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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WICKED IDOL (Hellfire Club Series) by Becker Gray

 

Welcome to the book blitz for WICKED IDOL, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Hellfire Club, by Becker Gray

Welcome to the book blitz for WICKED IDOL, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Hellfire Club, by Becker GraySee below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WICKED IDOL, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Hellfire Club

WICKED IDOL (Hellfire Club Series #1) by Becker Gray

About the Book
Title: WICKED IDOL
Series: Hellfire Club Series #1
Author: Becker Gray
Publisher: Dangerous Press
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
The new girl doesn’t belong here. So why can’t I stop thinking about her? Iris Briggs a goodie two-shoes with a headmaster father who aims to ruin my school year before it’s even begun. She gets under my skin. With her demure skirts and braided hair, Iris flits around the periphery until she runs right into me, hot coffee soaking me as she looks up at me with wide, innocent eyes. We start off scalding.

In the library, we reach lava levels.

And then in the city? We go nuclear.

She’s a good girl, but I’m a Constantine. My duty is to my family. At least, it was until I started unbraiding the good girl and realizing there’s more to life than duty.

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
“Keaton Constantine, what the hell?”

My brows popped. My mother rarely swore. “Wow, Mom. I didn’t even know you knew that word.”

“That relationship is important,” Mom explained, sounding like she was struggling for patience. “It’s your future.”

“Mom, I’m eighteen. You can’t really expect me to date the same girl for the rest of my life.”

“I can, and I do. You’ve been raised together. Groomed to be together. It’s not like you need to get to know her. You know exactly what kind of family she comes from. You should know that the expectation is that you two will get married.”

I laughed at that. “Again, we’re eighteen. We’re not going to marry anyone any time soon. And while I care about her, I don’t love her.”

I could envision her pinched face. “You’re being very naïve,” my mother said in a brittle voice. “Constantines marry well. That’s what we do. And it’s your role in the family to connect us with the Blairs.”

“And if I don’t want to?”

Mom didn’t say anything for a second. “Keaton, don’t make me compel you.”

“With money?” That was, after all, my parents’ go-to move.

She didn’t answer, but she didn’t need to. I had a trust fund and a monthly allowance that would balance the budgets of most Midwestern states—but both of those could be fucked with. By her. The first wave of trust fund money would be released once I graduated—and it would be enough to see me through college until I could get my own job . . . if I didn’t choose a career in rugby, that was. If I chose rugby, I’d need fuck-all from the family.

But again, I couldn’t start playing pro until after graduation at the soonest.

“You’re telling me that if I don’t keep dating Clara, you’re going to starve me out financially?”

“Don’t be gauche,” she said. She disliked overt money talk. “I’m just reminding you that the benefits of this family are tied to service to this family.”

“Does it matter to you that Clara doesn’t love me? Never mind how I feel?”

“This isn’t about love, sweetheart, this is about a merger of the families. Something better and stronger. You’ll see.”

I ground my teeth together. My gaze went outside my window again.

To Iris.

 

I looked over at Keaton, who pulled my feet into his lap the moment the car started and was now stroking up my bare legs with greedy fingertips. “Are we—do you want to—” I cleared my throat, feeling awkward and needy and repugnantly anxious. “Are we going to do this again sometime?”

His hands went still on my legs, and when he looked over at me, that lock of hair was hanging over his forehead, like he was a cartoon fairy-tale prince made real. “Tell me what you mean by this, Iris. A trip to New York? Staying at my place?”

I was already shaking my head, even though I wouldn’t say no to either opportunity if they arose again. “I mean us spending time together, Keaton. The hanging out. The fooling around. When we get to Pembroke, are we going to pretend this weekend never happened?”

Now all of him was completely still. Tense. I couldn’t read his expression when he said, “Is that what you want? To stop?”

An instinctive pain welled up inside me at the very thought of stopping. And then a wave of fear followed that pain. If I was this far gone for him after only a weekend, what would happen after weeks of this at school? Months? I’d be broken over him. He’d break me, and then I’d just be the stupid girl who fell for the king of the school. The girl that fell for the rugby idol and his arrogant smirk.

No better than a fool.

“I don’t know,” I whispered, looking away. “I don’t know what I want.”

He didn’t seem to like that answer at all. My seatbelt was unbuckled and I was in his lap before I could blink. He yanked me to his chest with one burly arm while his other hand slid up my skirt. Not to toy with me or tease, but to cup me. Hard. And with his hand molded possessively over me, he said in a fierce, rough voice, “Don’t keep me from this. Don’t keep us from this.”

I couldn’t help how I reacted to his touch. Just like in the library that very first time, his breathtaking arrogance only fired me—and my half-glaring, half-aroused response only stoked his need higher. He curled his hand over me even tighter, sending quivering heat to the place that needed his touch the most.

Focus, Iris!

“What about Clara?” I demanded, scowling at him.

He looked confused. “What about her?”

“We can’t be having sex while everyone thinks you’re with her!”

Keaton’s brow wrinkled. It made him look unfairly cute. “Why not? She’s got nothing to do with us.”

My stomach knifed. “So you’re just going to continue dating her,” I said dully. “While you fuck me on the side.”

“Iris,” Keaton said, the arm around my waist now moving up my back. He buried his fingers in the wavy mass of my hair. “You’re making this sound worse than it is. She and I don’t fuck, we don’t fool around, we don’t even kiss, and you know why? Because I only kiss the girls I want.”
I blinked at him.

I didn’t want this ugly doubt nestled inside me. I didn’t want what we’d shared this weekend to end up poisoned and ruined. I wanted to believe him. I wanted to imagine that the next few months or longer would be full of the same heady, thrilling fun we’d had this weekend.

A long minute passed while I thought. “Are you saying you don’t want her?” I asked shyly. A little miserably.

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WICKED IDOL, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Hellfire Club

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Author Becker Gray

Author Becker Gray

About the Author
Becker Gray is the brainchild of two best friends who love rich boys in peacoats.  The Hellfire Club is their first series together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Becker Gray
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Cover Reveal – WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE (The Don’t Duet) by Julie Johnson

 

USA Today bestselling author, Julie Johnson, is revealing the cover to WE DON'T LIE ANYMORE, the second book in her new adult contemporary romance duet, Don't, releasing December 8, 2020

USA Today bestselling author, Julie Johnson, is revealing the cover to WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE, the second book in her new adult contemporary romance duet, Don’t, releasing December 8, 2020See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

WE DON'T LIE ANYMORE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance duet, Don't, by USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnson

WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE (The Don’t Duet #2) by Julie Johnson

About the Book
Title: WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE
Series: The Don’t Duet #2
Author: Julie Johnson
Release Date: December 8, 2020
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
“We were never just friends…”

It’s been 365 days since I told my best friend I loved him.

365 days since he didn’t say it back.

365 days since he lied straight to my face.

WE DON’T LIE ANYMORE is a breathtaking story of forgiveness, friendship, and the fight for true love… It is the second installment in THE DON’T DUET, directly following the events of WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book 1: WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE
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WE DON'T LIE ANYMORE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance duet, Don't, by USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnson

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USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnson

Author Julie Johnson

About the Author
JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-seven-year-old Boston native and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog. (Follow her: @author_julie)

She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published a dozen more novels, including the bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world, as well as in AdWeek, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today.

You can find Julie on Facebook or contact her on her website www.juliejohnsonbooks.com. Sometimes, when she can figure out how Twitter works, she tweets from @AuthorJulie. For major book news and updates, subscribe to Julie’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bnWtHH

 

 

Where to find Julie Johnson
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – GRAVES’ ANATOMY (Luna Graves Series) by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

 

Welcome to the book blitz for GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

Welcome to the book blitz for GRAVES’ ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on their giveaway.

GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

GRAVES’ ANATOMY (Luna Graves Series #1) by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

About The Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
GRAVES’ ANATOMY
Series: Luna Graves Series #1
Author: Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Tattoo artist Luna Graves’ life turns upside down when her estranged father dies and she learns it’s her destiny to be a doctor…to monsters.

Destiny? Fairy tale endings? Things that go bump in the night? Luna Graves doesn’t believe in any of them. Her father took off when she was three, and she’s worked hard to become one of the best young tattoo artists in Los Angeles. Of course, there was that mysterious exchange she had when she was 12 with Heath Guillaumet, who might not have been human…naw, that was just her imagination.

