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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Katherine McIntyre to Stories That Make You Smile! Katherine is here today celebrating the release of her steamy new F/F contemporary romance, Confined Desires. She’s brought alone a fun excerpt and a generous giveaway, and she kindly sat down to answer a few burning questions for us. Pull up a chair and read all about this fabulous new novella! 🌟

Confined Desires by Katherine McIntyre

Sky’s crush on her best friend has always been unrequited… until they’re stuck in quarantine together and sparks fly.

Series: Rehoboth Pact (book #1)
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: BoosSmith Design
Release Date: March 27, 2021
Length: Novella/43,000 words/160 pages
Pairing / Genre: F/F Contemporary Romance, lesbian, bisexual, bi, forced proximity, unrequited love, friends to lovers, best friends

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Blurb

Sky’s crush on her best friend has always been unrequited… until they’re stuck in quarantine together and sparks fly.

Sky’s high school bestie is moving back to the area and staying with her for a few weeks. Easy, right? Not when she’d held a torch for the woman since high school. The moment Mia walks through Sky’s door, those unrequited feelings return full-force. So, when a spreading virus keeps them confined in Sky’s apartment even longer, Sky is screwed.

Mia returns home after a bad breakup, but Sky is the only one who offers a safe place to land. However, the seven years they spent apart has her looking at her best friend through a different lens, attraction sparking with every inside joke, shared dinner, and cuddle on the couch.

That flare of desire fast turns physical. They can’t get enough of each other. Yet, whenever Mia tries for the “where is this going” talk, Sky dodges. Sky lost her sister in high school, and ever since, she’s become ace at keeping dates at a distance. Yet if she doesn’t manage to push past her own fears, she might lose her one shot at happiness with the woman she’s waited a lifetime for.

Excerpt

Mia twined her arms around Sky and leaned her head against her shoulder. “See, this is why I missed you so damn much.”

Sky froze, unable to move. Part of her melted at this touch, while the other freaked out. The last thing Mia needed was her best friend dumping a lifelong crush on her lap. This close, she could feel the woman’s sleepy heat, and the sweet scent of peaches wafted off her. Sky’s mouth watered—the response instinctual. She forced her hand up to run her fingers through Mia’s silken strands. That was friendly, right?

“Missed you too, babe,” she murmured.

“So, wait, are you working tonight, or no?” Mia asked, pulling away to grab her mug.

“Uh, no,” Sky murmured, mind racing as she tried to come up with an excuse to leave.

Mia tapped the edge of her mug with her fingernail. “Then maybe we could take the day to play catch up?” she asked. When Sky didn’t respond, the words refusing to leave her tongue, Mia’s eyes widened. “I mean, as long as you didn’t have plans or anything. I know I kind of dropped this on you. Fuck, I don’t even know if you’re seeing anyone or who you hang out with anymore.”

“Pitifully single,” Sky responded. “My girlfriend and I split up last year, and I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get out to the bars or clubs in Philly at all to jump back into the dating scene. Trust me, you haven’t missed much.”

“Bullshit,” Mia said, placing her mug of coffee down. “Get dressed. We’re heading out to Lucky’s, and I’m buying you breakfast.” Her blue eyes twinkled as she doled out the commands, and Sky’s heart thumped harder.

Sky scratched the nape of her neck. “Yes, ma’am.”

She headed to the bedroom, cursing her lack of an excuse. A large part of her was thrilled to be spending all of this time around Mia after so long. Yet the other part of her just wanted to solder metal sheets around her heart.

As if she’d stand a chance with Mia Brownstone living at her house for the next two weeks.

☆ Author Interview ☆

Q: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?

A: I remember in second grade when everyone was telling the teacher what they wanted to be when they grew up, I always said writer. I was in love with stories from an early age—as a shy kid, they were an escape when I was lonely, and I only loved them more the older I grew. As I started working on my own stories in school, I started to enjoy the process of writing just as much as I enjoyed reading, which is how I ended up here.

Q: How would you describe your writing style/genre?

A: I genre hopped like crazy. At first, I wanted to write fantasy, but then I started a romance based on a submission call and completely fell for the genre. No matter the genre though, my style remains pretty consistent—big feels, found families, and a lot of snarky dialogue.

Q: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.

A: My first published work was a steampunk action adventure book—An Airship Named Desire. It’s got a Firefly meets steampunk meets Treasure Island and was an absolute blast to write.

Q: Have you ever taken a trip to research a story? Tell me about it.

A: I love to integrate settings I’ve been to, but one of my favorite research trips was for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series. I love in the suburbs of Philly, so it was an easy trip to get there and check out certain locations. Book three in the series involved a bunch of necromancers and cemeteries, so we actually went and visited an abandoned cemetery, Mount Moriah, as well as Laurel Hill Cemetery, which has some of the most gorgeous statues and mausoleums.

Q: Do you reward yourself for writing, or punish yourself for failing to do so? How?

A: I used to punish myself a lot more—for not hitting certain goals, for any pitfall or failure that came up. It got really unhealthy, to be honest. There’s nothing wrong with discipline in writing, but the problem comes in when you start beating yourself up about things. I switched gears a few years ago, especially this past year after I had my first baby. Currently, writing IS my reward, because it’s something I truly love, and I’ve been focusing more on writing the stories I want to rather than trying to push out ones I think I need to.

Q: What do you do when you get writer’s block?

A: If I’m really struggling, sometimes I step away and do something else—exercise, absorb some media like a book, movie, show, etc. But if I’m in the middle of the scene and just trying to push through distraction, I usually try to find the right music. I keep soundtracks for each series, and having mood music to mentally place myself in the scene helps a TON.

Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A: In the past, I would’ve said two months for a full length novel. Now that I’ve got an infant to juggle amidst two jobs AND writing? I would say anywhere between three to four months? I’m still scraping together time to write (when she naps, mostly), but it’s definitely more of a juggling act.

Q: What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?

A: I work as a massage therapist, which leaves a lot of time to open up your mind. It’s kind of similar to getting ideas in the shower—when your mind is clear like that, oftentimes ideas will pop up, and you can’t do anything about them. I will try find a pen and scrap of paper the second I can, and I always scribble things down as fast as I can. If I’m way too busy to work on a project, that project tends to bubble up inside me, to the point that the words explode on the page when I finally get the chance to write them down.

Meet the Author

Snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes.

Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—and there’s an equally high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women.

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