Friday, January 8, 2016

Book Blast! CINDERELLA BUSTED by Petie McCarty


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CINDERELLA BUSTED
The Cinderella Romances #1
Petie McCarty
Released December 16th, 2015
Soul Mate Publishing


Cinderella's fairy tale moves to Jupiter Island, Florida where Lily Foster, owner of an eclectic landscape nursery, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by billionaire resort developer Rhett Buchanan. Overdue for a little romance in her life, Lily is anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, so she cultivates her inadvertent masquerade.

Rhett Buchanan has become jaded with the Palm Beach social scene, dominated by scheming women desperate for more money -- his money. Rhett falls hard when he meets Lily Foster. She is a breath of fresh air after the smog of gold diggers constantly surrounding him.

For Rhett and Lily, it's love at first sight until her deception comes to light and pitches their relationship into a disastrous tailspin. Well-meaning friends are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple while a wicked ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart.

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Petie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Cover Reveal! BROKEN BEAT by April Brookshire



BROKEN BEAT
Broken Beat #1
April Brookshire
Releasing Jan 27th, 2016


You’ve heard the story before. A young woman moves to the big city, catches the eye of a rich and powerful man, and they live happily ever after.

Unless they don’t.

Vanessa has learned to live without her happily ever after.  In fact, she no longer needs or wants it. Her heart may have been shattered by the loss of true love, but it’s made her a stronger person. Her fairytale dreams faded, making way for more practical aspirations.

Keenan made a mistake when he brutally discarded Vanessa from his life. Ever since, he’s been in a hell of his own making. The life he’s led for the past several years isn’t one to be proud of and he doesn’t deserve to win Vanessa’s heart once again.

Not that he’ll let anything stop him.





“Keenan wants to see you,” Darius said.

My hand tightened around the glass, at the same time it began to shake. Adding my other hand into the mix, I gripped it until the shaking lessened. “You’re not serious.”

Staring at where some of the water had sloshed out onto my hand, I tried to ignore the rising panic.

“He’s found out the truth,” Darius explained.

My eyes rose to meet is all-too-serious ones. “How?” The word left my numb lips barely above a whisper.

His head dropped to look down at his shoes, but I could still see his hesitant expression from where I sat several yards away. He rubbed a hand through his thick hair. “He asked me to leave any explanations to him.”

My dread morphed into irritation. “That sounds like him. Always needing to have the final word.”

The strain left his features at my comment. “So, what do you want me to tell him?”

I stood, setting my glass down on the coffee table. The view of Manhattan outside became larger as I walked to the large penthouse windows. I stared down below at the tiny people walking on sidewalks and the toy cars moving down the street. Inside here, it seemed as if everything had come to a standstill.

It was impossible to pinpoint any one feeling about the possibility of seeing Keenan again. A combination of anxiety, sadness and defiance mingled with something I refused to identify as anticipation.

I imagined an awkward conversation between Keenan and myself. Rehashing our history wasn’t an event I’d enjoy. So he finally knew the truth and in his arrogance had decided it was time for closure. 

He’d always made all the decisions.

Well, this time I’d be the one deciding the outcome. Seeing Keenan would benefit me in no way. It had taken time, but I’d moved on from the heartbreak of our disastrous ending. All evidence proved Keenan had also moved on. Any conversation between us would come too late.

Not turning from the view, I told Darius, “Tell him it was another lifetime.”


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April Brookshire is the author of the Beware of Bad Boy and Young Assassins series. She also co-authors the Dead Chaos series. She writes in the New Adult & Young Adult Romance and Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy genres.

April lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, where she raises her young son. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually reading, but also enjoys attending concerts and plays in the numerous venues of the city.



Release Blast! HOLD ME UNTIL FOREVER by Christina Phillips


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HOLD ME UNTIL FOREVER
Grayson Brothers #3
Christina Phillips
Releasing Jan 4th, 2016
Entangled Brazen


She's the only one he wants...and the one he can never have…

Ella Clark has been in love with Alex Grayson forever. She’s tired of being invisible—or worse, being treated like his kid sister. If she can just get him to drop his iron-fisted control for two seconds, she’ll prove she knows exactly how to blow his mind.

Alex has been fighting his attraction to Ella since her should-have-been-innocent sweet sixteen kiss burned down his world. He's damaged, and there's no way he'll ever drag her into his screwed up life. Until she offers him something he's always craved—steamy, no-strings sex inside his exclusive BDSM club. Where she'll be safe from the darkness that haunts him.

