COVER REVEAL….The Vine

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Title: The Vine

Author: Lauren K. McKellar

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: KILA Designs

Release Date: April 2016

 

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Work hard. Family first. Protect your heart.

They’re the three rules Eva Storey has lived by, ever since that one terrible night in her past. That one terrible night when Eva lost everyone she loved.

And it was all. Her. Fault.

Now, Eva spends her days working hard on the Storey Family vineyard, and on keeping her secret from everyone in town. She doesn’t have time for Bindarra Creek’s sexy new firefighter or his rigorous back-burning. And she definitely doesn’t have time to fall in love.

When sparks fly between the strong-willed couple, Eva’s deadly secret comes tumbling out. Will their fiery passion be enough to overcome her charred past?

It’s fire season, baby, and Eva’s going to get burned.
 

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Lauren K. McKellar is the author of contemporary reads that make you feel. With a passion for all books Young and New Adult, she is currently the author of five self-published books, all of which have held top 50 charting places digitally within Australia. Lauren loves to write about real-life issues, and is a passionate researcher when it comes to her work. She’s a big believer in creating works that make people feel.

Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

 

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COVER REVEAL…..Can’t Slow Down

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Title: Can’t Slow Down

Series: Consumed by Love #2

Author: Lizzie Hart Stevens

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Michele Catalano Creative

Release Date: January 6, 2016

 

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Coen Walker has finally found the one girl he’s willing to trust his heart to, but everything is conspiring against them. There’s someone dangerous standing in the way of their finish line — secrets waiting to explode, and emotions are running high.

Lexi Taylor’s possessive ex boyfriend, Patrick will do everything in his power to steal his girl back. Whether she goes willingly or not. If he can’t have Lexi, no one can. Especially not Coen Walker.

This relationship in on thin ice and Coen can’t slow down or he could lose the one person who means everything to him.

 

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Lizzie Hart Stevens is a devoted wife and mother living in beautiful Western Canada.
Her interests include writing, reading, music and tattoos. When she isn’t busy trying to keep up with her kiddos, you can find her deep in her writing cave or buried in a steamy hot read. She’s a sassy one, with a sexy imagination and she cannot wait to share her stories with you.

 

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PROMO BLITZ…..Evanthia’s Gift

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Title: Evanthia’s Gift

Series: The Gift Saga

Author: Effie Kammenou

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: August 8, 2015

In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets – ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean,

who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.

EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.

Anastacia sat at her desk, absentmindedly eating a salad while

daydreaming as she stared out the office window. Down below, people

walked briskly through the city. Where were they running? An actress

late for an audition? An investment banker meeting a wealthy client?

Lovers meeting for lunch? The possibilities were endless in this

eclectic and energetic city, yet hers were limited. She wrapped her

hands around a mug of steaming tea and looked around the room. The

gray walls matched the gray chairs, which matched the gray desks.

Dull, dull, and dull. There were no paintings on the walls or plants

to brighten up the room. It was practical and functional. The exciting

New York life she hoped for was outside these walls, but someone else

was living it.

Anastacia remembered how as a young girl, she had poured over

Photoplay magazines as if they were the Bible, imagining that one

day her life would be equally as exciting. When her mamá ordered

her to nap during the afternoon break from school, she would sneak

the magazines under her pillow and read about the fabulous lives of

Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner and Hedy Lamarr, and swoon over the

pictures of Robert Taylor and Cary Grant. Pretending her footboard

was a barre, Anastacia would teach herself ballet. She begged her

father to take dance lessons.

“Good girls don’t do such things,” he told her firmly. That was

that. There was no negotiating. Apparently, there were a lot of things

“good girls” didn’t do. They didn’t ride bicycles, shave their legs, wear

lipstick or talk to boys.

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Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends.

Her debut novel, EVANTHIA’S GIFT, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her recent interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.

As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the book.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.

 

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COVER REVEAL….His Light in the Dark

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TITLE : His Light In The Dark
AUTHOR : L.A. Fiore
RELEASE DATE : February 9, 2016

 

 

 

My first memory was of a slap, hard across the face: the sting on my cheek and the jarring of my bones as I slammed back into my bed. It was my dad who had hit me.

I had been four.

Most of my memories were much of the same and no one ever saw, no one ever fought to help, no one ever cared.

Then we moved.

My new neighbor cared, rescued the twelve-year-old I had been from a beating. Always thought I’d suffer the nightmare alone, I was wrong.

