Cover Reveal! STILL ME by Amy Patrick (20Something #3)

STILL ME FINAL
Still Me
by Amy Patrick
(20Something #3)
Publication date: October 10th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Fall in love like a 20 Something….

23 year old Kenley Moran is going through a mid-life crisis… WAY early. Pushed since childhood by a nightmare stage-mom to use her looks to “land a rich man”, she’s reeling from a broken engagement and regretting the day she gave up her career in TV news for a guy.

Now Kenley’s determined to change her life, shunning makeup and fashion and fighting her way back into the highly competitive career she loves, off-camera this time. When she lands a producing job at Worldwide News Network in Atlanta, she plans to keep her head down, work hard, and prove she’s not just another pretty face. And vows NO ONE is EVER going to make her compromise herself again.

WNN anchor Larson Overstreet has it all—old money, good looks, a prestigious job, and more women than he can count throwing themselves at him. Problem is… none of it is real. He’s known his whole life that people are only interested in him for his fortune and his famous family name, in that order. Except for Kenley. The shy news producer isn’t interested in him at all.

Working closely with the anchor of her new show, Kenley’s dismayed to feel an instant spark. Larson’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too good looking, too charming, and worst of all, too rich. She’s not looking for another big money honey. In fact, she’d prefer a nice little guy from the mailroom, maybe a guy who lives at home like she’s been forced to do.

But when they must travel together for a special report, Kenley realizes Larson’s not the spoiled pretty rich boy she pegged him as, and she’s not as immune to him as she’s pretended to be.

Now, even at the network level, what happens behind the scenes is the real story.

 

AUTHOR BIO:Amy
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick.  She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
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A Conversation with Kathleen Bittner Roth, Author of A DUKE’S WICKED KISS (Her Majesty’s Gentleman Spies)

Spies. A duke. Wicked kissing. And apple tarts. Really, what more do you need? ;)
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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Kathleen!

It’s a pleasure to be here, Becky. I’m presently spending six months traveling around the country, and I just left a quilter’s home. I am in awe of you quilters. What beauty you create!

Thank you :)

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. Right after completing A Duke’s Wicked Kiss, a freak accident left me nearly blind with less than a 50% chance of recovery. Four surgeries later, I have perfect vision, thanks to a miracle worker of a surgeon in Budapest, Hungary. With horribly impaired vision, I revised and edited A Duke’s Wicked Kiss, and managed to write four more books. All but one of them are to be released in 2014.
  2. I landed in Budapest under dire circumstances but ended up falling in love with the city and remained.
  3. I’m a pantser, meaning I do not plot my books. Instead, I get quiet and centered, and let my characters create the story. In between having them dictate to me, I thoroughly research the setting and era. A Duke’s Wicked Kiss takes place in India and England in 1857 so a great deal of research was required.
  4. I like to spend time at the New York Café in Budapest. It’s where Michael Korda hung out with other artists before he escaped the Nazis and fled to America. He wrote and produced the film Casablanca which was based on his experiences in the New York Café. Give yourself a treat and google the images. What an outstanding coffee house. A visit never fails to stir up my creative juices.
  5. If I ever return to the U.S., I want to write all my books surrounded by animals in a wonderful rescue preserve that I develop.

I did Google it, and it is amazing! Anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, check out their website here and even more pictures here.

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? ;)

Miss Suri Thurston is an illegitimate daughter of a duke and high-caste Indian royal who, despite having been raised under the best circumstances alongside her titled half-sister, is nonetheless an outcast who intends never to marry. Upon her father’s death, she travels from England to her birthplace in India, ostensibly to visit her married sister, but Suri has secret plans. Before she can help others, she feels she must validate her self-worth by confronting her maternal grandmother who’d tossed untouchable infantSurito hungry lions. Suri’s plans are upended when she arrives in Delhi and encounters the man who, ten years prior, left an indelible imprint on her soul with a single, wicked kiss, stolen in her father’s stables. Now himself a duke, he is beyond reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood’s title does not stop this trained spy from completing his mission for Queen Victoria. Or from being riddled with guilt. He blames himself for his wife’s death, for his elder brother’s demise, and for leaving his younger brother in the hands of a brutal father. He dedicates himself to the duty of preventing an uprising of sepoys against the British East India Company, but when Suri appears in a Delhi ballroom with a mission of her own, all his well-intentioned plans run afoul.

