Cover Reveal! Until We Fly by Courtney Cole (Beautifully Broken #4)

Are you ready to Get BRANDed?

(Seriously–they had me at “Ex-Army Ranger”… 😉 )

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Get ready because Brand is getting his book! That’s right! Courtney Cole is writing a fourth novel in her Beautifully Broken Series, and it’s coming out July 7th. Today, we have the amazing and beautiful cover to share with you. So, without further ado… we introduce you to…

UNTIL WE FLY
(Beautifully Broken #4)

Until We Fly

 

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ABOUT UNTIL WE FLY:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.

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And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:

IF YOU STAY

IF YOU LEAVE

BEFORE WE FALL

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” –Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.”New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

courtney coleABOUT 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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New Release and Giveaway! Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch

Out now–a new YA dystopian 🙂
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Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication date: April 15th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Synopsis:

One People. One Union. One Future.

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.

As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.

For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.

Excerpt:

“And now the time for selection has come,” the Councilman said, opening an ornate leather ledger containing the nine chosen names. “When called, please step forward and take your place behind me.”

Around me, I felt the whisper of a collective breath drawn in by all the girls. We held it deep in our chests, afraid to let it go, afraid to breathe.

The Grand Councilman studied the paper in front of him, “G454-71.”

His voice reverberated through the hall, bouncing off the carefully carved stonework and the dark wooden floors. For a moment we all stood still, letting the number ricochet around inside us.

The girl who stepped forward carried an air of superiority about her that had always bothered me. I didn’t think she was any more beautiful than Odessa or me, and her hair was a strange color, tinged with a bit of orange, but she was taller by at least a couple of inches. I knew she was strong, but I also knew with certainty that she wasn’t any smarter than us. In class her answers always sounded rote and memorized, as if she didn’t really give thought to what she was saying, but had taken great care to repeat things word for word from the text book.

Maybe I was completely off base, assuming I knew what the Union wanted in their Carriers. Maybe it was all about beauty, height and strength, maybe nothing else really mattered. Maybe the rest of the test was simply a formality.

The Grand Councilman watched as the first of the robes was placed over the girl’s shoulders before he turned back to us with an expression of satisfaction on his face. The look sent a chill through me. He looked back down at the ledger in front of him and called out the next number, “G458-89.”

G458-89.

Of course I recognized the number. It was imprinted in my mind, the digits as clear in my memory as they were tattooed into the soft skin of Odessa’s forearm. The breath of air I’d been holding escaped my lips and I turned to my best friend, pushing her forward to the podium.

Odessa, beautiful Odessa.

I knew she would be called. Maybe she hadn’t been first, but she was close. Pride pushed at the inside of my chest and I suppressed a cheer. If only we were allowed to clap at least, but the selection was a sacred moment and I had to keep my emotions contained. Later tonight I could tell Odessa how proud I was of her.

On the podium, one of the elegant Carrier robes was being placed over Odessa’s shoulders. From somewhere deep inside my head a low humming had begun. My fingers and toes felt strange, tingly.. I rubbed my hands together, trying to concentrate on the Grand Councilman’s words.

Six more numbers were called and progressively, as each girl took her place on the stand, I began to see the panic setting in on Odessa’s face. Normally, she would have caught my eye and made a funny face to break the tension, but she hardly looked like herself up there. The color still hadn’t returned to her cheeks and a bit of perspiration had sprouted on her forehead. In her eyes I saw the look of someone desperate, someone hungry. Only one more number left to call. Around me some of the girls were weeping silently, maybe it was because they were overcome with the pressure of it all, or maybe they realized their dreams of being a Carrier were dying out, merely the flicker of a flame remaining.

The last robe hung limply on its form. Beneath the other selection robes the bodies of eight lucky girls fidgeted, waiting to see if one of their friends would be called. I caught Odessa’s eye and tried to smile, but my lips stuck to my teeth, tight and dry. The moments clicked slowly by, an eternity of waiting. What sort of future would I have if it wasn’t as a Carrier?

Finally the Grand Councilman spoke, “The ninth and final Carrier is…D456-06.”

Odessa covered her face with her hands, but I couldn’t move; my body was completely numb.

It wasn’t my number. It wasn’t. My number hadn’t been called.

For a moment things slowed around me. Sixteen years had brought me to this point in time and here I was completely unprepared. The air seemed to vibrate, my mind racing to catch up with the real world. I could almost see the split before me. In one direction was the future I’d imagined, in the other lay the hazy reality I’d stepped into.

