Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Hitman Who Loved Me by Shady Grace

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THE HITMAN WHO LOVED ME
by Shady Grace
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 6/20/17
Is that a gun in his pocket or…?
Jamie Fields can hardly refuse a free
vacation. Jobless and broke, the struggling single gal is in need of
serious stress relief. Sure, the set up is suspicious—no one gives
away a trip to exotic Cuba—complete with 50,000 dollars cash—just
for delivering a package. But once Jamie’s enjoying sunny beach
days and exhilarating tropical nights, she’s too happy to care.
Especially when she finds herself hotly pursued by a sexy stranger…
The McCoy empire is under siege, and
Sam Hayes has been tapped to take care of the culprit. Sam knows
better than to get involved with his target, but there’s something
about Jamie that keeps him from simply finishing the job and moving
on. Maybe the hard-bodied hitman just can’t wrap his mind around
the fact that the first woman to set his soul on fire is a common
criminal. The only thing Sam can do is keep her close. An easy enough
task—if Sam doesn’t do something stupid. Like fall in love with
the bombshell he was sent to kill….
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                As he caught his caving breath, he scanned the street and spotted a bargain clothing store a few shops down. He rushed in, grabbed a pair of jeans off a shelf, a hoodie from a rack, and went straight to a dressing room. Once he transferred his wallet and cigarettes into his pockets, and removed the reading glasses, he stepped out of the dressing room like a new man. “Ah, just what I need.” With calm only a man used to a life of chaos could have, he strolled over to a row of baseball caps and fitted the nearest one onto his head.

The cashier stared at him with wide, unbelieving eyes, before her nervous gaze shifted to the

street. Two hospital guards and a few cops stood outside hitting up pedestrians for information.

Sam smiled at the girl. She looked barely of age, probably only in   the work force for a few

months. He’d bet a grand she was about to pee behind that counter.

He lifted his hands to reassure he didn’t have a weapon. “You have nothing to fear from me.” With one hand still raised, he reached into his pocket with the other, pulled out a few bills and gently

placed them onto the counter. “This is more than enough for the clothes, and a little extra for

you.”
She nodded despite the shimmer of tears in her eyes. “I won’t say  anything. Just promise you won’t hurt me.”

Sam smiled again, positive she wouldn’t alert the cops. “I promise, and I appreciate your

cooperation. It’s not what you think.”

He knew she didn’t believe him. “Whatever you say, mister.” Sam headed toward the front door.

“You—you’re gonna go out there? There’s cops everywhere,” the  girl said, her eyes wide with

surprise, her mouth curved up in a do it, I dare you grin.

Sam couldn’t help a low chuckle. She may be scared, but like a typical kid, she was thrilled by the

chase. He headed for the door again, but paused to say over his shoulder, “If I were you, I’d treat

myself to a night out with that money. It’s Saturday, the best day of the week.”

The cashier blushed and pocketed all of the money. “We don’t have cameras in here. Stuff goes

missing all the time.” She shrugged, obviously more comfortable now that he was leaving, and maybe

because she had made a few bucks for keeping her mouth shut. She grinned. “Have a good day, sir,

and good luck.”

Sam winked and walked out of the store, right in front of the men in uniform. He knew he wouldn’t  be recognized with a new outfit and a baseball cap. He plastered an expression of concern on his  face. “What’s going on?” He stood next to one of the officers, withdrew a cigarette and his lighter

from the case. As he lit the end and took a long drag, one of the cops turned to face him.

The officer gave Sam a good once-over and nodded. “We’re looking for a man who just escaped from  the hospital.”

“You mean a mental patient?”

The cop shook his head. “No. All we know at this time is that he was wearing grey slacks with a

white button-up shirt, glasses, and he looked to be of mixed descent. Average height and build.”

The cop glanced at him again from shoes to baseball cap.

Sam hid his amusement as he sucked in another deep drag of his cigarette. Mixed descent could mean anyone this day and age. He was often confused as being Asian or Native American, or a mixture of the two, and he enjoyed keeping people guessing his true African-Irish origin. “I see.”

