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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – UNDER THE WILLOWS by Pamela McCord

Welcome to the book blitz for UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord

Welcome to the book blitz for UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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UNDER THE WILLOWS by Pamela McCord

About the Book
Title:
UNDER THE WILLOWS
Author: Pamela McCord
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Genre: Adult Mystery
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a sprawling Victorian house in Ohio that her husband inherited from his grandmother. Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle as she adjusts to life in a small town. And, just as she’s beginning to feel more comfortable, life takes another unexpected turn.

The Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom starts to cry, and a little girl’s voice comes out of it asking for help.

At first Kelly is unnerved by the presence of the voice. After ruling out all the other likely possibilities, she begins to put the pieces together, and suspects the girl is a ghost. Unwilling to be uprooted from another home, she decides to find out what the child wants. Maybe she can help.

Kelly isn’t the only one interested in the voice. Detective Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee. As the two cross paths, Porter is taken aback when Kelly’s ghost mentions Marilee’s name. In fact, the ghost says “Marilee’s with me.”

Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.

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Excerpt #2
A frightened “Mom” roused me from a fitful sleep. I swung my legs off the bed, the hardwood cool against my feet. “I’m coming,” I called as I rushed to TJ’s room. I found him sitting up in bed, his eyes big and worried.

“What is it, sweetie?” I asked as I sat beside him. “Did you have a bad dream?”

“Mom, Alexa was crying again.”

“What do you mean?” I tipped his face up and looked him in the eyes. “Alexa can’t cry. She’s not a real person. Tell me what happened.”

“I was asleep and I heard a little girl crying. There wasn’t anybody in my room but I could still hear it.”

“Maybe you were dreaming.”

He crossed his arms over his chest and glared at me. “I wasn’t dreaming, Mom.”

“Okay, then. Maybe it just sounded like crying.”

“There were words, too.”

“Words?”

He nodded. “I said, ‘is anybody there’ and the crying stopped. Then Alexa said Help us.” His serious eyes dared me to not believe him.

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UNDER THE WILLOWS, a stand-alone adult mystery by Pamela McCord, is available now

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Author Pamela McCord

Author Pamela McCord

About the Author
Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Pamela McCord started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Since then, she’s become an internationally published author. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable..

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Where to find Pamela McCord
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BEING ERASED (Alpha Girl Series) by Aileen Erin

Welcome to the blog tour for BEING ERASED, the ninth book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Alpha Girl, by USA Today bestselling author, Aileen Erin

Welcome to the blog tour for BEING ERASED, the ninth book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Alpha Girl, by USA Today bestselling author, Aileen Erin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for BEING ERASED, the ninth book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Alpha Girl, by USA Today bestselling author, Aileen Erin

BEING ERASED (Alpha Girl Series #9) by Aileen Erin

About the Book
Title: BEING ERASED
Series: Alpha Girl Series #9
Author: Aileen Erin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Tessa—part witch, part werewolf, raised human and now the unofficial leader of a newly minted supernatural alliance—thinks nothing of her brother, Axel, texting her and Dastien to meet up. The location pin is in a weird spot, but maybe he found a magical anomaly? But when Tessa steps into the darkened warehouse, she doesn’t expect to see her brother laying in a pool of his own blood, smell the sulfuric scent of black magic, or feel the pain of her mate being shot full of silver.

Tessa has seconds to make a choice, but there’s only one thing she can do to save the two most important men in her life—sacrifice herself.

The last thing Dastien hears from Tessa is her plea—help Axel. Then their bond goes silent. He can’t hear her. He can’t feel her. And there’s no sign of the attackers who took her.

Dastien does everything he can to save Axel before calling his friends in a panic. It takes all of them to find Tessa, but when Dastien’s finally reunited with her, there’s no sign of recognition in her eyes.

No magic in her touch.

No wolf beneath the surface.

Everything that made Tessa who she was…has been erased.

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Excerpt #1
Buzz. Buzz. Buz-buz-buz. Buzzzzz.

Shit. Axel called three times and texted once. I couldn’t ignore him again.

That wasn’t a drunk dial or him being excited about something. Three calls meant an emergency.

Dastien moved before I could say anything, disappearing back into the cabin. I raced after him.

“Hello?” Dastien said. “Axel?”

“I don’t want to die alone.” His voice was soft and thready with pain and terror, and I knew everything was about to change.

I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t move. And every inch of me was cold.

Die alone? He was hurt? More than hurt. He was dying?

Axel wasn’t just my brother. He’d been my best friend—my only friend—growing up. A moment ago, I wasn’t sure I could take one more thing—one more fight, one more discussion about the fey, one more cleansing against evil—but then I heard something in his voice I’d never heard before.

Despair and defeat and death.

They said that God didn’t give you more than you could handle, but in that brief, less-than-a-second moment, I wondered if I could handle losing my brother.

And the answer was no. I couldn’t. It would break something vital in me, and I wasn’t sure how I’d get over the loss.

But it wasn’t too late. Not yet.

I had to move. I had to do something. I had to fight. One more time tonight. I had to find it in me.

And then the power came. Rising up. Filling me. First, from Dastien, and then Lucas and Claudia. In the next breath, the power of twelve people answered a call I didn’t realize I’d sent out. I was filled with three types of supernatural magic, and I knew that I could do this.

“We’re coming.” Dastien’s words broke over me, spurring me into action.

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Author Aileen Erin

Author Aileen Erin

About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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Where to Find Aileen Erin
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – SHADOW’S LYRIC (Crossing Daggers Series) by C.A. Worley

Author C.A. Worley is unveiling the cover to SHADOW'S LYRIC, the first book in her adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Crossing Daggers, releasing June 1, 2020

SHADOW’S LYRIC Cover Reveal

Author C.A. Worley is unveiling the cover to SHADOW’S LYRIC, the first book in her adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Crossing Daggers, releasing June 1, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to SHADOW'S LYRIC, the first book in her adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Crossing Daggers, by C.A. Worley, releasing June 1, 2020

SHADOW’S LYRIC (Crossing Daggers Series #1) by C.A. Worley

About the Book
Title:
SHADOW’S LYRIC,
Series: Crossing Daggers Series #1
Author: C.A. Worley
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
It began with a blood oath.

It ended in bloodshed.

When twenty-one-year-old Lyric is told by her father, Gabrian, she will be crossing into the Otherland as payment for a favor he owes the Shadow Lord, she thinks her life is over. In truth, it is just beginning. Years of training as a soldier and an uncanny ability to learn pretty much anything give Lyric the tools she needs to survive her new reality—and it totally helps that her new lord and master is sex incarnate.

Draven has long awaited Lyric’s arrival, and not just because he needs her to track a powerful weapon stolen by an unknown adversary. He believes he has everything firmly in hand, despite the subterfuge he foolishly agreed to some twenty years back. When Draven’s enemies and lies of omission both threaten the fragile bond he and Lyric are forming, he refuses to allow anything to stand in the way, not even the razor-sharp blade of Lyric’s favorite sword.

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Cover reveal for SHADOW'S LYRIC, the first book in her adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Crossing Daggers, by C.A. Worley, releasing June 1, 2020

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C.A. Worley is the alter-ego of romance author Cass Alexander. Where Cass tends to focus on humor in her publications, C.A. loves to write fantasy

Author C.A. Worley

About the Author
C.A. Worley is the alter-ego of Romance Author Cass Alexander. Where Cass tends to focus on humor in her publications, C.A. loves to write fantasy. She chose to write under the two different monikers so as to not confuse (or tick off) her readers.

C.A. currently resides in the Midwest, but was born and raised in the South. She spends her days working from home and her evenings are spent shuttling her kids to and fro. Her dinners are subpar, but she makes a mean dessert.

When she’s tired of living her sons’ travel sports schedules, C.A. enjoys a glass (or four) of wine. She needs the liquid courage to click the publish button for her fantasy romance novels.

Her motto is, “Be Brave,” and she tries to live it every day. It takes a healthy dose of courage to get through this thing we call life.

Where to Find C.A. Worley
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Cover Reveal – L.O.V.E. by Krissy Daniels

Author Krissy Daniels is unveiling the cover to L.O.V.E, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing June 30, 2020

Author Krissy Daniels is unveiling the cover to L.O.V.E, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing June 30, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, and preorder links.