I didn’t get to say goodbye to Odessa. One minute she was behind the podium and the next she was gone, swept away from me.

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Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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An Interview with Charlotte Hubbard, author of Breath of Spring

Author Charlotte Hubbard is here today, talking about writing and her latest book, Breath of Spring!

 

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Charlotte!

Thanks so much for inviting me to this interview!

What 5 things should readers know about you?

Hmmm…I love to cook (hence I set this Seasons of the Heart series in a cafe!), I love to crochet afghans, I’ve been married to the same guy going on 39 years now, I also write an Amish series under the pseudonym Naomi King (this was an editor’s request, so my two series from two different publishers wouldn’t compete against each other, sales-wise). And while I appear to be fairly normal and in control of my life, I am really a slave to my border collie, Ramona. She herds me to the office each day and keeps me in my chair, working.

Hmmm. Maybe I should get a border collie, then. Boxer mixes do not have the same priorities–he’d rather I NOT work and just devote myself to walking and playing with him…

 

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

Annie Mae has been in the previous books of this series, so readers know her as the unfortunate eldest daughter of excommunicated bishop Hiram Knepp—and this book has her looking over her shoulder, fearing his revenge because she refused to go to his new Plain settlement, Higher Ground, in the previous book.  Adam Wagler, our strong-silent-type hero, has been a minor character previously, and he’s just trying to mind his own business—he’s a home remodeler—not looking to fall in love, when Annie Mae’s plight with her father and the four little sibs she rescues just sucks him into her life.

If these two were stranded on a desert island (which, since Amish folks aren’t allowed to fly or travel a lot, would be QUITE an amazing circumstance) they would do very well with just each other for company and their faith to see them through. Old Order Amish believe that all things happen as a part of God’s will, and they would roll with the punches much better than most of us would. They are both very resourceful, can-do characters and they are quite accustomed to living without electricity, cell phones, computers, etc.

LOL–now you know you’ll just HAVE to get them to a desert isle now, right? Can you possibly resist that challenge? 😉
Though I suppose you’re right. Once they’re there it would be rather anticlimactic…still, the getting them there would be something!

 

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

This will sound weird, but I haven’t watched TV regularly for probably 20 years, so I’m not up to speed on movie stars! But if Julia Roberts and Richard Gere wanted to play the leads, that would be fabulous! Except they’re both kinda old for the parts…

Confession time: I hardly ever watch TV either–except Downton Abbey and NHL hockey. (But just my team, which didn’t even make the playoffs. Again. Not that I’m bitter.) I often have to do a Google image search when people talk about actors–but not for those two. I do go to the movies occasionally–and I own Pretty Woman, of course!

 

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

Wow, I sold my first story to True Love confession magazine back in 1983. Sold my first book in 1990. I was a school librarian back in the day, and sometimes babysitting the afternoon study halls that congregated in the library just got TOO exciting…so I was scribbling on my first stories a bit then. By the time I was writing books, we had moved to St. Louis and I had walked away from teaching, and was writing confessions full-time for a while. I gradually worked into book-length stories mostly because NOBODY wants to write for True Confessions all their life! But I probably sold 70 or 80 of those stories, through the years.

Those study halls are just so NOT stimulating, it’s true…but teenage angst can be great fodder for fiction! Not that I know this from experience, mind you… 😉

 

What do you like best about being a writer?

I love working in a home office with a view of the backyard and a schedule I can pretty much arrange as I choose—even though it’s not like I can just foo-foo around for days at a time. This way, my dog Ramona and I can take our walks, do the errands during the week instead of on Saturday, and we just stay home when the snow piles up. It’s also really neat to have a lot of writers for friends! Going to conferences gets us together, and I attend one or two of those each year.

You had me at “stay at home when the snow piles up”!

 

What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

Right now, I have contracts for back-to-back-to-back books through January 1st of 2016! That’s a fabulous situation, knowing what I will be writing next that far ahead (and knowing the checks will keep coming in). However, this means I am really, really focused on writing one book after another without any time to diddle around (or to contract a major illness, etc.) But I am truly blessed to be writing this Seasons of the Heart series for Kensington, being told my editor will probably go to contract for more books—and even though my Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series for NAL will come to a close with book 4 this fall, I have already sold a new Amish series to Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. Like the old gospel song says, I “Ain’t Got Time to Die”.