Another officer joined them. Sam recognized him as one of the guys connected to the McCoys. They often called upon him for Intel: when patrol would be going by, or to make tickets and profiles

disappear, or to dig up background on a person. He was also among the badges at Colton’s funeral.

As they made eye contact, Sam kept his expression passive. “Well, I hope you find him. We don’t

need criminals running around these streets.”

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Shady Grace makes Northern Ontario her
home, where the bush is so thick you can’t see two feet past the tree
line. Perhaps the mystery of the woods was what initially sparked her
need to write. She adores strong alpha males who fall for fiery,
independent women, in settings with humorous dialogue and
action-filled plots. Shady believes love and sex should be exciting
and unforgettable. Being able to write about it is better than
cheesecake. Shady Grace is the new pen name of multi-published erotic
author BL Bonita, who earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly
for Dark Sun Rising. Visit her website at shadygrace.weebly.com, and
find her on Facebook at facebook.com/shadygraceerotica.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: M-Theory Stories by William C. Dell

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M-Theory Stories:
A Fable for All Time
by William C. Dell
Genre: Fictional Fable
Time is creation and there is life in many worlds. Our universe is born
from an infinite quantum environment retaining its connection to
other potential universes. Through observation (what you see is what
you get), it is possible to travel to other times in many worlds.
This book is about that vision, transformation, and crossover; the
persistence of mind (M), and the role and nature of God. It is a
metaphysical, philosophical, and theological adventure
A book of reveals: reading it you follow Jack Rabbit and Gray Squirrel
into worlds more curious than Alice’s, and way more empowering. The
energizing pair are more pixie wise than Father Brown, and more
always-a-jump-ahead than Alan Watts. Hey, Jack’s a rabbit! and friend
Gray’s a natural nut-buster.
If you’re of a certain age you’ll recognize Jack as Uncle Wiggly’s
postmodern nephew. Grand as that gentleman was, Jack’s got him beat,
because this book is kid brother to the author’s more “grown up”
(Very Serious) Deconstructing Zen and other works. Come one, come
all, to his playground.
Discover grim(m) Funbuster and earnest Professor caught in their endless loop.
And why Deconstructor pities those thinking the purpose is
philosophical, literary, or political agenda. Go through the tunnel
to find the ballpark’s secret diamond and elegant dance, and listen
to Lady Bluebird. Learn what the gym tells about your wheel of
body-mind. The Woman on the bike gets it! She so well shows Jack and
Gray how it’s done that you, too, may fall for her.
Cobra’s right to say “be careful what you look for, that’s what you’ll
find,” but there’s no missing the most Flower since Little
Prince. Along the way you’ll meet relatives and neighbors, and get
more out of Margarita than Jimmy Buffet ever has. You’ll meet Shiva
and Punchinello, Higgs and the Ferryman. In the oak grove of a
different forest, you may hear Elie Wiesel’s rebbe, the one who knows
“only the story” and that “this must suffice.”
Dell’s fable more than suffices: it’s invitation and jolly romping journey
to the other shore. Just don’t rush it, as I did first time through.
(Gorging on rich nourishment yields indigestion.) Take it easy, one
bite at a time. It won’t ever wear out, and you’ll be in great company.
-Amazon Reviewer
Stephen M. Johnson
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Jack and Gray went inside [the museum]. “Where are the mummies?” they inquired.

“Over there in the Egyptian Hall,” pointed the guard.

“These long boxes with faces are weird,” observed Gray. “Where are the bodies?”

“Shriveled and gone,” answered a guard. “There’s only a few left around the world, but people flock to view them.”

“Why?” asked Gray.

“Because they don’t understand.”

“What’s that odd shaped eye near the face?”

“The wedjet eye.”

“Isn’t it looking the wrong way?”

“No, the wedjet eye looks into the corners of the world. That’s why it stares parallel to forward and backward. It sees through time.”

