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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – A SCATTERING OF LEAVES (Keeper of the Souls) by Patricia Reynolds

A SCATTERING OF LEAVES Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for A SCATTERING OF LEAVES, the second book in the young adult historical fantasy series, Keeper of Souls, by Patricia Reynolds. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A SCATTERING OF LEAVES (Keeper of the Souls #2) by Patricia Reynolds

A SCATTERING OF LEAVES (Keeper of the Souls #2) by Patricia Reynolds

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: A SCATTERING OF LEAVES
Series: Keeper of Souls #2
Author: Patricia Reynolds
Publisher: Old Crow Publishing
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Following his Vision Quest in A Scattering of Crows, Hidden Spirit continues the journey after an unsettling vision of his sister, Chasing Rabbit, in danger. He races against the clock to find the boarding school where Preacher Jim continues to indoctrinate the Sioux children. He fears he will be too late and wonders about the fate of his beloved, Morning Star.

Surviving insurmountable odds, Hidden Spirit rises to the harrowing challenge. Quelling his anger, his inner warrior and magical powers begin to surface and develop in ways he never thought possible. Along the way, he meets some unsuspecting friends and allies that help forge this epic journey.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #3
“I wish I had seen your Hidden Spirit,” Ellie says, enviously. “He sounds wonderful.”

“Well, he is and it was… like… magic. Hidden Spirit can do mysterious things you know. He’s our hero,” she says, proudly. Little Moon is so excited that she stands up, hops on one foot, grabs a wet dress, and twirls in circles. “He must be near, Ellie. He must be. I have prayed to the Great Spirit every night to guide him to us so that he will take us home.”

“Home?” Ellie repeated, grabbing the girl’s wrists. “That’s marvelous news, Little Moon… to leave this god-awful place.”

“You know,” she says, beaming, “The elders knew he was going to be special, the day he was born. They said he is destined for real big things and that Hidden Spirit’s, grandfather, was going to teach him big secrets from another place… so he could be a really good medicine man. His grandfather is dead, but still has the power. The crows became his friends when he was little, and, when he shot one of them, they taught him a big lesson. Now they protect and guide him. Hidden Spirit is brave,” Little Moon says with her newfound confidence. “He’s a warrior, too. Our people have lots of powers, you know. They wouldn’t scalp you or anything like that, like the white people say.”

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A SCATTERING OF LEAVES Teaser

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: A SCATTERING OF CROWS
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Author Patricia Reynolds

Author Patricia Reynolds

About the Author
Patricia Reynolds lives in Washington State with her partner of many years, along with their adopted family of dogs and cats. She has a passion for nature and the environment, and a soft spot for animals of all kinds. Patricia’s primary goal in writing this book was to lend a voice to the forgotten. Her young adult fantasy series: Keeper of the Souls, is based on actual events.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to Find Patricia Reynolds
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS (Wild River) by Jennifer Snow

AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Wild River, by Jennifer Snow. See below for information on the book, buy links, the book’s trailer, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS (Wild River #1) by Jennifer Snow

AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS (Wild River #1) by Jennifer Snow

About the Book
Title: AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS
Series: Wild River #1
Author: Jennifer Snow
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Holiday Romance
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…

If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds. 

Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…

Advance Praise for An Alaskan Christmas: 

“An Alaskan Christmas is heartwarming, romantic, and utterly enjoyable.”—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster

“Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged! Pure Christmas delight.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

“Readers will enjoy the mix of sexy love scenes, tense missions, and amiable banter. This entertaining introduction to Wild River will encourage fans of small-town contemporaries to follow the series.”—Publishers Weekly

“An exciting contemporary series debut with a wildly unique Alaskan setting.”—Kirkus

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Excerpt #3
Erika took one look at the stairs and shook her head. “That’s not going to work.” She lifted one boot-clad foot so he could see the high heel and he caught her as she toppled off balance.

He gritted his teeth. Of course—her nonsensical, yet sexy as all fuck heels. Heels on boots that hugged her shapely calves nicely and forced a distracting sway in her hips when she finally did go to the restroom at the bar, but not exactly grate-friendly.

He sighed as he scooped her up.

“What are you doing?”

“Getting you upstairs,” he said, jogging up the stairs with her in his arms. She wasn’t heavy and he held his breath, the scent of her soft perfume overshadowing the smell of tequila on her breath.

He was glad they were calling it a night before the bar got really busy. She was far too distracting, especially once she’d let her guard down. Her unexpected smile had mesmerized him and her easy-sounding laugh had surprised him. Her body was smoking hot, but it was her dark eyes and full, pouty lips that had him fighting an odd attraction to his sister’s best friend all evening.

When she stopped spouting bullshit, she was even kind of funny in a dry humor, self-deprecating way. Too bad she couldn’t have a sense of humor like this when she was sober.

“Shit. I forgot my gloves,” Cassie said behind them. “Here’s my keys, I’ll be right back.” She tossed the keys at him and turned to head back toward the bar.

He caught the keys. “What? No…what am I supposed to do with her?”

“Just set her down on the couch. I’ll get blankets and a pillow when I get back,” Cassie called as she disappeared down the street.

“Great,” he muttered.

“Oh come on. Don’t act like you’re not enjoying this macho act of heroism.” Erika struggled with the pronunciation. “You were always the protector type.” She touched his chest and her eyes raked him in. She was looking at him the same way she’d gazed longingly at the chocolate Santa moments before.

He wasn’t sure which unsettled him most, the look in her eyes, the fact that she remembered something personal about him or the hardening in his pants at her touch.

He unlocked the door and nudged it open with her body. Then he promptly discarded her on the couch as instructed.

Done. She was there safely. Just leave.

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Author Jennifer Snow

Author Jennifer Snow

About the Author
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, Canadian Authors Association and SheWrites.org. Her first Brookhollow book was a finalist in the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold contest and the Golden Quill Award. .

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Where to Find Jennifer Snow
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Book Review – THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS (A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS (A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS (A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Character creation can be hard, but it’s about to get a lot easier. Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you’ll find:

* A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions
* Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships
* Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls
* Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike
* Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they’re vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success
* Downloadable tools for organizing a character’s attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, with entries written in a user-friendly list format, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any character creation project.

“In these brilliantly conceived, superbly organized and astonishingly thorough volumes, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have created an invaluable resource for writers and storytellers. Whether you are searching for new and unique ways to add and define characters, or brainstorming methods for revealing those characters without resorting to clichés, it is hard to imagine two more powerful tools for adding depth and dimension to your screenplays, novels or plays.”

– Michael Hauge, Hollywood script consultant and story expert, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read

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My Review
As soon as I finished THE EMOTION THESAURUS, I rushed out to pick up this book, and it’s just as informative and useful as I hoped it would be. An introduction details how positive traits help to build not only protagonists, but also villains. It explains the importance of having antagonists that are as fully developed as our heroes. Once we get a primer on WHY we need positive traits, the book dives into a huge variety of these traits with a brief description and possible influences that brought it about. Each entry dives deeper with similar attributes, associated behaviors and thoughts, possible emotional responses, and what traits in supporting characters may cause conflict. Also included are example characters from literature to really drive the point home.

If you’re looking to develop in-depth characters who come across as authentic, this is the definitive guide.

Bottom Line
Another outstanding guidebook from Ackerman and Puglisi. A must-read for all novelists.

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About the Book
Title
: THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
Authors: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Pages: 241
Category: Writing
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

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Author Angela Ackerman

Author Angela Ackerman

About the Author
ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of 7 bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd Edition). Her books are available in six languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling. A strong believer in writers helping and supporting other writers, she tries to pay-it-forward however she is able to..

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Author Becca Puglisi

Author Becca Puglisi

About the Author
Becca Puglisi is a speaker, international writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via her newest endeavor: One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library like no other, filled with description and brain-storming tools to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter..

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Where to find Becca Puglisi
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – SILENT MUSIC by Aisling Magic

SILENT MUSIC Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for SILENT MUSIC, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Aisling Magic. See below for information on the book, preorder links, and an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

SILENT MUSIC by Aisling Magic

SILENT MUSIC by Aisling Magic

About the Book
Title: SILENT MUSIC
Author: Aisling Magic
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Brought together by passion;
Separated by destiny.

She’s his muse.
His love.
His inspiration.
And he refuses to let her go.

For nearly two years, Kai Eastwood has watched Phoenix Banks lost in a state of coma.
Singing the songs they wrote.
Remembering the moments they spent together.
Missing the kisses they shared.
Holding hope.

But how long can hope be held when, with each new day, Phoenix slips farther away?

Maybe this time
When the music fades,
And the silence invades,
Their song will begin.

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SILENT MUSIC Teaser

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Excerpt #2
I got out of the car after I grabbed my phone and earbuds. I just needed some peace and good music to relax. My gaze landed on a bench, and I started to walk toward it when I saw a girl sitting on the grass, the breeze caressing her hair. She brushed away a strand colored like a summer sunset. 

And my world halted.

Happiness fleeted in my heart, and the idiot forgot how to beat steadily. Without realizing what I was doing, my feet moved toward her. She was so lost in her own world that she didn’t see me approaching. With her back to me, I noticed that she was bent over her notepad and trying to complete a sentence—a poem? She let out a frustrated groan and threw the paper away. I picked the discarded paper up and read the words she wrote.

I’m music.

I’m the music.

I’m a song.

You’re my music.

Well, maybe not!

Then who are you? An idiot maybe!

She was writing a song. Was she a singer? I chuckled at what she wrote, and her head swung toward me.

Gorgeous.

