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Excerpt Reveal – A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS (Blue Moon Bay Series) by Jennifer Snow

 

Welcome to the excerpt reveal tour for A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Blue Moon Bay, by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Snow, releasing September 28, 2021

Welcome to the excerpt reveal tour for A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Blue Moon Bay, by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Snow, releasing September 28, 2021. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, and an exclusive excerpt.

A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Blue Moon Bay, by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Snow

A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS (Blue Moon Bay Series #2) by Jennifer Snow

About the Book
Title: A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
Series: Blue Moon Bay Series #2
Author: Jennifer Snow
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Holiday Romance
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Synopsis
For Jessica Connolly, there is no better place than her coastal hometown of Blue Moon Bay. She has a wonderful family, supportive best friends, and a successful bakery on Main Street. Unfortunately, every time she designs one of her ex-boyfriends’ wedding cakes, she’s reminded just how unlucky she is with love…and that she’s a good luck charm for men to find their happily ever after. With someone else. The minute they break up. So she’s decided to be done with love.

Dr. Mitch Jameson is more comfortable traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders than staying in one place. He just needs to survive the holidays in his small hometown before he can leave again. The beautiful, intriguing bakery owner with an aversion to dating might be just who he needs to occupy his restless heart.

From sipping hot chocolates at the local festival of lights to early morning dessert deliveries, Jessica and Mitch rediscover the spirit of the holidays. But when the 25 days of Christmas are over, will their romance be over, too?

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Excerpt
December 1st…24 Days until Christmas

“Be honest, you at least spit in the frosting, right?”

Jessica Connolly placed the bride-and-groom topper on the white-and-silver, tastefully Christmas-themed, three-layer cake and stood back to admire her work. “The only joy in all of this is that they will never know.” She winked at her best friend, Whitney, as she carefully boxed up the forty-hour labor of love.

Later that day, her beautiful creation would be enjoyed at ex-boyfriend number three’s wedding. Three weddings in the same year for three guys she’d had relationships with. Unbelievable.

“No one would blame you if you did.” Sitting at the counter of Jessica’s bakery, Delicious Delicacies, her not so recently engaged friend flipped through the book of wedding cake designs that she’d looked at a dozen times already. Her beautifully manicured, candy-cane-themed nails flicked the pages so fast it was a wonder she could actually see the choices. Whitney shook her head. “I can’t believe these guys, asking you to do this.”

“To be fair, I’m the only real bakery in town. And besides, John, Cameron, and Dallas are great guys. They just weren’t the right guys for me,” Jessica said, repeating her mantra. She could put on a brave face, but this was getting exhausting.

Three brides in the last year. None of them her.

And worse, there wasn’t anyone in her small hometown of Blue Moon Bay that she wanted to date that she hadn’t already. At almost thirty, she’d been hoping to design her own wedding cake soon.

“The funny thing is,” Whitney said, “they all found ‘the one’ after they ended things with you.”

“Thanks for pointing that out, Whit.”

Her friend’s laugh was apologetic. “Sorry. I’m just saying, you’re like a good luck charm for these guys. Wasn’t there a movie like that?”

“Believe me, if this was a movie, I’d have your legs and Sarah’s butt.”

Whitney paused her page-flipping, her expression contemplative as she tilted her head to the side.

Did we have a winner? Excitedly, Jessica leaned over the counter to see which design had caught her friend’s attention. Her heart stopped. It was the three tier cascade wedding cake, white with lavender accents and sugar work doves adorning the top. Jessica’s favorite. The cake she’d always wanted for her own wedding…if/when she ever got married.

Please don’t let her select that one.

If her best friend wanted it, there was no way Jessica could deny her from having it. She held her breath, waiting…

It’s only a cake. No big deal. She could design a new one for herself. Not as pretty as this one.

A second later, Whitney resumed flipping.

Oh thank God.

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USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Snow

Author Jennifer Snow

About the Author
Jennifer Snow is a USA Today bestselling author writing contemporary romance fiction for Grand Central Publishing, Entangled and Harlequin. Her stories range in heat level from sweet to sexy and are set everywhere from big cities to small towns. Her books are light and humorous, but also full of heart, featuring families and communities readers love to visit over and over again.

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, she now resides in Spain with her husband, son and three mischievous cats.

She currently publishes psychological thrillers under her pen name J.M. Winchester and writes screenplays and TV shows in her ‘spare’ time. Her holiday rom-com, Mistletoe and Molly airs Christmas 2021!

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – ROCK STEADY (Kenner Brothers Series) by M.J. Roberts

 

Welcome to the blog tour for for ROCK STEADY, the first book in the adult contemporary rock star romance series, Kenner Brothers, and the sixth book in the Rock Hard series, by M.J. Roberts

Welcome to the blog tour for for ROCK STEADY, the first book in the adult contemporary rock star romance series, Kenner Brothers, and the sixth book in the Rock Hard series, by M.J. Roberts. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

ROCK STEADY, the first book in the adult contemporary rock star romance series, Kenner Brothers, and the sixth book in the Rock Hard series, by M.J. Roberts

ROCK STEADY (Kenner Brothers Series #1) by M.J. Roberts

About the Book
Title: ROCK STEADY
Series: Kenner Brothers Series #1
Author: M.J. Roberts
Publisher: Eminent Press
Release Date: September 6, 2021
Genre:
Adult Contemporary Rock Star Romance
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Synopsis
Go on tour with the sexy Kenner Brothers in Rock Steady, the first in the spin-off series from the award-winning Chord Brothers books.

Venom Kenner is the lead singer of Dirt Cherry, a band well known for their dirty lyrics and larger-than-life antics. With heart-stopping good looks, loving parents, and becoming famous at a young age, Venom is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it–and he wants Jenna.

Jenna Demptation’s life has been one hardship after another. When her older sister becomes the PR manager for Dirt Cherry and strong-arms Jenna to help for the summer, Jenna is happy to get away from her crappy day-to-day life. Until too-good-looking-to-be-real Venom sets his sights on Jenna and sets her nerves into overdrive. Jenna makes an art of shying away from Mr. Hot-Pants McHottie. She has been hurt way too much in the past to trust anyone, far less someone as perfect as Venom, so she’s determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry.

But Venom knows in his heart this relationship is worth a shot and he’s not going to let a little thing like hesitancy get in his way…

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Excerpt
Jenna leans against me during the twenty-minute taxi ride. When we get there, I help her out, and we stand for a few seconds in the street facing the church before I say anything. “Alright, baby. Close your eyes.” I take off her blindfold. She blinks a few times.

“It’s…it’s a church.”

“Right, kitten. I bought you a church.”

She looks at me. “Kidding. Come on.” I grab her hand and pull her until we’re standing in front of a large stone to the side of the door. The writing is so worn down it’s barely legible. Jenna bends down to stare at it.

“1583.”

“This is one of the oldest churches in Mexico. In all of the Americas actually. Spaniards used Aztec touches, so it’s a combination of both cultures.”

Jenna takes a few steps back to admire the stone work. The church isn’t big, but it’s got an ancient beauty.

“They rent it out for events, like baptisms.” Or weddings. “So I rented it for tonight.”

Her gaze whips to me.

“Come on, you’ll see.” I take her hand and we walk inside. The first vestibule is filled with thirty or forty bells hanging from the ceiling and walls lined with small red votives. Almost all the candles are lit and it casts a pink glow.

“You look beautiful in this light.”

She rolls her eyes. I pull her to me.

“Beautiful.”

“Thanks. You look good in any light, so I’ll just be happy if I’m tolerable.”

Honey, you’re a hell of a lot more than tolerable.

I pull her into the main hall. The heavy wooden pews have been pulled to the side. Behind the dais is a wall of gold writing.

“You speak Latin, kitten?”

“I can barely speak English.”

“It says ‘He who will provide dinner for his girl, will get to eat his girl for dinner.”

She snorts. “Yeah, that would have been my first guess.”

The ladies I hired to make dinner wheel a table in.

“When did you get a chance to arrange this?” Jenna asked.

“T.J. and Spider helped me pull some strings last minute, so about a minute ago.”

The oldest woman lifts up the cover on a big pot and the air saturates with Mexican spices.

“Oh my God, that smells amazing,” Jenna says. She turns in a slow circle looking at the church. She looks back at the table as the women remove silver dome covers off four more plates of traditional Mexican dishes. The older women says something in rapid-fire Spanish, and then they leave us alone.

“Venom…” Jenna says.

I pull out her chair and hold it for, but she doesn’t sit.

“Venom…” Jenna says again. I feel like she’s going to protest that it’s too much. That being in such a gorgeous building that’s almost five hundred years old is too romantic, implying things that last.

Her stomach growls.

“No pressure,” I say, gesturing to her chair. “Unless there are too many beans, then it’s abdominal pressure.”

Jenna just shakes her head at me.

“Sit, baby. Let’s eat.”

“Shame to waste it.” Jenna sits down, and I scoot her chair in for her. She takes the first few bites of food and makes a pleased moan.

I’m determined to let her lead the conversation, hoping she’ll open up more about herself, but she keeps it light. She talks about movies she’s seen, how good Kate looked in Hard Chord’s “Rising to Whole” video, what new outfits Maria has sewn for the twins.

I could listen to her voice for a long time. Like rocking chairs on our porch in our nineties long time. I prop my chin in my hand and rest my elbow on the table.

“What?” She rubs the sides of her mouth. “Do I have something on my face?”

“No, I’m just enjoying this.” I gesture around the church hall. “Just the two of us, alone, having a nice dinner in a really interesting place. I’m grateful and appreciating it, is all. If I didn’t have Dirt Cherry I wouldn’t be here in Mexico, staring at you. If Kate hadn’t worked for Hard

Chord and gotten with Jase, you wouldn’t be here. Maybe I never would have met you. But it all worked out.”

She sighs wistfully. “Yeah, it’s been great.”

It sounds totally innocent at first, but when I replay it in my mind that past tense sounds final.

“My plane leaves Monday at three,” she says. “I’m going to have to concentrate on my studies.”

“I know.”

The older woman comes and puts a plate of honeyed dessert in front of us.

This, what we have between us, is too good to just drop. But I don’t say anything. I don’t want to get up to bat and strike out amidst all this beauty. Long game. Don’t come on too strong. As Jenna might put it, wait for the right moment before you swing.

“We’ll enjoy tonight,” I say.

