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Book Review + Giveaway – STAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn

STAR-CROSSED Blog Tour

STAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn

STAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn

Synopsis
Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
An intense young adult dystopian romance filled with impossible choices, longing, loyalty, and above all, love. When seventeen year old Princess Vela is caught sneaking food to her best friend, her entire future is jeopardized. But the leadership sees something in her and offers her an opportunity to prove herself worthy of taking over her father’s position of Ruler when he passes. Vela and her sister, Blanca, are each challenged to show they have what it takes to lead their people, despite their weaknesses. Vela is compassionate to a fault and Blanca is logical and analytical at the expense of compassion. Each princess is forced into a situation that tests their limits in ways neither is prepared for.

Plot
The plot is intricately woven with subplotting that made this a “can’t put down” book for me. While I found some of it predictable, the author’s writing and the characters she created made me need to know what happened next. Dunn drew me into her world, which is richly built, and made me care about fictional people in a way I haven’t in a long time. I wanted a different ending, but the one I got was both gut-wrenching and satisfying.

The Characters
Well-developed and incredibly real, Carr, Vela, and the rest of the cast were real to me, and I loved them wholly, never wanting to the story to end. Carr is what every book boyfriend should be with a deep sense of family loyalty and strength, with a poetic side that made me swoon. Vela was everything I want in a young adult heroine. Her compassion for others and sense of doing the right thing at any cost made her one of my favorite young adult protagonists of all time.

Top Five Things I Loved About STAR-CROSSED
1. Vela. She was by far my favorite character of 2018 and in my top five young adult protagonists of all time. She’s warm, loyal, loving, and compassionate with a strong sense of doing the right thing. Her love for her family, her best friend, and Carr made her utterly relatable.

2. Carr. Ahh, what can I say about the dreamy boy who would give his life to save his sister? There is so much to him, but the way he cares not only about his sister but Vela, too, makes him worthy of Vela’s love.

3. Impossible choices. Vela is put in charge of choosing the boy who will die to save her father’s life, but when the only boy she’s ever loved, Carr, puts himself in the running, she finds herself in a situation with no good outcomes. This is the type of situation that makes for page-turning conflict.

4. Dystopian worlds. My favorite genre because anything can happen and nothing is ever as it seems.

5. The ending. Oh my God that ending. It gutted me but it made me FEEL.

Bottom Line
An outstanding young adult dystopian tale that will reside among my favorites for years to come.

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

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About the Book
Title: STAR-CROSSED
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

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Author Pintip Dunn

Author Pintip Dunn

About the Author
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and

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Where to Find Pintip Dunn
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – DESTINY FULFILLED by Laire McKinney

DESTINY FULFILLED Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for DESTINY FULFILLED, a stand-alone adult fantasy romance, by Laire McKinney. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

DESTINY FULFILLED by Laire McKinney

DESTINY FULFILLED by Laire McKinney

About the Book
Title: DESTINY FULFILLED
Author: Laire McKinney
Release Date: August 7, 2016
Genre:
Adult Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
Only love can save them…

Wren O’Hara is waiting for the day she succumbs to mental illness like her mother. When she is attacked by a psychotic client at work, and saved by what must be an angel, she fears the time for insanity has come.

Little does she know, her savior is an immortal warrior druid named Riagan Tenman, and that he will challenge everything she ever thought she knew about reality.

Now Wren must decide if the fantasy unfolding before her is true, or if she has finally lost her mind.

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Excerpt #4
Riagan shook off the effects of the battle much the same way Duke shook off water. He rose to his full height, erect and proud, his long body somehow more grand and powerful than she remembered. The mortal clothes tugged where the seams were not already ripped as his muscles seemed to expand and his height grow.

Riagan was changing, there was no denying that. He flexed and unflexed his hands; his face hardened into a line of will and determination. It was at once terrifying and awesome to behold.

Wren stumbled as she tried to gather her wits and close her mouth, which she knew was dangling open like an unhinged window screen after a hurricane.

His skin was beautiful, like carved white marble. She reached out a hand to caress it, for surely he was a mirage.

Just as she leaned into him, someone grabbed her wrist and yanked. It was Drake, staring hard into her face. She tried again to shut her mouth but wasn’t certain of success.

“We must hurry,” Drake urged.

“What?” she sputtered. Riagan’s scent wove around her like silk ribbon—a heady mixture of musk, vanilla, and some undefined masculine notes that made her head feel as if it were a balloon about to float away to Heaven.

As soon as Drake lessened his grasp, she moved forward again. Riagan stood before her as a powerful warrior druid, an immortal druid. Her safe place in the middle of his chest was far above her head now. She reached up to caress it, wanted to make sure it was still there, but Drake grabbed her chin and turned her face toward his.

“There will be time for that later, lass.”

She felt like she was drowning in a vat of warm, sweet olive oil. The world in front of her became hazy, and Drake’s voice came from somewhere far away. She was lusciously sandwiched between two of the most masculine bodies ever created, grateful they were taking over this situation because for some reason, she couldn’t even remember her name. Tingling shot through her body, and every cell she was made of burst alive.

Somewhere far away, in the very distant place where her brain could still think, she sensed tension in the air, urgency pulsing through the two men at her sides. When she put her hands on each of their arms, she couldn’t help but move them up and down, relishing the severe undulations of their magnificent muscles, the sheer power held beneath the skin.

One of the men growled, and she lifted her chin to find Riagan glaring at his brother, whose face was set in a smirk. Her hands stopped mid-rub, and Riagan grabbed her wrist, yanking her far away from his brother. He put his arm around her waist, hugging her against him, then propelled her forward, keeping her several feet from Drake.

For someone who didn’t love her, he surely was jealous.

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Author Laire McKinney

Author Laire McKinney

About the Author
Laire McKinney is the author of contemporary and fantasy women’s fiction. She believes in a hard-earned happily-ever-after, with nothing more satisfying than passionate kisses and sexy love scenes, endearing characters and complex conflict. When not writing, she can be found traipsing among the wildflowers, reading under a willow tree, or gazing at the moon while pondering the meaning of it all. She lives in Virginia with her family and beloved rescue pup, Lila da Bean.

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Where to Find Laire McKinney
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – THIS LOVE (Cowboys and Angels) by Kelly Elliott

THIS LOVE Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for THIS LOVE, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Cowboys & Angels, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Kelly Elliott. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

THIS LOVE (Cowboys and Angels #6) by Kelly Elliott

THIS LOVE (Cowboys and Angels #6) by Kelly Elliott

About the Book
Title: THIS LOVE
Series: Cowboys & Angels #6
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
I was a self-appointed bachelor and happy to have the title. Everyone thought it was time for me to settle down and find a nice girl. Well, no thank you. This cowboy wanted to stay clear of relationships. I wanted the freedom that came with no strings. 

But what did I know? Nothing apparently. 

Everything changed when I looked into her green eyes; my world tilted when she smiled at me. 

What was this feeling? 

Whatever was happening had me losing my damn mind. I fumbled with my words. My body wasn’t my own. I wanted her … desperately. 

Was I ready to give up my bachelor days, or was this Irish girl simply an itch I needed scratched? 

This Love is book 6 in the Cowboys and Angels series

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Excerpt
“Do you like kissing women and getting them all hot and bothered and then walking away? Does that get you off?”

Cord walked around his desk and headed toward the door of his office. Where in the hell did he think he was going?

He shut the door and turned back to face me. When he walked toward me, I stepped back until me legs hit his desk.

“You were hot and bothered by our kiss?”

The way his blue eyes searched me face had me panting. It was getting harder to breathe, especially with him nearly pressed against me body…again.

“No,” I lied.

“That’s not what you just said, Maebh.”

I stood up straighter and squared me shoulders. “By your own admission, and on more than one occasion, Mr. Parker, you don’t always understand what I say.”

He laughed, and I moaned internally. God, I loved his laugh. And his smile. And the way he ran his fingers through his hair.

“Why are you so interested in if I’ve fucked someone in here?”

“I’m not,” I stated, me hands going to me hips.

He leaned closer, a whisper away. “You’re lying. I can tell because your cheeks are turning a beautiful shade of pink. I wonder how vibrant that pink gets when you come?”

Me mouth opened in utter shock, and I stared at him.

“I bet they turn vibrant.”

Cord stepped closer.

“I’ve never found the right woman to bring into my private space and make love to, but there’s always a first time…”

Me tongue bathed me dry lips. Cord’s eyes followed, and he let out a soft growl from the back of his throat.

“You… You…”

Christ, what are you trying to say?

“May I ask you something, Maebh?”

The way he said my name made me knees knock together. The room was spinning.

“Y-yes.”

“Did you like the kiss we shared? Did you like my hands under your dress? My cock pressed against you?”

I wanted to say yes, but I couldn’t forget how he’d made me feel when he walked away and then pretended it had never happened.

“I might have enjoyed it more if you hadn’t walked away from me like an arse.”

His smile instantly disappeared.

“Maebh, I didn’t mean to…”

My hands went to his chest to push him back, but I jerked them away when I felt the zap of energy rushing between us.

What in the world did this man do to me? He was dangerous. Very dangerous.

“I need to get back to Aisling. Have a nice one, Cord.”

He stepped out of my way, and I was relieved I wouldn’t have to argue with him.

Me eyes burned, and I couldn’t figure out why I let this man get me so worked up. I headed for the door, but before I could open it, Cord took me arm and spun me around. He pushed me against the office door. I was having a déjà vu moment.

“You didn’t enjoy any of that night, Maebh?”

A sexy smile moved over Cord’s face. “Answer me.”

Me eyes bounced all over his face as I fought to remember how in the hell to speak.

“What are you doing to me?” I whispered.

His forehead leaned against mine, and I noticed his chest heaving.

“I could say the same thing to you, agra.”

Everything stopped, and I inhaled a sharp breath.

“Where did you hear that?” I asked.

Cord moved away and pushed his hands into his pockets.

“Answer me,” I demanded. “Where did you hear that name?”

He shrugged. “You better get going, the restaurant opens in a few hours, and you’ll need to be ready.”

My mouth hung open. He was going to call me sweetheart and not even tell me how he knew that word.

“You confuse me, Cord Parker. One minute you make me think you want me, the next I’m like a bug you have to squash.”

He stood there, not saying a word.

“Do you?”

His eyes jerked up to meet mine. “Do I what?”

“Want me?”

It was the boldest question I’d ever asked a man, and me neck and cheeks felt like they were on fire. But I had to know. I needed to know how he felt.

When he didn’t reply and dropped his gaze, I had me answer.

“I didn’t think so,” I said, with a nervous laugh. “Stupid fool am I.”

“Maebh—”

“It’s okay. I see the women who throw themselves at you. I won’t compete with the likes of that.”

A look of horror moved over his face.

“I know I’m not as pretty or as…experienced…” I needed to leave before I kept spewing words.

“What are you talking about? Maebh, you’re…”

Cutting him off, I tried to act peppy as I plastered on a fake smile. “Have a good one.”

