Cover Reveal: Intoxicated by Monica Murphy (Billionaire Bachelor’s Club series)

We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!

LOL–that excerpt is killing me! Too funny…must read this one!

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ABOUT INTOXICATED:

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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EXCERPT:

I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

 

MonicaMurphypic-250x373ABOUT MONICA MURPHY:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

 

 

 

 

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New Release Blitz and Giveaways: Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross

This one sounds really good; I had a hard time picking which excerpt to use because they were all so good! I’m adding it to my TBR right now!
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Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross
Publication date: April 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
Callie Kirkpatrick promised herself she’d never fall in love again.

After catching her boyfriend Ethan cheating on her, Callie decides to retire from the dating game at the ripe old age of twenty-four. Unfortunately for Callie, she’s going to have to see Ethan at her best friend’s upcoming wedding. Stranded in the airport during a weather delay on her way to the nuptials, Callie meets Nate Wright. He’s sexy and uncomplicated, and a one-night stand is just what the doctor ordered for a girl with a broken heart. Callie thinks she’ll never see Nate again —until he shows up at the wedding.

Nate is hell-bent on making Callie forget about her ex, and he makes her question whether she was ever really in love with Ethan at all. As she begins to fall for Nate, Callie wonders if promises were meant to be broken…

Excerpt:

“He really did a number on you, didn’t he?” Nate says, not even trying to hide his anger. “You’re still torn up over it.” And the way the words come out, they’re a statement of fact. I have to set the record straight.

“I’m not torn up over it,” I tell him, looking him right in the eyes. And that’s the truth. I mean, it’s part of the truth, but things aren’t that simple.

“Callie-”

“I’m not. See, the thing is that I thought this would be us, you know? Me and Ethan getting married. Having a wedding, spending the rest of our lives together. I thought that’s where we were headed. I let myself believe I had forever with him, and then I came home and found him in bed with another woman. In our bed. And I just…I couldn’t believe it.”

“Cheating isn’t usually about the sex,” he says, like that matters at all.

“That doesn’t make it any better, Nate. That makes it worse.”

He nods, looking down, and I’m not sure if he doesn’t say anything because he wants me to keep going or because he just doesn’t know what else to say. There’s a part of me that’s ready to say this, to admit it out loud, and I want to admit it to him.

“Six months later, it’s not the sex that bothers me. Well, not really. It’s that I never thought he could do something like that to me. I didn’t think he was even capable of it. I was supposed to be the person who knew him better than anyone else, and I wonder how deep would I have gotten before I found out? Would we have gotten married? Would we have had children? How long would it have taken me to figure out that I didn’t know him at all? That’s what scares the hell out of me. So it’s not about him, you know? It’s about me. I don’t trust myself to know who it’s safe to give my heart to.”

Nate takes a deep breath, and his face is so full of understanding that I could cry. He reaches up and pushes a strand of hair behind my ear, and his expression is so tender that I can’t help but press my cheek into the palm of his hand and close my eyes. He makes me feel safe, and I don’t know if it’s right, but I want to allow myself the comfort that he offers, even though that’s so dangerous. It would be so easy for me to let myself fall in love with him. So easy to let him in. So easy for him to break my heart.

Nate’s hand slides down the side of my neck, and he traces the strap of my swimsuit with his fingertip. I can feel the trail of heat his touch leaves all the way down in my toes. “You won’t ever know who it’s safe to give your heart to. Falling in love is a risk.”

I laugh bitterly. “I think it’s well documented that I’m not much of a risk taker.”

He smiles, putting his hand back on the edge of the pool. “Not every guy is like Ethan.”

I know he’s dying to tell me that he isn’t like Ethan, but he doesn’t do that. I don’t know why his silence makes me believe him more than his words ever could, but everything in my brain is just a big swirl of confusion right now.

“But some guys are, Nate. How will I know the difference?”

