Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Release Blitz: Method by Kate Stewart


We are celebrating the release METHOD by Kate Stewart! One-Click METHOD today!


Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone

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Blurb:

Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.



I’ve never doubted what we built...until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.



I chose Lucas as my safe haven...he chose the role of a lifetime.

For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.



We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.



I should’ve known this time would be different.



To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.



As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.












About the Author:


A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.



Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com



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Blog Tour: Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

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Pretty Reckless, an all-new standalone high school, bully romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!


We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
Penn
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.
Daria
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.





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5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

"What would you have asked of me if I took the sea glass?" "To save me all your firsts," he whispers somewhere between my ear and mouth as his body brushes away from mine. 

I don't think I've read anything of this author's that I haven't loved. Daria Followhill is the "it" girl at her school-feared, lusted over, but never ignored. But inside she is a mass of insecurities, never quite good enough for her mother, the woman whose attention she craves the most.

Melody Green-Followhill is a former ballerina who lost her chance at being a great dancer when she broke her leg her first week at Juilliard. No matter how much Daria practices she will never be a great ballerina, not like Via . Daria's mother's darling, the beautiful, graceful dancer who is a candidate for the Royal Ballet Academy in London. Melody took time off to take Via to London herself to try out. In past reads Melody never appealed to me, but in this book I actually despised her. Towards the end, I despised her a little less, but she's no June Cleaver.

"Lovebug, stop fretting by the door. You're blocking everyone's way," my mother singsongs with her back to me. 

In a moment of weakness, Daria sets into motion actions which have far reaching consequences. But she meets Penn. They may both be only fourteen but they are both jaded beyond their youth.

Boys can smell heartbreak from across a continent. We girls have an invisible string behind our belly button, and only certain guys can tug at it. 

Neither will admit to having a heart, but both will lose theirs to the other that day.

"Take the sea glass. Owe me something."

But Daria made a mistake that day, one that lost her any chance with Penn.

Fast forward four years later. Daria is still the girl everyone wants to be or be with, but she is soulless. She has no real relationship with her mother. Not that I blame her-Melody is all about saving everyone else around her- but does nothing to help her daughter who is drowning in self loathing.

Her do-gooder mom decides that it's her duty to take in Penn. He's got a great future ahead of him in football, but she's convinced he will never get that future if he doesn't come to live with the Followhill's.

"Hate," he corrects, rubbing his thumb over his lower lip. "I hate what I see, and plan on seeing very little of it. You're Daria, I assume.

This is so much more than an enemies to lovers to whatever romance. There were times that I felt like a piece of jagged glass was ripping through my heart. I would catch my breath and had to decide do I want to keep reading. It hurts. Too much. Just. Make. It. Stop.

"I'm bored of you, and it ain't worth the risk."

Just about now, I'm in a fetal position rocking back and forth. It can't get worse right?

This was so much more than first love. It was first hate, too. 

LJ Shen toys with the reader..slowly...like a cat with a mouse right in front of him. Will the mouse escape? Will the cat let it go? Will my heart be okay?

I adored the Sinner of Saint series, but believe me, I am going to devour the All Saints High series!







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“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team.
“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.”
“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.”
When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.
“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”
Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before.
His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty.
We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.
Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense.
“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”
“Not if I ruin you first.”

About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Cover Reveal: Disenchanted and Perseverance by LD Davis



Release Date: Book 1 May 22, 2019

Blurb:

I never thought my life would turn out like this, but life happened in a way I’d never dreamed of. I had plans for myself, to have a successful career, to be independent, and selfish, and have a good time. My philosophy as a young, silly girl was that I was here for a good time, not for a long time. I didn’t plan to have children, never planned to be married, and I certainly didn’t plan to be a widow before I reached the age of thirty, but here I am, with all of that and more.

I didn’t think of myself after the accident. There wasn’t time to think of myself as a widow with three small children and a mother recovering from a heart attack that nearly killed her. I didn’t think about all the plans I’d once had. I didn’t think about my clothes, my hair, or my leg that hadn’t healed properly, my health, and especially my happiness.

