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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Love Songs by Constance Bretes





Genre:  Romance

Separated by fame, reunited through music.

When Jennifer Summers returns to the U.S. after spending two years in Africa, she has some decisions to make. Should she resume her singing career or continue to live a secluded life out of the spotlight in the hopes that her stalker won’t be able to locate her?

Years ago Jake Ackerson let Jennifer go so she could pursue her dreams. When she suddenly returns to their hometown he’s determined to rekindle his relationship with the woman he never stopped loving.

Jake’s band is temporarily without a singer, and Jennifer agrees to take the position, but in doing so she is once again pushed into the limelight, and she knows it’s only a matter of time before danger strikes.

Will Jake be able to protect her, and can he convince her to put past hurts aside and give their relationship another shot?

Content Warning: contains some sexual content



~Excerpt~
“Hmm, that water looks inviting,” Jake remarked. They walked up to the edge of the pool. He reached out to pull Jennifer into his arms, but she managed to escape his grasp.

“Oh, no you don’t.” She darted away from him.

“What?” Jake gave her a fake look of shock and a mocking smile.

As he reached for her again she gleefully squealed and ran from him to the other end of the pool. Jake came up fast behind her, chuckling as she put her hands up in defense. He grabbed her and drew her toward the pool.

“Don’t you want to take a nice dip in the pool, Jenn?”

“I think we need swimsuits on to do that,” she said.

“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Jake retorted.

He finally got his arms around her and started kissing her. She responded to his kisses breathlessly. As his hands moved up and down her back, each touch set off a barrage of tingling excitement and sensual feelings within her.

Slowly, he edged her toward the pool until they stood right next to it. She turned so that Jake’s back faced the pool. She gingerly brought her arms around to his chest and gave him a shove. He fell backward into the pool and came up from the water sputtering. He swam to the side of the pool to get out then made a beeline toward her. She laughed as he caught up with her.

Grinning wolfishly, he said, “It’s your turn now.”

“You asked for it, Jake, trying to toss me in the pool. I know you too well.” She giggled as Jake picked her up and hoisted her over his shoulder.

Just as he tossed her in the pool, she grabbed him by the neck and they both went colliding in. They came up from the water breathless and laughing. He lifted her up on to the side of the pool and she bent down to kiss him on his mouth. He responded by claiming her lips as his own.

After a heady kiss, he pulled back. “You’re chilled. Let’s get you out of these wet clothes.”

“A plight that’s all your fault,” Jennifer responded playfully.

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Tom climbed up into a tree at the end of the property line to watch the couple. First, he saw Jennifer come home, and then a man showed up. Tom pulled his high-powered binoculars out to get a closer look. It looked like she had fixed him dinner and now they were sitting in the kitchen eating.

Tom knew if he didn’t get out of the tree and head back to his room to eat and take his medication, the voices in his head would start up again. But he wanted to stay and watch them.

After they ate, they went out on the deck by the pool. He saw her kissing him! Tom felt like he was going to vomit. Now they were romping around the pool after she pushed him in. I wish he’d drown.

His anger was turning to rage, and it was getting out of control.

Buy Links:  Beachwalk Press
~About the Author~

Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She’s married to her best friend and resides in Michigan with him and a houseful of cats. When she’s not at her regular 8-to-5 job, she can be found writing, researching, and spending time with her husband.

Author Links: Site    Facebook   Twitter



~Giveaway~


Constance is giving away an eBook copy of Love Songs during her tour to one lucky winner.
For a chance to win please fill out the rafflecopter below.

Blog Tour ~ MANscapes by Manuela Cardiga

MANscapes Journey into the light 

By Manuela Cardiga’s

 
 
About MANscapes 
” All women – from the most exquisite beauty to
the plainest drab – want to believe in the Cinderella myth. Even the
harsh-faced and sour-hearted, somewhere deep in their night-time struggles with
their bitterest reality, dare to dream some Prince could still see past the
dense veil of unkind nature and time, to the delicate, frail-hearted beauty
within.” 

But Clara wasn’t Cinderella, waiting for her
Prince, she was Sleeping Beauty poisoned by a deadly kiss. After 24 years Clara
awakens from a living nightmare of abuse and discovers her life unfolding
miraculously; but the true miracle is her own blossoming: the maturing of a
frightened abused girl into a strong woman capable of love, laughter and joy.
In Tahiti’s exotic landscape Clara finds her way from darkness to incandescent
light, embracing in herself the strength of choice, and the power of decision.

MANscapes is a powerful parable of
hope and renewal, a story of one woman’s discovery of herself and her journey
into love.
 
 
 
Manuela Cardiga was born in Mozambique and raised in South
Africa where she studied fashion design. She moved to Europe where she worked
as a fashion designer, then moved to the crazy world of advertising as a
graphic designer and copywriter. Manuela is a designer by profession, a cook by
vocation, and a writer by compulsion. She currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal
where she writes contemporary and historical fiction, designs book covers,
illustrates children’s books, and mothers a gorgeous daughter while juggling a
day job. She also dabbles enthusiastically in exotic, experimental cuisine,
much to the discomfort of family and friends.
 
