Blog Tour ~ MANscapes by Manuela Cardiga

MANscapes Journey into the light 

By Manuela Cardiga’s

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

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

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

Release Blitz ~ Hushh…

 “Hushh…Stories of Love, Lies and Deceit” Anthology is a compilation of Romantic Suspense Novels by 8 amazing Authors-Madison Street, Silla Webb, Julie Bailes, M. Stratton, A.D. Justice, R.D. Cole, Maureen Mayer and Emily Minton. The Hushh…Stories of Love, Lies and Deceit Anthology will be contributing 100% of it’s proceeds to the Golden Kidz Charity.
 
 
Little Things (Second Chances #1)
Madison Street
 
 
Everything
in Duke Grayson’s life was all he could ever ask for: A loving family, loyal
friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and a scholarship to his top choice college.
It’s his senior year of high school, and all he needs is to focus on his
grades, lacrosse, and keeping his girlfriend happy. That is until Raya walks
into his life.
From the moment they meet, Duke is drawn to her, not only for her natural
beauty and her stunning crystal blue eyes, but because he’s aware there’s more
to this girl than just his alluring pull to her. He senses secrecy and
fear.
Throughout the year, their bond grows stronger, and his feelings for her become
undeniable. Just when he is about to express his love, tragedy strikes and Raya
disappears.
For six years, Duke is tortured by his struggles, as he’s unable to find her
and blames himself for failing to protect her. Until the day, she’s found, and
he’s given a second chance. Will Duke become her beacon of hope and make her
see that it’s the little things that make life worthwhile? Can Raya overcome
her fears and fight against the terrors that haunt her? Or will her dark and
torturous past be too much for her to battle against?
*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and
sexual content. Suited for 18 years and over

Covered in Coal (Buried Secrets #1) 

 Silla Webb

 
 
Carly Jo Simon believed that Colton Weston was her future,
but he shattered her heart into tiny pieces. Just like any little girl would,
she assumed her daddy would always be by her side. Unbelievably, he turned his
back on her when she needed him most, leaving her with no one in her life to
turn to for support.
Without options, Carly runs away from the only home she’s
ever known, leaving behind her heartache and the betrayal of the two men she
loved most.
Seven years later, Carly reluctantly returns to Kentucky.
Her daddy is dying of cancer and Colton is nothing like the boy she once loved
and left. After her daddy passes, Carly must uproot her life in South Carolina
and take control of Simon Coal Company, where she has no choice but face the
pain of her past.
Can Carly keep her secrets buried deep beneath the black
Kentucky coal and her heart safe from the fiery Colton Weston?
     Shattered and Shaken (Shaken Series #1)  
Julie Bailes
 
 
If someone asked me to describe myself using only one word, I’d tell them damaged. I’m completely broken, irreparable. On the outside, I appear beautiful and bright, but on the inside, my soul is black and empty. I haven’t always been this fragile, scared, and heartbroken woman. Nope. I had the life my peers envied; happily married parents, captain of the volleyball team, and a dangerously sexy and loving boyfriend. Then, faster than I could blink, my life went to hell in a gasoline-soaked hand basket. 
Cancer struck. The sting of death pierced my heart, and my so-called ‘loving’ boyfriend left me. Wyatt shattered my heart into a million pieces when he left, but little did he know, it wasn’t just me he walked away from. Four years later, Blake changes everything. Unlike Wyatt, Blake treasures my heart. Blake claims I’m beautifully broken, and that he can fix me, but I know differently. 
How can you put something together without all its pieces? You can’t. When Wyatt left, he took most of my heart away with him. You see, hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it will never be the same. While I’m undeserving of Blake’s love, he deserves every bit of mine. My biggest fear is that I’ll crush his heart, just as Wyatt did mine.
After the Storm (The Storm Series #1)
M. Stratton
 
Alexia
“Lexi” Hanson moved across the country to rebuild her life after the attack
that almost destroyed her. She enjoys the simple things in her beach cottage.
Life is finally complete. 


Noah Matthews is Rock & Roll’s hottest star and on top of the world. After
years without a break he finds the solitude he craves at his beach house.
Enjoying his early morning coffee, Noah is surprised to see his neighbor sneak
into his garden and crawl around. 


