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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE BEGINNING OF THE END by R. Holmes

Welcome to the blog tour for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

Welcome to the blog tour for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END by R. Holmes

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Author: R. Holmes
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Ambrey
My last name was royalty in New Orleans, at least, I guess to those who mattered. But to me…my last name was a curse. High society. Expectations. Old money. Politics. Everything I despised. If only they could see what happened behind those high-society closed doors. The same doors my daddy paid a lot of money to keep closed.

Deceit. Destruction. Bribery. You name it, my family was guilty of it. My father’s throne was built on lies. Our family was the epitome of faux royalty. Then, I fell in love and oh what a fool I was. I was just a pawn in my father’s game. And to use the man who claimed to love me…

Five years ago, I walked away, and left my father to his riches. And that man who left me in broken, jagged pieces? Well, what goes around, comes around.

Grey
Four years in a prison cell changes a man. I spent those five years fighting to survive. When I emerged, I was nothing like the man who had walked through those cell doors all those years ago. I overcame things that I never imagined I’d be faced with..

The one person who promised to never leave, did. The life I thought I knew, gone. The future I once thought I had, up in smoke. Like so many things in my life, my story and my future were stolen from me.

Sure, it’s made up of the usual parts…a beginning and an end. But just like every story, there’s a hero, there’s the villain…and then there’s me. And this is the beginning of the end.

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Excerpt:
“Then life changed again when I walked into your office and came face-to-face with you. All at once, all of those memories came flooding back. Not just the ones of the time we spent together, but prison and everything in between. I was shocked, and angry, and hurt all over again. Somewhere between now and then, I lost myself and I am just now figuring out the man I need to be. I became hard, cold, and jaded. Scared to ever let anyone get close to my heart again after it was destroyed. My daughter is the one who thaws this cold piece of flesh that’s barely beating inside me. She shows me every day that no matter what I feel inside, I am worthy of redemption. I am worthy of her love.”

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Blurb for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author R. Holmes

Author R. Holmes

About the Author
Holmes is from a small town in southern Louisiana where she lives on a farm, with her husband and two little boys. Whenever she’s not chasing around the goats and her boys on the farm, she spends her time watching ridiculous amounts of Netflix and is almost always stuck with her nose in a book. She thrives on horror films, sarcasm, and reruns of Harry Potter. A perpetual night owl, you’ll find her in her office locked away until the wee hours of the morning. She loves to meet her readers and discuss her latest favorite books and her upcoming projects!

Connect with her via Facebook, Instagram (@RHolmesAuthor) and twitter!

Where to find R. Holmes
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BOUNTY (Kaliya Sahni Series) by K.N. Banet

Welcome to the book blitz for BOUNTY, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Kaliya Sahni, by K.N. Banet

Welcome to the book blitz for BOUNTY, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Kaliya Sahni, by K.N. Banet. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

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BOUNTY (Kaliya Sahni Series #1) by K.N. Banet

About the Book
Title:
BOUNTY
Series: Kaliya Sahni Series #1
Author: K.N. Banet
Release Date: March 13, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Kaliya Sahni.
Tribunal Executioner. Bounty hunter. The last nagini.

Her reputation is larger than the desert she lives in.

Dangerous. Irresponsible. Antagonistic.

When a friend asks her to look into a supernatural bounty on a human, Kaliya finds herself taking the first steps into a conspiracy that had been in the shadows for nearly a decade. Too intrigued to get out before it’s too late, she dives straight into the deep end, ready to discover the truth.

When the mysterious bounty takes a personal turn, she knows there’s no turning back, no putting the lid back on the box.

It’s all or nothing in her world and Kaliya doesn’t like to lose.

 

 

 

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Teaser from BOUNTY, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Kaliya Sahni, by K.N. Banet

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Excerpt
“Why did you even come here?” I demanded, not moving.

“To see how my favorite Executioner was doing,” he said with that cold smile he was known for. “I figured if you saw me here first, you would be less inclined to try to kill me on the streets and lose your job. Consider it a courtesy call. I’m in Phoenix for work and would like to finish it and leave as soon as possible.” He turned and walked out of the bar, leaving me standing alone, everyone watching me.

“Kaliya…” Paden’s warning tone came out. “Maybe you do need to just head home and stay out of this.”

“Funny. I was thinking I needed to join this little hunt for a stupid human. Ten million is good money.” I grinned over my shoulder. I never gave Sinclair a free pass. He was in my city, and I was going to win this time. Less than twenty-four hours back in Phoenix, and things were getting interesting. This seemed like it was going to be the most fun the supernaturals of Phoenix were going to see for at least a decade.

Sinclair, The Board, Mygi Pharmaceuticals, and one human stuck in the middle of it.

“You could lose your job,” Paden reminded me, walking close to say it under his breath. “Kaliya, they warned you off Sinclair fifteen years ago, the last time Cassius was able to get him to stand in front of the Tribunal.”

“He’s in my city,” I reminded my friend. “He wants to play? We’ll play.”

I walked out. I didn’t intend to follow Sinclair, but I needed to get home so I could start hacking into Mygi’s system. I needed to know what he knew if I had any chance of beating him to the prize. If this Raphael Alvarez knew anything important to my personal case, I couldn’t let that fucking vampire make him disappear.

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Teaser from BOUNTY, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Kaliya Sahni, by K.N. Banet

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Adult Urban Fantasy Author K.N. Banet

Author K.N. Banet

About the Author
K.N. Banet loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections–trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.
She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.

You can find her reverse harem works under Kristen Banet!

Check out her social media to catch what’s going on in the worlds inside her head. She drops teasers, new covers, and opens ARC reader slots through her Facebook group, The Banet Pride.

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Where to find K.N. Banet
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE DARK AWAKENING (Chosen Coven Series) by D.L. Blade

Welcome to the book blitz for THE DARK AWAKENING, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Chosen Coven, by D.L. Blade

Welcome to the book blitz for THE DARK AWAKENING, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Chosen Coven, by D.L. Blade. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE DARK AWAKENING (Chosen Coven Series #1) by D.L. Blade

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE DARK AWAKENING
Series: Chosen Coven Series #1
Author: D.L. Blade
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Genre:
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Get ready for a new kind of witch—she’s about to save humanity.

Haunting secrets, witches, vampires, werewolves, love, betrayal, & twists you won’t see coming!

Mercy’s life has devolved into a string of bad events. A brutal beating that nearly stole her life, a dangerous stalker lurking in the shadows, and a car accident, where the man who rescued her disappears right before her eyes.

But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century. But Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him. He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s an ancient witch, vampires are real, and she’s destined to destroy them.

There’s also the troubling discovery that her blood is lusted after by the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader sets his eyes on her, and will stop at nothing until he takes Mercy as his own.

Mercy needs to fight. Fight for her life, fight to discover the truth, fight to remember who—or what—she really is before it’s too late.

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Teaser from THE DARK AWAKENING, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Chosen Coven, by D.L. Blade

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Excerpt #1
They were there in the shadows again. This was the third time this week I had thought someone was watching me. 

The last few weeks, I’d heard the rustling of leaves and the crackling sound of old fallen branches beneath someone’s feet, or the hairs at the back of my neck would stand straight because I knew someone stood silently behind me. Last night wasn’t any different. I exited my car after an exhausting day at work and heard what sounded like a low, deep exhale coming from the forest next to Lily’s house. I swiftly turned around, fumbling with the flashlight on my phone, but when the light pierced the darkness, the sound stopped. 

Tonight, it was a silhouette behind my aunt Lily’s fence in the backyard. It wasn’t someone walking by with their dog or a neighbor taking out their trash. They were standing there, staring, as I walked to the sink to rinse my dinner bowl. I wasn’t going to tell her again. She’d just tell me what she’d told me last time I brought it up. She’d say I was just seeing things and that it was normal to feel this way after trauma. 

“Your turn, Mercy,” Lily said. Her voice pulled my gaze from the window. 

