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Gritty story, yet touching. I loved it!

Heart of a Highlander (Real Men Wear Kilts) - Maxine Mansfield
For me, this was a bit of a roller coaster. My heart ached for all that Ian had gone through and how he strived to do his best to earn a second chance to changes things. He was very gallant, charming, and sweet at times. Aila was wonderful in all that she put up with around her, although it fed her insecurities and doubts. By the end of the story, I had laughed with Aila and Ian, worried with them, and cried for them by the end. Gritty beginning, time travel for a chance to change things, and tearful ending. I highly recommend this story.

I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.


Cover Reveal/Preorder: Tempt the Beast (Fairy Tale Billionaire Romance) by Alexandra Banks with a book trailer


Tempt the Beast

Series: Fairy Tale Billionaire Romance

by Alexandra Banks


Release: April 23, 2019


Genre: Short Contemporary Romance


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He's the Beast...and he's her only hope.


When I first met Bella, I thought she was a call girl.

She was in my home, touching my things, tempting me with her see through dress and siren voice. But, now I know she's a cupcake baker. She's also homeless, jobless, and on the run. And me, I'm her last hope.


They call me the Beast.

Billionaire, inventor, scarred ex-military, and cold as ice. I won't let anything tempt me. Except...Bella's taunted me with her frosting one too many times. She says it's creamy, sweet, lickable-and that each bite delivers a happily ever after.


I warn her-don't tempt the Beast, unless you're prepared for his bite. She doesn't know it yet, but I'm never letting her go.


Spoiler: This book is quick, steamy, and full of sweet cream frosting innuendos. Get ready for a beauty and the beast remake with Bella the baker and a scarred beast with a heart of gold. He's ready for love-and a little bit of naughty on the way to their happily ever after.


As always, Alexandra Banks books are fun, fast reads, with steamy scenes, and happily ever afters that give you that romance read afterglow. Guaranteed! If you are looking for a book that gives happiness, sweet fun, and steamy romance then Alexandra Banks is for you.


This book is approximately 23,000 words. One to two hours of super-duper, steamy hot, sweet reading pleasure. That's right, it's quick. Because sometimes, quickies are best!



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Alexandra Banks is the pen name of two feisty friends who love to hang out and dream up steamy love stories. After graduate degrees, global managerial positions and the nine to five grind, they decided it was more fun to bring joy to the world through happily ever afters. They deliver smart, strong heroines, and heroes who love them. You'll get that romance read afterglow...every single time. Better yet, their books are short and sweet - because let's be honest, sometimes quickies are best. They love their families, their golden retrievers, and bingeing on ice cream. If you want happiness, sweet fun, and steamy romance then Alexandra Banks is for you!


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Blog Tour: Letting Love Find Me (Damaged Heart Series book 3) by Katharina LeBoeuf


Letting Love Find Me

Series: Damaged Heart Series 3

by Katharina LeBoeuf


Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance


Release Date: November 13, 2017




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Second chances at love really weren’t for everyone. At least that was what Ryan Adams believed. His second chance ended in a lifelong friendship, not love. Accepting that happily ever after just wasn’t in the cards for him, he was determined to focus all his energy on the new store he was opening.


Taylor Bradshaw was one of the most high-in-demand, successful marketing agents in the business. Life was perfect, until she was blindsided by news that completely changed her views on both life and love. Her only option was to return to her hometown and start over.


When Ryan and Taylor cross paths, it doesn't take long for Ryan's focus to be derailed. She was a beautiful distraction and everything he never knew he wanted, but was Taylor ready to open herself up to love again so quickly after having her heart broken?


Sometimes “third time’s the charm” happens when it’s least expected.



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Pieces of Us (Damaged Heart Series Prequel) - free!

Letting Love Go (Damaged Heart Series Book 1)

Letting Love In (Damaged Heart Series Book 2)

Letting Love Find Me (Damaged Heart Series Book 3)

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Cover Reveal/Preorder: Every Wrong You Right (Redeeming Love Series) by J.E. Parker with a giveaway


Every Wrong You Right

Series: Redeeming Love Series

by J.E. Parker


Release: May 20, 2019


Genre: NA/Contemporary Romance


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He lashed out to free his demons...

She lost the ability to trust after being tormented.


Growing up, my life was hell.

Filled with pain and consumed by rage, I became a monster.

One which bullied without mercy.

As a kid, I hated myself for the suffering I caused.

As a man, I still do.

Plagued with regret, I once came close to giving up.

Then an angel appeared, saving me.  

Innocent and full of light, Heidi is everything I would have once fought to destroy.