Cover for L.O.V.E, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Krissy Daniels, releasing June 30, 2020

L.O.V.E. by Krissy Daniels

About the Book
Title:
L.O.V.E.
Author: Krissy Daniels
Release Date: November 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Our relationship, mine and Cole’s, isn’t a simple one.
It’s complicated, frustrating and, at times, downright ugly.
You see, I fell for a man who couldn’t love me back.

Hard as I tried to avoid the dimpled prince of Seattle, life threw us together.
As much as we resisted temptation, he burrowed his way into my heart.
Sinful as our attraction was, our destinies were entwined.

Don’t worry. Ours is a love story, after all. I had no idea how our fairytale would play out, but one thing I knew for certain?

Fate had a twisted sense of humor, and she did not play fair.

 

 

 

 

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You can preorder L.O.V.E, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Krissy Daniels, releasing June 30, 2020

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Adult contemporary romance author, Krissy Daniels

Author Krissy Daniels

About the Author
Krissy is a full time writer, avid reader, and lover of dark and dirty romance.

Growing up surrounded by the great outdoors, her childhood was full of adventure that fueled an overactive imagination and ignited a passion for storytelling. Whether it be dolls, or running free through the wooded areas surrounding her home, playtime always included a tormented villain, a damsel in distress and a larger than life hero.

After relentless encouragement from friends and family, she finally put the characters in her head to pen and paper. The only thing she loves more than curling up with a steamy romance novel, is cozying up to her desk and writing her own sexy adventures to share with others.

Where to Find Krissy Daniels
Goodreads | Website | Newsletter | FacebookTwitter | Instagram | Amazon | BookBub

 

Book Release + Giveaway – ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series) by Theresa Paolo

Today is release day for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

Today is release day for ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan’s Bay, by Theresa Paolo. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series #1) by Theresa Paolo

About the Book – Preorder Now
Title: ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
Series: Morgan’s Bay Series #1
Author: Theresa Paolo
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find your happy ending.

Olivia Green had the picture-perfect life. Dating one of the most successful businessmen in New York City, living in a penthouse over Manhattan and a budding career, until one dreadful night when it was all ripped out from under her. If only she’d gone home like she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have known her future fiancé was a two-timing jerk. Now with no choice she is leaving the city to move back in with her parents in the small town of Morgan’s Bay.

Shane McConnell believed he had no family other than his mother, but on her death bed, she revealed the father who died before he was born, came from a large wealthy family. With nothing to lose he sets out to the east end of Long Island to spend a summer with his newly discovered family. What he doesn’t expect is the secrets and lies dating back to long before his father’s death. Nor could he predict the beautiful hot mess he met on the train would find a way into his closed off heart.

Both struggling with the realities of their new lives they unintentionally lean on each other. As their attraction builds and their undeniable chemistry explodes into passion, Shane holds onto his own secret that threatens his chance at love.

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Teaser from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

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Excerpt

“For three years, I tried to be everything I thought he wanted. The sad thing is, I didn’t even realize I was doing it. I’ve never felt comfortable in my own skin. I’ve always thought if I was just taller, thinner, had blonde hair, curly hair, if I was smarter, sexier… I guess what that all means is I don’t think I’m good enough.” 

Shane’s hands came around her waist, holding her close, but not close enough that she couldn’t look deep into his eyes. “You are good enough and whenever Daniel or anyone else pops in your head and makes you think you’re not, think of this moment. Right now. Think of my words. You, Olivia Green, are more than good enough. You’re pretty damn special.”

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Teaser from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, by Theresa Paolo

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa Paolo

Author Theresa Paolo

About the Author
Theresa Paolo lives on Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She is the author of NA and Adult contemporary romances. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and the companion novel (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014. Mad About Matt, the first book in her new Red Maple Falls series, released March 2017.

She loves to write heartfelt romances with a dash of fun and a side of spice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, brewery hopping, daydreaming, wasting time on Pinterest, trying to get 10k steps on her FitBit or can be found chatting away on Twitter and Facebook. She also writes YA romance under Tessa Marie and has no idea how to smile for a picture.

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Where to find Theresa Paolo
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Facebook Reader Group | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Books+MainBookBub

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – GRAVE HUMOR (Magical Romantic Comedies Series) by R.J. Blain

Welcome to the blog tour for GRAVE HUMOR, the tenth book in the adult paranormal romantic comedy series, Magical Romantic Comedies, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain

Welcome to the blog tour for GRAVE HUMOR, the tenth book in the adult paranormal romantic comedy series, Magical Romantic Comedies, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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GRAVE HUMOR (Magical Romantic Comedies Series #10) by R.J. Blain

About the Book
Title:
GRAVE HUMOR
Series: Magical Romantic Comedies #10
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Most days, Anwen regrets working at a funeral home despite the good pay. With the residents no longer inclined to stay in their coffins where they belong, she’s got her hands full making sure everyone follows the rules:

In the funeral home, there is no screaming, no murdering, no mutilation, no possessions, no kidnappings, no resurrections, and no cursing of any type. Be quiet and stay polite.

The day Old Man McGregor decides to take a walk and disturbs her peace, Anwen learns there’s a lot more to the basement in the funeral home than a vampire and a handsome gentleman on ice.

If she’s not careful, she’ll learn first-hand why ‘eternally yours’ is the most potent of threats.

Warning: this novel contains romance, humor, bodies, shenanigans, and mythological puppies. Proceed with caution.

 

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Excerpt #3
Why the hell was mutilation of a corpse illegal? And since the corpse happened to be able to get up, walk, and talk, not only would I be hit with a count of mutilation of a corpse, I’d also get jailed for assault and whatever other charges someone got for ripping a dead guy’s remaining internal organs out through his nose.

I allowed my shoulders to slump, and I sighed again.

“That would be mean of me. All right, Anwen. I’ll give this hand to you. How do you get your groceries, and what does me going back to my coffin have to do with it?” The old, dead man sat across from me, squishing as he made himself comfortable. After the first dozen chatterbox corpses, I’d convinced the funeral home director to use thick pleather cushions, which were a breeze to clean. An hour with the right chemicals and some elbow grease, and no one would know Old Man McGregor had left his coffin and gone for a stroll.

“It’s simple. At your viewing—before and after, too—you don’t make anyone scream. You don’t scream. Nobody screams. Director Hammel hates when people scream in his funeral home. If no one screams or breaks any of the other rules, I get groceries. My current wage doesn’t pay for my bills and my groceries, so it’s really nice when a lively corpse behaves. If one behaves every month, I get my groceries. It works well for everyone.”

Once and only once, two corpses had felt sorry for me, and I’d gotten to have a nice steak to go with enough food to get by plus an entire pack of cigarettes.

Damn it, I could use a smoke, and I didn’t care if it landed me in my grave early. If someone brought me to my work for interment, I’d go out with a bang and work hard to break every damned rule on my way out. With the way my thoughts kept going, I had a ticket to hell, and damn it all, I meant to earn it.

“That’s it?”

I understood the skepticism in the old man’s voice. Director Hammel knew everybody in town, and the smart ones gave my boss a wide berth for good reason.

Old Man McGregor, while considered the town’s almost-lovable nuisance, wasn’t stupid.

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Blain

Author by R.J. Blain

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

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

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Where to find R.J. Blain
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Release Day – TROUBLE (Darling Devils Series) by Gabrielle G.

Today is release day for TROUBLE, the second book in the adult contemporary rockstar romance series, Darling Devils, by Gabrielle G.

Today is release day for TROUBLE, the second book in the adult contemporary rockstar romance series, Darling Devils, by Gabrielle G. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

Cover to TROUBLE (Darling Devils Series #2) by Gabrielle G., releasing May 12, 2020

TROUBLE (Darling Devils Series #2) by Gabrielle G.

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: TROUBLE
Series: Darling Devils Series #2
Author: Gabrielle G.
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
There are three things I have to protect: My heart, my scars and my life. Even from my best friend.

Some secrets have the power to change lives. Or ruin them.

What I didn’t expect was for my best friend to walk away when I needed him most. I made the only decision I could. And I have no regrets–even if Lars Trouble can’t handle that.

Now I just have to convince my broken heart it’s better off without him.

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I don’t do secrets, I hate deceivers and I’m not in love with my best friend.

Or so I thought.

As the man in the shadows, the drummer of the Darling Devils, the person I rely on most is my best friend. That is until I discover Naomi is a liar. If walking away from her was hard, learning she isn’t mine to love feels impossible. And just when I think it’s all finally coming back together, fate steps in and proves me wrong.