Mace Donati saved me that day in all the ways a person could be saved.

And his daughter, Mia, she became the friend I had always wanted, my conscience when my own faltered, the light that led me home when I had lost my way.

The girl who grew into the only woman I would ever love.

But when you realize you’re more like your father than the good people who took you in and gave you a home, the only way to return their kindness is to let them go.

I let them go, got so far lost in the shadows I couldn’t remember who I was anymore. Mia never gave up on me. She fought for me, kept the light on so I’d find my way back.

And when I did, life threw us a curveball. I had to hurt Mia in order to save her.

But when my past comes back to haunt me and I almost lose her, I’m ready to fight for her…fight to find a way back into her heart while keeping the demons from my past from finishing what they started.

~ Cole Campbell

 

 

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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.

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Having given up on fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance on town royalty Manny who believes she may be his soulmate.

 

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Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.

 

Love at first sight isn’t a cliche for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.

 

When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.

 

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The Grand Gesture

 

The Mistress of Ceremonies hurried through her introductions and then the microphone was in Manny’s hand, but he didn’t take out the notes of his prepared speech.

 

“Many of you knew my mother,” he began. There was a murmur of nostalgic assent throughout the crowd.

 

“You may not know that after her diagnosis, she spent most of her days watching romantic comedies. She believed she could laugh the illness out of her body. Her favorite moments in these films were something called the Grand Gesture. That scene just after all hope is lost because one of the lovers, normally the guy, has done something stupid that’s led to the end of the relationship. So he thinks up this bold, romantic move to get the woman back.”

 

A glance around the room told Manny that he held the largely female crowd in rapt attention.

 

“An example of a grand gesture would be a guy telling his estranged wife that she completes him in the midst of an angry mob of women. Or rescuing her underwear from the class geek and returning it to her at her sister’s wedding. Or holding a boom box over his head, in front of her bedroom window, early in the morning, while blasting the song that was playing as he deflowered her.”

 

A different wave of nostalgia swept through the crowd this time as they remembered these treasured moments of Hollywood cinema.

 

“In the real world, some people might call these behaviors creepy, or stalker-ish. But not my mother. She loved them. She believed in love, believed that when you loved someone you said it loud, you showed it often, and you never gave up.”

 

Manny paused here, partly for effect, mostly to collect himself as visions of his mother’s joyous face played in his head. He rubbed the heel of his hand against his chest.

 

“The national divorce rate is 50 percent.”

 

There was no surprise in the room, where most of the men were older and the women on their arms were younger.

 

“There’s never been a divorce in the Charmayne family. Not one recorded anywhere in our family line.”

 

The sparkle of young women’s eyes threatened to blind Manny from where he stood on the stage.

 

“What that means is when a Charmayne gives you their pledge, they are committed.”

 

The decision was a split second one, but once Manny made it he stuck with it. He stepped around the podium, mic in hand and dropped to one knee. The gasp of every woman in the room was near deafening.

 

“To earn your vote, I will do whatever I have to, including blast Peter Gabriel in the streets. Charmaynes don’t quit. I’m committed to this, to the people of this town. I hope that I can count on your vote.”

 

The room erupted in thunderous applause, and the women’s eyes sparkled even brighter.

COVER REVEAL….Burned

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Title: BURNED (Devil’s Blaze MC #2)
Author: Jordan Marie Author Page
Genre: MC Romance
Cover Design: LJ of Mayhem Cover Creations
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Models: Travis DesLaurier

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Kat:

He is a very bad man. There is nothing good about him…
Unless you count the things he does to me between the sheets. Those are good, very good.
Everything else about him is bad to the core.
One drunken night of bone-melting sex should have been the end of it—especially since I woke up alone.
Until he shows up at my door complete with handcuffs. I hate him for what he’s doing. Too bad my body can’t resist him.

Torch:

She has a body that makes men beg. I had to have her.
I didn’t realize getting my dick wet inside of her would be a drug—one I’d crave over and over.
Katie’s past brings me to her door. I should walk away. I can’t.
My President asked me to do this job and technically, I am. I’m doing her against the wall, in the shower, on the counter, the table and occasionally even the bed.
The heat between us is intense and white-hot like an open flame.
I can’t walk away, even for my President, the man I swore to follow into hell.
I warned her I am no one’s happily ever after. I’m too dark.
I’m more of a nightmare.
She chose to play with fire. Hell, I did too.
It’s too late, now we’ll both be BURNED

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Deceive is LIVE! Declan Reede is ready to speed his way into your hearts once again! Check out this amazing book today!! You won’t be disappointed! 😉

 

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Straighten up, pull it around, and get back on the track.

