The Austin Series
Books 1 – 6
By: C.J. Fallowfield
** Destined (The Austin Series Prequel) **
** New Leaves, No Strings (Book One) **
** Baggage & Buttons (Book Two) **
** Forever & an Engine (Book Three) **
** The Honeymoon Period (Book Four) **
** Love & Loss (Book Five) **
** Infinite Love (Book Six) **
New Leaves, No Strings
The Austin Series # 1
Released March 17th, 2014
She had a heart of ice and he wanted to thaw it. His mission, to use his sexual prowess to make him impossible to resist, until she was his and his alone.
Best friends Mia and Lexi start University and make a pact. Tainted by their pasts, they’re going to try and get over their commitment phobias. Mia’s going to lose her virginity with hot, no strings attached sex. Rebellious Lexi’s going to try ditching her one night stands and attempt to have a relationship. What Mia didn’t count on however, was Gabe Austin, confident and irresistibly gorgeous, who quickly inserts himself into her life. Inextricably drawn to each other, their desire soon leads to a passionate encounter. Gabe’s fears of abandonment and domineering attitude, combined with Mia’s own fears of attachment, threaten to derail his attempts to thaw her frozen heart. Despite her reticence, Gabe Austin’s a guy who is used to getting what he wants and he’s determined to make her his and his alone. Just as he seems to have won Mia around, he goes and does something that could ruin everything.
Baggage & Buttons
The Austin Series # 2
Released March 20th, 2014
Their scorching sexual chemistry brought them together, but will their combined emotional baggage tear them apart?
The charismatic and gorgeous Gabe Austin had finally broken down some of Mia Page’s walls. His charms and sexual prowess coaxed her from sex no strings, to a committed relationship, but a misunderstanding threatened everything he had worked for. Gabe’s determined to make Mia forgive him, his ultimate goal, to possess not just her body, but her heart. Despite their incredible sex life, Gabe’s domineering and controlling personality really pushes Mia’s buttons, while she infuriates him with her stubborn and defensive nature. Their two personalities combined create fireworks.
To complicate matters further, Mia has to face up to her deteriorating health, while best friend Lexi also has a tough choice to make. Their decisions will not only affect their lives, but could affect those of the people who care about them.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21541801-baggage-buttons
Forever & an Engine
The Austin Series # 3
Released April 16th, 2014
Mia and Gabe’s ingrained personality traits continue to rub each other up the wrong way, while Mia’s formal diagnosis creates even more tension in their relationship.
It forces them to start facing up to whether their love and raw sexual chemistry is enough to overlook their fundamental differences. Meanwhile Lexi starts having doubts about her plans for her pregnancy and she has to give the ever persistent Doug an answer.
Just when it seems that Mia and Lexi have made their decisions, something happens that will turn one of their worlds upside down.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21980420-forever-an-engine
The Honeymoon Period
The Austin Series # 4
Released May 22nd, 2014
While Mia took her operation and diagnosis in her stride, it has taken its toll on Gabe. He desperately wants to convince Mia to change her mind, to one day agree to marry him and start a family, but Mia is still weighted down by the baggage of her past.
Gabe also struggles with his slow recovery from the accident, while Mia finds his increasing mood swings and possessiveness more and more difficult to handle. The friction only adds to their scorching sexual compatibility.
Robert Austin, aware that Gabe wants more, presents Mia with a difficult choice. Deal with her commitment issues, or walk away from his son for good.
Lexi however seems to be making remarkable progress in her personal life, handling not only her miscarriage, but a new relationship with Doug. Is she strong enough to sustain it all?
Love & Loss
The Austin Series # 5
Released June 25th, 2014
Physically scarred and emotionally tormented, Gabe struggles to deal with the way his accident is affecting his future and relationship. Mia is resolved to stand by her man, no matter what, and she reaches out to her father to try and deal with some of her fears in order to move forwards with Gabe. The results of their meeting are both shocking and illuminating, helping her take a major step in her healing process. Lexi struggles with the pressures of her past affecting her relationship as well as her University workload, and is forced to re-evaluate what she actually wants from her life.
The Campus Killer continues to evade the authorities and strikes too close to home.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22305890-love-loss
The Austin Series # 6
Released July 25th, 2014
With the Campus Killer having been revealed and life changing decisions having been made, it should be smooth sailing. As ever, nothing goes to plan. Much personal progress is made, but massive backwards steps are also taken. Will they finally get their happy ever afters?
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22331380-infinite-love
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Excerpt from FOREVER & AN ENGINE (Book Four)
‘Here you are.’
I turned around to see him smiling at me.
