Blurb blitz & giveaway – Need You Now by Dei Araujo

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Need You Now

by Dei Araujo

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Nothing compared to the horror Amaranth Wallace felt upon discovering her babysitter beaten and her autistic son missing. To get him back, she must put all her faith in her ex-lover, the very man she vowed to avoid forever.

One steamy and mind-blowing night with Amaranth and Nicholas was hooked. But when she chose his half-brother over him, Nicholas turned his back on her and love. Now fate has brought them back together, and Nicholas must revisit old wounds that run deep with the woman who broke his heart.

Can Amaranth and Nicholas put their torrid history aside to find her son and get a chance at love?

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NOTE: The book is on sale for only $0.99.

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EXCERPT:

“Why are you here?” she asked, ignoring the little jump of her heart at the sight of him.

“Really, Am? We’re going to do this? Me, out in the hallway as if I was some vampire begging to come in just so I can bite that delicate little neck of yours?”

“Sorry, I prefer werewolves,” she replied with a smirk before attempting to close the door in his face. Irritated, she looked down and saw he used his foot as a stopper.

“Cute. Have it your way.” He stood his ground. Amaranth wanted to let him stay right out in the hallway, but he was right. She didn’t want anyone privy to their conversation, so she stepped away to let him enter.

“Come in,” she relented and inhaled his clean scent as he walked past her to the center of the room. His presence filled the tiny space as he looked around, turned and laid those gorgeous hazel eyes on her. God, would she ever stop feeling as if the very sight of him was like a vacuum sucking the air from her body? She willed her pulse to slow its rapid hammering. He was still devastatingly handsome with his ink black wavy hair and eyes that couldn’t decide whether they wanted to be amber or green. They regarded her even now with some sort of emotion that bordered on anxious and apologetic.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Dei Araujo knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 after writing a short story that drew a raucous response from her dad. Her love for romance came through her mother who encouraged Dei’s voracious appetite for reading. She went on to win writing awards in high school to include a first-place award for poetry in honor of her father who served during the first Gulf War.

After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism/News Editorial, Dei was commissioned in the Air Force as a public affairs officer where she utilized her skill as a writer to tell the Air Force story. Her military career took her all over the world and exposed her different cultures and people.

While serving as an Air Force reservist, Dei completed her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University and rediscovered her voice as a romance writer. She’s living out her real-life love story in beautiful Miami, Florida, with her soulmate, and their four rambunctious boys.

Need You Now, a romantic suspense, is her first novel and the first in the Love’s Paradise series.

Dei is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Social Media Links:

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Buy Links:

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GIVEAWAY  

Dei Araujo will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Book tour & giveaway – All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor

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All Inclusive

by Farzana Doctor

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GENRE:   Literary Fiction, LGBT, magical realism, multicultural

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A story about an all-inclusive resort, the ghost of an unknown father, and the tragedies we can’t forget.

What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet, and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.

Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her.

A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death, and reminds us that love is neither easily lost nor found.

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EXCERPT:

Azeez

June 21, 1985, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I’d been watching her for a full ten minutes. She sat at the table next to mine, reading a textbook entitled Understanding World Religions. It was the first day of summer and my second last in Canada.

She absent-mindedly played with her long auburn hair, her fingers moving like a magician’s, conjuring it into a single braid. She didn’t tie off the end, and her hair eventually resisted the arrangement and pulled itself free. I nibbled my honey cruller, and waited for her to notice me. For another ten minutes, I scripted my words. I was a chatty fellow back then, but it took immense bravery to speak to a woman I didn’t know. I chided myself: what did it matter if I sounded like a fool?

“That looks like interesting reading.”

She glanced up, and her cheeks blushed crimson. I loved when white girls did that. It just isn’t the same with brown girls; their pigment allows them to mute their embarrassment. The girl smiled and nodded and returned to her textbook, her lavender highlighter squeaking across the page. But I could tell she was no longer concentrating on the material.

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GUEST POST:

How A Sad Edit Became A Song

Have you heard the expression “kill your darlings”? It refers to the process of cutting out writing that you really love, but isn’t serving the overall project. It’s necessary, but brutal editing.

I snipped out a prologue I’d written for All Inclusive. Some early readers thought it was great, but my agent and editor worried it didn’t offer much and would turn off reviewers. And so I took a deep breath and got rid of it.

Here it is:

Azeez

For almost thirty years, a voice called me westward. It was a like a whisper, faint at first, but constant. Go back to Canada, it hissed.

I resisted the summons; I believed I shouldn’t be distracted by a world that was meant to be a temporary sideshow to my real life. No, I felt it was my filial duty to remain with my family in India.

I cast myself in the role of the good eldest son. Well, as best as I could, given the circumstance. I believed I was responsible for my family’s misery. If only I hadn’t been so selfish. If only I’d gone home a day, a week earlier. If only…

But now I know that no one can change the past. The future? Well, that’s debatable.

The sibilation became a buzz, like an old radio stuck between stations. The static wouldn’t stop.

Go back.

Go back.

Go back.

It felt disappointing to lose this section. A consolation was that my friend Vivek Shraya, who is a writer, musician and video-maker, used the cut material as inspiration to write the book trailer’s song, “A Song For Ameera”.

Listen to it here. Can you hear the ways the song speaks to the prologue?

Thanks so much for listening! I’d be happy to hear your thoughts and questions.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

AuthorPhoto_AllInclusiveFarzana Doctor is the author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award and the 2017 One Book One Brampton winner) and the recently released All Inclusive which was a Kobo and National Post Best Book of the Year. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is also a Registered Social Worker with a part-time psychotherapy practice. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.

Website: www.farzanadoctor.com

Twitter: @farzanadoctor

Instagram: @farzanadoctor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farzanadoctor

Buy links:

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Amazon

Book trailer

Book club guide

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GIVEAWAY 

Farzana Doctor will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner and a print copy of the book to 10 randomly drawn winners (US Only) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Release blitz & giveaway – Ideal Image by Freya Barker and KT Dove

 

Title: Ideal Image
Series: A SNAPshot Novel
Author: Freya Barker and KT Dove

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Cover Designer: Rebel, Edit & Design

In one blinding flash, the very fiber of her existence is shredded.
For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.

All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.

 

“Tomorrow let’s tackle the roof on the small barn. Last week when we had that rain come through, the horses stayed drier under the overhang covering the outside pen than they did inside the barn itself.”
I’m glad we’re onto more palatable dinner subjects now. As my Pops ages, his choice of casual conversation over a meal, more often than not, includes the day’s special on ailments or a detailed report on bodily functions.
Today’s topics of choice had been ingrown toenails and the effects of the latest pinto bean crop on a senior’s digestive system. Yeah, my dad can be a laugh-and-a-half at the dinner table.
“Absolutely,” I say, trying not to sound too relieved at the change in topic. “Do we still have a few of those corrugated roof panels we used on the shelter for the woodpile?”
“Probably just one or two,” Pops answers, before taking another massive bite of his hamburger.
“Maybe we’ll head into Cortez in the morning?”
“We can hit Denny’s for breakfast,” he says, slurping the dregs of his milkshake loudly.
Pops is a man of simple pleasures; a regular constitution and a hearty meal. Throw in a beer occasionally and he’s a happy man. He also likes predictability, which is why I’ve made it a point in recent years, to keep my schedule clear on Friday afternoons. We go out for an early meal—Pops like to eat at five—and catch up on our weeks, before planning out our weekend.
I don’t have much of a life outside of work. Sadly, my father is responsible for the bulk of my socializing. Friday dinners at a restaurant of his choice, and the weekends mostly putzing about our property. There are days when I feel more like sixty than the barely forty years I’m old.
“Now there’s a sight for sore eyes.”
I barely register Pop’s voice as I focus on my chicken fried steak sandwich, until the melodic cadence of a familiar voice pierces my awareness.
“First pick a booth, Mak, and then we’ll order.”
I swivel around in my seat to find Stacie’s daughter staring back at me.
“Hey,” I offer in greeting, my eyes immediately looking for, and finding, Stacie behind her. I can feel my face crack open in a big smile.
“Hi,” is the cheerful reply, along with Stacie’s more subdued; “Hello.”
“You friends of my son?” Pops pushes half out of his seat, the paper napkin he habitually tucks in his collar to catch the inevitable crumbs and stains flutters down to the floor, as he sticks out his greasy hand in greeting.
Instead of bouncing my head off the table a few times, which I’d like to do, I also stand up.
“Stacie, this is my father, Henry Flynn. And, Pops, this Stacie Gustafson and her daughter Makenna. Stacie is a colleague.” I’m not quite sure why I add the last, but the moment I see my father’s eyes narrow on Stacie’s face, a feeling of doom settles in my stomach. My pops is not exactly known for tact or subtlety.
“Why don’t you join us?” I quickly ask, hoping to avoid what I know is sure to come. Stacie opens her mouth with what I know will be an objection, but Mak easily slides in the booth beside Pops.
I feel bad for Stacie, who is left standing a little awkwardly next to the table. I grab her hand and gently pull her to sit down. I try to glare at Pops to warn him off when he leans over the table, his head slightly tilted to the side, but he’s like a dog with a bone.
“What happened to your face?”
And there it is.
I’m still contemplating my father’s imminent demise, while desperately seeking for ways to soften the shocked expression on Stacie’s face at the impact of his words, when her little girl pipes up.
“She got burned in an explosion. Gnarly, right? You should see her arm.”
I watch Stacie’s eyes pop open at her daughter’s callous description, but Pops is immediately distracted.
“The explosion up on the mountain last winter? That was your mom? Damn, I heard that was bad.”
“She almost died,” Mak says, her face somber.
“Yeah, but she didn’t, did she?” Pops counters sagely, and I throw up my hands, there’s no way to stop this train wreck. “Looks pretty alive to me.”
Stacie’s eyes, round as saucers, turn to me. Surprisingly, I see a glimmer of humor in their depths.
“Thank God,” her daughter blurts out dramatically, and the whole situation suddenly becomes comical in the most surreal way.
“Yeah—thank God,” Pops echoes, a smirk on his face as he winks across the table at Stacie, who promptly bursts out laughing, and I can’t hold back a chuckle. “Besides, they can fix that, you know?”
“Oh, I know,” Mak says wisely, tucking her paper napkin in the collar of her shirt, mimicking my dad. A move that makes all of the adults at the table smile. “Mom’s having her face done in two weeks.”
After a little confusion—during which the waitress shows up to take Stacie and Mak’s orders, and Pops takes the opportunity to order another milkshake and order of fries—I manage to glean that having her face done means Stacie apparently has another surgery scheduled.