They never saw that fateful morning coming. Someone was watching them. Someone
who thought Lexi belonged to him and would stop at nothing to have her. 




Lives are changed forever when they meet amongst the blooms in his garden. Even
when things seem darkest, there is always light After the Storm.


Her Dom 
 A.D. Justice

My name is Dominic Powers. My software engineering company, DPS, is one of the top 500 companies in the world. Conducting a search for my Personal Assistant brought an unexpected candidate straight to me.
I knew she was different as soon as she walked into my high-rise office. She exuded innocence and inexperience. Those are two things in a woman that normally don’t attract me, but I am apparently making an exception for her. She’s young and delicate – and I’m afraid she won’t make it in my world.
But the carnal man I’ve kept hidden deep inside me says I have to try.
She is my Sophia Vasco.
I am Her Dom.

                               

                                     Learning to Heal (Learning Series #2) 

                                                 R.D. Cole




“If Fools rush
in, then most people in love are idiots. And I’m the biggest one of all.”
-Jazz
Meet Jasmine Coleman. She’s the girl that’s outgoing, beautiful, and full of
self-assurance- a confidence that’s forced to cover the scars she hides. When
rushing into love becomes a heartbreaking mistake the last piece of it
disappears. Now she is left uncertain, weak, and full of self-loathing. But her
strength is needed now more than before.
Mason Reed is the quiet computer geek that’s always the friend and never the
boyfriend. Putting his social life on hold to help his single mother has left
him shy when it comes to the opposite sex. And Meeting Jazz is no different.
However being in love makes you do crazy things and his crazy has major
consequences. Especially when the truth is revealed to others who are
determined to rip them apart.
Rash Decisions have major consequences. Some good. Some bad. All Life Changing.
“The Truth doesn’t always set you free.
Sometimes it breaks you apart and leaves you in pieces. 


 

Relinquishing Liberty (Second Chances #1)

Maureen Mayer

On the outside, Liberty Davis appeared to have it all…a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends, and a bright future ahead of her. Everything was perfect. That is until her brother tragically took his own life, turning her whole world upside down.
 
Left to pick up the pieces of her broken family, Liberty is faced with focusing all of her attention on helping her parents cope with the loss of their son, while putting her own life on the back burner. But what no one seems to realize is that she is just as broken inside.
 
Now, four years later, twenty year old Liberty is taking back the reins of her life. She leaves behind everything she’s ever known, hoping to make a fresh start…one where she isn’t faced with the constant reminder that her brother is nothing more than faded memory. What she didn’t expect to find along the way was Shayne.
 
Tall, dark and tattooed, Shayne Thompson has developed quite a reputation for being a player. Despite everyone’s negative perception, Liberty still finds herself drawn to him. When she learns that Shayne knows all too well what it feels like to lose someone you love, she finds that they have a lot more in common than just a physical attraction.
 
When Liberty discovers a secret from Shayne’s past that threatens to tear them apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever felt for him. Will Liberty choose to follow her heart or will she give up the one person who finally made her feel whole again?
 
**This story contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.**


Windows
Emily Minton
 
 
 
Lucas Beck crawled through Melinda James’ window every night. Each time, gaining a piece of her heart and leaving a bit of his behind.
 
Lucas was in love with the girl next door, but he ruined any chance he had of making her his. So, he moved on without her.
 
Lindy gave her heart to the boy next door, but he left her humiliated and heartbroken. So, she started a new life without him.
 
They both head off to college, leaving the other behind. Lucas finds success then misery on the Football field. Lindy finds new love, but it never feels quite right.
 
Years later, Lucas and Lindy find themselves back in their hometown. Will Lindy open her window again and give Lucas another chance?
 




 
 

Cover Reveal and Giveaway ~ Brando by Marita A. Hansen

Brando (The Santini Brothers #2)
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date – expected Winter 2014

Synopsis

Tortured by his past, Brando allows his demons to continue through the slice of the whip, his need to harm himself growing out of control.

After Ivy sees the severe scarring on his back, she starts questioning his family, leading her down a dangerous path, one that unravels a history of lies, abuse, and betrayal, involving three mafia families…

And a Black Widow

…who would kill to keep it all a secret.

