Book Blitz – Playlist + Giveaway – LOST BASTARD (Dark Sparrow) by India Kells

LOST BASTARD Book Blitz

Welcome to the blog tour for LOST BASTARD, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, Dark Sparrow, by India Kells. See below for information on the book, buy links, the book’s playlist, and details on her giveaway.

LOST BASTARD (Dark Sparrow #1) by India Kells

LOST BASTARD (Dark Sparrow #1) by India Kells

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: LOST BASTARD
Series: Dark Sparrow
Author: India Kells
Release Date: March 10, 2018
Genre:
Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU 

Synopsis
Deva Landry is relieved to be rescued from the MC princess life. But now the angel who saved her is back to collect payment.

The cost? Deva is assigned to babysit bad-boy cage fighter Aleksei Voronov, forcing her back into the murky underworld of Chicago. Prepared for the worst, she’s shocked to uncover a kindred spirit, a wounded soul like hers. Chaos strikes and the two are thrown together on an impromptu mission to stop a city-wide massacre.

Deva’s always prepared for battle, but can she overcome the burning desire for the inked deviant who represents everything she thought she left behind?

 

 

 

 

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Here are a few tracks that inspired me to write Lost Bastard, enjoy! 😊

Heaven Julia Michaels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shHTYg-rOAg

Every Breath You Take by Chase Holfelder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oToFkeC0a4s

Writing’s On the Wall by Sam Smith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jzDnsjYv9A

New Rules by Dua Lipa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2qgadSvNyU

Is It Too Much That I’m Asking For by Tep No
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfP5JYsgEm0

Remember Me by Ivan Torrent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR3E9VzPDnU

Bluebird by Luca Fogale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQUJAtHMOPM

Nothing Else Matters by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSSa0-oAnIo

Dusk Till Dawn by ZAYN and Sia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k8PGm-TI

River by Eminen and Ed Sheeran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfWIs2gFTAM

Burning Bridges by Ludacris and Jason Aldean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIgK6VcqBIc

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Author India Kells

Author India Kells

About the Author
India Kells is a romantic suspense and paranormal romance author with many books under her pen. Her love for strong female characters, wicked alpha males and tense situations, where villains and danger are lurking nearby, help her weave captivating stories that will leave you breathless and wanting for more.

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Where to find India Kells
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | Facebook GroupTwitter | InstagramPinterest | Amazon | BookBub

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – AVALANCHE (BearPaw Resort) by Cambria Hebert

AVALANCHE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for AVALANCHE, the first book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, BearPaw Resort, by award-winning author, Cambria Hebert. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

AVALANCHE (BearPaw Resort #1) by Cambria Hebert

AVALANCHE (BearPaw Resort #1) by Cambria Hebert

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
AVALANCHE
Series: BearPaw Resort #1
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Don’t get caught in the surge.

Through a bullet hole in a wall, I watch a man bleed to death. Those responsible think their crime died with the victim, until I identify them. What’s a girl to do when she’s being hunted by murderers witness protection can’t even stop?

Run.

My only refuge is a place I vowed to never go again. When it’s do or die, an eight-year-old heartache suddenly seems trivial. Besides, he won’t be there anyway. But he is.

Turns out my old pain feels brand new the second his eyes meet mine. I can’t leave. I can’t stay. This snowy town that’s supposed to be my shelter suddenly exposes me more than before.

With no one else to lean on, Liam becomes my lifeline. Now we’re both running for our lives, trying not to get swept away.

 

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Excerpt
Bellamy
Breathing was something my body forgot how to do. An automatic action that suddenly became something so very complicated.

Liam,” I said, the word low and strained. It used up the very last bit of my oxygen.

His hands flexed again, still holding on to my arms.

That was the problem. The reason my lungs were burning and my sight was blurred. He was touching me.

I wrenched away, nearly tripping. He reached to steady me again, but I made a strangled sound, and he stopped.

The second there was some precious space between us, I sucked in a ragged breath. Then another.

“You’re here,” he rasped.

“You weren’t supposed to be.”

He smiled. Oh, why did he have to do that? The dimple in his chin appeared, and my knees started to shake.

Eight years. Even after eight years, he still reduced me to putty.

“Thought about me, did you?”

Every. Single. Day.

“Of course not.” I drew myself up, wrapping my arms around my body. Oh God, I looked a mess. I was dressed like a homeless person…

Oh God, I was a homeless person.

And I’d come here.

This was a very, very bad choice.

He stepped forward, and I took a step back. Liam frowned, and my eyes raked over his face, taking in his features, noting the way he’d changed over the years.

He was bigger now. So much bigger. His hair wasn’t as long as it used to be. Eight years ago, it was so long he could pull it into a short ponytail at the base of his neck. He said he liked it that way because it drove his father crazy. Now it was shorter on the sides but still long enough to run your fingers through.

His jaw was more chiseled. Light-colored hair filled it out, defined it even more. And his eyes.

Oh, his eyes.

till the same stormy gray, the same depths I could get lost in for hours. They were wiser now. Almost more hawk-like, as if he could penetrate even my deepest of secrets with that stare.

The trembling in my knees moved to my hands. I stood there staring at him, unable to speak, looking like a homeless woman and trembling like a mouse caught out in the cold.

“Is your father with you?” he asked.

The words were like a knife right to my chest. I actually winced when he said them.

After my throat worked, I managed to reply. “Um, no. I’m alone.”

He frowned. He was starting to see something wasn’t right. He would know if I stood in front of him any longer.

There was something about Liam Mattison that managed to strip me bare.

I thought it had been because I was sixteen. But here I was at the age of twenty-four, and I knew it hadn’t been my age.

It was him.

“Ms. Lane,” the concierge spoke from somewhere behind. “I spoke to the manager, and I’m sorry, but there isn’t anything we can—”

I spun. “It’s okay!” I cut him off instantly, wishing I could have done it sooner.

“Manager?” Liam wondered from behind.

Of course he’d heard.

The man glanced behind me, his eyes widening a fraction.

“What’s this about a manager, Kenny?”

His eyes flickered to me, and I shook my head, begging him to shut up.

“Who runs this place?” Liam snapped.

I gasped. “You run BearPaw now?”

“Yes,” Liam replied with all the confidence in the world.

“What about your father?” Kenny wondered behind us.

“Why did you need a manager?” Liam asked, ignoring what he said.

“I… ah…” I began, then went for my bag I’d dropped on the floor. “I should be going.”

“Like hell,” Liam growled, grabbing my arm again. His hold was firm, but it didn’t hurt.

And damn if I stopped breathing again.

“Please don’t touch me.” I gasped.

Liam frowned but let go. “Stay,” he ordered.

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Author Cambria Hebert

Author Cambria Hebert

About the Author
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Where to find Cambria Hebert
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – CALLAN (Uncompromising) by Sybil Bartel

CALLAN Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for CALLAN, the fifth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Uncompromising, by Sybil Bartel, releasing March 26, 2018. See below for information on the book and series, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

CALLAN (Uncompromising #5) by Sybil Bartel

CALLAN (Uncompromising #5) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: CALLAN
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre:
Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order.*.

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Excerpt #3
He tipped his chin toward my back seat. “You have a child carrier.”

I took a moment to digest the way he spoke. I couldn’t imagine growing up on a compound, let alone never having gone to school. “I’m a nanny.” I glanced at his clenched fists. “And a student.”

“Nanny?” The word sounded odd coming out of his mouth.

“Yes. I babysit a four-year-old boy while his mother works.” I’d shamelessly googled River Ranch after he’d left. While there was no mention of him or his name in any of the articles, they all painted a frighteningly bleak picture of a group of followers that were more prisoners, than believers.

Callan’s gaze traveled to my hips. “Does that satisfy you?”

My stomach fluttered, at his intense stare, at the sound of the word satisfy passing his full lips, but holy shit, I needed to get a grip. If the articles were to be believed, this man grew up with no schooling, with liberal access to any female on the compound, whether she was willing or not, and with more weapons than a military ammunitions storage.

I swallowed. “Um, well, it’s a paycheck, and the boy is sweet.” And I loved it a thousand times more than nursing school, but being a nanny wasn’t gainful, long-term employment.

Still standing in the shadows, the line between his eyebrows deepened. “Who tends to you?”

Tends? “I’m an adult. I don’t need anyone to look after me. I work and I pay my own—”

“What man takes care of you?” he interrupted, demanding an answer I didn’t have.

My mouth opened, but nothing came out. His change in behavior, his attitude, it should’ve been a red flag. His tone was a one-eighty from when he’d left, and I wasn’t sure I understood even a fraction of it, but I felt it. Like you feel a warm sunray slowly travel across your body, heating where it touches until it’s too hot to stand. If I was smart, I would’ve gotten in my car and driven away, but I didn’t.

