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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – TEN SECONDS TO DEAD by L.A. Clayton

TEN SECONDS TO DEAD Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for TEN SECONDS TO DEAD, a stand-alone adult thriller, by L.A. Clayton. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

TEN SECONDS TO DEAD by L.A. Clayton

TEN SECONDS TO DEAD by L.A. Clayton

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
TEN SECONDS TO DEAD
Author: L.A. Clayton
Release Date: January 20, 2020
Genre: Adult Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT

Synopsis
Ten seconds may be all she has left …

Kate Edison witnesses her father’s death and, in order to keep his memory alive, decides to follow in his footsteps by joining the CIA. She molds herself into becoming exactly what the CIA is looking for—and captures their interest, both personally and professionally. But before she can finish the CIA process, Kate is offered a position as an espionage agent in another highly secretive government agency, which she accepts.

While completing her agency training, Kate is catapulted into a shadowy world where wealth and power are the ultimate goal, and those in charge will stop at nothing to get it. While on the job, Kate uncovers secrets that, if revealed, would cost her life, but if kept, could bring down a nation. Isolated and unsure of who to trust, she brings in a fellow agent, but pulling him into the web of conspiracy and lies puts a target on both their backs – and it will take every skill they’ve ever learned as agents to stay alive long enough to stop the enemy no one else can see.

 

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Excerpt
“Ms. Edison, this is Officer Lyon.”

This was it. All my hard work, all the hours of studying—all the sacrifice came down to this moment. This phone call. 

“I appreciate the opportunity, Officer Lyon,” I said, nervousness swirling in my belly. The phone in my hand felt big and heavy. I was sitting on my old bed, in the room I’d grown up in. The call needed to be made over a landline, and the best option was at my mom’s house. Though, if my mom had known what call this really was, she would have kicked me out of her house and slammed the door. 

The room hadn’t changed much. My desk, where I had spent so much time, was still across from my bed, my old and likely useless computer still perched on top. The maps that showed the origins of all the languages I had intended to learn—marked with different-colored pushpins—still covered the wall above my desk. The same funny-nerdy science posters still flanked the maps. One read, “YOU MATTER. Until you multiply yourself times the speed of light squared. THEN YOU ENERGY.” That one still made me smile. Remnants of the sticky-sweet perfume I had used in my youth, in quantities far too large, still hung in the air.

Officer Lyon was all business. “This will be your first official interview with the Central Intelligence Agency. I must advise you that this call will be recorded, as well as all future calls, interviews, and interactions with the CIA throughout your interview process with us, however long that may be. This will likely be our most casual interview, so relax and answer the questions naturally. Please state your full name.”

I cleared my throat. “Katherine Elaine Edison. But please, call me Kate.”

“Ms. Edison.” 

Right. I should have assumed formality would be important here. Mistake number one, check. That would be my last. 

“I am curious to know if you have any notion as to why the CIA is interested in you.”

I didn’t mind talking about my accomplishments—I worked hard, after all—but I didn’t want to come off sounding self-important either. I thought through my words carefully. “Well, I speak several languages and graduated at the top of my class in both my undergrad and law school. I assume that has something to do with it.” I could have also mentioned that those schools were Ivy League, that my double major in international law and diplomacy and in journalism were both preferred programs at the CIA, and that I didn’t just graduate at the top of my class—I was the top of my class, as in the number-one student. But I assumed he already knew all of that and that it was how I had landed the interview in the first place.

If I came off sounding pompous, Officer Lyon didn’t react. “Those are all likely things that did add to your qualifications. What exactly do you think we do here in the CIA?”

Again, an answer I had to think about carefully. “I am aware that there are many different positions within the CIA: analytics, language, science, engineering, and technological positions, to name a few. Also, of course, directorate of operations.”

The last one—directorate of operations—was where I wanted to be. Where I was meant to be. Where my dad had been. The clandestine service of the CIA. This was my goal. 

“Of course … the spies. I should tell you that if this is an area of interest for you, you will have to get in line,” Officer Lyon said. Derisiveness dripped from his words. 

I wasn’t sure if he was trying to discourage me or motivate me with that comment. But I definitely felt the latter. I had worked hard for this opportunity. I kept myself out of trouble—not too hard a task when a person’s studies took up all of the daylight the sun had to offer and then some—and I was careful to only keep up friendships with people who also valued education and abiding by the law. I was always the girl who chose her studies over parties. When my friends were in need of a break from the monotony of school, they would go the beach for a weekend. While they were gone I cherished the quiet, taking the time to study harder. I never found school monotonous; I craved learning.

Officer Lyon asked questions for another thirty minutes. Then, before hanging up, he scheduled a face-to-face interview with me for the following week and recommended a book for me to read beforehand. 

I smiled. I knew the book. I’d read it years ago. 

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Author L.A. Clayton

Author L.A. Clayton

About the Author
L.A. Clayton has been an avid reader her entire life, devouring books at an alarming rate. Her husband often jokes that if she didn’t buy so many books they could retire. She went to bed one night a reader and woke up with a fresh memory of a dream she’d had the night before, sat down and became a writer.

L.A. Clayton lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and their four young children. She makes time for writing in between wiping noses and packing lunches.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find L.A. Clayton
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Release Day + Giveaway – THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

THE STORY OF US Release Day

Today is release day for THE STORY OF US, a stand-alone adult contemporary based on a Hallmark Channel Original movie, by Teri Wilson. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

About The Book
Title:THE STORY OF US

Series: Hallmark Channel Originals
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon ITBarnes & NobleKobo | Target | BAM!

Synopsis
A box of love letters from the past may hold the key to the future…

Jamie always adored True Love Bookstore and Café, and now she’s the owner. But businesses are struggling in her small town, and her beloved store is threatened by a new retail development scheme.

Sawyer, Jamie’s former high school sweetheart, startles her when he comes to town for the first time in fifteen years. She soon learns he’s the architect of the proposed development and he’s there to sell local business owners on his plan. Sawyer had no idea that Jamie had bought the bookstore and poured everything she had into it. If he takes it over, he’ll break her heart a second time.

Jamie’s discovery of a box of old love letters and valentines might hold the key to saving her shop. And after all this time, could love be in the cards for Jamie and Sawyer, too?

 

 

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Excerpt:
Sawyer glanced at the store and back at Jamie. “Wait, you…you bought the bookstore?” 

“Yeah. Oh, yeah.” Had she not made that clear already? “I bought it a few years ago, just like I always said I would.” 

Did he not remember, or did he simply think that everyone moved away from their hometown and never looked back? 

“I had no idea,” he said, blinking rapidly before letting out a strangled-sounding laugh. 

“Well, how would you? You’ve been gone for fifteen years.” There. She’d said it. “Unless Rick tells you everything.” 

“Not that thing,” he said under his breath. 

She was a little stumped as to why he seemed so surprised. He’d just seen her on top of a ladder shelving new books. Did he really think she was still working part-time in the afternoons for Mr. Ogilvy? 

“Well, enough about me.” She pasted on a smile. “How are you? What are you doing back here?” 

She was dying to know. Rick hadn’t breathed a word about Sawyer coming back. And Sawyer’s crisp blue dress shirt and the messenger bag that was currently slung over his shoulder kind of made it seem like this was more than simply a vacation—not that it seemed likely he’d come to visit on a whim after all this time. 

“I…um…” His face went blank for a second, and then the chime of a cell phone had him reaching for his pocket. “Oh, excuse me. Hold on…” 

Jamie nodded, wondering who would be calling him. Then she wondered why she cared as two bothersome words echoed in her consciousness: romantic hiatus. 

Sawyer’s brow furrowed as he glanced at the screen of his ringing iPhone. “Oh. Um, sorry. I have to…” 

“Oh.” Jamie nodded again while Sawyer held the phone to his ear. She couldn’t seem to stop. 

“Hey, Dana. Can you hold on just a second?” 

Sawyer glanced up from his phone with an apologetic smile. “I have to take this.” 

Whoever Dana might be, she was clearly important to him. And that was perfectly fine. Jamie didn’t even know Sawyer anymore. 

Seeing him again had been nice, though. Not quite as agonizing as she’d originally feared. 

“Of course,” she said, shooing him off. “Yeah, go. It was great to see you again.” 

“Good to see you too. Bye.” He was already walking away, practically sprinting toward the courtyard exit. “Hey, Dana. Yeah…” 

He waved at her one last time before he disappeared. 

“Bye,” she said, and her heart gave a little squeeze. 

Then she took a deep inhale, squared her shoulders and marched back inside her book- store. This was nothing more than history repeating itself. Jamie had grown accustomed to saying goodbye to Sawyer O’Dell a long, long time ago.

