A Conversation and Giveaway with Valerie J. Clarizio, Author of CRAZED RECKONING (A Nick Spinelli Mystery)

Don’t forget to check out Valerie’s top ten guest post here!


Welcome, Valerie! What 5 things should readers know about you?

I never read for pleasure until I was almost forty years old.  A friend of mine handed me a Janet Evanovich book and when I finally cracked it open I couldn’t put it down.  I read every book she wrote and then moved on to JA Konrath and Leanne Banks.  I logged over 50 books read in the first year.

When I finally told my friends and co-workers that I had written a book they all assumed I had written an accounting textbook.

I’m a feline lover and I tend to be drawn the cranky Siamese breed.

I love classic country music but have been known to throw a little AC/DC into the mix at times.

I grew up in the north woods in house full of brothers so I can hunt and fish with the best of them.

LOL—an accounting textbook! (Hopefully if you had it’d be better than the two I had to buy this year <shudders>)
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? 😉

Detective Nick Spinelli is an unique individual.  He’s all tough and alpha male on the outside but soft as silk on the inside, though he’ll never admit it.  He loves his job and thrives on the excitement of tracking down killers.  If stranded on a desert isle, Spinelli would need Shannon, of course.

Shannon O’Hara is typically sweet and kind, but when need be she is tough as nails. She holds people to high standards and makes them want to be better people.  If stranded on a desert isle Shannon would need Spinelli, of course.

Of course! 😉
If your book were being cast as a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

Josh Duhamel would have to be cast as Spinelli.  Not only is he handsome, he’s also got that confident, carefree swagger thing going on.

Molly Quinn would have to be cast as Shannon.  She’s such a beautiful, pure-looking woman.

Mmmmm, yes. Sounds perfect!
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started writing about seven years ago right after I read that slew of Evanovich books.  I just love her Stephanie Plum series.  I dreamt up Nick Spinelli one night and woke up in stitches over what I had dreamt.  I thought to myself, “Boy, someone like Janet Evanovich could have a field day with a character like Spinelli.”  I was going to call her to let her know about Spinelli but figured she probably wouldn’t take my call, nor did I know her number, so I decided right then and there that if I wanted the world to meet Nick Spinelli I was going to have to write him up myself.

Sounds like a perfect plan!
What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

Writing relaxes me.  I get lost in my own little comforting world for a while before I slip back into reality to face the regular, routine days.  The most challenging part for me is finding the time to write.  The darn full-time and part-time jobs tend to get in the way of my fun.

Ugh, work. Always getting in the way! If only those paychecks weren’t so darn necessary…
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’ve recently started a contemporary romance series with the first book set at a dairy farm.  In fact, I’m almost done with the first draft of the first full-length book in the series.  At this point, I plan on the series being 3-6 books.

Sounds great!
What authors and/or books have inspired you?

There are so many authors in my local writers group, and online groups, who have inspired me in so many different ways I couldn’t begin to name them all, but I’d like to send out a huge THANK YOU at this time to all the members of the Wisconsin Romance Writers – Green Bay Chapter, and the Coolest People Ever (Facebook group).  The members of these groups are wonderful, supportive people and without them I’d probably still be querying my first manuscript.

Perfect answer!


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

Currently I am reading Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren.  It’s a Harlequin American Romance.  It is a very sweet and lovely story, and I have trouble putting it down once I get going.  I will certainly read more of her books when I’m in the mood for sweet.  However, sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little sassier, and of course, I also need my fill of murder and mayhem.

Doesn’t everyone? (Need a fill of murder and mayhem, that is)

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

This has become my favorite teaser:

“Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

That would definitely catch my interest!


Author Bio:valerie

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two very spoiled cats.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

Website:  https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VClarizio


Book Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery
Author: Valerie J. Clarizio
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 120 pages
Release Date: March 5, 2015



After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.

Teaser excerpt:

His smoldering gaze turned black as coal at her response. He leaned toward her and captured her lips with his hot, hungry mouth. The immeasurable possessiveness of his kiss overwhelmed her. Heat spiraled through her body, her skin on the verge of melting. The sensations ripping through her could only be described as pure pleasure, and he was just getting started.


