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Cover Reveal – The Grind (The Vert Series) by Kristen Kehoe

The Grind Cover Reveal

Author, Kristen Kehoe is unveiling the cover to The Grind, the second book in her new adult contemporary romance series, The Vert. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

The Grind (The Vert Series #2) by Kristen Kehoe

The Grind (The Vert Series #2) by Kristen Kehoe

About the Book
Title: The Grind
Series: The Vert #2
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Release Date: Spring, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Hunter Jackson was on top of the world when that phone call came.

His third X Games title still fresh, a female in his lap, and sponsors ready to offer him any deal he wanted–the kid from California had made it big. And then his phone rang. And it kept ringing. And that news that no one wants was waiting for him on the other line. “It’s Mom,” his sister said. And like that, his world changed. Months later, Hunter isn’t skating–he’s at home, taking care of his mom, and keeping the rest of his family together, flipping houses to pay for the medical bills that just keep piling up. In need of a new foreman, Hunter gets a shock when Isabel Rojas shows up to his job site, more gorgeous than any woman he can ever remember, and a mouth that whips of Spanish insults with deadly precision.

Isa comes from a house full of dominant men ready to tell her what to do—she loves them, but she refuses to be the woman who takes orders from a man for the rest of her life. She’s determined to be independent: her own apartment, her own job, her own person. In a family as large and committed to each other as hers, this is not an easy task. Two years of community college, an AA in construction management, and halfway through her apprenticeship as an electrician, Isa knows what she wants, and she’s on a mission to claim it.

When she shows up on Hunter Jackson’s job site, she has a chip on her shoulder, and an already formed opinion about the kind of man he is: rich, entitled, careless. The kind who broke her sister’s heart years ago—the kind Isa swore she would never let into her own life.

But plans don’t always work the way we want.

Assumptions can be wrong, people can change, and hearts don’t always listen to logic.

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Vertical Lines (The Vert Series #1) by Kristen Kehoe

Vertical Lines (The Vert Series #1) by Kristen Kehoe

About Book 1
Title: Vertical Lines
Series: The Vert #1
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
An artist and a smart girl. A staid family and a broken one. She’s adorably literal; he’s big and quietly emotional.

Jordana Richards was determined to make the best of her post high school life, despite the fact that nothing about her current college experience was of her choosing: not the school or the major, and definitely not the place. But it wasn’t home, so that’s something. Yet, the harder she tried to fit in, the less she felt like she did.

Until the night she said screw it.  Until the night she walked out on her parents and bought her very own piece of cake. The same night she met Brooklyn Novak: brooding artist, huge man, overall scary human being who took a keen interest in her.

Brooklyn was out of ideas. He had no art, because really, his subjects had no soul. When the girl at the convenience store clicked her way into his life on five hundred dollar shoes and the fumes of a tantrum, this changed. Jordana Richards: the rich girl with a mission who gave Brooklyn the spark he needed to create again.

Uncomfortable with their attraction, Brooks and Jordan strike a deal: he’ll help her have fun, she’ll be his muse for as long as he needs. Simple. Yeah right.

The more time they spend together, the more both of them realize that what started out as a convenient relationship is now transitioning to vital, and neither knows how to deal with it.

When a truth comes to light that has the potential to break both of their worlds, Jordan and Brooks have to decide how deep their feelings really go, and just how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to be together.

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Author Kristen Kehoe

Author Kristen Kehoe

About the Author
I am the youngest of three daughters and I think this is the reason I enjoy writing about love so much.

I come from a family of high school sweethearts, save myself (thank God), and I have watched how finding love, the real kind, can make a person stronger. My parents have inspired me every day because they found each other at eighteen, got married at nineteen, and never looked back. Now, 35 years later they are still going strong and it makes me realize that love really does aide us in all things.

I write young and new adult books because I think it’s the time period in our lives that is the most difficult and I enjoy love stories because we all need hope. Reading about love gives me hope, so I hope my writings about love do the same for any reader who happens to glance at the pages.

I have a daughter, a Great Dane, and a beautiful husband. I love books, coffee, and my family…and shoes. Just saying.

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Where to Find Kristen Kehoe
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebookTwitter | Instagram
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Blog Tour + Giveaway – Dark Incidence by A.G. Liam

Dark Incidence Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Dark Incidence, a young adult paranormal romance by A.G. Liam. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the Ebook for just $0.99!

Dark Incidence by A.G. Liam

Dark Incidence by A.G. Liam

About the Book
Title: Dark Incidence
Author: A.G. Liam
Publisher: AZ Publishing Services
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Dani is determined to change. Trodden down by her abusive stepdad, neglectful mother, and nonexistent social life, Dani decides to leave it all behind—she flees into the night and finds herself in a dark, and strangely wondrous, new world, a world unknown to most humans.

However, destiny is an unpredictable force. Through a peculiar turn of events, she unknowingly gets entangled in a brutal war waging between two factions of vampires.

The Ruemisuds are a technologically advanced, elite vampire society that wants absolute control. They will stop at nothing to get it, including experimenting on unsuspecting humans and decimating the Rhowels, a clandestine, rebel clan of vampires. But the Rhowels possess a key to survival that the Ruemisuds desperately want, which they will protect until the bitter end.

Dani’s riveting journey has just begun in this beautiful tale of love, hate, betrayal, and, above all, survival. The war is escalating quickly and Dani is determined to survive. Who will help her? Who will win the war?

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Author A.G. Liam

Author A.G. Liam

About the Author
A.G. grew up in a gloomy and quaint suburb near London, England, and now lives in sunny southern California with her husband and her son. She has been an avid horror and paranormal fan since she can remember, reading Goosebumps when she was a child, to watching Twilight Zone as a teenager with her grandpa. 

She earned her B.A. in psychology, but decided to follow her passion of storytelling instead. Dark Incidence is her first full length novel, a unique vampire science fiction told through the eyes of two siblings. A.G. also has directed numerous shorts and written children’s books. 

Her favorite pastime is watching paranormal and horror movies, painting landscapes and seascapes, and reading fiction novels. She can never turn down an invite to eat something home cooked. 

Where to Find A.G. Liam
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – 12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla

12 Hours in Paradise Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for 12 Hours in Paradise, a young adult contemporary romance by Kathryn Berla from Limitless Publishing. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive blog-tour excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla

About the Book
Title: 12 Hours in Paradise
Author: Kathryn Berla
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…

It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.

Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…

Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.

With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?

When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?

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Excerpt
I came out feeling like a princess. A silly princess but a princess nonetheless. My prince—and twin—was waiting for me in the front of the store. He had a newspaper under his arm and a bag I assumed held his t-shirt. He looked me up and down as though I were Cinderella being announced at the ball.

“I knew you were beautiful,” he said. “But I had no idea just how beautiful.”

I burst into laughter. The ridiculousness of our matching outfits must have been obvious to everyone.

“No, I mean it,” he said, and my laugh turned into a smile. With his unusual way of speaking I couldn’t be sure if he was serious. But it didn’t matter. I was happy. He was fun. We were fun, I was beginning to realize. I twirled like a model with my hand on my hip. I let my hair hang down over one eye and gave him the vampiest look I could muster.

“Perfect! And now I have a surprise. While you were changing, I found the roadmap to our adventure. Placed in our path by fate.” He brought a newspaper from underneath his arm and unfolded it for me to see.

“What am I looking at?”

He pointed to an article, and my eyes followed his finger. “‘The Thirty-Six Questions That Lead to Love’?” This was bold and unexpected. “I don’t get it.”

“According to the article, which I’ve only just glanced at, there are thirty-six questions to be answered in each other’s presence. By the end of the questions, love is guaranteed.”

“Hmmm….but I should get back no later than midnight. Can we answer them all by then?”

“We can try, can’t we?” He raised his eyebrows as if in a dare. “Why not?”

“But do we really want to fall in love, considering we’ll probably never see each other again?”

Yes, yes, yes, I wanted him to say.

Yes, I wanted to fall in love.

Even just for a night.

“Do you think love can be reduced to a science?” he asked seriously.

“No, I don’t.”

“Then let’s prove them wrong. Or right. However it turns out, it will be an adventure. So shall we get started?”

“Where?”

“Let’s just walk. I always think better when I walk. You?”

“Sure, why not?”

“Shall I carry your dress in my bag?” he asked.

“Thanks.”

He took me by the hand again to lead me across the street. I shivered with excitement and a little fear, I must confess. Was I crazy?

A sidewalk mime who looked like a gold-plated pirate suddenly sprang to life and bowed at the waist as we walked by. Arash, feeling the startled tug of my arm gave my hand a reassuring squeeze.

Thirty-six questions. That shouldn’t take too long.

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Author Kathryn Berla

Author Kathryn Berla

About the Author
Kathryn Berla
graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major.

She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Where to Find Kathryn Berla
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Release Day – Loving You (Love Wanted in Texas) by Kelly Elliott

Loving You Release Day

Today is release day for Loving You, the sixth and final book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Love Wanted in Texas, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Kelly ElliottSee below for information on the book, buy links, and a couple of steamy teasers.

Loving You (Love Wanted in Texas #6) by Kelly Elliott

Loving You (Love Wanted in Texas #6) by Kelly Elliott

About the Book
Title: Loving You
Series: Love Wanted in Texas #6
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
In the long awaited conclusion to the Wanted, Broken, and Love Wanted in Texas series, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott brings you a story filled with angst, cowboys, and fairytale love.

Taylor Atwood and Jase Morris finally found their way to one another. Life couldn’t have been more perfect for either one of them as they began to build a future together.

When tragedy strikes, Taylor’s perfect world is gone in an instant, leaving her with nothing but unanswered questions. Will she find the strength to go on, or will the idea of Jase possibly being gone forever prove to be more than Taylor can handle?

Facing life’s toughest situations, Taylor and Jase will both learn that nothing is stronger than family and true love.

Loving You is the sixth and final book in the Love Wanted in Texas series.

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Excerpt
Lauren took a drink and turned to Colt. “Let’s dance!”

Jumping up, she pulled him out to the dance floor as I chuckled and continued my people watching.

The song changed from a fast song to a slower one. Oh, it’s Dan and Shay. I love that group. Scanning the dance floor, my eyes came to a halt.

“Jase,” I whispered as I watched him dancing with some girl. All of sudden the lyrics to the song played loudly in my ears.

He wasn’t talking at all to her, but he held her close to him. “Bastard,” I said out loud as the guy standing next to me at the bar looked at me shocked.

