June 1, 2015

Men & Martinis Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Men & Martinis blog tour! Today I have a great excerpt from the book to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Men & Martinis (Girlfriends of Gotham #1)
Author: Delancey Stewart
Genre: New Adult Comedy/Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2015


It’s 1998…and New York City just might not be prepared for the Girlfriends of Gotham…

Natalie Pepper knows almost nothing about New York City, except that it’s far, far away from her home in California. When she packs up everything she owns and moves there on a whim, luck is on her side. She stumbles into a promising marketing job in the developing Internet industry and finds herself surrounded by poised and polished men who are nothing like the guys she knew back home.

One man stands out from the rest… CJ: All-American hunk and genuine good guy. But they work together, and giving in to their mutual attraction could put Natalie’s sparkly new world at risk. She resolves to look, but not to touch…if she can ignore the feeling that he’s the guy she’s been looking for her whole life.

Natalie’s new friend Candace Kanie has no such concerns. From the barroom to the boardroom, she’s used to getting exactly what she wants, and her no-crap attitude ensures nothing gets in her way. But when she meets Damon, the notorious playboy at Natalie’s company, she finds that her take-no-prisoners style might not be as effective in the romantic realm.

Frustrated and often irrational, Candace pushes for what she wants until something’s gotta give. And when it does, she realizes that the one thing she might not do better than anyone else is change.

The first book about the loves, lives, and laughter of a group of friends finding their way in the city is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy full of Men and Martinis!

On the way downtown, my cell rang loudly in my bag. The cab driver looked annoyed as he narrowed his eyes at me in the rearview mirror. I fished out my phone and whispered, “Hello?”

“Hey, it's Candace.”

“Hey, you.” I felt a strange twinge of guilt knowing that there wasn't a chance in hell that I'd mention where I was going. I knew that there was nothing between Damon and me, but Candace didn’t need any more reason to believe there might be.

“So I need your advice.”

“Okay, but I've got a meeting in a minute, what's up?”

“Well, I’ve talked to Damon twice now since I spent the night after his party.”

“Oh, good. That's great.”

“Is it?”

“Yeah. He didn’t do that thing where a guy acts all weird after you sleep together and just never calls, or gets all standoffish.”

“Right. But he didn't ask me out either.”

“Oh. Okay, so?”

“Well, I thought if we're just doing the casual 'talk on the phone' thing, then maybe I should call him. Give him another chance to pull the trigger.”

“Sure, that makes sense.”

“So you think I should call him?” Insecurity bubbled in Candace's voice, and she suddenly sounded nothing like the assertive girl I'd met at the Plaza. “Now? Tonight? Or is that too soon?”

“I'm no expert on this stuff, Candace. When did you last talk to him?”

“Yesterday afternoon.”

“Hmm.” I had no idea what to say, but didn’t really want her to call while I was there, on the off chance that Damon might mention my presence.

“I think I should call him.”

“Go with your gut?” I was trying to be encouraging, but not too encouraging.

“Good. Right. I think I need a drink first.”

“Take it easy, tiger. Just relax. Maybe call him tomorrow.”

“But it's almost the weekend ... I want him to be able to ask me out. If I wait until tomorrow then I'll have to wait until next weekend to go out with him.”

“Because we don't go out on weeknights?”

“Well not on dates.”

“I wasn't aware of these rules.”

“Okay, whatever. I'll call him tonight. Thanks.”

“Sure,” I said, not feeling like I’d been particularly helpful. “Talk to you later.”

I hung up just as the cab pulled up to Damon's. I tipped the driver an extra dollar for having to listen to my inane conversation.

Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

Author Links:
Buy Link: Amazon
Tour Wide Giveaway:
(2) Hand-painted martini glasses (US only)
Signed paperbacks (Men and Martinis & Highballs in the Hamptons) (US only)
(5) ebook copies of Men and Martinis (INTL)


  1. Looking forward to reading it, the excerpt caught my attention.

  2. Thanks for hosting today, Steph! :)