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1001 Dark Nights Bundle Eleven!

 


We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Introducing Discovery Authors Meghan March and Jessica Scott, the Bundle contains 6 novellas, including novellas from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, and Donna Grant! Grab your copy of this incredible bundle today!

 


 

About 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, Donna Grant, and introducing Meghan March and Jessica Scott.

Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.

 

EASY FOR KEEPS: A Boudreaux Novella by Kristen Proby

Adam Spencer loves women. He’s comfortable with his lifestyle and sees no reason to change it. Sarah Cox has just moved to New Orleans, having accepted a position as a social worker. It’s a demanding, sometimes dangerous job, but Sarah can handle just about anything that comes at her, even the attentions of one sexy Adam Spencer. But the more time she spends with the enchanting man, the more he begins to sway her into believing in forever.

 

– REVIEW –

 

Adam Spencer is co-owner of The Odyssey, a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Handsome, and a genuinely nice (and horny) guy, Adam is a confirmed bachelor. Although he loves the ladies and they love him back, Adam has never had the urge to marry and have a family. That is until he has an encounter with a little lady named Hailey.

Hailey is the five-year old daughter of Sarah Cox. The widow of a Miami police officer, Sarah has moved to the Big Easy looking for a new start for both Hailey and herself.  It’s been three and a half years since her husband, Kurt, was gunned down in the line of duty.  Sarah has finally accepted that life moves on, and she should, too.

Fate steps in and Sarah and Adam meet when Hailey gets lost in a grocery store.  It’s Adam who finds the little girl and returns Hailey to her frantic mother, Sarah.

Sarah is initially leery of Adam’s kindness towards her — she’s all too aware that danger comes in many guises. As a social worker assigned to protective services aiding batter women, Sarah is ever vigilant. But once outside the grocery store, Sarah discovers her car won’t start and she’s forced to rely on the kindness of Adam.

While her car battery may be dead, Sarah finds she isn’t anymore. Delighted, Adam is more than willing to give the lovely Sarah’s equipment a boost wherever and whenever she needs it. Some seriously sexy sparks fly between these two and it isn’t long before both Adam and Sarah are overheating in unison.

Sarah’s social work keeps her in the line of danger and after a particularly close call, both Adam and Sarah recognize that what they have together, with Hailey, is a bright future.

Kristen Proby’s Easy for Keeps is Book 4.5 of her highly successful Boudreaux Series and the ninth novella of the 1001 Dark Nights Collection Three.

A well-written novella with great character development, Easy for Keeps is more than just a short steamy read. The subplot concerning spousal abuse is both horrific and informative, clearly timely, and not to be taken lightly. That author Proby has capably incorporated such serious subject matter into a short tale that’s meant to titillate rather than educate exemplifies her talent as a writer. Well done, Kristen Proby, well done.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted May 24, 2016

 


 

UNCHAINED: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton

For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid.

 

– REVIEW –

 

Prometheus is playing with fire — again.

(A little backstory: Prometheus, a Titan, angered the God Zeus by giving the gift of fire to mankind.  The infuriated and vengeful Zeus had Prometheus chained to a large boulder, where, for eternity, the Titan’s liver (yes, that’s liver, not lover) was to be eaten daily by an eagle. As an immortal, Prometheus was doomed to regenerate any injury to his body, so by night he would heal, by day he would be devoured anew. Prometheus escaped this damnation when he was rescued by the Argonauts.)

Present day —

Prometheus lives a life of solitude in a castle high on Mt. Parnithia — a castle once belonging to a dark sorcerer. When Prometheus begins to hear a beguiling feminine voice calling out to him, he thinks it to be a hallucination or perhaps the remnants of some dark magic left over from the former tenant.

Unable to resist the call of the female, Prometheus soon comes to realize that the voice is real, and its owner has a power over him that he cannot and does not want to resist. He seeks out the source of that siren’s call and discovers it belongs to a beautiful witch who calls herself Keia. Prometheus is immediately taken with the sorceress and his feelings for her reawaken the life force in him.

Keia is actually Circe, the most powerful witch in the cosmos, and Circe has an agenda. Like Prometheus, Circe has angered Zeus and her punishment is imprisonment in a cave on Mt. Olympus. Zeus, being Zeus, is not a “forgive and forget” type of God — everything has its price.  In Circe’s case, Zeus demands that in exchange for her freedom, Circe has to discover the location of the fourth and final element needed to complete the all-powerful Orb of Kronós. With the intact Orb of Kronós, Zeus will reign eternally over all realms and worlds. There exists only one person who knows exactly where that fourth element resides — Prometheus.

