Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Release Blitz: Fixing Fate by Anna Brooks

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Mellie Jamison is afraid of the world after her security and innocence were stolen as a teen. Now in her early twenties, she’s content with her secluded lifestyle and her cat... at least, that's what she tells herself. When a grandfather she never met leaves her an abandoned house, she has no choice but to set out on a journey she never wanted to take.



Smith Porter was living his dream until he was forced to give up his job as a police officer and return home to take over the family business. He’s now alone in the world, merely surviving on memories and emotionless attachments. So when his old partner calls in a favor, Smith agrees to flip the neglected house and keep an eye on Jay's baby sister.




He’s a master at restoration and rebuilding, but Smith never expected that tearing the walls down around Mellie's heart to be his most difficult project yet. And when her life is threatened, keeping her safe is the most important job he’ll ever have.


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Anna began writing when she thought the world would want to hear her sick lyrics through song. Since then, she's realized her childhood dream wasn't so far-fetched, just misguided. Now she writes romance with real emotions and happy endings. If Anna isn't writing or reading, she can be found by a space heater drinking a ridiculous amount of Diet Dr Pepper. She also likes to hang out with her husband and two boys. If it wasn't for them, she wouldn't ever leave the house. Anna was born in Wisconsin but now lives in the Evergreen State.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Release Blitz: Pieces of Heaven by Natasha Madison














I didn’t want this life.

But sometimes you’re forced to make the best of the crappy hand you’ve been dealt. I wanted to teach my daughter that. No matter what happens you face your problems head-on.

Never cower. Never give up.

Then someone took her and I had to put my faith in a system that had failed me, and my hope in a man I didn’t know.

Serve. Honor. Protect, are the only things I’ve ever cared about until her case was dropped on my desk. As we searched for her missing daughter, the last woman I thought I’d fall in love with became my reason for living.

Then the world came crashing down around us.

One secret would change everything, but I had one more hand to be dealt. And if I played my cards right, maybe, just maybe we’d get our piece of heaven.






















Chapter Eleven
Marissa

The bells over the door ring every single time someone walks in. I’ve been on edge ever since I got in this morning. Lucky for me it’s been non-stop people coming in, so my mind hasn’t been able to wander to Lori.

Now that it has been quiet and I’m filling the salt and pepper shakers, my mind wanders. It wanders to my baby girl, who is somewhere out there begging to come home. The sound of her voice plays in my head on repeat. My hands start to shake, so I close my eyes and sit down on a chair before my knees buckle.

I blink away the tears threatening to fall over, my heart starting to beat so fast I hear the echoes in my ears. A plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy is shoved in front of me. Phyllis’s eyes greet me when I look up.

“Eat that and then go home. You are done for the day. You’ve been here for fourteen hours.”
I look over at the clock hanging behind the counter that reads 8 p.m., realizing she’s right.

“I’m just going to finish filling the shakers then I’ll take off.” I know she’s about to argue with me when the bell over the door rings again, making us both look up.

His eyes find me right away. My heart that was starting to calm down is now speeding up. I focus on my meal, cutting a piece of meatloaf and dipping it in the gravy before popping it into my mouth. I try to ignore the heat of his stare, try to think of anything but him and that naked woman from last night. His girlfriend. I was so stupid to think that he would actually want me. I’m a used up stripper whose daughter ran away from home. I’m the opposite of what he wants or needs.

The chair in front of me is filled with his big frame. The scent of his aftershave, of cologne lingers around us. Musky, rich, and woodsy. It’s the smell that has seeped its way into my memory along with the way his lips felt on mine. The way that I just fit, like I was made for him. I blink away the memory, looking up at him.


“All the seats in this place are open and you sit in front of me?” I ask him before scooping up more food. I didn’t notice how hungry I was till I started eating.

“You didn’t text me back.” His voice is hard, his muscles tight, his jaw ticking.

I take out my phone. “Oh, I put the do not disturb on under your name. Maybe that’s why.”

