Release Day + Giveaway – JUST PRETEND (Sandy Heights) by J.P. Nicholas

JUST PRETEND Release Day

Today is release day for JUST PRETEND, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Sandy Heights, by J.P. Nicholas. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

JUST PRETEND (Sandy Heights #1) by J.P. Nicholas

JUST PRETEND (Sandy Heights #1) by J.P. Nicholas

About the Book
Title: JUST PRETEND
Series: Sandy Heights #1
Author: J.P. Nicholas
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she’s never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion.

For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he’s fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family.

Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…

 

 

 

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Excerpt
“I’ve always liked your arms,” Hannah states in a matter-of-fact kind of way.

Regular tipsy Hannah has returned.

Normally, as her best friend, I would just ignore her so she doesn’t say something she will regret later. However, this is a rare opportunity for me to find out just what she is thinking. The real reason behind her friends-with-benefits proposition. The alcohol in her system has corroded a hole in the thick barrier she spent years building. A hole that I am going to try to slip right through.

“Really? Is that your favorite part of me?”

I snicker as she bops my nose with her finger. “Boop. No, silly. It’s your heart. It’s what makes you so special. What did I do to deserve you?”

I grin. “You broke my nose.”

She guffaws at my clever quip, laughing uncontrollably as she gasps for air. I give her a chance to catch her breath before I undertake trying to pry information out of her.

“Han,” I keep my eyes on the road, but I don’t have to see her to know I have her full attention. I can feel it. “What is the real reason you asked me to sleep with you? What was going on in that pretty head of yours?”

Silence pours over us. I don’t know whether she is collecting her thoughts or if she is ignoring my question. Regardless, the silence is deafening. I hope she didn’t pass out on me.

I sneak a peek to my right. Hannah’s head is bowed, her shoulders shaking involuntarily. It doesn’t take a genius to know she is quietly sobbing.

I ease over to the side of the road, shifting the truck into park. Turning to her, I lean over and wrap her in my embrace. After she rests her head on my shoulder, she breaks the silence. “Why am I so unlovable? What is it about me? My hair? My eyes? My breasts? Are they not adequate for you?”

“You are not unlovable, Han. Why would you say something like that?” I rub my hand across her back, trying to provide her some serenity.

“What other reason is there for every man that I have ever gone out with to cheat on me? To betray me? To hurt me? Something must be wrong with me. I must be unlovable.” As she speaks, I can feel the wetness of her tears dampening my shoulder.

In a harsh jerk, I push her out of my arms and lift her head up. Our gazes lock, allowing me to see the yellow speck of trouble in her blue eyes. “You can’t be unlovable, Han, because I fucking love you.”

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Author J.P. Nicholas

Author J.P. Nicholas

About the Authors

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines. 

When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.

Where to Find J.P. Nicholas
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – GIFTED (Awakening) by John R. Sankovich

GIFTED (Awakening) Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for GIFTED (Awakening), a young adult scifi/paranormal novel by John R. Sankovich. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

GIFTED (Awakening) by John R. Sankovich

GIFTED (Awakening) by John R. Sankovich

About the Book
Title:
GIFTED: Awakening
Author:
John R. Sankovich
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Paranormal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
The supernaturally-gifted Followers will kill anyone unwilling to use their powers to find their leader. The self-righteous Trinity, led by a man named Ulysses, won’t stop until all supernaturally-gifted people are dead. Sixteen year old telekinetic Rebecca Stevens is stuck in the middle of their war. 

When her mother dies in a Follower attack and her father mysteriously disappears, Rebecca is left with only the guilt that, had she known how to safely use her swelling telekinetic ability, she might have saved them. Staying hidden is impossible once her brother, who hides his power, pledges his loyalty to Trinity. With both sides knowing of her power, she must navigate the battlefield between the two groups. As Ulysses’ power expands, The Follower’s numbers grow, and violent clashes threaten to tear apart the city. Rebecca’s only hope to stop them both is to master her ability before it’s too late to save anyone.

 

 

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Excerpt
Rebecca Stevens stared at the crate twenty yards away; the breeze blew her hair across her eyes. The weight of the railroad spike hovering nearby rested on her mind. The sensation of a foreign object inside her head quickened her pulse like always. At her command the spike spun. Her skill had improved over the past months, during her very limited practice time, but one thing remained constant; if she didn’t manage her emotions she lost any sort of accuracy. Perfect concentration was required, and she hardly ever achieved that.

With her energy focused, sweat ran down her back and neck. A stiff wind chilled her cheek and rattled the nearby trees. A twig snapped and she glanced toward the sound. A dog stood in the clearing, its brown eyes studying her. At least he wouldn’t give away her secret.

A tingle intensified in her fingertips to the point of triggering an adrenaline rush, and she flung the spike toward the target. With a whoosh, the spike nailed the target a bit to the left. The wood box splintered, the crack of the wood echoed, and birds scattered from the nearby trees and the dog barked once before his escape. The spike drove into the ground, out of sight, behind a puff of dirt, as the force propelled it deep. Someone shouted in the distance, and she bolted toward the cover of the trees. She hid in the shadows of the trees like a criminal. Her body shook from the telekinetic exertion and with someone hearing the sound, they would come investigate. She needed to get out of here.

Her hands quivered and she knelt on the hard soil to calm her twitchy nerves. She hated the weakness in her stomach after every use of her power, but her instincts nagged her to practice. The control would get easier. It had to.

She dug into her backpack slung over a tree branch, and pulled out her cell phone. She had two text messages from her dad, both telling her to get home for dinner. She replied she was at the library and hurried through the forest as the sun set behind her. Her dad, they mayor of Peakside, would never understand what she was doing. He had been under constant pressure to do something about the growing voice of the public about people with powers. Her father kept to himself, but she knew he felt the burden. She hoped he would do the right thing; whatever that was. Maybe someday she would trust someone with her secret, but so far she couldn’t. The world wouldn’t allow her to.

At the edge of the woods, she scanned the adjacent street. Night crept in as the sun fell behind the horizon. Shadows reached forward like prying fingers as gloom surrounded her. A familiar loneliness fell upon her. A few porch lights dotted the neighborhood. In the distance, a dog howled. She hiked up her backpack and ran. Darkness scared her; she didn’t know why, but every time she was alone in the dark her nerves twisted into knots.

A pair of young men sat in a dark car near the forest. Smoke billowed up from the driver’s side when one of them opened his door. Did she see a flicker of fire on his arm? She looked away.

“Hey, girlie, you seen my dog?” the man called out. His voice had a raspy sound to it like he suffered from smokers’ cough. “It’s a small puppy.”

Rebecca glanced back at him, but didn’t offer an answer. In the pocket of her sweatshirt, she clenched her fists; a faint energy pulsed in her arms.

“You too good to answer me?” the man yelled.

The car door slammed and the engine revved. They were after her. Fear shot through her veins, and she didn’t have time to give it a second thought. With them already in the car, she didn’t want to risk her life to stop them. She didn’t even know if she could stop them if she tried.  She knew she could move small objects like her laptop and the railroad spike, but the heaviest thing she had moved with her mind was the washing machine, but a car, she couldn’t fathom doing that while she escaped.

Rebecca bolted toward the corner and hooked around. She hoped to put some distance between them. Her sneakers slapped against the pavement, still three blocks away from her house. Tired from her telekinetic training session, her body revolted–cramps hit her legs and she almost collapsed. She couldn’t outrun them, so she frantically searched the neighborhood for a place to hide. The first fence she came to, she scrambled over, and landed next to a tree. Her throat burned. Her chest heaved.

Rebecca peered through the thin slats in the fence, but no one came by. Maybe she’d overreacted. She lowered her sweaty head. The cool night sent a chill down her back. Her telekinesis curled around her like a scarf and she closed her eyes, comforted.

Her breath caught, at the squeak of a door. Behind her, a man stood on the porch in a white tank top. A cigarette dangled from his lip, the embers illuminated his face in orange shadows. She clenched the edge of the fence, ready to bolt again.

The porch light came alive. “Rebecca, what are you doing in my yard? Is everything okay?”

Relief swelled in her. Her science teacher, Mr. Randolph, greeted her with a smile. He was a nice guy who always joked with the class and one of the few people who had chosen neutrality in the whole gifted person versus civilian debate.

“I thought some guys were after me, but I think I’ve lost them.” Rebecca fought back a tremble.

“Really?” His plump face squished with concern. He scanned the street beyond his fence. “Come inside. We’ll call your parents.”

“Thank you.” She brushed away some of the twigs caught between the strands of her hair.

Mr. Randolph smashed his cigarette under his foot. “Sorry, bad habit.”

She followed him inside and stole a quick glance back into the street beyond his fence and didn’t see any sign of her pursuers. The warmth of the house soaked into her bones and the fear vanished. She trusted the teacher as much as she could trust anyone. Luck was on her side tonight.

“The phone’s on the counter.” He locked the door behind him.

She dialed her house. Her father picked up right away. “Dad, I’m sorry.”

“Rebecca, where the hell are you? I thought I told you to be home before dark,” her father said.

