Release Day – Playing for Keeps – Michele Shriver

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Cover designer: Sprinkles on Top Studios
Word Count: 32k word novella

Genre: Contemporary romance

Published: March 3, 201

Content warning: Some adult language/situations


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Synopsis
Colton Tremblay won a Stanley Cup with his hometown Montreal Canadiens, but his bad-boy reputation earned him a ticket out of town, traded to the expansion San Antonio Generals. This French-Canadian has no idea what to expect from the land of tacos and Mariachi bands, but he quickly learns that Texas is full of beautiful women, and the one who catches his eye first is no puck bunny.
The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Maya Dominguez has worked hard for everything. Now she’s landed her dream job as a beat reporter for San Antonio’s new NHL franchise. As a female reporter in a male-dominated business, Maya knows she has to be at the top of her game. She can’t afford any distractions, especially not from the players she’s assigned to report on.
When Colton asks Maya to help him get to know his new city, she’s determined to keep things strictly business, but Colton is used to getting what he wants. Can he persuade Maya that this time, he is playing for keeps, and if he does, what does it mean for her job?
Excerpt
“I beg your pardon?” Maya wasn’t sure she’d heard correctly. Okay, check that. She’d heard correctly, she just had a hard time believing what she’d heard. Did this guy know anything about boundaries? It didn’t seem like it. One thing was certain—life around Colton Tremblay wasn’t dull.
“I’d like you to accompany me on my visit to the Alamo,” Colton said.
“You mean as a tour guide?” Maya asked. That had to be it, right?
“Sure,” Colton said, “if that’s what you want to call it.” Mischied flickered in his eyes and it was hard to ignore just how sexy those eyes were. “Or we can call it a date.”
A date. Exactly what Maya was afraid of, yet wanted at the same time. “Are you sure that’s a good idea?”
“No.” Colton shook his head. “In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s not. At the moment, though, I don’t care. You intrigue me. I want to know you better. And I think I’d be lost by myself. You have been to Alamo before, right?”
He won points for his honesty and for recognizing they were flirting with trouble. If Maya were to be completely frank with herself, she didn’t care either. As cocky and infuriating as Colton could be, there was also a sincerity to his words. And he wasn’t any dumb jock, either. The idea of spending more time with him very much appealed to Maya. “I was born and raised here,” she said. “I’ve been to the Alamo many times.”
“Then you’ll make an excellent tour guide,” Colton said. “And an even better date, should you choose to call it that.” His smile was disarming, but carried a hint of humility too.
“I have to work,” Maya said, though the protest was weak.
“Doing what?” Colton challenged. “You must have some downtime tomorrow too, since you’ll be working the game?”
So much for that. “Yes, I suppose I do.”
“Come on, what do you say?” There was that smile again. “Help a Quebecois out?”
When he put it like that, complete with the subtle accent that Maya found so appealing, it became damn near impossible to say no. Especially since she didn’t really want to. “Well, I would hate for you to be lost, not knowing where to go…”
“I would be,” Colton said. “Like a fish out of water.” The familiar twinkle flashed in his eyes again. “We can’t have that, can we?”
“No.” Maya finally relented. “We can’t. I wouldn’t be a very good San Antonian if I left you alone to wander cluelessly around the Alamo. I’ll be your tour guide.”
“Or my date?” Colton challenged.
“Don’t push your luck.”
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Michele Shriver writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.
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Cover Reveal – Ready to Love Again – Keren Hughes

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Title: READY TO LOVE AGAIN (The Sweet Romance Series Book #2)

Author: Keren Hughes

Publication Date: 14 April 2015

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Synopsis

For Alyssa Young, life has never been easy. But the hardest thing of all was two years ago when her husband Ethan committed suicide…

Moving town was her only option, she had to get out of the town where she grew up and all the buildings and people reminded her of what she had lost.

She found a new job at Emerging Butterfly Publishing House and that was where she met editor, Chase Williams. Although she has no romantic interest in him, he pursues her…

Of course he’s good looking. He’s also smart, funny, and she loves spending time with him. But Alyssa can’t put the past to rest.
He wants Alyssa to open up to him and fall in love with him the way he fell for her the moment he met her.

Can Chase convince Alyssa that the time is right and she’s ready to love again?

 

Author Bio:

unnamed (2)Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm. She fondly remembers the days where she would lie in her bedroom away from distraction and get lost in the world of make believe. Her first real memory of reading something she fell in love with was The Hobbit. In her teenage years, she became addicted to Point Horror books like RL Stine’s The Boyfriend, but she also enjoyed light Summer reads like What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit of an OCD freak about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage.

She has been a book reviewer for the last few years and a book hoarder for a LOT longer. You can NEVER have too many books! Her shelves are bulging and overflowing but she always wants “just one more book”.

Keren had her first book published by Limitless Publishing in November 2013. It’s a YA Paranormal Romance novel called Stolen. Her second book was published with LP in May 2014. This time, an NA Contemporary Romance called Nothing Like The First Time.