Now, she’s everything I’ll fight to protect.

Determined to claim her as my own, I chase after her with everything I’ve got.

But she fights me at every turn, only letting me in so far.

Despite the walls she’s erected, I’m not backing down.

Whether or not Heidi realizes it, she’s mine.

The battle for her heart won’t be an easy one.

But it’ll sure as hell be one worth fighting.



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J.E. Parker is an American romance author who was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina. A southern belle at heart, she’s addicted to sweet tea, Cheerwine, and peach cobbler.

Not only is J.E. married to the man of her dreams (albeit a total pain in the rear), she’s also the mother of a herd of sweet (sometimes), and angelic (only when they’re sleeping) children. Despite their occasional demonic behavior and bottomless stomachs, J.E. loves her little tribe more than words could ever express.

On the weekends, you can find her sitting on the couch, cheering on (or cursing) her favorite football team, stuffing her face with junk food, and guzzling a bottle of cheap red wine.

When she’s not busy making sure her husband doesn’t burn the house down or acting as a referee for her fighting children, J.E. enjoys reading, writing (obviously), and listening to a wide variety of music.


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Every Moment With You (Redeeming Love #1)

Every Breath You Take (Redeeming Love #2)

Every Promise You Made (Redeeming Love #3)

Every Tear You Cry (Redeeming Love #4)

Every Time We Touch (Redeeming Love #5)

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Cover Reveal/Preorder: Flipped by K. Sterling



by K. Sterling


Genre: M/M Romance


Release Date: April 30, 2019





It’s Roan O’Shea’s world and we’re just here for the ride. And what a ride it is…


After a lifetime of living in fear (and by other people’s rules), Roan’s determined to use his ill-gotten talents and money to turn the quaint, quiet town of Sanctuary Mills into his own little slice of heaven. Living under the alias Flynn Gallagher, Roan is on a mission to undo the evil of his past, and win the hearts of his new neighbors, by spreading his own brand of joy and light. But, just when Roan thinks he’s pulled off the ultimate con, an FBI agent, a murder, and a mystery threaten to expose his past and his intricate web of identities and secrets.


It takes a special breed of criminal, and a massive set of steel-plated testicles, to pull off a Ponzi scheme targeting organized crime’s heaviest hitters. Agent Sherman Mathis has spent months hunting for Cillian McGregor, and every lead has been a dead end. Except Flynn Gallagher. The jet-setting wine enthusiast and blogger is the only victim of McGregor’s baffling scam who isn’t dead, in jail, or slammed a door in Sherman’s face, but he’s not the perfect source our agent was hoping for, once they finally meet. Sherman’s hopes for a lead vanish immediately and he begins to suspect Flynn is hiding something deeper and bigger than McGregor.


A small town like Sanctuary Mills should be child’s play for a master strategist and showman like Roan, but he learns the stakes are higher when his heart starts calling the shots. This time, he’s got his sights set on the ultimate prize and Roan won’t rest until he’s won Sherman’s trust, and his heart. He’s just got to solve a murder, come clean, and flip a Federal Agent.


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  1. Sterling is just a very tired and anxious woman with a MacBook who writes to save her sanity. Writing also allows her to stay home and care for her dogs, Milo and the awful Otis, and one very abusive cat, Luna. K. has two teenage daughters who are the most teenage daughters to ever teenage and responsible for all of K.’s premature grey hairs. She also homeschools her teenage son, Alex. Alex has severe autism and is the inspiration behind K.’s most beloved character, Dr. Aiden Sharp. Before all this magical romance nonsense happened, K. served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent then went on to teach CI Investigations before changing careers and becoming a stay-at-home mom with Alex and the gang. K. has been married for many, many years to Mr. Sterling and he is currently leaving his very long career in counterintelligence to narrate his wife’s audiobooks. And other things.


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Release Blitz: Royal Intentions by Janae Keyes


Royal Intentions

by Janae Keyes


Release: April 19, 2019


Genre:  Interracial Contemporary Royal Romance






For Dr. Whitney Young Ph.D., running away from her painful past was secretly her motivation. The further away she was from her family the better, and a teaching opportunity in the country of Vauxlance was precisely what she needed to keep her far away and focus on her career.

Prince Philippe De Le Stefan is the crown prince of the small western European country of Vauxlance. He’s also filled with pain due to the mistakes of his past. He’d give anything to be free of the guilt that plagued him.

A chance meeting at a lavish party brings together the two broken hearts of the economics professor and the prince.

Caught up in the excitement of romance, fast-paced lifestyles, celebrity, and academics, can the dynamic couple survive the pressures placed on them by outside and internal influences?