Her small nose crunched and her green eyes behind those glasses trailed lazily over my body. Damn, she was cute. After her perusal, she licked her lips. I believed in lust a first sight, not love, but right now, looking at her, I just knew that—maybe—it was that blasted you-and-I-are-meant-to-be-with-each-other-at-first-sight thing. There was a little voice inside that whispered, “It’s her.” 

Somehow my anger regarding Amberson evaporated. Filling the spot next to her, I slid the pen from her fingers and waited to see if she’d protest. Her gaze remained on me, but I saw no signs of protest in her eyes. Instead, thousands of questions danced there, along with curiosity. I guess it’s all the permission I’ll get.

So I completed her line.

You’re my lyrics.

Her eyes swept over what I wrote again and again until she finally landed those greens on me. Confusion, hesitance, and a glimpse of admiration lurked there, but she didn’t say anything, and I refused to tarnish this moment by speaking. I placed the paper—and my heart—into the hands of a green-eyed girl whom I didn’t know and left. 

The silence between us was the sweetest music this universe has ever heard.

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About the Author
Aisling Magic is a twenty-something author who can either be found writing about people falling in love or has her nose buried in a book well past her bedtime. She enjoys chocolate, cello music, rainy nights, long drives, traveling the world, and Chris Hemsworth.

About her books: She writes romance stories with a hint of humor. Her heroines may not always be sexy, but are strong, her heroes may not always be the alpha but are dedicated and the families in her stories may not always be related by blood but are all bonded by heart. Aisling likes to pretend she’s the most badass character in her novels but in the real world, she doesn’t even go to the toilet at night without lighting up the house..

Where to find Aisling Magic
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New Look – CUPCAKE SERIES by Bethany Lopez

CUPCAKE SERIES ReCover Reveal

USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez, is revealing a brand new look for her adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Cupcakes. See below for information on the book and series and buy links. The entire series is now available on Kindle Unlimited.

ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES (Cupcake #1) by Bethany Lopez

ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES (Cupcake #1) by Bethany Lopez

About Book 1 – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES
Series: Cupcakes #1
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
One day I was be-bopping along jamming to the music in my head while wondering if my thighs could handle grabbing a cupcake on the way home. The next thing I knew, my entire world crashed and burned.

I used to wake up at night in a sweat, crying because I’d dreamt that my husband was cheating on me, or that he hated me, and resented my kids. He’d always hold me close and tell me it was all just a dream, that he loved me and our family and that he’d never let me go.

He was a f*cking liar.

Now I spend my days taking photos of scum just like him, trying to be a champion for other’s being taken advantage of by the losers in our town, and my nights being a single mom to my beautiful twins.

I’ve got great friends who have my back, and a sexy, mysterious motorcycle man who keeps showing up when I need him. Maybe things are starting to look up, and one thing’s for sure… There’s always room for cupcakes.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE, SEX, SOME VIOLENCE, AND SHENANIGANS. IF NONE OF THAT BOTHERS YOU, GRAB A CUPCAKE AND READ ON!

Cupcake Series – Should be read in order

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CUPCAKE OVERLOAD (Cupcake #2) by Bethany Lopez

CUPCAKE OVERLOAD (Cupcake #2) by Bethany Lopez

About Book 2 – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
CUPCAKE OVERLOAD
Series: Cupcakes #2
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: October 22, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
One night I was out with my girls enjoying a much needed ladies night while wondering if one more dirty martini would push me over the edge. The next thing I knew, I was in the club’s bathroom listening to a woman screaming, “No,” and a man’s voice growling, “I know you want it.”

That asshole picked the wrong restroom, in the wrong club, at the wrong time.

Little did I know the asshole was Cade’s VP, and although we saved that woman from his clutches that night, she’d be found floating in a motel pool a month later.

Running a PI firm is a lot harder than taking pictures for one, especially when your professional life spills over into your personal one. I’m going through cupcakes like our new puppy goes through piddle pads, and if I’m not careful there’s bound to be a Cupcake Overload.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE, SEX, SOME VIOLENCE, AND SHENANIGANS. IF NONE OF THAT BOTHERS YOU, GRAB A CUPCAKE AND READ ON!

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LEI'D WITH CUPCAKES (Cupcake #3) by Bethany Lopez

LEI’D WITH CUPCAKES (Cupcake #3) by Bethany Lopez

About Book 3 – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: 
LEI’D WITH CUPCAKES
Series: Cupcakes #3
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU 

Synopsis
Everybody dreams of a Hawaiian Vacation…

They sell you on the drinks with little umbrella’s, dolphin watching, and long walks on the beach. Which probably happens, if you’re that lucky schmuck living out your dream with your destination wedding, but if you’re a fish out of water PI like me, there’s no time for relaxing because trouble is never far behind.

Instead of cocktails, I ended up dealing with the seedy underbelly of The Big Island.

And, I didn’t see one damn dolphin while undercover on a boat which was spilling over with drug dealers, Kingpins, and Pedophiles.

Elin and Elena think Cade’s family are the coolest people outside of Snapchat, but it’s hard to meet the parents when your boyfriend is in his late thirties and has never had a serious relationship.

I’d never missed my girls so much in my life, but Amy May, Bea, and Carmen are all dealing with issues of their own, and can’t come to my rescue.

The only thing that may help me with this “vacation” is if I could get Lei’d with Cupcakes.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE, SEX, SOME VIOLENCE, AND SHENANIGANS. IF NONE OF THAT BOTHERS YOU, GRAB A CUPCAKE AND READ ON!

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Excerpt
When it was our turn to disembark, Cade pulled out suitcases down from the overhead compartment, and we started off the plane. First Cade, with his well-worn leather backpack slung over one shoulder and a ratty Army green duffel in his hand. Then Elin and Elena, with their Harry Potter and Star Wars rolling bags, and finally, me, trailing behind with my new hard case roller, wondering why I’d been in such a hurry to land when all I wanted to do in that moment was run back to the plane.

With every step closer to the arrival area, my stomach grew tight and my buzz started to fade. By the time we stepped out of the corridor into the open space, filled with happy sounds and tons of people, I was ready to upchuck the six tiny bottles of vodka that had seemed like such a good idea in flight.

I looked up in time to see a tall woman hugging Cade tightly, while a handsome, older version of Cade was placing lei’s around the twins’ necks. I plastered a smile on my face and as I joined the group, all eyes turned to me.

Cade’s mother’s face lit up, as she looked to him and said, “Nice job, Hiapo, she’s got great hips.”

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CUPCAKE EXPLOSION (Cupcake #4) by Bethany Lopez

CUPCAKE EXPLOSION (Cupcake #4) by Bethany Lopez

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: CUPCAKE EXPLOSION
Series: Cupcakes #4
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA 

Synopsis
For the first time in a long time, life is good. I’ve got a smokin’ hot motorcycle man as my fiancé, the best friends a woman could have, a couple of great kids, and things have been relatively quiet on the PI front.

You know what that means… the other shoe was bound to drop sooner or later…

Just when I was ready to settle down and plan the coolest wedding Greenswood has ever seen, the shit hit the fan, and hit it hard.

My friends are fighting, Cade’s been out of town doing God knows what for the club, and my sweet little twins are turning into hair-pulling pre-teens with more drama than my old daytime soaps.

I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions, and I’ve been going so crazy that Elin’s swear jar is near to overflowing. I’ve been eating cupcakes like a woman possessed, and if I’m not careful, there’s going to be a Cupcake Explosion… in my pants.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE, SEX, SOME VIOLENCE, AND SHENANIGANS. IF NONE OF THAT BOTHERS YOU, GRAB A CUPCAKE AND READ ON!

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Excerpt
I shut the door and prayed there was no evidence of my investigation as I followed her into my living room.

“Carmen’s here?” she asked, looking at the two wine glasses, cheese board, and our discarded electronics.

Carmen was still in the kitchen. I could hear the strain of her voice, but luckily couldn’t make out the words.

Hopefully, Bea didn’t have supersonic hearing.

“Yeah, we were just hanging out. And, don’t beat yourself up, I was busy most of the day with the Wilkes.”

“Oh, right, the future in-laws are here. I can’t wait to meet them,” Bea said with a grin.

My friends had all loved hearing about our escapades with Cade’s parents in Hawaii. How his mom always seemed to know when we were about to have sex, the time we accidentally skinny dipped together, and when Elin found Cade’s mom’s vibrator.

Good times.

“I’m sure you’ll all love each other,” I said wryly, then asked, “Want a glass?” Pointing at the wine.

“Sure,” she said, as Carmen came back into the room talking.

“He’s on his way and happy to help,” Carmen said, then stopped in her tracks when she saw Bea.

“Who’s on the way?” Bea asked curiously.

“Bran,” I replied, then tried to keep the conversation going by sing-saying, “Her boyfriend.”

“Oh, stop, he’s not my boyfriend,” Carmen argued, playing along.

“Oh, I didn’t know you’d given him a second chance, that’s great, Carmen. I’m happy it worked out this time,” Bea said.

I hurried to grab her a glass and came back as Carmen said, “It’s still pretty new. I don’t want to jinx anything.”

“I can’t wait to finally see you guys together, you know, since you made it official. Did you say he’s coming over now?” I asked.

Carmen nodded.

“Can you ask him to pick up some McDonalds? I’m suddenly jonesin’ for a quarter pounder with cheese, no onions.”

“Oh, yeah sure, I’m hungry, too. You want anything, Bea?”

“I’m good,” she said, then looked pointedly at the cheese board.

“What? I stress eat, you know that.”

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CUPCAKE SERIES Teaser

Author Bethany Lopez

Author Bethany Lopez

About the Author
Bethany Lopez is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!.

