Young Adult Book Review – The Book of Ivy (Book of Ivy Series) by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy (Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy (Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

Synopsis
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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My Review
The book started off slow for me. In fact, it took a good 100 pages for me to become thoroughly engrossed. But once I did, it had me by the throat until the last page. There are a lot of similarities to other dystopian stories. There’s a fenced city (Divergent), government pairings (Matched), an oppressive government (Hunger Games, Matched), banishing people from society as punishment (Matched), but there are enough new elements to keep the story from being predictable.

Ivy and her family feel as if they are the rightful ruling family of Westfall, a post currently held by the Lattimer’s. But Ivy’s family has a plan to get control. It just involves Ivy marrying and then killing the president’s son, Bishop. It’s a chilling premise that took a while to develop, but it was easy to see as the days passed that Ivy wasn’t going to have an easy time killing her husband. Because he’s none of the things she was raised to believe. He’s compassionate, fair, considerate, and doesn’t agree with everything his father says and does.

While I had a pretty good idea how things were going to end up, I didn’t know how they would play out, and didn’t see the ending coming. I’m just glad I don’t have to wait a year for the second book since I didn’t get my copy of The Book of Ivy until ALA in June.

Plot
Other than slow pacing, the plot was intriguing. There isn’t a lot of action, but this is more of a psychological tale than an action adventure. Ivy’s journey takes her from dutiful daughter to scheming wife, to confused and conflicted teen, to terrified girl, back to dutiful daughter in the course of a few months. As her relationship with Bishop develops, it’s easy to see that she’s going to struggle with carrying out her task. What keeps this story moving is wondering how she’s going to get out of an impossible situation.

Characters
Bishop and Ivy are intriguing and complex, while the rest of the characters are more nebulous. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, though. Ivy spends an incredible amount of time inside her head, closing herself off from everyone around her. She’s introverted, lonely, and it’s easy to see that other people don’t factor in heavily in her world. They exist, but she doesn’t truly interact with them on more than a superficial basis, so they come across as superficial. But in a way that shows them to us only through Ivy’s prism. Except for Bishop. And as she allows herself to get closer to him, we get to see his layers and depth blossoming from black and white to full technicolor.

Ending
The ending was unexpected, so in my opinion, that makes it strong. If you don’t like cliffhangers, be forewarned, but it’s a satisfying enough ending to tide you over the few days until book 2 comes out.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed about The Book of Ivy:
1. Ivy’s sacrifice. I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s all I’ll say.

2. Bishop Lattimer. The president’s son is swoonworthy in a completely different way than a lot of teen love interests.

3. The plot to bring down the president. It’s surprisingly simple, yet brilliant.

4. Falling in love. The way Bishop and Ivy, virtual strangers on their wedding day, evolve their relationship from stiff and awkward, to friendship, and then something more is beautiful.

5. The ending. I love when I can’t anticipate how everything is going to play out. I didn’t believe Ivy would be able to kill Bishop, but I had no idea how that was all going to resolve, and I was way off base in my prediction.

Bottom Line
The Book of Ivy is a familiar dystopian tale with enough of its own uniqueness to set it apart from the rest.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher at ALA in San Francisco. This in no way influences my review.

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About the Book
Title: The Book of Ivy
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Pages: 304
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo BooksiTunesGoogle Books

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Author Amy Engel

Author Amy Engel

About the Author
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.

Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.

Where to Find Amy Engel
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Zola Flash by T. Marie Alexander

Zola Flash Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Zola Flash, the first book in the young adult scifi adventure series Zola Flash by T. Marie Alexander. See below for information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Zola Flash (Zola Flash #1) by T. Marie Alexander

Zola Flash (Zola Flash #1) by T. Marie Alexander

About the Book
Title:
 Zola Flash
Series: Zola Flash #1
Author: T. Marie Alexander
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Zola is a Victian. And for as long as she’s been alive, her planet has been at war with the ruthless, demeaning Payohlini.

After witnessing the gruesome murder of her family, Zola Flash decides it is time to escape with the one person she was taught to hate before she meets the same fate. Earth seems to be the perfect place to hide out – to pretend her whole life didn’t come crashing down.

While on Earth, fitting in and making new friends are Zola’s main goal. It’s what she wants. A family to call her owns. But then, Zola uncovers family lies and the true reason behind this never ending war.

Now it’s up to Zola and the enemy, who is swiftly stealing her heart, to save her people and gain retribution for her family.

But when revenge and protecting her people mean relinquishing her freedom, she’s left with a difficult choice.

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Excerpt
Pin searches my eyes as if the truth lies within them, before he pulls up a seat and sits in front of me. “Zola, how old are you?” he asks in a steady voice.

“Sixteen. Why?”

“Two years early,” Pin murmurs to himself.

He gets up and paces across the floor. He glares at me for a moment in a way that worries me. In a few strides, he marches back over to me, grabs me off the bed, and cradles me in his lap. He traces a finger across my healed wounds, as I daze into those immaculate eyes of his.

Halting in his ministrations, he frowns. “Would you like to hear a bedtime story before I leave?” he asks without meeting my gaze.

“I think I am a little too old, but okay.”

He takes a deep breath and begins, “Around sixteen years ago, when I was seven, my father was called to fight in the battle between our people. I didn’t want my father fighting, so he asked to be dismissed from his duties. I guess what I wanted wasn’t what I needed. A few days later, I found my father’s lifeless body on the floor.” His eyes crease slightly at the corners as he continues, “Before my father’s executioners could get to me, the Payohlini Guardians came and adopted me. They prepared me in the ways of the Guardians. On my eighteenth birthday, they assigned me a charge to look after. She was an adorable eleven year older. She had the most magnificent stardust blue eyes.” Pin looks up at me, a pain in his eyes that tugs at me somewhere within my chest. “So I studied her. Her flaws and perfection. Her past and future.

But what I discovered . . .” He trails off.

“So . . . um . . . I guess you are an expert on all things Zola.” I smile, trying to make light of the moment, until the rest of his story slowly sinks in. “But I don’t understand. Why do I need a guardian? I’m no one special. I am just a normal Victian girl.”

“Are you telling me you don’t know anything about yourself? About the war?”

I shake my head.

“Why do you think Rican and I refer to you as Princess?”

I frown. “I thought it was an insult.”

Pin seems to study me for a long time. I trail my fingers over his silky black hair, but he jerks away from me. Taking that as my signal, I remove myself from Pin’s lap and cross back to the bed.

“You’ve had a long day, Princess,” he says gruffly. “Get some rest and I’ll tell you more of the story later.”

“Wait.” I twisted back. “I have one more question.”

“What?”

“Why did they choose you to be my guardian?”

“They gave me the honor of protecting you because I’m the youngest. The Guardians wanted someone who could work well with you. Figured I could. Now get some rest.”

I watch Pin leave with longing in my soul. Why do I feel so much for him when I’ve only known him a day? Why doesn’t he feel the same way?

More importantly, why would the Payohlini assign him to guard me when they are at war with my people?

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Author T. Marie Alexander

Author T. Marie Alexander

About the Author
Hi!  I’m La’Teaikia, and I write YA Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance.  I’ve been an avid reader since ninth grade when I first discovered Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.   I know, I know. Most people think sparkly vampires are just wrong.  I am NOT one of those people.

Even though I’ve only been reading for a short time, unlike most authors,  I’ve been writing since I was seven.   And before you ask, that was fifteen years ago.

To me, everything have to be perfect, which is why it has taken me so long to publish my debut novel, Zola Flash.  I tend to plan out and list everything.  My husband think it’s excessive.