And like that, I was rushing down the hallway from Cord Parker. I’d just humiliated meself, and I would never forgive meself for being so damn weak.

It was a silly crush on a handsome boy who would never be happy with a girl like me.

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Cowboys and Angels Series

Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: LOST LOVE
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Book 2: LOVE PROFOUND
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Book 3: TEMPTING LOVE
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Book 4: LOVE AGAIN
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Book 5: BLIND LOVE
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Author Kelly Elliott

Author Kelly Elliott

About the Author
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

Where to Find Kelly Elliott
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – FIVE YEARS GONE by Marie Force

FIVE YEARS GONE Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for FIVE YEARS GONE, a stand-alone adult contemporary military romance, by New York Times bestselling author, Marie Force. See below for information on the book, buy inks, and an exclusive excerpt.

FIVE YEARS GONE by Marie Force

FIVE YEARS GONE by Marie Force

About the Book
Title: FIVE YEARS GONE
Author: Marie Force
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Genre: Adult Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018
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Synopsis
The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone.

That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again.

The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do.

From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas..

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Prologue
Ava

We met in a bar, of all places, a dingy hole-in-the-wall favored by military members from the nearby Navy base in San Diego. I went with a friend from school who was interested in one of the military guys. Before that night, Id never been there, and Ive never been back. John was celebrating the promotion of one of his buddies. He crashed into me as I left the ladiesroom and kept me from falling by grabbing my arms to steady me.

Just like in the movies, our eyes met, and my spine tingled with the kind of instantaneous awareness Id only read about but never experienced personally.

Im so sorry,he said, gorgeous and fierce in his fatigues.

I noticed gold on his collar, a hint of late-day scruff on his jaw and the name WEST in bold black letters on his chest. Intense electric-blue eyes made it impossible for me to look away, even when I was safely back on my feet.

Are you all right?he asked.

Realizing Id been staring at him, I blinked and reluctantly broke the connection. IYes, Im fine. Thank you for the save.

And then he smiled, and the tingling began anew.

Im John.

I shook his outstretched hand. Ava.

Keeping his hold on my hand, he tipped his head. You come here often?

Never,I said, laughing. Im a first-timer.

What do you think so far?

I wasnt impressed until about thirty seconds ago.

As if he had all the time in the world to give me, he leaned against the wall. Is that right? What happened thirty seconds ago?

I thought about taking back my hand but didnt. I was saved from certain disaster by a man in uniform.

The guy in the uniform is the reason you needed saving in the first place, because he wasnt watching where he was going. Least he can do is buy you a drink.

I wouldnt say no to that.I was proud of my witty responses and got the feeling he could more than hold his own in the wittiness department. Across the crowded room, I noticed my friend talking to the guy shed come to see, and her brows lifted in interest when she saw me with John. He guided me to the bar, placing a proprietary hand on my lower back, and told one of the guys to give me his stool.

Yes, sir.The younger man bowed gallantly to me as he took his beer and moved along.

Do people always do what you say?

If they know whats good for them.His teasing grin kept the comment from being overly cocky. What can I get you?

Deciding to live dangerously for once, I asked for a cosmopolitan.

Go big or go home,he said with admiration.

Thats my motto.I was so full of shit. I wondered if he could tell I was all talk or what hed think of me if he knew I usually err much closer to the side of caution than the wild side. I wondered if he could tell I was just barely old enough to drink. Id turned twenty-one only six months earlier.

When my cosmo and his Budweiser had been delivered, he offered a toast. To new friends.

I touched my glass to his bottle. To new friends.

So, wherere you from, Ava?

New York.

I thought I heard New Yawk in your voice.

I batted my eyelashes at him. So four years at the University of California San Diego didnt scrub the New York out of me?

Laughing, he said, Hardly. I know some guys from New York. One of them is from Staten Island, which is about as New York as it gets. I know New York when I hear it.

Im from Purchase, upstate from the city. What about you?

Im from all over. My old man is a retired general. You name it, Ive lived there.

Wheres home?

Right here.He turned that intense gaze on me, and I went stupid in the head. I couldnt see anything but him. We might as well have been alone in the crowded bar for all I knew. Unlike my friend, who loved men in uniform, I was never turned on by the uniform. Until then. Until John. You want to get out of here?

I swallowed hard. It wasnt like me to leave a bar with a man Id just met. And go where?

Somewhere we can talk.

What do you want to talk about?

He leaned in so his lips were close to my ear. Everything. I want to know every single thing there is to know about you.

Thats how we started. We were intense from the first second we met until the last time I saw him five years ago today. I cant believe its been five years since I looked into those incredible blue eyes or woke to him on the pillow next to me or heard his voice in my ear, whispering words thatre permanently carved into my heart as he made love to me.

The worst part is I have no idea where he is. I dont know if hes alive or dead, being held captive or if hes living his life somewhere else with someone else. I dont know, and the not knowing is the hardest thing Ive ever dealt with.

I love him as much today as I ever did. No amount of time could ever change that simple fact of my life. We had two beautiful, magnificent years together, caught up in our own little bubble. He never met my family. I never met his. We didnt make couple friends. We didnt talk about the future. We didnt need to. Our future was decided that first night, and it would take care of itself in due time. I honestly and naïvely believed that.

Now, with hindsight, I realize the bubble was strategic on his part. He gave me everything he had to give, including no promise of tomorrow.

Five years ago today, we watched the horror unfold on live television. A US-based cruise ship blown up by suicide bombers. Four thousand lives extinguished in a heartbeat. Our world permanently changed once again, our country declaring yet another war on terrorists. After 9/11 we thought wed seen everything. We were wrong.

I have to go,he said, grabbing the duffel that stood ready in the front hall closet. He called it his go bag.Id thought nothing of it.

Wherere you going?

I dont know.

When will you be back?

I dont know that either.He held my face in his hands and gazed at me, seemingly trying to memorize my every feature. I love you. Ill always love you.Then he kissed me as passionately as he ever had and was gone, out the door in a flash of camouflage.

I never saw him again.

Im not his wife or even his fiancée, so no one notified me of his whereabouts. And three months after he left, when I found a way onto the base in a desperate quest for information, no one there could tell me anything either. I tried to locate his parents and other people he mentioned, but it was like they didnt exist. I could find no record of a retired general named West in the Marine Corps, Army or Air Force.

Furthermore, an exhaustive search for information on the John West I had known led nowhere. No high school, no college, no military service, no nothing.

Sometimes I wonder if I dreamed the two years we spent together, doing mundane things like grocery shopping, cooking, watching TV and sleeping together after long days at work. But then Id remember the blissful passion, the scorching pleasure, the desire that ruled us from the beginning, and Id know I didnt dream him. I didnt dream us. We were real, and he was everything to me.

Sitting on the floor in our apartment, surrounded by boxes, I take a few minutes before the movers arrive to memorize every detail of the place where we lived together. Ive packed his things along with mine, and Im moving home to New York. Today was my deadline. I gave it five years, and I simply cant do it anymore. I cant sit in our home among our things, waiting for something thats never going to happen.

Its over. Its time for me to move on. Its probably long past time, if Im being honest with myself. And though I know its the right move at the right time, that doesnt mean my heart isnt shattering all over again as I dismantle the place where we were us.

My sister is getting married next month. I promised her Id be home in time to hold her hand through the festivities. Other than occasional trips home for holidays and other occasions, Ive been gone more than ten years. I bear no resemblance whatsoever to the girl who left home at eighteen seeking independence from her overbearing family at a faraway college out West.

I accomplished all my goals, finishing college, landing a decent job and falling in love with the man of my dreams. I found out what happens when dreams come true and how painful it is when they blow up in your face.

Its time now to set new goals, to start over, to begin a life that doesnt have John at the center of it the way it did here. Itll be nice to be back with people who love me and care about me, even if they tend toward smothering at times. Thats looking rather good to me after years of loneliness and grief.

The intercom sounds to let me know the movers are here. I pick myself up off the floor and steel my heart for the day ahead. I can do this. Ive been through worse, and Ill survive this the same way Ive survived everything else. Despite my resolve, my eyes fill with tears as I press the button that opens the door downstairs to the movers.

It doesnt take them long to pack my belongings into their truck. I keep with me the things that cant be replacedprecious photos, gifts he gave me, the clothing he left behind. After taking a final look around the apartment, I pack those boxes into my car, turn my apartment keys into the leasing office and head east, feeling as if Im leaving behind everything that ever mattered to me.

Its like Im losing him all over again. I cry all the way through the desert of Southern California and well into Arizona. I relive every minute I can remember, every conversation, every special moment. I think about what it was like to make love with him and wonder how Ill ever to do that with anyone but him. Maybe I wont. Maybe that part of my life ended with him, and even though Im only twenty-eight now, Im okay with that possibility. Once youve experienced perfection, its hard to imagine settling for anything less.

The tears finally dry up somewhere in northern Arizona, but the ache insideI take that with me all the way to New York, where I will try my very best to pick up the pieces of my shattered life and put them back together into some new version of myself.

After all, what choice do I have?

Chapter 1
Ava

My sister, Camille, doesnt do anything halfway, including get married. Shes one of those girls Id love to hate if she werent my beloved sister. Three years behind me in high school, she was class president, captain of the cheerleading squad, valedictorian and homecoming queen. Im sure the teachers who had me first wondered how the same genes couldve produced two such different sisters. Why do you think I moved so far from home to go to college and stayed there afterward? At least in San Diego, no one ever compared me to my rock star little sister.

A few weeks ago, she graduated from Yale Law School, at the top of her class, of course, and made Law Review, had offers from every big firm in the country and sported a three-carat diamond on her finger from the son of the New York governor.

Like I said, she doesnt do anything halfway. So here I am at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, standing beside my sister as she marries Robert James Tilden III in a lavish ceremony. Did I mention shes also freaking gorgeous? Well, she is, and never more so than today. Shes glowing with happiness and excitement and unfettered joy that serves as a bitter reminder of everything Ive lost.

Pass the champagne.

If ever there was a time to get rip-roaring drunk, this is it. Rob arranged for hotel rooms for every member of the wedding party, so no one has to drive or even function after the reception. I plan to take full advantage of my new brother-in-laws generosity up to and including room service breakfast.

Camille grasps my arm as we make our way from the rooftop where the happy couple exchanged vows to the ballroom where the reception will be held. Help me pee,she whispers.

I follow her to the restroom, where an attendant greets us and congratulates the bride.

Thank you so much,Camille says with a gracious smile for the woman.

Use the handicapped stall,the attendant says. Theres more room.

Good call,I say as we enter the roomy stall where Camille teaches me how to bustle her dress. I get it pinned up as best I can and then hold it out of harms way while she hovers over the toilet to take care of business.

This wasnt in my maid-of-honor job description.

She laughs. Sorry, but this is what sisters are for. And Im so glad youre here.

Me, too.And I mean that sincerely. I love seeing you so happy.

