With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack's intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; The Realtors series is a romantic saga with an emphasis contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination --a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.
Sweat Equity (The Realtors – Book 2):
Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he's made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?
Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her "war" one that comes from without or within?
Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.
Reviews for The Realtor Series
Hesperia Loves Books:
What is it then – it’s raw, emotional, strong, confusing (to them at least), heart-wrenching and completely FANTASTIC! Their love & sex burn the pages and make me want that fabulous ending, since their road has been so tough, I have to know the rest of their journey and what the future holds for them.
Melissa @ Sizzling Hot Reviews:
Floor Time is a sexy thrilling ride of passion and real estate. When Jack and Sara come together, they combust. It doesn’t matter where they are or who is around them, they can’t keep their hands off each other. As they explore their cravings, they experiment with a little BDSM and Dom/Sub during their love making. The scene at the open house will leave you breathless.
If you are looking for a sweet story, this is not for you. You will read one of the most gut wrenching, emotional, off the wall sexy and utterly exceptional stories that will leave you wanting to read more about Jack and Sarah and the road that they take with each other. The beginning of their journey together is one of the most emotional filled stories that I have read in a long time. I look forward to reading about their journey together soon.
MyBookAddiction Reviews (from a REALTOR reader):
The secondary characters are well written and add to the story. Crowe’s descriptions of the life of an active REALTOR are spot on although I’ve never had the kind of fun selling houses that her characters do! I’m really looking forward to the next two books in the series because Jack and Sara still have a lot to work out!
Read an excerpt from Sweat Equity
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About Liz Crowe
Brewery owner by day, she heads up the marketing charge, finding new places for folks in South east Michigan to purchase her beloved craft microbrewed lagers. She also finds promotional reasons for you to visit her 100-person Tap Room attached to the brewery. And something must be working as after just a few months her company is on track to bust through their sales targets for the first year. As the “A2 Beer Wench” she educates and entertains through her blog:
But Liz also writes. Her first published works were with Breathless Press. The Rookie was released in September 2010, XXXMas Ale in December 2010 (on her birthday no less) and Jockey Box in March 2011. In Fall 2011, The Brewing Passion series will be complete with the release of The Tap Room, a “choose your romance” format wherein the reader gets to pick the heroine’s path.
The hot, romantic menage, Vegas Miracle from Rebel Ink came next quickly followed by a trilogy of “1NigthStand” books from Decadent Publishing. The “Turkish Delights” series will have a prequel AND follow up novel later this year. And Liz loves to indulge the soccer player fetish by writing about them. “Caught Offside” was released in December and a follow up: “Man. On.” is planned for 2012.
The Series addiction continued when a new publisher, Tri Destiny, picked up her REALTORS series. Floor Time, Sweat Equity and Closing Costs will all be released in early 2012.
FUN NEWS FLASH: Ellora’s Cave has contracted a hot, brewery based menage novel: LUST ON TAP. More on this when it comes in.
And finally you won’t want to miss: CHEEKY BLONDE a brewery intrigue, mystery, romance coming from Decadent Publishing in April 2012.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Liz spent several years in the deep South of Brewton, Alabama (yes her family had “help” but this is a theme we shall return to) before settling in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Her father was head of the music department at a small college and sang in regional opera companies. She was able to indulge her inner drama queen at many turns through musical productions at the college and later was (no surprise) president of the Drama Club at Williamsburg High School where she also was in the band and led the drum corps each marching season, and dated a football player, natch.
College days were spent in Louisville, Kentucky where Liz developed her some would argue completely rabid addiction for all aspects of Cardinal sports. A member of the Chi Omega sorority for three years, she was (again, not a shocker) the social chairman for two. A Bachelor of Arts in English Literature clutched her hot little hand, Liz went to work learning her ultimate trade: sales, at the United Way of Williamson County having done one of those crazy life full circles and returned to Nashville, while the DH went to MBA school to learn how to become Primary Bread Winner for their eventual family.
Graduation day from Vanderbilt mean the first of many (many) moves that lead her first to Oxford, Ohio (where the proverbial knot was tied in Cincinnati), then to Owensboro, Kentucky (where the proverbial first born son made an appearance) and ultimately to Ann Arbor, Michigan. But the adventure did not end there. After a brief stint as marketing director for a large Art Center, the Mister passed our heroine in the hallway and lo and behold baby number two made an appearance, followed fairly quickly by two life altering events: baby number three (Oh My God Seriously? I’m pregnant again?) and a job offer for the Bread Winner: In Japan.
January 1998-August 1999 was spent in Hiroshima, Japan and the family increased by one.
August 1999-August 2000 was spent in Overland Park, Kansas (where culture shock REALLY set in! Holy Suburbia!)
