Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Finding Jayda by Samantha Johns

Book: Finding Jayda
Author: Samantha Johns
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Jayda Parrish was a St. Louis girl through and through, raised on gooey butter cake and Ted Drewes frozen custard. She came from humble working-class beginnings and was employed in a fuse factory in a lower-class part of town, despite her natural talents that could have afforded her a much better future.Fed up with her life, she plans a calculated escape from her abusive, alcoholic boyfriend, which includes faking her own death. Her escape works, but with unforeseen results. A series of life-threatening situations, and near-death challenges befall her as she flees her old life. The police now hot on her trail.Along the way Jayda encounters an array of colorful and unforgettable characters that transform her view of life and her expectations of happiness. During her journey Jayda finds a wonderful man and learns about true love, while facing the fight of her life to hang on to it all.Jayda’s character develops as one twist and turn confronts her after another in a fast-paced all-encompassing love story of deepest proportions. She finds strengths she didn’t know she possessed and learns to love more profoundly than she ever could have imagined possible.A romantic suspense story that includes mystery, ancient myths and long-held secrets.


The sound of police sirens pierced the chilly Halloween night.  It was 3 a.m., but the early hour did not deter onlookers from leaving their beds to shout angry accusations safely from their side of the rickety fence.  If this simple wire and wood structure failed to protect them, surely the cops pacing to and from the shabby little house would.  These two sisters did not appear to like this man who had lived next door to them for years.  He had managed to violate every known courtesy of neighborly conduct.   St. Louis Homicide Detective Ben Foxx carefully observed every detail.
“Murderer!” they screamed at officers walking near the shabby cottage.  “That creep killed her.  Everyone knew he would do it someday.  Ask anybody.  Arrest him.  Give him the electric chair,” they ranted and raved, sometimes simultaneously and sometimes taking turns.  It was almost as if they had agreed upon a plan to keep their noisy protests constant.
A frightened and confused Carson Liddell sat in a grimy plastic backyard patio chair awaiting questioning.  Carson’s wild and shaggy red hair covered his eyes, as it usually did, but he could still throw his evil stare at the two ranting women with his yellow-hued pupils.  They smiled back at him confidently, as if they could not imagine the possibility that they would be deprived the joy of watching him being hauled away in handcuffs. 
“I’m telling you she’s been abducted,” Carson fumed as Foxx approached, dragging another patio chair over for their conversation.  “I came home and found everything just as you see it now—the blood, the knocked-over furniture—and Jayda’s gone.  I had nothing to do with this.  Someone came here and took her away.”  He was rambling, trying to convince everyone who had ears to hear that he was innocent.  Carson Liddell was visibly shaken. Not with concern for his girlfriend, but for fear of his own situation.
“And why would anyone want to abduct Jayda Parrish,” Ben asked incredulously.  “There is no motive for that—no ransom money.  Why do you think this, Mr. Liddell?”
“How the hell do I know?” he answered angrily.  “There are lots of weirdoes out there.  Maybe someone did it to get at me somehow.  Lots of people hate me.”
“You say you had been at an AA meeting all evening,” asked Detective Ben Foxx, soberly and calmly, while typing information into his notebook computer.  “Do you have any witnesses who can verify your alibi for those hours?  Isn’t it rather late for that type of thing?”
“It’s Halloween.  There was a party after the meeting, and I hooked up with some new people—okay, a new woman.  The conversation ran pretty long,” he said.
“So, can you give me the names of these people you were with?” he pressed.
“Well, none of us use last names,” he said with apparent concern about this predicament. His pockmarked face contorted to form deep creases over his brow.  “Anonymity is taken very seriously in AA.  I can give permission for someone to reveal my identity, but I could get in real trouble telling you about anyone else in the group.”
“You’re already in trouble,” stated Ben Foxx without emotion.  His deeply serious tone seemed to stun Carson into an even deeper sense of panic.  The whites of his eyes expanded and bulged, showing streaks of red blood vessels.
On hearing the word trouble, Carson clearly saw himself facing jail—a place where both inmates and guards would find reasons to mistreat him.  Ben Foxx watched as the man reacted like someone who had lived it all before and had emotional scars to show for it.  He could see all of this by reading Carson’s face and watching his gestures.  Suddenly, this man no longer cared about respecting some ridiculous principle such as anonymity.  He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a worn and folded piece of paper.

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Born in rural Texas, Samantha has traveled extensively in her formative years. When she was small her parents traveled to England where she started pubic school as a young girl. Later her family moved to France, New York, Missouri and now she resides in Los Angeles. She’s held jobs as diverse as law librarian to college professor to government worker. She has a BA and Writer’s certificate from UM-St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Communications from Webster University. She’s co-authored books for Publications, Intl. as well as having many numerous published magazine articles. She enjoys attending Women’s Literature and Fiction Writing groups to review current books and to discuss writing with her peers.
She enjoys the freedom she experiences with creative writing, especially a good story with plenty of twists and turns and suspense.

