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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BLY by Kelsey Ketch

 

Welcome to the book blitz for BLY, a standalone new adult urban fantasy by Kelsey Ketch.

Welcome to the book blitz for BLY, a standalone new adult urban fantasy by Kelsey Ketch. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BLY, a standalone new adult urban fantasy by Kelsey Ketch

BLY by Kelsey Ketch

About the Book
Title:
BLY
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: September 22, 2022
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis
I left the United States to find inner peace. Instead, I find myself confronting a malicious ghost.

Astyr Salt is a spiritual and emotional empath who moved to England with the intent to forget about a traumatic, supernatural event that occurred during her freshman year of college. However, when she takes a spiritual cleansing assignment in a haunted country home in Essex, she is isolated with all her own pent-up emotions.

These emotions energize the ghosts inhabiting the country home, helping them draw their own tragedies to the surface. Searching for the truth, Astyr is forced to relive the past. And the deeper she dives into the country home’s horrific history, the more the intertwined memories place her in the path of an evil and demented predator.

A blend of contemporary fantasy, horror, and mystery, Bly is inspired by Henry James’s classic novella, The Turn of the Screw.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
I find myself sitting on the bench in the center of the box hedge maze behind Bly. To some relief, there are no endless hallways, staircases, or doors. Nothing unusual. Well, for the most part. The lake glistens in the distance, yet there is no light in the sky. No moon. No stars. Even the tree line that separates the manicured lawn from the woodlands and fields is swallowed by the inky blackness that conceals the sky. The only light is the candle that sits on the bench next to me. The flame steady, but dim. I take in a breath of crisp air and turn toward Bly. The house is completely dark, and from the exterior, nothing appears out of the ordinary. No extra windows or doors. Yet, something is still off.

Touching the pentacle charm on my bracelet, my thoughts travel to Nolyn. Despite his absence, I sense a small amount of his energy radiating from the tourmaline, acting as my anchor. Ever since I came to Bly, the anxiety I once felt in my dreams has started to ease. Maybe it’s because my mind has been focusing on Bly and the spirits of the house. Or maybe it’s because I have been wearing the bracelet both day and night since Nolyn gave it to me. I’m not really sure. Yet, I’m still feeling an emptiness. Especially right now, sitting in the darkness alone. I didn’t realize how much I have been missing him. How much I want him here with me.

The candle beside me suddenly sputters out, and a deafening silence envelops the estate. The temperature drops to the point that I cross my arms over my chest and rub my hands over the sleeves of my white nightgown. A presence glares down at me from the windows of the third level, above the governess’s rooms. I tilt my head to meet its gaze, only to find nothing but thin air. For several moments, I refuse to avert my eyes. My breathing becoming shallow as my chest constricts. Then I hear childish giggles and leaves crackling under a pair of running feet. I stand and turn, accidently knocking the candle from the bench in the process. The box hedge around me begins to grow vertically, climbing from two feet to four feet to six feet. In a matter of seconds, I’m in the middle of a box hedge maze that reaches ten feet high. My heart pounding, I work my way down the path that should lead me out of the maze. Unfortunately, having left the unlit candle by the bench, I’m walking blind. I lightly brush the palms of my hands over the branches and leaves on either side of me. My hyped-up imagination half expects large spiders or creepy vines with a mind of their own to crawl out of the evergreens.

I take several turns that should have led me out of the maze only to find myself trapped in a dead end. I back myself out and continue down the last path I was on. Taking a few more turns, I find myself at another dead end. This happens again for a third, fourth, and fifth time. Obviously, the maze has become more complex than when I first started. I take a breath and silently ask for Geb’s guidance as I attempt to draw energy from the earth. Finally, a soft, prickling sensation tickles the soles of my feet. I continue to walk until I feel it becoming stronger. The energy of the earth leading down several bends and U-turns. The box hedge falls away from my palms, opening into a wider space. In front of me are two doors, one a black-stained oak and the other a light honey-stained pine.

The prickling energy fades when I step forward to examine the doors. There is nothing obvious. No signs. No guards. No sphinx. I place my palm on the first door to see if I can get a sense of the energy on the other side. Nothing. I try the other door, just to be sure, but the only thing I can sense is the masked energy approaching me from behind. I turn, hoping to catch sight of the presence. Sadly, all I can see is darkness. The presence brushes the back of my head, running over my neck. I shiver while I feel the presence pick up several strands of my hair. The smell of fresh cut grass, tobacco, and alcohol wafts by as a frigid chill envelops me.

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BLY, a standalone new adult urban fantasy by Kelsey Ketch is out now!

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Author Kelsey Ketch

Author Kelsey Ketch

About the Author
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist and Data Analyst. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Kelsey Ketch
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Series Reveal – THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES by Ali Lucia Sky

 

Welcome to the series reveal for THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES, books 1 through 3 of the new adult paranormal romance series by Ali Lucia Sky, releasing October 11, 2022

Welcome to the series reveal for THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES, books 1 through 3 of the new adult paranormal romance series by Ali Lucia Sky, releasing October 11, 2022. See below for information on the series, an exclusive excerpt from book 1, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES, books 1 through 3 of the new adult paranormal romance series by Ali Lucia Sky

THE POWER THAT BE SERIES by Ali Lucia Sky

About the Book
Title: THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES
Series: The Powers That Be Series #1-3
Author: Ali Lucia Sky
Release Date: October 11, 2022
Genre:
New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads 

Synopsis
This World is just one of thousands of Worlds the Makers have created. The Universe and Makers are playing with those who live on it.

GABRIEL
No one who had met Michaela Beauchamp could come away from it unscathed. She was a shrew–argumentative, crass, and the focus of all my wet dreams. I loved to hate her. We were at war and I was determined to win. I didn’t want her to just go away, I wanted to watch her fine ass as she went in that direction.

MICHAELA
Whoever thought Gabriel Langdon was more than a pretty face never met the douchecanoe.

He had very few redeeming qualities. He was dumb, frustrating, and constantly featuring in all my sexiest dreams. I wasn’t difficult to please. I was reasonable. All I asked was that the Universe bless me with the absence of this jackhole!

THEA
What is one to do when you summon a hitchhiker and they take up residence inside your head? No fifteen-year-old girl has a good answer. With my brother and neighbor circling one another in a strange mating dance, I barely know how to ask for help.

I mean really, all I did was a little spell to Invoke Helpful Spirits and Positive Energy Beings.

Note: THE POWERS THAT BE series is a New Adult book series and for readers 18+ due to sexual content, substance abuse, reference to sexual assault, and profanity.

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Teaser from THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES, books 1 through 3 of the new adult paranormal romance series by Ali Lucia Sky

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Excerpt #1
Not to mention that the fucker taunts me.

At least his sister is cool. Weird as all get out but kind and fun in a super odd, yet one hundred percent acceptable way. Refreshing. She was all sorts of refreshing.

Thirteen years of friendship with Gwen Lapsley molded me for a life full of serial melodrama. My history with her was a series of stories about betrayal, acquisitions, and life lessons—mostly learned as tawdry chapters of sex education. Sometimes with photographs or illustrations. I will most likely keep some as evidence in case I need to protect myself from a vengeful Gwen at any time. That is the kind of friendship we have, and it requires a state of Mutually Assured Destruction.

Still most of my life experience sits at the heels of Gwen’s tales. And she doesn’t have to embellish or lie. Gwen isn’t the type to swerve or cease.

Thea was one more person I could come to live vicariously through.

Unlike the Dipshit Langdon, the Younger Langdon was a full-on rebel.

A weirdo.

Strange, even.

Everything she did was Dora-level whacky—and utterly amazing. Perfectly wonderful. Complete fucking magic. I could sit and talk to her for hours on end.

After Gwen got it on with Gabriel, the highlight and play-by-play of his sexual proclivities were far too much. Thea was more than happy to share disparaging insults at dipshit’s expense with me. Her least favorite topic was Gabriel. She and Dora didn’t even call him Gabriel or Gabe.

Get this! They called him Gabby.

Fuck me, gold. Pure gold in them thar facts. I love it. Love that shit hard.

Gabby the dipshit.

Gabby the Asshat.

Gabby the Douchecanoe.

Yeah, that got mileage.

“So, what’s this shit you got going on here? What exactly are you trying to do?” I narrowed my eyes and pursed my lips to the side.

Thea was like Dora in that she was into the spiritual stuff. Dora’s into nature, energy, and all that give more, take less stuff. My mom loves that shit. Thea does spells and rituals. She doesn’t call it witchcraft though, it’s Wicca. I don’t know if it was a politically correct thing or if witchcraft is something us commoners say because we watch too much TV.

I mentioned it to Dora once trying to clue-in and not offend my new friend. She told me that ‘Wicca was a religion, and witchcraft was legends and myths—just tales said to promote secular misunderstandings of good and evil in nature.’

Yeah if it all sounds like flibberty-jibbet to you, I don’t know what it means either.

Thea’s black rimmed eyes focus on me, and her shimmery purple lips spread into a charming Cheshire Cat smile. “You want to know what I’m doing?”

The girl looks like someone plugged her in. She’s beaming with excitement. “None of the people I used to know ever wanted to know about what I do! They think Wicca is devil worshipping. At first, people would look away or just leave if I brought it up. They thought I was a loser. Then they just stopped being there. Like you know, I would invite Satan to come to sit with us at lunch or something.”

Her friends sounded like assholes. I grin. “I’m not sure it’s not devil worship, but Dora allows it in her house.” I made air quotes and said, “a house that only nurtures happiness, health, and wellbeing.”

