Inspired by Night by L.E. May
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Amazon ♥ B & N
A sexy new age romance by debut author L.E.May follows Olivia as she is torn between the between the mysterious, enigmatic stranger she met online, and the charismatic young man right in front of her.
Olivia Jones is a nerd. The computer programmer doesn’t get out much, preferring to spend her time playing video games and watching movies. While she is successful and intelligent, she is also anti-social and sexually naive. Steven Teller has just graduated and landed his dream job working for Olivia. He’s young, handsome, and full of enthusiasm. He’s eager to impress his new boss, but employment isn’t the only thing he wants from Olivia.
An online introduction to Steven’s friend, Chris Knight, leads the two of them to start exchanging flirtatious emails and instant messages and while his attention flatters Olivia, his personal questions both shock and intrigue her. It’s not long before Chris encourages Olivia explore her body and her sexuality under his guidance. All the while, Steven’s feelings for her make themselves known, and Olivia finds herself torn…
‘Hey, Ols, James was just asking how you could’ve forgotten about Christmas?’ I noticed a hint of red flush across James’ cheeks. Dave looked amused.
‘You forgot about Christmas?’ He asked confusion filling his face.
I pursed my lips together while Steven explained.
‘Ols forgot about planning a Christmas do for everyone.’
‘Luckily Steven was on hand to save the day, but apparently not my embarrassment.’ I looked at him pointedly and he stuck his tongue out at me. ‘Well then, Ol, it’s a fair question, how could you have forgotten about Christmas?’ Dave asked.
‘I don’t celebrate Christmas.’ I shrugged, I took in the horrified expression on everyone’s face and shrugged, ‘I’m not saying I don’t like it, I do. I love Christmas. It’s great, but I don’t celebrate it any more.’
‘Is that a religious thing?’ James asked frowning.
‘Oh God, no!’ I shook my head. ‘My folks died in a car accident six years ago. I have one brother, but he lives in Australia. I don’t have any other family, and apart from Ruth, I don’t really have any friends either.’
Dave nudged me.
‘Hey, you have us, we’re your friends.’
I smiled up at him gratefully. ‘Oh, I know that, but you know what I mean. I don’t have a Christmas Day. I mean, I have no one to pull a cracker with. No one to swap presents with. Christmas Day is just any other bank holiday to me.’ I realised I had completely destroyed the mood around our table and tried to lighten it, ‘but you know what? One day I’ll be married with kids and Christmas will be the best day of the year again.’ I raised my pint glass, ‘here’s to two weeks off work!’ All of my staff cheered and the mood was restored. Dave made his way around the table, stopping to chat to various people and introducing himself to my new team members. Steven slid closer to me and took hold of my hand. ‘Spend Christmas with me, Ols?’
I shook my head, I didn’t want him to feel sorry for me and under any obligation to invite me to his family Christmas.
‘I’m fine, Steven, I haven’t spent Christmas with anyone since my brother moved to Australia three years ago. It’s really no big deal at all, I’ll watch loads of TV and play video games. I’m still only halfway through Lego Batman.’
‘I can’t stand the thought of you being on your own on Christmas Day, Ols.’
‘Even after I just told you how I’ll spend it? You wish you were spending it the same way, go on admit it.’ He grinned, despite the concern on his face.
‘Well sure, sometimes the family thing gets a bit intense after a few hours but I wouldn’t miss it, Ols. Please will you join me, my folks would love to meet you.’
‘Can I think about it?’ I asked, trying to change the subject.
L. E. May is the author of the adult romantic comedy novel, Inspired by Night.She loves reading but was feeling disappointed by a lack of literary heroines that she could relate to so she decided to create her own.
As a website designer and owner of a digital media company, she takes inspiration from the digital and technology industries. Her writing is littered with nerdy references and humour and her leading lady is smart, intelligent and comfortable with who she is.
Being a female entrepreneur in a predominantly male industry, she is passionate about encouraging women and girls to take an interest in technology and wants to show that nerds are cool.
Following graduation from a music industry management degree, she lived in London, working for a number of music companies. She returned home to Liverpool and worked in a variety of jobs from admin to childcare – She even had a short stint as a taxi driver – before she discovered her passion for digital media.
She keeps a regular blog on both her author site and company site, regularly contributing guest posts to other websites.
When she’s not writing or designing websites she spends her spare time playing video games and watching television. She supports Liverpool football club and is never more than ten meters away from a pizza. She lives with her long term boyfriend and their two cats.