Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blythe of the Gates by Leah Erickson

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Blythe of the Gates
by Leah Erickson
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Can the gates of perception be bypassed?
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A rash love affair with a member of the Irish Mafia catapults Luna
Mulkerrins into scandal, murder, scorn and decadent friendships in
Ragtime Manhattan. Escaping from the blaze of publicity, a new Luna
emerges: Blythe of the Seven Gates. Her meteoric rise as a magician
leads to fame, vaudeville, silent movies and the notoriety of a
damaging court case. Can Luna reclaim her reputation and reinvent
herself as an independent woman of the time?
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From Leah Erickson, author of The Brambles, winner of the Crime Fiction
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Covered in cracked, brown leather and very old, the box had rows of hammered brass tacks along its edges, the lock held shut with a heavy latch of blackened metal. Only the Magician was allowed to use the key, and he kept it in his breast pocket at all times.

Luna knew about the faded red velvet lining. And she knew how the antique metal hinges creaked when he opened it. She knew about the ancient smell of mildewed newspaper, the smell of trapped life, the smell of time passed by …

“Luna. Open your eyes and look at it!”

Why the Magician did this to her, she did not know. Some nights when he was in a particularly wicked mood, he’d take the box down from the top of his closet and make Luna look inside, even though she turned away, and shut her eyes to it.

This made him laugh. “Girl, I am your husband. Listen to me! Look at it.”

But it was unbearable, to look straight into it, because it hurt. Looking straight into the thing was like looking straight into the sun; when she shut her eyes, she saw pulsing blood, red and floating orbs …

“Look.”

To look inside the box was to feel dissolution, deep down in her very center, spreading out and out until she had no more edges to her. But once she did look, it was so hard to look away again.

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Leah Erickson is the author of the novel “The Brambles” (2017)
and “Blythe of the Gates.” She is the recipient of the 2018
Independent Press Award and the Independent Book Award. Her short
fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals in print and
online, including The Fabulist, Pantheon Magazine, The Saint Ann’s
Review, Eclectica, The Coachella Review, and many more. She lives
near Newport, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dead Air by Cliff Protzman

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Dead Air
A Glenn Beckert Mystery
by Cliff Protzman
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station. Glenn Beckert discovers his
high school best friend is shot in the head while on the air. Beck,
the owner of Blue Water Security, is employed to provide security for
the station.
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He becomes willingly embroiled in the investigation by the
not-so-innocent widow. The list of potential suspects is long,
gleaned from the numerous extramarital affairs of the victim and
widow. The pending sale of the radio station has created friction
between his now dead friend, Richie Zito and the major stockholders.
Motives for murder becomes increasingly murky after the search
reveals an encrypted file on Zito’s laptop.
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Beck enlists the help of an old flame, Irene Schade, to break the code,
revealing a money laundering network leading to the financial and
political powers of his beloved city of Pittsburgh. Their
collaboration ignites the flames of passion each had considered
extinguished.
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A former college teammate, police Lieutenant Paglironi delivers a
message to back off. Arrogantly, he ignores his friend’s advice.
The threats from less friendly sources are more ominous, forcing Beck
to move in an unfamiliar world. A startling revelation from his
client forces Beck to deal with his inner conviction of right and
wrong, challenging the gray areas of his ethical principles.
Betraying his client’s confidence could expose the killer. The
alternative is to confront the suspect and take matters into his own
hands. Either way his life is in jeopardy.
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Cliff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Cliff’s family relocated to
Northeast Ohio when he was in high school. Immediately after graduation
he returned to his hometown to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
Cliff planned to major in journalism and write the great American
novel. Instead, he switched to Business Administration and began a
30-year career in accounting and finance.
Cliff rekindled his passion for writing acquired as a reporter for his school newspaper.
He published his first novel, DEAD AIR: a Glenn Beckert Mystery in
September 2017. Cliff also writes short stories. He was a winner in
the Unfinished Chapters anthology in 2015. Cliff is a member of the
Mystery Writers of America and Pennwriters.
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Chapter 1

Dead Air. It was the most unforgivable of sins. I was standing at the bar in Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA when the overhead sound system finished blaring “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” the seventeen-minute, two-second version, then dove into silence… and stayed there.