I hear you! That’s fantastic, though–congrats!

 

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

I am in the final revision stage of HARVEST OF BLESSINGS, which is the next book after BREATH OF SPRING (comes out 2/15). This fall, EMMA BLOOMS AT LAST will complete that Cedar Creek series and I also have a novella in a Christmas anthology called AN AMISH CHRISTMAS QUILT. These books are all written and finished. Next year, along with HARVEST, I’ll have THE CHRISTMAS CRADLE out in October (same Seasons series) and I think my first book for Harlequin will be out then, as well.

I’ll definitely be checking out that Christmas anthology–quilts!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

This is a hard one. A lot of my writer friends are good about encouraging me, brainstorming with me, coming to signings, etc. although I can’t really say that any one of them was a writing mentor, as such. I will salute my good friend Karyn Witmer-Gow, who usually writes as Elizabeth Grayson, for convincing me to join the RWA group in St. Louis right after I sold my first book. Writing is a solitary job, and you just have to have like-minded friends to stay sane…because only another writer really knows how it is to have voices in your head, or to get a bunch of rejection letters, etc. I belonged to that group for more than 20 years before we moved to St. Paul 3 years ago when my husband took a new job. So now more than ever I look forward to seeing these longtime friends at conferences while I’m meeting up with new writers in new groups here in the Twin Cities.

Excellent answer 🙂

 

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

Because I don’t want to pick up on other authors’ ideas, characters, etc. I rarely read Amish fiction these days. I tend to read all over the board–just finished Alice Hoffman’s ILLUMINATION NIGHT, and am ready to start Spencer Quinn’s 4th book in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Now THAT is an extraordinarily funny series, because Chet (a dog who flunked out of K-9 police academy) tells the stories from his dog point of view! So you know how everything smells and sounds, and you experience the chase scenes and the shoot-em-up scenes from Chet’s viewpoint. His sense of logic and smell usually lead him to all the pertinent clues right away, but because he can’t talk to Bernie, his P.I. partner, Bernie has to figure out who dunnit the hard way. Really funny stories.

Sounds wonderful! Adding to my TBR…again…

 

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

This is the scene where Annie Mae first sees her father’s house in Higher Ground—and then sees his new “girlfriend” with her pre-school age sibs. Her old boyfriend, Yonnie Stoltzfus (who now works for her renegade bishop father), has given her a ride in his fancy BMW Spyder:

…they approached the largest house in town. The lower half of the house was red brick and the upper story was painted a rich buttery gold, accentuated with gables and windows. The front porch spanned the entire width of the place and had a pillared railing . . . the double front doors were made of glossy wood, with oval glass insets. This home seemed anything but Plain, and nestled on the highest point of town, it seemed to be watching over its neighbors—or lookin’ down on them, she thought. The large building still under construction behind it resembled the huge horse barn Dat had left behind, so Annie Mae had no doubt that this was where her father had transplanted the rest of her family. She held her breath. Yonnie slowed the car so she could stare through the low-slung windshield.

“Happy now?” he muttered. “As you can see, your sibs are living pretty high on the hog, and—”

“But who’s takin’ care of them while Dat’s gettin’ this town built?” she demanded. “It’s been two months since any of us have seen them, and—”

One of the front doors burst open and out ran Joey and Josh, who were leading Sara and Timmy by the hand. Even with the car windows closed, their loud crying and distressed expressions made Annie Mae’s heart constrict. The kids were rushing down the front steps as fast as their little legs would carry them.

“Stop the car!” she blurted. Instinctively she grabbed for the handle, and then realized she had no idea how to open these outrageous doors. “Yonnie, I have to—”

Right behind the kids came a scowling young woman who brandished a paddle Annie Mae recognized from out in the barn back home. Because she’d been in charge of the kids’ discipline after their mamm passed, Dat had kept the paddle out there mostly as a warning. But this young woman looked angry enough to thrash them with it.

“You brats have gone and done it now!” she screamed as the four children scattered on the snowy lawn. “You are the stupidest, meanest little—”

Annie Mae grabbed Yonnie’s arm and stuck her face in his. “Let me out of this car. Now! That woman will not hit my kids with that paddle.”