My phone is snapped out of my hand in a blink of an eye. “What the fuck?” I see him touching the screen angrily and turning it off.

“You know you’re doing that for nothing since I can turn it on again?” I finish off my whole plate, making my stomach hurt since it’s the first thing I’ve eaten since last night.

“What if I had information on Lori?” Bulls-eye, hit straight through my heart. He must see the color drain from my face as I realize that I fucked up. I’m not going to admit it to him, though.

“I don’t have Jackson’s number blocked, and he would have called me.” I shrug my shoulders, picking up my plate to bring it to the gray bussing bin.

Walking over, I wipe down the table right when Phyllis comes out from the kitchen.
“There you are! I have your order ready. It’s being boxed up. Did you want dessert with that?”

His eyes never leave mine. “No, that’s okay. Thanks, Phyllis.”

I grab my phone from him, putting it in the front pocket of my waitress pouch. “I’m taking off. My feet are killing me. See you tomorrow, Phyllis.”

I don’t wait for her to say anything to me before I walk out the door to my car. Turning it on, I drive home, determined not to give Mick another minute of my thoughts. Just one problem with that plan, though. No one mentioned to my head that I wasn’t thinking about him because his eyes flash in my mind, the hard lines around them. The sorrow that is buried there, the sadness that he thinks no one sees but is there, if you look long enough.


I make my way into my apartment, taking my shoes off my throbbing feet at the door.

Walking into the kitchen, I take out the tips from my pocket and count them out. Three hundred and seventeen dollars. Two hundred of that is going to that damn debt that I’m still paying off. I can’t fucking wait till it’s over. I walk over to Lori’s room like I do every single night, turning on the light to see if maybe something has been misplaced or moved.

I’ve put scotch tape on the drawers to alert me if they’ve been opened, but it’s still intact. I’ve labeled her clothes hanging in the closet by number, and I count them, seeing that none have been taken either.

The bed is exactly how she left it. I crawl into her bed and grab her pillow, breathing in her scent. Tears run down my face, seeping into the pillow. This has become my nightly routine. I sleep here so I’m closer to her. I lie in this bed, talking to her. Telling her about my day, praying that she calls me again. I tell her stories about when she was small, about the day they placed her in my arms. The tears never stop. It’s like an endless river.

The soft knock at the door has me raising my head. Walking slowly to the door, I look through the peephole and see that Mick is in the hallway. His hands are braced against the doorframe, his head hanging down.

I place my forehead on the door, take a deep breath in, and open the door. His eyes land right on mine. The tears continue to roll down my cheeks, right off my chin on their way to the floor. He brings his thumb up to my chin, catching them.
“Marissa,” he whispers, and it’s all I can do before I collapse into his arms, sobbing. Begging. Pleading with him to bring her back to me.

He picks me up and carries me inside. Sitting on the couch with me curled into a ball in his lap, my tears soak his shirt. I’m so exhausted from the fear, stress, and worry. I’m just too tired to move.


“I’m a good mom,” I whisper to him. “I was tough on her only because I wanted better for her. Wanted her out of this life. Wanted her to be something.” My hand lies on his chest, the beat of his heart pounding against my palm.

“I know, baby, I know.”
I don’t say anything more. I just continue to soak up the feeling of his heart beating as it calms me. My eyes droop, and the exhaustion drags me under.

I don’t move from this position all night. I wake the next morning with the same heart beating against my hand.






























When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...


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Savannah's brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike "Red Reaper" Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.
But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?



3 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Mike Larson is MMA fighter who had a crappy childhood.  The ring is where he belongs, being a fighter is who he is.  He is making a name for himself in this world, but the outcome of one fight leaves him questioning it all.  His last opponent died due to injuries that he sustained during their fight.  He blames himself even though he knows it was an accident.  At this point he is not sure if he even wants to go on with his career.  But before he can even make that decision he needs to see Tommy's family.  He just needs one chance to tell them how sorry he is. 