As for what they must take on a desert isle if stranded, Suri and the duke would definitely need to have apple tarts with them. Once a reader has read the book she’ll understand why. ;-)

Oooh! Now I’m going to have to read it—soon! You had me at “spy” and then added in “apple tarts”. The heck with the rest of the TBR!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I was in Budapest, Hungary when a sudden illness took my husband’s life. As a way of dealing with grief, and all the legalities of losing someone in a foreign country, I would walk the frozen streets of that historic, beautiful city. Three months later, I returned to my flat, set my fingers on the keyboard, looked to the heavens and started writing. All I knew was that I needed to write something historical, far removed from what I had to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I also needed a happy ending. A Duke’s Wicked Kiss is what flowed out of me like warm honey off a spoon. What a healing balm that was!

It’s wonderful that you could channel your grief into something so productive. Now that I reflect on it, I guess I did something similar—I started a quilt on my husband’s birthday, the year that he died. I did hardly anything else until it was done, and it’s still one of my best, I think.

 

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

I’ve been completing actual manuscripts since 2009, but as a child, I used to write and tell stories to my siblings to lull them to sleep. My mother was my inspiration. She and I were the readers in the family. One day, she shoved a book across the table and said here, you should write these. I know you can do it. The book was by Lavyrle Spencer.

That’s fantastic! (Although I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any Lavyrle Spencer—yet!)

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

I love that stories pop into my mind and roll around like water in an eddy, with new and unexpected characters and circumstances showing up all the time. The most challenging aspect for me is that I am dyslexic. Thankfully, I am a fast and good typist so I generally write with my eyes focused on a wall somewhere.

Wow—impressive!

 

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

I’m writing two books at once (three if I can get away with it). The Seduction of Sarah Marks that released in June is book one of Those Magnificent Malverns. Each member of this quirky, fun family deserves a book of his or her own. Book two should emerge in late winter or early spring. A Duke’s Wicked Kiss is book one of Her Majesty’s Gentlemen Spies. I am currently on chapter three of book two. I am also working on a WWII story. I wish I didn’t have to sleep!

Tell me about it! Sleep is so overrated…a lot to look forward to. Can’t wait!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

I love the classics. From a young age, I was in awe of the mere construction of those authors’ works. I was eight-years-old when my sister gave me two leather-bound books for Christmas: Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I stepped back in time with those two books (I still have them) and have loved historical novels ever since.

What a fantastic present!

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

Like writing more than one book at a time, I am reading two books at once: The Bloodletter’s Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia) by Linda Lafferty. It’s a gritty, gripping novel based on a true story of the Hapsburgs and a wildly insane prince. I am also reading No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, this year’s Rita winner in the historical category by Sarah MacLean. It, too, is rather gritty. Both the heroine and hero are rather dark as well, but the story is good.

I read Sarah MacLean’s! I agree—great characters :)

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

5 star review says it should be a classic.#historicalrom. On a secret mission, a proper duke falls for an improper daughter of an Indian royal and British noble.

Great job! I’m so glad you could be with us today, Kathleen!

 

About the author:

Kathleen Bittner Roth creates passionate stories featuring characters faced with difficult choices, and who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit to overcome adversity and find unending love. Her own fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle led her to her current residence in Budapest, Hungary, considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, she still keeps one boot firmly in Texas and the other in her home state of Minnesota. A member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.

 

About the book:

Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it’s too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.

With Suri’s vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?

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Courtney Cole’s THE GUARDIAN Excerpt Hop: Day 2, Section 3! (Plus a giveaway!)

