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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A GAME OF FATES (Hades and Persephone Series) by Scarlett St. Clair

 

Welcome to the Book Blitz for A GAME OF FATES, the story of A TOUCH OF DARKNESS as told from Hades point of view, by Scarlett St. Clair

Welcome to the Book Blitz for A GAME OF FATES, the story of A TOUCH OF DARKNESS as told from Hades point of view, by Scarlett St. Clair. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A GAME OF FATES (Hades and Persephone Series #1.5) by Scarlett St. Clair

A GAME OF FATES (Hades and Persephone Series #1.5) by Scarlett St. Clair

About the Book
Title:
A GAME OF FATES
Series: Hades and Persephone #15
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Genre: Urban Mythological Romance/Retelling
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Synopsis
Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Used to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Regardless of his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #3
What troubles you, my king?” she asked as he approached. “Is it Minthe? May I suggest lye to remedy the situation? It is quite painful when swallowed.”

Hades raised a brow. “Murderous thoughts already, Hecate? It isn’t even noon yet.”

She smiled. “I am more creative at night.”

Hades chuckled, and they fell into a comfortable silence. Hades, lost in his own thoughts. Hecate, staring at the moon. After a moment, she asked him again, “What troubles you?”

“The Fates,” he said.

“Oh, the besties. What have they done?”

“They have given me a wife,” he said, raising both his brows. “Demeter’s daughter.”

Hecate laughed and quickly covered her mouth with her hand at Hades’ arched glance.

“S-Sorry,” she said, and cleared her throat, composing herself. “Is she horrible?”

“No,” Hades said. “That’s probably the worst part. She is beautiful.”

“Then why are you so glum?”

Hades explained the trajectory of his evening in as few words as possible—Aphrodite’s bargain, seeing Persephone for the first time, realizing his primal reaction to claim her was unusual, and uncovering the thread that connected them.

“You should have seen how she looked at me when she realized who I was. She was horrified.”

“I doubt she was horrified,” Hecate said. “Surprised, perhaps—maybe even mortified if her thoughts were anything like yours.”

Hecate gave him a knowing look, but Hades was not so sure. Hecate had not been there.

“I have never known you to back down from a challenge, Hades.”

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A GAME OF FATES (Hades and Persephone Series #1.5) by Scarlett St. Clair

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Book 1: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS
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Author Scarlett St. Clair

Author Scarlett St. Clair

About the Author
Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology-all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to find Scarlett S. Clair
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women’s fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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

THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY
Author: Beth Rinyu
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Genre:
Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

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

 

 

 

 

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THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

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Excerpt #2
“I just wish you didn’t hate me so much.” I concentrated on the coffee in my cup as I swirled the wooden stirrer round and round.

“I don’t hate you,” I said, focusing my attention back to him. “I hate what we did. I hate that I let it define who I was for so long, and I hate that I hurt someone I cared about so much because of it. But I don’t hate you—you were just one of the many cracks in my life.”

He creased his forehead. “I don’t understand.”

I gazed at him long and hard, finally fearless of the shame the man staring back at me conjured up inside of me. He held no control over me, and he never had. I stood up and pushed my chair in as he sat there waiting for an explanation. “And I wouldn’t have expected you to. Goodbye, Jonathan.”

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THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

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Author Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu

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

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

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

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Where to Find Beth Rinyu
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD (Seven Brides for Seven Mothers Series) by Whitney Dineen

 

Welcome to the book blitz for LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the first book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Seven Brides for Seven Mothers, by Whitney Dineen

Welcome to the book blitz for LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the first book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Seven Brides for Seven Mothers, by Whitney Dineen. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the first book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Seven Brides for Seven Mothers, by Whitney Dineen

LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD (Seven Brides for Seven Mothers Series #1) by Whitney Dineen

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Title:
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Mothers Series #1
Author: Whitney Dineen
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Who doesn’t want their mom to play Cupid?

Addison Cooper had planned on an all-expense paid vacation to the Cayman Islands to celebrate her most recent business success. Instead, she’s trekking to the outback of Oregon to help a friend of her mother’s.

Reclusive novelist Brogan Cavanaugh’s new thriller just hit the New York Times Best Seller list. To reward himself, he was planning to spend the summer at his family’s fishing cabin until his mom unexpectedly calls in a favor.

Even though moms Libby and Ruby have been best friends since they were college roommates, Addison and Brogan have barely spent time in each other’s company. And when they did, things didn’t go well.

How will they react when they start to suspect their interfering mothers are setting them up?

Find out in this deliciously funny rom-com about mothers who really do know best and the children who don’t know they need them.

 

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LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the first book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Seven Brides for Seven Mothers, by Whitney Dineen

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Excerpt
Something is definitely up.

Brogan interrupts his mom, “Where are you thinking about setting up a glamping site?”

“We have those old cabins up near the fishing cabin. I thought that would be the ideal place,” she tells him.

He visibly jolts. “No one has stayed in those in years. At this point they’re probably more shack than cabin.”

“That’s why I want to do something with them now. I thought Addie could check them out and get a feel for what we’d need to do to make them worthy of the glamping title.”

She’s got to be kidding! Before I can express my shock, Brogan lets out a great big boisterous that’s-the-most-ridiculous- thing-I’ve-ever-heard-of laugh. He sounds borderline hysterical.

“What are you laughing at?” I demand.

‘I just can’t see you being interested in a project like this, that’s all.”

“I’ve decorated resorts that specialize in all kinds of different things.”

“Don’t be rude, Brogan,” Ruby admonishes her son. “Addison is an accomplished young woman known the world over for her innovative designs.”

“I’m sure,” he says. “But she’s known for fancy five-star designs, not something like this.”

“Are you saying I can’t do it?” More than anything this gets my dander up. I am first and foremost a professional. “How about a little wager?” I ask him.

“I’m game if you are. I bet you can’t spend a week up there without running home to New York.”

I never said anything about staying up there. But instead of pointing that out, I knowingly and ill-advisedly declare, “I could do that in my sleep. In fact,” —and here’s where I totally lose my mind— “I raise your week to a month. What do you think about that?”

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LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the first book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Seven Brides for Seven Mothers, by Whitney Dineen

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Author W.B. Dineen

Author W.B. Dineen

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

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

 

.Where to Find W.B. Dineen
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – ABOUT A GIRL (Heartless Series) by Mary E. Palmerin

 

Welcome to the book blitz for ABOUT A GIRL, the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Heartless, by Mary E. Palmerin

Welcome to the book blitz for ABOUT A GIRL, the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Heartless, by Mary E. Palmerin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ABOUT A GIRL, the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Heartless, by Mary E. Palmerin

ABOUT A GIRL (Heartless Series #1) by Mary E. Palmerin

About the Book
Title: ABOUT A GIRL
Series: Heartless Series #1
Authors: Mary E. Palmerin
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 15, 2018
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Synopsis
Sprucewood High School changes everyone.

The girl with sad eyes who walked out of the bathroom stall; she made herself puke. The star basketball player can’t read an entire sentence, so he takes his anger out on the introverted kid after third period. His face turned purple and blue.

Olive was just a girl. Fletcher was just a boy. And there they were, together, wandering in the chaos of it all. Their paths crossed, all because of fate. She was the lost girl who wanted to love, but she also wanted to die. He was the mysterious new kid with golden eyes that held a story she wanted to know.

Together, they attempt to figure out a way to numb themselves from the pain of finding out who they are in this world, where they belong, and how to handle the memories that haunt them in their nightmares. Addiction in its nastiest of forms torments them, threatening their false paradise as they attempt to escape their pain.Will their self-destructive ways be too much for the love they start to feel? Or is it even love when it is clouded by the H they shoot into their veins? Hearts break and souls get crushed at Sprucewood High.

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Prologue
Olive

Prologue
Olive
The Day Death Welcomed Me
The Day After Love

I sat there with a silent jar of thoughts, which was consuming every ounce of myself that I had left. My long, unkempt black hair dangled annoyingly across my face as I laid atop my tiny safe place with my knees pulled up to my chest. The creaking of the ground sent dust up into the humid spring air from the thunderstorm the night before, and my attention span was that of a fly. My window air-conditioning unit was useless during the grueling Kentucky weather. I couldn’t help but dazzle my stare with the dirt that danced just before me. It was strangely calming as I sat there, half-naked with my still developing body in nothing but underwear and a button up flannel, wondering if I would have the balls to die today.

My life was different. My life had changed. I was not going to make it until tomorrow. My script had been altered, it was re-written due to fate. The sirens of my heart were singing and screeching the highest they ever had. I was off track and at the most desolate place I’d ever been in my life. Isolation isn’t true when you are unsure about the thoughts and feelings in your head. I had ten-thousand emotions taking up space in mine. I wasn’t alone. I was in the presence of things that didn’t make sense. Truths had yet to be revealed.

I wanted to fall into a tunnel where the pitch black of night could suffocate me, just like it did in my head. I wished I could dance over the moon with the stars in my dreams where nothing else mattered, where pain didn’t exist, but the world was turning more hateful every single day that I woke up. As time passed, I would often stare at things, not understanding why my knees would buckle as my tongue would tie itself to the syllable before making me stutter like a little kid who was called out during class. Weird instances and feelings occurred more often, and over time, my teenage self couldn’t wrap my brain around my frame of mind. I started to make choices, self-destructive choices, which sent me closer to the edge of hell after things happened and nightmares were the result.

I never said much. Talking wasn’t something I was used to doing. I became an expert introvert. I never thought I would’ve been able to come up with the right words if I decided to talk to my mother, so I did what I did best. I stayed quiet until my will found a way.

‘Hey, Mom. Not sure why I feel weird when I see or smell certain things, especially old trucks or walk past the cologne aisle at the convenience store. I’m feeling a little down. I’m not sure what’s going on inside my head.’

I don’t even remember the day I started to change. It’s ironic how phases meld together like colors from paint swirling about in water. I muddled around, leaving pieces of myself behind. I regularly hurt myself, toying with the idea of suicide, but the definiteness of death was something I needed before the puzzles from years ago came together to haunt me with a pain that would no longer be tolerable. And then fate had to come in and hurt me even more. Who would have guessed, as much as I prayed for death, I was too much of a coward for it. Well, apparently I prayed hard enough.

“Branch. You up and ready? We need to leave to get to Dr. Sarya’s office.”

That’s what I was to my mother. Her little olive branch; the peace offering of her life that fell apart before it could come back together and fall apart one last time. My parents divorced when I was six, and my father never took time to look back. I remember little about him except his dark hair and deep voice. He walked out of our two-bedroom country house and never looked back with his torn leather suitcase in tow, staring at me with sad eyes. I remember that moment, but never one with him before. Now, I understand how bizarre his behavior was, and mine was even more peculiar. I was never able to recall a birthday celebration, Christmas, or Thanksgiving with him.

No memories would be recalled until years later.