But when you love someone, you do the only thing you can. You fight for your love story to begin.

A friends-to-lovers romance to the beat of the Darling Devils – the legends of music.

This novel contains chapters with difficult scenes that might trigger some readers. Please reach out to me for specific details.

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Teaser for TROUBLE, the second book in the adult contemporary rockstar romance series, Darling Devils, by Gabrielle G.

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Excerpt:
“What about this one?” Lars dangles the tiniest bikini he has found in the shop on his finger. It’s more a fingernail than a piece of clothing.

“Perfect, let me try it on first and walk around the shop to be sure everyone appreciates it.” 

“No way, woman,” he grunts. “I want you to wear it inside.”

“Why would I wear this inside when I could be naked riding your cock?” I quirk an eyebrow. 

“Because suggestive clothing is a veil to desire. I prefer to have a peek behind the curtain than being invited to a show with the curtain wide open,” he shrugs.

“I know. And that’s because you’re a man of the shadows, babe. Buy it if it rocks your world. I’ll wear it for you tonight. But for the beach, I need something covering a lot more.” I continue my search through the rack until I find a cute black bikini. I turn around to show Lars and find him scrutinizing me.

“What?” 

“I need to try on my bathing suit,” he says, zooming in on my breasts.

“So stop looking at my tits and go?” I point at the changing room. The shop is the typical surfer shop full of clothes and bracelets made from recycled plastic you find in the ocean. It’s tiny and has a hippie beach vibe to it no one can resist. It even smells like monoi and coconut.

“I can’t.” He smiles. I can see the glimmer in his eyes that it’s nothing serious. Probably, one of his stupid ideas like how he decided he always needs a couple of beers or he will get an earache. To this day, he still believes that if he has only one, his ear will not hurt. 

“Why?” I roll my eyes not even waiting for his answer before knowing it’s stupid.

I don’t think it’s a good idea to try on a bathing suit with a hard-on,” he whispers.

“Because you can catch HDD?” I smile.

“HDD?” 

“I read it somewhere Lars. If you try on bathing suits with an erection, you might get Hard Dick Disease, and Mr. Selfish will stay in that state for your girlfriend to ride you whenever and wherever she wants. It’s scientifically proven.” I laugh at my own joke. Lars smirks.

“You’re a dork.”

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Teaser for TROUBLE, the second book in the adult contemporary rockstar romance series, Darling Devils, by Gabrielle G.

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Author Gabrielle G.

Author Gabrielle G.

About the Author
Gabrielle G will do anything for a hot cup of tea, still celebrates her half birthdays and feels everyone has an inner temptuous voice.

Born in France and having lived in Switzerland, Gabrielle currently resides in Montreal with her husband, three devilish children and an extremely moody cat.

After spending years contemplating a career in writing, she finally jumped off the deep end and took the plunge into the literary world. Writing consumed her and she independently published her work.

Gabrielle’s style is fiercely raw and driven by pure emotion. Her love stories leave you out of breath, yearning for more, while at the same time wiping away tears.

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Where to find Gabrielle G.
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – LYRICS AND CURSES (Cursed Hearts Series) by Candace Robinson

Filles Vertes Publishing and author Candace Robinson are unveiling the cover to LYRICS & CURSES, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Cursed Hearts, releasing November 10, 2020

Filles Vertes Publishing and author Candace Robinson are unveiling the cover to LYRICS & CURSES, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Cursed Hearts, releasing November 10, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for LYRICS & CURSES, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, Cursed Hearts, by Candace Robinson, releasing November 10, 2020

LYRICS AND CURSES (Cursed Hearts Series #1) by Candace Robinson

About the Book
Title:
LYRICS & CURSES,
Series: Cursed Hearts Series #1
Author: Candace Robinson
Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Filles Vertes Publishing

Synopsis
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

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Young adult paranormal romance author Candace Robinson

Author Candace Robinson

About the Author
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas–where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next!

 

 

 

 

Where to Find J.A. Huss
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – OUTFOXED (The Fox Witch Series) by R.J. Blain

Welcome to the book blitz for OUTFOXED, the first book in the adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, The Fox Witch, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain, releasing November 3, 2020

Welcome to the book blitz for OUTFOXED, the first book in the adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, The Fox Witch, by USA Today bestselling author, R.J. Blain, releasing November 3, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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OUTFOXED (The Fox Witch Series #1) by R.J. Blain

About the Book
Title:
OUTFOXED
Series: The Fox Witch Series #1
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: November 3, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis
Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.

Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.

Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

 

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Excerpt #2
Yep, the bounty hunter knew exactly who I was, although I would’ve preferred if he’d addressed me as Jade. What sort of bounty hunter addressed their victim so formally, anyway? If I had to share a cellar with someone out for my head, living or otherwise, I was of the opinion we needed to be on a first-name basis. “Got a name, or am I going to have to give you one?”

“More leading, less talking,” he ordered. He cast a glance over his shoulder up at the entry for the cellar, which would be a bitch to escape from after we rode out the storm. “They’re coming.”

I could tell; the ground shook, the wind screamed, and the hail graduated to chunks of ice capable of slamming through someone’s skull with terrifying ease. I shouldered open the door, grimacing at the creaking wood; I gave it another storm or two before it gave up the ghost, too.

Fortunately for me, the slope on the other side made it hard for water to penetrate the cellar, and the third door was crafted of good steel. I scrambled up the incline, waiting long enough for the bounty hunter to follow me through. “Close it,” I ordered.

He did as told, and the tunnel fell into darkness. The wood did little to buffer us from the sounds of the storm tearing through the neighborhood above. I made my way to the crest of the incline by feel, patting until I located the top concrete step. “There’s a set of concrete steps at the top. If you’re not careful, you’ll crack your forehead in the ceiling and fall. It’s a long way down.”

I already regretted my decision to be a good person, as it would lose me access to the best storm cellar I’d found in Tulsa. I’d have to search for a new hiding place and hope it was half as secure and safe from the weather.

Then again, I had to get away from my new unwanted friend first, which would be a challenge considering we’d have to share space until the storm ended.

It could take minutes, hours, or days.

I’d only stashed enough food and water for one person for one week, so if it took days, we’d be in trouble.

The bounty hunter joined me, and I eased down the steps once certain he wouldn’t take a lethal tumble to the steel door below. At the bottom, I felt around for the hatch wheel, grabbed hold, and turned until the door popped open.

Light spilled into the staircase from the luminescent moss I’d cultivated on the walls, barely bright enough to guide my way to the crank-powered lamp. I sat on the concrete floor and went to work charging the device. It’d only last for a few hours before I’d have to charge it again, but it would give me a chance to set up my home away from home.

The bounty hunter entered, closed the steel door, and whistled at my shelter. “I definitely stand corrected. Your file didn’t mention you have a good cellar. You’re listed as a vagrant.”

I scowled; unless rich, wealthy, or a hell of a lot braver than I was, everyone in the Alley counted as a vagrant. We went where the storms were least likely to strike, although there were few places left safe from the weather’s fury.

If I’d been thinking, I would’ve taken him an extra block down the road to a shallower cellar, although I had no idea if it’d survive through an entire swarm of twisters. Sighing, I kept cranking on the lamp. “Who isn’t a vagrant here?” I finally asked, aware of him waiting for an answer.

“Those who live in Asylum.”

Asylum. The rich, the famous, and the powerful received invitations from its lord and master, Benedict Mansfield. He’d bought the land rights beneath Tulsa’s city center, digging deep and converting the sandstone and the underlying limestone into habitable space. I’d given up figuring out how people could live underground long ago; they did, and everyone with a grain of sense and a desire to survive wanted to live in Asylum.

Hell would freeze over before average folks like me were welcomed down there.

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Blain

Author by R.J. Blain

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

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

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Book Review – THE BEST MISTAKE (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series) by Cookie O’Gorman

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5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Honor Tierney just wants one night with the playboy.

One hot, steamy, meaningless hookup, and then she’ll happily go back to reading her favorite books, studying to be an accountant and writing for the campus-paper-nobody-reads. Too bad she ends up in the wrong bed, with the wrong brother…who gives her the hottest night of her life.

Archer O’Brien just wants to play ball.

Well that, and for his brothers to stop acting out, so he won’t have to worry 24/7. As the oldest O’Brien and team captain, it’s his duty to make sure they don’t drink too much, party too much, or get in too much trouble. But when she walks into his bedroom—mistaking him for his brother—life throws him a curveball.

