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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ALL THAT’S HIDDEN (Sugar Shack Series) by Susan Golden

Welcome to the blog tour for ALL THAT'S HIDDEN, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Sugar Shack, by Susan Golden

Welcome to the blog tour for ALL THAT’S HIDDEN, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Sugar Shack, by Susan Golden. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her Giveaway.

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ALL THAT’S HIDDEN (Sugar Shack Series #2) by Susan Golden

About The Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
ALL THAT’S HIDDEN
Series: Sugar Shack Series #2
Author: Susan Golden
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 12, 2019
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Synopsis
All That’s Hidden is a delightful story with intrigue, humor, and of course, romance. A perfect read for the beach or traveling on a plane. I fell in love with Sugar and Rupert!
-Lorence, singer/songwriter

Pet sitter turned entrepreneur, Jennifer Albright thinks she has it all: an expanding business, a new, blissful marriage to a very sexy husband, a dog named Rupert that people frequently think is a bear, and a parrot named Sugar that Jennifer’s pretty sure is psychic. But her idyllic life begins to unravel when a series of creepy incidents threatens to sabotage the launch of her doggie day care center, and the discovery of a hidden treasure thrusts her into the world of federal agents and international thievery. The chaos soon spills over onto her home life and Jennifer reluctantly begins to suspect that her seemingly perfect, unbelievably supportive husband is hiding something from her. There’s just so much that doesn’t add up.

Tech-mogul Ryan has found the love of his life in his adorable new bride, Jennifer. But trouble seems to follow her like a basset hound. When one strange twist of events offers Ryan an opportunity he feels he can’t pass up, he unknowingly launches himself down the road of suspicion and mistrust. But he’s got this covered. She doesn’t suspect a thing.

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Excerpt #3
Ryan reached down to Jennifer’s face. He ran his hand along her cheek and down her jaw bone. He brushed his thumb across those luscious lips and tipped her head up. He guided her face towards his and seized her lips. That earlier hot wave smacked him again, but this time he recognized it and pushed it to the back of his mind. When Jennifer pulled back from the kiss that he had struggled to keep gentle and loving, Ryan clasped her face in his two hands.

“Don’t ever lie to me again.”  

Jennifer gaped at the statement and silently nodded her head. Ryan sat long enough to see her nod and then slid her off his lap and stepped out of the hot tub.

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Well, we took a while to get to round two of the “you lied to me” discussion. It really hadn’t been a discussion, but I got the message. Ryan’s pronouncement and his abrupt departure had snapped me awake, but it was getting late and I had an early morning. 

I self-consciously hopped out of the hot tub and slinked over to the cabinet by the pool where we kept towels. A half-hour later I was snuggled under the covers of our bed. Ryan had not made an appearance. I’d heard him shut the front door about twenty minutes earlier as he took Rupert for his nighttime walk. He hadn’t come back yet, but I was sleepy and had to be at the doggy daycare early for the tub delivery. So, I turned off the bedside lamp and went to sleep.

The next morning when my alarm went off, Ryan was beside me, his arm slung over me. Ryan usually got up before me, so it was somewhat unusual for my alarm to go off first. 

“Mmm, you getting up now, babe? What time is it?” Ryan mumbled groggily.

“Six. I’ve got a tub delivery this morning.” I started to climb out of bed. Ryan reached for me and gently tugged me back. 

“Come here.” The tone was silky. The words were the same as last night, but it was all old Ryan. My heart practically sang.

I leaned over to Ryan and he pulled me close, giving me a long and very amorous kiss. I knew that kiss and it wasn’t a “good morning” kiss. When I returned the kiss, Ryan slid his hand under my nightshirt and sought a breast, tweaking first one nipple, then the other. 

“When’s that delivery?” he asked. 

“What delivery?” I responded.

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Adult contemporary romance author, Susan Golden

Author Susan Golden

About the Author
Retired federal government employee turned accidental author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Susan Golden
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – WANT ME ALWAYS (Heron Harbor Series) by Lea Nolan

USA Today bestselling author, Lea Nolan, is unveiling the cover to WANT ME ALWAYS, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Heron Harbor, releasing April 21, 2020

USA Today bestselling author, Lea Nolan, is unveiling the cover to WANT ME ALWAYS, the first book in her adult contemporary romance series, Heron Harbor, releasing April 21, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for WANT ME ALWAYS, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Heron Harbor, by USA Today bestselling author, Lea Nolan, releasing April 21, 2020

WANT ME ALWAYS (Heron Harbor Series #1) by Lea Nolan

About the Book
Title: WANT ME ALWAYS
Series: Heron Harbor Series #1
Author: Lea Nolan
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Her mind says no…

Wren Donovan’s done with love. Betrayed and humiliated by her ex-fiancé, she retreats to her family’s beach house on Heron Harbor Island to lick her wounds and gorge herself on ice cream, spray cheese, and a box of glazed donuts. Wren vows to devote herself to her law career and swears off men forever, but she isn’t prepared for what being reunited with her oldest friend makes her feel…

His heart says yes, please…

Smith Connors can’t believe his eyes when Wren walks into his restaurant. He’s loved her since they were kids, when summertime found them inseparable best friends. As a boy, he’d never felt good enough for Wren. But now he’s a rising-star chef with a thriving business who knows what he wants—which means he’s not letting beautiful, brilliant Wren get away again. 

Smith determines to show Wren how good they could be together, and soon neither of them can resist the heat growing between them. He’d do anything to earn her faith—and her heart, if only she could learn to trust again.

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WANT ME ALWAYS, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Heron Harbor, by USA Today bestselling author, Lea Nolan, releases April 21, 2020

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Excerpt
“How did you know about me wanting to make partner?” Wren asked as they climbed the porch steps of her family’s beach house. 

Smith laughed. “You’re not the only Donovan sister to eat at my restaurant. Raven keeps me up to date on you, too.”

“I’m surprised she mentions me.”

“Only when I ask. I like hearing about what you’re up to.”

Wren’s head tilted. “Really? After all this time?”

He met her gaze. “Always.”

After blooming into a slow smile, she said. “That’s nice.”

“It’s the truth. You stopped coming to the island but I didn’t stop caring about you. We were good friends…once.” Smith reached for one of her hands.

She nodded. “We were. Friends.” Wren looked like she might say something else, but then looked down at their entwined fingers. “I didn’t know what to expect when I went to the restaurant tonight.” She lifted her lashes to gaze at him again. “But somehow I knew you’d make everything okay.” His heart thrummed. “I’m glad. I’d do anything to put a smile on your face.”

Her lids tightened just slightly as she peered at him as if with new eyes. “You’re the same but different. In a good way. Is that weird to say?”

He grinned as he shook his head. “No. So are you.”

Wren looked surprised. “How so?”

Drawing closer, his voice softened. “I always knew you were smart and would be a huge success. And you were always the prettiest girl on the island in summer. But now, damn woman, you’re more beautiful than I ever imagined.”

Wren’s cheeks flushed pink and her gaze turned down to the floorboards. “You’re just saying that.”

Gently, Smith cupped her jaw and bored into her dazzling green eyes. “I never say anything I don’t mean.”

She nodded, her pupils dilating. “Oh-kay.”

“The fact that you don’t know how gorgeous you are tells me you’ve never been with a man who truly appreciates you. And that’s a damn shame.” Smith’s fingers slid to the back of her neck and threaded through her hair. “A smart man would understand your value and worship you. Have you ever been

worshiped, Wren?”

Wren swallowed hard. “No.”

“Would you like to know how it feels?”

“Yes,” she whispered. 

Without another word his mouth closed on hers. He kissed her softly at first, savoring the exquisite taste and feel of her flesh. His tongue darted across her lower lip, then dipped into her mouth. A tiny whimper escaped her throat and she answered by stroking his tongue with hers. Turning her head slightly, she opened her mouth to grant him better access. Accepting her invitation, he plunged deeper, nibbling on her bottom lip then sucking it into his mouth. Wren’s knees wobbled. She wrapped her arms around his firm torso, pulling herself against him. Fierce need swelled in him, sending heat straight to his groin as a low growl rumbled in his chest. They kissed for what seemed like hours, discovering each other as raindrops spattered the porch roof. Finally, breathless and filled with so much want he could scream,

Smith pulled away.

“Wow,” she said as her chest heaved.

“Yeah. Wow.”

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WANT ME ALWAYS, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Heron Harbor, by USA Today bestselling author, Lea Nolan, releases April 21, 2020

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USA Today bestselling author of smart, witty contemporary stories, Lea Nolan

Author Lea Nolan

About the Author
Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author who writes smart, witty contemporary stories filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. She also pens books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. 

Born and raised on Long Island, New York she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three brilliant children, she resides in Maryland where she cracks crabs and bakes ugly birthday cakes. 

 

 

Where to Find Lea Nolan
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – KIND OF FAMOUS by Mary Ann Marlowe

Book Blitz for KIND OF FAMOUS, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Mary Ann Marlowe, releasing April 9, 2020

KIND OF FAMOUS Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for KIND OF FAMOUS, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Mary Ann Marlowe, releasing April 9, 2020. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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KIND OF FAMOUS by Mary Ann MarloweKIND OF FAMOUS by Mary Ann Marlowe

About the Book
Title: KIND OF FAMOUS
Author: Mary Ann Marlowe
Release Date: April 9, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and hot frontmen, she wants to play it cool and keep her superfan status on the down low. Although she’s dying to gush on her forum, posting her insider adventures online could expose her real-life identity and blow her cover.

And that’s all before one of those sexy musicians becomes a fan of her.

From the minute he meets Layla, Shane Morgan’s heart beats a heavy metal rhythm, but his head is full of doubt. Since only the most hardcore fans could pick the drummer out of a lineup, he’s resigned to groupies using him to get closer to the more famous guitarists. But he doesn’t want to be Layla’s passthrough.

As Layla gets to know the real people behind the music, she’s drawn to the less-than-flashy drummer’s sweet charms, fascinating mind, and banging hot body, but she worries about his insecurities. She needs to convince Shane she’s moved beyond fandom before he discovers her online history and loses all faith in her intentions.

But the Internet is forever, and secrets have a way of getting out.

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Excerpt #2
Sitting at the kitchen island were three men I’d recognize anywhere. Closest to the door sat Micah Sinclair, lead singer for the band Theater of the Absurd, Jo’s hot-as-fuck boyfriend. On his right, the unmistakable red hair of his drummer whose name completely escaped me. My eyes were drawn immediately to the pretty-boy lead guitarist, Noah Kennedy. My heart tripped over itself. 

I confess I’d ranked the guys’ hotness over the years. I’d gone through a phase where Micah was my number one pretend musical boyfriend from his band, and I wasn’t alone. As the front man, he got the most attention, plus he’s simply beautiful with his blond hair, blue eyes, and broad build. Once he’d fallen into a serious relationship with Jo, it became a bit harder to even joke about him in fake romantic ways. Not that it would stop me from drooling over a photo. I mean, they’re just pictures.

But that was no photo, leaning over the kitchen island with that thousand-kilowatt smile.

