26 May 2018

Release Blitz ~ Cocktales, The Cocky Collective


Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.


Download your copy today!

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Contributing Authors Include

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – Cocked and Loaded
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – Double Cocked
Whitney Barbetti – Cocksure Grin
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – A Wicked, Cocky Plan
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – Magical Cock and Bull
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – Don’t Get Cocky
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal
Mariah Dietz – Landmines
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – Cock and Balls
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – Tricky Bond
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – Cockamamie
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – Cocky Couture
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – Culinary Cock-Up
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – Crimson Cocktail
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – Swag
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – Love & Hate at the Stallion Station
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – Going Down
Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – Cocksure Co-Star
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – Cockblocked
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – Getting It Up
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – Her Cocky Russian
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman
Jessica Prince – A Cocky Corruption Engagement
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – Fight or Flight
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – Cocky Capo
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – Beard and Hen
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – The Color of Love
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – Aligned
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – All
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – Until the Cock Crows
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – Chocolate and Cockup
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – The Golden Sombrero
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – Cocky Alpha
Karla Sorensen – Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – Cocky Mafia
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – Code of Conduct

*All* net profits will be donated to Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

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Guest Post ~ Destiny Happened by London Saint James

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I'm a pleased to welcoming my friend London to my little corner of the web!!

Hi, everyone! *waves* London Saint James here. I’m one of the authors of the Down & Dirty crew and I’m so excited to let you know the Down and Dirty box set is now available!


Get in, get down…and get filthy with these sexy, hardworking, blue-collar heroes who don’t mind when things get a little dirty at work or at play.

This collection of 22 brand new stories from USA Today and International Best-Selling authors is full of scorching hot romance tales that will be sure to leave you breathless for more. These men work hard and play even harder.

From cops to mechanics, miners to brewmasters, they aren’t afraid to go all in. At the end of the day, when they find the woman who completes them, they learn love and life can be as messy as their day jobs…and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

For a limited time Down and Dirty is on sale for only .99 cents, so grab your copy now!

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When I was first invited to take part in this project, I had three different professions in mind for my sexy blue-collar hero. A ship welder, jackhammer operator, and big rig diesel mechanic. All of them were yummy, and it was too hard to decide and pick just one. What did I do? I took it to my peeps in my FB group, Slip Between the Pages with London. I Love them!! After putting it to a vote, the winner was… big rig diesel mechanic and my hero, Kash Caldwell, was born.

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Destiny Happened Blurb

Of course, I noticed Mr. Shirtless. With a bod like his, who wouldn’t? But his hot-factor didn’t matter. What did? My asshat ex and the need to make him jealous. So, I strolled up to the panty-melting stranger as though I knew him and laid one on him, hoping said asshat would see I’d moved on just fine without him. Only, he never saw me kissing another man.

I spotted her—honey-blonde hair gleaming in the sun as she came my way. I’d flirt. Smile. Maybe get her number. I sure the hell didn’t expect her to toss her arms around my neck, mashing her body against mine, and kiss the ever-loving shit out of me. Then, she stopped. Stepped back. Blushed. Whispered “Sorry” and blended into the crowd.

I never got her name that day. Or her number. However, fate had other plans and Destiny happened…again.


Destiny Happened Excerpt


The curve of my back was molded to the passenger door of Kash’s pickup—his right hand gripping a fist-full of my hair, his left hoisting my leg up the side of his, fingers curling around the back of my knee while we devoured each other with our mouths. Nips, licks, sucks, twirling and thrusting tongues, his big body pressed into mine as we went at it with our clothes on in the partially shadowed corner where we’d parked in O’Dools lot.

“I want you,” Kash all but growled, his warm breath bathing my lips and chin. Then he ground his hard-on against my center, hitting me just right as he went back to fucking my mouth with his tongue.

Coming up for air I said, “Me, too” and dug my nails into the arms of his coat—once again mashing my mouth against his.

“Now.” He sucked my bottom lip. “I want you now.”

His tongue speared past my teeth, rubbing against mine.

“Yes,” I panted out when he inched back. “I want you more than I’ve ever wanted anything.”

Faster than my lust-addled brain could process, he’d maneuvered me, opened his truck door, saying, “Get in.”

I scrambled in.

Kash came in after me, slamming the door behind him. “Straddle me.”