She’s determined to guard her heart. He’s not giving up.

And when Honor gets assigned to cover the Wolves baseball team, it’s game on.

This new adult sports romance features one hot (and hilarious) case of mistaken identity and a sexy set of brothers guaranteed to make you swoon.

Sometimes, the best mistakes are worth making.

 

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My Review
This is the first new adult novel I’ve read by Cookie O’Gorman, and I’m hooked. She took everything I love about her young adult books: quirky, fun characters and angsty romance, and mixed them up with older characters with more independence, but still trying to figure out life. The combination is both heart-warming and hysterical. Honor Tierney is about to finish up college, still a virgin. Baylor O’Brien has the reputation as a ladies man who leaves his partners satisfied. Who better to give her a night she’ll never forget? Unless she accidentally mistakes one O’Brien brother for another, with hilarious results. What follows is two college seniors trying to make sense of one mixed-up night that might be anything but a failed one-night stand. Add a plethora of O’Brien siblings, Honor’s diverse roommates, and more than a few sparks to ignite a series of events that are at times laugh-out-loud funny and gut-punching. While this is Honor’s and Archer’s story, I can’t wait to find out what happens with the rest of this crew! I’m so happy this is the first book in a new series.

Plot
This is a straight up romance without any real sub-plotting, but the romance drives the story so well, not much else is needed. The back and forth between what Archer wants and what Honor wants along with misconceptions and assumptions on both their parts drives the bulk of the conflict, with Archer’s siblings contributing the rest. When you put that many alpha males together, all from the same family, sparks are bound to fly. The best dialogue is between the O’Brien siblings.

Characters
O’Gorman excels at characters. Honor is equal parts smart, socially awkward, and adorable. The only thing I didn’t really like about her was how little self-esteem she has. And that didn’t really change over the course of the story the way I hoped it would. But her best friend and roommate, Charlie, more than makes up for it with an over-abundance of self-assuredness. She’s the yin to Honor’s yang. Guys fall all over themselves to be with her, except for Archer’s brother, Chase. These two need their own story, stat. Then there’s Rose, the third roommate, who I still haven’t figured out yet, and the O’Brien sister, now a freshman, who rounds out the apartment. Her best friend, June, has it bad for bad boy Baylor, and I’m convinced their story will be the best of the bunch. And above them all is the baseball coach and Mama O’Brien herself, who keeps them all in line while coaching the winningest team in college baseball.

What I Loved About THE BEST MISTAKE
1. Honor.
Delightfully awkward and funny.

2. Archer. As the oldest O’Brien, he has a sense of responsibility that keeps him on the straight and narrow as his brothers devolve into drinking, brawling, and general debauchery.

3. Baseball. I miss sports of all kinds during this pandemic life we’re in now, but since it’s baseball season, I really enjoyed the ballpark scenes.

4. The O’Brien Brothers. Each is very different from the other, making for a colorful cast of characters.

5. Charlie. She was my favorite character in the book and I can’t wait for her story.

Bottom Line
A fun, fast-paced contemporary romance with plenty of laugh-out loud moments.

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

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Title: THE BEST MISTAKE
Series: Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #1
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: April 23, 202-
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Pages: 219
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Author Cookie O'Gorman

Author Cookie O’Gorman

About the Author
Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, and The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad are out now!  She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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Where to find Cookie O’Gorman
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY by Debarshi Kanjilal

Welcome to the book blitz for BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY, a stand-alone adult dark romance/psychological thriller, by Debarshi Kanjilal

Welcome to the book blitz for BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY, a stand-alone adult dark romance/psychological thriller, by Debarshi Kanjilal. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

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BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY by Debarshi Kanjilal

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
BASED ON LIES – THE WHOLE STORY
Author: Debarshi Kanjilal
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Adult Dark Romance/Psychological Thriller
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Synopsis
A psychopath.
An infidel.
A child abuser.
A murderer.
A lover.
An insomniac.
A disturbed man.
A victim of his own mind.
Each one of these phrases can aptly describe Anurag Sanyal. This is Anurag’s story.

He has confessed it all to his diary. He has described every crime in vivid, nauseating detail. And each account is more surreal, more messed up than the last. There is only one problem – everything he narrates is based on lies.

And thus, we begin the eternal search for truth.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
Anurag smiled hesitantly and said, “It’s okay. I know you are here to help. And I trust any choice that Aditi makes.”

“Good,” I said, as I stood next to him. I drew a chair for myself and sat down in front of him.

“You love Aditi, don’t you?” I asked.

“Of course, I do,” said Anurag. “Anyone else, I would have been struggling to keep paying exorbitant alimonies for years now. But Aditi is different. I wish I could have done more for her, given her a child, perhaps.”

This sentiment wasn’t new. I had read something similar in his diary. And that scared me; his diary couldn’t be dismissed as a madman’s blabbering if he can recall any or all of it.

“Does Aditi feel that way about the child? Are you sure that she even wishes to have a child with you?” I asked.

Anurag burst into laughter. “Which married woman in her thirties doesn’t want a child, doctor? Let me call you doctor, makes you seem important! Anyway, I don’t need to ask her that question, doctor. I have been with her long enough to know what her heart desires.”

I tried to stay calm. After the silence simmered for half a minute, Anurag added, “If I did ask her, she’d say ‘you’re the child in our marriage, Avi, we don’t need another one,’ but I know she would just be saying that.”

I was caught with my guard down. ‘Avi!’ I exclaimed as I turned to the door into the room to look at Aditi, who had been standing there calmly all along. She turned her gaze down to the floor and then silently turned and walked away. I tried to gather my composure—futile efforts. I looked back at Anurag and asked him, “I am sorry, I didn’t read your full name yet. That was really careless of me.”

“It’s okay, doctor. After all, you are not a real doctor, so you are allowed to make mistakes! It’s Kar, Avinit Kar.”

“Of course, Avinit. Avinit, do you know anyone named Anurag?”

“Yes, of course, I knew Anurag, but haven’t you heard?”

And with that preface, Anurag started talking. And before I couldn’t take any more of the ridiculous story he narrated, he had suggested that Anurag, who was someone other than himself, had died in a terrible road accident, and Aditi is now grieving his death.

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Urban Fiction Author Debarshi Kanjilal

Author Debarshi Kanjilal

About the Author
Debarshi Kanjilal is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore, India. He published his first novella, Crimes of Love, just before the 2017 holiday season and it was touted as a gripping psychological thriller by several reputable reviewers.

DK ran the ‘God of Absurdity’ blog from 2012 to 2015, which published humorous anecdotes and reflection pieces. He is also an accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped adult learning content strategy for some of the most reputable organizations in the world.

You can keep up to date with his work on LinkedIn, Instagram, or his website.

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL (Love Is… Series) by Cassie Cross

Welcome to the blog tour for THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Love Is..., by Cassie Cross

Welcome to the blog tour for THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL, the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, Love Is…, by Cassie Cross. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

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THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL (Love Is… Series #3) by Cassie Cross

About The Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL
Series: Love Is… Series #3
Author: Cassie Cross
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2020
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Synopsis
Peyton Castillo’s life is nearly perfect. She has a job that makes her happy, the perfect apartment, friends who love her, and all the time in the world to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. She’s single and loving it, but she has a handful of weddings she’s RSVPed to and no plus-one to go with. That’s where Adam Portman, her gorgeous-and-knows-it coworker comes in.

Peyton’s proposal is simple: she’ll complete a work assignment Adam’s been dreading if he agrees to be her date to one of the weddings.

The offer is tempting, but sparks fly when Adam counters with a proposal of his own. That work assignment isn’t the only thing he’s been dreading. His parents’ 30th anniversary celebration is coming up soon and his mother is determined to set him up with her best friend’s daughter, who will be at the party. Adam needs a date to play along and convince his mom he’s off the market, and Peyton is the perfect choice…

 

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Excerpt
“I’ve seen that look on your face before, and I don’t think I like it.” 

“What look?” I ask innocently. 

“That one you get when something’s brewing up there. Do I even want to know?” 

I dig my heels into the industrial chair mat on the floor and pull myself closer. “I have a proposition for you.” 

He doesn’t even pretend to not be interested. He leans forward, letting his elbows rest on the arms of his chair. He clasps his hands together, making his muscles flex and I lose my train of thought for just a second.

