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Release Blitz – Seaside Lovers (Love in Bloom) by Melissa Foster

Welcome to the release blitz for Seaside Lovers, the seventh book in the contemporary romance series, Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster. See below for information on the book and buy links.

Seaside Lovers (Love in Bloom - Seaside Summers #7) by Melissa Foster

Seaside Lovers (Love in Bloom – Seaside Summers #7) by Melissa Foster

About the Book
Title: Seaside Lovers
Series: Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers #7
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World LIterary Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | Smashwords

Synopsis

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak.

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely.

In SEASIDE LOVERS…
After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn–and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the sinfully hot artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.

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Excerpt
“Trust me?” Grayson asked.

“Trust a guy who hauled me over his shoulder and kidnapped me?” She looked toward the bar.

“Yeah, trust that guy.”

“I do trust you.” She poked him in his chest. “But if I end up on the front of some rag magazine, I’m hiding out in your basement. With Christmas, chocolate, and a boatload of horror movies that you have to watch with me.”

“Sweetheart, if you move into my house, you won’t be watching movies or hiding out in the basement. You’ll be lucky if you make it out of the bedroom. In fact”—he slid his hand to the nape of her neck, causing her eyes to glaze over with desire—“maybe I should take a few of those pictures and make that happen.” He’d taken a chance, saying something so brazen and holding her like this in the cab of his truck, but he couldn’t hold back.

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Seaside Summers is part of Melissa Foster’s bestselling Love in Bloom series. All Love in Bloom books may be enjoyed as stand-alone novels, or as part of the series.

SEASIDE SUMMERS
Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)

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Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series:

SNOW SISTERS
THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
THE REMINGTONS
THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
SEASIDE SUMMERS
WILD BOYS AFTER DARK

For a complete reading guide, family tree, checklists, and more, visit Melissa’s website.

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Author Melissa Foster

Author Melissa Foster

About the Author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Never miss a release! Follow Melissa here on Amazon and sign up for her newsletter: www.MelissaFoster.com/Newsletter

Where to Find Melissa Foster
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Street TeamTwitter | Amazon Author Page | Pinterest
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Guest Post + Giveaway – Summer Lane, Author of State of Fear (Collapse Series)

State of Fear Book Blitz

A special thank you to author Summer Lane for today’s guest post on the fear in State of Fear. To find out more about Summer and her book, State of Fear, the eighth book in the new adult dystopian series, Collapse, including buy links and details on her giveaway, please see below.

This is the 8th book in the Collapse Series. How do you keep the storyline and world going this far into the series?
The issue with Cassidy Hart is not running out of stories – it’s containing them! Cassidy’s world is monstrously huge and the options for story pathways are endless, so I really had to zero in on what I wanted the eighth book to be. In terms of technicality and research, this was a challenging book – but it was also exciting to write. I was able to utilize some elements that I have wanted to use for a long time, like submarines and ice…trust me, it’ll make sense when you read the book!

Do you find it difficult to write about one set of characters for ten books?
No, I don’t. The longer you’re with your characters, the better you get to know them. In this case, I have had the opportunity to get familiar with my characters to such a level that their development and characteristics are incredibly organic. It’s a real blast!

Are you Team Uriah or Team Chris?
A lot of people like to think that Uriah is the perfect guy for Cassidy – while some much prefer Chris, since he is the original male lead (and he’s pretty awesome, in all honesty!). I have my own secret thoughts on this subject, and I don’t like to project my opinions on such an emotional element of the series. I leave that to my readers. But I will say that, in the end, Cassidy is a strong woman who doesn’t need anybody. She’s one of those kickass characters that can survive no matter what – and anyone she falls in love with is just a bonus.  I don’t say to belittle the importance of the male leads, but to stress that Cassidy is just that kind of character at this point in the series.

What’s with the title? Why ‘fear?’ What’s there to fear in this book?
The title is really a projection of the underlying theme of this book. My characters are thrust into a type of warfare that’s really unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. They go to the barren wilds of Alaska, where the icy glaciers surround them and the dark winter solstice blots out the sun. Omega could kill them all – so many terrible things have happened, and could continue to happen. Cassidy is doubting herself and her relationships. This book is about exploring all of those fears, and then figuring out if our heroes are going to succumb to the darkness or stand up and kick its butt. It’s gritty, it’s dark and it’s intense. It’s my kind of story, and that’s why I wrote it.

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State of Fear (Collapse Series #8) by Summer Lane

State of Fear (Collapse Series #8) by Summer Lane

About the Book
Title:
 State of Fear
Series: Collapse #8
Author: Summer Lane
Publisher: WB Publishing
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
The world has gone nuclear, and the militias have met their first major defeat. 

Torn and desperate, Cassidy Hart and her team make a difficult decision to relocate their forces to the cold, barren wilderness of Alaska. Yukon City has become a stronghold for survivors of the apocalypse. 

Or has it?

Cassidy is on her own. Commander Chris Young remains in California to combat the shadowy forces of Omega, while Cassidy attempts to rebuild the militia’s strength at Yukon City. Uriah True has ideas of his own when it comes to surviving, and the militias are splitting apart. 

Veronica Klaus is unleashing hell upon the west coast. The true, terrifying nature of Omega is revealed at last. A dangerous, desperate move is made to find reinforcements and seize a weapon that could give the militias an upper hand. 

The downside? It just might kill everyone on planet earth. Cassidy, Chris and their friends have made it this far.  How much longer can they survive? How much longer can the world survive?.

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Author Summer Lane

Author Summer Lane

About the Author
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of The Collapse Series, The Zero Trilogy and The Bravo Saga. She is also the author of Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, a #1 bestselling graphic companion to the phenomenal original series. 

She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine where she has worked with countless authors from around the globe. Summer is also an accomplished journalist and creative writing teacher. 

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her days writing, collecting tea, and writing some more.

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Where to Find Summer Lane
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Book Blitz – City of Legends by Cheyanne Young

City of Legends Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for City of Legends, the first book in the young adult science fiction/superhero series, City of Legends, by Cheyanne Young. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

City of Legends (City of Legends #1) by Cheyanne Young

City of Legends (City of Legends #1) by Cheyanne Young

About Book 1
Title: City of Legends
Series: City of Legends #1
Author: Cheyanne Young
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Superheroes
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Maci Knight has grown up in the shadow of legends. Her father and her brother, Max, are Heroes, worshipped by humans and Supers alike for their strength and valor. All she’s ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps, to fight villains and protect humankind. But Maci has a secret—one that could change everything. 

Maci had a twin sister who died the same day they were born. In their world, one twin is always good, while the other always eventually turns evil. There’s no way to tell which twin will go rogue . . . which means no one knows if Maci will suddenly become a villain. 