When her estranged father dies, Luna discovers that he led a secret life as an uphir, a doctor to the shadowkind — what we would call monsters. Now that he’s gone, she has to take his place — or be killed by the powerful Council. Thrust into a world she doesn’t know, the stubborn Luna refuses to give up on her original dreams. Soon Heath Guillaumet will return to unleash a disease last battled by the Knights Templar…the Black Death.

 

 

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GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

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Excerpt #2
It was one of the few remaining no-man’s lands in downtown Los Angeles – the kind of area that was commonplace before the neighborhood’s transition into “DTLA.” A desolate block of Wall Street, down where the fabric district jutted up against the flower district and all of the storefronts were blocked off by corrugated metal doors.

Silence reigned. To the west and north, loft windows lit up the night.

Chelle strode down the center of the street, her black overcoat swinging by her sides. The chunky heels of her Doc Martens boots splashed through puddles left after the flower sellers had hosed down their stalls. Her high cheekbones gleamed in the amber streetlights. Like Minx she was a matianak, a type of creature that could pass for human. But Chelle knew the matianak, though vastly outnumbered by humans, were the superior species. They measured their lives in centuries, and, with their tall, thin builds, had it particularly well now that Rubenesque was no longer the physical ideal. Of course, eating wasn’t an issue as they were incubi and succubi. It was a misunderstanding that they gained energy from sex, however. What really provided them with nourishment were human feelings like anger, grief, pain and passion. Sex and touching were just the most economical ways to get there.

She turned down a decrepit alley, her boots crunching on gravel. Rats gathered on the lip of a nearby dumpster glanced up, then returned to feasting on garbage. Save some room, guys, she thought. Fresh pickings are on the way.

Chelle’s target was up ahead: an alley door, covered in dull red peeling paint.

A six-foot-high statue rested next to it: a stone gargoyle. The fierce features were worn with age: cocked eyebrows, squinted eyes, long claws. It would seem out of place if it weren’t for the broken beer bottle at its feet and the green and yellow graffiti tags on its haunches.

Chelle’s footsteps were steady, unfaltering. As she passed a streetlight it flickered, one-two, one-two.

When Chelle was eight feet away from the door, the stone gargoyle opened yellow eyes and turned its head. A low growl sounded from its throat.

Chelle froze. Her prey was in her sights.

The gargoyle’s lips twitched into a snarl, revealing long canines and a glistening black tongue. It shifted its weight, turning to face Chelle.

A smile played around the edges of Chelle’s lips. She raised her right hand in front of her face, watching as her sharp red fingernails receded and long talons emerged from her nail beds. Come on, bitch.

For a moment both matianak and gargoyle remained still, staring at each other.

They leapt at the same moment, as if responding to some agreed-upon signal. Their bodies crashed together in mid-air, the gargoyle’s muscled jaws aiming for Chelle’s neck. At the last moment she pivoted, all willowy grace, and the gargoyle’s teeth closed on air. She ducked and the gargoyle sailed over her, landing in the alleyway and thundering toward the street before turning around, the growl in its throat growing deeper.

Facing the dull red door, Chelle raised both arms in front of her. A soft breeze played around her feet, and her long coat billowed around her legs. The door began to shake in its hinges: barely perceptible at first, then stronger, stronger…

The gargoyle leapt, smacking Chelle in the back and sending her to the ground. The door fell still.

It tried to bite the back of her neck but she elbowed it, knocking it to the side. In a blur of limbs, teeth and claws, the two creatures rolled in the alley muck, fighting with everything they had.

A few of the rats looked up from the dumpster, distracted from their evening meal.

Just a few minutes more, guys. It’s almost over.

The loss of focus cost her. Sharp teeth flashed, sank into Chelle’s shoulder. She screamed, in rage as much as pain, and drew her right hand back. Her long talons glinted in the low light. Now you’re just pissing me off.

With a quick stabbing motion she plunged her talons into the gargoyle’s abdomen, puncturing the stony flesh. Gray fluid spurted out and the gargoyle let out a high-pitched, piercing scream.

Her advantage secured, Chelle raked her fingernails through the creature’s belly. Three deep gashes opened. The gargoyle writhed.

Chelle threw the gargoyle to the side. Enjoy being rat food. She thought she heard the rodents closing in but didn’t bother to look back.

Her focus was only on the door. She ripped it off its hinges and headed into the dark.

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GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

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Authors Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch

Authors Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch

About the Authors
Tattoo artist Luna Graves’ life turns upside down when her estranged father dies and she learns it’s her destiny to be a doctor…to monsters.

Destiny? Fairy tale endings? Things that go bump in the night? Luna Graves doesn’t believe in any of them. Her father took off when she was three, and she’s worked hard to become one of the best young tattoo artists in Los Angeles. Of course, there was that mysterious exchange she had when she was 12 with Heath Guillaumet, who might not have been human…naw, that was just her imagination.

When her estranged father dies, Luna discovers that he led a secret life as an uphir, a doctor to the shadowkind — what we would call monsters. Now that he’s gone, she has to take his place — or be killed by the powerful Council. Thrust into a world she doesn’t know, the stubborn Luna refuses to give up on her original dreams. Soon Heath Guillaumet will return to unleash a disease last battled by the Knights Templar…the Black Death.

 

Where to Find Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WORTH THE WAIT by Charity West

 

Welcome to the book blitz for WORTH THE WAIT, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance by Charity West

Welcome to the book blitz for WORTH THE WAIT, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance by Charity West. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WORTH THE WAIT, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance by Charity West

WORTH THE WAIT by Charity West

About the Book
Title: WORTH THE WAIT
Author: Charity West
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Gemma Rhodes has her entire life ahead of her. At eighteen, she should be at college, living life to the fullest. Except she doesn’t have her life even the slightest bit figured out. Instead, she’s taken the year off to learn who she is and what she wants – aside from the unattainable Jake Bennet. Her brother’s best friend, her knight in shining armor, and a man who thinks of her as a little sister. She knows she should move on, but how can she when no one could ever compare to Jake?

Jake Bennet might be half a world away in the middle of a war, but the Marine only has one thing on his mind – Gemma. The one woman he can never have. There were some rules a guy just didn’t break, and dating his best friend’s sister was one of them. Riley would break him if he caught Jake looking at Gemma like the lovesick fool he was. When he’s injured and sent home, he knows he should stay away, but sometimes temptation is just too much for a mere mortal to handle.

There’s only one thing Jake needs to know… Can Gemma love a broken Marine? Because she’s had his heart for years, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that some things are worth the wait.

 

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Excerpt #3
Jake Bennet reclined on his bunk, his booted feet crossed at the ankles, one hand behind his head. The picture on his phone wasn’t new by any means, but it was no less enthralling. He’d had a thing for Gemma Rhodes for as long as he’d remembered, not that he’d ever admitted it to anyone other than his mother. If his best friend, Riley, knew that Jake was crushing on Riley’s younger sister, there would be hell to pay. Although, after he’d offered to pay for half her car two years ago, he’d wondered if his friend might have an idea. It had cleaned out his savings account at the time, but it had been worth it.

He smiled a little as he stared at the picture and wished he could be there with her now. Even though she was still in high school, after everything he’d been through, nothing would keep him from her side. Her smile was bright enough to light up any room, and her eyes were bewitching. He’d wanted to ask her to his senior prom, but then the school had passed a rule that only seniors could attend. Jake had fought the ruling, but in the end, he’d lost and had to take a fellow classmate.

The way Gemma had chased after her brother and him had always been cute, even if her brother had never thought so. But sometime around Gemma’s fifteenth birthday, Jake had realized that she was growing into a rather stunning young lady, one that he wouldn’t mind dating. As he’d watched Riley chase off all of Gemma’s would-be boyfriends, he’d known that he didn’t stand a chance, not until he’d proven himself worthy. When Riley had talked about joining the Marines, Jake had thought he’d finally found a way to prove he wasn’t a screw-up, but someone who Gemma could depend on when things got tough. Not a boy chasing after dreams, but a man who could provide for her and offer her a real future.

And now he was stuck in Afghanistan, fighting for…hell, he wasn’t even sure what they were fighting for, and he doubted any of his fellow Marines knew either. It was hotter than the lowest level of hell, and every time he inhaled, he swore he breathed in more sand than air. He’d joined the Marines with thoughts of being a hero and defending his country, and now he realized that in this war, there was no such thing as a hero. Every man here followed orders the same as everyone else. Some had medals from previous battles and acts of bravery, but if you asked those men if they were heroes, every last one would tell you no.
His phone vibrated then flickered out, and he cursed the low battery. Shoving to his feet, he decided to check his email and see if there was any news from home, but on his way, he passed Riley.