“I’m coming,” I said, taking one last glance toward the silhouette. 

They were gone. 

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Author D.L. Blade

Author D.L. Blade

About the Author
D.L Blade grew up in southern California where she studied at The California Healing Arts College for massage therapy, then working as a Massage Practitioner for thirteen years. She now lives in Colorado, where she worked in the real estate business for a time, before deciding to focus on family and writing.

She has always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night that inspired her debut novel, ‘The Dark Awakening.’

In D.L. Blade‘s spare time, she enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, attending rock concerts, playing pool, wine tasting, and exploring new vegan restaurants in Denver.

In the future, she hopes to continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the world that she created using her imagination.

Where to Find D.L. Blade
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Release Day + Giveaway – THE BEGINNING OF THE END by R. Holmes

Today is release day for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

Today is release day for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END by R. Holmes

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Author: R. Holmes
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Ambrey
My last name was royalty in New Orleans, at least, I guess to those who mattered. But to me…my last name was a curse. High society. Expectations. Old money. Politics. Everything I despised. If only they could see what happened behind those high-society closed doors. The same doors my daddy paid a lot of money to keep closed.

Deceit. Destruction. Bribery. You name it, my family was guilty of it. My father’s throne was built on lies. Our family was the epitome of faux royalty. Then, I fell in love and oh what a fool I was. I was just a pawn in my father’s game. And to use the man who claimed to love me…

Five years ago, I walked away, and left my father to his riches. And that man who left me in broken, jagged pieces? Well, what goes around, comes around.

Grey
Four years in a prison cell changes a man. I spent those five years fighting to survive. When I emerged, I was nothing like the man who had walked through those cell doors all those years ago. I overcame things that I never imagined I’d be faced with..

The one person who promised to never leave, did. The life I thought I knew, gone. The future I once thought I had, up in smoke. Like so many things in my life, my story and my future were stolen from me.

Sure, it’s made up of the usual parts…a beginning and an end. But just like every story, there’s a hero, there’s the villain…and then there’s me. And this is the beginning of the end.

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Mood board for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

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Excerpt:
Pain.

Something I knew better than most. 

The worst types of pain, I knew them intimately.

But pain is subjective, we all feel it differently. 

Pain takes a body and leaves it hollow, a mere shell of the living, breathing human that it used to be. 

Sometimes I wonder how one person can feel so much pain yet never die?

But, here I still stand. Living proof that no matter how much pain you’ve endured, the worst part was living through the memories of it.

Eight years ago I was thrown inside a concrete prison, a four-by-four cell where I would grow up. I would be taught all the fundamentals of life, my mentors and instructors the lowest of criminals. They would take me, shape me, make me. Leaving me nothing of the man whom I once was. 

I learned the hardest lessons in life, alone. 

The worst lesson I learned? 

Love was foolish, but it wasn’t what made me a fool.

What made me a fool is that even though love put me in prison, I still sought that love out in my dreams. Like a siren, she sang to me. 

I would’ve followed her wherever she called.

That was before.

Before I sold my soul to the devil in exchange for her freedom. She doesn’t have to know the truth. 

The truth won’t set her free.

It’ll shackle me to the walls of this concrete prison and I’ll gladly take my sentence for love. It’s what put me in here anyway.

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Blurb for THE BEGINNING OF THE END, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by R. Holmes

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author R. Holmes

Author R. Holmes

About the Author
Holmes is from a small town in southern Louisiana where she lives on a farm, with her husband and two little boys. Whenever she’s not chasing around the goats and her boys on the farm, she spends her time watching ridiculous amounts of Netflix and is almost always stuck with her nose in a book. She thrives on horror films, sarcasm, and reruns of Harry Potter. A perpetual night owl, you’ll find her in her office locked away until the wee hours of the morning. She loves to meet her readers and discuss her latest favorite books and her upcoming projects!

Connect with her via Facebook, Instagram (@RHolmesAuthor) and twitter!

Where to find R. Holmes
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu is revealing the cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, releasing September 17, 2020

Author Beth Rinyu is revealing the cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women’s fiction novel, releasing September 17, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu, releasing September 17, 2020

THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

About the Book
Title: THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY
Author: Beth Rinyu
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Genre:
Women’s Fiction
Cover Designer: Amy Queau at QDesign
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of “what-ifs”. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.

 

 

 

 

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Author Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu

About the Author
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys,a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me – yes, even if you don’t like it!

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Where to Find Beth Rinyu
Goodreads | Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – HARD TRUTH (Alpha Antihero Series) by Sybil Bartel

Welcome to the book blitz for HARD TRUTH, the fourth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Alpha Antihero, by USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel

Welcome to the book blitz for HARD TRUTH, the fourth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Alpha Antihero, by USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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HARD TRUTH (Alpha Antihero Series #4) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: RECKLESS
Series: Alpha Bodyguard Series #3
Author: Sybil Bartel
Release Date: May 18, 2020
Genre:
Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
I couldn’t escape the hard sins of my past.

I couldn’t unsee the truths in my mistakes.

Every breath she took was a reminder of the pain I’d caused.

Growing up at the mercy of a madman, I swore I would never give anyone that kind of power over me again. But here I was, on my knees, begging for a life I lost.

Except no amount of forgiveness would bring it back.

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaser from HARD TRUTH, the fourth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Alpha Antihero, by USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel

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Excerpt #4
Her shoulders rose with an inhale, and she turned around. Her eyes met mine. “Please stop.”

Fuck. “Stop what?”

“Don’t do this.” She shook her head. “Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. I don’t want you to change. I never did. I don’t need you to be anyone but who you are. If that’s an angry biker with a street name, so be it. But please, just…” Her hand waved toward the stove. “Don’t do that. The man I dragged outta the swamp, he didn’t make tea.” Her voice dropped to a whisper. “He never would’ve done that.”

She was right.

Lost inside my own damn house, hell, my fucking life, I laid it all out for her. “Everything I did, I did for you.”

Her gaze cut to the floor. “I thought I was doin’ the same.”

“He played us both.” 

“I know.”

The waves crashed outside, the water on the stove boiled, and the air conditioner kicked on. We stood there. She stared at her damn feet. I stared at her. 

“I don’t know what else to say to you,” I admitted.

“The Tarquin I knew wouldn’t have done that either. He wouldn’t have said that.”

I dared to fucking ask. “What would he have said?” 

“Nothin’.” She looked up at me. “He didn’t waste words.”

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Teaser from HARD TRUTH, the fourth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Alpha Antihero, by USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel

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USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel

Author Sybil Bartel

About the Author
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Where to Find Sybil Bartel
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – CALLA (Pixieland Diaries Series) by Christina Bauer

Author Christina Bauer is revealing the cover to CALLA, the second book in her young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Pixieland Diaries, releasing July 28, 2020

Author Christina Bauer is revealing the cover to CALLA, the second book in her young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Pixieland Diaries, releasing July 28, 2020. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for CALLA, the second book in her young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Pixieland Diaries, releasing July 28, 2020

CALLA (Pixieland Diaries Series #2) by Christina Bauer

About the Book
Title:
CALLA
Series: Pixieland Diaries Series #2
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Book 2 of the Pixieland Diaries

Big news in Pixieland! The Blue Fairy is sending our fave pixie, Calla, and her crush, Dare, on a mini-quest. Unfortunately it’s an adventure that requires a lot of togetherness. We’re talking tons of touching, people.

Blue believes that since Calla and Dare are just friends, this situation shouldn’t be awkward.

It’s totally awkward.

***A 30,000+ word diary written by Calla***

“I absolutely love Christina Bauer’s style, full of action, intense scenes, and characters that will test one’s imaginations to the max!” – Tome Tender Book Blog

PIXIELAND DIARIES
1. Pixieland Diaries
2. Calla
3. Dare

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CALLA, the second book in her young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Pixieland Diaries, releasing July 28, 2020, is available for preorder now!