Then there was Noah, a bit mysterious, sometimes distant with fans, but onstage, he exploded. I’d seen him shred a guitar at a show, and I could still remember what color pants he’d had on that day, because his ass was one of those works of art that people had made a point of photographing whenever possible. Jeans, red leather pants, or the rare suit slacks all worked in service of his perfect butt. And it was sitting on a stool five feet away from me. All that separated us was a plate-glass door.

The other guy—I wanted to say Shawn—had the other two entranced with some story he was telling. His hands shot dramatically forward and up and down and back, in circles, in swoops, like he was drumming out the narrative. His face lit up so that I desperately wanted to hear what was so funny. Micah and Noah leaned in to listen, both so engaged, it made me hesitate to interrupt.

On the other hand, I was dying to actually meet these guys. What a day.

With a good shake of my hair to maximize volume, I slid open the glass door, and three heads turned my way. 

Micah said, “Well, hello.”

I swallowed hard. My brain fritzed, and I stood there, frozen.

Jo popped up from the base of the fridge. “Oh, here you are. Someone came home early. Let me introduce you to my boyfriend and these other clowns.” She flipped her hand toward Micah. “This here is Micah Sinclair. This is his house, actually. I’m just a guest, alas.”

Micah grabbed her upper arm and reeled her in for a kiss. “Liar. You’d be out on the streets if you didn’t live here.”

She pushed his chest away. I admired her restraint. “Stop. We have guests.”

“I thought you were a guest.” He chuckled at himself.

Jo simply rolled her eyes to the ceiling. “Excuse him. He’s literally the worst. Meanwhile, over here, we have the insufferable Shane Morgan.”

Shane! Right.

Shane tipped an invisible hat and said, “My lady.”

He still wore a mischievous smile leftover from the anecdote he’d been sharing before I walked in.

“Finally, this brat is Noah Kennedy.”

Noah winked, and I melted a little.

“Gentlemen, let me present my newest coworker and a brand-new resident of our fair city, Layla—” she faltered “—shit, I’ve already forgotten your last name.”

“Beckett. Layla Beckett.”

Noah waved his hand toward me then Shane. “Can you imagine the children these two would have?”

Shane’s head rose as he realized Noah was talking about him. A blush crept up his pale skin to the roots of his hair.

“Red’s turning red!” Noah laughed.

I trained my eyes on Shane, willing him to look my way. His milky skin had a definite reddish cast to it, but I couldn’t tell if it was from anger or embarrassment. I’d heard every red-haired taunt in the book, and although Noah probably thought he was gently ribbing his friend, Shane’s tense jaw and gritted teeth belied years of buried hurt with layers of insults heaped on top. 

Finally, with a flick of the eyes, he glanced over. I pegged him with what I hoped was a penetrating gaze, a telepathic communication to say, “I know.

A small smile lifted the corners of his mouth, and he breathed in and exhaled. “You’re right, Noah. We’d have gorgeous kids. Look at her.”

It was the first time he’d been completely still. His hands settled onto the counter, and all the mischief and mockery drained from his face, leaving behind an open sincerity that sucker-punched me. Time slowed, and I brazenly stared at him, as if he were another photograph posted in some fictional Hot drummers thread. He might not have the glitz of Micah or the glam of Noah, but next to them anyone would appear ordinary. Overall more boyish than his two pretty bandmates, Shane had a rugged build, wide shoulders, and a tight muscle running up the side of his neck. That cord could have spawned a photo thread of its own. I followed the set of his jaw to his mouth, dragged my eyes over his plump lower lip, took in his slightly crooked nose and high cheekbones, and studied the small gauges in his earlobes.

By the time I’d made the circuit back to his arresting eyes, I’d concluded he was very easy to look at. And he didn’t seem to mind looking at me either.

My lips curled to match his. And quite possibly, my cheeks now matched my own hair.

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KIND OF FAMOUS, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Mary Ann Marlowe, releasing April 9, 2020

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Author Mary Ann Marlowe

Author Mary Ann Marlowe

About the Author
Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe‘s first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/marlowemaryann/, and at twitter.com/maryannmarlowe.

 

 

 

Where to Find Mary Ann Marlowe
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BRODY (Frat House Confessions Series) by Bethany Lopez

Blog Tour for BRODY, the third book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

Welcome to the blog tour for BRODY, the third book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to BRODY, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

BRODY (Frat House Confessions Series #3) by Bethany Lopez

About the Book
Title: BRODY
Series: Frat House Confessions Series #3
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
She’s looking for someone with a rich character, not bank account…

Emma’s life has not been easy. Rather than using her disadvantages as a crutch, they have fueled her passion for helping others. She believes in working hard, loves her brother unconditionally, and has no time in her busy life for a certain cocky playboy who has obviously never been denied a thing in his life.

He’s searching for something, but isn’t sure what…

Brody may come across as a fast-talking rich boy with a sweet car. He’s secured a position in the hottest frat on campus and has the attitude of a guy who’s never known what it’s like to go without. So, yeah, it’s a pretty accurate description. But there’s more to the youngest Temple brother than meets the eye.

When Brody keeps showing up in Emma’s world, her initial assumption is that he’s still playing games. As his confessions come to light, Emma starts to see beneath the surface. Will it be enough to change her perception of him? And will she be able to teach Brody that love is worth more than all his money can buy?

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Excerpt #2
“I’m the new Community Chair for Delta. I was just setting up our dates for our build.”

Her expression softened and she said, “That’s wonderful, congratulations. Do you know who you’re building for?”

“It’s a home for a deserving Veteran,” I replied, and I swear, I could hear the pride in my voice. “It’ll be gifted mortgage-free to a woman who served three tours in Iraq before being medically discharged. She’s a wife and mother, and she and her family are currently homeless. Can you believe it. I mean, what an amazing program to offer.”

We hadn’t even started yet, and I already felt like today was the beginning of what would be one of the most important things I’d ever do in my life. 

Emma smiled at me.

Smiled.

At me.

Sure, I’d seen her smile before. Talking to Karrie and Wes, hell, even with Trixie. But it was the first time she’d ever looked at me that way.

She was gorgeous, and I felt oddly humbled. 

“It is a wonderful organization and the staff here in particular are so dedicated and kind. I think you’ll really enjoy yourself.”

“So do I,” I admitted. “What about you? Are you volunteering?”

Emma nodded and I was struck again by how effortlessly beautiful she was. 

No makeup. Hair up in a messy bun. Wearing a well-worn U of M hoodie and a long brown skirt with Birkenstocks. She looked like she’d walked straight out of my dreams and into my parents’ worst nightmare. 

Which meant she was perfect.

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BRODY, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez, is now available

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: RIDGE
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Book 2: WES
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Author Bethany Lopez

Author Bethany Lopez

About the Author
Bethany Lopez is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!.

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Where to Find Bethany Lopez
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – PERFECT PENDING (Witches of Gales Haven Series) by Lucia Ashta

`Book Blitz for PERFECT PENDING, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Witches of Gales Haven, by Lucia Ashta

Welcome to the book blitz for PERFECT PENDING, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Witches of Gales Haven, by Lucia Ashta. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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PERFECT PENDING (Witches of Gales Haven Series #1) by Lucia Ashta

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
PERFECT PENDING
Series: Witches of Gales Haven Series #1
Author:
Lucia Ashta
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
Marla’s ancestors saddled her with frizzy red hair, sarcasm on tap, the Gawama last name, and the urge to run from her problems.

Her bloodline was also supposed to guarantee she’d be a powerful witch.

She isn’t, not by a long shot.

Only those with magic are allowed in her hometown. Now that her teenage children are awakening, and sparking enough power to be a fire hazard, she’s headed back.

Even if she isn’t ready. Even if she’s fresh out of divorce court.

Home is where her family is. Her nan is head of the council, and her aunts claim multiple orgasms are the source of their limber joints.

But then Marla and her kids all but blow up the town on day one. And her first boyfriend, the one who broke her heart long before her ex did, seems better than ever.

He has his eye on her…

So does everyone else.

Somehow it’s on her, and the magical creature who won’t get out of her head, to save Gales Haven. Before her former mother-in-law redecorates the town in baby pink … and breaks the centuries-old spell that keeps it safe and hidden.

Perfect Pending is a Paranormal Women’s Fiction novel. If you love snarky stories with women so empowered they’re a force to be reckoned with, then you’ll love Perfect Pending, the first book in the Witches of Gales Haven series.

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PERFECT PENDING, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Witches of Gales Haven, by Lucia Ashta

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Excerpt
Clyde pointed forward, brushing the unruly hair he inherited from me from his forehead. “What’s that?” My heart sped up. “What’s what?” “Those wavy things in the air.” I exhaled loudly, tension I hadn’t even realized I was carrying relaxing from my shoulders. “Damn.” “Damn?” he and Macy parroted at the same time. “Yeah, damn. You had me freaking out there. Those waves distorting the air are magic. If Clyde can see them, we’re in the clear.” “How come I can’t see them?” Macy asked. “You must just not be looking right,” I said, though I didn’t know how exactly she could be looking wrong. The barrier was ahead of us, in plain sight. Anyone with magic should be able to see it. Even those with weak magic could find the town limits well enough to enter. “I must not be looking right,” Macy repeated, her voice dripping with sarcasm. My favorite. “Right there.” I pointed ahead just as Clyde had. “It’s like heat waves coming off the pavement.” “Only they go all the way up to the sky,” Clyde added, and a bit more tension oozed from me. Macy shook her head. “I don’t see anything. Seriously.” “That’s …not possible,” I said. She crossed her arms and turned the full brunt of her sass toward me: “I’m telling you, there’s nothing there. You think I’m lying or something?” “Of course not. There’s no reason to lie. Actually, there’s never reason to lie to your mother.” I arched my brow at them in my I’m-dead-serious look. Clyde chuckled. Super encouraging. “I don’t know what to tell you, Ma,” Macy said. “I don’t see anything but more pot-holey road.” Clenching my fingers around the steering wheel, I debated what to do. I couldn’t call my family. There were no cell phones or landlines in the entire town, a fact I’d purposefully omitted in my brief rundown to my kids of what was to become their new home. They would’ve fought me to leave even harder if they’d realized their beloved iPhones were about to be rendered useless. 