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Where to Find Bethany Lopez
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Cover Reveal – RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE (Lost Lords) by Cassandra Dean

RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE Cover Reveal

Award-winning author, Cassandra Dean, is revealing the cover to RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE, the second book her her adult historical romance series, Lost Lords, releasing November 26, 2019See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and preorder links.

RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE (Lost Lords #2) by Cassandra Dean

RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE (Lost Lords #2) by Cassandra Dean

About the Book
Title: RESCUING LORD ROXWAITHE
Series: Lost Lords #2
Author: Cassandra Dean
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Genre:
 Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
From Award-Winning Australian author Cassandra Dean comes the second book in her delicious new Regency romance series, Lost Lords.

The girl he’s always loved
Oliver, Earl of Roxwaithe, has always regarded Lady Lydia Torrence as a sibling even as she’d declared one day they would wed. Fourteen years her elder, Oliver was convinced Lydia felt only a crush and when she inevitably declared her love, he had to refuse. After she left for the Continent, he told himself he didn’t miss her, that she had always been too young, and if perhaps he’d noticed she had become a woman, that was best left unsaid.

The man she’s always adored
Lydia had always known she loved Oliver and he loved her. Furious he would claim she was too young, she determined to take the Continent by storm, to hone her skills and become an expert in flirtation. Upon her return to London, she’d show him she was a fully-grown woman who knew what she wanted—and she wanted him.

Oliver is stubborn in his resolve until a new suitor for Lydia puts Oliver’s resolve to the test. Will he discover the girl he’s always loved has become the woman he will forever adore?

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Author Cassandra Dean

Author Cassandra Dean

About the Author
Cassandra Dean is an award-winning author of historical and fantasy romance. She is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale.

 

 

 

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Young Adult Book Review – ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network) by Mary Ting

ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting

ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

 

 

 

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My Review
Mary Ting’s dystopian world envisions a planet pummeled by meteors, destroying life as we know it. Two generations later and science has surpassed anything their ancestors could have imagined thanks to resources those meteors brought to the earth. Fragile governments have sprung up and a power struggle is firmly in place. Enter ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network. With a secret formula known as Helix, teenage assassins are sent out to eliminate any threats to peace before they become a problem. Pulling girls from foster homes and juvenile detention system, ISAN promises a better life for troubled youth, but they soon realize they’ve traded one hell for another. Ava is an orphan with a rough past, but she takes to the Helix serum especially well, giving her abilities the other girls don’t have, propelling her into a leadership position, one she doesn’t feel she’s earned. Still, she does her best to nurture and support her team on their missions. This is her life, training, eating, killing. At least until she starts receiving mysterious messages from someone on her computer. When she’s kidnapped while on a mission, not only is her world turned upside down, but her entire identity as she learns painful details about a past she can’t remember.

Plot
The plot is amazing. I couldn’t put this book down. It moves from the opening page through to the end. There were so many unexpected plot twists that kept me needing to find out what happened next. The primary plot isn’t really Ava’s, it’s Rhett’s. His goal is to get Ava back. But because it’s told through Ava’s point of view, the goal wasn’t completely clear until at least halfway through. By using this technique, the author keeps us in the dark, along with Ava, so we truly experience the backstory as it unfolds for Ava. This was a brilliant technique that kept me on my toes!

Characters
Ava is tough, but not to the point of being hard to like. From the opening pages, I loved her loyalty and her moral center. Even as an assassin, she has a conscious that tears at her. Her team is a blend of friends and adversaries that must form a cohesive unit during missions, which makes for some really great conflict. The leadership is intriguing and mysterious, meaning anything is possible at this point. As Ava learns the secrets of her past, readers are left to wonder who we can trust. Rhett, as the forgotten love interest, is everything you’d want for Ava. He’ll do anything to get her back, except put her at risk.

What I Loved About ISAN
1. World Building.
 The dystopian future Ting creates is a joy to behold. Rich details bring it vividly to life.

2. Kendrick. His toys for the assassins are a thing of beauty and straight out of the best spy movies.

3. Ava. She kicks butt and takes names, but she is loyal and has a strong moral code — everything I want in my teenage assassins.

4. Rhett. He’s tough and badass but his tender feelings toward Ava makes him swoonworthy.

5. Surprises. There were a lot of surprises throughout the book that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Bottom Line
A fantastic young adult dystopian with cool tech and swoony romantic subplot.

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About the Book
Title: ISAN
Series: ISAN #1
Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Pages: 330
Genre: Young Adult SciFi/Dystopian
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Author Mary Ting

Author Mary Ting

About the Author
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry..

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Where to find Mary Ting
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist) by Ainsley St. Claire

FASCINATION Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for FASCINATION, the ninth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Venture Capitalist, by Ainsley St Claire. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist #9) by Ainsley St. Claire

FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist #9) by Ainsley St. Claire

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Title: FASCINATION
Series: Venture Capitalist #9
Author: Ainsley St Claire
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
It started when my boyfriend was caught in public with a girls lips on his you know what.

People think my life is easy – they couldn’t be more wrong. A girl can never be too thin, too rich, or too famous. From experience I know that’s crap. Well, maybe not the thin part.

Men don’t see me – they see my name and my bank balance. Dating is near impossible with the paparazzi following my everywhere. Any sane man would run from that.

When a competitor steals my company’s entire fall line, down to names and packaging, I daydream of tropical islands far away from the mess of my life. He brings me back. There was one man who saw the real me. A man who wasn’t swayed by the money and was strong enough to deal with the craziness that surrounded me. But we’d been friends too long to move beyond that.

But can I control myself? I have feelings for him but our timing has always been off.

**Fascination is is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It’s the ninth and final book in the Billionaire Venture Capitalist series. You can read it on its own, everything you need to know is explained, but once you get a taste you’ll want to binge the rest ;}**

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Excerpt #1
I arrive at the Top of the Mark restaurant early. It has a stunning three-hundred-and-sixty-degree view of the city as it sits atop the 104th floor of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel in the financial district downtown. It’s a bit touristy, but it’s one of the few places that’s quiet, and I’ll be able to talk to CeCe rather than yell across the table to be heard.

I’ve preordered the chocolate soufflé and brought along a dozen white roses. She thinks she’s meeting a group of our friends, not just me. Emerson planted the idea in my head a few weeks ago, and I realized she was right. I owe CeCe this and so much more. I also plan on making my move. I’d rather she tell me to pound sand than to always wonder what could have been. I may not be an actual prince, but I’m ready to make my case.

I see her crossing the restaurant. She looks amazing in her emerald green pantsuit. “Are we first?” She looks around the restaurant, scanning for our friends. “That never happens to me.” 

“It’s only us tonight.”

She looks at me, startled. 

“I wanted to thank you for hosting me for the last month in your home. I’m finally feeling good enough to go to work beyond lunch.”

I hand her the roses.

“Oh my goodness, they’re beautiful!” She draws in a big breath through her nose. “They smell amazing. You didn’t have to do any of this.” She smiles, and I see what all the tabloids seem to capture—a brilliant white smile full of honesty and caring. She rocks my world.

“I wanted to.”

The waiter arrives to take our drink orders. Talk about lousy timing. 

“I’ll have a Jonny Walker Blue straight up,” CeCe declares.

“That sounds good. I’ll have the same.”

The waiter leaves, and we’re alone again.

“How are things going with the investigation into the Chinese company?” I ask.

“They’re at least working on it. I don’t think the FBI would’ve done anything if Walker Clifton hadn’t lit a fire under them.”

“I hate to think that’s true. Those two agents were just imbeciles.”

“Well, that’s one way of putting it.”

Our drinks arrive, and we toast to my health.

I lift my glass of amber liquid, suddenly anxious. “A toast. To you. You are beautiful, gracious, and generous. Thank you for allowing me to stay with you while I recuperated.”

We clink our glasses and take a sip. “Thank you, though it wasn’t any problem.”

“You’ve watched my dog for the last three months. She isn’t going to want to go home with me. Did you know Angela cooks her dinner each night?”

“I didn’t know, but it doesn’t surprise me.”

“Well, I don’t think Misty has any plans on moving home with me.” I chuckle.

“She can stay as long as she’d like. And frankly, I don’t think you should move home yet. I know you’re anxious to sleep in your own bed, and we can easily move it over if it’s important, but I still think until the doctor tells you otherwise, you should remain at my house.”

The first course arrives: butter lettuce with pears, blue cheese crumbles, candied pecans, and a blue cheese dressing.

She looks at me, confused and happy. “What did you order?”

“They’ve made all your favorites, and we have a surprise dessert, so make sure to leave some room.”

“Mason, this is too much.”

“It’s only the start.”

We enjoy our salads, butternut squash soup, and the rack of lamb with scalloped potatoes while we fall into an easy conversation comparing our espionage examples. 

When the soufflé arrives along with a glass of twenty-five-year tawny port, she wraps her arms around my neck and kisses me. I know it was supposed to be a friendly kiss, but I wrap my arms around her and don’t let go, kissing her back with great passion. She’s hesitant at first, but she eventually gives in and allows my tongue entry, and that’s it. I’m a goner. Her kisses fill me with desire, and my cock stands on end.

When we break, she sits back. I can see her working through all the possible outcomes, and based on her expression, none of them are good.

Before she can get too far, I’m determined to lay it all out. “Look, I’m not sorry for having kissed you. I’ve wanted you since we met years ago.”

Her eyes widen. “Mason, why didn’t you ever say anything?”

“I was going to. We were supposed to play golf together, and I had it all planned, and then you sent your brother in your place.”

“What?” Her hand goes to her mouth. “Are you kidding? I sent Trey to play golf with you because he needed to get out of his funk after Sara discovered her birth parents were still together and were married with four kids. Why didn’t you say anything?”