 
 
Clara is a young woman from a small town who
comes to Lisbon to study Art. She has just begun her adventure of
self-discovery in the extravagant bohemian world of the late 70’s, when her
journey is abruptly cut short by a brutal rape by an acquaintance.
In the aftermath, Clara finds herself pregnant,
and her family pressures her into marrying the man who assaulted her, and who
claims “she was willing”. Clara is plunged into a nightmare of abuse that is to
last two decades.
One day something changes. A chance encounter,
a word spoken in passing by a stranger, and Clara awakens. Wakes and takes
charge of her life. She frees herself of the nightmare and of her oppressor,
but can she heal herself of the scars years of abuse have left on her spirit?
Determined to continue her interrupted journey,
Clara goes to Tahiti to fulfill her childhood dream and “paint like Gauguin”.
On the magical island of Moorea, Clara enters a
world of endless possibilities where she starts to blossom as a woman, and an
artist. There, Clara meets the right man, and falls in love with the wrong one…
A return to Lisbon gifts Clara with
vindication, closure, and triumph over her abuser, and yet her trials have just
begun. She is about to discover the path of life rarely runs smoothly, and before
she can reach for happiness, Clara must grow.
She must shed the abused girl and become a woman,
capable of making the hardest of decisions, taking responsibility for herself
and a new life.  Setting out on the
difficult road that leads to maturity, Clara must complete her journey from
darkness into light.
Available in Kindle Unlimited for free, with a monthly
subscription. Sign up today for a free 30 day trial and start reading MANscapes
NOW!
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WHEN WERE YOU FIRST BITTEN BY THE WRITING BUG?
When I started reading. I was four years old.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
Oh I don’t. I am a story-teller. I wouldn’t be so
presumptuous as to consider myself a writer. I am hopefully learning…
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC WRITING STYLE?
No, as a matter of fact, this novel is completely different
to the previous one. That was a romantic comedy, and this is a much darker
book. I think I tell the story in the character’s voices and each one is so
different!
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR READERS TO GET OUT OF YOUR NOVELS?
Love.
WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS?
It’s a secret…
DO YOU SEE WRITING AS A CAREER?
A career? No. It’s a life’s work; it’s a compulsion, a need.
WHO DESIGNED THE COVER?
Well, actually, I did, I designed it.
There is a story to this cover. I had a childhood friend, a
very gifted artist living on a tropical island, and I had always loved this particular
painting of his, and so I asked him for permission to use it, and his response
was that he felt it wasn’t good enough…
But I insisted, and it turned out incredably beautiful. I
sent him the final artwork for MANscapes, and he loved it. Unfortunately three
days later, my friend tragically passed away.
In a way, I feel this book has become a tribute to him. Not
just because of the cover, but because the story is about an artist finding her
way home on a tropical island… Journeying into light. As he did.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING YOUR BOOK?
Living Clara’s anguish, her struggle to leave her pain
behind, to grow.
I felt it, every bit of it: the oppression, the agony, and
the ultimate achievement when she becomes a free human being. It was terrible
and incredible. It was exhausting.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM WRITING YOUR BOOK?
So much! I am still learning how to write. I told you I am a
story-teller, so my “thing” would be sitting in front of someone spinning a
yarn. This writing is something I am still learning…
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER WRITERS?
Be passionate about what you do. Tell the story for
yourself, not an audience, not the critics. Do it because you have a story that
needs to be told; because you can’t help yourself.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING SPECIFIC THAT YOU WANT TO SAY TO YOUR
READERS?
Clara’s story is not unique. There are many Claras out
there. Many women are living in the hell of abuse, afraid to walk away because
it’s all they know.
Take that first step out of darkness. Once you do, you will
be surprised to find the light meets you halfway. Life is not punishment, we
all deserve happiness; but it’s not going to fall into your lap.
You need to fight for it.
The thing is, once you do act, decide to fight? Something incredible
happens: life, the universe –whatever you want to call it –
steps into your corner. But you have to choose. The essence of effective living
is choice. We choose.
Not all your choices will be right, not everything will work
out. But it is YOUR choice, YOUR life. You will no longer be a passive victim
things happen to; you will be a survivor, someone who makes things happen, who
decides, takes charge and responsibility for her own life.
And remember, the only power anyone has over you, is the power
you yield.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME
A PUBLISHED WRITER?
Submit, submit, submit, submit again; then submit yet AGAIN.
Never give up.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
Please live. Don’t just survive from day to day. Make every
moment worth remembering. You don’t need to do huge things, change the
world.
Just make every day worthwhile.
Whatever you do it with it love, be passionately in love
with living.
Whether it’s making a meal for your family, punching
tickets, writing law; whatever it is, do it with love. Don’t take a single
moment for granted.

Review ~ Wolf Sirens Series by Tina Smith

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I was asked to read and review this series of books by the author Tina Smith! I have read all four books that are out in this series and let me tell you, I CAN NOT wait for the next book! This is a great series full of mystery, suspense, heartache, and romance that captivated me right from the beginning and held me until the last word of the fourth book!! I could not put them down! I love reading books that evoke an emotional response, be it laughing, crying, anger, frustration, etc. and this series does just that! This is a must read!! I am hooked on this series!!

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Wolf Sirens #1: Forbidden: Discover the Legend:

The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure … of Hunter & Prey

Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment – Shade High. But she can’t begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her.

The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school. Reid’s stunning friends – including icy top dog Sam – invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention, she lets down her guard and answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.

Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader’s off-limits boyfriend, Sky. Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs. Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle. Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her…

Inspired by the legend of the femme fatale goddess, Artemis, Wolf Sirens is a compelling gothic masterpiece of paranormal romance.

Forbidden, Fever, Night Fall and the soon to be released Dusk in Shade – all continue the tale of Lila Crain, the heroine with the chip on her shoulder, on an epic paranormal journey in which forbidden love threatens to destroy the underworld.

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Wolf Sirens #2: Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn:

Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire… Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest. Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rivalry in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart. A shadow has fallen over the heartlands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade. But is it love or revenge which motivates her? Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.

If The Bite Doesn’t Get You, Then the Fever Will.

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Wolf Sirens #3: Night Fall: What Rises Must Fall:

Uncover what Happens after Dark in Shade.

In the rainy valley the sky is covered by cloud as the Thunder God wars with his son, Apollo. As dusk descends the wolves haunt the forest. A crescent moon rises and all days are nights for the huntress, until the ancient battle is won. But what lurks beneath the surface in the heartlands of myth and reality in the shadow of the Gods is a tale as insidious and devious as the wolves themselves. In the grips of a war between wolves and hunters, the sun has not yet set forever on a love that has defied time in a valley cursed for centuries. No matter which way Lila chooses to turn, she will lose the one thing that means everything.

The unwilling heroine with a chip on her shoulder steps up the fight that takes her into the belly of the beast. Lila must follow a dark path, towards a war no one can win. Lives will be lost in a vicious clash. Suspicions rage. Who can she trust and who will be left standing after the fray. Lila treads between two worlds on a path of inescapable fate that Artemis has chosen for her. No one will emerge unscathed. The hunter’s legacy must be fulfilled in a vivid tale of painstaking heartbreak and betrayal as what rises must fall and those that have fallen must find the strength to rise again.

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Wolf Sirens (#4): Dusk in Shade: The Wolves Rise at Sunset

Legacy is Hard to Ignore.

There is no escape from fate… Dark clouds culminate as the legend continues. In the town where secrets lie and natural justice rules, the sirens have fallen – captured and defeated. The fate of the hunters is in the hands of the wolves. In the grips of the largest full moon in centuries the stakes climb higher. Aided by a thwarted enemy, Apollo unleashes a long awaited plan to defeat Artemis once and for all. Wolf venom spreads across the Valley like a catastrophic virus. Those that Lila loves most must chose to take cover or defend as the battle for supremacy reaches new heights. Bonds are tested as devastation and mistrust escalates to breaking point. The tumultuous relationship between wolves and hunters reaches a bloody climax. What will the huntress uncover? Who will be lost in the cross fire as Lila combats a new breed of predator, in a war that will ultimately decide the fate of the Shade.

Dusk in Shade brings bombshell revelations that will stun you, in the fourth epic tale of Tina Smith’s action packed series, Wolf Sirens. Full of suspense that keeps you guessing right until the explosive end – after this sunset the lives of the good the bad and the bitten will never be the same…

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Wolf Sirens #5 Dawn in Shade…Coming soon…

Day Breaks the Darkness…
The beginning of the end has arrived. The breath taking series that gets better and better with each chapter, takes you on a final ride like no other. 
Under electric skies, the legends have come to life. There is little respite as Lila waits for the brewing storm to break. The wolves continue to spread across the land like a wave, infecting or destroying everyone, leaving terror and death in their wake. Lost to the infection, most of the population is dead or turned. Narine rises to power as the army is decimated. 
It’s just the beginning of a brutal war. Those left in the turbulence fight to survive in hand to hand combat. Shade descends further into the grips of Hades as the struggle to end the curse escalates to a final battle that will decide the future of the valley forever.
Fated to end the curse, Lila bravely faces her destiny.

Due for release October 2014.

 

 

 

Kindle Links

Forbidden; http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GG06AS

Wolf Sirens Fever: http://amzn.com/B009Z9EDQ4

Night Fall: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D6BUDH0

Dusk in Shade: http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Sirens-Shade-Wolves-Sunset-ebook/dp/B00HKQLLBY

 

Barnes & Noble Links

Forbidden

Fever

Night Fall

Dusk In Shade

 

Smashwords Links

Forbidden; https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210115

Fever: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/248222

Night Fall: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321480

Dusk in Shade: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388578

 

TinastwitterpictureAbout the Author

Tina Smith lives in Adelaide South Australia, having spent most of her life as an un-diagnosed introvert in country N.S.W. She is the Author of four books in the award nominated paranormal series, Wolf Sirens.
Tina inspires, entertains and examines life. She writes paranormal, romantic and suspense fueled tales about cursed wolves. She learnt to shoot for Wolf Sirens.
Night is the time her creative juices flow and she loves exploring the lives of her protagonist’s within the paranormal genre, under the light of the moon.
She is driven to write and connect with readers through her mad-capped imagination – you could say it’s a calling…

 

Author Connect Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinawolfsirens

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/TinaSmith

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wolfsirens/boards/

Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/wolfsirens

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tina-Smith/e/B008V3H97A

Website: wolfsirens.com

Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Her Journey by Rachael Orman

Title: Her Journey (Her Series #2)
Author: Rachael Orman
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2014

 

He’s exactly what she doesn’t need…

He’s exactly what she shouldn’t want…

He’s exactly what she should stay away from…

But she can’t.

