift our weight so I never stumbled into the downhill.

“I don’t get you,” I say into his chest.

“I don’t get you either,” he rumbles, his words too soft and close to carry out into crowd to Mac.

His body is hot against mine, and my face is still flushed from the beer. And it feels good—really good—which is terrifying because my dad is dead and nothing is supposed to feel good.

The shame and guilt hit me like a speeding truck, and I turn away as a sob wells up in me. I push him away and cover my mouth.

“You okay, princess?” He reaches for me, and I shake my head. I retch once then turn and run.

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About the Author

FIaFI4ea_400x400Vanessa North is a romance novelist, a short fiction geek, and a knitter of strange and wonderful things. Her works have been shortlisted for both the Lambda Literary Award and the RITA© Award, and have garnered praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Northwest Georgia with her family: a Viking, twin boy-children, and two large dogs.

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Giveaway

Vanessa North is celebrating the release of HARD CHROME with a big giveaway! Three prizes are up for grabs: (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards and (1) Signed Paperback of Hard Chrome + some serious auto-shop inspired swag!

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