She knew this was coming. “I’m three blocks down the street. I thought someone was chasing me.”

“Chasing you? Are you okay? What happened? I’ll call Patrick.”

“No I’m fine, and I’m not sure I could tell Patrick much as it’s dark and I couldn’t see them that well. I’m at Mr. Randolph’s house, you know, my science teacher you met him last semester.”

“Let me talk to Mr. Randolph.”

“He wants to talk to you,” Rebecca said. She mouthed her apology and Mr. Randolph smiled.

She handed the phone to Mr. Randolph, who finished pouring himself a cup of coffee before taking the receiver. She slumped against the doorway and examined her ragged nails.

“Yes, she’s fine. I found her in my yard.” Mr. Randolph took a sip. A smile creased his lips. “I understand. Would you like me to bring her home?” He nodded. “No, of course. She won’t leave here until he arrives. You have my word.” Mr. Randolph hung up the phone. “Someone will be here soon.”

“Sorry about that.”

“No problem. He’s concerned you were hurt. I was the same way with my daughter when she was your age. Make yourself comfortable while you’re here.”

She didn’t recall him mentioning his daughter ever before. She strolled into the living room and examined the pictures hung along the walls. His daughter sat on a younger Mr. Randolph’s lap in a family portrait. The living room furniture seemed old, but still in good shape. The lack of a television surprised her.

He carried a satchel into the room and tossed it on the coffee table. It slapped against the wood and she jumped. Rubbing her hands up and down her arms seemed to help calm her frayed nerves a little. “You’re father seems like a good man.”

“Yeah, he has his moments,” she said.

He took another sip from his mug before he unsnapped the satchel. “You can have a seat while you wait. I’m just grading some papers.”

A car horn honked and she headed for the door. “That’s him. Thank you again. I don’t know what I would’ve done if they’d caught me.”

He flashed a genuine smile. “You’re a smart girl. You would’ve thought of something.”

He stood to let her out, but she’d already opened the door. “I’ll see you Tuesday. Enjoy the three day weekend.”

She hurried to the car and stopped at the sight of her father’s head of security, Eric. He frowned at her. “We need to talk.”

“I’m sorry.” She slid onto the passenger seat. “I lost track of time.”

“I thought we made a deal that you would call me to pick you up when you were ready,” he said and backed out of the driveway. Eric had worked for her father for over a decade—he was family.

“I thought I’d make it before dark.” She slumped down in the seat.

“Let’s not do this again. You know since the kid with those water powers was murdered, things have gotten a bit crazy around here. Your father needs to know you’re safe.”

She cringed and shook her head; she loved her father and felt bad because of her secret. With the way she heard him talk to the other politicians, things were going to get worse for gifted people. She feared the idea she’d overheard; they were trying to figure out a way to track people with powers. She imagined a barcode or something embedded in her skin. The thought made her squirm.

“I promise I’ll never do it again.” A promise she didn’t intend to keep, but if Eric told her father that, it would make him feel better, which put her mind at ease a little bit.

“There was another attack tonight. The rumor is it’s the group of people who follow the Collector guy again,” he said. “Twelve people dead. Nine of them kids.” This wasn’t a scare tactic. He wanted her to know what sort of situation her father dealt with tonight.

Eric always kept Rebecca updated on current happenings. The knowledge made her feel better, even though it was primarily violent news.

Rebecca lowered her head to hide her frustration. Things were worse for people like her, all because of some fruitcake who lead a bunch of gifted people on a crime spree. Her telekinesis tingled in her stomach at the change of her mood. She swallowed the anger and gazed out the window. She didn’t have anyone to talk to because everyone in her family was normal, unless her father’s way to deal with stress was a super power. Despite how dire things had gotten, he always remained calm and collected, except when it came to her. That was a surefire way for him to lose it. She didn’t enjoy the special attention when it came to her. Alex, her brother, got away with everything. Suppressing her guilt, she let out a shaky groan.

As Eric pulled into the driveway, Tony, her father’s other security guard, awaited them in front of the two story Victorian house. News vans lined the street outside and as they pulled up, the reporters mobbed the car. Their words blurred into one large rumble. Over the years she grew accustomed to ignore their inquiries, but lately, their questions about people with powers were hard to avoid. Each one stung like a dagger of accusation.

“Sorry about this,” Eric didn’t have to apologize; she knew it came with the territory of the mayor’s daughter, after all. She’d been around it for the past five years.

Tony, a monster of a man, shoved his way through to the passenger door and opened it for her. Tony pulled Rebecca inside the house where the reporter’s questions were snipped off by the stark slam of the door.

Inside the foyer, her father sat in his overstuffed chair, a large pile of papers stacked on his lap. Natilee, his personal assistant, came from the back room. Her black pants suit was well pressed and her brown hair was tied up in a tight bun that made the throbbing veins at her temple more visible. She didn’t handle stress nearly as well as her father. Rebecca learned quickly how to tell what sort of mood Natilee was in by a glance at her temple. If it fluttered like a hummingbird, keep your conversation short; if it was steady then she was approachable. She smiled at Rebecca and then turned back to her father.

“I’m sorry, Dad.” She swallowed and focused on remaining calm. She needed to keep the blaze of emotions in check, so no surprises with her gift would happen.

“These are signed.” Her father handed the papers to Natilee and she hurried toward the back of the house. He made his intentions clear, time with his family was more important than work and Natilee’s respect for the rule allowed her to keep her job longer than any of the other assistants.

“Becca, come here.” Her father removed his glasses and leaned forward in his chair. His brow creased as he rubbed his temples. “It’s okay. I’m sorry I flipped out. Things are a bit out of control as you can see.” Her father waved his hand toward the window absentmindedly.

Her mother rushed into the living room. “Honey, are you all right? Your dad said you were chased.” She pulled Rebecca into an embrace. Having her close was comforting. She gave her mother a quick squeeze back and pulled away. The scent of strawberries filled her head and she smiled.

Eric, who had escorted Rebecca’s mother in from the kitchen, went to his post by the front door.

“I’ve called Patrick. He’ll stop by after dinner. You don’t need to worry. He understands,” her mother said. A buzzer went off from the kitchen and her mother hesitated. She frowned. “Dinner’s in the oven.” She zipped off without another word.

Rebecca set her backpack on the couch and sat next to it. She leaned forward on the plush couch positioned directly across from her father. The idea of revealing her ability to him crossed her mind, but she sighed instead. There was no way he would understand. The oak table sat between them, and the reflection of the few red embers in the fireplace glowed with occasional pops of life. She fidgeted with the strings of her sweatshirt as his brown-eyed glare bore into her until she finally met his stare. Her mother was always there for her, but her father was the one she respected.

“Where were you?” His voice remained calm and inviting, which was never a good sign. Always under control, the tone of his voice made it clear that he meant business. The world could collapse around him and he would keep everyone else composed. She admired his ability to remain calm, while she felt like insects crawled around inside her at the first sign of chaos.

“At the library, studying.” She kept her eyes up. No backing down from his gaze, it would only give him a reason to think she lied.

“No, you weren’t. I checked there when the attack at the after school center happened. Want to try again?” He searched her face.

“Um…” She cracked and he noticed. His eyebrows rose briefly. She should have never tried to get one over on him. Too late to backtrack now, she needed to keep up her facade.

“I’m going to love you no matter where you were, so tell me, where were you?” He moved from the chair and sat next to her. He rested his hand on top of her fidgeting hands and they came to a stop. His warmth spread through her like a storm front and she blinked back the anguish. She wanted to tell him everything, but her mouth refused to spit out the words.

“I went for a walk through the forest. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, but…“ Rebecca stopped. He held her hands tight as she twitched to break free.

“It’s okay. You’re sixteen, and going through a lot of teenage stuff. Please don’t lie to me. I can’t protect you if you do.” He pulled her closer and kissed her forehead. “I love you.”

The stubble on his chin scratched her nose. “I love you too, Dad.”

“Now get upstairs and wash up for dinner.” He stood. “Natilee?”

Natilee appeared from another room a moment later, a cell phone in one hand and another pile of paperwork under her other arm. Rebecca stood to leave.

“The press wants a statement.” Natilee said, as Rebecca brushed by. The vein at her temple was calm, finally, and her hazel eyes glimmered a bit like she had recently been crying. Had she heard their conversation? Why would she care?

Her father glanced out the window. “I’ll tell them what I know, which isn’t much.”

“Dad?”

“Yes, dear?” He faced Rebecca and for the first time, he seemed to be beaten down by the way things were going.

“Where’s Alex?”

“Upstairs, probably on the phone with Yasmine.” He turned back to the window. Natilee handed him the phone.

“It’s the national media.” Natilee’s eyes glimmered for a moment, which stopped Rebecca short, but then she told herself what she had seen was nothing more than the reflection of the fire.

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Author John R. Sankovich

Author John R. Sankovich

About the Author
Even as a young child I was always conjuring up stories and filling them with colorful characters, sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and sharing them with much larger audiences.

When I’m not writing, I’m an avid Carolina Panther fan, video game player, and a Walking Dead aficionado.