I am happy, but Ill be even happier tomorrow. Im so ready for a vacation after planning a wedding during the last year of law school. If that doesnt kill me, nothing will. Two weeks of sand, sun, sex and booze. Bring it on.

My heart aches with envy, making me feel small and petty. What I wouldnt give for two weeks in the tropics with John. What I wouldnt give to simply know hes alive. I shake off those thoughts. This isnt the time to wallow in the past. Today is about Camille and Rob, and Im determined to keep my focus on her.

She stands and hurls herself into my arms. I love you so much, Ava. Im so glad youre back home where you belong.

Blinking back tears, I return her embrace. Love you, too.Its good to be home. Whether Im back where I belong is questionable. I have no idea anymore where I belong, but Im going to figure that out. I wouldnt want to be anywhere else but with you today.That much is certainly true.

After she washes her hands at the sink inside the stall, she hooks her arm through mine to lead me out of the restroom as the attendant looks on with amusement. Lets get this party started.

We line up outside the ballroom, and Im paired with the best man, Robs brother, Eric. My sister has married into a rather fantastic gene pool. Not only are the Tildens wealthy and successful, theyre incredibly good-looking, too. Rob is a triplet, having shared the womb with Eric and their sister Amelia, whom they call Amy. They make a striking trioRob and Amy resemble their father, with dark hair and eyes, while Eric favors their blonde, hazel-eyed mother. Despite their different coloring, theres a definite resemblance among the three of them as well as their younger sister, Julianne, a blonde spitfire whos kept us laughing all weekend.

I instantly love the Tildens and can see why my sister is gone over Rob, who dotes on her to the point of nausea for the rest of us. Ill give them a pass since its their wedding weekend, but the words get a room have frequently come to mind during the festivities.

For Christs sake,Eric mutters while we wait to be introduced. Save it for the honeymoon.

I glance over my shoulder to see Rob and Camille engaged in yet another passionate lip-lock and laugh at the look of disgust on Erics handsome face. They cant help themselves.

I need a drink. The wedding party is allowed to drink, right?

God, I hope so.

Youre up,the wedding coordinator, a peppy woman named Mimi, says after Julianne and Robs cousin Nate are introduced.

Ready?Eric asks, extending his arm to me.

I tuck my hand into the crook of his elbow. Ready.

Please join me in welcoming our best man, the brother of the groom, Eric Tilden, and our maid of honor, the sister of the bride, Ava Lucas.The DJ draws out every syllable of my name, making me Avaaaaaa Luuuuucasssss.

We walk in to thunderous applause from the nearly five hundred guests in the ballroom. Ill admit to being intimidated by the crowd and the noise, both of which have me hanging on to Eric a little more tightly.

As if he can feel my tension, Eric covers my hand on his arm with his free hand, and the gesture comforts me.

We stand on the side of the huge dance floor with the rest of the wedding party.

And now, please welcome our bride and groom, Rob and Camille Tilden!

The applause is deafening as the happy couple makes their way into the room, stopping for hugs and kisses from friends and family. Theyve been deliriously happy for two years now, ever since they met at a fundraiser for Robs dad when Camille was finishing her first year of law school. Rob managed his fathers campaign and runs his New York City office.

Can we drink yet?Eric speaks close to my ear so only I will hear him.

Counting the minutes.I glance up at him and realize hes focused on me, not the bride and groom. The subtle, rich scent of his cologne surrounds me, making me want to lean in closer to him. This is, I realize in a moment of despair, the closest Ive been to any man since the day John kissed me goodbye and disappeared from my life.

I shiver even though the room isnt cold. If anything, its overly warm.

Are you okay?Eric asks.

I nod, but my heart aches. What I wouldnt give to have the man I love with me today, to celebrate my sisters marriage, to meet my family, to dance the night away. Even in the midst of so much happiness and joy, grief overwhelms me.

Its kind of disgusting, isnt it?Eric asks as he twirls me around on the dance floor after the wedding party is invited to join the bride and groom as they dance to The Best Is Yet to Comeby Frank Sinatra.

What is?

How perfect they are.He points his chin toward Rob and Camille, who are so caught up in each other, the hundreds of other people in the room might not exist for all they care.

Its not disgusting. Theyre perfect for each other.

He pulls back ever so slightly to look down at me with an impish twinkle in his eyes. You dont think its the tiniest bit disgusting that any two people can be that gorgeous and that successful?

Ill never admit to having had a few of those thoughts myself. No, of course not. Shes my sister. Im very proud of herand happy for her.

Uh-huh. Okay. If you say so.

Why is he trying to bait me? I say so.

You dont think its the tiniest bit unfair that they got it alllooks, smarts, true love, great jobs and a fab apartment? How much you want to bet theyre going to have ugly kids?

Its such an outrageous statement that I cant contain the gurgle of nervous laughter that erupts from my chest.

Ah-ha! I knew it! You totally think their kids will be ugly.

I do not! Dont say that. Hes your brother. Youre supposed to love him.

I do love him, but sometimes I want to punch his lights out. Everything comes so easily to him. Hes never had to really work for anything in his life.

And you have?

Ive worked hard for everything I have. Still do.

What do you do?

I spend years researching a single company for the fund I work for, only to be shot down when I bring it to the acquisitions team. Then I have to find another company, spend years working on that proposal and hope it doesnt get shot down, too. Im one-for-four over three years.

That sounds rather…”

Depressing?

Is it?

It can be. Its a major bummer to invest all that time and effort only to be shot down at committee.He leans in a little closer, again closer than any man has been to me since John left. Ill let you in on a little secret. Those companies I spend all that time researching?

I nod, intrigued by his secret.

Ive invested personally in every one of them, and theyve yielded spectacular results.

Then the time wasnt wasted.

Not at all.He gazes down at me, seeming to take a visual inventory of my features in a way that reminds me of John doing the same thing the night we metand again on the day he walked out of my life. The memory hits me like a punch to the gut, stealing the breath from my lungs. Youre very pretty, but of course you know that.

The most beautiful girl I ever met. Johns husky, sexy voice pops into my head, and Im transported right back to the bedroom we painted a light gray, the bed we chose together, the sheets tangled around our bodies as he made fierce love to me, whispering sweet words Ive never forgotten.

Ava? Are you okay?

Erics voice startles me, sucking me out of memories I wish I could wallow in. They come less frequently than they used to, and I live in fear of losing them forever at some point.

Ava?

I glance up at him, embarrassed to realize hes stopped moving and is looking at me with concern.

IIm sorry.

I didnt mean to upset you.

You didnt.

The rest of the wedding party, including the bride and groom, are looking at us, wondering why we arent dancing the way were supposed to.

Lets get a drink,Eric says.

But the dance…”

Screw the dance.He takes me by the hand and leads me to one of five bars strategically positioned around the massive ballroom. Whats your pleasure?

Just ice water, please.

He orders my water along with bourbon for himself. Lets get some air.

We take our drinks to a balcony where the warm June breeze is a welcome relief after the stifling ballroom.

Did I screw up by saying youre pretty?

No, of course not.Im mortified by the episode. Right when I think Im regaining my footing, a memory of John appears to show me otherwise. Sometimes I think Im no further along on this journey than I was the day he left.

Well, just for the record, you are very pretty. More than that, really. Gorgeous is a far better word. That was my first thought when I met you at the rehearsal.

Thank you.Hes flirting with me, and Im so out of practice, I have no idea how to respond.

Youre sure youre okay?

Im better now. It was hot in there.

Yes, it was. Camille said you just moved back to New York from San Diego. Whatd you do out there?

Fell in love with the most extraordinary man who disappeared from my life five years ago. II worked in PR.

Is that right? Julianne is in PR. She knows everyone. I bet she can help you find a new job. If youre looking, that is.

I am, and thatd be great. I have feelers out all over the city, but I have a feeling its more about who you know than what you know here.My goal is to live and work in the city so I can get out of my parentshouse in Purchase as soon as possible. After one month at home, I already know Ive been gone too long to go back to living at home long-term. My parents are lovely, and they mean well, but they dote on me like Im twelve rather than twenty-eight, and Im wounded enough that it would be easy to let them take care of me indefinitely.

Well set you up.

He says that with the easy confidence of a man with connections. As the son of the governor, hes probably fat with connections, and Im not above taking advantage of who his family knows to jumpstart my life in New York City.

After a few minutes outside, we rejoin the party. Were seated together at the head table, where we enjoy a delicious meal of tenderloin and shrimp. Eric entertains me with hilarious stories about growing up Tilden and how their parents had to ban practical jokes between the siblings out of fear of them burning the house down.

Despite the crowded room and the revelry all around us, in some ways I feel like were on a date by ourselves. He gives me his full attention, except when someone comes up to say hello to him. Then he introduces me as Camilles sister, Ava, and includes me in the conversation. Hes charming and fun and funny and handsome, and Im not sure if its him or the champagne that has me slightly dazzled, but whatever it is, Im having more fun than Ive had in years.

Mimi, the wedding planner, shows up after dinner with a cordless microphone that she hands to Eric. Youre on.

Oh crap,he says to me. I forgot I have to make a speech. What should I say?

Seriously?

Nah,he says, chuckling at my horrified expression. I got this.

He stands and loudly clears his throat into the microphone. If I could have your attention, please.When the room goes quiet, he says, This is the part of the program where the best man is supposed to humiliate the groom with embarrassing stories that make the bride wonder what the hell she was thinking marrying such a jerk.

Laughter ripples through the big room as Rob glares at him.

Sadly for me and the rest of you, Rob doesnt do embarrassing things. I knowIts not fair and sort of wrong that someone could live to be thirty-two without a truly embarrassing story to his name. But thats our Rob. Focused, brilliant and, despite a startling lack of flaws, fun to be around. And from all accounts, hes found in Camille someone whos just like him.Sobering, he says, Rob, weve been together a long time.

More laughter follows that statement.

And even though youre only five minutes older than me, youve been an awesome big brother and best friend. I love you, and on behalf of everyone here, I wish you and Camille the best of everything. Congratulations.

Rob stands to hug his brother while everyone else applauds.

Watching them together makes me feel emotional, which is odd because Id never met either of them before two days ago. Still, their obvious affection for each otherand the multiple glasses of champagne Ive consumedmade it a sweet moment to witness.

Your turn,Eric says, handing me the mic.

Taking the mic from him, I stand and wobble ever so slightly, cursing the champagne.

Erics hand on my back steadies me. I give him a grateful smile. Unlike Rob,I say into the mic, Camille had an awkward stage.

My sister groans, laughs and drops her face into her hands as her husband puts his arm around her.

She got a big idea to cut her hair super short right before middle school started. That was an unfortunate decision. She was also the girl whod come out of the restroom in a restaurant with a trail of toilet paper attached to her foot.

No!Camille cried. You did not just mention the toilet paper on my wedding day!

Thats all Ive got,I reply. Like your husband, youre too freaking perfect and obviously perfectly matched to each other. We can only hope that the six children youre sure to have will be high achievers like their parents.