As time passed and I entered the gates of hell, also known as Sprucewood High School, the invisible crack was pried open. I was forced to face the girl who I was destined to become. The more I tried to understand the change in my head, the more I attempted to find an answer. But the harder I looked, the more I was hurt.

That day, I was done trying. My body was too tired to fight anymore.

I laid in bed, my sweat clinging to my comforter like Saran Wrap. My eyes made their way over to the corner of my room, and I smiled at the only constant in my life that laid crooked in the corner. I imagined them, the worn pink fabric pointe ballet shoes, still remembering how my feet felt in them when I would leap across the floor without any care. I used to point my foot, inserting it until they were laced up perfectly. I would do the same with my other foot when I could still dance. My feet used to feel like heaven. If only my heart and body could join them, then life would have been easy for me.

I grabbed the remote to my stereo and turned my CD player on, which had a tendency to skip anytime you put in anything except my Ani DiFranco or Janis Joplin. Ani started belting out in her deep, raspy tone and I daydreamt about my feet gracefully sweeping across the floor as my eyes remained closed. I was trying to find my heaven, convinced I could change my mind before it was too late. Time, to me, had been wasted. It did nothing but hurt. I let myself smile as I continued to imagine myself standing in second position, my arms out to my side as I prepared to pirouette and dance until the sun burned the pain away; the same kind of discomfort I failed to understand, the type that was thrown my way at that hell-hole where perfection and pain walked down the halls like yin and yang.

I saw goodness for a little bit. He was the boy with golden eyes and brown hair that hung above his eyes. He had pain like me. I could see it. Fletcher was hiding from the ugly, trying to comprehend his own demons, but he’s gone and it’s too late to get him back. He was sucked into the same kind of fucked up shit that I was. He lost. I was losing, too.

Thinking of him made my heart ache as silent tears started to fall from my eyes. The girl I had become was unrecognizable. My hair was disheveled, my hips wider with weight, and my eyes sunken in from either lack of sleep or too much; there was never an in-between. My heart was tired of working so hard. I was tired of living.

A year before, from the outside looking in, my world looked fine. I was the ordinary girl with supposed friends and decent grades. My crooked-tooth grin was deceiving, though. My brown eyes were sad, and even more so since I lost the only boy who had a chance of understanding me. I hurt him, and now he’s gone. My eyes were growing too tired to care anymore. I felt it coming, the end. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. Who would have guessed I would be just a girl about to die alone?

I wished I could still punish myself for hurting Fletcher. He was the only decent thing I had and I fucked it up. There was no going back. It was too late.

I pulled his handwritten goodbye letter from underneath my pillow, sobbing at his message, understanding that I needed to be with him. My tears stopped in that second when I reached the clarity I had been searching for through the murky misunderstandings of my so-called life. It’s ironic how one can reach such a conclusion when death is sure to greet you.

I remember gazing out my window, imagining it open despite the heat from the unapologetically warm summer day, remembering how Fletcher would look at me from below with a pebble in his hand and a sparkle in his eye.

The ghost of my yesterdays floated away as I continued to remember the lattice that led up to my window, the same thing Fletcher would use to climb up to see me, but he wouldn’t be seeing me anymore. Instead, every day, I would be reminded as little pieces of him were left behind with evidence of my mistakes.

My eyes grew too heavy as echoes from my mother’s voice screamed. She was an ocean away and it was too late. I was too far gone to be saved. I closed my eyes as visions of better times washed away the pain. Finally, I would be able to dance over the moon and the stars would be my friends. They could shine for me and love me, despite the darkness I never understood.

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ABOUT A GIRL, the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Heartless, by Mary E. Palmerin

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Author Mary E. Palmerin

Author Mary E. Palmerin

About Author
Mary E. Palmerin is an internationally bestselling author of The Monster Series, Redeeming Rhys, and half the madness behind The Red Market Series. She currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two boys. She enjoys writing raw, taboo tales that strike various emotions in her readers. When she isn’t busy writing, she usually has her nose in a good book. Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, cooking, art, tattoos, red wine, traveling, and anything that makes her laugh. She loves to connect with her readers!.

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Where to Find Mary E. Palmerin
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – ESCAPE (The Covington Heights Crew) by Deana Birch

 

Welcome to the book blitz for ESCAPE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Covington Heights Crew, by Deana Birch

Welcome to the book blitz for ESCAPE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Covington Heights Crew, by Deana Birch. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ESCAPE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Covington Heights Crew, by Deana Birch

ESCAPE (The Covington Heights Crew #1) by Deana Birch

About the Book
Title: ESCAPE
Series: The Covington Heights Crew #1
Authors: Deana Birch
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 1, 2020
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Synopsis
Book one in The Covington Heights Crew series

The only thing she has to give is exactly what they want.

The Covington Heights Crew has a funny way of protecting their own. With rapes from rival gangs and human trafficking riddling their poverty-stricken streets, they’ll keep the girls from their neighborhood safe—for a price. No money? No worries. They have quite creative payment plans.

Messed up? Yeah, they know. They’re criminals.

Twenty-one-year-old Fiona Thompson was happy to stay off the radar of the twisted drug dealers who encourage her mother’s habit. She’s sure that she can work her way out of Covington and find a better life for herself and her baby sister. But then she beeped. Loud.

Second-in-command Leo Ricci is a poser. The web of lies he’s spun for a life unravels every time he’s around Fiona—every day he’s trying to keep her safe and every second he’s avoiding his destiny.

When his missteps challenge the authority to which he’s pledged his allegiance and Fiona’s life is at stake, there’s only one solution—become the man he never wanted to be and leave the place that was saving him from a worse, but unavoidable fate.

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ESCAPE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Covington Heights Crew, by Deana Birch

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Excerpt #2
Leo

The day was turning out to be a fucking beauty. Not only had Golden Boy figured out some online shit that was beyond my scope of understanding, but whatever he had hacked had already started generating money on the virtual black market. Then the hottie I’d been checking out since I’d gotten to Covington had run right toward me, screaming to be rescued.

Bonus of the day? Those Bradford Tower idiots had taken one look at me and Golden Boy and run in the other fucking direction. They knew who I was—or at least they’d heard what I was capable of. No one but the bossman actually knew who I was, which was A-fucking-okay by me.

The crew sent catcalls as I ushered the little brunette past them. There was only one way she could pay us back, and I’d bet they’d also seen through her boring-ass uniform and imagined the perfect curves awaiting underneath as many times as I had. And curves she had. The glimpse I’d gotten earlier in the day had my imagination running fucking wild.

It was pretty cute how she’d tried to push my arm off her shoulder and sworn at me under her breath. Did she know what she’d gotten herself into? Probably not. Did I give a flying fuck? Nope. Was that cold and cruel? Maybe, but I was born a criminal. My moral compass had been smashed into a million pieces before I’d had the pleasure of taking my first steps.

I opened the clanky glass door of Covington Heights Two and gave the little hottie a ‘gentle’ nudge to step inside. She stumbled a little and swatted my hand away. I smiled as I pressed the button to call the elevator. I was a sucker for feisty.

“Ever been to the third floor before?” I asked, more serious than I felt.

She glared at me and propped her hands on her gorgeous hips that were in harmonious proportion to her insanely perfect-sized tits. Fucking hell, angry suited the shit out of her. I could have licked that flush right off her pale cheeks.

She scrunched her nose in full disgust and I wondered if steam might blow out of her ears like in a cartoon. It was hard to hold back my laugh.

She spat, “Why the fuck would I go to the third floor? My mom is a fucking junkie. The last place on earth you will find me is asking for any of your fucking product, you miserable prick.”

Steaming hot—every last curve and hair on her pissed-off body. It really was a banner day.

But, in fairness, I was a prick. However, I was the farthest thing from miserable. And not just because the grumbling beauty in front of me was going to probably go ballistic when Anton explained the terms of our payment plan, but also because I had escaped a destiny that I did not want.

For the three months I’d been living in Covington, I’d made my own unattached money and become a part of something greater than just family. I’d made friends—real friends, casual friends, small-nod-on-the-street-as-a-sign-of-respect friends. And unlike those stupid fucks in Bradford, none of our crew used drugs.

Sure, we’d kick back a beer at the end of a poker game we’d hosted or get a little drunk after one of our fights, but absolutely none of us were addicts.

We all worked out at least once a day, either with weights or sparring. We ate real fucking food and, yeah, we sold drugs and hosted back-door dice and card games—but we had some limits. No raping, for example. That was a big no-no for Anton. His mom had been the leader of their crime family for years, and not abusing women had been drilled into Anton for as long as I’d known him. It might have been our only virtue.

The elevator dinged and the little hottie’s mouth fell open. Yeah, the third floor didn’t look like any of the others. With sleek and polished concrete and the dark wooden doors to the suites, it resembled a luxury hotel instead of the projects.

“To the left.” I thumbed the direction and watched that fine ass exit in front of me. I bet she didn’t think she was half as gorgeous as she was. It wasn’t like someone with her life could afford make-up or nice things. But with her long dark hair, smoking little body, perfectly thin nose and high cheek bones, she was a bona-fide beauty. I had to swallow down the fucking drool as she stomped down the hall.

In front of the last door on the left, I typed in the security code, and after the small buzz of the unlocking mechanism, I pushed through. Anton sat at the counter and his steel blue eyes scrutinized me, then her. He sat perfectly still, giving away nothing, which almost made me laugh, because I knew exactly what he was thinking.

The rebellious spark the brunette had boasted in the hallway flickered out with the bossman’s silent power. Her shoulders fell and her eyes widened. Anton was thicker than me, just a little shorter and way fucking crueler than I was. She seemed to understand that in just the small twinkle of his light eyes.

She turned to me and chewed her bottom lip. Yeah, I was the safer option—which, when put into perspective, was downright hilarious. I walked over to Anton and slapped him on the back.

“Anton, meet… What’s your name, anyway?” I licked my lips slowly.

A bit of her fight came back with a glare. “Fiona.”

I continued, “Meet Fiona. She owes us for protection.”

Without taking his eyes off Fiona, Anton said, “Well, isn’t she lucky. BTs?”

“Chased her all the way home. But Goldie and I scared them off. Fucking pussies. I could have used a good fight.”

Anton glanced at me, but in that fraction of a second, it spoke volumes. I always needed a good fight. The beast inside me was malnourished, starving for the real deal.

But Fiona would understand nothing of our exchange. He sat back on his bar stool and interlaced his fingers behind his head. “Let’s go ahead and assume that since this is home, you can’t pay us for our protection. And let me tell you something you probably haven’t realized yet. You are now on the top of their list. The minute they catch you alone, they’ll nab you.”

“Let me tell you something you don’t know,” she spat. “I already was at the top of their list.”