Savannah just lost her brother Tommy because he was doing something that he loved, fighting in a ring.  While she is devastated by his lost she knows that her sister-in-law and mother are taking it just as hard.  Savannah is there for the both of them but at times because she is being to strong for them she is neglecting her won feelings.  At the funeral for her brother she comes face to face with the man who accidentally killed her brother.  She knows that she has no business talking to him or even agreeing to meet up with him but she wants to hear what he has to say.  So she agree to meet him.

There is this connection between Mike and Savannah that they both feel from the moment that they meet.  But falling for Mike Larsen is so wrong and the consequences of being with him is not something that she wants to think of.  But at the same time she feels comfort when she is with him.  In a way they both need each other no mater how wrong it is.  But will it all be worth the risk of [possible losing your family because you fell for the wrong man.

I really liked the premise of this book and I enjoyed Savannah and Mike.  I thought that they had very good chemistry and truly belonged together.  I also loved the side characters and am hoping to get Zane's book next.   While I did enjoy the characters for me this story fell a little flat.  At times it was too slow for me and found myself skimming the pages.  Overall an enjoyable read but was just missing a little something.  






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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CHERRIE LYNN has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. She's also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and she is fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live. Cherrie lives in East Texas.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gravity by Lauren Runow


Please join us in celebrating the release of GRAVITY by Lauren Runow! 




Title: GRAVITY by Lauren Runow
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Book Description
Gravity is not your normal, sweet romance of childhood friends to lovers. Spanning over twenty years—it’s raw, it’s real, asking the question if soul mates really exist.


Lily

At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life. He was the force pulling me toward him despite our differences. It was like magic.

We understood each other, supported each other and in the process became everything to each other.

But in chasing Trevin’s dream, I lost myself along the way.



Trevin

Through tremendous heartache, she was there. Through fame and fortune, she was there. Loving Lily was the one thing I got right.

Eclipsing her in my shadow, I took from her until she was empty. Now I must do anything to prove I can be the man she wants, no, the man she deserves.

3.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Gravity is a story of best friends to lovers.  This is usually one of my favorite books to read but this was not your typical friends to lovers story by any means.  This book was a roller coaster of emotions and at times I honestly wanted to just walk away.  It is filled with love, loss and heartache.  

Lilly and Trev met when they were 8 years old when her family moved next door to him.  They instantly became the best of friends and for a good part of their adolescent to teenage years they were inseparable.  Trev’s home life was not a good one. He loved his mother dearly and she was an amazing and loving woman but his father was an abusive a*shole.  At times I didn’t even understand this man’s actions at all and just cringed at scenes where he was involved.  But Lilly was his breath of fresh air, she was the light to his dark, the one person that he needed in his life to comfort him and to keep him grounded.  He loved her since he was 8 years old.

His life takes a terrible turn which leaves him even more vulnerable and from that moment his life begins to spiral downward.   But when he is 18, his life changes in a way he could only dream of.  He is about to be the big rock star that he has only dreamed of becoming.  Through his ups and downs Lilly is always there for him no matter what.  Life as a rock star changes him and as he is away living his dream while Lilly is left alone to live her own life, but no matter what she is always there for Trev.  But how much of herself will she lose along the way?

This is my first book by this author and the premise of the story was good and the writing itself was very good.  I loved that we were able to see Trev and Lilly at the age of 8 and contninue to see them grow together.  It gives you a great understanding of just how much they mean to each other.  And it was nice to see it as it happened instead of through flashbacks.

My issue with this story though was the hero himself.  Now I get that he had a terrible childhood, an abusive father who led him on a horrible path to destruction.  I also get that he is a rock star who is living the rock star life.  But for me personally I felt that he took and took from Lilly without giving anything back in return.  I understand that the timing was not right at times but this was his best friend, the girl he loved more than anything, his world, but actions speak louder than words and his actions spoke volumes.  I am normally very forgiving when it comes to a hero who screws up as long as there is some sort of redemption in the end.  And for me I felt like he just did not redeem himself.  Over time I think there was just too much heart break for me to forgive.  He made stupid decisions and many times I waned to punch him.  Maybe if we saw more of the life he lived as a rock star I would have understood more of how that lifestyle affected him, but unfortunately that was lacking.