‘Can we go and see the pool?’
‘Once we’ve rested after that big lunch. Do you want to play pool instead?’
‘Sexy pool like the other week?’ I asked, my interest piqued.
‘Well it will be sexy pool with you dressed like that, but I was thinking we could actually try finishing a game. I want to see how good you really are.’
We spent about an hour laughing as we played. We decided on best of three and he was gutted when I won the first. It was a close call, but he took the second game. When he pulled ahead in the third, I undid a few buttons on my shirt and made sure I pushed my bottom out to distract him.
‘I can’t believe you’ve just done that,’ he said as he looked down my shirt at my cleavage. ‘Trying to put me off my game is as good as cheating.’
‘What? I’m hot.’ I played for innocence, but he had me sussed.
‘Fine, well two can play at that game Mia.’ He leaned his cue against the table and slowly peeled off his t-shirt. I stood open mouthed looking at his bulging biceps and ripped stomach, his joggers hanging low on his delicious hips. He was hard as usual and his erection was straining to get out, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from him.
‘God, it’s like you’re my very own diet coke man, but with a very large added bonus,’ I sighed. He grinned and bent over to take his shot as I groaned admiring the view. Once he’d potted it I walked over to him and gripped his erection through his joggers and kissed him hard.
‘O, you’re so going to get it when we’re done,’ he moaned as he pushed himself into my grasping palm. ‘If you think I’m going to forfeit when I’ve only got a couple of balls left to win, you don’t know me very well.’
‘You forfeited last time we played. I could climb up onto the table and you could fuck me from behind.’
‘Mia Page, hands off my cock and step away from the table. I’m in competitive mode and I don’t like losing.’
‘Spoil sport,’ I muttered as I leaned back on the pin ball machine, watching him pot the rest of his stripes and go for the black. He fluffed a cut in and swore and I smiled sweetly as I grabbed my cue and headed back to the table. He folded his arms across his bare chest as he watched me intently. I’d two spots left and the black, which was pretty much hanging over an open pocket. I made an easy shot for the one spot but left the white in a bad position and I saw him smile. I walked around the table slowly looking at it from all angles and trying to work out which would be best.
‘Jesus christ Mia, take the damn shot.’
‘Stop rushing me, I want to get it right.’ It wasn’t helping having him standing so close half naked, making my eyes veer from the table to him, ruining my concentration.
‘It’s not the bloody crucible. Hurry up, we need to finish as my cock’s desperate for some attention.’
‘O, so when it’s you with the chance to win, my offer of sex is rejected? When you want some action, you just want me to rush and lose so you can fuck me?’
‘You know that my vagina and I could just shut down and go on strike? How would you like that?’
‘You go on strike?’ he laughed. ‘Never. You need sex as much as I do. After a few hours without you’d be climbing the walls.’
‘I’ve my toys,’ I retorted standing up straight and eye balling him.
‘I’ve my hand,’ he snapped back quickly, giving me a so there look.
‘Like your hand could even compare to what I have to offer Gabe.’
‘Like your toys are half the size of my cock and what happens when the batteries die on a Sunday night when the shops are shut? You’re screwed, or rather not,’ he smirked.
‘O silly, silly boy. I’d open the TV remote or dismantle the kitchen clock or a doorbell. There’s always a battery somewhere in a house to keep me going. Now shut that pretty mouth of yours and let me concentrate.’ We smiled at each other and I picked my angle and carefully sank it, screwing the white ball back up the table to perfectly line up with the black hanging over the pocket. I watched his face as I chalked up my cue slowly and blew on it. His eyes had that dark haze, like when he found me drunk on Friday and was really angry, but wanted to fuck me at the same time. ‘You really don’t like losing do you?’ I said, smiling at him.
‘I’m competitive,’ he shrugged. ‘No point playing or taking part if you don’t go in to win.’
‘So if I sink this black you’re going to be very annoyed?’
‘I’m already annoyed that I underestimated you. That screw back was perfect. It’s pissed me off,’ he frowned.
‘So what’s in it for me if I were to miss and let you win?’
‘No bloody sex for starters. I may not like losing Mia, but I don’t want a sympathy win either. If you win, it’ll be because you were better and I’ll have to deal with that. I’ll practice more so it never happens again.’
‘And if I win?’
‘I take out my frustration by fucking you until you beg me to stop.’
‘Then buckle up sexy frustrated boy, you’re in for a long ride.’ I bent over and made the shot without hesitation and watched the white ball move slowly back to the centre of the table.