Aint nobody having six kids,Camille says, cracking everyone up.

I just want to say that youre a wonderful little sister and friend. I love you, and I wish you and Rob a lifetime of the kind of joy and happiness youre feeling today.

Hear, hear.Eric raises his glass to the bride and groom, whore indulging in yet another passionate kiss.

And,I say, before surrendering the mic, on behalf of the entire wedding party, Id like to add one more thingGet a room. Please, get a room.

The comment, fueled by champagne, is met with wild applause from the rest of the wedding party.

Got one,Rob says with a dirty grin when the ruckus dies down. Gonna use the hell out of it later.

Shut up, Rob!Camille cries, punching his chest.

That leads to more kissing.

Booze,Eric says, standing. We need more booze.

Take me with you. Please, take me with you.

You got it.

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Author Marie Force

Author Marie Force

About the Author
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception. 

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction. 

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news..

Where to find Marie Force
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Book Review + Giveaway – FRAGMENTS OF ASH (Modern Fairy Tales) by Katy Regnery

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FRAGMENTS OF ASH (Modern Fairy Tales #7) by Katy Regnery

FRAGMENTS OF ASH (Modern Fairy Tales #7) by Katy Regnery

Synopsis
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

 

 

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My Review
A modern retelling of Cinderella, Ashley is a pawn in an evil game put into place by her stepfather, Mosier. After her mother’s death, Mosier has plans for Ash of the worst imaginable. With the help of Godfather, Gus,, she manages to disappear to a quiet countryside home where she can grieve for the mother she lost who she never really understood and stay off of Mosier’s radar. She meets damaged glass artist, Julian, with his own secrets and troubled past. Julian wants nothing to do with Ash and is even cruel to her in order to force her to keep her distance. But with the help of Julian’s sister Noelle, each breaks down their own barriers enough for a tentative friendship to form that blossoms into something more.

Plot
This is more than a fairytale romance. There is a thriller element to it as well with Mosier hellbent on getting back what he believes is something he owns–Ash. And while this is loosely based on Cinderella, there is shades of Beauty and the Beast in here, too, as an isolated Julian slowly warms to the sweet nature of a beautiful girl. The story is told in alternating points of view with a glimpse into Ash’s mother’s life through her journal. Ash learns the horrific nature of her stepfather as well as her mother’s own character as the five years they spent with Mosier unfold in her mother’s handwriting. She discovers who her mother was and comes to understand her in a way she never dreamed possible.

The Characters
Both Ash and Julian are well-developed with intriguing backstories. They sort of fall into familiar and stereotypical patterns, though, which given the nature of the story, isn’t horrible, but I would have loved for Ash to have been stronger and less in need of being rescued. Ash and Julian are likeable and easy to root for.

Top Five Things I Loved About FRAGMENTS OF ASH
1. Horror. The evil nature of Mosier brings a level of horror to the underlying plot. I knew from the beginning he’d never just let Ash go, so I was on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering when he’d make a reappearance.

2. Julian. He’s dark, wounded, artistic, and loyal. The perfect alpha male.

3. Tig. Ash’s mother had some serious issues and she’ll never win any mother-of-the-year awards, but she did the right thing when it counted and proved she was worthy.

4. Gus. The fairy godfather had some of the best lines in the book and the way he’d do anything for Ash made him loveable.

5. Ash. While I had my issues with her, I certainly understood why she was the way she was. So many times I wanted to take that young woman into my arms and hug her, tell her everything would be okay.

Bottom Line
An intense retelling of Cinderella with intensity and heat.

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

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About the Book
Title: FRAGMENTS OF ASH
Series: Modern Fairy Tales #7
Author: Katy Regnery
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Pages: 282
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Fairytale Retelling
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU 

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – available now
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

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Author Katy Regnery

Author Katy Regnery

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home..

Where to Find Katy Regnery
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Release Day – Excerpt + Giveaway – WHEN YOU BECAME MINE by A.S. Teague

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Welcome to the blog tour for WHEN YOU BECAME MINE, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance, by A.S. Teague. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WHEN YOU BECAME MINE by A.S. Teague

WHEN YOU BECAME MINE by A.S. Teague

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Title: WHEN YOU BECAME MINE
Author: by A.S. Teague
Release Date: October 4, 2018
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
I was twelve years old when I fell in love with Piper Kelley. Even at the age of eight, she was everything I wasn’t: brave, bold, and beautiful.

The night of my college graduation party, I finally made my move, but Piper only had eyes for one man—my younger brother.

With a battered heart, I left for Vegas, determined to put her behind me. But eight years later, fate proved once again that it had never cared about my plans.

Now, I’m back home, and determined not to fall into the same trap I spent the majority of my adolescence trying to escape.

But when Piper finds herself at the risk of losing her medical license, I realize just how far I’m willing to go to protect her.

I was twelve when Piper Kelley became mine.

It’s time I let her know.

 

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Excerpt #2
The knock on the door startled me, and I jumped up from where I’d been sitting on the edge of my bed.

“Piper, are you crying?” Hampton’s voice was muffled through the doorway.

Sniffing, I swiped the tears away from under my eyes and pulled in a deep breath through my nose before opening the door.

Worry filled his face as he asked, “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing, nothing. I’m fine.”

His eyes narrowed and he peered around me into my room, his gaze landing on my television. “Oh my God, are you watching those stupid infomercials again?”

Crossing my arms over my chest, I huffed, “They aren’t stupid. Those damn kids get me every time.”

I pulled the door open wider and he sauntered in.

“Why aren’t you dressed?” I asked, my eyes going around him to Smith. “Hey. I didn’t know you were coming to dinner.”

Smith grinned. “Had a rare night off.”

Hampton’s eyes scanned me. “Why aren’t you dressed?”

I rolled my eyes and shuffled away. “I was taking a quick nap. That last shift was brutal. And then I had this dream about Channing Tatum that was rather disturbing. I turned the TV on to clear my head and got sucked in.”

He pulled at the end of my hair and then walked back into the hallway. “Funny, I just had a dream about him too. He was naked in mine. Was he naked in yours?”

“Channing is always naked in my dreams,” Smith quipped, winking at me behind Hampton’s back.

“I wish,” I told him over my shoulder, pulling a pair of jeans over my ass. “No, his foot was falling off. And I didn’t have the equipment to sew it back on.” I shuddered at the memory. “I cannot wait until I’m out of the ER. I was not made for gaping wounds.”

Hampton chuckled. “You’re going to be a pediatrician and you can’t stand wounds? You do realize that kids get hurt more than any other group of people, right?”

I rolled my eyes again, but this time at the floor. “I’m hoping to deal more with the flu. Injuries are your thing, remember?”

Hampton had just finished his residency. His test scores had blown everyone else in his class out of the water. He was on his way to being the top trauma surgeon in the state. I couldn’t have been prouder of him.

Checking his watch, he muttered, “Think I’ve got time for a shower?”

I pulled a shirt over my head, my response muffled. “Nope.” Pulling my long blond hair out of the neck of my shirt, I finished. “But have we ever been on time?”

“Good point.” Hampton turned on his heel and made a bee line for his bedroom. “Give me ten minutes.”

“Don’t let Smith in with you. We’ll never get there,” I shouted at them as they retreated down the narrow hall to Hampton’s bedroom.

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Author A.S. Teague

Author A.S. Teague

About the Author
A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

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Where to Find A.S. Teague
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – MEDALLION OF MURDER (Nefertari Hughes Mysteries) by B.R. Myers

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MEDALLION OF MURDER (Nefertari Hughes Mysteries) by B.R. Myers

MEDALLION OF MURDER (Nefertari Hughes Mysteries) by B.R. Myers

Synopsis
Still struggling with nightmares from the past summer, Terry tries to bury her secret guilt and enjoy her family’s first Christmas in Devonshire. But when a murdered man is found with a postcard addressed to her, Terry fears the repercussions from that fateful night in Egypt are becoming a reality.

After she receives a coded message from Awad, Terry and her best friend Maude are thrown into the hunt for a lost medallion, an artifact that possesses a great power—and a gruesome destiny. As each clue leads to more disturbing truths (and bodies), Terry begins to suspect she’s the real target of the search. When Awad goes missing, she becomes certain the Illuminati are involved, and has no choice but to risk losing the thing she cherishes the most to get him back.

But Terry will soon discover the secrets of the tomb cannot be erased by distance or power, because the ghosts of her past are closing in quickly… and this time, they refuse to stay buried.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
While I realized this was the third book in a series, its a mystery and in most cases, you can pick up any book in a mystery series and read it as a stand-alone. That is not the case with MEDALLION OF MURDER. This book builds on the events of the previous two books in the series. While it’s easy enough to follow the plot, a lot of the surprises and twists would no doubt have more impact if I’d read the other books first. With that said, I enjoyed this one enough that I will go back and read the other two books. I recommend reading them in order.

Nefertari (Terry) Hughes is the daughter of a noted archeologist who wants her to follow in his footsteps, but her recent adventures have her longing for a future in law enforcement. She’s haunted by past events and struggling with her role in them. On Christmas Eve, out with her best friend Maude, they run into a situation tied to what happened in Egypt, that launches Terry and her friends into their latest mystery. With a coded message from her friend Awad and a mystery gift, they spend their winter holidays attempting to solve another puzzle with dangerous consequences.

Plot
The plot centers around the mystery, but with several subplots involving Terry’s life choices and her relationships with her friends. The events that unfold are masterfully crafted to keep the story moving at the perfect pace. The clues gave me just enough information to make me think I knew what was going on. With the history of the other two books, I may have figured things out sooner, but I love that I didn’t; it was more of a true mystery this way. There is some paranormal/urban fantasy elements, but otherwise feels more like a contemporary mystery. But those elements add interest and surprising ways for events to unfold. Lots of action and adventure, puzzles to solve, and a bit of romance round out a really nice young adult mystery.

The Characters
Told in third-person, single-point-of-view, I felt at a distance from the characters. I got a better sense of who Terry was, but for the most part, the rest of them didn’t resonate deeply with me. They’re all likable enough, but this is a plot-driven story rather than character-driven so the characters aren’t crucial to me being able to enjoy the tale.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About MEDALLION OF MURDER
1. Imperfections. I loved the diversity of the cast. With Terry’s prosthesis and Jackson’s blindness, the characters’ imperfections made them easier to root for.

2. Mystery. I love a good mystery and this had all of the elements to keep me invested to the very end.

3. History. The way the author weaves in historical figures and events into the story brought a young Indiana Jones feel.

4. Action. Plenty of action and adventure kept the plot from stalling.

5. Zach. As the love interest, Zach was the perfect romantic partner for Terry, making me want to read the first two books in the series so I can see how their romance evolved.

Bottom Line
A young adult whodunit with paranormal and historical elements making this not your average mystery.

