Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Release Blitz: Picture Perfect Summer by Marquita Valentine

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Follow Duke King and True Prince on their epic journey of love, loss and trying to hold on to the one who got away.

From New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine comes the highly anticipated second chance romance Picture Perfect Summer.

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It all started with a dare…
He was supposed to be a summer fling, but Duke King made me fall in love with him and I spent the most perfect summer by his side.
Then I met his wife—his pregnant wife.
And I had no other choice but to leave Castle Beach for good.
Ten years later, I’m back to sell my parents’ house and leave behind the memories of that perfect summer, once and for all.
But my plans for a quick visit are hindered by a sexy single dad.
I’m older and wiser, but so is he… and this time, he says he’s not going to let me go without a fight.


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About Marquita:

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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Release Blitz and Giveaway ($25 Amazon gift card): Resist by K.M. Golland




Title: Resist
Series: Wild Nights #3
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019



Blurb

Can you resist what you shouldn’t have?

When wealthy businesswoman, Helena Smerdon, purchases Australia’s most popular male strip revue, the tight-knit group of men are set for an unexpected shake-up.
Helena is not a woman to be messed with: powerful, strong-willed, and confident. She plans to assert her authority and make Wild Nights Revue the very best it can be, regardless of who she aggravates along the way.
Lucas Malone is the newest member of the group. He’s fresh, ambitious, and keen to make his mark. But he wants to do more than impress his new boss; he wants to undress for her, both on and off stage.
Intense chemistry and forbidden attraction make it difficult for Helena and Lucas to resist one another. But they must; she’s his boss, and he’s not much older than her son. And if that isn’t enough to keep them apart, her disgruntled ex-husband sure as hell will.

This book is an interconnecting standalone novel in the Wild Nights series. It's for mature audiences (18+) and contains explicit language and sexual content.







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PROLOGUE

Lucas was pleasuring himself in the stairwell when I first laid eyes upon him. Taut, slick muscles tense with self-indulgence as he slowly worked his cupped hand up and down his cock. I opened my mouth, ready to object to his actions in a public place but instead paused, unable to look away as he tilted his head back, eyelids pressed shut while twitching.
Pleasure pinched deep within my body, and I clamped my bottom lip between my teeth. His oiled skin held a caramel glow, and his light brown hair was flecked with golden hues that caught the light with each jerking movement he made. Everything about him was deliciously herculean, and if I weren’t roughly twenty years his senior, I’d have propped myself against the concrete wall and enjoyed the show a while longer.
“Come on,” he grunted, the speed of his cupped hand increasing. “Yeah, that’s it, almost … there.”
Frustration ground his teeth together and crinkled his nose, and my God his facial features were beautiful yet virile and vexed.
Swallowing, I quietly stepped back, careful not to tap the five-inch heel of my stiletto on the step behind me. Lucas was the baby and newest member of Wild Nights Male Revue, and knowing I shouldn’t bear witness to what he was doing, I cleared my throat just as his shoulders tensed and his hips jerked.
Cum shot into his hand, and the guttural growl that left his body vibrated right through me, leaving my fingertips tingling. I swallowed for a second time right before startled, greyish blue eyes found mine, a soft red glow emanating from his cheeks.
“What the fuck?” Lucas turned to face the wall, grabbed the small white towel dangling from the waistband of his trousers, and wiped his hands, his head rotating every other second to glance back at me. “You’re not supposed to be back here. It’s a restricted area. You need to leave.”
I almost smiled. Almost. But quickly composed myself by brushing my hands down the front of my navy skirt to smooth any creases before standing straight and crossing my arms over my chest, my perfectly manicured eyebrow cocked with supremacy. “I’m sorry, but I have every right to be here, Lucas.”
“What?” He furrowed his brow as he tucked himself back into his pants, fumbling with the zip. “What do you mean you have every right to be here?”
This time I did smile, but it was far from friendly. “I’m Helena, your new boss.”






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“I'm an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I'm a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I'm also a self confessed shoe-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and bridge-aholic.”

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a best selling hybrid author, and a ranty, married mother of two with a very healthy high heel obsession.



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Release Day Launch and Giveaway: ONLY A BREATH APART by Katie McGarry

 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART is now available!

 

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

 

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

 

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 EXCERPT:

 ~SCARLETT~
A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone.
Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?”
Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?”
Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school.
From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads.
What is going on? Camila mouths.
I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.”
He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell.
“It seems obvious,” he says.
If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.”
“I’m eating lunch.”
I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.”
He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends.
I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.

   




 

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Bio: Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.      

