Wednesday, July 24, 2013

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY ~ Jennifer Probst - Journey Of A Billionaire


Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. 

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!


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I’m REALLY excited to have Jennifer Probst stop by Read Your Writes Book Reviews today and give us a peek into THE MARRIAGE TO A BILLIONAIRE SERIES.  Stick around for my review and the giveaway Jennifer is offering up to all of you.


JOURNEY OF A BILLIONAIRE...
HOW FOUR HOT MEN CAPTURED MY HEART
It all began with a sexy, pain in the ass architect, who believed the worst in the world and refused to change his mind. Nick Ryan from The Marriage Bargain was a difficult character to tame. Thank goodness for his match Alexa;there just wasn’t another woman who’d be able to sneak past his barriers and slowly show him what love could do.
When I wrote Bargain, I struggled with Alexa’s best friend Maggie Ryan, who kept wanting to wrestle away the scenes. She popped in and out through the story until I began to wonder if she’d ever back off. I finally promised her the second book and she agreed to back off until then.
When Bargain was completed, my pub had asked me specifically for three books in the series. The second book, The Marriage Trap, was easy. I knew immediately who I had to hook Maggie up with – the charming Italian Michael Conte. He was a nice balance from Nick. He wanted to believe in love, but just hadn’t found it. At least, not past one night. He adored woman, all women, and charmed his way through life because he’s gorgeous, rich, funny, and had this little thing called charisma. I was a goner, and how much fun to pair him with my snarky, prickly Maggie, who had issues galore.
Then became the problem. What next? Thank goodness while I was writing Trap, I was introduced to the Conte family – Michael’s mother aka Mama Conte and his three sisters: Venezia, Julietta, and Carina. This was ripe with possibilities! I was intrigued by the youngest sister, Carina, who was protected, babied, and hadn’t grown into herself yet.
But it all came together when Maximus came onto the scene.
Cue shudder.
Again, I wanted something different so readers didn’t feel like they were reading the same story. In The Marriage Mistake,  Max was like James Bond – the Pierce Brosnan kind. Super sexy, elegant, and wicked smart. He went through women like tissues, and didn’t do long term because he believed he was too like his father, who had run off. Afraid to hurt anyone like his father had broken his mother, he took the easy way out—don’t fall in love.
Until Carina.
Carina had crushed on Max since she was little – the typical older brother’s best friend cliché but I loved the possibility of this couple. When Carina challenges Max, all grown up and ready to rumble, sparks fly. Literally.
The series was supposed to end. But readers were upset Julietta had no happy ending. And lo and behold, I didn’t have to wait long for her hero. Sawyer Wells burst into Carina and Max’s story and TRIED TO STEAL MY HEROINE! I mean, how ballsy can you be? So I battled him off the page and again promised his own story.
The Marriage Merger finally came to life. Sawyer was made for Julietta and her workaholic ways. He challenged her step by step, but he made a big mistake. When she finally surrendered, it was too late for him also. He’d already become ensnared. Their journey was the most emotional, angsty, and erotic one out of the bunch.
So, I got lucky. My heroes pretty much showed up and demanded their story. I just had to write them.
This series became so important, I brainstormed on a fresh way to continue but give me more expansion within the stories. When the light bulb came on, it was truly exciting.
My Searching For... series continues the fun.You will see the special love spell book make its way to a whole new set of characters. You’ll fall in love with my secondary character from The Marriage Merger, Wolfe, and Alexa’s little sister Genevieve, from Bargain. You’ll meet a tight group of women who form a matchmaking service and are connected with the characters you already love. This way, we get the best of both worlds – old and new.
Do you love reading series? Do you like following the characters as they grow and change? What are some of your all time fave series?

Click here for my review of The Marriage Merger.



Jennifer is giving away a copy of The Marriage Merger.  This giveaway is open internationally.  Please check the terms and conditions.  To enter, just answer Jennifer’s question above.