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Get caught up on the series:

Book 1: TALON
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Book 2: NEIL
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Book 3: ANDRE
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Book 4: BENNETT
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About the Author
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon. Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

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

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

Where to Find Sybil Bartel
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Book BoyfriendsTwitter | Amazon

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – ALIEN RETRIBUTION (Zerconian Warriors) by Sadie Carter

ALIEN RETRIBUTION Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for ALIEN RETRIBUTION, the thirteenth book in the adult science fiction romance, Zerconian Warriors, by Sadie Carter. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ALIEN RETRIBUTION (Zerconian Warriors #13) by Sadie Carter

ALIEN RETRIBUTION (Zerconian Warriors #13) by Sadie Carter

About the Book
Title: ALIEN RETRIBUTION
Series: Zerconian Warriors #13
Author: Sadie Carter
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Since the day his family was murdered, Boris has been obsessed with vengeance. The last thing he needs in his life is a mate. Besides, what sort of female would want a scarred, crippled male who has taken a vow of silence? Nope, there is no room in his life for a female.
Then he meets Nassir.

Beautiful. Fragile. Distant. He wants to break through the barriers she keeps erecting to discover the real woman inside. Which might be easier if he wasn’t constantly pulling her out of danger.

On the run, hunted, and alone, Nassir knows she only has herself to rely on.

Until Boris comes back into her life. The dark one. The silent, watchful bodyguard whose gaze heats her from the inside out and whose touch drives her insane.

If only she knew whether he truly cared about her or just enjoyed kissing her. Then she might find the sort of happiness she’d been searching for her whole life.

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Excerpt #1
“No! Get away from her!” She forced herself to her feet, plastering a fierce look on her face, trying to ignore the weakness invading her body. She pointed away from them. “Go! Get away.”

“But ssshe tasste ssso good.”

Oh no. No way.

She took a step closer to the creature. “She does not taste good. She tastes like fresh flooga poop.” And Nassir should know how bad that tasted.

“I think I’ve just been insulted.” Nassir made the mistake of moving her gaze off the creature to Zoey as the other woman sat, holding her hand to her head with a groan. “I know you’re just trying to defend me, but really? Flooga poo? God, I have a killer headache. Hope I had an amazing good night to go with this thumping headache. Too much Sola?”

Suddenly, Nassir realized that rather than moving on, the creature had decided to try his luck and lick Zoey again while Nassir’s attention was elsewhere.

“Eww, gross. Bad lizard, bad!” Zoey smacked her hand against the tongue. “Bad boy! Zoey is not a treat! Zoey is a person and she doesn’t like to be licked. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true, but an Empress isn’t allowed to be crude.”

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About the Author
Best selling author, Sadie wanted to blend her love of writing, Sci-Fi (why did they cancel Firefly – sobs) and sexy, dominant males. If you’d like to keep up with any updates, she has a Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/sadiecarterauthor/

Sign up to her newsletter (http://eepurl.com/bQPcI5) and receive a FREE NOVELLA set in the Zerconian Warriors world, you’ll also receive information about new releases, excerpts from upcoming books and deleted scenes.

Where to Sadie Carter
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – DIRTY BLUE (Dirty Justice) by N.E. Henderson

DIRTY BLUE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for DIRTY BLUE, the first book in the new adult romantic suspense series, Dirty Justice, by N.E. Henderson. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

DIRTY BLUE (Dirty Justice #1) by N.E. Henderson

DIRTY BLUE (Dirty Justice #1) by N.E. Henderson

About the Book
Title: DIRTY BLUE
Series: Dirty Justice #1
Author: N.E. Henderson
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre:
 New Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
D R A G O   A C E R B I

I’ve known his name a long time. You’d have to live under a rock not to know of the heartless and cruel reputation the Acerbi family has established. They are monsters cloaked in suits and ties, or so my colleagues in blue have said. Being on the job, you quickly learn to watch your back, trust no one, and as much as I hate to admit this, sometimes that includes a fellow badge.

But to want to kill your own child for being born? Now that’s monstrous. Unjust. And something I will not stand for. I’ll take him down before I allow an innocent to be harmed.

Even if that means not only taking on the most dangerous family in Southern California but bringing down the drug lord they’re in bed with too.

 

 

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Excerpt
“Bri?” a deep voice, I easily recognize, calls my name.

I glance over to see Jase Teller standing with his arms crossed over his large chest, with an easy-going Shane Thornton standing next to him. Jase, Nikki’s boyfriend, always looks mad. I’ve come to learn that, and I’m used to it now.

Shane nods, his warm chocolate eyes that match his skin, silently greeting me. He’s one of Jase’s friends, a fellow MMA fighter who I also see regularly at Knocked Out.

“You can come with us.” Jase glances at Drago then back to me.

Drago’s hand wraps firmly around the inside of my leg just above the knee before I’m able to reply, telling Jase I’ll head back there shortly. What I didn’t expect was to clamp down on Drago’s hand due to the current of electricity that his touch sends straight to my vagina.

His eyes snap to mine just briefly then glances down where my legs are squeezing his hand. A smirk forms on his lips as if reading my mind, before turning his head toward Jase.

“Did she say she wanted to go with you?”

“I wasn’t talking to you, Acerbi. Let’s go, Bri.”

Drago turns back to me then leans close to my ear.

“Leave now,” he starts to whisper so only I can hear him, while at the same time running his hand higher up my thigh, “and the only time I’ll willingly meet with you and answer your questions is with my lawyer present.”

I have to bite the inside of my cheek so my breathing doesn’t become labored from his touch and the feel of his breath in my ear.

What the hell is wrong with me and why does this feel so good?

I haven’t had sex or any male attention in a while—that’s all this is, I justify to myself. After all, I’m investigating this man for drug smuggling and conspiracy to commit murder.

Except you don’t believe that girl’s story for a minute.

“Brianna,” Jase’s demanding voice drags me from my thoughts.

“I’ll . . .” Shit, my voice is breathy. “I’ll be back there shortly. Tell Nikki I’m having a drink with a friend . . . friends.” I look at Luca and smile, but it quickly fades.

“Good girl,” he whispers.

What the fuck did he just say to me?

I turn, giving him my best “back the hell off” look. He laughs. So I kick him in the shin with my heel and smile back at him while his jaw locks from the pain.

Jase and Shane don’t stick around. They turn, heading toward the back where Nikki told me they’d be—where I should be. I have no business talking to Drago while not on duty.

I look at him.

“Do I look like a girl to you?” I don’t wait for his answer. Don’t really care what it is. “Maybe you have some type of little girl fantasy, but I can assure you I’m not that little girl. And for the record, I’m a year older than you. If anyone’s the little one in this case, it’d be you.”

Rico has perfect timing. My Whiskey and soda shows up in front of me, so I gladly take it from him before he’s able to set it on the table, and then I take a sip.

Luca throws his head back and starts to pretend bawl.

“Bro, can I keep her? She’s more badass than you.” Luca smiles as he looks back and forth between Drago and me.

I think I like Drago’s brother better than him. He’s light-hearted. That’s easy to tell, and he seems fun.

“Why are you even here?”

Drago finally removes his hand from between my legs, but he’s slow about it, drawing his palm across my bare skin.

“Regretting making me stay, are ya?” I tease.

He shakes his head. “I didn’t make you do anything. You made the choice to stay in that seat.”

“It’s called coerced.”

I watch him as I finish my drink off. Damn, it’s good. And it goes down way too smooth. It’s been far too long since whiskey and I have made friends.

“So, you’re Robert Andrews’ daughter?” Drago cocks his head to the side.

“I’m outta here.”

We both turn to see Luca stand and stretch.

“You heading home?” Drago asks his brother, his voice taking on a softer tone.

“Nah.” He smiles that cute smile of his. “I think I’ll swing by Mia’s first.” His eyebrows dance up and down, telling me exactly what he’s going there to get.

“You sure that’s a good idea, Luca?” he sighs. Drago’s concerned tone makes me sit up a little straighter.

“Yeah, it’s cool.” Luca seems to brush whatever it is they’re talking about off then he looks at me. “You know, he’s really not as bad as you think he is.”

“Whoever said I thought he was bad?” What’s Drago told his brother, I wonder?

Luca shrugs his shoulders then takes off, leaving the two of us alone together.

Eventually, Drago lets out another, yet, larger sigh before finishing off his drink then signaling for the waiter.

“Bring us both another,” he says as Rico passes.

A few minutes pass with me staring at the side of Drago’s face, watching him stare out into the crowd of people around us—or maybe not staring at anything at all. And the weird thing is, I wish I knew what he was thinking right now.

Rico places our drinks down in front of us before quickly making himself scarce.

Eventually, he blows a long breath of air out before turning to face me. His eyes are hiding his thoughts. Not many people can mask their feelings from me but he’s doing a damn good job of it.