Minutes crawled past while WZOC, better known as Z-Rock to Pittsburgh-area listeners, remained silent. The long version of the Iron Butterfly song was played when DJs need extended bathroom time. Apparently, it was not enough time.

The seventeen-thousand-square-foot bar and restaurant was beginning to fill up. The stage hands scrambled over the stage in a well-orchestrated dance as they prepared the stage at the rear of the building. I was at the front bar, one of six serving the customers. The crowd noise increased due to the silent overhead system. The bartenders and service personnel went about their jobs, oblivious to the lack of music. I appeared to be the only person who noticed it. The dead air was an unexpected lapse for a normally proficient staff at Z-Rock. The station owned by my high school best friend, had been my first client, so I was always glad when the bar staff piped it in to provide background noise.

A Pittsburgh favorite, The Clarks, were scheduled to take the stage in forty-five minutes. Their classic rock style was often compared to Tom Petty. Z-Rock had introduced The Clarks to the Pittsburgh market, and it remained a strong supporter of the band. They had parlayed the station’s promotion into a broader following along the Southern Atlantic states. The quartet was almost as well-known in the city as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting lineup. I had had the great fortune to see many of their local performances.

Before heading to the front door, I finished my IC Light, a low- calorie brew from Pittsburgh Brewing. The bartender grabbed my empty bottle and asked, “Another one, Beck?”

“No thanks; probably later.” I headed toward the entrance, featuring solid wood double doors, the left side closed to restrain the incoming crowd. The line stretched outside beyond my view.

My firm was in charge of crowd control for the event. Even though I was on duty tonight, my plan was to be more of a spectator.

In my earpiece, I heard my site manager of Jergel’s security, Lance Parisi. “Beck, we have a problem at the front door. This patron is drunk and belligerent. He may be armed. I’m trying to get him to leave.”

I replied, “On my way.” As the owner of Blue Water Security, I was always glad to help with situations like these. I tried to hire only the best, so backing them with my support was always a pleasure.

An obviously intoxicated man was pointing a finger at Lance who had to be at least six inches taller than the swaying man. “You fucking asshole! I have a ticket! You can’t keep me out!” I heard the word motherfucker and that was that. This wasn’t going to end well for the drunken ticket holder.

In my mouthpiece, I said, “Stay cool, Lance. He’s all talk,” but before I could arrive, the man took a swing at Lance. So much for my expert analysis. In one quick movement, Lance had the man’s right arm twisted behind his back, Lance’s left arm firmly around his neck in a choke hold.

I rushed to Lance’s side. The man’s open coat displayed the butt of a gun in his waistband. I jerked the .38 Special from his belt holster and turned to look him in the eyes. The combined stink of beer and whiskey oozed from him.

Adrenaline was pumping through my body as if facing a 3-2 pitch. I regained my composure before speaking in a calm, determined voice. “Sir, even with a concealed carry permit, it is illegal to bring a gun into a bar, especially when you are intoxicated.” The other patrons waiting to enter had backed away when they saw the gun. “The man with his arm around your neck is going to escort you to the office. The police will be called. I hope you have your permit with you. You can walk to the office quietly. If not, I’m certain Lance will find a way to get you there. Is that clear?”

The man nodded as best he could with Lance’s muscular arm wrapped around his neck. Lance released his stranglehold, keeping a firm grip on the man’s arm. I handed the gun to my employee. The drunk remained calm and allowed Lance to lead him away. Using my mic, I paged Jason Weaver, who had been assigned to dance floor security for the night, to come to the front door.

I remained at the door, checking tickets for the anxious concert fans, until Jason appeared. It was then I realized there was still silence coming from the sound system. The normal professionalism of Z-Rock’s staff made me wonder about the cause of the extended silence. I could imagine engineers scrambling to locate and repair whatever technical problems had occurred.

Jason arrived, assuming Lance’s position at the door. I turned back to the bar as my cell phone rang. “Glenn Beckert,” I answered.

“This is John Waner at Z-Rock.” He paused and I wondered if I was truly surprised to be hearing from my security guard at the station. His voice was high-pitched, his words rushed as he said, “There’s a big problem here.”