This is so fun! Six days of excerpts, with different sections posted at multiple stops! Want to read them all? The full schedule is posted at the bottom of the post :)

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SECTION 3:

Unfortunately, I’ve always had balance issues, which are compounded today because I’m feeling dizzy.  So when I try to carefully do what he demonstrated, I lose my balance and fall backward. In the process, I somehow turn the lever that handles the hydraulics for the jack.

The car comes crashing down, rocking vicariously in place as it slams loudly onto the ground.

Instant embarrassment floods through me in the form of red splotches spreading onto my cheeks and chest.  Glancing around at my classmates, their reactions range from shocked to wildly amused. Over the roar in my ears, I can hear Justin wise-cracking from the back. I can’t even look at Brady. Luckily though, there’s no need for concern- no one was near enough to get smashed under the car. I try to concentrate on my breathing so that I can calm down. No one was hurt- it’s okay.

“This, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of how not to do it. Thank you for the demonstration, Miss Lane. Let’s try it again- and this time, let’s leave the jack in an elevated position while we change the tire, hmm?”

Humiliating. My cheeks are on fire.

I doggedly make a second attempt, and this time everyone makes a big show of backing up and giving me wide birth as I work, just in case I mess up again. Everyone but Brady.  He stands in front of everyone, staring at me intently, offering me a smile of encouragement.

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GUARDIAN Synopsis:

Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. 

My name is Whitney Lane.  I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. 

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.  

Until one day, there was. 

Our world isn’t what we think.  There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.  

Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.   

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. 

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t.  I don’t know what to think anymore.  I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.  

There’s only one thing I know for sure. 

Nothing is what it seems.           

  

ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:courtney cole

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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September 2-Excerpt 2

Book Drunk Blog-Section 1
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Tales of the Ravenous Reader-Section 4

September 3-Excerpt 3

I Heart YA Books-Section 1
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Reads All the Books-Section 3
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September 4-Excerpt 4

Such A Novel Idea-Section 1
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September 5-Excerpt 5

Desert Divas Book Addiction-Section 1
In My Secret-Book-World-Section 2
Resch Reads and Reviews-Section 3
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September 6-Excerpt 6

Readers Live a Thousand Lives-Section 1
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Sassy and Sexy New Releases with a Giveaway: CREATING A LOVE by Crystal Perkins and TRYING TEXAS by Tera Lynn Childs

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]Creating a Love
(Griffin Brothers #3)
by Crystal Perkins

 

Taking a chance on love…

Photographer Candi Marcus never wanted more than a casual hookup or one night stand. Until she met artist Owen Griffin. For the past two years, she’s only been with him. But it’s still just sex, or at least that’s what she’s told her friends. When he says he wants more, she can finally admit that she loves him.

Facing the past…

Protecting Owen from the illegal street art he did as a teen has already hurt two people he cares about. Now another woman from his past has come to collect her own debt. She needs a fake fiancé in order to get her inheritance and she’s not taking no for an answer. Candi knows the other woman’s in love with her real fiancé, so she convinces Owen to go along with everything, not realizing what it may cost her.

The right choice may cost them everything…

While the fake engagement isn’t easy on either of them, Candi and Owen know that their love is strong enough to handle whatever’s thrown in their path. Or is it? When Owen makes the only choice he can, he risks losing Candi for real. And as friends and family take sides, theirs may not be the only relationship to fall apart. Can an Art Boy prove to the woman he loves that she’s truly the one who owns his heart or will it be too late for her to listen to the reason behind his betrayal?

Creating their love was easy, but fighting for it is the hardest thing they’ve ever done.

Excerpt: 

Candi sighs, and finally moves to sit on the couch. “I was embarrassed about how much of a mess I am over everything. The talk of Mara’s photo on the building, and then Mr. Evans offering me the job photographing your engagement party—which I’m guessing you know about already?” I nod. “It’s just a lot. It hurt a lot. I want to be the one who people are considering putting on the building. And I-I want…dammit…I want to be the one who has an engagement party with you one day.”

She drops her head into her hands. I sit down next to her, and pull her onto my lap. Her face drops onto my shoulder as I rub her back. I let her stay that way for a few minutes before pushing her back a little, and lifting her chin so that she’ll look at me.