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Book 1: PIXIELAND DIARIES
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Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – ORION (Satan’s Pride Series) by A.G. Kirkham

Welcome to the book blitz for ORION, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Satan's Pride, by A.G. Kirkham

Welcome to the book blitz for ORION, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Satan’s Pride, by A.G. Kirkham. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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ORION (Satan’s Pride Series #3) by A.G. Kirkham

About the Book
Title:
ORION
Series: Satan’s Pride Series #3
Author: A.G. Kirkham
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Kobo

Synopsis
Orion – sign of the club and shield.  He lost it all before he found the family he’s committed to now, Satan’s Pride.  He survives the loss of his mother, the coldness of his father and the sudden death of his wife and child.  He survived this all and the only casualty was his heart.  He vowed to never love again, so he would never relive that pain.  Can one woman make him learn to give all of himself one more time?

Viviana loved everything and everyone.  She embraced life, even though her childhood was filled with turbulence and abandonment.  She wanted a family to call her own and when she became pregnant, she believed her choice was to flee, giving Orion the freedom she thought he wanted.

Can these two souls leave the past in the past and listen to their hearts instead?

 

 

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Excerpt #3
“I need to get to Vi,” I tell the nurse. The older woman looks at me sympathetically.  The doctor in the emergency room stitched me up after checking that the wound was clear and just as I thought, it’s just a superficial wound.  The nurse is just finishing up. War is sitting in the chair, making sure I don’t bolt to see Vi.  Guard is with her.

I left Vi in a gurney being wheeled into a room.  She regained consciousness in the ambulance.  The paramedics treated her for shock and quickly put her on oxygen.  Within a few minutes she was looking around the back of the ambulance for me.  I took her hand with my good one. Hanna was taken in a second ambulance and Risk rode with her.

She was stable when I was separated from her. I would not have left her side if not for her words. “Baby, I need to know you are going to be okay. Please go with the nurse, get taken care of and come back to me as soon as you can.”  She squeezed my fingers and, in that moment, she had her first major contraction. “Hurry,” she gritted through her teeth.

Hanna’s ex-husband is sitting in a cell. He should be in a morgue.  He would be if the Sherriff didn’t show up. Risk had him on the ground, his fist hitting his face repeatedly. War threw him off before he killed him. Risk took one look at Hanna being strangled against her car with a gun pointed at her head and tore at him like a bull. Allan turned the gun on Risk.  I tackled him just in time to cover and dive to the pavement with Risk. Unfortunately, the bullet nicked my upper arm.  The blood made it look much worse that it was. When I looked up, I saw War had Allan subdued, and tore into the bakery to see Vi. I found her on her knees.  Saint was running from the street, followed closely by the Sherriff.

Tears were streaming down her face. She took one look at me and then at Hanna being carried in by Risk and I knew that she was reliving the tragedy that happened to her. Guard and War came to help us stand. We steadied Vi on her feet and suddenly a gush of water splashed onto the floor. In that moment, Vi passed out.  I panicked. Guard caught her, making sure she never hit the ground.

Now I am itching to get to her.  I am finally released and race down the corridor to the elevator toward the neonatal ward.  War is a step behind me.  I step off the elevator to see Saint, Ava, Maddie, even little Gavin and the rest of my brothers filling  the waiting room.

“Where’s Vi?” I ask as I approach the crowd.

“Her room is that one and Guard hasn’t left her side,” Ava says, smiling at me.

I nod and walk past the crew to Vi.  She’s in bed, holding on tight to Guard’s hand and breathing deeply.  “I got this,” I tell Guard and step in beside the bed to take my place. “Thanks, man.”

“Told you before, brother, we got your back. And Vi’s. Called Nate and he and Emily are driving in,” he informs me.

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ORION, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Satan's Pride, by A.G. Kirkham, is now available

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Adult contemporary romance author A.G. Kirkham

Author A.G. Kirkham

About the Author
I was born in a small town in Italy. My parents are loving people; and true traditionalists. I grew up being a chatterbox of a child and evolved into a quiet and shy teenager. I was definitely not the life of the party. As a matter of fact, I never wanted to go to any high school dances or any activities the school offered. I was good with being alone. I had to grow into my own and I eventually became the fun loving, open-minded and creative person I am now. I love the me I have become and I am grateful that this is where I have landed.

Writing is my release and I have escaped in my imagination to some incredible places meeting the most awesome characters. I also wanted to be a rock star but anyone who has ever heard me sing kindly convinced me that I do not have any talent. (In other words, I suck at it.)

Although I have been writing since I was in grade school, I only just launched my first novel. I have had pieces published as short stories and such but “Guard: is my first novel, with many more to follow.

I am a hopeless romantic. I thrive on two individuals connecting in mind, body and soul. The understanding of wants and needs and placing them as a priority and not out of fear of losing them or because you feel you need to concede; you do it because it feels easy and right in your own heart.

I love to cook! I enjoy making meals for my family and friends and bantering around the table. I have colourful people in my life and they all add to my rainbow. I love music! I like it all, depending on my mood.

My other passion is travelling. I want to enjoy all that life has to offer. I want to meet people, learn from them and create the most fantastic, sexy love stories. If I can do this overlooking the ocean and feeling the breeze wash over me then I have my heaven on earth. I am so blessed! Thank you for reading!

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series) by Theresa Paolo

Welcome to the blog tour for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

Welcome to the blog tour for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan’s Bay, by Theresa Paolo. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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About the Book – Preorder Now
Title: ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
Series: Morgan’s Bay Series #1
Author: Theresa Paolo
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2020
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Synopsis
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find your happy ending.

Olivia Green had the picture-perfect life. Dating one of the most successful businessmen in New York City, living in a penthouse over Manhattan and a budding career, until one dreadful night when it was all ripped out from under her. If only she’d gone home like she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have known her future fiancé was a two-timing jerk. Now with no choice she is leaving the city to move back in with her parents in the small town of Morgan’s Bay.

Shane McConnell believed he had no family other than his mother, but on her death bed, she revealed the father who died before he was born, came from a large wealthy family. With nothing to lose he sets out to the east end of Long Island to spend a summer with his newly discovered family. What he doesn’t expect is the secrets and lies dating back to long before his father’s death. Nor could he predict the beautiful hot mess he met on the train would find a way into his closed off heart.

Both struggling with the realities of their new lives they unintentionally lean on each other. As their attraction builds and their undeniable chemistry explodes into passion, Shane holds onto his own secret that threatens his chance at love.

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Excerpt #1
She glanced in his direction. He was good-looking; there was no denying that. Dark stubble lined his chiseled jawline, his nose made for a Grecian god, and his lips were perfectly plump on the bottom and bowed on top. He looked so peaceful with his eyes closed. 

She wanted to drop her suitcase on his head.

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa Paolo

Author Theresa Paolo

About the Author
Theresa Paolo lives on Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She is the author of NA and Adult contemporary romances. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and the companion novel (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014. Mad About Matt, the first book in her new Red Maple Falls series, released March 2017.

She loves to write heartfelt romances with a dash of fun and a side of spice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, brewery hopping, daydreaming, wasting time on Pinterest, trying to get 10k steps on her FitBit or can be found chatting away on Twitter and Facebook. She also writes YA romance under Tessa Marie and has no idea how to smile for a picture.

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Where to find Theresa Paolo
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – OATH SWORN (Jacky Leon Series) by K.N. Banet

Welcome to the book blitz for OATH SWORN, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Jacky Leon, by K.N. Banet

Welcome to the book blitz for OATH SWORN, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Jacky Leon, by K.N. Banet. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

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OATH SWORN (Jacky Leon Series #1) by K.N. Banet

About the Book
Title:
OATH SWORN
Series: Jacky Leon Series #1
Author: K.N. Banet
Release Date: July 15, 2019
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis
Jacky Leon isn’t someone who goes looking for trouble. She owns a bar, pays her taxes, and serves her drinks cold outside a small town in Texas. The fact that she’s a werecat is just something she’s had to live with. Alone in her territory, she’s lived a secretive life for six years: under the radar, avoiding her past and the baggage that comes with it.

