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Monday, 12 October 2015

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart

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The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance


My name is JADE BALLARD, and this is the story of how a freak accident with a cookie changed the life of a semi-reformed people-pleaser (that’s me!).

After a disastrous marital near-miss Jade Ballard retreats to San Antonio, cutting herself off from the world in general and more specifically her family’s country club lifestyle, which she no longer wants any part of. She takes comfort in food and the safety of an internet love affair.

Rowdy Yates is a semi-reformed womanizer who’s leery of long-term entanglements. Until Jade, he never seriously considered anything beyond a “Wife-For-A-Night.”

After months of flirting on the internet the couple meets, only to discover they already know one another. Rowdy has always mistaken Jade’s shy reserved nature for snobbishness, and Jade has always viewed the woman-loving Rowdy as a Redneck Casanova. But the seven months they spent getting to know one another formed an attraction neither can fight.



I sighed into my coffee and replayed my previous night’s coughing fit as if it had been the winning touchdown in the last three seconds of the Super Bowl. Slow-Mo.

As punishment, I woke up early and subjected myself to another round of Pilates From Hell. Though I doubted they’d do much good after yesterday’s cookie binge. My last cookie binge, I might add. Never ever again would a Milano pass my lips or darken my cupboard!

After the previous night’s phone call, which had left me shaken, I’d thrown them all away and carried the trash to the curb, so I couldn’t change my mind. Thanks to my coughing fit, I’d lain in bed all night nursing a sore scratchy throat, staring at the ceiling and wondering what I’d gotten myself into. Dear Lord, I had a date with Robbie!

I’d talked to him on the phone, for heaven’s sake!

Burrowing in the mattress, I sighed again, unable to keep a smile off my face. He sounded even yummier than his emails, but thanks to my self-imposed exile, I had no friends to talk me down from the chandelier. Except Chrystine, and I knew what she’d say: Get some for me, while you’re at it!

No sleep hadn’t helped matters. Shortly before three I’d woken up hot and sweaty, all tangled in my sheets and gasping for air. After a quick shower, I’d checked my mail, wondering if he were home yet. He wasn’t, but did I go back to bed? No!

Half asleep and more than a little sexually frustrated, I sat and typed him this long e-mail about my blues club dream. I’d expected to find a reply laughing at me, or worse, canceling our date when I checked in next. I should have known better. Instead I got this:

Nice to see you listen to me 😉. You bring the black dress, I’ll bring the hands. Now go back to bed and dream of me some more.

If only he knew I’d dreamed of him all night. I was still so flustered over the events of the last twelve hours and hung over from lack of sleep, I hadn’t bothered to answer his e-mails. Instead, I’d headed downstairs and cooked myself breakfast.

Even eating on the back porch, surrounded by my miniature garden hadn’t helped calm me down.

On exercise-weak legs, I carried my cup and plate of half-eaten scrambled eggs back inside, rinsed the plate and refilled my coffee cup.

I dragged myself upstairs to the office, wincing with every step. My stomach ached from those stupid Pilates, but more importantly, I had nothing to wear for my date. Nothing!
Everything from my country club, size ten days were long past zipping or buttoning or snapping. Let alone pulling up. Which left me with a huge dilemma.

Where do fat chicks buy sexy clothes?

More importantly, did they even make anything that didn’t look like something my great-grandmother wouldn’t be caught dead in—a problem I’d encountered more than once while shopping for work clothes. Considering my great-grandmother probably wore crinolines and pantaloons, that wasn’t saying much.

I spent the morning hunting all over the internet for something local, since I wasn’t stupid enough to buy anything without trying it on first. The only place I found was closed on Sundays, and the clock was ticking. I could see Alice’s rabbit from Wonderland tapping his foot and twitching his ears.

Horror of horrors, I also saw a trip to the mall in my future.

After a trip to the grocery store, I slipped into the beauty supply place next door, and ten minutes later I emerged with five different shades of polish, files and everything else I’d need to spruce up my nails.

I couldn’t type with long nails and had never seen the sense in having fake short ones. That ranked right up there with decaf coffee and non-alcoholic beer.

But somewhere between The Great Cookie Caper and the grocery store, I’d come to some sort of unconscious decision. Three years of no nail polishing and the most minimal of makeup were officially behind me. I couldn’t help myself. Deep down inside my girly-girl had woken up and now cried for freedom. I couldn’t lose fifty pounds in less than two weeks, but if I was going to meet Robbie, I wanted to look my best. That much I could do.

And that much I wanted to do. I went home, emptied my car, and then high-tailed it to the mall.

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CANADA) - ends 29th October

2 awesome prize packs

RT Bag stuffed with assorted books from 2015 RT Convention (image attached)
Kate Spade Travel Mug
Signed print copy of TBGG by Amie Stuart
T. Sue VerSteeg – Ebook: Killer Closet Case
Jodi Redford – Ebook: Dylan (Sons of Dusty Walker)
Rachelle Chase – Ebook: Hot Dreams
Holley Trent – Ebook: Teaching the Cowboy
Dayna Hart – 2 Box Sets: Vikings Unleashed and Vikings Untamed

Signed print copy of TBGG by Amie Stuart
Kate Spade Travel Mug
Lissa Matthews – Ecopies of the Lone Star Sweets series and a 5.00 Amazon gift card
Linda Winfree – Uncovered signed print copy and their choice of Ebook from her backlist
Jennifer Reynolds – Ebook: Shifter
Mychal Daniels – ebook Rescued by Tordin 
Melissa Blue – ebook Kilt Tease
Ani Gonzalez – Ebooks – Must Love Ghosts and Ghost of a Chance ( first two books in the Banshee Creek series)
Kathryn Lively – Falling in Love box set and Sexy to Go Vol 6 box set
Alisa Mullen – Ebook: Plastic Confidence


Amie Stuart is the last of a dying breed, a native Texan, and still makes her home there, where cowboys and music (her other two loves) abound. Growing up, she wanted to be a lawyer and a psychologist. No doubt the shrinks would have a field day with her head, but she’s seen the error of her ways and considers all those other jobs ‘research’ for the writing gig.

She’s a multiple contest finalist as well as a trained contest judge and is affectionately know as The Terminator by her critique partners. She’s written as CELIA STUART for Black Lace Books, & Liquid Silver Books, and as AMIE STUART for Kensington Aphrodisia, she has a short story (PEACHES ‘N CREAM) in Zane’s CARMEL FLAVA 2, and launched Cobblestone Press’s new short erotica line, Wicked.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Sounds like a really great book, thanks for sharing and introducing me to an author :)