When my once-estranged sister was involved in a dangerous incident, I didn’t think of myself then either. Along with my mother and children, I flew to Philadelphia to support Lily. That was where I met Marco Mangini. He was a beautiful man, with a charming smile and a charisma that made even my mother blush. Self-assured, polished, and wealthy, I hated him instantly, because suddenly, I was thinking of myself again, those lost dreams and ideals. I thought about my drab clothes, my limp hair, my uneven stride, and my unhealthy pallor. It would not be the last time Marco forced me into a self-analysis, to make me look at my emotions I’d hidden away, to make me feel again.



 Release Date: Book 2 TBC



Author Bio:

L.D. Davis was born and raised on the east coast in the United States. She has five children, a husband, and two cats. She often daydreams about running away (alone of course) to a tropical island where she would do nothing but write, read, and consume fruity drinks with umbrella toothpicks. L.D. has an Audible addiction and one-clicks more books than she can read. She has deep affection for wine & other tasty alcoholic beverages, Downton Abbey, and a secret obsession for all things Star Trek. Did I mention her deep affection for wine?

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Blog Tour: Luca by Brenda Rothert



Today we are celebrating the release of LUCA by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the second title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!

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Chicago Blaze, #2

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Book Blurb:

Abby
I only have one love now—the home furnishings business I’m building into an empire. Maybe money and success can’t love me back, but they keep what’s left of my heart safe. One-night stands are my way of scratching the occasional itch I get for something more. And no one’s better for that than a sexy as sin hockey player I’ll never see again after one very hot night together.
Luca
I used to love two things: hockey and women. But now my nieces and nephew are my top priority, because I’m raising them after tragedy stole their parents. Somehow I balance single parenthood and my career as a forward for the Chicago Blaze. There’s no time for women, until I get knocked on my ass by Abby Daniels. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted, but her devastating past may end us before we even get started.

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4 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I love this series and could not wait for Luca's book.  Luca surprised me in a really good way.  I think it's because I didn't know what to expect or maybe his story managed to escape my mind for a minute or two.  I loved him.  He is a sexy hockey player who is raising his nieces and nephew after the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law.  His life has changed so much in the past year or so. While hockey has always been his life, he was used to living it as a single man with no responsibilities.  But now he is the guardian of 3 long children who have become his world.  Life can change in an instant and Luca knows that better than anyone.

Abby is in town on business when she meets Luca.  She has no idea who he is.  She just knows that he is hot and sexy and she wouldn't mind spending the night with him.  And he gladly accepts her offer.  Abby does not do relationships at all.  She has her guard up and a wall around her heart.  She has her reasons, but those reasons are kept hidden until she is ready to let them all out.  Luca also doesn't do relationships for his own reasons.  His job and the fact that he is now tasing three kids, he just doesn't see much time for it.  But there is something about Abby.  One night with her is just not enough.  He feels like he wants more with her, but knows that she has a wall up.  Will he be able to break her walls down and become more than just a casual fling whenever she is n town?

Let me just say that Luca as a hockey player is sexy enough.  But Luca as an Uncle taking care of his nieces and nephew takes it to a whole other level.  My God that man was just adorable, sext, sweet and made my heart melt whenever he was with them.  They were his world.  He knew he could never take the place of their parents but he treated them as his own.  He has such an adorable relationship with all of them.

I really liked Abby towards the end but honestly had a hard time with her in the beginning.  I know she had issues, but not knowing those issues right away made it a little harder to love her.  I liked her but as time went on I grew to love her.

Luca and Abby were sexy and sweet.   I loved all side of Luca.  I love how much he cared for both Abby and the kids. He has big heart and a very sexy side. Abby was sweet and I loved the bond she formed with the children.  I loved the two of them. It was emotional at times, sweetened funny.  I cannot wait for the next one in this series.  