Circe sets about casting her spells to seduce the half-mad Prometheus, but soon realizes that Prometheus has cast the spell of love upon her. The attraction between Prometheus and Circe ignites into a consuming flame. Passionate embraces in an enchanted location, a capture, and more grotesque torture finally lead the lovers to a final confrontation on Mt. Olympus with the crazed Zeus. Back out come the chains, but for whom?

Unchained by Elisabeth Naughton is the latest offering in the 1001 Dark Night Series. A stand alone novella in Naughton’s successful Eternal Guardians Series, Unchained is an urgent, sensual love story filled with all the captivating fantasy and magic that could only arise from the ancient mythologies.  Author Naughton weaves her story, set in present time, around characters that grab the reader instantly. Prometheus, Circe and Zeus are so well written — a novella doesn’t seem to do them justice. Perhaps Circe will continue her whispering into the author’s ear . . . .

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted June 16, 2016

 


 

HARD TO SERVE: A Hard Ink Novella by Laura Kaye

When Internal Affairs investigates Detective Kyler Vance as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.

 

– REVIEW –

 

Author Laura Kaye continues her Valentine to the heroes and heroines of Baltimore in her latest offering, Hard to Serve. In a seamless segue from her Hard Ink Series, she sets the scene for her new BDSM series, Blasphemy. Be ready to be grabbed by the throat . . . .

Detective Kyler Vance is restless and edgy. He’s been on desk assignment for weeks since suffering an injury during the gang war that took the life of his godfather. He needs relief, and soon. As one of the owners of the exclusive BDSM club Blasphemy, Kyler (or as he’s known at Blasphemy, Master Kyler) heads out to check in on the action at the club.

Enter Mia Breslin.  New to Baltimore, Mia, a submissive, is in the throes of opening her first art gallery. Prior to her move to Charm City, Mia did some research into Baltimore’s BDSM scene and now holds a probationary membership in Blasphemy. The stress from work leads her out to seek some relief at the club.

Kyler spots Mia on a security monitor at the club, and is immediately taken with her — call it Alpha male insta-lust. When the two finally make contact, the chemistry is hot and palpable. (Author Kaye’s keyboard must have melted when she wrote the scenes between these two — the action between these characters is absolutely scorching.)

While Kyler and Mia play at Blasphemy, life outside of the club continues to be complicated. When their paths inevitably cross in real life, both Mia and Kyler are forced to confront the truths about themselves and their feelings for one another.

Hard to Serve is a stand alone novella, and the newest release in the 1001 Dark NightsSeries. It is the introductory story in Laura Kaye’s Blasphemy Series which will explore relationships within the BDSM community.  As such, Hard to Serve comes with a caution, as it contains themes that include breath play, as well as forced consent.

Very well written, the story focuses on the relationship between Kyler and Mia, and the scenes between the two at Blasphemy are very graphic, hard core and certainly fall under the heading of erotica. All of the characters, protagonists and ancillary, are well written. Familiar faces from the Hard Ink Series make cameo appearances but are not a distraction to the major plot.

One does not have to have read any of the Hard Ink Series to enjoy Hard to Serve and while there were instances where this reader had her heart in her throat, Hard to Serve also has this reader waiting with bated breath for more Blasphemy.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights and the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Review originally posted July 2, 2016

 


DRAGON FEVER: A Dark Kings Novella by Donna Grant

Rachel Marek intends to expose the truth about dragons to the world – and her target is within sight. Nothing matters but getting the truth, especially not the ruggedly handsome, roguishly thrilling Highlander who oozes danger and charm. Asher is more than just a man. He’s a Dragon King – a being who has roamed this planet since the beginning of time. With everything on the line, Asher must choose to trust an enemy in the form of an all too alluring woman whose tenacity and passion captivate him.

 

– REVIEW –

 

“This was their planet. From the dawn of time dragons have roamed this world, ruling all. They could’ve easily killed the humans when they appeared, but they hadn’t. The Kings made room for them.”

Dragon Fever

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Dragon King Asher longs for his home, Dreagan, nested in the Scottish Highlands. Reluctantly, he finds himself in Paris attending the World Whiskey Consortium, representing Dreagan Industries. Dreagan Industries distills the finest Scottish whiskey (yes, whiskey) known to man.

Rachel Marek has made her name in investigative journalism.  When presented video evidence possibly exposing the existence of dragons on planet Earth, Rachel jumps at the chance to break this story to the public.  Knowing that there will be a representative from Dreagan Industries at the Consortium, Rachel heads to Paris.  Once there, Rachel goes undercover as Rae in hopes of collecting evidence supporting the video. Her plan is to seduce Asher.