I keep quoting Dora because she is a kick to listen to and some of the things she says are rote to the point that I hear her tell them even when she isn’t there.

Thea laughs and nods in agreement. “Yeah, Aunt Dora is awesome. My mom is like her at heart but rather conservative in action. I love my mom, but she’s frighteningly normal. Gabby is like my mom and dad—sleepy, boring. All of them think that naming me after Aunt Dora is what made me weird.” She smiles happily about the name and the connection. For all the dark make-up and tight black clothes, Thea wasn’t what I imagined a goth to be. She was bright and cheerful. Upbeat even. She smiles a lot. All the goths I saw on TV were long faced and disenfranchised.

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Teaser from THE POWERS THAT BE SERIES, books 1 through 3 of the new adult paranormal romance series by Ali Lucia Sky

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Author Ali Lucia Sky

Author Ali Lucia Sky

About the Author
Ali Lucia Sky is the author of The Powers That Be series. She lives in Southern California with her husband and a house full of kitty cats and a yard full of crows.

She loves laughing, drinking good coffee, vegan food, and supporting animal rescues.

When she isn’t writing or dreaming of new stories, she can be found planning her next vacation because traveling is life.

If you encounter her in the wild, don’t be offended if she should run away. She’s timid with strangers, but can be plied with shiny things and pictures of your cat or dog.

She’s a weirdo like that.

Where to Find Ali Lucia Sky
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Cover Reveal – ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST (The Wormwood Trilogy) by D.H. Nevins

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST, the final book in the new adult dystopian fantasy series, The Wormwood Trilogy, by D.H. Nevins, releasing October 18, 2022

Welcome to the cover reveal for ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST, the final book in the new adult dystopian fantasy series, The Wormwood Trilogy, by D.H. Nevins, releasing October 18, 2022. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST, the final book in the new adult dystopian fantasy series, The Wormwood Trilogy, by D.H. Nevins

ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST (The Wormwood Trilogy #3) by D.H. Nevins

About the Book
Title: ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST
Series: The Wormwood Trilogy #3
Author: D.H. Nevins
Publisher: Black Wraith Books
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Genre:
New Adult Dystopian Fantasy
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Synopsis
The end of her people and the death of a planet are looming over her. Kali Michaels must choose between the illusion of safety and the danger of her own power in this anticipated and heart-stopping finale to The Wormwood Trilogy.

Kali learned the hard way that her abilities cannot be trusted if they can be used against her. In an effort to protect those she cares about, she is determined to let the power of her Shadow lie dormant, despite the dangers rising up around her.

Now, tormented by an unstoppable enemy, she and Tiamat Wormwood must try to lead others while doing the impossible—ensuring the survival of humans and half-angels alike.

But how can she partner with Tiamat, when her proximity could kill him?

And how can the Nephilim, Tiamat, be trusted to save a planet, if he is the one who shattered it in the first place?

Little do they know that sometimes, for new beginnings, that which they love must first be destroyed.

 

 

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ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST, the final book in the new adult dystopian fantasy series, The Wormwood Trilogy, by D.H. Nevins

ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST (The Wormwood Trilogy #3) by D.H. Nevins (Full Cover)

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Book 1: WORMWOOD
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Teaser from ANGEL OF ASHES AND DUST, the final book in the new adult dystopian fantasy series, The Wormwood Trilogy, by D.H. Nevins

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Author D.H. Nevins

Author D.H. Nevins

About the Author
D.H. Nevins was born in Toronto and currently lives in a quiet area of Ontario, surrounded by forests and lakes. By day, she is a personable, friendly school teacher. By night, she silently chuckles as she writes about destroying the world. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys world travel, hiking, camping, flying around on her motorcycle or dabbling in live theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find D.H. Nevins
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Cover Reveal – DISENCHANTED (A Lay of Ruinous Reign Series) by Brianna Sugalski

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for DISENCHANTED, the first book in the new adult dark fantasy romance series, A Lay of Ruinous Reign , by Brianna Sugalski, releasing December 16, 2022

Welcome to the cover reveal for DISENCHANTED, the first book in the new adult dark fantasy romance series, A Lay of Ruinous Reign , by Brianna Sugalski, releasing December 16, 2022. See below for information on the book, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

DISENCHANTED, the first book in the new adult dark fantasy romance series, A Lay of Ruinous Reign , by Brianna Sugalski

DISENCHANTED (A Lay of Ruinous Reign Series #1) by Brianna Sugalski

About the Book
Title: DISENCHANTED
Series: A Lay of Ruinous Reign Series #1
Author: Brianna Sugalski
Publisher: Fenfoss Tavern Publishing LLC
Release Date: December 16, 2022
Genre:
Adult/New Adult Dark Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
At the peak of the Breton Renaissance, Lilac Trécesson is held prisoner in her own castle after a most wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her coronation looms years later, and between their town riots and the noble family bent on snatching her throne, she prepares for the worst…

Until a letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to banish her curse forever.

Her heirloom dagger at the ready, Lilac embarks into Brocéliande and finds herself in the hands of a bloodthirsty barkeep who demands her help in exchange for protection against the even deadlier forces of the woods.

She is thrust on a quest to uphold her family’s legacy—and her sovereign right to destroy it and start anew—by any means necessary. Pity the fool to underestimate the girl with subpar blade skills but pure spite to make up for it.

This is the tale of a cursed princess,

A crestfallen killer,

The town that wants them to burn,

And the witch who can save them both.

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Teaser from DISENCHANTED, the first book in the new adult dark fantasy romance series, A Lay of Ruinous Reign , by Brianna Sugalski

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Author Brianna Sugalski

Author Brianna Sugalski

About the Author
Southeast Asian fantasy author with a soup addiction. Diverse medievalist and developmental editor who lives in oversized sweaters, and prefers to explore the more ominous—disenchanting, if you will—undertones of history, romance, and the arcane.

My debut, Breton Arthuriana-inspired YA Dark Fantasy DISENCHANTED, released with the Parliament Press in March 2020, and is being re-released and rebranded for the New Adult/ Adult indie market in December 2022. The rest of the trilogy will follow this updated genre rating.

 

 

 

Where to Find Brianna Sugalski
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE by C.L. Walters

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by C.L. Walters

Welcome to the book blitz for THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by C.L. WaltersSee below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by C.L. Walters

THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE by C.L. Walters

About the Book
Title: THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE
Author: C.L. Walters
Publisher: Mixed Plate Press
Release Date: September 6, 2022
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
HANNAH

A fresh start is exactly what Hannah Fleming needs after getting dumped by her cheating ex-boyfriend. While getting rejected was awful, nine weeks removed she’s recognizing the benefits, seeing that relationship for what it was: unhealthy. Then, Hannah bumps into her high school crush, Seth Peters, and is offered a second chance to see if what was in the past can once again be magical in the present. But when her past threatens her second chance, she must determine how hard she’s willing to fight for her future.

SETH

A fresh start is exactly what Seth Peters needs. New place. New people. New opportunities. Except, he runs straight into one of the greatest unresolved moments of his past, Hannah Fleming. Suddenly life is offering a second chance with her, but can he hold onto all he’s learned over the last few years to make a future with Hannah work? Or will he backslide into old ways of being to hide the truth of his darker past?

 

 

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Teaser from THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by C.L. Walters

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Excerpt #1
I rush through the first set of doors at Hammill, my eyes unfocused, replaying where I went wrong in the conversation with Sebastian, and bump into someone hurrying out. The books in my arms flop out, falling to the ground in a syncopated succession of thuds. “Oh. I’m so sorry,” I say and bend down to pick up the books, which I don’t want to get wet.

Shoot. Shoot. I’m so late. Matilda is going to string me up by my nails.

“So sorry,” a deep voice says at the same time. “My fault. I wasn’t–” A familiar voice, stalled now on his last word.

I look up into a face I recognize. Warm amber eyes. A dimpled smile. My heart remembers jumping around in my chest with that familiar rhythm before my eyes and mind put that recognition together. “Hannah?”

“Seth?” A smile spreads across my face and every nagging thought evaporates. “What are you doing here?” My smile won’t stop and communicates with the rest of my body that it needs to get involved in the joy. My heart hammers against my ribs. My face heats.

The last time I saw him–

My heart trips over the memory and won’t let me visit it out of self-preservation. He looks like high school Seth, but different. Older. His nose is still slightly crooked. His mouth, with perfectly proportional lips, still cuts adorable dimples into his cheeks when he smiles, which he does, causing his amber eyes to sparkle. His brown hair is darker now, effortlessly styled so that wavy locks stray across his forehead. He’s still taller than me. His face is wider, and it makes me wonder about the rest of him hiding underneath the jacket.

My heart adds a hot hum of awareness in my chest.

He’s a friend—I tell myself—one I haven’t seen in a long time.

He bends down to help me with the books. “Wow. I’m sorry. I wasn’t looking where I was going. And it’s you!” We’re crouched down together in the entryway of Hammill between the sets of doors. Someone opens the outer door, and a burst of cold finds its way under the hem of my coat and drifts up my back.

I shiver.

“What are you doing here?” I don’t know why I glance around, but I do, as if he’s materialized from thin air and will disappear again when the spell wears off. “How are you? It’s been, what?” He grabs the last book.

We stand.

He holds the book out to me, and his eyes grasp ahold of mine. “Since that summer after senior year.” July. The beach. I remember.

He remembers?

I tilt my head, surprised.

I know the last time I saw him. The memory played on repeat in my mind, my dreams, my inner overthinking-monologue far too long after it happened. I try to play it cool. “Yeah! I think it was on the 4th of July get-together at the beach. After graduation.” I can’t stop smiling, and my cheeks are starting to ache. I wonder what he remembers about that night. We texted some after. Then he moved away, and the chats became fewer and farther between until they stopped altogether.

