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Cover Reveal – Dare to Stay (Sons of Steel Row) by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Stay Cover Reveal

Signet and New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jen McLaughlin are revealing the cover for Dare to Stay, the second book in her contemporary romance series, Sons of Steel Row, releasing August 2, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and preorder links. You can also preorder Dare to Run, book one in the series, coming February 2.

Dare to Stay (Sons of Steel Row #2) by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Stay (Sons of Steel Row #2) by Jen McLaughlin

About the Book
Title: Dare to Stay
Series: Sons of Steel Row #2
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
The sizzling second novel in the gritty contemporary Sons of Steel Row series from the author of Dare to Run.

Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live.

A chance encounter leads him to the perfect safe haven—the home of a girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he lets her take him home.

For Molly, letting Chris into her house means also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off of him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before.

And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay…

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Dare to Run (Sons of Steel Row #1) by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Run (Sons of Steel Row #1) by Jen McLaughlin

About Book 1
Title: Dare to Run
Series: Sons of Steel Row #1
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
The New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston, where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men.

Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety.

But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

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Author Jen McLaughlin

Author Jen McLaughlin

About the Author
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York TimesUSA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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 four cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Where to Find Jen McLaughlin
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Cover Reveal – Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

Alloy Entertainment and author Aimee L. Slater are unveiling the cover to Dark Touch, a young adult dark fantasy romance, releasing February 23. See below for the cover, information on the book and a preorder link.

Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

About the Book
Title: Dark Touch
Author: Aimee L. Salter
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Tully isn’t alone in her skin. Whenever she touches someone, they feel everything she feels.

All her ugliness. All her darkness. All her pain.

The only thing she wants is to be left alone—and to finally get out of her small Oregon town. But then she meets Chris. He’s everything she’s not. Light. Trusting. Innocent. And he wants Tully.

Tully knows she should spare him the heartache of being with her.

But when he touches her, she’s not sure she’ll have the strength to push him away…

From the author of Every Ugly Word comes a poignant, emotionally raw story about the violence that plays out behind closed doors and the all-consuming passion of first love.

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Author Aimee L. Salter

Author Aimee L. Salter

About the Author
Born in Oregon, but raised in New Zealand, Aimee L. Salter now lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and son.

Aimee started as a self-published author, but her debut novel was acquired and re-released as Every Ugly Word by Alloy Entertainment in 2014. 

As well as a writer, Aimee is a wife, mother, and Christian. As far as she’s concerned, that means Jesus loved her first, so she can learn to love everyone else. #StoptheHate

Where to Find Aimee L. Salter
Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Amazon
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Entangled (Tryst Series) by Alex Rosa

Penguin Group and author Alex Rosa are unveiling the cover to Entangled, the second book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Tryst, releasing June, 2016. See below for the cover as well as information on the book and an exclusive excerpt. And if you haven’t started the series yet, you can pick up book 1, Tryst, for just $0.99.

Entangled (Tryst #2) by Alex Rosa

Entangled (Tryst #2) by Alex Rosa

About the Book
Title: Entangled
Series: Tryst #2
Author: Alex Rosa
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Release Date: June, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
In the emotional and dramatic sequel to Tryst, Skyler and Blake’s relationship is finally out in the open. But as new challenges open up old wounds, their love is put to the ultimate test…

Blake is desperate to be the kind of man that Skyler deserves, but with his latest film putting him on the verge of superstardom, being there for her is growing harder and harder. As his filming schedule takes him on the road and away from the woman he loves, he discovers that being in a public, committed relationship is no easy task—especially from two thousand miles away.

Skyler wants Blake to pursue his dreams, but his constant absence weighs on her more than she admits. Even as she throws herself into new distractions, she finds herself facing uncertainties and jealousies that could tear apart everything they’ve built. And when disaster strikes while Blake is away, she’ll have to decide if their passion is worth the pain…

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Excerpt
Josh shakes his head, admonishing me. “Help your bro out and tie his tie.”

Lifting his chin upward to signal my help, I giggle. “You wear a tie nearly every day. Why the help all of a sudden?”

Blake’s ego make’s a surprise appearance from behind me as he quips, “It’s got to be because of his girl. What is it this week, Josh?”

Josh’s stare frosts over, but if anything, among his anger I sense a bit of fear as he grunts, “Shut up, Blake.”

Blake sticks his hands in his pockets, and struts around us, nose in the air. “C’mon, man. Don’t act like I don’t know you. There are only two things that make you nervous as hell. One, is spiders, you pussy. The second, well, that’s easy —commitment.”

My throat goes dry as I loop my brother’s tie into a Windsor knot. I mean, this conversation is perfectly normal, but let’s not forget Josh is my brother, and his girlfriend, Vanessa, is one of my best friends. The idea of throwing commitment into the already awkward equation throws me.

I peer up from my tying to see Josh already staring at me apprehensively. He chews the inside of his cheek, and releases a huff. “I’m not a commitment-phobe.”

Why is it I feel like I’m intruding on their conversation as I make my final adjustment to my brother’s tie?

Blake swivels around, smug and smiling, as if proud to admit whatever he’s about to say. “Bullshit. You and I both know we avoid commitment. It’s practically why we became friends. We understand each other.  We avoid commitment by nature, but hey, that was until we met girls that handed our hearts to us on a silver platter, right?”

Josh cannot fight his agreeing chuckle, but tries to cover it up as he shoots me an apologetic smirk. “I guess I can’t argue with that. Vanessa’s worth it though. And don’t forget, you break my sisters heart, I ruin you.”

“Oh, ruin me? No death threats this time?” Blake goads with more attitude than I think he intends.