Excerpt:
“Hold still, Uncle Luca.”
My niece Emerson gives me her best glare, but she’s five and cute, so it makes me smile.
“I’m trying,” I tell her, checking out the dark purple polish she’s trying to brush onto my nails.
It’s not my inability to hold still that has more nail polish on my skin than my nails; it’s her technique. My “MANicure”, as my two nieces like to call it, started with my ten-year-old niece Cora and was then passed off to Emerson.
“I found yogurt!” Cora says as she breezes into my bathroom. “It’s got strawberries in the bottom, but that’s okay. This face mask will make you smell good, Uncle Luca.”
I try not to roll my eyes. It’ll be better than the last face mask they whipped up in the kitchen, which had butter in it and was a bitch to scrub off in the shower.
“I have to leave for practice in twenty-five minutes,” I remind the girls. “And I still need a shower. So you have ten more minutes to beautify me.”
“Will you paint my nails, too?” Cora asks me.
“Sure.”
I was shit at painting nails when I first became the legal guardian of my two nieces and one nephew a little over a year ago. With practice, though, I’ve gotten pretty damn good at it.
“How long ‘til Gram and Gramps will be here?” Emerson asks, still painting my thumb nail even though she’s looking at me.
“About four hours ‘til their flight lands, then maybe an hour for them to get to the house.”
Her toothless grin of excitement makes me ignore the nail polish I can feel on my knuckle.
“Emerson!” Cora yells. “You ruined it! That looks awful.”
Cora picks up the bottle of purple nail polish and Emerson’s happy expression drops away.
“Give it to me,” Cora huffs, holding out her hand for the handle to the polish. “I never should have let you do it.”
“Hey, now.” I give Cora a sharp look. “She was doing her best.”
Cora’s eyes flood with tears. Emerson edges closer to me, because she knows what happens when Cora gets upset.
“He won’t let us do spa days if you mess it up!” Cora cries, glaring at her younger sister. “You ruined everything!”
“You didn’t ruin anything,” I tell Emerson. “And Cora, I never said we wouldn’t do this again. We can do a big spa day after my road trip, okay?”
Cora wipes her eyes and nods, still crying. It kills me to see her like this. As the oldest, she carries more of the weight from the deaths of her parents than her siblings. We’ve been in counseling for more than a year now, transitioning through the death of their mother, my sister-in-law Danielle, to the kids’ new life with me as their guardian. The clinical terms for what Cora struggles with—anxiety and controlling tendencies—are easier for me to handle than her breakdowns.
The tension leaves the room and Emerson starts my massage, which is pretty much just her karate chopping my shoulders, while Cora slathers strawberry yogurt onto my face.
“Is your shoulder better?” Cora asks me.
“Yep, it’s all good.”
“Think my mashage helped?” Emerson asks from behind me.
She can’t pronounce some words, and I kinda hope that’ll last longer, because it gets me every time.
“It definitely helped,” I tell her.
I tweaked my shoulder at practice yesterday, and Cora noticed me wince when I was taking out the trash last night. She worries about every sinus cold and bruise I get. I can’t blame the kid. Her dad, my brother Matt, died serving in Iraq and her mom passed away from cancer a year later.
“Hey, let’s get your nails painted, Cora,” I say after glancing at my watch. “I’ve only got five minutes til I have to hit the shower.” I turn to Emerson. “Can you go get the nail polish remover, peanut?”
“Okay.” She races from the room, brown curls flying behind her.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


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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Release Blitz: Lily and the Billionaire by BethMichele







3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Jace is bored. He's an admitted workaholic and couldn't spend his money in ten lifetimes. But when he spots a beauty at an art showing he's mesmerized.

She has pleasure and sin written all over her. 

He makes it his business to engage her in a conversation. Maybe some witty commentary about the painting they are gazing at.

"I see a little girl, "she says, pointing a finger toward the bottom right of the canvas. "She's playing with a ball...by herself." 
"In that green blob in the corner?" I taunt, enjoying those gorgeous eyes and the mock glare she throws my way. 

Maybe Jace should have kept his mouth shut.

"And the artist-boy, she's not only talented, but what a looker. Talk about red hot-no pun intended."

Guess Jace is regretting what he said about the artwork. Lily is the artist. Her dream is not to just be an artist but to be one who has her own gallery. She's flattered by Jace's efforts to make amends. She's got a tough skin, she doesn't offend easily.

I definitely want to kiss him again, and I want to have sex with him; there's no doubt about that, in spite of the tiny voice in my head screaming disapproval. 

The more time she spends with him, the more fascinated she becomes.

He is like a strong cocktail making her head spin. He adds an excitement to her life-not that being the secretary to a successful businessman doesn't have. But is he too good to be real?

"All my women?" he snaps, and the hurt in his tone pinches my stomach with regret. "As if I have a harem stashed somewhere?"

