Excerpt and Signed Paperback Giveaway of Katie Ashley’s latest, “Beat of the Heart”

by Maryse on October 17, 2013 · 88 comments

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YAY!!! I love signed books and I have one (Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train) with someone’s name on it. Katie Ashley’s of course, ;) since she signed it, but one lucky commenter here will get it!

Plus, it’s a super-STEAMY rock star book. Right up our alley, and just that excerpt alone raises the temperature.

So what’s it about?

After years of bad relationships and a cheating ex-fiancé, twenty-eight-year-old Mia Martinelli prefers healing her patients’ hearts on the Cardiac Care floor rather than risking having her heart broken again. But that all comes to a screeching halt when caring for the head roadie for Runaway Train puts her into the orbit of drummer and Latin Lover, AJ Resendiz. After a scorching weekend of steamy passion, Mia’s intention of getting out with her heart unscathed is challenged by the stud with the wicked sense of humor, especially when he wants to continue seeing her. But when the harsh reality of AJ’s hoard of female admirers sends her insecurities into overdrive, Mia bails, leaving him handcuffed to his bathroom shower.

AJ never imagined that after two weeks of the best sex and female companionship he’d ever experienced, he would need rescued by his band mates from his shower prison. Although he tries to forget the sensual brunette whose curves made his mouth water, AJ can’t get her out of his mind…or his heart. Months later when he finally seeks Mia for answers as to why she left, nothing could prepare him for their life-altering reunion.

Can AJ prove to Mia that regardless of the women after his body, his heart belongs only to her?

Ready for that excerpt?

As I looked at AJ’s body, so built and muscular with its fluid movements, my stomach rolled with nervous energy. I glanced at my reflection in the mirror and shuddered. I couldn’t do this. My head was starting to swim with old insecurities rapidly taking over my pretense of sexy and strong. There was no way in hell I looked graceful. Beads of perspiration had started to pop out on my face and chest from both my exertions and anxiety. Dancing, or attempting to dance, was so not me. This was a huge f&%king mistake to even attempt it with someone like AJ.

“AJ, I can’t do this. I’m completely robotic compared to you!”

“No, you’re not.”

“I tried to tell you before that I just don’t have it in me.” I dropped my arm from his shoulder and started to stalk off, but AJ tightened his grip on my hand before whirling me back against him.

“Yes, you do have it in you, Mia. And I’m going to show you.” He turned me to face the mirror before sliding behind me. His hands came to rest on my shoulders. “First of all, you’re way too tense. You need to loosen up. You have to let the music flow through you.” His deft fingers began massaging my neck and shoulders. His dark eyes locked on mine. “That’s it. Let the tension go. It’s only you and me here. No one is judging you.”

“But you—”

He shook his head. “You’re the one doubting yourself, not me.”

AJ’s fingers slid down, teasing along my clavicle. I felt the muscles in my neck and shoulders go limp. My eyelids started fluttering closed as he continued massaging me. “Mia, when will you get it through your thick, stubborn, Sicilian skull that your body is made for dancing…and for f&%king?”

I popped my eyes open to stare open-mouthed at his reflection. He winked at me before leaning down to kiss my cheek. “Turn your head, and give me your mouth, Mia.”

Although I wasn’t one for commands of the non-dancing kind, I obliged. AJ’s warm lips crushed against mine. As he deepened the kiss, I felt my tension releasing as I melted into him.

He pulled away, and I had to fight not to whine in protest. “Now for the lower half.” His hands slid down the side of my body, slightly catching the sides of my breasts, before coming to grip my hips. His hands rose up and down on my flesh, causing my hips to roll forward and backward. “That’s right.”

When he eased up on his grip, I kept up the same pace of undulating my hips. “Very nice.” He met my gaze in the mirror and grinned. “See, you don’t suck.” Keeping his eyes locked on mine, he slid his hands slowly back up my torso. My breath hitched when they paused above my ribcage to tease the underside of my boobs. Surveying my reaction, he then splayed out his fingers to fully cup my breasts.

I raised my brows at him. “And when did groping second base get added to the rumba?” I questioned breathlessly.

His head dipped to nuzzle my neck. “It’s all part of my rumba.”

Okay now, who wants the signed copy?

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below, and Friday night (Friday October 18th, 2013) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. These books will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

Open to US only however all are welcome to comment! :D

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

AmberLanae October 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Oooh! This looks good!

Maryse October 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

It totally does!!

sonia October 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

i cant wait for this book, i loved music of the heart

Tina Rappa October 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Can’t wait to read this!

jamie October 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Wowza about sums it up!! ;D

Lindsay October 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I loved AJ in Music of the Heart, so I was soo excited to hear he had his own book! Can’t wait to read this one.

Karen G. October 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Thanks for the post and the excerpt! I really enjoyed the part in Music of the Heart when Abby and AJ danced together so this is a great teaser for me! haha I am so excited for this release! =D

Marina October 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Looks good. I havn’t read any of this authors other works.

Lisa B October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Woot! Woot! ;)

sal saena October 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

cant wait to read this :)

Andrea October 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

He LOOKS….I mean this book…Looks really good

Sharon Tyson October 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Can’t wait to read this book!!!! :)

Annie G October 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I just downloaded Beat of the Heart to my Kindle…. looks like I’ll be starting it tonight :-)

Angel October 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

love Runaway Train

Lia October 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Looks good!