He waits for me to look into his eyes before he speaks. “You’ll feel it.”

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Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80′s sitcoms.
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New Release Blitz and Giveaway! Southern Seduction Box Set (Day 3–Elle Jefferson’s One Summer and Tessa Teevan’s Sweet Southern Sorrow)

Day three features two more steamy novellas–read on!

Eleven authors come together..

..to give you ELEVEN all new sizzling southern stories of seduction. There’s so much heat packed into one set that you’ll be fanning yourself from page one until the very end! Be ready…we’re going south, where it’s hot and steamy…and we’re not talking about the weather!


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One summer forever changed the lives of Sawyer Callahan and Cheyenne Hamilton. Two very lonely people found solace in one another and in the end, fell in love. Unfortunately their plans for the fall took them in entirely different directions. Despite their best efforts, family issues and life’s circumstances got in the way, breaking both of their hearts in the process.
Almost six years later they find themselves face-to-face, and old feelings resurface. When the past collides with the present, will they be able resist the temptation, or will they finally realize that they’re where they’re meant to be?
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Maddie knew it was going to be an awful trip. Not only did going to Dallas, Texas mean to much time with her father, who thought everything she did was wrong, there was also Brayden. Her brother, the golden child she’d have to compete with. And of course, there was the reason she was being dragged to this doom in the first place. Her mother’s dying wish: give some secret box to an uncle who’d written them off more than a year ago. All in all, it was going to be the worse summer on record.
Then she met JR.

JR is handsome, sweet, and looks downright mouthwatering in his underwear. There’s only one problem, every time she gets close to finding out what’s hiding beneath those boxers, he goes cold fish and books it. She doesn’t think she’s reading his signals wrong. Then again, she failed all her linguistics and sociology classes.

Maddie soon finds out what’s bugging JR when he asks her the one question she dreads. The question most people aren’t prepared for her answer to. “Can you really talk to the dead?”

If she’s honest with him, she’s certain he’ll turn cold-fish permanently.


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Cover Reveal! Docked by Rachael Wade

Rachael Wade (I reviewed her novel Declaration here) has an adult contemporary coming out next month. Read all about it below!

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Docked by Rachael Wade
Publication date: May 26th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A new, sensual Adult Contemporary Romance from author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY. Coming to e-readers everywhere May 26, 2014.

It’s not water that paralyzes Anya Banks—it’s the ocean. Tumultuous and powerful, sleek and unpredictable, it’s just like Tanner Christensen, owner of Trident Voyager, the cruise ship she’s been talked into boarding by her vivacious, foodie fanatic best friend and co-worker, Lana. Tanner exudes confidence, and his raw masculinity is hard to resist. But Anya came aboard to work, face her demons, and then get the hell back to dry land.

Until Tanner convinces her to take the plunge.

She quickly dives into a fun, carefree arrangement with him and embraces her goal to be brave, no matter how loudly her shaky knees tell her to abandon ship. For twelve days, Tanner’s all hers. For twelve days, she’s his goddess. Once the cruise is over and the ship docks, she won’t be the same. But being brave always costs something, and this time, it might cost her heart.

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Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade
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New Release Review and Giveaway: An Unexpected Sin by Sarah Ballance (Sins of Salem #2)

Sarah Ballance’s latest is a charming historical–read all about it!

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Book Title: An Unexpected Sin
Series: Sins of Salem #2
Author: Sarah Ballance
Release Date: 4/14/14
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Synopsis:

Salem, Colonial

The moment the stranger’s dark eyes meet hers, Anne Scudder’s world is immediately overthrown by chaos. That single flare of desire is immediate, driving away all notions of propriety. Instead, Anne is consumed with sinful thoughts—ones that no unmarried girl should ever have for a man who isn’t her husband…

But Josiah Cromwell is no stranger.

