Contest – Mari Carr Pub Crawl

Hey everyone.  I’ve turned my blog over to the infamous Mari Carr today.  If you don’t already know, I’m allergic to alcohol so… I’ll just be passed out under the table after one thimble’s worth of Patron (just ask Mari she’s done it to me before!!!).  Have fun with your guest host and behave!

Welcome to the fifth stop in the Cocktales Pub Crawl. I want to thank Jayne for opening her blog doors to us. Jayne has an amazing series at Samhain called Powertools. If you haven’t checked them out yet, whoooo boy, you do not know what you’re missing! In honor of Jayne’s stop on the crawl, today’s drink is inspired by her sexy crew.

The fifth round is a Powerdrill. Jayne is deathly allergic to alcohol, so NONE for her I’m afraid! Remember to write down that drink title to be entered in the grand prize drawing. Details about the crawl can be found on my website (

2 oz Grey Goose® vodka
5 oz Five Alive® fruit juice

Put 3 ice cubes into a highball glass. Pour in vodka. Fill balance of glass with Five Alive fruit drink. Stir and serve.

This week’s pub crawl is being held to celebrate the release of Screwdriver next Tuesday, March 20. It’s available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The Cocktales books are about four friends who own a combination bar/bookstore in Portland called Books and Brew (this is my DREAM business). Each woman runs a different aspect of the business—bartender, bookkeeper/office manager, the marketing/events coordinator, and the bookstore gal.

How about an excerpt from the story?

image001Casey looked closer at the AC unit. “Damn. I was afraid of that.”

“What is it? What’s wrong?”

“I was hoping it was an issue with the belt, but the motor bearings are shot. I’m going to need to order a part.”

“So it’s not getting fixed today?”

“I’ll see if I can rig a work around for the time being.” He stood and stretched. “God bless it, Jordan. I apologize if this offends you, but it’s hot as hell in here.” Reaching for the hem of his t-shirt, he whipped the thin cotton over his head and fanned himself with it.

Her now-familiar blush returned and Casey felt compelled to prod, to see if his suspicions about Jordan’s underlying naughty side were true. “Just so you know, I absolutely will not be upset if you decide to follow suit and work shirtless for the rest of the afternoon.”

The twinkle in her eyes let him know she enjoyed his joke. “I’m fine with my shirt on.”

“You sure?” he teased, taking a step closer. “I don’t mind helping you peel it off.” He reached out but she darted away, her smile widening.

“Casey,” she said, swatting his hands away. She dodged behind the AC unit and he followed.

The two of them played a quick game of cat and mouse as Casey chased her around the storage closet.

He’d just captured her, Jordan squealing loudly, when the door to the closet opened.

“Jordan? Are you okay?” a deep voice asked from the hallway.

Gabriel peered around the door and Casey wondered what his best friend thought he was seeing. They certainly presented a risqué picture—Casey shirtless, his arms wrapped around Jordan from behind while she laughed.

“Hey, Gabe.” Casey released Jordan and pulled his shirt back on. “What are you doing here?”

Gabriel’s response was slow in coming as his gaze traveled from Casey to Jordan. “I was checking on your progress.” Gabriel’s eyes landed back on Casey’s face and they narrowed angrily. “Looks like you’re making some.”

Shit. Casey’s suspicions about Gabe’s feelings for Jordan were confirmed in an instant. His friend was hot for the accountant.

Problem was…so was Casey.

“We were taking a break,” he explained.

Gabriel looked at Jordan, his expression softening. “You’re blood-red, Jordan. You need to get out of this heat.”

Casey glanced at her face. Gabriel made the same mistake he had. Jordan wasn’t hot. She was blushing. Big time.

“I’m okay, Gabe. No worries,” she answered. “I can see why you two are friends. Casey’s cure for the heat wave is going topless too.”

Gabriel’s expression darkened even further as he snapped his gaze to Casey once more. “Topless?”

“Actually, I think we’re done for the day,” Casey said, anxious to change the subject before Gabriel pulverized him. “I need to order a part before I can fix the unit.”

Jordan frowned and he sensed she was surprised by his sudden retreat to safer territory. Gabriel had never referred to Jordan as anything more than a pal, but Casey could read between the lines—even if his oblivious friend couldn’t.

“Um, yeah. That’s right. We were just wrapping things up. It was nice of you to come by and check on us.” Jordan’s gaze drifted to Gabriel’s face and she smiled.

Crap. The pure longing on Jordan’s face told Casey all he needed to know in regards to her feelings for Gabriel. It told him more than he wanted to know.

Jordan’s cell phone rang. She looked at the caller ID. “It’s Steph. We made plans to do a late lunch. I should take this.”

