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Cover Reveal – Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones) by Rachel Van Dyken

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken, is revealing the cover to Untouchable Darkness, the second book in her paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, releasing on December 29. See below for information on the book and pre-order links.

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: Untouchable Darkness
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To love a Dark One is to invite death…

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I’ve been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal–as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I’ve always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.

And today I tasted fear for the first time.

How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?

A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.​

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the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon
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Release + Giveaway and Sale – Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights) by Lauren Blakely

Sinful Longing Release

Tomorrow is release day for Sinful Longing, the third book in the contemporary romance series, Sinful Nights by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lauren Blakely. For a limited time, you can pick up the ebook of Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in the series, for free. See below for all the details, buy links, and information on her giveaway.

Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights #3) by Lauren Blakely

Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights #3) by Lauren Blakely

About The Book
Title:
Sinful Longing
Series: Sinful Nights #3
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | iBooks UKKobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
He’s the inked brother. The one you’re wondering about. The bad boy of the family.

Colin Sloan has a past. He’s done things he’s not proud of, but he’s living differently now. Making changes in his life. Working hard, working out harder, and trying to win over one woman.

He’s utterly crazy about Elle Mariano, and though the sex is epic, their friends-with-benefits arrangement just isn’t cutting it anymore. He wants all of her, and is determined to prove he’s what she needs in her life.

Elle is fiery, loyal, and in major lust with Colin Sloan. He’s everything she craves in a man — smart, sexy, kind — and a rock star between the sheets. But his past hits too close to home for her, and the people she has to protect. There isn’t room in her life for a relationship with Colin. Especially when she’s forced to keep a secret that could tear his family apart…

SINFUL LONGING is the third book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series…This high-heat, high-stakes romance series follows the Sloan family as each sibling falls madly in love against the backdrop of sin, money, greed, passion, mystery and suspense…

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Excerpt #1
“Do you like the music?” he whispered, his lips so close to her skin. Goose bumps rose on her flesh as she blinked open her eyes.

He raised a hand to adjust his tie—he was always doing that, as if ties weren’t his thing—and her gaze settled on his fingers.

Magic fingers, she called them. She knew what they could do to her.

“Yes, I like the music,” she said, trying to center herself.

“I do, too,” he said softly, then stroked his chin. “It’s beautiful. And it reminds me of something.”

She raised an eyebrow. “What does it remind you of? Some other piece of music?” She hadn’t known him to be a classical fan. He was rock, alternative, and indie music all the way.

He shook his head. “Not music. But something else I enjoy. Trying to remember exactly what.”

“Tell me,” she whispered, her curiosity now piqued. Her eyes met his. She searched those dark brown irises, as if she could find the answer there.

The sounds from the stage grew louder. “Wait. I think I know.”

She widened her eyes, and held out her hands as if to say tell me now.

“Turn back to the stage. It helps me think.”

She shot him a look, because that made no sense. Shrugging, she returned her focus to the musicians and the victorious sound of the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth.

“Ah, that’s it,” Colin whispered. “Now I remember. It reminds me of that thing you like so much.”

That thing.

His fingers gently traveled up her neck. A small gasp escaped her lips. “Your neck. The way you move when I kiss you right here,” he said, stopping to trace the outline of one of her birds with the pad of his thumb. She nearly moaned out loud. Elle was convinced every woman had a spot on her body that melted her from head to toe when touched the right way by the right man.

For Elle, it was her neck.

“How you sound when I touch your shoulder,” he continued, letting his fingers graze her collarbone. Her bones turned liquid. Any ounce of resolve still left in her evaporated. She could say it was the thrill of the night, that it was the joy of hitting a massively vital professional goal, or perhaps it was the fact that no one had made her feel this way in years.

But none of that was true.

It was him. He just did something to her.

A shiver rolled down her spine. “No, it doesn’t sound like that at all,” she said, trying faintly to deny the way she responded to him.

He nodded vigorously. “Yes, it does. Just listen to that crescendo. It sounds like you when I— ”

She grabbed his thigh and dug in her nails. The contact silenced him, but reminded her of how much she liked contact with him.

Great job, Elle.

Being so close to him was an injection of lust in her bloodstream, and Elle knew what happened when she was ruled by lust. She knew it well, and she had the lifetime of upended choices to show for it.

Not that she regretted anything in retrospect.

Not one bit.

But she was older and wiser now. Wasn’t she?

She must be, because that wisdom was jostling its way to the front of her brain, trying to strike a deal with her body. They’d tangoed, they’d played—they’d done plenty. But she’d only fully had this man a few times. Maybe one more time and she could finally eradicate him from all her thoughts, from the dirty dreams that lasted all night and lingered too long during the day. She could say good-bye to these rampant hormones, and concentrate on her job, her family, and her promises.

There was no reason not to enjoy the final minutes of this evening to the fullest. One last night of passion, then she could move on from this turbulence of longing that engulfed her every time Colin Sloan was near. Let go of the longing, let go of him.

She couldn’t have him in her life, but she could have one more night.

The concert ended, and the crowd applauded; their clapping and cheering rang through the ballroom.

Seize the night. She turned to face him. Arched an eyebrow. Took on his challenge.

Forget poker. She had other plans now. “So what’s the new tattoo, Colin? You ready to show me?”

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Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely

Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely

About Book 1 – Currently Available for FREE!
Title:
Sweet Sinful Nights
Series: Sinful Nights #1
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | iBooks UKKobo

Synopsis
She was the one who got away…

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him — Maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.

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Sinful Desire (Sinful Nights #2) by Lauren Blakely

Sinful Desire (Sinful Nights #2) by Lauren Blakely

About Book 2
Title:
Sinful Desires
Series: Sinful Nights #2
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | iBooks UKKobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Scorching. Passionate. Suspenseful… Be consumed by the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Sinful Nights Series!

Their passion was beyond control…

Control.

It’s what Ryan Sloan values most. Control of his business, control of his secrets, control of his days and nights. With the way his life spiraled in the past, he needs to stay in charge of his present.

Giving up control.

It’s what Sophie Winston craves. After a wildly successful career, she’s stepped away from the business world and is now focused on her work as her city’s most noted philanthropist.

When she meets Ryan Sloan, the chemistry is scorching, and utterly undeniable. Their desire for each other runs red hot. He wants everything she’s willing to give him in bed, and she wants him to take her to new heights as only he can.

Soon, he has to have more. All of her — heart, mind and body.

The only trouble is, he hasn’t been honest about how he met her and the dangerous connection he has to her brother.

When the truth is revealed, he’ll have to give more of himself than he’s bargained for or risk losing the only woman he’s ever let into his heart.

SINFUL DESIRE is book two in the New York Times Bestselling SINFUL NIGHTS series, a four-book series. Each full-length novel features a new couple. This high-heat, high-stakes sexy romance series follows the Sloan family as each sibling falls madly in love against the backdrop of sin, money, greed, passion, mystery and suspense…

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Author Lauren Blakely

Author Lauren Blakely

About the Author
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists.

Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers!

Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, and Fighting Fire. She recently released Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

Where to Find Lauren Blakely
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Pinterest | Instagram

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Release Day + Giveaway – Beauty and the Boss (Modern Fairytales) by Diane Alberts

Beauty and the Boss Release

Today is release day for Beauty and the Boss, the first book in the contemporary romance Modern Fairytales series by New York Times bestselling author, Diane Alberts. See below for information on the book, buy links, and details on her giveaway.

Beauty and the Boss (Modern Fairytales #1) by Diane Alberts

Beauty and the Boss (Modern Fairytales #1) by Diane Alberts

About the Book
Title:
 Beauty and the Boss
Series: Modern Fairytales #1
Author: Diane Alberts
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Beauty is about to tame her beast…

Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men, and it doesn’t help that she can’t keep her eyes off of her sexy boss – the one everyone else in the office calls The Beast.

Relationships in the office are forbidden. So no one is more surprised than Maggie when she pretends to be his fiancée to save him during a difficult situation. Not only has she put her job on the line, but the future of the company.

Billionaire Benjamin Gale III doesn’t believe in love or romance, but the look on his mother’s face when Maggie tells her that she’s his fiancée is worth millions. Instead of firing her for her insubordination, he goes along with the ruse. In his arms-and in his bed-she’d be everything he could ever want…which is why he can’t have her.

But if he doesn’t let her go, they’ll lose everything…

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Author Diane Alberts

Author Diane Alberts

About the Author
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Where to Find Diane Alberts
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

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Release Day + Giveaway – Dark Shadows by Toni Vallan

Dark Shadows Cover Reveal

Author Toni Vallan is revealing the cover to Dark Shadows, a young adult horror/thriller releasing on November 16. See below for information on the book as well as a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Dark Shadows by Toni Vallan

Dark Shadows by Toni Vallan

About the Book
Title: Dark Shadows
Author: Toni Vallan
Genre: Young Adult Horror/Thriller
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
My name’s Ella Raimi.

Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue.

And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.

I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done.

And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.

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About the Author
Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.

Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

Where to Find Toni Vallan
Goodreads | Mailing List | Facebook

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Exclusive Interview with Deanna Dee, Author of Finish Him (Games of Love Series)

Author Deanna Dee

Author Deanna Dee

I’m delighted to spotlight author, Deanna Dee today. See below to her fascinating answers, plus details on her upcoming release, Finish Him, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance, Games of Love series.

Q: How would you best describe the type of books you write? Beyond the geek romance, I mean.
A: Excellent question. As far as genre goes, the books are new adult age-wise. Beyond that, they’re books about kind of who I was in college. I didn’t drink a whole ton. I didn’t really party. I wasn’t your “typical college student,” I guess, and I wanted to write about the kind of people I was and that I hung out with, the odd balls, if you will. So I guess I’d call them “new adult for the college student who feels like they’re ‘doing it wrong.’” Because you aren’t “doing it wrong.”

Q: What common denominator do all of your protagonists share?
A: They are outcasts. They all had a point where they didn’t feel like they belonged anywhere, which is how they found each other. They also all love to game, but that’s rather self-explanatory by their actions in the books.

Q: How do you approach character development?
A: I start writing. Maybe that isn’t the usual way, but I’ve found out my characters will reveal themselves if left to their own devices. So I let the words flow and let the character voice develop as it will. Somehow, in the end, I wind up with people..

Q: If you could build your ideal writing environment, and the budget was of no concern, what would it look like?
A: There would be figurines of dragons and wizards and any other mythical stuff you could find everywhere. I’d have a throne for an office chair, and I’d have some medieval-looking desk. There would be a huge window overlooking the water, and said window would have thick (possibly velvet) red curtains with gold trim. The ceiling would be vaulted. There would be torches in sconces. There would be a chandelier at the center, and the walls would be dark wood paneling. (No, I haven’t thought about this at all. Lol).

Q: What is the one thing, other than your computer (or pen and paper if you’re old school) you cannot write without?
A: Quiet. I need to be able to concentrate. Occasionally, I can write in a louder environment, but I have to really be in the zone.

Q: Who is your biggest writing influence?
A: That would be my dad. When I was a kid, I’d wander into the den/office he and my mother shared and say “dad, what are you doing?” He’d respond (while typing away on his typewriter), “I’m working on my book.” Somehow, that got planted in my head as a thing to do, and it’s turned into writing books for publication.

Q: If you could have lunch with one of your characters, who would you choose to sit down with and why?
A: ​Probably Craig or Scott. Both are the kind of guys I find it easiest to relate to. Craig is the teddy bear type, and Scott is the “you don’t expect it from him” guy. Either way, that would be one awesome lunch.

Q: What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far in 2015?
A: Can I cheat and say favorite series? (Well, I’m going to anyway.) So the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan, and if I had to pick a favorite from those, it would be The Royal Ranger.

Q: If for some reason you could no longer write romance, what genre would you write instead?
A: Fantasy (which I do as a different name). Fantasy is actually my first love. I came up with the idea of gamer romances, and I couldn’t get rid of it. So now I do both.

Q: And lastly, pretend you’re writing fan fiction — take a character from one book, plop them down in the world of another, and use a plot from a third book – who, where, and what happens.
A: Okay. I’ll take Lydia from my books, put her into Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles world, and give her the elemental powers of some wizards in Derek Landy’s Skullduggery Pleasant series. The result would be Lydia taking out the Lunar people with concentrated gusts of wind, fireballs, and waves of water. To put it shortly, she’d have way too much fun.

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Finish Him (The Games of Love #3) by Deanna Dee

Finish Him (The Games of Love #3) by Deanna Dee

About the Book – On Sale for just $0.99 through November 24!
Title: Finish Him
Series: The Games of Love #3
Author: Deanna Dee
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Synopsis
Round One, FLIRT

Sonya Black never expected a petty sibling quarrel could lead to her sister being drugged. Overcome with guilt, Sonya vows to bring the jerk to justice.

When she dives into her own investigation, she lands belly up in the company of Jaxon Nyles, the security guard who may have all the answers.

But being a detective isn’t as easy as Sonya thinks. On top of that, Jaxon always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Is he a suspect, or is he falling for her? More important, is she falling for him?

The round has begun.

Who will flirt? Who will win?

Will hearts break in the process?

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Author Deanna Dee

Author Deanna Dee

About Deanna Dee
Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena.

She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life.

The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that.

Where to Find Deanna Dee
Goodreads │ Website │ Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Instagram
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Sword (Le Fay Series) by Realm Lovejoy

Sword Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Sword, the second book in the young adult fantasy romance series, La Fay, by Realm Lovejoy. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Sword (Le Fay #2) by Realm Lovejoy

Sword (Le Fay #2) by Realm Lovejoy

About the Book
Title: Sword
Series: Le Fay #2
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Evil lurks. Camelot sits, vulnerable. The fate of a future king hangs in the balance.

After surviving a string of brutal trials, sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is an official member of Camelot. But beneath its shining façade, Camelot is a crumbling government where loyalties are divided.

Nobody believes Morgan’s suspicions that enemies are closing in. Prince Arthur, a boy more interested in playing video games than ruling, will not listen to her, and neither will Lancelot, Camelot’s head of security. Even Morgan’s friend Merlin refuses to take action.

When Morgan discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the future king, she must take her destiny—and his—into her own hands. With the sword Excalibur beckoning in the distance, Morgan embarks on a seemingly impossible mission. And before her journey ends, everyone will know what she is truly capable of . . .

In this second book in the LE FAY series, author Realm Lovejoy takes readers deep into the heart of a splintering Camelot. 

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Praise for the first book in the LE FAY series, Henge:
“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews 

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When I glance at Lancelot, he is studying me like he thinks I’ve gone mad, and it occurs to me I probably have a dark expression over my face.

“Look,” Lancelot says, bowing his head slightly. “Before the final trial, I told you that I wanted you to not think of me as the High Knight behind closed doors. That maybe we could be friends. I’m not sure if what I thought at the time is possible, but for one minute, let me be an ordinary person interested in your well-being. You are too hard on yourself. You have a bright future, though you may not see it right now. I see it.” He puts his hand on his chest to emphasize his conviction.

Seeing him friendlier makes me squirm—it’s somehow worse than when he’s being tough on me. I want to scream and run out of the room and over the hills.

He walks closer to me and I’m afraid he’ll smell my sweat.

“You’re tortured to hear this,” he says as if he can see through me. “I don’t know what happened to you in the past and what you’re suffering from, but if you could just trust me, I’ll prove to you that you’ll find a fulfilling career in Camelot.”

Turning my head, I hold my thin gown closer against my chest, afraid that it’s not enough cover.

“Please,” I say. “I appreciate your words, but you don’t understand—”

There is a knock at the opened door. Father peers in.

“Everything okay?” he asks sharply.

He glances at me before eyeing Lancelot.

“Everything is fine, sir,” Lancelot replies and steps away from me. “Good day, Ms. Le Fay. Glad we have an understanding.”

I catch the questioning look Father gives Lancelot. For a second Lancelot looks insecure as he slumps his shoulders just a tiny bit. I realize then that Father intimidates Lancelot. Father was once a highly respected knight himself. Lancelot is still young after all, especially for the High Knight.

Lancelot gives me a curt nod as Father guides him out.

“Apologies for the intrusion, sir,” Lancelot says.

Father doesn’t look happy. “I understand your job. I once had to do similar tasks myself.”

As I hear their footsteps recede, I am left to face dread. I don’t know what ideas will spring from my mind to deal with this conundrum. But I know whatever course of action I choose to take will be my worst and best idea—terrible and unstoppable, like a forest fire. I know this but cannot do anything about it, just as a drowning person cannot help but try to stay afloat to breathe. This is my attempt to take a breath before sinking. To push past that strong current that keeps me in one place.

I take the statue of Astolat off my nightstand and hold on to her.

“Please… please,” I whisper to her. “Don’t let me…”

Don’t let me what?

What am I afraid of doing?

As my room darkens, the question haunts me.

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Henge (Le Fay #1) by Realm Lovejoy

Henge (Le Fay #1) by Realm Lovejoy

About Book 1
Title: Henge
Series: Le Fay #1
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

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Author Realm Lovejoy

Author Realm Lovejoy

About the Author
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan.

Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.

Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art. She is agented by Jessica Regel.