She couldn’t have been more surprised when NLTFT appeared on the Amazon Best Seller list. That was a dream come true.
Keren is currently working on more NA Contemporary Romances for you to fall in love with.

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You can reach her by email at kerentshughes@gmail.com

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Review – The Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

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Society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a ‘perfect society’. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice Prior renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s Abnegation group, and chooses another faction.

 

 

 

 

 

I HAVE DONE BAD THINGS.

I CAN’T TAKE THEM BACK,
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Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead

 

 

 

 

Allegiant_DemiJacket_WetProofTest.inddThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.


But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Review:

I decided to review these books as a series rather than individually because I read them so close together. Plus, I didn’t want to stop, I needed to know how this series would end.

Divergent:

I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages, but I kept putting it off. Until I sat and watched the film. As soon as the end credits rolled, i bought the first book on Kindle and began reading. I like a well written YA Dystopia. I devoured The Hunger Games in a few days. Since then, I haven’t really found a dystopian series to grab me in the same way – The Maze Runner was ok, but not brilliant, in my mind.

Then I  started Divergent.

I won’t go into all the factions and what they represent in society, that’s explained better than I ever could in the book, but throughout, I kept thinking that it was entirely plausible. A good dystopian makes the reader think “what if?” or “What would I do in that situation?”, and like The Hunger Games, Divergent did just that. Although, as much as I loved The Hunger Games, I think I preferred Divergent because the characters are limited into one city rather than spread across an entire country. The fence and their education encourages them not to leave. Fear is instilled into every person in all factions.

I think the main draw of this book is Tris. She’s meek, mild, and unsure of who she is. Thanks to the 1st person POV, we as readers, alongside Tris, learn about the world she lives in. We grow with her as she moves through her Dauntless training, gets stronger, finds loves, and realises there’s more to the city she calls home, than anyone ever realised.

That’s not to say she is the prefect character. Far from it. She makes stupid choices, sometimes for the right reasons, but most of the time her emotions lead her.

Then there is Four. A Dauntless instructor.

He keeps himself to himself, yet is drawn to Tris. He helps her when she becomes that little bit too cocky or reckless. He is not your typical swoonworthy book boyfriend, but there is something about him that draw us, the reader, and Tris to him.

A solid start, with excellent world building, Roth has created believeable characters such as Will, Christina, Al, Peter, and the others who we relate to, love, hate, and laugh with. They live in a world that could quite possibly be in our future, one we hope would never come to pass. The serums and the simulations that the Dauntless initiates face are absolutely fascinating.

The moment I finished the last page, I picked up the second book.

Insurgent:

Starting pretty much where Divergent left off, the second book follows Tris, Four and their companions head out to speak to the other factions about what they have learned. Their first stop is Amity, yet they aren’t welcomed with complete open arms and acceptance.  Throughout their time in Amity, and after they leave, we learn more about the history of the factions and how they were implimented to keep the peace.

Four’s father has more of a role in this book, and he is definitely a character with secrets. I think, in this book, he is the reason the readers turn the pages. We want to find out what he knows.

I have to admit, both Tris and Four/Tobias irritated me in places during the story. They made choices throughout the book that felt completely out of character for them, and in places felt as if it were just to move the story forwards, but after a couple of chapters, they made more sense. This created more tension for the couple, but it was realistic. How can a couple survive if they are either keeping secrets from one another or don’t trust each other fully?

As the story moves on further and further, the action ramps up further and further, particularly once Tris makes a choice that puts her in the direct line of fire. From this moment, I couldn’t put the book down.

There are quite a few moments in Insurgent that made me gasp, like the emergence of the truth about Jeanine and what she is trying to accomplish with the serums and how she wants to control the factions. The twist at the end, segues perfectly into the third, and final, book of the series. Yet, again, Tris makes a choice that is out of character and completely blew me away.

I felt that this book, more than Divergent, was a lot more visual and descriptive. I have never been to Chicago, having only seen pictures of a bustling and vibrant city, but Roth’s Chicago is completely different. Through her words, I can see it’s is run down, the streets are in ruin, with greenery growing anywhere it wants and can. Transporation is virtually non existent yet electricity and technology has continued to move forward. The world she has created is at odds with itself, and that is no hard to imagine as you read.

Allegiant:

I have, since starting the series 3 days ago, good and bad things about this book. Some felt it wasn’t the best completion to the series, while others believe it to be perfect. I refused to read any reviews, not only to avoid spoilers, but also to keep an open mind. I’m glad I did. For me, Allegiant was the ONLY way the series could have ended.