 

 

Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

KT Dove grew up, and still lives, in the Midwest. At an early age she developed a love of reading, driving the local librarians crazy, and would plan plot lines and stories for her favorite characters. KT received degrees in English, Speech/Drama, and Education. And yet instead of becoming an English teacher as planned, she opted for an unexpected HEA. 
Now married, a mother and still an avid reader, she stumbled upon the Indie author movement and became involved on several levels. Never in her wildest imagination would she have thought she would co-author a book. With the support of her family, she took the plunge, adding writing to an already busy literary existence.  
She wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Book tour & giveaway – Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

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Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow #3)

by Pintip Dunn

Publication Date:  October 3, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon.com.au | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled

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Excerpt 

Eleven years earlier…

I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.

I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.

I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they’re at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.

Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.

Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don’t see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.

So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.

“Are you bothering my mice again?” a little boy’s voice says. “Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!”

Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists’ labs. I’m here because my mom’s the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he’s here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.

He’s got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn’t eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents’ deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.

This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.

I don’t know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.

We don’t have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.

“Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day.” It can’t hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he’ll like me, too. “You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She’s my best friend.” Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn’t have to know that.

“Oh yeah? Well someday, I’m going to be the inventor of future memory,” he shoots back. “And then we’ll see who’s more important.”

I bite my lip. That wasn’t what I meant. I wasn’t trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.

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Pintip Dunn Interviews Ryder Russell, the Hero of Her Latest Release, SEIZE TODAY

Pintip: Hi everyone! I have a special treat for you today! I’ve pried Ryder from the figments of my imagination, and he’s sitting before me now for an interview. Say hi to everyone, Ryder!

Ryder: Hi to everyone, Ryder!

Pintip:
Cute. Very cute. But then, you’ve been giving me trouble since the moment you sprang into my consciousness. Now, I can see you, but our readers can’t, so could you start by describing your physical appearance?

Ryder: Uh… I have dark brown skin and eyes and closely shaven hair. I’m really tall — 6’3” — and I do a lot of manual labor living out in the woods, so I have a lot of muscles.

Pintip: Oooohhh, tell us more about those muscles.

Ryder: *narrows eyes* Are you hitting on me?

Pintip: *sputters* Fates no! Why would you say that? You’re, like, half my age! Less than half!

Ryder: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because when you wrote me, you were inspired by Lincoln from The 100, and you have a total crush on him.

Pintip: *blushing furiously* I do not! Don’t forget, I can see all of your thoughts, not the other way around!

Ryder: Yeah, but you kept rewinding that scene at the beginning of Season 3, when —

Pintip: Moving on! *lowers voice to whisper* I’m the author here. I can make your life a living limbo. So behave. *in normal tone* Where do you call home?

Ryder: Right now? The wilderness. I lived in Eden City, the capitol of North Amerie, until I was six. I came back when I was twelve, for about four years, before I was forced to go on the run with my family again. *pauses* Was that suitably on topic?

Pintip: Very. Do you have a special skill?

Ryder: Oh, sure. Lots. I’ve never met a machine I couldn’t take apart and put back together, and my skills on the hover board make pretty boys like Tanner Callahan weep.

Pintip: Hey, don’t make fun of Tanner!

Ryder: *jumps out of seat* I knew it! I knew Tanner was your favorite hero!

Pintip: *tugs him back down* Oh, relax. You’re all my favorite, and you know it. I tell you so all that time.

Ryder: Does that line actually work on your children?

Pintip: It totally does. Because it’s TRUE. What is your biggest dream/wish/desire?

Ryder: To make it to tomorrow and see the sun rise.

Pintip: Geez, Ryder, don’t be so morbid. You’re going to scare everyone away!

Ryder: I guess living in the wilderness has a way of boiling down your desires to the basics. There are so many things that could go wrong out here — we could run out of food or succumb to infection or get mauled by a wild animal.

Pintip: *softens* Tell them what you really want.

Ryder: You promised you wouldn’t ask me that question.

Pintip: *gives him hard stare* I’m the author. I make you do things you don’t want all the time.

Ryder: I . . . I’d like to be first in someone’s life. To have someone love me the most, to place me highest on their list of priorities. You see, I’ve never had that before. My biological parents…well, I don’t like to talk about them unless it’s absolutely necessary

You know, I’ve never admitted this to anyone but Olivia before. She feels the same way, too, and sometimes, when I catch that same yearning on her face, my heart gives this unsteady bump and I have this completely wild thought that maybe . . . just maybe . . . we could fulfill that role for each other.

Pintip: You could be right.

Ryder: *looks up with hope in his eyes* Really? You’re not just saying that?

Pintip: Maybe. Keep answering my questions, and I’ll see what I can do. Let’s talk about your parents.

Ryder: NO!

Pintip: *chants* Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!

Ryder: Okay, FINE. When I was six, I came to Harmony, the community in the wilderness where psychics and their families went to escape persecution. Everyone thought I was there because my parents had been arrested. They were wrong.

You see, my brother Damien has the ability to read minds with a single touch. Back then, ComA was locking up psychics like lab rats, in order to study them, and my parents were terrified they were going to find out about Damien.

So, they decided to change their identities and hide out in a small town, far away from the nation’s capitol. They knew ComA would be looking for a family with two boys, so the best way to throw them off track was to turn into a family of three. Two parents. One boy. The older, favored one in particular.

They abandoned me. Without a second thought, they left me, even though I begged and pleaded to go with them. That’s how I knew that they didn’t love me – and maybe they never did.

Pintip: *gently* It’s okay, Ryder. Other people love you now. Mikey, Angela. Jessa. In time, Olivia. And me. I love you.

Ryder: Ha! I knew you were hitting on me!

Pintip: Oh, for Fates’ sake. I think it’s time we bring this interview to a close. Say good-bye to our friends, Ryder!

Ryder: Good-bye to our friends, Ryder!

Pintip: *rolls eyes* There you have it, everyone. Ryder Russell, in the flesh. Never a dull moment with him, that’s for sure!

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at http://www.pintipdunn.com

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Giveaway 

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Book blast & giveaway – Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals

Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals

Practicing the alphabet is fun when your child can do it learning about animals! This workbook contains over two hundred practice pages, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of bonus games and activities. Educational exercises include:

  • Alphabet practice
  • Uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and practice
  • Simple drawing exercises that improve understanding
  • Essential writing practice
  • Practice writing rudimentary sentences
  • Matching exercises
  • Basic word puzzles
  • And much, much more!

This workbook also encourages numerous life skills that are essential for your child, including word recognition, memory recall and creative thinking. These books allow your children to learn in a way that is both fun and highly effective! Parents with younger children can read along and explore these fun animals together! Professor Ladybug workbooks are packed with simple learning exercises that your children will be happy to complete. This workbook is designed primarily for children aged 3-6.

Praise for the Book

Professor Ladybug workbooks are wonderful for young children… Engaging them to learn, think, write, create, and draw. I love it. Creative with a great page layout. Certificates in the back to award to the children upon completing their learning tasks. I wish children’s workbooks were more like this one when I was little. Overall, I highly recommend this one to both teachers and parents alike. ~Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews

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Ends 11/8/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Book tour & giveaway – Across Two Novembers by David L. Faucheux

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Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile

by David L. Faucheux

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GENRE: Memoir/Journal

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Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 200 of them quoted from or reviewed. All In all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.

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EXCERPT:

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Blast from the Past

While in the waiting area at physical therapy prior to this morning’s session, I met a former coworker of mine on her way out. Just as I did, Quintina taught in the early 1990s at the Deaf Action Center (DAC). I liked working there, but it was very part–time, and I pursued other employment. The director of DAC was a great supervisor, and I wish I could have taken her with me to other employment situations. She had a genuine appreciation of her employees and was always professional and pleasant, even kind.

I have continued reading Madame Picasso.

I’m researching Louisiana’s early history. It wasn’t so great in the 18th century—no elegant riverboats and mansions, rather frontier–like.

Tonight I attended Novel Ideas on accessibleworld.org; we discussed Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train. I enjoyed the book, which dealt with the relationship between foster teen Molly and orphan train survivor Vivian Daly. Daly tells Molly of immigrating to America from Ireland in the early 1900s and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train after her family dies in a New York City tenement fire. The novel is rather dark, as Vivian is exploited as cheap labor by several families.

