Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Excerpt: HIDE AND SEEK by Desiree Holt

“And we’re working on the backgrounds of the Cole International execs. Do you have everything there you need?”

Logan had his own personal weapons with him—a Glock 19, a Ruger LCP and his Kabar knife—but on the remote chance of an invasion he wanted to be covered on all fronts.

“More firepower. I’ll text you the list as soon as I hang up. How are you coming with the phone?”

“We’ve just gotten started with it. First of all, it’s not an ordinary cell phone. It’s made by a company like the one that makes ours.”

“So it’s ten times as hard to crack.”

“That’s right. We got past the factory restore and there’s data on it, but it also seems to have multiple passwords.”

Logan snorted. “Can you say paranoid? Now I’m sure there’s shit on it we need.”

“I’ve got Del on it. He’s got it hooked up to a bunch of different programs at the same time. If anyone can break it, that would be him.”

“Okay. Keep me in the loop on that.”

“Ginger’s been digging into Graham Cole with an electronic shovel. I want to know everything from the past ten years, personal and corporate. There’s a clue somewhere and I mean for us to find it. I’ll bet we find a lot of unpleasant crap there.

“I hope we find something soon,” he told her. “I don’t think they’re near done with her.”

“And that’s why you’re there, Mr. Marine.”

“Ooh rah.”


Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

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Monday, October 16, 2017

#Excerpt: ANDRE by Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising #3)
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.

“Kendall,” I whispered, half in disbelief, half in fucking horror.
“You can’t save me.” No intonation in her voice, her statement was pure resignation.
I asked the only question that seemed relevant. “Who else knows?”
“No handler?”
She shook her head. “No. No witness protection. I refused.”
It was probably the only thing that’d kept her alive. Anyone knowing where or who she was would’ve been a target. Adrenaline pumping, my pulse Mach one, I stared at her in complete fucking shock. This woman had just signed my death warrant.
My nostrils flared with an inhale. “Chica—”
“Walk away, André.”
I opened my mouth to say something I’d regret, but she beat me to it.
“You can’t stop this,” she warned. “Go back to work. Pretend you never met me. Deny everything.” She picked up her dress. “I’ll be gone before you get home.”
I ran a hand over my face. “I don’t even know what to call you.”
“If you say my real name, you’ll be dead before you utter the last syllable.”

Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
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#Excerpt: DEADSPEAK 2 by Ruth Bainbridge

“This reminds me of when I was in summer camp and stayed up all night trying to contact the dead,” Julie Welch commented.

Mia or no Mia, the time had arrived and the Ouija board was placed in the center of one of the folding tables.

“You did that, Mrs. Welch?” Angie asked.

“Of course,” Julie confessed with a giggle. “I lived for those summers, and the camp counselors had no idea what we were up to. They only wondered why we were all so tired in the mornings.”

The atmosphere of the Halloween Party had changed. Ever since the announcement, things went from Party Central, to an eerie, expectant quiet. The music was turned off and the food lined up on the rented tables was bereft of pawing hands.

The six rested their fingers lightly on the planchette. “Remember: no cheating! Understood?” Mrs. Welch warned.

The participants nodded in agreement as the woman with the highlighted blonde hair inhaled deeply.

“Hello? Is there anyone with us?” Julie asked, starting off the questioning.

A soft scrape… and … movement! Infinitesimal at first, the planchette picked up speed.


“What the—” Gen started. A loud moan interrupted the moment.

“Yes, I’m here,” a deep voice bellowed.

Fear spread quickly as attendees sprang up from their chairs and readied to run. Another unearthly groan penetrated the air. Angie latched on to Glenn’s hand.


Someone was climbing the basement stairs.


DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic. 

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered. 