The barrier dome that protected Gales Haven from discovery behaved as a gigantic Faraday cage. No electromagnetic pulses got in, and none got out. The concentration of magic in the community interfered with connections to the outside world. Every time landlines had been attempted, the result was the same: crackle. My options were twofold: I could drive through and hope like hell the protective barrier didn’t zap my daughter. Or I could turn around and abandon all hope that Macy would get the help she needed, guidance she could only get from my family. I’d never heard of someone with magic not seeing the barrier’s signature shimmer. I had no idea what it meant. “When your magic erupts like it’s been doing,” I asked Macy, “what does it feel like?” “Like I stuck my entire hand in an electric socket and shocked the shi—” I gave her my mom glare. “Like I get a monster shock every time,” she finished. Nodding, I nibbled at my lip. “Okay. Good,” I said, mostly to myself. “What’s good?” Macy asked. “If your magic’s too weak, the barrier won’t let you through. I assume it also won’t let you see it. But if it’s shocking you like that, you’ve got enough. For sure.” I hoped. “What about me?” Clyde asked. “Do I have enough?” “If you can see the barrier, we’re good.” I nodded to convince myself that everything would be smooth sailing from here on out, and kept right on nodding to myself when I didn’t fully believe it. Nothing had been particularly easy in my life. Didn’t mean I didn’t kick ass and take names. I did—all day long. I’ve got this. I eased the car back onto the road and crawled toward the shimmer, throwing constant glances at Macy. With her big brown eyes and long, dark straight hair, she didn’t look much like me. Maybe twenty feet from the barrier, I asked, “Still nothing?” “Nope,” she answered, popping the p. “I can’t believe you can’t see it,” Clyde said. “I can see it tons.” “It’s not like that makes you better than me,” Macy retorted right away. He hmmphed, and Macy swiveled in her seat. She gasped. “I see it! When I turned my head, I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” “Good enough for me.” I exhaled loudly and pressed down on the accelerator. I might have left Gales Haven under less than auspicious circumstances, but nineteen years had passed since then. Long enough to discover that in this world—magic or not—we make our own luck. I had no desire to be some shrinking violet. Or the meek wife Devin had expected and tried his darnedest to mold me into. I was returning to town on my own terms—sort of. And not a single woman in my family had ever done anything meekly—or quietly. I gunned the engine, and yelling out “Towanda,”I crossed the shimmering barrier.

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PERFECT PENDING, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Witches of Gales Haven, by Lucia Ashta, is now available

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Young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance author, Lucia Ashta

Author Lucia Ashta

About the Author
Lucía Ashta is the internationally top 100 bestselling author of young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance books, including the series Magical Creatures Academy, Sirangel, Magical Arts Academy, Witching World, and Supernatural Bounty Hunter. 

When Lucía isn’t writing, she’s reading, painting, or adventuring. Magic is her favorite, but the action, romance, and quirky characters are what keep her hooked on books

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Release Day + Giveaway – BRODY (Frat House Confessions Series) by Bethany Lopez

Release day for BRODY, the third book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

Today is release day for BRODY, the third book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to BRODY, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

BRODY (Frat House Confessions Series #3) by Bethany Lopez

About the Book
Title: BRODY
Series: Frat House Confessions Series #3
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
She’s looking for someone with a rich character, not bank account…

Emma’s life has not been easy. Rather than using her disadvantages as a crutch, they have fueled her passion for helping others. She believes in working hard, loves her brother unconditionally, and has no time in her busy life for a certain cocky playboy who has obviously never been denied a thing in his life.

He’s searching for something, but isn’t sure what…

Brody may come across as a fast-talking rich boy with a sweet car. He’s secured a position in the hottest frat on campus and has the attitude of a guy who’s never known what it’s like to go without. So, yeah, it’s a pretty accurate description. But there’s more to the youngest Temple brother than meets the eye.

When Brody keeps showing up in Emma’s world, her initial assumption is that he’s still playing games. As his confessions come to light, Emma starts to see beneath the surface. Will it be enough to change her perception of him? And will she be able to teach Brody that love is worth more than all his money can buy?

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BRODY, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Frat House Confessions, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez, is now available

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Book 1: RIDGE
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Book 2: WES
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Author Bethany Lopez

Author Bethany Lopez

About the Author
Bethany Lopez is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!.

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Where to Find Bethany Lopez
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Escape Reality and Enter for a Chance to Win!

I’ve teamed up with seven amazing young adult authors to bring you some fresh reads to help you escape from reality along with a chance to win an $80 Amazon gift card. See below for information on all the books and details on our giveaway.

I HATE YOU FULLER JAMES by Kelly Anne Blount

I HATE YOU FULLER JAMES by Kelly Anne Blount

Title: I HATE YOU FULLER JAMES
Author: Kelly Anne Blount
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2020
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Synopsis
I hate you, Fuller James.

I hate your floppy hair and your lopsided grin and those laughing blue eyes that always seem to be laughing at me.

I hate that you’re the most popular guy in school and I’m still the girl who sneezed and spit out her retainer on someone at a middle school dance. It’s just such a cliché.

I hate that I’m being forced to tutor you in English and keep it a secret from everyone. Because otherwise it might put our basketball team’s chances at winning State in jeopardy, and even though I hate you, I love basketball.

I hate that it seems like you’re keeping a secret from me…and that the more time we spend together, the less I feel like I’m on solid ground. Because I’m starting to realize there’s so much more to you than meets the eye. Underneath it all, you’re real.

But what I hate most is that I really don’t hate you at all.

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ACCIDENTAL BUTTERFLY by Marisa Cleveland

ACCIDENTAL BUTTERFLY by Marisa Cleveland

Title: ACCIDENTAL BUTTERFLY
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2020
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Synopsis
Alive, Kate Dunlap breezed through high school with meaningless friendships and relative ease. But after an accidental overdose ends Kate’s human existence, she’s granted the opportunity of a lifetime.

Return to Earth. Save Jake Barton. Prove her worth.

Success guarantees Kate an all access backstage pass to heaven. But as she falls in love for the first time, the reformed superficial social butterfly must risk her chance at redemption to guarantee Jake’s life on Earth.

 

 

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NOT OKAY, CUPID (High School Heartbreakers Series #1) by Heidi R. Kling

NOT OKAY, CUPID (High School Heartbreakers Series #1) by Heidi R. Kling

Title: NOT OKAY, CUPID
Series: High School Heartbreakers Series #1
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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Synopsis
Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.

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OLIVA TWIST by Lorie Langdon

OLIVA TWIST by Lorie Langdon

Title: OLIVIA TWIST
Author: Lorie Langdon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Historical Retelling/Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2018
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Synopsis
Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

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ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Rachel Meinke

ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Rachel Meinke

Title: ALONG FOR THE RIDE
Author: Rachel Meinke
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2021
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Imagine if your brother was a Justin Bieber-like pop star? And your parents forced you to go on tour?

Connor Jackson. These two words make every girl go crazy, screaming and begging for a chance to meet him. He’s the world’s biggest pop star, but for seventeen-year-old Katelyn Jackson: he’s just her older brother. When she’s forced to put her competitive soccer dreams on hold to go along on his US summer tour, she’s unimpressed. But when she meets the lead singer of his opening act, everything changes and life on the road takes a whole different turn.

 

 

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PROM-WRECKED by T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni

PROM-WRECKED by T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni

Title: PROM-WRECKED
Authors: T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni
Publisher: Entangled Team
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 6, 2019
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Synopsis
Their prom night ended in a jail cell with forty of their closest friends. But that’s hardly the worst thing that happened to them…

When the principal announces prom is canceled this year, senior Riley Hart is determined to save it. Armed with little more than her own enthusiasm, she ends up working closely with Owen Locklear, who is more than completely off-limits. Because he’s the boyfriend of her ex-BFF, Catherine Reed. Still, Owen knows Riley better than almost anyone, and his charming ideas for turning the prom upside-down and backward win Riley over.

Then they lose their deposit. Twice. And book a band full of octogenarians. And don’t even get her started on the act of God that takes down their venue…

Riley will have an unforgettable teenage experience, damn it, if it’s the last thing she does…

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DON'T MESS WITH THIS WITCH by Liz Lorow

DON’T MESS WITH THIS WITCH by Liz Lorow

Title: DON’T MESS WITH THIS WITCH
Authors: Liz Lorow
Publisher: Imagination Unlimited
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance/Comedy
Release Date: March 31, 2020
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Synopsis
Teen witches in magical juvie, because they really messed up!

Genevieve Howe, a 16 year-old witch, is not a bad kid, she’s just a really lousy witch. Sometimes her random thoughts unintentionally turn into actual spells, causing all kinds of trouble.

Now the administration needs Genevieve’s help to find a student/inmate who escaped. Why her? Because there’s something ‘wrong’ with Genevieve, and she seems to be able to do what others can’t.

If she can find Logan, will she turn him in, join him on the run, or find some other way to help without violating the code of honor among magical misfits?

A comedic fantasy romp about incarcerated teen witches, the one that got away, and the only one who can find him.

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FROSTBITE (Touch of Frost Series #1) by Lynn Rush

FROSTBITE (Touch of Frost Series #1) by Lynn Rush

Title: FROSTBITE
Series: Touch of Frost Series #1
Authors: Lynn Rush
Publisher: Imagination Unlimited
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance/Comedy
Release Date: September 11, 2013
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Synopsis
Amanda gives a whole new meaning to cool…

Amanda Smith is sick of getting chased from town-to-town. So when she lands in tiny Trifle, Arizona, she hopes it’s her last move for a long time. Despite hating the smallness of the town, she settles in and finds a best friend, and even a boyfriend. Normality at its finest.

But for a girl who can shoot snow from her hands and lift a two-ton truck over her head like a bag of feathers—normal is not an option.

The scientists who murdered her mother come barreling into Amanda’s quiet life. She must decide if she’ll run again or stay and fight. The price of either choice might be her life or the lives of those she’s come to love…

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – RISE OF MAGE (Resurrecting Magic Series) by Keary Taylor

`Welcome to the book blitz for RISE OF MAGE, the first book in the new adult paranormal romance series, Resurrecting Magic, by USA Today bestselling author, Keary Taylor

Welcome to the book blitz for RISE OF MAGE, the first book in the new adult paranormal romance series, Resurrecting Magic, by USA Today bestselling author, Keary Taylor. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for RISE OF MAGE, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Resurrecting Magic, by USA Today bestselling author, Keary Taylor

RISE OF MAGE (Resurrecting Magic Series #1) by Keary Taylor

About the Book
Title:
RISE OF MAGE
Series: Resurrecting Magic
Author:
  Keary Taylor
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
College is hard—classes, homework, bullies. But, being the daughter of renowned professors, I grew up at Alderidge University and was on track to have an easy start to my freshman year. Until I met Nathaniel Nightingale.

Aloof and mysterious, Nathaniel’s hands were covered in scars that told me he had a violent history. He started asking questions about my own, and then dark secrets in our family lines collided after a strange discovery in the library. We found words with power, and they unleashed abilities in the both of us that had been lost to the world.

Turns out, the witch trials weren’t entirely the product of mass hysteria. As far as we can tell, almost every mage was wiped out – killed for their knowledge and their capabilities. And now I have to wonder if my mother’s disappearance is related.

This is dangerous. It’s feels impossible. We have the weight of an entire lost race resting on our shoulders.

But we’ve got this. Together, we’ll bring it all back. Together, we’ll resurrect magic.

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Excerpt
“Did you know that while the Salem witch trials were the last and only here in America, that there is still official litigation against witchcraft in parts of the Middle East?”  With those long fingers of his, Nathaniel opened the book and flipped a few pages. He opened to a section and handed me the book, pointing to a particular passage. My eyes scanned it, searching for what he wanted me to see.

It was a list of the names of the men and women who were killed at the Salem Witch trials.  And there, almost to the bottom, was the name of Mare McGregor.  

My blood chilled, seeing her name there, listed among the accused and executed.  I knew her name. I knew her story, as much of it as had been recorded by her son, my great-something-grandfather, Collin.  But it was always so stark, the reality that she’d been hung. Killed.

“The entire world has a history of witch hunts,” Nathaniel said, turning to the bookshelf again.  He grabbed another book, opening it to a section. “Egypt and Babylonia.”