Rachel is a pretty cool customer,  Confident of her skills as a reporter and as a woman, very little rocks Rachel’s boat — that is until she encounters Asher in the flesh.  Dragon King Asher is a glorious specimen to behold — dark haired, green-eyed, complete with a devastating burr — he’s irresistible.

Neither Asher nor Rachel can deny the combustion they feel for the other, and this leads to some very fevered, scorching times between the two. But the path of true love and soul mates between the mortal and immortal is never easy, and such is the case between Asher and Rachel.

So what’s it like getting it on with a dragon? Hot — verra, verra, hot!

Dragon Fever is the latest offering from the folks at 1001 Dark Nights, and book 9.5 in Donna Grant’s deliciously hot Dark Kings SeriesDragon Fever is a stand alone novella, and you do not have to be familiar with the series to enjoy this tasty tidbit. There is a little cliffie concerning the overall plot of the Dark King Series, but story featured in Dragon Fever is complete.

A confession: this reader was a bit skeptical concerning dragon/human erotica, but can now report that she happily popped that cherry while reading this book. If you’re a lover of paranormal/fantasy erotica, enter the realm of Dragon Fever. You won’t be disappointed.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

 

*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights and the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Originally reviewed July 2, 2016

 


 

BENEATH THESE SHADOWS by Meghan March

The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
Until her.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.

 

BEFORE I FALL: A Falling Novel by Jessica Scott

Beth Lamont knows too much about the harsh realities of life. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah. Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous.

 

Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.

 

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About the 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven Authors-

 

Kristen Proby was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, is the mother of two daughters, far too many animals, and wife to a retired NCO.

She has written for the New York Times At War blog, War on the Rocks, PBS Point of View Women and War and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012. She has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.

She has recently completed a PhD in sociology from Duke University and also holds a a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Duke University, a Masters Degree in Telecom Management from University of Maryland University College, BA in Cultural Studies from State University of New York and an Associates Degree from Central Texas College.

She’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at http://www.jessicascott.net

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A USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.

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Review & Excerpt Blitz: Love Another Day by Lexi Blake


 

 


 

– ABOUT LOVE ANOTHER DAY

 

A man born to protect

After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.

A woman driven to heal

Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.

A secret that will change both their lives

A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.

 

– EXCERPT –

 

The door slammed and she suddenly found herself with her back against it. Brody crowded in, taking up all the space and staring down at her. His body brushed hers and she found both her wrists captured in one of his. He dragged them over her head, forcing her chest to come out, breasts skimming along his body. “I shouldn’t do this.”

Tough chick was winning. Steph let her take over. It was surely better than the desperate girl who lived inside her. She kept asking for love and affection and getting swatted away. This was the next best thing, possibly the only thing she would ever get. “Then don’t. Let me go and I won’t bother you again.”

“No, you’ll go find Ezra Fain and bother him,” Brody said on a growl.

“Somehow, I don’t think he’ll find me a bother.” She’d barely spoken two words to the man, but she wasn’t going to admit it. It was better to let Brody think she wasn’t a love-starved girl.

“He won’t fucking find you anything at all. If you’re determined to not sleep alone tonight, you can damn well do it with me.” His mouth came down on hers and every inch of her skin came alive. His kiss was overwhelming, hungry. There was no slow meshing of mouths. He took her, his tongue surging inside and dominating her own. He let go of her hands and started to explore her body. His hands were on her hips when he came up for air. “I’m leaving in the morning. I’m going back to London and I can’t come back.”

She’d known that would probably be his answer. She’d known he wouldn’t want to stay and she couldn’t leave.

“One night. That’s all I want.” It was all she could have. It had been foolish to think it could be any different.

His mouth came down on hers again and she let herself get swept away. One night and her life would go back to normal. One night and then she would be alone again. His hands started to roam over her and she tried to forget all the reasons why this was a bad idea.

He stepped back, his entire body set in hard lines. He strode over to the bed and sat down. “Take off the gown. It’s pretty, but I want to see you.”

She hesitated, all her insecurities coming to the forefront. Somehow, she’d thought he would simply take her. “Let me get the lights.”

He was back in her space again, his hand wrapping around her wrist. “I didn’t say turn off the lights. I said take off the gown. How am I going to see you if you turn off the lights?”

“Brody,” she began.

He was having none of it. “You got on your knees in front of me and you said you knew what you were offering me. The first thing you were offering me was obedience. The second was your body. You’re giving me neither right now.”

His voice had gone midnight dark and something about the tone made her soften. He was right. She did know what she’d offered him and now she was trying to have it all her way.

There was nothing wrong with her body. It was feminine and she was healthy. What was she afraid of? “All right.”