The closer she gets to her eighteenth birthday, the more she has feelings she can’t control: Violence. Rage. Revenge. Maci wants to be a Hero. But she may not have a choice . . . 

The first in a trilogy, City of Legends introduces a new superhero mythology and an unstoppable heroine.

This is a new edition of the previously self-published novel Powered..

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Author Cheyanne Young

Author Cheyanne Young

About the Author
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Series with Alloy Entertainment and the forthcoming Breakup Support Group with Swoon Romance. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.

Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.

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Where to Find Cheyanne Young
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebookTwitter

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Blog Tour – Dirty Stolen Forever (Green County) by Nazarea Andrews

Dirty Stolen Forever Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Dirty Stolen Forever, the second book in the contemporary romance series, Green County, by Nazarea Andrews. See below for information on the book, buy links, a teaser, and an exclusive excerpt.

Dirty Stolen Forever (Green County #1) by Nazarea Andrews

Dirty Stolen Forever (Green County #2) by Nazarea Andrews

About the Book
Title: Dirty Stolen Forever
Series: Green County #2
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
Colt Rayburn loved Aiden Delvin, once. A lifetime ago. Before duty and the Marines took him a world away, chewed him up and spit him out.

Aiden would have waited forever for Colt to come back. But Colt didn’t want that, and he’s rebuilt his life. Without the man he loves.

When Colt comes home from a deployment that went wrong, Aiden is there. Inexplicably back in Green County and impossible to resist. He swore he’d never go back to that place, never destroy Aiden the way he had when he walked away the first time.

But Aiden grew up and changed too, while Colt played war hero.

Both of them know what they want. After all this time. But can a love story that destroyed them once be rebuilt, when life and duty still hangs over them both…

The second in a sexy new series about Green County, and the people who serve there..

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Excerpt #3
Hell is being forced to look. To watch Colt from behind the lens of my camera, his sexy little smirk, and the not-quite bedroom smile, a soft twist of the lips that tugs hard at me.

Its not the smile I got after sex, when we were lazy and he was half asleep against my shoulder. Its a little bit guarded. But its close enough.

Close enough that desire skitters like a living thing along my skin as I watch him.

I dont have to tell him what to do. Colt was my first live subject, a lifetime ago. Photographing him is as easy as breathing, and as painful as stabbing knives.

I want to demand why he was pushing in the USO building.

Hed wanted to kiss me.

Aiden!Colt calls, and it snaps me from my thoughts. He looks amazing in a dark green t-shirt thats too tight across his broad chest, and camo pants that hang like pure perfection on his lean hips.

He looks every inch the Marine.

When Colt told me he was leaving, I didnt believe him.

And then he did, and it was so. wrong. So unbelievable I did the only thing I knew how to doI shoved everything that remotely reminded me of him away. I left Green County, and I left Remi and Brian and Shelly. The family that had adopted me because Colt Rayburn loved me.

I left my favorite brother, and the entire world that I knew.

All of it was like a knife, straight to the gut, and when I got off that plane in New York, I pulled the knife out.

I let the wound heal.

Except.

There was always a piece that was left behind. The tip of the knife, broken off and lodged under my skin. Colt was lodged under my skin, and as much as I wanted to be free of him, I couldnt be.

Even when I healed, and allowed myself to move oneven when I was with other peopleColt was with me. A part of me.

And now.

Now hes here, and hes giving me that smirk, all Marine Corps bad boy. The favorite son of Green County, the fucking war hero.

And it twists, that damn piece of Colt deep inside me, twists and it’s pure agony.

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Dirty Sexy Secret (Green County #1) by Nazarea Andrews

Dirty Sexy Secret (Green County #1) by Nazarea Andrews

About Book 1
Title: Dirty Sexy Secret
Series: Green County #1
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: May 28, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
Even when you know better….

There are a million reasons why Hazel Campton is off limits: she’s a journalist. I’m a cop. Oh, and she’s my foster sister. My secret is I didn’t care. I haven’t stopped wanting her since I slept with her the night before she left. She’s trouble. Always has been.

It’s hard to resist the thing you’ve always wanted…

Growing up with Brandon Archer means I know him. Good. Bad. Everything in between.  It’s just never mattered.  My secret? That night. The one I stole, that’s kept me from Archer and Green County, for four years.  Now I’m home, and nothing has changed. Except me. And not in the way that means a damn thing. Because I still want him.

Everything can change with a knock at the door…

Secrets. Everyone has them. Archer. Me. This town.  Perfection only runs surface deep in Green County. When there’s a knock at me door, it’s a familiar face all covered in danger, and all those secrets we hide?  They’re about to come tumbling out.

The first in a sexy new series about Green County, and the people who serve there.

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Author Nazarea Andrews

Author Nazarea Andrews

About the Author
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids.

She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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Where to Find Nazarea Andrews
Goodreads Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Street Team | Newsletter | Pinterest
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Ready Series by J.L. Berg

Ready Series Cover Reveal

USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg is unveiling five brand new covers to her wildly popular Ready Series. See below for the new covers, details on the books, and links to add them to your Goodreads TBR and how to read them for free with Kindle Unlimited.

When You're Ready (Ready Series #1) by J.L. Berg

When You’re Ready (Ready Series #1) by J.L. Berg

About Book 1
Title: When You’re Ready
Series: The Ready Series #1
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind. 

Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he’s ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he’s unworthy of love…until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant. 

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart? 

When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all. 

The first novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone. 

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Ready to Wed (Ready Series #1.5) by J.L. Berg

Ready to Wed (Ready Series #1.5) by J.L. Berg

About Book 1.5
Title: Ready to Wed
Series: The Ready Series #1.5
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
A Ready Series novella, set after WHEN YOU’RE READY.

Move on.

Move forward.

With the wedding on the horizon and their future uncertain, Clare and Logan must keep their eyes on the prize–a lifetime together. That’s the goal. They both know that there are no guarantees in life. But after a long road filled with trials and tears, they’re finally on the other side–a sandy white beach where beginnings are made. As Clare Murray becomes Mrs. Logan Matthews, they both learn what the fight really means: family, future, forever.

Includes bonus short story, Never Been More Ready.

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Never Been Ready (Ready Series #2) by J.L. Berg

Never Been Ready (Ready Series #2) by J.L. Berg

About Book 2
Title: Never Been Ready
Series: The Ready Series #2
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Leah Morgan was done with men. After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love. Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her. She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought. 

Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away. 

When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead? 

It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do. 

The second novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone..

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Ready for You (Ready Series #3) by J.L. Berg

Ready for You (Ready Series #3) by J.L. Berg

About Book 3
Title: Ready for You
Series: The Ready Series #3
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: May 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
A second chance at first love. 

Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again. 

Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind. Maybe now she can find a way to heal from the devastating mistakes of her past. 

When a chance encounter brings these former lovers together, passion reignites in a way neither is prepared for. Can Garrett move beyond his anger and find a way to forgive? Will Mia’s insecurities and fears cause her to once again flee the life she’s destined to live? 

Garrett and Mia will soon discover that they must journey into the past to find their way home. 

The third novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone. 

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Ready or Not (Ready Series #4) by J.L. Berg

Ready or Not (Ready Series #4) by J.L. Berg

About Book 4
Title: Ready or Not
Series: The Ready Series #4
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
When love comes knocking, will they be ready, or not?

Born into wealth and privilege, free-spirited Liv Prescott left it all behind when she realized there was more to life than living off of trust funds and barely skating by. Since then, she’s worked and fought for everything she’s earned and never looked back at the world or the family she left behind.

Jackson Reid is starting over with a new job in a brand new city. A single father to his son Noah, he hopes the change will help strengthen the bond that has seemed to suffer since puberty reared its ugly head. What he hadn’t planned on was Liv–his exotic next-door neighbor who drives him insane with her wild, new age lifestyle, but still manages to leave him aching for more.

 As challenges arise and feelings intensify, will these neighbors be able to look past their differences and find a middle ground?

The fourth book in the Ready Series. Each novel can be read as a standalone. 

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Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South.  She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.  Married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

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

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Cover Reveal – Excerpt + Giveaway – Blind Landing (Flipped) by Carrie Aarons

Author Carrie Aarons is unveiling the cover to her latest release, Blind Landing, the first book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Flipped, releasing August 4, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Blind Landing (Flipped #1) by Carrie Aarons

Blind Landing (Flipped #1) by Carrie Aarons

About the Book
Title: Blind Landing
Series: Flipped #1
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.

Natalia Grekov was born to win Olympic gold. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle includes no time for distractions—especially men. When a disastrous fall in practice puts her dreams at risk, it seems the only person who can help her is the one person she wants nothing from.

Spencer Russell is gymnastics’ bad boy. A cocky, laid-back charmer with abs of steel and a witty mouth, he waltzes around the U.S. Gymnastics Training Camp like he owns the place—even though he doesn’t anymore. After an injury sidelined his career and any chance at Olympic glory, he’s now just a coach, helping other gymnasts reach their goals. Serious is not a word in Spencer’s vocabulary. But when Natalia tumbles into his life, he’s suddenly sincerely interested in helping the blonde beauty in any way he can.

Can they vault over the obstacles standing in their way? Or will Spencer be the distraction that causes Natalia’s chance at gold to crash and burn?

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Excerpt
Gerek claps again and I look over in his direction. “Thank you for being able to join us this morning, Spencer.”

Turning towards the gym’s front doors, I watch Spence. It’s still strange, rolling his shortened nickname around in my mouth, but he insisted I call him that after I told him to call me Nat, so here we are. He strolls in, clad in his typical wardrobe of sandals and workout shorts.

And nothing else.

Jesus, he’s sexy. With all of those carved-out-of-stone muscles and short brown buzz cut, it’s like he should be in a Marines uniform instead of a chalk covered training center. He looks like he just rolled out of bed three seconds ago, and I squirm in my split. Which only adds to my building frustration as the carpet and my leotard create friction below my waistline.

“Oh, no problem, boss. Anything for you guys.” He gives a lopsided grin and jumps onto a stack of mats, lounging with one elbow propping him up. It’s as if he’s posing for a non-existent camera, like he’s the star model for a shoot in Gymnastics Monthly.

Actually, I think he did have a five-page spread a couple years back and I have it somewhere in my desk at home.

“Grace, Julia, Natalia, Peyton, Quinn and Lila … you are headed to the bars gym for the first part of practice today. Spencer, Anka and I will be assessing the men on pommel horse for the first part of the day, so you will be helping with the girl’s bar workout.”

My stomach flips. Bars is my best event, I’m not nervous about that. I could do my routine, which is one of the hardest of anyone at Sikora’s, in my sleep.

But having Spence watching me with those clover green eyes? Tracking my body as it spins and flies through the air? It makes the butterflies in my stomach explode.

I know he likes me, genuinely likes me. I know because he told me. And I genuinely like him too. We also find each other hot, or else we wouldn’t have gotten naked together in the Atlantic Ocean last night. That’s obvious.

But I don’t do boyfriends. Especially not boyfriends who are gymnasts. And don’t even get me started on the gymnast turned coach thing. Even if he isn’t my coach. Point is, I don’t even do hookups. Sure, I have in the past, but most of the time I find that the sex isn’t worth it and things just get awkward. Most would call me more adult than my years in this thought-process, but being an elite athlete means having to grow up fast. My biography might read nineteen, but I’ve been told I have the maturity and life view of a thirty-year-old. Talk about being jaded.

The whole relationship thing, no matter what form it’s in, is just too messy. And as much as I hate the Sikora’s and everything they stand for, I need to focus to achieve my goals. I’m not here to fulfill anyone else’s dreams, just my own.

I don’t have time for Spencer Russell. And what’s more, I have a feeling Spencer Russell does not have time, or serious interest, for me either.

Spence salutes Anka and Gerek, taunting them and crossing the line just a little further than anyone would dare where they’re concerned.

Then he turns to our group. “Alright ladies, let’s get moving. Someone remind me again, what’s this low bar for?”

The rest of our group giggles and bats their eyes at Spencer, but I just roll mine. His humor about the difference between the men’s high bar and the women’s uneven bars is the oldest joke in the book.

“Why don’t you watch and learn? We’ll show you what real gymnastics looks like.”

I skirt past him, pulling my gym bag over my shoulder as I exit the building and head to one of the countless warehouse buildings on the grounds that houses all of the bar equipment. The rest of the girls push their way in after me, a sea of brightly colored leotards, bare legs and ponytails.

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Author Carrie Aarons

Author Carrie Aarons

About the Author
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

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Where to Find Carrie Aarons
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Blog Tour – Enlightenment (The Driel Trilogy) by Liz Keel

Enlightenment Blog Tour

Today is release day for Enlightenment, the first book in the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, The Driel Trilogy, by Liz Keel. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

Enlightenment (The Driel Trilogy #1) by Liz Keel

Enlightenment (The Driel Trilogy #1) by Liz Keel

About the Book
Title: Enlightenment
Series: The Driel Trilogy #1
Author: Liz Keel
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.

With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…

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Author Liz Keel

Author Liz Keel

About the Author
I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia.  For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story.  In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list.

Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space!

It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me.

