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05 August 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ The Protector, Games People Play #5, by HelenKay Dimon


Today we have the blog tour for The Protector by HelenKay Dimon! Check it out and get your copy today!


The Protector
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Genre Romantic Suspense


About The Protector

Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .

Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?

Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.


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Excerpt

She cleared her throat. “Shauna.”

They could circle back to food because she had his attention now. He refused to joke about this topic. “Your sister.”

“She’s three years older.”

He noticed she didn’t use the past tense. Shauna died ten years ago and Cate still saw her as an “is.” For Damon, that meant treading carefully. “And you are…?”

“Twenty-nine.”

He knew that answer before she said but thought keeping her to facts might help her emotionally wade through the next part. He’d helped Wren with other cases and this piece – dealing with the grief – never got easier. Damon had a load of grief and guilt of his own piled on top of hers, so he got it.

He nodded to her. “Go ahead.”

“The questions you ask don’t seem that pertinent.”

“I’m going to be honest with you.” He started to lean forward when the waiter came by and dropped off their food. The smell of grilled hamburger filled his senses as he reached for his folded napkin and threw it across his lap.

She didn’t move. “That would be a good way to start.”

“Wren already gave me a file he had on you. The man is an expert at collecting information and then making Garrett put it together in a nice big, easy-to-understand breakdown of what happened and when.”

For a few seconds she sat there, quiet, as her gaze moved over his face, studying him. “Then why are we here doing the get-to-know-you thing?”

“First, I’m hungry. That happens a lot. The need to eat thing. So, you’ll need to get used to it.” He popped a french fry in his mouth.

“You aren’t…I mean, you look…”

Interesting. “I’m pretty excited to hear how you finish that sentence.”

She waved a hand in front of her. “You’re fit.”

“Oh, really?”

“Don’t get excited. That was an objectively factual statement.”

“Objectively factual?” He didn’t even know what that meant. If she found him sexy she should absolutely say so because damn was that a mutual feeling.

“You know what I mean.”

Rather than risk saying the wrong thing and wearing her salad, he switched back to the food. That seemed like a safe topic. “I have low blood sugar and get cranky when I don’t eat.”

“So, you eat burgers all the time.”

“I like pleasure.”

She bit her top lip as if she were fighting off a smile. “You sound like you’re five.”

“And protein.” All this talk about food and seeing the burger right there, all he wanted to do was pick it up and take a bite, but he waited. “My point is that this – here, right now, us eating together – is about getting to know each other.”

That buried smile disappeared. “Why do we need to?”

Why?” Good lord, she was serious. He could tell from the confused expression. Nothing about her tone or demeanor telegraphed amusement or suggested she was joking.

“It’s a job. You go in and do it.” She shrugged. “I’d rather spend our time this afternoon with you telling me your big plan so that we can figure out what we do next.”

They appeared to have very different views on who was going to be in charge of this operation. He was very clear, but she seemed to be confused. “Let me understand this. You think we need to agree on strategy?”

“Of course.”

“That’s not how this works.” Not in his world. Not ever. When he took on a job he ran it alone, not by committee.

She shoved her plate to the side and leaned on her elbows, inching closer to him across the top of the two-seat table. “Do you understand what’s at stake here?”

“Likely a silent promise you made to your sister that you would make sure her killer didn’t go free.” It was a guess but an educated one. He’d dealt with grieving family members before. He’d seen both sides of the battle lines. So, when her eyes widened he knew he’d scored. “And your peace of mind.”

She glanced down at her salad then at the two men at the table next to them who were locked in an argument about football season tickets. When she finally looked back at him again some of the stress around her eyes had disappeared. “You get it.”

“I know guilt when I see it.”


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About HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a...divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over forty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Riptide and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College. You can learn more at her website.



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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ What's Past Is Prologue by Anna Galvia


What's Past Is Prologue
Author: Ann Galvia
Tour Dates: August 1 – August 13, 2018


Elizabeth Darcy has her eye on the future.