“First off, I never want you to feel embarrassed around me. About anything. I mean it. I don’t care how big or small you think something is. If you’re bothered or upset, I want to know. Whether it has to do with me, or work, or God forbid, some other guy you decide is better than me, I’ll always be here for you.”

“I told you before. There’s no one better than you for me, Owen.”

“I wholeheartedly agree. Now let me continue.” That gets me a smile, so I know I’m doing this right. “There’s no one and I mean, no one, other than you who I can imagine ever having their face on the Chicago building or anywhere else that has to do with me. Ever. Do you understand that and believe me?” She nods. “Good. As for the engagement party, I don’t know how I can get out of it. But I want you to think of it as just another party. To me and you, as well as my brothers, my niece, and our close friends, it’s not in any way, shape, or form my engagement party. I hope that we’ll one day have an engagement party for the two of us, too. That will be the real one, the one that matters.”

“I love you so much, Owen.”

“I love you, too.”

 

About the author:

Crystal Perkins has always been a big reader, but she never thought she would write her own book, until she did. She lives in Las Vegas, where you can find her running author events and selling books at conventions when she isn’t reading, buying too many Sherlock t-shirts online or finding a place to put all of her Pop! figurines. A mac and cheese connoisseur, she travels the country looking for the perfect version, while attending book conventions and signings as a cover for her research. The first book in The Griffin Brothers series, GAMING FOR LOVE, is an international best-seller.

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(City Chicks #3)
by Tera Lynn Childs

 

Every girl deserves a wild ride…

New Yorker Cassie Bishop has one goal: produce the pilot episode of Try It On to get back in her boss’s good graces. She can handle a month of the dusty Texas outback, filming the social train wreck as a trust fund diva learns how to play cowgirl, if it means salvaging her career. But when the spoiled rich girl bails at the last minute, Cassie has only one option—take her place. Can anyone say yee-haw?

The only hitch is Ty Haywood, the real life, living breathing cowboy who is supposed to train her. He’s smart, funny, and makes a western shirt look tastier than a bag of hot candied cashews. Too bad he’s so deeply rooted in his Texas home.

As the film rolls, Cassie finds herself falling for the hunky cowboy, the raw beauty of the country, and the rhythm of small town life where city pressures—and ulcer medicine— are distant memories. When the month is up and the shoot wraps, will the city girl return home? Or will love and friendships convince her to give country life a try?

Excerpt:

The pounding woke me.

I lurched up in the tub and my heart raced in my chest.

More pounding. Well, knocking actually.

“Cassie, you in there?” Ty asked through the door.

“Yeah, I—“ My hands went instinctively over my chest, even though the door was still closed, all too aware of what I wasn’t wearing beneath the layer of foamy bubbles. “Is something wrong?”

“Sorry to intrude,” he said. “Gen’s out collecting from the chickens.”

“What?”

“I mean, I wouldn’t normally—“ He stopped and started again. “Gen should be the one to—“ Another hesitation. “You have a call on the house phone.”

“Oh,” I said. “Okay. Thanks. I’ll be right down.”

It had to be Bud, calling to check up on me. No one else had the Haywoods’ number.

Twisting myself up, I pulled the rubber plug from the tub drain and then grabbed the light blue towel I had set on the stool next to the bath. As the coconut lime bathwater swirled down the drain, I quickly dried off and wrapped the towel around my chest.

When I first followed Genevieve into the bathroom, I hadn’t planned on going back downstairs. I hadn’t thought to have clothes waiting—I had been single-mindedly focused on sinking into a day-erasing bath. And, I realized as I crossed to the door, the magic bath had worked. My leg muscles weren’t nearly as angry anymore.

Now all I had to do was to sneak down the hall to my room and pull on my pajamas before—

“Aaack!”

My feet slipped out from under me as I reached for the door handle. Instinct took over, and somehow I managed to stay upright and keep my towel in place.

“Cassie?” Ty threw open the door. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I—“ I made a fluttering gesture with my free hand. “I slipped on the wet tile is all. I’m fine.”

