RECKLESS BEGINNINGS by Tina Hogan Grant

GENRE: Women’s Fiction (Based on actual events)
Amazon | B&N | Chapters/Indigo

About the Book

Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?

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When she opened the door, she froze. Time stood still. Subconsciously, her jaw dropped. Before her stood an extremely handsome man holding a bottle of red wine. This was Raymond? Dad’s friend? Was her first thought. He was tall with short brown hair, a broad, dark moustache, and high cheekbones that looked chiseled into his somewhat chubby cheeks, which had a slight distinction of redness to them—in an attractive way. Tammy wasn’t sure if he was cold or just blushing, but as she stood in the doorway staring at him, Tom Selleck came to mind.
She lost herself in his deep blue eyes, framed by long, thick black eyelashes. When he flashed a heart-warming smile, she found herself being drawn in even more. He wore blue jeans, blue loafers, and a blue and white checked shirt with the top buttons undone, revealing a few dark chest hairs.

Joanne had told her that he was just a few years younger than her father, but he seemed a lot younger. She could feel her heart rate increasing and soon realized she’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog. She’d been staring at him in silence with her mouth drooped open like a puppy dog.

He spoke softly, albeit with a hint of nervousness, in a manly, alluring voice. “Er, hi. Is John home? You must be his daughter. Tammy, right?”

About the Author

Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled,  “Better Endings.”

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.

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October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 1: Travel the Ages
October 2: Edgar’s Books
October 3: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 3: A Hippie’s Bookshelf
October 4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 5: The Tired Buyer
October 5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

October 8: Rogue’s Angels
October 9: BooksChatter
October 9: Straight From the Library
October 10: Fabulous and Brunette
October 11: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 11: Southern Delights Book Blog
October 12: bookish bibliophile – review

October 15: The Reading Addict
October 15: Readeropolis
October 16: Two Ends of the Pen
October 17: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 18: All the Ups and Downs
October 19: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 19: Bookaholic – review

October 22: The Avid Reader
October 23: T’s Stuff
October 23: So Many Books
October 24: Independent Authors
October 25: Notes from a Romantic’s Heart
October 25: Author C.A.Milson
October 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams

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Tina’s Tips for Holding a Book Launch Party

Why hold a book launching party?

Now that my book is completed and is currently in the editing stages, this is a question that comes to mind frequently and I’m sure other authors ask the same question. So I will give you some answers on why you should have such a party. Below I have added some Tips for holding a successful book launching party without stress.

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TURNAROUND FARM by Elaine Cantrell

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Amazon | Wing’s ePress

About the Book

Dedicated career girl Holly Grant has no time for romance. She doesn’t need a man to complete her, thank you very much. Building Grant Realty takes all of her time and attention. If she can close a deal for Turnaround Farm, her business will take off like a rocket.

Her first problem is that Jeb Wakefield doesn’t want to sell his farm, and her second problem is Jeb’s grandson Dan, the finest looking man Holly’s ever seen.

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As everyone started to eat, the tension at the table lessened. They ate in silence for a moment before Teddy nudged Dan’s elbow. “Hey, Dan, can I ask you something?”

“Yes, what is it?”

“Are you sleeping with Holly?”

The furor that broke out reminded Holly of the noise at a high school football game. Nikki’s voice rose above the commotion as she tied to justify Teddy’s little bombshell first to Dan and then to Holly. The noise made Michael cry, and when Teddy saw his brother crying, he started to roar himself. Without another word, Dan grabbed Teddy by the hand and carried him kicking and screaming to the restroom.

“Is he going to spank Teddy?” quavered Holly. The child was incorrigible, but she didn’t want Dan to hurt him.

Nikki shrugged. “I don’t know, but I doubt it.”

“You don’t seem too upset by it.”

“No, he’s mad at Teddy, but he won’t hurt him. Dan’s good with the kids. He’d be a great father, Holly, and his kids would probably be real cute.”

“I’m su…su…sure he would…they would,” Holly stammered.

“Yes, and one day he’ll own Turnaround. That’ll be a nice thing to hand down to his children, won’t it?”

Thankfully, Dan and Teddy returned to cut this awful conversation short.

About the Author

Born and raised in South Carolina, I hold a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University and am a member of Romance Writers of America and Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators.  I’ve been married for forty-five years to my college sweetheart.  We have two sons who’ve given us three wonderful grandchildren.  We also have a sweet calico kitty, and a devoted little black and white dog.

I’ve been writing since 2001 when my son asked me to proofread a book he’d written.  I figured if he could write a book, so could I.  My first published novel, A New Leaf, was the winner of the 2003 Timeless Love contest.  If I wasn’t sold on writing before, that did it.  I’ve been writing ever since and don’t have any plans to stop.  Frankly, I don’t think I could even if I wanted to.  Writing is a strange compulsion that drives me to spend long hours in front of a keyboard when I could be doing important things like napping or eating chocolate.  My house isn’t dusted as often, I rarely cook, and who cares if the laundry gets done or not.  Yeah, no doubt about it, I’m addicted.