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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Undone By His Desire by Dilys J. Carnie

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BOOK ~ Undone by His Desire

AUTHOR ~ Dilys J. Carnie

GENRE ~ Contemporary Romance

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A lone woman…a mysterious stranger…and a secret.

When Daisy Wallace meets Micah, a man of mystery, she is bowled over by an instant attraction. A passionate encounter follows, but he’s holding back and Daisy doesn’t understand why.

Micah King has been retained by a client to locate the triplet daughters that she gave up for adoption, and he’s pretty sure Daisy is the youngest of the girls. He wants to tell Daisy the truth, but before he can he needs to verify that she is indeed the woman he’s looking for. He never meant to get involved with her, but she’s just so tempting.

When Daisy finds out the truth will she be able to forgive Micah’s lie by omission? After all, he’s deceived her from the first moment she laid eyes on him, and she’s had her fill of deceitful men. And can she forgive the woman who gave her up thirty years ago?

**Content Warning: contains adult language and explicit sex**

 

~Excerpt~

“I like it here…with you…in the kitchen.” His words were enunciated slowly as she gripped the edge of the sink, pressing her back into the hardness…it was no good, she couldn’t go back any further.

“Uh-huh.” Daisy cleared her throat, trying to eradicate the huskiness present every time she’d spoken to him that morning.

Micah’s eyes narrowed. “What’s wrong, Daisy?”

“Nothing.” She licked her lips.

“Yes, there is. Are you regretting last night?”

She swallowed, but her throat was bone dry. “Last night.” She sucked in a breath as he stood in front of her and his hands landed on either side of her with a thud, coming to rest on the countertop.

“Have you got a boyfriend?”

She shook her head. “No.”

“Keep it that way.”

“Pardon me.”

“Don’t go looking for one…we have unfinished business.”

She lifted her hands and pushed at his hard chest, which of course was a complete waste of time. “Now look here, you can’t tell me what to do.”

“Yes, I can.” He kissed her hard, short, and succinct, and the power behind it made her knees tremble.

“No, you can’t. If I want to go out and find a man, I will.” She spoke defiantly with her chin held high, but it was lost in the fact that her chin only came up to his chest, and she had to strain further to look him in the eye. Her fingers tingled at the heat emanating from him. The smooth cotton of his shirt was soft to the touch, and his heartbeat was strong as the beat echoed against her fingertips.

“I don’t think so.”

“Excuse me.” She pulled her head back and looked at him.

“Don’t start thinking that you can bed someone else.”

Her cheeks heated as she tried to push him away. “What the hell? You can’t tell me who I can go to bed with…you hardly know me, and you most certainly don’t have the right.”

“After last night…you do want me, and if I hadn’t stopped we would have been in that bed together. I would’ve made you forget whatever it is that has made you lose your confidence. You’re one of the sexiest, most beautiful women I’ve ever met, and when I do what I have to…I’m going to show you exactly how much I really want you.”

“That’s just arrogant.”

His smile was slow and sexy, and she was pretty sure that had he not been holding her up she would’ve glided to the floor in a stream of unbridled lust. His hardness was pressed against her stomach.

“Arrogant?” He shook his head. “No, that’s not justifying the way I feel, but I’m confident you feel the same way.”

“You think so, huh?” When she’d offered him a bed last night he’d refused.

He kissed her again, a little slower this time. Their kisses were hotter than a sauna on a cold day. She could hear the baby in the background, but it was as if she was a distant voice.

He parted from her just enough to speak and she watched his lips move. They were sexy, and she had to push herself to listen to what he was saying.

“I have to fly out today. I have a meeting tomorrow I need to be at, but when Amy goes down for her nap, we need to talk. I need to tell you why I’m here.”

She frowned as his words penetrated her sex-befuddled mind. “What do you mean why you’re here? I thought it was something to do with a golf course?”

“Actually…that was a lie.”

“I knew there was something not quite right about that. If a golf course was going to be built I would’ve known. Jeez, you can’t sneeze on this island without everybody knowing before you’ve even finished.” She narrowed her eyes. Something was definitely going on. She pushed him away, catching him off balance.

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The look of worry that crossed her features made Micah want to kick himself. He hadn’t meant to say anything, but damn it all to hell, he didn’t seem to have much control over anything when she was around, including speech. He was trained to take all kinds of torture and not say a word, and now he only had to look at her and he was like some dribbling teenager.

“Daisy, I’m–” Before he could get his words out the frantic tone of her voice stopped him.

“You’re from them, aren’t you?” She leaned over, lifted Amy up from her chair and wrapped her arms around the baby. “You can just go back and tell whoever it is you work for that I don’t have it…zilch…zitto, and even if I did, you wouldn’t get a dime from me.”

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~About the Author~

My home is on the beautiful island of Anglesey on the west coast of North Wales. Anglesey has been my home since the age of eleven after moving here with my mum and dad and three sisters from Scotland.