“I figured you didn’t want to spend time with me.”

“Mason, I’ve wanted you since I met you, too. I don’t know what it is, but you do something to me, and I compare every man I’ve dated to you. And we’ve never even dated! But why did you move in with Annabelle if you had any feelings for me?”

“As I saw it, you’d cast me away, and she was really into me. It really helped to mend my broken heart. But I also moved her in with me to keep an eye on her. I still think she may be involved with the mole issue, particularly now that she’s disappeared.”

She drinks her port, and I see conflict in her eyes, but I’m not going to allow her to push me away. I lean in and kiss her softly this time, and she immediately returns the kiss. “Nothing has ever felt so right, please don’t over think this,” I beg.

I hand the waiter my Black American Express card and quickly pay. I want to show her just how thankful I am.

We enter the elevators, and the doors close behind us. The enclosed space has electricity sparking between us, visible to the naked eye. I push her against the wall and show her how I really feel about her. My hands are in her hair, and her body is pressed against mine, her lips all over my mouth and neck. I’m sure she can feel how hard I am as I grind against her. 

She gasps for breath and pushes me back. “What if this is a mistake?”

The doors open again, CeCe stepping away as a couple walks in. We never pushed a button, so the elevator never moved. They look at us curiously but don’t say anything as they push the button for the ground floor. CeCe is flushed; I can tell she’s as turned on as I am. There is nothing innocent about the way we look, and we’re fooling no one. 

The elevator stops and the door opens. Now is her chance if she wants to put a stop to this. She grasps my hand and squeezes it. My heart beats triple time and tells me she feels the same way I do.

When we get in our waiting car, I turn to her. “CeCe, we’ve had terrible timing, but the stars have finally aligned. I’ve had deep feelings for you for many years. Please, let’s not overanalyze this. I don’t think this is a mistake, but if you think it might be, let’s talk about it. I’ll do everything in my power to convince you otherwise.” I lean in and slowly kiss her. It’s like fireworks are going off inside me. My hand wanders to her breast, and I can feel her nipple through the fabric. She moans in my ear, and I’m a goner.

When we arrive at her home, we immediately walk in. Angela was in on my secret, and she left a bottle of white wine in a bucket of ice and two glasses. Pouring us both a glass, I gulp down a mouthful for courage, even though it’s very cold. I refill my glass and put on some music. It’s a cliché when Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” comes over the speakers, and it makes her laugh and relax a little. 

I extend my hand. “Will you dance with me?”

She nods, and we dance slowly in her living room as I sing in her ear. My dick is hard, and I know she knows it, but I’ve pushed as hard as I can tonight. If she doesn’t want me, then I need to move on. If she does, she can tell me.

We dance to two more songs. “I love being in your arms, I feel safe and secure.” She stands on her tiptoes and kisses me softly.

I see this as a green light, but to be sure, I ask, “Are you okay with this?”

“I’ve never been so sure of anything. I promise, I’m not overthinking this.”

My heart soars, and I know if I don’t think of something else, I’ll explode in my pants and ruin our night. I’ve wanted this for so long, I almost want to pinch myself to make sure this is a reality. 

Our dancing slows, and I smell the Chanel No. 5 on her neck. I nuzzle and begin to slowly kiss up the side. Her breathing quickens and she moans softly encouraging me. Quickly we’re making out like teenagers. I love the way her kisses begin tentatively and grow more urgent. Two more songs play and we’re continuing to kiss. Nothing but our arms enclosing us and our bodies pressed against each other. I don’t want to push her too fast. I’ve waited for this for years and if she needs to take her time, I will figure out how to do this. Her hands begin to explore and I’m ready to follow her wherever she takes me. 

Taking me by the hand, she leads me up to her bedroom. 

“I hope you don’t think ill of me for moving fast,” she says with a grin, “but we’ve danced around this for so long, I can’t wait any longer.”

“We’re moving at the pace you need to feel comfortable.” She moans as I kiss slowly down her neck, and it encourages me. She loosens my tie and unbuttons my shirt, running her hands over my bare chest. Her hands are warm, her breathing more ragged than before. She looks at me for permission to continue, and I grin.

“Then I think I’m ready to speed us up,” she moans as she rubs her hand over my cock beneath my pants.

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Venture Capitalist Series

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Book 4: TEMPTATION
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Book 5: OBSESSION
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Book 6: FLAWLESS
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Book 7: LONGING
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Book 8: ENCHANTED
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Author Ainsley St. Claire

Author Ainsley St. Claire

About the Author
Ainsley St Claire is a Romantic Suspense Author and Adventurer on a lifelong mission to craft sultry storylines and steamy love scenes that captivate her readers. To date, she is best known for her series Venture Capitalists.

An avid reader since the age of four, Ainsley’s love of books knew no genre. After reading, came her love of writing, fully immersing herself in the colorful, impassioned world of contemporary romance.

Ainsley’s passion immediately shifted to a vocation when during a night of terrible insomnia, her first book came to her. Ultimately, this is what inspired her to take that next big step. The moment she wrote her first story, the rest was history.

Currently, Ainsley is in the midst of writing a nine-book series called “Venture Capitalist.”

When she isn’t being a bookworm or typing away her next story on her computer, Ainsley enjoys spending quality family time with her loved ones. She is happily married to her amazing soulmate and is a proud mother of two rambunctious boys. She is also a scotch aficionada and lover of good food (especially melt-in-your-mouth, velvety chocolate). Outside of books, family, and food, Ainsley is a professional sports spectator and an equally as terrible golfer and tennis player..

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Release Day – THE PRICE OF GRACE (Black Ops Confidential) by Diana Muñoz Stewart

THE PRICE OF GRACE Release Day

Today is release day for THE PRICE OF GRACE, the second book in the adult romantic suspense series, Black Ops Confidential, by Diana Muñoz Stewart. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive teaser.

THE PRICE OF GRACE (Black Ops Confidential #2) by Diana Muñoz Stewart

THE PRICE OF GRACE (Black Ops Confidential #2) by Diana Muñoz Stewart

About the Book
Title: THE PRICE OF GRACE
Series: Black Ops Confidential #2
Author: Diana Muñoz Stewart
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 24, 2019
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Synopsis
Keeping secrets is her job.

A highly trained operative in the Parish family’s secret society of vigilantes, Gracie Parish learned a long time ago what happens when you fall in love and reveal the family’s dark secret. Now, she keeps her mouth shut and trusts no one.

Uncovering the truth is his job.

Special Agent Leif “Dusty” McAllister will do anything to expose the Parish family’s covert operations. And he believes Gracie is his ticket in. He’ll use everything he’s got—fair, unfair, and so-good-it’s-wrong—to penetrate her defenses and prove his case.

Even as the red-hot attraction between Dusty and Gracie heats up, his investigation ignites a deadly new threat. They’ll have to decide quickly how far they can trust each other, because now it’s not just Gracie’s vigilante lifestyle in jeopardy. It’s her life.

 

 

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Author Diana Muñoz Stewart

Author Diana Muñoz Stewart

About the Author
Diana lives in an often chaotic and always welcoming home that—depending on the day—can hold husband, kids, extended family, friends, and a canine or two. A believer in the power of words to heal, connect, and distract from chores, Diana blogs regularly on topics near and dear to her heart, including spotlight pieces on strong women from around the world. When not writing, Diana can be found kayaking, doing springs up her long driveway—harder than it sounds—attempting yoga on her deck, or hiking with the man who’s had her heart since they were teens.

 

 

 

 

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Release Day + Giveaway – FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist) by Ainsley St. Claire

FASCINATION Release Day

Today is release day for FASCINATION, the ninth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Venture Capitalist, by Ainsley St Claire. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist #9) by Ainsley St. Claire

FASCINATION (Venture Capitalist #9) by Ainsley St. Claire

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: FASCINATION
Series: Venture Capitalist #9
Author: Ainsley St Claire
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
It started when my boyfriend was caught in public with a girls lips on his you know what.

People think my life is easy – they couldn’t be more wrong. A girl can never be too thin, too rich, or too famous. From experience I know that’s crap. Well, maybe not the thin part.

Men don’t see me – they see my name and my bank balance. Dating is near impossible with the paparazzi following my everywhere. Any sane man would run from that.

When a competitor steals my company’s entire fall line, down to names and packaging, I daydream of tropical islands far away from the mess of my life. He brings me back. There was one man who saw the real me. A man who wasn’t swayed by the money and was strong enough to deal with the craziness that surrounded me. But we’d been friends too long to move beyond that.

But can I control myself? I have feelings for him but our timing has always been off.

**Fascination is is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It’s the ninth and final book in the Billionaire Venture Capitalist series. You can read it on its own, everything you need to know is explained, but once you get a taste you’ll want to binge the rest ;}**

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Excerpt
“Where are you going? My house is in the other direction. I live in the city, not over the Bay Bridge in the East Bay.”

I try the door handle, but it doesn’t work. I push my shoulder into the door, hoping it’s only stuck. I push harder, putting my whole weight into the door. It doesn’t budge.

“I know where you live,” he sneers. “We’re going for a ride.”

“What are you talking about? Take me back! Stop the car! Let me out!”

He ignores me and doesn’t respond. When my panic levels out to an even terror, I begin to think clearly. The app documented my ride. My friends and family will look for me. I stare down at my phone. 

I can call 911. 

I dial.

Nothing. 

I look to see how many bars are on my phone, and instead it reads “No Service.” My heart races faster than it ever has. 

I see the driver hold up a contraption that looks almost like a garage door opener. “This is called a cell phone jammer. No cell service for you.”

My blood turns cold. I try the door again. I finally realize the child safety locks are engaged. I don’t know what to do. 