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Author Valerie J. Clarizio and CRAZED RECKONING’s Detective Spinelli Share his List of Top Ten Foods (and a Giveaway!)

Just what foods does a police detective crave? Read on to find out!

Then, check out our interview with Valerie here!


Spinelli’s top ten food list:

  1. Pizza with pepperoni, onions, peppers, and olives
  2. Cheeseburger with raw onions and fries
  3. Spicy chili
  4. Chicken fajita
  5. Custard doughnut
  6. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies
  7. Beer – there’s a pork chop in every bottle
  8. Pineapple
  9. Sharp cheddar cheese aged 10 years
  10. Tuna mixed with macaroni and cheese




Book Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery
Author: Valerie J. Clarizio
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 120 pages
Release Date: March 5, 2015



After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.



The ladies chatted as they walked. Anna, as always, cut to the chase. “So how’s it been going with that handsome Detective Spinelli of yours lately?”

Shannon glanced at her watch and then shot a smile over her shoulder. “Well, you took a bit longer than I expected,” she teased.

Anna returned her smile. “I held out as long as I could. You know I’m living vicariously through you, so don’t keep this old lady waiting here.”

Shannon stopped and waited for Anna to catch up. “Actually, he’s been kind of quiet and distant since the whole Valentine’s Day episode. I can’t seem to make him realize it wasn’t his fault. Bethany had issues.” Just saying Bethany’s name sent a bone-chilling disturbance deep into her core.

Though the temperature still hovered around forty degrees, Anna swiped her gloved hand over her moist brow. “The poor guy. I’m not sure what to say. I can’t imagine how it must feel to have a psycho ex-girlfriend kill four of his present girlfriend’s ex-lovers, attempt to kill him and then kill herself. And on Valentine’s Day of all days. The day I was sure he would pop the big question to you. What should have been one of the biggest and best days of his life turned out to be the worst.”

“There’s not a day goes by I don’t think of that awful day. And he won’t talk about it. The second I bring up the topic, he clams up.” Shannon sighed. “And honestly, I really thought he would propose as well.”

“With all that’s gone on in the past three months, I’m surprised he let you out of his sight to come along on our girls’ weekend.”

“I know. I could tell by the look in his eyes when I told him what our plans for this weekend, he wasn’t pleased. He asked me to reconsider, but I couldn’t. I really just needed to get away from the city and everything that has gone on lately. At first he insisted upon coming along, but Captain Jackson assigned some hot case to him, Walker and Marsh. So he couldn’t get away.”

Shannon’s eyes watered. Over the past three months, she’d found herself the happiest she’d ever been, the saddest, and the most frightened. She’d met Spinelli, and they’d gotten off to a rocky start. But she fell in love with him and couldn’t be any happier, in regard to their relationship. During that same time frame, two of her co-workers had been murdered; she had been kidnapped and was next on the murder’s list. If Spinelli hadn’t stepped in and saved the day, she would have been killed. The whole rescue was like something right out of a fairy tale with a knight in shining armor coming to the rescue of an endangered maiden. Truth be told, he was actually dressed in a Santa suit rather than armor. But that didn’t matter to her, he was her knight no matter what he wore. And then of course, there was the issue with Spinelli’s ex-girlfriend who sought a murderous revenge against the both of them. Again, Nick stepped in and saved the day. My hero.

Anna stepped forward and hugged Shannon. “I’m so sorry all this crap happened to you. You so didn’t deserve any of this, but you can’t change what’s already happened. The only thing you can do is figure out how to deal with it and move forward.”

“I know.”

Shannon’s cell phone vibrated. She pulled it from her zippered pocket and glanced at the display. She couldn’t help but smile as she read the text from Spinelli.

Anna giggled. “What is that, number ten already?”

Shannon looked up and caught Anna’s amused gaze. “Eight, but who’s counting? Every hour on the hour.” Though he went a bit overboard with the number of texts, Shannon–and the butterflies in her stomach–welcomed each and every one. His overprotectiveness warmed her heart. Like a schoolgirl, she desperately missed him already; they hadn’t even been apart a full day.

Shannon shot off a quick response before she slipped her phone back into her pocket.