Brenda October 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Very HOT! Can’t wait to read this one!

Kristine October 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Hot rocker? Hellz ya!!!

Donnajoe October 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

OMG so excited!!! Been waiting for this book, great giveaway!!!

lyndsey October 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I love her books this looks good!!

Judy October 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Awesome! <3

Meg October 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Looks like a good one! Can’t wait to read it.

Denice B October 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Sexy cover!! I would love it have it. Thank you!

vicci hine October 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

This looks so good. I really want to read it.

lori moore October 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM

I’d love a copy !!

Kristina October 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Yay! I cannot wait to read this book!

Kristina Longoria October 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I just started reading!!! Love AJ!!!

Michele October 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Loved AJ in Music of the Heart. Can’t wait to read this one. 8-)

Barb October 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

This looks great. I’d love to win.

jennifer October 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I would love a copy!

Shanna October 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Yowza! I will definitely be reading this one!!!!!

Kerri McLaughlin October 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Can’t wait to read this!!! Katie Ashley rocks! And so do you Maryse! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Heather October 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Book looks great!!
I love your book blog

Raquel Perez October 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Looking forward to reading this!!! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

Cindy M. October 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Hot boys & music swooning! <3 Can't wait to read this book! loved Music of the Heart!! Katie Ashley is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway Maryse! luv the blog!

Kathy Phelan October 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I am 28 percent in and loving it. Couldn’t wait for it to o on sale:)

Rose October 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sounds right up my alley and would love to read it.

Carrie Marie October 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

definitely on my TBR list!! :)

Noelle October 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Music of the Heart was soo good! I would love to win this!!

Kim Perry October 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Great excerpt!! I’m really looking forward to reading AJ’s story! I love a man who can dance. Thanks for the giveaway!

Debra D October 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Loved Music of The Heart cannot wait to read this one!!!!!

michelle October 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Looks good

Tina October 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Oh yes, I need this one.

Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva October 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I fell in love with the trailer to Music of the Heart…so much so that I think it should be a movie. And now you tell me there is another one? MUST. HAVE. NOW.

Maria Cassera October 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Please pick me, love & adore Katie Ashley!!!!

Feifei October 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Ooooh!! What an awesome giveaway Maryse! And so close to its release date too :D

Sandy October 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I love Katie Ashley’s books!! *fingers crossed*

Esther October 18, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Can’t wait to read this!

Debbie October 18, 2013 at 5:28 AM

This snippet has me wanting more. Never read this author before but ready to add to my TBR list.

Carol October 18, 2013 at 6:12 AM

I can’t wait to read this book, I love this author !!!!

Rhonda Beyer October 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Great giveaway, thanks!!!

DA October 18, 2013 at 6:36 AM

I had put this on my wishlist – would love to win a copy. Thanks.

Helen October 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Open to US only?I’m so bummed out :(

LIZ October 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

This book sounds good, I will put this on by TBR list at the top.

Becca October 18, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Oh goodness, this looks like it’s going to be as much fun as Lick! Got me hooked already.

Stacy P. October 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM

This one has been on my TBR since reading Music of the Heart. Would love to win a copy!

Rachel A October 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Oh my goodness!!!

Kelley October 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM

I’m so glad AJ is getting his own book. Can’t wait.

Lynn October 18, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Looks awesome, can’t wait to read this one!!!

Barbara Salard October 18, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Looks Good!!–

Nachelle October 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM


michele October 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Looking forward to reading it this weekend!

Jean October 18, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Loved Music of the Heart and can’t wait for this one….oooohhhh that excerpt…love it!!!

michelle October 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Yep – i need a fix

Jenn October 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Looks really good…….

Jennifer H October 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Looks good! Love Music of the Heart and looking forward to reading this one also!!!

Emily October 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I can’t wait to read this! :)

Lisa Bolton October 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I cannot wait to read this. Looks like it will be so good!!!

Helen October 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Excited to read this one!! Thanks.

Michele Dewell October 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Awesome giveaway.I cant wait to read this one. I loved the first one. Thank u for the giveaway.

angela October 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Pick Me! Pick Me!

Tina Hammond October 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Looks like a great book, and a fun read… I like when humor is added to the personalities of the main characters

Tiffaney H October 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

This looks like a fun read :)

Corinne October 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Great excerpt. Love her books!

Amanda October 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sign me up!

Sara Arcuri October 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Can’t wait for this one!! I loved Music of the Heart!! :)

Mick Murphy October 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Love me some Katie Ashley! Hope to win! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Jen C. October 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Hot giveaway! Thanks!

bn100 October 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Interesting excerpt

Jen P October 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Already have this one on my TBR…

Dena October 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

This series is super cool and the author is amazing.. Thank you for the giveaway

Jami October 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Just finished up The Party,The Proposition and The Proposal would love to win this.Katie Rocks!

Susana Dorado October 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Love Katie Ashley…. This sounds like another great read… Thanks

Karen D. October 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Love Katie Ashley! Thanks for the chance to win Maryse!

Mandy October 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Ooh this one looks good!!

Robin October 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I loved The Proposition, The Proposal, and Music of the Heart! I can’t wait to read this one!!

Annie October 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

On my TBR. Thanks!

TG October 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Loved Music of the Heart, can’t wait to read this one!!!

Erika October 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I’d love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

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