“John, what’s the problem?”

“Beck… H-He’s… I don’t know what to do. R-Richie’s been murdered.”
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Crimson Melodies by Grace Harper

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Crimson Melodies
Red and Black Series Book 2
by Grace Harper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Donovan Dreamboat Carter’s ambition in life wasn’t to become the lead singer of the
band
Maverick. His plan to move to Brighton to assist his aunt run a halfway house was
to get away from his past. He’d finished his degree, had the skills
to help his aunt. Life for him would be settled.
When he saw Alex Devlin, lead singer of the globally successful rock
band,
Fragile, peelingcarrots at his aunt’s kitchen sink, he faltered on the threshold.
His knew with certainty that his life would change forever.
Leia Bryant, the internationally famous supermodel, has the world at her
feet. However, her agent thinks otherwise and systematically drops
her from all her campaigns, citing Leia is too old to model.
Devastated that she is now unable to walk down the best Milan runways, Leia is
surprised when Red & Black record label want to meet her. After a
single meeting, Leia is cosseted into the family of the record label.
But, it’s her passionate encounter with Donovan Carter that changes
her life forever.
Leia resists Donovan’s crazy idea of dating, telling him she is too old
for him. A decade younger than Leia, Donovan doesn’t see what the
problem could be.
She sets the rules and is only prepared to have a fling, keep it quiet
from the public, just a bit of fooling around. The plan is going well
until one of them falls in love.
Then both their lives change forever.
Maverick quickly reach stardom, but at what cost? Especially as Donovan
replaced the previous lead singer of
Maverick,
Casey Lowe, much to Casey’s aggravation. They knew each other a long
time ago.
Old wounds split open. There is more than one man out for revenge.
Whose lives are about to change again?
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Red and Black Series Book 1
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Ultimate friends to lovers romance.

There was a time when Sebastian Wild had the music world eating out of his
hands. Rock band, Fragile were at their height of fame when they gave
it all up.
It seemed a good idea when Sebastian started Red & Black record
label with his best friend, Alex Devlin. Sebastian was over the moon
when Tara Adkins agreed to come on board to spearhead the marketing.
Sweet, innocent Tara. He knew her life choices and had no problem marrying
her before he could take her to bed.
The problem? She was his best friend and only saw him as a rock star man
whore.
Tara Adkins had been in lust with Sebastian for too many years. Lust had
moved to love when she started working at Red & Black record
label. The handsome, sexy rock star had her heart racing every time
he walked into her office.
The problem? She wished she’d never told him about her rules of love.
Date, marry then have sex. He was her best friend and only saw her as
an innocent woman who was too buttoned up to let her wild side show.
Sebastian and Tara embark on a passionate journey, attempting to prove to each
other that it only matters what they think about their relationship,
not the public or his parents. Neither believes they are good enough
for marriage.
Sebastian thought he had won her heart until Valentino, the devious, handsome
Italian tries to lure Tara away.
Will Valentino beat Sebastian to marry Tara or will Tara listen to
Sebastian’s parents and believe she is just another groupie to fall
for the rock star?
Find out in the new series of Brighton’s latest record label that every
musician wants to be signed to.
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Grace Harper is a British author who loves to write about strong women and
handsome men. She writes steamy romance novels that will warm your heart.
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Writer of the Brodie Saga and the Geary Series, Grace immerses you in
stories of love, or rather, love’s pursuit to bring together two
people who were meant for each other. It’s not always quick or easy
but it will happen eventually.
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When Grace is not writing, she can be found mooching about in stationery
stores. Grace might have a Maltesers addiction but is not ready to
stand up and own that just yet.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Wrong Brother for Brooke by Michele DeWinton

