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Available Now: Her Dominant Seal by Caitlyn O’Leary

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dominant-seal-midnight-delta-9-high-res A Cry for Help
It only takes one phone call, and Navy SEAL Drake Avery is rushing back to Tennessee in the middle of the night. His sisters are in danger, and he will do whatever it takes to protect them.

A New Twist
Now is not the time for a relationship, but damned if Drake doesn’t cross paths with a smokin’ hot kindergarten teacher named Karen Eastman. Miss Eastman has Drake thinking naughty thoughts when he needs to have his head in the game. He never thought he’d be hot for teacher.

Demons from the Past
Part of the hell of going home is that you know everyone and they know you. Just when you think you can trust someone, they can turn on a dime. Old and new enemies are thrilled to discover Drake has a beautiful new weakness—Karen. But messing with the women in his life is a mistake. You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

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Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors. Her Series Include: THE FOUND: It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets. MIDNIGHT DELTA This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love. FATE HARBOR This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another. She loves to hear from her readers. caitlyn@caitlynoleary.com

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Release Blitz! Dark Corners by A. M. Madden

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dark-corners_maddenMeet Private First Class David Cavello.

Love is war when shadows play games with the heart. In this thrilling romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Stone Walls and Glass Ceilings, a decorated veteran facing the darkest battlefield finds a guiding light to trust and tenderness.

David Cavello is no longer in uniform, but the memories of combat still haunt his every waking moment. Driven to protect and serve, he accepts an undercover job he has to keep hidden from everyone. But David’s mission goes against orders the second he makes contact with gorgeous and spirited Maygen Whitney. The intense attraction he feels for Maygen drives him crazy—almost as crazy as he feels about hiding information from her.

After growing up with an overprotective father, Maygen feels like she’s finally claiming her independence. Sure, she’s been lonely, but David seems to make all her dreams come deliciously true—until the sting of betrayal sends her world spiraling. Now Maygen’s caught in a tragic web of lies, leaving her more vulnerable than ever to an enemy hidden in the shadows. But when Maygen most needs a hero, David leaps into action—intent on doing whatever it takes to save the woman he loves.

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A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.

A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.

“It’s all about the HEA.”

A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She also writes the True Heroes Series for Random House.

Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.

A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going.

She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.

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Review and Excerpt Tour: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

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We are thrilled to get to bring to you the Review & Excerpt Tour for New York Times Bestselling Author Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES, the first standalone novel in her new American Royalty Series! Be sure to check out all of the stops in this amazing tour and grab your copy of BEDMATES today!


 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

 

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“I’ll be done in a minute.” He looked down at me and smiled softly. “I’m glad you’re here.”

bedmates-tour-teaser-1“Yeah? Why’s that?”

“You’re just so easy to be around.” He shrugged as if that summed up the whole world but I had no idea what it meant.

“And… . . . that’s a good thing?.” I frowned up at him. He gave me butterflies and I stumbled over everything I said but he thought I was easy to be around.

He stepped closer and I found myself nose to chest. His fingers tilted my chin up and his lips fluttered over mine. I let my palm rest on his skin where I could feel his heart beating rapidly. He didn’t touch me except for the fingers on my chin and his lips on mine.

When he stepped back, his brown eyes were dark. “It’s a good thing.”

Before I could think to ask anything else, he was gone, taking the stairs two at a time. My fingers drifted up to my lips and I stared at where he had just been, the remote in my other hand forgotten.

I’d never been kissed like that before; with so much tenderness and awe.

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Twenty-one year old Maddie McGuire is passionate about animals — she volunteers at a shelter, she’s vegan in her diet — she’ll even chance getting arrested in an attempt to free animals from testing labs. She truly has a noble heart for her cause. Unfortunately, getting busted makes bad press when you’re the daughter of the sitting President of the United States, and Maggie’s dad happens to hold that office. What is the President’s staff going to do with this strong-willed girl?

Jake Simmon, son of the current Vice-President, is a young veteran, injured in a deadly incident in Afghanistan. Wounded inside and out, Jake is trying to adapt to civilian life in the fishbowl of Washington politics — something very difficult to do when your mom is the Vice President. Apparently, to her, image is everything.