I wouldn’t be able to do this with the support of my family, wife, two daughters, and son. Along with our zoo at home with 3 dogs, 3 frogs, a turtle, leopard gecko, sugar glider, a cat, and numerous fish. You might be surprised that with all these possible distractions, I still manage to write on a daily basis..

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Where to find John R. Sankovich
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER (Finding My Highlander) by Aleigha Siron

MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER, the second book in the adult time travelling romance series, Finding My Highlander, by Aleigha Siron. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER (Finding My Highlander #2) by Aleigha Siron

MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER (Finding My Highlander #2) by Aleigha Siron

About the Book
Title: MY SAN FRANCISCO HIGHLANDER
Series: Finding My Highlander #2
Author: Aleigha Siron
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Historical/Time Travelling Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
A love three hundred years in the making — After being knocked out in battle, Angus Cameron wakes in a terrifying new world with flying beasts, horseless carriages, crazy music, and strangely dressed people. Has he gone mad? When Angel Adair discovers a man in 1975’s San Francisco Lands End park dressed in little more than a Scottish kilt, is he just a confused drifter or her dream-lover come to life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #1
Rage burned through Brian’s limbs. The flash of sharp-edged knives drew his attention to the men’s hands. One of the ruffians held Angel with one arm wrenched behind her back and a knife at her throat. Something about them clicked his memory, throwing him back to the first day he’d arrived in San Francisco.

He stepped into the room. “Let the lass go. She cannae help ye.” Brian held his hands loosely at his sides, a sharp double-edged sgian dubh tucked behind closed fingers in his right hand.

“Well, lookey what we have here, a fairy in a skirt.” Brain wore his kilt several days a week and Granny had managed to procure a second one for him. It generated no shortage of bold approaches from both men and women when he donned his kilt, but he hated the chaffed, confining feel of modern day pants.

The second man wrapped a chain around his hand and clutched it in a menacing fist. “Give us the drugs, and we might let you watch as we play with this lovely flower. Perhaps we’ll even let you take a turn, if you’re man enough.”

The first man snarled, “Get moving,” he pushed Angel still holding the blade at her throat. All the blood had drained from her face, but she didn’t shriek or faint. What a brave lass.

“I’ll give ye what ye want, just let the lady go.” Brian moved slightly toward the door and closer to the man advancing with Angel in his grasp.

“A lady. De ya hear that, Carl. That’s a laaady you’re hold’en.” His laugh held no note of fear. It was clear they thought they had the upper hand, but Brian had faced worse ruffians than these bullies.

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Author Aleigha Siron

Author Aleigha Siron

About the Author
My San Francisco Highlander is Aleigha’s second full-length romance novel in her Finding My Highland Series. Now, an Amazon best-selling author of Time-Travel romance, she is working on the third book in her Finding My Highlander Series as well as a collection of romance poems. She’s also working on early character sheets for a Regency Romance series.

After more than twenty-five years writing and delivering management and other training programs, Aleigha Siron turned her writing efforts to fiction and poetry. When not writing, you’ll often find Aleigha walking along the shore with her trusty four-legged companion, Strider. The whoosh of waves across glistening sand and the turbulent swell of the sea at sunset dissolves the noise of the day. If this fails to conjure the muses and stimulate her creative juices, she’ll sip a glass of wine and read.

Aleigha loves all forms of writing, but historical and romance fiction provide a favorite escape, especially those with time-travel themes. A firm believer that everyone secretly yearns for the romance novels’ essential HEA, she knew this was her genre.

Where to Find Aleigha Siron
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME (Sea) by Heidi R. Kling

WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME, the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Sea, by Heidi R. Kling. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME (Sea #2) by Heidi R. Kling

WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME (Sea #2) by Heidi R. Kling

About the Book
Title: WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME
Series: Sea #2
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
They think I’ll be number seven. Unlucky number seven.

Dead teenager number seven. With the rash of suicides at my school, I’ve been shipped off to my dad’s Wyoming ranch for “my own safety.” My mom worries I’ll be next—another depressed teenager whose blood will end up on the train tracks. But she doesn’t know my secrets…or what I did.

Everything has changed at the ranch since I was there last. The staff is gone, and there aren’t any visitors. The place is struggling, and ALS is destroying my dad.

The one bright spot in this mess is his new—and only—ranch hand, Jake. He’s gorgeous, cheerful, healthy and sane. Shadows don’t haunt his eyes and eat away at him in the night.

But the ranch and Jake can’t save me from the darkness inside, or the knowledge of what I’ve done. This time, it’s up to me to save myself…

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Excerpt #2
“Sea?” came the whispered voice. “Sea?” Light slipped through the drapes in my dorm. Harsh, punishing, Californian morning light. Ugh. Someone touched my cheek. My hair. “Sea? You awake?”

“No,” I grumbled at the cruel, whispering person. I was utterly exhausted from finals and felt like I’d shoved my head in the sand, eyes open and brain exposed. Everything felt dry and gritty and heavy. Groaning, I rolled over in the narrow, uncomfortable bed—and came face to face with my best friend, Spider.

He grinned, and his blue eyes sparkled like the sea at sunrise. “Morning, sunshine.”

I felt myself smiling despite all the sand.

Wait. Spider was already here? He’d planned to drive over the hill to help me move out of my dorm for the summer, but I hadn’t expected him until later. Like, during normal human hours. I squinted at the clock. “You’re really early.”

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Used to popping up at dawn to ride the waves, Spider was ready to roll, his lanky body sporting his usual shirt and shorts and hoodie. He had more energy in his pinky finger than I did in my entire body; had ever since we were kids chasing each other around the cove into the wild blue sea. He was always hard to keep up with, but this morning, I knew it’d be impossible.

He tugged on a strand of my hair. “Yeah, well. I wanted to see you.”

Terima Kasih, Sienna. I have found you.

Waves of warmth washed over me, quickly replaced by guilt. Blinking, I looked away. “That’s…thanks, Spider. It’s good to see you, too.”

The last thing I wanted was for Spider to know what—or most importantly, who—I’d been dreaming about. He knew whatever had happened two years ago changed me, changed us, but I didn’t talk about it. Hell, I tried not to even think about it.

Apparently my subconscious had other ideas.

Lately I’d been a little stir crazy. Maybe it was my first year of college wrapping up, maybe it was the dreams, or maybe it was something else. Something more. I couldn’t shake this feeling that something huge lurked on the horizon. I needed to focus on that horizon. Not on the time I spent in Indonesia helping orphans. Or the fact that I fell in love with one.

Deni…
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Author Heidi R. Kling

Author Heidi R. Kling

About the Author
Heidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations. Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU(Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.

She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.

Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

Where to Find Heidi R. Kling
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – TUCK ME IN TIGHT (Claire Goodnight) by Jennifer Rebecca

TUCK ME IN TIGHT Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for TUCK ME IN TIGHT, the second book in the adult contemporary romance/mystery series, Claire Goodnight, by Jennifer Rebecca. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

TUCK ME IN TIGHT (Claire Goodnight #1) by Jennifer Rebecca

TUCK ME IN TIGHT (Claire Goodnight #1) by Jennifer Rebecca

About the Book
Title: TUCK ME IN TIGHT
Series:  Claire Goodnight #2
Author: Jennifer Rebecca
Release Date: May 28, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Mystery
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Synopsis
George Washington Township, New Jersey has been relatively quiet ever since it was turned upside down following a high profile kidnapping. During the lull in excitement Detective Claire Goodnite has enjoyed being in the love bubble with the sexy SAIC Wesley O’Connell.

Never fully believing that she was capable of a committed relationship—with Wes or with anyone—leaves Claire feeling undeserving of the elusive happily ever after. She has never let herself enjoy what was within her grasp . . .

Until a string of murdered women dressed and posed like sleeping dolls shakes the very foundation of everything Claire thought she knew. Particularly when the only connection to be found between the three victims is the man who finally stole her heart for keeps, Wes.

But it’s like she always said, she’s bad at love.

 

 

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Excerpt #1
It’s personal

This is going to be a long ass night.

“Show me the body.” I sigh.

“It’s right over here behind this dumpster.”

I follow Liam over to the alleyway behind the club and sure enough, there’s a dead girl back there. But that’s not what’s surprising.

The victim, who I would place at early to mid-thirties has blonde hair. Her eyes are closed and she’s laying on her left side on the asphalt. While all that may seem fairly normal for your everyday homicide, that’s where the “normal” ends.

Her eyes are closed and her hands are folded up in prayer under her cheek. At first glance you would think that she’s just sleeping and her clothing choice is . . . odd.

“Is that what she was wearing earlier?” I ask wondering what kind of freaky kink these assholes I work with are into. When no one answers I look up from the young woman next to the dumpster and at the men standing around me. “Well?”

“No,” Liam says after clearing his throat. “She dances here. Danced.”

“I’m going to need all of you to head inside the club. No one leaves,” I say after I sigh. Sometimes my job really sucks a monkey’s testicle.

“Claire . . .”