Now this is where I started to disconnect with the characters. She's just too bowled over by this guy and why wouldn't she think he'd have dated a slew of women? Let's see...he's rich, gorgeous, intelligent. Yeah, I can see why she would think he sits at home every night.

The whole story takes place over a few weeks. They are both falling but of course, there's gotta be some angst. Do they have something beyond lust going for them or will their careers and life tear apart this fragile relationship?

While I liked Lily and the Billionaire, the characters lacked depth for me. The dialogue was too flowery and I couldn't picture people their ages saying the things written. But different strokes for different folks, right?

"I don't..." I stop, take a big breath, and try again. "I don't know what love looks like." 





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Friday, April 26, 2019

Release Blitz: All We Are by Michelle Lynn and Elisabeth Grace








Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.



I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.



I mean, life is great.



Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.



If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.



There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace.  Which means confronting her for the final time.



I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.



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4.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I could not wait for the conclusion to Lilah and Jimmy's story.  especially after that cliffhanger that left me with broken heart.  I think I was just as broken as these two characters were after what had happened.  I think in my mind I had an idea as to where this story would go, but while one part may have been true the rest of this story was not how I thought things would go.  And for the record I am not complaining at all.  It had drama and angst and as I started reading the first page I swear my heart broke all over again.  I felt sick and was so scared to read on but knew that I wanted, no needed to.

Jimmy is at a new tase in his life. his career is at the top and he is trying to live his best life.  Trying, being the key word here.  In order for him to go forward in the next stage of his life he needs to move on from his past.  and the only way to do that is to confront it head on.  He needs to know the why's of it all.  What really happened and why?  How could someone who had his whole heart just break it like that.  H?e hoped for closure and answers but instead got the shock of a lifetime.  What he was about to now face would change everything.  What happens net?  I cannot tell you.  I do not want to give anything away.  Just go in blind and hope for the best.....lol

I love Lila and Jimmy and was rooting for them all the way.  At times Jimmy completely frustrated me and I felt like I wanted to slap some sense into him.  But then there were the times that I just wanted to him and kiss him. I loved him, I truly did but boy could he play with my emotions.  Lilah, I still loved her throughout this entire book.  I loved seeing the person that she became, and how she turned her life around.  These two were truly soul mates in every way.  I believed that they belonged together.  I think no matter what happened over time that their hearts belonged to each other.  They loved each other in a way that they could never love anyone else.  They were meant to be together, even if they had to go to hell and back to get there.  I hurt with them. I cried with them.  I felt it all with them.  This book certainly tore at my heartstrings but in the end it was left happy and whole again.



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Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?




I’ve done things I can never undo.



No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.



As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.



Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.



He always puts my needs before his own.



Now it’s my turn to protect him.



None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.



He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.



The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.














ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE:

USA Today Bestselling author,
Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters
and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada
with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a
good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.


For more of the lowdown feel free to visit her
author website at 
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ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN:


Michelle moved around the
Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling
down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her
husband and two kids. 




She loves all thing romance and cries at happy
endings! 




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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Release Blitz: VirginalHeadlines by Candace Knoebel




Virginal Headlines, an all-new standalone Romantic Dramedy by Candace Knoebel is NOW LIVE!






Twenty-three-year-old Primrose Amberly just landed the job of her dreams—with Virago, a leading women’s romance blog. All the knowledge she had about sex, she’d learned by reading their articles. And anyone who knew her would laugh if they found out what her first assignment was. Even she did…before curling into a sopping mess on the floor.
She had one month to turn a player into a stayer. To make New York’s swooniest playboy fall in love with her enough to retire his pick-up lines. With a rap sheet of broken hearts a mile long, Grayson Pierce and his panty melting smile have been featured on the covers of countless magazines. He was also direct competition, an employee of Virago’s rival blog.
A story on the illustrious bachelor was a prize piece. A headline that would shake the social media masses and ignite her name in the blogosphere. But there was one tiny problem—Primrose was a virgin. Had barely even been kissed. Forget thirty days. She couldn’t nail this story in thirty years, especially if she wanted to keep her virtue intact. Could she?
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MEET THE GIRLS OF LOVE BETWEEN THE HEADLINES

Welcome, ladies. I was thrilled to learn you were willing to sit with me for an interview… especially considering how busy you all are with your blog Virago. And of course, your love life. Why don’t we start off with you telling us a little about yourselves.