*Please note, this is a preliminary blurb, which may change once the book has been completed.


Ricardo (The Santini Brothers #1)


Synopsis

On a Mediterranean Island run by mafia, the Santini brothers are fighting a war against the Landi family, who are targeting their loved ones. After his fiancée is murdered, Ricardo, the eldest of the brothers, starts spiraling out of control, his violent nature leading him down a path that could rip his family apart. But, when two women walk into his life… 

His first love—Bianca D’Angelo 

And an assassin from the Viper Sisterhood 

…he finds himself pulled into a world of espionage, intrigue, and seduction, where he’ll win his family’s safety and the woman of his dreams—or lose everything.




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About the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I’m a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters’ Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians . My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.

SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.

CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.

FAVORITE FOODS: I’m vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.

BAD HABITS: I’m a major procrastinator that can’t seem to earn money to save myself!

STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Charity’s Passion by Maya James

 

SYNOPSIS:
 
Charity Powers and Justin Collins face
down their final challenges and elicit desires in the last of their passionate
series. Almost a year has passed since their romance began and they’ve overcome
obstacles together that they could never have endured alone—and they’ll need
each other now more than ever!
Their powerful love is ready and
eager for the next evolution of their relationship, but Brian Marker has
returned for his revenge. The gifted assassin in Justin can sense the ruthless
killer all around them, hunting them, closing in, and it’s time to begin the
plans he’s been protecting from everyone, even Charity. Senator Lewis moves
closer to the presidential candidacy with Panther’s help, and a power struggle
larger than anyone was prepared for unfolds around them. Panther Inc. must pass
hands to Garrett so Justin and Charity can run across the world to drive their stalker
out into the open to face them.
Charity and Justin refuse to let
anything come between them and their lust for each other. They accept their
fate with all the erotic heat they both have craved from the beginning, a fire
so intense that it ignites flames in those around them.
But there are always dark and
dangerous corners and those wicked souls hiding within them. With the light at
the end of the tunnel before them so bright that they can see the rest of their
happy lives together, will Charity and Justin make it to God’s alter in bliss—or
tragedy?

 

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 EXCERPT:


He’s going to be my husband.
 
Holy fuck!
I have so many questions and I’m
afraid to ask them all and look like a desperate waif greedy for attention and
control.
 
“You’re going to bubble over
and short circuit if you don’t ask those questions on your mind,” Justin
says suddenly. “I can see them all churning around in your head waiting
for you to spit them out. It’s not healthy, or fair, to keep them all in.”
 
I lower my head. He’s right, of
course, but I’m still worried about his reaction. Just asking me was such a
huge leap for him.
 
“Okay,” he says through a
deep breath. “I’ll guess my way through.”
 
He studies my face, looking
straight through my eyes. I can almost feel him inside me rummaging around through
my thoughts. “You want to know when; if I want a long or short
engagement.”
 
“That’s the most
obvious,” I tease.
 
Justin shrugs his shoulders.
“Of course it is; did you think I was going to read your mind?”
 
Really, my snort-laugh did not need
to be that loud, but just like Melissa and Trisha, Justin seems to only love it
when it happens, and I’ve grown used to it in front of him.
 
“I’ll wait if you want, but
I’d rather it be soon. I don’t want you to be able to get away from me so
easily once you realize I’m not good enough for you,” he says, his large
arm holding me just a little tighter as if I might decide to leave him now.
 
“That will not happen; you’re
perfect for me. And I would like to marry you sooner too,” I tell him.
“As soon as this Marker businesses is done, we’ll start planning.”
 
Justin agrees with a nod. “We
can get married just as quickly as we can put together whatever kind of wedding
you want. What do you want, Charity? Huge and elegant with hundreds of guests,
or small and cozy with just our closest loved ones?”
 
He rolls over quickly, balancing
himself on his elbows above me. “I will give you whatever you want; all
you have to do is tell me.” His beautiful face dips closer to mine.
“I want to give you everything. Tell me what you want.” He moves his
mouth toward mine but pulls away just as I expect to feel him, studying me with
my lips pursed and my eyes lightly closed. “You’re so beautiful; I love
looking at you. I never feel as real in this world as I do when I’m with you.
I’m only relevant because of you.”
 