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

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Title: MEDALLION OF MURDER
Series: Nefertari Hughes Mysteries #3
Author: B.R. Myers
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Pages: 282
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Paranormal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU 

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Author B.R. Myers

Author B.R. Myers

About the Author
Always in the mood for a good scare, B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Her YA contemporary coming of age novel, GIRL ON THE RUN, was chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a BEST BOOK for TEENS for 2016.

When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and two children—and there is still a stack of books on her bedside table..

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Where to Find B.R. Myers
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Blog Tour – Guest Post + Giveaway – THE TELLING (The Spinner Sagas) by K.J. Moullen

THE TELLING Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for THE TELLING, the first book in the young adult fantasy series, The Spinner Sagas, by K.J. Moullen. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive guest post, and details on her giveaway.

THE TELLING (The Spinner Sagas #1) by K.J. Moullen

THE TELLING (The Spinner Sagas #1) by K.J. Moullen

About the Book
Title: THE TELLING
Series: The Spinner Sagas #1
Author: K.J. Moullen
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre:
 Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Blaine was a normal teenage girl. Sure, she moved around a lot, but that wasn’t completely weird, right? Then her mom tells her she’s actually from another dimension called Renault, whose inhabitants can do magic. Um, what? Suddenly, Blaine is running from an evil she barely understands. Blaine is thrust into the confusing, beautiful, and magical world of Renault with a mysterious boy she just met. There, she begins to discover her own unique abilities and her place in the universe..

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post –  What I Hope Readers Take Away From The Spinner Sagas: The Telling

Before the journey of writing a book begins, I think every author strives to create a story that will intrigue the reader’s imagination and keep them turning the page to find out what happens next. My hopes did not differ from those that had taken pen to paper before me and achieved that goal. When I began writing The Telling, It was not my intention to share it with the world. Writing as well as reading had always been a great escape from everyday life for me.

While I was writing about Blaine and her journey I wanted her to be someone that people could relate to. It is my belief that everyone at some point in their life has felt as if they don’t fit in. We are faced daily with choices and decisions from the trivial all the way to life changing moments. Some of the choices forge a completely different path for us bringing on new challenges and allowing us to grow as a person. At times a decision of another impacts our direction in life and that can make you question who is truly in control. Blaine faces many of these adversities that many of us can relate to.

I hope that when readers finish reading the book, they want to know where Blaine’s pathway ultimately leads her. I hope they can visual the beautiful worlds, fantastic creatures and magical elements in their mind. I hope they long to pick up another book, whether it is mine or that of another author. I also hope that they are able to take away from it a sense of empowerment, a deeper sense that we are all connected at a higher level and we all have a purpose. I hope Blaine’s journey shows that our choices, right or wrong, can and do affect the world around us. Finding our purpose may be more difficult than it seems or maybe it just takes looking deep inside and believing in something that has been there all along. Mostly I hope people understand when they believe in themselves, the key to knowledge is theirs for the taking.

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Author K.J. Moullen

Author K.J. Moullen

About the Author
K.J Moullen started her life as an adventurer. She always loved the outdoors, whether it was playing king of the hill with her pet goat in southern California, playing hockey on the frozen lakes of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska, or snorkeling and surfing off the shores of Maui. Amongst the breathtaking places she lived, her imagination and love for writing knew no limitations, allowing for a lifetime of plotlines and characters to be created and written about. She now shares her life’s adventures with her husband and two children in their home in North Texas..

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Where to find K.J. Moullen
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Blog Tour + Giveaway – AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE by Patricia B. Tighe

AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE, a stand-alone young adult contemporary romance, by Patricia B. Tighe. See below for information on the book, buy links, and details on her giveaway.

AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE by Patricia B. Tighe

AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE by Patricia B. Tighe

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: AMANDA VS. THE UNIVERSE
Author: Patricia B. Tighe
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Genre:
 Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon A

Synopsis
Even after a couple of months, sixteen-year-old Amanda Bryson is still nursing a broken heart. And now her parents are forcing her to attend the traditional summer family vacation in New Mexico. She’d much rather be home taking care of her sick great-grandmother than doing chores and dealing with her brother and his friends.

But when they arrive, Amanda learns that the studio of local potter and friend Cady Sanders has been hit by taggers. Not only that, but the older woman broke her foot chasing them off. Now Amanda has the chance to give back by helping out—with the added perk of no thoughts of her ex, or family chores, or obnoxious brothers.

There’s only one problem. Cady’s nephew, Kyle Young, is staying with her for the summer. He’s surly, ridiculously cute, and clearly doesn’t want her around. That makes two of them. But as Amanda and Kyle compete for Cady’s attention, they find they have a lot in common, including a growing attraction. But is Amanda ready to date again? Or will Kyle, despite his intense gazes, turn out to be just as jerky as her ex?

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Author Patricia B. Tighe

Author Patricia B. Tighe

About the Author
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She’s also a fan of British TV shows. Downton Abbey, anyone?

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Where to find Patricia B. Tighe
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – JUST ONE LOVE (Black Alcove) by Jami Wagner

JUST ONE LOVE Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for JUST ONE LOVE, the sixth book in the new adult contemporary romance/romantic comedy series, Black Alcove, by Jami Wagner. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

JUST ONE LOVE (Black Alcove #6) by Jami Wagner

JUST ONE LOVE (Black Alcove #6) by Jami Wagner

About the Book
Title: JUST ONE LOVE
Series: Black Alcove #6
Author: Jami Wagner
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
My entire life is a lie.

He launched my salty reputation.

Yet, here I am, doing him another favor so he can get what he wants—maybe then I can dislodge him from my heart.

There’s an emptiness in my life.

Yet I have everything I need, or at least, I thought I did.

It was supposed to be a simple deal between friends. Friends? Yeah, right. I should have known we’re too volatile for that.

 

 

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Excerpt #5
Abby

I processed a lot of things just now, but one thing is for sure: Tyler’s right. I’ll never be able to move forward if I keep thinking of the past. I don’t want to live in the past. I want to live in the now and keep improving. To start, I’m sticking to my word and being the person he needs me to be. After all, being someone that people can trust is who I want to be.

“Yes,” I say with a deep breath.

“Okay,” he says, and I can’t help but mirror his grin.

“Mr. Maron.” A tall, gray-haired man who reminds me of on an older Pierce Brosnan approaches us with a blonde woman who looks half his age on his arm. “I was beginning to think I wouldn’t find you in this crowd,” the man goes on.

Tyler chuckles, and my heart immediately warms. It’s his real laugh and not a fake one to impress his boss. I wasn’t sure what to expect once he was around his coworkers, but it looks like the real Tyler is still here.

“Mr. Jinks, I presume?” I speak up. The man places his hand in mine with a nod. “I’ve heard wonderful things about your company.”

“Thank you. I was beginning to think you were going to say about me, and I was growing curious as to what Tyler could have said,” he replies with a chuckle. “This is my wife, Bristle. I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.”

“It’s Abby, Abby James.”

“Soon be Abby Maron, of course,” Tyler cuts in. His soft lips press gently against my temple and places me in a trance that slowly closes my eyes. I know I’m smiling like an idiot. The worst part? I’m not faking how much I’m enjoying the embrace.

“Engaged. I had no idea,” Mr. Jinks says loudly enough to draw attention from neighboring booths.

“Oh, please, can I see the ring?” Bristle asks.

My heart sinks, and Tyler’s eyes find mine.

Shit.

“It’s being resized,” he says quickly and tightens his hold on my hand.

I nod. “Yes. That darn thing just kept sliding off. Still,” I hold up my left hand. “I feel naked without it already.”

“Next time, I suppose,” Bristle says.

“Of course.”

“These town picnics are always a bore. I don’t even know why I come anymore,” a voice says behind Tyler’s boss, and every hair on my body raises.

Mr. Jinks sighs and steps aside, just as the face that matches the voice comes into view.

Shit. Shit. Shit.

“Tyler, Abby, I’d like you meet my son, Kurt.”

I swallow and force a smile as Kurt crosses his arms and widens his stance. If he weren’t Tyler’s boss’s son, I’d slap that smug grin right off his face.

His attention never leaves mine, not even when Tyler says hello and sparks a new subject of conversation. In all honesty, I can’t concentrate on this new topic either. It’s impossible to focus when the man responsible for sending your mother over the edge is standing right in front of you.

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Book 1: JUST ONE KISS
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Book 2: JUST ONE NIGHT
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Book 3: JUST ONE TOUCH
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Book 4: JUST ONE MOMENT
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Book 5: JUST ONE SPARK
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Author Jami Wagner

Author Jami Wagner

About the Author
JAMI WAGNER was born in Wyoming. Still living in the Cowboy State, Jami and her husband are currently writing their own love story with their yellow Lab.

Jami enjoys writing New Adult and published her debut novella, Date in the Dark, in 2015. Her first full-length novel, Just One Kiss, was published in October 2015 and is the first book in her Black Alcove series. The next three in the series, Just One Night, Just One Touch, and Just One Moment are available now.

Jami enjoys writing New Adult and published her debut novella Date in the Dark in 2015.

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Where to Find Jami Wagner
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – AFTER THE END by Natasha Preston

AFTER THE END Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for AFTER THE END, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance, by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Natasha Preston. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

AFTER THE END by Natasha Preston

AFTER THE END by Natasha Preston

About the Book
Title: AFTER THE END
Author: Natasha Preston
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre:
 New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
One fatal mistake changes Tilly and Linc’s lives forever. 

After the tragedy, Linc and his family fled a town they were no longer welcome in. 

Still grieving the death of her brother, Tilly’s world is rocked again when, three years later, Lincoln Reid has to come home. 

Linc tries to stay away from Tilly, but once he sees her fighting feelings for him, he can’t stay in the shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt
“Tilly,” I groan as she leans flush against my chest. 

The alcohol has given her permission to let go of the reservations she has over us being something. 

The beach has now cleared completely, everyone has gone, and I’m supposed to take Tilly to Hanna and Jack’s, but she’s making it very difficult.

I want to take her back to mine.

She looks up at me, and her amber eyes lose focus. “It’s you, isn’t it?” Her voice is barely a whisper, but I feel the fear in each word.

“What’s me, Tilly? You really should have stopped drinking about an hour ago.”

“I couldn’t stop.”

“Drinking? Why not?”

“Because I know this is the only way that I won’t feel immediately guilty for being this close to you.” Her eyes flit closed. “I want so badly to be this close to you.”

My breath catches. I want to pull away because her words are gutting me, but my body needs to be closer to her, too. My fingers dig further into her flesh, holding her closer, tighter, never wanting to let go.

“Tilly, there is no need for you to feel guilty. Robbie would have been okay with this.”

“I know. It’s not him I’m worried about.” She leans forward and lays her head against my chest. “My parents are having a hard time with you being here.”

I rest my chin on her head. She’s tucked so closely into me. “Have they told you that?”

“They don’t need to.” Her arms wrap around my back like she’s scared I’ll walk away after hearing this. 