His best friend looked deathly pale, and like he might puke at any moment. Unease settled in Jake’s belly. He didn’t know what had caused Riley such pain, but he knew it wasn’t good, and since Riley only had two living relatives, something had to have happened to either his dad or his sister. Just the thought of anything bad happening to Gemma was enough to make him feel a little green himself.

“What’s up, Riley? Bad news from home?” Jake asked.

“It’s Gemma. Dad said she went to the store the other night, and someone crashed into her car. She went down the embankment and into the gorge off Brierview Road.” Riley lifted his gaze. “It’s bad, man. Dad sent the email yesterday and said Gemma hadn’t woken yet. She has a broken wrist and stitches in her head where she bashed it against the window and steering wheel. They aren’t sure when she’ll regain consciousness.”

Jake had to lock his knees to remain upright. There was a roaring in his ears and tightness in his chest.

“I want to ask for leave to go home and be with her, but Dad told me my duty was first to our country, and I had a job to finish. He’s right. I know he’s right, but it tears me apart thinking of her lying there hurt, and I’m way the fuck over here unable to do a damn thing.” Riley shook his head. “This is seriously fucked up.”

Jake couldn’t argue the point since he felt the same. The worst part was that he didn’t even have a right to ask for leave to check on Gemma. They weren’t dating, or engaged. If they were older and married, he’d take off in a heartbeat to be with her, but he knew that was just a dream for many years down the road. If Riley wasn’t going to let him date Gemma, big brother sure as hell wasn’t going to let him marry her. Hell, he was only nineteen and shouldn’t even be thinking such thoughts, but when he saw Gemma, he saw forever.

He just hoped he’d get the chance to tell her that someday.

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WORTH THE WAIT, a stand-alone new adult contemporary romance by Charity West

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Author Charity West

Author Charity West

About the Author
Charity West is a young adult/new adult romance author who has always had her head in the clouds. She had her first crush when she was four, and it lasted for six years. Then she quickly fell head over heels for another boy, until she had to move away and leave him behind. Jumping from one boy to another, she finally found a keeper when she was twenty, and she’s been married to him ever since.

By the time Charity was twelve, she was sneaking her mother’s Harlequin romances and reading them in secret when she was supposed to be asleep. Teased throughout middle school and high school for the bodice ripper covers on the books she openly read in class, she knew that one day she wanted to write her own happily-ever-afters.

 

 

Where to find Charity West
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – TO REAP THE SPIRIT (Dead Dreamer Series) by Sarah Lampkin

 

Welcome to the blog tour for TO REAP THE SPIRIT, the third book in the adult paranormal romance series, Dead Dreamer, by Sarah Lampkin

Welcome to the blog tour for TO REAP THE SPIRIT, the third book in the adult paranormal romance series, Dead Dreamer, by Sarah Lampkin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

TO REAP THE SPIRIT, the third book in the adult paranormal romance series, Dead Dreamer, by Sarah Lampkin

TO REAP THE SPIRIT (Dead Dreamer Series #3) by Sarah Lampkin

About the Book
Title:
TO REAP THE SPIRIT
Series: Dead Dreamer Series #3
Author: Sarah Lampkin
Publisher: The Parliament House
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
The third installment in the haunting Dead Dreamer series.

Somehow Brenna Whit has survived to her junior year at Nephesburg College. Despite all odds, she’s fought against the Gatekeepers and lived. But the battle for the Fade has only just begun.

New pieces have been added to the board.

The Fade opens to the Veil.

And a Shade from the past returns.

With Brenna’s secret out, everyone is after her: dead and living alike. Those from across the sea have come and they’re determined regain control of their broken faction.

Questions will be answers. Fires will be lit. Chaos will reign

 

 

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Excerpt #3
“You’ve been reckless,” said a voice.

Looking next to me, I saw another one of those things—Reapers. It was the same who had rescued me from George. Her native skin glowed in the night, her long dark hair sitting gently over her shoulders.

“Are you Catori?” I asked, remembering the name from George’s journals.

She shook her head. “Spirit Walkers cannot become one of us. I was her sister. But in all of the time I have been collecting souls, I have never seen this happen.”

Staring down at my body, I asked, “Seeing a Dead Dr—Spirit Walker die?”

The woman placed her hand gently onto my body’s chest. Watching her, I realized what she was talking about. My chest was still rising and falling—breathing.

The woman chuckled, “Your soul is quite perturbed.” I joined her in a dry laugh.

“I’d imagine so. This is all she’s ever wanted.”

Shaking her head, the woman stepped back. “I cannot take this soul. You must fix this.”

“Brenna?”

Will approached my body. “What are you doing? Aren’t you freezing?”

The woman was gone when he called. I could only stand there as Will began to worry.

Amidst his panic, there was only one place I wanted to go. I couldn’t explain it, but it felt as though something was calling to me, beckoning me home. In the blink of an eye, I was no longer standing next to my body.

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Author Sarah Lampkin

Author Sarah Lampkin

About the Author
Sarah Lampkin is a New Adult/Young Adult fiction author from Southern Virginia. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her cat, Fox (who is practically a dog). When she’s not writing, she’s playing video games, rock climbing, or getting ready for hunting season. Sarah began writing over a decade ago with her first novella called Angels: Moon and Sun, which is now being rewritten as Tainted Wings on Wattpad. She draws inspiration from Celtic mythology in her stories and aims to create unique worlds following strong female protagonist. In 2015, Sarah was able to utilize her Dead Dreamer series in her graduate program and graduate with an MA in English.

 

 

 

Where to Find Sarah Lampkin
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – SAY YOU’LL BE THERE (Love In Seven Mile Forge Series) by Billie Dale

 

Welcome to the book blitz for SAY YOU'LL BE THERE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Love In Seven Mile Forge, by Billie Dale

Welcome to the book blitz for SAY YOU’LL BE THERE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Love In Seven Mile Forge, by Billie Dale. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

SAY YOU'LL BE THERE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Love In Seven Mile Forge, by Billie Dale

SAY YOU’LL BE THERE (Love In Seven Mile Forge Series #2) by Billie Dale

About the Book
Title:
SAY YOU’LL BE THERE
Series: Love in Seven Mile Forge Series #2
Author: Billie Dale
Release Date: October 1, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | IBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
From award winning author Billie Dale comes a second chance love story muddling the line between love and hate. As young love goes Joey and Preslee were perfect but nothing last forever and the world is ready for the taking. Dale’s sassy wit shines in comedic fashion with Say You’ll Be There, book two in Love in Seven Mile Forge.

At sixteen, Joey Holmes handed me his heart.

At eighteen, I threw it at the Now Leaving Seven Mile Forge sign on my way out of town.

A silly teenage game of seven minutes in heaven spiraled us from friends to more.

We shared our firsts. Loved with the innocence of immaturity.

I wanted out. A fresh start far away from our tiny home town. Joey didn’t care where we were so long as we were together. I couldn’t spread my wings without clipping his. My heart told me I was doing what was best when I left him broken in my rearview mirror.

With a threat breathing down my neck, I’m forced to return home but Joey isn’t the skinny boy I knew. Nope, now he’s the sexiest Chief of Police in three states and he hates the very air I breathe.

Can the hot cop keep me safe from the danger lurking in the shadows or will the bleached bones of the skeletons in my closet be our tragic end?

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SAY YOU'LL BE THERE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Love In Seven Mile Forge, by Billie Dale

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Excerpt #2
I recognize this man-child smile. The one capable of turning the hardest, scariest enforcer into a big kid.

“Joey? Josiah Holmes?”

Fuck my life. He was a slumpy, nothing, short stack the last time we were together. Not much bigger than me, which I enjoyed because when I wore heels I was actually taller than someone. Now he’s all towering, beefy, and take it all off hot.

“I’m gonna run these. Sit tight and don’t make any sudden jerky movements.” He yanks the items from my hand.

“Joey? Come on, it’s me. I’m cold and headed to Sammy Lee’s. Can’t we let this one slide?” I blink my eyes, remembering how he never could tell me no when I turned on the charm.

His cheeky vigor falls to a thin pinched line. “Officer Holmes,” his voice lowers, turning jaded. “And I let nothing slide. Roads are too nasty for the speed you were driving.” The icy bite of his tone is worse than the blustering winter tundra surrounding me. He twists on his thick boot heel, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t watch those tight ass-cupping pants walk back to his car.