“You’re sure?” he asked, as if not quite trusting my insistence. His bright blue eyes scanned over my thankfully-still-towel-covered body.

Every inch of my skin tingled.

About the author:

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My FinsFins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet VenomSweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series, which includes Eye Candy, Straight Stalk, and her newest release Trying Texas. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Tera Lynn’s website - http://teralynnchilds.com/
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Sale Spotlight! Marie Force’s McCarthys of Gansett Island series box set (books #1-3) is on sale!

Holy moly we hope you’re ready for this sale. Get your one click trigger finger ready because this sale is for The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series. The McCarthys of Gansett Island is a New York Times Bestselling Contemporary Romance series, and this deal is phenomenal!! The McCarthys of Gansett Island #1-3 Box Set is on sale for just $.99 for a limited time only! That’s right all THREE books for just 99 pennies!

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About The McCarthys of Gansett Island #1-3 Box Set:

With more than 1.5 million ebooks sold since Maid for Love debuted in 2011, the New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has become one of the most beloved romance series available today. Read the first three books in the series: Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love in this special offering.

Book 1: Maid for Love
Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.

Book 2: Fool for Love
Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it?

Book 3: Ready for Love
For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy’s Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she’s returned to Gansett to figure out what’s next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?

The story picks up with Book 4, Falling for Love, with eight other Gansett Island stories available in the series and more to come from the island!

“With the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again.” Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series.

 

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Author PhotoABOUT MARIE FORCE:

With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today andWall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

 

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Cover Reveal! ONE SONG AWAY by Molli Moran

<3 New Adult romance? Here’s a new one to look forward to!
One-Song-Away
One Song Away
by Molli Moran
Publication date: December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement — until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and to make matters worse, her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mother doesn’t have a slow gear. She invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet Sophie’s boyfriend. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees — on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time and that their fake relationship will keep them both away from wagging tongues. Just because she was in love with him years ago doesn’t mean she’ll fall for him again now, right? But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement —- which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake — but she knows she’s in deep. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or write her own?

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New Release Review: HIS SECRET SUPERHEROINE by Patricia Eimer (A St. Louis Superheroes novel)

A fun start to a new series!

Synopsis:

All kindergarten teacher Peyton Pearson wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, quiet isn’t something she’s had a lot of after tainted medicine turns her into a superhero. She’s single, and saving the city from criminals—which is increasingly dangerous as the anti-superhero movement in St. Louis gains traction. Then there’s her hot next door neighbor who makes her think super-dirty thoughts, and has no idea who she really is. 

Police officer Dylan Wilson is trying to make the world safe by working to unmask all superheroes. When his sexy neighbor, Peyton, is evicted, Dylan offers her his spare room, unknowingly opening his home—and his heart—to the city’s most reluctant superhero.

Can love survive when the masks come off?

Review:

A fun and cute read! There’s also an important message in here about tolerance and prejudice, but on the whole this novel doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is good. Superhero books need to be campy and fun. Throw a hot cop into the mix, and hey, you’re golden ;)

I enjoyed the world that Ms. Eimer has created here. Superheroes and villains exist, and are (somewhat) out of the closet–though there’s a great deal of mistrust and fear surrounding those with supernatural powers. (The S.I.R.–Superhero Information Recording Registry–had me particularly concerned, though. How could Dylan and Jimmy, not to mention the other relatively intelligent “normal” people of St. Louis not see the parallels between it and other goals of the Safer America Party and what happened in Germany in the 1920s and 30s?)

Poor Peyton’s powers come from tainted birth control pills she was tricked into taking by her totally vile ex-husband–as she admits at one point, it’s not anywhere near a good origin story. The following quote pretty much sums up how she feels about her “gift” for a lot of the book:

Superpowers, much like uncontrollable diarrhea from bad Mexican food, are one of those unfortunate things that happened to good people.