“Nope,” I say firmly. “I’ll be inside in just a second.” They all turn and tuck tail before heading back into the strip club like little boys who got a slap on the wrist from the school principal.

“Well it can’t be said you guys don’t know how to show a lady a good time,” Emma says as she snaps on a pair of latex gloves that one of the crime scene techs handed to her. Liam looks back at her over his shoulder and blanches. I just stare at her.

“Really, Em?”

“What? Too soon?” She shrugs.

“Of course it’s too soon!” I shout to the heavens as if Jesus and all the baby angels could help me. I start counting backwards from ten. I love Emma, but she’s a little bit of a loose cannon.

“I meant us, loser!” she shouts. “Like, you, me, and Anna. Not the dead stripper.”

“I could have a field day with all the shit you guys are slinging around tonight,” Anna chimes in. “I’m going to schedule you all for in depth appointments this coming week. We need to log some serious couch time.”

“Now will you look what you did?” I shout at Emma. She just shrugs in a so what fashion.

I sigh and roll my shoulders back. “What do you have for me, Emma?”

“Well, she looks to be about mid-thirties, blonde hair, could be bleached but it doesn’t look like it based on her roots. Victim appears to have been posed post-mortem,” Emma shares.

“No immediate evidence on scene that suggests the victim was murdered here,” one of the crime scene techs chimes in.

“I agree,” Emma says. “There is bruising present at the back of the victim’s shoulders that suggests the blood stopped pumping as she laid on her back, not her side. I won’t know cause of death until I get her on my table, but there is also evidence of bruising on her neck.”

“Strangulation?” I ask.

“On first look? Most likely,” Emma agrees.

“That’s messy,” I mumble.

“Not messy,” she corrects. “It’s personal.”

I stand there watching Emma as the crime scene techs comb the area for any evidence to the crime. Why was this woman murdered? Who would want to strangle her? I watch as Emma gently pulls the victim’s lower lid down.

“Now that’s interesting,” she says softly.

“What?”

“She has violet eyes.”

“And?” I ask.

“There’s no contact lenses in her eyes. The color is natural.”

“Okay,” I hedge not sure what she’s trying to say. I hope she just spits it out already. “What’s so interesting about a woman with natural eye color?”

“It’s not that she chooses to showcase her natural eye color that’s interesting so much as the color itself,” Emma explains. “I have never seen that natural color on anyone other than your dad, Liam . . . and you.”

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Author Jennifer Rebecca

Author Jennifer Rebecca

About the Author
Jennifer is a thirty something lover of words, all words: the written, the spoken, the sung (even poorly), the sweet, the funny, and even the four letter variety. She is a native of San Diego, California where she grew up reading the Brownings and Rebecca with her mother and Clifford and the Dog who Glowed in the Dark with her dad, much to her mother’s dismay.

Jennifer is a graduate of California State University San Marcos where she studied Criminology and Justice Studies. She is also an Alpha Xi Delta.

10 years ago, she was swept off her feet by her very own sailor. Today, they are happily married and the parents of a 8 year old and 6 year old twins. She can often be found in East Texas on the soccer fields, drawing with her children, or reading. Jennifer is convinced that if she puts her fitbit on one of the dogs, she might finally make her step goals. She loves a great romance, an alpha hero, and lots and lots of laughter.

Where to Find Jennifer Rebecca
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – HER REVOLUTION (Her Golden City) by C.S. Hand

Author C.S. Hand is unveiling the cover to HER REVOLUTION, the first book in his young adult dystopian series, Her Golden City, releasing August 8, 2018. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on his giveaway.

HER REVOLUTION (Her Golden City #1) by C.S. Hand

HER REVOLUTION (Her Golden City #1) by C.S. Hand

About the Book
Title: HER REVOLUTION
Series: Her Golden City #1
Authors: C.S. Hand
Release Date: August 8, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
For fans of Divergent, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games comes a gripping new tale of ambition, treachery, and love.

When what appears as a prank on arrogant ambassadors at an exotic vacation city turns out to be the first tremors of a revolution, the Enlightened Council of Castillia turns to its 11-year old undefeated military prodigy and her loyal Guardians for help.

After all, it was Innocence who liberated the Jewel of All Cities in the first place. Everyone knows she will be the last to let it slip from her grasp. But why would anyone want to leave Castillia? Its laws are just. Its Council is democratically elected. It has liberated more cities than any other Republic, past or present.

But Castillia has enemies, that’s for sure.

Sedition is the favorite trick of the southern Republic Ausonia. In fact, the exotic vacation city used to belong to Ausonia—and they have always wanted it back. But could those hedonists really organize anything between all their dancing and drinking? Or has Vesper, the mighty Republic to the North finally woken from its slumber? It has plenty of old scores to settle with Castillia and it’s palm-lined streets.

Squashing the uprising and re-uniting the town and her city could be the perfect way to end the most legendary military career Castillia has ever known and begin a new, exhilarating life as a prominent politician.

But it also might just be the perfect way to start what Innocence has secretly always yearned for: her own Empire.

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Author C.S. Hand

Author C.S. Hand

About the Author
C. S. Hand loves philosophy, literature, and science-fiction and fantasy books. He studied British Romanticism at Cambridge before leaving to translate great science-fiction and fantasy books. You can read more about his 3 great loves here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – FAIRIES AND FROSTING (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum) by Christina Bauer

FAIRIES AND FROSTING Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover to FAIRIES AND FROSTING, an interim novella between SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS and SLIPPERS AND THIEVES in the young adult paranormal romance series, Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, releasing May 28, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and a preorder links.

FAIRIES AND FROSTING (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2.5) by Christina Bauer

FAIRIES AND FROSTING (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2.5) by Christina Bauer

About the Book
Title:
FAIRIES AND FROSTING
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2.5
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis

Elle (never call her Cinderella) is trying to throw a surprise birthday party for her bestie, Bryar Rose. Trouble is, some unfriendly fae are working hard to ruin everything. Good thing she has a certain handsome Le Charme wizard on speed dial…

***An interim novella between SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS and SLIPPERS AND THIEVES***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series includes WOLVES AND ROSES (Book 1), MOONLIGHT AND MIDTOWN (Novella 1.5) and SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS (Book 2, Fall 2018). Eight full novels are planned in total.

Book 1: WOLVES AND ROSES – Available Now
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Book 1.5: MOONLIGHT AND MIDTOWN – Available Now
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Author Christina Bauer

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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Release Day + Giveaway – ONE TRUE LOVE (Love Mark) by Linda Kage

ONE TRUE LOVE Book Blitz

Today is release day for ONE TRUE LOVE, the first book in the adult fantasy romance series, Loe Mark by Linda Kage. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ONE TRUE LOVE (Love Mark #1) by Linda Kage

ONE TRUE LOVE (Love Mark #1) by Linda Kage

About the Book
Title: ONE TRUE LOVE
Series: Love Mark #1
Author: Linda Kage
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2018
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Synopsis
Custom demanded that Prince Urban get a love mark tattooed to the side of his left eye as an infant, just like the rest of his people, but to him, the stupid things have only brought on the scorn of his father, the misery of his siblings, and caused his entire kingdom to go broke from fighting so many wars over the irritating ink stains.

When Urban’s sister must travel to Donnelly, the kingdom within the sand, for her arranged marriage to align two realms, he goes with her. But he no sooner steps foot inside their castle than his mark starts itching like a son of a bitch, telling him his one true love is near.

It just figures, though, that the woman meant for him is completely forbidden. Now he must decide if he should ignore the persistent mark, telling him she’s the one, in order to avoid a possible war between kingdoms, or if he should discover whether she’s worth risking everything for so they can be together. Either way, his life gets sucked into chaos with threats of beheadings, dark magic lurking, castle traitors scheming, and sword fights eminent.

Who knew one little tattoo could cause so much trouble?

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What a peculiar place. I couldn’t decide if the entire kingdom was just that naïve or if all this pleasantry was part of the grand trap they were about to spring on us.

Allera sent me a warning glance. “Open minded, remember?”

Making a face, I clutched the sword at my side and nodded before cracking my neck from one side to the other. Open minded. Sure. Until they tried to kill us, anyway.

We came to the gateway that led into the middle bailey, and there, we were instructed by the guards to leave the carriage as we were to separate ourselves from the servants we’d brought with us and walk the rest of the way on foot.

I opened the door and glanced around for danger. Unable to spot any, I reluctantly folded down the steps and hopped to the ground before managing to somehow angle my body so I could assist Allera on her descent and not turn my back to a single guard.

A dignitary whose bangs on his blond hair were clipped far too short stepped forward, bearing a scroll under one arm. My return scowl seemed to disconcert him, making him shy a step back. After fumbling to unroll the scroll with shaking hands, he read us the greeting, then let us know he would lead us to the Throne Room where King Caulder and his brother Prince Brentley were waiting to receive us.

Allera was all smiles and patient nods, thanking the man. I stood stonily at her elbow until we set off after Short Bangs. Wrapping both hands around the front buckle of my sword belt, I strode beside her, back rigid and gaze alert, as I took in the beauty of the palace.