Josh turns around to face him, and it almost seems playful. I’m hopeful for an element of normality between them. 

“I think it’s fair to assume both.”

Blake clicks his tongue, and I hate that I think Blake looks hot when he goes into alpha-asshole mode when I know I should be scolding him, but then again, sometimes it’s good to stand up to Josh. 

“What makes you think she won’t break my heart?” Blake brazenly retorts.

There’s a pause in the room, and both men swing their stare to me.

Do I look like a deer in the headlights? Because I feel like one. 

The thought never crossed my mind that I would ever break anyone’s heart, let alone Blake’s. I consider my college friend and tutor, Richard Bennett, as a possible broken heart when I denied his advances, but he ran back into the arms of his ex, Heather, so it seems far from fair for it to qualify.

Josh smiles warmly at me before turning back to Blake. “Skye? She can barely kill ants. What makes you think she would do the heart breaking when you’re far more experienced in that department?”

Blake’s angular face blushes an adorable pink that’s so unlike him as he bashfully turns away, avoiding Josh’s glare. “Because I love her, man. Duh. She holds all the cards. When have you ever heard me say that?”

Josh swallows down the idea before huffing, “I don’t know how I expect to get used to hearing that.”

With Josh’s back to me I release my full ear-to-ear grin at hearing Blake. He peers over Josh’s shoulder to purposefully lock his stare with mine. The delicate, and charming wrinkling around his eyes confirms everything, and more.

I’m caught in his spell as I pull in a deep inhale, eager to breathe him in, touch him, feel him —to just be near him. He knows it too as the corner of his mouth arches upward, and it’s as if he’s beckoning me.

Josh, sensing the forming tractor beam going right past his face turns his body, which only gives me the opening I need to begin my sprint into Blake’s arms.

Blake pulls his hands out of his pockets just in time to catch me. 

I look up into my favorite emerald eyes, trying to speak in a whisper, “You don’t have to say things like that, you know?” thinking that maybe he says them to prove something, whether it’s to me or Josh.

He runs the tip of his nose down the bridge of mine, and that perfect bubble forms around us, and I haven’t got a care in the world.

“I know I don’t have to, but I want to. It’s the truth, isn’t it?”

Josh adjusts his throat loudly, rolling his eyes as he does it. Blake and I turn our attention to him.

“Spare me the PDA until I get used it, will you?” Josh snaps.

Blake defiantly drags his hands down my back, getting dangerously close to my ass. This time I’m the one who wants to roll my eyes, but it’s hard to ignore my body buzzing with anticipation at the movement.

Could we NOT do this front of my brother, please?

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Tryst (Tryst #1) by Alex Rosa

Tryst (Tryst #1) by Alex Rosa

About the Book
Title: Tryst
Series: Tryst #1
Author: Alex Rosa
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
In this sensational New Adult debut by Alex Rosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun?

With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.

Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night.

But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him.

And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…

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Author Alex Rosa

Author Alex Rosa

About the Author
Alex Rosa lives in San Diego, California. When she isn’t scouring city parks or cafe’s to write she is more than likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure.

A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board.

Her resume consists of coroner, to working at a zoo, and most recently as an executive assistant, but finds her home amongst words, whether it be in books, or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it.

Where to Find Alex Rosa
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Release Day + Giveaway – Love and Decay Revolution – Episode 2 by Rachel Higginson

Love and Decay Revolution Release

Welcome to release day for Revolution, Episode 2, a Love & Decay zombie apocalypse novella by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Higginson. Revolution is a completely stand-alone series. See below for information on the book, buy links, and a teaser.

Revolution (Love & Decay) Episode 2 by Rachel Higginson

Revolution (Love & Decay) Episode 2 by Rachel Higginson

About the Book
Title: Revolution, Episode 2
Series: Love and Decay
Author: Rachel Higginson
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it.

Page Parker is unsatisfied with her post-apocalyptic life in the relative safety of the research station. She knows there’s something bigger out there for her. There’s something… more.

When “more” just happens to show up on her doorstep one night, she finally has the opportunity to find the purpose she’s been looking for. And the revenge.

But first she must convince her overprotective family that leaving their home and fighting an evil bigger than Zombies is the right thing to do. Except they don’t want to listen.

Until the fight follows them home. Until it destroys every semblance of peace and illusion of security they’ve worked so hard for.

They’re not safe anymore.

And until they kill Matthias Allen, Zombies are the least of their problems.

Love and Decay: Revolution is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with. Every episode is approximately 20,000 words long and released every two weeks. Look for Love and Decay: Revolution, Episode Three coming January 8th, 2016.

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Revolution (Love & Decay) Episode 1 by Rachel Higginson

Revolution (Love & Decay) Episode 1 by Rachel Higginson

About Book 1
Title: Revolution, Episode 1
Series: Love and Decay
Author: Rachel Higginson
Release Date: December 2, 2015
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it.

Page Parker grew up in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse. She grew up running from Zombies and fighting against the constant threat of death and disease. She knows what it’s like to suffer, to go hungry, to hurt… to lose loved ones.

But Page isn’t a little girl anymore.

She’s a strong, independent, capable warrior. Skilled in the art of Zombie killing, Page spends her days protecting her family and the city they call home. Bogotá, Colombia is a long way from where she was born, but this city holds the promise of a future… of a cure.

Until a ghost from her past reappears in her present asking her to dedicate her life to something more than her family… asking her to dedicate her life to the one thing she wants more than anything- Revenge.

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Author Rachel Higginson

Author Rachel Higginson

About the Author

Rachel Higginson is the author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series and much more!

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart.

Now she spends her days writing stories and raising four amazing kids.