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ESCAPE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Covington Heights Crew, by Deana Birch

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Author Deana Birch

Author Deana Birch

About Author
Contemporary romance and erotica writer Deana Birch was named after her father’s first love, who just so happened not to be her mother. Born and raised in the Midwest, she made stops in Los Angeles and New York before settling in Europe where she lives with her own blue-eyed Happily Ever After. Her days are spent teaching yoga, playing tennis, ruining her children’s French homework, cleaning up dog vomit, writing her next book, or reading someone else’s.

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL (In the Capitol Series) by B. Ivy Woods

 

Welcome to the book blitz for REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL, the second book in the adult romantic suspense series, In the Capitol, by B. Ivy Woods

Welcome to the book blitz for REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL, the second book in the adult romantic suspense series, In the Capitol, by B. Ivy Woods. See below for information on the book and series, buy inks, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL, the second book in the adult romantic suspense series, In the Capitol, by B. Ivy Woods

REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL (In the Capitol Series #2) by B. Ivy Woods

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Title: REVENGE IN THE CAPITOLS
Series: In the Capitol Series #2
Author: B. Ivy Woods
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 4, 2020
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Synopsis
The past is gone but not forgotten.

Months after Rae and Flint thwart a stalker’s attempt to destroy their relationship, they are focusing on themselves. Their relationship is better than ever and Flint’s political campaign is taking off. But as his campaign heats up, his schedule only gets busier. Rae can’t help feeling like she’s been left out in the cold.

Things go from bad to worse when their past comes back to haunt them. A forgotten foe is bent on revenge and will do everything in their power to get it, including ruin Rae and Flint’s relationship for good.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, but will Rae and Flint stop them before it’s too late?

This is book two In The Capitol series.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #3
Rae answered the knock on her door with a smirk. “Took you twenty-eight minutes to get here.”

“This will take a lot longer than that.” Flint stepped forward, leading Rae to step backward. He did it once more and closed the door with a thud. Before he could remove his coat, he stepped forward once again, kissed Rae, and in one swift motion, had her back pressed against the wall. His kiss turned rough as their tongues became intertwined. His hands moved from her face, down the curves of her body. This is what home felt like. He was her home.

Those thoughts quickly left her mind when he broke the kiss, took a small step back, and helped Rae remove the tank top from her body. She stood there looking at him in a daze.

“You know, I wish you would have kept that shirt on you had earlier.”

Rae tried to catch her breath as she asked, “Why is that?”

“Because I was hoping to rip it off.”

He stalked over and was on her in seconds, his body flush against hers. His hands and lips were everywhere as she felt her brain short-circuiting because her nerves were frayed. His breath on her lips when he took a small break from kissing her made her quiver. She felt their bodies moving backward down the hall, making their way toward the bedroom without breaking contact. About halfway there, he had enough and lifted her up, and she reacted by wrapping her legs around his waist and her fingers through his hair. Within seconds, they made it to his bedroom, and he had unclipped her bra. In a flash, her hands were out of his hair as she slipped the straps down her arms and threw her bra somewhere in the room. Rae felt the gears in her mind begin to work again and placed her hands on his chest to halt him. The look on his face mirrored a five-year-old who had been told that they couldn’t have cookies before dinner.

“You have way too many clothes on.”

She smirked as she undid his tie at a painstakingly slow pace. Rae thought she might have heard him growl, and she let out a low snicker. “Patience is a virtue.” She had finally finished undoing his tie and placed her hand on his chest. The pounding of his heart under her hand made her body quiver.

“One that I don’t have.” If Rae had to guess, it took him about two-point-five seconds to step back from her touch and remove his button-down shirt and slacks. She was sure she heard at least one button hit the floor as it flew off his shirt, but they could take the time to figure that out later.

Seconds later, his hands were all over her once more. His fingers moved quickly, yet thoroughly over her body as if he was examining every inch of her. The moan that left her lips bounced off of the walls in the room.

“You’re so beautiful,” he said as his head traveled down to her breasts with light touches and licks. Her moans increased as his mouth and hands set her body ablaze. They threw any thoughts besides finding ecstasy out of the window. He lazily made his way down her body and landed right where she wanted him. His fingers splayed over her thighs before they curved under the sides of her panties and slipped them down over her legs. Flint continued to take his sweet time worshipping her body.

Rae waited in anticipation of what he would do next. “Think you can move faster?”

“Now who isn’t being patient?” With that, his lips landed back on hers, silencing any remarks on the tip of her tongue to his comment.

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REVENGE IN THE CAPITOL, the second book in the adult romantic suspense series, In the Capitol, by B. Ivy Woods

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Author B. Ivy Woods

Author B. Ivy Woods

About the Author
B. Ivy Woods has been writing for as long as she can remember. After getting her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Policy and a Master’s in Energy Policy and Law and working in the environmental field for several years, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. That is when thoughts of a writing career really took off. Although she competed in NaNoWriMo multiple times, 2019 was the first year that she won. This win inspired her to make writing a career. Her debut novel will be self-published in 2020.

Although she is originally from New York City, she currently lives in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – TO THE BONE by J.R. Johansson

 

Welcome to the book blitz for TO THE BONE, a stand-alone young adult thriller, by J.R. Johansson

Welcome to the book blitz for TO THE BONE, a stand-alone young adult thriller, by J.R. Johansson. See below for information on the book, buy inks, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

TO THE BONE, a stand-alone young adult thriller, by J.R. Johansson

TO THE BONE by J.R. Johansson

About the Book
Title: TO THE BONE
Author: J.R. Johansson
Publisher: Midnight Media
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Release Date: August 25, 2020
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Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Harley Martin has been obsessed with Paris for years. Between her passion for studying architecture and wanting to spend time with her cousin, Gretchen, there’s nowhere on Earth that she’d rather go. So when Harley’s parents feel guilty enough about their constant fighting to offer to send Harley to visit her cousin, Gretchen, she doesn’t hesitate.

But Gretchen and Harley have both changed in the years they’ve been apart. In an effort to rekindle their friendship, Harley agrees to Gretchen’s suggested activity, even though it’s outside her comfort zone: a tour with Gretchen and her friends through the off-limits section of the Paris Catacombs. Miles and miles of tunnels deep under the city, filled with the remains of more than six million people.

When a cave-in kills their guide and leaves the group injured, terrified, and lost with limited supplies, they must search for a way out from the endless maze beneath the city of light. But surrounded by shadows, it’s hard to tell friends from enemies. Harley doesn’t know if she can trust anyone, including her own cousin. If they ever want to get back to the surface, they’ll have to fight for everything they hold dear–for their sanity, their humanity, their very lives–in a place that only embraces death.

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Excerpt
Across the room, I see a slight rain of dust fall from the top of the pillar the others are looking at. Paolo is bent over behind it like he’s examining something. I squint, focusing my flashlight on the falling dust, and I see the dirt around the bottom of that particular pillar is thicker than around the others. It looks different too, like powder . . .

Anders takes a step back from the pillar, shaking his head. “This doesn’t look very stable.”

James shoots Anders a look before saying, “You’re one to talk.” Anders stiffens.

Everything seems to slow down as Paolo pulls a skull from the pillar, holding it out teasingly toward Maud. My heart stops and my limbs go numb as I realize that the thick powder around the pillar is crumbled plaster. “No,” I say softly, but our guide must hear me because he spins around.

Lambert reacts much faster than I do. He runs, arms stretched out and body rigid with panic. Maud recoils from Paolo in disgust as he puts down his flashlight and pulls another skull free from the pillar.

“Stop!” M. Lambert shouts. “Don’t touch that!”

“Run!” I scream.

Anders steps back, pressing himself against the wall. Maud and Paolo simply freeze, whipping their heads around to look our way. I hear the rumbling before I feel it. Paolo must too, because he grabs Maud and James and jerks them back hard toward the far wall. Grabbing Gretchen, I drag her over behind the pillar I examined earlier. It’s strong, sturdy, and it might be our only chance of not being buried alive. As we rush past, I shout Henri’s name.

“What in—” Liv says.

“Move!” Henri pulls her toward me so fast she drops her camera and stumbles into Gretchen and me.

Our world vibrates and then a roar of noise fills my ears. Rocks crashing, bones and stone cracking, people screaming. I’m screaming too. I’ve never heard so many people sound so desperately afraid. Flashlight beams spin wildly about before all the light is dimmed by falling dust and debris. Gretchen and I hold tight to each other and I close my eyes against the dust that burns them like fire.

The shaking seems to go on forever until suddenly it stops. Seconds pass in eerie silence. My lungs burn and Gretchen coughs against my shoulder.

Somebody moans. I think it’s Henri. I reach for him, finding his jacket and gripping it.

“Are you okay?” I try to say, but the words aren’t clear. My voice sounds raspy and broken.

I open my eyes a little. The dust is settling, and if I squint I can see a bit without my eyes burning. Not that there is much to see. There are spots of light shining through the dust cloud in a few places, but most of the flashlights have been buried. I’m afraid to sit up straight, terrifi ed that the shaking will begin again and the ceiling will fall in and crush us all. My breathing comes in tight gasps as I fight to push away the panic. The air burns my throat and lungs until I’m coughing again.

Henri digs out his big flashlight and shines it around the room. “Oh no,” he whispers.

Gretchen and I shift our position until we can see where he’s looking. My stomach rolls and I feel like I might be sick. Where the farthest pillar stood, now there is a massive pile of dirt, rocks, and bones. Nearly half of the room is caved in. The pile reaches up to the ceiling. Two of the five tunnels out of the room are blocked.

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TO THE BONE, a stand-alone young adult thriller, by J.R. Johansson

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Author J.R. Johansson

Author J.R. Johansson

About the Author
J.R. JOHANSSON is the author of the Night Walkers Series (INSOMNIA, PARANOIA and MANIA) as well as standalone novels, CUT ME FREE and THE ROW. Her books have been published in over a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She is the creator and host of the Riveting Reads podcast and the AuthorGamerGirl channel on Twitch. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in a valley where the sun shines 300+ days per year with her hot tub named Valentino. Visit her online at www.jrjohansson.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A THOUSAND ASHES (Titanlord Series) by M.G. Darwish

 

Welcome to the book blitz for A THOUSAND ASHES, the second book in the adult fantasy series, Titanlord, by M.G. Darwish, releasing October 14, 2020

Welcome to the book blitz for A THOUSAND ASHES, the second book in the adult fantasy series, Titanlord, by M.G. Darwish, releasing October 14, 2020. See below for information on the book and series, buy inks, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

A THOUSAND ASHES, the second book in the adult fantasy series, Titanlord, by M.G. Darwish

A THOUSAND ASHES (Titanlord Series #2) by M.G. Darwish

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Title: A THOUSAND ASHES
Series: Titanland Series #2
Author: M.G. Darwish
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release Date: October 14, 2020
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Synopsis
No one thought the Gods would descend. Plucked from his reality, Griffyn never thought that the Gods would be so terrified of him even when a Titan stood before them. The Red Hand entrusted him with the only sword that allows him to fight back: the Masamune.