He took another book, opening it and laying it on his desk.  “Across the Holy Roman Empire.”

My heart rate picked up.  Sweat broke out on my palms.

Still, Nathaniel grabbed another book and another.  “Russia, India, and even Africa to this day.”

I watched Nathaniel, who stood with his back to me.  His shoulders were tight. His head was bent low. His words were growing lower with each one spoken.

Gingerly, almost reverently, he reached for another book.  The red binding was worn, and there were no words left. Gently, he grabbed it, and he held it to his chest, his arms carefully wrapped around it.

“It is estimated at around 60,000 people were killed for being witches over the course of three hundred years, in western Europe and central Europe alone.  Tens of thousands more in Asia, countless more in Africa. Miraculously, only nineteen here in America.”

There was a deep sound rushing in my ears and it took me a moment to realize it was the sound of my own blood.  There was a heavy feeling of anticipation and uncertainty in my gut.

Nathaniel turned back toward me, and in his eyes, I saw something big.  

“I cannot confirm that I am a direct descendant, but there was a William Nightingale killed during the Lancashire witch trials in England in 1612.”  His eyes were fixed on me, but I could tell, he wasn’t seeing me. He had fallen into history, into ancestry. “There are thousands of stories of accusations and trials and deaths.”

“Yes,” I said, wanting to bring us back to a place that wasn’t so dark.  I wanted everything to go back to being light. “And they were the result of mass hysteria and superstition.  They wanted something to blame for bad harvests and hard financial times. A lot of innocent people died.”

Nathaniel’s focus returned to me.  Three seconds passed, and finally he gave a little nod, but it didn’t seem like a complete act of agreement.

He stepped forward, and gingerly, he laid the book in his arms on the desk.  I recognized it then as the one from the library, the first day we had met.

“You said you cannot read Gaelic,” he said in a low voice.  He opened the book and looked down at it, gazing at the words with wonder.  “But maybe you should try again.”

“Nathaniel, I-” I began to protest.  But he looked up at me and begged me with his eyes.

So, I crossed to the desk to stand beside him.  I looked down at the words, remembering the silly experience with it before, now weeks ago.  I could recognize letters, as I’d concluded before, some of them were of Latin origin. But I couldn’t read any of it.

“I haven’t learned Gaelic in the last few weeks, Nathaniel,” I said, looking over at him.  He looked at my face intently, as if he were waiting for something spectacular to happen. “I still can’t read it.”

Gently, he reached for my hand, wrapping his fingers around my wrist.  I didn’t know what he was doing, but I decided I trusted him enough to humor him. 

He brought my hand forward, and gently, he set my fingertips down on the edge of the pages.

It was as if I’d blinked, and it turned into a different book.

One moment it was in unreadable Gaelic.  The next, it was in perfect English.

I blinked, leaning in closer to the book.

A simple matter of will and asking, levitation is one of the simplest forms of magic.

My eyes read the line without a second of hesitation or translation.

I ripped my hand back from the book and took half a step back.

Instantly, the book was once more in a language I could not read.

The room was utterly silent.  So quiet it pushed in on my ears and the only sound was my own heartbeat.

I felt Nathaniel’s eyes on me.  I felt meaning filling the air. I felt anticipation.  But also, momentous confusion.

Cautiously, I reached my hand forward again.  Filled with fear and wonder, I touched the edge of the pages.

In levitation, most users have certain affinities, whether they be metal, earth, wood, life forms, etc.

Because it was the scientific method of proving a hypothesis, I removed my hand one last time and the words became unreadable.

I touched the pages, and my eyes relaxed as the words became readable.

“You can read it, too.” 

I looked up at Nathaniel and startled when he stood there with his right hand held up, his fingers generally pointed at the ceiling.  And floating around his fingertips there were three paper airplanes, swirling, dipping and rising through the air. And that air around his hand had this…shimmer.  Almost as if glitter floated in the air. But I couldn’t quite focus on it. And the air seemed more…golden.

“What kind of trick is this, Nathaniel?” I asked, my words hoarse and quiet.

I’d never seen this look in his eyes.  They were filled with…excitement. And hope.  He shook his head. “It’s not a trick, Margot,” he said.  He waved his fingers, and the airplanes set off toward the opposite end of the solarium.  Gently, they floated toward his bed, flying in a circle over it. They followed each other in a line, doing a flip in the air and then flying over to the couch, where they dipped down low, soaring beneath it, before they aimed back at Nathaniel.  There, they swirled around his fingers once again before they gently floated down to the table and landed on the book. “It’s in my blood. And I believe it’s in yours, too.”

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RISE OF MAGE, the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, Resurrecting Magic, by USA Today bestselling author, Keary Taylor, is available now

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Author Keary Taylor

Author Keary Taylor

About the Author
Keary Taylor is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.

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Where to find Keary Taylor
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Release Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BAYSIDE FANTASIES (Bayside Summers Series) by Melissa Foster

Release week blitz for BAYSIDE FANTASIES, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

Welcome to the release blitz for BAYSIDE FANTASIES, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for BAYSIDE FANTASIES, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

BAYSIDE FANTASIES (Bayside Summers Series #6) by Melissa Foster

About the Book
Title: BAYSIDE FANTASIES
Series: Bayside Summers #6
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 18, 2020
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Synopsis
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, and easy to relate to.

In BAYSIDE FANTASIES…
Tegan Fine has never had a plan—life, business, or otherwise. But she’s always had goals—to laugh daily and to pay it forward as often as she is able, just like her favorite uncle always did. After inheriting her great-uncle’s amphitheater, Tegan makes a risky move to a charming small town on Cape Cod to carry on her uncle’s legacy and hopefully expand the business with her new friend, Harper. Unfortunately, those goals aren’t doing much to help her plan a business strategy for her new endeavor. With Harper counting on her and her uncle’s legacy at stake, she swears off all distractions, determined to succeed. If only she could stop bumping into a certain arrogant, witty, and excruciatingly hot businessman who tweaks her nerves and invades her every thought. Including her late-night fantasies.

Self-professed workaholic Jett Masters never slows down. He lives life with no attachments—except to his clients, to whom he gives his all. A reluctant trip to his hometown has him itching to shake the ghosts of his past and get back to spinning deals and adding to his investments. But when he comes face-to-face with a gorgeous, handsy woman who is quite possibly the snarkiest and most disorganized person he’s ever met, sparks fly, and his sharp mind stumbles. He doesn’t even know her name, but he can’t get her out of his mind.

A chance encounter turns into a wild, sexy night, and their chemistry is off the charts—even if their ideals, and their lives, are worlds apart. Neither Jett nor Tegan is looking for more. Becoming friends with benefits seems like the perfect solution. But when they are trapped together in torrential weather, they work side by side in the aftermath, and every passionate kiss deepens their connection. Secrets are shared, trust is built, and no promises dare be made. As their lives move on, lines begin to blur, hearts get hurt, and their true selves come into focus. Tegan and Jett are left wondering if they make the perfect storm, or if they’ve reached the end of their bayside fantasy.

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

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Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa’s website for family trees, series checklists, and more. 

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Teaser from Release week blitz for BAYSIDE FANTASIES, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

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Excerpt
He moved more aggressively than he had at the café, exuding raw masculinity that made Tegan’s mouth go dry. His virility was not like Dean’s, wrapped around sheer size. No, this man had an innately captivating presence driven by confidence. Every woman there was dressed for sex, and Tegan knew she was nowhere near the best-looking one of them, but his eyes never left hers.

When he reached her, he said, “Five minutes ago I was wondering how I was going to cut the night short without insulting anyone.” He stepped closer. So close, his chest almost brushed hers. “Now all I want to do is make sure you don’t run off again without giving me your phone number, because I’ve got to tell you, searching sticky-note girl on Instagram got me nowhere.”

She laughed softly, enjoying this flirtatious side of him. “Sticky-note girl?”

“I tried searching hot chick at Sundial Café, but no luck there, either.”

“You did not.”

He flashed a coy smile that was so different from what she’d seen earlier, she could do little more than stare…and wonder how many other smiles he had yet to share. Did he have a wolfish one in the bedroom? Or was he all business there? Was there a carefree smile tucked away somewhere? One that came out when he wasn’t being Mr. Suave or Mr. Business? He may not be her pay-it-forward soul mate, but she wasn’t at the Cape looking for love anyway. She’d had a couple of flings in college, but it had been years since she’d done anything so reckless. She wondered if it would be considered reckless if her friends knew and trusted him? No, she decided. It’s just impulsive. An adventure.

He was looking at her with a playful, sexy expression, causing her pulse to quicken even more. God, he wore that look well. Maybe a fling with the object of her fantasies would help her focus on the business she was supposed to be working on.

“I also searched Miss Fine, but you were nowhere to be found. What’s a guy to do?” His brow furrowed, and he said, “I didn’t think to search Fuckable Flirt. That’s a nice surprise. One I can definitely attest to.”

“Wha—” She gasped, then remembered her eye mask. She tore it off, quickly reading the tag. Fuckable Flirt. She was going to kill Jana.

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Teaser from BAYSIDE FANTASIES, the sixth book in the adult contemporary romance series, Bayside Summers, part of the Love in Bloom series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

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Bayside Series

Read the Series:

Book 1: BAYSIDE DESIRES
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Book 2: BAYSIDE PASSIONS
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Book 3: BAYSIDE HEAT
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Book 4: BAYSIDE ESCAPE
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Book 5: BAYSIDE ROMANCE
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Book 6: BAYSIDE FANTASIES
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

Author Melissa Foster

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

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

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

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

Where to Find Melissa Foster
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – HUSH OF STORM AND SORROW (Earthsinger Chronicles) by L. Penelope

Book Blitz for HUSH OF STORM AND SORROW, a novella between books two and three in the adult fantasy series, Earthsinger Chronicles, by L. Penelope

Welcome to the book blitz for HUSH OF STORM & SORROW, a novella between books two and three in the adult fantasy series, Earthsinger Chronicles, by L. Penelope. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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HUSH OF STORM & SORROW (Earthsinger Chronicles #2.5) by L. Penelope

About the Book
Title:
HUSH OF STORM & SORROW
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #2.5
Author: L. Penelope
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 16, 2020
Genre: Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis
While battling a vicious winter storm, Roshon ol-Sarifor, along with his father and twin brother are kidnapped and thrust on a journey that takes them far from home—leaving his sister Jasminda believing them dead. Their captors claim that the Queen Who Sleeps is behind their abduction—She wants them to reclaim a magical object hidden in a deadly part of the ocean. But a violent encounter with a gang of pirates forces the ol-Sarifors to seek refuge on a smuggler’s ship, where Roshon meets a girl unlike any he’s encountered before.

Ani Summerhawk never met a risk she didn’t take. But with a price on her head, she and her older brother need to make a quick getaway from a deal gone bad. Every ship in the sea is seeking the reward for returning her to a ruthless captain who believes she’s his property. But when her brother agrees to transport three passengers to a dangerous destination, Ani’s heart is put on the line for the first time.

The two families battle a treacherous sea, greedy sailors, and a powerful mage as they struggle to retrieve and secure the ancient artifact. And the attraction between a high-spirited girl and a cautious boy comes to a head when they discover that their biggest fight just might be with each other.