He let go of her wrist and sat back down, looking like a damn king waiting on his concubine’s performance. For all his “I’m nothing but a grunt” talk, the man could be incredibly arrogant, and damn if she didn’t find it sexy as hell.

Something about that voice let her know that everything was going to be fine. He was past the point of rejection. He was in and that meant he would play her Dom for the night. He would take care of her. She was as safe with him in the bedroom as she’d been in the field.

At least she was safe for the night. In the morning she would be in a world of hurt, but she wasn’t thinking past tonight.

 

– REVIEW –

 

“ ‘What she needs is a dumb grunt who loves her so much he’s willing to give everything to her and their family. I promise you, Nathan. By the end of this, we’re all going to be together.’

Or he would die trying.”

Brody Carter, speaking to his infant son, Nathan

Love Another Day

p. 126

I’m just going to dive in on this one.

Hot Aussie Brody Carter was imbedded by McKay-Taggart in Dr. Stephanie (Steph) Gibson’s charity clinic in Africa. The attraction is mutual, but doesn’t get physical until the gorgeous Steph makes a move on Brody. His assignment in Sierra Leone now complete, Brody has plans to head out the next day, so he surrenders to Steph’s advances.   Body parts collide, fluids are shared, and appetites are sated. In the wee hours of the night, Brody takes off, convinced that Steph deserves a better life than what he can offer her. Luckily for Brody and Steph, fate has waved her magic wand, and baby Nathan is conceived.

Steph tries to contact Brody many times, leaving voice mail messages regarding his impending fatherhood, a son to be born to them. Brody never picks up on her calls. In a gesture of density that can only be attributable to those who carry the Y chromosome, Brody actually believes ghosting Steph is the way to give her the future she deserves. He deletes her messages without ever having listened to them. Brody has some serious self-esteem issues.

Eventually, Stephanie shows up in Dallas with baby Nathan, and Brody embraces his son. Becoming a father has forced Brody to recognize his own worth. He’d like to embrace Nathan’s mother, too, but Steph has her own serious issues.

Dr. Stephanie Gibson has martyr complex that puts her on par with Joan of Arc, and herein lies my issue with Love Another Day: this character annoyed the . . . heck out of me. Guilt-ridden by events in her past long forgiven by others, Steph repeatedly offers herself up to the grim reaper in a gesture of atonement. That I ended up sympathetic to Steph is a credit to the talent of author Lexi Blake. Not many writers can take a character who consistently acts against the best interests of not only herself, but of her child, and make her likeable by the end of the story.

Love Another Day is novel #14 in Lexi Blake’s outstanding Masters and Mercenaries series, and notwithstanding my annoyance with the aforementioned Dr. Gibson, it’s a nail-biter. The plot is intense, steamy and fluid — bullets fly, spankings are issued, loyalties are tested. This story has all the hallmarks fans of the series have grown to love and expect from this gifted author. Appearances by major McKay-Taggart characters are icing on this M&M cake. (Why, hello there Ian Taggart!)

Full of suspense, angst and good times in Sanctum, Love Another Day is another terrific read from author Lexi Blake.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

*ARC provided from the author via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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– ABOUT LEXI BLAKE –


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

 

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Cover Reveal: The Next Generation by S. C. Stephens

We are so excited to be sharing the cover for S.C. Stephens’s THE NEXT GENERATION which is book 4 in the Conversion series! Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 


 – ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION –

 

Fitting in can be hard for anyone. But for Julian and Nika Adams, it’s especially challenging. Born as partial vampires, a rare offshoot of pureblood vampires, the twins have had to deceive people their entire lives—distancing themselves from their peers.

Nika desperately wants a hero, a soulmate, someone she can trust with every fibre of her soul—someone as amazing as her father. The boys at her high school aren’t impressing, but luckily for Nika, Hunter Evans has moved into the neighborhood.

Julian desperately wishes he could sever the empathic bond he has with his sister. While it was fun to experience each other’s emotions when they were kids, now that Julian finds himself pining for a girl he can’t have, sharing his feelings is the last thing he wants to do.

 

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– ABOUT S. C. STEPHENS –

 

S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out the movies and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

 

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Release Day Blitz: Lexi Blake’s Love Another Day


 

 


 

– ABOUT LOVE ANOTHER DAY

 

A man born to protect

After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.

A woman driven to heal

Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.

A secret that will change both their lives

A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.

 

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– ABOUT LEXI BLAKE –


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

 

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Available Now! Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

 


 

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. 