Finally his lips crash into mine
and the taste of his mouth ignites my passion. The strength of his impressive
lips sends chills down my arms as I move my legs from under him, opening them
for him to fall comfortably in between.
 
Slowly I move my hands up his body,
tenderly enjoying him and his deliberate movements, the tilting of his head so
that our mouths fit like a puzzle, a dangerously strong hand gently moving my
hair, his well-controlled hips grinding into mine as if to some music I cannot
hear. Both of us have been affected by the romance of the day and we are
longing for a deep consummation of our love.
 

 

 
PLAYLIST:
 
Bruno Mars “Marry You”
Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Michael Buble, “Home”
Iggy Azalea “Fancy”
Ingrid Michaelson “Girls Chase Boys”
Jason DeRulo “Reason to Love”
Like Bryan “Drunk On You”
Pachelbel “Cannon in D Major”
Afrojack “Ten Feet Tall”
Tegan and Sara “Closer”
 
AUTHOR BIO:
 
Indie Author of contemporary romance and suspense novels
such as Charity Series, Charity’s Warrior, Charity’s Secrets, and Charity’s
Passion, publishing on Amazon Kindle, Creatspace, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
East coast born and raised, I’m married, extremely happily, with 4 kids, 3 of
which are now young adults (not sure when that happened).

I’m a COO in my technology-based “day job,” which requires a mix of
technical and creative writing for both internal and client-facing materials,
but it was not satisfying my artistic spirit. Writing the “Charity” series has
been absolutely fulfilling and exciting.

My favorite writing takes place on my phone while lying on the Southernmost
Beach in Key West, where I try to go at least twice a year.

 
 
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Blog Tour ~ Devil Disguised by Karolyn Howard

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Title: Devil Disguised

Author: Karolyn Howard

Release Date: May 23, 2014

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A dark cloud hovers over Lady Lily Montgomery. Her future is no longer her own. She is betrothed to a man she cannot recall meeting, and worse; many close to her have perished under mysterious circumstances. For her protection, her guardian sends her away from London to stay with his friend, Lord Duncan Cavanaugh, the Earl of Westbrook. Duncan is not convinced Lady Lily is a virtuous victim and steels himself to unearth what lies beneath her beauty and boldness. Does she orchestrate the tragic deaths of those close to her or is someone covering his or her tracks too well? He vows to solve this deadly mystery and to ignore her charming spell. As he begins to uncoverthe truth, Duncanmust decide if Lily is an angel of misfortune or the devil in disguise.

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An arm was raised near him and he reached for the arm as he spun and pushed the intruder into the wall. He heard a gasp as he shoved the intruder into the wall and pressed his body forward holding the arm above him. His body shifted against surprisingly feminine curves. Shifting, he looked down to see Lily’s eyes widen in fear as he held her arm above her head and the dagger at her throat. 

He stepped away immediately. “Lily! What the hell are you doing?”

She looked down and replied, “I heard a noise.”

“You should have woken me and not come down here by yourself,” he whispered harshly.

Even in the dim moonlight he could feel her penetrating stare. She shifted the candlestick she carried and placed it under her arm as she rubbed the wrist that he had just held. 

“I wanted to be certain someone was there before I alerted anyone. A strange noise should not instantly cause alarm,” she scoffed.

“Did I hurt you?” Duncan asked as he watched her continue to rub her wrist.

She shook her head and looked away from him again, as if embarrassed. Duncan’s eyes adjusted to the dim light and he looked over her to make sure she was uninjured. He gaped. She wore a white nightgown, but her entire form was visible through the nearly transparent material. The perfection of her form did not surprise him, but seeing her nipples harden and the dark triangle between her legs was about to undo him. She was an angel who could tempt the devil himself. 

He gently placed his hand on her shoulder and said, “Stay here.”

His voice sounded much harsher than he intended, but he watched Lily shake her head.

“No. I will be safer with you.”

Duncan opened his mouth to protest, but his stomach tightened at the confidence of her words. 

“Fine. Stay behind me and try to be quiet.”

He moved forward and then reached behind him as he felt her delicate hand move into his. Staying close to the wall, they moved together towards the kitchen. They went behind a wall near the library and he saw someone moving towards them. He put his finger to his lips to signal Lily to be silent as he crotched down and then leapt on the person, slamming them down on the ground. 