Yonnie stared at her in disbelief, but he pushed a button and the doors began their ascent. “Fine. If that’s how you want it—”

She ducked and propelled herself outside before the doors had gone halfway up. “Joey! Josh!” she cried as she dashed toward them. “Sara, it’s me, punkin! You and Timmy come over here to Annie Mae!”

Oh, but their tear-streaked faces looked pinched and their clothes were hanging on their too-thin bodies—and they were out here in the cold without any coats. Her heart hammered frantically as she called to them again, hurrying through the ankle-deep snow.            “Annie Mae!” the twins hollered as one. Across the yard they sprinted, their arms stretched toward her, followed by her sister and Timmy. “Annie Mae, save us! Save us!”

Her soul lurched at their words. When Josh and Joey rushed against her, she nearly fell backwards from the force of them. She hugged them hard, and for once they didn’t fuss when she eagerly kissed their chilled faces.

“Annie Mae!” little Sara squealed as she led Timmy as fast as he could toddle. “It’s weally you!”

Jah, it is, angel.” She instinctively caught Timmy when he launched himself at her, and then she grabbed Sara in her other arm. “Ach, but ya must be freezin’,” she muttered. “Let’s get ya outta here—”

“You there! What do you think you’re doing?” the young woman demanded as she stopped several feet away from them. Her kapp was askew and her face was flushed as she struggled to catch her breath. She raised the paddle as though it were a club.

“And who’re you?” Annie Mae challenged, stepping forward with a fierce scowl. “Obviously ya don’t have a clue about keepin’ kids—”

“I’m their new mamm, but they don’t listen to a thing I—”

Nobody paddles my sibs! And ya won’t be usin’ that thing on me, either,” Annie Mae declared hotly. “Put it down!”

The young woman slowly lowered the paddle, staring at Annie Mae as she backed away. “So . . . who are you?”

“I’m their big sister. C’mon, kids—let’s go home.” Annie Mae gently bumped Joey with her backside to get him and Josh to let go of her legs.

“But you can’t just take—Hiram never said anything about a—”

Annie Mae stopped dead still, clutching Timmy on one hip and Sara on the other. Josh and Joey were still clinging to her as though frightened for their lives while she processed what she’d just heard. The young woman in front of her was dressed in a bright flowery dress made from a Plain pattern, still gripping the handle of the paddle as she stared at Annie Mae. She didn’t look to be any more than nineteen . . . so if she was calling herself the kids’ new mamm . . .

“Dat didn’t say a lot of things to a lot of people when he started up this town,” Annie Mae muttered. “So I’ll just take these kids off your hands, and we’ll all of us be a whole lot happier. Come on, boys. Walk with me now.”

She turned on her heel to start for the road and stopped.

The car was gone. The kids and this girl in the flowery dresshad been caterwauling so loudly, Annie Mae hadn’t heard Yonnie drive off.

And doesn’t that just figure? she fretted as she looked up and down the street. Not another soul seemed to be around any of the new houses, and she saw no vehicles, either. I’ve gotten myself into another pickle, Lord, and I don’t know what I’m gonna do . . . so I guess we’ll just keep walkin’ til we figure it out.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.

Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my Seasons of the Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home for more than twenty years.

Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my Home at Cedar Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I love to travel.

I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.

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Title: Breath of Spring
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 352
Genre: Amish Romance/Inspirational

 

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious that she’s has taken her five siblings to live with her. She’s never been truly at home in her faith…or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she’s gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakable, helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn’t think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find, in a moment of surprising revelation, that God can work impossible miracles—and that love makes all things new.

 

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May 5

Book reviewed at Shhh…Not While I’m Reading

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May 6

Book reviewed at In Our Spare Time

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May 7

Book featured at Talking Books Blog

May 8

Book reviewed at Harlie’s Books

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May 9

Interviewed at Manga Maniac Cafe

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May 12

Book featured at Reading Rendezvous Reviewz

May 13

Interviewed at Becky on Books…and Quilts

May 14

Book reviewed at Blooming with Books

May 16

Book featured at Paulette’s Papers

May 26

Book reviewed at Splashes of Joy

May 28

Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

May 29

Book reviewed at Griperang’s Bookmark

June 2

Book reviewed at Lighthouse-Academy

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Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts

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Book reviewed at Bookishly Devoted

June 9

Book reviewed at Confessions of a Reader

June 10

Book reviewed at Maureen’s Musings

June 12

Book featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest

June 17

Book featured at Margay Leah Justice

June 19

Book reviewed at Reviews by Molly

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June 20

Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Melina’s Book Blog

June 23

Book featured at Bookalicious Travel Addict

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Book reviewed and Guest blogging at The Book Connection

June 26

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Book reviewed at Eccentric Eclectic Woman

 

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! Melting Into You by Tracey Alvarez (Due South #2)

So excited! The second book in the Due South series will be available on June 16, 2014!
I loved book one–and reviewed it here.