I’m the proud mother of two grown children. My daughter Emma is a primary school teacher, and my son Christopher is part of the family business.

I’m a health freak and a vegetarian. Pilates class combined with visiting the gym at least four times a week keeps me fit. I love clothes, makeup, and having my nails and hair done. I’m just a girl’s girl.

If I’m not in my office pounding the keys I’m sitting in my favorite chair reading books and discovering new authors on my Kindle.

As a young child I loved to write. I always carried a notebook and pen around with me and wrote about everything. I never thought for one moment I would ever be able to pick up a book with my name on it and say “I wrote that”. It was a dream come true when I signed with a publisher for my first book in November 2012. So, dare I say at the young age of fifty I think it’s time for me to see if those dreams are everything that I hope they will be.

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Author Spotlight Tour ~ Laura Dunaway

 

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Aly Chase has worked for Paul Pierce for years, loving him from afar. He is handsome, rich, and the powerful CEO of Pierce Homes. Just when Aly has decided her love for him is futile and vows to move on, Paul begins to give Aly the attention she had always desired, forcing her to feel confused by his actions.

Then there’s Aly’s best friend, Ethan Baker. He’s sweet, handsome and charming. He is also in love with her. He’s accepted that Aly and he will only be friends, until one day Aly realizes that her feelings towards Ethan are way more.

Aly is caught in between the man she’s loved for so long and the man that has always been there for her. As her feelings are pulled and tugged in both directions, she must make a choice before her distorted life loses both of them.

Who will end up winning Aly’s heart?


 

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When we got to the threshold of our office door, Paul appeared.  I smiled at seeing him and I heard Trisha take a breath.  He looked absolutely gorgeous with his hair still wet from the shower and in his grey dress slacks with a black button down shirt, unbuttoned at the top.  My mouth watered just looking at him.
“Good morning, ladies,” he said smiling.  “Trisha is it?  How are you doing?”
Trisha stifled a giggle as she tried to compose herself.  “I’m fine, Mr. Pierce. How are you?”
Paul shot me a puzzled look, then glanced back to Trisha.  “I’m doing great, thanks. Everything okay?”
Trisha nodded.  “Yep, I was just getting back to work.  And thanks again, Ms. Chase.  I appreciate your talking with me.”  I gave her a smile and watched her head back to her cubicle.  I wasn’t convinced she was totally giving up on pursuing Paul, but I knew he’d never give her the time of day beyond the work relationship.
Paul looked at me as he walked toward his office.  “What was that about?” he asked.
I smiled as I perched on my desk.  “Wouldn’t you like to know?” I teased.
He unlocked his office door and turned to face me.  “Well, yeah. Now I would even more.”
I put my hand to my chin and tapped my cheek. “Well, I could tell you, but I probably shouldn’t.  It’s really nothing.”
He got a gleam in his eye at my teasing.  “Oh, Chase. You are so going to tell me now,” he said as he came toward me.
I stayed put on my desk and pretended not to feel the butterflies that had sprouted in my tummy.  “Oh am I?” I asked.
He reached my desk and stood right in front of me, invading my personal space.  “Yes, you are.”
Pushing myself onto my desk so I was sitting on it, I leaned back on my palms.  “Well, you see, Trisha just wanted to ask me something about you.”
His face turned into a scowl.  “What?” he asked.
“Oh, lighten up.  I told her you’re not available and even if you were, you don’t date people who work for you.”
He took a step toward me.  “Good.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, that girl is hot, but no way.”
I felt a little sting.  “Oh, she’s hot, huh?” I asked, trying to come off as teasing.
He grinned.  “Yeah, she is, but there are others here who are hotter.”
My head started spinning.  “Oh, well that’s good to know.”
He took another step toward me, now pinning me to my desk.  “Is it?  Don’t you want to know who I’m thinking of?”
I was dying to and cringing at the same time.  While I realized it was very stupid of me to think I had a chance with him, I still didn’t want to know who my competition was. Knowing he thought Trisha was hot was enough.
“Not really,” I lied.
He drew a finger down the side of my face.  “Now why don’t I believe you?” he asked in a hushed tone.
Vibrations went through me at his touch and I shivered.  “I don’t know. Not my problem,” I whispered.
He chuckled.  “Well, I’ll tell you anyway.  That girl in PR is hot. I think her name is Jenny.”
My heart fell.  I tried to turn my head away, but his hand caught me.  “That’s nice,” I said.
He chuckled again.  “It is, isn’t it? Yeah, she’s pretty hot.  I also think that chick in our graphic design department is hot.  What’s her name again?”
Lola.  The only “chick” that worked in the graphic design department.  “Lola,” I said with a bite.  Again I tried to distance myself from his proximity, but he wouldn’t budge.
“Then there’s the girl I work with. She’s really hot, sexy actually. Her long blonde hair drives me crazy. Like the way she twirls it around her fingers when she’s nervous. Though when it’s up in a twist, like today, she fidgets with her fingers. Her dusty, olive green eyes make me want to fall to my knees every time she looks at me.” He paused and stared at me for what seemed like a very long time, “You may know her. Her name is Aly,” he said barely above a whisper as he caressed my cheek with the back of his fingers.
 My heart slammed against my chest. Jerking my head up to fully look at him, I stared into his eyes. There was no humor or teasing in them. They were filled with sincerity and if I wasn’t mistaken, desire. I struggled to find words.
“Um, what?” I asked, staggered. I was in shock. He had never talked to me this way before, never this direct.  His lips curled into a ghost of a smile.
“Yep, and the outfit she’s wearing today is going to torture me all day long, showing off all of her curves in every possible way. So, yeah. That’s who I think is hot,” he said as he dropped his hand from my face and turned to walk into his office. I sat there staring blankly at the doorway, wondering what the hell just happened.
 
