Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Release Blitz: Hard to Lose by K. Bromberg

Hard to Lose by K. Bromberg is now live!

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, brings you a romance about love, forgiveness, and living every day to the fullest.

I know finding and signing a military vet to the agency is a long shot--but it'll be good press just letting him try out. That's what I tell my family, rather than admit I can't get the letter he wrote us five years ago out of my head.

But what I tell the bartender in his hometown is a lie. I know veterans protect each other. So I pretend to be a graduate student.

Sparks. Flame. Fire. I accidentally got in too deep.

I didn't expect to develop feelings for Gunner Camden.

And there's no way I can admit to my lies now, not without destroying what we share. So I'll keep faking it.

***

There are two versions of me: before, and after deployment.

Back then I was a screwup kid. I'd lie, cheat, and steal my way out of everything. My only love was baseball.

After I started fighting, I found out there had been another path for me. One that involved my dream. But by then I had seen too much.

The old me was dead, so I put my dreams to rest, too.

Then Chase Kinkade walks into my bar and reminds me that life is meant to live. No regrets.

Fresh. Happy. Hopeful. I can start to see a new dream, with her.

But sometimes things are too good to be true... and dishonesty is the one thing I can't forgive.



5 Stars

Review by Jen Skewes

Hard to Lose is by far my favorite book of this series.  I want to say the K. Bromberg saved the best for last, but this is not the end like I thought it would be.  I loved Chase and Gunner and their story gave me all the feels.  

 

Chase is the youngest Kincade sister and I think the one who has had the hardest time dealing with the loss of her mother.  She tends to run from feelings, never being around on the anniversary of her death and hiding her feelings.  All of her sisters have found love and are happy.  She wants to do something that will made a difference, a challenge of sorts.  While her sisters advise her that she needs to go out on dates, she wants to hear none of it.  Instead, she wants to find the soldier who was once a great baseball player.  The one whose letter she just received that implied he had given up on his dreams.  She has no idea where to start, other than to go to the small town he now lives in and gradually make friends and quietly ask around about him.  She meets Gunner at a bar on her first day in town and the chemistry is instant.  But it is more than that.  They have this connection and ease with each other.  She did not come here for love or to meet someone, but Gunner is someone that she cannot get off her mind.  

 

Gunner has had a rough past since his Father died.  After having no choice but to give up his dream of playing baseball he joins the service. He is back from deployment and just trying to live each day, fighting the nightmares and the demons from his past.  He was lucky enough to make it home but some of his friends weren’t and he holds himself responsible.  When he meets Chase she completely takes him by surprise.  More so because of the feelings that she stirs up in him.  Falling for someone is not on his list of things to do, but he may just need to add that to it and check it off.  

 

Chase is falling for Gunner.  But she is hiding something from him. When he finds out will he send her packing or will he be able to forgive her. 

 

K. Bromberg knows how to bring out the emotions.  This book made me feel so much.  There were times when I would literally feel a pitter patter in my heart at the words Gunner spoke.  He truly was the perfect package.  He has his demons, but he is the sweetest, kindest, selfless and  sexiest man who made me swoon and melted my heart.  I truly hurt for him and everything he went through.

 

Chase was a beautiful heroine who was smart, funny and kind.  I loved her relationship with Gunner.  They flirted, bantered back and forth and yet also had emotional moments when they opened up to each other.  It was truly beautiful to watch these two fall in love.  I cannot even put it into words what this book made me feel.  My God the emotions: love, happiness, laughter, sadness, heartbreak and just pure joy.  Their story ad their pasts were not easy ones.  I think Chase was in a way trying to find herself and in the meantime found a way to finally open up to someone.  While Gunner was fighting the demons of his past, both in the service and from home.  The way they felt so at ease, safe and comfortable with each other was everything.  I can go on and on when it comes to these two.  It was just that good!!!!  I was sad to see it end but was left with a hangover for days. 