Before her marriage, she saw herself making the best possible choice. Her husband saved her family from ruin. All he asked in return was her hand. Secure in his good opinion, Elizabeth married him. Only with hindsight and his cryptic warnings that passion is not immutable does Elizabeth question her decision. Her solution? Give him a son as soon as possible. Once his lust for her has been slaked, this service she has rendered him will ensure her value.

The newlyweds are summoned to Rosings Park almost the moment they are married. Though the estate can boast of beautiful grounds, Elizabeth and Darcy arrive to find devastation. A flood has swept away Lady Catherine’s last hopes of hiding debt and years of mismanagement. She expects Darcy to shoulder the recovery efforts.

The effort to save Rosings strains the already tense relationship between Elizabeth and her husband. To make matters worse, her presence is met with disdain and disinterest from the family. As the days in the besieged estate drag on, Elizabeth slowly untangles the histories and secrets of her new relations.

Like Elizabeth’s marriage, the crisis at Rosings is the culmination of past events. Disaster need not be the result of only bad choices; good principles have led them astray as well. As for Elizabeth, she barely knows her husband, and loving him might be impossible. Yet, she is determined to save all that she can—her marriage and the estate—and somehow, create the future she longs for.


Author Interview

Hi and welcome Ann to my little corner of the web and taking part in this little interview with me.

Inquiring minds are dying to know, which book inspired you to begin writing?

Today? “Pride and Prejudice.”

In general? Chronologically, my memories of writing come before my memories of favorite books. It’s just a thing I’ve always done.

How did you discover Jane Austen?

When I was in college, I met a girl who read “Pride and Prejudice” her senior year of high school. She embarked on a campaign to relentlessly badger me into reading it. At the time, I was studying cultural anthropology and dismissed her on the basis of ~I’m not interested in romance novels. I only like social commentary.~ (Obviously, I did not know the first thing about Jane Austen, and she who did was, shall we say, undeterred. And also, the devaluation of female-oriented genres is a whole other issue to unpack that we won’t get to today.) This went on for….a while. Had you asked me at the time, I would have told you she had been bugging me since she was 12, despite the fact that we did not know each other then and she hadn’t read it until high school. I would not have even been kidding. It honestly felt like it had been going on forever.

And then came the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you are not familiar with LBD, it is a YouTube show that ran in 2012-13. Consisting of 100 regular episodes of roughly 5 minutes a piece, 10 Q&A episodes and 3 epilogue episodes that came out a year later, it’s a modern adaptation of P&P that casts Lizzie Bennet as a graduate student studying mass communications. As part of her thesis project, she creates a video diary that she mostly uses to rag on her family, wax poetic about Jane and Bing Lee and rant about this Darcy dude that she hates. My friend now had a new way to bombard me with “Pride and Prejudice” and started linking me to episodes. After the third or fourth time she sent me episode 60--the first proposal, known as Darcy Day to LBD fans since it’s the first time Darcy appears on screen--I finally relented and watched the whole series.

Needless to say, I was a fan. I immediately ran out to get the original book and have never looked back.


And my friend was just like, Yes, I knew you would like it. That is why I kept telling you to read it!

What led you to creating the storyline for “What's Past is Prologue”?

Not long after my first read through of P&P,  I was teaching a nonfiction reading unit to my fifth graders. (As an anthropologist, I wanted to teach people about the world. Figured the best way to do that was be a teacher.) It was during the primary documents portion of the unit that I first learned of the Year Without a Summer. My mind immediately jumped to Year Without a Summer P&P fanfic. Specifically, a married Darcy and Elizabeth journey to Rosings Park to help Lady Catherine sort out the impact the weather is having on her estate. As the years passed, the storyline got incrementally tweaked over and over again. Eventually, the Year Without a Summer wasn’t even part of it anymore!

This story’s setting is Rosings Park, home of Catherine de Bourgh. What led you to make this decision and what challenges did you face writing this story in this setting?