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After three long years of living in a hell she never could have imagined, Lucy Jane Simmons courageously escapes to New York City for a fresh start. 
A new beginning…
 
When Lucy meets Knox Taylor, the intoxicating man in the business suit, everything she thought she knew about relationships changes. He is strong, seductive and makes her feel safe. But can she open up enough to let him in?
Will Lucy Jane escape the scars of her past? Can Knox give her the future she ultimately deserves?
A story of rediscovery…
 
 
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I didn’t see the blow coming. I was standing at my dresser, eyes focused on my reflection in the mirror as I pinned my hair into a bun when I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. Time seemed to slow down as the bobby pins dropped from my hands and I fell to my knees. I gasped for air, trying to catch the breath that had been knocked out of me. 
“Don’t you ever think of doing that again, bitch,” 
I heard Drake tell me in his menacing deep voice, his dirty brown work boots in front of me. I had no idea what it was I’d done. Most of the time I hadn’t done anything. I put my hands on the floor, still trying to take deep breaths. 
“Wh-what did I do?” 
I asked in a strained voice against the agony burrowing in my back. Suddenly, my head was yanked back, and my hair was being pulled so tight that I yelped at the searing sensation. Tears stung my eyes at the torturous pressure as I balled my hands into fists, trying to resist grabbing at his hand. I knew that would make my situation worse. 
“I saw you. I saw you talking to that prick at the grocery store. You think I don’t know what you do every hour of the day? Huh?” 
He pulled back harder on my head, and tears streamed down my face as I tried not to scream. I tried to remember whom I’d talked to at the grocery store. I had gone there to get a few items, but I didn’t remember having any conversations. Unless… 
“You mean the guy who took my cart when I was done putting the groceries in the car?” 
He finally released my hair and the relief was immense. I fell to the floor and rubbed my scalp as he towered over me. I ignored the desire to scoot away from him because I’d learned the hard way that it only angered him more. Instead, I sat down and hugged my legs to my chest as I rocked back and forth. 
“Yes, Lucy, the guy who took the cart from you. Do you realize how bad it looks when you talk to other guys? Good lord, how stupid can you get?” 
He started pacing back and forth, swiping his hands through his dark blond greasy hair. His footsteps were strong and loud, especially when he wore those big, ugly, work boots that were always caked with mud. I did my best to stop shaking and rocking—I needed to appear as calm as possible. You would think I’d be used to his rage by now, but each time he assaulted me, it made me shake to my core. 
“I’m sorry,” I whispered, even though I knew I’d done nothing wrong. I’d been taught that it was always better to apologize than to try to explain the situation. I’d been with him for three years, and it was all I could do to stay sane. The numbness that had taken over my mind and soul was the only way I survived. He stopped pacing and turned to face me. 
“You’re what?” I looked into his cold gray eyes. 
“I’m sorry,” I said in a louder voice. 
He walked toward me and bent to his knees, his ugly eyes softening somewhat as he took my face in his sandpaper rough hands. I wanted to cower and throw up, but I looked him in the eye because I knew if I looked down, it would anger him even more.
“Lucy Jane, you know I hate having to lash out at you, but you give me no choice. I can’t have you prancing around town talking to every asshole you see. It makes me look bad, baby
 
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Laura Dunaway has been married to her prince for 18 years and together they are raising three amazing kids. While she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn’t until a few years ago that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing and publishing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, her first book, Distorted, was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she’d written The End. Discovering Lucy is her second book and she is currently at work on her third. 
 
 
 
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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Smash by Susan Child

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BOOK ~ Smash

AUTHOR ~ Susan Child

GENRE ~ Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Can a vampire and a human find love, or will the rules of his society tear them apart?

When Melissa Waters attends the opening of Smash, a newly renovated nightclub, she meets a man who will change her life forever.

David thought his time with Melissa would just be a one-night stand, but he can’t get the beautiful redhead off his mind. He wants more. But she’s human. David’s father, the king of the vampires, will never allow them to pursue a relationship. He will stop at nothing to ensure that his son mates with another vampire. When he abducts Melissa, David is in a race against time to locate her and save her life.