The ladies continued down the trail, Shannon leading the way. The wind picked up as they crossed over from the hardwoods to the cedars. The damp mossy smell let her know they neared the lake.


“What?” Shannon asked as she looked over her shoulder.

Anna shrugged. “I didn’t say anything.”

“You didn’t say my name?”

Anna pulled a frown. “No.”

“Oh, hmm.” Shannon would have sworn she’d hear someone say her name. She tried to shrug it off, tell herself it was just the wind, but the unease spiraling in the pit of her stomach forced her senses into ‘full alert’ mode.


Author Bio:valerie

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two very spoiled cats.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

Website:  https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VClarizio

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Release Day and Giveaway! Rx MISSING by Rebecca York (Decorah Security)

The latest book in Rebecca York’s Decorah Security series is out today!

Rx Missing
by Rebecca York
Series: Decorah Security
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 27, 2015

After bailing out of his fighter jet, Mack Bradley wakes up in a luxury hotel with a bunch of guests who, like him, have no memory of how they arrived. He’s drawn to one of them, Lily Wardman. But can he trust her or anyone else in this strange environment where hidden dangers lurk? And what happens when Mack’s brother, Grant, mounts a desperate search to find him?



(Mack and Lily left the hotel grounds and went into the woods–where the world turned crazy. Pursued by fantasy creatures, they barely made it out again.)With every ounce of strength Mack had left, he heaved himself up and staggered toward the door.

“Come back,” Lily gasped.

“Gotta close it.”

He slammed the wooden barrier closed, before staggering away from the wall again and sinking to the lawn beside Lily. She rolled toward him and gave a dry sob.

“It’s okay. Everything’s okay,” he whispered, reaching for her and pulling her into his arms, clinging and rocking, so thankful that they had both escaped.

She clung to him, shaking.

“What happened to us in there?” she gasped. “I mean, everything turned crazy.”

“Yeah, but we got out.”

“Where did that loony stuff come from?”

“Loony.” He laughed, then shook his head. “Yeah, Looney Tunes.”

He had no real answers for her as he stroked his hands over her back, tangled them in her hair. He only knew that they were lucky to have escaped alive.

But they were safe now, and she was in his arms. He’d wanted to hold her like this, touch her like this. It had seemed wrong before. Now it was the only thing that felt right, as he focused on Lily instead of the terror in the forest.

What had happened in the forest didn’t make sense. But they had escaped, and they could celebrate that.

They were both alive, and he needed to prove it.

The desperate look in her eyes undid him.

“That was impossible,” she whispered. “It can’t be real.”

“Maybe not, but this is real.”

He cupped the back of her head and brought her mouth to his. Perhaps in some part of his mind, he had intended it to be a reassuring kiss, but the moment his lips touched hers, he knew he wanted more.

Lily trembled in his arms, running her hands over his back, his shoulders, gathering him closer, melting against him.

He barely knew her. Or was that even true? He wanted to ask what they had been to each other. But he wanted to kiss her more.

She made a small, needy sound that sent sparks to every nerve ending in his body. He angled his head, first one way and then the other, greedy to give and take.

He lay back on the grass, pulling her on top of himself so that her body sprawled along the length of his.

With no conscious thought on his part, one of his hands slid down to her hips, pulling her lower body against his erection, knowing that would only make his craving for her worse.

But he was beyond rational decisions. Way beyond. He was all raw nerves and desperate feelings that the crazy trip through the woods had unleashed.

In this out-of-kilter environment, he’d been hanging on to the shreds of civilization as he knew it. He’d lost that veneer in the forest when they’d been running for their lives.

Needing more of the woman in his arms, he clasped her more tightly, pressing her breasts against his chest.

They had just escaped from dangers beyond his wildest imagining. Now he needed to affirm their escape—in this place where he couldn’t trust his own observations or his senses—and where everything might change in an instant.

As they clung to each other, it was only a small leap to the next step. The need to claim her for his own, the need to be deep, deep inside her, erasing everything from existence except the two of them and what they could give each other.

He had forgotten where they were. Forgotten everything but the woman in his arms.

His hands stroked over her back, then down to her hips while he feasted on her, with an abandon that might have shocked him if he’d been capable of rational thought.

