Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Retreat Guest Blogger Amber Lin

Amber Lin
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Thanks so much for having me! Meeting authors at conferences and signings is an amazing experience, but sadly one many readers don’t get to experience. I love the idea of an Online Reader Retreat!

We all love a good romance, some hot smexing. But today I want to take a minute to celebrate a different kind of relationship—our girlfriends.

Why do we love our besties?
1. Let’s overanalyze
Our best friends are our sounding boards—a way to work through our troubles, especially guy troubles. Our friends are the voice of reason, our conscience, or maybe even the bad girl inside us, waiting for permission.

2. It’s unconditional, baby 
Our girlfriends are always on our side, always in our court. That guy who didn’t call? Jerk. The girl wearing the same dress, two sizes smaller? You look better, honey ;-)

3. Share and share alike
And sometimes the pleasure is in the giving, in being a shoulder to cry on or a helping hand for the women in our lives. It’s not just having a best friend, it’s being one.

Allie’s in a tough spot at the beginning of Giving It Up. She’s been betrayed in the past by a man she thought was her friend.  And as a result of that pain, she visits the nightclub once a month for a round of rough, anonymous sex. You know, as one does.

Thank goodness for Shelly, though. She is there for Allie 100% percent. Of course, Shelly has troubles of her own, but as a high class escort, she’s able to not only help Allie out financially, as well as babysit Allie’s daughter during the day when Allie works.

Giving It Up is a romance,  and so Allie’s romantic and sexual relationship with Colin is front and center; however, I think a sincere friendship can be just as sweet.  And though all is not always golden in their friendship, platonic love Allie and Shelly for each other is genuine and lasting.

Let’s hear it for the girls

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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.

“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.”
—Tiffany Reisz, author of The Siren

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brandi said...

Hi amber, thanks for the copy of giving it up. I have to wait til i get home to download it to my kindle.

Linda Henderson said...

This sounds like a very intriguing book. I always used to say that men come and go but girlfriends are usually there to stay. I think everyone needs a good friend to tell them the truth and to be there for them.

calstephanie said...

Hi Amber! Thanks also for the copy of Giving It Up! I can't wait to start reading it. :)

calstephanie said...

I think it's important to have friends to rely on, who you can tell anything to.

brandi said...

I think everyone wants that one person they can tell everything to and nit be judged. If you are lucky you have more than one!

Neomie Lemke said...

This post is so great because although I am in it for the romantic story-line, I love to see the friendships that exist too.

Looks like a great read... my list of "must read" keep getting larger:)

Anonymous said...

Amber, I enjoy books that have a solid friendship between two of the female characters.

Some things no one really understands like another woman.

I am blessed to have a girlfriend who not only lets me call her any time when there's a family crisis, but who also gives excellent advice.

This kind of friendship is such a treasure.

Lorna said...

I really liked your comment about the platonic love in a friendship. Female friends are so important!

What was the toughest part of your plot development and how did you work through it?

Anonymous said...

@brandi You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

@Linda Henderson Thank you! So true. My hubs is my best friend, but sometimes girls need to dish about the men!

@calstephanie You're welcome, hon!

@Neomie You're so right! I wouldn't like to see the friendship overshadow the romantic relationship (because then maybe she should switch sides, eh?)

@debra Haha, exactly. I can say something in a few words and a girlfriend will understand. Whereas my husband would be like... what?

@Lorna Thanks! The main goal of secondary characters is to support the primary hero and heroine's story, but I also think it's important that secondary characters have a character arc (that is, they grow over the course of the book, and their actions make sense in a sequence). And so it can be a challenge drawing one alongside the other. In Shelly's case, she helps the heroine in many, many ways throughout the book, although a mistake of hers ends up causing the heroine some trouble.

Z said...

Hello again Amber, said hello last night, your heroine definately sounds tortured, usually its the hero that is so tortured.

Shelly said...

I swear my best "girlfriend" ever was a gay guy. We could talk about anything. I enjoy stories that have strong friendships between women or sisters.

Debby said...

It sounds amazing. Rape is very hard to deal with,.

Tammie - Night Owl Reviews said...

A good friend is a special thing. My best friend all the way from the 9 th grade is no longer with us. She was so special.

Jan Douglas said...

Best Friends! My best friend is awesome and I love her lots! Even when we went years without talking because of a bad situation we picked up like we had never been apart when she moved back here. She's my sould friend. Its sometimes scary how much we think alike.

Elf2060 said...

Hi Amber,

Hope you are well. I am very late to the retreat so I am working my way through the blogs. Your book was a fascinating read, thank you for sharing it.

Shannon @ Cocktails and Books said...

HI Amber. I loved Giving It Up. Shelley was the perfect BFF for Allie. She was always there for her and kept her grounded when she needed to.

flchen1 said...

There's nothing like good girlfriends, Amber! They really can be so many things--comfort, sounding board, encouragement... everything from the hug you need to the kick in the pants ;) Thanks for sharing today!

joder said...

I enjoyed GIU and the interesting dichotomy of the hero and his good guy/bad guy role. I'm really hoping for a sequel too!

gogi1_2 AT yahoo DOT com

June M. said...

I think having girlfriends is very important part of life. There are just some things that you can share with a friend easier than anyone else.