Where to Find Liz Keel
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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Release Day + Giveaway – Eminent Love by Leddy Harper

Eminent Love Release Day

Welcome to the release day blitz for Eminent Love, a contemporary romance by bestselling author, Leddy Harper. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

Eminent Love by Leddy Harper

Eminent Love by Leddy Harper

About the Book
Title:
 Eminent Love
Author: Leddy Harper
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CABarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Life doesn’t always start with once upon a time.

Love doesn’t always end with happily ever after.

After spending five years with the love of my life, I did nothing to stop her from walking away. She had her reasons to leave. I had my reasons to stay. But a year later, the realization of loss hits me, and I’ll stop at nothing to fix it. I leave everything behind to drive across the country to win her back, and I refuse to accept anything other than fulfilling old promises.

But the only certainty in life is: nothing is as expected.

The most valuable lessons don’t often revolve around a fairytale ending—frequently, they come from hurt and healing. They come from the kind of personal growth love offers. The mending of your heart, your soul, and your life. And every once in a while, you find the greatest gifts in the packages you never expected to open.
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Author Leddy Harper

Author Leddy Harper

About the Author
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. 

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. 

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Where to Find Leddy Harper
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Sale – The Knight’s Apprentice (Knights of the Immortals) by Catrina Taylor

The Knight's Apprentice Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for The Knight’s Apprentice, the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Knights of the Immortals, by Catrina Taylor. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt. The eBook is currently available for free on Amazon.

The Knight's Apprentice (Knights of the Immortals #1) by Catrina Taylor

The Knight’s Apprentice (Knights of the Immortals #1) by Catrina Taylor

About the Book – Now FREE on Amazon!
Title: The Knight’s Apprentice
Series: Knights of the Immortals #1
Author: Catrina Taylor
Publisher: Midnight Rose Publishing
Release Date: May 24, 2015
Genre:
 Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Life altering reality, hidden in plain sight.
Ralph has a problem. The Grand Council of Atlantis, the council who rules the twelve hominid tribes, has chosen his apprentice for him. This unusual move has one obstacle. She doesn’t know what it means to be Atlantean.

Cerita Guzman is the oldest child in a struggling, single parent home. She doesn’t have time for world shattering reality to interfere with life. She has work, school, siblings, her mom, the house and now, of all things, Atlantis wants her time too. How is that even possible?

James has lived among the homo-sapiens, on the surface, for most of his life. He’s training though, to serve his people in Atlantis. His heart is torn when his master knight requests him to bring in the young woman selected by the Grand Council to train with him. She’s in a lot of his classes. She’s beautiful. She’s human.

When Atlantis calls, he listens.
As Cerita resists the call to serve Atlantis, James must find a way to help her accept the truth about the world around her, about herself. He does. He forces her to activate her internal nanites. She’s forced to accept whole new hominid species exist. If that’s not enough, she’s also forced to accept she’s one of them, when her nanites come to life, and she opens a wormhole into space.

Join Cerita, James, and Ralph on the first adventure into the world of Atlantis. Knight’s of the Immortals is a Young Adult Scifi – Adventure that’s loved by readers of all ages. Knight’s Apprentice is free. Download it so you can start reading it today..

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Author Catrina Taylor

Author Catrina Taylor

About the Author
A unique author with a passion for her family, Catrina Taylor is in love with the written word. As an avid reader she finds her mind enjoys the worlds created uniquely in Fantasy, Science Fiction and various crossover genre. As an author, she most often plays in a universe of her own creation.

Introducing us to the imaginary worlds of Xarrok and Atlantis, she has hooked readers, waiting to see where her imagination takes us next.

When she is not playing in the universe of her mind, she is playing with her children who she encourages to follow her passion for words, and excel in every area they show interest. In fact, this talented word smith finds that life through their eyes is a constant lesson in self discovery, happiness, and curiosity.

Inspired by her everyday world of family, infused with an unquenched curiosity, and gifted with the ability to take us to places we could never have imagined, Catrina Taylor is an author who promises to keep you fully immersed in a world of wonder and intrigue, waiting for more..

Where to Find Catrina Taylor
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Release Day – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune) by M.J. Rose

The Secret Language of Stones Release Day

Today is release day for The Secret Language of Stones, the second book in the historical paranormal romance series, The Daughters of La Lune, by New York Times bestselling author, M.J. Rose. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune #2) by M.J. Rose

The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune #2) by M.J. Rose

About the Book
Title: The Secret Language of Stones
Series: The Daughters of La Lune #2
Author: M.J. Rose
Genre: Historical Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 19, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksindieBound

Synopsis
As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

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The war had stolen all our dreams. Women who were supposed to have had houses full of children, would probably remain childless; men who otherwise might have made their fortunes, were now dead in the trenches. Even if I was brave enough to go searching for love, my chances of finding it were slim.

“I went to Le Figaro,” I said out loud. “I met a receptionist who has quite a crush on you.” A moment passed in silence. Just about to be convinced yet again that, yes, I’d imagined it all, I felt an almost breeze blow through my room. There should be nothing suspect about a breeze. Except it was impossible. There were no windows here. Yet it brushed my face, ruffled my hair. The very air moved. I smelled limes mixed with…I sniffed again…mixed with verbena and a hint of myrrh.

Why there?

“Now that we’ve met, I wanted to read your columns. Who did you write them to?”

At the time I didn’t know. Now I think maybe, I wrote them for you.

“Me?”

I think we were supposed to meet but I messed that up.

“What do you mean?”

It’s all my fault, I misread the signs, I delayed issuing orders…

The words ceased. Silence. And then I heard what sounded like a sob.

“Jean Luc, what do you mean about us meeting? About messing that up.”

I think if I hadn’t made those mistakes in the field I would have come back to Paris and visited your store and looked at the jewelry and seen something to buy for my mother and would have met you.

I put my hand up to the talisman to touch it. To touch him?

“But now you won’t.”

No.

“I’m sorry.”

Yes. Me too. For you. For so many many things.

I didn’t say anything.

Don’t cry.

He could see me?

“How did you know I was crying? So you really can see me? Where are you?” I was so frustrated and confused.

Until you started to make the talisman I was asleep, floating…and then the closer you came to completing it, the more aware I became. When you touch it, you come into focus. Through fog. As if there is certain distance between us. Yet more clearly than makes any sense, considering I am a world away from you.

“I don’t understand,” I whispered. “And I am a little afraid.”

And then, I felt, or I thought I felt…no…I did feel his hand brushing my hair off my forehead.

I don’t want to make you afraid.

His touch made me shiver and begin to tremble.

I can’t bear for you to be afraid of me. You, here, it’s the only time since…since it happened I don’t feel as lost.

I tried desperately to quell the shaking. Pressure increased against the spot he’d cleared. Not lips, no. But a force suggesting lips. Perhaps from the shock, my shaking stopped.