 

This series is not over.  There is one more person who will be getting their story.  But that is for you to find out at the end of this book.  I’m hoping for some sort of spin off though, because I would l love for Nix to get a story as well.  



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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can't help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Release blitz: The Evolution of Far and Gods by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett comes the Chronicles of the Stone Veil, a five book urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. A departure from contemporary romance, the Chronicles of the Stone Veil is a return to fantasy/paranormal romance, where Sawyer started her fiction publishing journey. Readers can expect to find all the elements they love from Sawyer’s books—strong heroines, alpha heroes, and an epic romance—with a fantastical element to add to their reading experience. You can get the third book in the series, The Evolution of Fae and Gods, now!

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Book Blurb:

Evil is coming. A dark malevolence the likes of which this world has never seen, and it comes straight from the depths of Hell. Darkness meant to destroy. A prophecy I am fated to fulfill but will most likely not survive. Through it all, Carrick Byrne has stood strong by my side. Something has deeply changed between me and the man I once despised, and all it took was a kiss of provocation for both of us to feel it. I know deep in my soul we’re being guided by destiny, but I don’t know if I can trust it. Carrick is holding something back, and I fear the consequences could be deadly once his truth is revealed. We’re not ready, but calamity waits for no woman. I have discovered a power within myself I must learn to master. A new connection in the Underworld has been revealed to me, one that I hope is friend but is just as likely foe. We are in a race against time as we try to figure out how to stop the end of the world from occurring. The battle is coming, and I can only hope we’re prepared for what happens next. The Evolution of Fae and Gods is book three of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.



4 Stars

Review by Trinette Dungee

At the end of Book 3 (Secrets and Fate), Finely is facing death from what was once her twin sister Fallon. This book opens with Carrick coming to Finley’s rescue, and in this book, relationship for the two takes a new direction. 

So, this is going to have to be short and sweet, because I feel like if I could ruin some of the discoveries for other readers. During this book, the connection between Finley and Carrick grows stronger, and it answers a lot of my questions as well as confirms some theories I have. When you have a cliffhanger series of more than two or three books, you always have that one book that really starts having things click into place and really absorbs you into the story. This was that book for me. I enjoyed the first two, but this was the one that really has a lot of “the meat”.  We also get to not only see more of Carrick, but we get more of his PoV (I’m still curious as to why his POV is third person as opposed to first person like Finely) and learn more about him and his desire to ascend. For me, Carrick became more an actual man/person and less mystical. I mentioned before how, the romantic relationship between the two wasn’t really a priority for me during this storyline, but more solving the mystery of this prophecy…well, as much as I loved the development of their relationship, I’m still more interested in the prophecy! LOL. 


What I really liked about the coming together of these two, was that it didn’t take away from the overall story. Typically, when this happens, suddenly the new relationship is the focus and what was once the main story takes a backseat. That didn’t happen here. We get more intimacy from Finley and Carrick but preparing for the prophecy still leads the story. 


Finley gains more knowledge of her true twin, who has been raised in the Underworld. She also learns that there is a connection between the two of them, although her twin is not so elated about the connection. The dark force that took over Fallon, now has a name and her plan is learned. This knowledge takes Finley and Carrick back to Faere, among other places, where Finley is now starting to tap into unknown powers.


The “Circle” is pretty much solidified as well during this book. Finley’s group consists of Carrick, Lucien, Maddox, Titus, Zaid, Rainey, and Myles. They each have their roles in protecting Finely and preparing for the “big showdown”, when it occurs now that they know what it is. We get more info on the other players in this book. We learn more about Zaid’s past and his devotion to Carrick. I’m happy that Rainey and Myles have such important roles in this series. I was afraid they would be those characters that are there but only on the peripheral and don’t have much to do with what’s going on. 


With that being said, Myles worries me. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel like he might could be a wild card before this is all over. Rainey is proving to be very interesting. At one point my mind was going to her possibly being more involved in this supernatural world on a regular basis. Arwen, the Scryer, once told Finley the end of the Prophecy would result in her paying a “great price”. Everyone naturally assumes it would mean her death. I am not too sure of that. There are so many things that come to light in this book that it could be any number of things. 