Now that the Gods have sworn to eliminate humanity, the Empire has fallen, ravished and turned to dust. The Magmars are no more, and he alone holds the key to salvation.

He has endured many losses, but will he succumb and accept his fate? Or will he rise from beneath a thousand ashes?

To win, he must quell the Titans within him and tame them. But every time he uses their power, he risks losing himself.

Book 2 of the Titanlord Series. A direct sequel to Titanlord: of Death & Sacrifice

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
The Capital that was once a glorious sight to behold was no more. It laid in destruction and agony. The cries of children filled the restless skies as deformed creatures began to defile the lands. Tormented souls that were meant to remain banished wandered out in the open.

The demons cut through all; old, young, strong, or weak. Nothing halted them from executing their God’s justice as they began to initiate their plans of erasing mankind and starting the world anew.

Griffyn was running far away from the Capital. By some miracle, he had escaped with the sword that the Red Hand entrusted him with, the sword that harbored the only thing that could pose a threat to the Gods that descended: the Masamune.

Tears were running down on his cheeks as he flew past the terrified citizens. Those who stood their grounds and tried to fight for their right to live were being left for slaughter. Yet Griffyn did not wait, he did not fight back.

“Forgive me, forgive me,” he repeated in agony as he rushed outside the keep and made his way through the courtyard. The demons that tore the place down seemed to ignore him as they had their jaws full of flesh. Griffyn ran and did not look back, the horrors trapped in his mind.

Within minutes, he was outside the once proud city that boosted its invulnerability. He paused as archers readied their arrows at him. Just outside, some of the remaining forces of the late King had rallied up and built a few barricades to keep the monsters at bay.

“Stop!” he shouted. “What are you all doing?”

“Hold your fire!” a voice commanded as he emerged into the light of the struggling sun. Squirmy eyebrows sat on a square face beneath a head of shiny golden hair. His eyes were a piercing light blue as he met Griffyn’s gaze.

“Wilson?” Griffyn mumbled.

“What in God’s name happened inside? What did you all do?” Wilson asked as he grabbed him by the shirt and pushed him around.

“Careful who you plead to. Gods are all out of mercy.”

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A THOUSAND ASHES, the second book in the adult fantasy series, Titanlord, by M.G. Darwish

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Author M.G. Darwish

Author M.G. Darwish

About the Author
M.G. Darwish is an award nominated author who writes dark, twisted and action-packed fiction. He tries his best not to base his characters on anyone he knows in real life to avoid that extra weird conversation about how they were brutalized and killed in the book. Oh and he’s terrified of a penguin uprising more than ghosts and demons.

He is best known for his Secret of the Moonlight which was featured on Wattpad.

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SCANDAL’S PROMISE by Pamela Gibson

 

Welcome to the book blitz for SCANDAL'S PROMISE, a stand-alone adult historical romance, by Pamela Gibson

Welcome to the book blitz for SCANDAL’S PROMISE, a stand-alone adult historical romance, by Pamela Gibson. See below for information on the book, buy inks, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

SCANDAL'S PROMISE, a stand-alone adult historical romance, by Pamela Gibson

SCANDAL’S PROMISE by Pamela Gibson

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: SCANDAL’S PROMISE
Author: Pamela Gibson
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2020
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Synopsis
Haunted by questions and her own insecurities, Lady Emily Sinclair longs to discover why her betrothed abandoned her and married another. Seven years have passed, but the pain of his betrayal still lingers, buried beneath layers of humiliation and mistrust. When he returns after the Napoleonic Wars, she vows to avoid him. If only her foolish heart felt the same.

Broken and addicted to his medication, widower Andrew Quimby, Lord Cardmore, rattles around his ancient manor, oblivious to his deteriorating health and state of mind. When he learns the woman he was forced to abandon remains unmarried, he vows to try to win her back, even if it means returning to a society he despises.

But Andrew soon discovers he has a secret enemy. Threatening notes appear and sinister accidents put those in his inner circle in danger. Can he overcome his demons in time to keep them safe or will everyone and everything he loves disappear forever.

 

 

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Excerpt #2
She willed herself to be calm, to speak in the prim tones she’d perfected over the years. “Shall we start at the beginning? Or perhaps somewhere in the middle. We announced our engagement at a grand ball. And then?” She gazed out over the water rather than look at his face, afraid she might detect a falsehood.

Oh ye of little faith.

“I’d accepted the invitation to the Livingston house party, thinking you would be there.”

“I’d planned to go. But Mama took ill. I remained behind to help nurse her.”

He stirred beside her, as if searching his memory for long-ago details. “On the, er, night in question, I joined the billiard players after dinner rather than take tea with the ladies. We wagered on every game. The challenges took hours, and we all drank heavily. When I look back on that night, it was Woodley who kept my glass full. In the wee hours of the morning, I stumbled to my room. I’d sent my man to bed hours before, knowing I’d probably collapse fully clothed once the door closed behind me.”

He paused and let the remaining stones in his hand fall to the ground. “This next part is hard.”

She glanced at his bowed head. “This is the part I need to hear from your own lips, Andrew.”

He nodded. “She was under the coverlet—Miss Woodley—in her night rail. I hadn’t lighted a candle. I didn’t notice her until I had removed most of my clothes and climbed up to the bed. She laughed, a high-pitched screeching sound. I-I couldn’t believe my ears or my eyes. Then the door opened, and her mother and another lady who were just passing by in the hallway barged in.” He rubbed the back of his neck, his eyes downcast.

“Mrs. Woodley screamed, ran over to me, and pelted me with her fists. Several people gathered at the door to watch the drama. I thought it was a joke. Caroline was still laughing, and I wanted to join in the merriment even though my brain was sluggish and I feared I would pass out at any moment. Her father came in, ordered everyone else out, and bellowed at me in outrage. By then Mrs. Woodley had escorted her daughter out of the room.”

He paused. “I never touched her, Em. I swear I didn’t even know she was there. They’d hatched a parson’s mousetrap and decided the night was ripe to spring it because they knew I was thoroughly foxed.”

She’d been told only part of the story. But the last part was new. Had it been a trap? There had been moments of entrapment in the ton, but most eligible bachelors were careful to stay clear of unscrupulous mamas who had unweddable daughters. Andrew had been betrothed and technically off the market. Had he been chosen because of his fondness for spirits? Many of the eligible bachelors of the ton drank to excess. That couldn’t be the reason, could it? And why?

Caroline Woodley had not been an antidote. On the contrary, she’d had many suitors, but had not accepted any. That was the perplexing part. Why go to the trouble of entrapping Cardmore and contracting a scandalous, Gretna Green marriage when eligible men surely had applied for her hand?

She hunched over and picked up one of the stones. Smooth and round, it was perfect for skipping across the water. She grasped it tightly, forming words she needed to say. “I’m still confused. Caroline was popular. She never lacked dancing partners, and a cadre of beaus followed her around. Why would she trap someone? Had she no offers?”

“Many, or at least that’s what I was told.”

“Then why did she not accept any?”

“I asked her. Do you know what she boldly said? She was in love.”

Emily frowned. “With you? Was she in love with you, Andrew?”

“No. But by then it was imperative she marry quickly.”

“I’m still confused.”

He rubbed his hands on his knees. “Caroline was carrying a child, and she told everyone it was mine.”

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SCANDAL'S PROMISE, a stand-alone adult historical romance, by Pamela Gibson

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Author Pamela Gibson

Author Pamela Gibson

About the Author
Author of eight books on California history and fifteen romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of Ralph, the Rescue Cat. If you want to learn more about her activities go to https://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her quarterly newsletter and occasional blog. Or follow her in these places:

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A HAUNTED LOVE by Dakota Star

 

Welcome to the book blitz for A HAUNTED LOVE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Dakota Star.

Welcome to the book blitz for A HAUNTED LOVE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Dakota Star. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A HAUNTED LOVE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Dakota Star

About the Book
Title: A HAUNTED LOVE
Author: Dakota Star
Publisher: Satin Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Ash detests Halloween. Three years ago, her husband’s death during the same week left her scarred. Now, all she desires is a simple, ordered life in the small town of Humble, Connecticut and time with the cutest boy ever – her nephew. That becomes impossible when her sister brings a handsome soldier, Cole, to her door.

From the moment they meet, Ash has a hard time ignoring his good looks and those intense gray eyes that have seen enough war and heartbreak to fill a lifetime. What starts as a mutual attraction and a romp in bed leads Ash to face her demons. War has left Cole with more than just physical scars as well.

But does serendipity, a ghost, or something sinister have other plans for them? When someone starts stalking Ash, Halloween turns to horror. Does Cole have what it takes to incinerate Ash’s doubts and keep her safe?

 

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Excerpt #2
“Please stop scrutinizing me that way.”

“What way?” His head tilted, eyes never leaving hers.

“That sexy, smiley way.” Ash’s insides fluttered.

“Whatever you want,” Cole said but kept her gaze.

Color rose, spraying her neck with red. “I’m wondering if this night doesn’t need something stronger to end it with instead of the wine.”

“Which was great by the way.” He rose from the table to help clear the few items left.

They moved into the kitchen. “I’m not a huge hard liquor fan, but I have some left over from the Halloween party. Let me see what there is.” She moved to the pantry and returned with two tumblers of whiskey. “Why don’t we have these in the living room?”

They settled on the couch and Ash flicked up the end-table lamp switch, illuminating the room with soft glow. Sitting side by side, she took a sip of whisky, relishing the burn as it went down. A cozy warmth filled her.

He downed his drink in one gulp and then shifted so their faces were only a few inches apart, close proximity making her nervous and giddy. Again, her stomach flipped, urges that she never thought she’d experience bubbling inside.

“I thought going back into the Navy would make me happy, but I see other options now.”

“You do?” Her voice turned soft and breathy.

“Yes. And one option is sitting right next to me.”

“This is moving too fast.” Ash moved back, squeezing against the couch cushions. “I think it’s time to call it a night.”

“I’m sorry if I misinterpreted the situation. I thought maybe…” He trailed off.

She studied him and wondered how honest she should be. A sigh escaped as the truth emerged. It must be the drink. “You’re right. I’m attracted to you, but it’s not that easy. I lost my husband three years ago and I still miss him every day. I can’t do this.” She couldn’t think of a way to clarify the situation further and hoped he’d understand.

Remaining quiet, his head tilted to the side, eyes trained on her. “I understand, but can I ask you a question?”

She pushed a strand of hair behind her ear and pulled her sweater cuffs over her fingers, self-conscious of the way he studied her. “Okay.”

“You aren’t allowed to have fun in bed anymore?” He smiled. “Have you left that part of your life behind for good?”

She huffed at his attempt to lighten the mood. “I don’t want an emotional attachment right now. His death is still too fresh and raw.”

“It’s been three years.” His hand caressed her knee. “Bonnie told me a little about the situation.” He paused, appraising her. “Let’s take emotional attachments out of the equation. I promise not to fall in love with you, if you promise the same. I just got out of the service, and I’m not sure where my life is headed.”