September 2000-September 2002 was a Turkish adventure in every sense of the word (and the “help” returned in the form of a lovely Philippine woman named Lowin who is still sorely missed). Yes, we were in Turkey on 9/11/01 and for many days after that.
September 2002-July 2004 we adopted our Essex Girl accents, in the East London suburb of Billericay and all three kids wore the most adorable uniforms every day to school. This last adventure proved plenty for all, and by August 2004 things were back to somewhat normal in Ann Arbor.
Three kids, two standard poodles, a real estate license, ownership and marketing responsibility for a craft microbrewery and a few publishing successes later, Liz continues to write, blog, sell, market, event plan and attempt to stay up with laundry and housekeeping (the latter with limited success).
Five publishing houses are home now, Ellora’s Cave, Decadent Publishing, Tri-Destiny Publishing, Breathless Press and Rebel Ink Press. There are several Works in Progress headed out soon. And, of course, more laundry to fold.
Also by Liz Crowe:
TRI DESTINY PUBLISHING
Floor Time: January 2012
Sweat Equity: February 2012
Closing Costs: March 2012
All in 2011:
The Tap Room, a choose your romance novel
REBEL INK PRESS
Player Conference, part of the Claw Marks Anthology
Vegas Miracle, ménage romance
Lust On Tap 2012
Cheeky Blonde, brewery romance and mystery April 2012
The Diplomat’s Daughter: Prequel to the Turkish Delights Series 2012
Flower Passage: Tarkan’s Story, final novel of the Turkish Delights Series 2012
An Interview with Liz Crowe
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Liz, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Sweat Equity and is part of your amazing Realtors series. First, what can you tell us about this fascinating new series?
LC: It’s an “epic series” in that it’s not a series of spin off novels about other characters but more a longer story of 2 people, Jack and Sara, how they fall in lust, then in love, then out of love only to reunite, eventually. I have layered in a lot of back story, secondary characters that some readers are already asking about as in “when do I get HIS story?” and a lot of steaminess. But ultimately, The Realtors is about the redeeming power of love. But it’s far from sweet, or HEA or anything like that. It’s tough, true to life and finally has a satisfactory ending but one tinged with reality.
HH: How does FLOOR TIME kick off the series?
LC: Floor Time introduces Jack and Sara, throws them together thanks to a tough real estate transaction. They catch fire, in a big way, but have a tough time going outside the physical nature of their relationship to connect on a deeper level. Although they both seem to want it at different stages, and Jack is more than willing to take that Big Step at the end of the first book. It leaves you wondering---is this good for either of them?
HH: How does Sweat Equity continue it?
LC: Picks up within months of where Floor Time leaves off. And I have some really fun “deleted scenes” in “Behind the Scenes With The Realtors” blog posts as part of my tour that add a lot to this intervening time as well as a few others.
HH: What do you like best about Jack and Sara and why will readers love them?
LC: I like that they are real people, with real faults and foibles. Yeah, they are darn near perfect physical specimens but they work at it, which forms some of their connection. They fight, make up, break up, miss each other emotionally, mis communicate, the whole shooting match. In essence they are kinda normal folks (No CEO’s, firefighters, cowboys, bounty hunters, vamps or shifters) living their lives, falling in and out of love, and yeah, having some VERY hot sex along they way. And when they finally (finally) do figure it all out, I believe readers will be very happy with the result. They both have great sense of humor too which helps.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in the series?
LC: Closing Costs is the final “chapter” and it picks up where Sweat Equity leaves off more or less. We see some secondary characters coming into their own, separating a little from Jack and Sara’s drama. And there is the addition of a very crucial new character. One that changes everything for them both.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
LC: Well, Closing Costs is my March release. Then I’ll be focusing on a couple of brewery based romance novels, one with Decadent Publishing (Cheeky Blonde) and one with Ellora’s Cave (Lust on Tap).
Then all you Turkish Delights fans get to have a regular orgy of story thrown at you when I release the prequel (The Diplomat’s Daughter) and the final, gut-wrencher of a novel, Flower Passage: Tarkan’s Story later in the spring. And of course I always have some fun WIP’s noodling around in my noggin, including a series based on an expansion major league soccer team in Detroit.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
LC: I am going to be making a pretty big decision soon about self publishing. Not sure if I want to say much more, but it’s a 2-track process. I’d also like to get Ellora’s Cave to pick up another brewery based love story I’m working on. And there is that whole “find an agent” thing…
HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?
LC: My life as former Realtor, current brewery owner, soccer fanatic, world traveler.
HH: What's your favorite book so far in 2012?
LC: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I wrote a review of it for the authors promoting authors blog.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
LC: World Cup Play!
Oh, you mean as a writer—I’d like to get a few more books picked up by some marquee publishers and I want to write a few side novels for The Realtors.
HH: Thank you!
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