Someone opens the door from the library on their way out.

I step to the side and grasp the sleeve of Seth’s coat to draw him to the side with me. The girl walking past glances at Seth and does a double take. Not surprising. He’s always captured the girls’ attention. I refocus on his smile. No dimples.

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Teaser from THE MESSY TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, a standalone new adult contemporary romance, by C.L. Walters

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Author C.L. Walters

Author C.L. Walters

About the Author
As a kid, CL Walters, world revolved around two things: stories and make believe. She’s built a real life around those two things: a teacher of stories and a writer of make believe.

With four books now published, she’s looking forward to her fifth release October 13, 2020, a YA Contemporary Romance called The Stories Stars Tell.

Sign up for her newsletter for news, goodies, and fun (www.clwalters.net)

 

 

 

 

Where to find C.L. Walters
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Book Blitz – THE SWEETEST GAME (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series) by Cookie O’Gorman

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE SWEETEST GAME, the second book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

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

THE SWEETEST GAME, the third book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

THE SWEETEST GAME (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #3) by Cookie O’Gorman

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Title:
THE SWEETEST GAME
Series: Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #3
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: September 8, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
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Synopsis
Hopelessly in love with my best friend’s brother.

That’s what it will say on my tombstone. Here lies Junior “June” Dorsey. Tomboy. Car lover. Bookworm. She suffered from a severe case of unrequited love syndrome.

It’s not like I haven’t tried liking other guys. I have. It’s just none of them measure up to him.

Baylor O’Brien. Beautiful. Cocky. Talented (on the field and in the bedroom—or so I’ve heard).

And completely oblivious to my love for him.

When Bay asks for my help, I can’t say no. He needs my PR expertise to revamp his reputation and up his chances of being scouted after one scout—the one he really wants—dismisses him as nothing more than a party-loving playboy.

When he asks me to be his fake girlfriend, I accept his proposal.

But how am I supposed to act like I’m in love without revealing the truth? And why is Baylor so good at pretending?

One thing I know that’s true:

All’s fair in love and baseball.

Wish me luck,

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Teaser from THE SWEETEST GAME, the third book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

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Excerpt
His arm tightened around me.

I felt his breath hitting my neck.

If this wasn’t some form of heaven, I didn’t know what was.

“Where’s your dad?” he asked.

“He’s away for a few days,” I said. “So, I’m in charge of the garage.”

“Nice.”

“How was the game going before it got rained out?” I asked.

“Honestly, Sunshine? I couldn’t tell you,” he said. “There were other things on my mind.”

“Ah.”

We were quiet for a few moments, and then Baylor started to stand.

“I think you’re warm now,” he said. “No chance of hypothermia, so that’s good.”

“I don’t think I was ever in danger of that,” I said dryly.

“You never know, Sunshine. I’ll see you later then.”

Before he could move from the bed, I looked back and reached for his hand. Baylor looked down and then back up at me. He’d ditched the baseball cap, so his hair was wet around the sides. Baylor shirtless was a thing of beauty. His muscles glinted under the lights in my room, and I couldn’t believe he was actually here. His piercing gray eyes held a question in them.

“Will you stay?” I asked, hoping it didn’t sound too desperate. “You can leave later if you want, but…could you stay? Just for now?”

Baylor gave a small smile and got back under the covers.

“Of course,” he said, dropping a kiss against my shoulder. “I wouldn’t want any of your toes falling off.”

“Not funny, Bay.”

“You’re delirious from the rain. I’m hilarious.”

“And you are surprisingly sweet.”

“Nah, that’s the fever talking.”

“My fake boyfriend carried me through the rain,” I said like a damsel in distress. “It was glorious.”

“And now she’s hallucinating. Get some sleep, Sunshine. You need it,” he said, settling me more firmly against him. Tiredness swamped me in a wave. “We can talk about getting you a first aid kit in the morning.”

“I’m fine,” I said softly, feeling my eyelids begin to droop.

“You are,” he said.

“Is this lesson two?”

“Yeah, it’s called spooning.”

“I think I like it.”

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Book 1: THE BEST MISTAKE
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Book 2: THE PERFECT PLAY
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THE SWEETEST GAME, the third book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman is now available

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Author Cookie O'Gorman

Author Cookie O’Gorman

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

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Where to find Cookie O’Gorman
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS (Royal Bodyguard Romance Series) by Samantha Jayne Grubey

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

Welcome to the book blitz for THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS (Royal Bodyguard Romance Series #1) by Samantha Jayne Grubey

About the Book
Title: THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS
Series: Royal Bodyguard Romance Series #1
Author: Samantha Jayne Grubey
Release Date: August 29, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Princess Amelia has been silent for ten years, ever since Amelia and Ava were kidnapped. One returned home the other did not. Amelia has always kept herself guarded with her twenty-first birthday approaching things are going to be changing.

Ethan Sparks is on his first assignment, guard the Princess in the Palace. The longer he’s there the more he finds himself being drawn to Princess Amelia, he can see she’s drowning and he wants to help.

Romantic interests stirs in a mixing pot of emotions as Amelia and her family recover from the kidnapping and murder of her sister. Unsure what to feel or who to believe, Amelia needs to find her truth, as she deals with her trauma and finally brings her family to mend. Along the way they find themselves hitting challenges at every wall. So many questions left unanswered by the kidnapping and murder, can she finally find the answers she’s searching for? Can Amelia finally allow herself to live and be freed from the guilt she feels? Can Ethan survive the challenges that come with falling for a Princess in line for the throne?

 

 

 

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Teaser from THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

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Excerpt #1:
I sent him a small smile and walked through the halls, entering the cinema room and grabbing the remote. Ethan shut the door, and I patted the seat next to me. I flicked through one of the many streaming services, finding Harry Potter.

“Which one is your favourite?”

I held my hand up, signalling five.

“Really? Some people think that is the worse one; it comes in at number three on my list of best Harry Potter films.”

I chuckled, laying my head on his chest. I was determined to make it through all eight films, and I hoped I could binge watch them all in one day. I pressed the first film, and it began to play. I had yet to find something better than watching a film with Ethan by my side.

The first film finished, and I lined up the second one, hitting pause. “Do you know sometimes I wish we could order a takeaway to the palace?”

Ethan laughed.

“I’m serious.”

“I know you are.” He laughed. “You could have it ordered, but by the time it’s gone through all the checks, it’d be cold. What are you fancying?”

“Chinese. I know the chef can cook, but sometimes a takeaway is needed,” I muttered. “Why?”

“I’ll go get us some. I should see if Katie wants anything.”

“You could invite your sister to watch films with us too, you know,” I said pointedly. “I don’t think I’ve actually gotten to spend time with her other than our initial meeting.”

“She’s being a brat,” Ethan muttered sourly.

“Ethan.”

He rolled his eyes. “She’s not opening up, and I don’t know how to deal with teenage Katie. I’m way out of my depth here… like oceans away out of my depth.”

“Teenage years are hard,” I told him. “Maybe all she needs to know is that you love her still. Have you told her lately?”

“She knows.”

“Ethan, teenagers always know, but have you said the words?” I asked, raising an eyebrow. “Have you told her lately? She’s clearly going through a lot, ignoring the fact that she can’t speak.”

“Okay, I’ll see if she wants to come with me,” he said. “What do you want?”

“Egg fried rice, chicken chow mien, vegetable spring rolls, Hawaiian chicken, and chicken balls,” I said as I watched him type it on his phone.

“I’ll be back soon. I’ll post a guard outside your door.”

I couldn’t help but roll my eyes slightly. He left the room, and I sighed. I wondered if it was time I invested in a phone. I stood up, opening the door and made the short walk to my room, ignoring the guard following me. If I ignored them, then I couldn’t see their looks. I grabbed my blanket and Mac and made my way back to the cinema room, waiting for Ethan to return.

I wrapped myself in the blanket and switched on the Mac. I loaded up Google Chrome and stared at the blank search engine. I still had no idea what my project would be. I suppose part of that was due to the fact that I knew nothing. Maybe it was time to go back to school. I typed in universities and began scrolling through them. I had no idea what I was even looking for. If I was going to take over as queen, then I should at least know more about our history. I mean, our history books were fine, but I didn’t want to just stick with what we had. I wanted to experience the outside world, and I knew convincing my parents would be the hardest part.

“I’m back.” I jumped a mile, shutting the laptop quickly. Holding a hand to my chest, I glanced at the clock and saw half an hour had passed. He chuckled. “You must have been really deep into whatever you were doing.” I held onto my chest, trying to calm my breathing. I had completely gotten lost in my research.

Ethan sat next to me, and I looked to see Katie had sat on the other side of Ethan. I waved, and she smiled and waved back.

“What were you looking at?” Ethan asked curiously.

I shrugged.

“If you won’t tell me, I’ll just assume it was porn. You naughty, naughty princess.”

I couldn’t help the giggle that escaped. Ethan was definitely something else. He sat next to me, handing me a plate with a lot of food and handed Katie hers, then he pressed play on the film. It had been so long since I had takeaway food. My parents tried to limit us, but every now and then, we managed to convince a nanny to sneak us out of the house. I picked up a vegetable spring roll and began to eat it as I concentrated on watching the second Harry Potter film.

As I looked at Ethan, I noticed our legs had become intertwined as they laid out in front of us. I couldn’t help but smile; everything felt easy with us. I didn’t know if that was good or bad, but Ethan made it easy.

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THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey is out now!

