What comes to mind when you hear the name Elizabeth Reyes? Hot guys, Hot romance, and Hot books! In honor of her first book release three years ago, September 6th-17th is everything Elizabeth Reyes! From Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1) to Abel (5th Street, #4) nothing is left out of this celebration.
Many blogs will help celebrate by posting about their favorite books by Elizabeth Reyes and different guest posts by the author.
Also, the author will have Noah and Forever Mine both on sale for $.99 cents!
Veronica Cruz has been through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago to be at the side of her dying mother, she’s left alone, unemployed, overweight, and feeling a decade older than her twenty-eight years. When her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to be—perfectly chiseled, supportive and motivating. Add to that, he’s incredibly sexy. He’s everything she’s ever looked for in a man. What she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There's just one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger.
Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title—someday. Down for a few months with an injury, his maintenance-boy pay at 5th Street Gym won't cut it. He’s finally given the opportunity to train. The catch? His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he’s ever known, and before he knows it, he’s in love. But Veronica’s not having it—the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship means having to watch her date other men—something that would make him crazy. Believing he's the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age is but an illusion, and there's more to him than just a number.
When tragedy strikes in the ring, Giovanni Bravo falls into a deep depression, walking away from his dream of boxing to train instead. He agrees to a two month get-away, helping train Felix Sanchez, his high school best friend and now welterweight champ of the world. Once at Felix’s lavish boxing complex, he’s reunited with Bianca Rubio, someone he remembers only as the girl with the innocent doe eyes back in high school. Her refreshing, cheerful demeanor not only takes Gio’s mind off his troubled conscience, he finds himself falling for her fast and hard. The problem—Bianca is Felix’s girlfriend.
Having a sexy, famous boyfriend has its perks, but they come with a price. Bianca not only has to deal with the ongoing tabloid rumors about her boyfriend hooking with other women, but also his constant absence when he is on the road. So now that Felix will be in town for two whole months to train for his next big bout, Bianca is thrilled. He’s even asked her to move into his cabin while he's there. But when he leaves for days at a time to promote his fight, Bianca spends time getting to know Felix’s gorgeous new trainer and good friend, Gio. Increasingly drawn to his sweet smile and smoldering green eyes, she finds herself saying and doing things she normally wouldn’t.
As it becomes more and more difficult for each to resist the other, Gio crosses the line between them. He hopes that one kiss will alleviate the overwhelming temptation and clear both their systems, but it does just the opposite. Their temptation suddenly becomes an obsession--an obsession that quickly forces Gio to realize this is more than just lust. He's fallen hard and to his delight so has she. Now he's forced to make the hardest decision of his life. Risk losing his long time friend or walk away from the only girl he's ever loved.
Staying away from him was indisputably the sensible thing to do. The problem? She wasn’t just drawn to him; she was utterly mesmerized...
Charlotte Brennan is no stranger to heartache and mortification. Her past is full of both. So when amazing and incredibly intense Hector Ayala, literally jumps into Charlee’s life, her walls are immediately up. Letting her guard down and sharing her past and deepest secret is not happening. Charlee is not looking to get her heart crushed once again. However, her willpower proves to be no match for Hector’s mesmerizing pull.
Guilt is a profound emotion to deal with and no one knows this better than Hector. So when he gets the chance to make up for a past indiscretion that’s been gnawing away at him for months, he takes it. Doing so means he’ll also have to pass up pursuing Charlee, the only girl he’s ever been so fascinated by. But his inability to explain why they could never be has him dealing with a new kind of
guilt—the guilt of knowing he is unwillingly breaking her heart.
Coming off the worst divorce in the history of marriages, Nellie Gamboa’s looking to let loose and make up for years of neglect. When months of building sexual tension between her and the young hot boxing stud, Abel Ayala, finally peak, she makes him an offer no man would refuse.
No promises. No demands. Just pure unrestrained passion.
Abel’s training for the biggest fight of his career. He has no time for a social life, much less a relationship. So this arrangement couldn't be more perfect. A beautiful woman asking him to help her alleviate her neglected desires—no strings attached. What more can he ask for?
As the lines between lust and something much deeper, begin to blur, Abel finds himself in an even bigger fight.
The fight to regain control of his now demanding heart.
FACTS ABOUT THE 5th STREET SERIES
By Elizabeth Reyes
· I've mentioned this before, but some may not have read about it. The idea of "5th Street" came from my husband’s childhood street name and the street his parents and many of his friends still live on: 5th Street. Very often the street is referred to as a place. "So where you gonna be for the 4th of July?" "We'll be down at 5th Street as usual." I really liked how they thought of it as an actual place, not just a street, so I decided since this would be taking place in East L.A. really close to the 5th Street he grew up in, why not? I still get ribbed by some of his friends and brothers saying I owe them royalties for their stories. (Insert eye roll.) LOL. No, none are boxers.
· Most of my stories come to me in bits and pieces, and then the story comes together as I write it. Noah and Gio are probably two of the only stories I've written (with the exception of Breaking Brandon, which I'm still in the process of writing) that have come to me in their entirety from beginning to end.