It’s been six years since Josiah stole kisses from Anne, his best friend’s younger sister. Six years since Josiah left after his best friend’s death, burdened by the knowledge that he was responsible for destroying Anne’s family. Now he’s returned to claim the woman he can’t live without. But even as their desire threatens to consume them both—body and soul—the dark workings of suspicion and witchcraft are afoot.

Because in Salem, too much passion can lead a woman to ruin… and condemned to death.

Review:

It’s official; I just really enjoy Sarah Ballance’s writing. This is my first full-length novel from her–I read her novella Ruby Hill last fall and loved it (very creepy and atmospheric; with a delicious lovers-with-a-past theme), so I jumped at the chance to read her historical–especially once I realized it was set in a time and place that’s always fascinated me–colonial Salem, during the witch hunts.

Unlike a lot of other books set in the same time and place, the characters in this one aren’t directly involved in the trials, though they definitely have an impact on much of what they do, both in the novel’s past and present. The hero and heroine of book one in the series, Her Wicked Sin‘s Lydia and Henry Dunham, are in here just enough to make me need to look up their book and make sure it’s on my TBR. (It was–I bought it back when it was released for the same reasons I wanted to read this one. It’s moving up the pile as we speak!)

Anne Scudder’s situation is a little unusual–she’s her parents’ only surviving child in a community where her best friend ‘s family is more the norm–eleven children and one more on the way. She had an older brother, once–but Samuel died in an accident six years earlier. Now Anne helps her aging parents run an inn in town and has no real interest in marrying–at least at the moment–though she knows that a steady, strong husband could do much to help her family’s situation…caring for the inn is rapidly becoming more than her father can handle.

At a house raising for a local newlywed couple, Anne and Prudence spot a newcomer. His handsome face and strong build strike both girls immediately, and both feel that he is somehow familiar. Prompted by the flirty Prudence to bring the stranger a drink, Anne soon learns that he is actually Josiah Cromwell, her brother’s best friend–all grown up after a six year absence.

As teens, the two had shared several forbidden kisses back before tragedy had torn them apart, and they instantly realize that the spark between them hasn’t been diminished by the passage of time.

Enter the conflict: Josiah blames himself for Samuel’s death, and he worries that the Scudder family will as well. Anne doesn’t realize his guilt, thinking they just both share a common grief, but she fears that the reminder Josiah brings will turn her parents against him and his suit. Josiah takes a position as a hired man at the inn, hoping to show his worthiness through his actions. He’s not exactly living a lie–he does give his Christian first name–but he doesn’t reveal their shared past to the elder Scudders.

Mrs. Scudder seems predisposed to dislike him, though, and warns Anne repeatedly not to spend time with the hired help. (Obviously, Puritan mothers didn’t have access to all the fine parenting information and advice that modern parents do, or Susannah Scudder would know that she was practically guaranteeing something was going to happen between the two. ;) Though, really, it was clearly going to happen anyway. They had a history…and it’s a romance novel. That’s how they roll.)

What follows is a sweet story about love lost and found, and characters who must learn to forgive themselves–and others–and come to terms with their past so that they can learn to embrace the future. An all-around enjoyable read!

Rating: 4 stars/ B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing.

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway: Two for Protection by Marissa Dobson (Alaskan Tigers)

Another Alaskan Tigers book–with a great giveaway :)

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Murder…

Courtney Mathews was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she witnessed two murders. After going to the authorities her life is turned upside down, and she’s forced to flee back to her hometown in Alaska to save herself.

Mistakes…

Tad Brown is third in line to take over his sleuth—bear clan—but his mistakes cling to every decision, making him question himself. Finding Courtney forces him to confront his past in order to embrace his future. Will he be able to put the past where it belongs, and keep Courtney safe, or will it cause him to lose the woman he’s destined to be with?

Changes…

With so many people depending on Milo, he must come into his own. Stepping into a role of authority has him doubting himself. Never before had he wanted to be a leader, content as one of the Elders guards. On a mission for the Alaskan Tigers, the three of them must work together to survive, with Milo taking the lead.