When I kissed you just now, you felt it, didn’t you?

I nodded.

And now, do you feel this?

Somehow he’d taken my hand. I looked down and saw nothing but my own hand in my lap. I didn’t feel flesh. Instead, it was as if I was holding smoke.

And where our hands met, my skin warmed to his touch.

I can’t stay.

“What do you mean?”

It takes an effort to be here. So much effort. Have to…learn how to…

He continued speaking, but from an even greater distance. His voice fading.

“Jean Luc?”

Silence.

And then, my tears came. As if I’d known him for years and just found out he’d died. I glanced down at my hand again. It looked no different from before and yet was cold. I touched my right hand with my left. Trying to find where his amorphous fingers had lain, trying to pick up a sense of him. But there was nothing there.

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune #1) by M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune #1) by M.J. Rose

About Book 1
Title: The Witch of Painted Sorrows
Series: The Daughters of La Lune #1
Author: M.J. Rose
Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksindieBound

Synopsis
Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.

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Author M.J. Rose

Author M.J. Rose

About the Author
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Where to Find M.J. Rose
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Release Day – New Desires (Becoming Elena) by Melody Anne

New Desires Release Day

Today is release day for New Desires, the third book in the contemporary romance series, Becoming Elena by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melody Anne. See below for information on the book and series, and buy links.

New Desires (Becoming Elena #3) by Melody Anne

New Desires (Becoming Elena #3) by Melody Anne

About the Book
Title: New Desires
Series: Becoming Elena #3
Author: Melody Anne
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Eternal Dreams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Elena is free for the first time she can remember. But what does that mean?

Trying to forge a new path, Elena knows that Mary is gone forever, but she doesn’t know what to do with her new freedom. That is until she meets a person who changes her life once again, someone who will show her a new path.

She is suddenly emerged into a whole new world that takes her to places she never knew existed and that lead her to something unimaginable. This new discovery is what sets her free. The problem with freedom though, is that some people aren’t capable of handling it.

Find out the choices Elena makes in the conclusion to the Becoming Elena Series.

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Stolen Innocence (Becoming Elena #1) by Melody Anne

Stolen Innocence (Becoming Elena #1) by Melody Anne

About Book 1
Title: Stolen Innocence
Series: Becoming Elena #1
Author: Melody Anne
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Publisher: Eternal Dreams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
What makes a person forget their entire identity? What makes them become someone else? What makes them desire pain … control … and ultimately pleasure? It’s not anything that happens overnight, over even in a few weeks. Tragedy beyond what a human can possibly imagine will forever alter Mary’s future.

Mary’s life is boring, conservative and typical. She wants adventure, thrills and so much more. But she will soon learn to be careful what to wish for when she’s taken against her will and thrust into the twisted world of a powerful man who doesn’t care if she lives or dies.

When Mary starts becoming Elena, she does find a savior, but is he truly the person who will protect her, or will he be the one to escort her straight into the pits of hell?

Forgetting who she is or where she belongs, she learns she can trust no one, rely on only herself, and fall further than she ever thought possible. She will become someone else and the cycle will begin.

She will become the person who will eventually change the life of so many others. Some might say the change is good, the violence is necessary. And some will cry for this tragedy that should have been stopped.

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Forever Lost (Becoming Elena #2) by Melody Anne

Forever Lost (Becoming Elena #2) by Melody Anne

About Book 2
Title: Forever Lost
Series: Becoming Elena #2
Author: Melody Anne
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Eternal Dreams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Mary is gone … or so it seems. But nothing is ever that easy.

There is something about Dalton that calls to Elena, but she also knows he’s not who he appears to be. She resists him at the same time that she hungers for what only he can give her.

But just when Elena thinks her life has come together, that everything might be okay, her world falls apart again when she learns the truth of what really happened to her so many years before and learns of who so viciously betrayed her.

The only place left for Elena to go is back into Dalton’s arms. But he doesn’t want to hold her and tell her everything will be okay. He wants to teach her how to deal with the inner pain. And the way he teaches her is in a world she could never have imagined existed.

Will she let go … or will she become someone else.

This book is intended for mature audiences only. There are explicit scenes of abuse, language and questionable sexual situations. Eighteen and older only. This story is about a woman so abused she turns into a person most wouldn’t even fathom becoming.

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Author Melody Anne

Author Melody Anne

About the Author
Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a young adult series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon – Rise of the Dark Angel. She’s been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody’s Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/authormelodyanne, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.

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Where to Find Melody Anne
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Release Day – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Carver by Jacob Devlin

The Carver Release Day

Welcome to the release day blitz for The Carver, a young adult fantasy/fairy tale retelling by Jacob Devlin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

The Carver by Jacob Devlin

The Carver by Jacob Devlin

About the Book
Title:
 The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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Gretel toddled over to Peter and sat by him on the diamond. “Sorry, friend. I don’t think you’re bad in fluents.”

“But she does. And now she’s not my friend anymore, and I’m sad.”

“Don’t be sad. My brother and I are still your friends. And Pinocchio. And Alice. We don’t think you’re scruffians.”

Alice nodded in agreement.

“Thanks. But I’m still sad. When I think about Wendy, I feel her in here.” Peter pounded his chest. “It’s kind of like my heart starts crying.”

“You were in love!” Hansel sang. A big smile spread across his face. “You fancied her. And guess what? The pretty girl who always picks flowers by the meadow? I think she fancies me.”

When Peter’s posture wilted, Gretel punched her brother in the shoulder, and his smile quickly receded.

“I mean, I’m sorry, Peter. Someday we’ll find girls who feel us in their hearts, too. I know it.”

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Author Jacob Devlin

Author Jacob Devlin

About the Author
When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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Where to Find Jacob Devlin
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Somniare by D.T. Dyllin

Somniare Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Somniare, the first two book in the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Somniare, by D.T. Dyllin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

Somniare (Somniare #1) by D.T. Dyllin

Somniare (Somniare #1) by D.T. Dyllin

About Book 1
Title: Somniare
Series: Somniaire #1
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Remy Novem was murdered…

But she didn’t die.

Forced to escape to Somniare, a dream landscape, Remy must somehow survive living nightmares, and endless torment without using her magic. Her only hope for freedom is to hitch a ride with a human back into reality, tricking the poor creature into believing no harm will befall them.

Remy isn’t troubled by the fact that she must kill to live…

Until love changes everything.

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Author D.T. Dyllin

Author D.T. Dyllin

About the Author
D.T. Dyllin
is a bestselling author who writes both paranormal and contemporary romance. Anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.

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Where to Find D.T. Dyllin
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Release Day – Anything But Love (Wingmen) by Daisy Prescott

Anything But Love Release Day

Today is release day for Anything But Love, the third book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Wingmen, by, Daisy Prescott. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive teaser.