After losing her mother, Melia knew her life would never be the same, she just didn’t expect it to be so drastically different. Her mother’s final wish was something that not only changed her life but also the way she lives it. And it put her right in front of a man that angers her as much as he excites her.

Patrick ‘Wrench’ Ryan is president of the Tormented Souls Motorcycle Club. He’s strong, tough, and his word is law, but his sister knows how to get the upper hand with him. So, when she showed up with Melia and told him she’s staying in the club house, it didn’t take much to get him to relent. He tried to play nice, but Melia gets under his skin.

Things change when the club’s biggest foe escalates their rivalry in an attempt to bring the Tormented Souls President to his knees. It’s up to Patrick to protect his sister and the things most important to her. Will he be able to keep everyone safe? Will Melia get caught in the crossfire? Or will it all be for nothing in the end?

 
 

 

 

 
 

Stay at home mother of two with a passion for reading almost as much as writing. She is often found curled up with her Kindle reading while her children cuddle up on either side ‘reading’ books of their own. Married for almost ten years to the most wonderful husband and father, she couldn’t ask for more out of life. Except maybe to live somewhere not quite as hot as the desert she currently lives in

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterRachaelOrman

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachaelOrman

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Orman/e/B00DSY2Y4U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408226905&sr=1-2-ent

Author GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7145471.Rachael_Orman

 
 
Her Ride (Book #1 in Her Series)
 
 
Her Journey (Book #2 in Her Series) 
 

Release Day Blitz ~ The Storm by Laura Lexington

Title: The Storm

Author: Laura Lexington

Release Date: Aug 30, 2014

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Jana Cook was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but her fierce determination leads to a successful career in medical device sales. Toss in five-star meals, fabulous sex with her nearly perfect husband, Andrew, and a gorgeous new house … and Jana’s life is picture perfect before she hits the big 3-0. What more can a girl want?

 

Overnight, her life begins to unravel. When Jana discovers she is pregnant, she dives from hero to zero in the eyes of Covington Company. Despite a resume most would kill for, Jana finds herself unemployed and devastated. Challenging her employer could change her life … if she wins. Does she have the strength to handle the gossip and face the likely reality of being blackballed from her industry?

 

As Jana struggles to make the right choice, her vivacious best friend, Grace, is convinced her own heartthrob husband, Gavin, is hiding something. Despite Jana’s best efforts to convince her that she is wrong, Grace’s mental illness overpowers reality. Jana was a superstar in scrubs, but navigating first time motherhood is real work … especially in the midst of secrets, lies, and unthinkable tragedy.

 

She makes her decision. And while Andrew promises to never let her fall, will love be enough to spark the bravery she needs to survive the storm that threatens to overcome her?

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Andrew laughed and shook his head. “When I met you, I never thought you would be so sexual. You seemed so … quiet.”

“Didn’t anyone ever tell you to watch out for the quiet ones?” I raised my eyebrows and winked, grabbing him spontaneously and pulling him close. I brought my lips to his and lightly parted them, waiting for him to lead.

Now that my second trimester kicked into gear, sex regained its appeal.

Effortlessly, he kissed me, our tongues wrapping around one another’s, awakening an eagerness that zapped me of any other thoughts. “I want to be the only toy you play with tonight.”

 

I pulled away and gave him a glance at the fire in my eyes. “You can do whatever you want with me.”

 

“Shhh.” His voice rose slightly as he gently lowered me on the soft blanket I hadn’t noticed. “Take your clothes off for me. I will be right back.”

 

I obliged, slowly undressing with careful finesse, leaving my lacy panties for him to remove. Naked under the stars, I allowed the mystical, cool breeze to relax me as my eyes fluttered shut.

 

I never heard him return. Suddenly, he lay beside me, using his firm hands to massage me with the skill of a professional. I bristled with pleasure as he caressed warm liquid over every square inch of my body.

 

“You’re so beautiful,” he murmured as I gently spread my legs, my muscles reduced to mush. Embracing the sensation of floating in a realm between a memory and a daydream, I relished his magical touch.

 

After sliding off my thong, he teased one finger over my sensitive spot, and I sighed at the promise of what came soon. Maybe six seconds and I was soaking wet, dying for him to enter me. His intent was sweet romance, but I wanted to grab his body and force him inside me and rock him until he couldn’t see straight. My sex drive now wild and untamed, my body pulsed with intensity unfamiliar to my experience.

 

I reached up to unbutton his shirt, exposing his sexy arms and chest. I slid his pants and boxers down and unleashed a seductive smile, my eyes lifting from his hardness to his heated eyes. Not much foreplay would be necessary.

 

I slid my tongue up and down the length of his shaft, amazed when he got even harder.

 

He started to position himself on top of me, but I placed one hand firmly on his chest and pushed him away. A flicker of confusion crossed his face, but then he grinned as I slyly turned over and rose on my hands and knees.

 

“You feel so tight,” he breathed as his body became one with mine. He squeezed my ass and let a soft moan escape with the first hard thrust.

He was the perfect fit. With every move he made, my body longed for more of him, grinding against him until I matched his pace. I wanted to slow down, to enjoy this fabulous sex underneath a ceiling of glistening stars, but I lost every ounce of self-control and thrust against him faster and faster until he exploded with pleasure.