When reading the first two books, it’s hard to remember that the main characters are between 16 and 18 years old. Yes, they may have adults with them, supposedly in charge, but in reality, Tris, Four, and their friends are the ones calling the shots, particularly after the shock announcement at the end of book 2.  Up until this book, we have only followed Tris, and her POV, but in Allegiant, the story is split between both Tris and Tobias. While their voices are very similar, and in places not very distinct from each other, I never got confused between them. I was, however, confused as to why Roth did this only for the final book, but that becomes extremely clear by the end of the book. *Tissue Warning*

Taking us out of Chicago, even more secrets about Divergents and the factions are revealed. The mysterious ‘Bureau’ is the main setting to this book, naturally suspicious, Tris isn’t quick to trust. I found this book had more of a “Nature Vs Nurture”, with the bureau leaning towards nature causing problems. The research they have done into genetics harms or hurts a lot of people, and puts a twist on the whole “hunt divergents” that these people have been taught before.

Tobias and Tris are given this information, and react to it differently, giving us a mature and quite powerful story. The characters we have come to know and love (or hate in some cases), work their way through many problems, not all caused by the impeding war. At times, I felt as if I wanted to slap both of the main characters, but seeing the story from both sides opened my mind as to why they act the way they do.

While Tris continues on her path to protect as many people as possible, as is how she has een throughout, Tobias is faced with a personal issue that plagues him. He has always been focussed, strong and Dauntless. But now, he’s not sure what he is. His Abegnation tendancies seem to show much more in this book, but this proves him to be resilient. He takes his “deficiency”, couples it with all of his experiences, both as Abegnation and as Dauntless and uses them to his advantage, to do the right thing.

Then Tris… her decisions up until now sometimes confused me, but this time.  No, this time it was the perfect choice she could make, the only choice she could make.

While the dystopian elemnts of this series serves almost as a warning. No one person should control an entire city/country/whatever, the love and friendship elements to this series is mainly about acceptance, love, and sacrifice. It’s about how people grow in a short space of time when faced with something seemingly beyond their control.

This is one of the reasons I love YA. Tell us a love story, or a story about ‘finding ourselves’ and package it up with a lesson. That lesson may be immediate, or it may not. But, it is wise to heed it.

Definitely a series I will reread multiple times.

 

 

 

 

 

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Release Day – Playing with Fire – Paisley Walker

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TITLE: Playing With Fire

AUTHOR: Paisley Walker

GENRE: Erotica

PUBLICATION: March 1, 2015

COVER DESIGNER: MGBookCovers

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Synopsis

My name is Laken Thompson, and I have come up with an idea that is too good to surpass. Being a twenty five year old that just graduated college and has accrued an insane amount of debt it’s the best thing I can think of. I am auctioning off the most precious thing I have. My virginity. What I wasn’t planning on was the man that changed everything. Asher Braxton, the epitome of stunning. The man that has everything, except for me. I’ve run for months from the devilishly handsome man stalking me like some prey. Just when I thought I evaded his advances his voice is the one I hear to make a bid. On shaky legs I pray that someone will outbid him, but the thought in my head is… I’m playing with fire and this time I hope I don’t get burned.