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Author Teri Wilson

Author Teri Wilson

About the Author
Teri Wilson is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of romance, women’s fiction and romantic comedy. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

 

Where to Find Teri Wilson
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – FINDING OUR MORNING by Mickie B. Ashling

FINDING OUR MORNING Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for FINDING OUR MORNING, a stand-alone adult historical romance/mystery, by Mickie B. Ashling. See below for information on the book, by links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

FINDING OUR MORNING by Mickie B. Ashling

FINDING OUR MORNING by Mickie B. Ashling

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
FINDING OUR MORNING
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance/Mystery
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT

Synopsis
May 1977

Ginny Tate bides her time on the family stud farm in San Antonio, Texas, waiting to start veterinarian school in the fall. Bullied as an adolescent, she’s finally shed her old skin, but the emerging beauty still harbors insecurities and would rather hang out with horses than people.

Sponsored by his uncle, the Shah of Iran, Dariush—David—Akbari, a twenty-five-year-old NYU grad with a degree in International Law, is also a skilled polo player. He joins the royal traveling team for a tournament in Plano, Texas.

A decade in America has gradually altered David’s views on certain aspects of his culture. Torn between familial obligations and his adopted country, David resists the idea of returning to Iran so soon after graduation.

At the traditional after-party, David strikes up a conversation with Ginny, who is refreshingly honest. He receives an invitation to visit Tate Stud Farm and, on the pretext of buying another polo pony, persuades the shah to make a detour.

Great horsemanship coupled with self-effacing charm sets David apart from the entitled braggarts who normally populate the sport, and Ginny falls hard. His visit turns into a life-changing week that neither can foresee. Will they walk away unscathed or live to regret their impulsive behavior?

Inspired by events preceding the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty, Finding Our Morning is a love story that catapults us from Texas Hill Country to the epicenter of a monarchy on the brink of collapse. 

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Excerpt #1
So much time had elapsed since Ginny issued the invitation, she didn’t know what to expect when David called two weeks later to arrange a meeting. Was he passing through town or was this an intentional stop? Either way, the days leading up to his arrival were pure torture.

On the morning in question, Ginny took longer than necessary to get ready. She left her hair loose instead of tying it back in her usual ponytail. Her luxurious locks were the only thing she could count on to draw eyes away from her face. The dark blond strands fell in a silky curtain to her midback and had been compared to a palomino’s coat on many occasions. As for the rest of her, it was business as usual. Faded jeans, a checked cotton shirt, and her favorite red cowboy boots. Her complexion was clear this morning, thank God, and she took her time applying eye makeup. It was out of the ordinary to get dolled up during the day, and her parents noticed as soon as she sat down to breakfast.

“Going to a party?” Margery asked.

“No, but you know the Shah of Iran is about to grace our doorstep, and I thought I’d look nice for a change.”

“You always look good,” Ray commented. “Anyone who thinks otherwise is a blind fool.”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“What about your chores?” Margery inquired. “Won’t your hair get in the way?”

“I’ll get ’em done,” Ginny promised.

“See that you do,” Margery replied. “I know you want to make a good impression, sweetie, but those foreigners aren’t coming to socialize. We have to present our best, and a clean, well-organized farm is just as important as our livestock. You wouldn’t eat in a dirty kitchen.”

“For Christ’s sake, Marge. Leave the girl alone.”

“Seriously, Mom. You’re overreacting as usual.”

“Then explain why you look more like a debutante than a rancher’s daughter this morning?”

“He offered dinner and dancing the last time we were together. I don’t want him to change his mind.”

Aghast, Margery exclaimed, “The shah?”

“God no,” Ginny said. “David.”

“Which one is he again?”

“Their number-three player.”

“He was good,” Margery recalled.

“Right?”

“What are you going to wear tonight?”

“I’m not sure it’s happening, but I bought a new dress in case.”

“What color is it?”

“Black.”

“You’re too young to wear black,” Margery opined with a tsk.

Ginny rolled her eyes. “Give it a rest, Mom. I’m eighteen.”

“Black is more appropriate for someone older and more experienced.”

Ginny refused to take the bait. Her mother was being overprotective, given her dating history, and was understandably worried. Nonetheless, it was too early in the morning to argue. She scooped up the last of her egg yolk on a piece of toast, swallowed it down with orange juice, and stood up to go. “I’ll catch you guys later.”

Standing on the steps outside the kitchen door, she paused and scanned the horizon. The sun was already a bright ball of pulsing heat in the cloudless blue sky, and she could tell it was going to be another scorcher. Ginny hoped the Iranians had the good sense to come early to avoid the worst of it.

As she headed toward the stable where they kept the horses for sale, she scrutinized their property and tried to see it through the eyes of a stranger. Theirs was a small operation compared to other stud farms, but they had a stellar reputation. Margery Tate was the driving force behind their prosperity. The woman was a stickler for order and quick to remind new employees that pride in ownership was as important as a good pedigree.

Margery acquired her code of ethics from her parents who’d started the stud farm with one stallion and a few mares. As their only child, she’d inherited the bulk of the estate, with small portions divided among the loyal ranch hands who had been around until her father finally passed, a year and a day after her mother died of cancer. Her gender had never been a good enough excuse to avoid the hard work necessary to ensure the success of the farm, and Margery expected her only daughter to work as tirelessly as the rest of them.

She did have a point, Ginny conceded begrudgingly, but her advice was often framed in criticism, which usually rubbed people the wrong way. Horse breeding could be a messy business when things got out of hand, and organization was key.

She made the rounds swiftly this morning, inspecting each area with a critical eye, paying particular attention to the horses for sale. This would be their first stop and she wanted the area to be in tip-top shape. She could only imagine what the royal stables must look like with dozens of helpers at the shah’s beck and call. Well, they might not have his manpower, but over the years, the stud farm had gained a well-earned reputation for their excellent stock and integrity.

By the time the shah and his entourage arrived two hours later, her nerves were frayed. The group of six, dressed in casual attire, climbed out of a gleaming limousine. Ginny wasn’t sure what to expect, given their status, but these men looked like any prospective buyer, albeit better dressed. Her parents greeted the Iranians deferentially and offered to be their guides as they toured the premises. While they concentrated on the shah, Ginny walked up to David with an outstretched hand.

“I’m glad you could make it.”

“Was there any doubt?” he asked, stepping forward and clasping her hand in his. He was so close she could smell his sweet breath, overlaid with a hint of coffee. His eyes weren’t black as she’d first thought. They were deep brown with a touch of caramel and were gazing at her appraisingly. Now that he was actually here, Ginny’s confidence faltered as she met his intense scrutiny. Had he come to buy a horse or check her out? Her heart rate sped up as nerves and anticipation made her breath falter. It was at once unexpected and exhilarating. Ginny withdrew her hand and stepped back, laughing off the moment awkwardly.

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Author Mickie B. Ashling

Author Mickie B. Ashling

About the Author
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multi-published author who resides in a suburb outside Chicago. She is a product of her upbringing in various cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West.

Since 2009, Mickie has written several dozen novels in the LGBTQ+ genre—which have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Lately, her muse has been nudging her in a different direction, and she’s learned through past experience to pay attention to creative sparks that show up unexpectedly. Her pen name is a part of her now, and will travel along on this exciting new journey, wherever it might lead. She promises to be very specific in her book blurbs and cover art to avoid any confusion.

 

Where to Find Mickie B. Ashling
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – BISHOP’S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy) by Katie Reus

BISHOP'S ENDGAME Release Blitz

Welcome to the blog tour for BISHOP’S ENDGAME, the third and final book in the adult romantic suspense series, Endgame Trilogy, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katie Reus. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

BISHOP'S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy #3) by Katie Reus

BISHOP’S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy #3) by Katie Reus

About the Book
Title: BISHOP’S ENDGAME
Series: Endgame Trilogy #3
Author: Katie Reus
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon ITBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Read the final book in the Endgame trilogy where blood is thick, but passion is thicker…

He kidnapped a princess to exact revenge.

Set up for a crime he didn’t commit, Ellis Bishop takes the law into his own hands to exact justice and clear his name. Unfortunately, that means he has to kidnap a crime boss’s daughter—a perfect mafia princess, set to become queen of a dirty empire. What he didn’t count on was falling for his mortal enemy’s daughter.

He wasn’t supposed to fall for her.

Arianna hates the man who kidnapped her, but soon she realizes that things aren’t what they seem. Ellis was framed by her stepfather and is trying to clear his name. If she helps him, it means betraying her family. But how can she turn her back on him when he’s innocent… when her stepfather turns out to be a monster she never really knew at all?