The frost continues when he returns, handing me a ticket and my documents. “Slow it down,” he warns. He pauses on his path away, turning those irritating glass-hidden eyes, which I want to slap off his face. “Welcome home, Preslee Carmichael,” he jeers. Cocking a one-sided smirk, he head bobs in that Southern gentlemanly way and walks to his car.

I spend the rest of the drive to Double V ranch pissed off. Angry at the insane circumstances that sent me running home, raging because my brother can’t be here for a few weeks, and irritated at Joey Fucking Holmes for not only ticketing me, but also pretending we meant nothing to each other and being delicious while he did it.

Fuck my life and fuck Seven Mile Forge.

I think we both knew I wouldn’t call.

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SAY YOU'LL BE THERE, the second book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Love In Seven Mile Forge, by Billie Dale

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Author Billie Dale

Author Billie Dale

About the Author
Billie Dale lives in no-where middle earth. Lost in a small village in the Midwest with four kids, three animals and an amazing, word inspiring-book boyfriend, worthy husband. A blogger by nature and a writer because she got tired of arguing with the voices in her head. She loves and lives the words on the page, whether writing them or reading them; her life is consumed by the worlds her head creates.

Her greatest wish is for readers to fall in love with her words as much as she loves writing them. She loves to create new worlds to explore and writing words that will take root in your soul.

Paranormal, New Adult, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary — there is not one box she fits in. She’s a rebel in the author world who writes what her head tells her even it jumps from genre to genre.

 

.Where to Find Billie Dale
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – MISTRESS OF DEATH by Kathryn Trattner

 

Welcome to the book blitz for MISTRESS OF DEATH, a standalone young adult/new adult fantasy romance, by Kathryn Trattner

Welcome to the book blitz for MISTRESS OF DEATH, a standalone young adult/new adult fantasy romance, by Kathryn Trattner. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the ebook for just $0.99.

MISTRESS OF DEATH, a standalone young adult/new adult fantasy romance, by Kathryn Trattner

MISTRESS OF DEATH by Kathryn Trattner

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: MISTRESS OF DEATH
Author: Kathryn Trattner
Release Date: August 22, 2020
Genre:
Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
Love. Death. Revenge.

In the city of Telum, at the edge of a dying empire and divided by superstition, anything can be had for the right price.

Gabriel Mercer, raised in the shadow of the most famous assassin the city has ever known, wants nothing more than to make a name for herself. Taking a solo contract from an up and coming politician seems like the best way to make it happen.

The night Matthew, a police officer with a spotless record, discovers Gabriel unconscious his world changes. On opposite sides of the law the pair strike up a bargain that becomes harder and harder to keep as their attraction grows.

When the city starts to burn Gabriel will put everything she’s gained at risk for a chance at revenge. Even if it means her future going up in smoke.

 

 

 

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MISTRESS OF DEATH Teaser 1

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Excerpt #3
Gabriel shadowed Matthew, always several steps behind and a glance away. She had to press her way through the crowd, touching backs and arms, murmuring an apology when she stepped on a foot. People laughed, sang, talked, and mumbled over drinks and little finger foods. Gabriel recognized few of the faces she passed, knowing most had arrived without invitations and not caring.

Matthew chiseled his own path from the parlor through the formal dining room, around the edges of the ballroom and then another room devoted to a collection of delicate chairs wearing silk. He circled, searching, as if he could smell her through all the other scents and yet still could not pin her down.

In the ballroom people stood around the edges, packed shoulder to shoulder, watching the dancers. A new pair would join the twirl or drop out, but Matthew showed no interest in them.

In the crush between rooms, the people dancing before her and the long table covered in an ornate display of food at her back, Gabriel came as close as she’d been all night, within reach of his back.

Temptation, sin on the Right Bank, celebrated on the Left, beckoned.

He was surrounded, pressed between bodies, a flower between pages. Men and women shared skin and air as if personal space were a fiction invented by the insane. He stood motionless, facing the dancers, ignoring two giggling women behind him. They spoke, tittering voices pitched to reach his ears.

He’d been living inside her head, thoughts circling around the sound of his voice, the feel of his hands. The man had made himself impossible to forget as he paced up and down the block, watching the house and doing nothing for days. But he was an officer of the Right Bank; he wanted nothing but to turn her over for the assassination of Daniel Cyrus. She knew, was certain, there would never be anything there other than the black and white situation between them.

But below that knowledge was the want for something else; a look that meant something else, a reason for want beyond his occupation. Her desire to touch him was without meaning; she couldn’t explain it or justify it. It was just there, a feeling she couldn’t ignore.

This would be the only time she let herself give in. She pushed closer, forcing the giggling pair apart, a huff of irritation loud enough to turn heads. But Matthew didn’t turn. She half hoped he would. Excitement, trepidation tripped along taught nerves, her insides resonating with the high-pitched buzz in her head.

Now or never. Now. Never.

Reaching out, her balled fist relaxing one finger at time, she ran her hand up his spine. Thrilling at the contact, she tingled with warmth, lips parting.

His muscles stiffened.

Touching him had been a mistake.

She stepped behind the ladies, pushing into a boisterous group singing tavern songs. Gabriel picked up the words, her view blocked by a large gentleman to her right. His height and girth eclipsed her. He clapped her on the shoulder as she joined in, something about plump wenches and beer. She leaned back, chancing a look.

Scanning the crowd, Matthew stepped between the ladies, excusing himself as he bumped the brunette’s elbow. She giggled, doing her best to maintain his interest. Gabriel stepped back, out of the group, and circled Matthew until she was once again at his back.

Matthew searched, moving on to the dining area. He went around the laden table, plucking a bunch of grapes from a display of fruit. He ate them as he continued, an animal caged and circling the perimeter once more. Gabriel always just out of his line of sight.

With light pushing at the edges of night, he gave up, collecting his coat from a maid on the way out the door. Gabriel followed him through the dwindling crowds and down the front steps.

Walking with his head down, hands deep in his pockets, he shook his head. He paused, sending Gabriel skittering into the shelter of a doorway, and turned to survey the incandescent house.

Illuminated, his face held a bleak expression.

She kept to her shadow until he was out of sight.

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MISTRESS OF DEATH, a standalone young adult/new adult fantasy romance, by Kathryn Trattner

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Author Kathryn Trattner

Author Kathryn Trattner

About the Author
Kathryn Trattner has loved fairy tales, folk stories, and mythology all of her life. Her hands down favorites have always been East of the Sun, West of the Moon and the story of Persephone and Hades. When not writing or reading she’s traveling as much as possible and taking thousands of photos that probably won’t get edited later. She lives in Oklahoma with her wonderful partner, two very busy children, one of the friendliest dogs ever, and an extremely grumpy cat who doesn’t like anyone at all.

Want to hear about the latest release? Sign up for my newsletter Magical Mundane Madness at kathryn.substack.com

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Where to Find Kathryn Trattner
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – GRAVES’ ANATOMY (Luna Graves Series) by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

 

Authors Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson are revealing the cover to GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in their new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, releasing November 17, 2020

Authors Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson are revealing the cover to GRAVES’ ANATOMY, the first book in their new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, releasing November 17, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

GRAVES’ ANATOMY (Luna Graves Series #1) by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

About The Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
GRAVES’ ANATOMY
Series: Luna Graves Series #1
Author: Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Tattoo artist Luna Graves’ life turns upside down when her estranged father dies and she learns it’s her destiny to be a doctor…to monsters.

Destiny? Fairy tale endings? Things that go bump in the night? Luna Graves doesn’t believe in any of them. Her father took off when she was three, and she’s worked hard to become one of the best young tattoo artists in Los Angeles. Of course, there was that mysterious exchange she had when she was 12 with Heath Guillaumet, who might not have been human…naw, that was just her imagination.

When her estranged father dies, Luna discovers that he led a secret life as an uphir, a doctor to the shadowkind — what we would call monsters. Now that he’s gone, she has to take his place — or be killed by the powerful Council. Thrust into a world she doesn’t know, the stubborn Luna refuses to give up on her original dreams. Soon Heath Guillaumet will return to unleash a disease last battled by the Knights Templar…the Black Death.