Where to Find Realm Lovejoy
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

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Release + Giveaway – Wolf Bait (Wolf Cove) by Nina West

Wolf Bait Release

Tomorrow is release day for Wolf Bait, the first book in the contemporary romance series, Wolf Bait, by Nina West. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Wolf Bait (Wolf Cove #1) by Nina West

Wolf Bait (Wolf Cove #1) by Nina West

About the Book
Title:
 Wolf Bait
Series: Wolf Cove #1
Author: Nina West
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
When life turns to hell, most people talk about running away. Abbi Mitchell actually does it. Determined to escape her humiliating heartbreak and her overbearing mother, Abbi takes a summer job at a resort in Alaska. It’s supposed to be four months of snow-capped mountains, peaceful wilderness, and figuring out if she should wait for her lifelong sweetheart to come back, as he has promised he’ll do.

Instead, it’s Henry Wolf.

Owner of the luxury hotel chain, Henry Wolf is cool and composed, successful with everything he touches, and undeniably beautiful. And for some reason Abbi can’t fathom, he wants her—the farm girl from small town, USA with no corporate experience—as his personal assistant.

Abbi scrambles to meet his professional demands while she battles her growing attraction to him. Physical feelings she shouldn’t have because he’s her boss, because she’s way out of her league with him, and because they’ll never be reciprocated.

Until they are.

Will Abbi be able to let go of herself—her values, her dreams, and her inhibitions—to give him all that he’s demanding of her?

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Excerpt
When things take an ugly turn, people are always saying they’re going to pick up and move far away. Australia, France, anywhere that puts an ocean between them and their problems. Most don’t ever act on that. I certainly had no intention of doing so.

And then I went to that job fair in the city library, more than a little panicked about what I was going to do this summer. Recruiters were peddling administrative and counselor positions, trade internships, day care. Nothing I was interested in. Plus, they were all local Chicago-based positions. The last thing I wanted to do was stay in Chicago for the summer. I needed to separate myself from it and its bitter memories, if for only a few months until school started again in the fall.

But the idea of going back to Pennsylvania, where everyone including the cows had heard the nitty-gritty details about my breakup with Jed, was even more unappealing.

That’s what happens when you grow up in a small town and then go away to college with your high school sweetheart, who’s also the reverend’s son, who you were supposed to marry the summer after you both graduate college.

Who you’ve been saving yourself for.

Who you caught with his pants down and thrusting into some raven-haired jezebel.

And, while in the depths of despair, though you know better, you tell your upstanding, churchgoing mama, who is known around town as much for her raspberry pie as for her big mouth.

That scandal sure gave the folks of Greenbank something to talk about during Pennsylvania’s long, cold winter. It’s been months since D-Day, or what I like to call Dick Day, when I caught him.February 2, to be exact.

I’m sure tongues were wagging across pews during church service. When I visited over Easter weekend though, I got nothing but sympathetic nods and pats. Jed, sitting in the pew directly across from us, earned more than a few glowers. Not everyone shared those feelings, though. His father, Reverend Enderbey, decided that giving a sermon on man’s weakness for carnal flesh and the need for forgiveness and understanding would be more appropriate than discussing the resurrection of Christ that day.

Much like Jed promised me, Reverend Enderbey has promised my parents that this is just a momentary blip in Jed’s faith; that he’s feeling confused and needs to sort out his priorities. He’ll come back to me, after he’s done sowing his wild oats.

Why do they all think I’ll want to take him back?

He broke my heart that day, and has continued breaking it daily, every time I see him walking hand in hand around campus with her.

He’s not just sowing wild oats. They’re dating now.

So when I passed by the Wolf Hotels booth at the job fair a month ago and spotted the pamphlet with a beautiful vista of snow-capped mountains and forest, I immediately stopped and started asking questions, and within ten minutes I knew that Wolf Cove was my ticket away from sadness, temporarily at least. I just needed to get myself to Homer, Alaska. They’d provide transportation to the hotel, subsidized accommodations and meals onsite, and weekly transport to Homer, if needed, and in turn I’d work like a dog and keep my mind occupied.

The best part? It was almost 3,800 miles from everything I know.

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About the Author
Nina West lives in the city but spends her summers in the wilderness with her husband. She loves having a steaming cup of cocoa in one hand and a steamy story full of angst in the other.

Where to Find Nina West
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Guest Post + Giveaway – Jillian Dodd, Author of Vegas Love

Vegas Love Blog Tour

A special thank you to USA Today bestselling author, Jillian Dodd, for today’s guest post on her favorite scene to write in Vegas Love. To find out more about Jillian and her book, Vegas Love, a new adult romantic comedy, including buy links and a teaser, please see below.

My favorite scene to Write in Vegas Love

My favorite scene to Write in Vegas Love was when you first are introduced to Cash. He’s in a bar with his buddy and I love how much fun they are having.

“She’s giving me fuck-me eyes. I’m gonna make my move,” Jared says, referring to the hot girl he’s been drooling over since we got to the club.

As he starts to rise, I push his shoulder back down. “Don’t.”

“Why not? She’s hotter than hell.”

“Let her come to you.”

“What if she doesn’t?”

“Trust me on this.”

“Fine. Whatever. So, hey, next weekend, I think we should go to that music festival. Lots of alcohol and free love to be had.”

“Love is never free,” I say, teasing him. “You should know that after dating Prada Pauline.”

“She was certainly willing to let me spend my hard-earned money on her, but I cut her loose when she started going on about the C-word.”

“The C-word?”

“Commitment, dude. I’m not ready for a house and the white picket fence just yet.” He glances in the direction of the big-boomed girl again. “Too much fun to be had. So, should I get us tickets?”

“No, I have a wedding to go to in California.”

“Whose wedding?”

“Family friend. Maddox Harper.”

“The running back? Are you serious? He’s marrying that hot-as-hell supermodel.” He slaps my back. “Can you imagine how hot all the bridesmaids will be? Not to mention the guest list. I’ve always dreamed of being backstage at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. I bet that’s what the wedding will be like.”

“Except they’ll have their clothes on.”

“Dude, you have to take me. I’ll be your plus one.”

“It’s a small wedding.”

Jared picks up his beer and pouts. “You’re gonna get laid by some gorgeous model, and I’m going to be stuck here.” His eyes wander back toward boob girl.

“Stop looking at her. It makes you look desperate.”

“Did you see the tits on her? Hard not to stare.”

“She looks like a mis-formed Barbie doll. Like someone blew her boobs up just to see how big they could make them without her toppling over.”

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Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd

Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd

About the Book
Title:
 Vegas Love
Authors: Jillian Dodd
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKoboGooglePlay

Synopsis
Hollywood actress, Ashlyn Roberts, just had the worst week of her life. Her ex released a sex tape of them and just when she was convinced her current boyfriend was a keeper for standing by her side, he breaks up with her at a friend’s wedding.

She’s planning to drown her sorrows in booze when she meets a sexy stranger as she’s leaving the wedding and they end up in Vegas, married.

Cash Crawford is offered a dream job working with his brother as a junior talent agent.

He’ll put his shiny new law degree to good use and make a bunch of money in the process. His first task is simple: Keep Ashlyn Roberts out of trouble and don’t sleep with her.

Which might be kind of tough, since they definitely consummated their Vegas wedding.

Will this one night stand end in the quickie divorce they promised each other? Or will they realize they got lucky in love?

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Author Jillian Dodd

Author Jillian Dodd

About the Author
Jillian is the USA Today bestselling author of the The Keatyn Chronicles, Captive Films, and the That Boy series.

She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She currently lives in Florida.

Her next release, Vegas Love, is a contemporary standalone romance releasing November 24th, 2015.

Where to Find Jillian Dodd
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Wishful Thinking (The Dragon Knights) by Gabbie S. Duran

Wishful Thinking Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Wishful Thinking, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, The Dragon Knights by Gabbie S. Duran. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Wishful Thinking (The Dragon Knights #1) by Gabbie S. Duran

Wishful Thinking (The Dragon Knights #1) by Gabbie S. Duran

About the Book
Title:
 Wishful Thinking
Series: The Dragon Knights #1
Author: Gabbie S. Duran
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Lexie has one goal in life: to grant one last wish for each of her patients. There isn’t a request she will deny, and has yet to fail to deliver a promise.

That is, until the day she goes in search of the infamous rock star Kaleb Knight, who can’t care less about her life’s ambition, or the children she is determined to help.

Kaleb has his own dark secrets. He lives each day as if it’s his last, and refuses to spare a moment of his time to play the part of a knight in shining armor—especially for someone like Lexie . . . or so he thought. Now, his head and heart are at war, and his soul is screaming she is exactly what he needs.

Will Lexie be the only one that can save him in the end?

Or will he instead succumb to the darkness threatening to consume him

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Excerpt #4
I find myself having to shout over the noise in the room to explain, “My name is Lexie. I’m an oncology nurse from West Coast Medical Center and I’m here for one of my patients.”

A voice at my side confusedly asks, “The doctor for lady bits?”

Turning to face the questionnaire, it’s Vinny who I’m looking at with stupidity.

