Blog Tour & Giveaway: Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries

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Arachnosaur
by Richard Jeffries
Genre: Horror
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Desert Swarm
After his superior officers are killed in action, Corporal Josiah Key
assumes command of the 3rd Battalion, Marine Raiders. In the tiny
village of Shabhut, Yemen, while trying to put the blast on ISIS
forces, an even deadlier enemy emerges: ancient, unreasoning
creatures who tear into both U.S. troops and terrorists without
mercy, leaving brutally dismembered corpses in their wake.
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They are known as the Idmonarchne Brasieri,
giant prehistoric spiders roused from millennia-long slumber by
power-mad terrorists. These aptly-named ‘Arachnosaurs’ are
hungry. They’re angry. And they have declared war against all of
humanity . . . whose days might just be numbered unless Key and his
unit can stop them.
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                Key tried to focus at the way the front of his boots poked up against the divot’s lip, expecting to see his toes blown off at any second. But it didn’t take more than another second for him to realize what was happening to him. “Shit,” he said over the whomping going on all around them. “I’ve been conked.”

“What?” Daniels complained as a tree limb shattered above them, scratching their faces with jagged bark. “Not again!”

Yeah, that’s right, Key managed to recall. That’s where he had heard the “conked” term before. The base doc had said it when he had diagnosed Key’s previous, original, concussion. And doc had given him the self- diagnostic list then, too.

“Symptoms check.” Key grunted miserably. “I’m nauseous.”

“You’re nauseous!” Daniels snapped. “I’m nauseous! Anybody’d be nauseous in this shit!”

There was a vicious whine just above them, and Key could feel a wave of heat make a line from his forehead to his crotch. The thing causing it just missed them before continuing on to smash through an already crumbling wall fifty feet beyond.

FGM-148 Javelin, Joe automatically assumed. Nice that some hard-won memories defied even concussions. But whether the anti-tank missile was fired by the good or the bad guys was anybody’s guess.

“Headache, dizzy, ringing in my ears,” Key continued, trying to stave off total amnesia.

“Okay, okay!” Daniels grumbled. “You oughta know. What do you want from me?”

“Memory loss growing, need your help.”

“Christ, Joe.” The honest concern in Daniels voice was music above the cacophony. “Do you even know you’re Joe?”

“Yeah,” Key answered, struggling to be present, feeling stronger already.

“Tell me.”

“We’re 3rd Battalion, Marine Raiders, M Company, eighty-five strong.”

“Not anymore,” Daniels reported with his usual lack of empathy. “Heavy defensive fire. Surprisingly heavy.”

That comment let Key know the attack must’ve been seventh level of hell heavy. Daniels prided himself on taking the worst in stride. “What are we down to?”

“Last time I could check, less than fifty. Sergeant major shot to hell. Lieutenant colonel just blew up in your face.”

Key gritted his teeth, then hazarded a quick look around. He returned to his prone position with his cracked skull thankfully still just cracked. But he could still not distinguish enemy from friendly fire. Worse, he couldn’t find any human source of the shit-storm. “Where is everybody?”

“Damned if I know,” Daniels said. “Where’s comm?”

“No live communication for a coupla minutes now.”

“What? So who’s commander now?

“Near as I can tell, you,” Daniels said. Then he added sarcastically, “God help us.”

Key ignored the comment, but couldn’t disagree. Finally made it to chief with a nice new concussion as a reward. Even so, he still could remember that his rep was “Joe Cool.” According to Daniels, he never lost it. No time to start now.
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New Release: Home on Anna Maria Island by Elley Arden

 

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: January 31, 2018

Pittsburgh Privateers third baseman Gavin Sullivan is home on Anna Maria Island with a lot on his mind: his mother’s recent battle with breast cancer and, now, the surprising news his oldest brother, Colby, is a twin. Gavin has a sister he’s never met, and worse, he’s sworn to secrecy while his parents try to find her. Is it any wonder he shows up to Spring Training thirty pounds heavier than last season? Armed with a complicated diet and a warning from Coach Zee, Gavin feels wrecked, until he finds a half-naked goddess on his parent’s stretch of beach. Funny how the body that has been making him feel so miserable lately suddenly has him flying high.