Except there's nothing safe about being with Ella, and the more she gives, the harder it is to let her go. If he stays, he risks everything, but how can he walk away from the only woman he's ever needed?

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Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees. 

She’s addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. Christina is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.


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Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Top Favorite Luke Moments from Previous Books

With the year coming to an end, I feel extremely disappointed that I was unable to complete Luke’s book for you guys. Trust me when I say I’m working on it. I may not be working as fast as I’d like, but mommy duties come before books and I hope you guys can understand that J With that said, I’ve been thinking a lot about Mr. Sexy Pants Luke McKade lately and remembering some of my favorite scenes with him from my other books. I’d like to share those with you today, and if you stick around to the end I maybe just might have a little snippet from his book for you guys J

Let’s get this party started…

This scene when he was a cocky son of a…you know what ;) :
Luke walked in step next to Zane as they made their way towards the bar. “I was just giving myself a final once over before we headed in.”
Zane chuckled softly and rolled his eyes. “You are so vain.”
Luke smiled crookedly and arrogantly. “I can’t help it. When you look as good as I do it’s hard not to stare at yourself.”

And this one when he attempted to save a damsel in distress:
They were momentarily distracted by a set of footsteps running down the hall, and then Luke came bursting into the kitchen wielding a hand gun. Andi let out another startled scream at the sight of the gun, and when Luke realized there was no danger he quickly dropped it to his side. He smiled when he caught site of Andi and lifted his empty hand to comb his hair back.
“What’d you bring a gun for?” Zane asked with a raised eyebrow to Luke.
Luke diverted his eyes from Andi and turned his attention to Zane. “I heard a woman scream,” he explained and shrugged. “What’d you expect me to do?”

The time when all he wanted was a good luck kiss:
With his reins in his hands, Luke walked up to Andi and tipped his hat off from his forehead, closed his eyes and leaned towards her puckering his lips.
 “What are you doing?” she asked leaning away from him and giving him a suspicious look.
 “I’m waiting for my good luck kiss too,” he replied with his lips still puckered.
 “Luke, come on stop messing around. You’re going to make us late,” Zane chided.
Luke didn’t budge.
Andi rolled her eyes and sighed. She grabbed Luke’s face, pinching his cheeks in as she turned his face to the side and gave him a small peck on the cheek. “There now go,” she said with a laugh and pointed in Zane’s direction.

And the time when all he wanted was a piece of pie:
Luke came bounding through the back door and hung his hat on the wall. “Where is it? You better not have eaten it all.”
 “Calm down, look I already cut you a piece,” Zane said pointing to his burnt piece of pie sitting on the table.
 “Wow, thanks, Zane. You know you’re not half bad sometimes.” Luke sat down and stared at the piece of pie. “Mom made this?” he asked, turning to Zane with a raised eyebrow.
Zane simply nodded and tried his best to hold back the smile that threatened to escape.
Luke shrugged and scooped a forkful in his mouth. His eyes popped wide open and he grabbed a napkin from the table and proceeded to quickly spit the piece of pie in it. “Whoa. Mom is losing her touch.” He coughed.

This one is probably my favorite…when he had the worst timing:
“Forgot my cell phone,” Luke said as he jogged past them to the counter and grabbed it.
When Luke turned around to Norah and Chase, she could see it on his face that he knew exactly what had been happening between them right before he barged in.
Crap.
“What’s going on here?” Luke asked, waving a finger between Norah and Chase.
“We’re doing the dishes,” Norah answered him.
Luke stared her down. It was the oldest trick in the book, the one that he and Zane always used against her when they wanted to get information out of her. And she hated it.
“What are you looking at?” Norah asked him with a miffed tone.
Luke lifted his hands in a silent defeat. “Nothing,” he told her and attempted to hide an amused grin in the process. He pocketed his phone then grabbed up the dish towel Norah had dropped on the counter. “Don’t let me keep you from washing the dishes,” Luke said and handed her the towel.
As Luke walked away and towards the back door, Norah let out a soft sigh of relief and shot Chase a smile.
“Oh, hey,” Luke said. He stopped in the open doorway and turned to look at them.
Oh God. What now?
Norah turned her attention to her brother.
“You might wanna use that towel to wipe away those soap bubbles from your butt.”
Her mouth dropped in shock as she turned awkwardly to check the back of her jeans. Sure enough there were soap bubbles hanging from her back pockets along with a wet handprint on her shirt right beneath her breast.
Luke grinned and tipped his hat. “Night, y’all.”