He ran a hand over his crewcut, skimming the short hair. “I could be back in the Navy in a few months. I like you. You’re beautiful and fun to be around. You have a great dog and really nice sister. How about we have some fun and leave it at that. We can go a day, a week, a month. You decide that part.”

“I’m confused.”

He stood, grabbing his jacket from the chair where she’d placed it when he arrived. “Think it over.” He moved toward the door, but then returned to her, grabbing her hand, pulling her off the couch and close to him.

Her head buzzed and her stomach muscles clenched as he dropped a kiss on her cheek.

“I hope to see you again soon.” His mouth caught hers as she was about to speak, making words flee. Longing filled her as his lips pressed against her. It was coming home and starting a new journey at once. Hunger filled her as his mouth demanded more. His lips on hers made everything else bearable. She took a step closer as he pulled away.

Ash stood dazed in the living room even after she heard the screen door bang shut.

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A HAUNTED LOVE, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Dakota Star.

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Author Dakota Star

Author Dakota Star

About the Author
Dakota Star likes worn-in cowboy boots, a well-trained horse, a cold beverage, and trails to ride in the woods.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. Both her daughters have finished college and moved away so her dogs, cats, and retired horse now keep her busy. When not outside hiking or horseback riding, she loves to read and travel.

She has worked as an editor, a freelance writer for local newspapers, and an educator at local environmental non-profits like aquariums and The National Audubon Society.

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS by Kathleen Harryman

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS, a stand-alone adult romantic suspense, by Kathleen Harryman

Welcome to the book blitz for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS, a stand-alone adult romantic suspense, by Kathleen Harryman. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS, a stand-alone adult romantic suspense, by Kathleen Harryman

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS by Kathleen Harryman

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Title:
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS
Author: Kathleen Harryman
Release Date: June 29, 2020
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
She wakes up to a life she doesn’t recognize…And to a husband she can’t imagine loving.

Kate find herself in a hospital with no memory of who she is or anything about her life. Everything is blank.

An attractive, well dressed and obviously wealthy man stands there claiming to be her husband. Yet, as she first looks into his cold eyes, she wonders how she could have loved and married the man.

As Kate is taken home to her luxury mansion. she realizes her ordeal is just beginning. Life with the controlling Liam, her husband, is more than she bargained for.

Then, her memory starts to come back and the truth emerges…

“A well written, thought-out, intriguing and beguiling story by the author, as told by the characters involved.” ~ Goodreads Review ~

“The Other Side of The Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman was intense, intriguing, well paced and an absolute pleasure to read.” ~ Goodreads review

Read this romantic suspense thriller from the author of Hidden Danger and When Darkness Falls, The Other Side of the Looking Glass is a tale of subterfuge, mystery, mistaken identity and true love.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOOKING GLASS, a stand-alone adult romantic suspense, by Kathleen Harryman

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Excerpt #3
Liam
Opening the file, I look at Pete’s report. While a sister is mentioned, there are no photographs, nor is there an age or date of birth. At the time, this missing information didn’t bother me. Now, it sends anger slithering through my veins. The answer to the problem of Kate’s coming death should have been contained in this file, not left to a chance encounter. The oversight is going to cost Pete, but for now, I smile. The sister isn’t just Kate’s younger or elder sibling. No, she is her twin. Her identical twin.

I flip through the photos I have taken, cropping and enlarging the woman’s face on the screen. There is no telling them apart. For the first time since getting Kate’s cancer diagnosis, my body relaxes.

The waitress sets my gin and tonic on the table and I dial Pete’s number.

“I’ve sent you a number of photos. You need to start explaining why you failed to tell me that Kate has an identical twin sister.”

Pete owes me, and I am collecting my debt – plus interest.

No one feeds me incorrect information without paying the price, and Pete is about to discover that price. With Charles leaving to go live in some godforsaken remote place in Scotland, there is no one to stop me.

The phone echoes with the urgent fumbling of a man not prepared to accept his fate. My lips grow thinner.

“Well, I haven’t got all day. Frankly, I’ve waited long enough. How many years is it since you compiled the information on Kate for me?” I don’t wait for Pete to answer. “I’ll tell you, Pete. Six years. Six years, and in that time, you never bothered to check that the information I paid for was complete. You know I’m not a tolerant man, Pete. Tolerance is for fools, and I will not be treated like a fool.”

“You didn’t specify how far back to go, so I only did a preliminary scan of the time before Kate was taken in by her aunt. I did inform you about the sister. The aunt sold her to a couple who couldn’t have children. You weren’t interested in the sister at the time.”

I put down my glass with a thud. The occupants of a table near me look over but are soon engrossed in their conversation once again.

“Don’t you ever try and weasel your way into thinking that this is my fault. It’s not going to go away that easily. The issue here isn’t whether I was interested in the sister at the time or not, it’s that you should have done your job properly. You didn’t, you were sloppy, and now you owe me.”

“Mr. Thornton…” Pete stutters, and I can sense him gathering his excuses.

“I wouldn’t go down that road if I were you, Pete. People like you are ten a penny. You have no living relatives, no wife or children. It’s fair to say no one will miss you.”

“Are you threatening me?” Pete sounds stunned.

The poor man really is stupid, despite being an excellent private detective. If he thinks his sloppy work won’t have any consequences attached to it, he’s a silly, silly, silly man.

“No, Pete, I’m not threatening you. I am telling you that you have twenty-four hours to finish getting all the information on Kate and her sister. And, to clarify – when I say all the information, I mean down to blood type and pimples, or you can kiss your existence goodbye. I hope I have made myself understood.”

“Yes.” Pete bites out the word like someone is holding a gun to his head and threatening to pull the trigger.

The image makes me smile.

“Good. I shall see you tomorrow at ten a.m. sharp, at my office.”

“But that’s only sixteen hours away.” At least Pete can do the maths.

“Then you’d better get going, before I move our meeting forward.” I hang up, leaving Pete spluttering into his phone.

Picking up my drink, I start working out my options.

First things first. I have to get the real Kate out of the way and into her final resting place. I will have to curb my impatience and ride out the forty-eight hours left.

The sun no longer feels unwelcome. Like my brightening mood, I find its radiance has a warming effect.

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Author Kathleen Harryman

Author Kathleen Harryman

About the Author
Kathleen Harryman is a storyteller and poet living in the historically rich city of York, North Yorkshire, England, with her husband, children and pet dog and cat.

Kathleen first published a suspense thriller in 2015, The Other Side of the Looking Glass. Since then, she has developed a unique writing style which readers have enjoyed and is now a multi-published author of suspense, psychological thrillers, poetry and historical romance.

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BOOKED FOR MURDER (Vigilante Magical Librarians Series) by R.J. Blain

 

Welcome to the book blitz for BOOKED FOR MURDER, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Vigilante Magical Librarians, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain.

Welcome to the book blitz for BOOKED FOR MURDER, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Vigilante Magical Librarians, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BOOKED FOR MURDER, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Vigilante Magical Librarians, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain

BOOKED FOR MURDER (Vigilante Magical Librarians Series #1) by R.J. Blain

About the Book
Title:
BOOKED FOR MURDER
Series: Vigilante Magical Librarians Series #1
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis
Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.

Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend.

But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free.

Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.

Her. For life.

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Excerpt #1
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assumed he still did. Bradley Hampton wasn’t the kind to quit once he decided to do something.

A sports car roared by, and it surprised me to discover I missed my once upon a time.

The vehicle, a red Bugatti worth more than the idiot who drove it, darted through traffic. I scoffed at the driver’s inaccuracies, skirting too close to the lines for anyone’s comfort. Precision mattered when controlling a car at high speeds—or at any speed, really. A single tap of the brake could end lives or save them. The wrong turn of the wheel could result in a crash. Such a mistake, not on my part, had cost me my once upon a time, and a chill sliced through me at the memories the red vehicle revived.

Once upon a time, my job had been to drive one of those cars, protect the man I’d been sworn to for life, and rise above all others except for him.

Bradley Hampton wanted only the best and to be the best, and he’d expected more from me than anyone else.

My once upon a time had ended with the recklessness of another bodyguard who’d believed a few minutes of time might actually matter. My last conscious act had been to position my car so my precious passenger would walk away from the accident. Even as I’d hit the brakes and turned the wheel, I’d been aware I would pay for his life with mine.

I’d done so with pride.

I couldn’t remember any fear, only pride.

I couldn’t remember any pain, either. Trauma could do that to a person, erasing critical moments.

Taking the brunt of the accident, created by another bodyguard’s foolish pride, had cost a principal his life in addition to dumping me into a coma so deep and long I’d been transferred across the country to a specialty hospital and left for dead.

I gave my ex-boss credit; he’d taken the ‘for life’ portion of my contract seriously, and he’d refused to have my plug yanked. Others of his ilk would have without hesitation. It didn’t change anything for me, though. His instructions, should I awaken, had been brutal and simple enough.

He didn’t want to hear a damned word about me until I could return to duty.

In typical Bradley Hampton fashion, he’d believed I’d be returning to duty.

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BOOKED FOR MURDER, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Vigilante Magical Librarians, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Blain

Author by R.J. Blain

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

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

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – I AM HERE NOW by Barbara Bottner

 

Welcome to the book blitz for I AM HERE NOW, a standalone young adult coming-of-age, by Barbara Bottner

Welcome to the book blitz for I AM HERE NOW, a standalone young adult coming-of-age, by Barbara Bottner. See below for information on the book, buy links, and exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

I AM HERE NOW, a standalone young adult coming-of-age, by Barbara Bottner

I AM HERE NOW by Barbara Bottner

About the Book
Title: I AM HERE NOW
Author: Barbara Bottner
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age
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Synopsis
Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner’s I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artist’s coming of age. It’s a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it’s like to shatter your life—and piece it all back together.

You can’t trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does what it wants. It’s sneaky as a thief.

Maisie’s first day of High school should be exciting, but all she wants is to escape.

Her world is lonely and chaotic, with an abusive mother and a father who’s rarely there to help.

So when Maisie, who finds refuge in her art, meets the spirited Rachel and her mother, a painter, she catches a glimpse of a very different world—one full of life, creativity, and love—and latches on.

But as she discovers her strengths through Rachel’s family, Maisie, increasingly desperate, finds herself risking new friendships, and the very future she’s searching for.

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Excerpt
BANG, BANG, BANG

In his bedroom, Davy, awake again, knocks his head against his wall. I have to admit, he’s too distraught for someone who still doesn’t have one single hair growing out  of his baby face. Bang. Bang. Bang. He’s a human metronome. Once, he said, “I do it to escape the chaos of this place.”

“I escape by drawing. Why don’t you just play some Gershwin?” I asked.

He didn’t bother to answer.

Judith made him pick out his carpet. I remember how insistent she was that he choose it for himself. As if that could make him feel that he belongs in a family of people who have brown eyes, brown hair in common, but mainly are falling apart. Not falling, no. Ripping. I wonder, can you exchange one sort of hurt for another?