Set two years before the events of Song of Blood & Stone, this action-packed novella answers the question of what happened to Jasminda’s family and sets the stage for the events in Cry of Metal & Bone (Earthsinger Chronicles, book 3).

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Excerpt #2
Tai walked around the back of the sample crate they’d brought and levered it onto the rolling dolly. She knew just how heavy it was, but he made it look effortless. Another thing Father had taught them: make everything appear easy. A good negotiator is a blank slate—no emotions, no challenges, no problems. A deal was just a deal you could take or leave, as far as the other party was concerned. 

They were halfway to the exit when Bor spoke up. “How about another offer for you, Summerhawk?” A counter had been expected. It was all a part of the bargaining process, after all, but something about Bor’s tone made the hair on the back of Ani’s neck stand up.  

“And what’s that?” Tai called without looking back.

“You take my price and I don’t tell Noa about his apprentice being here with you instead of on his ship, as contracted.”

Tai whipped around, anger flashing in his eyes. He didn’t even look at Ani before his own blade was out, ready in his hands. The four men chuckled, and a sick feeling hit Ani’s gut. She’d been itching for a fight, but something wasn’t right here. The fact that these men knew about her mother’s deal for her meant a bounty had gone up. They’d known it was a possibility when she hadn’t shown up for her apprenticeship but hadn’t thought that Mother would go so far. That’s the last time Ani would underestimate the woman’s ruthlessness. The price of the cargo Tai possessed was nothing in comparison to the benefits of being in both Noa’s and Mother’s good graces. Besides, Noa would pay handsomely for the retrieval of his property—her.

“Ani, go. Now,” Tai said from the side of his mouth.

“You can’t take them all alone,” she replied. Bor’s three friends were tall, though none as wide as their leader. Their builds were similar to Tai’s, lean and ropy from living on boats most of their lives. 

“As your captain, that’s an order,” he hissed.

“And as my brother?” she asked, not taking her eyes off their adversaries. 

Tai growled low in his throat as the men approached. Between them lay a jumble of boxes and crates, leaving no clear shot for any of her blades. 

She was a member of her brother’s crew and should really obey his order, but she was also a Summerhawk. Ani shook her head and planted her feet. “Raunian women don’t run. We fight,” she said through gritted teeth.

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HUSH OF STORM AND SORROW, a novella between books two and three in the adult fantasy series, Earthsinger Chronicles, by L. Penelope, is available now.

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Read the Series:

Book 1: SONG OF BLOOD & STONE
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Book 1.5: BREATH OF DUST & DAWN
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Book 2: WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME
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Book 2.5: HUSH OF STORM & SORROW 
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Book 3: CRY OF METAL & BONE – Preorder Now!
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Award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance, L. Penelope

Author L. Penelope

About the Author
L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. After living on both coasts, she settled in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com

 

 

 

.Where to Find L. Penelope
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – SHAMELESS (Alpha Bodyguard Series) by Sybil Bartel

USA Today bestselling author Sybil Bartel is unveiling the cover to SHAMELESS, the eighth book in her adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Alpha Bodyguard, releasing June 18, 2020

USA Today bestselling author Sybil Bartel is unveiling the cover to SHAMELESS, the eighth book in her adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Alpha Bodyguard, releasing June 18, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for SHAMELESS, the eighth book in USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel's adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Alpha Bodyguard, releasing June 18, 2020

SHAMELESS (Alpha Bodyguard Series #8) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: SHAMELESS
Series: Alpha Bodyguard Series #8
Author: Sybil Bartel
Release Date: June 18, 2020
Genre:
Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
Bodyguard.
Shadow.
Warrior.

The Marines trained me to be a weapon. Tactical warfare was in my blood. I didn’t think twice when I was deployed for the fifth time because I was born battle ready. Then a mission went south and left me with a medical discharge.

Too many years downrange, I didn’t fit in the civilian world. Taking a job with the best security firm in the business seemed like a solid plan…until I was assigned babysitting duty for a spoiled little rich girl. The only thing worse than the assignment was the client’s smart mouth. She thought she could run it—all over me—and not suffer the consequences. She was wrong.

Now she was about to find out how shameless a bodyguard could be.

 

 

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Full Cover for SHAMELESS, the eighth book in USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel's adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Alpha Bodyguard, releasing June 18, 2020

SHAMELESS (Alpha Bodyguard Series #8) by Sybil Bartel (Full Cover)

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: SCANDALOUS
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Book 2: MERCILESS
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Book 3: RECKLESS
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Book 4: RUTHLESS
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Book 5: FEARLESS
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Book 6: CALLOUS
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Book 7: RELENTLESS
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SHAMELESS, the eighth book in USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel's adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Alpha Bodyguard, releases June 18, 2020

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Sybil Bartel

Author Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

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

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

Where to Find Sybil Bartel
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Road Tripping with Entangled Teen – Welcome to the Best Worst Night of Your Lives

Take a road trip with the authors of Entangled Teen

You know what sounds awesome right about now? A road trip! Each day, a different Entangled YA author will be hosting a stop on this crazy ride, along with an awesome giveaway. Make sure you visit each location so you don’t miss any of the fun.

For today’s destination, we’re stopping in Hamilton, Ohio, where unbelievably awful bad luck unfolds on the cast of PROM-WRECKED. When two frenemies team up to make prom happen, everything that can go wrong, does, and in the worst possible way. Read on for an excerpt from the book and a teaser, and don’t miss the grand finale on Entangled Teens Facebook page next Wednesday, March 25, were Jen and I will be giving away a paperback copy of PROM-WRECKED. Be sure to stop by Chris Cannon’s blog tomorrow for more excitement!

Don’t miss any of the fun along the way to your final destination:

March 16 – Jus Accardo
March 16– AK Wilder
March 17– Cookie O’Gorman 
March 17– Lindsey Duga
March 18– Katie Delahanty
March 18– T.H. Hernandez – you are here
March 19– Chris Cannon
March 19– Barb Han
March 20– Lisa Brown Roberts
March 20– Marlene Perez
March 21– Pintip Dunn
March 22– Brenda Drake 
March 23– Kelly Anne Blount 
March 24– Emily McKay
March 25– Entangled Teen Facebook Event at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST  

PROM-WRECKED by T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni

About the Book
Title: PROM-WRECKED
Authors: T.H. Hernandez and Jennifer DiGiovanni
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date:
May 6, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Their prom night ended in a jail cell with forty of their closest friends. But that’s hardly the worst thing that happened to them…

When the principal announces prom is canceled this year, senior Riley Hart is determined to save it. Armed with little more than her own enthusiasm, she ends up working closely with Owen Locklear, who is more than completely off-limits. Because he’s the boyfriend of her ex-BFF, Catherine Reed. Still, Owen knows Riley better than almost anyone, and his charming ideas for turning the prom upside-down and backward win Riley over.

Catherine is willing to join Owen and Riley on the prom committee, but only because her legacy as prom queen is at stake. She’s already suffocating under the weight of her parents’ expectations for after senior year, and compared to that, ensuring prom happens should be easy. At least until everything starts to go wrong.

First they lose their deposit. Then they book a band full of octogenarians. And lose their venue… Twice.

Riley will have an unforgettable teenage experience, damn it, if it’s the last thing she does…

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Excerpt:
CATHERINE –SIX WEEKS UNTIL PROM

I order a coffee for the road and head across the parking lot before turning left onto the main thoroughfare in front of Starbucks.

My thoughts turn to my ever-growing list of things to do, but after my call with Owen, finding potential prom sponsors gets knocked to the top. The scent of warm cinnamon wafts from the bakery across the street, giving me an idea. I grab my phone and snap a picture of the large gilded window stocked with tiered plates displaying this afternoon’s fresh baked goods. Then I turn to my right and capture the phone number screen printed across the blue and white striped awning above Hamilton Custom Tees. Farther down is Riley’s parents’ photography studio, and beyond that is the simple, yet elegant storefront of Posies & Petals.

Wrapped up in capturing the names and phone numbers of local business I hope will be sympathetic to our cause, I don’t notice a car slowing beside me until a voice calls out, “Need a lift?”

Startled, I turn to find Jordon Oswald in an ancient monstrosity of a car making so much noise, I can’t believe he snuck up on me. His lanky frame is hunched, wrists resting atop the steering wheel. He shakes his head to get his dark blond hair out of his eyes.

“Um, sure?”

Jordon is your basic nerd, but we’ve done several school plays and musicals together, and he’s a decent guy. He reaches a long arm across the front seat and opens the door for me. I climb in and search for a cup holder to put my drink in, but there doesn’t seem to be one.

“Here,” Jordon says, reaching for my cup.

I hand it to him and grab for a seat belt, coming up empty-handed.

Jordon chuckles. “It’s just a lap belt. Down on your right.”

Good lord, what have I gotten myself into? This is a death trap. My fingers fumble with the buckle, which is similar to the ones on airplanes, and tighten it until I can barely breathe. Jordon hands me back my cup, and I grip it with my left hand while I grab onto the armrest on the door with my right. The car rumbles even louder when Jordon presses the gas pedal.

“What is this thing?” I ask, inclining my head toward the dash so he knows I mean the car.

“This thing is a pristine 1966 Pontiac GTO. And her name is Sarah.”

 

“Ohh-kay.” Duly noted. His nerdiness has just hit a new level.

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Teaser from Prom-Wrecked, and young adult contemporary romance by Jennifer DiGiovanni and T.H. Hernandez

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Giveaway
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – STING by Cindy R. Wilson

Blog Tour for STING, a young adult dystopian adventure, by Cindy R. Wilson

Welcome to the blog tour for STING, a young adult dystopian adventure/romance by Cindy R. Wilson. See below for information on the book, buy links, my five-star review, and details on her giveaway.

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STING by Cindy R. Wilson

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.

But then a trusted friend reveals who I am―“just” Tessa, “just” a girl―and sends me straight into the arms of the law. All those people I helped…couldn’t help me when I needed it.

In prison, I find an unlikely ally in Pike, who would have been my enemy on the outside. He represents everything I’m against. Luxury. Excess. The world immediately falling for his gorgeous smile. How he ended up in the dirty cell next to mine is a mystery, but he wants out as much as I do. Together, we have a real chance at escape.

With the sting of betrayal still fresh, Pike and I will seek revenge on those who wronged us. But uncovering all their secrets might turn deadly…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
This is a fun thrill ride from the opening pages through the pulse-pounding conclusion. Cindy R. Wilson creates fascinating characters and throws them into impossible situations against a rich dystopian backdrop. Scorpion is just a teenage girl who was unfortunately on the wrong side of the bride when the world came tumbling down. Living in a “bunker” in an abandoned gaming center, Tessa, aka the Scorpion, shares her “home” with Cass, a twelve-year-old orphan. The two form a tight family unit, which not only do whatever it takes to survive, but also helping others who live in the Dark District get what they need. This makes her public enemy number one of the Light Sight, which is under the control of Campbell, who also happens to be the father of her best friend, Elle. But when someone betrays her, Tessa is thrown into prison where she meets Pike, a former enforcer in training who wants to take down Campbell almost as much as Tessa does. The two form a friendship that borders on something more as they plan to escape and help the Dark Side and exact revenge on Campbell. But Tessa’s hate for Campbell is powerful and may get in the way of what she needs to do.