Anything But Love (Wingmen #3) by Daisy Prescott

Anything But Love (Wingmen #3) by Daisy Prescott

About the Book
Title:
 Anything But Love
Series: Wingmen #3
Author:
 Daisy Prescott
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Another wingman bites the dust in this enemies to lovers story…

For the past year, I’ve been working my butt off to start my own coffee company on Whidbey.

A weekend in Cabo with sun, tiny bikinis, and vacation hook-ups is exactly the kind of tension relief I need.

What I don’t need is a bruised jaw, having to bribe my way out of jail, a hellion set on ruining my life, and my mother seeing a picture of my assets on “The Twitter.”

Caribou Caldwell is my worst nightmare.

Unfortunately, she’s also the star of my sexiest dreams.

What happens when a small town guy becomes the focus of a million fantasies? As Erik Kelso navigates his sudden notoriety, will his feelings for Cari turn out to be anything but love?

Anything but Love is the third book in the Wingmen series, a spin off of Modern Love Stories. Like all Wingmen books, it can be read as a standalone romantic comedy.

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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an indeterminate number of imaginary housegoats. When not writing about people falling in love, she can be found traveling, gardening, baking, and reading a good book. Her novels include the Modern Love Stories series, the Wingmen series, and several short stories. She’s also working on expanding the world of Bewitched this fall.
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Where to find Daisy Prescott
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Amazon
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Blog Tour – Playlist + Giveaway – The Compendium (The Variant Conspiracy) by Christine Hart

The Compendium Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for The Compendium, the second book in the paranormal science fiction romance trilogy, The Variant Conspiracy, by Christine Hart. See below for information on the book, buy links, a playlist, and details on her giveaway.

The Compendium (The Variant Conspiracy #2) by Christine Hart

The Compendium (The Variant Conspiracy #2) by Christine Hart

About the Book
Title: The Compendium
Series: The Variant Conspiracy Trilogy #2
Author: Christine Hart
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Genre:
 New Adult Paranormal Science Fiction/Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Irina and her renegade variant friends are scrambling to pick up the trail of their former employer, Ivan, and his globally catastrophic scheme. After strategically sharing their story with the media, the group heads south from Vancouver to Seattle hoping to recruit more experienced—and lethal—variants to their cause.

Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered disaster mere days ahead of them. Ivan is using what staff and resources remain of Innoviro Industries to set off a violent earthquake in San Francisco. While they fight to stop the earthquake, Irina pushes the love of her life Jonah as far away as she can, trying to keep his unstable genetic degradation in check.

Irina’s friends think they’ve seen the worst that Innoviro could bring forth by the time they reach a secret facility in the Mojave Desert. As they near the property, the group uncovers a horror none of them had ever imagined.

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Playlist
The Compendium is Book 2 of The Variant Conspiracy trilogy. Irina and her renegade variant friends are scrambling to pick up the trail of their former employer, Ivan, and his globally catastrophic scheme. Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered disaster mere days ahead of them. Irina’s friends think they’ve seen the worst that Ivan could bring forth by the time they reach a secret facility in the Mojave Desert. As they near the property, the group uncovers a horror none of them had ever imagined.

Renegades – X Ambassadors
Passive – A Perfect Circle
The World Is Over – Bif Naked
Bad Reputation – Thin Lizzy
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car – Tragically Hip
Weapon – Matthew Good
Sail – AWOLNATION
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
We Found Love – Rihanna, Calvin Harris
I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Heaven Knows – The Pretty Reckless
Come With Me Now – KONGOS
Uprising – Muse

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In Irina’s Cards (The Variant Conspiracy Trilogy #1) by Christine Hart

In Irina’s Cards (The Variant Conspiracy Trilogy #1) by Christine Hart

About Book 1
Title: In Irina’s Cards
Series: The Variant Conspiracy Trilogy #1
Author: Christine Hart
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Genre:
 New Adult Paranormal Science Fiction/Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Irina Proffer leaves mundane small-town life behind when she experiences visions inspired by a strange deck of tarot cards. To get answers, she travels from her northern British Columbia home to the province’s coastal capital. She quickly discovers a world of fringe genetic science and supernatural mystery.

Working for Innoviro Industries, Irina is drawn in by a powerful first love and compelling, yet dangerous questions about the nature of the company’s business. Meeting other ‘variants’ brings Irina closer and closer to the dark truth about her origins. She finds herself at the heart of two overlapping love triangles as she scrambles to escape her employer’s grip.

Before she leaves the city, Irina realizes she has merely scratched the surface of a frightening conspiracy on a global scale.
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Author Christine Hart

Author Christine Hart

About the Author
Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, I write from my suburban Burnaby home staring at North Vancouver’s iconic Coast Mountains. I love writing about places and spaces with rich history and visually fascinating elements as a backdrop for the surreal and spectacular.

In addition to my undergraduate degree in writing and literature, my background also includes corporate communications and design. I am a current member of the Federation of BC Writers and SF Canada.

When not writing, I have a habit of breaking stuff and making stuff – in that order – under the guise of my Etsy alter-ego Sleepless Storyteller. I share my eclectic home and lifestyle with my husband, baby daughter and preschool son.

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Where to Find Christine Hart
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Thin Lines (Donati Bloodlines) by Bethany-Kris

Thin Lines Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Thin Lines, the second book in the new adult thriller/dark romance series, Donati Bloodlines, by Bethany-Kris. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Thin Lines (Donati Bloodlines #2) by Bethany-Kris

Thin Lines (Donati Bloodlines #2) by Bethany-Kris

About the Book
Title: Thin Lines
Series: Donati Bloodlines #2
Author: Bethany-Kris
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: New Adult Urban Dark Romance/Thriller
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Calisto Donati
Calisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief.
It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status.
Pain felt good.
He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care.
When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories.
All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday.
Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking.
He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for.

Emma Donati
Emma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear.
Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso.
She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight.
His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes.
The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist.
This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have.
Calisto Donati would never be hers.
This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily.
They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, the third is a HEA.

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Excerpt #1
“What’d I fucking tell you two, huh?” came a shout from outside the mesh.

Calisto ignored the fool and grabbed the bar of chalk that was passed to him from a fellow gym member. He rolled it in between his hands, letting the powdery block soak up what blood seeped from his cut knuckles and the sweat inside his palms.

“Protective gear needs to be worn at all times,” the owner said, waving wildly at Calisto.

“So?” Calisto asked. “He didn’t mind.”

“Nope, I didn’t.”

Calisto tossed his opponent a grin, and jerked a thumb in the younger man’s direction. “See?”

“Not the fucking point.”

“Come on, JD, we’re just sparring.”

“Gio’s got a bloody mouth,” JD barked. “And your knuckles need ice. You two don’t seem to understand the concept of following the fucking rules.”

Calisto leaned against the mesh of the cage, unaffected. “And what about them?”

“I—”

“You know, we could always take our business elsewhere,” Gio said, resting against the cage like Calisto was. He’d interrupted JD with a smooth drawl and a blank stare that spoke of boredom and little else. Gio sported a cut lip, but the bleeding wasn’t that bad. “I know how much you would hate to lose out on the bets the guys get going when we’re up here fighting, man.”

“Truth,” Calisto said, tipping his head toward Gio.

JD gritted his teeth, clearly struggling with a response. “Could you at least tape your hands next time?”

No.

Gio smirked. “We’ll think about it.”

Huffing, the owner walked away. Most of the other watchers had already fled from the cage. Sighing, Calisto pushed away from the wall and tossed the chalk bar over the edge where it landed in a pile of hand towels on the table.

“You need to stop covering your face so much when I come at you,” Gio said offhandedly. “It’s not like I’m going to knock out all of your teeth, if that’s what you’re worried about. Maybe just a couple.”

“You’re fucking hilarious. Really.” Calisto pressed his fingertips around his right kidney, wincing at the shot of pain blooming in his side. “Still would have kicked your ass, had JD not hit the buzzer.”

Cazzo. Bullshit, stolto.”

“Next week, same time. We’ll see who the fool is then, huh?”

Gio chuckled. “You’re still going to protect your face, man. I’m still going to give your body one hell of a beating while you do it.”

Calisto grinned. “Hey, if your face looked like mine does, you’d protect it, too.”

“Bastard.”

“Tell me something I don’t already know, Marcello.”

Two towels were tossed over the cage wall. Calisto caught them both and tossed one over to Gio before wiping himself down. He ignored the sting in his knuckles and the aches in his lower half, knowing he’d earned them and it was just another reminder that he was still breathing.

“Heard your uncle was having trouble with the Irish in Jersey,” Gio said.

Calisto shrugged. “Nothing serious.”

“Territory disputes?”

“Basically.”

Gio hummed under his breath. “Be careful with them. The O’Neils can be vicious.”

Calisto didn’t respond, because he didn’t have to. He’d been keeping an eye on the small Irish family trying to bleed their way into New York territory from their roots in New Jersey. The best thing to do was avoid any street wars, but sometimes that shit just couldn’t be helped.

“Next week, you said?” Gio asked.

Calisto nodded. “Yeah. I need something to do on Thursday nights.”

Gio laughed. “Doesn’t Affonso have some kind of family dinner thing then?”

. Which is exactly why I need something else to do on Thursday nights.”

“You could always sit down at the Marcello table. We wouldn’t turn you away from a meal, Donati.”

Calisto knew that was true. Giovanni Marcello came from the long-reigning Marcello crime family. Cosa Nostra was in that man’s blood just as much, if not more, than Calisto’s.

“You might not turn me away, but I can’t go wining and dining with the rival family,” Calisto said, only half kidding.

“Just fighting with them on Thursdays, huh?”

“What are you talking about? I am nowhere near a fellow family tonight. I am over on Bleecker Street doing business.”

Gio cocked a brow. “Seriously?”

“What Affonso doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

Calisto swallowed the lump forming in his throat. He couldn’t possibly explain to Gio how true those words really were.

“How’s the new family member?” Gio asked.

Calisto stepped out of the cage, keeping his back turned to the man. It was difficult for Calisto to hide the varying degrees of emotions that ran through him every time he was forced to talk about his uncle’s bride like she was just any other woman he knew.

She wasn’t any other woman.

Not to Calisto.

Emma Sorrento—now Donati—could never be “just someone” to him.

Calisto had taken Emma from her life in Las Vegas, uprooted her without a single care, and deposited her to his uncle like a gift wrapped in a pretty bow. Somewhere in between all of that nonsense, Calisto had managed to find himself in Emma’s bed, and she had somehow weeded her way into his mind.

He couldn’t get her out.

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Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines #1) by Bethany-Kris

Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines #1) by Bethany-Kris

About Book 1
Title: Thin Lies
Series: Donati Bloodlines #1
Author: Bethany-Kris
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult Urban Dark Romance/Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon CA

Synopsis
Calisto Donati
She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over.
It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento.
Not for Calisto.
She was taken.
She was claimed.
She was not his.
In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go.
What good had saving her done?
He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.

Emma Sorrento
Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile.
At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face.
He smirked.
And winked.
Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her.
Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose.
She had already lost once.
Wasn’t it enough?

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, the third is a HEA.

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Author Bethany-Kris

Author Bethany-Kris

About the Author
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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Where to Find Bethany-Kris
Goodreads Website | Blog | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Amazon

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Cover Reveal + Sale – Undecided (Burnham College) by Julianna Keyes

Undecided Cover Reveal

Author Julianna Keyes is unveiling a brand new cover to Undecided, the first book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Burnham College. See below for the new cover, information on the book, and buy links. For two weeks only, you can pick up the eBook at any retailer for just $2.99.

Undecided (Burnham College #1) by Julianna Keyes

Undecided (Burnham College #1) by Julianna Keyes

About the Book – NOW On SALE for just $2.99!
Title: Undecided
Series: Burnham College #1
Author: Julianna Keyes
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…

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Author Julianna Keyes

Author Julianna Keyes

About the Author
Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She’s been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills – or terrifies – her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that “ain’t” is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It’ll happen.

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Where to Find Julianna Keyes
Goodreads | Website | FacebookTwitter
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Entangled Teen and author Merrie Destefano are unveiling the cover to her latest release, Lost Girls, a young adult psychological thriller, releasing January 3, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links, and details on her giveaway.

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

About the Book
Title: Lost Girls
Author: Merrie Destefano
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Psychological Thriller
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

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Author Merrie Destefano

Author Merrie Destefano

About the Author
Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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Where to Find Merrie Destefano
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Vavaun (The Shadow of the Revenaunt) by Paul E. Horsman

Vavaun Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Vavaun, the fourth book in the young adult fantasy series, The Shadow of the Revenaunt, by Paul E. Horsman. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

Vavaun (The Shadow of the Revenaunt #4) by Paul E. Horsman

Vavaun (The Shadow of the Revenaunt #4) by Paul E. Horsman

About the Book
Title: Vavaun
Series: The Shadow of the Revenaunt #7
Author: Paul E. Horsman
Publisher: Red Rune Books
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
After helping King Ghyll to his victory in Zihaen, the beastmasters Uwella and Damion turn their attention to their own country of Vavaun.