“That’s gynecology. Oncology is cancer,” I point out, making half of the room laugh at his mistake.

The moment I deliver the correction, the hand on my arm tightens, bringing my attention back to the man holding me. His eyes are no longer the vibrant blue I came to discover the first time I peered into them, but are now instead angrily dark and appear ready to kill.

At this point, most have returned to their own conversations and I return to my original focus at hand.

“My patient Ben needs another round of radiation but he is refusing this time. He’s given up hope,” I tell the lead singer. “He’s a huge fan of yours, though, and I was hoping you can help me.”

This has him snorting. “What the fuck do you expect me to do? I’m not Jesus. I’m not going to fix him.”

Sneering back at him, I say through my teeth, “It’s not about fixing him. It’s about giving him hope again.”

“How the fuck do you expect me to do that?”

He’s still clearly angry, but at least I have his attention.

“Just visit him,” I scream, hoping he’s heard my remark. He has, as it’s made him snort once more. “You’re pathetic,” he replies.

Stooping to the lowest I’ve ever gone, I begin to plead. “Please, this little boy has cancer and all he ever does to escape the fucked up fate he’s been given is watch your music videos. I’m not asking you to become his best friend. All I’m asking is for you to show up, give him a little wave or high five and tell him not to give up.”

His lids lower down into a slit when he mutters, “No.”

“Quit being a dickless rock star and do something with your fame!”

Frowning, he lowers his head so he’s mere inches from my face. “I have a dick and if you’re here to use this as a pathetic excuse to get me between your legs, you’re wasting your time.” His hand tightens when he delivers the statement, shooting an agonizing pain down my arm, but I ignore it to throw back at him, “Trust me, you’re the last person I’d want between my legs.”

This has him jerking his head back from the insult. “This is why I don’t fucking allow girls back here!” Kaleb shouts at a suited man standing near the door.

Surveying the audience in the room, I realize he’s correct. I am the only female amongst the crowd taking up space around him. Before he is done bellowing, another voice comments. “That’s a first for you, Kaleb,” the form laughs out. “We’ve never had a girl pretend to be a nurse to get to you,” Vinny says, laughing from behind me.

“I’m not pretending. I’m really a nurse,” I complain while reaching inside the front pocket of my scrubs where I had exchanged my ID badge for the backstage pass earlier. I hold it up for Kaleb to view but he can’t care less about viewing it. Instead, he remains intensely focused on me. Most are already taking a peek at my badge for themselves when another band member comments, “She seems legit.”

“I don’t give a fuck,” Kaleb declares, while Vinny asks, “Seriously? Like he’s dying?” giving me some sort of hope I’m getting somewhere with someone.

“All I’m asking for is an hour at the most.” Vinny’s eyes light up as if realizing something. “Didn’t your—”

“Shut the fuck up!” Kaleb hollers, cutting him off before he can finish speaking.

“Get the fuck out of here,” Kaleb repeats, this time achieving to pull me forward.

The crowd parts, giving him access to pull me through and all prospect of accomplishing my task evaporate when he throws orders to the security standing outside. “Escort her out, and make sure she leaves the fucking parking lot.”

Turning to glare back at him, I say, “Thanks for painting the perfect image of a rock star for me,” before yanking my arm out of Kaleb’s hold to march away.

Footsteps can be heard behind me as I make my way to the door I originally entered. Reaching it, I peer behind my shoulder. “You don’t have to escort me. It’s obvious I’ve wasted my time tonight,” I inform the guard without a backwards glance as I resume my steps to exit.

It’s when I reach my car that I allow myself to wallow from the occurrences of the night. There is no holding back the tears of frustration as I sit and cry in my car. The agonizing feeling of defeat courses through my veins, slowly making me feel as if what I do is not worth it anymore.

My phone rings, bringing me back from my wallowing stupor.

“Hello,” I sniffle into the phone.

“Lexie, you need to get back here as soon as possible,” Aidan voices over the line. The trepidation in his voice alarms me.

“What’s wrong?” I ask, believing I’ve been caught, but it’s his next words that have my breath catching and my heart coming to a halt.

“It’s Ashley.”

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Author Gabbie S. Duran

Author Gabbie S. Duran

About the Author
Gabbie is a Southern California native, who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty.

When she’s not writing you can find her reading or spending time with her family.

Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

Where to Find Gabbie S. Duran
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tsu

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Trailer Reveal + Giveaway – Thirty Nights (American Beauty) by Ani Keating

Thirty Nights Trailer Reveal

Samhain Publishing and author Ani Keating are unveiling the trailer to Thirty Nights, a new adult contemporary romance. See below for information on the book, preorder links, the book trailer, and details on her giveaway.

Thirty Nights (American Beauty #1) by Ani Keating

Thirty Nights (American Beauty #1) by Ani Keating

About the Book
Title:
 Thirty Nights
Series: American Beauty #1
Author: Ani Keating
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Samhain

Synopsis
Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.

American Beauty, Book 1
After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.

She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.

After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.

Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.

Earlier versions of this book were posted on the author’s blog under the titles of The Master’s Muse and 30 Nights of Snow, using the pen name Ani Surnois, and has since been extensively edited.

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Advance Praise
“. . . [R]efreshing to discover a strong female protagonist, unwilling to compromise her morals and integrity for anyone, even her true love. . . I will be waiting patiently and excitedly for Book 2.”

“…Outstanding! Second to none! I consider myself very lucky to have found your story. I am so there for [sequel]!”

“I could pick out your writing anywhere, anytime and any place because you write like no other! Your style is incredibly unique and creative and rarely matched in this arena. I have several favorite authors, all incredibly talented, of which you are one. Your style certainly sets you apart.”

“. . . a must-read so good, that it is dangerous. . .”

“… This story is rich, pure, and a complete work of art on its own. . .”

“I want to read whatever you write forever. I couldn’t put this down, but found myself slowing my pace to make it last longer, knowing it was soon coming to an end. I love [what] you’ve done with your characters, who they are, who they’ll be. I would buy 100 advance copies of your book if it meant I wouldn’t have to wait to read part 2!”

“I have felt a strong connection with this story from the very start, and it has been a one-of-a-kind experience watching it grow into the phenomenon that it is today. Thank you so much for this incredible ride. . . One day when your book becomes an international bestseller, I will look back and fondly remember that I was there when it all began :-)”

“. . . You have given me and many others a voice. . .”

“What you have created here is nothing short of brilliance! Seriously, there is none other like it… You cover subjects like PTSD and Immigration realistically and with sensitivity, dignity and respect… is absolutely brilliant!”

“I am a loyal reader, waking every Sunday to check for my [Thirty Nights] update, then proceeding to sit on the patio with my coffee and read (my Sunday ritual). . . Now that we are at the end of book 1 my only thoughts for you would be please don’t make us wait to long to find out where these characters journey is going because [I] think it will kill me!”

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About the Author
Ani Keating is an attorney, daughter, sister, and wife, living in the City of Roses, Oregon. When she is not in court or at the office helping clients sort through legal issues (and complaining about the photocopy machine), Ani explores her childhood passion for writing. Her first novel, Thirty Nights, is a sexy and heart-tugging story about love’s power to save and guide us even at our darkest moments.

Thirty Nights was originally posted online on fanfiction and on Ani’s popular blog. Over the course of eight short months, the story received more than half-million hits, 63,000 visitors, over 1,000 followers, and over 3,000 reviews and messages. It will be released for everyone on November 17, 2015. Its sequel, Ninety Days, is currently in the drafting stage.

When she is not writing, Ani spends endless hours at Powell’s Bookstore, exploring classics and latest releases. She also likes to stroll through the Portland Rose Garden, drool over shoes on any store window, and dance to everything from Beyoncé to Johnny Cash.

Where to Find Ani Keating
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Book Review – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp

2 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

In Get Yourself Organized for Christmas, Kathi Lipp provides easy-to-follow steps to reduce the stress of the holiday season, including tactics for how to

put together a holiday binder you’ll use year after year determine a budget that won’t break the bank gather your elf supplies get your gift list together (including ideas for various ages and relationships) collect your recipes and prep your kitchen

By putting into practice Kathi’s tricks and tips, you’ll finally be able to fully enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.

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My Review
Based on the title and subtitle I was expecting more. When I spotted this on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and start organizing the heck out of my holiday. I was even happier when I started reading it and realized I was already ahead of the game simply by reading it in October. But my happiness dwindled and fizzled out around the fourth chapter. Author Kathi Lipp has some good ideas, but nothing earth shattering or revolutionary. Her primary tool is a three-ring binder with pockets and sheet protectors for organizing. In today’s digital age, it seemed a little old school, particularly since each chapter contains a section on decluttering. The first step in decluttering is going digital in my opinion. So I decided to keep a digital binder using Microsoft OneNote.