 

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Excerpt
Arianna jumped to her feet when there was a sharp rap on the stateroom door. They’d stopped not too long ago and had been waiting for the go-ahead that they could disembark. 

Ellis stood as well, his movements liquid grace. “We’ve got a few minutes.” 

He’d warned her that when they docked, their boat might be checked, so the two of them were going to hide in a secret cubby in the closet. She was curious why it even existed, though could more or less gauge the reason. To hide stuff. 

She wasn’t sure who was helping them, just that one of his friends was apparently super rich. Yeah she knew his family was wealthy, but owning a yacht was a totally different kind of wealth. 

Like one-percent crazy money. 

Ellis opened the closet door, his broad shoulders filling up the sleek, teakwood frame. When he stepped farther inside, she followed after him. It was already cramped but then he pressed something on the wall—a button of some kind she couldn’t see—and the panel slid back to reveal a small, carpeted space that would fit two standing people. Barely. 

He stepped in first and pressed back against the wall. 

She moved in after him, plastering her body to his because there was no other choice. He was rock-hard against her, all lean muscles and raw strength. And good God, the man was tall and built. She’d known it, but being in the enclosed space really drove home that point. 

“It’s going to get dark in here, but it won’t be for long.” His deep voice was all soothing and gentle. Very different from when he’d first kidnapped her. Just the sound of his voice did strange things to her insides—things she was going to ignore. “And if things go sideways, just act like you’re here against your will.” 

“Okay,” she said quietly, trying to ignore how good he smelled. It was hard when her face was right up against his chest. That masculine, dark scent she was coming to associate with him wrapped around her, making her light-headed, and she leaned even closer against him. 

He pressed a section of a small double hook that looked as if it could be used for hanging hats or robes. As soon as he did, the wall slid back into place with a faint swishing sound. 

The architecture of this was incredible, and if he hadn’t told her about the buttons earlier, she never would have seen either one. She wondered if this storage area was for smuggling cigars or something. 

As she shifted against him, she tried really hard not to be aware of all of his sleek muscles and rock-hard body against her. She thought the sexual part of her had not only died, but withered away years ago. Around Ellis it was coming to life with a vengeance. Which was so inappropriate, and really, the worst timing ever. 

She hadn’t been with anybody since she’d gotten completely sober, had turned down so many dates she couldn’t count. It was as if men knew she wasn’t interested so they came out in droves or something. 

She simply didn’t want to get to know anybody because eventually it would lead to getting naked. And she was terrified of what that entailed. 

She wasn’t sure she could have sex sober. Or good sex. Ugh. 

Closing her eyes even though it was dark, she laid her cheek against his chest and took a steadying breath. He smelled spicy, something masculine that she was still trying to pin down. Whatever it was, she liked it as much as she liked the feel of his hard chest against her. The man might have kidnapped her originally, but right now she felt strangely safe with him. Bonded, almost. And when he’d kidnapped her, he’d gone out of his way to be gentle with her, even when he’d thought she was a monster. He could have done anything he wanted, but when she’d brought up rape, he’d been so disgusted and horrified. 

He shifted slightly, moving a fraction as he settled his big hands on her hips. And oh, wow, she liked the feel of his hands on her—way too much. 

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Author Katie Reus

Author Katie Reus

About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.

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Where to Find Katie Reus
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – AND THEN ONE DAY (Magnolia Sound Series) by Samantha Chase

AND THEN ONE DAY Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for AND THEN ONE DAY, the fourth book in her adult contemporary romance series, Magnolia Sound, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Chase. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

AND THEN ONE DAY (Magnolia Sound Series #4) by Samantha Chase

AND THEN ONE DAY (Magnolia Sound Series #4) by Samantha Chase

About the Book
Title: AND THEN ONE DAY
Series: Magnolia Sound #4
Author: Samantha Chase
Publisher:  Chasing Romance, Inc.
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2020
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Synopsis
Courtney Baker is ready to put small town life—and the man she can’t have—behind her. Years of secretly crushing on her best friend’s older brother have led nowhere and she’s finally ready to move on. It would have been a great plan had she not drunkenly blurted out all her feelings and kissed him. At least she’ll be able to forget all about it when she leaves town in less than 48 hours.

It takes a lot to surprise Dean Jones, but a kiss from the girl he’s been secretly attracted to for years does just that. All it takes it one kiss for him to realize he doesn’t want to let her go. But she’s his sister’s best friend and that’s a line he knows he should never cross. Never mind that she seems determined to leave their small town—and him—behind.

When a storm and a broken car stop Courtney from leaving town, Dean sees perfect opportunity to get her out of his system. But can one night ever be enough?

 

 

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Excerpt
“You sure this is what you want to do? Moving?” he asked, his voice low and deep and…concerned.

Looking at him, she sighed. “I was.”

“And now?”

“Now that it’s really happening, I’m…I mean…I wish…” Damn. This was all too depressing to talk about and totally not what she wanted to be doing either. Shaking her head, she said, “Can we change the subject? Please?”

“Sure,” he said with a nod, reaching up to caress her cheek and man-oh-man did it feel good. 

Swallowing hard, she studied his face. God, he was so handsome. Why was he still single? Why weren’t there women banging down his door? 

Although, that would make things pretty awkward if that were to happen right now.

So many thoughts raced through her head and she finally asked, “What are we doing, Dean?”

For just a second, he seemed as if he was going to move away–like he was doubting what was happening–but luckily it didn’t take long for him to get over it. 

“Whatever it is that you want, Court,” he said and she swore she could have orgasmed right there on the spot.

Whatever she wanted? For real? Like…anything? She wondered.

If I only have tonight, then I’m going to go for it all…

Before she could lose her nerve, she moved away from him and instantly missed the feel of his hand on her skin. Standing, she moved in front of him and did her best to hold his gaze as she reached behind herself and unzipped her gown. The sound of the zipper going down seemed overly loud in the room, but Courtney didn’t stay focused on that. It was the look on Dean’s face that mesmerized her.

She swore she saw his hand twitch–as if he couldn’t wait to touch her–but she needed to finish what she was doing. This was her first attempt at a striptease, and dammit, she was going to do it without turning into a trembling mess!

Once the zipper was down, she wrapped an arm around her waist to hold the strapless gown in place–all the while not breaking eye contact. Licking her bottom lip, she dropped her arm, and thankfully, the gown floated down over her breasts, over her hips, and to the floor–leaving her standing in a deep purple thong that matched the gown and her stilettos.

Dean’s hand reached out and landed on her hip as he looked up at her to make sure it was okay. Nodding, she silently willed him to stand and touch her everywhere he could at once, but he was a man who clearly enjoyed taking his time.

And hopefully he would. 

Later.

Right now, she wanted the wild and frantic man who kissed her near the boardwalk earlier. 

“Dean…”

He stood, his hand still on her hip as he took in the sight of her. She’d been naked with men before, but for some reason, standing here in front of Dean in a thong and heels left her feeling way more exposed than ever before.

“Damn, Court,” he finally said, slowly licking his bottom lip. He met her gaze and his expression was heated and intense and she braced herself for what was to come.

“Don’t hold back. Please.”

As soon as the words were out of her mouth, it was madness. His arms banded around her as his lips claimed hers in a kiss she could only describe as carnal. With his hands on her ass, he lifted her out of the puddle of her dress and she wrapped her legs around his waist. They were a tangle of lips and limbs and it wasn’t elegant or pretty, but it felt so damn good that she was ready to go up in flames.

She figured he was going to lay her down on the sofa and was surprised when he started walking. His lips left hers to kiss along her jaw and neck and her head fell back to give him better access. Her eyes closed and didn’t open until he stopped moving.

His bedroom was dark. That was the only thing she noticed. As Dean slowly lowered her to the bed, she only had eyes for him. Standing back, he stripped off his tuxedo jacket and then the tie. 

Looks like I’m not the only one doing a striptease tonight…

Part of her wanted to sit up and help him, but it was hypnotic watching his hands work–slowly unbuttoning his shirt, taking off his cuff links, his belt…

Oh, my…

Clothes hit the floor and when he was finally down to black boxer briefs, her eyes went a little wide.

He was perfection.

She knew Dean had tattoos, but she’d never seen how many. The ones on his arms were visible whenever he wore a t-shirt, but the ones on his chest were completely new to her. Reaching out her hand to him, he joined her on the bed, lying beside her. 

Without a word, she rolled toward him and placed her hand on his chest with a whispered, “Wow.”

He smiled but she could feel the rapid beat of his heart under her palm. “You like?”