The man cried out, “Villain!”

Then the man swung and struck Duncan on the side of the face.

His cheek stung as he recognized his butler’s voice. “Simon, you fool, it’s me!”

“Oh, my lord! Beg your pardon, sir!”

Duncan moved off Simon and they stood up together. “What the hell are you doing?”

Simon replied, “I heard a noise and came to investigate.”

“So did I. What did you find?”

“Nothing, but the back door was open and I am certain it was closed before. I was going to search the grounds when I heard another noise in the hallway, which I assume now, was you.”

Duncan nodded as he saw Simon gape as he turned towards Lily. “My lady!”

If Duncan had a coat he would have taken it off and thrown it over her. Simon looked at Duncan obviously at a loss for further words and then removed his robe. Handing the robe to Lily, he said, “Please, for you.”

Taking the robe from his butler, she blushed and said, “Thank you.” 

Duncan said, “Simon, check the grounds. I will take Lady Montgomery back up to her room and I will check on Eleanor.”

Simon nodded and walked away from them. Duncan turned and looked at Lily. “We should go.”

She shook her head. “Wait.”

“Must you always challenge me,” he asked harshly.

“I just think you need some ice for your cheek.”

She gently touched his face where Simon had struck him and then pulled her hand back swiftly as if she touched fire. Glancing over him, she appeared uneasy before she stepped back.

He took a deep breath and said, “I will take care of it later, but I appreciate your concern.”

Duncan took her elbow to lead her upstairs. As much as he would enjoy her administrations, he needed to get her as far away from him as possible. He opened her door and did a quick check of her bedroom. Satisfied no one was in the room, he stopped in the doorway as he felt her hand gently touch his arm. She whispered, “Thank you.”

Turning to face her, he sighed before he said, “If you hear a noise in the future, please wake me or one of the staff.” He stepped back slightly into the hallway. “Also, Lily, please remember to wear a robe if you venture out in the middle of the night.”

She narrowed her eyes as she placed one fist on her hip. “Certainly, as long as you remember to wear a shirt!”

She glared at him just before she slammed the door in his face.

Karolyn Howard resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their two canine companions. An avid reader of romance novels, she enjoys diving into the past with the creation of her own characters and stories. The Regency Period, with the handsome lords and beautiful ladies continues to beckon. Devil Disguised is her second novel. Her first novel, A Lady’s Choice is also available. Other stories are in the works, including a sequel to Devil Disguised. When Karolyn is taken away from her writing it is usually by a television show involving a vampire or by a show involving someone known only as “The Doctor”. Between working full-time and writing, she spends some of her time volunteering at a local animal shelter.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel

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Book – Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel

 Genre- YA Paranormal Romance

Release date-8/11/2014

Goodreads Link-https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22880946-unclaimed?ac=1 

Synopsis

 Abandoned by her birth parents and ignored by her adoptive family, Maddy Page believes she is unlovable. She only allows herself to dream of falling in love. That changes when she meets MJ; handsome and kind, MJ penetrates Maddy’s defenses. Maddy soon finds herself confiding in MJ like she has with no one else, revealing secrets even her closest friends don’t know. He makes her feel safe–a feeling she’s never experienced except in her dreams.

When Maddy witnesses MJ disappear and reappear in thin air, she realizes she might have been wrong about him. He could be dangerous–maybe even a killer. Determined to uncover the truth of who–or what–MJ is, Maddy ignores her instinct to run. But she soon realizes that getting close to MJ could cost more than a broken heart–it could cost Maddy her soul.

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 Excerpts

 Excerpt 1

 My entire body pulses in the wake of his touch. His words “if you were mine” keep circling around in my head, and with each rotation, something inside me grows. He makes me feel happy and less broken. I feel I could take on the world as long as he’s beside me. Whatever he is, I don’t care. I’ve never felt anything like this, and I’ll go to Hell and back to keep it. Regardless of what happens to me, I have to protect him. I have to keep him safe, always.
He grins and squeezes my hand again. My body responds with such intensity, I almost feel as if I were floating. I don’t want it to ever stop. I want to stay strong. I want to be brave. I want to feel safe. He gives me all of that. I want to hold him forever, even if it’s only his hand.
“Tomorrow,” he says, pulling me from my thoughts. “I’ll find a way to see you.”
“Promise?”

