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THE ELEMENTAL DETECTIVE
Riga Hayworth, Book 5

Published by: Misterio Press
December 21, 2013
Word Count: 70,647

Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Mystery

SYNOPSIS

Mermaids, menehunes, and murder.

Riga Hayworth just wants to relax with her new husband on their Hawaiian honeymoon. But a body on a Kauai beach pulls them into a murder investigation, sending the supernatural world into an uproar.

When Riga detects traces of magic at a murder scene, she knows she can’t ignore the call. There’s necromancy afoot, and she must prepare for the battle to come. But can Riga fight the forces of nature? Or will they destroy her and everyone she loves?

Book five in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels, The Elemental Detective is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy blending romance with the supernatural, and exploring the magic of Hawaii.

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THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE
Riga Hayworth, Book 1

October 24, 2011

Tarot, the Archetypes, Good Wine… and a Dog Named Dog.

When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a set up of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld… and make it back alive.

Riga’s client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: her husband died in a car crash last year. Riga isn’t sure what to think. Is Helen mad? Is someone else trying to harm the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave? But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves.

An urban fantasy based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metaphysical Detective explores the power of the archetypes through the double lens of tarot and Greek mythology.

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THE ALCHEMICAL DETECTIVE
Riga Hayworth, Book 2

May 31, 2012

Where Alchemy, Demons, and Good Wine Collide… with a Lake Monster Named Tessie.

A psychic has been murdered in an occult ceremony and the police pay a visit to Riga Hayworth, metaphysical detective. But this time, she’s not a consultant on the case. She’s a suspect.

There’s a storm on the horizon.

Riga’s lost her magic and has come to Lake Tahoe to recover and spend quality time with her new love. But life for Riga is never that simple. A psychic’s been murdered, and the police believe Riga has a connection to the crime.

They’re right.

And if that’s not enough, Riga is drafted as the host of a reality TV show about the local lake monster, and her niece is rejecting her metaphysical abilities. Juggling demons, daimons, and angry tarot card readers, Riga must catch a killer before she becomes the next target.

The Alchemical Detective is an urban fantasy exploring the world of alchemy and the imagination.

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THE SHAMANIC DETECTIVE
Riga Hayworth, Book 3

October 19, 2012

A Fast-paced Urban Fantasy

When Riga Hayworth’s lover is arrested, she’s determined to unearth the truth, no matter the cost. But life – and death – get in the way.

All Riga wants is to clear the name of her almost-fiancée, Donovan Mosse. But a death faerie has other plans for her, and Riga is forced to protect a shaman with a house full of murderous relatives. The only way to stop this killer is to figure out who he, or she, is before the next strike. As the two cases become entangled, Riga must choose between facts and faith, and decide just how far she’s willing to go for love.

The Shamanic Detective is a paranormal mystery set in Lake Tahoe, exploring shamanism, the shadow, and the world of the fae.

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THE INFERNAL DETECTIVE
Riga Hayworth, Book 4

Published by: Misterio Press
May 21, 2013

Murder. The undead. Irritating relatives.

When Riga Hayworth finds a dead body in her bedroom, it’s par for the course. When the corpse drives off with her fiancée… That’s a problem.

Riga knows dead. More intimately than she’d like. So when a murdered photographer walks away from her pre-wedding party, she believes there’s necromancy afoot. And when she discovers that several of her wedding guests are under the influence of dark magic, she’s certain. But how can she catch a killer and stop a necromancer when even her nearest and dearest are lying to her?

Marrying romance, mystery, and the metaphysical, The Infernal Detective is a fast-paced urban fantasy, where nothing is quite as it seems, and magic lies just beyond the veil.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth paranormal mystery series: The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective, and The Elemental Detective.

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.

You can connect with Kirsten through the social media sites below, and if the mood strikes you, send her an e-mail at kirsten_weiss2001@yahoo.com

CONNECT WITH KIRSTEN

Website: http://kirstenweiss.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#%21/RigaHayworth

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirstenweiss/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kirsten-Weiss/e/B007EG2ZD8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1charms.jpg

***GIVEAWAY***

Grand prize: Riga’s mini-magick kit (including spell paper, a quartz crystal, herbs for incense, and a candle) and a signed copy of The Elemental Detective.

