In Love by Design
The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod
By Tracy Ellen
Cover Art by Samantha Prudhon Falkowski
In Love by Design welcomes you back to Northfield, Minnesota and the life of Anabel Axelrod.
Its official--the sexy, blonde bookstore owner with a sassy attitude, a brain that never stops, and a reluctant penchant for helping her family and friends out of trouble has fallen madly in love.
Anabel doesn't get to prove what a fabulous girlfriend she'll make for more than eight hours before Luke disappears out of town. Instead of getting to enjoy being a girl passionately in love, Anabel’s shiny new feelings and trust in her boyfriend are immediately being tested.
Who is the darkly powerful and charismatic Luke Drake? What are his secrets? Does he really love Anabel, or has he been manipulating her to further an intricate plan of cold revenge in the making for over twenty years?
This third book in the series finds the confident Anabel desperately needing her sense of humor and all her understanding of human nature to deal with life. But Anabel soon learns the hard way she has even bigger issues to worry about than family problems and an incredibly hot, but very tricky boyfriend.
She’s made some bad enemies recently and someone wants her dead. After the first attempt on her life, Anabel and Luke team up to solve this mystery, but Anabel is beginning to wonder if she can trust her Dark Prince. Or Is this one fairy tale where love does not conquer all?
This couple will always make me frustrate because they always avoid the issue or act funny. But this couple truly love each other. This mystery definitely pull you into that it makes it a fast read from page one. Anabel is alway up for an challenge, definitely with Luke. She will always be the smart-mouth that she has always been. She just can’t help herself. Although the two are never mushy, but this book definitely provide some of it with their own form. I never expected these two characters to show any kind of relationship, never! Although their way of telling each other how they feel isn’t traditional, but it definitely works for them.
Meet Tracy Ellen…
For all of my life, I’ve always had a thing for shoes that make me say “Oh, yum!” and for reading romance novels written about hot, dangerously smart men and sassy, intelligent women. It’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve avidly read everything I could get my greedy little hands on to find these jewels.
One day this past year or so, I realized that I spend more money on books now than I do on shoes--and I was stunned. Should I be ashamed of this fact or proud? Then an even stranger thing happened. It was like a switch turned off/on inside me. All of a sudden instead of wanting to read about diabolically sexy men, I wanted to write my own story of the building hot romance between a lippy, confident woman and a gorgeously mysterious man.
So began my budding writing career. Then I made another happy discovery—I absolutely love writing and still have a thing for shoes! Since then, my self-published books include A Date with Fate and Courted by Karma in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. The third book in the series, In Love by Design will be released in September 2013.
For those of you who may want to know some pertinent facts: I was born in Indiana to middle-class parents, the third out of five hellions. My mother wanted to go to work every day. I’ve always lived in the Midwest, except for six steamy months in Florida when I was nineteen. Currently, I reside in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota with my family. The college town of Northfield featured in Anabel’s Adventures is just down the road a jaunt.
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Grand Prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card
Runner up: $100 Amazon Gift Card
5 autographed trade paperback sets of the three book series (US/CA)
10 Amazon eBook copies of In Love by Design
In Love by Design
By Tracy Ellen
“Perfect timing, I was just going to come find you,” I called out, looking through the rest of the pastry offerings and trying to decide which would tide me over until lunch. At the silence, I finally glanced over at the back entry to see Luke checking me out from the door.
I shook my head and wagged my finger. “Oh no, I recognize that look and I’m all ready to go to lunch.” Today, my long hair is down and straight. I’m wearing a short, black dress with a high, round neckline and fitted waist, and black suede boots. The fabric clings tightly to my body in all the right places. Motioning down my body, I stated, “You had your chance at this, but stayed in the barn.”
Luke didn’t say anything, just stalked towards me.
“No, no, no!” Backing away towards the dining room, I laughed and said, “No muss, no fuss!”
His smile is sharp and predatory, his tail is snapping. “Back in the barn, you didn’t smell so good or look so hot like you do now.” He ignored my outraged choke of laughter, his gaze running down my dress. He cocked a black brow. “Stockings again, and lace,” he murmured. “I warned you about stockings, Anabel.”