The center of the concept was always the relationship between Elizabeth Darcy and Lady Catherine. There was never a moment where it didn’t take place at Rosings Park. Two major challenges shaped the direction of the story:
It began as a Year Without a Summer story. That meant Darcy and Elizabeth had been married for a few years. For Lady Catherine and the Darcys to still be in conflict was silly. Jane Austen didn’t let us know how long Lady Catherine and Darcy stayed mad at each other, but we do know Elizabeth cajoled him into letting go of his resentment and the family came back together. I felt like the degree of conflict between Lady Catherine and the Darcys did not suit the amount of time that had passed. So, the timeline got moved earlier. No longer was it a Year Without a Summer story. The Darcys were newlyweds.
The second challenge was just how hard it was to work Darcy himself into the plot. In my earliest drafts, Darcy and Elizabeth were happily married and they had nothing to talk about. Their relationship did not drive the story. In fact, it was essentially absent. I spent a lot of mental energy trying to find ways to shoehorn Darcy in to Elizabeth’s day to day life without much success.

And then I put them in conflict with each other. And that’s when the story blossomed. Suddenly, they had a dynamic. There were stakes. In addition to the strife, they have all these moments of playfulness, of honestly, of passion, of serious conversations about the situation at Rosings Park that easily could have been in the original HEA scenario but simply weren’t.

With this change, Darcy became the engine for Elizabeth’s journey. She begins the story without a clear view of what a successful  marriage ought to be. She’s the product of an unhappy union. Her lack of dowry and the price of rescuing Lydia have made her a financial burden on her husband. How long is that burden going to seem worthwhile to him? Once the story stopped being about Lady Catherine and started being about Elizabeth dealing with the baggage she didn’t know she had, and growing up and growing towards Darcy as her partner, the story opened up.
What's the strangest thing you've ever had to research online for your book?

I feel like most of the things I research are pretty mundane, though sometimes the results are unexpected. For “What’s Past is Prologue,” I read agricultural surveys of Hertfordshire, Kent and Derbyshire. I wanted to know what was grown in these counties, when it was planted, when it was harvested and what was done with the harvest.

The people of Hertfordshire were very opinionated about the best way to grow wheat. The man carrying out the survey seemed initially caught off guard by how passionate the people were about the Right Way to Grow Wheat, but he played into it and began asking every farm he interviewed about their Wheat Opinions. It’s sort of a funny undercurrent throughout the entire thing. Derbyshire, on the other hand, had a reputation for being terrible for growing wheat. Some people believed wheat couldn’t grow in Derbyshire at all! It could, it just wasn’t their big money maker. But when you look at their methods, they were also doing the exact opposite of what the Opinionated Hertfordshire Wheat Farmers would tell you to do, so...

What do your plans for future projects include?

Celestial cats.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

I think the best thing you can do is to just do it and keep on doing it. Writing is a skill that you have to build through practice.

Speed Round:

Tea or coffee?
Coffee for everyday, tea when I have the time to sit down and enjoy it.

Morning Person or Night Owl?
Night owl by nature, morning person when required.

Cats or Dogs?
Cats. Entirely too many cats.

Movies or TV?
I have not seen a single film in 2018 thus far, so I guess TV is winning by default.

What ​came first, ​the chicken or​ the​ ​egg?
The chicken, alphabetically, ordinally, and sexually.

Thank you Ann for being here today. I loved getting to know more about you and What's Past Is Prologue and I look forward to seeing what you'll bring us next.

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About The Author

Ann started writing sometime before she knew how letters functioned. Her first books were drawings of circus poodles heavily annotated with scribbles meant to tell a story. Upon learning how letters were combined to represent words, she started doing that instead. This has proven to be much more successful.

Sometime after that, she decided she wanted to study Anthropology and sometime after that, she decided she liked cats more than dogs. And sometime after that, she decided to become an educator and teach a new generation of kids how to combine letters to represent words, and use those words express ideas.

