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Release Day! Touch (The Complete Series) by Cara Dee

 

TOUCH (The Little Black Book of Kink)

 

 

– SYNOPSIS – 

 

A touch can take many forms. It can be hard, soft, cold, hot, pleasurable, sadistic…much like kink. In Touch, several kinks take their turn in the spotlight, exhibited by men and women trying to find their way in life.

Meet Nicholas Ford, club owner and Dominant, and explore the world of Daddy Doms and Littles when he meets Kayla, a little submissive he’s inexplicably drawn to but isn’t allowed to touch. Mark Cooper works the bar in his friend’s fetish club, and one night he gets the challenge he’s been waiting for served up on a mouthwatering platter. He’s to introduce newbies Brayden and Evangeline to BDSM, quickly discovering they’re both submissive—quickly getting himself attached, too. Only a couple issues: he’s a tad emotionally jaded from his recent divorce, and Brayden struggles with his sexuality.

Rio Kelly all but abandoned the lifestyle when a brief encounter with a runaway girl changed everything. Ten years later, he sees Chelsea again, and the high-protocol sub is looking for a strict Owner. While navigating unchartered waters with a Master who’s grown cynical and resigned, Chelsea befriends Dylan, a young guy going through his own relationship problems. Dylan’s Daddy Dom isn’t like most others. Cade Kingsley is rough around the edges but wears his heart on his sleeve. Together with Dylan and Gabriella, they try to patch something together that’s just for them. By any means necessary, a few kinky hearts need to be mended.


Touch originally consisted of six novellas and novels. Look but Don’t Touch, Twice the Touch, A Touch to Surrender, A Touch of Trouble, Comforting Touch, and Touching Ink have now been reworked and prettied up for the relaunch, but not without some brand spankin’ new material. Along with the original stories, a dozen outtakes, future takes, and epilogue have been added, including demos, a new novella, and more kinky fun.
All to make the complete Touch your not-so-little black book of kink.

 


 

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– EXCERPT –

 

Nicholas from Look but Don’t Touch

The girl turns in my direction, smiles shyly, and gives me a small curtsy. “Thank you for the drink, Sir.”

“You’re very welcome.” I incline my head and smile. Happy and bubbly have been replaced by demure and coy, and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t attracted to her. As long as I’m only looking…

“Um.” She fidgets with her glass. “Are you here alone?”

“I am.” It’s technically true.

“Oh.” Her head bobs in a small nod, eyes focused on her drink. “I see.”

Leaning closer, I ask, “Hasn’t Daddy told you not to speak to strangers, little one?”

“I’m here alone, too. I have no rules.” She meets my gaze and juts out her chin. How cute. I think this one has a stubborn streak in her. That makes me yearn even more. “There aren’t only couples here, you know.”

“I’m aware,” I concede with a laugh. Of course unattached people come here. “You’re a sassy one, aren’t you?” And she doesn’t have a Daddy to take care of her or keep her in line? Christ.

“Shit, sorry.” In the faint glow of the spotlights behind the bar, her cheeks flush scarlet. She looks down again and shuffles her feet. “The Daddy I had in Texas told me I was a brat sometimes. I’m really sorry, Sir.”

When she once again meets my gaze, it feels like she could make Bambi look evil. Because this girl’s doe eyes have to be the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. I also realize she has to be very young. Age difference has never bothered me, but I’ve never had a Little Girl more than five or six years younger than I.

“No reason to apologize, sweet girl. I happen to enjoy brats.” Taking a step closer, I set down my drink and silently ask for her hand. She offers it straightaway, and I hold it in both of mine. “I’m Nicholas Ford.”

Her eyes grow wide. “K-Kayla Brandon,” she stutters. “Did you—I mean…Nicholas Ford, as in—this is your c-club?”

I nod, a bit amused to see her so flustered. “That’s correct.”

 


 

– ABOUT CARA DEE –


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I’m often stoically silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex. There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly. Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve. Additionally, I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.


Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and cupcakes, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

 

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Freebies and Kinky Release from Cara Dee!

A note from Cara Dee —

Freebies + Kinky Release!

 

Hi, everyone!

Many of you have heard I’ve reworked my kinky Touch Series, and ’tis true. The six original novellas are being published as one work along with a dozen outtakes, epilogue, and a brand spankin’ new novella! Touch, in all its kinky glory, goes live on June 19. (June 17 for those who will see me at RARE in Berlin!)

It’s available for pre-order all over the place for just $0.99. That’s approximately 750 pages under a buck! Make sure you get your copy before it goes back to $4.99 a few days after the release day.

 

Touch: The Complete Series

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I’m about to order home a bunch of books, so if you’re interested in a signed paperback of Touch, you can purchase one right here. (International shipping included in the price.)