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52 comments:

  1. I love reading series. There are a couple that I love: Thoughtless, Biker Rockstar, Collide, Crossfire,...

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  2. Yes, I love series. Especially when each book has a good HEA ending that's not a cliffy. I like it when there are big families and friends and each book in the series is about each one of those but they are all still in each book. I LOVE the Jennifer Probst marriage series. My favorite is Max and the chocolate syrup... *sigh*

    I also enjoyed the With Me in Seattle, Thoughtless, Rock the Bed,etc...

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, fingers crossed!

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    1. :) Thanks for stopping by Rosarita. Good luck. I didn't read Max's story. :(

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  3. I loved the series - loved this last book the most - it was kind of darker - more intense - and I love WOLFE!! can't wait for his book! :)
    ♥ Bianca

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    1. I loved Wolfe too. Sawyer... Oh Sawyer... Wow... I don't even want to think about everything he's had to overcome.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Love the series, can't wait to read The Marriage Merger

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    1. Hi Kathy. You're going to love Merger.

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  5. Hello again,Jennifer! I'm still loving fairy tale romances, and stories that involve billionaires seem like fantastic fairy tales to me. :-) If you keep writing about them, I'll keep reading them! :-) Congrats to you. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Oops! Forgot to answer your question. Yes, I like series where I can watch the characters grow and change. My fave time series was the Outlander/Voyager et al. by Diana Gabaldon. Thanks for asking. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    2. Hi Ms. Janice!!!

      I haven't heard of Diana Gabaldon before. But I love series for the same reason as you. You get invested in characters and you just want their story to continue.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

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  6. I simply adore this series! Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and she is an auto buy 1-click for me. I can't wait for this book to download to my kindle on July 30th, but I would love to have a hard copy as well. Thank you for the giveaway

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    1. Hi Jeannette.

      Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad Jennifer is an auto buy for you. You should probably plan on having a sick day on July 30th, so you can stay in bed all day and read Merger. Be sure to have tissue with you, just in case.

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  7. I love these books!! I would love to win the next one.

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    1. Glad you love them Rachel. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. I've only read the first in this series, but that was more than enough for me to know that I'd love the rest of them... just have to get my hands on the rest so I can continue.

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    1. Hi.

      I only read the first book until this year. I read Bargain before Jennifer became THE JENNIFER PROBST. Nick and Alexa are VERY special to me. But I really have to say, Sawyer and Julietta are pretty close up there.

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  9. Absolutely love reading series - the longer the better! It's always nice to come back to the same characters again and see how they've progressed. I've got many many faves but a few are The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn), The Hathaways (Lisa Kleypas), Lucky Harbor (Jill Shalvis)...I could go on!

    Looking forward to reading this one! :)

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    1. Hi Ada. Thank you for stopping by.

      I've never heard of Julia Quinn before or The Hathaways from Lisa Kleypas. Love Jill Shalvis. One of my favorites is Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I think there are like 20 books. Unfortunately, I only got through 5 or 6. I read them in 2 months and because they were so emotion, it took a toll on me. I have to get back to the series one day.

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  10. I do love series, especially when we meet families and we get to see all the secondary characters get HEAs of their own. And it's always nice to re-visit characters, especially when they have families or they branch off into new generations like Stephanie Lauren's Cynster novels. I also love Johanna Lindsay's Malory novels and Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold novels.

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    1. Hi Anita.

      Again, authors I've never heard of. I've read one Susan Mallery book (Chasing Perfect) I have to get back to the series.

      Thank you for stopping by. Good luck.

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  11. I love reading a great series. The only downside is watching it come to an end. I loved all Jennifer Probst books in the Marriage to a Billionaire Series!! I wish she would write a Novelia for Wolfe, that would be great!!

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    1. Hey Tiffany.

      I know... Wolfe in the short time he's on the pages was great. I hear that we just might get out wish. Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. I love this series and Jennifer! Looking forward to reading this one too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen....

      You're going to enjoy the book.

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  13. I love series. I also want to know what happens to side characters introduced in a story. There is nothing better than a good series because you can read and read and read... :)
    Some of my all time favorite series are: Demonica, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Marriage to a Billionaire, Wicked Lovers and Psy-Changeling.
    Can't wait for the next book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series :)

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    1. Hi Katha.

      Thank you for stopping by. Wow... I'm finding tons of new series now.