He worked his hand between them and cupped her breast, then glided his thumb across the beaded nipple.

Lord she felt so good, and the small sounds she made only fueled his passion.

He was about to pull up her shirt to give himself better access to her breasts when a bark of a laugh made them both go rigid.

“Is this what you consider exploring the hotel?” a voice said. “Looks like a more personal exploration to me.”







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The Decorah Security Series

On Edge
Dark Moon
Dark Powers
Hot and Dangerous
At Risk
Christmas Captive
Destination Wedding
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A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.

Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.







Release Day Blitz! WHO I AM WITH YOU by Melody Anne (Unexpected Heroes #2)

Out today!
Title: Who I Am With You
Series: Unexpected Heroes #2
Author: Melody Anne
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
A spinoff of Melody Anne’s New York Times bestselling Billionaire Bachelors series, this entrancing e-novella features motocross racer Taylor Winchester and little sister to Hawk, the hero of “Safe in His Arms” from the romance anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

As a motocross rider, Taylor Winchester has made a career out of throwing herself headfirst into danger, as fiercely as any of the guys racing against her. But after a brutal crash, she takes a little forced R&R while her injuries heal. Her mom wishes she’d settle down, find love, maybe have a baby or two…but all Taylor wants is to get back on her bike.

She heads to her brother Hawk’s cabin to get a little peace and quiet—but is shocked to discover she’s not the only inhabitant. Ex-military man Travis, her high school crush, has also borrowed the cabin, and the two of them are each too stubborn to let the other one win. Nothing left to do but share the cabin…which quickly leads to sharing a bed! As Taylor and Travis discover that the heat between them is far more than a fling, they both struggle with letting go of control. But if they learn to give a little, what they could win is worth more than any prize…

About Melody Anne
Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon – Rise of the Dark Angel. She’s been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody’s Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/authormelodyanne, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.


New Release and Giveaway! THE TOUR by Shelby Rebecca (Phoenix Rising #2)

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The Tour
by Shelby Rebecca
(Phoenix Rising #2)
Publication date: April 20th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Mia, the saint

Kolton, the sinner

The Tour is the conclusion to The Stage: a Phoenix Rising Novel

After the finale of The Stage, Mia comes to terms with where she’s placed in the competition. But that night, Kolton and Mia come face-to-face with both of their biggest fears: fire and loss. Not everyone will survive, and the challenges that their relationship cause won’t end when the show does.

Kolton needs Mia’s trust, and he’ll do anything to get it—even exposing himself and what makes him vulnerable. He’ll do anything to keep her.  Knowing the choice is hers to make doesn’t make it any easier. The secret about the night of the finale, about the choices made in a moment of survival can’t stay hidden when a celebrity’s life is fodder for the masses.

In the midst of this chaos and loss, Mia has to balance her love for Kolton and the future of her career. Will she sign with him, letting him be her boss with control over her future? Or will she go out on her own, with a sup par record contract so that she stands on her own equal to Kolton in her own right?

When there are so many questions and decisions to be made, going on tour could either make things clearer or make all the weaknesses in their relationship pull to the surface. Those fissures either get stronger, or break so permanently nothing can repair them.

When loves burns so bright, is it sustainable?


My breath comes out in puffs, and I watch it because it’s the only diverting thing I can do while I pout outside. I’m shivering but I’m not going in the house, not yet. My plan is to remain stubborn until I can’t take it any longer then I’m going to sleep on the floor in Riley and Deloris’ room. He won’t go in there because of Deloris. At least he has some boundaries.

The door opens behind me and he sticks his head out. “What if I take one of those off the agenda tonight?” he asks, his voice slow.


“Talking, spanking, fucking. I’ll take one off the agenda,” he clarifies, coming to stand, in all his glory, forearm pressed against the doorjamb, “if you’ll come inside.” He blinks again for a long time, sways a little, and then stares right into me like he’d done the first time he’d ever laid eyes on me.

“I’m not doing any of that shit,” I tell him, breaking the trance by staring out toward the trees. I’m shaking so hard from the chilled air that my voice sounds like a vibration.

“Fine, you win. Just come inside. My only demand is that you sleep in my bed, where you belong.”