 

 

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GRAVES' ANATOMY, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, Luna Graves, by Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson

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Authors Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch

Authors Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch

About the Authors
Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson are a husband and wife writing team, known for their work in the horror genre. Adam Gierasch is also known as an actor and director, and he released his directorial debut Autopsy in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – RESISTOR (Ellinor Series) by C.E. Clayton

 

Welcome to the book blitz for RESISTOR, the first book in the new adult cyberpunk fantasy series, Ellinor, part of the broader Eerden series, by C.E. Clayton, releasing October 1, 2020

Welcome to the book blitz for RESISTOR, the first book in the new adult cyberpunk fantasy series, Ellinor, part of the broader Eerden series, by C.E. Clayton, releasing October 1, 2020. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

RESISTOR, the first book in the new adult cyberpunk fantasy series, Ellinor, part of the broader Eerden series, by C.E. Clayton

RESISTOR (Ellinor Series #1) by C.E. Clayton

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: RESISTOR
Series: Ellinor Series #1
Author: C.E. Clayton
Release Date: October 1, 2020
Genre:
New Adult Cyberpunk Fantasy
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Synopsis
Ellinor Rask has wanted one thing for the past eight years: vengeance. But when Ellinor is captured, she finds herself dragged back into the world she walked away from, entangled once more with friends she would rather forget.

As if that weren’t humiliating enough, Ellinor learns first hand that her magic can be stripped away by a piece of bio-tech—and her ex-boss is happy to leash her with the technology in order to get what he wants. If Ellinor behaves, the device will be removed. All she has to do is deliver a package. One containing a creature created from raw magical energy and discarded technology. Simple, right?

But when her goals start getting people murdered, Ellinor has to decide if the year’s planning, her honor, and even her own magic, are worth the lives it’s costing. Dodging ruthless gangsters, she finds herself on the run with a creature of immeasurable magical abilities alongside her one-time friends. Now, Ellinor must relearn to trust the people she once abandoned. She must put her faith in technology, and her life in the hands of independent contractors, all while racing to deliver the package before it gets taken by force, or worse, the creature decides to make an appearance itself.

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Excerpt #3
She gasped; her heart tripped over itself at seeing her belongings. It was like seeing a beloved friend after an extended absence. Rushing to Kai’s side, Ellinor’s fingers danced over her combat armor, reverently fluttering over the familiar worn edges; she pulled it close to her face and inhaled.

The armor Misho had gifted her hadn’t been lost.

She closed her eyes and saw Misho smiling back at her, his bright amber eyes flashing in delight as he watched her put the armor on. She could feel his long, graceful fingers trailing her curves as he appreciated how the fine craftsmanship hugged her body. She saw him lean down to kiss her, his full lips just a breath away—

Kai gruffly cleared his throat, and Ellinor’s eyes snapped open.

“You need a minute alone with it, Ell? Bit of privacy maybe?” Kai said, wiggling his bushy red eyebrows at her.

Ellinor frowned and cradled the gear to her chest. “Don’t be absurd. And what did I say about calling me Ell?”

“You said not to.”

“Damn right! Traitors who collar me with despicable and inhumane technology aren’t allowed to call me Ell. We’re not friends, Kai. Not anymore.”

Her heart twisted further. She didn’t want to push Kai away, not really, not again. But how was she supposed to forgive him?

“Ah, c’mon, it ain’t that bad! How can it be? It’s just a blasted piece of magic bio-tech. Just means you can’t cast is all. You don’t need abilities to kick ass. Besides, I done told you it ain’t personal. Don’t mean we can’t be friends, or friendly with each other, anyways. We were thick, you and me, not that long ago. Nothing’s gotta change unless you want it to.”

But everything had changed. Nothing felt or even tasted the same anymore, thanks to Cosmin. And Kai helped him.

Ellinor growled, “Don’t talk about things you know nothing about!”

Cosmin’s profession was in smuggling and selling illegal magitech and weapons. They harnessed natural magic and, when combined in a bullet or shackle like Ellinor’s, had devastating effects. Such items were highly regulated by the politicians and police, making them a hot commodity in the ground level markets. Cosmin was well versed in the effect his device had on Ellinor, it was his specialty.

She jabbed her finger in Kai’s chest, the bouncer bots buzzing a warning at his side. “You have no idea what this is like. What this feels like. What this does to a caster. This isn’t like those shit cuffs you had me in. I could still feel my magic. I could still summon it. This? It would be like me taking your hands away. There would just be a dead, empty space where your hands used to be. There wouldn’t even be phantom pains reminding you that your hands were once a part of you. Only a gap of where something vital to you once was.”

She took a step back, stuffing her hands under her arms, clutching her armor tight to her chest, as the automatons continued to buzz. “I can understand why you wouldn’t recognize the hole you’ve left me to fester in without my abilities, but Cosmin sure as shit does. He knows exactly the kind of hollow emptiness that comes with neutering a caster. Of how it makes you feel like you aren’t even a person anymore. So don’t you dare pretend that it’s just business because you’re hoping Cosmin will let you into his bed one day. It’s never happening, Kai!

“Once this job is done, I never want to see you again.” She shuddered reflexively. “If I do, abilities or not, my face will be the last thing you ever see. You got that?”

His shoulders drooped, and he took a step back. Kai was not magically inclined. He had no idea what it felt like to be cut off from a piece of himself so completely he couldn’t even feel a whisper of it anywhere.

Kai wouldn’t meet her eyes. His chin sagged to his chest, and he jerked his thumb back toward the door. “You just come out when you’re ready. Be quick, though. Cosmin’s expecting us to shove off soon.”

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RESISTOR, the first book in the new adult cyberpunk fantasy series, Ellinor, part of the broader Eerden series, by C.E. Clayton

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Author C.E. Clayton

Author C.E. Clayton

About the Author
C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love–writing–and hasn’t stopped. She is the author of young adult fantasy series, “The Monster of Selkirk”, the creator of the cyberpunk Eerden Novels, and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, social media presence, and newsletter, can be found on her website.

 

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Where to Find C.E. Clayton
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – WARPING MINDS AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS (The Guild Codex – Warped Series) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

 

Authors Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen are revealing the cover to WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in their new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, releasing August 7, 2020

Welcome to the blog tour for WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on their giveaway.

WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

WARPING MINDS AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS (The Guild Codex – Warped Series #1) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

About the Book
Title:
WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS
Series: The Guild Codex: Warped Series #1
Authors:
Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
My name is Kit Morris, and welcome to my warped life.

Picture the scene: Me, an average guy with psychic powers—not that my abilities are in any way average—just trying to scrape by in a harsh world. So maybe I’ve conned a few people, but did I really deserve to be thrown in MPD jail alongside magic-wielding serial killers?

According to Agent Lienna Shen, one-hundred-percent yes.

But her hardass attitude and “Arcana prodigy” status aren’t enough to bring down my former best friend, who slipped through the MPD’s fingers and is days away from unleashing untold horrors upon the city. Or he’s going to steal something. I don’t really know.

Whatever he’s up to, that’s why I’m sitting in an interrogation room with Lienna. And that’s why I just offered myself as her temporary new partner for the purposes of thwarting my ex-accomplice.

And that’s how I’m going to escape. I might even help with the case before I cut and run.

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors is the first book in a new series set in the world of The Guild Codex. It can be read on its own or as part of a larger adventure.

More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized

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Excerpt #3
Handcuffs suck.

A loud clang jolted me from an uncomfortable doze. As alertness returned, so did the dull ache in my arm and shoulder joints, and the much sharper ache in my wrists where the metal bands dug into my flesh. Leaving a prisoner in handcuffs overnight should be illegal.

Stifling a groan, I sat up, almost knocking my thin blanket off my bunk.

“Kit Morris.” The Paul Bunyan agent stood at the cell door. He rapped his knuckles against the metal bars. “Get over here.”

I didn’t move. “What’s up, Lumberjack Stan?”

Seeing I would require further encouragement to get off my ass, he held up a plain manila envelope. “This is for you.”

“What is it?”

He waved the envelope and waited.

I swung my legs off my bed and dropped to the floor. Duncan was sitting on the lower bunk, staring fixedly at the toilet, and we ignored each other as I ambled to the bars.

“So, what is it?” I asked again. “A love letter?”

He pushed it between the bars. “It’s your summons. For sentencing. For your crimes,” he added at my blank expression.

Oh. Crimes. Right.

I took the envelope and tore it open with my teeth—damn handcuffs. Inside was a multi-page form titled C-1001A-34: Summons for Sentencing – Judiciary Council. A lot of jargon that fell somewhere between legalese and bureaucratic bullshit filled the page, but the important bits explained that a panel of MPD judges would sentence me on Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Sentence me to what, though? Community service? Jail time? A Braveheart-style draw and quarter? I frowned at the page. What were they even charging me with?