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Author Samantha Jayne Grubey

Author Samantha Jayne Grubey

About the Author
Samantha Jayne Grubey is an author of new adult romance.

When she’s not writing, reading, you can probably find her heading back to university for teaching training. If she’s not doing any of that then she’s probably playing sims (sims 3&2 are the best out of the franchise) or colouring.

Follow her on social media, learn all about the books at: https://www.samanthajaynegrubey.com

 

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Where to Find Samantha Jayne Grubey
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Cover Reveal – THE SWEETEST GAME (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series) by Cookie O’Gorman

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE SWEETEST GAME, the second book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman, releasing September 2022

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE SWEETEST GAME, the second book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O’Brien Brothers, by Cookie O’Gorman, releasing September 2022. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE SWEETEST GAME, the second book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

THE SWEETEST GAME (Southern U O’Brien Brothers Series #2) by Cookie O’Gorman

About the Book
Title:
THE SWEETEST GAME
Series: Southern U O’Brien Brothers
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: September 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Hopelessly in love with my best friend’s brother.

That’s what it will say on my tombstone. Here lies Junior “June” Dorsey. Tomboy. Car lover. Bookworm. She suffered from a severe case of unrequited love syndrome.

It’s not like I haven’t tried liking other guys. I have. It’s just none of them measure up to him.

Baylor O’Brien. Beautiful. Cocky. Talented (on the field and in the bedroom—or so I’ve heard).

And completely oblivious to my love for him.

When Bay asks for my help, I can’t say no. He needs my PR expertise to revamp his reputation and up his chances of being scouted after one scout—the one he really wants—dismisses him as nothing more than a party-loving playboy.

When he asks me to be his fake girlfriend, I accept his proposal.

But how am I supposed to act like I’m in love without revealing the truth? And why is Baylor so good at pretending?

One thing I know that’s true:

All’s fair in love and baseball.

Wish me luck,

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Teaser from THE SWEETEST GAME, the second book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Southern U O'Brien Brothers, by Cookie O'Gorman

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: THE BEST MISTAKE
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Author Cookie O'Gorman

Author Cookie O’Gorman

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

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Where to find Cookie O’Gorman
Goodreads | Website | Newsletter | Facebook Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BUCK UP BUTTERCUP (Montgomery Brothers Series) by Anna Alkire

 

Welcome to the blog tour for BUCK UP BUTTERCUP, the first book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Montgomery Brothers, by Anna Alkire

Welcome to the blog tour for BUCK UP BUTTERCUP, the first book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Montgomery Brothers, by Anna Alkire. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BUCK UP BUTTERCUP, the first book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Montgomery Brothers, by Anna Alkire

BUCK UP BUTTERCUP (Montgomery Brothers Series #1) by Anna Alkire

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: BUCK UP BUTTERCUP
Series: Montgomery Brothers Series #1
Author: Anna Alkire
Publisher: Water’s Edge Publishing
Release Date: June 30, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
All’s fair in love and war.

With Randi and Buck, it’s hard to tell the two apart…

An uptight, self-contained college girl, Randi Becker just needed one thing: a room. Somewhere she could study, and keep away from the things that most confuse and frighten her: people.

Unfortunately, the “nice quiet place” she reserved turns out to be a room in the campus’ most raucous house. A place seemingly designed to make studying impossible, made even worse by the other girls’ non-stop drama.

But then Buck, a fun-loving cowboy whom all the ladies love, shows up…and everything gets much worse.

Buck seems to have it all: friends, fun, and a never-ending line of admirers. But what he most desires is a break. So when Buck spots Randi, he figures she’s a perfect decoy: he can play up a “crush” on her that will take him off the market; buy him some breathing room. And if he can tease her a bit, and get under the skin of the uptight busybody? Well, that’s just gravy.

But Buck is about to find more than he bargained for. Randi’s strong-willed, opinionated, difficult—and maybe just what he needs. And Buck isn’t alone. Soon Randi wonders as well…if the world she wanted is really the world she needs. If her future is nothing more than a diploma on the wall. And if the most important thing in her world isn’t a grade, but the cowboy who’s planted his boots firmly in her heart.

Fans of Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare and Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game will delight at this mix of romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and cultures colliding in a campus town with a western flair. Grab your copy today, and fall in love with Buck Up, Buttercup!

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Teaser from BUCK UP BUTTERCUP, the first book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Montgomery Brothers, by Anna Alkire

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Excerpt
The cab driver obviously smoked cigarettes and didn’t use his air conditioner. Or deodorant. Randi pulled off her thin cardigan in the stuffy backseat. It still felt like mid-summer down here, even with October twelve days away.

She would finish her degree and get out. Done is better than perfect, she told herself for the hundredth time. Companies hiring for business, marketing, and graphic design (her combined major) wanted graduates, not perfect grades. A good thing because she’d be lucky to pass everything.

At last, the car turned onto a gravel road winding into an orchard. The cab’s high-beams lit up the bushy branches and thick gnarled trunks of hazelnut trees. She couldn’t wait to see it in daylight.

“Shit!” the driver yelled. He slammed on the brakes and the cab jerked to a stop, swirling dust up from the gravel road. Randi gasped. Someone ran right in front of the cab, pink, naked skin glowing in the headlights.

Male butt cheeks sprinted up the middle of the road blocking them from passing. Pale, hairy legs ended in cowboy boots. One of his hands was holding a cowboy hat on his head. He whooped and veered off into the orchard.

They sat in silence for a stunned moment. If that was somebody’s boyfriend, she would be moving out.

“Did a naked guy jump in front of the car?” Randi said, taking her glasses off to rub her eyes.

The cab driver grunted.

“Do you see that kind of thing often?”

“Hazing week,” he grumbled. “You want to keep going?”

She paused, her head a foggy cloud. What did he mean, keep going? Did he want her to jump out and walk the rest of the way? Not with insane naked men running around. “Yes,” she said.

Belatedly, her brain caught up with the conversation—he’d meant he could turn the cab around with her in it. A lump the size of a fist lodged in her throat. Something was brewing up ahead and it wasn’t herbal tea before bedtime.

The cab rolled forward at a slower pace, veering around the largest potholes. Her clenching stomach churned with acid. She couldn’t think. They rounded a bend. Cars lined both sides of the road, wedged between the trees. Women came tumbling out of one of them—young, wearing cowboy hats, short shorts, and halter tops.

Randi’s mouth opened and closed. The cab kept going. Beer cans and red keg cups littered the gravel and the dirt shoulder. Noise was filtering in: shouts and high-pitched laughter. She realized the seat belt was clenched in both her fists. They drove out of the orchard. A sea of cars spread out in row after row on the grass in front of a farmhouse, like the parking lot of an outdoor concert.

People swarmed everywhere, blocking stairways, twenty deep around the sides of the house. A huge bonfire burned in front of a barn.

The driver turned off his radio. The overwhelming muddle of music, shouting, whooping, and a few hundred people talking at once brought reality crashing home. She sat suspended, unable to speak, chest heaving, panting in short gasps. Her sweating back could have been glued to the sticky leather seat.

“Hey, kiddo,” the driver said, “got a pickup in twenty minutes. You want a ride back into town?”

She stared at the house number. It was correct. Not to mention the old farmhouse matched the picture online. And so did the orchard. Over the summer, Trish had emailed her back promptly, answering all her questions. This was the house of “studious women serious about school.” When asked directly about parties, Trish had responded, “Little get-togethers— yes. Massive parties—absolutely not.”

Anger boiled up, burning away the paralyzing fear. She huffed in dawning realization. They’d taken her savings. Conned her. After working fourteen-hour days, seven days a week for three months in Buenos Aires, she’d spent everything to secure her spot living at this house. She would get her money back, tonight—first and last month’s rent, plus a deposit. Her stomach roiled.

“Meter’s running. What’s it going to be?”

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Quick Facts about BUCK UP BUTTERCUP, the first book in the new adult contemporary romantic comedy series, Montgomery Brothers, by Anna Alkire

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Author Anna Alkire

Author Anna Alkire

About the Author
Anna Alkire has been a long-term college student, a business owner, and a world traveler. Now “settled”—with a sigh and a cup of decaf—Anna lives in Washington state, where she splits her time between a husband who thinks the North Pole would be a great place to live, chasing her hurricane of a son, learning new handicrafts, and creating worlds full of the kind of romance and fun she most wants to read. Find more about her (and grab a freebie or two) at her website, annaalkire.com.

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal – THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS (Royal Bodyguard Romance Series) by Samantha Jayne Grubey

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey, releasing August 29, 2022. See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS (Royal Bodyguard Romance Series #1) by Samantha Jayne Grubey

About the Book
Title: THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS
Series: Royal Bodyguard Romance Series #1
Author: Samantha Jayne Grubey
Release Date: August 29, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | iBooks

Synopsis
Princess Amelia has been silent for ten years, ever since Amelia and Ava were kidnapped. One returned home the other did not. Amelia has always kept herself guarded with her twenty-first birthday approaching things are going to be changing.

Ethan Sparks is on his first assignment, guard the Princess in the Palace. The longer he’s there the more he finds himself being drawn to Princess Amelia, he can see she’s drowning and he wants to help.

Romantic interests stirs in a mixing pot of emotions as Amelia and her family recover from the kidnapping and murder of her sister. Unsure what to feel or who to believe, Amelia needs to find her truth, as she deals with her trauma and finally brings her family to mend. Along the way they find themselves hitting challenges at every wall. So many questions left unanswered by the kidnapping and murder, can she finally find the answers she’s searching for? Can Amelia finally allow herself to live and be freed from the guilt she feels? Can Ethan survive the challenges that come with falling for a Princess in line for the throne?