Two of the biggest questions I had from the last two books were: why did Carrick have the reaction he did when he first met Finley? At one point he basically says, Finley missed his initial reaction of shock, right there is where I solidly formed my theory which was confirmed in this book. The other was, why did the God Rune dislike him so much; this was also answered.


So far this is my favorite book in the series. For me all, or most of, the characters are completely developed. There isn’t too much mystery surrounding them (except Maddox and Lucien, I could still use a little more info on them, but that’s just me being nosey). I most definitely enjoyed Carrick more in this book, they guy even has a little bit of a sense of humor. Like I mentioned, he because more human in this book. Like the scene were Rainey is cooking and he’s a little on the hungry side and she keeps getting sidetracked listening to a story. I don’t know why but it made me giggle. I also discovered that I love Maddox, that guy is way cool.  


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A Battle of Blood and Stone

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The Rise of Fortune and Fury

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A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Release Blitz: Requiem of the Soul by Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli




Title: Requiem of the Soul
Series: The Society Trilogy #1
Authors: Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli
Genre: Arranged Marriage Dark Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2021


BLURB

I was born with noble blood in my veins.

Heir to a powerful dynasty.

Wealth. Power. Aristocracy.

Temptations too dangerous to resist.

Until someone tried to steal it all.

Scarred and broken, I emerged from the flames.

Now I’ve returned to take what’s mine.

Revenge.

The first item on my agenda?
Make Ivy Moreno my wife.

Second?
Bend her until she breaks.







4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I am a huge fan of Natasha Knight. This is the first book that I have read from this writing duo and wow!! I love the dark angst reads that Ms. Knight knows how to deliver so well. But this book took it to a whole new level and I absolutely loved it. Does that make me a little insane? Quite possibly πŸ˜ƒ

Santiago is out for revenge. He’s been plotting this revenge since his father and brother died in an explosion, the same one that he managed to escape, all not not without being scarred. Both physically and emotionally. How will he get his revenge? By marrying the daughter of the man responsible. But it’s not just about marrying her it’s about the slow torture that she will endure. 

Ivy Moreno is summoned back home by her half brother who is nothing of what a brother should be. But that’s a whole other story. She’s been in school and living her life until he shows up, with the news that she is to be married in two days, against her will. It’s not uncommon for an arranged marriage between a man of Society and and the woman that is chosen for him. But for Ivy she was hoping for a different direction in her life and not to mention the fact that this was completely in expected. Marrying Santiago is not really a choice. She must submit to him in order to save herself and her sister. She just has no idea why he chose her and what being married to him will truly mean. 

Ivy is tough and defiant when she feels the need to be and tries so hard not to show her weaknesses. Santiago is a bitter angry man who will stop at nothing to humiliate and torture Ivy. But you do see a little bit of concern from him at certain moments. There are times when you see that he actually cares about Ivy, albeit very short moments but they are there. And despite all that there’s a party of her that feels safe with him. 

This book is definitely not for the faint of the heart. There are
Moments that will completely test your limits. They will make you hate Santiago but in the next moment love him. When I say that this book was taken to the next level I mean it. While I have not read any of A. zavarelli’s books I have read plenty of Ms. Knight’s. And this book certainly tested my morals and my comfort zone. But in a really good way. It is dark, intense, raw and gritty. You will have a love/hate relationship with Santiago. It will completely tot with your emotions. Holding that breath that you don’t even realize you are joking until the very end. I want to say that at the end of the book I was finally able to let it go but this is a trilogy. And we are left with a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting so much more. No scratch that. You will be left needing more. Thankfully it won’t be long until we find out what comes next. Am I scared? Absolutely? But that just means that this writing duo did an amazing job!! They left me needing more in a way that scares me and thrills me at the same time.