Don’t get me wrong. I knew I’d broken a few rules during my time at KCQ. I just didn’t know which rules.

Flipping to the next page, I discovered an equally dense block of text that filled me in with chilling concision:

9 count(s) of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud

16 count(s) of Inflicting a Mythic Ability on a Non-mythic Entity 3 count(s) of Second-degree Larceny involving a Mythic Ability 23 count(s) of Theft over $10,000

1 count(s) of Petty Theft under $2,000

9 count(s) of Aggravated Assault with a Mythic Ability

A fun note at the end revealed the MPD could add, remove, or alter the charges at their discretion any time prior to sentencing.

So … not community service, then.

At the metallic rasp of a key sliding into a lock, I looked up. The agent swung the cell door open. “Captain Blythe wants to see you.”

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Author Annette Marie

Author Annette Marie

About the Authors
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities..

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Where to find Annette Marie
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon

Author Rob Jacobsen

Author Rob Jacobsen

Rob is a Canadian writer, actor, and director, who has been in a few TV shows you might watch, had a few films in festivals you might have attended, and authored some stories you might have come across. He’s hoping to accomplish plenty more by the time he inevitably dies surrounded by cats while watching reruns of Mr. Robot.

Currently, he is the Creative Director of Cave Puppet Films, as well as the co-author of the upcoming Guild Codex: Warped book series with Annette Marie.

 

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Where to find Rob Jacobsen
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – KATE by Charyse Allan

 

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

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

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

KATE by Charyse Allan

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

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

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

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

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

 

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KATE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by Charyse Allan, is on sale for just $0.99 for a limited time

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

And she did.

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

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

I fucking adored her.

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

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KATE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by Charyse Allan, is on sale for just $0.99 for a limited time

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Author Charyse Allan

Author Charyse Allan

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Charyse Allan
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY (Fate Series) by Audrey Beaudoin

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Fate, by Audrey Beaudoin.

Welcome to the book blitz for THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Fate, by Audrey Beaudoin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Fate, by Audrey Beaudoin

THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY (Fate Series #1) by Audrey Beaudoin

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Title:
THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY
Series: Fate Series #1
Author: Audrey Beaudoin
Release Date: July 15, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FRBarnes & Noble

Synopsis
We survived the plane crash.

We survived days on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Right when all hope to get rescued crumbled, we shared a kiss that left me heartbroken―my first and last kiss.

Or so I thought. Because we didn’t die.

My plan is to never see Chris Ross again. To keep hanging out with his sister without crossing his path. Getting my life back together and working on my goals are the only things that matter. I have plans, and they don’t include love.

But then he shows up at my workplace, asking for my friendship. When I learn something that changes everything, I’m determined to stay away and not let myself fall for him.

Too bad he’s persistent. Too bad I can’t stop thinking about the damn kiss. Too bad it’s nice having him around and being his friend.

If things were to change, they could get really complicated…

The Aftermath of Drifting Away is a sweet contemporary forbidden romance. It is the first book in the Fate series that can be read as a stand-alone.

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THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Fate, by Audrey Beaudoin

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Excerpt #2
“Okay,” he says, pulling me back into the conversation. “But don’t forget that life’s short.” 

I blink twice. “Why would you say that?” 

Chris steps forward and leans toward my ear. I keep my eyes on the framed pictures on the wall. “I’m just saying. I’m done pretending and trying my goddamn best to keep a reasonable distance between us because we’re friends. I want to be both your friend and the person who gets to hold you and kiss you and grab your hand in public because I’m a hundred percent certain it’d feel right.” 

I am going to have a heart attack. 

“Just…don’t wait,” he concludes, leaning away with a sorrow expression that catches me off guard. “We almost died once, thinking we had our entire life ahead of us.” 

I nod, a lump forming in my throat. He heads to the door and opens it. Before leaving, his eyes graze over my t-shirt with a glimpse of amusement. “I like it.” 

I’m wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. 

At least that makes the tension evaporates. I rub my eyes and shake my head. “You need to leave now. Goodnight.” 

He laughs softly. “Goodnight.” 

As soon as the door closes behind him, I fall on my couch and grip my head with both hands. What the hell just happened?

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THE AFTERMATH OF DRIFTING AWAY, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Fate, by Audrey Beaudoin

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Romance Author Audrey Beaudoin

Author Audrey Beaudoin

About the Author
Audrey Beaudoin is a YA and NA contemporary romance author. Being a French native speaker didn’t stop her from writing her first English story in 2017. She loves writing sweet romance novels, sometimes with a touch of suspense and action.

She’ll read anything from young adult to new adult. Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, sci-fi, and thriller books are her favorites!

 

 

 

Where to Find Audrey Beaudoin
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Book Review – THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER by L.M.L. Gil

 

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER, a young adult/new adult coming of age romantic comedy, by debut novelist L.M.L. Gil

 

THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER, a young adult/new adult coming of age romantic comedy, by debut novelist L.M.L. Gil

THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER by L.M.L. Gil

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Every wallflower blooms at their own perfect time, but some like quirky Lo, take longer than others.

Lo is a sheltered 20-year-old who loves baking, manga/anime, and octopi. When she spots her college swim team’s tryout flyer sporting her favorite sea creature, an octopus she knows it’s a sign that she must join the Flying Octopi. The only things standing her way are her social awkward nature and the fact that she just learned to swim.

Will Lo find her place to shine or will her social anxiety DQ her dreams?

Late Bloomer is a new adult novel that is a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary, Baywatch and Kuragehime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
This novel was a breath of fresh air. I love everything about it, from the cover, to the devices the author uses to tell Lo’s story, to the characters that populate the pages. At twenty, Lo is socially awkward on steroids and as inexperienced as an adult as she was in middle school. After a near-drowning experience as a child, she promised her mother she would never go into a pool again. But Lo, being Lo, figured the best way to protect herself was to learn how to swim. So through reading books and researching online, she taught herself how to swim. Now she wants to swim on her college’s swim team. She’s awful, but because she’s determined, the coach gives her a chance. When Lo isn’t studying, swimming, or taking care of her little brother, she’s listening to 90s grunge music. Set in 2003, there’s a lot of great music and movie references to take me back nearly two decades.

Lo balances her life the best way she can, by trying to please everyone. Her family is full-on passive-aggressive, giving her the silent treatment if she displeases them. No wonder she has so many issues with developing normal, healthy interpersonal relationships. But she always manages to regain a positive attitude every time she’s knocked down. Along her journey, she falls for moody Martin, and fellow music lover, but he’s got a girlfriend. Still, she can’t stop the way she feels and when Martin and his girlfriend break up, Lo blurts our her feelings in the most Lo-like way, taking their friendship into awkward territory as only she can.

I fell in love with this character as she deals with helping her brother with his problems at school, with her parents’ financial troubles, her own failing grades, and her up and down relationship/friendship with Martin. I enjoyed watching her crawl into her own person. Author L.M.L. Gil has shot to the top of my list of favorite debut authors. I can’t wait to read more by her.

Plot
The plot is sort of a wandering tale of Lo’s personal growth, with strong romantic elements, and themes of friendship and being there for others. Lo is quirky, and one of her friends, Nick, calls her weirdo, but she takes it all in stride, knowing she’s always been different from other people. She knows she’s socially awkward, and while she would like to be more like her friends, I love her just the way she is. Lo is endearing and sweet, without ever being annoying. Even her friend Britney says, “If you weren’t so cute, you would be annoying,” and that’s the best description of Lo I can think of. I did find her constant need to apologize somewhat disheartening, but when you understand her family, it makes so much sense for who she is. While the book tends to run long at 525 pages, it’s actually a fast read, told over short chapters.

The Characters
We see the characters only through Lo’s innocent eyes. She is such a caring soul, non-judgmental soul, it’s hard to get a true grasp of them, but over time, they all slowly come into focus. They’re all well-developed with rich back stories, even Britney, who at first comes off a bit shallow, but we eventually find out there is even more to her than meets the eye. But Lo steals the show, and one of the things I love most about her, is she is absolutely the last person to see what everyone else knows.

Top Five Things I Loved About THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER
1. Lo. She’s so naive and trusting and wonderful. Her heart is enormous and she loves with everything she is.

2. Swimming. I loved reading about Lo’s time in the pool. I’m not much of a swimmer, but I almost feel as if I could be after reading her story.