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Speaking of reading books about Picasso and the art world, I learned while reading Color: Travels Through the Paintbox and doing research on Wikipedia that ultramarine refers to a pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters. It was used for the robes of the Virgin Mary, and it symbolized holiness and humility. It remained an extremely expensive pigment until a synthetic ultramarine was invented in 1826. The best lapis lazuli is said to come from the Sar–e Sang (or Sar–i sang) mines, in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan. The turban of the Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Vermeer, is painted with a mixture of ultramarine and lead white, with a thin glaze of pure ultramarine over it.

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Top Ten List:  Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Rain Drops on Kittens: The famous lyric is actually “rain drops on roses,” but a group with the dubious name of Negative Things did a parody version of “My Favorite Things.”  I like to laugh.  Music makes me happy.  Even a purring kitty.  I just wish I had ability to play an instrument or sing.  And yes, I had years of lessons back when, no ear.
  1. The Rain at Night: I mentioned this several times in my journal, Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile.  I love the sound, the rhythmic drumming, the soothing sounds of rain tap dancing on the roof.
  1. Telephoning a Friend on a Slow Sunday Afternoon: I also mentioned this in Across Two Novembers.  Sundays can run long for me.  Calling a friend helps move the day and my mood along.  It might be good for the friend, too.
  1. Exploring New Cuisines and Restaurants: Lemongrass anyone.  It’s a way to travel, to learn something, and to expand one’s senses.  At the moment Thai is one of my favorites as I describe in that journal.  I’m open to trying other cuisines: Ethiopian, macrobiotic, or even molecular gastronomy.  Let’s do lunch.
  1. Listening to a Long-Awaited Audio Book: As I was writing this, I was waiting for a friend to share a recently released audio book, The Confessions of Young Nero, by Margaret George.  She writes the kind of long historic fiction that I have always enjoyed, but that I fear is not done so much today.  Her The Autobiography of Henry VIII was reviewed in my journal.
  1. Trivia: If it’s not listening to “Jeopardy,” it’s learning facts to use in an online trivia game I host or finding just the right bit to incorporate into the ‘”Did You Know” sections of my journal.  My earliest memories of trivia-based game shows would be “The Joker’s Wild” and “Tic-Tac-Dough.”  Who knew that according to Keith Veronese, author of Rare, the element europium is used to create the color red in liquid–crystal televisions and monitors, with no other element or chemical able to reproduce the color reliably.  This bit about red is just one of some 20 bits in the journal to amuse the reader.  I sometimes still visit www.freerice.com.  The questions are fun to answer and it’s nice to know rice is being donated for every correct answer.
  1. Finishing a Major Project: Library school, my book, Book Reviews for Library Journal, …
  1. Preparing a New Recipe: It’s fun to tweak a recipe.  I like to change a favorite recipe for banana bread.  I might use brown or raw sugar, not white.  I might add walnuts or rum-soaked raisins.  I might use barley flour or banana flour to replace part of the unbleached flour in the recipe.  I might change the recipe and make date bread with orange zest and use xylitol for some of the sweetener.  I haven’t yet tried smoked sun-dried tomatoes and shredded cheese with a touch of basil – who says quick breads need be sweet!
  1. Collecting “Ology Words: Perhaps, this goes under trivia but then maybe not.  Have you heard of these mouthfuls: barology, study of gravity; campinology, study of bells; or museology, study of museums?
  1. Helping People Find the Right Book: Readers’ Advisory was my favorite course in library school.  Connecting the right book with the right person is one of the goals of my journal through the many book reviews and bits mentioned throughout.

Thank you for visiting.  If you’d like to see my entire ology list, do email me.

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I’m pleased to take a moment to talk about myself and what makes me tick.  I’d have to say books, books, and more books.  Let me explain.  Braille and recorded books take me places and show me things I would otherwise never get to encounter.  They see for me by their descriptions, their vivid word pictures, and lyrical prose.  They befriend me when I’m lonely, educate me when I’m curious, and amuse me when I’m in a blue mood.  I have always known

I could pick up a book and for a time be in a better or at least A different place.  Books don’t judge, ignore, or marginalize us.  I remember long, hot, Louisiana summers that were perfect for curling up with a good book.  I have had to struggle some nights to put the book away because I’d not be able to get up for work the next morning.  That’s being a bit too biblioholic.

I have worked as a medical transcriptionist and braille instructor.  I attended library school in the late 1990s when the Internet was starting to take off.  I ran an audio blog for several years.  I have also served on the board of a nonprofit organization that attempted to start a radio reading service in the town where I live.  Since 2006, I have reviewed audio books for Library Journal.

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You might wish to view a segment about me done by a local reporter in February of this year.

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Book blast & giveaway – Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt

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Hide and Seek

by Desiree Holt

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

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EXCERPT:

He wasn’t as much shocked by his physical reaction as by the fact that it happened at all. For a long time now, he’d managed to keep a clamp on his sex drive and take it out only when required, like taking aspirin for a headache.

“You’re a smart woman,” he congratulated her. “I didn’t know if you’d play along with me.”

She inhaled an unsteady breath and blew it out. “I took a chance. You could have been worse than they were.”

“Still, that shows brains and quick thinking. Good for you.” He studied the interior of her car. “Wow. They did a number with that window. Don’t move. There’s chunks and pebbles everywhere.”

She stared at him, studying his face. “You promise you aren’t the second wave? You know, like good cop, bad cop? The bad guys threaten me and you come along and win my confidence by helping me?”

“Nope. Scout’s honor.”

“I, uh, saw that you have a gun.”

“So did those jackasses. I wanted them to see it.” He smiled at her. “But I only use it as part of my job.”

She caught her lower lip in her teeth. “They just came at me out of nowhere and ran me off the road. Then they boxed me in and smashed the window.”

“Later I’ll want all the details. Right now let’s get you out of here.”

“Do you know who they are? Those men?”

“No.” His voice hardened. “But I know other garbage like them.”

She swallowed. “So who are you, anyway?”

“Oh. Sorry.” He winked at her, and the tension in her body visibly eased. “Logan Malik. Savior of women in danger.”

“Devon Cole.” She dug up a smile. “Woman in danger who needed saving.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

AuthorPhoto_HideandSeek.jpgDesiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast,

USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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Blog tour & giveaway – Damned by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Damned
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Synopsis:

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

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10 Things I Love the Most

  1. Animals. All shapes, sizes, and kinds.
  2. Writing. It’s what I do.
  3. Cooking
  4. Vodka
  5. Running. I do several miles a day.
  6. Pretzels
  7. Indian food
  8. Scary movies
  9. Good friends
  10. Walmart. You have no idea how much I shop there!

Author Bio:

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Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. Winner of the gold medal from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association

 

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Blog tour & giveaway – Rule Breakers by Mary Billiter

Title: Rule Breakers

Author: Mary Billiter

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: September 16th, 2017

Publisher: Hot Tree Publisher

Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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What happens when the rules and the heart conflict? In Mary Billiter’s witty novel of rule breaking and delectable romance, a red-hot suit and a beautiful computer geek are linked by heartbreaking loss and a passion certain to set fire to your pages.

From parking space to cyberspace, Waterfront Point hotel valet Carmen Gonzalez uncovers computer espionage at her own workplace. The independent, computer-whiz Carmen decides that the best way to fight the system is to hack it.

But when Hank Hughes arrives from the Oregon Coast to the Pacific Coast to take care of family business and avenge an injustice, Carmen’s “act first, think later” approach is called into question. Carmen soon realizes you can’t follow the rules and follow your heart, so one has to be broken.

 

Ohhhhhhh. Damn.
Bryce ran and grabbed the suitcase I’d dropped. “I’ll take care of the bags.”
I barely nodded.
Hank stepped toward me. “I was hoping to run into you today.”
I stared into the greenish-brown eyes that swirled together like his brother’s, but instead of spinning me for a loop, they bored into my heart. Hard.
“Carmen?”
I heard Hank, but I couldn’t respond. I’m falling for a giant.
He gently touched my shoulder with a massive hand. “You okay?”
“No one’s ever done that.” Suddenly I felt like a young girl. I wrapped my arms around him—or what I could of his waist. “You’re my hero.”
He tipped my chin toward him, looked longingly into my eyes, lowered his head, and softly kissed me. His lips melded into mine, his heart beat against me, and my body responded, pressing into him with a mixture of tenderness and desire that had no beginning and no end.
“Gonzalez!”
Nothing like hearing my surname bellowed across the front drive to completely kill a romantic moment. Time of death, 12:35 p.m.
I pulled away from Hank, but not before staring into his eyes. “I don’t want you to vanish again.” I finally let my heart and not my head speak. “I don’t want you to leave.”
A devil-may-care grin crossed his face. “Now, who said anything about goodbye?”

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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.

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Book tour & giveaway – Saison for Love by Meg Benjamin

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Saison for Love

by Meg Benjamin

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Liam Dempsey isn’t long for Antero. The bar where he’s been working is going downhill fast, and it’s time for him to move on. Even if moving on means moving from Colorado to Utah and leaving his sister and fledgling brewery behind. He’s not interested in forming any attachments before he leaves in a month, but after a sexy hook-up with his sister’s friend, he finds himself unsure where his future stands.

The last thing Ruth Colbert needs is something else on her plate. She has a restaurant to run, a chef to replace, and a cranky twelve-year-old to raise, but a steamy night with Liam was just what she needed. The only problem is, now she wants more, if only she could find the time for him. Just when things seem to be working out and she can see a possible future with Liam, someone from her past shows up to throw another wrench into everything.

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He leaned toward her slowly, so slowly that she had to fight the urge to grab hold of his shoulders and pull him close. His lips touched hers in a faint brush, the tip of his tongue slipping in to taste her.