 

 

 

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THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Royal Bodyguard Romance, by Samantha Jayne Grubey

THE SELECTIVE MUTE PRINCESS (Royal Bodyguard Romance Series #1) by Samantha Jayne Grubey (Full Cover)

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Author Samantha Jayne Grubey

Author Samantha Jayne Grubey

About the Author
Samantha Jayne Grubey is an author of new adult romance.

When she’s not writing, reading, you can probably find her heading back to university for teaching training. If she’s not doing any of that then she’s probably playing sims (sims 3&2 are the best out of the franchise) or colouring.

Follow her on social media, learn all about the books at: https://www.samanthajaynegrubey.com

 

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Where to Find Samantha Jayne Grubey
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – EVERYTHING WE ARE by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray

 

Welcome to the book blitz for EVERYTHING WE ARE, a standalone new adult contemporary sports romance, by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray.

Welcome to the book blitz for EVERYTHING WE ARE, a standalone new adult contemporary sports romance, by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on their giveaway.

EVERYTHING WE ARE, a standalone new adult contemporary sports romance, by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray

EVERYTHING WE ARE by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray

About the Book
Title: EVERYTHING WE ARE
Authors: Darby Blake and Sienna Ray
Release Date: June 21, 2022
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Thea Jenson has her future meticulously planned out. Graduate from college. Get a job. Marry her high school sweetheart and have two beautiful children. When she decides to transfer schools, her brother suggests she move in with him and his unruly hockey roommates. Everything in her life is going according to her plan . . .

. . . until she bumps into Kyler in their kitchen and sparks fly.

Kyler Rose, the starting center for the Northport University hockey team, is done for the moment he lays his eyes on Thea. But he can’t allow her to become a distraction. He’s determined to make it to the NHL. That’s if he doesn’t get booted for failing grades first. And even though he’s on scholarship, it doesn’t pay his bills or provide for his family. Neither do the tips he earns from his bartending gig. When an offer to make some fast cash falls in his lap, he takes it, thinking no one will care if he gets hurt . . .

. . . except Thea does care.

But just as Kyler finds a way to navigate his feelings for Thea, an unexpected link to his family comes to light and he finds himself in the fight of his life to protect those he loves the most – his family.

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Teaser from EVERYTHING WE ARE, a standalone new adult contemporary sports romance, by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray

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Excerpt #2
Kyler
“Last call,” I holler out and prepare for the rush of people coming to the bar. It’s Thursday night, and for the most part, quiet. I know a few kids from school who are hanging out, but the rest of the crowd are summer stragglers, determined to extend their vacation by a couple more nights. I can’t say I blame them. The idea of starting classes next week is daunting, and I’m not looking forward to the Monday through Friday hassle of having to study, sit through lectures, and prepare for the upcoming hockey season.

People start to leave. The regulars tell me goodbye, and some wish me good luck. I’ve spent countless hours talking to them about school and hockey. They’ll come to the games when they start, and most will show up when our Blue Line Club has some event where fans can come meet the players. Some forget I’ll be working up until hockey season starts, and then my days will vary. Even though I’m on a scholarship, I still have to work. The “full-ride” offer schools give is pretty much a joke. Granted, they pay for my schooling, on-campus food, and books, but that’s it. If I need clothes, a damn snack, or gas for my car—it’s all on me. Most of the guys on the team still get an allowance from their parents. No such luck when it comes to my parents. Actually, just a parent. My dad bailed when I was two, leaving my mom to raise my sister and me on a very limited income. To say I grew up on the struggle bus would be an understatement, and I’m only where I am because of sponsors. There’s no way in hell my mom would’ve been able to afford to keep me in the hockey programs without programs aimed at helping underprivileged kids.

A hottie comes up to the bar with her empty martini glass. She’s been in town for two weeks, taking advantage of the late season sales, which are meant to increase tourism in Northport. “Hey,” she says in what should sound like a sultry voice but comes off as raspy and a bit too loud because of all the extra bar noise.

“Manhattan?” I ask her as I take her empty glass and set it with the others I need to wash. When I turn back to her, she’s leaning on the bar with her breasts pushed together. After two weeks of trying, the answer will still be “no” from me.

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Teaser from EVERYTHING WE ARE, a standalone new adult contemporary sports romance, by Darby Blake and Sienna Ray

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Author Darby Blake

Author Darby Blake

About Darby Blake
Darby Blake is a pen name for New York Times Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin. Darby’s first novel, EVERYTHING WE ARE, co-written with her best friend, is due to be released in June 2022. Learn more about Darby by visiting darbyblake.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Darby Blake
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Author Sienna Ray

Author Sienna Ray

About Sienna Ray
Sienna Ray is a quietly introverted author living in the UK. She lives with her other half and despite aspirations to be an author in her school days, has only just recently embarked on her writing journey. Her debut novel, EVERYTHING WE ARE, co-written with her best friend, is due to be released in June 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Sienna Ray
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED by Rayna York

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED, a stand alone new adult contemporary romance, by Rayna York

Welcome to the book blitz for THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED, a stand alone new adult contemporary romance, by Rayna York. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED, a stand alone new adult contemporary romance, by Rayna York

THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED by Rayna York

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED
Author: Rayna York
Publisher: Toad Tree Press
Release Date: June 18, 2022
Genre:
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Tess hasn’t experienced many kindnesses in her eighteen years. When her boyfriend abandons her at a small-town gas station, it’s just one more crappy event to add to the pile. Without a car, money, or cell phone, her options are limited, and calling her parents isn’t one of them. So when the family that owns the business throws her a lifeline, she grabs hold. Because even the worst situations can have a silver lining, and this one is a town called Jasper Creek, a diner everyone calls Earl’s, and a young mechanic named Colten Reed.

Rayna York’s standalone novel gives readers the small-town romance they crave with enough feels to make the heart sing. It’s the perfect feel-good, summer romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt
I rush to the bathroom at the side of the building and lock the door behind me. I can’t deal with this anymore. I grip the sides of the pedestal sink and drop my head, breathing deep. In, out, in, out, fighting for calm.

Why? Why did I think this was a good idea?

Three days ago, Dax and I were on our way to a gallery opening when I mentioned I’d never been to Disney World. He said he hadn’t either. I commented on how it would be fun to jump in the car and go. High school graduation was over, my parents were in Europe, I didn’t have any plans for the summer, so the next afternoon we were on the road.

Bad idea.

Horrible.

The worst.

I lift my sunglasses to the top of my head and startle at the red-rimmed, brown-eyed zombie staring back at me. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since we left, and I forgot to take my makeup off last night, then Dax was in such a hurry this morning.

Maybe our relationship was always a mess. I don’t know. We’ve only been together for six months. In New York, Dax and I got along great. There were parties, restaurants, people, and places to fill our time. Now, without the distractions and being stuck together in mostly confined spaces, I realize we don’t have as much in common as I thought. But it’s more than that. He needs to be right about everything and nags me until I concede to his views. I never noticed him doing that before. There are a lot of things I didn’t notice before.

I use a little soap and water on a paper towel and clean the black smears from around my eyes. It cleans the makeup off perfectly, but the dark circles and puffiness remain. I slide a hair elastic from around my wrist and pull my brown mop of humid-induced frizz into a messy bun.

With a deep sigh, I slide my glasses back over my eyes and push the door open into the bright sunlight. I take in the beautiful field dotted with wildflowers behind the gas station, then close my eyes and lift my face to the sun, disregarding the intensity on my pale skin. I breathe in the fragrant smell of green that only a sweltering heat can produce.

It’s time to put an end to this impromptu adventure. It ceased being fun after the first five hours. And it’s my car, my time, my money. With renewed strength, I turn on my heels, ready to confront Dax and get my car keys back. I’m heading home with or without my soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. I can drop him off at a bus station if he wants to continue the trip.

I round the corner of the building. Wait, what? Where is it?

I walk to the two ancient gas pumps and turn in a circle, taking in the white building with peeling paint, and everything else in the three-hundred-and-sixty-degree radius, but the car is nowhere in sight. I walk to the other side of the building, thinking he might have parked in a different location while getting something from inside, but the car isn’t there either.

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Teaser from THE RIGHT KIND OF UNEXPECTED, a stand alone new adult contemporary romance, by Rayna York

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Author Rayna York

Author Rayna York

About the Author
Rayna York grew up with hippie parents that liked to adventure, so being the new kid was always a challenge. Where change was the norm, books were her constant–a way to escape. As an adult, many careers came and went, but writing has always been her passion. Everything I knew to be true is her first published novel.

 

 

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Where to find Rayna York
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – REBEL ONE (Melkin Series) by J.S. Christine

 

Welcome to the book blitz for REBEL ONE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Melkin, by J.S. Christine

Welcome to the book blitz for REBEL ONE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Melkin, by J.S. Christine. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

REBEL ONE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Melkin, by J.S. Christine

REBEL ONE (Melkin Series #1) by J.S. Christine

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
REBEL ONE
Series: Melkin Series #1
Author: J.S. Christine
Release Date: May 13, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Lacey Carson dreams of experiencing the world outside of the mundane town her father limits her to. “Go big or go home”? Lacey is already wrapped up in her comforter before that question can be finished. Her fight or flight instinct falls hard in one direction only.

Insert Travis Miller. He’s a little too loud, a little too violent, a little too focused on Lacey. He only knows how to go big.

When the opportunity presents itself for more adventure, Lacey jumps in head first before Travis can say no. It may be a little more than she bargained for as she learns about the ups and downs of independence, her own strength, and the crime world she quickly becomes immersed into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaser from REBEL ONE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Melkin, by J.S. Christine

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Excerpt #2
“I’m sorry we messed up your life,” Travis said quietly into my ear.