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Release Blitz and Giveaway ($20 Amazon gift card): Crash by Kelly Gendron




Title: Crash
Series: Daring the Kane Brothers #3
Standalone Series
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Steamy/Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019



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I DARE YOU TO MARRY ME …

Three years ago, on a dare, I “married” my best friend’s sister and the next day, my best friend died. Maggie Mae is back in town and she wants a divorce. The thing is, we’re not really married
At least, I didn’t think we were…

Remember that guy in high school every girl wanted
Well, that sexy bastard was my brother's best friend
With a mouth that always knew exactly what to say and a body that wouldn't quit
Crash Kane was pure perfection
Perfect until he was almost mine

Remember that girl in high school every guy wanted
Maggie Mae was NOT that girl
While she wasn’t every guy’s dream
She was mine
She was also my best friend’s sister
And like most guys, I knew the rules

Abandoned love, lost dreams and broken hearts. Sometimes, you’re going so fast, you don’t feel the CRASH…







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"Bad boys, give 'em a little time and experience, and they will evolve into misbehaving men!"

You can usually find USA Today Bestselling Author, Kelly Gendron tucked away in a quiet suburb in upstate NY writing her steamy, blush producing romances. But when she’s not creating HEA stories, you can find her representing a reputable group of nursing facilities. If you Google her, she’ll pop up there too. And please google her! Kelly loves to hear from her readers and to meet new people! 


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Release Blitz: Until by Danielle Norman




Title: Until
Series: Iron Orchids #5
Author: Danielle Norman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019



Blurb

In the final standalone installment of The Iron Orchids Series, the gang returns...

I'm Stella Lang, the opinionated, sassy boss. But I have a secret:  I'm scared. 
Scared of rejection. 
Scared of heartbreak. 
Scared of taking a chance on Tristan Christakos and getting hurt. 

Because there are bigger issues to face than my feelings.
We work together. 
We play together. 
Our families are interwoven. 
If we can’t make it work, we will hurt more than just us.

Unfortunately, our attraction is impossible to ignore. 
Are we flirting with destiny? 
Maybe. 
But when we wind up alone in Vegas. 
We think we have it all…
Until a life-altering secret lands in our hands. 

**Until is the final installment of The Iron Orchids Series but may be read and enjoyed as a standalone contemporary romance / rom-com!  







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Chapter One

Stopping in front of the large faux-wood door that read: Staff Administration, I took a deep breath and then knocked.
“Come in.”
One step into the room, I froze because sitting in one of the chairs was Dr. McCreamy, otherwise known as Tristan Christakos, the most gorgeous man to ever walk the planet, the bane of my existence, and the best one-night stand ever. Yeah, he was a mistake that I’d happily make or should I say do again.
Fuck.
Tristan stood when I entered, as his damn well-bred, gentlemanly self had to do, which only made me want to jump him even more. To make matters worse, he was wearing a devilishly wicked smirk on his lips that made all of my parts take notice.
“Stella, have a seat.” Louise Cameron’s back was ramrod straight as she sat in her high-back, black pleather chair. If I were to base my visit on her posture alone, I would say I was about to be canned.
The hospital had a no fraternization policy. Although, they had allowed married couples to work for the same hospital in the past, this all had to be reported to admin, and they ultimately decided whether or not to keep both employees. In situations like this when it was between a doctor and a nurse, they usually ended up keeping the doctor since nurses were a dime a dozen. Was that fair? Hell no.
I could already feel the ire in me building and was ready to fight or at least not go down without a fight.
I moved to the chair opposite Tristan and plopped down. Okay, I knew that I possessed little to no grace when I did that, but whatever, I was pissed. Turning to face him, the heat in me rose as he continued to smirk. The asshole smirked. He knew we were busted and he was safe. I’d never imagined him being so cruel.
But fuck a duck if the man still wasn’t gorgeous. His eyes were the color of fresh coffee, untainted by cream. And his skin . . . well, that was different a story, it was cream with a dash of coffee.
“Stella,” Mrs. Cameron began, “as you are aware, the hospital is building a genetics study center in the hopes of being able to more easily find donor matches. Every year, it seems that there is a bigger strain on our match and donor resources. Not only from the state of perpetual emergency that we seem to be in but also our advance technology in ultrasound imaging. As you know, we are able to detect some birth defects as early as the first heart beat. We feel that it is important as a level one trauma unit and a level-three neonatal ward that we have this resource available to us twenty-four seven. We’ve been sending doctors to different training sessions so they are up to date with all the current technologies and tests.”
Tristan cleared his throat, and I turned my attention back to him. “You may not be aware of this, Stella, but my interest has always been with trying to negate the rise in genetic birth defects that we see in our high-risk unit. But after the strain on our resource bank for tissue, marrow, and blood, my research was halted. This new genetic center will help me continue my focus.”
I listened to Tristan’s explanation, but none of this made sense. Sure, his reasoning made sense, but where I was lost was what in the hell any of this had to do with me. My face must have shown my confusion because Mrs. Cameron finally slid a file folder to me.
“There is a pediatric genetics conference in Las Vegas next week, and we’ve been on the waiting list. Yesterday, we found out that there had been a cancellation and that Dr. Christakos has been invited. He has been asked to bring a nurse or assistant, and he tells me that the two of you worked well together when you were over in the Women and Children Center.”
I nodded because we had worked well together, and she smiled.
“He’d like you to accompany him to the conference and act as his assistant moving forward as we get the genetic center established.”
Slow down there, Polyester, he what? He wanted me to work with him?
He wanted me to go to Vegas?
Me. Tristan. In Vegas? Fuck yeah, where did I sign? Shaking my head, I turned to looked at the olive skin Adonis with chocolate eyes that made me want to get on my knees and say ten hail Mary’s and praise sweet baby Jesus.
Shit. I was staring. Smacking my lips, I cleared my throat and then tried again. “Sure, tell me whatever you need,” I said and watched as the corners of Tristan’s lips pulled into an almost challenging smile. I had no clue what he was challenging me to, but he knew better than to yank my chain because, let’s face it, I yanked harder, and of the two of us, he was the only one with something to grab ahold of and tug.






