Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lessons in Love Book Blitz

For a little holiday fun, I'm doing a Book Blitz for Lessons in Love (which is free by the way, see links below). Read all the way to the bottom and be sure to enter the contest for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Lessons in Love Book Blitz

Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love#1)
Release Date: 02/24/14
New Adult
183 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance series

The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will their developing feelings for each other get in the way?
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Books in the Lessons in Love series:
Lessons in Love – http://bit.ly/LessonsinLove
Letters of Love – http://bit.ly/LettersofLove
Living with Love – http://bit.ly/LivingwithLove

About the Author
I have been an avid reader and and writer since my earliest school days. Reading was my first and earliest passions, often seeking the safe sanctuary of my room or the library to read everything I could. My favorite has been romance. I penned some romantic poetry in high school and was winning school awards for my short stories when I was just 16. In college I would hibernate in the library for days at a time, consuming every short story and novel I could find. My diploma says Bachelors in English Lit. which I'm very proud of.

I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much junk food, but to compensate do like running when the weather is nice. I love shopping in the mall even if I never find what I'm looking for. I'm a hopeful romantic who prefers novels with a happy ending.

Lessons in Love Excerpt


Almost a week had passed since Alex had gone from being the girl in Mark’s car to the invisible woman. She was tired of second-guessing his feelings about her and more tired of her own constant attraction towards him. She was obviously deluding herself to entertain any sort of fantasy involving him, yet she couldn’t help it. Each time she caught his scent or spotted him in the corridor, her heart raced in a way that no one else had ever been able to make it do. 

The only way she could get through math class was to actually settle down and do some work, and as a result, her grades began to improve. 

“You got an A?” Claire gasped as they sat in their Friday morning class.

“Mmm.” Alex nodded sheepishly. 

“How did you manage that?” Claire asked, clearly amazed by the achievement. 

Alex wanted to answer that all she had done was pay attention and apply herself, but knew that wouldn’t be in keeping with her head cheerleader status. “I bought the answers off some guy yesterday,” Alex whispered conspiratorially. 

“Ooh,” Claire exhaled, nodding in approval. “Why didn’t you share?” She sounded hurt as she asked. 

“I didn’t want us both to get caught cheating.” Alex offered an impromptu explanation, which seemed to appease Claire. 

“Hope you don’t get caught,” she whispered across to her friend. 

“Me too.” Alex smiled at her. 

Mark was winding down his class, having distributed test papers and solved all of the equations on the board. As usual his gaze had never once drifted to the back right of the classroom where Alex sat. Suddenly she felt his eyes upon her before she heard him speak, her breath catching in her throat as he did so. 

“Miss Heron, can I see you after class?” His tone was abrupt. It was not a request but a command. 

“Oh God, looks like he caught you cheating!” Claire sent Alex an apologetic glance before hurriedly packing away her stuff, not wanting to be tarred with the same cheating brush. 

Alex watched Claire and the rest of her classmates scurry away, her heart already in overdrive, pounding within her chest, reverberating all the way to her eardrums, blocking out all external sound. 

What did Mark want with her? He’d ignored her all week long; why speak to her now? Alex nervously approached his desk. Mark went to speak but then spotted the open door, beyond which were students milling around in the corridor, unenthusiastically meandering towards their next class. 

He got up and walked purposefully to the door, swiftly closed it, and then headed back to his desk. He sat on top of it, close to Alex as she hovered nervously nearby. She could smell him, and it was intoxicating. She struggled to keep her focus. 

“I owe you an apology,” Mark blurted out, his stern demeanor instantly gone and the kind, open man from the cinema standing in his place. 

“Huh?” Alex was caught off guard. 

“I’ve been ignoring you all week. But you know that, right?” Mark looked deep into her eyes, and embarrassed, Alex looked away. 

“I thought you were just being a tool,” she told him flippantly, forcing herself to wear her arrogant cheerleader armor. 

Mark merely smiled fondly at her insult. “You’ve every right to be mad. I just can’t be seen to be too familiar with you in school. People will talk.” 

Alex was silent, staring intently at her battered Converse sneakers; thankfully the distressed look was currently in style. 

“Alex, I’d risk losing my job if anyone knew we were…friends.” He struggled on the last word, and Alex wondered why. 

“What’s wrong with being friends?” Alex challenged. 

“You know what,” Mark told her earnestly, and she felt her heart skip a beat as she dared to believe that perhaps he did actually see her as something more than just a friend. But if that was the word they needed to use to toe the delicate teacher-student line, then she was more than happy to do so. 

“Are we still friends?” she asked cautiously.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Designing Emma (Volume 4) Available

Designing Emma (Volume 4) is now available. Please go here to get it and continue enjoying the series. :)
Designing Emma (Vol. 4) by Clarissa Carlyle

Daniel’s unexpected return offers help to Emma’s new company. But his help comes with some strings. The most significant of which involves Emma going with him to the city of love, Paris, for work. Can the estranged lovers resist the lure of the most romantic city in the world or will they forever remain as just friends?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Designing Emma (Vol. 3) Now Available

Designing Emma (Vol. 3) is Now Available! Click HERE to download it.

Designing Emma (Vol. 3)
In Nick, Emma finds an unexpected ally. In Daniel’s absence, he becomes a friend, a confident, and a shrewd business partner. With his help, her new company blossoms. Her life is finally going well, but she can’t seem to fully enjoy it because her heart still longs for Daniel. Should she continue to hope for his return, or move on with her life?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Designing Emma Series

My newest series, Designing Emma, a contemporary romance, has officially launched! I am putting it out in six volumes and volumes 1 and 2 are currently available. Click the images below for each book to find them on Amazon. Be sure you get on my email list so you can be notified as soon as the other volumes are availalbe!