Trouble finds Jacky, though, in the form of an eleven year old girl and a werewolf turf war just outside her borders. Forced to honor an ancient treaty and the Laws of the supernatural world, Jacky swears an oath to protect Carey Everson, the human daughter of a local werewolf Alpha from Dallas.

When his enemies come after Jacky and her charge, she’s going to have to embrace the more dangerous side of who and what she is. She’s going to have to challenge the very Laws that govern her kind.

And nothing is going to stop her from honoring her word.

 

 

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Excerpt
I waited for her to load in, then went to the back door, keeping my eyes down respectfully. I couldn’t pose a threat to them now, not if they were taking me to the wolf I needed to see.

“You were prettier in the pictures, Jacky. Less…battered.” His voice was like a smooth brandy, somewhat chilled, and very secure, brimming with an arrogant element of confidence. I looked up to see the wolf next to me and found myself looking into the grey-blue eyes I already knew well.

Heath Everson was right next to me, and he didn’t look pleased to see me.

“Where’s my daughter?” he demanded.

I sat stunned for a moment. There were a couple of problems that kept me from getting my brain to function properly.

One, I wasn’t used to the power that filled the air around me. This wolf was powerful. It was in his scent. It was in his posture, leaning back half against the seat and half on the far door, with one arm stretched out over the back, which he could use to grab the back of my neck if I wasn’t careful. He’d positioned himself carefully, with his long legs stretched out into my leg space, an obvious play that I had no personal space he cared to respect.

Two, he was disarmingly good-looking. He hadn’t seemed like that in the pictures I had seen of him, quietly sitting in the back. His smiles in those had been soft. The one I was confronted with was sharp. He wasn’t a rugged man like most werewolves I’d seen. He was classically beautiful, with a sharpness that made me uncomfortable. The only thing about him that wasn’t styled to perfection was his hair, which looked like he’d run his hand through it too many times. It fell over his face, framing his dastardly grey-blue eyes. And that was all before I got to his broad shoulders, encased in a crisp black suit. He didn’t look like a man who was fighting for his life. Not in the slightest.

Three…well, it was time for me to tell him that his daughter was taken from me, and I was pretty certain he would try to kill me after that.

“Start talking, Jacky.” He didn’t remove his eyes from me as the SUV got moving.

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Adult Urban Fantasy Author K.N. Banet

Author K.N. Banet

About the Author
K.N. Banet loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections–trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.
She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.

You can find her reverse harem works under Kristen Banet!

Check out her social media to catch what’s going on in the worlds inside her head. She drops teasers, new covers, and opens ARC reader slots through her Facebook group, The Banet Pride.

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Where to find K.N. Banet
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – UNDER THE WILLOWS by Pamela McCord

Welcome to the book blitz for UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord

Welcome to the book blitz for UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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UNDER THE WILLOWS by Pamela McCord

About the Book
Title:
UNDER THE WILLOWS
Author: Pamela McCord
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Genre: Adult Mystery
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Synopsis
After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a sprawling Victorian house in Ohio that her husband inherited from his grandmother. Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle as she adjusts to life in a small town. And, just as she’s beginning to feel more comfortable, life takes another unexpected turn.

The Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom starts to cry, and a little girl’s voice comes out of it asking for help.

At first Kelly is unnerved by the presence of the voice. After ruling out all the other likely possibilities, she begins to put the pieces together, and suspects the girl is a ghost. Unwilling to be uprooted from another home, she decides to find out what the child wants. Maybe she can help.

Kelly isn’t the only one interested in the voice. Detective Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee. As the two cross paths, Porter is taken aback when Kelly’s ghost mentions Marilee’s name. In fact, the ghost says “Marilee’s with me.”

Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.

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Excerpt #2
A frightened “Mom” roused me from a fitful sleep. I swung my legs off the bed, the hardwood cool against my feet. “I’m coming,” I called as I rushed to TJ’s room. I found him sitting up in bed, his eyes big and worried.

“What is it, sweetie?” I asked as I sat beside him. “Did you have a bad dream?”

“Mom, Alexa was crying again.”

“What do you mean?” I tipped his face up and looked him in the eyes. “Alexa can’t cry. She’s not a real person. Tell me what happened.”

“I was asleep and I heard a little girl crying. There wasn’t anybody in my room but I could still hear it.”

“Maybe you were dreaming.”

He crossed his arms over his chest and glared at me. “I wasn’t dreaming, Mom.”

“Okay, then. Maybe it just sounded like crying.”

“There were words, too.”

“Words?”

He nodded. “I said, ‘is anybody there’ and the crying stopped. Then Alexa said Help us.” His serious eyes dared me to not believe him.

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UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord, is available now

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Author Pamela McCord

Author Pamela McCord

About the Author
Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Pamela McCord started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Since then, she’s become an internationally published author. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable..

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Where to find Pamela McCord
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BEING ERASED (Alpha Girl Series) by Aileen Erin

Welcome to the blog tour for BEING ERASED, the ninth book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Alpha Girl, by USA Today bestselling author, Aileen Erin

Welcome to the blog tour for BEING ERASED, the ninth book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Alpha Girl, by USA Today bestselling author, Aileen Erin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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BEING ERASED (Alpha Girl Series #9) by Aileen Erin

About the Book
Title: BEING ERASED
Series: Alpha Girl Series #9
Author: Aileen Erin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
Tessa—part witch, part werewolf, raised human and now the unofficial leader of a newly minted supernatural alliance—thinks nothing of her brother, Axel, texting her and Dastien to meet up. The location pin is in a weird spot, but maybe he found a magical anomaly? But when Tessa steps into the darkened warehouse, she doesn’t expect to see her brother laying in a pool of his own blood, smell the sulfuric scent of black magic, or feel the pain of her mate being shot full of silver.

Tessa has seconds to make a choice, but there’s only one thing she can do to save the two most important men in her life—sacrifice herself.

The last thing Dastien hears from Tessa is her plea—help Axel. Then their bond goes silent. He can’t hear her. He can’t feel her. And there’s no sign of the attackers who took her.

Dastien does everything he can to save Axel before calling his friends in a panic. It takes all of them to find Tessa, but when Dastien’s finally reunited with her, there’s no sign of recognition in her eyes.

No magic in her touch.

No wolf beneath the surface.

Everything that made Tessa who she was…has been erased.

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Excerpt #1
Buzz. Buzz. Buz-buz-buz. Buzzzzz.

Shit. Axel called three times and texted once. I couldn’t ignore him again.

That wasn’t a drunk dial or him being excited about something. Three calls meant an emergency.

Dastien moved before I could say anything, disappearing back into the cabin. I raced after him.

“Hello?” Dastien said. “Axel?”

“I don’t want to die alone.” His voice was soft and thready with pain and terror, and I knew everything was about to change.

I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t move. And every inch of me was cold.

Die alone? He was hurt? More than hurt. He was dying?

Axel wasn’t just my brother. He’d been my best friend—my only friend—growing up. A moment ago, I wasn’t sure I could take one more thing—one more fight, one more discussion about the fey, one more cleansing against evil—but then I heard something in his voice I’d never heard before.

Despair and defeat and death.

They said that God didn’t give you more than you could handle, but in that brief, less-than-a-second moment, I wondered if I could handle losing my brother.

And the answer was no. I couldn’t. It would break something vital in me, and I wasn’t sure how I’d get over the loss.

But it wasn’t too late. Not yet.

I had to move. I had to do something. I had to fight. One more time tonight. I had to find it in me.

And then the power came. Rising up. Filling me. First, from Dastien, and then Lucas and Claudia. In the next breath, the power of twelve people answered a call I didn’t realize I’d sent out. I was filled with three types of supernatural magic, and I knew that I could do this.

“We’re coming.” Dastien’s words broke over me, spurring me into action.

