Thursday, April 30, 2015

RELEASE DAY -- Fall For Me

Fall For Me


Melanie Kincaid is a trust-fund baby with a knack for sassy comebacks and unnecessarily complicating her privileged life. So, of course she would have to fall in love with a man she can't have.

Jameson Hayes is a NYC firefighter for Manhattan’s oldest ladder company with big shoes to fill and a city to protect. He’s strong, sexy, and not looking for the complications Melanie brings. But he can't stay away from her either. The attraction between them is immediate and the pull between them is crazy powerful. But she's only home for the summer and long-distance relationships never work.


Unfortunately, Melanie’s beauty and smart mouth are a lethal combination and Jameson isn't the only Hayes who's interested. As if his brother isn't enough to compete with, now the city's most famous arsonist wants to claim her as his next prize. Jameson can't stand to watch Melanie get hurt and she can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.

Fall for Me is the first Ladder Company novel, a stand-alone companion series about New York's most elite firefighting family with hot alpha heroes, snarky heroines, and an arsonist hell-bent on destruction.












“Mom!” I move through the foyer and into the open great room— a large, open living/kitchen combo— where I leave my suitcase and kick off my flats before I hit the carpet. What the hell is she doing with gas? That stuff is toxic.

“Well?” Mom says, appearing at the edge of the hall on the other side of the kitchen. She has a hand towel around her neck and one of her many yoga-specific exercise outfits on. This one is a light blue and she’s barefoot. Monica Kincaid is dedicated to many things in life— her husband Christian, her daughters (the youngest, especially), and her charity projects— but yoga is the one out of all of it that I don’t understand. It puts her at peace, she says.

“Well?” I ask and drape the dress bag over the island counter top in the kitchen and move around to prop myself up on one of the bar stools. God, that gasoline smell is driving me mad.

“Are we planning a spring wedding yet or what?” Mom says with a grin. Her nose wrinkles, catching the scent of the gasoline, I’m sure. “Janet and I have been taking bets.”

“God, Mom,” I say and place my head in my hands.

“No really,” she says, “Tell me.”

“Nothing happened,” I say. Verbalizing it is even more disappointing than it probably should be. Apparently, Mom and Dad were also in on Jameson and Royal’s surprise trip. It took all of an hour after they landed for Janet Hayes to text me telling me she wishes she could have been there. It was sweet, but then she suggested she needed to leave me alone so I could spend as much time as possible with Jameson. And that we shouldn’t be disturbed. While the level of investment our mothers have in our has-yet-to-happen relationship is borderline creepy, the support is pretty awesome. It’s a rarity to find a woman as kind and loving as Janet Hayes is. Even if she doesn’t really know appropriate boundaries and likes to talk about when her sons were starting puberty… in all the gory details. I know more about Jameson’s solo activities when he was a kid more than I care to.

“You must be joking,” she says and heads to the fridge where she pulls out a single-serve cup of yogurt. “That man flew down to that god-awful place—,”





As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COVER REVEAL -- Look After Us

Look After Us

Series: Look After You #2.5
Author: Elena Matthews
Expected Release: Late Summer
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Hosted by: Francessca's Romance Reviews

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The road to true love isn’t always easy… but through all the heartache, Ava and Ashton have somehow made it through—coming out of the other end even stronger.

Madly in love and engaged to be married, Ava is finally getting her happy ever after.

But it seems Ashton’s brother, Tyler, will beat Ashton down the aisle. When he decides to tie the knot, he asks Ashton to be his best man. Not one to miss his baby brother get married, he and Ava drive to Texas to join in the festivities.

Everything is perfect.

Until Ashton’s past threatens to destroy everything.

Ava’s jealousy rears its ugly head as Ashton’s ex-girlfriend hangs on his every word. Even though she knows Ashton loves her, she can’t help but feel insecure, especially since she’s convinced that Ashton’s first love is karma in disguise, waiting to take her happiness away.

As tempers flare and tears fall, Ava knows she’s overreacting.
Or is she?