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“I asked if you’d like to get out of here. I live right around the corner.”
“Sure,” I knew this was coming, and while Evelyn was a beautiful woman, she wasn’t who I was really interested in. Seeing as whom I wanted to take home didn’t want to go home with me, I decide to take her up on her offer. I put two one hundred dollar bills down on the bar with my card before I stand to help Evelyn. I catch Laken’s eye as I tip my head in her direction. While Evelyn may not be who I wanted to bring home tonight, she is a beautiful blonde woman with one hell of a body. I would use it to my advantage.
Walking out of the bar with Evelyn on my arm, I can’t help but turn back for one more glance. Perhaps I am a masochist, because the look in that woman’s eyes behind the bar could knock me to my knees. I don’t care how unaffected she tries to look, because in those brown eyes I saw it—Desire. I walk Evelyn to her apartment above the city center, trying to be as polite as can be. Seeing her ass sway in that damn dress though is really tantalizing me. Once she sticks her key into that lock, it’s going to be on.
“Would you like some coffee?”
“No, I’d prefer something else,” I whisper into her neck as I kiss the back of it. She shivers and I know I have her in the palm of my hand.
“Like?”
“Like… your sweet little pussy on my tongue,” I growl into her ear before grabbing her key from her. I push my raging cock against her as I slide the metal into the lock. When she gasps in front of me, I hastily turn the lock before pushing the door open.
“Well, I’m sure we can make that happen,” she says as she turns to face me. My hands instantly grab her face, pulling her by her cheeks to my lips. I take from her mouth greedily, claiming every inch of it. She may not know it yet, but for tonight she is mine for the taking. She will be devoured and she will love every second of it. I close the door with my foot as my tongue battles with hers, the taste of sweet alcohol on her lips. She whimpers into my mouth and I know for sure she is mine for the taking.
“I am going to make you scream,” I breathe out as I pull away, searching her eyes for any clue that she doesn’t want me like I want her.
“Please,” she replies breathlessly against my lips. With that one word I pick her up, placing her on the nearest piece of furniture I can find, which is the couch. She laughs as I slowly slide my hands up her creamy thighs, reaching under her dress and pull the lace fabric down her legs. I can smell her arousal in the air as I slide her dress up to her hipbones, looking at her bare pussy.
I lick my lips as I see her juices shining in the dim light of the room. I put my lips together and blow softly on her quivering lips which makes her shiver. I let out a chuckle as I slide my hands up her thighs to hold her down onto the couch. I slide my tongue up the length or her slit, up to the little bud that is sticking out of her clit. “Fuck, you taste good.”
I am rewarded with a few mewls out of her mouth as my tongue starts to devour her. I slide my tongue up and down the wet sensitive folds of her pussy as I watch her digging her nails into the couch. I trail my eyes over her body as she slowly pulls the dress over her head, arching her back to remove the bra confining her perky tits. Reaching up with my hands, I cup her breasts, squeezing gently as my tongue penetrates her slit. I kneed her flesh with my fingers as I continue to assault her sweet tasting pussy. My eyes watching her as she comes undone underneath me. I love this feeling—the rush I get as a woman loses all inhibition and lets her emotions take control. It’s as if nothing matters but the pleasure they seek, and I love every fucking second.
Looking Evelyn in the eyes, I slowly slide my right hand down her slender stomach. I watch her face as my tongue finds her sensitive bud and my finger slides into her dripping channel. I watch as her hooded eyes open in surprise, and then retreat to closing again. I flick my tongue as my finger creates a friction inside of her, one that will have her coming undone for me in mere seconds. Her hands find their way into my hair just as she starts to orgasm all over my tongue. I lap at the juices as if I am a man starved, not knowing when his next meal will come.
“Asher,” she moans as her fingernails dig into my head, pulling me closer to her sweet juices. I don’t argue as my finger continues to stroke her sensitive flesh, my tongue lapping at all of the wetness seeping underneath my finger. After she loosens her grip on my head, I slowly rise to my feet. She gives me a lazy smile as she lies before me—a goddess sitting there in the light of the room. Leaning forward, she reaches for my belt. She untucks my shirt before pulling my belt away from my body. The hunger in her eyes is all I need to know. She wants this as badly as I want to give it to her.
Pulling my pants down, she stares as my hard cock comes into view. She gapes at me, I suppose in awe of my length. I just smile as I grab her blonde hair in my hands. I pull her open mouth down onto my girth and moan as her wet tongue slides over me. I can’t help but wish that it were Laken here with me. I shake the thought from my head; if she had wanted me, she’d have been the one here tonight. Evelyn was the woman who was lucky enough to share my pleasure tonight, and I would make damn sure she enjoyed every bit of it. I continue to thrust my hips into her face, shoving my cock down her throat. I look into her blue eyes and notice, for the first time, the hint of violet around her irises. Perhaps Evelyn can be more than a one-night stand for me. After all, she is fairly talented with her mouth. I feel my balls starting to tingle, so I pull my dick out of her mouth.
“Turn over, Evelyn,” I huskily add before I kick off my shoes and kick my feet out of my pants. She doesn’t object at all, but does as I ask. Turning her body around, she places her arms on the back of her couch. How she knows this is the position I want her in is not lost on me. “Stick your ass out a bit more, baby,” I hiss into her ear as I reach down into my wallet, grabbing a condom.
“You don’t need to use that, I’m on the pill… and I’m clean,” she hesitates a moment. In that moment I know she knows exactly who I am.
“I never not use one,” I retort as I slide the latex over my hard shaft.
“Your loss.”
“Indeed,” I grit out as I grab her hips. Slamming my dick into her, she jerks and lets out a loud yelp. She knew someone who I’d fucked before, and she was trying to trap me. I wasn’t an idiot. I didn’t make my fortune by being an idiot. I had learned to read people long before, and if she wanted to trap me so she could get something from me, I’d make sure she’d remember tonight. She’d beg for me to fuck her again, but like all the others, it wouldn’t happen. I pull my hand back and then bring it down to her ass. The smack that resides in the room is just another turn on for me, especially when it is accompanied by a surprised howl from the one receiving it. “Like that, Evelyn?”
“Don’t stop,” she moans out as my hips slam into her ass over and over. I watch as she reaches between her legs rubbing her clit, getting closer to orgasm. I debate on whether or not I should take my pleasure and keep her begging for her own, but I decide it isn’t worth it. I continue to thrust my hips into her backside as I feel the sensation in my balls. I pump harder, slamming into her as deeply as I can get. I feel her muscles start to tighten and relax, knowing she is fixing to be cumming at any moment. I pick up my pace, and just as I hear my name escape her lips, my release goes off into the shield of my condom.
I smile to myself as I see her head hit the couch cushion, her strength depleted from the escapade. “Feel good?”
“Very much so,” she says through a yawn. “Best sex ever.” Her eyelids start to fall as I reach for my pants, then they quickly shoot back open. “Where are you going?”
“Home.” “You aren’t going to stay the night?”
“I don’t stay the night,” I reply calmly.
“You stayed with Lana,” she slaps a hand over her face.
“I knew it,” I hiss out. “Lana lied to you. Be glad you got to orgasm. I wasn’t going to let you. Thanks for scratching my itch, Evelyn,” I growl out as I finish putting on my clothes.
“Asher, are you serious right now?”
“I am always serious.”
“I bet this has to do with that girl at Jasper’s. You kept eyeing her all night.”
“Evelyn, this has nothing to do with that girl. I don’t even know her, but I am sure she wouldn’t be whining like I child if she’d been able to fuck me,” I growl out. There is no reason for Laken to be brought into this all because she’s being a child about ruining the fact that she knows who I am.
“Whatever… Just go,” she mutters as she grabs the blanket on the back of her couch, covering herself.
“I planned on it. Nice meeting you, Evelyn,” I say with a cocky grin before grabbing my tie and walk to her door. “Come lock this door,” I say before I shut the door and make my way to the busy streets of Birmingham.
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Paisley Walker is from a small town outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been reading for years, and is a very avid reader. She loves loosing herself in a book, it’s the best way to escape reality. She started writing because she wanted to offer people the same escapes she herself gets.
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Sneak Peek Sunday – Unscheduled Departure – T. M. Franklin