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  14. I love series and how they keep evolving with past characters. With me series by Kristen proby, bluegrass series by Kathleen Brooks, and the billionaire bachelor series by melody anne are some of my favorites. And od course yours!

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    1. Hi Tina.

      I've always wanted to read the Bluegrass Series by Kathleen Brooks.. I actually think I have one of the books on one of my eReaders. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

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  15. Love series, but hate waiting for them to all come out! I loved the thoughtless series, crossfire, and Fallen Too Far series!

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    1. I understand the hating to wait part. That's when I have to find something else to read and then I never manage to get back to the series. :( There are SO many great series out there. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck.

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  16. I do reading a series!! It's great to see either one couple over time or watch a group of characters evolve. I love Serendipity and Serendipity's Finest by Carly Phillips and the With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby.

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    1. Hi Kimberly.

      You just named two series I want to read... I've had TONS of people tell me that I need to read the Serendipity series from Carly. Thank you for stopping by.

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  17. I already have pre-ordered it and can't wait to read The Marriage Merger on July 30th!!! YAY!!

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    1. Hi Nancy.

      You probably need to take a sick day on July 30th and just stay in bed reading the book all day.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  18. I remember this series! I read the first three book and somehow I forgot all about it until now. It's always fascinating to read about the author talking about their characters' development. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    1. Hi Sandy.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Be sure to check out the book. I LOVED the first one. Merger is right up there with Bargain.

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  19. I love this entire series. I loved The Marriage Mistake a lot, the fact that Max watched Carina transform into a woman and always had feelings for her completely won me over. I am so excited for The Marriage Merger, from the excerpts I have read it appears to be much more intense. And I love that Jennifer has created such a strong female protagonist in Julietta. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Louisa.

      I haven't read Mistake yet. But I loved Julietta. I will also say that Merger caught me by surprise.

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  20. I love this series! Thankyou to Jennifer for give us such a charming characters!

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    1. I love your name, July.

      You're right, Jennifer does give us characters that you love.. Even when you don't want to like them at first, like Sawyer for me. :)

      Good luck and thank you for stopping by.

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  21. I love series where each book has a HEA with NO cliffhanger. I have reading retention issues and I hate not remembering when the next book comes out.

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    1. Hi Jenny.

      I think I'm getting better at books which have cliffhangers. That is unless they don't come out for six months, then I forget. It then becomes a MAD dash to scan the book to refresh my memory. But if I only have to wait two months, and the cliffhanger has me on the edge of my seat, I think I'm good.

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  22. I love reading series. My favories so far are Crossfire and Beautiful Bastard series.

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  23. I kove reading series, I love watching and seeing them grow, fall in love. I also like nooks with cliffhangers, i think it makes you want the next book that much more.

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    1. You know Carrie, being able to fall in love with the characters and watch them grow is one of the BEST parts about series. I mean sometimes the author barely mentions the previous couple and I get a little disappointed in that. I mean I want more than just Tony & Debbie stopped by for dinner. As far as cliffhangers, if I don't have to wait six months to a year, I'm good.

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  24. I love reading series because I love catching up with characters from previous books.

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    1. YES!!! But again, I tend to get a little disappointment when the previous characters are barely mentioned.

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  25. I like reading a series if all of the books are released... waiting is so annoying. This man, 50 shades, and Slammed were great.

    --Kyla Stein

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    1. I'm a little OCD. When I FINALLY discovered Robyn Carr, I plowed through the first six books in the Virgin River Series in a month and a half. It wasn't a good thing. My mind got overloaded with all of the love, hurt and anguish the characters experience. I had to take a break. And unfortunately, I haven't gone back. But I do plan on it.

      But I do like being able to finish one book and then pick up the next.

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  26. Yes,I love reading series,favorites:FBI / US Attorney - Julie James,With me in Seattle - Kristen Proby :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Hiya Bube. Sorry, I just have always wanted to say that..

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

      I haven't read the FBI/US Attorney series by Julie James, but I REALLY want to. The same with Kristen Proby.

      If you've read any of the other books by Jennifer, you're going to like, if not love Merger. Good luck.

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