Monday, April 24, 2017

Promo: Didn't You Promise - Amber Bardan




The darkly seductive Bad for You series continues with a romance that Harlequin Junkie notes “will appease fans who have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for the final surprisingly sweet and tender outcome.”

He always keeps his promises.
Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.
But not even Haithem can hide forever.
While they’re sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina’s disappearance continues to mount.
For Angelina, it’s a brutal reminder of what she’s left behind and the pain she’s caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.
To Haithem, it’s a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won’t be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life’s work and everyone involved—including Angelina.
He has only one choice. He’s promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.


   “Tell me your name.”
   I blinked, the blunt beautiful features above me coming into focus. “Angel—”
“Not that one.”
   My skin prickled. I knew what he wanted. We’d been through this enough times.
   “Lina Kyriakou.”
   He walked into me, his hips touching mine, forcing me backwards. “And who are you, Lina?”
   My back brushed the wall, the surface cool through the light fabric on my back.
   I moistened my lips, my pulse fluttering so fiercely in my throat I almost expected to start spitting out butterflies. He’d coaxed me to say it before—the details of this first scenario.
   My favorite of all the scenarios and plans we’d memorized.
   Still the words made my tongue stick. I looked at him. Looked right into his midnight irises.
   “I’m your wife.”
   The fingers cupping the back of my neck flexed, and a rush of breath kissed my lips.
   “You know I almost believed you that time.” His thick lashes drooped. “One more time. Who are you?”
   My chest constricted. “I’m your wife.”
   “That’s right, you’re my wife,” he said, no hint of a lie to taint his words.
   He didn’t need to roll the statement around to test it the way I’d had to. He spoke as though he believed it.
   As though it were true.
   Made me think that to him, he and I and this fantasy of a future were simply a matter of time. Almost made me forget that this was only one scenario, and only one of Haithem’s plans for us. Few were so sweet, and not all resulted in us together through all of this.
   “Let’s go over things one more time.”
   My fingers twitched against his T-shirt. “I thought we were in a rush?”
   “We can spare time to make sure.”
   “I remember everything we talked about.”
   His teeth flashed in that dangerous smile. “Could you remember under pressure?” His hand slipped from my neck and ran down my shoulder, skimmed my breast and gripped the thin belt at my waist. “Because if you need to repeat anything we’ve been through, you can bet you’ll be under pressure.”
   Heat curled through my system. “One more time then.” Short breaths, almost pants, puffed between my lips. “And be sure to exert some pressure.


After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fuelled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Release Blitz: Ghost in his Eyes - Carrie Aarons



Title: Ghost in His Eyes
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Second Chance Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2017

He was as magnetic as a deadly hurricane to the shore.

Carson Cole was my first love. The boy I'd shared my whole self with.

He was the man who'd taken the other part of my soul and drowned it in the sea we'd grown up in.

And now he's back. Ten years later, and the demons of our past are still haunting every breath trapped between us.

She was as wild as the horses who owned the beach highways we drove down.

Blake Sayer was the beautiful daredevil who had me wrapped around her finger from the time we were seven.

Until a horrible accident stole every piece of joy from her life.

Ten years later, she's a shell of the girl she once was, and it's all my fault. The whispers of our history shackle her to the island I left behind.

Just like lost years and unspoken words, love had slipped from our fingers like grains of sand. We’d barely made it out alive last time, was it even possible to reconstruct the shattered pieces of us?



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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.
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Release Blitz: I Do, Babe - Tillie Cole







WHEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT COMBINE, DESTINED SOULS WILL IGNITE . . .

Connected since childhood.
Two souls: one dark and one pure.
Bracing to take the greatest step of all.

River ‘Styx’ Nash loves his woman. Ever since he met Mae at the fence of the cult that had kept her captive as a child, he has never loved anyone else. He loves her black hair, her pale skin and of course, her ice-blue ‘wolf eyes’.

Since Mae came crashing back into his life, his only wish has been to marry her; finally to make her his wife. But now the wedding is booked, and only weeks from forever having Mae by his side, a lifelong problem is plaguing him.
He wants to marry her; he has never wanted anything more . . .
. . . if only he could speak the words and declare it to the world.