And sometime after that, she realized all she really wanted to do was write, which probably should have been evident from the beginning.


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Giveaway

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One winner will be selected per contest. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.


Blog Tour Schedule

August 1 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Guest Post & Giveaway
August 2 / Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
August 3 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway
August 4 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 5 / Liz’s Reading Life / Author Interview & Giveaway
August 6 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
August 7 / More Agreeably Engaged / Guest Post & Giveaway
August 8 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 9 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway
August 10 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
August 11 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
August 12 / My Love for Jane Austen / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 13 / So Little Time… / Guest Post & Giveaway

04 August 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Break by Cassia Leo


Break by New York Times Bestselling Author Cassia Leo is out now and #Free in Kindle Unlimted! Read it now!


Synopsis

A humorous and heartbreaking second-chance stand-alone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Shattered Hearts Series.

For six years, she was the only one. My best friend. My kitten. My world. Then, I broke us by getting caught in a web of lies.

Hard to believe, after everything we’d been through, I could do what I did to her… in front of 600,000 people. I doubt she’ll ever believe I did it because I love her.

Three years later, my music career is booming. I have a movie deal in the next comic book reboot. And now the only parent I have left has been given a death sentence. I have to go home, but going home means facing what I did to her.

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About Cassia Leo

New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time re-watching Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. When she's not binge-watching, she's usually enjoying the Oregon rain with a hot cup of coffee and a book.


03 August 2018

Cover Reveal ~ Flirting With Fire, Blue Collar Brothers #1, by Piper Rayne



Flirting With Fire
Blue Collar Brothers #1
By Piper Rayne
Release Day: Sept 13


Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…

What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.

That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.

Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.

One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.

As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my enemy.

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About Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.




Review & Excerpt Tour ~ Protected, A Masters and Mercenaries Novella, by Lexi Blake



Protected
A Masters and Mercenaries Novella
By Lexi Blake
July 31, 2018


Their first chance at love ended in heartbreak

Wade Rycroft fell in love with Geneva Harris when she was the smartest girl in his class. The rodeo star and the shy academic made for an odd pair, but their chemistry was undeniable. They made plans to get married after high school. Those plans changed when Genny broke his heart. Joining the Army gave him a chance to leave that life behind. News that Genny married the town’s golden boy let Wade know that he could never go home again.

A chance encounter rekindles an old flame

Fifteen years later, he’s found his place in the world and tried to forget the woman who left him standing in the rain. After leaving the Army he forged a new life as a bodyguard at McKay-Taggart, but he still feels incomplete. When his brother’s wedding brings him home to Broken Bend, Texas, he walks into a storm of scandal. Genny’s marriage has dissolved, the town has turned against her, and someone is making threats. Seeing her again reawakens feelings he thought were long gone, and he worries that staying close enough to help her could be too much to bear.

Their reunion just might kill them both

After an attempt is made on Genny’s life, Wade can’t refuse to help her. Watching over her day and night, it’s clear that having her back in his life could be the thing to finally make him whole. When the danger follows them back to Dallas, their second chance at love could be over before it even begins.

Coming to other retailers October 29, 2018


Excerpt

“Don’t. Don’t tell me how to feel. I know you’ve worked through this, but I don’t know how to.”

“It helps to admit that we were all children back then.”

“My mother wasn’t.” He needed to talk about this with her.

“No, but she wasn’t the same after your dad died. She was lost and I’ve forgiven her,” she replied quietly. “You can’t spend your life being angry.”

“You’re angry with me.”

For a moment he thought she would ignore him. Then she turned to him, her eyes shining in the moonlight. “Maybe. It’s hard to figure out how I feel about you. For a long time, I dreamed about you at night. You were the only man I ever loved. Brock killed that. I think he might have killed the part of me that can love someone other than my son. I didn’t feel a lot when my father passed. But then he was the one who told me to suck it up. I went to him after Brock hit me the first time. He told me to not make my husband mad.”