She takes a bite of the dessert and licks her fingers. “Absolutely.”

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Book 4: ROCK SOLID
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Book 5: ROCK ME
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Author M.J. Roberts

Author M.J. Roberts

About the Author
M. J. Roberts is a writer, editor, and teacher – with more than two million copies of her stories in circulation worldwide, Roberts is well loved for creating characters who feel as real as your most cherished friends. Roberts works to diligently to create believable, lovable characters, witty dialogue, prose ripe with metaphor, exciting plot twists, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and romance scenes that sizzle.

Roberts is a multiple award-winning author including first place in the prestigious Summer Lovin’ Romance Literary Contest 2015 for the novel Risk Your Heart.

Roberts also writes under the pen name Natasha Action. Roberts is originally from New York but lives in the southern United States for the purpose of endless comic material.

She’s married to a professional musician (A.K.A. The Rock and Roll God) because she is too busy tormenting imaginary characters and counting her blessing to pursue her longtime dream of Rock n’ Roll stardom herself.

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – RENOVATED (Chance Brothers Series) by Nikki Kiley

 

Welcome to the blog tour for RENOVATED, the first book in the adult contemporary workplace romance series, Chance Brothers, by Nikki Kiley

Welcome to the blog tour for RENOVATED, the first book in the adult contemporary workplace romance series, Chance Brothers, by Nikki Kiley. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

RENOVATED, the first book in the adult contemporary workplace romance series, Chance Brothers, by Nikki Kiley

RENOVATED (Chance Brothers Series #1) by Nikki Kiley

About the Book
Title:
RENOVATED
Series: Chance Brothers Series #1
Author: Nikki Kiley
Publisher: She Wrote What LLC
Release Date: August 5, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Workplace Romance
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Synopsis
They’ve been hired to remodel a mansion. Will they end up getting a room?

Marisa Sanchez has grand designs for her future. After taking over her grandfather’s construction firm, the successful vlogger and civil engineer is about to take the next step with a new show on the Home Design Network. But she’s not pleased to find out she can only have the lucrative gig if she agrees to work with a handsome rival.

Levi Chance takes the responsibility of providing for his brothers seriously. So when his biggest client asks him to come into the spotlight to co-host a new program, he reluctantly accepts. But he fears the pretty, camera-loving partner he’s been assigned might bring his top-notch reputation tumbling down if she can’t deliver the goods.

Discovering her teammate is quite capable, Marisa battles her attraction to him as she ambitiously turns the project upside down. And the more Levi works with the smart Latina, the more he worries he’s about to push the “no sex” morality clause in their contract into forbidden territory.

Will Marisa and Levi’s fixer-upper turn into a happily together forever?

Renovated is the charming first book in the moving Chance Brothers contemporary romance series. If you like sparkling attractions, comedic moments, and steamy action, then you’ll love Nikki Kiley’s well-built romp.

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Excerpt
“I recognize this is out of left field, but an opportunity came up. One of our power couple shows just announced their divorce—something to do with an au pair, and believe me, the situation has gotten hideous.”

I looked at Marisa. Her shoulders went rigid, her eyes turning sharp and assessing, hands fisted in her lap. Neither of us uttered a word, letting Rebecca have the stage.

“Marisa, I’ve been hitting a wall with pitching the show we originally spoke about. They didn’t think the target market would watch TV and become viewers, but if we made it another couple show with a twist __” her head tilted to us as if it was apparent what she meant.

Marisa’s back went ramrod straight where she perched on the chair.

She stammered in bewilderment. “Wait . . . you want us to partner up?” Her face filled with disbelief—and was that disgust I was seeing? “That was not the deal you gave me when you got in touch with me. What do I need Mr. Chance for?”

Rebecca responded like a parent explaining to a child why they can’t have dessert before eating their veggies. “The network always partners up with a construction company. The Chance Brothers have done most of the projects in this area for us. The decision to make this a show about two people working toward a common goal comes from above. It is a straightforward decision. It’s a yes or no situation. I’m hoping you both will take it since I see the potential, but it’s not just up to me.”

Working with a drama queen wasn’t on my wish list either, but I wasn’t getting into a pissing contest here. I was interested in seeing where this would go. Rebecca’s mother gave me my first break in the business when I did a gut job on their estate home on Star Island. Mrs. Walton monitored that project just like she ran the Home Network, ensuring I came in on budget and on time.

This time I directed myself to the Latin bombshell in front of me. “Ms. Sánchez, I am here to listen to what is on the table just as much as you. Besides writing about design and posting online about it, what have you done?”

Given her intake of breath, I knew I had hit a sore spot.

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Author Nikki Kiley

Author Nikki Kiley

About the Author
Nikki Kiley is an aspiring author of Contemporary Romance. Since she was a young girl, she dreamt of writing stories that would entertain and move her readers, like she was and still is, by talented authors.

When not working the day job running a medical office, she spends hours crafting and writing stories about heroes and heroines earning their chance at love. She makes her home in Puerto Rico with her husband, two young adult children, and a gentle giant, the bull mastiff, Kira.

She loves the beach, her Nespresso maker, and cupcakes (S’more in particular).

 

Where to Find Nikki Kiley
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – SING FOR ME (Balefire Series) by Tam DeRudder Jackson

 

Welcome to the blog tour for SING FOR ME, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Balefire, by Tam DeRudder Jackson

Welcome to the blog tour for SING FOR ME, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Balefire, by Tam DeRudder Jackson. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

SING FOR ME, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Balefire, by Tam DeRudder Jackson

SING FOR ME by (Balefire Series #2)Tam DeRudder Jackson

About the Book
Title:
SING FOR ME
Series: Balefire Series #2
Author: Tam DeRudder Jackson
Release Date: August 26, 2021
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Blu
My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ’n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door.

Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about.

Ashleigh

Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me?

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Excerpt #1
Mom lasered me with her eyes, and I barked out a laugh. Baiting my mother—another thing I’d missed.

“What does Ashleigh do, exactly?”

“She’s a substitute teacher at your old high school and she writes articles and submits them to all sorts of publications.”

“Yeah? What does she write about? Gardening?”

I might have laughed at the idea yesterday, but after seeing her sweet ass up in the air as she bent over the row of flowers she planted this morning, I had a sudden appreciation for gardening.

“She writes about music. Does a darn fine job of it too. She’s reviewed several local bands as well as some big ones. She even wrote a review of your show at Red Rocks last summer for some little blog. Her description of Dakota’s guitar and your voice specifically could have made Balefire a household name had you needed the boost. Her writing is that good.” Mom took a nonchalant sip of her wine, but I caught the look she shot me. “Or maybe I’m biased since she complimented my boy so flatteringly.”

“Yeah, well, maybe I should sing to her next time ’cause she sure didn’t flatter me today when I invited her to lunch.”

The conversation led me right back to that dark place it had taken me three hours of hard riding to escape. Ashleigh’s wine soured in my mouth as I heard her accusations in my head again.

Mom ignored my comment and my sudden bad mood. “You slept away most of the first two days you’ve been home. What are your plans for this evening?”

“Haven’t thought about it much. Maybe head down to the Dollar, see if anyone from the old days is still around, shoot some pool. After you feed me dinner,” I added with a sly smirk.

Truly, I should have offered to take Mom out to eat, but the woman could outcook any chef in the state. After months on the road, I craved her home cooking.

She smiled back at me, reading my mind again. “Your favorite dinner is thawing on the counter right now. I baked it last weekend for when you came home.”

“Yeah?” I asked carelessly before I bounced up out of my chair and raced into the kitchen. Sure enough, a huge pan of lasagna sat on the counter. Jesus, did I love that woman.

The tangible evidence of my mom’s love for me put a giant smile on my face as I headed to the bathroom to shower off the road grime and sweat from my ride. Though it was early June, the temperature insisted on summer, and I could smell myself when I walked back into the house.

When I finished cleaning up, I found Mom in the kitchen singing some pop tune softly as she busied herself with dinner. Her taste in music ran to mellow, and I had to laugh as I walked into the kitchen. As our biggest supporter early on, she attended almost every one of our shows and smiled and danced all the way through them. We’d been playing professionally for three or four years when I discovered the earplugs. To this day I have no idea what she heard in her head as we played, but it wasn’t us. Still, she’d had a good time and inspired others around her to join her in that, which improved the vibe of our early shows.

Thoughts of those long-ago shows led me back to Mom’s comment about Ashleigh’s articles. After dinner, I googled her to see what she’d said about us. Not that it mattered. The woman appeared pretty hostile to me during our first two meetings. Then I read an article she wrote for Rocky Mountain High, an online arts and entertainment blog.

The Balefire concert at Red Rocks last weekend blasted all expectations of what a rock show is or should be. The band’s musicianship, sound quality, pyrotechnics, and light show exceeded anything offered at Red Rocks in recent memory. From Jack Whitehorse’s opening drum solo pounding through the collective chest of the crowd to Dakota Perri’s blistering guitar licks revving the audience into a frenzy to Adam Tron’s driving bass forcing people to jump out of their seats and dance, the band grabbed the audience by the throat and refused to let go for two solid hours of nonstop, over-the-top thrill ride.

However, Balefire’s signature sound lies in the incredible vocal range of the band’s lead singer, Blu Connolly. From his primal screams on “Out of My Head” to his smooth baritone rumblings on “You’re the One” to his pitch-perfect harmonies with Whitehorse on their new song “Missing You,” Connolly’s voice is the heart and soul of the band. No wonder during a Balefire concert, women toss their underwear at the stage with wild abandon. The man has the ability to make panties to drop every time he steps up to a microphone.

Huh. So Ashleigh liked the show at Red Rocks. More than that, she loves my voice, at least when I’m using it to sing.

Mom was right about Ashleigh’s ability to review music too. Her words made me think back on that show, one of our best. Her article reminded me why I absolutely fucking love what I do for a living even when a tour wrings me out. Panty-dropping voice. Her description made me smile. Sobering, I pondered what it would take to tempt the delectable yet prickly Ashleigh Baker to drop her panties for me.

