Friday, January 23, 2015

Don't Say No by Naomi Bellina Graffiti & Giveaway

Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun.

Amber’s life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then fired from her job. When she’s hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.

Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa he’s purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming attracted to his sexy spy isn’t part of the plan.

Amber can’t see how she fits into Jaeger’s world, and he’s too uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out, but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?

Graffiti:  A great way to decorate!
There's a scene in Don’t Say No about graffiti. Some time ago, I'd read a fiction book about graffiti artists, or 'taggers' and it captured my attention, so I wanted to learn more. I sat down with a cup of coffee and cruised the Internet. Did I find a ton of information! Who knew graffiti was so popular? Look at this tribute to fifty beautiful examples at Smashing Magazine that portrays graffiti as art. Then check out the examples shown here by female street artists. How cool would that be, to have buildings everywhere painted with artwork? I started thinking, maybe I could talk my landlord into jazzing up the building where I work. He should have no problem with that, right?

If I did decide to decorate the outside of my shop, how would I go about finding a graffiti artist? An Internet search brought up lots of Facebook pages, a Tumblr page, and many more sites all over the world. Not too many in my area, but I'm sure I could hunt one down, possibly listing themselves as a mural artist. Next, I'd have to decide what image I want. I do massage therapy, so something relaxing, like an oasis would be best. No wait, I'm partial to mountains, so I think I'd have to go with that. Or animals. Love those cats and dogs, wolves, big cats….do you think a picture of a large black panther on my wall would scare clients away? Maybe I'd better rethink that one.

Beautiful as it is, sometimes the pictures are done without permission. In Don't Say No, unwelcome graffiti is painted all over the outside of the Bella Sun spa on grand opening day by a vindictive ex-employee. Curse words, not beautiful pictures. My hero and heroine come up with a creative solution to solve the problem. That's why I love them both!

Have you ever seen graffiti that you'd like painted on your walls? Ever painted something wild and crazy yourself? Thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoy Don't Say No.

Her phone rang, and she moaned. What the hell was the matter with that man?

“What? I'm tired. Leave me alone.”

“Just talk to me for a minute. What did you find out?” he asked.

“I found out doing laundry all day sucks and makes you want to come home and lie on your bed in your underwear. Oh, something else startling. Nobody likes to work for a living. Ha-ha!”

There was a moment of silence.

“Are you okay?” Jaeger asked.

She sighed. “I'm fine, just really tired. The good news—no one talked too much trash about the spa, but they don't like Carla and they're not really happy. Not having a lot of fun at work.”

“That's why they call it work. It's not supposed to be fun.”

“It could be. It should be. Why not? I bet the clients would enjoy their visits more if the spa girls were happier. The employees would get bigger tips, which would encourage them to work harder. Everyone's just kind of doing their job, not putting any love into it, you know?”

Jaeger laughed softly, a warm, sexy sound that slid through her senses like water flowing in a stream. A pang of desire shot through her, and her nipples tightened.

“So that's what they should be doing, putting love into the job?”

“Yeah, they should. Are you making fun of me?”

“No, not at all. In fact, I kind of like that expression.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I love spas! Even as an employee at several, I've always enjoyed the relaxing, pampering atmosphere in a place that's designed to be all about feeling good. This book is a work of fiction and most of the craziness that went on at Bella Sun doesn't really happen at spas. Mostly. I like to think there's always a romance or two going on behind the scenes. I've also been a mystery shopper, though I never received spa treatments on any of my assignments. Some girls have all the luck!

I hope this book encouraged you to not only search for your own true love, but to follow your dreams, no matter how many setbacks you encounter.

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