Where to Find Rachel Higginson
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Guest Post + Giveaway – Christi J. Whitney, Author of Grey (Romany Outcasts)

Grey Blog Tour

A special thank you to author Christi J. Whitney for today’s guest post on which character from her Romany Outcasts Series would make a great companion for Doctor Who. I always love when I discover a fellow author who is also a Whovian, so I couldn’t resist posing this topic to her, and I’m absolutely delighted with her response! To find out more about Christi and her book, Grey, a young adult fantasy including buy links and details on her giveaway, please see below.

1) Why ____ from the Romany Outcast Series would make an excellent companion for Doctor Who – and the first time/place he/she would request to visit would be ____.

I have to say, when I received this topic to write about for my guest post, I couldn’t stop grinning. It combines two of my favorite passions – writing fantasy and watching Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan of the British television show since I was twelve years old. I first set eyes on that crazy-haired, long scarfed, completely eccentric Fourth Doctor on late-night public television reruns on Saturday evening…and I fell in love.

Of course, Doctor Who wasn’t big in America when I was growing up. Actually, I didn’t know anyone that even knew what the show was! I would’ve loved to have gotten my hands on some merchandise – to have a Tardis toy or a stuffed K-9, but you couldn’t find anything in stores. I used to record episodes on my old cassette tape recorder and play them in my room at night to go to sleep. I didn’t even know another Doctor Who fan until I was in my mid-twenties.

Suffice it to say, when the show came back for a reboot in 2005, I was in heaven. And now, I can go out to the store and actually find Doctor Who stuff in the aisles. I can order string lights and t-shirts and sonic screwdrivers to my heart’s content. It’s a great time to be alive!!

I love the idea of one of my characters from Grey being visited by the Doctor himself and asked to go on some adventures.

I feel my main character Sebastian Grey would be a bit skeptical when the strange man with the big blue box dropped into his back yard. Sebastian is dealing with enough secrets and weird occurrences in his own life. He wants answers to what’s going on, but he’s also afraid of what he may find. However, his best friend Katie Lewis would absolutely jump at the chance to fly off with the time travelling alien.

Katie’s been wracking her brain to try and figure out what’s been going on with Sebastian, and the Doctor might just be able to help her figure it out. Plus, she’s always loved to travel, anyway. What would it hurt to go and visit a few places while she’s at it? Katie’s never met a stranger and has no problem speaking her mind, so she feels she could pretty much keep the Doctor in his place if he starts to get off track.

Just a few pit stops, though…Paris, definitely. England in the Victorian era. And ancient Rome. Because, why not? Besides, she’s always wanted to see how those togas actually worked as a fashion statement.

But then, off to get some answers about Sebastian. Why is he so secretive, and what’s going on with him lately? She’s pretty sure it has something to do with Josephine, but she can’t get anything out of him. But with the Tardis and the Doctor at her disposal? She might just find out!

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Grey (Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney

Grey (Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney

About the Book
Title:
 Grey
Series: Romany Outcasts #1
Author: Christi J. Whitney
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Harper Voyager | Book Depository

Synopsis
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager –- good friends, decent grades, and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.

But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems.

There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies — and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own.

The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.

Even if that means life might never be normal again.

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Upcoming Releases by Christi J. Whitney

SHADOW (Book 2 in “The Romany Outcasts Series”) – 2 June, 2016.

MIDNIGHT (Book 3 in “The Romany Outcasts Series”) – 2017.

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Author Christi J. Whitney

Author Christi J. Whitney

About the Author
Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the dramatic.

She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons.

When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, geeking out over Doctor Who, and watching superhero movies.

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Where to Find Christi J. Witney
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Book Review + Giveaway – Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

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My Review
Royal Marriage Market is about two twenty-something royals who must choose between love and duty. Set in modern day, Christian and Elsa are the heirs to the respective thrones of their tiny northern European countries. Each country needs something that only an arranged marriage can solve. Both Christian and Elsa are dead set against being used as bargaining chips by their parents. Their initial meeting is antagonistic when Elsa assumes Christian is looking for a good time. Just because all the world’s single royals are gathered at Hearst Castle in California for a modern day dating game, doesn’t mean shenanigans aren’t going on behind the scenes, and Elsa refuses to partake in any of it.

Of course these two are destined to be together because, well, the rules state they can’t be. As they straddle a fine line between bickering and flirting, they fall reluctantly in like and then love just as their marriages to others are sealed by their parents.

Plot
The plot is about Christian and Elsa and forbidden love, but a few nice little subplots weave through that show us why these two can’t be together, and why their respective parents have chosen their particular mates for them.

Characters
Elsa and Christian are both delightful, but there is also a phenomenal supporting cast. Both Christian’s and Elsa’s personal assistants, Parker and Charlotte, are fully-developed and intriguing in their own right. Family members and other royals round out the cast nicely, providing just the right mix for Christian and Elsa’s story.

Ending
I love that I wasn’t able to figure out the big mystery behind the pairings and I like the way the story wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.

What Didn’t Work for Me
1. Not much.
 The story is witty and charming, but I felt it took a little long to develop. I found myself setting it down more often than not in the early chapters. But once it got going, it was a fast, easy read.

What I Enjoyed About Royal Marriage Market
1. The chemistry.
 The heat between Elsa and Christian is immediate and spark-y.
2. The magic hour. I love the whole idea of a magical hour of firsts.
3. Forbidden love. Some of my favorite romances involve this trope, and RMM is no exception.
4. The language. They are royals, and therefore the dialogue is refined, but I love how it’s peppered with a healthy dose of colorful language!
5. Parker and Charlotte. How fun would it be to get a book from their points of view?