As of a couple hours ago, it’s Friday where I am, and that’s always a reason to celebrate.

 

Breaking Free and Northbound are two of the books I’m bringing to RARE in Berlin in a month, and if you won’t be there, you can still grab a free e-copy 🙂 The giveaways are unlimited but will expire in a week, so don’t wait too long! You can download Breaking Free here and Northbound here.

 

Please share with your friends!

xoxo,

Cara

Release Blitz! Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster has a sexy new M/M romance out today!! Check it out and grab your copy of TEMPTING TRISTAN today! Check it out!

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– ABOUT TEMPTING TRISTAN

 

Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault–he leads with his heart, not his head–and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star–for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex’s walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

 

PRAISE FOR MELISSA FOSTER –

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

“Catching Cassidy is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet, Rachel Van Dyken

 

ABOUT HARBORSIDE NIGHTS –

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting–most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.

 

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KINDLE US   NOOK    KOBO

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– EXCERPT –

 

We step forward at the same time, and he presses his rough hand to my cheek. “I don’t know what kind of pussies you went out with before, but I wanted to fucking claim you in there.”

He slides a hand around my waist, tugging our bodies together. I feel every hard inch of him, and he’s got me so hot I’m sure we’re going to combust.

“I’ve spent almost nine years hiding who I am, and I’m not willing to do it anymore,” he says through clenched teeth. “Not here, where I came to start over. Where I came to live on my terms without the goddamn military hanging over my head.”

“I have no interest in hiding,” I assure him.

“You’re sure? Because I really want to kiss you right now, and I don’t care who sees us.”

I respond by pulling his mouth to mine, my break from men long forgotten. We stumble backward, crashing into the railing, fighting for dominance as we did yesterday morning. The passion between us has a life of its own. My hands claw over his ass, up his back. I want to strip him down and take all of him. I want to discover why he’s so rough and learn what about those shadows that are lurking behind his gorgeous eyes. Instead I take, and give, and take more of the angry kisses. When we finally tear our mouths apart, my body’s still reeling, and we both curse under our breaths.

“Okay?” he pants out.

I nod, knowing if I open my mouth, I want to fuck you, is going to come out. 

 

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– ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER –

 

melissa-fosterMelissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook or her personal website.

Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa

 

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Excerpt Reveal: Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster has a sexy new M/M romance coming and today we’re revealing a sexy new excerpt to TEMPTING TRISTAN! Check it out!

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Title: Tempting Tristan

Author: Melissa Foster

Genre: M/M contemporary romance

Date: October 19th

 

 

– ABOUT  TEMPTING TRISTAN

 

TEMPTING TRISTAN is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault–he leads with his heart, not his head–and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star–for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex’s walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

*****

RAVES FOR MELLISSA FOSTER —

 

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

 

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

 

“Catching Cassidy is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet, Rachel Van Dyken

 

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting–most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.

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– PRE-ORDER LINKS –

 

KINDLE US   NOOK  KOBO

GOOGLEPLAY  iBOOKS  AMAZON PAPERBACK

 

– EXCERPT –

 

“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer.”

Tristan shrugs. “Have at it.”

“Why were you taking a break? I get that your ex was a prick, but is there more to it?”

He looks down the street, across the street, and then his hand cruises through his hair as it has so often that I’ve already come to expect it when he’s nervous.

“Ian was a prick, but the rest is going to make me sound like a pussy,” he admits.

“I’ve only known you a day, and I already know nothing can make you sound like a pussy.”

He meets my gaze, and his jaw tightens. He lifts his chin and I recognize the struggle between feeling proud and worrying about looking weak. I fight that battle on a daily basis.

 

– ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER –

 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. melissa-fosterShe writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook or her personal website.

Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

 

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1001 Dark Nights Presents: Review and Excerpt Tour: Strung Up by Lorelei James

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Lorelei James’ STRUNG UP! STRUNG UP is a Blacktop Cowboys Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Check out all the stops on this awesome tour and grab your copy today!