“Peyton,” he says, bringing me out of it. 

The satisfied grin on his face indicates he knows exactly what those arms can do to me if I let them. And that’s why this is a horrible, terrible, no-good idea. 

“Yes?” 

“The proposition.” 

“How would you feel about a trade of sorts?” 

His eyebrow arches. He’s interested, which is the first sign that I should back down before it’s too late. 

“I’m intrigued.” 

I need a disclaimer. “The fact that I’m about to offer this should tell you how desperate I am, okay?” 

“Okay…” 

“My friends Michelle and Tony are getting married this weekend. My friend Lexie is going with her boyfriend, and my other friend Corinna is going with hers. Adam, I just can’t deal with being a fifth wheel on a double date to a wedding. I can’t. So…my proposal is that you attend as my date to serve as a buffer between me and my loved-up friends, and I’ll do the quarterly report and have it to you to give to Ross first thing Monday morning.” 

“The last time you did that report I found you in tears surrounded by a thousand candy wrappers.” 

“It wasn’t a thousand. And I mentioned that I was desperate, didn’t I?” 

Seemingly sensing that he has me over a barrel here, my dear friend Adam relaxes back and lets me sweat it out a little. “I hate weddings, I don’t know if this is a fair enough trade.” 

“How can you hate weddings?” I ask, ignoring his completely insane claim that going to a wedding is somehow more torture than compiling that damned report. 

“I guess it’s not weddings per se, just any event where I have to wear a suit and dance.” 

“But you look so good in suits,” I let slip accidentally. 

He smiles. 

“My friend Lexie is making the cake.” 

“The one who owns The Sweet Spot?” 

I nod. “Yep.” That perks him up. “There’s also an open bar, so free drinks. And of course the best part of this bargain is that I’ll be your date.” 

“I think the best part of the bargain is that you’ll be doing the quarterly for me,” he teases, and I really do flick my straw paper at him this time. 

He thinks about it for an amount of time that has me seriously regretting asking him, but like a good negotiator, he reiterates the terms of the agreement. 

“I go to this wedding with you, you do the quarterly and let me take credit?” 

I nod. “Yes, those are the terms. I’m throwing in some excellent cake and free drinks to sweeten the deal.” 

“Deal.” He reaches out his hand and I take it, ignoring the sharp zing of electricity that skitters down my spine when we touch.

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THE PLUS ONE PROPOSAL, the third book in her adult contemporary romance series, Love Is..., by Cassie Cross, is available now

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Book 1: THE SWEET SPOT
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Author Cassie Cross

Author Cassie Cross

About the Author
Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.

 

 

 

 

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Young Adult Book Review – HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH by Amy Fellner Dominy

Welcome to the blog tour for HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH, a stand-alone young adult contemporary romance by Amy Fellner Dominy

 

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HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH by Amy Fellner Dominy

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?

 

 

 

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My Review
I love this book so much. I love the characters, the flirty banter, and just the whole story. It’s an enemies to “lovers” story with a little something extra. Mai is driven. And that’s an understatement. She has a plan for everything, knows what she will do with her life down to the most minute detail, and absolutely doesn’t take risks. There are reasons for this, reasons that make Mai so much more than a one-dimensional character. Anthony is the complete opposite. For his own reasons, he is an inherent risk taker, he has no plan for his future, and lives life in the moment, never knowing what tomorrow may bring. What these two do have in common is an inexplicable attraction to one another that is one part chemistry and one part something neither of them truly understands. With Mai leaving for college soon and Anthony heading out on a quest with no particular plans beyond this, these two need to get each other out of their systems. They agree to a two-week immersion to really prove to themselves and each other why they’re so wrong together. Each plans alternating dates they absolutely know the other will hate, resulting in truly hilarious moments. But instead of pushing them further away, it appears to have the opposite effect. These two couldn’t be more different, but you know what they say — opposites attract!

Plot
The author does a great job of plotting the story so it never drags. The “hate” dates add comedy throughout and keep the story from even devolving into a sagging middle section. Instead, the pacing is spot on, and the character development and sprinkling of moments that help us understand the characters’ backstories is never tedious.

The Characters
The characters are the best part, and that’s saying something. Mai was hard for me to really identify with it first, but it didn’t take long for me to really get her on a much deeper level. As the only adopted child in her family, she not only looks different than her parents and brother, she feels different. She knows she was chosen, but she also knows she was abandoned by her birth parents. Her need for roots is so understandable, I just wanted to reach out and hug her so many times. Anthony recently lost his father to a short battle with cancer, proving that nothing in life is permanent. He believes in never looking to the future when you can live in the now, because the future isn’t guaranteed. While I’m more like Anthony naturally, rather than through circumstance, I found myself really empathizing with Mai. I was rooting for these two so hard from nearly the first chapter.

Top Five Things I Loved About HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH
1. Mai. She’s so uptight she’s practically a statue, and yet there is so much underlying all of that which makes her easy to love.

2. Anthony. He’s my “live in the moment” soul mate, and I was pulling for him to unwind Mai the whole time.

3. Hiking. I live in Southern California, so hiking is pretty much a way of life here, too, although not nearly as hot as in Phoenix! I loved the trail scenes the most.

4. Chemistry. Mai and Anthony have it in spades and it was raw and refreshing.

5. Witty banter. The dialogue was among the best I’ve read in a long time.

Bottom Line
An adorable romance with amazing characters and many laugh-out-loud moments. One of my top reads of 2020 so far.

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

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About the Book
Title: HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH
Author: Amy Fellner Dominy
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: May 4, 2020
Pages: 270
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Young adult author, Amy Fellner Dominy

Author Amy Fellner Dominy

About the Author
Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them. Visit Amy online at www.amydominy.com or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy..

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SMOKE AND RITUAL (Beautiful Dark Beasts Series) by Melissa Sercia

Welcome to the book blitz for SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia

Welcome to the book blitz for SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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SMOKE AND RITUAL (Beautiful Dark Beasts Series #1) by Melissa Sercia

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
SMOKE AND RITUAL
Series: Beautiful Dark Beasts Series #1
Author: Melissa Sercia
Publisher: City Owl Press
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The voices haunt her…

Their whispers taunt her with a war she never wanted…

But Arya Frost has more to contend with than the cryptic voices disturbing her sleep.

Protected inside the haven of Sanctum after losing both her parents in the Blood War a decade ago, Arya is different from other witches. She’s the only witch without a coven.

Or so she thinks. 

As her powers accelerate, so do the revelations about her true lineage.

Destined to become the Aether—a witch who can control all four elements—the Elemental covens want her magic, power she didn’t even know she had.

And when the sexy and mysterious god, Chaos shows up, Arya’s place in the world is put even more at risk.

But learning who and what she is, and how to wield her power only tips the surface of the battle raging inside her. She’ll have to find a way to awaken her magic, deal with her growing attraction to Chaos, all while being thrust into the middle of a magical feud that has been building for centuries.

The Blood War might be over, but the war between witches is just beginning.

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Teaser from SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia

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Excerpt #2
As I made my way toward Jane’s office, my newfound courage was starting to waiver. When I was a kid, they’d told us that war was something we’d never have to experience. The age of peace would last. We had the gods on our side. There were so many who had fought and died for us to be safe. Would their sacrifice be in vain?

Our parents grew up in a different time. Bloodshed and dark magic were all they knew. They were prepared for it. But my generation was soft. We never even thought to look over our shoulders. As I stood outside Jane’s door, I knew that was all about to change.

“Arya, please come in. We were just discussing you.” Jane sat still and stoic at her desk. Chaos paced back and forth behind her.

I ignored the nervous tickle that crept up my throat, praying that my voice didn’t fail me. “I’ve made my decision. I—I want to help. I will do whatever it is you want me to do.” My knees wobbled as the words left my lips.

“You can’t be serious,” Chaos snapped. “Have you ever even been off this island? I don’t care what your lineage is. You aren’t ready.” He folded his chiseled arms to his chest and leaned back against the wall, seeming satisfied with his assessment of me.

The way he looked at me without emotion, the dismissiveness in his tone, it was all I could do to not crawl under Jane’s desk and hide. “Thanks for the vote of confidence,” I mumbled.

Jane pressed her palms onto the desk, as if she were bracing herself. “Chaos, enough. We’ve been over this all night. She has to be the Aether. She’s the only one who can tap into that power.” Her voice softened as she looked back toward me. “Arya, dear, is there anything at all you can tell us about Echo? Anything you remember?”

