Just a Little Kiss release day is here!!

It feels as if it wasn’t long ago that I was creating Brinley’s world. A world I loved, with characters I adored. So when readers also became vested in that world, I was beyond thrilled, and even more excited when they fell in love with not just Brinley and Ryder, but the secondary characters as well. But one name in particular always seemed to reappear in readers’ questions—Mason. When it finally came time to give him his happily-ever-after, it was both exciting and scary. There were times when I felt like I’d never find the real Mason, and feared the story would be nothing more than words on a page…but then (thankfully) something shifted. Thanks to the wonderful advice from my super-amazing agent, Suzie Townsend, I added his point of view…and Mason, the real Mason, came to life. He was no longer just Brinley’s best friend, he wasn’t just Felicity’s love interest, he was this wonderfully complex guy and the heart of Just a Little Kiss. I truly hope you enjoy his story 🙂 Just a Little Kiss cover

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Just a Little Kiss Blog Tour with Giveaway!

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Aug 17th-  The Lusty Literate – P/Exc
(Stop 2) Sassy Moms Say Read Romance- Rev/Exc
(Stop 3) Lush Book Reviews- Promo
(Stop 4) Spicy Small Town Romance – P/Exc

Aug 18th- Kitty’s Book Spot!– GP/P (1)
(Stop 2) Book Freak– Rev/P
(Stop 3) Revenge of the Feels– P/Rev/GP(2)

Aug 19th- Ramblings from this Chick – P/Rev
(Stop 2) Book Inspections Blog- Rev/P/Exc
(Stop 3) Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews -Rev/Exc

Aug 20th- Book Reviews and More by Kathy – P/Exc
(Stop 2) Fic Central- Rev/Exc

Aug 21st- Deluged with Books Café – P/Exc
(Stop 2) Born to Read Books- Promo

Aug 22nd- Romancing the Readers – P/Exc
(Stop 2) Alpha Book Club – Rev/P

Aug 24th- Kimmie Sue’s Book Reviews- Rev/P/Exc
(Stop 2) Vox Libris– Rev/Int(1)
(Stop 3) Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews- Rev/P/Exc

Aug 25th- The Sassy Bookster – Rev/P
(Stop 2)  After Dark Book Lovers – Rev/Exc

Aug 26th- Another Indie Book Promoter – Rev/P
(Stop 2)  Ellesea Loves Reading – P/Exc
(Stop 3) These Words Tell a Story– Int (2)/Rev
(Stop 4) The Book Fairy Reviews – Rev/Exc

Aug 27th- I am Indeed – Rev/Exc
(Stop 2)  Those Crazy Book Chicks -P/Exc
(Stop 3)  Hot Guys in Books  -Rev/Exc

Aug 28th- Books & Spoons – P/Exc
(Stop 2) Home. Love. Books. – Rev/P

Aug 31st-  Undercover Book Reviews – Promo
(Stop 2) BFF Book Boyfriends – P/Exc
(Stop 3) Avid Reads– Rev/P

Sept 1st-  Crystal Blogs Books- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Wendy Miller – Rev/Exc

Sept 2nd- Christine’s Words – GP/P (3)
(Stop 2) Kimmy Loves to Read – Rev/Exc
(Stop 3) Till Then Smile Often – Rev/Exc

Sept 3rd-  I Bookin’ Love to Read– Int/Rev/P (2)
(Stop 2) Paola’s Bookshelf- P/Exc
(Stop 3) One Girl, One Bookshelf- P/Exc
(Stop 4) Marebare’s Book Shelf -P/Exc

Sept 4th- My Secret Romance – Rev/P
(Stop 2) Southern Yankee Book Reviews- Promo
(Stop 3) Read@BookReviews– Rev/P/Exc

Just a Little Flirt–Release day is here!!

This book!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE it, partly because Fallon has always been one of my favorite characters but mostly because…CADE! Ahh, what can I say about Cade… I could probably go on and on or I can just sum him up in one word–PERFECT! He’s sexy, sweet, funny and everything else you’d want in a guy AND then some!

So what does Fallon think about Cade?? Well, after a slightly awkward run-in, they get a second chance and here’s a teaser of that conversation!