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99 Cent Sale: Undaunted and The Darkest of Light (Kings of Retribution 1 and 2) by Sandy Alvarez and Crystal Daniels.




Undaunted (Kings of Retribution) and The Darkest of Light (Kings of Retribution)

by Sandy Alvarez & Crystal Daniels


Genre: MC Romance



Undaunted Blurb:

As the VP of Kings of Retribution MC, I live and breathe club life.  After suffering the loss of two women in my life, I grew cold and indifferent to the idea of love.  I don't need to let anyone in. I've seen the aftermath it can leave in its quake.

The last thing I'm looking for is someone to fill the void.


Until - Bella Jameson


Struggling to keep my head above water, my only concern is taking care of my sister.  The last thing I expected was to fall in love with a tattooed biker, Logan Kane. With evil hiding in the shadows, I have no idea the danger my sister and I are about to face.


Will they overcome their demons in the end, or will they lose each other in the process?  Lies will be told, secrets will be revealed, and what was once lost... will be found.



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As a young boy, Gabriel Martinez had his family-his entire life ripped away from him.

Revenge and indignation becomes his means of survival.

Several years later, a series of events lead him to his new family, The Kings of Retribution MC, where he meets Alba Jameson.


Heartbreak being the final push, Alba chooses the life her sister worked so hard to give her by going off to college.

While trying to bury her feelings for Gabriel, she finds herself faced with the unexpected. Finding strength and courage she starts to pave her own path in life, until a faceless threat sends her home.


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Undaunted (The Kings of Retribution MC #1)

The Darkest of Light (The Kings of Retribution MC #2)

Finding Solace (The Kings of Retribution MC #3)

Defy (The Kings of Retribution MC #4)

Unbreakable (The Kings of Retribution #5)

Lost King (The Kings of Retribution #6)

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Crystal and Sandy are Romance Authors and the sister writing duo behind several Love, and Purpose filled romances.  Since 2017 they have published seven books including The Kings of Retribution MC Series - Undaunted, The Darkest of Light, Finding Solace, Defy, Unbreakable and Lost King.  And a standalone Novella - Leather and Mistletoe, an MC Christmas.


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Release Tour: Dukes by the Dozen Anthology with a giveaway.


by Eileen Dreyer along with Alyssa Alexandar, Elizabeth Essex, Madeline Martin, Grace Burrowes, Gina Conkle, Ella Quinn, May McGoldrick, Bronwen Evans, Jennifer Ashley, Anna Harrington, Heather Snow, & Sabrina York




GENRE: Historical Regency Romance Anthology






What's better than a dashing duke? A dozen of them! In this case, a
baker's dozen--thirteen of your favorite historical romance authors have
come together to bring you more than a dozen tantalizing novellas, with
one per month, for a year's worth of never-before-released romances.


January - Duke in Winter by Alyssa Alexander
February - The Difference One Duke Makes by Elizabeth Essex
March - Discovering the Duke by Madeline Martin
April - The Duke and the April Flowers by Grace Burrowes
May - Love Letters from a Duke by Gina Conkle
June - Her Perfect Duke by Ella Quinn
July - How to Ditch a Duke by May McGoldrick
August - To Tempt A Highland Duke by Bronwen Evans
September - Duke in Search of a Duchess by Jennifer Ashley
October - Dear Duke by Anna Harrington
November - Must Love Duke by Heather Snow
December - The Mistletoe Duke by Sabrina York
January - Dueling with the Duke by Eileen Dreyer







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by Eileen Dreyer

She had a face that was completely forgettable. At least that was the way Jamie had described her. A girl you might overlook if you weren’t careful, which Jamie had said would be a shame.

Jamie had been correct. If Adam had simply seen Jamie’s wife sitting at a desk, he would have walked right by. It was when she moved that she began to make an impression. She had a compelling grace, especially for a small woman. He would have expected her to, well, bounce like a small bird on a fence. She glided as if books rested on her head.

Of course, he thought almost smiling. A marquess’s daughter. She had undoubtedly balanced a goodly number of books on her head.

“How can I help you, Your Grace?” she asked, setting her glasses down on a table and rising to her feet. “I don’t believe we’ve met?”

“To my eternal regret,” he said, “we have not met before now. I should have begun at the beginning. I am Adam Marrick, Mrs. Grace. Jamie’s cousin.”

And there it was, he thought. The reason Jamie had fallen in love with Georgina Wyndham in the first place. That smile. Wide, bright, warm, all-encompassing, as if she embraced not just him but the world. Before he knew it, Adam was smiling back.

“He loved you very much,” he said.