 

Declan Reede’s life is in a tailspin. Although he knows what he wants, he can’t see the road that will take him there. Wherever he turns, new secrets, lies, and half-truths threaten to send him crashing off-course. To deserve his family, he must fight his past mistakes and prove himself worthy.

 

But can someone out to deceive cost him the life he now craves?

 

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under age of 18**

 

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Decide (0.5) –

 

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BLOG TOUR…..Angakok

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Title: Angakok

Author: David Alan Morrison

Genre: Supernatural/Thriller

Release Date: Nov. 19th, 2015

Publisher: Booktrope Editions


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San Francisco, 2005: A drunk driver takes the lives of two strangers: Dane and Victoria.  They don’t stay dead.


San Francisco, 2006: Dane barely remembers the night he died.  He suffers from chronic insomnia, relieved by short bursts of fitful sleep filled with dreams of a mysterious red-headed woman.   Through her eyes, he watches as she murders random people, powerless to stop her.


Victoria remembers everything.  She remembers her death, the journey through the darkness and the shining pedestal holding the Akashic Records. She remembers learning how she and Dane are not strangers; they share many lifetimes spanning back hundreds of  years. In each of these lifetimes, she was murdered and vows to take revenge on her killers.

When mystic Mrs. Jeremy discovers the connection between the two, she learns Dane must be the one to stop Victoria and balance the Karmic scales.  Now Dane must race against time to prevent Victoria from killing his life partner, Jake, who’s next on her list.


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STAR

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Star by Elliott Kane with Davida Lynn

 

Jill: I know what he does for a living. I’m the only one in our family who knows what he does for a living, but I can’t tell anyone. How do you tell someone that your step-brother is a porn star?

Cash: I knew exactly what I was doing to Jill all those years: I was teasing her without mercy. There was nothing more powerful than turning on your step-sister and then shutting her down when she wanted me most. Now I don’t think I can say no…

 

Five years is a long time to be gone, but the memories and the desire are as fresh and real as ever.

 

Excerpt

 

“I know you don’t just live a playboy life on my father’s money. Let’s leave it at that.” I stared him down, forcing myself to keep eye contact. Cash’s chest moved up and down, his muscles dancing before my eyes, like they were trying to hypnotize me.

His smile grew wider. “Let’s not leave it at that. Jill, I sincerely think you should go on.” Cash pushed himself up until he was sitting upright at the head of my bed. His hands moved down to his lap, as if he was trying to draw my eye between his legs. It worked.

“Just leave.” I could feel my plan backfiring. I wanted to get dressed and maybe get out of the house for a little bit.

“No. This is way too much fun.”

I clenched and unclenched my jaw. Cash’s eyes traveled to my laptop, then back to me. “I just needed to forward someone an email. Figured I could pop on your computer real quick. You really should password protect it, you know. Lots of people out there who would just love to get into your private files.”

My heartbeat was so loud in my ears. He knew. My head was shaking just slightly, as if saying no would make it all go away. He knew.

I didn’t have any power. I don’t know why I thought that. He had it the entire time. Cash slid his legs off the bed. The dark denim against his olive-tanned skin was too much. My eyes went wide as he stood up, his body looking so massively taller than mine.

“Say it.” His words were nothing more than a whisper.

My head moved side to side. “Say what?”

“We both know. Say it.”

His voice. There was something about it that was just so demanding. I’d heard it before. I’d heard it when we were growing up, and I’d heard it on his videos. He was always in control in his scenes.

My voice was quiet, meek, and under his control. “I…I know what you do.”

Cash’s smile got wider, like he’d broken into a bank vault.

“You’re damn right you know what I do.” That voice wasn’t Cash’s. At least not the Cash I knew. It was Cash Money. It was that arrogant, hyper-sexual porn star that I had gotten off to more times than I could count. It wasn’t my step-brother in front of me, anymore. It was a shirtless man with the best cock in the business.

I didn’t think my heart could beat any faster, but it kept surprising me. When I was afraid, I felt that heartbeat in my neck, but I wasn’t afraid, anymore. I felt that heartbeat between my legs. Blood was rushing to my hot and bothered pussy, and I knew he was getting me wetter.

In the shower, the fantasy of Cash got me wet, but I was standing right in front of him, only wearing a robe, and I admitted that I knew about his job. I was dying for release, and I could feel the wetness on my thighs.