Holy crap. What did I get into? 

I verified everything when he drove up. 

What has set this guy off? 

I look frantically around me. People are busily going about their day, heading home for the evening, driving over the Bay Bridge and heading east away from San Francisco. No one looks at other drivers, too busy concentrating on the narrow lanes of the bridge and five lanes of traffic.

My pulse quickens, and I begin to sweat. I’m breathing too quick and start to hyperventilate. My mind is racing. 

I think of Mason. I know he’ll turn over hell to find me. 

I think of my brother and desperately wish that my twin telepathy actually worked for once. 

I think of my three best friends. 

Emerson. I’ve known her since our freshman year at Stanford. She was so busy with the golf team and her classes that she hardly paid attention to my drama, but she quickly became a steadfast friend. 

Hadlee grew up next door, and when her mother died, her dad left her to be cared for by nannies as he searched through three more wives looking for a replacement. She essentially moved into my room. 

Greer’s mother is sick. Her father plied Greer with money so she’d stay and take care of her mother while he started a new family. Now she has a wonderful husband, and I’m sure she’ll be pregnant any minute.

I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to stop this. Even though we’re going over the bridge in heavy traffic, moving well below the speed limit, if I could open the door, what use would it be? We’re going too fast and the traffic is moving too quickly for me to get out. 

An evil, maniacal laugh comes from him. “Face it, you’re mine!”

I sit back in my seat, knowing I need to think, not dwell. I close my eyes and hear the rhythm of the bridge. Bu-bump, bu-bump. I take a big breath and hold it for a count of three, then purse my lips and blow out. I do that again and again as we pass over the bridge. We head north on 80 toward Sacramento. The traffic begins to thin, and his speed increases.

I need to get him talking. I need him to see me as a real person, not someone the newspapers and gossip columns have made up. “What did I ever do to you?”

“You have no idea,” he growls. “I know who you are and where you work. I know all about you and your little group of friends at SHN.”

Holy shit, this guy is a stalker. How did he manage to get my ride? How is it even possible? 

He exits the freeway and takes a four-lane road through the Contra Costa mountain range. I’m trying to keep talking while I pay attention to every turn we make.

“I know all about them. Dillon thinks he’s so smart. He’s not. Cameron thinks he’s so great with computers. He’s not. Mason never liked me; he always thought he was smarter than me and that he had better business acumen. Well, I showed them.”

We transition to the 680 and begin heading south on the other side of the mountains in the hot central valley. It’s almost like we’re doing a circle. Maybe he’s going to rant and rave for a while and then drop me at home. I decide to keep him talking. “How do you know Dillon, Cameron, and Mason?”

“I’ve known them since we went to school together.”

“When did they go to school together?” Duh. They all met at Stanford.

He glosses right over my question. “We met then, too. You were all high and mighty. Mizz Caro-line Are-no. La-tee-da with your French last name and your big trust fund. You’ve never had to work a day in your life.”

I need to direct him to share more about himself and not add to his craziness by defending myself. “I don’t recall meeting you. When did we meet?”

“Oh, we’ve met lots of times,” he says snidely.

He doesn’t elaborate and begins to mutter a little bit to himself. I try to listen to what he’s saying, but I can’t make it out. I don’t think he’s drunk, just mad. Mad as a hornet. 

“You guys and your little clickie-club. No one is ever good enough for you. You snub anyone who tries to break into your little group. Oh, I know all about you.”

I stare at the side of his face. He doesn’t look familiar. 

We slow as we enter some of the larger towns on the other side of the Contra Costa mountain range. I keep watching my phone, waiting to see if I get any bars. 

Nothing.

It’s dark now, and all I can see are headlights of the oncoming cars. It’s getting stuffy in the car. “Can we crack the window?”

“No.”

I begin to do my breathing exercises as we approach San Jose. I look in my bag for the water bottle I always keep there and my keys fall out. I push them out of the way as I search and then notice the safety hammer attached to my keyring. 

Of course! The hammer is made to break a window!

We have to get off the freeway at some point. He’ll need gas eventually. I can wait. My anxiety begins to ebb.

Suddenly he explodes. “Dillon is a giant pussy. He’s all about any slut who waves her snatch in front of him and then forgets everyone else around him. He goes wherever a pussy leads him.”

I might as well engage him. “I don’t know if you know this, but he’s happily married and has a little boy.”

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Venture Capitalist Series

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Book 2: PROMISE
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Book 3: DESIRE
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Book 4: TEMPTATION
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Book 5: OBSESSION
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Book 6: FLAWLESS
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Book 7: LONGING
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Book 8: ENCHANTED
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Author Ainsley St. Claire

Author Ainsley St. Claire

About the Author
Ainsley St Claire is a Romantic Suspense Author and Adventurer on a lifelong mission to craft sultry storylines and steamy love scenes that captivate her readers. To date, she is best known for her series Venture Capitalists.

An avid reader since the age of four, Ainsley’s love of books knew no genre. After reading, came her love of writing, fully immersing herself in the colorful, impassioned world of contemporary romance.

Ainsley’s passion immediately shifted to a vocation when during a night of terrible insomnia, her first book came to her. Ultimately, this is what inspired her to take that next big step. The moment she wrote her first story, the rest was history.

Currently, Ainsley is in the midst of writing a nine-book series called “Venture Capitalist.”

When she isn’t being a bookworm or typing away her next story on her computer, Ainsley enjoys spending quality family time with her loved ones. She is happily married to her amazing soulmate and is a proud mother of two rambunctious boys. She is also a scotch aficionada and lover of good food (especially melt-in-your-mouth, velvety chocolate). Outside of books, family, and food, Ainsley is a professional sports spectator and an equally as terrible golfer and tennis player..

Where to find Ainsley St. Claire
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – ACADEMY OF LITTLES by Allison West

ACADEMY OF LITTLES Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for ACADEMY OF LITTLES, a collection of three adult historical romances, by Allison West. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ACADEMY OF LITTLES by Allison West

ACADEMY OF LITTLES by Allison West

About the Book – Read for free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
ACADEMY OF LITTLES
Author: Allison West
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
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Synopsis
He demands you enroll in the Academy of Littles. You have no other choice. He takes what’s his.  You.

You hold on to your most prized possession. Your virtue. What happens when you give yourself over and learn to submit completely?

Three women. Three Papas. Three scandalous stories of love, passion, and learning to obey. Not for the faint of heart.

Publisher’s Note: This is a collection of three steamy, dark romance tales – Enrolling Little Etta, The Nanny, and Little Secrets – which contain power exchange and scenes which may trigger some readers.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #1
“Tell me, when was the last time you felt the innocence of being a child: carefree and without worry?” he asked gently. 

Sighing and allowing her shoulders to collapse in a slump, she answered. “I do not remember ever being carefree and without worry, Mr. Hartley. I do not have the luxury in life to do so.” 

“Do you not wish sometimes that you could be like a child? Have no worries, no concerns of misfortune, and no hard decisions to make. Have you ever wished to have someone take care of you, fully take care of your every need? Have you ever wanted to be tucked in at night, kissed on the forehead and told to have sweet dreams, and you would, because someone who loves you very much has already chased the bad dreams away?”

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Author Allison West

Author Allison West

About the Author
Allison West is a #1 International Best-Selling Author in Erotica, BDSM, Romantic Erotica, Sci-Fi, Victorian, and Historical Erotica. She also writes young adult novels under the name Ruth Silver.

Allison West has been inventing worlds and writing stories for years. Her favorite novels are those that leave a lasting impression, long after the final page is read. You can find more about Allison on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog “Spanking Author.” http://spankingauthor.com

 

 

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Where to Find Allison West
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Release Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BAYSIDE ROMANCE (Bayside Summers) by Melissa Foster

BAYSIDE ROMANCE Release Blitz

Welcome to the release blitz for BAYSIDE ROMANCE, the fifth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BAYSIDE ROMANCE (Bayside Summers #5) by Melissa Foster

BAYSIDE ROMANCE (Bayside Summers #5) by Melissa Foster

About the Book
Title: BAYSIDE ROMANCE
Series: Bayside Summers #5
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2019
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Synopsis
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

Gavin is about to find out that Harper really does exist-and she’s going to knock his socks off! Find out for yourself in Bayside Romance!

When screenwriter Harper Garner got a shot at the big-time in LA, she celebrated her brave cross-country move with her first and only one-night stand—connecting so deeply with the sexy, brilliant man, she broke the number-one rule of one-night stands and left her phone number. Not hearing from him was only the first in a long line of hope-shattering, confidence-busting blows. Ten months later, Harper is done with men and done with LA. She pulls up her big-girl panties and heads home to Cape Cod to start over.

On the surface, interior designer Gavin Wheeler has it all: a successful business, a loving family, and a close-knit group of friends. But Gavin once endured a heartbreak so painful, he was sure he’d never feel anything for a woman again. A chance encounter at a music festival with a gorgeous, down-to-earth blonde proved him wrong, but when morning came, the woman who made him crave more was gone.

A serendipitous evening reunites Harper with her devastatingly delicious one-night stand, and the connection is just as intense as she remembered. Harper’s life is too unsettled for a relationship, but Gavin is determined to help her find her way, especially if it leads straight to his heart. Moonlight conversations lead to steamy kisses, and as romance blooms, it stirs a love too real to deny. But when Gavin’s past collides with the life they’re building, it has the power to ruin everything.

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Excerpt
She was having such a good time, it was hard to remember why she hadn’t wanted to accept his offer for a date in the first place. “I have to unpack the rest of my things and get organized this weekend or I’m going to lose my mind. I have a meeting with my boss at the newspaper on Monday and some other things to take care of Tuesday and Wednesday. But I’d really like to fit it in at some point.”