“Making life and death meaningless,” deduced Jack…

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University, New Jersey. His published works include metaphysics,
poetry, inter-disciplinary studies, and literary criticism.
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Cover Reveal: 19 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore

**Cover Reveal**

19 Marigold Lane 

Prudence Penderhaus #2

19 Marigold Lane

New foes and old come together in this second episode of
Prudence Penderhaus’s wild ride called life. Cassius, Bonnie, Heego, Mom, and the douche bags of Flintlock are back to tie up loose ends and dig up
more than they ever bargained for.

**Release date TBA


Excerpt from 19 Marigold Lane

Consciousness was a fleeting thing. In and out. In and out. Without Cassius and Bonnie to keep me motivated, the exhaustion from healing mixed with the pain meds and swept me quickly into dreamless sleep. It wasn’t real sleep. Not that deep, restful sleep that comes naturally when the sun goes down and your body has had its fill of humaning. It was shallow and in the end really only perpetuated my exhaustion. I did snore, however. Apparently.

“You snore loudly, Prudence.”

My eyes were hardly open and my brain still foggy from sleep refused to comprehend what I was looking at. I jarred awake, startled, shoving myself away from the thing beside me, and yelped both from pain and fear.

“What. In. The Hell. Are. You. Trying to kill me?” I said, words stunted around panting breaths and raging heartbeat.

His black eyes stared deep into mine. “Why would I do that?” Cassius, in his innocent glory, asked in a tone that questioned my sanity instead of his own.


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New Release & Giveaway: Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh

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Crimson Footprints
by Shewanda Pugh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi
Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from
the certain fate driving through her neighborhood in a Porsche will
bring, a sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her
grief.


Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her mother killed her
father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad.
Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve,
hell, never acknowledge, her fast-growing love for Tak. And had he
never made love to her in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of
way, she could’ve done the same. But loves a devil that way. So,
their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone.
Anyone.
Tak understands this for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the
favor of her mentor and boss: his hard-ass of a father. And the
Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step
Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an
acceptance she’s never had—and away from him.
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“So, what does my little architectural scholar think of the Atlanta skyline?” Tak asked as he took a sip of sweet tea.

Deena lowered her gaze. It was the right question, a distraction from the jitters she felt from being hundreds of miles away from home with a man who made her wake up in desperation.

She shrugged. “Oh, I don’t know. There’s a lot of modern and postmodern stuff here, but that’s not surprising. Atlanta’s a southern city, but it’s a hybrid one. In a time when much of the south rejected what they saw as an encroachment on an old way of life, Atlanta was going through a transformation, if you will. They wanted to be seen as a progressive city, a sort of beacon of the ‘New South’. You know how some of the best architecture reflects the values of the people around it? Well, Atlanta’s no exception. You can see the rejection of antebellum roots and—”

Deena paused, her cheeks coloring. “I’m so sorry. Before this is over you’ll wish you asked some other girl to come with you.”

Silence followed. Her words implied more than she’d intended about their reasons for being there, implied more than the careful friendship they’d maintained to that point.

A slight smile played across Tak’s lips. “Don’t be silly, Dee.” He watched her as she shifted, before apparently deciding she’d squirmed enough. “You’re a genius. My otosan must love talking to you.”

Deena shrugged. “It’s a big firm. I don’t really spend time with your father.”

Tak laughed. “You do. You just think you don’t.”

“Now what in the world does that mean?”

“My dad’s a brilliant man whose whole life is wrapped up in that firm. He hired you because he saw something. While you were his intern, he studied you, figured out what you were made of, and decided that he liked it. In other words, he was spending time with you even if you weren’t spending time with him.”

Before Deena could respond, the waitress returned with their food. Pecan waffles and scrambled eggs, biscuits and country gravy and two unidentifiable piles on saucer plates were placed before them.

“What in the hell is this?” Deena said, lifting the edge of a saucer for inspection. Her nose crinkled at the mass.

“It’s hash browns. Try it.”

Tak grabbed a bottle of syrup and went to work on his waffles.

“Hash browns where?”