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

 

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– ABOUT PENELOPE WARD –

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

 

– CONNECT WITH PENELOPE WARD –

 

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Other standalones from PENELOPE WARD:

Mack Daddy:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWzE1S

iTunes: http://apple.co/2iNrIPj 

B&N: http://hyperurl.co/aiypfj 

Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/r3hv19     

Neighbor Dearest:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aWvypX 

iBooks: http://apple.co/29mC6L8 

Nook: http://bit.ly/2akQ2aq 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2axt1SY 

Stepbrother Dearest:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1mFNMeg  

iBooks: http://bit.ly/YER0mT 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1taMFjG 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1fJaaBs

RoomHate:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/294lIeT

iBooks: http://apple.co/1PgsvE7 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1PLGnSL

kobo: http://bit.ly/1POvSnW 

Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ny7GhN

iBooks: http://smarturl.it/3y1tuq

Nook: http://smarturl.it/kx7h8m

Kobo: http://smarturl.it/qqf5ho

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dbetFA

iBooks: http://apple.co/1Wb06Cf

Nook: http://bit.ly/2c9vRdV

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ctb6dv

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S3LnpZ   

iBooks: http://apple.co/1Qbwy57  

Nook: http://bit.ly/29vrQhV  

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stuck-up-suit 

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MvHLg2 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1PffE2J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1EjxNpY

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/1UxCSUO

Sins of Sevin:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F9tbc3 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1K8mzGg 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1hTKAKE  

kobo: http://bit.ly/1OaGY3D

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dJrHBC 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1obAwJ6 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1fJayQ8 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1SPKl0M 

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GFdves 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1FwJC0z 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1DQQwgC 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1LQ7Fvk 

My Skylar

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1obOG2F 

iBooks: http://bit.ly/SLNOTR

Nook: http://bit.ly/SLO1qi

kobo: http://bit.ly/1kNrtAB 

Gemini:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vgk1SE 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1KfmLHD 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1QTaONj 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1BGJ2wu 

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Sneak Peek: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

 



From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. 

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

Add to Goodreads 

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– EXCERPT –

 

After that evening, I hadn’t heard back from him for a few days.

Then, one night, a text came in from the same phone number I recognized as Landon’s. It was the first time he’d texted me.

I looked down to find he’d sent a photo.

I gasped.

It was a heavily tatted man set against the backdrop of the ocean at sunset. Oh, my. It was him—a selfie.

Fuck. Me. He was beautiful.

I wouldn’t have even known it was Landon were it not for the blue eyes I recognized instantly. The shaggy, caramel hair I remembered from the past was now a darker shade of brown and shorter, cropped closer to his head. His arms and his chest were inked, his body so perfect that if I squinted, it almost resembled carved stone.

I couldn’t stop looking at him. My eyes wanted nothing more than to explore the ridges and valleys of his stunning body.

Was this a cruel joke?

This was not Landon!

But, it was.

With my thumb and middle finger, I kept zooming in and out, examining the details of the ink across his chest and on his arms. There was really nothing sexier than a guy with perfect arms and a full sleeve tattoo.

Even though his lips seemed fuller than I recalled, they still curved into a familiar grin that oozed confidence. The eyes and that smile were the only traces of the boy I remembered. I wished I could’ve leapt through the screen to smell him, touch him.

“Hi, Landon,” I whispered, for a brief moment talking to the boy inside, not the man in front of me.

This Landon was the polar opposite of the Ivy League yuppie image previously in my head. The only thing the man pictured might have majored in was badassery. He looked like a rockstar, a rule breaker, displaying a sense of arousing danger—someone who must have had women from all walks of life drooling over him for the sheer fact that either they couldn’t have him or shouldn’t have him. It suddenly became clear why, as he’d alluded to, a woman might have been begging him for sex. That made me wonder if he had any secret tattoos in spots I wasn’t allowed to see.

God.

A fire was burning inside of me, and I knew it was my crush exploding into a full-blown obsession.

A self-conscious feeling came over me. If I was scared to show him a picture of myself before, now I was really hesitant.

The message that went along with the photo simply read:

Now show me you.