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Author Tam DeRudder Jackson

Author Tam DeRudder Jackson

About the Author
Tam DeRudder Jackson is the author of the paranormal romance Talisman Series and the contemporary romance Balefire Series. Her favorite “room” in her house is her back patio where she dreams up stories of romance and risk. When she’s not writing her latest paranormal or contemporary romance, you can usually find her driving around with the top down in her convertible or carving turns on the slopes of the local ski hill. The mom of two grown sons, Tam likes to travel, attend rock concerts, watch football and soccer, and visit old car shows with her husband. She lives in the mountains of northwest Wyoming where she spends most of her free time trying to read all the books. Her TBR piles are threatening to take over her office, and she’s fine with that.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – MEMENTO MORI by Jane Morris

 

Welcome to the blog tour for MEMENTO MORI, a standalone contemporary historical romance, by Jane Morris

Welcome to the blog tour for MEMENTO MORI, a standalone contemporary historical romance, by Jane Morris. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

MEMENTO MORI, a standalone contemporary historical romance, by Jane Morris

MEMENTO MORI by Jane Morris

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Title:
MEMENTO MORI
Authors: Jane Morris
Publisher: Truth Be Told Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Historical Romance
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Synopsis
A modern-day reimagining of the lives of the Pre-Raphaelite artists and the women they painted obsessively and fiercely loved. Beautiful and strong-willed Jane meets her match in enigmatic artist Gabriel.

He immediately challenges her assumptions about art, life, and love. And for Gabriel’s enormous ego, Jane represents an exhilarating yet exasperating game he refuses to lose. When Jane’s brilliant but naïve friend Lizzie insists on accepting Gabriel’s dinner invitation, they are swept into a circle of passionate artists who reside in an old Gothic mansion. Jane embarks on a life-changing journey of desire, romance, despair, and self-discovery as she becomes the muse for Gabriel and his friend and rival, Will.

A desperate inner battle wages within Jane, who is drawn in by Gabriel’s magnetic personality and gorgeous looks, yet equally as captivated by Will’s kind heart and steadfast devotion. Underneath an immersive and dramatic world is a deeper storyline, as Jane and Gabriel can’t fight the nagging feeling that they have done this all before.

Fates collide as lovers and friends become entangled in past, present, and future. An artistic, genre-crossing tale, Memento Mori will appeal to both history and romance lovers alike.

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Teaser from MEMENTO MORI, a standalone contemporary historical romance, by Jane Morris

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Excerpt #1
I entered the house. It was dark and mostly quiet, but I could hear the noise from the party outside. I moved towards the kitchen, but someone grabbed my wrist and shoved me up against a wall. I screamed, but Gabriel looked into my eyes and put his finger to my lips to silence me.

“Jesus Christ! You scared the shit out of me!”

“Why are you playing games with me?” he said through gritted teeth. His face was so close I could smell the beer on his breath.

“What the fuck are you talking about? Let go of me!” He was still holding my wrist.

“Are you actually into him?” I kept squirming, and he grabbed my other wrist to get a better hold on me.

“Into who? Let me go!”

He leaned closer until his lips were an inch from mine. “I’m talking about Will! Are you actually interested in him?”

“Maybe! What the fuck do you care?”

“He’s a pussy.”

“He’s not a pussy. He’s a gentleman. You could learn a thing or two from him about how to treat women!”

“What I meant is that he’s not right for you.”

“Oh, and you are?” I tried to headbutt him, but he saw it coming and moved his head back without letting go of my wrists. “Yes,” he declared, then he put his face against my neck and inhaled deeply. The feeling of his breath on me sent waves of energy throughout my body. Then he whispered into my ear, “Maybe he’s a gentleman. But there’s one thing I know for sure. He can’t make you come like I can.”

I shivered, which was very irritating because I didn’t want him to know he was getting to me. He held my face. “Let me kiss you.” It was a command. He held his grip on my face as he leaned in and slowly ran his tongue between my lips. I instinctively opened my mouth, and we kissed fiercely. Our kissing styles were different, and we both struggled for control. I could feel that he wanted to dominate me, and maybe if I trusted him more, I would have given in. But instead, we battled each other with our tongues. Despite the combative feeling of it, it was the most electrifying kiss of my life. But a sense of dread crept into my chest, and I pulled back and shoved him away. He was breathing heavily and came back in for more. He almost touched his lips to mine, but I pushed him again.

“Come on,” he said, half-amused, half-annoyed. “I know you feel that connection between us. Stop fighting it.” He leaned in again, and I slapped him as hard as I could across the face. My ring caught his bottom lip, and I ripped it away. He slowly brought his hand up to his lip and swiped at it. He looked down at the blood on his hand with amusement and then bent towards me again. “Why? Why won’t you kiss me?” he demanded. I paused for a moment. “Because…” I slowly moved towards his face and looked directly into his eyes. “This is more fun.” Then I grinned and sauntered away.

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MEMENTO MORI, a standalone contemporary historical romance, by Jane Morris is out now

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Author Jane Morris

Author Jane Morris

About the Author
Jane Morris is the bestselling author of four comedic memoirs about her teaching career. She has taught English for over 15 years in a major American city. This is her first novel. She received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from a well-known university. She earned her M.A. in writing from an even fancier (more expensive) university. She loves dogs and trees and other things that can’t talk. She has a loving family and cares about making people laugh more than anything else.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER by Michelle McLean

 

Welcome to the blog tour for HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean

Welcome to the blog tour for HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean

HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER by Michelle McLean

About the Book
Title:
HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER
Authors: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
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Synopsis
Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast.

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible.

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself.

There goes his peace and quiet…

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Excerpt #3
That damn nuisance Josiah Banff was sitting like a general in the middle of Mercy’s yard, giving her some sort of ultimatum, Gray assumed. His voice was too low to make out everything he was saying, and Gray didn’t want to move closer so he could hear better. He could guess what the man was saying well enough. He’d met plenty of men like Josiah. Mercy, spitfire that she was, had no such issue with volume.

“I’ve told you a hundred times, Josiah Banff, my property is not for sale. And neither am I!”

She hitched the shotgun up on her shoulder a little higher. Good girl.

“You want it, you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands!” she shouted.

He shook his head. Not so good. Giving your enemy ideas is really not a great strategy.

“Suit yourself. We all have to live with the consequences of our choices, Miss Douglas,” Josiah said. “Have a pleasant morning.”

The sound of one lone horse riding off triggered a nagging feeling of foreboding in Gray’s gut. Men like Josiah rarely stuck around to do their own dirty work. So, if he was the only one leaving…things were about to get messy.

Gray squirmed in his chair. It had nothing to do with the strange and irritating desire that suddenly crawled through him to rush to Mercy’s aid. He just needed a cushion for his chair was all. Though, if ever a woman could manage to weasel her way past his carefully laid internal defenses it would probably be her. But she hadn’t. And wouldn’t. Because becoming embroiled in her life was not part of his plan. He just needed a better chair.

Though one could argue he was already embroiled in it, seeing as how they were publicly engaged and all. But that didn’t mean he had to put forth any undue effort. He was supposed to sit there and look pretty. Or scary. Or whatever.

He gave a long-suffering sigh. If he knew Mercy, and he was beginning to think he did, that woman was bound to make the situation worse. He was just about to stand up and see if she needed a hand when the first shot was fired.

Dammit. What did a man have to do to get a nap around here?

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Teaser from HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean

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USA Today bestselling author Michelle McLean

Author Michelle McLean

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has degrees in history and English and is thrilled that she sort of gets to use them. Her novel Truly, Madly, Sweetly, written as Kira Archer, was adapted as a Hallmark Original movie in 2018.

When Michelle’s not working, reading, or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found baking, diamond painting, or trying to find free wall space upon which to hang her diamond paintings. She resides in PA with her husband and two teens, the world’s most spoiled dog, and a cat who absolutely rules the house. She also writes contemporary romance as Kira Archer.

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – EYES OF THE FOREST by April Henry

 

Welcome to the blog tour for EYES OF THE FOREST, a standalone young adult mystery, by New York Times bestselling author, April Henry

Welcome to the blog tour for EYES OF THE FOREST, a standalone young adult mystery, by New York Times bestselling author, April Henry. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

EYES OF THE FOREST, a standalone young adult mystery, by New York Times bestselling author, April Henry

EYES OF THE FOREST by April Henry

About the Book
Title:
EYES OF THE FOREST
Authors: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
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Synopsis
After a bestselling fantasy writer disappears, only his biggest fan believes he’s in danger. Instead of re-reading his books, she must venture into the real world to uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery by New York Times-bestselling author April Henry. For readers of Courtney Summers and Karen McManus.

Bridget is RM Haldon’s biggest fan. She and her mom sought refuge in Haldron’s epic fantasy series Swords and Shadows while her mom was losing her battle with cancer. When Bridget met Haldon at one of his rare book signings, she impressed the author with her encyclopedic knowledge of the fantasy world he’d created. Bridget has been working for him ever since as he attempts to write the final book in his blockbuster sword and sorcery series. But Haldon has gone missing, and Bridget is the only person who seems concerned. Can Bridget piece together Haldon’s cryptic clues and save him before it’s too late?

Master mystery-writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller in this story that seamlessly blends suspense with an exploration of fan culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #1
“I’ve seen you listening to your phone in other classes.” Ajay followed her to the big metal bowl of fruit. “I always thought it was music, but now I’m guessing it must have been a book. So what makes it worth getting your phone taken away?”

Inspecting an apple, Bridget tried to articulate her feelings. “First of all, it’s not just ‘a’ book. It’s a book by RM Haldon. All the books in the Swords and Shadows series are amazing. They’re filled with bravery, treachery and sacrifice.” She gestured at the florescent lights, the chipped linoleum floor, the hordes of students. “This is the boring real world, where Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine are pretty much interchangeable. But in those books, there aren’t any high schools or WalMarts or Taco Tuesdays.”

“Hey, a lot of people like Taco Tuesdays,” Ajay objected, following Bridget to the cashier.

“And in those books you can never take anything for granted.” She handed the cashier her cafeteria card. “You know how if you watch a movie, there’s always certain characters you don’t really have to worry about?”

“Like the cute five-year-old who keeps saying surprisingly wise things?” Ajay offered. “But no matter how bad things get, that kid always survives the vampires or the earthquake or the serial killer or whatever.”

“Exactly.” Bridget picked up her tray. “In the Swords and Shadows series, a five-year-old could and maybe would die. And the reader might even have to watch.” She hesitated. Normally she sat on the edge of the cafeteria with a book, and Ajay sat in the middle, with friends.

“Want to eat outside?” he said. Now that the temperature was dropping, only a few people were sitting at the concrete benches and tables.