Apparently, I hadn’t been quick enough, because the man just picked me up and positioned me over his lap—my knees digging into the seat on either side of his hips.

God that was hot.

“Take off the coat,” he said, voice gone gritty and low.

I shrugged out of it as his hands went to the front of my blouse. One, two, three buttons came undone, then he just ripped the rest of them free, iridescent pearls flying—one pinging off the windshield.

A combination of the cool air and my own arousal had my nipples hard-pressed against the sheer material of my bra.

The man’s nostrils flared as he looked at me. “You’re drop-dead beautiful.”

I didn’t have time to thank him for the compliment or even return the sentiment because Kash cupped my left breast and squeezed, seizing my breath.

Heart pounding, I leaned forward and kissed him as he yanked on the cup of my bra, exposing my bare skin and pinched the hard nub before breaking our kiss.

Pressing my torso back, he came forward and latched onto me with his lips.

Arching into him, I moaned, aware my sex was not only slick, but gushing with the need to be penetrated and filled to capacity.

“Perfect,” he said, then licked. “Goddamned perfect.”


As if my breathy expulsion of his name had flipped an unknown switch, he came undone, losing any restraint he’d been holding on to. He was groaning and touching. Sucking, licking, squeezing…

“Undo your pants, baby, and then undo mine,” he said, never stopping his touching, returning back to my throat, neck, and breasts with his mouth and tongue.

On sexual autopilot, I got my pants open, and his—my hands freeing his impressively huge erection.

When my fingers struggled to fully wrap around his girth, I worried he would tear me up trying to fit into my body, but when he made that noise low in his throat, I didn’t care. I just wanted him.

“Oh fuck… That’s it, Desi. Squeeze me. There you go. Stroke me.”



Jesus-holy-fuck, that was good. Destiny was jacking me off, moaning, and pressing her mouth to the side of my neck, sucking.

“Oh, God. Kash. Oh, God.”

I was licking and squeezing her breast, the other hand going down the front of her gaping pants, slipping beneath her panties and finding her almost completely devoid of pubic hair.

What did I love even more than naked pussy? Soaking wet pussy.

Mm… Desi-baby. Tell me what you want.” I pressed one finger between her pouting lower lips.

“You,” she said as she wiggled, trying to make me move, but I held my finger still.

“Tell me.”

“Your fingers,” she all but pleaded.

“These?” I tapped them against her. “Do you want my fingers deep inside of you, fingering this sweet pussy?”

“Yes. Please.”

I pressed the tip of my forefinger to her opening, gathered her juices, and brought some of that slickness up to her clit where I circled.

“Aah… please. Please, Kash,” she purred.

How could I deny her when she’d asked so nicely?

Thumb pressing against her, I slowly slid one finger inside of her body. “Ah… baby.” I’d have to take my time with her when my cock finally made it to the promised land my finger was enjoying or else I could really hurt her. “You're hot, wet, and so damn tight.”

She’d never stopped working my cock, so I started working her—pussy and clit. The woman was extraordinary. The way she gave herself over. The sensual movements of her body. The expression of pure bliss on her face highlighted by the slant of light trickling in the truck.

Listening to her whimper and watching her rock her hips—blue eyes closing when I added a second finger—possessive need walloped me. “Destiny. Give me those eyes.”

They popped open and locked with mine.

“Keep your eyes on me.”

She nodded, riding my hand.

All the windows of my pickup fogged over—the cab filling with the sounds of our moans, groans, and heaving breaths. The scent of her. Of me. The rich smell of sex swirling all around us.

Unable to hold back any longer, I placed my forehead against hers as her small hand pumped my dick. “Kiss me. I want to be kissing you when we come.”

Those glistening lips of hers met mine, mouth opening to let me in.

My throbbing balls pulled up tight as the taste of her hit my tongue.

She moaned—the walls of her pussy fluttering and starting to clamp even tighter around the two fingers I had deep inside her. When I curled them, she whimpered.

Mm…” I groaned into her mouth.

Shuddering and making needy sounds in her throat, she went off like a bottle rocket for me.

That’s all I needed.

Pleasure rolled down my spine as I ate at her mouth, dick jerking in her hand, cum shooting up my shaft and out of me like a fucking geyser.

Heart pounding, chest heaving, blood rushing through my ears, the last spurt of my release trickling down her hand, we both slumped into each other—holding on.

