Defying Convention [NOOK Book]


Journalist Emma Portland would do anything to save her career, even go undercover at the 31st Annual GalaxyCon in search of a story. Emma thinks she's hit pay dirt when she meets Luke Evans, a bestselling sci-fi author whose readers have turned against him. She has no problem getting close to the sexy writer to get the scoop on his downfall. Except the more time she spends with Luke, the more she has a different kind of exposé in mind…

Luke can't believe he's found the one ...

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Defying Convention

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Journalist Emma Portland would do anything to save her career, even go undercover at the 31st Annual GalaxyCon in search of a story. Emma thinks she's hit pay dirt when she meets Luke Evans, a bestselling sci-fi author whose readers have turned against him. She has no problem getting close to the sexy writer to get the scoop on his downfall. Except the more time she spends with Luke, the more she has a different kind of exposé in mind…

Luke can't believe he's found the one woman at GalaxyCon who hasn't heard of him and can look that hot in a bikini. For the first time he's opening up about himself…and the secret that torpedoed his writing career. Too bad his former fans are out for blood—and out to sabotage his budding relationship with Emma.

But amidst rival reporters, eager fanboys and overzealous role-players, it's Emma's secret that may put the brakes on their sizzling attraction for good…

60,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426891892
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 219,934
  • File size: 788 KB

Meet the Author

Abby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. The doodling soon became an obsession. She soon mixed her love of laughter in with her writing and found she had a knack for humor. Nothing makes her happier than having an LOL written beside one of her favorite lines from one of her critique partners.

Abby is also published under the name Esmerelda Bishop. Esmerelda writes erotic romance and has a paranormal titled The Panther's Lair published with Carina Press and another titled The Feline Fugitive published with Lyrical Press.

When Abby's not writing, you can find her playing "Just Dance" with her kids on the Wii or trying to catch up on her never ending to-be-read pile. She loves Zumba (though she's horrible at it).

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The stormtrooper stalked dead center down the wide hallway, his blaster rifle at the ready. The white plastic armor clacked with each determined step.

Emma fought a groan. Here we go again.

Why couldn't these people stay to the left or the right? It was the normal thing to do. But in the last hour not a damn one of these adult-sized children dressed in battle gear had done so, no matter how packed the lobby had been. It'd taken three sharp knocks to her shoulder for her to realize these guys expected everyone to move out of their way.

Clutching her notebook to her chest, Emma sidestepped him to save her shoulder from another heavy blow and bumped into a bald, orange creature with long, floppy ears and tusks.

Grimacing, Emma murmured, "Sorry." She shuffled through the crowd and stood with her back against the wall.

The stormtrooper disappeared down the hall, people parting before him as if he were a king. She might be standing in a hallway, but the Imperial soldiers attending the 31st Annual GalaxyCon were not. They prowled the corridors of the Death Star, protecting their evil lord.

And it was the most ridiculous thing she'd ever seen. "I'm going to kill Harry."

"You're the one who wanted to be an undercover reporter. No reason to complain."

She looked at her brother and scowled. "I don't need comments from the peanut gallery, thank you very much."

Eddie shrugged. "Just keeping it real."

Keeping it real? It didn't get more real than this. This stupid assignment was it—her last shot. One more major screw up like her last investigation, and buh-bye, career. She'd worked too hard and put everything in her life on hold for too long to allow that to happen.

If sending her into geek central was Harry's idea of a punishment, and her way of making amends, then so be it. She'd suck it up and prove that taking a chance on her hadn't been the biggest mistake of his life—as he'd repeatedly said over the last two weeks.

She just wished he'd given her more than a three-hour warning before sending her out here. She'd only had time to do a quick search to see exactly what she was in for. The website had failed to brace her for the madness. Sure there'd been people in costume on the homepage, one or two casually dressed fans posing with some intergalactic icon, but nowhere had the website depicted this plethora of creatures crammed together as if waiting for their last chance to be beamed up to their home planet.

"These people are all nuts."

Eddie pushed his glasses up with an index finger. "Watch it, sis. You asked for my help but if you're going to bad-mouth my people, I'll leave you here and you can do this on your own without my connections."

"Don't even think about it. I'll never make sense of this without you."

"Not my fault. You were too busy playing Miss School Newspaper to bother learning about my interests. You should've paid attention."

Truthfully, she knew more about geeking than she wanted to admit. Years of growing up listening to Eddie and his cronies mumble about twelve-sided die and power levels would do that to a person. She'd just never imagined her professional future would come down to knowing the difference between a class one mutant and a class five.

Having Eddie for a brother had never prepared her for this.

The moment she'd walked inside the Plaza Hotel, she'd been warped to a totally different planet.

"I'm suffocating. Can we move to a less congested area?"

Eddie sent her an amused look. "This isn't even crowded yet. People are just getting here."

"You're kidding, right?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Dumb cover

    That is one of the weirdest book covers to date

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    This is the first book I've had the pleasure of reading by Abby

    This is the first book I've had the pleasure of reading by Abby Niles, and let me say, I was throughly entertained. I love a story that makes me laugh, and found myself doing so every few pages. Not only is this book filled with humorous situations, Ms. Niles has given us an insight to dealing with life after a loved one commits suicide, which plays a major part in the story, and she does a fantastic job of throwing out hints and clues, capturing the reader's interest without until all is revealed near the end of the book. 

    Our Hero, Luke is the highly successful sci-fi writer of the "Farmen" series,under the gun of his huge fan base for killing off his lead characater. Emma is a journalist attending the Sci-fi convention, GalaxyCon, with hopes of tagging a winning story. Ms. Niles gives us a vivid, laugh out loud look at just how caught up in the fantasy world some fans become, and what it's like to LARP--Live Action Role Play. The author's talent for description puts you at the scene, right down to the leaves on the tree-like creatures, the Plantus. I love how the  fans fall into and out of character as they play their roles!

    Sexual tension abounds between Luke and Emma, and we're given a sub plot between her geeky brother and his lost love. 

    Let me say, I don't recommend a book unless I've been truly impressed and enjoyed reading it. This is one of those books. 

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