· I've never cried as much as I did writing a certain event in Gio. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say it's the twist no one see's coming. =/
· As popular as the motorcycle riding bad boy heroes are these day, Noah and Gio are my only two heroes ever to ride motorcyles because I personally think they are so dangerous. Even then, I made sure they wore their helmets. If you recall, Roni didn't let Noah drive it in the rain, and again in Abel there is mention of her not allowing him to use it until he gives it a major overhaul. LOL. I'm such a mother hen even with my fictional characters. Anyone who has read all or most of my novels knows my characters always wear their seatbelts. They never talk on the phone while driving unless they have a hands free gadget of some kind, and they always wear protection. Unless of course the plot warrants they don't. ;)
· The plot for Hector came to me one day when my son came home from school one day and announced that he had finally joined the chess club. He is an excellent chess player, and I'd been trying to convince him to join the chess club forever, but he kept saying the chess club was for nerds. He shared lots of stories with me about the characters in the club, and when I teased him about there being any cute girls, he didn't immediately say no as I expected him to. Instead, he thought about it for a second before responding, "Yeah, but they're all so shy." My son is outgoing, spends most his time in the gym, and was a typical jock in high school. He in no way looked like a shy introverted chess player type, so the thought occurred to me what if, and the story was born. =D
· As with my novel Fate, while I feel Felix's story is part of the 5th Street series it's also feeling like a stand-alone or at the very least an extension of the series. For starters, I don't anticipate the title being "Felix." Also, I have something planned for his story that will set it apart from the others. I'm very excited and nervous about this by the way.
· I Googled pictures of De La Hoya's training complex up in Big Bear to better be able to describe a cabin of that caliber.
· I have a friend who very often cracks herself up most of the time before getting through whatever story she is telling. While she doesn't do the squeaking thing like Bianca, once she gets going, it's incredibly contagious, and I always find myself cracking up with her, even if I don't know what the heck she's laughing about. This was my inspiration for Bianca's moments when she'd crack herself up. I even cracked up a few times, picturing my friend as I wrote the scenes.
Creating Chemistry Guest Post
By Elizabeth Reyes
Well, a very wise person once told me that soul mates are two people who come together like puzzle pieces. Neither is perfect. In fact, one or both can be deeply flawed. However, their pieces somehow come together and mesh perfectly. If you stand back and examine your own personal relationships and you are honest, you can see this in your own partner. You're each stronger because of the other. You complete each other. I also believe that two people who are too much the same will butt heads. So usually I like my FMC & MMC to be opposites in one way or another. It's always fun to watch them be forced to compromise and meet halfway.
Creating the chemistry is different for each couple. They need to click. Each needs to make a lasting impression on the other, whether good or bad. The impression needs to stick so that days, weeks, maybe even months later they are still bubbling or cursing under their breath about it. I'll take either. ;) Then I build on that. If she wants to hate him, this will now become a challenge. Same goes for him because there will be one very redeeming quality that will suck the other person in. Then again I build on that. Their conversations have to be entertaining whether they're romantic, mysterious (cryptic), or argumentative. There has to be something that, regardless of the topic of conversation, leaves both MCs and the reader wanting and waiting for them to talk to one another again.
All this and their body language go hand in hand: the tense stance when trying hard not to give into to doing or saying what they really want and the deep, intense uncontrollable gazes. The unforgettable ones give them (sometimes infuriatingly) the ever-present-in-romance-novels butterflies.
My husband often asks me as he passes by my desk and I'm writing, "What's that goofy smile about?" That's usually a good sign that the chemistry is working, because if I'm feeling the irrepressible need to smile like a goofball as I'm writing the dialogue, then we're good. LOL. On a sidenote, building to that moment—creating that chemistry that will not be suppressed no matter how hard either side tries—is my favorite part of writing romance. =D
Author’s Favorite Quotes from the 5th Street Series
By Elizabeth Reyes
I have favorite quotes for different reasons: some because of the meaning behind said quote and others because of what the quote does to the story itself.
“Don’t get all weird on me, Veronica. If there’s one thing I’ve learned my whole life, time and age are but an illusion.”
Because of the age difference I was worried about how the readers would take this. So having Noah set out to prove this statement, which I think he did effectively, makes this one of the most satisfying quotes of his book.
“I know it isn’t. I don’t know what else to tell you, man. You can’t fight love. Trust me. I tried.”
This is Gio's response to Abel telling him that moving in on his friend's girl was not cool. Again I think Gio more than proved that he really did try to fight it. It just was inevitable. He and Bianca were meant for each other.
This next one is also from Gio: Gio was trying to explain to Noah on the phone how this could have happened—how he could have fallen for his friend’s girl—when he suddenly hits a nerve by bringing Noah's girl into the mix.
"She’s just different, Noah. I’ve never felt anything like this for any girl. The only connection I’ve ever had with a chick where I can actually talk so openly like this is maybe Roni, but that’s different. With Bianca—”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back the fuck up. Roni?”
“No, not like that.”
“You just said it! A connection with Roni? Are you shitting me?”