“Oh shit, did I cut in front of you?”

Pulling my eyes off of Jase and the girl, I took in the sight in front of me.

Cowboy. Tight jeans, nice body, boots, and a smile that would knock any girl off her feet. Any girl … but me.

“Nope, sorry that wasn’t directed at you. The guy who asked me to dance is dancing with someone else.”

I pouted as he smiled bigger. Good lord … when did I learn how to flirt?

Reaching his hand out for mine, he winked and said, “His mistake just became my gain.”

With a flirty grin, I set my drink down and placed my hand in his and let him lead me to the dance floor. The last place Jase would ever expect me to be is a bar in Llano. I had to admit when Lauren mentioned this place, my heart began to race at the idea of maybe seeing Jase. I just hadn’t planned on seeing him with another girl.

Lucking out, the next song was another slow one. Spinning me around, the guy pulled me closer and asked, “What’s your name?”

“Taylor. Yours?”

“Brad.”

Oh yuck. Why did he have to have the same name as my dad? Crap.

“Nice to meet you … um … Brad.”

“Pleasure is all mine, Taylor. I can promise you that.”

Ugh. Men.

He pulled me closer and I was praying to God this guy had something in his pocket and it wasn’t what I thought it was poking my stomach.

Blah.

For a few seconds I totally forgot why I had agreed to dance with him. I quickly looked around until I spotted Jase. He looked miserable and somehow that comforted me.

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Author Kelly Elliott

Author Kelly Elliott

About the Author
Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason…he claims it’s because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus….her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Where to Find Kelly Elliott
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Let Me (O’Brien Family) by Cecy Robson

Let Me Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Let Me, the second book in the contemporary romance series, The O’Brien Family, by Cecy Robson. See below for information on the book, buy links, a couple of teasers, an exclusive blog tour excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Let Me (O’Brien Family #2) by Cecy Robson

Let Me (O’Brien Family #2) by Cecy Robson

About the Book
Title: Let Me
Series: The O’Brien Family #2
Author: Cecy Robson
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her master’s degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts..

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Chapter One

Finn

I see the strike coming at me a split second before it connects with my skull. My head snaps back from the force, the crowds’ hollers resonating like a muffled cry in the distance. It was a good punch― lightning quick with enough impact to knock most guys on their asses. But I’m not most guys.

You hit me, I’m only going to hit you harder.

My right hand shoots up, blocking and smacking away the kick gunning for my ribs. I pivot out of the way, again, and again, and again, avoiding Easton’s arms and legs as they come at me. He’s fast, strong, with a six inch reach advantage. But he’s too eager to take me out and not pacing himself like he should. Already he’s breathing hard and it’s just the start of the second round.

I take my time to figure him out, planning each move, searching for that opening I need. Do I take a few bashes because of it? Sure. It’s part of the job. But believe it or not, it’s part of the job I look forward to.

Those punches and kicks remind me that I still feel, that I’m still human. And that for now, I’m still alive.

“Oh!” some drunk behind me yells when my uppercut finds Easton’s chin.

He staggers back, swiping the blood oozing from his lip, yet he keeps his grin. He’s trying to make like it was a lucky shot. That it won’t happen again.

Like me, Easton needs to win this match. And if he does, he’ll move up to the top ten, making him a contender for the UFC Lightweight title.

Talent aside, the guy’s a raging asshole, and so are the idiots in his training camp. They’ve been trash-talking since the moment I agreed to this match. I didn’t really care and laughed most of it off until they got personal and took it a step too far.

Again he nails me in the head. It’s not as hard as it was last time which tells me he’s getting tired. Does it hurt? I guess.

But let’s say I’m a guy who’s used to pain.

Easton grins. He thinks I’m afraid of him. He thinks he has me where he wants me. But fear is an emotion I don’t allow myself to entertain. Fear gets you hurt and rips you apart till you think there’s nothing left.

I dodge out of reach. He scowls and takes another swing. This one gets close enough to my jaw to create a breeze that whips across my skin.

“Finn,” my brother Killian barks from the side. “Take him out now.”

He’s worried about me. So is my family. But now’s not the time to think about them. I keep my hands up as I edge away, letting Easton think I’m backing down, that I’m tired and need to catch my breath.

I sidestep when he lunges forward, avoiding his next swing and use the momentum to drop my head and nail him in the temple with a roundhouse kick.

Like I said, Easton’s fast.

Too bad for him I’m a little bit faster.

The kick is my signature move, as natural for me as the next breath. He goes down like I planned. But in the Octagon you don’t stop just because your opponent collapses like timber. You charge forward. You show him what you’re made of. And you prove just how tough you really are.

That muffled screaming, isn’t so muffled anymore. The crowd loses their shit as I pounce, my blows nailing Easton in the face until the ref’s arms hook beneath mine as he hauls me off. I back away, my fists up because I already know I won.

I should do a back flip or some crazy shit to incite the crowd. This is it. My time has come to own it. But the good things aren’t as great as they can be. Not with the memories that haunt me. And not with the anger they stir.

Killian rushes in as the medic wipes down my face. I’m bleeding from the punch Easton caught me with at the beginning of the round. I didn’t think it was that bad, but the way the ringside medic is pressing the towel against my head clues me in the gash isn’t closing like it should.

“I’m going to have to stitch you up, Fury,” he mumbles.

“I figured,” I tell him.

Kill pats my back. “Good job,” he says.

Maybe he believes it, but I don’t miss the concern in his voice. He thinks I took too many unnecessary hits. I can’t really argue, seeing how it’s true.

He doesn’t understand that I don’t feel those strikes the way I should. Hell, I don’t think I’ve felt anything the way I should in a long time. Not like I used to. I try to tell myself that maybe that’ a good thing. That numbness is better than pain. But I’m not so convinced anymore, and neither is my family. I try to shrug it off like I’m fine. Except given the way they’ve been eyeing me, I’m not fooling anyone.

I’m scaring everyone around me. And it sucks. Not only because I don’t want them scared, but mostly because I don’t know how to stop it.

“The referee has called a stop to this match at two-minutes and forty-nine seconds into the second round,” the announcer begins. “The winner by TKO, Finn ‘The Fury’ O’Brien.”

The crowd screams and pumps their fists in the air when my hand is raised. I take the few seconds I need to thank my sponsors, my camp, and my brother, because that’s what I’m supposed to do despite the fog clouding my senses. I wish that disconnect had something to do with all the hits I took, but deep down I know that it doesn’t.

I’m back in the locker room before I know it getting stitched up, too many people talking at once. God, I barely hear their questions or my responses. But they’re there and somehow I make it through.

“I’m worried about you, Finnie,” Kill says when everyone piles out.

“Don’t. I’m not drinking tonight. I’m headed home,” I assure him.

“That’s not what I mean,” he says. He’s sitting in a fold out chair, his arms resting against his muscular legs. “I think you need to talk to someone.”

I stretch out my arms. By now they’re so tight, they pull against the bones. “I am. I’m talking to you.”

I don’t have to see him to know he’s shaking his head, or that he’s looking sad, disappointed, and maybe something else, too. “I’m not who you should be speaking to,” he says. “Not for what’s going on in your head.”

“You’re enough,” I say, even though I know it’s no longer true.

“Finn,” he begins.

I don’t wait for him to finish, leaving the changing area and heading toward the showers. “Go find Sofia and Wren,” I call over my shoulder as I strip out my shirt. “See if they’re up for some dinner.”

I don’t remember peeling the rest of my clothes off. That numbness I’ve been feeling too much lately claiming me like a mist until it fully engulfs me. Fuck. It’s like I’ve stopped living even though for the most part I think I’m still alive.

I lean against the tile with my arms spread, allowing the water to beat against my back. It’s too hot. I should turn it down, but I don’t bother. Eventually, like everything else, the sensation fades.

I’m not sure how long I’m in that position. A few seconds? A few minutes? But then Easton and his trainer Yefim are suddenly there. “You got lucky, O’Brien,” Yefim calls out, taunting me with his thick eastern European accent.

Shit. Like all the trash talk before the fight wasn’t enough.

“Did you hear me, you pussy?” he fires back when I don’t answer. “Did you hear me, you goddamn coward?”

Coward? Fuck you. It’s what I think, but not what I say, focusing instead on the streams of water that gather along my feet before they swirl into the drain.

It doesn’t help. The rage that’s building, the one I only manage to barely keep in? It stirs in my gut like a heavy pot filled with hate, sin, and all the curses my Ma would still beat my ass for saying.

“What’re you doing?” Yefim asks.

 His voice is closer, he’s drawing near. I doesn’t matter that I’m standing here naked. He wants to be next to me. I shudder, that feeling I keep buried drilling its way up.

“I know about you,” Yefim says, not bothering to keep his voice low. “But everyone knows, don’t they? Even if you don’t want them to.”

My body shakes a little more, but it’s not from the cooling water. It’s from his words and all that anger they trigger. Don’t do it. Don’t go there.

“You like to keep it a secret. Don’t you, pussy?”

Yefim laughs when I keep my trap shut. He thinks I’m backing down, just like Easton did before his face met the mat. “He’s crying,” he calls out to Easton. “What? Not so tough now?”

That’s where he’s dead wrong. Every muscle I’ve conditioned serves a purpose―to take down those who fuck with me. And right now, Yefim is seriously fucking with me.

“You like to pretend that it’s girls you like, don’t you?” he says. “But that’s not true, is it? Oh, no, that’s not true at all . . .”

I raise my chin, knowing that someone’s not leaving without bleeding, and I’ve bled enough tonight.

Yefim kicks at my calf. “What? Nothing to say? Can’t speak without your boyfriend here?”

“Boyfriend?” Easton asks, laughing. “No fucking way.”

“Yes. Way,” Yefim insists. “Didn’t you know this little pussy takes it up the ass―”

I punch him so hard, I feel his teeth crack against my knuckles. For someone with decades of boxing experience he never saw me coming. But I see Easton flying at me out of the corner of my eye. I toss him over my shoulder, slamming him hard onto the ceramic tile floor. Like in the octagon, I throw myself on top of him, my fists colliding against his skin.

Voices rush forward, telling me to stop. A woman screams, but I don’t stop fighting off the bodies trying to grab me, breaking through the arms wrenching me back. I need to hit him―I need to feel my fists meeting his face―I need to feel something.

God damn it. I need to feel alive.

I don’t want the pain.

I don’t want the terror.

But once more, it’s all I feel.