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Blurb:

Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…

Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.

 

New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…

Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff.  He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.

 

They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…

When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.

 

Excerpt:

He moved like a much smaller, lighter man. A runner or a gymnast—all coiled power that could switch from casual swagger to lightning-fast action in a heartbeat.

She licked dry lips as he stalked closer, a witty response swallowed by the slow burn kindling low in her body. Both English and Italian deserted her, and she simply drank him in. Too good-looking, too confident—too much of everything that eroded her determination to resist him.

Bracing her spine as he stood alongside her, she waited for the punch line or another double entendre.

But he said nothing.

Just gazed down with a small half smile. Which was another word for a smirk—a baby, you know you’re impressed smirk.

She fanned herself with the edge of the board. Did she need a reminder of why she hated Alpha males? After growing up in a home full of five bull-headed Alpha brothers, no, she did not.

Ben’s arm brushed hers as he moved to let Noah past. Beneath her summery dress, her nipples puckered against her lacy bra cup.

Oh, no! Not again.

Kezia hugged the clipboard to her chest and closed her eyes. Please St. Paula, let the clipboard base be wide enough to cover my boobs.

A soft, rumbling sound next to her—Ben chuckling.

Sweet Mother! Had she spoken aloud? A quick glance confirmed her worst fears unfounded. Ben stared blandly into the crowd, as if he had no idea how much his closeness affected her.

Honestly, she should ask the Patron Saint of Widows for more than boob coverage. She needed strength—brute strength—to resist either the urge to murder the man, or the almost-as-terrifying urge to jump his bones until he begged for mercy.

 

 

Due South Series

Visit the wild and beautiful Stewart Island and the Due South world by reading Book 1 of the Due South series,  In Too Deep.

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Author Bio:tracey alvarez

Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.

When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

 

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Release Day and Giveaway: All Lined Up by Cora Cormack (Rusk University #1)

We are thrilled that Cora Carmack’s highly anticipated ALL LINED UP is finally here! ALL LINED UP is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is a part of Cora Carmack’s Rusk University Series!

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ALL LINED UP Synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

 

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There’s only one thing in the world I despise more than football, and he’s making his way down the stairs toward me.

My eyes flit around me like I’m scanning a battlefield instead of a blowout: fraternity banners, litter of red Solo cups, and a freshman pledge dragging around a trash bag playing reluctant maid. Part of me wants to keep doing that, to pretend like I didn’t hear him.

But I can’t. If I ignore him, it will only prove to him that he still bothers me.

I face him as he steps off the last stair, crossing his arms over his broad chest and grinning at me. Levi. My ex.

He leans his hip against the banister of the grand staircase, and I spy not one but two girls sitting halfway up the stairs, obviously upset that they’ve lost his attention.

Behind me I hear someone shout, “Ready. Aim. Fire!” and I know the beer guns are back in play.

“Alcohol and bad decisions, Levi? Can’t say I’m surprised to find you smack-dab in the middle of that.”

He kicks off from the banister, swaggering a few steps closer. His dark hair and eyes are as striking as always. I’d fallen for him so hard my freshman year of high school: doodling our names together in my spiral, watching him play from the bleachers, wearing that monstrous mum he gave me for homecoming, beaming on his elbow at his junior prom.

The memory of all that just makes me nauseated now. But as Stella always says, hindsight is a pretentious, know-it-all bitch.

“You come here to make some bad decisions?” He moves closer, his voice pitching lower. Intimate. His gaze drifts down my body with an arrogant familiarity. “Because you know I can help you with that.”

Levi Abrams has been the cause of enough bad decisions for a lifetime.

Stella steps in, her voice colder than I’ve ever heard it. “I’m fairly certain she’d rather sandpaper her own skin off.”

I nod and plaster on the fakest smile in my arsenal. “And then take a bath in lemon juice.”

Levi smiles back, and I’m pretty sure the bastard is enjoying this.