There is nothing she could ever say to scare me off. I love her unconditionally. 

“I don’t want to hurt them, but I don’t want to hurt you either. It’s such a mess, Linc. I wish we were just two normal people without a past.”

“Everyone has a past.”

“Not everyone’s past is all mixed together,” she replies. Her voice is a little slurred, but our conversation seems to be sobering her quickly. “Ours is messy.”

“Yeah, it’s messy.” 

But she is admitting she wants me!

With raw emotion clogging her throat, she breathes, “I don’t want our families to fight.”

I bend my head and whisper in her ear, “I’m not giving up on us. It’s worth the fight, Tilly.”

“Then, fight hard, Linc, because I don’t know how to stay.”

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Author Natasha Preston

Author Natasha Preston

About the Author
UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since.

She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.

 

 

 

Where to find Natasha Preston
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Blog Tour – Teaser – FINDING FATE by Kennedy L. Mitchell

FINDING FATE Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for FINDING FATE, a stand-alone adult romantic suspense, by Kennedy L. Mitchell. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

FINDING FATE by Kennedy L. Mitchell

FINDING FATE by Kennedy L. Mitchell

About the Book
Title: FINDING FATE
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: August, 2017
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | AmazonAmazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Angus & Robertson 

Synopsis
Three men hunt her. Two eager to harm and one desperate to save. Who will get to her first?

FINDING FATE is a sexy, standalone romantic suspense where love grows in the most unlikely of places.

Master hacker Fate Haley has one objective on her mind – vengeance. A year after an unthinkable tragedy destroys her family, Fate has the two men responsible in her sights and a plan in place to ensure they won’t slip through the CIA’s fingers again. At the edge of insanity, Fate’s prepared to risk it all until he slips in one dark night set on saving her.

Nash Bartley enjoys his new gig with the Contract Special Operations team. The constant travel and dangerous missions keep distance between him and any potential long-term relationship. He’s done that before and swore he’ll never do it again. Until the woman he’s sent to rescue blindsides his heart, altering his outlook on love and the future.

Attraction sizzles the moment the two meet and affection blooms during the long humid nights in the African jungle. When the evil zeroes in, Nash is forced to sacrifice a piece of himself to protect the woman he’s grown to love. But will it be enough to save them both?

Can this unlikely duo abandon their wounded pasts and let go of their secrets for a chance at a happily ever after?

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Excerpt
A groan pushes past my lips as I roll to face my neighbor, but it’s cut short, turning into more of a gasp when I find him staring back.

“Hi,” I croak. “What’s your name?” Nice. The sentence I’ve been planning all day came out smooth and not awkward. Five hundred points for Gryffindor.

“What do you want it to be?” he says.

Okay, wait. Why does that line sound familiar? It’s right at the tip of my tongue….

“The guys call me Snowflake.”

For the first time in weeks, maybe months, a true laugh builds in my chest. “Snowflake. Seriously. You don’t look like a snowflake.” You look like a gladiator is what I want to add to the end, but I keep that part to myself. My arms tremble beneath my weight from all the scrubbing as I crawl across the floor and lean against the wooden planks.

“Yeah, well I’m the youngest of our little group, and they think since I’m a damn Millennial, I’m as delicate as a snowflake. Always getting my feelings hurt or offended by stupid shit.” He huffs a laugh. “The hair and tattoos don’t help with their misjudgments.”

“Are you?” Okay, how and why is there a smile pulling at my lips?

“Fuck no. They just like to give me a hard time. Fuckers.” Shouting outside the shack makes him pause until it dies down. “If you don’t want to call me that, Nash works too.”

“Nash,” I mumble. Knew it would be something unique. Unique like him.

“So, Pops, let’s talk about rules.”

I snap my head up to meet narrowed brown eyes. “Rules?” I question.

“Okay, rule. You got me there. One major rule.”

Beneath my veil, I search his eyes as I wait.

“Do not, under any circumstances, risk your life for mine again. They’ll do all that beating shit again to get information out of me, and next time I need you to keep your mouth shut.”

Great, he thinks I’m an idiot. Embarrassment drops my gaze to the dirt.

“I can’t watch them hurt you again because of me,” he sighs. The wood vibrates at the back of his head falling against it. “If we’re not careful, they’ll learn my weakness isn’t my own pain.”

Not sure how to respond to that bit of honesty, I avoid responding and crawl to the dinner pan, taking a sip of water from the cup beside it. Halfway through the overcooked beans, I glance over. He’s lying on his back, hands resting on his chest, staring at the ceiling.

“Do you hear that?” I whisper, then close my eyes, relishing the silence.

“What’s that, Pops?”

“Nothing.”

“Okay…,” he says, not understanding where I’m going with this. Of course he doesn’t. He wasn’t here when the girls were being raped on a nightly basis.

“There’s no crying. No calls for me to help them. No soft, broken whimpers in the corner or out there.” I nod toward the camp, which of course he can’t see. “You did that. You saved them. I know you’re here because of me, but you have to know, to understand what you did for them and me. Thank you. Thank you for taking them away from this shit hole.”

A long pause of silence stretches before he says, “You haven’t asked where they are.”

“They’re not here. That’s what matters.”

“But you are.”

Ignoring that bit of truth, I go back to eating. When I’m done, I lie back to savor the glorious silence.

 

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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
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – LOVE YOU S’MORE (Campfire Series) by Beth Merlin

LOVE YOU S’MORE Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for LOVE YOU S’MORE, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Campfire, by Beth Merlin. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

LOVE YOU S’MORE (Campfire Series #3) by Beth Merlin

LOVE YOU S’MORE (Campfire Series #3) by Beth Merlin

About the Book
Title: LOVE YOU S’MORE
Series: The Campfire Series #1
Author: Beth Merlin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world – that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life, while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future?

 

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Excerpt #3
“So, Gideon and I settled on a date for the wedding. It’ll be this summer. July 4th weekend. We figured it will give my side the benefit of the long weekend to get over here.”

“The wedding’s going to be here at Badgley Hall?”

“When Gideon proposed it, of course I said yes. I mean look around, who wouldn’t want to get married here?”

Alicia stood up and walked over to examine the large marble statue that stood in the middle of the fountain. She ran her hand over its two faces, each one looking toward a passage that might lead out from the center of the maze.

I came up behind her. “That’s the Roman god Janus. They say the younger face is looking toward the past and the older face, toward the future,” I said and sat back down on the fountain’s edge.

Alicia turned to me. “If these mazes were commissioned so secret matters of the family could be discussed away from prying eyes and ears, think it’s safe enough for us to finally talk about something?”

I took off my shoe and shook a rock out from inside it. “Sure. What’s up?”

“Gigi, I have to ask. What really happened with you and Perry that night in the hotel?”

I shook my head. “Nothing. Nothing happened.”

“I know it’s nothing like the papers implied, but why was he in your hotel room in the first place?”

I slipped my shoe back on. “He wanted to talk.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Talk about what?”

“You have to promise whatever I say stays here.”

She crossed her heart. “I promise.”

“Perry proposed. Although, technically, I guess he re-proposed.”

Alicia’s eyes got huge. “He proposed?”

“I don’t know whether it was part of his original plan or not, but he got down on one knee and told me he never stopped loving me, and he’d spend the rest of my life trying to make things right between us.”

Alicia suddenly whipped around to face me. “Didn’t you learn anything from what happened with Joshua? You were in love with him for years. Years. If you’d only told him.”

“Then what? He would have chosen me? You and Joshua were far better for each other.”

“So much better that I ended up marrying somebody else. Was Perry better off with Annabelle?”
“Maybe. Perry and I seem to bring out the worst in each other.”

“The worst? When you were with Perry, you built G. Malone. You were named CFDA’s Women’s Wear Designer of the Year. Perry wrote Elizabeth and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for Christ’s sake. You’re just afraid. It’s why you ran away to Chinooka then. It’s why you’re running away to Badgley Hall now.”

“I’m not running away. I’m building a life with my fiancé.”

“What life? You’ve stopped designing. You and Jamie aren’t talking. You’ve pretty much walked away from G. Malone.”

“I’m letting the dust settle. I’m figuring things out. You were in the pub last night. You saw all those people pointing and whispering about me.”

“You’re going to hide out in this maze forever? Is that the plan?”

Tears sprang to my eyes. “You have no idea what it was like to go to bed on top of the world and wake up the most hated woman in England—maybe even the whole world. Gideon believed me when nobody else did. He stuck by me through all of it, despite what his mother thinks, despite what every tabloid tried to dredge up about me.”

Alicia stepped forward and wiped the tears from my cheeks. “You’re my best friend. I want to see you happy, that’s all. You know I like Gideon very much, but you don’t owe him the rest of your life just because he stuck by you. All I’m saying is that I hope in the end this is all enough for you. I can’t help but think it may not be.”

“Look around. I got the fairy tale, complete with a castle, prince, even a moat. Of course, I’m happy. Of course, it’s enough.”

She put her arm around me. “If you say so, I’ll never bring it up again.”

“I say so.”

I peeked up at Janus, and for just a moment, I could swear, both his faces were looking at me—like they didn’t believe a single word I’d just said.

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Get caught up on the series:

Book 1: ONE S’MORE SUMMER
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Book 2: S’MORE TO LOSE
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Author Beth Merlin

Author Beth Merlin

About the Author
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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Where to find Beth Merlin
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ISLAND ON FIRE by Sophie Schiller

ISLAND ON FIRE Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog Tour for ISLAND ON FIRE, a stand-alone adult historical thriller, by Sophie Schiller. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ISLAND ON FIRE by Sophie Schiller

ISLAND ON FIRE by Sophie Schiller

About the Prequel – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
ISLAND ON FIRE
Author: Sophie Schiller
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Adult Historical Thriller
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Synopsis
In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past.

At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?

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Excerpt #2
Rémy turned to face his adversary.

It was a beautiful mulâtresse with exotic eyes, fiery lips, and a long and graceful neck. She wore a muslin dress lined with expensive lace and a yellow turban that accentuated her high cheekbones and bronze skin. Around her neck she wore a necklace of gold beads that glinted in the candlelight. She regarded him with smoldering eyes, and in her hand she held a Browning semiautomatic pistol. She chambered a round with expert precision, flipped the safety catch, and pointed the pistol at Rémy’s chest.

“Don’t move, Lieutenant,” said the Grand Zamy. “She’s trained to shoot robbers and looters and is an expert marksman. Unlike me, Alphonsine is not interested in healing people.” His mouth twisted in a cunning smile.

“That’s a fancy pistol for a lady,” said Rémy.

“Quite necessary when you engage in a dangerous business such as ours,” said the Grand Zamy. “Jealous boyfriends, enraged husbands, swindled business partners, vengeful neighbors. We get all kinds.”

“Yes, I’m starting to get the picture,” said Rémy, keeping his eyes on the pistol. Beads of sweat rolled down his forehead, and his heart pounded. Somehow he had to get the pistol from her. He had to disarm her. “Still, I’m not used to seeing a beautiful lady brandishing a weapon such as this. For a soldier, a woman with a gun is quite alluring.”