Bottom Line
Royal Marriage Market is a fun twist on the contemporary romance genre with plenty of chemistry and more than a few laughs.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title: Royal Marriage Market
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Pages: 335
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo

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Author Heather LyonsAbout the Author
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob.

They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Where to Find Heather Lyons
Goodreads | Website | Facebook  | Twitter

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Cover Reveal – Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness Duet) by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness Cover Reveal

New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye is unveiling the cover to Love in the Light, the highly anticipated second book in the contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness Duet. See below for the cover, information on the book, and pre-order links. But hurry, the price goes up after release! And don’t miss Hearts in Darkness, the first book in the series, now on sale for just $0.99.

Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2) by Laura Kaye

Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2) by Laura Kaye

About the Book
Title:
 Love in the Light
Series: Hearts in Darkness Duet #2
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too.

When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

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Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness Duet #1) by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness Duet #1) by Laura Kaye

About Book 1 – NOW ON SALE FOR $0.99
Title:
 Hearts in Darkness
Series: Hearts in Darkness Duet #1
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

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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
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter
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Release – Jingle all the Mitchell Way by Jennifer Foor

Jingle All the Mitchell Way Release

Award winning author, Jennifer Foor, has released a surprise novella in her Mitchell/Healy Family series, Jingle All the Mitchell Way. See below for information on the book and buy links.

Jingle All the Mitchell Way by Jennifer Foor

Jingle All the Mitchell Way by Jennifer Foor

About the Book
Title: Jingle All the Mitchell Way
Series: Mitchell/Healy Family
Author: Jennifer Foor
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
The Mitchell twins are up to no good as they venture across the country in an RV hoping to make it in time to celebrate Christmas in Kentucky.

Join Jax, Jake, Reese, Amber, and the children as they manage the impossible – Mitchell style.

Celebrate the season with Colt, Tyler and the rest of the gang in this holiday novella filled with sentiment and humor.

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Author Jennifer Foor

Author Jennifer Foor

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

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

Where to Find Jennifer Foor
Website | Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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Excerpt Tour – Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers) by Brenda Drake

Thief of Lies Excerpt Tour

Welcome to the excerpt tour for Library Jumpers, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series, Library Jumpers, by Brenda Drake, releasing January 5, 2016. See below for information on the book , preorder links, and an exclusive excerpt.

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake

About the Book
Title: Library Jumpers
Author: Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre:
Young Adult Fantasy/Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CABarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | BAM! | Book Depository | Powell’s | Walmart

Synopsis
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears.

While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds.

Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Excerpt
I pressed the screen, and it went dark. “How do we know he’s not being forced to say this?”

“The password, May Agnes guide you,” Lei replied. “She’s the patron saint of Asile.”

Agnes? That was the silver woman’s name that formed from my globe. Did the saints have something to do with the Chiavi?

I faced Ricardo. “How did you know I was here?”

“The werehounds tracked your scent from a shirt Katy…excuse me, your nana…gave us.”

“Can your pack help us save Couve?” Arik asked him.

“They will, but Gia must go with me.” He noticed the protest forming on my lips. “Merlin said no exceptions. I’m to get you to the shelter.”

From the corridor came yells, scuffles, and the continual wail of the warning siren.

“I can’t go with you,” I said. “I have to fight with them.”

“She can’t fight with us,” Lei said, glancing at the door. “She almost killed Kale.”

I turned to Sinead. “You know what I can do.”

Sinead gave me a pity smile. “Yes, but you have no control over it. Let Ricardo take you to your father and friends.”

I thought of Kale lying motionless, near death, and I hated that she was right. As much as I wanted to stay, I might be more hindrance than help. I caved. “Okay,” I said, defeated. Lei flew out of the room with the Laniars on her heels.

Sinead hugged me, then rushed after them. Arik moved over to me and cupped my face gently in his hands. His eyes held the intensity that always drew me to him.

I swallowed my breath in anticipation. All the sounds around us went silent.

He bent and lightly brushed my lips with a kiss. His lips were soft and oh, so tender. Butterflies swooped and curled inside me, and it felt like the ground disappeared from beneath my feet. He pulled back a little and said, “Regardless of the fact that you’re a royal pain in the arse, I fancy you. Listen to Ricardo and don’t do anything rash.”

He gave me another kiss and rushed out the door. My heart twisted in my chest as he disappeared. I touched my mouth and exhaled. He liked me. It was against the laws, but he told me he fancied me. Maybe we had no future, but we had now.

“What a sweet display,” Ricardo said, dragging me out of my haze. “I’m not one for rules or laws, but I’d be careful there. The punishment would be much worse for him than you.”

“Why?” I stared at the door as if I’d see Arik there.

“He’s a leader. He knows better.” Ricardo headed to the window. “Are you ready to fly?”

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Author Brenda Drake

Author Brenda Drake

About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.

When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Where to Find Brenda Drake
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Release Day – Snow Kissed by Lisa Swallow

Snow Kissed Release

Today is release day for Snow Kissed, a stand-alone short and sweet contemporary romance novella, by Lisa Swallow. See below for information on the book, and buy links. You can currently pick up this e-book for just $0.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!

Snow Kissed by Lisa Swallow

Snow Kissed by Lisa Swallow

About the Book
Title: Snow Kissed
Author: Lisa Swallow
Release Date: December 17, 2015
Genre:
Contemporary Christmas Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AUAmazon CA

Synopsis
Sadie’s holiday season is officially off to the worst start ever.

After losing her job a week before Christmas and starting a fight in a toy store, she decides to throw in the tinsel and heads to the English Cotswolds early for a quiet Christmas with her family.