“Um…yeah,” she said, laughing softly. “I had no idea you had these.” His right arm had a cluster of red roses and a cross with his mother’s name on it, and his left had a very intricate tribal design. On his chest, however, he had a massive lion’s head and the artwork–even in the dim lighting–was spectacular. She was tempted to ask him to turn on a light but figured there was time for that later. Right now, she was simply enjoying having the freedom to touch him. 

After several moments, she looked up at him and gave him what she hoped was a sexy smile right before she pulled him in for another kiss. This one was slower, sweeter, but as soon as Dean rolled her onto her back and covered her body with his, it changed–grew more urgent–and pretty soon all Courtney could think of was how much she wanted him.

All of him.

She began to move beneath him, rubbing against him, and just as she had thought earlier, she was all for him taking things slow later. Right now, however, she couldn’t wait. Hell, she’d been waiting for more than ten years to be like this with him and she was beyond impatient.

Her hands began to score down his back until she reached the waistband of his briefs and began pushing them away. His deep chuckle against her lips told her he got the message. But when he still made no move to help her, she broke the kiss.

“Dean?”

“Hmm?”

“Lose the boxers,” she said breathlessly.

“Yes, ma’am.” And as soon as he was done, he surprised her by ridding her of her thong and of her breath when his mouth trailed a hot path from her breasts and downward. As soon as he settled in to please her, Courtney forgot about everything else and enjoyed the ride.

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Author Samantha Chase

Author Samantha Chase

About the Author
Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints and Scoundrels Series) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for THE SINFUL SCOT, the third book in the adult historical romance series, Saints & Scoundrels, by Ruby Award winning author, Maddison Michaels. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

About the Book
Title: THE SINFUL SCOT
Series: Saints & Scoundrels #3
Author: Maddison Michaels
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: January 27, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Historical Romance
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Synopsis
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuinness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?,

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“Oh my goodness. Are you jealous?” She’d always been scared when Duncan had been jealous, but with Alec, the thought thrilled her, especially because she knew he would never hurt her. And it also meant he cared, even if it was only a little bit. 

“Dammit! You want the truth? Then, hell yes I am.” 

The admission sent an arrow of warmth to her heart. To hear he was jealous not because of memories of Elise but instead because of Connie’s own interactions with Iain was such a relief. “I’m glad.” 

“That’s all you can say? You’re glad?” He dragged a hand through his hair. “I wanted to rip my brother’s throat out for daring to look at you like he was. I have never, ever had such impulses before. Even when I caught him kissing Elise, I didn’t think of wanting to pummel him, instead I was just coldly furious. But it’s different with you. You seem to bring out my primal instinct, and it scares the hell out of me.” 

“There is no need to be scared. I know you would never act on those impulses. You heal people, Alec, not hurt them.” She leaned over and grabbed the collar of his jacket, slowly pulling his head down toward her own. “I’m glad you were jealous, because it means you care.” 

“This is a very bad idea,” he gruffly whispered as his mouth lowered ever closer to hers. 

“Shh,” she hushed him. Before her lips pressed against his. 

A feeling of sublime delight coursed through her at the touch of his lips. She’d been wanting to kiss him again ever since their first time. 

Initially, she could tell he was battling his inner demons, but his resistance crumbled in a second when his hands grabbed her skirts from behind and pulled her tightly against him. 

She groaned as she felt the hard length of him pressing against her belly. Reaching her hands up farther over his shoulders, she pushed herself even closer toward him, her breasts now firmly against his chest. 

It was he who groaned this time before his lips began to gently devour hers. Softly at first, they teased her mouth open, and then his tongue began caressing her own, and Connie thought she would combust. 

The kiss deepened, both demanding more of each other. 

Her heart was racing, and all she wanted him to do then was cart her off to the nearest bedroom. 

The sound of someone’s throat clearing gradually penetrated her awareness. 

With a start, Alec and she pulled apart. 

Malcolm was standing just down the hallway, a grin splitting his face from ear to ear. “I do hate to interrupt, but I’d come to see if you wished to go down to the celebrations. Though I see you’ve begun them early.” 

Connie didn’t know whether to laugh or feel mortified. Perhaps a combination of both. 

“God damn it, Malcolm, you have the world’s worst timing,” Alec cursed. 

In reply, the grin on Malcolm’s face grew only wider. “Come on, then, you two. Let’s get a move on.” 

Glancing over to Alec, she was comforted to see he was breathing as hard as she was, and there was a hunger in his eyes that he couldn’t disguise. It filled her with confidence. Clearly, their kiss had affected him as much as it had her. And she was going to use that knowledge. 

As soon as she could get him alone. 

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Book 1: THE DEVILISH DUKE
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Author Maddison Michaels

About the Author
Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was a teenager, Maddison Michaels is a bestselling, award-winning Australian romance author, who loves to write sexy history with a dash of mystery! Her debut novel, THE DEVILISH DUKE, won the 2019 RWA Australia Historical Romance Book of the year. Maddison lives in Sydney with her gorgeous hubby and daughter, and always starts her day with a cup (or two) of liquid gold… coffee (just quietly, she’s addicted to the stuff)!

 

 

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Release Blitz + Giveaway – SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL (Lost Harbor, Alaska Series) by Jennifer Bernard

SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL Release Blitz

Welcome to the release week blitz for SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Lost Harbor, Alaska, by USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Bernard. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL (Lost Harbor, Alaska Series #3) by Jennifer Bernard

SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL (Lost Harbor, Alaska Series #3) by Jennifer Bernard

About the Book
Title: SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL
Series: Lost Harbor, Alaska #3
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2018
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Synopsis
Dr. Bethany Morrison is used to being the responsible one. The serious doctor everyone relies on. She isn’t used to needing a rescue–especially from a sexy, lighthearted firefighter like Nate Prudhoe. And yet ever since she moved to Lost Harbor, Alaska, he’s been there for her. Is it any wonder she turns to him in her most embarrassing moment—when she needs a fake boyfriend?

Nate’s more than aware that Bethany doesn’t take him seriously. And that’s fine; relationships, a family of his own…those things aren’t for him. Not when he knows how painful the loss of a loved one can be. But when he discovers a mysterious injured runaway hiding out in the firehouse, it’s his turn to ask the lovely doctor for help.

As winter closes in, the line between fake and forever keeps disappearing. How could Nate know that every moment spent with Bethany would chip away at the shield around his heart? How could Bethany guess that Nate’s brand of laid-back fun was exactly what she needed? It may take more than a snowstorm to make them see it’s okay to want it all…and to grab it before it disappears forever.

 

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Nate could still remember the call that had come in around ten o’clock that night. The dispatcher had been taking a cigarette break, so Nate had been the lucky one to field the call.   

“This is going to sound ridiculous, but I just moved in and a squirrel came into my house and I was trying to chase it outside and then there was a moose and, well, long story short but I locked myself out, and I haven’t made duplicate keys yet so I don’t have a way to get inside.” 

The woman had sounded out of breath and rattled—not unusual for calls to the firehouse. 

“I’ll be right there. Where are you located?” 

She rattled off the address, which was within walking distance. But instead of walking, he hopped in one of the department vehicles. He didn’t want to freak out a newcomer by showing up without something official-looking. 

When he arrived at the house, which he recognized as a rental often leased by hospital staff, he didn’t see anyone waiting for him. Had she found a way inside? An open window or something? 

“Hello, I’m from the fire department,” he called. “Anyone here?” 

Then the alders rustled and someone jumped into view. A woman with wet hair and a towel wrapped around her body picked her way barefoot across the grass. She shivered in the late August night air. In one hand she held a plunger and in the other a cell phone. 

“Hi. This is extremely embarrassing, but I happened to be in the shower when the squirrel came in and…” 

He held up his hand. “No explanation needed.” His gaze strayed to the toilet plunger. “Although that…” 

“I was in the bathroom, it was the only thing on hand.” She waved it at him. “It worked on the squirrel.” 

He glanced at her other hand. “And you just happened to have your cell phone with you?” 

“That’s the only lucky part. While I was chasing the squirrel, I saw a moose right outside the window.” She gestured toward the bushes along one side of her house. “I’ve been wanting to get a good moose photo ever since I got here, so I grabbed my phone. The plunger is in case he attacked me.” 

“Word of advice, never try to fight a moose with a plunger,” he said gravely. 

Even with just the light from the front porch, he could see her flush. “Yes, I…can you just…maybe just get my door open?” 

He showed her the tool he’d brought, which might or might not work on the front door. “I may have to pry open a window if this doesn’t work. Do you want to sit in the car while I work on it? Heater’s going.” 

“That’s okay. I’ve never been in a police car before.” 

“It’s not technically a police car, it just looks like one. I’m a firefighter. One of only three staff firefighters in town. Mostly we’re a volunteer department.” 