**Content Warning: contains graphic sex and explicit language**

 

~ EXCERPT ~

David got up from the bar and walked to the shadows so he could watch the beautiful redhead. He looked at her with a growing need to shelter her from the club. More importantly, what and who was in the club. He’d never felt this way before. What was it about this woman? She was human for gods’ sake! Why did he feel this primal pull toward her?

He nearly smiled as she looked over her shoulder at the bar to find he was no longer there. At least he knew he wasn’t the only one affected by what was between them. When she looked back to the man sitting at the table with her, David wanted it to be him that she was looking at. Was the guy her boyfriend? At the thought David felt a growl coming on…she was his.

His imagination ran wild as he started to picture his hands running through her shiny, wild red hair. How her head would tip up to look at him. Her mouth would part as her eyes closed, and he would lean over to have a taste of her neck. Slowly, his elongated fangs would draw softly over her pulse and she’d shudder, exposing her neck and giving him better access.

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When Susan was in high school she never really liked to read, but when she was a child she did. Go figure. It wasn’t until after she graduated that she caught the reading bug. She had to go to a bookstore to sell off her textbooks and a particular book caught her eye. This book stood out from the other second-hand books because it had a pink cover. It was only a couple of dollars, so she thought Why not? But she couldn’t quite bring herself to read her bargain book. It had a pink cover!

Then, after it tormented her for three weeks, she finally picked it up and…could not put it down. She finished it in two days.

After googling the author Susan found that she’d written a heap of books for Harlequin Mills & Boon as well as Single Titles. So of course Susan had to buy all her other books. And when she realised that there were other Mills & Boon authors out there, she just had to search out their books too. And she loved them!

Susan got a ton of inspiration from those books. But the most important thing she realized was that she wanted to write those books too. She wanted to be a paranormal author! Because let’s face it, who doesn’t like things that go bump in the night?

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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Songbird Caged by Lisa Edward

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Tara has made a promise.

A promise to wait six months for Riley to come home from his tour of duty, so they can be together.

But as secrets and lies are uncovered, it leads Tara to question their commitment, and she is finding it difficult to keep that promise.

The distance between them is growing, and only one person can fill the void, Tara’s best friend Cole.

As Cole tries to support Tara, he is struggling with demons of his own, that threaten to tear him away from the life he has built for himself.

After devastating news is received, who will be there to pick up the pieces?

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“I’d like to take you out.”

I looked at Cole, slightly amused. “We go out all the time.”

“No, we go to your place, we come here. We go to the gym, for a run on the beach, or we go to Songbirds. We don’t go out.”

We were sitting on Cole’s couch in his apartment, looking at light fittings for Reds on the Internet.

He was wringing his hands. “Would you like to go out with me?” he asked.

I frowned. “What, like on a date?”

“If that’s what you want to call it. I don’t know, I’ve never been on a date. But if going out to dinner and then a club together is a date, then sure, let’s call it a date.”

I looked at him warily. “You do know I’m engaged, right? You haven’t forgotten?”

He shrugged. “In theory. But there’s no harm in letting me take you out. I mean, officially take you out—on a date.”

I had to think about this for a minute. Was it asking for trouble to let him believe we could actually date when I had made a commitment to Riley?

“You know, even if you pay for dinner, I’m not going to sleep with you,” I said with a smile.

“So what’s the point of paying for dinner, then?” he asked cheekily. He took hold of my hands in his. “I wouldn’t expect you to sleep with anyone on a first date. You’re not that kind of girl.”

I exhaled slowly, weighing up how to respond. “Okay, we can go out on three conditions.”

He nodded.

“Firstly, we need to have other people there, so maybe Marcus and Nicole can come with us.”

“Like a double date,” he said, teasingly.

I chuckled, and shook my head. “Secondly, you have to stop calling it a date.”

He grinned at me cheekily.

“Thirdly, you have to wear your Calvin Klein jeans, the ones that fit your butt really well.”

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I awoke with a start.

My arm had gone to sleep from laying on it all night, and my face was squished into someone’s neck. It was Cole’s. I inhaled his warm cedar and musk scent. Even after sleeping on the couch all night, he smelt unbelievable.

Sitting up, I moved my head from side to side, trying to stretch out the kinks.

“Good morning, sleepy head. Did you just sniff me again?”

I looked down at Cole. He was grinning up at me as I rubbed my shoulders and numb arm.

“Good morning,” I replied with a groan, as I stretched my arms over my head. “You know I’m staying here so I don’t have to sleep on a couch. Kind of defeats the purpose, spending the night out here.”

He sat up and started rubbing my arm, trying to get the blood to flow back into it.

“I disagree. I’m sure I’m much more comfortable to lay on than your lumpy couch.” He moved his attention to my shoulders, and I sighed. “Besides, it’s not every day I have someone dribble all down my neck.”

I wiped my hand across my cheek. It was damp. Oh my God, I had dribbled in my sleep. I checked Cole’s neck and quickly wiped it dry.