Salome ‘Mae’ Nash’s life had been filled with heartache and pain . . . until, at age eight, she met a strange dark-haired boy from the outside world. Years later, and reunited with her great love, Mae is ready to solder her heart to his. Finally, Mae is getting ready to marry her man. But her fiancĂ© has become withdrawn. Something is deeply troubling him.
But Mae has no idea what.
Or what to do to help.

Can Styx open up and conquer his deepest pain? Or will the infamous Hangmen Mute allow his fears to overcome his love for Mae and watch their much-anticipated wedding crumble to dust?

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.
***I Do, Babe: A Novella (Hades Hangmen #5.5) is to be read AFTER Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5)***

“Mae,” Bella whispered as I walked from the changing room and stood on the elevated plinth opposite my friends and sisters. The mirror was behind me, but I did not yet dare look at my reflection. I glanced at Bella sat beside Ruth, her mother-in-law and Rider’s mama. Her eyes were filling with tears as she stared at me. Her hands were in front of her mouth.
“Do you like it?” I ran my hand over my pronounced stomach.
Bella nodded. “You are perfect,” she whispered. Ruth nodded in agreement.
I looked at Maddie. “Madds?”
She smiled warmly. “You are beautiful, Mae, this dress only enhances that. But this gown could not suit you more if you tried.”
“Styx will love it,” Lilah said and held Grace tighter on her lap.
“You look like a Disney princess,” Grace said.
A hand came down on my arm. I turned to see Beauty behind me. “You ever gonna look in the mirror, darlin’?” She smiled. This boutique belonged to a friend of Beauty’s, and Beauty had practically organized my wedding for me. I was clueless where to even begin.
“You look good, Mae.” I smiled at Letti as she sat uncomfortably on the couch. She had told me she was here to support me, but she had no opinion in such matters as wedding dress shopping. Or anything girly, she’d said affectionately.
“Turn, honey,” Lilah said and I nodded my head. I had no idea why I was so nervous. I knew that Styx loved me and I loved him. I felt as though I had been waiting for this day my whole life. That I had been waiting for the day I finally cemented him as mine. Forever mine, and me forever his.
Closing my eyes, I turned, allowing Beauty to guide me. “You ready?” she whispered. I pulled up the image of Styx in my mind. Me in his arms as we lay in bed. His large tattooed arms holding me close as we spoke. His voice gruff and deep. Then I pictured us laughing. The infamous Hangmen Mute of the Hades Hangmen, so different with me than with anybody else. To others he was aloof, silent, and menacing. But to me, he was loving, caring, and the most beautiful soul in the world.
The other half of my heart.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Provocative - Lisa Renee Jones

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Provocative (White Lies Book One) by Lisa Renee Jones Release Date: April 18th Genre: Contemporary Romance

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There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.
The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

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Review

5 Stars

"Every look and word I exchange  with that man was both sexual and adversarial."

Nick Rogers knows that Faith Winters is part of the connection between his father and her mother, both recently having passed from suspicious heart attacks. What he doesn't expect is to find a connection with the beautiful, haunted artist whose life has been on a downward slope since her fathers passing two years prior. What starts as a desire to claim her then ruin her becomes more when he allows emotion into his life for the first time ever. They share moments of lust and affection, of honesty and trust, but the secrets between them could ultimately break one or both of them.

"If she's innocent, I'm a bastard in every sense of the word. I kiss her again, and this time there is anger on my tongue, accusation, my own lies, and maybe hers."

At first slow, Provocative grows increasingly more intense with its story of sex, love, deceit, and murder from the perspectives of two main characters, Nick and Faith. I was enamored with Nick from the start, despite the weariness Faith has with him, his honest perspective is refreshing. He's handsome, independent, and nothing at all like he is first perceived to be. Faith is clearly hurting, broken from a past that she doesn't know the full truth of. Both hold secrets, though it is unclear whose are true and whose could possibly ruin them. Like most LRJ novels, the characters are easy to connect to, written with so much depth and complexities that they are more than name on paper. Not only was I intrigued by the connection between Faith and Nick, and the relationship they are getting closer to having, but their individual pasts also tell a separate story all their own. The story builds from their first meeting, introducing new questions and fewer answers, creating a romantic mystery type story readers will find so hard to put down. 