Other Fantastic Stories Included Are

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Two fractured souls must lean on each other to heal physically and emotionally….

Karly Stephens got her heart shredded, when the man she thought was supposed to be her forever, cheated on her. To avoid dealing with her tattered life, she threw herself into work.

Injured and battle-weary Marine, Garret Lole, agonizes when his team deploys overseas without him. When Karly is assigned to be Garret’s nurse, unexpected sparks fly.

Despite her scarred soul, Karly is drawn to Garret in every possible way. Like puzzle pieces scattered on the floor, they must figure out how to trust in themselves and each other. Picking up the pieces might mean a whole new world for both of them.

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Layla is enjoying a beautiful moorland walk in the English countryside when suddenly, clouds start to roll in. The weather was forecast to be fine all day, so Layla is woefully unprepared when the heavens open and her visibility is reduced to next to nothing. Trying hard not to panic, she carefully makes her way towards a remote hut she spotted before the fog descended. When she arrives, though, she discovers park ranger Stuart already there, and luckily for her, he’s much more prepared than she is, and they soon find a way to pass the time until the storm blows over.

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As a private detective, Riley Scott has witnessed her fair share of the ugly side of relationships. She guards her heart like a fortress, but a pair of sizzling blue eyes threatens to take down all of her barriers. He came to her rescue through a blazing fire. Now, she could only hope he would not incinerate her heart.

Tristan Cain hasn’t been able to let go of his red-headed angel, or his promise to get justice. Fate throws them together again when he once thought it would be impossible, and when a daring rescue turns out to be the least of their worries, Tristan vows to keep her safe. He’s not letting Riley out of his sight again.

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A deputy sheriff and a tree trimmer meet during storm cleanup on a treacherous road and literally fall for each other in the line of duty. Calvin wants to explore their connection and Flor is game. Then things get sticky when his hard-earned sobriety is threatened and her pride is bruised. Their chemistry can’t be ignored, but can they get past their personal obstacles? It’ll take some getting dirty to get to the sweet in this story of broken hearts and fresh starts.

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Phaedra Sims had taken the job at the prison to block out the memories in her head as she helps to heal others. Memories of a love that died too soon. Sergeant Rocco De Angelis is a man who has proven his dedication to his job over himself. Phaedra can’t deny the chemistry between them. Rocco plans to make sure she doesn’t. Healing the heart and soothing the soul will definitely be blurring the lines.

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The opportunity to build her own future and start over is exactly what Sasha needs. Moving to the small town of Digby to open up a pastry shop is more than enough to make her happy, or so she thought. What she wasn’t counting on was the sexy rancher that seems to have quite an interest in her, for far more than her baking skills.

Sasha has exactly what Declan needs to take care of his sweet tooth, and any other hungers that may arise…if she has the courage to show it. He’s figured out that Sasha is gun shy when it comes to men, but with some patience, he hopes to sneak past her walls and show her that he’s in it for more than just dessert. When his past comes calling, will Sasha open up and trust him, or will she shut her heart down for good?

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A brokenhearted recluse and a sexy locksmith spend the final weeks of summer in a stranger’s mansion, burning up the sheets and pretending not to fall in love.


For the past year, my life has been a raging trash fire. Right now, a house sitting job sounds perfect—one long summer, alone in someone else’s mansion with nothing but my stupid broken heart. Everything is going fine…until I find the key. Until I find him.


I’m the only locksmith in the city who can crack this lock. It’s a complicated job, made even more complicated by the gorgeous, mysterious woman who hired me. She lives here alone, haunting this house like a ghost. What is her story? And why can’t I get her out of my mind?

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I’m Professor Arianna Perez, and I’ve been asked if I’ll ever trust, let alone love, another man again. After dumping an abusive boyfriend, I doubted I would. At least, that’s how I felt until fate had sexy wrangler, Kian Bishop, reappearing in my life in a way I never expected.

Against my better judgement, I fell hard for the cowboy, believing everything he said, including how he wanted to treat me like a queen and keep me safe. Little did I know, though, that the circumstances that’d brought us together could also tear us apart…and possibly claim my life.