There are a lot of similarities between STING and THE HUNGER GAMES. So if you enjoy a good dystopian adventure of the oppressed rising up against their oppressor, a badass heroine with a younger sister figure she’ll do anything for, and a couple of swoony boys fighting over the protagonist, this is right up your alley!

Plot
The main plot centers on Tessa and her quest for revenge against Campbell, the man who has kept the Dark District in the dark. There are strong subplots involving Tessa’s search for Cass, and her relationships with both River, another darksider, and Pike, the lightsider she meets in prison. The story shines in all of these areas. The action is well-spaced ensuring perfect pacing and twists and turns kept me engaged. Some I saw coming, others not so much. Everything is expertly woven together to create a compelling story that is nearly impossible to put down.

Characters
The characters are superb! Scorpion will go down in history as one of my all-time favorite heroines. River, Pike, Cass and the rest are all deep, complex, compelling. Even the antagonists are more than just shallow stereotypes for the most part. Mongo and even Elle at times seemed sort of trope-y, but they served a necessary purpose. I love Tessa so much. She’s tough but vulnerable. Her inexperience with romance makes her stumble over her feelings for those around her, but her fierce loyalty is what endears her to me from the very beginning. Pike is my Peta. He’s also loyal, brave, smart, and he gets Tessa on a deep level. River is my sweet, sweet Gale. He loves Tessa so much, he’d do anything for her. Elle is complex and conflicted as the best friend and daughter of Tessa’s rival, and Campbell, well, he’s easy to believe these days as a greedy bastard who sees the poor people of the world as a drain on his power and wealth.

What I Loved About STING
1. Tessa.
She’s the perfect blend of strength, fearlessness, loyalty, and vulnerability.

2. Pike. He’s wonderfully patient, brave, and would do anything for Tessa.

3. Action. There is a lot of it and it’s pulse-pounding and intense.

4. River. Another great guy who will risk everything for the people he cares about.

5. Twists and Turns. Really well done and caught me by surprise more than once.

What Didn’t Quite Work for Me
Nothing! Though I hope this is the first book in a series. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger and I have no idea what the author would do in a second book, but I love this world and these characters so much, I don’t want to let them go.

Bottom Line
A thrilling dystopian adventure with plenty of romance!

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About the Book
Title: STING
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Author Cindy R. Wilson

Author Cindy R. Wilson

About the Author
Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You’ll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to Find Cindy R. Wilson
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE PLAN (Creek Water Series) by Whitney Dineen

Book blitz for THE PLAN, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Creek Water, by Whitney Dineen

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PLAN, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Creek Water, by Whitney Dineen. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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THE PLAN (Creek Water Series #3) by Whitney Dineen

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE PLAN
Series: Creek Water #3
Author: Whitney Dineen
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Bead shop owner Amelia Frothingham has been keeping a secret from everyone she knows.

She pretends to be the ultimate care-free bohemian chick, but the truth is, she’s the world’s biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelia’s life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spring tornado.

Like every other woman under eighty with a pulse, Amelia’s intrigued. So when Huck starts showing up in her shop with flirtation in mind, she finds herself getting sucked into the rock god vortex. But her previous attempts at long-distance love have always ended on a sour note, so Amelia has vowed never to repeat the experience.

What Amelia doesn’t know is that Huck has a secret of his own, and he has no intention of returning to Los Angeles before he’s good and ready.

Will Huck stay in town, scattering the beads Amelia has finally gotten sorted? Or will he head back to his glamorous life and take her last chance at spontaneity and love along with him?

Find out in this deliciously funny romcom about love and life in Creek Water, Missouri!

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Excerpt #3
The band starts driving a rhythm which almost brings down the house. Gizzy yells to be heard over the roaring crowd, “This here is called ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ by Mr. Tom Petty.” Then he motions to our side of the stage and introduces, “And this here is my best friend and co-dreamer, Huck Wiley.”

Over seventeen thousand people scream in sheer ecstasy that Huck is going to perform tonight. I don’t think I know seventeen people who be more than marginally happy to see me. Yet, the excitement these folks are experiencing transcends all words. If they’re feeling a fraction of what I’m feeling, it’s a high no drug could ever match. I have never witnessed such a scene, and I expect I never will again. 

Maggie is jumping up and down beside me like she’s got springs in her shoes, but I stand riveted to the ground in awe of the sheer power these two men possess. 

Three women from the front row charge the stage but are held back by security as Huck picks up his guitar and joins his friend. They perform the whole song while the crowd dances and sings along, celebrating this moment in time. The band plays song after song together, some Gizzy’s and some Huck’s. Their voices are gritty and rough while at the same time melodious and full of emotion. 

I feel like I’m in an alternate universe where everyone is pure energy. There are no boundaries holding us in. We’re like one massive heart, beating together in a giant expression of joy. The sheer intensity of this experience is life-altering for me. I’m not afraid of the crowd. If anything, I’m feeding off of their exuberance.

After a bunch of songs, Huck runs offstage and takes a water bottle that Maggie hands to him. His chest is heaving and he’s dripping with sweat. He drinks the whole thing down in one gulp. Then he picks up his daughter and kisses her on the forehead before putting her back on her feet.

Then he turns to me.

Huck Wiley kisses me like I’m the air and he’s been underwater for five days. He consumes me and I let him. I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it is or what planet I’m on. All I know is that my essence leaves my body to mingle with his. It is the best, most intoxicating experience in the whole wide world.

I vaguely hear Gizzy say, “If Huck would come back on stage and quit kissing the beautiful Amelia, we could keep this concert going.” The crowd screams their approval and the sound forces my eyes to open. I follow the gaze of the audience. Huck and I are the focus of all three Jumbotrons, visible to every single one of the seventeen thousand fans inhabiting this building. I push him on stage and take a giant step back to remove myself from view. 

The concert could have lasted two hours or two days, I can’t tell which. All I know is that my head is spinning. Never in a million years could I have ever imagined a night like tonight. There’s no way Creek Water, Missouri can prepare a girl for the magnitude of a rock star’s life. 

The band performs seven encores, once again taking turns between Gizzy’s songs and Huck’s. On the last one, Gizzy says, “Okay folks, this is it. We’re going out the same way we came in.” They play “Runnin’ Down a Dream” one more time.

This night is a dream. I could pinch myself until I was black and blue to verify the reality of it, but it can’t be real. There’s no way. How does Huck do this night after night for weeks on end with only a few short months before doing it all over again? How can he survive the avalanche of adoration that’s heaved upon him? 

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Teaser for THE PLAN, the third book in the adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Creek Water, by Whitney Dineen

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Read the Series:

Book 1: THE EVENT
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Book 2: THE PLAN
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Book 3: THE PLAN 
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Author W.B. Dineen

Author W.B. Dineen

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

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

 

.Where to Find W.B. Dineen
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – MADAME FIOCCA by Suzy Henderson

Blog Tour for MADAME FIOCCA, a young adult historical based on a true story, by Suzy Henderson

Welcome to the blog tour for MADAME FIOCCA, a stand-alone young adult historical, based on a true story, by Suzy Henderson. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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MADAME FIOCCA by Suzy Henderson

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: MADAME FIOCCA
Author: Suzy Henderson
Publisher: Avis Press
Release Date: December 13, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Historical
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Synopsis
A must-read gripping adventure based on the true story of Nancy Wake, Gestapo’s most wanted. Soon to be a major feature film.

February 1933: Nancy Wake is a gregarious twenty-year-old looking for adventure. Having fled her unhappy family home in Sydney, she becomes a journalist and is thrilled when she is posted to Paris. The city is glamorous, brimming with journalists, artists, and a growing number of refugees.

Later, in the French Riviera, she uncovers more than news following a chance encounter with wealthy industrialist, Henri Fiocca. Their relationship blossoms as Hitler makes waves across Europe. While on an assignment in Vienna in 1938, she witnesses Nazis whipping Jews on the street and she vows to fight for justice if ever the opportunity arises.

When Henri is called to the Front to fight, Nancy, determined to help the war effort, joins the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. Every day she witnesses atrocities. When Paris falls, Nancy flees the German oppressors and returns to Marseille.

A chance encounter with a British officer draws Nancy into the heart of the Garrow escape network, despite Henri’s reservations. Soon she finds herself caught in a deadly game of espionage.

As the iron fist of the enemy tightens, neighbours denounce neighbours. When the enemy closes in, Nancy and Henri face an impossible choice. Has she done more harm than good?

Based on a true story, Madame Fiocca weaves an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption in wartime.

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Excerpt #3
‘Halt!’ A man yelled.

I turned to see several Milice running towards me. I pushed on, shoving people out of the way. I had to get through, had to flee, but as I heaved and jostled at the dense mass of people, there was little give in their ranks, and I realised the jig was up. A heavy hand on my shoulder lashed my spine with chills, and I froze, turning to face my captors who led me away to the trucks. Wild thoughts filled my head. Were they looking for me? I felt as if I was going to throw up, my skin cool, clammy. I swallowed and sucked in a breath.

The cell was dark, damp and empty. I glanced down at my grazed knees, stockings shredded from when the guard had roughly shoved me inside, and I’d fallen to the rough stone floor. Reluctantly, I sat on icy flagstones in a corner, legs outstretched. The metallic tang of blood filled my mouth, my bottom lip full and stinging like hell. The blow had been a shock, pathetic really as I ought to have expected it. How was I going to escape? I suddenly thought of the Maori midwife who had brought me into the world. ‘The spirits will take care of her,’ she’d told my mother. ‘Well, if you’re listening, help me, please.’ My side nagged and ached. It was one thing to slap a woman in the face, but quite another to punch her in the gut. The Milice enjoyed being able to rough people up, especially women. Blasted brutes. My mouth was dry, so dry, and there had been no offer of water or food, not that I was hungry. A sliver of honeyed light slipped in through the barred window above, stretching out a golden finger across the cell floor. Dawn. Soon, my captors would return.

I huddled tight in the corner, faced the wall where vivid green moss sprang like a sponge in clumps between the joints in the stone, the damp, mouldy odour filling my nose. I closed my eyes and thought of kinder times, of happier days with Henri. Our strolls through the Vieux Port of Marseille. Parties, my work friends, and finally, family. Dear Stan, still serving with the navy. How was he? Please, God, let him be safe. I thought of my sisters, Ruby and Gladys, and of the siblings I’d lost, Hazel and Charles. And Mum. I sucked in a deep breath, exhaling slowly. I screwed my eyes tight shut as I summoned their faces, and Henri’s. Beloved Henri. My vision swam as I tried to stifle the sob, my chest aching. Those bastards weren’t going to see me fall apart.

Somewhere above a door slammed, the noise crashed into the bowels of the building – the echo of footsteps. Milice HQ was awake, preparing to commit more cruel and inhumane acts.

Footsteps fell on the stairs leading down to my cell, a jangle of keys and a whiff of ersatz coffee. A young Milicien grasping an enamel mug and a small plate with a thin piece of bread and jam.