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Once Kissed (O'Brien Family #1) by Cecy Robson

Once Kissed (O’Brien Family #1) by Cecy Robson

About Book 1
Title: Once Kissed
Series: The O’Brien Family #1
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

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Author Cecy Robson

Author Cecy Robson

About the Author
Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series.

A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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Where to Find Cecy Robson
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$0.99 eBook Sale! – The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Series) by Michelle Madow

Elementals Book Blitz

For a limited time you can pick up the ebook version of for the The Prophecy of Shadows, the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Elementals, by my YASH buddy, Michelle Madow, for just $0.99. See below for information on the book and buy links.

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Series #1) by Michelle Madow

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Series #1) by Michelle Madow

About the Book
Title:
 The Prophecy of Shadows
Series: Elementals #1
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries.

After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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Praise for The Prophecy of Shadows
“Elementals is going to blow your mind!” -Crossroad Reviews, ★★★★★

“Five glittery stars for being such a compelling read!” -Andrea Heltsley, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

“A perfect mixture of magic and mythology. An entrancing story of trust, friendship and well naughty boys. WITCHES are not the only thing walking the earth!” – BenjaminOfTomes, BookTuber ★★★★★

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Author Michelle Madow

Author Michelle Madow

About the Author
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video.

Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015.

A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans.

Where to Find Michelle Madow
Goodreads │ Website │ Twitter │ Facebook | Amazon
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick

Broken Fate Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Broken Fate, a young adult fantasy/mythology romance by Jennifer Derrick. See below for information on the book, buy links, a couple of teasers, an exclusive blog tour excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick

Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick

About the Book
Title: Broken Fate
Author: Jennifer Derrick
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Mythology Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Zeus gave her one simple job: Kill every human. Atropos-daughter of Zeus and the third goddess of Fate from Greek mythology -spends her eternal life snipping human lifelines when their mortal lives are over. As if being a killer doesn’t make life miserable enough, she and her Fate-wielding sisters must live amongst the humans on Earth thanks to a long-running feud between their mother and Zeus. Living on Earth means they must mingle with the mortals, attend the local high school, and attempt to fit in-or at least not stand out too much.

Killing and mingling don’t mix, which is why Atropos’ number-one rule is to avoid all relationships with the humans. Caring for the people she has to kill is a fast track to insanity. However, when Alex Morgan walks into her first-period English class, she knows she’s in for trouble. He’s the worst kind of human for her to like-one with a rapidly approaching expiration date. And he makes Atropos want to break all the rules.

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Excerpt 2
“I’m only going to get sicker. Days like this, where we can do anything fun are going to be rare. If you spend time with me, you’re going to have to watch me go downhill. Hell, soon, I won’t even be able to go to the bathroom by myself. And then, I’m going to die. Which is fine for me, but you’ll be left behind. That’s a lot of crap to dump on a friend, much less a potential girlfriend.”

“I understand. Don’t think I didn’t think about all of that, too, because I did. But I’ve decided to deal with what comes when it comes. I can live on a day-to-day basis. I’m pretty strong,” I say.

“I can see that,” he says. “You’re not like the rest of the kids in school, are you? There’s something inside you that’s different. I just can’t figure out what it is.”

“Don’t look too hard,” I say. “You’re likely to end up disappointed.”

“Doubt it.”

I turn away from the busy birds to face him. He reaches up, gently cupping my face in his hand. I start to pull back, startled, but then I close my eyes and lean into his hand. I can barely remember the last time anyone touched me with such tenderness.

“There’s not much love in your life, is there?” he asks, resting his forehead against mine. “You don’t know gentleness.”

Shaking my head, I keep my eyes closed. I am not going to cry in front of Alex, but he’s breaking down my carefully erected defenses, simply by seeing through them.

I feel him tilt his head, and his lips touch mine. I resist the urge to run. His lips are soft and tentative, as though he’s afraid I’m going to run away. Or smack him. When I do neither, he intensifies the kiss.

I reach up and place my free hand on the back of his neck, twining my fingers in the thick, soft hair at the base of his skull and pulling him closer. He moans softly against my mouth before pulling away. I’m simultaneously disappointed and relieved that he ended it.

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Author Jennifer Derrick

About the Author
Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog.

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Where to Find Jennifer Derrick
Goodreads | Website | FacebookTwitter | Pinterest

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Release Day – Rainbows and Raindrops (Rainbowland) by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris

Rainbows and Raindrops Release day

Today is release day for Rainbows and Raindrops, the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Rainbowland, by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris. See below for the cover, information on the book, and buy links.

Rainbows and Raindrops (Rainbowland #1) by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris

Rainbows and Raindrops (Rainbowland #1) by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris

About the Book
Title: Rainbows and Raindrops
Series: Rainbowland #1
Authors: Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris
Publisher: CookieLynn Publishing
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Before… They are the Musketeers–one for all and all for Rain, or however that saying goes.

Now that Rain’s sixteen, freedom is at her fingertips. Cliff jumping at the lake. Rain’s first tattoo. Spence finally asking her out. With her friends by her side, there’s no reason Rain can’t be happy in a world that constantly tries to extinguish her addictive, carefree spirit.

After… It’s just Rain. No misfits and no Musketeers.

Until Rain pulls up to her new summer job and discovers the two people she’s been hiding from–Spence and Landon– are her new cabin mates. Landon’s determined to help Rain overcome her guilt and remember what once was. As they become closer, he awakens a part of her soul she never thought she’d feel again.

Making Rain wonder if, despite all the mistakes she’s made, it’s worth trying to get back to the girl she used to be.

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Author Kelley Lynn

Author Kelley Lynn

About Kelley Lynn
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Where to Find Kelley Lynn
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Author Jenny S. Morris

Author Jenny S. Morris

About Jenny S. Morris
I’m a YA author who loves all things geek, may have a Kdrama addiction, and prefers the rainy NW to any place I’ve ever lived. My debut novel is Road to Somewhere from Bloomsbury Spark.

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Where to Find Jenny S. Morris
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Cover Reveal – In Black & White by Catherine Lavender

In Black & White Cover Reveal

Author, Catherine Lavender is unveiling the cover to In Black & White, a contemporary story about finding out who you really are, releasing Spring, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

In Black & White by Catherine Lavender

In Black & White by Catherine Lavender

About the Book
Title: In Black & White
Author: Catherine Lavender
Release Date: Spring, 2016
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving).

It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States.

Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is.

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Author Catherine Lavender

Author Catherine Lavender

About the Author
Catherine Lavender is from Baltimore, Maryland but now resides in Tampa, Florida with her miniature schnauzer name Ripken. She is an animal activist, as well as a supporter of the organization First Book which helps supply literature for underprivileged children.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys reading classic literature and playing the acoustic guitar.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6912159.Catherine_Lavender

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Where to Find Catherine Lavender
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Reign & Revolution (Hive Queen Saga) by Janine A. Southard

Reign & Revolution (Hive Queen Saga) Bitlz

Welcome to the book blitz for Reign & Revolution, the third book in the young adult sci-fi/fantasy romance series, The Hive Queen Saga, by Janine A. Southard. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Reign & Revolution (Hive Queen Saga #3) by Janine A. Southard

Reign & Revolution (Hive Queen Saga #3) by Janine A. Southard

About the Book
Title: Reign & Revolution
Series: The Hive Queen Saga #3
Author: Janine A. Southard
Publisher: Martian Cantina
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Synopsis
The Hive Queen Saga’s Thrilling Conclusion!

Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They’ve outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.

Since joining up, they’ve traveled further and further away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up at a physics symposium.

When Alan’s former research advisor makes an offer that’ll bring them home as respected members of society, Rhiannon knows she has to accept. But home isn’t exactly as she left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between her aging ship and her new/old life. Should she be running towards the fleet, or scurrying back into international space as fast as her craft can go?

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“Hello, Alan.” Professor Cantor slipped into the twill chair beside his and poured two water glasses.

And that was why he’d told his Hive mates to visit the garden and check on the ship. Alan flicked his eyes in Cantor’s direction, a polite passing familiarity. He flicked them away again. They couldn’t know Cantor was here and wanted to talk with him.

Either they’d be mad at Alan for bringing them to the Dyfed establishment’s attention, or they’d give everything up in order to give him the chance to hear what Cantor had to say. Either way, Alan would be left to stew in a pool of guilt.

His cheeks tightened as he maintained a fake smile. Nothing wrong here, professor. Just your regular old protégé attending a conference. Alone. On his way somewhere else. Would Cantor believe Alan had amnesia and that was the reason he’d been avoiding the man’s messages?

“Hello, professor.” Alan squirmed in his “ergonomic” chair, clearly intended for some species not yet discovered by humanity, and looked out the tiny window at the nothingness of space.

“I was excited to see your name on the program. Congratulations on getting your miniaturized Alcubierre drive to work.”

“Thank you,” Alan muttered. Cantor had timed this perfectly. He couldn’t leave his seat so close to the start of a fresh talk, and he didn’t want to cause a scene. He was cornered.

“I know how much you like to keep busy, so let me tell you about this interesting new project. It’s a missile defense grid, and you’re going to want to look at the maths.”

Out the window, two Chinese scientists were setting up some sort of array. He’d seen their demonstration listed on the agenda, something about classical mechanics, showing that Hamiltonian orbits could be achieved around an object the size of a bowling ball when in space and far enough from a large planetary body. They weren’t half as intriguing as the innocent little pad Cantor slid in front of Alan’s water glass. It sat there, mocking him. Where’s your scientific curiosity? the pad demanded.

“All right!” Alan threw up his hands and snatched the device, scrolling through pages of diagrams that meant little and stopping on long lists of equations to make sure he was satisfied with the conclusions.

Beside him, Cantor hummed happily. Outside, the two Chinese scientists did their thing. All around them, physicists paused to check what the yelling was about, then resumed chattering away in their native tongues and making sweeping declarations in their shared mathematics.

Alan’s eyebrows rose and fell and pulled together as if trying to form a perfect rectangle. He hadn’t wanted to entertain Cantor at all. He’d intended to turn him down flat. But… the professor was right. The project was intriguing. And he’d already found three places for obvious improvements.

“I don’t believe you’re letting Naam work on this,” Alan said. In all three cases of inefficiency, Naam was the culprit.

“Only because I don’t have you.” Cantor smiled. “Yet.”

Alan put the pad down. “I’ll think about it,” he said.