She did take hold of his shoulders then, holding him steady while she turned her head to let him plunge deeper. He slid one arm around her waist, pulling her closer so that her breasts pressed against his shirt. Her fingers glided into his hair, letting the smooth strands slip across them like silk.

Heat gathered in her belly, and her hips moved against him, feeling the swell of his arousal. Should she slow this down?

He seemed to be thinking about the same thing, pulling back to look at her. “Is this okay? I don’t want to push you.”

She licked her lips. “Sure. But I’m not really… This isn’t something I do much.”

He drew back a little farther. “It’s all right. We won’t do anything you don’t want to.” He gave her a tentative smile, probably trying to gauge just how skittish she was feeling.

She took a deep breath, centering herself. “But that’s just the thing,” she said slowly. “I do want to. Do it, that is.”

Maybe she shouldn’t. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea. But she really did.

Liam’s teeth flashed white as he grinned. “Good. So do I.”

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Top ten things that make me happy

  1. My family—I mean I’ve got to start with them, naturally. My two sons live in another state, which means we have to make special plans to visit them (or come up with ways to entice them here), but every time I see them I’m happy. I’m also a grandma to twins and watching them over FaceTime or on YouTube videos is a special delight. It’s hard to be gloomy when you hear a two-year-old laugh.
  2. The Colorado mountains. I’ve had people ask me if I get used to seeing the mountains every morning when I drive off to the grocery store or the dry cleaners. The answer is nope. Being surrounded by such magnificence never gets old. I’ve tried to take pictures of the mountain view from our block, particularly when they’re covered with snow, but it never works. You have to see it—and let yourself be blissed out.
  3. Being an author. I didn’t set out to do this. In fact, I didn’t start writing fiction until I retired from my teaching job. Like a lot of writers, I’m still amazed that I get to do this and that people read my books. Telling stories is great, and knowing other people read those stories is even greater.
  4. Visiting a new restaurant. I’m a bit of a foodie (there’s a lot of eating and drinking in my books), and I really enjoy going to a new place and trying new food. Denver and Boulder are great places to do this, given the number of cuisines in the area and the enthusiasm in the local restaurant scene. And you never know when you’ll stumble into a tiny mountain town only to find a terrific chef who’s left some big city to kick back at 7,000 feet.
  5. Cooking for my family. I didn’t start out as much of a cook, given that my mom, terrific lady that she was, wasn’t much of a cook either. But I taught myself how to get around a kitchen and now I really enjoy it. These days you can go to a farmers market and find something exotic (Jerusalem artichokes? Black chickpeas?) and locate a likely recipe on the internet as soon as you get home. It’s a huge relaxer, or at least it is for me!
  6. Road trips. I don’t care much for flying (too much stress), but I love driving around the back roads with my hubs—looking at scenery, hiking around, trying out new restaurants (see above), occasionally visiting Points of Interest, and listening to great tunes either on my iPod or Sirius. A couple of days on the road can brighten up your life.
  7. Snowshoeing. This is a relatively new thing for us, but over the last couple of years we’ve come to love it. It’s way less expensive than skiing or snowboarding, but you get the same effect from being outdoors in the snow. And in many ways it’s even more enjoyable since the trails are less crowded than the ski areas—you only run into other snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Believe me, you don’t know what quiet is until you crunch along a snowy trail with only a couple of people around.
  8. Americana music. I started listening to Americana when we lived in Texas and I could actually see people like Joe Ely at Gruene Hall, which was just up the road. We have fewer opportunities to see live performances in the Denver area, but I still love to listen to Americana music that spans the range from Blues to Zydeco, with all kinds of stops in between.
  9. Visiting wineries and craft breweries. It’s not the drinking (honest). It’s the opportunity to talk to people associated with the drinking. Hearing how a hard-working winery owner came up with that pinot gris, maybe finding out where he bought the grapes (the guy down the road? The vineyard two mountains over?) is just a lot of fun. Brewers love to talk about their beers, too and how they came to try blueberries in that particular batch of wheat beer. It’s just a fun way to spend an afternoon.
  10. Reading romance. Really, what’s better? Curling up with your favorite author, knowing the couple will end up together even though they’re going to go through some bumps along the way. I couldn’t write a genre I didn’t love, and romance fills the bill.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Meg Benjamin is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her newest series, Brewing Love, is set in the Colorado craft brewing scene. Meg’s Konigsburg series is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Salt Box trilogy is set in her new home, the Colorado Rockies (both are available from Entangled Publishing). Along with contemporary romance, Meg also writes paranormal romance, including the Ramos Family trilogy from Berkley InterMix and the Folk series to be published by Soul Mate Publishing in 2018. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers, and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers. Meg’s Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com. You can follow her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/megbenjamin/), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/megbenj1). Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at meg@megbenjamin.com.

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Book tour & giveaway – Jane Austen Lied to Me by Jeanette Watts

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Jane Austen Lied to Me

by Jeanette Watts

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GENRE: Humor

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What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?

Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.

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EXCERPT:

This afternoon I got further confirmation that I’ve been seeing an awful lot of Michael.  I was wandering back to the apartment, when Lon hailed me from one of the couches inside the lobby doors.

“I have a message for you from your boyfriend,” he said, kind of stiffly.

I looked at him stupidly for a moment.  “My what?”

“Your boyfriend was here.  He said his phone was dead, so he couldn’t call or text you to tell you that he can’t stick around for dinner tonight.  He has a late meeting with a new client and he had to rush back to the office.”

I was still having trouble with the boyfriend thing.  “Wait – do you mean Michael?”

“If that’s the guy you’ve been seeing the last couple of months,” Lon said with a shrug.  “The one you’re always having dinner with.”

“He’s not my boyfriend,” I protested.  “He’s an old friend of the family.  We grew up together.”

Lon’s head was back at his computer screen.  “Boyfriend, friend.  The guy who kisses you goodnight all the time after he takes you out for dinner.  He’s not coming tonight.  I’ve delivered my message, that’s all I’ve got.”

Right then Allie walked up.  “Hey, Lizzie!  Waiting for Michael?”

“No, he’s not coming tonight.”  I headed to the elevator with her.

“That’s a shame.  I know how much you enjoy having dinner with him, even if he does aggravate you a lot.”

“Yeah.  It’s kind of a love-hate relationship,” I agreed.

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Jeanette Watts: Why I write the kinds of books I do

Because I must be an undiagnosed ADHD, or bipolar, or something that makes me just a bit squirrely…

Let me elucidate…

So far, I’ve published 2 historic fiction novels, a textbook on waltzing, and now I am releasing a modern satire that Hollywood will want to turn into a romantic comedy. I’ve also written another historic fiction that isn’t “ripe” yet, screenplays for a romantic comedy and a costume drama, and I have two ideas for children’s books that I want to do. One is about the guardian angel who lives downstairs, the other is called “Secret Agent Bear.” It’s about my teddy bear. Because we all know that stuffed animals can move when we’re not looking.

While my brain won’t let me focus on only one sort of genre, I will say my first love is historic fiction. I love history. Biographies are my favorite reading material, I have spent the last 17 years learning and then teaching historic dance, when I travel one of the first things I seem to find in new places is the local historic mansion that gives home tours. I also have an extensive library of images on historic costume, since I am an avid costumer. Some people would call that research, but those are just my playgrounds.

I do love the research part. Part of it is because I want my books to feel real. As I explained to one friend about why I emphasize the historic as much as the fiction, “What does it smell like? What does it feel like? What does it taste like?” Until I can answer those questions, I don’t know enough. But it means that when I say something, you can trust my history. When I describe the railroad riots of 1877 in Wealth and Privilege, I am using the eyewitness accounts from the newspapers of 1877. If I say it’s December 3, 1883 and it’s snowing out, that’s because I read it in the almanac or newspaper.

There’s another fun part to the research; each question is like a mini mystery to solve. For example, in both Wealth and Privilege and Brains and Beauty there are cameos by Andrew Carnegie, his mother, his younger brother Tom, and Tom’s wife Lucy. Now, it’s common knowledge that Andy named his first blast furnace Lucy after his sister-in-law. This is interesting. He named the Edgar Thomson Steel Works for his former boss – and biggest client for his products. He was very shrewd, and he never did things without a reason. Why would he name the blast furnace after his sister-in-law? Was he appeasing her? Describing her – did she have a hot temper? He named things to curry favor with people. Why or how did he need to curry favor with his own sister-in-law?

There is not a lot of information on Lucy Carnegie. Or her husband Tom. I looked. I could tell you where her grandchildren ended up living, but I didn’t find much about her, personally. Finally, while reading my third or fourth or maybe fifth biography on Andrew Carnegie, I found the answer. One of his biographers knew it. Lucy has a blast furnace named after her because she was prolific. She and Tom had a lot of children, and Andy named his blast furnace after her for luck. He hoped to bless his furnace with as much productivity as Tom’s wife.

This entire search ends up being one or two sentences in one of the books. But it was worth all the work. I really wanted to know.

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Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a “mental vacation.” It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.

She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.  When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.

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Book Blast & Giveaway – Game Changer by Charissa Stastny

Game Changer by Charissa Stastny

Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention.

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

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“A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series

“Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime…”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies

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He reached out and grabbed my hand. “Meridee, I wondered if I could take you out tomorrow night. To make up for that mishap in the CUB, you know?”