“Then we’ll find the time.” He reached over and felt her line. “Good job, Harp. Reel it in all the way. You’ve got this.”

She did as he said, squealing with delight as a big flapping fish broke the surface. “I did it! I got one! What do I do now?”

He grabbed the line and said, “I think you mean what do I do, unless you want to get the hook out of its mouth?”

“Ew!”

“I’ve got it. But first…” He dug his phone out of his pocket and took a picture of her holding the line with the fish dangling from it. He put his phone in the tackle box. As he removed the hook he said, “It’s a small-mouthed bass, about sixteen inches. Nice job, Harp.”

“It was your fish. I just reeled it in.”

“You reeled it in all right…”

He held her gaze, and her pulse sprinted at the innuendo in his eyes. Maybe he was right and she was giving too much weight to the combination of the bad dates and the show being canceled. Maybe she should trust her instincts.

Lord knew she wanted to.

They continued fishing and talking, and after catching two more, Gavin said, “Ready to go clean the fish and cook them for dinner?”

“Sure. This has been so much fun. Thank you for not letting me hide away in my cottage.”

“If I have it my way,” he said as they reeled in their lines, “you’ll never want to hide away again.”

He looked casual with a pole in his hand and the breeze lifting his hair. But his gaze wasn’t casual at all, the way it bored into her soul, imploring her to hear the meaningful words he said.

Her pole bent, snapping her from her Gavin-induced trance. “I’ve got one!” The front of her rod bent so far over she was afraid it would snap. She stood up to get a better grip and said, “I need help. Take it. It’s really strong.”

“Not a chance, sweetheart. This is your big catch. You’ve got it.”

“I don’t know about that,” she said, leaning back as she reeled it in.

“Trust yourself. That’s the theme of tonight, right?”

She looked at him at the same moment her line pitched forward. She lost her footing and screamed as she tumbled over the edge of the boat and into the frigid, black water. She couldn’t see a thing as she swam toward what she hoped was the surface, clinging to the rod with one hand. She felt a whoosh beside her and struggled to hold the air in her lungs as an arm circled her belly, dragging her in the opposite direction.

She broke the surface and gulped for air.

“I’ve got you, Harp,” Gavin panted out. He had one arm belted around her middle, using his legs and his other arm to tread water. “It’s okay. You’re okay, babe. I’ve got you.”

She was clinging to him with one arm around his neck and her legs around his waist and realized she was crying. For some reason that made her laugh, which made him laugh.

“You okay?” he said.

“Yes. Scared, embarrassed, but…” She lifted the rod from the water, proud to have never let go, and they both laughed.

“My little fisherwoman.” He tossed the fishing rod into the boat with one hand, still holding onto her.

His eyes found hers again, and she became aware of his muscles moving hard and insistent to keep them both afloat, the seriousness of his gaze, the feel of his strong hand on her skin, and the romantic moonlight raining down on them.

“How can you doubt yourself about anything, Harper? Those guys don’t know what they missed by screwing you over. If you were mine, I’d never make that mistake.”

She didn’t think, didn’t hesitate, as she crushed her lips to his warm, soft mouth. Even with his legs pumping and water splashing their faces, kissing Gavin was just as sensual and thrilling as she remembered. He held her tighter, deepening the kiss as they bobbed in the water, andsweet Lord, how she’d missed him.

When their lips parted, her head was spinning. “Sorry. No. I’m not sorry. I liked it. But—”

His deep laughter stopped her ramblings.

“You trusted your instincts, Harp. That’s a good thing.”

“Uh-huh,” she said. “But my life is still a mess. I can’t be with you like that until I have my own head on straight. I like you, Gavin. I really like you, and I don’t want to mess this up, but I’m sure to if my life is in a state of chaos.”

“I get it. You’re not ready. We’ll chalk that kiss up to how irresistible I am. But just so you know, you can trust your instincts with me anytime you’d like.”

God, he was so cocky and cute, she wanted to kiss him again!

“Come on, you’re shivering. Let’s get back to my place and warm you up.” He helped her into the boat, and as he climbed in after her, he said, “Who knows, you might have other instincts you want to follow.”

She wrapped her arms around herself, shivering despite the way her insides were still vibrating from that incredible kiss.

His eyes flamed, and he said, “I’m always available. Lips, hands, and other body parts, too…”

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Book 1: BAYSIDE DESIRES
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Book 3: BAYSIDE HEAT
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Book 4: BAYSIDE ESCAPE
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Book 5: BAYSIDE ROMANCE
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Author Melissa Foster

Author Melissa Foster

About the Author
Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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.

Where to Find Melissa Foster
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – RELATIVELY HAPPY (Relativity) by Whitney Dineen

RELATIVELY HAPPY Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for RELATIVELY HAPPY, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Relativity, by Whitney Dineen. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

RELATIVELY HAPPY (Relativity #3) by Whitney Dineen

RELATIVELY HAPPY (Relativity #3) by Whitney Dineen

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
RELATIVELY HAPPY
Series: Relativity #3
Author: Whitney Dineen
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Sarah Hastings’ life is chaotic. Between running her organic farm, her yurt-style holistic B&B, and her vegan café Eat Me!, she barely has time for an aura cleanse. What’s more, her spirit guide just announced the universe is sending her a man.

Suddenly, a sexy pro-football player, a hipster photojournalist, and fellow organic farmer practically fall from the sky onto her doorstep. But which one is her cosmic soulmate?

While Sarah meditates on the answer, her parents show up unexpectedly throwing the mother of all monkey wrenches into her carefully laid plans.

With only morning yoga and her erotic book club to keep her sane, no wonder she’s chucked her vegan diet in search of bacon. Will the stars of love align, or will the universe let her down in the biggest way possible?

Relatively Happy is a laugh-out-loud, cry-your-heart-out tale that will have you believing in the beauty of life’s journey.

 

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Excerpt #3
Rix mostly disappears for the next few days. When we do see him, it’s only in passing. Nan told me he’s been eating his meals in town, probably devouring all kinds of hideously toxic food. The more I think about his duplicity, the madder I get. Imagine him staying here while simultaneously setting into motion a plan that will ruin my life. 

This morning when I walked by his car, I was overcome by the urge to slash his tires. The only thing that saved him was that Tony was with me and I wasn’t in possession of a sharp enough object to do the job properly. Although I’m pretty sure I could have gnawed my way through them if I’d been alone. 

Tony has been shadowing me and learning everything there is to know about my farm. We’ve had some amazing conversations about Native American art, the healing properties of cilantro, and the best time of year to experience Machu Picchu. He’s interested in a lot of the same things I am, and it’s made the time we’ve spent together fly by. It’s also making me more and more convinced of how compatible we are.

So far, he’s had a sweat lodge and a mud roll. He’s currently enjoying a hot stone meditation. He’s on the slate pad that I’ve heated with boiling water. Before having him lie down on it, I misted the stone with a combination of lavender and tea tree oils, then I placed Moldavite crystals on his chakras to raise the energy in his body. 

I believe I’ve previously mentioned Tony’s attractiveness, but let me say, without his shirt on, he looks like a gladiator—all golden and chiseled and buff. I stared at him for a solid ten minutes after he closed his eyes to start his meditation. Tingles shot through me, causing the hair on my arms to stand on end. After returning to the cafe yurt, I may have needed two tall glasses of mint water to cool off afterward. 

I’m kneading bread dough and trying to remember every contour of his smokin’ hot bod when Emily pops in. “Nan and Dorcas are here. They want to chat.” Her aura is bright yellow, which is the color for happy. Emily is positively thriving on her vegan diet.

“They want to chat with you or me?” I have so much to do today I don’t really have time to sit and talk.

“They asked me to get you,” she answers.

I slam the dough down on the counter a few more times before covering with a cloth while I ask, “Do you have any idea what they want to talk about?”

She smiles. “I do.”

“Are you going to tell me?”

“I’m not.” 

“For heaven’s sake, what’s up with all the secretiveness?”

“They asked me to get you and not say anything about why they’re here.”

I have no idea in this world what they could want. When we head out to the porch, I realize they aren’t alone. Ethan is sitting on a rocking chair next to a very good-looking man about my age. 

The stranger has wavy blond hair and strikingly blue eyes. When he stands, he positively towers over me. He’s built like a linebacker. He steps forward and reaches out his hand, “Hi there, I’m John Abernathy.”

Abernathy? John, Johnny … it’s all coming together, “Dorcas’s grandson?”

“That’s me.” He beams like he’s got halogen headlights illuminating his teeth. 

I turn to the minister’s wife. “You didn’t mention your grandson was visiting.”

Dorcas looks moderately contrite. “I told you about him the other day.”

That she did. What she didn’t mention is that he’s one fine looking bacon farmer. I turn to John and ask, “Are you in town for long?”

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Book 1: RELATIVELY NORMAL
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Book 1: RELATIVELY SANE
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Author W.B. Dineen

Author W.B. Dineen

About the Author
Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order. Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.  She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.
Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.
Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.
Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.
Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017
Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

 

.Where to Find W.B. Dineen
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – HELIX (ISAN) by Mary Ting

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HELIX (ISAN #2) by Mary Ting

HELIX (ISAN #2) by Mary Ting

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
HELIX picks up where ISAN left off, but this time we get both Ava’s and Rhett’s points of view. Rhett is reeling from having to let Ava go, again, and Ava is still frustrated and confused from her three days with Rhett and his friends. Back at ISAN, she’s once again a reluctant assassin, doing what she’s been trained to do while seeking the truth, her memories, her father, and a twin she didn’t even know she had. With ISAN pursuing Rhett and the other rebels, life outside ISAN is no safer than it is inside for Ava. Although he let her go, Rhett is determined to get Ava back, and this time for good. With a perfected Helix serum, ISAN is now made up of both males and females, creating a more complex dynamic as Ava begins to untangle an intricate conspiracy. When her memories begin to return, emotions flood her, threatening to drown her and keep her from achieving her objectives.