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October 8: Fabulous and Brunette
October 8: Romance Novel Giveaways
October 9: Books,Dreams,Life
October 9: Welcome to My World of Dreams
October 10: Buried Under Romance
October 10: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 11: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 11: A Chick Who Reads
October 12: Edgar’s Books
October 12: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

October 15: Bookstanista
October 15: Lampshade Reader
October 16: Author C.A.Milson
October 16: B-Gina Review
October 17: Rainy Day Reviews
October 17: Author Deborah A Bailey
October 18: Bookish Reviews, Tours and Giveaways
October 18: Bookaholic
October 19: Musings From An Addicted Reader
October 19: Our Families Adventure

October 22: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
October 22: Harlie’s Books
October 23: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
October 23: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 24: Let Me tell You a Story
October 24: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 25: Mixed Book Bag
October 25: Kimmi Love
October 26: Long and Short Reviews
October 26: Christine Young

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Elaine for this stop on her tour.

Please come back again tomorrow and Friday for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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LOVE AT THE ELECTRIC by Jenn Hughes

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance
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About the Book

Walking wildfire Sam Owens gets Lillian hot in all the right ways, but there’s more to the software CEO than just a pretty face. And a great body. And… Oh, right. He’s the enemy, according to the contract she signed with his rival. So when they secretly meet up for movies at The Electric, Lillian can’t get too involved with Sam. She could lose her job. Her reputation. And her heart.

Sam is in love with his company, his image, his video games, and his ability to avoid commitment–at least until he levels up with attorney Lillian Walker. With her love of campy horror flicks and a body that makes him want to howl like a cartoon wolf, Sam’s found his leading lady. Too bad getting close to Lillian means tangling with her boss, a supervillain in the making.

In the nights leading up to Christmas, movies at The Electric mean more than just mutant toads and cannibal fruitcakes. Between shenanigans with old flames and an arch nemesis out to destroy any future they might have, Sam and Lillian learn the hard way that falling in love isn’t as easy as it looks on screen. When the past gets in the way of a perfect “the end,” there’s really only one solution–if werewolf Santas can bring them together, zombie ex-girlfriends can keep them together.

After all, anything’s possible at The Electric.

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The lights dimmed, the terrible background music stopped, and the movie finally got started. Sam settled down into the soft leather chair, letting his head drop against the bulging seat back. He occasionally lolled his head to the left, stealing glances at Lillian during the bloodiest parts of the flick.

She smiled at the most inappropriate times. Laughed when the werewolf Santa tore his elves to shreds. Rolled her eyes when Santa kidnapped the Queen of England. Near the end, Sam realized he’d lost track of the plot after watching Lillian more than the film.

As the end credits streamed down the screen, she glanced over and caught him staring. “I’d give it a seven. Honestly, the Queen of England? That’s tired. And there should have been a bit more gore during the elf slaughter, don’t you think?”

Sam nodded. “Yeah, maybe a little more. At least they didn’t CGI the blood and guts. I hate it when they do that. It needs to be corn syrup and red food coloring.”

After the lights came up, Sam followed Lillian out of the auditorium, oddly anxious about saying goodnight. By the time they walked out of The Electric and into the bitterly cold night, Sam’s heart had decided to perform a thrash metal drum solo.

“I’m heading back downtown,” he said, pointing to the left.

“I’m that way,” Lillian said, nodding toward the opposite end of the street.

He knew he needed to leave, but he didn’t move. The eager thumps of his heart started playing a beat he understood. Sam didn’t want to be anywhere else in the world other than standing in the falling snow at midnight with Lillian Walker.

My Review

I absolutely loved the quick, witty banter between the two main characters. Toss in a side of geekiness and I’m hooked. It was refreshing to see the two main characters chose love over outside influences. The supporting characters also added nicely to the story.

My only qualm, and it was minor, was the resolution with the books antagonist was rather quick and seemed almost tossed in willy-nilly at the end of the book. The moment of triumph of good over not-so-good was overshadowed by the romance.

However, that one little qualm shouldn’t stop anyone who likes comedic romance from reading this book!

About the Author

Jenn Hughes writes romance with a heavy dose of humor. A lifelong love of all things sci-fi, combined with her day job in marketing, IT, and graphic design, infuses her writing with tech-centric and geeky references.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening at her home in North Carolina. You might also find her gaming, repairing computers and electronics, experimenting with mixed media art, or finishing furniture.

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October 1: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’

October 1: Enchanting Reviews

October 8: Harlie’s Books
October 8: Sharing Links and Wisdom

October 15: Locks, Hooks and Books
October 15: Fabulous and Brunette

October 22: The Reading Addict
October 22: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It’s been my pleasure hosting my fellow SMP author, Jenn Hughes, on this last day of her tour. What a great way to start off the week!

Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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When Does “Steamy Hot” Become “Too Hot”?

Let me start by saying, I published my first romance over twenty years ago. Back then, you couldn’t use profanity, most love scenes were off camera, or dealt with very carefully and always between married heterosexual couples.

There was no ménage à trois, no same-sex romp between the sheets, no multi-cultural romance, and heaven help you if you tried to sneak in a little S&M. You were promptly branded a writer of pure smut and likely banned from submitting to certain publishers.

Slowly but surely the reins began to loosen. First, it was Silhouette Intimate Moments and a very few Harlequin Presents. With their titillating success, the other big NY publishers brought out their own lines that pushed the boundaries, allowed on-screen love scenes and even the risqué oral sex. Oh my!

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ENCHANTED FAIRY TALES by Various Authors

GENRE: Erotic Fantasy Romance
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About the Individual Stories

The Gingerbread Man- A Scrumptious Erotic Fairytale
Lynn Hubbard

Once upon a time there was a girl named Penelope. Food was scarce those days, and she had to walk miles looking for roots or berries to eat. After a long, hot morning Penelope was tired and hungry. A delicious scent led her to a cabin deep in the woods. She followed it in anticipation of having all her needs filled.