3. Nick. It took me a full two-thirds of the book to warm up to him, but once I did, I adored him. He’s an enigma for sure, and I didn’t like the way he treated Lo at first, but the more I got to know him, the more I understood why he is the way he is.

4. Music. Lo spends a great deal of time going to concerts in small venues and if I hadn’t had a couple of newborn twins in 2003, I would have loved to have joined her. That was totally my scene!

5. Ending. So much is wrapped up in the last twenty percent of the book. I cried, I laughed, and I finished feeling completely satisfied.

Bottom Line
An adorably fun and unique romance with some of the best characters in the genre! One of my favorite reads of 2020.

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About the Book
Title:
THE DIARY OF A LATE BLOOMER
Author:
L.M.L Gil
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy/Sports Romance
Release Date:
June 29, 2020
Pages: 525
Rating:
5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Trailer

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Debut author, L.M.L. Gil

Author L.M.L. Gil

About the Author
L.M.L. Gil is a writer, a reader, and a dreamer. When she is not writing, editing, or thinking about her next story, she is either in the kitchen testing out a new recipe or snuggling with her fur munchkins reading.

As a glutton, she equates a good novel to a scrumptious dessert, which leaves your heart a little lighter and a smile on your face. She hopes her novels provide a sweet treat without the calories

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Where to Find L.M.L. Gil
Goodreads | Website | YouTube | Pinterest | Wattpad

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Cover Reveal – WARPING MINDS AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS (The Guild Codex – Warped Series) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

 

Authors Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen are revealing the cover to WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in their new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, releasing August 7, 2020

Authors Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen are revealing the cover to WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in their new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, releasing August 7, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Warped, by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

WARPING MINDS AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS (The Guild Codex – Warped Series #1) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

About the Book
Title:
WARPING MINDS & OTHER MISDEMEANORS
Series: The Guild Codex: Warped Series #1
Authors:
Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
My name is Kit Morris, and welcome to my warped life.

Picture the scene: Me, an average guy with psychic powers—not that my abilities are in any way average—just trying to scrape by in a harsh world. So maybe I’ve conned a few people, but did I really deserve to be thrown in MPD jail alongside magic-wielding serial killers?

According to Agent Lienna Shen, one-hundred-percent yes.

But her hardass attitude and “Arcana prodigy” status aren’t enough to bring down my former best friend, who slipped through the MPD’s fingers and is days away from unleashing untold horrors upon the city. Or he’s going to steal something. I don’t really know.

Whatever he’s up to, that’s why I’m sitting in an interrogation room with Lienna. And that’s why I just offered myself as her temporary new partner for the purposes of thwarting my ex-accomplice.

And that’s how I’m going to escape. I might even help with the case before I cut and run.

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors is the first book in a new series set in the world of The Guild Codex. It can be read on its own or as part of a larger adventure.

More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized

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Author Annette Marie

Author Annette Marie

About the Authors
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities..

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Where to find Annette Marie
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Author Rob Jacobsen

Author Rob Jacobsen

Rob is a Canadian writer, actor, and director, who has been in a few TV shows you might watch, had a few films in festivals you might have attended, and authored some stories you might have come across. He’s hoping to accomplish plenty more by the time he inevitably dies surrounded by cats while watching reruns of Mr. Robot.

Currently, he is the Creative Director of Cave Puppet Films, as well as the co-author of the upcoming Guild Codex: Warped book series with Annette Marie.

 

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Where to find Rob Jacobsen
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Cover Reveal – FULL TILT BOOGIE (Arkadia Fast Series) by Leslie Scott

 

 

Author Leslie Scott is revealing the cover to FULL TILT BOOGIE, the third book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Arkadia Fast, releasing July 22, 2020

Author Leslie Scott is revealing the cover to FULL TILT BOOGIE, the third book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Arkadia Fast, releasing July 22, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

FULL TILT BOOGIE, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Arkadia Fast, by Leslie Scott

FULL TILT BOOGIE (Arkadia Fast Series #3) by Leslie Scott

About the Book
Title:
FULL TILT BOOGIE
Series: Arkadia Fast Series #3
Author: Leslie Scott
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: July 22, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Breanna Casey has only ever wanted two things in life: to race and to get the hell out of Arkadia, Texas. Stifled beneath her family’s turbo-charged reputation, she’s got her thumb firmly on the self-destruct button. A night of hyper-driven racing and rebellion leads to a one night stand with the one guy who knows how to press all her buttons: Noah McKay.

Torn apart by the toll of his high-intensity enlistment in the Marines and guilt-ridden by what he’s seen, Noah McKay left the military to find peace. A chance encounter sends him working for the parents of a raven-haired Amazon goddess with a tongue that cuts sharper than any knife. Quiet is the last thing he’ll get.Finally, she gets her chance.

Calloway Racing wants her to drive for them. But that’s not all they want. A good friend of her father’s, Calloway insists she take Noah along for the ride. Suddenly, her dreams are feeling more like a nightmare. Will they be able to help each other, maybe even find love, when living life full tilt boogie?

 

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: THE FINISH LINE
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Book 2: HOT LAP
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Author Leslie Scott

Author Leslie Scott

About the Author
Award nominated author of Two Hearts, One Stone and the Arkadia Fast Series, Leslie Scott has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. The happier the ending, the better. Currently, she lives and writes amidst her own happily ever after with her soul mate, son, and domestic zoo.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Leslie Scott
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN (If Love Series) by Ana Huang

 

Welcome to the blog tour for IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, If Love, by Ana Huang

Welcome to the blog tour for IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, If Love, by Ana Huang. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, If Love, by Ana Huang

IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN (If Love Series #1) by Ana Huang

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Title: IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN
Series: If Love Series #1
Author: Ana Huang
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020
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Synopsis
One year, two opposites, and a love that will blindside and, ultimately, shatter them. 

She’s an aspiring interior designer who dreams of falling in love. He’s an ex-football star who thinks love is a con.

She’s a virgin, and he doesn’t do virgins. He’s cocky, infuriating, and not her type.

She wants the fairytale. He wants freedom.

Blake and Farrah shouldn’t have fallen for each other the way they did: totally, completely, and irrevocably.

Because they’re studying abroad in Shanghai, and they only have one year.

Because forces at home threaten to rip them apart, even if they don’t know it yet.

And because, eventually, they must face the most heartbreaking lesson they’ll ever learn:  sometimes, even the greatest love can’t conquer all.

WARNING: This is the first book in a duet. It’s a full-length novel and there are no sudden cliffhangers, but Blake and Farrah’s story continues in book two, If the Sun Never Sets (due out July 2020), which takes place five years later. HEA guaranteed in the second book!

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Excerpt #2
The library door opened. Farrah walked in with what looked like a sketch pad and a stack of magazines tucked under her arm. 

Now there was trouble. Farrah was beautiful, and Blake got a kick out of riling her up, but she was off-limits. Not only was she in FEA—which meant he had to see her every day if things between them went south—but she was a virgin. 

Blake slept with a virgin once, in high school. Granted, he didn’t know Lorna was a virgin until after the fact, and when he declined to make things exclusive between them, she took a key to his beloved Chevy until it resembled Freddy Krueger’s face.

Fun times.

Then Lorna’s father found out Blake slept with his precious daughter and tracked him down after football practice with a shotgun in hand. Luckily, Blake’s coach saw them and called the police before Blake found himself eating dirt six feet beneath the ground. The police let the man off with a stern warning, since he technically hadn’t tried to shoot Blake (yet), but Blake still filed a restraining order against the girl’s entire damn family.

Even funner times.

Lorna transferred schools soon after, and Blake swore never to hook up with a virgin again. That didn’t mean he couldn’t flirt with Farrah, though. Flirting was harmless.

He retook his seat, laced his hands behind his head, and kicked his feet up on the table with an insouciant smile.

Farrah arched an eyebrow at his unorthodox position. Instead of commenting, she sat at the table next to him and opened one of her magazines.

Blake stretched his arms over his head in a way that showed off his abs—one of his best assets. Along with everything else on his body. 

It ain’t cocky if it’s true. 

To his annoyance, Farrah didn’t look up. She continued to read, serene as a monk.

Blake swung his feet to the floor. He walked over to her table, plunked his ass in the chair opposite hers, and rested his chin in his hands.

The clock ticked. The A/C hummed. The pages rustled as she turned them.

Finally, Farrah slammed her magazine shut with a huff. “Can I help you?” 

Blake grinned. Success!