Plot
War is coming. That much we know. But figuring out who is on which side and who can be trusted is just one of the many areas author Mary Ting excels at. The plot is expertly woven with backstory, major and minor subplots, and more than a few twists. Just as with ISAN, the story moves at a fast pace and kept me turning pages long into the night. I finished this book in just three days.

Characters
All the characters I fell in love with in book 1 are back with more depth and development as their stories continue. Getting Rhett’s point of view this time was an extra treat that I savored. New characters, including Zen, Chloe, and Payton all add so much to the complex relationship structure, driving conflict as well as contributing to some really great moments. One in particular between Chloe and Rhett early in the story was the perfect scene to show us everything we need to know about Rhett’s honor.

What I Loved About HELIX
1. Ava.
 I love her even more than I did in ISAN. She’s both tougher this time around and softer around the edges in a way she wan’t before.

2. Rhett. Sigh…. His love for and loyalty toward Ava are swoony, but he’s more than just a romantic lead. He’s got his own goals and arc beyond his feelings for Ava.

3. Tech. Kendrick’s Q-worthy tech would make James Bond weak in the knees.

4. Twists. Just as in ISAN, there are plenty of twists that take the story in another direction at the most unexpected moments.

5. Plot. Another page-turning story from Mary Ting that was impossible to put down.

Bottom Line
A pulse-pounding sequel in one of the best dystopian series out there.

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

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About the Book
Title: HELIX
Series: ISAN #2
Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: May 12, 2019
Pages: 376
Genre: Young Adult SciFi/Dystopian
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound | BAM!

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Author Mary Ting

Author Mary Ting

About the Author
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry..

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Where to find Mary Ting
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – DRIVING ME WILD by Mia Carter

DRIVING ME WILD Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for DRIVING ME WILD, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance, by Mia Carter. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

DRIVING ME WILD by Mia Carter

DRIVING ME WILD by Mia Carter

About the Book
Title: DRIVING ME WILD
Author: Mia Carter
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 16, 2019
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Synopsis
I never in a million years thought that finding a lost pair of keys would lead to adventure.

All my life, I’ve been perfectly average. Compared to the rest of my high-achieving, type-A family, it feels impossible to stand out. While I’d love to make my big artistic dreams happen, I’m kind of stuck, thanks to a bunch of lame things like “affordable rent” and “keeping the internet on.” Dreaming doesn’t pay the bills. Freelance design work and part-time rideshare driving does. And it’s nice, for the most part. Finding a passenger’s thumb drive usually means reporting, returning, yay-hurrah-good-job-me. Except this time.

This time, I put the thumb drive in my computer. Hey, I’m just trying to be helpful! Suddenly a chat window pops up and the owner of the drive is bribing me to fly halfway across the world. Today. Turns out he’s the super hot fare I haven’t been able to stop thinking about…who just so happens to be Logan Weiss—the crazy-hot 29-year-old billionaire known as “the most eligible bachelor in tech”. What the hell am I even doing?

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Excerpt #1
Getting ready for dinner is a torture all unto itself. The closest thing to a nice dress that I’ve brought with me is a very cheap, very old black wrap dress. I think I might have bought it while I was a freshman in college, and

it’s been my stalwart, one-size-fits-me-for-now companion since graduation. I tug it on, straightening out the sleeves, then scrunching them to just below my elbows, frowning at my reflection in the mirror. My hair is brushed, I’m less sunburned than I’d feared, and…

And the red lipstick makes me look like an idiot.

With a few squares of toilet paper, I wipe it off. 

Cinderella transformation sequence, this isn’t. It’s just me. I fiddle with the neckline of the dress and consider, for a moment, what kind of women someone like Logan Weiss would date. Who would be in his league? Tall, I think. Elegant. Confident. Someone so womanly and refined they’re basically some other type of creature. Like Arwen, condescending to walk among mere mortal men. The kind of person who is soft and gentle, not brash and exuberant and messy like me.

Logan, I decide, would date a woman who wears lipstick. Perfect lipstick, blood-red and elegant. She’d never get it on her teeth.

He’d surely be drawn to the kind of woman who owned more of those shoes with the red soles than she could keep track of. Oh, these old things? I think to myself, simpering in the mirror. Louboutins are just murder on the feet, but oh, the price of fashion is high! Of course I only take my third-favorite pair in my luggage.

Looking down at my own sensible flats, which have no red soles, probably cost me no more than ten bucks at a Payless BOGO event, and do not raise me above my God-given five-foot-six, I sigh.

I can’t even walk in heels like that, let alone afford them. If I had a pair, I’d probably either sell them for rent or just plant some fucking succulents in them and put them by the window.

Inside my purse, I find my plain lip balm. I slick it on over my now red-free lips.

There. That’s my best, for what it’s worth. Just me.

It may not be worth much, but it’s all I have to offer. And this is just his way of saying thank you. Nothing more.

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About the Author
Mia Carter lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spends her days enjoying nature, dreaming of the next travel adventure, knitting up unraveled plot threads, and playing way too many video games. 

Where to Find Mia Carter
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – CHASING FIREFLIES by Claudia Burgoa

CHASING FIREFLIES Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for CHASING FIREFLIES, a stand alone adult contemporary romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Claudia Burgoa. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

CHASING FIREFLIES by Claudia Burgoa

CHASING FIREFLIES by Claudia Burgoa

About the Book – FREE for a Limited Time
Title:
CHASING FIREFLIES
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Release Date: September 9, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
USA Today Bestselling author Claudia Burgoa brings you an emotional and inspirational story that will tug on your heartstrings. 

The first time I met Oliver Tanner he was five years old.  I was four. That day he was entrusted to my keep. He was as large and loud as a church mouse. That day I taught him how fireflies were magic with the persistence of a person. That’s what I loved about them.  No matter how far they strayed, they remembered where they came from and who their family was.

After high school, he joined the army and left Knox Ridge.

Years later, the town had changed. My dreams were shattered.  We had nothing left. I had forgotten all about the magic of the fireflies. Until he came back to town.

Everything about him was comforting.  He brought some light to my darkness, but I knew the light could only last for so long. Fireflies only stay for the summer.

He had outgrown our small town.  It was time for me to stop chasing fireflies.

Don’t miss out on this stunning, second-chance friends to lovers romance. 

This full-length novel was originally published in the Cards of Love collection as a novella. It has been revised with additional scenes.

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Kit Kat,

Death isn’t kind. It just takes people away. It doesn’t care who you are, what you’ve done, or who will miss you when you’re gone. It just rips people apart.

Today, I almost left. I don’t fear death. I fear leaving you behind. I fear not telling you how I feel about you. How I have felt all these years. You’re the only thing I think about when we’re out scouting. You’re the one thing that gets me to sleep at night. You’re the most important person in my life, and the worst part about being out here is knowing that I might never see you again.

I’m not exactly sure when I fell for you. But I know I have feelings, and they burn stronger every day. Your letters are what keep me alive in this sea of bullets, blood, and sand.

Mine isn’t a fairytale. Maybe a morose story with a bittersweet ending. Though I pray that someday I can see your beautiful face again. Some days that feels like an impossible fever dream.

I wish I were home with you right now, or that I was brave enough to send you this letter.

Always Yours,

Oliver

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Author Claudia Burgoa

Author Claudia Burgoa

About the Author
Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of two confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

 

 

 

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Where to Find Claudia Burgoa
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter | InstagramPinterestAmazon | BookBub | Book&Main

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Cover Reveal – BEYOND THE PALE by Jennifer Millikin

BEYOND THE PALE Cover Reveal

Author Jennifer Millikin is revealing the cover to BEYOND THE PALE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing October 15, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

BEYOND THE PALE by Jennifer Millikin

BEYOND THE PALE by Jennifer Millikin

About the Book
Title: BEYOND THE PALE
Author: Jennifer Millikin
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
My whole life I’ve known Finn Jeffries and Brady Sterling would be my undoing.

The three of us were inseparable, but growing up with two boys as your best friends comes with it’s own certain type of growing pains.  As a child, Finn was wild and free, and grew up to be a devilishly handsome man with a smirk that frustrated me as much as it did other things to me. Brady was brave and loyal, and the kind of man he grew into didn’t surprise me a bit: devoted and gallant, with a handsome, trustworthy face that made my heart beat faster.

We went our separate ways for college, but now it’s eight years later and a pact we made back then has brought us back to our hometown. Back to the complicated situation we ran from. Back to the love triangle we never really escaped.

I love them both, and it’s time for me to make a choice.  I’ve always known one of them would be my forever, I just never knew which one.

And I still don’t.

 

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Author Jennifer Millikin

Author Jennifer Millikin

About the Author
Jennifer Millikin is a contemporary fiction author of five full-length novels and a contributor for Scottsdale Moms Blog. When she isn’t writing she can be found cooking, hiking, or in downward dog.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to find Jennifer Millikin
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Reader GroupTwitter | Instagram | AmazonBookBub

 

Cover Reveal – A PERFECT MISTAKE by Laura Brown

A PERFECT MISTAKE Cover Reveal

Lakewater Press and author Laura Brown are revealing the cover to A PERFECT MISTAKE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing November 12, 2019See below for the cover, information on the book, and preorder links.