Curve model Emerson Raye wants to prove the naysayers back home in West Virginia wrong. Big is beautiful, too. All she has to do is land a spot in the Sports Unlimited Swimsuit Edition by convincing America to vote for her. When pro athlete Gavin Sullivan stumbles onto her oceanfront photo shoot and asks her out for drinks, Emerson and her assistant concoct a plan to leak photos of the date to the media and create the vote-getting buzz Emerson needs. Soon, Emerson realizes there’s more to Gavin than meets the eye, and their temporary, no-strings relationship heats up. But can something lasting survive under harsh media scrutiny when secrets threaten to sabotage everything?

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Excerpt

Emerson had been kissed before. She had a modelling career full of air kisses, double-cheek kisses, and the occasional, friendly smooch on the mouth. She also had a personal life spattered with overeager, often rushed kisses that were nothing more than prerequisites for the main event.

Gavin Sullivan’s kisses weren’t like anything she’d ever encountered.

He took his time, eliciting pleasure with more than his mouth. His hands grazed her neck, his thumbs stroked her jaw. His fingers threaded through the fine hairs at her nape. And all along, his mouth explored her mouth. Lips to lips. Tongue to tongue.

He tasted like butter and sweet champagne. He smelled like citrus fruit and sandalwood.

She leaned into him and whimpered. Her hands gripping the collar of his linen shirt. Her body burned. Her brain urged her to crawl into his lap and settle in for a long, slow, mind-blowing ride. And she was seconds away from obeying when above them, someone cleared his throat.

“Sorry for the interruption.”

Emerson jerked back.

“Dessert?” the man asked as he set shell-shaped bowls of sorbet in front of them.

Gavin didn’t move. He didn’t take his hungry eyes off Emerson. “Thank you,” he said to the man. “That’ll be all for tonight.”

Looking into Gavin’s eyes, Emerson’s heartrate tripled. She wanted him. Even if it made her vulnerable. She wanted this. Even if it was a fantasy.

When the man left, Gavin grinned and reached for the silver spoon beside her bowl. “Dessert?” He dipped the spoon into the single scoop of light-colored sorbet and lifted it like he might feed her, but then, with an even brighter grin, he brought the spoon to his own beautiful mouth and licked it clean. “Lemon,” he said, his voice warm and deep.

She opened her mouth, and, for a split second, was afraid her throat was too dry to speak. “I like lemon,” she said, watching him help himself to another bite.

This time, he set the spoon down, and inched closer, so close, she could feel the cold on his tongue and smell the lemon on his lips.

“Want a taste?” he whispered.

She wrapped her arms around his powerful shoulders and pulled him in. Their lips locked. Their tongues tangled. He shoved his hands beneath her thighs and guided her onto his lap. Skirt riding high. Heart beating fast. She settled over his erection, biting back a moan as he nipped at her jaw and rubbed erotic patterns up and down her back. And then, he was licking her ear, tugging her lobe, sliding his hands along the silk of her dress to her stomach and the underside of her breasts.

Emerson tipped back her head, and her eyes fluttered open to the starry sky. Was it awful to pray during something like this? Because she wanted to. She wanted to pray for this to be real.

 

About the Author 

Elley Arden is the author of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Cleveland Clash series. She previously worked for The Walt Disney Company and spent over a decade as a non-fiction writer and editor. When she’s not writing, Elley can be found reading, watching sports, redecorating her house, or kicking her husband’s butt in Words With Friends. She lives in Pennsylvania with her high school sweetheart and their three crazy (in a good way) kids.

Contact Information

Website: www.elleyarden.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ElleyArdenAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elleywrites

 

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Moondance by Linda K. Hopkins

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Moondance
by Linda K. Hopkins
Genre: Clean Paranormal Romance
356 pages
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Unlike any shapeshifter romance you’ve ever read!

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Handsome, alluring, and a little dangerous, Melissa Hewitt’s boss can barely
manage to acknowledge her. But there is something about Leander
Garrett that makes him impossible to ignore. He is not the only thing
plaguing Melissa’s thoughts, however; a huge panther, as black as
night, pursues her relentlessly through her dreams.
As winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw,
but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that
lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something
that compels him to reject what he desires the most.
Can he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to
love, and be loved in return?

˃˃˃ An engrossing and captivating tale of romance, Moondance will keep you enthralled to the very last page.

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“What are you scared of?” she asked softly.

He stared at her for a long moment. “Only you.”

“Give us a chance.”

“I can’t.”

“You’ve never walked away from a challenge before.”

He flashed her a bitterly amused grin. “You think you can manipulate me?”

“If you walk away now, you’ll never know if it could have worked.” She inched her hand forward on the table and touched his. He stared down at it, then slowly wrapped his little finger around hers.