Where to Find T. Marie Alexander
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – Drawn Through You by Sarina Rhoads

Drawn Through You Release Day

Today is release day for Drawn Through You, a provocative, trope-twisting romance by Sarina Rhoads. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Drawn Through You by Sarina Rhoads

Drawn Through You by Sarina Rhoads

About the Book
Title: Drawn Through You
Author: Sarina Rhodes
Publisher: Tryst Books
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
What if the brooding billionaire wore pencil skirts and Louboutins? What if the impressionable intern was a small-town furniture maker with boyish charm?

Cole Jacobson always thought he would take after his father and pursue his dreams. But when the family business falters and he’s forced to accept his uncle’s help, Cole is summoned to the big city for a job he never wanted.

Priorities become obscured when Cole finds himself working for Shaun Wright, the strong, intimidating, and ruthlessly attractive business partner at his uncle’s contracting firm.

Forced to either sacrifice his hard-won integrity or leave behind the one thing that brings him true happiness, Cole must make a decision that could cost him both.

A decision only complicated by the sexy, inscrutable woman he can’t stop thinking about. A woman who just might be as intrigued as he is to cross professional boundaries.

A provocative, trope-twisting romance, Sarina Rhoads’s Drawn Through You finally puts the heroine on the other side of the desk.

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Excerpt 4
Cole followed Shaun into a glass-enclosed corner office, conflicting emotions churning his insides. Anger. Embarrassment. Shit, his uncle had nearly doubled over in laughter when he’d realized Cole thought his business partner of three years was a dude.

Shaun shut the door and motioned for him to sit. Cole plopped down into one of two leather chairs that faced a cluttered metal desk, a smile far from his lips. He cast a quick glance around the minimally furnished layout; a small conference table littered with stacks of folders and magazines sat behind him.

“I would think the Wright of Jacobson-Wright Contracting would have a penthouse office. I’m pretty sure my uncle does.” Despite feeling like a world-class moron, Cole couldn’t rein back his sarcasm. Standard-issue Jacobson men came equipped with an extra helping of the stuff, a defense mechanism when faced with the enemy. Although he didn’t really believe Shaun to be the enemy in this scenario, but his ego believed itself too wounded to differentiate.

Shaun took a seat behind the desk, placing her hands on top. A hint of a smile still played at the corners of her mouth. She at least had the decency to shield her laughter much better than his uncle had.

“He does, and so do I. However, most of my team is stationed on this floor, and I don’t believe I can be as effective delegating by a phone call or an email.”

Cole begrudgingly found her admission commendable and far removed from Robert’s business model, but he couldn’t shake the gender fiasco in the hall loose from his mind. “How long did you know who I was? Did you know last night?” The memory of his offer to pay her tab seemed even more ridiculous, kicking around the muffin sitting in his stomach like a rock.

Her eyes narrowed as if assessing the tone of his question. “You do look a lot like your uncle.”

“I look like my father,” he corrected.

Shaun studied his expression and shrugged. “It wasn’t until you stepped out of the elevator that I knew who you were.”

“I’m glad I was able to amuse you, then.” Cole brushed a few errant muffin crumbs from his pant legs and cleared his throat. “So what exactly is my job here?” The faster he was done with her, the sooner he could get started on his prison sentence.

Shaun sat back in her chair, clearly sensing the lingering presence of an attitude on his part but appearing determined to continue with their meeting. “You will be my senior design consultant. Probational, of course. We have a couple of huge contracts on the table, and so far the clients like nothing the current team members have proposed.” She shifted around a few of the green classification folders on her desk, in search of something. “Robert suggested you. To be honest, I was hesitant at first, but judging by the sketches I saw earlier, I think he might be right.”

Contrary to the playful demeanor she had displayed at the bar, Shaun was all business now, and Cole found himself in danger of being impressed. Too bad the mention of his uncle had only managed to rile him up again.

“How old are you?”

Her back straightened. “I don’t see how that is any of your business.”

Cole snorted, unable to stop words he knew he would most likely regret from shooting out his mouth like projectile vomit. “How about, are you fucking my uncle? I mean, in addition to the blonde from last night. Considering he’s my family, I think that falls inside the parameters of ‘my business.’”

A flicker of something along the lines of anger skated behind her intense stare, but vanished just as quickly. “Very well. This conversation is over.” She leaned forward and pressed a button on her desk phone. “Henry, please show Mr. Jacobson to his office.”

Shaun stood and opened the door, staring in Cole’s direction but appearing unmoved by his accusation. In fact, she seemed to look right through him, as if he were just some cliché she dealt with on a daily basis.

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Author Sarina Rhoads

Author Sarina Rhoads

About the Author
Maintaining a suburban orbit of NYC all her life, Sarina Rhoads ran the gamut of odd jobs in pursuit of a one true passion.

Once exposed to a world of creative storytelling through online writing groups, she fell completely in love.

Now she finds pleasure in penning both contemporary and paranormal romance, possessing notebooks chock full of ideas only waiting to be released.

Where to Find Sarina Rhoads
Goodreads | Website  | Facebook Twitter | Pinterest

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

Until I Met You Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Until I Met You, a contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author S.L. Scott. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a couple more teasers.

Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

About the Book
Title: Until I Met You
Author: S.L. Scott
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Their love burned bright, white hot, and strikingly blue around the edges.

Some thought them careless. Some thought them crazy. No one approved.

Taylor Barrett was looking for answers in a universe that had abandoned him. Jude Boehler flooded her dark world with charisma and mystery, drawing everyone into her hurricane.

It was a most captivating of love affairs. They were shooting stars, meteors in the sky, colliding to create a spectacularly wonderful reckless romance, leaving them breathless and tethered.

But that’s what Love does.

Their souls were exposed to the chaos, bare and vulnerable. Can these two star-crossed lovers survive the madness that is life?

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Excerpt #2
“I’m going to want all of you. I want all your secrets and your soul.”

She squirmed beneath him, forgiving him of his own sin of denying her his secrets, as he lowered himself. “Don’t you know, Hazel? You’ve had all of me all along.”

He kissed her just above where she really wanted him. Teasing her. “You’re getting demanding.” Kiss.

“I can’t help it. You created a monster.”

“You’re lucky I find you so delectable.”

She knew exactly how fortunate she was. “I am. I’m the luckiest girl in the—” She gasped when he kissed her exactly where she had wanted. “Oh God, Hazel. I’m so lucky.” The tips of her fingers dragged slowly up her body as she murmured, “Lucky. Lucky. Luck! E.”

Shortly after, the starburst whitened the insides of her lids, and she returned the favor. He was left helplessly at her mercy until his body was teetering on the edge of ecstasy and what felt like death. Jude got up and kissed his chest. “I want you, babe, inside me.”

He sat up. “You want me? You get me on my terms. On your hands and knees.”

Her body clenched in anticipation. Even though they have had passionate sex, even some rough, play that was fun, he had never made demands of her. But she liked it. She liked feeling wanted sexually. Positioning herself, she felt his warm palms glide over her back and bottom before she felt a gentle pressure. Her breath was pushed out as he pushed in, holding her steady by the hips.

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Until I Met You Teaser 4

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Author S.L. Scott

Author S.L. Scott

About the Author
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior EngagementShe welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

Where to Find S.L. Scott
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Release Day – The Complete Ready Series Box Set by J.L. Berg

Today is release day for The Ready Series Box Set, the entire contemporary romance series by USA Today bestselling author, J.L. Berg.See below for information on the box set, buy links, and a teaser from Ready or Not.

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

About the Box Set
Title: The Ready Series Box Set
Series: Ready #1-4
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Fall in love with the Ready Series…from the very beginning.

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a series of heartbreak, second chances, and sweeping love stories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Family, future…forever. It all begins here. Are you Ready?

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

“This is the most beautifully written, heartfelt romance I have ever read.”

“Do yourself a favor. Get this book.”

“J.L. Berg has done it again… 5+ stars for Mia and Garrett.”

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Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.