But the more I got into the book, the less I even did that. Things like organizing recipes in the binder seemed silly. I have a Pinterest board for those already. Same for gift ideas. I don’t need to rip out pages of magazines and stuff them in my binder if every catalog has a website now and ideas can easily be pinned to private boards. It’s also nothing I haven’t already been doing for years. I think the subtitle is right — they are simple steps. As in the very basic things most people are probably already doing anyway unless their incredibly disorganized and barely able to get out of the house most mornings.

That said, the part of the book that really spoke to me was the first few chapters where she recommends making a list of what’s really important. Asking your family for the things they cherish the most and doing away with the rest. We implemented that and have our list. We don’t need 76 different types of Christmas cookies. Each member picked one favorite and that’s what we’re going with.

Most of the rest of the book I could do without and ended up skimming some of it. I rarely write bad reviews because normally if I don’t connect with a book, I don’t finish it, and then I don’t feel like I can write a review on a book I didn’t finish. But with this book, I did end up reading the whole thing because I wanted to see what other great ideas I could find. In this case, less than half a book’s worth.

Bottom Line
A good book for someone who is really disorganized. If you’re looking for something revolutionary, it’s not here.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my review.

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About the Book
Title: Get Yourself Organized for Christmas
Author: Kathi Lipp
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 144
Genre: Organizing/Holidays
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble

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Author Kathi Lipp

Author Kathi Lipp

About the Author
Kathi Lipp helps women renovate their life with projects for the soul. She is a national speaker and author who inspires thousands each year to take beneficial action steps in their personal, marital, and spiritual lives. Her wit and wisdom will give you new ways to:
•Avoid settling for less than God’s loving plan for your life.
•Develop new levels of warmth and tenderness with your spouse.
•Return fun and flirting to your marriage.
•Boost your confidence to follow God-given dreams and goals.
•Create an environment of encouragement in your friendships

Kathi is the author of The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Man on Purpose and with a Plan and The Marriage Project: 21 Days to Bring Back the Love, Bring Back the Laughter, Bring Back the Lingerie (coming December 2009)with two more books under contract . In addition, her articles have appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Bay Area Parent, Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and Christian Parenting Today.

Church leaders and women’s ministry directors rely on Kathi to help women move from living out of obligation to enjoying godly passion.

Kathi and her husband, Roger, are parents of four kids and live in San Jose, California. They are members of Church on the Hill where Roger is the programming director of the worship arts ministry.

Where to Find Kathi Lipp
GoodreadsWebsite
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Cover Reveal + Sale – Betrayed (Caged Series) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Betrayed Cover Reveal

Author Amber Natusch is unveiling the cover to Betrayed, the seventh book in her paranormal/fantasy romance series, Caged. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR. If you haven’t started the series yet,now is the time. You can currently pick up book 1, Caged, for free. See below for details.

Betrayed (Caged #7) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Betrayed (Caged #7) by Amber Lynn Natusch

About the Book
Title:
 Betrayed
Series: Caged #7
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
They’re gone…

When Ruby discovers what really happened the night of Alan Beauchamp’s murder, one thing becomes very clear: time is running out for the people she loves.

As she unravels the web of lies and deceit around her, Ruby reveals an unthinkable truth.

One with dire repercussions for all.

Can Ruby pull together all the supernatural aspects of her life to foil a diabolical plot, or will she fall victim to an evil unlike any other she has faced?

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Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

About Book 1
Title:
 Caged
Series: Caged #1
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch
Release Date: December 15, 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks

Synopsis
“I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.

I was too.”

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.
As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.

When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.

She chooses poorly.

Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.

(Content Advisory: language, mild violence)

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Author Amber Lynn Natusch

Author Amber Lynn Natusch

About the Author
If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being.

At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.

Where to Find Amber Lynn Natusch
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Release Day + Sale – Tethered Bond (Holly Woods Files) by Emma Hart

Tethered Bond Release

Today is release day for Tethered Bond, the third book in the contemporary romance series, Holly Wood Files, by New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt. Also, you can pick up book 1, Twisted Bond, for just $0.99 for a limited time.

Tethered Bond (Holly Woods Files #3) by Emma Hart

Tethered Bond (Holly Woods Files #3) by Emma Hart

About the Book
Title:
 Tethered Bond
Series: Holly Wood Files #3
Author: Emma Hart
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Detective Drake Nash: hot, alpha, bossy, and… mine.

Now, if someone could tell his ex that… I don’t care if the summer fayre is coming to Holly Woods and she’s on the planning committee. What I do care about is sugar-filled food, bright lights, late nights… and danger.

The type that won’t come in the form of Nonna’s new cantankerous British parrot, Gio. (Please see the damage done to Mom’s new curtains.)

Unfortunately, when the danger comes, it comes in the form of something Holly Woods has never seen. The town is rocked to its core, and once again, I’m in danger. Only this time, it isn’t because of my clients—this time, I’m in danger because of who I am… Because of my heritage.

And despite the HWPD’s best efforts, the bodies keep on piling up.

Drake’s determined to protect me. I’m determined that I can do it myself. Danger. Mystery. Darkness. Malice. It’ll be a miracle if any of us make it out of this with guns unfired, cupcakes still frosted, and hearts intact…

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Tethered Bond Teaser 1

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Excerpt
It’s better for my sanity if I get this conversation with Nonna over and done with.

Oh my fuck. I have to meet the parrot, too. Holy fuckballs. What if the colorful rat sides with her?

Oh, who am I kidding? Of course it’s gonna side with Nonna.

Shit. Clearly, I can be swayed by the desperation of my future sister-in-law. I’ve really gotta get a handle on that crap. This should be Devin having this conversation, not me.

That thought hits right as I pull up behind Mom’s car on the drive. I take a deep breath, apprehension coiling in my lower stomach, and get out of my car. This feeling always hits whenever I get to my parents’ place, but today, it’s particularly strong. I know that Nonna will play the innocent card and make everything a lot harder.

I walk across the front yard, and a loud squawk rings in my ears. My heart stops for a brief second, and I bite my tongue. That thing is loud. How are Mom and Dad coping with that?

I knock on the front door twice before I push it open.

“Ye cruel wench! Ye vile wench! Cazzo! Cazzo!

Nice to meet you, too, Gio.

“Hello,” I call hesitantly, closing the door behind me.

“Aye! Ye bloody wench!”

“Oh, shut up, you little shit!” Mom yells.

I walk into the front room in time to see her cover the offending bird’s cage with a bedsheet.

“Wench! Wench!” Gio squawks from beneath the black sheet.

Mom smacks the cage. “I’ll wench your beak real soon!”

Oy vey. Things have sure gotten violent in the Bond family home.

Nonna shuffles into the front room and, upon seeing Gio covered, gasps. “Kellie, you-a let-a him go-a!”

Mom snorts. “Believe me, Liliana. If I could imprison the little shit, I would! My curtains are ruined!”

I glance at the window. There’s a giant rip in one of the drapes. The ones she bought two weeks ago.

Nonna gasps and rushes across the room, her cane nothing more than a steadying tool. “Gio!” she exhales, whipping the sheet off. “You-a okay?”

The concern on her face is comical. Oh, Nonna.

“Vile wench! Vile wench!” Gio shrills, violently flapping his bright-green wings. “Kellie, ye vile wench!”

I squint. Doesn’t seem like Gio’s conversational skills are up to much unless he’s going to hop on the Black Pearl.

“Hello?” I try again, stepping fully into the front room.

Nonna is leaning forward, cooing at the parrot, and ignores me. Mom turns, her nostrils flaring.

She’s mad.

“Nonna, do you know you can hear that thing halfway down the street?” I inquire.

“He is-a no thing,” Nonna murmurs. “He is-a Gio!”

Yeah, whatever.

Gio’s wings flap again, and Nonna stands. Two beady, black eyes focus on me, and it’s surprisingly uncomfortable. A high-pitched noise that sounds awfully like a whistle emits from the cage, and I blink harshly.

“Did he just—”

Gio interrupts me with a loud, unmistakable wolf whistle.

Holy shit. The parrot just wolf-whistled at me.

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Tethered Bond Teaser 2

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The Holly Woods Files

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Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files #1) by Emma Hart

Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files #1) by Emma Hart

About Book 1
Title:
 Twisted Bond
Series: Holly Wood Files #1
Author: Emma Hart
Release Date: June 11, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.

Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.

That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.

Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.

Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.

Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.

So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.

All while I hunt down the killer.

Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…

(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)

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Tangled Bond (Holly Woods Files #2) by Emma Hart

Tangled Bond (Holly Woods Files #2) by Emma Hart

About the Book
Title:
 Tangled Bond
Series: Holly Wood Files #2
Author: Emma Hart
Release Date: July 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
One date with the sexier-than-sin Detective Drake Nash. Simple.

Until you take into account that my brother finally proposed to his girlfriend, so Nonna is on a warpath—and the crazy old bat has Cupid by the balls.

