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Guest Blogger: Juniper Bell (Contest)
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Promo Ho and Cabbage Rose Fairy contests continue! See details here! ~DD

Thanks to Delilah for having me on her blog again! I always love visiting here. And I went all fangirl when I met her at RT. (Hope I didn’t make a fool of myself!)

Yesterday my latest book came out. Restraining the Receptionist is a follow-up to Training the Receptionist. A lot of people tell me this series reminds them of the movie Secretary. (Not to be confused with Secretariat, which would be truly disturbing.) Secretary, which I loved, is about a lawyer who hires a troubled young woman. Their relationship turns intimate in a BDSM kind of way – it’s never spelled out in those terms, but they’re playing with the power dynamics of the boss/secretary relationship, and falling in love in the process.

I can see the resemblance, given the office setting and the BDSM element. But there are many differences. First of all, tone. Dana, my heroine, is sassy and quick with a comeback, whereas Maggie Gyllenhall’s character was on the depressed side. Maggie had only one boss, James Spader. He was more than enough, by the way. The two of them smoked up the screen.

But Dana has two bosses. In Restraining the Receptionist, she already has a strong, loving, trusting relationship with Simon, who trained her in the first book. But Ethan is the senior partner and not accustomed to taking second place. He’s going to pull out all the stops to win a place for himself in Dana’s heart. And when he sets his mind to something, watch out. But he’s taking a chance … what will happen to their blissful triangle when Dana and Ethan get in deeper than they intended?

Despite the major differences between my Receptionist books and Secretary, I’m honored by the association. And I can’t help thinking, what if they made a Receptionist movie? Who could do as good a job as Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader?

So, here are my picks. For the strong but tender, green-eyed Simon: sexy Clive Owen.

For the blond, blue-eyed, force of nature Ethan: the one and only Daniel Craig.

And for lucky Dana, I’m leaning toward Emma Stone. Someone with a lot of spunk, who can handle two dominant men like Simon and Ethan.

Of course, the only way they’d make a Receptionist movie would be as a training manual for how not to behave at work. But hey, I can dream, right?

Restraining the Receptionist is available now from Samhain Publishing. (Click on the cover to purchase!)

And if you leave me a comment – I love comments! –
I’ll put you in the drawing for a $5 Amazon gift certificate.

28 comments to “Guest Blogger: Juniper Bell (Contest)”

  1. shadow
    · June 15th, 2011 at 10:45 am · Link

    Wow! I love the sound of these books. Its got my two favorite things..well make that three. 2 hot guys- check, boss/employee dynamics- check and hot bdsm element- check! 😳
    lol These are going on my wishlist!! Thank you Juniper!

  2. CrystalGB
    · June 15th, 2011 at 10:48 am · Link

    Hi Juniper. Your books sound great. I work as a secretary but it is totally not like that where I work. 🙂

  3. Kallypso Masters
    · June 15th, 2011 at 11:07 am · Link

    These look like hot reads! Gonna have to check them both out!

    And now I need to see Secretary, too! I’ve heard a lot about it, just never saw it.


  4. tammy ramey
    · June 15th, 2011 at 11:18 am · Link

    love the picks for your “movie”, i would pay the $10.00 to go see it. i popped over and read an excerpt and man was it HOT!,i can’t wait to read the book but i am going to go back and get the 1st book and start there so i don’t miss anything.
    congrats on the new release. 😛

  5. Lisa H.
    · June 15th, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I just read both of the recpetionist books. I really enjoyed them. We you be writing more in this series?

    Lisa H.

  6. Dawn
    · June 15th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Juniper, xoxox! No need to enter me I couldn’t wait to read it, I picked it up opening nite and stayed up all night reading and I’m so happy I did! I love the people you have chosen for you ideas of what they look like, exspecially Daniel Craig I can so see it! This a “must read” book people! 😉

  7. Sherry S.
    · June 15th, 2011 at 12:25 pm · Link

    I loved the first book in the series and look forward to reading this one.

  8. June M.
    · June 15th, 2011 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new release. Both books sound great, love books with BDSM elements and 2 hot guys really make a book even better, LOL. Thanks so much for sharing.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  9. Fedora
    · June 15th, 2011 at 12:57 pm · Link

    LOL! I love seeing your casting choices, Juniper! Secretary is actually a movie I *have* seen (not a common thing!), and yep, Maggie and James were smoking! Can’t wait to read Restraining; Training was quite the ride 🙂

  10. Becky W
    · June 15th, 2011 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Great post! I love the picks for your movie. I haven’t had a chance to read these yet.

