Title: A Kiss by Design
Series: Book one of Kiss & Tell Series
Author: Christy Hayes
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: November 21, 2013
Cover Design: Kim Killion Hot Damn Designs
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
College sophomore Emily Dilbert has been best friends with Dylan Chamberlain since they were kids. All she wants is for him to be happy and she knows him better than anyone. That’s why when she finds an engagement ring in his backpack she has to stop him from marrying the wrong girl.
Dylan Chamberlain has been in love with his brother’s girlfriend, Emily, since the second grade. When his brother asks for help planning a surprise proposal, Dylan knows it’s time to bury his feelings and finally let Emily go. Too bad his heart refuses to cooperate.
All of Emily’s attempts to lure Dylan away from his girlfriend fail, forcing her to turn up the heat on their friendship. Will Dylan reveal his long-buried secret and tell Emily how he feels? Or will Emily be forced to use any means necessary to show him the error of his ways?
ExcerptEmily flung the sheer, lavender curtains onto the floor and dropped to her knees in search of the screw. “I’m failing miserably at putting up these curtains. Why is this so hard?”“I thought you asked Zach to hang them for you?” Kayla asked.“He had to get back to State. He can’t be late for Sunday meetings.” Emily grabbed the screw and sat up with a see-what-I-found smile, only to lose it the moment she realized her roommates were sharing “the look” again. “What?”“Nothing.” Reagan shrugged. “Do you want some help?”“I want you to tell me what that look was for.”“What look?” Kayla asked.Emily pointed between the two friends. “That look you get whenever I mention something about Zach.”“There was no look,” Reagan explained. “But you said last week you were going to get him to help you hang the curtains. He was here all weekend, doing nothing as far as I could tell, and yet he still couldn’t hang the curtains.”“Cut him some slack. He wanted to relax on the first bye weekend of the season. I couldn’t nag him about curtains when he’s got the whole football season resting on his shoulders.”“I’m sure he wanted to help her,” Kayla said while giving Reagan a death stare. She held out her hand to help Emily to her feet. “Come on. We can help you.”“Thanks, but I don’t think this screw will budge without a drill. I think I’m trying to screw it into a stud.”“Why don’t you call Dylan?” Reagan suggested. “I’m sure he’s got what you need to screw you—I mean it—into the wall.”“Very funny.” Emily placed her screwdriver back into the tiny toolbox her dad had given her for Christmas.“Do you think he has a drill?”Reagan slung her brown hair over her shoulder. “I think he’s got all the equipment you need.”
About the Author
Christy Hayes lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Women’s Fiction chapter of Romance Writers of America, and the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. Christy has been writing seriously since 2004 and made the decision to indie publish in 2011. When not working on her next novel, Christy can be found walking her dogs through her neighborhood or at one of her kids sporting events.