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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Guest Post–Kate Baum

Hello, Fellow Readers! Please join me in welcoming Kate Baum to our blog. Today she brings her book, Nice Girl, and she is also doing a giveaway. Don’t miss out!


Graduate student Grace Locke moves from the Midwest to New York City to complete her Masters degree in Criminology. She longs to one day be a college professor. It is a field that is dominated by men. She is worried about succeeding in such an atmosphere. Past sexual relationships have caused her to feel intimidated. Her experiences with college men have left her jaded and unsatisfied. She gives herself a challenge. Time to toughen up or she won’t make it in a career she yearns for. She decides to surround herself with alpha males so that she can practice becoming what she sees as a strong confident woman. She finds power and defiance in her new attitude……..until Vinnie.

     When Grace takes a part time secretarial job at a private investigator office, she assumes it will be interesting to watch how the cases unfold. It is close to her campus apartment and gives her the extra cash she needs as a struggling college student. Even more perfect is that the office is surrounded by street wise hardened males. Now, she can get the needed practice at increasing her confidence among men. She wasn’t prepared for Vinnie Lewis. A former hit man who decides to go straight, he is the ultimate “bad boy”. After growing up with a prostitute mother on the streets of New York City, he has no patience for nice girls like Grace. He is difficult to work with. She finds him just plain scary with his six foot four frame, bulging biceps, and a scar from a former knife fight that goes across his right ear to his chin. She shakes in his presence but then ……. is shocked when she can’t stop thinking of him.
*****Warning. Contains graphic sex scenes. For adults only****

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When I was a young, I always loved writing stories but never thought about doing so professionally. I was a voracious reader so I think I saw writing as a natural extension. It was something I enjoyed, but didn’t imagine pursuing further. As a middle school librarian, all I read for years was young adult. It was exciting for me when each of my five children were in their teenage years as they were reading the same books as me! I have been blessed that my own children are passionate about reading. We would often exchange books and talk about them for hours. It was a running joke that I never read adult. My friends would say I was eternally stuck in my teenage years.

What changed all this was the popularity of erotic romances. Reading erotic romance reminded me of my own fantasies that I have had in my head for years that were dying to come out. The experience convinced me to put my own dreams out there.


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About my book:

Nice Girl is the first book of a planned four book series. The series follows four best friends as they move from college life into the real world. Even though the girls are in four different states, they keep in touch as friendship is a priority to them. In the series, the girls will discover their strength and confidence in careers, relationships, life, love, and men! Each girl has a unique personality. There is the nice one, the brave one, the funny one, and the smart one.



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My goal is to release book two of the Girl Series in April! This is Eve’s story in Brave Girl.


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Where to find me:

Since I’m a new author, unfortunately, I am woefully behind in the whole social networking area. I had several reviewers who loved my book tell me I have to get my act together! I’ve been consumed with writing Brave Girl. The same thing happened while I was writing Nice Girl. Nothing gets done in my house. Laundry piles up, dishes line up the sink, and the refrigerator is constantly empty! It is my goal to force myself not to begin writing book three, Funny Girl, until after I’ve developed my Goodreads page, Facebook page, and redesigned my website.

Until then, I can be reached at:
Email: Katebaumbooks@aol.com

Or my blog at:


I’m giving away a free e-book of Nice Girl. Free e-book giveaway is limited to a book that can be gifted to a Kindle or Nook. Winner must have an email associated with either an Amazon or Barnes and Noble account to receive prize.

All you have to do to win is:

1) Follow Read Our Lips!
2) Leave a comment: What most interests you about this book?

Good luck! Contest ends 3/22.



  1. Loved the excerpt. Would love to win so I could see how their relationship unfolds. I love books where people that dont seem to like each other start a relationship. Added to my tbr list.

  2. So glad you liked it, Emily! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Good luck to you in the contest!

  3. There is not just one thing that intrigues me, I think this is one of those books that have all my favorite combos! Hot males, innocent girl, bad boy, ex hitman and okay it doesn't even sound like they are each others type...that makes for a great book!

  4. Love the excerpt. This sounds like agreat book. I love finding new books and author.

  5. I like that this series will be about 4 friends, and that this one has a good girl/bad boy pairing.

  6. I follow via email: mestith at gmail dot com
    The thing that intrigues the most is a good romance. I love romances! I'll read an entire book that I essentially have no interest in outside of a good romance.

    mestith at gmail dot com

  7. It definitely looks like a book of opposites attract and I do enjoy those stories.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  8. And the Winner is. . .
    Laura Troxel!

    Congratulations, Laura! Huge THANK YOUs to everyone who entered. Thank you so much for supporting our blog!


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