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Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, Media city and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Gossip Girl, developing a rather unusual liking to Chuck Bass. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire

Elena spent three years of her life at Salford University studying media production, to decide she no longer wanted to pursue a career in the media. Instead, it took her another two and half years to realise her calling. Writing. Now she lives and breathes her writing. She even had to tell her colleagues at work whenever she is found daydreaming at her desk, it’s because she is conversing with her characters.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

REVIEW -- ROMANCE: She Loved Him Since Day 1 of Looking into His Eyes

ROMANCE: She Loved Him Since Day 1 of Looking into His Eyes

SYNOPSIS
Thomas and Kristen meet at a beach and start a relationship. Quickie read.
Usually, I include the book description on my reviews, But Amazon's book description was actually the opening part of the book.

That being said, I'm not entirely sure what I read here. It seemed like this book was just an outline of a book idea, with the 'parts' being key points to hit on in the plot.

It starts with Thomas breaking up with his girlfriend, because his mother is ill and the girlfriend doesn't get this, to rescuing Kristen's little brother from the ocean.  The next day, Thomas and Kristen just HAPPEN to meet at a record store and trade emails, all the while not knowing each other's names. Kristen is initially mad at this, but after Thomas writes to her, she's INSTANTLY not mad anymore. The FOLLOWING day, Kristen goes for a jog, gets 'ambushed' by Thomas and they have sex against a tree along the jogging trail, which is when they learn each other's names. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage and the expected HEA.

Let's get real here... I don't know anyone, besides promiscuous people, that doesn't know their partner's name before having sex with them. Usually the first thing that is said when people meet are their names. I find it hard to believe that Kristen didn't see Thomas' name on his email.

The sex scenes are pretty much non-existent and way too clinical for a romance book. If the author was nervous about writing profanity, use a non-medical term, like juices or release. Seeing a medical term like semen in a romance/erotica book just soured the whole thing.

What annoyed me the most about this book are the tags the author used... BWWM, BBW , Paranormal Romance. I am an avid reader of Paranormal Romances and BBW books. These tags are HIGHLY misleading. First off, there was NO direct mention or even reference to Kristen being black. The only defining description of Kristen we actually got was mention of her long blonde hair. Going along with that, There was nothing written that Kristen was a BBW. I'm NOT saying bigger girls don't jog; but given how physically active the author made Kristen seem, I'm pretty sure she was not a BBW. Thirdly, when an author uses the tag 'Paranormal, I think vampires, witches/warlocks, aliens, shifters... at the VERY least, zombies. I didn't read ANY mention that Thomas had one of these qualities. It annoys me, because I purchase books based on their tags and I was misled here.

I have other books by the same author on my Kindle. I hope they have more substance to them.

This book is available on Amazon for $2.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
If the author has expanded the story more, it probably would have been better. But this just fell flat.
STARS: 2/5
WOULD RECOMMEND: No.

REVIEW -- COWBOY EROTICA: Her Outlaw Desires

COWBOY EROTICA: Her Outlaw Desires

SYNOPSIS
A young and attractive school teacher named Katie Valentine avoids certain death and danger one day while riding on her stagecoach. 
Saved in heroic fashion by a mysterious gun wielding outlaw cowboy, she quickly falls for the man she always desired in her dreams.

Her new prince charming on a horse would flip her once normal life upside down while on a passionate journey of revenge and lust.

From innocent school teacher to falling for a hot mysterious outlaw Katie would let her inner wild-side out in an epic story of gun battles and menage action.

Its gonna be one wild ride!

WARNING...This is a HOT and SEXY Menage that is meant for an audience over the age of 18...
Oh, where do I begin? First off, big breasts does not constitute BBW. If all your heroine has are big breasts, please do not classify the book as a BBW book.

Secondly, the story was inconsistent and made little sense at times. Katie is a teacher who goes rogue and becomes an outlaw after one time sleeping with Buck and Shanna. Okay... maybe the sex was that good. But it goes from men not looking past Katie's breasts to the fact that she was having sex with Roscoe. If she was sleeping with Roscoe, why would she be depressed that men didn't look at her?

And while we're on the topic of Roscoe, how did he go from certain death to being the 'executioner' on the platform? How did he escape the collapsed fiery barn? Why didn't he find Buck and the girls sooner? None of this made sense to me.

I wouldn't really call Buck an outlaw, since the closest thing to breaking the law the he did was taking the money from dead people and shooting people that were threats. If he was a true outlaw, Katie would have at least been held for ransom, not happily dropped off at her father's farm.

I'm usually not a grammar stickler, but there were numerous run-on sentences and missing punctuation. I found myself reading some sentences a few times, just to understand them.

The sex was bland, but I am accustomed to gritty and explicit erotica. This did nothing for me.