“Now is that the proper way to greet someone?” he drawled. Austinites don’t have strong accents, but he could lay it on thick when he wanted to. “Didn’t your mama teach you manners?”

“She did. That’s why I left you and your vanity in peace. It would’ve been rude to interrupt.” 

Blake placed a hand over his chest. “Vain? Me? You break my heart.”

“I doubt anyone can break your heart.” Farrah fluttered her lashes. “If they do, the proofs from your solo photoshoot earlier will ease the pain.” 

His body vibrated with laughter. “You know, I’m down-to-earth once you get to know me.” 

“Is that your favorite thing about yourself?”

“Favorite, as in one? I can’t pick just one.” He frowned. “Oh. I see.”

“Uh-huh. Now that we’ve established the obvious fact of your vanity, can you be quiet? I’m trying to work.”

“So am I.”

“You are not working.”

“I was working until you came in and interrupted me.”

“I didn’t say anything when I came in!”

“You distracted me with your radiant presence. It was like a goddess descended from the heavens. How can I focus on something as mundane as Chinese vocabulary when faced with such an extraordinary vision?” 

Farrah’s mouth twitched once, twice, until she caved and doubled over with laughter. 

A grin stretched across Blake’s face. There was something magical about seeing someone so composed let loose, and to know he was the one who made her laugh like that.

“I don’t know what to do with you.” She wiped tears from her eyes.

“I can suggest a few things.” Blake pictured Farrah climbing into his lap and straddling him. Taking his shirt off. Taking her shirt off. Gripping his hair and moaning while he feasted on those sure-to-be delectable breasts of hers.  

Hey, he was a guy. He couldn’t help himself.

Except this guy now needed a cold shower.

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Ana Huang is an Amazon best-selling author of Young Adult, New Adult, and contemporary romance

Author Ana Huang

About the Author
Ana Huang is an Amazon best-selling author of Young Adult, New Adult, and contemporary romance. Her books often feature strong heroines, sexy heroes, and Asian American characters. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Ana started writing stories at age five to improve her English skills (thanks to her mom’s encouragement). She picked up her first romance novel at age twelve by happy accident and never looked back.

Besides reading and writing, Ana loves traveling and learning about new cultures. She majored in international relations and her travels often inspire her story settings. For example, her novel If We Ever Meet Again was inspired by her own study abroad adventures in China.

Ana lives in New York, where she prefers cafe-hopping, exploring the city’s hidden gems, and binge-watching Netflix with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s over taking advantage of the city’s nightlife. She doesn’t drink coffee (gasp!) but absolutely lives for matcha and chai lattes..

Where to find Ana Huang
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE PRINCE’S BRIDE (The Prince’s Bride Series) by J.J. McAvoy

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PRINCE'S BRIDE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, The Prince's Bride, by J.J. McAvoy

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PRINCE’S BRIDE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, The Prince’s Bride, by J.J. McAvoy. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover for THE PRINCE'S BRIDE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, The Prince's Bride, by J.J. McAvoy

THE PRINCE’S BRIDE (The Prince’s Bride Series #1) by J.J. McAvoy

About The Book
Title:
THE PRINCE’S BRIDE
Series: The Prince’s Bride Series #1
Author: J.J. McAvoy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2020
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
He is a spoiled playboy prince whose family is in desperate need of money.

She’s an American heiress who can only get her inheritance through marriage.

According to their families they are a perfect match. According to each other, arranged marriages have no place in modern times and this could not possibly work.

But Prince Galahad “Gale” of Ersovia is bound by duty to obey the crown anyway.

Odette Wyntor doesn’t give a damn, she doesn’t want to get married.

Can he change her mind? Can she even handle what it means to be royal, if he did?

The Prince’s Bride is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 arrives a month later.

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Excerpt #2
GALE
“A day ago, you seemed more amenable to this argument. What changed?” he questioned, taking a seat.

I shrugged. “I was more sentimental on that day.” 

“No, you were more like a prince, remembering you have a duty and a purpose higher than yourself. You only seem to forget that after you’ve debased yourself.” 

“Is that what the kids are calling sex these days?” 

“I let the fact that you were with Sabina until this morning go—”

“Did you? Because it’s not feeling like it.” 

“I let it go because she is smart enough to know her place. Giselle, on the other hand, seems always to forget hers,” he said with more venom than was necessary.

“I did not go see Giselle.”

“No, you just spent twelve minutes on a call with her, then sent people out to check on her yesterday. And now you think you’re smart enough to tip around the truth with me!”  

“I am not a child nor your child, Arthur. I don’t need you to lecture me!”

“Yes, you fucking well do!” He slammed his hand onto the table. It took a lot for him to curse, and it was usually amusing on the rare occasion he did. Usually. “How many women do you need exactly, by the way? In the morning, you talk to Giselle. In the evening, you are with Sabina. Next week, you will want a whole new set of females. Are you not tired yet, Gale?” 

“They make blue pills—”

“I am not in the mood to joke with you!” 

“And I not in the mood to fucking argue about my sex life!” I hollered back. 

“You watch your tone.” 

“Or what?” I rose from my chair because I was done with this morning meeting. “I think we should call it a day—”

“I’m not finished speaking!”

“You are not the king!” I hollered back.

“No, but I am the Adelaar! Which means I can call any lord or lady to service. You spoke to Giselle. Does she want to go back to Brazil? Actually, it doesn’t even matter. I will simply call her husband, and he will surely take her with him!”

“You wouldn’t!” 

He raised his right hand. “I swear on the Bible and the crown that I would.” 

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THE PRINCE'S BRIDE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, The Prince's Bride, by J.J. McAvoy

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Author J.J. McAvoy

Author J.J. McAvoy

About the Author
J.J. McAvoy was born in Montreal, Canada and is currently studying Humanities at Carleton University. She is the oldest of three and has loved writing for years. She is inspired by everything from Shakespearean tragedies to Pop Culture. Her novel “Ruthless People”, out July 17th, hopes to push boundaries and take her readers on a ride through the dark side. Please feel free to stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and youtube, where she video blogs.

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Where to Find J.J. McAvoy
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Book Review – THE BEST MISTAKE (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series) by Cookie O’Gorman

Cover to THE BEST MISTAKE, the first book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman, releasing April, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Honor Tierney just wants one night with the playboy.

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

Archer O’Brien just wants to play ball.

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

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

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

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

Sometimes, the best mistakes are worth making.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE BEST MISTAKE
Series: Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #1
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: April 23, 202-
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Pages: 219
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

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Author Cookie O'Gorman

Author Cookie O’Gorman

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

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE BEST MISTAKE (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series) by Cookie O’Gorman

Author Cookie O'Gorman is unveiling the cover to THE BEST MISTAKE, the first book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, releasing April, 2020

Welcome to the book blitz for THE BEST MISTAKE, the first book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O’Brien Brothers, by Cookie O’Gorman. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to THE BEST MISTAKE, the first book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman, releasing April, 2020

THE BEST MISTAKE (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #1) by Cookie O’Gorman

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
THE BEST MISTAKE
Series: Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #1
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: April 23, 2020
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Honor Tierney just wants one night with the playboy.

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

Archer O’Brien just wants to play ball.

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

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

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

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

Sometimes, the best mistakes are worth making.

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Excerpt #3
“Good,” he repeated and took a step toward me.  I took one back, matching him step for step, until I felt my shoulders rest against cool metal.  “You think I look good?”

I nodded.  “You know you do.”

If I was being honest, Archer looked more than good in that suit.  He was every woman’s dream personified.  Or maybe that was just me.

“Now, I feel underdressed,” I said.

His hand came up to my cheek.  “No, you look perfect.”

I raised my brows, trying to keep it light even though all I could think of were his fingers running along my skin.  “You probably didn’t even notice what I’m wearing.”

Without looking away, Archer said, “Dark blue sweater, red t-shirt that says, ‘All I do is read, read, read, no matter what,’ jeans that fit you like a glove, red sneakers.”

My jaw dropped.

“I notice you, Honor.”

“You do?”

He nodded, his eyes dropping to my lips.  “How could I not?”

If I wasn’t already melting, that turned me into a puddle, my heart stuttering behind my ribs.  He could’ve asked me anything right then, and I think I would’ve said yes.  Without any forethought, I leaned up onto my tiptoes and pressed my lips to his.

Like Archer had said: How could I not?

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Now Available - THE BEST MISTAKE, the first book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

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Author Cookie O'Gorman

Author Cookie O’Gorman

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

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Where to find Cookie O’Gorman
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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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