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

Amazon Author Page: bit.ly/bainbridgeauthorpage

Twitter: @Ruth_Mysteries

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Interview with R.L. Steadman, A MEMORY OF FIRE

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
A Memory of Fire is the final of the SoulNecklace Stories. The SoulNecklace Stories are set in a parallel world to our own. The world is similar to ours in some ways, but very different in others. My main characters are Will, an orphan, and Dana, a Princess, and their quest to overcome evil. The series is really about the haves and the have-nots and the choices we make. It’s not all serious – it’s also about romance, sword fighting and magic!

Here’s the detailed synopsis:

About my wrist is a tattoo of roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember — but I cannot remember.
Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.
Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while enchantress N'tombe is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching. Soon, Dana must face her final ordeal. 
Is his new power enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?

In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that will change their world forever.

Do you have a favorite character?
Will has always been my favorite character. His story is so sad, but he’s growing into a really nice young man. I’m very proud of him! Most reviewers comment on Will -  they seem to really identify with him.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Great question! Yes. In A Memory of Fire, Mai-Long began as a side character, but by the end of the story she had become a significant force.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I was first published by HarperCollins (Voyager imprint). I shortcut the slush pile for this one by winning an award – that award came with a publishing contract. When I began writing there was no other way to get a book out – you had to use a publisher. So, I’ve written a lot of query letters (and received a lot of rejections).
How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
A Necklace of Souls was my first novel, and was published in 2013 by HC. Before that was published I’d spent around 5 – 6 years querying, writing shorts, doing writing courses, etc. I’d written a novel and a novella prior to A Necklace of Souls.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I like some aspects of working with a publisher, but I prefer the control and reporting that comes with self-publishing. I’m a bit of a data geek and I like to be able to see my sales numbers in real time, which you won’t with a traditional publisher. But I think either pathway is fine – it’s what’s best for you and for your book. I’m open to either traditional or self-publishing, but my preference is always to have maximum control over the work.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
When I was with HC I had no control at all. They sent me a mockup of the cover and there was all these things wrong! Like: the image of the necklace, was totally not as it’s described in the book, the girl had brown hair (in the book she’s red-headed) AND they’d given me the wrong name! They’d called me J. R. Stedman.

The best thing about being self-published is the amount of control. Now, I work with a really good designer (Christa Holland from Paper and Sage), and she and I work together to brainstorm what we think will work, and she comes back with a mockup. Most times she nails it straight away.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Absolutely! Good editors are as important as a great cover. Editorial is expensive, so I try to have a very clean manuscript before I send it to my editor.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My books are available for sale on all main platforms: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Nook and Book Depository

What’s next for you?
I’m planning a series of urban fantasy/fairytale retellings. The first is based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Working title: Songs of Strangeness. It’s set in LA and stars Jubilee Johnson (I love that name!) and Zoe Banks. Although I’ve planned the story out, I’m fairly sure it will wander off-plan as I go. I’m looking forward to discovering where Zoe and Jubilee will take me!

A Memory of Fire
R.L. Stedman
(SoulNecklace Stories #3)
Publication date: October 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

About my wrist is a tattoo of roses, strung like beads on a bracelet of thorns. I have a past, if only I could remember — but I cannot remember.
Held captive in a strange city, Dana dreams of fire and flight. There is something she must find, but she does not know what it is, or why it is important. If only her dreams would let her rest.
Half a world away, Will studies a new, exciting discipline. But while N’tombe the enchantress is impressed by his newfound skills, inside he feels only desperation. A terrible moment is approaching; soon, Dana must face her final ordeal. Is his new power enough to save her? And is he prepared for what might happen next?
In this thrilling conclusion to the award-winning SoulNecklace Stories, Will and Dana must make a heart-breaking choice. A choice that may change their world forever.

Author Bio:
Award-winning author Rachel Stedman lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, won Best First Novel at the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014. In 2012 Rachel was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award and was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library.
Her website is www.RLStedman.com.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#New Release .99 SALE: AWAKENING by Melanie Niles

Lilly has been marked for death by daemons from a hidden world, a place known as the Shadow Realm. Within her has awakened the spirit of their enemy, one of the luriel. Such beings are myths to her, but one man is out to prove that they exist. The daemon slayer, Mychel, will introduce her to a world of shadows and light hiding beyond the comfort of science and technology, where ancient myths are real and an eternal war rages on, a war in which she has now been conscripted to fight.