One of the parts that really made me giggle were Peyton’s choice of exclamations–they’re all superhero based, and it’s a cute detail. Really, Dylan should have caught on earlier based on that alone. Favorites include: “For Stan Lee’s sake!”, “Why in the name of Spiderman’s underpants”, and “Sweet and merciful Superman…” Speaking of clueless, Dylan can’t be too well-versed in superhero lore or he would have already known that Peyton was a superhero. Don’t all the good ones have alliterative names? Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Clark Kent–Peyton Pearson. So obvious! ;)

All in all it’s a cute read, though the plot ends up being a tad bit convoluted and there isn’t a whole heck of a lot of action on the romance front, it was still ultimately enjoyable. My love for the masked boys and girls in spandex will definitely have me coming back for book two.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

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

Release Day and Giveaway! TRUE NORTH Book 3: FINDING NOW – KATE & SAM by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Happy release day!!! I’m so excited to bring you Allie Juliette Mousseau’s True North 3: Finding Now Kate & Sam.

Read below to find out all the info on this sexy new romance and Allie’s giveaway!
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True North 3: Finding Now Synopsis:

After a tragic accident that plays on an endless loop in her mind, wild child Kate Jolie died inside. She now functions only through her rigid, ironclad routine, which keeps her mind and soul in check – balancing her in a dangerously precarious position between life and death. Rocker and Master’s student Sam North knows no limits and seeks out every challenge to conquer and defy. With his cocky grin, piercings, colorful tattoos, undress-you bedroom eyes and magnetic sex appeal, he has no trouble finding women to warm his bed. When he spies his new professor, the gorgeous Ms. Jolie, she’s just another summit he wants to climb in order to reach its peak. But as he begins to catch glimpses of her soul, she becomes his Everest. Kate Jolie is the only woman who wants nothing to do with Sam North – and the only woman he can’t do without.

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Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally-charged New Adult and Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.

She also creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink.

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She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she’ll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever.

She loves to travel and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces.

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Spotlight: MIRRORED by Dalia Flores (Romantic Suspense)

Looking for a romantic suspense? Read on!

Title: Mirrored
Release Date: 2/17/14
Author: Dalia Florea
Genre: Mystery, Suspense Romance

Blurb:

The body of a teenage girl murdered in the Lincoln Houses is just the beginning…..

Investigative reporter Nicole Watkins is assigned to the story, but when she comes face to face with homicide detective Andre Moore, she finds herself guarding more than just her sources.

Shaken by the murder of a teenage girl, Detective Andre Moore must put his own emotions aside or risk not only his life, but that of the attractive reporter, but is he strong enough to ignore his growing attraction?

Love is the last thing either is looking for but when the case brings them together, the complications of the murders only seem to intensify the attraction.

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Dalia Florea enjoys writing fiction. She believes that growing up in New York, obtaining a degree in psychology and having a nursing background have all helped her to mold and get into the hearts and minds of her characters. She loves to read all genres, but favors suspense romance like the Marie Force Fatal Affair series. In addition to reading and writing she enjoys solving Sudoku and cryptogram quotes, attending jazz concerts and visiting wineries in and around her northern Virginia home. Dalia has parlayed her love of suspense romance novels into her first published work, Mirrored, and has two more novels in the works.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway! DOCKED and ANCHORED by Rachael Wade

ANCHORED, the sequel to DOCKED, is due out soon!
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Docked & Anchored
Rachael Wade
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Synopsis for Docked:

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.

Excerpt:

I don’t make it far down the hall before a voice approaches me from behind. Not just any voice. A smooth, charming, and very calculating voice. “How are you this evening, Miss Banks?” Tanner asks, coming up on my heels. “You’re looking lovely.”

“As are you, Mr. Christensen. What are you doing around these parts tonight?”

“Just doing my rounds.” He’s cool and indifferent, but when he sizes me up in a sly side glance, he gives himself away. “Please, allow me to escort you to your date.” He steps next to me, meeting my stride, and lowers his arm to my back, guiding me forward.

“I don’t think that’s necessary, Mr. Christensen. Thank you, though.”

“I would hate to see a beautiful woman such as you arrive without a man on your arm.”