‘Right that’s it, you’re so getting it now,’ he growled. I jumped up and down on the spot clapping excitedly as he marched purposefully over. He grabbed me and swung me off the floor into his arms, as I giggled kissing his neck while he tried to stay looking mad.
It is my pleasure to feature C.J. Fallowfield, author of The Austin Series, on Room With Books. Thank you, C.J., for spending some time with us today.
What do you do when you are not writing?
At the moment very little! I have mild OCD and can get fixated on things and right now it’s writing. I’m enjoying it so much it’s all I want to do from the moment I wake up to the moment that I go to sleep! If I do tear myself away, either when my wrists are aching or my cat deposits herself on my keyboard, or my friends or family manage to drag me protested away from my beloved laptop, I love catching up with them with some good food and a glass of wine. I also love watching movies, action in particular and I’m a huge fan of American TV series, Suits, Supernatural, Arrow, Nikita, The Blacklist … o my God, don’t start me or I’ll ramble on for ages. Far too many to mention.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I was totally blown away as a young child by Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien. The creatures were written in such a vivid way I felt their journey along every step of the way and it was the first book to invoke an emotional response in me, I cried so hard. I love reading because it transports me to another world and I so admire fantasy writers in particular, because they have the most incredible imaginations. I’m so jealous! I had a very advanced reading age as a child and my junior school had to bring in a mobile library, just for me, because I read my way through the entire school one. I was quite antisocial as a child due to books, because I found them far more interesting than other kids, so that affected me up until my late teens really. As I started college at sixteen, I realised that I needed to make more of an effort to socialise, so as not to be considered rude.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
To be honest there were no challenges as such, Amazon and Smashwords make self-publishing a breeze, literally anyone can write something, upload it and they are an indie author! (Independent author). The main challenge I had was battling my nerves and the sick feeling in my stomach as I pressed that “publish” button, wondered if I was making a huge mistake and was going to be ridiculed for my efforts. I also reverted back to an awful old habit of nail biting as I waited for my first review on my debut. Thankfully as the books are being received so well, my nails have returned.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Great question, I love superhero movies. I think I would have to go with invisibility. I’ve always been a people watcher, even more since I started writing. Watching someone can give you great ideas for a character, but eyeing up random strangers can get also you funny looks, so being invisible would definitely help me with character research and not end up with me getting slapped or worse.
What was your first job?
When I was fourteen, I started working on the factory floor of my step father’s plastic thermoforming business, during the school holidays, to earn pocket money to fund my book addiction. Kindles, mobiles or even computers weren’t around when I was that age, so physical books were your only option and they were expensive, especially for someone like me who can read an average book in a few hours.
What types of books do you write?
Erotic romance with humour. I’m British so please forgive my English spellings which may look wrong to some of you from over the Atlantic! I’m a naturally bubbly person and laugh at anything and everything, so as hard as I tried to just write a serious erotic romance, I really couldn’t keep the humour out of it. I was so worried that people would hate my book because I’d put my sense of humour into it so often, but I get more comments about readers loving the humour than the hot sex parts! I’m enjoying writing this genre, but I am thinking of doing a pure rom-com at some stage for a change.
Who’s your main audience?
With the exception of anyone under 18, as my books contain many hot adult themes, pretty much anyone. I thought it would be woman aged 20 to 40, but I have fans in their seventy’s and also some male readers as well, the later really surprised me.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
Another really tough question. It’s a toss up between Mia and Lexi. I would have to go with Mia, whilst she’s definitely not based on me, certain aspects of my life have crept into her story so I feel a particular affinity with her. I admire strong independent women who don’t need a man to define them, but at the same time love the romance and emotional security a relationship can bring. Lexi is a close second as I love her “say it how you see it” way of talking and the stupid funny things she sometimes comes out with.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I’m lucky now that I now manage my parents business from home. I’m pretty much done with my work by lunchtime, so afternoons and evenings are dedicated writing time. I’m extra lucky that my passion for writing hasn’t waned since I started, I get withdrawal symptoms if I am away from my laptop for too long, so writing takes up the majority of my waking hours. I am currently working on a two book series, 31 Days and I have ideas for five standalone novels as well as about four spin offs with various characters from The Austin Series. I just want to write them all now, this second! I’m just so excited to have found something that I love to do so much,
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Yes, I find it hard to imagine any writer doesn’t. As I mentioned earlier aspects of Mia’s life came from my own life experience. The most important one, that I’m more than happy to openly discuss is Endometriosis. I struggled with agonized pains for eight years until I was diagnosed in the mid 1990’s. When they finally operated and looked inside me, I was told that I had so many ovarian cysts, adhesions and scar tissue, that it looked as if my internal organs had been shrink wrapped together. I was also diagnosed as being infertile, as the disease had damaged my reproductive system irrevocably. Sadly I had to have a total hysterectomy at the age of 27, including removal of both of my ovaries, to avoid stimulation of residual endometriosis patches on my bladder and bowels. It was a very difficult time in my life, one that I had to use humour through or I’d have crumbled. I never had the chance to have children, and I was plunged into early menopause immediately after this major surgery. Thankfully knowledge of this painful and potentially devastating condition is so much better today, that hopefully women should be diagnosed before they get anywhere to the stage I did, but I felt that I wanted to weave it into the storyline to help highlight it. If one woman reads Mia’s symptoms and thinks “my periods are like that” and goes to get checked by her doctor, then that would make me so happy. So yes, for me personally some of my own experiences definately creep into my writing.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Not at all, particularly not for the first book. I must have had at least twenty ideas before I finally settled on “New Leaves, No Strings.” I wanted something that gave an indication of what the focus of the first book in the series was about, turning over a new leaf and, for Mia, having a no strings attached sexual “relationship” to avoid the heartache of getting attached to someone and then ultimately hurt when they let her down. But how often can people have sex without emotions getting involved though? The reader should be able to deduce that Mia is seriously falling for Gabe long before she admits it to herself.
Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author. Why?
I’d have loved to have been an architect. I love to travel, but I’m not a beach person, I love to go and explore the culture and architecture of other cultures. I suppose it’s the creativity again that fascinates me. I love exploring old temples and ruins and imagined how they would have been used and what the people who lived in them were like. I’m also in awe at how some of them were built, Abu Simbel in Egypt in particular took my breath away. How the hell did they create that without modern technology? Absolutely amazing!
What are you currently working on?
More erotic romance novels, judging by the feedback that I’ve had this genre seems to suit me. In December 2012 I finally gave into all the hype and had to read Fifty Shades of Grey, because I was fed up not knowing what everyone in the office was talking about. I’d never read a single erotic romance novel before, but became hooked on this genre and wondered if I could try and write one myself. I’m currently writing my “31 Days” series, just two books this time, which focus on Ellie Baxter. What would you do if you found out your relationship was based on lies? If you dreaded going to work every day? If you felt intense sexual attraction to a man you hardly knew, but he kept secrets? Can a man and woman in close proximity, with undeniable sexual chemistry, really keep sex out of their relationship? These are all questions that Ellie Baxter was suddenly forced to face during her winter escape to re-evaluate her life. 31 Days of Winter is due out on 1st December 2014.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vermonster by Ben & Jerry’s
Night owl, or early bird? Definitely a night owl, I often write until about 2 or 3 a.m.
Red, or white wine? A mix of the two, I love Rosé wine, Grenache or Zinfandel. I have a sweet tooth, so these wines suit me.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Rollercoasters, no one deserves to be subjected to me in a swim suit.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? You’re determined to put me in that swim suit, aren’t you?! It would have to be the pool. After seeing Jaws as a youngster and then seeing a sea snake while snorkeling on my honeymoon in Kenya, I can’t step foot in the sea anymore. It’s a totally irrational fear, but I’m more than happy to stay in a boat and out of harm’s way. I am so accident prone, if there were monster sharks or snakes in the ocean, they’d find me and chow down.
Walking or fitness club? Walking to the freezer to get my Ben & Jerry’s and a spoon, before returning to the recliner. That’s the extent of my physical prowess.
Any last words?
I had no idea when I wrote my first book that the easy part was done. The hardest part of being an Indie author is having no financial backing to get your name out there, to get people to hear about your book, pick it up and read it. Bloggers are invaluable to us and are really special people. They give up their own personal time, at no financial recompense, to not only read your work, but write reviews and post them on their blogs and various purchasing sites to help promote you. Some of the reviews I’ve had written by bloggers are so amazingly well written, they should be writing books themselves and I’ve told a couple of them this. Also my fans are amazing and deserve praise too. They tell their friends about my book and if I’m really lucky they write me reviews as well, which are so important. I never used to review any books that I read, until I released mine and realised without reviews, why would anyone part with their hard earned cash and take a chance on an unknown author? I wouldn’t. I always look at reviews before I buy something, but if no one ever wrote them, how would we know if something was worth it? Now I’m aware of how valuable each review is, I do one for everything I buy.
So, thank you so much to Patricia at Room with Books, for asking these questions about me, I hope that you have a little insight into me as a writer and a person and thanks for taking the time to read this!
Thank you, CJ. It has been fun chatting with you, and thank you for letting Room With Books be part of your tour!
I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.
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