I didn’t say anything in response, too wrapped up in the feeling of being in a Travis-shaped cocoon. His arms were around my middle, holding me tight to him and his legs were bracketing mine. Warmth enveloped me and I could feel his chest rise and fall with each breath.

After a while, Travis nudged me and I realized I had fallen asleep. “Let’s go to sleep, gorgeous.”

He unwrapped himself from me, gave me some clothes from his dresser, and left the room for a moment while I changed.

When he entered, he said, “We’re going to have to share the bed unless you wanna sleep on the couch where my dad can talk to you.”

We both got into his bed. There was silence as I watched him lying on his side with his back to me until he turned on his back. Travis let out a sigh and ran a hand over his face. I wanted to know how this guy who walked around with death over his head could treat me so kindly and make me feel so safe. How was he a part of the Casey gang when he had a home here he could’ve run away to? More than that, how was he a part of the gang when he had a home with his mom that he could’ve run away to with Ben?

“Go to sleep,” he groaned. “Stop watching me. It’s creepy.”

I gave him a soft smile when his eyes flitted in my direction. “Will you tell me why you joined the gang?”

“No.”

“Why?”

His eyes moved away from me and focused on the ceiling for a second before he closed them like he was about to sleep. “You don’t have to know everything and I don’t want to tell you right now.”

I perked up at his word choice of ‘right now’. “When?”

Too wrapped up in the thought of knowing eventually, I army-crawled closer to him. I leaned onto his chest with my forearms, my head above his, and my hair draping around us.

“Ask me again in five minutes,” he said, unmoving.

I looked at him skeptically. “Will you be asleep in five minutes?”

The sides of his mouth quirked up into an almost-smile. “No, but I’ll be pretending to be asleep.”

I didn’t sleep much after that. Not because I was trying to wiggle answers out of Travis, but because I was too busy thinking about the people I had met here — about Finn’s laugh, Annabeth wanting a kitchen table just to be normal, Travis’ gentle hands, Ben every time he held the door open for me. All I could picture for Cameron was his glare so I didn’t give him much thought. I tried to picture all of them back home with me, not just Travis. I tried to picture them anywhere but in Melkin and it was surprisingly easy. I knew I would eventually leave Melkin. What if I could take them with me when I left? Would they all go?

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Teaser from REBEL ONE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Melkin, by J.S. Christine

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Author J.S. Christine

Author J.S. Christine

About the Author
J.S. Christine has been writing novels since 2011 and graduated with a degree in Creative Writing. She strives to give readers worlds they can relax in with characters they can call their friends. Her novels typically travel down the obstacle-ridden roads of self-discovery with music blasting in the car’s speakers and the occasional explosion off to the side. Her first novel, Sparked, was self-published in 2016. When she isn’t writing, she can be found binge reading books, burning cookies, attempting to run, or teaching her three cats how great popcorn is.

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal – REVEL IN YOU (Determined Series) by Scarlett Se Leva

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for REVEL IN YOU, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Determined, releasing June 30, 2022

Welcome to the cover reveal for REVEL IN YOU, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Determined, releasing June 30, 2022, by Scarlett Se Leva. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, pre-order links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR. You can currently pre-order the title for just $0.99!

REVEL IN YOU, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Determined, by Scarlett Se Leva

REVEL IN YOU (Determined Series #3) by Scarlett Se Leva

About the Book
Title: REVEL IN YOU
Series: Determined Series #3
Author: Scarlett Se Leva
Release Date: June 30, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Simone Goodman.
The only girl I’ve loved.
Until she ripped my heart out.

It’s been five years since I’ve laid eyes on her.

Five years since she was mine.

I told myself never again.
But truth be told I still yearn to indulge in her.
To get lost in her touch.

I plan to own the one thing she’s denied me.
Her heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Scarlett Se Leva

Author Scarlett Se Leva

About the Author
Scarlett Se Leva writes unexpected, steamy, suspenseful romance.

When Scar isn’t busy penning her next book, you can find her with her family watching movies, drinking wine, curled up in a corner with a book or running after her three daughters.

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Where to Find Scarlett Se Leva
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – LIQUID FOUNDATIONS (Hell in a Handbag Series) by Lisa Acerbo

 

LIQUID FOUNDATIONS, the third book in the young adult/new post-apocalyptic adventure, Hell in a Handbag, by Lisa Acerbo

Welcome to the book blitz for LIQUID FOUNDATIONS, the third book in the young adult/new post-apocalyptic adventure, Hell in a Handbag, by Lisa Acerbo. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

LIQUID FOUNDATIONS, the third book in the young adult/new post-apocalyptic adventure, Hell in a Handbag, by Lisa Acerbo

LIQUID FOUNDATIONS (Hell in a Handbag Series #3) by Lisa Acerbo

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
LIQUID FOUNDATIONS
Series: Hell in a Handbag Series #3
Author: Lisa Acerbo
Publisher: DLG Publishing Partners
Release Date: April 13, 2022
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Adventure
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Synopsis
Even the most solid foundation can be shaken.

No place is safe anymore, and I’m on the run from something new.

The putrid stink of zombies has been replaced by sulfur, feces, and wet dog. The High Point Inn has been abandoned, the landscape plagued by the unimaginable, animal-hybrids. Wolves and bears rise from the grave or maybe they never died. Sure, the hordes of undead humans are diminishing, but whatever lies in wait is faster, smarter, and spurned by the devil himself.

With Caleb, Lilly, and Eric at my side, I search for friends and suFictiorvivors. But the new evil has arrived.

I can’t run quick enough.

The wolves are here, and they’re hungry, not to mention cunning and cruel. Endless rains force my group underground and into a cave system. Lost in the interminable, pitch-black subterranean tunnels, I struggle to keep my sanity and my life. There’s only one place in the world that makes sense anymore, and that’s where my friends are.

If I can survive the dark and the zombie wolves, Hopewell, Maine, here I come.

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Excerpt #2
“It’s really dark. The flashlights don’t even make a dent,” Lilly said. “Let’s hope the batteries last.”

“Stay here for a second.” Caleb strode forward, leaving the rest of the group huddled in inky black‐ ness. “I can see it narrows ahead. Let me check it out. Don’t want us all to go stumbling around in the dark.” Caleb’s footsteps receded, taking the shadows of the flashlight beam with him.

Jenna bit her thumb nail. It tasted of dirt but the small pain from ripping off her flesh stifled her fear for Caleb. Relief flooded in waves when his voice preceded the watery beam from the flashlight.

“It’s a tight squeeze for about a hundred feet before it opens into a chamber. And it appears the underground river Lilly mentioned might be waiting for us too.” Caleb passed the beam of light over them.

A soft rumble, like a swarm of bees, echoed in the tunnel behind them.

“What the . . .” Eric’s words trailed off.

A cascade of rolling rocks had Jenna hopping forward. “Move!”

“Cave in.” Eric’s words bounced around like ricocheting pebbles.

Jenna ran deeper into the tunnel. Pain lanced her arm, a sharp rock ripping through her clothing and snagging her backpack. She stumbled, the rock bouncing away, and righted herself. Heart thudding, loud in the chaos entombing her, she sprinted, coughing up dirt.

Lilly twisted her flashlight. “Eric?”

“Help.” His voice diminished, dim as their surroundings. Muffled swearing and the thump of rock clashing hit the air. “I’m stuck!”

“Calm down,” Caleb said. “You’ll be okay. We’re coming back.”

“I can’t see anything. I’m not okay. I can’t move. Something’s coming. It’s behind me.”

“Be calm, Eric,” Lilly crooned. “They’re not coming. Take a deep breath.”

Eric huffed, coughed, and huffed again. “I can’t. I can’t. I can’t breathe. They’re coming.”

“Stop. I’m here. Listen to me.” Lilly’s flashlight lit Eric’s face. She put a hand to his cheek. “You’re good.”

“I can’t move, and they’re coming. Not again. Not another time like the movie theater. I won’t survive. I’d rather be dead than stuck and defenseless. They’ll rip me apart. Don’t let it happen.”

Jenna moved close. “Eric, look at me. The most horrible thing that could have happened to you is over. Done. You survived. There are no Streakers here. You’re so much stronger than you give yourself credit for.”

“I can’t.”

“You can, and you will,” Jenna scolded. “For Lilly and me. We need you.”

Lilly aimed her flashlight into the shadows behind Eric. “Can you slip out of your backpack?”

“Maybe? My leg. I think I’m bleeding.” Eric shifted sideways, grunting. After a few lunges, he stumbled forward minus his pack. “Free.”

Lilly hauled Eric in for a hug. “Told ya so. Never doubt me.”

Caleb tugged the backpack. “It’s stuck on something.” He heaved but it didn’t budge. “Maybe we can twist it. Hold this.” He handed the flashlight to Jenna.

Redirecting the beam, the light hit the cave ceiling. Bats exploded, sinking low. Caleb hugged Jenna against him. She threw her arms above her head, hugged her scalp in hopes of protection. The draft of bats lifted after a minute and they spiraled high, consumed by the funnel-shaped black chasm.

Caleb stepped back and tugged on Jenna’s jacket, arms still protective. “Please tell me you’re not going to adopt a wounded bat, tame it, and bring it along.”

“I’ll pass, but where is our dog?” Jenna twisted away. “Louie? I hope the bats didn’t scare him.”

A warm tongue licked her hand. “There you are. Good boy.”

A faint growl entered the chamber.

“That’s not the dog is it?” Lilly asked.

“No.” Jenna skipped forward. “Time to run.”