 

– ABOUT PENELOPE WARD –

 

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

 

– CONNECT WITH PENELOPE WARD –

 

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Mack Daddy:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWzE1S

iTunes: http://apple.co/2iNrIPj 

B&N: http://hyperurl.co/aiypfj 

Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/r3hv19     

Neighbor Dearest:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aWvypX 

iBooks: http://apple.co/29mC6L8 

Nook: http://bit.ly/2akQ2aq 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2axt1SY 

Stepbrother Dearest:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1mFNMeg  

iBooks: http://bit.ly/YER0mT 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1taMFjG 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1fJaaBs

RoomHate:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/294lIeT

iBooks: http://apple.co/1PgsvE7 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1PLGnSL

kobo: http://bit.ly/1POvSnW 

Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ny7GhN

iBooks: http://smarturl.it/3y1tuq

Nook: http://smarturl.it/kx7h8m

Kobo: http://smarturl.it/qqf5ho

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dbetFA

iBooks: http://apple.co/1Wb06Cf

Nook: http://bit.ly/2c9vRdV

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ctb6dv

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S3LnpZ   

iBooks: http://apple.co/1Qbwy57  

Nook: http://bit.ly/29vrQhV  

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stuck-up-suit 

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MvHLg2 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1PffE2J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1EjxNpY

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/1UxCSUO

Sins of Sevin:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F9tbc3 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1K8mzGg 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1hTKAKE  

kobo: http://bit.ly/1OaGY3D

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dJrHBC 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1obAwJ6 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1fJayQ8 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1SPKl0M 

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GFdves 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1FwJC0z 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1DQQwgC 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1LQ7Fvk 

My Skylar

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1obOG2F 

iBooks: http://bit.ly/SLNOTR

Nook: http://bit.ly/SLO1qi

kobo: http://bit.ly/1kNrtAB 

Gemini:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vgk1SE 

Nook: http://bit.ly/1KfmLHD 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1QTaONj 

kobo: http://bit.ly/1BGJ2wu 

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Review & Excerpt Tour: Blade by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

 

From New York Times Bestselling authors Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright, comes BLADE, a new novella in their Bayou Heat Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

– ABOUT BLADE

 

Sexy Suit, Blade was held captive and abused for decades. Benson Enterprises was desperate to use his superior blood to create super soldiers. But when he’s finally rescued, he can’t return to the Wildlands with the other prisoners. Not without the female he was forced to watch being impregnated. The female who has gone missing.

Beautiful and broken, Valli just wants to run away and never look back. But with the shocking news of her pregnancy fresh in her mind, she wonders if that’s even possible. Told by her captors that one of the caged animals assaulted her, she knows she must do everything in her power to keep her unborn child safe. But when a glorious male tracks her down and claims her and her baby as his own, will she have the strength to walk away?

 

– EXCERPT –

 

Blade didn’t miss her shudder of relief, the quick glimmer of tears in her eyes. Warmth filled his heart, and a rush of gratitude. Whatever her confused and angry feelings toward him, it was obvious she cared deeply about their child.

“Then why am I here?” she demanded, trying to sit up.

The Healer placed another pillow under her head so she could be slightly upright. “Blade was concerned when you fainted.”

“Blade?” She whirled back to study Blade with a skittish gaze. “That’s your name?”

His lips twisted into a humorless smile. “A little late for introductions, I know, but yes.” He nodded toward the male across the bed. “And that’s Jean-Baptiste. A Pantera healer. One of our best.”

She frowned. “I don’t get this. I thought there was nothing wrong with me. Why would I
need a healer?”

“I said nothing was physically wrong,” Jean-Baptiste clarified.

Her stunningly beautiful face tightened, as if she was offended by the words, her hand reaching up to brush away Jean-Baptiste’s hand.

“I’m not crazy,” she ground out.

“No one said you were,” Blade said, reaching to grasp her hand, which lay on top of the light blanket covering her body. Thankfully she made no effort to pull away from his grasp this time.

He hated it, but he needed to touch her.

To feel the heat of her skin and hear the steady beat of her heart.

“Then what are you saying?” she demanded, once again turning her attention to the Healer.

Jean-Baptiste chose his words with care. “I suspect that the doctors at the clinic used hypnosis to distort your memories.”

Valli flinched, her fear scenting the air. Blade’s cat pressed beneath his skin, wanting out. It didn’t understand human deceit or betrayal. It only knew that this female was afraid and in need of comfort.

“No,” she breathed. “You’re just trying to protect your friend after what he…” She didn’t finish.

This time it was Blade who pulled his hand from hers.

With a growl.

 

– REVIEW –

 

The Bayou Heat series is a paranormal shifter romance series set in the Wildlands — somewhere in the bayous of Louisiana. The Pantera, the inhabitants of the Wildlands, are puma shifters.  Once thought to be simply the stuff of legends and myth, discovery of the existence of the Pantera has caused them to be hunted to near extinction. The blood of a Pantera is magical, and is highly coveted by nefarious people who would destroy the entire Pantera population to achieve their evil goals.

Both Blade and Valli have been subject to medical experimentation at the hands of the villainous scientists of Benson Enterprises.  The stunning puma shifter, Blade, is tormented and held prisoner for years while his blood and semen are drawn from him. He agonizes as he helplessly watches a human female (Valli) forcibly impregnated with his seed. Shortly thereafter, both are rescued from their captors, but during their rescue, Blade loses track of the female, now carrying his cub.