It's always fun to bring a little of my guys’ ready-to-roar alpha into even a serious conversation like this. LOL
“The heart is forever inexperienced.”
This is a Henry David Thoreau quote that was previously mentioned in Noah as well. It was something that Jack, the late owner of 5th Street and only father figure any of these guys ever had, said to them so often it stuck. It's something that I believe in as well. Regardless of age and everything we go through in life, the heart is always learning—forever inexperienced and hopeful.
As soon as he was in the shower with her, his hands were all over her wet body, and he kissed her softly. “You,” he said, kissing her bottom lip softly. “Are so,” he brought his hands up to her face, cradling it as he kissed her again, “fucking beautiful.”
The reader knows from the get-go that with Abel and Nellie it's nothing but a physical thing. Neither was supposed to be feeling any other kind of connection, so it was important to me that, even in the most sensual of moments, his feelings, which he was having a much harder time concealing, naturally shone through. I love that even at a moment like this his true emotions come through loud and clear. I also hope it makes the readers sigh. =D
When Rose tagged along with her big sister to a baby shower the last thing she expected was to meet a guy. But this wasn’t just any guy. This was the exciting, sexy as sin, way out of her league black sheep of his family--Vincent Moreno. Even more surprising, this heart-stopping bad boy seemed interested in her.
Fate always had a way of interfering in Vince’s best-laid plans. His forced attendance to his annoyingly perfect cousin’s baby shower was no different. He was sure to be bored out of his skull, but instead, he met sweet little Rosie Zendejas.
What begins as a unlikely friendship between two very different people turns into one of the most intense and passionate relationships that neither ever saw coming. But just like it had so many times in Vince’s troubled past, Fate steps in once again, threatening to take away the one thing he can’t seem to even breathe without now—Rose.
A LOOK AT BREAKING BRANDON (FATE, #2)
By Elizabeth Reyes
This is a refresher for those who may not remember Brandon. He is the main character in my upcoming novel Breaking Brandon (Fate #2) which is a spinoff of the Moreno Brothers series. Here is a scene from Sweet Sofie to give a refresher or introduce anyone who hasn't read her book to him.
The very next day, Brandon was out there in his running shorts and a tank top. Sofia could tell he’d already been running, because his shirt was dampened with perspiration.
He ran up to her as soon as he saw her. “Hey.”
“Hey.” The first thing she noticed was a tattoo on his upper arm, but she didn’t say anything. Something about it being on his big, muscular, sweaty arm made looking at it feel wrong.
Sofia still couldn’t get over how different he looked. He seemed so improved, and she was happy for him. Everyone thought he’d end up in jail, and here he was, clean-cut and looking healthier than ever. “How long you been out here?”
“About an hour.”
“Really?” she said. “Wow, how much longer are you gonna be? I usually only do about an hour total.”
“Yeah, well, I’m a Marine, honey.” He wiped the sweat from his face with his big shoulder. “An hour ain’t shit. Pardon my French.”
Sofia smirked. “Yeah, but you’re practically walking.”
Brandon’s eyebrows shot up. “Is that a challenge?”
Sofia smiled and took off sprinting.
If that scene doesn't jog any memories maybe this one does?
Sofia brought her hand up and flattened against his chest. Though she didn’t push him away like she should, at least she had something in between them. Brandon’s hot minty breath was on her mouth, and she could almost taste him.
“I think your brothers’ plan to make you so forbidden may’ve backfired on them.” His arm slipped around her waist. “I saw the way all those boys looked at you in high school. Saw it, because I was looking at you the same way. Every one of us had a hard-on for you, Sof.”
He spoke right in her mouth, her heart pounding in her chest. “Tell me to stop and I will, Sofia. Otherwise,” he licked his lip, “I’m gonna have to kiss you.”
Here’s a VERY early peak at the first paragraphs of Breaking Brandon (Fate #2). Release is tentatively scheduled to be the end of this year, 2013.
The demanding knock on the door should’ve been Brandon's first clue that something was wrong. He stood from where he’d been sitting staring at his ailing sleeping father and walked out of the room closing the door behind him. It couldn’t be his mom she had a key and she always came in through the garage door anyway.
Glancing out the door window Brandon was surprised to see who it was. He opened the door and smiled. “Hey Sal.” He started to unlatch the screen door. “Damn, how long has it been, man?”
Sal pulled the door open roughly. “This isn’t a social visit, Billings.”
About the Author:
I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion."
Elizabeth continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 10* novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered have far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
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Additional places to find out more about Elizabeth Reye’s books:
Link to prologue of Abel. Feel free to copy paste scene if you prefer.
Moreno Brothers Page on my blog with LOTS of excerpts and extras.
5th Street page on the author’s blog. Lots of excerpts and teasers of each book in series.
(3) Kindle Paperwhites – US Only
(2) Audio book sets of The Moreno Brothers Series + Fate – US Only
(2) Audio book sets of 5th Street Series (Abel is not included as it is not on audio yet) – US Only
(1) Signed set of The Moreno Brothers including Fate, the first book in the spin-off series, plus swag
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