She gestured with the plunger again. “Can you just…” 

“Of course.” He strode to the door and inserted the pick. “I can tell you’re new around here because a lot of people in Lost Harbor don’t even lock their doors. Some don’t even have locks to start with.” 

“That’s crazy. I could never live like that.” She shivered again. 

“Are you sure you don’t want to wait in the car? I promise not to arrest you unless you use that plunger inappropriately.” 

She finally let go of the plunger and propped it against the front steps. “I’m a doctor.” 

“Okay.” He wasn’t sure why she felt compelled to mention that. 

“I got straight A’s all the way through college. I don’t usually make boneheaded mistakes like locking myself out of my house.” 

“Well, pobody’s nerfect.” 

“Excuse me?”

“Things happen. Don’t beat yourself up about it.” 

“That advice sounds good, but is it really? That’s how I got through med school, by beating myself up.” 

“Suit yourself, then.” He wiggled the pick in the lock. “Hey, I left my jacket in the backseat if you want to grab that.” 

She padded across the lawn to the car and used one hand to hold her towel together while she opened the door with the other. When she returned, she wore his navy blue Lost Harbor Fire Department jacket over the towel, which made for an interesting—and surprisingly sexy—look. 

He ignored that fact and focused on the lock. 

“Where’s the squirrel? In the house or out?” he asked as he felt the tumblers give way. 

“I’m not actually sure,” she admitted. “I thought I chased him out, but it was all a blur.” 

“Understandable. All right, you might want to step back.” 

She didn’t budge. “Why?” 

He shrugged and opened the door. 

A ball of fur streaked between her legs. She shrieked and lost her balance. He reached out to grab her before she hit the ground, and her towel fell away. Luckily, she still wore his jacket, which covered her all the way to her upper thighs. 

Windmilling her arms in the air, she crashed into him and the next thing he knew, he was tumbling backwards. She was falling too, and by instinct, he grabbed her so he’d land first, with her on top. 

Which was how he found himself sprawled on the grass with a naked stranger on top of him. 

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Author Jennifer Bernard

Author Jennifer Bernard

About the Author
Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters.  She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. Sign up for her newsletter for book news and fun exclusives. 

 

 

 

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Release Day – BISHOP’S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy) by Katie Reus

BISHOP'S ENDGAME Release Blitz

Today is release day for BISHOP’S ENDGAME, the third and final book in the adult romantic suspense series, Endgame Trilogy, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katie Reus. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive teaser.

BISHOP'S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy #3) by Katie Reus

BISHOP’S ENDGAME (Endgame Trilogy #3) by Katie Reus

About the Book
Title: BISHOP’S ENDGAME
Series: Endgame Trilogy #3
Author: Katie Reus
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
Read the final book in the Endgame trilogy where blood is thick, but passion is thicker…

He kidnapped a princess to exact revenge.

Set up for a crime he didn’t commit, Ellis Bishop takes the law into his own hands to exact justice and clear his name. Unfortunately, that means he has to kidnap a crime boss’s daughter—a perfect mafia princess, set to become queen of a dirty empire. What he didn’t count on was falling for his mortal enemy’s daughter.

He wasn’t supposed to fall for her.

Arianna hates the man who kidnapped her, but soon she realizes that things aren’t what they seem. Ellis was framed by her stepfather and is trying to clear his name. If she helps him, it means betraying her family. But how can she turn her back on him when he’s innocent… when her stepfather turns out to be a monster she never really knew at all?

 

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Author Katie Reus

Author Katie Reus

About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.

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Where to Find Katie Reus
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY by Allison West

NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY, a stand-alone adult urban fantasy romance, by Allison West. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY by Allison West

NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY by Allison West

About the Book – Read for free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
NIGHTBLOOD ACADEMY
Author: Allison West
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Release Date: January 27, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
I’m the missing girl who left school with a stranger, the story you’re warned about as a child. Was I kidnapped? Or did I go willingly?

I didn’t listen.
I never listen.
And now, I’m stuck in another universe, protecting my best friend, worried about my sick sister back home, and forced to face the academy bully, who happens to be hot and single. He should be off-limits, but I can’t stop myself from falling for him, hard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #5
Willow glared at Hudson. “Truth or dare.” She smirked.

Hudson sat there a moment. “Truth,” he said reluctantly.

Willow nodded. “Do you secretly hope that Lil won’t be able to return home?” Hudson didn’t respond.

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Author Allison West

Author Allison West

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

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

 

 

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Release Day – THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints and Scoundrels Series) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT Release Day

Today is release day for THE SINFUL SCOT, the third book in the adult historical romance series, Saints & Scoundrels, by Ruby Award winning author, Maddison Michaels. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

About the Book
Title: THE SINFUL SCOT
Series: Saints & Scoundrels #3
Author: Maddison Michaels
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: January 27, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | !ndigo

Synopsis
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuinness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?,

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Taking a deep breath, she turned around, only to be caught in Alec’s penetrating gaze. She’d forgotten how handsome he was. A strange combination of rugged athleticism mixed with the air of a scholar. But there was also a steadiness to him, a gentle strength, that Connie felt drawn to. This was a man who would have no need to take out his anger on anyone weaker than he. She’d never met a more honorable or honest man. 

She cringed with the thought of how badly she’d once treated him. Often ignoring him at assemblies and the like, simply because he hadn’t fawned over her like the other men had. 

She’d been a fool. 

“Sophie sent you, then?” was all Connie could think to say. She must sound like an imbecile. 

“She asked me to check on you.” He paused, staring steadily at her. “So how are you, Lady Connie?” 

He was still calling her by her maiden title, and there was something so familiar about him doing so, it reminded her of a time long ago. A time she wished she could escape back to. 

Unable to withstand his close scrutiny, she strode over to the hearth and closed her eyes for a second, fighting the urge to cry again. She’d thought her tears from earlier were well and truly dried up. 

It would be so easy to tell Alec what had been happening. He would believe her. Probably try to save her, too. But what could he do, when up against the powerful Duke of Kilmaine, whose word was law in these parts? And though she knew Alec could defend himself in a fight, Duncan never fought fairly. Her husband had enough servants and guards around the estate to ensure that Alec would be outnumbered.

 

No. She couldn’t risk getting him hurt. She’d never forgive herself if he did.

 

Filling her lungs with a hearty breath, she turned back to face him, and once again, she plastered a serene smile on her face. “Everything is fine. Absolutely fine, in fact.” 

But Alec didn’t smile back. Instead he frowned. “Don’t lie to me, Connie.” He strode across to her, until she found herself staring at the crisp white cravat covering his neck. 

She gasped softly as his hand gently tilted her chin upward, until her eyes met his. Warring with the frisson of fear from having a man touch her was a giddy sensation fluttering in her stomach. She couldn’t remember the last time anyone had touched her with such tenderness. If ever, actually. 

“What’s going on? And I’ll have the truth this time, please.” Alec’s voice was firm, but she could hear the concern in it. It had been so long since she’d felt that anyone cared. 

“As I said before, everything is fine, Doctor McGuiness.” She carefully reached up and very deliberately pushed his hand away from under her chin. “And you take too many liberties touching me and calling me by my first name. I am a duchess now. Or have you forgotten?” Perhaps if she sounded condescending, as she’d often done in the past with him, he’d believe her, and go. 

“Aye. I’m well aware of that fact.” He stepped back and bowed stiffly. “Forgive me, your grace.” 

There was contempt in his voice, and Connie felt her heart sink. He would forever remember her as being a coldhearted shrew, she was sure of that. And though a part of her hated knowing he would, at least he’d be safe.
“You can tell Sophie that all is well.” She was glad her voice sounded steady, when inside she felt like she was shattering into tiny pieces. “Now if you will excuse me, I have duties to attend to.” She inclined her head at him before sweeping past him toward the door.

 

She extended her hand toward the doorknob when, from behind her, Alec reached over her shoulder and pressed his palm against the wood. Preventing her from opening it and leaving. 

“You’re not going anywhere, duchess. At least not until you tell me what the devil is going on.” 

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: THE DEVILISH DUKE
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Book 2: THE ELUSIVE EARL
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Author Maddison Michaels

Author Maddison Michaels

About the Author
Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was a teenager, Maddison Michaels is a bestselling, award-winning Australian romance author, who loves to write sexy history with a dash of mystery! Her debut novel, THE DEVILISH DUKE, won the 2019 RWA Australia Historical Romance Book of the year. Maddison lives in Sydney with her gorgeous hubby and daughter, and always starts her day with a cup (or two) of liquid gold… coffee (just quietly, she’s addicted to the stuff)!