The gorgeous Valli discovers that she has no safe haven. Pregnant and terrified, she’s stunned when Blade, her supposed rapist, comes to her aid. More stunning is the fact that Valli is drawn to Blade, sensing he’s more of a protector than a threat to her and their unborn cub. Valli struggles to reconcile her growing feelings for Blade against the dark memories of her imprisonment. And while Blade continues to fight for the love of his mate, Valli, he’s determined to eradicate the evil that still poses a threat to the Pantera.

Blade, co-authored by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright, is novella 23 in the successful Bayou Heat series and the latest offering from the good people at 1001 Dark Nights. Blade is a quick, enjoyable read and you don’t have to be familiar with the series to appreciate this story. If you are already familiar with the Bayou Heat series, you know that it’s always a heated adventure with the pumas in their magical Wildlands. Blade and Valli’s love story is full of the same fast-paced, puma-purring action and steamy sexual heat fans of this series have come to expect.

Well-written paranormal romance at its best, Blade is the perfect catnip treat for fans of authors Ivy and Wright’s puma shifter universe.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

 

*ARC courtesy of 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright’s BLADE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 9th

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

I Smell Sheep – Excerpt

Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt

August 10th

Another Book Hangover – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt

August 11th

A Fortress of Books – Review

Ruby’s Books – Review & Excerpt

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt

August 12th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Gi’s Spot Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

August 13th

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review

August 14th

Books n Wine – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Obsessive Reading Disorder – Excerpt

Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt

August 15th

Kdrbck – Review & Excerpt

Romancing the Readers – Excerpt

Untamed Bibliophiles – Review & Excerpt

August 16th

a geordielass honest blog on reviews – Review

British Book Binge – Review

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

August 17th

A small girl, her man and her books – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Angels With Attitude Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

August 18th

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

 


 

– ABOUT THE AUTHORS –

 

ALEXANDRA IVY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

 

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LAURA WRIGHT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”

 

– CONNECT WITH LAURA –

 

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Tour and Review: Melanie Moreland’s The Contract and The Baby Clause 2.0

Today we are part of the feature blog tour for THE CONTRACT series by Melanie Moreland! You can grab THE CONTRACT now, and the recent novella in the series, THE BABY CLAUSE 2.0.  Buy links, and teasers, for each title are below.

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THE CONTRACT by MELANIE MORELAND

 

– ABOUT  THE CONTRACT 

 

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.

Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.

Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract — fiancée instead of PA.

What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?

Sparks.

That’s what happens.

Can the power of love really change a person?

Will they survive the contract?

What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

——–

 

– REVIEW-

(Originally posted June 14, 2016

 

“Think of this as an opportunity. A lucrative one . . . A deal with the devil, if you want.”

The Contract

p. 13

Katherine “Katy” Elliott is in dire straights. So much so that when her boss, douchebag extraordinaire, Richard VanRyan offers her a ticket out of her financial troubles in exchange for participating in a sham romantic relationship, Katy has no choice but to sign on the dotted line.

Poor Katy — she’s had a tough life, but it hasn’t broken her — yet. Her job at the advertising firm, Anderson, Inc., is the only thing keeping her afloat and to that end, Katy is the model employee. She cannot afford to lose this job. Unfortunately, she’s been reassigned to be the new assistant to Richard VanRyan  – a job so odious that the company pays Katy a premium over her standard salary. How bad can this guy be?

Meet Richard VanRyan. Handsome and wealthy with a reputation as a love ‘em and leave ‘em playboy, Richard is a rising star in the advertising universe. Infuriated when passed over for a partnership at Anderson, Richard decides to take his talents elsewhere but advertising firms in Victoria, B.C. are not plentiful. The only other company in town worthy of his genius is The Gavin Group — a first class, straight-up family owned firm that openly embraces family values. Richard realizes that getting into the door of The Gavin Group will require that he clean up his playboy act immediately.

Hell bent on sticking it to his boss at Anderson while at the same time scoring points with his prospective employers at Gavin, Richard comes up with the idea to stage his exit from Anderson as one necessitated by a deep love for his assistant, Katy. You see, Anderson, Inc. has a strict “no fraternization” policy that is fully enforced, regardless of stature within the Company. It’s a win-win for Richard — all he has to do is get his doormat of an assistant, Katy, on board. Good luck with that, buddy . . . .