She wasn’t counting on the complications caused by her sister’s Christmas wedding.

Or the groom’s brother and best man, Jamie.

The wealthy, charming Jamie is everything Sadie tries to avoid. But the best man has a secret that will change everybody’s Christmas.

In the snow-kissed Cotswolds, will Sadie have a happy holiday after all?

Snow Kissed is a short and sweet Christmas novella from Amazon bestselling author, Lisa Swallow.

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Author Lisa Swallow

Author Lisa Swallow

About the Author
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media. Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars. She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

Where to Find Lisa Swallow
Goodreads | Website | Mailing ListFacebook | Blue Phoenix | Twitter | Amazon

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Re-Release – Raising John by Jennifer Lesher

Raising John Re-Release

Welcome to the re-release celebration for Raising John, a literary women’s fiction novel by Jennifer Lesher. See below for details on the book, buy links, and a few teasers. Until January 2, you can pick up the ebook version for just $0.99.

Raising John by Jennifer Lesher

Raising John by Jennifer Lesher

About the Book
Title: Raising John
Author: Jennifer Lesher
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: Literary/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
How do you go on living when you have done the unforgivable? Robert Lewis isn’t surprised to wake up in the drunk tank. He assumes that, as usual, he’ll sleep it off, then return to the routine of golf games, broker meetings, symphony dates and nightcaps that make up his life.

Then his lawyer delivers the news: Robert is responsible for an accident that has killed a young mother and orphaned her young son, John.

Robert is quickly yanked from his life of privilege and sent to prison to atone for his crimes. Defiant at first, Robert believes he’s better than his fellow inmates and that unlike them, he has no room for improvement.

But, as the months wear on, Robert’s fellow inmates push him to confront his actions and the choices that brought him to prison.

Meanwhile, as John grows up under the care of his maternal grandmother, he must come to terms with losing his mother and decide whether he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood.

Spanning three generations, Raising John tells the story of John’s bittersweet childhood, the history of the mother he never knew, and of Robert’s collapse and redemption.

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Author Jennifer Lesher

Author Jennifer Lesher

About the Author
Jennifer Lesher is an author, blogger, mountain biker, travel junkie, non-sufferer of fools, and graduate of the School of Hard Knocks.

She is the author of the “Modern Love?” series of Kindle short stories and the novel Raising John.

Recently Jennifer effected a career change, leaving her job in the high-tech industry to pursue certification as an airplane mechanic. She will complete her schooling in the spring of 2015 and, FAA willing, will be certified shortly thereafter.

She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Where to Find Jennifer Lesher
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Tattooed Scars (Tattooed Series) by Alicia Rae

Tattooed Scars Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Tattooed Scars, the second book in the contemporary romance series, Tattooed, by Alicia Rae. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. Also, you can currently pick up Tattooed Emotions, the first book in the series, for just $0.99.

Tattooed Scars (Tattooed Series #2) by Alicia Rae

Tattooed Scars (Tattooed Series #2) by Alicia Rae

About the Book
Title: Tattooed Scars
Series: Tattooed Series #2
Author: Alicia Rae
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Raelyn Jennings knows one thing for certain. She loves Damien Heathman with every fiber of her being. A life without him wouldn’t be one worth living.

Damien has never loved a single soul—until Raelyn. She heals the pain that has tainted the deepest part of his heart. She is his everything, his single reason for breathing. Damien’s relentless determination refuses to let anyone or anything stand in his way of being with her.

But soon, Damien’s and Raelyn’s pasts begin to collide with their future in ways they never thought possible, testing their undying love for one another.

Damien’s dark secrets from the scars hidden beneath his tattoos threaten to reveal themselves while Raelyn is faced with impossible decisions that need to be made.

Can Damien convince Raelyn to take a risk in hopes of securing the longevity of their future? Or will Raelyn choose the safe path that also comes with a limit?

There isn’t any time to waste, for the clock never stops ticking.

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Excerpt
Damien still wasn’t home yet, and I was hungry, so I took it upon myself to become acclimated with his kitchen to make us a late-night dinner. I rummaged through his cabinets, pantry, and fridge before settling on something quick and easy—chicken quesadillas.

Once I preheated the oven, I grabbed my iPhone out of my back pocket, opened my music app, and selected Shuffle. “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida with Robin Thicke and Verdine White began to play.

I sang the lyrics as I pulled out all the necessary ingredients and got to it.

While the chicken with fajita seasoning was frying in the skillet, I chopped up a red bell pepper, followed by a green one, and then a small onion. I used a second saucepan to heat vegetable oil before transferring the chicken and adding the peppers and onion. I’d found a bottle of bacon bits in a cabinet, so I added that, too. The taste didn’t even come close to freshly cooked bacon, but it would suffice for tonight.

I opened up a package of tortillas and placed them on a baking sheet. Once the chicken and vegetables were finished, I divided the mixture between the tortillas. I loaded the tortillas up with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. A few stray pieces managed to spill onto my workstation and the tiled floor.

“Whoops,” I murmured, bending over to pick up the cheese.

Then, I stood up straight and spun around to walk to the garbage can. My feet came to an abrupt halt when I saw Damien, looking divine as ever in his infamous dark suit. He was sitting on a barstool at the kitchen island with his elbows resting on the black granite counter.

He suddenly rose to his feet and came around the corner of the island. His eyes intently perused my attire. “I like coming home to you in my kitchen.” A devious smirk spread across his face, causing a sexy dimple to make a heart-stopping appearance. “Even if you are a messy cook.”

I was, but I refused to admit it out loud to him. Instead, I gaped at his straightforwardness. “I am not.”

