Liz Crowe

Ryan and Grace Sullivan have all the outward indications of a happy life: money, success, an undeniable physical attraction that quickly evolved from whirlwind relationship to marriage. But lately, Ryan's become moody and distant. As their relationship starts to crumble, Ryan discovers something about himself he can't admit just as Grace realizes the young man she encounters at an invitation only party, Henri Christophe, a celebrity chef with the most successful restaurant in Las Vegas, is her husband's lover. But Henri holds a secret himself. He wants to be more to both of them.


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Trying to make their unconventional arrangement work, Ryan's deep-seated fear of relationship failure continues to thwart everyone's happiness. When he finally walks away instead of confronting the emotional connection the trio share, he returns to find their lives flipped inside out. A sought after hotel and resort consultant, Ryan has yet to meet a problem he couldn't solve. But when it comes to his own heart, Ryan may be too late.

 

Reviews for Vegas Miracle
SIZZLING HOT REVIEWS:
Five Hearts
Grace Irwin works in a book store but has dreams of being a writer someday. At a party, she meets Ryan Sullivan, a good looking guy who helps manage resorts all over the world. Ryan is gorgeous and out of Grace’s league (or so she believes) but something about the two of them click and connect. This happenstance meeting begins the tale of a marriage and what is really important in a relationship. Their marriage is tested in fundamental ways, yet (spoiler) this is a happily ever after story. Although I didn’t honestly think it would make it.

Vegas Miracle was a tough read, not because of the editing or storyline, but because of the harsh reality lens that the characters were seen through. There were no “Prince Charmings” or “Tough Texas Sheriffs,” but real people with flaws and emotions. Each of the main characters were flawed in some way yet needed the other characters in order to be complete. Liz Crowe definitely has a way with presenting interesting characters! The scenes between the three main characters, Henri, Grace and Ryan made me cry and scream. In some cases, I wanted to hit Ryan upside the head with the skillet, smack that smug smile off Henri’s mouth, and at other times I wanted to push Grace into the ocean. 

Vegas Miracle is a must read tale of the reality of love. It isn’t a happily ever after where life is easy but marriage and love is a daily challenge to work on, and it is worth it. Honestly I feel that Vegas Miracle tells us how marriage should work, even if it takes more than two people to make it work! If you enjoy a story that keeps you thinking, challenges your beliefs and stirs your emotions, then Vegas Miracle is perfect for you. Read it today!

From OmniLit/All Romance Ebooks:
From the beginning, the story draws you in with the introduction of Ryan and Grace. It is a well plotted character-driven story. Although the story moves quickly, it doesn't feel rushed. Besides the very emotional aspect of a couple dealing with issues that might destroy their relationship, the reader is also taken on a highly erotic adventure. When Henri enters the picture the heat level rises as he is very sensual and hard to resist. This is a very sexual read with enough kinkiness to satisfy everyone. The story is compelling and the characters easy to relate to. I was intrigued as to how the author was going to work the ending. A menage story can go either way and I'm happy to see it ended on a positive note. If you like a good m/f/m story you'll enjoy this one.

From a Reader:
I enjoyed this book that includes as much steamy sex as any one woman should be allowed to handle. But still maintains heart. This story is has a lot of heart.

 

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About Liz Crowe

Microbrewery owner, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great middle west, in a Major College Town.  Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.  When she isn't sweating beer inventory, sales figures or promotional efforts for her latest publication, doing pounds of laundry for her sweaty athletic children, watching La Liga on the Fox Soccer Channel, or trying to figure out what to order in for dinner, she can be found walking her standard poodles or doing Bikram Yoga.  Liz loves her Foo Fighters Pandora station, and watching reruns of Deadwood, when there isn't any decent European football on the telly.  If you want a beer education follow her: www.a2beerwench.com.  For writing related stuff, including her backlist, go to: www.brewingpassion.com.

 

Backlist:

Breathless Press:

The Rookie, Sept. 2010

XXXMas Ale, Dec. 2010

Jockey Box, Feb. 2011.

All are short stories serving as "missing chapters" to the Brewing Passion novella: 

The Tap Room, Sept. 30, 2011. It is a "choose your romance" format wherein the reader will choose my heroine's ultimate path from three different potential heroes and story endings.

Specific Gravity
, Nov. 2011, the final "missing chapter" from the series.



Rebel Ink Press:

Vegas Miracle, Oct. 3, 2011, a m/f/m 47,000 word novella.

Player Conference, Oct. 15, 2011, a 12,000 word "cougar story" as part of their Claw Marks Anthology.



Decadent Publishing:

Caught Offside, late 2011, a 12,000 word short as part of their O ne Night Stand series.

Turkish Delights, Blue Cruise, Tulip Princess: November 2011 (trilogy)

The Diplomat's Daughter, Prequel to the Turkish Delights Series

Cheeky Blonde, early 2012 45,000 novel of sabotage, intrigue and romance set in the craft beer world

Tri-Destiny Publishing:

The Realtors: A Trilogy of Novels about Life in the House Lane
Releasing spring/summer, 2012

 

An Interview with Liz Crowe
By Megan Garbe for The Romance Studio

MG: Liz, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Vegas Miracle and it's about a man, his wife, and his male lover who wants more. Where did you get the idea for this smoking hot tale?

LC: Thanks so much for having me! I'm thrilled to be able to introduce more readers to Vegas Miracle.