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The Wrong Brother For Brooke
Hot Tide Book 3
by Michele De Winton
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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If he is the wrong brother, then why does this feel so right?
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When a woman slithers into his hot tub, Kainui Keahi thanks the Kahuna
gods for providing the mermaid of his dreams. But when it becomes
clear it was his brother she was looking for, not him, he does the
honorable thing and sits on his hands while she flees. The woman is
impetuous, driven, and all kinds of wrong for him. But he can’t shake
the feeling her body is meant to be his.
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Brooke doesn’t have time to be embarrassed about a misplaced fondle in the
dark. She’s headed for World Surfing League glory, her eyes focused
on winning the surfing competition. Until she dislocates her shoulder.
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Kainui is assigned as her physiotherapist and Brooke struggles to accept
he’ll get her skin under his hands once more. But when Kainui whisks
her away from the competition and shows her a different side of
Indonesia, their doctor/patient relationship is in danger of becoming
something deeper, and hotter.
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Perhaps Brooke got the right brother after all…
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Making Over Maya
Hot Tide Book 2
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This Cinderella isn’t supposed to end up with the Wolfe.
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Maya Taylor is all sass and style when it comes to closing a PR deal, but
when it comes to men, she has about as much witty banter as a
drowning grommet. So when fashion mogul, Dominic Wolfe, enters her
life, he seems to be bringing the perfect deal.
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She’ll teach him all there is to know about the highly competitive side of
surf sponsorship. And in return, Dominic will turn the beautiful
surf-klutz into a man-magnet. Dream deal, right?
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Only the lessons start getting hotter than the beach mid-summer and
Dominic realizes he wants more. Much more. But the deal was their
relationship wouldn’t cross the line between business and pleasure…
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Another Shot With Summer
Hot Tide Book 1
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He broke her heart like a cheap surfboard…can he win her back?
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After an accident stole his surfing career, Ashton Evans has a chance to
reinvent his life by photographing the leaders of the World Surfing
League. The problem? Summer Roberts is his first client. Now the
woman he can’t forget is spending long, hot Indonesian days in
front of his lens. In a bikini. And worse, she’s steaming up his nights.
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But no matter how tempting Summer is, Ashton must keep his hands to
himself. For the sake of her career, Summer is pretending she’s
still in a relationship with someone else. Being seen with Ashton
could blow her chance at making it onto the World Surfing League
leader board for good. But with their attraction as unstoppable as
one of the giant ocean waves that rule their lives, will they be
tumbled under by it? Or will Ashton finally get his second shot with Summer?
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Spotlight & Giveaway: Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson

Book Title: Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson
Category: Adult Non- Fiction, 210 pages
Genre: Business, Authorpreneurship
Publisher: Master Wordsmith Media, in association with Thanet House Books
Release date: Oct 1, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG for occasional mild swearing (hell and damn, mostly, one instance of “shitty”)

 

Book Description:

A great book can launch your business into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, most self-published business books rank somewhere between “meh” and “flaming pile of crap.” But your book doesn’t have to suck!

In “Don’t Write a Crappy Book,” editor and entrepreneur James Ranson unpacks the most common–and toxic–mistakes that first-time nonfiction authors make. Peppered with wisdom from a panel of industry experts, this book debunks the dangerous myths that can torpedo your text and offers clear, practical guidance for writing a book you’re proud of. This is the resource for the aspiring authorpreneur who wants to write and publish a book with minimum hassle and maximum results.

This book will teach you:

– How a self-published book can make or break your business (and the THREE factors that determine which it does)
– The biggest blind spots no one tells authors about (and how to look for them BEFORE it’s too late)
– How to write a first book that will get positive reviews on Amazon (and why that’s a better goal than becoming a bestseller)
– When writing a business book is the right move for you (and when you should NEVER write one)
– How to self-publish on Amazon to actually get good results for your business (a lot of it happens before you even start writing!)
– What NOT to do when you’re looking for an editor (and how to find a great one)
– Why trying to write and publish a book in 90 days or less is a recipe for disaster (and why no one tells you that!)
– How to avoid do-overs, sunk costs, and other self-publishing headaches (and how to get out of them if they sneak up on you)

Stay out of the crap pile! Discover the secrets to creating a highly valuable book that will expand your influence and grow your business for years to come.