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NATASHA KNIGHT


Natasha Knight is the USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance Novels. She has sold over half a million books and is translated into six languages. She currently lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two daughters and when she’s not writing, she’s walking in the woods listening to a book, sitting in a corner reading or off exploring the world as often as she can get away.


A. ZAVARELLI


A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.




Thursday, March 18, 2021

Release Blitz: To Have and To Hate by RS Grey

R.S. Grey’s new standalone rom-com, To Have and To Hate, is out now! Check it out and order yours today!

About To Have and To Hate:

Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin. It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.   On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.   His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.   In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?   Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese—I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people—specifically ME, his blushing, contractually-obligated bride!   I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:   To have and to hold. For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.  

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4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Elizabeth's family has money, but they have just as many problems. Talk about disfunction! Elizabeth has multiple siblings and has been virtually invisible to her mother. That is, until her mother needs her to save the family's butt. That's how she ends up getting married to Walt. (I have to admit, I'm not crazy about his name for the hero) 

Walt has a bit of a problem himself and needs to marry. To him this is a contractual arrangement that will benefit his wife as well as Walt. But rather than the meek, complacent bride he is looking for, he gets Elizabeth who is spunky. She's trying to make it in the art world. She believes in her work, even though her mother at every turn will take attempt to tear away at her self confidence. 

Slowly, Walt and Elizabeth affect each other's world. It's pretty impossible to ignore the whirlwind force that is Elizabeth and Walt really doesn't stand a chance.  He is reserved and cold, but once Elizabeth chips away at that stone exterior, she comes to realize that maybe her marriage isn't a horrible thing. Can they have a real marriage? 

Just when Elizabeth is all in the cracks in the foundation appear. Is her career taking off but her marriage may be over? 

I liked To Have and To Hate. We get a little insight into Walt's POV at the end with the epilogue. (and it's a slammin' one too!) He was a bit hard to read in this story,  I knew he couldn't be as cold as he came across, I would have liked a little more of his POV. But Elizabeth isn't difficult to read at all-she has always been looking for love and acceptance. Following her artist journey from obscure to famous complimented the book. Finding her place in the world, without needing her family's acknowledgement is rewarding. The more confidence she gains, the more depth her character attains. 

This is a soft, easy read. RS Grey never fails to deliver and To Have and To Hate is one more thing to love from her!

  

About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com  

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Release Blitz: The Irresistible Irishman by MJ Fields and Jessica Ruben




NOW AVAILABLE

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Blurb:

A new and steamy Romantic Comedy from USA Today Bestselling Author MJ Fields and International Bestselling author Jessica Ruben


Minding my own business on St. Patrick's Day with a beer in my hand and Shamrock panties beneath my skirt

I sat on a sticky barstool next to my best friend.

I was expecting to chat about my latest read, but she had other plans...

A "surprise" introduction to a tall, tatted, and utterly irresistible Irishman.


One night stands were totally not me, like, not at all, until she reminded me that it was time

to stop spreading pages and begin spreading...

yeah, she went there.

And guess what? I took her advice.


One crazy and wild night later, my libido was officially jumpstarted.


Since then, everything has changed for the better- or so I thought.

I had a great new job and my own cozy apartment.

What I didn't expect? That same irresistible Irishman to become my new boss.

 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Blog Tour: The Devil Wears Black b LJ Shen

“An expert at the dark and sexy anti-hero, Shen brings her seductive prose to an
irresistible ‘second chance romance’.”-- Oprah Magazine

The Devil Wears Black, all new enemies-to-lovers, fake fiancΓ© standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

Maddie Goldbloom stitched up a plan to ensure everything in her life was perfect—from a career in fashion to a chic NYC apartment to a pediatrician boyfriend.
When her ex, Chase Black, storms back into her life with an outrageous request, her immediate reaction is to refuse him. But he only wants to fulfill his father’s last wish. So even though he’s the man who broke her heart, playing his fiancΓ©e shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means she gets to watch the arrogant devil squirm a bit.
What ensues is a chain of events that detonates Maddie’s life—and when Chase’s walls come down, they both are forced to face reality.
They say keep your enemies close. But what if your enemy is also the man you love?




5 Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

You know when you start a book and you can tell right away that you are going to love it almost as much as that container of ice cream you finished off at midnight the night before? That's the love I have for this book!

Maddie Goldbloom is a wedding gown designer for Croquis. She's worked like a dog to achieve her job at to do it while she is still in her mid twenties? Impressive to say the least. She adores her boss Sven, who took a chance on her and she has a small (very small) circle of friends. Her neighbor Layla, a free spirited nursery school teacher is her biggest champion. Her dad lives within an comfortable driving distance and she sees him every few weeks. Her mom, her heart, died from cancer when Maddie was still a teenager. She has never really made peace with her death. However, her mother left her letters, comparing life to the flowers that she grew in her flower shop. Each letter is a treasure and a road map to navigate Maddie's life without her mom. 

About six months ago, she had her heart decimated by Chase Black, the billionaire CEO of Black & Co. Croquis is a division of Chase's company, but technically he's not her boss. They started out with keeping things casual, but Maddie is a bit of an oddball, a quirky soul who slowly turned things with Chase from a sex only fun only thing to a relationship. Chase was Maddie's boyfriend. And he cheated on her. End of story. He still haunts her dreams, but she can't forgive him. And to make things worse, he never asked her to forgive him. 

Chase Black was the devil. My personal devil. Always clad in black, a cruel comment ready on the tip of his tongue, his intentions as tainted as his smirk.

Maddie has just started seeing Ethan, a pediatrician who's a bit boring. But he's reliable and he ultimately wants marriage and children. Things that Maddie wants too someday. So imagine her surprise when they return home from a date to find Chase sitting on Maddie's doorstep. Why is he there? Is he there to say he's sorry, to ask for another chance? Nope. 

Because the story is told in both Maddie and Chase's POV's we can read Chase thoughts. Thank the lord, because he is one complicated guy. We find out why he did what he did and why he thought that things wouldn't turn out quite the way they did with Maddie. Nevertheless, he needs Maddie. His family is a mess right now and Maddie is the link that will keep the Black family together while they try to weather the monsoon that they find themselves in these days. 

I realized Chase, despite his thirty-two years of existence, had very little experience with rejection. 

Chase may be a real jerk at times, but while reading his thoughts you will come to love him. Seriously, the guy loves his family and wants to do his best. Maddie is his Achilles heel, an anchor that he doesn't think he wants. She wants marriage and children. He wants no part of either of those things. Right? He doesn't, right? 

Their texts back and forth are hysterical, Chase's way of looking at things turns Maddie on her head, spinning and dizzy with trying to keep up. He brings out the real Maddie, not the Martyr Maddie that she has always been, a push over, one who does what everyone else expects from her. 

"Yes. Because you're Martyr Maddie, and it's the right thing to do. You're selfless, considerate and compassionate."

To say Chase is more than a little surprised at this new feisty Maddie, the one who resists his advances, who takes no prisoners, is an understatement.

This story is not all light and funny. The core of the plot, why Chase needs Maddie is heartbreaking. Expect a few tears, some angst, some not so nice moments where you wish you could change things. Chase is(was?) a player so the six months they were apart-Maddie may have struggled to jump back in the dating world again, but Chase-well a player has to play. I may not have been too pleased to read about a few things. 

The devil didn't have to drag me down to hell. I had come with him willingly. 

Enjoy the hell out of this story. There's not a book from this author that I haven't read, and this one-this one is totally different than her usual writing style. It's less dark-it's lighter and and funnier. While I say this about everything she writes, this one is my favorite! (subject to change depending on what fabulous story she comes up with next!)

"I want to be your everything. Even that's not enough.



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Excerpt

I fished for my keys in my little clutch, stomping my way up the stairs. He was still on the first step, his eyes burning a hole through my back. The one time he looked at me with anything but frost, and I was completely immune to it.  pushed the building entrance door open, ignoring his plea. 

