Friday, August 27, 2010

A Fun Romantic Novella and a Drawing

I highly recommend this sensual story for a fun afternoon or an evening curled on the sofa. 

Your Place or Mine     

By D.S. Craver

Available here: 

Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a home owner. Blake Smith, no relation and a real hottie, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. There's also some sparks flying between the two of them, or is Sydney the only one feeling that way? A highly sensual story of fun, home-buying, and more...

After ordering their steak dinners, Sydney said, "Don’t keep me in suspense any longer. I’m guessing your proposition has something to do with you saying we have a lot in common."
He exhaled a deep breath. "Promise you won’t leave after I tell you what I thought we could do about the house."
"I’ll stay. I don’t want you to eat my steak."
He grinned. "That’s a good reason. When I got my first real job─"
"What was your job?"
"I did an internship in civil engineering so had a job right after college." He took a drink of his beer. "Three friends and I decided to buy a house together. I was thinking that’s what we could do. We can buy the duplex together. Of course, we need to learn more about each other before we even decide if buying the house will work for us."
Whoa. Buy a house with Mr. Hottie Engineer. Could she sleep under the same roof, even though he'd be on the other side? She pulled the paper holder off her silverware and napkin. "You don’t waste time. We just met. I don’t─"
"I should’ve mentioned we’ll keep our relationship platonic which should be easy enough to do with the house built for two families."
Staring at his lips, she wondered how Blake could look sexy while saying the word platonic. And why had he even mentioned anything about their relationship? Did he want one with her? "Hey, what's this all about? Platonic relationship. Where did that come from? You can't assume I'd want to sleep with you just because we bought the duplex together."
He frowned. "I'm sorry. It came out wrong. I was afraid you'd think my proposition included that. I'm stupid, okay."
"You’re serious about this business arrangement? You really think we should buy the dream house together?"
He nodded. "We both like it and want it so I thought this might be a possibility. I figured you don’t have a significant other right now since you didn’t bring anyone with you to look at the house."
She ran her finger around the rim of her glass. "You're right. I don't have any special guy in my life. My boyfriend dumped me by a text. We'd dated less than two months, but still I don't like that he couldn't tell me in person, or call me to tell me it was over. But that’s okay. I’m going to get a column out of it and tell how rude it is to break up with someone by texting them."
"I agree. You’re better off without him. I want to read your column. What’s the name of it?"
"Sydney’s Sassy Suggestions to Singles." When another idea occurred to her for an article, she drummed her fingers on the table. "Even though I don’t think much of texting to break off a relationship, email breakup can be a good thing. It offers more privacy to the person being dumped. But an email breakup should always give an offer of a face-to-face meeting if he-or-she-who-was dumped wanted one. I’ll have to write about different ways to breakup in my column."

About the Author: 
D. S. Craver (Diane) graduated with a degree in English and Speech Education from The Ohio State University. Before writing her books, she was a schoolteacher and play director. She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage.
She is the mother of six children and lives in southwestern Ohio. Her dream vacation is going to the beach. Her husband is supportive of her writing career as well as her awesome children. Diane writes contemporary and inspirational romance, chick-lit mystery, and women’s fiction. 

DRAWING Details :
Ms. Craver will be giving away one free download of Your Place or Mine to a random winner chosen from those who comment on the excerpt. Drawing to be held on Thursday, September 2. The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book.


  2. Hi Janice,

    Thanks for stopping by. I had fun writing Your Place or Mine. Have a good day.

  3. It sounds like a 'fun' read and is already on my wish list. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  4. Hi Sherry,

    Your upcoming release, The Brat, looks like an awesome book. It's on my list. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I'd love to win this book. I have five six seems like so much more than five, lol!!

    Funny that Diane's dream vacation is going to the beach, and I live on the gorgeous great lakes, and get to enjoy them every day. Beautiful they are, I can see why anyone would want to go to the beaches for a vacaiton.


  6. Thanks, Steph, for stopping by - I appreciate it. You're so lucky to live by the water.

    Well, we only have 2 at home now - the other 4 have their own homes and apartments. We were blessed with two daughters with special needs.

    I visited your blog - it's awesome.

  7. It's on my TBB list. I've been interested since I sawa the first excerpt.

  8. Hi Andrea,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpts! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment!

  9. Your book sounds great, Diane! Loved the excerpt. I wish you many sales!

  10. Hi Anne,

    Thank you so much! I appreciate you reading my excerpt. Have a great day.

  11. Perhaps this is not the place, but please let me say 'thank you' Diane for putting The Brat on your wish list.

  12. Yikes! Diane, I don't know how I missed this. That's what happens when you spend four days in Las Vegas. I love the title of her column. Very cute and clever. The excerpt sounds like this story is that, too--cute and clever with a little sophistication thrown in.Very good, lady! Celia

  13. Hi Sherry,

    You're welcome. You don't have to wait too much longer for The Brat to release - I saw it does on Oct. 1st - that's exciting.

  14. Hi Celia,
    I've never been to Las Vegas - glad you got away - you deserved it! It's hard to keep up with all of us, authors. LOL Thanks for reading my excerpt, and I like your comment that it sounds cute and clever.

  15. Time for the Drawing for the free download of Your Place or Mine:

    Drum Roll please...
    Taylor reaches into her favorite pink hat and pulls out:

    Congrats Andrea!!!
    Your details for picking up your free copy are on the way via email.

  16. Congrats Andrea and Happy Reading!

    Thanks Rebecca and everyone! I enjoyed reading the wonderful comments.


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