 Excerpt 2

 All I want now is to be near her—but that could be the very thing that kills her.
“If you care for her, you’ll leave this house and never see her again. If she dies and she’s unknown to Heaven, that’s it. This otherworldly girl will either be sentenced to Hell or
cease to exist. Can you face eternity knowing you brought that fate to her?”
All the air rushes out of my body as the weight of her life once again rests on my soul. I turn back to her, memorizing as much as I can about her—the way her soft arms wrap
around her torso, the color of her eyes that match the emerald gemstone still in my pocket, and soft pink lips I never got to touch.
Goodbye, my Maddy. I stand and find the strength to walk out the door and leave the best thing that has ever happened to me.

 Excerpt 3

 My heart flutters. I really do like MJ. I blush and pop a few grapes into my mouth. As ecstatic as that makes me feel, I still don’t know, fully, if I can trust him—not until I know what he is. “So … you still haven’t answered my original question. Government experiment, superhero, or something else. Which is it?”
He sighs, shaking his head. “I wasn’t created in a lab somewhere.”
“What about an alien?”
“No.”
“Mutant?”
“No.”
“Warlock?”
“Wouldn’t that fall under the category of magician?”
“Magicians are usually fake. Warlocks and witches could be real. So are you one?”
“No.”
Stumped, I rest my chin on my hand and huff in exasperation.
“Give up?” he asks.
“No. But I’ve made some good progress on my list.”
“You have a list?”
“Uh huh.” I toss a few more grapes into my mouth.
“Of what you think I might be?”
I nod.
“I don’t suppose you could just let it go?”
I narrow my eyes at him. “If I did a bunch of crazy things that you couldn’t explain, would you let it go?”
He smirks and shakes his head. “You win.

 Author bio

 Laurie Wetzel has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until a New Years Resolution in 2011 that she finally shared her lifelong dream of being an author with her husband. He read the very first draft of Unclaimed and gave her the words she needed to hear, “This is what you need to be doing.” Three years later the first book in the Unclaimed series was published with the second book expected to be out in 2015. Laurie lives in Mankato, MN, with her husband and two young sons. When she’s not writing, working, or spending time with her family, she’s either reading, running, or catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix. For updates on the Unclaimed series as well as other works in progress, feel free to check her out online!

 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaurieRWetzel

 Twitter: http://twitter.com/Laurie_Wetzel

Website: http://lauriewetzel.com

 
 
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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ The Intrepid Men of #eNovAaW ~ Mike Markel


Meet The Intrepid Men of #eNovAaW

Mike Markel

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of Central Montana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise State University, where Mike is a professor, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football team less successful, and the murder rate much, much higher.

Facebook Fan Page ~ Facebook Friend Page ~ Twitter ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ Website ~ eMail: mmarkel@boisestate.edu


Pete Barber

Born into a blue-collar family in Liverpool, England, Pete missed The Beatles but did go to The Cavern a few times. He immigrated to the US in the early 90s, and became a citizen. After twenty years in the corporate madhouse, Pete moved to Western North Carolina where he lives with a couple llamas, two spoiled dogs, a brace of cookie-eating goats, one ferocious cat, and a wonderful wife who thankfully understands his obsessive need to write fiction.


Joe B. Parr

Joe B. Parr is a North Texas based Mystery Suspense writer. As a native of the Fort Worth, TX area, his novels are crime dramas based in and around DFW. Residents of the area will enjoy the familiar sights and sounds. For others, he provides a virtual tour highlighting the area’s feel and diversity.

His current releases, The Victim and Stolen Innocence, are available in both paperback and ebook (Kindle) on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and selected independent book stores.

He writes entertaining fiction with an undercurrent of social commentary. His books address provocative issues by introducing characters who provide multiple perspectives so that the reader is driven to explore their own thoughts.

In The Victim, those issues include gangs, media stereotypes and the racial tensions within the community. In Stolen Innocence, he highlights the growing issue of Human Trafficking and its disproportional impact on immigrant and minority communities.