When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Where to find J.L. Berg
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter

Trailer Reveal – Oblivion (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Entangled Teen and New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, is unveiling the trailer to Oblivion today. Oblivion is the latest novel in the Lux series, a young adult paranormal romance. It tells the story of Obsidian from Daemon’s point of view. See below for details.

Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

About the Book
Title: Oblivion
Series: Lux #1.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | BAM!

Synopsis
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

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LUX Covers

Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

About LUX: Beginnings
Title: Beginnings: Obsidian and Onyx
Series: Lux #1-2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Beginnings: Opal & Origin (Lux #3-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Beginnings: Opal & Origin (Lux #3-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

About LUX: Consequences
Title: Consequences: Opal and Origin
Series: Lux #3-4
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger…and they know it.

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Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

About Opposition
Title: Opposition
Series: Lux #5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

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About the Author
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Find Jennifer L. Armentrout
Goodreads | Website | Facebook Twitter
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Release Day – Ignited (Donovan Circus) by Liz Long

Ignited Release Day

Today is release day for Ignited, the fourth book in the popular new adult fantasy/paranormal series, Donovan Circus, by Liz Long. See below for information on the book and buy links.

Ignited (Donovan Circus #4) by Liz Long

Ignited (Donovan Circus #4) by Liz Long

About the Book
Title: Ignited
Series: Donovan Circus #4
Author: Liz Long
Release Date: Coming Soon!
Genre: New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Lucy might’ve beaten Alex the Chameleon, but the cost of his defeat was too much to bear. After losing a beloved member, Sheffield Donovan temporarily disbands the show. Abandoned by the ringmaster and her friends, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of their ruined circus – and defend it against those waiting for the opportunity to strike.

During one of these attempts, Lucy learns of Augustus Rivers, the leader of his so-called gifted mafia. When Lucy is offered a chance to infiltrate the Rivers’ household, she jumps at the opportunity to seek vengeance on the mastermind.

Augustus instead surprises everyone by proposing that the powerful female Firestarter work for him. It’s everything the Donovan Circus isn’t, an offer Lucy finds more enticing than she ever expected.

With the Donovan Circus in shambles and the gifted world on the cusp of war, can Lucy Sullivan figure out who she’s meant to be? Or will her fire destroy everything they’ve built?

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Gifted (Donovan Circus #1) by Liz Long

Gifted (Donovan Circus #1) by Liz Long

About Book 1
Title: Gifted
Series: Donovan Circus #1
Author: Liz Long
Release Date: April 18, 2012
Genre: New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few.

When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be – new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power.

To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle.

Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.

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Burned (Donovan Circus #2) by Liz Long

Burned (Donovan Circus #2) by Liz Long

About Book 2
Title: Burned
Series: Donovan Circus #1
Author: Liz Long
Release Date: December 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
“Tell Sheffield that Medved is hunting him…the Bear is coming.”

Nearly a month after Lucy Sullivan saved the Donovan Circus from certain death, she discovers that Dr. Felix Hardy wasn’t the only bad guy around. When Lucy is attacked on home ground, Sheffield Donovan reveals that there are bigger foes in their world, gifted that use their powers to kill others – including her own family, as she learns from her ringmaster mentor. Medved, a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter, is intent on outing the gifted world and will stop at nothing to succeed.

In order to survive, Lucy and her friends must travel to another show, the Grayson Circus, for help. The uneasy alliance with owner Albert Grayson comes with potential new friends and dark secrets about their competition, including a troublemaker named Mel and an old flame of Lucy’s father.

Lucy must also contend with her feelings about Keegan and Gabriel, as well as learn how to contain her rampant emotions or risk setting the entire place ablaze.

Will Lucy be able to save the Donovan Circus again? Or will Medved and his men slaughter everyone in their path on the way to gifted domination?

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Hunted (Donovan Circus #3) by Liz Long

Hunted (Donovan Circus #3) by Liz Long

About Book 3
Title: Hunted
Series: Donovan Circus #3
Author: Liz Long
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Lucy Sullivan finally belongs with the gifted Donovan Circus. Members are finding their rhythm, even the new folks from the Grayson Circus who joined after the last attack.

Lucy feels like a trusted leader who can win the gifted battles and prevent humans from discovering their existence.

When tragedy strikes camp, a distraught Sheffield sends Lucy and her gifted team to hunt down the enemy – Alex, a Chameleon with a wicked ability for war.

He’s out for blood and won’t stop until Lucy and her friends are dead.

This time, it won’t be Lucy’s gift that is tested – it will be her morality. To save her circus, the price will be greater than she ever expected. This time, she will lose someone she loves. And it will change everything.

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Author Liz Long

Author Liz Long

About the Author

Liz Long is a ridiculously proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her fabulous day job as a Social Media & PR Strategist includes writing for LeisureMedia360 (Roanoker, bridebook, Blue Ridge Country magazines) in Roanoke, VA.

She currently has five books out. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus with a murder mystery thrown in.” Witch Hearts tells the story of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. A Reaper Made, is a fantasy about a Reaper who must work a little magic to save her family’s souls from demons. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website.

Where to Find Liz Long
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
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Cover Reveal – Belong (Seven Year Itch) by Jennifer Foor

Belong Cover Reveal

Author Jennifer Foor is revealing the cover to Belong, the third book in her contemporary romance series, Seven Year Itch, releasing on November 23. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and a couple of teasers.

Belong (Seven Year Itch #3) by Jennifer Foor

Belong (Seven Year Itch #3) by Jennifer Foor

About the Book
Title: Belong
Series: Seven Year Itch #3
Author: Jennifer Foor
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Ten years ago I fell in love with a married woman. I walked away so she could be happy, moving across the country to make sure I put space between us.

We severed ties, and I promised myself I wouldn’t look back.  

Since then I committed to someone else, and we have a child and a life many would wish for.

Except, it’s never been enough for me. There’s always been something missing; something I never wanted to admit.

With my own marriage failing, I’m forced to go back to my hometown to bury the man who raised me.

I never expected to see her there, and nothing could prepare me for what would happen the moment my arms wrapped around hers again.

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Author Jennifer Foor

Author Jennifer Foor

About the Author
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She’s best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.

She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.

Where to Find Jennifer Foor
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter | Amazon | Tsu

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Release Day – Take the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 6 by Rebecca Zanetti

Storm Rising Release

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets.  Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart.  The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” is an incredible group of New York Times bestselling authors such as Lexi Blake, Elisabeth Naughton, Jennifer Probst, Larissa Ione, Rebecca Zanetti and Lisa Mondello who have brought their vision of Storm to life.

A serial soap opera containing eight episodes in season one, the season premiere of Rising Storm, TEMPEST RISING, debuts today with each subsequent episode releasing consecutively this fall.

So get ready.  The storm is coming.

Take the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 6 by Rebecca Zanetti

Take the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 6 by Rebecca Zanetti

About Episode 6
Title
: Take the Storm
Series: Rising Storm Episode 6
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksGooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals … 

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…  Get ready.  The storm is coming.

Marisol Moreno has spent her youth taking care of her younger siblings. Now, with her sister, Ginny, in crisis, and her brother in the throes of his first real relationship, she doesn’t have time for anything else. Especially not the overtures of the incredibly compelling Patrick Murphy.

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Tempest Rising (Storm Rising Episode 1) by Julie Kenner

Tempest Rising (Storm Rising Episode 1) by Julie Kenner

About Episode 1
Title
: Tempest Rising
Series: Rising Storm Episode 1
Author: Julie Kenner
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…  Get ready.  The storm is coming.