When he went into over-protective big brother mode:
“I know how it looks,” Chase told Luke. “But your sister and I are just friends. That’s it.”
“Okay,” Luke said and seemed to loosen up just a little. “It’s really none of my business but at the same time it kind of is my business, you know? Because Norah is my baby sister.”
“Yep,” Chase said. “I’ve got a sister of my own, so I know how that is.”
Luke’s lips curved into a crooked grin. “Good. You seem like a stand-up guy, Chase, and I’ve got no quarrels with you,” he said and slapped a hand down on Chase’s shoulder. “But if you hurt her, I’ll break your jaw. I don’t care what kind of relationship you have with her.”

When he got a little too big for his britches:
“Norah,” Zane said just as Luke said, “You get back here, young lady, and tell us what the hell is going on with you.”
Young lady? Oh hell no.

And when he showed his soft side:
“Good plan,” Luke said and gave her a meaningful smile. “I’ll head out so you can do what you’ve gotta do.” He tugged her close, pecked a kiss on top of her hair and gave her a brotherly hug before he stepped away from her. He almost made it from the kitchen when he stopped and turned back to her. “Hey, Nor?”
“Yeah?”
“About Chase…”
Oh God.
“I don’t want to say ‘I told you so,’ so I’m not,” Luke said. “But I will say this…”
And here comes the lecture.
“He’s an idiot for messin’ things up with you. I know this hurts right now, but it’ll get better in time.”
Norah just stared dumbfounded at her brother. That was it? No you-should’ve-known-better-than-to-get-mixed-up-with-that-guy talk?
“I’ll see you later, sis.” He tipped the brim of his hat and then he was gone.

And now for the grand finale! This new little snippet of one of my favorite scenes from Luke’s book. I’m gonna say no introduction is needed for this one J
What was he doing? Here he’d been fantasizing about all the dirty little things he’d like to do with Karlie, and for what? It wasn’t going to happen. It couldn’t happen. She was his mother’s best friend’s daughter, for Christ’s sake—practically born with the words Luke, Do Not Touch stamped on her body.
And, boy, did that make him want her even more.


And there you have it! All of my favorite old scenes and a new favorite scene J I’m so excited to be writing his story and I can’t wait to finish it for you guys. I promise to share more on his story’s progress, and even share some new material when I can. I hope 2015 has treated you well, and I’m so happy to have all of you following me on this writing journey. Thank you for being the awesome people that you are! Here’s to many new and exciting things coming in 2016!

Happy New Year!
XOXO,
Kim

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Release Blast! TILL DEATH US DO PART by Cristina Slough


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TILL DEATH US DO PART
Cristina Slough
Releasing Dec 29th, 2015
Limitless Publishing


The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call...

The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.

In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.

New beginnings are only an illusion...

The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.

Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…

Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.

In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.

No matter what.

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Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.

It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.

She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.

When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part (Limitless Publishing, 2015).

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Release Blast! HARVEST MOON by Sharon Struth


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HARVEST MOON
A Blue Moon Lake Romance #2
Sharon Struth
Releasing Dec 22nd, 2015
Lyrical Shine


Getting past the librarian’s guard…

Trent Jamieson isn’t one for virtual romance, but there’s something about the intriguing woman he meets on the Internet he can’t resist. Then the small town bachelor discovers the mystery woman who shares her secrets with him online is the laced-up librarian in his self-defense class! Veronica Sussingham may just be his toughest student yet. Because how can he show the vulnerable beauty that some men areworth letting your guard down for?

Veronica returned to her hometown seeking shelter for her shattered spirit. The last thing she needs is a blue-eyed charmer who wants to show her how to live—and love—again. Then she discovers Trent is not just another admirer, but a man who knows her deepest secrets. Now Veronica must choose between running from her past—or finding future happiness with the kind of man she swore she’d never fall for….

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"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!" —Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her website.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Release Blast! PERSUASION by Violette Rand


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PERSUASION
Sons of Odin MC #1
Violetta Rand
Releasing December 8th, 2015
Loveswept


If you love the motorcycle romances of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, don’t miss Violetta Rand’s irresistible novel about a sexy-as-sin biker who tempts a good girl to go bad.

Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built. The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.

High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war. On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.

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An environmental scientist by day, Violetta Rand has been in love with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. Rand enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading, and losing herself in the world she brings to life in the pages of her stories. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband.