Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guest Blogger: Tami Brothers and Marianne

The beach, Halloween and Marianne.

Who woulda thunk it? Especially since the three elements didn’t normally mix.

Marianne dug her bare toes into the sand as a cool breeze ruffled her hair. Goosebumps dotted her skin as she watched the sun rise over the swell of the ocean waves. After wrapping the blanket tighter around her shoulders, she glanced down at her watch. The mere idea of five a.m. would have most people screaming at the injustice of being awake so early. Especially while on vacation. For her, though, it was three hours past the time she normally arrived at work. “Time to make the donuts.” Although meant to be funny, that line from the old 80’s commercials was her life. But she loved it.

A muffled laugh echoed across the empty beach. Marianne couldn’t help but smile. Had to be Jasmine. Even though the two couples weren’t the only guests in the small Tybee Island, Georgia resort, Marianne knew immediately it belonged to the bubbly brunette she’d met the day before. Her boyfriend Lucien was a bit intimidating at first glance, but she’d seen the way he looked at Jasmine. A man who looked at woman with that much love couldn’t be bad.

A movement up the beach caught her attention. Oh my. Tall, muscular, ripped. God he was gorgeous. And he was all hers. Even after spending most of the night exploring every inch of his body, she couldn’t stop the shiver slithering up her spine in anticipation as she watched her husband finish up the last leg of his morning run.

A year earlier she’d been building a new business and baking the cake for his sister’s wedding. With her bakery being the go-to spot in town, she’d watched as the crème de la crème of Georgia threw themselves at him. The rich boy who’d left the small, quiet town in the dust years earlier had come home and his arrival had attracted women from miles around. The blatant passes and resulting rejections had been entertaining for everyone, Marianne included. Thankfully, there’d been one girl he was interested in.

The past year had been overwhelming with both of them managing their new businesses and then adding the whole dating thing on top of that. But it had been well worth the efforts. This was the second day of her new life as Mrs. Alexander and she couldn’t think of anything she wanted more than to get her husband back into bed.

As Jason drew closer, a wicked thought crossed her mind. With a glance up the beach, she confirmed her brazen idea was doable. Knowing it was way too early for beach combers; she turned and shot a come-hither look over her shoulder. When she caught her husband’s eye, she strolled across the sand toward the empty Tiki Hut knowing full well he’d follow.

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I hope you enjoyed this small peek into Marianne and Jason’s honeymoon. You can read about how they met in Drool Worthy, a short read and free download at Smashwords


If you’re interested in finding out more about Jasmine and Lucien and discovering why the New York couple is in South Georgia, check out their story coming this Thanksgiving in Jasmine’s Quest.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you Carol and all those here at Under the Tiki Hut. This is my first venture into the indie publishing market and I couldn’t think of a better group of people (than all of you) to share my debut. You guys rock!



About the author: Tami Brothers always wanted to live a fun, sexy and exciting life. But when her clumsiness left her with an aversion to high heels, her fear of wardrobe malfunctions cut out those plunging necklines, and her skydiving instructor politely suggested she take up golf; she decided the only way to keep from breaking her neck would be to write about such a life. To read more about Tami’s journey to publication check out her Live, Love, Write blog at www.tamibrothers.com or you can also find her hanging out with a great group of writers at www.petitfoursandhottamales.com.

40 comments:

irishoma said...

Hi Carol,
I enjoyed this post. Good luck with your publishing venture, Tami.
Donna V.

Linda G. said...

Ooo-la-la! Looks like things are about to steam up in the Tiki Hut. ;)

Good luck with your writing career, Tami. :)

Manzanita said...

This sounds like some activity is due for the Tiki Hut. It seems like I've read this before but it is just being published, right? Best wishes, Tami for your career in writing.
Manzanita

Joanne said...

Hi Tami, It's nice to meet your characters here in this fun read ... Best wishes with Drool Worthy!

Pamela Mason said...

Tami, this certainly does sound drool worthy! Heading for Smashwords right now for that Halloween treat!
And Jasmine's Quest too - they both sound like fun reads. You know, October is the best month for the beach down here - not so brutally hot or crowded. You've got a unique spin on some beach reads here.
I'll have to check out the treats ! offered in these books now!

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Treat in Drool Worthy: Snickerdoodles. Yum!

Nice follow-up to DW here. Looking forward to reading Jasmine's Quest too.

VR Barkowski said...

Wow, if this keeps up, Carol's going to have to flip the adult content toggle on Blogger. Great post, Tami. Best of luck with DROOL WORTHY!

LR said...

Ooh sounds sultry... This gives under the tiki hut a whole new meaning.