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Trent Simmons had spent his life helping others. While recovering from the injury that got him discharged from the service, he met the woman he thought he was going to spend his life with, but it was not meant to be. He spent the next several years infiltrating a human trafficking slavery ring rescuing countless women. Pricilla Wilder had decided she was happy living alone. She had watched her mother raise two children on her own and do a wonderful job. She didn’t need a man in her life. Then an insane madman targeted her and her sister trying to extract revenge on their father. Trent was assigned to be one of Pricilla’s bodyguards. The woman was smart, and sexy. Trent can’t ignore the feelings she awakens within him—feelings he thought had died years ago. Can he convince her to give him a chance or will fate once again destroy his world?

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As the manager of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the safety of the men under his control was the most important thing to Cooper. That was until Dr. Honor Jennings stepped from a helicopter and proceeded to show him that playing it safe wasn’t always the best way forward.

When Honor arrived onboard the rig, she was fully prepared to uncover the safety breaches an anonymous source had advised her were taking place. She was completely unprepared for her reaction to the rig manager. The cold-blooded murder she witnessed came as a downright shock!

Can Cooper keep Honor safe with a murderer on the loose and a storm keeping them isolated from the mainland, or will the risk prove too much and cost them everything?

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Blayne Simmons is a firefighter, a job he loves as much as he hates the flames he battles. He exists in a world on fire, but is frozen inside by the scars of a fire he failed to conquer. He works hard, plays even harder. Satisfying his needs, nothing more, until Felicity Kendall enters his tightly-controlled world.

Felicity is alone. She has to be, because everyone, everything, she loves burns to ashes. When a ruggedly handsome firefighter attempts to pick her up in a bar, she’s stung by the bitter irony. He’s clueless to the depths of her hatred of firemen. They saved her as a child, and delivered her into a world of pain. She should have burned. She wished she had.

When fire thrusts Felicity into Blayne’s arms, he discovers she is the victim of a deadly game. A game he will win, because Felicity is now his.

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After losing a bet, Cade Fallon ends up in the fire department’s annual, fundraising calendar—at least it was for a good cause. At first, it was funny having strange women run up to him and ask for pictures or autographs, but it doesn’t take long for it to become annoying.

Jenna Anderson is shocked to learn her student’s uncle is “Mr. October” from the calendar her friend bought her, but she's more concerned about young Christopher’s falling grades. The last thing she expected was Cade’s interest in her—especially when he’s got women falling all over him. Refusing to be another notch on his belt, she fights her growing attraction to him.

When Cade realizes Jenna is the woman his heart has been searching for, he knows he’ll have to work to convince her. Stoking the flames between them shouldn’t be too hard—after all, he is a fireman.

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Christian Harrington went to work every day as a steamfitter at the local nuclear energy plant with some expectation of danger. When Christian meets fiery bartender Roxy McVee he quickly realizes he may have met his match. Unfortunately, Christian is not the only person with their sights set on Roxy.

Roxy McVee had wanted a fresh start. Slinging drinks and telling jokes at the local bar in La Salle, Illionois seemed like a great way to go. Her decision is rewarded when serious but sexy as hell Christian Harrington walked into the bar with his friends after work. Roxy’s immediate reaction to him leads her to become comfortable around him. The reason for Roxy’s move proves that the saying that the things one resist, persist is true. Roxy and Christian must navigate a potentially deadly landmine in the form of one very dangerous visitor from her past.

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When Winston Hartwell’s construction crew ends up on a reality TV show, there’s no way he’s going to sing for his supper, no matter how nicely the curvy camera lady asks. He’s terrified of the limelight, and he doesn’t trust these Hollywood types as far as he can throw them.

Trina McCallister is one last reality show away from her dream job of filming movies. She’ll do whatever it takes to get the footage she needs and get the hell out. But she isn’t prepared for the sexy giant with a voice of gold to demolish her carefully constructed defenses.

When lies and fear shake their newly laid foundation, only an act of bravery and trust will save them from ruin.

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He’s a lifesaver

EMT Ryan Murphy is smart, sexy, and arrogant when it comes to his job and his personal life. Saving lives and looking hot while doing it isn’t always easy. No one is immune to his charms except for one uptight nurse, and he’d love nothing more than to get under more than just her skin.

She’s a lifesaver

Experienced emergency room nurse Helena Carter can handle any situation with calm determination but hearing Ryan’s husky voice is enough to make her look like it’s her first day on the job. He’s cocky, sarcastic and she’s not into him. She fell in love once before and was taken for all she had. She’s not about to make the same mistake again.