‘Good morning, Madame.’ He crouched down to open the small flap in the door of my cell and set the mug and plate on the stone floor. He shot me a glance, his mouth forming a weak smile. ‘Hurry, Madame, before they come for you.’ He stood up tall, stepped back and glanced nervously up the stairs.

He’d taken a risk for me. There was still some humanity. Well, I didn’t need prompting. I couldn’t remember how long it had been since I’d drank or ate. The bread was verging on stale, but the delicious strawberry jam made up for that, and while the ersatz had always been repulsive, right now it was heavenly. ‘Merci.’ Touched by his kindness, I passed the plate and cup through the flap.

The guard smiled, nodded briskly before heading up the stairs.

Within five minutes, two guards appeared, grabbed me roughly by the arms and dragged me upstairs to the grand office of the Vichy Commissioner, a plump man, probably in his fifties, slouched behind a grand, mahogany desk. He glanced up from a stack of papers and put down his cigarette. ‘Bonjour, Madame. Please, sit.’

The guard who had a vice-like grip on my left arm shoved me into a chair.

‘It would seem you’ve had a rough night, Madame.’ The officer stood up and walked towards the window.

A flash of red and black caught my eye at the window as the wind grabbed at the Nazi flags that shrouded the building, tugging them in anger. I’d already decided, just like yesterday, that I wouldn’t talk. I’d withstood the first beating and could do so again. 

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Historical Fiction Author Suzy Henderson

Author Suzy Henderson

About the Author
Suzy Henderson lives with her husband and two sons in Cumbria, England, on the edge of the Lake District. In a previous life she was a Midwife but now works from home as a freelance writer and novelist.

While researching her family history, Suzy became fascinated with both World War periods and developed an obsession with military and aviation history. Following the completion of an Open University Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, she began to write and write until one day she had a novel.

She writes contemporary and historical fiction and is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Suzy’s debut novel, “The Beauty Shop”, has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her next novel, “Madame Fiocca” will be published in December 2019.

Where to Find Suzy Henderson
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ASK ME TO GAME (Game Lords Series) by Zoe Forward

Blog Tour for ASK ME TO GAME, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Game Lords, by Zoe Forward

Welcome to the blog tour for ASK ME TO GAME, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Game Lords, by Zoe Forward. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

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ASK ME TO GAME (Game Lords Series #3) by Zoe Forward

About the Book
Title: ASK ME TO GAME
Series: Game Lords #3
Author: Zoe Forward
Release Date: March 9, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
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Synopsis
Emma Duarte just volunteered to be the ultimate badass. She agreed to try out for an elite eGaming team to draw out the criminal mastermind behind the dangerous, illegal underworld of video gaming. The problem? She doesn’t know jack about the game she has to pose as an expert of. Second problem? Michael Harrison, her new brother-in-law and ill-advised one-night stand the night Emma’s sister married Michael’s brother, has been hired to train her.

Michael Harrison loves seeing straitlaced Emma off-kilter. Sure, she rebuffs him every chance she gets, but that just makes it more challenging—and fun. But at the end of the day, the goal is to get her on the Dynasty eGaming team and catch a criminal. Michael already lost his brother to this underworld, and he won’t lose Emma too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaser from ASK ME TO GAME, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Game Lords, by Zoe Forward

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Excerpt #3
“Why do you need a working dog?” She expected him to say emotional support even though he didn’t seem like someone who needed a dog to help with anxiety.

“Seizure alert.” He wiggled his arm, showing off a medical bracelet she’d never noticed before.

“For you?” Unexpected.

He touched the top of Gump’s head. “Epilepsy since high school. Started after I got a concussion playing football. It makes a life a real pisser since no one can figure out the exact trigger. With Gump, I can know up to an hour ahead of time it’s going to happen. Then I don’t end up falling down stairs or passing out on the street.”

“I don’t remember seeing Gump at the wedding a few weeks ago.”

“I don’t take him everywhere. My doctors recommend I do. I have good weeks and bad ones. The wedding week was good.”

Her respect for Gump shot up about a million points. As if on cue, the dog looked up and wagged his tail.

“He likes you. The boy’s got good taste.” Michael’s gaze dropped down her body.

She turned around to put her back to him and Gump, furious at her southern hemisphere’s response to this man. Every single day she could deal with the handsomest of the handsome, men who made most women ovulate by being in the same room with them. Those guys she could handle and remain unruffled and unmoved by their charming smiles and gorgeous packaging. This man though… She was sweating and flushed. And thinking like a birdbrain.

Think, think, think.

Mind not on Michael.

But it was on him. It wouldn’t move off him. Screw it. She couldn’t think clearly in his presence. Admit it. Accept it. Move beyond it. She uncrossed her arms and turned around. “If we do this—the game training—we’re going to have rules.”

He studied her. His gaze grew thoughtful and introspective. “Rules make you feel safe, don’t they?”

“You and I are going to stay on task. That means, we make a schedule and stick to it. We don’t do coffee dates or weird meetings after hours anywhere outside the office. We use some neutral zone at the Las Vegas conference. We need to stay out of situations that involve tequila and confined spaces.”

A small smile tugged at the side of his mouth.

Her eyes narrowed. “That does not mean a strip club or gambling floor in Vegas.”

“You like me, Em. And you want us to go on a coffee date.”

“That is clearly not what I said.”

“You can’t stop thinking about that night. Me either. I can’t stop thinking about you.” His gaze simmered as it landed on her lips.

“What I can’t stop thinking about is the fact I can’t remember a single freaking thing about that night. I don’t like blank spaces in my memory.”

He sat up straight and leaned forward. “Tell you what, Em. I’ll follow whatever rules you need to lay down because we need to find out all we can about the Dynasty team, but when the time comes that you’re ready to find out how good it is to lose control…” His gaze flickered down and then up meaningfully. “Ask me to show you, but you’ll have to ask nicely, and you can’t be drunk.”

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Teaser from ASK ME TO GAME, the third book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Game Lords, by Zoe Forward

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: OFF HER GAME
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Book 2: DON’T GAME ME
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Romance Author Zoe Forward

Author Zoe Forward

About the Author
Zoe Forward might admit to you she’s almost prepared for the zombie apocalypse before the fact she writes contemporary and paranormal romances. Her novels have won numerous awards including the Prism, Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence, Golden Quill, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. She’s best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud Keepers of the Veil series, which has won numerous awards. She’s a board-certified veterinarian. You can find her residing in the South with the love of her life, a menagerie of four-legged beasts and two wild kids.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Zoe Forward
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series) by J. Saman

Blog Tour for LOVE TO HATE HER, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Wild Minds, by USA Today bestselling author, J. Saman

Welcome to the blog tour for LOVE TO HATE HER, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Wild Minds, by USA Today bestselling author, J. Saman. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series #1) by J. Saman

LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series #1) by J. Saman

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: LOVE TO HATE HER
Series: Wild Minds #1
Author: J. Saman
Release Date: February 27, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
A rare moment of weakness.  A burning desire impossible to deny. Forbidden words I should never have spoken.  

Seven years ago, I confessed my darkest secret to my brother’s girlfriend. When she broke up with him and walked out of our lives, she took my secret with her.

But, with my band set to go on tour around the world, I have a problem. I need a nanny for my autistic daughter. And unfortunately, Viola Starr, my brother’s ex, is the perfect fit. Now, there is no escaping her. Or our past. Especially when my brother seems determined to win her back.

Five months and she’ll be out of my life again. Five months of ignoring lingering, heated glances.  The fire she draws out of me. The way she loves my daughter.

Five months… And my world is about to come crashing down around me.

 

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Excerpt
Her fingers rake through my hair, tugging until my eyes drag up to hers. 

“I have a million reasons to leave, Jasper. A million. You push me past my every limit day in and day out. You hate me. Ignore me. Fight with me. Tease me. Tempt me. Make me feel alive and forgotten in the same breath. I have a million reasons to leave. I need one reason to stay. One reason that isn’t your little girl.” 

I stare into her, my fingers brushing back the long strands of her hair from her face. I hold that reason on my tongue, tasting its sweetness as it burns me like venom. It’s a truth I can’t let go. One I’m not ready for her to have. 

I’ll probably never be. 

“He loves you. You love him. How’s that for a reason?”

She shakes her head at me, her frustration palpable. “Is that what you’re really thinking right now while I’m sitting on your lap in the dark? With all that we’ve done together this past week? That I love him?” 

“It’s the only thing that matters between us.” 

“You’re a liar.”

“Am I?” I question, tilting my head, Jules’s words pounding through my skull so loud I can hardly see, let alone think, past them. She loves him. Not you. Again, what reason would Jules have to lie to me about that? They’re best friends. Best friends who likely tell each other everything. Isn’t that what girls do?

“I don’t want to hurt like this when I look at you anymore. I’m tired of hating you while not being able to stop thinking about you.” 

My lips descend into the base of her neck, directly over her pulse that thrums beneath me. My eyes close, and I inhale a silent breath. I’m tired of loving you while not being able to have you. 

“You don’t hate me, Viola.”

“You’re right. I don’t hate you, Jasper. You’re the one who can’t make up his mind.”

“What is it you’re looking for from me?” I speak against her skin. “What is it you think I have to give you when you belong to him? You want me to stop hating you? Done. You want me to be nice? I can fucking try. You want me to fuck this thing out of us? I will. Tell me what you want, and I’ll give you anything. Because while you have a million reasons to go, and you’re looking for one to stay other than my daughter, she’s the only reason I can give you to stay when I have a million for you to go.” 

Her breath hitches, her head falling back as my tongue swipes out, stealing a taste. 

My hands drop from her hair, sliding along her narrow shoulders, over the top of her chest, down her ribs, my thumbs brushing the sides of her full tits through her shirt as I go. Her body trembles against mine as my hands grasp her waist, my nose gliding up the long column of her neck. 

My body unable to hold back as I lick and suck and kiss her there. 

Only there. 

If I kiss her mouth, there will be no going back.

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Book 2: HATE TO LOVE HIM
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Author J. Saman

Author J. Saman

About the Author
J. Saman loves all types of novels, but finds herself always going back to writing/reading romances. She’s addicted to Diet Coke and sour candy, and swears way too much. She’s an admitted lover of picking at old wounds, second chance romances, love triangles and the perfect amount of angst . She writes smart, strong women and sexy alpha (slightly nerdy) men who have a softer side.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – DANGEROUS (Wicked Hearts Series) by Sara Cate

Book Blitz for the Adult Contemporary romance novel, DANGEROUS, by Sara Cates

Welcome to the book blitz for DANGEROUS, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Wicked Hearts, by Sara Cates. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to DANGEROUS, the second book in the Adult Contemporary Romance Series, Wicked Hearts, by Sara Cate.

DANGEROUS (Wicked Hearts Series #2) by Sara Cate

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: DANGEROUS
Author: Wicked Hearts Series #2
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Welcome to Wicked Beach…

Murph
They call me dangerous. Which is fine by me. It keeps everyone out.

Then some new girl walks into my shop and turns everything upside down. It started out physical until she becomes the one person standing between me and the future of my business.

Now this mysterious new girl has me right where she wants me—physically, mentally…and emotionally.

Savannah
I’ve been burned before. Now I look out for myself.