She walked toward the door as she answered the phone. Gabriel stepped aside and let her escape. Casey suspected he wouldn’t be freed as easily.

“What the fuck were you doing?” Gabe’s question was murmured, but even in the quiet tone, Casey detected the anger. A small part of him was thrilled to hear any emotion at all from his friend.

“I told you. Taking a break.”

“With your clothes off?”

Casey shot him a dirty look. “I took off my shirt to cool down. I’ve been in this godforsaken sweatbox for nearly two hours. Besides, what the hell are you so pissed off about? I’m here because you asked me to fix the air conditioner.”

“Why was Jordan in here?”

And now they were getting to the heart of the matter. “I asked her to help me.”

“Since when do you need an assistant?”

Casey was hot and tired and annoyed. Not a good combination. Gabe was poking the bear. “I spotted a gorgeous woman and an empty closet. Come on, Gabe. You’re a smart guy with a degree in finance. Put two and two together. I’m not averse to mixing work and play.”

Gabriel shook his head. “You’re not playing with Jordan.”

His friend’s vehemence tweaked Casey’s temper. “Last time I checked, you weren’t my keeper. Or Jordan’s.”

Gabriel rubbed his neck wearily, and for the first time, Casey noticed the dark circles under his friend’s eyes.

When he spoke again, Gabriel’s voice was calmer. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you. I saw you with Jordan and I…shit, I guess I lost it.”

“Why? I’m not an asshole to women. You know that.”

Gabriel shrugged. “I know. She reminds me of Annie in a lot of ways. Somewhere along the line I’ve become a bit protective of her.”

Annie was Gabriel’s only sibling, and no little sister was ever loved more. Casey wasn’t sure how to respond. Gabe’s initial reaction screamed of jealousy, not brotherly instinct. “I can see why. Jordan’s very sweet.”

Gabriel didn’t seem to appreciate his answer. “So sweet you felt compelled to strip off your shirt and corner her in a storage closet?”

Yep. Definitely jealous.

NailedToTheWall72LGNow how about a little contest? Leave a comment here on Jayne’s blog by 6 a.m. (EST tomorrow, March 17) and one winner will receive their choice of an ebook from Mari’s backlist. The question is a fun one. You’ve hired the Powertools Crew to do a little work around your home. What would they fix and why?

Random aside from Jayne:  Powertools book five, Nailed to the Wall will be out on May 15th!  Woot!  Good luck in Mari’s contest :)


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  1. Powerdrill sounds like my kind of drink!! If the Powertools Crew were at my house…Everything would need fixing! They would have to stay a long time. I would just have to share my room as I don’t have a spare for them to stay and get a head start in the morning. Darn!! :)

  2. They would fix my freezer because my ice maker has stopped working. I’m sure after they are finished, I would be putting those ice cubes to good use!

    I can’t wait to read Screwdriver; it sounds great.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. I would have them to install a new A/C unit. I live in an old house that doesn’t have central heat and air so when I had them to fix this I would get it cold in the house just so we could see how hot we could get!!


  4. I woul tell the guys that everything in my house needs fixing. Once they were here, the house would be forgotten. Who cares about the house when there are 5 hot as hell men around.
    Counting the days until Screwdriver & Nailed to the Wall are released.


  5. I would have to have the crew do the master bedroom and bath. Can’t wait for Screwdriver and Nailed to the Wall.

  6. I would have them put a new ceiling and new flooring in my bathroom. I need these replaced.

  7. I would love a crew that could fix everything around the house then can help them all relax with fixing me right up from being so hot from watching them work. I love this series and I just got my friend to read it. I am waiting for Nail to the Wall and Screwdriver to come out. I can not wait. Mari and Jayne I will see you all in a week. I can not wait.

  8. My house is a fixer upper so they would be here a long time. ;) lol I love the Powertools series! I can’t wait for the next 2! Poor Jayne, being allergic to alcohol. No tequila for her… Sad day.

  9. Jayne, didn’t your mom teach you not to tease your friends. This waiting is killing me. :)

  10. Me. Celibacy sucks.

  11. Honestly I have nothing that needs to be fixed, but you better believe I would gladly go around breaking things just to get the crew through my door. That Powerdrill drink sounds tasty. I might have to try that.

  12. I was reared in England, where aircon wasn’t prevalent until the after I’d come to the States to live. I need my aircon! Fix it quick so we can get to some real sweaty fun! Can’t wait for Nailed!