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic  town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets.  Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart.  The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her.  And now everyone will be caught in its fury…

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White Lightening – Storm Rising Episode 2 by Lexi Blake

White Lightening – Storm Rising Episode 2 by Lexi Blake

About Episode 2
Title
: Tempest Rising
Series: Rising Storm Episode 2
Author: Lexi Blake
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

As the citizens of Storm, Texas, sway in the wake of the death of one of their own, Daddy’s girl Dakota Alvarez also reels from an unexpected family crisis … and finds consolation in a most unexpected place.

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Crosswinds – Storm Rising Episode 3 by Elisabeth Naughton

Crosswinds – Storm Rising Episode 3 by Elisabeth Naughton

About Episode 3
Title
: Crosswinds
Series: Rising Storm Episode 3
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Lacey Salt’s world shattered with the death of her brother, and now the usually sweet-tempered girl is determined to take back some control—even if that means sabotaging her best friend, Mallory, and Mallory’s new boyfriend, Luis.

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Dance in the Wind – Storm Rising Episode 4 by Jennifer Probst

Dance in the Wind – Storm Rising Episode 4 by Jennifer Probst

About Episode 4
Title
: Dance in the Wind
Series: Rising Storm Episode 4
Author: Jennifer Probst
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksGooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

During his time in Afghanistan, Logan Murphy has endured the unthinkable, but reentering civilian life in Storm is harder than he imagined. But when he is reacquainted with Ginny Moreno, a woman who has survived terrors of her own, he feels the first stirrings of hope.

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Calm Before the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 5 by Larissa Ione

Calm Before the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 5 by Larissa Ione

About Episode 5
Title
: Calm Before the Storm
Series: Rising Storm Episode 5
Author: Larissa Ione
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2015
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksGooglePlay

Synopsis
Secrets, Sex and Scandals … 

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…  Get ready.  The storm is coming.

Marcus Alvarez fled Storm when his father’s drinking drove him over the edge. With his mother and sisters in crisis, Marcus is forced to return to the town he thought he’d left behind. But it is his attraction to a very grown up Brittany Rush that just might be enough to guarantee that he stays.

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Storm Rising Series

Rising Storm Episode 1 (Sept. 24): Julie Kenner’s Tempest Rising
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Rising Storm Episode 2 (Oct. 1): Lexi Blake’s White Lightning
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Rising Storm Episode 3 (Oct. 8): Elisabeth Naughton’s Crosswinds
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Rising Storm Episode 4 (Oct. 15): Jennifer Probst’s Dance in the Wind
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Rising Storm Episode 5 (Oct. 22): Larissa Ione’s Calm Before the Storm
Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 6 (Oct. 29): Rebecca Zanetti’s Take the Storm
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Rising Storm Episode 7 (Nov. 5): Lisa Mondello’sWeather the Storm
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Rising Storm Episode 8 (Nov. 12): Dee Davis’s Thunder Rolls
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Author Rebecca Zanetti

Author Rebecca Zanetti

About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the USA TodayNY TimesAmazonBarnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Dark Protectors, The Realm Enforcers, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series.

Where to Find Rebecca Zanetti
GoodreadsWebsite | Facebook | Street TeamTwitter | Pinterest
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The Ready Series Release Week – Sale + Excerpt – Ready for You by J.L. Berg

Pre-Order Sale - The Ready Series

J.L. Berg’s The Ready Series Box Set is now available for pre-order for just $0.99! See below for information on the box set, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt from Ready for You, the fourth book in this bestselling contemporary romance series.

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

About the Box Set
Title: The Ready Series Box Set
Series: Ready #1-4
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Fall in love with the Ready Series…from the very beginning.

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a series of heartbreak, second chances, and sweeping love stories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Family, future…forever. It all begins here.

Are you Ready?

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

“This is the most beautifully written, heartfelt romance I have ever read.”

“Do yourself a favor. Get this book.”

“J.L. Berg has done it again… 5+ stars for Mia and Garrett.”

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Excerpt
“We ordered a late-night pizza and spent some time going through my piles of drawings. It was something I’d never shared with anyone, but I shared it with her.

“These are really good,” she said.

“They’re all right.”

“Garrett, you should be doing this every day,” she urged.

“And what about you, Miss Accountant?” I countered.

“I’m not an accountant anymore.”

After we cleaned up, she made a call to Liv and asked if she could check on Sam. I didn’t hear the rest of the conversation because she ducked into the bathroom, but I did her say, “Shut up, Liv!” a few times, so I was sure Miss Prescott had an opinion about where Mia was spending her evening.

As she was finishing up her phone call, I padded into my bedroom and slipped into a pair of loose-fitting sweats. Mia had seen me naked many times over, but I figured dropping my pants in front of her wouldn’t give her a good impression of my intentions for the evening—not that I would mind if she offered.

I was just slipping a T-shirt over my head when she came in. She took in my change of clothes and looked down at her black dress.

“I don’t have anything to wear,” she said.

“I have a T-shirt you can change into.” I pulled open a drawer and handed her an old college T-shirt. Then, I sat down on the bed and waited to see what she would do.

Her eyes drifted down to the shirt and back to me. She took in my casual position on the bed, realizing I wasn’t making any attempts to vacate the room for her privacy. She hesitated a moment longer and then swiveled around in the direction of the bathroom.

I wasn’t sure if I was more relieved or bummed. I wasn’t positive I’d be able to handle watching her strip down bare in front of me right now, but seeing her flee at the thought of getting undressed in front of me still hurt.

Mia returned no less than two minutes later with her black dress tucked in her hands. She nervously stopped at the doorway and looked around as if she were unsure of how to proceed.

“Come here,” I murmured.

Her dress fell to the floor at the door, and she came to my side as I sat at the foot of the bed. Against my better judgment, my fingers reached out for her, curling around her bare leg and up her thigh.

Her breath caught, but she didn’t stop me.

“Garrett…” she started to say.

“Shh…just allow me this. Just for tonight. We’ll go back to being friends tomorrow, but tonight…just help me remember.”

I could see the split decision swirling in her steady gaze. I knew this decision would end me. I knew I’d most likely never recover from a second blow to the heart by Mia Emerson.

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Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia.

Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.

When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Where to find J.L. Berg
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter

Cover Reveal – The Witching Hour by Various Authors

Some of today’s hottest indie authors have collaborated to bring you a bewitching collection of magic and intrigue. They’re unveiling the cover to The Witching Hour Collection, releasing on November 30. See below for all the details.

The Witching Hour Collection by Various Authors

The Witching Hour Collection by Various Authors

About the Book
Title: The Witching Hour
Authors: Melanie Karsak, Carrie Wells, Claire C. Riley, Elizabeth Watasin, Eli Constant, Poppy Lawless, Blaire Edens, Erin Hayes, Evan Winters, and Minerva Lee
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Publisher: Clockpunk Press
Genre: Paranormal/Suspense/Thriller
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Good witch. Bad witch. White magic. Black magic. Kitchen magic. Pick your potion. Ready for Halloween? The authors of the Blazing Indie Collective, who brought you the Falling in Deep Collection, are brewing up something new. Check out all the novellas in The Witching Hour Collection coming October 2015:

Melanie Karsak: Witch Wood
Claire C. Riley: Raven’s Cove
Eli Constant: Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows
Elizabeth Watasin: Charm School: The Wrecking Faerie
Erin Hayes: I’d Rather be a Witch
Carrie Wells: Playing with Magic
Evan Winters: The Witch of Bracken’s Hollow
Minerva Lee: Spun Gold
Blaire Edens: The Witch of Roan Mountain
Poppy Lawless: The Cupcake Witch

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Author Links:
Melanie Karsak | Carrie Wells | Claire C. Riley | Elizabeth Watasin | Eli Constant | Poppy Lawless | Blaire Edens | Erin Hayes | Evan Winters | Minerva Lee
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Re-Cover Reveal – The Barrier Between (Collector Series) by Stacey Marie Brown

The Barrier Between Recover

Twisted Fairy Publishing and author, Stacey Marie Brown, are unveiling a new cover to The Barrier Between, the second book in her new adult paranormal Collector Series.  See below for the gorgeous new cover, buy links, as well as information on the first book in the series.