Her eyes glittered with welling tears, but that smile held. “I know,” she whispered. “I loved him dearly. I am so very glad to finally meet you. He spoke of you as well, of course. You were quite his hero. Hussars, wasn’t it?”

“It was.”

She invited him to sit, where they enjoyed a bit of society over tea.

“Lully,” he blurted out, appalled at his own clumsiness. “I’m really here for her.”

His words were met with a rather stark silence. “Pardon?”

He nodded, setting down his saucer. “I am actually here to bring her some news.”

Again Georgie tilted her head. “Lully is four, Your Grace. What news could you have to give her?”

This wasn’t going the way he’d planned. He should have believed Jamie from the start. Maybe his reaction to Georgie wouldn’t have knocked him so off-center.

“I need to take her to Scotland.”

“I beg your pardon?”

He tried briefly closing his eyes. “She is needed there.”

She was staring at him as if he’d begun to bark like a dog. “In Scotland.” Suddenly she was getting to her feet. “Are you feeling perfectly well, Your Grace?” she asked. “I can call for the local physician. He is old, but….”

He should have known this would be her reaction. “No,” he said, There was no avoiding it. He had to get to his feet as well. “No,” he said, grabbing his cane and hoisting himself up, his knee protesting like an unoiled hinge. “I am not ill. I was coming to see you anyway. I promise. Not only because I wanted to meet the woman who had stolen Jamie’s heart, but because I made a promise to him.”

“That is lovely.” Her voice didn’t sound like it. “But not to the point.”

He nodded and took another breath. “There is news,” he repeated. “Jamie’s mother has died.”

“I’m sorry to hear that.”

She neither sounded nor looked like she meant it. Having known Jamie’s mother well, he couldn’t really blame her. “If we could sit...”

Giving him a chagrined nod, she sat after him. “How can that concern us?” she asked. “Jamie’s family made certain we knew we were not welcome.”

“Well, since Jamie is…gone, it means that Lully has inherited. I need to take her with me to accept.”

Adam didn’t think you could see fire in the color green. He certainly could now.

“Inherited? Inherited what? Jamie was disowned.”

“You cannot disown a title, Mrs. Grace.”

“A what?”

“She is no longer simply a little girl,” he said as gently as he could. “She’s a duchess.”

She seemed to glide up to her feet, rising to her full height, which suddenly seemed not so insignificant. Following to his own feet, Adam wondered suddenly how anyone could possibly think she was forgettable. She was Boedica, Titania, Maeve. He had the oddest feeling she was looking down at him, instead of standing at his shoulder.

And then she closed the conversation.






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New York Times Bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer has published 40 novels and 10 short stories under her name and that of her evil twin, Kathleen Korbel in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery and medical forensic suspense. A proud member of RWA's Hall of FAME, she also has numerous awards from RT BookLovers and an Anthony nomination for mystery. She is now focusing on what she calls historic romantic adventure in her DRAKE'S RAKES series. A native of St. Louis, she still lives there with her family. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.






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Cover Reveal: Insatiable by L.L. Collins with an excerpt



by L.L. Collins


Genre: Contemporary Romance (standalone)


Release Date: May 23, 2019


Cover design: Marisa Wesley with Cover Me, Darling






Insatiable (adjective): having an insatiable appetite or desire for something, especially sex.


I am Dr. Porter Kingsley.

In my life, I am not easily satisfied. I have an uncontrollable need to have more.

More sex, more success, more money, and definitely more control.

The one thing I must control the most is commitment.

I’m married to the job, and it’s a damn important one.

Being the top neurosurgeon at the age of thirty is all the commitment I need.

Because I’ve been down that other road before, and all it comes with is heartbreak.

I’ve been relentless in my pursuit of excellence, and I give one hundred percent to everything I do.

Then Dr. Kaya Hensley breezed her way into my hospital and tried to tell me what to do.

She’s brash, bossy, ballsy, and beyond beautiful.

But I won’t let that get to me, because she’s my competition.

She’s everything I want in my bed, but not in my heart.

No one puts Porter Kingsley on his heels.

Kaya has different plans, but she has no idea.

My desire to be number one cannot be quenched, no matter the consequences.

I am insatiable.




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L.L. Collins was born and raised in the eternal summer state of Florida. She lives with her high school sweetheart husband and is driven mad daily by her two teenage boys, but her princess dog is her favorite child and kind of makes up for the testosterone flying around her house. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, almost six years ago she made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She's the author of contemporary romance novels. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels exclusively on Amazon!


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There were two things in life that I couldn’t get enough of—being a kick-ass doctor and giving a woman the best orgasms of her life.