It was a lie. He was done thinking. No matter how exciting the project might be, he couldn’t go back to Dyfed. Not with his Hive. They had to avoid scrutiny. And maybe some Devoted could leave their Queens, but Alan wasn’t that kind. He wasn’t even going to tell the others about this conversation.

Alan drew listless infinity symbols in the condensation on his water glass. Maybe someday they could go home and he could meet up with Cantor. Maybe at his year’s end, he’d be more interested in this particular application of physics than in staying with Rhiannon, Luciano, Victor, Mel, and Gavin. (In no preference order, except for Rhiannon. She came first, always.)

But he doubted it. Much as he liked Cantor’s company, much as he wanted to be on this missile defense project, the Hive was more important.

“Keep the pad,” Cantor said.

As if Alan could keep himself from poring over it in his spare time. And making notes where Naam (and others) had gone wrong, wrong, wrong.

Cantor knew him so well.

“Good morning, everyone,” said a panelist, getting the room’s attention. “We are ready to begin. I would like to start by introducing—”

A flash lit the room, coming from the window where the two scientists had been setting up something. Alan blinked, spots forming in his vision even after the light had gone back to black.

Creak-crunch!

The wall around the window splintered and air hissed near it. A flame erupted at the panelists’ table and died out just as quickly as the room’s oxygen fled.

Scarf-wrapped men shrieked.

Qipao-wearing women ran for the doors.

The hole in the wall widened.

An alarm wailed.

Alan dashed for the spacesuit locker, dodging other attendees in various stages of panic. The lacquer-look plastic door tore off in his hand, and he jumped feet first into the suit he found. A little tight, but serviceable.

Zipped in and hooded, he grabbed the repair kit from the closet floor and headed straight for the leak. Behind him, scuffling overwhelmed the panicked screaming as physicists and administrators fought over the remaining five suits.

Alan didn’t have time for their foolishness. He was going to fix that wall before the cracks blew out the window.

The repair kit had a tube of resin, an insulated patch the size of his fist, and two aspirin. It would do.

A splash of not-black flickered in the window, and Alan looked away from his bounty. Only for a moment. Outside, the two scientists floated in zero-g, no purpose to their movements. They weren’t trying to get in or to repair their device. They just floated.

Are they…?

Alan couldn’t worry about the outdoor strangers. They were on their own. At present, they wouldn’t fit through the crack in the wall, so he couldn’t bring them in. And, Manawyddan help him, he’d make sure they’d never fit.

After pushing the insulated material into the widest part of the hole, Alan tried to open the resin tube. The cap was stuck.

If he removed his helmet-hood, he could bite off the top.

He could also asphyxiate and/or have his blood boil off when the wall inevitably blew out and took him with it. His breathing sped to dangerous quickness, proving he could asphyxiate even inside the suit.

No, let’s not do that then. I’d rather not turn into a prune.

Alan threw the tube to the floor and stomped on it, smashing the cap into red plastic particles that someone would later have to clean out of the floorboards. Freed, the resin flowed easily, pushing into the smaller cracks and sealing up the edges where it met the fabric patch.

He smoothed his hands over his work, feeling for tugs where the air wanted to vacate the room. None. The place was airtight once again.

Alan unzipped his suit. The room felt cool on his panic-heated skin, sweat starting to evaporate outside the rubber container.

“It’s all right,” he said.

No one listened, still panicking. Alan didn’t even care.

He slumped against the wall a few feet from his patch job and let himself trickle down it like mud until he sat on the floor, head balanced on his knees. People were screaming, though the alarms had quieted.

“Here.” Cantor appeared in front of him like a dream bearing a glass of water.

Alan opened the emergency repair kit again and took out those two aspirin. Now he knew what they were for: the sanity of the poor guy who made the repair. “Thanks.” He washed the drugs down with a sip of water, then gulped the rest. His skin inside the suit was sticky and sweltering, cooling rapidly now that he’d freed the fasteners so his body heat had somewhere to go.

“That was quick work.” Cantor refilled the glass with a sealed bottle from the table, making a weight in Alan’s hand that bound him in place.

It was nice to be appreciated. “I’ve been working on my emergency response skills.”

Cantor pointed at the fix. “Very impressive.”

Alan followed his gesture and couldn’t help tracing the crack with his eyes, up the wall and to the window sill and then out the window where the two bodies still floated. Unclaimed and insensate. All he could think to say was, “I’ve never seen a dead body before.”

The sweat cooling on his skin made him shiver.

“No, no.” A conference organizer came over with a blanket and stood in front of Alan, blocking his view of the outside. “No dead bodies here. But let us go to a more stable room.”

Warm blanket clutched to his shoulders, Alan was hurried away with the rest of the attendees. But he knew it for a lie. Death was death was death.

Thank the gods his Hive hadn’t been here. In the aftermath, however, all he wanted was to be with them again. To touch them and see them and breathe the same, safe air.

He wanted his Queen.

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Queen & Commander (Hive Queen Saga #1) by Janine A. Southard

Queen & Commander (Hive Queen Saga #1) by Janine A. Southard

About Book 1
Title: Queen & Commander
Series: The Hive Queen Saga #1
Author: Janine A. Southard
Publisher: Martian Cantina
Release Date: March 10, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Synopsis
On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again… and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.

Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here.

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Hive & Heist (Hive Queen Saga 2) by Janine A. Southard

Hive & Heist (Hive Queen Saga 2) by Janine A. Southard

About Book 2
Title: Hive & Heist
Series: The Hive Queen Saga #2
Author: Janine A. Southard
Publisher: Martian Cantina
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Synopsis
A space station caper! Here’s the sequel to the award-winning Queen & Commander.

Is it really stealing when you take back what’s yours?

Exhausted and broke, Rhiannon’s Hive limps into John Wayne Station on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Safe at last, this stop-over is looking bright until the authorities steal their ship’s engine. The only solution: steal it back!

Between stage-handing a play (at the local brothel) and avoiding their law-enforcement roommate (a sentient robot), they grow into a real team. A real Dyfed-style Hive.

The law enforcement robot, meanwhile, is busy detecting a series of thefts and murders. She’s determined to use all her skills—programmed both before and after she clawed her way to sentience—to protect anyone else from getting hurt. Agents from a rival law enforcement group, however, bump into her investigation and create problems that she could really do without. She has a job to do, even if they’re determined to get in her way.

Hive & Heist has action, druidry, and a sentient robot. Oh, and some sheep.

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Author Janine A. Southard

Author Janine A. Southard

About the Author
Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (and other books in The Hive Queen Saga). She lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes speculative fiction novels, novellas, and short stories… and reads them aloud to her cat.

All Janine’s books so far have been possible because of crowdsourced funds via Kickstarter. She owes great thanks to her many patrons of the arts who love a good science fiction adventure and believe in her ability to make that happen.

Get a free piece of fiction when you sign up for Janine A. Southard’s newsletter (http://bit.ly/jasnews). The newsletter will keep you current on things like her latest release dates (and fun news like when her next Kickstarter project is coming). Usually, this is once a month or so, but sometimes goes longer or shorter. Your address will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Plus: free ebook! (Rotating freebies mean I can’t tell you what the work is right this second.).

Where to Janine A. Southard
Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Enchanted – The Fairy Revels Collection by Various Authors

Enchanted Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection a delightful collection of magic, fairies, and urban fantasy by some of today’s hottest young adult authors. See below for information on this anthology, an exclusive excerpt from The Bee Charmer by Poppy Lawless, and details on their giveaway.

Enchanted - The Fairy Revels Collection by Various Authors

Enchanted – The Fairy Revels Collection by Various Authors

About the Book
Title: Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection
Authors: Poppy Lawless, Margo Bond Collins, Pauline Creeden, Bokerah Brumley, Erin Hayes, Elizabeth Watasin, Carrie L. Wells, Olivia Wildenstein, Blaire Edens
Release Date: April 9, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection

9 Faerie Romance & Fantasy Fairy Tales; Urban Fantasy, YA Fairies, Fractured Fairy Tales, Sweet Fae Romance, and Paranormal Boxed Set

One spellbound night, nine award-winning and Amazon best-selling authors joined together to bring you an enchanting collection of tales featuring our favorite otherworldly creatures, fairies. Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection will seduce you into the wondrous world of the fae with magic, romance, fantasy, adventure, fairy tales, and folklore. Get ready to be beguiled by a unique boxed set with fractured fairy tales, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, sci-fi adventure, and more. This captivating collection is certain to please anyone who loves magical realism and fairy stories.

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Our Books & Authors
THE BEE CHARMER by Poppy Lawless
Rayne moved to Chancellor on a mission to help Alice find true love. That is, after all, his job as her fairy godfather. What Rayne didn’t expect was to find a love of his own. All Viola wants is to pursue her dream of becoming a perfumer. She doesn’t have time to fall in love. Viola and Rayne will soon find that when your heart makes a wish, even impossible dreams can come true.

I DO BELIEVE IN FAERIES by Erin Hayes
Even though she grew up in a family of witches, Abby is normal. When faeries offer her a wish, she wishes for magick of her own, without realizing the consequences. Now she has to travel to the land of faeries to save her friend’s baby and undo the wish, even if it means losing her magick forever.

WOE FOR A FAERIE by B. Brumley
When I chose retribution, it got me got kicked out of the spiritual realm and banished to mortality. Now I’ve got to choose between Jason, the priest who’s hiding something, and Arún, the handsome off-world Fae that believes I’m his prophesied queen… But first, I’ve got to survive New York City.

FLIGHTLESS by Margo Bond Collins
Josh Bevington doesn’t know how to survive living in Fairy, Texas without his wings; Laney Harris doesn’t know how to survive without Josh. When Laney’s biological father shows up in Fairy, determined to steal his daughter’s newfound powers, Josh and Laney will have to overcome work together—or risk losing everything they care about.

ROSE PETAL GRAVES by Olivia Wildenstein
I thought losing my mother would be the greatest shock of my life, but the real surprise came after her death. Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

FAIRLY NORMAL by Carrie L. Wells
Violet Abernathy has spent more than 20 years in the human realm, but this is the year that everything changes. Potentially her last stint among the humans, her “senior” year in high school teaches her more than she ever guessed it would about friendship, love, and support. Maybe what they say is true, change is the only thing that ever stays the same.

FAE CAME ON THE PLANE! by Elizabeth Watasin
At Jifk Spaceport, something every creature and person feared came in on a plane: faeries. When the spaceport goes down, it’s any survivor of the fae incursion on her or his own, and Nico’s not going to let Darqueworld’s most feared boogeymen, the faerie kind, stop her from getting to her lover’s arrival gate.