Everything here seemed new and clean. Spotlessly perfect, in fact. I couldn’t find a flaw anywhere in all its excellence.

Which made me itch.

Literally.

I shook my head at the insistent sensation that quite abruptly wouldn’t leave me, and I scratched my temple heartily.

Didn’t help.

When I kept scratching it, Allera shifted closer to me and hissed from the side of her mouth, “What the devil are you doing? Stop that. You’re going to make our entire clan look like deranged lunatics by the way you keep fondling your eye.”

“I can’t help it.” My fingernails raked relentlessly over the spot on the side of my left eye, unable to make the skin stop prickling. “My mark’s itching like a bastard.”

“Well, you know what that means, don’t you?” She sounded irritated. “And I said STOP scratching it already. People are staring.”

In front of us, Short Bangs glanced back curiously. Offering him a tight smile, I dropped my hand back to my belt, and he faced forward again. My smile instantly morphed into a glare, which I shot Allera’s way.

How was it that she still talked down to me as if I were a child? I’d led battles, controlled my own fleet of ships, bedded some of the most beautiful, exotic women in three realms, and gotten the king of Lowden to kneel before me because of my intimidating presence after my army had defeated his. Yet Allera wiped all that prestige away with a single, degrading glance.

Older sisters could suck the man right out of a fellow, I swear.

“What does it mean, oh wise one?” I mocked moodily, winking one eye so it would wrinkle that cheek in an effort to alleviate the sensation without actually touching it. That didn’t help either, dammit. “That I’m allergic to the kingdom of Donnelly? I could’ve told you that.”

I glanced around at the servants who’d stopped working to watch us pass. Even they looked clean and well-clothed. It was just plain weird. And suspicious. Could one kingdom really have this much wealth and good standing with their peasants and be so goddamn welcoming?

“No, you nimrod.” Allera sighed and shook her head. “It means your one true love is near.”

Forgetting about the peculiarity of my surroundings, I stopped walking and swung around to gape at my sister incredulously. “THE HELL YOU SAY!”

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Author Linda Kage

Author Linda Kage

About the Author
Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn’t already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paperback Release + Giveaway – ROAR (Stormheart) by Cora Carmack

ROAR Release Day

Today is release day for ROAR, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series, Stormheart, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cora Carmack. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ROAR (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

ROAR (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

About the Book
Title
: ROAR
Series: Stormheart #1
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Tor Teen
Category: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
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Synopsis
New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”

“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

“Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke.

The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.”

“She’s a child.”

Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument.

You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.”

Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross.

“What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar.

“Skills?”

“Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?”

A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.”

Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far.

Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“

“Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.”

The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?”

He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.

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Author Cara Carmack

Author Cara Carmack

About the Author
Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website..

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – CROWN OF RUIN (Crown of Death) by Keary Taylor

CROWN OF RUIN Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for CROWN OF RUIN, the third book in the adult paranormal romance series, Crown of Death, by USA Today bestselling author, Keary Taylor. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

CROWN OF RUIN (Crown of Death #3) by Keary Taylor

CROWN OF RUIN (Crown of Death #3) by Keary Taylor

About the Book
Title:
CROWN OF RUIN
Series: Crown of Death #3
Author:
Keary Taylor
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
Logan has returned to Roter Himmel. Once a peaceful haven for the Royals, it is now a kingdom of chaos and distrust. The people may love their queen, but she has never ruled them on her own.

Sevan has seen Cyrus work miracles long ago, and learned his methods herself. His curse has sustained stronger than death before but the visage of Cyrus’ demise is undeniable. Still, Logan refuses to believe this is the end. Cyrus keeps appearing to her in strange dreams, rambling that she must prepare—that the day is coming when night will rule the day.

While the entire world of vampires watches, Logan will take on the weight of the crown, the certainty of impending change, and the threat of war.

They all should have known better than to test her. She’s had multiple lifetimes to prepare for this…

All hail the Queen.

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I want to break.  To shatter. I could crumble, a million pieces scattered across the stone floor.

But there are eyes—so many eyes.  Dozens of them, hundreds perhaps. They watch me.  They watch their queen.

I’ve been under their eyes before.  I’ve been studied, scrutinized. I know what they are looking for in this moment.

I can’t crumble.

Because right now I have to be queen of them all.

“Get out,” I say evenly as I stare at my husband’s blank face.  My stomach turns. My jaw tightens.

I stand straight.  I take one deep breath.  I turn to face the masses.

“I want everyone, and I mean everyone save Alivia, Ian, and Eshan out of this castle.  But if anyone tries to leave Roter Himmel, the punishment will be one hundred years tied up in the middle of the desert where the sun never sets.”

Eyes widen, breaths suck into lungs.

I see it, they doubt me.  If I really am the Queen. If I mean what I say.

If I were Cyrus, I’d probably kill someone.  Drag them out into the sunlight outside, watch them scream, watch them cry in agony.  I would probably tear someone’s skin off, inch by inch, while everyone watched, to show them how deadly serious I am.

But I am not Cyrus.

I am Sevan.

“Do you all understand me?” I ask quietly.

No one speaks.  They only watch me with wary eyes.

“Do you understand your Queen?” I bellow.

Some take a step back.  Eyes widen. Others narrow at me.

“Do you understand if you leave our city you will regret it for the next 36,500 days?” I threaten with an angry tremor in my voice.  “Do you understand if anyone tries to travel on silent and dark feet, I will know?”

While the majority nod their heads solemnly—most know better than to defy me, others doubt.

I make a mental note of each of them.

Of their own accord, my eyes drift, studying each of those that surround me.  The shock of Eshan. The horror of Alivia. And the bitter anger of Ian.

My eyes shift from him to those who look at me with doubt.  And I look back to Ian.

He looks over at them as well, and I know he gets my silent communication: take note of the doubters.  

We may not like one another, maybe we never will, but I know in this, we speak the same language when it comes to being distrustful and suspicious of others and their motives.

Looking back at those who weren’t smart enough to take me seriously, I know that some will die.

And I don’t care.

Emotion wells in my eyes.  Tears threaten to slip down my face.

But I hold them in.

I’ll burn every one of them to the ground if it means avenging Cyrus.

“Leave,” I let the word quietly slip over my lips.

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Author Keary Taylor

Author Keary Taylor

About the Author
Keary Taylor is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.

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Where to find Keary Taylor
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME (Katie Cass Mysteries) by Tia Brady

A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME, the second book in the new adult romance/mystery series, Katie Cass Mysteries, by Tia Brady. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME (Katie Cass Mysteries #2) by Tia Brady

A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME (Katie Cass Mysteries #2) by Tia Brady

About the Book
Title: A DEAD RINGER FOR KATIE REAL TIME
Series: Katie Cass Mysteries #2
Author: Tia Brady
Publisher: Amity Stone Press
Release Date: June 2, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance/Mystery
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
How’s a girl to celebrate her 22nd birthday…

When her fame seeking mom is in town with her shady mob-boss fiance, creepy locals are finding her a bit too interesting, and a threatening letter is left on her car? Celebrate in style, of course, at the biggest event of the year, the town costume party, headlined by none other than the Cave Spiders. Not only are they THE band of the year, they have sexy Peter Sleigh as the lead singer. Katie can’t seem to get him off her mind, and it’s no wonder why, the man has more mystery surrounding him than the small town of Angel Bay has bats swirling in the fog.

In the midst of it all, she still owes her best friend. Although they may have located Sasha’s missing necklace, that only led to more questions and no necklace in hand. Why is it being guarded by a tarantula, does it really have supernatural powers, and why did Peter Sleigh ever steal it in the first place? With a handsome detective helping her, a stalker, and a crazy girl threatening her, Katie is determined to discover the truth behind the stolen heirloom and the secrets of the one and only Peter Sleigh.

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Author Tia Brady

Author Tia Brady

About the Author
Tia Brady, is an American Author, who was born in Silver Spring, MD but moved shortly after. She now lives in a town similar to Angel Bay and works a job similar to her heroine Katie Cass, but all she writes is made up, of course!

Tia graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Philosophy, and has written a movie script, TV pilot and her New Adult romance caper is a fun, sexy, rock band themed Mystery, with a script-like vibe. Tia’s Book Two of her Dead Ringer Series will release in 2018 with Book Three soon to follow.

Tia loves the 80’s, fresh brewed coffee, hiking, and Rockin’ out to Duran Duran, Weezer, and some 90’s (grunge & alternative). Her Rock Star crush is Tom Cruise with whom she’d love to go for a moonlit run.

 

Where to Find Tia Brady
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE GALLERY (Reverse Harem) by Mika Lane

THE GALLERY Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for THE GALLERY, the latest book in the adult contemporary romance series Reverse Harem, by Mika Lane. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt and details on her giveaway.

THE GALLERY (Reverse Harem) by Mika Lane

THE GALLERY (Reverse Harem) by Mika Lane

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE GALLERY
Series: Reverse Harem
Author: Mika Lane
Publisher: Headlands Publishing
Release Date: May 30, 2018
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
What do you do when someone changes the rules of the game? Do you keep playing? Or start your own game?