“You should be used to it,” I said, trying to make light of the embarrassing situation. “You have girls drooling over you everywhere you go.”

He chuckled. “No one who matters.” He took my hand away from his now dry neck and held it. “Until now, that is.”

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Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.

Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.

As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.

Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.

While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes
Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.

Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfill her destiny.

As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.

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While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Too Hard To Resist by Olivia Starke

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BOOK ~ Too Hard to Resist

AUTHOR ~ Olivia Starke

GENRE ~ Erotic Contemporary Romance

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~ SYNOPSIS ~

Jamie knows Mark is all wrong for her, but he’s so damned hard to resist.

Jamie Shultzer’s life is in a tailspin. Her husband has left her for another man, and to top it off, she’s stranded on a desolate highway in the middle of Nebraska. The last thing she needs is another complication, especially when it shows up as the tall, sexy as hell, and much too young for her, Mark Adams. Though to be fair, he’s only ten years too young, and she has to find some way to repay him for rescuing her.

Mark wants to be the good guy and leave Jamie alone. After all, her son is his friend and Jamie is in the middle of a divorce. But he’s been smitten with her since the first time he laid eyes on her years ago. Now that she’s available, it’s hard to say no to her sweet tasting lips, and even harder to walk away from her willing body.

Is this the start of something wonderful, or a disaster in the making?

**Content Warning: contains graphic sex and explicit language**
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Jamie’s car rolled to a stop by the curb in front of her home. Mark hopped out and started undoing the chains that he’d attached to the undercarriage of her vehicle. She got out of the truck and stared at the dark front porch. It looked so vacant and unwelcoming.

“Don’t drive it until you fill it with coolant.” Mark gave the hood of her car a pat. “Or at least water.”

“Okay, where do I put said coolant or water?”

In the glow of her security light, Mark gave her a grin that could be called nothing less than dashing. Crooked, with the adorable dimple that she remembered when he’d made a brief appearance at her son’s college graduation party. He walked past, a little too close, and his body brushed hers. He smelled of clean wet earth. The black t-shirt he wore fit the play of toned muscle beneath it to perfection. Jamie licked her lips; she’d like to approach him like a popsicle. Lick him head to toe and back up again.

They’d seemed to have shared a moment of chemistry while driving back to her place. She grasped onto the way Mark had looked at her. The way a man looks at a woman he desperately wants to kiss. Jamie couldn’t remember the last time she’d experienced such a feeling. It’d been startling and she’d panicked.

Mark reached inside and popped the hood before walking to the front of her car.

“Come over here.”

His voice was low, gravelly, seductive, and she floated toward his command like a moth to a flame. She’d come anywhere, and anytime, with him. Bad porn music started to play in her head. Boom chica wow wow.

She squeezed her eyes shut. Good God, she would be in the middle of a messy divorce soon, what the hell was wrong with her?

“You’ll want to put it in here.” He pointed to a part of the engine that looked like a square plastic container.

Her head was swimming; lack of oxygen most likely. Her blood had rushed south to her naughty regions.

“Okay.” Her voice squeaked, and she cleared her throat.

“You don’t want to fill it to the top, her unit can’t take that. Just put it to here.”

Oh, come on! The double entendres were killing her.

She couldn’t help but notice his long, strong fingers. Long fingers might mean a long…

“Uh-huh, great.” She bit into her top lip until it stung.

“So, that should be it.” He dropped the hood and brushed his hands together. “Do you need anything else, Mrs. Shultzer?” It was an open-ended question on his part that left Jamie with way too many answers.
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~ About the Author ~
Olivia Starke calls the Ozarks home. One of the most beautiful areas in the country, she loves hiking trails with her dogs, kayaking on the numerous waterways, and enjoying southern Missouri’s fresh air and sunshine.

She’s also ‘Mom’ to four dogs, a growing number of kitties that show up at her door, and four VERY spoiled horses that do little to earn their keep. Not that she’d ever hold that against them.

She’s a HUGE fangirl of Doctor Who and to a lesser extent Supernatural, and has a pretty interesting love triangle (or square?) going on in her head between the Doctor and the Winchesters.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway ~ He + She by Michelle Warren

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~ SYNOPSIS ~

HE is trying to piece together his broken life.

SHE is running away from her wedding day.

TOGETHER, their world is a beautiful lie.

APART, their world is a perfect mess.

He + She is a free-spirited romance about soul-awakening second chances, heartbreak, and hopeful beginnings.

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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~

Michelle Warren didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a decade as professional Illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel, Wander Dust. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in downtown Chicago.

Southern Seduction Box Set Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Day #6

Eleven authors come together
To give you ELEVEN, all new, sizzling southern stories of seduction. 
There’s so much heat packed into one set that you’ll be fanning yourself from page one until the very end! 
Be ready…we’re going south, where it’s hot and steamy…and we’re not talking about the weather!