To read interviews and guest posts, please visit James M. Ranson’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith(TM), is a Wall-Street-Journal-bestselling editor, ghostwriter and book coach who has helped over 200 consultants, coaches, speakers and other thought leaders create high-quality books. Clients of his have gone on to sell thousands of books, receive book deals from publishing houses, and be featured in regional and national media outlets. In addition to his own clients, James is a writer and book doctor for Thanet House Books, and is on recommended professional lists for Scribe Media(formerly Book in a Box), My Word Publishing, BrightFlame Books and Authors Unite. His second book, Don’t Write A Crappy Book!, will be published on October 1, 2018. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, James lives in Atlanta, GA, with his fiancée and a very needy cat.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Blog Tour: Salvage Rat by Larry N. Martin

 

Salvage Rat
By Larry N. Martin
Genre: Space Adventure

 The Adventure Begins…

Star Force pilot and hero Wyatt McCoy left his medals and career behind after the Rim Wars, disillusioned and bitter when he learns the truths behind the conflict. He takes his converted gunship, the Nellie B, and heads to the Near Fringe, salvaging derelict ships and abandoned stations and mining colonies. Dr. Beth Parker is a space archeologist, documenting the history of planetary expansion and colonization for Kalok Enterprises and the Interplanetary Mining Guild. A piece of alien technology embeds itself in Beth’s arm, giving her the ability to see the energy impressions of long ago people and events. When Beth uncovers proof of genocide that could bring down the big mining companies, she’s the target of assassins. Wyatt makes a split-second decision to intervene, launching them both into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with some of the most powerful organizations in the system. They can prove Kalok and Interplan killed millions—but can they live long enough to tell their story?

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About the Author

 Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of  the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventuresset in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series.

 

On Twitter: @LNMartinAuthor

Website: WWW.LarryNMartin.com

On Amazon: http://a.co/d/1JxBmri

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Salvage Rat Chapter One (Excerpt)

 Gunshots went with the territory, no matter how much Wyatt intended to avoid trouble. But here and now? This was not part of the plan.

Space salvage was not for the timid or those with a tender conscience. Wyatt was neither. When the first shot sizzled past his shoulder, he had nearly pried out the last of the electronic panels he had come for, panels that were worth more for the rare metals in their components than for their long-outdated tech.

He dove for cover at the next junction in the corridor and wondered how anyone knew he was on the old, abandoned mining colony. No one else was supposed to be there, let alone be shooting at him. He had scanned the place thoroughly. They must have come in after he’d already entered the mining base.

Then he realized that for once, the shooters weren’t after him.

They were shooting at a woman who appeared to be running for her life. She tore past him without a glance, and he noticed her civilian jumpsuit and lack of weapons.

In that split-second, Wyatt’s battle instincts kicked in, just as a pack of six security men in gray uniforms raced down the corridor with guns drawn. Part of him knew he should stay out of it, that it wasn’t his fight, let alone a fair fight. He knew it, but he leaned around the corner, aimed, and shot anyhow.

“Dammit! She’s got back-up!” one of the Grays swore as Wyatt’s shots clipped three of them before they got a bead on where he was. Outside, those would have been kill shots, since “winging” someone in a pressure suit was as good as putting a bullet through their head. But he had coaxed the old mine’s main gravity and air recycler to working again. With only emergency lighting operational, the corridors had deep shadows.

“Requesting more men,” the Gray spoke into his link as the others opened fire from where they’d taken positions at the next cross-corridor. One of the shots barely missed Wyatt’s ear.

“Screw that,” Wyatt muttered, getting in a couple more shots to pin down the Grays and then running like hell as he followed the path the woman had taken. He took the next right and headed down a long hallway with doors on both sides. Probably the offices for the old mining colony, he thought. Wyatt picked a door and dove into the darkness seconds before he heard the Grays clear the corner. The security guards thundered past, and he leaned back against the wall and let out a deep breath.

Definitely not one of my smarter moves. Damn.

“Who the hell are you?” It was a woman’s voice.

Wyatt blinked in the dim glow of the emergency low-level lighting. He wondered briefly if he should feel grateful or cursed that fates had him choose the same hiding spot as the woman. He took a moment to check out his surroundings. The room looked as if the mining bosses had just walked out and left everything behind—furniture, files, even the pictures on the wall. Very likely since it would have cost more than the stuff was worth to ship it home again, Wyatt thought. Which was what brought him to the mine in the first place.