I looked down at my scuffed boots, unsure of what was real or just imagined. “I—I don’t know. I’ve been having strange dreams for months. Echo—or at least who I think is Echo—calls to me in them. She tells me she needs me. At first, I thought it was just my own longing for a coven, manifesting in a dream…but then the birds came. The white crows.”

“So it’s begun,” she murmured. “Arya, tell me more about the birds.”

“I found one in my bed a couple days ago, it’s neck was broken…there was so much blood. Another one slammed into my window the night after. And then…last night, I had another dream. This time it was the ancestors calling to me. I could see them…in Purgatory.”

Jane jumped to her feet. “We have to get you away from here, Arya. It’s not safe anymore.”

Chaos threw up his hands. “Nowhere is safe, don’t you get it? They’ve marked her, and they won’t stop until they have what they want. I should have destroyed this realm when I had the—” 

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence,” Jane snapped. “She will be safe with you, Chaos.”

My head pounded. Less than a week ago, my biggest worry was passing a potion test. Now, standing between a Crescent witch elder and an actual god as they argued over how I was going to become some all-powerful being, it seemed so trivial. How did my whole life change in just a matter of days?

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Teaser from SMOKE AND RITUAL, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Beautiful Dark Beasts, by Melissa Sercia

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Urban Fantasy Author, Melissa Sercia

Author Melissa Sercia

About the Author
Melissa Sercia is an Urban Fantasy author with a passion for philosophy, mythology, and all things supernatural. She is the author of the Blood and Darkness and Beautiful Dark Beasts series’. Melissa lives in California with her man and her cat. When she’s not building dark fantasy worlds and slaying demons, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with a glass of wine in her hand.

 

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Where to find Melissa Sercia
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Release Day – LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE by R.S. Grey

Today is release day for LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE, a stand-alone contemporary romance/romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, R.S. Grey

Today is release day for LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE, a stand-alone contemporary romance/romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, R.S. Grey. See below for information on the book, buy links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

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LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE by R.S. GreyLOVE THE ONE YOU HATE by R.S. Grey

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: May 7, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.

For good reason.

His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.

His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.

Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.

Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls. 

We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust

What’s worse? 

He knows it.

They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love. 

One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.

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LOVE THE ONE YOU HATE, a stand-alone contemporary romance/romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, R.S. Grey is now available

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Author R.S. Grey

Author R.S. Grey

About the Author
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE DARK IN-BETWEEN by Elizabeth Hrib

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DARK IN-BETWEEN, a standalone young adult paranormal romance, by Elizabeth Hrib.

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DARK IN-BETWEEN, a standalone young adult paranormal romance, by Elizabeth Hrib. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE DARK IN-BETWEEN by Elizabeth Hrib

About the Book
Title: THE DARK IN-BETWEEN
Author: Elizabeth Hrib
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Action-packed and emotionally powerful like big- and small-screen hits such as The Sixth Sense and SupernaturalThe Dark InBetween by Elizabeth Hrib is sure to stay with you long after the lights go out.

Something lurks in the shadows between life and death.

A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pulled from the water, Casey is rushed to the hospital and miraculously revived. But her sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.

Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend’s screams. Casey thinks she’s losing it… until she watches a boy fall from the sky.

Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy’s trapped soul to something worse than death.

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Excerpt #2
I never should have let go.

In her head, that day is still a blur of shrieking metal and blinding ocean sp.ray. One moment she’d been searching the coming twilight for the first wink of stars and the next . . . 

She didn’t remember in pictures exactly, because the images were blue and purple and black, like the bottom of the harbor. But she could remember the jump of her heart as the boat cap- sized against the rocks and the crush of surf that had rolled her over and over. 

The tide had caught her limbs, surging up and down as it pushed the breath from her lungs. And against her hands, she could remember the rough scratch of underwater rock and the slick feel of algae as she tried to protect her head. There was  something else, too. The silk of skin against hers. Liddy’s fingers tangled with her own, and then nothing but the frantic thought that raged against her temple. Get to the surface. 

Had Liddy had that same terrifying thought? Had she had the same realization that she couldn’t tell up from down in the dark? 

“It was an accident,” Evan says simply. “Nothing you did or didn’t do would change that outcome.” 

“You weren’t there,” she says. “You don’t know that.” 

“You guys wore life jackets. Liddy was just dragged under when the boat tipped. You know this.” 

But did she? Casey can’t remember breaking the surface. She can’t remember the first rush of oxygen into her lungs. So, at what point had she been saved and Liddy lost? 

Other flashes of that day rush back—Liddy’s easy grin, the excitement that bled into her laugh, the rev of the boat’s engine— and with it a wave of nausea. 

“I have to use the bathroom,” Casey says, turning on her heel and rushing toward the back of the house. She takes the main set of stairs. They curve sharply, and she races onto the landing, past the photos of Liddy at equestrian training, vocal recitals, and family vacations. The entire house is a testament to the wonderful person Liddy had been and now serves as a stark reminder of everything her parents had lost—everything Casey had lost in a best friend. 

Hands grappling for the right door, she takes refuge in the bathroom, only to find a framed photo of Liddy staring back at her from the shelf mounted beside the sink. It seems that with her passing, more and more pictures had appeared in the house. 

And she was always wearing that impossibly bright smile. 20 

Casey tips the photo facedown and barricades herself behind the bathroom door, pressing the lock with her thumb and run- ning her hand up the wall for the light switch. There’s a fuzzy edge to the silence in the dark. Almost like watching a snowy televi- sion screen. The sound of nothingness, of that blurry noiseless whisper, grows into a pulse she can feel beat beneath her skin as she slides down against the door. 

If she squeezes her eyes tight enough, all she can see is black. 

Shapes grow out of the darkness in her mind. Tall reaching tree limbs. A black wood, shrouded in shadow and stone, covered in mounds of turned earth

Casey tries to blink the images away. It’s not the first time this has happened, these grief-induced daymares. 

...Casey?

She freezes. The voice is new. 

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Author Elizabeth Hrib

Author Elizabeth Hrib

About the Author
Elizabeth Hrib was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied nursing at Western University. She now calls the East Coast home, where she works as a nurse in Halifax. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found at the piano, planning her next Netflix binge, or attempting to keep her small, windowsill garden alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Elizabeth Hrib
Goodreads Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Blog Tour – Interview + Giveaway – KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women's fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women’s fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard. See below for information on the book, buy links, my exclusive interview with the author, and details on her giveaway.

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

About the Book
Title: KEEP FOREVER
Author: Alexa Kingaard
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired
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Interview
Q: I see that KEEP FOREVER is inspired by a true story. Can you tell us a little more about that?

A: Anyone who was a teenager in the 60s’ and 70s’ has Vietnam firmly embedded in their history. It’s the story of my generation, and many of my girlfriends married veterans either right out of high school or when the men returned. Women were a part of this war, mostly as nurses and unsung heroines, but it was mostly a war fought by middle and lower class males, those who were not college bound or who were unable to get a deferment. As with every conflict, combat veterans bring home mental and physical burdens, but none were vilified like the young men and women who fought in Vietnam. 

It stained their psyches, and many passed it down to their children – the second generation suffering the effects of this conflict. Wives were kept in the dark, the VA was not established until the late 80s’, and PTSD didn’t have a name. Aftercare was minimal, and many kept their unseen wounds bottled up for decades. I fell in love with a Vietnam veteran in 1969, nine months after he came home. This guy, and many like him, were just kids. Surfing and attending community college one day, picking up a machine gun and participating in a bloody fight for their lives the next. We married almost a decade later, had two children, and divorced after eleven years. But there was always that link that never faded, and a lot of guilt that I carried because I didn’t have the insight to deal with or understand PTSD at the time.

Q: What inspired you to tell this story now? 

A: September 27, 2011, my veteran and I had become close again and spent almost all our free time together. His health was failing, he suffered from depression, but not lately, and on this day, he was on the top of his game. We were returning from a coffee date in the Village about a mile away from  home. I was the driver – I always drove – and as I waited at the bottom of the hill to make a left turn a half a block away from the house, we were rear-ended by a large vehicle, twice as heavy as mine, going 50 miles an hour. Physically, we were not hurt. My car sustained $6,000 worth of damage, and the impact and collision triggered a PTSD episode in my veteran. Seventeen days later, October 13th, he committed suicide.