Mother marches into his room, says: “Stop this! It can’t be good for you, David! I worry about you.”

She never speaks in a soft, concerned voice, Why are you doing this, honey? What’s the matter? Davy has an entire repertoire for this habit.

He quits just long enough for her to leave. Then bang. Bang. Bang, again. It stops. I can’t make out anything else. Did she go back in? Is she hugging him? Straightening out his blankets? Her few moments of maternal instinct for the entire week are spent now. And as soon as she leaves again, thump, thump, thump: a perfect rhythm. It’s distracting. I can forget about it for a little while, but then I can’t doze off; thump, thump, he’s not a boy, he’s a machine.

I tap the wall between us. “Davy, stop it!” He misses a thump. Then another. “Thank you! Go to sleep!” But he begins again. “That’s bad for you, Davy!” I hear those words as if I didn’t say them. It is bad for him, really bad.

I get up, trot to his door, knock softly. “Davy, please listen to your sister.” Saying “sister” somehow makes me well up with tears. And then I’m begging: “Hey, Davy, open the door!”

It does open, slowly. I notice his glassy eyes, as if he’s in a trance. He goes back to bed. He lets me take his warm, toasty hand. It hits me; Davy’s hurting and fragile. I wait while his eyes drift close. I hear his soft breathing. I can’t believe I never thought about this; my brother is another me.

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I AM HERE NOW, a standalone young adult coming-of-age, by Barbara Bottner

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Author Barbara Bottner

Author Barbara Bottner

About the Author
Barbara Bottner has written about 50 books for children of all ages. In May, her first YA novel in free verse, I Am Here Now is coming out from Macmillan (Imprint) She’s written a NY Times Bestseller, as well as staffed prime time sit-com, sold screenplays, published essays and short stories in both national and literary magazines and reviewed children’s books for both the NY and LA Sunday Book Review. Many of her works have been multiply translated and animated, and adapted for short plays. When she was an animator, she won “Best Film For TV” from the Annecy International Animation Festival. When very young, she briefly appeared on stage and in Europe with La Mama Plexus and in television movies. She teaches writing for children privately but won The Distinguished University Teaching Award from The New School For Social Research. Her papers are collected in the Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature at Fresno State.

Former students include: Lane Smith, Robin Preiss Glaser, Peggy Rathmann, Bruce Degen, Barney Saltsburg and Antoinette Portis.

She feels blessed to have a passion that seems to stick with her no matter how the larger world goes out of control.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – KATE by Charyse Allan

 

Welcome to the book blitz for KATE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by Charyse Allan

Welcome to the book blitz for KATE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by Charyse Allan. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99. See below for information on the book, buy links, and exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

KATE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by Charyse Allan

KATE by Charyse Allan

About the Book – Only 99 Cents for a Limited Time!
Title: KATE
Author: Charyse Allan
Release Date: June 20, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
This book will have you feeling ALL THE FEELS and then some! You will be mad, sad, happy and on the edge of your seat.” – Sassy Southern Book Blog

After escaping her past, Kate builds her life around a single purpose: staying hidden. But when the unexpected threatens to unravel her tightly kept secrets, her will to remain alone falters.

Kate ran, planning to leave behind a shell of a life, giving herself strict rules to live by in order to keep the past hidden. But these rules have her trading one prison for another.

Then Kai sneaks into her life, shoving through her shields, getting her to break every one of her rules. An unexpected surprise threatens to unravel her secrets and strip away the control she fought so hard for. But she embraces it, diving into the unknown with Kai.

When her past catches up with her, she battles to keep those she has come to love protected, refusing to relent the strength she found within. But when stuck in a place she never wants to return to and with no chance of escape, she fears losing everything she’s allowed herself to cherish.

 

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Excerpt #2
Her gaze jumped between my eyes and lips, eyes and lips. My blood boiled. I was going to devour her. But I gritted my teeth to keep from doing so. I’d already gone to her over and over, made every move. It was about time she did the moving.

And she did.

Leaning over the armrest, she brushed her soft lips over mine. The sharp breath I sucked in couldn’t be stopped. Blood rushed through my veins, my pulse pounding in my ears. I wanted to gobble her up but again stayed my hand. She pulled back slightly, and I bit my cheek to keep from grabbing that braid and crushing my mouth back to hers.

“Oh, and I forgot to add, no more being a jackass,” she murmured against my lips, and my heart sang.

I fucking adored her.

I chuckled darkly, muttering, “Now that’s one thing I cannot abide,” before snaking that braid around my hand and brushing my lips against hers.

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Author Charyse Allan

Author Charyse Allan

About the Author
Charyse published the first novel of the Valley of Death Series in 2014 and has published four books since. She is working toward her BA in Professional Writing through GCU. Now married to her best friend/high school sweetheart, they live in the sweltering heat of Arizona raising their four kiddos and two Goldens. She’s a bookaholic and chocoholic; her vices keep her sane, but YAH keeps her patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – FOR THE WIN by Raine Thomas

 

Welcome to the book blitz for FOR THE WIN, a standalone adult contemporary sports romance, by Raine Thomas

Welcome to the book blitz for FOR THE WIN, a standalone adult contemporary sports romance, by Raine Thomas. See below for information on the book, buy links, and exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

FOR THE WIN, a standalone adult contemporary sports romance, by Raine Thomas

FOR THE WIN by Raine Thomas

About the Book
Title: FOR THE WIN
Author: Raine Thomas
Release Date: July 25, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
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Synopsis
Determination.

It’s what gets Jasmine Li out of bed every morning. She’s determined to overcome the injury that has derailed her career in ballet, the only love she’s ever known. She can’t afford to allow a baseball player to distract her, no matter how hot and persistent he might be.

Commitment.

Will Campbell defines the word. It’s what makes him a successful pitcher and it’s helping him learn how to be a single dad to a little girl with plenty of trust issues. Just his luck, the one person his daughter—and his heart—finally respond to is a stubborn, sexy ballerina with plans that don’t involve relationships or children.

But Will didn’t become the best closer in the majors by giving up. He knows what he wants and what his daughter needs, and he’s going to get it. Jasmine Li has met her match…and he’s playing for the win.

 

 

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FOR THE WIN, a standalone adult contemporary sports romance, by Raine Thomas

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Excerpt #2
The strains of some kind of classical music reached Will before he entered the room. He didn’t immediately see Katie and Jasmine. When he reached the chair he’d pulled down for himself, he saw them standing at the barre, facing the mirror.

He was pretty sure his eyes nearly plopped out of his head.

Jasmine was performing a standing split. Her long legs, now covered in tights rather than the baggy pants, made one straight vertical line. Her right hand grasped the barre while her left hand grasped her calf in the air, leaving her torso curved in an elegant arch.

“So that’s the second position stretch,” Jasmine said, lowering her leg. “But as I said, that will come later. Our barre work will be much more basic to start.”

She spotted him as he dropped down into his chair. He did his best to close his gaping mouth.

“All done?” she asked.

“Yep.”

Thank God she didn’t ask him anything else. He wasn’t sure he’d be able to find his voice again.

Jesus. She was magnificent.

There was no doubt Jasmine was a beautiful woman. She had dark, lustrous hair, a flawless porcelain complexion, high cheekbones, and almond-shaped brown eyes that hinted at Asian heritage somewhere in the mix. She was lithe and slender, her every movement a study in grace and precision.

And she had fucking killer legs.

Sure, she was beautiful. But now…good lord. Those tights and that leotard showed him just what her baggy clothes had been hiding. Combined with the refinement of her movements, it had his body responding in a completely unexpected way.

Which was crazy, he told himself, since her poise and control were the two traits he had initially disliked about her the most.

Life could sure be ironic.

He shook off his reaction and returned his focus to the lesson, doing his best to look only at Katie. He pulled out his phone and used his camera, both to take pictures and capture some video. His dad was going to want to see them later.

The lesson went over the hour by nearly twenty minutes. Will hadn’t even registered how much time had passed. Having the opportunity to watch his daughter learn something that made her happy had the time passing in a blink.

“I know going through the moves and positions is repetitive,” Jasmine said as she and Katie sat to change their shoes. “But these are building blocks to learning routines.”

Katie nodded sagely. It had Will’s lips twitching in amusement, especially when he observed how she was mimicking Jasmine’s posture and mannerisms.

“It seems you enjoyed yourself, huh, kiddo?” he said, walking over to her and giving her bun a gentle tug.

She smiled and nodded.

“Would you like to do this again?” Jasmine asked her.

Another nod, this one more vigorous.

Jasmine also smiled. The genuineness of it made her attractive on a whole other level. It revealed to him that she wasn’t just polished, poised, and aloof. There was passion inside her just waiting to be ignited.

Five minutes later, he locked Giuseppe’s doors and walked with Jasmine to the back of the Jeep so he could load the barre for her. She reached past him to toss her gym bag into the back and he caught her scent, something lightly floral and utterly feminine that once again made his libido take notice. And when she reached up, untwisted her hair tie, and released her glorious dark hair so it spilled down between her shoulder blades, there was even a moment where he forgot how to breathe.

“Call or text me when you’re ready to schedule another lesson,” she said as she closed the Jeep’s rear hatch.

“Sure,” he managed. Then, remembering he hadn’t paid her, he reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet. He handed her the hundred dollars plus an extra twenty for the additional time she’d given them. “Thanks again for doing this.”

“It was my pleasure.”

He and Katie waved her off and then climbed into his truck to head home. As he started the engine and backed out of the parking spot, he took a moment to reflect on how the lesson had gone.

He had started it with serious reservations about working with Jasmine because he hadn’t thought she would be invested in Katie, and he quite frankly hadn’t liked her very much. Now here he was ninety minutes later, having serious reservations about working with her for the exact opposite reasons.

He wasn’t at all sure what to do about that. When he’d come up with this idea, he’d had some expectation that he’d have to help protect Katie’s heart from being broken if this didn’t work out.

What the hell was he going to do to protect his own?

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Author Raine Thomas

Author Raine Thomas

About the Author
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine has signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE (Rogue Ethereal Series) by Annie Anderson

 

Welcome to the book blitz for QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE, the sixth book in the adult urban fantasy series, Rogue Ethereal, by Annie Anderson

Welcome to the book blitz for QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE, the sixth book in the adult urban fantasy series, Rogue Ethereal, by Annie Anderson. See below for information on the book, buy links, and exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE, the sixth book in the adult urban fantasy series, Rogue Ethereal, by Annie Anderson

QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE (Rogue Ethereal Series #6) by Annie Anderson

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE
Series: Rogue Ethereal Series #6
Author: Annie Anderson
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis
A crown I don’t want. A bargain I can’t take back. A life I refuse to sacrifice.