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The Legend of M’Rith
Miriam Newman

By 1844, an increase in the human population of Ireland has forced Fae inhabitants from their lush green homes in the East to the spare, bare terrain of the West–except for one.  M’Rith, half fairie and half elf, has been bidden by her Queen Mother to remain in the forest, promising her a mortal man to love. Kieran, the village blacksmith, has lost his wife and lives in the same painful solitude as M’Rith, but he is a worker of iron that can mortally wound a fairie lover.

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To Adventure
Jae El Foster

There is a black plague crossing from kingdom to kingdom, placed upon a slumbering princess by her wicked stepmother, and only with true love’s kiss can the spell be lifted. Will the plague encompass all before that kiss can be sealed, or will the power of true love make itself known to the handsome Prince Harold, providing him with the adventure of a lifetime?

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We Asked the Authors

Notes From a Romantics Heart asked the authors to weigh in on what it’s like to write for an anthology. Here are their responses:

WRITING FOR AN ANTHOLOGY
By Miriam Newman

Funny you should ask.  This is my only my third time writing for an anthology and it has been an experience.

When my publisher put out a call for anthology pieces, I was undecided about submitting.  I had nothing written except what I had hoped would be the beginning of a novel.  It had a mind of its own and kept going to one point and stopping—bang, full-on stop.  I labored, I wrote drafts, I brainstormed with author friends, but that thing was FINISHED.  It took several hits over the head before I realized the piece was written.  That was where it was meant to stop.  It was complete.  How could I not have known this?

My next mental hurdle to cross was wondering who would be writing this book with me?  Did I want to know?  I had the subject matter in hand.  Was it even necessary to know?  I decided it wasn’t.  Our work would stand on its own merit or it wouldn’t.  I trusted my editor implicitly, so I cleaned up my little novella and hit SEND.  And then I prayed.

The results, when they came, couldn’t have been better.  The short-short that one author provided was literally unlike anything I had ever read.  It was so whimsical and so adroitly crafted that I chuckled all the way through to its unexpected end.  The second piece was pure fantasy, very intricate and reminiscent of witchcraft in a way my own writing is not.  I could never have written that piece.  And then there was mine, set in my own favorite time and place–Ireland of the Fae.  I was happy I had done it.

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as we enjoyed writing it.

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Writing for an Anthology
By Lynn Hubbard

I like to participate in Anthologies. For Authors it is a great way to network and cross promote. I have participated in several and all have been very refreshing. For one thing it gives you a topic that you might never have thought about before. You get to meet other authors and learn more about their work.

I think being asked to contribute to an Anthology is an honor and I participate whenever I have time. One book I did was a cookbook. We had to take a recipe from one of our stories and tell about it. My recipe was for Rabbit Stew. (I write westerns) It did not go over well with some of the more sensitive writers…

The hardest thing I ever had to write was for an Anthology called Love Letters. You had to a write a letter to someone that you lost. Love comes in all shapes and forms and I chose to write a letter to my Aunt Susie. We were very, very close and she died after along battle with Kidney disease. So I told her what I had always wanted to tell her but never found the time.

Time is such a precious gift. And so many, many people waste it. She taught me to live and follow my dreams and it is because of her that I write.

DCL Anthologies are much more fun! Who hasn’t thought about being in a fairytale! And to create and control your own fairytale is even better. I always enjoy working with Jae El and Miriam. And I think that everyone deserves a Happy Ever After.

As a reader, I normally prefer full length novels, but Anthologies give you a snippet of different authors writing styles so that you can look up their other books. You can discover authors that you never heard of before.

They are also good if you just need a quick read. And who doesn’t like a quickie once in a while?

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Three’s Company
Jae El Foster

As a reader, I know that I am in great company with the two other brilliant writers in the anthology Enchanted Fairy Tales. Lynn Hubbard and Miriam Newman both crafted such enjoyable, mesmerizing stories that I humbly bow to them.

When the call for submissions was released for Enchanted Fairy Tales, I was in the promotional stages of another anthology – Kings & Queens – and I jumped to the opportunity of the call. However, I was unsure of what to write or how to go about it. As a child, I had been privy to the classic bedtime fairy tales, and like most American children, I endured my fair share of Disney’s fairy tale remakes. Professionally, however, my writing life has always been a contrast to those childhood stories.

My focus with writing falls into multiple genres; I write what the muses tell me to write. Usually, it is horror, thrillers, contemporary, or something along those lines. I’ve enjoyed tackling romance and comedy, and it has always been a great experience to craft these tales. Yet, I will admit; I found the idea of writing a fairy tale quite daunting.

Naturally, when you’re writing a story for a call for submissions, you don’t know who else is submitting or what anyone else is writing. You don’t want to copy; you want to stay original, which means tapping into that creativity and blending the most memorable aspects of the fairy tale genre into one strong, adventurous tale.

I had to go back to my childhood and recall the things that had always stood out for me in fairy tales. There had always been a princess in peril and a prince destined to save her. There was usually a wicked stepmother that caused the princess’s peril. Fairy godmothers came to mind, as did powerful witches. I believe Walt Disney’s influence made me add a lovable animal sidekick to that list. Aside from all of these aspects, you have to remember the basics – there is usually true love’s kiss, and a happily ever after. And, if you’re crafty enough, you can work in the all powerful slaying of the dragon.

