Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Behind the Lens

Here is another book I'm promoting since I have many that I want to get out there.

Crazy how many I signed up for but I love promoting and reviewing!

Here is a blurb from Behind the Lens by Heather Dahlgren. 

Behind The Lens


Releasing April 24th

The only thing Kallie Gregory ever wanted to do was take photos. She’s been doing it for as long as she can remember. Having succeeded in becoming an up and coming photographer, she is living her dream daily. She’s not willing to risk anything to ruin what she’s built.

Jax Burke has been living his dream. He’s one of the most sought after male models with his sexy look, muscular body and brilliant tattoos that are becoming increasingly more recognizable. He has no problem getting anything that he wants, including the ladies.

When Kallie and Jax meet there’s an instant connection. They become fast friends and spend the majority of their time together, both realizing how much they have in common with their dreams and goals. The closer they get to each other, the stronger their attraction becomes.

Only problem is, Jax is willing to risk it all for a chance at love, but Kallie is not.

Is it possible for Jax to convince Kallie to see what is behind the lens?

Sound like something you might want to dive into?  Well how about I tell you a little more.  This book has been running through my head for months.  I couldn't wait to write it and now that it is done, I can honestly say that I am in love with it.  I don't normally say things about my books, I leave that up to the readers, but this one, I will say it.

I was lucky enough to have some insight from model Stephen Thomas while writing this book.  He was extremely open and I couldn't appreciate it more. 

Don't get me wrong everything is fictional in this book, it's all out of my head, about how I imagine things being.  

I think we can all agree that we have wondered what it would be like to be friends, hang out or even better, be dating a sexy model.  That is where this book takes you.  Into their lives, their relationships, their modeling.  It makes you feel like you are a part of that exclusive world that we would love to be a part of. 

The best way for me to explain Kallie and Jax is to let you read about it.  Here is an exclusive excerpt that only you will see.  This is after their first shoot, the first time they had met. 

I pack up all my lenses and put my camera in the bag.  I throw that on my shoulder and go to grab the bag with all my other crap in it.  “I’ve got that.”  I know it’s Jax without even looking up.  I close my eyes and blow out a breath.  I straighten up and smile at him.
                “You don’t need to do that.  I told you I’m used to this.”  He picks up the bag and winks at me.
                “Oh well.  Where are you parked?”  He’s got to know nothing can happen here.  It’s against everything I stand for and not just me, all photographers. 
                “I’m right up here.”  I just walk and let him follow me.  Thankfully, since I was the first one here, I am parked close.  I unlock my Jeep and put the camera bag on the passenger seat before turning to look at him.  He grins at me and my stomach tightens.  He hands me the bag, and I toss it next to the camera bag, willing him to leave quickly.  No such luck.  When I turn around again, he is leaning on the Jeep with his arms crossed.
                “It was one hell of a shoot today.”  I close the door and lean on it, copying his position.
                “Thank you.  I couldn’t have been happier with the way things went.”  I look at him and he smiles.  “Well, minus the Melanie incident.  Again, I’m so sorry about that.  Nothing like that has ever happened with any of my models before.  I hope that doesn’t deter you from working with me in the future.”  He laughs, and I find myself joining him. 
                “Kallie, believe me, a little cock grabbing isn’t going to keep me from working with you.  I am looking forward to the next time.  You are definitely one of the most intriguing photographers I’ve ever worked with.”  The compliment feels amazing, especially coming from him.  He’s worked with some of the biggest photographers I know. 
                “This is my life, everything I’ve ever wanted.  So when you say something like that, it truly is a huge compliment.  Thank you.”  He is searching my face, for what, I have no idea.  I blink and look away though because it’s feeling too intimate.  “I really need to get going.  I have plans tomorrow, so I need to get these photos uploaded tonight.”  He pushes off the Jeep and stands in front of me.  Not as close as earlier, but too close none the less.
                “What plans do you have tomorrow?  Dinner with your boyfriend?”  I can’t help but burst out laughing.  It catches me completely off guard.  He rises his eyebrows and gives me that smirk.
                “Shit I’m sorry.  No, no dinner plans with the boyfriend.  No boyfriend.  I have a shoot with my brother and his family.”  He becomes completely serious, searching my face again.  I really wish he’d stop doing that shit.
                “Why is it so funny that I’d ask if you have a boyfriend?”  I straighten my back and clear my throat, feeling like I need to defend myself.
                “You’re a nosy little shit.  If you must know, most guys are jealous, insecure pricks that can’t handle what I do for a living.  What I do is so much more important than a relationship anyway.  I really need to get home Jax.  Thank you for helping with my bag and for being part of this today.”  I open my Jeep door, and he puts his arm against the truck, trapping me in place.  I have my back turned to him, and I’ve no intention of turning around.  I feel him move closer and my heart pounds in my chest.
                “You just haven’t found the right guy, that’s all.  Good night Kallie.”  He doesn’t say another word, and I hear his feet crunching on the rocks as he makes his way to his car.  I never once turn around.  I climb into the truck and slam the door.  I the only sound is my heavy breathing and the frantic beating of my heart.

Let me tell you Jax knows how to get your heart pounding!  Behind The Lens, releases April 24th.  Be sure to add to your TBR and to follow me on Facebook for the latest updates.

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