Poppy: *leans forward* Well, obviously I’ll start us off. My name’s Poppy, and I’m a blogger here at Virago. I like long walks down the vodka aisle and men that aren’t afraid of a woman that doesn’t want to commit. *puts her arm around Prim sitting next to her* This is Prim—my best friend and the star of Virginal Headlines. *points to Brinley* On the end is Brinley, our lead editor who is obsessed with a mysterious poet and painfully shy.

Brinley: *shifts uncomfortably*

Poppy: And on the other side of me is our boss Quinn. Feminazi. Man-Hater. An overall—

Quinn: *clears throat* Thanks for that… enticing introduction, Poppy. *looks to interviewer* You’ll have to excuse her. Poppy’s somewhat rambunctious. Often times loud and without a filter. Oh, and—

Poppy: Made of stardust and rainbows. *she winks*

Prim: *giggling* Poppy’s the star of the next book in our series—Deadline To Date—where she’ll—

Quinn: *places hand over Prim’s mouth* Don’t give it all away. Haven’t I taught you anything in the few months you’ve been with our blog? We’re here to promote your story *looks to interviewer* which releases on April 25th. *looks back at Prim* Stop it with that innocent, thoughtful heart of yours. Poppy doesn’t need any more air blown up her ass or her head will explode.

Poppy: *snorts* This coming from the woman who ends up being the star of The Hate Report. A telling of a scorned woman forced to work with an old flame.

Quinn: *turns red*

Poppy: What? Did I give away too much… Quinn?

Quinn: *glares at Poppy and then turns to Brinley* Brinley, why don’t you tell the interviewer about yourself in your own words. Anything to keep this one quiet. Lord knows she loves the sound of her own voice. *hitches a thumb in Poppy’s direction*

Brinley: *eyes wide as everyone turns attention to her* Well, I… I guess I’m just… I’m me.

Prim: *places hand over Brinley’s* She’s sweet, beautiful, and quietly clever. She also has a nose for talent and a beautiful voice.

Brinley: *eyes widen further*

Prim: I hear you sometimes singing to yourself behind the walls of your cubicle. You shouldn’t be afraid of your talent. Embrace yourself. Be proud.

Brinley: I umm… well, I guess you’ll find out more about me when Quote To My Heart releases. I’m the last to go in the series.

Poppy: Because you have horrible luck in the dating department. How many blind dates have you been on in the last month?

Brinley: *squirms* Seven.

Prim: *glares the shut up eyes at Poppy* She just hasn’t met her one yet. That’s all.

Quinn: Working at Virago, it’s hard to find that ‘one’.



Which leads me to my next question—Virago… what does it stand for?

Poppy: *snorts* That’s a loaded question.

Quinn: I think I’ll take this one. Virago’s a word I fell in love with while in college. Historically, it was a title a woman could earn if they were exceptionally heroic, moral, and strong. If they became equal to the ideals of a man. Ideals that women have always carried, but have never been attributed. That’s what our blog stands for. We write about women, by women, for women. We tackle headlines on every front be it political or the typical celebrity gossip. A one-stop shop for the everyday woman.

Poppy: We’re the counterpart to Stud—the leading men’s blog—where Prim’s new beau Grayson Pierce works. *Poppy eyes turn impish* And which is owned by he who shan’t be named. A blog that is a continuous thorn in our sides throughout the series.

Interviewer: He who shan’t be named?

Prim: Harrison Cunningham. He owns Stud and well… he used to…

Quinn: Oh, for heaven’s sake. Just say it—he and I used to be a thing back in college. But all of that will be tackled in The Hate Report. Lord, grant me enough whiskey to get through the release of that book. All my secrets aired like dirty laundry.

Poppy: *rubs hands together* Bring it on.



So, Love Between The Headlines… I’m sensing this a theme. Throughout these four stories, are we to learn of what goes on behind the scenes in the blogging world?

Prim: In a nutshell, yes. Love is hard to find in the business we’re in. We’re constantly having to choose between love and our careers while trying to find a healthy balance for both. Being a journalist… a blogger… it isn’t always easy. Especially when the subject is about someone you care about.

Poppy: *leans back* Don’t include me in that. I have a healthy balance. It’s called: No Strings Attached.