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Author Lisa Acerbo

Author Lisa Acerbo

About the Author
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and adjunct faculty at a local community college. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, two dogs, and horse. When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and fosters dogs.

 

 

 

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO by Kana Wu

 

Welcome to the book blitz for A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO, a standalone new adult contemporary romance by Kana Wu

Welcome to the book blitz for A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO, a standalone new adult contemporary romance by Kana Wu, releasing March 31, 2022. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO, a standalone new adult contemporary romance by Kana Wu

A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO by Kana Wu

About the Book
Title: A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO
Author: Kana Wu
Publisher: Bellwind Books
Release Date: March 31, 2022
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Bella Bell lives a perfectly ordinary life with a perfectly ordinary office job in suburban California, where she longs to break free from her perfect sister’s shadow. So when Little Bear Café chooses her to train its new franchisee in Tokyo for the summer, she jumps at the chance.

But even a dream come true can get complicated. From the moment she steps on the plane, she annoys her pompous, handsome seatmate, insults her apartment manager, and gets caught up in her new neighbors’ drama. And everywhere she turns, she keeps running into the arrogant stranger from her flight—and she can’t seem to get him out of her head.

Ryo Yamada is at the top of his game: a high-powered job, no shortage of potential girlfriends. But his life is turned upside down when his family asks him to return to Tokyo for good because of his sister’s failing health. And now he finds himself avoiding his childhood friend whose feelings he doesn’t return. And bumping into the irritating, pretty redhead from his flight—who may not be so bad after all. The last thing he expects is to fall in love.

As the new café opening and the end of Bella’s time in Tokyo draw near, Bella and Ryo grow close—until they discover their circumstances may tear them apart. Can they find their way back to each other for good? 

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A WARM RAINY DAY IN TOKYO, a standalone new adult contemporary romance by Kana Wu is coming March 31, 2022!

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Excerpt
“Bella, Bella,” The gorgeous stranger whispered.

I let out a quiet sigh because I loved the way he called my name. His voice was gentle, like rustling leaves on a breezy night. With a smile, I tipped my head toward him. The moon hid behind a thin cloud, but its light was enough for me to see his chiseled jaw, long nose, and full, sexy lips.

“I love your baby blue eyes, Bella Bell,” he whispered again, lowering his face to mine. “Do you love me?”

“Yes,” I whispered back, my heart thundering in my chest as his hazel eyes looked straight at me. Oh my, he is going to kiss me? Yes … yes … Wait, maybe I have to be bolder. Swallowing, I placed my hands on his muscular hips.

“Bella,” he said, caressing my red hair before his hand stopped on the back of my neck and pulled me closer.

I closed my eyes, waiting for his warm kiss to touch mine, but nothing came. Clenching my jaw, I cupped his face with my hands and coaxed it toward me. Oddly, instead of kissing me, he called out, “Bella! Bella! Bella!” At the same moment, I heard loud sounds, like someone banging on the door. What the …

As much as I wanted to ignore the annoying interruption, I opened my eyes to find that the handsome, chiseled-jaw guy had disappeared, and my hands clenched my pillow a few inches in front of my face. It wasn’t real … but who dared to disturb my dream? I couldn’t moan for too long because the banging became louder, followed by my mom’s irritated voice. “Bella, how many times do I have to wake you up?”

Ugh, couldn’t Mom have woken me up a bit later, at least after I got my kiss? I groaned.

Jumping out of my bed, I opened the door to see my mom glaring at me. She was wearing a blue blazer and pencil skirt, ready for work at a local library as the senior librarian. In her late fifties, she looked great. She had fair skin and no wrinkles, and was a bit heavy at almost five feet tall. Her new hairstyle, short with blonde highlights made her look younger. I could see a flicker of jealousy in my dad’s eyes whenever a man glanced at her in awe. How I wished I had inherited her fair skin and would look like her when I was older. However, my older sister got our mom’s looks and I looked more like our dad. But thanks to the height from my dad, I was three inches taller than my mom.

A whiff of jasmine from her perfume hit my nose like the fresh air of spring. But my mom’s eyes and expression were far from gentle: They were more like a brewing storm.

“Bellalina Elizabeth Bell.” Her voice was loud and high when she called my full name—which she did whenever she was super upset. “You aren’t a kid anymore. You are almost twenty-two, for God’s sake. Why can’t you wake up on your own? I can’t believe that I have to wake you up like this in the morning,” she scoffed, and turned her body toward the kitchen. “Wipe your drool and brush your hair before going out.”

The corner of my mouth was damp as I wiped it with the back of my hand. As I followed my mom down to the kitchen, I tied my shoulder-length hair back with the hairband that was always around my wrist.

“That’s your fault,” I grumbled, and sat on the tall chair at the kitchen island where she’d already put a half gallon of orange juice, a box of cereal, breakfast sausages, six boiled eggs, and a pile of toast, jam, and butter. “I found an effective way to wake up without your help, but you complain about that.”

My mom almost rolled her bright blue eyes at me, but she restrained herself. “You set five different alarm clocks to wake you up every day. Five alarms, Bella. You refused to use your phone alarms and bought five metal twin-bell alarm clocks instead. And those are loud enough to wake up the whole neighborhood.”

“But that’s effective,” I protested, helping myself to a glass of orange juice. “You know I’m not a morning person. Then when I found a way that works, you don’t like it.”

“Those damn alarm clocks can wake up the whole neighborhood,” she said slowly as if I didn’t comprehend her words the first time. I widened my eyes, and my mom sighed.

She opened her mouth to say something but was interrupted by Mel’s entrance. Mel was willowy, five-ten with tan skin and freckles on her nose.

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Author Kana Wu

Author Kana Wu

About the Author
Kana Wu, an autodidact author, has loved writing since her childhood. She used to work as an analyst and later an accountant before deciding to be a writer in 2018.

Her debut novel, No Romance Allowed, was published in October 2019, and it received two awards as Finalist in the 2020 International Book Awards and Reader’s Favorite Awards. It was also a winner in the Romance category for the 2020 TCK Publishing Readers’ Choice Awards Contest.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and her two rescued Jindo dogs.

Be the first to know when Kana has a special offer or a new book by checking her website or following her on social media.

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Cover Reveal – THE MAGI MANIFESTO (The Magi Menagerie Series) by Kale Lawrence

 

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE MAGI MANIFESTO, the second book in the young adult/new historical adult fantasy series, The Magi Menagerie, by Kale Lawrence

Welcome to the cover reveal for THE MAGI MANIFESTO, the second book in the young adult/new historical adult fantasy series, The Magi Menagerie, by Kale Lawrence, releasing December 13, 2022. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE MAGI MANIFESTO, the second book in the young adult/new historical adult fantasy series, The Magi Menagerie, by Kale Lawrence

THE MAGI MANIFESTO (The Magi Menagerie Series #2) by Kale Lawrence

About the Book
Title:
THE MAGI MANIFESTO
Series: The Magi Menagerie Series #2
Author: Kale Lawrence
Publisher: EnchantFire
Release Date: December 13, 2022
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Historical Fantasy
Links: Goodreads 

Synopsis
After the true power of the Tablet of Destinies is revealed, Ezra grapples with the horrors of the night that changed everything. Haunted by the monster who claimed his father’s life, Ezra is determined to see his promise through and become a Magus. But when the Third Order of the Magi have him arrested for crimes he has yet to commit, Ezra is willing to do whatever it takes to prove himself, even if it means going after the very force that terrorises his dreams.

But there’s more at stake than the Magi realise and major risks must be taken to settle the score. Desperate to stop the Legerdemain Brotherhood from claiming infinite power, Jonas must lead a team into the heart of enemy territory and dismantle the Brotherhood from the inside. Can Ezra and Jonas successfully stop the Legerdemain from ushering in a new era of terror? Or will yet another unlikely foe rise from the deep?

 

 

 

 

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THE MAGI MANIFESTO, the second book in the young adult/new historical adult fantasy series, The Magi Menagerie, by Kale Lawrence is coming December 2022

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Author Kale Lawrence

Author Kale Lawrence

About the Author
Since the early age of 6, Kale Lawrence knew she either wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously, the astronaut gig didn’t work out, so instead, Kale turned to fantastic fictional worlds. When Kale is not writing creatively, she works as a Marketing Manager at a pet product company, and pretends she’s an Olympic swimmer at the gym. She has also served as a board member for the South Dakota Writes organization.

In addition to books, Kale has lent her writing prowess to television, and her writing has been featured on nationwide PBS television programming, NBC newscasts, ABC newscasts, and the Travel Channel.

Kale currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her feisty tortoiseshell calico cat, Emma Bug and sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean.

 

 

 

Where to find Kale Lawrence
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Cover Reveal – FROM CROWN TO BLADE (Crown and Blade Series) by J.H. Dark

 

Author J.H. Dark is unveiling the cover to FROM CROWN TO BLADE, a the first book in the young adult/new adult fantasy series, Crown and Blade, releasing December 31, 2022

Author J.H. Dark is unveiling the cover to FROM CROWN TO BLADE, a the first book in the young adult/new adult fantasy series, Crown & Blade, releasing December 31, 2022. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

FROM CROWN TO BLADE, a the first book in the young adult/new adult fantasy series, Crown and Blade, by J.H. Dark

FROM CROWN TO BLADE (Crown & Blade Series #1) by J.H. Dark

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Title: FROM CROWN TO BLADE
Series: Crown & Blade Series #1
Author: R.J. Garcia
Release Date: December 31, 2022
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis
Twin sisters. One destined to rule; the other destined to fight. A quest that will destroy the fabric of magic.