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Today we get a sneak peek at T.M. Franklin’s paranormal romantic adventure, Unscheduled Departure!

Unscheduled Departure

Summary

Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane.

But then things get . . . weird. Finn’s acting strange, and Ro’s getting mysterious phone calls that have her questioning if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is. As Ro races to figure out what’s going on, she discovers it’s more complicated than she could have ever imagined.

And if she’s not careful, she could lose her Finn forever.

Excerpt

“You okay?”

I hummed something in response. “Where were you when you called?” I asked, half-dozing already.

“Hmm?”

I opened my eyes to look at him drowsily. “I got your voicemail, but I couldn’t really hear what you were saying.”

He scanned the road before turning the corner leading to my apartment building. “Voicemail?”

I sat up, the queasy feeling in my stomach easing back in. “You said you had bad service. Said you loved me and we’d make it through this.”

“Through what?”

“You tell me.” I was getting irritated. What the hell was going on?

“Ro, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said, pulling to an abrupt stop in the parking lot of my apartment building. “I never left a voicemail. Not today.”

I fumbled in my bag for my phone. I was not imagining this. “You did. You called—” I thumbed through my calls and held it up victoriously so he could see. “—at 12:06 p.m. today. See?”

His eyes narrowed at the screen. “That says Private Number.

“Yeah. Yeah, I know. I was going to ask you about that.”

“Why do you think that was me?”

I rolled my eyes. “Because you left a voicemail!” My voice grew louder, a little screechy, but I couldn’t help it.

“Babe, I never left you a voicemail today!” Finn said, aggravation growing in his own tone. He pulled out his own phone and stabbed at it a few times. Finn’s familiar ringtone sounded on my phone, his picture popping up on the screen, along with his name.

“See?” he said. “At 12:06 I was driving. I didn’t call you. Whoever that Private Number was, it wasn’t me.” He tapped his phone and the ringtone stopped.

I stared at my phone and rubbed my forehead. My stomach roiled and an ache throbbed behind my eyes. “I don’t understand. I heard—”

“Let me listen to the voicemail.”

“It…got deleted.” I met Finn’s unreadable gaze and knew how it sounded. Weird. Crazy. But I had heard him. It was Finn.

Wasn’t it?

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T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.

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New Release – Fire Lust – R. E. Hargrave

Title: Fire Lust by R.E. Hargrave
Cover Design by: J.C. Clarke (c) Grafix Momma
Genre: Fantasy / Bi-Sexual Erotica / Short Story
Length: 86 pages (~13k words)
Price on Amazon: Kindle $0.99 , Paperback $5.50 , FREE with Kindle Unlimited
CONTENT WARNING:
***Contains explicit adult content meant for mature readers 18+,
including graphic sexual situations and recreational drug use.***
Summary
Heather Marsden and Cody Stevens have been an item since their first year of high school. With their future planned and their college graduation within reach, Cody gets devastating news from his doctor. Heather must now cope with the knowledge that she might lose the man who was supposed to be her forever.
While trying to come up with a grand final birthday surprise for him, Heather ends up befriending the new girl in town. Suzanne Cross lives a hippie life full of color and extravagance, seemingly without a care in the world. In truth, she’s all alone and hides a secret.
Heather’s new friend is something more than human, but how far will she be willing to go to save Cody? Just how much faith in “love” can she muster?
 