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Author Aileen Erin

Author Aileen Erin

About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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Where to Find Aileen Erin
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Book Release + Giveaway – ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series) by Theresa Paolo

Today is release day for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

Today is release day for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan’s Bay, by Theresa Paolo. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series #1) by Theresa Paolo

About the Book – Preorder Now
Title: ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
Series: Morgan’s Bay Series #1
Author: Theresa Paolo
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2020
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Synopsis
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find your happy ending.

Olivia Green had the picture-perfect life. Dating one of the most successful businessmen in New York City, living in a penthouse over Manhattan and a budding career, until one dreadful night when it was all ripped out from under her. If only she’d gone home like she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have known her future fiancé was a two-timing jerk. Now with no choice she is leaving the city to move back in with her parents in the small town of Morgan’s Bay.

Shane McConnell believed he had no family other than his mother, but on her death bed, she revealed the father who died before he was born, came from a large wealthy family. With nothing to lose he sets out to the east end of Long Island to spend a summer with his newly discovered family. What he doesn’t expect is the secrets and lies dating back to long before his father’s death. Nor could he predict the beautiful hot mess he met on the train would find a way into his closed off heart.

Both struggling with the realities of their new lives they unintentionally lean on each other. As their attraction builds and their undeniable chemistry explodes into passion, Shane holds onto his own secret that threatens his chance at love.

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Excerpt

“For three years, I tried to be everything I thought he wanted. The sad thing is, I didn’t even realize I was doing it. I’ve never felt comfortable in my own skin. I’ve always thought if I was just taller, thinner, had blonde hair, curly hair, if I was smarter, sexier… I guess what that all means is I don’t think I’m good enough.” 

Shane’s hands came around her waist, holding her close, but not close enough that she couldn’t look deep into his eyes. “You are good enough and whenever Daniel or anyone else pops in your head and makes you think you’re not, think of this moment. Right now. Think of my words. You, Olivia Green, are more than good enough. You’re pretty damn special.”

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Teaser from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa Paolo

Author Theresa Paolo

About the Author
Theresa Paolo lives on Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She is the author of NA and Adult contemporary romances. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and the companion novel (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014. Mad About Matt, the first book in her new Red Maple Falls series, released March 2017.

She loves to write heartfelt romances with a dash of fun and a side of spice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, brewery hopping, daydreaming, wasting time on Pinterest, trying to get 10k steps on her FitBit or can be found chatting away on Twitter and Facebook. She also writes YA romance under Tessa Marie and has no idea how to smile for a picture.

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Where to find Theresa Paolo
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Facebook Reader Group | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Books+MainBookBub

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – GRAVE HUMOR (Magical Romantic Comedies Series) by R.J. Blain

Welcome to the blog tour for GRAVE HUMOR, the tenth book in the adult paranormal romantic comedy series, Magical Romantic Comedies, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain

Welcome to the blog tour for GRAVE HUMOR, the tenth book in the adult paranormal romantic comedy series, Magical Romantic Comedies, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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GRAVE HUMOR (Magical Romantic Comedies Series #10) by R.J. Blain

About the Book
Title:
GRAVE HUMOR
Series: Magical Romantic Comedies #10
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Most days, Anwen regrets working at a funeral home despite the good pay. With the residents no longer inclined to stay in their coffins where they belong, she’s got her hands full making sure everyone follows the rules:

In the funeral home, there is no screaming, no murdering, no mutilation, no possessions, no kidnappings, no resurrections, and no cursing of any type. Be quiet and stay polite.

The day Old Man McGregor decides to take a walk and disturbs her peace, Anwen learns there’s a lot more to the basement in the funeral home than a vampire and a handsome gentleman on ice.

If she’s not careful, she’ll learn first-hand why ‘eternally yours’ is the most potent of threats.

Warning: this novel contains romance, humor, bodies, shenanigans, and mythological puppies. Proceed with caution.

 

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Excerpt #3
Why the hell was mutilation of a corpse illegal? And since the corpse happened to be able to get up, walk, and talk, not only would I be hit with a count of mutilation of a corpse, I’d also get jailed for assault and whatever other charges someone got for ripping a dead guy’s remaining internal organs out through his nose.

I allowed my shoulders to slump, and I sighed again.

“That would be mean of me. All right, Anwen. I’ll give this hand to you. How do you get your groceries, and what does me going back to my coffin have to do with it?” The old, dead man sat across from me, squishing as he made himself comfortable. After the first dozen chatterbox corpses, I’d convinced the funeral home director to use thick pleather cushions, which were a breeze to clean. An hour with the right chemicals and some elbow grease, and no one would know Old Man McGregor had left his coffin and gone for a stroll.

“It’s simple. At your viewing—before and after, too—you don’t make anyone scream. You don’t scream. Nobody screams. Director Hammel hates when people scream in his funeral home. If no one screams or breaks any of the other rules, I get groceries. My current wage doesn’t pay for my bills and my groceries, so it’s really nice when a lively corpse behaves. If one behaves every month, I get my groceries. It works well for everyone.”

Once and only once, two corpses had felt sorry for me, and I’d gotten to have a nice steak to go with enough food to get by plus an entire pack of cigarettes.

Damn it, I could use a smoke, and I didn’t care if it landed me in my grave early. If someone brought me to my work for interment, I’d go out with a bang and work hard to break every damned rule on my way out. With the way my thoughts kept going, I had a ticket to hell, and damn it all, I meant to earn it.

“That’s it?”

I understood the skepticism in the old man’s voice. Director Hammel knew everybody in town, and the smart ones gave my boss a wide berth for good reason.

Old Man McGregor, while considered the town’s almost-lovable nuisance, wasn’t stupid.

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Blain

Author by R.J. Blain

About the Author
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.

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Where to find R.J. Blain
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – LYRICS AND CURSES (Cursed Hearts Series) by Candace Robinson

Filles Vertes Publishing and author Candace Robinson are unveiling the cover to LYRICS & CURSES, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Cursed Hearts, releasing November 10, 2020

Filles Vertes Publishing and author Candace Robinson are unveiling the cover to LYRICS & CURSES, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Cursed Hearts, releasing November 10, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

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LYRICS AND CURSES (Cursed Hearts Series #1) by Candace Robinson

About the Book
Title:
LYRICS & CURSES,
Series: Cursed Hearts Series #1
Author: Candace Robinson
Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Filles Vertes Publishing

Synopsis
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

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Young adult paranormal romance author Candace Robinson

Author Candace Robinson

About the Author
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas–where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next!

 

 

 

 

Where to Find J.A. Huss
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – OUTFOXED (The Fox Witch Series) by R.J. Blain

Welcome to the book blitz for OUTFOXED, the first book in the adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, The Fox Witch, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain, releasing November 3, 2020

Welcome to the book blitz for OUTFOXED, the first book in the adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, The Fox Witch, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain, releasing November 3, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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OUTFOXED (The Fox Witch Series #1) by R.J. Blain

About the Book
Title:
OUTFOXED
Series: The Fox Witch Series #1
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: November 3, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.

Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.

Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

 

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Excerpt #2
Yep, the bounty hunter knew exactly who I was, although I would’ve preferred if he’d addressed me as Jade. What sort of bounty hunter addressed their victim so formally, anyway? If I had to share a cellar with someone out for my head, living or otherwise, I was of the opinion we needed to be on a first-name basis. “Got a name, or am I going to have to give you one?”

“More leading, less talking,” he ordered. He cast a glance over his shoulder up at the entry for the cellar, which would be a bitch to escape from after we rode out the storm. “They’re coming.”

I could tell; the ground shook, the wind screamed, and the hail graduated to chunks of ice capable of slamming through someone’s skull with terrifying ease. I shouldered open the door, grimacing at the creaking wood; I gave it another storm or two before it gave up the ghost, too.

Fortunately for me, the slope on the other side made it hard for water to penetrate the cellar, and the third door was crafted of good steel. I scrambled up the incline, waiting long enough for the bounty hunter to follow me through. “Close it,” I ordered.