 

 

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Where to find Maddison Michaels
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Release Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – MAKING YOU MINE (The Bradens and Montgomerys) by Melissa Foster

MAKING YOU MINE Release Blitz

Welcome to the release blitz for MAKING YOU MINE, the fifth book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls), by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

MAKING YOU MINE (The Bradens and Montgomerys #5) by Melissa Foster

MAKING YOU MINE (The Bradens and Montgomerys #5) by Melissa Foster

About the Book
Title: MAKING YOU MINE
Series: The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) #5
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay
Audio Links: Amazon | Apple | Audible

Synopsis
Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster’s writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance featuring Graham Braden’s business partner, Knox Bentley!

In MAKING YOU MINE…
Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He’d distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can’t close, the precious jewel even his billions can’t buy. Now that he’s back in the States, he’s determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.

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Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women’s fiction. For avid readers of the Love in Bloom series, you may have met sexy and hilarious Knox Bentley, Graham Braden’s business partner, in Trails of Love, and Aubrey Stewart, one of the badass billionaire founders of the Ladies Who Write (LWW), in Anything for Love.

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Excerpt
Aubrey opened the gift box slowly, surprised to find a black and gold lipstick container.

“Oh my gosh.” Presley snagged the gift and inspected it. “Yup. Tom Ford’s Original Sin. You’ve got yourself a classy dirty boy.”

“Give me that.” Aubrey grabbed the lipstick and set it on the desk. She lifted another note from the box and read it. “‘Because putting on lipstick usually leads to taking these off.’” She shot a look at her friends. “This ought to be good.” She whipped off the lid, and her body tingled at the sight of a black lace thong and matching bra nestled within the tissue paper.

“Wow. Those are gorgeous,” Libby said. “May I?”

Aubrey shrugged and held out the box for Libby to feel the material.

“That’s Agent Provocateur,” Presley said as she admired the lingerie. “It’s made with French lace. Gorgeous. The man has—”

“Invaded my personal space and my privacy.” Aubrey snapped the lid back on the box, trying to ignore her racy thoughts of Knox tearing them off her.

“And I’m about to invade it even more.”

They all spun around at the sound of Knox’s deep, sexy voice. There he stood, six-plus feet of gorgeousness, clad in a black leather jacket, jeans, and black boots that probably cost more than Aubrey’s desk. A charming smile lifted his lips as he said, “Hello, ladies.”

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Get Caught up on the Series:

Book 1: EMBRACING HER HEART
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Book 2: ANYTHING FOR LOVE
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Book 3: TRAILS OF LOVE
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Book 4: WILD CRAZY HEARTS
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Author Melissa Foster

Author Melissa Foster

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

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

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

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

Where to Find Melissa Foster
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Street TeamTwitter | Amazon Author Page | Pinterest

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January Warm Your Shelves Event brought to you by the Authors of Entangled Publishing!

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Happy January! It’s a bit chilly out there, so it’s the perfect time to find some new authors to start binge-reading during this cold season.

During this event, we’ll feature seven authors from January 20-26, 2020. And you’ll have plenty of chances to win one of three awesome prizes: Amazon gift cards. We’ve got two $25 gift cards and one $20 gift card. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!

Schedule of newsletter releases:

1/20 Lynn Rush

1/21 Katie Delahanty (Congrats on your 1/7 book release!)

1/22 T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni

1/23 Amy Fellner Dominy

1/24 Stacie Ramey (Congrats on your 1/7 book release!)

1/25 Mara Wells (Congrats on your 1/28 book release!)

1/26 Kelly Anne Blount

Official Hashtag: #WarmYourShelves

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Prerelease Blitz – Excerpt – THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints and Scoundrels Series) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT Prerelease Blitz

Welcome to the prerelease blitz for THE SINFUL SCOT, the third book in the adult historical romance series, Saints & Scoundrels, by Ruby Award winning author, Maddison Michaels, releasing January 27, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

THE SINFUL SCOT (Saints & Scoundrels Series #3) by Maddison Michaels

About the Book
Title: THE SINFUL SCOT
Series: Saints & Scoundrels #3
Author: Maddison Michaels
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: January 27, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | !ndigo

Synopsis
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuinness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?,

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Excerpt
She took in a deep breath of air. You can do it, Connie, she began to say to herself, over and over again. After all, she had to do it. She had no other choice. 

Turning back into the room, she hurried over to the bed and gathered up the makeshift rope she’d hidden under the bed frame, which she’d made from knotting together the sheets. She tied one end of it tightly to the leg of the bed and then dragged the rest across to the window before throwing it over the sill. 

The lock to the door suddenly turned, and the door opened. Connie felt her heart stop, and she had to stifle the scream about to burst out of her mouth as she swiveled around to face the threat. 

There, standing at the entrance, was Alec, with a rather purposeful expression on his face. He glanced to the open window and the rope hanging through it. “I thought they used bedsheet ropes to escape only in those gothic horror novels you used to read as a girl?” 

“How the devil did you get in here?” Connie demanded, ignoring his question, though slightly thrilled he had remembered something he’d oftentimes teased her over in the past. “You nearly frightened me to death!” 

“I’m here to rescue you. I did mention to be ready.” There was a grim determination in his voice, before a small smile twisted at the corners of his mouth, transforming his already altogether too handsome face into something even more compelling. “Though I think we can leave via the staircase, rather than with that.” He glanced down at the bedsheet rope, now dangling loosely from her hands. “Were you really going to use it?” 

“I didn’t have a lot of options,” she replied, unwilling to give him the satisfaction of knowing that she had in fact gotten the idea from one of the gothic novels she’d read years ago. 

Alec picked up the length of rope from her hands. “The knots do seem strong enough, so I daresay they would have held your weight.” His eyes met her own. “Rather resourceful of you.” He sounded impressed. “Come on, we need to go.”

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: THE DEVILISH DUKE
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | !ndigo

Book 2: THE ELUSIVE EARL
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | !ndigo

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Author Maddison Michaels

Author Maddison Michaels

About the Author
Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was a teenager, Maddison Michaels is a bestselling, award-winning Australian romance author, who loves to write sexy history with a dash of mystery! Her debut novel, THE DEVILISH DUKE, won the 2019 RWA Australia Historical Romance Book of the year. Maddison lives in Sydney with her gorgeous hubby and daughter, and always starts her day with a cup (or two) of liquid gold… coffee (just quietly, she’s addicted to the stuff)!

 

 

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Where to find Maddison Michaels
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | BookBub

 

Blog Tour – POWER PLAY (Power Play Series) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

POWER PLAY Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for POWER PLAY, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, Power Play, by Kennedy L. Mitchell. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive teaser.

POWER PLAY (Power Play Series #1) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

POWER PLAY (Power Play Series #1) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: POWER PLAY
Series: Power Play #1
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Release Date: January 20, 2020
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT

Synopsis
There’s no turning back. I can’t go home a failure–again. Everyone wants to use me, make me their pawn, but I have other plans. I will win this election or die trying.  

Randi Sawyer
It started with a shady business proposal I should’ve turned down. Now here I am pretending to be someone I’m not, and bonus, I’m at the mercy of a man whose joy comes from my failures. The deeper I sink into DC’s seedy political scene the more I realize I can’t trust anyone if I’m going to make it out alive. Until him. Secret Service agent Trey Benson is bitter, jaded, and oh so hot with his mischievous smirk and cocky attitude. He hates me, just like everyone else, but he might just be who I need to survive this mess I’ve landed myself in. 

Trey Benson
Forced onto her protection detail, I’m certain she’s just another Political Barbie in this city. I should know–I’ve dated most of them. Except she’s not. Funny, foulmouthed and crazy as hell, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous, Randi Sawyer just might be the one person who can make a difference in DC–and in me. Too bad the boss says she’s off-limits, that it’s too risky for her career and mine. Good thing I’ve never been great at sticking to orders. 

Power Play is the first book in the five-book Power Play series. Each book cannot be read as a standalone. All five books follow one main couple’s relationship as it grows through a five-year time period. It’s suspenseful, steamy, and oh so unputdownable. If you’re a fan of Tiffany Snow, Meghan March, and Skye Warren then this series is for YOU! 

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Preorder Book 2 now!

Book 2: POWER TWIST
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Author Kennedy L. Mitchell

Author Kennedy L. Mitchell

About the Author
Kennedy lives in Dallas with her husband, son, and 80lb Goldendoodle who still believes he’s a lap dog. A bookworm at heart, Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed or by the campfire with an unputdownable book. She began writing two years ago with Falling for the Chance and has no plans of stopping. Her novels are witty, action-packed, and offer enough steam for a great facial. If you like strong heroines and sexy, tattooed men who can’t keep their hands off them, then this author is the one for you.