“Um, sure.” As they walked past his regular table, a couple of his friends nudged each other. He didn’t seem to notice. In the far corner, Derrick Dart was peering intently at his phone.

Outside, they found an empty table. Next to them, a couple was enthusiastically kissing. On the other side, a boy exhaled his vape smoke into his hoodie.

Ajay unzipped his backpack. “Okay, give me the basic run down of the plot.”

“For the whole series? That’s like explaining how the entire world works to an alien who just landed here.” But if anyone was up to the task, Bridget figured she was.

“Do the best you can.”

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New York Times Bestselling Author April Henry

Author April Henry

About the Author
April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels The Girl in the White Van; Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery; Count All Her Bones; The Lonely Dead; Run, Hide, Fight Back; and The Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, the first two books in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon.

 

 

 

Where to Find April Henry
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – WRITTEN FOR YOU by Robin Bielman

 

Welcome to the blog tour for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Robin Bielman

Welcome to the blog tour for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Robin Bielman. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Robin Bielman

WRITTEN FOR YOU by Robin Bielman

About the Book
Title:
WRITTEN FOR YOU
Authors: Robim Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
Cam Radcliffe is on a deadline to write his next blockbuster action film, but all he can think about lately is writing romance. The inspiration? His best friend, Reese.

They’ve known each other for years, but suddenly working in the same office has given him a whole new appreciation of her. Reese is driving him wild in the best possible way, and Cam only hopes it isn’t obvious. If she knew, he’s certain their friendship would reach The End.

So, of course, Reese figures it out. But the awkward, negative response he expected is nothing like the reality—like they’re living their own romcom.

A romcom that’s giving him the worst case of writer’s block at the absolute worst time in his career. Especially when the secret Reese has been forced to keep comes out…and threatens to ruin everything.

 

 

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Mood Board from WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

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Excerpt #2
“Please tell me we’re going on the Swan boat.” The spring in her step told him she liked the idea.

“Okay, I won’t tell you.” The Swan pedal boats were a popular attraction, especially in the summer, and lucky for them his family owned one for spur-of-the-moment occasions like this. Typically, whenever Reese visited, they took a ride.

“Yes!” She swung their arms in joy, making him glad he’d brought her to the lake.

They bypassed the rental shack and walked down the dock to their boat. Cam grabbed the two life jackets tucked in the back behind the seats, handed one to Reese, and when they were both fitted for safety, they sat down.

He let her pedal first, picking up on her rhythm after a few cycles.

“Hold on!” She put her good hand around the steering handle between them and thrust it forward. The sudden force jerked the boat to the right.

“Easy, Nitro.” He covered her hand with his. “Remember you have to drag the handle slowly to turn.” He helped pull the handle back.

She looked down at his hand enveloping hers. “I didn’t forget how to do it, you know.”

“I know.”

Attraction crackled between them, the air around them full of electricity, like this time their hands were magnetized, reminding them of the pure enjoyment they gave each other. Only now it reached a new level. A level he didn’t think he could back away from. He rubbed his thumb across her fingers, hoping she felt the same flash of intensity he did. When—because at this point there was no more if—they got their hands on other parts of each other, he had no doubt the contact would change him forever.

The chemistry between them didn’t just flicker, it blazed.

They quietly tooled around the lake in perfect pedaling sync. Her ponytail swayed like she had a song in her head. And with a perpetual happy lean to her full lips, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. They’d pedaled together many times before, but as they’d already discovered, this summer was different.

“If you get tired pedaling, I can do it alone,” she teased, steering them toward the middle of the lake.

“Any pedaling you can do, I can do.”

“I could probably go all day,” she countered, her mood much better than it had been after hurting her finger.

“Me, too.” And then, because even without them touching anymore his body still burned for her, he added, “And not just in pedal boats.”

A sexy as hell flush crept up her neck. She batted her lashes. “Maybe I’ll let you prove that to me sometime.”

He was ready to turn their boat around and prove it to her right now. “It would be my pleasure.”

“And mine.” Her breathless tone had his pulse pounding.

“100 percent. Multiple times,” he promised.

Her teeth sank into her plush lower lip, drawing his eyes there. She stopped pedaling. Stopped steering. “We can’t let this go, can we? Not until we do something about it.”

He slid her ponytail over her shoulder. “I’ll follow your lead, Ree. This is your call.”

“I don’t want it to ruin our friendship.”

“Agree wholeheartedly. What if…”

“What if what?”

“We follow our attraction for the next week. See where it leads us. It doesn’t have to end with us in bed. Maybe it’s more kissing. Maybe it’s skinny-dipping. Whatever it is, we don’t question it. We go with whatever we’re feeling and at the end of the week we go back to being just friends.”

“You think we can do that?”

“Yes,” he said, looking her straight in the eyes. He’d do whatever it took to preserve their friendship.

She studied him. “Promise you won’t break my heart?”

“I promise. Promise you won’t break mine?” That was definitely the more likely scenario. He’d had these feelings for much longer than she had, and he decided that one week would be better than nothing.

“I promise.”

He leaned closer. Closer still. Giving her time to change her mind. To tell him kissing each other again would be too big a mistake.

A mistake that would feel so good.

She gravitated closer. Her lustrous blue-gray eyes dipped to his mouth, inviting, urging, solidifying her consent. “What are you waiting for?”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes.”

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Teaser from WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Robin Bielman

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USA Today bestselling author Robin Bielman

Author Robin Bielman

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her awesome family and her very cute dog, Harry. She writes both sweet and sexy contemporary romances with one goal in mind: to leave you with a smile on your face. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, and frequent coffee shops with friends. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! Xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

 

Welcome to the blog tour for THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee

Welcome to the blog tour for THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

About the Book
Title: THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND
Author: Rachel Magee
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Millie Leclair is a mess, complete with a dead-end career and a flat-lining love life. So when she inherits her great aunt’s oceanfront B&B in a resort town in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, she doesn’t hesitate to pack up her car and set off on a new adventure. It’ll be fun.

Of course, life seldom goes according to plan. The B&B is barely habitable for one person, let alone ready to open for business. With dwindling funds, Millie has no choice but to roll up her sleeves and tackle the repairs by herself. Yeah, so much fun.

Ex-pro golfer Braxton Channing thought being a full-time single parent kept him on his toes. That was before he spotted his new neighbor teetering on her rooftop—which is only the beginning of her long list of renovations for the old house—and he added keeping her safe to his to-do list.

But Millie is determined to dive headfirst into repairs regardless of the risk, and suddenly, battling with his daughter over brushing her teeth seems easier than winning an argument with Millie. She’s exasperating. And oddly delightful. And most definitely shouldn’t be let anywhere near a tall ladder.

For a guy who’s sworn off romantic relationships, why does he suddenly want to be the one who gets the privilege of watching Millie conquer not just the B&B but his heart as well?

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Excerpt
“Who’s ready to come inside and take a look at our new home?” she called out in a sing-song voice while distracted by the peeling wallpaper. She’d always loved the faint metallic gold pineapples on the soft yellow background. What were the chances she could find the same print to replace it?

Finally turning her attention to the door, she jumped. Because standing right next to Bear on her front porch was a gorgeous stranger with an amused smirk.

“Tempting offer, but I’ll take a rain check.” There was a friendly glint in his eyes and the sunlight danced off his neatly cropped dark blond hair. If these were the kind of ghosts hanging out in this haunted mansion, she was totally in.

“Sorry,” she said, looking around to where he might have come from. And how long had he been there? Surely, he didn’t see her not-so-graceful attempt at crawling through the window, right? “I didn’t know anyone was here.”

“I saw you pull in and wanted to stop by and say hello.”

“Oh, hi. We just arrived into town.” She motioned at the house behind her. “I inherited Seascape from my great-aunt, Mildred.”

The stranger nodded. “I heard about her passing. I’m sorry for your loss.” His gentle expression echoed the sympathy in his voice which touched Millie.

“Thanks.” She stuck out her hand. “I’m Millie by the way. Millie Leclair.”

He stepped forward and grasped her hand with his firm grip. “It’s nice to meet you, Millie Leclair.” He let go and scratched the dog behind the ears. “And who is this guy?”

“This is my dog, Bear.” Bear’s tail happily thumped against the ground.

“I’m Braxton.” His eyes sparkled in the sunlight. They were the exact same shade as the blue stripes on his pressed button-down shirt. Something about him looked vaguely familiar, and she racked her brain for some idea of how she might have known him. Before she could figure it out, he continued, “I live over there.”

Millie leaned out the front door to take a look at the house in question. Of course this perfectly put-together, semi-familiar, gorgeous man would live in the modern concrete and glass beauty she’d admired on the way in.

“Now I’ll know who’s around next time I need to borrow a cup of sugar.”

His brow furrowed in a sort of questioning look, but he recovered with a polite smile. “Right…Anyway, I wanted to say that we all want to see this property thrive in our neighborhood, so thank you for considering the—”

“Oh my gosh! You’re that golfer.” She’d recognized the camera-ready smile. “Braxton Channing.”

Braxton shifted, losing the smile and looking slightly uncomfortable. “Used to be.” He studied the ground for a second, then shook his head as if shaking away a thought. “I used to be a golfer. I’m still Braxton Channing.”

Used to be was a good description. A few years ago, he was the most well-known PGA golfer in the US. Even people like Millie who didn’t know much about golf had heard of him. He appeared on the scene at the age of twenty-four and took over, winning everything, and for the next five or so years the name Braxton Channing was synonymous with the PGA.

Being incredibly attractive probably aided in taking him from a golf superstar to a regular household celebrity. Everyone wanted to know more about the handsome athlete with the charming smile and the funny southern one-liners. Then about two years ago, he left the PGA, his face disappeared from the media, and the world stopped talking about Braxton Channing.

Except here he was, standing on her front porch, and she had to admit he was even more attractive in person than on the cover of People. A thrill jolted through her. She was living next door to a celebrity. Well, a used-to-be celebrity with some sort of mysterious disappearance from the public eye, but still.

“It’s nice to meet you, neighbor.” She started to ask him if he’d take a selfie with her but managed to stop herself before the words came out of her mouth. People who lived next door to celebrities probably didn’t ask for pictures or autographs. At least not until they’d had a full conversation first.

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Author Rachel Magee

Author Rachel Magee

About the Author
Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories.

When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water.

Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

 

 

Where to Find Rachel Magee
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Release Day – THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

 

Today is release day for THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, bu Rachel Magee

Today is release day for THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, bu Rachel Magee. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

About the Book
Title: THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND
Author: Rachel Magee
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Millie Leclair is a mess, complete with a dead-end career and a flat-lining love life. So when she inherits her great aunt’s oceanfront B&B in a resort town in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, she doesn’t hesitate to pack up her car and set off on a new adventure. It’ll be fun.

Of course, life seldom goes according to plan. The B&B is barely habitable for one person, let alone ready to open for business. With dwindling funds, Millie has no choice but to roll up her sleeves and tackle the repairs by herself. Yeah, so much fun.

Ex-pro golfer Braxton Channing thought being a full-time single parent kept him on his toes. That was before he spotted his new neighbor teetering on her rooftop—which is only the beginning of her long list of renovations for the old house—and he added keeping her safe to his to-do list.

But Millie is determined to dive headfirst into repairs regardless of the risk, and suddenly, battling with his daughter over brushing her teeth seems easier than winning an argument with Millie. She’s exasperating. And oddly delightful. And most definitely shouldn’t be let anywhere near a tall ladder.

For a guy who’s sworn off romantic relationships, why does he suddenly want to be the one who gets the privilege of watching Millie conquer not just the B&B but his heart as well?

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Excerpt
“She’s a bit of a mess right now, but the plan is to restore her to her former glory,” she said, adding mildew check to the ever-growing fix-it list. “I guess we won’t be taking guests yet, but before the summer is over, she’ll be the thriving inn she once was.”

“Inn?”

Millie turned to him. “Yeah. I’ll probably run it more like a bed and breakfast than an inn. My aunt never really liked the B&B title because she—”

“You’re not selling?” Braxton cut her off, his eyebrows knitted together.

“Selling?” The question caught her off guard. “Of course I’m not selling Seascape. Why would I want to sell something that’s been in my family for generations?”

“You live in Chicago, so I guess we all assumed…” He let his voice trail off.

“I used to live in Chicago.” She tried to sound patient, but why was she having to explain herself to this man? “Now I live here at 121 East Shore Drive where I’ll be running Seascape Inn.” She didn’t want to be rude to her new neighbor on her first day in the neighborhood, but she couldn’t help the hint of bite behind the words.

“Huh.” Braxton said as he looked past her, his eyes sweeping across the front of the house. “You realize you can’t turn this property into any sort of hotel, right? Using it for commercial business is against Oceanside Estates HOA regulations.”

Her new neighbor might have once been known as America’s most charming bachelor, but he was starting to get on her nerves. “I’m not turning it into a hotel. It is a hotel. Since it was built in the fifties, Seascape Inn has been a commercial business. This isn’t something new.”

“Perhaps in the past. But it’s been vacant for a while.” His gaze returned to her, no longer sparkling and friendly. “I can tell you with good authority that the current HOA rules are very clear. No businesses. Especially hotels.”

“How can you make a rule prohibiting something that is already here?” She’d quit her whole life in Chicago and moved here to start over, to have the sort of life she dreamed about as a kid when she spent her summers here with her aunt. Reviving Seascape and running the inn wasn’t just going to be her livelihood, it was a chance to keep her family’s legacy alive.

Sensing her growing frustration, Bear abandoned his spot next to their new neighbor and sat next to Millie, his ears perked on full alert.

Braxton offered another polite smile. She was growing to hate them. “I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the rules were designed to benefit everyone in the community.”

Millie crossed her arms in front of her chest, defiance swelling insider her. “Well, I’m part of the community now, and I’m meeting with my lawyer later today. We’ll see what he has to say about this.”

It sounded a bit like ‘I’m telling my mom on you,’ but it was the best she could come up with after all the surprises she’d dealt with today.

“I always find a lawyer’s opinion helpful.” There was a bit of snark in his voice that only made the fire in her belly burn brighter. “And if you need any further clarification or want to file a complaint, you’re always welcome to attend one of the HOA general meetings.”

Braxton backed down the steps to where his slick, new sports car sat on the crumbling and cracked driveway. He had gone from handsome celebrity to uptight know-it-all faster than that car went from zero to sixty.

“Great,” Millie called out after him. “I’ll be there.”

He hesitated as he opened the door. “Then I’ll see you there.” He offered her one of his Braxton Channing famous grins, just as empty as his polite smiles. “And since you’re moving in, I guess I should say welcome to the neighborhood.” He slid into the driver’s seat and the engine purred to life.

She stood there with her arms crossed in front of her chest and glared until his car pulled down and through the rusted gate to turn onto the street.

“I’m glad we didn’t ask him for a picture,” she said to Bear. “It would’ve ruined our Instagram feed. And if I need a cup of sugar, I am not going to ask him for it.”

Bear’s tail wagged in what she assumed was agreement.

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Author Rachel Magee

Author Rachel Magee

About the Author
Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories.

When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water.

Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

 

 

Where to Find Rachel Magee
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – WRITTEN FOR YOU by Rachel Bielman

 

Welcome to the release blitz for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

Welcome to the release blitz for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

WRITTEN FOR YOU by Rachel Bielman

About the Book
Title:
WRITTEN FOR YOU
Authors: Rachel Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Cam Radcliffe is on a deadline to write his next blockbuster action film, but all he can think about lately is writing romance. The inspiration? His best friend, Reese.

They’ve known each other for years, but suddenly working in the same office has given him a whole new appreciation of her. Reese is driving him wild in the best possible way, and Cam only hopes it isn’t obvious. If she knew, he’s certain their friendship would reach The End.

So, of course, Reese figures it out. But the awkward, negative response he expected is nothing like the reality—like they’re living their own romcom.

A romcom that’s giving him the worst case of writer’s block at the absolute worst time in his career. Especially when the secret Reese has been forced to keep comes out…and threatens to ruin everything.

 

 

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Teaser from WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

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Excerpt
She didn’t push him away.

Or seal her lips together in shock.

She didn’t shout “What the hell are you doing?” Or knee him in the groin.

No.

She took. And then she gave back. Fisting her hands in his shirt. Moving her luscious mouth against his. Letting him sweep his tongue inside with barely a coax.

Jesus, she tasted good. Like cupcakes and sunshine. Like nothing he’d ever tasted before, her lips so soft and arousing, and pliable, that this had to be a slice of heaven.

His body wanted more. Wanted everything.

He abruptly pulled back. Took a step waayy back. He’d not asked for permission. Or inched his way closer so she had time to retreat. He’d been so overcome with desire for her—for gorgeous and cheerful Reese—that he hadn’t given a second thought to crushing his mouth to hers.

“Shit. I’m sorry,” he said, noting a well-kissed Reese was even more beautiful. He stifled a groan. “I don’t know what came over me.” Except I’ve been craving your mouth for months.

She blinked, stunned or swept away or pissed at him, he wasn’t sure.

“I got caught up in the moment. It won’t happen again.”

She covered her mouth with her hand. Stayed silent. Time slowed.

“Please say something. Tell me I didn’t just ruin us.” His heart beat an unsteady rhythm and his cheeks burned hot with shame.

“It won’t?” she asked softly.

“Was that a question or a statement? I couldn’t tell.” He swallowed thickly, shifted from foot to foot. “I’m being tortured here, Reese.”

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Teaser from WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

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USA Today bestselling author Rachel Bielman

Author Rachel Bielman

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her awesome family and her very cute dog, Harry. She writes both sweet and sexy contemporary romances with one goal in mind: to leave you with a smile on your face. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, and frequent coffee shops with friends. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! Xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Rachel Bielman
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series) by Leesa Wright

 

Welcome to the blog tour for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in the the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

Welcome to the blog tour for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in the the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series #2) by Leesa Wright

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Title: BABY BLUE
Series: Corrington Brothers Series, #2
Author: Leesa Wright
Release Date: August 1y, 2021
Genre:
Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The saga of the Corrington brothers continues from the heart of San Francisco to Woodstock. Baby Blue takes the reader from the hippy movement through the post-war trials of returning Vietnam veterans.

Captain Donall Corrington: A Naval fighter pilot recovering from the physical and mental wounds from his time as a prisoner of war. Sitting on the dock of the bay, Donall meets Anablue Baker: A quirky flower child, alone and lost in the world. The Daughter of a vengeful admiral who has no problem using her for his gain. Anablue grieves for her twin brother lost to the horrors of war. Torn from the arms of the man she loves, terrified for her life, and to save her lover, Anablue flees to face her future on the run.

Captivated by her sky-blue eyes, nothing will stop Donall from righting the wrong of forbidden love. Returning to his arms the one woman he’s waited a lifetime to find.

Leesa Wright has again brought her love of history to life in this new 20th Century Historical Fiction Romance. Baby Blue is available now.

Come and be swept up in this romantic saga set amidst the tumultuous sixties. When a nation at war cries for peace and star-crossed lovers go on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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Excerpt
“L Ü’â get out of here. That’s the second time some strange guy walking by has sneered at me,” Elijah said.

“You’ve got military written all over you. We both know they are not nice to our returning troops,” Elyse said, a shimmer of tears in her eyes.

“Yeah,” Elijah gruffly replied. “Any little piss-ant that spits at me will find himself pounded into a puddle.”

Concern in her eyes, “Elijah. Please. They have no clue what our troops go through.”

Elijah nodded his head. “Lets’ go before Bunker falls asleep.”

“Yes, I need to get to class,” Elyse replied.

“Be careful driving home afterward, brat. It’s a long drive.” “I’m sorry you have to adjust your schedule and drive down here so often,” Elyse said.

“Don’t be silly. This is what we both wanted,” Elijah replied.

Kissing his wife goodbye, Elijah watched the swing of Elyse’s hips as she walked down the sidewalk toward the dance studio a few blocks away. Looking at Bunker. “Let’s go pick up your hot mama’s birthday present, then go get some sheet music.”

A plain young woman named Kim was at the cash register as Elijah went into the bookstore. He asked for his French poetry book on order. She called down an aisle to a co-worker, asking where the copy had been placed. Another youthful- sounding woman called back; it was under the register. Paying for his book, he left and headed up the street to the music store.

Once inside the store, Elijah headed for the sheet music section. Flipping through the composers, not looking for anything in particular. An aroma drifted up, and he looked down at Bunker. “Oh no, not here, buddy.” Pulling back the diaper so he could peek inside. Coughing and gagging, he looked around for the head. He didn’t see it, so he went up front. A hippy worked the register, his shoulder-length long brown hair swinging back and forth as he moved his arms to clear the air.