Tak grinned. “Hash browns there.” He jabbed at the mass with his syrup-covered fork. “There’s also onions, ham, cheese, chili and tomatoes.” He pointed at each item with the utensil before returning to the slicing of his waffles. “And it’s all quite good.”

She looked at the red and yellow goo that covered the potatoes in distrust. She didn’t want to think of how many calories might be in that little saucered dish, with its fried potatoes and ooze of cheese. She didn’t want to think of what her ass would look like in a swimsuit after a bite of that stuff.

“Come on, Dee. Open up already.”

Tak stuck his fork into his mouth to clean it before taking a stab at her hash browns. He came away with a thick wad, and trained it towards her mouth. “Just a little now.”

With a hand beneath her chin, he guided the gooey hash into her mouth. An explosion of flavor slipped between her waiting lips, and with it the fork that had once been in his mouth. She blushed.

“Uh oh,” Tak said as he caught chili with his thumb. Quickly, he returned the finger to her mouth, her lips parting to accept it. He gasped loud enough to draw the eye. Their gazes connected, locking for too long. Staring, neither speaking, breathing as the seconds passed until he receded. Wide-eyed, Deena cleared her throat and looked away, red-faced and stiff. Tak stared, a sober, blinking astonishment on his face. Both finished their meals in silence.

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Shewanda Pugh‘s a tomboy who’s been writing romance since an inappropriate
age. While she’s been shortlisted for a few awards and snagged a
bestsellers list or two, there’s nothing she enjoys more than hearing
from her readers.


In another life, she earned a BA from Alabama A&M University and an
MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Though a hardcore
native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she sulks in
the sunshine, guzzles coffee, and puzzles over her next novel.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: All in For Love: Perfect Odds by Lashanta Charles

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PERFECT ODDS
by LaShanta Charles
Genre: New Adult Romance
Callista Brenner refuses to let go of her past. She had her entire life
figured out…except, maybe that was only in her mind. Being stood up
for her own wedding should be a clue. Regardless, she’s determined
to fix this. She just needs a plan and if there’s one thing she’s
good at, it’s planning. Her accolades as one of Georgia’s top
premiere event planners if proof of that. It doesn’t matter that
she’s a whirlwind of clumsy chaos. All she has to do is stay away
from the gorgeously irritating Jayce Gilmore and her wedding will be
back on track. That’s exactly what she wants. Right? She loves her
fiancé. She wants to marry him and start a family. He’s her
everything. Or is he?
Jayce Gilmore has somehow let himself be bamboozled. One minute he was
enjoying his quiet existence in his home in the outskirts of Victory,
NY and the next he was facing his best friend’s wife and promising
to be the best man at their wedding, which he also agreed to host at
his resort & casino, La Bonne Chance. The introvert in him is
questioning his sanity. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his partner
has decided he’s taking a three-month hiatus, leaving the business
solely in Jayce’s hands. Just when he’s ready to curl into a ball
and refuse to leave his room, a chance encounter at an airport has
him realizing some things are worth venturing out of your comfort
zone for.
Neither of them could have guessed that Callista’s past would decide it
wants to be her future and will stop at nothing to make that a
reality. Could she accept that maybe her carefully laid plans weren’t
as careful as she thought? Will Jayce be able to show her that he’s
worth a chance and, together, their oddities can be perfect?
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Chapter 1

Cali

I nibble on my thumbnail as I watch the other travelers, clad in the makings of a summer vacation t-shirts and shorts, moving to and fro. Hot pink backpacks and black rolling cases bob and weave in a sea of commuters. Our flight is on the second call of now boarding all passengers and Cameron has yet to show up or answer my calls. Scanning the crowd, I search for his clean-cut, freshly shaved face, but come up empty. He’s still not here. A roiling ball of dread settles into the pit of my stomach. Something must have happened to him. It’s the only explanation I can think of that would lead to him not being here.