The Barrier Between (Collector Series #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

The Barrier Between (Collector Series #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

About the Book
Title: The Barrier Between
Series: Collector Series #2
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Release Date: June, 2015
Publisher: Twisted Fairy Publishing
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Zoey’s life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago she was a Collector working for the a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), tracking and collecting fae. Her life had been changing and improving with a partner she loved and a sister she adored.

Now all that is gone—Daniel murdered by a fae, and Lexi killed when the Seattle area is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. Zoey herself is altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker, in life-changing way.

Zoey discovered she was an experiment from the very company she worked for. She could die at any moment of a threatening defect—taking Ryker’s magic with her.

In a race against time, Ryker and Zoey set out to find a way to transfer his powers back before it’s too late. Their journey takes them to the rainforests of South America, dealing with those who are after something Ryker possesses and who will stop at nothing to obtain it for themselves.

What Zoey and Ryker discover can destroy them or tear them a part for good.

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City in Embers (Collector Series #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

City in Embers (Collector Series #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

About Book 1
Title: City in Embers
Series: Collector Series #1
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Release Date: February 4, 2015
Publisher: Twisted Fairy Publishing
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

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Author Stacey Marie Brown

Author Stacey Marie Brown

About the Author
Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

Where to Find Stacey Marie Brown
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook
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Release Day – Lux (The Nocte Trilogy) by Courtney Cole

Lux Release

Today is release day for Lux, the final book in the new adult psychological thriller Nocte Trilogy from Courtney Cole. See below for details and buy links.

Lux (The Nocte Trilogy #3) by Courtney Cole

Lux (The Nocte Trilogy #3) by Courtney Cole

About the Book
Title: Lux
Series: Nocte Trilogy #3
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Release Date: October 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them. Who is dead? Alive? Insane? What is the truth? I don’t know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie. My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed. Every answer to every question.

It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid. Be terrified.

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Nocte (Nocte Trilogy #1) by Courtney Cole

Nocte (Nocte Trilogy #1) by Courtney Cole

About Book 1
Title: Nocte
Series: Nocte Trilogy #1
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
SAVE ME AND I’LL SAVE YOU….

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.

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Verum (Nocte Trilogy #2) by Courtney Cole

Verum (Nocte Trilogy #2) by Courtney Cole

About Book 2
Title: Verum
Series: Nocte Trilogy #2
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Release Date: February 2 , 2015
Genre: New Adult Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning. My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets. Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness. But the truth will set me free. It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared? I am.

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Initium (The Nocte Trilogy #2.5) by Courtney Cole

Initium (The Nocte Trilogy #2.5) by Courtney Cole

About the Book
Title: Initium
Series: Nocte Trilogy #2.5
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Release Date: September 24 , 2015
Genre: New Adult Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
I never knew what the consequences would be. I say that like it’s a defense, an excuse. It’s not. It’s simply the truth.

I never knew what he would become to me. Through everything, he’s become everything. My rock, my air, my love. My everything.

And then…. Things changed. Because it was wrong. Because sometimes, our sons must pay for the sins of their fathers. Or their mothers.

I’m afraid that I’m lost, that I’m damned. After you read this, you’ll probably agree. Really, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I save him. Because he shouldn’t pay for my sin.

Judge me if you like. But keep reading. This is our beginning. This is where the darkness truly starts.

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Author Courtney Cole

Author Courtney Cole

About the Author
Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own.

Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website. Sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks.

Where to Find Courtney Cole
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#1LineWed – Time

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Time. Here’s a couple of lines from Cyrus’s POV from The Uprising.

I can’t pretend her sleeping with that douche doesn’t piss me off. I want to punch something every time I see him, which is pretty much every fucking day.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway – ZIA, The Teenage Zombie and The Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

ZIA, The Teenage Zombie & the Undead Diaries Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for ZIA, The Teenage Zombie & the Undead Diaries, a teenage zombie romance by Angela Scott. See below for information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ZIA, The Teenage Zombie & the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

ZIA, The Teenage Zombie & the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

About the Book
Title:
 Zia, The Teenage Zombie and The Undead Diaries
Author: Angela Scott
Publisher: Black Pines Press
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Zombie Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
Zia would give anything to be a typical teenager… again. Heck, she’d settle for being a vampire or smelly werewolf, but a member of the walking dead? The lowliest of all the monsters? No way!

Nothing is worse than being a skin-sloughing, limb-losing, maggot-housing, brain-craving undead girl. Nothing.

It wouldn’t be so bad if humans didn’t insist on “Living Impaireds” wearing bands to keep their insatiable appetites in check. And if LIs want to coexist with humans, then rules must be followed, no matter how ludicrous they might seem.

Why do undead teenagers have to go to high school anyway?

Zia does her best to blend in and go unnoticed, but when a new group of LIs are bussed in from another school and she finds herself part of a growing horde, all bets are off.

Besides, rules are meant to be broken—especially when an unbeating heart is pulled in two different directions.

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Excerpt
“Hey, you dropped something.”

I turn around, surprised anyone else was in the hall with me, and see Eli holding something of mine in his hand. 

I’m not sure what to make of this or even where he came from—most likely the stoner boys’ bathroom where he snuck a smoke or something. He’s popular in a dangerous, non-lethal, totally human way. He’s been mistaken for a vamp before, with his dark leather jacket and the usual black pants. He isn’t a vamp at all. He just dresses like one. 

Eli Olsen is a normal human. Why is he talking to me? 

I retrace a few of my steps and he meets me in the middle. He holds his hand out toward me, and I’m immediately petrified and embarrassed. 

He’s holding my finger in the palm of his hand. My finger!

“Oh my gosh!” I look down at my hand, hoping beyond all hope the finger he is holding isn’t mine. But it is. It fell off and I didn’t even realize it. “I’m so sorry.” I snatch it from his hand. When I look at his face, I don’t see any hint of horror. He stands there as if he was handing me a piece of gum or something equally common and not my detached finger. 

The bell rings and I hurry and shove it in my pocket, not sure what else to do with it. Kids file out of the classroom and push past, for the most part ignoring us.

I turn to leave since I’m already running behind and also want to hide my utter humiliation. 

Eli grabs my arm and stops me. “I can fix that,” he says, motioning to the finger in my pocket. “That is, if you want me to.”

I still don’t understand why he is talking to me. He never talked to me before I was a zombie; we didn’t run in the same circles. “Okay.” I’m not sure why I say that. Maybe because I had no idea what to do with my finger, anyway. 

He starts to walk away, heading in the opposite direction, but calls back, “Meet me in Mr. T’s room after school.”

I nod, but worry this might be some sort of sick joke. Humans think it’s funny to mock and terrorize us. We’re the monsters, but they’re the bullies. 

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It’s weird to have a finger in my pocket. No one else knows it’s there, and only Lewis notices it’s missing from my hand.

“Umm… you had five fingers on that hand this morning, didn’t you?” He takes a big bite from his lamb sandwich—his usual. It’s chilly outside, but not too bad, and so we sit together on a bench under the school marquee.

“Yeah.” I reach in my pocket and pull it out to show him.

Lewis is a good friend. He doesn’t even back away. “That’s nasty.” He takes another bite of his sandwich.

“I know.” I shove the wrinkled digit back in my pocket. “Eli says he can help me fix it.”

He tips his head and raises an eyebrow. “Eli? As in Eli Olsen?”

I nod before I sip at my thermos. Gooey chunks of meaty flesh and blood slide down my throat.