I also felt the ending was rushed. Katie goes from being on the Old West's equivalent of Death Row to escaping unscathed with 3 other people and they are never caught?!? I'm all for fantasy and fiction, but that was too far-fetched.

I don't see myself reading any more by this author.

This book is available from Amazon for $3.27.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The plot was good, but too many inconsistencies and errors to make it fully enjoyable.
STARS: 2/5
WOULD RECOMMEND: No.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

REVIEW -- A Baby for My Military Stepbrother 2

A Baby for My Military Stepbrother 2

SYNOPSIS
“You better be careful, or I'll have to rip that dress right off of you,” he growled...

Wet with rain and full of adrenaline, I had finally submitted to the forbidden urges my military stepbrother made me feel.

Ian had rescued me yet again, and because of it, our relationship would never be the same. In addition to showing me just how he felt about me, he had been my first. My virginity belonged to him. Only he didn't know that and I didn't know how to tell him.

Our parents wouldn't be home for another two days. Two days for us to get these taboo feelings out of our systems. Except, every time he touched me, my feelings for him grew. That was definitely a problem, because he was leaving for Afghanistan in a month.

Ian hadn't wanted to be my first, and when I let it slip by accident, his conscience forced him to push me away.

He was the most honorable man I had ever met and I would do anything, take any risk, to keep him in my life. Especially if I could give him the one thing he had always wanted... A baby
I wasn't too happy to realize this ended in a cliffhanger. In typical couple fashion, Hayley and Ian get into a fight after she tells him that he took her virignity. Hoping for a repeat performance of the 'heroic' rescue that took place in book 1, Hayley hightails it to the same trail Ian rescued her from before. This time, instead of a dead car, a tree falls over the 'road' and Hayley is stranded. This is where Ms. Zara ends the book.

The cliifhanger ending doesn't change the fact that it was a good book and the sex was extremely hot. I'm just disappointed that I can't finish the series right now.

This is available from Amazon for $0.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still very hot, Still very steamy. Just saddened that it was a cliffhanger ending. Looking forward to reading more of this series and other works by Ms. Zara.
STARS: 4/5
WOULD RECOMMEND: YES!

Friday, April 24, 2015

COVER REVEAL -- Sweet Sinful Nights

Sweet Sinful Nights
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SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS Preorder Links - Coming June 30

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Dear Readers:

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you! Many of you have been patiently waiting for SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the story of Brent Nichols and the woman he loves. Many of you already know Brent since he’s the younger brother of Clay Nichols, from NIGHT AFTER NIGHT....The good news is this-SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is Book One in a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets.
SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS kicks off this new series with a fiery, passionate, and suspenseful story of two lovers reuniting after ten years. Each book in this series follow a new couple and will be set against the backdrop of sin, money, sex, greed, passion and love in the city of Las Vegas. Brent’s love interest is Shannon Paige, and she has three brothers. Yep, you guessed it - each of her brothers will be getting a book! And while each book in the Sinful Nights series follows a new couple, get ready for a storyline that will carry across the entire series -- a story of danger, risk and high-stakes suspense.

Q&A about the Sinful Nights series:

Does this take place after the events in the Seductive Nights series?

A: Yes. This story begins one year after the final Seductive Nights book.

Can I read this if I haven’t read the Seductive Nights series?

A: Yes! You won’t miss a beat if you start with SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS. That’s why it’s Book One!

Brent is Clay’s brother. Does this mean Clay will be in SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS?

A: Why yes! He will indeed appear in a handful of scenes!

Is this series similar to the Seductive Nights series?

A: Absolutely. The hero in book one is a Nichols man! Nichols men are known for being dirty, passionate and fiercely loyal! You can also expect scorching hot sex scenes, dirty talk, high-class and glamorous settings, and passionate love. Have I mentioned the heat :)?

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EXCERPT from SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS:

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, Book One in a brand new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights! In the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series...