 

“Damn!” He gazed into my eyes, his wild with ecstasy, as I smirked with satisfaction. “You’re an animal.”

 

I rolled over, collapsing on the blanket cushioned with soft grass. I guided his hand back to where he started, my mouth forming a long “O” within seconds. Feverishly, I grabbed his other hand and placed it on my breast. He took the cue and fondled each nipple until they were both pebbled.

 

Hold off, hold off… I could have come on command.

 

He rolled his finger in a circular motion, changing his rhythm to make me last longer. I thought I might fall unconscious if my legs got any weaker.

 

I couldn’t take it anymore. I came with such power that my whole body jerked. My eyes flew open just in time for my release to coincide with the surreal blend of the majestic stars and distant heavenly bodies as they faded into the night.

 

Andrew smiled and lay on his back, gazing into the celestial sky, lacing his fingers with mine. The breeze intensified, serving as the perfect cool down as we cuddled under the glistening stars.

 

This was perfection.

Laura Lexington is a Contemporary Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Romance author. Her debut novel contains elements of suspense and explores elements of every part of life – love, sex, friendship, careers, faith, social issues, and family. She lives in the Southern United States with her family, where she hates the humidity but loves being close to the beach. She is the proud mother of one daughter, a rambunctious five year old who chopped her glorious hair the first week of kindergarten, and is the most awesome wife ever (or so she likes to think). When she’s not daydreaming up future stories, she’s wearing out her Kindle, thinking about shaking the dust off her treadmill, or planning her next trip to Orange Beach.

 

Laura works full time, and unlike the main character in her debut novel, is thankful to work for a company that recognizes employee talent regardless of age, race, or gender, and provides many opportunities for development. She firmly believes in the power of a good housekeeper, a strong cup of coffee (or two or three), and a novel that makes one’s senses spin with all the good stuff – drama, love, suspense, sex. If dancing with her rambunctious five-year-old in the kitchen counts as working out, she exercises daily, usually after several desserts she couldn’t resist.

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Release Day Blast and Giveaway ~ River’s Remorse by Charlotte Abel

 
After waiting for…ever, it’s finally here. The sequel to River’s Recruit is now available! 
To thank her loyal followers for their patience and encouragement, Charlotte Abel is making it available for the first twenty-four hours for just $.99. On June 21st, the price will go up so grab it while it’s a bargain.
 
 
http://bit.ly/RiversRemorse
 
Here’s an excerpt from River’s Remorse:
 
Jonathan closed Ephraim’s journal then put it in the fireproof safe in the basement. He rubbed his eyes. He had no trouble seeing the tiny words, thanks to his enhanced vision, but it didn’t help him decipher Ephraim’s nearly illegible handwriting. It was pretty to look at but a bitch to read. 
Thanks to Dad’s genealogy addiction, he was used to reading that type of stylized writing. He’d already studied the book with a magnifying glass and was able to tell Jonathan what he needed to know. He knew not to eat or drink anything in wolf form—unless he wanted to be a wolf for the rest of his life. He also knew he needed to be careful about how much time he spent as a wolf and that he needed to stay in charge. He’d figured that part out on his own the night he merged.
There was a lot of stuff about shifter history and lore, but that could wait. It was fascinating, but Jonathan needed to focus on the things that would keep him alive and human. 
He hadn’t shifted again since merging, and didn’t want to, but apparently he didn’t have a choice when the moon was full.
He locked the basement door, double checked the plywood sheets he’d nailed over the windows then stripped and removed his prosthesis. He wrapped a towel around his waist then FaceTimed Dad. “Okay, I’m ready.”
“I wish I could help you.”
“You are helping me.” Jonathan didn’t know how out of control things might get so there was no way he was endangering Dad by letting him stay in the basement with him. “Promise me you won’t try to come down here.”
“I can’t even get out of bed without help.” Dad’s bitter tone surprised Jonathan. It was the first time he’d heard him complain about anything to do with his illness.
“There’s nothing you can do down here that you can’t do over the phone. The sound of your voice will help me remember who I am.” Jonathan hoped it would be enough. According to Ephraim’s journal, he should be surrounded by older, more experienced shifters. He hoped River was with Reuben. 
The thought of her ignited a radiant heat deep inside his chest. Ever since he’d merged, he felt her presence. It was a blessing and a curse. Their connection was real and tangible and he was grateful to have it. But the need to find her ate at him like an addiction. 
Electricity charged the air. Jonathan’s hair stood up on end. He didn’t want to short out his phone, so he propped it up on a box then scooted over until his entire body was in view of the camera. “Can you see me okay?”
Dad nodded. “Plain as day.”
“Can you reach your water?”
“I’m fine, son. How are you feeling?”
“Itchy.” Jonathan scratched his chest. His bones ached, but he wasn’t going to complain about pain to Dad. “I feel like bugs are crawling all over me.”
“Don’t fight it. Embrace the change. Let your wolf help, but stay in control.”
Tremors racked Jonathan’s body as fever consumed him. His connection to River intensified exponentially. She must have shifted. 
Yes! Run. Find mates!
Jonathan felt as if someone had embedded a giant fish hook in his heart and was trying to reel him in. Beads of sweat popped out across his forehead and upper lip. He gritted his teeth to keep from screaming.
“Jonathan? What’s wrong?”
Dad carried enough guilt about delaying Jonathan’s search for River. He wasn’t going to add more weight to that burden by confessing how much it hurt to fight against their bond. “The fever’s started.”
“It’ll break as soon as you shift.”
Jonathan’s body convulsed then exploded in a blinding flash of pain. But it happened so fast, and disappeared so quickly, he wasn’t sure if the pain was real or imagined. He scrambled to his feet and howled.
Escape. Run.
There was nowhere to run.
Jonathan trotted around the perimeter of the basement, knowing it was futile. He scratched at every board covering every window, but was thwarted by his own prior diligence. A corner piece of plywood splintered under his front paw. He wedged his muzzle into the triangular opening and bit off another chunk. 
“Jonathan? What are you doing? I can’t see you.”
Dad’s worried voice pricked Jonathan’s conscience, but his wolf refused to acknowledge it. He was hellbent on escape. He could almost feel the wind in his fur and the damp gravel under his paws as he ran along a river bank. The sharp tangy scent of pine layered over the sweetness of meadow grass called to him. He knew that he’d find River there. He intensified his efforts, digging and biting at the wood. Splinters pierced his gums and paws, but he barely noticed.
“Jonathan, please, I can hear you tearing something apart but I can’t see you. You’re not on camera.”
Jonathan tried to regain control of his wolf when he heard Dad’s plea, but the beast was too strong. Too determined to escape and find his mate. He knew he wouldn’t be able to shift back until after the moon set, but he tried anyway.
That got his wolf’s attention. He trotted over to the box where Jonathan had set up his phone and hiked his leg.
“No! Jonath—” The screen flickered then went black, silencing the distracting voice.
A feeling of pride and ownership flowed through the wolf. He sniffed his mark then moved to the next box and claimed it, too. 
He marked each wall, establishing his territory. Mine. Mine. Mine. He sniffed the pile of clothes his man had discarded and marked that, too. Mine.
He scratched the floor with his hind legs three times then trotted to the window and got back to work. He would find his mate and bring her here to his new den. They would stay until the man upstairs died then go home.
Happy?
Jonathan was glad that his wolf at least acknowledged his existence, but he was not happy. I can’t believe you pissed on my clothes!