He did as told, and the tunnel fell into darkness. The wood did little to buffer us from the sounds of the storm tearing through the neighborhood above. I made my way to the crest of the incline by feel, patting until I located the top concrete step. “There’s a set of concrete steps at the top. If you’re not careful, you’ll crack your forehead in the ceiling and fall. It’s a long way down.”

I already regretted my decision to be a good person, as it would lose me access to the best storm cellar I’d found in Tulsa. I’d have to search for a new hiding place and hope it was half as secure and safe from the weather.

Then again, I had to get away from my new unwanted friend first, which would be a challenge considering we’d have to share space until the storm ended.

It could take minutes, hours, or days.

I’d only stashed enough food and water for one person for one week, so if it took days, we’d be in trouble.

The bounty hunter joined me, and I eased down the steps once certain he wouldn’t take a lethal tumble to the steel door below. At the bottom, I felt around for the hatch wheel, grabbed hold, and turned until the door popped open.

Light spilled into the staircase from the luminescent moss I’d cultivated on the walls, barely bright enough to guide my way to the crank-powered lamp. I sat on the concrete floor and went to work charging the device. It’d only last for a few hours before I’d have to charge it again, but it would give me a chance to set up my home away from home.

The bounty hunter entered, closed the steel door, and whistled at my shelter. “I definitely stand corrected. Your file didn’t mention you have a good cellar. You’re listed as a vagrant.”

I scowled; unless rich, wealthy, or a hell of a lot braver than I was, everyone in the Alley counted as a vagrant. We went where the storms were least likely to strike, although there were few places left safe from the weather’s fury.

If I’d been thinking, I would’ve taken him an extra block down the road to a shallower cellar, although I had no idea if it’d survive through an entire swarm of twisters. Sighing, I kept cranking on the lamp. “Who isn’t a vagrant here?” I finally asked, aware of him waiting for an answer.

“Those who live in Asylum.”

Asylum. The rich, the famous, and the powerful received invitations from its lord and master, Benedict Mansfield. He’d bought the land rights beneath Tulsa’s city center, digging deep and converting the sandstone and the underlying limestone into habitable space. I’d given up figuring out how people could live underground long ago; they did, and everyone with a grain of sense and a desire to survive wanted to live in Asylum.

Hell would freeze over before average folks like me were welcomed down there.

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Teaser from OUTFOXED, the first book in the adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, The Fox Witch, by R.J. Blain, releasing November 3, 2020

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Blain

Author by R.J. Blain

About the Author
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.

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Where to find R.J. Blain
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY by Debarshi Kanjilal

Welcome to the book blitz for BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY, a stand-alone adult dark romance/psychological thriller, by Debarshi Kanjilal

Welcome to the book blitz for BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY, a stand-alone adult dark romance/psychological thriller, by Debarshi Kanjilal. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

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BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY by Debarshi Kanjilal

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Title:
BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY
Author: Debarshi Kanjilal
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Adult Dark Romance/Psychological Thriller
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Synopsis
A psychopath.
An infidel.
A child abuser.
A murderer.
A lover.
An insomniac.
A disturbed man.
A victim of his own mind.
Each one of these phrases can aptly describe Anurag Sanyal. This is Anurag’s story.

He has confessed it all to his diary. He has described every crime in vivid, nauseating detail. And each account is more surreal, more messed up than the last. There is only one problem – everything he narrates is based on lies.

And thus, we begin the eternal search for truth.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
Anurag smiled hesitantly and said, “It’s okay. I know you are here to help. And I trust any choice that Aditi makes.”

“Good,” I said, as I stood next to him. I drew a chair for myself and sat down in front of him.

“You love Aditi, don’t you?” I asked.

“Of course, I do,” said Anurag. “Anyone else, I would have been struggling to keep paying exorbitant alimonies for years now. But Aditi is different. I wish I could have done more for her, given her a child, perhaps.”

This sentiment wasn’t new. I had read something similar in his diary. And that scared me; his diary couldn’t be dismissed as a madman’s blabbering if he can recall any or all of it.

“Does Aditi feel that way about the child? Are you sure that she even wishes to have a child with you?” I asked.

Anurag burst into laughter. “Which married woman in her thirties doesn’t want a child, doctor? Let me call you doctor, makes you seem important! Anyway, I don’t need to ask her that question, doctor. I have been with her long enough to know what her heart desires.”

I tried to stay calm. After the silence simmered for half a minute, Anurag added, “If I did ask her, she’d say ‘you’re the child in our marriage, Avi, we don’t need another one,’ but I know she would just be saying that.”

I was caught with my guard down. ‘Avi!’ I exclaimed as I turned to the door into the room to look at Aditi, who had been standing there calmly all along. She turned her gaze down to the floor and then silently turned and walked away. I tried to gather my composure—futile efforts. I looked back at Anurag and asked him, “I am sorry, I didn’t read your full name yet. That was really careless of me.”

“It’s okay, doctor. After all, you are not a real doctor, so you are allowed to make mistakes! It’s Kar, Avinit Kar.”

“Of course, Avinit. Avinit, do you know anyone named Anurag?”

“Yes, of course, I knew Anurag, but haven’t you heard?”

And with that preface, Anurag started talking. And before I couldn’t take any more of the ridiculous story he narrated, he had suggested that Anurag, who was someone other than himself, had died in a terrible road accident, and Aditi is now grieving his death.

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Urban Fiction Author Debarshi Kanjilal

Author Debarshi Kanjilal

About the Author
Debarshi Kanjilal is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore, India. He published his first novella, Crimes of Love, just before the 2017 holiday season and it was touted as a gripping psychological thriller by several reputable reviewers.

DK ran the ‘God of Absurdity’ blog from 2012 to 2015, which published humorous anecdotes and reflection pieces. He is also an accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped adult learning content strategy for some of the most reputable organizations in the world.

You can keep up to date with his work on LinkedIn, Instagram, or his website.

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Where to find Melissa Sercia
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SMOKE AND RITUAL (Beautiful Dark Beasts Series) by Melissa Sercia

Welcome to the book blitz for SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia

Welcome to the book blitz for SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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SMOKE AND RITUAL (Beautiful Dark Beasts Series #1) by Melissa Sercia

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
SMOKE AND RITUAL
Series: Beautiful Dark Beasts Series #1
Author: Melissa Sercia
Publisher: City Owl Press
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The voices haunt her…

Their whispers taunt her with a war she never wanted…

But Arya Frost has more to contend with than the cryptic voices disturbing her sleep.

Protected inside the haven of Sanctum after losing both her parents in the Blood War a decade ago, Arya is different from other witches. She’s the only witch without a coven.

Or so she thinks. 

As her powers accelerate, so do the revelations about her true lineage.

Destined to become the Aether—a witch who can control all four elements—the Elemental covens want her magic, power she didn’t even know she had.

And when the sexy and mysterious god, Chaos shows up, Arya’s place in the world is put even more at risk.

But learning who and what she is, and how to wield her power only tips the surface of the battle raging inside her. She’ll have to find a way to awaken her magic, deal with her growing attraction to Chaos, all while being thrust into the middle of a magical feud that has been building for centuries.

The Blood War might be over, but the war between witches is just beginning.

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Teaser from SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia

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Excerpt #2
As I made my way toward Jane’s office, my newfound courage was starting to waiver. When I was a kid, they’d told us that war was something we’d never have to experience. The age of peace would last. We had the gods on our side. There were so many who had fought and died for us to be safe. Would their sacrifice be in vain?

Our parents grew up in a different time. Bloodshed and dark magic were all they knew. They were prepared for it. But my generation was soft. We never even thought to look over our shoulders. As I stood outside Jane’s door, I knew that was all about to change.

“Arya, please come in. We were just discussing you.” Jane sat still and stoic at her desk. Chaos paced back and forth behind her.

I ignored the nervous tickle that crept up my throat, praying that my voice didn’t fail me. “I’ve made my decision. I—I want to help. I will do whatever it is you want me to do.” My knees wobbled as the words left my lips.

“You can’t be serious,” Chaos snapped. “Have you ever even been off this island? I don’t care what your lineage is. You aren’t ready.” He folded his chiseled arms to his chest and leaned back against the wall, seeming satisfied with his assessment of me.

The way he looked at me without emotion, the dismissiveness in his tone, it was all I could do to not crawl under Jane’s desk and hide. “Thanks for the vote of confidence,” I mumbled.

Jane pressed her palms onto the desk, as if she were bracing herself. “Chaos, enough. We’ve been over this all night. She has to be the Aether. She’s the only one who can tap into that power.” Her voice softened as she looked back toward me. “Arya, dear, is there anything at all you can tell us about Echo? Anything you remember?”

I looked down at my scuffed boots, unsure of what was real or just imagined. “I—I don’t know. I’ve been having strange dreams for months. Echo—or at least who I think is Echo—calls to me in them. She tells me she needs me. At first, I thought it was just my own longing for a coven, manifesting in a dream…but then the birds came. The white crows.”

“So it’s begun,” she murmured. “Arya, tell me more about the birds.”

“I found one in my bed a couple days ago, it’s neck was broken…there was so much blood. Another one slammed into my window the night after. And then…last night, I had another dream. This time it was the ancestors calling to me. I could see them…in Purgatory.”

Jane jumped to her feet. “We have to get you away from here, Arya. It’s not safe anymore.”

Chaos threw up his hands. “Nowhere is safe, don’t you get it? They’ve marked her, and they won’t stop until they have what they want. I should have destroyed this realm when I had the—” 

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence,” Jane snapped. “She will be safe with you, Chaos.”

My head pounded. Less than a week ago, my biggest worry was passing a potion test. Now, standing between a Crescent witch elder and an actual god as they argued over how I was going to become some all-powerful being, it seemed so trivial. How did my whole life change in just a matter of days?

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Urban Fantasy Author, Melissa Sercia

Author Melissa Sercia

About the Author
Melissa Sercia is an Urban Fantasy author with a passion for philosophy, mythology, and all things supernatural. She is the author of the Blood and Darkness and Beautiful Dark Beasts series’. Melissa lives in California with her man and her cat. When she’s not building dark fantasy worlds and slaying demons, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with a glass of wine in her hand.

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE DARK IN-BETWEEN by Elizabeth Hrib

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DARK IN-BETWEEN, a standalone young adult paranormal romance, by Elizabeth Hrib.

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DARK IN-BETWEEN, a standalone young adult paranormal romance, by Elizabeth Hrib. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE DARK IN-BETWEEN by Elizabeth Hrib

About the Book
Title: THE DARK IN-BETWEEN
Author: Elizabeth Hrib
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Action-packed and emotionally powerful like big- and small-screen hits such as The Sixth Sense and SupernaturalThe Dark InBetween by Elizabeth Hrib is sure to stay with you long after the lights go out.

Something lurks in the shadows between life and death.

A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pulled from the water, Casey is rushed to the hospital and miraculously revived. But her sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.

Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend’s screams. Casey thinks she’s losing it… until she watches a boy fall from the sky.

Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy’s trapped soul to something worse than death.

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Excerpt #2
I never should have let go.

In her head, that day is still a blur of shrieking metal and blinding ocean sp.ray. One moment she’d been searching the coming twilight for the first wink of stars and the next . . . 

She didn’t remember in pictures exactly, because the images were blue and purple and black, like the bottom of the harbor. But she could remember the jump of her heart as the boat cap- sized against the rocks and the crush of surf that had rolled her over and over. 

The tide had caught her limbs, surging up and down as it pushed the breath from her lungs. And against her hands, she could remember the rough scratch of underwater rock and the slick feel of algae as she tried to protect her head. There was  something else, too. The silk of skin against hers. Liddy’s fingers tangled with her own, and then nothing but the frantic thought that raged against her temple. Get to the surface. 

Had Liddy had that same terrifying thought? Had she had the same realization that she couldn’t tell up from down in the dark? 

“It was an accident,” Evan says simply. “Nothing you did or didn’t do would change that outcome.” 

“You weren’t there,” she says. “You don’t know that.” 

“You guys wore life jackets. Liddy was just dragged under when the boat tipped. You know this.” 

But did she? Casey can’t remember breaking the surface. She can’t remember the first rush of oxygen into her lungs. So, at what point had she been saved and Liddy lost? 

Other flashes of that day rush back—Liddy’s easy grin, the excitement that bled into her laugh, the rev of the boat’s engine— and with it a wave of nausea. 

“I have to use the bathroom,” Casey says, turning on her heel and rushing toward the back of the house. She takes the main set of stairs. They curve sharply, and she races onto the landing, past the photos of Liddy at equestrian training, vocal recitals, and family vacations. The entire house is a testament to the wonderful person Liddy had been and now serves as a stark reminder of everything her parents had lost—everything Casey had lost in a best friend. 

Hands grappling for the right door, she takes refuge in the bathroom, only to find a framed photo of Liddy staring back at her from the shelf mounted beside the sink. It seems that with her passing, more and more pictures had appeared in the house. 

And she was always wearing that impossibly bright smile. 20 

Casey tips the photo facedown and barricades herself behind the bathroom door, pressing the lock with her thumb and run- ning her hand up the wall for the light switch. There’s a fuzzy edge to the silence in the dark. Almost like watching a snowy televi- sion screen. The sound of nothingness, of that blurry noiseless whisper, grows into a pulse she can feel beat beneath her skin as she slides down against the door. 

If she squeezes her eyes tight enough, all she can see is black. 

Shapes grow out of the darkness in her mind. Tall reaching tree limbs. A black wood, shrouded in shadow and stone, covered in mounds of turned earth

Casey tries to blink the images away. It’s not the first time this has happened, these grief-induced daymares. 

...Casey?

She freezes. The voice is new. 

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Author Elizabeth Hrib

Author Elizabeth Hrib

About the Author
Elizabeth Hrib was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied nursing at Western University. She now calls the East Coast home, where she works as a nurse in Halifax. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found at the piano, planning her next Netflix binge, or attempting to keep her small, windowsill garden alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Interview + Giveaway – KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women's fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women’s fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard. See below for information on the book, buy links, my exclusive interview with the author, and details on her giveaway.

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

About the Book
Title: KEEP FOREVER
Author: Alexa Kingaard
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance/Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
“Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of post-combat trauma, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread across many decades, detailing the impact this soldier’s illness has on an entire family, including children and grandchildren. KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, emotionally satisfying read that I highly recommend. ”
GARY SEIGEL, author of “Haskell Himself”

Paul O’Brien’s idyllic childhood in Southern California comes to a halt when his mother dies in the summer before his senior year of high school and a very different persona of his father emerges – isolating himself inside the house, turning to alcohol for comfort, and barely noticing his only child. Simultaneously, the war in Vietnam is sending shock waves around the world and young men from one coast to the other are being called upon to serve. Paul enlists in the Marines before receiving his draft notice.

Elizabeth Sutton is eager to gain some independence from her father’s old fashioned notions and looking forward to her first year in high school.  At fifteen years old, tragedy strikes with the loss of both parents in an auto accident, turning her childhood into one of responsibility and worry overnight.  The four siblings are scattered when her nine-year-old twin sisters are sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle on Nantucket Island, and Elizabeth is left behind in Boston with their grandmother.  Her older brother, Sam, enlists in the Marines, eager to join the conflict a world away as opposed to dealing with the one unfolding at home.

A bond develops between Paul and Sam in Vietnam, and both are injured in a bloody battle that costs Sam his right hand and sets the stage for a lifetime of nightmares and sleepless nights for Paul.  Matched by similar tragedies at a young age, Elizabeth and Paul’s first introduction by Sam upon their return from Vietnam is the beginning of friendship and love that survives five decades.

After marrying, welcoming their first child, and inheriting a small beach house, the couple adapts to their new surroundings, but distant memories of Vietnam continue to haunt Paul.  In an era when veterans refuse to speak of their pain and the government denies that thousands of soldiers are coming home irreparably damaged, he is left to deal with the challenge of caring for his loved ones amidst his his erratic flashback episodes and moods. As their lives unravel from the lingering effects of PTSD,  Elizabeth learns to accept the burden that Paul brought home, and together they make their own memories to keep forever.

Inspired
By
A True Story

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Interview
Q: I see that KEEP FOREVER is inspired by a true story. Can you tell us a little more about that?

A: Anyone who was a teenager in the 60s’ and 70s’ has Vietnam firmly embedded in their history. It’s the story of my generation, and many of my girlfriends married veterans either right out of high school or when the men returned. Women were a part of this war, mostly as nurses and unsung heroines, but it was mostly a war fought by middle and lower class males, those who were not college bound or who were unable to get a deferment. As with every conflict, combat veterans bring home mental and physical burdens, but none were vilified like the young men and women who fought in Vietnam. 

It stained their psyches, and many passed it down to their children – the second generation suffering the effects of this conflict. Wives were kept in the dark, the VA was not established until the late 80s’, and PTSD didn’t have a name. Aftercare was minimal, and many kept their unseen wounds bottled up for decades. I fell in love with a Vietnam veteran in 1969, nine months after he came home. This guy, and many like him, were just kids. Surfing and attending community college one day, picking up a machine gun and participating in a bloody fight for their lives the next. We married almost a decade later, had two children, and divorced after eleven years. But there was always that link that never faded, and a lot of guilt that I carried because I didn’t have the insight to deal with or understand PTSD at the time.

Q: What inspired you to tell this story now? 

A: September 27, 2011, my veteran and I had become close again and spent almost all our free time together. His health was failing, he suffered from depression, but not lately, and on this day, he was on the top of his game. We were returning from a coffee date in the Village about a mile away from  home. I was the driver – I always drove – and as I waited at the bottom of the hill to make a left turn a half a block away from the house, we were rear-ended by a large vehicle, twice as heavy as mine, going 50 miles an hour. Physically, we were not hurt. My car sustained $6,000 worth of damage, and the impact and collision triggered a PTSD episode in my veteran. Seventeen days later, October 13th, he committed suicide.

Q: What kind of research did you have to do to get all the historical details right?

A: I lived through most of it. People who know me recognize what is true, and what is embellished, but when I sat down to write, I didn’t have to think very hard. It was effortless, even though the first edition may not have been very polished. I was 68 years old and never published, never thought about writing a novel – ever. But shortly after my veteran died, I joined a Veteran’s Writing Group that welcomed me as the collateral damage that was never discussed. Most were Vietnam veterans, and I was a fly on the wall for five years. I was also a mess, but little by little, the story evolved in my head. Every month I listened to stories these men shared, never with their wives and families, and sometimes it felt like they forgot I was even there. Their memories were raw and gut-wrenching, fifty years after they returned. I was compelled, I had to tell this story. It is my mea culpa and tribute to my veteran, and every other service member who fought and was affected for a lifetime by this war.

Q: How do you think this story differs from one that would be told about PTSD today?

A: Thanks to the Vietnam veterans who fought for decades for better care, the younger veterans have a more stream-lined manner in which to apply for benefits. Even though they may need to wait 12-18 months for approval of an application, Vietnam veterans are literally falling apart, and are still getting denied in record numbers. I am grateful that as of five years ago, the Vietnam veteran now has their own day set aside for them, March 29th. But it took fifty years. Today, we also have wonderful non-profits, like the Gary Sinise Foundation, who have brought the struggles of our returning military into the light. But PTSD is the same in every war, just different settings and conflict. It is still a struggle for families and loved ones to watch and understand what their veteran is going through on a daily basis.

Q: What is the most important thing that you want readers to take away from KEEP FOREVER?

A: That the burden brought home is shared by everyone, from family members to government entities. Even if a veteran physically survives, it alters their entire life once they have seen combat. I can’t even imagine, even though I am closer than most to the reality that accompanies a veteran home.

Q: If you had to pick a theme song for the book, what would it be?

A: That was an easy one.. ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’  by Paul McCartney.

Q: What are you working on now? And what stage are you in?

A: I write a newsletter every month for my website subscribers, but throughout the quarantine, I have been keeping a journal. The situation and my thoughts change daily, sometimes hourly, and some of my friends suggested I share my unique experience with my readers. I tend to think that we are all in the middle of our own unique experiences, but I started to publish my thoughts every week, blog-style, on my website.

I have also written the first twelve chapters of my third novel, MIRACLE. Don’t hold me to the title, it could change. I’m not sure where these little nuggets of inspiration come from, but after KEEP FOREVER and MY NAME IS ROSE, I noticed that I like writing about nostalgia. I also write about characters that are normal and ordinary, faced with difficult and extraordinary circumstances. It’s the human condition that moves my stories forward.

Q: Switching gears, how are you coping with being quarantined? I see from your Instagram account that you are not riding it out at home. Has that impacted your ability to write?

A: Thank you for noticing! What had started as an extended visit to Oahu to assist my niece and her family with their relocation from the East Coast, has turned into lock-down situation from the first week. Schools were closed almost immediately, resorts and tourist attractions were shuttered, coffee shops and restaurants closed, and all the tourists were sent home. Flights in and out are being closing monitored and if an individual does not have a place to stay when they arrive, either with family or friends, perhaps an Air B&B, they are being given a free, one-way ticket back to where they came from. These strict measures are keeping the number of confirmed cases fairly manageable, but I have now been in total quarantine for over four weeks with my niece, her husband, their daughter , and a German Shepherd. Nothing but walks, but I can’t complain about the weather. 

It’s not been easy keeping a kindergartener entertained, but overall, I think my family unit has risen to the occasion and we are doing our part to remain healthy. My stay has been extended to whenever, and I’m anxious to get home to Southern California, but my circumstances are far better than many. As far as writing, I’m more determined than ever to complete the first draft of MIRACLE, whether I decide to publish it or not. I can write almost anywhere, alone or in the midst of others – but I need to be productive. I need to have something tangible to show for my weeks of no excuses that I didn’t have enough time to write or be creative. I’m limping along on a refurbished iPad and my phone, sometimes long-hand, but I’m moving quickly.  The whole story is in my head, just have to get it typed out on paper.

Q: Have you seen the meme about picking a house to live in during quarantine? A lot of them are going around, but I’m going to give you a unique one. Pick a house from the list below and tell us why you chose it.

House 1:
JK Rowling
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Kanye West
Jon Stewart

House 2:
Stephen King
George W. Bush
Britney Spears
Samantha Bee

House 3:
Janet Evanovich
Michelle Obama
Tom Cruise
Jimmy Fallon

House 4:
Paulo Coelho
Colin Powell
Miley Cyrus
Ellen DeGeneres

Of course, there are one or two in every house that don’t make my short list of people to socialize with, but the most well-rounded one to me would be House #1. The wisdom of Ruth, the sharp and intelligent humor of Jon, and the persistent, never-give-up attitude of JK would make for an interesting household.

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Author Alexa Kingaard

Author Alexa Kingaard

About the Author
ALEXA KINGAARD, a California native, currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

October 13, 2011, was the day that changed her life forever when her ex-husband, a Vietnam veteran, took his life during a PTSD flashback episode. Inspired to share this tragedy that continues to rob husbands and wives of their spouses, children of their parents, mothers of their children, brothers and sisters of their siblings, and comrades of their friends, Kingaard relied on her own experiences to shed light on this crisis. The burden brought home is not partial to Vietnam, but is an insidious aftershock endured by combat veterans of all conflicts.

Kingaard continues to pursue her literary career, writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives.

 

Where to Find Alexa Kingaard
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