He’s bigger than when I last saw him. Bulked up. I guess that’s the difference between high school and college ball. But it’s not just muscles… he reaches out a hand like he’s going to touch my hair, and as I jerk back, even his hands seem bigger than I remember. A man’s hands, rather than those of the boy I knew. Or maybe his head got so big that his inflated ego overflowed to other parts of his body. Also a possibility.

I knew Levi was here when I chose Rusk University—hard not to when he’s the starting quarterback—but I didn’t think I’d ever have to see him. Since Dad wouldn’t let me leave Texas, and only a handful of universities here actually have a true dance major, Rusk was the best option out of the schools to which I was allowed to apply.

Levi lets his hand fall away and turns to leave, but then stops to say over his shoulder, “You don’t have to pretend to hate me so much, you know. I’m here. You’re here. We could start fresh, D.”

Why does no one get that it’s impossible to have a fresh start when nothing has really changed? God, I knew that better than anybody because no matter how many new coaching jobs Dad took, every school ended up the same.

Levi is still a douche-bag who only cares about himself.

Dad still approaches parenting like I’m a member of his team.

And I… I’m still stuck. In my father’s shadow. In Texas. In this lame state school with a joke of a dance program.

And now I’m stuck at my first frat party with the ex who broke my heart.

Yay college.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Karma by Charity Ferrell

Out next month–looks like fun!

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Karma by Charity Ferrell
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance 

Synopsis:
I’m cursed. Yes, you read that right and this isn’t some paranormal fantasy. This is my real life. Karma has decided to lash out on me. I’ll never find my true love and I’m learning to accept that. The only problem is: he isn’t. He’s starting a war with karma and everyone knows karma always fights back with a vengeance.After deciding to take a year off from school, Gabby Taylor’s forced to intern for a Crisis PR firm. On her first day, she runs into the one guy she’s been fighting to avoid. The guy whose family despises her and she’d drunkenly given her virginity away to. How’s she supposed to fix other people’s problems when she can’t even manage her own?

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Charity Ferrell was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and still resides there with her future hubby, two Yorkies (who run the house), and cat. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with her crazy family or watching too much TV.You can interact and find more information at:
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Release Day Launch and Giveaway! Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye (Wedding Dare #0.5)

Laura Kaye has a brand new series–and she’s starting off with a steamy novella!

DARE TO RESIST is the prequel novella to the sexy wedding event of the year! The Wedding Dare Series brings together five New York Times bestselling authors, one sizzling story of how the bride and groom fell in love, and four super sexy tales of bridesmaids who hope to get lucky in lust—or maybe even love—at their friend’s wedding. Here’s the story that starts it all!

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract. 

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

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About the Wedding Dare Series:

When four bridesmaids dare one another to find lust—or maybe even love—at the destination wedding event of the year, the groomsmen don’t stand a chance. But little do the women know, the men are onto their game, and sparks will fly alongside the bouquet.

Four bridesmaids. Four groomsmen.

Four New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Long-carried torches, sizzling new attractions, and forbidden conquests will ensure a wedding never to be forgotten.

Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor

Diane Alberts, Falling for the Groomsmen

Katee Robert, Seducing the Bridesmaid

Samanthe Beck, Best Man with Benefits

Coming June 9!

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Release Day Launch and Giveaway: After This Night by Lauren Blakely (Seductive Nights)

We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Lauren Blakely’s AFTER THIS NIGHT! AFTER THIS NIGHT is the second full-length novel from her first Erotic Romance Series, The Seductive Nights Series!

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About AFTER THIS NIGHT:

This is the conclusion of Julia and Clay’s story that began in the New York Times Bestseller Night After Night.

“Why do you like me tied up sometimes?”
“Because the way I feel for you is so out of control that this is one way for me to feel in control again.”

Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets.
Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can’t get Julia Bell out of his mind. He’s so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can’t focus on work or business. Only her. And she’s pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though-she’s trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that’s been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into. If only she can get out of this mess, then maybe she can invite the man who ignites her back in her life, so she can have him-heart, mind and body.
He won’t take less than all of her, and the full truth too. When he runs into her again at her sister’s wedding, they have a second chance but she’ll have to let him all the way in. And they’ll learn just how much more there is to the intense sexual chemistry they share, and whether love can carry them well past the danger of her past and into a new future, after this night…

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes.

