Saturday, April 13, 2013

Damaged by H. M. Ward ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

Author: H.M. WARD
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press
Release date: April 6, 2013
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult

Update: On Sale for $.99 Today on Amazon

A new adult romance novel by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author H.M. Ward

Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word.

Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it--any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.

Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It's the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn't possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does.

The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.

Genre:  New Adult Romance Novel, approx. 325 pages


He watches me as I try to crank the engine. It doesn’t start. It doesn’t catch. I look at the little gauges and notice the battery.  He’s standing next to me now.

“So, you’re a mechanic?”

I shake my head, “I just pretend to be. It makes for more interesting evenings.” I grin at him, not sure what’s come over me. I never talk to random guys, but it’s not like he’s random anymore, right? Hot guy’s face falls and I realize that he believes me. “I’m just kidding. I know a little about cars. For instance, I know this one isn’t going anywhere tonight.”

“And why’s that?”

“Your alternator’s dead. Either that or you shoved a hamster up the tailpipe—”

My face falls. I wonder if he did something stupid. Guys do all sorts of stupid things to talk to girls. I get out of his car and slam the door. Then, I tilt my head and cross my arms over my chest. “Tell me that that isn’t the reason the car won’t start.”

He laughs and presses his hand to his chest, shocked that I’d say such a thing. “No, I didn’t do anything like that! And correct me if I’m wrong, but you were the one who came onto me first. I didn’t get here early and sabotage my own car just so I could meet a girl, who I didn’t know was coming.” The way he smiles is contagious. He runs his hands through his dark hair, like he wishes he could say more, but he doesn’t. The corners of his mouth curve and he gives me a look that makes tingles slip over my skin.

I step toward him, smiling too wide. “I did not come onto you!”

“You did. Right back in there.” He points toward the restaurant. His face is serious, all smooth features and big blue eyes. “You sat at my table and made me very uncomfortable. I haven’t had such a beautiful woman overtly hit on my like that before. It was quite embarrassing.”

My smile is making it hard for my mouth to hang open in shock. It keeps opening and then my grin snaps my lips shut. “I did not!” I know he’s teasing me, but I can’t stop. I don’t want it to stop and I realize that I’m actually laughing.

His arms are folded over his chest. He taps a finger to his lip like he’s remembering. “You did. You ordered wine and just assumed that I’d put out. Really Sidney, you’ll have to learn to control yourself a little better from now on.” He looks at me out of the corner of his eye, as he glances at his car.
I know he’s baiting me, but I can’t ignore him. I can’t walk away and I don’t want to. He smiles at me with those wicked lips. It makes me want to kiss him, hard. I change tactics. I want to throw him so far off balance that he falls over. I step in front of him and look up at him from under my lashes. “Okay, you caught me. I like you. I want you. I can’t keep my hands off of you. But tell me this, beautiful man; why should I bother controlling myself when I can tell that you want me so much?” Slowly, I step closer to him. Our bodies are a breath apart as I look up into his eyes.

He’s smiling and manages to say, “You shouldn’t.” He watches me, waiting to see what I’ll do. I feel my heart pounding. His eyes drift to my lips and back to my eyes. Every inch of my body flickers to life. I want to feel his hands on me. I want his lips on my mouth. From that look in his eye, I know he wants it too.

I lean in closer, teasing him. I feel his breath on my lips. His scent fills my head and I breath him in. “Are you always this irresistible?”

“Are you always this coy? Do you just flirt, leaving your lips way too close to a man that desperately wants to kiss you?”

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling author H.M. Ward is a native New Yorker living in Texas. Ward was featured in the Washington Post for her debut novel Demon Kissed. Romance series by H.M. Ward include Secrets, Scandalous, The Arrangement, and The Secret Life of Trystan Scott.


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  1. Thank you for the awesome giveaways and for giving me more books to add to my TBR! :D

  2. Oh! And I want to win because a Kindle Fire filled with the whole shebang of books would just totally make my YEAR! My friends may be a bit upset as I disappear into reader's cave, but I'd be one HAPPY girl! :) Mmmmm book boyfriends!

  3. Ilove the excerpt. Thanks for sharing, Valerie!

  4. This book sounds completely awesome and totally for me!! :) :) I WANT IT ;)

  5. Great excerpt!! That cover makes me laugh though, his belt buckle looks quite dangerous. Hehe!! This book sounds really good though. Thanks for sharing.

    1. He has a belt buckle? Oh, sure enough. Guess my eyes were elsewhere. ;)

  6. I only discovered the genre New Adult recently and now I'm completely addicted. This book is going on top of my to-read list. Thanks for doing these awesome giveaways!!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway!! Looking forward to read this!!

  8. This is an awesome giveaway and it looks like an awesome read.

  9. Love me some Hot Guy books!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. What an amazing giveaway. I'd love to win a Kindle Fire, but also New Adult is a new genre for me. As a school librarian I am immersed in Young Adult literature, but reading New Adult would be smart too since I need to find books that appeal to high school students. Kids always want to read above their own age so those would be perfect. Thanks.

  11. Thanks for sharing the amazing giveaway. I would love to win, I love to read and H.M.'s books all sound like great reads with HOT guys which always makes a great book even better :)

  12. What an great giveaway. I'd love to win a Kindle Fire. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  13. Would love to win a kindle fire. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Miranda P

  14. I would love to win a Kindle Fire, because I have a vision problem (detached retina) and it would be easier for me to read books on the Kindle. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. My old nook is on its last legs a I think a Fire would be the perfect replacement but I cannot afford to buy one.

  16. The whole prize package is amazing! That's why! Thanks!
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  17. Wow that teaser has me hooked, can't wait to read the book!!
    Would love to win a kindle fire & HM Ward books (:

    Thanks you for the awesome giveaway & Congratulations on the book, looks great!

  18. I would love to win. I have been wanting to read the books. I can't wait. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  19. I would love to win because I want all those books and it would be great to surprise my son with a kindle fire for his birthday.

  20. I totally picked up this book today! I can't wait to start it!! It sounds sooo freaking good! And Peter sounds so yummy, for real <3

  21. I want to win because I read all the time, and currently I read on my phone.. A kindle would kick a$$ and plus all those awesome books to go along with it, I would have so much reading material for a long time! And I have really been wanting to read Damaged! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  22. This one looks like one I would like. He abs help a little too. LOL

  23. I love the excerpt and the cover is amazing (the book is on my to be read list on goodreads). And currently I don't have a kindle so that would be awsome.

  24. This book sounds really good. I'd love the opportunity to read it and all the other books. I've been wanting a Kindle for quite a while so this would be awesome!
    steph0828 at hotmail dot com

  25. I have never won any giveaways before so winning would be kind of fun . It also doesn't hurt that it has a sexy guy on the cover and that the book sounds good! :D

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  27. I would LOVE to win a giveaway since I've never won one, but most of all, I REALLY want to read H.M. Ward's books! I would also love to be able to give my boyfriend the kindle so he doesn't have to read from a kindle app on his phone anymore. I would love to see the look on his face when I give it to him :))) <3

  28. I'D B extremely appreciative & over JOYE:D 2 Win Kindle !! thanQ!

  29. I would like to win because I enjoy reading and I always enjoy a good book.

  30. I don't have a Kindle and am currently using the app on my desktop computer. Having Lupus, makes it difficult to sit at my desk to read, especially during flare ups. This just makes it take way to long to get through my ebooks. With a Kindle, I would be able enjoy reading through my TBR much fast. They are so many books and so little time!And thinking of all those fantastic H.M Ward books just makes me joyfully delirious!