Happy Day! I have one of my favorite authors here today. Please help me welcome Ella Jade. I’ve thrown a bunch of questions at her and she’s sharing her brand new release, The Weekend Proposition. I’ve read it and I really enjoyed it. Read more about my reading experience here. Ella has also brought a GIVEAWAY. Look for the rafflecopter below. Enjoy!
One weekend—no strings, no expectations, and no commitments. On Sunday afternoon it all ends, or does it?
No-nonsense businessman Spencer Cannon has a dilemma. He’s headed to Connecticut for the weekend to attend his cousin’s elaborate wedding. His whole family will be there in addition to his obsessed ex-girlfriend Ava. According to Spencer’s brother, Ava has been telling her friends she’s planning a magical reunion with her favorite ex-boyfriend. Spencer’s not in the mood to deal with her, but he can’t miss the wedding. He needs a plan.
Struggling Brooklyn waitress and aspiring graphic designer Dakota Vercelli has fallen on hard times. College debts, pending eviction, and her sick mother are taking a toll on her. A chance encounter with Mr. Cannon, CEO of Cannon and Carrington Advertising, leads to a proposition that may be just the thing to solve both of their problems. Spencer’s offer—spend four days with him during the wedding festivities and keep his ex off his trail. In return, he’ll compensate her generously for her time. He needs a weekend girlfriend, and Dakota needs the cash.
It was just supposed to be a business deal, but after sharing a room, kissing under the stars, and attending a wedding, their attraction is undeniable. Will the illusion end when the weekend is over or is the proposition just the beginning?
Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content
What advice have you received that pushed you into a better writing place?
To just keep doing what I’m doing and the rest will fall into place. My writing gets stronger with each book. I feel like I’ve come so far in the past two years and I credit that to amazing editors and a fantastic publisher. I have a great support team.
That’s great advice. What turns you on creatively?
My characters. Developing their stories and connections fuel my fire. I connect with them and really care about where they end up.
I totally get that with your books. J What quality do you most admire in your characters?
Loyalty. I think it’s important for the love interests to constantly support and be there for the other.
I love loyalty, especially in book boyfriends. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being able to do what I love (writing) while raising a family and being the best mom and wife I can be.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m a clothes and shoes whore. I think I may shop a little too much 😉
I know what you mean. I do okay as long as I stay out of the stores, away from the catalogs, and off the internet, lol. Clothes, shoes, purses pose extreme dangers to my budget. What is the one thing you do after finishing a story?
Jump right into the next one. The plots and dialog never stop for me so I keep going. I’m also eager to put some new words on the page.
I love that. Your fans, including me, are always eager for another story from you. Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on now?
I’m working on a baseball series. I don’t have a title yet but the first book is all plotted out and just waiting for my kids to go back to school. I’m really excited about starting this one.
I’m really looking forward to reading this series. Thank you for being her today, Ella, and thank you for another fabulous read.
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“I have a proposition for you.”
“A proposition?” What could he possibly have to offer her?
“I have to attend my cousin’s wedding this weekend. Actually, I have to leave tomorrow afternoon. I don’t want to go alone for reasons I don’t wish to discuss right now. I need someone to accompany me. I’m offering that to you.”
“And you think I’m ‘to the point’?”
He smiled but didn’t say anything. She couldn’t stand the silence. She wanted to figure out his game. There had to be some sort of catch.
“You want me to go to a wedding with you?”
“It’s in Connecticut. I would require your services until Sunday afternoon. All of your expenses would be paid, including a wardrobe which would be yours to keep after the weekend.”
“You need a date?”
“I would need you to appear as my girlfriend.”
“Is this a joke?”
“I wouldn’t joke about something like this. I’ve thought the entire thing through.”
“A man who looks like you should have no problem finding a real girlfriend to buy clothes for and flaunt in front of his family.” She thought for a moment. “Unless there’s something wrong with you.”
“There’s nothing wrong with me.” He raised his voice a bit. “I had planned on attending alone but circumstances have changed. I’m in a bind and from what I gather, you are too.”
Her instincts screamed to run in the opposite direction. She’d never been the type to fall for a scam. “I’m not interested in—”
“I’ll pay you two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for your time.”
“What?” Apparently a side of crazy came with those good looks.
“One hundred and twenty-five thousand today, if you agree.” He pulled out a check from the inside pocket of the jacket he had draped on the back of the chair. He slipped the mint green paper across the table. “You’ll get the rest on Sunday afternoon.”
“That’s fifty grand a day.” She studied the check. It would take her years to make that kind of money working these shit-end jobs.
“I’m aware.” He nodded as if the money meant nothing. “I’m asking for your time, a commodity I believe should be well compensated.”
Too good to be true.
“Do you make it a habit of paying women to be your girlfriend?”
“Pretend girlfriend,” he reminded her. “You would be the first.”
“Does it matter?”
“What exactly do you expect me to do for that money?”
“I told you.” He narrowed his eyes. “I need a date for a long weekend. Everyone needs to think we’re a couple.”
“You’re willing to pay me to go away with you for four days. I’m supposed to take your word we’re going to a wedding in Connecticut? How do I know you won’t kidnap me and want to do all sorts of kinky stuff to me? You could be some sex-obsessed lunatic.”
“Yeah, you know, like bondage and blindfolds.”
“Do you like that sort of thing?” He tried to conceal his smirk.
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can’t be stopped.
Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you’ll get lost in her words.
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Thanks so much for having me today 🙂
You’re very welcome, Ella. Thank you for all the great reads. 🙂
Enjoyed reading your interview. The excerpt grabbed my interest, it’s one of those totally off the wall propositions that makes you go what? But it’s accepted and all turns out well, maybe with a few twists and turns along the way. Adding this book to my TBR list.
Hi, Sandy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks, Sandy. It was a fun book to write. I had a blast creating Spencer and Coda 😉
Yes, you are a new to me author. I look forward to reading your book!
I hope you enjoy it, Theresa. Thanks for stopping in today. 🙂
Thanks, Theresa. I hope you’ll get lost in my words 😉
I am new to Ella Jade. I need to catch up.
Hi, Mary. I’m betting you’re going to love her. 🙂
Thanks, Mary. I appreciate you stopping by 😉