Most of the time, salvage meant boarding derelict ships and recovering anything useful or saleable. But when space stations and colonies started being built, occupied for a short time, and then abandoned and left to rot, the laws were expanded. Even a hundred years out of date, usable stuff in good condition brought good money piecemeal, especially with the homesteaders out on the hardscrabble moons and the Fringe. Enough to keep Wyatt in fuel and supplies for a while.

Vandals and thieves had been picking at the place for a while, though it was off the main trading routes. Wyatt had a map and blueprints he’d picked up from a trader on Gascon—the great-grandson of someone who had worked in the mine’s construction crew. This job was supposed to be an easy in-and-out. Not anymore.

“You’re welcome,” Wyatt said to the figure in the deep shadows. “For shooting at those Grays back there.”

She snorted. “They’ll think we’re together. So instead of just shooting me, they’ll shoot both of us.”

Wyatt could only make out her silhouette, but it looked as if she had a weapon trained on him. He pondered for a moment as he clearly remembered her hands were empty when he saw her pass.

“You didn’t come in with us, and no one else is supposed to be here,” she whispered. “So what are you doing here?”

“Freelance salvage,” Wyatt replied. “This site just crossed into ‘fair use’ status. It’s been abandoned for a century, so I’ve got a right to be here.” Take that. I know my salvage laws, even if I bend them now and again.

“Kalok Enterprises,” she said. “We founded this colony. And you’re wrong. It’s ours for another three months. The clock starts from the Stellar Commission’s license date, not the Interplanetary Mining Guild acquisition date.”

“Details, details,” Wyatt replied. She came here with the people trying to shoot her? So maybe I’ve got what she needs—a way off this rock. Wyatt slowly stepped closer. He kept his left hand away from the gun on his hip and kept the gun in his right hand pointed at the floor.

“That’s close enough. Who are you?”

“Wyatt William McCoy, salvage reclamation specialist. And you are?”

“None of your business.”

“Remember, I have a ship, and you don’t,” Wyatt said. “Want to reconsider?”

She was silent for a moment; her weapon still pointed at his chest. “Oh, what the hell. I’m in deep shit now anyway,” she said finally.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: His Everything by Mia Echo

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His Everything
by Mia Echo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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When you’re the only girl growing up in a family full of soldiers, it’s
hard to find a date, let alone true love. Either your family scares
the guy off, or the dating pool is slim pickin’s because you know how
a real man should act and won’t settle for less.
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All I wanted was to find a man I could start a family of my own with, but
I never imagined how quickly I’d fall in love or how quickly I could
lose it all to be his everything.
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protective men. Mia specializes in insta-love stories with an erotic
twist that will tug at your heart strings and make you melt in the
best ways possible.
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Mia is from a small town in the US and she loves to introduce you to new
characters and their stories. Through twists and turns, and ups and
downs, Mia proves that love really can conquer all.
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When she’s not steaming up the pages of her next work in progress,
she’s spending time with her family and friends.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Something Wicked by Emery Nicolson

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Something Wicked
by Emery Nicolson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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The winds of change are blowing…
And something wicked is brewing in the dark.
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Millie Lockhart is descended from a long line of powerful witches but that
doesn’t mean she has the foresight to avoid being stood up by her
blind date, nor the courage to change her miserable life.
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Stuck in a rut and unappreciated by her family, Millie must make a choice
when fate throws the criminally sexy Colm Walker her way. A choice
between a man who is a complete anathema to her family – but makes
Millie feel alive – or to languish in her status quo.
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Saying yes to Colm Walker could make all of Millie’s dreams come true…
Or it could cost her everything.
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Including her life.
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Something Wicked was originally published as a 20,000 word novella
back in 2015. It has been modified and extended into a full-length
novel of over 65,000 words.
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This book is written in British English which means British spellings and
idiom.
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Emery Nicolson lives in the south of England with her husband, son and
assorted fur babies. In her spare time, she likes to think about
writing, binge watch tv shows, read and partake of pyjama-themed
dance parties often while drinking spiced rum from a mug. Something
Wicked is her first novel.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Ravaging the Duke by JR Salisbury

 

Ravaging the Duke
Mayfair Series Book 2
by J R Salisbury
Genre: Historical Romance