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Second prize: a purse charm plus e-copy of The Elemental Detective.

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Third prize: an e-copy of The Elemental Detective. US Only please.

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COVER REVEAL: Missing Pieces by Tiffany Flowers

 

Gabby survives her ex-boyfriend’s brutal attack, only to be ripped away

from her life by a complete stranger. She is thrown into the world of

Immortals, where every nightmare out there exists and walks free. She can’t

deny her attraction to this stranger, Neeko, but he must earn her trust before

she will ever let him into her heart. Can she learn to love again? Will love be

enough, or will everything come crashing down?

Neeko sees Gabby and immediately knows she is someone

special. He makes a rash decision to kidnap her, because he can’t stop thinking

about her. Now he must somehow prove to her that she is his mate and his soul’s

other half. How can he have a human for a mate? Can he keep her safe from

Demons? Or is he her biggest threat?

When the missing pieces fall into place to reveal all

their secrets, will they stand together or apart?

 

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 “Just sit on

the bed and watch.” He grins but doesn’t get up. I quickly run into the

bathroom and strip of my shirt and pants. I have on a black and purple lace corset

and a black thong with a garter belt attached to fish nets. And to set it off

with a bang 6 inch spiked high heels. The purple goes great with my tattoo. I

lean forward head bent and brush my hair to give it the full volume look. You

know the just fucked look. I take a deep breath I have never done anything like

this before. I slowly open the bathroom door and step out. I hear him take a

sharp breath. His eyes have turned dark with desire and are watching my every

step. His muscles become rigid and hands gripping the edge of the bed. I let

him take in the outfit and then walk to the iPod and hit play. Giving him a

nice view of my ass.  Shush by Rachele Royal starts up. I walk right in

front of him and start singing the words while dancing erotically.

She’s singing about giving it to her good. I walk up

to him and place my hand on his shoulder and lean in to whisper while my knee

is placed on his erection. I put a little pressure on his bulge and she says

something about 3 in a row. I hold up three fingers and then rub them on top of

my panties. Then place them on his lips. He nips at my fingers.

He slowly takes one of my fingers in his mouth and sucks.  I turn and

bend over and rub my ass on his jeans, right over his dick. His body stills and

he growls. He reaches his hand from behind and rubs on my clit ,with a finger,

through my thong. I twist back around and grab his hand and stick that finger

in my mouth and gently suck down to his knuckle then back up to the top

swirling my tongue around his finger.  She sings about shushing and making

no noises so I hold his finger to my mouth shushing. I turn and sit on

his lap and I grind on him.

I feel his breath on my neck right before he leans

in and kisses it. Nibbling and sucking. He is driving me wild. I have to stand

up before I loose myself in him. I want to drive him wild not the other way

around. I turn and have my back to him I bend down and touch my ankles to give

him a nice view of my ass and slowly start to slide my hands up my legs and

begin to stand. I hear him growl and the next thing I know I’m lying face down

on the bed with him on top of me. He leans down and whispers in my ear. “You

drive me wild.” His hot breath on my neck and his erection pressing into my ass

is almost too much. He rips my thong right off my ass. Well he did buy

them.  He leans down and bites my ass and slaps right where he just bites.

“Fuck Neeko.” “That’s right say my name baby.”

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NEW RELEASE: Rockstars Angel

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Title: Rockstar’s Angel (Decoy #3)

Author: KT Fisher

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 18th

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Since the day Tanya and Leo met they have held an intense attraction for each other. After a hot and passionate night together Tanya is scared that her feelings for Leo are changing from lust and into something more. She doesn’t want to fall in love with the playboy drummer, that’s just begging for her to get hurt.

Leo loves Tanya’s no nonsense attitude, she’s different to all the other girls that surround him and he wants her. After their explosive nights together he knows it goes deeper than just sex but Tanya wants to keep quiet about them from their friends and that secretly pisses him of.

Tanya leaves Leo’s after an argument and they don’t see each other for four years. That time apart has left Tanya feeling more and more angry with Leo and Leo craving beautiful and sexy blonde women. They just don’t compare to his beautiful angel and he wants her again, Tanya just won’t give him a chance to explain.

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K.T.Fisher lives in the UK and loves reading and writing. In her spare time you will find her lost in a book or busy writing about her next hot romance book. After realizing her long awaited dream can finally come true when she discovered Kindle Publishing she started to bring her men to life in her books for others to enjoy. Now, she not only loves reading about all things erotic but also bringing more book boyfriends to life for other book lovers, just like herself.
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I poke my hip out and cross my arms; trying to look casual. I’m hoping that he can’t tell that I’m lying. It won’t hurt to make him think I was with someone last night. Leo frowns, taking a step forward. “You didn’t leave with anyone last night, you went home with Maisy.”
I notice Maisy’s laughter has stopped. Great, her and Max are eavesdropping. The girl acts as though she doesn’t like drama, but she sure does seem to like to get all up in my shit. I take a step away from Leo’s intense gaze, coming to a stop when my back smacks into the limo. Oh shit, I don’t want to be trapped by Leo, I can’t. I take a deep breath, calming myself. “You don’t know who I met once I left.”
I see his jaw tense, maybe I shouldn’t tease him, but why should he be bothered? All I ever was to him was a great fuck. Why should he care if I sleep with other men? “Did you?”
I avoid his glare. “It’s not your business.” I go to move to the side of him, but he slams his hand down on the car, stopping me from walking past. Oh shit. I turn around, but he has me trapped against the limo with his arms.
Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!
I can’t be trapped by him, in his sexy arms! It might seem silly, but his arms really do affect me like that. I can’t look up at him, if I do I’ll be a goner. His beautiful blue eyes affect me just as much as his muscled arms. That’s the mistake I made last night.
“Don’t fuck about Tan, tell me. Did you leave with someone last night?” I don’t answer him. I know I can end this right now by telling him no, but I can’t do that. That would mean I’ve lost, and I’m not prepared to do that. Leo presses his body against mine and I tense, his body feels so good, hard and warm. His body is so perfect, I can’t have him pressing it against me, I’m already responding to him. He leans down, speaking directly into my ear; it sends shivers all over my body. “Did you fuck someone last night? Tell me now, because I need to fucking know.”
“No you don’t.”
“Yes I do. I need to know if someone’s tried to take what’s not theirs. You’re mine, angel.”
I gasp, shoving at his chest. He doesn’t move at all. “You’re a fucking jerk, Leo!” I duck under his arms fast enough that he can’t stop me. I point my finger in his smug, beautiful face. “I am not yours; you lost that right four years ago.”
Leo frowns and tries to reach out to me. “Angel-”
I move away so he can’t touch me. “No! Don’t call me that! You can’t call me that anymore!”
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NEW RELEASE: Dearest Clementine

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Title: Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

Author: Lex Martin

Release Date: April 18, 2014

Genre: NA contemporary romance

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Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

 

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Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

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SASSY REVIEW & PROMO: HIGH The Indigo Lounge

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Title: HIGH (The Indigo Lounge Series #1)

Author: Zara Cox

Release Date: November 30, 2013

Genre: Erotic Romance

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Synopsis

Welcome to The Indigo Lounge, the scandalously sexy sky-high playground where anything can happen…

Flirty, dirty and utterly delicious, HIGH is the perfect next read for lovers of the internationally renowned This Man series from Jodi Ellen Malpas & Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.

Zachary Savage is a man accustomed to getting whatever and whoever he wants. He’s buried his demons and risen from the ashes to become the playboy owner of the internationally renowned Indigo Lounge, a fleet of ultra-exclusive sky-high pleasure palaces.

He has everything he wants, until he sets eyes on Bethany Green. One look is all it takes ~ she has to be his.

Bethany Green has endured the worst year of her life; bad luck and heartbreak at every turn. Karma swings wildly in her favour when a money-can’t-buy golden ticket lands in her lap – an invitation to experience the scandalously sexy Indigo Lounge for herself.

Green by name and green by nature, is she brave enough to accept the hottest ticket in town?

One glimpse of Zachary Savage is enough to convince her that she isn’t cosmopolitan enough to play in his glamorous, sinfully sexy world. But they’re already in the air, and reality is a long way behind them. The only way is up.

The Indigo Lounge. Step aboard and check your inhibitions at the door.

 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Checked by Jennifer Jamelli

 

 

Callie spends countless hours staring at appliances to make

sure they are really unplugged. She wastes obscene amounts of time checking for

murderers in various corners of her house and entire sleepless nights

performing pointless checking rituals. Then every spare minute is filled with

inspecting doorknobs, chairs, floors, etc. for minuscule traces of germs. Oh,

and she does all of this as she counts to three over and over again in her

head. She does this every day. Without fail. Dr. Blake just doesn’t fit into

her schedule. Until he does. Until Callie begins to trust him. Until she starts

to need him. And want him. And . . .

 

 

 

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Jennifer Jamelli has spent most of her life reading and writing; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English, and she is an 8th grade English teacher. 

 

She also directs a musical production each school year. Her most recent show was Beauty and the Beast.

Jennifer lives with her husband and her four-year-old son.

She, like the main character in her debut novel, has a rather hopeless case of OCD.

 

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PROMO: Finding Autumn

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My name is Autumn

Winters. 

 

 

The truth is, that’s the biggest lie I’ve ever

told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My real name is Olivia Redmund. Autumn Winters

is the curtain I hide behind. You see, I write bestselling erotic romance

novels. But my life is far from erotic. The only fantasy exists in my head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day I met Hunter Grayson, that all changed.

A handsome stranger on a train who turned my world upside down, made me think

and feel things I never knew were possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But he’s hiding, too. 

 

 

 

What happens when I slowly realize that who I

truly am is more similar to who I’m pretending to be? I want to be brave enough

to tell the world, but the fear is crippling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear of myself. Fear of the unknown. Fear of

what others will think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But life is too short to be afraid. 

 

 

 

And I’m so damn tired of hiding. 

 

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“Shit,” I mumble to myself when I spy the pink

vibrator, glaring proof of my non-existent sex life now on public display. “God

damn it,” I utter again, shaking my head and scrambling to grab it, when I

notice a pair of beautiful, masculine hands scooping up my belongings.

Completely mortified, my cheeks flush a deep red, and I’m silently praying he

hasn’t spotted my favorite sex toy. My eyes make their way from the ground,

climbing past the hands and up the length of strong, muscular arms to an

absolutely gorgeous face, and I take a hard swallow. A chiseled jaw with a hint

of stubble, irises the color of aged brandy, a sharp, sculptured nose, and

perfectly tousled hair that matches his hypnotic eyes. I don’t realize that I’m

staring until his lips quirk up into a grin.

 

Could I be any more obvious?

 

He tosses the items back in my purse and nods toward

the vibrator. “I’ll let you handle that one,” he offers, his voice a rich

timbre to my ears. “Although,” he whispers, leaning in close, “I’m sure I could

put it to good use.” My mouth drops open in surprise, just as he reaches his

thumb out to skim my bottom lip. “I’m pretty sure I could put this sexy mouth

to good use, too.”

 

About The Author

Beth Michele is the author of Love Love, Lovely,

Scarred Beautiful, and Finding Autumn. She is a Connecticut native who loves

spending time with her husband and two children.  If you can’t find her, though, she’s probably

hiding out with her kindle somewhere quiet, preferably a spot overlooking the

ocean.  She has an affinity for

Twizzlers, is a hopeless romantic, and a happily ever after fanatic.

 

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COVER REVEAL: For The Love Of A Lush

 

 

 

For the Love of a Lush (Lush No. 2)

by Selena Laurence

Genre: Edgy Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  May 26, 2014

Hosted by:  The REAL Housewives of Romance

 

 

Synopsis


Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas,

home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancée Tammy DiLorenzo.


Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again.


But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

 

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After a hearty ranch breakfast cooked by Ronny’s wife Leanne, Mike and I load up the truck with barbed wire, posts, and tools. Ronny’s got a few pickups that we use for work. I’m stoked when I manage to grab the newest of the fleet because it’s got an iPod connector. I plug in and crank up Imagine Dragons as Mike hops in and props one boot clad foot up on the dash.

 

 

Neither one of us can ride a horse worth a damn, so we’re not really cowboys. We do all the other manual labor around the place while the guys who’ve lived out here their whole lives ride the horses and get the glory. But, both Mike and me jumped on the cowboy boot bandwagon as soon as we got our first look at those bad boys. Cows may be the dumbest creatures on the planet, but cowboy boots rock.

 

 

“Christ, Wing’s work on this album is so stunted,” Mike bitches, referring to the Dragons’ guitarist as we bump along the dirt road. “The dude could do a hell of a lot more if he’d break out of his little guitar-school box.”

 

“Yeah, well, their sales numbers indicate a whole lot of people disagree with you.”

“I s’pose so,” he mutters.

 

We bounce along in silence for a few more minutes as the music shuffles through my playlist, until suddenly Joss Jamison’s voice comes rolling out the speakers, “If I could only breathe one thing it would be your air…” I lurch for the power button on the radio, slamming it to “off”, and almost weave off the road.

 

 

“Sorry, man, sorry,” I say as I rub my chin and correct the truck’s course.

 

 

“Fuck. It’s okay,” Mike answers. He sits quietly for a minute looking out the window at the rolling grazing land that goes on for as far as the eye can see. I grind my teeth, Joss’s voice still reverberating in my head, only with some of the last words he said to me, instead of the song lyrics—“It wasn’t what you think.” As long as I live I’ll never understand that. He slept with my fiancé, what other way is there to think about it? My best fucking friend screwed the woman I love while I was locked up in rehab. I shake my head silently, the memory of it burning a hole through my damn chest.

 

 

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I stop dead in my tracks, a handful of steps from turning the corner into the kitchen. Everything inside of me goes boiling hot and then frigid cold in a matter of seconds. My heart feels like it’s stopped inside my chest before I bring my fist up and pound—hard—to get it to start beating again. Mike, who is a few steps ahead of me turns the corner at the same moment I halt, and I hear him say, “Oh fuck.”

 

There’s silence for a minute, and then Leanne clears her throat uncomfortably. “Uh, Mike, I guess you know Walsh’s friend?”

 

I’m breathing hard now, and I’m not sure I can keep standing. It feels like my damn heart is going to pitch itself out of my chest onto the floor. I bend over and put my hands on my knees, praying that they can’t hear my raspy breaths from inside the kitchen.

“Uh, yeah,” Mike answers tentatively.

 

“Is he here?” the visitor asks. I hear the hope in the voice, and the false bravado that only I would pick up on.

Mike turns his head slightly to glance at me over his shoulder, but I can’t look him in the eye, I’m working too hard at being able to stand up straight and breathe.

 

“I’m not sure…”

 

“Mike, please,” the guest interrupts, that bravado slipping, and a certain desperation leaking through. Even after all this time, I can’t stand to hear that need. I’m compelled to fix it, make it better, find a way to bring the hope back.

 

 

“It’s okay, Mike,” I say hoarsely as I finally step forward to stand next to him in the kitchen. I stop, taking in the scene, like a frozen tableau, all eyes on me—one pair waiting for me to freak the fuck out, the second questioning what the hell is going on, and the third. Ah, the third. I look into the depths of those eyes, remembering all the hours I spent lost in their velvety texture, their warmth, their love. The love I thought was mine to hold forever. Those eyes in the face of the person who committed the greatest hurt I’ve ever felt in my twenty-eight years. The eyes that looked at me every day for months on end and lied. The eyes of the woman I still, very reluctantly, love to this day.