I blinked, but couldn’t move. Couldn’t even form words. In fanciful daydreams, I’d imagined him holding my hand like this, but never had I expected it to happen. Holy llama. It felt as though Parker was an electrical socket, sending a steady stream of tingling energy pulsing through our connected hands. And wait! Had he just asked me out? I was still playing catch-up.

But when his words registered, it was like a bucket of icy water over my head. I whipped my hand away from him. “No, thank you.” I rubbed the shiny counter to conceal a furious blush. For a moment, I’d allowed myself to believe he was serious. “You don’t have to make up for anything. Let’s forget that whole debacle ever happened, shall we?”

“Oh, come on. I need a date, and you need some fun.”

I scowled. What did he mean by that? Did I appear that pathetic?

“Please. I don’t bite.” He playfully chomped his teeth.

My lips twitched.

“I’ve stopped playing football in the CUB, and haven’t tackled any more girls to the floor. You’ve had a reforming influence on me, Mare.”

I narrowed my eyes. “It’s Meridee.”

“Please say you’ll go with me, Meridee. We’ll play miniature golf, see a movie. Pretty please with huckleberries on top?”

Why would he want to date me when he had that gorgeous cheerleader and every other girl on campus throwing themselves at him? My knees pulled together and I tucked my arms into my side. He really must pity me.

“I can’t.” I returned to my needless wiping.

“Why not? Do you work?”

“No,” I said, grateful I didn’t have to lie. Mom always said my eyes gave me away. “I have tomorrow off.” My body needed the R&R.

“Then you can go.” He leaned over the counter and winked. No wonder he wasn’t used to hearing no. When not tackling girls to the floor, he could be very persuasive.

I clenched my rag. “No, I can’t. I already have a date.”

“Cancel it. Surely he’s not as great a catch as me.”

I scrubbed the toppings area with gusto. “I can’t cancel on my fiancé.” I crossed my fingers, hoping that whopper might stay his pity.

“You’re engaged?”

His disbelieving tone whacked my ego. I nodded without meeting his gaze.

 

Author Charissa Stastny

Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Always by Bethany-Kris

ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #1
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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SYNOPSIS:

A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.

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“My mother would kill me,” Cross said.

“You think?”

“If I came home married, and she hadn’t even met the girl? Fucking right, she would pickle my goddamn nuts.”

Catherine giggled. “That’s awful.”

“No, that’s me being nice because it would probably be worse.”

“After everything you put your parents through as a teenager, that’s what would send them into a rage, huh? You getting married without a word?”

Cross considered that for a moment. “Not both, just my mother. Cal wouldn’t give a fuck, as long as I was happy. After the pickling bit, Ma would calm her ass down, too.”

“Well apparently Michel did a bad thing,” Catherine said, “because I overheard them talking later, and I guess they can’t go back to Detroit now.”

Cross’s hands teased up her dress and skimmed her bare thighs as he asked absently, “What do you mean, bad?”

Catherine shifted on his lap again, feeling talented fingers slide along the line of her panties. If they weren’t in such a dark corner of the club, she might have told him to knock it off, but they were alone at the table for now, and her back was turned.

No one could see.

“I mean, she’s from a family like ours are, and—”

Cross let the chair fall to the floor, and his hands left her skirt. “Shit, seriously?”

Catherine pouted. “I liked where your hands were, you know.”

“Calm down, you’re going back to my apartment tonight, anyway.”

“Yeah, but right now you were working on something and I’d like to get back to that, Cross.”

“In a second. So, she’s from a crime family, they eloped, and then took off?”

Catherine shrugged. “Yep.”

“That’s why it’s bad,” he told her, “and you think she’s Irish?”

“Yep, definitely is.”

Cross whistled low, and then his hands were back up under her skirt again as he tipped the chair onto two legs once more. “Michel’s got some fucking stones on him, I guess.”

Catherine grinned, sighing as his fingers skimmed under her panties, his thumb circling her clit while his others teased at her entrance. Slow and steady, sure and knowing. “Is it really that bad?”

“Yeah, it’s not great, Catty. You don’t marry a girl from another family without permission, which is probably why they took off back here. Michel’s got protection here, and nobody’s dumb enough to march onto Marcello territory and start making demands. That’s how people die.”

“Okay, let’s just move on from people dying while your hands are between my thighs.”

“You’re no fun.”

“Or maybe your type of fun is just wrong.”

Cross shook his head. “Never. My kind of fun is what gets you off, babe.”

He was right.

She kind of loved him for it.

 

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Book tour & giveaway – How The Warrior Claimed by Nicole René

Title: How The Warrior Claimed (Falling Warriors Series, Book 2)
Author: Nicole René
Genre: Dark Historical Romance

Release Date: October 8, 2017
Cover Designer: Marisa Shor, Cover Me Darling
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HE was the chief’s cousin…
Namoriee knew the only way to protect herself against the blond-haired gentle giant was to stay away. The way her heart pounded and her insides fluttered when he was near could only lead to disaster.
Two years ago he made a promise to her that she never thought he intended to keep.
She was wrong.
SHE was the handmaiden…
Tyronian wanted Namoriee even when he knew he couldn’t have her. The need to possess her was so deep, it took every ounce of mental and physical strength he had to keep the promise he made to her that stormy night.
He promised he would wait until she was older.
He promised her two years.
But now… time’s up.
Namoriee wants nothing to do with him but he has no plans on stopping until she’s in his bed, and he’s in her heart.
She will be his. Forever.
Whether she likes it or not.

“Tyronian w-w-what are you doing here?”

Tyronian almost smiled at the stutter, a sure sign that she was unnerved, if it wasn’t the fact that she was about to get ready to sleep here—alone—instead of with him in their hut.

“Funny,” he said, closing the door behind him. “I was just going to ask you the same. Care to enlighten me?” He looked down at her when he came to a stop in front of her. Namoriee licked her lips nervously, an action that made his cock twitch to life.

The things he could make her do with those lips…

“I-I was j-just…” Her breath faltered out of her when he pulled her closer to him. His nose nuzzling the top of her head and breathing in the scent of her.

“You were just…what?” he prompted, enjoying how his proximity affected her.

“Aggod is sick so I j-j-just thought that I’d—”

“You just thought that you would avoid me by hiding out here, instead of coming to bed with your husband?”

Her silence told him that he was right.

“You can’t escape me, Namoriee. No matter how hard you try. If you run, I’ll catch you. If you hide, I’ll find you.” His hands traveled down the length of her, relishing in the tremble he felt at his touch.

She gave the slightest moan at the sensation, so quiet, he wouldn’t have heard it if he didn’t have his lips against her throat. Her skin tasted salty, and sweet.

It was addicting.

He gripped her hips, pulling her close enough that she could feel the bulge in his pants. His body’s natural response to her presence.

“You’ll find that the man I was with you before is gone. He would have let you try and avoid him, and not done anything about it. He was a man who wanted someone bad enough that he was willing to wait for her to grow up…that man is dead.”

“D-d-dead?” Her voice was positively breathy. He nipped the juncture of her neck and shoulder.

“Dead.”

“What man am I looking at now, then?” Shivering when his tongue apologized for the nip against her caramel flesh. He pulled back and smiled—but it wasn’t a smile.

It was primitive, possessive, and completely venereal.

“One that has been starving for two winters, which is a lot of time to figure out exactly what he’ll do once he has the woman he’s wanted. And believe me, she’ll get just as much pleasure out of the experience as he will.”

Nicole René is a San Diego native living with her grumpy kitty, Sebastian and her crazy cute Boxer, Walter.
When she’s not busy creating sexy alpha males, you can most likely find her with her nose stuck in a book reading OTHER sexy alpha males, kicking back with her friends and family, at the movies, or further fueling her “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lord of the Rings” obsession.
She is a certified klutz, often tripping over invisible objects, dropping things like they were hot, and playing ping-pong with the walls. She has lots of tattoos, loves to eat sushi—but hates eating cooked fish, hates going to the beach (even though she’s surrounded by them), and is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter to come in the mail.

How The Warrior Fell (Falling Warriors Series, Book 1)

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Blog tour & giveaway – Black Belt in Love by Winter Travers

Title: Black Belt in Love
Series: Powerhouse M.A. Series Book Three
Author: Winter Travers
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017

 

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Kennedy Kramer has lived the dream. It just wasn’t her dream. Yearning to build a life of her own, free of her overbearing parents, she opens Zen yoga studio.
To appease her distressed parents and get them off her back, she needs to convince them she’s living the life they want for her.
She somehow finds herself entangled with Dante Craig and Operation: Decoy.
Dante
Dante Craig doesn’t want for much. As long as he has his friends and can do karate whenever he wants, he’s good to go.
With nothing holding him back or tying him down, Dante latches onto Karlton’s harebrained scheme to be Kennedy’s Decoy. But it turns into something neither of them saw coming. Her ass in those yoga pants only helps cement the concept of making the temporary decoy position a permanent one.

Kennedy might have a decoy, but Dante is the one with the secret. When light is shined onto the truth, will they earn a black belt in love or end up with broken hearts?

MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews – “Funny, sweet, and with a tiny bit of drama, Black Belt in Love is a nice, easy read and that ending!”

Nannette Mertz – “Once again Winter Travers hit it out of the park with Blackbelt in Love.”

Lisa Venn Sims – “I love this series the powerhouse boys are totally swoon worthy with a bit of humour thrown in.”

Kennedy stood there like a deer in the headlights. Her face had paled, and she looked like she was going to puke all over the floor. She still looked pretty, just a little queasy.

“Kennedy,” I repeated.
An odd, low grunt came from her lips.