One daemon is doing his best to destroy her before that happens. In human form, Darrac is able to get close to her and soon realizes that she is different—through Lilly, an ancient power has revived, a terrible power than can end the war…by eliminating both luriel and daemons. But destroying that power would mean sacrificing the one who has changed his heart.

Time is running out as the luriel within Lilly matures and her powers grow. One choice will determine the fate of two realms.

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Author Bio:

Melanie Nilles is an avid animal lover and resides with her husband, kids, and four cats who take advantage of their human slaves for food and warm laps. An equestrian of over thirty years, Melanie has ridden in various disciplines from cattle work to dressage, learning equine body work and massage along the way. She continues to pursue her equine interests in her free time. 

On the writing side of her life, she has published many works as Melanie Nilles, including the Starfire Angels series, Adronis novellas, the Luriel Cycle trilogy, and others. As M. A. Nilles, she publishes darker adult fiction, including Tiger Born and Spirit Blade and also the Starfire Angels: Revelations series. For updates, visit her website at www.melanienilles.com.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#Review: THE HIGHLANDER IS ALL THAT by Sabrina York

   5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! There is witty dialogue, sexy Scots and an emotional roller coaster for Elizabeth and Hamish. Elizabeth St. Claire dreads the Season having to deal with arrogant and sometimes smelly lords all vieing for her hand. She feels nothing for any of them. No man stirs her passion until two Scotsman arrive to act as their guardians on behalf of the duke who could not attend the Season himself. Elizabeth is immediately taken with Hamish and he with her.

This book has it all--drama, misunderstandings, love scenes, and banter between a number of characters. Ms. York is a talented author who knows how to keep the reader engaged in the story. The plot moved along at a good pace and I couldn't wait to see if Elizabeth and Hamish would finally get their happy ending. If you enjoy Regency romances with a dash of Scots, you'll love this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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#Excerpt: THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING SWAP by Allyson Charles

“Is this restaurant a step down for you?” Allison asked sweetly. She twirled the tip of the cleaver in a circle. “Is my kitchen not up to your usual standards?”

Luke appeared to have more balls than brains. He stood firm. “A kitchen can always be improved. Yours is no exception.”

He was giving her an ulcer. Allison’s stomach grumbled in complaint, and she knew just how it felt. There were some things that just weren’t done, and criticizing your boss’s kitchen was one of them. “Hasn’t anyone ever taught you not to piss off a woman holding an eight-inch blade?”

“That’s a solid piece of advice,” Delilah said in agreement.

Luke threw his hands in the air. “Fine. I think you’re making a mistake, but it’s your restaurant.”

“I’m glad you remember that,” Allison said.

Luke’s lips twitched, and he rocked back onto his heels. “I’d heard your nickname was the Tyrant, but I couldn’t see it till now.”

Allison spluttered.

“I mean it as a compliment,” Luke said. “You don’t let anyone push you around. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.”

Luke traced a finger along the slick metal surface of the counter, his eyes hot, and Allison felt it as though his finger danced along her spine. She could see in his expression that he meant it. He did find her take-charge attitude a turn-on. And damn if that didn’t make her go a little weak in the knees. Still, she couldn’t let that claim go unchallenged.

“My name is n—”

“No?” Delilah jumped in.

Luke chuckled.

Allison’s jaw grew stiff. If she could incinerate people with the heat of her glare, her restaurant would be down two cooks. They’d be nothing but little piles of dust. “Not no. And not Tyrant. My employees love me.”

Peals of laughter rang through the kitchen.

Allison wagged the knife in the air. “Delilah, that advice about being nice to the woman holding a knife? It goes for you, too.” Spinning, she hammered the cleaver into her cutting board, the blade plunging a quarter inch into the wood. She stepped back, and the cleaver stood upright, quivering in its new slot. With a pointed look at her cooks, she stormed to her office.