“Dude, your kid stinks,” the hippy said. “Where’s the head?” Elijah asked.

Confused. “What’s a head?” the hippy asked. “The men’s room,” Elijah growled.

“Oh, go through those double doors in the back, the last door on the left.”

Elijah pushed the stroller into the head. Lifting Bunker out of the stroller, holding the baby up. “Next time, save it for mama. And that’s an order.” The baby gurgled and laughed, flopping his chubby little arms while kicking his feet.

“Just so you know. A full diaper is considered insubordination,” Elijah said, smiling as he looked into his son’s amethyst- colored eyes. Looking at the black curls covering Bunkers head.

“You need a haircut soon. But first, let’s figure out how to clean you up.”

He stripped the baby’s cloth diaper and plastic pants off, throwing them both in the trash.

He miraculously cleaned and diapered the tiny tot, lathering him with diaper cream. Holding the baby up. “I have had hundreds of troops under my command. Crawled through mud and swill, I’ve been waist-deep in a leech-filled swamp and lived through the worst possible conditions. And none of those experiences come in any way close to the mess you just made.” The baby gave him a sweet half-smile, and Elijah’s heart melted as it had a thousand times before. “You have your mama’s guilty as charged smile.”

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BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright out now!

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: OPERATION AMETHYST
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Author Leesa Wright

Author Leesa Wright

About the Author
Leesa makes her home in the Twin Cities metro area with her husband and her two dogs Rosie and Jax.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading romance novels. She and her husband also enjoy movies, traveling, and entertaining their two grown children along with several beautiful grandchildren.

Leesa’s favorite romance authors are Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, and Johanna Lindsey.

The book’s inspiration came one night from a dream about the characters, a song, and the story around them.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Leesa Wright
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – DAGGER HILL by Devon Taylor

 

Welcome to the blog tour for DAGGER HILL, a standalone young adult scifi thriller, by Devon Taylor

 

DAGGER HILL, a young adult scifi thriller, by Devon Taylor

DAGGER HILL by Devon Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.

Magic always leaves its mark.

All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.

When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
I was in the mood for something different, and DAGGER HILL delivered! Set in 1989, before everyone had a smartphone, four friends hang out during their summer before senior year, each dealing with different issues associated with coming of age, when the world as they know it comes crashing down around them in the form of a military plane. Before the plane crashes into Dagger Hill, the kids see someone parachuting out of it. And Gabe sees someone in a gas mask pick up and carry their injured friend, Kimberly, to safety. At least that’s what he thinks. Until the army begins to interview them and they realize something more is going on, and no one knows where Kimberly is. Or the man in the “bug” mask.

Plot
The story is gripping from early on and never lets go. The author uses a fun method for his storytelling — a combination of first person, newspaper articles, third-person, and interviews to bring his tale to life. It makes each chapter different from the last and helps reveal the information to the reader in a unique way. The plot unfolds at a steady pace with lots of twists and turns.

The Characters
The characters are awesome. Each of the main characters, Gabe, Sonya, Charlie, and Kimberly, are complex, with secrets, worries, and problems of their own as they try to hold onto childhood for one more summer. The adults, from Gabe’s police chief dad to Sonya’s scientist dad, to the army officials and doctors, are just as varied and complex as the main characters, making this more than just a plot driven tale.

Top Five Things I Loved About DAGGER HILL
1. Pacing. The story MOVES. But at the right pace. I stayed up late devouring the story but without becoming overwhelmed. It was perfect.

2. Setting. I love both the small town and the era it was set in. It feels modern, but without all the high-tech stuff that can interfere with a good thriller. Plus the music and movie references were a fun blast from the past.

3. Characters. While this is primarily a plot-driven tale, the character development is off-the-charts good and will stay with me for a long time.

4. Twists. So many good twists that left my jaw hanging open.

5. Storytelling. I love the way the author unfolds his tale using different techniques for a unique approach to a really unique story.

Bottom Line
Fabulous, fun, un-put-downable read!

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

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About the Book
Title: DAGGAR HILL
Author: Devon Taylor
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Pages: 287
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

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Author Devon Taylor

Author Devon Taylor

About the Author
Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Devon Taylor
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Pre-Release Blog Tour – Excerpt – WRITTEN FOR YOU by Rachel Bielman

 

Welcome to the pre-release blog tour for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman, releasing August 23, 2021

Welcome to the pre-release blog tour for WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman, releasing August 23, 2021. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

WRITTEN FOR YOU by Rachel Bielman

About the Book
Title:
WRITTEN FOR YOU
Authors: Rachel Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Cam Radcliffe is on a deadline to write his next blockbuster action film, but all he can think about lately is writing romance. The inspiration? His best friend, Reese.

They’ve known each other for years, but suddenly working in the same office has given him a whole new appreciation of her. Reese is driving him wild in the best possible way, and Cam only hopes it isn’t obvious. If she knew, he’s certain their friendship would reach The End.

So, of course, Reese figures it out. But the awkward, negative response he expected is nothing like the reality—like they’re living their own romcom.

A romcom that’s giving him the worst case of writer’s block at the absolute worst time in his career. Especially when the secret Reese has been forced to keep comes out…and threatens to ruin everything.

 

 

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Excerpt
The pool came into view, along with the backside of a woman standing near the edge. She wore a slip of a dress over her toned body. Her auburn hair fell in loose waves to the middle of her back. She appeared to be staring at the water with her arms wrapped around herself.

Beautiful.

Alluring.

His breath caught before he reminded himself Reese was one of his best friends and he’d never do anything to mess that up. His brothers would kick his ass right now if they knew the thoughts running through his head.

He didn’t exactly sneak up behind her—okay, he did—and so when she suddenly turned in surprise and grabbed the front of his T-shirt to keep from losing her balance, he should have been prepared to steady her. Instead, she shrieked in alarm, tugged hard enough on the thin cotton material of his shirt to rip it, and the two of them tumbled into the pool with a splash.

Not his finest moment. Not by a long shot. At least the water was warm.

They surfaced at the same time, his first thought to help her get a hand on the side of the pool since they’d fallen into the deep end. He also readied himself for her wrath, an apology all set on his tongue.

Instead, she gripped the edge of the tile with one hand, swept the hair off her face with the other, and cracked up.

She had a nice laugh.

The kind that had him forgetting apologies and enjoying the moment with her.

“Cam!” she finally said. “What the heck was that?”

For a moment, he was completely distracted by her full lips, almond shaped eyes, flawless skin.

“Surprise,” he offered, hoping he sounded contrite.

She gave him a playful splash. “Duh. And I guess I surprised you, too.”

“Yeah, thanks a lot for driving with me,” he teased. “I didn’t think you were coming up until Founder’s Day weekend.” Reese and her parents were planning a visit to celebrate the centennial milestone.

“Shay has me reading a gazillion scripts and at the last minute suggested I take time out of the office to do it so I’m not distracted.”

“A gazillion, huh?”

She rolled her eyes. “You know what I mean. A ton. So here I am! You know you’re happy to see me.”

He edged closer, an involuntary reaction he didn’t try to fight. “Here you are.” He had a feeling there was more to the story, but he didn’t press. He was tired. Hungry. And truth be told, more than happy to see her.

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Teaser from WRITTEN FOR YOU, a standalone adult romantic comedy, by USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Bielman

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USA Today bestselling author Rachel Bielman

Author Rachel Bielman

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her awesome family and her very cute dog, Harry. She writes both sweet and sexy contemporary romances with one goal in mind: to leave you with a smile on your face. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, and frequent coffee shops with friends. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! Xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Rachel Bielman
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Pre-Release Blog Tour – Excerpt – HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER by Michelle McLean

 

Welcome to the pre-release blog tour for HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean, releasing August 24, 2021

Welcome to the pre-release blog tour for HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean, releasing August 24, 2021. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean

HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER by Michelle McLean

About the Book
Title:
HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER
Authors: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast.

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible.

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself.

There goes his peace and quiet…

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Excerpt
Jason, who had been watching them, his head swiveling back and forth like an inebriated owl, just smiled and crammed more biscuit into his mouth.

“Where are your guns?” he asked, motioning to Gray’s empty holsters.

He’d stashed the guns again once they’d returned home, to keep them all safe from Mercy, though he’d kept the holsters on. More out of habit than anything. It was bad enough not having the weight of the guns against his hips. The holsters were going to stay where they were for the time being.

Mercy snickered. “They’re stashed in the flour drawer.”

“Dammit,” Gray said, shoving himself out of his chair to go retrieve them. Now he’d have to find a new hiding spot. Not that the flour drawer had been ideal, seeing as how she dipped into it often. He held them up and grimaced. Not to mention the fact that they were now coated with flour and would have to be cleaned.

When he returned, Mercy was explaining why he kept hiding his guns.

“So, you won’t teach her either?” Jason asked. “At least now I know it’s not something personal against me.”

Gray scowled. “No, it’s very personal against you.”

Jason waved him off and took another gulp of his apple cider.

Gray slumped into his chair and watched him. “Why do you want to be a gunfighter, anyway? It’s not some noble profession.”

“That depends on your definition of noble,” Jason said.

“Your mother sure as hell won’t be proud of you for it.”

Jason shrugged. “My mother died when I was ten, and frankly, she’d just be happy to see me safe and making a decent living.”

“You have an interesting understanding of the words safe and decent.” Gray’s eyes narrowed. Sunshine was certainly a stubborn bastard. “You got lawmen constantly on your tail.”

Jason shook his head. “You’ve used that one before, but I’ve been following you for weeks and I haven’t seen one lawman after you. And you certainly don’t seem overly concerned about running into one. Especially considering your current arrangement,” he said with a wink at Mercy.

Gray shrugged. “That’s because I never start the fight. You never start the fight, it’s self-defense. Not my fault, so there’s nothing to charge.”

“Interesting,” said Jason. “See, I’m learning so much from you already. Imagine what I could learn if you were actually trying to teach me something. Don’t start the fight. Got it.”

“No, that’s not… You can’t just…”

Jason and Mercy both watched him with quizzical expressions, and he threw his hands up.

“You two… You just…” He growled in frustration, jumping up so fast his chair squeaked against the wooden floor, and marched out the door. He needed a break.