A toddler wobbles past me, blonde pigtails bouncing as plump legs struggling to support the carefree attempt to run, and stepping aside, I smile down at her as she chants “uh-oh.” How freaking cute is that? I bet she gets into all sorts of shenanigans. A woman, with identical blonde curls and green eyes, rushes after her and scoops her up before giggling ensues. She plants a smacking kiss on the child’s chubby cheeks before pointing and encouraging the child to say “da-da.” A smiling man with unnaturally white teeth approaches with his arms stretched out and the child squeals and squirms as she nearly jumps from the woman’s arms. You can’t witness such a scene and not smile. Two more years and that’ll be me with my own family—number three on my list of priorities. My phone vibrates, startling me out of staring at the trio. Relief envelops me like a warm blanket when I see the picture of Cameron on the screen.

“Where are you? They’re boarding everyone now. I’ll go ahead and let them know we’ll make it,” I answer, my phone cradled between my shoulder and ear.

“I’m not coming,” he says.

I pause in making my way to the attendant station. Surely, I heard him wrong.

“Hang on a sec, let me ask them how long we have before they can no longer wait. If you’re here already it shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll need to hurry. Like, sprint through the airport or maybe get one of those guys on the carts to give you a ride somehow.”

The attendant flashes a smile at me and holds her hand out for my boarding pass. Her two front teeth are chipped and it makes me think of the time Cameron chipped his tooth while playing basketball last year. He got it fixed immediately, so I wonder why she’s chosen to leave hers like that. I move to give her the passes, but hear Cameron speaking again.

“Cali, you’re not listening. I’m not there. I’m not coming either.”

Pulling my boarding pass away from the chipped tooth attendant, I force a smile and step away for privacy. “What are you talking about, Cameron? I’m here waiting for you.” As if he doesn’t know that. He helped me load our luggage into the car before I left this morning. Is this some sick joke he’s pulling right now?

“Didn’t you hear me, Cali? I said I’m not coming,” Cameron repeats, his voice harsh and grating.

I stare numbly at the ‘now boarding’ screen above the attendant. I heard him the first two times. It makes as much sense now as it did then—none.

“I don’t understand. You can’t not come, we’re getting married. I can see if they’ll schedule us for a different flight. I’m sure it’s not too late. We’re getting there early enough one day won’t really matter,” I tell him.

He lets out an exasperated sigh. He’s annoyed? We’re four weeks away from our wedding and I’m at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, sans fiancé. I woke up at some ungodly hour, battled an hour and a half of bumper to bumper traffic to get here and get us both checked in two hours early, lugged all our suitcases—overweight, I might add—only for him to call when it’s time to board the flight to New York and tell me he’s not coming. Yet, he’s the one who’s annoyed? Continue reading

Spotlight: Cross Cutting The Trilogy by Wendy Hammer

Release date: August 15, 2017

The Thin: Strange vans roam the streets of Indianapolis as people go missing or turn up dead. Trinidad O’Laughin is a guardian looking for a territory to bond with and protect. Indiana’s distress call may give her that chance—if she can survive to take it.

The Hollow: Ache Vetrov is a clairvoyant caretaker of secrets and lost things. When a mysterious wave of violence threatens the city of Lafayette, Ache and Trinidad find themselves up against creatures with concave faces devoid of feeling or mercy who threaten to erase everything if Ache, Trinidad and their friends fail to thwart this monstrous invasion.

The Marrow: Trinidad has people to love and a city to watch over. Lafayette has become a true home. But her newfound peace is shattered when another cut opens in her territory and unleashes the malevolent force behind the previous invasions. This time, the whole world may fall before its hunger if Trinidad and her friends can’t find some way to defeat it.

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Wendy Hammer grew up in Wisconsin and lives in Indiana. She has degrees in English from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ball State University. Her research focus was in gender/identity studies and bodies. Her dissertation was about the intersections of twentieth century infectious disease narratives and imperialist discourse, with a particular focus on Africa. The diss was abandoned, but her interest remains.  She currently teaches introductory literature and composition at a community college.

She writes speculative fiction (fantasy, horror and science fiction) and is an affiliate member of HWA. She has done some freelance writing for an RPG.