Funny, I’d always thought it’d feel divine to dismiss him the way he’d dismissed me. But right now, my feelings swirled among hurt, anger, and confusion. Triumph was nowhere in sight, and glee was miles away. I was almost past the threshold when his next words gave me pause. 

“Too scared to give me ten minutes of your time?” he challenged, the smirk in his voice like a stab in my back. I froze. Now I recognized him. Cold, calculated. Playfully ruthless. “If you’re so over me and not at all tempted to be under me once we get upstairs, you can go back to your blissful, Chase-free existence after I say my piece, no?” 

Scared? He thought I was scared? If I were any more immune to his charms at this point, I’d actively throw up at his sight. 

I swiveled, jutting my hip out, a polite smile on my lips. “Cocky much?” 

“Just enough to get your attention,” he deadpanned, looking awfully like a man who didn’t want to be here. 

What is he doing here, anyway? 

“Five minutes will do, and you better behave.” I pointed at him with my clutch. 

“Cross my heart and hope to die.” He put a hand on his chest mockingly. 

“At least our hopes are aligned.” 

About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Cover Reveal: Her Name Was Annie by Beth Rinyu




Title: Her Name Was Annie
Author: Beth Rinyu
Genre: Women's Fiction/
Second Chance Romance
Cover Design: QDesign by Amy Queau
Release Date: April 28, 2021


BLURB

When Stephanie McGuire witnesses a mysterious stranger plunge into the unforgiving ocean on a stormy afternoon, never to emerge again, her life will change forever. That stranger in the water may have been more acquainted with her than she could’ve ever imagined. As she tries to put together the pieces of the mystery that surrounds him, she also begins to put back together the pieces of her broken heart. While learning of a past she never knew existed, she manages to face the one she was fully aware of and had been avoiding for far too long.

One man she never knew will lead her down an unknown road to her past and onto a path of new beginnings.







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EXCERPT

As the first drops of rain fell from the clouds, I took that as my warning to head inside. I picked up my wine bottle along with my glass and stood up, sucking in the cool, salty air one last time. Wiping the sand off my backside, I focused my attention toward the water, catching a glimpse of a man walking along the edge of the ocean. Even from a distance, I could sense he was deep in thought. I eyed him up keenly, ignoring the raindrops pelting me in the face. He tilted his head back, looking up at the sky, then turned around in my direction, seeming to be as focused on me as I was on him. I squinted my eyes, trying to get a better look, but it was useless. He had turned away, then took a few wary steps into the water.
What is he doing? It was mid-November. The water was freezing, not to mention the incessant warnings of the approaching storm and riptides.
“Hey!” I shouted, but it was useless. My voice was no match for the powerful waves or the roaring wind. My eyes darted up and down the beach to see if there was someone else with him, but it was deserted. “Hey!” I bellowed once again, dropping my wine bottle and glass in the sand, taking double strides toward the water as the man submersed himself farther and farther into the depths of Mother Nature’s wrath. “Mister!” I screamed, standing at the edge of the ocean as the cool mist from the water shrouded my face. Stepping in farther, I stopped once the water hit my knees, soaking right through my sneakers and saturating my jeans. I remained steady on my feet, battling with the ferocious undertow as I searched amongst the relentless white caps for a sign of him, but he was nowhere to be found. He had disappeared—swallowed up into the depths of the ocean as if he’d never even existed.






AUTHOR BIO


Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I love creating deep characters who you will love or love to hate. Writing is a form of therapy for me, and I’m happiest when a new story starts to take on a life of its own.

My life is not nearly as interesting as my books or the characters in them. I love spending time with my dogs: Bogie, a sweet old Border Collie and Georgie, a scrappy Chihuahua/German Shepherd (yes, you read that right). My happy place is a seat by the ocean with my feet in the sand or on the busy streets of New York City. You will more than likely find one of these places as the setting for most of my books.


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