Liza said...

I've always wanted to visit Tybee Island. Thanks for taking me there vicariously!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He'll follow. We never say no to that.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Fun! Makes me want to go south and enjoy the beach with my husband. :)

Maxine Davis said...

I loved it! Drool Worthy is great (and their snickerdoodles.) I loved the visit to the beach to see where the year took them! Keep publishing, Tami!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

What a great title! And a great excerpt, too. Best wishes for your launch!

Ciara said...

Jason is on his way. :) Great story, Tami

Janet, said...

Wow! Makes me want to be young and go on my honeymoon again.

Tami Brothers said...

Oh man! I first want to say how sorry I am for coming in to comment so late. This is the first time I've ever had to work late and for the day to be today. :( But I couldn't say no if I want to eat.

Thanks you guys so much for your patience with me. :)

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Donna! Thanks a ton for your well wishes. I truly appreciate them.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Linda! Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Manzanita! You actually might have read this before. I posted it two years ago on the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog for our October Treasure Hunt posts. Then I've linked back to it from my blog. If you saw it somewhere else, I'd love to know where that is (just to make sure it wasn't pirated). :)

Thanks a TON for stopping by and commenting. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Thank you Joanne! I'm super glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Pamela! I do love the beach in October here. I just checked in with family back in Wyoming and they are all expecting snow. The Colorado group has already been outside playing in theirs. :)

Thanks a ton for grabbing my story. I'll let you know as soon as Jasmine's story is ready.

Hugs

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Yay Carol! Snickerdoodles are a huge part of this story. Bet you can't guess what I was making for The Kid's dance two years ago, can ya??? Thanks for stopping by!

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi VR! Thanks so much for your support. I tried to keep it light :). As I said in an interview I did with Hildie McQueen last week, the group blog that I'm a part of is called Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. The name fits me well because in real life, I'm more of a Petit Four type of person, but I've found my writing leans toward the Hot Tamale house (at times).

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi LR! I like the sound of sultry. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Liza! Tybee is awesome. Expensive at times, but what place isn't. I really wish I could be there now. :( Maybe one day it will happen. Then you can go hunt down that Tiki Hut. ;)

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

LOL Alex! I had a feeling. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate the support.

Hugs

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Kathi! You are welcome down here anytime. I'm in Middle Georgia but compared to Wyoming where I'm originally from, this is pretty darn south. :) Thanks a ton for stopping by.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Maxine!!! Thanks a ton, girl! You are an awesome critique partner.

Big hugs!

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Elizabeth! I am so glad you liked the title. I have honestly gotten either great comments about it or really bad haters. :) You made my day. Thanks a ton for stopping by.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Ciara! I loved that part. :) Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate the support.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Janet! I totally agree. My honeymoon got pared down when hubby was furloughed with the railroad. Then our tenth anniversary cruise took us right into the middle of a hurricane. We hit number twenty this year. Didn't go anyway because we didn't want to jinx it. BUT I'm thinking that maybe next year we need to find a nice quiet beach. :)

Thanks a ton for stopping by. I hope you get that honeymoon again one day. May there be a Tiki Hut strategically placed. :)

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

OK. Headed to bed. The day is starting pretty early tomorrow and I'm hoping it won't last nearly as long as today.

Until tomorrow, enjoy the nice chill in the air (at least here in Georgia) and don't forget to take a blanket along when you're headed to that Tiki Hut.

Hugs to all!

Tami

Pam Asberry said...

Aw, Tami, I'm so happy to know "the rest of the story." This was fun! :-)

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Pam! Thanks girl. I appreciate you popping over here. Am looking forward to reading yours, too. :)

Tami

Nezzy said...

Oh, just grab the water-hose and col me down. Whew, bet that old empty hut's gonna heat up the beach! Heeehehehe!

This was great and thanks so much for the great read.

God bless ya'll and have an extraordinary day!!! :o)

Medeia Sharif said...

Tiki Hut meets Tiki Hut. Great excerpt. Drool Worthy sounds awesome.

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Nezzy! LOL on the water-hose. Maybe a dip in the ocean might work, too. Add Jason and even Lucien and I am there. :) I hope you had a terrific day as well.

Tami

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Medeia! Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it. I'm actually thinking I need to plan a nice little trip with my hubby. No idea if I would have the guts to do the Tiki Hut thing, but I'm sure he would enjoy it if I did. Thanks a ton for stopping by!

Tami

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. And thanks to Tami Brothers for such a great guest post.

Tami Brothers said...

Thanks a TON for having me over here, Carol! I had a blast and I appreciate all the wonderful comments. You all made this very memorable for me. :)