“Look, Acerbi,” Nikki’s voice catches us both off guard. “I don’t know why she’s talking to you. I guess maybe it’s none of my business except she’s my friend and you need to know that. My friend. Do anything she doesn’t like—hurt her—I’ll cut off your fucking balls and make you eat them. Are we clear on that?”

“I’m clear on the fact that you just threatened me in front of a cop.”

“Good thing I have selective hearing.” I quickly pull my glass to my lips and down my drink, not believing that actually came out of my mouth. I really have to leave this table.

Drago’s head whips around, giving me an angry glare. I don’t cower, and I’m not about to start now. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but I did. Oh, well, he doesn’t scare me. Guess he doesn’t scare Nikki either.

“Bri, babe, why aren’t you hanging with me? Do you not remember our convo from this morning?” Her lips tip. “I’m on a mission tonight.”

“What mission is that, Lockhart?”

“None of your business.” She turns her strikingly blue eyes on me. “C’mon already. Time’s a wastin’.”

Oh, fuck me. I’m so not sleeping with anyone tonight. Let alone someone I’ll only have known a couple of hours at best. I’m here to unwind with a couple of drinks and hopefully some good conversation.

I have to admit though, the last half hour has been . . . not awful. Definitely interesting. Maybe even I dare say—fun.

If this is what fun has come to—me conversing with a man I have no business talking to—then maybe Nikki is right. Maybe I do need a one-night stand.

Yeah . . . no.

“Well”—his palm tickles my knee sending shivers up and down my leg—“she can’t run off with you yet. She promised me a dance.” His head rolls toward me. “Didn’t you, detective?” A slow smile forms on his face like he’s won something.

He doesn’t look like the type that dances, so I’ll play his game.

“Yes, I did!” He raises an eyebrow at my mock-enthusiasm. Placing my hand over his, I squeeze as hard as I can while I gaze up at Nikki. “I’ll be a little longer. I’ll come find you when I finish spending time with the big bad wolf here.”

“Oh, baby,” he laughs. “I’m not a piss-ant little wolf.” Leaning over, his lips brush against my ear. “I’m the motherfucking fire-breathing dragon in this story.” His voice is meant to scare me. But the seduction laced in his tone only scorches my insides.

In an attempt to make sure he doesn’t know how he affects me, I roll my eyes at his lame comeback.

“Yeah . . . I’ll leave you guys to that.” Nikki turns, leaving us alone again.

“So, I promised you a dance.” I turn my head, facing him. I can’t help but glance down at those full lips that grace his mouth. “Let’s go, dragon man.”

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Author N.E. Henderson

Author N.E. Henderson

About the Author
N. E. Henderson is the author of sexy, contemporary romance. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading or in her Maverick playing in the dirt. Nancy was born and raised in Mississippi where she currently lives with her husband, son, and their Bull Terrier, Xena.

 

 

 

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Where to find N.E. Henderson
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – NOCTURNE (Nightmusic Trilogy) by Heather McKenzie

NOCTURNE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for NOCTURNE, the second book in the young adult romance/mystery series, The Nightmusic Trilogy, by Heather McKenzie. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

NOCTURNE (Nightmusic Trilogy #2) by Heather McKenzie

NOCTURNE (Nightmusic Trilogy #2) by Heather McKenzie

About the Book
Title: NOCTURNE
Series: The Nightmusic Trilogy #2
Author: Heather McKenzie
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre:
 Young Adult Romance/Mystery/Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
I am hunted.
A pawn in a vicious game.
The only way I can protect the ones I love…
…is to disappear.

Finally free of her father, Kaya has the one thing that keeps her heart beating—Luke.

Blissfully content in his arms, everything seems perfect…until their world is shattered by a deadly invasion. When an old ally comes to the rescue, Kaya wants none of it. She is devastated to learn the identity of her attacker, and that she must do something truly heartbreaking if she wants to save the ones she loves. Sacrificing everything and sinking into bottomless sorrow, Kaya finds solace in an unlikely friend—one who shows her a different kind of love, and helps her discover an inner strength she never thought possible.

A heart-pounding journey of self-discovery, Nocturne is the transformative second installment of The Nightmusic Trilogy by Heather McKenzie.

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Excerpt
I flew out the door into the cool night, took four steps, then stopped—the latest enlightening news about my father had sent me over the edge. Tears burst from my eyes. The last shred of hope I’d been hanging onto that Henry wasn’t all bad had been completely obliterated; he was an actual monster.

I dropped to the curb and put my head in my hands. The rain started falling, lightly dusting my shoulders at first, then becoming a downpour just to add to my misery. I became soaked head to toe, but I didn’t care. I stayed where I was, wishing the rain would melt me into a puddle that would drain into the gutter and then just disappear into the earth…

“You left something in my truck,” said a voice from out of nowhere.

At the edge of my vision was Ben, rain coming down even harder now and pouring off his cowboy hat in rivers. He was holding out a paper bag, which was now soaked. It was the muffin I hadn’t eaten.

“I didn’t want it to go to waste,” he added, eyeing me with concern, then glancing at the café window where I could feel many sets of eyes on my back.

I dropped my gaze back to the gutter. My body didn’t want to move, and I still held out hope that the rain might just wash me away. Ben said something, and then he hauled me up and turned me to face him. He lifted my chin, and I had no choice but to meet his eyes. The rain plastered my hair to my face, mixing with the tears that were spilling out of me with blinding force.

He gave me a weak smile. “I tried to leave. Got in my truck and was ten minutes out of town, but then I realized…” He paused, fumbling for the right words. “I could really use some help at my ranch. Now, the job doesn’t pay much, but you’ll have your own room and all the food you can eat. You’ll be dry.”

He waited patiently for an answer, but I was so grateful that all my words caught in my throat. He tossed the paper bag with the muffin into the garbage. After a quick glance at the internet café and the white-haired waiter watching from the doorway, his hand firmly latched onto mine. I had the sense I wasn’t being given a choice, I was going wherever this cowboy wanted me to.

“I’m taking you home now,” he said over the downpour.

Home. Home was in Luke’s arms….

The rain was falling in sheets. Since I wasn’t about to turn into a puddle and dissolve, I let the cowboy lead the way.

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Get caught up on the series:

Book 1: SERENADE
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Author Heather McKenzie

Author Heather McKenzie

About the Author
Heather McKenzie is a Canadian author and Serenade is her first novel. A professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she has been telling stories through music for years and pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. A rocker at heart, a mom of three, an aspiring painter, and a lover of animals, she is kept grounded by her husband at their home in Edmonton.

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Where to find Heather McKenzie
Goodreads | Website | Facebook Twitter

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – EVERYTHING HE WANTS (Billionaire Breakfast Club) by Lisa Hughey

EVERYTHING HE WANTS Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for EVERYTHING HE WANTS, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Billionaire Breakfast Club, by USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Hughey. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

EVERYTHING HE WANTS (Billionaire Breakfast Club #1) by Lisa Hughey

EVERYTHING HE WANTS (Billionaire Breakfast Club #1) by Lisa Hughey

About the Book
Title: EVERYTHING HE WANTS
Series: Billionaire Breakfast Club #1
Author: Lisa Hughey
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Boy Meets Girl. It’s the way romances usually begin…and while we all love a happy ending, it’s the #meetcute that wins our hearts.

Everything He Wants (Billionaire Breakfast Club #1 The Jock) A #meetcute romance

Their friends set up an interview, it was supposed to be simple…. D’Andre Smith has it all. Fame. Money. Women. On the outside, his life looks perfect. But he’s got a secret that could destroy it all, so the last woman he should get involved with is a reporter.

Elise Putnam is searching for a scoop to scoop all scoops to prove her investigative chops, so the last thing she should do is get involved with an interview subject.

Their instant attraction has the potential to develop into something more if D opens his heart and Elise opens her mind. But their ingrained desire to protect their secrets may be stronger than their love….

Everything He Wants is the first book in the Billionaire Breakfast Club series. Seven strangers-with nothing in common except the desire to succeed-discover true love….

Everything He Wants: D’Andre and Elise
She Feels Like Home: Peter and Brittanica
His Dirty Little Secret: Jay and Courtney

This is the first installment in a new contemporary romance series, Billionaire Breakfast Club, by Lisa Hughey. Seven strangers (with nothing in common except a desire to succeed) discover true love…

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EVERYTHING HE WANTS Teaser 1

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Excerpt #2
Before D could wrap things up, a raucous burst of laughter from the entrance to the restaurant blasted through his consciousness. Shit! He recognized that laugh.

D ducked down, the slatted wood partition kept him hidden right now but within a minute he was going to be busted.

“What’s wrong?” Elise’s perfect platinum brows arched down as she tilted her head quizzically.

Mary Smith hated reporters. Seriously hated them. “My mother,” he whispered.