He inched closer to the woman and, in an instant, grabbed her hand and pointed the pistol up. She pulled the trigger and a blast rang out, sending plaster showering from the ceiling. The woman screamed, and Rémy twisted her arm, forcing her to drop the weapon. Then he gave her a forceful knock that sent her hurtling to the floor. Before Rémy could retrieve his own weapon, the Grand Zamy brandished a cutlass and lunged at him.

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Author Sophie Schiller

Author Sophie Schiller

About the Author
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Sophie Schiller
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Release Day – UNLOCKING SHADOWS (Keys to Love) by Kennedy Layne

UNLOCKING SHADOWS Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for UNLOCKING SHADOWS, the fourth book in the adult mystery/romantic suspense series, Keys to Love, by USA Today bestselling author, Kennedy Layne. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

UNLOCKING SHADOWS (Keys to Love #4) by Kennedy Layne

UNLOCKING SHADOWS (Keys to Love #4) by Kennedy Layne

About the Book
Title: UNLOCKING SHADOWS
Series: Keys to Love #4
Author: Kennedy Layne
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre:
 Adult Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Military Romance
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Synopsis
Their homecoming wasn’t so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family’s legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren’t prepared for what awaited them—an unforgiveable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.

About Unlocking Shadows
Gwen Kendall spent ten years in the Navy and used the last four to create a life for herself she could be proud of away from the confines of her overprotective family. Being the only woman in the Kendall clan tended to be a bit overwhelming at times. 

Chad Schaeffer had been hired on to help restore an old farmhouse for one of the returning Kendall siblings. He’d heard about the trouble the family had encountered and honestly didn’t want to go anywhere near their properties. He had a change of heart when he saw the most recently returned Kendall sibling stepping out of her car with a key in her hand.

Gwen had waited a very long time to have a place to call her own, just as she had waited for the right man to share her life. One night of seduction convinces her she’s found both, but someone wants to take it all away. It’s been said that old houses retain a piece of each person who has lived there, but she never counted on the dark shadows wanting a piece of her. 

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Excerpt #1
It wasn’t long until Chad was by himself, giving him a chance to finish his beer. It was warm and didn’t taste nearly as refreshing as when he’d first popped the can, but it was better than listening to her family fight.

“Hey, you.”

“Hey, back.” Chad was still leaning against the windowsill. He was surprised that Gwen had come back upstairs, almost wishing she’d stayed with her family below. He’d already made the decision to distance himself from her a bit more. Her seeking him out would only give Lance and the others the wrong idea about what kind of relationship they had, providing them with more fodder than they already had. “I’ll start on that list you gave me first thing Monday morning. Oh, that reminds me.”

Chad shifted so that he could reach in the front pocket of his jeans for his key ring. He set his empty beer can down beside him and tried to lift the metal lip in order to remove Gwen’s house key. “

You’ll be wanting this back now that you’ve moved in.” Chad didn’t have the nails needed to pry the ring apart, so he reached into his other pocket where he carried a small pocketknife. “I’ll make sure I’m here before you leave for work on Monday morning.”

Gwen slowly crossed the bedroom floor that had turned out better than he’d expected, not stopping until she was standing inches from him. Her blue eyes weren’t focused on the keyring, but rather on his lips.

Damn, if she didn’t just raise the temperature in this house by twenty damn degrees.

Her lashes slowly lifted until her gaze connected with his.

“I’m tired of knocking around about this, Chad,” Gwen murmured, reaching out and gently resting her hand on his. “Keep the key. You’re going to need it when you come by tonight.”

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Author Kennedy Layne

Author Kennedy Layne

About the Author
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com..

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Where to find Kennedy Layne
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Blog Tour – Playlist + Giveaway – THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS by Rebecca Trogner

THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog Tour for THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS, a stand-alone new adult romantic suspense, by Rebecca Rogner. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive look at the book’s playlist, and details on her giveaway.

THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS by Rebecca Trogner

THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS by Rebecca Trogner

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE SECRETS IN OUR SCARS
Author: Rebecca Trogner
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
A sexy romance. A twisted mystery. One mistake can change everything.

On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. Yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.

But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is massive, muscled, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.

Roy sees through her resistance. He wants her. Needs her. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge..

A standalone, full-length romance.

 

 

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Playlist

Belong To The World, The Weeknd

Set Fire to the Rain, Adele

Young and Beautiful, Lana Del Rey

Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey

Crazy Bitch, Buckcherry

That Smell, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Behind Blue Eyes, The Who

Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Kurt Seyit & Sura Jenerik Muzigi, Toygar Isikli

Monster, Skillet

All My Life, Foo Fighters

It’s Raining Men, The Weather Girls

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Author Rebecca Trogner

Author Rebecca Trogner

About the Author
Rebecca Trogner started writing her first novel after watching True Blood. Of course it was about vampires and thus The Last Keepers Daughter was born. The next, The Last Guardian Rises, continued the series. Her latest book, Secrets In Our Scars, is a contemporary romance and a lot spicier. She’s working on her fourth book with the help of her rescued animal pets.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Rebecca Trogner
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE DARK LANDS (Angelbound Origins) by Christina Bauer

THE DARK LANDS Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog Tour for THE DARK LANDS, the fifth book in the young adult fantasy/romance series, Angelbound Origins, by Christina Bauer. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the ebook version of ANGELBOUND, book 1 in the series, for free.

THE DARK LANDS (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer

THE DARK LANDS (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer

About the Prequel
Title:
THE DARK LANDS
Series: Angelbound Origins #5
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
“This YA paranormal fantasy series is cute, compulsively readable and above all fun.” – The Nocturnal Library Blog

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace.

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up.

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

“I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound.” – Mean Who You Are Blog

Perfect for readers who love angels, devils, and demons but want a fresh take on their related fairy tales, myths, and legends. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and urban/contemporary fantasy. Enjoy!!.

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Excerpt
The Viper

I lace my fingers with his and together, Lincoln and I step on the set of Good Morning Purgatory. Immediately, I squint under the heavy lights. Massive cameras the size of water buffalo slowly roll across the floor, taking in me and Lincoln.

My tail pops up over my shoulder to wave at the camera because of course it does. What a ham. I’m part Furor demon, so I have demonic powers over both lust and wrath. My tail is long, black, covered in dragonscales, and all around badass.

Lincoln and I sit in the loveseat across from Becky’s chair. For her part, Becky has short blonde hair, thick-rimmed glasses, and a peacock tail, which tells me her demonic power is pride; it’s a popular sin with people who work in television. Today Becky wears a tweed suit and a predatory smile.

“Welcome, Great Scala and Consort,” says Becky.

“Glad to be here,” I offer.

Lincoln shoots a thumbs-up to the camera. Polls show quasis like it best when he sits there, looks handsome, and doesn’t say much. I thought Lincoln might be offended, but he’s turned it into a game. How long can he go without saying a word? Last interview, he got away with only saying ‘hey nonny nonny’ and that’s it. In case you’re wondering, he was answering a question about the middle ages (his people are stuck in them) and I guess ‘hey nonny nonny’ was a catchphrase back then.

“Let’s start with your baby,” says Becky.

At the mention of the word baby, the studio audience lets out a long ooh. Everybody loves babies. I glance down at the television monitors by my feet. These things are out of camera range, but they’ve been placed so that Lincoln, Becky, and I can see the same things as the viewers at home. The picture of a cherub-like Maxon comes on the screen. My boy is all big eyes, chubby belly, and toothless smile.

“Maxon is so precious,” coos Becky. She adjusts her glasses and pulls up a clipboard from beside her chair. I’ve seen that clipboard raising routine before.

Danger sign. Ambush ahead.

“This just in.” Becky holds up her clipboard. “The criminal called the Viper has somehow broken into the supernatural prison of none other than Lucifer.” The studio audience gasps. “Once there, the Viper poisoned one of the guards. It won’t be long before Lucifer escapes. Isn’t that right?”

Lincoln and I share a confused look. “The Great Scala and I have received no such information. Are you certain it’s valid?”

“We received this data from a ghoul named WKR-7,” explains Becky. “He’s supposed to be very reliable.”

“Walker?” It’s an effort not to screech the name. “You got this intel from Walker?”

“Why yes,” answers Becky. “Have you heard of him?”

“He’s my honorary older brother and Lincoln’s best friend.”

“Then you know this information is valid and the threat is real. Need I remind you why Lucifer was jailed? Roll it, Fred.”

Again, fresh video shows on the screen. This time, angels in silver armor fly across a gray sky, their swords held high. These warriors swoop and dive over a retreating crowd of ghouls, quasis, and humans. Angels ruthlessly cut down the innocents. Blood is everywhere. Text at the bottom of the screen says ‘re-enacted history’ but that won’t matter to most. The facts are true, even if the footage is faked up. Lucifer was a bloodthirsty maniac.

Becky rounds on me. “Now, what do you say? How will you save us when the Viper releases Lucifer?”

I have no idea what to say, but I do know what to think.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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Angelbound Series

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Book 1: ANGELBOUND
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Author Christina Bauer

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

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

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

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – AMERICAN ASSHOLE (Bachelor International) by Tara Sue Me

AMERICAN ASSHOLE Release Day

Welcome to the blog tour for AMERICAN ASSHOLE, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bachelor International, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tara Sue Me. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

AMERICAN ASSHOLE (Bachelor International #1) by Tara Sue Me

AMERICAN ASSHOLE (Bachelor International #1) by Tara Sue Me

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
AMERICAN ASSHOLE
Series: Bachelor International #1
Author: Tara Sue Me
Release Date: September 17, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
He’s a self proclaimed bastard with a double helping of lying asshole.

From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the acclaimed SUBMISSIVE Series comes the first book in a new series perfect for fans of Helena Hunting and Maya Banks.

Mia Matthews never thought much of big shot matchmaker Tenor Butler, but when she finds out he loaned her late business partner a quarter of a million dollars and no one told her, there aren’t enough four letter words to describe him. She’d like nothing more than to pretend Tenor doesn’t exist, but she owes him all that money, not to mention he’s hot as hell.

Tenor doesn’t see why it’s his fault Mia didn’t know about the loan. In fact, he thinks he’s being very magnanimous when he offers to forgive the loan if Mia closes her own matchmaking business and works for him for five years.  But as he gets closer to Mia, he realizes two things: 1) he doesn’t want her as an employee and 2) she hates his guts.

When an old flame threatens them both, Mia and Tenor find themselves working together and are unable to ignore their mutual attraction. But it might be too late for these two romance experts to create their own love story.

This is a standalone romance. No cliffhanger.  

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Excerpt #3
I didn’t stop by to see Mia until near the end of her first day in the office. It was a dick move on my part and I knew it, but all day I kept thinking about how well we were getting along until she signed the employment contract. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that hiring her had been a bad decision.  I was too attracted to her and since I couldn’t do anything about it, avoidance seemed the best way to go.