Tell me that this isn’t a daunting task.

Did I mention that when I write, I love nothing more than a daunting task?

When we take in these story dimensions and add to it the restraints of a word count, the intensity of the task grows even greater. Again, one does not know how many other authors are submitting works, how many will be accepted, and how long each will be. A guarantee is that a novel-length story will not be accepted into an anthology. It will either be flat-out rejected, or a publisher might ask that it be submitted differently as a stand-alone project, but it will not be in an anthology.

On the opposite hand, a piece of flash fiction would not encompass everything needed to build the story and complete it.

Now, there is the distinct possibility that I set myself up for things that become bigger than they should be, and there is the possibility that I over-think things and go into too much detail or take an extra turn here and there that extends the story.

In my opinion, none of these things are bad.

For my contribution to DCL Publications’ anthology Enchanted Fairy Tales, I went with a long-form short story in ‘To Adventure.’ With it, I was able to include each of the fairy tale elements that I had hoped for – everything from the cursed princess to my own special version of the slaying of the dragon – and I was able to do it in a way that kept the story moving only swiftly, accurately, and with a steady flow.

When I received news from my editor on who would be included in the anthology with me, I was both pleased and excited. I drafted some early promos for each of our contributions, as well as some ‘now available’ promos when the book was released. Both Lady Lynn and Lady Miriam are wonderful women and talented authors and I was – and am – privileged to be in their company with Enchanted Fairy Tales.

The anthology bug is a contagious one. In November, I will be included in a DCL Christmas anthology titled The Greatest Gift of All. I will be alongside DCL seasoned author Kristi Ahlers, as well as two authors who are new to the DCL family – Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe and Roxy Q. Reise. There is even a little surprise in the anthology for our wonderful readers who have enjoyed the Dark Castle Lords for over a decade now.

As if that isn’t exciting enough, I’m helping steadfast DCL’s Valentine’s anthology called Queens of Hearts. The call for submissions for this anthology is still open and will remain so until November 16. For any authors interested in submitting, I’ve included the full call on my website at www.jaeelbooks.com/submissions.  We love hearing from new and seasoned authors and are seeking fresh stories from new faces to join our current participating authors for Queens of Hearts.

Writing for an anthology is a wonderful, challenging task, and I invite all authors who have considered it to take on that challenge, embrace it, and conquer it.

Remember always to do good things.

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From The Legend of M’Rith

Small and slight and sweet as a berry, she had the palest of faces with enormous pools of slate-gray eyes and a sculpted mouth the color of a berry, too. Jet black hair fell in a mass to her shoulder blades and the violet gown she wore let him see an enticing bit of those as well as lovely sculpted collarbones and the beginning of a swell of breast. Her slender waist was cinched with gold cord. On her feet were the prettiest scarlet slippers—a shocking contrast to her gown, but somehow they suited her, matching the drape of a rich, red-beaded necklace she wore against all rules of fashion. She was all amethyst and ruby. Her feet were the tiniest he had ever beheld; she was tiny all over…the most glorious, diminutive woman, with her skirts held up so that he saw the finest turn of a lovely ankle and calf ever permitted his view outside the marital bed. He felt an unmistakable pang of desire, shocking in the midst of his grief, but he told himself it was simply that he had been too much alone.

She wasn’t anyone he knew, but she stood stock still amongst his chickens, looking at him fully and boldly…a somehow impertinent stare, as if she knew quite well what was in his mind and challenged him to come and kiss the startled look from her face, part her legs and plunge into ecstasy. She was, in short, the woman of his dreams…the one who would consume him utterly.

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About the Authors

Miriam Newman

Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals.

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Lynn Hubbard

Lynn Hubbard is a Historical Fiction author. She has been writing for over ten years and has eight books. Most of which are westerns. Lynn is fascinated by the Old West and her books portray when life was simpler. When, people worked hard, and sweated to make an honest living. And when justice wasn’t always blind.

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Jae El Foster

Jae El Foster is an author with whom you question going to bed with at night, but you dare to venture beneath the sheets with him anyway. As the venture concludes, you are perhaps romanced by it, or perhaps you are frightened by it. Don’t worry, because you are always satisfied by it. Despite the title or genre of the book, Jae El sets out to please you with climatic and unexpected conclusions that will make you tremble with emotion. Hop aboard the Jae El train and give it a good ride.

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October 15: Romance Novel Giveaways
October 15: Books to Light Your Fire

October 16: Books,Dreams,Life
October 16: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 16: It’s Raining Books

October 17: Viviana MacKade
October 17: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
October 17: Long and Short Reviews

October 18: The Tired Buyer
October 18: The Avid Reader

October 19: Erotica For All
October 19: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 19: Enchanting Reviews – review only

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It’s been my pleasure hosting these author today. Please come back again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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PAR FOR CINDERELLA by Petie McCarty

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SERIES: The Cinderella Romances (Book 3 of 3)
Amazon

About the Book

Billionaire Aidan Cross longs to escape his life of celebrity and become a regular guy, if only for a brief time. His chance comes when his yacht breaks down near quaint Cypress Key, Florida—the site of his planned five-star golf resort. The golf resort no one in town wants.

Casey Stuart has given up her dream of escaping to the big city. She refuses to desert her uncle, even when he hires the new stranger in town to replace her at their golf course. Casey vows to steer clear of the stranger called Aidan and the danger their inescapable chemistry provokes. Aidan’s stay is temporary, and falling for him promises only heartbreak.