After one scorching night of passion leads to a few misunderstandings, will the erratic pulse of their relationship take a turn for the worse and crash hard?

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A diamond in the rough…

The family diamond business is all Ethan Withers has, and for the last seven years, it’s been everything to him. Inherited at only 18, his father’s passion has become his life’s work.

A hidden gem…

Christina McAlister was smart, funny, sexy, and everything he never knew he wanted. She hides her sparkle behind her drive to finish her law degree. Having been hurt before, she doesn’t have time or the desire for love.

Just the right amount of friction, a chance encounter, and a lot of heat sparks will change them both. Will they be able see past their individual goals in order to claim a once in a lifetime prize?

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With only hours until her big 3-0, Vanessa still has three things left on her “Before I Turn Thirty” bucket list: have a one night stand, get a tattoo, and get engaged. When her boyfriend dumps her during dinner, she knows a ring isn’t happening. But no-strings sex with the handsome stranger she later meets at a bar? Check.

Mateo never expected to hook up with the sexy brunette. He also didn’t expect for her to bolt before he could get her last name. Luckily, he’s about to get a second chance.

But Vanessa only wants to forget that night once she realizes Mateo is the owner of the landscaping company vying for a lucrative contract at the hotel where she and her father work. With Vanessa’s dad deciding if Mateo’s business will get the multi-million dollar deal, they must keep things strictly professional—or else risk consequences that could affect their families.

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Connor Callahan did his best work when it came to beer and babes. As long as live was full of laughs, he was good. It wasn’t until some hot shot journalist started asking questions that his past that he'd tried so hard to forget came back to haunt him.

Allison Drake, top notch reporter was bumped down to do a fun and leisure piece about a bar and new up and coming brew master. She was going to do everything in her power to hurry things along and go back to the big city where she belonged.

However, a car accident, and a few beers later, things change between them. Things aren’t always as black and white as they were before. Can the two of them face the truth about themselves, and be open to the future, or will they both live life with their beer goggles on?

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Amy is a city girl, but things haven’t gone her way. looking for a ‘tree change’ she takes on a job as a Jillaroo on a remote Australian cattle station.

It’s not the glamorous change she thought it would be...

There’s dirt, there’s flies, there’s heat, and then, there’s John, the Jackaroo.

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She wanted to stay. He knew she needed to go.

Police officer Gabe Hannigan had always done the right thing and followed the rules. With the exception of one night with the girl he had always craved, Billie Shannon.

When Billie returns four years later to care for her sick father, she comes home with a secret she knew she couldn't keep forever, leaving the pair with no choice but to come to terms with the consequences of their night together and the actions Gabe took to try and protect Billie’s future.

Can this lawman make things right with the woman he should never have let go? Will they overcome their past in order to fall in love accidentally again?

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Known locally as the ‘Sex Mechanic’ with a ‘love’em and leave ’em’ approach to women, Ben Steadman is astonished to suddenly develop feelings for a new girl in town. She has a flat tire that he is happy to help with. Unfortunately she also has a couple of kids in tow, making her strictly off-limits–especially when he hears their daddy’s in the military.

Iona Walker is filling in at her uncle’s firm, although admin doesn’t exactly excite her. She is smitten with the handsome mechanic who helps her out, although she senses mixed signals.

After his boss’ heart attack, Ben realizes that his job isn’t as safe as he’d hoped as he struggles to keep the company afloat. Iona is delighted to offer her help with the business, especially as it means them working together.

However, a concoction of misunderstandings and interference seems destined to keep the two apart...

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Here’s a little bit about me. I live in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with a sexy, alpha-male hero of my very own and a spoiled, bossy fat cat. I also write stories about hot, protective men who love their women and strong (even if they don’t realize they are strong) women who love and protect their men. The road to their Happily Ever After may not be easy, and they may have a little bit of angst, but they will get everything worked out, do a lot of kissing, and have some sizzling moments along the way.

If you need more of me, feel free to pop on over to my website or stalk me on FBInstagram, and Twitter. Or heck, come join my FB Group you never know what kind of mischief we’ll get up to in there.

You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter, where you can find out about my new and upcoming releases and even win a giveaway or two.