He chuckled. “Great. Let’s start over then. I’m Cade.” He extended his hand, which swallowed mine as they clasped in a handshake. “And you are?” He tilted his head slightly, his eyes practically twinkling like everything about him sparkled to perfection.
I’d never considered a guy out of my league—let’s face it, ultimately I always had what they wanted—but this one did all sorts of things to my confidence. Maybe it was this friend approach. I mean, was it even possible to just be friends with a guy who I was currently picturing naked?
“Fallon.” I pulled my hand free and leaned back. Distance was good.
“Fallon,” he repeated, his tongue caressing the second syllable.
And wow. I’d never loved my name until his mouth molded it to perfection.

Oh and one more thing…we can’t forget another very special character!! Scout! He’s Cade’s therapy pet and *might* have a tendency to steal the show.

I can’t wait for you to meet Cade and Scout in Just a Little Flirt!

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Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, as Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant Crush series continues, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.
 
Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .

Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.

Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.

Just a Little Kiss Cover Reveal!

Yesterday the cover for Just a Little Kiss was revealed on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

But in case you missed it…

Just a Little Kiss cover

In the sizzling new novel of Renita Pizzitola’s Crush series, Felicity knows that “Summer Boys” are only good for one thing. But what if hooking up with the right guy could lead to a fresh start?

Like most of the residents of her dead-end beach town, Felicity Daniels doesn’t know what she wants from her future. Instead of college, she’s waiting tables at the local grille where she’s more likely to run into the guy who was the love of her life—until one decision changed everything. Now as this year’s tourist season kicks in to high gear, Felicity realizes that whatever she wants isn’t going to be found here.

Mason Hayes is the quintessential Summer Boy: hot, impulsive, and born without strings attached. While in town helping with the family fishing charter, he plans to have a little fun—and hopefully get over a certain girl. He’s never had a long-term relationship, but when he meets Felicity, he wonders if he’s found the girl who could change that.

With her heart still in repair, Felicity’s happy to have a distraction like Mason, but her best friend thinks he could also be her ticket out of this town. What’s the harm in using him to escape more than just her boredom? After all, he is just a Summer Boy, and they never stick around. But after one kiss, Felicity wonders if only one summer with Mason will ever really be enough.

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Just a Little Flirt’s blog tour starts today!

Just a Little Flirt is almost here! Check out the following blogs for excerpts, interviews, a giveaway and more!

March 23rd- Imagine a World- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Roberta’s Dreamworld– Int/P

March 24th- From the Purple Matter– Rev/P

March 25th- A Bluestocking’s Place– P/Exc

March 26th- Crazy Four Books– Rev/Exc

March 27th- The Lusty Literate- P/Exc

March 30th- Jen’s Reading Obsession– P/Exc

March 31st- My Book Filled Life– Rev/P

April 1st- A Tasty Read Book Reviews– Rev/P

April 2nd- Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess– Rev/Exc

April 3rd-  Underneath the Covers– P/Exc
(Stop 2) Fic Central- Rev/P
(Stop 3) Plain Talk Book Marketing- Promo

April 6th- Gemma Reads Too Much for it to be Normal– Rev/Exc

April 7th- Book Freak– Rev/P

April 8th- Book Reviews and More by Kathy– P/Exc

April 9th- Book Suburbia– Promo
April 10th- GenGen’s Book Blog– Rev/P

April 13th- Books Need TLC– Gp/P
(Stop 2) Freshly Baked Books– Rev/P

April 14th- Lush Book Reviews– GP/P

April 15th- Christine’s Words– GP/P

April 16th- Crystal Blogs Books- Rev/P
April 17th- Hot Guys in Books– Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Reader Girls– Rev/P

Just a Little Crush — 99¢ for a limited time!

For a limited time Just a Little Crush is .99 cents! So if you haven’t checked it out, nows a perfect time!

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Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.

 
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

Reader Question

I recently received this reader question (which I loved and was so happy to answer!):

What is the real life equivalent to Sutton? I can’t help but imagine Texas State!

To answer this question I thought I’d share a little backstory.

Just a Little Crush didn’t always mention Texas as its location, and when I was querying and then out on sub it was mentioned in notes that the college experience reminded them of their own and they’d wondered if I’d gone to school where ever they’d gone…places I’d never been. I loved that it felt authentic to readers and was reminiscent of their own experience… but I knew eventually I’d have to name a location and it would no longer get to be Anytown USA. 

After signing with a publisher, my editor asked me about the location and I knew it was time to finally decide on one. I told her I’d actually modeled JaLC after my experiences at the University of Texas at Austin, so much so that certain places in the book were a little twist on real Austin locations. But we decided to keep it fictional and so Sutton was born (as a much smaller version of UT). But here’s a peek into some Austin places that make an appearance in JaLC.

