Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Contemporary #Romance: EIGHTY-EIGHTS, BABY Book One by June Kramin

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Book 1


Jessica is running from more than a storm. A painful secret from her past has left physical as well as emotional scars. Although she finds herself falling for Quentin, she flees the safety of his company, convinced he’d be better off without her.

Unfortunately, trouble finds her before Quentin does. Freeing Jessica from a would-be kidnapper is just the beginning. Convincing her to forget her past proves to be an even tougher challenge as he persuades her to return with him to his Texas home.

When a terrible storm takes Quentin on a detour, he finds something far more dangerous than tornados and hail; he finds Jessica, who threatens to leave a gaping hole in heart.

Book 1


The door clicking open woke her with a start. Her eyes sprang open, and she gave herself a good once-over. Relieved to be covered with a blanket and wearing a flannel shirt, she held onto the buttons with one hand and sat up. It took her a second to piece together the night before. A quick glance out the window revealed a clear, blue sky. The sun was just starting to come up over the truck stop.

“Sorry if I frightened you. I stalled as much as I could to let you sleep. I bought you a cup of coffee,” Quentin said, as he offered her a cup with a warm smile. “I wasn’t sure how you like it, so I brought a little of everything.” He climbed into the cab and placed a cup next to her filled with flavored creamers, half and half, sugar, and two types of artificial sweeteners.

“Thanks.” She glanced at him shyly, still unsure what to make of him. “That was thoughtful. I drink it just black though.” No one could be this nice.

“I’ll make a mental note. Your clothes are still drenched so I got you these, too.” He tossed a plastic bag at her. “A T-shirt and some shorts like sweats. Says Wisconsin on the ass, but they looked like they’d fit. Sorry, they don’t sell no skivvies. You’ll have to go commando.” He winked, causing her stomach to flip-flop.

“Wisconsin? Is that where we are?”

“Yes, ma’am. You want to use the restroom? Or maybe you want to leave my company?”

“I’d like to go farther, if that’s okay with you.”

“The offer is good for as long as you want. It’s been a while since I had a seat cover as nice lookin’ as you.”

She wouldn’t let herself show a reaction one way or another to his comment. “I would like to use the washroom, if you don’t mind waiting for me.”

“Go ahead. I’ll step out of the cab for a minute so you can get yourself situated. I suggest you get them britches on before you go in.” He winked at her again, before he closed the door.

She climbed over the back and changed. When she crawled back over, he was just outside the driver’s door. Again her stomach flip-flopped. His southern accent and way of talking were rather sexy. How bothersome.

Meet Author June Kramin…

Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order.

“There is a fine line between genius and crazy…I like to use that line as a jump rope!”

June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai and is currently living “Happily Ever After” in Minnesota. She writes women’s fiction, ranging fro romance and romantic suspense to time travel. She also has a middle grade fantasy series under the pen name Ann T. Bugg.

Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.

Being hopelessly addicted to 80’s music is her superpower.


Links to June’s website, blog, books, etc.:





Website: junekramin.com

Amazon for Kindle



Smashwords for all e-formats


Special Giveaways: June will give away an ebook copy of EIGHTY-EIGHTS, BABY to one lucky reader who comments on Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, June, for sharing your story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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19 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Contemporary #Romance: EIGHTY-EIGHTS, BABY Book One by June Kramin

  1. Donna A says:

    I like to find new authors to try. I will look into your new book. Thanks for the chance!

  2. Sounds like a great read!

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    How nice to meet you, “Bug”. This excerpt, though brief, has me extremely curious! What happens next?
    Thanks, Karen and June “Bug”

  4. Thank you for sharing your book with us “Bug”! It sounds wonderful!

  5. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Bug, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Love your nickname. 🙂 Really enjoyed your excerpt and can’t wait to read further to find out what happens. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  6. Linda S Moffitt says:

    Looks like a good read. Thanks for Sharing her Book With Us.

  7. Samantha says:

    Kauai to Minnesota is quite the jump. I love the line about using the line as a jump rope too…. ha! And about the book – looks like one I might be interested in.

  8. Eileen AW says:

    Hi Bug – from a fellow Minnesotan. Your book sounds intriguing!! I want to know what happens next.

  9. bn100 says:

    What does the title mean?

    • June says:

      I’d be a brat and say “You have to read the book to find out,” but I’m not that mean. 😉
      Quentin is a trucker. There’s some CB logo in the book. 88s is love and kisses.
      Both of my editors wrote “Aha!” when they got to that point. LOL
      Thanks for asking!

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