Q: What kind of research did you have to do to get all the historical details right?

A: I lived through most of it. People who know me recognize what is true, and what is embellished, but when I sat down to write, I didn’t have to think very hard. It was effortless, even though the first edition may not have been very polished. I was 68 years old and never published, never thought about writing a novel – ever. But shortly after my veteran died, I joined a Veteran’s Writing Group that welcomed me as the collateral damage that was never discussed. Most were Vietnam veterans, and I was a fly on the wall for five years. I was also a mess, but little by little, the story evolved in my head. Every month I listened to stories these men shared, never with their wives and families, and sometimes it felt like they forgot I was even there. Their memories were raw and gut-wrenching, fifty years after they returned. I was compelled, I had to tell this story. It is my mea culpa and tribute to my veteran, and every other service member who fought and was affected for a lifetime by this war.

Q: How do you think this story differs from one that would be told about PTSD today?

A: Thanks to the Vietnam veterans who fought for decades for better care, the younger veterans have a more stream-lined manner in which to apply for benefits. Even though they may need to wait 12-18 months for approval of an application, Vietnam veterans are literally falling apart, and are still getting denied in record numbers. I am grateful that as of five years ago, the Vietnam veteran now has their own day set aside for them, March 29th. But it took fifty years. Today, we also have wonderful non-profits, like the Gary Sinise Foundation, who have brought the struggles of our returning military into the light. But PTSD is the same in every war, just different settings and conflict. It is still a struggle for families and loved ones to watch and understand what their veteran is going through on a daily basis.

Q: What is the most important thing that you want readers to take away from KEEP FOREVER?

A: That the burden brought home is shared by everyone, from family members to government entities. Even if a veteran physically survives, it alters their entire life once they have seen combat. I can’t even imagine, even though I am closer than most to the reality that accompanies a veteran home.

Q: If you had to pick a theme song for the book, what would it be?

A: That was an easy one.. ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’  by Paul McCartney.

Q: What are you working on now? And what stage are you in?

A: I write a newsletter every month for my website subscribers, but throughout the quarantine, I have been keeping a journal. The situation and my thoughts change daily, sometimes hourly, and some of my friends suggested I share my unique experience with my readers. I tend to think that we are all in the middle of our own unique experiences, but I started to publish my thoughts every week, blog-style, on my website.

I have also written the first twelve chapters of my third novel, MIRACLE. Don’t hold me to the title, it could change. I’m not sure where these little nuggets of inspiration come from, but after KEEP FOREVER and MY NAME IS ROSE, I noticed that I like writing about nostalgia. I also write about characters that are normal and ordinary, faced with difficult and extraordinary circumstances. It’s the human condition that moves my stories forward.

Q: Switching gears, how are you coping with being quarantined? I see from your Instagram account that you are not riding it out at home. Has that impacted your ability to write?

A: Thank you for noticing! What had started as an extended visit to Oahu to assist my niece and her family with their relocation from the East Coast, has turned into lock-down situation from the first week. Schools were closed almost immediately, resorts and tourist attractions were shuttered, coffee shops and restaurants closed, and all the tourists were sent home. Flights in and out are being closing monitored and if an individual does not have a place to stay when they arrive, either with family or friends, perhaps an Air B&B, they are being given a free, one-way ticket back to where they came from. These strict measures are keeping the number of confirmed cases fairly manageable, but I have now been in total quarantine for over four weeks with my niece, her husband, their daughter , and a German Shepherd. Nothing but walks, but I can’t complain about the weather. 

It’s not been easy keeping a kindergartener entertained, but overall, I think my family unit has risen to the occasion and we are doing our part to remain healthy. My stay has been extended to whenever, and I’m anxious to get home to Southern California, but my circumstances are far better than many. As far as writing, I’m more determined than ever to complete the first draft of MIRACLE, whether I decide to publish it or not. I can write almost anywhere, alone or in the midst of others – but I need to be productive. I need to have something tangible to show for my weeks of no excuses that I didn’t have enough time to write or be creative. I’m limping along on a refurbished iPad and my phone, sometimes long-hand, but I’m moving quickly.  The whole story is in my head, just have to get it typed out on paper.

Q: Have you seen the meme about picking a house to live in during quarantine? A lot of them are going around, but I’m going to give you a unique one. Pick a house from the list below and tell us why you chose it.

House 1:
JK Rowling
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Kanye West
Jon Stewart

House 2:
Stephen King
George W. Bush
Britney Spears
Samantha Bee

House 3:
Janet Evanovich
Michelle Obama
Tom Cruise
Jimmy Fallon

House 4:
Paulo Coelho
Colin Powell
Miley Cyrus
Ellen DeGeneres

Of course, there are one or two in every house that don’t make my short list of people to socialize with, but the most well-rounded one to me would be House #1. The wisdom of Ruth, the sharp and intelligent humor of Jon, and the persistent, never-give-up attitude of JK would make for an interesting household.

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Author Alexa Kingaard

Author Alexa Kingaard

About the Author
ALEXA KINGAARD, a California native, currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

October 13, 2011, was the day that changed her life forever when her ex-husband, a Vietnam veteran, took his life during a PTSD flashback episode. Inspired to share this tragedy that continues to rob husbands and wives of their spouses, children of their parents, mothers of their children, brothers and sisters of their siblings, and comrades of their friends, Kingaard relied on her own experiences to shed light on this crisis. The burden brought home is not partial to Vietnam, but is an insidious aftershock endured by combat veterans of all conflicts.

Kingaard continues to pursue her literary career, writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives.

 

Where to Find Alexa Kingaard
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Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway – ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series) by Theresa Paolo

Author Theresa Paolo is revealing an excerpt from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, releasing May 13, 2020

Author Theresa Paolo is revealing an excerpt from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Morgan’s Bay, releasing May 13, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Morgan’s Bay Series #1) by Theresa Paolo

About the Book – Preorder Now
Title: ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
Series: Morgan’s Bay Series #1
Author: Theresa Paolo
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find your happy ending.

Olivia Green had the picture-perfect life. Dating one of the most successful businessmen in New York City, living in a penthouse over Manhattan and a budding career, until one dreadful night when it was all ripped out from under her. If only she’d gone home like she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have known her future fiancé was a two-timing jerk. Now with no choice she is leaving the city to move back in with her parents in the small town of Morgan’s Bay.

Shane McConnell believed he had no family other than his mother, but on her death bed, she revealed the father who died before he was born, came from a large wealthy family. With nothing to lose he sets out to the east end of Long Island to spend a summer with his newly discovered family. What he doesn’t expect is the secrets and lies dating back to long before his father’s death. Nor could he predict the beautiful hot mess he met on the train would find a way into his closed off heart.

Both struggling with the realities of their new lives they unintentionally lean on each other. As their attraction builds and their undeniable chemistry explodes into passion, Shane holds onto his own secret that threatens his chance at love.

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Teaser from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, releasing May 13, 2020

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Excerpt
“Kissing me out in the open on Main Street? Do you know what that means?” 

He stepped closer, heat coming off him in delicious waves that surrounded her in a fiery blanket of desire. “What does it mean?” His voice dipped to a sultry whisper that had her desperate to throw her inhibitions to the curb. 

“Next thing you know, the whole town is planning our relationship down to the wedding day and how many kids we’ll have. Probably twins. A boy and a girl.” 

“Kids?”

Olivia snickered at the squeak in his voice. “Don’t worry. You won’t impregnate me by kissing me.”

“But the town will think you’re carrying twins.” 

“You’re learning.” She tapped his chest, and an electric current jolted through her veins. Shane wrapped his hand around her wrist and yanked her into the alley between Pie in the Sky and Book Nook. He backed her into the wall, strong male consuming her. His arms caged her in, and she arched toward him, desperate for his touch.

In one fell swoop, he captured her lips, and lava exploded in her chest and dispersed in heated waves. His mouth moved against hers with a carnal lust so passionate and demanding, she lost sight of everything else. All she could focus on was the hard press of Shane’s lips and the hard bulge in his pants meeting the apex of her thighs. 

  A moan escaped her throat as his hands cupped her face and tilted her head. His tongue swiped lovingly at the crease between her lips, and she parted, welcoming the slick feel. It was a sensual dance of tongue and teeth, licking and nipping, giving and taking. He tasted of sweet coconut and confidence, kissing her with a potency she would never forget. 