THE FAE AND THE FARMGIRL by Pauline Creeden
A Fae princess in jeans and paddock shoes–could any of this be real? Daisy Adams was an orphan raised on her uncle’s farm, but a tractor accident suddenly forces her uncle to reveal the lie she’s been living. Her mother’s still alive and she’s a queen of the Fae… and to make matters worse, Daisy is hunted and the center of a war that is just beginning

THE FAIRY BARGAIN by Blaire Edens
When FayeLynn Roberts finds herself pregnant by Drake, The Folk’s most dangerous man, she relies on Alvin Fairchild, the exiled prince of The Folk to carry her back to The Realm in order to save her child. Alvin wants to protect the child and save The Realm, but can the two of them band together and defeat Drake without losing their hearts?

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Excerpt from The Bee Charmer by Poppy Lawless
The sound of the honey bees buzzing all around me was sweeter than any Vivaldi concerto I’d ever heard. I sat lotus style in the apple orchard, inhaling the sweet scent of the apple blossoms. My eyes closed, I could feel the white petals falling on me as a soft wind sent them spiraling. The warm spring sunlight shone down on my face. It must have been almost noon. The rays of sun felt warm on my skin. I listened to the bees hum as they danced from flower to flower. Perfection. I inhaled deeply, and with each exhale, set my enchantments on the wind:

Bring a love for Alice.

Now is the time.

Bring a love for Alice.

One that’s finer than wine.

Wine? Not a very good enchantment, and not a very good rhyme. No wonder Alice was no closer to meeting the man of her dreams than she’d been the day I met her three years ago when I’d gotten my assignment.

Wine…of course it would be wine. Ever since I’d set eyes on Viola Hunter, the dark-haired wine heiress who just happened to be the sister of my best friend, I’d been distracted. I imagined her skipping nymph-like through the apple orchard under the spring sun. Imaging, however, was as far as I’d ever taken anything. Viola Hunter, whose family’s vineyard sided my small country farmhouse, had already friend-zoned me. There was little use pining over a woman who just wasn’t into me. After all, Alice was supposed to be my focus. I needed to shake Viola from my thoughts. Poor Alice. I was doing my best, but she still wasn’t where she was supposed to be. I needed to try harder.

I shut out all thoughts of Viola Hunter and set my mind on Alice once more. I tuned into the sounds of nature: the humming of the bees, the rustling of the new leaves, and the feel of the warm sunlight on my skin. This time, I lifted the willow wand sitting in my lap and gave it a wave as I intoned:

Over hill, over dale,

Through brush, through brier,

Over park, over pale,

Through flood, through fire

Bring Alice her love!

This time when I said the enchantment, I could feel the magic. A little sound, like the chiming of a hundred small bells, told me that the spell had worked. I could almost see my words glimmering like gold on the wind, twisting and turning upward toward the sky in search of the one who would bring Alice’s heart joy.

I opened my eyes and looked down at the wand. For a moment, I wished I could just give it a wave and have everything I wanted. But that wasn’t how this worked. Whatever I wanted, I was going to have to work for it. Good thing I didn’t need much. But the moment I thought it, Viola came to mind once more.

My phone, lying in the grass beside me, buzzed. I picked it up to see I’d received a text from Alice. So soon? When I opened the message, however, I was perplexed.

Crisis, she’d written.

What’s wrong? I answered back.

Dumped again. Bring chocolate.

I sighed heavily. When Alice started dating Tom, Chancellor’s local sheriff, I knew it wasn’t meant to be. He wasn’t a bad guy, but they were completely wrong for one another. And I also knew that uniting Alice with her true love meant that Tom would have to go away. But that fast? Wow, maybe I was getting better at this than I thought. Or maybe, it was just time.

On my way into town now. I replied.

There was no answer. It was the midday lunch rush at Alice’s bagel shop. No doubt that would keep her busy, her mind occupied. I frowned. Also, it was the worst time of day to get dumped.

“Time to get to work,” I told the bees. They stopped their tasks then and swarmed, making a passing spiral around me, from my feet to my head. I could sense their questions, their excitement.

“Help me?” I asked. “Help me find the one for Alice?”

With an excited buzz, they flew off happily. I had no doubt they’d do everything they could.

“Thank you,” I called behind them then headed out of the orchard.

My old pick-up sat waiting near the barn. Shielding my eyes with my hand, I gazed across the horizon at the row after row of vines owned by Viola’s family’s business, Blushing Grape Vineyards. I could just make out the roof of the Hunter family’s elaborate mansion sitting along the shore of Lake Erie. So close, but so far away. I sighed and looked out at the lake; the waves were dark blue that morning. The wind blowing off the lake was still cold, even though it was April, but I could feel the earth coming back to life. Spring had come again.

I picked up the cases of honey I’d packed up earlier that day and set them in the back of my truck. Sliding into the driver’s seat, I glanced once more at the Hunter family mansion. Where was Viola today? Working at the estate? Was she busy at the family restaurant downtown? Or was she over at the college where she’d started taking classes once more? The image of her laughing and running through the orchard played through my mind once more.

Alice. I needed to focus on Alice.

I lifted my phone again. Still no reply from Alice.

“Sorry, Alice. I’ll try to do better. Looks like you’re stuck with the worst fairy godfather ever.”

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Carrie Wells | B. Brumley | Elizabeth Watasin | Margo Bond Collins | Poppy Lawless | Blaire Edens | Erin Hayes | Olivia Wildenstein | Pauline Creeden

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Book Review – New Blue (Blue Series) by Jules Barnard

New Blue (Blue Series #5) by Jules Barnard

New Blue (Blue Series #5) by Jules Barnard

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
The survivor of a high school sabotage that made her flee her hometown at sixteen, Hayden Tate is no stranger to bullying. Now she has returned to Lake Tahoe to take on her dream job with a degree and a backbone. But her newfound strength is pushed to the limit as she fights to hold her own against the old boys club of Blue Casino.

Adam Cade is the prince of Lake Tahoe, born into one of the wealthiest families in the area. He’s used to doing what he wants when he wants. So when his powerful father threatens to cut him off without a dime unless he uses his Ivy League degree for a job his father got him at Blue Casino, Adam capitulates.

Hayden, the head of HR, hates Adam on the spot, finding every way possible to put him in his place—and suddenly the lackey job his father found him gets interesting. Adam’s life of leisure lacks substance, and even though he’s not willing to give it up, he wouldn’t mind the distraction Hayden presents. But when the casino’s sinister inner workings begin to reveal themselves and Adam is caught between the powerful executives he works for and the lovely Hayden, his loyalties are divided.

Blue Casino offers Adam a lucrative career where he wouldn’t need his father’s money for the lifestyle he’s accustomed to, but at what cost? Hayden’s silly side shines through when Adam least expects it, charming his jaded heart, and forcing him to face a morality he never knew he had. For the first time in Adam’s life he finds himself yearning for something real, but will he risk losing everything to have it?.

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My Review
I’m a huge fan of Jules and her Blue Series, but for whatever reason, New Blue didn’t click with me like the rest of the series. Not that I didn’t like it, because I did, I just didn’t love it. After finishing and decompressing for a few days, I think my issues have to do with the characters themselves. They’re not the same dynamic, intense characters I’ve come to know and love in the Blue series. And it wasn’t that they weren’t interesting and dynamic, it’s that I didn’t feel like they were that way TOGETHER. God, I hate myself for saying that (Jules don’t hate me, too), but for me, something, some spark, was missing with these two that I felt immediately with Cali and Jaeg, Mira and Tyler (especially), and Gen and Lewis. Even Nessa and Zach in their novella had that instant spark. Okay, now that I’ve gone on and on about what I don’t like, let me tell you all the things I loved about it.

Plot
The plot was outstanding. The push and pull of the romance was well done (even without the chemistry), and the mystery of the Bliss suites was incredibly fun to watch unfold. Just when I thought the whole thing couldn’t get any more repugnant, it did, making Blue’s CEO among the worst villains since maybe President Snow himself.

Characters
Once again, the characters all have fascinating backstories that make them well rounded and intriguing. I love that we got to spend so much time with the crew from Lake Tahoe again, since this is the last in that series. I’m still hoping for cameos in the next series. Everyone from Hayden and Adam to Adam’s smarmy co-workers and their stupid blue rings added tension and intrigue to the story.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About New Blue
1. Hayden’s house. It sounds exactly like the kind of place I’d like to live.
2. Shoe closets. Who doesn’t secretly (or not so secretly) want one?
3. Lake Tahoe. The setting remains one of my favorite places in California and it was nice to visit in warm weather for a change.
4. Karma. What goes around comes around!
5. The ending. Perfect. Blue fans will know what I’m talking about 🙂

Bottom Line
New Blue is a new adult romance that has many of Blue’s recurring cast, along with a couple of newbies who shake things up at the office and at home.

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

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About the Book
Title: New Blue
Series: Blue Series #5
Author: Jules Barnard
Pages: 303
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

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Author Jules Barnard

Author Jules Barnard

About the Author
Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health and spent many an hour running statistical analysis–until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Where to Find Jules Barnard
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Please Ignore My Internet Search History

Pay No AttentionEvery book requires research, some more than others. Part of the fun of setting The Union Series in the future was the ability to make up my story world according to my own rules. This is true of science fiction, fantasy and a number of other genres. Authors get to define the political structure and the rule of law. While this can reduce the amount of research required over historical fiction or a contemporary thriller, it doesn’t eliminate the need altogether.

Even though The Union Series is set in a fictional future, I still wanted as much authenticity as possible, meaning I needed to do my homework. Not only did I need to investigate current technology, but where this technology is likely heading, and how much the collapse of the world’s largest economy might impact its advancement.

Those were the safe searches I conducted, the ones unlikely to raise any red flags if the NSA is monitoring my internet usage. But The Uprising is about a counter-revolution, war, hand-to-hand combat, shootings, blowing stuff up. In order to make sure my plot remained plausible, I had to Google where someone could get their hands on black-market weapons, how to set explosives, and a few other things I won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything, but you get the idea.

My editor posted the above image on my Facebook page, saying we both needed a coffee mug or T-shirt with this printed on it. I know why I need it, but wasn’t sure why she did, until she explained that she always does her own research to make sure what I’ve written is accurate.

I had no idea she went to such lengths. It’s one thing to put your own future freedom on the line for the sake of craft, but it’s above and beyond the call of duty to take that risk for a client, even if said client is also family. At least if they come for me, I’ll have someone I know to hang out with. Plus, we both know a few cool new skills thanks to some scary internet searches.