She turned around and pushed hard on the ladies room door. But she felt his hand around her wrist, and he yanked her back, spinning her in one quick move, so she was chest to chest with him. She felt his breath on her.
“It did work out well for me. I’m also not the same person I was ten years ago,” he said, then did that thing again — that thing where he undressed her with his eyes, where he fucked her completely with his hot, dirty stare. “And you obviously have become a different person too.”
He tugged her, pulled her closer. His heart pounded against her breasts. His hand gripped her lower back.
He felt so good that she didn’t resist because her stupid body was stuck in the past, was living ten years ago when he alone was the one who could help her, who could free her, who could take away all the pain in one touch.
But he hadn’t, had he?
He’d caused more in his wake.
In his cruel exit.
She jammed a hand against his chest. His strong, firm chest that she knew intimately. The fucker. “I had reasons. Real reasons. Life and death reasons,” she said in a low hiss.
He shut his eyes briefly, looking pained. He sighed heavily, then somehow his arms were around her, and this time his touch wasn’t sexual. It wasn’t lustful. It was an embrace. From someone who knew nearly everything about her.
“Are you okay? Are you safe?” he asked in a whisper into her hair.
A tear had the audacity to slip out of her eye. To slide down her cheek, and fall onto his shoulder. It was a Pavlovian reaction. Too many tears had fallen on that shoulder.
“Yes,” she said quietly, with a nod. “I am. It’s fine. It’s all fine.”
He pulled back, tucked a hand under her chin, and lifted her face. She was so close to him she could trace the outline of his jaw, could run the pad of her finger over his stubble, his unbearably sexy eight-o-’clock shadow. She could drag her fingernails through his hair, soft, thick strands that simply had belonged between her hands. She could look in his eyes as he moved in her, those deep, soulful eyes that understood her. Somehow, he was rough and gentle, he was charming and fierce, he was funny and dirty. He was the man she’d wanted to spend the rest of her life with.
“Are you sure?” he asked, so much tenderness and worry in his tone.
She gathered herself, and willed that obstinate organ in her chest to stop beating in double time. She informed her traitorous body to stop trembling just from being near him. “Yes. I’m sure.”
He let her go. He tipped his forehead back to the bar. “I should get back out there. They’ll start wondering. See you in a few.”
And he walked away.
Just like the last time she’d seen him.
She pressed her lips together, and breathed out hard. She pushed open the ladies room door, walked to the sink, dropped her hands onto the cool tile and let out the longest, hardest breath. She hoped to hell this was the only time she’d have to deal with Brent Nichols.
When she was near to him like that, she couldn’t think straight. She could only feel. And that was far too dangerous for her heart.

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SINFUL NIGHTS Series

About SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS:

A sexy, suspenseful new romance novel from Lauren Blakely, author of the New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series….

She was the one who got away…

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him - maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.

And be sure to watch for the next titles in the Sinful Nights series!

SINFUL DESIRE - Sept 29 http://apple.co/1JqMPNe
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25384172-sinful-desire

SINFUL LONGING - Jan 2016
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25384178-sinful-longing

SINFUL LOVE - March 2016
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25384184-sinful-love
About Lauren Blakely:

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers!

Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book is 21 Stolen Kisses, a new adult romance filled with angst and romantic tension, releasing in May. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PROMO -- Under the Influence

Under the Influence


Dalton,
I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, na├»ve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me. 

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again. 
I loved you.
I raged for you.
I wept for you.
And now, I’m letting you go.




Author’s Note:  Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.











Spencer POV:
Cassie maintains her wide smile. You go on a date and I guarantee what you find regarding Dalton and his feelings will surprise you.
Cassie. No one wants to go out on a date with me. Trust me.
She shakes her head before she busts out laughing. The ridiculous sound of it reverberates around my room. You really have no idea, do you? Every guy at school has a hard-on for you, you fool. Theyre fucking scared to come within even ten feet of you because of Dalton. He let it be known that if they did, he would deal with them.
Oh my God! You have no idea what youre talking about! Im laughing outright now. She really has lost her mind.
She shakes her head, the severity of her statement tightening her features. Im totally serious, Spence. I swear on my Kindle.
At this, I take a sharp breath and sober immediately. To Cassie, her Kindle is sacred as the Bible.
She nods slowly, dramatically, as she watches me grasp the meaning of her statement. Right hand raised, she states, On the over-abundance of trashy romance novels within my possession, I solemnly swear that before Dalton graduated, he straight-up took out a vendetta against any male in our school who dares approach you.
He did what?! I screech, pressing myself off the bed and catapulting into upright position.
Anger ignites and my face heats wildly as realization dawns.
This whole year, in fact, the entire four years of high school, no one has looked at me. No one has asked me to come to parties, to go on dates, to go to prom. Not that I would go, but it would be nice to be asked, you know? Okay, I probably would go. I mean, its a rite of passage, right?
Two black painted fingernails make their appearance as they snap directly in front of my face, jolting me out of my inner thoughts.
Hooker! Pay attention!
I shake my head and refocus. Still seething, I whisper, This whole time, I thought it was me. That I wasnt dating material or pretty enough. Four years, Cass. Four years of feeling like I wasnt good enough. My molars grind together. It all makes sense now.
She waves her hand dismissively. Were getting off track here.
My eyes bulge as she continues, “I have found someone who, luckily for you, seems to have recently acquired a death wish.”