Quinn: Yes. And we see how well you’ve done with that logic. Especially considering your reaction whenever Finley comes around.

Interviewer: Finley?

Prim: He’s Grayson’s best friend and, well, a complication in Poppy’s love life.

Poppy: *scowls* More like a pit stain.

Brinley: Honestly, I think she’s in love with him.

Poppy: *glares down Brinley*

Brinley: *curls into herself*

Poppy: I’m not in love with him. I don’t even know what love is. But he, however, is in love with me. He made that very clear. Well, until he… *looks away, sad*

Quinn: Next question.



Well, I can most definitely sense some tension when the word love is brought up. To wrap this up, can you tell the readers what they’re getting into? Are these standalones? Will we see all of you in every book? Are there any HEAs? Steam? Cliffhangers?

Quinn: Wow with the firing off there, paparazzi. You know some of those cleverly inserted questions we can’t answer. We can’t give away the endings. Telling you if there’s an HEA or not is like reading the last page before starting the book.

Prim: But, to give you some insight, there are definite HEAs. And, no, there are no cliffhangers.

Poppy: But there is plenty of steam. I’d brag that you’d find it all in my story, but I’m feeling generous today. The steam alert is strong within this group of females. We know what we want, and we take it. And the men… *licks lips*

Prim: *fans herself*

Brinley: You’ll see each of us throughout the series. Some of our story will carry on through everyone’s book. They can each be read as a standalone, but it’s best to read in order.

Poppy: Yeah. How else will you keep consecutive order of every one of Brinley’s failed dates?

Prim: *puts arm around Brinley’s shoulder* Even the clouds have to give way to the sun at some point. You’re not a lost cause. Poppy’s just jealous that you have the emotional capability to put yourself out there.

Poppy: *snorts*

Quinn: And with that, I’ll say I think that about wraps it us for us, ladies. There’s still work to be done. Those posts aren’t going to write themselves. And, Prim, I need you in my office after this.

Poppy: Ooooh. Someone’s in trouble.

Quinn: *shoots a look to Poppy* I wasn’t finished. I need to see you after her. Brinley, try to keep the crying to a minimum today.



Okay then, well, thank you again for taking this time with me. I can’t wait to get my hands on your stories. I’m sure my readers will feel the same.

Quinn: April 25th. Virginal Headlines. Steamy. Angsty. Funny. Be sure to grab your copy and find your inner Virago.

Prim: Thank you so much for taking the time to read this interview. And, if you do pick up Virginal Headlines, I want to thank you for that as well. Without you, my story would remain letters pressed within pages, never given the chance to breathe life.

Poppy: I’m just going to part by saying—you’re welcome for the shit show you just witnessed. Read our books to see more. And if you really want a good laugh, keep your eyes peeled for the release announcement of Deadline To Date coming this summer featuring none other than moi. Check out the author behind our stories’ Facebook page for more information.

Quinn: Or sign up to her newsletter. You’re more likely to see her announcements in your inbox than relying on Facebook nowadays.

Brinley: *gets up and leaves before anyone asks her anything else*


About Candace Knoebel

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She's a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her thirteenth novel, The Taste of Her Words.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Release Blitz: Luca by Brenda Rothert


Today we are celebrating the release of LUCA by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the second title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!

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Luca by Brenda Rothert

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Abby
I only have one love now—the home furnishings business I’m building into an empire. Maybe money and success can’t love me back, but they keep what’s left of my heart safe. One-night stands are my way of scratching the occasional itch I get for something more. And no one’s better for that than a sexy as sin hockey player I’ll never see again after one very hot night together.
Luca
I used to love two things: hockey and women. But now my nieces and nephew are my top priority, because I’m raising them after tragedy stole their parents. Somehow I balance single parenthood and my career as a forward for the Chicago Blaze. There’s no time for women, until I get knocked on my ass by Abby Daniels. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted, but her devastating past may end us before we even get started.