EXCERPT
A few minutes into class, the door opened and a tall, dark-haired beauty rushed in, apologizing to the teacher with an innocent smile. The girl rushed across the room and slid into the seat right in front of Suzanne, who found herself staring and not caring one bit that she was. The purple aura around the newcomer was comforting . . . welcoming.
With a soft sigh, the girl dropped her bag before rummaging around in it for something. She finally found what she’d been after—a hairpiece—and as she straightened up and twisted the satiny lengths of her onyx hair into a messy bun, Suzanne was hit with a wave of sweet scent.
The smell reminded her of the beach—coconuts and limes. Surprisingly, she found herself leaning forward to try and sniff the girl who chose that moment to turn around, her pretty brown eyes widening at Suzanne’s proximity.
“Oh, sorry. Didn’t mean to startle you,” she whispered and though her voice shook, she pressed on. “Hi, I’m Suzanne Cross. I just transferred here and well, I’m having a party on Friday to try to get to know some people . . .” The words rambled out while she pushed a flyer toward the girl, trying to cover her inappropriate sniffing. What the hell? Suzanne didn’t do girls, but something about this girl was calling to her.
The girl didn’t grunt. She didn’t give Suzanne a noncommittal nod either. Instead, she took the flyer, looked it over, and then looked up at Suzanne with a brilliant smile.
She couldn’t help thinking how very beautiful the girl was and her head was having a hard time wrapping around that.
“Nice to meet you, Suzanne,” she whispered back. Her breath was tinted with a minty scent. “I’m Heather. This sounds great, but I need to check my calendar. I might have something going on,” she said politely before turning back around to pay attention to the history professor.
Suzanne had to give the girl credit for at least being amiable. She was the first person to speak to her all day—even if it had been a tactful dismissal. It hadn’t escaped Suzanne’s notice that most of the invitations she’d distributed throughout the day were left behind on seats, or even blatantly wadded up and tossed in the trash when people left the classrooms.
Class ended an hour later, and Suzanne was beyond ready to get home and light up. There was a shitload of homework to tackle, but it could wait a little bit until she’d mellowed. She was gathering her things when Suzanne felt a tap on her shoulder. Looking up, she was met with Heather’s sweet face.
“Hey, Suzanne, I just wanted to ask, if I can make it, is it okay if I bring my boyfriend? Friday’s his birthday and it would be awful of me to ditch him.” Heather let out a cute giggle, and she found herself smiling despite the absurdity of her reaction.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter, and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of music. A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal to the erotic—on location in South Carolina and Texas, but it’s anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!
 
Current titles on Amazon:
Anthologies
The Crazy Lady Authors Present: Treasured Moments
Novellas
Sugar & Spice
Haunted Raine
Unchained Melody (ebook only)
The Food Critic
Fire Lust
Novels
To Serve is Divine (Bk 1 of The Divine Trilogy)
A Divine Life (Bk 2 of The Divine Trilogy)
Surreal (Bk 3 of The Divine Trilogy) — 2015 Golden Flogger Award Nominee
Coming Soon
 
 
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Cover Reveal – Over the Edge – Suzanne Carroll

 

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PRESENTS. . .

OVER THE EDGE

by Suzanne Carroll

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New Cover Reveal/Re-Release Date: February 26 , 2015

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary / Contemporary Women

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-136-8

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

~~SUMMARY~~

In six weeks, Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé—and his mother, who has joined the fight via conference call.

Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.Over-the-Edge-3D-Full-Cover-Paperback-2

Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.

Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicised failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.

What starts as dancing lessons slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?

 

~~EXCERPT~~

Guitar music starts filtering through just as I’m drifting back to sleep. It’s a lovely sound, soft and gentle. It rises and falls so evenly, almost in time with my breathing, and I could listen to it forever. Except, I’m supposed to be alone in this cabin, so that means there shouldn’t be guitar music.

Shit.

My eyes snap open.

Did I leave a radio on? Is there even a radio here? What if it’s an axe murderer? Are they usually musical?

The music keeps playing as I climb slowly out of bed and, thankfully, the room doesn’t spin quite so much this time. The door is open a crack, and when I peek into the living room, my hangover evaporates and my heart starts crashing against my ribs.

There is a man sitting on the sofa.

Who the fuck is he? And what did I do last night? My stomach drops to my toes.

Whoever he is, he’s made himself at home. His bare feet are resting on the edge of the coffee table. There’s a blanket thrown over the arm of the sofa. Across his lap he holds a guitar. He’s frowning, lips pursed slightly, as he studies the movement of his long fingers over the strings. His body moves subtly in time with his music. The muscles in his forearm roll and flex as he plays.

Despite the shock of finding him here, I’m struck by the beauty of his pose. The way he holds the guitar is almost tender. His face is so intent, he’s so absorbed in what he’s doing. And what he’s doing is beautiful. The music is so rich and sweet.

Over-the-Edge-3D-Bookstack-1His hair is dark and tousled, and it hangs over his forehead and into his eyes. I would guess he’s about my age, perhaps a little older.
He doesn’t look like an axe murderer. Maybe this is some ridiculous mix up with reservations. Should I confront him? Or climb out the bedroom window and run for help? As I’m considering my options, he looks up.