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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.







Tuesday, April 21, 2015

COVER REVEAL -- Down for the Count series

Down for the Count series
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Dual Cover Reveal: Down for the Count series by Christa Cervone.
On the Ropes (book 1) release May 5, 2015
Going the Distance (book 2) releases May 19, 2015

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A murderer’s child…A foster child…A troubled teen…Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything.

Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex.

Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn’t stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her.

Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he's never known – love? Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn't deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he's gotten in his life.

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Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time. Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started. Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.

Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes - Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, was released July 2014 and claimed the number 3 spot in the Interracial category as well being in the top 20 in Erotica on Amazon.

Limitless Publishing has recently acquired the Down for the Count series and will be re-releasing the series under their publishing label in May 2015.

Along with the Down for the Count series, Christa's new series titled, Can't Stop Lovin' You, will also be released under Limitless Publishing. The series will have at least four books, Dream On, What it Takes, Sweet Emotion and Hole in my Soul. Dream On is slated for 2015 release.

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REVIEW -- Curvy Girls Do It Harder with Rock Stars

Curvy Girls Do It Harder with Rock Stars

SYNOPSIS
Curvy Girls Do It Harder with Rock Stars: Short Erotic Romance - Book 7

*** Mature Content Warning: This short erotic romance book contains very strong language and steamy adult entertainment - Strictly for Adults ***

It took a little planning but Amanda came up with a solution. An impromptu party for the guys with girls who were real girls. Good basic sensible women who were interested in fun.

When the boys arrived, they were dressed in street clothes. The point was to make them look a little less overwhelming when they appeared. At the time when she planned this party, Amanda didn't know whether the new party women would be freaked out by rock stars.
Enjoy!

This was just horrendous. I've read a few books by Ms. Padraige before and they all were clear and sensible. This was not.

Now, I don't claim to know any rock stars, although being friends with Jon Bon Jovi and Josh Todd would be the first two I'd beeline it for if I had the chance. But, from what I've heard and seen, rock stars aren't really 'into' sensible women, looking for fun or not. They are into girls that are into their scene. I'm so sorry if I'm stereotyping people... but most rock stars date/marry either a model or a fellow rock star. Seal and Heidi Klum and Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are perfect examples of this.

So, for the plot to be that the band were looking for sensible 'good girls' was simply not believable.

I think Ms. Padraige forgot whose scene she was writing. There was many name errors and the sex was very, very bland. At about 80%, I found myself just skimming along, so I could call it 'read' and leave a review.

It came off as glaringly obvious that Kenny wanted Amanda to be a 'friend with benefits,' but for whatever reason, Amanda was oblivious to this. She had a college education, how could she not see the signs that were pretty much flashing neon colors???

After this, I'm not sure if I'll read any more work by Ms. Padraige.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Poorly written; Bland and vanilla on the sex. Too many errors to make it enjoyable.
STARS: 2/5
WOULD RECOMMEND: No.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

COVER REVEAL -- The Second Chances Anthology After The Scars

The Second Chances Anthology 
After The Scars 
An outstanding collaboration of romantic short stories, each telling their own tales of heartache, Love and new beginnings.
With Mandy the runaway wife in ‘Beaten Heart’, Claire the broken widow in ‘After the Storm Breaks’, Arizona the broken but witty women from ‘All in’ and not forgetting the lovers looking for answers in ‘First Love’. Plus more stories and poetry from some amazing authors! 