If you haven’t read River’s Recruit yet, pick it up today. And grab River’s Remorse while it’s on sale.

 

~MY REVIEW~

Absolutely loved this book! It is just as good, if not better, than the first one! It held my attention so well that before I knew it, it was after midnight and I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed, LOL!! The story flowed wonderfully with no slow spots or areas that just seemed like there was too much going on too fast and picked up right were the first book left off! It sucked me right in and I felt every emotion right along with the characters! I laughed out loud, I cried, and at one point I was yelling at my kindle! I highly recommend this book!!

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About Charlotte Abel

Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soul mate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They’ve raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters — and are still happily married.
She’s in love with “real” life and paranormal romance. When she’s not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she’s never shot at anything other than a target!)
The final book of The Channie Series, “Finding Valor,” is now available!
Look for “River’s Revenge,” the third book of “The Sanctuary Series” in early 2015.

Release Blast and Winners Posted ~ Last Impressions by AJ Aalto

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“When an FBI Internal Affairs investigation lands the Preternatural Crimes Unit in a bureaucratic spank-fest, it feels like the perfect time for Marnie Baranuik to skip town and lend her expertise to a bear-sized Canadian cop who doesn’t want her help with his case, his love life, or his car stereo. Back in her childhood stomping grounds, Marnie leaps into action, facing an exorcist in skinny jeans, a slap-happy specter, and an old friend up to new tricks. Are ghosts behind a string of unusual deaths? Why didn’t her revenant companion, Lord Harry Dreppenstedt, tell her he had a Combat Butler? Can she survive dinner with her parents? With a shifty man of the cloth offering her soul’s redemption, and a revelation that could change the future of her love life, she has her gloved hands full. She may not make a great first impression, but no one makes a Last Impression quite like Marnie.”
~MY REVIEW~
Once again, like the others in this series, this book has cracked me up like no other! This is by far one of my favorite series just for that reason! Marnie is so funny and the commentary that runs thru her mind and out her mouth makes for a laugh out loud story every time! I said it before and I’ll say it again, the very creative phrases she comes up with are AWESOME!! i.e. ~ “Holy crispy crapsicles.” and “Marcel Mo-Fo, the world’s hunkiest, most jerktastic mime.” and “cock-witted jackass” and one of my personal favorites “Well, Boogernuggets.” which I have recently started using to the delight of my children who laugh every time I say it!! LOL! There are so many more, but I don’t have room to post them all and I don’t want to spoil the funniness for you when you read it the first time!!
I liked that in this book we see a little more mellow and somewhat more vulnerable Marnie. I think it helped me to be able to understand her better. The team up with “Longshanks” was great! He and Marnie were a perfect working together fit in this book!
All in all, this is a wonderful, funny story that was as good if not better than the previous ones. I absolutely can not wait for the next in the series and was so excited to be able to get the ARC to read and review for all of you!!
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~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

A.J. Aalto is a proud native of the Niagara Region. Born in St. Catharines, she currently resides with her wonderfully peculiar husband Jason and two quirky kids, a puppy that drives her bonkers and two cats who are undoubtedly plotting her demise. When not writing horror or dark urban fantasy, you can find A.J. researching horrible things, braying her unladylike guffaw, making dick jokes, mentally undressing strangers or sitting cross-legged on her front porch eating peanut butter M&Ms by the spoonful.