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Linda K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary,
Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog. Originally from South
Africa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the
Univerity of South Africa.
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Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 3: Baker’s Dozen by Amey Zeigler

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Amey Zeigler wrote her first mystery with her best friend in fourth grade. She wrote, the friend illustrated. It also had a cute boy in it with spiky hair (because that was the style back then). Not much has  changed. She loves mysteries. She loves romance. She loves suspense. She loves action, adventure and comedy. But she wants it to have a happy ending.
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Because she grew up moving all around the United States, Amey loves writing about different places. In her books, she explores the whole world.
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Growing up, Amey was always trying new things. She played violin, drums, flute, piano, all before she was sixteen. She also discovered she didn’t have much talent for music.
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When people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was afraid to tell them she
wanted to be a writer because she didn’t know how to write.
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She is so grateful for her Sophomore year Honor’s English teacher who gave her a star and five points (out of five!) for Voice on her personal essay. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have had enough courage to pursue writing.
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In her spare time, she adopts stray furniture left on the side of the road, fixes it up and gives it a new look and home. Amey lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX.

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Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.
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Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.
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Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they  traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
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As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.

 

 

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1.      My second toe is longer than my first
2.      I’ve lived in Alaska for eight years, in Europe for a year and a half.
3.      I speak French proficiently. But I usually don’t ask people to pardon it.
4.      I always have batteries and lemon juice in my fridge—for different reasons 
5.      I’ve taken ballet class three times but have never been in a performance
6.      In sixth grade, I was the class clown. *Sweeping bow*
7.      I am an orthodontia-wearing adult
8.      I still can’t ride a bike but I roller-blade like an Olympic figure skater.
9.      My dream car is a cornflower-blue Mercedes convertible 
10.  I call my mom nearly every day.
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New Release: Angel of Hope by L. L. Hunter

Title: Angel of Hope
Author: L.L. Hunter 
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: KILA designs
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Gabriel Daylesford thought he had escaped a fate worse than death after the battle with Lucifer and his demons.
He knew one day Samson would seek revenge for killing his father.
But until then, Gabe has to navigate the halls of Michael Academy and learn what it means to be Nephilim.
At least he has Eden and Asher for company.
When he starts receiving frightening visions, and a warning from his human grandmother to stop using his trait, he realises he is in more danger than he thought.
He has to decide who to trust if he wants to save the world from being overrun by demons once more.
And with the sudden appearance of two mysterious girls added to mix, Gabriel knows this won’t be easy.
He always knew he was fated for something much bigger than himself. He just doesn’t know what that is yet.
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Angel of Hope is the exciting first book in an all new spin off series set in the same universe as The Legend of the Archangel series and The Eden Chronicles.
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L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog   http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Enduring Bond by Christa Paige

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Enduring Bond
Allies of the Kan Asma Vampires Book 1
by Christa Paige
Genre: Paranormal Romance
177 pages
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A-Fourteen has been wasting away in a dungeon for decades. Tortured for years in
the name of science, he was stripped of everything—including his
name. Scientists want to know the secret to the Kan Asma Vampires’
longevity, but there’s no way they’ll make him talk. They’ve
tried everything, but he’d rather die than betray his people.
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When they bring the frightened scientist into his cell, he is unimpressed
with their newest tactic. The moment he tastes the blood of that
unsuspecting woman, his entire world is turned upside down. Mariyah
touches him with kindness and manages to shatter his resistance.
Because of her, A-Fourteen feels more alive than he has in years. She
promises to try and save him. But can he trust her?
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Mariyah’s life takes a deadly turn when her blood becomes the key to the
Lifespan Institute’s fountain of youth. When she is left to bleed
out in the cell of a vampire prisoner, the last thing she expects is
to survive. A-Fourteen shows her mercy by not killing her…and
Mariyah ends up giving him her heart. If she fails him, he will die,
and his blood will be on her hands, staining her soul.
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Now she needs to protect herself while trying to rescue the love of her
life. When she forms an alliance with the Kan Asma refugees, she
plays a dangerous game of double agent. She knows the risks, and she
also knows time is running out.
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Mariyah will do anything to save A-Fourteen and set him free…
even if it means sacrificing herself to give him a chance to live.
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“Why are they keeping you here?” She covered her mouth as his face darkened with anger. Her question infuriated him for some reason.

“I stopped asking twenty years ago.” He plucked at a thread hanging from the tatty cuff of his uniform.

“You’ve been here twenty years?” She leaned forward now, wanting to know more about this prisoner.