I lost my virginity at age thirteen. I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no. I wasn’t raped or molested. Nothing horrible happened to me. I didn’t have a daddy complex or a shit life I needed to be rescued from. I just happened to like boys…a lot. I like them all. Tall, short, skinny, buff, light hair, or dark—I don’t discriminate. My favorite kind, though, are the ones who like other boys too.

I realized early on that one man isn’t enough for me. It’s a simple mathematical fact. Why have one man when you can have two? Any more than two gets complicated. But it’s worth it. Sometimes every woman has to make an exception though—two crappy losers or one smoking hot man.

The night I laid eyes on Hunter Coy, I made my choice. 
At least until he introduced me to his best friend, Mason Wynn.

Meet Aly Martinez over at her Facebook page
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Covert missions. A cow fetish. An unlikely connection.

He was the All-American boy with an edge.
She was a snarky version of Pessimistic Penny.

Both raised by single fathers and burdened with a set of expectations not their own, they were fighting to cut their paths through life.

When One Last Night of pranks takes them on a journey of discovery, will they find the answers in themselves…or each other?

Meet Laurel Ulen Curtis over at her Facebook page
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You know what sucks?

Gettin’ a Dear John letter from the love of your life five days before your wedding. 

Know what sucks more?

That she’s back, and in order to keep my ranch, I’ve got to marry her.

Meet Ella Fox over on her Facebook page
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When Daniella Pruitt was eighteen years old, one night with Penn Wilder seared her, claimed her, and engraved his name on her traitorous heart.

 

But their love affair ended quicker than it started.

It took nearly three years for her to eventually find the strength to move on, but then life stepped in and threw her for a loop…a desperate kind of loop.
And as the saying goes…

Sometimes desperate times really do call for desperate measures.

Penn Wilder is in store for the shock of a lifetime when Daniella Pruitt seeks out a job at his club…

His strip club.  

How can one woman go from college student to stripper to falling madly in love to getting fired in the span of a month?
Daniella Pruitt is about to find out. 

Meet NA Alcorn over at her Facebook page

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Kip Taylor is everyone’s dream. His one downfall is that he’s a player. He can have any woman he wants in town—state even, and he knows it. There’s only one woman Kip wants. Trouble is, he hasn’t met her yet. Until then, he’s going to fill his dance card with the Johnson girls; Maggie, May, and Missy.

            Shelby never thought she’d see Rison, Arkansas again. She’s been estranged from her extended family for over a decade. Things happen and sometimes the only place you can find solitude, is the very place that has raised so many questions in your life.
She was looking to start her life over.
He was looking for his to truly begin.

Neither one of them understood the power of kismet until the day their eyes locked. From that moment—in their heart of hearts—they knew that the other was The One.


Meet Jacquelyn Ayres over at her Facebook page 




 

Bobby and June were the best of friends as kids. For two years they spent every waking moment together. And just as they started realizing they had potential to be more, Bobby was unexpectedly uprooted to Las Vegas.Fast forward fifteen years.Bobby is now a guitar hero of a very successful rock band. June is wasting away, working at a local diner, and married to an abusive man. Devastating events send Bobby back to Texas to deal with some unsettled issues. When he runs into June, she’s all grown up. No longer that blonde haired, pig-tailed little girl—now she’s the Queen of the South with tanned legs, sexy curves, and more beauty than all the groupies combined. Problem is, June is a shell of her former self—that is, until Bobby brings the spark back into her life.What happens when a typical bad boy rocker comes across a sad country song? Why, you get the sweet sound of Rock Country.


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Seven years ago, Savannah Stone walked away from Louisiana, vowing never to return. With a suitcase in her hand and a scar on her heart she set out on a new path.

 


Seven years later, the death of her best friend has her returning back to the place she promised herself she would never go––home.

Savannah is determined to bury her friend without letting the emotion of being home overwhelm her. 

That plan goes out the window the second she sees Jackson.

His presence causes a storm to brew inside of her that she can’t contain. He was the one thing she could count on– until the incident that changed everything.

Jackson arrives in Leesville with just one mission. He wants Savannah back, and he’s willing to do anything to make it happen.

They are there to bury a friend, but can they bury the past as well?

Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind.


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One summer forever changed the lives of Sawyer Callahan and Cheyenne Hamilton. Two very lonely people found solace in one another and in the end, fell in love. Unfortunately their plans for the fall took them in entirely different directions. Despite their best efforts, family issues and life’s circumstances got in the way, breaking both of their hearts in the process. Almost six years later they find themselves face-to-face, and old feelings resurface. When the past collides with the present, will they be able resist the temptation, or will they finally realize that they’re where they’re meant to be?

Meet Tessa Teevan over at her Facebook page

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Maddie knew it was going to be an awful trip. Not only did going to Dallas, Texas mean to much time with her father, who thought everything she did was wrong, there was also Brayden. Her brother, the golden child she’d have to compete with. And of course, there was the reason she was being dragged to this doom in the first place. Her mother’s dying wish. 

Give some secret box to an uncle who’d written them off more than a year ago.
All in all it was going to be the worse summer on record.
Then she met JR.