 

I blink, take a deep breath and say, “Hi Tammy. What brings you by?”

 

 

 

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As I get closer I see that he’s wearing a Nine Inch Nails t-shirt and a pair of jeans that really should have a belt, his boxers showing out the top of the waistband. I feel my breathing get faster, and I tell myself that it’s just adrenaline because I don’t want to have to talk to him, but it might also be because he’s taller then me. Like by a lot. He’s also got broad shoulders and really nice thick light brown hair. It makes me want to dig my fingers into it.

 

I walk toward my desk. He’s leaning with one hand on the back of my chair, talking to a dark-haired guy who’s sitting in the next row.

 

“Dude, I’m telling you, Joss can get us tickets, we just need your mom to drive and we’re set.” 

 

“Excuse me?” I say, trying really hard not to sound like I give a shit if he notices me or not. “I think I’m supposed to sit here.”

 

He turns, and I find myself staring into the softest, sweetest brown eyes I’ve ever seen. Looking into them is like being cocooned in something warm and plush. I suddenly feel safe, and peaceful and happy, things that I don’t very often feel. He must see something interesting in me too, because we both just stand, looking at one another for what feels like hours. His soft lips turn up on the ends and his smile is as gentle as his big brown eyes. He’s not looking at my chest, he’s not looking up at me, he’s looking at me. The real me, like I matter, and I think maybe I could have him look at me that way forever. Then I hear the other boy’s voice, “Dude, she needs to sit down, move your ass.”

 

“I’m Walsh,” he says, cutting to the heart of it all.

 

“Tammy,” I reply.

 

He steps back as the teacher walks in and asks everyone to sit down. Walsh is assigned to the seat behind me, and for the entire class I can physically feel him behind me, like a tantalizing brush of fingertips across my back. A buzzing, warm sensation that makes it nearly impossible to concentrate on quadratic equations, which, let’s get serious, I’m never going to need to know anyway.

 

By the end of class I’ve decided—I have to have him. There is no doubt, no indecision or need to consider it. Walsh Clark—I learn his full name when roll is called—is the one. The problem being, I don’t know exactly how to make him mine. Since I’ve hated boys for the last three years I haven’t had much practice at getting them to like me. But, I’ve always been a “woman of action” as my dad calls it, so I figure I’ll approach it like I do anything else—make a plan, and follow it through until I get what I want.

 

I’m contemplating all of this as the bell rings and the teacher dismisses us. I pack up my stuff, disappointed when Walsh and his friend hightail it out of class before I can catch up. But when I reach the door to the hall, there he stands, leaning up against some lockers, a smile on his face as I walk toward him.

 

“Where’s you next class?” he asks, moving his books to the hand furthest from me.

“Art. Annex B. You going to walk me?”

 

“Yeah,” he answers as he reaches over and gently lifts my backpack from my hand.

 

 

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Joss Jamison has it all. He’s the lead singer for the world’s hottest rock band, Lush. He’s wealthy, sexy, talented…and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can’t undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.

Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She’s been hired to document the world tour of her sister’s fiance’s rock band. She’s gorgeous, talented, loved…and sick of being the little sister. When she agrees to the summer job, Mel has

no idea she’s walking into a minefield of friendships lost and hearts destroyed. She also has no idea what it means to be the object of Joss Jamison’s affections.

One hot rock star plus one life-altering mistake, add a dash of sexy younger sister and a handful of broken hearts, and you’ve got a recipe for fire. Life on the road can be hot, but for the boys of Lush, it’s about to get a whole hell of a lot hotter.

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Selena Laurence lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She is a full-time romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story, whether it be about rock stars or college kids. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Colorado Romance Writers. Her books have been on Amazon Topselling lists in Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Hispanic fiction and Multicultural Romance. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she knows what to do with.