“I will have a man on my arm shortly.” I chance a smile as I peek up at him, expecting to find the same, but instead his eyes have darkened, the blue deepening.

“Note I said a man, Miss Banks. Not a boy, a man.” He leans down to speak closely in my ear, nodding politely at some passerby. His hand presses down on my back, the pressure firm and commanding. “Don’t play with me, Anya.”

“Isn’t that what you want? To play?” I bat my eyes innocently, but there’s nothing innocent brewing in my crafty brain tonight. I’ve learned that it’s much too fun to toy with Tanner like this. Now that I know what gets under his skin, I simply can’t deny myself the pleasure of pissing him off. He might own me in bed, but here, on neutral ground, I have full permission to reign supreme. Maybe I was right.

Maybe Lana really has been rubbing off on me.

Smugness radiates from me right now, but the truth is, now that Tanner’s hands are on me, all I really want is to be his. I would gladly let him whisk me away into a utility closet somewhere if it meant the chance to submit to his dominating ways. They really have become addictive, and I’m afraid my body will go through some sort of withdrawal once our little arrangement is over. I wonder if a rehab exists somewhere for Tanner Christensen’s ex-playthings. I wonder if such a hell exists.

“Just for that, Miss Banks, you’ll be on your knees this evening,” he whispers darkly, sending shivers down my neck.

I smile sweetly. “I won’t be seeing you this evening, Mr. Christensen. I have a date, remember?”

“Oh, you’ll be seeing me.” He laughs lightly, so damned amused with himself. “You’ll come running when your date with Junior is over. And your mouth will water.”

“I hope your hand is free tonight,” I quip, turning so my lips brush the edge of his jaw. “Otherwise you might be awfully lonely.”

He groans and gives me a sharp tug, diverting me to the left, around the first corner at the end of the hall. “You’re going to be late.”

“What? Tanner, no! My dress!” He slips a key card from his pocket and moves me toward a door on the right, and I realize my dreams have just come true. Tanner Christensen, in the flesh, is shoving me inside a utility closet. I’m inwardly cheering him on, but I don’t dare verbalize it for the man. No way am I giving him the satisfaction he’s craving.

There are no words. He hoists me up and slams me against the wall, and a mop handle thumps to the floor next to us. He kicks a bucket out of the way and shimmies my dress up my hips. His mouth hits mine like fire, razor sharp, and his fingers find my clit, rubbing in measured, even circles.

“I’m sending you to him wet and satisfied,” he exhales into my mouth. “Do you want that?”

I moan against his tongue.

“Say yes.”

“Yes.”

“Don’t worry about your dress. You’ll take care of me later.” He leans and nips at my collarbone. “Ladies first.” I suddenly wish I could take care of him now, on my knees, just as he warned, but I am pretty glad I’ll be able to keep most of my dress intact. “Go ahead, Anya. Tell me what you want.”

“I want you to make me come.”

“Like this?” He slides his fingers deep, watching my reaction. “Or with my mouth.”

“Like this.” I tilt to meet his hand.

“Don’t you love my mouth?”

“I love your mouth.”

“But?” He pushes higher and swirls his thumb.

“But I want to taste it right now.”

“Good girl,” he whispers, then moves in to attack me with a kiss. His heat weighs down on me and his fingers get busy, rolling and pumping, alternating their rhythm until he’s worked me higher and higher, bringing me to a ledge.

I don’t last long.

It seems my body’s been craving him all evening. He smothers my shout and waits as I blast off, then plummet back to Earth, letting me ride his hand until he’s taken every last drop of my pleasure.

“Tanner,” I sigh, slumping against his shoulder, “I think I love you.”

His body goes stone still and his arms turn rigid against me. The dazed look in his eyes shifts. They are filled with clarity…then fear.

I let out a winded laugh and smack his shoulder. “Kidding, Tanner. Kidding.”

He exhales heavily and rakes a hand through his hair. His eyes are darting everywhere as he works to resume his cool. “There would certainly be worse things in the world, Miss Banks.”