When Casey discovers Cypress Key’s mayor is making underhanded business deals, she ends up on the wrong side of the powerful autocrat. Aidan steps in to rescue her, but secrets from his past threaten to bogey their new-found relationship.

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Aidan hurriedly finished his sandwich and chips, anxious to get back to the clinic to check on Casey, Frank’s warning notwithstanding.

Frank got the message. They swiftly locked up, climbed into the truck, and hustled back to the clinic. Oddly, the back of Aidan’s neck prickled like it always did when danger lurked nearby. He glanced over at Frank, but the man just looked grim again, seemingly as anxious to get back to Casey as Aidan was. He tossed off the weird prickling sensation as leftover adrenaline and nerves. Until he and Frank stepped into the clinic.

A barrel-chested, gray-haired law officer stood in the middle of the waiting room. The embroidered stitching over his pocket read, Sheriff Sam Watson. “You Aidan?” he asked.

He nodded, the neck-prickling expanded to full danger mode.

“What’s your last name?”

“Why?”

“I need to see some identification.”

“Why?” Aidan asked again.

He probably wouldn’t have been difficult if he didn’t have a crack team of lawyers in his back pocket, which was all his back pocket held at the moment since he’d gone and left his ID and wallet on the yacht.

“Because I asked,” Watson snarled.

Aidan didn’t care for the belligerent attitude. “It’s Doe,” he said, just to be stubborn.

The sheriff glowered. “Aidan . . . Doe, you’re under arrest for assault.”

Watson handcuffed him, read him his rights, and then marched him straight out the door to the waiting cruiser.

Aidan didn’t know which felt worse. Being arrested for the first time in his life or the look of anger and betrayal on Frank’s face.

My Review

Author Petie McCarty has penned an entertaining sweet contemporary romance. Although the trope is not new, the author gives the story a fresh reworking with the fairy tale theme.

I enjoyed the two main characters, although I wasn’t so sure Casey was an equal match for Aidan. The supporting characters added a nice element to the story without taking away from the hero and heroine.

If you enjoy sweet romance laced with witty banter and just a hint of sport, you will enjoy this book.

About the Author

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Petie’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn | Goodreads

A Giveaway

Petie McCarty will be awarding an ebook of Betting on Cinderella (Book 2 of the Cinderella Romances series) to 5 randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

September 26: My Reading Journeys
September 26: Emily Carrington

October 3: Harlie’s Books
October 3: Fabulous and Brunette

October 10: The Reading Addict
October 10: Let Me tell You a Story

October 17: Kimmi Love
October 17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It’s been my pleasure having Petie back for another visit here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Please come back again on Friday for another author, book, and giveaway.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Part of a Series, Sports Romance, Sweet Romance | 3 Comments

Breakdown Series: ALL THE LIES by Peggy Webb

GENRE: Suspense
Amazon

About the Series

BREAKDOWN is a unique and groundbreaking four-book suspense series that will keep you turning pages until the killer is finally exposed.

In this explosive new miniseries, the idyllic community of Shutter Lake, nestled in the peaceful Sierra Nevada Mountains, is rocked by a shocking murder. Four women, friends who moved to the area to find healing and solace, must now dig deep and overcome the scars of past troubles to find a ruthless killer.

About the Book

All the Lies, BREAKDOWN Book 3 by Peggy Webb

THE BREAKDOWN BROADENS… Julia Ford was once famous globally for investigative journalism until the story she was covering went so wrong and an unthinkable act put her on the run. She sought refuge in idyllic Shutter Lake, took a job as lifestyle reporter for the local paper and remained hidden in plan sight for five years…until murder snuffed out Sylvia Cole, the young woman who knew too much.

With Sylvia’s killer still on the loose, another girl missing and Julia’s past showing up in the form of FBI Special Agent Richards, Julia begins a search that uncovers an evil spreading throughout Shutter Lake. Her last encounter with evil ripped her life apart. But this one could destroy some of the town’s most prominent citizens and tear down Shutter Lake’s very foundation. How far will she go to expose the deadly secrets in a once-perfect town built on lies?

Read an Excerpt

Julia continued her cyber search and her note taking in the methodical, from-the-ground-up manner that had served her well in her days of investigative journalism. With a jolt she realized she’d missed this. Periodically her former editor emailed or called to lure her back. He wanted her full-time again in Chicago. Lately, he’d said he would settle for free-lance in Shutter Lake.

Big stories, though. Not her current life-style pablum. His words, not hers.

It wasn’t until her stomach rumbled that she realized she’d missed supper, whatever that was. Probably soup from a can.

She also noticed that her curtains were still wide open to a sky turned deep velvet. Forbidding. The only light in the room came from her computer screen and the nightlight plugged in behind a glass-top table.

Julia sprang up so fast she almost toppled her chair, a nearly impossible feat considering it was on a swivel base. Her heart raced as she flew around her house closing curtains against the darkness, checking locks on windows and doors against anything evil that lurked in the shadows…and most of all, making certain all her nightlights were burning.

When she felt the almost-forgotten beginnings of a panic attack coming on, Julia reminded herself she was in the here and now, not back in the nightmare that had sent her running so hard and fast it took the edge of a continent and the Pacific Ocean to stop her. Though, practically speaking, she wasn’t close enough to see the ocean without a considerable drive.

“Not today, you don’t.” She rubbed her forehead then took a deep breath, consciously relaxed her clenched jaw and waited.