Elise lifted in her booth seat and craned her neck to look over the partition. “Really?” Her smile illuminated their table.

Lordy, he needed her to not draw attention to them while he frantically searched for a reason to be here with her. “Don’t look,” he whispered.

She propped her arms on the table and hunched her shoulders so that she was below the partition. Her ice blue eyes danced with amusement, the cold demeanor wiped away by her smile. “Why are we hiding?”

“She hates reporters.” Jesus, his momma would rip him a new one if she found out he was here with a reporter.

“You’re seriously afraid of your mother?”

“Never piss off a Southern black woman, she’ll make you regret it.” His heart pounded in his chest.

“What were you going to do when my article came out?”

“I had time to ease her into the idea of an interview.” Think, think. “I’ve got it. Be my date.”

She reared back. “Excuse me?”

But that was it. His mother knew all his top employees. His business was more like a family than a corporation.

He reached across the table and grabbed her hand. His forearm rested on her phone between them.

Her skin was impossibly soft. “Pretend to be my lunch date.”

Her mouth opened. Closed. Opened again. “She won’t believe it. You date gorgeous black women, models.”

True. And surprising that she knew that.

“God your skin is so soft.” For a moment he got lost in the sensation of touching her.

She flushed, tensed her fingers, clearly ready to pull her hand from his.

“You’re not kidding.” In a heartbeat, she squinted her eyes, and her gaze turned calculating.

“Shit no, I’m not kidding.”

“What do I get out of it?”

“The satisfaction of knowing D’Andre Smith owes you a favor,” he hissed.

“Sorry, but I need more than that.”

“Can we discuss after we deal with this?”

She smiled. “Sure, but you owe me.”

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EVERYTHING HE WANTS Teaser 2

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Author Lisa Hughey

Author Lisa Hughey

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Hughey, has been writing romance since the fourth grade, which was also about the time she began her love affair with spies. Harriet and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys later gave way to James Bond and Lara Croft and Jason Bourne.

Exploring the complex nature of a profession that requires subterfuge and lies fascinates her. She loves combining her two passions into fiction. As evidenced by her Black Cipher Files series.

Archangel Rafe was her first foray into the paranormal but after spending time in the Angelic Realm, it won’t be her last. At their heart, the Seven novels are about the dynamics of family relationships. But the really hot Archangels don’t hurt.

And recently she’s been immersed in the Stone Family novellas, four stories about a blended family of brothers and sister who have a lot more in common than they realize. But of course she couldn’t just write about family and romance. There are complex plots, bad guys, and suspense too.

Lisa loves to hear from readers and has various places you can connect with her, although, shh, Twitter is her favorite.

Where to Lisa Hughey
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebookTwitter

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – GALATINE’S CURSE (Tom’s Arthurian Legacy) by T.J. Green

GALATINE'S CURSE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for GALATINE’S CURSE, the third book in the young adult fantasy series, Tom’s Arthurian Legacy, by T.J. Green. See below for information the book, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

GALATINE'S CURSE (Tom's Arthurian Legacy #3) by T.J. Green

GALATINE’S CURSE (Tom’s Arthurian Legacy #3) by T.J. Green

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Title: GALATINE’S CURSE
Series: Tom’s Arthurian Legacy #3
Author: T.J. Green
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
An ancient sword. A dark secret. A new enemy.

In the third book in the series, Tom has established a new life in the Otherworld, a life he loves. He lives with Arthur in New Camelot, and Arthur is hosting a tournament. Eager to test his sword-fighting skills, Tom’s competing.  But while the games are being played, his friends are attacked and everything he loves is threatened.  Tom has to find the intruder before anyone else gets hurt.

Tom’s sword, Galatine, seems to be the focus of these attacks.  Their investigations uncover Galatine’s dark history and a terrible betrayal that a family has kept secret for generations. But this secret now puts others at risk, including Tom, and he realises that he could lose everything unless he can solve the mystery of his sword’s past.

Galatine’s Curse  is the third book in the YA Arthurian fantasy series, Tom’s Arthurian Legacy. If you enjoy magic and mystery, a strong group of characters and Arthurian fantasy, then you’ll love this action-filled adventure.

Buy Galatine’s Curse for your thrilling new fantasy adventure today!

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Excerpt #1
Deep in the tangled centre of Inglewood, Tom eased his horse to a stop. In the silence that followed he listened for movement – the crack of a branch, the rustle of leaves, the skitter of footfall. Thick mist oozed around him, muffling sight and sound, and he admitted to himself he’d lost the hunt.

And now something was following him.

Tom heard the low throaty growl of the wolf moments before it leapt at him. He pulled Galatine free of its scabbard and lashed out, knowing he had only seconds before the wolf ripped his throat out. He felt its hot breath and thick matted fur, saw a flash of its wild yellow eyes, before feeling the sword cut deep into its side. It fell back into the trees, yelping.

Midnight bolted, and Tom grabbed the reins and held on, trying to calm her down. As they pounded through the wood, a branch whipped across his chest, knocking him to the ground. Midnight disappeared into the mist. Winded, Tom lay on the damp forest floor, wincing as he felt his ribs aching. He hoped Midnight hadn’t gone far. Enisled was a long walk away.

He rolled to his feet and immediately froze as he again heard the low cunning rumble of the wolf, followed by a spine-tingling howl, repeated again and again as the pack arrived.

He was surrounded.

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Author T.J. Green

Author T.J. Green

About the Author
T J Green was born in England, but moved to New Zealand 10 years ago. She currently lives near Wellington with her partner and her cats Sacha and Leia. When not writing she does lots of reading, gardening and yoga.

In a previous life she’s been a singer in a band, and has done some acting with a theatre company – both of which were lots of fun. On occasions she and a few friends make short films, which begs the question, where are the book trailers? Thinking on it …

Tom’s Inheritance is TJ Green’s first book in the series Tom’s Arthurian Legacy, the sequel Twice Born was released in February 2017. Galatine’s Curse, book 3, will be released in March 2018. She is also working on a few short stories which further expand the world of Tom in the Other.

Her new project is an urban fantasy series about witches.

 

 

Where to Find T.J. Green
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WATCHING YOU (Hollywood Heat) by Leslie A. Kelly

WATCHING YOU Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for WATCHING YOU, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, Hollywood Heat, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Leslie A. Kelly. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WATCHING YOU (Hollywood Heat #1) by Leslie A. Kelly

WATCHING YOU (Hollywood Heat #1) by Leslie A. Kelly

About the Book
Title: WATCHING YOU
Series: Hollywood Heat #1
Author: Leslie A. Kelly
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
In the first book of a thrilling new romantic suspense trilogy, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Leslie A. Kelly shows just how hot – and how dangerous – Hollywood can be.

In the shadows, someone is always watching.

Aspiring screenwriter Jessica Jensen grew up on movies starring heartthrob Reece Winchester, the eldest brother of a Hollywood dynasty. She never thought she’d meet the man in person, though. Actor, director, millionaire, and gorgeous mystery man-he’s every woman’s fantasy.

Reece wants Jessica the moment he sees her, and he’s a man who always gets what he wants. At first he was only after a night in her bed, but as he comes to know the smart, confident woman beneath the stunning exterior, he realizes once will never be enough.

Unfortunately, Jessica’s real-life Cinderella story is about to take a deadly turn…

Reece’s world is filled with fierce ambition and dark family secrets the Winchesters desperately want to hide. But he and his brothers aren’t the only ones who know those secrets. Someone else is out there, waiting to strike. Waiting-and always watching.

When danger finally steps out of the shadows, Reece will have to face his past. And Jessica will have to decide just how far she can trust the man she loves with her heart…and her life.

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Excerpt
Jess was so lost in thought about Reece the superstar she forgot the man was in the room, and that she’d imagined he was staring at her. Which was perhaps why she nearly dropped her glass when she felt a tall, solid form move behind her and heard a man say, “Interesting.”

Smooth voice. Deep, silky. A voice she recognized. She’d heard it on the big screen and the small one, since she had copies of every movie he’d starred in—seven from his childhood years, eight from his adult ones. Was he really talking to her?

“Yes, it is,” she murmured, all calm and collected, like she was not shaking in her consignment store shoes.

“Possibly one of the artist’s earlier efforts.”

Hmm. How had he known? “Yes,” Miss Conversational Genius repeated.

“I’m not interrupting, am I?”

The hint of confidence in the tone told her he knew the answer. Had any woman ever told him to go away because he was bothering her? Huh. Doubtful. “Not at all.”

“Good. What is it called?”

“What we’re doing? I think it’s a conversation.” Jess didn’t know where the snarky response came from, or where she’d gotten the nerve to be all quippy with the guy, but there you go. That was her, always a mouth-off away from catastrophe.

“I meant the sculpture,” he said. No laugh. No humor. Crap.