"I want more from this woman, who might just literally be the death of me if I'm not careful. And yet, that doesn't matter. I still want more."

I am always a fan of Lisa Renee Jones work, and it takes a lot for me to pick a favorite, but I enjoyed Provocative so much and I love that it is a duet rather than a lengthy series. Readers of romance and mystery will be seduced by Provocative, it's a must read filled with passion and twists. I absolutely cannot wait for book two, Shameless.

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Lisa Renee Jones Author PicNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press. Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Paper Fools - Staci Hart

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In the game of love, she never loses.


Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!

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Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

Review
Lex is damaged by her childhood, she jumps into relationships but runs from any feeling that could possibly lead to love. Dean too is unable to love, his connections with women are fleeting and often damaging to those he cares for. When Aphrodite and Apollo are chosen for the games, with all of Olympus watching on, both draw on their past anger towards one another to choose the best candidates to hurt the other's chance at winning. Both hold the other accountable for lost love and a game of love or heartbreak is the perfect place to channel their anger. Dean and Lex are made for each other though and while Dita and Apollo put their heads in the game it is impossible to deny that the two human souls could heal one another.

"Well, no one knew love like she did. She owned it. It almost felt rigged, like an inconceivable task, but then again, challenges wouldn't be much fun if one were not an expert in the subject matter they defended. Of course, when it was between Apollo and Dita, it was never for fun."

I love Greek Mythology, the idea that Gods could be playing games with humans for entertainment is what first drew me into Paper Fools. Told through several points-of-view, Staci Hart brings readers into the lives of Aphrodite "Dita," Apollo, and the pawns in their game of wits, Lex and Dean. Readers are swept into the beauty of life in Olympus, quickly seeing that the gods play with humans lives to either entertain themselves or to get at another. Dita and Apollo have an interesting relationship filled with disdain and distrust; Hart writes in such a way that readers feel the pain both feel over lost love. Lex and Dean are very obviously damaged and though we learn of their past we only see how it effects them in the present time. I loved the idea of Lex and Dean, especially the game of the Gods, but it was hard to find their instant chemistry believable when thinking in terms of human connection. 

"She was beautiful-there was no doubt about that -but it was more than that, something he didn't understand, some magic about her that had taken him over, and he hoped his obsession with her would be over soon. Because he didn't know how much he could take."

Previously written and released as Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools is a heavily edited new version by Hart. Though the story line is the same the writing has definitely been taken up a notch. Previous readers will find that the story flows better, while new readers might find complaint with the lengthy side stories that make getting into the story a little bit harder. I had a difficult time keeping the story straight, while it was interesting to read about Aphrodite and Apollo, and their competition, the side stories really took away from Dean and Lex for me. Much of the story tells the tale of Aphrodite and Apollo's centuries long feud, as well as details their lives through out time and presently. I felt the urge, several times, to write down the characters and timeline, because it was hard to keep track of and the POV changing made that even harder. Lex and Dean felt like a backseat story for me and, though I rooted for them endlessly, I never felt a connection to the characters. I wanted them to be fleshed out further and for the Greek Mythology story lines to be shorter. 

"He was all she hoped for and all she feared. One day, and everything hinged on the decision she would make at the end. But the truth was, the decision had already been made. She'd never really had a choice in the matter."

Paper Fools is a complex, yet fun and sexy read from the always amazing author, Staci Hart. The story is unique and the writing in this new edit is excellent, especially the smut scenes that drew so many comments previously. Paper Fools is definitely a romance read I'd recommend to fans who like their love stories a little bit twisted.

Excerpt:

She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her.

When her eyes locked on his, she froze.

They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed.

She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book.

“Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual.

He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted.

“Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.”

Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it.

She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her.

“Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.”

His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?”

“They do.”

A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.”

They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.

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About the Author

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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