Blu, my gay bestie, was determined to see me win. Of course, I knew that would involve plenty of retail therapy. And chocolate.

I just didn’t know it would include four hot as h*ll men with moves I’d never dreamed existed. And a very different sort of social club.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fortunately, though, I didn’t have to try too hard. Gio lowered my panties, slowly and deliberately by reaching under my dress, until they were at my ankles. He raised one of my feet at a time so I could step out of them. He crumpled them into a ball, and finally meeting my gaze with an intensity that made me sway, smiled as he tucked them into his suit pocket.

Guess I won’t be seeing those again.

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Author Mika Lane

Author Mika Lane

About the Author
Writing has been a passion of Mika’s since a young age (her first book was “The Day I Ate the Milkyway”), but erotic romance is now what gives purpose to her days and nights. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. A devotee of the intelligent and beautiful, and lover of shiny things, she’s a yogi, hiker, traveler, thinker, observer, and book worm. She has been known to drink cheap champagne and has way too many shoes.

A National Reader’s Choice Awards finalist, Mika always deliver a hot, sexy romp, often with imperfect characters, and a promised happily ever after (or at least happy for now).

She LOVES to hear from readers, and can be found at www.mikalane.com, and facebook.com/mikalaneauthor, when she’s not dreaming up naughty tales to share.

 

 

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Where to find Mika Lane
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS (Holly Drake Job) by Nicole Grotepas

HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS, the second book in the adult science fiction/steampunk series, Holly Drake Job, by Nicole Grotepas. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS (Holly Drake Job #2) by Nicole Grotepas

HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS (Holly Drake Job #2) by Nicole Grotepas

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: HANDS OF THE COLOSSUS
Series: Holly Drake Job #2
Author: Nicole Grotepas
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Genre: Adult Science Fiction/Steampunk
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
One massive shadow organization. One bad ass heroine.

Holly Drake just wants a simple thing–to destroy the Shadow Coalition and the evil at the heart of their business. Using tip-offs from the secretive government official pulling her strings, Holly and her crew swoop in, break up the cash drops and steal the money. If one or two baddies die on accident, no big loss. Right? Holly could do this forever, picking the Coalition apart till not even bones remain.

Until someone goes missing. In that moment, everything changes.

To save the victim, Holly and her team will put everything on the line to penetrate the mysterious Shadow Coalition and stab at their enigmatic leadership: the Hands who protect the Heart. Treacherous journeys across the 6-moon system in space-zeppelins, dangerous infiltrations of the Coalition, bartering with thieves, and relying on the seedy underbelly of the 6-moons. Anything it takes.

But … is the whole set up a trap? How many snares will Holly and her crew have to spring to the save just one victim?

This is Holly Drake and her crew of thieves. If they have to, they’ll go into the hornet’s nest to get the job done. But will it be their final job? 

The Hands of the Colossus features a snarky, strong, bad ass heroine fighting against the odds to save the helpless.

If you don’t like seeing a woman experience self-doubt, overcome obstacles, and then dominate, this book is not for you.

Love strong female leads, an entertaining cast of characters, and adventure? Then grab your copy today!

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They’d been planning for a trap. It was something Holly thought would always be wise—knowing that your plan might come up against a carefully executed snare that was so subtle, it couldn’t be seen.

And still, her guts roiled and boiled as they waited for the drop to begin. Charly and Odeon had scouted the exterior of the warehouse, which was carved from the rock just like everything else. But unlike the hotels and the canyon towers of commerce, the warehouse had multiple entries along the tall building where flying ships landed and loaded cargo in or out. The drop was set to happen on the top level of the tower. Charly and Odeon had set up two entry points for them, one from the north side and the other from the south side. The thought was that the suppliers who were coming for their money would enter through the canyon facing entrance.

Shiro and Holly crouched out of sight on the balcony of the tower top facing the warehouse. Their timer counted down to the moment the drop was scheduled.

“Should be happening now,” Charly’s scratchy voice said in Holly’s ear. “You guys all ready for this? It’s gonna be a fucking party.”

“Get on your ziplines now,” Odeon said. They’d set the system up to cross the gap between the buildings.

“Ok, Shiro, you go first,” Holly muttered, feeling her stomach plummet at the thought of crossing the gap.

“Ladies first,” Shiro said. “You’re not afraid are you, Ms. Drake?”

Those were the magic words. She had been afraid. But now that Shiro caught her, she couldn’t very well admit that.

“Hardly. I wanted to make sure you got across without a problem. It’s fine. I’ll go first.”

“When a lady says, ‘it’s fine,’ it never is.”

“But it is. Look I’m going.”

“Masks on,” Shiro said.

Holly yanked hers down over her eyes, nose, and mouth, and then jumped onto the zipline, taking it in one movement so that she couldn’t change her mind. The winds ripped through her hair. She lifted her legs and traversed the distance. Though it was rather narrow, it seemed to take forever. Her abdomen muscles burned. Her shoulders ached, and then she was there, on the platform. She dropped and pulled the zip tool off. Shiro landed beside her, holding his cane between his teeth.

“Ow.” He pulled it out as he landed. “This cane was not made to hold in my mouth.”

He flexed his jaw repeatedly.

“Oh believe me, I know what you mean,” Holly said drily. There it was—his blush. She’d wanted that. Had worked hard for it. She laughed.

“Lead the way, Ms. Drake.”

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Author Nicole Grotepas

Author Nicole Grotepas

About the Author
I’m passionate about human rights, animal rights, and living life with no regrets. I love how becoming a parent has deepened my devotion to making the world a better place. I do that best by crafting stories that attempt to answer hard questions–the ones I think about most–while also being entertaining and fun. I live in a landscape that reminds me of my place in the universe, under an endless sky and towering mountains that are older than human memory, and I love it here.

 

 

 

Where to Find Nicole Grotepas
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway – ALONG WITH YOU by Michelle Areaux

ALONG WITH YOU Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for ALONG WITH YOU, a stand-alone young adult contemporary romance by Michelle Areaux. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99, or read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

ALONG WITH YOU by Michelle Areaux

ALONG WITH YOU by Michelle Areaux

About the Book – Read for Free With Kindle Unlimited
Title:
ALONG WITH YOU
Author: Michelle Areaux
Publisher: Kingston Publisher
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
A wonderfully raw new novel by author Michelle Areaux that takes you on an emotional journey as you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the difficult side of being a teenager.

“People leave. People lie. People let go. That is how my world works.”

Sixteen-year-old Blair has never had consistency in her life. After a traumatic event that Blair’s parents wanted to remain a secret, they began moving her around the country in hopes of starting a fresh, new life. Only, Blair never stays anywhere long enough to start that new life she keeps expecting. Choosing to rebel instead of conforming to her parents wishes, Blair opts for neon colored hair and a sassy streak that pushes people away before they can hurt her first.

Hunter is your typical southern, small town boy. He’s a good guy with a great heart and a passion for helping others.

When Blair and Hunter meet, sparks begin to fly- but not the way either expected.

As Blair struggles to keep her dark secret hidden, Hunter tries at all costs to win over Blair’s heart and her trust.

Complete opposites come together in this novel that challenges the rules of society and who we are allowed to fall in love with. Sometimes, it takes the wrong person to join along for the ride of your life.

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Author Michelle Areaux

Author Michelle Areaux

About the Author
Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, educator, and young adult author. Her love for coffee helps drive her to create magical, fantasy stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Michelle Areaux
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Blog Tour – Guest Post + Giveaway – CINDERELLA’S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer) by F.M. Boughan

CINDERELLA'S INFERNO Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for CINDERELLA’S INFERNO, the second book in the young adult fantasy romance/fairytale retelling series, Cinderella, Necromancer, by F.M. Boughan. See below for information on the book, buy links, a guest post on the author’s road to publication, and details on her giveaway.

CINDERELLA'S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2) by F.M. Boughan

CINDERELLA’S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2) by F.M. Boughan

About the Book
Title: CINDERELLA’s INFERNO
Series: Cinderella, Necromancer #2
Author: F.M. Boughan
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre:
Young Adult Fantasy Romance/Fairytale Retelling
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Synopsis
Purity cannot abide the darkness.

It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?

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Guest Post

Road to Publication

Last September, I told you about the road to publication for my debut. I think where we landed in that post was a loose and possibly mixed metaphor about a gravel road, smooth sailing, and chunky rocks.

Let’s just pretend that was an intentional choice… a metaphor within a metaphor for my publishing journey, okay? Ahem. Moving on.

The road to publication for CINDERELLA’S INFERNO, the sequel to Ellison’s story in begun CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER, was a much shorter path. More like a little side street instead of an unpaved gravel road.

The thing is, a writer has all the time in the world to get that first book done before their debut—it’s okay that the road is long, because there are no deadlines or constraints or people sending angry emails to their inbox asking when their draft will be done. When it comes time to write the second book, however, there usually is a deadline. Which means your road is short, much shorter, and you don’t have time to grab a donut at the cool little diner on the side of the highway. Heck, you don’t even have time to eat, let alone stop for gas, or take a selfie at that quirky antique shop you’ve always meant to visit, or brush your teeth, or… or… or…

Er, this might be getting a little too real.