Damien glanced at my workstation behind me before looking back at me. He arched a brow and playfully argued, “Are so.”

“Am not.” I narrowed my eyes at him, keeping my game face in check. “You should be happy that I made you dinner at all.”

His throaty deep chuckle filled the room as he continued to near. “I’m very grateful that you made me something to eat, but I’m not hungry for food.” His eyes darkened with an unmistakable heat as he pulled me into his arms. “All I can think about is getting you”—he hooked his finger into my tank top and tugged at it, exposing the upper part of my breasts, while leaning in to put his mouth by my ear—“naked.”

“I won’t be getting naked in this kitchen,” I retorted on a laugh.

The wasted cheese fell out of my grip when Damien connected his lips with my throat. He began to trail hot kisses up and down the length of it, and my head automatically tilted to the side to give him better access.

Damn him.

“Raelyn?” Damien said my name in question.

“Yes?” My breath was coming and going in pants. Anticipation and need tightened within my belly and then settled at my center.

“I just watched you parade your delectable ass around my kitchen, half-naked,” he stated in that domineering gruff tone of his. “So, I’ll definitely be fucking you in it.”

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Tattooed Emotions (Tattooed Series #1) by Alicia Rae

Tattooed Emotions (Tattooed Series #1) by Alicia Rae

About Book 1 – CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR JUST $0.99!
Title: Tattooed Emotions
Series: Tattooed Series #1
Author: Alicia Rae
Release Date: September 17, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
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Synopsis
Raelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.

Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.  

Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.  

Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.  

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.

Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?

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Author Alicia Rae

Author Alicia Rae

About the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

Alicia loves to hear from readers! Text RAE to 22828 to join her mailing list

Where to Find Alicia Rae
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Book Review – The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus by Fred White

The Writer's Idea Thesaurus by Fred White

The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus by Fred White

3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Endless ideas at your fingertips, and at the turn of a page…

Need an idea for a short story or novel? Look no further than The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus. It’s far more than a collection of simple writing prompts. You’ll find a vast treasury of story ideas inside, organized by subject, theme, and situation categories, and listed alphabetically for easy reference.

Author and award-winning writing instructor Fred White shows you how to build out and customize these ideas to create unique plots that reflect your personal storytelling sensibilities, making The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus an invaluable tool for generating creative ideas and vanquishing writer’s block—for good.

Inside you’ll find:
•2,000 unique and dynamic story ideas perfect for novels and short stories of any genre or writing style
•Twenty major idea categories, such as The Invasion of X, The Transformation of X into Y, Escape from X, The Curse of X, and more
•Multiple situations that further refine the major categories, such as The Creation of Artificial Life, The Descent Into Madness, Love in the Workplace, The Journey to a Forgotten Realm, and more
•Invaluable advice on how to customize each idea.

The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus is an interactive story generator that opens the door to thousands of new story arcs and plotlines.

My Review
The concept behind The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus intrigued me. I don’t suffer from a lack of story ideas, but sometimes in fleshing them out, I need a little inspiration. It’s definitely an interesting concept, but I found it a little overwhelming. I tried to consume it the way I do most books, by starting at the front and working my way to the back. It’s really designed to allow you to jump around, so I gave that a try next. Ultimately I came to the conclusion it’s really more of a reference book, just like your regular thesaurus. Once I figured that out, I realized it’s got a lot of promise. Think of it as one of those flip books for kids with the three parts — you flip the pages to put a cow’s head on an ostrich body with kangaroo legs. Pick and choose from various concepts to put together your own unique story idea.

Bottom Line
The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus lives up to its name as a unique reference guide to aid writers in developing story ideas.

Title: The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus: An Interactive Guide for Developing Ideas for Novels and Short Stories
Author: Fred White
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Pages: 320
Category: Writing Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle) by Rachel A. Marks

Skyscape and author Rachel A. Marks are unveiling the cover to Darkness Fair, the second book in her young adult urban fantasy series, The Dark Cycle, releasing February 2. See below for the cover, information on the book and the series, along with a link to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks

About the Book
Title: Darkness Fair #1
Series: The Dark Cycle
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing his little sister Ava, who is now trapped somewhere beyond the Veil.

As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on.

They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

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Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1) by Rachel A. Marks

About Book 1
Title: Darkness Brutal
Series: The Dark Cycle #1
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava.

But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

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Author Rachel A. Marks

Author Rachel A. Marks

About the Author
Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets.

She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory.

Her debut novel is DARKNESS BRUTAL, the 1st installment in The Dark Cycle.

Book 2 releases February 2nd, 2016 and is titled, DARKNESS FAIR.

Where to Find Rachel A. Marks
Goodreads | Website | FacebookTwitter

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Release Day – Blood Promise (Skin Walker) by T.G. Ayer

Blood Promise Release

Today is release day for Blood Promise, the fourth book in the new adult paranormal/fantasy series, Skin Walker, by T.G. Ayer. See below for details on the book, buy links, and information on picking up the first book in the series, Skin Deep, for free.

Blood Promise (Skin Walker #4) by T.G. Ayer

Blood Promise (Skin Walker #4) by T.G. Ayer

About the Book
Title: Blood Promise
Series: Skin Walker #4
Authors: T.G. Ayer
Release Date: December 16, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
The fourth book in the SkinWalker series:

Kailin Odel, alpha shapeshifter and demon hunter, made a deal that helped her save her sister’s soul: a Blood Promise.