Jake and Maddie have known each other for years. They’ve been, at times, the unintentional collateral damage of their parents political ambitions.  But when Jake returns to Washington, he finds the annoying Maddie of his younger years has grown into a lovely, caring woman. Thrown together in a work project for returning wounded veterans, Jake and Maddie realize they’re more than attracted to one another. What happens when Jake’s ghosts from Afghanistan resurface? How does Maddie deal with a powerful Vice President who disapproves of her relationship with Jake? Does their romance even stand a chance?

Bedmates by Nichole Chase is the first offering in her American Royalty Series. It is a stand alone novel, and although characters from her previous series make appearances in Bedmates, you do not have to have read any of Chase’s other stories to appreciate this book.

Maddie is an endearing character, but at times I struggled with her behavior. For example: here’s Maddie, the staunch animal rights activist, who, when given the opportunity to aid in the creation of legislation that will aid her passionate cause, muses:

“Yes, I wanted to better the world for the animals and for everyone else, but did I want to hitch myself to the cause for eternity?”

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Okay — Maddie’s referencing the legislative process, which, granted may take years. What struck this reader was her ambiguity towards what was supposed to be the cause that has, so far, dictated her life’s actions. So although I found Maddie sweet, she also struck me throughout this book as a little flighty.

The character of Jake was solid. Author Chase is very effective in showing her readers the trauma, both physical and mental, that injured veterans experience. Jake’s struggles were a heart-wrenching and caused me, at times, to pause for a moment to absorb what I had just read.

Initially, this story was light in tone, but developed into a sometimes somber read exploring serious issues.  And while the plot moved at a brisk pace, I found the balance between significant parts of the story to be a bit uneven.

Overall, Bedmates is more than just a romance between two young people caught in the political craziness — it’s more a tale of the lives of those caught up in the political ambitions of others.

Note:  Bedmates contains scenarios dealing with PTSD (including flashbacks of intense military action), and well as explicit sexual scenes.

 

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* ARC received from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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– ABOUT NICOLE CHASE –

 

nichole-chase-headshotNichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

 

 

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Excerpt Reveal: Bedmates by Nicole Chase

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I am thrilled to get to bring to you the first two chapters in New York Times Bestselling Author Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES, the first standalone novel in her new American Royalty Series!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Pre-Order BEDMATES in ebook or paperback, releasing 10/4/16

 

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NICOLE CHASE

 

nicholechaseNichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

 

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Release Day Blitz: P. S. . . You’re Mine by Alexa Riley


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PS_FrontCover.jpgKatie Lovely signs up her class for a project, writing letters to Marines serving overseas, but a calculation error means she has to participate along with the class.

She isn’t prepared for what happens after she gets the first letter.

Sergeant Major Mark Gunner is serving his last tour and looking forward to getting out of the Marines. When he gets a letter that captures his heart, everything suddenly changes.

Their worlds connect and letters flow, creating a love unlike any other.

But when their time is up and the letters stop, will his claim remain?


Warning: This is a super quick, sweet, and dirty read with a small Valentine twist. *whispers* Don’t worry, it’s a happily ever after!

 

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Katie Lovely is a Rubenesque high school teacher, somewhere in her late twenties. Shy and lacking self confidence, Katie loves to teach and bake. After signing her class up for an Adopt-a-Marine pen pal project, Katie finds herself one student short. What to do but adopt Sergeant Major Mark Gunner as her own Marine – it’s the right thing to do.

Sergeant Major Mark Gunner, forty-something and a complete hunk, is serving in Yemen.  It’s the last tour of his military career.  A lone wolf, Mark is happily surprised when he receives Katie Lovely’s letter.

A correspondence ensues between Mark and Katie that rapidly escalates into some serious heat.  Add into this mix shipments of Katie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies and Sergeant Gunner can’t wait to come face-to-face with the lovely Miss Lovely and her delectable cookies.

P. S. . . You’re Mine is a very short Valentine novella by team Alexa Riley. As with many of their stories, P. S. . . You’re Mine is focused on the Alpha male insta-loving his virgin mate.  It takes a while for the action between Mark and Katie to happen, but when it does, it’s of the vanilla, hot-to-breed variety.

Much of this story is centered around the correspondence between Mark and Katie, and while it’s good, the concept of insta-love via snail mail just didn’t work for this reader. Perhaps Sergeant Gunner caught a whiff of Miss Lovely’s pheromones on the envelope flaps . . . .

Note: P. S. . . You’re Mine is erotica written for a specific, targeted audience.  It is meant to stimulate and arouse — a bedtime/good-time tale for the grown-ups, not the kiddies.

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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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