Thanks for stopping by London and sharing Kash and Desi with us today. I loved Destiny Happened and especially that scene in the truck. 😉

25 May 2018

Release Blitz & Giveaway ~ Swallow Me Whole by Gemma James

Swallow Me Whole
Author: Gemma James
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 25, 2018


Sadie Sawyer wants to learn how to blow a guy. She’s my sister’s best friend. The girl I’ve known since grade school. The girl I’ve always considered off-limits.

She’s the girl that crawled under a table in a bar one night and changed everything between us. Now the brain in my pants is more than willing to step up.

The rules are simple.

No kissing.

No screwing.

No falling in love.

But the more I let her use my body in the name of experimentation, the more I know being friends isn’t enough.

Is it too much to want it all with her?

The taste of her lips.

The sweetness of her innocence.

The chance to earn her love.

I might have a real shot with her…if her douchebag ex and my past don’t ruin everything.

Swallow Me Whole is a friends-to-lovers standalone romance. Please note this book was previously published as a serial under the pen name of Angel Allen.

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Sadie Sawyer decides to takes things into her own hands and the perfect person to show her the ropes is her best friend, the one she's had a crush on for years.

Ashton Levine has held a secret crush on Sadie forever, so when she ask for some "lessons" he knowns he's just the man for the job.

It's the perfect plan, Ashton teaches Sadie a few things about seducing a man with no strings attached and they never do anything that would jeopardize their friend.

But when feelings start to surface that neither expected, will they be willing to take a chance at a real relationship or will they back off for the sake of their lifelong friendship?

Swallow Me Whole is seductive, tantalizing, intriguing read that will keep up late into the night to see who this sensational story ends.

Sadie may have grown up with the good life, but she's never let that go to her head. She's a down to earth, well balanced person that appreciates the little things. She stands by her friends through the good times and the bad, never giving up on them; her loyalty is heartwarming. She's got a big heart and isn't afraid to show it.

Ashton is a rough, tough alpha male, but he's got more going on than meets the eye. I love how close he is to his family and never let he's past stand in his way of getting what he wants. He never thought he'd actually want to settle down, but once he commits to Sadie, he's all in 100 percent.

The passion that flows between the two is intense and flying off the pages. Some (okay all) of the lessons Ashton teaches Sadie can cause the reader to overheat over and over again. I would suggest having an ice bath ready when you start this book.

Staying up way, way past my bedtime to finish Swallow Me Whole was completely worth it. The storyline was alluring, the hero mouthwatering, the heroine delightful, and the passion exciting. If you're new to Gemma, then this a perfect first read. If you already love Gemma, than this is everything you'd expect from a Gemma James book.

So I recommend picking up Swallow Me Whole  grab a glass (or two) of wine, settle into your favorite reading spot, and snuggle up with Sadie and Ashton.

Author Bio

Gemma James is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of a blend of genres, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction, and she’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”

She warns you to heed their words! Her playground isn’t full of rainbows and kittens, though she likes both. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children–three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway ~ Cross, Gibson Boys #2.5, by Adriana Locke

Series: The Gibson Boys #2.5
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 25, 2018


Cross Jacobs was a screw-up.

Everyone knew it, especially him, and the point was hammered home when Kallie Welch drove herself right out of his life.

But, she’s back.

Seeing Cross wasn’t on Kallie’s to-do list. She didn’t think she could avoid him forever but trying never hurt anyone. One minute she’s standing by herself and the next she’s accosted by a rich, velvety scent that could only belong to one man: Cross.

At face value, he’s divine. All rugged and confident with a smile that melts her right where she’s standing. It doesn’t take long to find him to be charming, witty, and the owner of a few legitimate businesses. Not at all like the mischievous boy she left.

He laughs and her heart flutters. With a touch of his hand, she’s dizzy. She’s fairly certain she’s going to die when he pulls her into an embrace and touches his lips to her forehead.

It feels right. It feels so right.

But is it?

Note: This novella was originally released in the Team Player Anthology last winter. It has been updated a bit with a few new chapters to round out the story.

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Chapter One


“Where have you been in that thing?” Machlan shouts.

The roar of his muscle car’s engine winds down and he clicks the transmission into park. The purplish-black paint shines in the early afternoon sun.

Having just backed out of a parking spot onto Main Street, I check my rearview mirror. No one is coming. “Bluebird Hill,” I tell him. “After all that rain last night, I figured I’d test the new tires Walker put on my truck last week.”

“You’re a fuckin’ kid.” He laughs.