Princess Naomi, the rightful heir of Wildbriar, learned at a very young age she must neglect her heart in favor of duty, even as she jealously watches her twin sister, Nayeli, do as she pleases.

But the seemingly carefree Princess Nayeli, the King’s Champion, has duties of her own. Despite her passion for training with the soldiers, Nayeli nonetheless dreads the day she’ll become Commander of Naomi’s army and be forced to uphold their father’s legacy—to protect Wildbriar from the war currently raging between three powerful kingdoms on the other side of the continent.

During their eighteenth birthday celebration, the castle is attacked by unknown rogues—and Naomi is poisoned.

In view of her sister’s perilous condition, Nayeli sets her sights on the deadly Mist Isle to find a rare ingredient for the antidote that will save Naomi’s life—and the life of their dear kingdom.

For if Naomi dies, so does her unique magic, the one power that feels and feeds the land.

While Nayeli undertakes her dangerous quest, Naomi becomes a prisoner inside her own body. Yet, the coma that overtakes her doesn’t steal her powers, and with those she discovers the assault on them is just one small piece of a much bigger puzzle.

That the war isn’t as far away as it seems.

And that Wildbriar may be lost—with or without her.

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Preorder FROM CROWN TO BLADE, a the first book in the young adult/new adult fantasy series, Crown and Blade, by J.H. Dark

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Author J.H. Dark

Author J.H. Dark

About the Author
JH Dark is the pen name of a USA Today Bestseller author. As JH Dark, she writes fantasy with strong women, dreamy heroes, and endless adventure and action. Her passion for books started when she was very little, and her first novel was penned at only thirteen years old. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and way too many books!

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Playlist + Giveaway – IT STARTED WITH A LIST (Pacific Grove University Series) by Tinia Montford

 

Welcome to the blog tour for IT STARTED WITH A LIST, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Pacific Grove University, by Tinia Montford

IT STARTED WITH A LIST Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for IT STARTED WITH A LIST, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Pacific Grove University, by Tinia Montford. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive look at the book’s playlist, and details on her giveaway.

IT STARTED WITH A LIST, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Pacific Grove University, by Tinia Montford

IT STARTED WITH A LIST (Pacific Grove University Series #1) by Tinia Montford

About the Book
Title: IT STARTED WITH A LIST
Series: Pacific Grover University Series #1
Author: Tinia Montford
Publisher: 735 Emerald Press
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2022
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
Time’s up for Vassa Blackwell.

With her college graduation looming, Vassa reflects on the past four years. After a devastating betrayal from her closest friend leaves her ostracized, she trusts no one. Now she is mega disappointed. No wacky misadventures, no drunken nights, and no regrettable mistakes that you can NEVER tell your parents. Work and class, class and work. That’s it. College is supposed to be the best years of your life… Right?

Vassa feels as though she’s cheated herself out of a full college experience. Notable with romance and boys and stuff. So, she makes a college bucket list. Then the worse thing ever happens. Her list falls into the hands of Lazarus Gilbert. King of the baseball team, sworn enemy (in her opinion), and her annoying upstairs neighbor. He thinks he’s found something fun to do. She thinks she’s in trouble. That’s until she discovers there’s more to Lazarus than he lets on…

With the pressures of post-college decisions and failing classes, can they complete the bucket list before the semester runs out? Are Vassa and Lazarus just too different to get along? Will they both come out winners in the end, or will she retreat to her safety-zone? Is it too late for her to learn to live and let live, and let love enter her heart?

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Playlist
Psycho!- MASN
Separate from You – sadgods, Powfu, Indii G.
Here – Alessia Cara
Torn Apart – Eredaze
Prom Queen – Beach Bunny
Hoodie – Hey Violet
Like a Radio – Keelan Donovan
Selfish – Stephanie Poetri
I Like Me Better – Lauv
I’m Yours – Alessia Cara
Next 2 U – Feyde
XO – Beyonce
Wind of Change – Scorpions
feelings fade – Garrett ash, RKCB
In My Head – Peter Manos
Stay – Post Malone
Fix You – Coldplay
Dancing With Your Ghost – Sasha Alex Sloan
Accountable – marc indigo
S.I.L.W.U. – Sara Diamond
Crash my Car – COIN
Love It If We Made It – The 1975
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day

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Author Tinia Montford

Author Tinia Montford

About the Author
Tinia (TUH-NIA) Montford is a Pisces who’s a sap for romance, especially when there’s (tons of) kissing. Loves eighties sitcoms and will consume anything with chocolate. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in English and Graphic Design.

She is a world traveler having climbed a volcano in Nicaragua, scaled Angkor Wat in the blistering sun, and roamed the Acropolis of Athens. Oh, she also dabbles in short stories occasionally.

If you can’t catch her writing, you can bet she’s overindulging on poke bowls, listening to the same four songs, or chilling with her adorbs doggie. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction..

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – ONE SPRING BREAK (Wimberley University Series) by Sophie Stevens

 

Welcome to the blog tour for ONE SPRING BREAK, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Wimberley University, by Sophie Stevens

Welcome to the blog tour for ONE SPRING BREAK, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Wimberley University, by Sophie Stevens. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

ONE SPRING BREAK, the third book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Wimberley University, by Sophie Stevens

ONE SPRING BREAK (Wimberley University Series #3) by Sophie Stevens

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: ONE SPRING BREAK
Series: Wimberley University Series #2
Author: Sophie Stevens
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2022
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Flat-ass. Chubby cheeks. Whore.

Pre-med student, Rosie Magee, has been called every slur imaginable by her obnoxious roommate, a foul-tempered fellow who drops food on the floor and poops wherever he pleases. If the insult thrower didn’t have scarlet feathers and a beak capable of shearing fingers, she’d happily kick him out. But her roommate, a macaw named Baby, belongs to her snotty sister Maria, and according to their mother, if the siblings want room and board, they’re stuck together until graduation. After scrimping and saving, Rosie has finally tucked away enough money to escape from her boyfriend-stealing sister and her evil, yellow-eyed minion for one spring break.

Wholesome. Good guy. Boy next door.

Engineering student, Erik Snider, never believed good guys finish last until his girlfriend has a one-night-stand with a local thespian, Tulsa Lester. She wants to reconcile, but Erik can’t forgive a betrayal so deep. When he learns she’s moved on while he’s still mourning their relationship, his roommate hatches a plan for revenge—ask out the prettiest girl on campus, Maria Magee, and take her to the spring formal his ex will be attending. Though not the vengeful type, Erik is desperate enough to agree in hopes a date with a gorgeous girl will help him heal, but pretty girls have agendas of their own. If he wants an evening with Maria, he’ll have to take care of her demanding macaw for one spring break.

When Baby escapes Erik’s care, Rosie ditches her vacation to help him find her sister’s macaw. As they fight off parrot hungry hawks and navigate trees with flimsy branches, they form a bond that might just verge on love. But nothing comes easily for Rosie. With a man-stealing sister who lives to torment her, and a best friend Tulsa who tore apart Erik’s relationship, happily-ever-after will be anything but smooth sailing.

One spring break brought them together.

An insolent bird… A hateful sister… A best friend with secrets… Will tear them apart.

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Excerpt #3
“When did you have your keys last?” I ask.

“I locked the door to my place, saw Maria’s macaw, Baby, and came straight to your apartment. I could have sworn I had them in my hand, but I must have put them down when I ran after Baby. I just don’t know where! What if I dropped them out here?” Rosie scans the college lawn, a hopelessness settling over her. “They’re a needle in a haystack. I’ll never find them again.”

I squeeze her shoulders, but then immediately back off, afraid I’ll break her, and drop my hands to my sides. “We’ll find them. We just need to hurry before it gets dark. What time is it?”

Rosie pulls her phone out of her jean pocket. “A little after four.”

“Okay, we have two hours before the sun sets. You stay with Baby and trace your steps. Anywhere you walked out here, be sure to check. I’ll search the path back to the apartment and my living room.”

She nods, but she’s nibbling her bottom lip as though she’s not so sure this will work. Neither am I. After it gets dark, we’ll have no hope of finding them. “Be back in a few,” I say as I hurry off, keeping my eyes glued to the ground.

An hour later, I haven’t found them. I’m standing in the living room, my hands on my hips, staring out the front window at the receding light. What a crazy Sunday afternoon. Lost keys. A Vegas vacation gone to squat. A hurt bird in a tree who refuses to come down. Rosie’s sister, Maria, is going to kill me, and I should care. But even through all the mayhem, I keep thinking one thing. I get to spend more time with Rosie. Which is crazy. The girl has every right to hate me. I’ve ruined her trip to Vegas. I’ve nearly killed her sister’s bird, and the verdict is still out on that one because I might just finish him off by the end of the night.

There’s no way Rosie wants to spend a minute more with me, and yet I don’t want to let her go. I don’t want to be a fuckup around her, either. I want to show her I can be the hero. I can save the bird, get her on the plane to Vegas, and keep her sister from knowing about the hawk incident. I’ll even open my home to her so she can stay the night. If that doesn’t make her think better of me, nothing will.

“I’m going to hell for what I’m about to do,” I mumble. As the apartment complex’s custodian, I have a locked metal safe in my closet that holds every key to every apartment and storage unit in this place. I could unlock Rosie’s apartment in a heartbeat, but there’s no need for her to know that.

More time with Rosie. That’s what I want. And that’s what I’m going to get.

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Get Caught Up on the Series:

Book 1: CASSIE’S TEMPTATION
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Book 2: CASSIE’S FALL
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Author Sophie Stevens

Author Sophie Stevens

About the Author
Author of contemporary romance, young adult and urban fantasy.

 

 

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Where to Find Sophie Stevens
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