“I thought he was expelled for punching Marcus in the face last week.” Marcus is a vamp—a mean one, at that. He’s a least six-foot-five and weighs over two hundred pounds. I can’t imagine Eli punching him in the face. He’s not tall enough, for one thing, and it would have surly gotten him killed for another. Since Eli is still alive, it seems like something is wrong with the story.

“I have no idea. He’s here, that’s all I know.”

“So how the heck is he going to fix your finger?”

“Not sure. He told me to meet him in Mr. T’s room after school.”

“The wood shop class?” Lewis cringes. “There’s a lot of stuff in there that could be used to kill you. Are you sure that’s a good idea?”

I shrug and take another sip from my thermos. It always tastes better at 98.7 degrees. I settle for room temperature. “If I show up at home without a finger, my dad will start crying again. He already feels bad enough for doing this to me. If I can’t get it fixed somehow, he’ll just end up feeling even worse.”

“What about the school nurse?” He pops some strips of uncooked bacon in his mouth.

“How would she fix it? With a band-aid? Besides, we both know she would never help someone like me. She’s too afraid.” I slurp what’s left at the bottom of my thermos. It’s never enough and I’m still hungry.

“You’re probably right. Well, I guess it can’t hurt to see what Eli can do. Worst case scenario, he ends up killing you.”

“Gee, thanks.”

Lewis pats me on the back before he stands and makes a jump shot, landing his sandwich wrapper in the garbage can thirty feet away. Too bad they won’t let him on the basketball team. Our one-win-in-five-games team could use his help. Humans are stupid sometimes.

He starts to walk away but turns to look at me once more. “If you don’t make it out alive, I sure am going to miss you.” He smiles, and his dimples make their appearance on his handsome face.

Too bad he’s a werewolf.

Moreover, too bad I’m a zombie.

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I push open the door to Mr. T’s room and hesitate before stepping inside. Large machines and shiny metal tools line the walls and various work benches. There’s an ominous humming coming from one extra intimidating machine to my left, and there’s an overall painter-sawdusty smell that permeates the air. Crap. Lewis was right. I could lose more than my brain here. 

I’m about to change my mind and walk away when Eli calls to me. “Zia, over here!”  He’s sitting near the back, his backpack tossed on the floor, and several bottles of chemicals on the table in front of him. He waves me over. 

I didn’t even know he knew my name. Being only one of two zombies in the school, I should have figured he’d know. 

I start walking to where he sits, waiting for me. The wood shop is empty. Not even the teacher is here, which I find rather disturbing. Shouldn’t someone be monitoring our activity? What if Eli is about to blow up the place with his chemical concoction or tries to decapitate me? There are laws against both of those things, but it doesn’t stop some people from trying it.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he says. “I think I got it figured out.”

I’m still not sure about this. Sandpaper lies next to everything else he has placed on the table. Sandpaper can’t be good. 

“You still got your finger?” He looks at me, and I nod. I reach in my pocket and hand it over to him. 

He turns it over, studying it, before he sets it down. “Let me see your hand.”

I’m rather embarrassed. I’ve been trying to hide it all day—self-conscious, I guess. 

“It’s okay.” He holds his hand out to me, and I slowly slip my hand into his. He doesn’t freak or scream. He looks at the knuckle where the finger snapped off and stares at the jagged bone. “Do you know how you did it?” 

I shake my head. “I have no idea. It was attached one minute. The next, it was in your hand.”

“Interesting,” he says while still holding my hand in his. He glances at me and smiles. “So you don’t feel any pain at all?”

“No, nothing.”

“Then you need to be more careful.”

I indicated my finger on the table. “Don’t I know it.”

“Your hand’s really cold.” He turns my hand first one way and then another. 

“Sorry.” I try to pull my hand from his, but he continues to hold it and doesn’t let go. 

“It’s okay,” he says. “It doesn’t bother me.”

I ask the question that’s been on my mind all day. “Why are you doing this?”

He narrows his brows and looks at me as though I’ve asked an odd question. “I thought I could help.”

“That’s exactly what I mean. No one helps me. Not now, anyway.”

He’s still holding my hand. “I refuse to play school politic type games. I have nothing against vamps or werewolves”—he pauses and looks at me—”or zombies, but if anyone tries to bite me or suck my blood, I’ll have to kill them.”

I nod. “Fair enough.” I wouldn’t expect any less. It was only several months ago I carried a wooden stake, a machete, and small pistol loaded with silver bullets in my backpack. ‘Tis the way of the world now. Most everyone has some sort of concealed weapon on them, including preschool children. 

Now, I’m on the other side, hoping no one will use their weapons on me. I do my best to behave and follow the rules, all of them, even if I don’t completely agree. 

“For the epoxy to stick, I’ll have to sand down the two ends of the bones. They won’t match up and hold together otherwise, but I can have this fixed in no time.”

I watch him fold the sandpaper lengthwise, grab my hand once again, and with as much gentleness he can afford, he runs it across my exposed bone, being careful not to nick the remaining skin around it. 

“You doing okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. It doesn’t hurt.” Vibrations run up the length of my arm. That’s it. I feel no pain. 

“Did you miss the bus?”

“Yeah, but that’s okay. If you can fix my finger, it will be worth it. My dad is still having a hard time with this whole me being-a-zombie thing.”

“I can give you a ride home if you like.”

“That’s okay. I don’t want to put you out. You’re doing enough as it is and, really, I can walk. It’s not far.” My home is only a few miles from the school. If I’m lucky, don’t run into trouble and walk faster than my normal gait, I should be home a little after dark. 

“And risk you losing another finger? No way. I’ll take you home.”

“Eli, that’s nice and everything, but…I’ll stink up your car. It’s not an easy smell to get rid of either. It’s better if I walk.” I hate bringing it up.

“I have a motorcycle. The smell won’t even be a problem.” He looks up and stops sanding my finger. “Besides, your smell isn’t that bad. Rory’s is much worse.”

He picks up my finger and sands the bone. When he finishes, he sets it aside and begins to mix the powder and liquid compounds. 

“This will set fast, so I’ve got to get it right the first time. You don’t want me gluing your finger on backwards.” 

A backward finger would be the least of my problems, but I don’t say so. He puts a bit of the goo on my finger, takes my hand once more, and presses the two pieces together. 

“Isn’t Isabelle your sister or something?” He continues to hold my finger in place.

“Or something. She’s my step-sister. Why?”

He shakes his head. “No reason. I was trying to connect the dots. I guess being step-sisters would explain why you’re pretty cool to talk to and she’s… not. No offense, but she’s a bit of a snob.”

“No offense taken. I completely agree with you. Imagine what it’s like living with her.”

Eli laughs a little. “That’s okay. I’d rather not.” He releases my hand. “Test that out. See what you think.”

I bend my finger and move it around. It seems to be working fine. Eli grabs my reattached digit and gives it a tug. “Don’t toot.”

“What?”

“Never mind,” he says. “Bad joke. Looks like it’s holding.”

Eli did a great job. He even glued the skin around my finger into place and unless someone looks closely, no one could even tell.

“Thanks. It looks almost as good as new.””No problem. Let me clean up here and then I’ll take you home.”

He’s the first human, besides my parents, to take any interest in me. It’s kind of strange. Even though I’m not sure what to make of it, I like it. 

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Author, Angela Scott

Author Angela Scott

About the Author
I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author.

For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it. 

Where to Find Angela Scott
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The Ready Series Release Week – Sale + Excerpt – Never Been Ready by J.L. Berg

Pre-Order Sale - The Ready Series

J.L. Berg’s The Ready Series Box Set is now available for pre-order for just $0.99! See below for information on the box set, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt from Never Been Ready to Wed, the third book in this bestselling contemporary romance series.

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

About the Box Set
Title: The Ready Series Box Set
Series: Ready #1-4
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Fall in love with the Ready Series…from the very beginning.