Now, the High Priestess of the DeathTalkers is calling in her marker, and Kai had better hope she can hold up her end of the bargain, because either way, it’s all about to hit the fan…

Other books in this series:
#1 Skin Deep
#2 Lost Soul
#3 Last Chance
#0.5 Pyros – a Novella

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Skin Deep (Skin Walker #1) by T.G. Ayer

Skin Deep (Skin Walker #1) by T.G. Ayer

About Book 1 – NOW FREE!
Title: Skin Deep
Series: Skin Walker #1
Authors: T.G. Ayer
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her.

Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.

But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans.

The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people. When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?

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Author T.G. Ayer

Author T.G. Ayer

About the Author
I have been a writer since I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse and am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour.

The other half of me has been transplanted to the island of New Zealand. A land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain crosseyed.

Where to Find T.G. Ayer
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook

Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Mayan Blood (Stone Legacy) by Theresa DaLayne

Mayan Blood Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Mayan Blood, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, The Stone Legacy, by Theresa DaLayne, releasing December 29. See below for information on the book, a preorder link, and a guest post on surviving the zombie apocalypse with Theresa DaLayne.

Mayan Blood (Stone Legacy #1) by Theresa DaLayne

Mayan Blood (Stone Legacy #1) by Theresa DaLayne

About the Book
Title: 
Mayan Blood
Series: The Stone Legacy #1
Author: 
Theresa DaLayne
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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Zombie Apocalypse – Who would you want to team up with?

Ahhh, the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s a favorite subject of conversation among me and my friends, in my house, and oh, just while I’m sitting by myself, plotting my own survival plan.

The fact is, if you can prepare for zombies, you’re prepared for just about anything. And I give a lot of thought as to whom I’d bring into my “group.” Yeah, if Rick were here, I’d be the new Maggie. Don’t get me wrong, Michonne is kick-ass in so many ways, but I don’t know how to swing a sword, and she rocks those dreads way better than I ever could—so Maggie it is.

But aside from the fearless leader and myself, who else would I hand pick to trust with my life? And I’m talking real-life people. Friends and family. Who would I take, and who would I trip on the way out?
plays a role, and each role is equally important to keep the machine running, right?

I have a friend named Heather, who I’d definitely bring along. She can grow anything. Seriously. Anything. Her passion is identifying fungi and pruning wilted leaves from otherwise thriving plants. Once she gave me a Sex Ed lesson in the male and female flowers on her cucumber vine. Awkward, but interesting. So Heather, in.

My friend, Karen, knows almost nothing about plants, and cried when I took her horse back riding for her birthday. Not out of joy, mind you, but because she’d never touched a horse in her life and was terrified. She claims she would be vital for comic relief, but F-that. Comic relief won’t stab a zombie in the temple. But she is from New York and can throw a pretty mean right hook, so I figure her surly nature would make her a pretty good zombie slayer—whether she knows it or not. Karen, in.

My husband—of course—because not only is he pretty talented with a handgun, strong, and smart, but I could picture him being second in command. He knows people and can sniff out a threat from a mile away. Plus I’ll surely need a good snuggle when I come to the realization the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. Husband, in.

Lets just get my mom in there, too. Not only can she make a meal out of anything, but she’s my mom, so…can’t really leave her behind. Mom, in.

Speaking of relatives, my sister—who lives in Canada—would be an amazing addition. The only problem is, I’d have to get to her first. With no planes and limited car accessibility with cluttered highways and no gasoline, that would be a challenge. But her husband is totally into survival stuff, loves to camp, and I’m pretty sure would gnaw on a stiff squirrel if there was nothing else to eat. Plus, I may not step into the shoes of Michonne well, but my sister would rock a ninja sword with just a little practice. Sister, in. (And her husband in, too. He could be our tracker and survivalist.)

Education is important, even when the world has ended. I’d still want my kids to know how to read and write, so I’d definitely bring my friend, Zubaidah, who is a teacher. She’s also really strong and most likely has a zombie-killing beast laying dormant inside her somewhere. I could see her taking down walkers with a buck knife and zip line. Zubaidah, in.

Now that the group is getting bigger, I have to start being choosy about who I let in. We have a lot of who we need already. My question for you is, would YOU qualify to be in my group? Tell me why, and I may add your name to the list…

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Author Theresa DaLayne

Author Theresa DaLayne

About the Author
Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought.

She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

Where to find Theresa DeLayne
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Naked and Far from Home by J.P. Grider

Naked and Far from Home Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Naked and Far From Home, a contemporary young adult/new adult contemporary romance spanning a decade by J.P. Grider. See below for information on the book, buy links, and details on her giveaway.

Naked and Far from Home by J.P. Grider

Naked and Far from Home by J.P. Grider

About the Book
Title: 
Naked and Far From Home
Author: J.P. Grider
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Release Date: October 18, 2015
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Tia Mercury was a freshman in high school and had her first serious crush – on a senior who wouldn’t touch her. At least not until she turned eighteen.

Clinton Daniels was not your everyday teenage boy, and because his tougher-than-nails father wouldn’t let him forget it, Clinton became a loner. And learned to distrust everyone.

Until he met Tia.

She was sweet, she was funny, and she knew nothing about good music. It was the nineteen-eighties for goodness sake – time to turn off that AM radio crap. So, while Tia drooled over Clinton, he was busy making her mix-tapes.

She was falling in love. He was ignoring his heart.

See, Clinton had a secret. But sharing it could cost him their friendship, and he was not willing to risk losing the only person he ever loved.

Naked and Far from Home is a serious story that spans a decade. A tale about unconditional love and what two people are willing to look past to prove that love.

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Author J.P. Grider

Author J.P. Grider

About the Author
J.P. Grider is a New Adult and Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story – whether it’s reading one or writing one.

When she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one.

