Friday, 29 August 2014

Kristi Ahlers: One Night in New Orleans

We're welcoming back Kristi Ahlers today with a new project.

We know and love Kristi for her Trouble Series and for her Clan Ross Series. Today she brings us something totally new -- One Night in New Orleans, book 4 in the City Nights Series from Tirgearr Publishing.

Kristi is no stranger to New Orleans. Anyone who knows her will tell you she'll high tail it to The Big Easy before she can think to pack a bag. To say she loves this city is an understatement, which is probably why it's shown up in, now, three of her stories. The previous two are in the Trouble series -- The Trouble with Voodoo and The Trouble with Cupcakes (which you should add to your collection if you collect stories set in New Orleans, or if you haven't collected all the Trouble stories yet ;-) )

One Night in New Orleans is part of the City Nights series from Tirgearr Publishing. City Nights is a unique erotic romance series with authors contributing to the collection. Each book title starts One Night in . . . and takes place within a 24 hour time frame in a city somewhere in the world. It should come as no surprise that when this series was first launched amongst the Tirgearr authors that Kristi leapt up to claim New Orleans as her city for the series.

So, what's it all about? Kaitlyn, or Kaity to her friends, is in the city with best friend Anya to attend an annual fundraising event, and in typical New Orleans fashion, it's a masquerade ball. Thierry is a city native who now lives away from home, but comes home regularly for down time. His friend has wrangled Thierry to help out in a bachelor auction during the annual ball. He reluctantly agrees, and only so thinking about all the pretty ladies who will be bidding on the bachelors, of which he is one. When he spots a mysterious woman in the crowd, he rigs the ball so that she'll win him as her prize. He plans on showing her an amazing night, but doesn't count on falling in love.

In typical Ahlers fashion, One Night in New Orleans will drop you headlong into this story. You'll not only get a taste of the city, but you'll quickly become endeared to both Kaity and Thierry as they work through sudden and unexpected emotions. Ahlers' voice makes this a quick read with witty dialogue and sensual narrative. This is one sexy read which, if I do say so myself, exceeds her previous writings. This is a great way to spend a couple hours reading. It's a great addition to a stellar series.

(BTW, Thierry is pronounced thee-air-ee) ;-)

Before we get to the blurb and excerpt, remember that we're giving away a copy of this book to one lucky commenter. Be sure to leave your email address for contact.

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Dr. Kaitlyn Burrows and her best friend, Anya, have come to New Orleans to have a little vacation and to attend an annual fundraising masquerade party. Kaitlyn is there to have fun and donate some much needed funds. What she isn’t expecting is to meet Thierry Beaulieu. He’s about to take one night in New Orleans and make it a night to remember.

Thierry Beaulieu is a pilot and has come home to his native New Orleans for some much needed down time, and to support his best friend with the bachelor charity auction. When he meets a mystery woman at the ball and finds he wants to get to know the woman better, he fixes it so she wins the auction. He has one night to prove to Kaitlyn that there is such a thing as love at first sight, and there is nothing wrong with lust being the motivator. He’s going to make sure his Kaitlyn has a night she won’t forget.

Kaitlyn nibbled on the ragged hangnail of her ring finger—a horrid trait she had when she was stressed or nervous—and dubiously watched the tarot reader shuffle before she placed the tatty and bent cards on the black velvet tablecloth. Between her and the other colorful people making up Jackson Square, Kaitlyn felt really out of place.
The woman let her hand hover over the deck and closed her eyes, tipping her head back to the sunlight. Kaitlyn looked at Anya and raised her brow.

Anya smiled and put a finger to her lips in the international signal of be quiet. Kaitlyn countered with narrowed eyes, but turned her attention back to the woman. The tarot reader focused on the cards once again and appeared to know she was doing. Then again what did Kaitlyn know? Nothing, as far as this sort of thing went. But she did think the woman would appear more credible if she abandoned the clich├ęd stereotype and maybe tried to look like a normal person.
Then again normal was relative.

“Stop frowning, Kaity,” her best friend whispered. “She’s the best at this.”

Kaitlyn smiled painfully and cocked a brow. “Anya, trust me, I like surprises, and I don’t need to know the future. How do you know she’s the best?”

The woman looked up and focused on Kaitlyn. “Because I am.”

Oh, okay well why didn’t she just say so to begin with? Kaitlyn was aware their conversation in front of the woman was rude, but hello. Saying you’re the best doesn’t make it so. Then again, what was the standard? Was there one? Gah, this was getting complicated and the tarot wasn’t even spread yet!

The other thing Kaitlyn wouldn’t admit was she found her nerves on total edge. A panicky feeling rushed through her bloodstream. Did other customers feel the sort of anxiety before their future was read? And as to that, if life was all about choices, and you made choices based on the reading of a card, did that seriously alter your life path, and would it change her stars? It was that whole argument of path pre-ordained opposed to free choice.

Kaitlyn rubbed her temple where a headache was beginning to form, and suddenly the beignets and coffee weren’t settling as well as they had before. She hadn’t felt this anxious or sick when she was taking her final medical exam before she graduated.

“Ha, that’s what you think.” Her friend patted her on the arm. “You need a little excitement in your life.”

“And exactly how does having my tarot read going to provide that, huh?”

“Cut zee cards,” The woman across the table said as she indicated the deck in front of Kaitlyn. “Make a wish before you touch them.”

Kaitlyn sighed and closed her eyes and made her wish. I hope I have the most erotic night of my life with the man of my dreams tonight. Since she knew there was no way in heck that was going to happen, as the man was literally a dream, she felt a little bad about setting the woman up for failure. Kaitlyn didn’t believe in tarot, or gem readings. Chalking it up to just a bunch of tourist entertainment and nothing more, Kaitlyn sat back and watched as the woman dealt the cards.

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Kristi Ahlers is a California girl! She grew up in Northern California in a small city called Yuba City. Since then she's lived in Brussels, Belgium, and England along with a myriad of other locations. A former flight attendant, she was able to continue to feed her love of travel. This has greatly influenced her writing, allowing her to pen stories about places she's managed to visit and things she's experienced.

Kristi loves to hear from her readers.

Find Kristi online --

Kristi Ahlers - http://www.kristiahlers.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/kristi.ahlers1
Kristi's Blog - http://kristiahlers.blogspot.com
Tirgearr Publishing - http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Ahlers_Kristi

Grab your copy of One Night in New Orleans at Tirgearr Publishing today for just $2.99.

While there, grab a copy of The Trouble with French Kisses for just 99c, on sale through July. This is book one in the Trouble Series.


5 comments:

  1. Hey Kristi! Welcome back to Heart of Fiction. Congrats on your latest release. This is a great step away from your current series work.

    What inspired the story of a bachelor ball and getting these two characters together?

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    1. Hi Kem,
      Yes this is a HUGE departure from my normal storytelling and I've got to tell you it was scary, but a great experience at the same time.

      This story actually came to me in a dream. There is something very special about NOLA and how fantasy and fun can come to life in this city. I think it's due to the dynamic and haunting history of the location. I thought this was a sexy and naughty fantasy of finding your perfect one night stand at a masquerade/bachelor auction!

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    2. Scary is good. It means you were challenged to do something new. We should always look to try new things, especially with our writing.

      How did you find this project particularly challenging?

      Yep, love your plot, and your writing is fun to read. Very engaging. And we know you love NOLA. ;-)

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  2. Sounds like an outstanding read
    pagebypagereview@aol.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope the readers enjoy it. It's a departure from my Trouble Series but in a fun and sexy way!

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