The upcoming mayoral elections has everyone running on full speed, and while I couldn’t give any less craps about the corrupt Holly Woods mayor’s office, a dead body in the middle of a campaign speech has me thrown right into the middle of it. The victim is close to the mayor, but all he cares about is minimizing the damage to his campaign, so he hires me to work alongside Drake to close the case as quickly as possible.

Bad news for our tentative relationship.

We disagree far more than we agree, but being at loggerheads won’t get this murder solved… Or deal with the arrival of someone from his past.

The mysteries behind the murder aren’t the only things unraveling, and despite being knee-deep in lies and corruption and bonds so tangled they’re almost indecipherable, I have to figure out if I’m willing to fight for Drake the way I do justice…

Or if he’ll be my one who gets away.

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Author Emma Hart

Author Emma Hart

About the Author
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author, Emma Hart, dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Where to Find Emma Hart
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter | Amazon

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – His Witch to Keep (Keepers of the Veil) by Zoe Forward

His Witch to Keep Release

Welcome to the blog tour for His Witch to Keep, the second book in the a paranormal romance series, Keepers of the Veil, by Zoe Forward. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

His Witch to Keep (Keepers of the Veil #2) by Zoe Forward

His Witch to Keep (Keepers of the Veil #2) by Zoe Forward

About the Book
Title: His Witch to Keep
Series: Keepers of the Veil #2
Author: Zoe Forward
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GooglePlay | All Romance

Synopsis
A paranormal category romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint…

Wanting her was one thing. Keeping her was another…

Serenity Danssaert was already in way over her head. Not even her MI6 training or her powers as one of the seven Pleiades witches is going to save her sister. Then Alexi Jovec shows up. A secret operative working for unknown forces, he’s impossibly sexy and dangerous…and the guy who bailed on Serenity after a red-hot, racy night.

So bonding to him as her destined—the One—is so very wrong.

While Alexi’s need to own Serenity—body, soul, and beyond—is nearly unbearable, it’s also forbidden. He’s the last man who could ever be her destined. Besides, Hades’s right-hand man cannot bond with a chosen Pleiades witch. He may be the one man who can protect her, but she can never be his to keep.

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Excerpt
She wrapped her arms around his neck and pressed her face into his chest again. “Don’t leave me.”

“You need your healer.”


She looked up at him.
His eyes darted to the ceiling. “I can’t follow you up there…for so many reasons.”


She cupped the back of his head, pulling his lips to hers.The minute his warm, soft lips touched her, she groaned. So right. Her tongue tickled along the seam of his lips until he opened. She stroked her tongue against his.

He stumbled to lean against the wall of the elevator and growled in response. Abruptly, he pulled away.

She moaned complaint and tried to pull his head back to her. “Please.”

“Get healed first. Then call me. But only call if you are ready to tell me who threatens you and you’ll listen to me in order to resolve the situation. You need to go.”

She buried her head in his neck, silently begging him not to leave her.

He pulled her tight against him. Hoarsely, he said, “I need for you to do this, ragana. To take care of yourself. One more minute with you here and I…might not let you go.

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Protecting His Witch (Keepers of the Veil #1) by Zoe Forward

Protecting His Witch (Keepers of the Veil #1) by Zoe Forward

About Book 1
Title: Protecting His Witch
Series: Keepers of the Veil #1
Author: Zoe Forward
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GooglePlay | All Romance

Synopsis
The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch…

Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn’t a clue that she’s a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there’s the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can’t quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan–the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.

And there’s the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.

May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn’t forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat’s unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas–like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he’s turned his back on his druidic ways, he’s still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell…

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Author Zoe Forward

Author Zoe Forward

About the Author
Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance.

So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.

Where to Find Zoe Forward
Goodreads | Website | Mailing ListFacebook | Twitter

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Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway – Outside the Lines (On the Run) by Lisa Desrochers

Outside the Lines Excerpt Reveal

Welcome to the excerpt reveal for Outside the Lines, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, On the Run by USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Desrochers. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt.

Outside the Lines (On the Run #1) by Lisa Desrochers

Outside the Lines (On the Run #1) by Lisa Desrochers

About the Book
Title:
 Outside the Lines
Series: On the Run #1
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Publisher: InterMix
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
From the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series, the first in an edgy new contemporary romance series that follows a family on the run…

As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.

Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.

But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them.

And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire…

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Excerpt

Chapter 2
Adri

“Is this straight?” Dad asks, peering in the mirror across from the front door and messing with the badge on the breast pocket of his blue shirt.

There is almost no crime on our little island because Dad is legendary for taking down drug rings and poachers, but when it comes to the little things, like pinning his badge on straight, he still needs help.

That’s why I’m here.

When Mom died last spring, I came back from Jacksonville so I could live at home and help Dad. He and Mom were high school sweethearts and married not long after graduation. He’s always been taken care of. I don’t want him to be alone.

I move to where he is and turn him, unpinning the badge and straightening it. I smooth his salt and pepper hair off his forehead and stretch up on my toes to kiss the smooth patch of cheek above the line of his beard. “I seriously doubt they’re going to send the Chief of Police home for a dress code infraction.”

“We’ll see,” he chuckles, giving my blond ponytail a gentle tug. “You ready for your first day influencing the youth of Port St. Mary?”

I was over the moon when I got the call three days ago that Mrs. Martin had had surgery and they needed a long-term sub for her class. Not that I’m happy they hacked out her gallbladder or anything, but her loss is my gain, so to speak.

I come from a long line of educators. Mom was my first grade teacher. Both of her sisters, her father, and her grandfather taught as well. You could say it’s in my DNA. I resisted it for a while, thought I wanted to go into finance, but by my junior year at Clemson I had to finally admit to myself teaching was what I really wanted to do. I changed my major to Education and finished my credential just before Mom died.

Since her death, it’s felt even more urgent to me to teach—like maybe following in her footsteps will somehow keep her spirit alive. But Port St. Mary and the surrounding communities are small, and teaching jobs are pretty scarce. I was afraid I was going to have to try elsewhere come fall. This was a prayer answered…which makes me a little afraid I might have had something to do with poor Mrs. Martin’s gallbladder flaring up. And now it’s starting to feel like one of those “be careful what you wish for” scenarios.

I rub my sweaty palms down my slacks. “What happens if they hate me?”

Dad wraps me in his arms and squeezes me in a bear hug, crushing the air out of my lungs. “They’re going to love you, punkin. Your mom would be so proud of you right now,” he says, a catch in his voice. “I hope you know that.”

I swallow back the lump in my throat and look up at him. I can’t even remember the last time he’s brought her up out of the blue like this. “I know, Dad, but thanks for saying so.” He lets me go and I shoulder my messenger bag. “Time to face the music.”

We step out the back door to where my old electric blue Chevy Lumina is parked in the driveway, next to Dad’s only slightly less conspicuous cruiser. Dad watches as I slide in and turn the key. The engine chugs but doesn’t turn over.

I blow out a breath and pop the hood. By the time I grab the monkey wrench on the floor of the passenger side and get out of the car, Dad already has the hood propped up and is looking over the engine compartment.

“Don’t mess with Frank, Dad.” I point my finger in a circle at the guts of my poor Frankencar. Me and my best friend Chuck rebuilt most of the insides from junkyard parts when we took auto shop our senior year in high school. “It’s a delicate balance.”

He grins and steps back, his hands in the air. “Wouldn’t dream of it.”

I will always love Frank—he was my first—but I know I need a new car. Dad’s offered me Mom’s T-Bird, but I’m twenty-three. I’m supposed to be responsible for myself at this point. And besides, I’d rather he sold Mom’s car and put the money towards his retirement. Even though Port St. Mary is pretty sleepy most of the time, everyday he goes to work, I worry.

I reach between the radiator and the engine and give the alternator a sharp rap with the wrench, then slip back into the driver’s seat. When I turn the key, Frank chugs twice, same as always, then rumbles to life.
Dad ducks into the cruiser and gives me a little salute as I pull out.

Port St. Mary Elementary is only about two miles from home. It takes a grand total of eight minutes to drive there. Technically, it’s a one-room schoolhouse. The tiny twelve-space parking lot butts up against an octagonal building, which, in fact, is just one big room inside. In the exact center of the building are the bathrooms and storage closets, and from there, folding accordion partitions section off each wedge of the octagon. Each wedge is a grade level, kinder through sixth, and a multipurpose room. To the right of the parking lot is a doublewide “portable” that houses the school offices and small staff room. Behind that, children are already gathering in the playground, which is really just a weed-infested lot with a slide and jungle gym that has been there since before I started kindergarten here.