After four hundred years on my own, one would think I’d be able to walk away and never look back. I’d done it a thousand times before with nary an inkling of guilt. But with my brand new predicament, there is no way I can turn down the offered bargain—not if I want everyone I love to stay alive.

Now, all I have to do is trek through the very realm I nearly died to keep sealed. Sure. Because there’s no way that could go wrong.

Unseelie Court, here I come.

 

 

 

 

 

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QUEEN OF FATES AND FIRE, the sixth book in the adult urban fantasy series, Rogue Ethereal, by Annie Anderson

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Excerpt #2
“Way to be vague, Atropos,” Marcus growled. “What kind of Fate are you? Yeah, let’s just let a whole fucking realm tank and not say anything.”

Then it was Atropos standing in anger, her red hair flying about her head in a halo of rage. I wondered if we should all start standing when we had a grand statement to make. “I do what I can. You know the laws I am bound to. You know, Marcus. So, don’t sit there and tell me I’m doing a shitty job. I’m doing what I freaking can, okay? I’m here, aren’t I?”

“Oh, for fuck’s sake. Settle down. I’ll just talk to him, okay? I’ve done it a couple of times already. I’ll talk to the guy and see if we can get him out of whatever pocket dimension he made for himself, and we’re good, right? Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy and shit.” Yep, I was slurring the shit out of my words, but I had a feeling my message was clear enough. “Then you can give me back my husband, the world won’t end, and things can calm the fuck down.”

I took a little sip of what was left in my cup, and gently set it down on the coffee table. Okay, so I had to close one eye and aim extra careful, but I at least attempted to set it down gently.

Then I snuggled into the blanket and closed my eyes, calling on the element that was as elusive and ephemeral as smoke. Spirit wasn’t like the other elements. Those I could feel all the time here. They were like breathing or my heart beating—they seemed to flow into me without thought. Spirit only wanted to touch me when I was at my lowest, when I didn’t have enough strength to go on. 

Kinda like right now. I felt the pull at my chest, the heat of all the elements filling me, healing me… stealing my damn buzz, but whatever. Then it felt like I was falling for a second, a sensation I hadn’t yet felt while contacting Dušan. 

I opened my eyes, but he wasn’t there. The forest that was blurry at the edges, the night sky that was too close and too far away at the same time, the wooden stump he sat on—those were all there.

But he wasn’t.

Frantic, I called out, “Dušan! Come out. I need you!” 

My eyes swept the tree line for the giant of a man with purple hair and lightning in his eyes. 

But no one came.

Pulling out of the little pocket world took far too much effort, and by the time I made it back to my body, I could tell something was wrong.

Teresa and Andras were holding onto me, forcing my arms to my sides as I thrashed. Also, I was on the floor—that was another clue that something was amiss.

“He isn’t there.”

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Author Annie Anderson

About the Author
Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – MAN DOWN (Rookie Rebels Series) by Kate Meader

 

Welcome to the book blitz for MAN DOWN, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Rookie Rebels, by USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader

Welcome to the book blitz for MAN DOWN, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Rookie Rebels, by USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

MAN DOWN, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Rookie Rebels, by USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader

MAN DOWN (Rookie Rebels Series #3) by Kate Meader

About the Book
Title: MAN DOWN
Series: Rookie Rebels #3
Author: Kate Meader
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
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Synopsis
Gunnar Bond is broken.

Three years ago, he lived through the car crash that took his wife and twins away from him—though “lived” barely describes his current state. Giving up professional hockey, going off grid, and drinking himself into oblivion are his coping mechanisms. Another is texting his dead wife about his days without her. Therapeutic? Doubtful. Crazy?

Definitely. But those messages into the ether are virtually the only thing stopping him from spiraling to even darker places.

Until someone texts back . . .

Sadie Yates is losing it.

Suddenly guardian to a little sister she doesn’t know and a misbehaving hound she’d rather not know at all, she’s had to upend her (sort of) glamorous life in LA and move back to Chicago. The nanny has quit, the money’s running out, and her job is on the line. The last thing she needs is her sister’s hockey camp counselor, a judgmental Viking type, telling her she sucks at this parenting lark. Thank the goddess for her sweet, sensitive, and—fingers crossed—sexy text buddy who always knows the right thing to say. In the same city at last, they can finally see if their online chemistry is mirrored in real life. She just needs to set up a meeting …

A ruined man who claims to have used up all his love is surely a bad bet, but Sadie’s never been afraid of a challenge … even one that might shatter her heart into a million pieces.

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Excerpt #4
Gunnar must be losing his mind. This woman infuriated him, yet he couldn’t stop thinking about her. About her lush curves and bright eyes, that mobile mouth and stubborn chin. A part of the attraction was how much he obviously pissed her off—which was somewhat his fault and somewhat hers. After years of numbness, the novelty of feeling something, anything, was so electrifying that all considerations about the fact he was kissing the wrong person were easily set aside.

The wrong person? Why had he thought that?

Possibly because she wasn’t kissing him back.

Fuck

She wasn’t kissing him back.

He stopped. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

“No?” A question rather than outright agreement.

“This isn’t what you want. I—” He scraped a hand through his hair.

She peered up at him, her eyes big and round as silver moons. No censure, only … confusion. 

“You surprised me. Big time.” Her lips curved into that slayer smile and his heart kicked hard against his rib cage. “I thought you didn’t like me.”

“I don’t.” It was out so fast that it could only be true. “But then like doesn’t have much to do with this, does it?”

“This?”

He waved between them, indicating the this he meant.

“You’re … attracted to me?” Her eyes grew impossibly rounder.

“That is usually why someone kisses someone.”

“But you don’t like me?”

“I don’t know you. To be honest, we seem to rub each other the wrong way.”

“We know why that is. You accused me of being a neglectful guardian and frankly, your apology was not good enough.”

Here we go again. “I apologized, but some people prefer to hold grudges because they enjoy being mad at anyone other than themselves.”

“That’s what you think this is? I’m misplacing my anger and directing it at some poor guy who doesn’t deserve it?”

“Why else would you hold on to it?”

“Clearly because I’m annoyed at wanting you!” Her hand flew to her mouth. “That’s not what I meant to say.”

A pleasant shiver of surprise rolled through him. He had been right. There was something worth pursuing here. “What did you mean to say?”

“That I don’t buy your psychobabble. I can be mad at you for several reasons. I am woman. I contain multitudes.”

He rubbed his mouth, hiding his smile. Sadie Yates was going to be a lot of fun. Only that’s what he’d thought about Angel, who had ignored the couple of texts he’d sent her.

Sadie reared up on tip-toes, all fire and indignation, and pushed at his chest. “Don’t you dare laugh at me.”

“Why not? You’re being funny right now.”

“I’m not. I don’t even like you and …” Her brow furrowed. “I want to.”

“You want to? Why?” A weird statement and a weirder question, but he needed to know.

“It’s like when everyone reads the latest New York Times bestseller and loves it, but you’re all ‘who cares? Why are people loving this junk?’”

Comparisons with junk. Definitely on brand. “So you’re wondering why your opinion of me is so out of step with the masses. Maybe because you like to go against the grain to be contrary.”

“Maybe because I have taste. As far as I can see, you’re a judgmental dick who happens to be tall and bearded. That’s all you have going for you. Unreasonable height and killer facial hair!”

“Poor me.” He felt another smile coming on. “Sadie?”

“What?”

He stepped in closer. “You don’t have to like me. You don’t have to think what everyone else does. Half the time, I can’t tell if people are being nice to me because they like me or because I’m a famous hockey player or because I have a sad backstory that invites pity.”

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MAN DOWN, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Rookie Rebels, by USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader

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Author Kate Meader

Author Kate Meader

About the Author
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – INHERENT FATE (Blood Secrets Series) by Alicia Anthony

 

Welcome to the book blitz for INHERENT FATE, the first book in the adult psychological suspense series, Blood Secrets, by Alicia Anthony

Welcome to the book blitz for INHERENT FATE, the first book in the adult psychological suspense series, Blood Secrets, by Alicia Anthony. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

INHERENT FATE, the first book in the adult psychological suspense series, Blood Secrets, by Alicia Anthony

INHERENT FATE (Blood Secrets Series #3) by Alicia Anthony

About the Book
Title:
INHERENT FATE
Series: Blood Secrets Series #3
Author: Alicia Anthony
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Adult Psychological Suspense
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Synopsis
A discarded asset stripped of her identity…

An emotionally scarred ex-agent…

An innocent life hanging in the balance…

Who would you trust if the world was out to get you?

Losing Liv Sullivan in a Bureau operation gone bad turned ex-agent Ridge McCaffrey into a broken man. So when fate reunites him with the woman he thought was dead, he’ll risk anything to make her part of his life again.

Liv Sullivan returned to the States with two goals: end the FBI’s corrupt GenLink psychic intelligence program and reclaim the life it stole from her. But when the case against GenLink exposes a threat against Ridge’s son, the cost becomes too great. Refusing to destroy more lives, she leaves Ridge, and the chance to reclaim her identity, behind.

But as a new generation of GenLink closes in, once-trusted allies become enemies, and long-buried secrets threaten.

Can Liv and Ridge end GenLink before echoes of the past destroy their future?

Inherent Fate is the compelling third installment in the Blood Secrets psychological suspense series. For fast-paced, emotionally intense story lines that keep you up past your bedtime, and intricate plots laced with romance, this award-winning series is for you.

Book 3 of 3. Series is best enjoyed in sequence.

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Excerpt #2

“What if my grandmother’s right?”

Ridge’s eyes skimmed mine, all wary hesitation.

The heaviness in my chest weighed on me, making normal breath difficult. I sucked in a lungful of the sweet farm air, my heart pounding. My grandmother’s loopy scrawls at the bottom of the typewritten page burned into my memory. I repeated the scrawl. “Offspring viability uncertain. If she’s right, what does that mean for us? Our future?”

Ridge and I had only ever talked about having a family in passing. We’d never been stable enough to give it serious thought. But coming back to Cascade Hills, starting over, made space for the conversation.

Ridge turned me to face him. “We don’t know what that means. No matter what, it doesn’t change how I feel about you.”

“What if it changes how I feel about me?”

The vibrant blue of Ridge’s eyes set against the reddish-purple bruise across the bridge of his nose was more than I could take. That injury was only one of many he’d endured during our time together, and no matter what excuse he gave, I knew this one was a direct result of not telling him about my last minute flight change.

“I’m twenty-nine years old.”

Ridge smiled. “Not for four months.”

“If I can’t have kids,” I whispered, “can you live with that?”

A hard vacuum of silence sucked at the space between us. I forced my eyes up slowly, dragging over his body until I reached his face.

“What kind of question is that?” Hurt stretched across Ridge’s features.

“You used to talk about it. I don’t want to be the reason–”

“The reason I get to spend the rest of my life with the woman I love? The reason I can fall asleep at night and for the first time in seven months, really sleep? I love you, Liv. Not some idealized version of a maybe future. But you. Here. Today.”