Since Katy has been Richard’s assistant, he’s tried everything to get her to quit — he can’t stand her. Richard makes no secret the level of contempt he has for Katy — she’s dowdy, a spineless creature that he bullies at will.  (Here one must credit author Melanie Moreland in creating, with an economy of words, such a despicable character in Richard that this reader feels the need to caution other readers to consider purchasing the paperback as opposed to the eBook — the hard copy can handle the inevitable impact with a wall — the eReader, not so much.)

Katy is fully aware of her boss’s disdain for her, but is clueless as to why he’s so cruel. Make no mistake — Katy’s neither a fool nor a doormat — she has legitimate reasons for tolerating Richard’s attitude towards her.

When Richard does an about-face towards her, Katy’s survival instincts kick into overdrive, and Richard discovers Katy is neither spineless nor a doormat. Buy the time he gets Katy to sign the contract to pose as his fiancee, Richard is already re-evaluating his opinion of Katy on all counts. Maybe she’s not so bad . . . .

The Contract is Melanie Moreland’s best writing to date.  While the tropes utilized by the author are very familiar (the contractual relationship that grows into the authentic, tossed about with small bits of the Cinderella/Pretty Woman scenarios), it is the magical writing of Melanie Moreland that keeps the reader invested in the story. The Contract is neither repetitive nor tiring — author Moreland’s writing has the capacity to evoke visceral reactions from her readers to the degree that one just wants to step into the story, grab Richard VanRyan by the scruff and shake some sense into this enorme chapeau de cul.

Whether you’re looking for a great summer read or just enjoy a well-written contemporary adult romance, Melanie Moreland’s The Contract is time well spent.

 

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Samuel Richardson’s famous quote, “That dangerous  . . . notion, that a reformed rake makes the best husband” is a sentiment that one would think certainly applies to Richard VanRyan, antagonist of Melanie Moreland’s wildly successful The Contract. But of course, if you’re reading this, you probably know that author Moreland performed some wizardry in that book, via a character named Katy Elliott. In the follow-up novella, The Baby Clause 2.0, Richard is not quite the énorme chapeau de cul of a man he was in The Contract, the love of a good woman (Katy) having tempered his personality, um, a bit . . . .

The Richard VanRyan of The Baby Clause 2.0 is now a doting husband, and a frantic, but loving, family man. When the occasion arises, he’s still quite capable of putting on his infamous hat — whether it’s bullying his way into a hospital or pounding floor numbers on an elevator panel. Katy is, as ever, the softening agent (if you will) in Richard’s life. Her love for Richard, smoothing out his rough edges and bringing out a tender side in her husband that no one thought existed. Katy VanRyan is one smart, miracle-working cookie, and because of her, everybody wins.

In The Baby Clause 2.0, author Melanie Moreland successfully continues Richard and Katy’s story, as they expand from a loving couple into a family. Even in this very short novella, Moreland gives her readers what has become her trademark as a romance author — memorable characters sharing sweet, enduring love.

If you’ve read The Contract, you will not want to miss The Baby Clause 2.0 — it’s like getting a few pieces of chocolate candy after eating an extravagant dessert.

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– ABOUT MELANIE MORELAND –

 

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

 

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Cover Reveal: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

 

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

We’re celebrating Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s Birthday today and you get the gift! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below and a special giveaway, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!

 

 

About My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (Coming 4.3.2018):

 

Wife, Widow, and Warrior in Alexander Hamilton’s Quest to Form a More Perfect Union

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

A general’s daughter…

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.

A founding father’s wife…

But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.

The last surviving light of the Revolution…

When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…

 

 

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STEPHANIE DRAY

 

New York Times bestselling author, Stephanie Dray is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into eight different languages and won NJRW’s Golden Leaf. As Stephanie Draven, she is a national bestselling author of genre fiction and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

 

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LAURA KAMOIE

 

New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kaye. Her New York Times bestselling debut historical novel, America’s First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

 

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Available Now! Aleatha Romig’s Behind His Eyes — The Consequences series companion box set!

 

 


 

The box set that answers the question…

What was Tony thinking?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig delve into the mind of the man who slowly realizes that there is more to life than money and power. Witness his thoughts as his control is not only challenged but lost, and he must come to terms with the consequences and the truth.

 These companions are not a total re-writes and must be read after the Consequences series.

Through significant scenes and behind-the-scenes moments from the first two books dive in and learn about the man who thought he set the rules and delivered the consequences. With this new insight, learn how Tony’s well-designed existence is incomplete.

In BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES Tony’s motivation is explored.
Control? Acquisition? Domination? Love?

In BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH with past sins and motivations revealed, Tony’s truth is made clear.

 

Once upon a time, a man signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule—he forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul. —Aleatha Romig, CONVICTED

 

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

 

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