His shaggy head tipped back. His shoulders quaked as he laughed in a short bark. “Try thirty years, more or less. I’ve lost track of time. What day is it?”

Three decades. How absolutely horrid. She could only assume it was the same day but didn’t know how long she’d been unconscious. Despite being unsure, she rattled off the date, and he jolted in surprise as if being slapped.

“The Annual Family Meal is next week,” he muttered. “I’d give my right kidney for roasted lamb. Damn, I’d give a pinky for saffron rice.”

“You eat food?” Not just blood. She hadn’t said it aloud, but the guy had fangs. He must be one of those monsters. A vampire. Vampires were real! Oh, my God. She’d been testing samples of vampires. Of bloodsuckers. Of demonic beings who’d suck out her soul while feeding on her blood.

Terror gripped her, and she shoved herself farther into the corner, bringing her knees up to shield vital organs.

“I can scent your fear, by the way, and it reeks like chlorine.” He shook his arms, rattling the chains. “I’m no threat to you.” He licked his lower lip. “Except when I’m hungry.” A screech tore from her throat, and she folded in on herself.

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Strict professor by day. Romance author by night. Lover of all things
alpha-male twenty-four hours a day. Christa Paige is a
multi-published author in several genres. Her passion for love
stories spans many tropes. She writes sensual, romantic tales and
sweet love stories. In her free time, Christa, likes knitting and has
a yarn stash that keeps growing. (Especially if it is bamboo.) She
has a love/hate relationship with running but can’t turn down a
themed 5k race. Her beagle babies are her running partners. She never
tires of watching a Star Wars marathon or rereading Lord of the
Rings. There’s a special place in her heart for the Regency
Romance. Mr. Darcy is her favorite Regency hero, especially when he
is wearing Hessians and a cravat.
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Christa’s series The Blood-Vine published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Kissin’
Cops published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Women Who Serve (Book 1
Coming soon), Kan Asma Vampires published by Hartwood Publishing.
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Blog Tour: Heartache & Sin by Charles Soto

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Heartache & Sin

By Charles Soto

Genre: Suspense, Drama

When a Midwestern farming town is hit hard by a crop-destroying drought, people are willing to put their faith into anything that might bring them some relief.

Steven Wheaton is burdened by the effects of the drought on his farm, and heartbroken knowing that the chances of starting a family with his wife Karen have been damaged by her recent diabetes diagnosis.

Devastated, Karen turns to the new pastor in town, looking for faith and guidance…but even her relationship with God cannot fill the void in her life.

When ulterior motives collide with harrowing miracles, where does the line between good and evil begin?

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghost writer of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.

 

https://www.facebook.com/charlesSoto/
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On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33542.charles_soto
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: High Stakes by Lilly Cain

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High Stakes
Betting Hearts
by Lilly Cain
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
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All I ever wanted is happening this weekend.
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Or at least it might happen. If I don’t screw it up. A lot can go wrong
when you are sneaking around a Las Vegas hotel between a poker
tournament and a romance writer’s convention. And secretly attending
both. More can go wrong when the one man you ever really wanted is
there too, and he’s watching. He’s like a spy on a mission, always
trying to keep me out of trouble.
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He saved me once from drowning. He’s my brother’s best friend and I’ve
wanted him since I was old enough to know what that means. But for
him I’ve been off limits, the stakes were too high.
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How could I resist making him the hero of my book?
How will he react when he finds out?
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Warning:
This book contains awkward situations, fan-girling, laughter,
heat, and love!
**Only .99 cents!!**
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Jenn didn’t get lost. She never had in all the time he’d known her. Despite the number of times he and Connor had gone to rescue her, none of them had been because she couldn’t find her way. She’d changed her clothes. And she was toting around that ridiculous bag again. The weight of it pulled her top tight, and he visually traced the curve of her bra before he caught himself. “Don’t you think you should have left this in the room? Security will have a fit if you try to get to the tables with a suitcase on your back.” He gave her a grin.

Her eyes lit up like he’d given her the best present ever, and he shivered. A look like that could mean a lot of trouble. The girl had an idea. And that usually meant something scary. Not to mention that it sent his blood rushing southward. Lord help him, he loved that look.

“Yeah, you’re right. I better go take it back to the room. I’ll meet you at the registration table in a few minutes.”

“I’ll walk with you. What have you got in there, anyway?”

She frowned. “You should never ask what’s in someone’s bag. A girl doesn’t just give her secrets away. And I can walk by myself. You’d better go tell Connor I’ll be a few minutes.”