My opinion on hiring her didn’t change very much seeing her sitting in an office that I owned. Yes, I decided. I’d fucked up and fucked up bad. Her back was to the door because she wasn’t sitting at her desk, but standing and facing a back wall. After a second or two, I realized that she was hanging pictures.

“Do you need help?” I asked, coming through the door.

Unfortunately, I startled her and she somehow managed to hit her finger with the hammer instead of the nail.

“Ow! Shit!” She shook her hand while glaring at me, and then she stuck her thumb in her mouth. “What?” She asked around her thumb.

Good lord, the sight of her thumb in her mouth and every thought in my head left until the only things I could think about were her mouth, my dick, and introducing the two of them. “I stopped by to see how you were doing, saw you and asked if you needed help.”

She pulled her thumb out of her mouth with a pop. Fucking hell.  “As you can see,” she said with a wave of her hand. Everything about her was cold, even her voice was frosty. “I managed to hang three others without your help and was doing perfectly fine with the fourth until you came by.”

It had been wrong of me to not stop by earlier in the day to see and speak with her. Whatever camaraderie  we had managed to achieve the day before, I’d shot straight to hell in less than twenty hours.

In some hard-to-imagine universe, I supposed it could be seen as a good thing. From the expression on her face, I couldn’t see her ever agreeing to dinner again. Flirting looked just about as improbable.

And yet…

I still felt the same. Whatever her feelings for me were, they had not changed mine for her. I wanted her. “I should have been by earlier and helped you with the other three,” I said.

“What?” She still held a hammer in her hand, I noted with a bit of unease. “Why would it ever occur to you to stop by and help me hang pictures? How could that thought cross your mind when you couldn’t even stop by my office to say good morning, so glad to have you here, or screw you, on the way to your own office?  Which, I might add, is no more than ten steps from here.”

A quick glance at her desk showed Sara had given her our policy books to read. But yes, not stopping by earlier was clearly a mistake. That, at least, was now perfectly clear. It hit me at that moment, I could lie and make up a story about having a meeting. No doubt, she’d see straight through that since I’d already used it once before. Or, option two, I could tell her the truth.

But as I stood there looking at her, I couldn’t see her taking it well that I had feelings for her and that I was questioning my decision to bring her onboard. So, I went with option three, landing somewhere between options one and two.

“I agree I should have made it a point to stop by sooner.  In fact, I’d planned to do that very thing. But as I walked into the building today, I also knew it’d be your first day working for someone else. I wasn’t sure you wanted to see me.” It wasn’t a complete lie. I had thought that as I entered the building, but it hadn’t been the deciding factor for me.

Regardless of that fact, her expression had lost some if its ire and she watched me with slightly less anger. Heavy emphasis on the slightly.

She placed the hammer on her desk. “What exactly are you saying?”

“Please forgive me for being completely clueless. I’d say it wouldn’t happen again, but I’m sure it will and I don’t want to lie.”

More of her anger fell away. “Okay,” she said. “You’re forgiven. But only this once. Don’t take this as precedence.”

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Author Tara Sue Me

Author Tara Sue Me

About the Author
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Tara Sue Me
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Today is release day for RESTLESS INK, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Colorado Springs, a spin-off of the Montgomery Ink series, by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Carrie Ann Ryan. See below for information the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

About the Book
Title: RESTLESS INK
Series: Colorado Springs #2
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.

For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.

When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.

But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it..

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RESTLESS INK Teaser

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Excerpt #1
“Hey,” Dimitri said quietly when her eyes widened at the sight of him.

“Hey.” She swallowed hard. “You haven’t been into the shop in… well, it’s been a while.”

He smiled, knowing the awkward feeling between them came from his speech the other night in the parking lot. He missed Thea, damn it. She’d been his friend too, and for all her saying she wouldn’t take sides in the divorce, they’d each pulled away from each other for Molly’s sake. And now he had a feeling he’d made the wrong choice.

He didn’t have many friends, not anymore. Most had been his and Molly’s, and a lot of them had gone to her. He’d understood since they were in different social and financial circles than he was, and most had been in Molly’s crowd long before Dimitri met her. But other than his family, he didn’t have as many people in his life as he would like.

And he missed his friend.

“I told you I’d try to be by more. For the cake.”

She rolled her eyes. “You sure love your sweets. I have no idea how you stay so built.” She blushed, and Dimitri chuckled before raising his brow. “You’re a baker, and I can say the same about you.” She rolled her eyes. “The skinny baker schtick is freaking annoying. I’m not skinny. I have curves. And I work my ass off to keep them. Plus, you know, there’s only so many bites of brownies in my life I can deal with.”

He resisted the urge to look down at her ass at the mention of her curves. Thankfully, she was angled away so that he couldn’t see, but still.

“Speaking of brownies…”

“I have four kinds left today. We had a fifth, but I underestimated this city’s love of marshmallows.”

“Marshmallows? I missed marshmallows.”

She laughed. “Yeah, about ten minutes ago.”

“Damn it, I should have brought Captain with me so I didn’t miss it.”

Her expression softened at the mention of his golden. “I miss him so much. I don’t get to see him nearly as often as I would like.”

“Same.”

She winced. “I’m sorry. That has to suck.”

“Pretty much. But I’m still looking for a place that lets in big dogs.”

“I’ll keep an eye out, as well. I’m sure one of the Montgomerys will be able to find one for you. We’re good at things like that.”

“I’d appreciate it.”

The light flickered above her, and she let out a curse.

“Need help with that?”

“No, I have it. It’s that damn light bulb. I switched it out a month ago, and it’s already going out again. Meaning, I need to find an electrician. I can probably call one of my cousins who are the only ones I trust since it’s their job and they’re the best, but it’s still a pain in the ass.”

She went about getting him a caramel brownie without him even having to ask since, yes, he’d go for caramel if marshmallow wasn’t available. Then she set about working on a vanilla latte for him. Apparently, she knew him better than he remembered. “How late do you work tonight?” he asked as she handed him his order.

“I close tonight since I didn’t open. But not too much longer.” Something beeped behind her, and she turned, bent over, and reached to tap something on the counter.

He blinked and did his best not to look at her, not to stare. And that’s when he knew he was screwed. Because he hadn’t been able to get her out of his head, and she was the one person he shouldn’t be looking at.

He wanted her as his friend. Nothing more.

And nothing less.

“I don’t close tomorrow, though.” He blinked as she turned back to him, biting her lip. “And you were right about the whole being friends things. We were friends before you got married, and I miss you, too.” She swallowed hard. “So, anyway, I’m having a family and friends game night at my house. Silly games and lots of snacks and booze because… why not. Do you want to come?”

He let out a breath. “I might have plans with my brother. I have to see what he’s thinking for tonight, and then I’ll let you know. But, Thea? Thanks for the invite.”

She smiled. “I hope you can come, but I understand if you can’t. It’s at seven at my place. Show up if you can.”

And with that, he paid for his snack and headed out of the shop, the image of her very pert backside firmly in his mind. He couldn’t help but want to kick himself. That was not how to keep being her friend, damn it.

And the sooner he got that through his thick skull, the better. Because Thea Montgomery was only his friend. That was all she’d ever been. He’d never thought about her in any other way before this, and he wouldn’t start now.

No matter how hard it was.

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Author Carrie Ann Ryan

Author Carrie Ann Ryan

About the Author
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Blog Tour – Guest Post + Giveaway – HARDWIRED (Navy SEAL) by Andrea Bills

HARDWIRED Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for HARDWIRED, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, Navy SEAL, by Andrea Bills. See below for information on the book, buy links, a guest post on the top ten songs that remind her of the plot, and details on her giveaway.

HARDWIRED (Navy SEAL #1) by Andrea Bills

HARDWIRED (Navy SEAL #1) by Andrea Bills

About the Book
Title:
HARDWIRED
Series: Navy SEAL #1
Author: Andrea Bills
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
When Navy Seal Operative Luke Kiersey is finally granted leave after five years, he finds himself driving to a house he doesn’t recognize in a town he’s never been to. The house is home to a beautiful woman and a little girl with big blue eyes. Day after day, he drives back only to hide in the shadows and wonder why he can’t seem to walk away from them.

His therapist says is PTSD.

His handler tells him he’s just not cut out to be part of the civilian world.

Luke can’t help but feel like it’s more.

The dog tags that once hung proudly around his neck, now feel like a collar; leashing him to a life that he fears he didn’t choose. After the terrible things he’s done in the name of freedom, could he possibly be worthy of something as precious as the woman and child he continues to watch?

When the two worlds collide, Luke needs his mind to be stronger than the implant the government placed in his back. They’ve told him he can’t survive without the implant they use to control him, but Luke’s wondering if he can survive without the little girl with big blue eyes and the gorgeous woman she calls mamma.

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Guest Post – Top 10 Songs That Remind Me of the Plot
Just know that I’m rubbing my hands together with excitement over discussing my playlist for Hardwired. When I was first asked for a playlist for the first book I wrote I had no idea that was a thing. I of course listened to music while I was writing, but I didn’t make a playlist, but now I’m much more in the know so I’m prepared.

  1. First and foremost to the song that gave birth to this entire book. Halsey’s Gasoline. I heard this song while on a road trip, and pulled off the interstate to get my thoughts written down so I wouldn’t lose them. Luke was born on the side of Interstate 70 just outside of Washington, PA.
  2. Taylor Swift- I Know Places– Perfect on the run song.
  3. Eric Church- The Outsiders– This song makes me think of Luke, Dean and Kip as a unit.
  4. Taylor Swift- This Love– I love all the ocean elements of this song, it just fit so perfectly.  It’s definitely Luke and Jen’s love song.
  5. Miranda Lambert- Tin Man- This song personifies Jen for me while she grieves.
  6. Kenny Chesney- Wild Child– Bella has to have a song too,  coincidentally enough I always think of my own daughter when I hear this song.
  7. Cody Jinks- Loud and Heavy– The opening of this song gave me all the feels when writing Luke’s SEAL scenes. The lyrics are powerful.
  8. Brett Young- Would You Wait for Me– This one just seems to obvious for a military romance
  9. Miley Cyrus- Adore You
  10. Miranda Lambert- Bathroom Sink

Here’s the link to the list on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/user/g9wdriqkx1f455ws0r7eusmoh/playlist/6UoQnoHgT8Y9sqTu4FxdAh?si=NBoS4uy6Q0WlainLiC9kwA

Thank you so much for having me here and helping me celebrate Hardwired!

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Author Andrea Bills

Author Andrea Bills

About the Author
Andrea is a wife, mother and writer from small town West Virginia. She spends her time while she’s not dreaming up lovers and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband.

Her overactive imagination and her husband’s wacky dreams attribute to her love of the written word. Guilty pleasures include reading all night and Reese Cups.

 

 

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Where to find Andrea Bills
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