“Genny, he should have killed him. I would have. God, I should have.” That sorrow that had been building inside him threatened to spill over. Anger was there, but it was overshadowed by the terrible pain he felt at the thought of her being alone and afraid.

“It’s funny,” she said, studying him in the silvery light. “I went over pretty much every possible scenario I could, and this wasn’t the way I thought you would handle it. It’s why it took forever for me to talk to you. I thought you would either not care at all or that you would be so angry you went after everyone. I hesitated because I thought I might unleash a beast.”

He could give her this. Since the moment he’d learned the truth, he’d genuinely forced himself to think about how he reacted. It would be selfish to act out in anger when she needed him to be calm, to think about what was best for her. The drive from Broken Bend to Dallas with Ash had made that clear to him. They needed someone who would thoughtfully protect them, not a raging animal who fed his own needs. “You’ve had enough anger in your life. It’s there. God, it’s there, but I swear I won’t act on it because I won’t do anything that could hurt you. I’ll try to handle him in every legal way I can and if I have to take him out, I’ll do it in a way that can never come back on any of us. You don’t need my rage. You do need me though.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Because you think I’ll let you down again.” It wasn’t a question.

“Because I don’t want to love anyone again,” she admitted.


About The Author

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Book Blast & Giveaway ~ Cross Drop, On The Edge #2, by Elizabeth Hartey


Cross Drop
by Elizabeth Hartey
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Nikki

I’m not a saint. Never claimed to be. I’ve played the game and scored my fair share—both on and off the field. This is why I should have known better than to fall for a hockey player. But I did. I fell fast and hard.

Now I’m left with the painful consequences, reminded every day of how reckless I had been by giving him my heart so easily—so willingly. Dalt broke me in the cruelest of ways, and because of him I’ll never be able to love again.

Dalt

Nikki changed me. She made me want to be a better man. My days playing off the field were over because she owned every little piece of my heart…until she left, leaving behind a gnawing ache where my heart used to be.

Now she’s back, and it’s painfully clear she hates me, ignoring me, pretending like I’m nobody to her. But that’s just too damn bad. I want answers. I want a goddamn explanation.

And most of all…I want her.



Excerpt

“Hey.” The intelligent greeting the only thing I could think of to say. When she looked up and hit me with those baby blues I had to remind myself to breathe.

“Hey.” One word. That was it and she started walking off the field toward the field house. I stood baffled for a moment. I’d never had a problem talking to a girl before and they usually didn’t walk away from me when I did. I ran to catch up to her.

“Great game. You were amazing out there.”

“Yeah, thanks.” She just kept walking, even picked up the pace like she was trying to get away from me.

“I’m…I’m Dalt by the way.” Like an idiot I stuck my hand out to shake hers. She stopped and stared at my outstretched hand but didn’t make a move because her hands were full with her bag and some of the equipment.

“I know who you are, hockey boy.” The words ‘hockey boy’ came out like they tasted sour on her tongue. And she started walking away from me again. I couldn’t believe it. When I caught up to her, she stopped and turned to me.

“What do you want, hockey boy?” She threw me off my game so bad, I think I stuttered.

“I…um…your name would be nice for starters.”

“For starters?” She quirked a brow.

“Then I thought you might like to get a beer or a burger or something at the Thirsty Whale.” She scanned my body from head to toe and back up. Then the damnedest thing happened.

“No thanks. I don’t do dates. Not looking for a boyfriend. I just like to, you know, keep my options open.” Say what, now! Had she just turned me down for a date?


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About The Author

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. The wild ride of writing books is one of the most difficult things she’s ever done in her life. But the opportunity to get her stories out of her head and down on paper and send them out into the world is also one of the most wonderful things she’s ever done. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. And having readers fall in love with her characters as much as she does is almost as exciting as giving birth (just not as painful!) When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, watching old classic movies and travelling.