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“Hold still, Uncle Luca.”
My niece Emerson gives me her best glare, but she’s five and cute, so it makes me smile.
“I’m trying,” I tell her, checking out the dark purple polish she’s trying to brush onto my nails.
It’s not my inability to hold still that has more nail polish on my skin than my nails; it’s her technique. My “MANicure”, as my two nieces like to call it, started with my ten-year-old niece Cora and was then passed off to Emerson.
“I found yogurt!” Cora says as she breezes into my bathroom. “It’s got strawberries in the bottom, but that’s okay. This face mask will make you smell good, Uncle Luca.”
I try not to roll my eyes. It’ll be better than the last face mask they whipped up in the kitchen, which had butter in it and was a bitch to scrub off in the shower.
“I have to leave for practice in twenty-five minutes,” I remind the girls. “And I still need a shower. So you have ten more minutes to beautify me.”
“Will you paint my nails, too?” Cora asks me.
“Sure.”
I was shit at painting nails when I first became the legal guardian of my two nieces and one nephew a little over a year ago. With practice, though, I’ve gotten pretty damn good at it.
“How long ‘til Gram and Gramps will be here?” Emerson asks, still painting my thumb nail even though she’s looking at me.
“About four hours ‘til their flight lands, then maybe an hour for them to get to the house.”
Her toothless grin of excitement makes me ignore the nail polish I can feel on my knuckle.
“Emerson!” Cora yells. “You ruined it! That looks awful.”
Cora picks up the bottle of purple nail polish and Emerson’s happy expression drops away.
“Give it to me,” Cora huffs, holding out her hand for the handle to the polish. “I never should have let you do it.”
“Hey, now.” I give Cora a sharp look. “She was doing her best.”
Cora’s eyes flood with tears. Emerson edges closer to me, because she knows what happens when Cora gets upset.
“He won’t let us do spa days if you mess it up!” Cora cries, glaring at her younger sister. “You ruined everything!”
“You didn’t ruin anything,” I tell Emerson. “And Cora, I never said we wouldn’t do this again. We can do a big spa day after my road trip, okay?”
Cora wipes her eyes and nods, still crying. It kills me to see her like this. As the oldest, she carries more of the weight from the deaths of her parents than her siblings. We’ve been in counseling for more than a year now, transitioning through the death of their mother, my sister-in-law Danielle, to the kids’ new life with me as their guardian. The clinical terms for what Cora struggles with—anxiety and controlling tendencies—are easier for me to handle than her breakdowns.
The tension leaves the room and Emerson starts my massage, which is pretty much just her karate chopping my shoulders, while Cora slathers strawberry yogurt onto my face.
“Is your shoulder better?” Cora asks me.
“Yep, it’s all good.”
“Think my mashage helped?” Emerson asks from behind me.
She can’t pronounce some words, and I kinda hope that’ll last longer, because it gets me every time.
“It definitely helped,” I tell her.
I tweaked my shoulder at practice yesterday, and Cora noticed me wince when I was taking out the trash last night. She worries about every sinus cold and bruise I get. I can’t blame the kid. Her dad, my brother Matt, died serving in Iraq and her mom passed away from cancer a year later.
“Hey, let’s get your nails painted, Cora,” I say after glancing at my watch. “I’ve only got five minutes til I have to hit the shower.” I turn to Emerson. “Can you go get the nail polish remover, peanut?”
“Okay.” She races from the room, brown curls flying behind her.

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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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Release Blitz: Stay With Me By KL Grayson

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Stay With Me, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author K.L. Grayson is live!
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Stay with me.
Three simple words.
One impossible request.
I’ve loved Allie McCallister for as long as I can remember. Her happiness and well-being mean more to me than anything else, which is why when the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, I had to take it. Three months was such a short amount of time to be apart to provide the financial stability we needed to start our lives.
It wasn’t supposed to catapult my band to stardom, and it sure as hell wasn’t supposed to set off the chain of events that pushed my relationship with Allie to the brink. Our hearts were shattered, our love tested, and when everything fell apart she begged me to leave.
Eight years ago, tragedy broke us. Now we’re back in the same little town where we once dreamed of building our future.
She’s a divorced, single mom.
I’m a damaged country music star.
There are a hundred reasons for us to stay apart.
But all it takes is one look, one touch, one kiss to know our story isn’t over. Now I have to convince her to let me stay.
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About K.L. Grayson
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained
daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she
writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the
day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males,
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Release Blitz: Baby Mine by Kennedy Fox












I saw her first.

Blonde. Gorgeous. Feisty.

I was smitten. 