“Hello,” he says. “You’re awake.” He offers me a smile that’s warm and wary, but it’s his eyes that really have my attention. He has beautiful eyes. Long-lashed and dark brown. He blinks slowly, almost lazily. My unease begins to fade.

I find myself being drawn into the room – one tentative step, then another. Those eyes stay on me, gauging my reaction.

“I’m not sure how much you recall,” he says. His voice is warm and mellow. “Should I introduce myself again?”

“That would be a good idea, yes.” Despite a wildly beating heart, my voice is surprisingly calm. Calmer than the voice in my head, the one yelling at me to move away from the stranger who has appeared uninvited in my cabin. Away. Not closer.

Guitar Man unfolds himself from the sofa. He’s tall. Much taller than he appeared when he was sitting. He smiles and offers me his hand.

“Hello,” he says again. “I’m Angus Creed.”

It could be the shock of what Guitar Man has said, or it could be the hangover, but suddenly my head is spinning again and the floor is coming up to meet me.

“Hey…”

I’m suddenly weightless as he scoops me into his arms and eases me onto the sofa. He crouches on the floor in front of me as I sag into the corner cushions and I stare into those dark, guarded eyes with the long lashes. This is Angus Creed?

What the fuck is he doing here? I’m guessing the holiday brochure on Susan’s desk wasn’t for her, after all.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m fine.” I start to nod but stop quickly, wincing.

“Headache?”
“Um…a bit.” It’s an effort to think straight and I close my eyes, but when I feel his hand on my forehead they snap open again.

This is surreal. I should be asking him to leave, not gazing into his eyes as he strokes his fingers over my forehead.

There’s a roughness to his skin, no doubt from those years spent as a builder, not a businessman. But even so, his touch is gentle and soothing, like his music. A delicious sense of warmth flows through me.

The pounding in my head begins to ease. I sink deeper into the sofa and might never get up again. But my mouth is dry and I run my tongue over my lips.

“I’ll get you some water,” he says. Suddenly his hand is gone, but the warmth stays. There are sounds from the kitchen: the creak of a cupboard door and the splash of water into a glass.Over-the-Edge-3D-Full-Cover-Paperback-1

I wrestle myself into a sitting position and catch my reflection in the glass doors. My hair is flat. That means I must have worn my beanie at some stage. But when? Not in front of him, I hope.

I turn my head and see he’s walking across the room to me, his bare feet moving silently over the timber floor. He holds out the glass and I nod at the blanket tossed over the armrest. “You were here all night?”

“You asked me to stay.”

Shit. Mr One Night Stand. What have I done? The horror must show on my face.

“No,” he shakes his head, “not like that.”

And of course his response means he knows exactly where my mind has gone. Quick. Backtrack.

“Oh. Good. I mean…not that I thought…you and me, that we…”

Oh, what am I saying? And why is he looking like that, listening so intently? Just shut up, Zoe. Shut up and drink the water.

But it’s too late. The image is in my head now. It’s probably in his head too. At least I look fabulous and acrobatic in my version of events. I wonder if I’m hungover with flat hair in his.

Guitar Man…Angus…Mr Creed…stays still by the fireplace. He watches me and I watch him. There’s the faint shadow of a bruise on the cheekbone under his left eye.

When I’ve had enough to drink, I set the glass on the coffee table. “Thank you,” I murmur.

“How are you feeling now?”

“Better after the water. I needed that.” It’s true, my head is a bit clearer but the events of last night still elude me. I need him to explain exactly what happened. I also need to find out what I’ve told him. Did I tell him my name? Does he know I work for his company? That I’m the Zoe Harper who sent his reports off yesterday morning? I don’t think so, because I’m quite certain he wouldn’t be here, like this.

My heart pounds. I’m not sure how to play this, but I find myself wishing he’d stroke my forehead again.

 

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

suzanne carroll

 

Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children. By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.

One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.

 

 

 

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Release Day – Broken Chords – Carrie Elks

Title: Broken Chords
Series: Love in London #2
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Lara knows she should feel lucky. Married to the man of her dreams, with a gorgeous new baby, she should be enjoying her happy-ever-after. But she never expected motherhood to be so difficult, or for her life to change so dramatically.
Alex has it all: hot, tattooed looks, a beautiful wife, and a band that’s finally getting noticed. A lucrative offer of a US tour should be the icing on the cake. But as he leaves the country, distance isn’t the only thing that starts to pull their relationship apart.
With half a world dividing them, Alex and Lara have to battle for a marriage they once took for granted.
Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.
Though it’s a series, it’s not a serial and there are no cliffhangers, each book features a different couple!

 

“What do you do the rest of the week?”

“I’m a good girl. I go to bed early.”

“Alone?”

My heart sped at that question. It was loaded, obviously, but the way he put it out there so soon seemed genuine.