“You okay?” My feet had moved on their own accord toward her, and they didn’t stop ‘til my toes were inches away from the tips of her running shoes.

“Err, I’m good,” she uttered.

“You think maybe you could help me out? I’m a bit lost here.”

She looked around, her eyes scanning the shelves. “In the baking aisle?”

Winter Travers is a devoted wife, mother, and aunt turned author who was born and raised in Wisconsin. After a brief stint in South Carolina following her heart to chase the man who is now her hubby, they retreated back up North to the changing seasons, and the place they now call home.
Winter spends her days writing happily ever afters, and her nights zipping around on her forklift at work. She also has an addiction to anything MC related, her dog Thunder, and Mexican food! (Tamales!)
Winter loves to stay connected with her readers. Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact her.

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Book tour & giveaway – Fierce Tides by LM Preston

 
Fierce Tides
Purgatory Reign Series Book 3
LM Preston

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, YA, Romance
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Date of Publication:  10/2/2017
Number of pages: 381
Word Count:  79567
Cover Artist: We’ve Got You Covered


Tagline:  Something evil this way comes, unfortunately, Peter Saints awaits.


Book Description:

Peter Saints thought it was over. The evil that hunted him, tried to control him, even to consume him wouldn’t die easily. It was released. The man, the manipulator wanted blood.
This time, Peter would be the hunter and destroy the evil machine that threatened take mankind to a dark age. He only hoped that his love for Angel could sustain them through the torture they’d have to endure. It was all for her, for them.

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Peter rushed in front of them, licked the palm of his hand, and fiddled with the lock
on the thick wood door.
“Let me,” Angel stepped up next to him and slid a hairpin out of her thick hair. Her
delicate fingers maneuvered the pin into the lock until it clicked.
Peter smiled at her, “Thanks,” and pushed at the wooden door. It was heavy, and he
used his shoulder to press hard at it. As it slid away, grass and dirt were
caught up in the bottom base of the door. The warm night air seeped into the
tunnel and Peter took a deep breath.
“Run!” Argia insisted. “Don’t stop.”
The pounding of multiple feet was a soft echo on the walls behind them. Each second
the sound grew closer. Peter grabbed Angel by the hand nearly dragged her
behind him as he ran.
Peter pounded the thick grass covered ground and pushed his feet hard to the thick
corps of trees ahead of them. Within those trees he felt a darkness. The brand
on his hand started to burn, knowing that something waited for them there.
“Peter! They are pounding at the barriers!” Argia called. “The demons, are trying to
cut thru.”
“I’ll take them, over men, any day. Let’s get ready to play!” Peter yelled, as they
broke through the wall of foliage and closely packed trees.
They were thrown into total darkness.


About the Author:

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Cover reveal – When We Were Young & Out of Goodbyes by Gen Ryan

Author: Gen Ryan
Titles: When We Were Young & Out of Goodbyes
Series: Hopelessly Devoted
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Releases November 4, 2017

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When she fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Rainey Matthews thought it’d be forever. But life has a habit of sneaking up and throwing a sucker punch when you least expect it.
Parker’s military career has become his top priority, leaving Rainey behind while he pursues his dreams. A combination of Parker’s PTSD and his actions threaten to tear Rainey’s heart right open, and she can no longer keep it together.
Then an unexpected lifeline appears and shows Rainey what it’s like to be cared for and loved. She finds herself happy for the first time in a while, but those sneaky sucker punches aren’t done, and keeping happiness will be an uphill battle.
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Just when Rainey finally gets her life together, her high school sweetheart, Parker, decides he’s ready to fight for her. His promises threaten to tear apart all that Rainey has fought for. Her happiness and heart included.
Levi Hayes has fought hard for Rainey’s trust. When he finally wins her heart, he fears it all might be taken away. But he’ll fight for Rainey, even if doing so threatens to bring up memories he’d rather forget.
For Rainey to make her choice, she must let go of a past that took everything from her and hope she can finally live for herself, and find her forever happiness.
It’s not over yet! 
More Than Words, the first in another character’s story, is coming in March 2018!

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You can find Gen curled up reading paranormal romance and romantic thrillers or frantically typing her stories on her laptop.

Forensic psychology is her trade by day, teaching and molding the minds of college students. Her interest in psychology can be seen in her books, each including many psychological undertones. Although she loves teaching, her passion, her true love, lies in the stories that roam around in her head. Yes, they all come from her mind–the good, the bad, and the totally insane.Gen Ryan is an international best-selling author in multiple sub genres within romance. She lives in Massachusetts–no, not Boston–with her husband, daughter, and American Eskimo dog named Chewbacca. With each story she shares, she hopes her love for writing and storytelling seeps through, encompassing the reader and leaving them wanting more.

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Book blitz – Heart of Stone Series by K.M. Scott

Title: Heart of Stone Series
Author: K.M. Scott

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Release Dates: 2013 – 2017


Series Blurb

The New York Times bestselling series of Tristan and Nina and their unforgettable romance that proves the greatest riches come from love. 



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#1 CRASH INTO ME

What would you give up for everything?

Tristan Stone was powerful, commanding, sex incarnate. And he wore it all so
well. From the moment his mesmerizing gaze met mine, I had no choice but
surrender to everything he was. His power. His decadence. His passion. He was
all I never knew I needed.

He wanted to possess me, and I wanted to be his everything. All I had to do was
accept what he offered. But everything has a price.

The world he gave me fulfilled my wildest dreams, but would that be enough when
the past crashed into the present?

#2 FALL INTO ME

Wealthier and more powerful than most men his age, Tristan
Stone merely has to give voice to his desires and whatever he wants is his.
Money has given him the ability to say nothing and no one is beyond his reach.

Except for Nina. Stripped of her memory after an accident, she doesn’t remember
the man who loves her. Now he must find a way to show her why she fell in love
with him, but the past is always just a step behind, threatening to take her
away forever.

Unsure of everything about the past four years, Nina believes that Tristan
loves her. But will the secrets he holds tear them apart just when she needs
him most?

#3 GIVE IN TO ME

Tristan Stone has lived a life other men would kill for.
Literally. But all the money, women, and fast cars mean nothing to him since
Nina came into his life. Danger lurks around every turn with enemies wearing
friendly faces. Whatever it takes, he’ll protect the woman he loves because
without her, life isn’t worth living.

Nina Edwards had no idea of the world Tristan would give her. All her dreams
have come true, but with the good comes the bad, and this world of his has more
than enough of that. For love, though, she’ll face not only Tristan’s demons
but anyone who stands in her way of finally finding happiness with the man she
loves.

 

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Nina after they say “I do.” For readers who read Give In To Me and want to know
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Tristan Stone has made all of Nina’s dreams come true. Three
beautiful children, a gorgeous home, and everything she could ever ask for is
hers. But now he needs to show her that even domestic bliss can use a little
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#6 RETURN TO ME

What do you do when the one you love is the one you can’t
have?

Gage Varo had accepted being alone for what he’d done. No one else should be
hurt because of him. Then one day Jordan showed up and he fell hard for the
beautiful blond who made him believe in love again. But his past returned with
a vengeance and forced him to make the hardest choice of his life. He never
stopped loving her, though, even as he watched her move on without him.

What do you do when the one you love is the one you shouldn’t want?

Jordan Wright thought she found real love with Gage, but it all ended one night
with a phone call. Now she’s got a chance to have the life she’s always wanted
with a man who can give her everything. All she needs to do is forget about
Gage and she can be happy. The problem is she can’t forget the one man who
loved her unlike anyone else ever had.

They’ll have to put the past behind them if they ever want to have a future,
but the past isn’t going away that easy.

#7 FOREVER WITH ME

For Gage, the past never goes away. All he’s done to protect
Jordan doesn’t erase the failure he can’t forget. But he’ll have to find a way
to overcome those demons that still haunt him to be the man she needs him to be
or risk losing her forever.

The only thing Jordan knows to be true is Gage loves her. She doesn’t know why
Hailey wants her dead or why a billionaire wants to help her kill her, but
together with the man she loves, they’ll work to unravel the mystery behind
Hailey’s plan.

But will it be in time, or will she lose him again, this time for good?

Author Bio

K.M. Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy contemporary fiction. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading a book, watching tv or movies, or cooking a new dish for family and friends.
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Blog tour & giveaway – Gate of Air by Resa Nelson

Gate of Air
Resa Nelson
(Dragon Gods, #1)
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.

The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.

Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.

But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.

Especially when the one being punished is a woman.

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How I Almost Wrote Myself into a Corner – By Resa Nelson

Gate of Air is Book 1 in my new Dragon Gods series, which is the third series in my Dragon Cycle.  This cycle of series tells the story of strong and courageous women and is set in my fantasy version of the Viking/Norse medieval world.  When I began writing Gate of Air, I knew what the main character, Frayka, needed to accomplish in the Dragon Gods series.

I just didn’t know how she was going to do it.

Frayka is a young woman born in the Northlands.  Along with a group of fellow Northlanders, Frayka’s family created a settlement in the otherwise uninhabited Land of Ice.  Frayka thinks of herself as a Northlander even though she doesn’t look like one.  Although her father never met his grandmother, he’s convinced Frayka looks like her.  Instead of being blond and blue-eyed like her fellow Northlanders, Frayka has black hair and eyes.  Her skin is a few shades darker than the fair-skinned Northlanders.  According to the stories her father tells, Frayka knows her great-grandmother was from the Far East, a place of legend to the Northlanders.

Frayka also shares an unusual trait with her late great-grandmother:  she can see the future through her portents.