Realizing they were actually going to have a conversation, and knowing it might require face-to-face interaction, she wondered if she was ready for it. Hesitating, she licked her lips and replied, “It’s called Naked Man.”

“Subtle.”

Knowing it was rude not to face him, she took a deep breath and glanced over her shoulder. Lord have mercy.

Deep breaths might be calming in normal situations—like when one was confronted by a repo man repossessing a car. Been there, done that. But they didn’t work at all when looking into the clear amber eyes of a man every woman on the planet fantasized about. His looks made you silently gawk while you tried to figure out why the arrangement of cheek and jaw, mouth and eyes, was so arresting and unforgettable. She interacted with scruffy, shaggy-haired surf-bum types in the bar where she worked, so she’d almost forgotten how appealing a conservative haircut and a smoothly shaven face could be. Not to mention the sexiness of a perfectly tailored power suit, the charcoal color interrupted only by a splash of red in the necktie.

She finally cleared her throat and pushed a few words out. “It is from very early in the artist’s career. How did you know?”

“She draped the sex organs, as if she wasn’t quite ready to go there.”

Jess nodded, wondering if she was truly talking about men’s packages with the sexiest freaking man alive. Was this really happening, or was she hallucinating? Had that stupid bartender slipped GHB in her drink?

Damn, if she woke up tomorrow with no memory of what happened, and then found videos of herself on YouTube, she would rip him a new one.

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Author Leslie A. Kelly

Author Leslie A. Kelly

About the Author
Leslie A. Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author who has written more than fifty books in various genres. She currently writes contemporary romances under the name Leslie Kelly, and dark thrillers as Leslie A. Kelly.

She is the author of the futuristic Veronica Sloan thriller series, and of the dark romantic suspense Black CATs series.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Leslie A. Kelly
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Book Blitz – Excerpt – PINNACLE (Core) by Lynn Veevers

PINNACLE Cover Reveal

Welcome to the book blitz for PINNACLE, the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Core, by Lynn Veevers. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

PINNACLE (Core #1) by Lynn Veevers

PINNACLE (Core #1) by Lynn Veevers

About the Book – Read for free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: PINNACLE
Series: Core #1
Author: Lynn Veevers
Publisher: Clean Reads
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleBAM! | !ndigo | Book Depository | AbeBooks

Synopsis
Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
“So testimony is a gift I can only access in my sleep. Those who reside on the plane of the dead can speak with me in my sleeping hours as a means to communicate with those residing here on the plane of the living. Spirt speaking is as simple as me opening myself up to allow those from the plane of the dead to temporarily be pulled into the plane of the living. However, as soon as I close, they are returned to where they came from. I have to be honest; I do not have the slightest notion on how to specifically target one particular individual.”

“Well, let’s try it and see what happens. Maybe try thinking about Noah before opening yourself,” Eric suggested.

It felt like as good a place to start as any, so Kaya concentrated on thoughts and memories of Noah. Once satisfied it would be clear she was searching for him, Kaya fully opened herself.

When she did, Eric covered his ears with his hands and started screaming in pain. He stumbled backwards and tripped over the coffee table. Falling into the love seat, he curled in the fetal position, screaming, rocking, and crying.

“Make it stop!” Eric shouted.

Kaya abruptly closed herself to everything and Eric’s pained screams ceased.

“Eric, are you OK? What happened?” Kaya asked, concerned as she knelt beside the love seat.

“It was too much, way too quick…so many voices, so many thoughts, spanning over all of time and space. Some of those thoughts were ancient, Kaya, ancient!” he said frantically.

Eric was hysterical, Kaya realized. Her ability had overloaded his trait.

“Calm down, Eric, breathe,” she said in a firm but comforting tone.

He locked eyes with her and she saw the temporary insanity that had taken hold of him fade from his features and he visibly relaxed.

After a few moments, he spoke again. “It has to be a slower progression on the opening. When you opened, it was like unlocking a flood gate to eon’s worth of thoughts. That kind of onslaught will make me go crazy. I have no defense against that kind of flood, no barriers I can put in place to protect my sanity from the countless voices, and they are all loud, Kaya.” 

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Author Lynn Veevers

Author Lynn Veevers

About the Author
Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she’s never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now! 

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

Where to Find Alice Lynn Veevers
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – CAPTIVE (The Phantom) by Jenny Lynn

CAPTIVE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for CAPTIVE, the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, The Phantom, by Jenny Lynn. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

CAPTIVE (The Phantom #1) by Jenny Lynn

CAPTIVE (The Phantom #1) by Jenny Lynn

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: CAPTIVE
Series: The Phantom #1
Author: Jenny Lynn
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
In the city of sin, who will be saved?

Beckett Carter is the last of his family; the head of Carter Enterprises and a reclusive billionaire living in a luxurious Las Vegas penthouse. Since his parents murder his obsession with justice has steadily grown stronger, leading him to become the masked vigilante known to criminals as the Phantom. When he’s not out playing the part of a filthy rich playboy he trains his body hard, and in his disguise he brings the criminal underworld to its knees.

Crime reporter Ella James keeps everyone at arm’s length, throwing herself into her work and her quest to find out what happened to her missing sister. She doesn’t let anyone get close enough to her to see how damaged she really is and afraid to trust anyone fully, she has never let a man touch her. While going undercover she puts her life in danger and discovers the secret identity of the Phantom as he ruthlessly eliminates a room full of criminals. This one night sets off a chain of events neither of them expected.

Faced with the threat of being exposed, Beckett is left with only one choice. He takes Ella captive, keeping her in a secret room until he can complete his mission. In Ella, Beckett finds an opponent unlike any he’s met before – she’s smart, resourceful, and worst of all, innocent. The untouched woman locked away in his penthouse is the greatest temptation he has ever faced.

A tense rivalry between the two grows into something so much more than either could have imagined. When Beckett gives in and shows Ella how dark he can be, can she succeed and show him the light?

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Excerpt #2
I pushed off the bed, towards Beckett, and pressed my mouth against him. He gasped then pulled back, looking down at me in confusion. I was still breathing hard, my heart beating so fast I was terrified it was going to stop at any minute, pushed to its limit. I opened my mouth to say something, to apologize or explain myself, but Beckett pushed himself forward and closed his lips over mine. I shut my eyes as his strong fingers wound in my hair, tugging slightly, as he parted my lips with his tongue and stroked.

I sank against the mattress, giving in to him. Beckett kissed like he owned me, like he was exploring the soft corners of my mouth and laying claim to every secret part. I was dizzy, heat rising to my cheeks and between my legs as he stroked his thumb over my neck, holding me down, my lips swelling with the pressure of his urgent kiss.

Suddenly Beckett pulled back, breaking contact and leaving me wanting.

“No,” he gasped, his voice ragged.

I pushed myself onto my elbows, watching him as he stepped back.

“It’s okay,” I tried to assure him. “I wanted to.”

“This is wrong,” he turned his back to me, running his hands through his hair. I wanted to touch his hair, I wanted to run my fingers through the strands as he kissed me again.

“Beckett-”

“You’re confused Ella. I’ve taken you captive, but I won’t take more from you. I won’t allow myself. You don’t understand. The things I want to do to you… you don’t want to find out how dark I am. How dark I can be.”

I crawled to the edge of the bed, the chain around my ankle rattling lightly as I moved. He was right. This was insane, I was out of my mind, but I didn’t care. A part of me wanted him, I didn’t know why. Maybe after everything I had been through in my life this is what I felt I deserved. This is how I should be treated after a lifetime of pushing people away and making risky decisions.

“Show me,” I whispered, watching him as he clenched his fists, his back still to me. “Show me who you really are Beckett.”

He turned to face me finally, a tortured look on his face.

“No Ella. I can’t. I need to go. Stay here.”

I raised my eyebrow at him. I was chained to his bed, where did he think I was going to go?

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Author Jenny Lynn

Author Jenny Lynn

About the Author
Jenny Lynn writes contemporary romance novels about charismatic billionaires, cocky bad boys and dominant alpha males. She loves to throw in exciting plot twists and plenty of steamy scenes that will keep you up at night. She writes men worth falling in love with, and definitely worth lusting after. Jenny has won awards for her writing but there is nothing that makes her happier than when people discover and enjoy her books. When she’s not writing Jenny is spending time with her family and trying not to burn dinner.

 

 

 

Where to Find Jenny Lynn
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Book Blitz – Guest Post + Giveaway – WHEELER by Sara Butler Zalesky

WHEELER Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for WHEELER, a stand-alone adult contemporary sports romance/romantic suspense, by Sara Butler Zalesky. See below for information the book, buy links, a post from the author on writing (un)awkward scenes, and details on her giveaway.