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Skypunch (Ascenders Saga) by C.L. Gaber

Skypunch Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Ascenders: Skypunch, the second book the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Ascenders Saga, by C.L. Gaber. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive blog tour excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Skypunch (Ascenders Saga #2) by C.L. Gaber

Skypunch (Ascenders Saga #2) by C.L. Gaber

About the Book
Title: Ascenders: Skypunch
Series: Ascenders Saga #2
Author: C.L. Gaber
Publisher: Big Picture Media
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
In the Midst—a place for those who die young—there are no rules except one. 

And Walker Callaghan, dead at seventeen, just broke it. She briefly revisited her earthly life . . . and the punishment is eternal. Longing for her rebel love interest, Daniel Reid, Walker finds an ally in Cass, whose attraction to her is as alive as he is. “Life is short,” he tells her. “I’m banking on eternity. With you.”

In the second book of the Ascenders Saga, a realm-jumping journey takes Walker and Daniel back to life again when they search for something buried in history. They team with students from several other schools in the middle realm including a place for teens born with oddities. It’s home to the Claires . . . beautiful, ruthless, and quite dead seventeen-year-old quads who each have a different clairvoyant gift.

Can Walker survive another adventure of an afterlife-time—or at the tender age of seventeen will she find herself on the downside of eternity?

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Excerpt
At the Academy, my afterlife high school, the campus was so vast that it was easy to forget there were tens of thousands in this student body. I had never seen them ALL convened together this way in what looked like the world’s largest rock concert or political rally. Everyone was here. I even spotted the newbies led by Miss Travis. And Harold was here, still wearing that unfamiliar bad-ass nonuniform.

I waded into the courtyard, which was filled with wooden benches for lounging, although no one was sitting today. The sheer capacity of the crowd moved everyone along like some sort of ocean wave. It was a pity because it would have been nice just to sit and enjoy nature, including the rows of tall pines decorated with silver tinsel for the holidays.

This sanctuary adjacent to the massive theater-like structure was buzzing with student conversations and bewildered mutterings about why or how an assembly came together so fast after the holidays. Stopping to pull one of the delicate white flowers off a jasmine branch, I gingerly placed it behind my ear, which was so girlie of me. Daniel brought out that side of me and I started to smile when I felt a large hand touch the middle of my back.

He would lean in to smell the flower, and then give me a quick kiss. Now this was a great way to start the day. . . .

Instead, he muscled me from one side, slamming into me with all his body weight. His friend wrapped a hand in my long hair and ripped it as hard as possible, like a hunter taking down prey with his bare hands.

My head snapping back, I easily crumpled to the frozen ground, landing hard on my palms and knees. I could feel a pair of hands behind me reach out and grab at my right ankle, fingers squeezing tightly like he was trying to break the bone. The sheer force threw me off balance as I wobbled recklessly to my side. He took one meaty hand and slapped something cold and tight around my leg just below the calf. It was metal and he yanked on it with such extreme force that it felt like a deep bite from a bloodthirsty creature sinking its sharp, jagged teeth into fresh meat.

The metal was now red-hot and burning as it burrowed even deeper like some sort of flesh-eating disease. The sickening smell of cooking flesh filled my nostrils as the device melted off the top layers of skin, still searching for some sort of internal landing pad.

It wanted bone.

Reaching its mark, it implanted itself with a dull thud that made my stomach lurch and my breakfast rise to my throat. I wanted to throw up, which was odd because you couldn’t get sick here. You couldn’t feel pain here; you couldn’t bleed.

But I felt sick to my stomach.

I felt pain that made my nerve endings burn like fire.

In the blur of what happened next, I saw the impossible: a small pool of my own blood on the pristine white pavement.

When I tried to reach down to touch the fire in my right leg, the biggest of the men kicked me in the stomach so hard that I crumpled belly-first, my face slamming into the ground. Biting hard into my inner lip, the impact was so seismic that my teeth actually rattled as my mind screamed for mercy. My heart, overtaxed and overwrought, was hammering an escape route out of my chest.

Metallic-tasting blood leaked out of my mouth and raced down my chin.

For a moment, everything went quiet. When I regained my senses, one of the foul men blew his rancid breath into my face as he squatted down to look at me, clearly enjoying himself.

“Get your skinny ass up,” he ordered, tangling his hands in my hair again like he meant to rip me to my feet.

Then came five words that I knew were fated.

“Walker Callaghan, you’re under arrest.”

They knew.

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Ascenders (Ascenders Saga #1) by C.L. Gaber

Ascenders (Ascenders Saga #1) by C.L. Gaber

About Book 1
Title: Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed
Series: Ascenders Saga #1
Author: C.L. Gaber
Publisher: Big Picture Media
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks

Synopsis
“It will keep you up all night reading.” USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King.

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

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Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

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Author C.L. Gaber

Author C.L. Gaber

About the Author
C.L. GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in Ascenders SAGA. She is also the co-author of “Jex Malone.”

A lifelong entertainment journalist, she interviews A list film and TV stars for the New York Times wire and various other publications.

C.L. lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. You can reach her at CLGaber@yahoo.com

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Where to find C.L. Gaber
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – This Piece of My Heart (Clearing the Ice) by Robyn M. Ryan

This Piece of My Heart Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for This Piece of My Heart, the first book in the new adult contemporary/sports romance series, Clearing the Ice, by Robyn M. Ryan. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

This Piece of My Heart (Clearing the Ice #1) by Robyn M. Ryan

This Piece of My Heart (Clearing the Ice #1) by Robyn M. Ryan

About the Book
Title: This Piece of My Heart
Series: Clearing the Ice #1
Author: Robyn M. Ryan
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks

Synopsis
For twenty years, Caryn Stevens dutifully followed the educational path dictated by her parents. That path had one goal—prepare her to one day assume her father’s position as CEO of the multi-billion dollar international company he founded. That and marry a man who would enhance her career and perhaps join her in leading The Stevens Company. Not too much to expect from your daughter, right?

Caryn has other ideas. Instead of returning home to Ottawa for another summer working at The Company, she’s designed a plan to stay in Toronto, take a couple of courses, and enjoy her Summer of Fun. She knew there was more to college than rigorous classes that held little interest and study groups to ensure she excelled in all her subjects. She had two years until she finished her undergrad, and then continue on to that coveted MBA at a prestigious business school.

Just this once, Caryn will set aside The Plan and enjoy life as a regular student.  To actually get her head out of the books and maybe, just maybe find someone to make the summer—dare she say it?—exciting.

You see, there’s this hunk of a guy she’s noticed on campus the first few weeks of summer. Always running—maybe in training?—but, Caryn’s seen enough to get her heart pounding. Tall, well-built, with shaggy light-brown hair. Gym shorts that emphasize taut leg muscles. Sometimes wearing a t-shirt with cut-off sleeves. Bronzed muscular biceps—truly drool-worthy. Absolutely hot—and gorgeous in a totally guy type of way. Only problem, he had no clue she existed.

Andrew Chadwick has enjoyed life in the fast lane in the five years since he’d entered the ranks of professional hockey. Preparing for his fourth season with his hometown Leafs, Andrew intends to enjoy his summer down time—hang out with friends and family, keep in shape, and erase all memories from that disastrous two-year joke of a relationship that imploded in May.

Not that he has any plans to revisit his first few years in the pros. He’d eagerly sampled the attentions of a never-ending line of women who wanted nothing more than to spend one night with a professional athlete. Believe it or not, one-night-stands with absolutely gorgeous women whose names he never bothered to remember became tedious. And that steady relationship he tried for two years? Finding your so-called girlfriend in your own bed with some other guy certainly opened his eyes.

Maybe it’s time to cut the fun and games and concentrate on things that are important—Win the Stanley Cup, give his brother any support he needs as he starts his Internship Rotations, help his Mom and Dad around their house. Act like a grown-up at twenty-four?

He’s not particularly looking, but if he were to meet someone interesting…well, he’ll just see where things go.

Neither Caryn nor Andrew expected their two very different worlds to collide on a beautiful June day…

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Excerpt 3
Caryn stood inside her closet, staring at possible outfits. What to wear for a date? I actually have a date with that gorgeous hunk waiting downstairs. She’d never been to EJ’s. It would be a new part of Toronto to experience. Having a car would feel so liberating, but she knew her chances of getting her parents on board with that plan were less than slim-to-none. Wonder if EJ’s is fancy? Well, it must be fairly casual if Andrew’s wearing jeans. Don’t overthink this. She reached for her favorite sundress. Which sandals? She chose the pair with the higher wedged heel, liking the way they made her legs look longer. She stepped into the bathroom to check her hair and to apply lipstick and mascara and stood by the full-length mirror, checking herself from all angles. At the last second she stopped to dab perfume behind her ears and took a deep breath. Be calm.

She saw him watching as she came down the stairs and noticed his eyes widen. “You look terrific,” he said, giving her an approving look.

She felt her face warm as she walked out of her townhouse and beside him down the curb. They stopped at a sleek BMW convertible. He offered his hand as she slipped into the passenger seat and then walked around to his.

“This is wonderful,” she said, feeling the smooth leather interior beneath her fingers.  “I’d have the top down whenever it was sunny and at least sixteen degrees celsius.”

“I just got it a few weeks ago. Haven’t really had a chance to drive it much.” He glanced at her with a smile. “I’m eager to try a drive far away from the city.”

“Give it a good road test?”

“Something like that. Find some country road twenty kilometers from nowhere, and see if it really goes zero-to-one hundred in however many seconds promised.”

“You could take it to a road course,” Caryn said.

“Nah, too many rules and those folks take it way too seriously for me.”

He found a parking space near the restaurant and offered his hand as she stepped from the passenger seat. He slipped his arm lightly around her shoulders as he drew her through the crowded sidewalk. Once inside, Caryn stood beside him as he gave his name to the hostess. Andrew Chadwick. That suits him. She saw his questioning smile as he slipped the pager into his pocket.

“Just making sure—you are at least nineteen, right?”

Caryn laughed and playfully swatted his arm. “Yes, I’m twenty.”

Andrew nodded toward the bar. “Let’s get something to drink while we’re waiting.” Caryn followed him through the throng of people milling about the bar area, glancing at the huge monitors installed throughout the room, all displaying the same baseball game in progress. He finally spotted a seat near the end of the bar, taking Caryn’s hand as he led her toward it.