Yes. Orgasms with an s. Stopping at one was for those who didn’t know how to use their God-given talents. Or maybe they just didn’t have any. Talents, that is.


I sure as hell had that in spades. I was often seen as an arrogant asshole, and people who said that would be right. Well, mostly. I had an ego the size of the hospital I spent my life in, but it wasn’t unfounded. I wasn’t the youngest neurosurgeon to jump to the top of the best of list because I was complacent. My entire life, I’d always striven to be number one, get the best grades, and do whatever it took to reach my goals. That’s how I got where I am today, and that’s why I never settle for anything less.


That doesn’t mean, of course, that I don’t make good use of my other talent with as many women as will take me up on the offer. I always make it worth their while, anyway. That’s why they usually want to come back for more. The “Most Eligible Bachelor” title I earned years ago, as ridiculous as it is, can stay. I’ll never be more than “eligible,” because no one will trap me. No matter how many of them think they’ll be the one to “make me commit,” I’m always up-front and honest with them. If you want the best sex of your life, I’m your man. If you want a white picket fence and shit, you’re with the wrong twin.

Cover Reveal: Illusion on Ice (Boys of Winter #7) by S.R. Grey


Illusion on Ice

Series: Boys of Winter #7

by S.R. Grey


Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy


Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Cover Model: Keith Manecke

Cover Photography: CJC Photography


Release Date: May 28, 2019






Confession time:

My name is Noel Sandlund and I play professional hockey—defense to be exact.

I lead a pretty good life. I’m not hurting for money and the ladies seem to like me.

And now things have gotten even better—I think I may have fallen in love.


See, while I was in Sweden playing in the world hockey championships this off-season, I met Maisie Troy.


And, man, she’s it for me.


Confession time:

I’m Maisie Troy.

This summer I met a man who’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more.

His name is Noel and he’s hot and sweet and plays amazing hockey.

I think he could be the one.


Too bad there’s one huge problem—I’m not who he thinks I am.


No, I’m just an illusion.

An illusion that’s about to shatter . . . like ice.


Illusion on Ice is the seventh standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.


Praise for the Boys of Winter series:
"Hilarious and perfectly 'played' sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can't wait to read more." - #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

"The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn't back down," Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” - Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills


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Player on Ice (Jaxon’s story)

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S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 30 Bestselling Author and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling Author. Check out her newest bestselling Boys of Winter hockey rom-com series. Each is a complete standalone novel, but the characters are interconnected and may pop up anywhere.


Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller Lists, including the Top 100 several times. She is also a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes.


Residing in Pennsylvania, when not writing Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams. Sometimes all at the same time!    

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Release Blitz: The Road Home (Backroads) by Jane Ashley Converse with an excerpt


The Road Home

Series: Backroads

by Jane Ashley Converse


Release: April 18, 2019


Genre: Contemporary Romance


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My life was a dream...


Sold-out concerts, number one hits, and a different city every night...


I’d been coined America’s Sweetheart and learned to live by the rules. That was until I met him.


Two years ago I practically threw myself at Charlie Higgins, my mom’s newest ranch hand.


With one kiss he took my breath away, but before it went any further, he turned me away telling me to forget about him.


I took my bruised heart back to Nashville and did what country singers do best and wrote a song about it. I just never expected it to be a number one hit.


Now I'm back for my cousin's wedding. And Charlie isn't as in love with the song as the rest of the world.


But the way he's looking at me makes me think maybe there's a chance…this time he won’t tell me to go.


As long as the secret I’m keeping doesn’t scare him away.



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The bright lights of the stage used to feel like a welcome mat. Now, like everything else in my life, that illumination has started to suffocate me.


The excitement of a different city every night wore off a long time ago. They have become an endless blur these days.


Each night as I walk toward the stage, the walls and floor vibrating from the deafening roar of the crowd, the same vibrations that used to set my soul on fire, is what now starts constrictions in my chest. I know once I get onstage, the excitement from the crowd will finally grab a hold of me, pushing me to give them the best performance I can, but the buildup has lost its luster.


Standing with my band backstage, I put on a mask of excitement as I try to come up with new words of inspiration for them, and myself, before we hit the stage for the next ninety minutes. I’ve been failing miserably for new words of inspiration for my “on the road” family and also for words for new songs.


That’s where the suffocation begins. My fear is I won’t be able to write another original song again. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been able to compose anything. No one knows about my writer’s block.


No one.


I’m Alexis Hale. The “wonder” child discovered after my grandmother pushed me into all those pageants so long ago. My talent is singing. My real talent is writing my own songs and music. But to be able to bring the song to life with my voice is where the magic begins.