Designing Emma (Vol. 1)
Designing Emma (Vol. 1)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lessons in Love Series Now Available in Paperback

The Lessons in Love series is now available in paperback!

Available through CreateSpace (Amazon's print on demand branch):
Lessons in Love: https://www.createspace.com/4890103 
Letters of Love: https://www.createspace.com/4893402
Living with Love: https://www.createspace.com/4893406

Enjoy!

Clarissa

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lessons in Love Blog Tour

I'll be running a blog tour for Lessons in Love with a Rafflecopter giveaway. The tour and giveaway run from June 2nd through June 23. Be sure to enter below to win a free copy of the Lessons in Love Boxed Set!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New Covers for The Playgirls

I just love Amazon! If something doesn't work you can fix it. Your title, description, any content in your book, or even your covers. I've taken some time to redo the covers for The Playgirls series. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to let me know your thoughts. I love hearing from my fans. :)

Clicking the images below will take you to Amazon where you can read the full descriptions.

Catch and Release by Clarissa Carlyle

Growing Up by Clarissa Carlyle

The Big Leagues by Clarissa Carlyle

The Playgirls Boxed Set. Buy all 3 and save!
The Playgirls Boxed Set (Includes all 3 books in The Playgirls series)


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lessons in Love series now available

Well I've been working on this series for about a year and decided to release all 3 books in the Lessons in Love series at once. I think most readers prefer that anyway so they can pick up all 3 books at once rather than waiting months at a time for each one to be released.

Lessons in Love (book 1) introduces us to high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. On the outside Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will their developing feelings for each other get in the way?
Lessons in Love cover


In Letters of Love (book 2) Alex has graduated high school and been accepted to Princeton! But will college be the fulfillment of a dream like she always hoped it would be?

Leaving her first love behind, Alex travels away from her hometown of Woodsdale with a heavy heart. But will new love blossom as she makes new friends and joins a sorority and attends a wealth of college parties? As much fun as partying is, Alex must remain focused on her studies. She’s worked so hard to be there, she must make sure it’s worth it.

Princeton will test Alex. College will turn her from a young girl into a young woman. There will be hearts torn apart and flames burning anew, and always, there will be the letters from home, the letters of love, to help guide her back from the brink.
Letters of Love cover


In Living with Love (book 3), Alex has graduated from Princeton, and now it’s time for her to make her mark in the big wide world. With an exciting job opportunity in New York City, everything seems to be going well, but with the two great loves of her life, Oscar and Mark, still looming in the background it’s going to be far from smooth sailing.

Will Alex finally get the happy ending she so desperately deserves? Only time will tell as she navigates both the city and life back in Woodsdale in her ongoing search for her true self and true happiness.
Living with Love cover


Over the course of the series we see a weak, young girl coming to grips with a tragic loss and slowly blossoming into a strong, confident young woman capable of accomplishing anything she puts her mind to. She experiences love in many different forms, and the many roadblocks life throws at her along the way .

Enjoy reading along now and sharing Alex's journey with her as she struggles to find happiness and her true self, lost so long ago.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Playgirls, Book 3 in the series

The Playgirls 3 is now available. This is the 3rd and final episode in The Playgirls series.

The Playgirls, book 3 in the series

The Playgirls are in the big leagues now with serious careers and serious relationships.

Katherine shocks herself with an unexpected desire for motherhood, but long-faithful Ken wants no part of it. Who will bend in order to be with the one they love?

Alyssa can’t see past the end of her laptop to notice the hot hunk working five feet away in her home office. How long before their relationship erupts?

Will Chelsea’s needs for random sexual encounters tear apart the only authentic relationship she’s ever known? Despite her best efforts, her body just won’t quit longing for one more fling!

All games come to an end. Will the girls be happy with what they’ve won?

Don't miss the final book in the sexy Playgirls series!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Playgirls, Book 2


Just released! The Playgirls, Book 2 in The Playgirls series. Click the image to see it on Amazon.


The Playgirls 2, new adult romance

The Playgirls (Book 2 in The Playgirls series)

The game is now harder for the playgirls. Just getting their foot in the door is proving to be more than challenging. Moving from place to place, unable to pay the bills, and, of course- boy troubles. The girls now forced into post-college life, face a rude awakening.

Chelsea gets lucky and lands a lowly job in the customer service department of a prestigious company. Even before her first day, a handsome man runs into her, and knocks her flat off her four-inch heels. Chelsea has never felt an attraction like this before. Is there more to this tingly romance or is Antonio just another catch in her games?

Perfectionist Alyssa settles for a minimum-wage job at Chuck’s Burgers after failing to find any positions elsewhere. Things get complicated with her boyfriend when Alyssa teases and tangos with her new boss. Before too long, Alyssa finds her game has gotten much more complicated than she anticipated. Has she gone too far this time?

Katherine's budding actress career almost putters out before it even begins. Distracted by longing for her love, Ken, she stumbles reluctantly into community theater and ghostwriting commercials. Now out of college, Katherine realizes she is a small fish in a huge pond and wonders if she will never attain the fame she so desperately seeks.

Playgirls Two takes the girls beyond wild college parties and into the real world. With powerful men and demanding careers, the playgirls must change their game to succeed. It won’t be easy, or fun. Will Chelsea, Katherine and Alyssa discover what being grown up is all about?