Her short stories can be found in Urban Fantasy Magazine, EGM Shorts, Suspended in Dusk, The Shapeshifter Chronicles, and elsewhere. The first two novellas in the Cross Cutting trilogy (The Thin and The Hollow) have been published by Apocalypse Ink Productions.

She reads everything. She indulges in K-drama, horror, and cooking competition show marathons (especially the Great British Baking Show). She likes geeky cross stitch projects, classic punk music, and salted licorice. And finally, she considers both Cobra Commander and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to be kindred spirits.

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Book Blitz: Raise the Curtain by Kirby Hall

 

YA Romance

Date Published:  June 2017

Seventeen-year-old Alexa Cross is desperate to get to Broadway, but when she receives a failing math grade, hopes of a scholarship disappear. Now she’ll need her father’s help to achieve her dream. The only problem is he doesn’t consider her choice of careers to be sensible and after the pain her family has suffered, Alexa can’t go against his wishes. Trapped between a family she loves and her love of the stage, Alexa will have to find another way to achieve her dream or settle for what her father wants.

 West Howell does his best to keep his head down and go unnoticed. It’s easier to be cut off than to try to explain to people why he’s so screwed up. After all, he can’t afford to get into any more trouble. When he’s recruited to tutor the hot, prissy girl from math, he never expects to fall in love with her. Or that she might be the one person who can relate to him.

 Together, they may find a way to heal each other and get what they both desperately need, as long as Alexa’s father doesn’t decide that the one thing worse than his daughter’s love of the stage is her love for West.

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Excerpt

 Mr. Guin gave her a moment to adjust to the news and then continued. “Now, I know you’re capable of doing the work. You’re a smart girl, but you’re going to have to buckle down and put in some serious hours or you won’t have enough time to pull your overall grade up before the end of the semester.” He stood and crossed his arms over his chest. “I’m afraid you need more help than I have time to give, and that’s why I’ve spoken with the person in the class with the highest average. He’s going to be tutoring you at my request.”

He. Please don’t let it be West Howell. Please don’t let it be West Howell. Of course, it wouldn’t be. He wasn’t smart. Or was he? The truth was she had no idea. She didn’t know anything about him.

A shadow filled the doorway, and she didn’t have to look up to know her worst nightmare had come true. She could sense his presence like a deer in the woods can sense a predator.

“Ah, here he is now. Miss Cross, I believe you know Mr. Howell?”

She swallowed the lump in her throat and sat up straighter. “Yes, sir.”

“West, I’ll leave it up to the two of you to work out your own schedule.”

West nodded, but remained quiet. Alexa was working hard not to stand up and pull her hair out like some sort of animated character in a cartoon while laughing hysterically. This could not be happening.

Mr. Guin continued on, unaware she was one step away from hysterics. “I’ll expect the two of you to work together four days a week.”

Alexa’s mouth dropped open, but no sound came out.

“I’ll evaluate your progress by the extra assignments you’ll be required to turn in at the end of each week. Also, if Mr. Howell feels you aren’t doing your absolute best to succeed or if he feels you aren’t taking this second chance seriously, he’s been told to report to me immediately. You will not fail this class because you weren’t given every opportunity to succeed. The only way to fail is to give up.” Mr. Guin leaned down toward her. “And we both know you’re not a quitter.”

While she appreciated the chance and his opinion of her work ethic, she was having a hard time concentrating on anything other than having to spend time outside of class with West four days a week. And now, he also knew she was an idiot. Perfect.

 

About the Author

Christina Kirby is the author of the Warm Springs Trilogy, A Face In the Crowd, and writes YA under the name Kirby Hall. She holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University and is currently a stay at home mom to two sons. An avid reader of romance and obsessed with good TV, Christina likes nothing more than to talk pop culture with other fans. She also believes a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything. Christina writes young adult romance novels under the pen name Kirby Hall.