Mike Markel

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile?

I’m reading Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis, the British novelist. Even though he produces the most incendiary prose now written in English, I don’t always love his books. His satire is so astringent that sometimes it’s difficult for me to like any of his characters. But Lionel Asbo, about a young British lout who wins the lottery, and his bookish nephew, is, I think, a real breakthrough. It’s being described as a modern Great Expectations, and so far I agree. I’m loving it.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

Yes, I do. Because I write mysteries in which three or more people could have done the initial murder, my plots are quite intricate. I always have follow-up crimes, too, that occur when my detectives begin to tighten the noose. Therefore, I have to orchestrate the action down to the day and hour. Sometimes I have to revise the outline when I think of something better, but I can’t just let the story take me where it will or I’ll end up in a ditch.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

Yes and no. My protagonist, the extremely flawed Detective Karen Seagate, derives a lot of her dysfunctional personality from me. And the poor woman talks a lot like me. But I made her a female because I wanted to be sure she couldn’t become me. She’s got enough problems of her own.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

This might sound stupid, but I would start with this question: Why do you want to write? If the answer is to become famous or rich, that probably won’t happen. If it is to share your story, that’s somewhat less unlikely, but still not all that likely. In fact, if you can be happy without writing, that would probably be best. Figure out another way to make money or become famous or fill your time.

Being a writer is, in some important ways, unwise. You sit in a chair all day, cutting off the circulation to your legs, making sentences and paragraphs that clearly are not very good–at least until many drafts later, and even then there’s no guarantee. Then–this is the worst thing about it–you ask people to give you something really valuable. I don’t mean a few bucks; I mean a few hours.

When I read a writer announcing a new book with words like “Exciting news: my new novel is now available,” I wonder if he or she realizes that while it might in fact be very exciting for the writer, in what universe is it likely to be exciting for the reader? With many hundreds of thousands of new books appearing, and most of them not very good or at least not to the reader’s taste, the writer is pushing a boulder up a very steep hill.

Let me be clear: I’m not talking about all those other writers out there, but not myself. I’m talking about me, too. Why should anyone care if I’m publishing a new novel? I think it’s good, just like every other author does about his or her new book. But do I think everyone ought to think it’s good, too, or that it’s worth a few bucks and a few hours? I’ve written too much to be that naive.

So, long story short (“Too late,” Dorothy Parker famously said), if you write and ask people to read it, you’re setting yourself up for a world of hurt.

But I’ll end with one other small comment. I love to write. It makes me happy. And when I get positive comments from readers, which I do surprisingly often, I’m very glad that they, for one reason or another, gave me a few hours and thought my book was not horrible.

Three-Ways ~ NanoStrike ~ Stolen Innocence
Books by Mike Markel

Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery

Deviations, Volume 2

The Broken Saint, Volume 3

Three-Ways, Volume 4
Books by Pete Barber

NanoStrike

Love Poison
Books by Joe B. Parr

The Detective Jake Hunter Series

Stolen Innocence, Book 2

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Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Reality Bites by Gail Koger

 

Reality Bites

by Gail Koger

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

 

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Bree never thought her dimwit act, military grade mace, cattle prod, or dumping a ton of stinky manure on Jaylan’s head would encourage his pursuit. Who knew a Coletti warlord would think of being zapped with a cattle prod as foreplay? Or a determined opponent only heightened his enjoyment of the chase?

The chase comes to an abrupt halt when the Tai-Kok attack Tucson, forcing Bree to team up with the Coletti warlord to stop them. Suddenly plucked from Earth by a crazed Tai-Kok commander, Jaylan and Bree find themselves stranded on a hostile alien world, and being tracked by a deadly Askole assassin. It’s really no time for the two of them to fall in love.


~Excerpt~

A thick cloud of dust obscured the landscape. A shadow moved in the dust.

The shadow became a form.

The form became a man. Holy Mother of God! I hit the emergency beacon on my belt and bolted. I hoped Pops was monitoring the frequency.

Jaylan’s powerful body slammed into me, knocking me down. He locked his arms around me in an unbreakable hold. “You will not escape me again.”

I squirmed against his crushing grip. “Wanna bet?”

Jaylan’s teeth scraped lightly across my neck.

