Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Release Promotion and Giveaway: Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

Title: Beauty From Pain

Author: Georgia Cates

Release date: January 31, 2013

Genre: Contemporary romance

Age Group: Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Smashwords

Book Description:

They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth makes him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

About the author:       

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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Jack McLachlan’s POV

I sit in the dark corner and scan the room like a starved predator searching for prey. I haven’t chosen her yet, but the woman who will share my bed for the next few months is in this room right now.

I watch a lovely blond approach my table. “What can I bring you?” Hmm. A waitress—not at all my usual taste.

I have a type. Attractive. Mature. Refined. This barmaid meets the attractive requirement well enough, but she’s void of refinement or maturity as displayed by her choice of apparel—a white, barely there tank top and frazzled cutoff denim shorts. She doesn’t do it for me. Plus, my last two companions were blond. I want a different flavor this time, but no redheads. I want a brunette. A beautiful one.

I remind myself I’m not in Sydney where I have an endless variety of sophisticated women from which to choose. My choices are more limited in the small town of Wagga Wagga, but that doesn’t mean I have to settle for the first attractive woman I see.

“I’ll have a Shiraz.”

I’m prepared for a more prolonged relationship this time—three whole months instead of the usual three or four weeks. I’m looking forward to keeping this one around a little longer, and that’s all the more reason to be certain I make a wise choice.

I begin my search of the club with the first table toward the front of the room. A brunette beauty sits with a group of women. I watch her for a while, but decide she’s too friendly with the woman sitting next to her. Lesbians aren’t in my repertoire.

I spend the next hour scanning the club and come up empty-handed. I’m discouraged. No one stands out as the one and this club is by far my best bet for meeting single women in this town. Maybe I should consider coming back another time when it’s not open mic night. Tonight, the place is crawling with boozed college students.

Tonight’s search has been a failure, but at least the karaoke was entertaining.

I’m finishing off the last of my wine before I leave when an announcer from the club takes the stage and asks for the next singer to step forward. A small group of people across the room nominates one of its own. My view of the poor bastard is blocked by the crowd of intoxicated kids standing between us, but I’m certain this is going to be another delightful train wreck.

The club erupts into cheer and chants. “Do. It. Do. It. Do. It.” A young woman walks onto the stage and stands with her back to the crowd as she lifts a guitar from its stand. She lifts its strap over her head and then tosses her long brown hair over one shoulder. When she’s finished settling the guitar into place, she circles around and sits on the stool in the middle of the stage.

She’s beautiful. And somehow overlooked during my search.

She’s wearing a short ivory dress and a denim jacket with brown cowgirl boots. She bares her thighs as she lifts her feet to rest on the bottom rail, but she’s careful to push her dress between her legs so she doesn’t provide a peep show to the crowd.

She strums the borrowed guitar a few times and then leans into the microphone. “Is everyone having a good time tonight?”

She’s American. I think. Her accent sounds different—not like what I’ve heard in the past.

The crowd erupts into a drunken cheer and I hear a man’s voice yell over the crowd, “It’s better now, sweet thing!”

She smiles and adjusts the mic. “I’m not from around here. It’s my first night in Australia.”

“Leave with me and I’ll make you feel right at home!” a man shouts from the back of the room.

She ignores the fat, ugly bastard yelling at her. “I don’t know what kind of music Australians like, but this has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember.” She strums a few more chords. “This is ‘Crash Into Me’ by the Dave Matthews Band.”

She sings it slower than the original, putting her own twist on it. Her voice is raspy and sexy, her eyes closed. She oozes eroticism. She tilts her head and opens her eyes when she begins to sing the chorus. I swear it feels like she’s looking right in my direction, singing to me. “Oh, and you come craasshh … into me. And I come into … you … And I come into you … in a boy’s dream … in a boy’s dream.”

The stage lights shine in her face and common sense tells me she can’t see me sitting in the dark corner at the back of the club, but that doesn’t stop me from hoping.

She finishes the chorus and shuts her eyes again. Her long legs bounce against the rail of the stool to keep rhythm and I fall victim to her siren’s song. She has bewitched me. And I want her. She’s the one.

I sooo want to read this right now!  If you like what you read, enter to win a Beauty from Pain ebook. The winner will get a coupon code to redeem at Smashwords! The odds are very good because this giveaway is just for Crazy Four Books!

 Do you like the Dave Matthews Band?

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. The only song I know of by them is crash into you - but I like it. (:

    Have been seeing this book everywhere, I think it looks great & I can't wait to read it!

    Great post.
    Have a good week!

    1. I'm looking forward to reading it as well Elizabeth!

      Have a great day!

  2. I love stories where they plan on having a short term affair but love changes everything.
    Thanks for the chance tow in it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. I like stories like that as well. Heck if there is romance involved, I like it whether it's long or short term they're aiming for. :-)

  3. the video is available for my country but i will into it later don't worry.

    i'm always curious about what they want short term affair ^^ i really would like one life lasting even if i have to wait for it^^;; Guess Jack will be surprised to want more ^^

    1. Yes, I think he will be surprised. I am looking forward to reading this!

      I agree with you though. In real life, I was always more interested in long lasting relationships than momentary gratification. I don't know what people see in it. To each his own, right?

  4. I used to listen to the Dave Matthew's band a lot. My brother in law loves them and always plays their songs. I'm more of a Broadway girl.


    1. I can take them or leave them but I can't pass up this book!

  5. I do like the Dave Matthews band. This book sounds awesome, thanks for the giveaway!


  6. OH GAWD! Love the excerpt and I am now totally in love with that song ;) To answer your question... Yes, I have heard the Dave Mathews band and enjoyed their music. Not enough to have them on my music downloads, but its not something I turn a radio station for when it comes on either.

    Thanks for sharing this book!

    1. I can't wait to read it either Josette and I suddenly have new appreciation for that song. ;-)

  7. I'm not even sure who Dave Matthews is, so I guess I would have to say no. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    1. They are the band in the trailer up above! Their song is mentioned in the book.

  8. I'm a HUGE DMB fan! So many of their songs are on my reading playlist!! Especially Lying in the Hands of God for Gabriel's Inferno/Rapture. I'm dying to read Beauty from Pain - read lots of reviews and it's AMAZING from what I hear!! Plus, I love the cover!! It's gorgeous, very elegant and sexy! Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. +JMJ+

    I'm not a Dave Matthews Band fan, but I've heard this song before. =) In general, I really like it when novels have soundtracks. Music can help "to ground" a story in the real world.

    1. I agree! I love to hear the sound track for books. Much like when you go to a movies and hear the soundtrack while watching, it pulls it all together for me.

  10. They are really good but they are not my favourite style of music so I don't really listen to them

    1. Yeah they aren't my favorite either but they have a few songs that I listen to when they're on the radio. :-)

  11. LOVE Dave Matthews Band! Okay so I have seen this book throughout the bloggers world and I have to say I can't wait to read it! Love the excerpt but love the book description even more!
    Thanks for adding the video too at the end, now I have that song stuck in my head!

  12. NO!!! I really dislike Dave Matthews Band actually... cheesy saxophone and muffled singing is not my thing. My favorite band is Muse. Beautiful, epic with a touch of classical.

  13. Yes...but I don't listen to music as much as I used to. Mainly listen to books.