At the end of series #2 (the Dragonfly series), Frayka’s portents lead her to a mystical realm where she meets the All-Father (aka Odin), the most powerful Northlander god.  He and his fellow gods are enraged because the dragon gods of the Far East have interfered with the Northlands and caused great harm.  Because Frayka is a Northlander who looks like a Far Easterner, the All-Father demands that Frayka find the dragon gods, convince them to make amends, and figure out how to make things right.

In Gate of Air (Book 1), I knew how Frayka would find the Far East.  I also knew how she would find each dragon god.  Because Frayka is a strong-willed woman. I knew she’d be able to convince each dragon god to make amends.

What I didn’t know was exactly what it would take to make amends.

I like to think about a book for years before I write it.  It’s as if I experience the story first and then put it down on paper.  Whenever I don’t have a detail nailed down, things always work out in the end, so I wasn’t worried.

I wrote Book 1.  And then Book 2.  And then Book 3.  I still had no idea how Frayka could solve her problem of making peace between the gods.  By the time I was more than halfway through writing the fourth and final book, I decided I needed to sit down and figure out how to solve Frayka’s problem.

But nothing came to me.  I had no ideas.  And I couldn’t finish the final book in the series unless I came up with a solution.

So I decided to think about details that I had already placed in the first three books.  I realized they were like pieces of a puzzle that told their own story.  The more I thought about these details, the more I understood them.  It took me less than an hour to figure out how Frayka could make peace between the gods, and the answer shocked me.  It was something I’d never intended, but it made perfect sense.

I might have written myself into a corner, but all the work I’d done in these books showed me how to write myself out of that corner.  I think the ending to the series is far better than anything I could have planned in advance.

Book 1 (The Dragonslayer’s Sword) in my first series (the Dragonslayer series) is currently free on Amazon and other sites.  I’m also offering GATE OF AIR for a special introductory price of 99 cents on Amazon for a limited time.

Author Bio:

Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon’s Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.

Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .

Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Release blitz & giveaway – The Lawyer and the Tramp by Soraya Naomi

 

Title: The Lawyer and the Tramp
A Chicago Syndicate Series Novel
Author: Soraya Naomi

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 3, 2017

 

 

Blurb

 

The Lawyer

Carmine Montesi is a killer disguised as a refined lawyer.
He’s a loyal member of the notorious mafia – the Chicago Syndicate – and the boss just happens to be his brother.
He has wealth, influence, and sinful looks and is rejected by no woman.
Until the moment feisty Eva ruins his New Year’s Eve, when one heated encounter starts an illicit underworld game, placing them on opposite sides.

The Tramp

Eva Conley is an escort.
She’s working to make the money she desperately needs to pay an outstanding debt. That is, until he gets her fired.He’s an ass.
She’s the enemy.
They hate each other from the first time they meet.

Carmine’s only supposed to be her assignment.
And Eva’s the one woman he isn’t allowed to fall for.
Because neither of them can sleep with the enemy and make it out alive…

A standalone novel from the Chicago Syndicate world.

From Soraya Naomi, International Bestselling Author of For Fallon and For Luca.
Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards 2014 winner of Best Breakout Novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1).

 

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Author Bio

 

 

Apart from indulging in chocolate pastries much too often, Soraya Naomi is also an avid reader. She has a passionate obsession with the written word and reads many genres but favors intense, seductive, and provocative novels where the male character loves fiercely, without remorse or boundaries. She adores Dark Romances, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romances, New Adult, and PNR.
Her debut novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1) was released on July 26, 2014. She’s honored that For Fallon won “Best Breakout Novel 2014” in the Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards.

 

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Book tour & giveaway – Diving In by Kristina Mathews

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Diving In

by Kristina Mathews

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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The sweetest revenge . . .

He’s the Swift brother who got left behind, the son abandoned by his father. Now Kyle Swift is a man determined to destroy the whitewater rafting empire built by the half-brothers he never knew, the Swift sons who got the life—and the love—he was denied. Seducing Fisher Jones isn’t part of his revenge, but sharing a bed with the beautiful whitewater instructor is the one bright spot in his otherwise dark plan. That is, if he manages not to fall for the sad-eyed beauty . . .

Fearless when it comes to facing even the most daunting river rapids, Fisher never takes chances with her love life—until the night she gets swept away by a sexy stranger. But when her one-night stand unexpectedly shows up in her whitewater class, Fisher faces her greatest challenge yet: keeping her heart safe from a man determined to put an end to the family business—and the life—she holds dear. . .

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EXCERPT:

When it was his turn, Kyle was determined to make a good impression. On his fellow students, but mostly on his instructor. He wouldn’t be too cautious or too cocky. He would show that he’d been paying attention, soaking in Fisher’s words of encouragement and instruction.

He gave the commands. “Forward paddle. Stop. Left back.”

His crew did exactly as he instructed. The raft was perfectly positioned. Except the current was faster than he anticipated. They were headed straight toward the rock in the middle of the rapid. He used his paddle to make a correction, but he dug in a little too deep and he managed to spin them three hundred sixty degrees around. They hit the rock dead on, and the front of the boat lifted in the air, almost vertical, and everyone went flying into the river.

Well, not everyone. Kyle felt himself being jerked backward and tossed to the floor of the boat like a fish. He scrambled to a sitting position and found Fisher was maneuvering the raft through the rapid.

“I’m sorry. I guess I screwed up.” Kyle couldn’t remember the last time he’d admitted to a mistake. He’d made plenty, but never admitted them. But for some reason, he knew Fisher already knew he was in over his head, and she’d call bullshit if he tried to deny it.

“Help pull the crew back in,” she commanded as they came alongside the swimmers. “We’ll talk about it when everyone can benefit.”

Leia was the closest and Kyle was able to get her aboard; then she helped pull Brett into the raft while Fisher grabbed Nolan.

“Well, that was interesting.” Nolan shook his head and ran his fingers through his wet hair.

“Kyle has just demonstrated the dump truck move.” Somehow, Fisher kept her cool. Made it almost seem normal. “And the important thing is that he was able to account for all the passengers.”

What a loser. Instead of impressing her, he nearly drowned his fellow students.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Kristina Mathews doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn’t until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.

While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she’s remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, parent club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books. She proudly tells her students that she writes romance novels that they can read when they’re older.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors, and throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants.

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Book blitz & giveaway – Touch of Ice by Aleah Raynes & Mandy Caruso

Touch of Ice (The Vaskell Empire #1)

by Aleah Raynes & Mandy Caruso

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopian/Fantasy/Coming of Age

Release Date: September 26th 2017

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Summary

Escaping is only the first challenge she faces.

Fifteen-year-old Ayla Vaskell is the youngest daughter of the deceased king of Crio and no less determined to reclaim the kingdom from her evil uncle. He killed her parents, claimed the throne, and threw Ayla and her three sisters in a slave camp for children. With their powers bound, hope for a future is lost. Until Dain demands her attention and reveals that he and his friends were sent to aid the princesses in putting an end to the mad king’s reign.

After breaking out of the camp and fleeing to an inn outside the kingdom of ice fae and water dragons for shelter, Ayla is giving a journal that belonged to her father. The former king had left the girls clues to help along a journey they aren’t sure they are ready for. When she is also given the first relic—a frozen dragon’s tear—she’s drawn to it and knows what she must do.

With Dain, his friends, and her sisters at her side, Ayla is more focused than ever to complete her mission to set the realm back in balance. If she fails, the realm, and the four kingdoms within it, would be lost forever.

Touch of Ice is the first in a NEW YA romantic fantasy adventure series and a world of magic, dragons, fae, and other mythical creatures.


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Excerpt – Dain

In the few short weeks we’d been here, I’d seen too many buried or burned after a brave but lonely battle with sickness. Some were frozen in a state of crying for their mothers. The sickness knew no discrimination, traveling from child to child. Those who were strong fought it off. Those who were weak…another cry of sickness broke through the heavy rain.

My faith withered.

“What do you think our mother and father would say? Seeing you moping around while they’re stuck in a cell deep within the belly of the castle.” Vander didn’t mince words with me. It was no use since we were twins, after all. “Do you think they’re sulking because a girl won’t listen, or do you think they’re fighting every chance they get?”

Probably neither.

“They’re dead. You and I both know it. They were dead the minute we were rounded up and brought here.” I realized the truth after our father explained what would be expected of us. My and Vander’s, as well as our friends’, fathers were loyal to King Vaskell. The whole dragon clan of Croi was. They’d do whatever it took to prove the king’s innocence and remove Arolan from power, including dying for the cause. “You saw them. They were rounded up, thrown into cages like us, and taken to the gods know where. They’re not alive.”

My brother sighed. “They are here,” he placed his hand over my heart, “always.”

Downtrodden, I wondered if it’d been worth it. Were the princesses important enough to sacrifice our lives for theirs? No matter how many times I’d approached Ayla, she brushed me off, refusing to talk to me. “She won’t listen. This is futile.”

“Don’t you dare give up on me,” my brother stated. “Not here. Not now.”

“Cool it, both of you,” Caspian, the leader of our group, snarled. “You’re going to draw unwarranted attention to us.”

I grimaced. “Sorry.” I rubbed my hands along the front of my soaked pants, trying to remove as much mud from them before cleaning my face. “If this isn’t a pisser, nothing is.”

“I agree.” Caspian clasped me on the shoulder then inclined his chin to the horizon. “The storm is clearing. When it stops, we’ll try again. You’ll try again and you’ll keep going to her every afternoon, until she finally agrees to hear you out.”