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Synopsis for Anchored (releases in September!):

Tanner and Anya’s story continues…

Choosing to put aside her reservations about spending more time with Tanner Christensen, Anya said to hell with her instinct and agreed to another cruise. She agreed to take the risk. But now she’s stuck.

Stuck on Trident Voyager.

Stuck with Tanner Christensen, and the woman hell bent on making her pay.

What was supposed to be a fun, careless fling turned out to be something else entirely. Something she wasn’t prepared for and something she certainly can’t take back. The damage is done, and this time, Lana and Brie aren’t by her side to help her weather the storm. There are no escape routes, only ship decks, miles of white sand, and one very self-assured, dominant cruise ship owner determined to get her attention and set things straight.

Lana might still be her partner in crime, but it’s Anya who must fight for—and protect—her heart when all is said and done.

 

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My body sags as he crashes against me and we collapse, falling face forward onto the cool sheets.

“Tanner,” I mumble into the comforter.

He grunts.

“Tanner!”

Hhhmm?”

“I can’t breathe,” I laugh. My hair’s in my mouth, choking me. “Move, Mr. Christensen.”

“Don’t want to.”

“Tough.”

He grunts again and rolls onto his side, pulling me against him in a spooning position. “Feel good, baby?”

“No,” I pant. “No bueno.”

“You sounded satisfied to me, Miss Banks.”

“Not good. Chocolate is good. Massages are good. The beach is good.”

He chuckles deeply and adjusts my hair, brushing it from my neck to drop a kiss beneath my ear. “If you have a better adjective to describe what just happened, I’d love to hear it.”

“Boom,” I sigh. “Just…boom.”

“Boom?”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Wait. Isn’t that a…verb, or something?”

“It can be used as an adjective. In this case, it’s definitely an adjective.”

Tanner smoothes his hand down my hip and squeezes my ass.

“Ouch!”

“Quit being a baby.”

“That hurt!”

“It feels good. You just want me to do it again.”

“I dare you to do it again.”

Pressure clamps down on my cheek and I spring onto my back, reaching for his side, ready to retaliate.

“Oh no, you don’t,” he laughs, dodging me. His hands fly out and capture my wrists, and he body-smacks me back down onto the mattress, crawling on top to straddle me, pinning me with his thighs. “Only I get to pinch.”

“How is that fair?”

“Haven’t you learned anything in Tanner Christensen 101, Anya? I don’t play fair.”

“Tanner, let me go.”

“What you’re really saying is, make me come again.”

“God, you really need a leash for that ego of yours. It’s out of control!” I bite his bicep and he doesn’t flinch. Just watches and laughs, his lashes drawing down as he eyes my mouth, that crooked smirk wreaking havoc on my libido. This man pulls me in. Continuously. I cannot get enough of him. And right now, while we’re wrapped up in his sheets, in this beach house in the middle of the Bahamas, all I can think about is escaping with him.

But a certain faux fiancée is waiting in the wings, ready to pounce at the perfect moment and snatch him away from me. An uncomfortable tingle, something possessive and foreign tickles behind my ribcage. I’m not sure what to make of it, I only know that we have a mess to sort before I can even begin to examine its meaning.

“What’s going on in there?” Tanner asks, kissing my forehead.

“Nothing.” I stretch and yawn, then sit up to wrap my arms around him, curling my body into him, latching on like he’s my own personal pillow. His face is buried in my hair while he sandwiches me between his hard body and the mattress.

“Anya.”

Hhhmmm.”

“I can’t please you if you don’t tell me what you’re thinking.”

“You pleased me plenty just a few minutes ago.”

“Talk to me.”

“I want to play with you.”

He pulls back and arches a brow, grinning down at me.

“Switch positions.”

“Do you mind telling me where you’re getting this bossy streak from all of a sudden?”

It’s me who arches the brow this time.

“Ohhh, fresh.” He cups my breast and thumbs my nipple. “Careful, Miss Banks, or I’ll have my way with you again.”

“There would be worse things in the world, Mr. Christensen.”

“You have me there.”

 

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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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