The story started with a hot massage -- no lie. The scene ends up falling about 2/3 of the way into the book. I love the "what if" of writing. So I said "What if this amazingly hot guy who is massaging me right now took it one step further. And what if we had our incredible moment together and I looked up to see my husband watching, grinning from ear to ear, who then asked me "did you like your 'Vegas massage'?" And under what circumstances might that actually work for a couple...

MG: What can you tell us about Grace and why will readers relate to her?

LC: Grace Irwin is a struggling writer at the beginning of the story. She meets Ryan Sullivan, believes herself way out of his league but they connect, in a big way and although he offers to help her "find" an agent she insists on finding her own way, which she does. Her young adult novels not only get published they get optioned for a cable series. She is an imperfect character though. I write most of my people that way. At times you will want to shake her for being so stubborn. She's driven, single minded and determined not to let Ryan's tendency to "take over" everything win out. This causes problems for them both. But they work through them.

MG: What can you tell us about Ryan and Henri and why will readers love them?

LC: I had one reviewer who loved the book say: "At times I wanted to brain Ryan with a frying pan and smack the smug smile off Henri's face" but by the end you are so drawn into the story and into their individual struggles you absolutely are rooting for them in the end. Ryan is quintessential alpha: impossibly handsome, wealthy, successful, with workaholic tendencies but is closed off emotionally. Henri is a celebrity chef, talented, a bit of an attention seeker himself but utterly open to new experiences and the opposite of "closed off emotionally." He wears his heart on his sleeve and he loses it ultimately to both Ryan and Grace.

MG: What challenges do you face in writing complex relationships with multiple lovers?

LC: I actually enjoy creating difficult scenarios be they between 2 or more humans. We are so complex, full of contradictions and foibles. I mean, I adore the man I married 21 years ago, our life together is good on all levels but damn if at times I wouldn't shove him out of a moving car. I recognize my own failings too, and value him for not pushing me out of the car too.

MG: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

LC: 2012 is gonna be a busy one for me for certain. I have a prequel novel, The Diplomat's Daughter, for my Turkish Delights trilogy from Decadent Publishing in early edits. Turkish Delights pushed me way outside my comfort zone last year, giving me opportunity to explore serious m/m romance and a BDSM element to the 3rd story that was way fun to research. The prequel was requested by my publisher and for those of you "in the know" about this very popular series, the final follow up novel, Flower Passage WILL bring back a beloved character you thought lost in Blue Cruise -- but it will not be an easy reunion for anyone.

I also will helping launch a new publisher's erotic romance line. Tri Destiny Publishing will publish my entire "REALTORS" series beginning with "Floor Time" at the end of January. Here is the blurb:

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Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor's most delectable bachelor.

At age thirty five, he's made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.

While his D/s past is buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.

Sara Thornton, just a rookie in the field, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor real estate market. Her life is disciplined and focused, exactly what she wants. But as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.

A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she's been missing.

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This story will quickly be followed up by "Sweat Equity" in February and will conclude in March with "Closing Costs." It spans nearly 10 years in the life of three realtors.

Finally one of my FAVORITE manuscripts will be published by Decadent Publishing in early 2012. Cheeky Blonde is another story based in the brewing biz, but I added elements of intrigue, sabotage and romance to the mix this time! here's that blurb:

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Violence, intrigue and passion are brewing in the craft beer world. When bitter rivals Jennifer Baxter and Sean Garrison meet, the notorious and handsome owner of Garrison Brothers Brewing stays true to form, seducing her at a national brewer's convention. What Jen doesn't realize is how much her life will change from just one encounter. Her attempt to debut Brick Street Brewing's experimental pale ale "Cheeky Blonde" shockingly turns out to be the day her avowed adversary becomes the love of her life.

Sean Garrison arrived at the convention expecting to get down to business, including his stated goal of hiring Jen away from her company. But the beautiful fellow craft beer expert provides more of a distraction than he expected, and his priorities quickly change. As Sean tries to prove that he can be more than just Jen's competition, they finally unite to solve the sabotage mysteries at their fellow breweries. Shocked by depths of shared emotion, they battle the forces keeping them apart and wreaking havoc in the brewing world, before fate deals them a final blow.

MG: What's a day in the life of Liz Crowe like?

LC: I'm up by 5:30, hitting hot yoga 3 days a week and the gym for the other 2. I own a microbrewery and handle all aspects of sales, marketing and promotions. I also manage the staff in my Tap Room. I devote 2 days during the week for writing though, it's sacred. If I try to "fit it in" I end up getting sucked in and lose track of beer stuff! I love both jobs I do though so it's no hardship trying to make it all work.

MG: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

LC: I love the writing cave, that moment just beyond head writing for me but before polishing and submission.

MG: What are you reading at the moment?

LC: I am reading the new Oxford Companion to Beer, by Garrett Oliver, one of the owners of the Brooklyn Brewing Co. in New York but just finished "Crash Into You" by Roni Loren. I'll be reviewing it on my blog later this month. Two words: Read it.

MG: What is one of your all time favorite books?

LC: The Stand by Stephen King. I love to read (and write) involved storylines with multiple characters and dream of creating something along the lines of this epic tome in a romance genre someday.

MG: Any goals you've set for yourself this year?

LC: I have a particular "target" publisher who has rejected me but sent me back with and R&R last month on a brewery based menage story I subbed as a "quickie" but was told they wanted "much more"....wish me luck! should know by end of January.

MG: Thank you!

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