Nothing. Good.

She made a rude gesture though nobody could possibly see, not with those blackout curtains on every window. Then she marched into her kitchen and opened a can of tomato soup. Plain. No frills. She loved cooking and she particularly loved experimenting, but tonight she was in no mood to add butter and real cream. Or maybe cream cheese with a touch of dill.

Julia ate her soup standing up, still tense, ever vigilant, turning her head toward every sound. The high-pitched voices of the nine-year-old twin boys next door, arguing with their mother about coming inside to eat. The metallic clang of a metal garbage can across her back fence. The sound of an engine, slowing as it entered the neighborhood and then stopped.

So close. Next door?

Her adrenaline surged as she crept toward the front of her house. The sound outside her door tipped her closer toward the edge of panic.  Footsteps, definitely. Her friends never showed up without calling first. They knew better.

Had her past finally caught up with her? Was another dark horror waiting just beyond her door, taunting her that this time there would be no escape?

About the Author

Peggy Webb, USA Today bestselling author, has penned more than 80 books in multiple genres and is the most prolific writer the state of Mississippi has ever produced. She also writes as Elaine Hussey. Her acclaimed novel, The Sweetest Hallelujah, garnered praise from critics who dubbed her one of the “Southern literary greats” and compared her to Harper Lee. Peggy holds an M.A. from the University of Mississippi and is a former adjunct instructor of writing at Mississippi State University (2004-2005). A gifted musician and actress, Peggy loves taking the stage at Tupelo Community Theater, singing in a 60-voice church choir and playing her vintage baby grand.

Peggy’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

Week One: October 1 – October 5 THE DEAD GIRL by Debra Webb
October 1: Welcome to My World of Dreams
October 1: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
October 2: Long and Short Reviews
October 2: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 3: A Writer’s Life
October 3: Books,Dreams,Life
October 4: Romance Novel Giveaways
October 4: Mythical Books
October 5: Lampshade Reader
October 5: Readeropolis

Week Two: October 8 – October 12 SO MANY SECRETS by Vicki Hinze
October 8: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 8: The TBR Pile
October 9: Fabulous and Brunette
October 9: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
October 10: Author C.A.Milson
October 10: Musings From An Addicted Reader
October 11: Edgar’s Books
October 11: Bookaholic – review
October 12: Harlie’s Books
October 12: Our Families Adventure

Week Three: October 15 – October 19 ALL THE LIES by Peggy Webb
October 15: Linda Nightingale…Musings
October 15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 16: Kimmi Love
October 16: Let Me tell You a Story
October 17: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 17: Mixed Book Bag
October 18: Hearts and Scribbles
October 18: Iron Canuck
October 19: Dawn’s Reading Nook
October 19: Beyond Romance

Week Four: October 22 – October 26 WHAT SHE KNEW by Regan Black
October 22: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 22: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 23: Andi’s Book Reviews – review
October 23: The Tired Buyer – review
October 23: A Hippie’s Bookshelf
October 24: Locks, Hooks and Books – review
October 24: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’ – review
October 24: It’s Raining Books
October 25: Rainy Day Reviews – review
October 25: So Many Books
October 26: Hearts and Scribbles
October 26: Sapphyria’s Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Peggy for this stop in the series tour.

Please come back all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

 

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AND THEN HE WAS GONE by Joan Hall Hovey

GENRE: Suspense, Thriller
Amazon

About the Book

And Then He Was Gone

WHERE IS ADAM?

Julie Raynes’ husband is missing. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates.

The police also believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime.

In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour them both.

Read an Excerpt

The tall, dark-haired boy in the grey tee-shirt and blue jeans walked with a soft step along the worn path, placing his sneakered feet carefully over twigs and fallen branches that could easily snap and give him away. The sun’s rays pierced the tall trees like a floodlight into a cathedral, but he felt affinity with neither church nor God. He was a stalker, a cat tracking its prey with practiced stealth. He could hear the lake now, sloshing softly against the bank, could smell its slight chemical scent in the air. A few yards further along the path, it came into full view, calm and blue. Spotting his bike lying on a grassy patch of ground, the sun’s glint reflecting off the chrome, he paused in his step, quieted his loud breathing lest he be heard. Standing there, feeling the soft ground beneath his feet, the cold fury swelled inside him and his hands clenched into fists at his sides.

Beside the bike, his little brother sat contentedly on the lake bank. He was wearing a navy blue and white striped tee shirt, denim shorts. He’d thrown a line into the water and the tiny red bobber floated on its surface, waiting for its own prey. Not a care in the world, the bigger boy thought, glaring at his brother’s back with his cold, angry eyes. Well, he would have a care. He damn well would.

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The entire first chapter is available HERE.

About the Author

Writing gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction that nothing else does. (Except having my babies.) And that’s not a bad analogy, if not an original one. Holding your published book in your hands, (especially that first one), running your fingers over its smooth cover, tracing your name there – is heady stuff! These days of course, knowing my readers are downloading my books onto their Kindles and ipads and Kobos, and so on is just as great. For me, a dream come true, even though it’s been awhile since I wrote my first book.

