Guest Author & Giveaway: Amber Lin featuring Giving It Up

Thursday, July 5

My guest today describes her books as "broken love stories".  I think that is a very apt description for her story, Giving It Up.  Author Tiffany Reisz, has this to say about it, “Giving It Up is an erotic, compelling story that takes us to the shadowy, lonely places but doesn’t leave us there. Amber Lin shows us that romance isn’t just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts.” 
Erotic romance author, Amber Lin, is with us today to share one of her favorite scenes from Giving It Up, not to mention a great giveaway :)  Enjoy!

My Favorite Scene from Giving It Up

I’m partial to the opening scene from Giving It Up. Actually the whole first chapter. It’s not just where you will meet Allie and Colin, it’s where I met them. Allie’s at a club trolling for a night of rough dirty sex, and we get some hints to the pain that triggers this. She finds Colin there, and we get to see some hints of his life (though the significance of those hints remains hazy for some time). Plus I love a strong opening, in both my reading and my writing, and that whole first chapter packs a bit of a punch.

I also like the last scene, because it’s… well, this is a romance, so it’s happy. It’ll give you the warm tingles. No, not there—higher up Sweet and just enough sappy.

But I think my favorite scene of all, the one that stands out in my mind is somewhere between them, and that’s the one I’m going to share with you today in an exclusive excerpt.

Before we go there, I think I need to prepare you. This scene is dark and gritty. I mean, this whole book is dark and gritty! It’s also some other things like “tender” and “hopeful” or so says Cara McKenna, author of Willing Victim. So, I don’t mean to scare you away… but I do, if this is not your thing.

When Jacob had touched me, I’d burned from the pain and the fear. When those men had touched me, I’d grown cold. Frozen to ice, never thawed.

In the present I felt the warmth of Colin’s touch at my back.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered.

I still felt the anger, the hurt, but those things were impotent. At least when you were small like me. So tired. And hell, I didn’t want to be mad at him. It probably made me weak, but that was nothing new.

I fought past the lump in my throat. “Give it to me.”

He paused. “What?”

“The way I want it. You know.”

I felt his indecision as my breath caught. He didn’t want to hurt me, I knew, but he’d want to do as I asked, because he’d fucked up. I didn’t even know if I wanted him to say yes or no.

“Okay,” he finally said, resigned.

Relief and panic warred within me, but both emotions were muted by the sharp pain on my wrist. Why did men always go for the wrist? They wanted to immobilize women, I supposed. Immobilize our hands, at least—were hands really so powerful? Then he tightened his other hand in my hair and yanked. Fuck. Yes, they were.

I slid down the side of the bed, where the hardwood floor slapped my face. My knees jolted as they hit the floor, and then again with the impact of Colin’s weight from behind.

All over, my body was twisted or crushed. It was perfect.

I surrendered. There’s a freedom in not having to move, not having to think, but knowing it would happen anyway.

My clothes were yanked out of the way, and then he was fucking me.

Each thrust slammed my head into the ground and my shoulders from their sockets. Ah, bliss.

My mind took up a chant. Hurt me, hurt me, hurt me. Make me hurt, cry, bleed. Make my outside match my inside. Help me get it out, because I can’t cry on my own.

As, the scene continues, it gets even better…or worse, depending on your perspective. But such is the tumble bumble path of healing. If you like emotional stories of hurt and redemption, I hope you’ll give Allie’s story a try.

Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it's not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren't enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.

But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.

And enjoy this additional excerpt from the beginning of the book in the flipbook below:

or read it in a Google document here.

Congratulations Amber and thanks for being my guest today!  I have to agree that the scene she shared with us today is one that I found very powerful, poignant, and a life changing moment for the heroine in the story. 

If you'd like to learn more about author Amber Lin and the books she writes, you can find her at her website, her blog, Twitter, & Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of Giving It Up, Amber would like to giveaway a "Giving It Up Swag Pack", which includes romance trading cards, a signed cover flat, a signature soap bar for showers together handcrafted by AnaBanana Creations and a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky Musings follower (below):

AND if that's not enough she's also giving away an erotic romance prize pack, including paperback copies of Bared to You by Sylvia Day, Simply Carnal by Kate Pearce, Lessons in Letting Go by Cara McKenna (print combo of Willing Victim and Curio), Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph, a collection of signed Giving It Up swag AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card ( or All Romance may be substituted) to one randomly drawn commenter from her blog tour.  Here's how you can enter to win each giveaway...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer this question:  What do you think about dark and gritty romances? (good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries for the Erotic Romance Prize Pack.  Your comment also enters you into the "Giving It Up Swag Pack" prize that will be given away to a Musings follower. 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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erin July 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM  

Thanks for a great post! Those scenes were hot! Congrats on the new release!

I love dark and gritty romances! I feel more connected and more invested in the characters sometimes than any other type.


marybelle July 5, 2012 at 4:33 AM  

A beginning that packs a punch & a happy ending. Sounds great to me.

Thank you for the excerpt. It was amazing.


ClaudiaGC July 5, 2012 at 6:33 AM  

Thanks for the great excerpt! Dark and gritty sounds good! :)

claudigc at msn dot com

Goddess Fish Promotions July 5, 2012 at 7:03 AM  

Thank you for hosting Amber today.

AsianCocoa July 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

I agree that particular scene was very powerful. Dark & gritty romances if written well, like in Giving It Up, will leave you emotionally drained. I enjoy stories like this that leave me thinking about them days after I've read them.
asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

Amber Lin July 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM  

@erin Thanks! Ah, me too :) I think seeing the characters struggle makes me more sure of their fortitude and their HEA.

@marybelle A perfect formula - thank you ;-)

@ClaudiaGC Thank you!

@AsianCocoa Thanks, hon :)

Filia Oktarina July 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM  

Thanks for sharing this post. I love dark and gritty romances and now i know what book must to read :)

filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Joanne July 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM  

Congrats on the new release. Great excerpt and cover. I enjoy dark and gritty romance sometimes, something where it's not all hearts and flowers all the time. It's good for a change.
This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


JenM July 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM  

I love dark and gritty, but truly dark romances are hard to find. Most authors don't want to go too dark for fear of scaring the majority of readers. Looking forward to reading this.

Anonymous,  July 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

I've kind of shied away from dark romances until now, but the lure of an HEA may help...


Bethie July 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

I really enjoy dark and gritty. But sometimes I need something a little lighter in between all the dark and gritty I read.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Pamela Mason July 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM  

I think dark and gritty is real and messy... like life the way it's lived.
I enjoyed the characters and the story very much... especially the way bits of her history kept surfacing.

tappitytaptap at gmail dot com

bn100,  July 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM  

Thanks for sharing the scene.


June M. July 6, 2012 at 3:58 AM  

Great post. I already have this book on my must read list.

Depending on my mood, my tastes in books vary. There are times when I want a light, fun book and then there are times that I want darker, more intense reads.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Amber Lin July 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

@Filia I think we're a perfect match ;-)

@Joanne Thanks!

@JenM Thank you, and so true. Honestly it's a bit scary to write them as well ;-)

@Anonymous I understand! The HEA is hugely important to me, as both a reader and a writer. I'm not sure I would even be comfortable delving as deep if we didn't have that at the end. To me the point isn't that it's a sad book (even though parts are sad) but that it's hopeful, because all the bad things happened but there's still happiness at the end.

@Pamela Mason That's it exactly!

@bn100 Thanks :)

@June M So true. Good to switch them up too. Read something intense and then take a break with humor :)

Reagan September 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM  

Excellent excerpt and such a wonderful book :D

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