High time, too, for the rumors have been persistent. There is something wildly amiss in the Gray Order, the temple protecting Vavaun from the Dar’khamorth’s machinations.

When Uwella DeGry, herself a wikke of the Grays and the heir to the throne of Vavaun, returns home with Damion DeAsharte, her mate and main competitor, they find their country in dire straits. Vile sorcerers and their beastmen roam the land, killing and ravaging at will and the Gray Order has almost been wiped out.

With only two very young fire warriors to help them, the ducal beastmasters vow to liberate their country, defeat the Dar’khamorth and bring peace between their competing Houses of Gry and Asharte.

Will even their mighty feline alter egos be strong enough to survive against the dark magic of the Revenaunt’s minions?

Vavaun is a tale of struggle, friendship and bravery against an enemy who plans total annihilation.

It is a stand-alone ‘Shadow of the Revenaunt’-adventure, running parallel to book 3, Ordelanden, and it starts after the final battle at the Owan Abai in Zihaen..

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Damion stared around narrow-eyed and took in the ravage. ‘Ten dead wikken; all of them very old. That should tell us something.’ Then he stiffened. ‘What’s that?’  

‘What?’

‘I thought I saw a flash coming from that hut.’

Uwella frowned. ‘There never was a hut; that’s where the toolshed stood.’ She hurried over.

‘Careful!’ Damion said, gripping her arm. ‘Look at those scorch marks everywhere. Someone’s been using fire spells recently.’ Then he stopped. ‘That hut – It’s a pavilion; a teleport-platform. So that priest at Underdin was right, your people were starting their own portal.’

‘Wait!’ Uwella said, shaking off his arm. ‘Listen.’

Inside the pavilion, a defiant girl was talking. ‘Scared, pig? You’ll die. I’ll fry you like the others. Why don’t you come closer? COME CLOSER, BEAST!’

Damion looked at Uwella. ‘Who…?’ Then he nearly gasped as the monster stepped from the shadows. It was built like a large human male with a pig’s head, heavily muscled under its bristly pelt, and moving swiftly on its hind hooves. Its hands gripped an ax and from its tusked mouth dripped a white thread of spittle. Its small reddish eyes didn’t see the beastmasters; the pigman’s whole attention was fixed on the one inside the pavilion.

‘DeMannau’s pig,’ Damion whispered, feeling raw fear claw at his innards. He knew it wasn’t the same one; Olle had killed that monster just as he had killed its cruel mistress DeMannau herself. Only the fear he felt was the same.

The pigman stood there, swinging its head to and fro as it tried to see its enemy. Then it charged.

The sharp thwack of a bow pierced the beast’s raging bellow. A flaming arrow shot from the portal and the pig’s challenge turned into a high squeal of agony, then cut off abruptly. The beast stumbled backwards with a tall feather of fire sprouting from its chest, spewing blood and foamy spittle as it died.

‘There!’ the girl in the pavilion yelled. ‘Take that, fool pig!’

‘I know that voice,’ Uwella said, surprised. She walked toward the pavilion. ‘Grisa? It’s me, Uwella DeGry.’

‘Trickery!’ the girl cried. ‘Uwella isn’t here. You’re a traitor, whoever you are. I’ll kill you too, you lying coward!’

‘It’s really me, girl,’ Uwella said. Grisa, Marshal DeKramm’s daughter. She hadn’t seen the girl for several years, but when they were small they’d always been together. Grisa, her twin brother Bartram, and she. Three wild kids; though the DeKramms were several years younger, they’d been the most dauntless playmates a girl could wish for. ‘Remember that basket of pears?’

‘Pears? I… No, you’re lying! It must be a trick. Uwella can’t be here. Show me your face,’ the girl said sharply. ‘Quickly, before I burn you to the ground.’

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Author Paul E. Horsman

Author Paul E. Horsman

About the Author
Paul E. Horsman (1952) is a Dutch and International Fantasy Author. Born in the sleepy garden village of Bussum, The Netherlands, he now lives in Roosendaal, a town on the Dutch border with Belgium.

He has been a soldier, salesman, scoutmaster and from 1995 teacher of Dutch as a Second Language to refugees from all over the globe.

Since 2012, he is a full-time writer of epic light fantasy adventures for Y.A. and older. His works have been both trade published in The Netherlands, and self-published internationally..

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Where to Find Paul E. Horsman
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for The Ghost Chronicles, a young adult paranormal romance by Marlo Berliner. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

About the Book
Title: The Ghost Chronicles
Author: Marlo Berliner
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CABarnes & Noble | IndieBound

Synopsis
***FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2016***

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

THE GHOST CHRONICLES by Marlo Berliner is a YA paranormal with romantic elements and adult crossover appeal, perfect for fans of If I Stay and the movie, Ghost. The book was inspired by the legend of a haunting at the Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ.

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Excerpt #3
More ghosts lingered up ahead. The haunting cadence of their cries filled the air. One spirit drifted closer, stopping directly in front of him, his face expressionless. Then, the dead man smiled, revealing horribly stained teeth and a discolored tongue.

The next instant, the ghastly spectre was in his head. Macabre scenes flashed before him like movie clips. Memory and reality folded into one and Michael couldn’t decipher one from the other.

He’d been caught again, throwing a note to another inmate over the wall of the exercise yard. They slipped the black hood roughly over his head and dragged him quietly from his cell. What would it be this time? He grappled with the mounting fear as his stomach cramped in agony. The straitjacket, the water cure?

Thrust into a chair, terror seized his very core. Pain shot through him, as the guards pulled his arms up tight and tied them behind his neck.

“No, no!” He screamed in desperation. “Not the Gag! Please!” Before he could protest any further, a five inch piece of metal was forced into his mouth and over his tongue, and then fastened to his hands by a chain, locking it in place. I can’t move an inch. If I move at all, the gag will go deeper into my mouth.

Time had passed now. His arms were getting too heavy and they began to slip. The gag thrust deeper into the back of his throat and his mind thundered with panic. I’m choking! I can’t breathe! Someone please help me! Dear God, I can’t breathe! As he struggled for survival, he heard a distant, yet familiar voice. He could swear it sounded like his father’s.

“Michael, it’s not real,” the voice pleaded. “It’s only a memory.”

Tom now turned on the spirit of the inmate and sternly commanded, “Let go of his mind.”

And just like that, Michael was back in the corridor. Slightly disoriented and still terrified, but he was back.

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Author Marlo Berliner

Author Marlo Berliner

About the Author
Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently a full time writer, as well as, a freelance editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. THE GHOST CHRONICLES is her first novel and was awarded FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction. Her second novel in a new series, SECRETS BENEATH, will be released in the fall. She is currently working on a sequel to THE GHOST CHRONICLES, as well as, her third and fourth novels. 

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons...

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