EXCERPT:

Then he saw a new email land in his inbox. From her. The subject line gave nothing away: Hi. But Pavlovian response kicked in, and he opened it before he could think. Because seeing her name still felt like a damn good thing, still held the promise of a sexy note, a naughty line, or a sweet nothing. But more than any of those options, it held the promise of her.

from: purplesnowglobe@gmail.com

to: cnichols@gmail.com

date: April 25, 4:08 AM

subject: Hi

Clay,

Hi. I’m lying awake in bed thinking of last night. How only 24 hours ago you were here with me. How much better it was to sleep with your arms around me, all safe and warm and snug. How much I would love to have you here again. But I know that won’t happen. And I understand. I truly understand. If I were you, I would hate me too. If I were you, I’d be suspicious as hell. And I probably wouldn’t trust me either. So I get 100 percent where you’re coming from and I wish there were another way. I want you in my life so badly that I can feel this ache where you’re supposed to be. But I know I can’t have you, and I’m sorry I can’t be open right now. You deserve more than this. More than me. All I will say is this sucks, and if I could turn back time and do certain things over there’s a lot I would change.

But I wouldn’t change a second with you.

Wow. I just re-read my note. I think that’s the mushiest I’ve ever been with anyone. Damn, you did a number on me, and I’ve got it bad for you. I’m hitting send while I still have the guts in me to do so, even though I will probably regret it. Except this is all true.

Xoxo

Julia

He dropped his head in his hand, and cursed. A wave of frustration and longing rolled through him, and he knew he should turn the damn phone off and ignore her. But this woman, she was under his skin. He hated lies but he’d be lying to himself if he pretended he’d forgotten her in a day.

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to: purplesnowglobe@gmail.com

date: April 25, 7:12 AM

subject: Hi

I don’t hate you. The farthest thing from it.

He hit send before the regret washed over him, as it eventually would, he was sure.

 

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Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Release Day Launch! Tempting the Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Gamble Brothers series)

We are extremely excited to celebrate the release of J. Lynn’s TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD! TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD is an Adult category romance novel being published by Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint and is a part of Jennifer’s Gamble Brothers Series!

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TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

 

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# 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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New Release Blitz and Giveaway: Messenger by Laury Falter (Guardian Trilogy Prequel)

Looking for a young adult paranormal series? Try this one–series prequel out now!
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Messenger by Laury Falter
(Guardian Trilogy Prequel)
Publication date: May 8th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Maggie does not know she is a Messenger. She has never met her eternal lover. She has never survived a Fallen One. All this changes when a Messenger awakens in the Hall of Records only to die moments later, never to return.As Maggie sets out to determine why the Messengers are suddenly beginning to die, she crosses paths with the infuriatingly appealing Eran and their story begins.

In this riveting account of Maggie’s first life on earth with Eran, the star-crossed lovers’ romance transpires amidst treacherous enemies, their friends’ resistance, and their own opposing wills. With the odds against her, can Maggie survive long enough to admit the feelings she has so carefully denied?

Messenger is the first prequel to the bestselling Guardian Trilogy – the breathtaking romantic saga about a love that has lasted centuries between a Messenger and her Guardian.

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Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.To learn more about Laury and her novels, visit her at:
Website: lauryfalter.com
Twitter page: twitter.com/LauryFalter
Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Laury-Falter/196033543803745
Goodreads page: goodreads.com/author/show/4061922.Laury_Falter

 

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Without thinking about it, I rolled my shoulders backwards into his palms. The heat from him was soaking into my tight muscles and it was an unavoidable relief.

“Was that a moan?” he asked.

“Did I make a sound?”

“I think you did.”

I released a half-laugh, too tired to offer anything more.

“It was a good sound,” Eran whispered and I felt his fingers stiffen at his candid acknowledgement. It was the first time he moved them since he laid them on me, but I got the distinct feeling he didn’t want to stop there and yearned to curl his fingers around my shoulders and feel me more fully.

A constrained sigh escaped him, followed by a deep, forced inhale.

His thumbs moved, sliding down the dip between my shoulder and neck. They were tender, barely a whisper against my skin. And I knew he was exploring me, just that small and subtle part but taking his time not to miss an inch. When his hands reached the base of my neck, they paused and I thought he was done, would now pull back and step away. But his thumbs moved up over the top of my palms, embracing my hands.

I was acutely aware of his scent, the quickened pulse in his thumbs, his restrained breathing.

He opened his mouth to speak but the tent flap opened, bringing him to a sudden halt.

 

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