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02 August 2018

Cover Reveal ~ Closer, A Taint Novel, by Carmen Jenner

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Closer, the next stunning standalone in the Taint Series from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is coming August 21st!

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Closer
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Rock star romance/contemporary
Cover Design: Ben Ellis, Be Designs
Release Date: August 21, 2018


Levi Quinn has it all—money, groupies, a panty-melting smile, and a really big d*ck.

At least, he had it all. Until an angry redhead joined the Taint world tour and turned his life upside-down. Levi fell in love with her. His bandmate did too. It did not end well.

Brielle Kagawa doesn’t keep company with rock stars, but when this gifted cellist finds herself kicked out of the Orchestre de Paris an all-expenses-paid gig in the south of France seems too good to be true.

Because it is.

The man footing the bill might be a disorderly drunk, but he has an offer she can’t refuse—stay in his chateau and play for the month. No strings attached.

Yeah right.

The truth about rock stars is that they’re awfully good players, but Levi isn’t the only one who knows how to master a set of strings.

He’s broken-hearted.

She doesn’t have a heart to break.


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About Carmen

Author_Photo.jpgCarmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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Blog Tour ~ Butterface by Avery Flynn

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“I love the heck out of this book! It’s super fresh and hysterical.” ~ Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

Butterface, a hot romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!

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Synopsis

Looks aren’t everything.

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league. But then he kisses me. And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything. Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.

But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.

Because this is not a makeover story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…

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Excerpt

“Do not disrespect the Kiss Cam, Hartigan!” someone bellowed out as the chanting crowd grew more restless. And louder.

“One quick kiss,” he said, his tone grim with a thread of something more vulnerable underneath. “Then, they’ll leave us alone.”

That’s when Gina’s gaze moved from her own face, blotchy with embarrassment on the screen, over to him. The tips of his ears were scarlet, and he was tapping the tips of his middle finger and thumb together like he was keeping rhythm for a ska band.

He was hiding it better, but the reality was he wasn’t enjoying this anymore than she was.

Glancing from the screen to the actual man himself, her lungs tightened. He was a big guy, and she wasn’t just talking about his broad shoulders that filled out his tux to a mouthwatering degree. He had to have at least four inches on her own five foot ten.

He glanced down, making eye contact, and for a second they weren’t the hottie and the nottie. They were two people stuck in a completely socially awkward situation that they had no control over.

She nibbled the inside of her cheek and considered her options before deciding that Ford was right. A quick peck would get the videographer out of their faces and divert the boisterous crowd’s attention to another couple happier to indulge in this bit of insanity. Then, she could finish up the last of her duties and go home to her peaceful, if totally messy, mid-renovation Victorian.

She let out a shaky breath, not sure she was making the right decision. “Fine. A kiss. Whatever.”

Gina had barely gotten the words out when his large hands cupped her face, sending electric shock waves through her that made her lips part slightly with surprise. He dipped his head down—and he kissed her.

The roar of approval from the crowd faded to almost nothing when he seemed to groan involuntarily. Her body approved and made an answering sound of its own. At her encouragement, his tongue slicked across her bottom lip, and her mind lost all reasonable thought. Teasing her senses and sending her heartbeat into overdrive, she softened against him, practically melting against his hard, muscular chest. Somewhere in the back of her mind she registered that people were cheering. She just couldn’t for the life of her care. The world turned electric as the air practically vibrated against her skin as he deepened the kiss. His tongue swept against hers in a brief but oh-so-potent move that had her clutching his lapel before she’d even realized she’d lifted her hands.

Then, almost as soon as it began, he lifted his head and stepped back, breaking the connection.

Dazed, she released his tuxedo jacket and looked around, catching sight of herself on the giant screen. Her face was flushed and her eyes hazy. She pressed her fingers to her still-tingling lips. She looked like a woman who’d been kissed senseless, which made sense because that was exactly what had just happened.



About Avery

AveryFlynnUSA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.