 

Author Bio:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She’s a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He’s her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.

Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to her bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they’re helpful in their own ways.

She loves to hear from readers so send her an email at marissa@marissadobson.com or visit her online at http://www.marissadobson.com.

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Teaser Blitz! Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin (Out of Line #3)

Today is the teaser blitz for the upcoming book OUT OF MIND by Jen McLaughlin. This is the third–and final–book in the OUT OF LINE series!

The book will be released on April 29th…

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Reaching for sunlight…

Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.

Lost in shadows…

All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…

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Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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New Release Blitz and Giveaway! Southern Seduction Box Set (Day 2–Kelly Collins’s Throw Caution to the Wind and K. Webster’s Rock Country)

Day two brings us two more fantastic authors and their novellas!
Eleven authors come together…

…to give you ELEVEN all new, sizzling southern stories of seduction. There’s so much heat packed into one set that you’ll be fanning yourself from page one until the very end! Be ready…we’re going south, where it’s hot and steamy…and we’re not talking about the weather!


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Day 2

Bobby and June were the best of friends as kids. For two years they spent every waking moment together. And just as they started realizing they had potential to be more, Bobby was unexpectedly uprooted to Las Vegas.

Fast forward fifteen years.

Bobby is now a guitar hero of a very successful rock band. June is wasting away, working at a local diner, and married to an abusive man. Devastating events send Bobby back to Texas to deal with some unsettled issues. When he runs into June, she’s all grown up. No longer that blonde haired, pig-tailed little girl—now she’s the Queen of the South with tanned legs, sexy curves, and more beauty than all the groupies combined. Problem is, June is a shell of her former self—that is, until Bobby brings the spark back into her life.

What happens when a typical bad boy rocker comes across a sad country song? Why, you get the sweet sound of Rock Country.

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Seven years ago, Savannah Stone walked away from Louisiana, vowing never to return. With a suitcase in her hand and a scar on her heart she set out on a new path.
Seven years later, the death of her best friend has her returning back to the place she promised herself she would never go––home.
Savannah is determined to bury her friend without letting the emotion of being home overwhelm her. 
That plan goes out the window the second she sees Jackson.
His presence causes a storm to brew inside of her that she can’t contain. He was the one thing she could count on– until the incident that changed everything.
Jackson arrives in Leesville with just one mission. He wants Savannah back, and he’s willing to do anything to make it happen.
They are there to bury a friend, but can they bury the past as well?
Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind.
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Release Day Blitz! Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today! Mini Moe #2 and I saw Jennifer at several events at the Baltimore Book Festival, and she was so much fun–we’re both looking forward to this one!

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I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly. “Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

 

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

 

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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An Interview and Giveaway with Claudia Shelton, Author of Risk of a Lifetime

 Entangled Ignite has two heart-pounding titles out this week! Read on for my interview with Claudia Shelton (Risk of a Lifetime) below, and then click here to read all about the second title, Larie Brannik’s Her Desert Treasure.

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Welcome, Claudia! Tell us more about your book–take us beyond the official “book blurb”.

First of all, Risk of a Lifetime is about second chances in life and learning to let go of the past on so many levels. Set in a small fictional Missouri town situated near a big lake, the friendly I’ve-got-your-back feeling is only amplified when JB returns home with danger hot on his heels. And Marcy’s support system, her mother and sister, can be just as sassy and secretive as her when the need arises. Then there’s the chemistry between JB and Marcy that can heat up a cabin faster than a fireplace.

Sounds like a great combination!

 

Give us more info about your main characters–who are they?

JB and Marcy are made for each other, right down to the white shirt she kept when she kicked him out. Back in town only a few day, he still knows how to heat Marcy’s emotions with a wink or a whisper. But even though they may love each other that’s just not enough when she wants their life to be status-quo the way it used to be and JB’s career in law enforcement is on the line.