  13. Powerdrill sounds like a great drink to cool off with when you read “Screwdriver”. Definitely a hot read.

  14. Hmm… I’m sure I could find lots of tasks to occupy the Powertools crew ;) They can start with re-tiling the entryway, then replacing the toilets with those beautiful easy-to-clean models. Then floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for the bedrooms and along the hallway downstairs! For starters ;)

  15. Thank u both for getting us so drunk … please keep the drinks coming … we have nore hard liquor to go thru ;) … thank u very much :):* ;)

  16. Oh I know, I would have them remodel by garden tub/shower. I want them combined. Because you know it needs to be “bigger” so that there was enough room for me and them to…… **blushing**. Anyway you get my drift I think. :)

  17. Um that’s a easy one.. The bedroom. Obvious reasons lol ! Love The Power tools series. It’s a spanktastic good series and lots of fun.

    Lisa B

  18. I need my kitchen redone. I do not have enough cabinet space or counter space. Either that or I have too many dishes. :) The floor in the kitchen also needs replaced so this would be a total kitchen remodel. I will have to check out the books to check on the references of this crew.

    Beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  19. There’s a little something to be fixed in every room, so we’d just have to start at the top and work our way down until everything is fixed and working properly. I think the Powertools Crew could stay a little while, don’t you?
    Fun pub crawl.


  20. Drink sounds good..minus the Five
    I need a house built.So I’d get them to do that.And then they’d be here for a long time.So I could drool over them longer :-)

  21. I’ve got a fairly new home but I’m sure I could come up with some outdoor projects like the ever famous web ;) love the drink and what a perfect place for it.

  22. Since my darling husband is working on his 6 year plan to remodel the kitchen, ack!, I would love to watch these men bent over, installing my new floor… really taking their time, lol.

  23. I could definitely use a powerdrill, especially the ice, after that excerpt. Very nice Mari.

    I could really use my windows replaced and my hallway painted. But hey if they’re willing, let them tear the whole place down and start over, as long as they do it without their shirts on :D

  24. They could remodel my basement. It needs it bad. Of course I would have to hide and watch them while they work *g*


    umavery at gmail dot com

  25. I need a little work done in every room. The Powertools Crew could just start at the top and we could work our way down to the bottom. Everything could get fixed. They can stay for more than one day, right?
    Great pub crawl. Thanks.


  26. Definitely my ice maker – I am so tired of making ice every night!
    And also my closet can use new shelving and rods! ;)

  27. Love the name, but this drink would put me on my ass LOL. I would need the crew to build me a deck. They can pound away all day and night till it’s done :D

  28. They’d redo two of my bathrooms…because they need it and because it would keep them around a while…and wouldn’t you know it, both are located conveniently next to bedrooms?? :D


  29. My bedroom needs fixing. New floors, paint, etc. Of course I would have to supervise them. lol

  30. Hello Mari & Jayne,

    Thank you Jayne for hosting Mari on her Cocktales Pub Crawl to celebrate the release of her new release, “Screwdriver”. Thank you Mari for taking your Fans along this Fun Tour of Fantastic Authors, while also promoting their books as well, this has been so much Fun. I have to say that I just LOVE Jayne’s PowerTools Series, even putting them on pre-order so I have them the day they come out. Now I can’t wait for March 20th & May 15th(Powertools Book Five, “Nailed to the Wall”) to get books for both of you & WOW you Ladies sure have some HOT Cover Art!!!!!

    You’ve hired the Powertools Crew to do a little work around your home. What would they fix and why?
    Oh this is an easy one….1st it would definitely have to be a summertime & what I needed fixing would be an improvement to the OUTSIDE of my house….ya know….so it would be soooo HOT outside that the Powertools Crew would be soooo HOT, they would need to take off their shirts. ;) I know, I’m sooooo Naughty!!! ;) Hmmmm let’s see, I’d need to have my house re-sided, or a new roof, maybe new windows??? ANYTHING to keep them here for awhile with NO shirts on so I can admire all those Tanned-Ripped Muscles on they Gorgeous Smokin’ Hot Men!!! ;)

    Take Care Ladies & Happy St. Patty’s Day,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

  31. How sad to be deathly allergic to alcohol! I don’t drink it but I do like to cook with it. Actually, I am living totally gluten and wheat free so no more cooking with beer…. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  32. I would have them to fix my A/C unit. Then when it was finished I would get the house cold so maybe we could see how hot we could get!!!


  33. So many things in my house needs fixed I don’t know where to start. Maybe the bedroom? LOL!

  34. They can fix the squeck in the bed and shore up the wall behind the bed- when done- let the fun begin:)

  35. For sure they can fix my sliding glass door… want to sunbathe nude but the door is broke… lol

  36. Lisa B was yesterday’s winner! Yay. Today the crawl continues over at the International Heat blog.

    Thanks to Jayne for being such a good sport and awesome DD. :)

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