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Lorelei James’ STRUNG UP – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

September 14

2OCC reviews – Review

Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Excerpt

Redhot Romance – Review

September 15

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Books,Dreams,Life – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

WTF ARE YOU READING? – Review & Excerpt

September 16

SBB Reviews – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Southern Babe’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Theory of A Dreamer – Review & Excerpt

September 17

Collector of book boyfriends – Excerpt

Bookaliciousbabes – Review & Excerpt

Under the Covers – Review & Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt

September 18

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

Rock Out With Sweet Reads – Excerpt

September 19

Shannon’s book blog – Review & Excerpt

Boundless Book Reviews – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

September 20

That’s What I’m Talking About – Review & Excerpt

EskieMama Reads – Excerpt

Sexy Book Reviews – Review

Reading in Pajamas – Excerpt

September 21

Evermore Books – Review

Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Mean Girls Luv Books – Excerpt

September 22

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

Naughty Book Eden – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Excerpt

No BS Book Reviews – Review

September 23

Ramblings From This Chick – Review & Excerpt

WickedGoodReads – Review

The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

The Linseyverse – Review & Excerpt

 

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About STRUNG UP: A Blacktop Cowboys Novella

From New York Times bestseller Lorelei James…

Rancher Creston Grant retreats from the world after he loses the love of his life….Can his former flame, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson prove he’s a changed man who can give Cres a second chance at love?

 

– EXCERPT –

 

Sutton studied me before he sighed. “I’m protective of him.”

“Why? I get that he’s your younger brother, but he is an adult.”

“Cres has had a rough go of it and I don’t want you takin’ advantage of him.” Sutton’s gaze hardened. “Like you did a few years ago when I sent him to you to deal with my horse.”

“Cres was an adult then too. He made his own choices. And fuck you if you think his bein’ with me back then somehow turned him gay.”

“Whoa. I never said that and I sure as hell didn’t mean to imply it.” He paused. “Let’s start over. This isn’t meant to be accusatory. But when you were talkin’ with Cres last night, did you tell him about bein’ outed and all the crap that happened afterward?”

“Yeah. I always thought you were bein’ humble when you said not everyone in your family rabidly followed rodeo.” I sipped my coffee. “He didn’t know anything about it.”

“Not surprised. People outside the world of rodeo would likely shrug and wonder why it’d been such a big deal.” He folded his arms on his chest. “So part of me wonders why you’d willingly put yourself back into this world, Breck.”

My cheeks heated. “It’s not like I have another skill set. And besides, don’t think I don’t know that you’re the one who suggested me as a possible instructor for the Gradskys’ rodeo school.   Macon made the call, but that happened at your urging, Sutton.”

He grinned. “I figured if they couldn’t have me, they’d want the second best champion bulldogger…which is you.”

“You’re hilarious. And if I haven’t said it, I appreciate your faith in me.” Before things got sappy or awkward, I added, “So why didn’t you take the job? Since your wife is here all the time anyway?”

“After I survived that last run, during my stint in the hospital I swore that I was done throwing myself off the back of a galloping horse onto a steer. It’s a promise I’ve kept.”

 

– REVIEW –

 

Who doesn’t want to soothe the heart of a wounded cowboy?

Lorelei James’ Strung Up tells the tale of cowboy Creston (Cres) Grant and the second chance at love he gets with Breck Christianson.

Breck, dealing with his struggles as a gay man cruelly outed, can’t seem to get his bearings in life. Restless, the once former Rodeo star finds work at the Grade A Rodeo Academy, where he encounters his former flame, Cres.  Cres, immobilized by grief over his late love, Mick, finally begins to come out of mourning when Breck shows up — the Rodeo Academy is owned by members of Cres’ extended family.

In an angsty dance, Cres and Breck two-step around their feelings for one another.   Finally, they take that chance for a life of happiness by making a serious commitment to be together.

Strung Up is a very short novella by Lorelei James, and part of her Blacktop Cowboys Series.

It is also the latest offering from the folks at 1001 Dark Nights, which ensures Strung Up is quality reading. Not being familiar with author James’ series, I was engrossed in this story from the first chapter — i.e., you do not have to be familiar with her series to enjoy this novella.  Both Cres and Breck are sympathetic and well written characters, the story well-written (joyous, heartbreaking and 🔥HOT🔥) and the cowboy sex is as mouthwatering as a grilled, hickory-smoked porterhouse steak. (Read that as delicious.)

If you are a fan of slash, M/M, I recommend Strung Up — it’s a quick, well-written story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

 

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

LORELEI JAMES

 

loreleijames-headshotLorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”

 

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Teaser Reveal: Dirty Stolen Forever by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are releasing some sexy teasers from DIRTY STOLEN FOREVER by Nazarea Andrews. DIRTY STOLEN FOREVER is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, that is the second book in the Green County series. The book is up for pre-order right now for just $2.99.

 

 

DIRTY STOLEN FOREVER

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NAZAREA ANDREWS

 

 

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– SYNOPSIS –

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00060]Colt Rayburn loved Aiden Delvin, once. A lifetime ago. Before duty and the Marines took him a world away, chewed him up and spit him out.

Aiden would have waited forever for Colt to come back. But Colt didn’t want that, and he’s rebuilt his life. Without the man he loves.