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Before becoming a romance writer, Danielle was a body double for Heidi Klum and a backup singer for Adele. Now, she spends her days trying to play keep away from Theo James who won’t stop calling her or asking her out. 

And all of this happens before she wakes up and faces reality where in fact she is a 50 something mom with grown kids, she's been married longer than Theo’s been alive, and now get her kicks riding a Harley.

As far as her body, she can thank, Ben & Jerry’s for that as well as gravity and vodka. But she says that she could never be Adele’s backup since she never stops saying the F-word long enough to actually sing.

Danielle writes about kickass women with even better shoes and the men that try to tame them (silly silly men).


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Release Blitz and Giveaway: Ricca (In Loyalty Lies Trust) by Esther E. Schmidt




Title: Ricca
In Loyalty Lies Trust
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Genre: Standalone Mafia Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019



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Chiara was raised into the mafia world the hard way. Enduring the assault at the hands of her father until she was kidnapped and forced to marry a mob boss. One she’s sure is even worse than her father.

Ricca never backs away from a challenge. When the woman he kidnapped sneers he would never own her, he’s more than happy to prove her wrong. It doesn’t matter he is being forced into this marriage by The Syndicate, to cover-up the kidnapping.

An enemy is forging a plan to take Ricca down. Can a marriage, even one forced by the decision of others, turn into a solid band of trust, loyalty, and eventually love? Or will either one—or their enemy—rip out their heart to stop it from beating? Dive into this Mafia Romance where the value of human life is worth less than loyalty.







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Esther E. Schmidt, author of Areion Fury MC, Broken Deeds MC, Wicked Throttle MC, Lost Valkyries MC, Death by Reaper MC, The Dudnik Circle series, and The Swamp Heads series. She’s a graphic designer that also loves to write. She released her first series “Areion Fury MC” in October 2015. Esther lives in The Netherlands with her family, three daughters, and a crazy bulldog. She loves to write about bad boy Alphas with a heart for only one woman. To make it a bit interesting, that woman needs to be a badass herself. She loves to work out and most of her story lines come from doing cardio.


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Release Blitz: Punish by Olivia Ryann




Title: Punish
Series: Protect #2
Author: Olivia Ryann
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019



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Stolen and abducted… yet in the same stroke, saved.
On one hand, I escaped certain death at the hands of people who have already hurt me.
On the other, now I’m trapped with him.
The rival of my abuser, who is every bit as terrifying. Dark and sinfully handsome, he wants me.
He wants me to turn my back on the religion that has raised me.
He wants me to spread my legs for him and him alone.
He wants to punish me. He wants to teach me to like his lessons.
Or else he’ll kill my little sister and turn me over to the men who controlled me before.
Either way, I will have to make sacrifices. Sacrifices that have lasting consequences.
I walk on the knife’s edge between falling prey again and completely losing myself.
And if I’m not careful, I may end up worse than dead...







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His lips brush my ear, his teeth touching the cartilage. Not biting, but just so close. “You will scream my name and beg me for my cock. You will fall from grace. Not only that, you’ll luxuriate in living with me, in the shadows.”
Then he kisses my neck, his firm lips finding my pulse point. He sucks at the skin, forcing his body against mine. He is so rough, surely he will leave a mark.
 And I’m frozen, unable to move.
Thinking, not again. I can’t take it if another man does what Father Derrik does to me. I confessed because it’s what Father Derrik said that God wanted from me…
But where is God now?
Nowhere to be found, especially not within Dryas. 
Dryas lets me go all the sudden. I’m forced to catch myself as I stumble a bit, righting my balance. I look at Dryas, my expression hardening.
“You shouldn’t do that.”
He grins. “What? I shouldn’t make you fall in love with me?”






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Olivia Ryann is the dark romance pen name of Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Top 20 Bestseller Vivian Wood. She loves poetic phrases and bits of melodic memories. She adores dominant, hard men and soft, fragile women with backbones made of steel. She wants to put them together as often as possible, in unconventional ways.


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