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Book Spotlight ~ Alien Species Intervention 1 – 3 by JK Accinni

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Two hundred years of tender love between man and alien, political downfalls, wanton violence of unspeakable order tempered with laughter, family loyalty and hope is the thrilling vehicle by which Ms. Accinni conveys her cautionary tale of the merciless disrespect man gives his planet and the vulnerable creatures entrusted to him.

This charming, yet brutal saga will chill and surprise you as it foretells the selfishly destructive path man has followed since his species evolved. It pulls no punches while allowing Netty and Baby’s influence to transcend mortal life as the world dances toward depraved indifference, introducing other characters along the ride that readers will laugh and shed tears with, and learn to despise.

“Baby” introduces Netty, a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist and bootlegger husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic alien she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment
despite the changes to Netty’s body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.

Damaged by entry into our atmosphere while pregnant, the confused creature forgets the purpose of his mission, appearing unconcerned with the disappearance of his offspring and savoring the unexpected joy of the love he shares with young Netty.

When a handsome Italian stranger comes into Netty’s life, complications ensue as she falls in love while trying to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her farm and her body. Netty, Baby and Wil strive to conquer obstacles thrown in their path by life, succeeding wildly until the heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story.

What lengths will Baby and his offspring go to complete their mission? Will it spell Armageddon for the beleaguered planet with its vulnerable and exploited creatures or will man tip the scales himself, leaving those that love the creatures to salvage the pitiful ruins?

In “Echo”, Netty’s influence transcends a full century as the United States evolves to a point of politically driven economic collapse. The year is 2033 as a young mother, abused by her shiftless husband, heroically decides to remove her two sickly children, Scotty and Abby, from the mean streets of their government subsidized tenement town of Short Hills, New Jersey to the hills and old farmland of Sussex County. There they unite with a Latino family that adopted Jose, a young boy from Costa Rica, traumatized at the age of seven by the brutal murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his infant sister.

The two families unite to pool finances, creating the love and bonds that will enable them to survive the psychotic attention of Armoni, a soul damaged beyond redemption, discovery of Baby’s miraculous offspring, Echo; and their subsequent body changes. Through the efforts of Echo who develops an unexplained passion for the curly haired dog, Barney, they flee the clutches of Armoni after the murder of Armoni’s sidekicks by Echo, to Sarasota, Florida, one of the last remaining enclaves of wealth in the U.S.

Scotty learns to utilize Echo as a co-conspirator in his intrigue to thwart the efforts of heinous people that prey on the lives of creatures in their environmentally rich new home, where the insidious miscreant, Armoni, tracks them; bringing brutality and violence to all.Having fallen in love, the young Abby and Jose draw close, only to be separated by the transcendental Netty, who tries to use Abby as a conduit in her plan to rescue as much wildlife as they can before despicable political events bring on the specter of Armageddon…

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~MY REVIEW~

This is an awesome series!! It hooked me pretty quick and kept me reading until I could hardly keep my eyes open! This type of story isn’t normally one I would pick to read, but I am so glad I choose to do a read and review on it for JK Accinni!! The characters were explained in in depth which was awesome as that doesn’t happen often in some books I have read. The twists surprised me every time and very much contributed to the fact I could hardly put the books down, lol! It was beautifully written and flowed altogether wonderfully! I definitely recommend this series and can’t wait to read the next ones myself!

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~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

 

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J.K. Accinni was born and raised in Sussex County before moving to Randolph, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, five dogs and eight rabbits, all rescued. Mrs. Accinni’s passion for wildlife conservation has led her all over the world, including three trips to Africa, where ten years ago she and her husband fell in love with a baby elephant named Wendi, that had been rescued by a wildlife group. That baby is the inspiration for the character Tobi, the elephant featured in her fourth book titled Hive.

The character of Caesar is inspired by a real life iconic tiger from Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota.

Mrs. Accinni also invites you to visit her blog at www.speciesintervention.com. Readers are encouraged to comment about the book or your own creature experiences.

Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway ~ Last Impressions by AJ Aalto

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“When an FBI Internal Affairs investigation lands the Preternatural Crimes Unit in a bureaucratic spank-fest, it feels like the perfect time for Marnie Baranuik to skip town and lend her expertise to a bear-sized Canadian cop who doesn’t want her help with his case, his love life, or his car stereo. Back in her childhood stomping grounds, Marnie leaps into action, facing an exorcist in skinny jeans, a slap-happy specter, and an old friend up to new tricks. Are ghosts behind a string of unusual deaths? Why didn’t her revenant companion, Lord Harry Dreppenstedt, tell her he had a Combat Butler? Can she survive dinner with her parents? With a shifty man of the cloth offering her soul’s redemption, and a revelation that could change the future of her love life, she has her gloved hands full. She may not make a great first impression, but no one makes a Last Impression quite like Marnie.”
~MY REVIEW~
Once again, like the others in this series, this book has cracked me up like no other! This is by far one of my favorite series just for that reason! Marnie is so funny and the commentary that runs thru her mind and out her mouth makes for a laugh out loud story every time! I said it before and I’ll say it again, the very creative phrases she comes up with are AWESOME!! i.e. ~ “Holy crispy crapsicles.” and “Marcel Mo-Fo, the world’s hunkiest, most jerktastic mime.” and “cock-witted jackass” and one of my personal favorites “Well, Boogernuggets.” which I have recently started using to the delight of my children who laugh every time I say it!! LOL! There are so many more, but I don’t have room to post them all and I don’t want to spoil the funniness for you when you read it the first time!!
I liked that in this book we see a little more mellow and somewhat more vulnerable Marnie. I think it helped me to be able to understand her better. The team up with “Longshanks” was great! He and Marnie were a perfect working together fit in this book!
All in all, this is a wonderful, funny story that was as good if not better than the previous ones. I absolutely can not wait for the next in the series and was so excited to be able to get the ARC to read and review for all of you!!
~PRE-ORDER LAST IMPRESSIONS~
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AJ is also doing an AWESOME giveaway in anticipation of the release of Last Impressions on the 13th!!
She is giving away the entire series of the Marnie Baranuik Files to 7 lucky winners (ebooks to international winners)!!!

