Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sun and Moon by Lee Straus: Spotlight and Excerpt

 



 
Sun & Moon by Lee Strauss
(Book One in the Minstrel Series)

Coming January 26th!

If you’re a fan of the movie Inside, Llewyn Davis, ABC television’s Nashville or Colleen Hoover’s upcoming novel, "Maybe Someday", the Minstrel Series is for you!

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each are complete standalone stories with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!


Katja Stoltz is a risk-taking singer-songwriter hoping to make it in the indie music scene in Dresden, Germany. Micah Sturm's a brooding uptown banker on a quest.

Driven to the streets, Katja is picked up by Micah - but he doesn't want what she thinks he does. There’s an undeniable attraction between them, a gravitational pull they both struggle to resist. Katja knows she mustn’t fall in love with this handsome enigma. There’s something dark lurking beneath the surface. He could be dangerous.



And even if her life isn’t on the line, her heart most definitely is.



*not erotica - no explicit sex or coarse language

This series is an exciting collaboration between Lee Strauss as an Indie Author and several very talented Indie Singer-Songwriters. Four original songs produced by Norm Strauss are featured in Sun & Moon and are performed by award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Kim McMechan. MP3 links are included at the end.

Check out the music video!


All the songs from the Minstrel Series can be found at Bandcamp.

The Minstrel Series also has its own Facebook page. Go Like it to follow all the upcoming Minstrel Series news!

Pre- orders now available at the pre-release price of 2.99! (Price goes up after launch)

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EXCERPT
  

“How did you learn to cook?” Katja couldn’t imagine his mother stepping foot into a kitchen.
“We had cooks. I wanted to learn, and they taught me.”
He had cooks. She had a mother who could barely pull herself out of bed.
“It helps to set a timer,” Micah added, winking. “Especially if you find yourself distracted by a song demanding to be written or a picture insisting on being sketched.” He set the timer, and then handed her a spoon. “You need to stir it once in a while.”
Micah pulled the tin lid off a small plastic container. “Now to add crème and a bit of salt and pepper to the vegetables and stir.”
Katja found it increasingly difficult to pull her gaze away from her teacher. Men who knew their way around a kitchen were sexy. Her pulse jumped as she watched him, and she felt herself flush. “So, what’s left?” she asked, trying to distract herself.
“The cheese. Many people like Parmesan, but I prefer sheep cheese. It adds a nice tang.” He sliced a piece of the block and handed it to Katja. “You can grate it.”
Micah produced a grater and Katja began the process of shredding the cheese onto a plate. Micah made no attempt to hide the fact that he was staring at her.
“Don’t do that,” she said.
“Do what?”
“You know what.”
“I want to kiss you.”
She dropped the cheese, and dared to glance at him. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
He stepped closer, forcing her to back up against the counter. “I think it’s a great idea.”
Oh, Lord, she really wanted him to kiss her. But it was still a really, really bad idea. Her pulse raged and her body flooded with warmth. Her throat grew dry. She heard herself say. “Perhaps it’s not the worst idea.”
Yes it was! A terrible, terrible idea!
He pressed his mouth to her ear, his breath causing tremors that would break the Richter scale. “Admit it. It’s a fantastic idea.”
She gulped, wanting nothing more than to grab him by the shirt and pull him to her. “Maybe not so bad,” she whispered.
“Not so bad works for me.” Micah’s lips found hers, and Katja was sure the kitchen floor had cracked open. She was falling, helplessly. She grabbed his head and returned the kiss, urgently taking him in. She wrapped a leg around him and he grabbed her thigh. She wanted to tear his shirt off and drag him to his room.
Then she remembered his force field.
And her own oath to leave.
She’d told him he had until Tuesday to change her mind and here she was sucking his lips off on Monday night.
Did she have no willpower at all? Had she changed her mind about what she should do so easily? Tomorrow she’d still be the poor girl chasing a dream, and he’d still be the rich boy with every advantage. And with a domineering mother who scared the crap out of her. Mrs. Sturm would always be trying to break them up, and eventually she would win. She and Micah had too much working against them.
She had to be stronger than this.
She placed a palm against his chest and pushed gently. “Micah…”
He tapped a finger to her lips. “You promised me until Tuesday.”
“That’s tomorrow.”
“Then I have you until tomorrow.”



About Lee Strauss: Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. Find out more at www.ellestraussbooks.com.
 

Twitter: @elle_strauss
YouTube channel

 
 
Lee is giving away prizes to celebrate the upcoming
 launch of Sun & Moon

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card, MP3s of all four songs featured on Sun & Moon, and a 12 month calendar from Dresden, Germany featuring many of the settings found in Sun & Moon.

Dresden, Germany





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