“Is this okay?”

“Sure, I’m fine. Don’t you want to sit, though?”

“This is good,” he said as he leaned against the bar, facing her.

“Do you come here often?”

“It’s a fun place to watch games.” He nodded toward the screen across the room. “You like baseball?”

“I’ve been to a couple of Blue Jays games with my parents when they’re in town. I don’t know too much about the sport. I did play softball one semester for PE.”

“Yeah?” He grinned speculatively. “What position did you play?”

“Wherever they put me. I wasn’t very good.” She reached for the glass of wine the bartender placed before her, and sipped it. “How about you?”

“Sure, I like all sports.”

“Typical guy.” Caryn teased him with her smile. “Do you run every day?”

“When I can, I try to do at least ten kilometers.” Andrew’s blue eyes once again caused her to catch her breath.

She sipped her wine, hoping he hadn’t noticed. After a beat, she asked, “Do you run marathons or something?”

He shook his head, his eyes holding hers captive, his playful smile signaling he knew exactly the effect his gaze produced.

“Only sport I know how to play is tennis,” she added, breaking eye contact.

“Maybe we can play sometime? If you promise not to beat me too badly.”

“Don’t worry. I haven’t played in a while. There are some courts near my place.”

“Lights?”

Caryn nodded. “Yes, they’re lit.”

“How about tomorrow evening?”

She was about to say yes when she remembered that she’d agreed to go to dinner with a guy she didn’t even much like. When they’d seen each other at the bookstore the other day, she impulsively accepted his suggestion they go to a bistro near campus.

“I can’t play tomorrow night,” she said reluctantly, wondering, too late, if she ought to cancel her other plans.

“No problem. We’ll make it some other time.”

“Friday?” Caryn felt her face flaming as she realized how eager she’d sounded.

Andrew nodded, as he took a sip of his beer. “You’ve got a date.” He looked past her shoulder and raised a hand in greeting as a tall, dark-haired man approached them.

“Haven’t seen you in ages, Chad,” the man said as he slapped his hand against Andrew’s. “Where you been hiding out?”

Caryn glanced at Andrew. Chad? Oh, short for Chadwick, of course. Does he prefer that or is that some sort of guy thing?

“I’ve been around. How was the road trip?” Andrew asked.

“Pretty dismal, as you already know. All Star break comes at a good time.” He glanced at Caryn, a speculative smile forming. “Was wondering why you were hiding over here in the corner. Now I get it.”

Caryn felt her cheeks burning as Andrew rested his hand lightly on her shoulder. “Caryn, this is Rick Carson. Unfortunately, he’s been away from Toronto for two weeks and has forgotten his manners.”

“Nice to meet you.”

“The pleasure is mine,” Rick replied. “May I buy you a drink to make up for my lack of manners?”

Caryn shook her head as she suppressed a laugh. “No need.”

Carson nodded toward the monitor closest to them. “Did you catch the Home Run Derby last night?”

“It was pretty good.” Andrew looked at the screen. “The American League’s got a lock on this game. Too bad you’re not playing.”

“I’ll take the time off any day,” Carson retorted.

Caryn watched Andrew as the men discussed the All Star Game, not really listening to their conversation. She admired the way his navy knit polo shirt accentuated the muscles in his upper arms. His profile was strong, the light brown hair and dark blue eyes enhancing his athletic good looks. She sipped her wine as she watched the two laugh over a comment Rick had made, then felt her cheeks flushing as Andrew caught her gaze.

“Sorry. We’re probably boring you with this baseball talk.”

“Not at all. I’m enjoying listening to you.” Andrew raised his eyebrows doubtfully, and Caryn impulsively touched his arm, letting her hand rest on his forearm. “You’re not boring me.”

A third man joined them, greeting Andrew and Rick, and then directed his attention to Caryn. “Someone going to introduce us?”

Carson spoke up. “Caryn, this is Mike Norris. Norris, this is Caryn. She’s with Chad.”

“Nice to meet you,” Caryn said.

“You got a twin back home?”

“Sorry, only child.”

Norris shook his head. “Too bad. What did you say her last name is?”

“I didn’t,” Rick said. “I don’t think Chad’s going to share that information with us.”

Andrew laughed softly, and Caryn shifted uncomfortably under the men’s scrutiny. She focused on the video screen across the room, her hand tightening almost imperceptibly where it rested against Andrew’s arm. To Caryn’s relief, a timely home run diverted the attention from her to the game, and Andrew leaned toward her, nodding at her empty glass.

“Refill?”

“Not on an empty stomach,” she said with a smile.

“Do you want to try somewhere else? I didn’t think it would be this crowded.”

“I don’t mind waiting.”

As if on cue, the pager buzzed, signaling that their table was ready. Andrew took it from his pocket, and Caryn slipped from the bar stool as he pulled some bills from his wallet and placed them on the bar.

“Going to ask us to join you?” Norris said.

“Not on your life.” He slipped his arm around Caryn’s shoulders and drew her against his side.

“You want some tickets to the game Friday? I’ve got some left—Yankees in town,” Carson said.

“Can’t Friday. Got a tennis date.”

“Tennis? Didn’t know you played the game.”

“Well, I’m about to find out how well I do. You’ll go easy on me, won’t you, Caryn?”

She pulled away slightly so she could see his eyes. “We’ll see,” she said with a playful smile.

“Well, if you want to go Saturday afternoon, let me know. I’ll leave tickets for you at will call.”

“Thanks. I’ll call you.”

Norris nodded at Caryn. “I bet she’d like the chance to meet Derek Jeter. Would you tell him your last name, Caryn?”

“Maybe so,” she said, more than a trace of annoyance in her voice.

The other two men laughed at her retort, and Rick clapped a hand on Andrew’s shoulder. “It was good seeing you. Get together to work out tomorrow morning?”

Andrew nodded. “Sure, see you there.”

“Caryn, enjoy your evening. Glad we got to meet,” Carson said.

Andrew kept his arm around Caryn as he guided her through the crowded bar, and then he grasped her hand as the hostess showed them to their table. He leaned to whisper in her ear. “By the way, my last name is Chadwick.”

“I kind of figured that out when you gave your name to the hostess.” Her eyes softened the hint of sarcasm. “Mine is Stevens.”

“Yeah, I kind of figured that out when I saw your test paper.” A grin accompanied his retort.

“Ouch! Please don’t remind me.”

“Sorry about Mike—he gets a little wound up sometimes.”

Caryn shrugged as she looked up at him. “Highly annoying might be a better description.” She slid into the booth the hostess indicated, then Andrew impulsively took the seat beside her.

“I can see how you might think that,” he said as he handed her the menu. “Carson’s a good man, though.”

“He seems nice.” She sipped her water, and then looked at him. “I assume he plays for the Blue Jays?”

“Both do.”

“How’d you meet them?”

“I’ve known Rick for a couple years. We work out together when he’s in town and we get the chance.”

“Do you play baseball?”

“Very poorly.” He rested his arm on the back of the seat. “You want to go to the game Saturday?”

“If you want to, but don’t feel obligated just because he offered the tickets.”

“Feeling obligated has nothing to do with it, Caryn. Just so you don’t feel ‘obligated’ to go with me.”

Caryn pretended to contemplate her answer. “No, I don’t think I do. I don’t have to meet Derek Jeter, do I?”

“Didn’t plan on that.” He grinned, brushing his hand against her hair.

“Do I have to confess that I don’t have a clue who he is?”

Andrew laughed, slipping his hand to her shoulders and squeezing her gently. “Your secret’s safe with me. He’s the Yankees icon. Norris probably figured he’d score points with you if he introduced you to Jeter.”

Caryn shrugged. “Tell him I’m not interested. Hanging around a professional athlete is not exactly my idea of fun.”

A look of surprise momentarily flickered across this face. She shifted closer to him. “But I’d love to go to the game with you.”

“I’ll call Rick for the tickets.”

“‘Chad.’ Do you go by that?”

“Chad to the guys, Andy to my mom and dad and friends I grew up with, Andrew to my brother and everyone else.”

“No one calls you Drew?”

“Not yet.”

She smiled at him. “You look like a Drew to me.”

“It’s all yours, then.”

The rest of the evening passed quickly, neither aware of the time, surprised to realize it was nearly midnight when the waiter removed the dishes from their table. “How early is your first class?” he asked as they walked to his car.

“Seven forty-five tutoring session.”

Andrew groaned softly. “Sorry. I should have kept an eye on the time. You’re going to be cursing me when your alarm goes off in the morning.”

“I’ll be okay. I’m usually up early.” The ride to her townhouse passed quickly, both comfortably quiet. Caryn debated whether or not she should invite him in. Would he take that the wrong way—think it was an invitation to go to bed with her? Not that the idea hadn’t crossed her mind. But they’d just met. She didn’t want him to think she was an easy conquest. If he only knew the “vast” extent of her experience, which was….none. Caryn didn’t realize she’d chuckled out loud until she felt Andrew’s eyes looking at her expectantly.

“Going to share the joke?”

Caryn shook her head. “I was just thinking that today turned out so much better than it started in class.”

“Even though you got hammered by someone almost twice your size?”

“Highlight of the day.” She smiled as he stopped the car in front of her home. He helped her step up from the low seat and slipped his arm around her shoulders as they walked to her door.

“I had a nice time, Drew. I really enjoyed the evening,” Caryn said as she reached into her purse for her key, reluctant to end the evening. She took a deep breath and said in a rush of words. “Would you like to come in?”

Andrew’s eyes studied hers for a long moment, then shook his head with a soft smile. “We both have early mornings.” He took the key from her and unlocked the door, then gently grasped her shoulders. “Thanks for having dinner with me.” He lightly touched the hair that fell against her forehead. Caryn wished she knew what he was thinking. Maybe she’d misread the chemistry she’d felt all evening. “If you give me your phone number, I’ll call you,” he said.

Suddenly shy and as self-conscious as a schoolgirl on her first date, Caryn told him the number as he entered it on his iPhone. He smiled as he pressed call. When the phone rang in her purse, he winked at her. “Now you have my number, too. Or should I look for you on Facebook?”

“I don’t have a Facebook account.”

“No Instagram photos?” he teased.

“Dad would have a stroke. No, I stay off social media.”

“What’s with that? I thought everyone communicates on social media.”

Caryn shrugged, averting her eyes. “Long story. Maybe another day?”

“But you’ll accept a text from me?”

“I might.” She cut her eyes toward him playfully. “But I will answer the phone if you call.”