I am drawn to explore the dark side of humanity, and my intention is to give the reader a roller coaster ride that will resonate long after the last word is read. I know that I am truly blessed to be permitted to work every day at what I most love and need to do. I think you appreciate it even more when you’ve had to go to those awful 9 to 5 jobs you hated, because the bills have to be paid. And I’ve had my share of them over the years — hulling strawberries, waiting tables, grading eggs… (top that one). A couple of those jobs have left scars. I’ve been stalked by a psychotic customer when I was selling ‘CAA’. (Canada’s version of ‘AAA’.) I’ve been chased around the desk by a so-called pillar of society while working as a secretary. But while I wouldn’t want to repeat it, I wouldn’t take back a single moment of any of it. All is ‘grist’ for the writer’s mill.

The next best thing is hearing from my readers. You have been so generous in your comments, so kind to take the time in your own busy lives to write to me. Telling me that my novels kept you up all night, or that you couldn’t put the book down is music to my ears, and keep me going in the dark times that come to all writers, while I find my way about in the unknown, unlit territory of that next book.

In addition to her critically award-winning suspense novels including And Then he was Gone and The Deepest Dark, Joan Hall Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

Her books are available at most online book stores, including Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and more.

She lives in Saint John, NB, in an uptown building over 100 years old, with her cat Bella. Aside from writing (and reading of course). She enjoys playing piano and spending time with her grandson.  She is presently at work on her latest suspense novel.

Joan’s Website

A Giveaway

Joan Hall Hovey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 8:
1: Locks, Hooks and Books
2: Fabulous and Brunette
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: Independent Authors
5: Readeropolis
6: Author C.A.Milson
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Long and Short Reviews

October 9:
1: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’ REVIEW
2: Edgar’s Books
3: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
4: Wake Up Your Wild Side
5: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
6: T’s Stuff

October 10:
1: BookaholicREVIEW
2: Two Ends of the Pen
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: Welcome to My World of Dreams
5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

October 11:
1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
2: Sharing Links and Wisdom
3: The Tired Buyer
4: Bookish Reviews
5: Straight From the Library
6: Deal Sharing Aunt

October 12:
1: Andi’s Book Reviews REVIEW
2: Rainy Day Reviews REVIEW
3: The TBR Pile
4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
5: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
6: All the Ups and Downs
7: Iron Canuck
8: Let me tell you a story
9: Viviana MacKade
10: Linda Nightingale…Musings

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It’s been my pleasure featuring fellow New Brunswick author Joan Hall Hovey for this stop on her tour.

Please come back again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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THE WORLD BREAKS EVERYONE by Lauren Clark

GENRE: Suspense
Amazon

About the Book

Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: I am responsible for my mother’s death. My father has vanished. Someone wants me dead. I’m on the run. It’s me against the world. I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. Who wants her dead? And why?

Read an Excerpt

Olivia ran a single finger along the white marble, tracing the smooth-cut edges. She shivered against her windbreaker, causing the black material to rasp and rub. The air was cool and wet, a New Orleans damp that soaked the skin and soul.

Surrounded by silence, wrapped in a lush green space dotted by mausoleums and gravestones, Olivia knelt, protected by iron gates and sharp spires that towered over her head. The glow from the sky meandered through the branches of live oaks, threading though Spanish Moss, illuminating the letters and numbers carved in the marble. Simone Larroque Jacobs. Beloved mother, daughter, and wife. 1976-2015.

It seemed, to Olivia, a cheater’s way to sum up a life. In stone and words. Chiseled for permanence. She brushed away the damp, curled leaves from the base of the monument, finding a place to nestle the spray of violets. With its candy-sweet scent, the velvet-purple petals seemed to gaze up at the heavens.

The other small white blooms lay in the crook of her arm. She brought them for three neighboring vaults, in honor of the ancestors of her family who stood silent guard around her mother. Olivia brushed away debris before resting the flowers in place at each of the gravestones. She liked to think about her relatives being there when she was gone.

“I’m leaving, Mama,” Olivia whispered, her words carried away on the breeze. There. She had said it out loud. Confessed. The secret she had harbored in her heart for the last few months. “Baja,” she paused and reached for her backpack. The pull of the zipper, metal on metal, disrupted a cluster of doves, sending them skyward.

My Review

This is a very well-written story with flowing prose and lots of page-turning suspense. I especially liked the setting as New Orleans is one of my favorite cities.

I also liked the fact that I couldn’t figure out the red-herrings as quickly as I usually do. I did question some of the medical information surrounding the mother’s death, but the inconsistences did not affect the story itself or the overall suspense of the heroine’s journey.

If you’re a fan of suspense with a twist, you’ll enjoy this book.

About the Author

Lauren Clark is the author of several award-winning novels, including Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stardust Summer, and Stay Tuned. She also writes suspense under the name Laura McNeill. Center of Gravity and Sister Dear have been published by HarperCollins.

Lauren’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Giveaway

Lauren Clark will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 10: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
October 10: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

October 17: Andi’s Book Reviews

October 24: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 24: Locks, Hooks and Books

October 31: Bookaholic
October 31: The Tired Buyer

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Lauren for this stop at the very beginning of her tour. Please come back again tomorrow and all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in New Adult, Suspense, Thriller | 4 Comments

SWEET SACRIFICE by L.D. Rose

GENRE:   Fantasy/paranormal
SERIES:  The Soul Mate Tree (Book 9)
Amazon US | Amazon CA

About the Book

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

Read an Excerpt

Her eyes snapped open, her vision blanketed by huge white feathers, before a giant wing shoved her back. Her arms flailed as she fell hard on her tailbone, the impact rattling up her spine and clacking her jaw shut.