Release date: June 2015

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Stories
All In by J.L. Drake
Quiz Date by Francesca Barker
First Love by Leigh Carver
One Last Kiss by Kerry Kijewski
Sweet Sixteen by Neeti Banga
When The Storm Breaks by Avery Hart
Beaten Heart by Hazel Robinson

Poetry
A Kiss by Hazel Robinson 
Broken and Drowning bHazel Robinson
Heart Broken by Sucharita Venkatesh
Little Did I Know bSucharita Venkatesh
Fight For Your Life by Angela Fardellone
Dawn Is Always Near by Angela Fardellone
Lost, Battered, Broken bAngela Fardellone 
Unquenched by Arna Sarkar

Saturday, April 18, 2015

RELEASE DAY -- Twisted Knights: Angels & Demons

Twisted Knights: Angels & Demons (Twisted Knights: MC Book 1)



**Synopsis**
Demon is a sexy as hell club member with no manners. Scarred by his past, with no intentions to love again.

Angel is a new mom on the run from her abusive husband. After one failed marriage, she isn't looking for a repeat.

Together they can spark like the fires of hell and shine like heavens above.

If they can live through the trials that lay ahead....







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I wasn't sure it was the Jack Daniels or it was Demon. When his tongue found it's way into my mouth I could feel a fire starting to burn between my thighs. The moment I saw Demon at Twisted, I knew he was down for a sultry good time. He stepped back and I couldn't help it but I started to cover myself. He smacked my hands away, the scars that nobody has ever seen suddenly felt like they were on fire under his gaze.
“What happened?”
It almost brought tears to my eyes.
“An abusive ex.” I replied mournfully.

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I could feel her body pressed against me, the way her hands held my shirt, and her tits pressed into the leather on my back, made me harder. Uncomfortable, is riding a Harley with a hard on. The drive to my place is short since I only live at the far end of the Club's property. Makes getting to and from easy. Most members stay at the club in the many apartments they have there. Not I, I need more privacy than that. I cut the engine, waiting for her to move. When she finally did, I could tell that she had been crying. I know it was none of my business, but I got off the bike, walked over to her, and wiped the tears off her cheeks.
“What's wrong sweet cheeks?”
"Tonight just make me forget who I am.” The look in her eyes said everything I needed to know. Someone, my guess is Steel, had hurt this woman and she wanted me to take it away, even if it was just for the night.
“I have a fifth of Jack and a few hours.” then I leaned in close to her and whispered, “And believe me when I say I'll fuck you so hard you won't remember whoever hurt you.”
“Promise?” She asked, smiling.
Why not, I don't want or need an old lady, but I need to get this dick wet every now and then. I just winked and then lead the way in. “So, what is your name?” I asked. It didn't matter, I was going to forget by tomorrow evening, and either way it seemed like the right thing to do.
“Now why ruin this with names and feelings. I need a lay, the look in your eyes says you do too. So whatever name you want to call me is fine with me. Get me drunk and fuck me.”



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Well, What can I say besides the fact that I am a bored stay at home mom that wanted to share some of the inter working of my brain. I have always loved to read and have so many ideas for good novels/novellas, so please follow to get the most up to date information.

Other then that my life is pretty simple. Married for 5 years to my amazingly supportive husband. two beautiful kids. I have a crazy family, with tons of drama (makes for good writing). I love reading and tattoos. 19 tattoos and counting. MC romance is my number one favorite. After that who knows, I can't list everything that is on my TBR list.

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The third installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

Grayson and Emma. First love. True love. And... they have a daughter. Abandonment is his curse. He left his woman, survived his team, and missed the moment most precious to a father. Until now.
I didn't know you were killing yourself with work. I didn't know you're raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would've kept me from you.

Love needs to heal all, or they won't survive the collision of their separate lives. Emma must reach deep into her heart that is barely hanging on and find forgiveness. Grayson, wrecked with PTSD-filled nightmares, must prove that he's here to stay and able to rebuild his family against all odds.

I need to say I love you. But what I mean is I love you--in a way that defies definition and exists only in a world that you and I are in.

Only for Us is the third installment in the Only series. All novellas will release Spring 2015.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

EXCERPT -- Reft

Reft

Today we’re hosting a book blitz for Libby Austin’s Reft!! Check out today’s excerpt and giveaway!

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About Reft:

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. ~

Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Brandon “Brand” Carmichael’s life was the stuff dreams were made of…too bad it was an illusion. As a guitarist for Inert Motion, Brand traveled the world, performing with his brothers in all but blood. He never stopped moving all the while his mind played in a never ending loop. Now outside influences have changed the band’s course, leaving Brand’s life void of the balance he craved. Once again, his dream had become a recurring nightmare. Brand coped the only way he knew how; retreat into solitude.