I sense some juicy conflict here…

 

What scene in your book was the most fun to write, and why?

There were quite a few fun scenes, but I do like when he walks in the house with his own key. Then when he asks her if she wants the key back…well…uh… Think about it, would you ask for the key back from a hot, alpha male?

LOL—no! ;)

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing for over five years with two other manuscripts completed before Risk of a Lifetime. My husband knew I wanted to be a writer, so he convinced me to quit my day-job and write my stories. And of course once I started writing seriously my family and friends cheered me on all the way.

That’s fantastic! It’s awesome to have such strong support.

 

What do you like best about being a writer?

I love when the characters start to show me who they are–the sexy, alpha hero and the strong, sassy woman. Sometimes one of them will show up first in my mind with their personality already well on its way to being a great character. That’s when I start searching for someone worthy of them and their love because that’s what makes for a great romance. Of course when they start to insist on their story being written and I’m in the middle of another work-in-progress, that can be a problem.

I’m still holding out for cloning. Or maybe my own Time Turner. I’d get soooo much more done!

 

What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

When I’m in the midst of a story, it’s hard to get up from the computer and exercise. Trust me, my body reminds me sometimes!

I believe it! My dog is also good at the reminding bit too…

 

What are you working on right now?  What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I just completed the first three chapters and a synopsis for the second book centered around this lake-town setting. Plus I’m in the process of editing another just-completed manuscript headed in a different direction. Hopefully, you’ll see those books out soon.

Sounds great!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Cherry Adair and Catherine Mann for their great alpha heroes. And, BJ Daniels and Robyn Carr for that outdoors setting as a backdrop to a small-town feeling.

…and they’re all in my TBR. Coincidence?

 

What are you currently reading?

My TBR pile is getting out of control, but the next will be either Angi Morgan–The Marine’s Last Defense or Janet Evanovich–Takedown Twenty  or Jeannie Lin–The Jade Temptress.

Decisions, decisions….

 

Please share a favorite scene from your books with our readers.

The slam of JB’s truck door interrupted her thoughts. She’d make him have to ring the bell while she took her time in answering and considered whether to unlock the door or

not.

Easy as anything, he stepped inside. She jerked to her feet, frowning, eyes rounded, and mouth open.

“You forget I still have a key to our house.” He grinned along with his gotcha wink. “I’m surprised you didn’t change the locks when you divorced me.”

“I’ll get that done first thing in the morning.”

“No need. If you want the key, I’ll give it to you.” He walked into her space. Braced his arms on each side of her against the kitchen counter. Leaning toward her ear, his breath  whispered through her hair. “Do you want the key, Marcy? Should I leave it on the table?”

Ooooh! Love it!

Thanks so much, Claudia!

Read more about Claudia and Risk of a Lifetime below, and don’t forget to pick up your own copy while it’s still just 99 cents!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Claudia Shelton thought she wrote mainstream when she began writing, but before long, someone told her she sounded more like romance. Then those pesky alpha heroes and the women strong enough to love them, started running through her mind insisting she write their own happily-ever-after. Since then, she’s focused on HEA with a splash of suspense or intrigue, becoming a two-time finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) awards for excellence in mystery and suspense. During her downtime from writing, you’ll find her sipping a cup of cocoa in winter’s chill or enjoying a drink by the water in summer’s heat–either way, she’s always enjoying life. Her novel RISK OF A LIFETIME releases April 2014.

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Risk of a Lifetime
by: Claudia Shelton

Tagline: Can she survive his past?

Synopsis:

Three years ago, Marcy Bradley let the man she loved go so he could follow his career dream of being an FBI agent. She sent divorce papers. He signed. She never filed them.

With a killer after them, Marcy and JB run for their lives, escaping to a lakeside cabin. Their love is rekindled, and JB realizes they’re still married, but will there be time for their passion amidst the explosions and gunshots?

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