My God-given talent is what has gotten me this far in the world, in this business, and now I can’t seem to write a song if my life depended on it. This thought alone is when my heart begins to race.


“Alexis, you with us tonight?” my lead guitarist shouts at me over the roar of the crowd, bringing me out of my thoughts and back to reality.


I shoot him my biggest fake smile to cover up my real thoughts, replying with as much enthusiasm as I can muster. “You know it, Mike!”


He looks at me skeptically and frowns. Mike has been with me since the beginning, as has most of my band, and he can tell something is off.


Winking at me to let me know he knows I’m full of it, he squeezes me to his side. “Just remember you’ll be seeing your mom next weekend for the wedding.”


He gets a real smile from me now. I’m excited to go see my mom and Holly.


But going home—and facing him—I could do without.


I close my eyes for a second and I can picture his brown eyes looking deep into mine. A shiver runs through me as I remember his hands running down my sides to pull me close.


I exhale the breath I’d been holding and shake my head, trying to forget the way his lips felt on mine.


He told me to forget him. But two years hasn’t been enough time to forget him.


What he doesn’t know is he's been the only man to ever make me feel that way. You don’t forget how that feels when it’s your first—your only time someone has made you feel that way.


Setting aside my thoughts, I get my band’s attention. “All right, guys, are you ready to go rock this stage?” I say, jumping back and forth in my four-inch high-heeled boots, feigning excitement for them as well as for me.


Everyone starts jumping with me, as is tradition. “Hell yes!” they all yell in unison, smiles spreading across their faces as all eyes land on me.


“Ready to go blow these speakers?”


“Hell yes!” Their voices raise a few more decibels as my excitement starts to become real.


This is my family on tour, and since my life has been one tour after the other for the last few years, they are my everyday family. I count on them, and they count on me.


“Let’s do this, then!” I shout above the cheering fans beyond the stage.


I raise my hand as my band members, backup singers, and dancers start heading for the stage, each one high-fiving me on their way—another one of our traditions I can’t remember when we started.


My drummer, Dave, stops to give me a hug. “You look like you needed one, babygirl.” His arms tighten around me for a few seconds before he releases me.


Most of the guys call me babygirl; having been with me for so long and hearing my mom use it when talking to me, they all took up the name. Hearing it now breathes strength into me I hadn’t realized I needed, and I can hear my mom’s voice telling me to get out there and give them one hell of a show.  


“Thanks, Dave, I did.”


Mike starts playing a guitar riff to our opening song, making the crowd go insane. We both look at each other, smiling knowingly. It really is the best sound in the world being onstage knowing they are cheering for you.


We soak it up for a few seconds before I give him a small shove to get on the stage. “Go on, I need the beat of your drums so I can saunter my ass out there.”


He laughs and looks down at my feet. “Babygirl, with those boots you won’t have any trouble sauntering.”


“Shut up. You’re just jealous you don’t have a pair,” I joke with a teasing smile as I pop my hip out and place my hand on my hip dramatically.


He rolls his eyes and walks toward the stage, throwing over his shoulder with a laugh, “You’re not wrong there.”


It isn’t thirty seconds later his drums strike up with the rest of the band, and I wait for my moment when I will walk onstage with the opening lyrics.


This is the moment I still thrive for.


Where I let the excitement wash over me, causing my whole body to buzz from it. I let my songwriting anxiety fall away, and I’m able to set aside my thoughts of a certain guy.


I remember who I am and why I fell in love with my life. My fans came for a show, and that is one thing I can still give them.


Walking out on the stage and waving to the roar of the crowd, that’s just what I do.



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Jane Ashley is from a small town in South Dakota. She spends her days dreaming up new characters and adventures for them to go on.

When she’s not writing she tends to stay busy being outside during the warm summer months. During winter she grumbles about the temperatureand the snow, counting down the days till she can get her kayak on a lake.


Publishing is a dream come true, and she can’t wait to share her next story with you.


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Release Blitz: Redeeming Marco (Hybrid Series #3) by Krystyna Allyn with a giveaway and a trailer


Redeeming Marco

Series: Hybrid Series #3

by Krystyna Allyn


Genre: Paranormal Romance


Release: April 18, 2019








Predator. Murderer. Sinner.


I've been called many names by others; my existence a blemish to my pack. I never desired absolution. Until her, I welcomed the death I truly felt I deserved. Kat became my salvation; a beacon of merciful light I didn't realize I'd needed to guide me from the dark infesting my soul.

Never leave an enemy behind; it's a mistake I won't make again.