JR is handsome, sweet, and looks downright mouthwatering in his underwear. There’s only one problem, every time she gets close to finding out what’s hiding beneath those boxers, he goes cold fish and books it. She doesn’t think she’s reading his signals wrong. Then again she failed all her linguistics and sociology classes.

Maddie soon finds out what’s bugging JR when he asks her the one question she dreads. The question most people aren’t prepared for her answer to, “Can you really talk to the dead?”

If she’s honest with him it’s certain he’ll turn cold-fish permanently.


Meet Elle Jefferson over at her Facebook page

 

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Peyton Williams is spoiled, entitled and a little too stuck up. The daughter of an influential Mayor and a socialite mother, she’s trying to get through college and make her own path. She’s perfectly happy being a loner until Spring semester when she gets not only a roommate, but a math tutor.

Wyatt Parker is the boy from the wrong side of town. Known as the son of the town tramp, he jumps at the scholarship to play basketball in Nashville where no one knows his roots. Spending this semester tutoring a friends snobby roommate wasn’t what he envisioned, but Peyton quickly gets under his skin.

Peyton never wanted more until she met Wyatt, but is she willing to be what he needs?

Meet Stacey Mosteller over on her Facebook page
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Charlotte thought she was doing the right thing when she decided to go away to college. When graduation comes and she needs to decide if it’s time to go back home and settle down, she worries that she’s not ready yet.

Shane has waited four long years for Charlotte, after agreeing to a long-distance relationship because it was the only way to keep her in his life. He can hardly wait for her to come home so they can finally start their life together.

What happens when the girl who is nervous about settling down to small-town life comes home to the guy who is ready to pop the question? Will Shane be able to convince Charlotte that their wait is over and now’s the time for them to move forward? Or will Charlotte decide to end their relationship so she can move on to greener pastures?


Meet Rochelle Paige over on her Facebook page

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Book Tour and Giveaway ~ Jackson’s Sub by Mardi Maxwell

 

Title: Jackson’s Sub
Author: Mardi Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Who will win when a determined Dom pursues a stubborn submissive? A year ago, Jackson Ramsey sent Jenna Parnelle away after she gave him one night of passionate submission. At the time, he’d believed he was saving her from his temper and jealous nature but Jenna believes Jackson had been slumming with the chubby girl from the poor side of town.

A year later she finds herself staying at the Ramsey ranch. Already dreading being in the same house with Jackson, her problems multiply when Jackson begins to pursue her. The last year has taught Jackson that he’s not the kind of man who would hurt a woman, much less the only woman he’s ever loved. Now he has to convince Jenna, who has decided to protect herself from further heartbreak.

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I’m an avid reader of romance, especially erotic romance, so it just made sense for me to write what I love to read. I began writing short stories in high school but it wasn’t until college that I discovered how much I truly enjoy the writing process—researching an idea, creating an imaginary setting, populating it with characters and then telling their story.

Like most people, life keeps me busy, but I write every day. If I’m not writing, I’m reading or plotting my next book, or the next scene in the book I’m working on. The romances I enjoy the most have laughter, tears, hot lovers who overcome obstacles to be together, scorching-hot sex scenes, and happy endings. The only book I’ll read where one of the main characters dies is a vampire novel where they get to come back for an eternal happy ending.

When I’m not writing I enjoy gardening (unsuccessfully but persistently), spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and dreaming about my next book.

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Southern Seduction Box Set Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Day #5

Eleven authors come together

To give you ELEVEN, all new, sizzling southern stories of seduction. There’s so much heat packed into one set that you’ll be fanning yourself from page one until the very end! Be ready…we’re going south, where it’s hot and steamy…and we’re not talking about the weather!


We will be highlighting the authors and their novella’s over a 6 day tour…follow the whole tour to find out about each sexy story!


 

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Day 5

I lost my virginity at age thirteen. I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no. I wasn’t raped or molested. Nothing horrible happened to me. I didn’t have a daddy complex or a shit life I needed to be rescued from. I just happened to like boys…a lot. I like them all. 

Tall, short, skinny, buff, light hair, or dark—I don’t discriminate. My favorite kind, though, are the ones who like other boys too.

I realized early on that one man isn’t enough for me. It’s a simple mathematical fact. Why have one man when you can have two? Any more than two gets complicated. But it’s worth it. Sometimes every woman has to make an exception though—two crappy losers or one smoking hot man.

The night I laid eyes on Hunter Coy, I made my choice. At least until he introduced me to his best friend, Mason Wynn.


Meet Aly Martinez over at her Facebook page
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Covert missions. A cow fetish. An unlikely connection.
He was the All-American boy with an edge.
She was a snarky version of Pessimistic Penny.
Both raised by single fathers and burdened with a set of expectations not their own, they were fighting to cut their paths through life.
When One Last Night of pranks takes them on a journey of discovery, will they find the answers in themselves…or each other?



Meet Laurel Ulen Curtis over at her Facebook page



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