 Contact Information

Website: https://christinakirbybooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKirbyWriter

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: At the Heart of the Stone by Roxanne D. Howard

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At the Heart of the Stone
By Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Romance, Supernatural
Cover Art by Spellbound Cover Designs
Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside
without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is
about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a
mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly
what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as
ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling
fiancé, has hit a dry spell.

When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the
middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the
demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream
lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her
fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they
share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the
bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon
stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and
reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.
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U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and
English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen
King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and
marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when
she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and
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New Release: Melisande by Philippa Lodge

 

Châteaux and Shadows, Book 5

Historical Romance

Date Published: July 19, 2017

Lucas de Granville—pious, respectable, impoverished, lonely—will do nearly anything for the godfather who raised him, even though his godfather doesn’t seem to want to do anything for him.

 Melisande—mundane, illegitimate, dirt poor, lonely—will do nearly anything to make sure her mother and brother have shelter and food, even though they are critical of her lack of magical talent.

 When Melisande’s father, a pious comte, sends his godson Lucas to bring her to Versailles and help him train her to be a fine, staunchly religious lady, their attraction is immediate, but so is their distrust.

 Her eagerness to get as much money as she can as quickly as possible gradually changes into a wish for something higher, better, and holier. Something that Lucas can help her achieve: love.

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Other Books by Philippa Lodge:

The Indispensable Wife

Châteaux and Shadows, Book One

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Published: October 2015

 Aurore was delighted when a marriage was arranged with the boy she loved, her older brother’s friend Dominique, Comte de Bures. But in a few years the first rush of joy has worn off, and their promising life seems ruined by loss, betrayal, and misunderstanding. One terrifying morning mercenaries overrun their château and usurpers take Aurore hostage. Miles away at Versailles, where he is required to dance attendance on Louis XIV, Dominique is nearly killed by a crossbow bolt. Escaping, Aurore travels with a troupe of itinerant musicians, hiding in the open while discovering hidden resources within herself. Dom sets out to find his wife. He needs his old life back. He needs revenge. But his lands, his title, and his honor mean nothing unless he can win back the love of his indispensable wife.

 

The Honorable Officer

Châteaux and Shadows, Book Two

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Published: April 2016

 

France, 1668

Hélène de Bonnefoi’s spirit has been squashed by the ever-critical aunt and uncle who raised her. Serving as nanny and stand-in mother to her cousin’s child has saved her from the convent, especially after her cousin’s death. When suspicious accidents threaten the toddler, Hélène overcomes her near-blindness to seek the help of the child’s father, a colonel in Louis XIV’s army.

 Jean-Louis, Colonel de Cantière, has spent his life proving his worth, integrity, and honor, first to his family and now in the army. When his daughter’s caretaker appears in his camp during a siege, claiming someone is trying to kill the girl, his loyalties are sorely tested.

 Hélène must convince Jean-Louis the threat is real. But the true danger is to the heart of a shy young woman who has always loved her cousin’s husband from afar and to the colonel’s desire to resist complicated emotions.

 

The Chevalier

Châteaux and Shadows, Book Three

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Published: September 2016

 

Emmanuel, Chevalier de Cantière, youngest son of a baron, is happiest raising horses far from his complicated family. When news comes his mother is deathly ill, he races to her side only to find she has apparently recovered and moved on, leaving behind her companion, Catherine.

 Catherine de Fouet blends into the background, saving up so she’ll never have to wait on waspish, scheming old ladies like the baronesse again. She has no interest in a resentful gentleman, estranged from his mother, no matter how broad his shoulders or intriguing the wounded soul behind his handsome face. She just needs someone to escort her back to Versailles.

 But Catherine is suspected of poisoning the baronesse. She rebuffs a pushy courtier who tries to use blackmail to make her his mistress, and her reputation hangs by a thread.

 The chevalier wants more than anything to protect this woman whose prickly exterior hides sweetness and passion. They need his family to help him through court intrigues—almost as much as they need each other.