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Teaser from HITCHED TO THE GUNSLINGER, a standalone adult historical romance, by USA Today bestselling author, Michelle McLean, releasing August 24, 2021

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USA Today bestselling author Michelle McLean

Author Michelle McLean

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has degrees in history and English and is thrilled that she sort of gets to use them. Her novel Truly, Madly, Sweetly, written as Kira Archer, was adapted as a Hallmark Original movie in 2018.

When Michelle’s not working, reading, or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found baking, diamond painting, or trying to find free wall space upon which to hang her diamond paintings. She resides in PA with her husband and two teens, the world’s most spoiled dog, and a cat who absolutely rules the house. She also writes contemporary romance as Kira Archer.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Michelle McLean
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Excerpt Reveal – THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

 

Entangled Amara and author Rachel Magee are revealing an excerpt from THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing August 23, 2021

Entangled Amara and author Rachel Magee are revealing an excerpt from THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, releasing August 23, 2021. See below for information on the book, preorder links, and the exclusive excerpt.

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee

THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND by Rachel Magee

About the Book
Title: THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND
Author: Rachel Magee
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Release Date: August 23, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Millie Leclair is a mess, complete with a dead-end career and a flat-lining love life. So when she inherits her great aunt’s oceanfront B&B in a resort town in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, she doesn’t hesitate to pack up her car and set off on a new adventure. It’ll be fun.

Of course, life seldom goes according to plan. The B&B is barely habitable for one person, let alone ready to open for business. With dwindling funds, Millie has no choice but to roll up her sleeves and tackle the repairs by herself. Yeah, so much fun.

Ex-pro golfer Braxton Channing thought being a full-time single parent kept him on his toes. That was before he spotted his new neighbor teetering on her rooftop—which is only the beginning of her long list of renovations for the old house—and he added keeping her safe to his to-do list.

But Millie is determined to dive headfirst into repairs regardless of the risk, and suddenly, battling with his daughter over brushing her teeth seems easier than winning an argument with Millie. She’s exasperating. And oddly delightful. And most definitely shouldn’t be let anywhere near a tall ladder.

For a guy who’s sworn off romantic relationships, why does he suddenly want to be the one who gets the privilege of watching Millie conquer not just the B&B but his heart as well?

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Excerpt
He pushed away from the table and headed toward the snack table. But halfway there, his new neighbor, Millie Leclair, appeared in front of him with her hands on her hips and her lips pressed together in a grim line.

“Why do you hate my aunt’s legacy?”

Braxton frowned. “I have nothing against Mildred’s legacy. I thought she was a lovely woman.”

Her eyes narrowed. “Then why are you trying to buy up her land and block her hotel?”

It’d been a hard day and all Braxton wanted was a bottle of water, to finish his work, and get home to put Alice to bed. He let out a sigh and reached around her until he could snag one of the bottles on the edge of the table. Still, he admired her tenacity.

“I’m not trying to block you.” He twisted off the top and raised an eye brow. “Plus, I thought you said you wanted it to be more of a bed and breakfast.” He took a long pull from his drink, keeping his gaze on her.

She blinked in rapid succession. While he’d managed to catch every word she’d said on their first meeting, he somehow missed how pretty her eyes were. They were the color of rich caramel and they simultaneously calmed and ignited something within him.

“It’s… well… yeah. So you were listening.”

Braxton nodded. “Of course I was listening. My job, however, is to make sure everything that happens in the neighborhood is in everyone’s best interest.”

She propped her hand on her hip again, regaining her footing and igniting the passion for her project in her beautiful eyes. “And you don’t think my great-aunt’s legacy, my livelihood, is what’s best for the community?”

He took another swig of his water, trying to turn is attention to anything other than the way her eyes sparked when she spoke. Or how they were causing a flurry somewhere deep in his chest.

“I didn’t say that, but there are a lot of things at play here. The bylaws were written to protect our residents, our neighborhoods and our beaches.” It might be an unpopular opinion, but he happened to like rules. They protected things that needed to be protected. They kept people safe.

“What exactly do you think I’ll be doing at the B-and-B? Holding midnight raves and dumping my trash on the beach?”

“I wouldn’t think so, but one should never assume.” He leaned in as if sharing a secret. “By the way, if you’re planning on the rave, you should make it an early evening thing. There’s also a noise ordinance that goes into effect at eleven.” He gave her his best ‘what-do-you-do?’ look and shrugged.

She rolled her eyes and the flurry in his chest upgraded to a fluster, which he immediately stomped down. He didn’t have time for that, no matter how much he admired her gusto.

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THE INN AT SUMMER ISLAND, a stand-alone adult contemporary romance, by Rachel Magee is coming August 23

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Author Rachel Magee

Author Rachel Magee

About the Author
Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories.

When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water.

Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

 

 

Where to Find Rachel Magee
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ALOHA WITH LOVE by Lindy Miller and Terence Brody

 

Welcome to the blog tour for ALOHA WITH LOVE, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Lindy Miller with Terence Brody

Welcome to the blog tour for ALOHA WITH LOVE, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Lindy Miller with Terence Brody. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on their giveaway.

ALOHA WITH LOVE, a standalone adult contemporary romance, by Lindy Miller with Terence Brody

ALOHA WITH LOVE by Lindy Miller and Terence Brody

About the Book
Title:
ALOHA WITH LOVE
Authors: Lindy Miller with Terence Brody
Publisher: Rosewind Books
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Soon to be a motion picture.

From the screenwriter of Rescuing Madison and
A Lesson in Romance on Hallmark

“[A] charming romance. Miller and Brody do a masterful job of pacing and plotting, while creating a hero and heroine readers will easily relate to. This sweet, G-rated contemporary should draw in Hallmark Channel devotees in droves.” ~Publishers Weekly

After a tough week that includes losing a big job opportunity and being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Jenna Burke receives word that her beloved Aunt May passed away.

Traveling back to her Hawaiian hometown for the reading of the will, Jenna discovers she and her sister have inherited May’s dilapidated Victorian home on desirable beachfront land. The sisters can do whatever they want with the property, but there’s one catch: the house must be renovated before it can be sold, and Jenna has to oversee the work. Their Aunt even stipulated the contractor for the job—Ben Fletcher—who has a gift for making things beautiful again. He also has another skill: driving Jenna crazy.

Jenna vows to sell the property the moment the job is done. But as Aunt May’s broken old house starts to feel like home again, Jenna is torn between the life she’s been chasing in the city, and the one she’d left behind.

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Excerpt #2
He sounded impressed, but Jenna’s smile turned wistful as her thoughts wandered to Terrace Pines. “But I guess sometimes having your happiness depend on others’ happiness is a risky proposition, right?”

“Maybe,” Ben agreed. ‘But isn’t that what it’s all about?”

“What what’s all about?”

His eyes found hers, and again they hung on too long. This time, however, Ben didn’t look away. “Love.”

Jenna felt as if she were being tugged down, like the specks in Ben’s gaze were magnets drawing her into him. She forgot about losing her pitch, or about all the reasons she’d left the island. Reasons she hadn’t come back. Or whatever it was it was they had been talking about. All she thought about now was another dimple in his jaw she’d somehow missed before. Another shade of blue hiding in his eyes.

“Uh. I wasn’t talking about love,” she managed.

“Sure you were,” Ben said. “My question was what do you love best about being an architect. And you told me. In life, in work, with people, love should be at the heart of everything we’re about.” He held her gaze for a heartbeat longer and then blinked, breaking the spell. Clearing his throat, Ben propelled himself back up to a sitting position and Jenna turned her attention elsewhere, anywhere that wasn’t warm and deep and inviting—or specked with gold.

“We should get back to banging nails,” he said, his voice uncharacteristically brusque.

A dreamy feeling had collected in the back of her throat, and Jenna swallowed it back. She was here to renovate Aunt May’s house, not swap googly eyes with the ruggedly handsome contractor slash romantic literature bard.

“Back to work,” she agreed.

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Author Lindy Miller

Author Lindy Miller

About the Author
Lindy Miller is an entrepreneur, award-winning professor, and publishing professional. In 2011, Miller was part of the executive leadership team that founded Radiant Advisors, a data and business intelligence research and advisory firm, where Miller developed and launched the company’s editorial and research divisions, and later its data visualization practice, for clients that included 21st Century Fox Films, Fox Networks, Warner Bros., and Disney.

She is the author of numerous papers and two textbooks under the name of Lindy Ryan, The Visual Imperative: Creating a Culture of Visual Discovery (Elsevier) and Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau (Pearson) Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership.

 

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Author Terence Brody

Author Terence Brody

About the Author
Terence Brody is an active captain in the New York Fire Dept, assigned to Ladder 10 in lower Manhattan.

Two of his feature scripts, RESCUING MADISON (Ethan Peck, C. Thomas Howell, Alona Tal) and A LESSON IN ROMANCE (Kristy Swanson, Scott Grimes, directed by Ron Oliver) aired on the Hallmark Channel.

In 2021, his script, ALOHA WITH LOVE, was produced by Oren Kamara/Fade to Black Films, Branscombe Richmond, and Brian Bird of When Calls The Heart. The movie starred Trevor Donovan and Tiffany Smith and was directed by Brian Herzlinger. The novel is co-written with author Lindy Miller (July 2021).

Brody also wrote the screenplay for Miller’s novel Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain (2021) and The Christmas Spirit by Alexandrea Weis (Nov 2020).

Brody resides in Long Island, NY with his wife and two children.

Where to Find Terence Brody
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – MARK OF THE WICKED by Georgia Bowers

 

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MARK OF THE WICKED, a standalone young adult fantasy, by Georgia Bowers

MARK OF THE WICKED by Georgia Bowers

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.

Magic always leaves its mark.

All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.

When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
I had no idea what I was getting into with this book, but I’m so glad I requested a review copy! MARK OF THE WICKED is enthralling, impossible to put down, and filled with the types of characters that are so complex, you don’t know whether to love them or hate them. I started off not much liking Matilda. She uses her magic to harm those she considers her enemies. The only problem is, if she harms someone with magic, she is scarred for life; their name carved into her face. But Matilda has learned how to hide her scars from everyone, so at the outset, it seems like she suffers no consequences for her actions. She’s angry, spiteful, and nearly impossible to sympathize with. At first.