“Alone with my thoughts.”

“Alone with your thoughts,” he repeated, slowly nodding his head. “You use your right or your left hand for that?”

I coughed out a laugh. Dirty boy. “You seem very interested in my bedroom habits, Mr Cartwright. There are some things a girl likes to keep secret.”

“I bet you use your left hand,” he carried on, as if I hadn’t spoken. His voice lowered, so I had to step forward to hear him.

The next time he spoke I felt his breath tickling at my ear. “I’d pay good money to see you alone with your thoughts.”

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

 

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Sneek Peak Sunday – Pros & Cons – Sydney Logan

It’s release weekend for Sydney Logan’s 
latest novel, Pros & Cons!

Cover by T.M. Franklin
Book Release: February 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Mountain Media
 
Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

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Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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Release Day – Bittersweet – K. A. Thomas

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: February 21, 2015
COVER DESIGN: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
LENGTH: 60,000+ words
CONTENT WARNING: Adult Content – Language/Situations
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Synopsis
Esi is young, beautiful and smart. She’s got it all…and then some, but it’s not what you’d expect.
Seven years after fate has her colliding – literally – with the man of her dreams, the two finally find themselves walking down the aisle. The day couldn’t be more perfect. For one shining moment in time, she has it all.
Then a tragic accident changes everything.
Getting married was supposed to be the final touch on their already blissful relationship, but after the car crash, nothing seems right anymore. Soon after they get home from the hospital, Esi discovers she’s pregnant. However, after the extensive damages her heart has endured from the night of the traumatic wreck, this miracle of life brings with it the reality of death.
Now Esi and Carter both have to face facts. Someone might not survive.
While ever after may not be as happy as Esi has always hoped, she’s learning to appreciate the beauty in strength and surviving, and finding that love, no matter how true or how complete, sometimes is simply ‘bittersweet’.
Excerpt
Beautiful wedding couple is enjoying weddingThe reception goes on until late into the evening, and even after the last of our friends and family leaves, Carter and I stand out in that field, slow dancing to the sounds of quiet wind rustling the leaves and brushing across the overgrown grass.
“I don’t want tonight to ever end,” I whisper into the curve of his neck. It’s my favorite place because it fits my face perfectly and I can inhale his amazing scent to my heart’s desire. Carter always smells of Irish Spring soap, citrus and, because he’s a chronic gum chewer, fresh mint. I can’t imagine anything else ever being a more enticing combination of scents.
He chuckles softly, and the rumble in his throat vibrates against my cheek. “You do realize we’ll still be married in the morning, don’t you?” But he makes no efforts to break the hold he has on me, or to stop our bodies from swaying back and forth ever so gently.
“I do. But it won’t be our wedding day anymore. I won’t be a bride. You won’t be a groom. And most importantly, once I take off this dress, I won’t ever get a chance to wear again.” My head pops up involuntarily when I’m hit by a stroke of genius. “Oh, unless we agree right now to renew our vows every year. I’m not saying we have to have a whole wedding, just as long as I can wear this dress and listen to you make your vows again. That’s really all I’d need.”
He grins. “That’s all, huh?”
“Too much? Too crazy?” I muse.
Carter kisses my forehead, then the tip of my nose. He’s aiming for my lips when he answers, “No such thing.”
Both arms wrap securely around his neck and I lean back, letting the sensation of Carter’s lips on mine take over my entire physical being. He has the kind of kiss a girl could drown in, and I can’t help but think how lucky I am, to never be kissed by any other man for as long as I live.
“Think anyone else is as happy as we are?” I mumble, his mouth still on mine.
“I hope so.” His hazel eyes open and he gazes down at me. I’ve never once been able to say no to them in seven years. “You ready to get out of here?”
I lock my arms tighter, securing him in my hold a moment longer. “I don’t know. Do you promise to marry me all over again next year?”
His expression is serious as he comes in closer again, but his eyes are smiling, lights from the stars reflecting in them, dancing wildly. “I already said I would.”
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Dog Lover who likes her pastries full of cream and sugar….oh…and I write some ;-)
Aside from being an author, I am also a mom to a beautiful 5 year old little girl. I tell everyone I named her after my great-grandmother (because that’s the mature answer), but really, I named her after my favorite princess – just so happens I got lucky and they had the same name…If I wasn’t a writer, I would work on a horse ranch – I’m an animal lover (in addition to dogs, horses are at the top of my list). I wear flip-flops pretty much everywhere I go. I would rather stay awake until 5 am than get up at 5 am (years of bar tending have left their mark), if I can, I’m going to the beach AND I will always be nice to people who bring me chocolate…or coffee…if you bring me both, I’ll probably love you forever.A gypsy at heart, I write the way I live, following the story wherever it may lead, always ready to start the next one. This is clearly reflected in my body of work which to date includes everything from Children’s Lit to Thrillers.
I happily reside in sunny Florida (for now) and always enjoy hearing from fellow readers!!
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