 

Henri et Marcel

Châteaux and Shadows, Book 4

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Published: January 2017

 

Henri de Cantière has been surly since he returned from visiting his family at Versailles, but he doesn’t want to burden Marcel Fourbier, his longtime lover, with his problems. He can’t sleep and hurts all over at exactly the time when everything else seems to be falling apart.

 Marcel can barely keep up with his usual duties of running their household and creating beautiful furniture in the de Cantière factory when more burdens fall on his shoulders. His estranged Huguenot family condemns him to hell but wants his help, a stranger attacks him in a dark street, an arsonist tries to destroy the factory, and Henri’s beloved sister-in-law, who has been like a sister to Marcel, is weakening after being in labor for several days.

 Most of all, Marcel wants to find a cure for Henri, the man who holds his heart. Continue reading

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fear Inducer by Ellie Douglas

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Fear Inducer
by Ellie Douglas
Genre: Psychological Thriller
They believed their phobias were just nightmares…

They believed Dr Felix Bloom would cure them.
They were…SO WRONG!
Doctor Felix Bloom is a brilliant psychiatrist and pharmacologist who has
done a lot of good for humanity. But, he has a dark side as a serial
killer of some of his patients using their phobias against them. How
he gets his patients to kill themselves in some bizarre fashions
satiating his greed for death and mayhem you will have to discover.
But, nonetheless, if you love horror, you will love Dr. Bloom’s
methods and madness. Yes, he is as composed as they come, but maybe
more evil than most. He’s charming, considerate with his secretary,
Joanna, and his best friend, a doctor. But, beneath the elegant
exterior rages the thirst for blood as a serial killer.



Without going into the gory details or the method of Dr. Bloom, his patient’s
deaths are spectacularly staged (and gory) and witnessed by the good
doctor. The author does a great job telling why Dr. Bloom is a serial
killer and it may make you feel some empathy for the man. But, that
is a whole chapter worth exploring on your own. I was pleasantly
surprised at the intricate detail of the mind of Dr. Bloom. He’s
smart. Incredibly smart. The book is definitely worth your time. It
has everything a chilling horror novel should have. I would be remiss
if I didn’t mention the author’s other book about a serial killer
named Toxic Desire, which features a female serial killer. Who’s more
evil? Dr. Bloom by far. Why? I won’t spoil the novel for you. Fear
Inducer is more malevolent while Toxic Desire is erotically-charged.
Also, look for the subtlty in Doctor Bloom over the novel. He has a
lot of secrets worth discovering. Excellent book and a welcome
addition to my bookshelf.
P.S. – I forgot something. There are loads if images in the book at the
front of each chapter based on the fear the patient has. Really cool
visuals to put you in the mood for what you are about to read.

-from Amazon reviewer Cameron Rowe
 
 
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I’m Ellie Douglas, and like you, I love horror, everything about horror,
the goriest and most gruesome of horrors is the ultimate. I can’t
get enough. So much so that I write horror. That need to be graphic,
and explicit with my horror scenes makes me stand out. I give what I
want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror
story.


I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the
readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside
of the story that they are reading. It gives me so much enjoyment
when I hear remarks like, ‘You made me want to puke,’ ‘I have
nightmares every damned night –thanks,’ and ‘Quentin Tarantino
and Steven King made a baby, YOU!’ when I hear comments like that,
I know then I’ve succeeded, that also pushes me into writing more
and becoming even better.
I’m fun loving, generous and very mysterious. I enjoy spending time with
my family, and have four children to keep the horror writing alive. I
enjoy helping others and volunteer my services to help Autistic
children, I love cosplay and the chance to dress up as a monster,
zombie or some other gritty character is fun, oh so much fun.
I love summer, and well…I hate winter. I live in New Zealand and feel
often too far away from all the cool stuff going on in the world. I
love helping people all the time. I’ve got my hands dipped in a few
things, I write books, but I also make professional book covers for
other authors, I also create adult coloring books and I have a
gambling app that I designed on the apple store 🙂 I’ve always got
a project going, be it writing or creating, that is who I am and I
love it 🙂
My ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward, to constantly better
myself and give the audience amazing stories. Let me scare you…
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