WHEELER by Sara Butler Zalesky

WHEELER by Sara Butler Zalesky

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: WHEELER
Author: Sara Butler Zalesky
Release Date: July 4, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance/Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Loren Mackenzie has overcome many obstacles in her life to be an elite professional cyclist in the Women’s World Tour in Europe. Known as the Ice Queen of the peloton, she rarely shows emotion in the heat of competition; inspiring her team with quiet strength and determination. But her cool confidence masks a dark past filled with horrors.

A change in management of Loren’s cycling team brings her face to face with a life she thought she left behind, adding to the pressures of competition. When a chance meeting with an A-list celebrity quickly develops into a whirlwind romance, the cameras of the tabloid-media focus on Loren, revealing the cracks in her facade.

The affair also exposes a menacing rival, threatening not only her chances in the World Championship but her life. When love and obsession collide, Loren stands in the center of a storm.

Can she find the courage to defeat her inner demons, or will her fear and shame consume her?

 

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Writing (Un)Awkward Sex Scenes: A How-To Guide
I’ve been hesitant to give Wheeler to friends and family or even tell my coworkers I wrote a novel. Why? Like my protagonist, Loren Mackenzie, I only let people see what I want them to see; I like to keep my cards close to the vest. I’m a Scorpio, it’s who I am.

But, in very unScorpio fashion, I can’t write or talk about sex without blushing and I stumble over my words. I’m a visual thinker, meaning I can see what I want to describe in my mind clearly, like a photograph. While I don’t have an eidetic memory (I wish!), I can envision what something looks like or how a person moves and fairly accurately describe it. That includes sex.

Jennie Nash wrote a great article for the HuffPost blog called, 7 Rules for Writing Sex Scenes. She says, ‘Sex scenes are very difficult to write because everything else is stripped away and all you’ve got to work with are the characters and the emotions. There’s nowhere to hide. But that’s also what makes them so powerful.’

I couldn’t agree more, Jennie.

Set the Stage for Doing Good Work. There is nowhere to hide, in your head or in the place that you write. I write in my dining room/playroom/office, between 9pm and 2am most nights. It’s often the only time I am completely alone, other than my cats. My spouse and child are asleep and I can sit quietly and focus, listening to my Pandora stations. Music can inspire, especially sappy love songs. I even have a Spotify playlist aptly named: Graham’s Mixtape.

Focus on Dialogue. Do other people talk during sex? Uh, well, I don’t, really. (Is it hot in here?) With Loren and Graham’s first time, I wrote in a little more nervous excitement for her. For Graham, he has a sensuality to him already, and perhaps I wrote him a little over-the-top romantic. But that’s okay; it works for the character’s type. He’s not your typical leading man. While he’s tall, he doesn’t have the big muscles of Chris Evans or Chris Pratt. Think Colin Firth+David Tennant+Tom Hiddleston+Patrick Stewart = Graham Atherton.

Which leads to Characters Stay in Character and Watch the Tone. Graham is an actor and actors emote. He has a love of Shakespeare and uses the bard’s words to woo the lovely Loren. Nobody would have guessed – least of all those closest to her (and possibly herself) – that she was such a romantic. Same with speaking French. Somehow it works for them and sets the tone for the characters throughout the story.

Consider the difference between the internal and external action. I’ll be honest, I thought about scenes I’ve seen in films or read in books (with some of my own experiences) and envisioned every single action and reaction. I thought I had created some viable scenes until one of my Alpha readers, Debbie, said: “The build-up was great, loved that, but then you only come at me with a sentence and expect to finish it off? I’d be disappointed.”

After I got up off the floor from laughing, I began anew with more blushing and ear burning as I rewrote every single sex scene in my novel. There aren’t many, mind you, but heaven forbid they do it the same way twice. I had to come up with different situations and positions. Should they have oral? OMG Do I really have to write that? HOW do I write that? (Shudder)

Which leads to Remember, they’re just words. I’m new to this writing thing, and I find it very hard to separate myself from the feels and step out of the scene. I get snappy when interrupted because I am left feeling raw and exposed. It sucks even more because I know I’m reacting that way but I can’t stop it.

My intention has always been to write complex characters and true-to-life situations as best I could. Real people laugh and cry, flirt and kiss, yell and argue, dance and sing. They put themselves through enormous amounts of stress. They love and they have sex. There’s no way to get around it.

Which brings me to Jennie’s last comment: Prepare for the inevitable confrontation. At some point, someone will ask about what I wrote. Can I talk about sex without wanting to run and hide? My cheeks will be bright pink and I might not be able to look the person in the eye ever again.

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Author Sara Butler Zalesky

Author Sara Butler Zalesky

About the Author
Sara was born in the wee hours of a November night in New York City. When her family moved to a small borough in northwestern New Jersey, she had little choice but to move as well. Self-sufficiency is a tough thing for a toddler.

The dichotomy of being the middle child of three, but the only girl, was difficult, as typically no one really pays attention to a middle child. Mostly, Sara spent her time creating fanciful stories in her head when she should have been focused on other things, an issue that continues to this day.

Most of these stories have never been shared, let alone completed. This all changed in the spring of 2015, when Sara was encouraged by a friend to expand upon a short story she had accidentally emailed to him. The result is ‘Wheeler’, a romantic, women’s fiction/sport novel, which combines the author’s romantic inclinations and her passion for cycling.

Sara currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with her loving husband and their son. She is a paralegal for a boutique law firm in Chester County, Pa, an avid road cyclist and indoor cycling instructor at a national chain.

Follow the author’s blog at sarabutlerzalesky.wordpress.com or on Twitter @sarazalesky. She does a little dance every time someone ‘follows’ her on Twitter. Really..

Where to Find Sara Butler Zalesky
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway – WILD FIRE (The Kingson Pride) by Kristen Banet

WILD FIRE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for WILD FIRE, the second book in the adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, The Kingson Pride, by Kristen Banet. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

WILD FIRE (The Kingson Pride #2) by Kristen Banet

WILD FIRE (The Kingson Pride #2) by Kristen Banet

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: WILD PRIDE
Series: The Kingson Pride #1
Author: Kristen Banet
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Riley has her pride and now it seems like their lives might go up in flames as hunters target them. Secrets of the pride’s past come to light, old grudges resurface, and Riley needs to stay strong if she’s going to survive. Not only against their enemies, but also with her own pride, the five males who have carved a place in her life and offered her a family she’d never had.

The hunters won’t be the only thing to underestimate the cheetah of the Kingson Pride and Riley will need to learn how to fight fire with fire.

*This is a Reverse Harem series with graphic scenes, mature language, and mature themes. Suitable for ages 18+*

*Potentially triggering subject matter*

 

 

 

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Author Kristen Banet

Author Kristen Banet

About the Author
Kristen Banet has a Diet Coke problem and smokes too much. She curses like a sailor (though, she used to be one, so she uses that as an excuse) and finds that many people don’t know how to handle that. She loves to read, and before finally sitting to try her hand at writing, she had your normal kind of work history. From tattoo parlors, to the U.S. Navy, and freelance illustration, she’s stumbled through her adult years and somehow, is still kicking.

She loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one  in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections—trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.

She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.

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

Where to Kristen Banet
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SNEAKING OUT (Chased) by Chuck Vance

SNEAKING OUT Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for SNEAKING OUT, the first book in the young adult mystery series, Chased, by Chuck Vance. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

SNEAKING OUT (Chased #1) by Chuck Vance

SNEAKING OUT (Chased #1) by Chuck Vance

About the Book
Title:
SNEAKING OUT
Series: Chased #1
Author: Chuck Vance
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
Could you sleep next to a murderer?

Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.

For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

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Luke stood up and held out a hand to help Pippa up. He didn’t let go after she rose, and he clasped it firmly as they walked together. It didn’t feel awkward—he’d already held her hand a couple of times. He felt protective. They walked along in silence.

They passed a mailbox, its hinge squeaking in the wind. The wind had picked up a plastic bag, which was scraping along the road, dancing with the fallen leaves. Every noise was amplified.

Luke pulled Pippa toward him to avoid a ditch. It was then that Luke sensed something. He glanced over his shoulder, and saw the flash of someone jump behind a tree. Luke’s muscles tensed. They were being followed.

“Don’t turn around, but someone is behind us,” warned Luke. “On foot.”

He saw Pippa’s neck stiffen. “Who is it?” she whispered.

“Not sure, but let’s speed up.”

They started walking as fast as possible without running. Luke felt as if there was a bullseye on his back. Was the person who was following them crazy enough to do something to harm them? What if he had a gun?

They were about a block away from the nearest streetlight. Luke feared that if they walked under it, they would be completely exposed to whoever was following them. It seemed safer to remain in the shadows. He abruptly pulled Pippa diagonally across the street. They picked up their pace and stayed on course.

“We’ll be able to see who it is when they pass the streetlight,” said Luke.

“Do you think he crossed, too?”