“Jenn—”

“Go on. I’m going to stop at the hotel desk to ask for more towels anyway.” She started to walk away.

“The main desk is the other way.”

She glared at him. That was even cuter than her here-comes-trouble look. “I can find my way just fine. Now you better go tell my brother I’ll be along in a bit.”

She wasn’t going to let anything happen other than what she’d decided to do. He knew her well enough to understand that, just as well as he knew she’d probably decided on some mischief. He sighed. “Fine.”

“Fine.” She stared at him a minute longer.

She’d obviously taken a minute to blow dry her hair when she’d changed. Static had caught it, and she looked the tiniest bit possessed. He pressed his lips together and did his best to hide his amusement. She might kill him where he stood if she thought he was laughing at her. When she turned, his laughter died a quick death anyway—the curve of her ass in the deceptively plain skirt nearly brought him to his knees.

She walked away, and he leaned against the wall. This was never going to work. He wanted her; she’d always wanted him, even if she was pushing him away this weekend. If he broke down and let her know what she did to him, would she stop pushing and ask him in? The way she’d looked when she asked for mouth-to-mouth said something a lot different than the brush-off she’d just handed him. But he couldn’t do the whole love ’em and leave ’em with her. Not Jenn. He’d never had a long-lasting relationship. His father had left his mother, and his father’s father had left his grandmother. What chance did he have with Jenn, when he was made with the kind of DNA that pushed men to wander?

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Lilly Cain is a wild woman with a deep throaty laugh, plunging necklines
and a great lover of all things sensual – perfume, chocolate, silk!
She never has to worry about finding a date or keeping a man in line.
She keeps her blond hair long and curly, wears beautiful clothes and
loves loud music. Lilly lives her private life in the pages of her books.
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All of the above is a bit of silliness. When not living up to her pen
name, Lilly lives in Atlantic Canada, although she spent eight years
in Bermuda, enjoying the heat and the pink sands. She returned to her
homeland so she could see the changing of the seasons once again.
When not writing she paints, swills coffee and vodka (but not
together), and fights her writing pals for chocolate (true story).
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Lilly is a single mom who loves reading and writing, dabbling in art and
loving and caring for her two daughters. She loves romance and the
freedom erotic fantasy provides her imagination. She loves the
chilling moments in her novels as much as the steaming hot
interludes. Her stories are an escape and a release, and she hopes
that they can give you that power, too.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Survivor’s Dawn by Ashley Warren

 

Title: SURVIVORS’ DAWN
Author: Ashley Warren
Publisher: Chaparral Press LLC
Pages: 316
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Women’s Fiction / New Adult Fiction

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A heroic story of three college women’s fight for justice

At first glance, Brooke Flanagan, Lauren Le, and Nikki Towers have little in common: a churchgoing virgin, a party girl, and a resident advisor. But they all have their own dreams, dreams that can be shattered in a single night.

When freshman Brooke Flanagan first arrives at the university, she’s excited to escape her sheltered life in a Southern town. Lauren Le, a scholarship student, likes to have a good time, but she never disappoints her hardworking, single mom. Nikki Towers always goes her own way. Confident, poised, and wealthy, Nikki’s biggest problem is what to do with her future.

Into these girls’ lives walks Colin Jordan. Colin is the son of a private equity titan, captain of his club basketball team, and a brilliant pre-law student. He is also a sexual predator.

Survivors’ Dawn relates a journey of heroes: the strength, courage, and determination of the victims as they fight to survive; the obstacles they face in their pursuit of justice; and finally, with its conclusion, hope for a future where students can pursue their dreams without fear of being attacked.

A contemporary novel, Survivor’s Dawn wrestles with issues of privilege, sexual assault, and the responsibility of academic institutions to protect their students.

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Book Excerpt

LAUREN LE BEFORE:

At eleven thirty Lauren Le stood with her new friends at the Homestead, a lively bar in the Triangle. Everyone talked at once, shouting to be heard above the music. The Homestead had space for a couple hundred people, with a large square bar in the middle, dozens of stand-up tables, and two dance floors. The constant beat and the bass notes coursed through Lauren’s veins.

She took a slug of the vodka soda.

Pace yourself, Lauren.

It had taken her a month to get comfortable on campus. She had grown up in Irving, Texas, outside of Dallas, and had never traveled this far to the east before starting school here. Some of her high school friends had gone to college, but none as far away as Lauren. They fell short when it came to grades and test scores and ambition.

