Christine Bell | FIX YOU part 2 exclusive ~ Get a FREE Download
April 30, 2014
Thanks so much for having me here at Fresh Fiction to celebrate the release of
FIX YOU, BASH AND
OLIVIA, Book Two, and to share some cool news. Book #1 is FREE EVERYWHERE
right now! *flails* And book two is only .99 for the next three days, AND I'm
giving away three copies of book two today here at FF!
FIX YOU is a
three-part,new adult serial chronicling the relationship between sexy boxer Bash
McDaniels and college student Olivia Beckett. Book three will be out on May
20th. That will conclude Bash and Olivia's story, but then, in June, I'll
introduce you to Matty McDaniels and his love interest. Each McDaniels brother
has a set of three novellas, and each novella releases a month (or less) apart.
When the characters of Bash and Olivia first came to mind, I have to admit, I
wasn't sure what to do with them. I'd written a lot of adult contemporary
romance, as well as YA romance, but this was my first foray into New Adult, and
I wanted to make sure readers got exactly the book I wanted to write. But I was
dying to write a serial, and in case you didn't know, serials are a very
There is a faction of readers who are willing to give it a go, and enjoy some
serials and not others, but then there are a slew of readers who either LOVE
them, or HATE them with the fire of a thousand suns because they can't stand the
wait. I fall into the LOVE camp. I'm a huge fan of series like Game of Thrones
and Orphan Black and Vikings, and I think a big reason is because there's
nothing I enjoy more than anticipating what's going to happen next in a story. I
kinda hate the wait, but I also LOVE to HATE the wait. I love to stew and think
and guess, which draws me to serials as well. I'm a fast reader, and having
something to chew on until the next installment makes the deliciousness of a
two-hour read last until the next book comes out.
With that said, I do get that waiting can be hard, so I decided to release the
books super close together. Books one and two released less than a month apart,
and book three will be out on May 20th (or sooner, depending on edits). I also
send out sneak peeks a week or so early to readers who sign up for my mailing
list, and run contests for ARC's and giveaways as well. I'd love it if you gave
The McDaniels brothers a try!
Olivia Beckett's once-charmed life is falling apart. Her family is about to lose
everything, and she has almost no chance of going back to college next semester.
She can't even seek solace from her high school sweetheart. He's changed. She
doesn't recognize the boy she used to know--his violent behavior is escalating
and it scares the hell out of her. Her whole world is crumbling, and she has no
one to turn to...
Sebastian "Bash" McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights
at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get
him the hell out of Boston and away from his family's tragic past. He's weeks
from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of
silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal
beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia's ex isn't ready to let her go so
easily. Bash can't bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might
leave him broken...
I stared out at the rapidly darkening sky through the window of
Olivia's silver Fiat convertible, the sleek little ride reminding me yet again
of all the reasons we were terrible for each other. It smelled like lilac
candles and new leather, and I smelled like jail.
I'd told her we could be friends, but that was bullshit. As pissed
off as I was when I thought she'd blown me off altogether, nothing had changed
for me as far as she was concerned, and friendship wasn't an option. There was
no way I could be around her for any stretch of time without picturing her naked
body moving under mine. Remembering her legs wrapped around my neck, the soft
skin of her thighs on my face. Replaying the way her voice caught on a gasp when
I shifted in my seat, stretching my legs as far as I could, which
wasn't far enough.
How could I fit in her world? I barely fit in her fucking
"You can move the seat back if you want. It's the little button on
She sounded cheerful, but it was a phony kind of cheer. The kind
that reminded me of that cheap gold garland my mother used to wrap around the
living room lamp the few times she'd remembered Christmas. And just like my
mother, Olivia was putting up a front. That was okay. So was I. The McDaniels
boys might not be good for much, but we were good at a few things. Fucking,
fighting, and fronting, and Olivia had gotten to experience all three in the
span of less than two weeks.
And look how well that's turning out for everyone involved.
I leaned back and closed my eyes, hoping she wouldn't keep trying to
talk to me. I'd spent the better part of three days acting, and I didn't know
how much longer I could manage playing cool. She must have gotten the hint,
because she turned on the radio, which made the rest of the ride bearable.
Five minutes later, she pulled into the parking lot of the gym and I
straightened in my seat. Once I'd gotten over the shock of seeing her and moved
past my own anger that she hadn't come to visit me, I'd realized what an
emotionally fragile state she was in. I couldn't bring myself to walk away then,
but I was only putting off the inevitable. We'd started off our relationship
with a raft of shit between us, and it was piling higher with every passing
"I know what you're thinking," she whispered miserably, her knuckles
turning white as she gripped the wheel tighter before letting it go and popping
the car into park. "I can feel it...you pulling away."