 

Inheriting the title from his murdered father, Alec finds just how dire things really are. His father’s gambling obsession left the family with nothing but the entailed properties. The ton views him as a disgraced duke.
Alec, now The Duke of Wexwood finds himself in need of a bride. One with a substantial dowry. It needn’t be a love match as Alec doesn’t believe love exists except in rare cases. He needs a woman who can help him rebuild the dukedom.
Margaret Douglas is an American recently arrived back in England. She has fulfilled her late father’s wishes by returning with her mother. Now she needs to find a husband. One who won’t squander her dowry, someone who’ll see her as an equal.
Introduced by her cousin, the Earl of Norwood, Margaret and Alec come to an agreement which quickly turns into a passionate romance.
Lurking in the background are secrets—ones Margaret can’t hide from the duke. Secrets she brought from America. What will happen when Alec finds out what she’s hiding?

 

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“What you need, Wexwood, is a wife. One with a decent enough dowry,” the Earl of Norwood said, stretching his long, muscular legs out in front of his chair as he lit a cheroot.

Alec ran his hand through his thick black hair, unfolded his lanky frame from behind the large mahogany desk, and wandered over to the table placed against the wall nearest the desk. He picked up a decanter of whiskey in one hand and two glasses in the other. Though it was late afternoon, now was as good a time as any to get foxed. It wasn’t as though he could show his face in White’s.

“That would certainly solve a great deal, but I don’t see a line of young women queuing up to marry a disgraced duke.”

He poured Norwood a glass full of whiskey and handed it to him. Pouring one for himself, he drank it down in one swallow before throwing the glass, slamming the crystal against the hearth. The sound of the remaining liquid hissed in retaliation.

“That’s not going to solve anything,” Norwood said, sipping his whiskey.

“No, but it certainly felt good.”

“Back to your troubles. Pity Rebecca didn’t work out.”

Rebecca, the one woman he thought loved him and whom he would marry, had left him. Departed for Italy to join her mother and aunt. The two months she was to be gone had now turned into six. Her last letter, dated over two months prior, indicated she had no idea when she’d return. It seemed her mother and aunt had convinced her that marriage to a duke with such a sullied reputation was not in her best interest.

“Yes, it would have solved many problems.”

“I may be able to help.”

“Help, how?” Alec asked, pouring himself a fresh glass of whiskey. This time, he sipped the amber liquid before setting the glass on his desk.

“I think I know the perfect woman.”

“I thought you might know of some young woman somewhere. France, perhaps?”

“Nothing that exotic. I do know such a lady, though she’s not French.”

“Do tell.”

“Her name is Margaret Douglas. Though her father moved the family to America some years ago, Miss Douglas recently arrived in London with her widowed mother. It seems her father had a horrific accident.”

“All that’s sad, I’m sure, but how would she be able to help me?”

“Her dowry is probably the fattest in all of Great Britain. On top of that, the young woman refuses to marry anyone chosen for her. She trusts few.”

“How am I to get past her fear?”

“Miss Douglas is my cousin.”

“Your cousin?” Alec said in disbelief.

“Yes, on my mother’s side. From the few times I’ve been able to talk with Margaret alone, she very much wants to marry, but on her terms.”

“I don’t understand. Does she want a marriage of convenience? Is that what you’re saying?”

“She wants someone who will take the time to get to know her, manage her money well, and give her a couple of children. Love isn’t necessary.”

Alec stared at his friend in disbelief. “When do I meet your esteemed American cousin?”

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Amazon bestselling author J R Salisbury divides her time between the U.S. and U.K. with her aging Yorkie, Rocco.

When in the U.K. she finds herself shrouded in history, making an author’s imagination come alive.

J R writes Victorian era and Scottish historical romance with perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, sassy heroines.

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Psychological Suspense

Date Published: 10/06/18

 

 “Lock the doors and windows…don’t talk to anyone…keep the kids with you.”

 

Jenna Bradley knows she needs to be afraid, she just doesn’t know what she should be afraid of. An evening phone call from her husband, Eric, rattles her to the core. “I’m coming to get you and the kids. We have to go away for a while.”

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