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a series of heartbreak, second chances, and sweeping love stories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Family, future…forever. It all begins here.

Are you Ready?

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

“This is the most beautifully written, heartfelt romance I have ever read.”
“Do yourself a favor. Get this book.”
“J.L. Berg has done it again… 5+ stars for Mia and Garrett.”

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Never Been Ready Teaser

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Excerpt
Much like I had done at her house, she settled herself on the sofa, making herself comfortable without asking permission. She had her spunk back tonight. Dressed in a low-cut black sweater, a short pink skirt, and heels, she looked fierce and very tempting. The flustered girl I’d walked in on last week was gone, and Leah, the firecracker I’d met in bed all those months ago, was back. Having met both sides of her now, I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

“So, when exactly do I get my striptease?” I asked.

“Well, that’s up to you, Hotshot.”

“Hotshot?”
“Yep. Cocky attitude, arrogant disposition, and sexy as fuck —it’s a good nickname.”

“All right, so what are your terms, Leah?”

I fought back the urge to touch her. Stuffing my hands into my pockets, I paced the room in a vain attempt at keeping myself from just saying, Fuck it, and pinning her against the wall before she could lay down any terms or requirements. Because whatever she was about to say, I was going to agree. She didn’t know it, but she had my balls in her perfect little hands, and I was at her fucking mercy. I both hated and wanted her at the same time. She made me feel out of control and weak with need. I couldn’t stop the pursuit, and I couldn’t walk away.

“I will not be an easy fuck whenever you get too lazy to find a new bimbo for the evening. I will not allow you in my bed, wondering where you’ve been and what kind of sloppy seconds I’m getting,” she declared.

Then, she said the one thing I never wanted to hear.

“I want to be exclusive with you —for however long we decide to do this. I don’t care about labels or dates. You don’t have to take me out to dinner, bring me flowers, or buy me anniversary presents. The only thing I ask is that, for the time we are together, you are mine.”

“Yes,” I answered immediately, surprising us both.

“Yes? That’s it? No counteroffer? No freak-out or temper tantrum, Declan?”

“No, Leah, no temper tantrum. Just one request.” I joined her on the sofa. My thigh brushed hers, and I heard her breath falter.

“And what’s that, Hotshot?”

Make it two,” I amended. “First, the same rules apply to you. While we’re together, for however long, you’re mine, Leah,” I purred against her ear.

“Her eyes widened, and her breath became ragged, giving me a quick sense of satisfaction because I’d broken through her calm and collected exterior.

“And second?” she asked timidly.

“Don’t fucking call me Hotshot.”

She visibly relaxed and snorted out a laugh before saying, “So not happening, Hotshot.”

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Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia.

Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.

When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Where to find J.L. Berg
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter

Release Day – All Hallows Eve (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham

All Hallows Eve Release

Today is release day for All Hallows Eve, a novella in the paranormal romance series, Krewe of Hunters by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham.See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

All Hallows Eve (Krewe of Hunters #17.5) by Heather Graham

All Hallows Eve (Krewe of Hunters #17.5) by Heather Graham

About the Book
Title:
 All Hallows Eve
Series: Krewe of Hunters #17.5
Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Salem was a place near and dear to Jenna Duffy and Samuel Hall—it was where they’d met on a strange and sinister case.

They never dreamed that they’d be called back. That history could repeat itself in a most macabre and terrifying fashion.

But, then again, it was Salem at Halloween. Seasoned Krewe members, they still find themselves facing the unspeakable horrors in a desperate race to save each other—and perhaps even their very souls.

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All Hallows Eve Teaser 1

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Excerpt
Come to me. Please, come to me.

The words seemed real to Elyssa Adair, like a whisper in her mind, as she looked up at the old mansion.

The Mayberry Mortuary was decked out in a fantastic Halloween décor, customary each year starting October 1. It sat high on a jagged bluff near the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts. Just driving toward it, at night, was like being in a horror movie. Dense trees lined the paved drive and it was surrounded by a graveyard. The old Colonial building, when captured beneath the moonlight, seemed to rise from the earth in true Gothic splendor.

She shivered and looked around at her friends, wondering if the words had been spoken by one of them. Vickie Thornton and Barry Tyler sat in the backseat, laughing with one another and making scary faces. Nate Fox was driving, his dark eyes intent on the road.

No one in the car had spoken to her.

She gave herself a silent mental shake. She could have sworn she’d actually heard a whisper. Clear as day. Come to me. Strangely, she wasn’t afraid. She loved the artistry of Halloween—the fun of it—and few places in the world embraced the day like Salem.

This was home and she loved Salem, despite the sad history of witch trials and executions. A lot of that was steeped in lure and myth, but the local Peabody Essex museum and other historic venues seemed to go out of their way to remind visitors of the horror that came from petty jealousy and irrational fear.

“Boo,” Nate said, leaning toward her.

She jumped with a start.

She’d been deeply involved in her thoughts and the view of the old mansion. Nate, Vickie, and Barry all giggled at her surprise.

“Do you have to do that,” she murmured.

He frowned, his eyes back on the road. “Elyssa, we’ve done this every year since we were kids. So are you really scared now?”

“Of course not,” she said, and tried to smile.

She loved Nate. They were both just eighteen, but they’d been seeing one another since their freshman year. She was young, as everyone kept reminding her, but she knew that she would love him all of her life. Despite them being opposites.       She was a bookworm, born and raised in the East, red hair and green eyes. He was from South Dakota, a Western boy, whose mom had been from nearby Marblehead but whose dad had been a half Lakota Sioux. He was tall and dark with fabulous cheekbones and a keen sense of ethics and justice. He was their high school’s quarterback, and she was debate team captain.

“Don’t be silly,” she said. “Last year, I played a zombie, remember?”

And what a role. She’d arose from the embalming table and attacked one of her classmates who’d played the mortician, terrifying the audience.

Nate grinned. “That you did. And what a lovely zombie you were.”

Please.

She heard the single word and realized no one in the car had spoken it.

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All Hallows Eve Teaser 2

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Author Heather Graham

Author Heather Graham

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.

Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

Where to find K.A. Tucker
Goodreads | Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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The Ready Series Release Week – Sale + Excerpt – Ready to Wed by J.L. Berg

Pre-Order Sale - The Ready Series

J.L. Berg’s The Ready Series Box Set is now available for pre-order for just $0.99! See below for information on the box set, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt from Ready to Wed, the second book in this bestselling contemporary romance series.

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

The Ready Series by J.L. Berg

About the Box Set
Title: The Ready Series Box Set
Series: Ready #1-4
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Fall in love with the Ready Series…from the very beginning.

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a series of heartbreak, second chances, and sweeping love stories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Family, future…forever. It all begins here.

Are you Ready?

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

“This is the most beautifully written, heartfelt romance I have ever read.”

“Do yourself a favor. Get this book.”

“J.L. Berg has done it again… 5+ stars for Mia and Garrett.”

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Excerpt
“I can’t believe they wouldn’t let me carry on my garment bag!” I said with a huff.

“Well, it was quite large,” Logan said, pointing to our gate and taking a seat in our designated area.

Maddie immediately pulled out a book from her backpack of activities that we’d packed for her, and she began reading – or pretending to read. Either way, she was quite, and I thanked the heavens for the few minutes of peace. I loved her more than I’d ever though possible, but man, could she talk. I guessed I shouldn’t be surprised, considering who had given birth to her. I wasn’t known for being quiet. Especially when I was nervous, I’d babble a lot.

“It wasn’t that large! Okay…it was, but crap, they let that duded in front of us bring his guitar.” I pouted.