I really liked Lilly and to be honest I felt for her.  I think she would do anything for Trev and she proved that time and again.  I hated the moments where her heart broke, I really did and wanted so bad for her to stand up for herself, to live her life for her and not in the shadow of the man she loved who was her best friend.  At one point she did finally put her foot down and I loved her for it.

Overall I think that this book was well written and many people will enjoy it.  It is a great storyline but for me I could not get past the hero’s actions.  

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Lauren Runow is the author of three Adult Contemporary Romance novels, Unwritten, Rewritten, and Black Widow.



When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music that speaks to her, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field or skatepark with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!
Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.



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Friday, January 27, 2017

Cover Reveal: Drunk on You by Harper Sloan

We are excited to bring you the cover for DRUNK ON YOU by Harper Sloan releasing on March 14, 2017!



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It was supposed to be fun.

A mutual use of each other's bodies.

To be a ruse to the world around us.

I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.



One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment.

He warned me not to fall for him, and I should've listened.



He intoxicated me.

He made me crave him.

He ruined me.

In the end, I'll never be the same.


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Blog Tour: Dirty Secrets by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert

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DIRTY SECRET by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert

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*STANDALONE - ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE**

Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix 'Nix' Ash
Crimes: Hacker and Heartbreaker
Mission: Get Close and Survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman's secret affair, Kennedy Barnes joins 'Project Greenlight' - a clandestine intelligence organization. She's out to prove she's more than her father's dirty secret.

One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.

Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He's pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes everything changes.

Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness - for each other.

This is a STANDALONE novel, but is interconnected with Dirty Work, which is now available.





4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I loved the first book in this series and could not wait for Dirty Secret.  I have read most of Brenda Rothert’s book but this series is the first for me by Chelle Bliss.  Together these two authors make a great team. 

We met Kennedy in the first book.  Her father is a congressman who had an affair with her mother and because of his marital and political status, Kennedy became the secret love child that the world did not know about, until recently that is.  Kennedy is not working for Greenlight, an intellegience agency.  She has always been good at hiding who she really is so this job and her next case should be easy, until she meets one of her targets, Phoenix Ash. 

Nix is a well known hacker who is very good at what he does, it is all that he knows.  he grew up in this world with a father who basically taught him everything he knows.  When he meets Kennedy there is something different about her.  But Nix needs to be careful because you can never trust anyone especially when you are a hacker.  He knows that she is hiding something but he has yet to figure it out. 

Kennedy and Nix both have their secrets, they are both very careful in hiding those secrets as well.  They are both playing a very dangerous game.  It is Kennedy’s job to take him down. And it is his mission to find out who she really is and what she is hiding.  what neither one of them planned on was the feeling that they have when they are with each other.  At times the lines seem so blurred and I think not even them know if what they have is real or all part of the game.  It’s a dangerous one and in the end someone will get hurt, the question is who will that be?

I really loved the chemistry between the two of them.  Despite what he did Nix was a really good guy who has a heart, and you see a few examples of that.  I loved that he seemed to have it all under control but at the same time his feelings getting in the way.  But I loved that part of him that cared about Kennedy and wanted her.  Nix was hot and sexy and sweet all in one.

Kennedy is one of those kick ass heroine’s who takes no crap from anyone.  Based on her line of work she has to be like that.  But I loved watching her fall for Nix and be so conflicted with her feelings for him.  He should have been completely of limits but at the same time she will do anything to get the bad guy.  Or did she just need to tell herself that?


I really enjoyed this book, it had great drama, a hot and sexy hero who could make you melt and a little bit of suspense.  I loved the connection between the characters and there were some hot scenes as well.  Another great job but these two amazing authors. 


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BRENDA ROTHERT:

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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