When Colt comes home from a deployment that went wrong, Aiden is there. Inexplicably back in Green County and impossible to resist. He swore he’d never go back to that place, never destroy Aiden the way he had when he walked away the first time.

But Aiden grew up and changed too, while Colt played war hero.

Both of them know what they want. After all this time. But can a love story that destroyed them once be rebuilt, when life and duty still hangs over them both…

The second in a sexy new series about Green County, and the people who serve there.

 

 

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

NAZAREA ANDREWS

 

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

 

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Blog Tour and Excerpt: Luka by Jane Harvey-Berrick


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LUKA

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JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

 

– SYNOPSIS –

 

luka.jpgI’m not a good man.

I’m not a bad man.

But I’ve made some bad mistakes, made the wrong choices.

Who hasn’t? But the consequences are tearing us apart.

I love two people.

I love them differently.

The world tells me I have to choose. Why? Why do I have to choose?

Loving hurts. Dancing heals.

Love makes you soar, makes you fly and sets you free—and then it lets you freefall until you’re smashed and bleeding on the ground. Ultimately, love is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.

In my opinion.

I love two people.

I love them differently.

One is a man.

One is a woman.

And they are brother and sister.

 

 A stand alone novel in the best-selling Rhythm Series.

 

– EXCERPT –

 

“Two minutes to curtain,” called out the stage manager.

We all hustled to take our places for the first number, and Ash walked with Laney as she wheeled herself to a spot where she could watch from the wings.

I felt a shiver of anticipation skitter across my skin, and I stretched my arms over my head before shaking them out, keeping flexible, keeping moving.

“God, I’ll never get enough of this,” whispered Sarah. “I hate it and I love it.”

I knew exactly what she meant. The nerves never really stopped, but the second I stepped on stage, adrenaline and muscle memory took over. My body would respond before my brain felt the fear of dancing in front of a thousand strangers.

I could hear the audience, hear their breaths, feel their excitement, feel the heat rolling forward from the press of bodies.

And then the house lights sank and the theater dropped into darkness, the electricity of expectancy lighting a fuse.

Al, the conductor, tapped his baton, and there was a collective breath as the band prepared to play, fingers hovering above keys and strings, the drummer poised, tension in his arms.

Then the music blasted out in an explosion of sound and light, and I was on stage, alive, powerful, doing what I was born to do.

I became the role, I lived the dance, blood pounding through my veins, my muscles coiled and released as I lunged and leapt, my arms sweeping through the space around me, filling it with spirals of strength and emotion.

Nothing could beat this feeling, this intensity, this desire to drink from the well of life.

And it was magnificent.

For a split second, I caught Ash’s eye, and we shared something that only another dancer can understand—a connection, an emotion so fleeting, I could have dreamed it.

I feel it too, brother.

Two hours later, we stood bathed in sweat under the bright stage lights, smiles on our faces and tears in our eyes, soaking up applause as the crowd rose to their feet, cheers and whistles soaring above the roar. My chest heaved from the exertion, but also from the deep emotion that dancing always brought to me, and I knew that everyone on this stage felt the exact same way.

Sarah stood next to me, tears running down her face, happy tears; tears of achievement and joy; tears of satisfaction and sorrow that it was all over. The end of a performance was a birth—the memories of the audience would live on—and a death, too, as another show ended. So tonight, we were celebrating and grieving.

“I’m going to miss this so fucking much,” she sobbed, staring up at me, then out at the cheering crowd. “God, I’m going to miss you, Luka, you bloody great hunk of sexy Slovenian.”

“I’ll miss you too, buča,” I said sincerely, leaning down to kiss her cheek, tasting the salt of her tears.

All the dancers linked hands, raising our arms in the air as we took our final bow. Ash stepped forward, looking down at the band and applauding them, too. Then he clasped his hands together and pressed them to his heart, before waving to the audience and leaving the stage.

Yveta, Gary and Oliver stepped forward with me and Sarah to take our bows as co-leads, then we too left the stage.

And it was all over.

The applause drained away as the curtain fell for the last time and the house lights came up.

Then it was the slow descent to normalcy as we peeled away the roles we’d played, along with our costumes, wigs and makeup.

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JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

 

Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).

She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )

 

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Coming Soon from Cara Dee — Home (A Camassia Cove Novel)

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HOME

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CARA DEE

 

IMG_4278For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.

It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.

The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.

A home.

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Cara’s Unforgettable Novel – NOAH

 

FullSizeRenderHave you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?

In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who’d lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.

Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister’s stepson, who hadn’t been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He’d stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

 

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CARA DEE

 

There aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils XnM0mwWT_400x400down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends.

 

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