Guest post by Robin Bielman + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Robin Bielman , The Latin Lover Posted on June 26, 2013 @ 7:00 am 34 comments

By now you all know that I am a big fan of wedding romances and you might have even seen me praise and rave about Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman, the first in her brand new Secret Wishes series, which was a delight! (Still sceptical? Take a peek at my review.) So today we are happy to welcome to BLI Robin Bielman, who has brought us not just a fun game but a terrific giveaway as well, so take a seat and let the fun begin! 😀

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be back on Book Lovers Inc. today! Thanks to all the BLI gals for having me, and an extra big hug to Stella!

So, I thought I’d do something a little different today to celebrate the first book in my Secret Wishes series, KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR. I had the best time writing this book! Every day that I sat down to write was a great day, and today I want to enlist you in a little writing. I promise it will be easy! And fun!


Have you all heard of Mad Libs? It’s a game where one person prompts another for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story. Usually a prompt – such as noun, adverb, adjective – is supplied because the person giving the words isn’t reading the story. In my version here, I thought I’d do a little variation on this popular game and ask you fill in words to an excerpt from KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR. You don’t have to have read the book to play along. You can guess what word goes in the blank. However, anyone who posts their answers/suggestions below will be entered into a giveaway for a $15 gift card to the online bookstore of your choice and a digital copy of one of my backlisted books. List your words in the comments and I’ll be popping in to say hi and maybe throw a few hints out. Ready? Here we go…


Luke didn’t see the point of learning choreographed dance steps, but it made his _____________ happy, her smile and laugh contagious, and he found himself enjoying even his missteps.

His partner didn’t hurt matters, either. Paired with the beautiful _____________, he gave silent thanks for his new role as best man. If he’d had to watch Sela dance with someone else, he might have gone insane.

A disconcerting thought he decided not to examine too closely.

“Remember, the basic step is one of the most beautiful of the rumba. So if nothing else, stick to it, and the dance floor will be yours,” the instructor said.

Luke peeked at Sela out of the corner of his eye. The slight imperfections in her profile made it the most ________________ he’d seen. With his photographer’s eye he imagined shooting her face from different angles and in different lighting and had a feeling every single one would spark beauty to a thousand different beholders. She might be a girl from his hometown, but there was something about her that was worldly.

She turned her head, catching him in the act of _____________. He darted his attention away.

“Now let’s step into the closed position once again and begin,” the teacher said.

At first they moved rigidly, fighting the natural rhythm of their bodies like they still needed to battle to keep things normal. But as the music continued, their moves melted into a fluid sway of hips and torsos and Luke couldn’t think of anywhere else he’d rather be.

“Close your eyes and feel the movement. Let the music guide you,” the teacher said softly as she wove around the dance floor.

Luke waited for Sela to shut her eyes. Christ, she was pretty. The woman made scrubs look ___________. But it was what she had on the inside that suddenly made his mouth drier than the Sahara Desert.

Her eyes fluttered open. “You can wipe that smug look off your face. You’re not that good of a dancer.”

“No?” Without missing a beat, he spun them around, their steps in perfect tandem. An invisible string kept them in harmony. The flush of Sela’s cheeks kept energy humming through his veins.

Her eyes narrowed and her lips pursed, and Luke imagined she’d much rather have a ______________ in her hand so they could fence instead of move with each other.

“You know what they say about show-offs, don’t you?” she said.

“Tell me.” He twirled them away from the others, his fingertips increasing the pressure on her shoulder blade.

“They’re compensating for something else. Usually something _________.” Her gaze dipped below his waist as they both stepped back.

He laughed. For the second time in the last hour she’d done what few women could—raise his hackles in the most engaging way.

“Sweetheart, there’s nothing small about me,” he whispered when they came together. “And if you need proof, I’d be _____________ to show you.”

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry Dresden. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also loves to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She is also the author of Worth the Risk and Yours At Midnight from Entangled’s Ever After line. She loves to connect with readers.

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The Billionaire's Christmas Baby500Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman

Kissing her best friend’s brother never felt so right…

Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

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Robin has generously offered a $15 gift card to the online bookstore of your choice and a digital copy of one of her backlisted books to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us your answers to the missing words.

This giveaway is open to all!

