I am absolutely delighted to welcome Author Sabrina Elkins to the blog today to share a Guest Post on how her character Julian would describe Cami and vice versa.
I had the pleasure of meeting both characters last month when I received the invitation to read STIR ME UP just a little bit early thanks to Kismet Book Touring. And while I had been in a bit of a reading and reviewing slump at the time, this sweet, romantic, amazing story turned that around.
It was a quick read, but it had layers and depth. It was heartwarming. It was captivating. And I couldn’t help but smile as I read it. (If you’d like to know what else I thought, my review is here.)
Of course now I can’t wait to see what else this author has in the works. But I suppose I’ll have to, as STIR ME UP released just a couple of weeks ago on October 1st.
In the meantime, I am so excited to be able to share this fantastic post by Author Sabrina Elkins which reminds me just why I adored both characters as much as I did and which will give those of you who haven’t yet met them a little bit more insight into who they are.
And so that those who haven’t yet met Cami and Julian have a chance to, I’m offering up five eBook copies of STIR ME UP. If you’d like the chance to win, be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
I have decided to lead with the Guest Post, but there is information about the author and places you can find her online, as well as information about STIR ME UP, just a little bit farther down in the post.
Sabrina Elkins is an author that’s definitely on my watch list and I am so honored that she accepted my very first author invitation to the blog.
But now, without any further ado, let me stop my rambling and turn the blog over to this amazing debut author.
by Sabrina Elkins
When Julian first sees Cami, he’s in the military hospital in Bethesda, badly wounded and completely traumatized, and in walks his aunt Estella with her incredibly beautiful new step-daughter. “Get out!” Julian cries, angry, frustrated and in pain. Estella and Cami wind up fleeing the room.
The next day, the women return to his bedside and Julian is blown away by Cami’s beauty again—light brown hair, gray dark-ringed eyes, and a smattering of freckles across her tiny nose. She offers him a bar of chocolate.
“Get her out,” he says, quietly this time. He turns his face away.
It is torturous for Julian to be around Cami, who is so fantastically attractive, and so completely unattainable. She has a dedicated, long-term boyfriend for one thing, and for another the only feeling Cami initially seems to have for Julian is pity.
Julian hates receiving pity from anyone, but no one more than Cami. So, he lashes out at her. Fairly quickly, Cami decides that no matter how injured he is, she’s not willing to take much abuse from this guy. Whatever he flings at her, she starts dishing right back at him. And Julian appreciates this.
“I should have been nicer to you,” Cami says later.
“I like that you didn’t walk on eggshells around me.”
There are other things Julian sees in Cami, aside from her beauty and feisty nature. He sees how dedicated she is to her work. She is incredibly giving and caring, clever, fun, and just at an age where she’s struggling to figure out her future.
More than anyone, Cami is able to get through to Julian, to reach him. His deep desire for her leaks out in certain moments. For example, as they struggle over a pillow in a pillow fight, Julian suddenly cradles Cami’s arms for a moment and closes his eyes. When she falls asleep in a chair, she awakens to find him staring at her. If she is in a robe, or in pajamas, anything where a hint of her body is revealed, he’s acutely aware of it—though of course he pretends not to be.
Though Cami sees pictures of Julian and is aware he was mega-hot in high school, it takes her awhile to reconcile that image with the messed-up angry war vet who moves into her home, takes over her bedroom, and at first is constantly lashing out at her.
Gradually she starts to understand and see through this, and a fragile truce is formed. The emotional bond, for Cami, comes along with a realization of just how gorgeous Julian truly is. Her best friend points it out to her, she notices it when he’s sleeping, and then she sees him shirtless after a work-out in her father’s home gym.
From my hiding spot by the doorway, I can see his surprisingly V-shaped bare back, and the rise of muscle that runs from his shoulders to his neck, and the cut of his arms.
Cami sees all of Julian, not just his attractive face and body, but also the scars, the seriously injured and amputated legs, the trauma and guilt, the deep sense of righteousness he struggles with in all things, his extreme bravery, intelligence and surprising tenderness towards the people he cares about. Once Julian starts really letting Cami in, there is no one more arousing for her than him. When Julian leaves for a trip for a handful of days, though they’d agreed to spend time apart, they’re in each other’s arms almost as soon as he returns home and they stay that way for most of the night.
Julian is very sensitive about his legs, particularly about his residual limb. He is deeply worried about how Cami will feel about it, and how it might limit what Cami can do with him both physically and sexually. But when it comes to his amputation, Cami is completely accepting. She loves him, all of him, and doesn’t feel limited by the accommodations she might have to make to be with him. Whenever they’re together, all they really see is each other.
“Julian, I need you. Not in ways you can see, but in ways that I feel. If I’m your life raft, we’re in trouble—because you’re mine.”
About Sabrina Elkins
Sabrina Elkins is a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this she worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. Her first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. She also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.
Sabrina received her Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, she had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. She is a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.
Raised in the woods of Vermont, Sabrina now lives in the greater Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. STIR ME UP is her first novel.
About Stir Me Up
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….
Publication date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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