They may have fooled me once by sending me on a path of destruction; one meant to end with my downfall.

Now, I am the reaper; the bringer of death. I can only pray I won't alienate Kat by doing what must be done. Without her, I am nothing.

But who would ever answer the prayers of a man like me?




Fate. Destiny. Love.


I was warned to stay away from Marco, but like my mother, I've never done what I'm told. Where others fear his malevolent force, I found my kindred spirit. We're two hearts pursuing the same goal - an unbreakable union forged in compassion and understanding.

Then my world imploded. What I thought I knew about myself was a lie. My promised future; altered. And it's then I decided enough was enough.

Marco's the only one I can trust. His battles become mine; our adversaries shared. Friend or foe, we shall prevail against all who doubted us-- the ones who shunned him. If we don't, the freedom everyone celebrates will cease to exist. Leaving us all at the whim of a madman.

Life has a way of coming full circle. I'll fight everyone I have to - including him - to keep this roller coaster from destroying our love.

Because even evil men have a right to earn forgiveness.



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Virtual Book Tour: The Soul Mate Tree Series - A Promise Remembered by Erin S. Riley with excerpt, interview, and a giveaway.






GENRE: Fantasy






An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds.
To some, it’s nothing more than a dream.
To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.
For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.



I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear
To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.
They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.
When I call and you listen, your prize will be great
If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.
Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?
Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.
For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold
And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.






Two souls entangled in an eternal echo of true love…

Rowan and James have been drawn together in every existence since the beginning of time. But love's sweet promise is cut short after an unthinkable tragedy strikes two young families, shattering the bond in this lifetime.
Is love stronger than death? Can Rowan and James find another way to each other? Against all odds, a forgotten promise is remembered and kept, reuniting two souls destined to be together.





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Erin S. Riley has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a graduate degree in clinical counseling, and is a board-certified lactation consultant. Since Erin was a child, she has been fascinated with human nature and what motivates behavior. She enjoys writing suspenseful, complicated love stories that take the reader on an emotional journey and end in happy tears. Erin is the author of the Sons of Odin Series: Odin’s Shadow; A Flame Put Out; and Oath Breaker; as well as a paranormal romance, A Promise Remembered. (link for A Promise Remembered) (amazon page) (facebook page) (website)
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What is something you’ve lied about?

Every four years I tell a flagrant lie to the DMV, after the clerk asks me if my weight has changed. I smile politely and tell them no. After all, this might be the year I get back to my high school weight, right?


Who is the last person you hugged?

My fourteen-year-old son. He’s growing so fast, it seems he’s a bit taller every morning. He loves to hug me to show me how tall he is!


What are you reading now?

The German Shepherd Dog by Liz Palika. Gunnar, our adorable five-month-old GSD puppy, recently joined a fur family consisting of a four year old Siberian Husky named Aria, and three cats named Charlotte, Rufus, and Loki. Gunnar’s favorite pastime is “shepherding” the cats.


How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Potential book titles jump into my head for no reason, usually when I’m driving. Thank goodness for Siri, because I’m constantly voice-texting titles to myself so I don’t forget them. I have a list on my phone of at least twenty book titles, just waiting to be written! Sometimes I change the title halfway through writing a book if my characters lead me to something more appropriate. For instance, the working title of my very first book was The Wickedness of Men. Later, I changed it to Odin’s Shadow, which fit much better with one of my main character’s personality.

Share your dream cast for your book.

Rowan: Zoey Deutch. Zoey has such an interesting, expressive face, and a great voice. Since there are two versions of Rowan to be played—one a studious, no-frills smart aleck, and the other a glamorous socialite, any actress chosen for this part would have to have an impressive artistic range. I think Zoey could nail the part of both Rowans.

James: Chris Pratt. Not only does Chris have the perfect look for James, his personality is spot-on. An underachiever in a family of geniuses, James is a gorgeous, kind, funny guy who has absolutely no idea how amazing he is. And those green eyes! Enough said.







Rowan opened the closet door, jumping back as the hinges squeaked, and gazed around the empty space. It was an old fashioned small closet with a single hanging bar and a shelf on top. There were no visible signs of rodents.


Scratch, scratch, scratch.


The sound was coming from under the floor, it seemed. She knelt carefully, keeping her can of compressed air at the ready, as she examined the wooden floorboards. Looking closer, she furrowed her brow. The blemish was nearly seamless, but she could tell the floorboards had been cut. Despite her fear of the rodents, her curiosity was piqued. Was there actually a secret compartment hidden in the closet floor?