Here’s the thing. I wrote CINDERELLA’S INFERNO in less than two months. Sorry, let me clarify—I handwrote it. In two journals. And then I typed it up and started hacking it apart.

I had very little time to complete the novel due to Circumstances (which I can’t really go into, but please trust they were legitimate and unavoidable), but the good thing was that I’d been researching and planning out the story for about a year prior to that. So when it came time to sit down and actually write the book, the process was much shorter than if I’d had to start from scratch.

After I handed in my revised draft—which at that point was probably the third or fourth version—I sat back and waited for my edit letter. When it arrived, there were some excellent points to consider, and I took the time to carefully fix things like phrasing, language, description, and emotional impact.

After that was handed back in, I waited again. And got more revisions. And made more fixes. And then got more revisions. And made more fixes. And got even more revisions (though these were mostly minor edits to grammar and word choice). Made those fixes. There might have been another set before first pass pages, but I’m not sure. The versions basically start to bleed together after a while…

Then I handed in the last version, after which I sat back and waited. Actually, I’m still waiting, because it’s almost book release time! Soon I’ll get to hold the result of this journey in my hands, and thank my brain and fingers for enduring what I put it through on the road to this sequel’s publication.

And maybe I’ll finally get that donut.

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Get Caught Up on the Series

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Author F.M. Boughan

Author F.M. Boughan

About the Author
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

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Where to Find F.M. Boughan
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN (Forget Me Knot) by C.R. Ellis

WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN Cover Reveal

Author C.R. Ellis is revealing the cover to WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN, the first book in her new adult romantic suspense series, Forget Me Knot, releasing June 26, 2018. See below for the cover, information the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN (Forget Me Knot #1) by C.R. Ellis

WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN (Forget Me Knot #1) by C.R. Ellis

About the Book
Title: WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN
Series: Forget Me Knot #1
Author: C.R. Ellis
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
JADE

Twenty-four hours.

A no-strings-attached adventure with the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen—this was my alcohol-slash-lust-fueled proposal, and given before I could consider the potential ramifications. While his looks alone are enough to make a girl swoon, it’s the rest of him—a perfect balance of mysterious, sweet, and effortlessly charming—that draws me in. Through his cryptic comments and half-answers, he’s quickly become an enigma I’m determined to solve.

One way or another, this adventure promises to snap the stagnant, lackluster pattern my love life has been locked in lately. Is it naïve and a little reckless to think this won’t blow up in my face? Probably. But the bigger question is the only one I need to answer…Is the chance to soar among the stars worth the risk of being burned when the sun eventually rises?

EMMETT

Love is a mistake I won’t make again.

My rules are simple. Keep things surface-deep. Don’t make plans. And never, ever get attached. One look at her is all it takes for me to break my first rule. One conversation with her is all it takes for me to question everything. Which means accepting her proposal is bound to be a mistake.

She has no idea who I am or what kind of demons I live with, so I tell myself there’s no harm in spending one day with her. But the more I lose myself in her, the more she brings me out of the darkness and into her light, the harder it’ll be to let her go. When reality comes crashing down on us in the worst way possible, I have to decide between walking away…or risking everything for the woman who breaks all of my rules.

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WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN (Forget Me Knot #1) by C.R. Ellis (Full Cover)

WHY STARS CHASE THE SUN (Forget Me Knot #1) by C.R. Ellis (Full Cover)

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Excerpt
“Jade,” I bellowed when she was nowhere to be seen in the living room or kitchen. I darted glances down both hallways visible from the living room, one leading to the bedrooms and one to the office. My feet knew which direction to go before my brain did. Not surprising, considering which part of my anatomy is running the show right now.

All those thoughts of ways I wanted to make Jade pay for torturing me earlier evaporated as soon as I stepped into the office. I had half a second to take in the sight of her, casually leaning against my desk looking drop-dead gorgeous in a dress that would’ve looked even better discarded on the floor, before she launched herself into my arms. I welcomed her assault and hauled her body against mine.

“Missed you,” she drawled against my lips, while her hands looped around my neck.

“Missed you too, pretty girl,” I replied before sealing our smiling lips together. Keeping her in place, I walked backward to the desk and eased Jade down on an empty spot.

I allowed my hands to glide over the silky material of her dress along her waist, my desperation for her growing with each inch of fabric I covered. She leaned into my chest, fisting the hair along the base of my skull and pulling me closer. My hands traveled along her ribcage until they were parallel with her perfect, full breasts that begged for my attention. My thumb grazed her peak, and she moaned into my mouth while letting her legs fall open so I could close the last remaining space between our bodies. Her hands worked furiously at the tie around my neck while I stripped off my suit jacket and let it fall to the floor. I immediately dropped my hands to the hem of her dress, tugging it up to finally expose those legs I’d spent half my day wanting wrapped around my body.

I leaned back just enough to get a better view of her. My eyes couldn’t decide where to linger—the rise and fall of her chest, the garters attached to those damn stockings on her thighs, or the shadow her dress cast between her legs beckoning me in.

Godfuckingshit.

“I hope you’re not overly attached to anything you’re currently wearing, because I don’t have the patience to be gentle right now,” I warned, my eyes scanning the length of her once more before landing on her face.

Her legs hooked around my thighs to pull me closer, and she peered up at me with hungry, hooded eyes. “Took you long enough, Boston,” she rasped with a smile, fingers finding the buttons of my shirt.

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Author C.R. Ellis

Author C.R. Ellis

About the Author
C.R. Ellis is a Texas native who writes contemporary romance novels with plenty of drama and humor, and just enough heat to ignite e-readers and paperbacks everywhere. She can almost always be found attached to her laptop with coffee nearby and her two trusty canine sidekicks by her side. When she’s not writing or plotting, she enjoys going to concerts with her sweet husband, dragging him along to see rom-coms at any theater that serves booze, checking off the next destination on her ever-growing travel bucket list, and trying new recipes.

Her passion for writing stems from her lifelong love of reading, and she often binge-reads entire books in a day. She’s an unapologetic book hoarder, and her paperback collection is rivaled only by her massive shoe collection.

Where to Find C.R. Ellis
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Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway – THE CROWN PRINCESS (The Royals of Cordova) by Kathleen Samuels

THE CROWN PRINCESS Excerpt Reveal

Author Kathleen Samuels is revealing an excerpt from THE CROWN PRINCESS, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, The Royals of Cordova, releasing June 13, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE CROWN PRINCESS (The Royals of Cordova #1) by Kathleen Samuels

THE CROWN PRINCESS (The Royals of Cordova #1) by Kathleen Samuels

About the Book
Title:
THE CROWN PRINCESS
Series: The Royals of Cordova #1
Author:
Kathleen Samuels
Release Date: June 13, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Dependable Crown Princess of Cordova, Gwen, is dreading the day she gives up her life for her country. With the day of coronation looming, Gwen decides to make a bucket list of crazy things she wants to do before the big day.  Taking her list, she travels to Las Vegas, a place where no one will question wild behavior and she can be just another normal person on vacation in sin city.  Enlisting the help of Alex, a notorious entitled playboy, she finds herself checking off more than just the items on the list. Is she willing to risk it all and take a chance at falling in love?

Fiercely independent Alex, the black sheep of his family, was raised in the hotel business. Breaking out on his own, he built a successful Resort and Casino on the strip in Las Vegas. When Gwen asks for Alex’s help on completing her list of ‘bad girl’ activities he readily accepts. Who else knows how to let loose but the Billionaire Playboy himself.  But as he starts helping her with the list, he begins to realize that this Princess might be worth trading in his bad boy image.

 

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Excerpt
Escape. A single word. A tempting path. And out of Gwen’s reach. She strode across the balcony of the royal palace, her hands clenched at her sides. There had to be some way for her to escape the peering eyes, the criticism.

My duties.

Her troubled gaze drifted over the idyllic scenery of Arens, capital of Cordova, her beloved country. The beautiful greenery that melted into the shoreline usually brought calm and serenity. Not today. Even the light, earthy scent of heather, the flowers influenced by neighboring Germany, didn’t lighten her mood. Pulling her arms tight across her chest, she continued to trace the length of the balcony with quick steps.

“Your pacing is making me nauseous.”

Gwen brought her steps to an abrupt halt and glared at her brother resting so casually against the stone balustrade.

“Oh shut up, Samuel. You’re not the one with the noose around your neck.” Leaving her brother behind, Gwen marched through the open French doors and collapsed behind the centuries-old desk.

She listened as the thump of Samuel’s cast hit the tiled floors, following her inside. He slumped into the chair across from her, grinning at her obvious frustration. She knew she acted childish, but better in front of her closest brother than her aide or, God forbid, the media.

“A noose, Gwendolyn? Really? Don’t you think you’re being a bit dramatic? Duty to the crown, duty to the country. Hail Cordova.” Sarcasm dripped off each word. Samuel hefted his casted foot and plunked it down onto the desk, knocking off a silver picture frame.