Luke pricked his ears. He could hear a distant tap, tap. Footsteps. “No, he’s on the other side.”

They walked past the streetlight and up about thirty feet before stopping short and turning around. For a split second, they saw a figure bathed in the light, but then it darted to the side. It looked like a man, in a baseball hat. But he was too fast for them. Luke grabbed Pippa’s hand tightly.”

“We need to run.”

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Author Chuck Vance

Author Chuck Vance

About the Author
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Chuck Vance
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Release Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway – DRAGON BLESSED (Immortal Dragons) by Ophelia Bell

DRAGON BLESSED Release Blitz

Today is release day for DRAGON BLESSED, the latest book in ther adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Immortal Dragons, by Ophelia Bell. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

DRAGON BLESSED (An Immortal Dragons Novel) by Ophelia Bell

DRAGON BLESSED (An Immortal Dragons Novel) by Ophelia Bell

About the Book
Title: DRAGON BLESSED
Series: Immortal Dragons
Author: Ophelia Bell
Release Date: March 2018
Genre: Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Dragon-blessed twins Neela and Naaz have waited nearly three thousand years for their chance to awaken their fated dragon mates. On the brink of a war with the enemy who enslaved them, their commander finally sends them to do just that.

But the twins’ mission isn’t called “Operation Wildcard” for no reason. These dragons are unique. Zorion and Asha are the children of the Immortal Blue named Belah; Zorion was sired by none other than The Void himself, and Asha is the product of Belah’s ancient union with the dragons’ former enemy who is now their most powerful champion in the war. These dragons’ powers are unknown, and Neela and Naaz will be the humans to reveal them and recruit them for their cause.

But their true enemy is ever watchful, and when Neela makes a risky decision to reveal her new lover’s powers, things go wrong. It will take nothing short of immortal dragon fire to set things right, and neither twin will emerge quite the same..

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Author Ophelia Bell

Author Ophelia Bell

About the Author
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

If you’d like to receive regular updates on Ophelia’s publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/

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Where to Find Ophelia Bell
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway – WILD PRIDE (The Kingson Pride) by Kristen Banet

WILD PRIDE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for WILD PRIDE, the first book in the adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, The Kingson Pride, by Kristen Banet. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway.

WILD PRIDE (The Kingson Pride #1) by Kristen Banet

WILD PRIDE (The Kingson Pride #1) by Kristen Banet

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: WILD PRIDE
Series: The Kingson Pride #1
Author: Kristen Banet
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Twenty-three year old Riley Stern has lived in Wild Junction for two years, cultivating a mediocre life that she is content with. Just content. It’s nothing special, but it’s hers.

Then five locals move back into town after disappearing a decade before: the boys of the Kingson Estate. They have reputations that Riley needs to avoid, but they are sexy and powerful in ways that draw her to them. Then they tell her she’s only half-human and make her an offer she doesn’t want to refuse: join the pride, become part of the family, and learn everything about what she is.

Too bad her body wants much more than to be part of the family.

Too bad they also want more.

Too bad that there is much more to this deal than any of them know.

The Kingson Pride, infamous due to their youth and ruthlessness.

Brenton Kingson, Zachary Woods, Andrew Hicks, Troy and Gabe Walker. Five of the richest, most successful, and bitter feline shifters that walk the earth. Deciding to keep her close and keep an eye on her, they uncover terrifying family secrets. Now that they just need to stop all hell from breaking loose.

*This is a Reverse Harem series with graphic scenes, mature language, and mature themes. Suitable for ages 18+*

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Author Kristen Banet

Author Kristen Banet

About the Author
Kristen Banet has a Diet Coke problem and smokes too much. She curses like a sailor (though, she used to be one, so she uses that as an excuse) and finds that many people don’t know how to handle that. She loves to read, and before finally sitting to try her hand at writing, she had your normal kind of work history. From tattoo parlors, to the U.S. Navy, and freelance illustration, she’s stumbled through her adult years and somehow, is still kicking.

She loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one  in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections—trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.

She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.

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

Where to Kristen Banet
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – CELESTIA (Unicorn Blessed Chronicles) by Yumoyori Wilson

CELESTIA Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for CELESTIA, the first book in the adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Unicorn Blessed Chronicles, by Yumoyori Wilson. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

CELESTIA (Unicorn Blessed Chronicles #1) by Yumoyori Wilson

CELESTIA (Unicorn Blessed Chronicles #1) by Yumoyori Wilson

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Title: CELESTIA
Series: Unicorn Blessed Chronicles #1
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
What do you get when your father’s a centaur and your mother’s a powerful magician?

A unicorn shifter…

You’d think being the only known unicorn shifter in the world would have a few benefits. Like, people treating you kindly or getting special treatment from the council. Not in my case. I’d be lucky to get a piece of bread thrown at me.

My name is Celestia Rainbow, and yes, my last name is fucking Rainbow.

Shifters assume that I’m kind by nature, but trust me: I’m fierce, short-tempered and have the mouth of a sailor. Add in my stealthy fighting skills, advanced magic casting, and swift movement, I’m someone you wouldn’t want to mess with. But everyone looks at my shifter side – my ditzy, peaceful half, sprinkling magic dust, and on a mission to end world hunger.

Regardless of my dual personality, I’ve sworn to become a huntress at Aslan Academy. Now that I’m of age–my lucky twenty-fifth birthday just happens to coincide with the entrance exams–I’m ready to prove my worth.

Too bad I’m grouped up with six sinful looking men.

Time to prove to my community, classmates and this attractive bunch of weirdos that unicorns can kick ass too.

CELESTIA is a new REVERSE HAREM, paranormal series. Recommended for 18+ audiences, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language.

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Excerpt #2
“Celestia? Are you okay?” Orion asked.

I peeked through my fingers to see his concerned face; those light purple eyes looked even more alluring up close. I bit my lip, lowering my hand to stare up at him. “I’m sorry for earlier. Like the whole pinning you down and kissing you senseless situation,” I apologized and glanced down.

“I didn’t mind,” Orion replied. His hand brushed against my cheek, trailing down to my chin, before tilting my head upward to look at him. He gave me a little smile. “For my first kiss, I didn’t expect that. You’re a good kisser, Celestia.” He winked.

I groaned, “I’m so sorry!” I bowed my head again and again. Great! Not only did I make a fool of myself and kiss him, I took away his first kiss. Wait, FIRST kiss!

I looked back up at him with a shocked expression, his admission sinking in. He nodded in understanding.

“Yes. First kiss. And don’t apologize. It was fun,” he admitted. He leaned in, whispering in my ear. “But next time, I want to be the one to kiss you,” he teased.

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Author Yumoyori Wilson

Author Yumoyori Wilson

About the Author
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SECRETS KEPT (Moorhurst College) by Allie Everhart

SECRETS KEPT Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for SECRETS KEPT, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense, by Allie Everhart. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

SECRETS KEPT (Moorhurst College #1) by Allie Everhart

SECRETS KEPT (Moorhurst College #1) by Allie Everhart

About the Book
Title:
SECRETS KEPT
Author: Allie Everhart
Publisher: Waltham Publishing, LLC
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
After finding her boyfriend cheating, Kate decides she’s had it with men. So the next night at her catering job she pretends not to be interested when Gavin, a hot guy with a great smile who attends the very exclusive Moorhurst College, asks her out. Unable to resist his charm, she agrees to have dinner with him.

On their first date, Kate’s convinced Gavin’s too good to be true. Funny, sweet, smart, and easy to talk to, he’s nothing like the losers she’s dated in the past. But maybe her luck has changed. Maybe Gavin’s the guy she’s been waiting for.

As their relationship grows, Gavin proves he really is the guy Kate’s always wanted but didn’t think existed. She’s even thinking about a future with him. But those plans come to an abrupt halt when Kate sees something she shouldn’t. Something dark and disturbing. Something that could get her killed if she ever told anyone.

Kate’s desperate to tell Gavin her secret but can’t. Even if she did, he’d never believe her. Still, she can’t keep something this big from Gavin, especially when he’s involved in it. Will she risk her life and tell him the truth? Or risk their relationship and keep this secret from the man she loves?

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“Take my hands,” Gavin says as I cling to the edge of the boat.

I grab his hands and he pulls me back in. How he managed to not fall in himself, I don’t know.

“You okay?” he asks.

“Yeah.” I laugh. “I’m fine. Just soaking wet. I shouldn’t have moved like that. You warned me about the boat tipping.”

“I should’ve caught you. I tried, but it happened so fast.”

I’m still laughing. For some reason I’m finding this funny, maybe because I always laugh when I watch those videos online of people falling out of boats, and now I’ve done it myself.

Gavin’s smiling at me.

“What?” I ask. “Do I have lake junk in my hair?”

“No.”

“Then what is it?”

“I’m just amazed you’re not mad.”