Magdalena “Layna” Delacroix had achieved the long sought goal of her Ph.D. in Psychology, but success came at a high cost: over one hundred thousand dollars in debt. After being presented with the opportunity to fulfill her desire to help someone in the aftermath of tragedy, along with earning enough money to clear her debt and start a psychology practice of her own, Layna had to balance the means against the outcome. Could she be the force to stop the downward spiral of someone who refused to seek help?

Neither Brand nor Layna expected the reaction they had to one another. It was the opposite of everything they sought.

Could Layna live a lie while pushing Brand to live in the truth?

Would Brand forgive her for committing one unforgivable sin?

Or was he branded by destiny to be...

Reft

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“Sometimes I get in the zone and everything else gets tuned out. I forget to eat and sleep, or even what day it is. Things just blur together when I’m focusing. It’s like my mind can only devote itself to the creative. And I had a disagreement with my brother, which didn’t help matters.”
“Oh, do y’all fight a lot?” she asked while continuing to chow down on her syrup with a side of waffles. “My siblings and I fought all the time growing up, but now that we’re older, we get along much better, as long as we don’t have to share a room or a bathroom.”
“Not so much anymore. We did when we were younger. Then we didn’t talk for a long time.” My truth-telling danced a fine line. One conversation with my mom about Barrett and me having contact and everything would come crashing down. I loved my parents, but I couldn’t let go of Barrett again, not even for them.
“What made you, or him, get back in touch after not talking for such a long time?”
“Umm, well, uhh, I guess somewhere around the time Bow and Danelle got married, the dynamic of the band started changing. There was just a lot going on; Joker and Ruff stopped trying to kill each other and started fuc—dating each other, and then Touch met Kaitlyn and all of their shit went down, and I realized that even though my band had been my surrogate family for years, I needed my real family, my blood and my best friend since the beginning. So I began trying to reach out to Barrett, and one day, he responded.
“It’s been nice catching up with him and talking about all the things I’ve done with the band and stuff. He kept track of it all. We talk pretty much every day now, except when he’s pissed at me.”
“Does he ever come to visit? Maybe I’ll get a chance to meet him while I’m here. If he’s half as pushy as you are, I might like him,” she claimed with a smile, but panic rose inside me. Not because she thought I was pushy or she might like him better—Barrett and I had never been the type to compete or fight over a girl—but she wanted to meet him. Total no-go situation.
“Yeah, he probably won’t make it anytime soon. He’s got other obligations right now. But, uhh, but I need you to promise me you won’t tell my parents or your mom about Barrett.” My hands clinched the hard bench seat and my legs bounced up and down nervously. I didn’t know why I couldn’t keep my mouth shut around her, or just stay the fuck away from her.
“Why’s that?” By now, she’d stopped eating and was focusing on me, studying me, looking at me as if she could see the thoughts ripping through my head like a natural disaster in the making.
“They don’t talk to each other. My parents have, uhh, they have a different view of Barrett. He doesn’t want contact with them, and it’s just easier for everyone if they don’t know he’s talking to me. I don’t want to hurt them.”
“Do you think you could help them heal their rift before it’s too late and it can’t be fixed?”
“It’s already too late. The only thing I can do is try to salvage what I have left and not cause any more damage or harm or pain to anyone else.” I stopped and thought for a moment before I said anything else. “I shouldn’t have even told you; something about you makes you easy to talk to. But I need you to promise me that you aren’t going to repeat the things we talk about or that you see to my mom, your mom, or anyone else for that matter. If you can’t do that, we can’t be friends, or even friendly neighbors.”
Layna looked me directly in the eye. I’d always heard a person’s soul and true intentions show through the eyes, telling you if their intentions were good or bad. The look in Layna’s eyes told me her intentions were good.
“Brand, I promise I won’t repeat the things you tell me or that I see to your parents or mine.”
I took her promise at face value. What I should have remembered was the saying about good intentions and the road to hell being paved with them. I knew all about good intentions, and I knew all about hell. I’d lived in my own personal tormented version of hell for over a decade.

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About the Author:

One day some words came to mind, so I wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those words had become a book.

When I'm not reading or writing, I'm a wife, mother, and business owner. I've lived on the Gulf, East, and West Coasts, but as a born and raised Southern girl, my favorite will always be the Gulf Coast. There's just no place like home...

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