A PERFECT MISTAKE by Laura Brown

A PERFECT MISTAKE by Laura Brown

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: A PERFECT MISTAKE
Author: Laura Brown
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romanced
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
The closest social worker Nica Anders has ever come to breaking the rules is adding extra chocolate to her brownie recipe. One look at a Deaf man and she’s tempted for a different kind of indulgence. The following day at work she finds herself staring at the handsome man who vacated her bed that morning, realizing he was the one man she shouldn’t have licked.

Cam Thompson was all but raised by his Deaf grandmother, learning ASL from her when his own parents refused to sign. Her death conjures up the familiar feelings of being alone amidst loved ones. When Nica turns out to be his grandmother’s social worker, he reaches out to her to help him cope. The pair battle an attraction that won’t quit, breaking every rule in Nica’s social worker’s code of ethics.

An incriminating letter from a disgruntled family member is sent to Nica’s boss, putting her job at risk. Now Cam must fight against the letter and prove to Nica he’s worth the complications.

 

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Author Laura Brown

Author Laura Brown

About the Author
Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family, consisting of her husband, young son, and three cats. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to find Laura Brown
Goodreads | Website │ Facebook │ Twitter | Instagram

 

 

Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – PRIMAL INSTINCT (Prowlers) by Ally Parker

PRIMAL INSTINCT Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for PRIMAL INSTINCT, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Prowlers, by Ally Parker. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

PRIMAL INSTINCT (Prowlers #1) by Ally Parker

PRIMAL INSTINCT (Prowlers #1) by Ally Parker

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: PRIMAL INSTINCT
Series: Prowlers #1
Author: Ally Parker
Release Date: September 16, 2019
Genre:
 Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Freedom has been a pleasure denied to Mackenzie for the last five years. Forced to do the bidding of a crazed man to keep both her sister and her self alive, she is sent on a mission to infiltrate a group of people. Payment; their release. The only problem, no one mentioned they weren’t human. Or, that she would be drawn to a certain sexy, addictive male.

Which will she decide, her heart? Or her freedom?

In a world filled with despair, Jaxx’s only chance to save his humanity is tethered to a woman he hasn’t met. Finding her in an underground facility with his kidnapped protégé, was the last place he thought to find his savior. In a web of corruption, he will have to find the truth and convince his mate, she is his.

Before it’s too late.

 

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Excerpt #1
Jaxx coiled a hand around Kenzie’s arm, and escorted her toward the cells, his gut clenching tighter with ever step. Once they had returned to the compound Flynn had graciously delivered some jeans, and secured the vehicle out of sight. Seb struggled leading Kali though the tunnels. Seeing Kali was akin to seeing a ghost. He’d been haunted about abandoning the she-wolf every damn day since he’d escaped the Outlaw pack. Sure he’d tried finding her over the decades, but by the time he’d heard whispers of the Outlaw’s damage, they were long gone. 

His chest rattled, a growl lodged deep inside. Like he had every other minute, his gaze sought out his mate. How could his mate betray him, betray Shadow Moon? Damn his chest tightened, and he reached up and palmed it. The only thing keeping him together was feeling Kenzie’s skin under his hand. His beast ripped its claws on his insides trying to finish the mating with his female. Betrayal or not — the wolf didn’t care. No matter how pissed he was finding she had fled, putting herself in direct danger, risking not only her life, but his—he still needed her. 

“Are we good?” Seb’s eyed him under pinched brows.

It took Jaxx a second to realize he was growling. He fought for control, and clamped down on his wolf, and grunted. Maybe he should lock himself up? Stupid animal couldn’t understand why he wasn’t luring his female to complete the mating. Kenzie’s skin was soft beneath his hand and she smelled like hope. He yanked her closer, needing more of her against him. She sucked in a breath, but didn’t look at him. Why wouldn’t she meet his gaze? Why hadn’t she begged for forgiveness? A dark accent cut across his glyph. The new marking a stark reminder he was on borrowed time. 

They approached the cells. Quinn was absent—probably questioning Ryker’s male. Seb opened the cell Kenzie slept in the night before, and maneuvered Kali into the room. Seb grabbed the silver collar, the heavy retractable chain rattled against the wall. 

Freezing in place, Kali paled, her gaze shooting around the room and landing on him. “Please, Jaxx. Don’t do this. The Outlaws, they’re after me. I didn’t have a choice.” 

Jaxx ground his teeth. Damn it. He swallowed down the empathy tugging at his insides. Kali was working for Delmac. Delmac were not only inhumane, but a risk to their kind. Kenzie’s fear stung his nostrils. She backed into him. “Jaxx. Wha… what are you doing?”

“Securing a threat.” His jaw pulsed. Even if he wanted to, there was nothing he could do for Kali. Faster than Jaxx had seen him move before, Seb lunged forward and locked the metal collar around Kali’s throat. 

“Save it for someone who cares,” Seb spat, and tugged on the chain, testing the metals strength. 

Kali laughed. The sound broken. 

Damn, he felt just as evil as his father. Did Kali have anyone who cared? Things had been tough when he’d been with the Outlaws. His father was a ruthless, sadistic, bastard that abused his position of alpha, and took special pleasure in playing with the she-wolf. He hesitated. Maybe this wasn’t the best idea. Vanilla teased his senses and he glanced down to Kenzie, her eyes wide, filled with terror. He would do anything to help his mate. 

Even this.

“Crazy bitch,” Seb muttered.

Kenzie tensed in his grasp. “Why are you doing this?” 

He pushed her against the wall. She didn’t need to worry about Kali. Kenzie had her own trouble to deal with. Fire scorched his skin, and another mark fan across his shoulder. The guilt eased in his chest. Justice would be served. 

“We do what has to be done.” It was as simple as that. 

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Author Ally Parker

Author Ally Parker

About the Author
Paranormal romance author, Ally Parker brings you dark, dangerous, and deadly tortured heroes and the women strong enough to save them. Her action packed writing will keep you turning the page until the very end.

When not writing her heart pumping paranormal romance, Ally is a nurse by day and a mother twenty four seven. If she’s not working on her next book, you’ll find her practicing archery (in case of a zombie apocalypse), chasing her kids or storms to capture amazing lightning shots. In her down time, she normally is reading a vampire or shifter book, hanging out with her family or feeding her social media addiction.

Smoldering hot shifters – Gotcha covered.
Tortured heroes – Gotcha covered.
More attraction you can poke a stick at – Gotcha covered.
Happily ever after – Guaranteed!

Where to Find Ally Parker
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – SCORPION BLOOD (Supernatural Taskforce Academy) by J.L. Weil and Stephany Wallace

SCORPION BLOOD Cover Reveal

USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Weil and bestselling author Stephany Wallace are revealing the cover to SCORPION BLOOD, the first book her their young adult/new adult paranormal romance series, Supernatural Taskforce Academy, releasing October 15, 2019See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and details on their giveaway.

SCORPION BLOOD (Supernatural Taskforce Academy, Mission 1) by J.L. Weil and Stephany Wallace

SCORPION BLOOD (Supernatural Taskforce Academy, Mission 1) by J.L. Weil and Stephany Wallace

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: SCORPION BLOOD
Series: Supernatural Taskforce Academy, Mission 1
Authors: J.L. Weil and Stephany Wallace
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Genre:
 Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
What does an ex-military, a vampire, a phoenix, a wolf shifter, a fae, and a witch all have in common? Nothing… other than being handpicked to save the world.

May the Gods save us all.

If someone had told young, ex-Delta Force Ethan James, that supernatural creatures were real, he would have laughed. See to believe was his motto, until one day he was kidnapped by a being that could only exist in dreams… or nightmares. Taken to a place where having extraordinary abilities is the norm, he’ll be offered the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Supernatural Taskforce Academy—or STA as it’s known—is an elite academy for witches, fae, shifters, vampires, and every other class of supernaturals with exceptional skills. But what the heck does STA want with a human? An ex-soldier at that?

Renna Blackwood doesn’t play nice with others. She might have a mean girlreputation, who snubs her nose at the rules, but with skills like hers, she has rightfully earned every ounce of that reputation. She is a bleeding vampire for God’s sake. So, when the council assigns her the task of awakening new members for the academy, Renna isn’t the least bit surprised.

Until she sees who her partner is… A mortal. With a heartbeat.

Swell. This should be fun.

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Author J.L. Weil

Author J.L. Weil

About J.L. Weil
J.L. Weil is a USA Today bestselling author of teen & new adult paranormal romance, fantasy, and urban fantasy books about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. She lives in Illinois with her family who put up with her Supernatural and Harry Potter fanatics. It’s a problem.

You can visit her online at: www.jlweil.com or come hang out with her at J.L. Weil‘s Dark Divas on FB.

 

 

 

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Where to Find J.L. Weil
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Author Stephany Wallace

Author Stephany Wallace

About Stephany Wallace
Bestselling Author Stephany Wallace has been writing since she was about 12 years old. Thanks to the influence of her Literature teacher who was also a poet,  began to write Poetry, which allowed her passion for writing to grow. Writing songs followed as her love extended to music. An artist at heart and soul, she enjoys all forms of Art, and occasionally indulges in drawing, playing her guitar, and singing.

Shortly after my NPR debut, she won two awards as Best Debut Author 2016, Hidden Magic won the award for Best Debut Novel and her Oh, so #CynfullyDelicious character, Cynwrig “Cyn” Bressall, won Best Book Boyfriend From Another Country.

She currently writes Fantasy Romance, Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and any other AWESOME Fantasy genre.

As any die-hard Star Wars and Disney fan would naturally do, she moved to Orlando to be closer to Disney a few years back, where she lives happily ever after with her family. Now, she spends her days listening to book boyfriends and headstrong heroines tell her what to do.

Steph, has many more adventures to embark on, so make sure you join her in her magical journey.

Where to find Harley Wylde
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