Saturday, February 28, 2015

TIME OUT by Melinda Dozier

Please join me in welcoming our guest, Melinda Dozier to the Roses.

If you’re like me, taking a time out is an indulgence. It’s silly really. When children are little, as a consequence of negative behavior, we give them a “time out.” Now, I would do anything for those silent moments in the corner. As a mom of three boys, a wife, a full-time teacher and a writer, time out is a luxury. Now I only dream of getting a time out!

In my book, Time Out, Valentine, the main characters, Grant and Lexi work for Time Out Magazine. They are forced to take a “time out” with each other to find Valentine’s dates around their city of Portland, Oregon. These two have a lot of fun moments together –at a rose garden, a night club, zip-lining and more. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?

My top five Time Out dreams include:
  • New York City vacation with my hubby. This has been a dream, to see Broadway shows, dine on exotic food and enjoy the lights.
  • A quiet trip to a white-sand beach. It doesn’t matter where, as long as I hear the waves crashing on the shore and have nothing but a beach hat, a towel and a great book.
  •  A weekend holed up in a fancy hotel room – alone! I know this sounds crazy, but I would love to have a huge king-sized bed to myself, with a balcony and view (preferably the ocean or some mountains), order room service and be served all day long. Nothing but rest!
Now, it’s your turn to share. What would you want to do for a time out? Share in the comments below, and thank you for TAKING THE TIME to read my post. I hope you check out Time Out, Valentine. 

Lexi’s life is one big dump. Or so she thinks. To keep her mind off her latest breakup, she stays busy with work. It’s no big deal, since writing for Time Out Portland Magazine is a blast…except for the one small snag – Grant Reeds. Grant, a shy but sexy computer geek, is new to Time Out, working as the Networking Director for the online magazine. Even though Lexi thinks he doesn’t notice her, he sure as hell does. The owners have a plan for their upcoming Valentine’s Special, pairing up the two to explore romantic date ideas around the city. Soon, Lexi and Grant learn that the old adage, “Opposites Attract,” can ring true.


Grant sipped his beer and surveyed the room around them—anywhere but at the siren next to him, with her fancy drink, an umbrella hanging off the side. Overhead lights strobed the room, gleaming in all directions. The DJ announced a new song and a new crowd rushed to the dance floor, leaving them more alone in the back of the room. Thank God.

It was stifling hot. He tugged his collar from his neck and rolled the sleeves of his white button-up. His glasses slid down his nose, forcing him to take them off and put them in his shirt pocket.

Luckily in that part of the room, the music wasn’t so loud that they had to scream to converse. He only raised his voice a fraction to ask her the question he’d been wondering since they set foot in the place. “So, you think this is romantic enough for a Valentine's date?"

She batted her long lashes in his direction and smirked. “There’s low lights.”

“Yeah and loud music, people all around.” To help prove his point, someone bumped him in the back, pushing him closer to Lexi. His hand circled her waist and rested on her hip.

She sipped the drink, moving the umbrella with her other hand, then licked her lips. “It’sthe place to be. All trendy couples find their way here.” She cocked her head. “What would make it more romantic? Kissing?”

A slow smile formed and he faced her. Not a bad idea. “Actually, yeah.” He placed his bottle on the table behind them, cracked his knuckles and stretched his neck.

She laughed nervously, putting her weight on another sexy as hell foot. “What? You’re gonna kiss me? For real?”

“We need romance.” He grabbed her cup and put it next to his bottle. His gaze dropped to her mouth.

“You kissing me won’t.”

He placed his thumb on her lips. “Shhh. Stop talking so we can be romantic.”

Melinda is a multi-published contemporary romance author with books from Crimson Romance, Swoon Romance and The Wild Rose Press represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband/college sweetheart who brings "mucho amor" to her life. Melinda enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her three boys once they are grown. Melinda's guilty pleasures include reality t.v., traveling, blogging and playing Zynga games.

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Jannine Gallant said...

What a fun concept for a book, Melinda! Wishing you all the best with sales!

Melinda Dozier said...

Thanks, Janine, I think so too!

Leah St. James said...

So sorry I'm late responding, Melinda. Love your time-out locations! I grew up in the NYC area, so trips to Broadway were always on my list of special treats. I'm with you on the beach, and the fancy hotel, too! My kids are grown now (although one still at home), but I still struggle to find alone time. Love your post! Your book sounds terrific. Wishing you much success!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Leah! I'm so jealous you're from NYC!