 

 

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NEW RELEASE: Liam: Branded Brothers

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Title: Liam: Branded Brothers

Author: Raen Smith

Genre: Romantic Suspense stand-alone

Release Date: April 17, 2014

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One letter can change it all…

When caregiver Charla Tayor arrives at the isolated cottage of a man suffering with Alzheimer’s, she’s given one instruction to carry out upon his death: to deliver a letter to a man named Liam Murphy. Three years later, she’s face-to-face with the letter’s recipient, a tattooed Irish Bounty Hunter who’s exactly the type of man she’s trying to avoid.

But Charla can’t ignore their undeniable connection as Liam drags her deeper into her patient’s troubled past. Just as she’s opening her heart, her life teeters on a dangerous edge, and there’s only one man who can save her.

 

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“The last twenty-four hours have been mind-blowing. I never guessed a beautiful woman sitting at my bar with an envelope could change my life like you have. But you did,” Liam said.

“Like a hot bed of trouble,” Charla replied, taking another drink. The wine was going down easy, and she could feel herself beginning to lose the wall she was trying to keep up all day. She slid her empty plate into the middle of the table and placed her napkin on it. “That’s what I am. Trouble.”

“I like trouble if you haven’t noticed. I’ve got a case full of guns in my bedroom if you need more proof.”

Charla’s head fogged and her cheeks flushed at the mention of his bedroom. All she could think about was his soft lips and his hand on her ass. She wanted him to do much more than that. She wanted him to explore every inch of her body.

Damn it.

They’d only known each other for twenty-four hours. She was the last person to be hopping into bed with a new man. It had taken her six months to sleep with Rex. One-night stands weren’t in the Charla Taylor vocabulary, especially ones with Irish gunslingers. She could hear Jill’s voice in her head, it’s not a one-night stand if you do it again, Charla.

He took a drink of wine and then swirled his glass around before setting it down. “Mom was right. This was worth waiting for.” He cleared his throat and continued, “So, tell me about your family. We’ve spent all day looking for and talking about mine. What’s your family like?”

“Well,” she stuttered. She hated talking about her family, if she could call it that. She never really considered Dotti to be a mom. She was her biological mother, but Charla couldn’t find it in her heart to think of her as mom. Real moms didn’t abandon their kids. Real moms didn’t put their kids into a situation like Charla had to endure with her stepfather. “I wish I would have been adopted like you.”

“That bad?” He stopped chewing and looked up.

“That bad. Alcoholic mother. Never knew my father. Abusive step-father died when I was fifteen, thank God for that small victory.” She put her hand on her wine glass but didn’t pick it up. She felt a strange sudden urge to divulge her secret to Liam. She hadn’t felt this sudden need to purge in years. Every time she did, no matter if there was a foot of snow on the ground, she’d go hiking at Lake Woods and scream into the empty forest “I LET HIM DIE.” The scream would disappear into the woods, just like her urge to release her secret.

 

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Raen Smith is the author of the Unraveled Series and Southbound Surrender. She loves writing about complex characters with a sprinkling of happily ever after.

When she isn’t writing novels, she spends her time wrangling two small sons and teaching at a technical college. She lives in a small corner of Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.

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COVER REVEAL: Bang by E.K. Blair

We are excited to present the cover for book #1 in E.K. Blair’s (author of the Fading Series) new Black Lotus Series, BANG! Filled with suspense, sexiness and romance, this is sure to take us on an indescribable thrill.

FINALcoverphoto-2TITLE: Bang

SERIES: The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

GENRE: Psychosexual Suspense / Romance

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd, 2014

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21459365-bang

brick synopsisThey say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.

But I’m not innocent.

I haven’t been for a very long time.

My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.

Vanished.

I never even had a choice.

I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.

Until now.

I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

brick excerpt

In an instant, he’s crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance.

He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I

should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.

SYNOPSIS:

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.

But I’m not innocent.

I haven’t been for a very long time.

My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.

Vanished.

I never even had a choice.

I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.

Until now.

I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

TITLE: Bang

SERIES: The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

GENRE: Psychosexual Suspense / Romance

RELEASE DATE: TBA (Check follow-up email tomorrow for release date) GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21459365-bang

EXCERPT FROM BOOK:

In an instant, he’s crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging

myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance.

He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.