  11. Randi Alexander
    · June 15th, 2011 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Hi Juniper, funny you should mention Secretary – a friend – a married guy – was just talking about the movie, and I didn’t realize he and his wife were into BDSM 😈 . I’m going to send him the link to your website!

  12. Jane
    · June 15th, 2011 at 3:16 pm · Link

    I love Emma Stone and can she her as a number of heroines. She was great in Easy A.

  13. Juniper Bell
    · June 15th, 2011 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Hi Shadow – It sounds like the Receptionist books are right up your alley! And what a fun alley it is, LOL!

    Crystal – I doubt anyone’s workplace is quite like Dana’s. Not much work would get done. 😉

    Kallypso – I hope you get a chance to check out Secretary, it was awesome! James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhall were amazing in it.

  14. Juniper Bell
    · June 15th, 2011 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Hi Tammy – I’m so glad you liked the excerpt, and hope you like the books too! Thank you so much!

    Lisa – Yay, I’m so happy you liked the books! Yes, I intend to write another Receptionist book, I’m just not sure exactly when. Ideas are in the percolator right now!

    Dawn – Isn’t Daniel Craig perfect?? I’m not so sure about Clive Owen for Simon, but I couldn’t think of anyone else. The green eyes make it difficult. Ryan Reynolds with green contacts? LOL!

  15. Eden Bradley
    · June 15th, 2011 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Just stopping by to say a quick hello to Juniper!
    I *love* that image from ‘Secretary’-love that film!
    Eden/Eve 🙂

  16. shadow
    · June 15th, 2011 at 4:02 pm · Link

    lol Yup! I would agree! Who could resist office play? I’d be working 3 jobs if this is what I could look foward to. lol

  17. Tam Linsey
    · June 15th, 2011 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Love the cover for Restraining the Receptionist – so sexy! I’m glad it finally released!

  18. Estella
    · June 15th, 2011 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I loved Training The Receptionist—can’t wait to read Restraining The Receptionist.

  19. Jen B.
    · June 15th, 2011 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I would buy that movie! I could probably even get my husband to watch it! I can hardly wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Juniper Bell
    · June 15th, 2011 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Thanks Sherry! I hope you like this one too. 😉

    Hi June – Those are my fave themes too, which explains why I wrote this, I guess! LOL.

    Fedora – All this talk about Secretary is making me want to see it again. I hope it’s just as good the second time around.

    Becky – Thanks! It sure was fun rifling through photos of movie stars to make the choice. I think I’d enjoy being a casting agent. LOL.

  21. Juniper Bell
    · June 15th, 2011 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Randi – Thank you for referring your friend to my website! It’s funny when you learn things like that about your friends. You never know what’s going on behind closed doors!

    Jane – Emma Stone rocked in Easy A! I LOVED that movie.

    Eden – Thanks so much for stopping by! I just knew you’d be a fellow Secretary fan!

  22. Juniper Bell
    · June 15th, 2011 at 9:02 pm · Link

    I’m catching up on the conversation here ….

    Shadow – LOL! Yeah, work would be a whole different scene with an office like Dana’s. Ah, the fantasy!

    Tam – Thank you!! I love the cover too.

    Estella – Awesome! I hope you like this one too!

    Jen B.- Hey you!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you this time! And yeah, a movie with Daniel Craig, Clive Owen and Emma Stone … sigh. I hope some casting agent is paying attention and puts them in a movie together … any movie! LOL!

  23. Diane Sadler
    · June 15th, 2011 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Really hard to pick someone would be the perfect symbol for your characters without knowing the. Your Secretary sounds very good.

  24. shadow
    · June 16th, 2011 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Ok, i couldnt resist! I got the book and i consumed it! 🙂 It was so GOOD! Im now gonna have to go get the other! Im gonna have to say that im jealous of Dana. I definitely want to be ‘hooked’ in her spot at the end of the book. lol Such a good book! Thank you Juniper!

  25. Juniper Bell
    · June 16th, 2011 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented! The randomly chosen winner of a $5 Amazon gift certificate is Lisa H.! Lisa, email me at Congrats!

    Shadow – Awesome!! So glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  26. Janet
    · June 17th, 2011 at 11:16 pm · Link

    these books look like great reading!

  27. shadow
    · June 18th, 2011 at 10:37 am · Link

    Congrats Lisa! 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by Juniper!

  28. Ashley A
    · June 18th, 2011 at 11:09 pm · Link

    These are both going on to my TBB list!! I love a good BDSM story and these both sound smoking!! I fell in love with Emma Stone in Easy A and I could totally see her filling out the part of Dana in a movie!! Thanks for stopping by Juniper!!

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