Rowan used her fingernails to pry up the end of one of the floorboards, peering down warily in case the mouse decided to jump out at her. After removing two more boards, she used the flashlight on her phone to examine the dark hole. No beady red eyes stared back her. The secret compartment in the floor contained only what appeared to be a dusty shoebox.


Rowan sprayed some compressed air around to be safe, then pulled it out the box marked Airwalks, men’s size twelve. Carrying it closer to the window, she sat down on the floor to lift the lid.


There wasn’t much in it. A crumpled pack of Marlboros, so old the tobacco had fallen out of the cigarettes. A lighter. Several baseball cards. A pencil drawing of a large tree, drawn by someone who was by no means an artist. A well-worn Playboy magazine with Pamela Anderson on the cover. Rowan glanced at the date—1997.


A wave of sadness washed over her. She must have found the secret stash of Bella’s long-dead brother. Poor kid. It seemed oddly intrusive touching the private things of a dead boy, and Rowan hastened to put everything back where she found it. But the sound of something rolling in the box caught her attention, and she peered in.


A stick? A small twig half the size of her pinkie was in the bottom of the shoebox. Why had the dead boy put a stick in his secret shoebox? Despite herself, she reached in to pick it up.


A wave of energy prickled through her body, like a shot of expresso, quickening her pulse and her breathing. She heard a noise behind her that sounded like a gasp of surprise, and turned sharply to find she was no longer alone in her bedroom. Rowan screamed as she leapt to her feet.


A man stood in the middle of her bedroom, blocking her only exit. Tall, dark haired, lean yet muscular, he was nearly naked, wearing what appeared to be bicycle shorts. How had he gotten in her room? What was he going to do to her? With a sick sense of panic, Rowan remembered Bella saying her ex had been a crazy stalker. Had he returned to kill them both?


“What the . . .?” The man’s voice was deep and grumbling as he glared at her with displeasure. “How the hell did you get in my house, Rowan?”


Rowan backed up, still gripping the stick, and desperately looked around for a weapon. “How do you know my name?” she squeaked.


He stepped closer, his broad shoulders and naked chest now very close to her face. She got a whiff of aftershave as she peered up into angry green eyes that seemed startlingly familiar. Blinking in confusion, she dropped her gaze for a moment, which unfortunately landed on his ripped abs and the trail of fine hair that lead down toward the low waistband of his bike shorts.


Oh, they weren’t shorts. They were underwear. An angry man who somehow knew her name was standing in her bedroom wearing nothing but a tight pair of boxer briefs.


“How do I know your name?” he echoed unbelievingly. “Are you on something?”

Confusion lanced his face as he looked around the room. “What did you do to my bedroom?”


He took another step in her direction, reaching out as though to touch her. Rowan screamed, dropping the stick, and bent to pick up the discarded can of compressed air with the intention of bashing him in the face with it. But when she looked up, he was gone.







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Quick read, took a bit to get into.

The Ambitious Barrister and the Maid - Marianna Green
I liked the story but it took me a bit to warm up to the characters. Both Sarah-Ann and Alfred were somewhat overly selfish, but they sure were hot together. As their feelings progressed, I enjoyed the read more. I loved the happily ever after with a fairytale ending. 

I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.


Not finished all the stories, but the ones I have are interesting and engrossing.

Dukes by the Dozen Anthology - Eileen Dreyer, May McGoldrick, Elizabeth Essex, Grace Burrowes, Bronwen Evans, Heather Snow, Sabrina York, Ella Quinn, Madeline Martin, Gina Conkle, Alyssa Alexander, Anna Harrington,  Jennifer Ashley

Discovering the Duke by Madeline Martin - Julia was so sweet and William was so adorable that I did not want to stop reading this story. I loved how he went out of his way to win his wife's love. Together, these two found that love conquers fear when with the right person.

Love Letters From a Duke by Gina Conkle - Charlotte and Nathaniel were such a wonderful, steamy couple. I kept turning pages as they tried to avoid what was in front of them. With his determination to have what he truly wanted, Nathaniel ignored convention and the age difference, and went for what he wanted most in life, Charlotte. His mother was an interesting touch to the story.

I have yet to finish all the stories and I look forward to adding to this review. If the others are like these two, this is a good collection. I received a copy as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Interesting characters, good read.

Her Wicked Earl (Imperious Lords #1) - Lisa Torquay

Intriguing beginning to a series. Edmund was a sweet man underneath his boorish personality and newly-acquired title. Otilia was a refreshing breath of air for him and for the story. I enjoyed the interactions between the two of them as they danced around what was right in front of them, and the heat of that attraction did not hurt. I recommend this story.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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