He slipped his phone into his pocket, then touched her hand as she reached for the doorknob.

He kissed her gently, his hand cupping her chin briefly. “I’ll see you soon, Cary.”

She watched him walk down the sidewalk and waved as he got into his car, feeling strangely light-headed and almost giddy. It must be all the wine we drank, she told herself as she stepped inside, knowing in her heart that was not the reason.

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Author Robyn M. Ryan

Author Robyn M. Ryan

About the Author
From early childhood, Robyn M. Ryan knew she wanted to write. This goal grew throughout elementary and high school, first composing novels featuring favorite TV and music personalities, then venturing into sports writing. Attending UGA’s journalism school launched her career in public relations, which included an internship with the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team. At that time romance novels did not feature pro athletes, so Robyn wrote the books she and her friends wanted to read. Many years later, this manuscript received a serious critique and edit. This Piece of My Heart, a hockey romance, is the first book in Robyn’s series Clearing the Ice.

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Where to Find Robyn M. Ryan
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Release Day – The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein

The Masterpiecers Release Day

Today is release day for The Masterpiecers, a young adult mystery, by Olivia Wildenstein. See below for information on the book, buy links, and a teaser.

The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein

The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein

About the Book
Title: The Masterpiecers
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd’s talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight.

Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad.

Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It’s the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.

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Author Olivia Wildenstein

Author Olivia Wildenstein

About the Author
Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community..

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Where to find Olivia Wildenstein
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Cover Reveal – A Reason to Stay by Julieann Dove

A Reason to Stay Cover Reveal

Author, Juliann Dove is unveiling the cover to A Reason to Stay, a contemporary romance about second chances, releasing June 1, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

A Reason to Stay by Julieann Dove

A Reason to Stay by Julieann Dove

About the Book
Title: A Reason to Stay
Author: Julieann Dove
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Elise Newton has it all—a dream job, a house that’s all hers, and a boyfriend who’s a cardiologist. Darren has been carrying an engagement ring in his pocket for two months, waiting for the perfect time to ask her to be his wife. He has no idea Elise has been waiting for the perfect time as well—to break up.

You see, Elise has a fatal flaw. She cannot commit to love.

An early-morning call from her sister gives Elise hope. She’s needed back home in Kentucky, to care for their mother who’s recovering from surgery. It’s the break Elise has been searching for, a reprieve from the strain of ducking Darren’s declarations of love.

But along with Kentucky comes seeing Ben—her first love, the one who came closest to being her happily ever after. Now a single dad, Ben has moved on with his life. But has his love for her moved on as well?

When Elise discovers a long-hidden truth about her family—and the reason why she can’t commit—she must decide which man will give her a reason to stay.

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Author Julieann Dove

Author Julieann Dove

About the Author
Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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Where to Find Julieann Dove
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Arrow Realm Cover Reveal

Tantrum Books and author Donna Galanti are unveiling the cover to Joshua and the Arrow Realm, the follow up to her middle grade fantasy, Joshua and the Lightning Road, releasing May 31, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links, and details on her giveaway.

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

About the Book
Title: Joshua and the Arrow Realm
Series: Joshua and the Lighting Road #2
Author: Donna Galanti
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | !ndigo | BookDepository

Synopsis
Joshua never thought he’d return to the world of Nostos so soon. But, when King Apollo needs his help in the Arrow Realm, Joshua’s will and powers will be tested in order to save him.

With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs, or whether he is being tricked into making the one mistake that might cost them all.

JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM is the exciting follow up to JOSHUA THE LIGHTNING ROAD which the Midwest Book Review called, “a heart-pounding thrill ride.”

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Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

About Book 1
Title: Joshua and the Arrow Realm
Series: Joshua and the Lighting Road #1
Author: Donna Galanti
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | !ndigo | BookDepositor

Synopsis
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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Author Donna Galanti

Author Donna Galanti

About the Author
Donna is the author of the Joshua and the Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs…, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com.

Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since).

She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle...

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Where to Find Donna Galanti
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Cover Reveal – Buried and Shadowed by Carrie Ann Ryan and Alexandra Ivy

New York Times bestselling authors, Carrie Ann Ryan and Alexandra Ivy are revealing the cover to Buried and Shadowed, the third book in their paranormal romance series, Branded Pack, releasing July 12, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and pre-order links.

Buried and Shadowed (Branded Pack #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

Buried and Shadowed (Branded Pack #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

About the Book
Title: Buried and Shadowed
Series: Branded Pack #3
Authors: Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Date: July 12, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Buried

Gibson Barton knows his Pack is on the verge of something they will never be able to prepare for: a chance at freedom. Yet when he’s finally able to open his eyes to what might be his fate, it could be too late.

As a submissive wolf of her Pack, Mandy Calhoun has always only watched Gibson from afar. Because of her fears, she hasn’t let her intentions toward him—or the other in her sights—be known.

Oliver Dare is the Foreseer of the Ursine Pack, and knows with each vision, his death is that much closer. Yet he cannot see his own future—or that of the two wolves who have been thrust into his path.

There is danger lurking in the den, and as the three learn to process their emotions and navigate their temptations, they’ll have to fight for something they never knew they had—or sacrifice it all for a purpose far greater than their own destinies.

Shadowed
Sinclair, Alpha of the Unseen Pack, is determined to destroy the Shifter Accommodation Unit. He understands that his people will never be free until the truth is revealed and their enemies are brought out of the shadows and exposed to the public. Unfortunately, the human female who has been secretly working with him has disappeared, and his priorities must shift slightly. He’s resolved to track her down, and not just because she has the information he needs.

Mira Reese isn’t stupid. She’s painfully aware that the sexy shifter she’s been working with has been using her fascination for him to gain access to the CDC computer system. But that doesn’t stop her from helping Sinclair. Not when it allows her to be close to him. But after the CDC kidnaps her, she realizes that this isn’t a game. She’s a potential savior for the future of the shifters—and perhaps especially the loner wolf who stirs her passions.

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Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Pack #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Pack #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

About Book 1
Title: Stolen and Forgiven
Series: Branded Pack #1
Authors: Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Stolen
The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.

Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.

Forgiven
Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.

Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.

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Abandoned and Unseen by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

Abandoned and Unseen by Carrie Ann Ryan & Alexandra Ivy

About Book 2
Title: Abandoned and Unseen
Series: Branded Pack #2
Authors: Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Abandoned
When bear shifter, Anya Tucker fell in love with the wrong man, the only thing she left with was a broken heart—and her two bear cubs. Now she’s mended her wounds and learned that in order to raise her babies she can only trust herself. When her sons meet the lazy cat next door and fall heads over tails for him, she’ll do whatever she takes to protect them—even from a past she’d thought she’d left behind.

Cole McDermott is a jaguar on a mission. Long naps, a willing woman, and a full stomach is usually all he needs when it comes to relaxing after a long day of protecting his Pack. Then he meets Anya and the burn of temptation is silky and tantalizing indeed. When a horror from Anya’s past threatens everything she loves, Cole will put everything aside and fight for her family—as well as his own.

Unseen
Nicole Bradley had no reason to live after the humans murdered her son. Not until she learns to hunt down those responsible for his death. Shifting into her wolf form at night, she slips out of the compound, determined to do as much damage as possible. The last thing she expected was to discover secrets that could destroy the SAU.

Polar shifter, Tucker Stone, lives off the grid. It’s the only way the Unseen can avoid being rounded up by the humans and tossed into a compound. Besides, he’s a loner by nature. But he can’t walk away when he sees the pretty female wolf in danger. Risking exposure, he takes her to his hidden den and tries to heal her wounds.

Can a reclusive polar bear and a wolf with a death wish find happiness together?

 

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Author Carrie Ann Ryan

Author Carrie Ann Ryan

About Carrie Ann Ryan
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Carrie Ann Ryan, never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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Where to Find Carrie Ann Ryan
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Author Alexandra Ivy

Author Alexandra Ivy

About Alexandra Ivy
Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

Where to Find Alexandra Ivy
Goodreads | Website | 1001 Dark NightsFacebook | Twitter
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Cover Reveal – The Wendigo Witchling (The Skinwalkers Witchling) by B. Kristin McMichael

Lexia Press, LLC and author B. Kristin McMichael are unveiling the cover to The Wendigo Witchling, the second book in the young adult paranormal romance series, The Skinwalkers Witchling, releasing June 7, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a pre-order link.

The Wendigo Witchling (The Skinwalkers Witchling #2) by B. Kristin McMichael

The Wendigo Witchling (The Skinwalkers Witchling #2) by B. Kristin McMichael

About the Book
Title: The Wendigo Witchling
Series: The Skinwalkers Witchling #2
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Publisher: Lexia Press, LLC
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Cassie is part of it now. Turns out, she may not want to join the coven, but that’s exactly what she did when she bonded herself to Nate. Rather than face the ordeal of joining the clan, Cassie finds it’s time for a road trip with her best friend, Whitney. The road trip was to get away, maybe learn a bit more about night humans—it wasn’t to find a deep dark secret hidden in Whitney’s past, one that may hit a little closer to home than Cassie wants to admit. With their road trip cut short, it is time to confront everyone about the lies that had been their lives, but Cassie soon finds out home isn’t exactly how she left it.

Where have all the witches gone? She’s the only witch left in town when they return. Soon she is dragged into more than she bargained for and she has to make choices that will change everything. She’s finally given a choice: does she want to be a skinwalkers witch or a wendigo witch? Too bad there are more secrets than answers. Without all the facts, can she really choose her life’s direction? Time isn’t on her side as she has to make a choice. Now she just hopes it’s the right one.

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The Witchling Apprentice (The Skinwalkers Witchling #1) by B. Kristin McMichael

The Witchling Apprentice (The Skinwalkers Witchling #1) by B. Kristin McMichael

About Book 1
Title: The Witchling Apprentice
Series: The Skinwalkers Witchling #1
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Publisher: Lexia Press, LLC
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Witches, potions, and magical spells—that all made sense, but men turning into animal-like monsters in the middle of the night? That had to be fiction, right? Wrong. Cassandra Booth thought her world of witches would be complete when she joined her coven.

Fate didn’t plan to let that be the case for her. Joining the coven brings new knowledge, like mates and men as animals, all things Cassie would rather not know. As her plans unravel she must find a way to join the coven without committing her life to a guy she once was friends with and now hates.

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Author B. Kristin McMichael

Author B. Kristin McMichael

About the Author
Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, three small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Everyday is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.

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Where to Find B. Kristin McMichael
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