“Say that again.” Water lapped at the lakeshore in the distance. 

He stepped forward slowly. Gravel crunched under the soles of his shoes as he reached for me. “I love you, Liv. Only you.”

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INHERENT FATE, the first book in the adult psychological suspense series, Blood Secrets, by Alicia Anthony

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Author Alicia Anthony

Author Alicia Anthony

About the Author
Alicia Anthony’s first novels were illegible scribbles on the back of her truck driver father’s logbook trip tickets. Having graduated from scribbles to laptop, she now pens novels of psychological suspense in the quiet of the wee morning hours. A full-time elementary school Literacy Specialist, Alicia hopes to pass on her passion for books and writing to the students she teaches.

A two time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill Award winner, Alicia finds her inspiration in exploring the dark, dusty corners of the human experience. Alicia is a graduate of Spalding University’s School of Creative & Professional Writing (MFA), Ashland University (M.Ed.) and THE Ohio State University (BA). Go Bucks! She lives in rural south-central Ohio with her amazingly patient and supportive husband, incredibly understanding teenage daughter, two dogs, three horses, a plethora of both visiting and resident barn cats, and some feral raccoons who have worn out their welcome.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Alicia loves to travel and experience new places. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @AliciaAnthonyBooks. She’d love to hear from you!

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE ART OF SERENDIPITY by Karen Anne

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE ART OF SERENDIPITY, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Karen Anne

Welcome to the book blitz for THE ART OF SERENDIPITY, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Karen Anne. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE ART OF SERENDIPITY, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Karen Anne

THE ART OF SERENDIPITY by Karen Anne

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE ART OF SERENDIPITY
Author: Karen Anne
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Lorelei Parker has her dream job teaching AP English at an elite prep school on the upper east side. Between her love of literature & moderating the school drama club, Lorelei is more than content. But when her star student is caught with drugs and expelled, Lorelei discovers life is about to become as complicated as one of her books.

When a call from his ex-wife alerts him that his son has just been kicked out of the prestigious Astley Academy, Jack Flynn’s quiet life on his ranch in North Carolina is uprooted. Not knowing how to fix Brodie’s shattered senior year, he takes his son under his wing, hoping life on the ranch and some hard work will be a way to reach the son he feels he’s lost.

The last thing Lorelei expected was an email from Jack Flynn asking her advice on how to help his son, Brodie. So begins an email exchange between the two that unlocks a secret, a way to get Brodie back on track, and a budding romance that can only be described as serendipity.

 

 

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Excerpt #2

On the home screen, I clicked on a tab called History of Flynn farms. An old black and white photograph of Brodie’s great-grandfather and his brother appeared. I scrolled down some more, and by the 1970s, there was another picture of two men. One I assumed was Brodie’s grandfather.

I continued to scroll until a I found a new picture. This one was taken probably a decade ago, but my heart gave a little jolt at the caption. Jack and Chris Flynn, current owners of Flynn Ranchers are the third generation to run the ranch. I clicked on the image to open it in another window. I swallowed as it appeared, and I was able to really see Jack for the first time. 

He was very handsome with honey-colored hair and bright green eyes. Even from the picture I could tell that he had a strong, broad build. The brothers were standing in between two horses, their hands on the reins. I was unable to tear my eyes away from Jack’s. I never expected him to look like this. I had hoped—but I didn’t know why. It’s not like anything could ever happen. Too many states lay between us.

“Oh! Who’s that?” Megan walked past and got a glimpse of my screen. “Oh! Are you looking for strippers for my bachelorette party, because originally I was going to say hell no, but if you can secure that, I’m down for a cowboy theme.” She handed me a cup of coffee. 

“Sorry, no stripper.” She sat beside me and took a sip from her own mug. 

“So, who is he?”

“That’s Jack Flynn.”

“Jack Flynn…” Her eyes grew wide as she made the connection. “Jack? The dad you have a weird pen-pal relationship with Jack?”

“Yeah. That’s him.” My words came out rather breathless. I still couldn’t believe this was the man on the other side of those emails.

“Did you know he looked like that?”

“Uh… no.. I mean, Brodie, his son, is a handsome kid, but this is not at all what I expected. This is—”

Megan plopped down on the floor next to my chair. “What fantasies are made of.”

“Pretty much.”

“Well, what are you going to say in your next email? You should totally suggest meeting. Say you always wanted to ride a horse or something like that.”

“They have horseback lessons in New York. I think it would be a bit obvious if I showed up at his ranch for a casual lesson.”

It was clear Megan wasn’t listening to my reason. She was too busy fanning herself. “Promise me if you ever get together, you do it in the barn, like bang it out in the hay.”

“I don’t think he has a barn.”

“What’s that in the background, then?” She pointed to the picture. 

“I think it’s a stable.”

Megan rolled her eyes. “Same thing.”

“Not really. A barn is more like a storage unit.”

Megan swung me around in my swivel chair by my knees so I’d be face to face with her. “Stop being a walking dictionary for once and listen to me. I’m off the market, but you’re not. You need to live for every girl out there who has ever had a cowboy fantasy.”

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Author Karen Anne

Author Karen Anne

About the Author
aren Anne was writing before she could read. As a toddler, she sat with a book in her hands and made up the stories, eager for the day when she’d find out if it all truly ended in happily ever after. Karen still determines the destiny of other people’s lives, but this time, the characters are her own.

She is a Contemporary Romance author who lives in New York.

Coffee drinker by day, wine enthusiast by night, she loves cats and deeply misses 90’s grunge.

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE DECEPTION INCIDENT (The Incident Series) by Marla Holt

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE DECEPTION INCIDENT, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Incident, by Marla Holt

Welcome to the book blitz for THE DECEPTION INCIDENT, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Incident, by Marla Holt. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE DECEPTION INCIDENT, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Incident, by Marla Holt

THE DECEPTION INCIDENT (The Incident Series #2) by Marla Holt

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE DECEPTION INCIDENT
Series: The Incident Series #2
Author: Marla Holt
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Her life is stabilizing and his is spiraling while they both keep secrets.

Minnie Halvarson moved to Kansas to start over. She wanted to be anonymous, live a simple life, and heal from her past. When Bryant Wilder walks into her bookstore, she thinks she’s hit the boyfriend jackpot. What more could she want than a tall, bookish man who worships her?

Until Minnie finds out he’s dating mega pop star, Van Birch and cuts all ties with him.

Bryant Wilder is a humble Kansas contractor by day and Van Birch’s fake boyfriend whenever she needs him to bel. At first Bryant is happy to do it, but after five years, he is tired of dodging paparazzi and keeping his hookups on the down low.

Bryant wants more.

Who he wants is Minnie. But she won’t even look at him.

Now Van is back in Wellville, and has adopted Minnie into their friend group, Bryant is just as smitten with her as ever. Maybe if she hadn’t just had a baby, he’d actually have a chance.

The Deception Incident is the second book in the Incident Series. Dig into this steamy, instalove, secret baby romance with a guaranteed happily ever after by Marla Holt.

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Excerpt #3
Clay and Bryant had shown up to the opening, just as Bryant had promised. When they arrived near the end of the day, they looked dusty and cold, like they came straight from the jobsite. Rocco was already talking to them by the time Minnie spotted them, but it took her another few minutes to make her way over. When she did arrive, Rocco slung his arm around Minnie’s shoulder, tugging his arm tight like he was about to pull her into a headlock.

“The place looks fantastic,” Clay said. “Congratulations, Minnie.”

Minnie had attempted to thank him, but Rocco had spoken over her, “My girl has put in a lot of work, but we can’t thank you two enough for the bookshelves.”

Clay broke into a genuine smile. “I’ve been meaning to ask. Do you mind if I come in sometime and take photographs for our business portfolio?”

“Whenever you like,” Minnie said. “It would be an honor.”

Clay flashed her a sideways grin, and Bryant elbowed him in the ribs, and Minnie thought it was a cute exchange. Bryant had told her about Clay’s sideways grin and how he used it to slay women. She appreciated being a part of their teasing. 

It made her feel included. Like maybe someday she could be one of them.

An alert went off on Clay’s phone. He puffed out his cheeks and let out a long-suffering sigh as he flipped it off. “We have to get going, or we’re going to miss our plane,” he said by way of apology.

Bryant only grinned at her, still not saying anything, and Minnie was beginning to understand that he didn’t do well in groups. She understood. She’d been much worse when she was younger, and she still hid sometimes when she needed a moment to herself. But she wanted him to be as effusive as he was with her in private. She wanted him to wrap his arms around her and kiss her and tell her how amazing her party was, because she’d worked so hard on it. 

But he didn’t, and Minnie didn’t understand why. There were no paparazzi around. And the reporters who had been there had left hours before.

Clay shook her hand, and when Bryant stepped forward to do the same thing, he bent as if he meant to kiss her cheek, but Rocco pulled her into his chest and out of Bryant’s reach.

“Have fun in California,” Rocco said.

Bryant frowned before his face turned to stone.

“Yes, good luck,” Minnie said. “Stop by when you get back.”

When they were gone, Minnie wrenched herself out of her cousin’s arms and whispered, “What the fuck was that about?” low enough that none of the customers heard her.

Rocco still watched the door where Bryant and Clay had just exited. “How much do you know about that guy?” he asked.

“Who, Bryant?”

Rocco gave her a look that told her not to play stupid. “We’re getting to know each other.”

“And how much do you know about Van Birch?”

Minnie shrugged. “She’s from here. She and Bryant went to high school together. She’s Clay’s sister, and I know a few of her songs.”

“You’ve never watched the show?” Rocco asked.

“No, have you?”

Rocco shrugged, and though his face remained somber, color rose to his dusky cheeks. “Everyone around here watches the show, Mins.”

“Okay. What are you trying to say?”

“I’m saying that those two look like home-grown Kansas, and maybe they really have construction business in California, but they’re probably also going to film the next episode of Pop Star.”

“Sure,” Minnie said, not sure what she was missing.

“I don’t trust the Hollywood types,” Rocky said. “And I don’t think you should either.”

“Bryant’s not going to hurt me,” Minnie said.

Rocco’s eyebrows disappeared beneath his hairline. “How well have you gotten to know him?” he asked. Then his eyes narrowed as his expression tightened into a scowl. “Have you slept with him?”

Minnie felt herself go scarlet. She and Rocco had never really talked about their sex lives. She’d introduced him to one or two of her boyfriends over the years, and she’d met some of the women he’d dated, but that was about as far as it had ever gone. 

Rocco sighed and pulled her into a hug, finishing with a kiss on her cheek. “Watch the show, Mins.”

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Author Marla Holt

Author Marla Holt

About the Author
Marla Holt believes in second chances, romance, and the radical notion that everyone deserves a happily every after. She’s living her own fairy tale, writing contemporary romance novels in her Kansas farmhouse with her husband, three boys, three cats, and flock of imaginary sheep.

 

 

 

 

 

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