The way he kissed her, ravenous and precise, it was as if he’d been doing it for years. She melted in to his lips, letting him take control, and not because she felt he needed to dominate, but because she wanted him to.

His body pressed into her, her back melding to the cool brick wall. It was fire and ice, heaven and hell, and she didn’t want it to end. She grabbed his t-shirt, holding him close, absorbing every sensation flooding her body. 

He kissed a trail from the corner of her mouth down her neck and back. The stubble on his face left tracks of passion. She didn’t care. Tonight, when she was in her bed, all she would be thinking about was this kiss.

A giggle broke the cloud that surrounded them. “Don’t mind me. Continue just as you were.” Olivia didn’t need to turn to know whose voice that wasJean Kelly, owner of Book Nook. 

Olivia dropped her head to Shane’s shoulder, embarrassed heat prickling her neck and cheeks. Shane held her, and Olivia felt his arm raise in a wave. 

“Have a good day, you love birds,” Jean said, and Olivia covered her face with her hands. 

“Is she gone?” Olivia asked a few seconds later. 

“She’s gone.” Shane’s warm breath caressed her ear. “So… what do you want to name our twins?” 

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Teaser from ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Morgan's Bay, releasing May 13, 2020

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Adult Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa Paolo

Author Theresa Paolo

About the Author
Theresa Paolo lives on Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She is the author of NA and Adult contemporary romances. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and the companion novel (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014. Mad About Matt, the first book in her new Red Maple Falls series, released March 2017.

She loves to write heartfelt romances with a dash of fun and a side of spice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, brewery hopping, daydreaming, wasting time on Pinterest, trying to get 10k steps on her FitBit or can be found chatting away on Twitter and Facebook. She also writes YA romance under Tessa Marie and has no idea how to smile for a picture.

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Where to find Theresa Paolo
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Facebook Reader Group | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Books+MainBookBub

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WARRIOR SAINTS – CREATOR (Stonehaven Academy Saints Series) by Carla Thorne

Welcome to the book blitz for WARRIOR SAINTS - CREATOR, the first book in the young adult supernatural fantasy series, Stonehaven Academy Saints, by Carla Thorne

Welcome to the book blitz for WARRIOR SAINTS – CREATOR, the first book in the young adult supernatural fantasy series, Stonehaven Academy Saints, by Carla Thorne. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for WARRIOR SAINTS - CREATOR, the first book in the young adult supernatural fantasy series, Stonehaven Academy Saints, by Carla Thorne

WARRIOR SAINTS – CREATOR (Stonehaven Academy Saints Series #1) by Carla Thorne

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
WARRIOR SAINTS – CREATOR
Series: Stonehaven Academy Saints Series #1
Author: Carla Thorne
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
“Hello. My name is Mary Antonia Hunter, and I picked up the snake.”

Strange days have come to the halls of Stonehaven Academy.

From brutal fights in the supernatural realm with a demon-like presence, to battling obstacles in the halls at school, Mary knows she’s different.

She just doesn’t understand why.

Then it gets even weirder.

As her supernatural battles increase, she is drawn into friendships with others who seem to be as confused about their bizarre abilities and encounters as she is.

Now that Mary, Deacon, Scout, and Ivy have found each other, what is their purpose and why? And who gifted these newly-named Warriors, and how do they manage their powers and maneuver the confusing maze of school, family, romance—and the occasional demonic force?

 

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Teaser from WARRIOR SAINTS - CREATOR, the first book in the young adult supernatural fantasy series, Stonehaven Academy Saints, by Carla Thorne

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Excerpt
Chapter One

Mary

I trembled in my bed.

Or so I thought.

Was it me? No. In my haze of half-sleep, I felt my cat, Paisley, sleeping beside me and breathing with a slight vibration in her chest.

But then I was falling, and fighting as I fell.

Darkness swirled around me and sucked the very breath from my lungs. With no air, I couldn’t scream, though I used all my energy to try. Help might come if they could hear me.

But who would come?

No one knew how I fought in my dream-sleep-half-awake state. How I left my body to fight on a supernatural plane where rules of gravity didn’t exist—until I was spiraling to my death. 

Or suffocating.

Or clawing my way to the surface to breathe.

The darkness crushed my chest and pushed harder still. I scratched where I thought its face would be and peeled its skin until the metallic scent of human blood filled my nostrils. But the thing that smothered me wasn’t human, was it?

Logic managed to enter my thoughts, though breaths were hard to come by and oxygen was slow to reach my brain. 

I wondered how someone got into my room, through the alarm, without detection. If it were a large human, why not finish me off?

But there was not a real human form. It was more of a presence, a blob, a changing force that covered my nose and mouth when it wanted … 

But I fought.

I reached the supernatural space between my bed and the atmosphere, because if I’d learned anything through all those battles, it’s that there was no true in-between. I was either anchored and stable on the ground, in my earthly bed, and on my earthly feet—or I was not.

And when I was not, I was fighting for my life.

The other side is merely a door we walk through. The supernatural forces of evil exist just past the ends of our noses, across that invisible threshold, waiting…

I knew as much because that dark force fought with me to drag me into some deep space or pull me to an epic, Biblical-like hell and take my life.

I kicked. I flailed. I pushed imaginary hands from my throat. 

The sudden stench of death and decay lingered in the air, followed by the sweet earthy smell of fresh dirt, newly mowed grass, earthworms, and spring rain.

That’s when I knew I was in trouble. It meant I’d lost my orientation in the battle. Because everyone knows a dead body stinks of rot as it’s put six feet under, but life stands by and waits and watches in the very ground that was disturbed to bury the deceased.

So, I fought harder for the earthy scent, the grounded feeling, and the light of life.

I dismissed the stench of death.

In a final push of life-saving strength, I concentrated on the spiritual realm.

Is this when I die again?

Another voice, not from that creature, answered me. No, this is not when you die.

With rage and determination, I twisted out of its grasp.

My heart raced as my breaths steadied.

I was asleep. I was awake. I honestly didn’t know what I was.

What I did know was that I fought for my life on a regular basis. What I didn’t know was why.

I gasped and bolted upright in the bed. Paisley stretched and rearranged herself against my cold feet.

I was a survivor.

I stayed alive.

I fought.

Because Shanar was determined to kill me.

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Teaser from WARRIOR SAINTS - CREATOR, the first book in the young adult supernatural fantasy series, Stonehaven Academy Saints, by Carla Thorne

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Young Adult Fantasy and Supernatural mystery author, Carla Thorne

Author Carla Thorne

About the Author
Carla Thorne is the author of the YA Fantasy/Supernatural mystery series, Warrior Saints.

 

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Where to find Carla Thorne
Goodreads | Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – TONY (Bossy Brothers Series) by J.A. Huss

USA Today bestselling author, J.A. Huss, is unveiling the cover to TONY, the sixth book in her adult contemporary romance series, Bossy Brothers, releasing May 12, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to TONY, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bossy Brothers, b7 USA Today bestselling author, J.A. Huss, releasing May 12, 2020

TONY (Bossy Brothers Series #6) by J.A. Huss

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
TONY
Series: Bossy Brothers Series #6
Author: J.A. Huss
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Bossy Brothers Series

Synopsis
Belinda Baker and I were not made for each otherWe are not soul mates, or lovers, or even frenemies. She is the one who needed to get away. 

What we had together wasn’t blind love, it was sick rage. We were a match made in hell, it was hate at first sight, and when she walked away from me and never looked back—it was a relief. It was bliss

So why did I travel two thousand miles so I could be near her? Why can’t I stop thinking about this girl I never want to see again? 

Why. Am I. Here?

And what do I have to do to make her disappear for good?

Bossy Brothers: Tony features two girls falling for the wrong men and two men falling for the right girls. A family of tatted up brothers and a town filled with secrets and danger. A story of earned chances and first dates. Of coming to terms with the past and finding a way into the future. It is book six in the Bossy Brothers series and should be read after book five, Bossy Brothers: Alonzo.

 

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Full Cover to TONY, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bossy Brothers, b7 USA Today bestselling author, J.A. Huss, releasing May 12, 2020

TONY (Bossy Brothers Series #6) by J.A. Huss (Full Cover)

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Author J.A. Huss

Author J.A. Huss

About the Author
JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain. 

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019. 

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family..

Where to Find J.A. Huss
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Fan GroupTwitter | Instagram | BookBub

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