But it didn’t matter because she chose him and
he was my best friend and roommate. I’d never be able to compete with that, so
I pushed her away instead. It was easy when she lived hours away, and I didn’t
have to see her every day, but then she moved in with us. 


Now, I’m screwed.



To her singing in the shower every morning,
dancing in the kitchen while she makes coffee, and doing yoga in our living
room, I can’t stop thinking about her in all the wrong ways. She’s not mine and
never will be, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to push her against a wall
and claim her mouth.




She’s constantly on me for making messes,
bringing chicks home every weekend, and being a smartass when their PDA gets on
my nerves. Considering neither of them know how I feel, it’s not fair for the
way I act toward them. I should move out so I can get over her for good;
however, the selfish part of me can’t let go. 




But then the unthinkable happens... 

When my best friend dies in a motorcycle
accident, the two of us are left to grieve our loss together. Instead of
pushing her away, I pull her closer. 




Just as we come to terms with our new reality,
she finds out she’s pregnant with his baby. 


And I’m left to make the hardest decision of my
life... 







3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Hunter's job as a bartender has a lot of perks-an endless supply of hook ups and the money isn't bad. It pays the bills and it he won't be doing it forever. Although, tonight he would rather be hanging out with his best friend, Brandon getting smashed instead of serving up the drinks. That is until a beautiful blonde with big blue eyes asks him what he would recommend.

Considering I work in a bar where the ladies parade their asses in short skirt and low-cut tops, I see beautiful women all the time. But this woman-the word beautiful doesn't seem sufficient to describe her. 

The two go back and forth flirting -he finds out her name is Lennon and he's more than interested. Eventually she walks away from the bar area and rejoins her group of friends. Hunter thinks maybe they will get a chance to get together at closing, but he doesn't see her again.

So...the next day when he's woken up by moaning and the bed thumping against the wall. Seems Brandon's brought home some random chick. Hunter can't sleep and gets up to get a drink. He finds a girl bent over the fridge digging through food. He might just have startled her and finds a can of Redi Whip thrown at him.

My vision finally clears and it's then I see the woman Brandon has his arms wrapped around, swatting her ass. 
"Lennon," I croak out, blinking, hoping I'm imagining her in front of me, standing in my kitchen with my best friend. 

Yes, Lennon has hooked up with Hunter's best friend Brandon.

Two years later and Brandon and Lennon are still going strong. She's at the apartment all the time. Can this be any more awkward for Hunter? Guess Lennon didn't realize that he was interested in her.

Though I'd shown interest in Hunter earlier, the way Brandon gave me his full attention drew me closer.

Hunter was surrounded by women and Lennon thought he was out of her league. He was just flirting with her but it didn't mean anything more than him doing his job.

But nothing could be further than the truth. The last two years have been hell for Hunter. Lennon moved in about a year ago and he's had to see her with his best friend. Brandon is like a brother to him, and he wants only the best for Brandon. He's the better man, but does it hurt.

Dagger meet heart.

Brandon shares his intentions to propose to Lennon. This can't get much harder for Hunter. But he's wrong..it's going to get so much worse.

Expecting the delivery man, Lennon opens up the door to two police officers.

"I'm sorry to inform you this miss, but Mr. Locke's been in a serious motorcycle accident. The paramedics were unable to save him."

Both Hunter and Lennon are devastated and Hunter is determined to help Lennon through this-he has been nothing but sarcastic and cruel to her for the last two years, but that's because he was so cut up with jealousy. As hard as it is for Lennon to keep going, when she finds out that she's pregnant with Brandon's baby, it feels like everything is crashing down on her.

Hunter: I'll always be there for you, Lennon. No matter what.
Lennon: I'm so thankful for you. I know Brandon would be too. 
Another punch straight to the gut. 

This is book one of a duet, so don't expect things to be wrapped up in a pretty bow. There's a cliffy and a shock and things are just unravelling all over the place.

No matter how much I wanted to, I couldn't connect with Lennon. First she was interested in Hunter, then somehow she hooked up with Brandon. Then hated Hunter for being mean to her. She was all over the place. The scenes with the secondary characters seemed juvenile and childish. Of all the characters, Hunter, in spite of his arrogance and revenge screws, was my favorite.



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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You've Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren't bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that'll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! 


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