When she meets Oliver, though, we get to see a side to Matilda that was missing — the reasons for the things she does. She reveals her deeper fears and her darker pain that she resorts to magic to help her cope, the way an alcoholic turns to booze to numb the pain. But there is something more sinister than Matilda afoot, with grisly animal deaths that somehow keep pointing to Matilda. But with her mother acting suspicious, her grandmother not having spoken in three years, and Matilda’s blackouts, anything is possible.

Plot
MARK OF THE WICKED is superbly plotted, with intertwining plots. Debut author, Georgia Bowers, creates intrigue with her storytelling. The pacing is perfection. Set in a small town in England, with a dark history, similar to that of Salem, Massachusetts in the states, her backdrop comes alive, becoming a part of the story as much as the characters.

The Characters
Speaking of characters, for me anyway, the ability to create an antihero like Matilda, and make us root for her the way we rooted for Walter White in the first few season of Breaking Bad, is a rare talent and Bowers does it masterfully. Supporting characters, like Matilda’s classmates, Erin, Oliver, her mother, and grandmother, are more than just cardboard cutouts and stereotypes. It would have been easy for the author to make someone like Ashley a less than sympathetic character, but even she has more depth than just the class queen bee.

Top Five Things I Loved About MARK OF THE WICKED
1. Magic. The magical world building is amazing and really adds to the plot and character development.

2. Characters. Their depth and complexity made this a book I couldn’t put down.

3. Plot. The story is unforgettable, with a number of twists and turns that made this a book I couldn’t put down.

4. Redemption. Matilda’s character arc is the opposite of Breaking Bad as she learns some brutal, valuable lessons about life, love, and what it means to be a good citizen.

5. Storytelling. The author does an amazing job of weaving in threads that stick with you, gnawing in your brain, that keeps you reading to find out what they mean.

Bottom Line
A stellar debut novel by an author I cannot wait to read more from.

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

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About the Book
Title: MARK OF THE WICKED
Author: Georgia Bowers
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 10, 2021
Pages: 287
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

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Author Georgia Bowers

Author Georgia Bowers

About the Author
Georgia Bowers lives in Bedford, a small market town in England. When it was time to decide what to do with her life, she was obsessed with two things: books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed sensible to follow in the brogued footsteps of Rupert Giles, so she became a librarian, though sadly not the demon fighting kind. But there’s still time.

Ever since her mum told her that witches used to meet in the woods near their village, she’s been obsessed with witchcraft and the paranormal. When she was a teenager, a weekly habit of Point Horrors satisfied her thirst for chilling tales before she moved on to reading Stephen King. These days she likes to give her nerves a break every now and then with a good YA romance.

After completing a course in writing YA fiction she was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices. Since then she has dabbled with stories of chosen ones and ghostly best friends until she conjured up the magical ingredients for her debut novel, Mark Of The Wicked.

Where to Find Georgia Bowers
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – HE’LL BE WAITING by Liz Alterman

 

Welcome to the blog tour for HE'LL BE WAITING, a standalone young adult thriller, by Liz Alterman.

Welcome to the blog tour for HE’LL BE WAITING, a standalone young adult thriller, by Liz Alterman. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

HE'LL BE WAITING, a standalone young adult thriller, by Liz Alterman

HE’LL BE WAITING by Liz Alterman

About the Book
Title: HE’LL BE WAITING
Author: Liz Alterman
Publisher: Willow River Press
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Genre:
Young Adult Thriller
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Synopsis
There are no safe spaces…

When Tess Porter agrees to pick up her boyfriend’s college pal at the airport on a snowy December night, she has no idea she’s about to embark on the most dangerous ride of her life.

Two days later, the 17-year-old wakes up in a hospital with broken bones, and unable to remember how she got there.

Her parents are acting strangely, and neither James, her boyfriend, nor her best friend Izzy has visited.

As she struggles to physically recover, Tess wrestles with haunting questions: What happened? Will her memory ever return? and what if she’s better off not recalling any of it?

 

 

 

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Excerpt #4:
I stare at the phone again. It’s after six o’clock. More than two hours have passed since James asked me to get Nick.

“He’ll be waiting.” I hear James’ voice in my head. What if he didn’t? What if he ran into someone he knew or bummed a ride from a stranger? The airport’s only exciting when you’re heading off on a trip. When you’re standing around waiting to go home, it sucks. I’m no world traveler, but even I know that.

A blast of heat smacks my face as I walk through the automatic doors. I look at the monitors. If someone gave me a dime for every time the word “canceled” appears beside a flight, I could buy a private jet.

Stranded holiday travelers sleep on the floor using their suitcases for pillows. Families eat dinner slumped against garbage cans. Two men scream over who’s been waiting longer for an outlet to charge their phones. The stale air smells like French fries and feet. It’s chaos, and though I don’t want to drive again anytime soon, I’m jumpy to get out of here as fast as possible.

Circling the baggage carousels like a shark, I’m bursting with adrenaline after that hell ride. My shirt, damp with sweat, sticks to my skin. I feel chilled beneath Mom’s coat. I’m wondering how I’ll ever find Nick Lawrence in this sea of people when a guy walks up to me. At first, I think he’s going to ask me for money or a ride, but then I take a closer look. Dark hair, dark eyes, empty-looking duffel bag slung over his shoulder. He’s wearing a lightweight hoodie over a t-shirt. The neck is stretched out and wavy. He looks sloppy, not like a guy who attends a top university, but maybe he’s shot from finals too. His eyes, vaguely familiar, meet mine. He holds out a thick, clammy hand.

When our palms touch, an electric shock passes between us. He holds my hand a beat too long and smiles, a weird, goofy grin. I have the sudden urge to pull away, turn around, leave him standing there. He doesn’t look like the kind of guy James would befriend, but James always reminds me: Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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Author Liz Alterman

Author Liz Alterman

About the Author
Liz Alterman lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, McSweeney’s, and other publications. He’ll Be Waiting is her first young adult novel. When she isn’t writing, she spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms.

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Liz Alterman
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BETTER BELIEVE IT by Fern Ronay

 

Welcome to the blog tour for BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Fern Ronay

Welcome to the blog tour for BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women’s fiction, by Fern Ronay. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Fern Ronay

BETTER BELIEVE IT by Fern Ronay

About the Book
Title:
BETTER BELIEVE IT
Author: Fern Ronay
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
Jada Marlone’s life appears to be perfect on social media. She has a loving husband, a beautiful child, and a successful career. What she doesn’t post about is the disconnect she feels in her marriage, the difficulties of motherhood, and her strained relationship with her mother.

Resigned to never being truly happy, Jada runs into an ex-boyfriend. While trying to decide whether the coincidence is her second chance at happiness, Jada begins having dreams that feature her dead cousin Gina.

With Gina’s help, Jada starts to uncover the real reasons behind her life decisions. As Jada tries to figure out her future, uncontrollable events threaten her resolve. Will she be able to draw from all she learned from Gina, or will she risk making the same mistakes twice?

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
I hate my husband.

Mark was a hard-working, successful intellectual-property attorney and a good father to our three-year-old son, Ethan. But every time he opened his mouth, I cringed.

I watched him push Ethan on the swing as I sat on a bench a few yards away. Every time he pulled the swing back, he would say in a high pitch, “Up, up, up.” And when he let go, he would say in a low baritone, “Down, down, downnntown.”

I surveyed my surroundings. All I had access to at the moment was a large, heavy stroller piled high with a bag of supplies, most of which were never used, like the first aid kit, emergency change of clothes, emergency change of underwear, and boxes of juice.

Can I stab myself in the neck with a juice straw? Will it kill me? Will it end this misery?

I assumed I felt that way because I was wasn’t grateful enough. I had only myself to blame. I had to get better at gratitude. My friend Veronica Buccino Blackman was always rattling off all the things she was grateful for, and I could only ever come up with “I’m grateful for chocolate.” Dark. At least 70 percent cacao. The higher, the better. And I was grateful for quiet people on the train. People who talked on their cell phones on the train—or worse, people who tried to make conversation on the train—were the worst people in the world. Quiet people were so underappreciated.

The sun was directly overhead, pulsing hot rays through my skull. I scanned the park for another bench in the shade, but the one to my left was occupied by the mom of twin girls around Ethan’s age and their schnauzer, Popcorn. Popcorn was a park regular. He was cute but a notorious toe licker. Disgusting. My sandaled toes curled in repulsion. The bench to my right was empty, but it didn’t provide all that much shade. Still, I reached for Ethan’s stroller, and as I struggled to move it, his Buddy the Bulldozer remote control fell. Ugh. We were already on our third replacement. Luckily, Ethan didn’t see that as he was going “downnnntown.” I recoiled.

As I pushed the stroller toward the other bench, still in sight line with Mark’s broad shoulders pulling back the swing, he called for me. “Hey, Jada. Jay. Jay!”

I shielded my eyes from the sun. “What?”

“Can you bring over a juice?”

I stepped down on the stroller brake, popped a straw in a juice box, and walked over to the swings.

Ethan took one sip and declared, “No. I want applesauce.”

I walked back to the stroller, retrieved an applesauce, twisted off the cap, and walked back over to the swings.

Ethan took one mouthful and declared, “No. I want to get pushed.”

So I went back to my bench, but not before I got them to smile for a picture. I posted it with the caption, “Another perfect day in the park with my boys!” and a heart emoji. I plopped down on the bench and wondered what wrong turn I’d taken in life to get to this point.

Is this it? Is this happiness? Sitting in a park on a Saturday in the summer, watching kids drip their snot all over the slides and monkey bars? Serving up juice and applesauce? Hating your husband?

“Popcorn!” The frantic scream came from behind me. Popcorn ran as fast as he could right toward me. I wondered what he was gunning so hard for all of a sudden. The nearly full juicebox? Then he ran right past me. The exit?

I stood, stretching my neck toward the wrought iron gates of the park so my eyes could follow Popcorn’s path. Run, Popcorn! Run! I found myself cheering inside. Go, Popcorn! Go! Freedom awaits!

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Author Fern Ronay

Author Fern Ronay

About the Author
Fern Ronay has lived in NYC, Chicago, and now sunny Los Angeles with her husband, but she will always consider herself a Jersey girl. She is the author of two novels, Better in the Morning and Better Believe It, and is the host of the podcast Signs from the Other Side, as well as a host at the AfterBuzzTV network. Follow Fern on Instagram @FernRonay and check out her free ebook at FernRonay.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Fern Ronay
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