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

Giveaway ends on Saturday 6 July 2013 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn’t live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Lori Meehan June 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

    What a fun game.
    Maid of honor
    Lorimeehan 1 at aol dot com

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by and playing! I’m having so much fun already! I think I’m going to have to go out and buy a Mad Libs book to do with my family just for fun!

  • rachel June 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Here I go!

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Hi Rachel! LOL at undersized! Totally made me smile. Great word. I’m not going to say what all the correct words are, not yet anyway. 🙂 Thanks so much for playing!

  • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Thanks again to Stella and the book lovers for having me here today! <3

    • Stella June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

      My pleasure Robin! 😀

  • laurie g June 26, 2013 at 10:08 am


  • Pamela Hargarves June 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Maid of Honor

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Pamela! Thank you for stopping by and playing along! I keep thinking it might be fun to put in totally wrong words for a chuckle. 😉 I really like yours, though!

  • Naima June 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I LOVE Mad Libs!!

    maid of honor
    Victoria Secret worthy

    What fun!

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Naima! Thanks for stopping by and playing along! I love the words you chose, too. Not all right, but fun!

  • LSUReader June 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Fun contest. Sounds like a fun, book, too. Thanks for visiting, Robin.

    maid of honor

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Hi LSUReader! I know I’m biased, but I do think it’s a fun book. 🙂 Thank *you* for playing! Damn, I should have thought of ‘tiny.’ That would have packed a little more punch. LOL

  • Sam Beck June 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Love the Mad Libs game! What a fun twist on a teaser. I’ll keep my answers to myself since I’ve already read, (and LOVED), all your books. 🙂

    • Robin Bielman July 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Sam! I missed you, too! You are awesome to stop by here! Thank you! And thanks for your kind words. <3

  • elena June 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    maid of honor

    what a fun game. 🙂

    • Robin Bielman July 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Elena! Sorry I somehow missed you! Thanks for playing! I’m thinking you’ve read my book. 🙂 (Thank you!!) But I figure since there’s still a few days left for the giveaway, I’m going to keep mum a little while longer.

      • elena July 4, 2013 at 5:23 am

        yes i read your book and loved it! cannot wait for the next one in the series. kisses

        • Robin Bielman July 8, 2013 at 2:55 am

          Aww, thanks so much, Elena!! I can’t wait for you to read the next one! (It’s Shane’s story and will be out in November.) *hugs*

  • ki pha June 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    How Fun!! I loved this book! Lets see if I remember what words were in the blanks.
    Maid of honor

    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Ki! Thank you so much for reading and loving KTMOH!! And thanks for jumping in here – you are so close!

  • Kim M June 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm


    Loved the book by the way.


    • Robin Bielman June 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Kim! Yay! Thank you so much! I’m really glad you loved it. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by here and playing along!

  • Mary Preston June 27, 2013 at 4:19 am


    • Robin Bielman June 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hi Mary! Oh, love the word mesmerizing and LOL at petite! I think I’m having the most fun reading the word you guys are putting in that spot. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and playing!

  • Lori H June 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Hmm… Love mad libs.
    Lets see:
    Best friend
    Light saber

    Thanks 🙂

    • Robin Bielman June 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Hi Lori! Love light saber – totally made me smile! Lacking, too. LOL This has been great reading everyone’s Mad Lib! Thanks so much for playing along and stopping by!

  • Anita H June 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This was fun, I remember doing Mad Libs when I was in school. Here goes:
    dancing queen
    eyeballing her
    like a designer gown
    tickled pink

    Thanks for the chance to win, Robin, I’ll add you newest to my TBR pile!

    • Robin Bielman July 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Anita! Thank you so much for adding me to your TBR pile! And I love your word choices! I can tell you’ve got some serious Mad Lib skills! 🙂

  • Ada July 1, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Hi Robin, haven’t had a chance to read your book, but it looks like a fun read!

    Thanks for the fun game 😉

    • Robin Bielman July 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Ada! Thank you! I hope you get the chance. 😉 Oh, love that itsy-bitsy. You guys are all making me grin! Thank *you* so much for playing along!

  • Robin Bielman July 8, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Thanks again to everyone who stopped by to play along! In case anyone pops back in to see the correct words, they are:

    maid of honor

    Elena ~ you got them all right! 🙂

    • elena July 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

      thank you so much Robin! i got them right because i loved the book. 🙂 cannot wait for November to come,i am looking forward to seeing Shane in love. kisses

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