Sixth street: Anyone who has ever been a college student in Texas probably has a sixth street story. Actually, anyone who has ever been to Austin probably does. Though “The Box” from JaLC is completely fictional, it would be nestled somewhere among the bars and clubs of Sixth Street.  And if you’ve ever been in an Alley off of 6th, you’d understand why Brinley wanted to get Ryder out of that alley asap 😉 Austin is also “The Live Music Capital of the World” so there’s always live music throughout places on 6th and the reason why the characters of JaLC (and Fallon’s upcoming book) get to check out bands on any given night.

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360 Bridge overlook: In JaLC, the overlook Ryder takes Brinley to is a very modified version of the 360 Bridge overlook. The bridge in JaLC is much more elaborate and the setting is modified quite a bit.

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The Drag: The Drag (aka Guadalupe street) is a strip of stores and restaurants directly across from the UT campus. In JaLC, the places they eat and shop at in walking distance (like Amy’s Pho and Zoey’s) are fictional places that would be found on the Drag.

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And, for those of you who really know Austin and UT, Brinely and Mason’s dorm in Laney is modeled after places like Jester, and Ryder’s suite in Canton would be similar to places like Callaway House and Dobie Center. Lastly the places Brinley, Mason and Ryder’s families live (as well as where these three grew up) would be suburbs of Austin which are too numerous to mention 🙂

The only thing that didn’t get changed was Dan’s Hamburgers because, OMG, those are some good burgers 🙂 I did use my creative license a bit though because there is no longer a Dan’s in Austin. It now sits just south of Austin in Buda Tx.

photo Dan’s Hamburgers

As for the reader question, I’m familiar with Texas State because it’s not far from where I live but I’ve never been to that campus either. The reader later went on to tell me that some of my locations reminded her of places around that campus which is so cool, and I love that JaLC is able to draw connections to so many places for so many people!

So that’s the background on Just a Little Crush and Sutton, but for a long time it was just “home” to whoever read it… (and I kind of hope it still is)

Just a Little Crush — Thank you!

Tomorrow marks exactly two months since the release of JUST A LITTLE CRUSH and I have to say I’m in complete awe over the response to this book! It’s always a scary thing to put a book out into the world but my readers are amazing! And I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for each and every one of you!

I also have an author confession: My phone is FILLED with Amazon screenshots because every day I’m like “This is the most amazing thing ever! My rank will never look like this again! I must take a picture!” and then it changes, and it starts all over again. I’m just so thrilled to see JaLC not only ranking in top ten New Adult but also hovering so close to the Amazon top 100! So again thank you!

And for those of you who haven’t met Ryder Briggs yet… What are you waiting for?!? I promise, he’s more than just a little crush worthy 😉

Get your copy here: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – iBooks – Kobo

Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. 

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(update: A few days after posting this I found out Just a Little Crush did make the Amazon weekly bestseller list!)

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Just a Little Flirt has a cover!

So yesterday the cover for Just a Little Flirt was revealed on Heroes and Heartbreakers! I love Fallon and Cade’s story so much! And this cover! So perfect! It’s flirty, romantic, and sexy just like this book!! (Now if only we could fast forward to March…)

And in case you missed it, here is is!

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Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, in Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant new novel, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.

Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .

Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.

Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.

 

Release Day is Here!!

It’s funny how it seemed to take forever to get here and yet I can’t believe the day is here!

I wrote JUST A LITTLE CRUSH over a year ago and I can still remember the exact moment Brinley and Ryder’s opposites attract love story came to me. There’s this line that popped into my head: “…it took me seven minutes to fall in love with him, and only seven seconds to fall out.” and I knew that was the story I had to tell. From there I wanted to create two characters who seemed very different, but really faced similar struggles.

I love this book. I love the characters (including the secondary ones). And I love how every single one of them grows with this story…. And I hope you do too 🙂

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Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough. 

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

Praise for Just a Little Crush
 
“Brinley and Ryder are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. They’ll have you pulling for second chances.”USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers

“Be prepared to swoon hard over Ryder in Just a Little Crush, Renita Pizzitola’s impressive New Adult debut. Brinley and Ryder are drawn together in an almost hypnotic way and I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the utterly sexy, sweet, romantic, and scorching moments between them. I loved it!”—Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series