“Why would I be mad?”

“Because you fell in a lake off a boat I made you go on.”

“It wasn’t your fault. I moved too fast and rocked the boat.”

“Most girls would be pissed. But instead, you’re laughing.”

“Because it’s funny.” I laugh. “Actually it’s hilarious. We’re making out, all hot and heavy and then—”

He interrupts me with a kiss, then says, “You’re fuckin’ awesome, you know that?”

 “Um, okay. Although I don’t know what’s so awesome about falling in a lake.”

“The awesome part is how you reacted. You didn’t scream at me. Throw a tantrum. Demand I buy you a new outfit, which I will by the way. Whatever you want.”

“I don’t need a new outfit. I’ll just wash this. It’ll be fine.”

“Okay, you need to stop.” He slides the wet hair off my face. “You keep going, I might just fall in love with you.”

I roll my eyes. “Because I can wash my clothes? That’s a little extreme.”

“Then can I say you’re the coolest girl I’ve ever met?”

I smile. “You can say that.”

He kisses me. “So before you went overboard, what exactly were you planning to do?”

“Have my way with you.” I bite my lip.

“What happened to waiting?”

“Why wait? What if there’s no tomorrow?”

“Shit, that’s deep,” he says all serious, but he’s grinning. “Never had anyone use philosophical reasoning to justify sex.” His lips brush over mine. “But I like it. You’re very wise, Ms. Norris.”

“Except when it comes to knowing how to keep myself in a boat.”

A gust of wind blows over my wet skin and I shiver.

“We need to get you dried off.” Gavin lets me go and grabs the oar. He sinks it into the water and starts furiously rowing back to shore.

“Gavin, I’m fine. You don’t have to go so fast.”

“You’re freezing. You need to get in dry clothes.”

When we reach the dock, he helps me from the boat and we go in the cabin. Gavin starts searching for a towel but the only thing he can find is a roll of paper towels.

He hands them to me. “Sorry. Looks like this is all we have.”

“That’ll work.” I tear off a few sheets and start wiping down my legs. Then I turn away from Gavin and take off my wet clothes.

“I’ll go wait outside,” I hear him say from behind me. I hear the door squeak open.

“Wait. Don’t leave. I don’t want to be alone in here.”

“Why not?”

“In case something starts crawling on me. Spiders. A snake. A raccoon.”

He laughs. “If a raccoon were in here, we’d know.” He turns around and freezes when he sees me. I’m only wearing panties, nothing else. I should probably cover up but I like him looking at me like this. Looking like he wants me but is trying so hard to resist.

I pretend not to notice and continue drying off.

“You’re really testing my willpower here, Kate,” he says, his eyes taking me in.

“You seem to be doing okay,” I tease.

“Not really,” he says, glancing down at his crotch, his jeans straining to contain him.

I smile. “What are you saying?”

“I’m saying we need to get out of here before something happens. My first time with you isn’t going to be in some shitty cabin that smells like rotting fish.”

Laughing, I grab more paper towels. “Good point.”

“Here.” He reaches up and yanks his t-shirt off and brings it to me. “Put this on.”

My eyes get stuck on his chest. Just like I thought, he’s all lean muscle. When I touched him I could feel it. I just couldn’t see it. And now that I can, I pause a moment to take it in.

“Kate?”

“Yeah.” I take the shirt from him and slide it on. It’s soft, and warm from his body, covered with the light scent of his cologne. “Thanks. That’s much better.”

He grins. “I liked you the other way, but this will keep you warm.”

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About the Author
Allie Everhart writes romance and romantic suspense and is the author of the popular Jade Series, Kensington Series, Wheeler Brothers, and several standalone titles. She’s also a freelance health writer and has worked on several New York Times bestselling books. Allie’s always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat. When she’s not writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.

Where to find Allie Everhart
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Book Blitz – Trailer + Giveaway – THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir

THE FINAL SIX Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for THE FINAL SIX, a young adult science fiction adventure by Alexandra Monir, releasing March 6, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, an exclusive look at the book’s trailer, and details on her giveaway.

THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir

THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir

About the Prequel
Title: THE FINAL SIX
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | IndieBound

Synopsis
When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

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Author Alexandra Monir

Author Alexandra Monir

About the Author
Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble bestseller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, THE FINAL SIX (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures on the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals. 

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.

Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at www.alexandramonir.com.

Where to Find Alexandra Monir
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA by Marnie Lamb

THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA, a middle grade/young adult contemporary coming of age novel by Marnie Lamb. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. You can read my review of this book here.

THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA by Marnie Lamb

THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA by Marnie Lamb

About the Book
Title: THE HISTORY OF HILARY HAMBRUSHINA
Author: Marnie Lamb
Publisher: Iguana Books
Release Date: May 31, 2017
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
Former Navy SEAL Cash Aiken assumed he could leave behind the trauma of war and settle into life as a bodyguard. Why not? He was big, smart, and nothing ever got past his eagle eye. But a split second of inattention nearly cost the life of his asset, and cost him his job. When his old buddy Travis Kincaid invites him to come work at Resolution Ranch, an organization helping wounded vets, he clings to the lifeline and hopes it’s a chance to start over. But Cash is stunned to discover that the beautiful woman he nearly let die is hiding out at the ranch, masquerading as a stable hand.

Country Music’s Superdiva, Kaycee Starr, is done with the music biz. After a terrifying encounter with a crazed fan, she goes underground and answers a help-wanted ad in a place the paparazzi would never think to look. Prairie, Kansas. While she finds solace and healing among the horses, handsome ranch hand Cash Aiken lights her up in ways she only wrote about in songs. He’s the only person she’s met who seems to ‘get’ her.

Cash and Kaycee fall hard and fast for each other, but when their secrets are exposed, will they have the courage to trust each other? And more importantly, themselves?

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Excerpt #3
I put on a sweatband and sneakers and brought down a water bottle. My plan was to pedal non-stop for an hour. I figured I could do it, since I was used to riding my own bike, and how different could this bike be? I should lose at least one pound that way, I told myself. So if I use the bike every day, in fifteen days I’ll have lost the weight I want to lose.

I stepped over boxes and piles of books to reach the bike, which sat in a dark corner. This corner had a musty smell, like an old church that hadn’t been dusted since Queen Victoria was my age. A fake raccoon-fur hat someone had given my dad as a joke hung on the wall nearby.

The bike seat was too high for me, but I couldn’t move it because it was screwed in place. Gripping the handlebars for support, I tried to heave my leg over the seat several times without success. I was becoming angry and sweaty, so I started breathing deeply, like I was having a baby, to calm myself down. “Hoo hoo hoo.”

“Hilary!” shouted my mom. “Why are you making monkey noises?”

I froze. I knew that if I said, “It’s nothing,” she’d come down, and I didn’t want her to think I needed help getting on a stationary bicycle. So I called, “I’m just playing a game.”

I managed to lift myself on to the bike. I had to stretch to reach the pedals, but I finally did and started pumping. It was O.K. at first, but soon, my muscles felt like some psycho was using them as rubber bands. And some people actually do this for fun! What’s wrong with them, I thought. I reached for the water bottle and tried to squirt some water in my mouth. Nothing but air came out. I’d forgotten to fill the bottle! I threw it away and continued to pump furiously. Objects on the wall began rattling, and I was making so many strange noises my mother must have thought a whole pack of monkeys was performing a conga line in the basement. I began to have visions of monkeys in spangly pink bikinis

kicking up their heels (did monkeys have heels, I wondered) on stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Suddenly my sweatband fell over my eyes. I didn’t stop to fix it, though. You’re going to pump for the full hour, not for fifty-nine minutes, I ordered myself. Instead, I tried nodding vigorously to get the sweatband to fall under my chin. It fell over my nose and I couldn’t breathe. Then something dark and furry leapt on my head, covering my eyes and tickling my face like a bunch of feathers. I screamed, batting at the thing with one hand and pumping frantically, as if I could escape that way. I soon realized it was only my dad’s hat, but I still couldn’t get it off. Finally I stumbled off the bike and yanked the hat’s tail away from my eyes.

I had no energy left to remove the hat, so I left it on and trudged upstairs. I passed my mom, who took one look at me and started to snicker. Ignoring her, I went into the kitchen to check the clock. I’d been on the bike five minutes.

So that was the end of my experiment with exercising.

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Author Marnie Lamb

Author Marnie Lamb

About the Author
A Journey Prize nominee, Marnie Lamb earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Windsor. Her short stories have appeared in various Canadian literary journals. Her first novel, a YA book named The History of Hilary Hambrushina, is forthcoming from Iguana Books. When she is not writing fiction or running her freelance editing business, she can be found cooking recipes with eggplant or scouting out colourful fashions at the One of a Kind Show.
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Where to Find Marnie Lamb
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