“This is my final offer. I’m willing to bend on all the other stuff, even though it would do you some good to get a good spanking. You’d probably like it, which would lead to…you know, the other two in a different order than I’d previously offered.” For whatever reason, he actually makes me smile. It’s a cold-face smile—my lips are numb and my hands are getting stiff.

“Just the sleeping. No talking. No—other stuff.” He nods, smiling, and puts his hand out for me. As I walk toward him, I put my arm out to meet him half way. His hand is as warm as a Christmas evening by the fire. Once I’m inside, he puts his arm around me, his hand sliding down to rest at the small of my back, and walks me down the hall and into his room. Slowly, he pulls down the covers and helps me in like a gentleman helping a lady into a carriage—except he’s in sweats and I’m in mix-matched jammies.

I watch him walk around to his side, and my stomach does a little butterfly flip when he slides in next to me. I cross my legs at the ankle. Off limits.

At first he’s looking up at the ceiling, but then he tilts his head to the side. “You can’t do this, Mia.”

“What can’t I do?”

“What I’m trying to say is you can be mad at me, and I can be really fucking mad at you,” I try not to giggle when he slurs the word ‘fucking,’ “but you can’t shut me out like that,” he whispers and rolls over so he’s facing me. “I’m not even gonna say that you can’t go to bed angry. I’m just going to ask that you sleep with me every night, even if you’re mad. Can you agree to that?”

“I felt weird coming in here after you yelled at me.” He nods, and looks down acknowledging that he hurt me. He looks up, and tunes into me, looking through me, and runs his finger along my jawline.

“Your place is with me. What’s mine is yours. End of story.” He hums a little, the drugs making him melodious.

I want to protest for the sake of protesting, my immaturity peeking out its little baby head. Instead, I swallow and nod. “Okay.” Take that, immaturity.

“Hmmm. That wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be,” his mouth bends into the side smirk he gives only me. I move on to my side and wrap my leg over his.

“So I get my way after all,” he laughs as he smacks me hard on the ass, grabbing it and pulling me on top of him.

“No, you didn’t,” I laugh.

“Even in the order I wanted it. Talking, spanking, fu—” he says, before I take his mouth with mine and pull my shirt over my head. As I look down at him, his face is all soft angles. “You dazzle me,” he says.

“Dazzle, who says that anymore?” I laugh and he stills me with his hands on my hips.

“Well, I’m on all kinds of drugs right now,” he says. “Can’t be responsible for what I say or do.”

“You have to be kidding.”

“Take off your pants. I’ll show you some dazzle,” he adds, and I giggle as his finger runs a soft line up my thigh. He knows that I need this just as much as he does. I sit up straight and unstrap my bra. When he sees my breasts, he swallows hard and his jaw tenses.

I push my pajama pants over the curve of my hips, slowly pulling them down. I’m hesitating because I know this is wrong, he’s wounded, and he probably shouldn’t exert himself. “Take them off,” he demands.

I nod and look him in the eye as I push my pants over my hips, move backward so I’m sitting between his legs, and let him take them off one leg at a time. I can see how ready he is, as I climb over him. My heart is aching as he fists his hand in my hair, running his other hand up my outer thigh, and kisses my lips, flicking my tongue once like I am life and he’s ready to live. I rub my panties against his length as it’s pressing into his stomach. The friction is both exciting and breaking my heart. We almost died. What if I’d lost him?

He fingers my nipple, hardening it before he takes it in his mouth. It’s like a direct line to my core as his tongue moves back and forth before he sucks and squeezes me. I feel my heart constricting, pumping the blood through my veins. I feel like I’m glowing.

I know this is what he needs after the fire, after his fear that we were hurt at the mall. But it’s because he’s never known real love. He lost his mother before he could form a real memory about her. In this moment, I’m grateful that our physical closeness eases his anxiety. But, it makes me move my mouth away from his to catch my breath. When I do, I think too much. I see the wound over his heart and remind myself that he’s a human man—not a rock god. “This could hurt you.”

His fingers travel between us and he moves my panties to the side. I bite my lip as his fingers slide into my soft, wet folds. “Does this hurt?” he murmurs, as my mouth opens and my hips start to move in time with his hand.