“Have you tried befriending here?” Jaden’s unusual amber gaze landed on us before pushing his red-streaked hair from his face. “Explain the situation, not demand her attention?”

The girls spoke with no one. Kept their heads down and did their chores and nothing else. The first time I approached Ayla, she ignored my speech about being there to rescue them. Going home and…no, she kept her head down. Acted as if I were some noisy gnat, irritating her.

So, I tried being nice. Blunt. Caring. Engaging. I’d asked about the weather. How she felt. If she needed anything. I inquired about her sisters. I even tried to share a scrap of food with her, something I should have eaten on my own, but wanted to show a level of trust between us.

Nothing.

About the Authors

Aleah Raynes loves paranormal, fantasy, mystery, suspense, reverse harem, and anything else that hooks her from the first page. She writes new adult and young adult fiction and romance in the genres she loves to read.

She is co-authoring the Vaskell Empire series with Mandy Caruso. Book one, Touched of Ice releases September 2017. And her debut solo novel, Visions of Pain (Capissian Order, book 1) – a clean new adult reverse harem – releases in October 2017.

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Twitter: @AleahRaynes

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Aleah-Raynes/e/B074D8ZF17

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Aleah_Raynes

Mandy Caruso, alter-ego of TL Reeve, came to be after a long conversation with her daughter. A lover of all types of story, she enjoys anything with a quality plot and awesome characters. When she isn’t writing, you can find her hanging out with her daughter or reading a good book.

You can contact her at: authormandycaruso@yahoo.com.

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Blurb blitz & giveaway – A Model Engagement by Charlotte O’Shay

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A Model Engagement

by Charlotte O’Shay

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer. With her savings gone, she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.

Though dazzled by Lace y, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. His gut tells him to help, and he hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job, and Connor has put a bandage on a family crisis.

When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down—no matter what the consequences. Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?

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EXCERPT:

Lacey took twenty minutes to decide which pasta she wanted to eat. Then they both devoured their entrees in about five silent minutes.

“I love a girl who enjoys her food.” Connor mopped up some of his spaghetti sauce with a chunk of the right-off-the-grill Italian bread.

“I did scarf that down fast.” She shrugged, not in the least embarrassed. Then she waved her wine at him. “Hey, save some of that bread for me.”

She grabbed a piece from the basket between them and ripped it into small pieces before popping each of them into her mouth with abandon.

The restaurant occupied the first floor of a charming old world 1880’s brownstone. Mellow piped in mandolin music was just the right volume to cover but not overwhelm private conversation. Much later festive live music and dancing in a small open space on the burnished old pine floor would usher in the New Year.

But Connor didn’t know how long Lacey would want to stay. He had to be content with this moment.

He’d chosen this secluded corner table with care. Lacey hadn’t been recognized and right now the night was a win. Was his luck beginning to turn? Was she starting to relax with him a little? He wanted—damn he wanted so much but he wouldn’t rush her.

Don’t screw this up, Devlin.

“Okay so what’s your pleasure for dessert? Tiramisu? Tartufo? Cannoli?”

He watched as she poked her tongue out and perused the menu. In that silver dress she looked like the angel on top of his Christmas tree. And right now she might as well be perched that high and far away.

Because she had to be the one to decide to resume their sexual relationship—or not. And yeah, the waiting sucked.

“You may’ve noticed I’m wearing this tunic dress.” She gave a little shimmy in her chair and the loose fabric glittered and sparkled. “It was skillfully chosen,” she waved a hand, “because as you can see,” she shimmied again, “there’s no waistline. I can have two desserts if I feel like it.” She tilted her head and winked.

“Didn’t you wear that on Thanksgiving?”

“Very observant, Mr. Devlin. Give this man another drink.”

Lacey in teasing mode was something he hadn’t yet experienced. And he liked it. Oh man, he liked it a lot. And he had another reason to despise Bixby seeing how much of her vibrant personality was hijacked by her dealings with that asshole.

Now he could see how constrained she must have felt, how her obvious natural buoyancy was squashed as the victim of a predator and a blackmailer. If he ever came face to face with that piece of crap…he shut that thought down. Because tonight he had everything he wanted right in front of him and he wasn’t wasting a second thinking about anybody but Lacey.

Lacey was in a teasing mood and it was New Year’s Eve.

Thank you, God.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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NYC girl Charlotte O’Shay was born into a big family and married into another big family.

The drama! The noise! The inspiration!

Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters set in and around NYC.

When Charlotte isn’t reading or writing steamy contemporaries featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes, she’s on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses. She loves to hear from readers.

Find her at:

Web charlotteoshayauthor.com

Twitter @charlotte_oshay

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The City of Dreams series are all standalone books linked by the wedding that takes place in The Marriage Ultimatum.

Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad

Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor

Book 3, An Illicit Affair ~ Honey & Jake

Buy links for A Model Engagement:

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Book tour & giveaway – Savage by Nicole Conway

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Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)

by Nicole Conway

Publication Date:  September 26, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

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Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Synopsis 

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

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Guest Post

Nicole Conway: Things That Inspire Me the Most:

  1. Traveling!

Okay, I’m sure a lot of people say that. But mine version of “traveling” is a little different. Because of my husband’s career in the military, we spend a LOT of time on the road. Driving to relatives, driving to new bases, driving to visit when he’s away on TDY assignments – lots of driving! When I drive, I tend to let my mind wander to think about stories and characters. I spend a lot of time acting out scenes for the steering wheel. Sure, we have seen some incredible places and experienced some amazing things on our journeys, but sometimes just having that alone time in my own head is the most inspiring.

  1. Music!

I listen to music all the time while I’m driving (see above), jogging, cleaning, and writing! Some music inspires me more than others, and I keep specific playlists for if I’m writing a love scene, fight scene, etc. Since we’ve lived in South Korea, I’ve actually gotten into some of the bands here and really enjoy their music, as well!

  1. Movies!

There are some movies that ALWAYS get my adrenaline and creative juices going. One I can think of that always gets me in the mood to write is Pacific Rim. Maybe it’s the notion of hot guys in giant robots fighting alien monsters, I dunno, but I just can’t get enough of it!

  1. Manga!

As a teenager, I read lots of manga. As an adult, …. I still read LOTS of manga! I find the stories and depths of character so moving. Some of my favorites are Fruits Basket, Beast Master, From Far Away, Petshop of Horrors, and Imadoki.

  1. Video Games!

I don’t get a lot of spare time to play them, but when I do I love playing games with great storylines, like the Dragon Age and Assassin’s Creed games. I’m pretty terrible at the actual gameplay, I guess, but I’m mostly in it for the story anyway.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Nicole-Conway-298x300.jpgNicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Book blitz & giveaway – Night’s Caress by Mary Hughes

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Author Mary Hughes’ newest release NIGHT’S CARESS is book one in The Ancients series. Brie Lark has given up her hometown and vampires.  Too bad the FBI just teamed her with the perfect male specimen, special agent and ancient vampire, Seb Rikare.

 Grab your copy of NIGHT’S CARESS and add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! Then keep reading to get an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at NIGHT’S CARESS and to enter the giveaway for a Kindle Fire!

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Title: Night’s Caress

Author: Mary Hughes

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 25, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Series: The Ancients

Page Count: 288 pages

Format: Digitial

ASIN: B074DZH8YK

ISBN-13: 9781640633360

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Synopsis:

In this small town, nothing is as it seems…

When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.

FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.

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Excerpt

I was intensely aware I was alone in a bedroom with Seb Rikare.

My whole body clenched.

His eyes changed. Heated. Darkened.

I swallowed hard. My heart started to beat faster. What would it be like to caress the silky-looking skin of his face? Nibble that honed jaw? Touch my mouth to those perfect, masculine lips? All I had to do was take a few short steps to find out.

I took one without even knowing it.

His nostrils flared and he drew in an excited breath.

He wants me, too. At the thought, my belly thrilled and my heart thumped hard. He’d touch me in return. Hold me secure in his strong arms. Cup my face in his big hands, press his lips to mine, communicating his need in a passionate kiss.

I took another step toward him.

He took a single, unconscious step toward me.

Oh, yeah. In that moment, I wanted to play with fire.

Sure, Derek had me under his spell within weeks. Seb, as strong and handsome as he was, could no doubt do it in days.

But just once wouldn’t hurt, right? I wanted to, so badly.

Couldn’t I touch him once, to see if his skin was silk or cream? Nibble his jaw, to test how honed it was? Taste his mouth, to satisfy the curiosity burning in my body?

Just a taste.

Somehow, while I argued with myself, my curious feet had brought me to stand before him. He gazed down at me. At nearly six feet myself, I was usually the one looking down. Even with me in heels, he was over half a foot taller. The novel experience sent another thrill through me.

I made a small noise, like a whimper.

His black eyes lit with fire, a hunger so primal I could see it burning in his gaze. His hands rose. Slowly, so I could have stopped him, he cupped my face in both his hands. My whole face. Damn, the man had big hands. He bent closer, his intent clear.

He was going to kiss me.

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 Other Books by Mary Hughes

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About Mary Hughes

MMaryHughes3.jpgary Hughes writes steamy paranormal romances and wickedly fun romantic adventures, stories that crackle with action and love. Challenging, smart alpha men—and women not afraid of a challenge. Oh, do the sparks fly when he meets THE woman guaranteed to infuriate and inflame him most.

In real life she’s an author, a spouse and mother, a flutist, a computer geek, and a binge-TV-watcher of The Flash, Elementary, NCIS, and Wynonna Earp.

Connect with Mary: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Newsletter | Bookbub

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