You can follow J.P. on Facebook at J.P. Grider, Author, on Instagram and Twitter @JPGrider1, and on her blog atjpgrider.com

Where to find J.P. Grider
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Release Week Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Royal Marriage Market Release Blitz

Welcome to release week for Royal Marriage Market, a new adult contemporary fairy tale by Heather Lyons. See below for information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. And be sure to check back on Thursday for my review. Hint, I loved it!

Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

About the Book
Title:
 Royal Marriage Market
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

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Excerpt
“I denied myself the éclairs earlier and then resolved, as I stared up at the ceiling for a good hour, that life is too short to not indulge in things that bring about small joys.”

I wander over to the island, positioning myself on the opposite side. “Éclairs bring you such?”

His grin grows. “Hell yeah, they do. Want one?”

Three éclairs rest upon his plate. “Will it bring me joy?”

“Have you ever eaten an éclair in the middle of the night, Els?”

I blink at the nickname he bestows upon me. No one has ever called me Els. Not a single person. It’s bizarre, because one would think such a derivative would be natural, but Her Serene Highness was strict about such things during my childhood. My name is Elsa. I ought to be called Elsa. Nicknames are common, and she claimed she wanted more for me.

Whatever that meant.

Despite our earlier conversation concerning his own, though, I happen to like nicknames. “As a matter of fact,” I say, absurdly pleased at the bestowment, “I have not.”

“Then this shall be a first for you.” He shoves the plate my way. “Don’t worry. Éclairs eaten in the middle of the night have no calories. If they did, I’d be at least five pounds heavier already.”

It is impossible to not grin like a fool. Are we really standing here in the kitchen, in the dead of night, sparring with one another again? And why is it so bloody entertaining? Small joys, indeed. “Is that so? Well then. This will be more than just a first for eating an éclair in the middle of the night. It will be my first time consuming a calorie free dessert, too. Who knew such things existed?”

“Shall I make you some warm milk, too?”

I blink again, abruptly unsteady.

“You were rooting around in the fridge for milk to heat up, weren’t you?” He motions to his own mug. “As it helps with snoring parents?”

I counter with, “Why were you sitting here in the dark?”

“I’d had my cell’s flashlight on, but switched it off when noises sounded outside the door. I suppose I wasn’t too keen on being caught rummaging around the kitchen in the middle of the night.” He touches the ceramic in front of him once more. “Yes or no?”

I gingerly select one of the éclairs, shivering at its coldness. “Actually, yes. I would very much like that. Do you know how to heat up milk?”

The room may be dim, but there’s no mistaking the comical yet wounded look he proffers. “Everyone knows how to do that.”

“Not everyone. There are surely milk virgins in the world.”

He wanders over to the fridge and extracts a carton of milk. “Rest assured, I am no milk virgin. I’m thirty, remember?”

It is my turn to nearly choke as I swallow a far too large bite of éclair.

“No choking allowed. If four a.m. rolls around, the calories will come back.”

I clear my throat. “Is three a.m. a magical hour, then?”

He heads over toward the stovetop, where a small pan rests upon another stainless steel countertop. I angle our phones’ flashlights his way; shadows crawl around his body as a blue flame erupts from a burner, allowing me to ogle silently at a well-shaped arse. Goodness. Will his too-ness ever cease?

“As a matter of fact, it is. All the best firsts should be experienced at three a.m.” He sets the pan on the stove and adds milk. “But it’s a witching hour. The magic only lasts for sixty minutes before turning ordinary once more.”

With the next bite of éclair, pleasure bursts across my tongue. Curse him for being spot on about pastry-based joy.

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Author Heather LyonsAbout the Author
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob.

They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Where to Find Heather Lyons
Goodreads | Website | Facebook  | Twitter

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Cover Reveal – Until You Came Along by Kshitij

Author Kshitij is unveiling the cover to Until You Came Along, a young adult contemporary romance, releasing December 21. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

Until You Came Along by Kshitij

Until You Came Along by Kshitij

About the Book
Title: Until You Came Along
Author: Kshitij
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
People never change; they only become more or less of who they really are…

Just as mysteriously as Alyssa appeared in Estella’s life she disappeared. Who was Alyssa, really? For all their years of friendship in college, Estella has no idea why Alyssa left without saying goodbye after graduation. Now, after all these years, Alyssa leaves a recording on Estella’s voicemail –an RSVP to their college reunion! Trembling with delight and dread, Estella has only one question: Why?

Alyssa has been searching for something all her life—her future. She believes in nothing but success and winning. Manipulative, wilful, emotionally cold is the best way she can describe herself. To the world and her college mates, she’s glamorous, confident and has life on a silver platter—men dream of having her and women dream of being her! But Alyssa is blind to everything except success… until she meets Kurt, a dreamy exchange student, who challenges everything she believes, while his touch runs through her body like the sweetest flame, making her want things she knows she shouldn’t have! Kurt wants her heart and that’s the one thing Alyssa can’t give him.

Through seven years of silence, Estella and Alyssa discover life is ever changing—just as their perception of themselves…yet, how could they ever know tragedy and joy are from the same tears of life?

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Author Kshitij

Author Kshitij

About the Author
Kshitij lives in New Delhi. He has written books in various genres.

Classic literature novels, movies and culture have been his source of inspiration. A

lthough he graduated with a business degree, the word ‘ART’ holds a special place in his heart. When not writing, he can be found learning about history, food, and people for his new book.

Where to Find Kshitij
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Release Day + Giveaway – Betrayed (Caged Series) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Betrayed Release Day

Today is release day for Betrayed, the seventh book in the paranormal/fantasy romance series, Caged, by Amber Lynn Natusch. See below for the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway. 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 | Amazon

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 – CURRENTLY FREE!
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
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