Sheer blind panic overwhelmed me. If he took my blood, he could find me anywhere, anytime he wished. “No! Let go of me, you stinky, manure-covered bastard.”

“It ends now,” Jaylan purred in my head, and sank his teeth deep into my neck.

My body tightened as a pleasure-pain roared through me. The pleasure increased with every draw until my panties were wet and my pussy throbbed. “Stop! Damn you. Stop!” I beat frantically at his mind.

Jaylan suddenly stiffened. “Your blood is most unusual.”

Oh crap. Was my secret about to be exposed? “Really? How strange.” Through our link, I felt him swish my blood around his mouth as if he was savoring its very essence.

“Who is your father?”

“Hank Benson.”

Withdrawing his fangs, Jaylan licked the wounds on my neck and growled. “No. Your father is Coletti. You will tell me his name.”

“He’s dead. What difference does it make?”

His fingers clamped painfully around my jaw. “His name.”

One look at the menace glittering in Jaylan’s eyes, and I almost peed my pants. “My mother called him Thor.”

Jaylan jumped to his feet, dragging me with him. “How did he die?”

“He was trampled.”

“By what?”

“Horses. Mom got him hired as a stuntman in her Viking flick. He was a piss-poor rider. He fell off his horse and was trampled.”

“That is not possible. He was Coletti,” Jaylan corrected sharply.

“So you knew him?”

“Yes.”

There was a fleeting second of inky blackness, and we were standing in the war room of a Coletti battle cruiser. Yippee-ki-yay. Escaping just got a tad bit harder.

Six muscle-bound warriors snapped to attention. When the overpowering stench of horse manure hit them, they all took an instinctive step backward.

A horde of flies buzzed merrily around Jaylan’s shit-covered head.

Who knew flies could be teleported? I waved a hand in front of my face. “Wow, someone really stinks, don’t they?” I batted at the nasty critters. “Y’all have a fly swatter?”

The warriors stared at me in disbelief.

With a big smile, I gushed, “I’m Bree, and I think you know stinky guy here. The poor thing is a bit accident-prone. Right, honey bunny?”

His big hand wrapped around the back of my neck, and Jaylan bellowed in my head, “Not another word or I’ll throw you on the table and complete the mating bond now.”

“You’d do me in front of them?” I wrinkled my nose in disgust. “All covered in manure?”

A low growl rumbled in his throat. “Yes.”


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~About the Author~  


I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for thirty-one years and to keep insanity at bay, I took up writing. Not to worry. The insanity isn’t catching – much. Other than the addiction to chocolate and the twitch in my left eye, I’m good.

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Cover Reveal ~ Afraid To Fall by W. Ferraro

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Title: Afraid to Fall

Author: W. Ferraro

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 18, 2014

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Cover Reveal ~ Seduced by My Doms by Jenna Jacob

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Release Date: Early 2014

SynopsisYou find what you’re looking for… where you least expect it.

That held true for me ER nurse, Liz Johansson; the night a young man named Trevor arrived at the hospital and turned my life upside down. Perhaps it was divine intervention that my care for Trevor led me to his friends…

Sinfully hot, James Bartlett and his equally gorgeous boss, Ian Stone; two men, so tall, dark, and lethal, they conjured fantasies my body ached to fulfill. It was impossible to choose one or the other, and hungering for them equally tore at my moral code. I had to find the will to banish my shame or risk losing them forever.

Powerless over their potent, carnal command—together—they led me down a blissful path of uninhibited passion. Unlocking my forbidden desires, while healing the scars of my past, they opened my soul to something so powerful and alluring I couldn’t turn away. Seduced by their infinite love and dominant touch, they taught me how to surrender my fears…my heart, and learn to live again

About Author

Bestselling Author Jenna Jacob’s erotic romance comes from the heart of submission. With over twenty years experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, Jenna strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and may leave you with a better understanding of the fulfillment found in the BDSM power exchange.

A married mom of four grown children, Jenna and her husband lives in Kansas. Her passions include her family, reading, camping, cooking, music, and riding Harleys. She loves to make people laugh with her outgoing and warped sense of humor. If you’re looking for hot romance with a kinky twist, pick up one of Jenna’s books.

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