“No.” I shake my head, and I can feel my chin start to tremble.



Shelby grew up between two mountains and a lake in Wasilla, Alaska. She used to run around in the tall grass, catch frogs, rescue dragonflies, ride horses, and ice-skate during recess. She still likes adventures and has even gone skydiving. Today she lives in Northern California with her husband, John and their daughter, Elise, their two dogs, and a fish named Jade.Sign up here for Shelby’s mailing list to get all the latest info on new releases, giveaways, and more. http://eepurl.com/Hnt7X

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New Release Review! GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN by Cindi Madsen

Out this Tuesday–a fun friends-to-lovers new adult, with a geeky twist!
What’s on your bucket list?


What’s your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…


Such fun! There’s terribly geeky science puns, hilarious cat memes, a hero and heroine that will steal your heart, and hockey–what more could you ask for? 😉

The awkward chemistry geek draws up a college “bucket list”, gets a Pygmalion-style makeover from her hot hockey star BFF to help her out, and along the way their relationship morphs into friends-with-benefits…all good things. It’s such a relief that neither of them wants an actual relationship out of it, right?


I loved watching Lyla work through her “list”–with whom and how she was going to get to #7 was inevitable from the moment Beck noticed that she had added that one to the list–the poor guy didn’t stand a chance. Her adorable awkwardness had me laughing out loud more than once, and seeing the story from their dual POVs really worked to show their growing attraction to each other.

I could almost forgive Beck for his hockey fan affiliation (the Bruins; ugh!). Almost… 😉

This was an entertaining read–the black moment, when it came, was a bit abrupt but inevitable. Beck’s turnaround too was on the sudden side, but that’s mainly because we didn’t get the blow-by-blow of the two of them wallowing in their misery–it actually went on for a while, but we got more of a fleeting glimpse than in depth detail from that time period. Beck’s apology was stellar, though–I couldn’t blame her for deciding to take her back.

I do wish this were part of a series, however, because I’d love to see where they’re going to go from here…

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

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




About the author:

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

New Release and Giveaway! BITTERSWEET by Michele Barrow-Belisle (Faerie Song Trilogy #2)

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by Michele Barrow-Belisle
(Faerie Song Trilogy #2)
Publication date: March 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen-year-old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her newfound powers. But when her friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she’s responsible.

Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose between her family… her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.


A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey.  Her bestselling debut book Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.

She also loves shoes.

Did we mention the chocolate?

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by Shanna Clayton
Publication date: June 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Charlotte Hart will do anything to escape the life she once adored, even if that means moving in with a mysterious guy from her past.


When the girl who saved Max Archer’s life shows up on his doorstep, he knows he can’t turn her away.

Neither of them can let go of their pasts. Both of them are living a lie. If they can’t figure out how to rebound, they’re destined to crash and burn.


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I’m not sure if my mother predestined me to become a romance author when she named me after her favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book, but that’s what happened. Now I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not glued to my desk writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and cyber stalking my favorite authors. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from readers!
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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE MILLIONAIRE’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL by Jane Peden (Miami Lawyers #1)

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there, as millionaire lawyer Sam Flanagan learns when his Las Vegas fling from five years ago shows up and demands that he marry her. Fans of sexy category contemporary romance will love this debut novel from Jane Peden.


Title: The Millionaire’s Unexpected Proposal
Series: Miami Lawyers
Author: Jane Peden
Author Location: Florida
Genre: Contemporary Category Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Word Count: 161 pages
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Format: Digital eBook
ISBN: 978-1-63375-239-9



One night together will change his life forever…

Camilla Winthrop is about to do something she’s never done in her life—she’s about to ask a man to marry her. Not just any man. She hasn’t seen Sam Flanagan in almost five years, after he coldly walked away from a passionate and intense two-week affair. Now Camilla is widowed and desperate…and marrying Sam is the only way she can protect their son.

The son he never knew about.

A hugely successful attorney in Miami, Sam certainly never expected to see the stunning Camilla come through his door again. Nor can he ignore the desire heating his blood. But after she tells him her situation, Sam is furious. He’ll marry her, but under his terms. And he’ll take everything, including Camilla in his bed…unless she can find a way to thaw the millionaire’s icy heart once more.