The last thing I expect is to inherit a tattoo shop run by the world’s scariest—and sexiest—business owner. If I were smart, I would cut him out and use the money to start a new life for myself—one free from the demons in my past. But Murph’s hard eyes and gentle touch do something to me. It’s like he can see something no one else can, and no matter how hard I try, he won’t let me walk away.

If I want to save myself, I have to ruin him. And to ruin him feels far more dangerous than what I’m running from.

Dangerous is the second swoon-worthy installment in the Wicked Hearts series. These stories can be read as standalones or together. Warning: this fast-paced romance might leave you breathless and a touch corrupted.

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Teaser from DANGEROUS, book 2 in the adult contemporary romance series, Wicked Hearts, by Sara Cate

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Excerpt #2
“So what’s your story, huh?” He stalks in, grabbing an apple from the bowl on the counter. Leaning against the granite, his thick forearms folded in front of him, he takes a bite and glares at me with a harsh grin.

I don’t answer him.

“I’m being serious.”

“Oh really?” I answer, coyly. “I had you pegged for Mr. Comedy.” 

“I know nothing about your past, where you came from, what brought you to Wickett. You might as well be my foster sister.” He takes a bite of his apple, and something intense floods through my bloodstream at the way he bites and grins as if he were thinking of me between his fingers.

“Ugh, please don’t say that. We are not even close to being related.”

“You have a story, and I want to hear it.” 

For a minute, I consider telling him something real—but then I remember his threat to me just an hour ago, and I want him to know nothing about me. Especially since our relationship sits in this gray area.

“I moved into town, started looking for a job, and found Hazel. What else is there to know?”

“What are you running from?” 

My eyes shoot up to his face, fixing on those bright green irises that seem to be pulling me in. Is my story so written on my face that he can tell I’m running from something…or someone?

“I’m not running from anything,” I answer, tossing the kitchen towel against the counter.

“You show up at my shop, throw yourself at me like you haven’t been touched in years. Clearly you have a secret, something you’re hiding. And I’ll figure it out.”

He stands from his position bent over the counter and tosses the half-eaten apple into the garbage. Then he marches toward me, keeping his gaze on my face, the intensity making me shudder. Without stopping, he presses his body against mine, pinning me to the counter. 

Part of me wants to push him away, and another part wants to grab his face and wrap my legs around his waist, losing all abandon in this intensity.

He leans down, bringing his face closer to mine. I ready myself for a kiss, leaning my head back and giving it a slight tilt. 

His lips whisper delicately close to mine. “All I can think about is look on your face while you were trembling on my lap.”

My breath hitches in my throat. I can smell the sweetness of the apple on his breath, and I inhale it, desperate to consume him in any way that I can.

My body completely betrays me as I wait for him to kiss me, and it’s like I’ve forgotten why I should not put my trust in this new stranger who suddenly ambushed my new life.

Suddenly I hear the sound of water behind me, and I turn my gaze to see him running his hands in the water, one arm on each side of me so that he’s practically hugging me. His stare doesn’t waver for a second. 

All too soon, he pulls away and flicks his wet hands toward me. The cold water against my face feels like ice, doing nothing to cool the red hot anger. 

“I’ll figure you out eventually,” he calls, and then he’s gone.

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Author Sara Cate

About the Author
Sara Cate writes contemporary romance about bikers, bad boys, hunks, and softies–all rolled into one. She has a soft spot for redemption stories and forbidden romance.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WHERE WE BELONG by Shann McPherson

WHERE WE BELONG Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for WHERE WE BELONG, a stand-alone adult contemporary, by Shann McPhersonSee below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WHERE WE BELONG by Shann McPherson

WHERE WE BELONG by Shann McPherson

About the Book
Title: WHERE WE BELONG
Author: Shann McPherson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 21, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
An emotional, compelling page-turner from your next romance obsession, Shann McPherson, about the power of friendship and finding love where you least expect it.

When Alice ‘Murph’ Murphy’s beloved mother died, she promised to keep the family bakery in Graceville, Georgia afloat—even if it meant letting her high-school sweetheart, Nash Harris, go. For years, Murph has been biding her time, waiting for Nash to come back for her.

So when he strolls into Piece O’ Cake, Murph’s heart skips a beat—until he hands her an invitation to his wedding… There are painful secrets in both their pasts that only the two of them share, and Murph can’t bear the thought of Nash belonging to someone else.

There’s only one thing Murph can think of to do: fake a relationship with local bar owner and old friend Harley Shaw to remind Nash of what he’s losing, and win him back for good.

Nash is Murph’s best friend, a vivid reminder of her childhood and all the things she’s lost—but the more time Murph and Harley spend together, the more the lines between real and pretend begin to blur. Can Murph choose between the one who got away and the one who never left—and heal her aching heart?

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And, that’s when I spot him, behind the bar, serving a line of customers waiting at the counter. For a moment, I just stand there, on the spot, watching him. The way he moves so effortlessly, reaching for glasses up above, and bottles behind him, pouring shots like some professional mixologist as he laughs casually with his customers like they’re his very best friends. I clamp my bottom lip between my teeth as I continue staring at him from across the bar.

He looks good tonight. His wayward curls are contained by a backwards End Zone cap, his strong jaw shadowed with a smattering of stubble. His dimples pull into his cheeks as he laughs at something someone says to him, adding a hint of boyish charm to his already charming exterior. His Adam’s apple bobs in his throat with every word he says, and the tattoos inked into the smooth skin over his forearms seem to dance with every movement of his strong hands and long fingers. I’m not normally attracted to tattoos, but the longer I find myself unable to look away from him, the more they taunt me, hypnotizing me. I have to force myself to snap my gaze away, my eyes widening at my own thoughts.

Oh no. Please no. This isn’t right. It can’t be. Despite the dread sitting at the bottom of my belly, I convince myself to continue ahead and, by the time I come to stop at the counter, I find Harley right there, smiling down at me with a grin that only causes his green eyes to sparkle deviously like he knows a secret, and that’s literally the last thing I need to see right now. I shake my head in an attempt to push him and his beautiful eyes to the very back of my priorities.

“You told Emma?” I hiss over the counter, placing the empty pitcher on the bar.

“Yeah.” He nods, looking at me with a crease of confusion pulling between his brows. “Isn’t that the point of this whole thing? To…tell people?” He shrugs a shoulder.

“Yeah, I guess.” I sigh, not realizing until this very moment just how soft and full his lips seem to be up close. Again, I shake my head at my own thoughts. “But Emma? She’s your…your smash buddy. You said so yourself.”

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Author Shann McPherson

Author Shann McPherson

About the Author
With big dreams of being a published author since she was an eleven-year-old girl writing Beverly Hills 90210 fan fiction before fan fiction was even a thing, Shann McPherson has been writing angsty, contemporary romances for most of her thirty-something years.
Living in sunny Queensland, Australia, when she’s not writing Shann enjoys making memories with her husband and cheeky toddler son, drinking wine, and singing completely off-key to One Direction’s entire discography.

 

 

 

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Release Day + Giveaway – LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series) by J. Saman

LOVE TO HATE HER Release Day

Today is release day for LOVE TO HATE HER, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Wild Minds, by USA Today bestselling author, J. Saman. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series #1) by J. Saman

LOVE TO HATE HER (Wild Minds Series #1) by J. Saman

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Title: LOVE TO HATE HER
Series: Wild Minds #1
Author: J. Saman
Release Date: February 27, 2020
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
A rare moment of weakness.  A burning desire impossible to deny. Forbidden words I should never have spoken.  

Seven years ago, I confessed my darkest secret to my brother’s girlfriend. When she broke up with him and walked out of our lives, she took my secret with her.

But, with my band set to go on tour around the world, I have a problem. I need a nanny for my autistic daughter. And unfortunately, Viola Starr, my brother’s ex, is the perfect fit. Now, there is no escaping her. Or our past. Especially when my brother seems determined to win her back.

Five months and she’ll be out of my life again. Five months of ignoring lingering, heated glances.  The fire she draws out of me. The way she loves my daughter.

Five months… And my world is about to come crashing down around me.

 

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Can I ask you something else? 

Shoot.

Did the crowd swarming the hotel and bus bother you?

Is he kidding me? Of course, it bothered me. 

Women–and I’m talking hundreds of them–mobbed the front and back entrance of the hotel, clamoring not just for their favorite band, but for the elusive Jasper Diamond himself. 

They were crazed. They overran the bus. It was like those videos you see of when The Beatles first came to America. Girls were screaming and crying and thrusting not only band t-shirts out, but their tits too. 

It was so insane that eventually the guys did step off the bus just so Adalyn and I could safely get into the hotel without being mobbed. 

I knew they were famous. We wouldn’t be here if they weren’t. But I hadn’t witnessed much of it until now. I’ve mostly been hidden away from it, off with Adalyn doing our own thing. This was eye-opening in the worst and best possible way. 

Why do you ask?

You made a face, and it was the first time on the tour it’s happened like that. Where fans swarmed us like that, I mean.  

Are you referring to your harem of obsessed women? Why on earth would that bother me?

The message bubble appears almost instantly, and I roll to my side, my phone clutched in both hands, an unstoppable smile still clinging dumbly to my face. 

I like this way too much to stop. 

Even stupid banter and easy back and forth is better than evil eyes and long, lingering stares that make me simultaneously want to throw up and crawl out of my skin. 

And because it’s late, and I’m so f-ing tired, and he texted first, and I feel like being snarky, and it’s taking him forever to reply, and I obviously need a million excuses, I write, In fact, why aren’t you out with any of them? I’m sure they’d love another chance at The Jasper Diamond. Sexy man and supreme rock god. 

The dots dance before they disappear only to start again and disappear once more before they do their thing one final time and then his words appear on my screen. Not interested in any of them. And I’d prefer it if you’d call me sexy god and supreme rock man. Has a more realistic touch to it, don’t you think?

I snort out a laugh, rolling my eyes. 

Seems a bit arrogant and inaccurate to me. I’m not sure I’d call you sexy god. Sexy man was already pushing it, but maybe you should run that one by some of those girls who were screaming for you earlier. They might have a different opinion than mine. 

Don’t want their opinion. Yours is the only one I want, and the only one that matters.

I stare at his words for longer than I should, doing everything I can not to read into them. Rolling onto my stomach, I prop myself up with my elbows, clutching my phone just a little too tightly. I don’t know what to say to that. What to write back. 

He is a sexy god. Insanely so. Everything about him sets my blood on fire.

Those girls will be devastated to hear that.

He replies instantly, and that flutter in my belly spreads, shooting sparks across my skin. If I didn’t know you better, I’d think you were jealous. 

Maddeningly.

Why would I be?

You have no reason to be. They’re just girls. 

And I’m just the nanny. 

You’re not just the nanny. You’re my nanny, Viola. 

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Author J. Saman

Author J. Saman

About the Author
J. Saman loves all types of novels, but finds herself always going back to writing/reading romances. She’s addicted to Diet Coke and sour candy, and swears way too much. She’s an admitted lover of picking at old wounds, second chance romances, love triangles and the perfect amount of angst . She writes smart, strong women and sexy alpha (slightly nerdy) men who have a softer side.

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