When I walk around the octagon to the door marked with a big yellow four and step inside, it’s like deja vu all over again. Mrs. Martin (she told me to call her Pam when we talked on the phone about the lesson plan yesterday, but I can’t bring myself to) has had the same posters on the walls since the dawn of time. The presidential chart ends with Reagan. She had already been teaching fourth grade in this same classroom for, like, twenty years when I had her.

I move to her desk, to the right of the door, and set my bag on it. And that’s when I see the note from Principal Richmond.

A new student.

I brush my palms down my slacks again, a fresh jolt of nerves twisting my insides into knots. I was already going to be way over my head with a classroom full of nine-year-olds fresh off Christmas vacation and all sugared up on candy canes.

I look over the instructions. Sherman William Davidson needs his reading comprehension assessment, writing and grammar evaluation, and his math skills worksheet completed by the end of the week.

I blow a wisp of hair off my forehead and unpack my toothpaste and toothbrush, my journal, and a few of my favorite colored pens into Mrs. Martin’s desk, careful not to displace her things too much. I’m just pulling the assessments for the new kid from the file cabinet when the classroom door opens. I hear Principal Richmond’s gravel voice before I turn around. “…and his classroom is here. We just got word a few days ago that our regular fourth grade teacher is out on medical leave, but Sherman will be in good hands with Ms. Wilson. She’s a very capable substitute.”

I take a deep breath as I turn and hope he’s not lying.

I substituted five times during fall semester. For the most part, everything went great until I subbed for Mrs. Yetz’s eighth grade class the week before winter break. Somehow, what started out as a math lab on probability devolved into a liar’s dice tournament, complete with money changing hands. I wasn’t sure they’d call me back after that.

But when I see Principal Richmond waddle his round frame through the door, I straighten the scarf I tied over my favorite teal sweater and try to look as confident in what he said as he does.

“Ms. Wilson,” he says, waving me over. “This is your new student, Sherman.”

Sherman is a wiry little thing with unruly brown hair and clothes that hang off him a little. He looks as if he’d vanish into himself if given the chance.

“He goes by Sherm,” the man standing next to him says.

I look up into some of the most amazing eyes I’ve ever seen. Heavy dark brows curve over irises the color of honey with burgundy flecks through them. Thick brown waves are loose around a strong face with angled cheekbones, and a square jaw covered in two-day stubble. Set in flawless olive skin are lips so firm and red they make me forget the frown that’s turning them down slightly at the corners. He’s just so…gorgeous, like something out of a magazine or a movie. And he’s tall—well over six feet of broad shoulders tapering to narrow hips under his blue button-down shirt. The tails are loose over pressed jeans that fit him just so. Everything about him is tailored and cultured and nothing like any of the year-rounders who live on this bumpkin island. But it’s not just the way he looks. A blend of confidence and something else I can’t identify but makes him feel a little intimidating wafts off him with the spicy cologne I keep catching hints of. He’s nothing like anyone I’ve ever met, even at Clemson.

I feel my jaw dangling and snap it closed, pulling myself together long enough to extend an arm. “I’m Adri.”

Principal Richmond clears his throat, and when I flick a glance his direction, I know my ogling didn’t go unnoticed. His brow is deeply furrowed and his frown curves so low it makes him look like one of those marionettes, where their chin is a whole different piece of wood than the rest of their face.

My eyes bulge and I shift my outstretched hand to Sherm. “I mean, Miss Wilson. Welcome to Port St. Mary, Sherm.”

The boy just looks at me with sad eyes the color of his…father’s?

My gaze gravitates back to the guy towering over me. Could he be Sherm’s dad? He looks way too young to have a nine-year-old. He also looks all business. There’s nothing soft or nurturing in his cold, sharp gaze as it flicks around the classroom, silently assessing.

“What’s on the other side of those partitions?” he asks Principal Richmond.

“The third and fifth grade classrooms,” he answers.

The guy’s eyes continue to scan the room. “He’ll spend all day in here?”

The principal nods. “Except when he’s on the playground.”

“Is there security on campus?”

Principal Richmond looks momentarily perplexed, rubbing his round stomach as if he’s thinking with it. “Not as such. We have yard monitors during recess and lunch, and the teachers are responsible for the children when they’re here in class.”

“What about lunch?”

“He can bring his own lunch, or buy a bag lunch from Nutritional Services for three dollars. Either way, if it’s nice weather, the children eat outside at the picnic tables. On rainy days, we open the partitions and they eat inside as a group.”

The guy reaches into his pocket, but Principal Richmond holds up his hand to stop him when he comes out with a thick wad of cash. “We don’t allow students to carry money on campus. When we’re done here, I’ll take you to the office and have you purchase a scan card for Nutritional Services.”

The guy nods, then moves to the door and jiggles the knob. “The exterior doors are left unlocked?”

“During school hours, yes.” Principal Richmond answers, moving to my desk and shuffling through the papers I pulled for Sherm.

The guy’s full lips narrow into a tight line and he scowls at the door. He spins and starts toward the door in the back of the room, leaving no stone unturned.

I wipe my hands down my slacks again and decide just to ask. “So, you’re Sherm’s father?”

His feet stall on the chipped linoleum and he seems to finally notice I exist. “Brother,” he answers, and that one word seems to carry the weight of the world with it as it falls from his mouth.

His eyes make a slow sweep of my face, and as they trail down my neck, the front of my sweater, over my hips and down my legs, I’m frozen in place, paralyzed by the intensity of his gaze.

Principal Richmond shoves some papers in my face, breaking the spell. “You still have fifteen minutes until the bell. Maybe you can get Sherman started on these.”

“Um…” I grab the papers out of his hand as Big Brother blinks, some of the thickest lashes I’ve ever seen hiding those incredible eyes. “Yeah. We’ll do that…”

Principal Richmond guides Big Brother to the door. “Let’s get out of their way and let them get started. I’m sure Sherman will have a positive experience here. Children his age tend to adjust quickly,” he’s saying as the door swings closed behind them.

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Author Lisa Desrochers

Author Lisa Desrochers

About the Author
Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR, courtesy of HarperCollins.

Look for the companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (11/12/13), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (1/21/14), and also her Personal Demons trilogy (Macmillan).

Lisa lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

Where to find Lisa Desrochers
Goodreads | Website | FacebookTwitter
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Vanquished by S.E. Green

Vanquished Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Vanquished, a romantic suspense novel from author S.E. Green. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Vanquished by S.E. Green

Vanquished by S.E. Green

About the Book
Title:
 Vanquished
Author: S.E. Green
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
(Warning: For mature audiences only)

For a price, the world’s most powerful people can explore their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.

Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.

Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.

After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.

But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .

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Excerpt #3
I come up on all fours, staring, concentrating on keeping my loud breaths steady, like my father taught me. The crowd on the balcony laughs like they think it’s the funniest thing in the world to see a little woman about to get beat.

Blood rushes through the fat man’s face, spreading red all the way to his hairline. He nods to two soldiers who each grab one of my arms.

They’re enormous and I’m nothing next to them, but I still fight their hold. I yank at it. Jab the heel of my foot into one of their legs. And sink my teeth into the other one’s bicep.

The fat man stalks toward me, his eyes clinging to me as he slowly winds his whip and makes a show of fastening it back onto his hip. Blood pounds in my ears, echoing in my head, muting the lingering laughter and whispers from the balcony.

He steps right up to my face. “You’re a little bitch. And I will break you,” he promises.

I hike my chin. “Give it your best.”

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Author S.E. Green

Author S.E. Green

About the Author
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award.

Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. Vanquished is her debut novel for adults.

Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog.

Where to find S.E. Green
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Release Day – Thunder Rolls – Storm Rising Episode 8 by Dee Davis

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.

Thunder Rolls – Storm Rising Episode 8 by Dee Davis

Thunder Rolls – Storm Rising Episode 8 by Dee Davis

About Episode 8
Title
: Thunder Rolls
Series: Rising Storm Episode 8
Author: Dee Davis
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2015
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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.

In the season finale …

As Hannah Grossman grapples with the very real possibility that she is dating one Johnson brother while secretly in love with another, the entire town prepares for Founders Day. The building tempest threatens not just Hannah’s relationship with Tucker and Tate, but everyone in Storm as dire revelations threaten to tear the town apart...

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Weather the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 7 by Lisa Mondello

Weather the Storm – Storm Rising Episode 7 by Lisa Mondello

About Episode 7
Title
: Weather the Storm
Series: Rising Storm Episode 7
Author: Lisa Mondello
Category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 5, 2015
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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.

Bryce Daniels faces a crisis of faith when his idyllic view of his family is challenged with his son’s diagnosis of autism. Instead of accepting his wife and her tight-knit family’s comfort, he pushes them away, fears from his past threatening to undo the happiness he’s found in his present.

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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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 Dee Davis

Author Dee Davis

About the Author
Bestselling author Dee Davis has a masters degree in public administration. Prior to writing, she served as the director of two associations, wrote award winning PSAs, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, and lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the US Congress.

Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards.

Recently she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Romance Writers and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from Romantic Times. In addition, she is Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey Romance Writers and was awarded an Odyssey Medal from Hendrix College.

To date, she has written over twenty-five romantic suspense, time travel, and women’s fiction novels and novellas. Among her latest books you’ll find her A-Tac, Liar’s Game, and Last Chance series.

She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now resides in an 1802 farmhouse in Connecticut, she still calls Texas home.

Where to Find Dee Davis
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Release Day – The Truth About Love by Emma Nichols

Welcome to the release day book blitz for The Truth About Love, a contemporary women’s fiction romance by bestselling author Emma Nichols. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a couple of teasers.

The Truth About Love by Emma Nichols

The Truth About Love by Emma Nichols

About the Book
Title:
 The Truth About Love
Author: Emma Nichols
Release Date: November 12, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Where most stories end, this one begins.

Nina and Shane are already married and have a special needs baby. Life isn’t the fairy tale she imagined. Their happily ever after has never seemed so far away. Then one October, everything falls apart. Years of addiction result in Shane having a complete breakdown.

Nina must decide whether to keep the family together or keep Kylie safe.

The choice isn’t simple.

The results are unexpected. The journey to happiness is long and difficult. See, the truth about love is that it’s messy, challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and scary. Most of all, real love never ends.

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Excerpt #2
“What do you want from me?” He sat up and reached for me, but I pulled away.

“I want to be able to carry on a conversation. I want you around. You care about the pills more than me.” I bit my trembling lower lip.

“No I don’t! Nothing is more important than you, but I can’t do this without the pills.” His brow furrowed.

“Well, I can’t do this with them.” Swiping at my eyes, I met his gaze for the first time. “We don’t even have sex any more.”

Shane backed into the corner of the couch and glared at me. “It hasn’t been that long.”

A hollow laugh escaped my throat. “It’s been six months.” My eyes narrowed. “You don’t even know.”

“What? You think I’m cheating on you?” His hands rose in frustration.

Shaking my head, I scowled. “Nope. It’s the pills. You can’t get it up.”

His voice was low, barely more than a whisper. “It doesn’t feel good.”

I leaned close, one eyebrow raised in challenge. “It’s the pills. Because of them, you feel nothing.” Without uttering another word, I rose from the couch and strode into the bedroom, not stopping until I had reached my walk-in closet. Pulling out my suitcase, I laid it on the bed and unzipped it. By the time Shane had entered the room, I had already emptied my sock and underwear drawer.

“You’re leaving?” He stuffed his hands in his pockets. “We’re through?” His head hung, but I caught him glancing at me nervously.

“I deserve better than this. I deserve a man who can be a husband, who loves me more than he loves getting high.” I stood a few feet away from him, my arms crossed over my chest. “I want marriage and kids. I want to not have to worry when my husband will come home and whether he’ll live another day.”

“You said you’d love me through it!” His voice turned whiny.

Frozen in place, his words hit me in the heart. “I’ve been loving you through everything for three years. I’ve loved you through the growing pains of letting go of your booty calls. I’ve loved you through the alcohol. I’ve loved you through one addiction after another.” My hands fell to my sides. “Don’t ask me to stick around and watch you kill yourself.” The tears started again, running down my burning cheeks like salty lava. “I love you too much to do that.” I turned away and opened the next drawer.

Shane came up behind me and wrapped his arms around my middle. “I’ll quit.” His voice shook as he spoke. “Be patient with me. We’ll get through the wedding and I’ll quit.”

Pausing, I considered his offer. “Why not quit now?” I twisted in his grasp to face him.

“It’s too much with the wedding planning. I don’t want to fall apart. I want us to have a good day, a good weekend.” He leaned over and kissed the tip of my nose. “I love you, Nina. I’ll always love you. I can’t do this without you.”

Frowning, I stared at him. He seemed frightened, even as he tried to act confident. I clasped my arms around his neck. This man. I had to love him. There was no other explanation for this. “Promise,” I urged.

“Promise.” He echoed. The words were whispered in my ear, sending chills up and down my spine. Tingles of longing began in dormant places. He pressed his groin against me. “Feel that,” he demanded.

For the first time in such a long time, Shane had an erection. It seemed too much to hope for. Slowly, he began to undress me, yanking my shirt up over my head. He smiled as he reached behind me to unhook my bra. As it slid down my shoulders, exposing my already hard nipples, he grinned.

“Hello, girls,” he murmured as he dropped to his knees before me. Seconds later, he had them in his mouth, lavishing attention on first one, then the other.

My insides quivered in anticipation. It had been so long, I’d be lucky to last three minutes with him inside me. Eagerly, I undressed him, pulling his polo shirt over his head, then fumbling with his belt.

“I got it.” Shane seemed as impatient as me.

Soon, we were naked and rolling around passionately on the floor. As I felt him press against my wet opening, I pushed on his chest. “Condom.” I reminded him gently.

Shaking his head, he frowned. “We’re getting married soon. It doesn’t matter.” Then he turned his attention back to pleasuring me.

Four weeks later, a test confirmed I was pregnant. Six weeks later, I was walking down a dock on a mountain lake to meet him under the gazebo and say our vows.

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Author Emma Nichols

Author Emma Nichols

About the Author
What made her decide to be an erotica author?

Simple.

How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s cliché moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

Where to Find Emma Nichols
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – The Revolution of Ivy (Book of Ivy Series) by Amy Engel

The Revolution of Ivy (Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel

The Revolution of Ivy (Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
**WARNING: Contains spoilers if you haven’t read book one**

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.

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My Review
The Revolution of Ivy is even better than the first book. It starts off strong and keeps building. Everything in the first book that kept it from being a full five stars for me were non-issues in this one. The action is intense, the characters grow and develop in organic, realistic ways, and the plot twists are unexpected and jarring.

Ivy’s been put outside the fence for conspiring to kill her husband, Bishop, son of the President of Westfall. She has no survival skills, but a strong survival instinct, which keeps her alive until she meets up with other survivors. Ivy befriends two of them and these relationship, tenuous and complex, are one of the best aspects of the book. When Bishop shows up looking for her, Ivy’s conflicted. This is the one part of the story that didn’t seem authentic. I never really understood why she struggled with his presence, but I was able to easily overlook that because the rest of the story moved so quickly.

Plot
The plot is fantastic. Ivy needs to decide what her future holds, and because she’s never had a choice, it’s not as easy as it should be. She tries to make peace with the way her family failed her, with the way they let her take the fall for their failed plot to wrest control of Westfall from President Lattimer, even though her punishment was certain death. But more than that, Ivy needs to figure out who she is when she’s not Bishop’s wife or her father’s daughter or even Callie’s sister. She has secrets that pose a danger to herself and others, and a big decision to make that could destroy everyone she loves.

Characters
Both Ivy and Bishop grow so much over this book. There’s far more character growth than in The Book of Ivy. The addition of of Caleb and Ash bring out different sides of their personalities and give them an opportunity to explore themselves in the context of life outside Westfall. This installment does a masterful job of wrapping up all the loose ends, and most of those have to do with the characters themselves. We finally understand Ivy’s dad and sister as well as Bishop’s father and mother. Every action in both stories finally makes sense in the context of who these complex characters are.

Ending
I loved the ending. I think author, Amy Engel, wraps up the story beautifully, but not in a nice, neat, easy package. There’s gut-wrenching emotion and tough choices, but it’s all so perfect for the characters, the setting, and the story.

Top Five Things I Loved about The Revolution of Ivy:
1. The dystopian aspect. This was far more dystopic and the first book. More action, drama, fear, survival. I loved it!

2. Bishop Lattimer. Once again, Bishop is the perfect guy, without being too perfect.

3. Caleb and Ash. I love these two. I would kill for a book about them!

4. Tough choices. Amy Engle raised the stakes, forcing Ivy into an impossible situation. Watching her wrestle with her decision was pure page-turning delight.

5. Starting over. The ending wraps up the story nicely but the future is wide open for the characters, leaving me completely satisfied with the conclusion, but hopeful for what’s next. The hallmark of a good ending to a dystopian series.

Bottom Line
The Revolution of Ivy moves away from familiar territory, raising the stakes, and finishing the series on a high note.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my review.

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About the Book
Title: The Revolution of Ivy
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboGoogle 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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Cover Reveal – Ride Hard (Raven Riders) by Laura Kaye

Avon and New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kaye, are unveiling the cover to Ride Hard, the first book in the new romantic suspense series, Raven Riders. See below for the cover and pre-order links.

Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye

Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye

About the Novella
Title:
 Ride Hard
Series: Raven Riders #1
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Synopsis
Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders…

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before…

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Author Laura Kaye

Author Laura Kaye

About the Author
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance.

Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Where to Find Laura Kaye
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