Pain and awareness ripped into her, the veil of fantasy torn from her eyes as she gawked at the rail in front of her.

She was outside. In the dark. Ready to jump from her hotel balcony.

Her sharp intake of air scraped her ears, her heart kicking against her ribcage as she covered her gaping mouth with her hand. Holy shit. Did I sleepwalk? Was she really about to plummet to her death from fourteen stories high?

And did a huge bird just save her life?

Backpedaling across the concrete, the air cool against her thighs now that she’d nearly torn her dress in half, she hit the glass of the sliding balcony doors. Reaching up with a shaking hand, she clutched the handle and pulled herself haphazardly to her feet, yanking the door open and stumbling inside. She slammed it shut behind her, the glass rattling from the force of the blow as she flipped the lock closed. Retreating farther, she toppled onto the bed, staring at the night outside with growing horror.

She recounted her steps from when she’d arrived at the hotel. The elevator, the housekeeper, entering the room, sitting, crying, falling asleep, the river, the blood, the panic, the tree—

The tree.

Climbing the tree, touching its leaves, remembering . . .

A loud thump hit the balcony outside, muted by the thick glass. Her bleary eyes shot to the figure standing on the ledge and she released a cross between a sob and a shriek, then stifled her mouth with a hand.

Tall, bare-chested, his suit jacket and shirt bunched in his fist as he tossed them aside. Tattoos covered his arms, shoulders, and the base of his neck. Closer now, she discerned the pattern of inked wings, pale muscles rippling, lines and cuts he’d never worn before. His dark hair fell a little longer on top, disheveled from the wind, his face still carved with gorgeous edges, but thinner, wearier. His eyes were black holes, endless, consuming. Infinite.

Sebastian.

His knuckles rapped on the glass, the sound sending a terrified jolt into her nervous system. His eyes bore into hers, cutting through the darkness.

“Reen. Open the door.”

Reen. Her nickname rumbled from his lips, his voice still that resonant timbre she adored. God, some nights she’d pleaded to hear that sound again, just to listen to him speak one last time.

This had to be another dream. He had to be a dream. She was hallucinating.

Christ, had Phillipe spiked her drink?

“Reen.” He grasped the handle, tugged on it, his inked bicep contracting. “I know you see me.”

She couldn’t move, nailed to the bed with fear, paralyzed by disbelief. He pressed both palms flat on the glass, big hands with callused fingers, hands that had memorized every part of her body. He broke eye contact, dipping his head as he murmured, “Please, baby. Let me in.”

As if his plea granted her motor skills, Irene was suddenly on her feet, hurrying across the carpet toward him. She struggled to control her shaking hands, trembles reverberating through her entire body. It took her three tries to flip the latch, and then she backed away, recoiling, afraid of this man who looked so much like her dead lover.

He pulled the slider open in a smooth, fluid movement, the cool ocean breeze escaping into the airless hotel. Setting his sights on her, he stepped over the threshold, his presence filling the room, overwhelming her entirely. When her back hit the main door, the opportunity to flee opened up wide, but she stilled as his scent wafted into her nostrils, a blend of sandalwood and her husband.

Sebastian. Her Sebastian.

The slider closed behind him, the finality of the sound echoing through her bones, and she couldn’t run.

Not from him. Never from him.

An almost strangled sigh escaped him and he swallowed hard, his Adam’s apple bobbing in his throat. A gut-wrenching pain glittered in his dark eyes while he drank her in, his gaze skittering over her from head to toe, as if reacquainting himself with his broken disaster of a wife.

Finally, he approached her in the dark, closing the distance between them, and she pressed harder against the door. If he held her, if he so much as touched her, she would be lost to him, squandering any semblance of sanity she’d managed to retain in these awful years without him.

Blistering tears flowed freely down her cheeks as he halted mere inches away, so close, so goddamn close his warmth radiated off his bare chest. He lifted a hand and she flinched, stopping him as if she’d slapped him. The pained expression on his face yanked a wretched sob from her throat, and she just couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe he stood right there in front of her.

The medal, the flag, the decorated casket, the salute . . . had it all been a lie?

His finger brushed her cheek, tentative, soft, waiting for her to strike. When she didn’t, he cupped her face in his hand, his skin still rough and callused, wiping away her tears with his thumb. She leaned into his touch, unable to resist his warmth, and he framed her face with his free hand, staring into her eyes with a need so raw it stole what little breath she had left in her burning lungs.

“My God.” He whispered the words, as if he didn’t have the strength to give them voice. “I’ve missed you.”

My Review

Another awesome addition the Soul Mate Tree series. Author L.D. Rose has given us one of the absolute best fantasy romances I’ve read in ages.

Filled with heart-tugging emotions, steamy romance, and the ultimate sacrifice, this story will have your both cheering and reaching for the box of tissues.

If you like your military/fantasy romance on the more emotional side, you will love this book.

About the Author

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.

L.D.’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

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A Giveaway

L.D. Rose will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 2: Kit ‘N Kabookle
October 2: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

October 9: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 9: The Tired Buyer
October 9: Emily Carrington
October 9: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

October 16: The Reading Addict
October 16: T’s Stuff
October 16: Bookaholic

October 23: Sharing Links and Wisdom

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It’s been my pleasure hosting author L.D. Rose and yet another book in this wonderful series.

Please come back all week long for more authors, books, and giveaways. Also, check out the Goddess Fish Anniversary Celebration Post for a chance to win some great prizes.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Military Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy | 4 Comments