“Hey,” Logan said, pulling my chin level so that our eyes were locked. “It will be fine. Nothing can ruin this week, okay? By the end of this weekend, you will be mine. I wouldn’t care if you were in a burlap sack, Clare. The only thing that matters is that you say those vows and bind yourself to me for eternity. Got it?”

“Yes,” I said, a bit breathless.

“Good.” He gave me a quick wink before pulling Maddie onto his lap.

He took over reading for her, pointing to the words and helping her sound them out. I just watched, loving the picture perfect the two of them made. I would have never guessed, walking into that emergency room several months ago when Maddie had fallen and given herself a concussion, that I would wind up here. Logan had not only healed Maddie that day, but he’d also been healing all of us ever since.

About thirty minutes later, the announcement came that our flight was boarding. We packed up Maddie’s things and headed for the gate to check in. With Maddie bouncing up and down in his arms, Logan ran his free hand down my cheek, his eyes suddenly filling with emotion.

“Ready to go get married?” he asked.

“Absolutely.”

Smiling, he grabbed my hand, and we walked toward our future.

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Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia.

Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.

When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Where to find J.L. Berg
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter

Release Day + Sale – No Weddings Box Set by Kat and Stone Bastion

No Weddings Box Set Release Day

Today is release day for The No Weddings box set by Kat and Stone Bastion. This limited edition collection contains all four novels of the bestselling best of 2014 No Weddings Series, plus a sneak peek of Heartbreaker, the first spinoff novel in The Unbreakable Series. See below for information and buy links. And today only, you can pick up the collection for just $0.99 — a savings of $9.00!

No Weddings Box Set by Kat and Stone Bastion

No Weddings Box Set by Kat and Stone Bastion

About the Box Set
Title:
The No Weddings Series
Series:
No Weddings #1-4
Author: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKAmazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
A limited edition box set of the Bestselling Best of 2014 No Weddings Series, including the novels No Weddings, One Funeral, Two Bar Mitzvahs, and Three Christmases. PLUS a sneak peek of Heartbreaker, the first spinoff novel in The Unbreakable Series.

The No Weddings Limited Edition Box Set includes:
No Weddings
One Funeral
Two Bar Mitzvahs
Three Christmases
…PLUS a sneak peek of Heartbreaker

No Weddings
Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

One Funeral
The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free.

Two Bar Mitzvahs
Summer heats up in this third book in the No Weddings Series, where Cade Michaelson strives to balance his and Hannah Martin’s new relationship with the growing demands of his financial success.

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No Weddings Box Set

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NO WEDDINGS SERIES NAMED BEST OF 2014 BY:
Agents of Romance ~ No Weddings “One of the Best Romantic Comedies of the Year!”

Book Bumblings ~ The No Weddings Series “…I love for the realistic drama. And the dirty talk. And the non-dirty parts of their banter. And the humor.”

Bookish Temptations ~
Favorite Books: No Weddings and One Funeral
Favorite Couple: Cade Michaelson and Hannah Martin
Favorite Book Boyfriend: Cade Michaelson
Favorite Heroine: Hannah Martin
Favorite Secondary Characters: Cade’s sisters

Fresh Fiction ~ One Funeral chosen as their Fresh Pick for October 7, 2014

Lives & Breathes Book Blog ~ The No Weddings Series in Teri Beth’s Top 10 “The No Weddings Series is one of the best I have read that follows one couple. Cade and Hannah are both lovable characters, the storyline is real and entertaining, and the banter is fun and witty.”

Orchard Book Club ~ No Weddings in Nicola’s Top 6 of 2014 “I loved it, and I mean REALLY loved it!”

The Smutsonian ~ Best First Book in a Series: No Weddings

The SubClub Books ~ No Weddings in Gaz’s Top 14 Reads of 2014

Trips Down Imagination Road ~ Best Book Read in 2014: No Weddings
Best Series
Best Sequel
Most Memorable Character: Cade Michaelson
Newest Fictional Crush: Cade Michaelson
Most FUN to read: “The No Weddings series, I was laughing aloud and feeling the fun right along with them!”

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Authors Kat and Stone Bastion

Authors Kat and Stone Bastion

About the Authors
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.

Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick. Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.

When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Where to Find Kat and Stone Bastion
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Kat’s Twitter | Stone’s TwitterFacebook
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Release Day + Giveaway – Surviving Ice (Burying Water Series) by K.A. Tucker

Surviving Ice Release

Today is release day for Surviving Ice, the fourth book in the new adult romantic suspense series, Burying Water, by USA Today bestselling author, K.A. Tucker. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker

Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker

About the Book
Title:
 Surviving Ice
Series: Burying Water #4
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | KoboBAM | IndieBound | Google
UK Links: Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | Waterstones | Foyles
AU Links: Amazon | iBooks

Synopsis
Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin.  Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub.  Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him.  And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

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Surviving Ice Teaser 1

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Excerpt
It’s just a regular ringtone. For me, though, it’s the wail of a war siren, and I’m immediately alert. There is only one person who has this number, and I didn’t expect him to use it again so soon.

The tile is cool against my bare feet as I roll out of bed. I collect the phone from the nightstand with one fluid movement, unhindered by sheets or the morning sluggishness that an average person might face. Stepping through the propped-open patio doors and onto the balcony, I answer with a low, curt “Yeah.” The sky is just beginning to lighten over the quiet bay. Dozens of boats sit moored below, their passengers lulled into deep sleep by the ocean air and rhythmic waves. I’m high enough up that I’m not likely to offend anyone with my lack of clothing, especially at this hour. Not that I’m truly concerned by it.

“Ice.”

The code name is a sharp contrast to the warm breeze skating across my bare skin. My adrenaline begins to spike, all the same. Hearing it means that I will be forced to leave this haven soon. Sooner than I had hoped.

“How is recovery going?”

I instinctively peer down at the angry red scar on the outside of my thigh, where a bullet drilled into my flesh and muscle just three weeks ago, outside of Kabul. I nearly bled out before I made it to the doc. He patched me up on a makeshift operating table, buried deep in a maze of rooms, and charged me a hefty price.

“Like new,” I lie.

“Good.” Bentley’s voice is rich and smooth, a welcome sound in a sea of strangers. “Where are you now?”

I peer out over the beautiful vista of crystal blue water and whitewashed stone buildings, the volcanic rock cliffs in the distance, reluctant to divulge my location. I sank a good chunk of my last payout on renting this one-bedroom villa for the month. It’s my private sanctuary, where I can revel in anonymity and peace for a while, before finding somewhere else to drift to.

Bentley has never asked before.

But he also has the technical capabilities to trace this call. If he really wants to find out, then he will. In fact, the second I picked up, he probably already had his answer. “Where do I need to be?” I say instead.

“San Francisco.”

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Survivng Ice Teaser 2

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Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker

Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker

About Book 1
Title:
 Becoming Rain
Series: Burying Water #2
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | BAM | IndieBound | Google | Blio
UK Links: Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Google | Waterstones | Foyles

Synopsis
Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings.

But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

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Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker

About Book 2
Title:
 Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
AUS Links: Apple | Amazon | Google |  Bookworld
UK Links: Amazon | iBooks | Google | Sainsbury’s | Waterstones | Foyles | WHSmith

Synopsis
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

You can read the first four chapters of Burying Water in the back of In Her Wake, a Ten Tiny Breaths prequel novella from Trent’s point of view. In Her Wake is on sale September 1, 2014, but you can preorder a copy now.

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Chasing River (Burying Water #3) by K.A. Tucker

Chasing River (Burying Water #3) by K.A. Tucker

About Book 3
Title:
 Chasing River
Series: Burying Water #3
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | KoboBAM | IndieBound | Google
UK Links: Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | Waterstones | Foyles

Synopsis
Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin.  Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub.  Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him.  And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

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Author K.A. Tucker

Author K.A. Tucker

About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Where to find K.A. Tucker
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Pinterest | Instagram

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