The hoots of amusement behind her back rather diminished the effect of her exit.



Allison Stuart has always been the odd-woman-out of her family. She wears her jeans a little too tight, colors her hair a little too blonde, and instead of going into medicine and law like her sisters, she runs a diner. She’s also the only single sibling left. And while she won’t change her style, and her meatloaf is to die for, thank you very much, she wouldn’t mind her share of wedded bliss. So she makes an early New Year’s resolution: No more meaningless flings.

Drop-dead sexy Luke Hamilton is everything Allison has sworn off. His only serious relationship has been with his five-star restaurant, Le Cygne Noir, in Chicago. When he’s threatened by a lawsuit, Luke decides to hide out in Pineville, Michigan, until the statute of limitations runs out. The small town is filled with Christmas charm, but he can’t imagine living there. Heating things up with the hottie who owns the local diner would make his exile bearable—if he can convince her to give up her ridiculous resolution . . .


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Allyson Charles lives in Northern California. She’s the author of the "Pineville Romance" series, small-town, contemporary romances published by Lyrical Press. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest disappointments is living in a state that doesn’t have any Cracker Barrels in it.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

#Review: THE LOOK OF LOVE by Julia Kelly

  4 of 5 stars

Englishman Gavin Barrett has loved Scottish sculptor Ina Duncan for years. Ina is talented, spirited and Gavin's dearest friend. She has more freedom than most young ladies living in Edinburgh and happily works on her sculptors while Gavin escorts her to society events. She secretly dreams of being recognized for her accomplishments. When Ina is nearly compromised by a rake at a party, Gavin steps up and agrees to marry her. Can Gavin settle for just being Ina's friend now that he's kissed her sweet lips? When a family tragedy changes Gavin's circumstances, will Ina stand by her husband and return to England with him?

This was a quick read and I finished the book in one sitting. The plot moves along well with witty banter, romance, misunderstandings and the ultimate sacrifice. Ms. Kelly allows the reader to know both Gavin and Ina inner thoughts and feelings, each feeling love blossom only to suffer the heartache of rejection. Cruel family members fuel Ina's insecurities and Gavin is pulled between his duty and his wife. Will he realize that his wife is the most important thing to him or will he be pulled under all the responsibilities suddenly heaped on his shoulders? And will Ina regret her actions and stand by her husband? No spoilers here. Read this enjoyable romance and find out.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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Guest Post by Jeanette Watts, JANE AUSTIN LIED TO ME

Have you ever had conversations while teaching the waltz make it into one of your books? Do you include a lot of dance scenes in your books?

While I’m teaching I’m very focused on teaching, not directly that I can think of… but I really ought to write a romantic comedy about a dance class. I’m very tongue-in-cheek while I teach. Dancing is one of the great loves of my life, and I want to teach people to love it as much as I do. So it needs to be fun. I’m also aware the dancing is often seen as a mating ritual; most dance instructors try to ignore that part. I don’t. So class tends to be filled with off-color jokes and innuendos. It gets so that I say something and the class doubles over in laughter, and I have to backtrack through what I said, and then say, “Oh. Yeah. Well, YOU find a way to say that which doesn’t sound naughty…” My waltz book has a very, very casual tone for a textbook. Because, again, the most important thing is to keep it fun. 

I can’t NOT have dancing in my books. Wealth and Privilege and Brains and Beauty begin with a birthday ball.  I also fit in tidbits of etiquette which Vintage dancers tend to know. But while Jane Austen Lied to Me is a modern story, I had to throw in a dance. Had to, of course. Jane Austen wrote about dances… It’s on page 220, and you can totally see I’m a dance instructor. After the dance, they are talking about lead-follow skills, one of the single most important things I stress in my classes. Then one of the characters says “Dancing is a matter of trusting your partner.”  The entire scene is meant to reflect a scene in Emma, but at the same time, it is very much me.



What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?

Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a "mental vacation." It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.

She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.  When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.





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