 

Where to Find Kennedy L. Mitchell
Goodreads | Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Amazon | BookBub

Release Day – POWER PLAY (Power Play Series) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

POWER PLAY Release Day

Today is release day for POWER PLAY, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, Power Play, by Kennedy L. Mitchell. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive teaser.

POWER PLAY (Power Play Series #1) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

POWER PLAY (Power Play Series #1) by Kennedy L. Mitchell

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: POWER PLAY
Series: Power Play #1
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Release Date: January 20, 2020
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT

Synopsis
There’s no turning back. I can’t go home a failure–again. Everyone wants to use me, make me their pawn, but I have other plans. I will win this election or die trying.  

Randi Sawyer
It started with a shady business proposal I should’ve turned down. Now here I am pretending to be someone I’m not, and bonus, I’m at the mercy of a man whose joy comes from my failures. The deeper I sink into DC’s seedy political scene the more I realize I can’t trust anyone if I’m going to make it out alive. Until him. Secret Service agent Trey Benson is bitter, jaded, and oh so hot with his mischievous smirk and cocky attitude. He hates me, just like everyone else, but he might just be who I need to survive this mess I’ve landed myself in. 

Trey Benson
Forced onto her protection detail, I’m certain she’s just another Political Barbie in this city. I should know–I’ve dated most of them. Except she’s not. Funny, foulmouthed and crazy as hell, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous, Randi Sawyer just might be the one person who can make a difference in DC–and in me. Too bad the boss says she’s off-limits, that it’s too risky for her career and mine. Good thing I’ve never been great at sticking to orders. 

Power Play is the first book in the five-book Power Play series. Each book cannot be read as a standalone. All five books follow one main couple’s relationship as it grows through a five-year time period. It’s suspenseful, steamy, and oh so unputdownable. If you’re a fan of Tiffany Snow, Meghan March, and Skye Warren then this series is for YOU! 

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POWER PLAY Teaser

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Preorder Book 2 now!

Book 2: POWER TWIST
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POWER PLAY Teaser

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Power Play Series

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Author Kennedy L. Mitchell

Author Kennedy L. Mitchell

About the Author
Kennedy lives in Dallas with her husband, son, and 80lb Goldendoodle who still believes he’s a lap dog. A bookworm at heart, Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed or by the campfire with an unputdownable book. She began writing two years ago with Falling for the Chance and has no plans of stopping. Her novels are witty, action-packed, and offer enough steam for a great facial. If you like strong heroines and sexy, tattooed men who can’t keep their hands off them, then this author is the one for you.

 

Where to Find Kennedy L. Mitchell
Goodreads | Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Amazon | BookBub

Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway – THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

THE STORY OF US Excerpt Reveal

The Hallmark Channel and author Teri Wilson are revealing an excerpt from THE STORY OF US, a stand-alone adult contemporary based on a Hallmark Channel Original movie, releasing February 5, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, the exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

THE STORY OF US (A Hallmark Channel Original) by Teri Wilson

About The Book
Title:THE STORY OF US

Series: Hallmark Channel Originals
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon ITBarnes & NobleKobo | Target | BAM!

Synopsis
A box of love letters from the past may hold the key to the future…

Jamie always adored True Love Bookstore and Café, and now she’s the owner. But businesses are struggling in her small town, and her beloved store is threatened by a new retail development scheme.

Sawyer, Jamie’s former high school sweetheart, startles her when he comes to town for the first time in fifteen years. She soon learns he’s the architect of the proposed development and he’s there to sell local business owners on his plan. Sawyer had no idea that Jamie had bought the bookstore and poured everything she had into it. If he takes it over, he’ll break her heart a second time.

Jamie’s discovery of a box of old love letters and valentines might hold the key to saving her shop. And after all this time, could love be in the cards for Jamie and Sawyer, too?

 

 

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Excerpt:
Sawyer’s gaze locked onto hers, and as much as Jamie knew she should look away, she just couldn’t. The lines around his eyes were new, as were the sharp angles of his jawline, but those warm brown irises of his were exactly the same. These were the eyes that had seen her at a time when no one else had. She’d been nothing but a quiet, book-loving dreamer, and he’d brought her out of her shell and shown her that the world could be every bit as colorful and vibrant in reality as it was in the novels she loved so much. 

Meeting Sawyer O’Dell had changed her. He’d helped her become the woman she was today, because she’d loved the person he’d seen when he’d looked at her with those eyes—interesting, enchanting. 

His. 

What would it be like to feel that way again? To be loved and cherished by the only person she’d ever truly wanted to build a life with? To have her heart put back together by the man who’d broken it when he’d been just a boy? 

The thought was intoxicating. It made her do things she knew she shouldn’t—like step closer to him so that their breath mingled together in the evergreen air, causing her to smile to herself as his gaze drifted slowly, purposefully to her lips. Her breath hitched as he dipped his head. She’d never wanted a kiss so badly in her life— not even when she’d been sixteen years old and he’d bent toward her in the exact same way for the very first time. 

His hand was on her waist and his lips were just a whisper away—a heartbeat, a breath, a memory. And Jamie’s heart felt as if it were opening like a favorite book, one whose pages hadn’t been read in a long, long time. She let her eyes drift closed, because she knew this story by heart. The story of Sawyer and Jamie… 

The story of us. 

But in the sliver of a second before their lips met, someone said Jamie’s name, and the book slammed shut. 

“Jamie?” 

Her eyes flew open. She and Sawyer blinked at each other, as if they couldn’t quite get their bearings. Then they both turned their heads in the direction of the speaker. 

No. Jamie’s stomach tied itself into a knot. It couldn’t be him. What on earth was he doing there? 

She bit her bottom lip, still tingling from the missed opportunity. She’d been waiting fifteen years to kiss Sawyer O’Dell again, and apparently, she’d have to wait even longer. 

“Matt?” 

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Author Teri Wilson

Author Teri Wilson

About the Author
Teri Wilson is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of romance, women’s fiction and romantic comedy. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

 

Where to Find Teri Wilson
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Cover Reveal – KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

KEEP FOREVER Book Blitz

Acorn Publishing and award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard, are revealing the cover to KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women’s fiction, releasing April 30, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

About the Book
Title: KEEP FOREVER
Author: Alexa Kingaard
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
“Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of post-combat trauma, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread across many decades, detailing the impact this soldier’s illness has on an entire family, including children and grandchildren. KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, emotionally satisfying read that I highly recommend. ”
GARY SEIGEL, author of “Haskell Himself”

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

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

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

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

Inspired
By
A True Story

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Author Alexa Kingaard

Author Alexa Kingaard

About the Author
Alexa Kingaard was born in San Diego, CA and has lived most of her life in the area. She currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of an adult son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders. A realtor for fifteen years, she remains involved with her profession and praises her brokers and clients for giving her the nod to be creative.

She gives all the credit for completing her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, to her inspiration and late ex-husband, Jeff, who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return.

Her second novel, MY NAME IS ROSE, will be released through Acorn Publishing March 15, 2019.

 

 

 

Where to Find Alexa Kingaard
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – HUNG UP ON YOU by Marie Landry

HUNG UP ON YOU Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for HUNG UP ON YOU, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Marie Landry. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

HUNG UP ON YOU by Marie Landry

HUNG UP ON YOU by Marie Landry

About the Book
Title:
HUNG UP ON YOU
Author: Marie Landry
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Julia is single and happy, thank you very much. Try telling that to her happily-coupled bestie, though. She’s so determined to pair Julia off, she brings an extra guy friend along on a weekend getaway, in what’s clearly a set-up attempt. Julia’s interest is immediately piqued by sweet, sexy, nerdy Zack. There’s just one problem: he’s still hung up on his ex. Big time.

Despite knowing that – and despite her attraction to him – it doesn’t stop her friends from throwing them together every other second, insisting they’d make the perfect couple. But Julia is determined to friend zone him. At least until he suggests they pretend to date to get their respective friends off their backs.

At first, their fake “dating” is more friendship than fireworks. But as they get closer, the lines begin to blur between them, and Julia realizes she has to either shut down her developing feelings for Zack or let him in. The question is: can she fully trust him with her heart? Or does his heart still belong to his ex?

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HUNG UP ON YOU Teaser

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Excerpt #3
If I thought sitting in the car together was intimate, it was nothing compared to sitting side by side in a dark theater. Even though we were alone then and we’re surrounded by people now, there’s something about sitting here in the dark with parts of our bodies touching, albeit in an innocent way. If I moved my pinky just the tiniest bit to the left, it would brush Zack’s.