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~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

A.J. Aalto is a proud native of the Niagara Region.  Born in St. Catharines, she currently resides with her wonderfully peculiar husband Jason and two quirky kids, a puppy that drives her bonkers and two cats who are undoubtedly plotting her demise.  When not writing horror or dark urban fantasy, you can find A.J. researching horrible things, braying her unladylike guffaw, making dick jokes, mentally undressing strangers or sitting cross-legged on her front porch eating peanut butter M&Ms by the spoonful.

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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ It’s Not Over by A.L. Zaun

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IT’S NOT OVER

Releases: January 13, 2014

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It's Not Over

SYNOPSIS:

“If I let go, will you catch me?”

He had wanted her to help him win his ex-girlfriend back. She had wanted to teach him a few lessons on how to treat a woman. Neither one had planned for the unexpected.

I couldn’t stand by and watch. It hit too close to home. I had to run fast and far to get away and forget him. He weaseled his way into my life, making me question rules I lived by and turned my orderly life upside down. I’m falling apart and coming undone. I don’t do that. I’m Madison Stuart. I live life by my rules. I won’t be derailed by a man. I won’t…I can’t.

She’s gone. I’m desperate and going insane. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her. I don’t know when it happened, but I won’t let her go, not like this. What has she done to me? I’m Rick Marin for crying out loud. I don’t chase women, but she’s not just a woman. She’s Maddy–my Maddy–and I need her.

Follow Rick and Madison’s story, The Do Over’s most notorious couple, as they learn that It’s Not Over.

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I selected what I wanted him to wear, and I tucked the rest away in the closet. As I was running my hands along the lapel of the blazer, I heard him exit the bathroom.

“You’re a slob,” I said flatly.

“I was just following your orders. Your text said to focus, get in the shower, and not make you late.” He came up behind me, and lowering his head, he tickled my neck with his lips. “Picking out my clothes?”

My eyes closed as he breathed seductively into my ear. His scent surrounded me. My head tilted to the side as my body reclined into his. I could feel his hard-on pressed up against me.

“Saving time and cleaning up after your sorry ass,” I said with a small whimper.

His hands traveled slowly down my arms and teased the hem of my blouse. I gasped softly at his touch, relishing the feel of him close to me.

“All things you love to do,” he whispered in my ear before he clamped his lips around my lobe and sucked gently.

I trembled at the sensation. My core clenched, and desire warmed between my legs.

“Maddy, am I under your skin?”

“Like a tick,” I breathed, fighting the urge to turn around and give in to the feelings overtaking me.

~ MY REVIEW ~

This is a wonderful story! I loved that it was written so that the characters were easy to relate to, not practically perfect like in many romance books. It was very realistic, and I love those kind of stories! Like the first book, it is wonderfully written! I very much recommend it, but I think you definitely need to read the first book, The Do Over, first to really see the changes Rick undergoes!

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About the Author:

A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and cellphones were the size of a brick. Her impressive degree did absolutely nothing for her professional endeavors in health care management but did stir her imagination and opened up the world of books in a new way. 

Armed with a large bottle of Diet Pepsi and a multi-pack of Extra Sugar-Free gum, A.L. Zaun spends her evenings bringing to life the characters that dominate her thoughts and interrupt her sleep. 

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Email:  ALZaun@gmail.com

Blog:  www.Alzaun.blogspot.com

 

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Synopsis:

Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Dani Ruiz, a hopeless romantic. After a painful and sudden break-up with Rick Marin, Dani hides away from reality, retreating to a world of fiction where she prefers book boyfriends over the hassles of a relationship.

Almost two years later, Dani’s friends are tired of watching her in a holding pattern, so they stage an intervention, forcing her back into the real world of dating.

Unexpectedly, Dani meets Liam Lucas, a down-to-earth firefighter. He might be the person to show her she’s still worth something. Dani’s hesitant to trust her heart with another man, but their instant and electric chemistry is something she can’t deny.

As Dani starts to believe that she’s found her real-life book boyfriend, Rick decides that he’ll go to any lengths to get her back. Seeing Rick as a changed man makes Dani question everything. 

Can Dani trust her patched-up heart with Liam? 
Or has Rick transformed into the man she’s always wanted? 

Written from various points of views, The Do Over is a story of second chances and new beginnings.

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17381854-the-do-over

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