His eyes narrowed in, “Tell me. Say it out loud.”

This is what it’s like. This is what it’s like to be taken. I’d been to third base, but it was nothing like this. Just hearing Cash’s words made me feel like I wasn’t a virgin anymore. He had taken me, and made me his. He didn’t know it, but I always been his. I had always been his for the taking, and now it was time.

He repeated, “Say it out loud.”

“You’re…” I stammered the words, “You’re a porn star. You’re a porn star.”

 

Author Bio

 

Davida Lynn began writing two years ago after a creative life on and off stage. In her late twenties, Davida is now exploring her creativity through storytelling. She loves strong female characters that can hold their own against sexy alpha males. She loves nothing more than getting caught up in her own characters as their stories unfold. She believes there is power and beauty in romance, and we can all benefit from a happily ever after. Star is her first co-write with her partner, Elliott Kane.

After six years working in a library, Davida finally took the plunge and made writing her full-time career. She has four novels and ten novellas to her name. When she’s not writing, her time is spent on the fixer upper log cabin she and her man recently bought. She lives with him and their very spoiled cat in southern Indiana.

Elliott Kane is a part-time firefighter and full-time home improvement guru. There’s always something broken that needs a hand, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. Elliott enjoys speed, whether that’s running, mountain biking, or standing as close to a race track as possible.

 

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This modern Cinderella encounters problems even a fairy godmother couldn’t imagine.

 

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Courtney Madison has battled poverty her entire twenty-five years but is determined to make a safe and happy home for her teen aged brother after the recent death of their mom. Her mom’s illness left Courtney with a mountain of hospital bills, her formerly sweet brother Jimmy is now cutting class and hanging with a rough crowd, and she’s just learned she’s being downsized in two weeks. Hanging on by the threads of a fraying rope, she learns she’s inherited two million dollars from a kind elderly man she befriended when he was in the hospital across the hall from her mom. She thinks her inheritance in West Texas is the answer to all her prayers–but Courtney learns that while money improves her life, it doesn’t guarantee happiness. This modern Cinderella encounters problems even a fairy godmother couldn’t imagine.

 

Rancher/entrepreneur Derek Corrigan has incredible instincts for flourishing in the business world. With women, not so much. In fact, his friends bemoan he’s King Midas where money is concerned, but his judgment of women is pathetic–evidenced by his late wife and now the flamboyant woman he’s been escorting of late. As far as Derek is concerned, all he wants is to be a good dad to his children Warren, aged 8, and Meg, aged 5. Derek suspects the worst of his new neighbor and vows to fight his attraction for her. The only way he can protect his children and himself is to keep his private life very private. Besides, he knows what women do to him–they always leave and take chunks of his heart with them. He’s been there, done that, had the vaccination and is cured. Isn’t he?

 

#Excerpt

Set up: Courtney and Derek are at the Winter Madness Ball held at the local county club.

 

They joined the others circling the room and Derek pulled her into his arms. He looked down at her while they twirled to a waltz. His beautiful cobalt eyes held passion and tenderness. She sighed and rested her head on his shoulder.

 

His arm tightened, snuggling her to him. His lips brushed her hair and she thought he murmured her name. Contentment washed over her, sending her encounter with Janelle far away.

 

A samba followed. He put both hands on her hips and she rested her hands on his shoulders. They moved as one to the rhythmic beats. Erotic fantasies invaded her mind. Tropical isles, sun drenched beaches, surf gliding gently over their entwined bodies.

 

In the middle of the next number, a fox trot, Derek guided her to the edge of the ballroom floor and out into the lobby. Gently, he pulled her into a shadowy corner before he pressed his lips to hers. For Courtney, they were alone in the universe.

 

He pulled her closer and she melted at his touch. She slipped her hands inside his jacket and wound both arms around him to knead his back, oblivious to anyone else in the world.

 

As he slowly raised his head, she felt herself pulled into those deep blue eyes.

 

Her senses reeled from his kiss and she struggled to maintain at least a shred of her sanity. “You’re a prominent person here, and this is a public area.”

 

“You’re right, but I couldn’t wait a second longer to kiss you.” He pulled her head to his chest. “Let me hold you a few moments longer.”

 

With his arms gently caressing her, she rested against his chest. When at last she raised her head to meet his gaze, he exhaled in resignation and brushed his lips across hers. “I know, I know. We should rejoin the others.”