“Says the man driving that,” I tease, pointing at his ride.

“I’m not sure what your point is. This car is the baddest thing in town.” He punches the gas, the motor roaring like a banshee.

Glancing around at Doc Burns’ office with two cars in the parking lot and the Linton County History Museum across the street that only opens for the Water Festival once a year, I grin. “That’s not saying much.”

“Go to Hell.” His hand slips through his dark hair and over his chin. The amusement in his features evaporates as I watch … and cringe.

I know this look. I know all of his looks, actually, a by-product of being his best friend as long as I can remember. Many of them concern me and a lot of them worry me. But this one? It’s a flashing red sign with Vegas-inspired lights

The thing is, I can’t just ignore it. When this look comes, so does the topic of my sister and, even though I love the both of them, I wouldn’t mind seeing them in a padded room until they fix whatever it is between them that is so broken.

With a sigh, I jam my truck into park too. “Yes,” I say, answering the question he’s yet to ask. “Hadley called and isn’t coming home this weekend. She said maybe next week.”

His jaw works back and forth as he stares down the street. “Why?”

That single word is spit with a lifetime of emotion. Machlan has loved my sister since the day she moved to Linton with our father and me when our mother died. She was fourteen and innocent and he was fifteen and infatuated. Through the years, they were off and on and together and not—at least officially. Everyone knew Machlan and Hadley were one and the same.

I’m not sure why she moved away from here. Being both her brother and his best friend precluded me from certain information, which is for the best. They both drive me nuts without having the details.

“Not sure,” I reply. “She left a voicemail last night saying she wouldn’t be home today. She didn’t pick up when I called her back.”

He flips his gaze to me. “You didn’t talk to her after that?”

“She’s a big girl, Mach,” I mock. “I’m sure she had shit to do.”

“Yeah.” His fingers regrip the steering wheel as his jaw goes back to work again.

“I’m gonna go wash this before I head back to the gym—”

“She’s all right, though. Right?” he interrupts. His face is stone-cold sober. “I mean …”

“She’s fine.”

He waits. Blinks. Re-grips the wheel again. “That’s it?”

Popping my truck into drive, I blow out a breath. “Yeah, that’s it. You want to know more? Call her. What a fucking amazing concept.”

“Yeah. I’ll get right on that,” he snips back.

“You should. Then you could quit this whole thing.”

“Got nothin’ to quit, man. Just being a decent guy.”

A decent guy. It’s my turn to turn my knuckles white on the steering wheel.

Machlan isn’t a decent guy. He’s a fucking great one … much better than the guy Hadley is seeing now. A guy I haven’t mentioned to Mach since I got home a couple of weeks ago from visiting her. I’m not mentioning him, either. I’ll save the boyfriend an ER bill and myself the bail money.

I can’t blame him. It has to be hard to see Hadley with another guy when, in Machlan’s mind, she’s his girl.

My stomach twists like it always does when my mind goes down this road. At least my girl didn’t bring other guys back with her. Hell, she didn’t even come back at all.

“Here comes Kip,” Machlan says, bringing me out of my reverie. Nodding toward the road in front of him, he laughs. “I’m not moving.”

I twist in my seat to see the sheriff coming toward us. He blares the siren twice as if to get us to move. We don’t.

Machlan pokes his head out of the window. “Need somethin’?” he shouts.

Laughing, I watch Kip’s car slide carefully between Machlan’s and the curb on the other side.

“You can’t park in the street!” Kip yells.

“What are ya gonna do about it?” I holler.

“Take ya both in.”

“Don’t you have somewhere to be?” Machlan asks. “Someone to protect and serve? Or service, if I know you?”

Kip shakes his head as Machlan flips him the bird. The sirens come on again before Kip hits the gas and speeds off down the street and vanishes over the hill.

When I look back at Machlan, his attention is on his phone.

“What?” I ask, curious about the smile on his face.

He looks at me and laughs. Sticking the phone in the cup holder, he shrugs. “Nothing. But can you do me a favor?”


“I need help moving a couple of things at Crave. Come help me. Just for a few.”

“What’s in it for me?” I ask.

“A beer?”

Throwing the truck in neutral, I rev the engine. It barely sounds before his is screaming over top of mine and we jet off in opposite directions. I get to a stop sign at the end of the street and do a quick one-eighty to head to Crave.

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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