I shifted my gaze and focused on the dashboard, fighting the urge
put my arms around her and comfort her. "Liv, I—"
"I don't blame you. I'm not mad if you just want to be rid of me, I
get that. But don't pull away for my sake." The seat squeaked as she unbuckled
her seatbelt and turned to face me. "Everybody wants to protect me all the time.
My parents are about to lose everything and they won't tell me why or how. You
just spent the last three days in jail and are facing hard time, but instead of
letting me help you, you're trying to shield me."
She reached out and grabbed a handful of my T-shirt in her fist,
yanking until I met her gaze. "If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Say you don't want me
around and that it's really because things are too complicated. Say you'll be
better off without me. But don't lie to me. I don't need you to be my hero this
time, Bash. I'm not a kid. Maybe I was blind and maybe I was stupid before, but
my eyes are wide-open now, and all I want to do is be there for you like you
were for me when I needed you."
Her words and the bare emotion on her face were enough to make my
guts hurt. I circled her slim wrist in my fingers, feeling the strong, steady
beat of her pulse. "You're not getting it." I wanted to be mad...to keep that
buffer between us, but I couldn't work up the steam. All I felt was sad. "We're
right back where we started, except now I have even less to offer you. The
prospects I had before are shaky at best, and I could be a convicted felon this
time next month."
"That's the thing." She yanked her wrist away and glared at me, eyes
blazing. "I don't care. I don't care about anything but making sure you're okay
right now. Stop protecting me. Forget about what you think everyone else needs,
and take what you need for once, Bash."
For half a minute the car was silent except for the sound of our
shared harsh breathing. There was a war going on inside of me. A throw-down cage
fight between the Bash I wanted to be—the one who was stronger than his
weak-willed father, and more noble than his self-centered mother—and the
Bash who was a product of rotten genes and one too many disappointments...a guy
whose first instinct was to take because he knew that was the only way you got
My brain, exhausted from all the racking, just cut out completely.
Like a switch was flipped, and pure, uninhibited instinct roared to the surface,
obliterating everything in its path. My snarled "fuck it" should have scared
her, but she didn't pull away when I reached for her and hauled her over the
console separating us. Our knees banged together and I gripped her hips, lifting
her until she straddled me. There wasn't enough room for both of us, and I
didn't give a single shit.
There it is, a little of book two for you! If you're into new adult sexy
times and authors like Jen McLaughlin and Monica Murphy, check out the first
installment for free. And if you've already read Book One, check out Book Two,
which is .99 for the next three days!
Lots of obstacles to overcome! Will the "Good Guys" win? (Maureen Glynn 4:16pm April 30, 2014)
Wow, Congrats on your new books: FIX YOU. Part 1, 2 and Part 3 all sound like fantastic books to read. I would love to win and read your new books in 2014. Thank You very much. Cecilia CECE (Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 5:31pm April 30, 2014)
Good luck with these new books. I'd love to read them. (Mary Hay 5:48pm April 30, 2014)
I would love to read these books they sound great! (Courteney Moore 6:46pm April 30, 2014)
Thanks for the free book. (Kai Wong 12:59pm May 1, 2014)
I love a good series. (Pam Howell 7:29am May 1, 2014)
Sounds like a book I'd love to read! Thanks! (Bonnie Capuano 8:24am May 1, 2014)
I really didn't think that I'd like your book, due to the boxing content, but I'm really glad that I took the time to read the excerpt that you provided today!! I got totally engrossed in the story, and I'll have to read the entire series!! Unfortunately, I took a quick break to catch up, because I needed to. My Father passed away on Saturday, and I needed a quick diversion, so I got on here for a bit, to take my mind off of things for a few minutes. Anyway, I have you on my TBR list, and will make sure to look at your books when my life gets back to normal, if there will be such a thing. Thank you for coming here today, and bringing your books to our attention!! Congratulations on your latest book!! (Peggy Roberson 9:48am May 1, 2014)
Congrats on your new books. i really hope to win so i can go deeper in this intense story. (Sarah Hansrote 1:49am May 2, 2014)
Congrats! Sounds like a great trilogy! (Denise Austin 1:04pm May 2, 2014)
this sounds really good thanks so much for the free book (Denise Smith 1:32pm May 2, 2014)