Now it’s all I can think about. My hand twitches despite my attempts to keep it still, and my pinky rubs against Zack’s. He gives a small jolt, as if I shocked him. I almost yank my arm back, and even consider sitting on my hand to prevent myself from further contact. But then I realize Zack hasn’t shifted away. He hasn’t looked at me, either. It makes me wonder if he’s as aware of me as I am of him. That’s ridiculous, though. Isn’t it?

A second later, his pinky brushes mine. The barest hint of a smile flirts around his mouth. He must know I’m watching him, yet his eyes stay trained on the screen ahead. Our pinkies are doing a little dance now, tentatively rubbing against each other until his finally hooks around mine, holding on. That giddy teenager feeling I sometimes get when I’m around Zack returns full force. Our pinkies stay locked together, reminding me of the pinky promises my brother and I used to make. Except those were innocent fun, something we used to swear by over silly things, and this…this feels anything but innocent or silly. It’s the barest contact, and yet it feels weighty.

Zack’s head turns slowly and he finally looks at me. The scene on the screen changes to an outdoor shot, momentarily lighting his features, giving me a short yet perfect view of the soft, almost questioning smile on Zack’s face.

“You’re missing the movie,” he whispers.

I almost tell him I’d rather look at him anyway. Instead, I nod once and return my attention to the screen. I have no idea what’s been happening and my mind is too muddled to even care. I feel Zack’s eyes on me for a moment longer before he looks back at the screen. Our hands stay as they are for the rest of the movie.

When the four of us emerge from the auditorium, blinking in the light like a quartet of moles, Dee asks, “So what did you think?”

I catch Zack’s gaze. “New favorite.”

His lips twitch. “Same. Great movie. Solid four stars.”

Dee arches a brow as she glances between the two of us. I wonder what my expression is. I feel slightly flushed, which means my cheeks are probably rosy. Can she tell I’m barely containing a goofy smile?

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HUNG UP ON YOU Teaser

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Author Marie Landry

Author Marie Landry

About the Author
Marie Landry‘s life revolves around books; when she’s not writing them, she’s reading them, taking pictures of them for bookstagram, or blogging about them. An avid reader from a young age, she loves getting lost in characters’ worlds, whether they’re of her own making or someone else’s. She particularly loves coming-of-age stories with as much of an emphasis on self-discovery as on romance…but don’t leave out the romance!

When not doing bookish things, Marie can be found daydreaming (in general, but often about traveling through Europe), marathon-watching shows on Netflix, and taking photographs. She lives in a cozy apartment in Ontario, Canada with the best roommate ever, and only sometimes imagines it’s actually a flat in London.

 

 

Where to Find Marie Landry
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – TROUBLE WITH WOLVES (Magic and Bone) by Danielle Annett

TROUBLE WITH WOLVES Cover Reveal

Author Danielle Annett is unveiling the cover to TROUBLE WITH WOLVES, the first book in her adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, Magic and Bone, releasing February 8, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, and details on her giveaway.

TROUBLE WITH WOLVES (Magic and Bone #1) by Danielle Annett

TROUBLE WITH WOLVES (Magic and Bone #1) by Danielle Annett

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: TROUBLE WITH WOLVES
Series: Magic and Bone #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Release Date: February 8, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT

Synopsis
Shifters and humans don’t mix … 



But Red isn’t like any human I’ve met before.

 He doesn’t fear shifters, and for some reason he wants to help me forge peace between my Pack and the town.

Our relationship morphs from unlikely allies to … more. And the more I’m around Red, the more I crave him. 
But none of that matters when fate steps in, and I find myself leading the Pack.

 My Pack will never accept him.

The people of Lethbridge will never accept me.

And a relationship with a human is the last thing I need.

If you love snarky heroines, forbidden romance, and shapeshifters, grab Trouble with Wolves today!

 

 

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Author Danielle Annett

Author Danielle Annett

About The Author
I’m just a girl with an obsession for Marvel movies, a love of all things Urban Fantasy, and a cheerleader for the underdog in any given story.

If you’re looking for a heroine you can root for … someone who defies the odds and gets up every time they’re knocked down … then look no further because that’s what you’ll find in my books.

 

 

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Where to Find Danielle Annett
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | BookBub

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Book Review + Giveaway – THE GAME CHANGER (Parkwood Mysteries) by Jennifer Brown

THE GAME CHANGER Blog Tour

THE GAME CHANGER (Parkwood Mysteries #1) by Jennifer Brown

THE GAME CHANGER (Parkwood Mysteries #1) by Jennifer Brown

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Hollis and Daisy love podcasting about murder cases…But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, she’s a small-town journalist, and she’s bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock ‘Em Dead podcast—”Where murder and muffins meet!” It’s all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

After a brutal homecoming game loss, the coach of the rival football team is the victim of a hit-and-run in the high school parking lot. The entire town is on edge, and the star quarterback—who happens to be the police chief’s son—may just look the guiltiest of all.

With Hollis’s investigative skills and Daisy’s famous muffins…and in spite of the charming rookie police officer tasked with keeping Hollis out of the way…the podcasting duo sets out to solve their first real case.

This cozy mystery includes a killer free recipe for Daisy’s Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
OMG! How much do I love this book? Soooooo much! Seriously, this is just the thing I needed to help break up my post-holiday blahs. Hollis Bisbee is a reporter of a tiny newspaper in Parkwood, Missouri. She writes about hotdog rollers and new vacuum stores in the local mall. A former crime reporter in Chicago, to say her job lacks the excitement she’s used to would be a gross understatement. While interviewing the snack bar supervisor at Friday night’s big high school homecoming football game, an altercation occurs on the field between the Parkwood quarterback and the opposing team’s coach. When not long after the game, said coach ends up dead in the Parkwood High parking lot, things get a little sticky for Hollis and her best friend, Daisy, who have a true crime murder podcast that is equal parts macabre and munchies, since Daisy is also the best baker in town and uses the platform to help promote her baking business. And when Hollis discovers the quarterback is also the sheriff’s son, and the death has been ruled natural causes, Hollis has had enough of her feel good pieces and drags Daisy into an investigation that the sheriff, the new local hunky deputy, and her boss, the paper’s editor, can’t catch wind of.

Plot
The primary plot is the murder mystery and it’s exceptional. There were so many red herrings, I got to the point where I suspected it was going to be a MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS ending. There are a few minor subplots including Hollis’s job and a budding romance with Office Blue Eyes, but they were just there to round out the main plot. This was such a fun ride, I’m anxiously awaiting more Parkwood Mysteries!

Characters
The characters are THE best! I would read anything with Hollis and Daisy in it. They’re both hysterical, witty, charming, and definitely the kind of people you’d hang out with in real life if they weren’t just figments of Brown’s imagination. Maybe I just need to hang out with the author in real life! Hollis is amazing as the spirited reporter who refuses to take no for an answer. Her bff and sidekick, Daisy, is a stay-at-home mom to like 32 kids. Entire scenes are devoted to her chewing out one kid after another as she still manages to carry on a coherent conversation with Hollis. She’s quick on her feet and helps Hollis out more than a few tight spaces. The rest of the cast, including Officer Hopkins, with his muscles and impossibly blue eyes, are just as warm and loveably quirky as Hollis and Daisy. If Hallmark makes this into a movie or a TV show, I’m all in.

What I Loved About THE GAME CHANGER
1. Everything.
 Seriously, I can’t find any fault with this book. The story, the characters, the writing, everything is top notch.

2. Hollis. She’s funny, smart, endearing, and tenacious.

3. Daisy. The best BFF ever and the type of person we all want in our lives.

4. The Mystery. Really well done. One of the best I’ve read in the genre in a long time.

5. Podcasting. My co-author and I have been toying with the idea of starting a pod cast in the near future, but nothing we come up with will ever be as good as the Hollis and Daisy show.

Bottom Line
An absolutely adorable cozy mystery with a sweet romance and some of the best damn characters in the book world.

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

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About the Book
Title: THE GAME CHANGER
Series: Parkwood Mysteries
Author: Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Hallmark
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Pages: 288
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon ITBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Walmart

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Author Jennifer Brown

Author Jennifer Brown

About the Author
Jennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, Torn Away, and the Shade Me series. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Jennifer also writes middle grade novels — her debut novel, Life on Mars, was the winner of the 2017 William Allen White Children’s Book Award. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott. Visit her at www.JenniferScottAuthor.com Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Jennifer is available for school visits, workshops, classroom and book club Skypes, and speaking engagements. Contact JenniferBrownYA@gmail.com to book her for your next event!

Where to Find Jennifer Brown
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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