The limo pulled smoothly up to the curb. The driver opened the door and nodded almost imperceptibly to Camilla, signaling that everything was in place.

Then they were on their way, gliding smoothly through traffic. Sam tossed his tuxedo jacket casually on another seat, then raised his eyebrows when he saw the chilled champagne and two glasses. She glanced over at the control panel to make sure the intercom to the driver was turned to off.

“I don’t remember this being here when we got out of the limo.”

“I thought we’d take a drive out to beach.”

Sam looked out the window and noted the direction they were traveling.

“Should I take it that I’ve been shanghaied?” The corner of his mouth quirked in amusement. “What do you plan to do with me?”

Whatever words he was about to say next died on his lips when Camilla reached behind her and began unzipping her dress. She felt her hands tremble because it wasn’t only her body she was baring to him. It was her heart.

She peeled off the loosened dress, and was left with only her stiletto sandals and a tiny wisp of a black thong. And the string of pearls he’d bought her.

Her pulse quickened when he said, “If I’d known that was all you had on under that dress we’d have left a lot sooner.”

She knelt down in front of him, slipping in between his legs, felt her breasts tingle as they brushed against the fabric of his tuxedo pants. Nerves as much as arousal had made her nipples taut, and she felt a flush spread across her entire body as his eyes focused on her breasts. She reached around him, undid his cummerbund, then unhooked his pants, slid the zipper down slowly, and took him into her hand. He was already hard. His heart and mind may be wary, but his body would betray them. She used her mouth on him and could feel his restraint, coiled like a tight cord, begin to slip.

“Oh God, Camilla.” He leaned back in the seat and she felt him shudder. She grabbed the small purse, shook out its contents on the seat, and quickly ripped open a condom and unrolled it over the length of him. His narrowed eyes were still watching her. She still couldn’t read him, didn’t know what he was thinking, but he made no move to stop her as she slipped out of her thong and slid onto his lap, straddling him. She took him inside her, thinking, Please, Sam, don’t push me away this time.



I adored JD and really liked Olivia; Camille for the most part was very sweet and a fantastic mom and sister, and Sam had his moments–though he also had a lot of moments of total buttheadedry, especially in the first half of the book.Normally a book where the main conflict is caused by a refusal to communicate drives me up the wall–though this one did a better job of it than most. Still, I don’t understand why Camille didn’t even try to interject just a little bit of truth now and then, especially when she had a perfect opportunity to clear things up and help Sam see things as they really were instead of how he thought they were. Getting the backstory via her mentally recollecting the events came off as a little clunky–it would have worked much better as a conversation between Cam and Sam, I think.

Sam really should have done some digging for the truth–or at the very least communicated to her that he was willing to listen to her side–when he started to notice that the Camille he was seeing and falling for in real life was completely at odds with the selfish witch he made her out to be in his head. His obstinacy here definitely lost him major points, even though he did his best to make it up at the end.

Sam’s partners Richie and Johnathan, though we don’t see a whole lot of them, seem to be stand-up guys–despite my issues with this book, I’m definitely signing up to check out their stories as the series continues.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

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


“Jane Peden gives readers exactly what they want — plenty of sass, sizzle, and surprises on every page!” —New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Roxanne St. Claire“The conflict here is rich and deep. There’s no greater grist for the gut than two scarred lovers trying to find a way back into each other’s arms.” —New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Leto

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Jane Peden is the pen name of a Florida trial attorney who writes sexy contemporary romances set in the exciting South Florida city of Miami, where millionaire lawyers live extravagant lifestyles and find love when they least expect it. When Jane isn’t in court, you can find her at the beach with her laptop, dreaming up stories about successful, confident men who know what they want and how to get it, and smart, sexy women who demand love on their own terms.  Jane’s books promise sizzling chemistry in the face of insurmountable obstacles. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, an emotional payoff that makes it all worthwhile.

Jane grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, but decided early on that the only thing better than escaping the cold for a two-week vacation at the beach was to live there all year around, so she traded her snow boots for a jet ski and has never looked back.  Jane lives on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a fish. Her debut novel, THE MILLIONAIRE’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, released on March 31, 2015, from Entangled Publishing.

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