Lauren was the result of a short-lived and reckless affair between a Vietnamese immigrant, Kim Le, who worked in a nail salon, and a tall Texan who lit out for the oil rigs as soon as Kim missed her first period. Kim had never heard from him again, and she seldom mentioned him to Lauren. As Lauren grew older she became curious and would sometimes ask about her father.

“I was stupid,” Kim had said. “I tried for a big dream with a big white man. But he was no good.”

When Lauren pressed for more information, Kim would grow adamant.

“You forget about him. You need to study.”

If Kim wasn’t working at the salon, a short distance from their apartment, she was doing piecework for a local tailor. Kim never paid Lauren an allowance, but she let her work a part-time job so long as she kept her grades near perfect.

With a tired mother and an absent father, Lauren was forced to learn how to have a good time on her own, and at that she had excelled. As a senior with a full figure, a fun nature—her hobbies were cosplay, online gaming, and organizing flash mobs—and a curious mind about partying and sex, Lauren had always attracted guys.

She had drunk one cocktail at the Italian restaurant and started with a shot of tequila at the Homestead. When they had first arrived, the girls danced as a group for nearly an hour, not allowing the dearth of boys to deter them from getting the party started.

Lauren took a break, her head buzzing slightly from the alcohol and the dancing. Cool air from the duct above her whisked away the perspiration.

God, college is fun.

The bar began to fill, and boys drifted by their group in ones and twos. A sophomore from New Jersey bought her another drink. He was her height, with red hair, and talked fast in a northern accent. He was almost cute, except for a big pimple and his lack of coordination. They tried dancing but couldn’t make it work. Afterward, he told her his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Snore.

Lauren spied one of the resident advisors from Roxbury Hall, Nikki Towers, watching her from the other side of the bar. The girls had approached Nikki when they first entered the Homestead, nervous because they had used fake IDs to get past the bouncer. They needn’t have worried. Nikki’s nickname was Cool RA. She had a reputation for doing her own thing in her own way and never traveling in a crowd. Cool RA had wished them a good time but advised them not to get wasted. (“I’m your RA, not your babysitter.”) Nevertheless, when Lauren caught Nikki’s eye, she could tell Cool RA was not impressed with the New Jersey kid.

“So…,” he said, “do you want to come over to the frat house and listen to music? I’ve got some killer weed.”

“Oh…well…like…”

His eyes were glazed and his shoulders swayed, like a five-year-old on a bicycle. Lauren wasn’t a fan of just-met sex. If he had been gorgeous, like Liam Hemsworth, then maybe. Wait, maybe? Not maybe. Definitely! But she would not have sex with New Jersey, at least not tonight. “You know, I’m gonna hang with my friends a while longer. Thanks, though.”

“Not a problem. Catch you later.”

He leaned toward her as if expecting something. She hesitated, unsure, and then offered to shake hands. He only got about ten steps before he stopped to chat up another girl.

“What did he want?” said Caitlyn, her roommate. Caitlyn’s face turned sour as Lauren told her of the invite to smoke pot. “Eewww! That guy?”

They laughed. Lauren was light as a feather. She could party all night.
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Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Eastern Factor by Freddie Silva

 

The Eastern Factor

By Freddie Silva

Genre: Fantasy

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The Eastern Factor: Kingdom of Haven Book 3

After being shattered by the death of his lady love, Olaf is sent east by his namesake Uncle to recover in the relative safety of the Eastern Confederation.  Even here, he cannot rest.  The Empire of Jewel is marching against his uncle’s fledgling Kingdom of Haven, and Olaf is tasked with finding a way to aid his uncle.

Suffering from his own internal demons of self-doubt and grief, he attacks his mission with as much gusto as he can manage, but has he learned from his previous mistakes?  In order to succeed, he must form odd alliances and thread the needle of daunting Eastern politics.  Has he learned enough to recognize friends from enemies, and, above all, keep his own dark impulses from destroying his efforts?

The fate of the Kingdom of Haven is depending upon his success.

Coming of age is tougher when you’re a Stenson.

 

About The Author

Freddie Silva lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He has a passion for history, religion, and mythology.  He strives to use elements from these interests in his writing.  He has published stories in a variety of venues including: Catfish Stew: A South Carolina anthology of literature; Triangulation; The Alchemist Review, and Short & Twisted Christmas Tales.  The first two novels in his Kingdom of Haven series, The Order of the Wolf and Stenson Blues, are available on Amazon and Kobo.  The third book, The Eastern Factor, will be released in January 2018.  He can be found at www.freddiesilva.com.

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