Gwen retrieved the framed picture from the floor, some of her tension ebbing from her slender body. Five laughing children smiled back at her through the glass. Her older brother, Jonathan, stood in the back with a toothy grin, golden hair gleaming in the afternoon sun. Only ten years old in the picture, but the weight of the country already pressed down on his shoulders. Gwen’s seven years held no worries, her head thrown back in mid-laughter as she watched her five-year-old twin brothers, Samuel and Arthur, dangle from the tree above. Her youngest sister, Petra, swaddled in her mother’s arm, wild red hair peeking from the blanket.

The picture snapped outside the doors of the palace, exactly one month before her mother suddenly took the crown. What a difference it made in her life, her mother transitioning to Queen of Cordova after losing their dear grandmother to cancer.

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Author Kathleen Samuels

Author Kathleen Samuels

About the Author
Kathleen Samuels knew the moment she picked up a Sweet Valley High book that happily ever after endings were the only books to read. She began writing in junior high school, determined to become an author someday. After college, she became a teacher for children with disabilities, still writing in her spare time. Joining Romance Writers of America in 2011 focused her efforts and she created The Royals of Cordova series. Kathleen is a collector of everything based on the Cinderella story and truly believes she will find her Prince Charming one day. Until then, she will write about them in her books. Kathleen makes her home in Southern California with her two college age children and little Tibetan Spaniel, Jack.

 

Where to find Kathleen Samuels
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Blog Tour – Book Review + Giveaway – REALITY GOLD (Shifting Reality Collection) by Tiffany Brooks

REALITY GOLD Blog Tour

REALITY GOLD (Shifting Reality Collection #1) by Tiffany Brooks

REALITY GOLD (Shifting Reality Collection #1) by Tiffany Brooks

Synopsis
High school senior Riley Ozaki is desperate to change her reality after an avalanche of Internet shaming ruined her life. With her reputation and self-esteem at rock bottom thanks to cyberbullying, Riley needs to do something drastic to repair her social standing—which is why she decided to try out for a reality TV show. Suddenly, she’s dropping onto a deserted tropical island with nineteen other teens for a Survivor-style competition that she hopes will be her redemption.

With a cast of vivid characters who will stop at nothing to win the show, a cursed island setting, and a priceless treasure waiting to be discovered, Reality Gold pitches readers right into scheming web of lies, love, and betrayal. This novel is a fast-paced journey where allies may not be who they say they are, and legends abound. Riley must embrace all of life’s realities, including loss and deceit, in order to discover who she truly is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
Wow, wow, wow! What a ride!! REALITY GOLD is a non-stop young adult adventure with fascinating characters, intrigue, secrets, lies, and plot twist after plot twist that made it impossible to put down. Riley Ozaki is a down-on-her-luck teen, whose misfortune is of her own making. When she has the opportunity to rebrand herself after internet infamy, she jumps at it. The opportunity is in the form of a reality TV show, called Reality Gold — a Survivor-style teen-centered show set on a South American island that just happens to be the rumored home to a long-ago buried treasure. Riley has roots on the island; her own godfather, Miles, was killed while searching for the treasure recently and Riley herself accompanied him on one of his expeditions just two years prior.

But being one of twenty kids on an island, surrounded by cameras, may not be what Riley needs. Forging friendships under constant surveillance is tough for a girl who currently has no friends. With everyone competing for the same prize and the chance to maybe hunt for the treasure while they’re there, trust is a valuable commodity that is as hard to come by as the elusive buried gold. When one mishap follows another, cast and crew alike begin to wonder if the rumored island curse is true.

Plot
Outstandingly plotted, this story moves. I loved the attention to detail throughout the story and not just with settings; everything from their surroundings, to the clothes they wear, to micro expressions bring the reader deep into the story. But they also serve as expert foreshadowing of every devious twist and turn the author throws at us.

The Characters
LOVE the characters. I was up and down on Riley throughout. She’d win my loyalty, then do something stupid and make me wonder about her. At least up until the end when she redeems herself as only Riley can. The rest of the cast is wonderful. Perfect. Seen from Riley’s perspective, the reader doesn’t know who to trust either. I had all of my ideas about what was really going on turned upside down so many times, I gave up trying to figure it all out.

Top Five Things I Loved About REALITY GOLD
1. Reality TV. While not one of my favorite things to watch, although I did watch several seasons of Survivor when it first came out, it may be one of my favorite things to read. The behind-the-scenes wrangling is so much more interesting that what shows up on screen.

2. Riley. She was both annoyingly inconsistent and lovably confused about who she was and who she wanted to be.

3. Treasure hunting. Maps, and ciphers, and markers, oh my!

4. Plot twists. So many twists I nearly got dizzy, but each one was perfectly timed, completely unpredictable, and hella fun!

5. Maren. Riley’s teammate and frenemy was one of the most complex characters and I still don’t know enough about her. I hope we get more of her in the next book in the trilogy.

Bottom Line
A rollercoaster ride of action with a mystery tied up with a simple romantic bow. Highly recommend!

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

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About the Book
Title: REALITY GOLD
Series: Shifting Reality Collection #1
Author: Tiffany Brooks
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Pages: 391
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

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Author Tiffany Brooks

Author Tiffany Brooks

About the Author
Tiffany Brooks lives in San Francisco with her family and a bunch of pets, who luckily don’t object to being featured on her Instagram. The best thing about living on the west coast is she can find out what happens on Game of Thrones three hours ahead of air time. That, plus not having winter weather, means she’ll never move back east, although that doesn’t stop her New England family from asking when she’ll be moving “back home” to NYC or Connecticut. Reality Gold, her debut novel, kicks off the Shifting Reality Collection, a YA trilogy..

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Where to find Tiffany Brooks
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Cover Reveal – OH BABY (DILF Diaries) by Stephanie St. Klaire

OH BABY Cover Reveal

Author Stephanie St. Klaire is revealing the cover from OH BABY, the first book in her adult contemporary romance/romantic comedy series, DILF Diaries, releasing July 12, 2018.  See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links, and details on her giveaway. You can currently preorder the eBook for just $0.99.

OH BABY (DILF Diaries #1) by Stephanie St. Klaire

OH BABY (DILF Diaries #1) by Stephanie St. Klaire

About the Book – Preorder for $0.99!
Title: OH BABY
Series: DILF Diaries #1
Author: Stephanie St. Klaire
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
He likes to find them hot, and leave them wet…

Women are setting their lawns on fire and sticking cats in trees all so they can dial 911 and get a glimpse of Jack Decker’s…hose. When a firefighter looks like he does, it’s no wonder panties are melting, and hearts are ablaze all over the city because he is H-O-T…hot! Jack might put out fires like a regular hero, but it doesn’t stop him from heating up the sheets and letting them smolder.

In a burning twist of fate, Jack finds himself up all night long for an entirely new reason, a reason that’s anything but smoldering. That is until the feisty firecracker next door threatens to ignite a fire he doesn’t know how to battle…Oh Baby!

 

 

 

 

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OH BABY (DILF Diaries #1) by Stephanie St. Klaire (Full Cover)

OH BABY (DILF Diaries #1) by Stephanie St. Klaire (Full Cover)

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Author Stephanie St. Klaire

Author Stephanie St. Klaire

About the Author
Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the widely popular, five book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.

As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.

Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, and to keep up with her work.

Where to Find Stephanie St. Klaire
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway – DATING RULES (Serendipity) by Keeley Holmes

DATING RULES Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for DATING RULES, the second book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Serendipity, by Keeley Holmes. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, a couple of exclusive teasers, and details on her giveaway.

DATING RULES (Serendipity #2) by Keeley Holmes

DATING RULES (Serendipity #2) by Keeley Holmes

About the Book
Title:
DATING RULES
Series: Serendipity #2
Author: Keeley Holmes
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Kobo

Synopsis
Losing control is not an option for Izzy Shaw, something past experience has taught her. When you’re not in control, bad things happen. So when Parker Cole comes bustling into her life with his carefree manner, no full time job and his terrible Hawaiian shirts, she knows she should stay away.

For Parker, seeing Izzy at Penelope’s wedding stirred something in him. Izzy intrigues him. She’s attracted to him but she holds back and she doesn’t realise he sees this as a challenge. Usually when he wants something, he goes for it.

For Izzy, being attracted to a man and allowing herself to act upon it is defined by her rules. She lives by her rules, they protect her…
Parker is a rule breaker.

Over the course of 10 dates Parker has to persuade Izzy that he’s worth the risk, he has to persuade her that sometimes life doesn’t have to be all about rules, sometimes you have to walk on the edge to really appreciate living…

He will prove this to her, one date at a time.

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Book 1: HOPE AT CHRISTMAS
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Author Keeley Holmes

Author Keeley Holmes

About the Author
I’ve loved reading and writing since before I can remember. It’s always been a passion of mine to write for people and for them to enjoy my work.

I’m currently writing my way through an adult series and thinking about what I can do for the Young Adult/New Adult scene. There’s always ideas floating around in my head.

When I’m not writing I’m reading or watching films and enjoying time with my boyfriend, little dog and family.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Keely Holmes
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